18 Jan

Parks makes MPBL debut as Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa clash on opening day

first_imgWith 26 teams—from last season’s 10—seeing action this time, the second season of the MPBL is expected to last until next year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On call: Cavs turning to seldom-used Hood against Warriors Ray Parks makes his Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League debut on Independence Day as the Mandaluyong El Tigre and the Muntinlupa Cagers clash in the opening at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Parks, one of the top amateur players in the country today, signed up with the expansion team El Tigre, where he will join his former Alab coach Mac Cuan, after also being offered by the last year’s runner-up Cagers.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationscenter_img Joining Parks at Mandaluyong are JR Alabanza, Josan Nimes along with Mark Andaya and Jeff Javillonar, who last played for Valenzuela.The opening double-header of the Datu Cup on June 12 will also see the debut of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, who has reportedly confirmed that he will play in the 9:30 pm encounter as part of the 20-man line-up of Muntinlupa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGo also participated in the PBA All-Stars legends shootout in Davao city last month.Meanwhile, the Marikina Shoemasters and the General Santos Warriors kick off the festivities at 7:30 pm with actor Gerald Anderson joining Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

15 Jan

Improving Liberia’s Public Sector Management: The Role of the Internal Audit Agency

first_imgIntroductionThe increased attraction of foreign direct investments to post-conflict Liberia and the Government’s efforts to reduce poverty and make Liberia a middle-income country by 2030 will have little impact if public sector management remains wanting. Effective public sector performance will greatly determine the extent to which Liberia steadily remains on the road to reconstruction and development. Corruption and inefficiency continue to be stubborn obstacles to good public sector management. In their efforts to reduce corruption and promote the proper use of public sector resources, multiple government entities—including the Ministry of Justice, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the Civil Service Agency (CSA), the General Auditing Commission (GAC), the Governance Commission (GC) and the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC)—are severely challenged by entrenched bad practices in the public sector. Many of these institutions are putting up their best fight against public sector corruption and inefficiency, but the battle is overwhelming, to say the least.       Any hope for good public sector management?Some hope seems to lie in the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), an outgrowth of the Internal Audit Secretariat (IAS), which was created by the Liberian Government to help improve public sector performance. The IAA has the legal mandate to “Establish and direct internal audit functions within all branches of Government including the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary; and all public entities such as, public corporations, autonomous agencies, autonomous commissions, Government ministries and the Central Bank of Liberia.” The mandate also charges the IAA to “Advise and/or provide assurance that financial and operational activities of Government are in compliance with laws, policies, plans, standards and procedures that are applicable.”In line with this legal responsibility, the IAA has been assuming and reorganizing the internal audit functions of government agencies, and working with them to improve their financial and operational processes. Through risk assessment, assurance, advisory and other audit functions, the IAA works with government agencies to improve performance in priority areas such as payroll and personnel management, bank reconciliations, pre-auditing of disbursements, assets management, accounting and budgetary controls, prior audit recommendations and procurement. These efforts are contributing to better outcomes in the public sector and saving the Government of Liberia huge sums of money and other resources.In 2011, the IAS—the precursor of the IAA–started the deployment of internal auditors in eight government ministries. Today, IAA is working with 35 government ministries and public corporations. IAA auditors are recruited through rigorous testing and interview processes conducted with the help of diverse panelists. The auditors are predominantly college-educated. Many hold advanced degrees, while some have professional certifications such as Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).The Challenges of Change The deployment of internal auditors at Government agencies has received mixed responses. Most agency heads have embraced the assistance of the IAA. They generally consult with the internal auditors as often as needed on financial and operational issues. Some agency heads would hardly authorize certain transactions unless the transactions have been cleared by the internal auditors. Understandably, a few other agencies have been struggling with the new phenomenon of independent internal auditors. The IAA understands and expects these struggles—seeing them as a normal part of the change process. Change can be uncertain, complex and difficult, thereby engendering fears and suspicion. Therefore, the IAA has modified its baseline and continued education training curricula to help its auditors to effectively handle difficult institutional change reactions. Embedded in the new curricula are critical soft skills and other content areas such as conceptual and interpersonal competence, communications diplomacy, organizational culture, group dynamics, complexity of change, resistance to change, fear, stress reduction, conflict resolution and transformational leadership.       GAC and IAA: The DifferenceIt’s often asked why the IAA is needed when the GAC already exists? The GAC is an external auditor. At specified times, it goes in and audits government entities. Important as this exercise might be, sometimes damage (e.g., falsified information, resource abuse, theft or regulatory breach) has already been done.In contrast, the IAA is an internal auditor. It operates as an independent but integral part of the institutions in which its auditors are deployed. It goes into a government agency and assumes the internal audit function. The IAA reviews, studies and follows the financial and operational activities of an agency. It then advises and helps the agency to meet the required regulations, policies and procedures. For example, a GAC review may come at the end of a project, while an IAA review may happen in real time, thereby increasing the opportunity for new decisions and actions to be taken for a project to succeed.ConclusionThe socio-economic development of Liberia depends greatly on the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector. Due to the current state of Liberia’s public sector, a lot of help is needed to contribute to the transformation of Liberia, as well as raise the nation’s living standard to a middle-income level. The adoption of the IAA concept, which is gaining traction in Africa and other developing regions, could not happen at a better time in post-conflict Liberia. The IAA represents the latest tool in the Government’s toolbox to make the public sector more effective, efficient, transparent and accountable. About the AuthorZobong consults with the IAA. He also teaches in the Graduate Program in Education at the University of Liberia. Zobong holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University in the United States.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

73-yr-old man missing

first_img…relatives appealing to public for assistance in finding himA 73-year-old man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease (memory loss) is now missing, and his family is requesting assistance from the general public to re-locate him.Missing: Michael KhanMissing since Saturday last is Michael Khan of Lot 319 Independence Boulevard, La Penitence, Georgetown. According to Khan’s relatives, he is suspected to have wandered away from the home he shares with his daughter and granddaughter, after being left unattended for a short period of time.Reports are that the man was seen in the vicinity of the KK Gas Station at Unity, East Coast Demerara on Sunday. However, relatives say that when they visited the location, he was nowhere to be seen.“We got a call from someone this morning when they saw the [missing person’s] post saying they saw him by KK Gas Station wandering yesterday round 4:30/5:00. We drove up and look all over, but no signs of him. Just some guys confirm that they did see him yesterday,” Khan’s relative –identified as Latisha Singh — told this media house.The elderly man was last seen wearing a pair of black short pants with a striped, cream coloured shirt.Anyone with information regarding Khan’s whereabouts is asked to contact the nearest Police station, or his family on telephone number 592-696-0015.last_img read more

11 Jan

MSPs should be a ‘major campaign issue’: CTF

first_imgHowever, Bateman argues regardless of what math you use to digest the written-off numbers, they’re more proof that MSP taxes are both unfair and inefficient. He says its time they became, a major election campaign issue.Yet, another premium increase in the 2016-17 budget means they’ve been hiked nearly 40 per cent over the past five years.  Bateman notes even Premier Clark admits the MSP is, ‘unfair, illogical, antiquated and nonsensical.’ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Using a document obtained by a Freedom of Information request, the B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has released some new information on what he calls a ‘truly regressive’ tax system: medical services premiums.Jordan Bateman argues the B.C. government has written off more than $340 million in MSP tax debt over the past six years. He claims other documents obtained by the Federation in a previous FOI request showed more than 850,000 MSP tax payments were at least 31 days past due.He concluded that, while the government can still legally try and get the money, writing it off is an admission — it’s unlikely to ever recoup it, and pressure needs to be kept on the Liberals to reform the way B.C. taxpayers pay for healthcare.- Advertisement -The newly-obtained document shows annual amounts written-off since 2010, with a ‘very skewed’ and unexplained total of $157.5 million in 2013.That’s nearly three times the next nearest total of $54.9 million in 2014, and nearly ten times more than the lowest annual amount of $16.3 million in 2011.Last year’s amount was $40.6 million — which was slightly higher than the five year average, minus the 2013 total.Advertisementlast_img read more

30 Dec

Freeway fatality victim ID’d

first_imgAll eastbound lanes were shut down for more than two hours during the investigation. LA CRESCENTA – Authorities today identified the 21-year- old man who allegedly committed suicide by running out in front of a car on a freeway in La Crescenta as Jayce Corey Peterson of La Crescenta, according to coroner’s Lt. John Kades. Peterson was struck by a Toyota Camry on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway at Rosemont Avenue about 1 a.m. yesterday, said Sgt. Michael Telles of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Crescenta Valley Station. Witnesses said the man ran onto the roadway, apparently looking to get hit by a vehicle, Telles said. The man driving the Camry stopped and was questioned at the scene before being allowed to go on his way, Telles said. 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

27 Dec

HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AT LIFFORD 5K THIS WEDNESDAY

first_imgThe 14th annual Lifford 5K Road Race and Walk will be held this Wednesday evening 15th July with a start time of 7.30pm.This race is one of the longest established on the Donegal Grand Prix circuit and has traditionally attracted some of the biggest fields of athletes from the elite level through to the recreational runner.The circuit is one of the few town centred races on the Grand Prix circuit with the narrow streets and numerous viewing vantage points guaranteeing an excellent race atmosphere. The popularity of this race has been evident since its inception in 2002 with large numbers taking part and growing year on year. With several sub 15 minute runs over the years, clearly then, the Lifford race is one of the key races that athletes make a point of attending and has been a happy hunting ground for fast times and personal bests.In recent years the club had an added feature of a Team Perpetual Shield Prize with the first four from each club to score. In 2014, the Foyle Valley men took the title, with the City of Derry women taking the title from the previous years winners Finn Valley. For individual and category winners, we will have cash prizes this year as well as a range of randomly drawn spot prizes.Lifford AC has been consistently striving for the best possible race experience for participants, with race quality and safety of paramount importance. Chip timing will be in operation again this year, with timing mats at both the start and finish. A big field of participants can take up to 30 seconds to cross the start line, so when personal bests or target times are being sought, chip timing is now an essential component of road races. In addition to chip timing, there will be changing, showers, parking, First Aid, post race water station and refreshments. This year, our Olympic standard track will be the venue for both the start and finish of the race, which should provide that added spring to tired legs over the last 400m. A fast course, the route has been certified for its accuracy and the race holds a current AAI permit.As part of a new initiative, Lifford AC has compiled a database of athletes taking part in its chip timed races. Each athlete will then be given his/her own Unique ID number which can be presented at every race which is organised by, or chip timed by the club. This takes away the need to pre register details for every race, as once we have your information, we don’t need it again. Race information will be stored on our database e.g. what races athletes took part in, their times, personal best for that race, etc. We will also be able to text your race time and position to you after the race. For anyone who took part in our Spring Series or recent chip timed races organised by the club and for whom we already have your information, we have texted your Unique ID number to you. Just present this on Wednesday evening and avoid the queues. For anyone who hasn’t received a Unique ID, simply fill out the information slip at Registration on Wednesday and you’ll be pre registered for all future races chip timed by the club. With the country enjoying a running boom at present and Fit 4 Life and Couch to 5K groups springing up everywhere, large numbers are expected on Wednesday evening. As a result, athletes are encouraged to arrive early on the race evening. Registration on the evening and number/chip collection will be at the athletic track from 6.00pm and will close at 7.15pm.For further information or if you have any queries on the Unique ID numbers, contact Brendan O’Donnell on 086-6007847 or email liffordac@eircom.net.HUGE CROWDS EXPECTED AT LIFFORD 5K THIS WEDNESDAY was last modified: July 13th, 2015 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:donegalLifford 5Klast_img read more

25 Dec

GARDEN SHOW TO BRING €3.5 MILLION TO LOCAL DONEGAL ECONOMY

first_imgAn event which began as a small seed of an idea has blossomed to become one of the biggest gardening events in the country.The North-West Garden Show takes place in Castlefin at the end of May and it promises to be even bigger and better.“It began from the seed of an idea to help develop something special for our small community but it just keeps on growing. “Now the Northwest Garden Show provides a platform for businesses and individuals to showcase their Products and Services to over 15,000 people in a village that has a population of just 700. It is quite remarkable,” said Michael Carlin, Event Director of the Northwest Garden Show.The show is organised by the voluntary committee at Castlefinn Partnership Initiative Ltd and the official launch of this year’s event takes place tonight, Monday 12th March at 8.00pm at the CPI Complex, Castlefin.Now in its third year, the show will be held on the grounds of Castlefinn Partnership Complex, on May 26th and 27th with a string of new features included in this year’s programme.The event has had remarkable success since its inception in 2010 and generates over €3.5million to the economy of the Northwest. It’s nomination for an award at this year’s Donegal County Enterprise Board’s “Enterprising Donegal Business Awards” reflects the achievements of a small group of people for the greater good of a community. “We are so excited about this year’s show, not least having achieved the nomination by our business peers who recognise our achievements. This means so much to a voluntary committee.“We are also set to unveil a series of new features at this year’s show which we believe will bring the Northwest Garden Show to the next level. We will also confirm our plans for an international tourism product and a permanent feature on the grounds of CPI Complex. The White House Garden is a specially commissioned feature to be designed and built by Chelsea Garden Show Gold Medalist and North West Garden Show supporter, Diarmuid Gavin,” says Michael.This year organizers are predicting a 30% increase in footfall on last year’s very impressive 13,000 visitor numbers.This year the 10,000 sq. ft. Indoor Exhibition Arena will house the floral pavilion and the new and exciting Trash ‘N’ Fashion’ event. The 8-acre Outdoor Exhibition Arena will cater for up to 140 unique exhibitors spread right around the grounds showcasing a myriad of products and services with something to interest everyone.With 12 competitions, daily fashion shows, kids zone, ‘Ask the Expert’ Area, over 15,000 visitors and an array of media attention the Committee are now inviting sponsors and exhibitors to come on board for the 2012 Show. The organising committee extend an open invitation to businesses, members of the public, gardening enthusiasts, public representatives and other stakeholders to the official launch on Monday 12th March at 8.00pm at CPI, Castlefin.Further details of the 2012 show are available at www.northwestgardenshow.ie or find us on Facebook. For sales enquiries contact Denise McClintock + 353 86 -7755995 or email denise@northwestgardenshow.ie.GARDEN SHOW TO BRING €3.5 MILLION TO LOCAL DONEGAL ECONOMY was last modified: March 12th, 2012 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:castlefinnorth west garden showlast_img read more

25 Dec

TD Mac LOCHLAINN: ‘I WILL NEVER DEMONISE IRA VOLUNTEERS’

first_imgDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has today issued a new statement in the row over the conflict in the North.The Inishowen man spoke out after his appearance on Tonight with Vincent Browne in the wake of the controversial Smithwick Tribunal report. Sinn Fein faced criticism for failing to condemn the killings of two senior RUC officers.“Apparently some have misinterpreted my comments that the Vincent Browne Tonight programme I participated in last Wednesday night was a “stitch up” of four against one (including the presenter) on an emotive issue like the war in the Six Counties as withdrawing from the comments I made,” said the TD in a statement today. “My full interview on Highland Radio was not aired due to the death of Nelson Mandela. Had it been, it would be clear that I was not withdrawing at all. I will never participate in the criminalisation and demonisation of the young men and women who fought in the IRA in the most recent conflict from the late 60s to the 90s.“I will also not hesitate to challenge the rank hypocrisy of those who venerate the 1916 rising leaders and the IRA of the War of Independence while criminalising those they abandoned to what was an apartheid state and who fought against it for the dignity and equality of their people.“Their hypocrisy is evident again with the passing of the great Nelson Mandela,” he added.Donegal Daily’s report from Wednesday night is here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2013/12/05/td-mac-lochlainn-in-tv-battle-over-ruc-officer-killings/  TD Mac LOCHLAINN: ‘I WILL NEVER DEMONISE IRA VOLUNTEERS’ was last modified: December 7th, 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:IRAPadraig Mac LochlainnSinn FeinSmithwick reportTonight with Vincent Brownelast_img read more

24 Dec

JARLA’S VIEW ON THE WATER CHARGES!

first_imgJARLA’S VIEW ON THE WATER CHARGES! was last modified: October 13th, 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:donegalJarla’s Viewlast_img read more

21 Dec

#LoveDonegal Day reaches an incredible 33 million people

first_imgTwitter was abuzz with all things Donegal on Wednesday 14th of August as the #LoveDonegal day campaign reached worldwide audiences.People from home and abroad embraced the trend and flooded timelines with photos, stories and mentions of why they love Donegal. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook were all filled with content promoting Donegal and taking pride in the county.As the excitement settles, it has been revealed that the social media campaign reached over 33 million people, trended at Number 1 in Ireland, and trended in the UK and the US. “We have all been totally overwhelmed not just by the statistics but by the sheer strength of the human response to #LoveDonegal day” says Garry Martin, director of service with Donegal County Council.  The council are a lead partner in Donegal Connect, the public/private sector project behind #LoveDonegal Day. Donegal Connect are holding over 50 events from 27th September to 6th October this year.Garry said: “We want to say a huge thank you to all the people in Donegal and all over the world who took part, and particularly to all those individuals and organisations who worked hard to spread the word to others.” “The first indication of success was when we began to trend the night before. On #LoveDonegal day itself – the 14th August – we trended at Number 1 in Ireland from 7am straight through to 7pm,” says Garry. “We trended at Number 1 in Belfast, at No 29 in the UK, and also trended briefly in the US.”“People really engaged with the campaign too. The total number of Tweets & Retweets, Facebook and Instagram posts, and other interactions was over 190,000,” adds Garry. “People posted pictures of their favourite landscapes, days out, things to do, their communities, why they loved to visit, work or live in Donegal.”Silver Strand Beach, Malin Beg #LoveDonegal pic.twitter.com/fq99ql8ryz— Michael Murphy (@murphm95) August 14, 2019“These are all the things we wanted to promote about our amazing county for Donegal Connect, so we are absolutely delighted not just with the statistics but with the outpouring of genuine love and affection for Donegal. It was an incredible day, and people are still posting #LoveDonegal.”The campaign achieved what it set out to do, says Joanne Kilmartin, the Donegal Diaspora officer for the county: “We’ve had lots of enquiries since #LoveDonegal day from people interested in moving home or relocating here. “So many entrepreneurs in Donegal emphasise just what a great place it is to do business, and we’d like to give people a taste of that.” #lovedonegal The New York Donegal Association of New York members and friends love to visit often – to visit, chat, catch up, read, pray, think, walk, watch, look, listen, discover, recharge, renew. pic.twitter.com/7AzCqk6orn— donegalnewyork (@donegalnewyork) August 14, 2019As part of Donegal Connect 2019, Donegal Diaspora will be offering hotdesk facilities to anyone who wants to travel here to attend events but may need to work while they are here.“For Donegal Connect, a range of community and public sector groups are providing high speed broadband in a fully equipped workspace at 8 locations across the county from Inishowen to Arranmore Island,” says Joanne. “So, business owners or employees get a chance to work outside their traditional office environment during Donegal Connect. It also gives those with limited leave in the final quarter of the year to come to Donegal to join us for some of the programme.”“The hotdesks initiative is about promoting the county as a place where anyone can leverage technology in order to work remotely in one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland.” To enquire about booking a hotdesk please email Joanne at info@donegaldiaspora.ie. #LoveDonegal Day reaches an incredible 33 million people was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:#lovedonegalDiasporaDonegal ConnectTwitterlast_img read more