‘We are in Prison’

first_imgOn Friday, April 22, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf broke ground for the construction of a 48 kilometer road that, when completed, will connect Morlakwelleh in the Bella District to Pallakwelleh in Bokomu District, Gbarpolu County.Though the road in Bella Yalla might have brought road access closer to the people of Bokomu District, they walk five to six hours, at times hauling loads, before they can see or have access to vehicles to get to Bopolu City, the county capital, to transact business.Before she broke ground for the road construction, a traditional leader of the district, Flomo Nyangomo, told President Sirleaf that they have been in what he considered as “prison” for too long and it would be a great achievement for the President if she could liberate them as she did the people of Bella Yalla.Chief Nyangomo, who spoke through an interpreter, told the president that she continues to exemplify her distinctiveness as a true leader of the people by doing things that bring relief to the ordinary people.“We are in jail and this is the time for you to save us and we know you can do it,” the traditional leader said, pleading with the President that the road be completed before she leaves office, because he would never be sure if it will ever be done after her tenure expires.Chief Nyangomo noted that residents of the community wholeheartedly welcome the President and her entourage to the district, and are receptive to the pending road construction.Earlier, President Sirleaf told the audience that she had continuously told the county leadership that she was going to get back to Bella Yalla, especially to inspect the enormous challenges that have impeded the road construction, especially at the infamous Gorma Hill, that is somehow slowing the Bella Yalla road work. She noted that her government will ensure that a road runs to the isolated Bokomu District. This, she said, will bring relief to citizens in that part of the country. This road, if completed will lead to Zorzor, Lofa County. “Pallakwelleh is the short way to get to Zozor,” residents said.According to President Sirleaf, she has a special place in her heart for Bella Yalla. She noted that the district is indeed an example of departing from difficulties to success and from suppression to freedom. “Driving into Bella is freedom for our people,” she said.“It brought tears to me and the residents when they saw vehicles for the first time; the excitement was just overwhelming,” President Sirleaf once told reporters in an interview. But she noted that this is the kind of landmark that her government had come to achieve. “We came into power to bring relief to the Liberian people, and this is a clear example. The Bella Yalla story is a true manifestation for our vision for the country.”She said with the county leaders, which also comprised the President Pro-Tempore, Armah Zulu Jallah, will work collectively to have the road constructed for the betterment of the masses. All of the lawmakers from the county were present at the ceremony. In a brief remark, Pro-Tempore Jallah lauded the President for her presence at the ceremony, noting that it is a clear manifestation that the President has a heart for the people. “I stand ever ready to work with you, Madam President, in whatsoever that will bring sanity to the people of Liberia,” Jallah declared. The people of Bella Yalla, like their Bokomu counterparts, were also isolated for too long. This was until President Sirleaf made a historic milestone when she ordered a motor road penetrate the dense high forest of Bella Yalla in 2010.Bella Yalla hosted the nation’s infamous maximum prison facility where political prisoners were tortured, flogged and were conscripted to hard labor. The prison was fortified by the dense forest surrounding, with no road facilities. Prisoners were transported to the facility by air at the time. President Sirleaf made history when she ensured that a road, for the first time, entered Bella Yalla and she was the first President to visit the town by road and saw the facility.Many of the onlookers were overjoyed when they were informed that the President was in their area to break ground for road construction. They continuously sang songs of joy in the Belleh dialect and jubilated throughout until the President departed the area.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Manchester City release home and away Puma kits for 2019/20 season

first_imgManchester City have unveiled their home and away kits for the 2019/20 which “pay tribute to Manchester’s industrial and cultural heritage”.The Premier League champions have teamed up with Puma after signing a ten-year kit deal with the German sports brand earlier this year. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Puma City will be hoping this new kit will bring them a third straight Premier League title latest Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:33Loaded: 6.47%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Striker Sergio Aguero models the new home shirt TROPHY Puma Ally McCoist pays tribute to David Silva who is to leave Man City at the end of next season The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS boost Getty Images – Getty Their home kit is unsurprisingly in the traditional sky blue but features a “woven jacquard wave pattern” which is supposed to represent the cotton looms which made Manchester the world’s first industrial city.City’s kit also bears a special crest to commemorate the club’s 125th anniversary, while also featuring purple flashes on the shoulder as City strips in the past have had purple on it.The away kit is all black and is a celebration of the city’s ‘Madchester’ years, while also having iconic yellow strips in tribute to the famous Hacienda nightclub. The sleeve cuffs are peach and sky blue.Puma’s global brand marketing director Adam Petrick said: “The partnership between Manchester City and Puma goes way beyond football. JIBE 6 Puma center_img Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa deals Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ punished LATEST Puma “We want the club’s global fans and local Mancunians to all feel invested in this and it starts with combining our very creative kit designs with authentic stories from Manchester’s history and music scene.“We want to bring Manchester City and Puma’s brand initiatives together when and wherever we can, and that means going beyond the pitch, into wider areas of football culture such as gaming, community, fashion and music.“That’s how we can really impact football fans of all ages and demographics.”Time will tell on whether these new garms will really go beyond football but below are some more pictures of the new Manchester City home and away kits. 6 Puma Aguero, Leroy Sane, Silva and Benjamin Mendy wearing the away strip while Ederson sports the all pink goalkeeper’s kit 6 REVEALED 6 6 How the home shirt looks from the back David Silva models Manchester City’s new home kit 6 How the away shirt looks on the backlast_img read more

Final push for ATV food drive

first_imgThe Chatham-Kent ATV Club is in the final push to help out local food banks and other organizations this year.So far, the group has collected over $6,000 through GoFundMe and other donations, as well as nearly one 16-foot enclosed trailer full of food.“I just had some more dropped off,” club member Vince Masse said. “We’re just running down to the final days.“(It’s) a little nerve-racking, because I’ve set the bar a lot higher this year. But the way it’s going, I think we’re going to do very well.”The food drive officially started on Oct. 1 and ends on Saturday. The club will be collecting food that day at Bobs Motorsport in Chatham from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.“If people just wish to make a cash donation, we can do that too,” Masse said.Since 2016, the group has been able to donate more than $50,000 to local food banks and soup kitchens. The funds collected are used to purchase non-perishable goods for these places.The ATV club helped 12 organizations last year, with Masse adding they’ll likely be able to assist even more.Anyone wishing to drop off items and donations can do so at Bobs Motorsport in Chatham, Delta Power Equipment in Tilbury, and Hudsons Motorcycle in Tilbury.Given the number of organizations involved in fighting hunger, Masse said that shows there is a definite need in the community.“It’s not just the big cities that are having this problem,” he said. “(We’re) hoping that the weather co-operates Saturday and everybody’s in a good giving mood.”tterfloth@postmedia.com Twitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

SHRM Certification: Look How Far Our Profession Has Come!

first_imgThe best part of my travels is always the opportunity to meet HR professionals from around the globe.  With the advent of SHRM Certification, my travels have been even more interesting as I gather feedback from examinees and learn more about our exams every day.  Over the last few months, I’ve had the good fortune to meet numerous examinees many of whom shared one principal piece of feedback—the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams were hard but fair.  Whether from Yonkers or Kalamazoo or San Diego examinees shared this sentiment and provided useful feedback.  SHRM Certification is a critical step forward for the HR profession where core competencies sit at the heart of professional development.  Since its inception, the SHRM Competency Model was based on extensive research serving as the focal point for HR professionals As a SHRM researcher, I knew every painstaking detail that went into developing the model including gathering insights of more than 35,000 business professionals across the globe. As a certified professional, I recognized how these professionals looked at SHRM exams. But as I explained the shift to competency-based certification, I discussed the research (I know, YAWN!), the importance of assessing both knowledge and the ability to do, and the criticality of using a common universal framework of business competencies.  Little by little, people understood the reason for a shift even likening it to other testing programs like your written and road tests for a driver’s license.  The SHRM Competency Model became seemingly ubiquitous across the business community with large organizations adopting the new certifications.  The competency-based credentials (SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP) gained traction as people realized the shift made sense and was almost necessary given external criticisms of the profession.  As one colleague noted, “It all makes sense!  I get it now that I’ve been through the online pathway.”  As she described it, understanding how competencies play a role in success is the first step to continuous improvement.  The shift was in full effect and the HR world was accepting it.Between May 1 and July 15, 2015 we received feedback across a variety of areas.  Some good like the feedback on the situational judgment items and some not so good like commentary on the length of the exams.  In all cases though, it was information we could use to make our program better and that made your feedback invaluable. As our first testing window closed, we immediately turned to scoring.  As a data nerd, this was what I thought would be my favorite part of the process.  As we analyzed data, I knew you, our examinees, waited patiently in most cases for your results.  Yes, there were a few folks here and there who picked up the phone hoping to circumvent the system and get their results immediately.  I even had one call where an examinee offered me a nice bottle of wine if I tipped them off.  Luckily, my drink of choice is single malt Scotch whisky.  Nonetheless, this reaffirmed what would actually be my favorite part of the entire process—the welcoming of new members to the most prestigious community of HR professionals in the world.  My favorite part was recognizing that we would soon have thousands more SHRM-CPs and SHRM-SCPs with roughly 69 and 53 percent passing each exam respectively. For some, the journey still entails sitting for the exam again.  We thank you for your continued commitment to the HR profession and encourage you to seek certification via the exams once again.For most, the journey entails two key activities—1) CELEBRATING!!!! and 2) starting your work toward continual recertification.  I am happy to join you for the first of these because everyone knows I LOVE CAKE.  I am even more ecstatic to join you for recertification because this is where the real magic happens.  Recertification is the commitment to continuous learning and growth.  It represents your willingness to engage in professional development with the goal of maintaining proficiency in those competencies.  It is simply a sign of your desire to be the best HR professional you can be for a long time to come. Congratulations to our new SHRM-CPs and SHRM-SCPs and thank you all for your renewed commitment to this profession!  The journey is only a year old but look at how far we’ve come.last_img read more

Bill-Ability and Salaries

first_imgSome employers are confused about how their exempt employees can maintain exemption status when the company has clients that are billed for labor on an hourly basis.Many employers believe that there’s a problem with paying an exempt employee on an hourly basis. They should have a problem.  Most times it is not permitted.  However, some exempt employees can be paid hourly, believe it or not. Teachers, physicians, lawyers, and computer professionals paid at a certain (high) rate are all examples of exempt employees that can be paid hourly. Yup![I know you knew that, but some readers didn’t, so we have to tell them.]Many of those same employers wonder how in the world they can bill their clients by the hour when their exempt project managers, engineers, analysts, counselors, technical writers, economists, and so on are paid salaries.The answer is easy!Track the hours worked, for billing purposes, not for pay purposes (because you can’t pay a salary on an hourly basis), but pay the salary. It is that simple, really.No, it is not unlawful to do record-keeping of the hours worked for exempt employees. Nothing prohibits an employer from keeping track of hours worked regardless of exemption status. Doing so does not jeopardize the exemption status of a position.Yes, you will still make money, because your hourly rate will build in the fact that you have to pay a salary and benefits to the person filling the role. Some experts say that “G&A” and “FEE” and “OVERHEAD” all ought to be included in the hourly rate billed to the client.A business consultant can help you figure out how to reach that figure.last_img read more

LiveJournal Says Goodbye to Unique Account Structure, Against Wishes of Advisors

first_imgGroundbreaking social network LiveJournal is no longer allowing new users to sign up for Basic level accounts, which traded a pared-down feature set for an ad and cost free user profile. SUP, the Russian company that recently acquired LiveJournal, angered a substantial number of its users last week by instituting the policy before discussing it publicly and going against the advice of at least two members of the company’s new high profile advisory committee.LJ’s pricing structure has long been unique among major social networks; none of its competitors allow users to avoid ads or pay for an ad-free and feature-rich account. It appears that the company has given up on that unique approach and chosen the ubiquitous ad-centric path to monetization, itself of questionable effectiveness in monetizing some social networking platforms.LiveJournal is no stranger to controversy, it seems some fight between users and site administrators breaks out every month. It makes user relations at Facebook seem like a never-ending honeymoon. A “content strike” by LiveJournal users last week doesn’t appear to have made an appreciable impact on site traffic due to being scheduled on the Friday before a major holiday. Thanks to Andrew Watson for bringing the strike, and thus the whole story, to our attention.The new feature comparison page shows only Plus and Paid options; you can view the old feature comparison page, which details the now unavailable Basic accounts, via the Internet Archive. Current basic accounts will go unchanged but new users can no longer sign up for them.Advisory Committee ReactionsThe most recent policy change has angered at least two of the new advisory board members, however, including LiveJournal creator Brad Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is now at Google and leads the cross-site platform effort OpenSocial works on Social Graph technologies there. marshall kirkpatrick “While offline this week, I learned that LJ has changed its account levels. Needless to say, Brad’s pissed. I’m pissed. Not only because we both vehemently disagree with this change, but because they made such a change without consulting us. Or rather, we were both at a lunch a while back where they asked us what we thought and we both told them that this was the worst idea ever, although for different reasons. I had thought it had been tabled until I learned of this. After it had been posted…I pay for my account (and have for years), but most of my friends who read what I write have Basic Accounts. They produce very little but I would produce absolutely nothing if they weren’t reading what I wrote. And then I wouldn’t pay. And that’s how it gets all entangled.”Those seem like strong and compelling arguments made by ostensibly trusted advisors to the company. boyd further asks her readers how they would suggest that SUP can further growth and monetization at LiveJournal if not by taking steps like this.Advisor Esther Dyson has said publicly only that “I was not consulted about this in advance… and yes, I think I should have been.”Monetization is HardAs analyst firm Gartner said in a recent report on AOL’s acquisition of Bebo, the social networking landscape is one where “formerly explosive growth rates have slowed and monetization remains a challenge. But to the extent a social site is a platform, it has value.” That Platform value seems unproven, however. MySpace seems to be printing money with display ads, despite Google’s recent complaints that its search ads haven’t been monetizing well on the site.LiveJournal had served as an interesting alternative to dominant theories about monetizing social networking. Now that example is only half of what it was – it’s still interesting that users are offered paid accounts ($20/year) in exchange for an ad free experience. Apparently the original LJ model wasn’t monetizing well enough for SUP. That’s a shame, because it sure was interesting. Tags:#social networks#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification “The free users, while not paying, were extremely valuable because they produced the content that the paying users were there to consume,” Fitzpatrick wrote in a LiveJournal entry last week. “You know, the whole network effect thing?…I advised against this (when I heard a rumor about it awhile back). I hadn’t heard anything recently about it…SUP apparently sees no value in freeloaders not looking at ads, not paying, and oh wait… producing most the content for other members to read, other members who are looking at ads and paying for their accounts. Let’s hope my permanent account is grandfathered.”Advisory board member and youth social networking scholar danah boyd reacted thusly in her own LJ entry: last_img read more

University, community colleges offer transfer partnership

first_img(AP) – The University of Missouri will guarantee admission to students from the state’s community colleges if they meet certain requirements.The university and the Missouri Community College Association announced Friday they have signed an agreement intended to encourage community college students to transfer to the university.The agreement, signed by a dozen Missouri community colleges, will guarantee admission to the university if students have completed an associate’s degree in arts, applied science in nursing or teaching; or completed a 43-hour general education block of courses.The agreement takes effect immediately.The two-year community colleges included in the agreement are Crowder, East Central, Jefferson, all campuses of Metropolitan Community College, Mineral Area, Moberly, North Central Missouri, Ozarks Technical, St. Charles Community College, St. Louis Community College, State Fair and Three Rivers.last_img read more

22 days agoTottenham worried Harry Kane could angle for summer exit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham worried Harry Kane could angle for summer exitby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are concerned Harry Kane could angle for a summer exit away from the club.Kane’s frustrations have come to the boil after a string of disappointing results in all competitions to begin the campaign.Spurs have been beaten by Leicester and Newcastle already in the Premier League as well as a humiliating exit to League Two Colchester in the Carabao Cup.They squandered a two-goal lead to draw their opening Champions League match at Olympiakos before further embarrassment as they shipped seven at home for the first time in their history against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.And that has led to the club fearing he is losing patience in north London, report The Times.Kane’s future could also come into sharper focus if Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club with the Argentine continuously linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United. last_img read more

OSU aims to buck losing trend at Miami

Solidified at the goaltender position, the Ohio State men’s hockey team prepares for its final regular season series with rival Miami.Two weeks ago, with just six games remaining in the season, coach John Markell sat down his top two goaltenders and told them they needed to step up.“I told them I want to ride the hot goalie, and that’s what you need at this time of the year,” Markell said. His message hit home with both goaltenders, Cal Heeter and Dustin Carlson, who have split time tending the net for the Buckeyes this season.“It’s kind of tough hearing that because he pointed out we weren’t playing as well as we were at the beginning of the year,” Carlson said. “I think we both took it as a challenge and it really showed. The next week in practice we both were battling really hard.”Carlson’s increased intensity on the ice, both in practice and in games, has earned him more ice time down the stretch. “I knew I just had to step it up,” he said. “It’s an important time of the year and we’ve got to get our job done.” Since the conversation with Markell, Carlson has been doing exactly that. The junior has started the last three games for the Buckeyes and is unbeaten in that stretch. That stretch is the longest consecutive start streak Carlson has had this season. While both goalies say they prepare as if they’re going to start every game, it appears Carlson has developed a rhythm since starting on consecutive nights.“I’m definitely happy I’m playing now,” Carlson said. “We had a great weekend last weekend. [Saturday night] my team pulled out for me, and in the shootout I pulled out for them.”Two of the last three games the Buckeyes have tied and eventually won in shootouts. Neither Western Michigan or Alaska were able to score against Carlson in a combined nine attempts in the shootouts.“Cal [Heeter] is working hard in practice but right now Dusty [Carlson] has responded like you’d think he would. He’s responding the right way and that’s what we need from a junior,” Markell said. “I think everyone knows you have to have good goaltending at this time of the year. There’s not a better time than right now for Dusty to be playing hard and Cal to be waiting for his chance.”Carlson and the rest of the Buckeyes will be put to the test this weekend when they face No. 2 Miami in a home-and-home series. Markell expects the RedHawks to be amped up for the in-state rivalry. “This is huge for them. Ohio State coming to town is big for them and their fans,” Markell said. “They’re a good hockey team. They’ve proved that throughout the nation. But that doesn’t mean we can’t play [the way we’re capable of playing] hockey and sustain that for 60 minutes.”Miami comes into the series ranked No.2 in both the USA Today and USCHO polls, and deservingly so. The RedHawks are 20-2-4 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association this season and 23-5-6 overall.“They have an explosive team,” Markell said. “They have depth, good defense, good specialty teams and their goaltending is good.”Miami’s play has been especially dominant in the conference, including a series against OSU earlier this season. The RedHawks swept the Buckeyes on Dec. 11 and 12, winning 6-0 and 4-2.However, no one on the Buckeye squad is fazed by facing Miami and are entering this weekend’s series looking for wins. “We need points [heading into the post season]. We just have to get as many points as we can,” Carlson said. “History shows we don’t have the best record against them recently but we always play them strong. It’s our rivalry; they hate us and we hate them. We’re going to go in there with everything we’ve got.”Friday’s game will be played in Oxford, Ohio and Saturday night’s finale will be at the Schottenstein Center. Both games face off at 8:05 p.m. read more

Nichelle Prince leading the way for No 17 OSU womens soccer team

Then-sophomore Nichelle Prince (7) fights for a ball during a match Oct. 24, 2014 against Iowa at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoJunior forward Nichelle Prince has already made a splash for the No. 17 Ohio State women’s soccer team (3-0-1) in its four opening matches, scoring two goals. The Ajax, Ontario, native’s junior year is off to an exciting start as she was just named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after her overtime game-winning goal against then-No. 8 Florida on Aug. 23. The forward said she approached the honor humbly and with confidence moving forward.“It’s obviously a big honor to be able to be named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and have those titles, but I think it is a lot about how I can contribute to my team and how I can get better every week,” she said.Prince said she feels as though she carries much more responsibility on and off the field as an upperclassman.“I’m a junior now, so I think I have a lot more influence on the field, and I just want to make sure that everyone feels a part of the team,” she said. “Hopefully I can spread my knowledge to younger players.”Prince said she started playing soccer when she was 4 years old.“The first time I went, my parents were driving me, and I was begging for them to take me home,” she said, “But as soon as I got on the field I loved it and I’ve played ever since.” As Prince’s career continued through childhood and into her high school years, she then faced the decision of choosing where she would play her collegiate career.“I could see myself living here for four years and growing up here. It wasn’t all about soccer, it was a lot about the atmosphere,” Prince said about what drew her to OSU.Prince’s soccer career at OSU has seen its share of ups and downs. As a freshman, Prince saw action in all 20 games, being named second team All-Big Ten as well as earning a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman team. She collected three Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, as well as ranking fifth in the conference for goals and points. She was unable to duplicate that level of success as a sophomore. Prince started only 10 matches due to a leg injury that kept her out of the season’s first nine contests. Prince’s teammates are glad to have her back on the pitch.“Having Nichelle back and fully healthy gives our team a lot of confidence. It’s awesome being able to play up top with her again,” junior forward Lindsay Agnew said. Prince and the rest of the women’s soccer team are scheduled to be back in action on Thursday as they host Florida International at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more