Paying Off All Private School Loans: Mills Jones Has Done It Again

first_imgHe is truly an A student with a difference.  For there are many like him who sailed through school with top academic   honors but are missing in action in life.  Not Joseph Mills Jones, who topped his classes from the time he entered school and sailed through Cuttington in three years;                    worked briefly at Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs; and got a fellowship to study  Economics and Econometrics (the Mathematics of Economics).  He returned   home the very next day after receiving his Doctorate—didn’t spend a day more in America doing other people’s business.  He wanted to serve his country, so returned to Planning.  Later he opted for broader international experience and got employed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he rose to the position of Senior Advisor to the Managing Director.  Dr. Jones then moved on to another senior post at the World Bank.  It was from there that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tapped him to head the Central Bank of Liberia.After turning the Bank’s reserves from a meager US$5 million in 2006 to over US$300 million a few years later, Dr. Jones started reaching out to small business people, including marketers, savings and loans associations, credit unions and various cooperatives, empowering the small people throughout the country to improve their businesses and develop a better stake in the money economy.Now he has done it again.  In a speech last Tuesday, he made two major announcements: first, that the Bank’s Board of Governors, in response to the Ebola crisis that has turned the Liberian economy upside down, had decided to work with Rural Community Finance Institutions to take steps “to revitalize the rural economy.”   To do this, he announced four key measures: first, a six-month grace period to beneficiaries under the CBL microfinance program; second, recapitalization of some beneficiary institutions to restart and enhance economic activities of group members; third, the extension of new loans “to impact rural businesses;” and four, to withdraw the remaining funds from a bank he did not name and channel those funds through microfinance institutions—why?  This bank, like several others, was too slow in reaching out to the small business people in need, even though the money was CBL’s, not the bank’s.Governor Jones did two big things more in his speech: he declared that the Central Bank would offer a major “financial sector stimulus” in which the Bank would “reduce interest rates on existing stimuli with banks for Liberian businesses.”  Second, this visionary banker and his Board of Governors came up with another highly significant move that no one, not even the beneficiaries, were thinking about: the Bank would pay off “the outstanding loan obligations of all private schools, from kindergarten through high school.”  The Governor was not treading in the dark.  He said, “The commercial banks have already provided the CBL with the list of schools and the amounts involved.”The aim here, said Governor Jones, was to help out not only the schools, all of which have been closed due to the Ebola crisis and have consequently lost money, but also banks, which would have been under great strain servicing these bad loans.  The other, probably most important group at which this stimulus package is aimed is the parents.  The pressure of the schools on parents because the schools owed the banks so much will now be considerably reduced, giving   parents ample time to raise school fees.  Because of the CBL’s intervention, the schools themselves would be under far less pressure to increase fees at least for the coming semester.The CBL deserves high commendation and thanks for these timely moves, and most especially for what it has done to help the schools, the parents and the students. We hope that the private primary and secondary institutions in the country, in response to the CBL’s largesse, will refrain from increasing tuition and do everything they can to ease the pressure on the parents and students. The Ebola crisis has placed a great strain on every citizen and resident and we are all under tremendous pressure.  What a wonderful thing for CBL to reach out to where it matters most—the struggling private schools and the parents and students they impact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cape Mount Ex-Lawmaker Enters Senatorial Race

first_imgFor the second time in his political career, the former Grand Cape Mount County District #2 Representative has once again, officially declared his intention to contest the ensuing 2014 Mid-Term Senatorial Election.During a meeting with a cross session of citizens in M’baloma Town, Gola Konneh District, over the weekend, former representative, Matthew V.Z. Darblo, cautioned Cape Mountainians to give him a second chance, as he makes a bid to represent them in the Liberian Senate.Mr. Darblo told the gathering that he can better represent the county in the Senate than any other of the 12 candidates vying for lone senatorial seat.“I have decided to contest the county’s lone senatorial seat to promote development by increasing access to several of the pending projects,” Mr. Darblo assured the citizens. He believes that the county needs leaders who are developmental-oriented that will foster unity amongst its citizens.Mr. Darblo further urged residents of the county, especially the youths, to be wise, and give their support to politicians who have their interest at heart and will care for them at the national level. While representing the county Electoral District #2 in the 52nd National Legislature, Mr. Dablo, served as chairman of the Committee on Land, Natural Resources and Environment. He was a member on the  Public Accounts Committee and Expenditure as well as Education, and Public Administration. Prior to becoming a lawmaker in 2005, Mr. Darblo had served within the education circle and has  vast experience in Information Technology (IT). As an educator, he  served as Teaching Assistant (TA) in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Liberia; Computer Science instructor at Computer Services Incorporated; principal/administrator and instructor of Mathematics at the C. H. Dewey Central High School. He previously served as data analyst and computer operator at the National Commission on Disarmament, Demobilization, Resettlement, and Reintegration (NCDDRR).Meanwhile, those vying for the senatorial seat in Cape Mount are the incumbent,  Senator Abel Massaley, Simeon Taylor, James Momoh, Matthew Darblo,  Dr. Fodee Kromah and the ruling Unity Party chairman, Cllr. Varney Sherman. Others include, Henrietta Kandakai, Jesse Segbo, Mohammed Ware, Siafa James, Mohammed Dao GoGo Fahnbulleh, and Roland Perry, former reporter of the Informer Newspaper.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fleetwood Town manager Steven Pressley resigns

first_imgFleetwood manager Steven Pressley has resigned, the Sky Bet League One club have announced.Former Coventry boss Pressley, 42, had only been in charge at Fleetwood for nine months after replacing Graham Alexander in October last year.“Fleetwood Town can confirm we have agreed to accept the resignation of manager Steven Pressley,” the club said in a statement on their official website.“The decision was made (on Tuesday morning) following a meeting with the 42-year-old where it was agreed it would be best to take the club in a different direction.“Fleetwood Town would like to thank Steven for his professionalism and effort during his nine months at Highbury, particularly in successfully maintaining the club’s League One status last season.“Our focus will now turn to the prompt recruitment of a new manager to take the club forward.”Fleetwood sacked predecessor Alexander in September last year after the club had won only two of their first 10 games to lie 20th in the table.Pressley was unable to steer them clear of a relegation battle, but League One survival was secured on the final day with victory against Crewe. 1 Steven Pressley last_img read more

Farm’s former owners doubt Hoffa is there

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsCounty records show Ducoing purchased the farm in January 1977. The FBI said it may have to remove a 30- by 100-foot barn to dig beneath it. A law enforcement official in Washington said organized-crime members held meetings in a barn at the farm before Hoffa’s death. But Ducoing, who sold the farm in 1980 to John Rakolta Sr., said the land was undisturbed woods when he bought it. He said he built the first structure, a pole barn, and started on a home that was never finished. Ducoing, who worked as a trainer for McMaster, said McMaster once owned several hundred acres in the area, about 30 miles northwest of Detroit, and sold him a small parcel though Ducoing didn’t have a lot of money. Ducoing doubts McMaster would have been willing to sell land on which a corpse could be found. “Would you sell the acreage that the guy was buried on?” Ducoing said. John Rakolta Jr., whose father bought the farm from Ducoing, said he, too, heard nothing about Hoffa’s remains being there when he was growing up. “This is a shocker to all of us,” he said. Rakolta said his father sold the farm to James and Laura Jackson in 1996. Donald Shouse worked for the Jacksons, running a bulldozer and helping to build another barn, an indoor arena, paddocks and hundreds of yards of white fence. At the time, he heard rumors that Hoffa might be buried there. “I didn’t see anything, and I ran a ‘dozer over the whole place,” said Shouse, who now lives in nearby Highland Township. Messages seeking comment were left Friday and Saturday for the current owners of the farm, now called Hidden Dreams. FBI agent Daniel Roberts said the tip was his best lead in the Hoffa case in the two years he has been in charge of the bureau’s Detroit office. In the first few days of the search – which began Wednesday and was expected to take a couple of weeks – a backhoe dug near one of the barns, while dozens of agents stuck rods in the ground, marking soft spots with orange flags. Surveyors took measurements Thursday and Friday, and agents guarded the farm around the clock. A steady stream of cars and trucks entered and left carrying crime scene technicians, horse owners and building demolition experts. Agents continued their work Saturday, digging with shovels between a red barn and a house. In an area closed off with yellow tape, a backhoe briefly moved dirt. The FBI has brought in anthropologists, geologists and architects, Roberts said. McMaster’s lawyer, Mayer Morganroth, said the farm was searched in the 1970s and nothing found. He said that to his knowledge, his client never was a suspect in Hoffa’s disappearance.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – As the FBI tries to locate the suspected grave of Jimmy Hoffa at a horse farm in suburban Detroit, people whose families have owned the land in the years since the former Teamsters leader disappeared say they believe it is unlikely the body will turn up. The farm was owned by former Hoffa associate Rolland McMaster when the labor leader disappeared in summer 1975. A government investigator said Friday that Donovan Wells, who lived on the land at the time, was the one who gave the FBI the tip that has sparked an intense effort to solve a legendary mystery. But Sturges Ducoing, a horse trainer who bought the farm from McMaster, called the search “ludicrous” and said in all the years he knew McMaster, he never heard him mention Hoffa. “I think it’s just a big waste of money,” said Ducoing, who now lives in Metairie, La. “Who knows why all of the sudden this came up?” last_img read more

Shelter finally about to open

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The shelter’s return marks another year of survival against controversy that has dogged the program. This year’s opening date has been postponed at least twice from the Dec. 9-15 window, partly because Santa Clarita Valley leaders could not agree on a location until a month ago. Winter shelters in Los Angeles County are opened from Dec. 1 until March 15. An earlier proposal by 5th District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to stage the temporary shelter at the Pitchess Detention Center’s parking lot faltered when some Castaic residents opposed, citing fears that it would bring crime to their neighborhood. With few options and the clock ticking, the homeless shelter once again landed at the county maintenance yard. Antonovich placed it there last year after Santa Clarita City Council members, facing NIMBYs of their own, turned the facility out of the Via Princessa Metrolink station parking lot – its home for two years. It’s uncertain where the shelter is headed next winter. Organizers rebuilding the shelter from scratch had to wait until a Fontana-based builder delivered the trailers, which arrived Friday. “The buildings were always the drivers, and we had to get the modifications,” Preheim said. “Considering, we’re doing very, very well.” Meanwhile, America’s need for emergency food and shelter has grown from a year earlier, according to a 24-city survey released Monday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Overall, requests for food assistance grew by 12 percent during the past year with 76 percent of the cities surveyed reporting an increase. Appeals for shelter assistance rose by 6 percent with 71 percent of cities showing an increase, the annual Hunger and Homelessness Survey said. Among the findings: On average, 18 percent of the requests for emergency food and 14 percent of the requests for emergency shelter are estimated to have gone unmet during the past year. Eighty-seven percent of cities said the length of time that people were homeless, an average of seven months, increased during the past year. Lack of affordable housing topped the list of causes of homelessness. Low-paying jobs, mental illness, substance abuse and other things also were factors. The Santa Clarita Valley in 2005 is home to about 231,921 people, with a median household income of $79,200, according to the Goleta, Calif.-based California Economic Forecast. About 77 people used the shelter last year, the SCCDC said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com HOW TO HELP The SCCDC is asking volunteers interested in helping at the homeless shelter to meet at 9 a.m. today at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Late-comers can head directly to the shelter at 21190 Centre Pointe Parkway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The trailers have been set on the gravel lot, and organizers of the annual winter homeless shelter are now scrambling to get the 40-bed facility ready for Friday night’s opening deadline. The shelter erected at 21190 Centre Pointe Parkway in a county Department of Public Works maintenance yard couldn’t come soon enough for those among us living on the streets as local night temperatures dip into the low 40s. “They’re putting in the buildings now, and they’ll be inspected over the next day or so,” shelter manager Barbara Preheim said Monday. “Fire, electric, building and safety – all those people have to make sure they’re safe.” The Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., which is staging the shelter for the ninth winter, also is enlisting volunteers and their tool boxes to help with set-up today. Donations of bottled water and volunteer cooks are also being sought. “We should be up at the shelter … to start putting everything together – laying out the cots, putting the shelving together, setting up the office, … everything that gets it ready for the client when they walk in the door,” Preheim said. last_img read more

CALLING ALL MUSEUM DETECTIVES – DONEGAL NEEDS YOU!

first_imgThe public are invited to attend the Donegal County Museum for the launch of the ‘Donegal Museum Detectives’ by Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.The launch takes place this Friday, 18th October 12noon in Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny.This fun and educational family backpack is available to borrow free of charge on your visit to the Donegal County Museum. It contains a variety of activities which have been designed to engage children and families with the exhibitions.Each pack contains ‘Donegal Museum Detectives’ pencils and badges, which are free to take home. There is also a Museum postcard you can use to tell your friends and family about your visit to the Donegal County Museum.This project was funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 2013 Scheme to assist Local & Regional Museums.CALLING ALL MUSEUM DETECTIVES – DONEGAL NEEDS YOU! was last modified: October 14th, 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:Donegal County MuseumMuseum Detectiveslast_img read more

FUBA launches FIBA 3X3 Africa Cup

first_img Tags: FIBAFIBA 3X3 Africa CupFubaNassar Sserunjogitop FUBA President Nassar Sserunjogi (Center) alongside FIBA official on Thursday. (PHOTO/FUBA)The Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) and officials from FIBA have on Thursday, September 9th, launched the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Africa cup Basketball tournament.The tournament which is expected to attract the continent’s best will run from November 7th to 10 in Kampala, Uganda.FUBA president Nasser Sserunjogi was joined by FIBA Sports supervisor Guillaume Julien and Alexis Rambur, the event supervisor at the launch held at Uganda Olympic Committee offices in Lugogo.Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti, Madagascar, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Togo, Niger, Benin, Botswana, Egypt, Mauritius, Mali will all be on Ugandan soil to challenge the hosts.Each of these nations is expected to have four teams at the event for the U18 and the senior sides.“I believe this is an exciting opportunity for us as a country to take the lead in 3X3 development,” Uganda 3×3 coordinator Hamza Nyambogo said at the launch.“In the end we can further elevate our National federation ranking.“It is also a unique opportunity to show case to our basketball fans what 3X3 is all about and the potential it has.” He added.FIBA’s Alexis Rambur lauded Uganda for the efforts put in to have the event held in Kampala.“We thank FUBA for their maximum cooperation. They have been very supportive and it’s a great mark of confidence. We have been here for some days and everything has been very positive. The local organizing committee is doing a great job ahead of the event.” Rambur told the press.3×3 basketball has been on the rise in the last few years and has now been included as one of the activities for the Olympics.It will feature for the first time in the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.Team Uganda has been actively involved in preparations ahead of the competition and the U23 (Women) team just returned from the World Cup in China.Uganda will now play at the World Beach Games that are organized under the auspices of the ANOC (Association Of National Olympic Committees). The games will be in Qatar starting from October 12th-16th.The Silverbacks team will comprise of City Oilers’ small forward Jonathan Egau, KIU Titans’ Henry Okoth and UCU Canons’ Fayed Baale.Ritah Imanishimwe, Sarah Ageno, Melissa Akulluand Abey Priscilla will take the lessons learnt from the World Cup and represent the country in the ladies’ category.Comments last_img read more

Woman who used child to steal wellies attacked storeowner

first_imgA young mother attacked a store owner after he confronted her when her young son walked out of his shop wearing a pair of stolen wellies.Marie McDonagh appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal charged with theft and assault. The 33-year-old mum-of-four had entered Cooney’s Home and Garden in Letterkenny on April 9th, 2016.She helped her young son try on a pair of wellies but then attempted to walk out of the store without paying for them.The owner of the store Gary Cooney approached Ms Mconagh and her son and put it to her that the wellies had not been paid for.He then attempted to stop her leaving the premises.However, Ms McDonagh, of The Big Isle, Letterkenny, then struck out at Mr Cooney and slapped him in the face with her mobile phone in her hand.Barrister for Ms McDonagh, Ivan Toner, said his client was merely reacting when she was stopped from leaving the store.Judge Paul Kelly asked if this is the way his client always reacts when she has a disagreement with them.Mr Toner said it was not and this was reflected in the fact that she had no previous convictions.Judge Kelly asked if Mr Cooney had been injured when he was assaulted but was told he had not.Ms McDonagh told the court that she was sorry for what had happened.Judge Kelly told her “This isn’t a very good example to be giving your children.”He applied the Probation Act on each charge.Woman who used child to steal wellies attacked storeowner was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 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:Cooneys Home and Gardencourtstolewellieslast_img read more

Wednesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five QPR-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-102] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

More Cavani speculation and report says Chelsea will tell Cech to leave

first_imgCiting a tweet by a Spanish journalist, the Express say Arsenal look set to beat Chelsea as well as Manchester United and Liverpool to the signing of Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.It is claimed that the Blues want Cavani, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge many times. Arsenal are apparently willing to pay £51m for him.Chelsea are again linked with Real Madrid’s Germany star Sami Khedira – again by the Express.The midfielder, who played under Jose Mourinho at Real, has been tipped to move to the Bridge or Arsenal after being left out for this week’s Uefa Super Cup game against Sevilla.Chelsea will tell Petr Cech to find a new club, according to Goal.com.There has been speculation about the 32-year-old’s future, with Thibaut Courtois widely expected to be installed as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.Real Madrid, PSG and Monaco are all said to be monitoring the situation.And Chelsea youngster Victorien Angban is set to join French club SC Bastia on loan, according to reports in the midfielder’s native Ivory Coast.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more