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Liberia: A Land of Wealth without Manager

first_imgBy B.J. GoodlinA story in the book of Genesis is unfolding right before our eyes. Adam was put in charge of a beautiful garden to manage and to have dominion over everything. Key word: to have dominion over everything. The instruction was quite simple – everything on the face of the land you have authority to dominate with the exception of man. His lack of management proficiency led to man’s quandary.Liberia is a land filled with natural resources of wealth that hasn’t been managed shrewdly or should I put it to you that the lack of ideas or creativity to explore has been the challenge. Liberia is a nation rich with natural resources in Iron ore, gold, diamonds, and rubber, forest for logging and timber and vast agricultural land for ensuring food. With all of these resources, why is Liberia considered one of the poorest countries in the world that heavily relies on foreign assistance?Studies have shown Liberia has five major iron deposits in these regions: Bomi Hills, Mano River, Mt. Nimba South, Tokadeh, and Bong Mines. How can a country be so rich and yet poor, how is that? The only answer that comes to mind is maladministration and the absence of vision and creativity. Liberia is not a poor country as we may think; it is the nonexistence of ideas and the visions to protect its resources and to produce goods and services.  Liberia has the natural resources to manufacture, distribute and reproduce finished goods – thereby creating jobs for hundreds of people. Jobs creation helps to alleviate the high crime rate and minimizes corruption. But again, everyone wants a government job; no one pushes the idea of building a manufacturing plant or encourages the idea of government farming on a larger scale in the area of agriculture. I have not seen any product manufactured in Liberia, or a single product with a tag, “made in Liberia.” Nevertheless, concessions come and take away the country’s natural resources without creating a manufacturing plant to train and develop Liberians to take over after they leave. No corporate responsibility to build roads or improve communities.People cannot continue to live in the past by doing what has got the country where it is. After 170 years there has to be a change in philosophy of how things are done. You cannot tell me, with all the educated people, there isn’t one person who has the slightest thoughts to turn the page. The talk about creating a new city is a brilliant indication, although the task is enormous. But it is achievable if the process is planned with purpose. However, it all starts with self-governing — a mindset that every Liberian must welcome by taking responsibility for their actions; that the buck stops here, in order for the process to become a success. There is no time to monkey around. I remember like yesterday when neighboring countries wanted to be like Liberia where everyone came and lived and enjoyed the rich taste of the land. Today, Ghana has improved and life is great for their people, Nigeria stands on its own, soon Sierra Leone will pass us.What’s next? Political rhetoric is everywhere destroying good ideas to create jobs and empower people. Stories are written in newspapers about Bong County being split into two counties, Upper Bong and Lower Bong. I do believe if the split is done in good faith it has the readiness to create colossal benefits for both citizens of Upper Bong and Lower Bong. Jobs creation is one great factor that could benefit the people, aside from building universities, colleges, vocational institutions, hospitals, clinics, industrial facilities and many other benefits. There is a saying, “one who refuses to change refuses to grow.” The creation of Lower Bong has the proclivity to minimize the heavy burdens imposed on Upper Bong where everyone wants to be for better education and the likelihood. I do believe such brilliant concepts are in the best interest of the citizens where they can leverage their resources.I do not consider the President’s hint to build a new city as a bad one, as long as the funds are available with good terms. Liberians should hold together and embrace change. If other countries can do likewise, we have the resources but need the will-power and commitment to embrace change.  Change for Hope is the slogan for the new world, accept it or be left behind.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) B. Joe Goodlin – Advertisement –last_img read more

Live updates: Raiders pull out last-second win over Steelers

first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:25 p.m. when the Raiders take on the slumping Pittsburgh Steelers at the Coliseum.While the Steelers (7-4-1) come to Oakland focused on a playoff berth, the Raiders are looking for at least some respectability, if not an upset win against their longtime rivals. Oakland is tied with the 49ers for the worst record in the NFL as either team could be picking first in the 2019 draft.The Raiders have lost seven of their last eight games, …last_img read more

What Cloud Security Can Learn From The NBA

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Guest author Rand Wacker is VP of Products for CloudPassage.It is no coincidence that sports analogies are boardroom favorites. Sports metaphors can offer a great way for people to engage with business or technology. Right now, as sports fan obsess over the NBA Finals, seems like a great time to look at what basketball can teach us about technology – specifically about cloud security.Of Superstars, Role Players & SpecialistsPerhaps more than any other major American sport, basketball players are asked to contribute to all aspects of offense and defense. Thus every player needs to be able to do multiple things. Guards need to grab rebounds and even centers sometimes have to shoot three pointers (we’re looking at you, Chris Bosh). And everyone has to play defense.Likewise, all departments of a company adopting cloud computing need to pay attention to security. Just as virtualization forced the network and server administrators to integrate, cloud migration is forcing operations and security to collaborate closer than ever before. Companies must make sure all departments, not just IT, know their roles so no threat goes undetected.For example, DevOps must interact with compliance managers in order to incorporate solutions during the design and operations planning phase, while the engineering department needs to design accessible day-to-day security controls for increased visibility and awareness across the organization. If everyone doesn’t play their part, it could complicate operations and slow down the business, or worse leave the company exposed to cyber attacks.Coaching Establishes RolesFor private IaaS projects and software defined data centers, this means that every group from network to server to security operations must be involved from the beginning.Like a basketball team, these kinds of shared, overlapping responsibilities requires great coaching to get the team to work together for maximum effectiveness. In business, management needs to determine how to address vulnerabilities most effectively: Whether it’ll be one team on security and the other on server provisioning or whether each department will take care of security for its own resources.There’s No I in Team, But There Is In IaaS Despite the fact that every player has his own defensive responsibilities, many successful teams have two-way superstars and/or defensive specialists who lead the defensive charge. LeBron James is the NBA MVP, but is also on NBA All-Defensive First Team. And every single member of that group helped lead his team into the playoffs.Leadership is also critical for cloud security. True Infrastructure-as-a-Service skills are rare right now, and companies need to invest in the talent if they want to be successful in secure cloud architecture and rollout. That can be expensive, but ask the Miami Heat if they’re sorry they invested in LeBron James?Updating The FundamentalsSure, the cloud changes everything. But security for new as-a-service cloud infrastructures requires the same fundamental security controls that are used for traditional architectures.Unfortunately, traditional security controls often involve mundane, time-consuming tasks that keep employees bogged down and stop them from tackling the important projects. This might have been acceptable in an era where provisioning and ongoing operations were mostly a manual affair, but in the agile, continuous and automated cloud world, manual processes will either slow down business or be ignored.Its kind of like how today’s NBA emphasizes speedy guards and fast breaks instead of the big-man-dominated, grind-out-approach so popular in the 1980s.The Sixth ManIn a public cloud environment, businesses need to team up with their IaaS providers for security support. The now ubiquitous “shared responsibility model” for public cloud security means IaaS-provider security must be paired with a strong security program on the customers’ side. Ultimately the final responsibility for security rests with the cloud user, because it is their brand and compliance on the line.But companies often need help with cloud security.In the NBA, situations like this are remedied with a good sixth man, valuable players who are always ready to come off the bench when their team needs a clutch play. Spelling out the importance of the role, this year, the top 4 finalists for the 6th Man Award came from playoff teams.Businesses can utilize automation in a similar fashion; To take care of the mundane tasks necessary for keeping the cloud safe while the rest of the team is freed up to address more strategic concerns. Actions like intrusion detection, vulnerability assessment and continuous monitoring of compliance frameworks are all simple yet time consuming tasks a security solution can easily take over.Finally, here’s one big difference between the NBA and cloud security: By the end of June, either the Miami Heat or the San Antonio Spurs will be crowned champions, and everyone can forget about basketball for a few months. The season for cloud security never ends. Your team always needs to be ready to play.Lead image courtesy of Domenic Gareri / Shutterstock.com. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… rand wackercenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#cloud computing#security last_img read more

ED questions Hooda in land case

first_imgFacing charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating in the Manesar land case, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was on Thursday questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here.An official, requesting anonymity, said that Mr. Hooda’s statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the case.The CBI had registered the case in 2015 following allegations that private builders, in conspiracy with some State government officials, had bought about 400 acres in and around Manesar at throwaway prices, causing a loss of about ₹1,500 crore to the owners.Chargesheet filedThe CBI had filed a chargesheet under sections of the IPC related to criminal conspiracy and cheating, and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Mr. Hooda and other accused.last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan director Maldini: Bakayoko, Higuain deals dependent on…

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan director Maldini: Bakayoko, Higuain deals dependent on…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan director Paolo Maldini admits their transfer policy will be dependent on Champions League qualification.Milan are skirting the boundaries of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play laws.“We’re absolutely convinced we can get fourth place,” Maldini told reporters at Milanello.“We’re not happy with how things have gone this month, of course, when we’ve had a lot of injuries and therefore great difficulty in terms of numbers.“Despite that we expected more, and [Coach Gennaro] Gattuso knows that too. We need to change the attitude during the game, we can’t lie down and we can’t look for sixth.”(Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue) Bakayoko and (Juventus striker Gonzalo) Higuain? We’ve been clear with the players: the Champions League is binding.” last_img read more

11 days ago​4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League games

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League gamesby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNine per cent of Britons admit to having illegally streamed at least one Premier League game over the past 12 months, according to new research by the personal finance comparison site finder.com, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure equates to roughly 4.5 million people over the course of a single season, with a ‘high proportion’ of UK pirate content consumption coming from soccer-related streaming.According to Finder.com’s research, more than 81 per cent of Britons have been subscribed to a streaming service in some capacity over the last year, while 17 per cent admit to streaming films, movies or sports illegally in the same period.’This means that of all those who illegally stream across the UK, 24 per cent view Premier League games,’ the report said. ‘When you look at the numbers of people who illegally stream any type of sport, the number rises to 44 per cent of illegal streamers, or 16 per cent of all Brits.’While both male (83 per cent) and female (81 per cent) respondents said they are streaming content over the last year, men (25 per cent) tended to illegally stream more often compared to women (17 per cent), according to the research.Of these, 14 per cent of male audiences were found to illegally stream soccer compared to other sports (12 per cent), and is double the number of female viewers who admitted to doing the same. Meanwhile, streamers aged between 25 and 34 are the most likely to illicitly stream Premier League matches.Regionally, London-based consumers are the most prolific for illegally streaming Premier League (21 per cent), with Scotland (17 per cent) coming second. The two regions with the lowest percentage of illegal football streamers were Wales (four per cent) and East Anglia (six per cent). last_img read more

Rashford assures he will be fit for the start of the

first_imgThe Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford who missed an open training session with a knock, but fears he could miss the tournament have assured fans he is fit enough to play the World Cup tournament.The 20-year-old Manchester United forward is currently in Russia with the England squad ahead of their World Cup campaign. However, there were fears the 20-year-old could be forced to miss some or all of the opening group games with an injury. He was seen hobbling out of a training session in Repino, but he has since allayed those fears.“Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting,” he Tweeted to his 1.13 million followers.“Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about.” harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about ?? #ThreeLions— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 13, 2018The starlet lit up the Three Lions’ last game against Costa Rica by scoring an absolute belter and looking to take players on at any possible opportunity.England begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18. They face Panama on June 24 before a potential top-of-the-table clash with Belgium on June 24.last_img read more

Caldara reveals toughest player in the world

first_imgJuventus new signing Mattia Caldara has revealed that Mario Mandzukic is ‘the toughest player I’ve marked’ as his ‘most impressive opponent’ was Douglas Costa.“The objective is to play as much as possible. I’m aware that it’ll be complicated, but I’ll try to play for my chances and show I’m worthy of this jersey,” he said via Football Italia.“Family? Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I’ve always been close to them during times of difficulty, so I thank them, as well as my girlfriend, who is always close to me.“I’m lucky to be surrounded by people who love me. Gasperini? He gave me so much in these two years, he told me not to be afraid and to show my qualities.“I’ll always be indebted to him. Without him I wouldn’t be here because he extracted from me something me that I didn’t even think I had.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The toughest player I’ve marked? It’s always been Mandzukic in terms of physicality and character.“Ronaldo? It’s better that I don’t have to think about marking him! Thank goodness he’s my teammate…“Allegri? I understood him immediately because he’s won so much. He knows how to manage great players, he knows when to have a joke and when to be strict.“We haven’t said much until now, but he also agreed with my arrival. Most impressive opponent? Douglas Costa.“He always gets past at least two players, he’s phenomenal. I lived those games [against Juve] with even more motivation because I wanted to show that I was good enough for them.”last_img read more

Chelsea eye a shock move for Rob Green

first_imgFormer England goalkeeper Rob Green has emerged as a shock target for Chelsea in a free transfer, reports talkSPORTThe Blues are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer with current number one Thibaut Courtois edging closer than ever to completing a dream move to Real Madrid.In light of this, Chelsea have rather surprisingly offered Green to chance to continue his playing career for at least one more season by acting as cover for them.The 38-year-old spent last season on the bench at fellow Premier League side Huddersfield and was released by the club at the end of last season.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.With few options available, Green had contemplated calling time on his rapidly declining career.But in a new twist,  the former Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper could now be set to make a return to London this summer with Chelsea and will compete with Argentina international Willy Caballero for the No.1 jersey at Stamford Bridge.Both Stoke City’s Jack Butland and new AC Milan signing Pepe Reina have also been linked with moves to Chelsea.last_img read more

Tourist man gone missing on dive body found Saturday

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:accident, body, death, found, Scuba, scuba diving, vacation No medical report yet in Capron death Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe worst outcome was had on Saturday for family and friends of a tourist man who went missing on Friday during a dive expedition in waters off Provo.The man, said to be in his 50s was found about two miles off the Leeward Cut according to Police press officer, Kevin Clarke and was brought into Provo from shortly after 7am on Saturday.A search was launched since Friday and involved the help of DEMA, boat tour operators and was led by the Police Marine Branch.No identity or country of origin was released on the visitor up to news production time.last_img read more