NGOs: Why Now?

first_imgThe Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her State of the Nation address Monday, laid out new guidelines for non-governmental organizations working in the country.The president calculated that of the 997 NGOs working in the country, 87 percent were local or national NGOs, while the other 13 percent were international.Previously, she surmised, the role of NGOs focused on humanitarian assistance and development work.“More recently,” she observed, “the emphasis has been on democracy and governance; human rights; environment and natural resources.  In these latter functions, some NGOs have sought to become super-national bodies challenging national sovereignty even as they themselves lack national and international governance status and rules in transparency and accessibility.”The president then immediately pivoted into a solution to this problem, as it were – more “transparency and accountability by NGOs in their delivery of services to our people.”Many Liberians welcomed the news, but from a different perspective. Comments posted on social media networks suggested that for the number of NGOs present in the country, not much could be said for development. As such, many felt NGOs did need greater transparency and accountability. One commenter cited the case of an NGO owner who had become wealthy (mansion and all) thanks to his duty-free and tax-free privileges. Another stated that top government officials were involved in the NGO ‘business’.Looking at the president’s statement, however, it would seem as though it was not directed at non-performing NGOs, but at NGOs whom she said had taken on “super-national status” and invaded Liberia’s sovereignty. It would seem as though when NGOs were merely posing and not doing much, there was no problem. It was when they started to challenge government policies that the need arose for greater “transparency and accountability”.This is a problem, and this administration needs to be careful – this could backfire. Have we forgotten that free speech is a universal human right this administration has prided itself in protecting? Why are the rules different for NGOs? If the president had gone after newspapers in this regard, we’d all be screaming bloody murder over new rules that smack of retribution for dissent!The message to NGOs here seems to be, “Do your job (or don’t) but keep your mouth shut and out of our business.”The president is right in observing that humanitarian and development work has traditionally described the work of NGOs – except that her scope is limited. What is humanitarian work if it does not stand up for the rights of others who cannot stand up for themselves? NGOs are typically as close to the ground as they can get – all over the rural areas talking to the people. As such, they are often privy to first-hand information. If rural dwellers are losing their tribal lands to multi-national corporations, they are aware. How humanitarian would it be not to sound the alarm on matters that contribute to the underdevelopment of the marginalized and powerless? Indeed, perhaps the nature of humanitarian and development work has changed with the times!But are these rules really new? Yes and no, but more no than yes. The Daily Observer has in its possession a copy of the GOL’s National Policy on Non-Governmental Organizations in Liberia. This document came into effect June 15, 2008 and was authored by Dr. Toga McIntosh, then Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs.It reads, among other things, that “As NGOs are essential partners in identifying, defining and developing policies and driving development in Liberia, (emphasis added) this policy seeks to address the above concerns and ensure that an enabling environment is created for the smooth operation of NGOs, as well as ensuring human development. It is an integral part of the ongoing reform exercise. The over-riding and long-term objective is to provide better and more effective service to the Liberian people and nation.”Section 9.1 also states that “All vehicles owned by an accredited NGO shall bear NGO license plates and, where feasible (emphasis added), shall also bear the NGO’s logo.”The new version of Section 9.1 according to the president, however, is that “all vehicles owned by NGOs should be registered in the name of the organization and be clearly marked with the name and logo of the organization or face impoundment”. Why? What happened to “where feasible”? Is it so that they do not go where they are not welcomed?Where has this document been anyway since 2008? Was it not necessary until NGOs became interested in democracy and governance, human rights, environment and natural resources?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nigeria Baptist Church Identifies with the Needy

first_imgAs Liberia gradually recovers from the Ebola nightmare, which has devastated all of its sectors, particularly its economy, and as an increasing number of people face food insecurity, the Providence Baptist church, in partnership with the Ikoyi Baptist Church of Nigeria, identified with the needy in several shattered communities in and around Monrovia.The Ikoyi Baptist Church provided US$7,000 to the Providence Baptist Church of Monrovia to identifying with affected Ebola communities in Liberia.The Church (Ikoyi) was touched by the spirit of humanity after coming in contact with the community-driven work being carried out by its sister church, Providence, in Liberia.The Church, through its Community Development arm, the Providence Foundation, recently distributed assorted food items to several communities that were in one way or the other affected by the virus.The distribution targeted several suburbs of Monrovia which the church considered one of its largest humanitarian outreach in the country since the outbreak of the virus.   Spearheading the exercise was the Director of Congregational Life at the Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Joseph J. Roberts, Sr.Rev. Roberts told the beneficiaries that the church was blessed to have received financial assistance from its sister church in Nigeria (Ikoyi) to help boost its humanitarian activities in the country.”Identifying with you through the distribution of food is a big challenge. Our presence here today is to help provide you with food stuff that will help you recover from the Ebola outbreak,” Rev. Roberts told the waiting beneficiaries.”We are working closely with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria (IKoyi) to ensure the timely delivery of food assistance to all Ebola-affected people,” he added.Some of the Communities that benefited from the distribution included the Garden of Prayers in New Georgia-Caldwell, Amadu Town in Bomi County, the Old Folks Home on the old Road and ‘Sick and Shut-ins in various communities in and around Monrovia. Materials distributed included rice, oil, beans, milk, ovaltine, soap and sugar.For his part, the Senior Pastor of the Church, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr, lauded the effort of the Ikoyi Baptist family for seeing the good work of Providence assisting in carry out its Ministry on the other side of the world.He praised the Church (Ikoyi) for the partnership and expressed the hope that a more comprehensive framework is structured between the two congregations with the intent to save humanity in both countries.The loss of productivity and household income due to Ebola-related deaths and illness as well as people staying away from work for fear of infection, are all compounding the economic problems in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stepson is convicted of murdering coach

first_imgBut prosecutors said the case had nothing to do with sex. Hurst, who suffers from a mental illness, became enraged when his stepfather told him he could no longer live under his roof. “The evidence showed that conclusively the victim had not acted inappropriately toward the defendant in any way,” said Deputy District Attorney Jeff Stodel, who prosecuted the case. “The victim was nothing but kind toward the defendant.” Hurst’s attorney, Henry Salcido, said he planned to appeal. “If a case should ever be taken up on appeal, this is the case,” Salcido said. “It’s probably best that I just merely indicate that.” Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 1. Gauci’s brother, Tom Gauci, said he might speak or make his feelings known in a letter during the “victim impact” portion of the hearing. “We’re just thankful and relieved it’s over with and the jury came to the right decision,” said Tom Gauci, who thanked the police and prosecution for their work, and the community for its support. Gauci’s family and friends said the defense’s claims that Gauci had sexually assaulted Hurst were nothing more than “character assassination.” “They tried to make Bobby out to be some vicious and violent person and a bisexual who didn’t love his wife,” said Jose Avila, Gauci’s lifelong friend. “But nothing could be further from the truth. “He tried to help those kids and his wife. The picture they painted of him was upsetting, but it goes to show what extremes people will go to protect their sons and their family.” Stodel said the prosecution always believed it had a strong case against Hurst. “I really feel that the victim has received justice and the victim’s family has received justice,” Stodel 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe decision came after just a day and a half of deliberation following five weeks of testimony. Jurors said they did not believe Hurst’s self-defense claim that he killed his stepfather to stop a sexual advance. They also said testimony by Hurst and his mother that Gauci had previously sexually assaulted him was never proved. “I didn’t believe anything the defendant said and the mother, I think, lied on the stand a lot,” said a male juror who works in customer service. “It was obvious she was trying to get her son off.” Hurst killed Gauci during a fight that spilled out of Gauci’s home into the 2200 block of 232nd Street in Torrance. The crime was particularly brutal. Police officers found pools of blood in the street. Hurst’s clothes were covered with it. He pulled down Gauci’s pants to make it look like sex had occurred. A Torrance man was found guilty Friday of beating his stepfather – a popular Harbor College baseball coach – to death with a dumbbell, kicking him with steel-toed boots and stabbing him six times in the neck. Ashton Hurst, 36, showed no emotion as a Torrance Superior Court clerk read the jury’s verdict convicting him of one count of first-degree murder in the Feb. 8, 2005, killing of Robert Gauci, 44. Hurst faces 25 years to life in prison. “There were no winners in this,” said one juror, a 48-year-old Torrance construction worker. “It was two families torn apart.” last_img read more


first_imgNeil Gallagher and Michael Murphy with the Danny Mc Daid Perpetual Cup at the launch of the Glenswilly Gaa 5k. Also included in photo Danny Mc Daid, Neily Mc Daid, James Pat Mc Daid, the Glenswilly 5k committee and Beirne Lapsley of Donegal Stationery who are main sponsors of this years event. Photo: Geraldine DiverIt’s only on the go a couple of years but the Glenswilly 5K has already become a huge success.Large numbers of runners and walkers are again expected in the Glen on June 25th for this year’s event.All proceeds from the event, which is kindly sponsored by the Donegal Stationery Company, will go directly to funding the underage teams at the club. County stars Neil Gallagher and Michael Murphy were on hand with Danny McDaid (a man who has run a few races in his day!) to officially launch the event this week.The entry fee is just €8 and all Under 16s are FREE to enter.Refreshments will be provided for what Lee Gildea has promised with be a glorious night of late June sunshine once again!See you all there.  NOBODY WILL BE ‘STATIONERY’ FOR THE GLEN 5K was last modified: June 5th, 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:Donegal StationeryGlenswilly 5Klast_img read more

The night rugby star Shane Williams found out exactly how cool Donegal is!

first_imgRugby star Shane Williams had been asking all week why Donegal had been named the coolest place on the planet to visit in 2017.Last night as sleet lashed his face and temperatures touched what felt like -10 degrees in Convoy, he found his answer.The Welsh rugby wizard was the star attraction as county champions Glenswilly faced St Mary’s of Convoy in a challenge game as part of upcoming The Toughest Trade television show produced by AIB. Williams has spent a week in the Glen honing his GAA skills after spending the first few days tuning his ear to the local accent.In a few short weeks, Glenswilly’s most famous export, Michael Murphy, will fly to France to train with Clermont Auvergne.Williams is his country’s all-time leading try-scorer and a quick reference of his name on You Tube shows any number of amazing scores against any number of international teams.So the appearance of such a huge name from the dressing rooms in Convoy last night drew a strange reaction from many who braved the freezing temperatures last night. “Jesus, he’s a lot smaller than I thought he would be,” said one.“I’m sure he’s glad he’s on the same side as Ciaran Bonner,” chuckled another.It may have been billed a friendly game and although it was never cynical, Glenswilly and Convoy gave no quarter as they put on a competitive display for those who gathered.Hot soup and tea and coffee provided by hosts Convoy temporarily kept the January chills at bay.But for anyone who thought Shane Williams was here just to wave at the TV cameras and sign autographs, they left Convoy recognising a sportsman who could probably turn his hand to most sports. Although he may have been given a concession to allow a pick-up from the ground, the Welsh wizard constantly found space aided by a fine burst of speed.Wearing the number 14 shirt normally reserved for the Manchild, he pointed with ease from a 25 yard free before adding another few scores with his cultured left foot.Not long after, Williams showed he is still very much a novice with a wild swipe in front of the posts which almost ended up in Manny’s Bar in Convoy village.The result was irrelevant although the county champions did come out on top thanks in part to the boot of Shane Williams. The fruits of his week-long visit to Donegal can be seen in the final cut of The Toughest Trade when they are broadcast in March.Who’d have thought Glenswilly could be so cool – with or without the snow?The night rugby star Shane Williams found out exactly how cool Donegal is! was last modified: January 13th, 2017 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)last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic linked with stunning return to European giants

first_img Gattuso and Ibrahimovic played together Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Zlatan Ibrahimovic is being targeted for a spectacular short-term return to AC Milan, according to reports.The LA Galaxy forward is being considered for a move in January, when the MLS season is finished. 2 The giant Swede played for Milan for several years before leaving to sign for Paris Saint-Germain in 2012.According to Sky Italia, former teammate Gennaro Gattuso is seriously considering bringing the striker back to the San Siro.Although his £1.2million wages seem astronomical in MLS, the Serie A side would be able to afford the striker whilst remaining within Financial Fair Play regulations.Sporting director Leonardo is aware the club need new players and leaders in particular. The club are currently ten points off leaders Juventus already in the table, with Gonzalo Higuain neding help up front. targets Latest Transfer News 2 RANKED LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Ibrahimovic loves Milan, having also played for rivals Inter earlier in his career. He is understood to be discussing the chance to return to Italy with agent Mino Raiola and his family.Former England captain David Beckham did the exact same thing back in 2009 and 2010 during his days as an LA Galaxy player, helping Carlo Ancelotti out during his stint as manager. IN DEMAND Getty Images Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Ibrahimovic enjoyed plenty of trophy-laden years with AC Milan last_img read more


first_imgIT’S CHRISTMAS Eve, and time to chill out with family and friends at home. And it might be time to listen to our greatest ever singer Enya singing Oíche Chiúin – Silent Night – in Irish.It is an incredible piece.We hope you enjoy it.  DDTV: ‪ENYA‪ SINGS OÍCHE CHIÚIN was last modified: December 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: ‪ENYA‪ SINGS OÍCHE CHIÚINlast_img read more

Lone Upperclassman Leads Men’s Tennis Program

first_imgLott’s doubles partner last year, Bayo Philips, said, “When I was a freshman, I didn’t really know what to expect from playing doubles against these top teams. But Ben made me really comfortable and kept me grounded. It was good to have someone to look up to.” “My freshman year revolved heavily around learning from the seniors how to conduct myself and how to compete as a Drake men’s tennis player. Then my sophomore and junior years were about applying what I had learned on the court,” said Lott.  “This year has come full circle, with me teaching the underclassmen what it means to be a Drake men’s tennis player.” Lott’s mission this year has been to take what he has learned from all the seniors before him, and pass on those lessons to the underclassmen on the team now. After he graduates in May with a degree in business management, Lott plans to play professional tennis in the United States. Lott started his senior season with a singles record of 64-26, a doubles record of 54-35. He currently holds a 15-13 record as the as the Bulldogs No. 1 singles player. “Ben has really been the voice of reason on our team this year. He gets us to do what we’re supposed to do at the end of the day and he always leads by example, making it easy for us to look up to him and respect him,” Philips said. “Ben’s role has completely changed this year. He’s gone through a lot of senior heavy classes, and this year has jumped to being the lone senior with no juniors and a bunch of 18 and 19 year olds,” said head coach Davidson Kozlowski. “Ben has realized what impact he can have on the team and what kind of legacy he wants to leave. He wants to help keep the culture going here at Drake and make sure the younger guys understand that.”center_img By: Kylie DeHaven, Drake Athletics Communications Student AssistantBen Lott, from Newcastle, England, is the lone senior on the 2016 Drake University men’s tennis team. Lott carries a heavy burden, being the only upperclassman on a team with eight sophomores and freshmen, but he carries it well. “When times get tough, remember the reasons why you came to Drake in the first place and never lose sight of them.” Lott is just as impressive of a role model on the court as he is off. He had an outstanding junior season, closing out the year ranked 71st nationally and 10th in the central region, with a 21-11 singles record. He was also one of three Bulldogs to record 20 or more singles victories. Lott was named MVC Athlete of the Week in January after the Bulldogs defeated then-No. 39 Louisville, 4-2. He also received All-MVC honors.  Print Friendly Version In addition to his legacy, Lott leaves his underclassmen with this piece of advice:last_img read more

Sideways prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grain prices the first two weeks of January were stellar — stellarly boring and sideways. The trend of prices moving lower last fall did not change. The past two months there has been a lot of negative news in the market. However, there was some friendly news with the Jan. 12 USDA crop report. There were many important numbers from that report in the biggest report day for the year on grains. They included final 2015 U.S. corn and soybean production and yields, U.S. winter wheat acres, quarterly grains stocks as of Dec. 1, as well as the monthly supply and demand tables and ending stocks.Many had expected reports that day would be bearish. Funds were short grains and added to shorts the previous month. USDA estimated the final 2015 U.S. corn production at 13.601 billion bushels, down 53 million bushels from the previous report. The U.S. corn yield was 168.4 bushels per acre, down nearly one bushel from earlier estimates.Still a little puzzling was the Ohio corn yield at 153 bushels per acre, down 10 bushels from earlier estimates. Unfortunately northwestern and western Ohio with poor yields in many areas pulled the state corn yield down. Others around the state enjoyed great yields with numerous reports of record or near record corn yields. While Dec. 1 U.S. corn stocks were a record, those bushels were below trade expectations. Even with corn ending stocks increasing, it did not spur on new selling. In spite of the negative mentality heading into the report, corn was able to close five cents higher on the day. The combination of lower production, less than expected quarterly inventory numbers, along with sellers losing control, were all positives for the day.Grains, simply put, are in a sideways to lower mode at mid-January. Corn is deeply rutted in a range of $3.50 to $3.90, soybeans have a range of $8.50 to $9.00, and wheat is between $4.55 and $5. Why? The U.S. is losing the battle on grain exports. Through earlier January, U.S. soybean exports were 1.066 billion bushels, down 135 million bushels from the previous year. U.S. corn exports were 395 million bushels, down 102 million bushels. The U.S. is in strong competition for corn exports with Brazil, Argentina, and others. Even more revealing of the uphill battle to capture exports is world corn exports are projected to decline 21 million tons or 15% from last year. It is hard to see significant rallies for corn when the world’s buyers are buying less and the world’s sellers experienced great yields.U.S. soybean production for 2015 was estimated at 3.93 billion bushels with a yield of 48 bushels per acre. Production dropped 51 million bushels from last month. The previous yield was 48.3. Ending stocks were down 25 million bushels to 440 million bushels. Those declines helped push soybeans 13 cents higher on report day. Some analysts are suggesting ending stocks could increase to near 500 million bushels in coming months due to shrinking export demand.During the first two weeks of January, basis levels have improved in some locations for corn and soybeans. Corn basis improved 7 cents at one ethanol producer in western Ohio. Soybean basis improved 5 cents on the Ohio River in Cincinnati. Depending upon your timing and elevator’s needs, corn basis jumps or pushes will generally be greater than soybeans. However, if producers still have soybeans in the bins in July to early August, the basis gains could be dimes, not pennies, if crushers are light on inventory. Numerous grain facilities around Ohio had less than normal purchases for January. In some cases it was a considerable decline. Those light bookings help explain the basis gains detailed above. In a year with sideways price movement basis, gains could go a long way towards improving the bottom line.last_img read more

10 Most Important Flash Platform Developments of 2010

first_imgRelated Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#hack#tips 10 – Mobile/multiscreen Development with Flex and Flash Builder9 – Introduction of InMarket8 – MAX 2010 – Giveaways and More Giveaways and Demos and More Demos7 – Flash Access 2.06 – Open Source Media Framework 1.05 – Partnership with Amazon: Use Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services – Pay as You Go4 – AIR for TV3 – 3D “Molehill” APIs for Flash Player2 – FP 10.2 beta – Stage Video preview1 – Flash Player 10.1 for MobileI have to agree that the launch of InMarket was pretty important, even if it hasn’t received much buzz yet. The Adobe post didn’t mention the Flash-to-HTML5 demo or SkyFire bringing Flash to iOS and Android. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid All the buzz about HTML5 in 2010 and the Apple/Adobe rift makes it pretty easy to think it was a grim year for Flash. But the Flash team at Adobe wouldn’t agree. They’ve posted The Flash Platform Top 10 for 2010, an interesting list reminding us that 2010 was actually a pretty good year for Flash developers. Apart from all the worrying that the sky was falling or that their skill set was going to go the way of horse-drawn carriage repair. klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more