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first_imgThe Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) named eight athletes who are involved in a camp in preparation for participation at the fifth Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa from September 5-11. The announcement was made by Alan Beckford, JOA director and chef de mission of the team, at a press conference held at the JOA offices yesterday. Joan Rattray will double as assistant chef de mission and medical officer. The athletes are all national junior champions at the recently held National Championships and also World Youth Games representatives. The list include: (Females) – Junelle Bromfield (400m hurdles), Satanya Wright (400m). Males – Michael Bentley (200m, 4x400m relay), Lushane Wilson (800m, 4x400m), Jauavney James (400m, 4x400m), Leonardo Ledgister (300m hurdles, 3x400m), Leon Clarke (800m, 4x400m) and Kevin Nedrick (discus, shot put). The coach is Michael McIntosh. Track and field athletes apart, swimming will be represented by Annabella Lyn and Joseph Black. The coach is Wendy Lee. Natalie Neita-Headley, minister with responsibility for sports, urged the athletes to give of their best. “We have grown accustomed as a country to doing well in everything that we do as we only want the best. While we have great expectations as a people, we want you to do your best as that will be good enough,” the minister encouraged. “You give of your best and if you remain disciplined, if you remain dope-free, we are happy to have you represent Jamaica, so as you go off, remember this. Congrats to the JOA for creating the opportunity for you. Take this journey seriously for your life depends on it, your future depends on it,” she added. Michael Fennell, JOA president, spoke a bit of the history of the Commonwealth Youth Games, that started 15 years ago in Scotland. “The Commonwealth Youth Games has attracted seven sports, but has been growing steadily. It is not at the level of the Youth World Games or Youth Olympics,” Fennell shared. “UNICEF will once again partner with the Commonwealth and will conduct a number of workshops during the Games in Samoa for the young people. In addition to the sports, the focus will be on the athletes’ personal development. This we are very happy for.” The team will leave on August 31 and is slated to arrive in Samoa on September 2.last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – As Liberians prepare for presidential and legislative elections in October this year, divisive politics with the propensity to stir up conflict is overwhelmingly emerging. Partisans of the Unity Party are accused of allegedly preaching ethnic-based politics to influence voters in support of Joseph Boakai. Liberty Party supporters have it all on social media that Boakai’s supporters have taken the trend of ethnic politics to divide Liberians.A few weeks ago, some members of the House of Representatives endorsed Boakai as the best person to succeed President Sirleaf. During the ceremony, the spokesperson, Representative Larry P. Younquoi of Nimba County District #8, stated on radio that a minority cannot rule the majority in a democracy, and since the natives are in the majority, they must be the ones to lead the country. Also recently declaring his support for Joseph Boakai in the upcoming election, Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson said they are going to launch a “Democratic coup d’état” to ensure that an indigenous man takes the presidency.While the political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEEE), Dr. J. Mills Jones, was speaking at the commencement program of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) last week, he emphasized that Liberia’s problem was not the ethnic divide, but the failure to institute good governance.Why are all these sentiments of division coming up during election season, when we should be seeking a well qualified, patriotic and competent Liberian to occupy the presidency? One reason to point out here is the failure of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration to attach seriousness to reconciliation after taking over a country devastated by years of war.There are several historical factors which should have compelled the Ellen Government to pay serious attention to reconciliation. There are, for example, still people in Liberia who can give either eyewitness or oral accounts of the 1930s forced labor saga (Fernando Po Crisis) that led to the forced resignation of President C.D.B. King. This issue was a part of the long-term political and economic deprivation perpetrated by the True Whig Party in this country that exacerbated Liberia’s ethnic divide. After 133 years of rule, the True Whig Party government was toppled, President William R. Tolbert Jr. and several of his topmost officials executed.As the 1980 coup leader, Master Sergeant Samuel K. Doe, well established himself in power as the elected president (in the 1985 rigged elections), tribalism became a national symbol, and anyone who was not Krahn became stigmatized. The Gio and Mano peoples of Nimba became a target for innocent killings. Most of the Gios and Manos, too, were always seen as party to any coup attempt on the president. This tribal collision led Charles Taylor to see Nimbaians as the disenchanted group to be used to fight in retaliation for ethnic killings by the Doe regime. In 1989 Taylor launched his invasion in Buutuo, Nimba County, enlisting several Gios and Manos, while the majority of AFL Soldiers were members of the Krahn tribe. Samuel Doe was killed under the command of Prince Johnson, a son of Nimba. The war resulted not only in Doe’s death. Nimbaians also slaughtered their own people on mere animosity and setup, Jackson Fiah Doe, Stephen B. Daniels, David Toweh, D. Gborboe Dwayen, Isaac Vaye and John Yormie being some eminent Nimbaians among the victims. Dr. Steve Yekehson, president of the University of Liberia, was also killed by fighters of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia. The United Liberation Movement (ULIMO-K), under the command of Alhaji G.V. Kromah, used chainsaws (otherwise known as power-saws) to kill a lot of people in Lofa, with their intestines used as checkpoints. Fighters of the Liberia Peace Council (LPC), commanded by George Boley, killed countless people in the southeast and raped countless women. The latest factions to go against the Taylor regime were the Liberia United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) led by Seku Damatè Konneh and Thomas Yayah Nimley respectively. They too killed people and destroyed properties.Amid this horrendous and tragic series of events, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whom Liberians and the world counted on to heal the country, admitted in her last Annual Message that she had failed to reconcile Liberians and also failed to fight corruption. It is one of the gravest of misfortunes for the poor Liberian people that their economic marginalization was exacerbated during her regime, as she gave an upper-hand to her families, friends and foreign businesspeople, including Lebanese and Indians.Are these issues not enough to make any leader attach importance to reconciliation?Nelson Mandela said, “Revolution without reconciliation is not a revolution.” The Daily Observer believes that as long as genuine reconciliation among Liberians remains ignored, and perpetrators of atrocities still boast of being liberators and intellectualizing their actions, divisive ethnic politics, tribalism and sectionalism will continue to dominate our body politic, and Liberia’s peace will continue to remain fragile.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgGPSU wage/salary deadlockGovernment’s proposed salary increase to public workers is really not the 10 per cent it is selling to the public, but four per cent less.Former President and now Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo said on Wednesday that Government was attempting to fool the masses with its proposal.“The actual increase is not 10 per cent; they want the 10 per cent to be stuck in people’s head – it is just over six per cent. So, it is totally unacceptable,” he told Guyana Times in an invited comment.He said what made the situation even more “egregious” was the fact it was the same people who took the huge increase for themselves of 50 to over 100 per cent using two explanations: they took the increases to avoid being corrupt and to make themselves more efficient.“Now if you’re saying that a Minister’s salary has to move from $580,000 to close to $1 million to make him less corrupt, what you are saying to the public servants who are taking home about $100,000 per month is that you can steal until you get to a million dollars a month or not be efficient, because that is the reasoning they use for the Ministers…What we find is a lot of confusion and hypocrisy on the part of this government,” Jagdeo blasted.Government and the GPSU are still at a standstill on salary increase negotiations. While Government maintains that it will not budge from its 10 per cent offer, the GPSU has been holding out and has even suggested that the two parties meet again for more talks. President David Granger has, however, said that there was nothing more that could be offered at this time.On Tuesday, political commentator, Dr David Hinds said Government’s 10 per cent salary increase offer was very much inadequate, considering the social, political and economic factors involved.“For example, 10 per cent of 60,000 is $6000; there is not much more a woman with two or three children can do with that. Public servants, like all categories of workers, deserve a living wage. The Government’s explanation that that’s all they can afford is not good enough. What Government can afford is based on what Government prioritises,” Dr Hinds told Guyana Times in an invited comment.Hinds questioned whether Government has made public servants’ wages a priority.“Of course, there are times when different categories of workers or different policy initiatives must be prioritised, but I have not heard of plausible reasons why public servant wages should not be given a look-in at this point. I say this even after taking into consideration that the Government did give the public servants a raise during its first year in office.When one takes into consideration that the majority of public servants come from the Government’s constituency, it is even more puzzling that it is not more forthcoming,” he posited.last_img read more