The Government of Liberia in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has launched a 4-year program aimed to reduce teenage pregnancies in the Southeastern counties. According to an UNFPA statement, the Swedish Government funded “Empowered and Fulfilled Program” will complement other ongoing reproductive health, gender and livelihood related projects supported by UN agencies in Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Maryland and River Gee counties.The program is expected to build on achievements made at both national and targeted county levels on young people’s sexual reproductive health and rights. The program seeks to contribute to a reduction in teenage pregnancies through supporting increased access and utilization of sexual reproductive health and family planning information and services by adolescents. The implementation of the program will, accordingly, be led by line ministries including Health; Gender, Children and Social Protection; Education; Youth and Sports; and Internal Affairs. It will be in collaboration with the Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL), Action Aid Liberia, Federation of LiberiaYouth (FLY), Inter–Religious Council of Liberia, National Traditional Council of Liberia and BRAC-Liberia.Speaking at the official launch on February 24 in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, the head of Development Cooperation and Chargé d’Affaires at the Swedish Embassy, Ms. Elisabeth Harleman, said adolescent girls and boys need access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health information and services, especially outside the urban areas, if there must be a reduction in the rate of teenage pregnancies in the country. According to Ms. Harleman, discussing sexuality for and with young girls and boys is still considered difficult, with few information, education and communication outlets involving young people themselves. “Sweden’s global experience from supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights shows that in order for young people to be able to take advantage of education and work, and to contribute to economic growth, young people must be given the opportunity free of coercion, violence, discrimination or the risk of becoming involuntarily pregnant or being infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections to have a responsible, satisfying and safe sexual life,” she said.She lauded local authorities, traditional leaders as well as key stakeholders from the four southeastern counties for their support for the program.On behalf of his colleagues, Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Peter L. Solo declared that local authorities would work collaboratively to ensure the reduction in teenage pregnancies in the southeastern region. “Our traditional and religious leaders will be the principal mechanisms that we will use to go into our communities to establish and reinforce the need for collaborative efforts in reducing teenage pregnancies in the region,” Superintendent Solo declared. He called on the youth to join the process of educating their peers – discouraging them against early pregnancy.“We must all sensitize the people and discourage teen pregnancies so that the girls can have a better education and fulfilled lives,” the Superintendent said.The launch followed a tour and the holding of inception meetings with a cross-section of traditional and local leaders and community members in the region. The meetings, which were led by the various line ministries, were aimed at understanding factors responsible for early pregnancies, barriers to SRH (sexual and reproductive health) by adolescents in the region as well as deriving local solutions to the issue. Among key issues identified by the people were: poor parental guidance and care; sexual abuse of adolescent girls by their teachers and influential community members; and the lack of sexuality education in schools and in the homes between parents and their children. They stressed the need for sexuality education in schools and the provision of family planning services with ease of access and the reinforcement of the justice system to punish perpetrators of violence against teenage girls and sex offenders, especially adults who impregnate underage girls. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Accountant General Jang Kowo, along with accountants and comptrollers from GOL spending entities across the countryThe Government of Liberia through the Office of the Comptroller and Accountant General of the Republic of Liberia, with support from the African Development Bank (AFDB), has conducted a three-day workshop aimed at improving the preparation of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) compliant financial reporting for all spending entities.In Grand Bassa County, 67 participants including Comptrollers and Accountants from across spending entities were given the opportunity to learn and have hands-on training in the preparation of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) financial reports from July 13 thru 15, under the theme “Enhancing Transparency Through financial reporting.”Additionally, the purpose of the three-day workshop was to prescribe and guide the accounting treatment for all of government’s financial transactions in consonance with IPSAS.The Comptroller and Accountant General of Liberia, Janga A. Kowo, said that the training was meant to sharpen the skills of accountants and comptrollers across spending entities on the IPSAS reporting system.“As comptrollers and accountants,” he added, “we have noticed over the years that there have been series of challenges in putting together financial reports for the government, [hence] the need for us to make sure to capture all issues and concepts of the IPSAS reporting system that will enhance timely reporting of government transactions requisite capacity.”Kowo said the training was necessary, given his office’s responsibility to ensure that all ministries and agencies of government are in compliance as relates standardized reporting in conformity with IPSAS and resolving or mitigating the existing concerns raised by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Internal Monetary Fund Mission (IMF).He further said that it was expected that at the end of the workshop, comptrollers and financial officers would have understood what IPSAS is and why it was was adopted by the Government of Liberia, as well as to enable them to adequately compile and analyze quarterly and annual financial data of their respective entities. Participants were also expected to be able to prepare IPSAS compliant financial statements, understand the legal implications for not preparing and submitting quarterly and annual financial statements as required by the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act and its accompanied regulations; and lastly use the knowledge acquired to build the capacities of other staff within their entities.Deputy Auditor General of the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Winsley S. Nanka, lauded the MFDP, specifically the Comptroller and Accountant General’s Office, for such initiative and urged comptrollers and accountants from across spending entities to utilize the three days hands-on training.“For us to do financial reporting in the right way, it is very important for us to pay attention and ask questions that are necessary because at the end of the three days we will go back with the new knowledge that will change our reporting system,” he told the trainees, encouraging them.It can be recalled that the Government of Liberia began to implement a wide range of Public Financial Management Reforms in 2006 with the aim of improving the effectiveness of the budget process through better preparation, execution, reporting, and auditing.A key component of that reform agenda was the adoption of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) to prescribe and guide the accounting treatment of all government financial transactions.The three-day workshop was attended by comptrollers and accountants from Liberia Airport Authority, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor, Center for National Documents Records and Archives, National Commission on Higher Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Public Works, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Thierry Henry with Arsene Wenger Thierry Henry has hit out at Arsenal supporters who have criticised Arsene Wenger and branded protests against the Gunners boss as “out of order”.Wenger has faced growing calls to step aside after 18 years in charge of the north london club and was subjected to verbal abuse from fans at a train station after his side were beaten at Stoke last month.Reflecting on that incident, Henry said: “I thought it was a joke.“You can be upset, I totally understand that. But when I saw what happened at Stoke I was like, ‘that’s totally unnecessary’.“Fans do have a voice, I totally understand that, but what I saw after the Stoke City game was out of order.“You can express that you are upset, but to do it in that way was a bit too much.“But in the game at the moment, unfortunately that’s the way it is.”Henry, who scored 228 goals for Arsenal, has returned to England to become a television pundit after deciding to retire following five seasons with New York Red Bulls.
That has prompted reports that Pogba could be on his way out of Old Trafford at the end of the season, although when asked about the rumours, Mourinho angrily denied them.“I think you are nice with your words – because when you say lot of speculation you should say a lot of lies. Don’t be nice, be objective and say lies,” said Mourinho.“It’s a big lie that our relation is not good, it’s a big lie that we don’t communicate, a big lie that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team.“It’s easy and honest and objective to say Paul didn’t play well against Newcastle but some of the guys they are paid millions, don’t let people read things that are not true.“It’s my problem and Paul’s problem to improve his performance level, you don’t need to be a liar.”Rather than losing a midfielder, Mourinho’s focus in the summer is going to be boosting his options in the middle of the park, with Michael Carrick due to retire.“We need to sign a midfield player because we are going to lose Michael Carrick,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba has been an integral cog in Manchester United’s machineLONDON, Feb 17 – Jose Mourinho has labelled speculation that Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United this summer as “lies”.United splashed out £90million to re-sign Pogba from Juventus 18 months ago, yet the French international has struggled to produce a consistent run of form, particularly over recent weeks.
With the result, CAR have moved six slots up and are now breathing on Kenya’s neck at 115th, while the 2-2 result didn’t have a positive effect on Comoros who have plunged nine places to rank at 141.The poor performance by Stars over the two friendly matches led to the disbandment of the interim technical team which was holding brief after the departure of Paul Put who went on to join Guinea.Football Kenya Federation is expected to announce a new man at the helm before the end of the month.Uganda remains the best ranked East African team having moved four places up to 74th. Rwanda has dropped a massive 11 places and are now at 123 with Sudan also plunging nine spots to 126th.Tanzania has meanwhile ascended nine places up and are now at 137. Ethiopia and Burundi are perched at 145th with Ethiopia dropping eight places while Burundi are down three places.Meanwhile, Senegal has been displaced as the best team in Africa with the Teranga Lions dropping one slot to 28th. World Cup bound Tunisia has made the massive jump moving nine places up and is now the best ranked African team at 14th worldwide.DR Congo has moved into the top three on the continent, their one place improvement seeing them move to 38th. Egypt dropped two places to 46th while Morocco retained its slot at 42 and is the third best ranked African side.Germany and Brazil remain the best placed teams in the world while Belgium has sneaked into the top three after improving by two spots. Portugal and Argentina are fourth and fifth respectively after dropping by one place.Kyrgyz Republic is the best mover of the rankings having soared 40 places to 75th while Haiti is the worst mover having dropped 23 places to 108.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before a past friendly match against Iraq in Basra. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, KENYA, Apr 12- Kenya’s poor performance against lowly ranked Comoros and Central Africa Republic in friendly matches in Morocco last month have come costly as the Harambee Stars have dipped eight places in the latest rankings released on Thursday.Stars have dipped from position 105 to 108 having drawn 2-2 with Comoros and lost 3-2 to the Central Africa Republic.
But there is a huge gap between United and swashbuckling Premier League champions City, who sealed the title with five games to spare thanks to United’s shock home loss to beleaguered West Brom last week.Lukaku believes the West Brom defeat is the kind of result that has cost his team but is confident the club has the strength in depth to win the title next season, even without the inevitable summer investment.“I’m really confident in my team-mates,” he said. “I think we can do it with the team we have now but we should have showed more consistency throughout the season.“For us now it is up to us to be more consistent and the manager needs to see if he has to add more players but with the players we have now, I think we have enough.”United have proven their mettle by winning important games against other top sides in recent weeks, including coming from behind against Tottenham on Saturday to reach the FA Cup final.But Lukaku, signed from Everton last year, is ultimately eyeing the Premier League title.“Winning the FA Cup would be nice but I don’t want to talk about it. I just want to end the season well, hopefully take second and that will prepare us really well for the final.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku says Manchester United can win the Premier League title next season © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 22 – Romelu Lukaku believes the current Manchester United squad can win next season’s Premier League, blaming a lack of consistency rather than quality for their inability to challenge Manchester City this season.Jose Mourinho’s men are on course to finish second in the Premier League after last season’s sixth-place finish — their highest position since Alex Ferguson bowed out as a champion in 2013.
The Emergency Department/Acute Medical Assessment Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital is on schedule to re-open in mid March.An update on the hospital’s progress today revealed that by that time essential diagnostic equipment such as the MRI and CT scanners will be becoming operational and the new pharmacy will be completed.The Pulmonary Laboratory and the Cardiac Investigations unit will follow shortly afterwards. Mr Seán Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny Hospital said these areas have been a priority.“There will be a tangible improvement in patient services when they are fully operational again. We continue to make progress on other key areas, including:“Coronary Care Unit: specification for the new unit was submitted to National Capital Steering Committee to commence late 2014 for completion September 2015;“Kitchen/Dining Room rebuild will commence in June with completion in December 2014; “Laboratory will commence mid March 2014 with completion late 2014.“Radiology – Approval received for multi-purpose Interventional Suite for project completion April 2016.”Dr Colm O’Donnell, consultant radiologist in Letterkenny General Hospital and one of four new clinical directors for the West/North West Hospitals Group added, “With the installation of the MRI scanner, we should resume scanning on a phased basis in early February. When fully operational we will bring back scanning of adult inpatients and outpatients from the North West Independent Hospital in Ballykelly.“Very importantly, we will bring back scanning of the vast majority of our paediatric patients to Letterkenny from Temple Street Children’s Hospital and from Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin. This will result in a considerable improvement in service for our patients. Of course we are immensely grateful to the other facilities for the support they provided since the July flood.“Looking to the future, we are very excited that Letterkenny will be getting a new multi-purpose interventional suite. This will allow us carry out a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures within our own hospital facilities, greatly improving the services for many patients each year who would have had to travel to Dublin previously for their treatments, including cancer and cardiac procedures such as the insertion of pacemakers. Mr Seán Murphy said flood management at the hospital is being assessed on a continual basis.“As previously advised, there are improved interim arrangements in place at the culvert with additional monitoring and clearing. The rebuilding works will include a new culvert, now estimated to cost in excess of €600,000 due to enhancements to the design.“A planning application is being advanced with Donegal County Council. Internal flood management measures such as flood doors are also being designed into the new building works. A detailed flood management strategy involving the culvert and buildings is being advanced by HSE Estates.”The indicative budget for the rebuild works is in excess of €15m and overall costs will exceed €30m when equipment and contingency costs are taken into account. Discussions are ongoing with insurers. Despite the significant disruption caused by the flood, patient services at Letterkenny General Hospital continued to improve during 2013 with better patient access, the appointment of more consultants, the establishment of multidisciplinary teams with St James’s Hospital Dublin for colposcopy services and the introduction of audiology screening of all newborns.Improving patient access will remain a priority for 2014 with the appointment of more consultants. NCHD recruitment and compliance with the EWTD is one of the challenges facing the hospital during 2014, said a spokesman.Mr Bill Maher, Group CEO of the West/North West Hospitals Group, stated, “I’m very pleased to report that across the Group, including at Letterkenny despite the considerable disruption, we achieved the national waiting list target that no inpatient is now waiting more than eight months for an appointment.”Mr Maher outlined the Group’s priorities including the continued integration of patient services across the hospitals in the Group and the preparation of the Group for Trust status; the development of a centre for learning and innovation and the re-building of Letterkenny Hospital.HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPT ON SCHEDULE FOR MARCH OPENING was last modified: January 24th, 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:hospitalletterkenny
Former Kerry star and RTE pundit Pat Spillane has again used his weekly column in the Sunday World to ridicule the tactics employed by Donegal – describing them as ‘Caveman tactics’. Spillane also scoffed at the suggestion that Jim McGuinness, Kiernan McGeeney and Malachy O’Rourke are innovative coaches, saying the defensive systems they employ are anything but innovative.“I’m afraid I don’t get this modern day approach to Gaelic football. “And I simply don’t accept that GAA coaches such as Jimmy McGuinness, Paul Grimley, Kieran McGeeney and Malachy O’Rourke are particularly innovative by adopting these tactics.“They smack of caveman tactics. Simply flooding your defence with extra players and making it more difficult for the opposition to score is just about the laziest ‘innovation’ one could dream up!Spillane said Gaelic Football should revolve around the star players on both sides, and was saddened by the sight of Jamie Clarke and Michael Murphy performing defensive duties during their recent All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Croke Park.“The sight of two of the game’s best forwards, Michael Murphy and Jamie Clarke, running back to take up defensive duties was a sad sight. “It is akin to Brian Cody asking Henry Shefflin to play as a sweeper or getting Messi and Ronaldo to slot in as full backs!Spillane acknowledged that his stance on defensive football was similar to the on-going crusade Paul Kimmage has against doping in cycling.However, he says he won’t stop being critical of the defensive systems being employed because he believes it’s having a damaging effect on the sport.Spillane also believes Dublin will have too much for Donegal when the two face off on August 31st in one of the most highly anticipated and intriguing fixtures the GAA has seen for years.Spillane feels Dublin are on an upward trajectory and that Donegal are in decline, despite winning a third Ulster title in three years. “Donegal are better than they were last year, but they’re a pale shadow of the side that won the All-Ireland in 2012, plus that side in 2012 was much more attack minded that season than it is now.“The much-anticipated All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Donegal will be intriguing.“But the two teams are on a different trajectory; Donegal are in decline while Dublin haven’t yet reached their peak.“And I think it will be case of never the twain shall meet! SPILLANE LAUNCHES YET ANOTHER BLISTERING ATTACK ON DONEGAL was last modified: August 20th, 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:Caveman tacticscriticaldonegalJim McGuinnessnewsPat SpillaneSport
SANTA CLARITA – Two days of thunderstorms that flooded mountain and desert roads are expected to turn into mostly sunny skies today. On San Francisquito Canyon Road, where workers are still rebuilding after storm damage last winter, Los Angeles County road officials hope to reopen a temporary detour for commuter traffic today. “It will depend obviously on the conditions,” Los Angeles County Department of Public Works spokeswoman Melinda Barrett said. The National Weather Service predicted partly cloudy skies today in the Santa Clarita Valley with fog in the morning and then clearing. Temperatures will reach the upper 60s to mid-70s. Thursday and Friday will be warming with temperatures hitting the 80s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Monday’s and Tuesday thunderstorms dumped 2.36 inches of rain on the Santa Clarita Valley – a region that sees an average of just 18 inches each year. The storm caused flooding and mudslides on Interstate 5 north of Santa Clarita, prompting officials to shut down the freeway from Castaic to Lebec in Kern County. The freeway reopened early Tuesday morning after crews cleared the roadway of mud and debris. Two brush fires in the Gorman area last month left the mountainsides subject to slides. On San Francisquito Canyon Road, where work crews are realigning a 1.8-mile section north of Saugus to get it out of a flood-prone area, the rain turned a temporary detour route into mud. The section of road being rebuilt is open only to escorted vehicles during early morning and evening hours. Officials halted the escorts until the mud dried. Another route between the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys – Bouquet Canyon Road – was closed for several hours overnight between Vasquez Canyon Road and Spunky Canyon Road because of flooding. Storm damage also closed Tapia Canyon Road between Castaic Road and Charley Canyon Road. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Still, the governor faces an uphill battle luring the Latino electorate which has traditionally supported Democratic and union causes. Several of the ballot measures supported by Schwarzenegger including one that would limit union use of members’ dues for political causes and one that would increase the time it takes teachers to gain tenure have drawn battle lines with the unions. And a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California last week showed that 76 percent of Latinos disapprove of the governor’s job performance. Still, Schwarzenegger’s campaign efforts include at least two ads running on Spanish TV neither featuring the governor, who does not speak Spanish. One features young children playing with blocks that have the numbers 74, 75, 76 and 77 on them while a voice-over argues the measures will benefit schools. Another ad features four people speaking about why they support each of the governor’s four initiatives. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger struggles to make his case for reform measures on the Nov. 8 special-election ballot, he and opponents have stepped up their battle for the state’s Latino voters., The governor taped a town-hall forum on Spanish-language Univision that aired statewide over the weekend, even as opponents launched their first Spanish-language TV ads featuring Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attacking the governor’s proposals. The high-profile events are just the latest campaign efforts aimed at courting the 2 million Latinos registered to vote in California accounting for 14 percent of the statewide electorate. “We’ve been on the air with a seven-figure Spanish TV buy for the last three weeks,’ said the governor’s campaign spokesman Todd Harris. “In the past week the governor has been endorsed by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Coaliton, the Hispanic 100, the Hispanic Business Roundtable. Very influential statewide Latino groups have been joining the governor’s reform campaign in droves.’ Harris, who was involved in Schwarzenegger’s recall campaign, said this year’s effort has more staff and resources dedicated toward courting the Latino vote than the 2003 campaign. Officials with the Alliance for a Better California, the main labor-backed coalition fighting the governor’s agenda, also have been working hard to court the Latino vote. The Alliance has featured Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in its television and print ads, and has mobilized Spanish-speaking union members to go door-to-door in urban neighborhoods. They have also capitalized on Schwarzenegger’s ties to former Gov. Pete Wilson, who became unpopular in the Latino community after backing anti-immigrant measures, by featuring the two side-by-side or morphing into each other in ads and asking voters to stop the “Wilson-Schwarzenegger agenda.’ Another alliance ad features a schoolteacher discussing the effects Schwarzenegger’s measure would have on schools and then cuts to Villaraigosa urging voters to oppose the measures. Still, some analysts argue neither campaign has not been courting Latinos to the extent they have in past elections. Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a nonpartisan organization that studies and seeks to improve Latino political participation, believes both campaigns are focusing more on high-propensity voters who tend to be white and affluent than they do in a regular election when wider turnout is projected. “The political consultants are scared of voters that don’t have a clear track record on these issues, so they don’t do the kind of big turnout activities you do when it’s a race between candidates and parties,’ Gonzalez said. “Just by the definition of this campaign, you don’t have the same amount of resources or attention or messaging going to Latino communities as, say, the white communities. That’s a function of dollars and cents. It’s also a function of a special election on insider-baseball type initiatives.’ @tagline columnist:Harrison Sheppard can be reached at (916) 446-6723, or by e-mail at email@example.com.