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first_imgThe 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)last_img read more

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first_imgDefunct Integrity Commission…slams Govt’s double-standard approach to corruptionMonths after the amended code of conduct for the Integrity Commission was gazetted by the Government, the process seems to be stalled as the People’s Progressive Party remains concerned that officials are not disclosing their earnings to anyone.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday slammed Government for the lack of progress. He noted that while the PPP had to submit earnings during its time in office, the same cannot be said for the coalition.“For the first time (in) the last three years, nobody now has to submit statements to the Integrity Commission. From the year 2000 to 2014, we had to comply with the law. We had to submit what we earned and what we owned.”“Now, 2015, 2016, 2017 (under) this Government, nobody has to submit anymore. Yet, the PPP was stealing, like we stole the Marriott. We’re supposed to be stealing the Marriott and the airport and all of these things were (supposedly) corrupt projects that we were stealing from. They’ve been there for three years now. They’ve had a chance to go through this.”A functional Integrity Commission is part of the constitutional reform process. In February 2017, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the lead on constitutional reform, had tabled amendments to the Integrity Commission Act to Cabinet for approval.Amendments in the form of a code of conduct for Government were subsequently gazetted. But since then, there has been no word on the status of the Integrity Commission. When questioned in August, Nagamootoo had informed sections of the media that the matter was with the President, who must consult with the Opposition Leader in order to iron out the composition of the Commission.But during his press conference, Jagdeo decried the fact that his party was not being included in the process of constitutional reform. He noted that even before there was reform, there must be constitutional compliance. Pointing to the Government’s actions, he noted that the capricious approach to the Constitution must first be eradicated.“Constitutional reform cannot be pursued unless it is a bipartisan exercise. This Government doesn’t seem to have any enthusiasm to fulfil its own promise of constitutional reform. We have an open mind to constitutional reform.”“But right now, we are fighting a battle for constitutional compliance against many breaches, where the President and his minions will not unilaterally interpret the Constitution based on their own lack of knowledge.”The Integrity CommissionThe history of the Integrity Commission is a tempestuous one. In 1999, the previous Government had sworn in members to the Commission. But since the 2006 resignation of the Commission’s Chairman, the Commission has been headless.In January 2016, Government used its one-seat parliamentary majority to turn down a motion tabled by the Opposition that would provide for all Members of Parliament (MPs) making public declarations of taxable income and all assets over the last 10 years to the Integrity Commission which would be released to the public.last_img read more

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first_imgThe annual Rudolph Day in the forest at Corrovaddy Woods outside Letterkenny will take place on Saturday, December 31st.The proceeds of this year’s walk and run will go to the Paul Holian Recovery Fund.Paul is a good and loyal friend who is currently in Rehab in Dublin following an accident. Competitors can take part in the 2.6 mile distance, or complete this loop twice to make 5.2 miles. Entry by donation.Corrovaddy is located on the Rahan Road/back road to Drumkeen and registrations are from 9.30am.Please come along and support this worthy cause.End the year with Rudolf’s Walk in support of Paul Holian was last modified: December 5th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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first_imgThe 21-member Indian contingent team won a record haul of 37 medals, including 15 gold, at the World Dwarf Games last week. Dressed in the blue, the Indian players were among the nearly 400 athletes from 24 countries who participated in the international competition.The 7th edition of the World Dwarf Games was held over a week at the University of Guelph in Ontario province.Bagging Many MedalsAmong the winners was the versatile player Joby Matthew, who won two gold, three silver and a bronze medal. “I had a wonderful experience. I participated in badminton doubles, badminton singles, shot put, javelin, discus throw, and power-lifting,” Matthew told the media. It was an incredible moment for India as the athletes went up to the podium to receive their medals on multiple occasions. “We are very proud to be Indian athletes,” Matthew added.Arunachalam Nalini, who won five medals, including one gold, highlighted the importance of these international events, saying, “This is our Olympics, the little peoples’ Olympics.”Another athlete CV Rajanna won the gold in the 200 metre sprint event while Devappa More won the 100 metre race, becoming the fastest man at the event.The occasion of Indian Independence Day made the victory even more special, said team’s coach and manager Shivananda Gunjal. “We want to give a gift to the country on Independence Day. Coming here, we have been given so much respect, we are very proud of that. We are happy to give 15 gold medals to the country on August 15,” he said.India’s consul general to Toronto, Dinesh Bhatia, felicitated them on August 15.No Support From Indian GovtThese athletes, however, received no help from the Indian government. When they arrived in Toronto, they couldn’t afford hotel rooms in the city and sent out a plea for assistance on Facebook.“We have no support from the central government or state governments or any sponsors,” Rajanna, who won three golds at the event, said, adding that he also handled all their paperwork and logistics through the trip.  Most of these athletes took loans so that they could travel to Canada.Good Samaritans Helped the AthletesA non-profit organisation, Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, in Canada arranged their stay at its community centre and took care of their visit to the consulate.“Having learnt of their wonderful accomplishments at the Games and how proud they were for bringing honour to India, I so wanted them to be part of the Independence Day celebrations here in Toronto,” Brinda Muralidhar, a representative of the organisation, told media.The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) also helped them by offering free rides. “The team wanted to experience a subway ride. We were so happy and honoured when the TTC offered free rides to and from Bloor (Street, where the Indian consulate is located) in honour of the athletes,” Muralidhar said. Related ItemsDevappa More Indian dwarf athleteIndia Canada Dwarf GamesIndia World Dwarf GamesIndian Dwarfs win medalsJoby Matthew Indian athleteLittle IndiaRajanna Indian dwarf athletelast_img read more

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