Shooting in Gbarnga: A Most Alarming and Dangerous Incident

first_imgThere was already a lot of bickering going on within the hall at last weekend’s Unity Party convention in Gbarnga. But outside, too, gunfire between the people who were supposed to have been there to protect the President and her guests? What in the world is going on within our security forces? Daily Observer Assistant Editor C.Y. Kwanue, who was on the scene, reported that the incident occurred “a stone’s throw from the President’s convoy.” Some also say it was late in the evening and the President was about to depart for her residence. How more dangerous could it have gotten?You mean security officers assigned to protect our President cannot behave themselves? Why were they part of the detail to Gbarnga—to protect the President of Liberia, or to look for liquor and women? It is said that the officer who discharged his weapon and the target of his discharge were quarreling over a prostitute. How disgraceful and, worse yet, treacherous can security officers get, totally unaware of their responsibility of protecting the Head of State of the Republic, a very serious assignment indeed!This comes scarcely a week following the departure of UNMIL. Liberians have always been wary of the preparedness of our security forces to take over from UNMIL. A terrifying incident like this only indicates that our people are simply not ready. But UNMIL has been here since 2003, 13 years now; and during that period, our security forces—the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the Executive Protective Service (EPS) itself have undergone scores of training exercises in preparation for the takeover. Yet, some of these people fail to exercise the simple matter of personal discipline on the job. What do alcohol and woman palava have to do with an assignment to protect the President of Liberia? You mean people deployed on so critical and sensitive an assignment have absolutely no idea of why they employed by the EPS? The two officers involved should be thoroughly investigated and dismissed from the service. The shooter, of course, should also be prosecuted and when found guilty of crime, made to spend time in prison and permanently removed from the EPS.We conjecture that each of these security organizations within the Liberian government has its own set of rules and regulations and strict protocols of behavior on or off the job. All employees and officers in these organizations need to be drilled in these procedures. But even before people are employed in these highly sensitive systems, they should be most thoroughly screened to determine their level of personal discipline, their attitude toward work, their individual sense of responsibility and their mental and emotional stability. But we realize that this is definitely one of the general problems with us Liberians—it is the absence of work ethic in our individual selves. What is work ethic?Work ethic is the principle that hard work is essentially virtuous (good) and worthy of reward. Work ethic comes from what is known as the Protestant ethic—a concept in theology, economics and history which emphasizes that hard work, discipline and frugality (thrift, economizing, saving) are a result of a person’s embracing of the values espoused by the Protestant faith.There are five principles that demonstrate a strong work ethic:• Integrity—honesty, high moral standards• Sense of responsibility—showing up for work on time; putting forward one’s best efforts to complete the job to the best of one’s ability• Emphasis on quality—caring about the quality of one’s work; doing one’s best to produce a great work; commitment to quality• Discipline – staying focused on the goal; determined to complete the assignment; demonstrating a high level of dedication to duty and• Sense of team work—working together with others to meet the organization’s objectives; helping the team to meet its goals and deliver quality work; striving along with others to make the job smoother and more successful. Teamwork is underpinned by the notion that no one person can be successful all by themselves; people need people. How many of us Liberians have this kind of approach to our work? Even many of us in the media lack work ethic. How many of us have integrity and a passion for quality in the work we do? How many of us know time; how many have a high sense of responsibility? How many of us know how to stay focused on the goals, determined to complete the assignment to the best of our ability?We urge all our security forces—AFL, LNP, BIN and EPS—to make it a point to teach the work ethic to all of their officers and employees. It will definitely go a long way in helping them to take their work much more seriously. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 leak shows off iPhone 7 Plus like dual camera setup

first_imgXiaomi’s Mi Note 2, which was earlier said to launch in September, and now said to launch sometime in early November, has been long-rumoured to include a dual camera setup on the rear. Now, a new teaser poster doing the rounds on the Internet seemingly confirms, once again, that the phone in question will, in fact, have two cameras on the rear. The teaser image shows off the phone from the back giving out its key design highlights.For one, the alleged Mi Note 2 looks a lot like the Mi 5 and seems to boast of an all-glass and metal design much like the latter. Secondly, the twin cameras (and the flash) remind you of Apple’s recently launched iPhone 7 Plus, although there is one difference. In the case of the Mi Note 2, the two cameras seem to sit flush while in the case of the iPhone 7 Plus, there is a visible protrusion.The Mi Note 2 will reportedly come in two variants: a standard and a pro version. The latter may simply be called the Mi Pro. The Mi Note 2 is said to come with a 5.7-inch QHD screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood. The phone will likely have two RAM and three storage options: 4GB and 6GB, and 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.The phone in question is further said to sport a 16-megapixel dual-camera setup on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The Mi Note 2 is expected to be priced at around Rs 25,000 for the base model.advertisementThe Mi Pro on the other hand will reportedly have more or less the same features. However, it is also said to have an 8GB RAM version with 256GB of inbuilt memory. It will reportedly sport a 12-megapixel camera on the back with f/2.0 aperture and OIS. It is said to be backed by a 3,700mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Mi Note 2 Pro may launch in Novemberlast_img read more

Argentina replace injured Lanzini with Perez

first_imgWorld Cup Argentina replace injured Lanzini with River Plate star Enzo Perez Ben Spratt 21:49 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EnzoPerez - cropped Getty Images World Cup Argentina Argentina v Iceland Argentina v Croatia Nigeria v Argentina A midfielder who made three appearances at the 2014 World Cup, as the Albiceleste made the final, will be back for more in Russia this summer Enzo Perez has been called into the Argentina squad as the replacement for Manuel Lanzini after the West Ham midfielder was ruled out of the World Cup with injury.Lanzini was in contention for a starting spot in Russia until he sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session this week.River Plate midfielder Perez has taken his spot in Jorge Sampaoli’s 23-man squad, having made three appearances at the last World Cup – he started in the semi-final and the final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The 32-year-old has not appeared for Argentina in 2018, but he played the full 90 minutes in October’s decisive qualifying win at Ecuador and was part of Sampaoli’s preliminary group.Perez has been preferred to the likes of Guido Pizarro, Diego Perotti, Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo Battaglia.Argentina begin their World Cup campaign against Iceland next Saturday.They will then go on to face Croatia and Nigeria in their other Group D fixtures.last_img read more