After the civil unrest, Liberia was left with a poor governance structure characterized by corruption and abuse of public resources.Strengthening transparency and accountability was a burden for the new administration taking over.In 2006 when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took office, she immediately recognised that improving economic governance and strengthening public administration was important for the forward march of the country torn by 14 years of civil unrest.Resulting from this awareness, the government and its partners decided to design an initiative to improve economic governance and strengthen public administration based on the Poverty Reduction Strategy component that has to do with Governance and the Rule of Law.In no time, the World Bank provided intervention by establishing the Economic Governance and Institutional Reform Project (EGIRP) in 2008 to institute the necessary reforms in the public financial management sector. The aim was to improve budget execution, human resource management, revenue administration, payroll and civil service reforms.The war destroyed productive assets, physical infrastructure, institutional and human capacity and eroded public confidence in the government.The EGIRP project over the years has been able to mend Liberia’s broken economic governance structures thus reducing waste in government and improving services in various ministries and agencies.A letter from the World Bank to Mr. Amara Konneh, Minister of Finance and Development Planning, rated the project as satisfactory in achieving the project development objectives with a disbursement rate of 99 percent.At the close of the program, ministries and agencies that benefitted from EGIRP lavished the project team with praises for being able to take the government to another level in terms of economic governance.World Bank representative, Timothy Bulman, outlined the impact of the EGIRP project on several government agencies, adding that it sought to promote transparency in government.“We like to note that this project has impacted capacity building in financial management and procurement. To date we have 20 qualified procurement specialists, who graduated from intensive procurement training and are working in ministries and agencies.” Bulman addeHe said that the project has been able to assist the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) in strengthening its revenue administration, noting that business procedures for commercial registration of tax payers have improved.“Other achievements made by the EGIRP include the IFMIS, its impact on the accounting system disbursement and Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) procurement system has been developed and is operational,” Bulman said.He assured the government of Liberia and its people about the World Bank’s commitment to growth and development of Liberia.Deputy Finance Minister for Administration, Edward Essieh said the project is President Sirleaf’s desire to strengthen the public financial sector.Minister Essieh said that the program also supports the PRS.He added that the project has made impacts on both public and financial management sectors.“As the result of the project this country can boast of a system put in place to improve capacity and help reduce corruption,” Essieh added.PPCC-Director James Dorbor Jallah says the project has lived its purpose adding that institution assistance to the PPCC cannot be overly stated.“PPCC have received funds from EGIRP to conduct procurement training for procurement personnels at various ministries and agencies in Liberia,” Jallah added.LIPA Director General Oblayon Nyemah said that he is grateful for the level of cooperation his institution has received from EGIRP.“This project focuses on two components of LIPA, namely strengthen of capacity and training of procurement officers,” Nyemah said.Nyemah said that the project has trained overseas three LIPA employees who obtained master’s degrees in procurement.The LIPA boss noted that the project has transformed procurement practices in Liberia.After an assessment by the World Bank, it identified the need to strengthen the project management aspect and a Liberian, Boniface Satu, was hired to coordinate the EGIRP project.The EGIRP program has completed all of its project activities, adding that it was expected to close in June 2015.Satu said the project over the years has supported governance and institutional reforms by strengthening Public Financial Management processes and systems.“Part of our work is to build the capacity of civil servants with focus on public procurement as a pilot and initiating civil service reform,” Satu said. According to him, the government has requested for additional financing of US$7 million due to the scaled up activities.He said the funds will finance the cost overrun and establish the project management as a separate component.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has sent a farewell message to fans as the Spanish goalkeeper edges towards an Old Trafford exit.The 34-year-old is expected to join Belgian side Standard Liege after a frustrating spell at United, where he has not made a single appearance or even been given a shirt number this season.The former Barcelona No.1 posted a message on Twitter above a picture of United’s training ground saying: “Thank you all for your support during these months of hard work for me. I will never forget! See you soon!”Valdes signed an 18-month contract with United after moving to Old Trafford a year ago but fell out with manager Louis van Gaal over the summer.He did not go on the summer tour to the USA and was not permitted to train with the first-team squad.Valdes won the Champions League three times at Barcelona and has also won the World Cup and European Championship with Spain. Victor Valdes 1
Winter day camp sign-ups to open SIMI VALLEY – Winter day camp registrations begin Monday for children grades K-6. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District is offering two day camps, one at Berylwood Neighborhood Park and another at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center. Both winter day camps are open Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30. The camp opens at 6:45 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Registration forms are available at the Sycamore Drive Community Center. – Daily News Experts to discuss seniors’ finances SIMI VALLEY – The Simi Valley Police Department and the Simi Valley Police Foundation will co-sponsor the “Financially Prudent Senior Seminar” on Saturday. The seminar is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. at Simi Valley City Hall Council Chambers, 2929 Tapo Canyon Road. Representatives from the Police Department, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and other agencies will be on hand to discuss ways to protect your financial future. For information, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Vicki Kinzer at (805) 583-6908. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. – Daily News Homelessness is topic of meeting THOUSAND OAKS – Information about local homelessness and hunger will be presented at a 7 p.m. community forum Wednesday in Nygreen Hall at California Lutheran University as part of National Homeless & Hunger Awareness Week. The forum is sponsored by Manna Food Pantry of the Conejo Valley, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition. For information, contact Chris Poynter, program and development director for Lutheran Social Services, at (805) 497-6207 or email@example.com. According to Lutheran Social Services, an individual earning minimum wage would need to work 125 hours each week to afford a one-bedroom apartment in the community and would need to make $22 per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. The average apartment in the Conejo Valley rents for more than $1,000 a month and the annual income needed to afford a market-price home in the area is more than $120,000. – Daily News Health center lab, cafeteria are open VENTURA – The Ventura County Health Care Agency celebrated the grand opening Friday of the Ventura County Medical Center’s new laboratory, kitchen and cafeteria. The 34,213-square-foot structure at 3291 Loma Vista Road in Ventura cost $16.1 million. It will provide office and work space for 120 employees, while the cafeteria, on the lower level, has a dining capacity for 270. About 1.3 million clinical tests are performed each year in the laboratory. – Daily News Restoration trust to dedicate trail CALABASAS – The Mountains Restoration Trust, a private land trust that manages natural resources in the Santa Monica Mountains, will have a public dedication at 10 a.m. Saturday for the new Anza Trail at the west end of Calabasas Road. Local, regional and state officials who assisted in the development of the city’s first community trailhead will be recognized at the ceremony. For information, contact President Steve Harris at Mountains Restoration Trust, (818) 591-1701, Ext. 104, or log onto www.mountainstrust.org. – Daily News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Uilleann pipers from Gaoth Dobhair were centre stage with Hollywood actor Brendan Gleeson in Dublin today as Minister Joe McHugh celebrated a worldwide accolade for the traditional Irish instrument.Up and coming Donegal musicians Niamh Landale and Irial Ó Casaide were on hand at the National Library for the announcement by Donegal TD and Culture Minister of State McHugh.Actor Brendan is a huge fan of Uilleann Piping and wanted to be at the announcement today where he was entertained by the Donegal duo. Minister McHugh welcomed confirmation that Uilleann Piping has been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.“The Uilleann pipes are beautiful indigenous instruments and I was delighted that Niamh and Irial were at this event today giving our tradition – and their tradition – the worldwide recognition it deserves,” said the Donegal TD.“It was great to chat to Brendan too about his love of Irish culture and music. He has a particular interest in the pipes and wanted to be here to mark the occasion. “I want to pay tribute to all those over the past half-century who reversed the decline in the making and playing of the pipes including those in Donegal who were part of that.”Donegal TD Joe McHugh with Niamh Landale and Irial Ó CasaideEarlier today in Jeju, South Korea at the UNESCO twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Ireland’s first application – Uilleann Piping – was approved for inscription on the Representative List.This is the culmination of over 18 months work which commenced in March, 2016, and which was led by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in partnership with Na Píobairí Uilleann.The advancement of Uilleann Piping has also been supported by Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon on an annual basis since 1984.Film star Brendan Gleeson enjoys a top performance from Donegal uilleann pipers was last modified: December 7th, 2017 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:brendan gleesonIrial Ó Casaidejoe mchugh tdNiamh Landaleuillean pipers
Getting into making food videos? Make yours totally irresistible with this royalty free music playlist.Head anywhere online, and you’re likely to stumble upon something food-related. Instagram overflows with gorgeous pics of people’s latest restaurant discoveries. And there’s a jaw-dropping number of food blogs out there providing easy-to-follow recipes and cooking tips.Since food has such a big online presence, it’s no surprise that food videos have become basically a genre of their own. After all, who can resist clicking on a mouthwatering how-to recipe video when it pops up in a newsfeed?If you’re getting into making food videos, there is plenty of great advice out there on how to film them. Take a look at these useful techniques from food blogger Amanda Garbutt. Or, a little closer to home, see our own top food styling tips. A popular way to film food videos is by using the top-down approach — here’s how you can pull off this striking shot.One often-overlooked aspect of a video’s success is the music. It’s one ingredient you don’t want to leave out because the right music can really amplify your video.What should the soundtrack achieve in a food video? For most people, preparing food is a chore at the best of times, so light, breezy music really helps to give the impression that cooking is not just easy but fun too. Take this video as an example. In it, the PremiumBeat track “Aftershock Blue” by GG Riggs helps create a fun, stress-free vibe.Another approach is to select a track that matches the cuisine. This approach can help give your video an exotic flair — like this delicious grilled chicken shawarma recipe by Julie Remer, which makes great use of “Middle Eastern Day” by K Lo Music.With these tips in mind, our music team dove into our library to create an irresistible playlist that blends fun, breezy tracks with world music cues. Take a listen and find your perfect track.
On a high after a thumping win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, defending champions Mumbai Indians will aim to continue their winning momentum when they take on bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Friday. (Full IPL Coverage)Two-time winners Mumbai come into this match after a six-wicket victory over batting powerhouse RCB and are currently placed fourth in the points table with 12 points from 11 games.While Punjab, after a one-run loss to RCB in their last match, they find themselves at the bottom of the points table with six points from 10 matches.Mumbai’s Solid batting line-upA strong Mumbai side will, as always, rely on openers Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel to do the job upfront. With in-form Ambati Rayudu, hard-hitters Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya to follow, the batting line-up is very strong. (Also Read: Preity Zinta publicly abuses coach Sanjay Bangar)Skipper Rohit has led his team from the front and scored runs when it mattered most for his side. After being bundled out for 92 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai’s batting unit stood up and delivered against RCB to register their sixth victory of the season and stay on course for a play-off spot.Their bowling led by New Zealand’s Tim Southee alongside Mitchell McClenaghan, young Jasprit Bumrah have been one of the most consistent line-ups in the tournament so far. They were well supported by veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Krunal Pandya.Poor season for KXIPOn the other hand, Punjab despite having match winners in their side have failed to put up a descent show in the cash-rich T20 tournament. Be it with the ball or the willow, India’s as well as overseas players’ inconsistent performance has dashed their hopes of making it to the play-offs.advertisementAfter handing captaincy to India’s Murali Vijay from David Miller, the former has led the team well and also been among runs with the bat. But the South African is yet to show his skills in the ongoing competition.Recently-joined Hashim Amla has also failed to impress in the opportunities he got.The side will yet again rely on skipper Murali and overseas all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to do the job with the bat.In the bowling department, India’s Mohit Sharma has led from the front, but Sandeep Sharma, Anureet Singh and spinners Axar Patel need to step up a gear against a strong Mumbai batting unit.
We’re introducing a new product feature to Glassdoor today, Job and Company Trends, which gives insight into what jobs and companies are most popular with job seekers. More than 300 trends lists on Glassdoor now reveal what’s top of mind for job seekers across a variety of industries, job titles and cities worldwide. For example, you can see which jobs are popular with job seekers in London, UK or which companies are popular with job seekers in San Francisco, CA.3 Key Reasons Glassdoor Trends Is Valuable To Job SeekersFirst, it’s often hard to know how competitive a particular job or company may be as a candidate – this sends job seekers cues on how competitive the company or job may be.It also offers a powerful reminder to research a job and company before applying to or accepting a job offer.A company or job can trend on Glassdoor for a variety of reasons, good or bad. So before taking a leap of faith, don’t forget to research the company on Glassdoor and in the news to see what may have led to other job seekers taking an interest.Job TrendsWhen it comes to Glassdoor Job Trends, job seekers can see which jobs are getting significant amounts of attention either in their country, or by a specific city or industry.Let’s say you are looking you are looking for a job in San Jose, CA. With Glassdoor Job Trends, you can see which jobs are recently the most popular in the area among other job seekers. You can also see which jobs are most popular within any industry, such as IT services.Based on what you see, results can provide you with insight into those that may be the most intense for competition.Company TrendsSimilar to Job Trends, Glassdoor Company Trends can be filtered by location, industry or job title. You can see which companies are hot in dozens of specific industries, like Biotech & Pharmaceuticals, or in a specific city, such as London, UK, or which companies are most popular for software developers.What’s in it for Employers? Want to know where the talent is? Glassdoor Trends is here to help. Glassdoor Trends gives insight into what companies are popular with job seekers across a variety of industries, job titles and geographies.Equally important, you can see how news and other events impact job seeker activity on Glassdoor. For example, if your company is in the news because of a new product, service or other reason, it could cause your company to trend on Glassdoor. Why? News can stir huge job seeker interest in your company and prompts them to visit Glassdoor to learn more and/or search for open positions.How Does Glassdoor Job and Company Trends Work?Glassdoor Trends uses the past several weeks, months and years of activity across thousands of jobs and companies to identify those with any recent notable or unexpected spikes in attention from job seekers. Results are weighted to help ensure companies of all sizes and less common occupations are included. Glassdoor Trends is updated on a monthly basis, and it allows you to see if jobs or companies have gone up, down, stayed the same or are new to a list based on month over month activity.Visit Glassdoor Job and Company Trends, and learn more about Trends in our FAQs (including some of the reasons a company may trend on Glassdoor).EMPLOYERS: Check out how Glassdoor Trends can help you recruit and manage your competition.
No two startups are alike, which is why when choosing between two to work for it comes down to more than just salary.Even in this job market, some people are faced with multiple job offers, particularly if they possess skills startups want. While the decision is easier when weighing two established companies, when it comes to startups, it’s a bit trickier. After all, who is to say the company will even be around in a year or if you’ll get to use the skills you were hired for even if the company is throwing stock options at your feet. That’s why startup experts say fit ranks higher than pay.“Fit is always the most important thing,” says Steve Roberson, CEO and co-founder of StartUpHire. The team you’re working with, the overall mission and your role are really what matters, he says.Sure, stock options and other perks can certainly sway a decision, but what you are doing at the startup will be what actually helps you grow. According to John Cerasani, an entrepreneur and president of insurance brokerage Northwest Comprehensive, ideally you should choose the startup that will enable you to learn as much as you can about the field you’re working in. If in one job you are doing one function only, and in another you’ll get exposure to various aspects of the industry, Cerasani says to go with the latter.What’s more, he says, is to choose the company that’s doing something you feel passionate about. Chances are the startup is going to make a lot of mistakes and potentially flame out, but if it’s something you are interested in, what’s to prevent you from learning from the mistakes and doing it better, says Cerasani.Gauge the Startup’s Survival In addition to choosing a startup you care about, you’ll also need to judge the odds of the startup surviving, which can be tough to do. One way is to look at who the investors are. For instance, does the company have venture capital backing or angel investors and how much have they raised. Roberson says one red flag is if the startup hasn’t raised any capital, but has been around for a few years.“Venture capital backing is a good indicator that there are smart people who have done their due diligence,” says Roberson. If a company has been around for three years and hasn’t taken any VC dollars, he says he would question its strategy, since the typical path is to raise money within a year.Experts say it pays to find out where the startup is in the fundraising cycle and what their goals are during the courting phase. For instance, do they plan to follow in the footsteps of Craigslist, which chose not to get venture backing or try to grow into a huge behemoth like Facebook or Google.“You should definitely look and see where the money is coming from,” adds Cerasani. “A lot of ideas don’t make great businesses. If the money isn’t there to implement the strategy, that company can disappear tomorrow.”Mentors, Compensation MatterWhether or not the company has VC backers, who the company’s mentors are also matters. Does the company have a knowledgeable board or set advisors? Are there experienced partners? “You want to know what their vision is, what’s the overall direction and buy into that,” says Roberson.At the end of the day, how much you are going to be paid is going to weigh heavily on your decision when all things are equal. In the case of salary, Roberson says the ideal situation is when you are paid enough so that you don’t have to worry about covering your car payment or mortgage bill, enabling you to forget about your pay and enjoy your job.Since startups typically work on tight budgets, most make-up for low salaries by offering stock options in the company. The value of those stock options, however, is more important than how many they offer you.Let’s say a startup offers you 10,000 shares in the company. You may think you are getting a great offer, but if that company has hundreds of millions of shares outstanding, your stake is really miniscule. On the flip side if you are offered 10,000 shares and there are only 100,000 shares outstanding, then you are being offered a 10% stake in the company. “It’s hard to know the value without knowing the number of outstanding shares,” says Roberson. “If the company doesn’t want to disclose the full number for whatever reason…that’s a red flag in my mind.”
Social science research suggests that in the labor market, mothers of young children are at a disadvantage. Employers seem to be less likely to hire and promote them than they are childless women and fathers. For example, in one well-known study, sociologists Shelley Correll, Stephen Benard and In Paik sent out more than 1,200 resumes to employers hiring for marketing jobs, and found that when a woman listed being an officer in an elementary school parent-teacher association, she was less likely to get a callback than when a man did, or when a woman listed being an officer in a college alumni association, leaving ambiguous whether or not she was a parent.What is a mother of a young child to do? A new study, from psychology researchers Beatriz Aranda and Peter Glick, suggests that women can undo the “motherhood penalty” by underscoring their commitment to work over family. Aranda and Glick gave business-school students packets of information about people applying for a job in industrial engineering. All of the packets included personal statements mentioning that the applicant was married with two young children—aged 2 and 4—but some packets included a sentence about being willing to make sacrifices for work, while others talked about loving to devote time to family.In line with earlier studies, it didn’t matter what male applicants said. Readers of the application materials gave similar hiring recommendations for family-oriented and work-oriented fathers.Women, however, saw a double-standard. When an application from a woman mentioned she was devoted to family, the application readers were less likely to recommend her to be hired than they were a work-oriented mother. Significantly, work-oriented mothers did just as well in garnering hiring recommendations as did work-oriented fathers. That suggests employers might not care about motherhood per se—just the risk of a mother shelving her work responsibilities in order to deal with family matters. Why, then, don’t fathers face the same penalty? The researchers surmise that people assume men and women mean different things when they say they are devoted to family—that even a family-oriented man isn’t likely to be the primary caregiver.Yet even if women are comfortable making pronouncements about how they prioritize work over family, other research suggests they should be careful about doing so. Benard, Correll and other researchers have produced evidence suggesting that people view mothers who wholeheartedly throw themselves into the world of work as less likeable and warm than men who excel professionally. The theory: women of small children can also be penalized for failing for live up to social stereotypes about how mothers are supposed to behave.The bottom line, then, is that mothers need to tread carefully. In applying for a job, the best path might be to leave motherhood off the table—or, if it comes up, to emphasize both a love of parenting and the many structures in place (like a supportive husband) for getting extra work done when that needs to be the priority. The tact a mother of a young child takes should also depend on the job she’s applying for. Most studies of the “motherhood penalty” examine jobs in industries such as marketing and engineering, not necessarily ones where kindness and compassion are core job skills. Social scientists have yet to test how the motherhood penalty plays out, if at all, in more caregiving-oriented industries such as teaching and nursing. Finally, in both job applications and interviews, mothers should, above all else, remain authentic. Nothing raises a red flag to an employer faster than a job candidate who seems to be putting on a show. If trying to counter-act the motherhood penalty doesn’t come naturally, then a candidate might be smart to just stay focused on the job.
On 30th June, a major change will hit UK employers, allowing all employees with at least 26 weeks service to put in an application for flexible working. Prior to this new rule, the right to request flexible working was only open to employees with caring responsibilities for children or an adult dependant. With this imminent HR change recognising the benefits of a more rounded workforce, Glassdoor set out to offer insight into how many employees intend to take advantage of this, along with how it will impact employees, employers and the workplace.The Glassdoor 2014 UK Flexible Working Survey found that nearly one in five employees (17%) intend to submit or resubmit an application to request flexible working, rising to nearly a quarter (24%) among those 16-24 years old. Of all regions, Wales is the highest, with over a third (34%) of the region intending to submit an application.Meantime, three in four (73%) GB employees admit they’re unaware of the changing law. In the East of England, this was as high as 82%, with Yorkshire (35%), followed by North West (34%) as regions that are most aware of the changing law. Forty four percent of 16-24 year olds are aware of the change, with the lowest age range being 35-44 year olds (21%).Plus, half of GB employees, employed either full-time or part-time, report already working flexibly. This number rises to 68% for 16-24 year olds, and 59% for those aged 55+. More women (56%) than men (45%) already work flexibly and on a regional basis, flexible working is most prevalent in the North East, where three in five (60%) employees work flexibly. Fifty percent of employees also report that they feel they would work better if they were to work flexibly.So why do some employees have no intentions of submitting an application to work flexibly? Eight percent of GB employees who do not intend to submit an application for flexible working feel that if they do so, it will reflect badly on them. Sixteen percent of the 16-24 age group report that they just don’t want to bother their boss or employer.Do you work flexibly? What is your employer like when it comes to accommodating employees who want to work flexibly? How would you rate the work/life balance at your company? Help others know what it’s like to work at your company by sharing a review.This survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor among more than 2,000 employees within Great Britain from 28th May-2nd June, 2014.