UNDP Resident Representative (right) Pa Lamin Beyai, Deputy Finance Minister Brunson (middle) and UNDP Deputy for Programme Cleophas Torori (left)UNDP Liberia has developed a draft of its Country Programme Document (CPD) and has begun briefing major stakeholders and partners on the 5 year plan (2020-2024).At a briefing with national partners at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), according to a UNDP press release, UNDP Resident Representative Pa Lamin Beyai, called on partners to see the strategic document as a holistic framework that speaks to UNDP comparative advantages in supporting Liberia’s national development agenda- Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity & Development (PAPD).“This draft document should not be seen as individualistic or project based, but rather one that fits within the lens of Liberia’s development agenda and challenges,” Beyai emphasized.The new CPD rests on three program outcomes, namely inclusive governance, sustaining peace and inclusive growth.It is fully responsive to national priorities. It is aligned with the corresponding outcomes/pillars of the PAPD, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Deputy Finance Minister Tanneh Brunson expressed appreciation to UNDP for taking keen interest in supporting Liberia to deliver services.She emphasized response to downstream development priorities and challenges that fully align to “leaving no one behind” concept of the SDGs.Minister Brunson urged national stakeholders not to see the development plan as agency specific, but rather within sectors.UNDP Deputy for Programme, Cleophas Torori, presented the draft document on behalf of the Agency.The CPD program rationale adopts a multidimensional approach in analyzing the development context in Liberia and its program priorities involve collaborative and integrated multi-sectoral work around specific target groups and geographic areas.It targets 5 counties: Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Grand Cape Mount and Montserrado, owing to persistent poverty, vulnerability to climate change, weak service delivery, low social development indices, and high prevalence of SGBV, among other factorsThe CPD explicitly describes how women will benefit from program opportunities and benefits, and has identified and fully addressed risks related to potential gender inequality and discrimination against women and girls;It also actively promotes the fulfillment of human rights and prioritizes the principles of accountability, meaningful participation, and non-discrimination.Opportunities to enhance environmental sustainability and poverty-environment linkages are well considered and integrated in program strategy and design. Consultations with national partners and key stakeholders during the drafting and design of the UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) started in 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Almost two years after residents of La Parfaite Harmonie, on the West Bank of Demerara, made calls for a much-needed police station to the Public Security Ministry, a multimillion-dollar police station was recently constructed and is set to be commissioned soon.Deputy Police Commissioner Nigel HoppieIt is expected that with the new police station, in a booming housing development location, that much of the security concerns of residents will be immediately addressed since they will now be able to access police assistance much easier.The building, which was built to the tune of $53 million, is to be officially commissioned within the next few weeks, and will have the presence of over 30 Guyana Police Force (GPF) ranks. This was revealed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nigel Hoppie during a recent engagement exercise with the residents of the community.“There will [be] 29 ranks headed by an inspector, one sergeant, six corporals and 11 constables. We already have the sub-divisional officers who are here and his number is one that would have to be given to you so that he can be contacted” he stated.The newly constructed La Parfaite Harmonie Police StationOn this note, the Deputy Commissioner lauded the establishment of this new facility which will help residents to experience improved safety and security, as well as contribute to the continuous decrease in criminal activities which is already recorded to be at 27 per cent.“A police station in a month is very good. At least from this gathering, the residents of La Parfaite Harmonie have an idea of what is the plan, through the Commissioner of Police and the Region Three D Division what to expect coming down the road. So, it is very good that they are opening the police station in the area,” he noted.Back in 2017, residents were encouraged by Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, to form a Community Policing Group that will be the “eyes and ears of the community” and as this advice was heeded, more residents were urged by Deputy Commissioner Hoppie to join the group and play their role in keeping the community safer by cooperating with the officers.Plans to establish youth groups are also underway, as this will also serve as a means to work directly with police ranks to prevent a crime upsurge, and make the community more favourable for developments and investments for the already 20,000 residents present.
GECOM chairmanship… Justice BS Roy, Capt Gouveia among new nomineesOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday submitted a fresh list of six candidates to President David Granger for consideration for the appointment of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The six names submitted are retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy, retired Justice William Ramlall, Attorney and former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond Allicock, Attorney Kashir Khan, Attorney Nadia Sagar and Captain Gerald Gouveia.Some of the shortlisted individuals who declined the nomination are Madam Justice Desiree Bernard, Madam Justice Claudette Singh (ret’d) SC, Ralph Ramkarran SC, and attorneys Timothy Jonas and Ronald Burchsmith.In a statement issued on Tuesday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo reminded that it was not an easy task arriving at these six names given the restrictions outlined by President David Granger. Granger’s conditions disqualify anyone engaged in any form of activism – gender, racial or religious; and persons affiliating with political parties.Candidates, according to the President’s criteria, must be able to discharge his/her functions neutrally, between the two opposing parties, as he or she would have done in court between two opposing litigants. Here, the President appears to be making it a requirement for the candidate to have practiced in a court.Additionally, the person must be able to discharge the functions without fear or favour; will not allow any person or organisation to influence him or her to compromise his or her neutrality.The President also said that person should have a general character of honesty, integrity, faithfulness and diligence in the discharge of their duty as Chairman of GECOM.The President had also noted that ideally, the candidate should be qualified to be a Judge of the High Court or an attorney for a minimum of seven years.Jagdeo in the statement highlighted that the names submitted are in accordance to the President’s requirements of the candidates having a legal background and of a neutral stance.“It will be observed, that in respect of the names which I submitted to the President, one is a former Judge of the Court of Appeal of Guyana; one is a former Judge of the High Court of Guyana; three are Attorneys-at-law with over 10 years of good standing at the Guyana Bar and one is a former Magistrate and therefore, qualify to be Judges of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in Guyana, in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana; and one is a former Captain of the Guyana Defence Force, a pilot, and a businessman and entrepreneur,” he explained.President Granger had rejected Jagdeo’s first list of nominees, prompting a public discourse on the interpretation of the Constitution of Guyana regarding the appointment of a GECOM Chairman.Jagdeo had previously nominated Attorney Christopher Ram, conflict resolution specialist Lawrence Lachmansingh, retired Major General Norman McLean, business executive Ramesh Dookhoo, Indian rights activist Rhyaan Shah, and History Professor James Rose, but the President had declared that that list was not acceptable on the basis that it did not include anyone who was qualified to be a Judge.The issue has sparked a national debate on the interpretation of Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana, with some contending that the President was right while others insist that he had erred.Article 161 (2) states: “… the Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds or who has held office as a Judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth, or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court, or who is qualified to be appointed as any such Judge, or any other fit and proper person…”Business Minister Dominic Gaskin’s brother, Marcel had filed legal proceedings in the High Court to review the President’s eligibility criteria for the GECOM Chairmanship.
“Alvaro has to gain confidence with one, two, three goals,” Sarri said following the 1-0 win on Thursday, during which the Spain striker and Chelsea missed a number of chances.“I am not able to give him confidence,” he said in comments carried by the British press on Friday. “In this match he has had three, four opportunities. He was unlucky.“I hope for him that in the future I can try to help him, but the confidence can become only with goals.“I have to say also, for maybe the first time in this season Alvaro was ready in the box. He was on the ball and was active.”Chelsea have won all five of their Premier League games so far under Sarri ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Ham, and Willian’s seventh-minute strike was the difference in Greece.But the 59-year-old Italian bemoaned his side’s inability to finish off their opponents.“When it is time to kill the match we have to kill the match,” he said.The one major blot was a stoppage-time shoulder injury for Pedro, which could rule him out of Sunday’s trip to West Ham.“I don’t know exactly the situation,” said Sarri. “I have spoken with the doctor but only for a few seconds. The doctor told me that probably it’s not a very serious injury.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata is struggling for goals © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 21 – Alvaro Morata needs goals to boost his fragile confidence, said Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri after the striker again failed to find the net in the Europa League match against PAOK in Greece.Morata, 25, scored freely in the first few weeks after joining Chelsea last year but has appeared short of confidence recently. He has scored once this season, in August’s win over Arsenal.
Guardiola, 46, is half-way through his three-year deal at City but the club hierarchy are reportedly confident the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss can be persuaded to stay longer.Guardiola said last month that he was happy at City and his contract, which expires in 2019, was “not a big issue”.City failed to mount a serious title challenge in Guardiola’s much-hyped first season in England, finishing a disappointing third. They also exited the Champions League in the first knockout round.But the club invested heavily in new players during the summer and look certain to romp away with the Premier League title even though the season still has five months to run.The Times newspaper said there was an acceptance that when Guardiola arrived in Manchester last year he might not stay beyond his three-year deal but there is optimism he will make a longer-term commitment.The report said Guardiola was enjoying working with chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain, both of whom previously worked at Barcelona.Guardiola quit Barcelona in 2012 despite four trophy-laden seasons to recharge his batteries.Following a sabbatical with his family in New York, he returned to management in Germany, leading Bayern to three consecutive Bundesliga titles before moving to City in 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola contract with Manchester City expires in 2019 © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 18 – Manchester City are planning talks with manager Pep Guardiola at the end of the season as the Premier League leaders seek to tie him to a long-term deal, reports said on Monday.City are 11 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United, are on a record run of 16 consecutive wins in England’s top flight and through to the Champions League knockout phase after comfortably winning their group.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe golf course opened in 2003 in the 1,700-home Westridge subdivision and is currently semiprivate with roughly 300 members. A single tee time for the public can cost between $90 and $140, while membership dues range from $25,000 to $30,000 a year. If it becomes private, the Santa Clarita Valley would be served by just three public golf courses – Vista Valencia in Valencia and the two Robinson Ranch courses in Canyon Country. “There are a lot of golfers that live out here and like to play,” said Jason Crawford, the city of Santa Clarita’s tourism administrator. “They’re going to miss any opportunity that goes away. But there are still great opportunities in the public courses that are here.” Yet the seed for privatizing the course had been planted from the beginning. When the TPC was approved in 1999, county planners and the Board of Supervisors slapped two conditions to placate concerns over a shortage of public greens. Before going private, the course must either be open to public play for 15 years or if two other regulation-size golf courses opened after the project’s approval. In 2000, the two Robinson Ranch courses opened in Sand Canyon, fulfilling the latter criteria even before the TPC’s 2003 grand opening, said Susan Tae, acting supervising regional planner for the county of Los Angeles. “They’re both 18-hole golf courses and they’re both open to the public,” she said. While the TPC clubhouse and restaurant are popular with locals and will likely remain open to all, Lauffer said the golf course currently sees little public play – it mostly caters to members. “You get people who are really focused on golf,” Lauffer said. “They’re the primary customer.” Along with the move, Lauffer said the facility’s management, Lake Forest-based Western Golf Properties, is planning to upgrade lockers and other facilities. “As membership grows, then more people want dedicated lockers,” she said. Yet local golfers seemed excited about the change to members-only. “It’s not going to shut anybody out,” said David Mutschler, owner of Roger Dunn Golf Shops in Newhall. “The majority of the people that play there are members or are friends of members. “It just makes it a little more exclusive. Maybe it’ll lessen play and could make it a little better.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – The Tournament Players Club golf course could become a membership-only course in a few years, a transition that was not expected to take place for at least a decade, officials said Monday. In fact, it’s a move the semiprivate 18-hole golf course could’ve made from the beginning when it opened in 2003, according to county planning records. The Newhall Land and Farming Company, which owns the course after it bought out partner PGA last year, said it was in the early phases of privatization, though the county Department of Regional Planning was notified of the plan. “There has been some general discussion and general interest in taking the course private over the next year or so,” said Marlee Lauffer, a Newhall Land spokeswoman. “There’s no set time frame.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Ward was among 122 seniors at Quartz Hill High School who received more than $2 million in scholarships, the most ever at the school, district officials said. Depending on Ward’s class ranking when he graduates and how well he does on the MCAT, or Medical College Admissions Test, the military will send Ward to medical school. Life in the military has meant a lot of moving around for Ward, who has a 4.4 grade-point average. He was born in Spain, lived in northern Alberta, Canada, and has moved a total of eight times. “I think (Spain) would’ve been the coolest place if I could remember it,” Ward said. He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Desert High School on Edwards Air Force Base, his junior year at a high school in Virginia, where his father was attending graduate school, and then finished his last year at Quartz Hill. “It’s been crazy. Different schools have different requirements as far as graduation requirements. I had to take extra classes,” Ward said. He runs cross country and track, played soccer, was a member of the National Honor Society and for the past five months has volunteered in the Antelope Valley Hospital emergency room. “There’s a volunteer program for high school students. You get to take vital signs and blood pressure and be in the ER,” Ward said. Ward said he plans to major in biochemistry and is thinking of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. “I just got done reading an autobiography of an orthopedic surgeon. It sounded exciting,” Ward said. “I would like to stay in for 20 years to get retirement pay.” Ward’s father, Mark, graduated from the Air Force Academy in the Class of 1984, was a fighter pilot for 21 years and retired last September from the Air Force, Ward said. “Now he flies the same planes for Lockheed Martin” at Edwards, Ward said. Ward’s brother Brad, 20, graduated from Desert High and finished two years at the academy before leaving on a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “He’s in South Africa right now,” Ward said. Ward’s brother will reapply to return to the academy and finish up his junior and senior year. Ward said he will also go on a church mission while at college. Ward’s mother is a stay-at-home mom and he has a younger sister and brother. Ward leaves June 29. “I’m definitely excited to go,” he said. email@example.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! QUARTZ HILL – When Quartz Hill High School senior Matthew Ward goes off to the U.S. Air Force Academy in the fall, he will be following a family tradition. Ward’s father, a retired Air Force fighter pilot who now works for Lockheed Martin, and his older brother both attended the Colorado school. “First of all my dad and brother both went there so I’m pretty familiar with the school to say the least,” said Ward, 18. “Also I would like to go into the medical field in the military so that I don’t have debts for the rest of my life.” College tuition debt will be the least of Ward’s worries. The education, food and housing provided to Ward during his four years at the Air Force Academy is valued at more than $374,000 and includes a monthly stipend of $800.
The former England boss has penned a one-year extension with the Eagles, keeping Hodgson at Selhurst Park until at least the end of the 2019/20 season.The 71-year-old veteran took charge of the club he supported as a boy in September 2017, inheriting a team devoid of confidence after they lost their first four games of last season without scoring a goal.That dismal start saw previous boss Frank De beor sacked after just ten weeks as manager and Hodgson – after a slow start – got the Eagles soaring again.They eventually finished in 11th place, and have rewarded their manager by extending his contract at the South London club. 🙌 We’re delighted to announce that Roy Hodgson has signed a contract extension, keeping him at #CPFC 🦅 until 2⃣0⃣2⃣0⃣!✍ More ➡️ https://t.co/ks6cLgFovF pic.twitter.com/wn8CVFG7kK— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 10, 2018“I am delighted to have extended my contract with Crystal Palace,” Hodgson said.“It is a club that has been close to my heart since I was a youngster growing up in the borough of Croydon, and having stood on the terraces in the 1950s, it is a wonderful thing to be managing my boyhood club all these years later.“We can be proud of our achievements last season in turning things around despite a poor start, but this year we want to ensure we don’t endure the same struggles.“I am thrilled that I have the support of the owners, who believe that I am the right man to help this club move forward and I will do everything I can to make that happen.” Frank de Boer spent only 77 days in charge of Crystal Palace 2 Roy Hodgson has signed a new deal as Crystal Palace manager 2 Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has signed a new deal to commit his future to the Premier League club. Crystal Palace get their sixth consecutive season in the Premier League underway with a London derby away at newly-promoted Fulham.The Eagles made four new signings over the summer transfer window, chairman Steve Parish is eager to see what the team can do this season.“I’m thrilled that Roy has agreed to extend his contract and I know the news will be a big lift to everyone connected with the club,” the Palace chief said.“We are looking to build on the hard work and results achieved last season and I believe this is the most important part of making that happen.“It’s of course fantastic that Roy has a long connection with the club and I think that understanding the South London mentality is a benefit but make no mistake he’s here because he’s the very best man for the job as we look to take this club forward on and off the pitch.“I am equally pleased that Ray Lewington has also extended for the same period, putting us in great shape for this season and beyond.”
The mother of a young Donegal girl who took her own life after being bullied on ask.fm has said no amount of changes to the website will bring her daughter back.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherThe owners of the hugely popular site have introduced changes to the site after public pressure following the deaths of three teenagers.The changes include a larger ‘report button’ on the site and to the promise of taking on more moderators to oversee abuse and on-line bullying by users. However Lorraine Gallagher, whose 13 year old daughter Erin killed herself after being abused on ask.fm, said the changes were not enough.Lorraine’s other daughter Shannon, 15, also took her own life just six weeks after her sister’s death.The heartbroken mum from Ballybofey says nothing but full registration on the site to stop people from posting hurtful comments anonymously will prevent others from doing what Erin did.She told Donegal Daily “The whole issue about ask.fm is that people can post these comments anonymously and this has not changed. “People can still go on and make vile comments and hide anonymously. It just doesn’t go far enough,” she said.“They say they are going to bring on more moderators but unless they bring on hundreds of more people, they simply cannot check all the posts.”Lorraine Gallagher says changes to ask.fm site are not enough.Lorraine said there are simply not enough resources at the questions and answers website to patrol trolls making abusive comments online.“There are up to 20 million people, many teenagers, using the site. They will never be able to check even a small percentage of what is being said.“The bottom line is that they have to get all people to register so that if they do bully online then they can be traced and held to account,” said Lorraine. Among the other changes promised by ask.fm founders Ilja and Mark Terebin is a registration which means people who do not register will not be able to access all services on the site.However many can still continue to post general comments anonymously.However those who do register will allow the site to record the email and IP addresses of users and deal better with reports, it said.Another proposal is to set up a website for parents to consult to help them understand the questions and answer website. In a statement the site’s founders said: “At Ask.fm we want our users to be able to have fun, share information, make friends and express themselves freely. We also want them – particularly our younger users – to be able to do this in a safe environment.“In the light of recent events highlighting the impact online bullying and harassment can have on young people, we engaged professional advisers to conduct a full and independent audit of our site and its safety features.“This audit has now been completed. Based on the findings and the recommendations that were made, we can today announce our commitment to making changes to Ask.fm’s existing policies in three core areas: reporting and moderation, registration, and corporate visibility.”Meanwhile the ask.fm site has forwarded information onto Gardai investigating Erin Gallagher’s death.They have received five IP addresses which they believe contain messages of bullying allegedly against Erin.NO AMOUNT OF CHANGES TO ASK.FM WILL BRING BACK MY DAUGHTERS was last modified: August 21st, 2013 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:ask.fmErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagher
“The Northridge Earthquake (in 1994) shifted some of the stones and increased the water that came in,” Garges said. “Other than that, it came out fine. The engineering skill that went into the digging of it was great. … On each side, they were digging uphill, and they met up there within four inches. That’s considered dead-on.” There are actually three railroad tunnels in that area – Tunnels 27 and 28 in Chatsworth, and Tunnel 26, the longer, 7,369-foot tube between Chatsworth and Simi that is getting the makeover. The completion of the long tunnel brought new prosperity to the Simi Valley agricultural industry, just as the completion of the Ronald Reagan Freeway in the 1970s helped lead to dramatic population growth in Simi Valley and Moorpark. When the Simi-San Fernando Valley tunnel was being built, about a dozen workers were killed in various accidents, including cave-ins, electrocutions and collisions with work trains, Garges said. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The tunnel is used throughout the day by freight, Amtrak and Metrolink trains. The rail authority, which operates Metrolink, is seeking bids for the renovation. All the work will occur at night and will be done by 4 a.m. each day, so there should be no disruption of rail service, Crary said. It will barely be noticeable when completed because most of it will occur behind the existing concrete liner. Ken Garges, who wrote the railroad history chapter in the book “Simi Valley, A Journey Through Time,” said the tunnel has held up well. It was called “the great tunnel” and was among the longest in the world when completed in 1904, according to Sunset magazine. Garges and Crary said its construction is notable because it was blasted out from the San Fernando Valley on one side and Simi Valley on the other to a high point midway inside the mountain. Water that seeps from the rocks inside runs down the tracks downhill to one side or the other. SIMI VALLEY – The century-old railroad tunnel connecting the Simi and San Fernando valleys is scheduled to undergo about $7 million worth of renovations to make it safer during earthquakes. Authorities said they believe the tunnel itself would survive a temblor, but but that the concrete lining needs to be reinforced with grout and bolts. Gray Crary, assistant director of engineering and construction for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, said the work is expected to start in March and last about nine months. “Some of those timbers originally holding the liner are starting to rot out,” Crary said. “This work is to make sure the tunnel is as safe as we can make it.”