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first_imgYou always make those absurd plans but then what?You always act brusquely to show off but then what?You just run around being thoughtless but then what?It Is time to reconsiderYou thumb down when it should have been an okayYou just saunter away when you should have stayedYou frowned when all needed was a smirk from youIt Is time to reconsiderYou just won’t understand even how simple it appearsYou just won’t be bother even if it needs your attentionYou feign when you should have bore tendernessIt Is time to reconsiderYou thought of only yourself when others were involvedYou know hatred will never conquer love so why seek?Why fight those you love so dearly if only you graspIt Is just the right time to reconsiderShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police Prevents UL Students’ Demonstration

first_imgTwo units of anti-riot police prevented what would have developed into a full-grown demonstration initiated by a group of students from the University of Liberia (UL) in Monrovia early Monday, January 13. The students were reportedly acting under the guise of student militants.Some of them — who became disgruntled — had gathered as early as 7 a.m. on the Capitol Hill campus of the UL; barricading the entire road. This later escalated to burning tires and other combustible materials.Their actions, were an attempt to disrupt normal activities at the National Legislature, which were set to have its resuming program Monday. They had also intended to use their tactic to draw the attention of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the indefinite closure of the institution.The quick intervention of baton-wielding police officers who swung into action, prevented the situation from getting out of hand. The officers started chasing away the students and stopped them from causing more disturbance to normal activities.Monday’s attempted demonstration halted traffic as well as stalled the free movement of pedestrians for at least half an hour.The students’ protests started last November when they called for the resignation and removal of the vice president for Academic Affairs/Provost, Dr. Wede Brownell.At that time students marched with a symbolic casket bearing an effigy (a doll) representing UL’s Provost and calling on Dr. Brownell to resign with immediate effect.“We will stop at nothing until Dr. Brownell takes her leave,” the students threatened.In an effort to bring the situation under control, a call went out from the University of Liberia’s Faculty Association (ULFA) for the Provost to resign her post or “we will not teach.”The instructors of the flagship institution decided to lay down their chalk until something concrete was done about their salaries. They also demanded that fulltime employment be extended to a certain category of instructors.The leadership of the University of Liberia’s Student Union (ULSU) also joined the call for the immediate resignation of Dr. Brownell.ULSU’s statement under the signatures of Acting president, Anthony F. Williams, as well as Calvin Raymond Summon, its secretary general, helped confirm that the system the Provost devised has failed to deliver for the students–and for the university.ULSU noted that test schedules, the registration processes, ‘Add and Drop,’ amongst others activities, were characterized by a cycle of errors, from which, according to the student group, Dr. Brownell failed to learn.ULSU, like the faculty association, went further to call on the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia to convince the student populace of the Provost’s credentials. They said she claimed to have earned her doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Accounting, noting that in spite of this terminal degree that she claims to have, she is unable to teach the fundamentals of Accounting (Acct. 003).Following last year’s disturbances on the UL campuses in the wake of call for Dr. Brownell to resign, classes were suspended, but it was expected that normal academic activities would have resumed by now.The situation continues to deteriorate as the faculty reinforced its stand on the removal of Dr. Brownell.The ongoing saga turned bitter when the embattled vice president branded some of UL’s teaching staff as ‘crooks and criminals.’ Following that attack on some of the staffers, Dr. Brownell has vowed to remain and right the UL’s ‘messy situation.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberians in Minnesota worry about Ebola Outbreak

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Members of Minnesota’s sizeable Liberian community say an Ebola outbreak that has killed hundreds of people in West Africa, including a local woman’s husband, has them worrying about relatives and scrambling to raise money to help prevent the virus from spreading.Minnesota Department of Health officials met with West African community leaders Monday in Brooklyn Park to try to address concerns.”It is killing people like crazy,” said Prudence McCabe, of Brooklyn Park. “Everyone is trying to call family members … we are trying to send money right away. … All we can do is pray and be helpful.”There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. But there has been much anxiety in Minnesota after Nigerian health officials reported Friday that Liberian government official Patrick Sawyer died from the disease after traveling from Liberia. Sawyer’s wife and children live in suburban Minneapolis, said Zubah Kpanaku, board chairman for the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota, who knows the family.Patrick Sawyer had planned to come home for two of his three daughters’ birthdays next month, his wife, Decontee Sawyer, told KSTP-TV in Minnesota.”It’s a global problem because Patrick could have easily come home with Ebola, easy,” Decontee Sawyer said. The Associated Press left phone and email messages for Decontee Sawyer on Monday.Minnesota is home to about 17 percent of Liberians in the U.S. The Census Bureau estimates there are between 6,000 and 10,000 people with Liberian ancestry in the state, according to data gathered between 2010 and 2012.The Minnesota Department of Health said officials are providing information to health providers, West African community members and local West African media. At Monday’s meeting, officials discussed more community meetings and said they would take out advertisements promoting travel safety and when to seek medical attention.Asked what visitors from West Africa should do if they become sick, Dr. Aaron DeVries, medical director of the health department’s infectious diseases division, said they should go to their regular doctor.”The majority of the time, in fact, almost always, it will be another problem that needs addressing — not Ebola,” he said.Sakui Malakpa, a professor at the University of Toledo, Ohio, said he has a ticket to travel to Liberia Aug. 12, but is considering postponing his trip.”My children are especially concerned,” he said. “All of us Liberians are very, very worried about people, because this stuff is so infectious and it’s very deadly. … The last thing we want is for people here to be worried about us going there.”Kpanaku said his wife is currently in Liberia, helping build a house for family. He said she is a registered nurse, so knows how to protect herself, but she still may try to come back to Minnesota sooner than planned.Community members say they raised more than $700 during the weekend. Kpanaku said the money may go toward masks, gloves and other supplies that will help prevent people from getting infected, or it could be used to help another group transport supplies they already have collected. More fundraisers are being discussed.Bea Wilson, president of the Organization of Liberian Women in Minnesota, said she’s advising her family members in Liberia to use proper hand-washing techniques and avoid  hugging or getting close to people.”Everybody is affected. Everybody’s got families there,” she said, adding: “We are all afraid.”Read more here: this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen Celebrates 76th Birthday in Silence

first_imgMany may have forgotten or may not have been aware because of the Ebola crisis which has pre-occupied everyone’s mind, that yesterday was President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s 76th birthday. The celebration was low key with the president in a calm and reflective mood.This unusual silent celebration is understandably because of the Ebola crisis which has taken a dreadful toll on the country’s population and the economy.  However, the positive reports that the virus is now waning, may have been a reason not to celebrate yet, but to be hopeful and thankful and bring the President some measure of cautious relief.President Sirleaf spent the whole day working at her Foreign Ministry Offices while at the same time intermittently receiving guests who had come to extend birthday greetings.She received and held discussions with several individuals and institutions some of whom presented her with gifts among which were donations in support of government’s efforts to fight the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This was to the President’s great delight.The gifts included birthday cakes, an ambulance and many anti-Ebola supplies, including buckets, chloride and disinfectants.Visiting the President yesterday were representatives and members of institutions including the Liberian Senate, the Booker Washington Institute family, Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank, Central Bank of Liberia and Land Commission.The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, of which the President is a member, the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund and several others, also arrived to convey birthday greetings.The first group to identify with the Liberian President was the Booker Washington Institute’s alumni association and its administration. The BWI family through the chairman of the Board of Governors, alumnus Kenneth Y. Best, presented several anti-Ebola items.Mr. Best said, “We want to wish you, Madam President a happy birthday and also want to thank you for the opportunity to be here. On behalf of the board of governors of BWI, faculties, staff, alumni and the student body, we want to thank God for this day and we also want to present these gifts, which is our way of joining you in the fight.”A high level delegation from the Liberian Senate, headed by Senator Cletus Wotorson, also paid a brief visit with the Liberia leader. Senator Wotorson said that Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzongar Findley would have loved to be present, but was on his way from Grand Bassa so he had instructed him (Wotorson) to lead the delegation.The Grand Kru Senator informed the President that as their gift the Liberian Senate had passed four bills that are intended to enhance the efficiency of the Ellen-led governance exercise.Some members of the Senate delegation included Isaac Nyenabo, Alphanso Gaye, Frederick Cherue and others. Senator Joyce Musu Freeman Sumo sang a birthday song for the President.The Senators were followed by a delegation from the Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank. The GT Bank delegation donated one Nissan Urban Ambulance as a way of buttressing government’s efforts to eradicate Ebola.CBL Governor, Dr. J. Mills Jones, led a hierarchy of the Bank to wish the President a happy birthday. They presented an undisclosed gift. However, Governor Jones said the gift could be used to carryout humanitarian services.The sorority group presented as a gift, a masterpiece cake with a famous picture of the President exquisitely displayed on it. They provided some words of encouragement to the President through a poem that they read and called on her to keep the focus, especially during these difficult times.President Sirleaf thanked all of the visitors and told them how happy she was to see them at her office in such numbers. “My heart is indeed warmed to see you people here. I have been receiving a lot of calls since this morning, but it is touching to see you people here. I want to thank all of you for taking off your time to come here. But my major request is for us to remain vigilant until Ebola is kicked out of our country,” said the President.The President had earlier noted that she will not and does not intend to celebrate as there is nothing to celebrate and all should focus on ways in which the virus can be defeated.This year’s celebration was void of the pageantry and fanfare which usually characterizes her birthday like the one held last year at the Omega Community in Paynesville. The President used that occasion to raise thousands of dollars for the construction of the Omega Market Project.Liberians on various radio stations around the country, by early morning, began to wish their leader happy birthday. Some asked God to grant her long life and wisdom in order to carry out the mandate of the presidency, especially during this difficult period in the country’s history.The President, who did not make much of the occasion, had only one request:  a hand wave from the Liberian people on her natal day. She told reporters during an interview, “I will spend my birthday here at my office working. I’m not celebrating because there is nothing to celebrate. The only thing that I want from my people when I’m passing is a birthday wave.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

50 Ebola Survivors in Bong, Says CHT

first_imgThe Bong County Task Force on Ebola disclosed that it has discovered at least 50 children who have lost both parents to the Ebola virus disease in Bong County.Acquainting journalists at the office of the Bong County Health Team on the Phebe Hospital Compound yesterday, the head of the psychosocial unit of the Bong County Ebola Taskforce, Rev. G. Victor Padmore, said his statistics did not include children who lost only one parent to the disease.Rev. Padmore informed journalists the survey was conducted in communities hardest-hit by Ebola in the county, including Barkerthela, Lorcus Farm, Taylor Town, Mawah, Civil Compound and the Millionaire Quarter Community.The Lutheran prelate indicated that the orphans are between the ages of three months to 16 years old.Commenting on the condition of the orphans, the clergyman described their state as horrendous, pale.  He stressed that the education of some of the children should remain the paramount concern of every Liberian and called on child-friendly organizations operating in the country to help improve the wellbeing of the children.The Lutheran cleric was quick to point out that his committee has not yet concluded findings on the number of children whose single parents died after contracting the virus.“Our assessment was carried out in communities that were affected by the Ebola virus disease,” he said.Rev. Padmore specified the communities scarcely affected by the disease are experiencing acute shortages of food because, according to him, the disease struck the communities during the peak of the farming season.He also mentioned that the communities lack safe drinking water; the local inhabitants are largely surviving on streams and creeks for drinking.“The main thing now we should be thinking of is the education of the children because they have lost both parents to the Ebola virus disease. Again they will be discriminated against and stigmatized since their parents died from Ebola” Rev. Padmore challenged.He indicated that the number of orphans may significantly increase when the psychosocial committee of the County Ebola Taskforce shall have concluded its study. He maintained that the wellbeing of orphans would be a major challenge to the County Leadership and the Government of Liberia as well as the international partners, who are in the business of the welfare of children in post-Ebola Liberia.Pastor Padmore then used the occasion to plead with the Liberian government and its partners to develop programs that will support and recover the disadvantaged orphans from their present state.The psychosocial committee Chairman pointed out that most of the orphans have been discriminated and stigmatized by their peers because their parents were killed by Ebola, something he said remains a key concern after Ebola is eliminated from the country.Rev. Padmore told journalists, he observed that children whose parents died from the virus were separated from kids whose parents were not affected by the virus during play.The Liberian cleric reiterated his calls for more attention to be given to the orphans by the Government of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese are being conned in a big way

first_imgDear Editor,The absurd and outrageous nature of the Exxon contract which has been highlighted by a number of persons in the public domain triggers the impulse to shout ‘incompetence!’ and similar expressions to describe the grossly imbecilic nature of this agreement. But, if we consider for just a minute, the people in the coalition cannot, by any remote standard, be considered stupid. The President was a former Brigadier-General schooled in military strategy abroad, and a career historian and lecturer, I was made to understand. The Minister of Foreign Affairs was a former Minister of Finance right here, the Minister of State is a very bright gentleman who was a lawyer by profession, and the Minister of Natural Resources was also a career lawyer who also served as Speaker of our House.It is virtually impossible for any of these four gentlemen not to have been privy to the agreement before it was signed. With at least two of them being former practising lawyers, it would have been impossible for them to ignore what I can only refer to as the gross asininity of the Exxon contract. Here we have four of probably the most senior men in the coalition Administration perusing this contract, familiar with its contents, being aware of their own limitations in respect to their capacity to professionally evaluate it, yet still being able to recognise the ridiculous nature of the contract, and still agreeing to give the go-ahead for the Minister of Natural Resources to sign an agreement.Something is wrong here. No one has yet come up with an acceptable explanation for what we are seeing unfolding with respect with this contract. But I submit that something is definitely wrong. It is very easy to consider corruption in all its modern complexities at work here, but is it more than this? What has the coalition Administration agreed to that is not written in the contract? The gross financial imbalance and loss for Guyana as a sovereign state indicates that something more than meets the eye is amiss.In light of the litany of flaws in the contract, which even includes the Minister of Natural Resources acting on behalf of Exxon in at least one instance – a clear conflict of interest and impossibility in such contracts, it seems very understandable that the Minister of Foreign Affairs owned up (a likely story) to advising the coalition that the agreement should remain secret.In respect to the Minister of Natural Resources signing an agreement which clearly puts him in opposition to the interests of Guyana, by what stretch of the imagination and outlandish notion could these four senior men of the coalition agree to the Exxon contract being signed and enforced? How could the President himself agree to this? And why is the coalition insisting that the contract remains in force?I submit that Guyana is being conned in a very big way, and the coalition Administration, by agreeing to this contract – in addition to its hard-headed stance on VAT and other policies which make it so much harder for Guyanese, including neglecting to address our unemployment and joblessness among our youths in a major way, its violation of the basic human rights of the recently-retrenched sugar workers, and its wilful breach of our laws in relation of honouring contractual severance arrangements with employees, notably the retrenched sugar workers – has declared itself unfit to govern.All Guyanese, particularly those owning and controlling resources and in decision-making positions have to seriously take stock of what is unfolding and make preparations. Because running a country is a long game which requires a plan. And if anything, else, we have to get ourselves organised right now.In respect to the contract itself being in force, Ramon Gaskin recently pointed out that Exxon discovered oil in its allotted blocks long after its exploratory rights apparently expired. Competent individuals could investigate whether this is not a basis on which to void the entire contract.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more

Rawle Toney thinks young women representing Guyana in basketball were “humiliated”

first_imgDear Editor,One of the headlines in the Sports section of the Guyana Chronicle, “The Nation’s Paper,” dated June 21, 2018, claimed “Guyana humiliated 24-112 by Dominican Republic”. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines humiliation as: “To make someone feel ashamed, or lose respect for himself or herself”.Our young women certainly were not ashamed of their performance, nor did they lose respect for themselves at the June 2018 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Women’s Championships hosted by Suriname. Instead, the Guyanese girls showed the fighting spirit that defines Guyanese, by giving their best effort and playing with a never-quit attitude. The Dominican Republic has medaled thirteen of the twenty-two times they participated in the much higher level Centrobasket, where national teams from Central America and the Caribbean have competed since 1965.Dominican Republic won the Championships three times: in 1977, 2004 and 2012, after first contesting in 1969. Guyana has competed twice at Centrobasket: 1971 and 1973.Toney’s use of the word “humiliation” to describe the loss by our young women is unsuitable and thoughtless; they lost to one of the most dominant teams in Central American and Caribbean Basketball. If Guyana ever gets an opportunity to play the Brazil National Football Team and lose 10-1, Guyanese would celebrate the one goal scored by Guyana.We must look for the positive at all times, and especially in challenging times. Of the twelve players listed on the Guyana Team in their contest against The Dominican Republic, seven are high schoolers, re: President’s College, four; Marian Academy, one; Mackenzie High School, one; and Bishops’ High School, one. The experience these young ladies gained from withstanding the battle charge of the Dominican Republic, by rising again and again to the challenge, augers well for their academic development and their contribution to the development of Guyana.In their game against Suriname, the Guyanese young women were leading by one point at half time, and had stunned and impressed all in attendance. The Guyanese Women overcame many obstacles to participate in the June 2018 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Confederation Women’s Championships hosted by Suriname, and the character strengthening experience reflected Guyana in a positive way; as the young women showed admirable self-esteem, courage, and perseverance. History will show Guyana participated and competed in the Championships; and the experience and benefits gained can never be taken away.To credit and paraphrase Robert A. Heinlein, it is worth repeating: “Victory in defeat, there is none higher. Our young women represent all the unsung heroes who couldn’t make it but never quit.”  Toney is the same journalist who failed to write an article on the fact that our Government did not provide needed funding to support Guyana’s participation in the June 2018 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships hosted by Suriname. Thus, in my opinion, Rawle Toney lacks the courage to challenge spoon-feeding authority. A fundamental principle of journalism is to serve as an independent monitor of power. Toney needs to embrace this principle. I close with a few extracts from the epic poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou: “You may shoot me with your words… But still, like air, I’ll rise. Just like Moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise”.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

In Bomi County, FDA Arrests 2 for Selling ‘Dried Bush Meat’

first_imgAgainst the backdrop of the ban on the sale of bush meat on the local markets, agents of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) assigned in Bomi County, have arrested two persons for allegedly being in possession of ‘illegal’ bush meat with the intent to engaging in commercial activity. The men, Morris Sotee and Momo Johnson, were arrested recently following government’s imposition of a ban on the sale of bush meat.This also serves as one of the measures to curb the spread of the Ebola disease across the country, an authority at the FDA has said. A charge sheet signed by the senior magistrate at the Bomi County Magisterial Court, Zuannah Darkoi, informed the Daily Observer via mobile phone over the weekend that Sotee and Johnson were traveling from Gbarpolu County to Monrovia when they were arrested by the FDA personnel at the Klay Checkpoint.They were later charged for being in possessing of a variety of dried bush meat.The charge noted that the vehicle carrying the two men, (license plate number BC 7941), was loaded with the meat.The charge sheet also stated that the defendants’ actions were in violation of Regulation 25 of the 1988 new Wildlife and National Park Law, and the recent ban on such commodities as announced by government.Meanwhile, Sotee and Momo have been released on bail awaiting court trial. In a related development, the Senior Senator of Grand Cape Mount County, Abel Massalay, has called on government to open “a humanitarian corridor” to areas affected by the Ebola Virus, where the movement of the people is restricted under the State of Emergency. He said this was necessary to allow the population access to food, medicine, water and other essentials during the lifespan of the emergency.Senator Massalay expressed fear that failure to open the corridor would result in a serious humanitarian crisis in the Ebola-affected areas, putting the health, safety and security of the people at risk.The Grand Cape Mount Senior Senator also admonished the government to ensure the reopening of all health centers shut down across the country due to the outbreak of the deadly disease to help reduce the increasing non-Ebola death rate among the people.Senator Massalay concluded that information available to him suggested that Liberians are dying from common curable diseases because they do not have access to good health facilities in their areas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Country Experiencing Breakdowns

first_imgThe Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Liberia has said Liberians need to fast and pray because the nation is experiencing breakdowns in the system due to immoralities and a lack of love amongst Liberians.Archbishop Lewis Ziegler, who was the guest preacher for the climax of the National Fast and Prayer Day service held at Providence Baptist Church, said Liberians needed to “sincerely look at ourselves as individuals and as citizens of this country.”Speaking further the Catholic Archbishop said, “When a nation and its people start to experience breakdowns in certain systems, it is time to stop and turn to God with full heart, mind and strength, to examine ourselves to see where we are, as people of this nation.”The service was held on Friday, April 11, under the auspices of the Liberia Council of Churches. It was attended by an array of government officials including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai.While delivering the sermon, Archbishop Ziegler asked these questions, “Why must we fast? As a nation in this country, today, why should we fast? Do we have to? And further said, “Yes, we have uncountable reasons why we need to fast; we need to call for a few days to give thanks to God, not only to praise his name, but to sincerely look at ourselves as individuals and as citizens of this country.”“Fasting,” he said, “is medicinal. As such, it is meant to cure a sickness and in this case that sickness is our sin; if rightfully performed like the medicine that is given patients by doctors, fasting will bring changes in the lives of Liberians.”“Madam President, my brothers and sisters of the council, honorable ladies and gentlemen, my dearest brothers and sisters and fellow citizens, it is clear that we know the kind of fasting that God wants from us and it is that which God has requested from us today and in the days, months and years that will follow. This fast is not only for today; it should bring changes in our lives”.According to him, there are uncountable reasons why Liberians should fast and pray because there are many things Liberians take for granted.“My brothers and sisters, let us take a close look at ourselves as we give thanks to God, as we pray to move forward. Let us take a look at our life style, our lack of respect for each other. Who are we?”The Catholic Prelate pointed out that Liberians insult each other publicly, most especially through the media. “We insult our leaders, and sometimes our leaders pay back. We have to stop, look at ourselves, and make that change in our lives. We have deep hatred for each other—very deep, not only on the local level, but also on the political level; this too has to stop if we are to move forward as a people.”Archbishop Ziegler noted that God is looking for justice in Liberia, where every citizen would have a share of the country’s natural resources.“God is looking for justice, God is looking for Love; God is looking for us to share with one another because we are made in the image and likeness of God. What we are to let go of on this day of fasting is not only food and drinks, but to let go of our greed and our selfishness,” the Prelate concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Journalists Must Go to School”, INHRC Chairperson, Cllr. Gongloe Recommend

first_imgTwo legal minded Liberians are calling on practicing journalists in Liberia to educate themselves and be conscious of making follow-ups to stories.Former Associate Justice and Chairperson of the Independent National Human Rights Commission, Counselor  Gladys Johnson, and Human Rights Lawyer, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe made the recommendation on Monday  when they participated in a program marking the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.Taking the first turn as one of the panelists during the occasion, INHRC Chairperson Gladys Johnson recounted that today is unlike the days of President William V.S. Tubman, when no journalist,  except the brave Albert Porte, could write or say anything they wished to say today.The environment has improved for press freedom and impunity reduced.However, former Associate Justice Johnson emphasized that Liberian journalists need to go to school to improve their writing and speaking skills.She said most journalists of today poorly write and speak English, and they do not make follow-up to stories.On the basis of reporting skills, Justice Johnson said most journalists castigate others and put out stories that have no substantial proof.  This, she said, poses negative reflections on an individual’s character.Human rights lawyer, Cllr.  Tiawon Gongloe, making  remarks at the end of the program also emphasized that journalists must seek education and improve their knowledge, noting, “Knowledge is power, seek knowledge and improve yourselves.”He acknowledged that the society cannot operate without security and security cannot operate without the journalists.He said journalists being people who are relied on for accurate information, need to improve their skills to put out accurate information that readers and listeners can trust.Cllr. Gongloe also stressed that Liberian journalists have to give serious attention to education in order to speak and write proper English that others who are not Liberians will understand.Reacting to the recommendation, Liberian practicing Journalist and president of the Reporters Association, Keith Morris,  consented and said Liberian journalists need concrete training that will improve their skills.He added that instead of international organization like IREX using millions of United States dollars to facilitate three days workshop, it should draw a long range plan and liaise with the University of Liberia to arrange Journalism training that would take about 8 to 10 months.Challenges facing the media landscape of Liberia are enormous.  Dialectical English speaking, incomprehensible writing and photo misplacement are among the many errors counted.Audiences have overly complained against sensational headlines based on fallacies while majority who listen to radio have also complained about.People also complain that one person will commit a crime and the head of an institution will be used under the headline as if he/she is the one that committed the crime.There is no standard in Liberia to guide people entering the media to practice Journalism, but people enter therein either by passion or through the influence of a person who wants to establish a radio station or newspaper.By this, managers seek people who will undergo a few days workshop and given recorders to get voices to gather actuality for processing by editors many of who are also facing grammatical challenges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more