An influential member of the 53rd Legislature has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to remain steadfast and beware of detractors as she steers the affairs of the State, especially in this critical period of the country’s history.Speaking at the head of a high level Senate delegation to the office of President Sirleaf where they had gone to identify with her on the occasion marking her 76th birth anniversary last week, Senator Cletus Wotorson, told the Liberian leader that there would be many detractors, as it has been in the past. But he urged her to remain focused and do what is right for the Liberian people.The delegation, which included Senators Frederick Cherue of River Gee County; Alphonso Gaye, and Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County; Joyce Musu Sumo of Montserrado County and others, met the Liberian President in the Cabinet Room of the Foreign Ministry.Senator Wotorson, who is also a former President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, did not indicate what triggered his admonition, but since the Ebola outbreak, there have been sentiments of public opposition to government’s leadership of the response.Many called on the Liberian leader to relinquish her post as head of the National Taskforce on Ebola and at the same time outsource the response initiative to a reputable global health organization such as Médécins Sans Frontieres and the World Health Organization.But President Sirleaf said the fight would not be outsourced, indicating that Liberians are capable of handling the situation if they received the needed support and that the handling of the fight by Liberians would give them the requisite experience to handle any future outbreak of the virus.The calls for outsourcing the fight came at a time when MSF and WHO were already heading major response components, leading several, including the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman, to wonder, “What else do these critics want for government to outsource?”The Liberian leader was also recently criticized when she sent a letter to the Liberian Senate requesting ‘additional power’ to curtail some rights and privileges in an attempt to curtail further spread of the Ebola virus.But Senator Wotorson, speaking on behalf of the Senate said, “Madam President, we have come to wish you a happy birthday. We want you to be steadfast as you lead us through this difficult period. We want to let you know that there are many detractors and there will continue to be, but do not give them heed as long as you are doing the right thing for the Liberian people.The Senate promised that despite hiccups now and then, they will continue to work with the Liberian leader in forming a common front to foster the country’s development.The Grand Kru County Senator said the Senate had recently passed into law four financial bills in preparation for the post-Ebola era. He noted that the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Gbehzongar Milton Findley, would have loved to be present, but was en route from his home county, Grand Bassa.President Sirleaf expressed appreciation to the Senators for their visit and called on them and all Liberians to unite and not to give up the fight against Ebola as signs are beginning to show progress being made.She admonished all Liberians to brace up for the post-Ebola era as the outbreak has placed lot of development projects on hold and it will only take a united front to catch up with projects delayed by the Ebola outbreak.She noted that the commemoration of her birthday should be a moment of reflection for all Liberians and partners standing up together in the difficult period to fight Ebola.Others officials and functionaries of government who visited President Sirleaf on her birthday included the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, members of the Cabinet, staff of the Ministry of State, Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), the Land Commission, the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) Alumni Association, Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
© 2010 PhysOrg.com It was just last March that Google announced to the world that it had been racing autonomous cars around on rooftop parking lots and then just seven months later that it had been testing those cars on California roads; news that both made headlines and bolstered Google’s image as one of the more innovative companies operating today. Now comes news that Google is ready to tackle the sticky problem of allowing such cars to drive legally on roads, an issue no doubt that cropped up in the wake of its earlier announcements.It’s not exactly clear why Google chose Nevada for its first push at legalizing what it’s been doing already; though there are theories, such as the fact that the giant Consumer Electronics Show (CES) just happens to be held in Las Vegas each year, or maybe it’s because Nevada has a history of allowing things that other states don’t; prostitution being the most infamous example, of course. Or it might be the fact that Nevada has a lot of roads that have very little traffic in very out-of-the-way places and thus could test its vehicles on public roads without much oversight. (PhysOrg.com) — In an unexpected move, Google, the wily search giant with loads of ambition and enough spare cash to enable it to dabble in technologies that appear to have nothing to do with its core business, has hired lobbyist David Goldwater to represent the company in its push to legalize the running of autonomous vehicles on Nevada roads; this comes less than a year after announcing that it had been running live tests of its self-driving vehicles on California roads.
BALURGHAT: Accusing the district police chief of working at the behest of saffron leaders, a group of local Trinamool Congress leaders staged a demonstration before the office of the Superintendent of Police at Balurghat on Sunday. The leaders have also demanded immediate transfer of district police chief Nagendranath Tripathi.The agitators alleged that the police have been harassing Trinamool workers on the basis of false charges being filed by the BJP. “BJP activists have been threatening us since the election dates were declared but surprisingly, our complaints against the accused BJP men have not been entertained by the police. We are helpless and have no option left but to show demonstration, demanding immediate transfer of the district police chief,” said the agitators. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOutgoing Trinamool councillors of Balurghat civic body along with some party workers took part in the demonstration and raised slogans against Tripathi in the morning. The agitators had festoons and placards in hand, exhibiting their grudge against the police chief. Questioning the neutrality of Tripathi, the agitators said the recent actions of police have been motivated and biased. “The police chief is behaving like a puppet of BJP. All of his recent decisions were taken at the behest of BJP leaders. On the basis of false charges lodged by the BJP, our workers are being summoned at any time and interrogated as if they are criminals. Therefore, we want immediate replacement of him,” they said. According to a source, the flex of Trinamool’s Balurghat candidate Arpita Ghosh was found broken on the outskirts of Balurghat. Ghosh’s head was missing from the flex as well. A complaint was lodged accordingly, but police have remained clueless regarding the culprits.
7 min read September 26, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals When entrepreneur Marc Benioff launched Salesforce.com 20 years ago, he adopted an unusual logo for his startup. It featured the word “software” in a circle with a red slash across it. The logo matched Salesforce’s mission, “The End of Software” and its slogan, “No Software.”It was a quirky marketing stunt, as Benioff himself admitted. After all, Salesforce was then, and still is, a software company. It is now a tech giant that makes it easier for businesses to manage sales and customer relations. But in the early 2000s, Salesforce sought to address a big challenge faced by many businesses: software was so damn expensive.Back then, using software for your business meant spending a small fortune on computer hardware, including PCs and servers, and on software licenses and maintenance fees. Everything had to be set up on premise, which meant hiring a team of IT professionals or using a managed service.Only companies with sizeable IT budgets or big corporations could afford such in-house networks. For small businesses, these were luxuries that they would not even consider having.But then things changed.It began with the rise of cloud computing, which allowed companies to access computing power through a network of powerful computers and storage devices, instead of spending huge sums on in-house data centers. This trend has been called “utility computing” because it essentially turned computing power into a utility.The cloud also paved the way to make software more accessible to businesses and consumers. It enabled software developers to transform to a service-oriented business model by deploying their software remotely, in the cloud, and then selling software as a service instead of shipping software packages that customers had to deploy on site.That’s what Benioff did at Salesforce. He was a pioneer of what has come to be known as software-as-a-service, or simply SaaS.Instead of spending thousands of dollars on hardware and IT networks, businesses could pay for software the way they pay for a newspaper or cable subscription. They access the software by logging into the Web and pay a monthly or annual fee based on the number of account users and/or the features that come with the package. No more hefty licensing, maintenance fees and expensive in-house IT systems.The cloud and SaaS made access to sophisticated software programs affordable for small businesses, including mom and pop shops.But many small business owners are still reluctant to embrace the cloud completely. A new Gallup poll found that only half of small business owners surveyed believed technology and digital platforms are “an overall plus for the businesses.” The poll also found that roughly 40 percent didn’t think upgrading their small business technology would have a significant impact on business. Another report in 2017 published by Deloitte also found that many small business owners are “not fully embracing the digital age.”That’s unfortunate. From my experience, utilizing online software services can be a game-changer for a small business.It certainly was for us. When I launched my startup with a small team five years ago, all we had were a few laptops and access to a few cloud services. We’re now a team of more than 200 people. And yes, various SaaS packages, including Salesforce, played a critical role in our growth.There are many kinds of software that can help a small business automate key tasks, saving you time and even money. I’ll mention just three areas.Related: 3 Benefits of Cloud-Based Accounting Tools for Small-Business OwnersPayments, invoicing and accounting.Managing finances is one of the most tedious, and critically important, tasks for a small business owner. Simple errors in your invoicing process can cause plenty of headaches. A disorganized accounting system can cause your business to stall.But there are now dozens of online financial management services — such as Quickbooks, NetSuite and Bill.com — that can dramatically make it easier for you to keep track, often in real time, of all of your business transactions and cash flow. In many cases, they can even help you prepare for tax season.MarketingYou probably spread the word about your business by sending emails or taking out ads on Facebook or Google. But how do you measure the success of your campaigns? You can turn to marketing automation software, such as Hubspot and Marketo, that helps you analyze the effectiveness of each email blast and each digital ad campaign. You can use these learnings to fine tune future campaigns, helping you save time and money in your marketing efforts.Related: The 6 Best Ecommerce Platforms for Small BusinessesCustomer SupportHaving a dedicated staff is still the best way to make sure your customers get the support they need. But there are programs, such as Zendesk and Service Cloud, that make the process more efficient and effective. You can now use Web-based software to solicit and process customer feedback, even complaints. These programs enable you to respond faster and more effectively to issues raised by your customers. You’re also able to pinpoint the most problematic areas in your operations based on data collected and processed through those tools.You need to have a well thought out plan, of course. Here are the common blunders small business owners make when embracing online software services:1. Waiting too long.One blunder is to keep putting off the decision to automate some, if not most, of your business operations. Unfortunately, this is fairly common. The jury is in when it comes to business benefits of today’s technologies. But the Deloitte report found that many small business owners believe that digital tools are either “not relevant for my business” or “are not effective for my business.”2. Being too focused on price.Many entrepreneurs do acknowledge that technology is both relevant and effective for sustaining and growing their business. But some of them commit another typical mistake: being too focused on price.Some business owners opt to use a free program, instead spending $100 for a yearly subscription to an online service which is much better suited to their needs. According to the Gallup survey, more than a third of small business owners who have already adopted some types of technology feel that upgrading their systems causes them “some financial strain.” Understanding the long-term benefits of technology is important. In many cases, paying that hundred bucks for a year-long access to software that help you manage your finances or keep track of your customer complaints, can turn out to be one of the smartest investments you’ll ever make for your business.3. Choosing the wrong software service.Of course, price isn’t everything. Some business owners do understand how the cloud can help them succeed — but they don’t exactly know what they need. They end up falling into different trap: getting enamored with fancy features which leads them to choosing the wrong software, usually too expensive or complex for their business needs. Remember, the best technology for your small business isn’t necessarily the most sophisticated one. Don’t be mesmerized by all the bells and whistles on a new tool or program.Being SaaS-savvy and choosing the right software tools for your business won’t solve all of your challenges. But it will help you run your company more efficiently and let you focus on the more strategic parts of the business. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »