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The outgoing World Bank Public Sector Specialist, Mr. Raymond Muhula, has said that public reform is a continuous process of a country and as such, everyone needs to contribute in building a vibrant economy.He said few countries in Africa and Europe have put forward such ambitious and comprehensive plans for public reform.According to him, the reforms must be an ongoing project, not a one-off exercise, and suggests giving citizens a bigger voice in the process–by strengthening the public financial system and building the capacity of civil servants.Mr. Muhula made these statements recently when an honor was bestowed upon him by the Ministry of Finance Development and Planning (MFDP) through its Economic Governance and Institution Reform Project (EGIRP) in Monrovia. The EGIRP project is under the Ministry of Finance and sponsored by the World Bank to help government improve efficiency and transparency in managing public financial management and human resources, focusing on revenue administration, public procurement, budget execution and payroll management.The project, which started in May 2008 will also support governance and institutional reforms by strengthening public financial management processes and system, building the capacity of civil servants with focus on public procurement as a pilot, and initiating civil service reform and was expected to close on August 31, 2011 but has been extended to June 30, 2015 due to Ebola.Speaking during his farewell program at the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Muhula noted that the Financial Management System of Liberia can now be compared to any other international Financial Management System.He said though the project is coming to an end there is still a need to further improve on the system in order to maintain its status, adding that there are more to be done if Liberia must have a successful system.Mr. Muhula extended his gratitude to the Economic Governance and Institutional Reform Project team for its level of coordination while working together as a team. “I am not so excited because I will miss working with you all. For the past four years I worked in Liberia, I have already established a family with my team,” he said.Mr. Muhula will be replaced by Mr. Smile Dem Kwawukume who will work with the team until the end of the project on June 30, 2015 due to his new assignment in Austria, Vienna.Also speaking, the Director of the Financial Management Training Project, Mr. Aagon F. Tingba said before the start of the project, Liberia was painfully recruiting international financial managers but now with the help of the Financial Management Training in the country, there are more qualified people in the system. He explained that Mr. Muhula played a major role in strengthening the Financial Management System of Liberia, adding that over the past four years, there has been a huge improvement in the system something, he said can be attributed to his involvement.Mr. Boniface Satu, Project Coordinator of EGIRP, gave an update on its activities and results at a special joint board meeting with the Project Technical Committee and National Steering Committee. He said the original Project Development Objectives (PDO) was designed to improve efficiency and transparency in managing public financial management and human resources, etc.Mr. Satu said the project is also intended to improve economic governance and strengthen public administration which has been a key priority for the GOL.This priority, he said, was clearly reflected in the government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (Lifting Liberia for 2008-2011) under the first PRS pillar: Governance and the rule of law.The importance attached to this pillar reflects the extent that poor governance, characterized by widespread corruption and abuse of public resources, has eroded public confidence in government, a legacy of the 14 year civil war that destroyed productive assets, physical infrastructure, institutional and human capacity which has untimely led to the collapse of the economy and worsen the living standard of Liberians, he said.The Project Coordinator of EGIRP also disclosed that due to scale-up activities the government requested additional financing of US$7 million to finance activities to cover the cost overrun, and establish project management as a separate component.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Fire Department quickly extinguished a dumpster on fire last night, just before 9 p.m.Crews got to the scene to find the blaze around the 9200 block of 94A street, behind an apartment building. Deputy Fire Chief Darrell Blades said the disposal company who owns the dumpster has been contacted, and no injuries came of the incident.He adds that this is the first fire of this nature since he joined the team in August, and the second in 2015.- Advertisement -While they are rare and rather unusual for the department to take care of, he says they are not necessarily insidious in nature; they can happen simply when someone throws something with an ember on it that hasn’t completely quit, such as a cigarette.He does note, however, there would be concerns of arson if a string of similar fires occurred within a small time span.This incident is still under investigation to determine the cause of the flames.Advertisement
1 Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has admitted his frustration over the “crazy” summer transfer market.The 57-year-old Spaniard had hoped to have much of his recruitment complete before the players returned for pre-season training last week.However, only Chelsea winger Christian Atsu and Eibar defender Florian Lejeune have arrived at St James’ Park to date and the club’s fans are growing increasingly impatient having heard owner Mike Ashley promise his manager “every penny the club generates” from promotion and players sales to rebuild.Speaking at the club’s 1892 Foundation Cup event, Benitez said: “It’s not easy for a lot of teams because the market is a little bit crazy. We have to try to do our best.“The top sides have a lot of money. The other teams are spending too, but we will see what we can do.”Benitez’s plans have not been helped by the inflated prices which have been paid out already – Everton have committed £30million apiece on Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Burnley defender Michael Keane, while Leicester handed over £17million for Hull’s Harry Maguire.The Magpies have been working their way through a list of targets and having missed out Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero and Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, have so far made little progress with Norwich winger Jacob Murphy, Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore or former Man City midfielder Jesus Navas.Benitez said: “We know where we are – that is not ideal because everybody wants to see a lot of players signing already, but we have to keep working and see what we can do.“We can do nothing other than just keep working to find the players that we want, and hopefully we can do it.”
WEST WHITTIER – As a light drizzle fell on the dozens of guests at Pioneer High School’s annual Veterans Day observance Thursday, retired Marine Sgt. John Rodriguez stirred with pride watching his granddaughter help raise the American flag. “I think all young people should get involved with stuff like this,” said the 75-year-old Korean War veteran as his 15-year-old granddaughter, Raquel Pulido, and about 25 other cadets from the school’s Army JROTC program performed during the annual ceremony. Because schools are closed today, the cadets held their ceremony the day before. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After the traditional flag salute, the cadets led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, then a rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Pulido, a second-year JROTC cadet and a battalion commander, said she “wanted to honor my grandpa and my uncle, who is in the Air Force now.” The ceremony took place at the school’s flagpole, which has a memorial plaque at its base honoring six alumni killed in the Vietnam War. The name of former Pioneer High student Pfc. Joseph Cruz, killed in Afghanistan last month, was recently added. “This ceremony was to honor the veterans – not just remember past veterans, but to also honor the ones who are serving right now,” Pulido said. The cadets also provided a brief history of Veterans Day, which began as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I. In 1954, Nov. 11 became Veterans Day to honor all veterans. Pioneer High Principal Roberta Berg said the observance is a day to “remember what we’re striving for as a nation, and work with other nations for peace and prosperity.” Tracy.Garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, EXT. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TV and cinema viewers will be spotting familiar faces on their screens soon as a local family has been selected from a nationwide advert casting search.The Robb Family from Raphoe were deemed the perfect fit for an advertisement for TV and cinema this year. While details are kept closely under wraps, they have revealed that the shoot will take place at the end of this week in a Dublin restaurant in association with the EU.Diana and Stephen Robb along with their children Bethany and Scott are represented by the highly-regarded Karen Gorman Academy of Speech & Drama and Casting Agency in Letterkenny. The family were shortlisted on Monday and got the news last night that they have made the final cut.Father and son Stephen and Scott starred in six ŠKODA adventure adverts together last year, which were filmed in Inishowen.Skoda Inishowen AdvertsKaren Gorman shared her delight with the family’s casting news with Donegal Daily: “Were overjoyed for the Robb family! It will be such a lovely experience creating gorgeous memories to appear in the advertisement together.“This is the second project the Robb family have been selected for. Father and son duo Stephen and Scott shot 6 stunning sting advertisements for Skoda last year which showed our amazing Donegal scenery at its finest. “Scott and Bethany have just been awarded top marks in their latest Grade Exams in Reading Technique and have been attending classes for a number of years now. The commercial is being shot in Dublin. With the extent of competition nationally, it is a fantastic achievement for the Robb family,” she said.Donegal family selected to be stars of TV and cinema ad campaign was last modified: February 9th, 2018 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:advertisementcastingKaren Gorman Academyrobb familytv and cinema
Ciaran and Michael O’Connor are among four players who have left Finn Harps, it has been confirmed. The Dundalk natives have both parted aways with the club, while Gareth Doherty has gone to Dergview, albeit on loan, and Eric Whelan has joined Leinster Senior League side Portmarnock.Michael O’Connor had been on loan from Shamrock Rovers, but he has rejoined the Tallaght club. Ciaran O’Connor has left via mutual consent.Doherty will join Irish League Championship side Dergview on loan until December while Whelan has signed for Portmarnock after having limited chances at Harps.“The fact of the distance and travel didn’t help in any cases,” Harps manager Ollie Horgan said.Horgan added striker Nathan Boyle last week. Boyle, who had a previous spell at Harps, played as a substitute and created the goal for John O’Flynn in Friday’s 1-0 win at Drogheda United. “We are awaiting clearance for two others who will replace the ones going out,” the Harps boss confirmed.Horgan would not divulge the identity of his new faces and is awaiting results from scans underwent by Paddy McCourt and Mark Coyle, both of whom were forced out of action in Drogheda.O’Connor brothers depart as Ollie Horgan confirms comings and goings at Finn Harps was last modified: July 10th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Ciaran O’ConnorEric Whelanfinn harpsGareth DohertyMichael O’ConnorNathan BoyleOllie Horgan
Mary’s Meals Donegal Support Group are hosting two special events this weekend to begin their 10th anniversary celebrations.To start, a thanksgiving mass will be held tonight (Friday) in St Eunan’s Cathedral at 8.15pm and there will be a cup of tea afterwards in the conference room.On Sunday night there will be a Variety Concert in the Mount Errigal Hotel and there is a fantastic lineup who have volunteered their time to raise funds for this great cause. Those taking part are Sinead Black, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Orchestra, Letterkenny Gaels Scor Youth Group, Alison Quigley School of Dancing, Letterkenny Musical Society and members of Arcannadh Band and Marie O’Donnell. All fantastic acts.Tickets are €10 and can be bought in a number of outlets including Veritas Bookshop, Clarks Newsagents and McFaddens upper main Street and a number of other outlets. You can also pay at the door on the night. There will also be great prizes to be raffled on the night.Mary’s Meals are now feeding 1,504, 471 children every school day in a place of education. It only costs €15.60 to feed a child for a full school year. Marys Meals guarantees that 93 cent in every euro raised goes directly to the feeding programme and that only 7 cent per euro is spent on goverance. Special concert and Mass to celebrate 10 years of Marys Meals in Donegal was last modified: October 25th, 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:Mary’s Meals
2 May 2012President Jacob Zuma, speaking during the hand-over of tractors and cattle to local community projects in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, encouraged South Africans to use land more effectively to fight hunger and poverty.Zuma was in the province to roll out projects forming part of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative (MRDI), which aims to equip communities in rural areas to develop themselves, especially in the area of agriculture.The MRDI is chaired by Zuma in his capacity as a community member of in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal, where the initiative was born before being launched in Qumbu in the Eastern Cape in November.The government has since become a partner of the initiative, with ministers pledging their support to the programme.“It is very important, because it is when we work the land that we can quickly change the quality of life for our people,” Zuma said.“If we are sitting doing nothing, the change will take longer, and one of the important things we have to do is to work on the land. It’s one of the fundamental things we have to achieve.”Zuma said the government had been assisting communities with agricultural implements to grow food for local markets.In Peddie earlier in the day, tractors were donated to local agricultural projects.In Butterworth, Zuma handed over 10 tractors to the Mtshanyaneni Agricultural and Farming Cooperative. More than 100 locals are involved with the project, which focuses on crop and cattle farming.One of the cooperative’s members, Phila Gcasamba, said land was still a crucial tool to address poverty in rural areas.“For us it’s not about waiting for handouts, but we do appreciate when we get assistance here and there, because through these projects people are able to sell what they yield, which in turn ensures some form of income,” Gcasamba said.Source: BuaNews
“We are here at the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba to not only seek investment into our country, but also to harness the opportunities that the sector presents for South Africans. We are encouraged by the countless and tangible projects which are in the hands of junior miners and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that these growth opportunities are realised,” said South Africa’s Minerals and Resources Minister, Mr Mosebenzi Zwane.Minister Zwane addressed junior miners, asset managers, fund managers as well as business and government delegates at the Brand South Africa Fund Managers Breakfast which was hosted on the side-lines.According to the Department of Minerals and Resources South Africa has an estimated 50 tangible junior mining projects which have great potential.“These projects are good for job creation, and can lead the nation to realising growth in its GDP. As a country, all sectors must collaborate within the mining sector to ensure that we enhance our competitiveness and to grow our economy.The Fund Managers Breakfast aimed to engage fund managers and potential investors who specialise in the mining sector on opportunities for investment and related incentives within the mining sector.The platform also presented an opportunity for pre-selected junior miners to present opportunities for investment within their respective projects.