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Executive vs. Legislature

first_imgThe Jame E. Greene Sports Stadium, located in Farmersville – on the outskirt of Greenville, Sinoe County, is expected to come alive on Friday with an entertaining oldtimer football game between the Executive and Legislative branches government.The kickball and football teams of the Executive Branch will serve as the host – as the organizer of Liberia’s 168th independence celebrations, while the Legislature – with the constitutional function of lawmaking, oversight and representative, will be the visitor.Assistant Sports Minister Murvee Gray said Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan will serve as the skipper for the male team, while the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan Cassell will be the captain for the kickball squad.Minister Gray – chairman of the July 26 Sports organizing committee said Senators George Weah and Geraldine Doe-Sheriff will feature for the Legislature.He disclosed that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai will be part of the tactical staff for the Executive, while Speaker Alex Tyler and President Pro Tempore Armah Jallah will be the technicians for the Legislature. He also said Press and Public Affairs Director Isaac G. Redd will be a member of the support staff of the tactical team.The free game will start at 3pm.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CSOs, Others Learn Mobile Data Collection Methods

first_imgAs part of its efforts to increase their accountability, transparency and effectiveness in the handling of sub-national government resources in Liberia, USAID-LEGIT in close coordination with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap conducted a three-day capacity building training in Ganta, Nimba County.The capacity building program which commenced on Monday, May 22, brought together participants from the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Department of Urban Affairs, LIGIS, Ganta City Corporation (GCC), CBOs and CSOs, YMCA and Nimba Community College to participate in the training exercise on Mobile Data Collection Methods and Mapping Techniques.The first day of the training began with an official opening ceremony when J. Wonkiepeh Saye, Field Technician of the Ganta city Corporation, welcomed the participants to the city of Ganta. Senior government adviser, Straven H. Willie, gave an overview of the training and informed participants of subsequent field work which will last for three weeks.Senior civil society adviser Mr. James Darwolo encouraged participants to take advantage of the training and explore the platform provided to them.HOT Country Manager David Luswata drilled participants during the ‘Introduction to Open Data and OpenStreetMap Editing Tools.’ He also spoke about the goals of the project, adding that during the training participants will learn how to use the OpenStreetMap to set out boundaries for the City of Ganta. Participants were also trained in tracing satellite imagery and adding data to OSM, how to download data from OSM and use it to add detail to the mapped features from field data, and how to upload this data back to OSM. The last presentation of the day focused on teaching participants how to map with the Java OpenStreetMap and Tasking Manager.The essence of the training was to equip participants with the complete workflow of the mapping process, which include contributing data to OpenStreetMap, and the free editable map of the world created by volunteers around the world.The training ended yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Weah Needs No Strategy to Govern”

first_imgPresidential Press Secretary Sam Mannah addressing a news conferencePhoto Credit: EXECUTIVE MANSION-Presidential Press Secretary Mannah debunks Cummings’ claimsPresidential Press Secretary, Sam Mannah, has indicated that President George Manneh Weah does not need a strategy to effectuate his robust governance plan to govern the Liberian people because he is no stranger to the plights of the people.The presidential spokesman was reacting to what many proponents of the ruling establishment have termed as a negative attack on the administration of the Coalition for Democratic Change by the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander Cummings.Serving as a guest speaker at a Rotary event in Monrovia over the weekend, Cummings said though the administration is still very young, it has taken many questionable decisions that bring the CDC’s ability to govern into question. He also questioned whether CDC understands the enormity of what they have taken on.The ANC political leader made specific references to the quality of the appointments made so far by President Weah and the recent loan agreements that the government has brokered with companies.But reacting to these comments in a commentary on Wednesday, Press Secretary Mannah said, delivering people one has live with for long, like President Weah has with the Liberian people, does not require a strategy.He added that President Weah has been providing for the needs of the ordinary Liberian people “unlike Mr. Cummings who will need a strategy because he doesn’t understand the plight of the Liberian people owing to his protracted absence from the country, and as such lacks the proper understanding of the issues confronting the average Liberian.”Throwing a jab at the former Coca-Cola Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Mannah noted that governance is quite different from selling a bottle of Coke. “Governance is about putting the right mechanism in place to ensure that the needs of the citizenry are addressed,” he said.“It’s bemusing that with all the strategies Mr. Cummings put forth during the just ended elections, he was massively rejected by the Liberian people and his party was not able to win a single legislative seat. Gone are the days when we will have people use Liberia as a retirement farm. Lest he is unaware, Liberians need true patriots, not tourists,” he said.Football Not a Credential for the PresidencyMr. Cummings seems to have further exacerbated the argument with an apparent jab directed at President Weah when he appeared on a local radio late Wednesday afternoon where he indicated that playing football is also not a credential for the presidency.The ANC political leader might have been constrained to have a short stint into what some would refer to as the uncomfortable terrain of gutter politics in reacting to Mannah’s commentary in which he (Cummings) was labeled as coke seller.Responding to Talk Show host Smith Toby question, “Mannah says running government is quite different from selling bottles Coke?”  the former Coca-Cola Executive said, “playing football is also not a credential for the presidency either.” He also indicated that he was not prepared to comment on the Mansion’s response to his earlier comments as it is not his nature to engage into vitriolic politics.The presidential Press Secretary ’s commentary garnered a lot of reactions across social media with many indicating that Mr. Mannah, like his boss, does not understand governance or leadership.Liberty Party Vice President for Political Affairs, Abraham Darius Dillon, said on his Facebook page, “Sam Mannah has completely made this clear to Liberians that pro-poor had no strategy to run Liberia.”“While this is wishful thinking on the part of Mr. Cummings, I wish to inform him that governance is quite different from selling a bottle of Coke.“So, for the sake of argument, can we say the same about Pres. Weah, that governance is different from kicking a football?”Another commentator, James Milner, noted, “How can you say that a government does not need a strategy to govern? This is baffling to come from such a top official. Even the manner and form in which the President delivers to the people is a strategy and Sam must understand this.“Is Sam saying that Weah has lived with the Liberian people for a very long time and as a result understands their plights, as such, he needs no strategy to govern? This is just very ridiculous to say. What are these guys thinking?” Milner asked.Williet Werner noted, “This is one of the worst pieces of communication that have come from the pinnacle of political authority in our country. Which administration/government does not need a strategy to govern?”“Sam will continue to embarrass himself. One has to comprehend before uttering anything…Sam, thanks for exposing the incompetence of you guys,” Ms. Werner noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana working with int’l bodies to establish intellectual property strategy

first_imgThe Guyana Government is working with a number of international organisations including the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) on the draft Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Copy Right legislations, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge.“We are working with WIPO, which is the Office in Geneva that deals with intellectual property rights. And the idea there is that we would develop a National Intellectual Property Strategy (NIPS), which will be a blueprint so that we can move forward. Copyright is an aspect of this… This is an area where the WIPO secretariat is to work with us on and we are also working with them and CARICOM in that area,” Greenidge said at his Ministry’s year-end press conference last week.According to the Foreign Affairs Minister, WIPO would need approximately six months to complete its work with the NIPS and by mid next year, they should deliver their work.Earlier this year, Government had announced that it was in the process of updating and enforcing the IPR legislation. The IPR legislation allows creators to safeguard their work through patents, trademarks and copyrights, resulting in prevention of plagiarism with the relevant laws as artillery should the need arise. In fact, the US Embassy here, in an attempt to get the consultation process started, hosted a panel discussion back in April during which focus was placed on the importance of IPR and how it would affect and benefit Guyanese artistes.Meanwhile, with regards to the Copy Right’s law, which according to Minister Greenidge has proven to be a more “vexing and contentious” area, a review of Guyana’s draft legislation was completed. However, he noted that there are some other areas where more work will have to be done.“What we are supposed to do, is to work with them on the Industrial Property Legislation – that’s another arm of it. And also, they are proposing to work with the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs on the question of geographical indications,” the Foreign Affairs Minister noted.However, he pointed out that the work with Caricom in this regard is proving to be a bit more difficult since there are more countries involved. Nevertheless, he stated that 2019 will see some of the reports come out on areas including Intellectual, Industrial, and Copy Rights.Following Government’s intention to table copyright legislation, stakeholders are worried about the impact this could have on the local economy, as many small businesses could possibly close as a result of the incoming change. In fact, several CD and DVD vendors have already expressed concerns over the effect this will have on their trade which sustain their livelihoods.Moreover, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, weighed in on the issue saying, “I hope that people will understand… it will be a revolution in Guyana… every video store in this country will have to close that sells these bootlegs. And every store that sells music now… the way they currently do, it will have to shut those down too, as well as the guys who are doing the push cart, they can be charged too”.While acknowledging that some may be in disagreement with the position, he clarified that Government should place more emphasis on protecting local intellectual property rights rather than focusing on safeguarding international content.Over the years, local musicians have lamented that being a performer in Guyana is a somewhat risky business, since persons have the constant fear of having their work copyrighted, especially since there are only small fines for infringements under old laws.The current legislation, the 1956 Copyright Act, which Guyana inherited from Great Britain following Independence in 1966, has never been revised, even though its former colonial master has long repealed the legislation that deemed copyright infringement a civil wrong.Though the current Act does provide protection of literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works, the fines are extremely low, ranging from £5 to £50 (GY$1750-GY$17,500).last_img read more

McHappy Day today in Fort St. John; proceeds to the CDC

first_imgBy Staff Come out and join McDonalds of Fort St. John for McHappy Day all day today (May 5th) at both McDonalds locations in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -If you purchase a Big Mac, Egg McMuffin or Happy Meal, one dollar will be donated to the Child Development Centre in Fort St. John.In 2009 both McDonalds raised over $6,500 for the Child Development Centre and today they can do it again with your help.Stop by McDonalds and make a donation today.last_img

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Friday, July 24

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first_imgJilie hands over the cheque for almost €2,000 from her birthday celebrations.A 90 year old Donegal woman has gone without presents so others can be a little better off.Jilie Mullaney of Baltoney, Gort a Choirce and her family decided not to ask for respects for Jilie’s recent milestone birthday.Inside they asked all those who attended her celebration at Ostan Loch Altan to make a donation. And Jilie was as surprised as anyone when big-hearted party-goers donated almost €2,000 to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.Jilie is seen with her daughter Rose-Ann (Fogarty) and son Frank presenting a cheque for €1,970 to Alastair McKinney (Branch Chairperson) and Julie Mundy (Services Co-ordinator) of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (Donegal Branch) to support home respite care for families living with dementia in Donegal.What a wonderful gesture by a wonderful lady and her very supportive family.JILIE’S AMAZING ACT OF GENEROSITY ON HER 90TH BIRTHDAY! was last modified: August 13th, 2015 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:ChequedonegalgortahorkJilie Mulanneylast_img read more


first_imgJudge KellyA 23-year-old Co Donegal woman has been fined after pleading guilty to running an online scam.Geraldine Stokes, whose address was given in court as 9, The Forest, Ballymacool, Letterkenny, pretended to be a legitimate seller of an iPhone on the website done But Letterkenny District Court heard it was all a scam – and she swindled a Galway man out of €230.A detective told the court that in November 2010 Stokes had pretended to have an iPhone for sale for €330.Her victim agreed to lodge €230 into Stokes’ account at the AIB in Letterkenny as part payment.“He never received his phone and in fact the phone probably didn’t exist. The victim made a complaint to Gardai in Galway and we followed it up,” said the detective.The court heard that the 23-year-old mother of two had since paid €250 compensation to her victim.Judge Paul Kelly was also told about another crime – a breach of the peace – when Ms Stokes was involved in a fight on Letterkenny’s Main Street.“I am concerned that the theft was planned over a period of time and shows some malice of forethought,” said the judge of the done scam.However he also heard these were Stokes’s first offences.He fined her €150 for the iPhone con trick and applied the probation act for the breach of the peace.DONEGAL WOMAN WAS BEHIND iPHONE SALE SCAM ON DONEDEAL.IE WEBSITE was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL WOMAN WAS BEHIND iPHONE SALE SCAM ON DONEDEAL.IE WEBSITElast_img read more

Gardai warn of dangerous roads on another frosty morning

first_imgMotorists are again warned to take extra care on the roads across Donegal after another cold night brought further frost and black ice. Gardai have issued a specific warning about the road conditions around Burt and Bridgend. The Buncrana and Burnfoot area, especially on Slab Rd (R239) in Burnfoot is said to have treacherous icy patches.Ice and frost are causing disruptions on many secondary roads and back roads in the county. Met Eireann’s low temperature warning remains in place until 10am today (Tuesday). Frost is yet to clear in many sheltered areas. Main roads have been gritted by Donegal County Council, however motorists are reminded that they should never assume a road is ice free.Featured image above by Brona Duddy in Churchill Gardai warn of dangerous roads on another frosty morning was last modified: December 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Passenger tax grab

first_imgAustralia’s major political parties are risking a backlash from travellers as research by the main tourism industry lobby reveals massive public ignorance about tax gouging by the Australian government on foreign visitors and Australians heading overseas. Because the governmment’s so-called $A55 Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) is collected by airlines and is unseen by travellers as they pass through airports, a staggering 85 per cent of Australians are unaware that it exists, according to a poll commissioned by the Australian Tourism and Transport Forum.And when they’re told about it, they’re angry that three-quarters of the $1 billion the PMC raises every year is just a tax grab by the federal treasury in Canberra when it was originally designed only to pay for the $250 million a year it costs to run the customs and immigration service. According to the survey of 1000 people nationally on June 10 by market researcher Pureprofile, more than 80 per cent of respondents say the holiday tax should be slashed or invested directly in the tourism industry to support economic growth and more jobs rather than fill the government’s coffers.With campaigning underway for a July 2 federal election in Australia, more than a third of people (36.4 per cent) say political parties should commit to reducing the cost of travelling to and from Australia, while a quarter (25.1 per cent) say they would support a political party that commits to not increasing the PMC.Yet the major parties are stonewalling, with neither apparently willing to give up the tax – a position that threatens to further erode the primary votes of the two major parties, already at record lows collectively with minor parties capitalising on the increasingly poor image of the traditional groupings.“We want them to cut the PMC or, at the very least, freeze it, but they have given no commitments,” says TTF spokesman Chris Taylor. “We understand both major parties have policies on the issue but, with just two weeks to go, they haven’t released them.”The TTF has been campaigning hard on the issue for more than two years  and is frustrated that, with federal government spending at record levels, travellers are seen only as cash cows to be milked.“The Passenger Movement Charge is a hidden holiday tax on every Australian and overseas visitor travelling through our international gateways and does nothing to support the growth of the industry and creation of more jobs,” says TTF CEO Margy Osmond. “Tourism has been identified as a super-growth sector of the future but the hidden holiday tax continues to be a handbrake on the industry.”In fact, Australia’s PMC is now the world’s biggest travel tax for journeys of up to 3000 kilometres, eclipsed only by Britain’s hated Air Passenger Duty that gouges £73 ($A143) from every long-haul traveller entering or leaving the UK.last_img read more