LEITI Gets New Board

first_imgA new Board for the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) has been appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The LEITI Board, in accordance with the LEITI’s standards and the Acts of July 2009, is multi-stakeholder in nature, comprising of representations from diverse stakeholder groups, including the Government of Liberia, civil society and private sector.Those appointed to the new Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG), according to a statement issued by the LEITI on Tuesday, include the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy as chairman, while the Minister of Finance and Development Planning; Mrs. Cecelia T. Danuweli of the Publish What You Pay Coalition; Ezekiel Johnson of the National Labor Congress, and Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority as Board members, Madam Elfreda Tamba.Other statutory members are the Minister of Agriculture; Minister of Internal Affairs; Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority; President of the National Oil Company of Liberia; Ms. Marpue M. Speare of the Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia; James Yarsiah of the Right Rice Foundation as well as the member each from the Senate and the House of Representative to be named.Non-statutory members to the new LEITI Board include representatives from Western Cluster, Aureus Gold, Gold and Diamond Brokers and Dealers Association of Liberia, ExxonMobil, Liberia Timber Association and Golden Petroleum as well as Chief Zanzan Kawor, Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia.The new Board will serve for three years, providing strategic and policy direction and overseeing the EITI process in Liberia.Responding to the announcement of the appointments recently, LEITI Acting head of Secretariat,  Konah D. Karmo, thanked  President Sirleaf for what he termed, “her commitment to promote transparent resource management in Liberia.”Mr. Karmo said the reconstitution of the LEITI Board is cardinal for the Liberian EITI, especially given that the country is expected to face validation very shortly.It may be recalled that few weeks ago, Mr. Karmo during a brief meeting with the President,  highlighted current developments at the LEITI Secretariat and called on the Government and stakeholders to urgently address prevailing challenges, one of which was the constitution of a new Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) of the LEITI.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Love Liberian Rice” Campaign Launched

first_imgPaynesville Mayor Pam Belcher-Taylor and CHAP officials at the launch of “Love Liberian Rice” CampaignThe Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP) in collaboration with authorities at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), recently launched the “Love Liberian Rice Campaign,” which aims at improving food security in the country through rice production, processing and marketing.Launched at the Paynesville City Hall, the campaign brought together distinguished personalities, including officials of government, foreign nationals, private sector actors and representatives of local farmers.Montserrado District #2 Representative, Jimmy Smith, who launched the campaign on behalf of the Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, described the initiative as laudable, and called on all Liberians to support the process.Smith then expressed the government’s willingness to support CHAP to make the program a reality. He promised to purchase 200 bags of the rice produced by CHAP, as his contribution to promote the campaign.Paynesville City Mayor, Palm Belcher-Taylor, also lauded CHAP for the program, and pledged  L$85,000 in support of the Campaign as well.Mayor Belcher-Taylor said for any investment to be sustained, the people must take ownership. Therefore, “we encourage every Liberian to contribute to the campaign by making minimum contribution, because we want it extended to the U.S., Europe and Asia,” she told the participants.CHAP Executive Director, Robert Bimba, who provided the overview, recalled how Liberians, especially rural dwellers, are contributing to the rice campaign.According Bimba, the initiative aims at soliciting a volunteer contribution of US$1 from each individual, mainly those that are engaged into agriculture activities, “so that proceeds generated from the campaign will be used to purchase farming implements to empower smallholders’ farmers.As part of the initiative, Bimba said approximately, 5,000 smallholder farmers, mainly women, are expected to benefit from seed rice under the program this year. According to him, the distribution of seed rice has already begun with smallholder farmers in Bomi County, and is expected to be extended to other beneficiary counties.Bimba said prior to the exercise, CHAP has taught the farmers with improved technology in the “System of Rice Intensification” to increase the production of rice.“We will have 3,000 tons of milled rice by mid-July for the local and international markets. Liberians outside the country are highly encouraged to contributed to the success of this program,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Promising GAW side showcase skill ahead of St Kitts encounter

first_imgGAW Practice Game…The Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) team gave the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots something to worry about after completing a stunning practice match on Monday evening.GAW Captain Shoaib Malik gets forward during his inningsThe practice match, which was the first of two, saw the Warriors side being pitted against some of Guyana’s best senior players.With the players divided into two teams, the “Shoaib Malik XI” with the likes of Captain Malik, young powerhouse Shimron Hetmyer, Luke Ronchi and newbie Chris Green took on the “Jason Mohamed XI” which featured Akshaya Persaud, Devendra Bishoo, Sohail Tanvir and Trevon Griffith.Shimron Hetmyer launches one of many maximumsPlaying in wet conditions, the “Malik XI” took to the pitch first with openers Ronchi and Rutherford going at the ball from ball one. However, Ronchi went early for nine, but that paved the way for some exciting batting from local boy Hetmyer. With his intentions made clear, the Berbician managed to form crucial partnerships with his fellow Guyanese Rutherford and Captain Malik. After several big hits, it took some magic from Warriors’ go-to-bowler Tanvir in order to send Hetmyer back to the dugout for 66.Captain Shoaib Malik and Shimron Hetmyer have a chat between oversNevertheless, Malik (47) and Rayad Emrit (10) pressed on to take the score to 187 from their allotted 20 overs.Newcomer to the team, Chris Green, soon had his time to shine as he stepped up to bowl the first over to the Mohamed XI. The South African, coupled with Guyanese Devendra Bishoo, stifled the Jason Mohamed-led side, with both of them picking up two wickets a piece.Shimron Hetmyer turns one down the leg sideAt the end of the match-up, Coach Johan Botha could be seen smiling and commending the players on a job well done.The Warriors will put their skills to the test one last time before the beginning of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2018, with another practice match scheduled for 18:00h (6pm) today at the Providence National Stadium.last_img read more

Veteran Italian keeper Buffon joins PSG

first_img“We all feel an immense pride in welcoming Gianluigi Buffon into the great Paris Saint-Germain family,” PSG’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi announced in a statement.Confirmation of Buffon’s move came after he had arrived at PSG around midday accompanied by his doctor. He was also seen at the American Hospital in the nearby suburb of Neuilly.Buffon, who played a record 176 times for Italy, has an option to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes for a further season.He will be officially unveiled as the latest teammate of PSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and company on Monday.The first signing since German Thomas Tuchel took over as PSG manager in May said he was thrilled at his new job outside Italy.“For the first time in my career, I am leaving my country and only a project this ambitious could have encouraged me to make such a decision,” he said.“I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of my thirst to win to help my new club achieve all the great objectives it has set out for the future.”The serial French champions’ overriding ambition is to finally be crowned European champions, something which has also eluded Buffon in his stellar career.“His arrival reaffirms our will to always go higher, an ambition that we intend to pursue with a determination just as strong,” said Al-Khelaifi.Al-Khelaifi suggested Buffon and PSG were an ideal match.“At 40 years old, his passion for football is intact and Gianluigi has found the ideal environment in our project to set himself extremely high objectives transmitting his experience, not only to the other goalkeepers at the club, but to all of our players.”Ironically, given his and the club’s desire to finally sate their Champions League hunger, Buffon is unavailable for PSG’s opening three European matches next season.That’s as a result of the ban handed down by UEFA for his red card and attack on referee Michael Oliver after Juve’s dramatic Champions League quarter-final loss to Real Madrid.Buffon had been charged both with breaching UEFA’s “general principles of conduct” over his outburst and also for his red card for dissent.The last-eight clash between holders Real and Juventus was decided by a last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo penalty after the Serie A champions had staged a remarkable comeback to wipe out a 3-0 first-leg deficit at the Santiago Bernabeu.But Buffon, who was sent off in the aftermath of the penalty decision, lashed out at Oliver’s decision to award the spot-kick, saying the English official had a “rubbish bin for a heart”.He joins a PSG keeper roster comprising Kevin Trapp, who was part of Germany’s squad at the World Cup, and Alphonse Areola, who is with semi-finalists France in Russia.Buffon won nine Serie A titles with Juventus and four successive Italian Cups.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon signs for Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOPARIS, France, Jul 6 – Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a one-year deal, the French Ligue 1 champions announced on Friday.The 40-year-old 2006 World Cup winner joins the big-spending Parisian side days after his contract with Juventus ended in June.last_img read more

TRANSFER BATTLE! Sunderland to go head-to-head with AC Milan for Benfica flyer

first_img Benfica flyer Eduardo Salvio AC Milan have joined Sunderland in the race for Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio.The Argentina international scored 13 goals last season and his performances have attracted interest from a number of suitors.Sunderland have been heavily linked with the 26-year-old and some reports had even claimed they were ready to make a £21m bid.However, according to A Bola, the Black Cats will have to fight off competition from Italian giants AC Milan.The Serie A side have identified Salvio as one of their top targets this summer and they have made contact with Benfica over a possible transfer.As well as Milan and Sunderland, Monaco have also expressed an interest. 1last_img

TWIN TOWNS LIGHTNING STRIKE CUTS POWER TO HOMES

first_imgESB crews are working to restore power to homes in Ballybofey and Stranorlar tonight after a lightning strike.The company says it is hoping to restore supply before 2am.Around 200 homes remain to be connected.  TWIN TOWNS LIGHTNING STRIKE CUTS POWER TO HOMES was last modified: February 21st, 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:BallybofeyESBpower cutsStranorlarlast_img

Donegal republicans announce easter Commemoration details

first_imgLocal Donegal republican and spokesperson for the Drumboe Commemoration Committee, Hughie Doherty, has announced details of this year’s Easter Commemorations in the county.And he has called on those of all political persuasions to come out and pay tribute to all those who have their lives in the pursuit of Irish freedom.Mr Doherty said “Every year, Irish republicans across Ireland and around the world gather to remember our friends and comrades who gave their lives in the pursuit of Irish freedom. “We also wear the Easter lily to honour the men and women of 1916 and all those patriots who gave their lives in every phase of struggle.“However we don’t just do so as an act of remembrance alone but also to recommit ourselves to the cause for which they died and to rededicate ourselves to achieving the vision set out in the 1916 Proclamation.”He added that now, more than ever, we need to see implemented the principles of equality and sovereignty set out over a century ago.“We want to ensure that a United Ireland of Equals is the lasting legacy of the men and women of 1916 and all our patriot dead. “I am also delighted to announce that Mayo Senator Rose Conway-Walsh will address the main (Drumboe) county commemoration in Stranorlar. Rose is a fantastic orator so I hope hundreds will again come a long to hear her speech.”List of commemorations in DonegalAughnashinan- Letterkenny – Easter Sunday – 11amDrumoghill – Manorcunningham – Easter Sunday – 12 NoonGlencolumcille – Easter Sunday – 10.30am Buncrana –Easter Sunday – 12.30pmCastlefinn – Easter Sunday – 12 NoonGweedore – Easter Sunday – 12 NoonDonegal republicans announce easter Commemoration details was last modified: March 26th, 2018 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:commemorationsEasterHughie DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

Jacks look to climb CCAA standings

first_imgFollowing four consecutive victories, the Humboldt State men’s basketball team will travel to the Bay Area this weekend to face a pair of California Collegiate Athletic Association opponents as it aims to climb to the top of the league standings.The road trip begins Thursday against Cal State East Bay at 7:30 p.m. and will wrap up Saturday as the Jacks take on Cal State Monterey Bay at 3 p.m.The Lumberjacks (7-3, 13-5) kept their perfect home record alive last week, winning their eighth and …last_img

Garçon’s exit will fuel more speculation of 49ers receiver hunt

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — The hot topic of the 49ers offseason figures to get hotter: which star wide receiver will come in this year to help Jimmy Garoppolo?Pierre Garçon won’t be returning after two injury-shortened seasons, the NFL Network reported Thursday about an unsurprising move to not pick up his 2019 option. That will save the 49ers from paying him some $6 million this year.WIDE RECEIVER: San Francisco 49ers’ Pierre …last_img

Microsoft Brings Enhanced Security Features, Large Attachments & an Uncluttered Inbox to Next Version of Hotmail

first_imgMicrosoft just announced the next version of Hotmail, which will bring a large number of new features to the world’s most popular email service. Hotmail’s 360 million users will soon get enhanced security features, a Gmail-like conversation view, automatic filters for status updates from social networks, integration with the new Microsoft Office Web Apps and numerous other new features that are meant to make using Hotmail safer and reduce the amount of clutter in Hotmail users’ inboxes.Email has ChangedAs Walter Harp, Microsoft’s director of product management with Windows Live, told us earlier today, this redesign of Hotmail evolved as Microsoft started to think about how email has changed over the last few years. According to Harp, the last major revolution in email was the arrival of Gmail in 2004. Since then, however, the way people use email has changed. Social network updates from sites like Facebook and LinkedIn now make up somewhere between 15 to 30% of all mail in Hotmail users’ inboxes. In addition, email users now send out billions of photos and documents. Microsoft alone stores over 15 billion office documents on Hotmail and its users send out close to 1.5 billion photos every month. Tags:#Microsoft#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Bigger Attachments – Integration with Office Web AppsToday’s update tackles these changes head-on. Hotmail users will now, for example, be able to send up to 10 GB of photos and documents in a single message. Instead of sending these messages as attachments, however, Hotmail will simply route these files to the sender’s Windows Live SkyDrive account (Microsoft’s free online storage service), where the recipients can access them through a link. Thanks to the new Office Web Apps, recipients will also be able to see and edit Office documents right in the browser.Less Clutter in Your Mailbox In order to make it easier for users to wade through lots of social network status updates and unclutter their Hotmail inbox, Microsoft is introducing a new feature called “1-click filters.” These filters will allow users to just see messages from services like Facebook and shipping updates from the USPS. Other new features that will help to keep Hotmail users’ inboxes organized include a new Gmail-like conversations view (which will be an opt-in feature and turned off by default), as well as the ability to quickly see all the emails from a given sender while reading an email from this sender. Hotmail users will also be able to just see all the new emails that contain photos.Microsoft has also partnered with a number of third-party services, including Hulu, YouTube, JustinTV, the USPS, SmugMug and Flickr to provide additional functionality through a feature called “active views.” This allows Microsoft to integrate some of the functionality of these sites directly into the emails. Other new features include Exchange ActiveSync push email for Hotmail – which means that you can now push Hotmail email and data from your Windows Live Calendar directly to the iPhone, for example – as well as a unified contact list for all Windows Live services and third-party services like Facebook and MySpace. Improved SecurityOn the security front, Microsoft is introducing full-session SSL encryption for all accounts and a feature that will identify and highlight trusted senders (like known banks and online stores) in order to prevent phishing scams. Microsoft has also managed to bring down the average number of spam emails in its users’ inboxes to only 4% (down from 35% in 2006).Another nifty new security feature is the introduction of a single-use code that allows users to log in from a public computer at an airport or coffee shop without having to fear that their passwords could be stolen. Users will receive these codes by SMS or through an alternate email account.Microsoft Wants to be #1 in the U.S.As Walter Harp pointed out when we talked to him today, Hotmail is the #1 email service in the world, but in the U.S., it is currently only the second-most used service after Yahoo Mail. With this new version of Hotmail, Microsoft hopes to be able to close this gap. Email, of course, tends to be a very sticky service and users aren’t likely to abandon Yahoo for Hotmail anytime soon. Thanks to today’s updates, however, chances are that many new users will choose Hotmail over Yahoo. In terms of functionality, however, the real competition for Hotmail isn’t Yahoo but Google. Google, after all, also offers integration with its online office suite and photo service. Unlike Google, however, Microsoft doesn’t plan to offer a small business version of Hotmail and prefers to steer people towards Microsoft Exchange and Outlook instead. Microsoft’s services – and especially the Office Web Apps – are competitive with Google’s services (and, in many respects, better). Thanks to the integration with SkyDrive and Office Web Apps, Hotmail now presents a very viable alternative to Gmail and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft will be able to capitalize on this. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more