Mayor Koijee Lectures at Global Development Forum in Washington D.C.

first_imgMayor Koijee shares the panel with other leaders at the Global Development Forum.Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee, is currently in Washington D.C, United States of America making a case for the city, and sharing with other leaders the challenges faced by Monrovia, and how they can contribute in making our capital one of the best in the world, a release from Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) has said.According to the release, at the forum on Saturday, April 13, Mayor Koijee highlighted the ongoing activities the city is engaged with, and how he welcomes the support from donors in addressing some of these challenges and expertise in building on the progress made thus far.“It is indeed a great honor to form part of this year’s panel, and I am grateful to be among change makers around the world to share with you my own experience of our stewardship at the City of Monrovia, Koijee said.Mayor Koijee said Monrovia, being Liberia’s largest city as well as administrative financial and commercial center with a population of approximately 1.5 million people, is demographically undergoing rapid change toward being modernized.Commending the organizers for inviting him at this year’s forum, he informed participants that under his stewardship, there have been some gains in tackling some of these challenges to include bringing in new dynamism to the city governance through the youth empowerment, security reform, and revenue mobilization and potential investment.“Additionally, we have launched a clean city project dubbed, “Weah for Clean City,” a project that focuses on youth empowerment, health and sanitation through a participatory leadership approach with communities taking full ownership of cleaning the city to meet the quality of lives of our residents,” he said.Mayor Koijee said the city has partnered with national stakeholders, especially in addressing some of the major issues about waste management.“We have been working with the World Bank with funding from the EU to address our solid waste sector under the Chessmanburg Land and Urban Sanitation Project, through a grant agreement of US$17.5 million with the government providing a counterpart funding of US$1.5 million,” he said.Mayor Koijee shared the platform with some leaders including Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister and Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute; Somik Lall, Global Lead on Territorial Development Solutions and Lead Economist for Urban Development in Africa, World Bank; Emilio Ciarlo, Head of Institutional Relations, Communications, Opportunities and Economic Development for AICS; and Dana Omran, Managing Director, City Resilience Delivery-Africa, 100 Resilient Cities-Rockefeller Foundation, among others.Mayor Koijee highlights the ongoing activities of MCC.He said the city government of Monrovia is determined to accomplish more, even though there are limited resources. However, he noted, his leadership has instituted a massive reform in revenue generation by exploring other innovative sources of revenue generation than the traditional sources, and is seeking funding to invest in agricultural activities such as urban farming, city transportation services and city health services.He added, “as we speak, there is a pilot project being launched under our ‘Weah for Clean City’ project, intended for a systemic door-to-door waste collection, and a means of adding value to our waste, wherein residents can start to pay for their waste and eventually open door for private sector engagement in our solid waste sector.”This year’s forum, which is the 5th annual Global Development Forum, is organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. It is a forum that explores how the United States can work with its allies, the private sector, civil society and multilateral institutions to tackle complex global challenges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Improved counselling services available for sexually abused children – ChildLink

first_imgBearing in mind that child sexual abuse is one of the worst forms of abuse against children, the need for counselling services to cater for children after abuse is often stressed, however, it is being reported that such services have been improved to help affected children recover.This is according to ChildLink, an advocacy group which recently conducted a study on Child sexual abuse in Guyana.According to the group, child sexual abuse is when an adult or older individual coerces, forces or persuades a child into sexual activities. ChildLink describes the act as alarming and distressing since it causes trauma among other issues for a child.The report was keen to note that the number of reports relating to child abuse has increased, especially child sexual abuse which may mean that more child victims are being enabled and empowered to recount what has happened to them.More importantly is that some improvement has been recorded in the delivery of services to children who have been sexually abused.“In 2014, there were 3,883 reported cases of child abuse to the Childcare and Protection Agency, 628 (16 per cent) were child sexual abuse cases. In 2017, the CPA report reflected a total of 4,179 cases of abuse with 841 (20 per cent) of those cases being child sexual abuse. In a period of three years (2014-2017) there has been an increase of 5 per cent of reported child sexual abuse cases,” the report finds.In addition, “In 2015 and 2016 the CPA received 676 and 734 reports of sexual violence, respectively constituting 15 per cent of the reported cases of abuse against children. In 2017, the CPA reports indicated there were 4179 cases of child abuse, of which 20 per cent was cases of child sexual abuse totalling 841 reported cases,” ChildLink expressed.According to the group, since the launch of the Sexual Offences Court in November 2017 by the acting Chancellor and the Judiciary there has been approximately 80 per cent successful prosecution rate of child sexual abuse cases that have made it to the new Court.About 30 per cent of reported cases of child sexual abuse are referred to the Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) where children receive services to specifically address the trauma and support through the legal process.Although some are supported through their rehabilitation phase the report finds that over 500 children annually may not receive any counselling for the trauma they have suffered and are likely to grow into adulthood bearing the wounds of their traumatic childhood.It is for this reason that psychosocial support services in all regions of Guyana for children is a necessity for developing a socially and mentally healthy community and society.ChildLinK and Forward Guyana in collaboration with the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) managed to open Guyana’s first CAC in Georgetown in February 2014. Another was opened in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) in May 2015 followed by another in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) in September 2015.Blossom Inc, another partner of the CPA, opened another CAC in Georgetown and another in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) during the 2015 to 2016 period. Since the opening of the CACs, both agencies have been receiving referrals from law enforcement, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Ministry of Education through the schools, Georgetown Public Hospital, and the Childcare and Protection Agency of children who are known or suspected to have been abused sexually.From February 2014 to December 2017, these referrals to CACs operated by ChildLinK totalled 171 in Region 4 (Georgetown); 87 in Region 5 (West Coast Berbice) and 80 in Region 3 (West Bank Demerara). ChildLinK received a total of 338 referrals during this time period.Data for this report was collected from the children’s files or face-to-face interviews, as described below. While those children who are reported to CACs are undoubtedly just a small portion of the victimised children in Guyana, and most likely differ in some ways from their peers who are abused but do not come to the attention of authorities, these children, nevertheless, provide a chilling insight into the problem of CSA in Guyana, and potential solutions. Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) are internationally accepted as the best model for investigating and coordinating efforts for suspected child victims of sexual and other violence.According to this model, professionals from the Police, Public Prosecution, Child Protection services, medical teams, and NGOs coordinate their efforts to investigate serious crimes against children through the CAC.last_img read more

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MAN WHO ALMOST CAUSED SEVEN CAR PILE-UP WAS RUSHING TO FOOTBALL

first_imgA man who almost caused a seven car pile-up told Gardai he was in a rush to play a football match.Letterkenny Court.Mathew Baskan overtook two cars on a continuous white-line and then took another car on the inside lane on what was described as one of the most dangerous roads in the country. The 25 year old computer technician appeared at Letterkenny District Court today where he was charged with dangerous driving at Carrickadawson, Raphoe in Co Donegal on September 24th last.A witness to the incident, Mr Colin Higgs said he saw the entire incident and claimed Baskan was driving at around 100kph.He said that after overtaking the two cars, Baskan was forced to squeeze back into a line of traffic.“There was a lorry coming the other way and I thought “if this goes badly wrong there could be carnage.” Fortunately it didn’t but in my opinion there could have been a seven car pile-up,” he said.He contacted Gardai and gave a description of Baskan’s red Seat Leon car and the driver was stopped outside Letterkenny.Garda Marcus O’Dowd said: “When I put the evidence to him he said he was in a rush to football.”Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said the stretch of road was recognised as a CPZ or a collision prone zone and was one of the most dangerous stretches of roads “on the entire island.”He said he could not accept Baskan’s claim that he was traveling at 80kph and was able to overtake two cars on such a short stretch of road.Judge Denis McLaughlin said he was satisfied that Baskan was guilty of dangerous driving as he had overtaken not one but two cars.He fined Baskan of Learmore Road, Castelderg, Co Tyrone €250 and disqualified him for driving for 2 years.MAN WHO ALMOST CAUSED SEVEN CAR PILE-UP WAS RUSHING TO FOOTBALL was last modified: March 14th, 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:Castledergdangerous drivingdonegalGardaiJUDGE DENIS MCLAUGHLINLetterkenny CourtMathew BaskanRaphoelast_img read more

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Chino blanks Diamond Bar, 41-0

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week It started from the game’s first series, when Jansen was sacked on the Brahmas’ first two plays from scrimmage, resulting in a third-and-22, which they could not convert into a first down. Each of Chino’s first 11 plays were runs to either running back Stanford or fullback Ryan Shawhan. The fifth play was the first of three Stanford touchdowns, a 14-yard run. The next six set up Chino’s unnecessary but effective passing game. The first of two Art Gracia touchdown passes, a beautiful 22-yard rainbow to Orlando Brazier gave the Cowboys a 14-0 lead. A Stanford 2-yard run in the final minute before the half gave the Cowboys (5-1 overall) a 21-0 lead at the break. Chino turned on the afterburners in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns in the first 4“ minutes of the second half. Stanford scored on a 49-yard run, McFoy returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown and McFoy caught a short pass from Gracia and turned that into an 88-yard touchdown. “We played very good defense. They’ve got a very good quarterback, and we got pressure on him,” Chino coach John Monger said. “Our offensive line played very well, too.” There wasn’t much to find fault with. Chino’s defense harried Diamond Bar quarterback Jeff Jansen all night long, limiting the Brahmas to 83 yards of total offense and three first downs. CHINO – Normally, when you are penalized only once and don’t turn the ball over, it’s going to be a pretty good night. That was not the case for Diamond Bar on Thursday night as an impenetrable Chino defense, and the explosive R.J. Stanford and Ryan McFoy combined for a 41-0 Chino victory in a Sierra League opener for both schools at Chino High School. center_img The final 19 minutes were inconsequential. “I thought they would give us more of a challenge,” said Stanford, who finished with 22 carries for 200 yards. “Coaches talked to us about hustle.” The hustle was enough for Chino to amass 374 yards of total offense. While the performance overall was impressive, Monger sees room for Stanford to improve. “He could’ve hit the hole a little bit harder,” Monger said. Chino stayed on an emotional high throughout. “We came out pumped up,” McFoy said. “I thought they’d be a lot tougher after what we saw on film.” Diamond Bar’s offense got little going, as the Jansen was sacked six times, and the Brahmas (3-2-1) had only 36 yards rushing outside of the sacks. Jansen finished the night completing 8-of-20 passes for 88 yards. Diamond Bar’s best chance to score came in the first half, when Jonathon Amaya returned a kickoff 63 yards to the Chino 36. But the Brahmas couldn’t get a first down, and Isaiah Washington came up three yards short of a first down on a fourth-and-5 fake punt. “We have no excuse,” Diamond Bar coach Nick Cuccia said. “I don’t know how, but we came out flat. I think we were intimidated.” 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

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For Sale: Donegal Town barber shop business

first_imgGoodwill of Barber Shop for sale in thriving Donegal Town.The business, which was established 30 years ago, is up for sale as the owner is retiring. Rental premises available in walk-in condition.This is a genuine business opportunity and very reasonably priced.Telephone: 087 3142870For Sale: Donegal Town barber shop business was last modified: July 19th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:BarbershopDonegal TownSALElast_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Pacific halibut, rockfish openers set for May 1

first_imgTwenty-five days and counting. That’s how long North Coast saltwater anglers will have to wait before the lengthy offseason is over and we ‘re back on the water. May 1 will bring two openers – Pacific halibut and rockfish. The 2018 Pacific halibut fishery will have four open periods, May 1-June 15, July 1-15, August 1-15 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31, or until the quota is reached, whichever is earlier. California lost about 4,000 pounds in quota allotment from 2017, and is penciled in at 30,940 for this …last_img

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Scientists Confess Their Sins

first_imgOne-third of scientists engaged in unethical behavior over the last three years, according to a report in Nature.1,2  These include falsification, fabrication and plagiarism as well as a host of questionable research practices.  It’s not so much a problem of high-profile cases of fraud as much as everyday, mundane, “corrosive” ethical lapses that are endangering the integrity of science.  See also the summary on MSNBC News1Meredith Wadman, “One in three scientists confesses to having sinned,” Nature 435, 718-719 (9 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435718b.2Martinson et al., “Scientists behaving badly,” Nature 435, 737-738 (9 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435737a.Hypocrites in the church of Darwin?  Would you trust this gang with your soul?(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The Diaspora Project and Kickstarter: The Power of (Micro)Funding a Good Idea

first_imgaudrey watters Related Posts Since we broke the story about the Diaspora Project last week, the plans for an open source, distributed alternative to Facebook has seen widespread press. But just as importantly, funding for the undertaking has skyrocketed.The Diaspora Project is the brainchild of four NYU computer students, and as Sarah Perez noted in her article, while the concepts of “open source” and “distributed network” might not normally have mass appeal, the latest round of privacy concerns with Facebook have helped to generate a lot of attention for the project and the concepts behind it.The project is currently being hosted on Kickstarter, a site that lets entrepreneurs crowdsource funding. Kickstarter allows entrepreneurs to set a funding goal and deadline, as well as offer an optional set of rewards to their backers. Projects that don’t reach that goal have their pledges returned. In Kickstarter’s words, the service demonstrates that “good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide” and that “a large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.”Last week, Diaspora was $2000 short of their $10,000 goal with under a month left to go until reaching their deadline. Yesterday, when Techcrunch wrote about the project, funding stood at around $60,000. As of this morning, they have raised over $90,000 from over 2100 backers, including some fairly big names in the tech industry, and still have 19 days of fundraising to go.Kickstarter offers a sliding scale, of sorts, for donations, and most of the funding for the Diaspora Project has come in small amounts. While 4 backers have pledged over $2000, most backers have opted to donate $5, $10, or $25. The latter has been the most popular donation amount, with almost 900 individuals committing $25. That $25 will get you a CD, some stickers, and a t-shirt – and the satisfaction of helping support a Facebook alternative.While certainly the Diaspora Project is well-timed, their use of the Kickstarter platform also points to the power of crowdsourced microfunding – particularly for a project that many people outside typical investment circles are finding compelling and important. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Greener Building Blocks

first_img–From BuildingGreen’s 2009 Top-10 Products listPozzotive Plus concrete masonry units (CMUs) and concrete facing brick are manufactured using up to 30% post-consumer recycled glass as a portland cement substitute and an average of 50% post-consumer recycled masonry aggregate from local sources in the Northeast. The recycled glass pozzolan (with the tradename Pozzotive), made by Empire Resource Recycling, LLC, is ground to about 15 microns (a finer powder than portland cement) and used in place of the cement, saving about one ton of CO2 for every ton of cement replaced.Pozzotive Plus CMUs have been made with up to 90% recycled aggregate, though 50% is typical. Compared to conventional CMUs and brick, Pozzotive Plus products require less energy to produce, are stronger, and have greater moisture and chemical resistance, according to the company. Both products meet and exceed ASTM C-90 for Loadbearing Concrete Masonry Units and C-129 for Nonloadbearing Concrete Masonry Units, and the brick meets and exceeds ASTM C-1634 for concrete facing brick. The company’s brick is manufactured with a standard bed depth of 3-5/8″ and is available in three sizes: Modular (2-1/4″ x 7-5/8″); Ledge (2-1/4″ x 15-5/8″); and Royal (3-3/4″ x 15-5/8″). In addition a Partition brick is available for interior applications (5-5/8″ x 3-3/4″ x 15-5/8″). Architectural CMUs are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Both the brick and CMU come in nine standard colors, in either ground-face or suede finish.More information:Kingston Block & Masonry Supply, LLC270 North Ave., Suite 200New Rochelle, NY 10801Phone: 914-633-3393www.kingstonblock.comlast_img read more

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Stop Being Impartial

first_imgListen, I know you want to be impartial. I know you want to be consultative. I know that you want to come across as the trusted advisor helping your dream client come to the right decision about their future—even if it means they choose a competitor’s solution.Enough already. There’s a time to be impartial, and there’s a time to be damned partial and super-biased towards your solution.Here’s how it works:Early in the sales process, especially when you’re prospecting, you can create value by being impartial. Being impartial helps you gain trust. It helps show you are not completely self-oriented. You can help your dream client discover the source of their dissatisfaction, understand their needs, and evaluate some of their options. You’re still qualifying and exploring. If you discover that you don’t have the ability to create value for you’re your prospective client because they need something you can’t provide, by all means move on. Be impartial and recommend someone that can help.But if you do have the ability create value, then you need to shift gears.As the sales cycle and buying cycle move into later stages, you should be growing increasingly partial to your solution. The value you create needs to be more clearly defined, and you need to increasingly differentiate your offering from your competitor’s. As you get closer to building the exact solution, your bias for that solution—and for you winning—should be increasing.Once you get past qualification and exploration you don’t gain anything by being impartial. Why else would you be dragging your dream client through your sales process and their buying process if you can’t create value for them? Your dream client needs to know you want their business. You need to stop being impartial and compete.Consultative doesn’t mean that you are impartial through the whole process. You are consultative early in the sales process, and you’re damned biased and completely partial as the opportunity progresses.QuestionsWhen does it help to be impartial?When does it help to be supremely biased towards your solution?If you can truly create value for your dream client, why would you continue being unbiased?When it is right to recommend a competitor? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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