Paye-Layleh Won’t Serve on PUL Committees Unless…

first_imgA member and former official of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Journalist Jonathan Paye-Layleh, has declared that he may no longer agree to serve on any committee set up by the leadership of the union until he has seen some convincing improvements in the way and manner many members of the union have treated their own organization over the years.He said he is saddened and disappointed that most of the journalists who turned out in Ganta over the weekend for the union’s 5th National Congress showed interest only in the election aspect of the congress and shamelessly stayed away from taking part in other critical deliberations for which the congress had been called, including the validation of the new Code of Ethics and the new Media Council for journalists as well as the financial report of the outgoing leadership.Mr. Paye-Layleh was on the committees that spent several weeks drafting the Press Union’s new Code of Ethics as well as the Union’s new Media Council protocol. But the committees made their presentations to an almost empty hall.A member of the PUL since 1987, Mr. Paye-Layleh observed that at some point in Ganta, there were less than 30 journalists in the hall deliberating on key issues, including the Codes, even though more than four hundred journalists went to the congress.“If the sole purpose of our going to Nimba was to elect a new corps of officers,” he said, “we would not have abandoned everything to spend whole three days in the county.”Mr. Paye-Layleh expressed particular disappointment that even some media practitioners who contested key positions were among those staying away from sessions in which critical matters, including the outgoing leadership’s financial report, the validation of the Union’s new Code of Ethics and newMedia Council were deliberated on.In a press release, he wondered how people desirous of heading an institution could themselves decide to boycott sessions deliberating on issues that are very important and completely new in the history of the institution.Paye-Layleh, a former chairman of the Press Club of the Press Union, said he will continue to be a committed and dues-paying member of the PUL. But in view of the frustration just expressed, he may no longer use his energy to sit on any PUL committee until the membership has shown that the Union is a serious body.“We have to take ourselves seriously before others take us seriously,” his press release concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liverpool line-up v Newcastle – Is this how to get the best out of Balotelli?

first_img1 Mario Balotelli found his shooting boots against Swansea While their performances continue to leave much to be desired, Liverpool’s form book isn’t looking too shabby, with the Redmen having lost just one of their last five in all competitions.Brendan Rodgers’ men left it late in the Capital One Cup in midweek, but it will be hoped that the morale-boosting victory can be translated to the Premier League as the Merseysiders travel to the North East and St. James’ Park to take on a Newcastle United side enjoying their own particular purple patch.The Magpies followed crucial victories over Leicester and Tottenham Hotspur with a surprise scalp of Man City in midweek, prompting the Toon Army support to talk up their chances of adding another top-flight heavyweight to their list.Kop boss Rodgers has no new injury concerns, with Daniel Sturridge still struggling with his battle against a series of injuries (calf), while Jose Enrique (knee), Mamadou Sakho (thigh), Jon Flanagan (knee) and Suso (groin) all remain absent.The big question will once again surround Mario Balotelli. The Italian looked woeful against Hull City last weekend, but he did his confidence the world of good, coming off the bench to score against Swansea on Wednesday.Rodgers will be hoping he can take that into league competition as the former AC Milan striker looks to break his Premier League duck, so expect Balotelli to get the nod in attack on Saturday, but who else will feature in the Reds’ starting XI? 1 While Liverpool looked better defensively against Swansea, expect some alterations from that backline, but given their performances on the flanks, we suspect that both Javier Manquillo and Glen Johnson may retain their positions.Rodgers’ real decision comes in how he sets his attack up. He could play it bold and field two strikers, or stick with a more familiar formation with Balotelli as the focal point of attack.Midfield seems the likeliest area where this match will be controlled and won, so we think Balotelli will lead the line, with Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling either side. However, given his strong showing in midweek, don’t be surprised to see Fabio Borini handed a rare start.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up on Saturday? Comment below…last_img read more

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Jamaica Records Most Successful Winter Tourist Season

first_img The 2018/19 Winter Tourist Season has emerged as Jamaica’s most successful based on earnings and visitor arrivals, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has said. Mr. Bartlett said the boom in visitor arrivals to Jamaica has spurred investment interests, while advising of the impending commencement of several projects to construct thousands of additional hotel rooms islandwide.Meanwhile, the Minister, who emphasised that coffee has several value-added components that are not fully exploited by local entrepreneurs, urged them to explore these and not focus solely on exporting only coffee beans.Noting that there is growing demand for volunteerism, “which will enable you to earn”, Mr. Bartlett said the Volunteer Training Programme afforded the participants an opportunity to explore this.Under the Tourism Linkages Network initiative, which is a partnership with the Tourism Product Development Company, participants are provided with Team Jamaica certification.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (centre, back row), and Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Dr. Andrew Spencer (fourth left, back row), with several participants in the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Volunteer Training Programme, during an awards ceremony at the University of Technology (UTech) in St. Andrew, on Tuesday (April 16). Mr. Bartlett added that 121,000 persons directly employed in the sector, and another 375 who work indirectly, benefited from this out-turn. The 2018/19 Winter Tourist Season has emerged as Jamaica’s most successful based on earnings and visitor arrivals, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has said.He notes that over the last three months of the season, which commenced on December 15, the industry welcomed nearly 800,000 stopover visitors while generating more than $1 billion in earnings.Mr. Bartlett added that 121,000 persons directly employed in the sector, and another 375 who work indirectly, benefited from this out-turn.“Our growth has been phenomenal. This is the greatest and most productive tourism winter season that Jamaica has ever seen in its history,” the Minister said.He was addressing the gathering at an awards ceremony for the first cohort of graduates under the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Volunteer Training Programme, at the University of Technology (UTech) in St. Andrew on April 16.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (left), converses with several of the participants in the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Volunteer Training Programme, during an awards ceremony at the University of Technology (UTech) in St. Andrew on Tuesday (April 16). He notes that over the last three months of the season, which commenced on December 15, the industry welcomed nearly 800,000 stopover visitors while generating more than $1 billion in earnings. Story Highlights The first cohort included 28 students from UTech and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.The programme aims to assist coffee farmers to boost production, and provide locals and visitors with experiences highlighting Jamaica’s authentic coffee culture.last_img read more

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Beaches TCI employee wins Ultimate Team member for Sandals Resorts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Nov 2015 – The ultimate team member prize at Sandals Resorts International has been awarded to Turks and Caicos staffer, Maxine Salmon of Beaches Resort Villages and Spa. Out of 27 nominees, Salmon was chosen as crème de la crème and it was explained that she embodies the excellence, the Sandals group encourages. Salmon works in the Kids Camp at Beaches TCI, and in the report it explains that Maxine ensures all children in her care at Camp Sesame Street have an amazing experience. Adam Stewart, CEO of SRI said, “The amazing things we achieved in 2014 were not achieved by luck or coincidence; they were achieved through the determination, dedication, skills, and talents of an incomparable team of stars.” Maxine Salmon walked away last week with several prizes including $2,500, an overseas trip with transportation via private jet, the ultimate team member of the year trophy and a framed citation. The ceremony was held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica. Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:ada, beaches resort and spa, maxine salmon, sandals resorts international, stewart, ultimate team member Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Recommended for youlast_img read more

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