BRAC Liberia Reaffirms Support to Women’s Empowerment

first_imgThe country representative of BRAC Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam has reaffirmed his institution’s commitment to support Liberia’s economy by empowering women and children in the financial sector.Mr. Salam made the statement last Saturday during a program marking the pre-celebration of International Women’s Day. It was organized by BRAC Liberia.According to Mr. Salam, women and children are the future leaders and as such, the need to empower them financially and educationally.“Knowledge is power and we are here to give you that knowledge that you need to empower you for the betterment of the future,” he told the gathering, including women and children.He urged them to be focused and determined because there are lots of challenges out there that they will meet up with.The financial empowerment of women and children is also BRAC’s initiative to provide adolescent girls with financial and social support to enable them to empower themselves, Mr. Salam indicated. For her part, Ms. Anzoyo Anita, program manager of Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA), said celebrating the Women’s Day is to honor great women in the world who have contributed economically and politically in society.She also encouraged the girls to be determined in whatever that they are engaged into.Ms. Anita told the gathering that, “Women’s empowerment starts from an early age.”She said women cannot be empowered without being educated, so to be empowered more women and girls need to be educated.The ELA program manager said its program provides a safe place for girls to socialize and take part in group activities as well as a forum for life-skills training. Many of the older members who are out of school have taken training in income-generating skills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Failing to remit NIS money is fraud

first_imgDear Editor,It is a national disgrace that the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is often forced to list the names of employers who fail to remit NIS deductions from their workers’ pay, as well as the employers’ contributions.I contend that if employers who deduct PAYE and NIS contributions from workers’ salaries then keep it for their own use for whatever length of time are committing fraud, which is a criminal offence.It is incomprehensible to me that so many companies and businesspersons in Guyana seem willing to attempt to steal their employees’ NIS contributions and face public shame and ridicule.Are these employers not human beings with feelings for fellow human beings, especially those who are at or beneath the poverty line? What happens to these poor employees if there are accidents or sudden medical emergencies and they find out belatedly that they are not covered by NIS? Lives and families could be destroyed.I know personally some of the persons listed by NIS for withholding workers’ contributions. People who steal NIS contributions will also be stealing Pay as you Earn (PAYE) Income Tax deductions, corporate taxes and VAT. Government needs to investigate them for that.As I am writing, security guards in Regions Five and Six are protesting another company.Can you imagine the thinking of these people who indulge is such criminal conspiracies and skulduggery?Breaching the NIS laws does not result in criminal charges even though it involves acts of theft, which is a criminal offence.The NIS is in the habit of going to employers and begging them to pay; they allow the employer to pay their outstanding sums without interest and then they grant such businesses compliance certificates although they owe outstanding monies and the promises to pay are never kept.Deducting money to remit to NIS and failing to do so is fraud. This must be prosecuted as criminal offences. If it will take some time to enact the required criminal laws to support NIS, there is the route of private criminal court action.With appropriate laws in place, NIS could seize the employers’ properties and watch the money roll in. If they do not have properties, rework the laws so that NIS can go after the properties of the general secretaries and the heads of such businesses and watch the money roll in.This is why NIS is suffering. They lack money; people are not paying. NIS and the Guyana Revenue Authority pressure people like me who are fully compliant and operate in an honest and principled way because they don’t have the gall or the capacity or wisdom to figure out how to go after the real culprits.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

‘Ratify African Pro-Democracy Chapter’, AU Diplomat Admonishes Lawmakers

first_imgAn executive of the African Union (AU) Commission to Liberia has admonished members of the National Legislature to ratify the Union’s Chapter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG), currently before that August body.Liberia signed the ACDEG on June 18, 2008, but has not ratified or acceded to the convention.The Charter was adopted by the 8th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, held in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2007.It was developed as part of the AU’s stated emphasis on promoting democracy and good governance in member states. It came into force on 15 February 2012.The charter contains some provisions allow the AU to intervene in the respective states to restore democracy.Addressing a news conference on Thursday, June 5 Ambassador Oluwatoyin Solaja noted that the chapter  reaffirmed the collective will of  African Leaders to work relentlessly in order to deepen and consolidate the rule of law , peace , security and development on the continent.More importantly, the AU envoy added, “the chapter frowns at unconstitutional changes of government which had resulted into insecurity, instability and violent conflicts across the continent.”He maintained that “it also expresses the determination to strengthen good governance through the institutionalization of transparency, accountability and participatory democracy.”He said the chapter is an opportunity that should not be missed, adding that this steps means African leaders have begun reform by themselves, mentioning that if Arab leaders took the same step, they could have prevented the eruption of the Arab Spring.He stressed that signing the chapter into law would ensure the holding of free and fair elections, rejection and condemnation of unconstitutional change in government.“Upholding the freedom of the press, citizen’s participation, the promotion and protection of the independence of the judiciary, as well as, accountability in the management of public affairs become legally on these states.”However, the AU executive hailed the country for signing the charter, noting its ratification could be the right move, calling upon the parliament to ratify it and follow up its implementation with laws on good governance and democracy.“I’m aware of efforts being made by the government to get the chapter ratified in this year’s Annual Message of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, where she announced the submission of 15 AU legal instruments to the National Legislature for consideration and possible ratification. ACDEG was part of these documents,” Ambassador Solaja assumed.He continued, “I am  equally aware of on-going efforts within the Legislature to ratify the Chapter , which I add my voice to the call for the urgent consideration and ratification of the legal instruments,” adding  “It will guaranteed human and state security, respect for the rule of law, peace, stability and development among others.”For his part, International Alert project manager, Michael Slewon Doe disclosed that in 2013, at the request of the Peace and Security Department (PSD) of the AUC, his institution started work on strengthening the capacity of two African Union Liaison Offices (AULOs) in Liberia and South Sudan to deliver on their stated objectives, and country specifiedHe further disclosed that the project entitled “Partnership for Effective and Sustainable, AULOs” was designed to address some of the concerns raised during various assessment conducted on the African Union Liaison Offices (AULO) and their recommendations.He said, the project is a three years (2013 to 2015) initiatives  founded by SIDA and implemented by International Alert, in partnership with the PSD.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UP Lawmaker Wants Tweah Punished for ‘Illegal Spending’

first_imgFiscal pundits believed that Finance Minister Samuel Tweah could be jailed for his off-budget expenditure, which is illegal under the laws of Liberia.Warns of major budget shortfall in 2019-2020 if Legislature does not act immediatelyOpposition lawmaker Robert F. Womba has said he will pursue punishment for Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, for his ‘illegal spending’ in the 2018/2019 Budget, as far as writing a formal complaint to that effect to the House of Representatives.According to legal observers, Minister Tweah could do jail time for his ‘unilateral’ actions, but the Bong County District #4 Representative believes that such action as to order the minister jailed can only be determined or directed primarily by what he called the wisdom of the Plenary — the highest decision marking body of the House of Representatives.In a news conference with reporters on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in his Capitol Building office,  Rep. Womba said during the 2019/2020 Budget of the Expenditure Component, Youth and Sports Minister Zoegar Wilson admitted that, in spite of the US$300,000 being allotted for sports, the government expended over US$1 million.Further, despite the appropriation of US$51 million for the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in the 2018/2019 by the Legislature, it was discovered that an additional US$10 million was added without approval, which was unlawfully spent.Rep. Womba wants the Legislature to use its oversight power to call for an audit of the Finance Ministry to serve as deterrence of illegal spending.The Unity Party lawmaker said that certain ‘ministries spent surplus over their approved budget allocations and contributed to the shortfall in the 2018/2019 national budget.“In the budget law, switching of a budget allotment to another allotment (or another budget line), including off-budget expenditure, is an offense,” Rep. Womba said.The Bong County lawmaker expressed his frustration over the off-budget expenditures and said: “I will formally complain to the House of Representatives for the Ministries of Finance and Youth and Sports to be subjected to audit.”He commended the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) for the collection of lawful revenues across the country but said the Ministry of Finance is not adhering to financial best practices and standards with  illegal spending.Rep. Womba stressed that he wants the Legislature to use its oversight responsibility to investigate off-budget expenditures executed by the Finance Ministry to serve as deterrence. He also maintained that, if the Finance Ministry is not investigated and halted, the 2019/2020 national budget in the tone of US$532 million might also experience budget shortfall.There are reports that the government’s 2018/2019 budget has deeply fallen short after it was passed in the tune of US$570 million or its equivalent of L$84,333,327,390. Unconfirmed reports said over US$50 million were not actualized.The Bong County District #4 Representative also accused the Ministries of Finance and State for Presidential Affairs for the “insincere austerity measures” being effected on other Ministries and governmental agencies, while the two Ministries increased their allotment of goods and services.According to Rep. Womba, in the budget for the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, most of the allotments and budget lines have been increased in the 2019/2020 as compared to the 2018/2019 Budget.He said among others, the “Use of Goods and Services allotment” has been increased from US$617,063 to US$1,369,200; Foreign Travel-Incidental Allowance from US$87,504 to US$195,375; Domestic Travel-Daily Subsistance from US$25,858 to US$363,903; Use of Goods and Services from US$4,157,654 to 5,531,678; while  the Presidential Advisory Board from US$92,054 to US$130,288; Technical Services from US$430,259 to US$904,226; and Public Affairs, Communication and Technology from US$108,499 to US$216, 574.The Bong County lawmaker indicated that in the Domestic Travel-Means of Travel is from nothing to US$19,655; Scratch Cards from nothing to US$49,310; Food and Catering Services from nothing o US$25,528 fuel and Lubricants (Vehicles) from US$85,005 to US$118,309; Fuel and Lubricants (Generator) from US$6,328 to US$47,424; Repairs and Maintenance (Generators and Machinery Equipment) from US$2,529 to US$14,200 and US$20,406 to US$48,800; Cleaning Materials and Services from 11,311 to US$41,000 and stationery from US$68,242 to US$95,620.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Construction of Linden Passport Office moving apace

first_imgConstruction work has commenced on the passport office at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice). The project commenced last month, and according to officials, is expected to be completed by May 2018.The Linden Passport OfficePresently, the construction is at the foundation stage, with work moving apace. Upon completion, residents of Linden and other areas in Region 10 are expected to enjoy the comfort of having a passport office which would cater for new applications within their community, easing the burden of their having to travel to Georgetown to access the service.Citizenship Minister Winston Felix travelled to the community last December for a sod-turning exercise at the site for the construction of the new passport office, which is situated in the vicinity of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) building at Mackenzie.Construction of the building, which will measure 2000 square feet, is being executed by R. Bassoon and Sons Contracting Company to the tune of $30,604,472.last_img read more

Teenage pregnancy fuelled by lack of access to comprehensive sexual education

first_img‒ Govt, local and international partners geared to address challengesBy Kristen MacklingamThe scourge of teenage pregnancy continues to plague Guyana, and in order to combat this growing issue, more focus is being placed on allowing adolescents easy access to comprehensive sexuality education, among other initiatives.However, efforts to curb the growing trend of adolescents engaging in sexual activities do not necessarily mean that unwanted or unplanned pregnancies will not occur.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceSadly, while birth control can reduce the risk of unintended pregnancies, most teens who use birth control, such as tablets or condoms, do so inconsistently and sporadically, hence there is no guarantee that birth control would prevent pregnancy.Startling statistics reveal that Guyana has the highest rate of adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean, and according to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, a recently conducted Situation Analysis Report on Adolescents in Guyana revealed that the fertility rate is above average, especially among Indigenous girls, where there are 74 of every 1,000 between the ages 15 and 19 living in Regions One, Seven and Nine becoming pregnant.The Minister pointed out that Regions One, Seven and Nine are the burdened areas, where the rate of adolescent pregnancies remains consistently high due to a number of contributing factors, but she maintained that plans are underway to target those factors.UNFPA Sub-Regional Officer Director, Alison Drayton“Some of the contributory factors being lack of access to contraceptives and comprehensive (sexuality) education; risky sexual behaviour and early sex; and there is also another overriding factor that many times we overlook, and that is the cultural differences.And that is something that, in everything that we do, we must take into account. Whether it is in Region One, Region Seven or Region Nine, we will find that as we move from one tribe to the other, their cultural differences stand out,” she explained.The overarching goal is, by 2022, to reduce annual adolescent pregnancy by 10 percent in Regions One and Nine.She also explained that the issue of teenage/adolescent pregnancy is one which continues to affect the development of the country, and that the Public Health Ministry recognises that it cannot singlehandedly address this problem.“We have also prioritised this issue on our health agenda…and thereby sought the support of other local and international partners to address the challenges of providing services to adolescent target groups. Against that backdrop, the Ministry of Public Health made the commitment to align the Adolescent Health Unit with the strategic action outlined in the Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030,” she explained.Meanwhile, according to the Director of the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean, Alison Drayton, much more has to be done to help teenagers become more educated and have easier access to comprehensive sexuality education as early as possible, since persons aged 10 to 24 years account for the largest proportion, 31 percent, of the country’s population.“Guyana has the highest rate of adolescent pregnancy in the English-speaking Caribbean. We can change that, and we must; the second highest in Latin America and the Caribbean — and the Caribbean is second only to Sub-Saharan Africa in terms of adolescent rates of pregnancy. This is something that we can and must change,” she declared. She noted that the UNFPA, along with the Government of Guyana, will be employing targeted interventions in Regions One and Nine – the two Regions in Guyana where women reported the lowest use of contraceptives.“Adolescents and youths must be provided with age appropriate comprehensive sexuality education to develop the knowledge and skills they need to protect their health throughout their lives. However, education and information are not enough; good quality reproductive health services must also be readily available to help adolescents make informed choices and be healthy. At the local level, communities should be provided with infrastructure to deliver reproductive healthcare in a youth-friendly and sensitive way,” she declared.Drayton added that although new programmes and initiatives are soon to be implemented as part of reducing adolescent pregnancies in Guyana, there are already a number of projects and interventions ongoing, and these will continue.Data has revealed that one in every five, or 20 percent of pregnancies, involves a teenager; with most of the adolescent mothers not understanding the implication, importance and responsibility of becoming parents at a young age.According to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), almost 60 percent of teenage mothers were impoverished at the time they gave birth, and less than one-third of them would receive any form of child support, which increases the likelihood of seeking assistance from the Government.As such, the Government, along with international partners, continues to lobby for a multilateral approach in order to address the issue of teenage pregnancy in Guyana, so as to change the behaviour of teenagers and simultaneously deal with the underlying issues, such as poverty, gender-inequality and education.last_img read more

Van Persie confirms Manchester United have held crisis talks

first_img Manchester United striker Robin van Persie 1 Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has confirmed the team held a ‘clear-the-air’ meeting after last weekend’s humiliating defeat to Leicester.Louis van Gaal’s side went down 5-3 to the newly-promoted club, throwing away a 3-1 lead for the first time in United’s Premier League history.Reports circulated after the game that one Red Devils star questioned the decision to substitute Angel di Maria, while it was said the Dutch manager could be heard angrily criticising his players outside the dressing room.And Van Persie has now confessed that the squad did hold crisis talks after the defeat in order to rectify their slow start to the season.“It’s the right way forward as you have to speak about the good things you do but also in the areas you can improve, which is what we did the next day,” Van Persie told MUTV.“Everyone came in and we had a long meeting about the game. It was a really good meeting as everyone spoke up and shared their feelings.“We’ve had a good few sessions now and everyone’s feeling very positive now ahead of the game against West Ham.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Southall: Everton need to buy another striker, or TWO!

first_imgNeville Southall believes Everton need to buy another striker – because Romelu Lukaku isn’t doing the business.Toffees team-mate Samuel Eto’o is set to complete a move to Serie A side Sampdoria in the coming days – leaving Roberto Martinez with a lack of options up front.Former Chelsea star Lukaku has only scored one Premier League goal since the start of December and has cut a forlorn figure.And Southall, who won the First Division title twice during his time at Goodison Park, believes the Spaniard must dip into the transfer market.“Everton are not doing particularly well at the moment, but we just need a couple of new faces to liven it up somehow,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Hopefully, he’ll bring in a few new faces.“They need a wide right player, who’s got some pace, and they need a striker or two. Romelu Lukaku does OK but he doesn’t win as many balls in the air as Steven Naismith.“He doesn’t put himself about enough. He’s still quite young, we need him to be a mini-Didier Drogba and bully people.”last_img read more

GAA NEWS: DONEGAL STAR FRANK MCGLYNN WILL BE THE SPECIAL GUEST AT THE MALIN GAA DINNER DANCE

first_imgMalin GAA NewsCLUB DINNER DANCETickets are currently on sale for our Annual Dinner Dance which takes place in The Malin Hotel this Saturday the 29th of November. Special guests on the night will be Ulster Council President Martin Mc Aviney and County star Frank Mc Glynn, with the Anglo Celt Cup also in attendance.Presentations will be made to our Players of the Year, Young Players of the year, Clubperson of the Year, another of our dedicated club members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and a few more for good measure.The event is always one of the most popular nights in the club calendar, when we get together for a “bit of grub”, a chat, a dance and who knows maybe even a drink or two! Tickets are priced at just 20 euro and are available from David Gallagher, John Byrne, Maria Mc Laughlin (F) Roisin Walsh, Packo Fildara, Patrick Houten and Paul Fildara. LOTTOThere was no winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €600, sequence drawn was 2-3-5-4-6-7-1. €50 winner was Paul and Kate Kelly (Tam), Upper Drumcarbit and the winner of the 20 euro sellers prize was N and R Kelly. Next weeks jackpot is €650 and as always we would like to thank the local community for their continued support of our weekly lotto draw. Envelopes are just €2 or 3 for €5 euro and are available in most pubs and shops in the area or alternatively from our band of young eager sellers.MOVEMBERFor the second year in a row, many players, officials and supporters are participating in the Annual November event, and after 30 days of growing facial hair, it finally reaches its climax on Friday night, November 29th when the Big Shave takes place. Last year we were astounded by the generosity of everyone as we raised in excess of €8000 for charity. This year our chosen charities are Friends of Letterkenny Hospital and Crumlin Childrens Hospital in Dublin. Sponsor cards are available from Paul Fildara on 086 1055795 or Brendan Mc Gonagle on 086 1031203. The Big Shavathon gets underway at 9 o clock, with a bit of waxing thrown in for good measure and everyone is invited for what is sure to be a great nights entertainment.CLUB SHOPThe Malin GAA club shop will be open in the clubhouse on Saturdays from 12-2 and on Sundays from 11-15 to 2-00. There are a large selection of club merchandise in stock, which can be purchased on the day. A list of other club gear, hoodies, rain jackets, shorts, socks, hats, scarves, kit bags etc are also available to order. Club vouchers are now also available and would make an ideal birthday or Christmas present, or for any occasion. The club are holding a pre Christmas sale with Donegal fleece jackets reduced from €60 to €45. Malin club storm windcheaters are also reduced by 25% in the sale. Both items are available in mixed sizes. For more details, contact Susan on 07493 70638. SYMPATHYWe would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Anthony, Helen and their extended families on their recent bereavement.CLUB NOTESAny items for the notes or social media updates for the week should be forwarded to Martin on 086 1585880 or Linda on 086 3452769 or alternatively send an email to the club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening. CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page www.facebook.com/malingaa, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures. If anyone has any club related information which they would like posted onto our facebook or twitter accounts, feel free to send a private message to the relevant accounts.GAA NEWS: DONEGAL STAR FRANK MCGLYNN WILL BE THE SPECIAL GUEST AT THE MALIN GAA DINNER DANCE was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more

HARPS CAPTAIN RE-LAUNCHES HIS DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY AFTER SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR

first_imgFOOTBALL: After a hugely successful 1st year, Donegal Soccer Academy are ‘re-launching’ their this coming Wednesday 13th in the Aura with New Times and New Ages Groups to coincide with their first birthday!Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh, who runs the academy told Donegal Daily, “It’s amazing the improvement in the kids from day 1 until now, from their touch – to their confidence – to playing in small sided games, it really is great to see. “We are always on the hunt for new ways to improve our Academy and have created a New Website (www.DonegalSoccerAcademy.com) for kids/parents to reference going forward.“There has been loads of parents asking us about the age limits, so we have brought this down to 5 yrs + for Boys and Girls.“We have also decided to run all age groups from 5pm to 6pm as a lot of parents were having to hang about having children in both age categories.“If you’d like your child to try out our Academy, register their Name & DOB via email:  DonegalSoccerAcademy@Gmail.com, our arrive 10mins early on Wednesday. For more information check out www.DonegalSoccerAcademy.comHARPS CAPTAIN RE-LAUNCHES HIS DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY AFTER SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Soccer AcademyFootballnewssoccerSportlast_img read more