What Are LIBA’s Strategies for Greater Liberian Participation in the Economy?

first_imgThe Executive Committee of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) has reiterated its call for greater Liberian participation in the economy.LIBA President Dee Maxwell Kemayah, addressing a meeting of the Executive Committee last Wednesday, said the organization advocates “for indigenous (or Liberian-owned) businesses to take over the country’s economy,” but lamented the targeting of Liberian businesses in times of crisis. This tends to undermine the efforts toward achieving LIBA’s goal, he warned.The meeting was apparently called after the destruction of houses and businesses belonging to one of LIBA’s key members, Prince Howard of Ganta. Mr. Howard is the proprietor of the Alvino Hotel in that city which was attacked by hooligans in the recent violent demonstration there. The demonstrators accused him of being involved in the death of a motorcyclist in Ganta on September 30. Putting the country’s economy in the hands of Liberians remains LIBA’s primary objective, declared Mr. Kemayah.The question is, what strategies has LIBA put in place for achieving this objective?The reason we raise this question is that we still see Liberians missing in the grocery and general trading businesses, especially near the main market centers in Monrovia. These include the markets at Sinkor Old Road, Jorkpen Town, Rally Time,Waterside, Douala and Red Light markets, where market people get their supplies for retail selling.The Lebanese and other stores supplying marketers, especially market women, get their goods from the same wholesalers found across the bridge on Bushrod Island. Granted, the Lebanese and Indian wholesalers may have special prices from some of these outlets that are patronized by the market women. But this is where LIBA can come in and negotiate with the wholesalers to ensure that Liberian stores receive the same prices offered the foreign traders. The stores from which the marketers get their goods also supply middle class Monrovia families on a monthly basis. Liberian business people could do the same thing and develop a clientele not only from the marketers but also from those customers who buy their goods on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. What is LIBA doing to introduce Liberian business people to this market, which encourages Liberians to open stores near the market centers and enjoy the steady stream of market women coming in to buy goods for retail sale in the market places? Also, when was the last time Mr. Kemayah or any of his officials visited Camp Johnson Road? President Ellen Johnson herself noticed a few years ago that Camp Johnson Road is now dominated by Liberian-owned businesses and she stopped by to patronize several of them. But a close look at Camp Johnson Road today shows that many of these stores are closed—why? Has LIBA taken note recently? Has it investigated this? If so, what have been its findings and what is the Association doing about them?Several months ago we advised LIBA in an editorial that it should give great encouragement to Liberian businesses in the counties. Yes, they are encouraging Prince Howard in Ganta. But what of business people in Kakata, Margibi County, Gbarnga, Bong County, Kpain and Tapita, Nimba County, Zwedru, Tchien and Putu, Grand Gedeh County, Karweaken and Fish Town, River Gee County, Barclayville, Grand Kru County and Gedetarbo, Pleebo and Harper, Maryland County?There are the major cities and towns in the other counties in western Liberia—Clay and Tubmanburg in Bomi, Bo Waterside and Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount, Vahun, Foya District, Kolahun, Bolahun, Vezala, Voinjama, Zorzor and Salayea in Lofa County.What of Buchanan in Grand Bassa, Cesstos City in River Cess, Greenville, Juazon and Butaw in Sinoe?In all of these cities and towns, local entrepreneurs are in charge. But one can see that they are struggling. Has LIBA any plans to visit these areas and check out its members and other business people there to find out how they are faring and what are their challenges?It seems to us that LIBA needs to come forward with some clear strategies to improve and enhance Liberian participation in the business sector in Monrovia, the capital and around the country. We have seen that the government cannot do it alone, nor does this seem to be one of government’s top priorities. At a recent LIBA meeting some Liberian businesspeople lamented that it is people in the very government of Liberia that are doing everything to frustrate and undermine Liberian businesspeople.LIBA cannot sit supinely and see this happen. The Association needs to find some means of combating this problem and giving Liberians a competitive edge in business both in the public and private sectors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea fans laud loan youngster after rocket goal; compare him to Liverpool star

first_img Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Reece James has impressed at Wigan Better than TAA— Alvaro Morata (@segun_official) April 6, 2019 REVEALED REAL DEAL Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea REVEALED The right-back who can also play in midfield has been one of Wigan’s star men in the Championship this season.During Saturday’s draw at Bristol City, he displayed his talents once again by bagging a world class opener for the Latics.James picked up the ball at the halfway line and began a mesmerising run before stopping roughly 30 years out and hammering home a rocket long-range effort.This latest act of inspiration went viral, with Chelsea fans going as far as to liken him to – or even claim he’s better than – Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.You can see a round-up of the reaction below. Bientôt on va commencer les Reece James>>>> TAA https://t.co/k3X8sWYQ0I— Amir🙌 (@Amirou__) April 6, 2019 There’s a reason why Reece James won Chelsea’s academy player of the year for 2018 over Hudson-Odoi. He’s just so consistently good, can’t wait for him to play next season for us.Easily bench all our fullbacks if we’re being honest..— Mod (@CFCMod_) April 6, 2019 Reece James is going to be loaned out again and then eventually sold and it’s going to be infuriating.— Michyology (@DonBatshuayi) April 6, 2019 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST CHELSEA NEWS Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars tense Our fullbacks get nosebleeds Everytime they cross the halfway line and we have him on loan.— . (@shlokhegde16) April 6, 2019 Starts for me next season and not on the bench @gate17marco— Olriteson (@olriteson) April 6, 2019 JIBE center_img punished targets The Chelsea faithful have been keeping an increasingly close eye on Reece James as his loan spell at Wigan has progressed.For many Blues at the beginning of the campaign, the 19-year-old was just one of the club’s numerous loanees dotted across the continent, however he’s quickly proven otherwise. OFF Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Reece James 💙 What a player 👊👏👏 @reecejames69 https://t.co/Pxqmn4Vvke— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) April 6, 2019 shining Imagine azpilcueta attempting anything like this. He has to be back at chelsea next season— James Martin (@JmartinCFC97) April 6, 2019 Reece James is something special. Reece James is already good enough.Reece James is Chelsea’s best full back.That, is all.— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) April 6, 2019 When does next season start, recce back please 😍😘— Prashanth (@kp22cfc) April 6, 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT @ChelseaFC BRING HIM BACK THE GUY IS READY!!!!!!!— MA. (@moazCFC) April 6, 2019 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 gameday cracker Sake – this guy is unbelievable— Jordan Drury (@JordanDrury8) April 6, 2019 OMG that’s ridiculous. Get him back now— Ben Croft (@bmjc1996) April 6, 2019last_img read more

Let’s Do This Again: Are These Shoes Gray and Teal, or Pink and White?

first_imgFor what it’s worth, 89% of people who voted in a Buzzfeed poll went with gray and teal. It’s been like 12 minutes since an optical illusion photo went viral, so here you go.  Here’s the newest one in the tradition of “The Dress” from a few years back . . . Someone on Twitter named “TFILDOLANS” posted a picture of her shoe a few days ago.  And people are debating whether it’s gray and teal . . . or pink and white.last_img

Marshfield wins four events, rolls to team title at home girls track indoor invite

first_imgGoeppinger, Jensen win individual titles for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield won four events to take the team championship at the 2016 Marshfield Girls Track Indoor Invitational on Thursday night at The Boson Company Fieldhouse at Marshfield High School.Marshfield finished with 123 team points. Marathon was a distant second with 89.75, and Rib Lake came in third with 88.25.Mariah Goeppinger won the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 6 ¾ inches, and Ana Jensen won the triple for jump with a leap of 29-11 for Marshfield’s two individual titles.The Tigers also won a pair of relays. Meg Bryan, Dani Bender, Alexa Aumann, and Courtney Brown took first in the 8-lap relay with a time of 3:08.08, and Jensen teamed with Bender, Aumann, and Brown to win the 1-mile relay in 4:42.00.Marshfield also got a second-place finish from Shantel Nienast in the triple jump as she finished second to Jensen by five inches with a jump of 29-6.Placing third for Marshfield were the 640 relay team (1:28.62), Sadie Degrand in the 60-yard dash (8.02), Brooke McGrath in the 220 (30.90), Katie Osinski in the shot put (32-0), Sara Dasler in the 440 (1:13.35), Sophia Schrodi in the 1 mile (6:38.36), and Brown and Nienast were among five tied for third in the high jump (4-4).(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2016 Marshfield Girls Track Indoor InvitationalTeam scores: 1. Marshfield 123; 2. Marahton 89.75; 3. Rib Lake 88.25; 4. Athens 63.33; 5. Medford 52; 6. Abbotsford 48.58; 7. Colby 48; 8. Stanley-Boyd 40.66; 9. Pittsville 32.58; 10. New Lisbon 16.5; 11. Marshfield Orange 11.33.Winners and Marshfield finishers60: 1. Autumn Wickman (ATH) 7.74; 3. Sadie Degrand (MAR) 8.02; 6. Brooke McGrath (MAR) 8.07; 10. Angelina Denomes (MAR) 8.28; 24. Jamila Ougayour (MAR) 8.91; 28. Dezare Oertel (MAR) and Makayla Weigel (MAR) 9.16; 30. Lindsey Nack (MAR) 9.21; 34. Molly Meyers (MAR) 9.52.220: 1. Wickman (ATH) 28.65; 3. McGrath (MAR) 30.90; 5. Shatel Nienast (MAR)) 31.60; 7. Kessa Schreiner (MAR) 32.30; 20. Isabelle Denowski (MAR) 34.06; 21. Taylor Ferch (MAR) 34.12; 27. Taylor Geurink (MAR) 36.46.Shot put: 1. Heather Milas (SB) 37-3; 3. Katie Osinski (MAR) 32-0; 10. Ougayour (MAR) 28-1.5; 14. Anna Ripp (MAR) 26-6; 15. Weigel (MAR) 26-3.5; 18. Madi Hall (MAR) 25-11; 22. Meyers (MAR) 24-3; 25. Leia Linzmeier (MAR) 23-8.440: 1. Jasmine Fitzl (RL) 1:11.40; 3. Sara Dasler (MAR) 1:13.35; 8. Degrand (MAR) 1:15.98; 10. Riley Slade (MAR) 1:16.93; 16. Halle Hollatz (MAR) 1:19.44; 19. Julianna Kollross (MAR) 1:23.17.880: 1. Anna Buchberger (MARA) 2:40.07; 6. Lilly O’Brien (MAR) 2:56.72; 9. Maddison Clemens (MAR) 3:09.22; 12. Molly Schuster (MAR) 3:13.87.1 mile: 1. Buchberger (MARA) 5:47.01; 3. Sophia Schrodi (MAR) 6:38.36.2 mile: 1. Bryn Pilgrim (MARA) 14;03.30; 4. Bailey-Ann Hollatz (MAR) 17:40.67.60 hurdles: 1. Zoe Kremsreiter (ABBY) 10.01; 4. Isabelle Denowski (MAR) 10.59; 17. Kala Greibel (MAR) 13.10; 18. Hall (MAR) 14.23.640 relay: 1. Pittsville 1:27.70; 3. Marshfield 1:28.62; 9. Marshfield Orange 1:34.98; 11. Marshfield Black 1:41.76.8-lap relay: 1. Marshfield 3:08.08; 6. Marshfield Orange 3:25.34.1,600 relay: 1. Marshfield 4:42.00; 8. Marshfield Orange 5:15.50.3,200 relay: 1. Marathon 11:25.55; 4. Marshfield 12:19.32; 7. Marshfield Orange 13:15.79.High jump: 1. Ashley Hoffman (MED) 4-8; 3. Courtney Brown (MAR), Nienast (MAR) (five-way tie) 4-4; 12. Sarah Nemitz (MAR) 4-0; 14. Slade (MAR) 3-8.Pole vault: 1. Gabriella Janke (ATH) 8-6; 6. Kollross (MAR) 6-6; 8. Ferch (MAR) 6-0.Long jump: 1. Mariah Goeppinger (MAR) 14-6.75; 4. Dasler (MAR) 13-11.5; 10. Jenna Reigel (MAR) 12-8.25; 19. Emma Gilkerson (MAR) 11-5.5.Triple jump: 1. Ana Jensen (MAR) 29-11; 2. Nienast (MAR) 29-6; 9. Ferch (MAR) 23-11.5.last_img read more

Varsho named Horizon Player of the Year

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMILWAUKEE — Daulton Varsho, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School and a sophomore on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team, has been named the Horizon League Player of the Year.Varsho, one of three Panthers named to the all-Horizon League first team, led the conference in five offensive categories. He batted .381 with a slugging percentage of .610, had 88 hits, six triples, and 141 total bases. He also had 51 RBIs, scored 50 runs, and hit eight home runs in 57 games as UW-Milwaukee went 32-26 overall and 17-11 in the Horizon League.The Panthers were eliminated in the Horizon League tournament on May 27, losing games to eventual champion Wright State and Valparaiso. Varsho was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in the 12-7 loss to Valparaiso and accounted for Milwaukee’s lone run with an RBI single in a 5-1 loss to Wright State.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Microsoft Could Pay More to Be on More Phones

first_imgDeals are in the works to make Microsoft the default search and advertising provider for Verizon mobile phones, one of the biggest carrier networks in the US. That would mean Redmond replacing Google, something that many users may not be happy about. A related deal could put Windows Mobile in places that Google Android could be, as well, and the decision will come down to money more than it will quality of service for users. We like a lot of what Microsoft is doing these days, but we prefer the Google search experience and are hopeful for Android-driven innovation. Thus we hope that Microsoft can’t pay its way into the center of hundreds of millions of more phones.Microsoft watchdog blog Liveside summarizes a number of WSJ rumored deals that would add up to a $1billion price tag for the new relationship between Microsoft and Verizon. Our primary concern is that Live.com search is just not as good as Google search, though we’d welcome competition in the increasingly important mobile advertising space.Mobile SearchDan Frommer reported this summer that Google was working on a deal that would put their search bar on the top of Verizon mobile screens and he reported again this fall on a study that showed Google already has huge dominance in the mobile search market. (Yahoo is a distant second, Microsoft is nowhere to be seen in that study.)Now the Wall St. Journal says that Microsoft may win a Verizon deal because “the software giant is offering significantly better financial incentives” than Google. As users, we prefer using Google for mobile search.Mobile OS – Paying to Lock Out Android?Microsoft is also negotiating a deal to put Windows Mobile software on more Verizon devices, according to the same reports. We like Windows Mobile but would love to see the even more open Google Android get a fair chance on Verizon phones. Of course there are huge sums of money on the line, but it’s just one more part of the twisted picture of mobile carrier control to think of what a deal like this could do to the open mobile web that Android is aiming to create.Get Ready for More Mobile Ads!Mobile advertising is already big and is only going to get bigger. According to a recent study from mobile social networking company Limbo and GfK Technology:40 percent of mobile phone users in the U.S., about 100 million people, recalled seeing an advertisement on their phone during 3Q08 (about two-thirds of the ads were text messages; the other one-third were display ads).We’re sure those numbers are only going to increase, and while we could care less who’s serving up those ads – ad deals are intimately tied to search deals and in this case would presumably influence mobile Operating System deals as well.While we honestly admire many of the things that Microsoft is doing of late and have serious concerns about Google’s control over the general information universe – we’re hoping from an innovation and quality of service perspective to see more Google and less Microsoft on hundreds of millions of phones. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces marshall kirkpatrick The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#NYT#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Soul Singers Raheem DeVaughn & Leela James Perform At The TLA, Thursday, October 22

first_img Soul-singers Leela James and Raheem Devaughn are teaming up to co-headline an exciting U.S. tour. The Love ‘N Soul Experience is coming to Philly’s ever buzzing South Street music venue, the Theater of Living Arts on Thursday, October. 22. After coming off the Intimate Truth Tour with Ledisi, both James and DeVaughn decided to join forces and hit 25 cities on their own! Their tour will also feature singer V. Bozeman, who you may recognize from the popular Fox show Empire. Partnering up with legendary producer, Timbaland, V. Bozeman is working on her debut album Music is my Boyfriend. Raheem DeVaughn at the Dell Music Center(D. McDowell for GPTMC) Hailing from Washington, DC, DeVaughn is no stranger to the Philly market. One of his three GRAMMY nominations includes his work with Ivan Barias, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver and Carvin Haggins on “Customer.” The soulful crooner has the indie grind down pact and most recently released his chart topping project Love, Sex and Passion which debuted as #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart. Leela James is no stranger to the industry, pumping out tunes with her powerful voice over the years she has solidified herself as an R&B Diva, literally, as she has a starring role on TV One’s hit show. Her 2014 release, Fall for You gives a bit a jazz, adult contemporary and of course soul. With no shortage of great vocal and powerful lytics, this show is for those looking to feel something special in the music. Be sure to grab your tickets now.  The Love ‘N Soul Experience When: Thursday, October 22, Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street Cost: $27 More Info: Click here.last_img read more