Arthington Mayor Decries Deplorable Road Conditions

first_imgThe Mayor of Arthington City, Mr. Genius White has decried the deplorable road conditions existing in Artington and is therefore calling on the government to see reason to improve the road conditions in the area.He made the disclosure to the Daily Observer newspaper on Wednesday at his office in Arthington.According to Mayor White, almost 20 years there have been no improvement of roads in Arthington.He said that this was creating major economic hardship for the citizens as they find it difficult to travel from one place to another.“We absolutely want the improvement of our feeder roads. In most parts of the interior of the township there are no bridges for vehicles to travel from one place to another. During the rainy season people find it very hard to travel to Monrovia,” he explained.Mayor White said that there is a need for the Ministry of Public Works to intervene to improve the road conditions.“In recent times, transportation fare from Arthington to Monrovia was L$100 but now it has increased to $200 due to the bad road conditions,” he said.He said that the situation was brought to the attention of their lawmakers and still waiting for response.The Arthington Mayor has also lamented over the level of food production in his city, citing lack of support for farmers in his community.“This community is not far Monrovia but is isolated in terms of developments. The residents are lacking of basic social services such as safe drinking water and sanitation,” he said.Though Mayor White said that most of Arthington farmers are engaged in sugar cane farming, there was a need for farmers to get involved in food production.“There are many who are interested in growing food crop in Arthington but will need support from the government,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC, K. Sharks play to draw at Kasarani

first_imgHowever, despite their improvement, they could not find the back of the net while Sharks will only have themselves to blame after failing to hit AFC when they were down in the opening half.The below par AFC Leopards were lucky to have gone to the half time break still level and had their Ugandan keeper Benjamin Ochan to thank after he bailed them out twice in succession at the stroke of half time.AFC leopards keeper Benjamin Ochan serves the ball upfield during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 44th minute, Ochan stuck out a foot to keep out a low strike from Patrick Otieno who had run behind the slow Ingwe defense off a counter to face the keeper one on one.From the resultant corner, Sharks took one off the training ground, Duke Abuya starting short to skipper Eric Juma who picked out an unmarked Patillah Omotto. However, the midfielder’s curling effort from the edge of the area was punched out by Ochan.AFC were hugely average in the game and barely posted any danger to Sharks who should have used more of their advantage to create scoring opportunities.Perhaps the only danger Ingwe created was in the 16th minute when Paul Were swung in a cross from the left but Samwel Olwande did well to cut it out with the burly Ismaila Diarra lurking behind him.Otieno then forced Ochan into a point blank save in the 25th minute when he ran behind Collins Shivachi inside the box, but could not lift the ball over the keeper who raced sprawling off his line.AFC Leopards defender Soter Kayumba closes down on Kariobangi Sharks striker Eric Kapaito during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 37th minute Eric Kapaito missed the target by a whisker when he dived in to head a cross from Duke Abuya, but the effort bounced inches wide.In the second half, AFC coach Cassa Mbungo made changes, Diarra and John Wanda who had a horrible first half being hauled out for Odhiambo and Ochieng.The two brought an immediate impact and Leopards had a chance six minutes after the restart when Odhiambo’s cross from the right landed on Makwatta who took on a half volley to force Brian Bwire into a wonderful save.Ochieng landed on the rebound, but could not keep his header down, lifting the ball over the bar.Kariobangi Sharks defender Geoffrey Shiveka clears the ball under pressure from AFC Leopards forward Hansel Ochieng during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThree minutes later, Bwire pulled off another brilliant save to deny Ochieng who fired home a shot from the edge of the six yard box after Were cut back a cross from the left after one of his brilliant runs.Sharks were forced to play on the back foot with AFC raiding their half searching for goals. Makwatta had another chance in the 75th minute when he struck a belter from distance but Bwire once again made a good save.Four minutes later, the former Ulinzi Stars and City Stars man thought he had broken the deadlock when he connected well to an Odhiambo cross, but the referee’s flag was up for offside.Makwatta had turned well off an Ochieng pass but the assistant had the flag up, signalling that Odhiambo had interferred with the ball from an offside position.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks forward Eric Kapaito battles for the ball with AFC Leopards Ismaila Diarra during their Kenyan Premier League match at Kasarani. PHOTO/Raymond MkhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks played to a 0-0 draw in an entertaining Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday afternoon.After a horrendous first half performance, AFC came back a rejuvenated side in the second period and the changes to bring on Austin Odhiambo and Hansel Ochieng proved to be the difference in terms of performance for Ingwe.last_img read more

Giants 27, 49ers 23: Manning’s last-minute TD pass spoils Mullens encore

first_img(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — Nick Mullens was all set to win his encore as the 49ers starting quarterback. But, as was the case in the pre-Mullens era, the 49ers defense couldn’t hold a late lead.Eli Manning threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds remaining to hand the 49ers a 27-23 defeat. “I’m extremely disappointed,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We put ourselves in position where …last_img read more

Activation Gallery – Free State

first_imgBrand South Africa and Lesedi FM hosted a dialogue in Kroonstaad, Free State where measures to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and children in the province, and in South Africa as a whole, were discussed.The dialogue was attended by the community and broadcast live on Lesedi FMlast_img

Brand South Africa calls on Global South Africans to support Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir as it stars in ‘Inala’ a Zulu ballet in London

first_imgGrammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir to star in ‘Inala’ a Zulu ballet which takes centre stage in London at The Peacock Theatre from 30 April to 18 May. Beautifully articulated on its website, ﷟HYPERLINK “”Inala, meaning abundance of goodwill in isiZulu, was conceived five years ago to mark 20 years of democracy in South Africa to  celebrate freedom, democracy and  diversity. The productions has now returned as the country celebrates 25 years of freedom. It embraces the cultures in South African live on stage.  Inala was created by Sisters Grimm, multi-award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE, and features Ladysmith Black Mambazo with current and former dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert.  Inala was nominated for a Grammy® Award in 2016 for its original score, recognising what The Independent described as “stunning, contemporary South African vocal music”. The show has since received favourable reviews from international audiences; “A dynamic marriage of contemporary dance and choral music.” – Judith Mackrell, The Guardian “A perfect example of what can be achieved in art when a great idea and some of the finest talent come together on a production.” – Antoinette Thirgood, The Mumble “A tingling magic that conjures up the hot sun over vast South African plains…” – Lyndsey Winship, Evening Standard 2015 As the ballet returns to the international stage with the award winning Soweto Gospel Choir to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of South African Gospel music.  Brand South Africa commends the team for elevating the Nation brand image and reputation on the global stage, telling our stories for the world to see and enjoy.  Watch the trailer here: read more

Road Accident Fund pays out a record R22bn

first_imgThe Road Accident Fund is a social service that supports those whose health, jobs and lives are impaired by traffic accidents.The auditor-general has also recognised the fund’s prudent management of public money in the 2013/14 financial year by giving it with a second consecutive clean audit. (Image: RAF)Brand South Africa ReporterImproved efficiency has allowed South Africa’s Road Accident Fund to pay out a record number of claims to vehicle crash survivors in the 2013/14 financial year, amounting to R22.2-billion.“The number of open claims has reduced year-on-year to what is now less than half of what it was five years ago, indicating that administration is more efficient,” said Eugene Watson, the fund’s CEO.Open and reopened claims were reduced from 212 085 in 2012/13 to 198 140 this year, and the total awaiting compensation or legal cost payments reduced by 47 627 – from 279 912 in 2012/13 to 232 285.“Claims payments grew by 47% to a record high of R22.2-billion, from R15.2- billion in 2012/13,” Watson said.The Road Accident Fund is a social service that supports those whose health, jobs and lives are impaired by traffic accidents.“Reducing the frequency, severity and impact of accidents is the fund’s highest priority, as the estimated cost of road crashes to South Africa’s economy remains staggeringly high at R306-billion per annum,” Watson said.“Despite this, the RAF will continue being the social security safety net for those who are maimed on South Africa’s roads. During the year under review, the RAF continued its departure from a legacy of less than stellar performance, reinvigorating its efforts to make a socioeconomic impact on families, homes and communities.”He said the fund paid over 7 000 funeral claims, more than half of those resulting from the 14 000 road fatalities every year.Watson said the record payout was the result of improved productivity and controls, with the fund deploying cash more efficiently and expanding its geographical footprint to make its services available to road users countrywide.This was due to management interventions to optimise claim payments, improve business processes, the hiring of more staff, and a new claims administration system.Payouts wasted on legal feesWhile the rising number of claims strains the fund’s financial resources, Watson said the organisation was dealing with this by assessing and finalising claims speedily and efficiently.The auditor-general has also recognised the fund’s prudent management of public money in the 2013/14 financial year by giving it with a second consecutive clean audit.The Road Accident Fund board and management have mapped out plans to curb the growing deficit caused by the higher reserves needed for outstanding claims. These include discussions with the National Treasury and Department of Transport to resolve the short-, medium- and long-term funding of the organisation.Watson said a major problem was the high contingency fees – estimated at over 25% – paid to attorneys, which exacerbated the hardship of accident victims. More than this, 21% of payments go to legal fees, with R1.7-billion spent on the fund’s legal costs and R2.9-billion on claimant’s legal costs.“The litigious nature of the adversarial compensation scheme where one needs to prove fault, and the subjectivity in determining loss-of-earnings and support benefits, has seen a claim take between 12 to 60 months to finalise,” he said.New legislation to lower the cost of claimsThe new Road Accident Benefit Scheme Bill will attempt to reduce the amount of money wasted on legal fees by eliminating the need to determine who was at fault, cutting out prolonged and often self-serving lawsuits.Payments will be made directly and on a monthly basis to claimants and healthcare providers. The bill will also provide benefits for medical expenses, income support, family support and funeral benefits.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

FD WEBINAR: Healthy Childhood Sexual Development

first_imgHealthy Childhood Sexual DevelopmentWondering what’s next in our MFLN 2014 Webinar series? Here are the details!Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014Time: 11am-1pm EasternLocation: Sexualized Behavior in ChildrenShelly Martin, M.D., Lt Col, USAF, MC, and Child Abuse Pediatrician will be presenting on normal sexualized behavior in children as well as when children display sexualized behaviors that are concerning and problematic. The webinar will highlight various factors associated with children’s sexualized behaviors and assist clinicians in understanding appropriate assessment and disclosure processes involved when problematic symptoms are present.We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

You Are Hiring For Runway

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now We live in the Disruptive Age. Things are changing at a faster and faster clip. The changes are increasingly disruptive. And there is no end in sight.It’s important that you hire people who have both the attributes and the skills you need now. And it’s critical that you remember that you are hiring the people who are going to serve your clients. But it’s more important that you hire people for “runway.”RunwayRunway is the idea that there is a long stretch of pavement in front of the person and that they are going to get better and better over time. They’re going to pick up speed and take off. Runway means that the person you are hiring may not have all of the experience they need right now, but that they have the right attributes and the capacity to grow.Runway is more critical than ever. The future promises only one thing: uncertainty. The new challenges we face are going to make the old challenges look like a walk in the park. You’re hiring someone to grow into those challenges with you.You want to hire someone devoted to personal and professional growth. You want them to refuse dogmatic beliefs and to challenge the status quo. You want someone who believe that they can make things better, and that every challenge will eventually be overcome with a lot of initiative and resourcefulness. You want someone unsentimental about tradition and always willing to learn and apply something new when and where it makes sense.You hire for runway.What Runway Isn’tRunway has nothing whatsoever to do with age. Nothing.My friend Gerhard is not exactly a spring chicken. But you’d never know how old Gerhard is by looking at him or by examining his beliefs or his behaviors. He’s one of the youngest people I know because he is extremely open to changing his beliefs, he is the epitome of a life long learner, and he is unsentimental when it comes to change. He’s more web-savvy and more tech-savvy than most people half his age. Gerhard has a lot of runway, which explains a lot about why he is so successful.You are better off hiring someone with the right attributes and runway than you are someone with experience. This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.last_img read more

BCCI gives green signal to Kochi IPL team, to feature in IPL-4

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday allowed the squabbling Kochi franchisee to participate in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), ending the suspense over the fate of team.The IPL governing council, which had given a third deadline to Kochi last week after the consortium’s investors reached a last-minute agreement over their shareholding pattern, today approved their ownership structure and took it in its fold.”At their meeting today, the IPL Governing Council confirmed that the Kochi Franchisee had satisfactorily responded to the notice issued to them by the BCCI, and decided that the Franchisee Kochi Cricket Pvt. Ltd., would play in the IPL from 2011 onwards,” BCCI Secretary and President-Elect N Srinivasan said in a release.The decision comes on the backdrop of the legal developments involving the BCCI and expelled IPL franchisees – Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, the IPL governing council.Barely seven months after becoming the second most costliest team in the IPL, Kochi was on the verge of being thrown out of the event.But the owners of the beleaguered franchise made a last ditch attempt to save the outfit by reaching a compromise.Before the compromise, the investors of the franchise, which was bought for a staggering sum of Rs 1533.33 crore, had written to the BCCI informing them of their intention to withdraw from the IPL.That letter was sent after the BCCI, which had on October 10 expelled Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals for allegedly violating contractual agreements, gave a termination notice of 30 days to the franchise to sort out internal disputes regarding the shareholding pattern.advertisementThe investors in the consortium — Anchor Earth, Parinee Developers, Rosy Blue and Film Wave — hold 74 per cent of the equity.The remaining 26 per cent lies with the Gaekwad family — Shailendra, his brother Ravi and their parents all part of Rendezvous Sports World — as free equity for services rendered while bidding.It is this 26 per cent which became a bone of contention among the stakeholders as the investors were in no mood to give free equity to the Gaekwad family.The Gaekwads, on their part, initially refused to part with the equity but have now agreed to forego at least some of it to put an end to the squabbling which threatens the very existence of the team.The BCCI has made it clear that eight teams will take part in the fourth edition of the league scheduled from April 8, just six days after the World Cup.- With PTI inputslast_img read more