THE POWER OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/OWNERSHIP – (PART FIVE): SUSTAINING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

first_imgIn this fifth and final article of the series centered on the necessity and strength of community engagement the focus is on how to sustain community engagement. It is one thing to begin many a good thing and another to sustain it. Decision makers in Liberia, past and present, are known for initiating good programs and policy implementation such as only three persons in the back of a taxi, removing marketers from selling by road sides (sometime literally on the roads), and coming up with new transport fares and threats to enforce them but a few weeks later everything goes back to square one! How then may the essential policy of community engagement and ownership so helpfully tried and proven to be key to the defeat of the Ebola Virus Disease be sustained and promoted throughout the length and breath of this country? Let us explore in brief below. The fourth article on the indispensable roles of influential and opinion leaders of communities observed the following points:This kind of communication should bring on board everyone in the community. The drawing in of everyone is best done when the influential and opinion leaders of the community catch the vision. They in turn can spread and involve those they influence. Therefore chiefs, zoes, pastors, imams, teachers, leaders of the women, men, and youth, and heads of motorcyclists and wheelbarrow boys associations are to be involved in formulating the vision of whatever the community wants to do and in motivating everyone to come on board.The chiefs and zoes are the leaders of the people and what they say and do carries a lot of weight. Community members are likely to listen to them more than outsiders. Likewise religious leaders (pastors and imams) wield a lot of influence. Through their preaching, teaching and other forms of ministry (service) they engage members of the community at different levels on daily or at least biweekly basis (most likely on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Their members believe them and often do what they say and do.Teachers too influence what their students think and do. The kids listen and trust them more than their parents and others. Motorcyclists, wheelbarrow boys and leaders of the women, men and youths also can influence those who make use of their services. They all are to catch and drive community vision, projects and help solve problems and challenges that inevitably come from time to time. They all must play their parts if the community is to attend to its problems and make progress. They ought to help the community generate its own solutions and drive development. The importance of each one of these opinion leaders must be recognized and tapped into if communities are to see themselves as responsible for their own problems and coming up with visions for its own betterment.Community engagement is best sustained when it is practiced often and on a regular basis. It must not be a one off undertaking like fighting and defeating Ebola out of Liberia but must be practiced in attending to the numerous challenges that will inevitably come to every community and engaging seriously to overcome them, and in realizing the dreams and aspirations of communities. There is some truth to the common saying, “Practice makes perfect”. Community ownership must become second nature to communities through constant, all inclusive and continuous practice.Community engagement should be used now in helping communities to get their children vaccinated against measles, polio, and worms. The training of so many community actors (chiefs, teachers, pastors, imams, leaders of youths, women and men) during the Ebola crisis should now be employed to attend to common communal problems.Many Liberians and foreign observers alike know that Liberia needs a change in mind and attitude if it is to progress and be what it was meant to be, a beckon hope to the rest of Africa. The problems of lack of patriotism, entrepreneurial spirit, negativity towards self and everything Liberian, and repeating terrible mistakes of the past including the most recent of civil war and the Ebola crisis require a fundamental mental and attitudinal change. And such a change can best be achieved through community ownership. When community leaders and opinion leaders catch the vision and engage the communities then the needed change can come about quicker and easier than when it comes from central government down. Community ownership is sustained when it is used as often as possible in different situations of community and national needs and in improving the lot of the community and the nation.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Low incomes show Donegal is being left behind – Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig

first_imgDonegal’s low incomes figures are proof that the county is being left behind, according to Donegal County Councillor Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig.New CSO figures have revealed that Donegal people have the lowest average incomes in Ireland. The average household in Donegal takes in €32,259, which is €12,000 below the national average and half of the highest earning region in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown ( €66,203).The figures from 2016 are “shocking”, says Glenties area Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig. “They only confirm what everyone in County Donegal has known for a long time, that we have been left behind by the political establishment,” he said.The Independent Cllr has criticised Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for the current state of affairs. He said: “Since the foundation of the state, this county has been neglected, deprived of infrastructure and abandoned by the politicians we elect to represent us. “We are now raising our children to emigrate, knowing full well that they are not coming back because, knowing the statistics in this article, they won’t be able to afford a mortgage to buy or build a home. And the policies of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael mean that there is no social housing for them.”Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig is calling for a change for the future of the county. He said: “This is a cycle that we need to break. We can’t keep voting for the same parties and expect them to act differently this time because of some promise they make at election time. We owe it to our children to change the way we vote and the way we organize ourselves.”Low incomes show Donegal is being left behind – Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuigincomeslast_img read more

Jerry McDonald’s NFL Power Rankings: Former Raiders coach Dennis Allen loving life with Saints

first_imgLast week: 2 Next: at Detroit3. Kansas City (9-2)Had a week to rest up after … 1. New Orleans (10-1)Saints D-coordinator and former Raiders head man Dennis Allen demonstrating it’s a lot easier to be creative with superior talent on both sides of the ball.Last week: 1 Next: at Dallas2. L.A. Rams (10-1)Rams top three receivers — Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp (injured) all averaging better than 14.0 yards per catch. Jared Goff has one of NFL’s top downfield arms.last_img

New XUV590i Gator offers greater speed and utility to meet crop and livestock producer needs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New features cater to crop and livestock producers for increased productivityJohn Deere introduces the Gator XUV590i and XUV590i S4 Crossover Utility Vehicles, designed for crop and livestock producers who desire performance, comfort and customization. Equipped with a powerful twin-cylinder engine, independent four-wheel suspension and availability of more than 75 attachments, the XUV590i provides an unparalleled balance of performance and work capability in the mid-size class.“The XUV590i and XUV590i S4 four-passenger models were designed to get more chores checked off your to-do list, in a more comfortable setting,” said Mark Davey, John Deere marketing manager, Gator utility vehicles. “Producers can now get from task to task even faster with a top speed of over 45 mph, thanks to quick acceleration powered by a 586 cc, 32 horsepower, liquid-cooled inline twin-cylinder gasoline engine.”The two new Gator models boast performance features ideal for getting work done around the farm. The XUV590i offers operators 10.5-inch minimum ground clearance, 800 lb. load capacity and 1,100 lb. towing capacity. Likewise, the XUV590i S4 has a 9.3-inch minimum ground clearance, 1,200 lb. load capacity and is capable of towing up to 1,100 lb.The Gator XUV590i and XUV590i S4 also come standard with an 875 watt, 65 ampere alternator to run auxiliary attachments, such as lights, winches and sprayers, without the fear of discharging the battery.Operators and passengers alike will appreciate the low noise and vibration levels on the new Gator XUV590i and XUV590i S4. These benefits are achieved by isolating the powertrain and utilizing sound-dampening material around the engine and CVT intakes.The operator station has class-leading ergonomics and legroom for the operator and passengers. The Gator XUV590i and XUV590i S4 feature a large, 7.4 gallon fuel tank to keep the vehicle running longer between fill-ups. The instrument cluster is backlit and provides critical vehicle information, such as speed, engine rpm, fuel level, coolant temperature and warning lights for information, such as power steering, maintenance reminders and seat belt reminder.The Gator XUV590i and XUV590i S4 utility vehicles are currently available at your local John Deere dealer. For more information, visit www.JohnDeere.com/Gator.last_img read more

U.P. madrasas asked to videograph Independence Day celebrations

first_imgUttar Pradesh’s madrasas have been asked to photograph and videograph Independence Day celebrations this year.While madrasas have criticised the order, calling it an attempt to test the patriotism of Muslims, government officials claimed that the move was only to document the best programmes held in madrasas on August 15. The controversy was triggered by a circular issued by the Madrasa Shiksha Parishad (MSP), the board that deals with examinations in madrasas, on August 3. The document laid out elaborate directions on how Independence Day celebrations should be conducted in madrasas.The circular was issued to the deputy directors (minority welfare) and district minority welfare officers, who would then ensure the implementation of the order. In directing madrasas to conduct “photography and videography” of the programmes, the MSP has argued that it was to identify the “best programmes” so that they could be “replicated”.Madrasas have accused the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government of attempting to test the patriotism of Muslims. Mahtab Amrohi, manager of the Mehraj-ul-Uloom madrasa in Amroha, said the government’s monitoring was aimed at “creating suspicion” about Muslims. Not only did madrasas have a tradition of singing the national anthem on August 15, even on other days of the year, daily proceedings at his institution began only after the singing of the anthem, he said. Heads of madrasas also questioned why the government had not issued similar orders to other institutions run by the State, and to other religious communities.Suhebur Rehman, the Allahabad-based convener of the All-India United Ulema Forum, said the BJP government was “targeting Muslims” by asking them to produce “proof” of their patriotism.”Have they sent a similar notice to Sanskrit schools, municipalities, schools, colleges and other institutions? Why are they examining the patriotism only of Muslims,” asked Mr. Rehman.Government officials defended the circular. “The order was issued with a good intention. It clearly says that the videography is for the purpose of promoting good programmes,” said Rahul Gupta, registrar, Madrasa Shiksha Parishad, who issued the order.He dismissed the idea that the circular was to test patriotism in madrasas. “Not at all. We have defined each and every step. In fact, we don’t mind if there are anomalies or discrepancies in following the directions,” Mr. Gupta said.last_img read more

Football: India hold UAE 2-2 but still crash out of World Cup race

first_imgSHort passing and heavy rain don’t go hand in hand, India learnt that the hard way. The hosts managed only a 2-2 draw in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Thursday.After a 0-3 loss in Al Ain on Saturday, India’s road to the 2014 World Cup ended with a 2-5 aggregate defeat.Mohamed Al Shehhi scored in the 39th minute and Ali Al Wehaibi in the 70th to dash any hopes India had of making a match out of the encounter in front of a vociferous crowd. Although India did score through Jeje Lalpekhlua in the 74th minute and Gouramangi Singh in the 91st, it was definitely too little too late.Overturning a three-goal deficit is no mean task and with the hosts still adopting a passing game under new coach Armando Colaco, the writing was on the wall even before the match started -thanks to the torrential downpour that turned the pitch at the Ambedkar Stadium into a pool.For once, former coach Bob Houghton was definitely missed as the setting was the same when India beat Tajikistan 4-1 in the final of the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup at the very ground to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup.The only difference was that under the Englishman, India relied on long passes and played more of an aerial game.Trying to adapt to the passing game takes time and when the team has to suddenly switch and adapt to another tactic -long passing -on match-day, it isn’t easy and although the Ambedkar is considered a happy hunting ground for the Indian team, their passing looked all at sea on the slushy turf.advertisementThe match began with India trying to go all-out for goals and the UAE players soaking in the pressure and plotting their own counter-attacks.So while the Indian players huffed and puffed trying to enter the rival half, the UAE midfielders and defenders ensured that the Indian inroads were foiled before they threatened threatened their citadel.The ground conditions did not help India’s momentum either. India had their first attempt at goal in the eighth minute with Sunil Chhetri getting into the box from the left flank to find an unmarked Jeje Lalpekhlua. But the defenders converged on the youngster and all he could do was pass it on to Steven Dias, who had moved in from the right.But Dias failed to beat UAE goalie Ali Khaseif. Chhetri was at it again in the 25th minute when he aimed at goal only for Khaseif to fist the shot over the bar.The visitors went ahead when moving in from the left, Ahmed Khalil foxed defender Samir Naik to feed Shehhi with a perfect pass from the left wing. The latter headed in -much to the dismay of goalkeeper Karanjit Singh and the Ambedkar crowd.UAE’s Mohamme Al Shehhi(left) celebrates with All Al Wehalbl after scoring a goalThe second half saw UAE attacking from all quarters and despite the Indian defence putting up a composed show, the visitors scored with Wehaibi moving in from the left to wrongfoot the Indian defence and hit the back of the net.India looked to up the ante further and the move to replace Dias with Lalrindika Ralte paid dividends as he moved in beautifully from the right to find Jeje waiting for the cross inside the box.Jeje completed the formalities by heading in.India kept looking for the equaliser and their efforts bore fruit when Gouramangi jumped on to a loose ball inside the box and hit the back of the net -ensuring India did not end on the losing side.The crowd erupted as if the match had been won, but it was only a draw and the end of the road for India as far as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is concerned.”Today we played a better game. Conditions were difficult but it is not easy for a team to come from 0- 2 down to draw 2-2. Heavy rains made it difficult to pass the ball around but we played a better passing game,” said India coach Colaco after the match.last_img read more

Beats headsets prove to be popular at the FIFA world cup despite ban

first_imgBrazil’s Neymar wearing Beats headphones.Beats by Dr Dre in the last weeks has been in the limelight as Apple acquired it. Now it has kicked up yet another storm as the headphones made by it have been banned at the 2014 FIFA world cup, which is currently being held in Brazil.The headphones have proven to be popular with star players like Neymar, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez, but the players are banned from wearing them as FIFA has a deal with Sony, which also makes headphones.The colourful headphones have become a fashion icon of sorts. This was also a reason Apple decided to shell out $3 billion for the company, the highest it has ever spent on an acquisition.While pundits have often criticised the sound quality of the Beats headphones, they have proven popular with celebrities.Even at the world cup, players are forced to use Sony headphones inside the world cup stadiums due to FIFA’s contractual obligations, but players like Neymar and Suarez have been seen using their personal Beats’ headphones in practice sessions.In a way, this lends them a discrete level of authenticity as the players are not forced to use them unlike the Sony headphones.In the lead up to the world cup, Beats even released a video with Neymar, Luis Suarez, Mario Goetze, Robin Van Persie, and Javier Hernandez, which received 10.6 million views on YouTube, highlighting the popularity of the brand.last_img read more

It was censored even destroyed but Canadians can now see Multiple Maniacs

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This week the prestigious Criterion Collection unleashed shock comedy director John Waters’ 1970 film Multiple Maniacs on Blu-ray and DVD for its first official release.The underground comedy follows his drag-queen starlet Divine and gang of murderous misfits through a satire of volatile ’60s politics and violence. An assault on good taste and hippie sentiment, the dirty little flick remains one of the filmmaker’s most aggressively outrageous efforts and, for Canadians, the release is particularly special given that Multiple Maniacs is technically still banned from sensitive Canuck eyeballs by our ratings board, as Waters cheerfully recalls.“I submitted it to some sort of Canadian distribution centre for underground movies and then I never heard anything back. Eventually I wrote a letter and got back a receipt from the (Ontario) censor board that said ‘destroyed.’ That’s the best blurb that I’ve ever gotten, but it did infuriate me. That’s real censorship,” the now 70-year-old filmmaker told the Star recently. Advertisement READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more