LNRCS Urged to Uphold Integrity

first_img– Advertisement – Minister Grigsby The Minister of State Without Portfolio, Sylvester M. Grigsby, has commended the International Committee of the Red Cross, including its Liberian office, for contributing to the improvement of the lives of people across the world by carrying out useful programs.Serving as the keynote speaker at the program marking the 190th World Red Cross-Red Crescent Day held at the Paynesville City Hall, Minister Grigsby said the Red Cross Society worldwide is helping humanity fight against crises.With particular reference to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), he expressed the government’s satisfaction in reforming the institution’s leadership and functions.“President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is looking forward to an accountable, professional and results oriented Red Cross Society in the country as the change of leadership and systems have affected the Society here in line with the best international standards,” he noted.He said President Sirleaf is concerned that actions leading to the near collapse of the LNRCS are not repeated to save the face of the Red Cross in Liberia.“We pray that you work with impartiality and equality and uphold integrity among yourselves as volunteers and with others whom you serve on a daily basis,” Grigsby said. “Red Cross has made efforts over the years to empower women.”For his part, the president of the Liberian National Red Cross Society, Mr. Jerome Clarke, said celebrating the Day under the theme “Everywhere for everyone” is about the responsibility each volunteer has to take for those dying and in need of LNRCS assistance.“As we remain grateful to President Sirleaf for her timely intervention in our crisis that hindered our operations, let us not forget that we need to follow good ideas that will keep us united and going to work in the interest of all those who deserve our services,” Mr. Clarke said.He called on his staff to be honest and transparent in all their dealings with each other, as well as with people from outside.A cross section of partipasnts“If we should continue to attract support from our partners and remain a truly humanitarian institution focused on building trust with the destitute, we must be able to account for everything we do and follow all the required procedures to save us from public disrepute,” he noted.He commended those who participated in the celebration of the organization’s anniversary and extended gratitude to President Sirleaf for being a true mother and a leader.Mr. Clarke also called on donors, including the International Rescue Committee (IRC), to repose confidence in the Liberian office and help it survive the current challenges, including bankruptcy.The occasion was marked by cultural performances as well as the reading of the LNRCS’ “Movement statement,” that stresses commitment to uphold integrity in all its operations, and the reading of a poem titled, “Red Cross Forever” by Pauline Korba, a student of Calvary Baptist School.It may be recalled that in March 2016 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered the offices of the LNRCS closed and its Board of Directors dissolved after careful review of LNRCS’s activities.An Executive Mansion statement announcing the decision stated “President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, as Chief Patron of the Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), has dissolved the Board of Directors of the Liberian National Red Cross Society with immediate effect. The president has also halted the activities/operations of the current Management Team of the entity.”President Sirleaf took the decisions on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 following a careful review of events unfolding at the Liberian National Red Cross Society. The president of the LNRCS at time was Emmanuel O. Kparh, and was accused of financial mismanagement.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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Ramjattan defends Duncan’s reinstatement

first_img… says penalty was “too extreme”Sherod DuncanChairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan has supported the reinstatement of party member, Sherod Duncan at the Guyana Chronicle, even though an audit found that he is guilty of several breaches of financial regulations, including spending large sums of money without approval.“I think he should have been reinstated a long time ago,” Ramjattan told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.Ramjattan is the second top AFC official to have supported the move by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo – a party executive – to overturn a decision of the Board of Directors to dismiss Sherod Duncan.During Duncan’s period as General Manager of the newspaper company, according to an independent audit, there were some 20 breaches of financial regulations.In one instance, Duncan took an overseas trip costing over $700,000 even though there is no documented approval for such an event and to date, documents were not brought forward to support these expenditures.As such, the Board of Directors, by majority vote, decided to terminate his services. This was after he was allowed a hearing in the presence of his lawyer. But Ramjattan believes the penalty was too extreme.“I rather suspect that that decision to terminate for expenditures of a CEO were too extreme a position,” the AFC Chairman said.He added: “I have a distinct disagreement with the former Chairman, I think she has resigned now. [She said she] acted properly, I do not believe so”.Following Nagamootoo’s move to overturn the Board’s decision, the Chairperson, Geeta Chandan-Edmond, and three Board members have resigned.AFC Leader Raphael Trotman is on record defending Nagamootoo’s decision to overturn the decision of the Board.“I did personally feel that the process with Mr Duncan could’ve gone or should have gone another way… I had seen the audit reports quite frankly and I thought that while there may have been some breaches, they were not breaches, in terms of theft of monies. There might’ve been some circumvention of some systems and I thought Mr Duncan being off the job for several months, perhaps a reprimand or some form of discipline [could’ve been taken]. I found that dismissal was the harsher side of the penalties,” Trotman had stated.But Duncan’s return has caused some uneasiness among staff at the Guyana Chronicle newspaper, prompting them to submit a petition to President David Granger for help.In the petition, which was submitted on Monday, the workers described Duncan as a bully and pointed to instances where he has unilaterally and unnecessarily hired external persons to do the jobs of persons already working with the company.last_img read more

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Nine arrests over Bilbao v Spartak fan violence

first_img0Shares0000Police made nine arrests during violence before Thursday’s Europa League match between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow in which a Spanish police officer died of a heart attack © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Feb 23 – Police arrested nine people, including three Russians and a Pole, during clashes in Bilbao ahead of a Europa League match between Russian club Spartak Moscow and Athletic Bilbao in which a police officer died of a heart attack, officials said Friday.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered his condolences for the death of the 51-year-old Basque police officer and “strongly condemned” the violence in the northern Spanish city on Thursday. The officer was one of over 500 police officers deployed to the San Mames stadium in Bilbao for the high-risk return leg of the tie.He “suddenly felt ill during the serious incidents… despite being taken quickly to hospital, he suffered cardiac arrest,” the Basque government’s security department said in a statement, adding hia death was not “directly” linked to an injury he suffered in the clashes.The trouble began as Spartak ‘ultras’ arrived at the stadium.Some lit and threw smoke bombs and garbage cans towards Athletic supporters, before police charged them.Police detained five Spaniards, three Russians and a Polish man over the clashes, a spokesman for the Basque security department said. They face charges of causing a public disorder, rioting and disrespect for authority.Five police officers were injured, none of them seriously, and treated on the scene, the spokeswoman added.There was concern ahead of the match because of the reported presence of hardcore Russian fans in Bilbao, and police seized knives, bags full of rocks and brass knuckles from supporters of the two teams, the Basque security department said.Earlier Thursday, German police arrested a Russian suspected of the “attempted murder” of a British football fan during the European Championship in France two years ago. He was detained at Munich airport as he was trying to travel to Bilbao to attend the match, according to German police.But a spokesman for Russia’s embassy in Germany, Denis Mikerine, “strongly protested” the arrest on Facebook, saying it was a “possible pretext” to “politicise the theme of football hooliganism before the 2018 World Cup in Russia”.Russian authorities will be on high alert this summer for the World Cup after Russian fans were involved in pitched battles with England supporters in Marseille during Euro 2016.FIFA said Friday it “deeply regrets” the clashes in Bilbao but had “complete trust” in Russia’s ability to ensure a safe World Cup.Spartak won Thursday’s match 2-1, but Bilbao went through 4-3 on aggregate.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Cech to Arsenal in part-exchange and €35m ace on his way? Transfer latest

first_img Petr Cech: Chelsea goalkeeper to join Arsenal in part exchange deal? Click the arrow above, right, to see more Gunners transfer rumours – It looks increasingly likely that Arsenal will land Chelsea goalie Cech, but it could be in exchange for one of Arsene Wenger’s current players, with his opposite number Jose Mourinho hinting as much. “For every club that is interested in Petr, I can find a player I like in that club, too,” he said. However, the goalkeeper’s compatriot Tomas Rosicky could leave the Emirates because of a lack of first team action. The FA Cup has been secured for the second successive season, but what now for Arsenal?A serious Premier League title challenge is the next step, but the Gunners will need to strengthen if they are to battle Chelsea and Man City at the top.The need for another striker has been mentioned as well as a new goalkeeper and midfielder, so here, talkSPORT has rounded up the latest players linked with summer transfers to north London.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see which players could be on their way… 4 4 Geoffrey Kondogbia: Monaco to let their France midfielder leave – Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim hinted, in an interview with French publication L’Equipe, that Kondogbia could be sold for financial reasons. However, if Arsenal are serious about the 22-year-old midfielder, they will have to act fast because of interest from Milan. In addition, Arsenal have also been linked with Juve midfielder Claudio Marchisio, whose contract talks have stalled, with his current deal expiring at the end of next season. 4 Iker Casillas: Arsenal have back-up options if Cech deal does not happen – Click the arrow above, right, to see more Gunners transfer rumours – Chelsea are keeping tabs on Casillas’ situation at Real Madrid, report the London Evening Standard because it appears David De Gea is close to joining the Spanish club from Man United. Casillas is likely to be back up to De Gea and the 34-yar-old could move if Chelsea dig their heels in over Cech, who is also interesting Man United. Jackson Martinez: Decision made on striker’s future – click the arrow above, right, for more Arsenal transfer rumours – Luiz Henrique Pompeo, Martinez’s agent says the striker’s future is “already pretty much decided”. He added the 28-year-old Colombia international will join a big European club, with his fee expected to be around €35m. “Negotiations have been underway for a few weeks, there are still some details to be sorted out, and then Jackson Martinez’s departure from Porto can become a reality,” he said. 4last_img read more

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DEMOLITION BEGINS ON FAMOUS DONEGAL SWEET FACTORY

first_imgScaffolding has been erected at the Oatfield factory to remove parts of the building before demolition. Pic by Donegal Daily.Preparations are now being made to demolish Letterkenny’s iconic Oatfield Sweet Factory building in the comings days.Workers have erected scaffolding and some of the internal building has been removed.It is expected that the site will be razed to the ground in the next two weeks. The demolition, ordered by its owner Zopitar Ltd, was due to take place in early January but was put back.The Oatfields sweet factory will disappear soon.Although there had been speculation that a supermarket was to be built on the site, it is understood the area will be cleared and then put up for sale.The famous brand of sweets which included many varieties including Emerald and Orange Chocolates are still being produced in England.At the height of its production, Oatfield employed 85 people.  DEMOLITION BEGINS ON FAMOUS DONEGAL SWEET FACTORY was last modified: February 13th, 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:demolitionOatfields sweet factorylast_img read more

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Antonio headaches

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSo he got the mayors to pose at a news conference with him and to sign a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee requesting that the state auditor get involved. Meanwhile, district officials smile politely and worry. Their Antonio headache isn’t going away anytime soon. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa isn’t just tireless, he’s relentless. He continues to give the education establishment headaches with his plans to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District, no matter how much the vested interests resist. Villaraigosa has enlisted the support of various mayors of the independent small cities that are also part of the LAUSD. No, he hasn’t yet persuaded them to sign on to his mayoral control plan, but he has obtained the next best thing – their support for an audit of the behemoth district. Villaraigosa knows an audit would reveal rampant waste in the school system. He also knows that this information would fuel his effort to put the LAUSD under his control. last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: MARY FROM DUNGLOE GETS GO-AHEAD!

first_imgMary from Dungloe International Festivals’ committee have just announced that ‘Yes, the 2011 festival will go ahead’.The festival committee are over whelmed with the community spirit and support from local traders so far.Festival Co-ordinator, Aisling Sharkey said that ‘this year she has placed a great emphasis on family activities and hopes that the 2011 programme of activities and events;  including headlining act, The Coronas will undoubtedly please all ages and that Lá Gaelach will be as lively as ever!’ A pre-festival concert will take place with Donegal’s own, Goat’s Don’t Shave, returning to Dungloe for a fund-raising concert in Ionad Spoirt na Rosann, Saturday 9th July.  Tickets are currently on sale from Books and Charts and The Cope Dungloe.The 2011 programme is currently available online, with the official programme launch taking place on Tuesday 7th June 2011 in the Ionad Teampall Chróine at 8pm with refreshments served, this is an open invitation, everyone welcome to come along and show their support.The 2011 programme gives a full view of the variety of street music, children’s activities, water sports, horse show, craft market, gala ball, community-based events and other festival offerings that will be on offer from July 23rd to August 1st.The official opening ceremony will take place on Saturday 23rd with a Special guest, followed by Mr Jones, Johnny Gallagher & The Boxtie Band launching the street music programme, the festival promises 10 days of family entertainment and music for all ages! Monday through Wednesday will see children’s activities daily, culture, poetry and wine tasting evenings and street music every night. Thursday’s annual Lá Gaelach offers a marathon of traditional Irish music, with Irish dancing, Céili dancing, Impromptu Comhaltas,  RTE’s Raidio na Gaeltachta broadcasting live from the main street and a line up of Traditional Irish music bands performing morning through to night.  With our headlining act, The Coronas bringing Lá Gaelach to an end!The Annual Carnival Parade will run on Sunday 31st July and the annual Crowning Cabaret will see BBC’s Gerry Kelly comparing the selection of the 44th Mary from Dungloe, while live music on Dungloe’s Main Street entertains the crowds before the winning Mary parades through town.The festival would like to encourage individuals/groups to take part in our Carnival Parade, entering this year’s floats competition, 1st prize €500, 2nd €250 and 3rd place will receive €100.  The committee would also like to encourage Buskers to come along to the festival this year for more information or to register your entry or busking permit email info@maryfromdungloe.com.For more information, visit the web site www.maryfromdungloe.com.BREAKING NEWS: MARY FROM DUNGLOE GETS GO-AHEAD! was last modified: June 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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

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RYDER CUP CAPTAIN PAUL McGINLEY SHOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR DONEGAL

first_imgEuropean Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley was at the Ulster Gaelic football semi-final between Donegal and Down at Breffni Park in Cavan.McGinley played Gaelic at youth level for Dublin said he was an avid follower of the Championship. His dad is, of course, a Donegal manHe said he could pick up tips from managers in team sports, including his friend Jim McGuinness, boss of All-Ireland champions Donegal. Speaking to the BBC at the match yesterday, Paul admitted he has a soft spot for Donegal.“I was born and raised in Dublin and I played for Dublin but Donegal is always in my heart,” he said.“That’s where we always went for our summer holidays and we still do.“My dad is a good friend of Jim McGuinness and I’ve gotten to know him too so we’re big fans of Donegal.” Paul said he would be asking Jim for advice ahead of the Ryder Cup but he won’t be at Gleneagles in a golf cart! RYDER CUP CAPTAIN PAUL McGINLEY SHOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR DONEGAL was last modified: June 24th, 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)last_img read more

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Warriors Looking Forward: Steve Kerr tinkering with rotations

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceThe Golden State Warriors lost three straight road games in Texas for the first time under the Steve Kerr era. They need to prepare for three big home games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Portland Trailblazers, and the Sacramento Kings.The Warriors (12-6) have ruled out Stephen Curry for the next week, Draymond Green may be back for Wednesdays game against the Thunder. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have been …last_img read more

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Bulelwa Basse nominated for cultural award

first_imgBulelwa Basse is a great example of how a citizen plays their part to make South Africa, Africa and the world at large a better place. (Image: Bulelwa Basse)Bulelwa Basse is poet who not only writes about social challenges, but also plays her part to alleviate the strife.She is the founder of Lyrical Base Project, a literary and performing arts organisation that promotes the profiles of writers and performing artists from disenfranchised communities in South Africa. It works through community publishing projects and creates a showcase platform at corporate and government events, as well as at community cultural events.To mark her outstanding achievements, Basse has been nominated for a Western Cape Cultural Award 2016. According to the provincial department of cultural affairs and sport, the awards encourage excellence and inclusivity. They unite people through sport and culture to ensure a creative and active province. They bind people to build a strong and unified nation and create opportunities through funding and collaboration.The awards ceremony will be hosted by the department at Rhebokskloof Estate in Paarl, on 3 February 2016.“It is one of the coveted awards in the cultural fraternity,” Basse explained. “The award recognises cultural practitioners and organisations who have contributed much in the field of cultural affairs in the Western Cape.”PYP AMBASSADORShe is an ideal ambassador for Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative, which inculcates a culture of doing what you can, with what you have, wherever you are.Basse is also the founder of Sisters in Solidarity South Africa, an organisation which empowers women through skills development, capacity building workshops, career development and financial education workshops.The organisation focuses on helping people to manage their finances well. She offers – with the assistance of financial experts – strategic ways of budgeting and saving money in order to help people to empower themselves. In turn, this allows them invest in their families and communities at large.SHARING RESOURCES“When communities merge to nurture their available resources, they have the capacity to become a great example to the world,” she added.Her passion for issues that focus on women and youth is the fire that makes her bring relevant information to rural areas, townships and peri-urban communities as a means of community development. Her wish is to travel the African continent and engage with people to establish ways to build self-sustainability.THE SPOKEN AND WRITTEN WORDBasse is a proud South African who considers herself a citizen of the world. She has worked with various national and international community development organisations, literary establishments, and creative arts centres in her capacity as a writer, performing artist, arts and culture activist and ambassador, artist manager, community development practitioner, corporate MC and programme director, project director and events co-ordinator, and language facilitator.In addition, she has been an advocate for 16 Days of Activism against Women and Children Abuse. As a writer, she has been published by the Poetry Institute of Africa, the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Oprah Magazine and publications supported by the national Department of Arts and Culture.As a performing artist, she has collaborated with Arts Cape Theatre, the British Council, Centre for the Book, South African Museums and the Steve Biko Foundation.People have learned from Basse’s philosophy to take the initiative to play one’s part and elevate ordinary lives to become a richly empowered society. “When the universe compels you to live up to your purpose, there is no grey area to confuse the plot,” she said. “The greatest injustice mankind could ever commit, upon itself, is that of never aspiring to live up to its full potential.”A well-travelled person, Basse has visited India and the United Kingdom and has stood in solidarity with the Western Saharan refugees in Algeria.She is playing her part to make South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world a better place. Are you also playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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