Stakeholders Endorse New PFM Strategy

first_imgStakeholders who attended a two-day validation conference on Liberia’s new Public Financial Management (PFM) strategy have endorsed the new system that seeks to improve the country’s economic and budgetary performance and is expected to kick off in 2017 and end in 2020.The new strategy, which comes as a result of the current strategy that ended in June this year, will have an internal audit agency, unlike its predecessor.The conference was held from December 16-17, and was organized by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Tanneh Geraldine Brunson, Deputy Minister for Budget at the Ministry of Finance, said improving budget credibility and comprehensiveness by strengthening the institutional capacities for preparing medium-term revenue and expenditure will bring all donor financing into the budget without hindrance.“Today, as we validate this new strategy that covers the next four years, it is very important that we re-emphasize these areas, some in which significant improvements have been made, but still needs to be addressed,” said Minister Brunson, who spoke on behalf of MFDP Minister Boima Kamara. According to her, there continues to be clear challenges to sustaining domestic resource generation in the country; however, she was quick to clarify that these challenges are not unique to Liberia. She named narrow tax base and a huge informal sector, lack of transparency which inhibits citizens’ willingness to comply with tax laws, as some of the challenges. Others are Illicit flows, tax havens, and transfer prices which circumvent the normal taxation process, as some of the obstacles in the sector.“We therefore need to build capacities of relevant stakeholder institutions, not only to mobilize domestic resources but also using them effectively and efficiently by enforcing tax payment compliance, reviewing tax relief policies, enhancing revenue collection through provision of proper tax information and education,” she suggested.Deputy Minister Brunson called on stakeholders to expand their tax base instead of raising tax rates.Minister Brunson also called for the enhancement of public investment management by integrating externally financed projects with the domestically financed public sector investment projects on a common platform. Emmanuel Togba, head of Public Financial Management Unit at MFDP, said the new law will also have county treasuries that would handle every financial matter in their respective localities.According to him, most of the PFM institutions collapsed, their systems failed, and human capacity deteriorated, culminating at a situation in which there was near complete absence of procedures in the application of public resources. “With assistance from our development partners,” he said, “the government enacted the PFM Act in 2009 to strengthen greater transparency and accountability around public resources.”The new strategy, he added, will guide the country for the next four years and, during the period, treasuries in the various counties, for example, will have their own procurement offices.Meanwhile, the conference was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Justice, General Auditing Commission, Governance Commission, Civil Service Agency, as well as development partners, namely the World Bank, IMF, USAID, EU, SIDA, and AFDB, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GREAT LINE-UP PLANNED FOR ‘DOING BUSINESS IN DONEGAL’ EVENT

first_imgPromoting Doing Business in Donegal are from left: Matthew Pearson, Pearson Foods; Liam Doherty, Sean Doherty Fruit and Veg; Edel Patton, Patton Eggs; John patton, Patton Eggs, Joe Doherty, Inishowen Country Kitchen; Thomas Hughes, Donegal Rapeseed Oil; Andrew McElhinney, O’Donnell’s Bakery; Michael O’Donnell, Island Seafoods and Sharon Morrow, Island Seafoods.People interested in business in Donegal, including those already established or those hoping to start something new, are being urged to come along to the county’s first ever ‘Doing Business in Donegal’ event at the LYIT this Saturday April 26th.Organisers of the free event have assembled a superb line-up of speakers with a broad range of topics from finance, business, marketing, public relations, online business, entrepreneurship, motivation and much more.The idea, says Michael Tunney, head of Local Enterprise in Donegal, is that different rooms will simultaneously host a number of speakers and people who come along on the day will simply pick and choose which ones they’d like to attend. “We have always tried to take on board the feedback we have received from local businesses in Donegal and one of the things we have heard back from Enterprise Week for instance was that they’d love to have something like this – on one day and at the weekend.“In many respects this is like a mini Enterprise Week albeit rolled up into a single day. We have lined up great speakers on topics that have been most popular and requested for Enterprise Week and we’re hoping that with everything in one venue and on one day, there will be a positive response from the Donegal business community and those interested in starting business in the county.”Until recently Mr Tunney had been CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board, who had forged strong links with the business community in Donegal over a 20-year period and were responsible for events like Enterprising Donegal Business Week over the past decade.Since April 15th the Board has now become the Local Enterprise Office and is part of Donegal County Council, but the experienced staff will continue to work with businesses across the county. Indeed, while they have been very much at the forefront of the organisation for the Doing Business in Donegal day on Saturday 26th, the event itself is once again a collaborative effort.“An event like this works best when there is co-operation and a multi-strand approach taken and once again we are delighted that the day will go ahead thanks to the support of a number of other business partners and agencies,” Mr. Tunney said.Pre-registration for the Doing Business in Donegal event is now available by visiting the website localenterprise.ie/donegal but it is not necessary to register for individual speakers’ events. You can also register by calling 07491 60735.Registration will also take place at 9.30am on the day but pre-registration is highly recommended.The Saturday will begin with a keynote address at 10am for all in attendance from motivational speaker Pádraig Ó’Máille and that will be followed by the morning sessions with multiple options available and people free to choose which of the speakers they like to hear. There will be more great speakers after lunch with those who attend once again free to choose which talks they’d like to attend and the day will wrap up with a final inspirational address from Jason Black.“We realise that people are giving up their Saturday to come along to an event like this and we will have a few little incentives on the day including the opportunity for someone to win a Kindle Fire. That said, the event has been put together in response to requests from businesses in Donegal and we’re certain that our local businesses will want to be there anyway,” Mr Tunney concluded.GREAT LINE-UP PLANNED FOR ‘DOING BUSINESS IN DONEGAL’ EVENT was last modified: April 22nd, 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:Doing Business In DonegaldonegalletterkennyLYITMichael Tunneylast_img read more

What we learned in the Warriors’ win over the Hawks

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceThe Warriors picked up their first road win since October 29 on Monday, beating the Atlanta Hawks 128-111 in the Peachtree State.You might remember that Oct. 29 game — that was the contest where Klay Thompson set the NBA record for 3-pointers in a game with 14. Here’s what we learned from Monday’s contest:Kevon Looney is (still) the Warriors’ best centerOf course, this was true before Monday’s …last_img

Kemba Walker’s big finish gives Hornets win over Suns

first_imgCharlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) makes a pass around Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — Kemba Walker didn’t have much of an impact in Charlotte’s game Sunday night against the Phoenix Suns — until the final 4 ½ minutes.Then he was the Hornets’ everything.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES But four seconds later, Walker converted a three-point play and the Hornets were back on top for good.TIP INSHornets: Charlotte swept the season series with Phoenix 2-0 last season. … Walker ranks second to LeBron James in fourth-quarter scoring at 8.27 points per game. The Suns’ Booker is third (7.50). … Charlotte doesn’t play another home game until Jan. 17 (Sacramento). … The Hornets won for just the third time in nine games.Suns: Crawford joined Dell Curry as the only NBA players, since starting lineups were recorded, with 11,000 career points as reserves. … Booker’s back problem brought an end to 11 consecutive 20-point games for the Phoenix star guard, the second-longest such streak of his career. … Phoenix entered the game fourth in the NBA in steals at 8.98 per game.UP NEXTHornets: At Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.Suns: Host Sacramento on Tuesday Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tony Parker added 20 points, and Willy Hernangomez and Marvin Williams 16 for the Hornets.T.J. Warren had 23 points, Josh Jackson a season-high 22 and Deandre Ayton 19 for Phoenix. Jamal Crawford scored 16. The Suns’ Devin Booker left the game with back spasms in the second quarter and did not return.Phoenix fell to 0-6 with one game left on a seven-game homestand. The Suns had won five of seven when the homestand began.The Hornets were on the second stop in a season-high, six-game road trip that began with a loss at Denver on Saturday night.Walker was 5 of 8 from the field and 7 of 8 on free throws in his late surge, which ended with a basket at the final buzzer from just beyond midcourt. Initially it was waived off but allowed after a video review.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img “I always said Kemba is one of the most underrated players in the league, even with making a couple of All-Stars,” Crawford said. “He’s just a handful and a guy like that, once he gets it going, he’s pretty much unstoppable.”Charlotte outscored Phoenix 11-4 over the last 1:17, with Walker scoring all of them, after Crawford’s 20-footer put Phoenix up 109-108 with 1:21 to play.Neither team led by more than eight points in the tight contest.“Losing Devin Booker in the first half kind of changed the game plan,” Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said. “He’s a big piece, he’s a big part of our team. We had to adjust on the fly and kept the game close.”Kokoskov said he didn’t know about Booker’s availability for Tuesday’s game against Sacramento.There were 13 ties and eight lead changes in the first half, with neither team up by more than six points, and the Suns were ahead 60-57 at the break.Ayton had 15 points and seven rebounds in the first half.Charlotte took an 85-81 into the fourth quarter before the Suns tied it 85-85 on De’Anthony Melton’s 3-pointer from the corner with 11:02 to play.Parker started the subsequent 8-0 run with a layup and ended it with a 16-footer that put Charlotte up 93-85 with 8:55 to play.The Suns came back and repeatedly cut the lead to one before Crawford’s basket finally gave them the lead. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bigger roles ahead for Brian Heruela, David Semerad at TNT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Walker scored 18 of his 29 points in that late surge — punctuated by a halfcourt heave at the buzzer — and Charlotte pulled away to hand the Suns their sixth straight loss, 119-113.“This isn’t anything new,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “He’s done this most of his career. He’s a fourth-quarter player. He shines brightest in those moments.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWalker scored his team’s final 14 points.“In these kind of situations my teammates look to me to make big plays and that is what I try to do,” he said. “I try to make the right plays. Tonight was me getting to the basket and finishing. My guys, coaches, they count on me big time in situations like this.” View commentslast_img read more

Stars Donate To Tibet House US Auction

first_imgTibet House US has announced that the 12th Annual Benefit Auction, in conjunction with renowned auction house Christie’s, will take place on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Tibet House US and The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey.This year’s Honorary Chair Committee includes Philip Glass, Donna Karan, Petra Nemcova, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sandra and Eric Ripert, Martin Scorsese, Trudie Styler and Sting, Uma Thurman, Jann Wenner, Arden Wohl, and Dustin Yellin.Charitybuzz will return as the event’s online auction partner. The Tibet House US auction will be live on Charitybuzz from November 20, 2014, to December 11, 2014, at www.charitybuzz.com/TibetHouse.Auction Highlights Include:Rare Items & Opportunities: A personal voicemail recording from Hugh Jackman; an at-home reception for 20 guests prepared by world-renowned chef Eric Ripert and a personal performance by Philip Glass; dine with Robert and Uma Thurman at the Four Seasons Restaurant; a signed guitar by Sting; a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week with supermodel Petra Nemcova; a once-in-a-lifetime, two-week internship with Rolling Stone, Us Weekly or Men’s Journal; dinner with Food Critic Adam Platt; two VIP tickets to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.Adventures & Exotic Trips: An exotic 10-day trip for four to Bali with accommodations provided in a lavish, private villa; a custom-designed safari trip for two to the spectacularly beautiful country of Botswana, Africa; an adventure to the high Himalayas in style with a 8-night excursion for two in Ladakh; experience the wonder of Bhutan during a seven-night signature journey; a journey for two to the Gobi Desert in the magnificent country of Mongolia by Nomadic ExpeditionsContemporary Art & Photography: Pieces by Lynn Davis, Danny Clinch, Shepard Fairey, Milton Glaser, Herb Greene, Bob Gruen, Peter Max, Sheila Metzner, Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Peter TunneyFashion, Home & Health: jewelry courtesy of Paula Crevoshay, Pamela Huizenga, Mallary Marks, Me&Ro, Margo Morrison, Jill Platner, Reinstein/Ross; an exclusive three-hour consultation from Clodagh Design; a luxurious Alina silk and cashmere throw from Sferra Linens.Tibet & Beyond: Antique and ceremonial objects, Tibetan rugs, sculptures, and other global finds.Established in 1987 under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet House US is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy working to preserve, restore and present Tibet’s unique cultural and spiritual heritage by means of a permanent cultural center, with gallery, library, and archives, and developing traveling exhibitions, print publications and media productions. Additionally they seek to share with the world Tibet’s practical systems of spiritual philosophy and mind sciences, and its arts of human development, intercultural dialogues, nonviolence, and peacemaking, by means of innovative programs in cooperation with educational and other cultural institutions.Their New York City center is comprised of 7,000 square feet including gallery space, Tibetan Buddhist shrine, photographic archives, a lending library of over 1,000 volumes, and staff offices. In keeping with their mission as a cultural embassy, Tibet House US develops and presents innovative educational and cultural programs for the general public. It serves as a central meeting place for the local Tibetan community to hold programs and events.For extensive information on the Tibet House US please visit www.tibethouse.us.last_img read more