A Sapo County: What is the Point?

first_imgYesterday’s lead headline sounded a disturbing alarm concerning tensions brewing in our nation’s South Eastern region. Two prominent members of the Sapo tribe, a subset of the Kru, voiced the alleged desire of their tribesmen to form their own county. Their rationale: greater self-determination through freedom from the allegedly domineering Kru majority. Speaking jointly, Mr. Romeo Quioh, Superintendent of Sinoe County, and Mr. Mobutu Nyenpan, former Sinoe Senator, pointed to fears among Sapos that the Krus would reclaim a key Senate seat currently occupied by a Sapo, in 2017. The solution: the establishment of a Sapo county, to maintain the tribe’s direct representation in the Legislature. But is the ‘representation’ of Sapos really the point of this proposition? Our nation was founded by black people determined to be free from oppression, underrepresentation, and economic distress. But, then, our forefathers turned right around, excluding and subjugating the indigenous peoples from the promise of freedom that Liberia offered. The result: nearly two decades of conflict. The same people, who kept the country to themselves for so long, ended up losing it and running right back to America, begging for green cards. And all because they saw our economy as a rigid, crusted pastry, instead of an expanding pie that grows exponentially when everyone gets a piece. But, is that really the scenario at play between the Sapos and the Krus? We think not! In our view, the Sapos and Krus need no separate representation because their needs and desires are the same. Every Liberian has a right to representation in government – on the basis of citizenship, geographical placement, and county population size. Not tribal affiliation. Because we cannot all participate in day-to-day governance, we elect officials to stand in our place, set the agenda and appropriate public monies according our priorities. That is where voting comes in – rule by the majority – because a nation where everyone always gets what they want, simply does not exist. Anywhere. So (ideally) we celebrate our wins, accept our losses, and try to work with those in office to implement our development agenda. And what is that agenda? For most Liberians, they are five simple words: agriculture, education, health, energy (God help LEC!), and roads. Simple. Pray tell, is that any different for the Sapos? Are their priorities really that different from ours? Space travel, perhaps? No. The truth is that this great and beloved tribe is just being manipulated by two power hungry politicians!Of course, this is no new tactic. Politicians, the world over, who lack the moral fiber to earn public confidence and votes, instead use fear, xenophobia, racism, sexism and religious prejudice to garner support for their ambition. Therefore, the proposition of a Sapo county must be given no credence. Or else, such action would set a dangerous precedent, allowing Nimba – where similar issues exist between the Gios and Manos – to follow suit. And what about Montserrado? Should it be reserved for the settlers only? And what of the half of Liberia’s population that resides here? If we allow this mad proposition, we would then have to double the number of counties, allocate the majority of our land to the most populous tribes, and then leave a small village to the smaller ones – which would incite them to anger. This would tear our nation right back into shreds – this time literally as well as figuratively. The thing to remember is that the Sapos and the Krus are one family, with one present and one future. And the solution for them is not separation, but unity around a real leader and a realistic agenda. Whether they elect a Kpelleh or a Mandingo representative is immaterial. What really matters is that their candidate actually works in the best interest of Sinoe, bringing human and infrastructural development (not destruction) to that impoverished county.Meanwhile, we would encourage Mr. Quioh, who is in the employ of the Executive Branch, to exercise some professionalism and at least participate more quietly in county politics. You were hired to supervise development in your county, and to manage the just ended Independence festivities. You failed at that, and must be held accountable. To Mr. Nyenpan: admit that you have failed both the Kru and the Sapos who elected you. You both need to rebuild your credibility through service, not manipulation. 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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LADIES GAA: DONEGAL LOSE TO KERRY IN QUALIFIERS

first_imgDONEGAL Ladies were well beaten this evening in the second round qualifiers game with Kerry in Birr.Played in wet conditions, the clash saw Donegal take on a Kerry side which played some good football.But it has to be said it was also a Kerry side which repeatedly fouled Donegal on the rare occasions they did get possession. At one stage in the second half Kerry had two players in the sin bin.And unfortunately for Donegal – McMonagle and McLaughlin up front – who are relied on for so much – left their shooting boots at home.They did account for all of Donegal’s 0-5, but put so many other chances went wide.The final score was 2-10 to 0-5 and Kerry were worthy winners. The Donegal Ladies will have to go back to the drawing board.LADIES GAA: DONEGAL LOSE TO KERRY IN QUALIFIERS was last modified: August 6th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal ladies gaaDonegal v Kerrylast_img read more

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Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell discusses offense’s struggles, adjusting to AT&T Park

first_imgST. LOUIS–There were days when the Giants’ offense looked like it was destined for improvement.After the club finished dead last in the major leagues in home runs and 29th in runs scored a season ago, the Giants showed early signs that things may be different this year.Brandon Belt was poised for a career year. Brandon Crawford was the best hitter in the National League for a six-week stretch. High-profile offseason acquisitions Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria started to turn their seasons …last_img read more

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Raiders’ pre-camp offensive depth chart

first_imgBubble: Mike GlennonLong shot: Nathan PetermanAnalysis: Nothing to see here except plenty of Carr going into a season which will determine whether he remains … NAPA — The Raiders are younger, faster and more talented on offense. When they begin full-squad practices Saturday, we’ll begin to see if that translates into being much better than the unit that ranked No. 23 in the NFL last season.A look at the offensive depth chart (*projected starter):Quarterbacks (3)Lock: *Derek Carrlast_img read more

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Pages and pages of wise words

first_imgToddlers learn important co-ordination skills while having fun. Colour Africa Proverbs presents words of wisdom from around the continent in a fun and educational way.(Images: Colour Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rosie Campbell  Design for Development  +27 21 434 1126 RELATED ARTICLES • Instilling a love of reading • Gift that keeps on giving • Getting needy kids hooked on books • E-classroom, a fun way to learnSue MustafaColour Africa Proverbs is a unique project that encourages reading and respect for others and the environment among children between the ages of four and eight.Created by a somewhat unlikely source – a team of Cape Town-based graphic designers – the book is a collection of proverbs from around Africa, which are presented along with illustrations, words in different shapes and pictures that children can colour in. Rosie Campbell, Roulé le Roux, Melissa Visser and Amanda Storey run Design for Development, a design studio that has links to community development initiatives, non-profit organisations (NPOs), advocacy groups and the business sector. The company creates logos and branding accessories for prominent NPOs like the Treatment Action Campaign, Equal Education and Hoops4Hope, among others. Colour Africa Proverbs, through its words of wisdom, promotes respect, teamwork and patience in an educational and fun way. The cover is made with 100% recycled materials, to encourage environmental friendliness among the young readers. Each page is dedicated to one proverb, quoted at the top of the page, for which a translation is provided in illustration form below. To further emphasise the proverb’s meaning, the opposite page features a picture that can be coloured in. Next to the original-language saying is the country from where it originated.The books are available at R45 (US$9) each, while a donation copy costs R30 ($3.4), a pack of five costs R210 ($24), and a pack of 10 costs R400 ($45). Books may be ordered via the website. To date over 3 000 copies have been sold.Developing childhood skills“Most colouring books are very commercial,” explained Le Roux, who was responsible for the illustrations. “We wanted to create a book for children and parents that feels familiar and has local content.” Furthermore, the letters of the words in the translation have to be coloured in, a process that Le Roux explains was incorporated to help children pay special attention to their spelling skills.“I specifically wanted the text to be hand drawn and pictorial,” she said, “to show young children how closely drawing, writing and reading are linked. The drawings also encourage children to get ready to read and explore letter-forms while doing a fun activity.”Across the centre spread is a maze-like game that can be played by more than one person, where the winner is the first person to finish a race and reach a set destination. Along the way, players encounter obstacles and in some cases have to rely on each other for help, and in this way are forced to work as a team.Embracing Africa’s diversityThe designers have drawn on wisdom from Kenya, Ethiopia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, among other countries. Following the vast interest from Afrikaans speakers, an edition in that language has now been made available. Plans are also in place to translate the book into other languages as well, while also adding more editions to turn the project into a series. The Design for Development team believes that using the different languages in the book also helps children to embrace the cultural diversity of the continent. This way, they not only pay attention to what makes African cultures different, but also how to respect and honour these differences. One isiZulu proverb, says “Ikhotha eyikhothayo” which means “The cow licks the one who licks her”. The saying promotes the value and benefit of helping others when they most need it. International demandFollowing its appearance at the 2012 Design Indaba in March, Colour Africa has attracted international interest and books are being stocked in shops in the US and some countries in Europe. Seeing this as an opportunity to distribute to an even wider audience, the company has recently launched an online shop. Local customers can view a list of stockists on the Design for Development website. One element of their distribution plan is to get as many hard copies to under-resourced crèches and early childhood development centres across the continent as possible. The book is already a feature at crèches across the Western Cape suburbs of Khayamandi and Philippi, while a pupil in another school in Cape Town arranged to donate several copies to a small village in the Eastern Cape.last_img read more

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How Social Selling Jumped the Shark

first_imgThere aren’t too many people who believe as deeply as I do in the power of the social tools in business. And yes, salespeople can use these tools to good effect. So this is going to sting a little bit, but here is the truth:Social Selling has jumped the shark.Too much hype. It’s never good to overpromise and under deliver. But that is what social selling has done. It has been offered as the panacea to all the problems that ail sales organizations, and in doing so, the case has been greatly overstated. Wait. It gets worse.The social selling pitch has misled salespeople and sales organization. I am not sure why the social selling proponents have felt that their best argument for using social tools was to suggest that all other methods of prospecting no longer work. The tools have value without making such claims. But too many people have believed this claim, and to their detriment. Honestly, I do know why the proponents of social selling target traditional prospecting methods; that is the primary area where social tools create potential value.Misreading of trends and research. Buyers are on the Internet. Why? Because everyone is on the Internet. The fact that buyers have a LinkedIn profile and a Twitter account provides no more evidence that they want an email or a connection request from a salesperson than a telephone proves they want a phone call. Let’s say I am wrong. Let’s say that buyers are burning up the web getting the evaluation stage of their buying process. That doesn’t change what salespeople need to do to succeed. In fact, it would make those actions more necessary–and more urgent.The words “social selling” don’t match the outcomes salespeople need. The social tools are spectacular for researching your dream clients. For a salesperson with already great prospecting chops, they are incredibly useful. But the social tools only deal with targets above the funnel. They create awareness, brand recognition, and an opportunity to connect. They even allow you to ask for an appointment, should you be so old school. But the tools don’t lend themselves to most of what salespeople do outside of prospecting and nurturing.Proponents sell the idea that to sell you have to not sell. The proponents of social selling suggest that the best way to sell is to not sell at all. Instead, you are supposed to be helpful. This pitch is very appealing to a certain segment of people who carry the title of salesperson without really embracing the role. This idea is causing salespeople and sales organizations to produce results that are less than they should be. It’s too passive. It assumes that inbound opportunities are enough or are somehow more valuable than outbound opportunities. There is nothing about outbound that makes it inherently more self-oriented than inbound.The social curriculum isn’t aligned with real sales outcomes. The curriculum for some of the social selling courses I have seen are mostly built on the proper use of the tools, like setting up a good LinkedIn profile, and writing a good introduction email. They’re built on the idea that “connecting” and “sharing” is the goal. These ideas drive awareness, build your personal brand, and may even allow you to nurture your dream client. These are more marketing than sales. The real goal in any social selling program should be appointment-setting. In fact, I might sign up for a course called: “Appointment-setting using LinkedIn.” Or maybe, “How to Make the Ask Using LinkedIn.”Like social media marketing, anyone with command of the tools is an expert. Try to find a social media marketing expert now. The people with true marketing chops ran away from this title years ago, when every marketing person with a blog and a Twitter account self-identified as an expert. Now they recognize themselves as content marketers or work in digital marketing. Some of the best people in this space never called themselves social media marketers at all, recognizing that the tools were not the deep, underlying force at work but enablers. But a command of the tools doesn’t translate to being able to help produce the main outcome for salespeople, namely acquiring new customers.People with great prospecting chops are great at social too. The salespeople that are good on the phone, good in a room, and good in a face-to-face meeting with a prospect are also good when it comes to using the social tools. They have the requisite confidence. But the folks that lack the confidence in real life, aren’t much better with the social tools. Mostly they hide behind email, afraid to ask for the commitments they really need to create or win an opportunity.The people who benefit the most from social tools and content marketing are entrepreneurs and thought-leaders. Salespeople can’t (or shouldn’t) publish. There is a difference between being a content creator and a curator. Both roles have value, but content is still King (or Queen), and it’s the creator that benefits the most from its sharing. Salespeople need marketing to give them the insights and the tools to share ideas that create value and nurture a relationship. Marketing applies these tools broadly. When salespeople market, it must be done one-to-one, as that it the nature of the relationship.By pretending to be too much, social selling is too little. It could be more. It should be more.The professional proponents of using the social tools understand the value that they create, but they don’t overstate that value. They also readily admit that the social tools do nothing to replace traditional prospecting approaches, but rather, they supplement them.If you are in business-to-business sales, you need to use the social tools. Especially the most useful tool in this regard, LinkedIn. Then you need to go back to doing the work of selling. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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