Ellen Receives CRC Final Report on the NCC

first_imgThe Constitution Review Committee (CRC) has presented its final report on the National Constitution Conference (NCC) also containing recommendations to amend the Constitution of Liberia as well as several CDs of the 1986 Liberian Constitution in the 16 local vernaculars to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. During a formal presentation ceremony at the office of the President, the Chairperson of the CRC, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, on behalf of her colleagues, thanked President Sirleaf for the confidence reposed in them to perform the task and for the opportunity provided them to form part of such an historic national project.“Madam President, thank you for this opportunity to formally present to you the report from the National Constitution Conference,” Cllr. Scott said.She catalogued the President’s mandate given the Committee and the process they embarked on over three years to reach this point. Cllr. Scott reported the excellent cooperation from ex-officio members, the Governance Commission (GC), Law Reform Commission (LRC) and partners that strengthened them particularly providing financial, technical and moral support during the process. “Their vast experience and knowledge were at our disposal, and we have now reached this point,” she indicated.The CRC Chairperson expressed special thanks to all Liberians and emphasized that citizens’ participation in this review process was significant most especially for their direct participation and through their delegates during the formal and informal consultative phase in the 73 electoral districts of Liberia, and the National Constitution Conference held in Gbarnga, Bong County, from March 29 to April 2, 2015. She praised the partners who contributed immensely to make the process a success. “United Nations Development Program (UNDP) provided initial seed money; United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) provided technical assistance from New York, helicopter services, UNMIL Radio; USAID significantly contributed to the National Constitution Conference, while United Nations Peace-Building Fund (UNPBF), among other partners, provided additional assistance,” she pointed out.Cllr. Scott also highlighted the contribution of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) and the Liberian Women Democracy Radio that provided their media outlets “free of charge” for the dissemination of information to the Liberian public.In response, President Sirleaf thanked the CRC for the work. She also thanked the partners for the support they provided the CRC in executing its mandate.In 1847, the President said, the Constitution to a large extent reflected the circumstances and desires of the settler class. She said recognizing that circumstances had changed, one needed to add more in terms of equal opportunity, equity and recognition of the role of the population; thus a new Constitution came into effect in 1986 reflecting new circumstances of the country.President Sirleaf stressed that that Constitution remained with a few amendments in 2011 to ensure that the country’s political process remain intact.Starting in 2012, the Liberian leader continued, under the chairmanship of the GC and a committee formed under the “National Vision 2030,” there were consultations all over the country to form that National Vision. “That consultation indicated that the Liberian people wanted more than what the 1986 Constitution contained,” she emphasized, adding, “They wanted to see some revisions in some of those provisions; they wanted to ensure that certain equity and participation of the people were pronounced than what the 1986 Constitution provided and so those consultations formed the basis for starting that process of amendments to the Constitution,” she outlined, expounding further on the CRC’s mandate.President Sirleaf clearly stated that the Constitution stipulates that it is the National Legislature that determines what kind of constitutional amendments are made; but noted that as a result of the consultations in the CRC exercise, the document will pass through her, before being conveyed to them.Now that the CRC has presented to President Sirleaf for consideration the NCC report also containing recommendations to amend the Constitution of Liberia, it is anticipated that thereafter, the Liberian leader will make a presentation to the National Legislature for its due consideration.In the event of approval of the proposals for amendment by two thirds of the duly seated members of both Houses of the National Legislature, the approved proposals will be published in an Official Gazette for public consumption and understanding.The Constitution mandates that this public education be conducted for a minimum of 12 months prior to the holding of a referendum. Proposals receiving the approval of two thirds of the voters voting in the referendum shall then become amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.Liberia embarked upon the Constitution review process in August 2012 as part of its national reconciliation by setting up the CRC based on the recommendations from the Governance Commission (GC). To organize and lead this process, President Sirleaf established the CRC which eventually consisted of six eminent citizens as members; and two Ex-officio Members, Chairman of the GC and the Chairperson of the Law Reform Commission (LRC). This review process is intended to form part of addressing Liberia’s governance pitfalls and consequently engender reconciliation.Present at the presentation ceremony were partners including the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador, H. E. Abdoulaye Dore; Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Mr. Antonio Vigilante, European Union Ambassador to Liberia, H. E. Tiina Intelmann; a representative of the United States Agency for International Development; Co-Chair of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. Sarah Toe; Chairperson of the Civil Society Organizations of Liberia, Mrs. Frances Greaves; Ex-Officio Members: Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos Sawyer; and Cllr. Deway Gray, representing the Law Reform Commission.Others were representatives of political parties, the Chairman of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders, Mr. Zanzan Karwor; among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal gardaí issue warning over scam calls

first_imgGardaí in Donegal are warning people to be on alert for scam callers who are trying to steal bank details.The calls come from a number starting with 00578. When the call is answered the person is told that they have overpaid on their Visa account and in order to rectify the situation and to return the money to them they wish to go through a few steps. The scammers then ask for bank details and personal details.Gardaí say that a number of local people have been targetted in recent days. They are advising people to be on alert and to advise their elderly/vulnerable neighbours or friends about the calls.A Garda notice said: “If you receive a call from anyone who asks you personal questions then please hang up. Do not ever give out your personal details on the phone.“No Company/bank will ever ask for personal details via a phonecall. Take note of the number and if possible block the number.”Donegal gardaí issue warning over scam calls was last modified: October 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Night time road closure to begin in Letterkenny town centre

first_imgA section of the High Road in Letterkenny will be closed to traffic for night time works for almost two weeks, starting this Monday 25th November.Donegal County Council will close the High Road from the Hospital Roundabout to the junction with New Line Road between 8pm and 7am from this Monday until the 5th of December.The closure times will vary on Friday 29th November, when works will commence at 9pm until 7am. The roadworks are in place to facilitate the installation of a new sewer and associated works.Alternative routes have been planned for the duration of the project:Traffic approaching from Town Centre will be directed via Newline Road. onto Glencar Road Terrace.Traffic approaching from Hospital Roundabout will be directed via Circular Road via Glencar and Newline Road. Local traffic will always be accommodated.Night time road closure to begin in Letterkenny town centre was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

The underlying concern of Jon Gruden’s trade of Amari Cooper to the Cowboys

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceLast week, Jon Gruden was incensed that someone — anyone — would even suggest that he is tanking his first season as Raiders’ head coach and de-facto general manager.“We aren’t tanking anything. I hear the hatred out there,” Gruden said. “We are not getting up at 4 o’clock in the morning to tank it. Ain’t nobody tanking it.”You don’t need me to tell you this, but, despite what the loquacious and hyperbolic …last_img read more

Warriors-Bulls cheatsheet: Golden State may be too much for lowly Chicago

first_imgBulls Stock Report: Since the last matchup between these two teams, Chicago has continued its downward spiral to the … OAKLAND – The lowly Bulls come into Oracle with a host of problems ready to be exploited by the champs. Can the Warriors take advantage and get their fourth straight win?Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m.Bulls projected starters: Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Chandler Hutchison.last_img read more

QZ8501: Cockpit Voice Recorder now located.

first_imgIndonesian officials have confirmed that both black boxes from flight Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 have been positively located.The Flight Data Recorder was recovered this morning and is being transported to Jakarta, while the Cockpit Voice Recorder should be recovered this afternoon (January 12th).Searchers also say they have located the main body of the aircraft but this is not confirmed as yet.Flight QZ8501 disappeared two weeks ago with 162 passengers and crew aboard.Recovery teams hoisted the aircraft’s tail and some fuselage panels aboard a sea going tug on Saturday.The two black boxes will give the cockpit conversation for the entire flight as well as at least 88 aircraft flight, engine, systems and senor parameters.Flight QZ8501 vanished on December 28 on a flight from Surabaya to Singapore.The crew asked air traffic control for permission to climb and deviate left of the flight path to avoid thunderstorm but before permission was granted contact was lost with the aircraft.So far 48 bodies have been recovered with bad weather playing havoc with search efforts.last_img read more

California’s Ongoing Weatherization Odyssey

first_img RELATED ARTICLES California Increases Funding For Low-Income Weatherization U.S. House Proposes Huge Increase In Weatherization SpendingGet a Green Grip on Stimulus CashBeyond Weatherization: More Stimulus Money Coming Sorting the Nuts and Bolts of a State’s Weatherization Program Some States Customize Weatherization Plans, but Will DOE Approve?Weatherization Funding’s Hot State/Cold State BalanceMinnesota Gears Up for Weatherization Onslaught As Weatherization, SEP Funds Roll Out, Spending and Scrutiny BeginIn Some Areas, Weatherization Struggles Out of the GateFor Indiana, Weatherization Funds Are Still on HoldNevada Wrestles with Its Weatherization Plan When Spending Weatherization Money Is Harder Than Getting It Transforming Stimulus-Funded Weatherization into a National Industry Weatherization Training Center Doubles in Size, Triples in Training Capacity Still a Slow Dance for Weatherization Funding in Some StatesWeatherization in Texas Inches Along CautiouslyInspections: Crucial Links in the Weatherization ChainGauging the Stimulus Effect in Georgia, MinnesotaRattling California’s Weatherization CageOnce Again, Weatherization Cited as a Stimulus Laggard Stimulus-Funded Weatherization Begins to Find Its FootingDOE Targets Innovation in Its Weatherization Program Pondering the Evolution of Weatherization and Retrofit Snapshots from Tennessee DOE Announces Home Efficiency Scoring System and Weatherization GuidelinesIn New Jersey, Weatherization’s Bureaucratic MeltdownWeatherization’s Political FalloutLawmaker Targets DOE’s Weatherization ProgramWeatherization’s Home-Stretch Recovery “Here we are at the 11th hour with millions of dollars in federal funds at risk and, most importantly, hundreds of job opportunities at risk,” said Padilla, as noted in a recent post by investigative site California Watch. “This is a prime example of why the public is increasingly frustrated with our government.”Challenges and bottlenecks As we’ve mentioned in the past, delays initially stemmed from administrators’ difficulties in sorting through the federal regulations included in the Recovery Act – especially requirements imposed by the Davis-Bacon Act, a 1931 law that requires payment of prevailing wages on public works projects.The current challenges, as the state auditor puts it, focus on how to maximize production and ensure that the first half of California’s $141.3 million allocation of Recovery Act funds are properly spent before the DOE deadline, currently set at March 31, 2012. At this point, the auditor is concerned that the state is in danger of leaving unspent $37.4 million of its initial $92 million Recovery Act grant.Complicating matters is the fact that the state also has received standard WAP grants – $12.4 million in 2009 and $4.2 million in 2010 – that so far have gone largely unspent. In addition, the CSD overestimated the average per-home cost for weatherization upgrades, which means it must increase production to get the money spent and/or create new protocols requiring more thorough (and expensive) improvements. The agency is trying to do both.A Pandora’s box of new protocolsCSD originally estimated that upgrade costs would average $3,660 per home, but the average as of April 30, 2011, has been $2,539. In trying to boost the energy savings that each upgrade will yield, CSD has rolled out a new set of protocols that would go well beyond minimal measures to include thorough energy auditing, installation of attic and wall insulation, and a variety of air-sealing techniques.The new protocols are sensible, but implementing them has touched off another cascade of headaches. CSD reported that “its training efforts were hampered, in part, by the limited basic computer skills of the weatherization workforce,” the state auditor said in its report. “To overcome the computer literacy deficiencies of the weatherization workers, service providers created two-person assessor teams by adding a staff support person to assist the assessors with the computer input.“The team approach necessitated changes to the training curriculum to gear instruction to support staff and increased the number of training sessions needed to accommodate the increased number of people requiring training,” the auditor continued. “In addition to the difficulties already noted, Community Services reported that the service providers’ need for increased understanding of how energy audits and the priority list work, and the need to develop standards and procedures related to the new protocol, caused the training timeline to be extended beyond the protocol implementation date.”Anyone who thinks government work is easy probably should reconsider. Everybody has frustrations at work, but such frustrations are particularly acute for the employees of California’s Department of Community Services and Development (CSD), the agency that administers the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program, including weatherization activity funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.On July 11, the California Bureau of State Audits presented a report showing that the CSD was far behind in training workers in current auditing and weatherization procedures, and just as far behind in spending federal weatherization funds, which are allocated on a timetable by the Department of Energy.On August 1, Senator Alex Padilla (Democrat of Van Nuys), the chairman of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, held a hearing pegged to the CSD’s failure to meet production and spending goals. The goals have a direct impact not only on the energy efficiency of homes occupied by low-income families, but also on employment levels among weatherization workers.last_img read more

Make Your Calls Faster

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now How long is it going to take for you to make your calls?Slow DialingSome people will call a list of 500 prospective customers over the course of a year. To these folks, this seems like a reasonable plan. Subtracting out two weeks for vacation, they can call 50 prospects a week and reach their goal. That breaks down to ten calls a day, something easily accomplished by almost anyone.Let’s pretend that the hypothetical people in the above scenario follow this plan (something I don’t believe to be true). These people make around 40 calls a month, talk to about 10 of their prospects, and maybe they book two appointments.Fast DialingAnother group of people would take the same 500 prospective customers and call them over the course of two weeks. They’d make 50 calls a day, starting every morning with prospecting. Let’s pretend this group is no better on the phone than our first group. They’d talk to 12 people a day, and book two or three appointments.The first group of slow dialing salespeople would have shallow pipelines. They’d hope that marketing and inbound would develop enough opportunities for them that they could somehow make their number. Their managers would be unhappy with their performance (even though they are in large part responsible). And their CEO’s would be calling me and emailing me to help them understand why they can’t reach their goals.The second group, the fast dialing salespeople, would be developing opportunities. They would be entirely independent of marketing and inbound when it comes to making their numbers. Their managers would be focused on improving areas other than opportunity creation. And their CEO’s would still be calling me, but it would be to help them increase their win rates or margins by creating greater value.Make Your Calls . . . FasterYou are going to have to make your calls. You are likely going to have to make hundreds—or thousands—of calls. You can make those calls over the course of months or years or decades. Or you can make those calls over a few weeks.You determine the actions that you take, but not the consequences of those actions. If you need new business, make your calls. And do it faster. How does making your calls over a shorter time improve your results?What do you tell yourself that prevents you from making your calls faster? What beliefs hold you back?How important is it for you to reach your goals? What does that mean you need to do when it comes to making your calls and prospecting?last_img read more

2017 Australian Masters Games

first_imgThe Australian Masters Games is a biennial sporting event that is regarded as one of the premier and largest participation sporting events on the Australian sporting landscape. In 2017 the 16th edition of the Games will be hosted in Tasmania from Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th October.Touch Football will be amongst the biggest of the 40+ sports on offer at the games and is expected to attract over 6,000 participants for the week-long sporting and social program.Early Bird entries for the 16th Australian Masters Games close on Friday 11 August. Take this opportunity to enjoy the discounted Games entry of $99*.Your Games entry provides you with a number of goodies including kit bag, drink bottle, access to the Opening Ceremony in conjunction with the Devonport Food and Wine Festival, discounts to businesses throughout Tasmania’s North West, medical services and more.As well as an extensive sporting schedule, the Games will also comprise of a variety of social events throughout the week, providing a festival atmosphere for both competitors, visitors and the local community.Enter now at www.AustralianMastersGames.com for a week to remember.Touch Football Competition Details:DATES: Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 October 2017VENUE: Meercroft Park, DevonportAGE: Men 30+, Women 27+If you need help booking accommodation for your team please call the Tourism Information Hotline on 1800 649 514.* Please note: a $9.00 service fee is payable per person at the time of submitting your registration, plus a sport specific entry fee. Further details available in the Games Entry Terms & Conditions.last_img read more

Governing Conservatives dont know tar sands impact on water caribou forests watchdog

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The federal Conservative government has a weak grasp of the tar sands’ environmental impact, according to the federal environmental watchdog.Scott Vaughan, the commissioner on the environment and sustainable development, says the government’s management of the Alberta tar sands ranges from poor to non-existent.“They don’t know the effects on water quality, they don’t know the impact on ground water, they don’t know the impacts of contaminants downwind or downstream,” said Vaughan, during a press conference Tuesday. “There (are) questions about the impact on wild species such as caribou, the impact of forest fragmentation, so the list of what they don’t know goes on and on.”Vaughan says the existing tar sands monitoring system is not credible, but his report issued no recommendations because the government already has a plan in place to fix these problems.Nova Scotia NDP MP Megan Leslie said further tar sands development should be put on hold until the government puts an adequate management regime in place.“We can look at how to develop tar sands sustainably,” said Leslie. “It is possible, but we need to take a step back, think about it, figure out where we’re going with it, because right now failure to manage the oil sands in a sustainable way has given us an international black eye.”Vaughan’s 80 page report is also critical of Canada’s climate change goals.The environmental audit found Canada is failing to meet greenhouse gas emission targets under the Kyoto Protocol.Canada’s emissions in 2008 were 31 per cent higher than the Kyoto target, according to the report.Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who is also a B.C. MP, says it’s hypocritical for the Conservative government to claim to be tough on crime to flaunt Kyoto’s targets.“This is where I would like someone to demand they get tough on crime,” said May. “It’s time for Canadians to say to their government, ‘if you want to see where we want to get tough on crime, it’s when you break your own laws to protect our children’s futures.”last_img read more