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PPCC Launches 5-Yr Strategic Plan

first_imgAuthorities at the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) on Tuesday launched a five-year strategic plan at the entity’s Capitol Hill offices in Monrovia to strengthen the enforcement of the Public Procurement Commission Act (PPCA).It was developed with funding from the World Bank’s Economic Governance and Institutional Reform Project (EGIRP).The Plan presents the strategic choices the Commission has purposefully chosen to pursue over the next five years (2014 – 2019).Tuesday’s launch coincided with the turning over of the plan to the entity’s new executive director, James Dorbor Jallah, by the Commission Acting chair, Mrs. Esther W. Paegar.According to Mrs. Paegar, the five-year plan seeks to achieve key strategic objectives and desired outcomes through the identified strategic initiatives geared towards enhancing the understanding, and appreciation of political leaders, and heads of public sector institutions, and strengthening enforcement of the PPCA.It also seeks to regulate and hold public entities more accountable in their procurement decisions by developing and implementing an effective Sanction Regime that will motivate public sector entities to comply with the PPCA and its regulations.  Additionally, she said that the plan will help to strengthen the capacity and capability of the Commission in the area of monitoring and compliance, and to undertake facts-based monitoring visits and procurement audits, while at the same time strengthening public and institutional understanding and appreciation of the Commission and PPC law. The plan will accordingly, decentralize operations of the Commission to synchronize government’s pending decentralization of political, fiscal and administrative decision-making functions to the counties. This, Mrs. Paegar said, shall be achieved by preparing a comprehensive decentralization strategy that stratifies decentralization activities and movements into short-term, medium-term, and long-term.“This plan shall, therefore, consider the establishment of regional hubs, the establishment of PPCC county offices; the mobilization of the required resources; the planning, organizing and continuous hosting of local government sensitization and procurement training workshops; and the planning and implementing of other regional activities of the Commission.”It is intended to further strengthen public confidence in the integrity of the Concession Granting Process by enhancing the capacity of the Commission in concessions; constructively engaging stakeholders in the concessions domain; co-opting and strengthening civil society organizations (CSOs).It also includes faith-based apex bodies in monitoring the concession granting processes; co-opting other integrity institutions in advocacies to support the full implementation of the PPCA and its regulations.The launch of the Strategic Plan was witnessed by stakeholders and international partners including Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Liberia Anti Corruption Commission, Governance Commission, USAID-GEMS, and the World Bank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bible Society Dedicates US$300K HQ

first_imgThe Bible Society of Liberia (BSL) in partnership with the Church of Liberia recently dedicated its US$300,000 headquarters on 12th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia.According to Rev. Erasmus Octonkor, head of the United Bible Society of Africa, the global community is excited about BSL’s achievement and activities.Rev. Octonkor called on the churches of Liberia to consider the BSL as a partner with strong determination to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the country.“We want to assure the BSL that we will support them to become a full-fledged member of the United Bible Societies and the greater global community,” Dr. Octonkor said.He called on BSL member organizations to pay their financial contributions to the development of the entity.Dr. Octonkor clarified that the Bible Society is not a church but a partner in the promotion and spreading of the Gospel of Christ.He, however, indicated that the BSL will work in concert with partners to make Bibles available to all persons in their preferred language as part of its efforts to spread the gospel.He admonished BSL members occupying the building not to be just a headquarters, but rather part of an organization that will ensure that the Gospel is preached to every part of the country.As for the translation of the Bible into Liberian dialects, Dr. Octonkor congratulated the BSL and called on the leadership to continue doing so to serve the greater population.In a statement on behalf of the Liberian government, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Sylvester Grigsby, expressed regret that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was not able to attend the ceremony due to other official engagements.Minister Grigsby, however, said the dedication of the BSL headquarters is a manifestation that the good news of Jesus Christ is being spread throughout the country.He promised to convey to President Sirleaf the BSL’s achievement from a modest headquarters to a modern building.In remarks, Donald Slager, a member of the United Bible Society, recounted his Bible translation work in Liberia since 1979.“I have realized over the years that the devil is always busy resisting the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but I know Christ is sitting on the throne and will defeat the devil,” Mr. Slager said. He encouraged BSL staff to remain steadfast in ensuring that the work of the Lord is carried out with each member remaining focused and determined. He further disclosed that work is ongoing on three translation projects of the Dahn-Gio, Mano and Gola dialects.Earlier, BSL Executive Secretary Paul F. Stevens said the entity’s achievement is due to the many contributions and sacrifices of dedicated workers.In a statement on behalf of the Liberian media, Kenneth Best, the Managing Director of the Liberian Observer Corporation (LOC), publishers of the Daily Observer newspaper, expressed his shock over the absence of prominent heads of churches in Liberia.“I’m saddened by the absence of our prominent church leaders of the Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist and Aladura at this very important program,” Mr. Best lamented. The BSL has contributed immensely to the spread of the word of God and made available Bibles in many Liberian dialects to all parts of the country, Mr. Best added.He admonished the BSL to continue its good work in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and urged the Liberian media to help the BSL by covering the activities of the Bible House.During the dedication program, a group known as the “Harris Sisters” of the Philadelphia Church rendered gospel songs in thanksgiving to God.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FIFA lifts suspension on Guatemala

first_img0Shares0000Trujillo was the first first person sentenced by a US judge over the FIFA corruption scandal © AFP/File / DON EMMERTGUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, Jun 1 – FIFA Thursday lifted a suspension imposed on Guatemala 18 months ago over its failure to comply with anti-corruption rules.The suspension prevented Guatemalan teams from participating in international competitions such as the Gold Cup, the Central American Games and the CONCACAF Champions League. “FIFA has today lifted the suspension that was imposed on the Guatemalan Football Association” Fedefut, it said in a statement.Football’s governing body said it made the decision after receiving a letter from Juan Carlos Rios, the head of a FIFA-appointed “Normalization Committee” to oversee the Fedefut. The letter confirmed that the committee was operational.The suspension “is lifted with immediate effect, restoring all its rights as a federation member of FIFA,” Rios told a press conference. “It is a very happy day for us.”FIFA sanctioned Guatemala in October 2016 after it failed to authorize the normalization committee after an international corruption scandal that rocked world football.Former Fedefut general secretary Hector Trujillo was the first person brought down in the scandal to be sentenced to jail, given eight months by a judge in New York in October for wire fraud.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Video: Vidal makes you swoon!

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Donegal to feature in new Wild Atlantic Way campaign

first_imgDonegal’s Sliabh Liag will feature prominently in Fáilte Ireland’s new autumn campaign for the Wild Atlantic Way, ‘Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life’, which launches tomorrow.The campaign urges domestic consumers to switch off their smart phones, ignore all their emails and truly get away from it all with a break along the world’s longest defined coastal route.Over the next four weeks, the €1m campaign will run across national and local radio, outdoor, online and through social media channels. With a targeted media strategy across Ireland (the Republic and Northern Ireland) that focuses on premium locations nationally and key ‘moments’ in people’s lives when they are most receptive to considering taking a short break.One of the key outdoor advertising Billboards will feature Sliabh Liag.Speaking today, Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Marketing, Noel John McLoughlin said “While the Wild Atlantic Way has been a huge success internationally and domestically we need to continually invest to grow the strength of our brands. With this campaign we are building meaningful awareness of Wild Atlantic Way beyond just name and logo recognition to motivate the domestic market to take short breaks along the route from September to March.“The theme ‘Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life’ positions the Wild Atlantic Way as much bigger than its geography and landscapes. It’s about the unique culture, the people and the communities – the nature of the whole place. As well as its external beauty, the Wild Atlantic Way is also about the internal – giving you the chance to reconnect with what really matters to you. “We know that a visit to the Wild Atlantic Way can free us from the burdens and expectations of everyday life. This campaign will appeal to those people who want to let their phones die and recharge themselves.”The overall aims of the autumn campaign are to:* Encourage more Irish people to take short breaks along the Wild Atlantic Way;* Develop a longer season – drive a greater frequency of short breaks in the Autumn season, allowing many businesses to trade longer in the year;* Achieve a greater regional spread along the route with the campaign particularly encouraging Irish people to consider somewhere new on the Wild Atlantic Way. Speaking to the importance of the campaign for developing tourism along the west coast in the shoulder season, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, Fiona Monaghan said they are delighted that Donegal’s Sliabh Liag is playing such a pivotal part in this campaign.“The Wild Atlantic Way has been incredibly popular with the domestic audience and we believe there is great potential to grow activity outside of the summer season. We have been working with hundreds of businesses along the route – who have traditionally experienced a short tourism season – to help them become ‘autumn-ready’ and grow their trading season.“With an emphasis on some of the quieter places, including the North West, this campaign will help us boost visitor traffic all along the route and especially beyond the usual hotspots.”Donegal to feature in new Wild Atlantic Way campaign was last modified: September 11th, 2016 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:ad campaigndonegalsliabh liagWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: URRIS LAUNCH UNIQUE BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME FOR UNDERAGE PLAYERS

first_imgURRIS GAA NOTES BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players- In these times of financial constraints on families please take a few minutes to look at this idea that CLG IORRAS/URRIS GAA are hoping to introduce-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information .CLUB IORRAS FOR MARCH: €50-Sean Mc Daid, Shandrum, €30-Barney Friel, Boston, €20 -David & Grace Hession, Roxtown. Thanks to all who support our monthly Club Iorras Draw. MATCH “N”WIN MARCH 27TH: No jackpot winner, numbers drawn: 17, 18, 19, & 21. €15 winners: Sean Paul Doherty, Square Bar, Benny Donaghey, Magheramore, Valerie Harkin, Altahalla, Sadie Porter, C/o Bingo, Thomas Comiskey Jr, Annabella’s, Clonmany.CLG Iorras offers its sympathy to the Mc Laughlin (Mooney) family on the death of Patrick Mc Laughlin, father of CLG Carndonagh chairman Patrick Mc Laughlin. Ar dheis de do raibh a anam. As a result the opening game of Division 3 between Urris and Carndonagh was called off. Also, our minor game too.SENIORS: The seniors & reserves are away to Milford on Saturday night, time not confirmed at time of going to press, check our Facebook page for correct times.Training for the U16 begins on Thursday at 5pm in Straid. UNDER-AGE DRAW: Tickets on sale now for our Easter Draw , tickets €2 or book of 12 for €20. Proceeds of draw for the development of under-age football in the club.Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email rosiekelly28@eircom.net no later than 9pm on Sunday night.       GAA NEWS: URRIS LAUNCH UNIQUE BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME FOR UNDERAGE PLAYERS was last modified: March 31st, 2014 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

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Vipers’ ‘Mr Consistency’ Farrell gets international call-up

first_imgDONEGAL-DERRY VIPERS’ ‘Mr Consistency’ Peter Farrell has been called up to the Irish American Football Team.Farrell made it through the recent try-outs, held at the National Sports Campus in Dublin and will now join with Team Ireland for training in February.The Vipers won the IAFL 2 Bowl game in August and secured promotion to IAFL 1 following an unblemished season. Farrell was one of the stars of the show.In the unbeaten season, Farrell was the defensive player of the year. Following his fine campaign in the Vipers defensive line, the club nominated him for the Irish try-outs.Over 100 players across the country tried out for positions in the team.Farrell, a part-time farmer and full-time administration worker from Strabane, has dedicated himself to his sport for the last four years and came through the tryouts to be selected. “He has trained four and five nights a week for over 10 months now to fulfill his dream of pulling on the Irish Jersey and representing his country and travelling all across Europe to play the sport he loves,” said Cathal Curran of the Donegal-Derry Vipers.Vipers’ ‘Mr Consistency’ Farrell gets international call-up was last modified: December 6th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Donegal-Derry VipersPeter Farrelllast_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A viewing for Maria Janin Munoz, a mother of three who died in what authorities believe was a murder-suicide Friday in Pico Rivera, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mirabal Mortuary, 4677 Gage Ave., in Bell. Funeral services for Munoz, 38, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mariana de Paredes church, 7922 Passons Blvd., in Pico Rivera. Deputies responded to a call from the Munoz home in the 8300 block of Cravell Avenue at 6:28 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, they found Munoz and her husband, Jose Freddy Munoz, 41, dead of gunshot wounds. Gunshot victim dies in hospital PICO RIVERA – A man who was shot multiple times in an apparent gang attack in Pico Rivera late Saturday has died from his wounds, according to Deputy Ban Nguyen of the sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Sergio Orozco was standing in the 4900 block of Church Street about 10:20 p.m. Saturday when three men in a brown station wagon pulled up and asked him where he was from before opening fire. Also Tuesday, deputies announced that a man was shot late Monday in the 7800 block of Morrill Avenue in Pico Rivera. The man, whose name was not released, was shot at about 11:30 p.m. He was struck in the right inner thigh and was transported to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier by his mother, said Sgt. Della Walls of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. Authorities believe the shootings were unrelated. Musical family plans performance LA MIRADA – The Hughes family of La Mirada will sing and be honored during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Community Presbyterian Church of La Mirada, 13701 Hillsborough Drive. Carol (Carson) Hughes is an organist. Her husband, David, is assistant professor of music and director of graduate choral studies at Azusa Pacific University. Their son, Jonathan, is a sophomore at La Habra High School and plays brass instruments in many organizations. Their daughter, Elizabeth, has studied piano, flute and now plays oboe in Rancho Starbuck’s band. For more information, call Rolan Tripp 714-523-7322, or Community Presbyterian Church of La Mirada, (562) 902-9035, or visit www.cpclm.com. Deal elected head of district board NORWALK – Pauline Deal was elected president of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday. Board member Ed Hengler was elected vice president. This is Deal’s second time as president. Deal, 46, of La Mirada has served on the board since December 1995. City announces holiday closures WHITTIER – Whittier City Hall and both libraries will close at noon Dec. 23 and will reopen on Jan. 3. Residents can call the regular City Hall number, (562) 945-8200, for information. Building inspections will be conducted Tuesday-Thursday (Dec. 27-29) only. Appointments for inspections can be made by calling (562) 464-3380. No new building permits, public works permits or business licenses will be issued during this period. Trash collection will be on the regular schedule. From Staff Reportslast_img read more

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Picture special: B-Bobs 11th annual Charity Day proves a huge hit

first_imgThe 11th annual B-Bobs Charity Day once again proved a huge hit yesterday. Brigde Lavery-Diver and her staff hosted the 11th such event in aid of the Good and New Cancer Bus and local mental health charities.B-Bobs, located at Pearse Road in Letterkenny, was a hive of activity from 1-5pm yesterday afternoon with customers donating to the charities, while staff and customers also staged a raffle with prizes on offer all through the day. The Good and New Cancer Bus has been the prime beneficiary over the years. Eamonn McDevitt of the Good and New Cancer Bus hailed the efforts of the B-Bobs team, whose efforts have raised well in excess of €50,000 in their 11 years of fundraising.Picture special: B-Bobs 11th annual Charity Day proves a huge hit was last modified: November 14th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:B-Bobs Charity DayB-Bobs Hair SalonBrigde Lavery-Divergood and new cancer buslast_img read more

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Living Iridescence Dazzles Scientists

first_imgThe flashing colors of butterflies and birds (peacocks being the classic example) do not come from pigments, but from black structures on a microscopic scale.  How and why they do it is of great interest to scientists and engineers.  Susan Milius explored this topic in Science News this week.1    The basic principle behind iridescence, whether it be on a peacock’s tail, a Morpho butterfly or swallowtail butterfly wing (11/18/2005) or an undersea comb jelly (12/19/2005) is an optical trick.  Tiny repeating structures on the wing or feather reflect light in ways that cancel some wavelengths and accentuate others.  The structures, called photonic crystals (10/13/2003, 01/29/2003) may look under an electron microscope like “rows of Christmas trees, fields of lattice-work honeycombs, [and] bristles that work like fiber-optic cables (but better).”  The optical effects can even work using light humans cannot see: ultraviolet or circularly-polarized light.    A beetle that knows the latter trick was reported by Science Daily and PhysOrg and mentioned in the Science News article.  It has a name to match its shimmering green glow: Chrysina gloriosa.  The crystal structure resembles that of diamonds.  Milius said the beetle’s decor reflects both left-handed and right-handed circularly polarized light.  (Read about another photonic beetle in the 01/19/2007 entry.)    Scientists and engineers have been hunting for a “champion” photonic crystal that has the ideal qualities of a glittering diamond.  They may have found it in this beetle, the PhysOrg article said.  The crystals are made not of carbon, but of chitin – similar to fingernail material – but arranged in diamond-like crystals that reflect green light from all directions.  The composite effect of green shimmering light is achieved by the beetle’s “ingenious engineering strategy.”  Though “Nature uses very simple strategies to design structures to manipulate light,” one researcher said, they are “structures that are beyond the reach of our current abilities.”    How scientists would love to imitate this engineering strategy!  Why?  Get ready – we could have ultrafast computers that run on light instead of electricity.  Optical integrated circuits with switches running at the speed of light could outperform electrons by orders of magnitude.  A photonic computer could solve some problems in seconds that would take years on an electronic computer.  Connect these light-speed computers to a fiber-optic network (11/16/2007) using cables with specs like those of the Venus flower basket sea sponge (07/08/2005 – “the most perfect design I have ever seen” – 04/05/2006), and we would have the makings of a new generation of ultrafast computers running on an ultrafast internet.    Other devices could change color depending on the presence of gases or vapors, without the need for electricity.  And imagine the optical effects gadgets of the future could achieve by imitating nature’s photonic crystals – in toys, theaters and stage productions, electronic devices, medical sensors and who knows what else.  We only have to recall the applications that sprung out of the invention of the laser to imagine what might become possible with these biologically-inspired tricks of light.    In her article, Susan Milius speculated about possible reasons animals use photonic crystals.  The simplistic answer is to attract mates.  But it seems costly for peacocks and moths to build and maintain these precision structures, and flashing one’s presence poses the risk of attracting predators instead of lovers.  Does the male put on this show to signal his genetic fitness or health?  It’s not clear the brilliant iridescent colors signal any kind of information an animal brain would find useful.  Maybe the lights are just beautiful.  Milius used a subtitle that said, “Iridescence could be pretty meaningful—or maybe just pretty.”1.  Milius, Susan, “How They Shine,” Science News, 173:28, pp. 26-29, June 7, 2008. It is wonderfully inspiring to hear about nature’s incredible designs.  Most articles, though, toss a fly in the ointment by speculating about evolution.  The Science News article, for instance, claimed that “birds, beetles, butterflies and plenty of other creatures evolved cutting-edge optical systems long before modern technology did.”  Later, it said, “The animals’ devices come from millions of years of evolutionary trial and error”.  Puke attack.    Darwinists, stop stealing the light show.  This is intelligent design science from start to finish.  Design detection, reverse engineering and biomimetics all stem from the premise that the universe, earth and life show evidence of intelligent design.  This is not religious.  If you call it religion, we will return the favor and accuse the Darwinists of believing in mythical millions of years, magical mutations and voodoo selection.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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