Human Resource Critical to Organization’s Effectiveness

first_imgCentral Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, has observed that organizational effectiveness depends on having the right people in the right jobs at the right time to meet the rapidly changing organizational requirements. According to Governor Jones, managing people is a dynamic, endlessly changing complex “and sometimes frustrating business.”The CBL boss’ observation was contained in a statement read on his behalf yesterday by CBL’s Director of Administration, Madam D. Sheba Brown, at the opening of a week-long regional course on managing human resources for organizational effectiveness organized by the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM). Thirty six participants representing financial institutions and governments of Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia attended the opening ceremony with more than six additional participants expected to arrive in the country.In his speech, Dr. Jones noted that the dynamic and often nebulous nature of the employment relationship increases the difficulty of managing it.He also noted that the problem is compounded because of the multiplicity of factors that influence the contract; the culture of the organization; the prevailing management style; the values adopted and practiced by top management; the existence or non-existence of the climate of trust; day-to-day interaction between employees and line managers; and the personnel policies and practices of the organization.Governor Jones pointed out that the most critical component of the vast array of organizations’ resources are their human resource as it galvanizes the other resources needed to produce goods, provide services and to give the organization its character and identity.“It is also acknowledged as a vital instrument for organizational growth and survival and an invaluable asset to invest in so as to add to its inherent value,” Jones.Earlier, WAIFEM’s Director General, Professor Akpan H. Ekpo, gave hints that the objective of the course is to examine the role efficient human resource management can play in organizational effectiveness and economic development.According to the WAIFEM Director General, the course would specifically prepare participants to appreciate the need for change management, organizational culture as well as gender issues at work place.“Also, the course would reel out strategic and policy issues in human resource management and their linkages to national and regional economic development,” he stated.The broad themes to be covered in the seminar include: evolution and overview of human resource management; strategic and policy issues in human resource management—what it is, and difference from regular human resource practice; development and appreciation of human resource value to firms in the 21st century; diversity and inclusion in a work place, amongst many others.Professor Ekpo, meanwhile, thanked the CBL Management for supporting the training and for the hospitality the Bank is providing to WAIFEM officials including the facilitators and the participants. The training exercise runs from March 17-25.       Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen Congratulates Portugal on Observance of National Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the Government and People of the Portuguese Republic on the occasion of that country’s National Day.In her message to Anibal Antonio Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic, President Sirleaf extended warmest felicitation on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia, and in her own name. She acknowledged that the day is in remembrance of the anniversary of the death of the National Literary Icon Luis de Camôes 1580. She noted that as the people of Portugal celebrate this joyous occasion, the ties of friendship and cooperation existing between the two nations and Peoples will be further enhanced to their mutual benefits.President Sirleaf added that as a result of Portugal’s support, including those of other members of the International Community, Liberia was on May 9, Liberia declared free from the Ebola Virus transmission. She observed that the end of Ebola in Liberia has ultimately created an enabling environment for the re-launching of the country’s reconstruction efforts.She then wished for President Cavaco Silva good health and for the people of the Portuguese Republic, a happy festive season.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cohesiveness Upholds South Africa’s Democracy

first_imgInvited guestsHe acknowledged Liberia’s role in the fight for freedom for South Africa and extended President Jacob Zuma’s warm greetings to the Government and people of Liberia.The Ambassador also extended appreciation to the Government of Liberia for the ongoing rebuilding process that has tackled roads and reconstruction of the Mount Coffee Dam.On behalf of the Liberian government, Deputy Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin said the Liberia-South Africa bilateral relation has been fruitful over the years, especially with the introduction of visa in Liberia which he said relieved people of hardships when they want to travel to South Africa.Mr. Shoniyin also acknowledged South Africa’s role in the area of health and expressed his wish for such to continue as Liberia strives towards rebuilding its health sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Amb. Moodley giving his keynote addressSouth African Ambassador to Liberia Vanapalan Punjanathan Moodley says his country’s progress after 23 years as an independent nation is attributed to her philosophy of togetherness.Making the statement in his keynote speech during the celebration of South Africa’s National Day on April 27, 2017, Ambassador Moodley said since the country gained independence in 1994 through efforts exerted by President Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC), the country has held together without racial discrimination, sexism, religious discrimination, and other social vices.South Africa got its independence in 1994 following years of racial discrimination against which ANC stalwarts Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo and African countries, including Liberia, and their international friends, fought for decades. Mandela spent 27 years in prison and later became the country’s first black President, serving one term.The racial discrimination, known as Apartheid, was perpetrated by the white minority. It met its end with the help of the seventh and last President of the regime, Fredrick W. de Klerk, who reigned from 1989 to 1994.Ambassador Moodley said freedom does not come automatically, but takes the sacrifice of a few to bring a great change to many, and recalled the roles of Mandela and the ANC leader Oliver Tambo and said it was through these great men that South Africa is what it is today.Quoting former President Mandela, Amb. Moodley said, “We understand it is said that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one another….”The Ambassador said: “The essence of democracy is to have participation of all citizens, equal freedom and economic benefit and freedom for all and this has made South Africa to better up itself.”However, he admitted that despite this trend of democratic achievement, land ownership in South Africa is still a serious challenge.last_img read more

CANU unearths cocaine in fish at CJIA

first_imgRanks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) stationed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Tuesday evening unearthed a quantity of cocaine stashed in partially frozen fish. The shipment of fish was scheduled for export to the United States. Based on initial investigations, seven persons were taken into custody as the investigations continue. The company which was used to ship the fish is from the West Bank of Demerara.last_img

Women’s Soccer registration now open

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -Registration for Women’s Soccer is now open as the season is to start soon.They will be having their Annual General Meeting Tuesday on the first floor of the Pomeroy Event Centre from 7p.m. to 8p.m. Interested new players as well as returning ones are invited to attend, as there will be a door prize for a free registration. The fall/winter league begins in October and runs until March.Players of all fitness and skill levels are encouraged to sign up.- Advertisement -Registration closes on September 30th.For more info visit:www.fsjwsl.comlast_img

RCMP release more details following a shooting Monday

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP has released more information on Monday’s early-morning shooting.To begin with, RCMP Constable Jackelynn Passarell confirms the male victim is in stable condition, in an undisclosed hospital. He is being treated for gunshot wounds to his upper body. [asset|aid=1794|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f3e894b092aa8fa97166e4b47d79de8d-Passarell-VictimLocation_1_Pub.mp3]RCMP do believe those involved in the shooting are somehow involved in the drug trade. But, Constable Passarell admits the force is having a hard time with that part of the investigation, with some interviewees deliberately misleading investigators. [asset|aid=1795|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f3e894b092aa8fa97166e4b47d79de8d-Passarell-interviews_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Police do believe the shooting took place on a roadway, within the area that was cordoned off on Monday (at 98th avenue between 96th and 95th street, north to the alley between 99th and 100th avenue). But, Passarell says the exact location can’t be released until more interviews are complete.They do not believe it was a drive-by shooting. Rather, the suspect arrived at or left the scene in a vehicle. Unfortunately, investigators have received mixed descriptions of that vehicle, meaning police cannot release a description to the public.  Constable Passarell says she can’t comment at this time on what type of firearm was used in shooting.As far as informing the public goes, Constable Passarell says the detachment’s top priority has been determining what happened. She says investigators have been extremely busy interviewing the public, but that police still don’t entirely know what happened, and so don’t want to release information that could be considered speculative. [asset|aid=1796|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f3e894b092aa8fa97166e4b47d79de8d-Passarell-public_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more

L.A. Baptist heads to finals

first_imgL.A. Baptist High of North Hills’ girls’ basketball team came through with a historic victory Saturday, qualifying for a Southern Section title game for the first time after defeating Milken of Los Angeles 55-40 in the Div. V-A semifinals at Alemany High in Mission Hills. The Knights (20-6) face either Bishop Conaty or Crossroads of Santa Monica in the championship game Friday or Saturday at the Long Beach Pyramid. “It was a really good start,” said Marshall, a 5-foot-6 senior guard. “We came out strong, and the whole team played really well, then we weathered the storm. I’m so excited to reach the final because we’re making history right now.” Milken (16-6) didn’t score its first field goal until more than six minutes into the first quarter, when Caitlyn Campos broke the drought with a running hook shot. The Wildcats again had problems scoring in the second quarter, failing to convert a field goal until Kiri Kennedy’s 3-pointer with 2:09 left in the half. Kennedy added two more baskets before intermission to help Milken cut the lead to 31-14 at halftime. Marshall scored 10 points in 13 minutes in the first half. She sat out part of the second quarter after picking up her second foul, then scored 12 points in the third quarter to help keep pesky Milken buried “We’re definitely a momentum-driven team so it’s always nice to get a good start, but I never did relax much,” coach Mary Christiansen said. “I’m pretty excited. We’re the No. 1 seed, and this is something we’ve been working for all year. It’s one thing to be the No.1 seed, and it’s another to make it all the way to the finals. You’ve got to take the steps to get it done.” Christina Cherry and Alyse Scramozzno added nine points for L.A. Baptist, and Alysha Martin and Ariana Shayan scored six. Milken’s Rebecca Finkel scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Kim Hakim added eight points, and Sam Klein scored six. Despite the loss, this was Milken’s finest basketball season ever, as the Wildcats advanced to the section semifinals for the first time. “I think we were intimidated, but we brought it back up,” Milken’s Alisa Surowitz said. “It was a good season. We were co-champions of our league, and this is the first time a girls’ team from our school has gone this far.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Adreanna Marshall led the way with 24 points, connecting on 8 of 18 shots and 8 of 11 freethrows with three steals. Employing a relentless defense and fast-paced offense, L.A. Baptist reeled off the first 11 points and jumped to a 28-5 lead midway through the second quarter. last_img read more


first_imgGay Byrne makes his way through Glenveagh gardens to launch the Donegal Tourism brochure.Browsing through the Donegal Tourism app.Paul Byrne of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny at the launch.Gay Byrne parts some words of wisdom.Having a good laugh at Glenveagh Castle today.County councillor and businessman Ciaran Brogan looking through the brochure at the launch.Chief executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely along with Gay Byrne and his wife Kathleen Watkins.Grace-Ann McGarvey, who designed and produced the new Donegal Tourism brochure in deep conversation at today’s launch.Musicians including Ted Ponsonby and Paul Harrigan entertain the guests at today’s launch.An Irish institution: Gay Byrne caught in typical pose at today’s launch.‘UNCLE GAYBO’ LAUNCHES DONEGAL TOURISM BROCHURE – PICTURE SPECIAL! was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Tourism BrochureGay ByrneGlenveagh Castlelast_img read more


first_imgA large crowd gathered at Letterkenny General Hospital for the removal of road accident victim Patrick ‘Packie’ Gildea this afternoon.The 39 year old from Straboy, Glenties was killed yesterday morning when his jeep hit a pillar at 9am between Ballybofey and Fintown.He will be waked at his home tonight and Thursday before funeral mass at 11am in St Connell’s Church, Glenties.  NEW YEAR CRASH VICTIM TO BE BURIED FRIDAY was last modified: January 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:GlentiesPackie Gildearoad crashlast_img read more

Sources say Plame leaves her job at CIA

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals She was an employee in the CIA’s Counterproliferation Division. “Her career was arbitrarily and whimsically destroyed by a mean political trick,” said Vincent Cannistraro, a former chief of operations for the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Plame’s CIA connection was disclosed eight days after her husband accused the Bush administration of twisting prewar intelligence to exaggerate the Iraqi threat. In the preface to the paperback edition of his book, “The Politics of Truth,” Wilson says that he and his wife were the focus of a “Republican smear machine.” Deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s top political adviser, remains under investigation in the Plame probe. Libby, who resigned from the government the day of his indictment, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI. Plame has been cast by Bush administration defenders as “just a desk jockey at the CIA, someone who wasn’t really undercover and a manipulative Mata Hari who aspired to bring down the Bush administration. All of that is false,” said former CIA officer Larry Johnson, a friend of Plame. “At the end of the day, she was betrayed by her own government and they show no signs of remorse.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Valerie Plame, the CIA officer whose exposure led to a criminal investigation of the Bush White House, spent her last day at the spy agency Friday. Neither the agency nor Plame’s husband would confirm her departure, but two people who have known Plame for a number of years confirmed she was leaving. Married to Bush administration critic and former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, Plame was working at agency headquarters in Langley, Va., in 2003 when her CIA status was disclosed by conservative columnist Robert Novak. That triggered a probe that led to the recent indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby. Plame had served for many years at overseas postings for the CIA, and her employment remained classified when she took a headquarters desk job, traveling overseas periodically. last_img read more