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ANC political leader, Alexander B. Cummings (center): “Yes, we made a mistake as a people by electing this government, based on their promise for change…”-Accuses CDC led-government of embarking on a journey of ‘self-serving economics’Alexander B. Cummings, who was re-elected unopposed as political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) over the weekend, said amid the challenging global economic situation in 2017, Liberians expected new and fresh ideas to improve their livelihoods when they voted in George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) as President of Liberia. However, he says that decision was mistaken and their trust misplaced.Mr. Cummings said it is important for Liberians to think wisely during the 2020 senatorial and 2023 general and presidential elections to right those wrongs that have caused Liberia to take a downward turn.He accused the CDC-led government, headed by President George M. Weah, of embarking on a journey that he referred to as ‘self-serving economics,’ which seems to be working only for people within the government, not the citizens who voted him for change.Mr. Cummings made those remarks last Saturday in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County, at the ANC’s 3rd national convention.“The jobs are not forthcoming, businesses are folding up and our new leaders have embarked on a journey of ‘self-serving economics’ that seems to be working only for them,” he said. “The cost of living is becoming unbearable by the day, while a cabal of inexperienced and incompetent people pillage the National Treasury and are enriching themselves to the detriment of the broad mass of the people.”Following the first round of the 2017 presidential elections, Cummings, as ANC standard bearer, became one of the early influences in the outcome of the subsequent run-off election between the Unity Party standard bearer Joseph Nyumah Boakai and CDC standard bearer George Manneh Weah. Faced with the decision of whether to lead his partisans in favor of either of the two run-off candidates, Cummings told his supporters that each ANC partisan voter was free to choose the candidate of their choice in the run-off.As standard bearer of his party, Cummings was not alone his decision. Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, then standard bearer of the Liberty Party (LP) also set his partisans free to vote for the candidate of their choice in the run-off election. Both standard bearers were party to the Ganta Declaration, an agreement signed in 2017 by standard bearers and political leaders of the then opposition political parties, to hold together to unseat the then ruling Unity Party.At the 2019 ANC national convention on Saturday, May 4, Cummings said ANC as a party will continue to remain a loyal but critical opposition voice for the vast majority of the people of the country, particularly in the midst of their hopelessness.“To my fellow citizens, my people… this is no time to wallow in self-pity over our predicament. Yes, we made a mistake as a people by electing this government, based on their promise for change but it is never too late to correct your mistake. 2023 is fast approaching and that will be your opportunity to use the ballot box and CORRECT YOUR MISTAKE!The ANC political leader said Liberians are no doubt a living testimony of the harsh economic, social, educational and health-related realities that confront us as a people, adding that as the situation stands, there seems absolutely no answer to these burning difficulties.Mr. Cummings said solving critical problems that border on the lives and survival of a people can never be a child’s play. “That is why,” he said, “the economic woes are far from being over because those at the helm of power simply lack the basic understanding of statecraft to manage the affairs of our country.“We cannot engage in the tactics of scaring investors away by our actions and inaction and expect the very investors to trust us. Disturbingly, how do we expect to fix the economy when the government’s Economic Management Team is built around a Finance Minister who is obsessed with philosophical platitudes? What has become of the clichés coined and used by President Weah that: “Liberians will no longer be spectators in their own economy”? Those were mere words from him with absolutely no hindsight, least to mention any kind of commitment to act on it.”Recommendations Mr. Cummings said the ANC is committed to helping the government create the right and conducive business environment to attract investors’ and to build their confidence.He recommended that in order for the government to create a conducive environment to attract investors to the country they must take the following decision hard decisions:“Eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse of government spending. We must cut down on expenditures especially on the salaries and benefits of those in the Legislature and redeploy to more productive expenditures that will directly benefit the vast majority of our people”;Urgently review the regulatory and tax environment with a goal to simplify and ease the process of doing business in Liberia;Adequately staff and fund the Liberia Revenue Authority to effectively collect legitimate revenues with a focus on other streams of revenue generations ;Revamp processes at the ports to make it easier to import goods as well as export our products to larger markets around the world;Initiate a careful review of all Concession Agreements aimed at ensuring Liberia gets its fair share from the value of its resources and to create a conducive working environment for our concessionaires; free from threats and other liabilities;Invest in Agriculture, especially in the rural areas and strengthen the capacity of our farmers by providing support to both cash crops and food crops sectors;Uphold the rule of law and sacredness of the independence of our Judiciary, to allow them to dispense justice without fear and favor and void of any intervention or undue influence. This will give investors, as well as our people, explicit confidence in our justice systemCurb Corruption and Stop The Stealing! This cannot be emphasized enough. For many years, you have heard corruption called many different names; from Public Enemy #1, to Cancer, but most importantly, you have felt the negative effects of corruption in every sector of our society and ultimately in your lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Pete DeBoer appears to have found his third line.The combination of Tomas Hertl, Joonas Donskoi and Evander Kane continued to burn up the scoresheet Monday, scoring a pair of goals in the Sharks 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center.The Sharks third straight win improved the team’s record to 12-3-2 since they held a closed-door meeting with general manager Doug Wilson in Montreal on Dec. 2. …
SAN JOSE — There was going to come a time when the Sharks would dearly miss Tomas Hertl.After three straight wins without their sturdy second-line centerman, that time arrived Wednesday night.Playing their fifth game in nine days, and dressing 11 forwards for the fourth straight game, the Sharks fell behind by a goal near the end of the first period and didn’t have much of an answer the rest of the way in a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center.“We were lifeless, so, I don’t know …
The wiki market space has transformed over the past few years, with a number of existing players adding social features to stay competitive and be more fully dimensional for users.But we are starting to wonder how many wiki providers can play in the more established spaces of the market. Perhaps the best potential for emerging vendors is in the small-business market, which is increasingly open to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environments. cctext is a new wiki environment. It joins a number of more robust collaborative products that integrate wikis and social Web technologies. Perhaps there is an opening. Many of the early entrants to the market have moved up the ladder by offering a deeper product.For instance, Socialtext started as a wiki provider and now offers social networking, social messaging, weblogs, dashboards and distributed spreadsheets. MindTouch calls itself an open-source collaboration engine for the enterprise and the Web. This trend is an example of how social applications are segmenting. As developers learn to add more pieces of information to their wiki products, the products look more like content management systems than what we have traditionally called wikis. cctext, for its part, is a straightforward wiki that is counting on its speed and UI to give it a jump in the market. .They may be on to something. Customers do complain about speed. A recent tweet about PBWorks expressed this pretty clearly:cctext claims its speed comes from its cloud infrastructure. They use Amazon Web Services. We tested cctext and it does appear to be pretty fast when writing, editing and saving information. cctext allows for media uploads that play in the wiki. We uploaded a video. It worked fine but we could not view it. We used a test account so it may have been unviewable for that reason. Overall, cctext is a pretty clean experience. They have a pretty thorough list of features.All in all, cctext is a wiki that truly is a wiki. It’s a basic tool for small business. Cost is $12 per month. The first 10 users are free. cctext integrates with Google Apps. Pricing is the same for the Google Apps version. Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#saas alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…
How to Get Started in China and Have Success Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… gary whitehill China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Guest author Gary Whitehill resides on the board of advisors for the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs.In our hyper-competitive global economy, startups are just as likely to find their first customers in Paris, France, as in Paris, Texas. The barriers to international commerce continues to crumble at a dazzling pace, paving the way for the rise of what SmallBizTrend’s Anita Campbell calls the “micro-multinational.”Until recently, the designation “multinational” was reserved for giant corporations. This is no longer the case. In a 2007 report, the Council on Competitiveness quoted a USA Today survey revealing that, “of venture-backed software startups created since 1999, nearly 40% have employees outside the United States.”More importantly for startups, “global firms received more than twice as much funding from venture capitalists as firms with U.S.-only operations.” In addition to targeting a wider customer base, internationalizing your startup can be a competitive edge in securing funding.Launching a micro-multinational is a complex endeavor, a few critical best practices can help smooth the way.Internationalize Your CompanyIn all likelihood, your company’s website will be the primary point of contact between you and potential customers around the world. While a reliable translator is indispensable, several elements beyond mere “Language” settings are essential to making international customers comfortable doing business with you:Payment Flexibility: In the United States, most online purchases are made with a debit or credit card. This is not necessarily the case in remote regions of the world. Allowing customers to pay in a variety of ways can bolster conversions. Accept payments via PayPal, American Express’ FX International, Xoom or Moneybookers.Local Support: Ideally, you will be able to hire – or contract – at least one representative in every country or region where you conduct significant business. If your budget doesn’t allow for local full-time employees, be sure to forge strong partnerships with suppliers and agents on the ground. Providing customers with local contacts helps builds confidence and can be a competitive sales advantage.Maria Springer, co-founder of LivelyHoods notes that, “trust is key in markets swimming with empty promises and ‘cheap’ products. We train our Kenyan sales reps equally on customer service and product knowledge. Also, when an in-person conversation isn’t possible, an unexpected phone call to the customer about their purchase goes a long way.”At last resort, if you don’t have employees or third-party representatives on the ground, offer telephone or online chat support in the local language during local business hours.Go “Glocal”Beyond helping with efficient resolution of customer issues, having employees “in the field” gives your company valuable insights into local cultural idiosyncrasies. As Jake Ludington suggests, “Go local in each new global region by focusing on the full picture. Marketing communications need to be consistent with the region.” Your domestic marketing strategy may not translate to the international stage. Entrepreneurs should tailor their products, and especially the presentation of their products, to the target market.This can be more difficult than you think. For instance, you may not know that in Malaysia, English-speakers say “yes” to indicate that they heard you, not that they agree with you. In Japan, meanwhile, discount pricing is often seen as a sign of an inferior product.“Cultural fluency” is not easily acquired. A native German will liekly understand German culture better than even well-informed American. The best way to “go local in each new global region” is to partner with an expert, better known as a “market native.” Working with cultural ambassadors provides a deeper understanding of your target customers’ needs, which in turn enables more finely honed marketing.Do Your Prep Work“Many entrepreneurs in foreign locations express frustration in trying to reach customers outside of their own country, but their efforts seem halfhearted and more like bad excuses,” says Tristan Kromer, founder of Lean Startup Circle.Locals will have the most accurate perceptions of existing demand for your product or service, so “start by going through your first- and second-degree connections on social media sites,” says Tristan. Fellow entrepreneurs may also be able to help. Talk to your friends and contacts and learn from their overseas experiences.It is also worth consulting the experts. Attorneys specializing in international trade, intellectual property protection and foreign tax law; international accountants; and export officials are all valuable resources. Indeed, the federal government has an entire site dedicated to “helping U.S. companies export” (Export.gov: its market research tool is especially useful).No one is saying selling around the world is easy, but it is easier than it has ever been. More lucrative, too.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings: Something has to changeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTyrone Mings says something has to change at Aston Villa following Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal.With just 10 men, the Gunners came from behind twice to claim the home victory over Mings’ Villa outfit.It wasn’t the first time Villa have blown a lead this season, and Mings wants to see a different attitude from his teammates.Speaking after the game, Mings said: “We were good at times but it feels like when we go ahead there is desperation to hold onto the lead rather than going and getting another goal and really being ruthless.”I don’t know what it is at the moment but something needs to change, especially when we go either ahead or have a man advantage. It seems to have the opposite effect.”We know that we should have done the same things as we did in the first half that got us into the lead.”The manager didn’t really give us a message but we should have been able to troubleshoot on the pitch. We’re a pressing team and we like to go and press. We just stopped doing that.”As a team we need to be a bit braver and go and stop teams higher up the pitch, especially with a man advantage. But we said the same after Tottenham when we appeared to drop off so it’s a tough one to take.”I don’t question the group of lads that we’ve got one bit. There’s just certain elements of our game – and when certain things happen – it seems to affect us in a negative way, rather than a positive.”The mentality we have has got us into the lead on two occasions. It’s a natural thing to drop off when we’ve got a goal, but we need to start doing what we did when we got into the lead in the first place. It’s been our downfall.”
APTN National NewsThe family of a disabled Aboriginal man who died in a Winnipeg hospital waiting room is facing a major test of their lawsuit.The Manitoba government and the Winnipeg regional health authorities want the case thrown out.But the lawyers for the family of Brian Sinclair are fighting back.All sides have appeared in Winnipeg court.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler was there.
OTTAWA – Canadian exports fell for a third month in a row as the country’s trade deficit increased in August, Statistics Canada said Thursday.The trade deficit came in at $3.4 billion for the month compared with a $3.0-billion deficit in July.The increase came as overall exports slipped 1.0 per cent to $43.6 billion in August. Export volumes fell 1.9 per cent for the month.Imports were virtually unchanged in August at $47 billion.“In case there was any doubt that peak Canadian growth is behind us, this report all but cements the case,” Bank of Montreal senior economist Robert Kavcic wrote in a report.The Canadian economy roared through the first six months of the year. The strength helped prompt the Bank of Canada to raise its key interest rate target twice; however, the pace of growth is expected to slow in the second half of the year.Kavcic said the trade results were “another argument for the Bank of Canada to take a breather.”The larger trade deficit came as exports of consumer goods and basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products, as well as metal ores and non-metallic minerals moved lower. Exports excluding energy products were down 1.4 per cent.Meanwhile, imports of motor vehicles and parts climbed 2.5 per cent to $9.3 billion, while metal ores and non-metallic minerals rose 9.9 per cent to $1.2 billion.Imports of consumer goods fell 1.8 per cent to $10.1 billion.TD Bank economist Dina Ignjatovic said, going forward, a healthy U.S. economy should help to prop up demand for Canadian-made goods, supporting export volumes.“However, the appreciation of the loonie since early-September has somewhat reduced the competitiveness of Canadian exporters and could provide some offset,” Ignjatovic wrote in a note to clients.“The outcome of the NAFTA renegotiations also poses some risk, but with negotiations moving slowly, it is unlikely to impact trade this year.”Canada’s trade surplus with the United States narrowed to $2.3 billion in August compared with $3.2 billion in July as the Canadian dollar strengthened relative to the U.S. currency.The country’s trade deficit with countries other than the United States slipped to $5.7 billion in August compared with $6.2 billion in July.