UNDP Boss Calls for Honesty in Procurement

first_imgThe Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Liberia has called for ‘honesty’ among procurement officers in Liberia, a press release said yesterday.Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai said anyone who sees procurement as a money-making profession to earn extra money outside of their salaries must immediately leave the sector.He was speaking recently at the opening of a set of back to back CIPS levels 2 and 3 training for public procurement officers.The trainings were organized by the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) with support from UNDP for beginners and mid-level procurement personnel from Line Ministries, Agencies, Commissions and UNDP.About 60 trainees formed part of a batch of staff who have either successfully completed previous levels of the CIPS trainings or are beginners.This initiative seeks to qualify public sector procurement practitioners for certificates in public procurement and subsequent accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), based in UK.“You are being trained to make savings for the government without losing sight of the quality that you are looking for…. Procurement is not for money making. If you’re here to make more money, then I think you’re in the wrong place….” Dr. Beyai said at the opening of the exercise.He told procurement officers that the purpose of the trainings is to ensure that they do their best in making sure that funds are saved for government without compromising quality.“You can make effective use of this training without being a roving thief in the streets of Monrovia, but be efficient procurement persons to support the efforts of the government…. This country needs a lot; and I think for us to get to where we want to go, we need people like you,” Dr. Beyai stated.The Executive Director of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), James Dorbor Jallah, said the training for the group of thirty (30) persons was the third group of CIPS level three for this year, while the other was for CIPS 2.“The first two CIPS 3 trainings were conducted early February and late March where a total of 70 procurement personnel benefitted. By the end of this batch, Liberia may have trained, at level three, up to one-hundred people which is a good thing,” Mr. Jallah said.He said it is hoped that by the end of the year when level four should have commenced, a significant number of procurement officers would have been trained.The PPCC Director thanked UNDP for the partnership and support to the PPCC and the Government over the years.Sidiki Quasia of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) also lauded efforts by the PPCC with support from UNDP for the strides being made to build trust, efficiency and effectiveness among procurement staff to help promote accountability and transparency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgWE KNOW Jim McGuinness is good – now it seems so does Liverpool Football Club.That’s the latest report linking the Donegal manager with a change of sport, following reports linking him with Celtic last week.The claim – in the Irish Times – says Jim McGuinness is being linked to a full-time position as sports psychologist with Liverpool football club. But they also report the link has been dismissed by the Donegal County Board, presuming the Board can speak on Jim McGuinness’s behalf.Donegal chairman PJ McGowan insisted: “Jim was appointed for four years and he has only done two. He wanted four years himself and that’s what we agreed to.“This is total news to me. We have already talked to Jim about plans for what he intends to do over the winter months and next year.“What Jim does in his own time is his business but this would be a total shock,” McGowan added. McGuinness has an MSc in sport psychology from John Moore’s University in Liverpool and has given lectures to several non-GAA sports organisations.He is believed to have recent links with Liverpool’s manager and Antrim native Brendan Rodgers. KOP THAT! NOW JIM McGUINNESS LINKED TO JOB AT ANFIELD was last modified: October 5th, 2012 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

South Africa ‘event destination of choice’

first_img29 February 2012 South Africa is fast becoming one of the world’s favourite destinations for big events, meetings, conferences and exhibitions, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told delegates at the Meetings Africa expo in Johannesburg on Tuesday. According to Van Schalkwyk, the country has already secured over 200 international conferences over the next five years, which are expected to attract around 300 000 delegates and provide an economic boost of more than R1.6-billion. “We will encourage business travellers to stay longer to explore our country’s tourist offerings and, of course, to return with their families,” Van Schalkwyk said. Van Schalkwyk said South Africa’s capability and infrastructure for business tourism was superb. “Besides the three big national convention centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, our destination is home to numerous other facilities that give the world’s meetings and conference organisers the same quality, variety and choice that South Africa offers across the larger tourism sector.”National Convention Bureau of South Africa Meetings Africa is the biggest business-to-business tourism exhibition on the continent. This year’s event introduces the industry to the National Convention Bureau of South Africa, an entity that will give the larger industry a strategic and operational platform from which to boost the country’s business tourism global competitiveness. The National Convention Bureau, which starts operating in April, will be central to South Africa’s ambition to leverage the global opportunities to remain Africa’s number one host of meetings and conferences. Established in November and headed up by executive manager Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, the Bureau will act as a “one-stop shop” for independent information and assistance, giving neutral advice on all aspects of hosting and organising any business tourism-related event in South Africa. The Bureau has set a target for 2012/13 of supporting at least 30 bids for new international meetings, with a potential of 18 000 delegates and R162-million in direct economic spend. More than 200 international hosted buyers are attending Meetings Africa this year, engaging with the South African and regional industry to conclude deals which seek to grow business tourism arrivals. The buyers, hosted by South African Tourism, come from 18 markets which include the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Kenya, Germany, Netherlands, China, Brazil and Nigeria. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa raises women’s health awareness at UN

first_img29 September 2015Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, South Africa’s first lady, has used her presence in New York City, where she is attending the 70th session of the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA), to promote women’s health awareness.Arriving in #NYC for historic #UNGA#UN70 Adoption of 17 new global goals for sustainable development by 2030 pic.twitter.com/JNT3I2Kczd— TMZ Foundation (@tmzfoundation)September 28, 2015Two issues relevant to women’s health, namely cancer, especially cervical and breast cancer, and HIV prevention and treatment, were in focus.Madiba-Zuma participated in UNGA meetings such as “Putting cancer on the global agenda: the time to act now” on 27 September, as well as the Organisation of First Ladies Against HIV and Aids roundtable event, “Building on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to invest in the post-2015 development agenda”, on 28 September. The latter had a focus on adolescent and young people’s health.African #firstladies use our voices for continued advocacy for a #cancersmart world #pnbcf#UNGApic.twitter.com/MdIoVcQn0d— TMZ Foundation (@tmzfoundation) September 28, 2015“The only way we are going to address women’s sexual and reproductive health including cervical and breast cancer, HIV, Aids and TB, is to ensure that policies, programmes and services are integrated,” she said. “When a woman visits a health care provider, whether it is a GP or a nurse at a clinic, she should be treated as a whole person with a range of health needs.“It is my responsibility to the people of South Africa to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive health is kept high on the national and global agenda,” she said.South Africa’s progressSouth Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world and has managed to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV at six weeks from 8% in 2008 to 2.6% in 2013. Currently, though, adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 24 are being left behind by the national Aids response.Madiba-Zuma advocated for strategic yet innovative and flexible strategies for adolescent girls and young women with regards to HIV prevention and treatment, with a clear link to sexual and reproductive health.Through the Thobeka Madiba-Zuma Foundation, she works locally and globally with partners to advance the agenda on breast and cervical cancer, HIV and TB.UNGA 70This year’s General Assembly is historic for two reasons: it marks the 70th anniversary of the UN and the MDGs make way for the adoption of new global goals for sustainable development.“The 70th anniversary of the UN is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements,” said secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. “It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.”More than 150 world leaders have gathered for the UN Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters in New York to formally adopt the new sustainable development agenda. This agenda will serve as the platform for action by the international community and governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for the next 15 years.Vaccination programmeThe first round of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination campaign ran from 23 February to 20 March this year. The campaign was conducted by the national Department of Health to protect young girls from getting cervical cancer caused by HPV. All girls in Grade Four who were nine years and older were to be vaccinated provided their parents had signed the consent forms. An estimated 500 000 girls in 18 000 public schools were to be vaccinated.South Africa took a major step towards protecting women against cervical cancer on 12 March 2014 when Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi launched the government’s HPV vaccine campaign, targeting girls aged between nine and 12 years old.HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer, which is responsible for the deaths of over 3 000 women in South Africa every year. The vaccination campaign will run during March and April. After six months, the same girls will receive the second dose of the vaccine.“Today, South Africa [becomes] one of the few countries on the continent to provide this vaccine to all Grade 4 learners,” Motsoaledi said at the launch. “The one country which provides this vaccine is Zambia, and it only gives 25 000 vaccines. It’s a serious disease affecting women around the world.”About 3 000 health workers have been trained to administer the vaccine, according to the Health Department. The Treasury has allocated R400-million for the campaign.Madiba-Zuma was at the launch in 2014, and said that many women died painful deaths as a result of breast and cervical cancers. “South Africa today is witnessing a huge milestone, a step towards the right direction, which is prevention is better than cure,” she said at the time.Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Visit OCJ/OAN at the Beef Expo

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Come visit us at the Ohio Beef Expo!The Ohio Beef Expo, the premier event of Ohio’s beef industry starts Friday and runs through March 19 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. This annual event, coordinated by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), includes a kickoff social, breed sales, shows and displays, an educational seminar, 3-day trade show and a highly competitive junior show.New and exciting things to note for the 30th Ohio Beef Expo include a three-day trade show for vendors. This provides the opportunity for Expo-goers to make a day trip to Columbus and experience all aspects of the event. The youth day events, including the judging contest and Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) sessions, will move to a new day and be held on Friday, March 17.OCA members and Expo exhibitors are invited to attend The Social, sponsored by Merial, on Thursday evening, March 16, at the Expo headquarters hotel, Crowne Plaza North. The kickoff event will auction items for OCA’s PAC fund such as a one-of-a-kind copper kettle donated by the Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association. Other items to sell in a live auction at The Social are the original painting commemorating the 30th Ohio Beef Expo Anniversary by C.J. Brown. Proceeds from the original painting will go toward a scholarship fund to be awarded to applicants through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. 30th Ohio Beef Expo prints will be available for Expo attendees to purchase in C.J. Brown Studio’s booth in the trade show, as well as the OCA membership booth. Proceeds from each print sold will also benefit the scholarship fund.Friday, March 17 will mark the official start of the Expo with registration for the judging contest now taking place in the Voinovich building’s upper mezzanine. Contest participants will meet at 8:00 a.m. for registration. The breed shows and parades will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Evans Cattle Company Arena (Cooper) and O’Neill buildings. At 10:00 a.m. cattlemen can attend an educational seminar “Top 6 Ways to be Successful and Profitable with Cattle in Ohio”. All cattlemen are invited to attend the session sponsored by United Producers, Inc. At noon youth are invited to attend a fitting demonstration in the Voinovich building. The online feeder cattle sale will be held on Friday at 1:30 p.m. As the sale takes place, judging contest awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. and then youth can attend a BQA session at 3:30 p.m. before heading to the junior show welcome party at 5:30 p.m. and hearing from representatives with Weaver Leather Livestock for a cattle care demonstration. Expo attendees can also visit the trade show with over 125 vendors from 18 states that offer products and services beneficial to all cattlemen.Saturday, March 18 will host the breed cattle sales in the Voinovich building, starting at 10:00 a.m. Prior to the first lot selling, “A Tribute to 30 years of the Ohio Beef Expo” will take place in Sale Ring 2 with Angus, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn and Simmental cattle selling afterward. Breed sale catalogs will be posted online at www.ohiobeefexpo.com as they become available. The junior showmanship competition will begin at noon on Saturday with over 400 participants competing for top honors in their respective divisions.On Sunday, March 19 junior exhibitors will begin showing at 8:00 a.m. in the Evans Cattle Company Arena (Cooper). New this year, OCA will be offering 10 $50 coupons to be used on Sunday only with any vendor in the trade show. Coupons will be awarded to individuals that share an OCA Facebook post promoting the 3-day trade show set to launch on March 1.Download the Ohio Beef Expo app. Available for both iPhones and Androids, the Ohio Beef Expo app provides a complete list of trade show exhibitors, breed shows, seedstock sales, junior shows and educational events. The app also allows users to search for activities, view schedules, download sale catalogs and receive exclusive mobile alerts.More than 30,000 visitors from 25 states and Canada routinely attend the Ohio Beef Expo. It is ranked as one of the top five largest events in central Ohio and is the premier location to meet Ohio’s cattle producers. Don’t miss it! Visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com for more information.last_img read more

UAEbased DTH operator YahLive has added two Russi

first_imgUAE-based DTH operator YahLive has added two Russian news channels to its HD bouquet.The operator has struck a deal with broadcaster RT to carry English language channel Russia Today and Rusiya Al-Yaum, which airs in Arabic.Russia Today is the flagship news channel of the RT network, covering political, economic and cultural issues. Rusiya Al-Yaum is Russia’s first Arabic news channel, offering a rolling 24-hour schedule of political, economic, cultural and sports news along with movies and documentaries. Both channels are available on a free-to-air basis to YahLive’s customers.Mohamed Youssif, YahLive’s CEO, said, “The addition of these two acclaimed channels further strengthens the position of YahLive as the hotspot for high definition television in the region.  We’re selecting channel partners based on the quality of their programming and the multi-cultural mix of our audience across the region. For example, Russia Today is the second most-watched foreign news channel in the US.High definition is the future of television and, because we have the capacity and engineering infrastructure, YahLive can offer the future today.  The range of channels available on the platform also means that there is something for everyone.”last_img read more