The Challenge of Post Conflict Liberian National Police Leadership after UNMIL

first_imgFacing the challenge of a new age in post conflict Liberian National Police leadership relies on the 13 Cs of leadership. It is predicated upon “The 13 Cs of Leadership,” but I will elaborate on six for this occasion, which I wish to call on your critical thinking and philosophical assessment. The first C is CURIOSITY AS A LEADER:Specifically LNP leadership: This is very significant because it promotes an ongoing intellectual growth. As Black African people, specifically Liberian people, we must always be intolerant of ignorance, but understanding of illiteracy. That some of our people, unable to go to school, sometimes the faults are not of their own doing, were and are more intelligent than some of our college professors and Ph.Ds and other eulogical practitioners. It is never too late or old to learn, and learning is not a new or young thing. These people must not be left behind in our quest for advancement. With your capable leadership through LNP, we can take care of our own after UNMIL.The Second C: CREATIVITY:As LNP leaders, you have to be creative, innovative, with the power to manifest something new that will attract your followers in generating a collective team-players mentality. Creativity leads to positive change agents who always strive to make sense out of senseless situations of popular interest – to make the best out of the worst situation.The Third C: COMMUNICATION:An excellent grasp of language, with specific emphasis on Police Language, is virtually essential for a leader to lead. As LNP leaders, we must be able to communicate and easily articulate ideas and persuasively discuss concepts with others. Leaders have a willingness and ultimate desire to and generously share helpful, uplifting information, ideas, and knowledge. Communication is Key to constant connection and social networking.The Fourth C: CHARACTER:This addresses the inner, spiritual beauty of a leader. Character refers to a person’s, specifically a leader’s, sense of morality, and the moral and cultural values relevant to your belief systems, or what you relatively consider right or wrong. The Fifth C: CONVICTION:To have high ideas is a necessary qualitative condition for leadership. Leaders demonstrate conviction to ideas, values, and social norms that develop personal integrity, support society, and uplift the community at large. This must be a post-conflict Liberian National Police pledge moving forward – 15 years into the 21st Century to 2017 and beyond.The Six C: COURAGE:Failure is not a blow to a man’s ambitious march to his anticipated goal, but rather a test of his determination and optimism….COURAGE…….This means being committed to high ideas, even when outvoted by a majority, even when they say ‘you failed us.’ Failure is not a blow to man’s ambitious march to his anticipated goal, but rather a test of his determination and optimism; because, in the context of LNP Leadership, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort or convenience, but where he stands in times of difficulty and controversies.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) In essence, I would like to critically elucidate a simple synopsis of a guiding principle for a 21st Century post 911 and post conflict LNP Respect Chart:I. As a 21st Century post 911 and post conflict LNP, our will is to serve humanity.II. We will always conduct ourselves in a professional manner and maintain a professional surrounding and an enabling environment.III. We will go beyond the normal to provide compassionate and family services to each other and our first customers (the people of Liberia and our partners in progress).IV. We will treat each other and our customers with respect, dignity, compassion, and a sense of oneness in humanity, land of nativity, and nationalism.V. We are the ones to teach others that act on one term of a shared commitment – each one teaches one. One loss of life of LNP is one too many.VI. We will work together and share information and ideas through social networking and collective consciousness of Law Enforcement – Criminal Justice – with Police Science by undoing our miss-education of the past; andVII. We will collectively remain open and consider all suggestions and ideas classified and de-classified that help our unified movement as LNP. Yet, we will remain vigilant and unambiguous of our alertness in an effort to avoid public panic and paranoia. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the mind, the spirit, the soul, the community, and the world if appropriately utilized. For knowledge is power and the only cause of fear is ignorance. ”I have recently developed and presented the Law Enforcement-Criminal Justice-Police Science Curriculum to Cuttington University’s Faculty Senate, Academic Standing Committee, and it was accepted and approved to be taught at the institution. This will commence at the main campus in Suakoko with AA and BA degrees, and at the Junior College in Kakata with an AA degree, with an anticipated projection at the Cuttington University Graduate School with MA/Ph.D in Law Enforcement-Criminal Justice-Police Science. The Liberia National Police was established in accordance with section 180 of chapter 13, sub chapter “A” of the Executive Law in the Liberian Code of Law Volume 11 of 1955 within the department of Justice and reversed under Section 22.70 of the same Executive Law of June 12, 1955.Throughout the decades the LNP has educated its practitioners with certifications and qualifications. Based upon this analysis, it becomes imperative to articulate that contemporary perspectives of policing can be seen as law in action, as opposed to black letter law as printed. It is legal realism giving life to laws that are at once substance, procedural, and restorative, concerned with legality, but also with due process, and doing justice. In this way, policing in the context of the contemporary, and a 21st Century post conflict and post Ebola Liberian National Police, gives life to human rights.Victor Hugo told us many decades ago that “There is nothing more powerful in the entire world than an idea whose time has come.” I say as a follow up that “There is no vision that is greater than the fruition of a creative mind.”President of Tanzania Dr. Julius Nyerere articulated: “We are the custodians of the cultures of our ancestors, mothers and fathers. We are the perpetrators of the cultures of our children….we have no right to leave behind a culture that is less filtered than the ones our parents left to us.” The LNP leadership of post conflict Liberia must be cognizant of the fact that freedom only takes a free people to give it up. For in order to produce the future, you have to create the future. Because by truth Liberia will rise in peace again; in love, Liberia will expand with dignity again; and with redemption, atonement, and reconciliation, Liberia will never fall again. With God there are only possibilities.Honorable Director General of the Liberia National Police, to my fine and humanitarian government officials, and our UNMIL friends, I thank you ever so much for your time with us, and I appreciate all of your humanitarian safety and security obligations to our people and nation.I wish to respectfully submit to you my fellow LNP practitioners our risky obligations as police officers must be guided by what Dr. King told us many years ago that “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort or convenience, but where he stands in times of difficulty and controversy.”I therefore wish to express to you fellow LNPs – Honorable Director General, that the faintest whisper of a heart that feels alone and abandoned comes before the heart of a loving father who will go to any length to comfort his children. Mr. Director General, the LNP is prepared and ready to comfort the nation after UNMIL. When all conscious protective mechanisms are in place, and I am optimistic that through you it will and must be done, for our domestic safety and security after UNMIL and beyond, we must take a stand against sins committed by ourselves in the past.UNMIL cannot protect us more than ourselves.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TRAVEL: PORTAVENTURA’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

first_imgAS autumn winds finally arrive in Donegal, thoughts may turn to warmer climes for the mid-term break.And if you’re looking for something different this Halloween you can combine all that Spain has to offer with some spooktacular fun for all the family at Portaventura.Those who’ve been to the theme park at any time will tell you all about the spills and thrills of some of the biggest rides in Europe. But from now until mid-November – and throughout Halloween – Portadventura is hosting it’s very own Halloween season.So as well as the usual fun in the theme park, there’s loads of fun to be had just walking around the park….as ghouls and ghosts can pop out from almost anywhere.Walking through the resort with its Hallowe’en decorations in gorgeous sunshine is bliss.The park is filled with pumpkins, giant spiders and there were specially-themed Halloween shows taking place. The lack of queues for any rides is a huge advantage of travelling at this time of the year.Despite the Aqua Park being closed for the season, there are enough water rides and heart-thumping roller coasters to keep everyone happy.Screams from the Shambhala, Europe’s tallest roller coaster, were warning enough for the faint hearted to avoid.Scary characters such as the Addams Family, the Mummy, and Dracula will parade through different areas of the park while monstrous creatures will lurk in the darkness of the Polynesian jungle walks, ready to freeze the blood of visitors eager to have fun and enjoy being frightened.Alternatively, visitors can brave “Horror in Penitence”, a macabre and inhospitable maze in the Far West with a gloomy and creepy atmosphere from which it is difficult to escape. Halloween 2014 brings terror shows that are fun for all ages. The Gran Teatro Imperial is decked out to host “Rock Symphony-Mystery”, an impressive mystery tale with dancers and acrobats in a gothic atmosphere to summon the souls from the beyond.The most daring may also enjoy the terrifying menu of “Vampires: Dinner Show”, in the legendary Far West Saloon, where dancers, actors, acrobats, magicians and singers sow panic and occasional laughter among the guests. Finally, the Mexican La Cantina will host “La Gran Fiesta (The big party)”, in which a cast of dancers and Mexicans perform the country’s traditional repertoire.What should I do?So what’s the best way of doing Portaventura from Donegal? The easiest way is by flying Easyjet from Belfast International Airport (Aldergrove) into Barcelona.You can stay in the city and take the train to Portaventura; or you can stay in the resort and be close by for days of fun.You can book tickets and hotels at this site with some fantastic offers for mid-term.http://www.portaventura.co.uk/How to get there?By Train :PortAventura has its own train station. Check all the information on www.renfe.es. or at this number 0034 902 24 02 02By Car:From Barcelona 1h : Take highway A7 (La Junquera-Valencia). Exit 35, direct access to the Park.Also accessible with the National highway N-340 (Barcelone-Valencia),the N-420 (Tarragona-Teruel) and the N-240 (Tarragona-Lleida).More information:Try Portaventura’s English Facebook Page here:https://www.facebook.com/PortAventuraOfficial/infoVideo promo here:  TRAVEL: PORTAVENTURA’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalHalloween 2014Hotel offersMid-Term breakoffersPortaventuralast_img read more

Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan undergoes heart surgery

first_img(Minister John Duncan (right) with Chief Clifford Bull (left) and Janelle Manitowabi (centre) at the grand opening of Lac Seul’s new Obishikokaang elementary school. (INAC/Photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan underwent heart surgery on Tuesday, according to a message posted on the Indian Affairs website.Duncan was in hospital for heart valve replacement surgery to replace a congenital heart valve defect, the message said.“Minister Duncan is in good health and will be recuperating at home for the next few weeks,” the message said.Heritage Minister James Moore will take up Duncan’s portfolio in the interim.“Minister Duncan looks forward to coming back and assuming his responsibilities as minister of Indian Affairs,” said the message. “Minister Duncan is thankful for all the kind wishes he has received as he recovers.”National Chief Shawn Atleo, who is at a special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que., said he had only heard the news today and hoped Duncan recovered quickly.last_img read more