Ellen Delivers 10th State of Nation Address Today

first_imgOnce again, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will deliver a State of the Nation Address before the 53rd National Legislature in fulfillment of Article 58 of the 1986 Constitution.Article 58 states: “The President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic, the report shall cover expenditure as well as income.”The Chief Executive will at 4pm today present the state of affairs of the Republic and provide her legislative agenda for the ensuing year.As Visitor to the Capitol Building on this occasion, the President has no seat in the Joint Chamber and therefore, she will be ushered into the Assembly hall by selected committee members headed by both committees of the Legislature on Executive.The President will then be escorted to the podium where she will speak to the almost four million Liberians at home and abroad, through their Representatives in the House and Senate.Before that proceeding, the Joint Legislature presided over by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler in keeping with Article 33 of the 1986 Constitution, will entertain a motion from his colleagues to invite the Chief Executive to execute the constitutional mandate of reporting to them on the state of the Republic.What to ExpectThe President’s report is expected to give prominence to the heavy blow with which the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) struck the nation and people and its adverse impact on all aspects of national life, as well as post-Ebola projections, security, peace and rule of law.Regarding the status of the economy, which has been severely weakened by the deadly Ebola virus, President Sirleaf is expected to provide an update on economic growth, the strength of the Liberian Dollar and Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).Analysts believed that not much is expected in the direction of economic growth as slow progress will be attributed to the EVD outbreak, which led to many companies partially folding their operations as the epidemic intensified. In fact, before the Ebola outbreak, the economy was already struggling with Liberian dollar chasing the United States Dollar and other international currencies. Even before and during the Ebola period, a bulk of the country’s revenue was spent on personnel salaries, fuel and lubricants and vehicles for officials.Another major problem the President is expected to deal with in her speech is education and the exploding student population compared to an inadequate budgetary allotment to solve the problem of continuing poor academic performance caused by an undersized, poorly prepared and poorly paid teacher workforce lacking books and other basic tools, sufficient classroom space and basic amenities all desperately needed to improve student performance.This time around as the country returns to an abnormal academic but cardinal education period due to the Ebola crisis, her government needs to present a more reasonable, workable and public-interest based proactive approach to ensure that less-fortunate along with all other children enroll this year. In an already “messy educational” system as indicated by Madam Sirleaf, government focus and investment must now shift to delivering quality, standardized education that will turn the corner from mass failures at elementary to university level to higher numbers of positive exam results in the Liberian school system.Healthcare delivery remains a mountainous challenge for the Unity Party-led government evidenced by the Ebola virus’ exposure of how “weak and poor” the system is to care for the millions of its citizens. The nation’s weak health delivery system and prospects for its post-Ebola overhaul with the promised support of several foreign governments and international donors will likely claim a considerable portion of the President’s address.In that direction, praises will be bestowed on many friendly nations, individuals and organizations including the United States, China and African nations, who responded in personnel, cash and kind to help Liberia fight the deadly virus.However, the question of corruption definitely cannot be ruled out of the President’s address to the nation. Some of her officials were accused of miss-directing Ebola funds and other resources to their personal use during the height of the Ebola crisis. Many believe the President has not put forth the high level of forcefulness to stamp out corruption as she vowed to do during the inception of her incumbency.  This lack luster approach has weakened her image and somewhat tarnished her credibility in that direction.  It remains to be heard what her explanation is for the failure to stamp out corruption and how she intends to  recover the will power to do so and prove to still have zero tolerance for this cancer eating away at all sectors of the Liberian society.Relative to human rights and the rule of law, President Sirleaf is expected to highlight the wave of rape cases around the country particularly those involving children. It will be disappointing to many, if not all, if the President falls short of providing an update on the West Point shooting that claimed the life of teenager Shakie Kamara.President Sirleaf will acknowledge the passing of former Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis and the many Liberians and several foreigners, who lost their lives to the Ebola virus and most likely devote a moment of silence in memory of these and other fallen Liberians.This national assembly will bring together officials from the three branches, doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corps, international partners, Chiefs and Elders, Political, Religious and BusinessLeaders.The House Chief Clerk, Mildred Sayon, announced that Monday’s ceremony begins at 2pm with the arrival of invited guests. She noted that non-essential staffers are advised to stay home.According to a Joint Press Release from the Liberian Senate and House of Representatives only accredited journalists will be allowed in the Joint Chambers.Today’s State of the Nation address marks the 10th oration, to the Legislature since Madam Johnson Sirleaf ascended to the Presidency in 2006.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal IT company is set to take on new workers after it pulled off a major coup with the world’s biggest online auction company eBay.Donegal company 3D Issue puled off a major coup with eBay.Letterkenny-based 3D Issue created an internal communications systems for eBay’s thousands of employees.It came after eBay recently officially separated from PayPal. The technical giant’s marketing team wanted to create a digital magazine, a native mobile app and an online web portal dedicated to the first day of their independence.And of all the technology companies across the globe which tried to find one solution, the Donegal company was the only one which could answer all the questions.The CEO of 3D Issue, Paul McNulty from College Farm Road in the Cathedral Town, paid tribute to his workers.While the company has now grown to 25 employees, Paul is confident that can grow to 40 employees in the near future. “We have fantastic engineers in-house that put in a lot of overtime to get this project over the line. The credit is theirs.”And he addd “The best thing is that eBay were so delighted with the technology that they have decided to make it a part of the internal marketing workflow.”Sara Luker of eBay praised the work of the Donegal company.“I couldn’t recommend the 3D Issue team more highly. They quickly felt like an extension of my team and worked to very tight deadlines to pull off a site, ezine and app for us. I was so impressed I’m now working with them to continue using their products as a regular channel.”Now the buzz around the eBay initiative has attracted a number of other fortune 500 companies who are also looking to source mobile solutions for their internal communications. 3D Issue continues to innovate and will shortly be launching a new mobile apps platform that allows companies to create their own news-stands where they can run hundreds or thousands of apps within a single native app environment.Paul said one of the most rewarding aspects about the growth of his company is that it manages to remain local.“The greatest joy in developing software is seeing your ideas come to life and be validated in the market by top tier clients such as eBay. And that’s what we love doing; looking at the market and trying to conceptualise improvements and new products that will assist our clients in being more productive.“And best of all, we are doing it all from our offices in Letterkenny. With 99% of our customers overseas, it goes to show that it doesn’t really matter where you are located if you have a good product. Our biggest obstacle is actually recruiting. Currently, we are at 25 people, but we are rapidly expanding and hope to grow our development team significantly over the next 18 months to bring our headcount to 40.” Although most outside of the technology industry will be baffled by what 3D Issue pulled off, Paul explained what his company did for 3D Issue.‘We had the 3 platforms they needed. We have a digital magazine platform, a content aggregation hub that can pull content from any online source and a ‘build your own mobile news app’ platform.“The tricky part, however, was the fact they wanted all of their employees to be able to share content on their personal facebook, twitter and Instagram pages. They gave each employee a special hashtag for identifying that the content was in reference to the campaign and they wanted our platform to be able to pull that content from everyone of their 15,000 employees social sites.“We had to develop an algorithm that could find every reference to that launch, validate that they were an employee and then extract that image, article or video and push that content instantly into their social magazine, hub and app.“Standard apps are very linear and matched to a particular content channel. Large organisations have multiple content channels and need mobile platforms that allow their readers to specify their requirements and load the app content that matters to them. That’s the problem we are addressing next.”DONEGAL COMPANY SET TO TAKE ON NEW EMPLOYEES AFTER eBAY COUP was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:3D issuecoupdealdonegaleBAYlast_img read more