‘We Cannot Allow A Few People to Undermine This Country’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed serious displeasure at the news of the vandalism and looting of properties at Golden Veroleum-Liberia (GVL) in Butaw, Sinoe County on Tuesday, May 26.“As a government, we cannot allow a few people to undermine the interest of this country; to run investors away and to make sure that we do not attract what we need to achieve our development goals,” President Sirleaf stated.According to an Executive Mansion release, Madam Sirleaf said her government will respond to the violence ‘in a very effective way’.President Sirleaf was addressing journalists at the Roberts International Airport upon returning from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire where she participated in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the African Development Bank.She indicated that her government cannot continue to go out and attract investments to create jobs, and others engage in violence that scares away investors.“When I returned the last time you may recall, I said to Liberians that we cannot continue to go out and attract investment, bring people to do business and create jobs and then when you have these kinds of violence, it takes away from our effort and people run away from the country,” a visibly upset President Sirleaf said. “Money only goes to the place where it’s safe. They [investors] don’t go where they’re frightened,” she said.At the request of Vice President Joseph Boakai during a visit to Indonesia in April, a senior Vice President of Golden Veroleum was visiting the company’s operations in Sinoe County when the violence and destruction unfolded.An annoyed President Sirleaf vowed not to allow this to continue, stressing, “People cannot undermine the interest of the millions of others in this country that are looking for jobs, that want to be safe, that want to make sure that this country progresses.”She urged all Liberians to stand against violent behavior “because it takes away from us, our livelihood and success.”It may be recalled that angry protesters in a violent demonstration last Tuesday attacked facilities of Golden Veroleum in Butaw, Sinoe County and took hostage several individuals, including Gender and Development Minister, Angela Cassell, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister who was injured and an Indonesian worker of the company.According to the Liberia National Police, both ministers were later released upon the collaborative intervention of UNMIL.The demonstrators who were armed with cutlasses and other deadly instruments attacked the Golden Veroleum mess hall and looted several items, causing company workers to flee into nearby bushes for safety, a release by the LNP said.Police Director Clarence Massaquoi informed leaders of the protestors, headed by a man identified as Terry Pirnos, in a phone contact about the consequences of their actions and cautioned them to avoid further destruction of the company’s properties.The extent of the damages is yet to be determined but Director Massaquoi warned the demonstrators that the law would take its course where necessary.President Sirleaf’s warning that the government would respond ‘in a very effective way’ indicates determination to hold those involved responsible for their actions. Meanwhile, the LNP said a team of Police Support Unit (PSU), and Emergency Response Unit (ERU) was dispatched to the scene of the violence and eventually brought the situation under control. However, the LNP has not confirmed the arrest of any of the ring leaders and has also not provided reasons for the violent protest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lonely Planet Mercedes promote domestic travel

first_imgMercedes-Benz has joined with Lonely Planet to launch ‘Stereo(un)typical Australian Escapes’, an online campaign aimed at promoting domestic travel. The two companies teamed up to provide free PDF itineraries of their top ten Australian road trips to motivate people to start thinking about their next vacation. Lonely Planet Asia Pacific Travel Editor Shawn Low said working with Mercedes-Benz achieves Lonely Planet’s mission to encourage people to “get to the heart” of a destination. “The 10 free itineraries available for download have been specially produced for this campaign,” Mr Low said. In conjunction with the campaign, Lonely Planet and Mercedes-Benz are offering a ‘sharing and voting’ competition where the top ranked Australian escape will win $5,000 and three runners-up will receive their choice of a Mercedes- Benz travel, beach or picnic merchandise pack. The first 200 votes will also receive a copy of the Lonely Planet Australia guidebook. The voting competition closes by the end of January next year. “We are also looking forward to seeing what stereo(un)typical Australian escapes are shared in the competition,” Mr Low said.  The top ten escapes include Cairns to the Cape, Brisbane to the Gold Coast Hinterland, Sydney to the Central West, Canberra to the Coast and Highlands, Melbourne to the High Country, the Great Ocean Road, Hobart to Tasmania’s Southeast, Adelaide to the Barossa, Perth to Albany and Darwin to Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Maybe … Im a fivehour drive away from home San

first_img“Maybe … I’m a five-hour drive away from home, San Diego. That’s always coming into consideration.”SEARCHING FOR ANSWERSWhen Cardinals coach Bruce Arians questioned some of his players for stat-chasing after the 38-19 loss to the Falcons, Jefferson said he’d trust his leader’s judgment.He, however, is not quick to point fingers.“It’s hard to judge if somebody is being selfish or not, you know what I mean?” Jefferson said. “That’s hard to judge. That’s why I said, ‘B.A.’s been doing it a long time.’“Obviously, we’re not the same Cardinals; playing the same ball we played last year and in the past,” the safety added.Chemistry issues have been the first culprit to blame for the losing team. Yet, Jefferson said the locker room is fine.On the field, he admitted, is where chemistry troubles have cropped up.“I don’t know if it’s technically chemistry issues, but there has been some times during games, maybe on defense, we weren’t communicating as well and gave up a big play,” he said. “That wasn’t really happening last year. I think that’s where the chemistry issue is coming up. I think during some of the games we didn’t have great communication.” LISTEN: Tony Jefferson, Cardinals’ safety Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson can look with hindsight fondly.When Arizona offered him a low tender worth $1.67 million for one year last offseason, it caught the undrafted safety out of Oklahoma by surprise. Nonetheless, he eventually took the offer, betting on a big 2016 season to earn himself a larger deal.Still, that he wasn’t offered a bigger tender struck him and his representatives. That would have given him more money had he stayed, or the Cardinals a compensatory draft pick had he left. It would’ve been a sign he was wanted more. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I wasn’t really upset. I know it’s a business. I was shocked,” he said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Burns and Gambo show Tuesday. “We were kind of caught off guard by it, wasn’t really expecting it.”With five games remaining in the season, Jefferson is second on Arizona’s team with 73 tackles. He has two passes defensed, two sacks plus two forced fumbles and recoveries.In other words, he’s about to get paid.“Worked out for both of us, actually,” he said of the contract decision-making before the year.Jefferson said a strict diet helped him lose 12 pounds heading into the year where he’s arguably been the Cardinals’ most consistent defensive player. That decision has helped his production on the field, which in turn has set the safety up for a big payday heading into 2017, be it from the Cardinals or another team.Would he like to return to the desert?“Yeah, I do,” Jefferson told Burns and Gambo. “I told my family or whatever, if I can stay here, I’d love to stay here.”Apparently, he holds no grudges. Jefferson, when asked if he’d take a hometown discount if it was in the “ballpark” of what he’s expecting to earn, said this: Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham (88) has his pass knocked away by Arizona Cardinals strong safety Tony Jefferson (22) during the first half of a football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 24last_img read more