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LRRRC Executive Director Engages Staffers

first_imgThe tradition of taking strategic and key institutional matters to low-level staffers to solicit their views is an uncommon practice in Liberia.Usually, heads of institutions and their principal deputies are the ones who discuss such matter. They, in turn, sometimes consult a highly educated expert for his or her opinion, while the low-level workers are left out to receive instructions and implement results from meetings.But Abla Gadegbeku Williams, Executive Director of the Liberia Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) believes that for an institution to run smoothly—during both good and bad times—the involvement of all is required.Giving an overview of a two-day retreat held at Barnes Beach in the ELWA area on January 17, 2014  Counselor Barnes said, “When we joined LRRRC in November, 2013, we knew so little about what had been involved over the years: who did what, when, where, why and how.At a meeting with the staff, we asked what they would like to see happen with the LRRRC in 2014, and beyond.“Many said that an overall assessment of achievements and challenges over the past year could help create a roadmap for the future.”“We also noted that we have partners, one of the more important of which is the UNCHR, whose commitment to providing protection and assistance in safety and dignity to refugees is unparalleled.”“From that discussion, Cllr. Williams explained, a decision to hold a two-day retreat that would bring outstation and office staffers together to discuss strategic plans and goals in line with UNHCR’s, for 2014.Sharing her philosophical thought about the month of January, Cllr. Williams intoned that Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions with two faces: one looks up to the future, the other to past.She elaborated that the month of January, named after this Roman god, is the beginning month of the year. Accordingly, it is the best time to begin planning for the future with the consent of all.He urged everyone to be participatory, generate ideas, and set goals with respect to individual areas of work for the year.She noted that they were beginning the year, amid budgetary constraints and support reduction from partners, every worker of LRRRC needs to contribute his or idea to the goal-setting process so that they can optimize the little resources on hand.The fluent-speaking Executive Director continued that instead of being a normal thing that people leave the real discussion to prioritizing merry-making at the retreat, workers should use the occasion to revitalize themselves, and set achievable goals within the spirit of collaboration, unity and progress.She urged LRRRC employees to set aside distractions and focus on meaningful thoughts and ideas that will enhance the work of the institution.Believing that no organization or institution can achieve goals without togetherness, Cllr. Williams underscored togetherness and a sense of community, to resolve problems and conflicts.She called on the staff to reflect on activities of the organization, set goals and objectives in the scope of operation of each, and share ideas for efficiency and effectiveness as key objectives of the organization.She said by working with the little on hand to achieve the needed goals, they will be proving to donors and the Government of Liberia the relevance of LRRRC in addressing crises of refugees and returnees as crises also create security concerns.Also speaking at the retreat, Deputy Minister for Public Safety at the Ministry of Justice and former Executive Director of LRRRC, Cllr, Wheatonia Y. Dixon-Barnes admitted that government is faced with a US$30 million budgetary deficit.She said that as every staff was being invited to the retreat to discuss strategies together, it was important that they came up with ideas that will be convincing to partners, to get them involved in assisting LRRRC.She also urged the staffers to make use of the limited resources to get things done in the absence abundance.UNHCR Program Officer, Rueul Nettey in a statement during the opening session of the retreat lauded LRRRC for its role over the years in addressing the needs of refugees and returnees.“Even though there is a budgetary constraint,” Mr. Nettey said, we at UNHCR will seek support for LRRRC to ensure that it carries out its mandate.He said the retreat initiated by LRRRC to develop plans for running the institution is not a strange venture to UNHCR, as it (UNHCR) has already done its part for the year.He expressed confidence that LRRRC can outdo itself to encourage the search for support to help it function in addressing the needs of refugees and returnees.Another LRRRC’s partner, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) representative, Leila Salehiravesh also indicated that US$1.5 million is being provided by Japan to address the needs of returnees and refugees in Liberia.She said UNIDO addresses refugees and returnees’ needs through LRRRC by providing skills training in baking, hair-dressing and entrepreneurship.LRRRC was established by government to manage refugees and returnees coming to Liberia.The organization currently has a refugee-crisis on hand with thousands of Ivorian refugees crowded in the southeastern part of Liberia, including Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties, and a portion of Nimba in the northeast. Liberian returnees from Ghana and other West African countries are also pouring in and LRRRC is responsible to provide them resettlement packages to enable them reintegrate after many years outside of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister Lawrence tells of personal fight with breast cancer

first_img…as Lions Club hosts cancer forumPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who on Friday announced she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been receiving treatment since last year, vowed to make local treatment the best, as she detailed her fight. The minister, who was given the post in 2017, almost broke down in tears on Friday morning as she revealed the shocking news at a breast cancer forum held at the St Roses High School on Church Street in Georgetown.The event was organised by the Public Health Ministry in collaboration with the Lions Club of Diamond/Grove, and she was at the time sharing with students from St. Roses and others in the vicinity.In a shaky tone, Lawrence said, “When you see me running all around the place trying to get my feet in the Ministry of Public Health, I was undergoing treatment for breast cancer…this is what we are taking about; that shock, that awe.”While still biting in tears, Lawrence explained that it was the help of God that comforted her during that period. “Because of my faith, I knew not that I would be healed, but I knew that it was not my will but that it was His will that will be done. So I pledged that every day I wake up, once God gives me that life, and I know if He will give me life, He will give me strength.”As she continued, the Member of Parliament noted that she will fight to make sure the best health services are accessed here. “I will ensure that, as the Minister of Public Health, I do everything within my power to ensure that Guyana is on the road to having the best health services available to everyone.”The Minister’s declaration comes at a time when Breast Cancer Awareness Month is being observed across the world.Students in attendance were urged to share with others the meaningful message: that anyone can get breast cancer.The Diamond/Grove Lions Club was lauded for its effort in spreading cancer awareness, as it rolled out its planned event to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The group has been involved in numerous activities to give back to the public. The recent exercise gave students from at least three different secondary schools opportunity to benefit from information coming from cancer specialists, and even gave the intrigued minds a chance to ask questions.Head Teacher of St Roses, Paula Hamilton, thanked the group for selecting that school, and encouraged the children to support those who may be fighting the dreadful disease.last_img read more

Police ranks continue to seize drivers’ documents

first_img… “This is forbidden!” – Traffic ChiefBy Ramona LuthiVehicle operators are incessantly told to hand over their documents to traffic ranks, and ordered to drive to the Police Station despite this being declared prohibited on several occasions by Traffic Chief Boodnarine Persaud.According to numerous complaints from drivers on Saturday, after being stopped by Police Traffic ranks, they are ordered to turn over their drivers’ licences and insurances for inspection but on most occasions, these law enforcers would confiscate the documents and demand that they drive to the respective Police stations.Traffic ChiefBoodnarine Persaud“Look, the other day I was driving up to town, a officer stop me, he ask foh me licence, I give he. Then he ask foh me insurance, I give he. Then he collect all two, put it in he pocket and tell me drive to Ruimveldt Station,” Johnson Charles told Guyana Times.The actions of the traffic officers have triggered questions by vehicle operators about the traffic laws enforcement. “If they saying you can’t drive without your documents, why are they taking it away and telling you to drive? Not even tell, order you to drive to the station. What sense is the law to not drive without documents, then?” Jenny Ramcharran, another driver questioned.A young lady told this publication that she was parked for no more than 15 seconds across the Mon Repos Market on Saturday, when an officer approached her, requested her documents and opted to seize them while stipulating that she drive to the Beterverwagting Police Station. However, when she requested to have her documents returned before she followed the order, the officer refused to comply.The young lady said when she informed a senior officer of the situation and asked “is it right for the officer to take away my documents, his response was no, but would you rather an officer give you back your documents then hold you by your pants, arrest you and embarrass you in front of people?”Meanwhile, Traffic Chief Persaud told this publication on Saturday that the custom by ranks taking away drivers’ documents is forbidden. He said the only time traffic ranks can do that is if there are suspicions that the documents are fraudulent.According to Persaud, officers are expected to inspect and return the documents and if necessary arrest the driver and have them taken to the Police station, or accompany them as they drive to the station to be arrested.“The Police supposed to check the documents, return the documents, and if they have to, arrest the driver and take him or her to the station or they can go along in the vehicle with the driver to the police station and arrest them. Officers are totally forbidden from taking away documents from drivers.”last_img read more

Under fire Emery chases Arsenal first win

first_imgWith Arsenal hosting West Ham on Saturday, the London derby against Manuel Pellegrini’s team — also losers in their opening games — offers Emery a chance to steady the ship.The Spaniard is in his first season at the Emirates Stadium after replacing Arsene Wenger and has moved quickly to alter the game-plan preferred by his predecessor.Where Wenger demanded Arsenal played an all-out attacking system that often left them vulnerable at the back, Emery favours a high-tempo pressing game.The former Paris Saint Germain boss also likes his goalkeeper and defenders to start moves with passing from the back, even when under pressure from opponents.This has led to Arsenal putting themselves in difficult positions at times, but Emery is adamant the issues are just teething problems that will soon resolve themselves.“In our process, we are going 38 matches against all the teams — whether you are playing against Manchester City, it’s the same as if you’re playing against West Ham on Saturday,” he said.“There are three points on this game. It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically.“After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham.”West Ham’s visit gives Jack Wilshere a chance to prove Emery was wrong to let him leave.Hammers midfielder Wilshere saw his 17-year stay with Arsenal come to an end in the close-season after Emery opted against giving the injury-prone England international a new contract.“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left,” Emery said.“The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future.“On Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also. I think there is a good reception for him here.“Then we are going to play and we are going to think after that, for us to win. But I hope the best for his career.”West Ham’s need for the points is just as great as Arsenal’s after defeats against Liverpool and Bournemouth.Angry fans flooded out of the London Stadium well before the final whistle against Bournemouth, prompting Pellegrini to criticise the early leavers.The former Manchester City boss, aware that Hammers supporters spent much of last season protesting against their club’s owners, called on the fans to stand by the team.“It is not about how much I criticised the fans – it is how much the team needs the fans,” Pellegrini said.“I perfectly understand if you are losing 4-1 or 5-1 and you have got five minutes till the game finishes, maybe you leave early to your house. But losing 2-1?“At this moment the players need everybody together, the fans, the team, the manager, the owners – everybody.“Maybe the fans had a reason, but I just wanted to clarify how important the fans for the result of the games.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs a win against West Ham on Saturday © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – Unai Emery insists Arsenal’s spluttering start to the season won’t stop him overhauling his team’s style of play.Emery has been criticised for changing Arsenal’s tactics too quickly after the Gunners were beaten by Manchester City and Chelsea in their first two Premier League games.last_img read more


first_imgThe King of Tory Patsy Dan Rodgers played the Waves of Tory as Santa left, he saysBREAKING NEWS: By Chris Massey, Our Christmas Correspondent: SANTA has left Donegal.He flew off with his reindeers from Tory Island shortly after 6am, arriving in New York at midnight (local time).He’s expected to finish his ‘run’ in Hawaii in a few hours time before heading home. The National Statistics Office (Donegal branch) based in Lifford said a short time ago that Santa had dropped off a record 2,734,119 presents to 161,123 people in a new record time.Met Eireann said Santa’s sleigh reached speeds of 1,986 km/hr at times.The King of Tory told us a short time ago: “Aye, he’s left.”Cllr Marie-Therese Gallagher added: “Sin é – for another year.”  BREAKING NEWS: SANTA LEAVES DONEGAL, LEAVES PRESENTS FOR 161,123 PEOPLE was last modified: December 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegalpatsy dan rodgersSANTAlast_img read more

Suit settled; condo project can be built

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals In May, the citizens group sued the city over a plan to build a 66-unit project slated for 10 acres on Kuehner Drive north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway. They tried to block the project at the base of Happy Face Hill, claiming it violated California’s environmental laws. Carol Solis, a representative of the group, was not available for comment Friday. The City Council approved the Larwin Co. project to build the 22-building complex, each containing about three units, by a vote of 4-1 in April. Neighbors opposed to the project complained about the loss of open space and wildlife habitat, increased traffic, pollution and urban sprawl. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – A citizens group has settled a lawsuit against the developer of a condominium project near a prominent hill at the entrance to Simi Valley, officials said Friday. Amy Minteer, an attorney representing members of Concerned Citizens for Smart Growth, said the lawsuit was settled last month but declined to discuss the terms. City Manager Mike Sedell confirmed that a settlement had been reached and the project can go forward, but he couldn’t say when building might start. “I was really surprised that this group would settle a lawsuit for what I understand is a very small amount of money instead of trying to protect that property,” City Councilman Glen Becerra said. “Personally, my hope was this property could have been preserved in its natural state.” last_img read more

Donegal delegation meet Transport Minister over Pettigo Road

first_imgA delegation of councillors from the Donegal MD met with the Minister for Transport Shane Ross today in Dublin.Speaking about the meeting Cllr. John Campbell said the goal was to impress upon the Minister the importance of the Pettigo road for Donegal and the Northwest as an access route.“Today was an opportunity to re-establish funding for the route. Stretches of the road had been improved through funding coming from EU financing, however, this completely disappeared once Fine Gael came to power and the recession saw funding essentially dry up” explains Cllr. Campbell. He added that in the meantime, the quality of the road has been disintegrating over time yet remains a singularly important route for Donegal traffic and trade.“We felt it was vitally important that funding be re-established outside of existing budgetary proposals like T-TEN and Project Ireland.Also speaking on the Pettigo route, Independent TD for Donegal Deputy Pringle stressed the importance of continued funding. “In my earlier years as a Councillor in Donegal we managed to prioritise Pettigo for funding under EU financing which allowed sections of the road to be upgraded over time.“The Government made the decision to stop this avenue of funding as austerity kicked in during the recession. It had been a priority up until that point. “Now as the economy improves, I think Donegal should get its fair share” says Deputy Pringle.According to Cllr. John Campbell, while the Minister was encouraging, he did not commit to funding for Pettigo Road despite the case being made by the Donegal delegation.“We will endeavour to make further representations on the issue and work together to make sure it is firmly put on the agenda going forward” concludes Campbell.Donegal delegation meet Transport Minister over Pettigo Road was last modified: May 29th, 2018 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:delegationmeetingMinister Shane RossPettigoroadlast_img read more

Charlton v QPR line-ups: Austin starts, four make debuts, Addicks without trio

first_imgCharlie Austin starts for QPR in their Championship opener against Charlton at The Valley, where summer signings James Perch, Paul Konchesky, Massimo Luongo and Tjronn Chery make their debuts.Jamie Mackie also starts following his recent return to Rangers, while Alejandro Faurlin is on the bench along with new signings Seb Polter, Grant Hall and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.Ben Gladwin, who also moved to QPR in the summer, is not in the matchday squad because he has a minor injuryCharlton are without Igor Vetokele, Franck Moussa, goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, who are all injured.Charlton: Pope, Solly, Diarra, Bauer, Fox, Gudmundsson, Kashi, Ba, Cousins, Ahearne-Grant, Makienok. Subs: Jackson, Bergdich, Watt, Lennon, Charles-Cook, Ceballos.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hill, Konchesky, Phillips, Luongo, Henry, Mackie, Chery, Austin. Subs: Lumley, Hall, Faulin, Hoilett, Doughty, Emmanuel-Thomas, Polter.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fleury’s mysterious injury could be the playoff gift the Sharks need

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks fans are all too familiar with the emotions that Vegas Golden Knights followers must be experiencing right now. They’ve been caught in their own bubble of worry since Erik Karlsson hobbled down the tunnel in Boston on Feb. 26.As the Sharks anxiously await Karlsson and Joe Pavelski’s return from injury, their likely opponent in the first round of the playoffs is also facing uncertainty regarding the health of a key cog in their machine. Marc-André Fleury will miss his seventh …last_img

SA’s diva divine in

first_img3 February 2003South Africa’s first Zulu opera, Princess Magogo kaDinuzulu, is history as spectacle, from a stage crowded with a chorus costumed in artist Andrew Verster’s bizarre versions of traditional gowns, skins and ostrich feathers, to the most authentic and exciting Zulu dancing seen outside the Valley of a Thousand Hills.At the centre is diva Sibongile Khumalo, singing the role of the much-loved princess whose songs telling of love, life, faith, and the changing fortunes of the Zulu nation live on in the memory of generations of Zulu-speaking South Africans. The opera, launched in Durban last year, arrived in Pretoria at the weekend. It combines a western form – the opera – and African music.The story in this collection of set pieces offers plenty of scope for extravagance: King Dinuzulu, father of Princess Magogo, returns from exile in St Helena and is welcomed by his ecstatic subjects; a British officer strides into the royal kraal with the head of the rebel leader Bambatha; the young King Solomon is crowned.From oppression, to love, to humourIn between the pageantry there is the divine Khumalo. In Act I she sings of oppression, of the sad state of the Zulu nation; in Act II she veers from religious songs to love songs to humour, including a wonderful song, sung in a detached and ironic tone, about her lover.Home Affairs Minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi, son of Princess Magogo, says he is touched that Khumalo plays the role: “I remember occasions when we sat with her … at the feet of the Princess as she played ugubhu’ – a traditional stringed instrument- “and sang some of the songs that Sibongile sings in the opera’, he writes.Composer Mzilikazi Khumalo, in his programme note, explains the choral music: he used traditional African rhythms, scales and modes, with the singing style patterned on Zulu inflections. “All the songs … are in the Zulu language, which is a tone language. The gliding speech tones in the language (the rising, falling and rising-falling tones) are represented in the music by grace notes.”Best-known names in operaThe principals include some of the best-known names in opera in South Africa: in addition to mezzo-soprano Sibongile Khumalo, there is baritone Fikile Mvinjelwa as King Dinuzulu. Baritone Peter Mcebi sings two roles – Bambatha and Ndwandwe, the object of the Princess’s affections; tenor Given Mabena is Prince Solomon; and soprano Sibongile Mngoma is Queen Silomo, the Princess’s mother.The acting and singing skills – both crucial for opera – among the principals are first-rate. However, the chorus, while in splendid voice, is less at home on a stage. Producers Opera Africa, a Section 21 not-for-profit company, recruited a chorus in September, explains a board member, from among largely unemployed music inspectors, choirmasters and teachers, rehearsed them three times a week for three months, then sent them briefly for training in stagecraft.Opera clouded by lawsuitThe replacement of the original chorus, some principal singers and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, which premiered the show in Durban, has given rise to a lawsuit which has affected the opera’s immediate future. Those replaced for the Gauteng run and an expected season in Chicago applied for an urgent interdict earlier this year, claiming that contracts had been signed promising they would have the first option for roles if another production was staged within five years.The Chicago Heritage Festival, which had booked the opera for a three-night run, cancelled. The judge gave the company the go-ahead to perform in Pretoria; and Opera Africa’s lawyer has confirmed that the company has decided to hand the rights to the opera back to its authors, Mzilikazi Khumalo, librettist Themba Msimang and arranger and conductor Michael Hankinson, in an attempt to put an end to the controversy.Princess Magogo will be staged at the Spoornet State Theatre on 3, 5, 7 and 9 February 2003.last_img read more