Used Clothes, Sneakers, Cosmetics to the Rescue

first_imgThe current economic hardship and the absence of adequate employment are pushing a large number of Liberians to engage in petty trading.One of the most popular businesses is trading in used goods, including clothing, sneakers and cosmetics.At the corner of 18th Street in Sinkor, next to a popular restaurant frequented by the large expatriate community in Monrovia, is located a small outside business. “I started this business a month ago,” Ms. Tina Stevens told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday. “Though this location does not have many people, yet we thank God that at least we have something to depend on.” Ms. Stevens said she is in the business with twenty five year-old Young Ford, who explained that he graduated from high school in Ghana in 2011. “I came back home and there is not much employment,” Ford told the Daily Observer, “but I did not let that discourage me and we started this small business.” Ford has a child of four years. Ms. Stevens said, “We got the initial capital from a relative abroad and though we sell one or two pairs of sneakers a day, it is okay for now.” Ms. Stevens admitted she does not have adequate business knowledge save the one she has grown up with. She is in her early twenties and is determined to continue at the local community on 18th Street. “My objective is to grow this business to be able to own a store,” she said, “but it will take time.” True, growing a business demands knowledge that can grow the business one step at a time. She also admitted, “We pay the Monrovia City Corporation for the use of this location.” And though she has not heard of the Liberia Business Association, headed by Mr. D. Maxwell Kamayah, she expressed interest in meeting with the LBA president in the hope that her dream of securing a future loan to develop her business could move one step ahead.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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first_img Twitter recommendations 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Thu 27 Nov 2008 19.01 EST Twitter When, or if, England take the field in Ahmedabad and, probably, Chennai more than eyebrows will be raised in Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi. This very debate had been taking place not many months ago regarding the future of the Champions Trophy, due to take place in those Pakistani cities during early October. The issue was settled by security reports and the wishes of the participants and the competition was postponed. Grist was lent to the mill by the subsequent destruction of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad but clearly a precedent was not set. If the show could go on in India, it might be argued in Pakistan, why not there?There is another debate that will no doubt be resurrected. At the time of the Champions Trophy discussion, it was argued strongly that, had the Indian Premier League had matches scheduled for the Pakistan cities, players would have been less reluctant to go to that country. At some stage, as in many walks of life, risk and reward go hand in glove. The IPL riches, it was argued, would have justified what the relatively paltry financial offerings of the Champions Trophy, a second-rate international tournament in any case, could not. If the argument needed reinforcing, it came with the Rajasthan Royals playing a match in Jaipur two days after a bomb attack in that city. The same reasoning can apply to England now: the IPL may offer instant wealth over a short period but England players are not amateurs. The highest paid will earn £500,000 a year from the ECB in order to play international cricket. If they would be prepared to play in the IPL, hypothetical as yet of course, then they should be equally prepared to play the Tests.Things could change dramatically over the next week. The violence could escalate and spread to other centres. It could equally subside. Assuredly the members of the England team will monitor it by the hour and whatever happens their anxiety will not decrease. But they are used to such things in India just as they are in Colombo or Karachi or Jerusalem. Life goes on. Perhaps they will remember that.When trouble strikes1984 England’s tour of India goes ahead, despite the assassination of prime minister Indira Ghandi.1987 New Zealand call off their tour of Sri Lanka after a blast in Colombo.1993 A suicide bombing leads New Zealand to abandon tour of Sri Lanka.1996 West Indies and Sri Lanka forfeit group game at the World Cup rather than play in Colombo.2001 West Indies and New Zealand cancel tours of Pakistan after the September 11 attacks.2002 New Zealand cancel tour after suicide bombing at team hotel.2005 England play ODI in Karachi despite a car bomb killing three.2008 Cricket Australia commissions review of the security situation in India after five bombs in New Delhi kill 20 people. Their tour goes ahead. Facebook Reply Twitter Reply Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Twitter Report Report oldest 28 Nov 2008 16:16 0 1 0 1 28 Nov 2008 18:47 | Pick | Pick Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other India cricket team Share nostrum cavelier5 Share on Facebook | Pick windbag, you seem to be well connected to the deep recesses of an Australian Cricketer’s mind – not that I would consider that a pleasant prospect considering that the side that we see publicly of them itself is so unpalatable so what would the deeper, darker recesses be? – would you have any insight on how they perceive Oz?(All tongue in cheek of course- no offence intended to anyone – just wanted to see if I can be clever with words) Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter 50 28 Nov 2008 17:30 28 Nov 2008 10:03 Facebook Twitter | Pick Facebook Mike Selvey 1 Share on Twitter Twitter I’ve been arguing this on other threads, but I don’t think the fact that they’re professionals is relevant. They’re professional sportsmen, not soldiers. Risk and reward go hand in hand? I can’t believe any of the pay packets for this tour, or the tests, or the IPL, are calibrated to include life insurance in case of terrorist action. Whatever risk they are being paid for do not include those to life and limb. If they do individually do some sums and calculate that the rewards are worth any risk, fine. But I feel uncomfortable at the thought that the ECB, or Modi, are doing this calculation on their behalf. Report Report It looks as if common sense has prevailed over hysteria. As things stand, the two match Test series will go ahead as planned, although the venues, both of them, may well change. If nothing else, it demonstrates solidarity with the Indian people, who, if they see it this way, one hopes would respond by turning up to the games.There is a suspicion that pressure was applied to the England and Wales Cricket Board by Lalit Modi’s announcement, even while discussions were still progressing within the England team environment, that the Tests were going ahead as planned with the full agreement of the ECB hierarchy. Was that brinkmanship or had there indeed been an agreement, the later discussion addressing whether the team approved? However, it is to be hoped, given the callous manner in which Nasser Hussain’s side were left to make their own call on safety and security in Zimbabwe during the World Cup in southern Africa in 2003, that it was taken right out of their hands. They have security experts and they are there to have their opinions trusted, not disputed should it be convenient: a raft of players, according to Darren Gough on BBC radio yesterday, would have been aching to pull the plug on things totally and just get home. In opting to return home for less than a week, or indeed at all, the ECB is making a rod for its own back, however, quite apart from the ludicrous extravagance and carbon footprint of the exercise. Five days in Colombo would surely have sufficed, or Dubai or Singapore. Once the players are home, it will take massive willpower to drag them on to a plane to India once more. The corporate feel, downtrodden as it may have been after the experiences on the field thus far, will have been lost. If the series does take place, the chances of Kevin Pietersen’s team regaining any sort of intensity are not great.The England players have every right to be concerned about their safety, notwithstanding that they were a thousand miles away from Mumbai at the time of the attacks on hotels, restaurants, train stations and other buildings. The distance argues against any suggestion that they might have been targets, yet the very indiscriminate nature of the attacks, on a day apparently with no special significance, means in reality only that their number had not come up in life’s lottery. A week or so earlier and they would have been in the Taj Mahal hotel. A day later and it would have been the Middlesex team standing at the check-in desk. No allowance can be made for randomness. 1 2 28 Nov 2008 16:02 windbag | Pick Share Reply Threads collapsed Sportblog Reply Share on Twitter Facebook 100 | Pick | Pick Share Support The Guardian 28 Nov 2008 8:37 28 Nov 2008 19:14 usini nostrum 28 Nov 2008 14:21 At a wild guess, I would say most Australian cricketers regard England as a relatively normal country, with moments of madness, and India as a relatively mad country, with moments of normalcy. 28 Nov 2008 18:57 Share on Twitter I don’t think England in recent years can be accused of shying away from tours to the subcontinent, having honoured every single one this decade (including two tours to Pakistan). However given the cancellation of the Champions Trophy I fail to see how this tour can go ahead. If anything it is an insult to Pakistani cricket supporters who have been starved of cricket for the last 12 months. 2. Aussie is an egalitarian society. India is not. It’s why the Indian cricket team is sourced from 4% of the population. No surprise, that 4% represents the Brahmins and Sikh upper classes. The Aussie cricketers in comparison represent the egalitarian lifestyle here. Most, maybe all, come from lower to middle class backgrounds, and have state school educations. Hell, Glenn McGrath lived in a caravan and worked evenings at a supermarket while he was attempting to gain access to a NSW state cricket pay packet. That’s the Aussie way. A silver spoon entry ticket is not admired here.Given Australia’s treatment of the Aboriginal population, you should desist from criticizing other cultures. All cultures have faults, including yours.The Australian Cricket Team (a separate entity from Australia, which is a lovely place), deserves every single snide shot they receive anyway. 2 Twitter Report 0 1 …it is to be hoped, given the callous manner in which Nasser Hussain’s side were left to make their own call on safety and security in Zimbabwe during the World Cup in southern Africa in 2003, that it was taken right out of their hands.I still can’t believe that we effectively forfeited a place in the Word Cup Semi Final just because some unknown Zimbabwean “terrorist” group made an empty threat against our players. We wouldn’t pull out of a deciding Ashes Test if a similar group demanded that we didn’t play the Aussies and we shouldn’t have pulled out of that game in 2003.As for the current situation,I think we should go back out there for the Tests because it’s unlikely there will be another attack so soon after this one and the team will have more protection now than they will ever have on a tour to a foreign country. Taking that into account,it could be argued that there will never be a safer time for England to play in India than next month. Facebook Share | Pick make that normality Twitter | Pick Facebook 28 Nov 2008 18:38 Report 28 Nov 2008 10:47 0 1 Reply All comments (59)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Report Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter MichaelVaughanMyLord 28 Nov 2008 16:08 Their chances of dying to another terrorist attack right after this one are probably lower than the plane they took back to England crashing. And even if there hadn’t just been an attack, the chances of dying in a terrorist attack is always very small. Compared to mundane things like plane crashes or car/bus crashes, it’s a silly thing to get worked up about safety wise, though understandable psychologically (that’s the point of them after all). i can’t decide – on the one hand i think that its crazy and lacking a little respect to play a test series in the current climate in India, and i wouldn’t want the England team to come to any harm as a result of staying in a dangerous situation in order to fulfil their obligations. That combined with the effects of coming home then returning to india means this series is probably a washout.However another large part of me thinks that as the england team were in now way the targets of this attack, and their proximity to the crisis is entirely coincidental they should get themselves back out there as soon as is appropriate, particularly as i have just managed to get time off work over xmas aound the time of the tests. I have also just had Sky installed after years of relying purely on TMS, and despite my hatred of Ian Botham doing anything other than playing cricket and walking for charity (ie speaking, expressing opinions etc) was rather looking forward to it. i was even going to try and work out a way of syncing sky pics with tms commentary for the best of both worlds. Share via Email Report Order by oldest 0 1 | Pick Facebook Terrorists murder hundreds of people, with the root cause appearing to be intolerance.So what do some of you dimwits above choose to do? Snipe at each other over perceived notions of stereotypical national characteristics and some cricket scores. Twitter Twitter Reply Share 28 Nov 2008 14:19 Report Twitter Share on Twitter Share hmm, between two stools we come to the IPL. I understand there is loathing and reluctance of acceptance among those ancients that cricket riches are moving out elsewhere. Such listing of incidents will sure be enough for canceling any cricket in India, Pakistan and Srilanka. Good for cricket, specially in England. Cricket in England won’t survive otherwise.One year from now will we be watching Flintoff playing in IPL in India? Will terrorist want to kill Flintoff? Does Flintoff feel he is secured in UK and so he should play inside his home? Report Share via Email Twitter Facebook Twitter Share 0 1 Share on Facebook 28 Nov 2008 16:10 Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Twitter Share on Messenger | Pick Share England cricket team 28 Nov 2008 19:02 collapsed Yaotzin 28 Nov 2008 15:41 Report Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments 59 Share | Pick Share on Twitter 0 1 0 1 3 windbag Reply Twitter Reply Reply Reuse this content,View all comments > Share on Twitter Its been unusual – the reactions this time with the Indian (bloggers and commenters) consensus being that the English have the right to choose their ssafety(even if partly paranoia) over the ritual of going through the entertainment show; And the English writers mostly agreeing that the “show must go on”. It is heartening, this meeting of minds and the willingness to put each in the other’s boots. As a habitual detractor of English whining, I must say I have been brought around by this tour’s reactions ffrom English cricketers, writers and even guardian.co.uk commenters :-). It seems to me whining has been exported to Australia where they seem to be looking for all sorts of excuses to bury the recent defeat (well, the third world, sight screen, batsman not padding up, and even “this series win is not significant , India have to win much more to be called champions” – talk of clutching at straws).Usually, an Aussie team just says no excuses.I would like to congratulate the English bloggers and commenters here, largely, for their sane and rational and refreshingly inclusive views embracing the fact that the world would not be a worse place off with India calling the shots in Cricket – and that it is just a continuation of what happened when ECB called the shots.If only the ECB and the Aussie bloggers and whiners learn from this… re-reading the article, i felt the title of this article should have been ‘…should not continue…’. there are more reasons given not to stay than anything else. did i misread it? please tell me if anyone sees a point made in the cause of ‘staying’.5 days stay in colombo? i have now serious doubts. right at the bottom i see a list terrorist attacks including Colombo city involved twiceand Selvey, i’m so sorry.contradictions. Topics Twitter Report 0 1 Twitter 0 1 As others have pointed out these are professional sportsmen not soldiers. If it worries them or their immediate families too much, then they should not go. It would hardly help them to relax would it? The decision will be made for all the wrong reasons by all the wrong people of course, as always in such situations. Report Share on Twitter 28 Nov 2008 13:42 0 1 Share on Twitter I have assessed all the evidence and decided that they should take the risk. 28 Nov 2008 14:37 Share newest Facebookcenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter unthreaded Share on Twitter Reply 3 Share Am with jno50 on this, the risks in a professional sportsmen’s career are different like injury, shorter career, not making it, someone else taking your place etc. and not living in locations bombed by terrorists. They should follow security advice and if they still feel it’s unsafe each player should be allowed to make an individual decision. Reply 0 1 SixteenTons Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook A pause for terror but power of money means the India show must go on England’s well-paid professionals should continue their tourDid the same person write both headlines? Share on Twitter Share Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Shares00 Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Share on Facebook @yellowtang I’d have been very angry if Australia had pulled out of the Ashes after 7/7Why? I was straight back on the tube myself; but that was because I’d thought about it and decided I’d be safe. But I could hardly have blamed a team from another country if they’d come to the opposite conclusion about a city in which they were to play two tests. Share yellowtang Share This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. 0 1 Share on Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? Report bluedaddy Twitter Reply Report raje Twitter Reply HiCan someone please throw out all comments by raje and nostrum, so that the rest of us can see what the thread is actually about?OK, back on topic now:During the 1970s and 1980s England was constantly under the threat of terrorism, bonbs, etc (remember the troubles over Northern Ireland).Did sport and the rest the rest of life grind to a halt then?No.So why should the current situation provoke a totally different reaction?Somebody above (sorry, make that below now…) also made the point about 7/7 and the Ashes. There was no fallout then either.I don’t really understand the problem. Perhaps someone just wanted an excuse to get out of India? Share on Facebook Report Reply | Pick 28 Nov 2008 8:36 0 1 | Pick Facebook 0 1 Facebook Facebook | Pick miroljub jno50 Reply | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick 28 Nov 2008 18:41 jno50 | Pick Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter crikfan Nostrum, Like I said, help yourself to personal insults as much as you want. It doesnt hurt me or bother me. You want to call me arrogant? Please yourself.I would like to move on anyway. Just want you to note that far from having mere effigies burnt, M.S.Dhoni had his under-construction house ransacked by ‘fans’. So, if you are crowing about newspaper articles and letters to teh editor condemning Warne being illustrative of Australia’s greatness, then you surely agree that we are not guilty of over-worshipping our so-called Gods given the above incident which is btw illustrative not unique.Also, you have clearly shown proof of my assertion – namely, “Look at us, what a great humble civilisation we are whereas Indians are so arrogant, they never criticise their Gods”.So,mate, just apply your thinking faculty and tell me, was I not right about Aussie self-rigtheousness – you dont even have to go far now for evidence – it is there in your mind itself! | Pick Share Reply Read more Facebook Share | Pick Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Reason (optional) Share on Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment expanded Facebook 1. It obviously wasn’t heard the first time, so I’ll say it again: SOME LIKE TO DISH IT OUT, BUT THEY CAN’T TAKE IT.2. Aussie is an egalitarian society. India is not. It’s why the Indian cricket team is sourced from 4% of the population. No surprise, that 4% represents the Brahmins and Sikh upper classes. The Aussie cricketers in comparison represent the egalitarian lifestyle here. Most, maybe all, come from lower to middle class backgrounds, and have state school educations. Hell, Glenn McGrath lived in a caravan and worked evenings at a supermarket while he was attempting to gain access to a NSW state cricket pay packet. That’s the Aussie way. A silver spoon entry ticket is not admired here.3. Vive la difference! Share on Facebook Share 28 Nov 2008 18:20 0 1 The rumours were that England’s players did not want to return to India, but that course of action has thankfully been averted electronicmath 0 1 BinkyDawkins Reply Share 0 1 Reply Share on Twitter Cricket Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Yaotzin Share on Pinterest Report crikfan Twitter Facebook First published on Thu 27 Nov 2008 19.01 EST Share on Facebook Show 25 Sportblog Share 0 1 | Pick Facebook Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Reply Since you’re here… Report Reply Reply 0 1 Facebook Share Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook bluedaddy Share on Twitter raje blogposts raje Share Share on Facebook Report Report Twitter Reply 0 1 England’s well-paid professionals should continue their tour 28 Nov 2008 19:05 England in India 2008-09 28 Nov 2008 17:37 Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share I’d have been very angry if Australia had pulled out of the Ashes after 7/7. Share on Facebook Report | Pick Close report comment form 0 1 reddevilreddevil Mumbai terror attacks windbag Reply View more comments | Pick Nostrum and Raje – get a room please. This is not the blog for re-hashing old (and very tedious) wounds between India and Aus. Who cares? For what its worth they both have a handful of players that are universally recognised as complete ar$eholes (Ponting, Hayden, Symonds, Harbajan, Ghambir, Ganguly).On the subject in hand, it seems obvious that most of the England team don’t exactly relish a tour to India at the best of times (I’m looking at you Harmy), and that allied to the tragic events of the past couple of days, and the fact that we’ve taken a pasting on the ODI’s means its no surprise that they want to stay at home.I agree with Selvey that its going to be hard for England to (re)find any kind of intesity, especially after the insane decison to fly home. And I also don’t agree with letting individual players make up their minds on whether to stay or go – the whole team goes or no one goes. But I wouldn’t blame the players in the slightest for not wanting to go – as someone before said they are only sportsmen not soldiers. I needs the senior infulential players (KP, Flintoff, Collingwood, Struass) to stand up early and say they want to go back otherwise it could just all fall apart. Plus it must be said that the Indians haven’t exactly shown recently that they care one iota about watching the test matches anyway, and this mini two test ‘series’ certainly wouldn’t really be missed that much. 0 1 England in India 2008-09 | Pick England captain Kevin Pietersen and his side will return to India to play the Test series. Photograph: Deshakalyan Chowdhury/AFP/Getty Images 25 Share Facebook 28 Nov 2008 16:22 Report Email (optional) Maybe the arguments about the Tests could be delayed until the dead are counted and buried? 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