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Masonic Craft Must Lead the New Liberia

first_imgAs the quest to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf intensifies come 2017 presidential and general elections, ambitious aspirants are strategizing on how to galvanize support for victory.Some of the presidential hopefuls have begun firing up and solidifying their political support bases for the upcoming elections. One of the craftiest of these politicians is renowned Liberian businessman, Benoni Urey, who is now soliciting support among members of his fraternity, the Freemason or Masonic craft, a secret society that was established in the country during the 1800s.Mr. Urey said that the much anticipated new Liberia where there would be economic opportunities, social amenities for all, vibrant health and education sectors, justice, and infrastructural development, which he claimed the Unity Party led government has failed to deliver, must be brought to reality by a government led by a mason.Mr. Urey believes the dictates of that government would emanate from the Grand Masonic Temple, popularly known as “Up the Hill,” located on West Benson Street in Monrovia.Serving as an orator at the celebration of Saint John the Baptist Day on Wednesday in Monrovia, Mr. Urey, who is a strong ally of former President Charles Taylor, indicated that the Free Masons must produce the next president that will build a new Liberian. “We must build a new Liberia because there is a need to improve the Masonic craft and our country,” he said.The Feast Day was organized by 14 of the subordinate lodges of the Free Masons. Mr. Urey spoke on the theme, “The Role of the Free Mason in the New Liberia.”“The new government that is to succeed this government in 2018 must be led by a mason. Brethren, I want to let you know that the new Liberia that we all are striving to build for our people must be led by one of our kind,” Mr. Urey declared to a standing ovation of his fellow masons, who were all splendidly outfitted in the craft attires. He also noted that in the 2017 elections, members of the society will get involved to ensure that the right people are elected.Mr. Urey indicated that members of the Freemason society in Liberia have been silent for too long as they watch the country go in the wrong direction, but said it is now time for them to stand up and speak out.Their inability to speak against the ills in the society makes them equally as guilty as those who carried on vices against the state, Urey indicated.“We have a health sector that is so bad off that many of our people die on a daily basis while we are breeding a generation of people who lack the requisite education and the system is at its lowest level ever in the history of the country,” said Urey.“The new Liberia must have a God fearing man and the new leader must be his brothers’ keeper. He must be an upright man,” Urey said, indicating that those attributes clearly put masons at an advantage because their craft teaches them those noble principles.Mr. Urey, who himself is a District Deputy Grand Master for Margibi County, and past Master of the St. Paul Lodge #2 was unable to enumerate some of the successes of the Masonic Craft that have had any significant social, economic, political, developmental and cultural impacts on the Liberian and people.He however, reminded his colleagues of what he termed as the “significant roles that The Masonic craft has played in the governance and development of the state.” He disclosed that the secret society produced five of the countries past presidents including Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Charles D. B. King, Garrison W. Gibson, William B. Coleman and William R. Tolbert who were all Grand Master, when they became president.He indicated that masons have served and continue to serve in pivotal and most influential positions in the government including vice president, speaker, senate pro-tempore, chief justice, justices, ministers, etc.He also indicated that many of the conflicts that have engulfed the country have been resolved at the Masonic Temple in Monrovia, thereby making it a place of “peace and harmony.”Mr. Urey further urged his colleagues to ensure that they do all they can for their goal to take over the mantle of the country’s leadership is achieved come 2017.In remarks, the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons, Anthony Deline, II, noted that Mr. Urey had spoken well and his brothers and sisters understood what he meant and would therefore act accordingly.A representative of the women also pledge their full support to the suggestion of their colleagues indicating that it means well for every one of them.Meanwhile, Mr. Urey has described the honoree, John the Baptist, as a just and upright man, adding that he was fearless, courageous, bold, sincere and magnanimous, urging his fellow masons to emulate those values.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DeGale vows to win world title this year

first_imgJames DeGale is aiming to be a world champion by the end of this year following Saturday’s demolition of Sebastien Demers in Canada.DeGale enjoyed an emphatic win on his North American debut, knocking out the former world title challenger in the second round at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau-Ottawa, western Quebec.And the Harlesden super-middleweight is convinced he will soon be operating at the top level.“I wasn’t messing around – I went straight in there,” he said.“The finishing shot was a nice uppercut and if that hits anyone they’re going down.“I wanted to put on a good performance. The power and skill I have were too much for him.“Give me a couple of fights to keep the momentum and please believe me I’ll be hard to beat.“I’m going to be a world champion by the end of this year.”See also:Emphatic victory for DeGale in CanadaDeGale to make title defence next 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Everything Changes: Mister Postman Gets Saturdays Off

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … If you ever thought that something will last forever, get ready for a smack on the head.The latest evidence of this grand falsehood is today’s announcement from the United States Postal Service of a new plan to halt mail delivery on Saturdays, with the exception of package delivery.The move, which is scheduled to begin this August, would save the post office $2 billion annually. Under the proposed plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays, and post offices currently open on Saturdays would remain so.This is all just in the planning stages, since Congressional approval is needed to make such a drastic change. But the USPS is expected to cite figures demonstrating the American public would be behind such a move when it makes its formal announcement later today.Shifting Technology, AlwaysTechnology has a way of disrupting the hell out of the things and processes we have come to accept as “always there” in our lives. If you went back 15 years, it would hard to imagine five-day mail delivery, yet here we are, with an proposal that makes sense. Personal mail delivery has fallen drastically since the advent of e-mail and social media networks.Five years ago, I might have objected to such a plan. Saturdays were a big day for checks from publishers. Now that all my funds are direct deposited, I no longer care.It’s not just the mail, of course. A decade ago, it would have been hard to conceive homes not having landlines for phones, and yet these days it’s commonplace, thanks to ubiquitous cell phones and e911 services that geolocate phones. (If I didn’t live in a plaster-walled Faraday cage, I would ditch the landline in a minute.)Five years ago, it would be really hard to imagine a world without a desktop Windows monopoly, but then Apple and Google took the computing world sideways into the land of smartphones and tablets and now things have gotten so bad for Microsoft, they’ve had to put financial stakes into companies (i.e., Nokia and now Dell) just to ensure Microsoft has a vendor that will actually sell Windows on said smartphones and traditional PCs.For those of you who find that line of reasoning hard to accept, it may be time to let go of the staid notions you might have about technology. Nothing in this business lasts forever and something will always try to replace the technology you are using.It’s All Been DoneMany of us of a certain age have watched some new technologies rise to prominence, only to nearly completely fade away. Fax machines had a particularly short tech cycle, and VCRs shorter than that. Landline telephones had a good long run, as did personal desktop computers. But now, it seems, their time is waning.This is not a proclamation that “the desktop is dead.” But personal computing is changing, and drastically. We have inklings of what this might look like, but like any change, it’s going to have its share of bumps and scrapes along the way.Today’s announcement from the USPS reflects the fundamental change in the ways we communicate. There will be other world-shaking announcements in the months and years to come, and we need to be ready.Five-day mail delivery?No idea is unthinkable any more.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… brian proffittcenter_img How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Tags:#Future Tech last_img read more

Be Unrelenting

first_imgThere is power in being unrelenting.It isn’t the action that gets you results. It’s the consistent action that produces results.It isn’t the action perfectly taken once or twice that makes a difference. It’s the taking of that action over and over again, time after time, relentlessly. The action may not be quite right, but over time, it gets you closer and closer to the ideal. You gain effectiveness little by little. Over time, you get closer.It’s important to take the first step, to begin. But no one talks about the 2nd step. Or the 3rd. Or the 333rd. But the unrelenting march from that first step is what moves you forward.Sometimes being unrelenting is difficult. You reach a plateau; your progress stalls. But being unrelenting means learning to live on the plateau, continuing on even when it feels like no progress is being made.Some will wonder why you keep at it so long, why you don’t give up, give in, and go home. They don’t understand your mission. They don’t understand its meaning.Some will wonder how you go on, why you aren’t frustrated, disappointed, or cowed. They don’t understand that you can’t not continue, that it’s what you do because its who you are.More will criticize you for your pig-headed stubbornness. They’ll suggest that you don’t know when to quit, that you don’t when you’ve had enough.A small few will see the value in your approach. They’ll understand that it isn’t the single action that matters but the consistent unrelenting pursuit, day after day, that makes the difference.Fewer still will follow.Be unrelenting.last_img read more

Motor Vehicles Act: Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police launch awareness campaign

first_imgAs protesters turned violent over amended motor vehicles Act, the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate launched an awareness campaign. The people and police had fought a pitched battle over the enforcement of the Act on September 7.The protesters’ resentment was primarily against steep penalties. The information regarding the amended rules will be spread through loudspeakers attached to a four-wheeler with photographs and posters displayed on it, DCP (Traffic) Sagarika Nath told the media.On the other hand, the demonstrators also demanded unconditional release of the people who were arrested following a clash with police in Bhubaneswar on September 7. Two days after the authorities faced opposition from the people, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had given three months to people to get their papers ready.The Police Commissionerate on September 10 distributed helmets to motorists who were penalised. They also distributed ‘Thank You’ notes to motorists who were following traffic rules.Meanwhile, the Transport Department offices have been witnessing a huge rush of people to apply for and renew driving licences and updating vehicle documents. The department’s offices across the State are also open on holidays to cope with the rush.State Transport Secretary G. Srinivas, who went on a surprise visit to a Regional Transport Office on September 11, said that the State government will decide about reducing the penalty rates after studying notifications issued by other States that had implemented the amended Act.During the window period of three months for people to prepare the papers, the police are focusing on drunken driving, use of mobile phones while driving, driving on the wrong side of roads, triple riding and non-usage of helmets and seat belts.last_img read more