The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, has finally launched a five-year plan on the usage of herbs (traditional/country medicine) in all health centers across the country. The program is a part of the country’s new health care system.The Health Ministry, through the Division of Complementary Medicine, the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC), the Complementary Board and the Traditional Medicine Federation of Liberia (TRAMEDFOL) developed the plan, called the National Traditional Medicine Policy and Strategy. The plan will run from 2015-2019.During the formal launch of the five-year policy and strategy on traditional medicine, the Assistant Health Minister for Planning and Policy, Mr. Benedict C. Harris, said the national traditional medicine policy and strategy would complement conventional medical practices in Liberia.During the launch over the weekend in Monrovia, Minister Harris said the process to develop this policy was consultative and participatory at all levels of the stakeholders within the country and it included a detailed situational analysis of traditional medicine in Liberia and a desk review of relevant documents and the regional policy framework on the alignment of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) countries’ policy harmonization.Assistant Minister Harris, the developer of the Policy, said the Policy’s essential components include leadership and governance, building human resource capacity, financing, botanical research and development, manufacturing and infrastructure.“To achieve Liberia’s vision of becoming a middle-income country, the goal of this policy is . . . to improve, on an equitable basis, the health and social welfare status of the population of Liberia,” Assistant Minister Harris stated. “Sustained leadership, stakeholders’ commitment, resources and efforts are needed to achieve this through strengthened leadership and governance for traditional medicine practices in Liberia; increase mobilization of adequate domestic and external sustainable financial resources to support traditional medicine practices; improve human resource planning, develop and manage traditional medicine practice in Liberia; ensure the establishment of traditional medicine infrastructure; and strengthen and develop research in the field of traditional medicine.”The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Assistant Minister Saye Dahn Baawo and Dr. Nyaquoi K. Kargbo, Registrar of the LMDC, in separate remarks, said the policy is aimed at reforming and integrating quality, accessible, equitable and sustainable traditional medicine in the healthcare service delivery system for all people in the country.Dr. Baawo said the government will continue to pledge its support to traditional medicines and the first phase of strategy will be the national data registry of all Liberian herbalists across the country.For his part, Dr. Kargbo said the LMDC is pleased to witness the attached/or an annexed unit of traditional medicine at all health centers for patients to choose their kind of treatment.The Director of Complementary Medicine, Dr. Edwin S. Quoibia, expressed his appreciation to organizations and individuals that provided assistance and support in planning, developing and finalizing the Policy. He especially thanked LMDC and their Resource Director, Dr. Moses G. Y. Pewu.“We would like to appeal to all of our partners for their continual cooperation and support to the five-year Policy,” Dr. Quoibia said.The Policy is intended to serve as a guide for Liberians, other partners and traditional medicine workers in implementing and furthering the needed reforms of traditional medicine in Liberia. The policy has been developed to integrate traditional medicine practices with the conventional Western medical practices within Liberia’s health system. It focuses attention on leadership and governance, financing, human resources research and development, including infrastructure and manufacturing.The policy will apply to all institutions, organizations, individuals and other stakeholders involved with traditional medicine in the country. The application of this policy extends but will not be limited to herbalists, homeopath, acupuncturists, ayurvedic, osteopath, therapeutic massagers, drugless therapists, bone setters, traditional midwives, chiropractic, steam bath and food supplements.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Forensic audit findings… authorised $480,000 entertainment allowance for himself… personal driver paid $232,365The forensic audit into Go-Invest, conducted by Nigel Hinds and Associates, has unearthed situations where former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Keith Burrowes, used his authority to run roughshod over the entity he was entrusted with.According to the forensic audit report, Burrowes took a personal loan amounting to over $3 million, without any approval from the Board of Directors. In fact, Burrowes was not entitled to an entertainment allowance or salary advances, as Go-Invest was not responsible for his salary.Former GO-Invest CEOKeith BurrowesThe report noted that as CEO of Go-Invest, a position he vacated in 2015, Burrowes’ salary was financed from the Guyana National Cooperative Bank (GNCB)/Guyana Cooperative Financial Services.“However, as at July 31, 2015, Mr Burrowes had personal loans from Go-Invest amounting to $3.2 million. The outstanding amount was fully repaid by February 2016.”The report also noted that Burrowes authorised and received an entertainment allowance for himself, to the tune of a whopping $480,000. This was done without the approval of the Board of Directors.“Salary advances were abused by senior management. In some cases advances exceeded two or three times their salary. Despite the regulation that no staff should have more than two advances outstanding, the regulation was often not adhered to,” the auditors revealed.While Burrowes used his own authority to authorise monetary payments to himself, Hinds and Associates found that there was no clear policy for paying employees. The report noted that whenever employees were paid, the CEO did so at his discretion. In fact, auditors found that Burrowes re-designated employees and fixed new allowances for them. But that was not all. According to the forensic audit, the former CEO exercised sole control in hiring new employees. His jurisdiction was at the expense of the recruitment, Human Resources Manager and Accountant, who had little to no input in deciding who to hire. “Mr Burrowes sourced applicants, invited and conducted interviews for new hires by himself, instead of utilising the administrative department. The interview panel comprising the CEO, Accountant/Personnel Officer and a Senior Investment Officer was rarely utilised.”The audit found that even Go-Invest employees’ pension plans were not safe. In 2014, the Workers Pension Plan was suspended, creating “a sense of insecurity among staff of Go-Invest”. Auditors noted that this was the workers only security for retirement.In accordance with the ad hoc system in place, the report detailed that Burrowes, as CEO, instructed that his personal driver be paid $232,365 for his service. This was done despite the driver not being an employee of Go- Invest.“This instruction was given by memorandum dated December 22, 2014, and executed on December 23, 2014,” the report revealed.Go-Invest is a statutory body which functions as the facilitator of local and foreign investment in Guyana. Considering the substantial portfolio Burrowes managed, governance structures would normally be in place to prevent mismanagement.But according to the report, Go-Invest did not have an Internal Audit Department or Audit Charter. And according to Hinds’ report, in his observations, the audit firm’s initial requests for documents were hampered at first, though they eventually procured the documents with cooperation from staff.“As a consequence, they are not prepared to improve the agency’s governance, risk management, provide checks and balances and implement internal controls.”“Go-Invest operated without a documented governance structure, this allowed for ad-hoc decision-making, resulting in serious deficiencies in how the agency was managed at both the Board of Directors and Executive level for the period under review.”RecommendationsThe auditors recommended that the unauthorised payments to Burrowes’ personal driver should be recovered from Burrowes himself. They also recommended that all outstanding staff advances be recovered or cleared according to the terms when they were made.To prevent reoccurrences, auditors recommended that an internal audit department be established. It was noted that having this in place would improve governance, risk management and internal controls.“An audit charter, audit plan and an audit manual should be documented. The internal audit charter provides the functional and organisational framework within which internal audit will operate.”“The charter will set out the scope, objectives, authority, accountability role and responsibility of internal audits within Go-Invest.”Burrowes stepped down as CEO in 2015 due of the flurry of criticisms levelled against him. He also came under fire from the Private Sector Commission. It had been reported that Burrowes’ decision was prompted by the criticisms that he was a “political appointee.”The Go-Invest audit is one of several commissioned by Government into State entities in 2015.It was only on Thursday that Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, renewed his challenge for the Government, rather than just talking, to hire a firm to go after those who were involved in malfeasance in office. This, he had stressed, was only if claims of such malfeasance were legitimate.
He refused, however, to rule out re-hiring Fuentes. “I’m sure he’ll be considered,” Beilke said. Councilman David Armenta, who voted against electing Beilke mayor and strongly opposes re-hiring Fuentes, said he plans to keep a close eye on the council’s direction under Beilke. “There’s a lot of change that needs to be done, but there is a right way and wrong way to do it,” Armenta said. Gallegos-Smith said she wasn’t sure whether she would support bringing back Fuentes. She said she wants to review the pool of candidates before deciding. Archuleta said he would reserve judgement on Fuentes, saying he needed more information about why Fuentes was sacked in the first place. “I’d like to know because the community needs to know,” he said. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – With supporting votes from two newly elected members, City Councilman Ron Beilke was elected by the panel as Pico Rivera’s new mayor. Sworn in at Tuesday night’s council meeting were newcomers Gracie Gallegos-Smith and Bob Archuleta, who replaced Pete Ramirez and Carlos Garcia when the two incumbents lost the March 6 election. Incumbent Gregory Salcido, who won re-election, also was sworn in, for a third term. The newly constituted council unanimously elected Gallegos- Smith as mayor pro tem Tuesday. Beilke, elected mayor in a 4-1 vote, said the council will meet in closed session at 3:30 p.m. today to discuss the selection of a new city manager. Pico Rivera has been without a top administrator for the past six months, since the council voted Sept. 20 to fire former City Manager Chuck Fuentes. Beilke said members could decide today whether to select a new manager from a list of candidates recruited by a hired consultant. The city paid the head-hunting firm, Bob Murray and Associates, $17,500 to help find qualified candidates. Or, Beilke said, members could select a new manager on their own. The hiring process could be done with or without a formal interview process, he said, citing an urgency to fill the position. “There is no possible way that leaving that position open is in any way productive for the city. The city has been on standstill for six months,” Beilke said.
MOSCOW – Thousands of somber, teary-eyed mourners shuffled past the open casket of Boris Yeltsin in a vast cathedral Tuesday, lighting candles and laying flowers as Orthodox priests chanted prayers for the first freely elected president of Russia. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton headed the list of foreign dignitaries flying in for the funeral and burial today in Moscow’s elite Novodevichy Cemetery – largely a resting place for Russian dreamers and artists rather than politicians. Among other ex-world leaders from Yeltsin’s era expected at the funeral were former Polish President Lech Walesa and former British Prime Minister John Major. Yeltsin died Monday of heart failure at age 76. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
HOUSTON — Missing his most overpowering stuff, 43-year-old Roger Clemens gritted his teeth and pushed his hometown Houston Astros closer to their first World Series. After all, this is why he put off retirement twice. His teammates picked him up with a couple of key hits, including Jason Lane’s tiebreaking single, and the Rocket improved to 12-8 lifetime in the postseason. And he might be on the mound again: If this year’s series goes the full seven, Clemens is scheduled to start the final game. Of course, if Houston drops the next three, this could have been the final outing of his remarkable career. “I was trying to stay extremely tall and violent on the mound, so my stuff was moving well,” said Clemens, bothered by a strained hamstring down the stretch. “Legs feel fine. You know, it was just emptying the tank.” The home team has won nine of 10 games between the clubs in the last two NLCS meetings. Clemens struck out only one matching his lowest total of the season, also against St. Louis on July 17. But he kept the ball down and minimized the damage in the fifth and sixth, allowing six hits and walking two overall. “He’s unbelievable,” Lamb said. Chad Qualls pitched two scoreless innings, and Lidge worked the ninth for his second save of the series. He gave up a two-out RBI double to pinch-hitter John Mabry, snapping a string of 31 consecutive scoreless innings against St. Louis dating to 2003. “I think it just proves he’s human,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “I mean, he’s really, really good, but if you compete against anybody, you have a chance to break through.” Losing pitcher Matt Morris, who won the clincher in a first-round sweep of San Diego, matched Clemens until the fourth, when he issued a leadoff walk to Morgan Ensberg. Lamb then lifted a 2-1 pitch to the opposite field over the short porch in left, his second homer of the postseason. “I’ve seen them do it a number of times, flip it over into those boxes,” Morris said. “I didn’t think he hit it as good as he did, and I don’t think he hit it that good anyway but it went out.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clemens held the Cardinals in check with six gutsy innings, Mike Lamb homered and Houston held off St. Louis 4-3 Saturday in Game 3 of the NL championship series. “It’s just experience, I guess,” Clemens said. “Sometimes, especially this time of year, you have to will yourself through some innings.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Brad Lidge finally allowed a run against the Cardinals, but got David Eckstein to fly out with a runner on second to save it. The Astros took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and need two more wins to reach the Fall Classic for the first time in the franchise’s 44-year history. “I’ll do whatever we need to do,” Clemens said. “We need to make it happen.” With two games remaining at Minute Maid Park, Houston can wrap up the series at home. Game 4 is Sunday, with Brandon Backe scheduled to face St. Louis’ Jeff Suppan. “Roger pitched a Roger game,” Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds said. “They got two great pitching performances and we haven’t been able to score. But if we win tomorrow, we’re even. There’s a lot of games left to play.” The Astros nearly won the pennant last year, but Clemens blew a two-run lead and lost Game 7 of the NLCS at St. Louis. This was his first chance to begin avenging that defeat, and he delivered despite coughing up a 2-0 cushion again.
Irish Water are set to meet with councillors on Thursday in the Dungloe over the ongoing water network issues in the Falcarragh and the wider Cloughaneely area, it has been confirmed. Last week, Irish Water confirmed that the water supply between Gortahork and Falcarragh had been scheduled for imminent, fast-tracked maintenance works. At the time, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Seamus O’Domhnaill confirmed to Donegal Daily that funding had been sanctioned for the upgrades and design to commence in the several weeks – with all maintenance to the water supply expected to be complete by October 2019. However, Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on the utility company to also meet with businesses and community representatives.He said: “Cloch Cheannfhaola and An Fál Carrach have been plagued with problems with their water supply for a number of years and I have made representations on their behalf to Irish Water over that period of time.“In the last six months or so, as the water situation in the area got worse, I asked Irish Water to come to the area to see the conditions for themselves and to talk to the community there to hear how they are affected.“At long last, Irish Water have agreed to a meeting, but it is to be in Dungloe Thursday the 16th at 10am and the only people invited are the Glenties MD councillors. “This is not good enough,” he added.“They need to see for themselves what the water problems are and listen to how this affects the local community.“I know if this on-going problem was affecting me and my family or business I’d be at this meeting.”‘Irish Water must hear the community at west Donegal meeting’ – Councillor was last modified: May 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:FalcarraghIrish Water
15 July 2013South African President Jacob Zuma took on five-year-old Keagan Rowe in a friendly game at the 2013 Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championship in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.Eight hundred players from 29 countries, including eight grandmasters, six women grandmasters and 13 international masters, took part in the 10-day tournament, which ended on Sunday.Former world champion Garry Kasparov also attended the championships. The Russian exile last year launched the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa in collaboration with South African organisation Moves for Life, which uses chess to promote maths and science education among underprivileged children.Zuma, who is a patron of Moves for Life and an advocate of the importance of chess in education, gave an address at the championships on Sunday, saying that chess had given solace to him and to many other former political prisoners on Robben Island, where he first learned to play the game.“It propelled our minds beyond the confines of the prison walls and allowed us to reflect and to position our thoughts strategically to fight the regime,” he said. “Many comrades made chess sets out of soap and driftwood that allowed us to continue to play this noble and great game.”Zuma said that he and the Department of Basic Education were keen to encourage chess as a serious sport in South African schools.“While with young children we are largely concerned about good development of sensory-motor skills … we must stimulate the intellectual faculties as well, while they are still young,” Zuma said, adding that chess inculcated “patience, quick wit, decisiveness and confidence” while serving as a “healthy diversion from often toxic television programmes”.Zuma noted that Chess South Africa was gearing up to host the World Youth championships in Durban in September 2014, adding that Port Elizabeth schoolgirl Charlize van Zyl stood out as an inspiration for the country’s young chess players.Van Zyl, 13, became the youngest South African to win a World Chess Federation title in May when she won the women’s division title of the federation’s 2013 Zone 4.3 Individual Championships in Botswana.Zuma’s one-off game against Keagan Rowe ended in a stalemate.SAinfo reporter
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said her People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) knowing it will be ‘suicidal’When her party entered into a tie-up with the BJP to form government in J&K, it was expected that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach out to Pakistan, she said.“We knew it (alliance with the BJP) was suicidal for the party. Yet we put everything at stake. For a party which is seen as one that encourages talks with separatists, we thought Modi will rise to the occasion and since (former PM Atal Bihari) Vajpayee did not have that kind of a mandate, we thought he will reach out to Pakistan, to the people of J&K and start what Vajpayee had left,” she said.When Vajpayee was the Prime Minister and her father was Chief Minister of J&K, the message which went out was both the Centre and the State government were on the same page and the 2002-2005 period became the “golden period”, she said.The PDP ensured a crowd of 30,000 when the Prime Minister was invited to the Kashmir valley but he did not rise to the occasion, she said, speaking at an event organised by the Observer Research Foundation.“Modi had the mandate which Vajpayee did not. While forging an alliance with the BJP, we had thought if he (Modi) could solve Kashmir’s woes, we did not mind if that meant an end of PDP. We took disillusionment (of people) on us for this purpose,” Mufti said.Asked if she would be open to an alliance with the Congress and the National Conference, she said, “We had never thought we would ally with the BJP. Now, an alliance with the Congress and NC depends on the need of the hour.” ‘SAARC being held hostage’She said countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are being held hostage to the dispute between India and Pakistan.The countries in the regional grouping should come together and make Jammu and Kashmir a model of cooperation, the PDP chief said.“SAARC countries are being held hostage due to the animosity between India and Pakistan. Why can’t all the SAARC countries come together and make Jammu and Kashmir a model for co-operation of SAARC countries,” she said.“Let’s have a SAARC office of all countries in Jammu and Kashmir. Let’s have a handicraft university of SAARC countries in Kashmir because there is no better place for handicraft than Kashmir,” she said. The need today is to make borders irrelevant, she added.Jammu and Kashmir was placed under the governor’s rule after the PDP-BJP alliance fell apart in June. Last month, governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the State assembly.
These glow-in-the-dark mushrooms might look like something from a 1960s black-light poster, but the luminous fungus Neonothopanus gardneri grows at the base of palm trees in Brazilian forests. The shrooms put on their light show to attract insects that will spread their spores, according to a study published online today in Current Biology. To test if that was the reason for the glow, the scientists placed plastic mushroom decoys at the base of trees, some lit with green LEDs to mimic the bioluminescence of the real thing. Over 5 nights, they counted the insect visitors to each imitation mushroom and found that those without LED light had far fewer: They collected a total of 12 insects from the dark mushrooms, compared with 42 from the glowing ones. In lab work, the researchers also showed that the mushrooms follow a daily rhythm, lighting up only when it’s dark—presumably, an energy-conserving measure and another indication that their glow serves a purpose.