LIPA to Graduate 555 Candidates

first_imgLIPA Deputy Director General Jarso Saygbe speaks on the upcoming graduation of 555 candidates The Deputy Director General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Jarso J. Saygbe, says the institution is set to graduate 555 candidates who successfully completed capacity building training in several certificate and diploma programs for 2017.LIPA, established in 1969 by the Legislature is now the Premier Center of Excellence for Sustainable Quality Service Delivery in Liberia.Over the years, LIPA continues to extend services to the government through ministries, agencies, commissions, private institutions, individuals and the general public.At her office in Monrovia yesterday, Director Saygbe lauded the staff and LIPA board of directors for their tireless efforts in preparing the candidates.According to her, LIPA received a little over 555 students, but examination results show that five hundred and fifty five candidates were qualified for graduation.She said vice President and Unity Party (UP) presidential hopeful, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, is expected to deliver the keynote address at the graduation exercise on Friday, July 14, at the University of Liberia Auditorium in Monrovia.Director Saygbe said the institution currently provides training in short term programs, which run for two weeks each; fourteen certificate programs which run for eight weeks each; five diploma programs which run for sixteen weeks and also provide customized training programs to suit client needs upon request. According to her, LIPA also provides an avenue for interested candidates to pursue a one-year Masters in Public Sector Management (MPSM) at the Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIMPA).Director Saygbe however called on the private sector to take advantage of the program, which is meant to augment the capacities both private individuals and government officials serving the public.Speaking of the impact, Director Saygbe said, the results from the impact assessment conducted by LIPA and USAID-GEMS highlighted that participants who were sent by their various institutions for the training, sometimes because their training doesn’t have direct correlation with their tasks or terms of reference, it was difficult for them to utilize whatever skills acquired.Based on the results, she said, “We were able to communicate to various institutions about sending people who will utilize the skills. For instance, send procurement officer to do procurement and also human resource manager to do HR studies, so that the performance impact can be shown.”She said Friday’s occasion will be graced by Dr. Amos C. Saywer; Dr. Emmett Dennis former president of the University of Liberia; Saah Charles N’Tow, Youth and Sports Minister; as well as institutions that sent participants to LIPA, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pres. Weah Vetoes Lofa County’s Zeyeama District Bill

first_imgPres. Weah: “By virtue of the authority in me vested, under Article 35 of the Constitution, I can not approve this bill, and hereby veto it in its entirety.”A bill seeking the creation of Zeyeama District in Lofa County, which will include 20 towns and villages, has been vetoed (rejected) by President George Weah, because of budget constraints due to the country’s bad economy and the lack of ample foreign support and investment.The bill was approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate under the House’s Engrossed Bill #18, and sent to the President for approval on December 10, 2018.This is the first bill President Weah has vetoed in its entirety since becoming head of state on January 22, 2018.On Thursday, July 5, 2018, the President partially vetoed the ratified Concession Mineral Development Agreement between the government and Hummingbird-Liberia Incorporated.In his letter to members of the House of Representatives on Lofa County’s Zeyeama District Bill, the President, expressed the belief that there should be matching financial resources when districts are created to pay workers, who will provide services.He added that the creation of a new district also meant the resources for service delivery will be diverted, and the resources of the parent district will be split and shared out with the newly created district.The President’s veto letter was read on Tuesday, January 15, during the 2nd day sitting of the 2nd session of the House of Representatives.“Mr. Speaker, as you know, Article 35 of the Constitution of Liberia gives the President the authority to approve or not approve bills laid before the President,” Weah’s letter to the lawmakers said.“By virtue of the authority in me vested, under Article 35 of the country’s Constitution, I cannot approve this bill, and hereby veto the bill in its entirety given the issues as outlined above. However, I look forward to working with the Legislature on the issue to derive at an efficient and effective processes for district creation,” President Weah said.In his letter also, the President informed the lawmakers that he approved the Local Government Act submitted by the 54th Legislature, and is currently being assessed for implementation, taking into considering implications that it brings to the already constrained budget.Meanwhile, the House of Representatives voted to send the President’s vetoed letter to the Joint Committee on Judiciary and Executive with the Judiciary being the lead Committee to review and report to the august body on Thursday, January 17, 2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DMRC to undertake survey assessing cardiovascular risks in Guyana

first_imgThe lack of medical personnel and analyses to determine the causes of cardiovascular complications and risks factors among Guyanese has led the Doobay Medical and Research Centre (DMRC) to undertake a survey assessment, evaluating precautionary measures that should be taken to avoid several diseases.At a media briefing on Thursday, one of the researchers, Dipika Desai stated that the idea surfaced after checking Guyana’s health records and assessment, which showed that data was lacking in these areas.Additionally, questions were raised as to why diabetes was prevalent among so many, causing them to undergo dialysis treatment.“It was very important to study the risk factors of what brings people to the endOne of the researchers, Dipika Desai (centre) with Dr Budhendra Doobay (fourth from left) and other stakeholders during the press conferencestage, which is the dialysis stage … We tried to see what is published about Guyana and the risk factors. Unfortunately, we didn’t find much, so we decided that that’s where we need to build the baseline,” she said.Desai explained that initial research would commence with a pilot study to assess if the project could be completed on a larger scale. For now, 100 individuals will partake in the research, but they must not be suffering from diabetes.“In this study, we are actually going to focus more on people that are not the dialysis patients, but people of the general healthy population, so anybody from the general population is welcomed to come,” Desai said.The assessment commences with screening which involves physical checks followed by medical tests such as blood pressure testing to determine the level of hypertension in the population.“We will take all of the information and put it in to calculate what is called the Framingham Risks Score. It estimates the risks of having a heart attack in the near future and it is widely used by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and many other institutes,” the researcher informed.Preliminary calculations will lead to deductions, advising Guyanese of precautions to prevent the risks of having a cardiovascular disease. For the research project, persons who are diagnosed with any related diseases or complications will be provided with free medication.Desai explained, “Because it is a research project, if we see a person and they didn’t know they were diabetic, but we find out that they are or they have high cholesterol levels and need to go on statins, all of these medications will be provided free of cost.”Adding to that, all of the tests such as cholesterol and blood glucose will be done at no cost to participants.DMRC Director, Dr Budhendra Doobay stated that information would be provided as to how persons could participate in the study, which would be held at the medical institution.last_img read more

Missing Hunter found near Pink Mountain

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP and North Peace Search and Rescue were called out on Sunday September 13th after a report of a missing hunter.The missing person had walked away from a hunting camp near Pink Mountain and became lost.  The Fort St. John RCMP in co-operation with the hunting party and search and rescue responded to the area.The missing person was located by a search party consisting of other hunters later that day.  The hunter was uninjured and in good health when he was located only a few miles from where the search was being co-ordinated.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Madrid triumph perfect Roland Garros platform – Djokovic

first_img0Shares0000Novak Djokovic holds his trophy as he celebrates after winning the Madrid Open © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, May 13 – Novak Djokovic said his impressive burst of form which won him a third Madrid Open title and 33rd Masters could prove decisive in his assault on the French Open.The world number one joined Rafael Nadal on top of the all-time Masters list when he swept to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final in the Spanish capital. “At this very important time for me in the season, the win gives me a lot of confidence prior to Rome and, of course, Roland Garros where I definitely want to play my best,” said the 15-time major winner.Djokovic dominated a clearly exhausted Tsitsipas less than 24 hours after the 20-year-old Greek had stunned five-time champion Nadal in a semi-final which ended around midnight on Saturday.Djokovic and Nadal will now attempt to claim a 34th Masters title in Rome this week in a key indicator ahead of Roland Garros which gets under way on May 26.Djokovic credits a keys wins in Madrid with helping him to his first final since winning the Australian Open three months ago.He will be bidding to collect his fourth consecutive title at a Grand Slam when he plays in Paris where he was also champion in 2016.“This win was very important for my level of confidence because after the Australian Open I wasn’t playing my best,” he said.“I wasn’t finding the right game and the consistency on the court in Indian Wells, Miami and Monte-Carlo.“I felt like I was close and needed a little bit of a push, which came yesterday against Dominic Thiem in the semi-final in a very close match.”Djokovic never let Tsitsipas get into gear in a final which lasted just over 90 minutesThe Greek, who beat Djokovic in their previous meeting last summer in Canada, was broken once in each set, enough of a margin for the top seed to take the trophy, his second of the season after the Australian Open.The Serb still needed four match points to get the job done with Tsitsipas finally beaten when Djokovic sent a winning volley into the corner.“He has the best backhand that I have ever seen in a human being,” said Tsitsipas of his opponent.“He controls it so well. He can play cross, he can play down the line the same way. And that’s very difficult to deal with.“He deserved the victory, he played unbelievable. I couldn’t do much.”Tsitsipas was playing his second Masters 1000 final after losing to Nadal in Toronto last August.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

L.A. has parking meter plans

first_imgCouncilwoman Wendy Greuel, who wants to modernize the city’s parking meter system, wants a review of new technology to get more stable meters as well as those that accept credit cards rather than coins. “The city’s current system is not working,” Greuel said. “It is inconvenient for drivers and has cost the city $1.7 million in the past two years.” A study already is under way on whether the city should increase its parking rates. Greuel said it has been 17 years since the last increase in the rates. After the pilot program is completed next year, the department will look at what needs to be done to upgrade or replace all 40,000 meters citywide. Complaints about the existing parking meters have doubled since 2004. By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER Los Angeles is launching a $15million program to replace broken parking meters, taking away one of the few perks motorists are able to find. The city Department of Transportation said the pilot program – to be funded through parking meter revenues – will replace about 4,000 meters annually for two years. The city also will begin installing 2,000 meters able to take coins for two adjacent parking spaces. rick.orlov@dailynews.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

‘A three-game ban for that? Jesus Christ!’ – Mourinho left speechless by bizarre Fabregas red card

first_img Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was rendered speechless by Cesc Fabregas’ “bizarre” red card during Monday’s 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.The Blues playmaker was sent off in the first half after hitting Chris Brunt in the head with the ball from 20 yards away during a stoppage in play.The game was halted as referee Mike Jones dealt with a tusstle between Diego Costa and the Baggies’ Gareth McAuley, for which the Chelsea striker was booked.Meanwhile, Fabregas launched a ball from the other side of the pitch back towards the huddle of players, with the ball striking Brunt in the face, sparking an angry reaction from West Brom captain Darren Fletcher.The former Barcelona man was dismissed for his antics, as a brace from Saido Berahino and Brunt’s second-half strike sealed victory for Albion in their final Hawthorns game of the season.Fabregas is staring at a three-game ban and Mourinho was left wondering why, following the Premier League champions’ third defeat of the campaign.“I would love to see it again to see how it was a sending off,” said the Blues boss.“Where is the danger of the situation, where is the aggression in the situation to get the red card in a friendly game?“I really don’t understand. I think Fletcher was aggressive, he pushed him [Fabregas] in the chest because he is experienced and knows where he can push for a yellow card. He is much more aggressive than what Fabregas did.“For me a top referee, a stable, big personality and in control of the game, goes there, two or three words and it’s done. It’s a bizarre red card.“A three game ban for this? Jesus Christ! Harsh? Of course it’s harsh; three games? Jesus.“There’s no point appealing – we have a great record with them. Why does he [Fabregas] have to explain? He doesn’t need to explain.”Despite defeat, Chelsea will still lift the Premier League crown on Sunday after their home game with Sunderland.And Mourinho refused to blame his players and took a sly dig at their title rivals for allowing them to switch off at the end of the season.He said: “The ideal scenario is to be champions and don’t play again, go home have holidays and don’t play again.“When you have three more matches to play it can happen what happened to Bayern Munich, lose three in three. It can happen to us, one point in two matches.“I don’t blame the players, to blame the players I have to blame myself because I am not different than them.“Let’s blame the players a little bit, let’s blame myself, let’s blame the top contenders for the title because they were not good enough to fight with us until the end.“If today we need this game to be champions, I’m not saying we’ll win but I’m saying we would compete at a higher level to win.”last_img read more

ELEVEN DONEGAL FESTIVALS GRANTED CASH FOR 2013 EVENTS

first_imgA total of 11 festivals planned for Donegal for 2013 have received grant allocations.The largest allocations of €7,000 each went to the Guth Gafa Film Festival in Gortahork and the Donegal Gathering TV Channel.Donegal festivals received a total of €50,000 as part of the overall allocation of €685,000 across the country. The allocations have been welcomed by Labour Senator Jimmy Harte.The following is the breakdown of festivals and the monetary allocations.Guth Gafa €7000Ballyshannon Int Folk Festival 2013  €5000 Oideas Gael Cultural Festival  €3000Mary of Dungloe Reunion 2013  €3000Taste of Donegal Food Festival  €5000North West Garden Show – White House € 5000Cup an Tae + Ardara Gathering  €3000 Donegal Gathering TV Channel  €7000Letterkenny Live  €2500Gallagher Clan – 2nd global gathering  €5000Ballyshannon 400 Events  €4500 ELEVEN DONEGAL FESTIVALS GRANTED CASH FOR 2013 EVENTS was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 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)Tags:donegalFESTIVALSgrantslast_img read more

Motorist recovering after being attacked by gang with hurley sticks

first_imgA motorist is recovering after being set upon by a gang of men using hurley sticks in a completely unprovoked attack.The bizarre incident happened in Burnfoot.The victim was driving along when he was suddenly flashed from behind by another car. The first driver pulled into the hard shoulder and he was overtaken by another car which clipped off the side of his vehicle.When he pulled into the hard shoulder, the two occupants of the other car got out and attacked his car with hurley sticks.The thugs smashed both the windscreen of the vehicle as well as the side windows before jumping back into their own car and fleeing the scene.The victim was physically unhurt but left traumatised by the attack which happened around 10.30pm on May 22nd at Dundrain, Burnfoot. A Garda spokesman said “This was a terrifying experience and we would ask anybody who may have witnessed it or knows anything about it to contact the Gardai.“Luckily the person was not physically hurt but they were put through an awful ordeal.”The attackers’ car is described as a blue saloon car.Anybody with any information is asked to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 93 20540 or they can also call the garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.Motorist recovering after being attacked by gang with hurley sticks was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:attackBurnfootdonegalhurley stickslast_img read more

Al Jazeera Releases Egypt Coverage Under Creative Commons (UPDATED)

first_imgcurt hopkins Tags:#international#politics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Qatar-based news service Al Jazeera has a long relationship with Creative Commons licensing. Now, for its coverage of the Egyptian uprising, it has released photographs via Flickr and video on a CC license. Available photographs and video are available for free use so long as the user gives attribution and does not alter the products. For the record, all the photographs and video in this post are from Al Jazeera. Mohamed Nanabhay, head of Al Jazeera Online, tweeted that more video would be available under CC license later in the day. Tahrir Square, Cairo Protester on statue Protester under flag Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Where have you been finding photographs and video about the Egyptian uprising that have been either released under Creative Commons or otherwise made available for reuse? Leave a link in the comments. Updated: Another source for free photos and videos is the We are Khaled Said Facebook page. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more