Shabby Flags Over Senate: Observer MD to the Rescue

first_imgDaily Observer Publisher and Managing Director, Kenneth Y. Best has provided the Liberian Senate 16 flags representing all 15 counties and a giant-size Liberian flag.The flags are to be hoisted on the compound of the Liberian Legislature, the official working theater of the Vice President and members of the Legislature.The good will gesture of Mr. Best came after he had observed over many months that most if not all the flags on poles on the Senate side of the Capitol Building were torn and faded.Making the presentation to Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley last week, Mr. Best said he could go ahead criticizing the Senate without doing something about the problem.  “But I felt that would not be the best thing to do. So, I decided to order the flags made and I now humbly present them to you, Mr. President Pro-Tempore.”Mr. Best also presented a full size flag of the Republic which, he said, would be more appropriate to be flown near the doom of the Capitol, instead of the smaller Liberian flag flying there that he felt was somehow disproportionate.Expressing gratitude for the gesture, Senate Pro-Tempore, Gbehzohngar Findley said the old flags were embarrassing to the Senate as their faded colors and tattered look did not represent the first branch of government.He also thanked Mr. Best for deciding not to criticize the Senate in his editorial column, but instead thoughtfully decided to make provision for what was lacking at the premises of the Senate. Pro-Temp Findley described Mr. Best’s presentation as “a true act of patriotism.”Upon receiving the flags, the Pro-Temp ordered the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate to immediately take down the old, “disgraceful ones” and hoist the new flags. The Senate is now in line with the House in having new flags flying on both sides of the Capitol, unlike the past when only the House of Representatives had new flags with clean and identifiable colors. The Legislature has been seriously criticized over the years for doing little to represent the country through the hoisting of county and national symbols.It can be recalled that in the 52nd Legislature, Representative Edwin M. Snowe singlehandedly procured flags for each county on his side of the Capitol Building.One of the building’s staffers asked: “When these ones get damaged, who will pay to get another set of new ones?”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nursing Board Reviews 5-Year Strategic Plan

first_imgA forum aimed at reviewing a five year (2012-2017) strategic plan of the Liberian Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM) has begun in Monrovia.The five-day gathering will focus on political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal issues. The forum is expected to also analyze and strengthen the weaknesses, opportunities and eliminate threats posed to the sector.Other areas to be considered will include the LBNM’s vision, mission and core value, guiding principles as well as key results and strategic goals. Professor Sebalda Leshabar, Dean of Nursing and Midwifery at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, underscored the important role nurses play in the health sector and as such the strategic plan of the LBNM must be given key attention by its members.Dr. Leshabar, who is also facilitating the five-day midterm review, cautioned the participants to take keen interest in the strategic plan as they go through the discussions.She told the participants to get involved in the process and continue to collaborate with other partners, particularly lawmakers, to ensure that the plan becomes workable.LBNM’s Board Chairperson, Ms. Cecelia A. Morris, said the plan is to ensure continual improvement of service to the public in anticipation of future public needs and evaluation of performance.“It is also intended to create an environment that will allow professional and career development so that nurses and midwives are able to use their skills to enhance the patient experience, while working with their partners in health and social care,” Madam Morris indicated.Liberia’s Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs. Musu Washington, who was proxy for Health Minister Bernice Dahn, pledged the Ministry’s support, working with the LBNM to improve the professional and ethical skills of nurses across the country.The strategic plan was developed by the Ministry of Health, Deans of Universities, Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and local health training institutions.It was established in 1949 under the Nurse Practice Act of 1948. The Board began actual activities in 1952, when it started licensing practical nurses and midwives who were admitted as auxiliary members.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more