A Liberian entrepreneur in Tappita, Lower Nimba County, has said he has adequately prepared himself to contest the 2017 representative seat for the County Electoral District #9 currently being occupied by Rep. Ricks Toweh. Rep. Toweh was elected to the post during the general and presidential elections in 2011 on the ticket of the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP).In an interview with this newspaper yesterday when Mr. Josephus Menwoe Paye, Sr., walked into our McDonald Street office in Monrovia, he has said he had gained the support of the business community as well as the youth population of the district and many other organizations including the ones headed by elders and women.“I am being motivated to contest the seat come 2017 because I have the political will to deliver the people of Tappita, who over the years have been denied their rightful place with respect to achieving the needed development,” Mr. Paye stated. He said he will not only contest for the seat, but will win and lead the people by introducing important bills in the National Legislature for the benefit of the people.Mr. Paye, now in his 40s, graduated from the St. Martin’s High School in Gbarnga, Bong County, in 1992. He subsequently returned to Nimba where he says he has been contributing meaningfully to the development of Lower Nimba County, particularly in Tappita City. He has worked with various organizations including serving as district field officer for Nimba Women’s Development Association (NIWODA), a local NGO, which implemented a micro-finance project for the American Refugee Committee (ARC). He has worked as a social advocate, a volunteer community worker, and a business-minded person since 1993, says Paye. He is the proprietor and chief executive officer of the Yeawoe Trading Center, an entity that operates a 13-bedroom City View Motel and the TapAqua Mineral Water, two of the leading businesses in the district.Mr. Paye said his decision to run stems from his desire to see Tappita District transformed through politics, which will require the bottom to the top approach in decision-making that affects the lives of the people positively.Transformation, he believes, has to do with changing social habits that negatively affect the residents, providing opportunities for pursuing and achieving academic excellence, vocational and professional training that will give the residents access to employment opportunities and upholding values that promote unity in diversity.Mr. Paye also promises economic transformation by which he would explore the private and public sectors to encourage involvement in agro-industries because of the vast forest land with which the district is endowed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
News of Ronaldinho’s visit has generated excitement among fans, and comes as the South Asian nation seeks to revive international sports fixtures that were disrupted by a militant attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009.Those efforts were given a boost when the country successfully staged the final of its Pakistan Super League cricket tournament in Lahore earlier this month, a rare match featuring prominent international sports stars.Ronaldinho is being brought to the country by UK-based Leisure Leagues — organisers of 5, 6 and 7-a-side tournaments which recently announced plans to expand to Pakistan.Shahrukh Sohail, a Pakistan representative for the company confirmed the visit Tuesday, adding the company would be launching tournaments next month in Pakistan’s major cities Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.He declined to say whether the Brazilian would arrive in time to make an appearance.Cricket-obsessed Pakistan has a strong base of football fans and players, particularly in southwestern Balochistan and the southern city of Karachi.But its national team has struggled in recent decades and has fallen to a lowly 198th place in the FIFA rankings.Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) officials were involved in court wranglings against each other for the last two years, forcing the men’s and women’s teams out of international competitions.The Lahore High Court last month decided in favour of recognising Faisal Saleh Hayat as the federation’s chief, a post he has held on-and-off since 2003 without being able to turn around the team’s fortunes.Earlier this month, Spanish giants Barcelona announced their former star would return to act as an ambassador for the club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldinho is being brought to Pakistan by UK-based Leisure Leagues — organisers of 5, 6 and 7-a-side tournaments which recently announced plans to expand to the country © AFP/File / Josep LAGOKARACHI, Pakistan, Mar 14 – Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho is set to visit Pakistan as part of a goodwill mission to promote the game in the cricket-mad country.The recently retired 36-year-old, who won the World Player of the Year twice and was part of the 2002 World Cup winning team, issued a short video message on Twitter saying simply “Pakistan, I am coming” as he unfurled a Pakistani flag.
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Every freelance writer I know, including myself, has run into that client. Some of us seem to get nothing but that client over and over again.You know the one.Calling or emailing at 10 p.m. on weekdays, on weekends and at lunchtime, demanding immediate attention. Endless followup emails if your response time is longer than 10 minutes. Little tweaks to your work that see edits going around and around ad infinitum. We’ve all got horror stories.One of the major problems is that it’s difficult to identify which clients are going to turn into bugbears when you sign on to a project. By the time you realize your mistake, you’ve put in too many hours to jump ship without getting paid, but you know the projects is going to take up unexpected time you had slotted for other projects. You cancel your evening plans. Your personal and work schedule is botched for the rest of the week.The best way to protect yourself from these situations is to start setting the expectations of your client early and often. This serves a twofold purpose:Giving you the authority of an agreement to refer back to if a client gets frustrating.Allowing both you and the client to identify, right from the start, if the relationship will work.First up: Always Create a Project ContractWe’ll go into detail about what should be included in a contract like this in just a moment. But it’s important to note the relevance of contracts. They are a daunting beast, and for us freelance folk it can seem easier to just charge our hourly rate. I did it the hourly way for a long while. I was afraid of contracts because I thought that clients would be too. I also struggled with the idea of putting a price on a project before I knew how long it was going to take.The fact is, at a glance you can probably work out exactly how long a project should take. You know your craft that well. And clients are generally only afraid of the commitment of signing a contract if they’re likely to give you a hard time. Otherwise, they tend to appreciate the more well-defined terms.Never work without a contract, it offers significant protections and guarantees for both parties.Set a Project Fee, Not an Hourly FeeThis is a difficult transition. Most of us stick to hourly fees because we want to make sure we get paid if a project goes on for longer than expected. The fact is that a well-written contract takes care of that eventuality as well.It’s better for clients:They get to know up-front how much a project costs. Many will agreeably pay more if they’re given the financial predictability of a solid fee, rather than relying on an estimate based on an hourly fee.These types of fees also work better for business-minded people. It’s easier for them to wrap their heads around paying for a product than worrying about hours worked. It assures them that you won’t overcharge and pad your work hours, and it makes it easier for their accounting.It’s better for you:Framing your writing this way has a subtle effect on the way your work is viewed. The conversation is not longer about the value of your time, which companies are used to seeing as negotiable, but the value of the result of your work, which they generally think of as less negotiable. In their view a thing, an outcome, a project, has a cost. People have wages.If a potential client happens to balk at your rate, framing the conversation around project cost can be a new tool in your arsenal.Define the Writing Project ScopeThis is where you can really begin to protect yourself from project creep. How many words are you contracted for? How many edits? How many hours of research? When a client hits the maximum of a certain service, as defined by the contract, you have an authoritative resource to point back to and say “this is how much more what you’re asking for will cost.” It’s a lot harder to argue with you about the scope of a project that they signed off on.Include Payment and Refund TermsPut your expectations for payment into the contract. How will you invoice the client? What options do they have to pay you with? How long do they have to make the payment?If you have circumstances under which you issue refunds, or even if you have a “no refund” policy, put it into the contract. If a relationship goes south and that conversation comes up, you will have the document to refer back to. Be extremely specific.This is an important part of managing your life and work as a freelancer. As most of us know, the freedom with freelance work comes at the cost of constantly worrying whether a client will pay on time for us to make rent. Payments coming in on time are vital to your financial health as a freelancer. Your personal stability and the financial growth of your business depend on enforceable agreements about payment.Always, Always, Always Note Discounts on InvoicesEspecially when I was hourly, if I did a project for cheap or free (ugh), I would just charge what I was owed. Here’s the thing: When you’re giving people discounts, you need to enforce the value of your work. Even if you’re volunteering, exchanging services, or working for free (because let’s be honest, we’ve all done it as much as we clamour online that no-one should), phrase it as a discount and send an invoice. I know, invoices are their own barrel of anxiety worms, but it becomes simple when you master the essentials on an invoice. Once you have some practice presenting that information you’ll never go back.The important thing to take away, for the purposes of this post, is that you never apply a discount before the subtotal. Put the full, ideal cost of each service on the invoice. Calculate the subtotal. Calculate your discount and note it, then provide the total. Even if your discount is 100 percent, apply it, adjust the total owed, and send the invoice for $0.This establishes the value of your work and positions you as generously offering something that is worth money. If you give someone free stuff, or cheap stuff, they will always want more for the same price. This is an easier way to say “this is a one-time discount.”Enforce Office HoursEven if you work at home, enforce office hours. Even if you do your work from a laptop in bed, when you’re working you’re “in the office” — and when you’re not, you’re “out of the office.” Set up an auto-email reply during off-hours that gently reminds people who send questions to your work email of your office hours.Know When to Fold ‘emThe final fantastic thing about contracts that we’ll talk about is their ability to sniff out problem clients. The most obvious sign of trouble is if they are hesitant to sign or are pushy about expanding the scope of a project (but not the fee). The second signal you get is weasly behaviour after they’ve signed. Once they’ve signed, there is a hard line in the sand. If they continue to try and negotiate with you, that’s your signal to end the relationship.Depending on the circumstances, it might be best to finish the work, send the invoice, and then end the relationship after you’ve been paid. Sometimes it will be best for your mental health to just end the relationship immediately and sacrifice the payment. Difficult clients cost you money and time, so ripping the scab off all at once can be more beneficial in the long term. If your contract is airtight, you can sometimes charge a client anyway if an agreement is terminated due to them breaching the agreement. Just consider how much more stress you can handle before you go down that road.Those situations should come up rarely. The purpose of the contract is to begin the process of managing a client’s expectations. If they know what to expect right from the start, and are presented with friendly reminders throughout the project, you are much less likely to have trouble. Mildly difficult clients can be managed and turned into ideal clients this way. And for those that just won’t play ball, these tips should give you the tools to confidently end the relationship.What experiences have you had with client expectations that run wildly out of control? I’d love to hear about them!Ben Steele is a writer, theatre(re) professional, and nonprofit administrator. He was born in England, spent his teen and early 20s in Canada, and now lives in America. Please excuse his occasionally confused voice and the odd recalcitrant u after an o.
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