Williams ready for Windies chance

first_imgSt Catherine Cricket Club’s Oraine Williams believes he is getting closer to a West Indies call-up, following his 146 runs against Kingston Cricket Club on Saturday. The knock was crucial as St Catherine CC registered their third successive hold on the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island 50 Overs title. Williams was the star of the show as the defending champions brushed aside the challenge of Kingston by nine wickets. The former West Indies Under-19 batsman, who opened his team’s inning with Shacaya Thomas (43), after Kingston posted 220 runs, smashed 15 fours and five sixes before partnering with captain Danza Hyatt to see out the inning with one wicket lost. “The season didn’t start well, but in life, it’s not how you start but how you finish. I kept working hard and kept pushing. So when the captain asked for someone from one to five to bat the 50 overs and we will win, I put up my hand and accepted the challenge and carried it home for my team,” he reasoned. Williams says confidence is never an issue with him, but making 86 in the quarter-final and 49 in the semis was a great boost heading in the decider. “I am always confident but I was just not getting the big scores (this season), but I knew time would come. I just remained patient and did the work. But getting 86 and 49 in a quarter-final and semi-final leading was a significant boost, so I was confident going into the final,” said the 24 year old, who has been a part of all three St Catherine’s title wins. STILL WAITING KEPT PUSHING However, he believes his consistent performances over the last few years warrant a chance in the West Indies set-up. “The ambition is to play for West Indies and I believe I am that much closer now. I have been performing consistently over the years and I am still waiting on my time, but I don’t think it should be long,” Williams told The Gleaner. “It’s just for the selectors to take a look and give me a chance because I have been sitting and waiting on my time, and when it comes, I plan to take it with both hands,” Williams added. “This is my highest score in a final. It’s a great feeling to get a hundred in a final … Former captain Tamar Lambert told me someone is always remembered in a final, so I tried to push hard. But it’s just hard work and dedication over the past few months.. so it’s just the hard work paying off,” continued the former Innswood High school student.last_img read more

LIBERIA NEEDS A NEW GENERATION OF VISIONARY LEADERS: A PERSPECTIVE

first_imgBy Edmund Zar-Zar BargblorThe legendary United States leader, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was correct when he wrote: “It is time for a new generation of leadership to cope with new problems and new opportunities.”His words still ring true today in contemporary times. Liberia’s new generation of leaders need to address the issues and problems of Liberia from its historical perspective; especially leaders who appreciate and understand the history of the republic since its inception as a sovereign nation in 1847, using the lessons of history as a conduit to foster national unity and reconciliation.According to history, the settlement and founding of Liberia in the early 1800s was motivated by the domestic politics of slavery and race in the United States as well as by U.S. foreign policy interests. In 1816, a group of white Americans founded the American Colonization Society (ACS) to deal with the “problem” of the growing number of freed blacks in the United States by resettling them in Africa. The resulting state of Liberia would become the second (after Haiti) black republic in the world at that time (Wikipedia).Prominent Americans such as Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Randolph were among the   best-known members of ACS. Former President Thomas Jefferson publicly supported the organization’s goals, and President James Madison arranged public funding for the society. The motives for joining the society were vast and included a range of people from abolitionists to slaveholders who counted themselves members. On the other hand, many abolitionists, both black and white, ultimately rejected the notion that it was impossible for the races to integrate and therefore did not support the idea of an African-American colony in Africa. Still, the ACS had powerful support and its colonization project gained momentum (Wikipedia).The first leaders such as Joseph J. Roberts, Stephen Allen Benson, etc., were individuals whose mindsets were rooted in the act of domestic servitude and not in the act of politics. They were not prepared intellectually and politically to set up a wholesome functioning political institution. They viewed politics from a narrow perspective that was not inclusive. As a result of this mindset, they proceeded to set up a government that created a line of demarcation between itself and the indigenous Africans. The indigenes were never a part of the political arrangement; they became integrated into the political realm after many decades. In fact, indigenous Liberians became integrated into the political realm around 1940, 93 years after the declaration of independence in 1847 (Wikipedia).A new generation of Liberian leaders must help Liberians to learn from the lessons of the 1980s and the 1990s which produced unfortunate historical events. Yes indeed, said new generation of leaders must be able to reconcile these historical missteps and help all Liberians to develop a new frame of mind that will be reflective of the values and cultures of Liberia and develop a sense of oneness as an African nation.The term “leader” is used generously these days to signify someone in a leadership role. But there is much more to being a true leader than achieving a leadership position. Every able-bodied individual has an opportunity to be a leader, whether he or she is working with clients, representing victims of crimes, providing pro bono legal services, or volunteering for community and charitable organizations.There are different views on the attributes of a true leader, but Edward Pappas, an American writer, has identified the top ten: a true leader understands and listens to people; a true leader enlightens people; a true leader guides, but does not dictate to, the people; a true leader enables and empowers people; a true leader motivates people; a true leader inspires people; a true leader credits people; a true leader helps people; a true leader leads people by example; and a true leader serves his people.In his book, ‘Toward a Meaningful Life,’ Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson wrote: “A true leader should be judged not by what he has, but by what he has not— ego, arrogance and self-interest. A true leader sees his work as a selfless service toward a higher purpose…When it comes time to take credit, he makes himself invisible; but he is the first to answer at the time of need, and he will never shrink away in fear…A true leader wants nothing more than to give people pride, to make people stand on their own, as leaders. Instead of trying to blind us with his or her brilliance, a true leader reflects our own light back to us, so that we may see ourselves anew.”Let us hope the people of Liberia will not be let down once again with the upcoming leadership that will eventually emerge at the end of the 2017 presidential and general elections. It is anticipated that the new leadership will perceive the Liberian presidency as an opportunity to be of service and a leader that will lead the people of Liberia by example. Yes indeed, Liberia needs a leadership that will engage the Liberian Diaspora communities by focusing on creative mechanisms through which they can contribute to political, economic and social growth; a leader that will embrace the concept of dual nationalities for all Diaspora Liberians.In this election therefore, Liberians must elect an individual who reflects their African-ness, values, their culture and rich African heritage. Liberians are crying out in the wilderness for a leader that will awaken their African-ness both mentally and psychologically. Yes, indeed, this election must produce that special leader – a leader that will have the fortitude, the resolve and imbued with the sense of service. Said elected leader must demonstrate in his/her actions that employment opportunities will be awarded to those Liberians with the requisite qualifications and skills, irrespective of their tribal or sectional persuasions. Liberia needs a leadership that will help her people to review the mistakes of her past, and critically reassess the status of Liberians’ misguided historical mindset, and from a sociopolitical perspective.Liberia needs a leadership that will help her citizens to address and eventually eliminate the ‘Congo-Country’ divide that has engulfed the nation for over 150 years. And finally, Liberia needs visionary leaders that will curtail the influence of corrupt practices by government officials and employees in public or private institutions.History, according to a western writer, cannot give us a program for the future but it can give us full understanding of ourselves and our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.As the leader of Rwanda, President Kagame, once said: “African countries need a new kind of leadership – one that has a vision for the country and a passion and commitment for its rapid development, as well as the wellbeing of its people.”About the Author: Mr. Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor is an educator. He is a graduate of Cuttington University, Liberia; Howard University, Washington, D.C.; and the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Essence of the Growth Path

first_imgYou have come to South Africa some months after the FIFA World Cup. During the World Cup period we projected on the television screens across the world, a country with an enormous capacity to pull off, not only an event with technical excellence but with great spirit. We brought something unusual to the World Cup and we were confident from day one that we were going to be successful. Post the World Cup we’ve been completing the work that this administration has set itself.President Zuma took office in May last year just after our general election and we started to put together a plan to address the employment, social and economic challenges of the country. Within over this decade and a half we’ve been able to achieve a stable democracy. We’ve got a transparent system of governance, we’ve got a free and independent media, and we’ve got a tradition of South Africans engaging very deeply in matters that they feel passionate about. While we’ve achieved a lot for example, a sustained economic growth year after year since 1994. The longest stretch of unbroken growth in recent times in South African history. We have to recognise that there are major challenges.As you drive around our beautiful country you see both spectacular natural beauty, all the examples of a modern country with smart infrastructure but you will also see evidence of the social challenges that we face, of unemployment, poverty and inequality and so we are addressing ourselves with the same minded focus that we brought to the World Cup of addressing the challenges of unemployment. We have set ourselves some ambitious growth targets, that over the next ten years, we want to be able to increase employment by over five million jobs.We have identified a number of areas in the economy where there is significant potential to grow jobs. Some of those not surprisingly are linked to the construction sites that you may have seen all over. We are basically rebuilding our infrastructure, creating a modern advanced infrastructure to take us through the twenty first century. We are doubling our energy generating capacity from 45 000 (forty five thousand) megawatts to about 85 000 (eighty five thousand) megawatts in the next two decades. We’re developing a transport system that builds on what you saw during the World Cup but now seek to expand it across the country. We are investing heavily on rail and we are seeking to ensure that through this investment of energy and transport we create an opportunity not only in the short run through jobs being created but more fundamentally for a greater efficiency in the economy, for reduced costs of doing business and very very importantly for the means of linking up parts of the country that have not sufficiently been part of the economic main stream. This really represented a nation that is confident about its future that believes that it’s worth investing enormous sums of money in creating a physical infrastructure.The growth path goes beyond, it also identifies the opportunities that come from infrastructure investment. We seek to build a solid and competitive manufacturing pace to produce the components of the infrastructure build programme. We need to leverage a lot more financial resources both minerals as well as agriculture and aside from manufacturing the other big story for us is the Green Economy.South Africa is a carbon intensive economy. Our location predisposed us to that. We’ve got a significant coal base, we’ve got cutting edge technologies to convert coal to oil but the consequence of all of this is that we are very coal reliant. In the content of great awareness by all of us of the damage and reality of climate change, we’re now seeking to mitigate the extent of carbon emission in the economy by building a strong green economy.Finally I hope that you have enjoyed your stay in South Africa. We also wish to build on all of that with a significant expansion in tourism.last_img read more

Gauteng freeway e-tolling set to commence

first_img21 November 2013Motorists using the freeways in Gauteng without e-tags will pay double the cost per kilometre when the province’s e-tolling system goes live on 3 December.Making the announcement on the implementation date of the Gauteng e-tolling system in Pretoria on Wednesday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters thanked those who have already registered and have e-tags.“We encourage motorists who haven’t registered to do so,” Peters said. “Unregistered motorists will be levied almost double the cost per kilometre. You need to register in order to have access to the discounts offered by the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral).”Peters said Sanral had to be allowed to start collecting toll fees in order to begin to repay the debt incurred when the roads were upgraded under the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.“We cannot afford to continue to expose Sanral’s portfolio to any further financial risks, having suffered two downgrades by international credit rating institutions.”Extensive freeway upgradesShe said it had been a long road since the day the project to upgrade the road network on some parts of Gauteng’s highways had been proclaimed. Since the first phase of the project had been completed, Gauteng motorists had enjoyed the convenience of driving on world-class highways, Peters said.Three-lane roads had been expanded to five and six lanes in some instances. A high- tech travel demand intelligence system had been introduced to ensure constant and accurate monitoring of traffic on the e-tolled road network.The system ensures that officials manning traffic flows from the operations centre in Samrand are able to pick up incidents such as car breakdowns and crashes as they occur and mobilise the necessary response.Sanral had also introduced a “golden hour” service, where emergency vehicles stand ready to respond to reported incidents on various section of the highways, thus helping to prevent traffic jams and secondary crashes.The e-tolling system will also contribute to the fight against vehicle cloning, because the technology picks up and reads car registration details.Concessions madeThe government had made several concessions as part of efforts to minimise the financial burden on the users of the Gauteng e-tolled road network, Peters said, with tariffs reduced and registered public transport exempted.“We have moved from 66 cents per kilometre to the current 30 cents for light motor vehicles for registered road users who are in possession of an e-tag.”Peters said the province’s highway upgrades had come at a cost, with Sanral having gone to the markets to raise at least R20-billion to implement the upgrades.“This was due to the inadequacy of resources to respond to what was becoming a ticking time-bomb waiting to explode: the ever-growing congestion on the highways, particularly between Pretoria and Johannesburg, was reaching crisis proportions.“Business, in particular the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, had already expressed concern about the impact on business due to congestion and insufficient maintenance.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more