14 Jan
2020

Liberians Must Profit from Errors of the Past

first_imgThe National Orator of the 168th Independence anniversary celebration, Ambassador Charles Alexander Minor, has said that Liberians should profit from the nation’s dreadful past, which has seen the country underdeveloped and its people impoverished, and must begin to build a better Liberia that would benefit Liberians and future generations.Liberia’s history has been marred with so many negative vices such as segregation, deprivation, corruption, bad governance, lack of patriotism, lack of love for each other, among other things, which have made national development, prosperity and a united nation with a unified front and agenda elusive, he said.Ambassador Minor therefore indicated that Liberians need to realize how backward the country has been thrown as a result of the exhibition of these negative experiences and must begin to exhibit and prioritize national unity, tolerance, love for country and commitment to the Liberian agenda.He said these past bitter experiences from the country’s history should inspire Liberians to unite and begin to build a better and brighter future.Speaking at the official celebration of this year Independence celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County, Ambassador Minor, a native of the county, indicated that Liberia has been through a lot of testing times and these experiences should serve as the source of strength for the Liberian state.“Liberians have had some very difficult years, years in which we overthrew governments, years of war and civil disobedience, years from the experience of two governments in one country; years of deprivation and starvation, years when Liberians were dislocated from their homes and had to flee their homeland with whatever possession they had.“Our education and health systems remain major challenges while pipe-borne water and electricity remain in total deficit,” he said.Too many Liberians, the National Orator noted, seem to be still below the economic glass ceiling while just a few enjoy the wealth of the nation and foreigners are becoming landlords of the nation’s most valuable property, land.“We need to profit from the errors of the past and begin to build a better future for us, our children and unborn generations,” he noted.He said all is not just negative about the Liberian state, but rather there are also some positives that should be given some recognition by critics.“Just as we have weaknesses and challenges, just as we can enumerate our numerous social, political and economic problems so we also have strength and opportunities,” he pointed out.Ambassador Minor stated that the scorecard is incomplete “when we only accentuate the negative and the minuses, we need also to check out the positives, the plus side of the scorecard. On that plus side, we want to thank the Almighty God as a nation who has always stood by us, and carry us through for 168 years when several attempts were made in the past to remove the nation Liberia from the world map. Even through the recent EVD outbreak, God has helped us to survive.”He said though about 40 to 60 percent of Liberians might not have experienced these years, they have been psychologically, economically and socially influence or affected by those years.“As we celebrate our independence, many Liberians are still surviving on the margin of society; many families are finding it difficult to meet their daily households’ needs,” he said.The former Liberian ambassador to the United States also frowned on what he termed as the entrenched culture of “chopping.” Chopping is an act of seeking financial benefit, most times clandestinely and illegally, from people who are seeking services from those service providers.He indicated that Liberians from every strata of society are somehow involved in this act that is now corrupting the Liberian society.“We are here to celebrate another year of our statehood, the 168th Independence Anniversary of the existence of our nation. It is a celebration far different from that of previous years, as we look back to the last year to the true test of our faith and resilience to the challenges face by an unknown enemy that our nation has never seen before.“Despite those trying times and the difficult days, our country and its development objectives have not altered and the fundamental principles of this nation dedicated to democracy, the rule of law, human freedom and individual dignity, were strengthened by our resolved to defeat Ebola,” Ambassador Minor stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

FEARS FOR JOBS AND RESIDENTS AT FAHAN NURSING HOME

first_imgUP to 70 staff at a nursing home could lose their jobs due to controversial changes to Government funding, their boss has claimed.Nazareth House care home in Fahan – where seven pensioners died during a flu outbreak two years ago – is at the centre of a legal dispute.More than a dozen staff have won a case against the Sisters of Nazareth over a decision to cut their pay by 13.5%. But last week the nuns appealed that decision with their representative warning that Fahan – and its 35 residents – have already been subsidised by more than €300,000 and paying out back pay of another €30,000 could close it.SIPTU says the pay cut was made without consultation, a claim backed by the Rights Commissioner.John O’Mahoney, the regional manager of the Nazareth House homes in Ireland, said the home was now in so much debt it could now face closure.He says changes to the funding of nursing homes and the scales set out by the National Treatment Patient Fund (NTPF) were hitting the home with Donegal patients getting €715 per patient every week, compared to €1,300 for a resident in Dublin.Donegal care home residents got the least funding in the entire state.He also claimed community hospitals and Letterkenny General were no longer using Nazareth House because they were also funded per patient – and not per bed.“So we have found that instead of getting patients being transferred to us, they are being kept in those hospitals to keep the beds full so they can get the maximum payment,” said Mr O’Mahoney.He also said he had offered Fahan’s spare ten beds to Letterkenny General Hospital for convalescing patients but this offer had not been taken up.Mr O’Mahoney said Fahan “isn’t viable” and may close.FEARS FOR JOBS AND RESIDENTS AT FAHAN NURSING HOME was last modified: July 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:disputedonegalFahanNazareth HouseresidentsSIPTUlast_img read more

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22 Dec
2019

WATCH: The making of this Donegal sand art is simply mesmerising

first_imgThis stunning piece of artwork was etched out on Tramore Beach during the Féile Carraig Festival last month.The sand art is the design of Carrigart carpenter and maintenance company owner John James McGettigan, who brought a meticulous group of people together to bring his art to life. Measuring 65 metres in diameter, this geometric pattern was created using rope and a rake on Sunday 27th August. It took 15 people three hours to perfect.It is only with the dramatic drone footage by Lionel Hemmerle of ElevatedAerials.co.uk that we can really appreciate the scale of the art.JJ McGettigan and his family are well known for their talented beach artistry, but more people got the chance to join in during the Féile Carraig Art & Culture Festival last month.JJ tells Donegal Daily how this sand art takes a lot of planning: “The process starts on the drawing board to come up with a design that will work on the beach. When the design is perfected on paper then it’s transferred onto the beach at a much larger scale. “This one was almost 200ft in diameter. The time to do it is planned too as we start the design 1hr before low tide giving us the maximum beach area needed to do it.“It has to be a perfect day too weatherwise to get the drone footage too.  We drew out the design and marked the areas to be shaded and the general public were invited to help rake or colour in the areas.  I call it AropeAstickArake design.”The Féile Carraig festival celebrates local artists and musicians in a weekend jam-packed with events. Now, with this breathtaking video, many more people can celebrate one of the highlights which temporarily amazed people in a beautiful Donegal location.Thanks to Producer Lionel Hemmerle for sharing the video. Lionel has recorded and edited sand art creations in stunning glory previously, and you can see his other videos including a thrilling Star Wars piece here: https://youtu.be/O-BksN7uGN8WATCH: The making of this Donegal sand art is simply mesmerising was last modified: September 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Féile CarraigJJ McGettigansand arttramorevideolast_img read more

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