Gov’t Challenges Public to Make Use of FOI

first_imgThe Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs, and Tourism (MICAT), has challenged the Liberian public and foreigners alike to take advantage of the Freedom of Information law by making use of its contents, in an effort to make this government and others to come, more transparent and accountable to the people.The Deputy Minister for Administration at MICAT, Norris Tweh, said the FOI Law will only be effective when Liberians get to fully hear about and understand it through publicity and awareness programs.Speaking at a FOI Education and Awareness program organized by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Minister Tweh said that everyone (Liberian and non-Liberian) has the right to seek, receive, and impart information as stipulation in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Briefing workshop participants that included the media, employees of MOH&SW, medical entities and the Ministry’s Acting Information Officer, on the FOI procedures on requesting information from public entities such as ministries and agencies that fall under the FOI Act, Minister Tweh said that requests can be received by e-mail, letter, in person and by phone.Minister Tweh indicated that when a request is received(via E-mail, letter) by an Information Officer at any entity, it should be dated and stamped and the information requested will be process in a period of 30 days, including the date of receipt.He noted that information that maybe requested and denied by any Information Officer has four procedures through, which appeals could be taken.“When your request is being denied by an Information Officer, you have four steps you can take to have that decision overturned depending on its legitimacy. The first step is to seek redress through an internal review body in that entity to which your request was sent. If you are not satisfied by the decision taken by that body, you may take your case to the Information Commission and from there to the Civil Law Court with the option to go even further: to the Supreme Court,” Minister Tweh said.He said: “We as Liberians can use the FOI Law to make our Ministries and Agencies more efficient and effective and this may subsequently lead to the expansion of our economy.Giving an overview of the FOI law, Information Commissioner Cllr. Mark Bedor-Wla Freeman, said that advancing the right of access to information is a joint- responsibility between the government and its citizens.Cllr Freeman said while the government must assure full and effective implementation and enforcement of the FOI Act, it is up to the citizens to monitor government’s efforts and to use the law; ultimately, the value of the FOI law rests in its implementation and use, and it is only by seeking and making requests for formation, that the benefits of access to information can fully be enjoyed.“This is why government decided to prioritize this document and had it passed into law about three years ago. The government thinks the people should have a say in the governance process of the state.Also quoting the Preamble of the Liberian Freedom of Information Act, the Information Commissioner boss said access to information is indispensable to a genuine democracy and good governance and no limitation shall be placed on the public’s right to be informed about the government and its functionaries.A participant wanted to know whether Information Officers are selected or appointed by the minister or by the president—and whether such an appointment by one or the either might not produce a compromising situation.Meanwhile, Liberia’s FOI Act was signed into law on September 16, 2010, provides all persons the right of access to public information. The right of access to information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and People’s rights, as well as the constitution of the country (Liberia).FOI laws or regulations have been passed in over 90 countries around the world, with an even greater number enjoying a constitutional right to information. Liberia is the first country in West Africa to establish a comprehensive right to information law and the sixth in Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Football, food and fun at Sister Sara’s this Bank Holiday weekend

first_imgBig Bank Holiday celebrations are planned for Sister Sara’s Letterkenny this weekend, making it the go-to place for entertainment.The popular superpub on the Port Road has a packed line-up of live sport and music for all this Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Start the weekend in style with the Broke Folks on Friday 2nd August from 9pm.On Saturday, Sister Sara’s will have the Donegal v Mayo game from 6pm, with huge top-quality screens to watch the clash.After the match they have music through the night with Stephen Mc Ginley live from 7.30pm followed by DJ Caelan Boyle at 10.30pm for a free disco. And the party keeps going on Sunday night with DJ Tubbsy on the decks to celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend from 10.30pm.Sister Sara’s isn’t just a nighttime party venue – with Sara’s Kitchen, it is now a hotspot for food lovers too. They have a wide selection of small and big plates to keep you satisfied. There are delicious daily specials and a great selection of tea and coffees available.Why not enjoy your delicious food and drinks in the beer garden while the sun shines?Sister Sara’s Beer GardenFind the food you’ll love by grabbing a table in Sara’s Kitchen, open 4-9pm Monday to Thursday and 12.30-9pm Friday to Sunday. Treat yourself to lunch, Sunday dinner, a midweek evening without the dishes or some nibbles with a cocktail!For more info or bookings, just call (074) 912 2238Follow @sistersaras on FacebookValue Lunch Menu at Sister Sara’s Letterkenny  Football, food and fun at Sister Sara’s this Bank Holiday weekend was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:bank holiday weekendGAAletterkenny foodSister Sara’sSportlast_img read more

Fulham v Aston Villa: Sidwell is recalled

first_imgFulham midfielder Steve Sidwell is restored to the starting line-up for the game against his former club, with Pajtim Kasami dropping to the bench. Youngster Lasse Vigen Christensen is among the substitutes for the first time.Aston Villa are without skipper Ron Vlaar and Antonio Luna, who are both injured.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise; Dejagah, Parker, Karagounis, Sidwell, Kačaniklić; Berbatov.Subs: Stockdale, Zverotic, Richardson, Kasami, Duff, Ruiz, Christensen.Aston Villa: Guzan, Herd, Baker, Clark, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke.Subs: Steer, Lowton, Helenius, Albrighton, Bowery, Sylla, Tonev.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Joburg in top 50 commerce hubs

first_img29 November 2007Johannesburg has been ranked 47th out of 50 cities worldwide in a new study of the centres of commerce that shape the global economy.The findings of the study, the MasterCard Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index, were presented in Johannesburg this week.Compiled from research by a panel of eight independent economic, urban development and social science experts from leading academic institutions around the world, the index explores the strategic role that cities play in driving the global economy.Based on six measurement dimensions consisting of over 100 data points, the index assesses the legal and political framework, the economic stability, the ease of doing business, the financial flow, the business centre capabilities, and the knowledge creation and information flow of the world’s 50 leading cities.Occupying first position in the index is London, followed by New York, Tokyo, Chicago and Hong Kong. Completing the top 10 are Singapore, Frankfurt, Paris, Seoul and Los Angeles.Johannesburg’s highest ranking was in the “financial flow” dimension, where the city was ranked 26th. The city also scored high in the “ease of doing business” dimension, where it was ranked 33rd. However, it scored low for “economic stability” and “knowledge creation and information flow”.Speaking at the presentation in Johannesburg, MasterCard Worldwide’s general manager for Africa, Eddie Grobler, said the city’s ranking “demonstrates its position as a continental hub. As the city with the highest ranking in Africa, Johannesburg’s ranking tells an amazing growth story.”Parks Tau, a member of the city’s mayoral committee for finance and economic development, said Johannesburg had increased its capital investment significantly over the past five years.“There has been considerable growth in government-led public investment to support growth in the city, along with a concerted effort by the City, in partnership with the private sector, to develop the city,” Tau said.At the same time, Tau said there were areas where the city could improve, especially public transport. This would change for the better with the introduction of a bus rapid transit system, which would give Johannesburg a “safe and reliable” transport system.Mike Schussler, senior economist at T-Sec, said Johannesburg would also have to improve its knowledge base and its network capabilities if it was to succeed in the broader game of global growth and city wealth.“We do, however, know that between now and 2010, continued capital investment is planned by the City of Johannesburg for areas such as business process outsourcing, tourism and its public transport infrastructure,” Schussler said.“These investments, coupled with increased attention from the City on law enforcement and traffic congestion, will enable Johannesburg to improve its position as a world centre of commerce significantly.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Tax webinar and workshop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers, farm representatives and rural landowners can learn more about the special issues with farm tax returns during a daylong tax webinar and workshop Dec. 14 hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Topics such as inherited property and income tax on farm transfers will be discussed during the workshop, which focuses on issues specific to farm tax returns related to agriculture and natural resources, said Larry Gearhardt, director of the Ohio State University Income Tax School Program of Ohio State University Extension.The six-hour program, which will be presented in a live webinar format, is open to tax preparers as well as individuals who file their own farm taxes, Gearhardt said.The program, which is an intermediate-level course, will focus on the changes in tax laws, in particular those that deal with agriculture like Section 179 expense deductions and bonus depreciation, he said.“Right now we are in a holding pattern waiting to see if Congress takes any action on making changes to this section,” Gearhardt said.Other topics to be discussed during the webinar include: repair regulations, farmer net investment income tax issues, commodity credit corporation loans, and livestock transaction.The cost for the one-day school is $130, and organizers have applied for continuing education credits for the course, Gearhardt said. More information on the workshop, including how to register, can be found at go.osu.edu/taxschools. Participants can contact Gearhardt at 614-292-2433 or gearhardt.5@osu.edu for more information.Registration includes the Agricultural Tax Issues Book. The deadline to register is Nov. 23 in order to ensure participants can get the manual via mail in time for the workshop. The live webinar, which will also feature a real-time Q-and-A, can be viewed at several host locations statewide and will include lunch. Participants also have the option to view the webinar from home if they aren’t able to attend a host location, he said.For those who choose not to attend the host location, a web address for the webinar will be sent to those who have registered a week in advance of the Dec. 14 presentation, Gearhardt said. Participants must be registered before Nov. 23 to ensure receipt of the tax issues workbook by mail before the webinar, he said.Host locations include:Ashtabula County:OSU Extension Office39 Wall St., JeffersonAuglaize County:OSU Extension Office208 S. Blackhoof St., WapakonetaClermont County:OSU Extension Office1000 Locust St., OwensvilleFulton County:OSU Extension Office8770 SR 108, Suite A, WauseonMiami CountyOSU Extension Office201 W. Main St., Old Courthouse, TroyNoble County:OSU Extension South Central Region Office16714 Wolf Run Road, CaldwellPutnam County:OSU Extension Office1206 E. Second St., OttawaRoss County:OSU Extension Office475 Western Ave., ChillicotheWayne County:Fisher Auditorium1680 Madison Ave., WoosterWyandot County:Elks Lodge320 E. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sanduskylast_img read more

Ind vs WI: India 102/2 at lunch on day 3

first_imgIndia were 102 for two in their first innings, in reply to West Indies’ 204 all out, at lunch on day three of the third and final cricket Test at Windsor Park on Friday. Abhinav Mukund (52) and VVS Laxman (30) were at the crease for India at the break. Brief Scores West Indies 1st innings: 204 all out India 1st innings : 102 for 2 in 38 overs. (Abhinav Mukund 52 batting, VVS Laxman 30 batting; Darren Sammy 1/18, Fidel Edwards 1/22).- With PTI inputslast_img