Public Policy Institution Launched

first_imgAn institution intended to accommodate experts to research, study and make sound public policies has been launched in Monrovia.The Center for Policy Studies (CERPS), as the nomenclature indicates, is a policy research institution independent of government, prepared to rigorously investigate policy issues critical to the development of the country and important to the West African region.Launched at the Corina Hotel on Thursday, January 22, with members of civil society, government, the business community and international partners in attendance, the primary purpose of CERPS is to identify and analyze the development situation of the country through research.CERPS works along with the global organization, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP).In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, CERPS Director Dr. Byron Tarr emphasized that policy formulation and free thinking of people have been monopolized by the state.He said Government and policy formulators have failed to bring to the people public policies that will positively affect their lives.  Therefore, he said, it is about time to break the monopoly that the public sector has over the people.Dr. Tarr was quick to note that his group is not to serve as a critic of government or be an alternative government, but to independently work but in line with government in researching, studying and formulating policies that will positively impact the general public.Citing a reference on failed policy, Dr. Tarr noted that in 1974 what could be seen as the Open Door Policy of the Tubman administration was introduced, allowing foreigners to come to the country to exploit Liberia’s resources without the needed value return.He said as a result of the long existence of such policy in the Liberian economy, the country has suffered a setback in human and infrastructural development.Speaking at the launch of the institution, the president of the University of Liberia, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, defined Think tank as an organization that generates policy interest, analysis and facts about domestic issues.He acknowledged that Think Tanks results from society complexity due to social globalization, which (globalization) also comes from information communication technology.Dr. Dennis said unlike South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and some Sub-Saharan African countries that have higher standard of think tanks, Liberia is still at a low level.This means that there are not many institutions here involved in research and policy formulation that will help to bring up beneficial policies to the Liberian populace.Alluding to Dr. Tarr, Dr. Dennis indicated that CERPS is autonomous and independent of the formal structure of government; and that its goal is to facilitate research that results into an informed decision.Stressing further, the UL president said for policy making to positively impact the public, information about it should be reliable and accessible through media engagement.He said gone are the days when arrogant researchers made research and did not publish but expected it to be found, contrasting with today’s reality whereby the public is in high demand of thinkers who will draft policy to positively affect people’s needs.Meanwhile, CERPS which is a sub organization to follow Think Tank’s footstep in Liberia is compromised of members and staff with decades of research experience in several policy fields and expertise in Economics, Political Science, conflict, land issues and development.Its members have worked in government, with research organizations, academic institutions and civil society both nationally and internationally.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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More Opposition, civil society members could be included

first_imgPetroleum Commission BoardBy Samuel SukhnandanBased on recommendations from several international agencies, Government is now considering having more members of the Opposition and civil society sit on the Board of the Petroleum Commission, which will have general oversight of the local oil and gas sector.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said this development would help to make the Commission larger and more inclusive. Agencies such as The Commonwealth, International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American DevelopmentOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoBank (IDB) helped in drafting the proposed legislation.At present, the draft Bill provides for only seven persons from civil society, academia and the Parliamentary Opposition to form part of the Commission’s Board; but recommendations have been made to have the numbers increased to possibly three from each of the abovenamed interest groups.The draft legislation is now before the Special Select Committee of the Parliament, and Trotman has said he would meet with the committee to discuss the possible increase in sitting board members. The next step would be to take the proposed amendments to Cabinet for approval.He said, “I anticipate that Cabinet will say, ‘Yes’. I can then work out a process with the Clerk of the National Assembly (Sherlock Isaac) on how to either withdraw what is in Parliament or add amendments to it. The Clerk will advise how we proceed with that.”Commentator and Attorney-at-Law Ralph Ramkarran was the first to suggest that the number of persons sitting on the Commission should be increased. Ramkarran feels that 12 members are not enough, and there should instead be 15 members, including one more each from civil society and the Opposition. He told an oil seminar last year, “…to give them a little more weight…one extra gives more voice to the people”.Addressing another concern raised about the draft bill, Minister Trotman said it is not the Government’s intention to exercise excessive power over the Commission. He explained that just as in the case of other agencies, like the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), the Minister will have all-encompassing powers to make orders. However, in the case of this sector, Trotman said, Government would consider a number of suggestions for more devolution of ministerial powers.He said, “I have no desire to hold power…because petroleum is seen both as a national matter and, of course, could be a potentially divisive one… There is no desire of Government to hold or to hog the resources, and so anything that makes it a national asset…”The Parliamentary Opposition has made known its general disapproval of the Bill, which was laid in the National Assembly by the Minister in mid-last year. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has claimed that the bill in its current form is both “oily” and “slick”, and rather than a national Commission being created, it appears to be more like a “Trotman Commission”. According to Jagdeo, the bill gives the minister too much power.Section 8 of the Bill details that the Minister is allowed not only to provide policy guidance, but to also give direction to the Commission regarding a number of other issues. These include the size of the establishment, the employment of staff, and the terms and conditions of employment; the provision of equipment and use of funds; reorganization, or such works of development as to involve a substantial outlay on capital account; training, education and research; among others.The Bill makes provision for the establishment of a Petroleum Commission to serve as a regulatory agency for Guyana’s oil and gas industry. The establishment of a new regulatory agency will see the responsibility taken from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).The draft legislation is currently before a bi-partisan select committee for further consideration, before it goes back to the National Assembly for approval.last_img read more

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Duo nabbed with illegal ammo hidden in air filter

first_imgTwo men are being processed for court on Monday after they were found in possession of a quantity of illegal ammunition stashed away in the air filter of the vehicle they were travelling in.The ammunition which was found in the air filterThe discovery was made about 16:50h on Thursday by ranks attached to the Aranka Station in F Division (Interior Locations).It was reported that acting on information received, the ranks intercepted a motor pickup bearing registration number PHH 222, at 75 km Barama Road, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).During a search of the vehicle’s engine area, a black plastic bag was unearthed in the air filter compartment. Further checks revealed a box containing 49 rounds of .38 live ammunition, which were unlicensed.The articles were shown to the driver, a 29-year-old Sands Riverstone, Essequibo resident, who claimed that he was carrying same for a passenger, a 40-year-old miner of Lot 730 Charity Housing Scheme. The driver told the Police that he had hidden the ammunition in the compartment.A confrontation was held between the two men during which the miner was questioned, but he denied the claims made by the driver.Nevertheless, both men have been arrested and have been taken into custody pending further investigations.Legal advice was subsequently obtained, and the two are being processed to be arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday.last_img read more

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Robbery suspect nabbed with gun, ammo

first_imgA 30-year-old resident of Hadfield Street, Georgetown is now in Police custody after he was nabbed following a robbery in Kitty.Police said the suspect was apprehended on Monday morning after he was sought in connection with an armed robbery committed on a Sophia, Greater GeorgetownThe firearm, along with matching ammunition, that was foundresident at David Street, Kitty on October 22, 2018. After he was nabbed, a search of his person revealed an unlicensed 9mm pistol with two live rounds of matching ammunition concealed in his pants crotch. He is being processed for court.last_img read more

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HOPES HIGH FOR THREATENED CORNCRAKE AS BIRDS SPOTTED ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgThe signs for one of Ireland’s rarest birds is looking positive after a number were spotted in Falcarragh, Tory Island, Malin and Ballyliffin.The iconic corncrakeFifty years ago, the call of the Corncrake was an everyday part of life throughout Donegal.However, in the 1960s, the population plummeted dramatically. In recent years the birds, which migrate back to Ireland from Africa to breed each year, stood at just a few pairs in small coastal pockets and islands of Donegal, Connemara and Mayo.But last year saw an explosion in their population increase by 44% to 189 breeding pairs – 128 of which were recorded in Co Donegal.Corncrake fieldworker for Co Donegal, Marie Duffy, said the signs are looking positive for another increase in the corncrake population after a number were recorded in recent days.“We have a number of early recordings of the birds which is a very positive indication. Last year was a very good year with the 44% increase on 2012. “Timing is everything with the corncrake and if farmers can hold back on cutting for a couple of weeks then that would give young birds a better chance of survival,” she said.The upsurge in numbers of the rare bird can be directly linked to the setting up of the Corncrake Conservation Project was created over twenty years ago. It is now run by the National Parks and Wildlife Services, and the project staff carries out an annual breeding census.This involves locating calling male corncrakes as they arrive and seeking landowner collaboration to protect them in their chosen breeding habitat.Landowners are offered a range of agri-environmental schemes including the Corncrake Grant Scheme which offers compensation for mowing meadows late and in a slow controlled manner, encouraging the survival of corncrake chicks.Ms Duffy said she is hopeful the numbers of corncrakes leaving Ireland to make the long journey back to sub Saharan Africa at the end of August will be even great than last year. “That is the hope. We are receiving great support from the farming community and hopefully we can build on last year’s numbers and ensure than the corncrake is not only saved but continues to grow,” she said.HOPES HIGH FOR THREATENED CORNCRAKE AS BIRDS SPOTTED ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: May 6th, 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:BallyliffinbreedingCorncrakedonegalFalcarraghMalinTorylast_img read more

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Popular Trevino to drive Valencia

first_imgVALENCIA – Golf legend Lee Trevino will play in next week’s AT&T Classic at the Valencia Country Club, organizers said Friday. Trevino, a 29-time winner on the Champions Tour and the first golfer to ever win the U.S. Open, Canadian Open and British Open in the same year, will start off the week-long event playing with actor George Lopez Wednesday in pro-amateur contest. Trevino has been a favorite at the tourney, formerly the SBC Classic, a leg in the Champions tour for golfers 50 and over. The tournament is in its sixth year in Valencia. “Lee Trevino is a legend in the golf community,” said Brian Fitzgerald, the tournament’s executive director. “His accuracy and consistency in striking the ball catapulted him to fame at an early age, and he continues to remain one of the top golfers in competition.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant In addition to winning 29 Champions Tour events, Trevino won 29 tournaments while competing on the PGA tour. He has won six major championships, including the U.S. Open in 1968 and 1971; British Open in 1971 and 1972; and the PGA Championship in 1974 and 1984. Tickets for the AT&T Classic are available for purchase through the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation at (661) 253-8082 or by calling the Los Angeles County Junior Golf Foundation, at (213) 738-2972. The tournament is inviting additional charities and nonprofit organizations to join the Charity Partners program, which provides organizations with the opportunity to use the AT&T Classic to generate funds through the sale of tickets and corporate hospitality. For information, call (661) 260-1897. 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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DDTV: WATCH DONEGAL ATHLETE COME FROM LAST PLACE TO WIN NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgDDTV: Click on the video above to watch Donegal athlete Oisin Kelly who came from last place to win the National 600m U12 Championship in Athlone.Kelly ran a superb race in a top-class field and produced a scintillating performance to win the National Championship. Kellly is from Kilmacrennan and runs for Cranford AC and is an athlete that has a very bright future ahead of him in athletics.Simply click play on the video above to watch.Well done Oisin. 🙂DDTV: WATCH DONEGAL ATHLETE COME FROM LAST PLACE TO WIN NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: March 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsDDTVnewsOISIN KELLYSportlast_img read more

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Swansea boss says bouncing straight back to Premier League won’t be easy

first_img gameday 2 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 possible standings How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible xi Potter is not getting ahead of himself at Swansea highlights Swansea boss Graham Potter insists bringing the club straight back to the Premier League in his first season will not be easy.The Swans were relegated to the Championship last season and appointed Potter as part of a bold restructure of the club.Potter, 43, managed Swedish club Ostersund for eight years, winning three promotions and the Svenska Cupen while playing an attractive brand of football. smart causal center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? ALTERED Potter admits the club has made mistakes with transfers over the past few seasons, making it crucial they get it right this time round.He added: “We’ve been working really, really hard to get the right players in. The recruitment and the playing style hasn’t necessarily been aligned over the last couple of years.“A few mistakes have been made there which the club has admitted to.“We need to try and bring the right players in and ones that are proud to play for Swansea City.” Potter was very successful in Sweden Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes However, the Englishman knows immediate success with his new club will be difficult.“It’s not so straightforward. We’ve got to go through a transition, a restructure,” he told talkSPORT.“For us, it’s not about worrying what’s going to happen in May.“It’s about trying to focus on the next match which is Sheffield United away. That’s a difficult game and we’ll just concentrate on that.“We know the Championship is very competitive, it’s a hugely challenging competition but that was the appeal of the job. The club had an identity, they lost it over a number of years, so the challenge now is to re-build that.”Swansea announced the signings of Barrie McKay and Bersant Celina on Tuesday but look set to lose centre-back Alfie Mawson, who is negotiating personal terms with Fulham. who plays? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtureslast_img read more

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Chris Brunt retires from Northern Ireland international duty

first_imgNorthern Ireland midfielder Chris Brunt has announced his retirement from international football.The 33-year-old won 65 caps and scored three goals for his country in a career which began in 2004. ALTERED Brunt made 65 appearances for Northern Ireland 2 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Brunt wants to focus on his domestic career with West Brom silverware gameday Northern Ireland boss O’Neill said he was disappointed by Brunt’s decision, but respected it.O’Neill said: “I am disappointed that Chris is retiring as I believe that he still has much to offer the team.“However I completely understand his decision to spend a bit more time with his young family and to concentrate fully on his club career with West Brom.“I want to thank him for everything that he gave me on the pitch. He was a model professional and his contribution to the Northern Ireland team over the past 14 years will be remembered for a long time to come.”Brunt made his debut in the goalless draw against Switzerland in Zurich in 2004 and ended his career against the same team in another 0-0 draw in November.The result of that World Cup play-off second leg game effectively ended Brunt’s hopes of crowning his career by playing in a World Cup finals.Brunt was an integral part of the Northern Ireland team that reached the Euro 2016 finals, but was ruled out of playing in France due to a knee injury. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack center_img impact highlights Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more NEW ERA smart causal possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Brunt said he had taken the “difficult decision” in order to focus the remainder of his career solely on his club football with West Brom.Brunt said in a statement: “After a period of lengthy consideration I have taken the difficult decision to retire from international football.“I have spent a lot of time thinking it over but I feel, at this point in my career, I need my sole football focus to be on helping West Bromwich Albion return to the Premier League.“After 14 years of international football this also gives me the opportunity to dedicate more time to my family.“The past six years, since Michael [O’Neill] has been our manager, have been the most enjoyable of my international career.“It has always been an honour to represent my country but Michael restored pride following a difficult period for us as a team. He took us to a new level and for that I will always be grateful.” How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? last_img read more

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Maguranyanga Sweeps The Sprints On Final Day of MVC Indoor Championship

first_imgMile – Prelims16. Elizabeth Aho, 5:19.5617. Tess Misgen, 5:22.1418. Olivia Rogers, 5:34.43 Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters – Prelims12. Sophia Jackson, 7.7816. Keaton Kestor, 7.88  800 Meters – Prelims15. Millie Bretl, 2:27.31 Behind Maguranyanga’s efforts, Drake’s men finished sixth out of nine teams in the standings with 52 points. Drake’s women were eighth out of 10 teams. Illinois State swept the men’s and women’s titles with 159 and 173 points, respectively. 800 Meters – Final7. Xavier Lechleitner, 1:56.03 Complete Results (PDF) Kevin Kelly finished as runner-up in the mile for the second-straight year with a 4:16.39 finish while Xavier Lechleitner was seventh in the 800 meters. 4×400-Meter Relay4. Malau, Romagna, Peka, Maguranyanga, 3:17.59 Complete Results (HTML) 5,000 Meters11. Rachel Selva, 18:13.80 Viktor Peka also scored in both events for the Bulldogs with a seventh-place finish in the 60 meters and a fourth-place showing in the 200 meters. The pair also teamed up to run legs on the Bulldogs’ fourth-place 4×400-meter relay. Men’s Team Standings1. Illinois State, 159        2. Northern Iowa, 144.503. Indiana State, 95.50     4. Bradley, 865. Southern Illinois, 796. Drake, 527. Loyola (Ill.), 388. Valparaiso, 8 Weight Throw7. Lexie Chapman, 60-7.75 (18.48m)10. Katelyn Williams, 59-7.5 (18.17m) Print Friendly Version Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters – Final1. Kundai Maguranyanga, 6.787. Viktor Peka, 6.94 60 Meters – Prelims1. Kundai Maguranyanga, 6.73 8. Viktor Peka, 6.899. Aobakwe Malau, 6.9010. Aaron Chier, 6.90 4×400-Meter Relay8. Crawford, Skriver, Coombe, Haugh, 4:05.60 Story Links Long Jump10. Cloud Masibhera, 22-0.25 (6.71m) Victoria Coombe was the women’s team’s lone individual scorer on the day as she finished  eighth in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.95 before running a leg on the Bulldogs’ eighth-place 4×400-meter relay. Distance Medley Relay7. Cozine, Lechleitner, Bognar, Perrotin, 10:35.76 3,000 Meters9. Kevin Kelly, 8:28.4126. Kyle Cass, 8:58.0229. Joe Romain, 9:00.75 Mile – Prelims2. Kevin Kelly, 4:16.3914. Matt Cozine, 4:21.76center_img Pole Vault8. Christina LeMunyon, 11-6.25 (3.51m) Mile – Final2. Kevin Kelly, 4:13.57 Distance Medley Relay6. Aho, Kearney, Mendlik, Rogers, 12:32.34 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Drake University’s Kundai Maguranyanga won both the men’s 60 and 200-meter titles Sunday afternoon at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship. 2019 MVC Indoor Track & Field ChampionshipFeb. 23-24 – Cedar Falls, Iowa Weight Throw11. Joey Harkins, 53-8.25 (16.36.m) 400 Meters – Prelims11. Victoria Coombe, 59.5016. Ellie Mendlik, 1:03.67 200 Meters – Prelims18. Keaton Kestor, 26.0919. Mariah Crawford, 26.19 200 Meters – Prelims1. Kundai Maguranyanga, 21.644. Viktor Peka, 22.0011. Aobakwe Malau, 22.4021. Aaron Chier, 23.26 The men’s team also got a runner-up finish from Cloud Masibhera in the triple jump. Masibhera recorded a leap of 49-7.75 (15.13m) on his second jump and then retired from competition due to a minor injury. His jump led the competition until it was surpassed in the final round. Shot Put13. Lexie Chapman, 44-3.25 (13.49m) 3,000 Meters21. Rachel Selva, 10:25.1026. Millie Bretl, 10:39.0028. Olivia Rogers, 10:54.0029. Elizabeth Aho, 11:06.15 800 Meters – Prelims2. Xavier Lechleitner, 1:54.78 200 Meters – Final1. Kundai Maguranyanga, 21.374. Viktor Peka, 22.05 60-Meter Hurdles – Prelims6. Victoria Coombe, 8.89 High Jump9. Forest Moses, 6-5 (1.96m) Women’s Team Standings1. Illinois State, 173        2. Indiana State, 141   3. Southern Illinois, 95        4. Northern Iowa, 78.505. Loyola (Ill.), 60.50     6. Missouri State, 60   7. Bradley, 41        8. Drake, 8   9. Valparaiso, 6     60-Meter Hurdles – Final8. Victoria Coombe, 8.95 Triple Jump2. Cloud Masibhera, 49-7.75 (15.13m) Maguranyanga became the first Bulldog since 2001 to sweep the sprint titles. Maguranyanga overcame a slow start in the 60 meters before storming back to win in 6.78, a day after recording the second-fastest time in school history of 6.73 during the qualifying heats. Maguranyanga dominated the 200 meters, leading from wire-to-wire in 21.37.last_img read more

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