The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) last Friday certified 25-newly recruited directors of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in strategic leadership and management in the public sector, known as Induction Training Course for Directors.The intensive weeklong orientation training is part of the new recruits’ 90-day probation on their academic and criminal records set by the MFDP, as well as a way to formally induce them in the public sector reforms of the country.Established in 1969, LIPA is the government’s center for capacity building of civil servants and the institutions at which they work.The training ran from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and representatives from the Civil Service Agency and the Governance Commission were part of the lecturing staff in the training.Some of the topics expected to be taught include: Code of Conduct, Public Financial Management Law and Regulations, Public Procurement Law and Management and Effective Organizational Communication and Time Management as well as Introduction to Public Sector Reforms, Civil Service Standing Order and Public Administration.The 25 newly recruited directors are Kpambu P. Turay, Dede D. Sandiman, Alice Williams, Gbawou C. Kowou, IV, Sidiki A. Quisia, D. Emmanuel Williams, II, Zoegar Q. Janyes, Comfort Erskine-Elliot and Lorpu Pewu-Sworh.Others were Alphonso B. Teah, Frederick B. Krah, Romeo D.N. Gbartea, Nathan F. Reeves, II, J. Mac-Nixon Flomo, Benedict D. Roberts, Bobby E. Musah, Gweh G. Tarwon and Varmu A. Reeves. The remaining directors include Ojuku T. Nyenpan, Jeremiah Barkemeni Sackie, Anthony G. Myers, Habib M. Sherif, Jesse B. Korboi, Theophilus Addey and William C. Mansfield.The newly recruited directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance but were recruited through a competitive vetting process recently to beef up the newly established MFDP.They have been classified into four groups: Departments of Fiscal Affairs, Administration, Economic Management and Budget & Planning.The Department of Fiscal Affairs has nine distinct operational offices, to including Directors of Non-Tax Revenue, Indirect Taxation, Modeling &Forecast, Direct Taxes, Fiscal Decentralization, Financial Approval, Treasury Services, Financial Regulations and Accounting Services.The Department of Budget & Development Planning has the second largest operational squad, namely the Directors of Budget Policy &Coordination, Social and Community Services, Economic Services, Public Administration Services, Regional & Sectoral Services, Public Investment, Monitoring & Evaluation and Planning, Development & Coordination.Others include the Directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity, which are under the Department of Administration; while the Directors of Aid Management, Economic Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.The Director General of LIPA, Mr. Oblayon Nyemah, spoke strongly on what he called gaps in the national government and budgetary constraints being faced by LIPA.Mr. Nyemah said LIPA is also facing logistical constraints, arguing that for over five years there have been no vehicles for senior directors and there isn’t a bus for the general staffers.The LIPA boss urged the trainees to take on the challenge of being principal directors because they are the highest-ranking civil servants. “You are the ones the country depends on to make decisions; it is not the political leaders, because they are not stable,” he said.The LIPA Director General said LIPA is trying to give the Civil Servants an approach that compasses steps and glades because there are numbers of factors that make up a good civil service; one can has the academic qualifications but lacks the skill set to do a practical piece of job.“All civil and public servants once recruited must benefit from orientation about the Civil Service Standing Order, Procurement Laws, Code of Order and other courses before going for confirmation and being employed,” the LIPA boss said. “This was a system that the country had but due to the many disruptions and interruptions in the country, governance of democracy has a big question mark on some of the unique practices.”He added: “If we want an effective, efficient and honest civil servants, they all need to pass through the walls of LIPA like as is done in other West African countries.Dr. David Kialain, a consultant at the Governance Commission (GC), urged the Directors to be professional in their jobs, a point made by the Deputy Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Othello Wah.For his part, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, hailed the GC, CSA and LIPA for the merger of the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Development Planning.He urged the newly recruited Directors to avoid employing ‘bag boys’ and only employ staffers from within the Ministry who should only be College or University graduates.Minister Konneh also admonished the Directors to work assiduously and professionally for the betterment of the country and the Ministry.Directors Zoegar Jaynes and Alice E. Williams, speaking separately on behalf of the Directors, thanked LIPA for the training as well as the CSA and GC, and assured Minister Konneh of their determination to do conscientious and honest work.However, besides the training of the 25 newly recruits Directors of MFDP, LIPA has also ended the completion of training of 41 top officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Stanley Holden, an acclaimed character dancer in Britain’s Royal Ballet who went on to teach generations of dancers in Southern California, has died. He was 79. Holden died Friday at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks from complications of heart problems and colon cancer, according to his stepdaughter, Mimi Stabile. Holden was born in the slums of London in 1928. His mother encouraged him to try ballet lessons when he was 13. At 16, he was accepted into the Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company, which later became the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden. For the Royal Ballet, Holden created roles in John Cranko’s “Harlequin in April” (1951) and Frederick Ashton’s “La Fille Mal Gardee” (1960) and “Enigma Variations” (1968). He retired in 1969 after dancing the travesty role of Widow Simone in “Fille” at the Royal Opera House. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He moved to Los Angeles in 1970 to become director of the Academy of Dance at the Music Center. He left after a year to establish his Stanley Holden Dance Center on Pico Boulevard, where he taught for nearly 30 years and was sought out by ballet luminaries including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland and Natalia Makarova, as well as film stars such as Juliet Prowse and Mary Tyler Moore. For the last 12 years, Holden had taught at the California Dance Theatre in Agoura Hills. In addition to Stabile, Holden is survived by his wife, Judy; three children from a former marriage, Marcelle, Janine and Mark, all of London; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Promoted Post Today, Thursday, is the start of the Evolve Menswear Easter Denim Sale. There’s a massive range of jeans reduced from top denim brands like Wrangler, Eto, Crosshatch, Levi’s and G-Star. Plus there are many more promotions in store – Jack & Jones 3 for 2; Pre-End 3 for 2; €100 off Como Suits; 25% off Carhartt. With all these exceptional offers, there’s no excuse for you to not be looking your absolute best this Easter.The denim sale is expected to bring large crowds to Evolve for great bargains.The experts at Evolve Menswear have shared a few tips on choosing jeans during this Easter Denim Sale, particularly the fit which is one of the most important factors when investing in a new pair of jeans.With denim continuing to play a major role within the modern gent’s wardrobe, even the smallest tweak to your current collection can help instantly bring your look up to date. Trying a new wash, fit or even a different brand can add a new dimension to your personal style and ensure your wardrobe doesn’t become stale.The Fit: Low-rise, straight-cut, skinny – these are just some of the styles that you’ll be able to choose from when shopping for a good pair of jeans. The trick is to figure out which cut suits your body type the best. For example if you’re quite tall, you’ll want to stay away from skinny jeans as they will elongate your frame. Similarly, a low-rise pair of jeans on a shorter person just won’t look good. If you’re a bit overwhelmed, opt for a no-nonsense straight cut, which is a look that almost anyone can pull off. Also make sure that when you’re trying on your jeans that the back and crotch areas aren’t too tight. Sit down in the dressing room or in the store and check if the jeans are cutting into your waist or are too tight in certain areas.The fit determines how they feel. How they feel determines how you look. And how you look is what good jeans are all about. Choose the fit accordingly. Slim FitSlim…not skinny! Slim-fit jeans should slightly hug the thighs, knees, and calves while loosening up around your ankles. The presence of fabric against your calf might take getting used to, but how they look — crisp, sharp, clean — makes it worth it.Straight-Leg Fit A little more forgiving than the slim fit, the straight-leg fit is cut more or less the same all the way down, meaning the jeans feel close in the thighs but looser in the knees and calves. To help ease that closeness in the thighs, look for denim with a touch of stretch.Classic FitCut loose throughout, these jeans are for guys who want their thighs to breathe. Only hitch: A loose fit below the knee can result in some flare (or, worst case, a bell-bottom effect). Opt for a length with about an inch-and-a-half break (which will minimize the bunching of any extra cloth), and if that doesn’t do the trick, feel free to roll up the cuffs a bit.Relaxed Fit The roomiest of all the options, blessed with a fuller leg and seat. For them to look their best, the jeans should sit snugly at or just below your natural waist, found right above your hipsThe ColourBlue may be a classic colour for jeans, but in the past few years there has been an explosion of colour when it comes to denim. You can find almost any colour under the rainbow, so there’s no excuse for you not to try on something other than blue. Try out black, grey or even maroon for a very different look. A pair of dark denim is a wardrobe essential, as it can be worn to the office with a smart shirt and shoes or worn casually with a tee and jacket.The WashAnd we are not talking about taking care of how you wash your jeans, but to the wash that’s sometimes applied to jeans or the fabric during the manufacturing process. Different washes produce denim of different shades and textures. Avoid jeans that have been faded out too much as they tend to attract a bit too much attention. Also stay clear from jeans that have excessive fading on the thigh or crotch areas. Choose a pair that’s been lightly treated and one that also suits your complexion a bit better.FASHION – TODAY IS THE DAY DENIM BEGINS TO EVOLVE! was last modified: April 10th, 2014 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:denim saleEvolve