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The Vice President, Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai, has called on journalists in the country to step up and present the true picture of unfolding development in Liberia.Mr. Boakai made the clarion call recently at a one-day media meeting held in Monrovia.“I have no doubt that we as a nation are moving in the right direction, though there are some turbulent situations. We are confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Therefore, we refused to embrace the ill-conceived notion that this country is retrogressing,” Vice President Boakai told Liberian journalists.The statement of the Vice President, perhaps, comes from the backdrop of the numerous complaints of economic hardship in the country expressed by citizens. Majority of people in the country— especially the youth— are unemployed. Many cannot afford decent meals on a daily basis as government still spends millions of dollars every year for food importation. With these conditions, some members of opposition political parties have concluded that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration has failed the people of Liberia.However, this government has constantly denied these allegations, emphasizing that there have been massive improvements aimed at restoring the image of Liberia both locally and internationally.Speaking to journalists, Mr. Boakai continued, “We know that there remain challenges in our drive to meet some of the critical needs of our country,” he said.He said that the cooperation of the media in Liberia was highly critical to the country’s recovery process.“You have most likely heard that ‘when the sore is ready to heal that is the time it itches most.’ The darkest hour comes just before day light,” he asserted.According to him, despites the gains by this government, there are others who have wrongly and selfishly dismissed their (government’s) achievements.“At times we are faced with the unfortunate reality that our progress and achievements as a nation are measured by others using their own yardstick. Often times these assessments predict hopeless situations for our people,” he explained.He said this was one of the reasons the media was needed to provide proper information to the public and international community so the truth about the level of development being undertaken in the country could be used to inspire hope in the lives of the people of Liberia.The Liberian VP used the occasion to call on the press to remain critical on reporting issues.He said that the media plays a pivotal role in the democratic process and must therefore continue to be seen as the ‘Watch dogs’ of society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Daily Mirror say Chelsea are interested in Brazilian youngster Malcom.The Corinthians forward, 17, has been touted as one of his country’s best prospects and is also said to be a target for Barcelona.Meanwhile, the Daily Star pick up on reports in Russia that Spartak Moscow boss Murat Yakin wants to sign Mohamed Salah from Chelsea.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted that Salah will not be leaving Stamford Bridge, but Yakin is quoted as saying: “I want to sign both Salah and (Basel’s) Fabian Frei. I know both players well.There has been speculation about winger Salah’s future“I know the economic situation in Russia is not the best, but the club can afford both players’ wages.“The club president promised a surprise in the upcoming transfer market. I spoke with him about both Salah and Frei and I hope it will happen – that would be my Christmas present.“I’ll do whatever it takes to get Salah in the team, even if I have to beg for it.” Related West London Sport story: Salah is staying at Chelsea – MourinhoFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South Africa has as many global companies as South Korea, but the world doesn’t know this, says Martyn Davies. For South Africa to be recognised as a global business leader, he believes its people need to share the same national values. He will be speaking at Brand South Africa’s 2017 Nation Brand Forum on 5 October. Catch economic analyst, Martyn Davies, at the 2017 Nation Brand Forum being held at Summer Place, Johannesburg on 5 October. Davies will discuss ways of improving South Africa’s standing on the global economic stage. (Image: Shamin Chibba)A 2010 World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, Dr Martyn Davies currently leads global firm Deloitte’s Emerging Markets and Africa division as well the Africa firm’s China and Japan Services Group.Davies has led the World Economic Forum’s Mining and Metal Industry Group and has been awarded a WEF Dangote Fellowship for young Africans, an honour bestowed to those who show outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and commitment to society.He was previously ranked the number one analyst in South Africa in the Other African Economies and Markets category by the Financial Mail in its annual Analysts of the Year awards.Beyond working with a third of all companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, he has advised governments including those of Botswana, Ghana, South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK and South Africa.Davies completed his PhD at Wits University and went on to study in South Korea, Harvard and Oxford universities. He is a visiting professor at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. He believes that South Africa does not get the credit for its business acumen, and has often pointed out that the country has created a similar number of globally competitive corporations as South Korea, a country hailed for its economic miracle.He believes that until South Africans begin to see the bigger picture and understand and embrace its role in the world, the country will not fulfill its potential. “We need to forge a nation and we are not doing enough to forge a nation state…I think that one of the negatives of South Africa is that we still need to see similar, true values – political, national values – being created and instilled in people for us to truly progress as a nation.”Married, with three children, he was awarded national colours in cycling for South African Universities. An avid reader, Davies himself has published articles in accredited journals, including Asian Economic Policy Review, the Review of African Political Economy, and the South African Journal of International Affairs. He has been a commentator for the Financial Times and The Washington Post, BBC, Al Jazeera and AFP.
Related Posts Tags:#New Media#user-generated content#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market guest author 1 Editor: This is a guest post by Andria Krewson, a freelance journalist who has written for Demand Media. Given our recent focus on Demand Media and so-called content farms, we thought it would be interesting to get the perspective of a Demand Media writer.I made $37.50 at Demand Studios in November. That money went directly into my Paypal account, on time, with no billing hassles. But it probably took me about six hours of filling out a profile, studying a style guide and learning how to navigate the system. So my hourly pay was about $6, for a writer new to the system.Andria Krewson is a freelance journalist and consultant in Charlotte, N.C. She has worked at newspapers for 27 years, focusing on design and editing of community publications. She blogs for her neighborhood at Under Oak and covers changing culture at Crossroads Charlotte. Reach her on Twitter as @underoak.I had heard about Demand Studios from former co-workers before Wired wrote about Demand Media (Demand Studio’s parent company) in October, and media pundits like Jay Rosen followed up with comments on Twitter and an interview with the company’s CEO at ReadWriteWeb. [Ed: ReadWriteWeb’s first analysis of Demand Media was in August.] Demand Media has been criticized for producing low-quality content designed for search engine optimization. It’s not journalism, critics say, and it’s clogging up Google searches, making good stuff hard to find.But I suspect much of that criticism has come from people who haven’t gone inside the Demand Studios part of Demand Media to see how it really works, or they haven’t thought enough about what kind of content it provides, or they haven’t thought enough about how it feels to swallow your pride and make a little money with your strongest knowledge and skills, no matter the global hourly rate.There are differences between the user-generated content at sites Demand Media feeds, and the content generated by Demand Studios.So let’s get to it.How it worksPeople sign up as writers, editors or filmmakers. I signed up as a writer. Contributors study the style guide, which gives specifics on allowed citations, and why citations are needed, and how to write for search-engine optimization without sounding too clunky. New writers can also consult forums and connect with other contributors with social-networking tools. Writers can then use keywords, pay rates and general content areas to search through available assignments. Generally, enough assignments exist that writers can find subjects of personal interest.Fact sheets get $7.50 an assignment. I fulfilled one of those before I realized that rate of pay wasn’t worth the effort. The next two assignments, for $15 each, both dealt with the same topic, with slightly different angles, and I chose them because I knew the subject well. Still, I had to do some research, to back up my statements and provide links to .edu or .gov sites. No Wikipedia allowed.Once accepting assignments, I had a week to submit them to editors. While I could have written each piece without any research, citations and outbound links are required, as well as a summary (a nut graf, essentially, in newspaper terms). Frankly, the discipline of filling out boxes with words could help some professional writers improve the focus of their pieces. Certainly new writers can learn from the system. And the SEO tips in the style guide are worth study.One piece I wrote was bounced back for further editing. The editor’s comments were gentle but clear. I made fixes, resubmitted, and got paid, through Paypal, no invoices necessary.What’s the content?The stories are usually how-to pieces, often broken into steps. They’re evergreen, designed to be as relevant in a year or two as they are now. They’re the kinds of questions I would usually get answered through a phone call to my contractor father, or my brother the car genius, or my mother the seamstress/cook/homemaker/gardener/early computer geek.You can tell by the assignment headlines that they’re generated from search engine queries, and sometimes those search terms provide some amusement. People are actually turning to Google to ask these questions? What happened to asking basic questions from friends and family?But indeed, we’re in a different world, and the criticism of Demand Media by some pundits strikes me as a bit elitist, as if the Internet weren’t for everyone. A personal example:(Daughter, 19, volunteers to help me with my eye shadow for a special event.)Me: Where’d you learn this technique?Her: Youtube.(And indeed, eHow videos, supplied by Demand Media, show how to apply eye shadow.)Swallowing my prideMy friends who first told me about Demand Studios are wordsmiths, copy editors of the highest skill levels, who worked for Demand Studios for $3.50 a story.Yes, $3.50 a story. But one friend, once he had the hang of the system, managed to work fast enough to raise his rate to about $20 an hour, from his couch, on his schedule, while waiting to get a full-time job elsewhere.Another friend also edited for Demand Studios, as a supplement to a part-time job before eventually getting full-time work, after about a year of underemployment.Demand Media doesn’t need help with public relations from me. They’re compiling comments in an internal forum from their writers about why they love Demand Studios. And plenty of people have commented. They appear to be overwhelmingly women, often with children, often English majors or journalism students, looking for a way to do what they love and make a little money at it.Compare those demographics to Wikipedia: more than 80% male, more than 65% single, more than 85% without children, around 70% under the age of 30.Admittedly, working for Demand Studios isn’t a point of pride for most professional journalists. But the interface and the editing allow people with other expertise to share knowledge. I recommended the site to my father the contractor. It could be a good way for a retiree with a lifetime of knowledge to document life lessons for others.People with disabilities, or people who have to fit their work around children’s schedules, or people between jobs have a place to earn some money, from their living rooms. It’s not the only “writer mill” out there, but it has been under fire lately, and a look inside might add a little light.Jay Rosen’s interview with the CEO of Demand Media, Richard Rosenblatt, done via IM, included this quote from Rosenblatt:“What’s more like a sweatshop: someone’s living room working their own hours or a typical newsroom?”Certainly some people in newsrooms are feeling pressure these days, but perhaps that quote isn’t quite fair. For a newsroom copy editor to earn $28 an hour (not factoring in benefits), at the Demand Studios rate of $3.50 a story, they would have to “edit” 64 stories in an eight-hour shift. I don’t know of newsrooms that are quite at that point yet, but then again, we’re in a global economy, with global pay rates.Some wordsmiths will choose to work from their couches. Take a good, broad look at what they produce before criticizing.Check out ReadWriteWeb’s entire coverage of Demand Media and content farms:Content Farms: Why Media, Blogs & Google Should Be WorriedHow Google Can Combat Content FarmsJay Rosen Interviews Demand Media: Are Content Farms “Demonic”?Demand Media Is a Page View Generating Machine – And it’s WorkingAnswers.com: 31 Million Copied and Pasted Web Pages Can’t Go WrongThe Age of Mega Content Sites – Answers.com and Demand MediaHow Demand Media Produces 4,000 Pieces of Content a DayAd-Driven Content – Is it Crossing The Line?
Deepak Mandal, son of ruling Janata Dal (United) MLA Bima Bharti, was found dead on a railway track in Patna on Friday. Bima Bharti represents the Rupauli Assembly constituency in Purnia district of north Bihar.Deepak Mandal’s body was found near the Rajendra Nagar railway terminal. He was studying in Patna and had stayed at a friend’s house near the railway terminal on Thursday night, the police said. His father, Awadhesh Mandal, is a gangster from the Seemanchal area, with over a dozen cases pending against him. Speaking to reporters, he accused his rivals of killing his son.
Salihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has held talks with Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi about a move to Germany next month.Bayern have upped their bid from €15m to €20m in the last 24 hours after being encouraged in talks with the player’s camp.BILD says Salihamidzic has spoken with Hudson-Odoi’s family about a career plan they have mapped out for the teenager.The 18 year-old is tied to Chelsea until 2020 and leaning towards leaving in January.For his part, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri says: “He’s still a very young player, we’ll have to wait a bit. But in the future he will be a very, very strong player, I’m sure of that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the role of nurses will be crucial as the Government seeks to transform health care delivery in Jamaica, to a more patient-centered system. As such, he said, “it is an important strategy to shore-up our human resource in the area of nursing and ensure that we have the skills necessary to serve the needs of our population in a continuously changing epidemiological landscape.” The Minister was addressing the annual scientific conference of the Jamaica Association of Nurse Anesthetists (JANA) held on November 10 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. According to Dr. Ferguson, the current outlook of the Ministry of Health is geared towards enhancing and refining primary health care and developing centres of excellence in secondary and tertiary health institutions. “Nurses will be central in defining and implementing this new paradigm,” he stated. He commended the country’s nurses, including anesthetists, noting that they play a critical role in preserving lives in the public health sector. “With the high quality of training and the excellence demonstrated by Jamaican nurses, my administration is sensitive to the need to do everything within our means to retain the nursing cadre, including specialist groups, such as yourselves,” the Minister assured. He informed that more nurses will be coming in from Cuba, but they will have specialist roles. “The nurses that are coming from Cuba are specialists in primary care. In addition, we have gone through to have a better selection process now in terms of persons understanding English, which was a concern. They have the technical skills,” he stated. He noted also that six dental surgeons are on their way from Cuba to boost the dental cadre in the health system. Meanwhile, the Minister praised the administration of the St. Mary-based Annotto Bay Hospital, which he said, is exemplary. He informed that the hospital has twinned with other health institutions to benefit from best practices. “When you go there you see leadership at work and I have taken a decision to reward excellence (through a $52 million) expansion of the Accident and Emergency area, and other areas, to bring it to an excellent level,” Minister Ferguson said.
CALGARY, A.B. – Albertans dealing with steep discount prices for oil produced in the province expressed frustration Thursday with Ottawa’s fiscal update that they say offered little acknowledgment of pain being felt in the oilpatch.But Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in Ottawa the federal government is aware of the “acute issue” of a glut of oil in Alberta that exceeds export pipeline and rail capacity and pledged to be “relentlessly focused” on long-term solutions.Despite increases in world oil prices over the past year, prospects for more activity in the Canadian oilpatch are limited, according to the 2019 drilling forecast issued by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors on Thursday morning. It calls for an increase of only 51 wells to about 7,000 next year compared with 2017, as price discounts discourage spending on exploration. The industry drilled about 13,000 wells in 2014 before global oil prices crashed.“Other industries in the same situation would be holding their hands out for a government bailout. Yet instead our industry has only asked for government permission and support to get our products to market,” said association president Mark Scholz at a morning event.“The lack of action and attention by the federal government to this pressing issue is deafening.”He criticized Ottawa for failing to put in place measures to allow the building of oil export pipelines needed to win better prices in Alberta, despite buying the Trans Mountain pipeline and its stalled expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer.Premier Rachel Notley, the keynote speaker at the event, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will likely hear a great deal of frustration as he visited Thursday to give a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and meet with oil and gas company CEOs.“There are a lot of folks here who would be forgiven for saying, ‘Gee if there were this kind of economic crisis going on in the manufacturing sector in Ontario, we’re pretty sure it would make its way into the first two paragraphs of the fiscal update.’ Yet it didn’t find its way into the first two paragraphs,” she told reporters. “I think that Ottawa needs to be seized of the matter and I suspect they will be by the end of the prime minister’s day here today.”In a statement, Calgary chamber president Sandip Lalli said she is “disillusioned” that Wednesday’s economic update did not meaningfully address the oil market access problems that are costing the Canadian economy as much as $80 million a day.She applauded, however, the government’s decision to allow the full cost of machinery and equipment used in the manufacturing and processing of goods to be written off immediately for tax purposes.At an event in Ottawa, Morneau said challenges are “very significant” in Alberta. “It’s much more dramatic than we’ve seen previously given the enormous difference in the price that we get for our oil versus the world price,” he said. “And there are significant economic impacts, the most dramatic of which are in Alberta, but they are Canada-wide. Our forecasts have incorporated that.”Alberta has called on Ottawa to help increase crude-by-rail shipments. On Thursday, Notley said the province is willing to go it alone to buy trains to add between 120,000 and 140,000 barrels per day of oil export capacity if the federal government isn’t willing to help.That capacity would be in addition to current record levels of crude-by-rail shipments, she added. The National Energy Board reported Wednesday exports reached about 270,000 bpd in September.Asked about the rail request, Morneau said pipelines are his preference, vowing to continue to push to build the Trans Mountain expansion.It remains in limbo after the Federal Court of Appeal struck down its NEB approval in August, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on marine environment.Notley announced Thursday her government would add oil and gas drilling to a list of trade-exposed industries exempt from the province’s carbon tax, a move expected to provide $750,000 to $1.5 million per year in relief for the drilling industry.She also announced that six projects to partially upgrade oilsands bitumen have been short-listed for up to $1 billion in government incentives. Partial upgrading would allow the heavy oil to flow with less added diluent, freeing up pipeline space.
“We need to do something to get the Minister of Finances’, Bill Morneau’s attention on these steel tariffs because these tariffs are killing us… In the meantime, we need to get this project going to create opportunities for everyone, from the upstream to the downstream, so we can make this project happen from Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and down to Kitimat. A lot of opportunities are at stake here. We ended up getting 1,500 letters personally signed by people in the community. We put them into a Xerox box and I just mailed them to Bill Morneau’s office.”According to Johnston, his group is taking a proactive and positive approach when it comes to educating people on the need for natural resources and is currently working to build a network with communities to further gain support.In helping with educating and gaining support, the group will be presenting Independent Investigative Researcher Vivian Krause in Taylor on June 14.More information can be found on The North Matters’ Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A grassroots natural resource support group, The North Matters, is currently touring Northeastern B.C.Group Founder, David Johnston, says the group formed a year-and-a-half-ago and aims to work hard to help end the divisiveness that communities are facing over natural resource developments.Johnston says he, along with many supporters, are looking to get Bill Morneau’s, the Minister of Finances’, attention in removing steel tariffs in order to get the LNG project underway as soon as possible. Johnston has sent a petition of letters to the Minister in order to apply pressure to the situation.