‘Leadership A Call to Service, Not A Jackpot Win’

first_imgCllr. Johnson-Allison says Liberians must vote for VP Boakai on October 10 in order to reconcile and forge ahead in development Former NEC chair Switches Support to BoakaiThe former chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison, over the weekend endorsed the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai with just eight days to the holding of the presidential and representative elections on October 10.She said Liberia stands to reconcile and forge ahead in development if the citizens vote for VP Boakai as the country’s next president to replace Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose  presidency expires in January 2018.Healing and reconciliation are urgently needed in Liberia to pave the way for national development, said Cllr. Allison at a press conference she called in Monrovia.“The person who comes at the helm of power in our country must know that leadership is a call to service, not a jackpot win. The stakes are high in the pending elections, the future of our children, our way of life – these are on the line,” she warned.The decision Liberians make on October 10 will have grave consequences for the peace, stability and tranquility of the country and its relations among the comity of nations, she cautioned.“No one should make those decisions lightly or on mere sentiment, passion or partisanship; Liberia must come first. It is at this stage of its existence that the country needs a leader who can heal and reconcile its broken people. That person must have a heart big enough to love everyone with malice towards none,” Cllr. Allison said.She described V.P. Boakai as an accountable leader and a good steward who understands that he is a mere custodian of the nation’s wealth and resources, which have been entrusted to him.“I believe V.P. Boakai who has answered his country’s call for patriots to redeem its image from corruption, insatiable greed and moral decadence possesses the qualities required for leadership at this time,” the female barrister said, adding that Boakai’s personal integrity, humility and congenial nature make him suitable for such a role.Referring to President Sirleaf’s call for ‘generational change,’ Allison believes the change should be for a ‘prepared generation, not just for anyone.’“I don’t have a quarrel with the generational change thing, but when we talk about generational change, we need people who are prepared, educated, refined. Not because you are young so you are fit to be the president – that is not it especially for Liberia,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Palm Court, Electronics City join list of sponsors

first_imgKing of the Strip 3…Once again, Palm Court has thrown its support behind motor racing locally, this time as one of the major sponsors for the upcoming “King of the Strip” (KOTS) 3 international drag racing event, which will speed off at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri on August 26.GMR&SC President Rameez MohamedAlso signing on to the premier drag race meet, which is organised by the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) are cellular phone retailer Electronics City and Trans Pacific Auto Sales and Spares.GMR&SC President Rameez Mohamed iterated the companies’ usual willingness to support motor sports locally.“Palm Court, Electronics City and Trans Pacific are companies that are always ready to rally behind motor racing. They usually help in whatever way they can and this time around, it’s a big effort from both of them.”“Their support will go directly into plans for the August 26th event, some of which will feature work on the launch pad which commenced last week and is expected to be completed before race day,” Mohamed further noted.Meanwhile, the GMR&SC President contended that this was what the Club has been working on from the beginning of this year – getting international competition. He noted, “Earlier this year, I went to a drag meet in Trinidad to try and solicit competition for our local guys to foster a better drag meet and also put on a better show for Guyanese”, and that move has now resulted in several Trinidadian competitors, Barbadians, Surinamese and now even Grenadians showing keen interest in the much- buzzed-about KOTS drag series.last_img read more

Aguero ruled out of Man City trip to Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Aguero hasn’t played for a month due to a knee injury © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Manchester City will be without the club’s all-time record goalscorer Sergio Aguero for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg away to Liverpool.The Argentine striker, who has scored 30 goals this season, has been sidelined for a month with a knee injury. City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed on Tuesday Aguero hasn’t travelled with the rest of the squad for the clash at Anfield.“He’s in Manchester, he didn’t come. He was injured in last three weeks, so still not fit,” said Guardiola.However, the Catalan coach remains hopeful Aguero will be fit to play a part as City hope to wrap up the Premier League title against local rivals Manchester United on Saturday, and for the second leg of their quarter-final tie with Liverpool next week.“Unfortunately in the best moment we had with Sergio he was injured,” added Guardiola.“He is much, much better, but today the doctors, physios spoke with him and he said ‘I still have a little bit problem, I don’t feel comfortable at all’ and he knows perfectly his body.”City will still be able to name a fearsome front line on Wednesday with Gabriel Jesus set to start alongside Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling after all three were on target in a 3-1 win at Everton on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Promotion narrowed to four as NSL hots up

first_imgWestern Stima sit at the apex of the standings with 67 points, six ahead of second placed Nairobi Stima who have played a match less. Bankers KCB who recently sacked head coach John Kamau are third on 60 points, one ahead of fourth placed Ushuru.A drop of points by either of the four sides will be detrimental to their hopes of earning qualification with six rounds of matches left.KCB, who have unsuccessfully vied to get back to the top tier have vowed to give their all in the hope of finally clinching that Premier League spot.-Lots of pressureKCB interim coach Elvis Ayany watches on during a past national Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds“Yes, there’s a lot of pressure from the management that we should get that promotion slot. KCB has been there among teams almost getting promoted but we somehow end up not earning it. This time, we don’t have much of a choice,” interim coach Elvis Ayany who stepped into Kamau’s shoes said.He added; “As a team, there is also that hunger to get back to the Premier League. It drives us a lot.”The bankers have been far from convincing though and have won three of their last five games, the most recent being against Kisumu All Stars on Monday.They face Kenya Police in a mid-morning kick off at the Camp Toyoyo ground, a tough match by its proportions and one they need to handle with care as they lost by a solitary goal to the law enforcers in the first leg.“They are a very tough team and it is not a game we can afford to go without preparing well. We are taking the game with very much seriousness and the only target is to get three points,” Ayany further noted.KCB occupy third, a spot that does not give them a surety of the top tier but promises them a chance in the play-off. Ayany says their target is to get into the top two automatic promotion slots.-Stima duoWestern Stima who have won eight of their last nine games, their only loss being a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bidco United. They face a City Stars side blowing hot and cold at sixth spot having won two and lost three of their last five games.The first leg which remains their only meeting in the second tier ended in a 1-1 draw but the powermen keen on returning to top flight after they were relegated at the end of last season are keen to bag all three and keep their bid alive.Nairobi Stima, the revelation of the season and crushing what seems to be a big boys’ party travel away to Thika on Saturday taking on a Bidco side they played to a 0-0 draw with in the first leg.Led by former internationals Fred Ambani and Ibrahim Shikanda, Nairobi Stima rose from the ashes to finally dream of making a KPL slot and a win against Bidco will be a huge step in showing they are not bridal maids to the promotion party.Stima suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to bottom side GFE 105 in their last league encounter having posted a run of five wins on the trot and they surely will be coming tong and spear to pick three points against fifth placed Bidco.-Ushuru fightingUshuru FC head coach ken Kenyatta (left) follows proceedings during his side’s National Super League match against Nairobi Stima on March 25, 2018 in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluUshuru meanwhile have duty against Kangemi All Stars, hoping to make up for all the ground lost after temporarily leading the standings.Head coach Ken Kenyatta still has his same experienced squad and having lost in the play-off last season, the tax men will want to prove their mettle and move into the top three with hope that the other compatriots drop points.Kangemi have won once over the last five games, and are struggling to match up with the big boys of the league. If they are to find inspiration, then it should be from their performance when they held Kenyatta’s charges to a 0-0 draw in the first leg.SaturdayBidco United vs Nairobi Stima (Thika Stadium, 3 pm)Kisumu All Stars vs Migori Youth (Moi Stadium, 3 pm)KCB vs Kenya Police (Camp Toyoyo, 11 am)SundayWestern Stima vs City Stars (Moi Stadium, 3 pm)Modern Coast Rangers vs Kibera Black Stars (Mbaraki Grounds, 3 pm)Nakuru All-Stars vs Coast Stima (Afraha Stadium, 11 am)Talanta vs GFE 105 (Camp Toyoyo, 2 pm)Ushuru vs Kangemi All-Stars (Camp Toyoyo, 4.15 pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KCB players celebrate a goal during a past national Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo GroundsNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) – sponsored duo of Western and Nairobi Stima, KCB as well as Ushuru FC will push their bid to Kenyan Premier League promotion destiny when the business end of the National Super League hots up this weekend.Leaders Western Stima will host Nairobi City Stars at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday, Nairobi Stima will be away to Bidco United in Thika, KCB will be at home to Kenya Police at the Camp Toyoyo while Ushuru will face Kangemi All Stars at the same venue on Sunday.last_img read more

Candle sales boom on prayers

first_imgHispanics have long lighted them for loved ones and for luck. But devotional candles are increasingly kindled by anyone with a wish or a prayer, and as a result, they are a lucrative and growing niche in the $2 billion candle market in the United States. “The reason why these kinds of candles fly off the shelf is they have a job to do,” said Neil Foley, professor of Hispanic history and culture at the University of Texas, Austin. “You find marijuana in your daughter’s drawer, a bill is due, your son is arrested – you burn a candle to your favorite saint to help you out.” Devotional candles not only illuminate home altars and shrines; they also have become an integral part of makeshift memorials for missing children, victims of violent crimes and soldiers killed in Iraq. Especially during uncertain economic times, Foley said, “desperate people – whether they are Hispanic, Anglo, African-American, Catholics, Pentecostals, Jewish or Buddhists – burn candles because it can’t hurt and – who knows? – it might help.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe candles, also known as prayer, novena and semana candles, burn at any time of year in many households, but they are especially popular near the holidays. Manufacturers say sales have increased 15 to 20 percent annually since 2002. Mary Flood Nugent, a mother of six and a community activist in Houston, has several devotional candles burning in her fireplace, with images of St. Jude or the Sacred Heart printed on their glass containers. “I have a lovely salmon-pink one going now for my friend who is starting treatment for breast cancer,” Nugent said. There are only a handful of manufacturers of prayer candles, including several in California – Bright Glow in Pomona, the Continental Candle Company in Compton and Indio Products of Rancho Dominguez – and, in Texas, the Reed Candle Co. of San Antonio, serving what they estimated as a market of $100 million to $300 million. Many of the businesses, mostly family-owned and Hispanic, report rebuffing recent buyout offers. “I get approached every week about selling,” said Sister Schodts Reed, president and chief executive of the Reed Candle Co. The company, founded by her father-in-law in 1937, reported sales of $24 million last year. The origin of devotional candles is a matter of some dispute. Reed said her father-in-law, Peter Doan Reed, was the inventor, coming up with the idea of filling a decorated glass with enough wax to burn for seven days, longer than small votives. With pictures of saints printed on the containers, “the candles were intended as an extension of people’s prayers,” she said. Others in the industry, however, credit an unnamed monk in Germany with the idea or say that devotional candles evolved from wax-filled milk bottles. The newest entrant to the market – St. Jude Candle Co. in Houston – was financed by a group of private investors and began production in March. “We see it as an underserved sector with a tremendous potential for growth,” said William A. Grimsley, the company’s president and chief financial officer. He has helped start or turn around several companies, including Arena Brands, which makes Lucchese boots and Stetson hats. St. Jude has already taken market share from its competitors, he said, by signing several deals with regional grocery stores and grocery distributors including Associated Wholesale Grocers. Prayer candles in containers with pictures of saints or claims to bring love, luck or money are distributed primarily through Wal-Mart and other chain grocery and discount stores. They are also sold through many independently owned religious stores or botanicas that sell herbs and ointments as well as candles. “The majority of our business is candles,” said Donna Escamilla, manager of Stanley Drugs, a onetime drugstore and now a busy botanica in Houston. “The most popular ones are for love, to cause a breakup or for protection against your enemies.” Botanicas often coat prayer candles with special oils and herbs for extra potency. The price of such dressed candles is $12 to $25, far higher than candles found on grocery store shelves, which cost $1 to $5, depending on the sophistication of the pictures, whether they are scented and how long they will burn. “We focus on botanicas and religious stores because the profit margins are much higher,” said Martin Mayer, president of Indio Products, which he said had nationwide sales last year totaling $12 million. One of his company’s best-sellers is a candle depicting Jesus Malverde, a Mexican folk hero known as the narco saint and thought to protect drug smugglers. While margins are slimmer for candles sold at grocery stores, the other major makers of prayer candles said supplying these stores is nonetheless lucrative. Though none would disclose profits, they said they were doing well despite the rising price of wax, which is made from petroleum. “Religious candles are the No. 1 turning category, outselling everything else we offer,” said Kirk Zehnder, a spokesman for Mercado Latino, which distributes Hispanic grocery items to stores including Wal-Mart and Albertsons. To meet the demand, Mercado Latino acquired Continental Candle in 1991 and transformed it from a struggling supplier of candles to the restaurant industry into a maker of devotional candles, with annual sales exceeding $20 million. People who buy devotional candles tend to buy them as routinely as milk and toilet paper. “They are a staple,” said Reed of Reed Candle. In keeping with the eternal-flame concept and Hispanic cultural tradition, many people light a replacement before any candle goes out on their home altars, said Foley at the University of Texas. Most altars have several candles burning that need replacing every five to seven days, Zehnder said: “You do the math; it’s a lot of candles.”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