CDC, Police Prepare

first_imgThe Liberia National Police disclosed it has held a meeting with the leadership of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) ahead of the party’s rally today.Today’s rally, according to the CDC, is to petition Senator George Weah to run for president in the 2017 elections.The LNP said it wants the party to adhere to details of the discussion on today’s march, which among other things calls for the free flow of traffic and avoiding acts that will impede the free movement of people during CDC’s program.A police statement issued yesterday said an agreement was reached between the police and the CDC that there will be no interference with the traffic during the time of the march, to which the CDC has agreed, saying it will provide party workers to assist with crowd control.The police said due to congestion on many streets in Monrovia, it has informed the CDC to bus or truck their partisans to their headquarters to avoid impeding both human and motor vehicle traffic.According to the LNP, its interaction with the CDC was based upon a letter addressed to the Ministry of Justice, in which the CDC informed the Ministry of its desire to seek police protection for today’s program.The LNP has therefore encouraged the party to live up to the details of the meeting to avoid “unforeseen circumstances.” As for other political parties, the LNP said it has also encouraged them to engage the police whenever the need arises, as the police remain open to provide protection to all groups or individuals regardless of status.Meanwhile, since 2005, the CDC has continued to pull large crowds during rallies, demonstrating football legend George Weah’s popularity with the youth.The George Weah-Rudolph Johnson ticket in 2005 took the party to a run-off with the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-Joseph Boakai ticket of the Unity Party (UP).The UP won the runoff and the victory nearly erupted into chaos, with the CDC crying foul, but Providence allowed the intervention of the international community to defuse the tension. Six years later, the CDC, which remained the major opposition party, again went to a runoff with the UP. Weah ran again, but as vice standard bearer to Ambassador Winston Tubman. The poll again went into a runoff, with Weah losing out on the nation’s second highest seat. A day before the runoff elections, the CDC stormed the streets of Monrovia and Paynesville to warn the government and the international community that the party would not accept the results from the runoff elections to be held on November 8, 2011. The rally – pulling thousands of sympathizers – ended in a bloody demonstration, which the CDC has termed: “CDC Massacre Day.”The CDC believed that what occurred at their compound was an assassination attempt on Amb. Winston Tubman and George Weah. There were at least three deaths, and many wounded.Three years later, Weah ran for the Senate and pulling a huge crowd, convincingly won the elections for Montserrado County with a “very wide and historic margin” between him and the President’s son, Robert Sirleaf.Again, this would be the CDC’s sixth rally (two times each in 2005 and 2011; once in 2014) with a few years to the 2017 presidential elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LNP, Political Parties Promise Peaceful Elections

first_imgRepresentatives of 22 political parties have pledged their commitment to work with officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) for the smooth conduct of the October presidential and legislative elections.The parties made the commitment over the weekend at a stakeholders’ dialogue sponsored by the LNP ahead of the pending elections.The LNP, according to a statement, is currently touring the country with its “Yes to Peace, No violence” campaign as a means of reducing possible tensions during the electioneering period.A statement from the LNP said representatives of political parties also lauded the police for undertaking such an initiative, especially when the country is set to make a historic transition.Participants therefore called on the police authorities to create an environment that will be feasible for all political actors during the election period. The parties’ representatives said to access the police will further reaffirm the confidence which the opposition political parties and other elections stakeholders have built in the security sector to hold violence-free elections.The dialogue, which was characterized by frank exchanges, focused on how the October elections can be conducted void of violence.Coalition for Democratic Change representative Mulbah Morlu described the event as ‘unprecedented’ and as such, his party will remain engaged with the police to see that the upcoming election is violence free.Also, ruling Unity Party’s chairman for governmental affairs, Isaac Manner, embraced the move by the LNP and described it as “a good step for the country’s democracy.”Mr. Manner called on his colleagues at the forum to remain engaged with the police and avoid acts that will hinder the transition process.Other participants meanwhile reminded the police of their constitutional obligation to the country and its people, beginning with the protection of all, irrespective of party affiliation.They argued that Liberia’s political crisis has been the result of state institutions being used at the disadvantage of others.Police Inspector General Gregory Coleman underscored the importance of police-political parties’ relationship, especially during the crucial electioneering period.Coleman said as part of LNP’s commitment to prevent potential crises during the elections, the LNP will assign three police officers to each of the certified political parties.He said the assigned officers will serve as liaisons between the LNP and the party officials.He told the gathering that the LNP was a state property, and as such, it will be accessible to all regardless of their status.He informed leaders of political parties that the LNP as a security institution will do all it can to guard the process without fear or favor.“As Chief of Police, my primary focus is to preside over an election that will be free of violence and intimidation,” IG Coleman assured.He called on the parties to operate within the framework of the law by adhering to the election law.Representatives from the embassies of Sweden, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Lebanon and the UNDP were in attendance. In separate remarks, they described the dialogue as “fruitful and healthy” for Liberia’s democracy, the statement reported.Peace Ambassador William Tolbert lauded participants for committing themselves to hold peaceful elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP will not allow GECOM to subvert the constitution – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said his party will not sit idly by and allow the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to subvert Guyana’s Constitution to its likening, while saying that the Commission is in breach of its statutory responsibilities for political reasons.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAddressing his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo said he believes GECOM has allegedly received clear direction from Government, and the three Commissioners representing the Government have also received these instructions too.“Therefore their political role is to delay the election. They are in breach of their statutory duties and all of the responsibilities they have as Commissioners at GECOM. And they are acting in breach of the Constitution of Guyana, notwithstanding that they are just forging ahead for political reasons,” he added.He recalled that earlier statements made by the GECOM secretariat had indicated that elections could be held anytime, and thereafter two timelines were proposed. The Opposition Leader also noted that the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) staged protests across the country, stating that if there is no house-to-house registration “there will be war in Guyana.”“And we have now heard the Commission anxiously and suddenly come up with a vote that predictably…with the three Government Commissioners and the Chairman (retired Justice James Patterson) that they can’t be ready in the three months as stated in our Constitution…They have not said anything about when they will be ready or whether they have started preparation.”As such, Jagdeo said the Opposition may file legal action against GECOM in relation to a breach in its responsibilities. He explained that legal opinion is now being sought on the matter, but not to a great deal. In fact, he stated that dereliction of duty could the basis of such a challenge.International sanctionsIn the meantime, however, he told media operatives that his party plans to call for international sanctions, not only against GECOM, but some Commissioners. Jagdeo noted that he would prefer personal sanctions as opposed to the entire country, because the nation could suffer.Furthermore, he said if there were any doubts that the coalition Government is pulling strings at GECOM, the actions taken over the past few months is enough proof to validate the argument that the Commission is being influenced by the People’s National Congress (PNC).“We are going to mount our call for that and we are going to brief all the organisations. We have already started doing that and have our voice go to the capitals around the world to deal with this situation,” he stated, explaining that he plans to meet with more foreign diplomats.Asked again whether he plans to meet with President David Granger to address the issues before it becomes a constitutional crisis, Jagdeo said he does not intend to request any meeting and will not be part of any meeting for public relations purposes.He said the Government appears in denial since the No-confidence Motion and he does not understand why he has to “always be the responsible one” when it comes to the issues related to the no-confidence vote and possible early elections.GECOM had given July as a timeline for the hosting of elections, but at the same time, it stated that the present voters’ list would expire on April 30.Although the Opposition has been calling for elections within the constitutional time frame, the Government claimed that it was up to GECOM’s readiness to host same.Since the passage of the no-confidence resolution, GECOM has been dragging its feet with respect to elections preparation. It has also been calling for house-to-house registration which could take months. However, it is President David Granger who has to dissolve Parliament and set a date for elections.last_img read more

Icy road conditions lead to at least six vehicle accidents in the Peace area this morning

first_imgRoad conditions have improved, but this morning’s freezing rain was a factor in at least six accidents reported by RCMP over the course of the morning. The accidents included three crashes at Mile 75 within the space of an hour, as well as a number of accidents on the Cecil Lake road that left that road closed for part of the morning. Additionally, an accident earlier today at the Halfway River Bridge on Highway 29 has left that bridge as single lane alternating traffic until further notice. The RCMP is reminding drivers to slow down and go less than the posted speed limit when road conditions are poor.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Mendy ready for more silverware with City, France

first_img0Shares0000France’s defender Benjamin Mendy, pictured July 16, 2018, was sidelined by a knee injury but still ended the summer with World Cup and Premier League winners medals © AFP/File / Lionel BONAVENTUREMIAMI, United States, Jul 29 – Benjamin Mendy is ready to make up for lost time at Manchester City and add to his ever-growing list of silverware.A knee injury forced the 24-year-old for out seven months last season but having made just 11 appearances all season he ended the summer with World Cup and Premier League winners medals. Mendy played only 40 minutes for Les Bleus in the group stage against Denmark and ticked off just enough matches for City to have something hanging round his neck during the celebrations.His gold World Cup medal hasn’t left his sight since picking it up in Moscow.“I have the medal in my pocket,” Mendy told reporters in Miami ahead of City’s pre-season friendly here this week.“Before the World Cup I said to the dressing room, ‘if I win I’ll come back with the medal’.“This (the medal) is my skin now. For four years it’s my skin for a life. In four years we have a new World Cup but now we are the kings.“Before we were going, everybody was talking about their country. I said that you’ll see the French win but some other guys said no.“After we played we spoke but every time it’s with respect. When we won against Argentina I spoke with Kun (Aguero) straight after the game with a text.“When England won their quarter-final I spoke with Raz (Raheem Sterling) and Kyle (Walker). Everything is like this. So when I come back I don’t go “waaaaaaah!” I say hi and we speak.”Mendy’s involvement on the pitch with Didier Deschamps’ team was brief but his influence in the dressing room ensured he remained an important part of the jigsaw for France.“For the World Cup you don’t care. It’s better if you’re playing but it was an amazing moment with the team and the staff,” he said.– ‘A big family’ –Mendy says that playing with old friend Paul Pogba (L), both pictured June 15, 2018, on the French national team is “a dream” from when they were younger © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFE“We are a big family and we knew what we wanted to do – to win the World Cup and it’s what we did. It was amazing to go back to Paris. If you play or you don’t play, I enjoyed it.“You need to have a very big team and a big family with the team-mates and staff too.”Mendy joined up with Pep Guardiola’s side in Floriday ahead of their clash with Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup and is hopeful of being fit and raring to go for the season-opener at Arsenal.“Really, I didn’t have any low moments, “ he said. When I go to the hospital some people [are worse than] me. It’s just one knee though.“All the time I was asking about when I can do the next thing. I was always asking. The time went so quick. I remember when I went to the hospital in Barcelona, I asked before my surgery whether I could go to the World Cup.“The surgeon said: ‘I’m not a magician, but normally yes.’ That was my goal.“I want to play. When you win one time you want to win a second time. You don’t want to stop. I am so, so, so excited for keeping going like this with the team.”Seeing old friend Paul Pogba, his cross-city rival in Manchester, excel during France’s campaign made it even more special.“Playing with him in the national team is a dream,” said Mendy.“Sometimes we spoke about this when we were younger, about 13, and now we are in the France team.“It’s amazing. Before every game he was the one speaking big words to the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Chelsea hoping PSG and David Luiz put on this sorry display?

first_imgA series of defensive errors from PSG in 2004 handed Chelsea an easy 3-0 Champions League victory in Paris.John Terry opened the scoring and Didier Drobga scored twice, with the striker taking extra pleasure in his celebrations having been singled out for booing by sections of the home fans.This was the result of his association with fellow Ligue 1 club and PSG’s rivals Marseille.PSG ADMISSION: ‘WE THOUGHT WE’D BEATEN CHELSEA!’However, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Maxwell are likely to provide a sterner test for the Blues.PSG v Chelsea is live on talkSPORT from 7pm. Click here to listen.last_img read more

Killing two birds

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita With the entry of a new developer, KB Home, the luxury hotel at the Los Angeles Convention Center has been salvaged for the moment. City officials have agreed to a $300 million subsidy through a loan, tax breaks and fee waivers. That’s a lot of public money to invest in a private hotel built by billionaires – a facility that comes with no real promise of regular occupancy and offers only a vague hope that somehow it will help cut the massive losses incurred at the L.A. Convention Center. The latest effort to pull off this deal came at the same time Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was declaring that L.A. is the nation’s capital of homelessness, while expressing vague hopes that, somehow, this problem will be cured. Perhaps Villaraigosa should consider stashing the city’s Skid Row denizens into the new Convention Center hotel. The rooms will probably be empty anyway, and the move would provide the homeless with a comfortable place to live while allowing the redevelopment of downtown into hip loftland to proceed. Think of it as killing two birds with one stone.last_img read more

Chelsea made ‘very strong push’ to sign Juventus star in the summer, agent reveals

first_img Daniele Rugani was a target for Chelsea Chelsea made a serious charge to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani in the summer transfer window, but the player rejected the move.That is according to the player’s agent, Davide Torchia, who has been lifting the lid on the 24-year-old’s transfer saga. REVEALED Latest transfer gossip on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED Rugani was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea during the summer, but the Blues could not agree a fee for him.It was claimed at the time that the Italian centre-back wanted the deal to go through and had provisionally agreed personal terms.However Rugani’s agent has dismissed those claims and said his client never asked to go.“Chelsea made a very strong push to negotiate,” Davide Torchia told RMC Sport.“Juve evaluated it, but the player never asked to leave. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on center_img LATEST targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer “His objective was to earn his place in the starting XI. Juve believed in the player and we’ll discuss it during the contract renewal talks.“It expires in 2021, so there is no urgency, but we cannot wait too long either.”last_img read more

What they’re saying about Antonio Brown leaving the Raiders

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. The stunning end to Antonio Brown’s short, bizarre time with the Raiders was predictably the hottest topic among the NFL shows on Sunday.Here’s a sample of what some analysts had to say about Brown, who was released Saturday and quickly joined the Patriots:Former Raider Howie Long on Fox Sports’ NFL Sunday: “I think it’s the classic case of temptation of talent outweighing character issues. I think in some ways Jon …last_img read more

The Future Of How Businesses Connect With Customers

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair What’s the biggest software business nobody seems to talk about?The numbers suggest it’s customer-relationship management, the suite of software tools businesses use to track sales prospects, customers, and marketing campaigns.And the vast majority of businesses aren’t using sophisticated software from Salesforce, Oracle, or Microsoft. They’re stuck using email, contact managers, spreadsheets—maybe even paper and pencil.Software For The 99%It’s not that no one’s buying CRM software. Far from it. In June, Gartner upped its 2017 market forecast for customer-relationship management, or CRM, to $37 billion, up sharply from $21 billion this year. That would make CRM software the biggest corporate software market, larger even than enterprise resource planning (ERP).Gartner’s optimism is warranted. The way businesses connect to customers is changing at warp speed. The added dimensions of social media and big data offer rich data hooks to any customer database.More importantly, the market is underpenetrated. IDC estimates that there are some 1.1 billion mobile workers globally, or 35% of the workforce, which implies a global workforce of 3.4 billion (PDF). Yet according to SugarCRM, one of many vendors making CRM tools, only 15 million people use any type of software designed to manage those relationships. That amounts to a workforce penetration of just 0.5%.And there are more than 225 million global businesses, according to the venerable Dun & Bradstreet database. Virtually all of them have customers—otherwise they wouldn’t have much of a business.Yet, widely considered a CRM leader, has an installed base of just 100,000 customers, according to Gartner Group. While that figure includes some of the world’s largest corporations, it represents less than 0.004% of D&B’s global commercial database. By the most optimistic numbers, less than 1% of the global workforce uses CRM tools.Why We Haven’t Automated Our Customer RelationshipsOne explanation for low use is that implementing a CRM system is a major challenge, particularly for smaller organizations that don’t have dedicated IT team. Fact is, most CRM software is difficult to use, especially in the areas of system integration and reporting.Forrester notes that about half of 556 large organizations it surveyed (PDF) have implemented a CRM solution for marketing, sales, or customer-service applications. An additional 23% plan to use a CRM solution within the next 12 to 24 months.That means that even among large enterprises, the very market most CRM vendors target, the glass is half empty. ReadWrite summarized the failings of the CRM industry succinctly: In the span of 10 years, $75 billion was spent on CRM software, according to Gartner. But during that period, customer satisfaction rose just 3-5%.Fast-moving market trends, however, may help reshape the CRM landscape. Forrester identifies three phenomena that are reinvigorating CRM:Mobile—The U.S. has the highest percentage of mobile workers in its workforce, with 72% of the U.S. workforce being mobile as of 2008. Yet Forrester found that “despite the growing maturity of mobile CRM solutions, business and IT leaders remained perplexed by the complexities of the different mobile options and architectures.”Cloud—It should be no surprise that given the large influx of smartphone and tablet users, many of whom adhere to the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend, cloud data syncing has become essential.Social media—The influx of social-media-generated customer intelligence has resulted in a never-ending river of data, leading many organizations to show a growing interest in social media integration and big-data applications.How are next-wave CRM tools tackling this potential opportunity? I looked at three relatively new contenders: Base CRM, Contactually, and Intuit’s QuickBase. Each is trying to solve the complexity challenge in its own way.Base CRMBase CRM, which debuted as PipeJump, introduced an iPhone and Android app in January 2012, and relaunched its Web-based solution in late June. The company has received a total of $7.9 million in venture-capital funding.A Base CRM enterprise solution starts at $15/mo., which includes no Base branding, unlimited deals and third-party integrations, like Dropbox and Mailchimp, plus 2GB storage. For $45/mo. per user, you also get sales goals and forecasting, plus task automation and 5GB of storage.As Base CRM CEO Uzi Shmilovici tells me, the company is aware that CRM systems’ lack of adoption is due to the fact that users face an “intense effort” to maintain their contact lists, so the company wants to reduce input by automating the process as much as possible. To enable that effort, Base has 90 employees today, with 71 focused on product development. Shmilovici says the company’s development efforts have resulted in many positive reviews and top rankings in Google and Apple’s app stores.Base CRM certainly appears to have taken the lead in ease of use. The program boasts a number of nicely integrated features, including web calling, e-mail synchronization, plus sales pipeline and funnel analysis.Another welcome feature is a Chrome extension that grabs LinkedIn contact information and adds it to your contact list.ContactuallyA different approach to easing contact entry comes from Contactually, a Web-based CRM application. It simplifies contact categorization by turning the chore into a quasi-entertaining “bucket game.”The program syncs with your IMAP email account, a nice feature that helps users build a contact list dynamically without having to import an address book (although it does that too). Another benefit of email syncing is that Contactually can “nag” you to recontact people you’ve been in touch with in the past.Contactually also will find duplicate contacts that use different email addresses, allowing you to quickly merge them. But the best new feature may well be “Introductions,” which makes introducing two people in your network quick and easy. In this day and age of high-octane networking, that’s a big time-saver.A Contactually Small Business account costs $40/mo. per user. Unfortunately, the Introductions feature is not available on the lower cost $20/mo. Premium plan.Intuit QuickBaseWhile Base CRM and Contactually take a dynamic interface approach, Intuit’s QuickBase goes in the opposite direction with a more traditional spreadsheet-like grid layout in every module of the application. QuickBase includes all the usual components, contact management, project management and sales management.The design is pretty straightforward but its four top navigation menus can look quite intimidating at first. QuickBase also lacks special social-media features, dedicated import filters, and MailChimp integration. While there’s no email synchronization, you can at least send emails from QuickBase, but that’s a pretty basic function.Unfortunately, QuickBase has a high cost of entry with pricing starting at $299/mo. for up to 10 users. QuickBase’s conservative user interface is likely to appeal to people familiar with, as the design metaphor is quite similar.The Next Big OpportunityThere is no question that CRM tools are getting more adept at social networking while improving ease of use across all platforms. Yet I would still like to see a tighter integration, particularly with LinkedIn. Nimble, for example, lets users send messages directly to social media followers. Given the massive opportunity of equipping millions of businesses with tools they need to better service customers, easier-to-use CRM applications will proliferate and that’s a relationship any business or customer should welcome with open arms.Photo by Shutter stock Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img michael tchong Tags:#Base CRM#Contactually#CRM#customer information#customer-relationship management#data#intuit#Intuit QuickBase#Nimble#QuickBase Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more