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The ‘clauses of fear’ to soccer players, a labor fraud

By on May 14, 2020

first_imgFew haggle themFew have been the cases in which any club had paid any amount so that the player could participate. An example was the Oier Olazabal, ceded from Granada to the Royal Society. Gerónimo Rulli, titular goalkeeper, could not dispute the duel against the Nasrids, so the Txuri-Urdin had no choice but to pay the 100,000 euros fixed by Olazábal’s contract so that the goalkeeper played that game against the club at that belonged. Otherwise, the third goalkeeper should have been the owner. Many are the voices that understand that the ‘fear clause’ directly undermines the rules of the integrity of the competition in which UEFA has been emphasizing so much in recent years. In this sense, the Regulations on the Statute and Transfer of Players leave no doubt about the assumption that if a transferred player wishes to play against his home team he can compete without problems.Specifically, the rule indicates that “no club will enter into a contract that allows the opposing club (s) and vice versa or third parties, to assume a position whereby it can influence labor matters and transfers related to independence, policy or performance of club teams. “Violation of fundamental labor rights outside of what is established by UEFA, the reality is that these clauses diminish the labor rights of soccer players, without going any further than that of effective occupation. It is true that the clubs are protected by the autonomy of the will that allows the freedom of pacts between the contractors but this freedom finds its limit when the law is violated, a circumstance that could occur in this case since the Statute of the Workers includes as basic labor law for athletes, that of effective occupation.When we talk about effective occupation we talk about the right of the athlete – like any worker – to carry out his work. The worker is not only obliged to work; It also has “the right” to work, which translates into the corresponding obligation of the employer to provide the committed activity. The lack of work attentive to the professional dignity of the worker, impairs his training and is a grievance to his professional image.As a consequence of the ‘fear clause’, the athlete is violated the possibility of intervening in the matches or what is the same violates his right to effective occupation to the extent that the athlete could only be dispensed with in cases of sanction or injury . 05/31/2017 – 10:11 | 10:28 – 05/31/17 They prevent the ceded players from jumping the field against their home clubsMerman the right to effective occupation of the player Morientes, on the left, eliminated Real Madrid from Champions being a loan from the meringues. He had no ‘fear clause’. Image: Reuters In the world of football, it has become customary to talk about the ‘clauses of fear’, a name that receives the provisions of a transfer contract by which clubs that lend their players prohibit those same players from facing their home team unless that exorbitant amounts are paid. An imposition modality that became custom after Real Madrid suffered it in their meats in the middle of 2000, with ceded as Fernando Morientes or Pedro Munitis turned into executioners of the targets in Champions or the League. The objective is that workers to whom a team pays do not end up ruining their sporting objectives.In general terms, the hiring of workers to temporarily transfer them to another company is prohibited, it can only be done through temporary work companies. However, this possibility exists in the professional athlete’s employment relationship so that the clubs can temporarily transfer the services of one of their players to other groups with their express consent.The so-called ‘fear clauses’ are usually found within the terms of the agreement. They are clauses that establish, as a condition for the assigned player to play against the transferor club, the payment of an amount that is fixed in the contract – disproportionate in many cases – under the following approach: the assigned player may not play against to the transferor club unless it pays the amount agreed upon to it.last_img read more

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Benzema: “In Madrid the plan is to win, not try”

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first_img“It means a lot the Champions League. There is something different around it. The emotions are different. It is not that you give less in other competitions, but there is something else in this, I do not know what it is. Everything that revolves around it is incredible and there is more pressure, “he said. They will feel it against Manchester City in one of the stellar duels of the round of 16. “The City is a great team with an excellent coach. It is a very skilled team and does not shy away from passing the ball. It will be a matched match. Our plan is always to win. Obviously we analyze the opponent, but we focus mainly on us.” Benzema marked the challenge of winning all this season. “In Real Madrid, the goal is to try to win everything. We don’t even have to try, we have to win everything. You need luck, be in top form at the right time. We want to achieve something good, both in the League and in the Champions League.” The French striker talked about the work that has helped him improve. “It is the work that is not seen, everything that happens outside the field, whether resting, working or carrying the correct food. In the field everyone has their qualities, their unique talent. We all work differently and, outside the field, you can work on your game, “he said. That causes a physical improvement from which Benzema takes advantage.” I always work hard. Physically I feel really good, I feel fit. I usually go to the gym and in the countryside I enjoy it immensely. In recent years I have scored goals and given assists. I like to help my team win. “The Champions League returns, a special competition for Benzema where his goal scorer explodes the most. He is the fourth leading scorer of the tournament behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and a Raul Gonzalez who starts shooting. Karim Benzema, French striker of Real Madrid, showed a demand to continue improving as a footballer, convinced that he has “the opportunity to reach higher”, and three days after a great European duel against Manchester City he sees his rival as “great team , with an excellent coach. ” “You can never know if you are at the highest point of your career, because one is always looking for perfection. But I have reached a very high level and, even so, I look even more, because I know that I have the opportunity to reach higher, “Benzema said in an interview with UEFA.last_img read more

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Past winners of Manning Cup

By on January 20, 2020

first_imgPast winners of Manning Cup1909 – Jamaica College1910 – Jamaica College1911 – No competition1912 – St George’s College1913 – Jamaica College1914 – Jamaica College1915 – Jamaica College1916 – Jamaica College1917 – Jamaica College1918 – Jamaica College1919 – Jamaica College1920 – St George’s College1921 – Jamaica College1922 – Jamaica College1923 – Wolmer’s Boys1924 – Wolmer’s Boys1925 – Wolmer’s Boys1926 – Wolmer’s Boys1927 – St George’s College1928 – St George’s College1929 – St George’s College1930 – Wolmer’s Boys1931 – Wolmer’s Boys1932 – St George’s College1933 – Jamaica College1934 – Jamaica College1935 – St George’s College1936 – St George’s College1937 – St George’s College1938 – Wolmer’s Boys1939 – Wolmer’s Boys1940 – Jamaica College1941 – Jamaica College1942 – Jamaica College1943 – Calabar High1944 – No competition1945 – St George’s College1946 – Jamaica College1947 – St George’s College1948 – St George’s College1949 – Kingston College1950 – Kingston College1951 – Kingston College1952 – Kingston College1953 – Excelsior1954 – No competition1955 – St George’s College1956 – St George’s College1957 – Kingston College1958 – Kingston College1959 – St George’s College1960 – No competition1961 – Jamaica College1962 – Jamaica College1963 – Jamaica College1964 – Kingston College1965 – Kingston College1966 – No competition1967 – Kingston College1968 – Jamaica College1969 – Excelsior1970 – Kingston College1971 – Wolmer’s Boys1972 – No competition1973 – No competition1974 – Jamaica College1975 – Kingston College1976 – Tivoli High1977 – Calabar High1978 – Camperdown1979 – Camperdown1980 – Excelsior1981 – Kingston College1982 – Camperdown1983 – St George’s College1984 – St George’s College1985 – Kingston College1986 – Kingston College1987 – St Andrew Technical1988 – Charlie Smith1989 – Excelsior1990 – Charlie Smith1991 – Ardenne High1992 – St George’s College1993 – Excelsior1994 – Wolmer’s Boys1995 – Charlie Smith1996 – Norman Manley1997 – No competition1998 – Dunoon Technical1999 – Tivoli High2000 – Norman Manley2001 – Bridgeport2002 – Norman Manley2003 – Excelsior2004 – Excelsior2005 – Calabar High2006 – Bridgeport2007 – Jamaica College2008 – St George’s College2009 – St George’s College2010 – Jamaica College2011 – St George’s College2012 – St George’s College2013 – Jamaica College2014 – Jamaica College2015 – Jamaica College2016 – ??last_img read more

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Barcelona takes 14-point lead over Real Madrid after 3-0 win

By on January 19, 2020

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring the second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. APMADRID — Barcelona has almost ended Real Madrid’s defense of its Spanish league title, and there’s still half a season to go.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez left Madrid staring at a 14-point deficit after leading Barcelona to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Messi also set up substitute Aleix Vidal to round off the commanding win in stoppage time.Despite the current situation, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde and his players aren’t excluding a Madrid comeback.“We took another step forward in the league,” said Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta. “But I don’t rule out Madrid. This is a long-distance race. Madrid is a very good team and they are not out of the title race.”But Barcelona is undoubtedly performing like a champion-in-waiting.It extended its unbeaten streak to 25 matches across all competitions since losing to Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup in August, when Barcelona was reeling from the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENT In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Madrid has a game in hand, but the gap already looks too big as La Liga approaches its midway point.“It is a loss that hurts,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. “It is a very, very difficult match for us. But this is not over. It might look like it, but we can never give up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBarcelona increased its lead to nine points over second-place Atletico Madrid, which lost at Espanyol on Friday. Valencia trails by 11 points before playing Villarreal later.Suarez struck in the 54th minute of the “clasico” and Messi added a penalty 10 minutes later after Madrid’s Dani Carvajal received a direct red for stopping a goal-bound header by Paulinho. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was then Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s turn to get his foot on Ronaldo’s strike to turn it past the post.Paulinho tested Navas again with a header from another pass by Messi to culminate Barcelona’s attack with one-touch passes. Madrid responded by again attacking through left back Marcelo, whose cross Karim Benzema headed off the post in the 42nd.Suarez forced a save from Navas before the Uruguay striker scored the opener.Sergio Busquets cued Barcelona with a forward pass for Ivan Rakitic, who pushed down the middle before playing Sergi Roberto wide. The right back’s one-touch pass found Suarez arriving from the left to drill his shot under Navas.Madrid collapsed after falling behind, losing ball after ball to Barcelona.Messi seized the moment by playing Suarez clear. After Suarez hit the post, Carvajal blatantly used his arm to stop Paulinho’s header from going in — a decision that earned him a direct red card and sent Messi to the penalty spot to fire his strike into the corner of the net.Trying to spark a comeback, Zidane sent on forwards Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale, who drew a save from Ter Stegen.But it was Messi who reached the endline before finding Vidal to cap the win, as Barcelona won a third straight league visit at Madrid for the first time in their long rivalry.“We will start 2018 in a difficult position,” said Madrid defender Raphael Varane.The game came only two days after separatist political parties in Catalonia, whose capital is Barcelona, won a majority of seats in the regional parliament. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals That all seemed light years away on Saturday with Barcelona resisting an early push by the hosts before imposing its will.“There is a long way to go, but it is true that we are ahead and with significant leads over our rivals, but nothing is decided. The season is not even halfway over,” Valverde said. “They were better when we played in the preseason, we won today. Football takes those twists and turns.”The match was a contrast in tempos: Madrid wanted a frantic, up-and-down shootout, with Cristiano Ronaldo having space to roam, while Barcelona wanted to hold the ball and let Messi pick his moments.Ronaldo beat Messi for the Ballon d’Or earlier this month but the Portuguese failed to make a decisive impact on Saturday as Messi took his “clasico” record to 25 goals in 37 matches and his season-leading tally to 15 in the league.Zidane left Spain midfielder Francisco “Isco” Alarcon on the bench in a surprise move. Instead, he gave Mateo Kovacic his first league start of the season, hoping to repeat his success from the Spanish Super Cup when the Croatian was charged with man-marking Messi.After Barcelona shook off Madrid’s early intense pressure, helped by the more physical Kovacic, the Catalan club made Madrid look clueless.Zidane defended his choice after the stinging loss.“I am here to take decisions. Nothing is going to change what I think,” Zidane said.Ronaldo had an early goal disallowed for offside before the Madrid star completely missed making contact with Toni Kroos’ pass in his best chance to score in the 10th.Barcelona went close to scoring when Messi found Paulinho with a forward lob, only for goalkeeper Keylor Navas to tip his strike over the bar in the 30th. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

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La Salle overcomes NU for third straight win as UAAP enters crucial stretch

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Russia says it thwarted drone attacks at World Cup La Salle head coach Louie Gonzalez knew the importance of their game against the Bulldogs that a loss would put them within striking distance of Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines.“Coming into this game we knew how important this one would be,” said Gonzalez. “If we get this we’ll be at a better spot, if we fall at this one we’ll be in a difficult spot.”A loss could’ve sent the Green Archers to a 7-5 record just a full game ahead of the Tamaraws and Fighting Maroons who are tied at fourth with 6-6 slates.“Going to this game I wanted them to have fun but we’re facing a difficult task and I needed them to focus.”Santi Santillan led the Green Archers with 18 points and five rebounds while AlJun Melecio and Andrei Caracut had 13 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown De La Salle kept its steady pace, turning back a tough stand from National University, 84-77, for its third straight win in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Green Archers remained at no. 3 with an 8-4 record, a full game behind second seed Adamson which earlier clinched a playoff berth.The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are officially out of the Final Four race after falling to a 3-9 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAfter getting embroiled in a virtual back-and-forth for almost 37 minutes, the Green Archers finally created distance with less than three minutes left in the game.Justine Baltazar’s jumper capped off a 9-1 run to give the Green Archers an 84-75 lead with 53 seconds remaining in the fourth. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Baltazar, meanwhile, notched an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double for La Salle.Dave Ildefonso led the Bulldogs with 20 points while John Lloyd Clemente added 19 points, 17 of which came in the first half. 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 awardlast_img read more

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Government can reduce road deaths quickly

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDear EditorFor as long as bus operators are not all being paid a fixed flat monthly rental for their much-needed services (and are instead left to fight and race each other for passengers and to speed to complete as many trips as possible to make their money), we will continue to have as many road deaths as seems to now be the new norm.Public transportation is transportation provided usually by the Government. We instead have private transportation being provided to the public. But with public transportation, the Government pays the bus operators.With public transportation, the Government is the boss, not the passenger nor the bus operator. The passenger does not pay the bus operators. The passenger purchases bus-passes from the Government and presents that in the bus instead of cash. The Government, in turn, uses the monies raised from the sale of bus passes to pay the bus operators. With public transportation, the Government has complete control over how high or low bus fares should go. And with public transportation, there are no accidents worthy of report because the bus operators do not need to pick up as many passengers, nor make as high a number of trips, as possible to make their money.Similarly, our Government would save our lives if they too collect cash from passengers and then use it to pay the bus operators one flat equal monthly rental to cover gas, maintenance and driver salaries, etc. (The Government can also provide gas subsidies for the operators).Let the bus operators become public servants, serving the public for a monthly fee.This way, our Government need not buy new buses. But most importantly, our bus operators would see no more benefit in speeding nor overtaking on turns nor racing nor overloading nor overcharging nor working only during profitable hours nor only on profitable routes nor using touts to pull and tug at passengers, etc. None of these activities would increase their monthly payment.This new system can be phased in. Alternately, a date can be announced for a complete switch-over, along with a deadline for bus operators to sign up.Too many of us know someone who died recently or was at least injured in a bus accident that proper public transportation could have avoided if it were being provided.Sincerely,John M Fraser LLBlast_img read more

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Impact and Sustainability of the United Nations System’s Interventions in the Liberian Social and…

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgAll Liberian media, including Daily Observer, have been extensively reporting on the contributions of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and other bilateral and multilateral donors to the country’s restoration, maintenance and its consolidation of peace and security. In this regard, they have been conducting evaluations of those contributions while wondering about the readiness and capacity of the Liberian security apparatuses to sustain peace and security that Liberia, Liberians, and foreigners like me have been enjoying for more than ten years.Although, the Liberian media’s exercise is necessary, laudable and useful, it may overlook an analysis of other numerous interventions of the International Community including the UN System-UNMIL and UN Specialized Agencies- and other donors in multi socioeconomic sectors. Such an analysis would emphasize their impact on the physical and human capital development, institution building, and promotion of democracy, among others. It would also elaborate on, if any, mechanisms put in place or measures taken to ensure their sustainability. The same exercise should also apply for the assistance provided by the International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs). It goes without saying that peace and security cannot be sustained without the improvement in the social and economic conditions of the people.This article does not intend to carry out that evaluation, which should be done by the Liberian actors. Instead, it tries to recall the most important interventions of the UN System in Nimba County, where the author served as a United Nations Volunteer (UNV) in the UNMIL Civil Affairs Section from October 2006 to December 2011. It is worth noting that most of these contributions were duplicated in all of the other fourteen counties. In this essay, the UN System refers to UNMIL and the UN Specialized Agencies that include the UN International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Habitat, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN, World Food Program (WFP), UN World Health Organization (WHO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank. Amongst sectors that benefited from the UN System‘s contributions were physical infrastructure, human resource capacity building, institutional building, and other socioeconomic sectors, such as education, health and agriculture, etc. Physical infrastructure, in terms of roads and bridges, telecommunications, education and health facilities, and other government buildings like police stations, corrections facilities, immigration offices, etc., is one of the key determinants of development. It facilitates the free movement of persons, goods and services, and creates an environment conducive to improving quality service delivery and performance. UNMIL, through its Bangladeshi Contingent, along with UNHCR and WFP, contributed for years to the rehabilitation and maintenance of several roads, including Ganta-Sanniquellie-Karnplay-Luguato; Ganta- Saclepea-Tappita; Gray-Buutuo; and Karnplay-Bahn. Under its Quick Impact Project and other programs, the UN System renovated or constructed and equipped schools and clinics across Nimba County. It also restored or built and equipped police stations, immigration offices and Magisterial and Circuit Courts. Police Stations were renovated or erected in Bhan, Ganta, Saclepea, Sanniquellie and Tappita, while Immigration offices were renovated or built in Bahn, Bololowee, Buutuo, Gbehwalay, Loguatuo and Tappita. Renovated or constructed Magisterial Courts include Bahn, Ganta, Sanniquellie, Sokopa, Tappita and Yekepa. It can also be recalled that a Circuit Court was renovated and a new Central Prison was erected in Sanniquellie. Some observers and analysts will argue- and will be right- that some of these actions were kinds of responses to emergency situations inherent to prolonged civil conflicts, as in the case of Liberia’s fourteen-year civil war. However, there is no doubt that they alleviated or mitigated the people’s suffering and allowed the government to restore the education, health, legal and judicial systems. The important question that is worth asking is whether this physical infrastructure, also one of the key elements of institutional building, has contributed to improvement in quality service delivery and performance of civil servants. It would also be interesting to assess if it has been sustained in terms of maintenance, for example. Much of the institution building was conducted on the UNMIL Headquarters level in Monrovia, with the elaboration and implementation of new legislations and reforms, and is beyond the scope of this article. Meanwhile, the restoration of state authority and human capacity building benefited both central government and county officials. It is in this framework that numerous workshops and trainings were organized in computer literacy, civic education, sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA); gender-based violence (GBV), conflict resolution and peace building, especially in land disputes; fiscal management, establishment and management of disaster committees, leadership, etc. Participants came from all cross sections of life, including the county administration, line ministries, youth and women groups, and disabled and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). At the end of those workshops and trainings, appropriate equipments, kits and information materials were distributed to attendees in order to help them put in a good and wise use of the acquired knowledge. For example, after the training in computer literacy in Sanniquellie, the Nimba County Administration and leadership received a 3.5 KV Generator, desktops, printers, copy machines, scanners, modems for internet access, etc. Many of the aforementioned activities were repeated for a long period of time and some of them are still being organized by government entities and NGOs.In human resource development, the Bangladeshi Contingent also established the Bangladeshi-Liberia Friendship Center (BLFC) in Ganta and two Bangla-Nimba Capacity Building Centers in Sanniquellie and Tappita to provide training in a variety of vocational skills including IT, tailoring, electricity, plumber and masonry. These centers were handed over to locals.Another capacity building area that requires special mention is the training in leadership for local officials aimed at improving local good governance. The UN-HABITAT, UNDP, UNMIL and Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), under the Local Elected Leadership (LEL) Series, trained County Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents for Development, District Commissioners and City Mayors in 12 competencies. These are representation, communicating, facilitating, using power, decision-making, policy making, enabling, negotiating, financing, overseeing, institution building and leadership. All 15 Superintendents and their Assistants for Development were trained in Buchanan, Grand Bass County. The leadership for Commissioners and City Mayors from Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties took place in Voinjama City. The leadership training was also opened to Paramount and Clan chiefs, Township Commissioners, as well as to CSOs. However, due to the lack of funding, only CSOs in Nimba benefited from the training that was organized in Ganta. It is worth pointing out that like the leadership training, other trainings or workshops involved more than one county. So, the workshop on SEA gathered participants from Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties and was organized in Zwedru. The training in fiscal management took place in Gbarnga and was attended by Assistant Superintendents for Development, finance and procurement officers and UNMIL Civil Affairs Experts/UNVs from Bong, Lofa, and Nimba Counties.Have all aforementioned activities in institutional building, human resource capacity building and leadership enhanced quality service delivery, performance and good local governance? In my view, this is a pertinent, legitimate and open question that requires further research. As I noted above, peace and security cannot be sustained without the improvement in the social and economic conditions of the people. Having this simple truth in mind, the UN System intervened in those sectors. So, specific projects and programs were financed in education, youth, health, water and sanitation and agriculture, to mention just a few. The following are just a sample. In education and in the framework the UNMIL DDRR phase, The UN System contributed to the formal and vocational education by providing tuition fees and allowances. The UNICEF, in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands, constructed and equipped Ganta Public School, under the Learning along Borders for Living across Boundaries (LAB4LAB) Project. A high quality and tech school, Ganta Public School, located in the Peace Community, aims at strengthening education and other services in border communities in order to help foster peace and security, accelerate the development process and prevent a recurrence of war.In the youth sector, the UN System supported three main projects- Liberia Youth Empowerment Program (LYEP), Youth Empowerment Services (YES) and National Youth Volunteer Service (NYVS). In the health, water and sanitation field, the UN System carried out medical outreach programs (clinics, immunization, etc), and renovated and constructed water pipelines, hand pumps and wells. In the agricultural sector, most activities were financed in the areas of food production, economic empowerment of women, income generating opportunities, poultry production and the rubber industry. The Bangladeshi Contingent developed and transferred to local farmers organizations three agricultural projects- Bain Clan Development Council, Ideal Domah Town Project and Kpain Agricultural Project. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) supported a Project called “Improved Food Security, Nutrition, and Income Generating Opportunities.” This project provided agricultural inputs in terms of tools and seeds to produce rice and vegetables. It benefited also Ivorian refugees and host communities along the border. It also donated two rice mills to women’s groups in Gbehlay-Geh and Sanniquellie-Mah Districts and financed three poultry production facilities for women groups in Sanniquellie (New Barracks), Karnplay (behind the Women Center) and Yekepa (Camp 4). In addition to its school feeding program to increase enrollment and retention, and in collaboration with UNDP, WFP reinforced the DOKODAM Farmers Cooperative’s rice production capacity in Gbedin through the Purchase for Progress (P4P) Project. The forestry sector also benefited from the UN System’s programs through its assistance in forest management and alternative forest farming (beekeeping and snail farming training). Finally, UNMIL contributed to the rehabilitation of the rubber industry, while UNDP financed the construction of a modern market in Flumpa.Before I conclude, I would kindly like to draw the attention of the Nimba County Administration on the Nimba County Local Economic Development (LED) Strategic Plan 2012-2016, which was designed to complement the County Development Agenda (CDA) and Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). The Nimba County LED Strategic Plan, along with those of Grand Gedeh and Lofa Counties, was developed with the guidance of the then Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs- now Ministry of Finance and Development Planning- and the support of the Joint UN-Habitat and the UNDP Support Team and the European Union. The three Counties LED Strategic Plans were a result of a participatory and highly competitive process that involved six counties- Bomi, Grand Bassa, and Grand Gedeh, on the one hand; and Bong, Lofa and Nimba, on the other hand. That process carried out a local economic assessment, formulated strategies, and identified priorities, programs and projects that will create employment and income generation opportunities for each of the six county’s citizens. For Nimba County, it was expected that the implementation of identified projects would create more that 60,000 permanent jobs, especially for the youth. To achieve this goal, the local economic development strategic planning process identified five priority areas of interventions. These are: Agriculture and Farming Modernization; Technical Skills Development; Entrepreneurship and Business Development; Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation; and Capacity Building in LED.The five priority areas were translated into respective fine main programs that comprise fourteen projects. The total cost was estimated at US$25million. I think that the Nimba County Administration should revisit this LED Strategic Plan in order to evaluate and eventually update it in line with the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance under implementation.As a teacher of Economics at Nimba County Community College (NCCC), I will conclude by noting that according to the macroeconomic theory, economic growth and development are determined by increases in labor productivity, increases in capital per hour worked and progress in technology. These three determinants are known as economic, conditions of growth and development. Even though they are necessary, most economists agree that they are not sufficient. They argue that other noneconomic conditions referred to as pro-growth conditions are essential to ensure economic growth and development of nations. They are: an educational system consistent with local realities and international standards; a modern health system, but accessible to all; a strong and independent legal system to enforce trade and investment contracts; a wise and transparent management system of natural resources; protection of patents and copyrights to promote creativity; and a low level of corruption.By intervening in almost all of the areas as developed above, the International Community has equipped Liberia with the necessary tools to embark on the long journey of development. As the future can only be built in consideration of the past, Liberian actors, especially the media and CSOs, should reflect on those contributions to have an idea of what they have achieved and challenges that they have encountered in order to draw lessons for the future. About the author:Amb. Aloys Uwimana served as a UNMIL Civil Affairs Expert in Bong and Nimba Counties from 2005 to 2006 and from 2006 to 2011 respectively. He is currently teaching French, Economics and Public Administration at NCCC. Prior to his assignment to Liberia, Amb. Uwimana taught at various universities in the USA and served as Ambassador of his native country of Rwanda to Washington, DC and Tokyo. He can be reached at 231777778034/231888644125 or at bihira2002@yahoo.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DenG Tops LIB Life ‘Personality of the Year’

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first_imgAs the saying goes “it is better to give a man or woman their flowers when they are alive”; therefore, LIB Life is now releasing its first annual list of Personality of the Year to honor those whose positive achievement and record breaking moments stood above the others.Whether you like them or not, our five honoree’s personal integrity and talent is an indication that they deserve being on the list after squeezing out five others contenders…1. Topping the Personality of the Year list, DenG set one of the greatest records ever in Liberia’s struggling music industry when he became the first Liberian musician to receive an MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA) nomination.The “Kemah” crooner got his nomination in the “Listener’s Choice” award category along with other hit makers like BeBe Cool and Prince Kayee, just to name a few.Since he emerged on the music scene few years ago, DenG has bagged several awards as well as helping to redefine and refine the sound of Afrobeat music in Liberia, which set the pace for others to follow.2. Moving to the US less than a year and unknown as a model, Candace Sayonkon fought the odds to gain recognition as an international model when she walked the runway of East Coast Fashion Week in Virginia with impressive results, which took her to New York Fashion Week.At New York Fashion Week, she walked the aisle at five events, some including the ASC Fashion Week, WYP Creative Art and Industry, and Midwest Fashion Week.With such an early success, Candace booked her name among Liberians who have displayed or walked the event.As a model, Candace’s ability to succeed lies in patience, integrity, self –reliance and the will power to make harder decisions and stand by them.3. Sitting third place on the list, Dream Debo made history with his blockbuster film “Freedom” which sold 19,000 copies and generated a total intake of L$1,400,000, with a profit of L$1,356,000.During the first 11 days after the movie was released in late February this year, it sold 10,000 copies at the wholesale price of L$50 and 9,000 copies at a retail price for L$100. Freedom was produced on a budget of US$5,000. 4. Gospel icon Kanvee Adams made history this year when she became the first gospel artist to receive the KORA Awards, the Pan-African equivalent of the American-based Grammy Awards, nomination in the “Female Artist of the Year” category.Her song “Heart Desire” was chosen to battle five other popular African artists, including Nigeria’s Laura George, South Africa’s Rebecca Malope, and Kenya’s Gloria Muliro for the honor.The other two nominees are Samira Adzabe and Sarah Hagos of Rwanda and Eritrea respectively.Unfortunately, this year’s KORA Awards was not held after it was postponed due to technical problems a few days before the event.Kanvee, who is a multiple award winner, has played a very major role in taking Liberian gospel music to another lever with soul touching lyrics and quality sounds. 5. Last on the list, we have award winning poet Lekpele Nyamalon whose debut collection “Yearnings of a Traveler” was rated the “number one bestseller” on Amazon for African Poetry in its first 20 days of release.In addition to that, Lekpele became the only Liberian to have his work featured in the Open Society Initiative of West Africa’s (OSIWA) International Poetry Anthology collection titled ‘Soaring Africa’ launched this year.Lekpele, whose ability to inspire and stir the mind with his pen served as an official guest at the Babishai Niwe International Poetry Festival in Kampala. He was also a guest at the Lagos International Poetry Festival and took part in a panel discussion and poetry evening with legendary African poet and playwright Wole Soyinka.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NOT TICKLED PINK

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first_img“Awareness, we don’t need any more of,” she said. “We have plenty of awareness. The question is what we do now.” The pink sales campaigns are probably the biggest and best-known efforts in the world of “cause marketing,” where companies team up with charities with the aim of bringing in more money for both. Apple Inc. sells red iPods as part of the big (PRODUCT) RED effort of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. sells a stuffed giraffe whose proceeds support the World Wildlife Federation. Then, there’s Newman’s Own, the food company that gives its profits to various causes. The first blockbuster cause marketing campaign came in 1983, when American Express Co. announced it would contribute money to restoring Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty based on how much its customers charged. Applications for the card spiked, card use peaked, and $1.7 million was raised. And corporate America had a new sales pitch. “It focused a lot of attention that you could motivate consumers by appealing to the best in them,” said David Hessekiel, president of Cause Marketing Forum, a Rye, N.Y., company that puts on workshops about cause marketing. In 1982, the Dallas-based foundation now known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure began trying to get attention for breast cancer, a deadly and common disease that wasn’t much talked about. It started getting attention with its Race for the Cure. Some of the sponsors of the walk/run started marketing campaigns around the cause. Now, those campaigns are a juggernaut. In the last fiscal year, which ended March 31, Komen says it brought in more than $58 million from corporate sponsors. Much of that money came from peddlers of pink products, though some was also from Race for the Cure national sponsorships. Nearly 140 companies are currently running promotions to support Komen; additional companies are using pink and contributing to other breast-cancer causes. In the past 25 years, Komen has invested nearly $1 billion in breast cancer research, education and support. The interest it has raised is one reason government spending on the disease has grown in that time from $30 million per year to about $900 million per year. Cause Marketing Forum’s Hessekiel sees breast cancer as a natural for cause marketing because it reaches women, who do much of the nation’s shopping, and because it’s linked to the pink ribbon, which makes a handy symbol. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The companies say the “cause marketing” campaigns do good for the world – and they’re not bad for sales, either. It may sound like an idea that’s hard to argue with, but all the pink has some people seeing red. Pink Ribbons, Inc., a book published last year by Samantha King, a professor at Queen’s University in Ontario, found fault with the way corporate sponsorship has put the emphasis in finding a cure rather than figuring out why the cancer rate is so high. And for five years now, the San Francisco-based group Breast Cancer Action, which bills itself as the “bad girls of breast cancer,” has been running an anti-pink product campaign called “Think Before You Pink.” The group’s executive director, Barbara Brenner, a breast cancer survivor who never wears a pink ribbon herself, says that in many cases corporate images get what she calls a “pinkwash” while the cause gets nominal donations. By Geoff Mulvihill THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. – October used to be shrouded in black and orange, but in recent years, pink has been nudged into the palette. It seems just about every product you can buy – from Indianapolis Colts mini-helmets to M&M candies, from Avaya phone faceplates to Yoplait yogurt – is available in pink, or at least pink packaging, as part of a promotion to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. last_img read more

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Tammy Abraham treats parents to a Bentley after signing Chelsea contract – VIDEO

By on December 27, 2019

first_imgWhat an exciting start to July for Tammy Abraham.The 19-year-old forward signed a new five-year deal at Chelsea before joining Paul Clement’s Swansea City on a season-long loan.The England Under-21 international was given his chance in the Premier League after a successful loan spell at Bristol City last term, scoring 26 goals and assisting four more in 48 appearances in all competitions.Abraham wasted no chance in repaying his parents’ faith, uploading footage to Instagram of them being presented with a new Bentley Continental GT.He posted on Instagram: “Nice surprise [love heart emoji] thanks for everything” and “nothing better than seeing my parents happy.”See below…https://twitter.com/101greatgoals/status/884763382204833792 Tammy Abraham: The young forward had a successful loan spell at Bristol City in 2016/17 1last_img read more

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