The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has jointly signed a contribution agreement of Euro 4.5 million with the European Commission (EC) to promote decentralization in Liberia.The signing ceremony took place Monday at the Internal Affairs Ministry in Monrovia.The agreement targets decentralization, which is central to governance reforms, peace building and reconciliation as well as poverty reduction in line with Liberia’s National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance and the Liberia Decentralization Implementation Plan (LDIP).The contribution from the European Union is part of Liberia’s five-year Decentralization Support Program (LDSP), funded by the Government of Liberia, EU, UNDP, and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).Speaking at the signing ceremony, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly said the amount will be used for decentralization in all parts of the country, describing it as service delivery.“This support came at the right time and it’s good because it represents a good start to the country’s development but the bad side about it is that so many of our people are dying from this deadly disease Ebola,” Minister Dukuly said.Minister Dukuly made it clear that the issue of the deadly disease Ebola would not stop the decentralization process in the country. He thanked the European Commission and other partners for their contributions in helping to develop the country.“I, therefore, hope that the pillars of decentralization will be established expeditiously in all of the regions,” he said.Discussing the deadly disease Ebola, which is leaving several dead, he said the Liberian government is doing all it can to fight Ebola, especially by avoiding the traditional practices of burying dead bodies.At the same time Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, head of EU Delegation to Liberia, said the EU support to the Liberia’s decentralization Support programme is geared toward contributing to the development of Liberia so that all Liberians will have access to services and benefits from inclusive economic growth and participation in the political life of the country.The decentralization program focuses on administrative and fiscal governance by ensuring responsive, capable and countable local governments as well as developing and strengthening local level planning and monitoring and management capacity.Discussing the issue of Ebola in the country, Ambassador Pacifici said he is afraid that with all of the other support coming in for development, Ebola has also begun another challenge for Liberia.“Ebola will not change this country right now but we will change the country with all we can do to move this country forward,” he said.Ambassador Pacifici said the European Union is prepared to work together with the Liberian government through the decentralization and help fight Ebola in the country.For his part, Mr. Antonio Vigilante, UNDP Resident Representative, said the Euro 4.5 million is 50 percent of what the Liberian government needs to carry on its decentralization.He pledged his support to the Liberian government in terms of development and the fight against Ebola. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Senator Nyonglee Karnga-LawrenceThe Senate yesterday overwhelmingly endorsed an exhaustive report by its Committee on Post and Telecommunications, concerning unregistered SIM Cards by the various telecommunications operators. The committee’s report came as a result of a letter from Grand Kru County Senator Albert Chie who raised concern that unregistered SIM Cards in the wrong hands may pose security threats to the country. In the report, the Committee chaired by Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence noted that all of the commissioners of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) disclosed several challenges that made the SIM Card registration process difficult. The challenges, according to the report, include: the lack of citizen identification, either by passport and work ID cards, to track subscribers, was making it very difficult to have an efficient and effective process; also the lack of equipment to track the entire process as it is done in many countries. The LTA, according to the Lawrence Committee report, also blamed bad road conditions or lack of accessibility to many places with network where SIM cards are registered or exist; and that the LTA has not gotten a budget approval for payment of international dues that could help build its capacity. The Committee in its recommendation called on plenary to request the Committees on Internal Affairs and Ways, Means and Finance to address the concerns on the plans of citizen identification cards. The Committee also recommended that it collaborate with the Committee on Ways, Means and Finance to investigate the financial reports of the LTA, and study the request for equipment and international dues payment for budget adjustment, and that the report provides justification that the equipment will increase efficiency and effectiveness in the regulation process and will also increase revenue for the country’s benefit.The Committee also wants plenary to further mandate the two committees to meet with the Commissioner General of the LTA and the Ministry of Finance to confirm that authority was given to the LTA to negotiate fines; and that the LTA be made to revisit the policy of the payment of fines and include a clause for adjustment as it relates to the challenges until government meets its obligation. The Committee displayed report sheets showing that, from 2012 to present, the telecommunications operators have refused to pay the fines that amount in the millions of United States dollars, even after reduction on the basis that they did not violate because the government of Liberia has still not met up with its obligation. The Senators, earlier debating the report condemned excuses from the LTA, some describing them as “poor and flimsy,” and highly questionable that LTA management waived millions of United Dollars worth of fines imposed on violators. “We are at the verge of financial bankruptcy and some public corporation is waiving millions that need to build up the budget; we need to be more serious and assertive,” Senator Dan Morais said. For his part, Grand Cape Mount County Ranking Senator Varney G. Sherman refused to blame the LTA in entirety. He suggested that a portion of the current budget be put aside for the printing and issuance of an identification card system that can be used for several purposes, such as passport, birth certificate and even electoral purposes as is the case in developing and developed countries like the United States. Sen Nyonblee Karnga LawrenceMeanwhile, the Committee on Banking and Currency yesterday made its long differed report to plenary on the disturbing depreciation of the Liberian dollar (currently L$95 to US$1) to the United States dollar. Debate on that report will, however, be held on Tuesday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The body of a West Berbice mechanic who went missing on Tuesday during a family outing to catch crabs was on Wednesday fished out of the Atlantic Ocean.Dead is Heron Anthony Sears, 49, of Number 29 Village, WCB. He used to work at the Aroaima Mining Company as a mechanic.Reports are that on Tuesday Sears disappeared in a canal leading to the ocean in the presence of his wife. On Wednesday at about 09:00h, his body was discovered by passers-by lying on the mud flat as the tide was receding.This publication was told that the father of one, and his wife Alicia Sears, had goneDead: Heron Anthony Searsto the foreshore on an outing to catch crabs.According to Alicia Sears, they entered the foreshore by using the access dam at Trafalgar, and went as far as Lovely Lass village. By the time they got back to Trafalgar, they did not have as many crabs as they needed.The sluice attendant advised them that they had gone the wrong was in search of crabs, and needed to go in the other direction. Her husband was determined to go, but after explaining that she did not feel like walking that far, her husband said he was going alone, and walked across to the canal to wash his feet, which had a lot of mud.Alicia Sears said he slipped into the canal, and when she asked if he was okay, he raised his hands. She then enquired whether he was going to the other side of the canal, and again he raised his hands.The woman said she rushed to the sluice attendant for help, but by the time they reached where he had been, he had already disappeared beneath the murky water.At the time, the Trafalgar sluice door was open, and the current taking the water to the ocean was strong.The attendant closed the sluice, and a search began for the man. The body was found one village away from the Trafalgar sluice where he disappeared.
A landlord was placed before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday and arraigned for stealing from his tenant who occupies the lower flat of the building.Peter Rollux denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Leron Daly.It is alleged that on February 11, 2019, at 5th Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Anastasia Spencer and stole a Samsung Galaxy cellphone valued $85,000 along with $20,000. The prosecution is contending that the Virtual Complaint, who is pregnant, secured her apartment and left when her landlord allegedly went into her apartment.The 31-year-old man was released on $50,000 bail after Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh had no objections. The case will continue on April 5, 2019.
Johan Cruyff has blamed Mario Balotelli’s former clubs for failing to educate the Italy international.The 24-year-old has been in the spotlight for his actions on and off the pitch for several years now, and his behaviour is under renewed scrutiny at Liverpool where he is yet to score in the Premier League following his £16million move from AC Milan in the summer.Balotelli recently made headlines for his late-night partying habits, but Dutch great Cruyff is not blaming the player himself.“We always speak about people but I like to speak about the education of people,” he said.“How have they educated him [Balotelli] in the clubs he has played for?“It’s too simplistic to say, ‘He doesn’t behave well’. But one should follow that up with, ‘Why is that?’“If it is down to education, how is it possible that he has played for Italian clubs for the past five or six seasons and he doesn’t behave well?“For me it’s the fault of the team not of the person.” 1 Mario Balotelli
Putin and Russia will hope to make the draw itself a memorable occasion and turn the focus firmly to football, and the chosen setting, by Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, could scarcely be grander.The build-up to Russia 2018 has been overshadowed by talk of the controversial awarding of the tournament in the first place, of the friction between Putin’s regime and the West, and of fears over terrorism and hooliganism.Russia’s sporting reputation has also taken a battering after investigations into widespread doping by its athletes, including at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.But now football’s biggest superstars, from Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, will find out who stands between them and World Cup glory as the draw begins at 6:00 pm local time (1500 GMT) inside the State Kremlin Palace.“The draw is a historic event, an emotional stage of the preparations for the World Cup,” said Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the World Cup organising committee who has also been implicated in the doping scandal, at a press conference on Friday.The moment has come for Germany to discover who they will meet as they look to become the first nation to successfully defend the title since Brazil in 1962.Messi and Ronaldo, the two players who have dominated the game’s biggest individual accolades over the last decade, will hope to avoid tough draws for Argentina and Portugal respectively in what will surely be their final opportunity to lift the trophy.– Heavyweight contests? –Germany, Brazil and Argentina are all in the first pot along with France, European champions Portugal, Belgium, Poland and the hosts.But if those nations are certain of avoiding each other, danger lurks in pot two, where the Spanish — the 2010 winners rebuilt into a formidable force by Julen Lopetegui — lie along with England.“Whatever happens we will accept it gladly and sportingly. I don’t waste energy thinking about who I prefer and who I don’t,” said Lopetegui, but Spain and England must be crossing their fingers in the hope of being paired with Poland or the Russians.Draw assistant Carles Puyol, former Spain’s defender, poses on the stage of the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on November 30, 2017, on the eve of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVFIFA will keep apart sides from the same continent with the exception of Europe, which has 14 representatives to go into eight groups.Most sections will therefore contain two European nations, raising the prospect of England or Spain meeting Germany or France in heavyweight contests right away.France and Spain were even drawn together during one practice run of the draw, while alternatively, there is the possibility of England being drawn with Iceland, who humiliated them at Euro 2016.“Our mindset has to be that every opponent at this tournament is a team that can beat you. Equally, every opponent is a team we can beat,” England manager Southgate told reporters on Thursday.– Maradona and Lineker –“Before the draw, there is nothing you can do. You just wait. You need some luck to win the World Cup and it begins here with the draw,” added former France player and coach Laurent Blanc.He is in Moscow to act as an assistant, along with fellow former trophy winners such as Gordon Banks, Fabio Cannavaro, Carles Puyol and a certain Diego Maradona.Germany’s Miroslav Klose, the leading scorer in tournament history, will bring out the trophy, while former England striker-turned TV presenter Gary Lineker will conduct the ceremony along with the Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya.Looking forward to the occasion more than most will be Iceland, the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists making their World Cup debut, and Central American outsiders Panama.Peru and Egypt make long-awaited returns too, and those nations will add something new to a tournament that will be deprived, among others, of four-time winners Italy, the Netherlands and the United States.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Servicemen practice at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 30, 2017, on the eve of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMoscow, Russian Federation, Dec 1 – The real countdown to the 2018 World Cup in Russia begins on Friday as the draw for the tournament is held at a star-studded ceremony in the Kremlin.President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the footballing world that has descended upon Moscow, in the midst of a freezing Russian winter, to find out who will play who, when and where at the competition next year.
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Letterkenny Gaels GAA NotesThe Senior team played their fourth Championship game in Group 2 of the Junior A Championship last weekend and recorded a good victory over St. Marys Convoy which means they have now qualified for the next round.The team welcome a well deserved break for the next couple of weeks. Training continues as usual at Pairc nanGael every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.New players always welcome.Pairc na nGael welcomed the Og Sport qualifiers last Saturday with teams from Mc Cools, Convoy, Termon and GaothDobhair taking part.Mc Cools and Termon made it through to the County Finals which will take place at the pitch on the 23rd August where the Gaels as host club have also qualified. The U-16 team put up a spirited display against Naomh Colmcille on Monday evening but were beaten by a strongerteam.U-16 training continues at Pairc na nGael every Wednesday & Friday at 5.30pmThanks to all who helped out at the bag pack in Tesco on Saturday last.Our U-16 Hurlers put it up to Burt last week in the league but lost out by 2 points. Final score Letterkenny 1-05 1-07 Burt.The U-13 season starts this Wednesday with their first game away to St. Michaels. Good luck to Oisin Cannon & the Donegal Minors who play Roscommon in the All-Ireland Quarter-final in Sligo on Saturday.Throw in 3pm.The club would like to say a special word of thanks toThomas Mc Ginty who erected the flag poles at Pairc na nGael in the recent weeks. Lotto numbers for last weekend were 9, 13, 17 & 24. NoJackpot winner.Lucky dip winner is Ann Calpin, Friends of the Gaels.U-6 & U10 Football continues every Sunday morning at11am at Pairc na nGael while the U-8’s is on both Sunday morning & Wednesday evening from 7-8pm.We are currently looking for girls aged 9-12 to join our U-12 Gaelic Football squad.Training on Wednesday evening from 6.30-7.30pm Contact Jim Farrell on 086 0566893 for more details.The Secondary School Girls Camogie team travelled to Derry at the weekend to play Na Magha and came away with a good win.Camogie training continues every Tuesday evening at Pairc na nGael from 6-7pm for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th class. 5th, 6th class & Secondary school on Monday evening 6-7.30pm at Pairc na nGael.Contact 086 8163605 for information.New players welcome.The club hosted the U-8 & U-10 Hurling blitz in Convoy on Sunday morning.Thanks to all who attended and helped out.Hurling training for U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-12 continues at the pitch every Thursday evening from 6.30-7.30pm.Hurley’s and helmets provided for training.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page,www.letterkennygaels.donegal.gaa.ie or Facebook page or Follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS EARN CRUCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER ST MARYS CONVOY was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSport
WARRIORS UPDATE: After drilling the Grizzlies 114-95 on Tuesday to snap a seven-game losing skid, the Warriors are looking for their first two-game winning streak … Scroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ game Wednesday night against the Mavericks.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (3-12) vs. Mavericks (8-5), Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. (PT). TV: NBCS.ODDS: Mavericks -13.5. LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: Mavericks beat Warriors 126-91 in Dallas on March 23, 2019.
The UP police on Sunday claimed to have solved the case relating to the gangrape and murder on the Bulandshahr-Jewar highway in May after four men were arrested after an encounter here.The police got a tip-off on Saturday night that a gang of criminals were planning to strike near the Sabota underpass and it was the same gang that had committed the gangrape of four women in May this year, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar, Love Kumar told reporters. Police teams reached the site and after a shootout, arrested four men. One of the suspects suffered a bullet injury while two others managed to escape, he said. The four arrested have been identified as Ashok alias Raju, Rakesh alias Chun Chun, Deepak and Jai Singh.The police also claimed to have recovered the jewellery robbed in the incident that allegedly took place on the intervening night of May 24-25 near Sabota village in Jewar.