Tyler Extols Liberian Media

first_imgSpeaker J. Alex Tyler has commended the Liberia’s independent media for what he described as “the professional and splendid coverage of the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Election in the country.”At a reception marking the official opening of the 4th Session of the 53rd National Legislature yesterday at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, Speaker Tyler thanked the media for its “balanced, credible and on-the-spot reportage in the recently ended election nationwide.”“For the first time in my political life, I witnessed such keen and professional work done by the media. As watchdogs of our democracy, they help keep the process honest by being in every nook and cranny of the Republic during dark and difficult nights, making sure that only genuine results were communicated,” Speaker Tyler declared.The Bomi County Representative asserted, “Without smart-phones or laptops or other sophisticated gadgetry of the Western media and, without any immediate pecuniary dividends deriving to themselves, they labored in rain, in stress-and-strain and many other difficult conditions to ensure that only the truth, and nothing but the truth about the elections got out.”He pledged his unflinching support, with the assistance of his colleagues, to ensure that appropriate budgetary consideration be made to facilitate proper training for the media.According to him, the proposed training, if approved, will be conducted in collaboration with the National Elections Commission (NEC) with the intent to ensure a sustained, continued and robust reportage in the area of elections coverage.“Indeed, you are the watchdog of our democracy, the harbinger of the new Liberia and the heroes in the quest for honesty, integrity and fair play in electoral politics,” he declared.The Unity Party lawmaker praised members of the Electoral Body for conducting a peaceful and credible election across the nation, adding that their role played was vital.He then welcomed the 13 new senators-elect to the Capitol Building, noting; “Please remember your promises made to the people that were not made under threat or duress.”Speaker Tyler reminded his colleagues from the sister chamber about their duties which include, representation, supervision and crafting laws, as imperative and must be kept uppermost in their minds and actions at all times.“For those who lost or were not considered by the people this time, I say, take heart. Better days are yet to come; and I pray that you become a part of Liberia’s golden years, in public or private service, yet to come,” he asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘My mom’s the best’

first_imgACCORDING to the wonks at Salary.com, who recently crunched the numbers and compared salaries for people doing similar work, stay-at-home moms should be paid $134,121 a year. That just goes to show how little wonks know. The work moms do is priceless and no one understands that better than kids themselves. A few weeks ago, a manila envelope from Lupe Bailey’s second-grade class at San Jose Street Elementary School in Mission Hills found its way onto my desk. Inside, written with the classic candor and exuberance of children, were eight beautifully crafted, personally illustrated essays, each one a testament to motherhood. Mrs. Bailey’s students know full well that it would take a dozen ordinary people to do all the jobs Mom does in a single day, and that a mom’s value in the life of a child is simply incalculable. For starters, mom is the household spirit-lifter. Or, as Celese Gutierrez, age 7, puts it: “My mom is the best because when I am sad she cheers me up.” Antonio Martinez, age 8, writes, “When I’m not happy (Mom) asks me why I’m sad and we talk about it. Next we play or read together and she gives me hugs and kisses.” For most families, Mom is also the chef a role too often disparaged by some women’s libbers, or taken for granted by some of us insufficiently grateful dads, but one which children hold in properly high regard. Michael Neff, age 7, recognizes that the hand that cooks the dinner ought to be revered. “My mom is the best because she cooks the greatest meals in the whole wide world!” Michael enthuses. “She cooks all different meals every day of my life! My mom cooks big, small, large, wide, and long meals. She likes her job which is cooking food for my big family. She cooks whatever I want! My mom makes me happy by cooking!” Now that’s gratitude. And why not? Children understand that in providing three squares, parents are meeting fundamental needs that they can’t meet for themselves. “My mom is the best,” Ara Ramos, age 7, explains, “because she cooks meals for me because I can’t cook.” There you have it. “My mother is the best because she gives me a big meal when I am starving!” writes the wise-beyond-his-7-years Johnny Parada. Johnny knows the importance of a full stomach: “Food is special so I will not die.” And not just any food. Johnny salutes not only mom the cook, but also mom the nutritionist. “My mom is the best because she lets me eat more vegetables than junk food!” (Yes, they even appreciate the green beans. Who knew?) They also appreciate the discipline. In homes with multiple siblings, moms are the peacemakers a role not lost on Megan Carbajal, age 7. “My mom is the best because she tells me what to do when my sister and I are fighting,” notes Megan. “When we fight she helps us apologize to each other. Then I feel happy that my mom helped my sister and I work things out. Then my sister and I play together fairly.” Of course, sometimes sibling spats or other rites of childhood can be physically painful, which is why it’s a good thing moms also double as family-health practitioners. “My mom is the best because when I get hurt and get purple bruises, she hugs me and kisses me,” says Peter Inzunza, age 8. Family health care, by definition, includes spiritual health. As Peter explains: “One time when I was next to thorns I fell in the thorns and I went to the hospital. While I was in the hospital, my mom prayed for me because she wanted me to feel better.” Thank God for moms. Above all else, they give kids what kids need most, and that’s love. “My mom is the best,” observes Pablo Lorenzo, age 8, “because she loves me. She loves me by kissing me when I need it.” Even youngsters recognize that love isn’t so much about emotions, kind words or feel-good gestures, but the sort of sacrifice for which moms are famous. “She also shows her love for me when she watches over me,” Pablo writes. “For example she gave me her own lunch today because I’m allergic to some school cafeteria lunches. She is the best because she loves me.” Indeed, she is. Chris Weinkopf is the Daily News’ editorial-page editor. Write to him by e-mail at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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

Chelsea deny sale reports, De Gea refusing Man United contract, £100m Spurs bid?

first_img TOP WORK RANKED Herrera is ready to extend his stay at Old Trafford 3 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Latest transfer news Pellegrini stayed with Roma despite interest in him over the summer The Red Devils refused to let Anthony Martial, the France forward, leave Old Trafford over the summer, and he is now prepared to stay at the club having been heartened by the decision to keep him. (Telegraph)Aaron Ramsey is not yet ready to sign a new Arsenal contract, and will instead wait until January to make a decision on his future. (Mail)Manchester United are set to revive their interest in Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini in the January transfer window. (Sun) REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Paris Saint-Germain are ready to make a £100million move for Christian Eriksen, the Tottenham attacking midfielder, before the European transfer window closes on Friday. (Express)Manchester United made NO attempt to sign Spurs pair Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose throughout the summer transfer window, with the only contact coming when the Lilywhites offered the duo to United. (Mirror) Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 3 Chelsea have denied reports Roman Abramovich is looking to sell the club after 15 years of ownership. (Mirror)David de Gea is refusing to sign a new Manchester United contract as he wants pay parity with Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba, the club’s highest earners. (Daily Record)However, Ander Herrera, the midfielder, will pen a new two-year contract with the Red Devils. (Sun) targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM moving on three-way race Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Chelsea midfielder, is a loan target of Monaco’s. (Sun)Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea team-mate Tammy Abraham will reject a loan move to Aston Villa as he wants to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge. (Mirror)And here are the top talkSPORT.com headlines…Loris Karius, the Liverpool goalkeeper, has joined Besiktas on a two-year loan dealTottenham starlet Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed on loan with Swansea until the end of the seasonMesut Ozil was dropped for Arsenal’s defeat of West Ham due to a ‘row’ with Unai Emery, the club’s managerDean Ashton has told Manuel Pellegrini to worry about results on the pitch, rather than ‘having a go’ at West Ham’s fansViewers were left stunned when Joleon Lescott appeared to be working on Sky Sports – without any trousers on! LATEST 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade talkSPORT.com round up all the latest transfer rumours and football gossip from Sunday’s papers and online…last_img read more