Ellen Promises Sustained Decentralization

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the over-centralization of decision making is a major cause for the slow pace of development in the country.She said the government will exert every effort to ensure that total decentralization of government’s decisions is achieved.Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County Correspondent said President Sirleaf made the statement over the weekend in Kakata, Margibi County, when she dedicated the Margibi County Service Center (MCSC).She also observed that having realized the over-centralization of government’s functions, her administration has now embarked on the decentralization process by opening more county service centers.“Government’s decentralization program started when the Governance Commission Chairman, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, initiated the process, which has today come to fruition.”Dr. Amos Sawyer and his colleagues have been the major driving force behind the decentralization program and therefore the government must recognize them “for their tireless efforts,” said the President.She said the program consists of economic, political and administrative components and other essential elements that will ensure that government is brought to the doorsteps of the people.President Sirleaf also mentioned that the program started with the County Development Fund (CDF) and the Social Development Fund (SDF), which enable each county to receive direct budgetary support to their County Development Agenda (CDA) as well as the social development drives.She said in furtherance of the exercise, a draft of the Local Government Act has been submitted to the National Legislature for enactment into law, which will make way for the decentralization of government activities.Further, President Sirleaf said due to the significant nature of the Decentralization Program, it is only implementing the de-concentration component of the program pending the enactment into law of the Local Government Act before the National Legislature.She called on Margibians to take advantage of the Service Center and utilize it for their own good, adding, “You must take ownership of the center and avoid those vices that have the tendency to spoil it.”She also seized the opportunity to commend the European Union (EU) and the Kingdom of Sweden for their total commitment and support, which is making the Decentralization Program a reality.Making remarks, the Swedish State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, Ms. Ulrika Modeer, described decentralization as a very good form of governance.Madam Modeer said that the Swedish Government has approved 158 million euros for Liberia for the next five years.She said of the amount, a significant portion will go towards supporting government’s decentralization programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgGAA Bingo Every Thursday Night At 9pm In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Match & Win for 29/09/2011 No jackpot winner last week this weeks will rise to €2,220.00 numbers drawn were 4,19,21,22 the €15 consolation prizes went to Cormac Skinnader Carndonagh, Marguerite McLaughlin Magheramore,Denis Donaghey Dunaff, Marie McDaid Mindoran Cottage, Ben & Bridget Harkin Malin Head.Club Meeting on Tuesday 18th October at 8pm in Straid. LOST PROPERTY if you think are missing some kit or items of clothing please go and see Jim in the club house as he has a lot of lost property from over the season and if its not claimed in the next two weeks it will be taken to the charity shop, so go and see if any of it is yours asap.New Club Website is up and running thanks to David Hession for all his work he still has some more items to set up on it any information you want to share can be put on at www.urris.gaa.ie so check it out.Night at The Races – the club is running this event on Friday 7th October at 9pm in the Rusty Nail horses are €10 each on sale from any club member come along and back a winner and help support our club.Club Merchandise – the club has a range of merchandise available in all sizes polo shirts hoodies jackets and not forgetting the all important urris hat for the coming winter contact Alan on 0879029672. Results: Seniors 2-05 Naomh Mhuire 0-11.Fixtures: Reserves v Ballyshannon possilbly next week end check www.urris.gaa.ie for details.See Web site for next Senior game.Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA NOTES: URRIS was last modified: October 3rd, 2011 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:URRIS GAA noteslast_img read more

Talking the divide between U.S., Canada dairy supply systems

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodThe trip to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show by several Ohio dairy farmers, thanks to the efforts of Hill’s Supply, put on display not only the latest in robotic milking technology, but also the relationship between Canadian and American dairy farmers in what has been a contentious time with regard to trade.Ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations have highlighted the differences between the two countries on milk production.“The dairy industry is challenging right now. As you look across Ohio and the nation, our nation’s dairy farmers are facing an economic downturn that’s rivaling the downturn that many of us remember in 2009,” said Frank Burkett III. Burkett, a dairy farmer and current president of the Ohio Farm Bureau, has signed a letter of intent on buying Hill’s Supply in the near future. “We look through Hill’s for ways to partner with dairymen to get through this cycle and move onto another cycle that hopefully delivers a little bit better economics and maybe a littler prosperity into dairy farmers.”Trade is an essential part of market prices in any agricultural commodity, milk included. Burkett was talking trade with many Canadian farmers.“Dairy and trade are a topic of conversation from the Farm Bureau perspective. Clearly as we look nationally, I would say there’s probably never been a time where there’s been more critical issues. Trade, the Farm Bill, immigration — there are a lot of big national issues that are impacting America’s farmers and ranchers,” Burkett said.A difference in the American and Canadian supply systems has been brought forth through NAFTA talks. Canada operates on what’s known as a supply management system where dairy farmers are given a quota of how much milk to produce. The end goal being an attempt to control the supply and protection against a surplus.Rick Shantz is an Ontario dairy farmer who said he and his fellow Canadians would like to see NAFTA completed and to allow both countries to move forward equitably.“We’re running 200 acres and 100 cows. It’s a fifth generation dairy farm. My son’s helping me now,” said Shantz. “I think a lot of it just comes down to supply and management. If we don’t have the demand there, why are we supplying it? So I think that’s the bottom line and that’s our system. That’s the box they have kept us in and we’ve been able to grow moderately. Sometimes you would like to grow a little faster, but the system has kept us at a slow growth. It has worked very well and has been sustainable. We have given up some price over the last couple of years.”“The box is a good thing. It’s here to stay. We in Ontario can compete, we can produce milk. The bottom line is we’re controlled.”The space in between for U.S. and Canada milk export and import is where the details of NAFTA are at a sticking point. Some in Canada have responded to the call for relaxation of certain protectionist dairy policies with agreement, while others have drawn the line. Time will tell what results of the matter.In the meantime, dairy farmers were busy looking at the latest in milking technology — Shantz included.“We started robotic milking eight years ago now. We love the new robot. It’s pretty exciting to see the movement of technology and the future looks very promising,” he said.The new DeLaval VMS V300 milking system was on active display, milking for the first time in North America. The system is a challenge to the Lely Astronaut which has been on several Ohio farms for a number of years. Hill’s Supply said they see the new robot as the next wave in efficiency for the robotic industry, with it boasting improved milking times and hookup efficiency.last_img read more

Rabri Devi, Tejashwi Yadav, others get bail in IRCTC hotels case

first_imgA Delhi court on Friday granted bail to former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, her son Tejashwi Yadav and others in a corruption case related to the grant of maintenance contracts for two IRCTC hotels to a Patna based firm allegedly for a consideration.Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted bail to them when they appeared before the court on a summons isuued by it.Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, who is also an accused in the case, was exempted for the day as he is currently in Ranchi jail serving a sentence in the fodder scam cases. However, the court issued a production warrant for him for October 6.Besides Prasad and his family members, former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta ; his wife Sarla Gupta; Additional Member of the Railway Board B.K. Agarwal; the then managing director of the IRCTC, P.K. Goyal; and the then IRCTC director, Rakesh Saxena, were also named in the charge sheet.last_img read more

Farmers defy ban, sow GM crop in Haryana

first_imgFarmers supporting the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) varieties of crops in the country on Friday claimed to have sown seeds of the banned herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton in Haryana.Reacting to it, the State’s Agriculture Department said that it would investigate the matter and take action if found true.Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Haryana unit president Gun Parkash told The Hindu that a group of farmers have defied the government ban on the cultivation of GM crops at the Sarangpur village in Hisar district.“Today, we have sown herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton in the field of one of our fellow farmers at Sarangpur to express anguish against the government. By using GM technology, costs are reduced, insect-pest attacks lowered and yield increased, but in our country, farmers in distress cannot reap the benefits of GM crops. We want the government to allow the cultivation of GM crops,” said Mr. Parkash.“We will examine the seeds which have been sown by the farmers at Sarangpur and if it is found to be a banned GM variety, then surely necessary action will be taken,” said Suresh Gahlawat, additional director with the Haryana Agriculture Department.Maharashtra protestA few hundred farmers had similarly gathered on June 10 at Akot village in Maharashtra’s Akola district and sown herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton seeds to register their protest. Cases were later slapped on at least 12 farmers under the Indian Penal Code sections dealing with cheating and dishonesty, along with sections of the Environment Protection Act and the Seeds Act.In India so far, no GM “food crop” has been given the nod due to biosafety issues. Only Bt cotton cultivation is allowed in India as a “non-food crop”.last_img read more

PBA commissioner: No precedent to suspend Mark Barroca on groin hit

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial during the 2018 PBA Draft Combine. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial warned Magnolia guard that a suspension is imminent if he repeats his roughhousing in the2018  PBA Governors’ Cup finals.Marcial said Barroca could be suspended if he merits a flagrant foul penalty 2 or an unsportsmanlike foul in the last three games of the title round.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Mavericks bow to Suns in Dirk Nowitzki’s return View comments Barroca was caught punching Alaska point guard Chris Banchero in the groin area in the final three minutes of Game 4, a match the Aces won 90-76 to tie the series at 2-2, on Wednesday.READ: Mark Barroca fined for groin hit, Alex Compton penalized for referee remarksFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBarroca earned a P50,000 fine for the blow but was able to dodge suspension since, according to Marcial, there was no whistle blown during the incident.“We reviewed the tape and it was a non-call so we don’t see a precedent to suspend Barroca,” said Marcial Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center during the PBA Draft Combine. Marcial said Dacanay failed to see Barroca’s punch, resulting in a missed call.“Dacanay was the one nearest to the incident, he’s the one assigned to spot any lane violation, but he looked at the ball instead of keeping his eyes on the players,” said Marcial. “If he was able to see it and blow and call a foul then there wouldn’t be a problem, there will be a suspension.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ “I warned him that if he does that again or he merits an F2 or an unsportsmanlike foul then he’ll be suspended.”Marcial added that a similar case to Barroca’s happened before when TNT forward Don Trollano punched San Miguel forward Arwind Santos during the Commissioner’s Cup on June 16.READ: Mark Barroca downplays ‘punching incident’ with Chris BancheroAlthough there was a scuffle in that previous incident, no calls were given against Trollano and Santos.And if Barroca wasn’t immediately given a suspension for his punch, referee Rolando Dacanay was slapped with an indefinity suspension.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’last_img read more

A message from Wendy Olunike Adeliyi

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If you can’t see the post above – click here Facebook Login/Register With:center_img This story has gotten attention, not because of myself or the Kingsway Theatre, but because it touches on a topic sensitive to a lot of people. Advertisement Twitterlast_img