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

Young Policeman awarded for participation in youth forum

first_imgA young policeman attached to Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown, who represented the Force at the Sixth Inter-American Youth Forum and the 27th Scout Conference in Panama from November 21 to December 3, 2018, has been rewarded for being an excellent ambassador and for his impressive presentation at the seminars.The award ceremony was done at the Police Commissioner’s Conference Room, Eve Leary in the presence of Police Commissioner Leslie A James and other senior ranks.Twenty-year-old Cub Scout Leader, Constable Ronaldo Torres, who was amongLance Corporal Ronaldo Torres poses with Police Commissioner Leslie James and Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Williams260 participants from a number of countries at the forum and conference, said it was a life-changing experience for him to have left these shores for the first time and to have been able to interface and interact with persons of diverse backgrounds.The Cub Leader related that the programme was an educational one which would support the process of developing new youth participation activities in partnership with adults and youth members.He added that the programme empowered and inspired young people through a participatory approach, helping them to develop skills in decision making, which could be used within scouting and in the wider society.Torres, who is a member of the D Division Headquarters Scout Group and received his formal scout training under the astute leadership of District Scout Leader Judy Alves, was articulate in his delivery, which earned him an on-the-spot promotion to Lance Corporal and transfer to the Scouts Office at Eve Leary, where it is envisaged that his services would be fully utilised in training of members of the scouts and youth groups.The administration of the Force, in its reformation plan, is ensuring that members with the requisite education, skills, talents, knowledge and experience continue to be given the opportunity to lead, so as to reveal their true leadership potential.An elated Lance Corporal Torres, who resides at Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, is slated to attend a training seminar this Saturday at the Police Officers’ Training Centre, along with instructors of the Felix Austin Police Colleges, in Methods of Instruction.last_img read more

Berbice money changer shot, robbed by bandits

first_imgA Berbice money changer was on Sunday morning robbed and shot by bandits who pounced on him at Springlands, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Money changer Mohamed Abdel Razack, also called AzimReports are Mohamed Abdel Razack, also called Azim, of Elijah Avenue, Springlands, was plying his trade at Springlands when the armed bandits attacked him.Guyana Times was told that the 42-year-old man was standing outside the Boyo’s Beer Garden along the Corriverton Public Road about 05:25h when the incident occurred.According to information received, the men confronted Razack and pulled him off of the concrete structure where he was sitting and took the money he had in his pocket.The money changer told this newspaper that he has been in business for over two years and had in excess of 8000 Surinamese dollars (SRD), US$100 and in excess of $200,000 local currency.“When they pull me off and I fall, one of them take the gun and lash me behind my head and ask where the money,” the man related.The money changer said he wrestled with the bandits to defend himself and screamed for help, but the road was desolate.“I hold on on his hand and twist it, because if I did not twist the hand, he could have shot me in my face or stomach.”He further detailed that a shot was fired, but he did not know at the time that he had been struck.“I beg a car driver to drop me at the station, because I just get rob and the Police respond to me same time. We went and search in all the back streets and we ain’t find nobody. When we come back to the Station, then I feel the burning on my foot and realised that I get shot in the left thigh,” Razack explained.He was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital, where he was treated.All three bandits are said to have been wearing hoods and two of them carried firearms.The Police are on the hunt for them.last_img read more

Crystal Palace starlet targets loan move

first_img Reise Allassani [left] 1 Crystal Palace starlet Reise Allassani wants to go out on loan next season to progress his career.The winger played in the club’s pre-season friendly at the weekend at Barnet after getting promoted from the development squad.The 19-year-old started the day as a sub and ended up on the scoresheet, but he realises he might have to leave Selhurst Park temporarily next season to really prove his worth.“I’d like to go on loan and get a lot of games next season,” the teenager told“If I could push on here and get around the first team that would be good, but the main aim’s to go out on loan.”last_img

Stoke 2/1 outsiders against Liverpool on Tuesday night despite home advantage – Coral Daily Download

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to the League Cup semi-final first leg clash between Stoke and Liverpool on Tuesday night, which you can listen to live on talkSPORT.The Potters have beaten Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United at the Britannia this season but are 2/1 outsiders to beat the Reds on home soil, with Jurgen Klopp’s men 6/4 for the win.Stevens also reveals some transfer specials, with Leicester sensation Jamie Vardy 6/1 to move to Chelsea and QPR hitman Charlie Austin 9/4 to join Crystal Palace.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Roma to rival Tottenham in battle to sign Belgian hotshot Michy Batshuayi

first_img1 Michy Batshuayi has scored 13 goals and provided nine assists for Marseille this term Roma have joined Tottenham and West Ham in the race for Marseille star Michy Batshuayi.The striker has caught the eye in Ligue 1 this season and has 13 goals to his name, as well as nine assists.Tottenham and West Ham are both monitoring the Belgian’s situation ahead of the summer transfer window.But, according to Corriere dello Sport, the Premier League pair have been joined by Roma in the fight for Batshuayi.The Italian club are ready to finance the move by selling current striker Edin Dzeko, who only arrived last summer from Manchester City.The forward has only managed seven league goals this season and Roma are ready to move him on to bring in Batshuayi.last_img


first_imgDavid Porter receives his award in the clay pigeon shooting category.     Matthew Lecky from Raphoe Hockey Club is awarded the hockey prize.A delighted Megan Lynch picks up the gymnastics award.last_img


first_imgPEOPLE living along Lough Foyle have been told they can lodge objections with the planning authorities in the North over plans for a massive wind farm on one of County Derry’s most spectacular beauty spots.The plans are for turbines on top of beautiful Binevenagh, the mountain range on the Derry side of Lough Foyle.“If residents in Donegal want to object to the proposed huge wind farm they can do so,” said a spokesman for County Derry residents. “The proposed development will destroy the unspoiled views across Binevanagh from across Lough Foyle and objections from cross border residents will carry weight in the planning process considerations. Once the turbines are built it is too late.“We know the good citizens of Donegal will not let us down.”You can get more information at the following links: DONEGAL RESIDENTS CAN OBJECT TO COUNTY DERRY WIND FARM was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BinevenaghCounty Derrydonegalwind farmlast_img read more

High achieving Donegal student awarded prestigious law scholarship

first_imgUniversity of Limerick student Patrick Carr has earned the prestigious Holmes O’Malley Sexton Law Scholarship for 2019.The Glencolmcille native, who is in his final year of a law and accounting degree at University of Limerick, was presented with the merit-based scholarship for his outstanding level of academic performance.Each year, Holmes O’Malley Sexton, the Limerick based firm of Solicitors, endows a scholarship to a law student who has attained a particularly high level of performance in his/her legal studies at the University of Limerick. The scholarship is valued at €2,500. (Pictured are, from left, Harry Fehily, Managing Partner, HOMS, Circuit Court Judge Tom O’Donnell, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, Court of Appeal, UL School of Law student and HOMS Scholarship Recipient Patrick Carr, from Co. Donegal, Professor Shane Kilcommins, Head of UL School of Law, Donal Creaton, Partner, HOMS, Patrick McInerney, Partner, HOMS, and Robert Kennedy, Partner, HOMS, and president of Limerick Solicitors Bar Association. Photo by Diarmuid Greene / True Media)On receiving the award, Carr said that he was “delighted to be the recipient of the Holmes O’Malley Sexton Scholarship this year” and he hopes to continue his studies with a Masters specialising in Tax at National University of Galway next year.Commenting on the scholarship award, Holmes O’Malley Sexton Managing Partner Harry Fehily said, “Recognising dedication and hard work aligns with the Holmes O’Malley Sexton values. Each year we award a scholarship to a law student at University of Limerick that has performed exceptionally in their studies.  Patrick is a very worthy recipient this year and we wish him every success in his final year studies and career in law.”  High achieving Donegal student awarded prestigious law scholarship was last modified: April 17th, 2019 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:Holmes O’Malley Sextonlawpatrick carruniversity of limericklast_img read more

History: Job Posting for Before it Launched

first_imgHere’s a fun artifact from internet history: an old Usenet posting, now archived in Google Groups, seeking “extremely talented C/C++/Unix developers to help pioneer commerce on the Internet.” (Screenshot below.) That posting, by Jeff Bezos in August 1994 for a company then called Abracadabra and funded primarily by Bezos’s parents’ retirement funds, was to employ some of the first people at what would launch as a year later.An ambitious set of requirements is included. Imagine seeing a job posting like this today. Where might it lead? In this case, not just into the history books, but into a business that is rewriting the history books themselves, in digital form.Below, a screenshot of what looks like a very real posting to a job you just might wish you had applied for. Found via semantic web consultant Joe Devon on Twitter. Devon found the link via Quora. Tags:#Amazon#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more