We Must Address the Foreign Exchange Issue Now

first_imgWhy are we Liberians so timid a people?  As far back as the early 1990s anyone entering Nigeria, Ghana or Sierra Leone with United States dollars or any other foreign currency had to surrender everything being changed to the local currency.  And anyone who received a transaction in a foreign currency automatically had to surrender the entire amount, whatever it was, in the local currency.But we in Liberia seem to be blindly addicted to anything foreign, currencies included. So when it comes to making a  decision one way or the other, we cry, as though we are about to make a decision as painful as a mother giving birth.  For true?  Or is it simply   cowardice, or an unwillingness to swallow a bitter pill and get on with life?Senior Reporter Edwin Fayia’s story published in yesterday’s business column was alarming indeed. The prices of everything, including locally produced foods as well as transportation, are  skyrocketing due to the rapid decline in the value of our own currency, the Liberian dollar.    We know that the Central Bank Governor, along with others, contend that Liberia needs to be producing more goods to earn more foreign exchange.  True.  The cost of rubber is somewhat down right now, owing to instability in the global economy.  From over US$2,000 per ton a year or two ago, it is down to little over US$1,600.  Worse yet, only Firestone is buying farmers’ rubber right now. Neither Salala Rubber Company (SRC) nor Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) is buying rubber from farmers as they used to do.  We also understand that due to the same difficult global economic situation, the iron ore companies are having difficulty bringing money into the country.  There are two other problems causing our foreign exchange woes.  A week ago someone sent us an article for publication alleging that one of the foreign companies to which government gave huge contracts for road construction   was busy shipping millions of United States dollars to Lebanon in suitcases and brief cases.  The writer found it extremely painful that the government would favor foreign companies over Liberians, but that these foreigners would show absolutely no appreciation to their benefactor, but would religiously ship the money they were paid out of the country.    He said he could not   understand how Liberians would continue to shoot themselves in the foot by allowing such a thing, when there was no other country in the world that would do this for Liberians.We could not publish that story because we were unsure of the facts.  But we honestly believe that the Central Bank of Liberia should investigate. Does the CBL know how much foreign exchange leaves the country daily and how?  We are told that many businesses no longer put their foreign exchange into the banks and that is one of the reasons for the shortage.  What has the CBL to say about this?Perhaps the biggest cause of our foreign exchange woes is that we consume what we do not grow.  Take our staple, rice.  Hundreds of millions are spent annually on the importation of rice.  And we have consistently refused to produce the meat we love so much.  Before the coup and before the war we grew our own chickens and eggs, our own pork.  Today most of these are imported.  A leading poultry producer told the Daily Observer a year ago that she no longer produces eggs because she could not face the competition posed by foreign importers.  Does the Agriculture Ministry know about this?  What is the Ministry doing about it? What incentives are being developed and implemented to encourage Liberian agricultural production?We have often lamented in this very column about the importation of vegetables from neighboring countries  with the identical soil type and rainfall as Liberia’s.  What are we doing to correct this?  Or are we surrendering to the status quo?Well, so long as we continue to adopt a philosophy of surrender, so long will we continue to suffer, and have no ones to blame but ourselves. 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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New Attorney pledges support to domestic violence victims

first_imgFollowing six years of continuous academic studies, 26-year-old Suriyha Sabsook on Thursday last realised her dream of becoming a lawyer.This is as the legal Bar of Guyana continues to welcome a number of young professionals, allowing Sabsook to officially start her career as a legal practitioner. She took her legal practitioner oath before Justice Navindra Singh at the Berbice High Court.Sabsook, who hails from Rose Hall Town, Berbice, has a strong passion for criminal law. She commenced her ascent to the Bar by pursuing A-Level coursesNew Attorney-at-Law Suriyha Sabsook and Justice Navindra Singh pose for a photo at the Berbice High Courtat the School of the Nations.Immediately after, Sabsook earned herself a spot in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme at the University of Guyana, after which she took on her Legal Education Certificate (LEC) at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and graduated earlier this year.The new Attorney, after her admission to the Bar on Thursday, pledged her assistance to reduce instances of domestic violence that pervades the Rose Hall Town area and teen suicide. She also expressed her care for the environment and committed herself to its protection, whether as an advocate or with general policy.She thanked her mother, Petal Sabsook, who she said was her greatest supporter and best friend.Justice Singh advised the young Attorney to grow with her experiences while maintaining her integrity.last_img read more

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Police Constable, friend injured in motorcycle accident

first_imgAn allegedly drunken driver found himself in hot water after the minibus he owns and operates collided with a motorcycle, seriously injuring a Police Officer and his pillion rider.The motorcycle (CK 461) which Police Constable Azad Fredericks was riding, along with his friend, Daniel Mondesir, at the time of the accidentThe injured men were identified as 22-year-old Police Constable Azad Fredericks, who is attached to the Alberttown Police Station, Georgetown, and 29-year-old Daniel Mondesir of Salem Village, Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).The minibus owner and driver, 62-year-old Lachminayan Ramnarine, of Lot 26 A Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara (WCD), is presently in Police custody, assisting with the investigation.Reports are that on Saturday about 19:45h, Ramnarine was driving along “Bus Shed Street”, Anna Catherina, when he allegedly switched lanes, causing his vehicle to collide with the motorcycle.As a result of the impact of the collision, both Fredericks and Mondesir were thrown from the motorcycle and landed on the roadway. They sustained multiple injuries about their bodies.Guyana Times was told that the injured men were picked up by public-spirited persons and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, WCD, where the doctor on duty immediately transferred them to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) after examining their injuries.After further examination by a doctor at the WDRH upon arrival, they were admitted.Fredericks is said to have sustained a fractured left leg while Mondesir is suffering from fractured ribs. In addition to those injuries, the duo also sustained several lacerations about their bodies.According to a Police source, a breathalyser test was conducted on Ramnarine, and results revealed that the minibus driver had alcohol in his system that is above the prescribed legal limit.His vehicle, along with the motorcycle, is impounded at the Leonora Police Station, WCD, as the investigation continues. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

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USC wants last word with Stanford

first_imgEven a fan who approached Carroll after practice this week begged him to put 70 points on the scoreboard. “I’m no fan of his,” the fan said, referring to Harbaugh. But with the Cardinal limping into the Coliseum minus their starting quarterback and with a shabby record (1-3, 0-3 Pacific-10), even the idea of running up the score seems a bit hollow today. Carroll laughed off suggestions this week he wanted some measure of revenge against Harbaugh, who said last spring Carroll would leave USC after this season. But Carroll’s never hidden his irritation at that comment and some other remarks by Harbaugh about Stanford’s more stringent admission standards. “I’ll just give one of my canned answers (at the press conference),” Carroll said about his feelings for Harbaugh. “I’m laughing all of this off.” For whatever reason, Harbaugh’s emerged with a prickly reputation in coaching circles. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Harbaugh comments aside, Trojans try to regain form. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER One of the pressing questions this offseason was whether USC coach Pete Carroll might run up the score against Stanford following some controversial comments from Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh. “I really want to beat him because of some of the things he said,” said a Pacific-10 Conference coach who referred to comments unrelated to USC. “He’s not a popular guy.” But the Carroll vs. Harbaugh rivalry might not have much fizz considering the lopsided matchup. Harbaugh’s certainly been gracious the past few months. “I admire the way they play … their athletes and the way they are coached,” he said. “This is one of college football’s true dynasty teams and I’m very impressed.” And Carroll’s got other concerns today. The No. 2-ranked Trojans (4-0, 2-0) laid an egg in Seattle last week and nearly lost to Washington, 27-24. That game kicked some urgency into a team that breezed past Idaho, Nebraska and Washington State. Carroll craves a four-quarter performance, which really only occurred against Washington State. “It doesn’t matter who we play,” Carroll said. “We have a standard we want to live up to no matter who we play. Last week we didn’t accomplish that or live up to that standard. “We could have easily lost last week like so many other teams.” His expectations are quite simple for today’s game: “If we play well, that’s all we hope for.” To do that, the Trojans better get more out of quarterback John David Booty although it might not matter against lowly Stanford. Booty was upbeat this week despite one of his worst performances, when he threw two interceptions and had two passes deflected. “Even the best pitchers in the world get jacked around sometimes,” Booty said. “I put it behind me.” It’s inconceivable Booty could struggle against Stanford like he did against Washington, but today’s game is also going to be an audition of sorts for freshman tailback Joe McKnight, who should get the most carries of his career after a disappointing start. “I’ve felt the whole time I’ve wanted to get him production in the offense, ” Carroll said. This appears to be the day because USC is without tailback C.J. Gable, who underwent groin surgery Friday. And tailback Stafon Johnson (bruised foot) is highly questionable. That leaves McKnight, Hershel Dennis and Allen Bradford as the backups behind starter Chauncey Washington (South Torrance High). And the offense should get plenty of opportunities. Stanford’s two-back offense, which offers few variations, plays right into USC’s hands defensively. “They have a lot of stuff but don’t run it because they don’t have confidence in it,” the Pac-10 coach said. Especially without their quarterback. Stanford quarterback T.C. Ostrander will miss the game after suffering a seizure at a restaurant last Sunday. He will be replaced by sophomore Tavita Pritchard, who has thrown only two passes this season. It’s not just that Stanford is undermanned and overwhelmed by USC’s talent. Arizona State held the Cardinal to three points last week and that was with Ostrander. But no one told Harbaugh this would be an overnight success. “We welcome guys who want to compete and fight,” Harbaugh said. “We are building that. We are getting more of that each and every week. You are finding out who those guys are. They make themselves known. They have a tremendous challenge this week and we welcome those guys who love to do that.” scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ally of parks dies at 49

first_imgFuneral arrangements were pending.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Todd Longshore, a longtime member of Santa Clarita’s Parks Commission, died early Tuesday, apparently of a heart attack. He was 49. Longshore was rushed at dawn to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in full cardiac arrest and did not respond to treatment, a hospital official said. The news stunned friends in City Hall who described Longshore as a family man who took great pride in his children while working to create opportunities for less fortunate kids. “He was just an amazing guy, an amazing dad,” Councilman Frank Ferry said. “He and I spent countless hours just dreaming. He was passionate about having active parks for kids – he wanted what was best for children in the community. He wanted to get kids out, help them make good choices.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA resident of Santa Clarita for 24 years, Longshore, a commercial real estate appraiser, had been on the commission since it was formed in 1989. He was appointed by Santa Clarita’s first mayor, now U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, and later reappointed by current Mayor Laurene Weste. “He is such an irreplaceable asset to this community,” said Weste, who called Longshore a “quiet leader” who helped steer the Parks Commission with a soft approach. Longshore and his wife, DeAnn, have three sons and a daughter: Nick, 24; Nate, 19; Ben, 16; and Courtney, 13. Nick and Nate were standout football players at Canyon High School; Ben is following the tradition, playing quarterback and punting. A son called Canyon football coach Harry Welch in tears Tuesday morning to tell him his dad had died. “He never missed a football game,” Ferry said. “He was a proud, happy father.” A youth sports coach for many years, Longshore saw sports as a means of building character. He also was active with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, involved in Scouting with his own kids and enjoyed restoring cars and building hot rods. last_img read more

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5K RESULTS: CIARAN SMASHES BURTONPORT RECORD

first_imgCIARAN Doherty from Letterkenny AC smashed the Burtonport 5k record on Tuesday evening with a 14:53 run.All the results from the 5k and the U-14 mile race are below:Burtonport 5k 2013  Place  Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club1 14.53 453 Ciaran Doherty SM Letterkenny A.C.2 15.55 331 Colin Watson SM Finn Valley A.C.3 16.06 314 Ivan Toner SM Letterkenny A.C. 4 16.28 384 Kevin Ferry M40+ Letterkenny A.C.5 16.30 361 Daniel Hannigan SM Lifford AC6 16.31 403 Shane McNulty SM Finn Valley A.C.7 16.35 366 Paul McGlinchey SM Letterkenny A.C.8 16.40 315 Kieran Crawford SM Letterkenny A.C. 9 16.48 451 Paddy McDaid SM Letterkenny A.C.10 16.55 467 Noel Diver SM Rosses A.C.11 17.10 321 Sean Dudgeon SM Lifford AC12 17.20 479 Kevin McGee M40+ Rosses A.C. 13 17.30 317 Bill Duncan M45+ Lifford AC14 17.31 380 Liam Murray SM Individual15 17.32 423 Shane Gallagher SM Individual16 17.33 308 Padraig Friel SM Letterkenny A.C.17 17.34 367 Gareth Kerrigan SM Milford A C18 17.35 330 Niall Barry SM Letterkenny A.C.19 17.42 407 Aiden McKenna M40+ Letterkenny A.C.20 17.43 358 Paul Kelly SM Lifford AC21 17.45 316 John Conlon SM Letterkenny A.C.22 17.46 320 Kevin Harkin SM Lifford AC23 17.47 465 Fionnuala Diver SW Letterkenny A.C.24 17.57 452 Patrick Penrose JM Finn Valley A.C.25 18.00 396 Kenny O’Donnell M40+ Finn Valley A.C.26 18.02 360 Martin Devaney SM Lifford AC27 18.05 426 Gavin Ward SM Rosses A.C.28 18.06 462 PJ Boyce M45+ Cranford AC29 18.09 406 Eamon O’Donnell SM Rosses A.C.30 18.11 363 Darren Price SM Letterkenny A.C.24 July 2013 Place  Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club31 18.12 436 Micheal Logue SM Rosses A.C.32 18.13 395 John Wallace SM Individual33 18.14 449 John Muir M40+ Individual34 18.24 428 Edward Harkin SM Rosses A.C.35 18.28 307 Paddy Ward M50+ Letterkenny A.C.36 18.31 471 Michael Penrose Sr. M45+ Finn Valley A.C.37 18.38 478 Martin McGlynn SM Rosses A.C.38 18.44 309 Kieran Coyle SM Letterkenny A.C.39 18.46 310 Charlie Sweeney SM Letterkenny A.C.40 18.50 383 Colly O’Donnell M40+ Letterkenny A.C.41 18.55 417 Denis Forker SM Rosses A.C.42 19.09 343 Ryan Craig JM Glenties43 19.14 429 Jimmy McGee JM Individual44 19.18 454 Derek Gillespie SM Rosses A.C.45 19.28 329 Paul Cosgrave M45+ Letterkenny A.C.46 19.30 447 Sharon Muir W40+ Individual47 19.31 312 Des Fahy M40+ Orange Grove48 19.33 336 Tony Gallagher M45+ Finn Valley A.C.49 19.36 455 Martin McCabe SM Individual50 19.37 418 Fergal McGee SM Rosses A.C.51 19.38 399 Hugh Ferry SM Individual52 19.39 443 Mary Connolly SW Finn Valley A.C.53 19.45 469 Michael Penrose SM Finn Valley A.C.54 19.47 373 Matthew McCole JM Rosses A.C.55 19.52 438 Darragh Boyle SM Rosses A.C.56 19.53 337 Sean O’Leary M50+ Finn Valley A.C.57 19.56 404 Eugene McCafferty SM Rosses A.C.58 19.57 381 Sean Timoney M45+ Rosses A.C.59 20.00 357 Sheila Regan SW Letterkenny A.C.60 20.09 460 Liam Marley M50+ Cranford AC61 20.14 439 Michael McElroy SM Rosses A.C.62 20.20 457 PJ Friel M50+ Individual63 20.25 356 Marie Boyle SW Letterkenny A.C.24 July 2013 Place  Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club64 20.27 437 Denis E. Bonner M40+ Individual65 20.30 435 Eamon Friel M40+ Rosses A.C.66 20.35 365 Owen O’Donnell SM Individual67 20.36 338 Martin Anderson M45+ Finn Valley A.C.68 20.41 379 Marie Timoney SW Rosses A.C.69 20.44 424 Conor Gallagher JM Individual70 20.54 433 Donal Rodgers SM Rosses A.C.71 20.56 311 Damien Glynn SM Letterkenny A.C.72 20.58 362 Alan Rodgers SM Individual73 21.15 319 Mark Donaghey M45+ Lifford AC74 21.26 334 Mary Hippsley W45+ Finn Valley A.C.75 21.27 475 Eugene McGinley M45+ Individual76 21.31 459 Helen McCready SW Rosses A.C.77 21.32 304 Paul McGonagle SM Rosses A.C.78 21.33 318 Camilla McGranaghan SW Sparta79 21.34 474 Gavin Bonner SM Rosses A.C.80 21.35 448 Noreen McGee SW Rosses A.C.81 21.36 445 Barry Gallagher SM Antrim82 21.37 427 Kolga Deicke M40+ Individual83 21.40 397 Niamh McDaid SW Letterkenny A.C.84 21.45 374 Amanda Monaghan W40+ Lifford AC85 21.50 402 James Maguire M50+ Finn Valley A.C.86 22.09 464 Sean McMenamin M50+ Finn Valley A.C.87 22.11 408 Max Davies M50+ Individual88 22.13 415 Ashling McGeehan SW Finn Valley A.C.89 22.16 468 Jimmy McBride M50+ Individual90 22.18 476 Sean O’Donnell M50+ Individual91 22.24 405 Jonathan Jacob SM Individual92 22.25 458 John Ferry M45+ Individual93 22.29 376 Jackie Timoney SW Lifford AC94 22.33 375 Rachel Friel SW Lifford AC95 22.39 450 Ann Harkin SW Rosses A.C.96 22.40 344 Ryan Connaghton JM Individual24 July 2013 Place  Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club97 22.42 463 Sharon Hamilton SW Finn Valley A.C.98 22.46 473 Neil Griffin M40+ Rosses A.C.99 22.50 477 Donal Boyle SW Individual100 22.52 422 Amy Allen SW Individual101 23.00 419 Gloria Donaghy W50+ Finn Valley A.C.102 23.12 411 Kathleen Gallen W45+ Finn Valley A.C.103 23.15 353 Bronagh Heverin W45+ Glenties104 23.16 342 Gavin Finnegan SM Individual105 23.25 354 Edwina Sweeney W40+ Glenties106 23.27 351 Danielle Boyle SW Glenties107 23.28 412 Evelyn McGeehan W45+ Finn Valley A.C.108 23.32 481 Colin Houston SM Individual109 23.35 346 Imelda Gallagher W40+ Individual110 23.37 400 Nicola Maguire SW Individual111 23.38 341 Dom Gallagher M40+ Glenties112 23.43 345 Mary Gallagher W45+ Glenties113 23.47 470 Kathleen Griffin W40+ Rosses A.C.114 23.52 444 Owen Gallagher M50+ Antrim115 23.53 349 Michelle Delaney SW Glenties116 24.00 355 Karen Hayward W40+ Edinburgh117 24.14 313 Margary McGlynn SW Individual118 24.19 446 Thomas Gallagher JM Individual119 24.22 333 Paul Brady M40+ Individual120 24.37 398 Finola Crawford SW Finn Valley A.C.121 24.58 370 Gemma McGlinchey SW Individual122 25.00 432 Wendy Wilton W45+ Individual123 25.14 368 Packie Bonner M45+ Individual124 25.19 413 Mary Martin W50+ Finn Valley A.C.125 25.20 332 Nigel McBride M40+ Rosses A.C.126 25.38 339 Sean Ferry SM Rosses A.C.127 25.39 347 Catriona O’Sullivan SW Glenties128 25.41 305 James McGonagle M50+ Rosses A.C.129 25.49 302 Suzie McGuinness SW Individual24 July 2013 Place  Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club130 25.53 371 Erin Mannix SW Individual131 26.03 392 Liz McFadden SW Individual132 26.10 391 Daniel O’Kiene SM Individual133 26.11 480 Gerard Correll M50+ Individual134 26.22 390 John Quinn SM Convoy135 26.34 389 Mairead Gallagher W45+ Rosses A.C.136 26.35 416 Grace Garvie SW Rosses A.C.137 26.47 340 Marie Boyle SW Rosses A.C.138 26.53 425 Catriona Solan SW Individual139 26.54 385 Paula Jansen SW Finn Valley A.C.140 26.57 440 Oran Boyle SM Rosses A.C.141 27.01 401 Andrea McGowan SW Finn Valley A.C.142 27.07 303 Kathleen McGonagle SW Rosses A.C.143 27.10 456 Catriona Ward SW Dungloe144 27.19 377 Edward Wilson SM Rosses A.C.145 27.30 352 Bernie Molloy SW Glenties146 27.32 348 Rosemary Dewhurst W40+ Glenties147 27.37 387 Patricia O’Donnell SW Individual148 27.39 369 Collette McDermott SW Individual149 27.40 414 Sean Treacy SM Individual150 27.59 442 Ann Marie Gibbons W40+ Finn Valley A.C.151 28.03 350 Breda McDyre W40+ Glenties152 28.04 382 Ann O’Donnell W40+ Rosses A.C.153 28.14 378 Lorna O’Donnell W45+ Rosses A.C.154 28.33 386 Sarah Mullis SW Individual155 28.42 335 Rita Brady W40+ Individual156 28.45 461 Brid Marie Solan SW Individual157 28.55 325 Marie Rodgers SW Rosses A.C.158 29.03 388 Stevie O’Donnell SM Individual159 29.04 466 Kevin McHugh M50+ Finn Valley A.C.160 29.42 364 Dympna Bonner W40+ Glenties161 29.48 372 Coleen Mannix SW Individual162 29.58 472 Angela Trimble W40+ Inishowen AC24 July 2013 Place  Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club163 30.00 409 Brid McHugh SW Glenties164 30.01 421 Noreen Boyle SW Individual165 30.02 420 Marguerite Bonner SW Individual166 31.09 410 Marion McShane SW Glenties167 31.10 301 Katie McGonagle SW Rosses A.C.168 31.26 441 Mary Laughlin SW Individual169 32.25 322 Nicola Boyle JW Rosses A.C.170 32.26 323 Suzanne Boyle W40+ Rosses A.C.171 32.51 482 John Joe Gallagher SM Individual172 32.52 327 Marie McFadden SW Rosses A.C.173 32.53 328 Geraldine McBride SW Rosses A.C.174 34.11 326 Claire Sharkey SW Rosses A.C.175 34.12 324 Grace Sharkey SW Rosses A.C.176 34.14 393 Carmel Boyle SW Individual177 34.26 394 Yvonne Boyle/Gildea SW Glenties178 36.14 431 Martina Roarty SW Individual179 36.15 430 Nora Roarty SW Individual24 July 2013 Burtonport U-14 Mile Race 2013 Place   Time   FirstName  Surname  1              5.40                       Oisin                             Bonner2              5.42                       Dylan                            Sweeney3              6.21                       Nikea                            Mc Govern4              6.36                       Darragh                        Gallagher5              6.37                       Eoin                               Diver6                     6.39                       Ciaran                           Griffin7                     6.47                       Odhrán                          Mc Gonagle8                     6.48                       Mathlew                        Comiskey9                     6.52                       Shannon                        Mc Cready10                    6.55                       Niall                              Mc Sharry11                    6.57                       Dean                             Timoney12                    7.04                       Rachela                        Mc Kenna13                    7.05                       Orla                               Mc Sharry14                    7.07                       Ryan                             Wilson15                    7.13                       Anthony                         Gallagher16                    7.14                       Oran                              Gallagher17                    7.15                       Justine                          Boyle18                    7.18                       Jamie                            Mc Cready19                    7.23                       Aidan                             Griffin20                    7.34                       Aishling                         Diver21                    7.42                       Rihanna                        McCready22                    7.45                       Adam                            Mc Cafferty23                    7.52                       Katie                              Mc Gee24                    8.14                       Emma                           Maloney25                    8.20                       Amy                              Timoney26                    8.24                       Shannon                        Mc Glynn27                    8.25                       Aoibheann                     Mc Elroy28                    8.29                       Sophie                           Calone29                    8.42                       Mark                             Mc Kenna30                    8.43                       Philip                             Mc Gee31                    8.44                       Pat                                 Mc Kenna32                    9.00                       Declan                          Mc Elroy33                    9.04                       Joe                                Mc Elroy34                    9.21                       Ulitah                            Boyle35                    9.22                       Aishling                         NicPhaidin36                    9.23                       Kyle                               Gallagher37                    9.26                       Ita                                  Mc Gee24 July 20135K RESULTS: CIARAN SMASHES BURTONPORT RECORD was last modified: July 24th, 2013 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 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Cross Country Set To Race At NCAA Midwest Regional Championship

first_imgThe men’s team was led last week by freshman Maximilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria) who finished fifth at the MVC Cross Country Championships with an 8K time of 25:00.9. Fridrich was also named MVC Freshman of the Year. Sophomores Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Minn.) and Matt Cozine (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) also recorded top-20 finishes. As a team the Bulldogs finished fifth at the MVC Championships, the school’s best finish since 2012. The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to appear at the annual NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 10 in Ames, Iowa. Midwest Regional Central Senior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) led the women’s team with a 5K time of 17:59.4. Cofer finished 15th and earned All-MVC honorable mention honors and a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team. Story Links Live Results The Midwest Regionals, along with the other regional championships conducted throughout the country, determine which teams and athletes qualify to compete in the NCAA Championships set to take place next weekend in Louisville, Ky. The top two teams from each region and the top four individuals not on qualifying teams from each region will advance to the NCAA Championships. The women’s 6K is set to begin at 10:45 a.m. followed by the men’s 10K to begin at 11:45 a.m. Both races are scheduled to take place at the Iowa State Cross Country Course. With nine states making up the Midwest Region, Drake will see stiff competition from a deep field vying for a potential spot in the NCAA field. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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“Code For America” Reinvents Government One Step At A Time

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… The U.S. public sector employs some 21 million people, the vast majority at state and local governments. That makes the public sector ripe for innovation and reinvention, a task being tackled head-on by Code for America, a San Francisco-based incubator that aims to help “government work better for everyone.”Startups Attacking A Giant MarketLast week, I attended a Code for America demo day where seven startups, billed as the “inaugural class of the first-ever civic startup accelerator,” showed off their wares. The Code for America accelerator program hopes to disrupt the $170 billion government IT market, while providing new and improved services to U.S. citizens.One of the startups, MindMixer, had already shown up on my radar. MindMixer helps local government and civic entities create instant online communities. The company has so far set up more than 250 organizations around the country.MindMixer helps organizations collect ideas and perspectives and lets visitors vote on them, much the same way that I’m using Spigit to ideate solutions for America. One MindMixer community is ImproveSF, which is working to create a better San Francisco. Its “Design a New Library Card” challenge racked up 14,529 interactions.Handwriting To Digital Isn’t EasyAnother startup that drew much attention is Berkeley, Calif.-based Captricity. Co-Founder Kuang Chen reiterated how difficult it was to transform handwritten or other paper-based data into digital form.Captricity uses real people for data entry but you do need either have a scanner or camera to upload text originals to the Web. The company currently has an offer you can’t refuse: the first 25 pages for new customers are digitized for free. It’s $0.20 per page after that.As Code for America Director of Strategy and Communications Abhi Nemani tells me, “Captricity is one of the clearly compelling startups, it’s a problem we can all relate to.” The company already has received investments from Mitch Kapor’s Kapor Capital and others.Social media startups were well represented by Measured Voice and Revelstone, both promising to improve civic engagement supported by analytics to track social engagement.The Start Of Something Bigger?Three other startups, Aunt Bertha, LeanSprout and Recovers are described on Code America’s site. As Nemani says, “This is the first accelerator class. The whole ecosystem needs to be built up, but this is the start of something bigger.”I agree. Code for America has definitely struck the right tech chord. If you need more persuasive evidence that America needs to innovate, please see Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers General Partner Mary Meeker’s presentation “USA, Inc.” Key Points, which brilliantly articulates trends we should all be familiar with.Code on. michael tchong Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidcenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#Government#hacking#startups last_img read more

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20-Hour Workdays: 4 Ways To Survive A Startup

first_imgChina and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Tags:#Entrepreneurs#Pause#startups gary whitehill What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Guest author Gary Whitehill is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Startup Weekend.Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes. But the most successful pioneers tend to share certain traits. Entrepreneurs are driven, innovative, persistent, resilient, and, as The New York Times’ David Segal suggests, just the right amount of crazy.The daunting venture of building a company from the ground up requires a type of mania, a type of desire that, on occasion, borders on obsession. An entrepreneur’s startup really is like his or her baby, demanding constant love and attention.Trace Cohen, President of Launch.it, had this to say about being a startup parent: “It’s our job and privilege to do everything in our power to make sure our company grows up to be smart and strong. There is no 9-to-5 when it comes to a startup – it’s a new experience for all of us, each and every time.”This reality presents a significant challenge to both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs. A founder’s love for their company frequently comes at the expense of relationships with flesh-and-blood loved ones.There’s no way to fully avoid that impact, but there are things you can do to preserve some level of balance even as you pursue your startup dreams:1. Keep Things SimpleWith all the complexity at the office, it helps to simplify your personal time. Slowing down your personal life functions as a relaxant. Hurrying from happy-hour with coworkers to dinner with family to coffee with an old friend actually augments the stress accumulated during the workday. The simpler your social life, the more likely you are to actually enjoy your downtime and relax.Reducing your social engagements also helps focus on the ones that really matter – the ones with family and close friends. Casual acquaintances may fall by the wayside, but in the long run, a few good friends and a supportive family will serve you better than a host of people no real connection to you.In an interview with Charlie Rose, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg intimates that he subscribes to this philosophy: “I spend a lot of time just, you know, with my girlfriend and my dog… so it’s really simple.”2. Reserve Family Time‘Simple’ is good, but ‘non-existent’ is not. In the midst of a startup, it is very easy to slip from a few social engagements to zero social engagements. But no matter how busy you are, you need to spend at least some time with people outside of work. This means carving out at least an hour per day to spend with your family or close friends.For much of her career, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has left work at 5:30pm sharp in order to have dinner with her children. Sandberg admits that she returns to her business after dinner, often emailing from her bedroom into the wee hours of the night, but 6pm is dinner, overbearing workload or not.3. Mix Things UpWhen socializing or family time becomes a chore or an item to check off your to-do list, something has gone awry. Richard Branson, perhaps the paragon of the modern entrepreneur, confesses, “I am not able to share my own routine because I don’t have one, since I try to make every day unique.” Granted, making “every day unique” is easier when you have your own personal spaceship, but Branson’s sentiment serves as an important counterpoint to Sandberg’s discipline.4. Choose The Right PartnerEvery relationship involves two individuals. You may take every conceivable step to make things work with the people around you, but your partner and friends have to be sympathetic to your cause.Some relationships are forged in the startup furnace. Companies such as ModCloth, Evernote and Cisco Systems were founded by couples. Even if you’re not lucky enough to find a business partner and a life partner in the same person, be sure to find somebody who is willing to support your venture.Having a go-to support system is an often under-appreciated component of an entrepreneur’s well-being. Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, had this to say to me about her husband’s importance to her career: ”Glenn is my rock. When I am going a million miles an hour he keeps a solid, steady and focused pace – managing the operations of our businesses and creating a loving home base to come back to. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for his 100% support.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

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