‘Poverty Has No Tribe’

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. J. Mills Jones, has said that although poverty affects the majority of the Liberian people, it is not their destiny – and that it can be changed by the Movement for Economic Empowerment.Because poverty affects all, irrespective of tribe, Dr. Jones called on Liberian voters to be wary of politicians who use tribal politics to ascend to the presidency.Dr. Jones spoke last Friday during a tour of four towns in Bong County (Salala, Totota, Zeansue and Gbarnga), where he told a gathering of hundreds of supporters at each of the visited towns to discourage any politician that preaches tribal politics.Dr. Jones told partisans and others that many Liberians are affected by poverty, which he blamed on the poor quality of the country’s leadership since independence in 1847.Known across the country as ‘Poverty Doctor’, Dr Jones told partisans that it is his party’s responsibility to lift Liberians out of poverty, adding that “MOVEE is a party for the teacher, the driver, the motorcycle rider, marketers,” among others.He admonished the crowds that if any politician tries using tribal identity as a means of getting their votes, they should ask him or her if their tribal kinship has ever given them jobs or benefits.Dr. Jones said the primary issue is not about speaking the same language or coming from the same tribal background but rather about who cares for the Liberian people. He made reference to his empowerment efforts throughout the country when he used the opportunity he had as the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia to make sure that Liberians in the leeward counties have access to loans to improve their lives.With a consistent message that poverty is not the destiny of Liberians and that MOVEE can lift them out of poverty, Dr. Jones said the greatest enemy of the Liberian people is poverty.“When you are poor you have no human dignity and your children and wives don’t respect you,” Dr. Jones said, “you only exist…and MOVEE is here to change that.”He called on Liberians not to allow the same old way of doing things to remain the status quo, “because change is coming,” and they must “join the movement for it.”Dr. Jones said Liberians should decide to make a change for justice, equal opportunities, fairness; and a land of promise, a land of possibilities, and must look up to working together for the promise that MOVEE stands for.Meanwhile, speaking on the controversial Code of Conduct, Dr Jones asked: “Why did many people think I was the target? What have I done to be the target?”He described as misinformation news that he had been barred from running in the election or that the Code of Conduct had affected his presidential bid for the October elections. “Go out there and tell your people that Dr. Jones’ name will be on the ballot for the president in October,” he told them.Dr. Jones said in all his deliberations, he wants Liberians to get out of poverty, and had helped many in the country to get financial independence which should not be counted as evil against him.In their responses, representatives of the National Petty Traders Union of Totota, the Welekermah Women Association of Salala, and other organizations expressed appreciation for the clarity that his name will be on the ballot.They assured him of their support because of what he did for them as Governor, which they believe would be bigger and better when he is elected President of Liberia in October.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Dr. Jones says poverty has no tribe; and therefore, Liberians should avoid tribal politicslast_img read more

Govt putting ‘cart before the horse’ – Nandlall

first_imgGovernment’s proposed plan to establish a law school here has been questioned since there are concerns over whether the process being used is the right one, and if on establishing this school, Guyanese will have a recognised qualification to practise law throughout the Caribbean.Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall said the issue was a straightforward one that has been made ambiguous, complex and confusing by the alleged lies being peddled by his successor, Basil Williams, who has, in fact, given several different statements regarding the same issue.One major concern for Nandlall is the move taken by Williams to proceed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with what he described as two unrecognised institutions.The former AG told Guyana Times that he believes Williams also misrepresented to Cabinet that he obtained permission from the Council of Legal Education (CLE) to establish a law school in Guyana.“I believe that he didn’t even know that he had to have permission from CLE. When I pointed that out to him through the press publicly, he said yes. That’s the first lie he told. Now to cover up that lie, he has been lying consistently and persistently ever since,” Nandlall opined.In fact, the CLE did indicate that Guyana was not granted permission although the Attorney General declared several times that Guyana did obtain permission in 2017.Nandlall said this was a clear case of Government putting the “cart before the horse”.Williams has attacked CLE Chairman Reginald Armour, claiming that he (Armour) responded to a request from Nandlall to have the matter of Guyana establishing a law school put on the CLE agenda.In his defence, Nandlall said he did write the CLE Chairman questioning him whether he was aware that Guyana was establishing a law school. The former Minister also sought to find out whether permission was granted and whether the CLE had in fact authorised Guyana to establish such a law school.“The CLE responded to me and said we are surprised as you are, because we haven’t given any permission. And we (CLE) are the regulatory body in relation to setting up law schools,” Nandlall told this publication, explaining that is how the matter was discussed at the CLE meeting.The former Minister said it was not his intention to block any development that Government may seek but to ensure that if a law school was established here, students would be able to get a recognised qualification.He said, “I suppose the feasibility study will answer a few questions in relation to whether there is a need for such a school, what is the extent and nature of the need that will determine the capacity… or whether there is need for a law school, the programmes and qualifications,” he added.Nandlall maintains that if Government is going about establishing a law school, then it should be done in stages.While the AG has named Guyana’s committee for the setting-up of the law school, he said he was not yet ready to inform the CLE.Government announced in January 2017 it would start a project to establish the JOF Haynes Law School of the Americas. This school is being established through a public-private partnership entered into between the Government of Guyana, the Law School of the Americas (LCA) and the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), and will add to the existing options available to holders of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).last_img read more

Sterling not on same level as Messi, Ronaldo, says Guardiola

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate suggested Sterling could eventually be mentioned in the same breath as Messi and Ronaldo when asked how far the City winger could go if he maintains his superb form.Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has also said that he sees Sterling as a potential future winner of the Ballon d’Or — an award Barcelona star Messi and Juventus forward Ronaldo have each won five times.City manager Guardiola is thrilled at Sterling’s progress during their three years working together, but having also coached Messi at Barca, he knows the exceptional standards required at that exalted level.“Right now, Raheem is not in that level, but maybe in the future I wish. It would be a dream for him and for all of us,” Guardiola told reporters.“The consistency of these two guys, they are legends, something unique in world football.“If Raheem can target that level –- wow. We will be there to help him and of course he can do it.“But right now, nobody, not in the club, or in all the clubs in the world can compare with these two guys and what they have done every single week for ten years. Nobody.”– Sterling in electric form –Sterling enjoyed his best goal-scoring season last year as he netted 25 times to help City win the domestic treble of Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.He has started the new season in electric form with eight goals in seven games for club and country. He scored in both Euro 2020 qualifiers for England during the international break.To understand what Sterling is up against, Ronaldo’s mark of 29 club goals last season for Juventus is the lowest figure either he or Messi have recorded in the last decade.As City prepare to resume their Premier League campaign, away to Norwich on Saturday, Guardiola has noticed how the 24-year-old is becoming much more clinical in front of goal — as Sterling aims to improve on his best league tally of 18 from 2017-18.“Before Raheem made good actions and dribbles, but he didn’t finish too much. Now he is a player who can win games for himself,” Guardiola said.“It is a case of practice, practice, practice –- and mentality. The guy who scores goals is because he arrives in front of goal. If you are not there, it’s impossible.“In the beginning, he didn’t get there. Now he is always there. I have the sense that he has the desire and commitment to score goals and that’s why he scores more goals and has more assists.”0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling isn’t ready to be ranked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – Pep Guardiola would love Raheem Sterling to reach the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Manchester City manager is not sure if any player will be able to equal the feats of that legendary pair.Others have recently been comparing Sterling to the two dominant players of the last decade.last_img read more