Transparency, Accountability, Others Top NGO Coalition Strategic Dialogue

first_imgParticipants along with facilitators posed after the eventA non-governmental organization called National Coalition of Liberia (NCL) has elevated its strategic plan dialogue towards accountability, competence and transparency as a new management assumes office.NCL is a conglomeration of local NGOs that are working with a similar vision geared towards elevating the livelihood of people in poverty and creating a level playing field between government, concession companies and locals.In an effort to ensure that its objectives are realized, the NCL held a five-day retreat, which came to an end over the weekend at the entity’s resource center in Dwazon, Margibi County. It included the preparation of a five-year strategic plan intended to re-engage collaborating actors, to enhance the proper use of natural resources.NCL’s chairperson of management team Samuel Kwennah told the Daily Observer that the round-table dialogue  focuses not only on conflict resolution in the management of natural resources, but also seeks to strengthen  peaceful coexistence among member NGOs within the coalition.“NCL is critical to good governance. As such, we are interested in seeing that there is  proper management of natural resource sectors, which include forests,” Mr. Kwennah said.He added that there is impact from his coalition’s engagements with communities, concession companies, and the government.“Through our advocacy in 2015, 24 communities benefited from concession companies that failed to undertake their social corporate responsibilities; government also paid over US$1million to the natural resource governance trustee board for some development in the affected areas,” he said.“With the funds generated from government and companies by the trustee board, which is a part of NCL, a vocational center was built in Yarpah Town, River Cess County,” he said.Kwennah further said that an elementary school was built in Zoegar Bayo Town, in Grand Bassa County, while two clinics were built in River Gee County.“In Grand Gedeh County, we have succeeded in establishing a guesthouse and two elementary schools were built from the same advocacy as in Lofa,” he said.Kwennah is the program manager for the extractive industry and human rights program of Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU), which is a member NGO to the NCL.He said the formation of NCL was predicated upon a survey, which showed that conflicts, including the civil war that erupted over the years, came as a result of disenchantment over the poor management of natural resources.Mina Beyan, program director of Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SESDev), expressed how impressed she was with the level of collaboration among the NCL member organizations, and hoped more success stories can be told in the near future.She added that her NGO also provides legal support to local communities in Grand Kru, Sinoe, and a few other counties in the southeast. “Knowing that we are interested in engendering change, we advocate for the government to push concession companies to live up to their commitments. The people need good roads to transport their farm produce to markets, schools to educate their children, clinics for proper medical care and other social benefits necessary for elevating their living standards,” she said.“Although there are laws giving more leverage to County Legislative Caucuses to decide on what kind of development is carried out in their constituencies, we think there is a need for the local people to have more say in what they want; be it school, clinic or road,” Beyan said.A facilitator at Community Development Initiative (CDI) Nettie Diagor said more awareness and support are needed to help save forests and mangrove swamps from degradation.“People think that mangrove swamps are wastelands and so they throw trash in them and abuse them in so many other different ways,” Diagor said. “In Grand Cape Mount where we presently work, 13 communities fell trees for charcoal burning and constant and excessive fishing at Lake Piso are on the rise.”She noted that there is no need, however, to blame the residents involved in degrading forests by felling trees and extracting lots of fish from Lake Piso, because those activities are serving as their means of survival.“This is why CDI is now helping them do sustainable farming [small farms for food and little cash earning for family needs]. We are in collaboration with REDD+ of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), helping them with tools to work and educating them also on how they should make their vegetable beds for a fruitful harvest,” she said.The strategic plan dialogue workshop, which was facilitated by a team of experts in natural resource management, included Sarah Thomas from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.NCL is composed of 20 CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) and was formed in 2003 at the Accra Peace Accord (CPA) that brought an end to the protracted civil war and shared power among the warring factions in the transitional government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LIME Relief Fund for Dominica

first_img McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Related Items:Dominica, lime, relief fund, tropical storm erika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Sept 2015 – Cable & Wireless Communications has established a regional relief fund via texting for the island of Dominica, following the devastation caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika. The deadly storm left its mark on Dominica resulting in more than $225 million dollars in damage to infrastructure, in particular roads and bridges. John Reid, President, C&W Consumer Group extended heartfelt sympathies, and reaffirmed support for the people of Dominica in the recovery effort. Across the Caribbean and the Bahamas, customers can now simply Text the word “HELP” to donate funds to the Dominica Relief Initiative: All proceeds generated from this C&W initiative will be donated to the Government of Dominica Disaster relief efforts. Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete Recommended for you 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Marialast_img read more

911 dispatchers serving as first line of defense for public safety

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 9-1-1 dispatchers serving as first line of defense for public safety December 13, 2018 Updated: 7:32 PM Posted: December 13, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-Every hour of the day deputies are working to keep us safe and secure but they can’t do that without the help of some of the unsung heroes of public safety, 9-1-1 dispatchers.Here to tell us more is Jeff Hebert, a Communications Director for the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center of the Sheriff’s Department.For more information http://joinsdsheriff.net/ Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

FOLIO Roadshow Returns to West Coast Next Week

first_imgThere are new channels, new formats, new expectations and new opportunities. And the basic relationship between content creators and content consumers has evolved.  To stay at the top of your game and keep your brand’s content-creation efforts at the center of your market, you’ll need to understand the new landscape, as well as what’s coming. We hope you can join us next week in San Francisco. Check out our full brochure here. FOLIO:’s C2 roadshow—our content and community tour—is returning to the West Coast on December 4th in San Francisco. The tour, which has already made two successful stops in Los Angeles and New York, aims to take FOLIO:’s unique angle on the magazine media industry to the back yards of publishers looking for tactical assistance in an increasingly fragmented content world.  FOLIO: editor Bill Mickey and general manager Tony Silber will be hosting a one-day training workshop for editors, publishers and content creators. The summit is designed to help brands amplify their message, tap new technologies and build community. Top trends and exclusive research will be analyzed and this year’s biggest success stories will be dissected as case studies for taking your business to the next level in 2013.The program has been designed to have an interactive element—a combination of traditional presentations plus group exercises and peer-to-peer sharing. last_img read more

Dont Sleep On These BrandNew Holiday Songs From RuPaul Lil Jon More

first_img Facebook News Our Favorite 2018 Holiday Songs With RuPaul & More dont-sleep-these-brand-new-holiday-songs-rupaul-lil-jon-more Don’t Sleep On These Brand-New Holiday Songs From RuPaul, Lil Jon & More Twitter Email Tired of the same ol’ holiday songs? We’ve got you covered with this roundup of the best new ones from 2018Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 24, 2018 – 8:06 am Every year, shortly after Thanksgiving ends, the debate around which holiday song is the best returns, with Mariah Carey an ever-present fixture of the discussion. By the time the holidays creep around, though, chances are those tracks are feeling a little played out. And you know what that means: It’s time for a new playlist.Thanks to the generous spirit of artists including John Legend, Tyler, The Creator, Lil Jon, Ozuna, Aloe Blacc and RuPaul (of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”), there are now a handful of cheerful new holiday tracks you can jam out to. You can listen to our selection below, all of which are original songs released this year (no remakes of “Jingle Bells” or “Santa Baby” here).”Bring Me Love” – John LegendMulti-hyphenate GRAMMY winner John Legend has been pretty busy. Remember when he became the first black man—and youngest person ever—to earn an EGOT (an Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winner) on Sept. 9? Perhaps his schedule had something to do with why the R&B crooner waited to release a proper holiday album, A Legendary Christmas (geddit?) until 2018. It was worth the wait: A Legendary Christmas offers Legend’s take on eight holiday classics, along with six original tracks, including “Bring Me Love.””I Am The Grinch” – Tyler, The CreatorEveryone’s favorite holiday hater, the Grinch, got a makeover this year with a new feature film, complete with a score written by GRAMMY-winning composer Danny Elfman and GRAMMY-nominated rapper Tyler, The Creator. The soundtrack features two tracks by Tyler, including an original song, “I Am The Grinch.””All I Really Want For Christmas” – Lil JonIf you haven’t watched the music video for GRAMMY-nominated rapper/hype-man Lil Jon’s “All I Really Want For Christmas” since it was released on Dec. 17, you’ve been missing out. Spoiler alert: The Kool-Aid Man is still breaking through walls, and all Lil Jon wants “is everything on my list, baby!””Llego La Navidad” – OzunaReggaeton star Ozuna offers a joyful Spanish-language song, whose title translates to “Christmas Is Here,” and is dedicated to his native Puerto Rico, with support from fellow Puerto Rican artists: Christian Nieves and children’s music group Generación Escogida.”Hey Sis, It’s Christmas” – RuPaul feat. MarkaholicQueen bee drag queen RuPaul has gifted us with a third holiday album this year, titled Christmas Party, which follows 2015’s Slay Belles and 1997’s Ho Ho Ho. The album features several new, original songs, including the all-around fabulous “Hey Sis, It’s Christmas” featuring Markaholic, with amazing lyrics like “all of Santa’s elves be giving me life.” RuPaul, you give us life.”I Got Your Christmas Right Here” – Aloe BlaccThe soulful GRAMMY nominee also blessed listeners with a holiday album this year, Christmas Funk, which he said is “Christmas music you can listen to year round.” One of the original songs, “I Got Your Christmas Right Here,” is a cheerful track—and music video—celebrating love and family.Sam Smith Sings “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”Read morelast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Scholar Intern at Analog DevicesPart-Time Applications Engineer Intern at Analog DevicesFull-Time Marketing Automation Specialist at Sovos ComplianceFull-Time Lead Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayPart-Time Lead Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayFull-Time Assistant Manager Trainee at SpeedwayPart-Time Package Handler at UPSFull-Time Library Courier at Optima ShippingFull-Time Warehouse Sort Supervisor at Optima ShippingPart-Time/Full-Time Licensed Nail Tech at La Chic Nail Spa(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of January 20 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, January 20, 2019:193003 — Magliozzi — 20 Arlene Avenue190077 — Perreault — Tax Lien181610 — Walsh — 22 Brentwood Street190058 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Mt Pokkets190021 — Deadline For Warrant Articles(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Facebook teams with UK newspaper for series of positive sponsored articles

first_img Comment Share your voice Facebook’s had a rough couple of years. With revelations that its platform was twisted into a tool for election interference, propaganda and harassment, as well as a breeding ground for hate speech, it’s hard to feel good about the social network these days. So Facebook has partnered with The Telegraph, a major UK newspaper, to publish more than two dozen stories as part of a promotional campaign to burnish its image.  The series, called “Being human in the Information Age,” includes articles ranging from defending Facebook’s mission to “bring the world closer together” to primers on how the social network is handling cyberbullying, free expression and scammers. The partnership was first reported on by Business Insider. “There’s no doubt that the internet has changed our lives,” the introduction for the series says. “Here, we take a closer look at new challenges raised by the internet like fake news and data privacy — and how social media is tackling these challenges.” A Facebook spokeswoman said the sponsored articles were part of “larger marketing efforts in the UK with the goal of educating and driving awareness of our local investments, initiatives and partnerships here in the UK that have a positive impact on people’s lives.” The Telegraph didn’t immediately responded to a request for comment. 1 Facebook Politics Tech Industry Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… The move marks Facebook’s latest effort to respond to the deluge of criticism it’s faced in the past couple of years. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was once whispered about as a potential contender to run for president of the United States, spends most of his time in public defending the company’s latest snafu while extolling the virtues of what it offers to the more than 2.3 billion people who log on each month. Meanwhile, people’s trust in Silicon Valley has dropped. Roughly half of Americans told the Pew Research Center last year they don’t trust social media sites to protect their data, and 62% said in 2017 that they believe online harassment is a “major problem.” Facebook’s challenge with paying for positive articles, which are marked below the headline as “Brought to you by Facebook” to indicate they’re ads, is that they don’t always work as intended.  Two days before a gunman used Facebook to livestream a massacre he committed in New Zealand, the Telegraph-Facebook partnership published an article titled “What action is Facebook taking to tackle terrorist content?” It profiled a London employee who works on Facebook’s counterterrorism team, touting how the company has removed terrorist content from its service. “Between human expertise, tooling [software development] and machine learning, we’re achieving extraordinary things, of which I’m very proud,” the Facebook employee says in the article.  After the shooting, Facebook quickly found itself explaining why it had failed to identify and stop the gunman’s livestream, copies of which spread across the internet. The series also includes an article with instructions on how to protect your privacy on social media networks, particularly on Facebook. But at no point does it offer instructions on how to close and delete your account, a remedy a former Facebook executive has recommended. First published April 3 at 5:18 p.m. PT.Updated April 4 at 12:19 p.m. PT: Adds Facebook comment. Tags 5:14 Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

ICICI Bank Reduces Base Rate to 97

first_imgPrivate sector lender ICICI Bank on Thursday has reduced its base rate by 5 basis points (bps) to 9.7 percent with effect from 26 June, 2015. The bank’s new rate is equal to that of State Bank of India (SBI).ICICI Bank, which is India’s second largest bank in terms of market capitalization, had cut its base rate by 25 bps to 9.75 percent in April this year. Many banks had announced similar cuts in base rates in response to 25 bps cut in repo rate by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at its 2 June meeting.The first was SBI, which announced a 15 bps cut in base rate to 9.7 percent.Overall, the RBI has reduced the key rate by 75 bps since the beginning of the year.On 12 June, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with chiefs of various banks, asking them to pass on the benefits of the recent rate cuts by RBI to end users.Bank credit growth, a major indicator of economic growth, slowed to a two-decade low in the fiscal year ending March 2015. In 2014-15, credit growth was up 9.52 per cent, down from the 13.83 per cent increase in 2013-14.Bankers cite continued tight liquidity conditions and poor uptake in credit growth as reasons for the absence of higher cuts in lending rates.”With effect from July 1, 2010, interest rates on new loans and advances, including consumer loans, are determined with reference to I-Base (ICICI Bank Base Rate),” ICICI Bank said in a statement.last_img read more

Tata Steel May Sell Stake Worth Rs 5500 crore in Tata Motors

first_imgTata Steel is reportedly planning to sell its 5.5% stake in sister company Tata Motors.As per reports, the steel manufacturing arm of Tata Group is expected to execute the stake sale worth Rs 5,500 crore in “one or two tranches”.Surprisingly, the buyer is none other than its parent company Tata Group, a section of media reported quoting sources.Tata Steel also seems to be contemplating to “sell cross holding across Tata Group companies”. The company is expected to undertake debt refinancing to reduce interest charges.However, Tata Steel told CNBC-TV18 that the reports on stake sale in Tata Motors to Tata Group were “speculative”.”The company is committed to making disclosures to regulators and the investing community,” it said.Tata Motors, which will announce its earnings for June quarter on Friday, is struggling to increase its revenues due to declining volumes in China. China is the largest market for Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).Tata Motors earns more than 80% of its revenues from JLR sales. A drop in business volumes in China, which accounts for 20% of total JLR sales, weighed heavily on its profits in the March quarter last financial year (2014-15).The company profit slumped by 56.19% to Rs 1,716.50 crore in the January-March quarter compared to Rs 3,918.29 crore in the same quarter a year ago (2013-14).”Overall the environment and the numbers for Tata Motors doesn’t look good for the next couple of quarters,” said Sudip Bandopadhyay of Destimoney Securities.Owing to the weak outlook, share prices of Tata Motors have fell sharply by about 32% since the beginning of April this year.last_img read more