House Speaker J. Alex Tyler has described Liberia’s under-development and poor governance system as “appalling and shameful.”At the close of the nationwide consultation on the draft oil/petroleum law in Bensonville City, Montserrado County, Speaker Tyler highlighted the suffering of Liberians, particularly in the rural areas.He told the gathering of both young and elderly, that the nation does not deserve what it is undergoing at present. The Bomi County lawmaker stressed the need for legislation that would include input from the people, in order to reflect their hopes and aspirations.“We are ashamed of the slow pace of development we saw in the counties during this nationwide tour. Because of this situation, we want the citizens to come out and participate in this process so that whatever is written and done will include the people. No amount of criticism will distract us from engaging the people for their participation in these national issues,” he said. The House of Representatives had earlier confirmed weaknesses on their part as it relates to exercising their oversight responsibilities in monitoring budgetary allocation to government functionaries responsible for infrastructure development. Speaker Tyler blamed public officials for such failure.Meanwhile, at the consultation, several Liberians including Ralph Nimene of District 16 called for a review of Section 75 of the draft law that speaks of “conflict of interest.”According to him, if a public official robbed government of millions of dollars and only be made to pay US$50,000 of spend five years in jail, a conflict of interest would be the order of the day as far as public officials was concerned.“Let a longer jail sentence be prescribed to prevent these malpractices. Remember the oil sector is a lucrative one and a fine of US$50,000 is completely unacceptable for serious crimes against the state,” he said.The citizens lauded the efforts of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) for providing international training to Liberians in the oil and gas sector; they, however, called on NOCAL and the government to institute advanced petroleum-related courses at various universities in order to train more Liberians in the field, in view of a shortage of capacity in the field.“In the area of exclusive jobs for Liberians, the Montserrado citizens indicated that the draft law must define what the jobs are to better inform the public.On the issue of having a petroleum ministry when oil is discovered in commercial quantity, a delegate of District 17 suggested that the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy remains and be made to perform holistic and multiple roles in that connection.“Let the proposed Petroleum Ministry be placed under Lands, Mines & Energy Ministry as a bureau for the purpose of small and efficient government,” the delegate pointed.The Montserrado consultation ends the nationwide tour while a big national conference is expected in Monrovia soon, according to Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Glenveagh National Park and Visitor Centre has been given the first award by a company specialising in customer care in Ireland.The famous tourist attraction, including its Tea Rooms, received the inaugural Customer Service Excellence Ireland (CSEI) Recognition at a presentation this evening.Customer Service Excellence Ireland is a platform which aims to maintain and improve the quality of customer service in Ireland. It is supported by Enterprise Ireland as the Goverment body. Customer Service Excellence Ireland, which is based at the Colab at the LYIT, Letterkenny started this year following 18 months of research and development into the area of customer service excellence.Glenveagh National Park have been involved in the programme over the past six months which involved a process of evaluation, staff training and recognition.Management at Glenveagh wanted to maintain and indeed improve the quality of the service delivery to visitors at Donegal’s most attended attraction. By becoming part of the Customer Service Excellence programme, Glenveagh shows its ambition to deliver Customer Service Excellence.Numbers visiting Glenveagh are increasing due to the addition of school and nature visitors and for many years the great stories of a great day out in Glenveagh have been plentiful. GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK GETS TOP CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD was last modified: March 15th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Customer Service Excellenceglenveagh national park
Two men who were sued over the Omagh bomb have been found liable for the August 1998 atrocity at their civil retrial.Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly were taken to court by some of the victims’ families who were seeking damages for the atrocity in which 29 people died.Three schoolboys from Buncrana – and two Spanish students visiting the Co Donegal town – were among those killed when Real IRA terrorists planted a bomb in the centre of the Tyrone town in August 1998. Oran Doherty, who was just 8 and is pictured here and Sean McLaughlin (12) and James Barker (12) died in the terrorist outrage.Spanish student Fernando Blasco Baselga (12) and Rocio Abad Ramos, a group leader who were staying with local families in Buncrana at the time, also died.The judge in Belfast today described the evidence against the two men over the 1998 bombing as “overwhelming.”Neither man was at the High Court in Belfast to hear the 73 page judgement.Mr Justice John Gillen said both had lied to Gardai after their arrest and that their failure to give evidence to the court strengthened the case against them.No-one has been successfully criminally convicted of the bombing.In the absence of criminal convictions, some of the victims’ families took a landmark civil action, seeking damages from the men they believed were responsible.The retrial followed the original Omagh bomb civil case, which is believed to be the first time anywhere in the world that alleged members of a terrorist organisation have been sued.The first trial concluded in June 2009, when a judge ruled that four men – Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt, Liam Campbell, Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly – were all responsible for carrying out the atrocity.MEN WHO MURDERED THREE DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS FOUND LIABLE IN CIVIL CASE was last modified: March 20th, 2013 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:MEN WHO MURDERED THREE DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS FOUND LIABLE IN CIVIL CASE
THIS is the missing Lifford man who has vanished after escaping from police custody.David Colhoun, 22, from Beechwood Road has not been seen since the early hours of Sunday morning last.Mr Colhoun, had been in police custody at Strabane PSNI station in Co Tyrone after being arrested for a minor offence according to police. However when he was being transferred from one police car into another, he managed to escape.The last sighting of Mr Colhoun was of him headed towards the River Foyle which separates Tyrone from Donegal.However nobody has heard from Mr Colhoun since including his heartbroken girlfriend and his family.The Gardai and the PSNI say they have not received any reported sightings of the missing man since his disappearance. The PSNI have checked CCTV footage of businesses’ in and around Strabane bus station yesterday to see what direction the 22-year-old headed.Searches along the river bank and surrounding areas by the Foyle Search and Rescue, the Gardai, PSNI and dozens of volunteers have been carried out but there have been no sightings of Mr. Colhoun.A new search began this morning at 8am with the search being concentrated along the riverbank.PICTURES BY: NewspixirlEnds FAMILY’S HEARTACHE OVER MISSING 22 YEAR OLD was last modified: May 25th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:David ColhounLiffordmissing
A Donegal-born film-maker is hoping his horse comes in after being nominated for an award at the Irish Film and Television Awards this weekend.Rathmullan television producer Pierce Boyce, who is based in Galway, is hoping his TV series Jockey Eile, will be first past the post in the Best Reality Series at the awards on Friday night.Pearse has even admitted that he has placed bets in bookmakers shops around the country to make a few euro if his series wins. And with the winnings, he has promised to take his three children on a sunshine break during midterm.Pearse says he really believes in his series which is up against RTE big-hitters Masterchef and ICA Bootcamp.But he insists that he really believes his show is a thoroughbred and will romp home.The IFTA ceremony is broadcast live in RTE1 on Feb 9th from the Convention Centre Dublin. FILM-MAKER PEARSE HOPES TO WIN BY A SHORT HEAD AT IFTAS! was last modified: February 7th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:film-makerIFTAsPearse Boyce
Your sales force could be better. They could perform better both individually and collectively. That said, they probably aren’t the biggest obstacle to producing the results you need.Your sales managers could be better, too. They could be better leaders, better trainers, and better coaches. They could do more to help their teams succeed. All that being true, that isn’t likely the biggest challenge you face when it comes to creating and winning opportunities.Your sales process hasn’t been updated in a few years. It is clearly past its expiration date, and it badly needs a serious refresh. Some of the methodologies you’ve bolted on top of the process haven’t been updated since forever. As old as your process and methodologies may be, they aren’t the obstacle to better performance.Your messaging isn’t the best you’ve ever seen. You worry that it isn’t compelling enough, that it’s a little tired, and a bit stale. Messaging is vital, and it’s worth working on. You might want to point at messaging as the villain in the story you tell yourself about what your disappointing results and what you need them to be now. Messaging, however, isn’t likely your biggest problem.Your problem is execution.You are always going to have a top 20 percent and the 80 percent that trail them. You are always going to have a bottom 20 percent in your sales force. Your competitors have a bottom 20 percent, too. Moving the whole curve towards better performance requires that each quartile executes.Your sales managers also need to execute. Execution here means leading, coaching, and spending time with their teams. How do you know your leaders are executing? Your sales force is executing.Your sales process and all of your methodologies are part of what is supposed to be executing. Done well, your company strategy and your client acquisition strategy are all rolled up into how you sell. If you aren’t producing the results you are capable of, it might be the strategy, but it’s more likely the execution thereof.Messaging that isn’t used doesn’t have the chance to be effective. Changing the messaging without changing the execution is like changing the tires on a car with no engine. You still aren’t going anywhere.Before you decide what needs changed, why it needs changed, and what you should do about it, look to make sure that you are executing what you have in place. Bouncing from change to change without the execution leaves you no better than you are now. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
Urkhao Gwra Brahma, a former Rajya Sabha member and the United People’s Party (Liberal) candidate for the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency in western Assam, says the story of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) is 5% development and 95% unemployment.But lack of development and jobs have seldom mattered in Kokrajhar, straddling 10 Assembly segments within BTC and beyond, that has suffered decades of extremism, a statehood movement, and communal violence.The electoral battle has thus often boiled down to a contest between the Bodos and non-Bodos, more intensely since the 2014 Lok Sabha election when a conglomerate of 19 non-Bodo organisations propelled Independent candidate Naba Kumar Sarania to Parliament.Non-Bodo winnerMr. Sarania, a former leader of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom, won the Kokrajhar seat in 2014 by a margin of 3,55,779 votes over Mr. Brahma. He is the first non-Bodo to have won the seat since 1957 and hopes to retain it with a similar margin “because the oppressed non-Bodos” are behind him.Though Bodos are the single largest community in Kokrajhar, the non-Bodos, including migrant Bengali-speaking Muslims —the second largest group — account for more than 70% of the population.“I will deliver a knockout punch to my rivals this time. My supporters, who are neglected in the BTC, know Assam would have been fragmented had I not been in the picture,” said Mr. Sarania, referring to the Bodoland statehood movement which has its genesis in the “divide Assam 50-50” call in the 1960s. But more than Mr. Brahma, Mr. Sarania has trained his guns on the State’s Social Welfare Minister and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) candidate Pramila Rani Brahma. The BPF, headed by Hagrama Mohilary, has been ruling the BTC since its creation in 2003 and is part of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in Assam.The 69-year-old Ms. Brahma and Mr. Mohilary are former extremists like Mr. Sarania. Their outfit, Bodo Liberation Tigers, was disbanded soon after the BTC was born. “Our focus is on development and ensuring peaceful co-existence among all the communities that enrich BTC and other areas under Kokrajhar,” said Ms. Brahma, confident of succeeding where her predecessor — fellow Minister in the Assam government Chandan Brahma, also a former extremist — failed to by finishing third in 2014.But the non-Bodos are wary of her controversial statement after the 2014 election that led to the killing of 32 Muslims, mostly women and children in BTC areas. She had allegedly accused the Muslims of not voting for the candidate of her party that year. The BTC areas were witness to ethnic violence earlier too. More than 500 people were killed between 1993 and 2012 in communal attacks that claimed the lives of Muslims and Adivasis, besides Bodos. The 2012 violence displaced more than 1,00,000 Muslims most of whom did not return. “Whether it is a Bodo or a non-Bodo who wins, all we want is an end to living in fear,” said Hareswar Nath, a farmer in the constituency’s Sorbhog area.Altogether 12 candidates are vying for the Kokrajhar seat that goes to polls on April 23.
A 19-year-old girl, currently in hospital, has alleged she was gangraped by four men in Chunabhatti while on her way home from a birthday party last month. Her father initially registered an FIR on Wednesday with the Begumpura police station in Aurangabad, which on Friday was transferred to Chunabhatti police station for further investigation. “The victim, who is HIV positive, suffered a paralytic attack on July 14 this year, after which her father took her from Mumbai to Aurangabad, where the family hails from. During medical examination, doctors detected injuries to her private parts and asked her about it. She disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted in the intervening night of July 7 and July 8,” police inspector Deepak Surve, Chunabhatti police station said. According to a statement given by the victim’s father, The girl was staying in Mumbai with her brother and had gone for a friend’s birthday party. When she was returning home, she was allegedly accosted by four persons. The victim has not been able to identify the accused, the police said. “An FIR of rape and gangrape has been registered under the Indian Penal Code against the four unidentified men and further inquiries are underway,” Mr. Surve sad. The police are now obtaining footage of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at and around the rough location that the victim has mentioned, to scan it for any clues regarding the identity of the accused. Inquiries are also being made with local informants and a team will be going to Aurangabad for further inquiries with the victim’s father, sources said.