Launching the proposed Revenue Sharing Formula, Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah says all should read and comprehend the document. Authorities of the Governance Commission (GC) on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 convened a consultative forum in Monrovia, at which it launched a proposed revenue sharing formula to be used across the country once completed and enacted into law by the 54th Legislature.The event, which brought together representatives from various ministries and agencies, as well as a few members of the legislature, was launched by Samuel Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).In his proposed revenue sharing formula document, Tweah said the people across the country stand to equitably benefit should the Legislature consider it a law by an appropriate legislation.“This study cuts across two key pillars of the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) to include Power to the People and Sustaining the Peace. The agenda is that people have access to their resources, and have the means to determine their social and economic livelihoods and the only way you can achieve that is if institutional structures enable them to do that,” he said.He added, “The other pillar is about sustaining the peace. A lot of times we see peace efforts through the absence of conflict or when there is no violence. We think this means we have peace, but that is not just the case. If we dig deep down in why we go into conflict most times with each other in our lives, we get to know that it is because of inequity.”Tweah said that lack of equitable distribution of Liberia’s resources over the years since independence has led to the many crises being experienced, and may continue to thread on the same sad note if the right frameworks are not put into place and executed in accordance with the prevailing circumstances.A cross-section of the audience with Senator Gbleh-Bo Brown (far right) and Representative Larry Younquoi (center)“Imagine how unfair it is for a nurse working in Monrovia to receive more money in salary as well as other benefits than nurse who works in River Gee, even though the two have the same qualifications, and competence. This is unfair, but the only way to correct it is to have a good structure and an uncompromising system,” he said.He said that the clear way to fight fragility in the country is to empower people and develop institutions that will promote equity.“This is going to be a critical milestone. We may not have everything equally shared among the people, but it is a good practice that people live without stress or worry about how they will afford to eat or take care of their basic needs. This is why I challenge you, fellow Liberians and our foreign partners, to read this document that will help us succeed in curtailing our collective national challenges at hand,” Minister Tweah said.He said the Swedish Government, that has invested and continues to invest in the policies leading to the reformation of the governance system of Liberia, will help our government to reestablish the agriculture development bank.“This will allow us loan money to people involved in agricultural activities at an appreciable level, and the benefit thereof will be immense,” he said without any clarification as to when and how the reestablishment of the agriculture bank will be done.Tweah said that the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government will reform the national fiscal budget of 2019/2020 as well as the ones ahead.“This will give confidence to the investors, and our growth will take a positive dimension,” he said, while commending donor partners for their commitment to doing what is good for Liberia.Cllr. Nwabudike lectures on the overview of the proposed revenue sharing formula.Senator J. Gbleh-Bo Brown, chairman on the Senate Committee for governance and reform, said the initiative is a good venture simply because, when passed into law, it will allow people in the rural areas carry out their own developments without solely relying on central government to get them done.“This brings in local social and economic growth, because the locals will be happy if some of the revenues collected could remain in the county and be used in accordance to their own plans, Sen. Brown said.Earlier, in his welcoming statement and overview presentation, GC Chairman, Cllr. A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, described President George Weah as someone who is committed to letting the people have access to power at all levels.“The President is interested in seeing to it that the people have access to their own resources. The revenues they collect should therefore serve them directly to impact their lives,” Cllr. Nwabudike said.He added: “This is not the actual formula, but a proposal for the formula. The formula itself will be enacted by the legislature, because they will decide which county gets what percentage of the revenue collected.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
OTTAWA — Newly compiled data shows an alarmingly high number of women who are victims of violence are being turned away from shelters across Canada due to a chronic lack of resources and funding.A new national study — the first of its kind in Canada — found that “violence-against-women shelters” across the country take in more women and children than they have beds and are struggling to help a growing number of people with fewer resources.More than 400 shelters took part in the study and one in five said they have not received funding increases in 10 years or more.This has led to staff burnout, due in part to low wages and poor benefits.Staff who do remain often have to raise money in addition to providing care and support to women.Major gaps also exist between services available to female victims of violence in urban areas compared to those in more remote communities.Women’s Shelters Canada, which led the study, is calling for a national plan on violence against women and nationwide standards for funding and services.The Canadian Press
Sports Illustrated’s all access plan breaks down as a print/digital bundle at $48 annually or $4.99 per month or digital only at $3.99 per month. The current 3.15 million print subscribers get free access to the digital products for the remainder of their term. Sports Illustrated is hoping the bundle packages will not only serve their readers, but draw in multiplatform advertisers as well.Time Inc. has also reportedly partnered with HP to offer digital subs via HP’s forthcoming tablet, which will run on the Palm webOS. And as of now, it appears that the subscription capability is separate from Next Issue Media’s efforts, of which Time Inc. is a venture partner.In response to questions about Apple and Time Inc. subscription discussions, Rothenberg claimed it was too early to comment, citing that “it would be a very big mistake to speculate.” He was quick to point out the newness of the digital subscription industry, claiming to be in “the early days of evolution in digital retail.” Rothenberg said, “We love Apple. [We have a] great desire to sell subs in iTunes stores. I am confident at some point we will be able to sell subs in iTunes.” SI already has an app available through the iPad, launched December 2010. At a press conference this morning, Time Inc. announced it is launching an “all access” digital subscription plan in an effort to offer their brands to readers on any platform. The plan so far only offers subscriptions to magazine apps via Samsung’s Galaxy tablet and Android smartphones, as well as via a dedicated Web site. Print and digital bundles are also an option.Mark Ford, Time EVP and president of the Sports Illustrated Group, Terry McDonnell, Sports Illustrated group editor, and Randall Rothenberg, Time EVP and chief digital officer, led the conference and fielded an open Q and A at the end of the session.McDonnell claimed from this point forward to be, “The greatest point in time for Sports Illustrated.” Rothenberg expanded on the digital offerings for existing and new Sports Illustrated subscribers, explaining this new subscription package will create a more satisfying experience, allowing readers to “dive deep into content.”Sports Illustrated is the first brand to roll out with the subscription plan, which is debuting a number of swimsuit issue apps on February 15 to tie in with the print issue launch.
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes.TwitterWhile we only talk about quitting Facebook in protest but AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes did it. Fernandes, who had 670,000 followers, closed his Facebook account, saying the live streaming of the mass shooting in New Zealand on the platform was too much for him. TwitterIn a series of tweets on Sunday, Fernandes accused Facebook of not cleaning up the videos of the New Zealand mosque attacks that were uploaded to the platform. “The amount of hate that goes on in social media sometimes outweighs the good,” he said in a tweet on Sunday. Twitter”It is a great platform to communicate,” he tweeted after closing his Facebook account. “Strong engagement and very useful but New Zealand was too much for me to take along with all the other issues.”Fernandes’ Twitter account has about 1.29 million followers and he has tweeted more than 20,300 times since joining in 2008, often commenting on the performance of his companies, including one of Asia’s biggest discount carriers, and sports teams including a soccer team he owns a stake in.Fernandes is the co-owner of English soccer club Queens Park Rangers and is among business executives well known for having a social media presence. In 2014, he took to tweeting after an AirAsia flight crashed in Indonesia with 162 people on board, seeking to communicate to the public about the incident.Among Fernandes Twitter posts about shutting his Facebook account, he included a comment suggesting he’ll remain on Twitter: “But on Twitter, I think the battle for me goes on.”(Inputs from agencies)
In what could cement India’s position as a favourable investment destination, Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group said on Friday it would invest $10 billion to build an industrial park in Haryana.Wanda, the company owned by China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, wants to be the lead investor in the initial infrastructure of the industrial park. It also said it would ask frims from China and other countries to participate in the project.The company said the first phase of development of the industrial project, spread across 13 sq km, would begin this year.”Haryana will provide Wanda with the most preferential policies,” Reuters quoted Wanda as saying in a statement.Wanda, China’s biggest commercial property-developer, has signed a preliminary agreement with Haryana to construct the industrial zone.The company is ramping up investment across various sectors to diversify its business as its real-estate operations in China struggle to grow due to slowdown in the domestic economy. Earlier this month, it said it would buy Hollywood’s Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion, marking the first Chinese acquisition of a major film company in the US, Bloomberg reported.It plans to generate more than a third of its revenue from overseas operations by 2020. The company earned revenue of $44 billion in 2015.
Yash and Radhika Pandit.PR HandoutYash had played a major role in Sumalatha Ambareesh’s victory in the recently-held Lok Sabha election from the Mandya constituency. He along with Challenging Star Darshan had relentlessly campaigned for her against Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy .During the course of campaign, the KGF actor had handled the tricky situations with ease and gave befitting replies to the rivals who tried to corner him. The political observers had the views that he has the skills to enter politics and with a good image he might foray into politics, a few tabloids had speculated.Now, a rumour on social media is doing rounds stating that Yash is planning to bring her into politics. Yes, going by the posts she would contest from Hassan Lok Sabha constituency, which is presently represented by HD Kumaraswamy’s nephew Prajwal Revanna (son of minister Revanna).The fans of Yash have no complains over it and have happily welcomed the news. The rumours have also made people recall her movie Kaddipudi with Shivaraj Kumar where she entered politics under difficult situation.The Truth:Radhika Pandit is currently enjoying every bit of her motherhood. Our sources have strongly denied the speculations stating that there is no truth to it as she wants people to remember her as an actress and “nothing else.”
Members of both the treasury and opposition benches on Sunday expressed doubt whether there is any conspiracy behind declaring the 16th Amendment to the constitution illegal, reports news agency UNB.The MPs alleged that an attempt is on to create division between the judiciary and the government. They also hoped that the apex court will reconsider its judgment when the review petition is filed in this regard.They harshly criticised the Supreme Court (SC) verdict that upheld the High Court judgment declaring the 16th Amendment to the Constitution illegal.The MPs also came down heavily on amici curiae, including jurists Kamal Hossain and M Amir-ul Islam, appointed by the apex court, for placing ‘untrue statements’ before the court over the issue.Jasod MP Moin Uddin Khan Badal initiated the debate taking floor in the House chaired by speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury after the Maghrib recess.Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury, information minister Hasanul Haq Inu, civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiya Party MP Ziauddin Ahmed (Bablu), Awami League MP Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and professor Ali Ashraf, independent MP Rustum Ali Faraji and BNF MP SM Abul Kamal Azad joined the debate.Tofail Ahmed said people are sources of all power and this parliament is formed with their mandate. “The Cabinet is liable to parliament. We even can impeach the president, but can’t do so in the case of a particular area (judiciary).”Mentioning that the court had annulled the 5th amendment to the constitution, he questioned how the Supreme Judicial Council, which was introduced by military ruler Ziaur Rahman, can prevail.Tofail harshly criticised the amici curiae, saying they placed untrue statement before the court over the issue. “There is no single shred of truth in their statements,” he said mentioning the names of Dr Kamal Hossain and Barrister Amir-ul Islam.”We’ve no word to condemn those who advocated for scrapping the 16th Amendment. Their remarks don’t match with what they had said in 1972. They are now very opportunists,” he added.Terming the SC verdict ‘a premature judgment’, Inu said the court could have passed the verdict after enactment of a law for the removal of justices in line of the 16th Amendment.”The honorable court reviewed the 16th Amendment to the Constitution in motivated way,” he said.Inu hoped that the court will reconsider its judgment during the review, saying justices should be liable to Parliament like MPs and ministers.Menon said an attempt is on to create division between the judiciary and the government.Selim said the court itself violated the Constitution passing the judgment over the 16th Amendment to the Constitution.”The judgment will never be implemented if Parliament doesn’t implement it,” he added.He said the justices have no right to do politics, but they are making remarks in different programme beyond their limits.Bablu said the parliament had just restored the article 96 of the 1972 constitution. “Parliament can impeach the president but not the persons who are appointed by the president. Does it go logically? Please restore the article 96 in the constitution and respect the democracy,” he added.Badal said the court will have to prove how the 16th Amendment challenged the basic structures of the constitution.He also criticised the court for its ‘disrespectful remarks’ about MPs. “You hurled disrespectful words to the parliament.”On 3 July last, the Supreme Court (SC) passed the verdict upholding the High Court judgment that declared the 16th amendment to the Constitution illegal.
DJ Tanz and friends are hosting a music arts and wine festival on June 26 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. The festival will featured food vendors, cigars, hookah and spa treatments. Performing live are Lia SongBird, the Countdown band, DJ Frank Ski and DJ Biskit. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1782447708642944/ or call 410-967-1740.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress has raised its objections over the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) direction for conduction of electoral roll revision in the month of September and October, spanning a period of sixty days.The ruling party has also urged the commission to reconsider the dates, pointing out non-availability of space in doing electoral work, as all the schools in the state will remain open throughout September.Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Bengal Aariz Aftab had called an all-party meeting at his office on Thursday afternoon. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”There will be paucity of space for conducting the process of revision of electoral rolls, with schools remaining open in September. Durga Puja, the greatest festival of the Bengalis, will be held in October and the people of the state will celebrate it in a grand way. So, it will be impossible to effectively get sixty days for the process,” secretary general of Trinamool Congress Partha Chatterjee said after the meeting.Chatterjee said that the process is aimed at ensuring smooth voting, even for the physically challenged and the elderly. “We have urged the CEO to ensure that there are arrangements for ramps and other facilities at the polling booths,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee also raised questions over the objective of convening such a meeting, after fixing the dates without discussion with political parties. “If it is a meeting only to convey ECI’s decision, then it’s of no use to hold a meeting,” he maintained.It may be mentioned that with less than a year to go for the Lok Sabha polls, the ECI has called a meeting of all political parties on August 27.A TMC delegation will attend the meeting and point out their objections in earmarking these two months for conducting electoral roll revisions.Sources in the CEO’s office said that parties like CPI(M) and the Congress have urged the CEO to ensure strong security arrangement for the polls.
KOLKATA: A portion of the extremely busy Majerhat Bridge collapsed on Tuesday with the extent of the damage yet to be determined, triggering shock and panic across the city.Several people are feared trapped under the debris as rescue operation is underway. The incident has brought back frightening memories of similar bridge collapses in Bengal and in India in which hundreds have either lost their lives or gone missing. Here are a few such cases: Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe 140-year-old Kadalundi bridge collapse claimed 57 lives in 2001. In the wee hours on March 31, 2016, in Kolkata, the Vivekananda Flyover collapsed leading to 27 deaths and over 80 people being injured. The century-old Savitri River bridge in Maharashtra collapsed in the same year within a few months, claiming 28 lives. Interestingly, the collapse of the partially completed Vivekananda Flyover was the second such incident in Kolkata since 2013, when a 60-metre long chunk of a flyover in Ultadanga area collapsed under the weight of a goods truck, killing one and injuring three others. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedVaranasi in Uttar Pradesh saw a rerun of the Vivekananda Flyover tragedy in May this year, as a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed, killing at least 18 people. Even the cited reason — a loose cross-beam or failed bearing, bore an eerie similarity to the incident in the city in 2016, where inherent design flaws were the culprit. At Rafiganj, a rail bridge collapsed on September 10, 2002, killing as many as 130 people. On October 29, 2005, 114 people lost their lives in the Veligonda Railway Bridge collapse, near Hyderabad. A flash flood swept away a small rail bridge, and a “Delta Fast Passenger” train travelling on it derailed at the broken section of the line, killing at least 114 people and injuring over 200. A pedestrian bridge in Bhagalpur collapsed in December 2006, killing around 30 people. The flyover bridge Panjagutta in Hyderabad caved in on September 9, 2007, which claimed 20 lives. On December 25, 2009, the Kota Chambal Bridge in Rajasthan collapsed, killing around 9 with 45 missing. The list of the above-mentioned mishaps begs the question as to why and how the apparently sturdy structures met their unfortunate fate. The reasons cited for each of the incidents indicate a deeper underlying malaise that ails such flyovers in India. Subpar quality of construction materials and lack of timely supervision are obvious culprits but the issues like rampant finger-pointing and improper and hasty planning and construction are equally responsible. Weakened girders or support beams are often overlooked or neglected during routine checks. Most of the flyovers in the nation also carry enormous traffic loads during peak hours, which exceed the carrying capacity of the structures at times, leading to gradual weakening of support pillars or cross beams. The reasons behind Tuesday’s mishap are yet to be determined. Senior civil engineers and key government officials are visiting the spot to determine the primary cause behind the fate of the structure, which is over 40 years old. It is important to note that the traffic load on the flyover remains exceedingly high almost throughout the day on weekdays, with several heavy goods vehicles plying at night.