Finance “Most Corrupt Ministry”

first_imgA high level assessment roundtable on National Anti-corruption Strategy (NAS) organized by the Governance Commission (GC) has identified the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) as the most corrupt ministry under the Executive Branch of Government.This conclusion was drawn from discussions and interviews carried out with Liberians in six counties by the DAH Consulting Incorporated.DAH is a research company hired to conduct the study that brought out the findings on the MFDP and other government entities.In a presentation at the roundtable assessment yesterday May 27 at a resort in Monrovia, Dr. Alpha Simpson of DAH informed participants that his team visited Montserrado, Bomi, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Bong and Nimba and solicited views from citizens.He said from the views of people interviewed including businesspeople and others who are one way or the other obligated to MFDP, 43 percent indicated that various illegal transactions take place in the ministry in the form of bribery and other dishonest acts.Next to the MFDP in corruption according to the assessment is the Ministry of Justice which scored 20 percent.Among other branches of government the Judiciary came first in corruption characterized by bribes followed by the National Legislature tainted by widespread allegations of receiving “brown envelopes” to compromise concession agreements.Views gathered during the assessment also indicated that greed and lack of punishment are responsible for people unrestrainedly engaging in corruption.African Development Bank Representative to Liberia, Dr. Margaret Kilo was quick to remind the gathering that Ministry of Education should be, if not the first, the second most corrupt institution in Liberia.African Development Bank is the sponsor of the Governance Commission National Anti-corruption Strategy project.According to Dr. Kilo, Ministry of Education lacks qualified and competent teachers, and those sent to the classrooms are engaged in receiving bribes from students and cheating others.Dr. Kilo in an assertive and frank tone noted that Liberians do not even consider the practice of corruption to be a shameful act, but sleeplessly sit during night hours to devise strategies to cover up their actions.She said it is too early for a young person to develop stroke or high blood pressure at the age of 40, but because many young people are engaged in corruption that causes their consciences not to give them ease, they develop such sickness at an early age.Identifying ways forward, Dr. Simpson said developing institutions to investigate, prosecute, sanction and recover proceeds of corruption would help to curtail the endemic act in Liberia.He also underscored the need to establish a corruption court, develop the human capacity of the Justice Ministry to perform investigations and prosecute wrong doers. He further called for the strengthening of integrity institutions including the Liberia Ant-Corruption Commission and the General Auditing Commission to effectively achieve their mandates.The way forward, advised Dr. Simpson, includes access to critical corruption transaction points, information development and the development of a whistle blower website as other means to overcome corruption.Reacting to the assessment, Deputy Minister for Administration at the Justice Ministry, Cllr. Wheatonia Dickson-Barnes stressed that capacity building for workers at the ministry was essential in the fight against corruption.She also indicated that collaboration in the fight was necessary since one branch of government cannot do without the others, citing delay or failure to amend the LACC Act to have prosecutorial power as an example.She disclosed that a new legislation that seeks to establish a corruption court has been drafted. In response to the assessment, Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman, James Verdier commended the team and said Liberia should not fall prey to corruption; instead Liberians should do something to curtail the act.He said emphasizing public perceptions about corruption is not enough, but taking tangible steps in the forms of prosecution, punishment if found guilty, and bringing to book those caught in corruption will serve as deterrents.The roundtable assessment on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy was presided over by Vice President and recently petitioned Presidential candidate, Joseph N. Boakai.VP Boakai in his statement said that the perception is established that anyone coming into government service has the mindset of corruption, which he dispelled. There are many people seeking government positions with good intentions, but become faced with what he called “unforeseen consequences.”He said good people in government at times take the blame for what they do not know about but because they are there, they must take the blame for the wrong doings of others.The VP said he was pleased with the roundtable discussions and commended the Governance Commission for providing him the opportunity to participate.In his remarks earlier, Governance Commission Chairman, Dr. Amos Sawyer, stressed that integrity building was key to development in Liberia, noting that because of lack of integrity the country loses more, resulting in underdevelopment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A.V. slaying suspect still object of search

first_imgLAKE LOS ANGELES – The suspected triggerman in a Lake Los Angeles shooting death last week remains at large and is potentially dangerous, a sheriff’s homicide detective said. Kenneth Finnell, 29, who lives near Palmdale, is wanted in the shooting death of Everett Haydale, 28, also of the Palmdale area, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Martin Rodriguez said Tuesday. Haydale’s body was found about 3:20 a.m. Friday in the 16800 block of Valeport Avenue. Anyone with information on Finnell’s whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s homicide unit at (323) 890-5500. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

French Federation chief blocks path to Benzema return

first_img“It should also be said that we have a certain number of talented players in attack, and it is less of a problem than a few years ago.”The 29-year-old Real Madrid star has won 81 caps for his country but has not played since October 2015, when a scandal over a sex tape broke out with Benzema implicated.Benzema was one of a number of people accused of blackmailing his then international teammate Mathieu Valbuena — now with Turkish club Fenerbahce — over the tape.Benzema was placed under investigation for “complicity to and attempted blackmail”.After being left out of the France squad for Euro 2016, the striker accused the national coach Didier Deschamps of bowing “to pressure from a racist part of France”.But Deschamps has said that not selecting Benzema was better for the “balance” and “harmony” of his squad.“As long as Didier Deschamps is coach, I have no chance of getting back into the France team,” Benzema said in an interview with Canal Plus last month.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has won 81 caps for his country but has not played since October 2015, when a scandal over a sex tape broke out with Benzema implicated © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSPARIS, France, Dec 6 – The president of the French Football Federation (FFF) has effectively ruled out any prospect of a return to the national team for Karim Benzema ahead of next year’s World Cup.“You would need to be a bit blind or deaf to not understand that it will be difficult to select him, that seems unquestionable,” the FFF’s Noel Le Graet told RMC radio on Wednesday.last_img read more

Lent takes holiday on St. Patrick’s

first_img “For the most part, I think people understand it’s really why we are who we are as a Catholic family and that’s to observe some of the traditions of the church,” Wharton said.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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The connection between Ireland and corned beef dates to colonial times in Boston, when meat was imported from Ireland and then preserved in salt, said Kevin O’Neill, history professor in the Irish Studies program at Boston College. The result – corned beef – was associated with Ireland. While eating meat on a Friday in Lent isn’t considered a mortal sin – the gravest category – it does take a dispensation for the church to lift the rule. At least 67 of the country’s nearly 200 dioceses provide such dispensations, said Rocco Palmo, a Catholic commentator who has been keeping an informal count on his blog “Whispers in the Loggia.” Each local bishop has the authority to allow Catholics in his diocese to forgo the traditional abstention of meat on Fridays or other rules of Lent, said Bill Ryan, spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Typically, bishops will determine if there’s a need, he said, such as having a large Irish population. Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa, has opted to not grant a dispensation to the 100,000 Catholics in his diocese. Many parishes moved their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to either Thursday or Saturday, said Jim Wharton, spokesman for the Sioux City Diocese. That allows them to go ahead with their Lenten fish fry events – a Friday staple that typically yields money for school or parish projects, he said. Not one Catholic in the diocese has called him wondering why dispensation wasn’t granted, he said. Roman Catholics in Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities won’t have to choose between sinning and nibbling if they want to enjoy a plate of corned beef-and-cabbage this St. Patrick’s Day. Cardinal Roger Mahony and church officials in other American cities have granted a special one-day dispensation to break the rules of the holy season of Lent, which prohibit Catholics from eating meat on Fridays to observe the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. “Since St. Patrick is the co-patron of the archdiocese, he is dispensing from the Lenten Friday abstinence of meat on St. Patrick’s Day,” according to a statement from Mahony’s office. “It is suggested that Catholics who make use of this dispensation select another day during the Lenten journey to abstain or select another Lenten practice to compensate for making use of this dispensation.” The last time St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Friday during Lent was 2000 and many bishops then offered the same deal. The Archdiocese of New York has always extended a dispensation when the calendar lined up because St. Patrick is the patron saint of the archdiocese, spokesman Joseph Zwilling said. last_img read more


first_img20 of the top UK Inbound Buyers who arrived in Ireland yesterday where Fáilte Ireland showcased Donegal to a group enjoing the Wild Atlantic way at Horn Head. Photo- Clive WassonFáilte Ireland are showcasing Donegal to a group of 20 top UK Inbound Buyers who arrived in Ireland yesterday.The group will take part in the second workshop in a series of six Fáilte Ireland Autumn Sales Workshops, designed to allow Irish tourism businesses to pitch to overseas operators encouraging them to sell Ireland to their customers next year.To further showcase Ireland, and build new and incremental business by encouraging these operators to put Ireland into their future plans, Fáilte Ireland have put together a customised itinerary allowing the travelling agents to get a first-hand experience of all that Ireland has to offer before the workshop next week – including Donegal. Among the highlights which the group will experience in Donegal includes meeting with guide, Iain Miller, of Unique Ascent, an experienced mountaineer with over 25 years’ experience as a mountaineer and rock climber.Iain has an extensive and unique knowledge of rural, upland and coastal Donegal and will bring the group on a guided walk along the Wild Atlantic Way to view sea stacks, sea cliffs and rock faces.Following an active afternoon the group will enjoy dinner and overnight at the Mill Park Hotel in Donegal Town and go on a site visit to Harvey’s Point in the lovely Lough Eske on Monday.It’s then on to Sligo to visit Yeats Grave and the group will take in part of Ireland’s Ancient East in Strokestown Park, Co Roscommon, Belvedere House & Gardens, Co Westmeath, and turf cutting at Lullymore Heritage Park, Co Kildare. These specialised workshops, which are organised by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland, focus on target markets considered as areas of potential growth for Ireland.Speaking today, Ciara Sugrue, Head of Publicity, Trade and Promotions, Fáilte Ireland said: “We are delighted to be welcoming these UK Inbound Buyers to Ireland and know they will enjoy their visit to Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way.“These top UK buyers have the capacity to deliver significant amounts of visitors to Donegal and their presence is a testimony to Ireland’s appeal as a destination. As they start planning for their 2016 season and beyond we hope that their time spent in Ireland proves to be fruitful for local businesses.”“Even though our key markets are delivering extra visitors and revenue for 2015, we must not become complacent and these workshops remain a key element in continuing to drive more visitors to Ireland in the months and years to come.TOP UK TOURIST PROMOTORS VISITING DONEGAL was last modified: October 5th, 2015 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:donegaltourismUK promotorsWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more


first_imgTHERE’S JUST no stopping Finn Valley’s Tori Pena as she set a new national pole vault record this weekend.Competing at a tournament in New Mexico, she cleared 4-30.Speaking to Irish manager Patsy Mc Gonagle afrerwards a delighted Tori said: “The meet went really well. I opened at 4.05, and cleared  on the 1st attempt, the 4.20 with a clearance on the 1st attempt and  then 4.30 with another clearance on the first attempt. “I had some decent attempts at 4.40, I just need to get to some bigger poles and I  will be there no problem. Feeling great, can’t wait for another meet  next weekend.”This mark is a qualifier for European championships next month in Paris . She returns to Ireland next week to prepare for the nationals in Belfast .FINN VALLEY’S TORI DOES IT AGAIN – SETTING A NEW IRISH RECORD was last modified: February 5th, 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


first_imgPeil na mBanU-10’s & U-12’s will continue to train from 5-6pm on Monday evenings.U-8 girls will train on Saturday mornings for 10-11am with the mixed groups of boys & girls. Our U-14 girls lost out to St. Eunans last Thursday at the semi final stages of the championship. We had a super run to make the semi final winning 8 games in a row. This is not the last we will hear from this squad of girls because with their determination and football skills they will be challenging for honours for years to come, Maith Sibh!Our minors girls had a good home victory last Tuesday against Termon in the Banks. Their next game is away to St. Michaels on Tuesday 9th of September. The throw in time is 6.30pm and the Bus will leave Annagry carpark at 5.15pm sharp.A fundamental coaching course is organised by the Donegal ladies board for Saturday 14th September (venue to be confirmed later in the week). This course is a must for anyone involved in helping or coaching girls teams. Anyone interested in doing it contact Dónal Ó’Séarcáigh.A level 1 Coaching course is being scheduled for the 21st September. More details will be posted on the ladies facebook page later in the week. We have now football boot bags in stock with the Ladies club logo printed onto them, priced at €8.22″ Club kitbags are back in stock @ €28.ComhghairdeachasComhghairdeachas mór leis an fhoireann sinsearach agus le bainistíocht na foirne uilig ar a mbua i gcluiche leath cheannais an chraobh Idirmheánach ar an Domhnach áit ar bhuail siad Béal Átha Seanaidh 1-11 go dtí 0-06. Beidh siad ag imirt Naomh Naille anois ins an chluiche ceannais ar an 29ú. Ádh mór ar Danny agus na gasúraí uilig ins an chluiche sin.Keep an eye on the website/facebook for upcoming fixtures in the league. Big Big BBQThe club are holding a big barbeque on Saturday 14th September at the clubhouse. It starts at 9pm and with great food and live music it promises to be a great night’s craic. This night is open to all so come along and show your support. Go raibh maith agaibh.LottoNíor bhain duine ar bith an lotto an tseachtain seo. Is iad seo na huimhreacha a tháinig amach: 2, 18, 21 agus 22. Bhí trí uimhir acu seo leanas: Michael Boyle, An Chlochán LiathMaura Greene, Loch an IúirSéamus O Donnell, An Cheathrún, Gort a’ ChoirceIta Ó Domhnaill, Rann na FeirsteBeidh €1,100 sa phota óir an tseachtain s’chugainn.Light Up Your ClubA big thank you to everyone from at home and abroad who has sponsored a bulb in support of the ‘Light Up Your Club’ campaign. There are still a number of bulbs left. Please contact any club member if you would like to support this campaign.GAA NEWS – NAOMH MUIRE TO HOST BIG BBQ DOWN THE BANKS was last modified: September 9th, 2013 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:Naomh Muire GAA Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgFRIENDS and relatives of a brother and sister who return to Donegal next week after a 12,000 kilometre six month bike ride from India are planning a massive cycling home-coming parade!Peter Brennan and his sister Keara left New Delhi on Christmas Day 2010.They will arrive in Donegal Town at 7.30pm. on Tues 28th June having cycled 7,560 miles (12,000km) through  two continents and 19 countries. Both have strong Donegal Town family connections. On arrival, they will be greeted by the Donegal Town Youth Band and Mayor Tom Conaghan.Last night Peter & Keara told that would very much appreciate if cyclists joined them for the last leg of the journey from Bundoran through Ballyshannon and on to Donegal Town next Tuesday.Cyclists can assemble in the Car Park opposite the Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran at 5.30pm, opposite Slevins at 6pm, Kees Laghey @7pm. A slide of their epic journey will be shown in the Abbey Hotel @ 8.30pm approx.And they have an incredible story to tell. Peter told us: “We’ve had some scary moments especially going through Pakistan where we had an armed guard 24/7 in case we were kidnapped for a handsome ransom. Orthopaedic delux mattresses were in short supply too.“Donegal Town is our Mecca, the place we spent many holidays and where we’ve lots of relatives. Our parents Carmel & Peter Brennan live in Mountcharles, our paternal granny Eileen Brennan lives in Donegal Town as did our maternal grandparents.“Uncles Paul O’ Sullivan and Manus Brennan are well known locally and we’ll say nothing about the 1st cousins!.”Keara added: “I had to wear a burka going through Iran and Iraq and cycle in searing heat. When we were stopped by the police or army, they’d totally blank me and asked everything through my brother. Mary Mc Aleese needs to get over there!“We’re both big surfers and cut our teeth in Rossnowlagh many waves ago! That’s why we’re doing the last leg from Bundoran ( the home of surf) to Donegal Town.” HOMECOMING CELEBRATION FOR SIBLINGS AFTER 12,000KM BIKE RIDE FROM INDIA TO DONEGAL! was last modified: June 22nd, 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)Tags:BallyshannonBUNDORAbundoranDonegal TownINDIA TO DONEGAL BIKE RIDEKEARA BRENNANMOUNTCHARLESPETER BRENNANRossnowlaghlast_img read more


first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has hit out against plans by the Government and Minister Phil Hogan to change the delivery of the LEADER programme under Government reforms known as the Alignment Process.Pat the Cope Gallagher.MEP Gallagher also called on the Government to establish an interim fund to bridge the gap between the end of the current programme and the start of the new LEADER programme for the period 2014 to 2020.Mr Gallagher raised the matter in the European Parliament last night as the impact of the proposed changes by Government will negatively affect how the LEADER programme is operated in Donegal. Mr Gallagher stated “I have a keen interest in the delivery of the LEADER Programme in Ireland, which is co-financed by more than 50% under the EU Rural Development Programme. As Minister with responsibility for the Gaeltacht, I was directly involved in the design of the first, pilot LEADER programme in Ireland.“The “bottom-up approach” is the hallmark of the LEADER programme with the participation of local communities at the heart of the LEADER ethos. This approach is recognised by the EU institutions, as a template for other EU Member States to follow.”“I am deeply opposed to the plans of the Irish Government to change the LEADER programme by adding extra layers of bureaucracy and red tape. This is another example of removing responsibilities from skilled and highly experienced professionals and placing them in the hands of committees lacking the same expertise and know-how.”“Regrettably, the LEADER programme will face a 23% cut in funding as the budget has been reduced from €370 million to €283 million. Moreover, an interim fund is required to bridge the gap between the current and next round of LEADER funds. I strongly call on the Minister and the Government to provide this necessary funding.” Mr Gallagher concluded by stating “I firmly call on Minister Hogan, even at this late stage to reconsider these unwanted changes to the LEADER programme.” LEADER PROGRAMME WILL BE DAMAGED BY CHANGES – PAT THE COPE was last modified: March 11th, 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:ChangesdonegalLEADER programmePat the Copelast_img read more

Juma Balinya at the double as Police over power Mbarara

first_img Tags: Mbarara Citypolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop Police are now 7th on the table (Photo by Police Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguePolice FC 3-1 Mbarara CityStarTimes Stadium, LugogoFriday, 30-11-2018LUGOGO – Police FC produced a magnificent team display as they defeated Mbarara City 3-1 at the StarTimes Stadium on Friday.Juma Balinya helped him self to a brace and Pius Kaggwa scored the other on a day that Police looked as comfortable as ever while Mbarara who scored through Ibrahim Orit, failed to get going.Both sides started the game showing clear intentions of attacking with Paul Mucurezi blasting a free-kick from just outside the area, over the bar. At the other end, Police forced the first corner of the game which did not amount to anything.As the game wore on, the lightening attacks disappeared and both side resorted to shots from distance.On 19 minutes, the first goal of the game came. Norman Ojick robbed Mbarara defender Harper Ahebwa of the ball in the area and then set up Kaggwa who short neatly in the lower right hand corner for 1-0.Three minutes later, Steven Kabuye nearly pulled the Ankole Lions level but his first time shot was pushed out for a corner by Davis Mutebi in the Cops’ goal.Mutebi nearly turned into a villain on 24 minutes when he miss judged Hilary Mukundane’s routine free-kick but the custodian adjusted to tip the ball over for a corner. From the resultant kick, Karim Ndugwa headed over while unmarked in the area.Mbarara pushed for an equaliser before halftime but always looked suspect on the counter.At the half hour mark, Hassan Kalega recovered possession in the center circle and released Ojick who shot over from a tight angle.With 8 minutes of the first half to play, Mbarara were eventually made to pay for pushing numbers forward when Ruben Kimera threaded a through ball for Balinya who slotted in past Kimera to make it 2-0 to Police.Mbarara’s final chance of the half fell to Mucurezi who curled a free-kick near the area, agonizingly wide of the target.At the other end, Ojick shot from distance but his effort was brilliantly pushed away by Kimera.The referee sent the teams back into the half time break with Police holding a healthy 2-0 advantage.At the start of the second half, Mbarara’s technical bench introduced South Sudan international-Wol Makweth in place Abrahama Ndugwa to try and pile more pressure on the Cops’ defence.Mbarara started the second half strongly, trying to pull atleast one back as soon as possible but were not troubling Mutebi in the Police goal.On 57 minutes, Makeera Shakul was introduced in place of the injured Samuel Kalyango in the Cops’ first change..Four minutes past the hour mark, Orit pulled one back for the Ankole Lions, lashing onto Makweth’s well weight pass inside the area, and he placed it at the near post past Mutebi.In response, Abdallah Mubiru made an instant switch, throwing on Ronald Nyanzi in place of Ojick.The first yellow card of the game was shown to Kaggwa for time wasting as Mbarara pilled on the pressure. Moments later, Police captain Sadat Kyambadde was also booked for a rush challenge on Mucurezi.With 8 minutes to play, Mbarara threw on attacker Umaru Muhinzi in place of Jude Semugabi to try and find the equalizer.However, it was Police who sealed the points as Balinya was the end of a swift counter attack, dancing his way into the penalty area and unleashed a fierce effort past Kimera.From there on wards, Police held onto their fourth of the season, subjecting the Ankole Lions to a third loss.The victory moves Police into 7th on the log with 14 points from there first 9 games will Mbarara remain 3rd with 16 points.In the other game on Friday, SC Villa registered their first victory of the season, defeating Nyamityobra 1-0 at Wankulukuku.Action in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League continues on Saturday with Paidah Black Angels hosting Bright Stars, Maroons play host to KCCA FC while Onduparaka travel to Express FC.Comments last_img read more