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Transformation of our Minds, Attitudes and Behaviors

first_imgMy message to you will have some pieces of my personal experiences in order to provide a context for parts of my message. Those will provide the backdrop particularly when I talk about values and service; essential elements for “One People, One Nation, United for Peace and Sustainable Development.” Three entities working in concert with one another are proposed as suitable for bringing about this kind of transformation; the family, education, and society generally. In the words of the national anthem we sing the words of valor unpretending. If we search our Thesaurus, we know that other words for valor are courage, bravery, spirit, nerve, heroism, fearlessness, boldness, gallantry. Liberians must use courage, bravery, spirit, nerve, heroism, fearlessness, boldness, gallantry to change their perceptions of themselves, and their attitudes about what we can do for ourselves. We must battle mediocrity and set excellence as the standard in our schools, workplace and in society generally.  Greenleaf, 1970 “The Servant as Leader” The Honorable Vice President of the Republic of Liberia Joseph N. Boakai and Mrs. Katumu Boakai Foresight: Foresight enables the servant leader to “understand the lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequences of a decision for the future.” How do we bring about this transformation? These ten characteristics are by no means exhaustive. I see them as compatible with the goals of a rebuilt Liberia. As a psychologist these are the essence of what we see as healthy growth and leadership. As Liberia rebuilds itself after several years of civil war, it is faced with many competing priorities. Infrastructure development, roads and bridges that were torn apart need to be rebuilt. Education needs attention, as does providing healthcare. The list goes on. However, little or no attention is paid to the transformation of minds, attitudes and behaviors.This presentation raises the need to focus on the human factor. How do we shift from a warring mentality to one that fosters peace? What are the values upon which this new Liberia needs to be built? It looks to the Constitution for some of the values that are embedded within it, and proposes a restoration of some of those that can point the direction for the nation. It challenges the common practice of leadership often build upon self-aggrandizement and proposes a model of servant leadership. But in the past three hundred years the idea of nationhood took root in most of the world. Members of tribes started to become citizens, viewing themselves as a single people with patriotic sentiments and duties toward their homeland. .. Spears, in Greenleaf, 1970, “ The Servant Leader” Stewardship: As leaders demonstrating stewardship, we hold our institutions/agencies/ministries, etc. in trust for the greater good of society. The Dean and members of the Cabinet and other Government Officials Constitution of the Republic of Liberia Liberia can boast of some strong women. I am grateful to those strong women in my family who set for me such wonderful examples of service to humankind. It is my strongly held belief that words of praise to the Almighty without deeds to our fellow humans are nothing but hollow words. Two women who not only consistently praised God, but followed up with deeds of human kindness were my paternal grandmother and great-grandmother whose commitment to education and service took them to the remotest corners of Liberia. Let me share a story of a visitor from the United States, a Mr. William Kamma Reeves, a man in his seventies, who visited me in Harper and told me stories about my great-grandmother. He pointed out that my danneh, as we called my great-grandmother, and her daughter, Ma Caddy, my grandmother lived in their village of Gedebo and taught him his ABC’s, and that my grandmother and he grew up as siblings. He went on to say how harsh living conditions were in the village but that were it not for their presence among the villagers, he and others would not have begun their education. This encounter brought back some very fond memories. I remember as a young child as I traveled with them on their missions from one remote area of southeastern Liberia to another. The condition of the roads in the fifties was challenging as it is today. These are the women who shaped my early development and that of several other Liberians. From their lives we glean the importance of education as the great equalizer even then. We also see the value placed on service to others. Why else would they leave the comfort of their homes to travel and live under very harsh conditions? It certainly was not for the salary. Education: Each school must strive to become a center for quality and excellence. No more should we hear that our students cannot read or write. We must not just have students who take classes, but we must provide them with quality educational experiences so that when they leave us they are transformed for worthy service. That means that each student at every level should be able to demonstrate new knowledge, skills and attitudes in readiness to serve humankind.  They must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication. In this day and age, rote memorization is no longer the most desirable tool for teaching. Our students must be taught critical thinking, reasoning, the ability to critically search for and use information. They must demonstrate skills in quantitative reasoning and given today’s world they must have the ability to use technology as an effective tool. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) My life’s story began on Green Street in Harper City, Maryland County where three generations of Davis’s before me lived and worked to make their contributions to Maryland County and to Liberia. So, I am a fourth generation Marylander, and I would like at this time to thank my brother Natty B who seven years ago encouraged me to return home. I am grateful to Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for giving me the opportunity to serve Maryland County and Liberia as President of William V.S. Tubman University, Liberia’s second public university.  My personal past is one of the many stories of Maryland County’s past. Please indulge me as I pay tribute to some of Maryland’s sons and daughters who are responsible for my being here today. My paternal grandfather, Alfred Pryde Davis was an outspoken private entrepreneur who was not involved in politics, but became a political prisoner for being critical of the government of his time. In his day, Liberians did not enjoy the freedom of expression that we so freely exercise today without fear of being relegated to a lifetime of imprisonment. As we enjoy these freedoms, we need to also demonstrate a sense of responsibility and not engage in malicious rumors that cause dissension or bring injury to individuals, families and institutions. The promulgation of half-truths, misinformation, and disinformation that cast aspersions on people and divides our communities is not demonstrating personal or social responsibility. If Liberia is to move forward in unity, these actions must stop. Let me begin then with a few of what I consider in need of change; deep structural change. Our sense of identity and our values: those principles, standards, morals, ethics and ideals that should form the bedrock of our society. Among others are excellence, integrity, civility, ethics, civic virtue, dependability and trustworthiness. There are three levels at which this transformation of attitudes and behaviours must occur. It is imperative that each level reinforces the other. Our interactions with one another should be characterized by civility. We may disagree, but we do not have to be disagreeable. Ethical behavior should be the norm rather than the exception.  Robert Reich, an American economist, professor, author and political commentator wrote in his March 24, 2014 Blog a piece entitled The New Tribalism. In that piece he writes, and I quote him,  “Before the rise of the nation-state, between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the world was mostly tribal. Tribes were united by language, religion, blood, and belief. They feared other tribes and often warred against them. Kings and emperors imposed temporary truces, at most. Building Community: Given the rise of urbanization, technology, and all of the other factors that tend to isolate us contributing to our tendency to focus only on ourselves, the servant leader strives to build a sense of community within the institution, fostering caring communities that replace the bureaucracies and silos which we have erected in this society. Members of the Consular Corps The President Pro-Tempore Findley and Mrs. Findley, and members of the Honorable House of Senate His Excellency the Doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corps Today, as he sees it, “The connections that matter most are again becoming more personal. Religious beliefs and affiliations, the nuances of one’s own language and culture, the daily realities of class, and the extensions of one’s family and its values – all are providing people with ever greater senses of identity.” While being bound by religious beliefs and affiliations, the nuances of one’s own language and culture can be positive, we can also use those to divide ourselves and foster insiders and outsiders. The not so distant past of Liberia attests to this. As we rebuild Liberia what takes precedent in our perception of ourselves? I contend that as Liberians we must think of ourselves as citizens, viewing ourselves as a single people with patriotic sentiments and duties toward their homeland, Liberia. The Preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia states, “..that all of our people, irrespective of history, tradition, creed, or ethnic background are of one common body politic.” Section b continues with defining these rights. “All persons, irrespective of ethnic background, race, sex, creed, place of origin or political opinion, are entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.” Nowhere does it state that males have rights that females do not have. Therefore we need to alter our thinking and behaviors about men and women. Females are equal to males and should not be treated as lesser creatures or as property to be used and abused. The law must enforce this in every aspect of life; in the home, classroom, work-place and in social settings. Conceptualization: As a leader one must think beyond the day-to-day occurrences, “putting out fires”, and dream big dreams. This ability for Conceptualization enables the servant leader to be a visionary. I also have fond memories of my father, Olie Davis, as many Marylanders called him, standing and addressing Marylanders at the 26th Independence Day celebration, or other occasions. Dad was also known as the poor man’s advocate because, as a lawyer, he often took cases not because of people’s ability to pay, but in his search for justice for people who could not access justice for themselves. And so we often got cassava, bananas, and other fruit and vegetables from grateful people for whom he had fought in the courtroom. But we also got something even more powerful. When people found out who our father was, we were offered kindness and care. Today, too many Liberians seemed to have lost that sense of caring for one another and kindness to one another. We seem too busy getting what we can get for ourselves, sometimes even stealing, to be attentive to the plight of the less fortunate. We need to change our attitudes and behaviors and become more caring of fellow humans, especially those who are the most vulnerable among us. If you have ever ridden with Her Excellency, you know how long it takes to arrive at the designated destination because she makes numerous stops to inquire about the people, demonstrating how genuinely she cares about the citizens, especially the children. center_img Reviewing a course proposed by faculty at TU in entrepreneur education, I was pleased to see emphasis on topics such as “the meaning of the dignity of labor”; “benefits and value of doing work”; and “ethics in life and business”. Those should be standard in any curriculum in Liberia As we read this quote from Greenleaf and think about Liberia, the question is, as leaders, do we place our constituents’ highest priority needs at the forefront of how we structure their educational or work experiences, or do we do what is convenient for us? Do we structure their experiences to ensure that they grow as persons? As a result of our leadership and the manner in which we structure their experiences, do our students/constituents become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous? Are they more likely to become servant leaders given their experiences with us? At TU we have articulated a mission that states that we provide quality educational experiences that transform lives for worthy service. We expect our students when they leave us to go out and serve in whatever their disciplines are. What are the changes that we must make in order to become servant leaders? There are 10 characteristics of the servant leader as described by Greenleaf and others. The first is listening. Spears in Greenleaf’s The Servant Leader, points out that as a servant-leader, the focus is on listening intently to others, trying to identify what the will of the group is and trying to clarify that will. During her recent visit to Harper Her Excellency said to the audience “I am here to listen to you”. As a psychologist, I closely observed her (she didn’t know that she was being scrutinized by a psychologist), and can say that she engaged in what we call “mindful listening.” She stayed in the moment with the speaker even though some of it was critical, and did not respond defensively. In my profession of psychology we talk about the importance of also listening to what is not being said. So does the servant-leader. As Spears indicates, s/he “also keenly listens to her/his own voice and engages in reflection”. This third characteristic of healing refers to the “potential one has for healing one’s self and one’s relationship to others”; the desire to make whole. Greenleaf in “The Servant as Leader” states “There is something subtle communicated to one who is being served and led if, implicit in the compact between servant-leader and led, is the understanding that the search for wholeness is something they share.” Liberia needs leaders who can change their attitudes and behaviors to promote healing rather sowing dissension and discontent. I would like to express my profound thanks and appreciation to Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson and the 167th Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee for selecting me to bring a message to the nation. I consider my father the late O. Natty B. Davis the orator within the family so I do hope that I do justice to his memory. I am sure that he would be delighted to see one of his children addressing the nation on this important occasion.  Your Excellency, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia References The Preamble goes on to state, “Exercising our natural, inherent and inalienable rights to establish a framework of government for the purpose of promoting unity (not disunity), liberty (not bondage), peace (not war), stability (not instability), equality (not inequality), justice (not injustice), and human rights (not abuse) under the rule of law (not mob rule) with opportunities for political, social, moral, spiritual and cultural advancement of our society, for ourselves and for our posterity.” In that same Preamble, there is a resolve to “live in harmony, to practice fraternal love, tolerance and understanding as a people” as well as setting forth the obligation “to promote African unity and international peace and cooperation.” Evident in these words is the need to shift from a warring mentality to a peaceful one where our behaviors are consistent with harmony, fraternal love, tolerance and understanding, promoting unity on our continent, and engaging in international peace and cooperation. Well, you might say that was meant for the government. I contend that as citizens each one has a responsibility to live those words; not just mouth them but to live them daily. The Honorable Speaker Alex Tyler, Mrs. Tyler, and the Honorable House of Representatives Students  Commitment to the growth of people: Spears tells us that servant leaders “believe that people have an intrinsic value beyond their tangible contributions as workers.” Therefore servant leaders are “deeply committed to the growth of each and everyone in his or her institution/agency/ministry/office. This means that if we are servant leaders we have a “tremendous responsibility to do everything within our power to nurture the personal, professional, and spiritual growth of” the employees of the institutions, etc.. Ladies and gentlemen: “We are witnessing a reversion to tribalism around the world, away from nation states.” He goes on to give a brief history of the world as it was then. Again I quote him. Family: The family is the unit that gives us our very early sense of who we are. It provides us with the foundation of values that prepares us for the broader society. It provides us comfort, security and a sense of worth. It is also the holder and transmitter of society’s norms. Yet for two generations of many of our young people there was no family. They raised themselves and for many their moral compasses are non-existent. And so they mistake brute force for acceptable means of achieving what they want. It is not too late for many of these young people. The schools, colleges and universities must become in loco parentis. That is, they must become surrogate parents on site. They must engage in values clarification, provide structure, and correct misbehaviors by serving as models of what is appropriate. As we work to rebuild Liberia and achieve one people, one nation, united for peace and sustainable development, what kind of leadership is needed at all levels and in all spheres?  We currently see too much emphasis on self-aggrandizement. There is what I call the beating of the chest followed by the question, “Do you know who I am?”  with the expectation that we should pay homage. Instead the approach should be I am your public servant here to serve you. What can I do for you? What I am proposing a change in the attitudes and behaviors of all of us who serve the public. We are elected, appointed, to serve and we should do so willingly; we should be servant leaders. Greenleaf (1970) in responding to who is the servant-leader, wrote “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant – first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test is: Do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?” (Greenleaf, 1970 “The Servant as Leader”.) Members of the Clergy and Religious  Community General and self-awareness means one is sharply attuned to self, others and the environment. Oftentimes this means that one is jarred by that awareness. However, that awareness is used in the service of others and to correct one’s behavior. Robert Reich, The New Tribalism, March 24, 2014   Society: This third level must support the family and education by setting and adhering to norms that are based on excellence, integrity, civility, ethics, civic virtue, dependability and trustworthiness among others. Society must also reinforce the fact that there are consequences through rewards and punishment. Every member of this society, small or big has to know that s/he must have personal responsibility for her/his actions. As we strive to become one people, one nation there are some beliefs and practices that we must change. Among these is what I have heard referred to as MALE RIGHTS. In a recent discussion I had with a group of men and women, one of the male discussants stated that women coming to Liberia should adapt to the way things are. He went on to say they should know how to address men showing proper respect because of male rights. I responded by asking him what about female rights and children rights, or human rights. I was disturbed by this line of conversation because it suggests that because of the difference of one chromosome which results in a different anatomical difference that males are entitled to rights denied to women. It signified that women are still regarded as less than men and should be treated not only as lesser creatures but as property to be used and abused. So I went in search of the evidence that gives males rights that are not accorded to women. I went back to the Constitution of Liberia, Chapter III, Fundamental Rights. And this is what I found in Article 11, (a) I quote. “All persons are born equally free and independent and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the right of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of pursuing and maintaining security of the person, and of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.” His Honor the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia Identity: who we are As we look at the second characteristic, empathy, we know that Carl Rogers, a psychologist made a tremendous impact to not only psychology, but to several other fields when he emphasized this concept and that of unconditional positive regard. The servant-leader is one committed to understanding and accepting others even when he or she does not accept their behaviors or performance. We have leaders who state that they will not sit down in the same room as others with whom they disagree. That is the opposite of servant leadership. The distinction between the behaviors/performance and the individual as someone with intrinsic worth is essential to being a servant-leader. As one people, one nation, we must learn to accept one another even if we disagree with their politics and behaviors. Thank you. God Bless Liberia! Traditional Chiefs and Elders Love of nation should supersede ethnicity and other affiliations that are used to divide; each child must learn what it means to be a citizen; with all of the rights, privileges, obligations, and responsibilities. They should not mouth the national anthem and other national symbols without fully understanding what they mean. We must all truly understand that in order for Liberia to succeed each one must do his/her duty regardless of what it is, because others depend upon us. We cannot afford to have bench warmers, that is people who sit in offices or under trees and do nothing but collect a paycheck. We also cannot afford to have minimalists, those who perform the least of what is expected and nothing more. We must examine our labor laws that permit those minimalists to work the system by working only 15 days a month knowing that they will get a paycheck for the whole month. We need workers who demonstrate the value and passion for work. Therefore dependability and trustworthiness must be the new order of the day and every day. We must practice personal responsibility instead of trying to pass blame for not doing what we were supposed to do. Change will not come easy, but we must remain steadfast and hold ourselves and others accountable. If we do not change, Liberia will become obsolete as the dinosaurs while others speed by. Let us remember the words of the national songs which proclaim a new day. We can truly become “one people, one nation, united for peace and sustainable development” The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and Heads of International Organizations  In order to fully achieve the theme of this year’s anniversary, we must bring about transformation. What does transformation mean? Alteration, change, conversion, renovation, revolution, makeover. I am not here to talk about renovation of our infrastructure or other physical manifestations. I come as an educator and a psychologist to talk about an alteration of our minds, our cognitions, our perceptions, and our behaviors. We may have new roads, electricity, new buildings, etc. but if our attitudes and behaviors remain unchanged, we approach these with the same disregard as we did the old and soon they appear as the old. Persuasion, As Spears and others who speak of servant leader describe persuasion, it is the ability to convince others rather than to rely on positional authority to coerce compliance that separates the servant leader from others who use power to dominate others. Too often I see examples of leaders who rely on positional authority to coerce compliance. If we want our people to follow our vision, persuasion is what we need to use. We must eschew dishonesty and corruption and imbed integrity in all of our actions, no matter how small. Public servants/ civil servants should not ask for money or favors under the table to do the people’s work. last_img read more

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Over 12,000 mangrove seedlings planted at Better Hope

first_imgEfforts to revive the mangrove forest along the East Demerara foreshore has been accelerated with the planting of over 12,000 black mangrove seedlings at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara.Persons planting black mangrove seedlings along the Better Hope foreshoreThe National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) in a statement on Wednesday said that the planting exercise, which started last week and runs until Friday, is aimed at regenerating 450 metres of mangrove forest.Some 18 persons from the community were employed for the project.The NAREI and the World Wildlife Fund’s Education for Nature Grant-funded project, is being executed by the Mangrove Reserve Producers Co-op.“The completion of this activity is expected to result in the restoration of 450 metres of black mangroves; natural recruitment and extension of mangrove forests East along the coastline; reduction in garbage dumping along the shoreline; increase in knowledge of local communities about the importance of mangroves; increase biodiversity within the restored forest; and reduction in overtopping and flooding in the community,” NAREI said.It said that in preparation for the planting exercise, several activities were undertaken, including a survey of the foreshore to identify a suitable site for regeneration, a community clean-up exercise for World Environment Day 2016, and the contracting of five community nurseries to produce 2500 seedlings each.“Further, consultations were conducted between NAREI and the Better Hope/ LBI Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) and residents, to ensure that there was community buy-in, especially since fishing is an economic activity of the community. A small area on the foreshore was identified for community fishermen to dock their boats,” the statement continued.Residents in the Better Hope area were also urged to support the Project, which will also see the construction of garbage receptacles at strategic points as a means of encouraging residents not to dump over the seawall.last_img read more


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LBSU roundup: 49ers triumph twice in water polo

first_imgThe Long Beach State women’s water polo team came on strong to finish up its opening weekend of the regular season, beating Princeton and Cal State Northridge on Sunday in the Triton Classic in La Jolla. The 49ers (3-1) ran their winning streak to three under new coach Catharine von Schwarz and took ninth place in the tournament. Against Princeton, Cecilia Canetti scored three goals and goalie Kim Hayes made a career-best 12 saves to lead the 49ers to an 8-7 triumph. Marina Canetti – Cecilia’s sister – and Megan Winchell each had two goals in the win. Against the Matadors, Christina Wensman tallied three goals and Hayes totaled 10 saves in a 9-5 triumph. LBSU also got two goals apiece from Keala O’Sullivan and Rochelle Denaro against CSUN. “We came into the tournament with a lot of first-game jitters, but came out as a single team,” von Schwarz told reporters. “A couple of our goals were to improve with every game and every quarter, and we did that.” The 49ers play at Hawaii on Saturday. Softball Arizona State 6, 49ers 5: Long Beach State built a 5-0 lead before the Sun Devils rallied to win in a Kajikawa Classic game in Tempe, Ariz. Jessica Beaver hit a two-run home run and totaled three RBI for the 49ers (1-4). Also for LBSU, Brianna Goad went 2 for 4 and Whitney Radcliff went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Brooke LeSage had the other RBI for LBSU, which led 5-0 after 3 1/2 innings. center_img The 49ers resume play Friday in Santa Barbara in the Softball by the Beach tournament. 160Want 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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West Ham United news: Cheikhou Kouyate pens new five-year deal

first_imgCheikhou Kouyate has signed a new five-year deal at West Ham United. The 26-year-old midfielder joined the Irons in 2014, from Belgian club Anderlecht, and his new deal will keep him in east London until 2021. The Senegal international has made 64 appearances for the Claret and Blue, 32 of those coming this season.He has scored four goals this term as the Hammers look on course for a top-six finish.“I am happy to have renewed my contract with West Ham,” Kouyate told the club’s website.  “I am very happy and would like to thank everybody here at the club, the manager, the fans and also my parents. I think that it is the start of the next chapter for us to go on and discover the new Stadium.“It means that the club trusts me and that means a lot for me. There is a lot of work for me still to do and I need to continue working hard and prepare for the move to the Olympic Stadium and most of all to keep on entertaining the fans.” 1 BREAKING: @PapiCheikhou has signed a new contract until 2021! ⚒🇸 🦁 ➡️ https://t.co/AwbKtmyu7c #CheikhouSignshttps://t.co/adiMxD1wwC— #ImForever (@WestHamUtd) March 18, 2016center_img Cheikhou Kouyate, 26, joined the east Londoners in 2014 last_img read more


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Wall Street opens on a down note

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champRising inflation is also a problem for consumers, whom retailers rely on during the holidays to fuel their profits. With only a week left until Christmas, sales data has suggested tepid spending by Americans, who are struggling with higher food and energy costs and tumbling home values. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 72.02, or 0.54 percent, to 13,267.83. Broader stock indicators also declined. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped 9.19, or 0.63 percent, to 1,458.76, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 16.40, or 0.62 percent, to 2,619.34. Last week, the Dow dropped 2.10 percent, the S&P 500 index fell 2.44 percent and the Nasdaq lost 2.60 percent. Government bond prices rose as stocks fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, slipped to 4.19 percent from 4.24 percent late Friday. The dollar rose against most other major currencies Monday, while gold prices fell. Light, sweet crude futures fell $1.07 to $90.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In economic data, the U.S. government said the current account deficit, the broadest measure of international trade, narrowed in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, as expected, to the lowest level in two years. Meanwhile, the New York Fed’s Empire State Manufacturing Index fell much more sharply in December than economists anticipated. Later on Monday the National Association of Home Builders is scheduled to release its housing market index, which is expected to hold steady. Wall Street, which started 2007 soaring due to strong merger-and-acquisition activity, found little consolation in deal-making Monday. Ingersoll-Rand Co. – the manufacturer that makes, among many things, Thermo King refrigerated trucks – said it will buy Trane Inc. for $10.1 billion to access its building and transportation cooling systems. The deal will create one of the world’s largest makers of air conditioners. Ingersoll-Rand shares fell $3.36, or 6.8 percent, to $45.82, Trane surged $8.65, or 23 percent, to $45.85. Meanwhile, Aon Corp. announced it will sell two insurance units for $2.75 billion in separate cash deals, and the conglomerate Loews Corp. said Monday its board approved a spinoff of Lorillard Inc., one of the nation’s largest cigarette makers. Loews rose $1.77, or 3.8 percent, to $48.57. Aon rose 52 cents to $49.46. Overseas, Japan’s Nikkei stock average fell 1.71 percent, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 3.51 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 dropped 1.37 percent, Germany’s DAX index lost 1.30 percent and France’s CAC-40 declined 1.26 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Wall Street extended last week’s losses Monday as investors remained skeptical that the Federal Reserve’s first credit auction will be effective in loosening up a tight market. The Fed is offering $20 billion in 28-day credit through an auction Monday. The aim of the auction is to encourage commercial banks to borrow from the central bank, and in turn, boost banks’ lending to businesses and consumers. Last week, the Fed disappointed investors when it cut interest rates by only a quarter-point, which was less than some analysts expected. Wall Street is pleased that policy makers say they are continuing to try to lift market confidence, which has dwindled since home foreclosures started soaring, but the market is so far unconvinced that the auction will work. A speech Sunday night by former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan added to the market’s ill humor. Greenspan said “stagflation” – simultaneous inflation and economic slowdown – is a growing possibility, given last week’s data showing spiking consumer prices. With inflation on the rise, the Fed, which has reduced the target federal funds rate three times since the summer to calm the markets and stoke the economy, may feel less inclined to lower rates again. last_img read more


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GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS FACE MUFF IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL

first_imgRED HUGHS GAA NEWS: Senior MenThe senior men travelled to Newtowncunningham to play Naomh Colmcille on Sunday and once again suffered defeat. The lads will have to pick themselves up quickly for a quarter final championship clash against Muff this Saturday at 7pm venue TBC. The reserves also suffered defeat by a single point. Despite being 8 points down at half time they played some sublime football in the second half and lost out at the death with a final minute score by the Newtown men.The lads play Mc Cumhaills in the quarter final of the Junior B championship date TBC.Minor BoysThe lads played Milford on Monday evening in Milford in the semi final of the championship. The lads put in a great performance but unfortunately lost out on a scoreline of Red Hughs 1-7 Milford 1-12 Under 14 BoysRed Hughs U14 boys put in a great performance against Milford at Monellan Park on Friday evening to progress to the Div2 shield semi final. Great performances throughout with Jack Gillespie putting a scoring exhibition finishing with a personal tally of 3-4.They now play St Micheals in Dunfanaghy on Tuesday night with a 7pm throw in. Bus will leave the clubhouse at 5.15pm. .Under 16 BoysThe lads are preparing for the championship now on Monday the 24th with an away fixture to Convoy.Lotto & 100+ Club ResultsLotto & 100+ Club Results 13/08/15Numbers Drawn 4,1,7,3,2,6,5,82 Winners matched 3 NumbersRichard Hume stranorlar & Joe Marley Killygordon win €25 each Next weeks jackpot is €5,600This weeks winner of the 100+ club is number 89 Joe Carlin CrossroadsThanks to everyone for your continued support.Club MeetingA very important club meeting will take place this Thursday in the clubhouse at 8.30pm please attend. GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS FACE MUFF IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: August 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more


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COLM IS SUPERSUB FOR ALL-IRELAND PREVIEW NIGHT

first_imgCOLM PARKINSONFormer Laois senior footballer, Colm Parkinson, has been confirmed as the replacement for Mayo’s Ciaran McDonald for the All-Ireland preview night being held by the St Eunan’s GAA club at their social centre this Friday night, September 14th, at 8pm.Parkinson, who won the Leinster title in 2003, will be joined on the panel by former Derry forward, Joe Brolly and Manus Boyle who scored nine of Donegal’s 18 points in their All-Ireland final win over Dublin 20 years ago.A limited number of tickets, priced ten euro, are still available at Macs Mace Shop on High Road, and in Blake’s Bar and Brian McCormick Sports on Upper Main Street. MC for the event is Ciaran O’Donnell from the Donegal Democrat Newspaper Group. COLM IS SUPERSUB FOR ALL-IRELAND PREVIEW NIGHT was last modified: September 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COLM IS SUPERSUB FOR ALL-IRELAND PREVIEW NIGHTlast_img read more


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PROTESTORS VOW TO CONTINUE AS LARGE CROWDS GATHER TO VOICE ANGER AT HUGE OYSTER FARM PLAN

first_imgA large crowd turned out at yesterday’s protest at Linsfort Beach.More than 200 people gathered at a protest yesterday to voice their opposition for plans for a massive oyster farm at an Inishowen Beach.Plans have been granted for a huge 16 hectare farm at Linsfort Beach, much to the outrage of many local people.Th dolphin which was washed-up on Linsfort Beach.Protestors claim the planning permission granted to the developer of the farm is not valid. Yesterday they gathered at the site of the newly-erected steel frames which will house the oyster cages.Dozens of people carried banners outlining their opposition to the plan.Some also claimed that a recently washed-up dolphin had come caught up in the cages.Many also threw bottles into the water outlining their reasons why they oppose the plan as part of the ‘Save Linsfort Beach’ campaign. A number of speakers raised concern about the manner in which the permission for the farm was granted.Others recalled how their memories of walking along the golden sands of Linsfort Beach as children was now destroyed as they looked towards the cages and the impossibility of now enjoying the beach with their children.Many are now demanding an investigation into why the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine granted ten-year permission for the trestles, allegedly, “without proper public consultation.”The oyster cages at Linsfort Beach.PROTESTORS VOW TO CONTINUE AS LARGE CROWDS GATHER TO VOICE ANGER AT HUGE OYSTER FARM PLAN was last modified: August 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beachdolphindonegalInishowenLinsfort beachlast_img read more


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The Barcelona v Chelsea quiz

first_imgChelsea and Barcelona have been involved in some memorable encounters. Test your knowledge of the history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-4]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img


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ATMs for maintenance payments

first_img5 August 2003A revolutionary financial system set to be introduced by the department of justice will allow divorced women to draw their maintenance money from automatic teller machines (ATMs) installed at magistrates courts throughout South Africa.To make it easier for people with minimal literacy, the ATMs will be equipped with a biometric device that will read the recipient’s fingerprint, making it unnecessary to key in a pin number.Another huge advantage of the new system is that it will allow for traffic fines to be paid at any bank rather than at the magistrate’s court in the district where the offence was committed.Alan Mackenzie, chief financial officer of the department of justice, said negotiations were well advanced with banks and other institutions that would be involved in the system.“What it means in essence is that we [at the justice department] will hand over our entire cash management system to banks who have the manpower, financial system and expertise to handle it”, Mackenzie said.Eliminating corruption“Apart from the fact that it will expedite maintenance payment to people who are in desperate need, it will also eliminate corruption and mismanagement of money, a problem currently plaguing the department.”Mackenzie, who has been seconded to the justice department from Business Against Crime (BAC), said the management of money held in trust relating to bail, fines imposed by magistrates, traffic fines paid by motorists, and maintenance money, would all be administered by banks once the system was implemented.“We have received the go-ahead from government. What needs to happen now is to get the banks on board to provide the services required by the system.”One of the issues currently being negotiated is for commercial banks to allow savings account users the use of services such as debit orders without incurring bank charges.Once the system is implemented, it will make a significant contribution to poverty alleviation in rural areas.“At present, a divorced woman in a deep rural area has to travel to the nearest court to request payment of maintenance due to her”, Mackenzie said. “Depending on how far away she is from the court, she could incur significant charges for a taxi. It is often necessary for a second visit to collect the cheque.”ATMs to cut pension queuesMackenzie said the new financial plan has the full support of Justice Minister Penuell Maduna. “He is absolutely determined to root out corruption and mismanagement. He believes very strongly that by eliminating cash handling from courts, this will go a long way to achieving the goal of cleaning up the department.“In addition, he is of the view that it will make the department more efficient in investigating cases of errant husbands falling behind in payments and in administering the whole system.”He said an additional R20-billion had been made available by the department to get maintenance investigators in place to improve the payment of maintenance.Source: Business Against Crimelast_img read more