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Balancing Political Privilege in Ethnically Diverse Counties

first_imgOur Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkor last Wednesday sent in a story of a Mandingo rally in Ganta, during which they called for greater inclusion of their tribesmen and women in the county’s administration.We find this both a realistic and reasonable plea. It is realistic because they know that although they are quite prominent in the county’s business sector, they are a minority ethnic group in Nimba. It is reasonable because being a group with considerable economic power, it makes sense to bring them into governance because that may cause them to feel that they have a greater stake in the county’s success story—in terms, not only of political, but also socioeconomic and cultural relevancy. All of the educational institutions in Nimba should strive to recruit talented, ambitious and progressive students from all ethnic groups, because their success tomorrow in the economic, political or social arena would bring credit to their respective alma maters.That is why in many countries across the globe, schools and institutions of higher learning are proactive in their enrollment. They don’t just sit there and wait for students to apply. Many of the leading institutions, especially of higher learning, go out and scout for talented senior high students who represent the vast diversity of the societies in which these institutions are resident. They seek out students from all races, religions, ethnicities, etc., who show exceptional athletic or leadership potential, and entice them with scholarships and other amenities (conveniences, facilities). The motive is that if tomorrow a student becomes highly successful in business, politics or any other arena, such as engineering, literature, sports, medicine, or science—whatever—such a student would not forget the schools that helped him or her to succeed. We see this among Liberians in the Diaspora, especially the United States, where the alumni associations of several Liberian high schools meet regularly, raise substantial sums of money in order to lend a helping hand to their alma maters back home.Graduates of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) took the lead as early as 1991 when they organized the BWI Alumni Association in North America (BWIAANA). Since that time they have contributed substantially to their school in Kakata, Margibi County. During the civil war, it was primarily the BWIAANA that helped keep the doors of BWI open. Right now there is an ambulance somewhere in Minnesota, purchased by the BWIAANA, waiting to be shipped to BWI in Kakata.Alumni of several other institutions, especially Rick’s Institute, St. Patrick’s High/St., Theresa’s Convent and Bravid W. Harris, are very actively supporting their alma maters here at home.That is as it should be in all of the counties of this republic. A wise politician or administrator in any county would do well to reach out to all ethnic groups in the county, bring them in, and make them to see themselves as an important part of the body politic—a group that truly matters and is to be reckoned with in any county decision making.The Gio is Nimba’s dominant ethnic group, followed by the Mano. The Mandingo come third and maybe the Kpelle, fourth, followed by a tribe that is nearly extinct, the Gbi.The Gios are so numerically powerful that the Manos find the Gio numbers matchless when it comes to elections. That is why a few Mano leaders some time ago were considering the idea of two counties, one Gio, one Mano. But that idea was quickly shot down by even some Mano leaders, who thought the county’s influence nationally could be diminished (weakened) by such a move. As we mentioned in a recent editorial, Nimba is gifted with quite a number of entrepreneurs that have made the county the envy of many others in the country. Many visitors have come from Nimba highly impressed with the county’s progress. The Nimba leaders and people can be sure that should they adopt a philosophy and practice of reaching out to all its people, regardless of ethnicity or religion, the county may soon find itself competing more forcefully with Montserrado, not just in terms of population, but industry, commerce, education, culture and even tourism.We hope that Superintendent Fong Zuagele, Senator Prince Johnson and all the other Nimba leaders would endorse the vision of reaching out to all its people, regardless of ethnicity, giving them unfettered opportunities to excel in every possible area. In so doing, Nimbaians would develop into a creative, dynamic, thriving, prosperous people that would be hard to match anywhere in the republic. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘It’s criminal if we’re not in for him’ – Man United fans urge CR7 to ‘come home’

first_imgI know he is 33 but 88m is very cheap to me the best player in the world who still has at least 3 years left him . Come on ED BRING HIM HOME #mufc #ronaldo— Ryan Murray (@RMurray911) July 4, 2018 impact Quick one on @Cristiano Ronaldo. If he’s available for €80-100m I say it’s a no brainier for #mufc to buy him. Don’t understand people worrying about his age (33). He’s as fit as a 25 year old. What do you say Utd fans?— David Langdown (@langers101) July 4, 2018 Forget Juventus. Ed Woodward should bring Ronaldo back home. Come on! #mufc pic.twitter.com/uhV2YXiaec— True United (@united_true) July 3, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack In fact, the 33-year-old’s transfer to Turin is already completed, according to former Juventus director general Luciano Moggi.“In my opinion, he already signed and already did the medical tests in Munich,” Moggi has been quoted as saying.Such a move would shock the footballing world, but none would be as shocked as Manchester United fans, who always thought Ronaldo would return to Old Trafford for a short spell towards the end of his career. But if he joins Juve, Ronaldo will be 37 by the time his four-year contract finishes, surely ruling out any chance of CR7 being seen in that famous red shirt ever again.And United fans have taken to Twitter to urge Ronaldo to ‘come home’, nine years after he first left Manchester for Madrid for a world record fee.You can see some of the best reaction below… Wouldn’t it be a good time to recall Ronaldo from his loan spell at Real Madrid now?— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) July 4, 2018 1 revealed I’m going to be fuming if #Ronaldo goes to juve. Please just come home #MUFC— Rekt (@rektdesigns) July 4, 2018 gameday cracker Come on @ManUtd let’s bring @Cristiano home. Are some people really asking where he would fit in? He’s the best player in the world, the greatest goalscorer in UCL history. We would recoup the cost of the deal easily, instantly become a challenger in Europe and the league. #mufc— Kole (@kolered) July 5, 2018 Could Ronaldo be leaving Real Madrid after nine years? latest Most read in football BEST OF Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes So Juve are bidding 88M for Ronaldo!!!! Should the bid be from us??? Or would you rather see us invest the money elsewhere??? #mufc— FlexUTD (@FlexUTD) July 4, 2018 smart causal Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions @Cristiano please come home to Man united it’s ur home and ur family. Please CR7 its time to come home 🔴🔴🤞🤞🤞🙏🙏🙏🙏 @ManUtd— dean_4354 (@dean_4354) July 5, 2018 who plays? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won predicted How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence ALTERED Pass on that Juve deal bro come home to Man Utd @Cristiano 😥— Stan (@____stanley) July 4, 2018 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly going to join Juventus this summer.According to numerous reports, the Portugal superstar will leave Real Madrid for £88million, signing a four-year contract worth around £500,000-a-week. I think I may cry if Ronaldo goes to Juventus. Come home United Road. To the place you belong. To Old Trafford to work your magic. Please come home. United road @Cristiano— Lambie ⚽🏀👭🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@31Lambie1995) July 4, 2018 If United aren’t in for Ronaldo at 88 million it’s bloody criminal. Lukaku, Mourinho or not this is the chance to bring the World’s best player home for a pittance— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) July 4, 2018last_img read more

‘Ateeq assault case true’

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that former MP Ateeq Ahmad, who was lodged in Deoria jail, had indeed assaulted and kidnapped a businessman on December 26 last year. Confirming the incident, the U.P. government said CCTV cameras in the jail complex were tampered with at the time. A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said it would consider the report submitted by State government on April 23. In the report the U.P. government said departmental action against five jail officials has been initiated.last_img read more

Minella plays in Wimbledon while 4.5 months pregnant

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend NCAA Season 93 Preview: Stags hope to learn from last year’s woes Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella returns the ball to Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on May 29, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONLuxembourg’s Mandy Minella is playing at Wimbledon while four and a half months pregnant, it was reported Tuesday, as the 31-year-old prepares to join Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka as a tennis mum.Minella lost 6-1, 6-1 to Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone but she caught the eye with her loose-fitting dress covering a small bump.ADVERTISEMENT “Wimbledon is my last tournament this season,” Minella, whose baby is due at the of the year, told reporters.The world number 82 posted a picture on her Facebook account on Tuesday showing husband and coach Tim Sommer kneeling in front of her on a Wimbledon court, kissing her stomach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMinella is also due to play women’s doubles with Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.Defending champion Serena Williams is expecting her first child in September and is sitting out the tournament this year. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Fellow former world number one Azarenka only returned to the tour in June after giving birth to son Leo in December and reached the second round of Wimbledon on Monday evening.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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