NAYMOTE-PADD Lauds Swedish Gov’t Support for Decentralization

first_imgA prodemocracy group, NAYMOTE-Partners for Democracy Development (PADD), has commended the government of Sweden for its continual support to the democratic development, governance reform and peace-building of Liberia.The group made specific reference to the sustained support of the Swedish government to its Liberian counterpart’s decentralization agenda that aims to share the state’s governance power, which has been centralized since independence, to the rest of the country.NAYMOTE-PADD, in a statement, said the country’s decentralization initiatives, which the Swedish government has supported “and continues to substantially support,” is key to national development and healing, especially after the prolonged civil war in the country.The statement, signed by the institution’s Media and Communications Director, Tracy Fatu Freeman, said the Swedish support is in the right direction and will help strengthen the country democratically. She therefore called on Liberians to support the government’s decentralization agenda.The commendation comes in the wake of a US$5 million grant from the Swedish government to Liberia to enhance and strengthen the latter’s decentralization process.The fund, received at a signing ceremony on Wednesday at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, is to support Liberia’s Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) for 2016 and 2017. The MIA along with the Governance Commission (GC) manages the nation’s decentralization program.Included in Liberia’s decentralization program is a plan to bring public services closer to the people, most importantly those in the far-flung counties who have long been deprived of basic social services. NAYMOTE-PADD sees the US$5milion grant as a giant step in alleviating funding challenges faced by the central institutions to decentralize services and ensure participatory governance throughout the country, especially in the hinterlands.The organization also called on the Liberian government to leverage donor resources, with this donation being no exception, and fast-track the implementation of the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance by passing the draft Local Governance Act into law. It also wants the government to accelerate constitutional reforms with consideration of a proposal calling for the election of local leaders.“Both the draft Local Government Bill and the constitutional reform proposals are critical to implementing decentralization in the country,” the release said.As a result of this, the organization, whose motto is: Empower, Engage and Educate, is calling on the National Legislature to consider, with expediency and timeliness, the two aforementioned reform instruments in their 2016 sitting.NAYMOTE Executive Director, Eddie Jarwolo, applauds the Governance Commission for its role in ensuring meaningful political and legal reforms aimed at promoting local governance and democratic development.“The development of decentralization policy and a draft Local Government Act are clear evidence of the commitment of the GC to sustaining democracy,” he said.Jarwolo is also calling on political leaders to make supporting policy statements on decentralization and constitutional reform. “I also want to call on representatives of political leaders in the government to increase collaboration and coordination on policies and legislation aimed at ensuring a system of participatory governance.” According to the NAYMOTE, decentralization holds the potential of increasing economic growth and social development, expanding social justice and access to economic opportunities across the country; and if properly implemented, would move Liberia in the most positive direction.Meanwhile, at the signing ceremony, Swedish Ambassador, Lena Nordström, highlighted the importance of bringing the public services closer to the people.“The passing of the Local Government Bill is another important milestone to develop democratic and inclusive governance in Liberia,” she said. NAYMOTE-PADD is a national civil society organization and think-tank promoting local governance and decentralization. Since 2001, the organization has been promoting citizens’ understanding of democratic processes and the long-term benefits of their participation in these processes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Temperature and Harvest Both Heat Up in Ohio Crop Progress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A warm week, where temperatures averaged 11 degrees above normal, helped push harvest last week according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 7. The warm temperatures allowed farmers to keep corn harvest ahead of the 5 year average. Phenomenal progress was made in harvesting soybeans last week; fifteen percent of the crop was harvested. Even with this tremendous progress, soybean harvest lagged the 5 year average. Winter wheat emergence was good and hay producers were cutting and baling as fields allowed. Other fieldwork included hauling and spreading manure, cover crop seeding, fertilizer applications, and fall tillage. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 19 percent and the average for soybeans was 13 percent.Click here to see the latest report.last_img read more

Helen Garlick TCI Special Prosecutor in corruption trials retires

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The role of Special Prosecutor was created in 2009, as the result of recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry and in order to ensure that the subsequent criminal investigation was conducted with the benefit of experienced and independent legal advice and that all prosecution decisions were made similarly. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos – Thursday 3rd August 2017 – Providenciales – The Special Prosecutor Mrs Garlick has given notice that, for personal reasons and having reached the retirement age of 65, she intends to retire from legal practice this year. Consequently, she will be stepping down from the post of Special Prosecutor on 3rdAugust 2017. Mrs Garlick informed the Attorney General and the then DPP of her intention at the beginning of 2016, because she wished to give those concerned as much notice as possible. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Under the Constitution the post of Special Prosecutor has always sat within the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.center_img The investigation is largely concluded and all the principal prosecuting decisions have been made.  The trial is now well underway. Leading counsel has been instructed since 2010 and is continuously supported by junior counsel, who are fully embedded in the case.  The Senior Investigating Officer (who was appointed in 2009), his Deputy and a number of investigators will remain in place.  Following the appointment of Ms Williams in November 2016 as DPP, Mrs Garlick discussed retirement with her on a number of occasions. They agreed that should the need arise Ms Garlick would be available to the DPP and to the SIPT to be consulted and to assist. Given the absence from the Island, due to ill health, of the DPP the Acting DPP will take on the supervisory role of the case, for the time being.#MagneticMediaNews#PressRelease Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Dortmund director We dont care what Hoeness thinks

first_imgMichael Zorc believes Uli Hoeness’ claim that Borussia Dortmund are favourites for Saturday’s game against Bayern Munich is irrelevantDortmund head into this weekend’s ‘Der Klassiker’ hoping to maintain their unbeaten start in the Bundesliga and extend their lead at top of the standings.Bayern president Hoeness claimed earlier this week that Dortmund enter the game as the clear favourites.But Dortmund sporting director Zorc is uninterested in what Hoeness thinks.“It doesn’t matter what is being said before such a game,” said Zorc in a press conference on YouTube.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“The favourites aren’t 1-0 up from the start of the game. Of course, we noticed that (Hoeness’ comments), but we don’t care.“We’re enjoying the situation at the moment and feel we have a good reason to approach the game with confidence.”Dortmund coach Lucien Favre also made it clear that he expects a difficult game against Bayern.The Bundesliga match between Dortmund and Bayern will begin at 18:30 (CEST) at Signal Iduna Park.last_img read more

Time Inc is Really Really Excited About Tablets

first_imgMagazine publishers are jumping on the Apple iPad app bandwagon in droves and arguably for good reason. It’s a sleek, nifty device that not only has captured the attention and imagination (and dollars) of consumers but also is a vibrant new platform for distributing content.At Time Inc.—which already has launched apps for Time and Entertainment Weekly—the vibe among upper management is of sheer enthusiasm. By upper management, I’m referring specifically to CEO Ann Moore. During parent company Time Warner’s “Investor Day” Thursday, Moore updated attendees on the division’s recent performance (it reported an operating income of $50 million during the first quarter 2010, versus a loss of $32 million during the same period last year) and gushed about providing paid content through mobile and portable devices. In addition to the Time and Entertainment Weekly apps, Moore said the company is readying several more from its other magazine brands, including a People app and food, beauty and cleaning apps for Real Simple.Here’s a sampling of soundbites from Moore’s presentation and the Q+A session that followed, in no particular order:At my lunch table today, I was shocked that not one of you had an iPad.We see the next flood of new portable color touchscreens headed to market in the next 18 months as a game changer. It will be the opportunity that content producers like Time Inc have been waiting for to reestablish value for quality digital content. It’s argued that it will be impossible to get consumers to pay for digital content since they’ve grown up getting everything for free. We disagree.It’s become increasingly clear that customers will pay for trusted quality content that’s easy to access and fairly priced.The tablet restores something we lost when we went to the Web. Our readers can once again literally touch our content while still having that familiar “lean back” experience of a magazine. In real time, they can link in instead of linking out to the rest of the story on Time.com.We’ve spent decades perfecting the craft of making magazines. Now we can apply all that experience to the new virtual magazine, letting consumers feast on incredible images … as well as the stories behind them with just a little flick.The advertising can be so good it can become content itself. It can help you evaluate products. And when you’ve made your decision it can help to find you a place to buy them.As more and more hardware manufacturers come in with these e-readers there is just huge demand for our product, for our video product, for my print product—it’ll all be combined. We think very healthy business models will be coming out of it. We’ll be making more money in those businesses than we’ve been making with our traditional dot-coms.We have a great deal of work to do over next 12 to 18 months, to develop business models, evolve products and talk to consumers and advertisers.People are paying. We know people will pay for it … it’s a business model that is just really very delicious.Oh, and one other thing that came up during Time Warner’s Investor Day: the possibility of a Time Inc. sell-off. Company chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said (again) that it won’t happen, indicating that it is in an “attractive” position in relation to the competition and in a good growth mode for 2010. “It’s a good business, and we’re good at it,” he said.last_img read more

Rogers Media Cuts 60 Staffers Shutters LouLou Magazine

first_imgWhile the news and general interest-focused L’actualité remains on the block, both the English and French editions of LouLou will cease publication after their respective December issues.Moreover, English-language magazines Flare, Sportsnet, MoneySense, and Canadian Business will all go digital-only in 2017, leaving Hello! Canada, the two editions of Chatelaine, scaled-back versions of Maclean’s and Today’s Parent, and yet-unsold B2B titles Advantages and Advisor’s Edge as Rogers’ only remaining magazines in print.Like its counterparts south of the border, Rogers Media, which was to this point the largest magazine publisher in Canada in terms of both revenue and total readership, has been faced with mounting pressure to offset losses on the print side of the business by further investing in its digital properties.“It’s been clear for some time now that Canadians are moving from print to digital, and our job is to keep pace with the changes our audiences are demanding,” said Steve Maich, SVP of digital content and publishing, in a September statement. “We are so much more than a collection of magazine brands, and we’ve seen rapid growth on our digital platforms over the past few years. Now is the time for us to accelerate that shift.”This is a developing story. Rogers Media’s intent to exit both the B2B and French-language magazine businesses, revealed in September, left anxious staffers waiting for the other shoe to drop.Two weeks ago, the Toronto-based publisher’s sale of its B2B titles to Chicago-based EnsembleIQ seemingly left the staffs of those magazines, including Canadian Grocer and The Medical Post, unscathed.Employees at Rogers’ French-language titles aren’t so lucky.At least sixty staffers have been laid off at Châtelaine, L’actualité, and LouLou — three of the five most widely read French-language magazines in North America, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media — several Canadian outlets reported yesterday.The sweeping cuts come alongisde announcements that Rogers will in fact retain ownership of women’s lifestyle magazine Châtelaine and its English-language sister title, but will slash the frequency of both from 12 to six issues per year.last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting September 12

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:30pm.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will consider approving a new homework policy for the district. (The School Committee previously approved first and second readings of the policy in June and August.)The School Committee will consider approving a new 3-year contract for the School Nurses (September 1, 2018-August 31, 2021). Committee members will meet in Executive Session prior to the meeting to discuss.The School Committee will receive a presentation on the Coordinated Program Review’s Corrective Action Plan.The School Committee will consider approving the Student Activity Accounts for the 2018-2019 school year.The School Committee will receive a draft calendar of the budget process from Superintendent Glenn Brand.The School Committee will conduct a “first reading” of the Superintendent’s goals.The School Committee will receive a report on the district’s summer professional development efforts.The School Committee will be introduced to new staff members.The School Committee will receive an update on fall athletics.The School Committee will discuss its operating protocols.The School Committee will receive a report from the Superintendent, plus subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-E — Channel 99 on Comcast and Channel 39 on Verizon.  The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Wednesday’s Meeting (August 29)In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

NBCUniversal streaming service to launch in April

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Top 5 unanswered questions about Apple TV Plus 1 50 Photos Comment 2:21 2019 TV shows you can’t miss NBCUniversal is working on its own streaming service.  SOPA Images/Getty NBCUniversal, a streaming service from Comcast, will launch in April, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said during a Comcast earnings call Thursday.The service, which will reportedly be ad-supported, has been expected and caused some consternation among fans of The Office, when it was announced in June that the show would be leaving Netflix for the NBC platform in 2021.There’s no shortage of companies getting into the streaming business. Both Apple and Disney, for instance, are working on platforms. Originally published at 7:09 a.m. PT.Update 7:20 a.m. PT: Adds additional information about streaming platforms. Tags Digital Medialast_img read more

Sreesanths wife Bhuvaneswari reacts on Supreme Courts order to set aside BCCIs

first_imgFans of S Sreesanth are all in a state of ecstasy after Supreme Court ordered the BCCI to cancel the life ban of Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal. The Supreme Court also asked the cricket board to reconsider Sreesanth’s punishment within the next three months. It should be also noted that the court rejected Sreesanth’s request that he should not be punished by any means, as he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.In the wake of these new developments, Bhuvaneswari, Sreesanth’s wife said that the cricketer has finally got justice. In a recent interaction with media, Bhuvaneswari revealed that she is quite happy about the fact that the honourable Supreme Court has revoked the life ban of her husband.”Thank you so much for praying. I am very happy with the Supreme Court decision. The ban has been revoked. Finally, he has got justice. I now really hope that BCCI too will do justice to him. Supreme Court had given three months time to decide the quantum of the punishment. So I hope they do the justice, and you all again pray for us,” said Bhuvaneswari during the talk.Bhuvaneswari also revealed that Sreesanth is regularly practising to make a strong comeback to the cricket field. She added that the cricketer was injured on his forehead around three months back while practising.After Supreme Court revoked the life ban, Sreesanth admitted that he is already aged 36, and he has only four or five years remaining in International cricket. However, Sreesanth admitted that it is pretty difficult to get into the Kerala cricket team due to heavy competition. He added that he will play cricket one day or the other, and made it clear that he has been vigorously practising for the past six months. During the talk, Sreesanth also revealed that he will try to play the Scottish League in the near future.last_img read more

Russia assures no more US strikes against Assad regime

first_imgSyria’s presidential advisor Buthaina Shaba’an said on Wednesday that her government’s main ally, Russia, assured the Syrian government that there will be no more US strikes on Syrian military positions.Her remarks came a couple of weeks after the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Shayrat Air Base in central Syria, in retaliation for an alleged toxic gas attack by the Syrian army on a rebel-held town in Idlib province, Xinhua news agency reported.The Russians “stressed to us that they are standing by Syria, and we understood from them that the American aggression will not be repeated,” Shaba’an told pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV in an interview.Further slamming the strike, Shaba’an said the US missile strike was a “reckless aggression that took place without investigation,” adding that what the United States is doing today reflects “confusion.”The official said that the alleged chemical attack was a setup, citing what she described as western specialists as saying that there was no aerial bombardment on the targeted area in the Khan Sheikhoun town.Shaba’an said the US strike wasn’t a military, but a political message, adding that the alliance between Russia, Syria and Iran is “stronger than ever.”Meanwhile, the presidential advisor said that the US is in a state of declination, while Russia, China and India are rising high.She said her country was expecting an investigation team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), stressing that the Syrian government is in no possession of chemical weapons.last_img read more