UNICEF, a leading partner of the National Youth Service Program, (NYSP) at the Ministry of Youth and Sports has donated 15 motorbikes to the program to enhance its operations at the county level.The motorbikes were turned over to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) at the end of March, as part of its logistical support.The NYSP made significant contributions to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) through the deployment of about 300 volunteers who carried out Ebola preventive messages as well as participated in contact tracing in 12 counties.The UNICEF donation followed the recruitment in February of 11 Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) field officers to support the M&E unit of the NYSP as well as the MYS and its partners.The M&E officers are to ensure that all data related to child sensitive contact tracing collected in the field are collated and reported on time. They are working alongside NYSP County Program Officers in Maryland, Sinoe, Nimba, Gbarpolu, Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Lofa, Bomi, Bong and Montserrado Counties. The 15 motorbikes are currently being issued to the M&E field officers to build their logistical capacities. Meanwhile, several National Volunteers (NVs) who were recalled to form part of the NYSP Ebola Response Team are being transitioned to regular activities, including health, agriculture, youth center management, educational support, and peace building at community level. NVs with backgrounds in various disciplines have been assigned to public schools around the country to provide instructional support, while some are still involved with Ebola prevention awareness and contact tracing in some of the project counties. The NYSP’s core activities which include support to national development efforts through community service and peace building were temporarily suspended in August, 2014, following the imposition of the state of emergency and the closure of schools by the government due to the Ebola outbreak.During the peak of the Ebola crisis, the MYS and her partners, including UNICEF decided to reprogram the NYSP to allow national youth volunteers to contribute to the fight against the EVD through a door- to -door Ebola prevention awareness at the community level.This initiative has yielded maximum results through the total involvement of NYSP management, staff members and youth NVs. The National Youth Service Programme is an integrated peace building and development program which creates the platform for young Liberians who are college, technical school, and university graduates to be afforded the opportunity to contribute to nation building, while promoting peace and reconciliation in local communities. Funded by the Peace Building Fund (PBF-L) and the Government of Liberia with support from UNICEF, the program falls under the reconciliation component of the Liberia Peace Building Program (LPP).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
When it comes to the timely release of statistics, the recently-released International Monetary Fund (IMF) Country Report on Guyana has highlighted and has advised authorities in Guyana to step up their game and make available in a timely manner to the public, data on the labour markets, gender and poverty ratios.The report, released earlier this month, stated that although data provided to the IMF is generally sufficient for surveillance purposes, the timeliness, reliability, and coverage of “selected” data can be improved.It highlighted that selected data are only available upon request or during missions.The Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) missions have provided technical assistance on national accounts, which helped strengthen production-side Gross Domestic Product (GDP) compilation, the rebasing of national accounts and medium-term projections. Further work could entail compilation of expenditure-side GDP and quarterly GDP, according to the IMF.“Monetary statistics, exchange rates, interest rates, and financial prudential indicators are accessible with a lag and though specific areas of data have received technical assistance, some constraints remain in the compilation and dissemination of data for certain sectors,” the Fund observed.The report continued that even though the compilation of national accounts has been fortified in the last decades, limitations are evident in certain areas, including the Bureau of Statistics which could increase the coverage of surveys, particularly with respect to the services sector.It added that since January 2010, the agency has adopted a new household income and expenditure survey and has expanded the basket of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) index and revised its weights; however, the coverage of the CPI could be further broadened to reveal price movements in areas other than Georgetown.In 2014, a mission from CARTAC observed data gaps and made recommendations for improvements, including the development of a register of large public and private enterprises that could be requested to provide data on their transactions and positions with nonresidents; improving data collection and compilation with regards to services; inclusion of investment income from reserve assets; clarifying the classification of income accounts to ensure that they occur between residents and nonresidents; properly recording debt forgiveness; and surveying direct investment enterprises.The mission initiated the release of quarterly current and capital accounts, according to the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6) for the period March 2011 to September 2013. The mission also initiated the production of experimental (partial) International Investment Position (IIP) statistics from the information that is available on Government debt, reserve assets of the central bank, and Marginal Standing Facility (MSF)It has also developed an action plan for the implementation of balance of payments and IIP surveys and for the development of balance of payments and IIP statements.Technical assistanceThe report indicated that the Bank of Guyana (BoG) does not report the IIP because it lacks the capacity to compile such statistics, thus this is one of the priority areas identified for technical assistance from CARTAC.Other areas for technical assistance delivered in 2014-15 focused on building capacity in the areas of internal audit, tax administration, revenue forecasting, tariff classification of goods using the Harmonised System, customs valuation, debt management and medium-term fiscal projections.Past technical assistance missions have found that there is room to develop the “definition and treatment of one-off nontax revenues in medium term projections”.According to the country report, IMF authorities have planned to continue to work on improving tax administration and to build a framework for managing mineral revenues based on international best practices.“The authorities have expressed interest in technical assistance on developing a domestic long-term bond market,” the report said.However, the report indicated that not everything is doom and gloom for the statistics sector since the BoG has made significant progress in improving the quality of monetary statistics, specially the institutional coverage.The monetary statistics currently include the BoG, commercial banks, the New Building Society, and trust companies, and other financial corporations (finance companies, life insurance, companies, non-life insurance companies, pension funds, and asset management companies).The IMF stated that the BoG’s monetary statistics provide data for publication in the International Financial Statistics Supplement, based on standardised report forms while the bank publishes financial prudential indicators in its quarterly report and on its website on a regular basis.The issue of the timely release of statistics and reports has always been a old problem; presently Guyana is without an unemployment rate for over a decade.Guyana has always been using proxies – data from the national population census and the households budget surveys – to determine its unemployment rate. The country has also been without a labour force survey for almost a decade.
It might have been a dream come true for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Japanese Prime Minister Sinzo Abe, when the Maiden Edition of the Liberia-Japan Dialogue kicked off Thursday, July 3, in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.Both leaders have for a long time craved the establishment of a strong and efficient Liberia-Japan partnership, especially in the private sector, with business and investment at its center.It may be recalled that during the fifth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD V) held in Japan, Prime Minister Abe held bilateral discussions with President Sirleaf, where they discussed the importance of Japanese investments to Liberia and agreed to initiate a Policy Dialogue between the two governments.The launch of the Japan-Liberia dialogue in Monrovia brings to realization agreements reached by the two during the TICAD V conference, where the Japanese government also promised to play a more proactive role to assist in accelerating economic growth and development in Africa.The Monrovia Dialogue brought together participants from the Japanese Business sector, led by Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Naoto Nikai, and officials of the Liberian Government and Liberia’s private sector executives, led by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan.The main focus of the dialogue was on enhancing trade, commerce and investment opportunities between the two countries. Participants had the opportunity to discuss the importance of Japanese investment to Liberia and vice versa. They initiated a Policy Dialogue between the two governments.Addressing the opening of the dialogue were Liberian Foreign Minister Ngafuan, Commerce Minister Axel M. Addy, Japanese Ambassador Nikai and Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation, Mr. Sachio Kaneki. They gave the opening remarks at the ceremony that was held under the theme, “Harnessing Bilateral Partnership for Robust Private Sector Development in Liberia”.Japanese Ambassador Nikai, in his remarks, noted that the Dialogue is one of the Japanese Government’s initiatives at the TICAD V to promote the economic growth of Africa through encouraging business activities between Japan and Africa.Commenting on Japan’s determination to invest in Liberia, the Japanese Envoy said that Japanese private companies are greatly interested in exploring their business opportunities in Africa. In connection to that, they expect that the Government will also undertake particular efforts in creating business-friendly environments for them so that they will be able to smoothly introduce themselves to the marketplace in Liberia,” he said.He recounted the long standing, historic relationship both countries share dating as far back as 1961, when the bilateral relationship was established.He also spoke of the numerous assistances his government had extended to Liberia. One of the noteworthy initiative is the construction of the Somalia Drive highway from Red-Light to Free-Port that is ongoing.“While I believe that Japanese Official Development Assistance will remain playing very important roles in backing sustainable development of the country, increase foreign direct investment, and further engagement of the public sector will boost the economic development in Liberia,” Ambassador Nikai noted.Minister Ngafuan, in his remarks, urged Liberian and Japanese business executives to identify areas of common interests and activities within the framework of business and investment promotions.“. . . in furtherance of our ties and as a way to cement our cherished relationship with Japan, we look forward to the promised reopening of the Japanese Embassy in Monrovia, which will further bolster the friendship and ties between Liberia and Japan and ease the process of acquiring visas and boost trade and investment between our two countries.”Mitsubishi Corporation Senior Vice President, Mr. Kaneki, for his part, expressed appreciation to both governments for what he called a remarkable decision that brought together the private sector from each country. While encouraging his array of Japanese companies present at the occasion to explore new investment opportunities in Liberia, the Mitsubishi Corporation Senior Vice President added that the economic relationship between Liberia and Japan is not new: “In Japan, Liberia has been known as the most famous country for business registration,” he said. He further hailed Liberia’s maritime program which he noted has hundreds of ships flying the Liberian flag which covers about 12.5% of total operating ships in the world.Liberia’s Commerce Minister Axel Addy hoped that the opportunities for exchanges will lead to new beginning of strong and responsible partnerships between the business communities of both countries. “The essence of these two days is that the magic will happen and you will leave here with clear path to investment opportunities exploring new partnerships with the domestic private sector.”The Japanese will pay a one-day working visit to the Port City of Buchanan today. The Buchanan offices of the National Port Authority (NPA) and the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Corporation (LPRC) will make presentations on welfare of the Buchanan Port’s commercial pier and LPRC facilities, respectively.The Liberia-Japanese investment partnership talks continue today.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
I want all of us to reminisce thru a very short political period, spanning from the Tolbert Era to the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf period and reflect on what our dear Country Liberia was like, physically, sociologically, economically and politically. Mr. Tolbert succeeded a very autocratic rule, where descent was nationally managed; and political pluralism did not exist in our political governance. Mr. Tolbert launched a vigorous attempt of inclusiveness to the chagrin of the then political class. Political Tolerance for the first time was initiated with the birth of the Bacchus Mathews, Tipoteh, and Sawyer, and many others on the coattails of MOJA, then a political movement sweeping over Africa seeking tolerance, participation in the national dialogue and political pluralism.The fragile stability that Liberia then enjoyed in the pre-civil disturbance days included a series of programs of development administration that were beginning to yield positive results; that administration promoted the creation of basic services and institutions in competition with the private sector. Our foreign policy began to take the colors of neutrality in a cold war era, even reaching out to nations that our traditional friends considered not being in the interest of democratic values through their own lenses. There was this fierce stream of competing and at times contradictory political ideas battling for international western correctness. For the new breed was being suspiciously perceived as promoting socialist tendencies and had become the bitter sweet fruit.In our local Liberian political jargon, we classified them as “porcupine guts,” too bitter to swallow, too greasy to throw away. This internal struggle for political relevance created a time bomb that could be ignited at any moment, using the fuse of political exclusionism of the masses, as a starting magnet. Because the promoters of participatory and inclusive governance had convinced majority of the people to perceive themselves as not being participatory of the national cake, and influenced by the constant barrage of political propaganda by political spin masters that soothed the aspirations of a greater number of the people, things went out of control. This rupture which began some more than two decades ago, called for change without a clearly defined and articulated direction by a leadership, whose card carrying founders and die-heart loyalists failed to appreciate and grasp the enormity of the disruptive and potentially damaging consequences and therefore failed miserably, intentionally or by the weight of their political immaturity, to plan to cope with them.This is may not be the time for a blame game but a time of reflection stating the facts as they were will go a long way to educate the then followers of blind and empty rhetoric. The change we all supported was clothed in translucent rhetoric of focusing on ethnic marginalization, feeding on emotions roused by the allegations of unsustainable abuse of the derivatives of the nation’s resources. Unfortunately, those who championed the change fell out with the implementers of the change. Many arguments may be advanced as to the reasons. That is another debate. But we paid a heavy price and are still paying a heavy price. Howbeit, that experience put Liberia on the treadmill, searching for a solution of sober guidance. It took us thru successive experiments of trial and error, not long after the sudden change of governance occurred; our immense thanks go to the resilience of Liberians that landed us on the brink and doorsteps to true democracy. We are not there yet, but being an avowed optimist I am hopeful, we will get there hopefully sooner than later. That is where my worries are. First of all, let me say Liberia has done well. We now enjoy all the freedoms we need and some are being exercised without the controlling attendant responsibilities. Since we cherish our Constitution ardently, it is necessary that we pay sacred homage to it and exercise these inalienable rights with somberness; did I say somberness? Oh I meant sobriety and reflective responsibility. Responsible citizenship should now characterize the debate to our people. Unfortunately, the recklessness of the populous speeches is beginning to take center stage. Sadly, instead of focusing on the cassava and rice issues which impact our daily lives, the pending democratic options with which the airwaves are saturated seem to fully suggest that we are running out of democratic tolerance of substantiveness and objectivity. For those of our brothers who believe in the Machiavellian principle that the end justifies the means, you’ve got it wrong. We’ve heard that before, haven’t we? I wonder whether those of our brothers and sisters who may be perceiving themselves as losing political traction and therefore must pester our people with speeches with the intent to incite them, forgot the denigration that our mothers and sisters suffered, the torture, the hunger that killed many able bodies, including our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and relatives, the displacement of over a million people and the death of over 250,000 people. No political leader should engage in the use of the threat of political violence as a means of gaining political relevance, but should continue to seek a peaceful political option of criticizing the promises of the competition and provide clearly defined options that one would employ to continue the path that has already been set. Can you imagine, a candidate would have the courage to suggest that to pave the road from Monrovia to Maryland can be done by $60m dollars when we know that it costs $1m/mile; and that is some 450 miles or more of road? Even political folly would educate a candidate to the notion of measurements. That is misinformation. Let us get away from this romantic notion of civil disturbance; it does no one any good.Please remember that I am doing a reflection of Liberia’s past and so some of my comments are a direct reflection of those times. We are all aware of what our past leaders did to the opposition. It is no hidden knowledge that the very ten-year clause that the referendum submits was introduced by the then Ruling party then to keep the likes of Sawyer, Ellen and the lot out, who were considered as “Suitcase Politicians.” For me, responsible opposition provides the crucible for development. Opposition provides constructive engagement that forces the ruling party toward people- oriented programs. Political opposition parties are necessary in any political governance. Let no one belittle that, for the opposition has the responsible mandate of checkmating, but in a responsible manner towards making the Ruling party productive, focused, and accountable and results- oriented. So those in the Ruling party must also bear the added responsibility of a tolerance of views, protecting the freedoms that they enacted laws for and providing a level playing field for all to exercise their constitutional rights responsibly. Political gamesmanship and bickering of any kind that prey upon and exploit the low educational level of our people, knowingly or unknowingly, undermines all of our efforts to shake off the dust and ghosts of decades of misrule, defeating all efforts to reconstruct and renew our nation and improve the socio-economic conditions of our people. Thankful to God we have survived one of the most dangerous periods of our existence: the Ebola war. Now we must begin to think ahead but one area that irks me is our poor working habits.Our very work habits which were already notoriously bad in the past have been exacerbated; our families, the store house of discipline, have been disrupted and most have become dysfunctional; our national and parochial values have all been adulterated. All of these have imploded our penchant for foreign livelihood, which sends a dangerous message of despondency to our youth, who may be seeing no good in us. It is time which is now to crave for exemplary conduct, with role models; we must begin to show truthfulness to regain respect and credibility. As I reflect on these issues in this reflection, I call for a recommitment to do all we can to resuscitate this country so that we can be proud of ourselves and our country.Editor’s Note: Former Grand Kru Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson has served Liberia both in the private and public sector for over some 57 years, starting as a cadet in government services to running for the Presidency of Liberia and then settling to serve in his twilight years as Senator for the people of Grand Kru.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents of Block 22 in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) will now have access to free Internet services with the recent opening of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub. Eight Internet-ready computers are now available for use to residents of the community following the official opening of yet another ICT Hub. Situated in the Block 22 Multipurpose building, the hub was officially opened with the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon and a simple ceremony.Director, Community Development and Social Management of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), Phillip Walcott speaking at the recent opening, said that the plan is to ensure that Guyanese become computer literate.According to Walcott, while affordability is a challenge for some citizens,A section of the ITC hubconnectivity is a problem for others; hence he noted a US$31 million project will be launched later this year, to extend the reach of the Internet.“An ICT hub is created so you can have access to a device and then for others the challenge of connectivity and ICT hubs provide free wifi so that that challenge is removed. You run out of data that you can use in the comfort of your home, you can come to the hub during the hours the hub is available and you can use that,” he added. Members of the community are soon expected meet to elect a Management Committee which will be responsible for the operation of the hub. The NDMA is under the E-Government Unit of the Public Telecommunications Ministry.
0Shares0000Fellaini appeared to have words with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo/DAILY MAILMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 2 – Marouane Fellaini could be sidelined for two months after being forced off in Manchester United’s defeat at Tottenham.Fellaini lasted just seven minutes of Wednesday night’s 2-0 loss at Wembley, with reports suggesting that the Belgian international could be now set for a lengthy spell on the treatment table. United boss Jose Mourinho said: “He came off because he had something in his knee. Unlucky for him and unlucky for me. He came on with enthusiasm, but he has an injury in his ligament.”Subsequent reports have indicated that Fellaini has indeed suffered a serious injury, which rule him out for six to eight weeks.If the 30-year-old is out for two months, then it could severely limit Fellaini’s future contributions in a United shirt.Fellaini’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he is expected to leave Old Trafford on a Bosman deal in the summer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Loris Karius was subjected to vile abuse after his blunders cost Liverpool the Champions League © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYLONDON, United Kingdom, May 27 – Police are investigating after Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was subjected to death threats and vile abuse on social media after his costly mistakes condemned his side to a painful Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.Karius was responsible for two of Real’s goals in their 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday. The 24-year-old German threw the ball into Real forward Karim Benzema and it bounced back into the net for the opening goal.He then allowed Gareth Bale’s harmless shot to squirm through his hands for Real’s third goal in the closing minutes.Karius was in tears after the final whistle and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he felt bad for the player he signed from Mainz in 2016.No Liverpool players went to console Karius, who was pictured covering his face while disembarking the team’s plane when it arrived back at John Lennon Airport on Sunday morning.Karius had apologised after the match for his mistakes, but that didn’t stop furious Liverpool fans from making sick threats to the keeper and his family.Posts included a commenter saying he hoped Karius died of cancer, while another read: “I hope your whole family dies” and one even said “I’ll murder your girl”.A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police told the Daily Telegraph that officers were investigating the abuse.“The force takes social media posts of this nature extremely seriously and any offences identified will be investigated,” she said.“Merseyside Police would like to remind social media users than any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated.”By the time he returned home on Sunday, Karius was still in turmoil as he tried to come to terms with his woeful display in the biggest game of his life.Without making reference to the abuse, he took to Twitter himself to again say sorry for his nightmare performance.“Haven’t really slept until now. The scenes are still running through my head again and again. I’m infinitely sorry to my team-mates, for you fans, and for all the staff,” he tweeted.“I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down.“As I said I’d just like to turn back the time but that’s not possible.“It’s even worse as we all felt that we could have beaten Real Madrid and we were in the game for a long time.“Thank you to our unbelievable fans who came to Kiev and held my back, even after the game.“I don’t take that for granted and once again it showed me what a big family we are. Thank you and we will come back stronger.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Hoffenheim starlet Nadiem Amiri 1 Arsenal look set to miss out on Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Nadiem Amiri, after the 20-year-old agreed a new deal with the Bundesliga side.Amiri enjoyed an excellent campaign last term, netting twice and grabbing four assists in 33 league appearances.And his impressive performances led to reports linking the youngster with a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.Arsenal were keen on a deal for the midfielder, while Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach also in the hunt.However, Hoffenheim have successfully resisted their advances and have tied their prized asset down for a further three years.Amiri, who can also play as a central midfielder and a winger, represented Germany up to under-21 level before deciding to change his allegiance to Afghanistan.
The 20th North West 10k is fast approaching and on this Friday evening there is a very important marshals meeting in the Mount Errigal Hotel at 7.30pm. Chairperson James Boyle is appealing for more volunteers to steward at the huge charity run and walk, which has been attracting over 2,000 entries in recent years.“This is one of the biggest outdoor events staged in Letterkenny so as part of our safety management plan we need a huge team of stewards to marshal the 10k. We have our loyal regular volunteers but we are appealing for more help for the race which is on Sunday week the 1st of May” Mr Boyle said. The two benefiting charities this year are the Irish Pilgrimage Trust (Donegal Branch) and Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (Donegal Branch). Both charities have been working hard on a range of fundraising initiatives ahead of the special 20th anniversary North West 10k.“We are asking the public to support these two very worthy causes by taking sponsor cards and entering for either the race or walk. The first 2,000 people will get the new 10k t-shirt which is being delivered at the beginning of the week. The committee would also like to acknowledged again the continued sponsorship of our charity event by DonegalDaily.com and Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure” Mr Boyle said.As well as registering on-line runners and walkers can also pre-enter at Letterkenny Community Centre next week. The registration office will be open on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April from 5 – 6.30 p.m. Entries will also be taken on Saturday 30th April from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For further information on the North West 10k go to www.northwest10k.com. MARSHALS AND VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR UPCOMING NORTH-WEST 10K was last modified: April 21st, 2016 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:donegalNorthwest 10Kvolunteers
The car involved in the incident in Castlefin yesterday.Four men are to appear in court today following yesterday’s chase in which a Garda car was badly damaged.The men, who are understood to be from Northern Ireland, will appear at Buncrana District Court. The men were arrested yesterday afternoon near Castlefin following a Garda operation.It followed an operation in which Gardai put out appeals on the movements of a silver Mercedes car.The car was observed and a pursuit took place.The men were arrested in a follow-up operation which also involved the co-operation of he local community.The men were taken to Letterkenny and Milford Garda stations for questioning overnight.They will appear before Judge Paul Kelly today.FOUR MEN TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY FOLLOWING GARDA CHASE was last modified: July 10th, 2014 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:buncrana courtcastlefindonegalGardai