Taking The People’s Burden

first_imgIt is becoming overly burdensome to attend to every potential voter and others who gather on a daily basis at the homes of political aspirants seeking financial and material assistance. Many of these aspirants are mindful not to disappoint their potential voters who call on them to ask for genuine assistance that will substantially impact their lives.One of the aspirants vying for a representative seat in 2017 in Montserrado District #2 is former police chief, Lt.-Col. Jimmy Smith. Walking outside his gate in Chicken Farm, Jacob Town, on Saturday morning in his pajamas, Col. Smith puts his hands on his head in sympathy with a group of women who stood at his gate with children on their backs, and some youth waiting for him to give each of them some kind of help.“I feel sorry for all of you here and others who have been coming to see me for some assistance but let me tell you with no intent to hurt you that the good I do does not mean that I have more than enough to share everyday with people. It is because I am in sympathy with your situation that’s why I share what I have,” Col. Smith said.Col. Smith told the visitors, all of whom are from his district, that regardless of tribe he needs their support so can become their representative come 2017, to have constitutional backing to provide credible oversight and legislate in their interest.He said since his controversial loss of the representative seat to Rep. Seku Konneh in 2011, he has kept his campaign promises by paying regular school fees for 400 grade-school students and additional 110 students at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), building bridges and roads and paying for health care for people faced with complex medical conditions.“Up to present I am still doing these things but let me not be given responsibilities heavier than what I deserve now,” Col. Smith admonished.Col. Smith meanwhile gave his special assistant Memeh Jones L$3,000 to give each visitor at least L$100 for transportation and promised to closely work with all of them in making sure a good system, good policies and structures are put in place to bring relief to the district.Engaging the early morning visitors, Aisha Kamara, 40, said her reason for going to Col. Smith early Saturday morning was to get at least L$3,000 in order to do petty business in her neighborhood.“My husband has died and left me with four children without anything to count on for their upbringing, lest I talk about getting food to eat every day,” Mrs. Kamara said gloomily, adding that her life is so difficult that she washes clothes for people to get food for her children.Six other women, including Massa Konneh, Bindu Flomo, Fatu Bondo, Ruth T. Flomo, Korwu Gbon and Comfort Nartee were also at the gates begging for money to sell.Students Ketorah Kerpeh, Pauline M. Darvine and Evelyn Yonkee were waiting for WAEC and school fees as they have been put out of school.Another pressing case was the presence of Kpanna Vadikor, an 82 year old “pressure” patient who was taken to the Colonel’s by her granddaughter for money to buy medication.Old lady Vadikor, a Kpelleh woman whose words were interpreted in English by her granddaughter, Bindu Flomo, said her daughter who brought her from Suakoko to Monrovia, was killed by the Ebola virus disease, thereby leaving her with grand children who need serious financial help.The visitors, nearly 200, received L$100 each for transportation. Meanwhile, Col. Smith said though he will not stop anyone from coming to him for help, he will respond primarily to those in excruciating circumstances, and deal with them as they arise, without delay. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

North Peace Gymnastics holding winter raffle

first_imgNorth Peace Gymnastics is holding a winter raffle with the draw being held December 23. Tickets are being sold tomorrow and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Safeway.The top price is two tickets for anywhere WestJet flies. Also up for grabs is a guitar autographed by Journey, and third prize is an iPad Mini.1,000 tickets are being sold at $20.00 each.- Advertisement -The draw will be held at North Peace Gymnastics, Unit A – 9803 – 100 Avenue at 6 p.m. December 23.last_img

Eto’o move still on the cards for West Ham, admits Allardyce

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits may still consider a surprise summer swoop for former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o.The 33-year-old has been linked with the Hammers, as well as London rivals QPR and Tottenham, having come to the end of his short-term contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season.Allardyce is keen to secure further attacking options ahead of the new Premier League campaign, with record signing Andy Carroll set for four months out after undergoing surgery, while £12million arrival Enner Valencia is also set to miss the beginning of the season due to a lack of fitness.The West Ham boss admitted the club are looking at more youthful targets but could approach veteran forward Eto’o, despite recent reports suggesting his wage demands could prove a stumbling block in a potential Upton Park switch.Following his side’s pre-season friendly win over Schalke on Saturday night, Alladyce said: “Valencia needs to do at least three weeks’ work before we’d consider him for the first team, so yes I want to sign a new striker.“I hope it happens before [the first game of the season against] Tottenham.“I’m keeping my fingers crossed, everyone is working extremely hard – especially the chairmen.“There has been a lot of talk about Samuel Eto’o. From our point of view the chairman was perhaps looking at a younger player.“Samuel is still available and we have decided he should be considered at some stage if we’re not successful [in signing a younger player].“Certainly while we’ve been here [on pre-season duty in Germany] the chairman has made enquiries, whether they can be finalised I won’t know until I get back.“Everyone is working hard to bring in a new face to give us the opportunity to score the goals with the chances we’re creating.” 1 Former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o last_img read more

‘You come to war with me’ – 5 Costa stories you haven’t heard

first_imgDiego Costa continues to divide opinion.This time it was Arsenal fans upset with the Chelsea striker following his involvement in defender Gabriel’s red card.FUNNIEST REACTION TO DIEGO COSTA AND GABRIEL SCRAPHaving clashed with Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel rushed to his team-mate’s aid and paid the price with referee Mike Dean sending him off.Costa, for his part, was booked, but he still managed to provoke the wrath of all Gooners.Have a look at the video above to see five stories you may not know about the Brazil-born Spain striker, including his first words to John Terry and co. when he arrived at Chelsea.VIDEO: MARMITE FOOTBALLERS INCLUDING COSTA, RONALDO AND SUAREZlast_img


first_imgWEATHER forecasts haven’t been too accurate in the past week or so – and it was a glorious sunny weekend across most of County Donegal.The latest forecast from Met Eireann includes a prediction that Donegal will most of the bad weather hitting the rest of the country over the next 48 hours with temperatures getting up to 16C on Tuesday as the first day of May arrives.You can send more of your pictures to info@donegaldaily.com. The main picture above is from Robert McClean.The picture below was taken by Pauric O”Donnell, LetterkennyOrlaith Logue from Derry was driving past Lough Salt on Sunday and took the picture below. As she said herself: “Who needs to go abroad with this on your doorstep?”   YOUR GLORIOUS DONEGAL WEEKEND IN PICTURES was last modified: April 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:YOUR GLORIOUS DONEGAL WEEKEND IN PICTURESlast_img read more

Donegal GAA team attempt Crossbar Challenge for World Suicide Prevention Day

first_imgA Donegal GAA team have attempted the ‘Crossbar Challenge’ to help raise awareness ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day. Four Masters U21 GAA side attempted the tricky skills test as part of the ‘Light Up Orange’ campaign which highlights the issue of suicide. The organisers of the campaign are aiming to ‘Light Up Ireland Orange’ as part of on-going initiative to highlight World Suicide Prevention Day.Donegal has been blighted by suicide in recent years, and organisers want people to join with them today for World Suicide Prevention Day.They want to reiterate the message that it’s OK not to feel OK, and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt.The tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life.And this is happening in spite of the fact that suicide is preventable. ‘Connect, communicate, care’ is the theme of the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day.#lightuporange #suicideawareness #worldsuicidepreventiondayDonegal GAA team attempt Crossbar Challenge for World Suicide Prevention Day was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:challengeCrossbardonegalGAAnewsSportworld suicide prevention daylast_img read more

Zlatan has NOT suffered career-ending injury after successful knee op

first_img1 Zlatan landed awkwardly during the Europa League clash against Anderlecht Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not suffered a career-ending injury after an operation to repair knee ligaments was declared a resounding success by his agent Mino Raiola.There were fears Zlatan wouldn’t play again after landing awkwardly during the Europa League clash with Anderlecht.Hopes of signing a new deal at Manchester United or moving to the MLS looked over, but Raiola has revealed the procedure to fix his knee went well.Raiola said: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone successful knee surgery. He will make a full recovery AND HAS NOT SUFFERED A CAREER-ENDING INJURY.“The procedure was performed by Freddie Fu, M.D., and Volker Musahl, M.D., of the UPMC Sports Medicine program in Pittsburgh.“Zlatan has started rehabilitation at UPMC and will remain under the care of Dr. Fu and Dr. Musahl throughout his recovery.“Zlatan and the medical team are not available for interviews at this time. Additional updates will follow at a later date. “last_img read more

Ex-foster kids work to buy own homes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Alston, 23, and Lawson are the first two in the nation to buy homes through a new program geared toward teaching former and current foster children the financial skills most young adults lean on parents, siblings or family friends to learn. “They make the same mistakes that all kids that age make. But when these kids make them, they have more severe consequences because there’s nobody to fall back on,” said Gary Stangler, executive director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, which is working through local groups in 12 cities with about 1,000 teenagers and young adults who have been in foster care. The Casey foundation provides grants to local organizations that work with foster children and that are able to identify and recruit the young adults eligible to participate in their areas. The program trains participants ages 14 to 23 in all money matters – from opening a checking account and buying car insurance to starting their own small businesses. About 523,000 children were in foster care as of late 2003, according to the latest available federal data. The transition from state care to young adulthood often is a rocky one. In a University of Chicago study earlier this year of young adults who aged out of the foster care system, researchers found that more than one-third had no high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma – compared to 10 percent of their peers – and nearly half the women were pregnant by age 19. Thirty percent of the men had been incarcerated at least once and only 46 percent had a savings or checking account. ATLANTA – Anita Alston sleeps on an air mattress because she can’t afford a bed. Just up the road, Katrina Lawson is using bed sheets for curtains until she can buy the real thing. Both of the twentysomething women have learned plenty about working hard and saving money since moving into their first homes last month. As former foster children – two of the roughly 20,000 each year who “age out” of the system without ever having a permanent home – they didn’t need another lesson in doing without. “The only thing I was ever concerned about was food and a roof over my head for me and my daughter,” said Lawson, a 24-year-old native of Peoria, Ill., who moved to Atlanta in 2000 after living with four different foster families since she was 7. “It’s very easy for them to get stuck out on the fringe,” said Lesley Grady, vice president with the financial-training program’s local branch, the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Opportunities Initiative. Besides training on how to manage money, the program connects former foster children with mentors – from doctors to accountants to counselors. It also provides matching funds for savings accounts that the participants start, ranging from one-to-one matches for those saving to buy a car to four-to-one matches for buying a house. The matching money comes from the Jim Casey Foundation, named after the co-founder of the United Parcel Service, and other supporters, including the United Way. Both Alston and Lawson were able to make $5,000 down payments on their homes. Alston, who works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is pursuing a master’s degree in public health, said she relied heavily on professionals she met through the program while closing on her $134,000, three-bedroom town house just east of Atlanta. “I tried to connect with people that would help look out for me,” said Alston, who spent most of her childhood in Baltimore, one of 17 children raised by her grandparents. Lawson, who works jobs as a lab technician and as a deputy at the Fulton County Courthouse, laughs about the bargaining skills she picked up through the program. She turned down appliance after appliance that the seller offered with her $200,000, four-bedroom house in suburban Snellville, getting a break on the price each time. “What I should have negotiated was some blinds,” Lawson said, laughing about the sheets she uses to keep out sunlight, but pulls down when she has guests. Other participants in the program have started saving for their own homes after hearing about Alston and Lawson, Grady said. Stangler said he hopes the stories of more foster kids will one day sound like theirs. “By definition, these kids were abused or neglected in their homes and taken away; they started out with a lot more to overcome,” he said. “Not all of them are buying homes, but what we’re finding is that, given the opportunities, the resilience to make it is there with a lot of these kids.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The Feds, not Forrester, Are Developing Better Definitions for Cloud Computing

first_imgService Models:Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to use the provider’s applications running on a cloud infrastructure. The applications are accessible from various client devices through a thin client interface such as a web browser (e.g., web-based email). The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, storage, or even individual application capabilities, with the possible exception of limited user-specific application configuration settings.Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to deploy onto the cloud infrastructure consumer-created or acquired applications created using programming languages and tools supported by the provider. The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, or storage, but has control over the deployed applications and possibly application hosting environment configurations.Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to provision processing, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing resources where the consumer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software, which can include operating systems and applications. The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure but has control over operating systems, storage, deployed applications, and possibly limited control of select networking components (e.g., host firewalls).Deployment Models:Private cloud. The cloud infrastructure is operated solely for an organization. It may be managed by the organization or a third party and may exist on premise or off premise.Community cloud. The cloud infrastructure is shared by several organizations and supports a specific community that has shared concerns (e.g., mission, security requirements, policy, and compliance considerations). It may be managed by the organizations or a third party and may exist on premise or off premise.Public cloud. The cloud infrastructure is made available to the general public or a large industry group and is owned by an organization selling cloud services.Hybrid cloud. The cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more clouds (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability (e.g., cloud bursting for load-balancing between clouds). 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williams Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Several months ago, the federal government drafted definitions for cloud computing. It was generally recognized as doing some excellent work.The definitions are a work in progress. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) last updated the definitions on October 7. The latest version is available for download. It’s free.Forrester Research says we need better definitions for cloud computing services. Principal analyst James Staten maintains that vendors are “cloudwashing,” providing their own sets of definitions that are just confusing customers.He outlines 11 cloud computing services that he places in three categories:Rented softwareApplication services that allow developers to build platformInfrastructure servicesThe problem is that analyst groups like Forrester just make it more confusing when they make up their own definitions that really are only meant for paying customers. It just turns into a circus. We guess Forrester believes that they are helping the process but it feels more like they are looking for a way to put their stamp on how we all define cloud computing.We do not have access to the Forrester report that has more about these three categories and eleven services. It is available for download. The cost is $1749.NIST is not super-aggressive about promoting its definitions. And the comment system is pretty archaic. You can subscribe to an email list to provide feedback. If there was a more public face to the process, the definition game would be a bit less confusing for everyone.In the meantime, for all of our benefit, we’d like to share some of the latest definitions that have been drafted by NIST:Definition of Cloud Computing:Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models. Tags:#enterprise#news Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

How To Sell Green Upgrades: Better Insulation

first_imgR-30 is good and R-38 is “gooder.” That’s kind of how we sell insulation, right?At the end of the day, when we talk about green upgrades, this is probably the one item that most consumers understand better than any other. The maxim “more is better” is, with few exceptions, pretty safe territory when it comes to insulation. Oh, if it were on that simple!I like to tell consumers today that it is the proper installation of insulation, more than anything, which will ensure they get the realized R-value they have purchased. After all, if you compare the R-values per inch for fiberglass, cotton, open-cell spray foam, and cellulose, you just don’t see a huge difference. The value of a third-party inspectionOne of the key tenets of selling insulation upgrades, then, is to first focus your presentation on your installation processes — processes which will ensure a high-quality job regardless of insulation type. And that must include third-party inspection of the installation.If you are already building LEED, Energy Star, or NGBS projects, this will not be a problem, as the insulation inspection will be required. But if you are new to green and want to start taking smaller steps to becoming a better builder/remodeler, this is a very good inexpensive first step to take.Any rater/verifier/inspector with nationally recognized credentials could perform this inspection and give you a report when finished. And you can find those inspectors at your local homebuilders’ association. A minimum trip charge is all that is required, and assuming you pass and a follow-up inspection is not required, it will only cost you about $300. HOW TO SELL GREEN UPGRADESPart One: Radiant Barrier PaintsPart Two: Tankless Water HeatersPart Three: Energy AuditsPart Four: Exhaust FansPart Five: Electrical ImprovementsPart Seven: A Few Small Things Using insulation to reduce air leakageNow that you have successfully demonstrated to your client that they will get the R-value advertised on the insulation package by virtue of your proper installation processes, you can talk about the unseen benefits of different non-traditional insulation upgrades. That means talking about reducing the air leakage rate, which can be achieved by installing spray foam (or in some cases blown-in-place insulation). Because if you have air leaking through your parka on a cold winter day, your body is intently focused on where that air is coming in, and you could care less about the places where you are warm. Your attention is devoted to stopping that air leakage, right? Well, your house operates the same way. If cold air is leaking around, over, under or through the insulation, the insulation value of the complete home is compromised severely. Unless, of course you install an insulation that will eliminate air leakage in the first place.Hence the exploding market in spray foams, blown insulation, and countless hybirds. Do they insulate as well as typical batts? Sure they do — in some cases even better. But not so much better they are worth the price difference. But the price difference that is worth paying for is their air-sealing capabilities.You get to buy a parka that has no air leaks. That’s what blown-in insulation and spray foams do so well: they get into the nooks and crannies, holes and crevices, and plug them up or cover them to stop that dastardly air from leaking into or out of the house! The homeowner benefits, and so do youSo the next time you meet with your client, talk insulation. Talk first about proper installation, and then talk about the superior air leakage elimination benefits of upgraded insulation.That is what will make insulation upgrades such an easy sell — it has tangible benefits to the homeowner, and then, of course, to your bottom line! One tip on the inspection: make sure your project manager and insulation contractor are on site so that they could learn what the inspector is looking for.last_img read more