‘Corruption Remains A Serious Problem’

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, said corruption remains a serious problem in Liberia.Ambassador Malac made the statement when she served as keynote speaker at a program marking the official opening ceremony of the G-16 Inter High School Accountability and Transparency Forum held in the Conference Hall of the YMCA on Broad Street.The program, which brought together students, youth groups, government officials, civil society organizations and dignitaries, was organized by the Mano River Youth Parliament Liberia Chapter, and launched under the theme: “Tackling Corruption and Promoting Accountability and Transparency in Liberia.”The Ambassador said corruption undermines transparency, accountability, and people’s confidence in government institutions.She further stated that it (corruption) adds unnecessary costs to products and services that are already difficult for many Liberians to afford.We applaud the good work of Liberia’s Government, civil society organizations and members of the press for shedding light on corruption and holding people accountable—a key aspect of a well-functioning democracy. We also support the work of the General Auditing Commission, (GAC) the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, (LACC) the Internal Audit Agency, (IAA) and the Liberia Extractive Industries, (LEITI) while recognizing the capacity constraints the Government of Liberia faces,” she said.The Ambassador said that the U.S Government applauds other measures the Executive Branch has taken, including requiring government officials to follow a code of conduct and to submit and verify annual asset declarations and urges the Legislature and Judicial Branches to implement similar measures.She told students at the program that all citizens must play their part in combating corruption, including refusing to pay bribes and reporting dishonest authorities who solicit or accept them.“We must all join the fight to defeat this menace if we are to make Liberia a better place for everyone. Corruption not only affects government and the private sector, it has also affected the schools,” she said.For his part, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Minister of Youth and Sports, said the lack of accountability and transparency hold back development and progress.He said since there is so much corruption in Liberia, it is important that all Liberians set in place a system to fight it and eventually get rid of it.“If we can ensure that the fight for accountability and transparency continues, then we are headed down the right path. The fight against corruption is not for the government alone,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Residents of St Monica and Karawab benefit from water ambulance, compliments of FFTP and…

first_imgBy Indrawattie NatramAiling residents residing in the St Monica and Karawab Amerindian communities in the Upper Pomeroon RiverThe new water ambulance gifted to the St Monica and Karawab communitiesin Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) will be easily transported to Hospitals on the Coastland much easier/faster with the gift that was presented to them.Food For the Poor Guyana (FFTP) on Wednesday handed over a spanking new water ambulance along with a 40hp out-board engine to the community. The boat measuring 22 x 7.5 feet is named “ASHA” and will be used to transport patients from the two villages to Charity.According to the CEO of FFTP Kent Vincent, the construction of the boat was funded by Food for the Poor in collaboration with kind donors from the United States of America, while Courts (Guyana) Inc donated the engine. The donation is in keeping with FFTP’s month-long 25th Anniversary Celebrations.Speaking at the simple handing over ceremony the CEO said a water ambulance was a necessity for the two communities and called on residents from both communities to take good care of it. He pledged FFTP’s continued support to the community.Toshoa of the Amerindian Community James Miguel expressed gratitude to both FFTP and Courts for the health boost. Miguel said the Water Ambulance provides relief for sick people in the community and described the initiative as a “useful asset” for the community.Previously, he explained, health workers had to endure the arduous task of transporting patients, especially in the nights, by whatever means. It was explained oftentimes patients would die before reaching the Coastland.Managing director of Courts Clyde De Hass spoke of the company’s willingness to partner with FFTP. De Hass said Courts was inspired by the struggles residents go through in the community to access medical services. He also commended the efforts of FFTP in reaching out to persons throughout Guyana.Health Worker of St Monica Rozeeta Simon also expressed excitement that she would be using a faster boat to transport patients. She explained that previously it took three hours to get emergency cases to the Coast.The community was equipped with a water ambulance powered by a 15hp engine.A resident, Diane Samuels, expressed gratitude on behalf of residents and also the St Monica Village Council.St Monica Amerindian community is located some 35 miles from Charity and has a population of 1000.last_img read more

EBD man on $1M bail for dangerous driving

first_imgRamanand Jagdeo, 44, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was on Friday released on $1 million bail by Magistrate Judy Latchman when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.Jagdeo denied that on February 22, 2018, at Peters Hall Public Road, EBD, he drove motor car PRR 4395 in a dangerous manner which resulted in the death of Alexander Akia.According to reports on the day in question, Jagdeo was speeding along the Peters Hall Public Road when he collided with the pedal cyclist.As a result of the impact, Akia’s leg was severed from his body. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he succumbed while receiving medical attention.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore made no objections to bail by the defence attorney. The matter was adjourned until June 19.last_img read more

Bantam Flyers win back-to-back games against Sherwood Park

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers got a pair of wins this past weekend, one week after a special trip to Vancouver.The Bantam Flyers were in Vancouver the other weekend to participate in BC Coaches’ Day, after Fort St. John Minor Hockey was named BC Hockey’s Association of the Year. The Flyers, as well as a Peewee team from Delta skated with some of the top coaches in BC at Rogers Arena on January 13th and 14th.  The team also got an opportunity to visit the Canucks’ dressing room and attend the team’s game against the New Jersey Devils that Sunday.The Flyers returned home a pair of games against the Sherwood Park Sabres this past weekend. On Saturday, the Flyers scored four powerplay goals and added another four on Sunday, winning both games by the score of 5-3, and 5-0 respectively. On Sunday the team also saw goals from all three lines and Dakota Olson got the shutout, for his first of the year.- Advertisement -The Flyers next play a pair of road games against Strathcona and Sturgeon on the 28th and 29th of this month.last_img read more

Greyhound and 2 Trucking Companies responsible for crash

first_imgTwo trucking companies and Greyhound Canada have been found responsible in a civil suit, over a three vehicle crash in northernwestern Alberta more than three years ago. It occurred in heavy fog on the morning of Aug. 10th, 2005, when a semi-trailer carrying a load of cement powder on Highway 43 near Smoky River hit a second tractor-trailer carrying groceries. A Greyhound bus then smashed into the two trucks, ripping the bus apart and causing serious injuries to two Filipino citizens, on their way to Grande Prairie.Virginia Rances and her husband Francisco, who has had both his legs amputated, suffered serious injuries and remains in Grande Prairie, unable to return home.They launched a lawsuit against Greyhound, Trimac Transportation and TCM Transport. Earlier this week, Justice K.C. Nielsen found the three companies liable, with Greyhound being responsible for 40 percent and, the two trucking companies equally splitting the remaining 60 percent. In his written decision, the judge found all three drivers at fault, saying they “breached the standards of professional drivers and the regulations.” Mediation is scheduled in February, among the four parties, to determine a financial settlement.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Thousands of dollars in prizes awarded in Mega Lottery

first_imgAll prizes were purchased from local Fort St John businesses.A full list of prizes and prizewinners can be seen below:1. 2015 Chev Convertible Camaro or 40,000 : Angie Alde2. 2015 RZR 900 XP : Maureen PlewsAdvertisement 8. Generator 3000: Linda Lees9. Family Ski Package: George Sutherland10. Kitchen Package: Lynn Wisdatil11. Panasonic 60” TV: Brant Billings12. Golf Membership: Tyler MizeAdvertisement On December 27, 2015 over $140,000 in prizes were drawn for the Fort St John Rotary Mega Lottery.The Rotary Mega Lottery raised and distributed funds for local Fort St John clubs ranging from dance and sports clubs to childcare and public centres. This year the Mega Lottery sold a total of 10,157 tickets with an additional 5,579 tickets sold in the Fifty/Fifty draw.The Fifty/Fifty draw raised $55,790 with the winner of the draw, Michelle Turnbull, receiving $27,895 and the other $27,895 going back to local participating clubs.- Advertisement -This year’s grand prizewinner, Angie Alde, can now choose from a 2015 Convertible Chevrolet Camaro or $40,000 in cash.The second prizewinner, Maureen Plews, won a 2015 RZR 900 XPAll prizewinners will be contacted by phone or they can contact Rotary themselves at 250 785-1972.Advertisement 3. 2016 800 summit: Don Velkjar4. Trip for 4 Disneyland: Warren Mears5. Mini Quad: Marcy Hewett6. Bi Weekly House Cleaner for a Year: Doug Davidson7. Apple I Mac 27: Jim JohnsonAdvertisement 13. Golf Membership: Edna Hansen14. Yamaha Home Theater System: Jasper Amstrup15. Broil King: Marie Allard16. Canoe Package: Toscha Mytron17. His / Her bikes: Frank Gejdos18. Watches Bulova: Stephen Kristoffy19. Helicopter Tour of the Peace: Samantha Loepky20. Helicopter Tour of the Peace: Mitchell Parenteau IMG_3714 Rick Hamre announces winners while Raven Pruden stirs tickets. Sage Birley Rick Hamre announces winners while Raven Pruden stirs tickets. Sage Birley Michelle Turnbull the proud winner of the Rotary Mega Lottery Fifty/Fifty Draw - Sage Birley Michelle Turnbull the proud winner of the Rotary Mega Lottery Fifty/Fifty Draw – Sage Birley Rotary Mega Lottery final draw from previous years. Rotary Mega Lottery final draw from previous years.last_img read more

Man United’s summer 2014 transfer window in GIFs

first_img Man United signed Radamel Falcao on loan 1 While their on-pitch endeavours are leaving a lot to be desired, off it Manchester United had a lot more to shout about as the club lavished a reported £152m on new players this summer.It initially looked as though the Red Devils had learnt their lessons from 12 months ago, when Marouane Fellaini was the only major signing, but soon things went quiet at Old Trafford before Ed Woodward went into overdrive, seemingly signing every player placed in front of him. For a ruddy fortune.Below is how United’s summer transfer window played out, in GIF form…Last summer’s transfer business was far from ideal…But this year Ander Herrera actually signs – real representatives this time and everything!Luke Shaw snubs Chelsea for Old Trafford. £30m deal, boom. Business is getting done early, there’ll be no mad last minute dash this year!Bring on the next signings. Over to you, Ed Woodward…Never fear, Ed says we’ll spend big…Arturo Vidal? To Man United? Can it be?Club announcement. Manchester United are proud to unveil… Marcos Rojo.But hang on. Angel Di Maria has been signed for a British record fee?!Transfer deadline day. Reinforcements needed. Wake up to reports that RADAMEL FALCAO could be on his way!Daley Blind arrives from Ajax. A player who can defend?FALCAO SIGNS!Man United fans, are you pleased with the club’s work during the transfer window? Comment below…last_img read more

Thika’s Eugene Mukangula joins AFC Leopards

first_imgThe forward has been a long term target for Leopards and his addition to the club will boost the scoring fortunes that have been heavily reliant on Ezekiel Odera.Also signing for the club from Thika United is midfielder Musa Saad who has previously played for Nairobi City Stars and he joins the 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions on a two-year deal.“I think they are very good additions to the team especially Mukangula because the coach had insisted so much on a striker. We are sure his qualities will be of huge value to us in the second leg,” AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaida said.He added; “We will be looking for at least three more signings; one striker, a midfielder and a defender. But if we got two of our targets, then I think we will still be okay.”AFC Leopards are currently placed fourth in the Kenyan premier league standings with 31 points, nine short of arch rivals Gor Mahia who lead the log on an unbeaten run.Zapata remains confident that despite the gulf of difference between the two sides and Gor still having four matches at hand, Ingwe are in a good way to quench their two-decade wait for the league title.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Posta Rangers midfielder Jerry Santo passes the ball under pressure from Thika United’s Eugene Mukangula during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on September 23, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18- Eugene Mukangula has become Argentine coach Rodolfo Zapata’s first signing at AFC Leopards with the striker joining Ingwe from struggling Thika United, putting pen to paper on a three year contract on Monday afternoon.Mukangula went straight to AFC Leopards offices to finalize the deal having just arrived from Narok where he donned the Thika United jersey for the final time on Sunday evening in their 3-0 loss to Sofapaka.last_img read more

Performance is the best test

first_imgA seminar’s effectiveness means more than what the attendees may have learned. The real measurement is whether the training impacted the attendees’ behavior and whether there were measurable improvements in the work-related areas or issues that the training was trying to target. At the end of the day, all training programs should be put to this test. Q Our company has taken many steps to deal with and prevent illegal harassment. The other day, my supervisor told an offensive religious joke but said it was OK because he was joking about his own religion. I’m not a member of his religion, but I thought the joke was offensive, and I’m sure most people of his faith would feel likewise. Is he right? A When a supervisor tells an offensive religious joke, it is not uncommon to find that employees lose faith in him. The fact that it dealt with his own faith is irrelevant. This type of humor or lack of humor can easily create an intimidating and hostile environment. It makes no difference whether your supervisor was teasing himself, and his intent does not matter. At least one person found the joke to be offensive, and that does matter. Tell him that you are offended by his comments, and you want them to stop. If you are fearful of telling him because of possible reprisals, you should approach his manager or your company’s human resources department. And if you are fearful of approaching them, you should consider approaching your state’s fair employment agency. Q We just sat through a three-hour seminar and were given a test at the end. The instructor said our high test scores are an important measurement of the seminar’s effectiveness. As a manager, I don’t like being tested after training, and I’m not convinced a test can measure a seminar’s effectiveness. What do you think? A Given a choice, or for that matter a multiple choice, people do not like to be given tests. However, there can be good reasons for having them in company training programs. First, some programs require testing at the end, such as training for various certifications or legally mandated programs. In addition, tests can be a useful measure to determine whether the attendees actually learned the key points that were presented. At the same time, your instructor’s comment about high scores being an important measurement of the effectiveness of the seminar is a bit of a stretch. High scores on the test can mean many things. On the surface, such scores can indicate that the instructor and materials imparted the information well. However, it is also possible that the attendees already knew the information before attending the session. High scores can also be the sign of an easy test. Since your company is committed to dealing with this type of harassment, you should have no problem addressing the matter internally. However, one question still remains: if your company has taken many steps in this area, how can your supervisor be so out of step? Your company’s management will hopefully take steps to answer this. Q Management puts out a spread of cookies and every Friday. I have told my manager that it is not healthy to eat all this fat and sugar, and the company should put out fruits instead. My manager said this was tried in the past and the employees were not happy. What do you suggest? A Giving out cookies and doughnuts is sweet, possibly too sweet. There certainly is sufficient data to prove that consuming large amounts of foods that are high in sugar and fat is not healthy. However, no one is requiring employees to eat these sweets, and those who would like to limit the amount of such foods can do so by showing some restraint. The problem, of course, is that this is easier said (or written) than done. Since management at your company tried giving out fruit in the past but found this to be a fruitless effort, perhaps a more balanced approach would work. For example, instead of going with cookies and every Friday, perhaps some variety might help. Maybe there could be fruit on one of the Fridays, sugar-free (yet very tasty) treats on another Friday, low-calorie treats on another, and a mixture of all of these on yet another Friday. It is actually surprising that more employees have not complained about having the same treat every Friday. After all, even the same cookies and doughnuts doughnuts doughnuts can get a little boring. If management wants employees to buy into a change in the treats, the best step is to solicit the employees’ input. Given the opportunity, employees can come up with palatable solutions to all sorts of problems. Ken Lloyd, Ph.D., is an Encino-based management consultant, coach, and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Deal With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at lloydonjob@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD Competition: Get a €50 Arena 7 voucher – show us your best Halloween costume!

first_imgThis weekend will see all sorts of weird and wonderful get-ups in Donegal, and we want to see the most fang-tastic!The most clever and creative costumes deserve special recognition, and with the help of Arena 7 Letterkenny, we will reward the winner for their efforts.The most wickedly-wonderful winner will receive a €50 voucher, to be used in whatever part of the Arena 7 entertainment complex that they wish – from the Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant to Bowling World to Wayne’s World Adventure Centre. All you have to do is post a photo in the Facebook comments section of this story. The competition is open to all – just as long as the costumes are frightfully good. You have until 9am Tuesday, November 1 to enter. Good luck!DD Competition: Get a €50 Arena 7 voucher – show us your best Halloween costume! was last modified: October 29th, 2016 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) Tags:Arena 7competitioncostumeHalloweenwinlast_img read more