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

Race for No. 1: 49ers plummet; Raiders up to No. 2

first_imgRemaining schedule: at … How the race for the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft is playing out going into Week 16 after the 49ers upset Seattle and the Raiders fell in Cincinnati:Arizona (3-11)Lost to Atlanta 40-14Appear to be cruising to the No. 1 overall pick after blowout loss (coupled with 49ers win). Remains to be seen what remaining division opponents will be playing for in terms of playoff seeding. The Cardinals hold an advantage over the Raiders based on strength of schedule.last_img

Shaun Livingston, integral reserve on Warriors’ three NBA title teams, retires

first_imgShaun Livingston got it right when he said upon his retirement from the NBA on Friday that “I wasn’t supposed to be here.”A point guard with tremendous size, length, smarts and potential, Livingston was just coming into his own with the Clippers when he suffered a horrific knee injury on Feb. 26, 2007, later detailed in a 2016 story on“Along with a dislocated left knee cap and broken left leg, Livingston tore his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament and …last_img

United Airlines emergency at Sydney

first_imgA United Airlines 747-400, flight 840, was forced to return to Sydney today after it blew several tires on take-off for Los Angeles.Upon its return after dumping fuel it was stuck on the main north south runway causing major delays to other flights.Sydney Airport released a statement saying passengers and crew on board the plane are in the process of returning to the terminal.“This has caused delays to some international operations however all domestic flights are operating as scheduled,” the statement said.“Passengers travelling internationally are advised to contact their individual airline to confirm their flight details.”Pictures obtained by show a number of tires were shredded.The pilots needed to dump fuel to reduce the aircraft’s landing weight to 295 tons. The aircraft’s maximum take-off weight is 396 tons althought it is not known if the 747-400 was at its maximum take-off weight.last_img read more

You Are the Protagonist

first_img“Julian Rotter, a social psychologist, developed the concept of “locus of control,” with some people being ‘externals,’ believing that the environment or other people shape their lives, and others being ‘internals,’ believing that they themselves shape their own lives.”“Stanford Professor Albert Bandura, today the most-cited living psychologist, touted the concept of ‘self-efficacy.’ An ‘efficacy expectation’ is the belief that you, yourself, can bring about the outcomes you desire, whereas as an ‘outcome expectation’ is the belief that the outcome you desire will simply happen.”The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey for Helplessness to Optimism, by Martin E.P. Seligman.With 2019 a few weeks away, many of us are designing our next year, developing new goals, drafting up new plans, and committing to new outcomes. Many more of us will have a plan that is nothing more than a “New Year’s Resolution,” and the great majority of those who “resolve” to do something different will need only restate the resolution they’ve used for many years.I started this process last month, and I have a very long note in Evernote with all of my goals, as well as the disciplines necessary to bring them to life in 2019. My goals are ambitious and audacious because I don’t believe in SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound), the “realistic” criteria being a poor idea, as most of us underestimate what we can accomplish in a year. If you are going to be thinking, why wouldn’t you think big?I also have a very long document (over 2,000 words) on every aspect of my business with goals, disciplines, and the changes I need to make in each area. It’s a blueprint for 2019 projects, and all that is left for me to do with this document is prioritize the projects. When there are as many as I have written, prioritizing them requires a good deal of thought.The quotes from Seligman’s wonderful biography are here to remind you that you are the protagonist in your story, not a supporting actress or actor or extra. You are designing your life and living it in real-time. You set the direction of your life, and you make the choices that move you closer to that life—or you abdicate your responsibility and drift, going where the current takes you. In either case, you made a choice.I can always spot an “external” with an “outcomes expectation.” On the social sites, all of their content is about things over which they have zero control. They post and argue with other people about politics, world affairs, and things they believe are important enough to command their time and attention. When you speak with them, it’s clear they think good things can only happen to them—not because of their actions.“Internals” are different. They believe they are acting on the world, especially their world, and that their future is something they control. They are “the locus of control.” They aren’t waiting for good fortune or to be discovered or for anything or anyone to provide the outcome they want; they are chasing it down.The last two weeks of the year is an excellent time to reflect on what you’ve learned in the previous twelve months, to do an accounting of your results (good and bad and ugly), and to develop the plot line for the next year. I don’t know whether this might help flip you from an “external” to an “internal,” but it can’t hurt you to try. If you are already an “internal,” being more intentional might be just what you need to accelerate your results. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more