Nimba Budget Forum Officials Inducted

first_imgThe 12-member committee of the Nimba Budget Forum was on Saturday, August 20, inducted into office as part of the Integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.The Nimba Budget Forum is tasked to honestly inform Nimba citizens on the transacting of public funds in the county; promote transparency and accountability in the management of public funds; reconcile opinions on the state of public finance; and build trust between local authorities and citizens.William Larpeh, Chairman of the Nimba Budget Forum, said the 12 member committee will create awareness among citizens on the National Budget as a political and economic instrument for decision making that impacts their lives.“The forum will train citizens on the workings of the National Budget and its mechanisms, advocate for Nimba’s fair share of the National Budget and provide citizens access to the National Budget document each fiscal year,” Mr. Larpeh said.He explained further that the Nimba Budget Forum will be responsible to track the flow of public funds from the national government to the county; conduct social audits of public funded projects in Nimba; track budget lines of Nimba’s public funds as they relate to various operations of government agencies;inform the citizens on all matter of public monies that impacts their lives and regularly publish and circulate fact sheets as they relate to opinions of citizens on the management of public funds.“Having stated this,” Mr. Larpeh said, “the forum is not and will not be or seek to become or replace the statutory mandate of government agencies entrusted with the responsibility to account for government funds.”The Integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project was introduced in 2012 to reform Liberia’s public finance sector by providing effective and efficient means and mechanisms to promote accountability in the country’s public finance. Its objectives are to enhance budget planning, coverage and credibility, fiscal policy management or reviewing the PFM legal framework, budget execution, accounting and reporting, among others.The integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project (IPFMRP) of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning is part of the “Open Budget Initiative of the Government of Liberia.” It is being implemented by a local civil society organization, “Grassroots Democracy,” based in Nimba.Last year Grassroots Democracy launched the media component of the Open Budget Initiative to enable media institutions to disseminate the information regarding the functions of the budget forum.In one of their analyses, the budget forum found out that in the 2015/16 National Budget, for example, Nimba County, with a population of 460,026 (2008 census), received US$608,491, a ratio of US$1.37 per person, while Grand Kru County, with a population of 57,440, received US$855,048, which translates to US$14.76 per person.The budget forum says it will check on all of these discrepancies to know what yardstick the government used in terms of equitable development, considering that the population of Nimba is more than the population of seven counties combined.The 12 member committee, comprising 10 men and two women, was selected from across the county from different professional backgrounds, including the media.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lallana tells talkSPORT: ‘Win over United would give Liverpool massive psychological boost’

first_imgAdam Lallana says victory over Manchester United on Sunday would give Liverpool a “massive psychological boost” in the battle to secure Champions League qualification.Sitting just two points behind United ahead of this weekend’s Anfield showdown, the Merseyside club would leapfrog their rivals into fourth spot in the Premier League with a win on home soil.In an exclusive interview with Drivetime before the crunch clash, Lallana admitted: “Psychologically for us it is massive.“If we win we go above United and we get one foot into the top four.”Lallana, however, insists Sunday’s game will not necessarily prove decisive in the battle for a top four finish.“There are still another eight games after and there is going to be twists and turns constantly I’m sure,” he said.“Tottenham and Southampton are still in and around the fight as well so they are going to be wanting to pick up points to make it three teams out of six trying to get in the top four.“It is exciting for the neutral and I’m sure it will go down to the wire.”Liverpool’s last meeting with Manchester United in December ended in a 3-0 loss, but they have been in outstanding form since then, with a 13-match unbeaten run getting them back on track after their dreadful start to the campaign.And Lallana admits confidence is high in the camp as his side bid to gain revenge against United.“We were struggling at the beginning of the season, but in the last few months we have definitely turned a corner,” he continued.“We are just focused on being consistent, keeping clean sheets and winning football matches.“We will be focusing on ourselves on Sunday, that’s what we have been doing, and confidence is high. We are very confident we can get the victory.”Tune into talkSPORT for live and exclusive national radio coverage of Liverpool v Manchester United on Sunday, kick-off 13:30last_img read more

Giving the devil his due

first_imgAll Ray Wise is saying is: “Give the devil a chance.” No, he’s not urging you to sell your soul to Satan. He just wants you to check out his new CW series “The Reaper,” which casts him as you-know-who. “He’s a different take on the devil, more of a charmer,” Ray said when we chatted Friday afternoon. “I like to call him a cross between a good used car salesman and a game-show host. But he’s well-coiffed and impeccably dressed in finely tailored suits. He takes great pride in himself.” Ray is home in Glendale for the holidays after wrapping up filming in Vancouver of the 13th episode of the series. There are three more originals left to air and that may be it for the season unless the writers strike is resolved soon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSince it is so difficult to imagine anyone else in the role now that Ray has put his stamp on it, I was surprised to learn that it was not a part he got gift-wrapped. “I came in at the end of the process,” he said. “They saw over 100 actors and some had even played the devil before. I was an afterthought. I came in and did a scene where I’m cooking chicken-fried steak. I think that’s when they thought, `He’s the one.”‘ “Reaper” is about young slacker Bret Harrison who learns that his parents had sold his soul to Satan before he was born. He must now serve as the devil’s bounty hunter, tracking down evil souls that have escaped and return them to hell. For the 50-year-old Wise, his latest television gig has brought him lots of new fans. “I just went to the Urban Outfitters to go Christmas shopping for my kids and a lot of the people knew me as the devil in `Reaper.”‘ With “Reaper” on hiatus, Ray wants to stay busy. He recently did a few days on the movie mockumentary “Stuntmen” in which he plays “an old, veteran stuntman born without a sense of humor.” Other films in the coming months include the horror flick “One Missed Call” with Ed Burns and “Flock” with Richard Gere and Claire Danes. While Ray had never played Satan before “Reaper,” he’s played just about everyone else including the vice president of the U.S. on the most recent season of “24.” I had to know, of the more than 100 movies and television roles Ray has done, which stand out as his favorites? He mentioned the 1984 Disney flick “The Journey of Natty Gann” that continues to air on Disney Channel each year, plus the features “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Rising Sun” and “Bob Roberts.” Then there is “Twin Peaks,” the ABC cult classic in which he played Leland Palmer, who famously killed his daughter, Laura Palmer. “My alter-ego, Bob, did it,” Ray stressed. “I don’t want to be branded as a daughter-killer! That show was a big deal for my career.” Miley Cyrus is Spears antidote After all the buzz this week about 16-year-old “Zoey 101” star Jamie Lynn Spears being pregnant, we have “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus as a far-better role model for all those young girls who look up to these young television stars. Miley, daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, was on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Thursday and said she is mindful of her young audience down to what she wears. “I say what I’m comfortable in and what I like and nothing that’s too out there,” she told Oprah. “I like to look kind of like what girls would want to look up to, and their moms and dads will say, `Hey, that’s cool. That’s different.”‘ Her dad, who co-stars with her on “Hannah,” is “a big influence. Not only just because of the music but growing up around him … I’ve never seen him treat anyone less than with respect and love for everyone.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

CONWAL PARISH HALL COMMITTEE TO HOST CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER FOR PEOPLE LIVING ON THEIR OWN

first_imgChristmas Day DinnerThe 9th Annual Christmas Day Dinner for people living on their own will be held in the Conwal Parish Hall, behind the Church of Ireland on Christmas Day from 1pm until 4pm.The purpose of the event is to help people who are living on their own to break through isolation and loneliness on the day, to provide company and celebration. Transport can be provided if required.If you wish to avail of a dinner or have any enquiries please contact Kathy on 0868676565.CONWAL PARISH HALL COMMITTEE TO HOST CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER FOR PEOPLE LIVING ON THEIR OWN was last modified: December 10th, 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:Christmas Day DinnerConwal Parish ChurchDD LocalDD NoticeFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

Rangers to pocket £10m for reaching Europa League group stage

first_imgThe cash injection is a far cry from the days when the club went into the process of liquidation and were relegated to the Scottish third division in June 2012.But now the future is looking bright for Rangers, who have yet to taste defeat under new boss Gerrard. Latest Rangers FC News Alfredo Morelos does the most Morelos thing ever during Rangers win How Arsenal and Rangers can join Man United and Celtic in Europa League last 32 BOSS LANGUAGE BARRIER Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Rangers’ 1-0 win in the first leg helped them get past Ufa ‘Big Dunc is more experienced than Gerrard and Lampard and should get the Everton job’ scrap BEST OF McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso center_img 1 fate Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos CLASSIC Fans think they know why Klopp and Gerrard signed new contracts on the same day The Gers played their second leg in Russia with nine men at one point but they battled to hold on to their slender lead.They join Glasgow rivals Celtic as well as Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal in the Europa League groups.However, qualification for the knockout stages will be a tough ask as Rangers have been drawn alongside Villareal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow in Group G.Europa League group stage draw revealed ALMOST I told Rangers to beat Spurs to Luka Modric signing, reveals Ally McCoist Rangers will make as much as £10million after reaching the Europa League group stages.Steven Gerrard’s side booked their place in the tournament proper after beating FC Ufa 2-1 on aggregate on Thursday.last_img read more

DONEGAL GAA PLAYER GETS HIS SUBWAY MADE FOR HIM BY LIVERPOOL STARS

first_imgDungloe GAA player Joe Sweeney was left astonished when he had his Subway sandwich made for him by Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge. Sweeney, a die-hard Liverpool fan, was left stunned when he seen Liverpool stars Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson making sandwiches in the popular food outlet in Boston.The Liverpool stars are currently on a pre-season tour in Boston and played Roma at Fenway Park. Sturridge has endorsed the Subway brand in the past and was the face of their World Cup advertising campaign.Sweeney, a student at GMIT, is in Boston for the summer working and playing football for Donegal Boston.He a nephew of former Donegal All-Star Adrian Sweeney and couldn’t believe it when  he saw the two England internationals preparing subs for customers.The Donegal man posted a video of Sturridge preparing the sub on his Facebook timeline with a caption that read “It’s not everyday Daniel Sturridge makes you a subway!!” He added “They were both sound and were having good craic with the customers in the shop, and to be fair Sturridge made a great Subway too, so it was all good.“He’s a brilliant player and he has a cracking left foot, although I think Uncle Eddie’s was better.”    DONEGAL GAA PLAYER GETS HIS SUBWAY MADE FOR HIM BY LIVERPOOL STARS was last modified: July 26th, 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:bostonDaniel SturridgedonegaldungloeFeaturesJoe SweeneyJordan HenersonnewsSubwaylast_img read more

Round-up: QPR boss denies Defoe deal, Jon Toral praised, Voges replaces Rogers

first_imgRangers expect to sign DefoeHarry Redknapp says a deal to take Jermain Defoe to QPR is not yet in place.Rangers expect to sign the former Tottenham striker, 32, from FC Toronto in January but Redknapp has played down reports that an agreement has already been reached.Redknapp has been boosted by the return of key players from injury ahead of Saturday’s game against Manchester City – and says it’s “not the worst time” to be facing the out-of-form champions. The Rangers manager also believes the home fans could play a crucial role.For more from his pre-match press conference earlier today, including his thoughts on Charlie Austin’s chances of a future England call-up, see our Redknapp recap.Fulham boss Kit Symons has been nominated for the manager of the month award.Toral has impressed recentlyWe made Scott Parker the Whites’ man of the match in their draw against Blackpool. Click here for our player ratings from the game at Craven Cottage, here for Chelsea player ratings for their Champions League draw against Maribor and here for Brentford’s in their great win at Nottingham Forest.Bees boss Mark Warburton has hailed his players after that victory and also predicted that on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral will “get better and better.”Meanwhile, players from all four of our main local clubs have been called up for international duty, while Fulham’s Lyle Della Verde has joined Bristol Rovers on loan.And in cricket, Adam Voges will be Middlesex’s four-day captain and overseas player next year, replacing Chris Rogers.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Brighton v Fulham line-ups: Whites’ defence reshuffle, Man Utd loanee in for Albion

first_imgFulham make three changes from the side that beat Cardiff for their visit to Brighton.Ryan Fredericks and Tim Ream start in the full-back positions, replacing Michael Madl and Luke Garbutt, with Richard Stearman shifting across to centre-back.Rohan Ince, on loan from Brighton, is ineligible, so Jamie O’Hara takes his place in what appears to be a diamond midfield.Scott Parker will play the holding role, with Emerson Hyndman – match-winner against Cardiff – at the apex.Brighton, unbeaten in nine matches and chasing promotion to the Premier League, have made two alterationsAnthony Knockaert comes in for Kazenga LuaLua while Manchester United loanee James Wilson returns at the expense of Jamie Murphy.Their side includes former Fulham players David Stockdale and Liam Rosenior, while Steve Sidwell is on the bench.Brighton: Stockdale; Bruno, Dunk, Goldson, Rosenior; Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Skalak; Hemed, Wilson.Subs: Maenpaa, Greer, Bong, Sidwell, LuaLua, Murphy, Baldock. Fulham: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Stearman, Amorebieta, Ream; Parker; Tunnicliffe, O’Hara; Hyndman; McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lonergan, Richards, Garbutt, Baird, Christensen, Woodrow, Smith.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Top sponsors for Unity Cup in SA

first_imgSpecial Olympics athletes look forward torunning onto the field with President JacobZuma at the Unity Cup match on 3 July.(Image: Special Olympics) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ancilla SmithSpecial Olympics+27 11 783 8533RELATED ARTICLES• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• Natalie wins Human Values award• Cape Town ready for 2010 draw• Fever pitch at Green PointJanine ErasmusCoca-Cola and the Special Olympics have teamed up to bring the inaugural Unity Cup to South Africa. The event will take place in Cape Town as a curtain raiser to the Fifa 2010 World Cup quarter-final in that city on 3 July.The Unity Cup will be held in the spectacular new Cape Town stadium, formerly known as Green Point stadium. The venue was rebuilt virtually from the ground up for the World Cup, and since completion has successfully hosted a range of events.According to Coca-Cola, the event will see Special Olympics athletes – who are intellectually disabled – entering into the World Cup spirit, playing football with local and international greats of the Beautiful Game.The World Cup gets underway on 11 June and the quarter-finals take place on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 July.Coca-Cola is a sponsor and partner of both the World Cup and the Special Olympics.“The Unity Cup is an incredible opportunity to showcase the abilities of our Special Olympics athletes on a world stage,” said Special Olympics CEO Timothy Shriver.The game will fall under the Special Olympics’ Unified Sports programme, and aims to show that the world’s most popular sport can be played and enjoyed by anyone.The Unified Sports programme allows Special Olympics and higher ability athletes to play in equal numbers on the same team. This gives each the opportunity to learn valuable life lessons from the other.“The Unified Sports experience benefits not only our athletes, but also the partners involved without disabilities as we promote a global community of inclusion and acceptance.”“The Unity Cup is a testament to that power as we have brought together our partners at Special Olympics and Fifa to shine a spotlight on the important values of understanding, acceptance and inclusion that we all share,” added Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.Download the 2010 Fifa World Cup schedule here (PDF, 232KB).Top teamUnity Cup participants include popular stars of the game such as former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe, former captain of women’s national team Banyana Banyana Desiree Ellis, and Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan.South African Special Olympics athletes Arnold Ngqulunga and Philane Ngwane will represent the organisation. President Jacob Zuma is also expected to don his football boots and step onto the field, wearing a number one jersey, in the hope of scoring a goal or two.Inclusive approachAlthough the Unity Cup is just one match, said Coca-Cola, it will raise awareness of the need to include athletes with intellectual disabilities in sport and society.In September 2009 the global organisation’s local chapter hosted a Unified Sports football day at the end of the Special Olympics Fifa Football for Hope Soccer Week, with staff from Absa Bank joining the grand finale.South Africa has taken part in every Special Olympics since 1993 and has a number of Unified Sports initiatives on the go, such as the successful St Benedicts–Nokuthula Unified Sports basketball team, based in Johannesburg. The team is made up of children from St Benedict’s private school in Bedfordview and the Nokuthula Special School in Marlboro, both east of Johannesburg.Since they teamed up in 2004 the two schools have built a strong basketball squad and have become so good that they represented South Africa at the Special Olympics Summer Games in 2007. They also participated in the Global Youth Summit held during the games, and came home with a bronze medal.last_img read more

Lee takes new organization director role at Ohio Farm Bureau

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Melinda Lee of Tipp City has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation organization director for Delaware, Franklin, Madison, and Union counties. Lee has spent the last three years serving in the same position for Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami counties.In her new territory, Lee will continue her work as a liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and Ohio Farm Bureau. She will assist the county groups as they develop and implement programs to strengthen their organizations and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.Lee is a 2013 graduate of Ohio State University where she majored in animal sciences and agribusiness. She received her American FFA degree in 2010. Previously she worked at Aldermere Farm in Maine helping plan and facilitate agricultural education programs and at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. She is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Institute Class IX and currently serves as the chairperson for the Miami County Agricultural Leadership Fund. She also continues to help out on the family’s beef, sheep and grain farm in Cardington.last_img read more