“The Liberian leader expressed pleasure at comments from some lawmakers in the Senate about the issue of corruption and challenged them to work with her to set the example and to make sure that they jointly can address this problem . . .” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf uttered this challenge during a Roundtable which the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) hosted last week.“Words, words, words . . .” That was Hamlet’s reply to Polonius when, in act 2, scene 2 of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, the actor asked the prince of Denmark, “And what are you reading there, my lord?”The President was expressing, for the umpteenth time, her frustration with corruption in Liberia that continues to undermine ALL the nation’s development efforts. This includes some of the malpractices of many of her own officials in the Executive branch, which have bedeviled her administration since she took office nearly 10 years ago. She knows about many of the financial demands, upfront, that the very lawmakers, whose support against corruption she is now seeking, have made on the Executive to get some GOL transactions approved by the Legislature. How many nominated officials, since 2006, have not had to “show down” before getting confirmed by the Senate?So after the President’s ‘words, words, words,’ the question can seriously be asked, will her challenge to the Legislature hold? Are they prepared to join the fight against corruption in Liberia?At this very moment there are two former board members of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Clemenceau Urey, former Chair, and Counselor Stephen Dunbar, whom the Anti-Corruption Commission is prosecuting for their alleged involvement some years ago in “bribery” of Legislators for the approval of certain oil contracts.Messrs. Urey and Dunbar are on record as protesting the accusations and asking the LACC why it is only they who are being prosecuted and not other board members who participated in the decision to pay the lawmakers—and also the lawmakers themselves who received the payments now being perceived as “bribes.” In law, the receiver is as guilty as the rogue. The LACC has yet to answer this contention.The President herself has confessed that this corruption thing is “endemic” and she recently called it a “vampire,” which means a parasite or bloodsucker.Yes, indeed, this corruption disease has been for a very long time sucking and draining the blood out of the very life of this Republic, rendering it totally impotent, incapable of moving forward in ANY way.In our Wednesday editorial we explained how the tiny, natural resource deprived city-state of Singapore, who was far behind Liberia in 1959, was able to surpass us and is today one of world’s richest nations—with US$36,000 in per capita income, while the average Liberian is surviving on barely a dollar a day. The reason: Liberia’s President W.V.S. Tubman, encouraged corruption through his libertine (self-indulgent, unrestrained by morality) policy of “Live and let live;” while Lee Kuan Yew led a strictly honest government and jailed anyone who cheated government. As elementary a thing as our education we have sacrificed on the altar of corruption. Even our highest institution of learning, the University of Liberia, is now caught in the quagmire. Its faculty, staff and, most pathetically, its students, too, seem not to be able to find any alternative path through academia than by corrupt means. Is this not why UL applicants, denied since Emmet Dennis got there, the easy path of buying their way through admissions, have been failing the entrance examinations en masse?Now the entire educational system is in shambles, and for the first time in the history of the Republic, the older generation is far more educated and learned than the younger generation.The President challenged the Legislators to work with her to set the example and to make sure that they jointly can address this horrendous problem of corruption.But can they? Will they, when so many of them have themselves been deeply involved in corruption that got them into the Legislature in the first place?The President urged the Legislators to join her in setting examples. But if only were she like Lee Kuan Yew, who tolerated NO corruption—not even from his own siblings, or son or any other relative. See how, Madam President, the people so trusted Lee Kuan Yew and his family, that his own son was able to become Prime Minister, too, before Lee died. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Red Bluff >> The Spartans boys kept pace with Arcata through the first period Saturday afternoon, but fell behind in the second and despite a late charge in the fourth, lost 64-57 in the third place game at the Holiday Classic basketball tournament.In a slow start, the Tigers led 10-9 after the first period. Red Bluff took the lead early in the second on a Valentin Ramirez three, but Arcata went on a 12-point run and took a 33-22 advantage into the half.The Spartans chipped away at the …
30 April 2004A production exploring an innovative new concept in South African dance, Tapsula – an explosive mix of edgy township pantsula jive and classic tap – runs until the end of June at the African Bank Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.Created by choreographer Cinda Eatock, Tapsula was born after Eatock returned from Broadway in 2000 and immersed herself in a unique, distinctly South African project: a combination of the pantsula dance movement with the artistic movements of tap.Pantsula, with its township roots and reckless gangster mood, became an increasingly popular dance style in the 1980s against the backdrop of apartheid.Dancers try to out-perform one another, moving at lightning speed to carefully choreographed steps. Like jazz, dancers then improvise their own variations of the jive theme, and the audience becomes part of the performance, egging on their favourite dancers.For the African Bank Market Theatre Productions show, Eatock joins forces with Vita and Fleur de Cap award winner Mncedisi Shabangu as artistic director, and veteran theatre exponent Josias Dos Moleele as director.Lesley “Ma Ada” More, of local music group “Alaska”, spices up the dance sequences with pantsula moves he created for his band’s repertoire, and an electrifying new soundtrack from Eugene Mthethwa of local band “Trompies” adds fuel to the flamesThe cast of 18 dancers and drummers combine pantsula and tap with Tswana and gumboot dancing and the rhythmic beat of drums. Florsheim shoes, Dobs and Dickie trousers, bodies that speak through a twist and a spin, feet that mesmerise with their speed, all combine skilfully to conjure up Tapsula’s magic.Tapsula runs until 27 June at the African Bank Market Theatre, corner Bree and Wolhuter streets, Newtown. For more information, contact the theatre on (011) 832-1641.Source: City of Johannesburg website
The theme ‘Be Bold for Change’ set the tone for the third Owami Women Play Your Part Recognition Awards held to celebrate women making a difference in their societies.Award winners at the 2017 Owami Women Play Your Part Recognition Awards on 21 September 2017. (Image: Play Your Part / Owami Women)The Owami Women Play Your Part Recognition Awards celebrate women who are socially and economically responsible, influential and engaged at a local community level.Women have played an important part over the years in relieving many of South Africa’s social, economic and political challenges, and many socio-economic achievements have been made thanks to the combined energies of women from different walks of life. Acknowledging these efforts is the basis for the partnership between Brand South Africa and Owami Women.The awards evening, now in its third year, took place on 21 September 2017 under the theme ‘Be Bold for Change’.The awards recognise and celebrate women who are developing their communities and are playing their part in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, and skills development. Owami Women and Brand South Africa called for nominations of women contributing towards a positive social change in our nation.Women of all ages converged at Montecasino’s La Toscana in Fourways, Johannesburg, to celebrate the achievements of South African women and to inspire the next generation of young women to take up the challenge and pursue greatness.The Deputy Minister of Communications, Tandi Mahambehlala, welcomed the delegates, remarking that “the National Development Plan recognises that although progress has been made to improve the lives of women, discrimination, patriarchal beliefs and poor access to quality education and career opportunities persists”.Guest speaker, the acting Chief Executive of the SABC, Nomsa Philiso, shared some motivating anecdotes about the role that bold women have played in her life. “What inspires me are women that go for it but do not leave people behind.” She encouraged others to “get people to believe in themselves. It takes nothing away from you”.The awards recognised:Letlotlo Morule from Lebone II College in North WestOfentse Nhlengethwa from Lebone II College in North WestAobakwe Tsheloane from Lebone II College in North WestNangamso Khoza from the Inqubela Foundation in the Eastern CapeRahab Matebane from the Mapitsi Foundation in GautengNabilah Plaatjies from I love ZA in GautengPontsho Manzi from Fabulous Woman in GautengShamila Ramjawan from PrincessD Menstrual Cup in GautengDr Sheena Geness from the Geness Foundation in GautengMargaret Ramatsobane from Sizakele Social and Education Programme in GautengLouise van Rhyn from Symphonia in GautengLydia Hlongwane from I Care Organisation in GautengPhilanthropist and presenter Zuraida JardineFlorah Modiba from the Arebaokeng Hospice in GautengThandekile Nhleko from the Ikhono Foundation in KwaZulu-NatalMotsatsi Mmola, who is a youth change agent in LimpopoLebogang Mashigo from the Nubreed Music Institute in MpumalangaRefilwe Sedumedi from the Sedumedi Foundation in GautengBrand South Africa and Owami Women congratulates all the award recipients and trusts that they will inspire more South Africans to play their part.Click here to see some highlights from the evening.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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It’s been said that you will become the composite of the books you read and the five people with whom you spend the most time. If you study the concept of memetics, the way ideas spread from person to person, you’ll find evidence to support this assertion. Even without any validation, anyone who has a mastermind group will tell you how important it has been to their growth, their development, and their success.A good mastermind group will help you see how much potential you have, allow you to share best practices and strategies, provide a sense of camaraderie, and create a sense of personal accountability. I don’t want to extol the virtues here, but rather share with you how you start one.The WhoIt’s essential that you find people who are growth-oriented for a mastermind. The people in your mastermind must be driven to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more (my shorthand for striving to reach your full potential). It isn’t enough that they want the camaraderie alone. They need to bring something to the table. You can’t build an effective mastermind with people who aren’t striving, or who are merely drifting.You also want to find people who have a powerful locus of control, people who believe that they are acting on the world, not allowing the world to work on them. You will be able to identify these people by the fact that they always have projects followed by more projects. A mastermind is a collection of people who are empowered, intrinsically motivated and driven.The people you invite into a mastermind must also be willing to share and teach. There are some people possessed by a scarcity mindset. They are not willing to share because your success might diminish their success. You need people who are confident that sharing with you will help you improve, and your sharing with them will benefit them.I have described myself as a scientist. I try things to see if I can make them work. It’s good to have people who try things and measure the results in your mastermind. The more experiments your mastermind members are running, the more insights you can share.An excellent and effective mastermind requires the trust that you can share your successes and your failures, both of which provide lessons and feedback. You can’t share things like your financial results if you don’t trust the people in your mastermind group. You can’t share your strategies and tactics with people who won’t respect what you have shared in confidence. You have to be able to share and to be transparent, especially around your challenges.The WhatA good mastermind has frequent, but not too-frequent, meetings, always with an agenda. Like any useful meeting, you need to prepare your thoughts, ideas, challenges, opportunities, and questions. Starting the session with a primary question to answer is one way to get the most out of each meeting. You are going to leave with takeaways, and you’ll need time to gather feedback before the next meeting.Your mastermind will invariably share strategies with which you are unfamiliar but equally important will be their network. They will know people who can help you, providing you with referrals for service providers you might need, or referrals and introductions to people who need your services. You will know people and have relationships that will benefit them as well.What might be the most useful outcome of belonging to a mastermind group is being challenged by your peers. Your mastermind members will have different ideas and different opinions, all shaped by their different experiences, biases, and preferences. You will find the most value in being challenged to look at what you’re doing through a different lens.Interview Potential MembersYou are going to want to interview potential members for fit. You have to want to spend time with the members of your group. The more you like and respect the members of your mastermind group, the higher the odds of you helping everyone in the group to grow towards their full potential. Spend time together, and see if there is chemistry.Explore what they are reading, as non-readers don’t often make the best members. Ask questions about the new things they are trying in their life and in their business to test for their desire to improve and determine their motivation. You also want people who spend time thinking. People who write—even if they write for themselves—often make good mastermind group members.You don’t want more than six people in your group unless you are part of a moderated mastermind group. You need time to share, and larger groups tend to be more unwieldy.“But wait,” you say. “I am a salesperson or sales manager, not an entrepreneur. Can I start a mastermind of salespeople or sales managers?” Not only is it true that you can start a mastermind, but you should also do so with great haste.If you want to improve your performance, a group of people dedicated to doing so and sharing their experience will accelerate your growth. Start a mastermind.
Headmistress of a government school in Odisha’s Bhadrak district was arrested by anti-graft vigilance wing for allegedly taking ₹8,200 bribe from a tailor to expedite payment towards making school uniform.Acting on a complaint, vigilance personnel laid a trap and caught Anita Pradhan, headmistress of Charigharia Project UP School in Bhadrak district red handed while accepting illegal gratification of ₹8,200 on Thursday, a vigilance release said.Ms. Pradhan had demanded the amount from Meerarani Bidanta, to pass the bill and for issuance of cheque for payment of ₹26,800 towards making charges of 134 pairs of school uniform, it said.The headmistress was caught red handed by the vigilance officers while demanding and accepting the bribe money from the complainant, it added.