The West African Health Organization (WAHO), the specialized health agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, has begun the convening of a six-day meeting of the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers in Monrovia.The meeting began yesterday at a local hotel in Monrovia while the ECOWAS Health Ministers will meet on April 11-12 to discuss health issues in the region.The theme for this year’s 15th Ordinary Meeting of ECOWAS Health Ministers is: Universal Health Coverage: issues, Challenges and Opportunities.According to the Chairman of the National Organizing Committee (NOC), Mr. Momolu V.O. Sirleaf, who is also the Liaison Officer of WAHO in Liberia, the meeting will bring together delegates from the fifteen ECOWAS countries, the directorate of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), partners as well as the Ministers.Mr. Sirleaf said the Official Opening ceremony would be held on Friday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the Monrovia City Hall. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony.At the same, delegates have already arrived in the country for this 15th Ordinary meeting. The following meetings will precede the ECOWAS Health Ministers’ meeting. The Liaison Officers meeting would take place on Monday, April 7; the ECOWAS Health Experts’ meeting will take place on April 8 and 9 while the WAHO’s Partners Forum will take place on Thursday, April 10.The meeting of the ECOWAS Health Ministers will then take place on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12th.At the same time, the Chairman of the NOC has thanked the Government of Liberia for its financial support to the holding of the conference. Mr. Sirleaf has also thanked the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale for his leadership in directing the National Organizing Committee.Mr. Sirleaf, who is also the Director of External Aid Coordination at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, pointed out that dignitaries including the Diplomatic Corps, the Judiciary, the National legislature, cabinet members, heads of national commissions, the UN family in Liberia, former health Ministers have been invited to attend the opening ceremony.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Golden Veroleum Liberia is constructing a road in Grandcess/Wedabo Statutory District in Grand Kru County, which directly connects Gbanken to Zoloken and Ylatwen, The 2.35km road is expected to benefit over 2,000 local residents and businesses in the area by providing easy access for community residents and promoting the free flow of goods and services.It will bring relief to over six communities that for several years have been using bush roads and walking through swamps. Upon completion, it will also serve Juduken and Ylatwen towns.Golden Veroleum Community Affairs Officer for Social Sustainability, Blanyon Himmie, indicated that the project is part of GVL’s ongoing efforts to coordinate development initiatives with local communities.“We envision ourselves as part of the local communities and GVL is committed to improving and providing road accessibility to communities in which we operate,” said Himmie. “We are committed to improving and developing our local communities by bringing long-term prosperity which we hope will help eradicate or minimize rural poverty in the Liberia.”Recognizing the road initiative by GVL, Wedabo Paramount Chief Peter Newon praised GVL for the road, describing it as the first of its kind.“When we invited and accepted GVL to develop our land, we knew that our lives were certainly going to change. Today we can boast of modern schools for our children, safe drinking water, new roads and most importantly employment of our citizens,” said Paramount Chief Newon,”On December 17, 2013, GVL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the citizens of Zoloken- Grandcess/Wedabo District to include the construction and improvement of roads and bridges to the direct benefit of the communities.To date the company has rehabilitated and constructed several feeder roads in Grand Kru, including the road linking Ylatwen to Beloken, Po-River Middle Town to Weteken, Waterside Weteken and Big Town to Weteken, a GVL press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In a spirit of respect and support, the Center’s observation mission identified several areas where steps can be taken to improve the conduct of future elections in Liberia, including promotion of the Political Rights of Participation of Women, Youth, Persons with Disabilities, LGBTI, and Ethnic and Religious MinoritiesAmong other recommendations for election reform in LiberiaThe Carter Center (TCC) on Monday, December 10, released the final report from its observation mission of Liberia’s 2017 elections, outlining key findings and offering recommendations for reform to strengthen the country’s electoral process.TCC’s international election observation reflects the Center’s long-term commitment to support democratic development and improve health in the country. The Center plans to remain engaged in Liberia, working with the current government, civil society organizations, the Liberian National Police, and community leaders to advance access to justice, access to information, and mental health.Liberia’s 2017 presidential and House of Representatives elections were a historic milestone for the country, demonstrating Liberians’ commitment to peace and democratic development. The first round of elections on October 10 was orderly and transparent, despite long lines in some polling places, particularly in urban areas.The electoral dispute-resolution process that followed the first round of voting posed an important test of Liberia’s resilience. While the fundamental rights of justice and access to an effective remedy were broadly respected, elements of Liberia’s electoral dispute-resolution system should be reviewed to avoid the potential for constitutional crises in the future. The presidential run-off election that took place on Dec. 26 was technically sound and demonstrated some improvements over the first round, including identification of voter’s polling places and a more efficient tabulation process.In a spirit of respect and support, the Center’s observation mission identified several areas where steps can be taken to improve the conduct of future elections in the country, including promotion of the Political Rights of Participation of Women, Youth, Persons with Disabilities, LGBTI, and Ethnic and Religious Minorities.Women’s political participation. The failure of Liberia’s legal framework and electoral process to bring women’s political participation in line with the country’s international commitments is one of the greatest weaknesses of Liberia’s democracy. Liberia’s legislature, electoral authorities, and other stakeholders should consider a range of steps to increase women’s participation in public affairs, including passing legislation to promote women’s political participation, increasing the number of women working in the administration of elections, waiving fees for female candidates, granting female candidates access to the media, and continuing to collect data on gender and minority representation (including continued use of the gender data capture sheet).Political participation of minorities. In light of Liberia’s commitment under Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to ensure that no ethnic or religious groups are excluded from political participation, the Liberian constitution should continue to protect religious freedom and should not be weakened, including by amendments that would identify a preferred faith.Removal of race-based citizenship. In future efforts on constitutional reform, consideration should be given to removing the race-based citizenship requirements.Removal of criminalization of homosexuality and LGBTI political participation. In light of Liberia’s international commitments for non-discrimination, homosexual acts should be decriminalized and legislation should be brought in line with international commitments for equal opportunities.The right to stand for election: property ownership, residency, and mental health. The qualifications for serving as a candidate that are listed in in Liberia’s constitution should be reviewed to determine whether they are overly restrictive and inconsistent with the ICCPR, including requirements of property ownership and references to mental health. Limitations on the right to stand for elections based on property ownership particularly impact women, as the legal framework does not guarantee spouses the right to joint ownership of property.Review candidate registration requirements and fees. Liberia should review candidate registration requirements and fees to ensure that political participation rights are respected, and should remove onerous registration requirements for independent candidates.Electoral Dispute Resolution: Right to Due Process and a Fair Trial Review EDR system. Consideration should be given to ways to strengthen electoral dispute resolution in Liberia. The strengths and weaknesses of an electoral court system should also be considered.Review EDR time frames. Legislative reform of the time frames for elections is needed to avoid the potential for constitutional crisis that became apparent during the 2017 electoral process. The timeframes for the electoral dispute-resolution process should be well-synched with other areas of law, including the expiration of terms and the swearing-in of newly elected leaders.Establishment of EDR procedures for pre-election complaints. The dispute-resolution process for pre-election complaints should be clarified, and specific time frames established. The National Election Commission (NEC) should ensure that all complaints and appeals about candidate registration are adjudicated prior to the start of the campaign period so that the right to due process and appeal does not negatively impact the right to participate in public affairs.Requirement that disputes regarding election results clearly demonstrate impact on results. In line with international best practice, the legal framework for the resolution of election disputes should consistently require that disputes requesting an annulment of election results clearly demonstrate that the alleged improprieties could have changed the outcome of the election. While the current election law (chapter six) does suggest that only complaints that demonstrate a possible effect on election results should be filed, this standard was not consistently implemented and should be strengthened in future legal reform.Election AdministrationPolitical participation of persons with disabilities. To facilitate participation of persons with disabilities, the NEC should increase access to polling precincts through the use of temporary measures, including ramps and other devices that effectively enable access. In addition, election officials should increase voter awareness of the availability of physical accommodations and the tactile ballot, and train poll workers to proactively offer the tactile ballot to visually impaired voters.IPCC. The Intra-Party Consultative Committee played a positive role building a relationship between the political parties and the NEC. This forum should be maintained outside the election cycle, and where possible, replicated at the county level through the magistrate offices.NEC media strategy. To enhance public confidence in the election administration, the NEC’s communication strategy should include greater efforts to inform citizens of NEC actions. Substantive meetings of the commission should be open to the public and agendas and decisions posted online.Training. To improve the consistent application of rules and procedures and ensure that all voters are treated equally and all votes counted in a consistent manner, training materials should be developed well in advance of election day and distributed to the magistrates, including for any run-off elections. Magistrates should be trained on all key aspects of the process, including tabulation.Boundary delimitation and equal suffrage. To ensure respect for the equality of the vote, constituency boundaries should be redrawn to minimize the deviations in constituency size and reflect the current demographics of the country.Timing of elections. Consideration should be given to moving the election date out of the rainy season, which would require a constitutional amendment. When reviewing the timing of elections, consideration should also be given to the time frames necessary to complete any dispute resolution processes in time to meet deadlines for the inauguration of newly elected leaders.Voter RegistrationRight to vote for youth, pre-trial detainees, and the hospitalized. Procedures to extend voter registration to persons turning 18 between the end of voter registration period and election day, as well as to pre-trial detainees and the hospitalized, should be established in order to prevent unlawful disenfranchisement of persons eligible to vote.Extracting the voter registry from a civil registry in future elections. Careful consideration should be given to the pros and cons of linking the voter registry to the civil registry. This should be assessed well in advance of future elections so that alternatives to using the civil registry can be in place, if needed. Regardless of the system, the goals should be to ensure enfranchisement of as much of the voting-age population as possible, to minimize the strain on resources, and to instill greater public confidence in a voter register that can be periodically updated.Candidate Nomination, Campaign Period, and Campaign FinanceReview National Code of Conduct to ensure compliance with the international obligations. The National Code of Conduct time frames for public officials to step down from their posts in advance of contesting elections should be carefully reviewed to ensure that they are not overly restrictive on the right of persons to contest as candidates.Two percent requirement. The requirement for political parties to obtain two percent of the votes in the constituencies where they contest or be prohibited from participating in the next two elections is an undue restriction on the right to participate in public affairs, and is inconsistent with Liberia’s commitments under the ICCPR.Strengthen and enforce campaign finance reporting requirements. To foster a level playing field and greater transparency, campaign-finance regulations should be closely monitored and enforced, and NEC’s capacity to monitor and enforce regulations should be bolstered. Further consideration should be given to requiring campaign-finance reporting before election day, and those reports should be published so that voters can make informed decisions.Ensuring a level playing field. Measures should be put in place to guarantee that requests for public space and access to roads for campaign purposes are treated on an equal basis.Equal access to media. In accordance with international standards, all candidates and parties should have equitable access to the media for campaign purposes. Consideration should be given to mandating that state media provide some free airtime for all contesting political parties and candidates.To address issues that arose on Election Day and improve the integrity of the process, The Carter Center recommends that officials: Adjust the structure of the voter list to allow voters to easily identify their polling place and polling officials to quickly find their names on the list, perhaps by making it alphabetical; Strengthen recruitment and training of queue controllers; Strengthen ballot-handling procedures; Improve visibility of party agents and observers; Strengthen training on counting procedures; Adjust the record of the count form to capture the number of voters according to the marks on the voter lists as well as on information from the gender data sheet, and Strengthen tabulation procedures and release them earlier.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…questions method of licence renewal…Ministry urges miners to be “patient”Far from being placated by the Government’s stance on the issue, the Rupununi Mining Association is demanding answers on the Romanex mining controversy and the Marudi Mountain dispute.According to the Association, the Government is not taking the livelihood of thousands of persons seriously.Flashback: Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman with the miners during an outreachAssociation President Marlon Johnson said the group was “distraught” at the statements attributed to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, when he had described the matter as one under the Natural Resources Ministry.“There are a few issues that we would like to bring to the forefront. In the first place why was Romanex license suspended? If there was an ongoing issue, why or how was their license renewed? Has the Government received any royalties and taxes since Romanex started operating?” He questioned in a missive on Tuesday.“If the Government knew they were not giving us the small miners any access to the mountains to work, why didn’t they say so in the beginning, why are they giving us false hope and prolonging the situation?” the executive also questioned.According to Johnson, the Association needed answers and could no longer wait for talks “intend(ed) to frustrate us even more” to be completed. Johnson argued that his membership was in a desperate situation and needed an immediate resolution.MediationMeanwhile, the Natural Resources Ministry in a press statement acknowledged the concerns expressed over the weekend by the Mining Association. It claimed that it was working to arrive at a solution.The Ministry also called on the miners to exercise patience, reminding them that during a September 8, 2017 meeting the miners had been informed that preference would be given to those who were cooperating.“Finally, we ask that miners prospect the lands allocated before pronouncing on the geological viability of those lands, in the spirit of the agreement they signed in 2016. For its part, the Ministry will ensure that the GGMC supports the process of prospecting the lands to ascertain geological viability and will also be engaging miners shortly to discuss and agree on a way forward.”Since July 2016, residents have been complaining of a breach in the agreement. The concerns were raised by residents with Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes during an outreach to the South Rupununi.Broomes had met with 200 residents and said they informed her that the situation had worsened since they signed an agreement to resolve the issue with Romanex.The controversy was sparked when the company sought the removal of the miners from the area in order to conduct an Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) before beginning large-scale mining.A 19-month standoff then ensued between the miners and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), before finally being resolved with several mining blocks recently being earmarked for miners in the Marudi area in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).
The significance took a second to set in. “This means we’ll finally get a good seeding in playoffs,” said Chatsworth High boys’ soccer coach Vahan Minassian. email@example.com (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! The Chancellors, who returned just five players from last year’s team that went 6-4 in league, lost just one game during West Valley play this year. “It’s huge,” Minassian said. “We’ve worked hard. We just try to take one game at a time, we really do, that’s our motto, we’ve got it on signs all over here. That’s worked for us.” Also working for Chatsworth (14-6-2, 8-1-1) is an offense featuring several threats. Thursday’s success came without a goal from leading scorer Travis Bowen. Wilmer Seguera gave the Chancellors the initial lead in the ninth minute and Bob Bolocho put Chatsworth ahead for good with a goal in the 31st minute, 15 minutes after ECR’s Carliano Varona had evened the score 1-1. Chancellors goalkeeper Gio Castaneda scored the final goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute for his second goal of the season. Chatsworth and ECR (18-6-3, 6-2-2) tied 1-1 in their previous meeting. The loss was the second in a row for the Conquistadores, who had a 10-game undefeated streak ended Tuesday by Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Then he remembered his team didn’t even make the playoffs last season. And it’d been much longer since the Chancellors entered as league champions. Chatsworth heads into next week’s City Section playoffs as West Valley League champion for the first time in 16 years, clinching the title Thursday at home with a 3-1 victory over preseason favorite El Camino Real of Woodland Hills.
GLENDORA – It wasn’t its time, but is not far off. The Tartans dropped a 3-1 decision to Buena High, the fourth-ranked team in the nation, on Tuesday in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Section Division I playoffs. The Tartans (14-9-3) in what coach said was the school’s first playoff victory last Friday, and they stood toe to toe with the Bulldogs (26-3-2). Buena’s Emily Cressy scored 30 minutes into the game. Five minutes later, Sidney Garza converted a rebound off the hands of Tartans goalie Lauren Acosta, who had six saves. Cressy’s third goal just two minutes into the second half gave the Bulldogs plenty of breathing room, but Glendora refused to lay down. Sophomore Aissa Sanchez scored an unassisted goal in the middle of the second half for the Tartans. Sanchez, a cross country standout, said she was excited at the progress Rizzon’s program has made. “I’m not sad because this is great experience for the future,” she said. “I am really glad we got this far, and to score a goal against a team that doesn’t give up many is a real special thing.” Rizzon, in his third year at Glendora, has put together a program that opposing coaches say is the fastest-rising in the Valley. “If we had to lose, this was the way it should be,” he said. “They are a better team, but I am proud of my girls for playing hard the entire game on their level.” Glendora High School’s girl soccer team defeated Harvard-Westlake 1-0 Paolo Rizzon Junior Daelyn Paul scored a goal and had an assist, but St. Lucy’s suffered a 3-2 overtime defeat to Long Beach Wilson in another Division I game. The Bruins (19-3-5) scored in the last minute of regulation to send the game to overtime. “We worked so hard and played so well, and to lose it like this is pretty devastating,” Paul said. “I am really proud of all my teammates.” St. Lucy’s ended its season at 14-9-5. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The roundtable goes on to say they “will use this feedback to inform future policy and programs related to small businesses.”Also, don’t forget to join the online conversation by tweeting #BCBizChat and #SmallBizBC, which the roundtable also says helps them “understand business issues and opportunities which are often unique to the region where they were identified.” The newest addition is Sean Surerus, the Vice President of Surerus Pipeline Inc.“Small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities, and the roundtable is working to ensure that more B.C. communities are operation in the spirit of the Small Business Accord,” Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, Naomi Yamamoto said in a written statement. “They are giving small businesses the support they need in order to thrive, and to help B.C. reach its goal of being the most small-business friendly jurisdiction in Canada.”The roundtable, formed in 2005, is responsible for identifying key small business issues and opportunities, providing recommendations to enhance the small business climate in B.C., and promoting small business interest in the province.- Advertisement -Small businesses are defined as a business with fewer than 50 employees, or self-employed without paid help, accounting for 98 per cent of B.C. businesses, and 26 per cent of the province’s Gross Domestic Product, according to the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.The roundtable has also launched a new website to support their efforts.“The website has a built-in feedback tool, so small-business owners, employees, stakeholders and member of the public can submit their ideas and suggestions on how best support small business success throughout the province,” the roundtable’s written statement reads.Advertisement
Chris Ramsey 1 Wales will play the Netherlands in a Cardiff friendly next month as part of their build-up towards Euro 2016.There had been talk that the game would be played at the 74,500-capacity Millennium Stadium but the Football Association of Wales has announced it will be staged at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday, November 13.Manager Chris Coleman had wanted to play strong opposition after qualifying for next summer’s European Championship in France and revealed earlier this month that Italy were among the countries to turn down the offer of a friendly against Wales.The Netherlands finished third at the 2014 World Cup finals but failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in their group behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.The two countries last met in June 2014 when the Netherlands won 2-0 at the Amsterdam Arena in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.“We produced an excellent display when we last met the Netherlands,” Wales manager Chris Coleman told the official FAW website.“We look forward to welcoming the Dutch to Cardiff for what I’m sure will prove to be a valuable and entertaining match as we begin preparations for Euro 2016 in France.”Wales ended their 58-wait to play at a major tournament when they qualified for Euro 2016 earlier this month.
FEATURES: There has been sadness expressed following the decision to call time on a annual charity cycle which has raised over €600,000 for cancer research. The annual Letterkenny-to-Sligo charity cycle will this year celebrate its 25th year, but unfortunately it will be the last. Paddy Delap, the man behind the fundraising initiative has announced that the cycle will cease after this year.The amazing charity cycle has raised a staggering €600,000 over the years for cancer research, but Paddy is hanging up the saddle.However, Delap is calling on those to get back on the saddle one last time, and raise another huge amount of money for cancer research.Delap told Donegal Daily, “After 25 years, I’ve finally hanging up my bicycle clips! “The 25th and final Sligo-to-Letterkenny Fun Cycle Event will take place on Sunday 3rd July.“I’m calling on all cyclists to get in the saddle one last time and help to raise essential funds for Cancer Research.“There is no entry fee but sponsorship and donations will be gratefully received.”If you want further details on the event then contact Paddy Delap on 086 385 9696.SADNESS AS TIME CALLED ON CHARITY EVENT WHICH HAS RAISED OVER €600,000 FOR CANCER RESEARCH was last modified: June 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:25thCancer ResearchcharitycycleLetterkenny-to-SligoPaddy Delap
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