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Contract Monitoring Vital for Accountability

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first_imgGhana’s Justice Minister and Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah, has observed that the World Bank Group’s funded Contract Monitoring initiatives are an important tool in contract monitoring and promoting social accountability in West Africa. In a statement at a recent four-day forum of the West African Contract Monitoring Network (WACMN), Madam Appiah stated: “Open governance is delivering tangible benefits around the world – faster growth, better public services, less corruption and less poverty.” “The results achieved by various coalition members of WACMN are a testimony,” she said. The forum was intended to move the agenda of contract monitoring through a multi-stakeholder regional approach to contract monitoring. It took place in Accra, Ghana. The Network, coordinated regionally by the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), brought together 40 country level network members comprising of civil society organizations, the media, public institutions and private companies from Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Participants at the forum addressed the role of communities and media in contract monitoring, information-gathering and feedback in contract monitoring; policy implications of contract monitoring and the role of the West African Contract Monitoring Network in using citizens’ engagement to improve governance. The 4-day forum brought together country-level achievements for increased visibility of the network’s activities, and showcased the project’s impact in addressing the challenges of contract monitoring in the sub-region.The Ghanaian Justice Minister stressed the importance of social accountability, which is increasingly being recognized as a critical factor in improving development outcomes. Citing the 2004 World Development Report: Making Services Work for Poor People, she emphasized: “citizens’ participation, through consultation about needs, identification of beneficiaries, monitoring and providing feedback on performance improves the quality of public services and governance.” World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Mr. Yusupha Crookes, said “Establishing effective and robust contract monitoring coalitions would contribute to controlling corruption and ultimately improve public sector efficiency and the delivery of public services.” Mr. Crookes added that the Bank considers stakeholders’ participation and feedback in partnership with governments as a critical factor for effective social and economic development and for poverty reduction, noting: “the forum will provide a valuable platform to highlight the impact of collective action to achieve development outcomes.” Discussing the topic: “Listening to Citizens: Using Citizens Engagement to Improve Governance Outcome,” Mr. Sahr Kpundeh, World Bank Africa Region Governance and Anti-Corruption Adviser, observed that whistle blowing is the most powerful weapon against fraud. “Governments must take steps to protect and reward whistleblowers; this would ensure that trust is restored to the governance system and reporting corruption does not lead to reprisals,” he stressed.“The gains of social accountability can be effectively sustained through the participation of a broad based multi-stakeholders – civil society, the media, private sector and government,” said WACMN Project Manager, Beauty Narteh. She then called for support and active participation of all stakeholders in the fight against corruption.The West African Contract Monitoring Network was initiated by the World Bank in 2010 with US$983,120 Institutional Development Fund (IDF) to establish an effective and robust four multi-stakeholder country level contract monitoring coalition in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. To date, WACMN has provided broader citizens’ participation and interest in contracting and implementation of projects, and established a regional platform for further collaboration with governments and development partners to improve transparency and accountability in the sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen Begs Senate to Continue Session

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first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a communication to the Liberian Senate, requesting that body to consider delay of its closure which was expected today, December 12, 2014. The Senate has been conducting extraordinary sittings for the last five days non-stop.In her communication to the plenary, read by Secretary of the Senate J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh yesterday, President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that “for the past two months, the National Oil Company (NOCAL) has been concluding negotiations with certain international oil companies for the exploration of the final oil blocks that were initiated under the 2002 Petroleum Law.”The communication continued: “We are nearing completion of the process, but need more time in order to make full submission to you. I therefore request your consideration of a delay in the closure of your Honorable body…”A motion for the communication to be accepted and opened for discussion was accepted by a majority vote, but Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee argued that because the letter may have some sensitive issues to be deliberated, he suggested it be taken into executive session.  That suggestion was unanimously accepted.It may be recalled that the Senate recently extended its regular sittings for an extra ten days after the expiration of the 90-day state of emergency declared by President Sirleaf in the wake of the alarming spread of the Ebola virus.During last Thursday’s plenary, that body agreed to continue regular sittings non-stop for the remaining five days, which would have expired today (December 12), with  the beginning of the Legislature’s much-awaited constituency break.It was not immediately clear what the Senators decided on during their closed door executive session, but authoritative sources believe the lawmakers will give the President at least a week’s delay.In a related Senatorial development, readings of several committee reports on confirmation proceedings were called off following a motion by Montserrado County Senior Senator Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo, who argued that it would be a violation of Article 48 of the Senate Rule, which she said stipulates that reports be circulated among Senators 24 hours before a sitting.However, except for Sinoe County Superintendent-designate Thomas Romeo Quioh, who still needs to clear up issues with the General Auditing Commission, most if not all of those who went through confirmation proceedings are expected to get the green light.Meanwhile, the Justice Minister-designate Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, will appear before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, chaired by Senator (Cllr.) Joseph Nagbe, for confirmation hearing this morning. President Sirleaf has already informed the Senate about the nomination of Cllr. Sannoh.  He replaces Cllr. Christina Tah who resigned early August after serving as Justice Minister for close to six years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A dollar for studio executive

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first_imgIn 2006, the company reported net income of $15.1 million, or 15 cents per share, compared with $104.6 million, or $1.01 per share in the year-ago period. Revenue fell to $394.8 million in 2006, compared with $462.3 million in 2005. Ann Daly, the company’s chief operating officer, received total compensation of $3,741,003 in 2006. Daly received a salary of $1 million. She also was awarded shares and options with an estimated value of $2,694,504 on the day they were granted. Daly also received other compensation of $46,499, which included a car allowance, tax investment counseling and legal services. The Associated Press’ calculations of total pay include executives’ salary, bonus, incentives, perks, above-market returns on deferred compensation and the estimated value of stock options and awards granted during the year. The calculations don’t include changes in the present value of pension benefits and sometimes differ from the totals released by the companies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Coleman received a salary of $1.25 million. He also was awarded shares and options that had an estimated value of $5,583,893 on the day they were granted, according to the company’s proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Coleman also received other compensation of $251,640, which included relocation expenses and reimbursement of taxes he would have to pay in connection with that benefit. Although Coleman and other executives were eligible to receive cash bonuses because the company achieved some of its financial targets, the board at the request of management elected not to pay the bonuses, the company reported. The studio, which releases two feature films a year, had mixed results in 2006. Its first release, “Over the Hedge,” performed reasonably well. But its second release, “Flushed Away,” was a box-office disaster. The company took a pre-tax charge of $109 million in the fourth quarter related to the film’s performance. DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., the studio behind the “Shrek” films, paid chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg $1 in total compensation in 2006 after he waived a stock grant that was to have been valued at $5 million, according to a regulatory filing Friday. Katzenberg, along with David Geffen and Microsoft Co. co-founder Paul Allen, control a majority of the company. Combined, Geffen and Katzenberg control 79 percent of the voting power of outstanding shares. Katzenberg waived his stock award in 2006 and for the next two years to accommodate the salary and equity compensation of the company’s president and chief financial officer, Lew Coleman, who was hired in 2005. The animation studio paid Coleman total compensation of $7,085,533 in 2006. last_img read more

Right here, in our own back yard

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first_imgOur economic and social histories are intertwined, and our futures will continue to be connected through collaboration on issues ranging from the Uptown Specific Plan to the education of our children. More than one in 10 Whittier residents with a college degree graduated from Whittier College. More than 200 graduates from our education program are teaching your children in local schools. And Whittier students and employees spend an estimated $6 million annually in the city of Whittier. But what does this have to do with John Glenn’s challenge to the nation? Whittier College is poised to work with the community on this issue. Indeed, at a recent “College and Community” event, conversations buzzed with ideas for future collaborations. We are one of the few national liberal arts colleges to be designated an official Hispanic-Serving Institution. Our Latino students (a little more than one-quarter of our student body) not only attend, but graduate, and many of these students pursue careers in health care and science. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation, we provide a unique education for all students on campus and, thanks to our community partners, off campus as well, reflecting the “practical idealism” of our Quaker founders. We can become a national model for college/community cooperation to address the pipeline issue for careers in health care, mathematics and science. Whether tutoring children to use computers at the Boys & Girls Club, working with Los Nietos schoolchildren on math skills, advising Rio Hondo College students who want to transfer to Whittier College to become teachers, or planting native species in the Puente Hills, our students learn alongside your children. Our “Students in Free Enterprise” developed a marketing plan to raise money to send local children to Yosemite National Park for a week. One of the most meaningful experiences I had was listening to second-graders at Lydia Jackson School present the books they had written with their “reading buddies” from Whittier College. Last year, the generous support of the McCabe Foundation helped us support more than a dozen students at the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier and the Fifth Dimension after-school learning program. And more than 100 students recently attended demonstrations by Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory astronomer Michelle Thaller in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. Drive by the college on Painter Avenue, and you will see a college on the move – the construction of a renovated/new Campus Center. In a few years, we plan to begin construction of a renovated, new science facility. We know that students best learn science by working side-by-side with faculty engaging in research. And we are building strong science programs and new science space that will facilitate this collaborative work. We will have a center where students – from chemistry, biology, political science, and other areas – can discuss health-care issues and policy. And as part of the college’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment (Sharon Herzberger is one of more than 300 leaders of institutions to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment), students, faculty and local schoolchildren will work together on environmental issues that impact our region. And we hope to receive funding to support a center for science education. These centers will position the college in a leadership role in educating students – especially Latinos – for careers in mathematics and science, whether that be K-12 teaching, health care or research. We look forward to expanding our partnerships in the community as we embrace this challenging – and exciting – opportunity. Susan D. Gotsch, Ph.D., is vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Whittier College. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If we delay, we put at risk our continued economic growth and future scientific discovery.” At the core of his call to action is that we encourage students – from preschool through college – in their mathematics and science studies. If we do this, the outcome will be an increase in the number of elementary teachers who love mathematics and science, high school math and science teachers, health-care workers, scientists and inventors. What will Whittier College, in our own back yard, do to address this enormous challenge? The answer lies in harnessing and strengthening the commitment, creativity and cooperative efforts that have long been a part of the town/gown relationships between the college and the community. Editor’s note: The right to write the following column was bought in a silent auction last fall to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier. WHEN the Soviet Union launched Sputnik on Oct. 4, 1957, we in the U.S. shared the fear that our science education had fallen behind. A recent New York Times article describes the following years as “heady times” for science education. However, a half-century later, we face similar challenges. John Glenn – former astronaut, senator and chairman of the National Commission on Mathematics and Science for the 21st Century – stated: “We as a nation must take immediate action to improve the quality of math and science teaching in every classroom in this country. last_img read more

FROM GREENCASTLE TO NEW SKY TV THRILLER FOR ACTRESS SAOIRSE

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first_imgSaoirse JacksonA 22-year-old actress who started her career at a Co Donegal drama club has won a role in the new Sky 1 thriller The Five.Producers were so impressed with her talents that they wrote the part of her character Sasha especially for Saoirse Jackson.Saoirse divided her childhood between Derry and Greencastle, Co Donegal, where her parents ran a small hotel. She attended the local drama club in Greencastle and also did a lot of acting at secondary school in St Cecelila’s College in Derry. “I got really lucky on my last year in drama school. I auditioned for an extra part in The Five, just one line really, and I kept getting called back,” she said of her role in the ten-part drama series currently being shown on Sky 1.Saoirse now lives in London and is already winning rave reviews for her debut theatre performance in Of Mice and Men as it tours the UK with the Birmingham Repetory Centre (pictured below).FROM GREENCASTLE TO NEW SKY TV THRILLER FOR ACTRESS SAOIRSE was last modified: April 26th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalGreencastlesaoirse jacksonlast_img read more

Donegal man remanded over van bomb murder bid in North

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first_imgA Donegal has faced a court in the North today charged with attempted murder and possession of a pipe bomb with intent to endanger life.The charges are connected to a bomb explosion in a housing estate at Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, on 30 January. A man was treated for shock after a bomb damaged a van in the incident at Sally’s Wood.Sean McVeigh, 32, of Glencar Park, Letterkenny, was remanded in custody following his appearance at Omagh Magistrates’ Court.He is to appear in court again on 10 April.McVeigh was arrested on Thursday on Derry’s Buncrana Road under section 41 of the Terrorism Act.He was taken to the serious crime custody suite at Musgrave PSNI Station in Belfast for questioning.Following his court appearance, McVeigh was taken by prison van to the remand unit at the top security Maghaberry prison for processing.He will spend 24 hours in the remand unit before prison chiefs decide which ‘house’ will remain in while behind bars.Donegal man remanded over van bomb murder bid in North was last modified: April 2nd, 2017 by John2Share 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 man remanded over van bomb murder bid in NorthGLENCARA PARKletterkennyomagh magistrates courtSEAN MCVEIGHlast_img read more

‘Who makes this stuff up?’ – No one can believe Paul Pogba’s FIFA 19 rating

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first_imgThe latest player ratings for FIFA 19, the latest edition of the hit EA Sports video game, have been revealed.Counting down from 40 to 31, the players unveiled include Gareth Bale, the Real Madrid forward, legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, and Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen.Paul Pogba is another star to be included in this section of the countdown, with the Manchester United and France midfielder awarded an overall rating of 88. Griezmann signs Pogba on FIFA and jokes the kit looks good on him No way Pogba is 88 rated. 85 max in my opinion, Utd fan as well!— Boff (@MrBoff_) September 9, 2018 FIFA 19: Burnley, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Watford stars make TOTW 24 Reality Check DROPPED One player from every Premier League club who deserves an upgraded rating on FIFA 20 One player from every Premier League club who deserves a FIFA 20 downgrade FIFA 20 career mode: New features and possible highest potential players Despite not being boosted since the winter upgrade, fans of the game have not taken Pogba’s FIFA 19 rating all that well.Many people could not believe his overall remains so high, while there was also criticism for his five star skill rating.You can see some of the best reaction below… in-form stars FIFA 19: Manchester United, Newcastle and Chelsea stars make TOTW One player from every Premier League club who deserves FIFA 19 ratings upgrade FIFA 19: Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea stars make TOTW WHAT A SIGNING MEN OF THE MOMENT Ronaldo removed from cover of FIFA 19 and replaced by De Bruyne, Neymar and Dybala POGBA IS 88 😂😂😂😂 if he’s an 88 then I’m surely in the 70’s 😂 https://t.co/93kbdOasW8— Stephen_Mayhew10 (@Mayhew10Stephen) September 9, 2018 STATS NO GOOD IN FORM STARS SICK AS A PARROTT Pogba is rated 88 in fifa 19. Lmao— Zamran (@dampukh) September 9, 2018 REFRESH Tottenham wonderkid left laughing after huge error Pogba was 87 rated in fifa 18. Had a bad season. Gets upgraded to 88 on fifa 19. Love how EA think— carti (@trippinballs777) September 9, 2018 The fact that PAUL POGBA has 5 star skills on FIFA 19 is seriously making me consider PES…Who makes this stuff up man?— B E N (@smxdz_) September 9, 2018 Latest FIFA 19 news On further inspection, Pogba has also been given four stars for his weak foot, whilst he is also, incredibly, a five star skill player.The 25-year-old’s overall rating is the same as he was awarded in the FIFA 18 winter upgrade, though that in itself was a one point increase on his base rate for last year’s instalment of the game (87).Pogba’s World Cup card had the midfielder rated 90 overall, but that has been reduced for FIFA 19. Someone explain how Pogba is 88 rated 😂. Upside is Kante hasn’t been on the list yet. 90 Rated I reckon. pic.twitter.com/VP660DlDOn— Dis (@Diisenthral) September 9, 2018 I love Pogba but why is he an 88 rated? If Ozil got downgraded to 86 then Pogba should be somewhere similar— HarvirK🤙🏽 (@ftbIHarvir) September 9, 2018 CHANGE Pogba 88 😂 the bias is mad— Keita Better Than Your Midfielder (@Naby_Keita_GOAT) September 9, 2018 1 How is Pogba 88 rated? 83 or 84 at a push— Chris (@DJc2x) September 9, 2018 Dunno how Pogba is 88 rated— Ben Willmott (@BenWillmott8) September 8, 2018last_img read more

CROOKS TARGET PENSIONERS IN HOUSEHOLD TAX SCAM

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first_imgDONEGAL County Council has issued an urgent warning today saying they have asked Gardai to investigate reports that conmen are posing as household tax collectors – and taking €100 from pensioners.There have been a number of incidents in Buncrana and Glengad in the past two days where crooks have pretended to be from the council.But Donegal County Council staff are NOT collecting the household charge door-to-door. “These are very serious incidents and they are being investigated,” said one senior Garda.People have been urged to check on elderly neighbours to make sure they haven’t been ripped off – and to warn them not to hand over any money to bogus officials.Sinn Fein councillor Mick Quinn warned: “Anyone who is asked for this payment should call gardai immediately. No-one from the council is out collecting this charge.”Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily CROOKS TARGET PENSIONERS IN HOUSEHOLD TAX SCAM was last modified: March 27th, 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:’IT WASN’T ME!’ McBREARTY DENIES STALLING HOUSEHOLD TAX DEBATElast_img read more

MCLAUGHLIN IMPRESSES ON NOTTS COUNTY DEBUT

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first_imgStephen McLaughlin impressed on his Notts County debut against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night.Former Finn Harps player and Clonmany native Stephen McLaughlin impressed on his debut for Notts County on Tuesday night.The talented winger joins Notts County on loan for one month from city rivals Nottingham Forest.Stuart Pearce opted to let McLaughlin go on loan, despite impressing for Forest in last week’s Capital One Cup defeat to Spurs at White Hart Lane. Pearce feels McLaughlin will benefit from the loan deal by getting much needed game time under his belt and is very much in his long-term plans.McLaughlin started in the 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra and set-up the second goal for striker Jake Cassidy.McLaughlin was impressive and showed his class throughout the match.Next up for McLaughlin and Notts County is the visit of Gillingham on Saturday at Meadow Lane.  MCLAUGHLIN IMPRESSES ON NOTTS COUNTY DEBUT was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 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:Home-page SportnewsNottingham ForestNotts CountyStephen McLaughlinlast_img read more

Fatal car crash starts on surface street, ends on freeway

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GRANADA HILLS – One person was killed and five others injured today in a multi-car accident that began on surface streets and spilled onto the 5/405 Freeway interchange, jamming traffic for miles, officials said. The crash occurred about 1:55 p.m. at Odyssey Drive and Blucher Avenue, just west of the freeway, said LAPD Sgt. Jimmy Chong. One of the vehicles careened onto the freeway. One motorist died at the scene and five others were hurt, one critically, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said. The southbound connector from Interstate 5 to the 405 Freeway was closed while authorities investigated the crash. 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’ remakelast_img read more