The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has provided support to the 15 counties in the fight against the deadly disease and for the decentralization process in Liberia.Speaking last Friday at the official presentation of the items at the Internal Affairs Ministry in Monrovia, Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen, Country Director of UNDP said he was pleased to turn over some of the items requested by the various counties that would help in containing and breaking the transmission of the Ebola disease.The UNDP, through the Internal Affairs Ministry, has provided motorbikes, mattresses, anti-Ebola buckets, mega phones, generators, T-shirts, printers and fliers, among others, to the 15 counties in support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.The Country Director explained that the items are in line with requests made by the Superintendents on the basis of their respective needs in the fight against the Ebola disease.“This will help the various counties to respond rapidly when the need arises. When each county is given a task and empowered, it will help greatly in the decentralization of Liberia.”Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen said, “Some requested for more than 3 motorbikes, generators for Ebola treatment units, T-shirts with the inscription, “Ebola is real,” mattresses for ETUs and others. The value of the donated items is approximately US$450,000, he said.The UNDP boss assured the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the people of Liberia of the UNDP’s commitment to the country’s decentralization process and to the fight against the Ebola virus.He explained that fighting Ebola is not a battle that Liberian and partners can win in the hospitals only, but by the contributions of everyone, including the community dwellers in the various counties. Minister Dukuly described the UNDP support to the various counties as a total manifestation of decentralization of Liberia, which allows each county to perform its own tasks at the local level.Decentralization is not having workshops but rather, local capacity building and enabling the people to take ownership in the development of their county, said Minister Dukuly.“We cannot achieve decentralization with workshops. It is sustained over time with the ability to have people understand fiscal affairs and decentralization,” he explained.He continued, “This is not about the physical decentralization as important as it is, or political decentralization because everyone wants election, everyone wants a county superintendent position. Decentralization is about the people taking ownership of their lives, of their governance. It involves people taking ownership and being proud of what they can do to enhance their status,” he declared.Witnessing the ceremony were, Chief Zanzan Kawah, Head of the Traditional Council of Liberia, Deputy Minister, Varney A. Sirleaf, County Superintendents and other government officials from the Justice and Internal Affairs Ministries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The head of the Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has reconfirmed the organization’s commitment to social and economic development in West Africa.Speaking yesterday at the opening of a two-day workshop on the establishment of the National Platform for Disaster and Risk Reduction in Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim said ECOWAS will encourage and promote national platforms integrating disaster risk reduction, emergency response and climate change adaptation in the sub-region.The workshop is organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs-National Disaster Relief Commission, with support from ECOWAS and the United Nation Development Program (UNDP).Mr. Ibrahim said the rationale for establishing and strengthening national platforms in West Africa is based on the need to make substantial progress in implementing the ECOWAS Policy for disaster risk reduction in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and the African Regional Programme.According to him, there should be increased commitment and engagement by all ECOWAS member states to required more and effective partnerships between countries under the coordination of the commission for building a stronger, more systematic and coherent sub-regional effort to support national disaster reduction activities in the sub-region.Mr. Ibrahim disclosed that disasters caused by natural and man-made events amount to limitation on development and the achievement of the goals of human security and welfare.In West Africa, he said, the occurrence of natural and man-made disasters over the last three decades has continued to threaten the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS).To minimize these negative impacts and to attain the strategic objectives of ECOWAS, the policy for Disaster Risk Reduction was developed and adopted by authorities and head of state at the thirty first ordinary summit in Ouagadougou on January 19th 2007, he declared.For his part, Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly acknowledged ECOWAS and said that the national platforms on disasters management are issues that African region needs to respond to.Minister Dukuly recalled that those who have lived in Monrovia for the past 25 years will not deny that “we have more than climate change here.”Monrovia, he said, never hardly got flooded but today everywhere is being flooded. This also the case in all of the counties.According to him, climate change is not a science fiction but it is real and is incumbent upon us to act quickly to this disaster.Meanwhile, the Executive Director of Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Cllr. Abla Gadegbeku Williams, said climate change is an evitable phenomenon which “we must watch closely and, at all times, be prepared to formulate and apply appropriate solutions for the control of our environment.””Today, we have gathered to establish a national platform which would reduce the risk of disaster in the wake of imminent climate change which is taking place in Liberia. Such change often affects poor people who eventually become internally displaced and there is need to find a durable solution to their plight,” Madam Williams declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Removal of emigrants from voters’ list…PPP, APNU Commissioners back public scrutiny of statutory meetingsEarlier this year, representatives of the Carter Center had proposed that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) activate measures to cleanse the voters’ list without the need for House-to-House registration and thus, any undue delay in the hosting of General and Regional Elections.GECOM Commissioner Robeson BennHowever, during an appearance on Globespan 24×7 live show in New York on Sunday, government-nominated Commissioner at GECOM, Vincent Alexander, revealed that this suggestion was never followed up after Guyana’s Court of Appeal ruled the December 21, 2018 no-confidence motion (NCM) was not validly passed, thus handing the Government a lifeline on its time in office.But now, with Guyana still waiting for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to confirm or reverse the Appeal Court’s ruling, there is a real possibility that GECOM will be called upon to fast track the holding of elections.According to Alexander, the National Registration Act Chapter 19:08 provides for the Chief Immigration Officer to submit to the Chief Registration Officer a list of Guyanese who have left the country and have not returned for three months.“The law further provides for the registration officer, in his deliberate judgement, to take those names off the list. It has never been done. The Commission has never taken the relevant action,” Alexander said.“I made the proposition that what we could do in the interest of time, was that we could seek to get from the Chief Immigration Officer those lists and we could then apply those lists to the register of registrants and by that way come up with a clean list. The Carter Center said, ‘well rather than do that, what you could do is create a parallel list of persons overseas’.”GECOM Commissioner Vincent AlexanderAccording to Alexander, the Center’s recommendation was that the list be placed at the place of poll to prevent substitute voting. But Alexander admitted that even though the suggestion was brought to the Commission, there was no consensus.The Government-nominated Commissioner further admitted that the number of deceased persons on the voters’ list is a minority, compared to overseas voters. But despite this fact and the Carter Center’s proposition aimed at removing these overseas voters, he said the proposal died a natural death at GECOM.“That happened the day before the Appeal Court gave its ruling and once the Appeal Court gave its ruling, that issue was never raised again. But I was not averse to the fact that we ought to be able to produce a list as quickly as possible. I was equally concerned about the bloated list,” Alexander posited.Back in March when the Carter Center made its suggestion, the Georgia, USA-based advocacy, which has a long history of supporting free and fair elections locally, had sent a delegation to Guyana to seek a resolution to election preparation delays. The group met with GECOM Commissioners from both sides of the political divide.“I think ultimately our role here, of course, is limited. We’re not Guyanese, [but] we care about this country. The Carter Center has been here for many, many years, almost 30 years. This country is important to my grandfather. It’s important to me and my family as well, but ultimately the issues that are being confronted right now (are) going to require the cooperation of political leadership of this country and we are optimistic, and we have had a very productive meeting with GECOM,” Jason Carter, a member of the group and grandson of former US President Jimmy Carter, had said after their meetings.GECOM has since moved ahead with its House-to-House Registration exercise, which would further delay the holding of elections. This is despite a court challenge filed by a private citizen who contends that the exercise would disenfranchise her and many others. It is a concern the parliamentary Opposition has previously expressed.Public disclosureTo minimise contention in the public domain and in the interest of transparency, Alexander (who was nominated by the coalition A Partnership For National Unity (APNU)) and fellow Commissioner Robeson Benn (nominated by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP)) were asked during the live programme whether they were in favour of GECOM’s statutory meetings being open to the public.Here, the two Commissioners found common ground, with both agreeing to the suggestion. According to Alexander, however, acceptance of this suggestion was entirely up to the Commission. But according to Benn, his previous efforts to bring transparency to these meetings through this measure were thwarted by successive Commissions.“When [Dr Steve] Surujbally was Chairman, at one of my first interactions I said the meetings of GECOM should be public … that there should be a gallery that the media and the public should be there, so that all that is said and done would be free and open. This was rejected,” the PPP Commissioner stressed.“I said this more recently at a meeting of the present Commission (headed by retired Justice James Patterson). They don’t want to hear about that, because they don’t want to put the discussions out there and the constitutional requirements of GECOM, to be out there in the public,” Benn contended.
The Peace River Regional District is getting another 26 and half million dollars in Infrastructure Funding from the province. It comes according to the terms of the BC / Peace River Memorandum of Understanding, formerly known as FairShare. This is money pledged by the provincial government to this region, in recognition of revenues raised by the Province from the oil and gas industry.- Advertisement -It is based on understanding communities in the North don’t have the same industrial tax base, to contribute to infrastructure funding.The money is distributed to local governments, within the regional district, by a pre-determined formula.
No Phil Jackson-coached team ever has lost six games in a row, although that will be no comfort as the Lakers play host to Portland tonight at Staples Center. They have dropped their last four games in the closing minutes, almost finding new ways to lose. The Lakers have victories to their credit over the Western Conference’s top five teams, but they have gone just 16-18 after opening the season with 15 of their first 20 games at home. EL SEGUNDO – As the Lakers reconvened Tuesday following the All-Star break, they could find the seventh-place Denver Nuggets closer in their rear-view mirror than the fifth-place Houston Rockets ahead on the road. Whether the Lakers are stuck in reverse or merely stalled out thanks to a combination of injuries and a difficult schedule, they will start the second half of the season having lost five consecutive games and 11 of their last 15. Amid questions about their direction, the Lakers hope one answer might come in a highway robbery deal before Thursday’s trade deadline. They have expressed interest in All-Star guard Jason Kidd, who is owed $41 million the next two seasons. With those financial considerations in mind, the New Jersey Nets are considering trading Kidd to the Lakers in a package that would not include either center Andrew Bynum or forward Lamar Odom, the two most valuable assets after Kobe Bryant. “We’ve looked to make deals over the last few years close to the trading deadline,” Jackson said Tuesday, “and they’ve all been really key players that we thought would make a difference. “We just didn’t want to do a lateral move or something like that.That’s one of the reasons why we think if you do something, do it right. Do it big.” The Lakers would have to take into account the luxury-tax implications of adding Kidd as well as the difficulty in bringing a player up to speed midseason in the triangle offense. Even so, Jackson’s patience might have run out after last Thursday’s 114-108 loss to Cleveland, a game in which the Lakers led with 3:23 left, only to watch the Cavaliers finish the game by making five consecutive trips to the free-throw line. Asked if he felt the Lakers had to make a move, Jackson answered: “After Thursday’s loss, I was very disappointed in our team. I thought our chemistry was not good. I told you guys … that I saw defeat in some faces in a ballgame that was close. “It was right down to the wire all the way through, and we’ve had four games like that out of our five losses that have been right on the nub and we haven’t been able to produce.” Bryant called Kidd “one of the top point guards in the history of the NBA” and suggested the two wouldn’t have a problem co-existing. “If a name like Jason Kidd comes across the table, you have to look at it,” he said. The Nets, who have slipped to 25-29 and two games out of the Eastern Conference’s top eight, would have to be open to a package probably built around Kwame Brown and Jordan Farmar as well as several expiring contracts and draft picks. In the meantime, the Lakers will move forward after the latest in a never-ending cycle of injuries. Forward Vladimir Radmanovic slipped on the ice in Park City, Utah, on Saturday, separated his right shoulder and will be out eight weeks. The Lakers already have lost key players for nearly 120 games this season because of injury. They are hopeful Luke Walton, who has missed 11 games with a sprained ankle, can return in the next week and Brown will follow sooner than expected. Bryant had no doubt the injuries to Brown and Walton caught up to the Lakers at the same time the schedule turned unfavorable with an eight-game road trip. “We had chemistry because we had guys that had been together for a while, been in this offense for a while,” Bryant said. “That’s why we were able to be extremely successful. Now you take three pieces out of the offense that had been together for a full season and understand how we operate as a unit. “When those pieces go down, now you’re bringing in new pieces that are still trying to learn the offense and at the same time learn one another’s tendencies, so it gets a little more challenging.” The third piece Bryant was referring to was Odom, who has not been the same attacking player after missing 21 games with a sprained knee ligament. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!