Public Works Min-designate Promises ‘Functional Ministry’

first_imgThe youthful Public Works Minister-designate has told the Senate Committee, which assures its functions and activities that he and his team of officials will work assiduously to ensure that the Ministry of Public Works becomes “a more functional entity.”Minister of Public Works-designate William Gyude Moore, 37, yesterday eloquently informed members of the Senate Committee on Public Works and Rural Development that he has familiarized himself over the past years with the Ministry and all of its signature/flagship infrastructure programs.Mr. Moore who, together with Deputy Minister for Administration-designate Roland Layfette Giddings, 40, appeared before the Senators, said from his previous area of work — Ministry of State and Presidential Affairs — he has followed projects from feasibility studies to loan negotiation and ratification.If confirmed, both Moore and Giddings promised to continue the program to successfully complete ongoing road projects across the country; and to this end to pursue and propose innovative ways to finance and repair roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, while at the same time ensure that roads remain pliable and bridges remain accessible across the country.The two nominees further assured the committee headed by Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper that they will work with the country’s multilateral and bilateral partners, the World Bank, Africa Development Bank, SIDA, GIZ, European Commission, USAID, the Chinese Government and JICA to ensure that their respective infrastructure projects are on course and completed on schedule. To continue with the country’s Liberalization policy, Moore promised that under his tenure, all Public Works contracts valued at US$500,000 or above “will require that at least 20 percent of the works be contracted to a majority Liberian-owned small business or contractor. The primary contractor is required to submit the names of their 20 percent contractor, who will then receive contracts directly from the Ministry of Public Works.”As a means of building capacity, the Min-designate said the Ministry will continue its policy that all contracts valued at US$250,000 or above will require the contractor to hire at least two new engineering graduates or graduating seniors from local universities, who are Liberians, as interns to provide practical experience.However, he said that despite the Ministry’s best plans and intentions, it will require adequate appropriation in the national budget to close the country’s infrastructure deficit.Moore concluded by assuring the committee members and the well-attended hearing by saying: “I believe I have the requisite training, experience, credibility, integrity and most of all the confidence of the President to competently provide leadership at the Ministry of Public Works.”He continued: “I intend to establish and maintain relationship with the engineering society, the Chamber of Architects and the Association of Construction Contractors, as well as take advantage of technical assistance from development partners and, in the process, preside over a Ministry of Public Works that demonstrates integrity in the contract award process and quality in the roads and bridges we build, obtaining value for money on behalf of the Liberian people.”Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Public Works Senate Committee yesterday openly informed the nominees that despite their beautiful presentation he was not impressed, noting that for the past three years in his position, Ministers to that institution have proven failures.He, however, expressed the hope that with the exuberance to serve and age in their favor, he and his committee will not be called upon again to confirm another team of Minister and deputies to that Ministry soon. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

USAID, GOL Sign MOC for Local Empowerment

first_imgOfficials of USAID, MIA and the Governance Commissionafter the signing ceremony yesterday .By Alvin WorziThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Liberia, represented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and the Governance Commission, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) for the implementation of the Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) project.The program was held at the Ministry of Internal Affairs with various institutions committing to support the project.LEGIT is a USAID funded project that is supporting the government to improve participatory governance and service delivery through decentralization. The project works closely with the MIA and GC at the national level to further strengthen the capacity of the government as it implements Liberia’s National Policy on decentralization and local governance.At the local sub-national level, LEGIT works with local administrations and civil society organizations to improve service delivery and citizen participation in three counties, Nimba, Bong and Grand Gedeh, and their cities of Ganta, Gbarnga, and Zwedru.The MOC lays out the nature of technical services that USAID through the project will provide to MIA and the Governance Commission, as these agencies take the lead in the implementation of the GOL’s decentralization agenda.According to the MOC, USAID will support MIA and GC to undertake policy and procedural reforms at the national and sub-national levels.“These reforms will jointly be determined and subsequently outlined in separate Performance Improvement Roadmaps (PIRs) for MIA and GC. The PIRs will identify key priority areas for capacity strengthening, and the technical assistance to be provided by the LEGIT project,” MOC stated.Dr. Anthony S. Chan, USAID Mission Director, expressed appreciation for MIA and GC initiatives aimed at decentralization.Dr. Chan also encouraged MIA and GC to continue their advocacy for the passage of the Local Government Act that will clearly establish the legal framework for decentralization in Liberia.Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, Minister of Internal Affairs, lauded USAID for its support for decentralization in Liberia and promised to continue working with USAID in implementing the LEGIT project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City Hall to appeal High Court ruling

first_img…on parking meter by-lawsBy Lakhram BhagiratThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown has indicated its intention to challenge the recent High Court ruling quashing the by-laws of the controversial parking meter project with Smart City Solutions.Mayor Patricia Chase Green said the city’s legal team was in the process of giving notice of appeal to formally commence the proceedings.Chase Green, in an interview with Guyana Times, said all the processes in legalising the by-laws of the parking meter contract with Smart City Solutions, were adhered to and she was confused by Justice Nareshwar Harnanan’s December 17 ruling.Justice Harnanan ruled that the procedure used to bring into effect the by-laws was breached, resulting in them being invalid.“What part of the process we failed in I am not quite certain, because we would have had extensive notices done at City Hall, at the National Library, at all of the Post Offices and at all of our markets .… I don’t know, but we are challenging it because as a Council, we have a right,” the Mayor said.On January 23, 2017, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan signed the by-laws that were approved at the December 13, 2016 Statutory Meeting of the Council.The M&CC had entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions Inc on May 13, 2016, for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown.Chase Green alluded to Article 28:01 of the District Councils and Municipalities Act, which she said makes provision for the municipality to formulate by-laws and for the Minister to sign off on them. Additionally, the Mayor stated that the work of the municipality would not be stalled by the ruling, adding that it was in the process of drafting new by-laws for littering.The case was filed in February by the New Building Society and sought to challenge the legality of the city’s metered parking by-laws. NBS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Anil Kishun, in an affidavit, noted that the approval granted was unlawful “in that it was done in breach of the Municipal and District Councils Act” and was, therefore, “null and void and of no legal effect”.He outlined that the notice of intention to apply for the approval of the Minister of any by-law must be published in the Official Gazette not less than 14 days before the application is made. Kishun, in his affidavit, stated that this was not done and that the provisions of Section 305 of the Act were not followed and the Minister’s approval was granted unlawfully, unreasonably, without or in excess of jurisdiction and in breach of the statute.The ruling comes after a new committee was formed to renegotiate the contract with SCS and was at a point of inking a new agreement. Under the proposal, persons would be entitled to pay $100 per hour and could park in any space as opposed to the initial system where they paid for space and time.However, the Mayor informed that the work of the renegotiating committee would not be affected by the ruling and that she was anticipating the report following the consultation.The new committee is being chaired by Councillor Akeem Peter and consists of Councillors Noelle Chow-Chee (Vice Chairperson); Oscar Clarke; Jameel Rasul; James Samuels; Heston Bostwick and Ivor Henry. The Mayor mandated that two members of the public also sit on the committee and Civil Engineer Owen Godfrey Edwards and Accountant Robin Hunte were selected.last_img read more

Runner pledges passage of bills

first_imgAssemblywoman Sharon Runner introduced five anti-crime bills Wednesday and vowed to get them passed – even if it means going directly to voters. The Lancaster Republican expressed hope the proposals would receive bipartisan support, but she said she would use the initiative process if they fail in the Legislature. Runner, along with her husband, Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, co-wrote Jessica’s Law – an initiative providing for tougher sentences for sex offenders, which California voters passed overwhelmingly last year. “Absolutely,” Sharon Runner said. “The Legislature has been out of touch with what Californians want for many years, and if (the Legislature) is unwilling to pass it, we’ll go to the initiative process.” “The best way to combat and control the gang situation in California is to address it in a comprehensive way,” Sharon Runner said. “The Legislature must act to punish those who commit criminal acts at the direction of their gang and give law enforcement the ability to gain control of the situation. At this point, not acting is not an option.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Her proposals include allowing law enforcement to aggregate graffiti vandalism crimes for the purpose of criminal prosecution, expanding life-in-prison penalties for crimes involving guns to accomplices, requiring gang members to register annually with local law enforcement agencies, expanding drug laws and creating more restrictive parole laws. “It is time for the Legislature to get its act together and do the job that we were elected to do,” Sharon Runner said in a prepared statement. “Our citizens expect us to protect them, and our response to the growing gang problem until now has been inadequate. “Now, we are at a point where it is nearly out of control, and this package will go a long way in assisting law enforcement in the fight to protect Californians.” George Runner wrote two bills, including one that would require convicted gang members released from prison to wear Global Positioning System tracking devices. He also wrote a gang omnibus bill that would force the 12 bills to be voted on as one package. last_img read more

I’m no saviour, Mbappe warns ahead of Bulgaria trip

first_imgCoach Didier Deschamps was part of a France side that — needing just a point at home to qualify for the 1994 World Cup — was stunned by Emil Kostadinov’s 90th-minute winner that sent Bulgaria to the finals at Les Bleus’ expense.Deschamps’s current crop of players require victories in Sofia this weekend and at home to Belarus on October 10 to guarantee their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.But the Euro 2016 runners-up have little margin for error following an embarrassing 0-0 draw against minnows Luxembourg in Toulouse in their most recent outing.“It’s a really important match, we have to go to Russia. It’s more than a goal, it’s a fact,” said Paris Saint-Germain striker Mbappe, who wasn’t born until five years after the Bulgaria fiasco.“No that means nothing to me. I don’t know,” the 18-year-old grinned when asked if the name Kostadinov was of any significance to him.“Mentally we’re getting ourselves ready to go to war,” he added. “Along with that of PSG against Bayern, it’s the most important match. It’s even more important because it’s an entire country, so yes it’s the most important match since the start of the season.”But Mbappe, who scored his first international goal in August’s 4-0 demolition of the Netherlands, insisted he was merely a part of the puzzle for a French squad brimming with youthful talent.“(I’m) not a saviour because there will be 11 of us on the pitch. That people expect more of me is normal. When you have good players, it’s normal that to expect us to make the difference.“We have a quality group with lots of players. There’s no one player who makes the difference. The pressure is something I love. It gets me going, it’s a source of huge pride to be able to rise to tougher and tougher challenges.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France’s Kylian Mbappe speaks during a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on October 5, 2017, as part of the team’s preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match against Bulgaria and Belarus © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Oct 5 – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe warned he is “not a saviour” ahead of France’s crucial trip to Bulgaria in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.The 1998 world champions lead Sweden by one point in Group A with two matches to play, but France need little reminding of the pain inflicted upon them by the Bulgarians in one of the national team’s darkest hours.last_img read more

Exclusive – Arsenal will miss out on top four spot next season, claims Owen

first_imgMichael Owen believes Arsenal will miss out on a top four spot next season – despite signing Alexis Sanchez.The Gunners finished fourth last term, seven points behind winners Manchester City, and are expected to launch a title challenge this season.Arsene Wenger has taken the Barcelona man to the Emirates, and is expected to tie up a deal with Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy in the coming days.But they are set to miss out on a Champions League qualification place next season, according to ex-Liverpool and Man United striker Owen.“I have been really impressed with Arsenal’s signing of Sanchez,” he told talkSPORT. “They have been missing a bit of quality but [they’ll miss out].“The signing of Sanchez has made everyone sit up and take note. I really do rate him, he’s a top player and it’s a big step in the right direction.“But, in no particular order, my top four for next season would be Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool.“Arsenal haven’t had any real stand out players in the last few years, like Thierry Henry. They have just lagged a step behind.”last_img read more

‘THOUSANDS OF EURO IN STOCK IS WALKING OUT OF MY STORE EACH WEEK” – DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN

first_imgBusinessman Gary Cooney is losing a small fortune each week through shoplifting.Leading Donegal businessman Gary Cooney has revealed his store is losing thousands of euro each week through shoplifting.Mr Cooney, who owns Cooney’s Home and Garden, says he is at his wits end with the level of theft at his store.And he adds that shoplifting across Letterkenny if rife but many multinationals are soaking up the expense of the thefts. So frustrated is the well-known businessman with the robberies that he has now started posting pictures of people stealing from his store.Cooney’s Home and Garden store in Letterkenny.Mr Cooney told Donegal Daily “I am just so frustrated at this stage that I have had enough. Thousands of euro is walking out of my store each week.“I know for a fact that it is happening across the board but the bigger multi-nationals can afford to take a hit but I cannot. It is having a very really impact on my business.”Mr Cooney revealed how he was assaulted when he tried to stop two people shoplifting at his store last week. “I went to stop them leaving the shop with some goods and I was attacked. The woman hit me about the head with her mobile phone. This is the kind of thing shopowners are up against on a daily basis.“Local businesses are really suffering as a result of this because goods are just walking out the door and there is very little being done about it.“It’s happening on a large scale basis and everything from clothing to storage heaters is walking out the door.“Something will have to be done because businesses are up against the wall already without this large-scale shoplifting happening on top of that,” he added.‘THOUSANDS OF EURO IN STOCK IS WALKING OUT OF MY STORE EACH WEEK” – DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN was last modified: April 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:Cooneys Home and Gardendonegalshopliftinglast_img read more

GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 27.08.12Jimmy’s Winning Matches!! What a performance! The Donegal team did the people of Donegal the world over proud on Sunday with their towering performance against Cork in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Congratulations to Rory, Kevin, Jim and all the players.The Seniors and Reserves will take on Gaoth Dobhair in the Park on Sunday in the League. Throw-in times are 1:30pm and 3pm. We still have no update on Naomh Columba’s protest over our first leg game in Glen in the Junior Championship.The U21 championship was due to be played this week, with our lads meeting the winner of the Killybegs v Kilcar game on Friday night but it may not go ahead ahead after Donegal’s win.The Minors will take on Gaoth Dobhair in the Northern Championship semi-final this Wednesday (29th) in the Park. Throw-in at 7pm. Then on Friday, they will take on Aodh Ruadh in the league semi-final in Ballybofey, throw-in again at 7pm.The U-15 boys will take on Burt in the Northern Board championship quarter-final on Sunday in the Park at 12 noon. The U14 boys await the Southern Board runner-up in the championship semi-final on Wednesday, Sept. 5th. They will meet either Ardara or N. Conaill in the semi-final.The U13 Boys begin their League campaigns this Friday evening. The Div. 1 team take on MacCumhaills at home. The Div. 2 team will travel to Milford on Sunday and the Div. 3 team are also at home on Friday to Glenfin, throw-in times for these games to be confirmed.The U14 girls take on Fanad in the Park next Monday (Sept. 3rd) at 7pm.The girls U12 county development blitzes are in the Park on Saturday morning.Plans are being finalised for our World Record Attempt on Sept. 29th in conjunction with all schools in the greater Letterkenny Area. More details will be released in the next week with information packs arriving at schools. There were two winning tickets in this weeks lotto draw and they win €50 each. The numbers drawn were: 7-10-19-22. Michael Bonner, Crieve Rd and Mary O’Loan, c/o Gerard O’Loan, Lurgy (both Adrian). Next week’s jackpot is €2,300.Congratulations to John & Nichola Haran on the birth of son Ollie on Monday.All monies owed for the Club ties are now overdue. Please pay Paul McGovern asap if you have received your tie(s). If you ordered a tie but have still not received it, contact Paul on 086-8114151.We extend our sympathies to the Duffy family in Termon. GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: August 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgRoyal Flush Draw –Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 10/03/2013 were 5, 15, 19 & 23. There was no winner of the jackpot of €860. Consolation prizes went to Eilish McNern, Drew Cassidy & Manus Boyle, Darney. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €900. 25 Card Drive –The 25 card drive continues Wednesday nights. It commences at it’s usual time of8:30pm.Membership – Membership for the oncoming year can be paid now. Please note how important membership is, it’s values were shown last year during the scramble for All-Ireland Tickets. €30 – General Membership, €50 – Senior/Reserve, €30 – Student/Unemployed, €20 – Minor, €15 – U16’s to U10’s and €70 – Family Membership. It also is extremely important that Player Membership is paid byMonday March 25th, as all players must be individually registered to headquarters in Croke Park. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for membership to be paid in time. With the first round of the Ulster Championship coming up in June, and it looking as if the fixture will be held in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, meaning tickets will be very scarce due to capacity. Therefore anyone who hasn’t their membership paid by the date above will not be considered for the ticket.Underage Football –Our minor amalgamation, St. Johns suffered defeat on Sunday afternoon in a very blustery Fintra. Final score was St. Johns 0-4 Naomh Mhuire 0-12. The side are penned in to play Naomh Columba next Saturday at 12pm in Glen.5km Walk –There will be a 5km walk/run in aid of the County Training/Development Fund in Ballybofey on Saturday April 6th at 11am. Anyone interested in taking part are encouraged to come along and wear their county colours.Senior & Reserve Football –Both the Senior and Reserves returned to action at the weekend with challenge games against local opposition. On Saturday morning the Reserves played Naomh Brid in Fintra losing out narrowly in the end despite putting up a good fight, whilstSunday morning saw a young Senior side have a comprehensive win over St Nauls in Mountcharles. The games proved a useful run out for both sides as they continue to build momentum and match fitness before the start of the league in three weeks time. GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: March 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Naomh Columba: Lotto jackpot of almost €9,000 up for grabs

first_imgOur club lotto continues to rise and this Tuesday night it rises to €8,800, so please support.We are holding a child protection course in the coming weeks, for anybody looking to get involved in the club this year this is vital to have, Anyone that would like to do this course please contact Martin Carr on 0876797995The Deadline for club membership is the 17th of march this year,There will be two open days Details and dates to be announced. The next Club Meeting takes place January the 25th at 9pm.For any Club member or Manager wishing to add to the club notes each week can do so by Emailing relevant information to pro.naomhcolumba.donegal@gaa.ie or private mail Sarah on the club Facebook page.Anyone interested in doing a football foundation course, There is a course to be held in Ardara on 27th & 28th Januaryplease contact Paddy Hegarty on 0876386612The Minor Board Agm took place last Saturday evening with a good turn out the following positions were filled,Chairman Noel HegertySecretary Declan CunninghamU8s John KellyU10s John GallagherU12s Dessie CunninghamU13sTBAU14s Noel Ellis and Oliver KennedyU15sTBAU16s Kenneth Byrne and Colin McNellisMinors Noel HegertyWe wish every manager the very best for the year ahead. The first Minor Board Meeting of the 2017 season takes place Friday February 3rd at 7pm in the Club house, All Managers are asked to be in attendance on the night.Naomh Columba: Lotto jackpot of almost €9,000 up for grabs was last modified: January 16th, 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)last_img read more