PPCC Boasts Improvement in Public Sector Procurement

first_imgPublic Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) Executive Director, James Dorbor Jallah says there has been significant improvement among public procurement staff in the country.Mr. Jallah made the disclosure at the start of a PPCC-UNDP five-day Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Level 3 training session for public procurement staff in Monrovia.According to him, these efforts manifest PPCC’s desire to professionalize public procurement in the country and prepare Liberia’s public-sector procurement staff to qualify for UNDP/CIPS Accredited Certificate in Purchasing and Supply.Mr. Jallah said nearly 45 participants will attend CIPS Level 2 introductory certificate course scheduled to be held from June 26-30, in Monrovia.The PPCC boss said the training seeks to improve the skills of procurement officers, enhance the level of efficiency in public procurement and provide relevant professional qualifications for procurement staff.Mr. Jallah also encouraged government ministries and agencies to retain procurement staffs that are going through the PPCC/UNDP training to ensure efficiency and resourcefulness in government.Meanwhile, UNDP Country Director, Pa Lamin Beyai has challenged public procurement staff to be efficient to protect the country and government revenue.He said the training is not meant for procurement agents to boast of the certificate they would achieve but rather they must work to be able to do their job efficiently.Mr. Beyai said procurement is about making money by protecting institutions and revenues.He said UNDP remains committed to supporting Liberia’s efforts, especially through capacity building and good governance.It may be recalled that in February this year, the first CIPS Level 3 training session was conducted for 70 procurement staff that previously attended and passed CIPS Level 2 sessions also held in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sci Tech North’s Excellence in Innovation Awards

first_imgSciTech North’s “Excellence in Innovation” awards are October 2nd, but Executive Director Lori Ackerman says nominations are still open. This is the third year for the awards, which celebrate exemplary people, practices and or programs here in Northeastern BC. There are seven categories to nominate under, including Youth and Innovation, Technology Application in Business, and Innovation at Work.Ackerman says the Excellence in Innovation awards are recognized by industry across the province.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=224|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Ackerman – Opportunity_1_Pub.mp3] Nominations for the award close the week of September 22nd. Forms for those wishing to nominate someone are available at Sci-Tech North’s website.last_img read more

DONEGALDAILY.COM: WANT TO BE A CORRESPONDENT?

first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM is Donegal’s BIGGEST news source.And that’s thanks to all of you for logging on in your hundreds and hundreds of thousands every month.But now we need YOUR help. We want each and every one of you to feel part of what we do. Many of you do send in pictures and stories every day.And we get community notes and reports on sports matches from so many of you.Now we want even more. We want YOUR stories and pictures so that we can expand our coverage of County Donegal even further.This is YOUR donegaldaily.com. Be a part of it.All submissions from volunteer reporters should be sent to info@donegaldaily.com.* Main Picture taken by Kei Patterson, Dungloe, covering the gorse fire story in May – Kei is a donegaldaily.com reader.DONEGALDAILY.COM: WANT TO BE A CORRESPONDENT? was last modified: September 11th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

THE DREAM IS OVER …FOR NOW! LEAVE YOUR MESSAGES OF CONGRATULATIONS FOR DONEGAL’S HEROES

first_imgThey dared to dream.Jim McGuinness and his young warriors came to Croke Park and stood up to the might of the Blue machine.Man for man they stood up supported by YOU the amazing supporters of Tir Conaill – in Croke Park, at home in the hills of Donegal and in London, New York, Sydney and all around the world. It might not have been enough in the end.But the players of our team left everything they had on the hallowed turf of Croke Park.And today we can continue to build on this season’s success and ensure that another All-Ireland is just around the corner.Today more than ever we must start to BELIEVE! Leave your messages for Jim and the boys on Donegaldaily as they march towards their destiny.THE DREAM IS OVER …FOR NOW! LEAVE YOUR MESSAGES OF CONGRATULATIONS FOR DONEGAL’S HEROES was last modified: August 28th, 2011 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)last_img read more

GOVERNMENT’S PLANS FOR JOB CREATION IN DONEGAL IS AN EPIC FAILURE – MACLOCHLAINN

first_imgDonegal North East TD, Sinn Féin’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has challenged the government on increased unemployment and emigration since they came to power.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said that Donegal had been worse hit than any other county with over one in four workers unemployed.In some Donegal parishes, unemployment is almost 40%, he said. He was speaking after challenging the Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton in the Dáil to outline the government’s plan for job creation in Donegal.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said “It is clear that government job creation policy has been an epic failure in Donegal.“Since taking office, this government has continued the historic neglect of Donegal. They pulled funding for the Donegal to Dublin A5 dual-carriageway.“They removed funding for the Derry to Dublin air route. “They actually considered closing the one IDA office in the county in Letterkenny and most importantly of all, they have absolutely failed to address the unemployment crisis in our county.“When I asked the Minister for his plan for Donegal, it is clear to all that he doesn’t have one”.In February, after a year in office, the Government unveiled a national Action Plan for Jobs with the Taoiseach stating that it would create an additional 100,000 jobs.Outlining the plan, the Taoiseach said, ‘It is the all-consuming obsession of every cabinet minister at a time when we have never seen more people unemployed… There will be no rest until we create opportunities for everyone who wants to work.’However the Donegal Sinn Fein Deputy blasted “This plan is not working. “In the last year 33,400 jobs have been lost and 87,000 people have emigrated. Donegal has been worst hit in this regard.“We need a significant stimulus package to create jobs. There is considerable wealth in this state and we need to put it to work on behalf of the Irish people”.“The billion euro given to bondholders this week should have been put towards job creation.“Sinn Féin’s has outlined, time and time again, our alternative countercyclical policies. The government need to implement these policies, rather than condemn more of our young people to emigration.” GOVERNMENT’S PLANS FOR JOB CREATION IN DONEGAL IS AN EPIC FAILURE – MACLOCHLAINN was last modified: October 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal GovernmentjobsPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

Tartans flying high

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Bryan’s 6-foot-4 frame came in quite handy on Friday. The senior pulled down three jump balls in the end zone on each of his scoring plays. “In the past couple of years, I’ve proven myself at making the big catches,” Bryan said. “Our offensive line gave Brad the time to throw the ball. He threw it up and put me in good position to go up and get it.” Stockham and Bryan were merely a by-product of a solid performance by the Tartans offense. Glendora scored on each of its five possessions in the first half. The Tartans built a 35-12 lead at halftime, then watched as Arcadia rallied with 13 consecutive points to pull within 10 early in the fourth quarter. The Tartans defense preserved the win by deflecting Arcadia quarterback Travis Gowan’s pass on fourth-and-short from Arcadia’s 19. “I got a little bit nervous when they cut it to 10, but we got a good series from our defense,” Pasquarella said. “The difference between the first half and second half was that we wanted to run some clock and keep their offense off the field. It got a little easier when they went into throw mode. The big thing was we wanted to eat clock.” The win was Glendora’s third consecutive since a loss to Bishop Amat on Sept. 16. The Tartans are 4-1 and begin Sierra League play next week against undefeated Chino Hills at Ayala High. Stockham and Bryan put the game away with less than two minutes to play on a 10-yard touchdown pass that Stockham created as he hung in the pocket before finding Bryan in the middle of the end zone. Bryan, for the third time in the game, came down with the ball between defenders. “There’s a little of basketball to that, but there’s some design to it,” Pasquarella said. “It’s not like you can go out there and just chuck the ball up. The last one was a little bit of a ?Hail Mary,’ but they were routes we work on. We just try to get the ball to him (Bryan) at a high point.” The past five weeks have helped cement Stockham at the Tartans’ quarterback position. He completed 10 of 17 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns Friday. He also scored on a 1-yard run. Glendora got another big game from running back Ben Rodriguez, who ran for 188 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. The Tartans scored on the third play of the game when Stockham hooked up with receiver Jordan Edmond on an out that Edmond broke for a 79-yard score. Rodriguez capped the next possession with a 47-yard touchdown run. “We had a pretty good game plan going in and the kids made it work,” Pasquarella said. “We have a lot of weapons and we can spread it around. We can get it to different people and it kind of makes it hard for the opposing defense.” — Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at aram.tolegian@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA VERNE — Glendora High School football coach Mark Pasquarella can thank Tartans basketball coach Mike LeDuc for loaning him two important players. Quarterback Brad Stockham, who played guard last year for LeDuc, and receiver Brandon Bryan, a power forward on the basketball team, often looked like they were playing a pickup game of hoops on Friday night. center_img The result? Stockham connected with Bryan for three touchdowns that resembled alley-oops as Glendora defeated visiting Arcadia High 42-25 in a nonleague game at Bonita. “The guy is a great player, you just throw it up and see what he can do with it,” Stockham said of Bryan. “I am in awe every time I throw it up to him and he catches it like that. I guess it’s pure athleticism on his part.” last_img read more

Photo Gallery: H-DN Senior All-Star Basketball Games

first_imgProceeds from the event go toward the Humboldt-Del Norte League. Eureka >> The Humboldt-Del Norte League held its annual Senior All-Star Basketball Games on Monday at St. Bernard’s Academy.Boys and girls teams representing the North (white jerseys) and the South (dark jerseys) teams faced off in a friendly atmosphere and entertained an enthusiastic crowd.The North girls team prevailed 66-54 in the first game.In the boys game, the North team won by a score of 65-53.last_img

Local Food and Resilience

first_imgThe number of farmers’ markets is increasingNationwide, in August 2011, there were nearly 7,200 farmers’ markets, up from just 4,100 in 2005. In Vermont, the number of farmers’ markets grew from 19 in 1986 to 87 in 2010, Grubinger reported at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA) annual meeting in Burlington this past weekend.With CSAs, consumers buy shares of a farm’s output, and they usually pay for that up-front, providing farmers with needed capital to get crops into the ground. From 1986 to 2010, the number of CSAs in Vermont increased from 2 to 81, according to Grubinger. Local farm stands, food co-ops, and local-food sections of grocery stores also support local farming — while providing customers with higher-quality, healthier food. About this seriesThroughout this resilient design series, I have covered how our homes and communities can continue to function in the event of extended power outages, interruptions in heating fuel, or shortages of water. Resilient design is a life-safety issue that is critical for the security and wellbeing of families in a future of climate uncertainty. OK, Vermonters can’t grow bananasIn Vermont, we don’t know exactly how much of our food comes from within the state, since nobody tracks food imports and exports at the state level. But Westminster, Vermont resident Dave Timmons, who is on the economics faculty at UMass Boston as well as an instructor in Marlboro College’s MBA program, Managing for Sustainability, has done a lot of thinking and writing on this topic. By comparing Vermont’s production and consumption with national levels, the largest the Vermont portion of our diet could be at the moment is about 38%, he says. That could be achieved if every calorie that was both produced and needed in the state stayed here (though this is clearly not the case; for example, Vermont both exports and imports apples).By re-allocating land uses and shifting some agricultural production away from dairy towards grains, for example (because the state currently produces more dairy than its residents consume), it is relatively easy to see how Vermont could become nearly self-sufficient in food (though without such crops as bananas, avocados, pecans, and oranges that can’t be grown here). Bill McKibben, in his book Deep Economy, suggested that Vermont could become food self-sufficient within one year if needed.A far more resilient food system is achievable in Vermont — and most states — if we make local food and, especially, direct sales of farm produce to consumers, a priority. Doing so would take some changes in our land-use patterns and priorities, but it is comforting to know that, fundamentally, we could create a fully resilient food system here. More farmers are selling directly to consumersA resilient food system will require that a far higher percentage of our food be produced more locally. Here in Vermont, only 5% of the food we eat is currently grown within the state, according to Vermont’s Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, released in July 2011. RELATED ARTICLES Victory gardens and backyard hensFood production can be even more local than nearby farms. We learned during World War II that Americans have the capacity to grow a significant fraction of their vegetables at home. As much as 40% of fresh produce consumed by Americans during the war was produced in homeowners’ victory gardens, allowing more of the nation’s farm output to be sent overseas to soldiers. While we have more than twice the population today, and thus less land per person, there is still significant potential for home gardens.Local food production can be supported through our buying decisions, but also through our policies. Strong local protection of open, arable land is key to enabling food resilience to emerge. Zoning that restricts development of farmland is an important — though often contentious — step in this direction. Also important is the allowance of farm-related activities in and around our towns and cities. Many places still prohibit raising chickens and other farm animals, though these restrictions are easing. Even in such urban areas as New York City and Chicago, keeping a small flock for egg production is now permitted, though roosters are typically prohibited. More extensive urban farms are popping up from Philadelphia to Seattle. In this final installment of my ten-part series on resilient design, I’m taking a look at where our food comes from and how we can achieve more resilient food systems.The average salad in the U.S. is transported roughly 1,400 miles from farm to table, and here in the Northeast, we get most of our fresh food from more than 3,000 miles away. Even in Iowa, where 95% of the land area is in agricultural production, one is hard-pressed to buy locally grown produce.If some sort of crisis causes a shortage of diesel fuel, grocery shelves will be depleted in a matter of days. And if severe, extended drought occurs in the West combined with a lack of winter snowpack in the Rockies, the Colorado River — upon which much of California’s most productive farmland is dependent — might not deliver enough water, causing food shortages and skyrocketing prices. But there is reason for optimism.In many parts of the country, the number of farms is growing for the first time in a generation — even as the total land area in agriculture continues to drop. And many of these newer farms are engaged in direct sales of food to consumers. In Vermont, 21% of farms are engaged in direct sales of produce to consumers, according to UVM Agricultural Extension Vegetable and Berry Specialist Vern Grubinger. Remarkably, Vermont leads the nation in direct sales of agricultural produce to consumers, with an average of $36.77 spent annually per capita in the state (2007) at farm stands, farmers’ markets, and “community supported agriculture” (CSA) operations. Local Food, Local WoodGarbage Disposal, Compost, or Landfill?Cutting Down Trees and Milling Lumber Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

Understanding (and Occasionally Ignoring) the 180-Degree Rule

first_imgBefore shooting a conversation for your next film, consider the 180-Degree Rule. It’s one of the most universally known rules of filmmaking — and you might want to completely disregard it.Above image via Fox Searchlight PicturesOne of the first rules of filmmaking that you’re taught in film school is the 180-degree rule. The rule is simple — while shooting a conversation or interaction between two to three characters, there’s an invisible line between them that the camera shouldn’t cross. If you cross the line, mismanaging shot composition and clouding the left/right spatial relationship of the characters, you risk confusing the audience. By keeping the camera on the same axis, you avoid a jarring cut and prevent the characters from appearing “reversed” or not looking at the opposite character.What is the 180 Degree Rule?In the video above, Matt Workman offers an excellent step-by-step walkthrough of how and why the 180-degree rule works when followed correctly. The video dives into just how important it is to match eye-lines in order for viewers to understand the spacial relation of the scene in front of their eyes. Aside from conversations, the rule can also be utilized for other basic actions on screen.Different Applications for the 180 RuleRyan Connelly from Film Riot presents another informative breakdown of the 180-degree rule, covering basic steps and applications.On-screen character movement is important, as it helps orient the audience to what’s happening in the world of your film. For example — two characters running away from  or toward each other. If a character is chasing the other, don’t have them moving the opposite direction on screen. This might seem like exceptionally basic insight, but come shooting time, your dedication to maintaining awareness of the 180-degree rule is vital to avoiding a post-production nightmare.Breaking the RulesImage via A24Now that you know the basic principles of the 180-degree rule, consider completely disregarding it! In regard to breaking the 180-degree rule, Connelly states:Of course you can break this if you want for effect or intelligently making it invisible, creating new 180s as you go. Action films do this all the time. It is not a hard and fast rule, but one that you need to know so that you can break it well. Rule of thumb for me is as long as it’s not distracting, or confuses your audience, you’re good to go!“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” It’s a saying attributed to everyone from Pablo Picasso to the Dalai Lama to Martha Stewart. The notion of breaking the 180-degree rule or, really, any basic filmmaking rule isn’t exactly new to the art form. Free-flowing cameras since the dawn of cinema have broken the rules (see some of the excellent work of the French New Wave), proving there’s no “set” way to film a conversation or room scene. You’re encouraged to disrupt the norm however you see fit. Have you ever broken the 180-degree rule? How did it work out? Let us know in the comment below!last_img read more

‘Clean air policy needs more focus on health’

first_imgTwenty-four Indian healthcare professionals, including two who are currently posted at the Indian research station in Antartica, have told the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) that the draft policy for the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) falls short of their expectations. ‘Enough evidence’ “We believe there is enough research and evidence on the fact that air pollution is causing havoc to the health and well-being of people,” the doctors stated in the letter addressed to MoEFCC Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, suggesting that more emphasis be given to health. They recommend two measures — to mitigate adverse health impacts of air pollution and make provisions for the betterment of affected populations. “This policy can bring down the disease burden drastically. Therefore, we want health to be given much more importance in the policy,” said Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal, Additional Professor, Environment Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, one of the 24 signatories. He added that air pollution is commonly linked only with respiratory diseases but it also contributes to non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular ailments. The doctors cited a report on the contribution of air pollution to disease burden remaining high in India between 1990 and 2016, with levels of exposure among the highest in the world.last_img read more