‘I Want to Remain an Iron Lady’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that she wants to remain the “Iron Lady”.Although people may call her by other names such as “Ma Ellen” or “Uncompromising Woman”, the President said, it is the “Iron Lady” title that she cherishes most because it truly represents her.President Sirleaf began to be known as an Iron Lady in the 1960s, 70s and 80s due to her uncompromising stance against governments as she advocated for the rights of the masses, especially women and the underprivileged.The Liberian leader has since received a barrage of criticism since her ascendancy to the presidency, with indications that the ‘Iron Lady’ title has now lost its true meaning. Those critics are saying that the President no longer does what she is noted for doing. However, those in her defense say it is because of her advanced age. She is 75.Speaking at Harvard University in the United States over the weekend, President Sirleaf indicated that although Iron signifies strength and courage, it is not always a strength that is exemplified by force. “Sometimes the greatest strength is what I have to go through: tolerance in the midst of complexities; tolerance in the midst of dissent; being able to take the hard knocks as a leader and not pursue retribution, but to remain focused on the course that you want to achieve; and despite all the attempts and all the diversions, that you can chart that course and you can remain focused toward the goal”, President Sirleaf explained.According to a dispatch from Cambridge, President Sirleaf was addressing students of Harvard Kennedy School’s Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Edward S. Mason Program. The President, herself a distinguished alumna Mason Fellow (MC/MPA 1971), was sharing with current students her experiences as a Fellow.Associate Director of MPA Programs and Director of the Edward S. Mason Program, Suzanne Shende, had earlier welcomed the guests and introduced President Sirleaf, citing her many accolades, distinctions and accomplishments, as well as her challenges and struggles.She told the students that, when they feel challenged, discouraged or even imperiled because of life and death issues, they should “remember the example of a woman who’s been called Mama Ellen, the Iron Lady, an Uncompromising Woman, and whom “we also welcome and call a Mason Fellow.”In response the President said “She [Director Shende] characterized me in three ways: Mama Ellen, Iron Lady, and an Uncompromising Woman. If somebody were to ask me today, ‘Which of those three do you think you truly represent?’, I think at the end of the day I would say I would want to remain an Iron Lady.”The President requested an interactive session with the fellows so that she could listen to their wise advice and rich experiences she could take back that could make her a better leader. She welcomed their questions and their criticisms.This was whole-heartedly welcomed by the students, who began asking probing questions such as how much she relies on the advice of others versus her own counsel; what is it that the people are missing from what leaders are doing, given that there are always complaints that they are doing nothing; what was her key take-away from the Mason Program and how has that helped her as President; how she chooses the people she trusts and how she handles betrayal; her views on the results of the elections in India where the ruling party was soundly defeated; and more.To the question about what she learned from the Mason Fellowship Program, President Sirleaf responded: “To set a goal and stick with it, and use everything you have toward achieving that goal. That’s why I ran three times; it was only the third time that I won. It’s easy to get discouraged, but you must set that goal and stick with it. I think that’s what I learned: staying power.”At the end of the program, the Fellows presented President Sirleaf with a framed print from Harvard, which they had all signed. Two Liberians are among Harvard’s current Mason Fellows: Mrs. Elva Richardson, former Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs; and Mrs. Decontee King-Sackie, newly appointed Deputy Commissioner General for Technical Affairs/Operation of the Liberia Revenue Authority. They formed part of the President’s delegation at the various events.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mom sentenced for toddler’s murder

first_imgRolon’s attorney, Edward Murphy, said he believed his client’s conviction will be overturned on appeal and that she will get a new trial. “Normally, I don’t feel this way about convictions. I don’t this strongly, but I do in this case because I really believe the court made an erroneous ruling in denying the motion to dismiss the murder charge after the prosecution rested and giving a jury instruction that they could find her guilty as an aider and abettor even though she essentially did nothing,” Murphy said after the sentencing. Prosecutor Mary Murray declined to comment. Authorities said the child was killed April 21, 2003, at Rolon’s Lancaster condominium and remained there about a day before being taken away by Lopez in his van. Lopez drove to Bassett in the east San Gabriel Valley to visit his friend and was found two days later with the child’s body in the van, parked at Bassett Park. Rolon’s six other children, ranging then in age from 13 years to 4 months, were placed in protective custody. Her four oldest children were from other relationships, authorities said. The youngest three, including Isaac, were from a relationship with Lopez, who had been living in Des Moines, Iowa, but returned to Lancaster two or three weeks before Isaac was killed. A confidential county auditor-control report faulted social workers for poor oversight, incompetence and numerous policy violations in returning the boy to his parents’ care. Lopez and Rolon had at least a 10-year history with the Department of Children and Family Services, with Lopez being convicted of spousal abuse and of abusing one of Rolon’s sons. However, a series of policy violations and mistakes – including a case worker failing to read the family’s entire history of child abuse and neglect – led to Rolon’s seven children being returned to her, an internal county audit concluded. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Lancaster woman was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of her toddler son, who was beaten, poisoned with an over-the-counter antihistamine, suffocated and, after he was dead, burned in a tamale pot. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said in his 20 years on the bench very few cases reached “this level of depravity and horror” as the circumstances of this case, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Sylvia Rolon, 44, was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court in January of second-degree murder, assault on a child causing death and child abuse. Rolon’s boyfriend, Anthony Bill Lopez, 39, was convicted in June 2006 of torturing and murdering 22-month-old Isaac Lopez, and he was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. last_img read more

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Real reject Pochettino’s claim Spurs asked to sleep at club’s training ground

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino in light-hearted mood© AFP JOHN THYSMADRID, Spain, May 24 – Real Madrid have reacted angrily to Mauricio Pochettino suggesting they turned down a request from Tottenham to stay at their training ground next week ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool.Spurs will train at Valdebebas on Thursday and Friday before the game on Saturday and Pochettino, in an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, said the club had asked Madrid if they could also sleep on the site. In a light-hearted part of the interview, Pochettino was asked if Tottenham’s players would also stay at Valdedebas. Pochettino replied: “No we will stay in an hotel near there. We have asked eh? We have asked but Florentino (Perez) didn’t want to allow us.”A laughing Pochettino then added: “He would say, ‘the day you coach Madrid is when you can sleep there’. This is the subliminal message no?”Real Madrid released a statement on Friday, insisting they had received no such request from Tottenham.The statement read: “Real Madrid is surprised by the suggestions made by Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino about a supposed request made to our club asking that his team could stay at the Ciudad de Real Madrid before the final of the Champions League.“Real Madrid wants to make it clear it is completely false that this request occurred. Our club has always shown its absolute availability to meet all the requests made by UEFA, the Spanish Football Federation, Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.“All requests submitted to Real Madrid have referred only and exclusively to the use of the training pitches of the Ciudad de Real Madrid and its changing rooms. And all of them have been granted by our club.”The statement added: “Real Madrid also wants to emphasise the accommodation of the Champions League finalists are assigned by UEFA depending on organisation and security. And that at no time has our club been asked to accommodate them in the facilities of the Ciudad de Real Madrid.”Pochettino was heavily linked with the vacant position of Real Madrid coach last season when Julen Lopetegui and then Santiago Solari were sacked.Asked about taking charge of Madrid in the future, Pochettino said: “I have no other goals than to coach Tottenham, I don’t allow myself to think about the long-term.”Liverpool will also use Real Madrid’s training ground on the morning of the final, which will be played at Atletico Madrid’s stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Chelsea transfer latest: Diego Costa is NOT for sale

first_imgChelsea are adamant they will not be selling Diego Costa back to his former club Atletico Madrid this summer.The LaLiga club have been heavily linked with a £48million offer for the Spanish forward, who suffered a tough 2015-16 campaign at Stamford Bridge following a number of disciplinary run-ins with the FA.It has been suggested that Costa is keen on a return to his former club and a reunion with Atleti manager Diego Simeone.However, according to Marca, even a £48m bid is unlikely to tempt Chelsea into selling, with Costa thought to be at the forefront of new manager Antonio Conte’s plans.Atleti have apparently made contact with Chelsea with an opening offer but the Stamford Bridge club haven’t bothered to return with an answer as they are adamant he player will remain in west London. Diego Costa has begun his pre-season preparations with Chelsea ahead of the new Premier League campaign 1last_img read more

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WATCH: Radamel Falcao scores AGAIN for Monaco following disastrous Chelsea spell

first_img1 Radamel Falcao is a name which brings laughter to fans of English football, following his hilariously bad spells with Manchester United and Chelsea.Four goals in 26 games for United was followed up by just one strike in 10 games for the Blues, and it was not a surprise to see the Colombian forward return to Monaco for this coming season.But, somehow, Falcao has become a top class footballer again.He has netted six goals in seven pre-season outings for the Ligue 1 club, and followed that up by scoring in his first competitive match of the season – in the Champions League!In a 2-1 loss to Turkish club Fenerbahce, the 30-year-old grabbed Monaco’s only goal to ensure they remain in contention to reach the group stages of Europe’s premier competition.You can watch the goal below… Radamel Falcao in action for Monaco last_img read more

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Granero agrees personal terms with QPR

first_imgQPR have taken another step towards completing the signing of Esteban Granero after agreeing personal terms with the Real Madrid midfielder.Granero, 25, was due to arrive at Loftus Road on Thursday evening to undergo a medical and sign a contract.Earlier in the day, Rangers agreed a deal with Real for the former Spain Under-21 international.Click here for the Man City v QPR quizSee also:QPR discuss Mbia as Barton has medicalSpurs reluctant to let Dawson goQPR confirm signing of midfield ace GraneroFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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QPR v Leeds United: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgCharlie Austin got the winner when Leeds visited Loftus Road last NovemberKick-off: 12pm, Sunday 7 August 2016Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)Five key battles: Including Steven Caulker v Chris Wood Vital statistic: QPR drew more Championship matches (18) than any other side last season – Leeds drew 17.Injuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Ariel Borysiuk (ankle), Jamie Mackie (ankle), Jack Robinson (knee).LEEDS UNITEDRuled out: None. Possible line-upsQPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Bidwell; Cousins, Luongo; Petrasso, Chery, El Khayati; Polter.Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Furlong, Perch, Lynch, Kpekawa, Tozser, Gladwin, Henry, Prohouly, Washington, Shodipo.Leeds: Green; Coyle, Bartley, Bamba, Taylor; Diagouraga, Murphy; Mowatt, Dallas, Roofe; Wood.Subs from: Silvestri, Turnbull, Berardi, Cooper, Grimes, Vieira, Antonsson, Doukara, Sacko. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)QPR: W L D L D (5 points) • Home: W D W L W (10 points)Leeds: D L D W W (8 points) • Away: D D W L L (5 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)QPR: None.Leeds: None.LAST FIVE MEETINGSClint Hill celebrating the QPR winner in August 20135 Apr 2016: Leeds 1 QPR 128 Nov 2015: QPR 1 Leeds 01 Mar 2014: QPR 1 Leeds 131 Aug 2013: Leeds 0 QPR 17 May 2011: QPR 1 Leeds 2QPR 2 wins, Leeds 1 win, 2 drawsSee also:QPR v Leeds United: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Arcata gets up big early, then holds off late Granada rally to claim Logger Classic title

first_imgEureka >> By simply looking at the lead Arcata had built through two-and-a-half quarters, one would have thought the final 12 minutes would have been a piece of cake for the Tigers.But it turned out to be anything like that.Leading by as many as a whopping 33 points early in the second half, the Arcata boys basketball team held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback attempt from Granada to claim a 65-55 victory in the championship game of the 40th annual Logger Classic at Jay Willard Gymnasium …last_img read more

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The Home Performance Forum Has Launched!

first_imgThe Internet age has made it easy to find information. Occasionally you can find some that’s even true. That’s where it becomes helpful to have someone more knowledgeable than yourself to be able to ask for advice and input on stuff you read online, get feedback on ideas you’d like to try on a project, or discover what cool things other home energy pros are doing.One place that’s been great for that since it started in 2008 is Green Building Advisor, of course. Another equally valuable place, which also began in 2008, has been the LinkedIn group called “RESNET BPI – Energy Audit and Home Performance.” Unfortunately, it’s been in decline lately.One of the best online home performance hauntsI joined the RESNET BPI group on LinkedIn way back in early 2009. It was a great place to ask questions of other home energy pros and do some online networking. One thing that was always cool was to interact with someone in the group and then meet them at a conference. (And speaking of conferences, were you in Nashville last week for the Home Performance Conference?) The group was created by Claire Rutiser in 2008, and in the early years she also moderated it. With changes in her work and family life (having a child), Rutiser had to give up the group. David Butler, an electrical engineer who knows more about HVAC than just about anyone else I know, took over the moderating responsibilities and eventually the whole group. Since 2011, he’s been wholly responsible for the group. And all of us who have used the group owe him a big debt of gratitude.Butler has been an amazing administrator, moderator, and contributor to the group. He has participated in many of the discussions as well as keeping the group running smoothly. Oh, and he’s kept the spam that dominates many LinkedIn groups out of this one.The decay began a few years ago when LinkedIn pulled resources back from the groups. Then they stopped sending email notifications for discussions you might be following. That’s when Butler knew he had to do something.Meet the Home Performance ForumIn 2015, Butler began working on a way to move the group away from LinkedIn. He assembled a team and found a sponsor, too. Mike Rogers of OmStout Consulting (bonus points if you know the origin of his company name) connected Butler with the Home Performance Coalition. (You know, the great organization that hosts the Home Performance Conference that was in Nashville last week, formerly known as Affordable Comfort.) The HPC helped Butler make the move.So, after a year and a half of work on getting a lot of the archived discussions into the new site, the Home Performance Forum (homeperformanceforum.org) has launched! Go there. Become a member and set up your new profile. Participate!When I spoke with Butler last week, he showed me the new site and talked about some of the advantages. “The archives are rich,” he told me. The search function “is absolutely awesome.” That was one of the big complaints about the LinkedIn group. We had all these really in-depth discussions but a lot of that knowledge was practically inaccessible because it was so hard to find. Not so with the new site.If you’re a member of other online forums, homeperformanceforum.org should seem familiar. It’s similar to HVAC-Talk, Heating Help, flyertalk, and many others. You join and discuss.One restriction worth noting here is that the Home Performance Forum is for professionals only. Butler and the Home Performance Coalition don’t have the resources to take homeowner questions here. Homeowners and everyone else will be able to read the discussions, however.What are you waiting for, home performance pros? Get over there and join!If you need another way to get there, here you go: Take me to the Home Performance Forum! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESA Web-Based Information Resource From the DOEDisseminating Building Science KnowledgeEmbarking on the Building Science Learning CurveA New Book Helps Builders Tame Social MediaBuilding Science Information for BuildersBooks for Homeowners Interested in Saving EnergyNew Books on Green BuildingBooks on Insulation and Energy-Efficient BuildingCarl and Abe Write a Textbooklast_img read more

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Court extends Rohit Tilak’s bail in rape case

first_imgA local court on Thursday extended the bail application granted to Congress leader Rohit Tilak in a rape case and quashed the application of perjury against him. Additional Session Judge Lata Yenkar, while passing the ruling, directed Tilak to cooperate fully with the police investigation.“We are disappointed with the ruling as not enough emphasis was given to Section 313 in our complaint [causing miscarriage of consent] against the accused,” said Advocate Tosif Shaikh, representing the 41-year-old complainant. Mr. Shaikh said the complainant was planning to move the Bombay High Court against the order.Earlier, the complainant had moved the Pune sessions court to transfer the case to another court, but her plea was dismissed by Principal District Judge Shriram Modak. The complainant filed three applications in the sessions court last week, including one for the cancellation of Tilak’s anticipatory bail and another demanding medical examination of the accused.After her application seeking transfer of the case was rejected, the complainant took to Twitter alleging that Tilak escaped arrest because of political influence.last_img read more

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