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‘Declare Your Assets by July 28’

first_imgGroup photo with President Sirlaef, Commissioners of LACC and heads of the National LegislaturePresident Sirleaf Announces at Assets Declaration Training President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called upon the Legislature and the Judiciary to respect the Code of Conduct by requiring all officials of their Branches to issue their Declaration of Assets, declaring, “This is the law”.“I call on all those concerned to declare their assets to ensure that they are in full compliance by the 28th of July 2017, the deadline established by the LACC,” the President announced.She was speaking last Friday during the  Assets Declaration Training held in Monrovia under the sponsorship of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and its partners, according to an Executive Mansion release.As we come together today, we reconfirm to our nation and to our development partners, our commitment to comply with this legal provision of the Code of Conduct in the interest of good governance and the fight against corruption,” added President Sirleaf. “Remove the Perception, Declare Your Assets”.She further called upon Presidential aspirants and Presidential appointees and other public officials, particularly those subject to false and nefarious accusations, to consider public disclosure of their Declaration of Assets and Liabilities.President Sirleaf  said Liberia is not bereft of laws, policies and strategies that meet international standards, noting that the declaration of assets is just one of many.  She said the problem is that we give little respect to the enforcement of these laws and the implementation of related policies and programs.  “I trust that this sensitizing gathering will result in a change in attitude and action on the part of those responsible to comply with or to enforce Asset Declaration,” President Sirleaf admonished.She thanked the Commission for organizing the event aimed at bringing attention to a fundamental requirement of accountability in public service.  President Sirleaf said although the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities is new to Liberia, she said she was proud that similar to many other financial management instruments, this has been introduced by her Government.President Sirleaf recalled that in 2012, the Executive Order on Asset Declaration was imposed as a requirement for all officials of the Executive Branch of Government. In June 2014 the Legislature extended this requirement for all three Branches of Government thereby demanding accountability from all those managing or benefiting from public resources.“It has been three years since members of the LACC were commissioned into office, five years since we issued the Executive Order on Asset Declaration, and three years since the Code of Conduct went into effect,” the President intoned.President Sirleaf challenged the LACC that more has been and is expected of the entity. “Investigation of Asset Declarations is called for in Section 10.2 of the Code. This could be done a on random basis, focusing particularly on those who have managed or benefited from significant public resource,” she noted.The President also expressed the need for more guidance on implementation of the Code with emphasis on:  “Who are those to declare? To whom should the Declaration be made? Which entities are the rightful custodians of the Declaration? When is the deadline for Declaration? What are the penalties for failure to declare?  The Code of Conduct does not respond to these issues so LACC should have assumed this responsibility”.She intimated that Liberians should be deeply saddened when we read what is said about the integrity of our country but she was quick to add that such statements and reports are  based on perceptions fueled by local reporting. However, perceptions unchallenged or unchanged become reality over time, she warned.“This is why, although not required by the Code of Conduct and with prejudice to laws, which protect the confidentiality of personal financial information, I made the decision to release to the public my Declaration of Assets and Liabilities, adding to that, my Personal Income Tax Returns, a filing done more in respect of personal discipline than requirement by the LRA,” she said confidently.In separate remarks, House Speaker, J. Emmanuel Nuquay and Senate Pro-Tempore Armah Zulu Jallah pledged to encourage their colleagues in the Legislature as well as staffers to declare their assets to those being trained as workers of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission. They acknowledged that the issue of the assets declaration was not anything strange and added that the passage of the bill was in the best interest of the country and its people.In her remarks, United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, said the US Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) remains committed to the training of participants in asset declaration. She commended President Sirleaf for leading the way in creating the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission as a means of leading by example in order to bring transparency and accountability into the governance processes of Liberia.The World Bank-Liberia Country Manager, Larisa Leshehenko said the World Bank welcomes the government’s renewed interest and commitment in pursuing the implementation of the Asset Declaration System training that will equip the relevant staff responsible for its administration.Earlier, Cllr. James N. Verdier, Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission welcomed stakeholders and participants to the one-day training session.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Navy pilot mourned

first_imgPHOTO GALLERY: USN MemorialWhen Laura Berwager Mankey’s future mother-in-law wanted to learn more about the woman her son was planning to marry, she went straight to the top – to her commanding officer in the Navy. “She was a warrior, but she never forgot that she was a lady,” Geri Mankey said, recalling the commanding officer’s words as she addressed about 200 mourners Saturday at a memorial service for the 26-year-old Navy pilot killed in a training mission off the coast of San Diego. “How many mothers-in-law can say their daughter-in-law is actually perfect? … Laura continues to live with me every day, reminding me always to be more of a lady and more of a warrior, to do everything with more enthusiasm, more courage and selflessness and love.” Lt. j.g. Mankey was killed Jan.26 along with three other sailors when their MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean during a routine training flight near San Clemente Island. The cause is under investigation. Mankey was born Laura Jean Berwager in Canoga Park and grew up in West Hills. She was a gregarious kid who spent 13 years in Girl Scouts and was voted Miss Popularity at Canoga Park High School, who joined the Navy to fulfill her dreams of flight but still baked cookies for her fellow officers. Gina Gerber recalled her sister’s hair, which she would style when they were younger. “As an adult, she loved helmet hair,” she said. “It would have shown that she had flown.” Laura also was deeply spiritual. Whenever she transferred to a new town, one of the first things she did was look for a local church, said the Rev. Eric Thomas, who recalled meeting Laura when she was just 5days old. “Holding her here and praying to God that she would follow the right path, I believed from that fateful day that Jesus preceded her,” said Thomas of Christ Community Church in Winnetka, where the service was held. Laura’s husband, Navy Lt. Jeff Mankey, cried but also laughed Saturday as he recalled his wife’s sunny disposition. Not even a rainstorm could ruin the good times during the couple’s recent Fourth of July picnic. “Oh my gosh, we could have a picnic on the living room floor,” he said, recalling his wife’s reaction when the day’s sun turned into a downpour. “She was willing to try anything.” Though their assignments often separated them, their hearts were never far apart. “We fell asleep on the phone, then (would) wake up and still be connected,” Mankey said. Brother Gene Berwager called his sister a friend and his hero. “Laura was really an achiever,” he said. “She achieved everything that she set out to do. Everything that she did in life was for the good of others.” At her wedding, Gene Berwager recalled dropping his tough older-brother persona to dance with his sister. “Did you know that you’re holding me?” he recalled asking her the moment they hit the dance floor. “You never held me before.” The siblings did manage to make up for lapsed hugs, and Gene offered advice for others. “Make sure you give ’em hugs,” he said. “You never know if it is going to be your last one.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Burning to be restricted in Prince George Fire Centre

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – In the wake of hotter, drier conditions, the BC Wildfire Service says that once again this summer, they will be banning Category 2 fires.The prohibition on Category 2 fires, which are defined as smaller than two metres high and three metres wide, goes into effect at noon on Thursday, Aug. 18th across the entire Prince George Fire Centre. The ban will remain in effect until Sept. 30th, or until otherwise notified.In addition to banning fires larger than 50 centimetres wide by 50 centimetres high, the ban also covers:- Advertisement -The burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 2,000 square metres.The use of burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description.The use of sky lanterns, tiki torches or fireworks.Advertisement The use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA/ULC approved.Cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes are still allowed, as are large Category 3 fires provided they comply with open burning regulations. Anyone wishing to conduct a Category 3 burn must obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 (888) 797-1717. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:http://ow.ly/jdO5301kS32Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call toll-free at: 1 (800) 663-5555, or dial *5555 from a mobile phone.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Police investigate Aggravated BurglaryGarden loop

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred around 12:30am this morning (Thursday 27th July 2017) in the area of Garden Loop, Grace Bay Providenciales.Upon arrival, the victims told officers that four (4) males entered their home with guns and demanded money. They also stated that the men had their face covered, one wearing a black short pants and the other had on a grey sweater material shirt with a light blue green cloth covering his face. The culprits took a watch and two (2) cell phone and fled the scene.An investigation is ongoing into this report.Anyone who may have information about these four (4) men are asked to contact the police at 338-5901 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Getting stalled at fashion week

At the just concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013, it wasn’t only the ramp shows that grabbed our attention. With more than a 100 designers displaying their wares at the stalls, lovers of high fashion had a lot to feast one. Here is our pick of the stalls. While some were different, others we liked for their quirky charm. Read on to find out why.NITIN BAL CHAUHANQuirky cool is how Nitin Bal Chauhan’s collection can be best described. His stall showed off items from his new label called Bhoot Sawaar. Dresses, long T-shirts, jackets, trousers and tees had quirky graffiti and images digitally printed on them. Chauhan used handcrafted trims and rivets inspired from punk and rock. There were metallic details and even safety pins added to the ensembles to add to the quirky coolness. Prints like those of Goddess Kali, skulls and Jesus wearing a crown of guitars added to the X-factor. Music was a big influence on the collection. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’CHANDRANI SIINGH FLLORAWhen most stalls were high on bling with Indianwear, Chandrani Siingh Fllora’s stall came as a welcome relief to those who like Westernwear. Comprising mostly pret, her collection spoke of ‘peace’. The theme was replicated in the ensembles through the bird pigeon, which was the leitmotif of the collection. The colours were soft, the fabrics fluid and the silhouettes flowy. Peach, beige, white grey with bursts of blue and green made up the colour palette. Fabrics used were net, georgettes and cotton. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixASHA AND GAUTAM GUPTAThe use of bright and vibrant colours is what made Asha and Gautam Gupta’s collection stand out. Chilly Strawberry is what the collection was called and it comprised jackets, hot pants, tunics, kaftans, drape saris with ruffles, lehengas and gowns. The designer duo from Greater Kailash used Indian textiles like kalamkari, batik and blends like cotton linen, georgette and cotton satin. The ensembles were jazzed up using self-created digital prints inspired by everything from African tribal to floral to mosaic to effect-like splash and drops in bright tones of neon greens, prussian blue, electric blue, aqua, pale orange, emerald green, mango green, icy green etc. NIHARIKA PANDEYTucked away in one corner, one would have missed out Niharika Pandey’s stall but for the quirkiness of it. The young designer, who is based in Shahpur Jat, had a stall full of colourful creations. Apart from clothes, Pandey also designed bags. There were velvet trimmings and cutwork in the creations that were dominated by shades of maroon and green. The collection was about being happy and to recreate that, she used music symbols and hibiscus flowers. read more

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