Professor Tarpeh’s Claim for Resigning: A Facetious Fallacy

first_imgIt was shocking for me at the beginning of this month to hear that Professor Wilson Tarpeh, who has spent decades at the University of Liberia as Vice President for Fiscal Affairs, was resigning instead of honorably retiring to have claims to his benefits. As a student of UL, I was wondering when Professor Tarpeh would retire having been for decades entrenched in such an unshakable status that no UL President would temper.Surprisingly at the beginning of March 2015, the Professor announced his resignation, which he tendered on February 25, 2015, claiming that he was resigning because President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was withholding funds that should come to the university due to his association with the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).The eloquent professor went on to note that his role as a campaign manager for the popular George Weah in the 2014 special senatorial elections is the key reason the Liberian President is allegedly withholding funds from coming to the university.On the basis of this claim, he resigned, issuing these parting words: “For my sake thousands of Liberians will not be denied education.”Government spokesperson Isaac Jackson officially defended the President, albeit in rather ambiguous terms. He said, “Professor Wilson Tarpeh has a different reason for resigning and using President Sirleaf as a scapegoat.” Let me also share some facts that lead me to differ with the professor whose claims I consider to be a facetious fallacy.Firstly, we must understand that Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is in the home stretch of her second and final term as President of Liberia.  Unlike the first term when she set the impression to woo all of us for reelection, she has nothing to lose now, but to peacefully do and get all she can to leave Liberia in a condition indicative of the legacy she hopes to leave.  Therefore, Tarpeh’s claim that his association with CDC is the reason for which Madam Sirleaf may withhold funds to UL is highly unbelievable.Secondly, all Liberians in this country know that George Weah did not need Prof. Tarpeh in order to secure an election to the Senate.  Weah’s popularity in Monrovia and Grand Gedeh is such that, even without a campaign manager, he could have still won a landslide victory in Montserrado as a Senator. In fact, it may well be that Tarpeh is the one in need of an alignment with CDC to secure future political position.  As was evidently seen in 2009, he and others contested against Geraldine Doe-Sheriff in a senatorial by-election in Montserrado, and she massively defeated them without mercy.  Doe-Sheriff at the time had the advantage of her alignment with CDC and primarily George Weah’s presence.  So, when Weah announced his decision to run for the hotly contested Montserrado seat in the Senate last year, his victory was a foregone conclusion. The CDC is composed of two main groups of characters: There are those who consider themselves the “downtrodden masses” who regard Weah as the epitome of their own aspirations.  They have shown their passionate devotion to him in three consecutive elections, the last of which he finally won.  Then there are also the few deceptive intellectuals who use the party and its voting masses to ascend to positions of power and influence.  Sadly, after achieving their aims, they brush off masses as “asses”.  I hope Professor Tarpeh is not one of the deceptive intellectuals waiting on CDC for 2017.Lastly, I will agree with Minister Isaac Jackson in principle that there may be a “different reason” for Professor Tarpeh’s resignation and apparent use of political cosmetics to divert attention.  Yes!  UL is currently broke and over 30,000 students are waiting on government to make available funds so the university can reopen.  I do not know whether the university would have been in such a state if Ebola had not interrupted the academic schedule.  While I may be in agreement with Prof. Tarpeh that the Government of Liberia is withholding funds, I strongly believe that it would be based on the matter of accountability if it has anything to do with him. To retrospect, former Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Weade Elliot-Brownell, stated at a press conference in December 2013 that some people in top positions at the university incited students against her to be removed because she stood against financial and academic malpractices.  She promised that she would bring out names when the proper time comes.  Also, at her confirmation hearing a few months back, Dr. Brownell repeated that people went against her at the university because she stood against financial malpractices carried out by some top staffers.  It was surprising to note in November of 2013 during one of UL students’ unfounded and senseless demonstrations that the so-called student leadership was calling for Dr. Brownell’s expulsion because she was interfering with Fiscal Affairs.  Up to now, no one knows who gave the student body information about what was unfolding in administration for which they should issue such a statement.  Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, President of the University of Liberia is mentioned in one of Daily Observer’s editorials to have said that UL has a cartel that no one can easily break through.  If Tarpeh’s claim is true, then, it is not difficult to presume that these could be some of the very reasons for which President Sirleaf may be withholding funds from the university.A note to Prof. Tarpeh: To do yourself justice and the Liberian students for whom you are offering your lucrative and prestigious position as a living sacrifice, can you call on President Sirleaf to allow Dr. Brownell to name those whom she talked about?  Can you also call on the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to audit you before turning the office over to your successor? Without meeting these conditions, you will be leaving doubts in minds, and your stated reason for resigning will always be fictitious.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Don’t encourage them

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Mayor resurrects office to assist immigrants regardless of status” (May 24): As I understand it, this program (Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs) is being revived because it is “needed to inform immigrants about city laws and how City Hall works.” Please explain the law that, if these people are here illegally, they have already broken. And please, don’t encourage them by telling them that there is a chance that they, like other illegals, might get good-paying jobs with our Department of Water and Power. Instead, close this office being funded by federal (that’s us) money, and ask that it be spent on controlling our borders. Anita Work Sylmar Start with mayor Re: “Mayor resurrects office to assist immigrants regardless of status” (May 24): We vote in a mayor whose only goal, it seems, is to protect the illegal population with funding from the legal citizens. Our mayor is pressing to resurrect the Office of Immigrant Affairs to assist new illegal arrivals to L.A. If they are not here legally, the office should not be available to them. What is our mayor doing for the legal citizen? I’m tired of seeing him abuse his office to turn our city into a mess. He participates, aids and encourages illegals’ groups and gatherings. Why isn’t he working on citizens’ needs? I think it’s time to get rid of all these bad influences let’s start with our mayor. Myra Lazar Woodland Hills Exit exams are back Re: “Court reinstates exit exams” (May 25): At last, some sanity from the California Supreme Court to reinstate the exit exams. Some disappointed students, no doubt, who will not be eligible to graduate and receive a diploma, which they did not deserve in the first place. These exams can be taken again and they do not appear to be that difficult. We should not be giving a pass to students who do not make the grade for fear of hurting their self-esteem. This only undermines their competitiveness in the workplace and gives a feeling of entitlement that they cannot live up to. Pamela Franklin Granada Hills Employment verifying Re: “Senate OKs creation of vast employment verification system” (May 24): The Senate voted Tuesday to create a system which would require employers to send the government information on newly hired employees. The government would then notify the employer if the employee is not authorized to work in the U.S. and require that he be fired. Wonderful! A productively employed illegal alien becomes an unemployed illegal alien whose whereabouts will be unknown. Does he now go on welfare, become a beggar or a thief? Instead of notifying the employer about his illegal worker, why not notify the INS? The INS can then find him and do whatever is legally required. No, I don’t support deportation or making someone a felon for a phony crime. I just don’t like stupid laws. Ernst F. Ghermann Winnetka A Democratic thing Re: “Capturing the center” (Editorial endorsement, May 24): So the Daily News is anti-Angelides because the treasurer is “unapologetically” a Democrat. Funny, we Democrats consider that a plus. Damian Carroll Van Nuys Evil ruler into clown Re: “Trial turns evil ruler into clown” (Their Opinions, May 24): Richard Cohen wants to know why the crimes of Saddam Hussein did not figure into the thinking of those condemning the war in Iraq as morally wrong. His reference to Darfur answers his own question. America is not the world’s police force, using some trumped-up justification to invade a country of prejudiced choice. What gives us that right? It’s a big world out there with numerous murderous dictators practicing crimes based on discrimination, including genocide. It appears that Bush and his warlords thought they had a pushover in Iraq and a good source of oil. David Pine Northridge Rent control Re: “Communism, capitalism meet in L.A.” (Viewpoint, May 21): Walter Moore, real estate broker and attorney, writes: “Tying up the old (rent-controlled apartment) units guarantees the rents for all the new units will be much higher than otherwise … ” Really! So if rent controls are eliminated, it will result in the decline of currently astronomical rents on newer apartments to a more “reasonable” level? I rather think the opposite: Eliminate rent controls in the city and watch all rents skyrocket. To reduce inflated home prices, does Moore also favor the elimination of the 1978 rent-control equivalent for California homeowners, Proposition 13? Valerie Yaros Studio City Yard sales Re: “What a deal” (Valley News, May 24): I’d like to remind your staff writer and Barbara Morse and Mark Caplan, along with everyone else who does the same thing, that there is a responsibility not to violate the city’s municipal codes. These violations are a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of $1,000 per offense and/or six months in jail. Posting of signs on public utility poles, trees, etc., LAMC 28.04(a) and Obstructions of Sidewalks & Streets, LAMC 56.08 (a). It would have been a better story if Mark Kellam would have taken down the “Huge Yard Sale” sign and removed the nails or staples or tacks. Marilyn White-Sedel Studio City His word Re: “Duh! Vinci?” (Your Opinions, May 23): Despite expressed concern about “facts,” Dick Denne’s diatribe is short on them. He says that “every word found in written form was written down many centuries after the so-called fact.” In fact, though, we have parts of the Gospels from 125 A.D. and full copies from about 200 A.D. hardly “many centuries” later. Furthermore, those of us foolish enough to trust a text which has more than 300 fulfilled prophecies (with none missed) and ignorant enough to believe in God, know that such a God could see to it that reliable copies of his word are passed down through the ages. Gregg Frazer Castaic Reject the message Re: “Duh! Vinci?” (Your Opinions, May 23): Some research on “fact” is in order. The only disclaimer Dick Denne is entitled to is that there are no complete original Gospel manuscripts. When it comes to the writings from antiquity, that is common and not unique to Scripture. What is unique to the New Testament is that there are 24,000 manuscript copies in existence. The time gap from the original to the first copy is less than 100 years, not centuries, as you stated. Secular writing such as Homer’s “Iliad” has a 1,000-year gap from his writing and the first preserved copy. You don’t have to believe what Scripture says God gave you that free choice but you cannot state as fact that Gospels are fiction, only that you personally refuse to believe and reject the message, as I do the Gnostic writings. Lisa Hahn Newhall Above board How can it be that in other parts of the U.S. where there are very few illegal immigrants, ditches still get dug, houses reroofed, hotel rooms cleaned and lawns mowed? I checked with my relatives in the upper Midwest to see if it cost 40 bucks an hour to get these services done, and guess what the pay scale back there is about the same as it is here. At least it is for hiring American citizens and paying them “above the table.” Eric Olson Chatsworth Nuclear commitment The president is pushing for construction of nuclear power plants. The general reaction has been “not in my backyard.” I have a suggestion that would aid his approval rating and show that he’s not in fact all oil: build one at the Crawford Ranch. Hal Rothberg Calabasas last_img read more

NFL teams nominate prep football coaches for prestigious honor; guess where Raiders coach is from

first_imgWednesday was a big day for high school football — the day that all 32 NFL teams nominate a prep coach for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.The award, named in honor of the winningest coach in NFL history, is intended to celebrate the best coaching at the high school level. Two finalists will receive $15,000 (with $10,000 going to their football program) and be special guests of the NFL at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. The winner, as judged by an 11-person panel that …last_img read more

Sleepless in Seattle as they hunt for smart city program head

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Jobs#Seattle#sensors#Smart Cities#smart city#Washington How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … David Curry How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Seattle, one of the finalists in the Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, is on the hunt for a smart city coordinator to oversee the city’s strategy and start dialogues between the city and private partners.The coordinator will also be responsible for making sure smart city programs across multiple departments mesh, to reduce inefficiencies and avoid departments tripping over each other.See Also: San Diego gets its smart city on with GE Current hookup“We’re creating the smart cities coordinator role to help drive collaboration across these stakeholders and to make sure we have basic consistency in our smart cities deployment,” said Seattle Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller to Government Technology.Understanding what to do with smart city programs is a necessity for the job, as Seattle already has some programs that may require upgrades. One of those is RainWatch, a network of sensors that monitor precipitation in the city. This could do with an upgrade in the near future to smaller, cheaper, and more efficient sensors, which should be installed in more places, according to Mattmiller.Trying to keep everyone on the same pageAs Seattle becomes more infatuated with smart city technologies, it will be the coordinator’s job to reign-in overzealous departments that work on too many programs. They will also need to ensure the various programs don’t break the budget, either by reducing the amount of programs or enlisting the help of private organizations.Standardising the platforms for smart city programs and making sure departments are following the best practices will also be a key role for the coordinator, according to Mattmiller.It is one of the first job titles specifically for smart cities, but don’t expect other metropolitan cities to be far behind. Internet of Things (IoT), traffic, and networking tech is entering into the public domain and a lot of cities want to be ahead of the curve, as seen by the massive response to the DoT’s smart city challenge last year. Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

NBA: Jimmy Butler’s trainer blasts Bulls GM after draft day trade

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Former Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)The off-season continues to be a busy one in the National Basketball Association, as the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler was recently shipped to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the No. 7 pick Lauri Markkanen.READ: Sources: Bulls trade Butler to TimberwolvesADVERTISEMENT Although the 27-year-old swingman has been at the center of trade talks in recent weeks, his personal trainer, Travelle Gaines, couldn’t help but lambast the Bulls organization, particularly General Manager Gar Forman.“0-82.worst culture in the league.I met drug dealers with better morals then their GM,”  he tweeted, shortly after the deal was announced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He is a liar and everyone knows,” he added.Turmoil inside the Bulls’ front office has been reported in multiple instances in the past, but  Gaines comparing Forman to drug dealers might just be the boldest one yet. LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Butler, meanwhile, will reunite with his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota and form a “Big 3” alongside promising studs Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Reyes impressed by Fil-Nigerian Edu: ‘Unbelievable’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Games Village mishap: Police register case of negligence

first_imgThe Delhi Police on Thursday registered a case of negligence and started investigating the circumstances leading to the embarrassing accident involving three members of the Ugandan contingent, including the chef de mission and the press attach, at the Commonwealth Games Village on Wednesday night.The incident had upset the Ugandan sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi and even apologies from his Indian counterpart M.S. Gill and Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell could not pacify him.Gill had apologised for the incident to Bakkabulindi and Ugandan High Commissioner to India Nimisha Madhvani over the phone. But continuing with their protests, the Ugandans skipped the dinner hosted by Gill on Thursday night.Gill’s apologies failed to move the Ugandans as they wanted a personal meeting with him and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna rather than a telephonic chat. They were unhappy also because of the delay and the way case was handled by the Indian authorities.Bakkabulindi had on Thursday sought an apology over the accident in which a tyre-killer at one of the Village entrances allegedly malfunctioned and hit the vehicle carrying the Ugandan officials. Apparently it happened as the security camera could not read the security pass on the vehicle.last_img read more

Dwight From “The Office” Reveals Meaning Of Microsoft Bing [cartoon]

first_img Search Engines Originally published Jun 8, 2009 10:57:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Liked it? Please share it on twitter. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:last_img read more

SXSW Breaking News: Twitter Announces @Anywhere

first_img Date and time: Twitter @Anywhere , took the stage to a packed room at South By South West Interactive on Monday afternoon to break some major news about Twitter. Digg .  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Twitter’s new feature called @Anywhere  to learn what makes tweets contagious and how to create tweets that will go viral and increase your reach and authority.. should help people discover more interesting information and then help Web sites build more consistent traffic and engagement around their content. He says that the service is designed to make it easier for people to connect. Williams explains that Since starting in late 2006, Twitter has emerged as . Social Media Marketing Book The conversation started with an announcement from Willliams about http://blog.hubspot.com/sxsw A Look Inside Twitter The Huffington Post Conferences Twitter Twitter.com is a consumer interface, but CoTweet and Hootsuite built a business on Twitter creating a customer service interface. He also pointed out theirs is a hardware device that lets bakers automatically tweet when new cookies are coming out of the oven.  , which integrates Twitter into Web sites, allowing people to follow people and get Twitter data without actually visiting Twitter.com. This platform will launch on about 16 Web sites, including Originally published Mar 15, 2010 10:49:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 In discussing his leadership approach to Topics: and Join Dan Zarrella, HubSpot’s Social Media Scientist and author of the , Williams says that he spends half of his time thinking about the product and the other half on focusing on organizational issues.  He also mentions that he tells new employees to remember that there are more smart people outside of the company than inside of it.  a major leader amongst social media platforms for a 30 minute overview of the Science of ReTweets! Reserve your spot now Friday, March 19, 2010 at 1:00pm ET  . Hungry for more content from SXSW? Check out our HubSpot at SXSW content feed at Live Webinar: The Science of ReTweets With Dan Zarrella Evan Williams, CEO of He aknowledged that sharing data with Google and Microsoft was a difficult discussion in the organization. Once people realized that, it helped better distribute the awareness of Twitter. Openness was a constant theme of many answers from Williams. last_img read more

The Ultimate List: 100+ Twitter Statistics

first_img Twitter Demographics The History of Twitter 14. Topics: Twitter Marketing Data Originally published Jun 2, 2010 10:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016  1. 7. 13. use Twitter to drive traffic and leads Twitter Facts and Figures Most Retweetable Days and Times 5. Before: 11. Visualizing Twitter Conversations in Real-time Information Creation and Circulation Before and After Twitter 10. The Journey of a Tweet The History of Twitter’s Valuation 2. Twitter Territory 12. After:center_img Twitter Twitter on Paper The Path to 10 Billion Tweets from Mashable 4. 15. 16. More Truth About Twitter – Twitter Stats and engage with customers. Facebook vs. Twitter 9. Twitter’s Most Influential Users The Anatomy of a Tweet , while simple, is often a confusing social media platform for marketers and business owners. This post provides a treasure trove of statistics in the form of infographics related to Twitter. This information can empower businesses to better understand and leverage this simple yet powerful platform.  17. If You Printed Twitter As businesses better understand Twitter and how it operates as a communication platform, they can then understand the best ways to 6. Why We Love Twitter 8. 3. What do these statistics mean to your business? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

5 Types of Posts to Create a Balanced Blog

first_img Originally published Jun 15, 2010 12:00:00 PM, updated October 18 2015 Content Types Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:center_img Learn how to build your business blog into an inbound marketing machine. Download the free webinar to learn how to create a thriving blog. Cooking and blogging — they have more in common than you might think. When you make dinner, you take a variety of ingredients and mix them together to create a balanced meal. You should look at blogging in the same way. Create a mix of posts using text, video and more. Here are five types of blog posts you should be writing:   1. Raisin Bran – Basic, Ever yday Posts . These posts are the foundation of your blog. They should be educational and you should get good at producing them quickly. Be sure to use keywords in the title and throughout the body of each post. 2. Spinach – Healthy, Thoughtful Posts. This type of post is designed to establish you as a thought leader. Unlike your basic, everyday posts, these posts will be more in-depth and may take extra time to write. You don’t need to write as many of these. 3. Roasts – Big Blog Projects. These are blog posts that involve extra research or analysis and take more time to create. This type of blog post can generate a lot of inbound links to your blog and discussion. Choose your topics wisely and this type of post will set your blog apart from the competition. 4. Chocolate Cake – Sweet Stuff. Mix some fun into your blog. Typically this type of blog post will grab the reader’s attention and can lead to lots of links and traffic. Video, images and cartoons are great examples of fun posts that help diversify your blog content. 5. Tabasco – Posts That Start Fires. Make a bold statement about your industry. Just be prepared to defend yourself; this type of blog content can be polarizing. Expect to gain a lof of links and comments (good and bad). Be careful not to write too many of these, as you could lose your audience’s trust. What other types of blog content do you create on your blog? This article was written by Shaun Pinney, a member of our consultant team at HubSpot. Check out Shaun’s Bio .Photo Credit: TiffanyWashko Webinar: Advanced Business Blogginglast_img read more