MDGs Impacts Not Adequately Assessed

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 to help reduce global poverty, improve global access to healthcare, education and Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) services, might have made a greater impact, but these are not actually felt or visible as a result of the lack adequate data.Delivering the Keynote address at the High Level Segment of the Annual Ministerial Review of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday, President Sirleaf said, though the MDGs made a lot of progress, the lack of capacities and accurate measurements for progress are serious issues in assessing the real impacts of the MDGs in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) such as Liberia.According to a dispatch from the US, the President spoke on the theme, “Implementing a Post-2015 Development Agenda That Works for the LDCs.”She also pointed out that due to the lack of consultations during the early years of implementation of the MDGs, most of the LDCs did not take ownership of the global objectives nor did they believe it to be solutions to their problems.“Moreover, by utilizing a uniformed set of targets, the methodology overlooked differences in country conditions and capacities, leading to challenges in assessing progress made by respective countries,” she said.Nevertheless, President Sirleaf indicated that the MDGs framework became an important tool for improving human development, especially in the LDCs; adding that significant progress has been achieved globally in addressing poverty, malnutrition and communicable diseases, as well as in human development indicators such as education and health.She stressed that when the MDGs was launched in 2000, Liberia was still mired in conflict with no knowledge and participation in its formulation.However, she noted that since 2006, Liberia has made significant progress especially in education, gender equality and women empowerment, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases as well as resource management.“These have enabled Liberia to attract investment and promote sustained and inclusive growth aimed at raising people’s well-being and expectations,” she said.President Sirlreaf however emphasized that the Ebola outbreak exacerbated Liberia’s economic growth decline, and its transformation which was already being affected by decline in the country’s main exports of rubber and iron ore.She said the experience of Liberia and its neighbors with the Ebola virus disease highlighted the fact that while all countries are at risk of such outbreaks, the LDCs are particularly vulnerable to public health emergencies, with severe impacts on the lives, livelihoods and the economies of these countries.She reiterated that Liberia’s experience suggests the fundamental importance of infrastructure and essential skills development, as well as training to strengthen the capacities of LDCs to respond to public health challenges and emergencies, and to mitigate shocks to health systems.Liberia currently serves as a member of the Global Coordination Bureau of the LDCs within the United Nations.The MDGs are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. It was adopted by the United Nations Millennium Declaration. It rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty by establishing measurable, universally-agreed objectives for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; preventing deadly, but treatable disease, and expanding educational opportunities to all children, among other development imperatives.The MDGs came to an end this year; though with a lot of progress, much still need to be done, especially in the Least Development Countries. It is shortly to be replaced with another global development agenda that is being prepared by the UN.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Republic Bank’s Visa debit cards hacked

first_img…millions missing from customers’ accounts…Bank says security measures being implementedCustomers of Republic Bank (Guyana) are reeling as millions of dollars are missing from their accounts. Over the past week, several customers have complained that monies are missing from their accounts and some even took to social media to call the Bank out for the discrepancy.On Wednesday, the Bank finally publicly confirmed that the monies were indeed missing after previously denying knowledge of the reports. Earlier in the week, after several customers reached out to Guyana Times about their missing money, a call to the Bank by this publication was met with denial by one of the managers.One customer related to this newspaper that on Saturday last he visited the Republic Bank Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara to do a transaction, but he received a notice saying there were insufficient funds to honour the requested amount. He said this prompted him to conduct a balance inquiry and to his astonishment his account only had $9000. The customer said that he was left speechless, since he was aware that his account had over $140,000. He said that on Monday, he went to the Bank and made a report and was given a dispute form to fill out. He said that he was advised by the teller that the investigation process for such a claim takes between 60 to 90 days. He said that he was also informed that the matter has to be investigated by the Bank’s Trinidad branch.The customer expressed dissatisfaction with the response by the Bank, adding that when he enquired about reimbursement, he was not given positive feedback.Meanwhile, another customer said that he too was left shocked when he realised that $2 million was missing from his account. He said an inquiry revealed that money was deducted from his account to pay for several online purchases.Another customer said that she went to the ATM and found that $60,000 was missing and went right away to the Bank. She said she too was given a dispute form to fill out. The young lady slammed the Bank for not being honest with its customers about the hacking incident.Additional security measuresOn Wednesday, Republic Bank (Guyana) confirmed that some of its customers have been impacted by recent fraudulent activity on its Visa International Debit cards.The Bank said that additional security measures have been put in place to reduce further impact, and as a result, some customers may experience interruptions in service.In a statement, the Bank said it was taking the necessary steps to regularise all affected accounts using a well-defined, standard process, focused on reducing customer inconvenience. “The Bank regrets the inconvenience to its customers and advises that impacted customers will be asked to confirm and validate their transactions to assist with this process,” it stated.According to the Bank, it was able to quickly identify cases where customers’ cards were compromised and was able to effectively minimise the risk to other customers.The statement highlighted that the Bank would continue to ensure that the most up-to-date security was available through all of its channels for the financial safety of the Banking public.“The Bank also takes this opportunity to remind customers of the need to be vigilant when using their debit cards and monitoring their account activity.”As of recent, several customers have complained of unauthorised deductions and transactions being made utilising their Bank accounts.A section of an account statement from the bank to one of the customerslast_img read more

Protest Paddlers

first_imgFor the record, organizers now say there were 347 protest paddlers and 166 protest boats on the Peace River on Saturday. They are thus claiming a record turnout, for the annual Paddle for the Peace event.Among the local paddlers were Fort St. John City Councillor Larry Evans and his wife, Joan. Protesters also came from as far away as Austria and Germany as well as from Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Okanagan Valley.The Peace Valley Environmental Association and the West Moberly First Nation again hosted the third annual Site C Dam protest.- Advertisement –last_img read more

NASCAR clamps down on Waltrip

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona 500 is a wreck before it even gets started. A cheating scandal that had already brought down four teams now has ensnared another – that of two-time winner Michael Waltrip – tarnishing NASCAR’s signature race and Toyota’s highly anticipated debut. His team worked furiously to prepare a backup car, but it had yet to clear inspection and Waltrip got no practice time Wednesday. He will be allowed to race the backup today, if it passes inspection. Waltrip’s penalties came one day after the crew chiefs for 2003 champion Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler all were suspended. All five drivers also were docked points in an unprecedented move by NASCAR, which never before had docked points before the season. NASCAR officials would not reveal what they found in Waltrip’s intake manifold, but a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press it was a property contained in jet fuel. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the details. Pemberton said only that the substance was not jet fuel itself. “We’re not going to go into any great detail, but it was a foreign substance that we feel should not have been inside the engine, and we’ll leave it at that,” Pemberton said. “I don’t think this is anything that we’ve seen in the recent past.” The substance was found during the inspection of Waltrip’s Camry before Sunday’s qualifying session. NASCAR seized the part and shipped it back to North Carolina for analysis. Adding the substance, described by NASCAR as an oxygenate, would boost the octane in the fuel, thus making the engine run better at higher horsepower. It was believed by NASCAR that the substance worked its way through the fuel system. Pemberton said the substance was discovered when a NASCAR official reached his hand into the manifold to feel for loose parts. “When he brought his hand out, there was a substance on there that was unlike anything he had ever seen in the inspection line before,” Pemberton said. Some rival team members said they thought NASCAR should have taken away more points from Waltrip’s team, because in a sport where cheating is common, tampering with the fuel is a rarity. “Throughout the garage area I think everybody knows you don’t mess around with tires, you don’t mess around with the engine, the restrictor plates,” Pemberton said. “Those things are very taboo.” “This is not the way you want to enter the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, by any means,” said Jim Aust, president of Toyota Racing Development. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Waltrip, docked 100 points, will be allowed to participate in today’s races that determine the field for the 500. David Hyder, his crew chief, was thrown out of the garage and fined $100,000. Team director Bobby Kennedy also was kicked out. Waltrip said he was “so sad and embarrassed” but tried to shift blame to an unidentified individual within his team. “This is not the action of an organization, a manufacturer or a sponsor,” Waltrip said in a statement. “This was an independent act done without consent or authorization from me or any of my executive management team.” Waltrip spent all day Wednesday meeting with NASCAR officials, who publicly paraded Hyder and Kennedy through the garage as they were escorted out. Waltrip’s Toyota Camry also was on display as inspectors ripped pieces out from under the hood. center_img “We’ve got people’s attention now,” NASCAR competition director Robin Pemberton said Wednesday. Waltrip lost his crew chief and team director right before Sunday’s Super Bowl of racing. The two were suspended indefinitely after an illegal substance was found during inspection for the season opener. last_img read more

Tenants accept slumlord payment

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Former tenants who sued the owner of a seedy, vermin-infested Palmdale apartment building have settled a $1 million lawsuit. It was the second time in a year that landlord Edgar Reinoso has settled a lawsuit alleging slum-like conditions in Antelope Valley apartments. Tenants in a Reinoso apartment building in Lancaster settled for $3 million last year. The latest settlement involved a seven-unit building owned by Reinoso and managed by his Proud American Investments. Seventeen children and 12 adults were represented by attorney Robb Strom, who said the building was uninhabitable. The settlement, finalized April 24 and revealed this week, allocates $21,500 to each of the children listed as plaintiffs and $26,250 to each adult. “This particular landlord and management company have been cited for hundreds of code violations by the (cities) of Palmdale and Lancaster,” Strom said. “But they continue to do business as usual.” In June 2006, Reinoso was cited by the Palmdale Building and Safety Department for violating the city’s building-safety codes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pogba evasive over Manchester United future

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in action during the 2018 FA Cup final © AFP / Glyn KIRKPARIS, France, May 21 – Paul Pogba has refused to rule out a move away from Manchester United, hinting at strains in his relationship with Jose Mourinho after a difficult season at Old Trafford.The £89 million France international has had a tricky second season back at United, being left out of the side or substituted early many times. On other occasions manager Mourinho has publicly questioned his contributions, while transfer talk refuses to die down.Asked by French television station Canal Plus if he would remain a United player, the 25-year-old declined to give a cast-iron commitment.“You can never be sure of anything,” he said. “But contractually, it’s sure, yes.“I can never look far into the future. It also depends how it goes with the club, how things work out.”Pogba also discussed his relationship with Mourinho, saying the pair did not have to have the perfect bond to work together professionally.“There were times where I wasn’t playing, I was on the bench,” he said. “There was a lot of talk, people thought it wasn’t working out, but a coach and a player don’t have to be best friends, we don’t have to go to restaurants together.“I had a few little problems too… football is sometimes all about the mental side. He put me on the bench and I gave my response on the pitch. I always give everything I’ve got.”And Pogba said being handed the captain’s armband in certain matches had helped him.“I was made captain by Mourinho, it was the first time for me with a club and that is important for me,” he said. “It also made me grow as a leader in the France team.”Pogba has been linked with a move to hometown club Paris Saint-Germain but said such a move did not hold special appeal.“I grew up with a father and a mother who were Marseille supporters,” he said. “Paris (PSG) was never really part of my daily life. But later on, yes why not play at the Parc des Princes? It’s a great pitch and a nice stadium.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Salah penalty sends ‘mature’ Liverpool seven points clear again

first_imgLiverpool were far from their fluent best on England’s south coast, but ground out a vital win to move seven points clear of City, who are in action at home to Wolves on Monday, thanks to a 13th clean sheet in 22 league games this season.“We are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we have to deliver results,” said Klopp on the need to respond to defeat at City.“For that, we need to perform. The performance was good. It was not the best performance of the season in a few departments but I would say it was the most mature performance of the season.“It’s so important. On the good days everybody can win; on average days not a lot of teams can win football games and, on a bad day, only a few can win.“Today was not a bad day but it was a difficult day because Brighton is doing really well.”Salah was just one a number of first-team regulars to return from Monday’s defeat by Wolves, but the Egyptian and the rest of Liverpool’s forward line were starved of service before the break as Brighton sat deep and the visitors dominated possession without any cutting edge.“It was very hard but that is how it is,” added Klopp. “I liked the performance. It wasn’t an opera of football but it was a really nice song.”– Salah’s signal of intent –Salah immediately signalled a change in Liverpool’s intent after half-time as his powerful shot at the end of a purposeful run was well saved by David Button.Brighton, though, were architects of their own downfall moments later. Salah was given too much room inside the area to turn and Pascal Gross then hauled down last season’s Premier League player of the year.“I feel for Pascal because Mo Salah is probably the most dangerous player once he gets in those positions one on one,” said Brighton boss Chris Hughton, who had no complaints over the penalty award.Salah stepped up to blast the penalty past Button and move level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane as the league’s top-scorer on 14 goals for the season.One moment of madness from Gross undid Hughton’s gameplan to defend and frustrate the league leaders.Yet, the German midfielder had a chance to make amends almost immediately with Brighton’s best opportunity to level, but his shot was bravely blocked by Fabinho.From then on Liverpool looked more likely to add to their lead than concede as Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane all went close before Salah passed up a glorious chance two minutes from time when he turned James Milner’s driven cross wide from point-blank range.That could have proved costly when Florin Andone escaped in behind the Liverpool defence in stoppage time, but his low cross found no takers.And Liverpool held out to ensure a largely forgettable 90 minutes could be remembered as another important step on course to the title come May.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Salah strikes: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates opening the scoring against Brighton © AFP / Glyn KIRKBrighton, United Kingdom, Jan 12 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed his side’s maturity as Premier League contenders after breaking down an obdurate Brighton thanks to Mohamed Salah’s 50th-minute penalty in a 1-0 win on Saturday.Klopp’s men had lost their last two games in very contrasting fashion as Manchester City inflicted Liverpool’s only Premier League defeat of the campaign nine days ago before a much-changed side lost in the FA Cup to Wolves.last_img read more

Police panel OKs replacing radios again

first_imgFor the second time this year, the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday approved a plan to replace radios for LAPD officers and their cars – a proposal that has met resistance from city leaders because of its high price tag. The Los Angeles Police Department lowered its price estimate by $15 million and proposed to stretch the expense over five years, and the commission urged the city’s administrative officer to approve the proposal. “These numbers look a lot better than the original numbers,” Police Commission President John Mack said. “In the interest of officer safety, when there are split-second decisions that can mean life or death, it’s important to communicate.” The LAPD’s current Motorola handheld radios were originally purchased between 1994 and 1996 and have been discontinued. The company plans to stop making replacement parts for the radios in 2007, which means the department’s supply of radios will dwindle as existing radios break. Officers have complained about dead zones with the current radios – especially in the San Fernando Valley – and the commission has said communication problems have often been cited in use-of-force reports. The city’s administrative officer rejected the LAPD’s original budget request, saying $45 million was too much during a budget crunch. The LAPD renegotiated with Motorola – the only company that can make radios that work with the department’s communication system – and lowered the price by $1,500 per radio, to $30 million for about 10,000 unencrypted radios or $35 million for encrypted radios, officials said. In the new proposal, the city would spend between $4.1 million and $5.1 million in the first year of the five-year plan to replace radios in black-and-white squad cars. In the second year, the city would spend about the same amount to replace radios in unmarked cars. Handheld radios for each officer would be replaced over the following three years, costing between $18 million and $19 million, said Peter Di Carlo, assistant commanding officer of the LAPD’s Information and Communication Services Bureau. “We would make the acquisitions based on how much money we’d be provided in the budget,” he said. Officials from the CAO’s office would not say whether money for the radios will appear in the 2006-07 budget, which is expected to be released April 20. josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgNaomh Ultan NEWSRoyal Flush Draw – Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 13/01/2013 were 5, 9, 12 & 20. There was no winner of the jackpot of €540. Consolation prizes went to George McMullen, Allison Murray & Carmel McGowan, St. John’s Point. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €580.25 Card Drive – The 25 card drive continues this Wednesday night. It commences at it’s usual time of 8:30.pm. Foundation Level GAA Coaching Course – The club hope to hold a Foundation Level GAA Coaching course in the clubhouse in January, anyone interested please text names on to club secretary Stephanie Kyles on 0876307570.Monthly Meeting – The next monthly meeting will take place next Monday, January 21st at 8 pm in the clubhouse.Membership – Membership for the oncoming year can be paid as of now and up until the beginning of February. Please note how important membership is, it’s values were shown last year during the scramble for All-Ireland Tickets. €30 – General Membership, €50 – Senior/Reserve, €30 – Student/Unemployed, €20 – Minior, €15 – U16’s to U10’s and €70 – Family Membership  GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 14th, 2013 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:GAA: NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Closes Road Trip at Illinois State on Sunday

first_img Print Friendly Version Following Sunday’s game, Drake returns to Des Moines to host Loyola on Jan. 20. Tipoff with the Ramblers is set for 7 p.m. Junior Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) scored a career-high 13 points behind 5-of-6 shooting, including knocking down three three-pointers. Sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) also had 13 points while redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) finished with 12 points. The 30 assists are the second-most in a game this season for Drake (Clarke, 34), and the most against a Division I opponent. It marks the second-straight season, the Bulldogs, who are tied with UConn in team assists per game at 21.3, have recorded 30 assists against a MVC opponent after hitting the mark last season versus Evansville on Jan. 3. Drake is coming off a 93-60 win at Bradley on Friday evening to improve to 12-4 overall and 5-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) poured in a game-high 24 points and added a career-tying seven steals and three blocks along with five rebounds and three assists. Wendell has scored 20 or more points in five-straight games, all MVC contests, and is averaging a league-high 25.0 points per Valley game. Senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) recorded her 14th career points/assists double-double with 10 points and 12 assists. Drake Game Notes Story Linkscenter_img Live Stats The Bulldogs shot a blistering 51.4 (36-of-70) percent from the floor and 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from behind the three-point line. As a team, they tallied 30 assists, nabbed 16 steals and forced Bradley to commit 23 turnovers. Drake won the rebounding battle at 42-37, scored 16 second-chance points and had 31 points off the Braves’ turnovers. All 10 Bulldogs scored at least two points and played 10 minutes in the win. Illinois State is 4-11 overall and 1-3 in MVC action. UNI defeated Illinois State, 78-40, on Friday night. Senior Taylor Stewart averages a team-leading 12.1 points per game. Drake and Illinois State are longtime MVC rivals who have played at least twice annually every season since the 1981-82 season. The Bulldogs hold a 38-35 advantage over the Redbirds in the all-time series. NORMAL, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team closes its two-game road trip at Illinois State on Sunday. Tipoff with the Redbirds is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast online via The Valley on ESPN3 and on radio on Praise 940-AM. Live Video last_img read more