Dr. Jones: ‘Right Leadership Will Motivate, Challenge Liberia for Success’

first_imgFormer Central Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones has called on Liberians to welcome the train, identified as the Movement for Economic Empowerment that has already left the station and is on its way filled with hope, endurance, justice, opportunity, unity and inclusiveness.Speaking at the induction ceremony of the Cuttington University Students Union last weekend, Dr. Jones said “Change is coming and I have a simple appeal to Liberians: Get on board.”The man described as “poverty doctor,” told a large body of students “You don’t need any baggage, only a ticket of patriotism written on a paper called Liberia,” to get on board and be part of the movement.He spoke about a better tomorrow from God, “If only we are prepared to pursue it with the right leadership; a leadership that will effectively lead and motivate us, work to create an enabling environment for all Liberians and will challenge us to climb the ladder of success and prosperity.”Dr. Jones said Liberians need a leadership that will work tirelessly to ensure that Liberians have their basic needs met after 169 years as an independent nation that must have better healthcare, safe drinking water, improved access to electricity, a good educational system, and the opportunity to continuously raise their standard of living.“That’s what we mean when we talk about the new Liberia, a nation on the path of inclusive development which is within our grasp and the future of our children,” he stated.Describing 2017 as another critical hour of decision, Dr. Jones said “It is not about who steps into the shoes of the presidency; but about the type of leadership we want at the helm of the nation.”He said it matters for a country that for so long seems unable to extricate itself from the scourge of widespread poverty and underdevelopment. “Since independence we have had our share of the leadership letdown, leadership that had eyes but did not see, ears but did not hear, leadership charged with the primary responsibility to care for the people but did not care much.”Dr. Jones said around the world people are tired of the same-old politicians, and while commending United States President-elect Donald Trump, who defied conventional wisdom and got elected without the blessing of the status quo, said it is clear that “When you speak to the needs of the poor and act accordingly, the people will listen.”He explained at least five important areas that his administration, if elected, would work to complete the change he said is coming. Firstly, Dr. Jones said Liberia spends US$200m annually on the importation of rice and technology, which should change as Liberia has the climate to become self-sufficient in food.Secondly, he said his administration will ensure that over 3,000 carpenters are mobilized to produce furniture and other products from Liberian wood, including rubber wood, at reasonable cost, along with jobs and its multiplier effects of generating and saving foreign exchange for the country.Thirdly, Dr. Jones said his administration will invest in both the public and private sectors to provide low cost housing for the people, and this comes with direct and indirect job creation.Fourthly, he said research has indicated that access to finance is critical for building a domestic entrepreneurial class and while the so-called free market is unlikely to bring about the desired allocation of financing, Liberians can no longer wait; and so his administration will give priority to financial inclusion and expand access to finance for Liberian businesses, including ‘little businesses’ in rural areas.The final area of change, he said, is strengthening the National Investment Commission (NIC) by changing it into a Private Sector Development Authority that would revise investment incentives and broaden beneficiaries. “Attention should also be given to policies that will encourage Liberians in theDiaspora to invest in the country including, possibly, through Diaspora Bonds.”Dr. Jones also mentioned mobilizing domestic resources to improve the country’s financial landscape, along with investment in infrastructure and prioritizing the original mandate of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).“We want to be clear that a vibrant, inclusive and diversified economy is key to stability and to creating conditions for Liberia being at peace with itself. And when it comes to the economy, Liberia needs a leadership that is prepared to hit the ground running,” Dr. Jones said, adding that “Voting is the weapon to bring the change that is in our interest and the interest of the country.” Therefore, he wants Liberians to “register to vote and then go to the polls on Election Day. Don’t vote for tribe, or county, or just for party, but for the person who has shown you that they care for you and for our country, Liberia.”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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Asian tourism fair begins in Dhaka

first_img.The three-day 7th Asian Tourism Fair-2018 (ATF) began in the city on Friday to promote tourism industry of the country, reports UNB.Parjatan Bichitra in collaboration with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Bangladesh Tourism Board arranged the fair at International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB) as part of celebrating the World Tourism Day 2018.Civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal inaugurated the fair as the chief guest. The fair will remain open for all from 10:00am to 8:00pm till Sunday.Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation and tourism ministry Muhammad Faruk Khan attended the function as a special guest.BPC chairman Akhtaruzzaman Khan Kabir, BTB CEO Jahangir Hossain, ambassador of the Philippines Vicente Vivencio T Bandello and ambassador of Indonesia Rina P Soemarno and convener of the Asian Tourism Fair and editor of Parjatan Bichitra Mohiuddin Helal were also present.Around 120 stalls of different countries like India, Nepal, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore apart from Bangladesh are taking part in the fair.Travel-loving people of Bangladesh are offered to buy many interesting packages to visit home and abroad.last_img read more

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ShabeBarat 21 April

first_img.Holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed in the country on 21 April as the Shaban moon was not sighted in Bangladesh sky on Saturday, reports UNB.The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office in the evening with state minister for religious affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in the chair.Shab-e-Barat is observed on the fifteenth night of Shaban month.According to Muslim belief, Shab-e-Barat is the night when Allah arranges the affairs of the following year. On Shab-e-Barat, Allah writes the destinies of all the creations for the coming year by taking into account their past deeds.Muslim devotees will offer special prayers, recite from the Holy Quran, hold milad, zikr and other religious rituals seeking divine blessings for the wellbeing of mankind.last_img read more

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SEEING DOUBLE

first_imgNorth American river otters. (Stock photo)BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Zoo is excited to welcome Hudson, a one-year-old North American river otter (Lontra canadensis), to the Otter Stream habitat in the Maryland Wilderness section of the Zoo.  Hudson came to the Zoo from the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon.“Hudson was somehow orphaned as an infant,” noted Mike McClure, general curator at The Maryland Zoo. “He was found in June of 2015 walking alone along Highway 58 SE in Eugene, Oregon, which runs along the Middle Fork Willamette River.”  He was taken to the Chintimini Wildlife Center for treatment and care until he was moved to the Oregon Zoo in Portland.  “The staff at the Oregon Zoo estimated him to be 2 ½ to 3- months-old at that time,” continued McClure. “He was hand-reared for a few months before he was introduced to the other otters at the zoo, and he came to us in March of this year.”  After a mandatory 30-day quarantine period, staff began to slowly introduce Hudson to Piper, the young female otter who arrived earlier this year.North American river otters can thrive in many types of water habitats including ponds, marshes, lakes and rivers as long as there is adequate food to catch.  Otters typically eat crawfish, crabs, frogs, bird eggs, and fish. River otters create dens along the waters’ edge in empty burrows and logs or abandoned beaver lodges.  In Maryland, river otters live in tidewater areas across the state.Otters are graceful swimmers with short legs, muscular and streamlined bodies, small heads, powerful tails and are very agile and acrobatic. “Piper enjoys chasing Hudson and they are really interesting to watch together,” continued McClure. “They are both exploring every aspect of the stream habitat and seem to especially like popping out of the hollow tree trunk near the first viewing window to surprise guests.”According to staff, Hudson has a broader face and more brown on his chin. Piper has a thinner, sleeker face with some grey coloration around the chin. “Piper also tends to be more active and a bit hyper, while Hudson is more relaxed in temperament,” said McClure. “But, all otters get excited if the mood hits them.”Hudson and Piper will be seen in the river stream habitat together while Mary, the Zoo’s older female river otter, will altermate with them. “Mary prefers to be on her own in the habitat, away from the antics of the younger otters,” said McClure. “So for now the young otters will be on exhibit in the mornings and Mary will take their place in the afternoons.”          About The Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreFounded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas including Penguin Coast, Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children’s Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit www.marylandzoo.org.last_img read more

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Giant prehistoric crocodile shieldcroc identified

first_imgImage: Henry Tsai, University of Missouri © 2011 PhysOrg.com Discovered in Morocco and subsequently carted off to the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, the head sat ignored for nearly a decade before Casey Holliday, a paleontologist at the University of Missouri decided to look a little deeper. After analysis the head piece turned out to be from an animal that belonged to the family crocodyliforms, which of course is where modern crocodiles, alligators, caimans and others come from.Interestingly, despite its massive size, the old croc appears to have been rather weak jawed, and thus was more likely to eat fish swimming by (such as the car-length coelacanths) than grabbing animals off the shore and twisting them down into the water to drown them as modern crocs do.Holliday believes the shield was used to help cool the animal, due to the presence of skin and blood vessels similar to those in the frill of triceratops. Thus it would have been too soft to serve as protection, which makes Holliday believe it was likely mostly used to either frighten off other males, or to attract females.Also, because the head fragment was found in Morocco, new fuel has been added to fire in the ongoing debate among paleontologists regarding the origins of crocodyliforms. This new evidence points to North Africa of course, near the Mediterranean, though many still believe the original location was much farther north But since we’re talking about animals that lived around a hundred million years ago; so far back that land masses were configured differently from today, it’s likely the arguments will go on without ever being proved one way or the other.Holliday says the shieldcroc likely had an extra long face that was sort of flat with a roundish nose and small teeth. Its head alone was likely the size of a full-grown man. He also believes the giant beast’s feeding habits were more like modern pelicans than crocodiles and alligators. Ancient crocodile relative likely food source for Titanoboa (PhysOrg.com) — A scientist working in Canada studying a part of a head of a dinosaur found some ten years ago in Morocco, has uncovered what may be the great granddaddy of all modern crocs. The ancient beast, believed to have been wandering around during the Cretaceous period is estimated to have been nearly the length of a school bus and had a strange shield type crown covering the top of his head that researchers believe might have been more for showing off than fighting.center_img Explore further Citation: Giant prehistoric crocodile ;shieldcroc; identified (2011, November 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-giant-prehistoric-crocodile-shieldcroc.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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