CSO Leads Campaign to Save ‘3 Days Free Calls’

first_imgThe Coalition of Youth and Students against Poverty and Discrimination (CYSAPD), a local civil society organization, has called on the National Legislature to intervene in what they termed as the ongoing campaign to bring more hardship on the Liberian masses if the ‘3-days free calls’ promotion is cancelled.On Thursday, July 21, members of CYSAPD displayed a banner on the grounds of the Capitol Building to petition their lawmakers to put a halt to what they described as a plot led by Lonestar Cell MTN’s Chairman, Benoni Urey, to end the ‘3 days free calls’ promotion currently offered by telecommunications companies in the country.Urey sent a letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf calling on her to put an end to the promotion, which, according to him, is causing government to lose millions of dollars in taxes. The letter, which seeks to place an excise tax of US$0.01 (1 US cent) per minute on all calls—emanating from the President’s office—and is currently before the lawmakers for their consideration. President Sirleaf said in her letter that the proposed tax on phone calls is to help raise US$30 million to fill gaps in the 2016-17 national budget. In her letter suggesting a tax on phone calls, she also called for steeper taxes on tobacco and alcoholic beverages. “Our attention has been drawn to the Liberian government’s proposed increment in taxes on mobile phone calls in the wake of increasing waves of unbearable economic constraints being faced by a vast majority of ordinary citizens,” CYSAPD Executive Director (E.D.), Ishmael T. Koffeh, said.Mr. Koffeh said the campaign to cancel the three days of free calls is a clear indication that some Liberians are not seeking the interest of the masses, and can do anything to put their selfish interests above those of the common people—many of whom live in abject poverty, and ignorance. Mr. Koffeh said he brought his members to the Capitol to tell the lawmakers, who are the direct representatives of the masses, not to heed “this wicked action of the people who say they love the country and its people.”“With growing disenchantment over this piece of legislation that is before our lawmakers to add 1 cent tax per minute to all calls, we are calling on lawmakers not to pass the new bill,” he said, adding “This is a diabolical and calculated attempt to end the ‘3 days free calls’ promotion in Liberia and to suffer the Liberian people.”The group said the imposition of excessive taxes on mobile phone calls needs to be reviewed, as it is not in the interest of Liberia’s suffering masses, adding that the plan to halt the promotion has the propensity to leave thousands of Liberians without the ability to call friends and family because of the high cost of phone calls that would follow. “We believe that any laws passed by the Honorable House of Representatives should be done only in the interest of the Liberian people, and we want to make (it) unequivocally clear that this proposed bill has no benefits (for) the Liberian people except to disenfranchise the citizens and their fundamental right to communicate.”The group says that even with the current discounts and promotions being offered, many Liberians still cannot afford to get even the US$1 on a regular basis. “If many of our people cannot afford this already discounted promotion, what do you think will happen if there is no more ‘3 days free calls,’ and government raises the price to call by adding a heavy tax burden?” the E.D. said, and threatened continuous mass protest against the proposal. He called on the Legislature to reject the bill “because it is a recipe for chaos.” Meanwhile, a new Facebook page called “Save 3 Days Free Calls” has gone viral in just a week, generating thousands of followers and comments as Liberians continue to express their dissatisfaction over the proposed bill, which they said is devious and has no substance or benefit to the average Liberian, who is working to make ends meet and to put food on the table. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana Carnival Parade rocks Georgetown

first_imgGuyanese from all walks of life flocked the route to observe and participate in this year’s Guyana Carnival Parade in observance of Guyana’s 53rd Independence Anniversary.As expected, the revellers rocked the streets and delivered, even though the inclement weather prevented the events from starting at the scheduled time.The three main “party trucks” assembled at the corner of Camp and Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, around 14:00h before heading to the D’Urban Park around 18:00h where it concluded.Thousands of Guyanese who came out to support the event were blown away by the phantasmagoria of colours that was showcased by the revellers who were all decked out in costumes.Some of the patrons who were looking on from the sidelines were decked out in their very best outfits as they enjoyed the scenery that was provided by the revellers, who put on a show that would attract any passerby to join the festivities.Guyana Times spoke to a few thrilled patrons who related that the Guyana Carnival Parade did not disappoint. Keisha Bacchus told this news publication that this is her second year participating and to her surprise, it was better than last year’s event. “More people participate in the parade and the beauty about it is that families get together and line the streets just to get a feel.”She further stated that a lot of foreigners were observed gyrating in the streets, which boosts Guyana’s tourism.Clive Forde, who was observed with his family viewing the parade, said: “I’m just happy to be here with my family, celebrating 53 years of Independence”. He continued by saying that he loves the way the country is developing and he is quite excited to see where our country is headed.One of the organisers of the events and a well-known personality in the entertainment sector of Guyana, Robbie Singh, said that he worked tirelessly to ensure “Pulse Band” produced an even better experience than last year.He stated that the idea is to never take away the authentic Guyanese culture but to give our country more exposure since Carnival is globally recognised. In closing, he stated that it is a beautiful experience and, therefore, Guyanese should support the Carnival body in the future.Guyana Carnival is a privately owned festival in Georgetown, Guyana, during the month of May. It is an amalgamation of influential entertainment bodies, the Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders to create a new exciting product to boost tourism, entertainment, and nightlife in our emerging city.It attracts thousands of tourists, locals and carnival chasers daring to indulge in something new and exciting.last_img read more

GECOM Chairman to be selected within days

first_imgOpposition and President meeting…both sides to “hammer out” names…Opposition upholds 3-month election deadlineOpposition Leader, Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger has made progress on the appointment of a new Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, which is expected to materialise within days.This consensus was announced after a high-level meeting on Thursday at the Ministry of the Presidency. Following the meeting the Opposition Leader told the media that both sides committed to having the appointment of a new GECOM chairman completed in the shortest time possible through smaller meetings.“Both sides agreed, the President and I that this matter is so important that it should be settled in the matter of days. We’re hoping that with good faith and negotiations on both sides, that we can resolve the matter of the new Chairman of GECOM within a matter of days. Those were the President’s words,” Jagdeo expressed.Article 161 (2) of the Constitution dictates that the Chairman “shall be a person who holds or who has held office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person, to be appointed by the President from a list of six persons, not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Leader of the Opposition after meaningful consultation with the non-governmental political parties represented in the National Assembly.”Jagdeo noted that while he has jurisdiction over the selection of these six names, the President will be allowed to make suggestions. He contended that the list will entail some of the 18 nominees, which were rejected by the President in 2017.“I will submit names and the President could initiate names. We are not averse to him suggesting names too but the constitutional responsibility to submit the six names is that of the Leader of the Opposition…I will start with a resubmission of the 18 names appropriately adjusted for people who may not want to have their names resubmitted. We’ll use those names as the starting point. Should we not agree on all six names coming from those 18, then we will be supplying additional names,” he stated.The President had rejected the Opposition Leader’s choices and unilaterally appointed retired Justice James Patterson as the GECOM Chair. This led to a court battle which ended last month when the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that the appointment was done through a flawed process and in breach of the Constitution.PresidentMeanwhile, President Granger, immediately after the meeting with Jagdeo said that the Government is acting in accordance with the decisions from the CCJ. He agreed that the work of GECOM will accelerate under new stewardship.“Until the GECOM Chairman is appointed, the work of the Commission will not be able to move ahead as quickly as possible. Earlier in the year, we said we were interested in credible elections. At the same time, we wanted to make sure that we operated on the basis of advice by the Chairman of the Commission itself. I met with the Chairman. I also met with the Leader of the Opposition to ensure that the Guyanese are given every assurance that everything is being done to implement the decisions of the Court,” Granger told the media.ElectionsAs it relates to elections and House-to-House registration, another engagement will be scheduled to address concerns from both Government and Opposition.According to Jagdeo, most importantly, “erroneous claims” by Government officials about youths not being on the voters’ list should be discussed thoroughly. He maintained that continuous registration has been ongoing and a Claims and Objections period will produce a clean list.“I said to him, if the concerns are genuine and we want to treat your concerns as expressed as genuine concerns about credible elections, where you indicated erroneously that the young people will not be on the list or the list will be flawed without House-to-House registration. I would like to discuss at length to show you how we can have credible elections with just updating the list through Claims and Objections.”The Opposition Leader also asserted that as pointed out to the President “we had four elections that were held on this same list. In 2011, his party won the majority in Parliament. In 2015 he won the government on this list. They’ve held two local government elections on this very list and so they had no problems with the list before.”While the date for elections was not discusses, the Opposition is sticking to the three-month deadline and any time further is seen as a delaying tactic.“I believe that House-to-House registration on their part is a ploy to delay the elections. They don’t want elections in three months and so they know going to house-to-house registration will mean elections next year,” he positioned.President David Grangerlast_img read more

SISEC Selects hand Trackers back-to-back losses

first_imgThe Trackers’ weekend began in Dawson Creek, where they and the Selects entered the third period with the score tied at 2-2.Offence was abundant in the third, as the Trackers scored twice, but it wasn’t enough, as the Selects scored three times in the final frame, producing a final score of 5-4, with the game winning goal coming with only 29 seconds remaining in the game.Saturday, the Trackers and Selects squared off at Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Sport Centre, with the change of location not helping the Trackers’ cause, as the NE B.C. & Yukon midget hockey club suffered their second loss in a row, 3-1.- Advertisement -Following this weekend’s losses, the Trackers now sit fourth in the NAMHL’s North Black division, with a record of 3-5-0 with six points.The team’s next game will be held on Friday, November 2, when they welcome the Fort McMurray Barons to Dawson Creek.last_img read more

United adding $10 surcharge at LAX

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! United Airlines said Wednesday it was adding a $10 surcharge for passengers departing Los Angeles International Airport to offset a $10 million-a-year hike in terminal maintenance and operations costs passed along by the city. The surcharge goes into effect immediately. “Passing along this surcharge to our customers is not our preferred action, but the recent sharp increase in costs to operate at LAX has left United with no other option,” United executive Kevin Knight said in a statement from the airline’s Chicago headquarters. Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that runs LAX and other Los Angeles-owned airports, raised fees in December. “We have a great interest in LAX developing into a world-class airport, supported by a long-term modernization plan, but we have no interest in paying higher fees without greater benefit for our customers,” Knight said. United, which has joined several other airlines in a lawsuit contesting the cost hikes, believes the increase violates United’s long-term lease agreement with Los Angeles World Airports. The airport agency said the surcharge was unfair to passengers. United, which flew more than 4.8 million passengers out of Los Angeles last year, would generate more than $10 million with the surcharge if the level of traffic is the same this year, the agency said. “United appears to be exploiting a justified increase in its maintenance and operation costs in order to dramatically increase profits on Los Angeles passengers,” the statement said.last_img read more

Hillary aide quits after gibe at Obama for teen drug use

first_imgCONCORD, N.H. – A top campaign adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton resigned Thursday, a day after suggesting Democrats should be wary of nominating Barack Obama because his teenage drug use could make it hard for him to win the presidency. Clinton personally apologized to Obama when they were on the tarmac at Washington’s Reagan National Airport on Thursday morning, preparing to fly to Des Moines, Iowa, for a debate. Bill Shaheen, a national co-chairman for Clinton and a prominent New Hampshire political figure, had raised the issue of Obama’s youthful drug use during a Wednesday interview, published on “I made a mistake and in light of what happened, I have made the personal decision that I will step down as the co-chair of the Hillary for President campaign,” Shaheen said in a statement released by the campaign Thursday. “This election is too important, and we must all get back to electing the best-qualified candidate who has the record of making change happen in this country. That candidate is Hillary Clinton.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champShaheen, whose wife, Jeanne, is a former New Hampshire governor running for the U.S. Senate next year, had said Republicans would work hard to discover new aspects of Obama’s admittedly spotty youth. “It’ll be: When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?” Shaheen, an attorney and veteran organizer, had said. “There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It’s hard to overcome.” Obama’s campaign had sent out a fundraising letter contending that “this kind of attack is becoming a pattern as Clinton’s support declines.” 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

Mourinho would have won ‘two or three’ titles with City, former player says

first_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 1 LATEST SORRY tense But Drogba, who won three Premier League titles playing under Mourinho at Chelsea, insists the Portuguese coach would have tasted top-flight success at the Etihad Stadium.He said: “I think if you put him at Manchester City, he would have won the league twice, maybe two or three times.“You get criticism because you set a standard of winning, winning and winning and now you’re not winning or having the same results.“He is still there. You have to look at all the managers who were at Manchester United the last few years.“Being manager after Sir Alex Ferguson is not easy and the finances that they had then are not the same as what they have now. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Drogba and Mourinho had great success together at Chelsea RANKED ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane center_img gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT PAYBACK Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City scrap Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ revealed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “People only pay attention to the best and he’s one of the best and that’s why he gets all of this.“I think he’s taking the challenge, because it’s a big challenge and if people criticise you then how can you enjoy it? It’s tough. After all, he’s human.“He’s trying to change his approach and that’s what the best managers do and when things are not working you try to change it.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Didier Drogba believes Jose Mourinho would have won the Premier League “two or three times” if he was managing Manchester City.The current Manchester United boss has endured a difficult start to the season with his side languishing in eighth place and 12 points behind league leaders City.last_img read more

Bulldog Top 10 of 2016-17: No. 5 — Men’s Tennis Wins MVC Regular Season and Advanced to NCAA Tournament

first_img No. 9 – Men’s Basketball Defeats Missouri State Bulldog win the #MVCTennis Title. 10th in program history ???????????????????? #NCAA Tournament bound. #DURiseUp— Drake Men’s Tennis (@Drake_MTEN) April 30, 2017 No. 10 – Football Finishes the 2016 Season Strong The team suffered a tough 4-0 loss to Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs started strong with Gillespie and Hands earning a 6-3 win over Vuk Budic and Aleks Vukic. But, Illinois was able to slip ahead in the other matches during the competition and ultimately end Drake’s 2017-16 season. Story Links No. 8 – MacLeod Becomes All-Time Leader in Drake Men’s Soccer History No. 7 – Student Athletes Receive Academic Honors center_img The No. 5 moment of the 2016-17 season comes after the men’s tennis team earning its 10th MVC Tournament title with a 4-0 sweep over Southern Illinois on April 30. Strong doubles performance at courts two and three. Sophomores Vinny Gillespie and Tom Hands defeated Michal Klanicka and Daniel Martinez 6-2 at No. 2, while juniors Ben Stride and Ben Wood clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 victory at No. 3. The 2016-17 season featured many thrilling moments and accomplishments for Drake athletics. From conference titles, outstanding team and individual accomplishments, postseason appearances and significant regular season victories, the Bulldogs had plenty to celebrate as they look forward to the upcoming season. Before embarking on 2017-18, will take a look back at the top 10 moments of the 2016-17 throughout the months of June and July. No. 6 – Wendell Leaves a Legacy at Drake Hands extended in singles winning streak five matches with a 6-1, 6-0 trouncing over Martinez at No. 5 singles. Sophomore Ben Clark extended the Bulldogs lead to 3-0 after cruising past Param Pun, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 6. Junior Calum MacGeoch secured the championship for Drake with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Alex Pozo at No. 4. Check back on July 17 as the No. 4 moment of 2016-17 is unveiled. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Why Do You Need to Follow Up?

first_imgYou’ve had a first meeting with your dream client. Now you believe that you need to follow up. This means that one or more of these things is true:One: You didn’t not gain a commitment at the close of the meeting.It is your responsibility in a sales call to set the agenda, ask your client if they need add to your agenda or need something else from you, and to tell them what you believe will follow your meeting, should there be reason to continue some idea or potential opportunity.It is also your responsibility to control the process. You know better than your prospect what they need to to do next, as you sell what you sell to many companies and have greater experience. You are supposed to be leading them down this path. In execution, you have to secure the next meeting at the end of each meeting.The reason you need to follow up is because you didn’t gain the next commitment when you had the chance—and the audience—to do so. Now you are chasing, and as my good friend Jeb Blount says, “Things that get chased tend to run.”Two: You accepted a non-commitment or a soft commitment believing it was a next step.You may have believed that you secured a commitment when you really secured something less. When your prospective client asks you to call them back in two weeks, you have made a commitment. Your client, however, has not made a commitment. By asking you to follow up with them, they have avoided making any commitment at all, including taking your call, answering your email, or scheduling another meeting. Is it a wonder you have to chase?A soft commitment is often no better. Your client tells you that they will call you in two weeks, after they meet with their teams. Even when their intentions are good, the reality is that they are busy, and unless you are a priority, you are not likely to command their attention or their time. The soft commitment that was a call in two weeks doesn’t happen. It’s a soft commitment because it isn’t on your prospect’s calendar, your calendar, or their task list.You accepted a soft commitment instead of something more concrete, more certain, like an appointment.The reason that you need to follow up is because you are not gaining the commitments you need to help your prospect do the things they need to do to explore—and with your help—make the changes that lead to better future results.One of the best indicators as to the likelihood of winning a deal is the fact that you don’t have to follow up. My best advice here can be found in The Lost Art of Closing. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more