Power Sharing Begins

first_imgThe famous saying ‘power to the people’, an elusive idea since the formation of the Liberian state, now appears to be on the verge of becoming a reality under the administration of the Unity Party-led government. After several years of tireless efforts since the inception of the UP government in 2006, and with the involvement of key individuals who want to ensure that the part of the Liberian Constitution which says that “All power is inherent in the people” is fulfilled, decentralization of power is about to happen here.Power is indeed inherent in the people, but in Liberia, this has been more rhetorical than practical. Power has been in the hands of a few people who control the state wealth and dictate the affairs of the sate from their comfort zone in Monrovia.It is now time for inclusiveness in the political and economic dictates of the country for wholesome national development, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared, insisting that it is time for actions and deeds.  Decentralization, which ensures the delivery of public services, inclusiveness in the governance process, has been difficult to achieve. The Liberian state has remained backward as a result.  This can no longer be the case, the Liberian leader has indicated.  She made the comments when she launched the National De-concentration Platform (NDP) on Wednesday in Gbarnga, Bong County. The NDP is a monitoring and evaluation tool that seeks to track the progress made by Ministries and agencies of government’s decentralization plans.The NDP launch clearly indicates that the Monrovia-based ruling hegemony or authoritative central government, will soon become a thing of the past as the President has begun to share some of her exclusive executive powers with county superintendents.  President Sirleaf noted that though efforts to decentralize the delivery of public services are not new, her government’s determination is to build on these previous ideas and early initiatives to learn lessons from them, and from similar programs elsewhere in the world. One great obstacle that hampers local decentralization that was highly stressed by the President was local capacity building. She said one of the lessons her government has learnt is that it is important to ensure that local capacity is adequate to support the public transfer of services to local jurisdictions. “Failure to have adequate local capacities is often the basis of recentralization, though we are endeavoring to avoid this pitfall by exploring and seeking innovative ways that can respond directly to our national needs,” she said.  She alluded to the fact that the effective delivery of public services in a coordinated manner that builds synergies requires adequate public facilities, especially in government centers where offices and other facilities are located in easy proximity to each other.  This is meant to ensure that their operations and maintenance can benefit from economy of scale while making their services more accessible to the populace.  “In this respect, an important part of our decentralization program is to establish government centers in all counties as our resources will allow. This will be a major undertaking in which we will commit a lot of resources,” President Sirleaf said.Administrative Directives President Sirleaf directed that superintendents from now on are to confer with the authority to coordinate and manage the delivery of services in their counties. “All ministry and agency staffs deployed to the counties shall fall under the coordination of the county superintendent.”  She called on the Ministry of Internal Affairs to collaborate with all ministries and agencies immediately to coordinate a process to harmonize the finance, procurement, human resource, audit, and monitoring and evaluation of services in the counties to avoid the multiplication of these services in each ministry and agency.  MIA is to begin the process of developing a professional local government civil service with support from the CSA. “The line ministries and agencies should delegate authority for the implementation of, if agreed, county based projects  with heads of line ministries’ county based projects implementation officers, who will then operate under the counties’ coordinating mechanisms.” The Executive has, however, entrusted superintendents with increased responsibility, so as to be the bridge to the people. “We promise you that we will make every effort to train and capacitate you,” the President vowed.Fiscal directive  To achieve the above administrative reforms, President Sirleaf directed the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) to expedite the establishment of what she termed, ‘Counties’ treasuries.’  She explained:  “This is to make it possible that all government employees receive their salaries in their counties. This is intended to provide support to ministries like MOE, MOH, who are de-concentrating, but their quality of services is hampered by the movement of staff to and from Monrovia in pursuit of their salaries.”  To superintendents, she said, “It is really you that will be on the spot.  If we get it wrong, we will be in serious trouble because there will be recentralization. If we get it right, you and the people will take the credit.” Though these are “tall orders” she assured them that they are doable.  The launch of the NDP, which was witnessed by an array of high profile government officials, the Doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corp, heads of international organizations, traditional leaders and delegates from all 15 counties, add to the numerous reforms, such as the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Liberia Law Reform, Constitution Review Committee, which can be considered as software initiatives.  Meanwhile, several international partners, in remarks, lauded the government for the initiative and urged the administration to build capacities of local officials to ensure success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Two Millionth Active Geocache – Overwatch #1 (GC46N4E) – Geocache of the Week

first_imgJust one of the many congratulatory images left in a note on the two millionth geocache. Uploaded by geocacher paparazzi patsy, who added, “enjoy the honors of being the CO of the 2,000,000th cache!! And CONGRATULATIONS to the FTF!!!”Last week, we hit a major Geocaching milestone: our two millionth active geocache. This feat happened only three years after the millionth geocache, which means our favorite activity continues to grow by leaps and bounds. To continue the celebration, this week we’re featuring the geocache that put us at the two-million mark: Overwatch #1 (GC46N4E) near Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.Part of the Geocaching congratulations package sent to rAMPant_1 from Geocaching HQ.Take one look at the log book and you’ll see just how excited the Geocaching community is about the two millionth geocache. There are more than 1500 notes from geocachers all over the world sending congratulations and well wishes to the geocache creator, rAMPant_1.Geocacher TheRadioheads writes, “Wow, what a milestone to have: we would like to add our congratulations on having the 2,000,000th cache published.” Geocaching HQ got in on congratulating rAMPant_1 by sending a Geocaching care package. The package includes personal tags from those that work at Geocaching HQ and Lackey Geocoins. Who knows, they may end up as swag in the 2,000,000th active geocache.And that geocache is no walk in the park. The difficulty and terrain are both 3.5 and the search includes a scramble up a short, steep slope. From ground zero, you’ll get an amazing view of Alice Springs and the surrounding country.View to the west from ground zero. Photo by the FTF, geocacher tttedzeins.So far, Overwatch #1 only has one find by geocacher tttedzeins, but we’re guessing that this geocache will have plenty of “found it” logs soon.Note posted on the “Overwatch #1”Are you planning on making the trip to Alice Springs to log the two millionth active geocache?Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] from the site of the two millionth geocache. Photo by the FTF, geocacher tttedzeins.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCelebrating Two Million GeocachesFebruary 27, 2013In “Community”Thank you to the Geocache Hiders Video – Celebrating the 2 Millionth Active GeocacheFebruary 27, 2013In “Community”Another one down the drain. – A Crappy Cache (GC35T4T) – Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

Playing coach Avenido carries Gamboa past Zark’s

first_imgLeo Avenido. PBA IMAGESLeo Avenido took matters into his own hands down the stretch as Gamboa Coffee Mix pulled off an 85-84 stunner over Zark’s Burger Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The 38-year-old playing coach drained the go-ahead freethrows with 3.1 seconds left to complete the Coffee Lovers’ comeback from 13-points down for their first win in the developmental league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It was hard because I’m not Jawo,” said Avenido, alluding to legendary Ginebra playing coach Robert Jaworski.“The ball just found me. As a veteran, I just did what I could to lift the morale of the players.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHe finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals for Gamboa Coffee Mix, which battled back from an early 32-19 hole and unleashed a 32-point third quarter to close the gap to two, 68-66.Ken Acibar topped the Coffee Lovers with 17 markers and seven boards, while Jens Knuttel added 12 points, four dimes, and three rebounds. More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robby Celiz still tried to steal the victory, but his three-pointer fell way short as the Coffee Lovers’ defense clamped down on him as the buzzer sounded.The veteran swingman paced the Jawbreakers with 26 points on a 10-of-25 shooting from the field, while also hauling down nine rebounds and three assists.The Scores:GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 85 – Acibar 17, Avenido 15, Knuttel 12, Acuna 9, Sarangay 8, Padilla 7, Vidal 7, Arellano 6, Jumao-as 2, Montuano 2, Riva 0, Dadjilul 0.ZARK’S BURGER 84 – Celiz 26, Cayabyab 9, Mangahas 9, Argamino 8, Sheriff 8, De Leon 6, Ferrer 6, Bautista 5, Cudal 5, Juruena 2, Nalos 0.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Air Force upsets Pocari to break seven-game skid Quarters: 17-29, 34-46, 66-68, 85-84.Gamboa playing coach Leo Avenido on his team’s first win. pic.twitter.com/H0QGsxclMT— Cedelf P. Tupas (@cedelfptINQ) May 25, 2017 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi part ways again, another comeback looks bleak

first_imgMahesh Bhupathi and Leander PaesThousands of miles away, the tenor of both voices on the telephone is the same, so are the tone and the words they can bring themselves to speak, uniformly low and sad.To Indian tennis, it’s almost like a death in the family. Like death, it appears,Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander PaesThousands of miles away, the tenor of both voices on the telephone is the same, so are the tone and the words they can bring themselves to speak, uniformly low and sad.To Indian tennis, it’s almost like a death in the family. Like death, it appears now that the professional parting between Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes turned out, unfortunately, to be inevitable.The two were living in the same hotel in Indian Wells, California, separated by one floor and hours and days of unspoken resentment, answering the same questions about the reasons why they will play with different partners on the professional tour-in all probability, for the rest of their working lives.As they discuss their futures, Paes says he is looking for commitment and communication, so does Bhupathi. But it is clear that they are not looking to each other any more.They will play with others because they can no longer play together. On the endless weeks of the professional tennis tour, Team Bhupathi-Paes has failed to make it beyond the second round in their last three events.In the last six Grand Slam events, stretching back to the US Open of 2000, they have won one, but lost in the first round four times and once in the second. Their troubles are more than six Grand Slams old.Their first acrimonious break-up-blamed on the interference from support teams who instigated a personal rivalry for a share of the limelight-did deeper damage than was feared. Everything that has happened since has stemmed and festered from there.advertisementIn the past two years they have hardly had much to say to each other off court and in their last match together in Delray Beach, Florida, they barely exchanged a word on court either. Outgoing coach Bob Carmichael was their medium, but following his departure in search of a younger replacement, everything has come unglued, including, most critically, the way their peers look at them. A friend says, “They had an aura on court. Now, it’s like someone has taken a pin and burst it-pop.”At their fiercest, they could be trailing 2-5 in a final set and the opponents would worry because man, those Indian guys could rise from the grave and send you there. Today, up 5-2, anything could give. “It has hurt us both,” Paes says.”Those guys we lost to in the US Open,” Bhupathi says, “we didn’t know who they were.” While they would not be mobbed walking down the street when compared to the 12th man of the cricket team (Paes was once asked if he played table tennis), to the average Indian Bhupathi-Paes were Indian tennis.To the global game, they were Indian tennis too. Beyond the immediacy of daily headlines and the seeming relevance of who started it and who finished it, former Davis Cup captain Naresh Kumar recognises the moment for what it is-the end of an era. “They are without doubt India’s greatest doubles team of all time. I don’t think we will get an Indian world No. 1 team again.”Bhupathi and Paes know that too, which is why turning their backs on the second wind will be doubly painful. Their partnership was founded on a mix that was more heart than head: two boys who knew each other from age 14, played complementary styles and liked corny Hindi songs (so much that they picked Alisha Chinai’s tinny Made In India as the ditty to introduce them by during their first appearance at the World Doubles Championships in 1997).Emotion melted their first freeze-out as the clamour for the boys to get back together “for the country’s sake” was overpowering. Paes saw the Sydney Olympics like a beacon that beckoned and Bhupathi, who had all but signed up to play with Australian Todd Woodbridge for two years at the time, also responded to the powerful pull of that light.Once the moment was gone, so was the emotion, but not the differences. This then is another way to handle the fact that the last few years of both men’s careers are too precious to be awash with bitterness and bad memories.They will not defend their French Open title, but will turn out for India in the Davis Cup, where they have won 10 out of 12 matches played together, last losing in 1996. It may seem all seething emotion today, but this parting is Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi’s age of reason.last_img read more

10 months agoCruyff: Great players will choose Man City over Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cruyff: Great players will choose Man City over Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Jordi Cruyff believes the world’s top players would now prefer to join Manchester City.Cruyff, 44, joined United from Barca — the club built in his father Johan’s image — in 1996 when they were the dominant force in England.He said, “Like other players at the time, I did not need to think twice about whether I would join United or City. Just like Barca, United were irresistible in those years.“With everything that is happening and developments at City, it is no longer an automatic choice for players to choose United, and that is an even bigger concern.“United was not just a beautiful football club, it also followed up the football I was used to.“Home or away, United had a playing style, youth players and a winning mentality which was clear to everyone in the club.“If Barcelona have one bad year, they would still not finish any lower than 3rd in La Liga. That should be the case at Man United, but sadly it is not.” last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde: Malcom can offer us something different

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde: Malcom can offer us something differentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists he’s happy with the progress of three of their summer signings.Valverde discussed Malcom, Clement Lenglet and Arthur yesterday.He stated, “Lenglet already knew LaLiga which is an advantage to get used to the rhythm of the matches. Also to the demands that are in defence. And for the injuries he has become indispensable. “Arthur’s case is different because he did not know LaLiga and he played at a different pace. But he has fit very well because his characteristics conform to the style of Barça.”On Malcom, he added: “He is a player who has not participated as much as the other two but is a forward, good at one against one and scoring. He is different. Hope he helps us. The injuries have burdened him but we believe he has a future ahead of him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoEverton boss Silva delighted with form of Yerry Mina

first_imgEverton boss Silva delighted with form of Yerry Minaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is delighted with the form of Yerry Mina.Silva feels the Colombia defender is now showing his quality.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I am really happy with him. It was a tough season, last season, for Yerry Mina. He changed, two seasons ago, from Brazil to Barcelona and the top, top, top level in the world. He didn’t play so much but around that club, around those players every single day you are improving, playing or not.“After that he joined us in the Premier League, as an expensive signing and all of the things around that. Unfortunately for us, he had a bad injury in that period and lost two or three months. He had short, good moments, but he had some very good moments last season. The competition was tough and if you look at our central defenders last season, all of them improved but I am really happy with Yerry.“He is taking his role in the team, he is performing well. Like always he has many, many things to improve but I am really happy with him and I will tell you why.“What I can see in Yerry – his English is improving and all of these things – is one player who comes to Finch Farm everyday to improve and with a big desire to win, every single day and not just on a matchday, but everyday. He wants to learn, he is always paying attention to the feedback the technical staff give him and always with a big desire to improve and win. It is something I really appreciate in a football player, when they come everyday with a big, big desire to improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Martinez Now may be the right time for Hazard to leave

first_imgBelgium boss Roberto Martinez has made Eden Hazard’s future at Chelsea even more uncertain by suggesting that now may be the right time for him to leaveHazard has been strongly linked with moves to both Real Madrid and Barcelona recently with the winger himself having hinted that the prospect of ending his six-year spell at Chelsea for a move to Spain may be inviting.Having rejected a new contract and with just two years left on his current one, Hazard may be able to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer and it appears that he will have Martinez’s blessing.“It could be the best time to try something different,” Martinez told radio show El Larguero, via ESPN.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He is a player who has the maturity and a lot of leadership. His play is based on talent. Hazard could carry a new project anywhere in the world. He is at the best moment of his career.“For me, it’s very easy to answer that question. He could fit in any team in the world. Players need new challenges and new projects. Perhaps it’s a good time for Chelsea and for Eden [to split]. I would be very surprised if Chelsea didn’t have big offers for him right now.”Hazard ended his superb World Cup campaign in style on Saturday by netting the second goal as Belgium secured a third-place finish after beating England 2-0.The 27-year-old scored a total of three goals and added two assists in his six games at Russia.last_img read more

Caldwell wants more energetic performance from Scots

first_imgFormer Scotland defender Gary Caldwell has advised Alex McLeish’s men to maintain their energetic performance in subsequent games.Scotland secured their second win in 2018 by dispatching Albania thanks to goals from Steven Naismith and a rare own goal from Berat Djimsiti to seal a 2-0 win.“The team right from minute one played with energy and I think that has to be the style,” Caldwell told BBC Scotland.“When you have John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney – the first thing you think about those players is energy.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“They played on the front foot, they were aggressive, they tried to play in Albania’s half and they did that for all of the first half and most of the second half and got their rewards by playing with such a high tempo.“Albania are better than they looked because of the way we played. They couldn’t cope with playing at the tempo.”The Scots bounced back from the 4-0 loss to Belgium to win their first group tie in the Uefa Nations League.last_img read more

K Sandwiches finally reopens after burning down in 2015

first_imgK Sandwiches finally reopens after burning down in 2015 Updated: 5:35 PM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: January 5, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAfter burning down in a fire in August 2015, K Sandwiches has finally made its long awaited grand reopening. The Linda Vista sandwich shop opened in 2005 and was a local favorite. KUSI’s Allie Wagner was live at the grand re-opening Friday morning where San Diegans waited in line by the dozens to get their hands on the popular Vietnamese sandwiches and more. January 5, 2018last_img read more