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FDA Managing Director Warns VPA Partners

first_imgDMD/O Tally, MD Doryen and EU Rep. AlbertoIn no uncertain terms and without biting his tongue, the managing director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), C. Mike Doryen, has categorically sounded another caveat to all Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) implementing partners to put to practice its obligation to squarely fit government’s much proclaimed pro-poor agenda, FDA release has said.Doryen said at no time will his administration allow any partnership that tends to only best suit donors or partners’ interests in the name of building and strengthening FDA capacity without tangible outcome to benefit the forest sector.According to the release, Mr. Doryen gave the warning on Wednesday, June 13, at the Monrovia City Hall while serving as one of the co-chairs at the Technical Session of the 6th Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) meeting of the VPA signed between the Liberian government and the European Union (EU) in 2012, and subsequently ratified in 2013.The VPA is a trade agreement, which aims to ensure that Liberia’s timbers are legally verified before being exported to the European market. The agreement calls for the EU to build the capacity of the FDA through the Society Generale Surveillance (SGS), which is therefore responsible to build the capacity of the Legality Verification Department (LVD) in every expected measurement as per the agreement before handling over the operation. Although the SGS has been partnering with FDA for nearly 12 years, there appears no measurable trace of capacity building program that could equip the Liberian side to independently perform the task beyond the existence of the SGS.In light of this, Mr. Doryen said that it is highly regrettable that after nearly a decade of operations in the country, partnering with FDA, the capacity building obligation that should benefit the LVD staff remains undefined; something he said needs to be quickly cross checked and possibly reversed to suit the objectives of the government’s pro-poor agenda.Doryen said FDA’s commitment to the implementation of the pro-poor agenda cannot, and will not be compromised in any form or manner.He strongly vowed that his administration will remain an unchanged agent of the truth in protecting and promoting internationally endorsed forest governance practices consistent with the doctrine of sustainable management of the Liberian forest to benefit future generations.Mr. Doryen also called for the restoration of FDA autonomous power, which was deleted or narrowed to semi-autonomy level during the 2006 National Forestry reform process; something he said has and continues to stall the management dream and vision. He noted that with the volume of work facing the entity in the new dispensation, the need to swiftly restore FDA’s lost autonomy cannot be overemphasized.Meanwhile, the EU and the Liberian government have pledged to keep the torch of the VPA burning under the theme, “Trade Not Aid.”The meeting was held on Thursday, June 14, at the Monrovia City. FDA Board Chair Harrison S. Karnwea, said it was a good thing for Liberia’s timber to be processed from legal source and appreciated the new management for its tireless efforts in building a vibrant framework for growth and development.He acknowledged the milestone in the life of the VPA and admired Liberia’s conservation dream in the sub-region which has made her a truly trade blazer as far as conservation is concerned.EU Ambassador to Liberia Héléne Carvé, thanked the VPA stakeholders for the progress made thus far, and said the EU was eager in seeing the VPA succeed in the interest of the pro-poor agenda of government.The EU and the Liberian government are expected to sign the Aid Memoire which embodies the new policy framework by which the VPA is to be governed as soon as all technical points and mutual concerns raised by both parties during the technical session are satisfied.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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Dodgers notes: Anderson has setback on his elbow

first_imgGonzalez stayed in the game to run, eventually scoring on Fernando Tatis’ three-run homer. But Gonzalez left the field immediately thereafter. “It was my time to leave anyway,” Gonzalez said. “I’m kind of old school. I don’t baby my body. I’m not one of those guys who goes in and ices down. If I come off the field, it’s because I’m hurt, really hurt. But this was no big deal.” Anderson joins closer Takashi Saito as the only Dodgers players this spring to be placed in the dreaded “day-to- day” category. Besides those two and reliever Yhency Brazoban, who still is rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery last summer, this has been an injury-free camp. Lowe down: Right-hander Derek Lowe, slated to start the Dodgers’ season opener at Milwaukee on April 2, pitched two shaky innings in the intrasquad, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk. The veteran sinkerballer couldn’t even get out of the first inning, which was stopped after fivebatters because Lowe had reached his one-inning pitch limit, but he did manage to record three outs in the second. “I look at it and assess where the hits were,” said Lowe, who gave up almost all of them on well-placed ground balls. “I don’t really count it as my first (spring) start until I can go four or five innings and get into the flow of the game. As a pitching staff, we all know what we need to work on. All these guys have great track records, so on this team, you really don’t look at results much.” “We’ll watch him closely and not let him push it too much,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “He is a veteran player. He just needs to be reminded that (today) is March 1, not April 1. We’ll back him off a little bit and … make sure he has plenty of time to heal.” Later, the Dodgers managed to avoid what would have been their second notable injury on the eve of Grapefruit League play. Left fielder Luis Gonzalez was hit in the right wrist by a pitch from rookie Mike Megrew during an intrasquad scrimmage, but wasn’t seriously hurt. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgers utility man Marlon Anderson, who thought he had fully recovered from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow some four months ago, suffered a slight setback while taking batting practice on Wednesday. Although Anderson is expected to return well before the start of the season, the injury will sideline him for at least the next few days. center_img Senior member: Just three springs ago, Olmedo Saenz was a struggling veteran in camp with the Dodgers on a minor-league contract, hoping to make the club. Now, one general manager change, one managerial change and about a gazillion player changes later, the backup corner infielder is the team’s longest-tenured member. “It means a lot to me to have been here for four years,” said Saenz, 36. “The Dodgers are a team with a lot of tradition, and I’m proud to have been a part of that.” Saenz made himself an indelible part of that tradition Sept.29, delivering a dramatic, score-tying, RBI single in the top of the ninth inning of a game in San Francisco that the Dodgers went on to win.. tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3675 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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New fighting breaks out at Pitchess jail

first_img “We’ll know more in a few weeks,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Other county jails, including Men’s Central Jail and Twin Towers in Los Angeles, were in “modified” lockdown – inmates are only allowed out of their cells for medical visits, attorney consultation and court appearances, sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Patterson said. Visiting hours were suspended, and it was not known when the lockdown and segregation orders will be lifted. Sheriff Lee Baca has blamed the incidents on a high inmate-to-guard ratio due to budget constraints, along with racial and gang rivalries carried over from the streets into jail. “The sheriff and his investigators are convinced it has to do with what’s going on in the streets in South Los Angeles,” Whitmore said. “It may well be gang-motivated as well as racially motivated.” Baca has said the county Sheriff’s Department has just 5,000 staffers for some 20,000 inmates, compared with New York City, which has a staff of 12,000 for 15,000 inmates. Steven Remige, president of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, said “drafting,” or holding deputies in to work extra hours to maintain adequate staffing, remains a common practice. “Drafting goes on pretty much on a daily bases,” said Remige, also the union’s board member. “We have guys getting ready to go home, and … they’re not getting out. Once they get the spots filled, the doors open.” Whitmore said jail officials at the Pitchess complex met Monday to determine how to best handle the crisis, with some deputies working overtime to keep the peace. “They’re in the process of investigating,” he said. “They’re in the process of keeping order.” Asked how the Sheriff’s Department can prevent violent outbreaks, Whitmore said: “There is never a way to guarantee anything. There are only best practices, and the Sheriff’s Department (conducts) … out of necessity.” Detectives also were trying to determine if inmates targeted Tiznor, who is African-American and was convicted of sexual battery. The Los Angeles resident was arrested Jan. 3 for failing to register as a sex offender. Pitchess Detention Center sits on 34 acres about 40 miles north of Los Angeles, and houses the three jails. The largest, the North County Correctional Facility, houses 3,800 inmates. The North Facility houses 1,500 and the East Facility – opened in 1951 and the county’s oldest operating jail – can house up to 850. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – Despite stepped up security at Pitchess Detention Center after weekend rioting, a large brawl erupted late Monday between 80 to 90 African-American and Latino inmates, but it was quickly brought under control by guards, authorities said. “Deputies quickly responded and controlled the situation after deploying three tear-gas canisters,” said Deputy Alba Yates. “There was only one moderate injury. The inmate was treated at the facility.” The large fistfight followed rioting at two of the center’s three jails over the weekend that left one inmate dead and dozens injured. The rioting triggered a lockdown of Los Angeles County jails that continued Monday as authorities attempted to defuse tension in the 21,000-inmate system. The two minimum-security dormitories at the 1,500-inmate North Facility, where 180 fought late Sunday, joined the North County Correctional Facility in lockdown, sheriff’s officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card About 400 Latino and African-American inmates from both jails have been segregated, which is legal during emergencies. “They’re only allowed out of their cells in an emergency situation,” sheriff’s Deputy Tania Plunkett said. The inmates who fought late Monday had not been segregated, Yates said. She said the fighting broke out about 9:10 p.m. in an open dorm and ended a few minutes later when deputies fired tear gas at the inmates. Eight inmates suffered minor to moderate injuries in Sunday’s melee, which came a day after rioting by more than 2,000 at the maximum-security North County jail killed 45-year-old Wayne Tiznor and injured at least 46, some critically. Investigators are trying to determine if the two incidents are connected. last_img read more

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Chelsea transfer news: Dutch Cup winner’s move is sealed

first_imgLeeds United have completed the signing of Lewis Baker from Chelsea on a season-long loan.England Under-21 star Baker, 23, becomes new manager Marcelo Bielsa’s first signing since taking over at Elland Road. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father take zlat IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing RANKED talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. REAL DEAL Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star ‘perfect fit” Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out WHITE KNIGHT Leeds United have signed Lewis Baker on a season-long loan from Chelsea. center_img three-way race Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly GOSSIP heading off 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback LIVING THE DREAM Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The ex-Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Vitesse Arnhem, and Middlesbrough loanee will be looking to revitalise his career having fallen out of favour at Boro under Tony Pulis last term.Baker is renowned for his ability from set-pieces and was prolific in the Eredivise with Vitesse, winning the KNVB Cup during his time with the Dutch club.He is, though, yet to make a Premier League appearance for parent club Chelsea. Latest transfer news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

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ROMANIAN GANG ARRESTED AFTER DONEGAL SHOP RAIDS

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: THREE Romanian nationals have been arrested and Garda investigations are continuing after a series of theft raids in Donegal today – with Glenties once again targeted.However the gang, which had travelled from Dublin in a Dublin-registered Ford vehicle, hadn’t counted on the vigilance of local people and Gardai.The gang intimidated staff at the petrol station in Glenties but customers stayed with staff until they left. They also went into the Co-op and several other businesses, but once again alert business owners and members of the public kept an eye on them.The thieves did manage to steal a number of items from a pharmacy in the town, but they were low-value goods.By the time the gang left Glenties, THREE different eye-witnesses had contacted Gardaí to give them the registration number of the thieves’ car.Donegal Daily understands that Gardai then tailed the vehicle, alerting colleagues in the Ballyshannon District and later this evening three people were arrested in Donegal Town. Stolen items were recovered from the vehicle.We also understand the gang drove from Dublin today to specifically target Donegal.Glenties and Dungloe had been raided by thieves from the North last Monday.The gang entered ten homes and business premises in Glenties alone, escaping with cash from The Paper Stop newsagent.But after a text alert and reports from locals three people were arrested by the PSNI. One of them has since escaped. ROMANIAN GANG ARRESTED AFTER DONEGAL SHOP RAIDS was last modified: November 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal TownGlentiesthieveslast_img read more

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Football Edged by Truman State, 10-7, in Home Opener

first_img“The defense was solid,” said Drake head coach Todd Stepsis. “Three points was all they really gave up. Defensively we were lights out. We tackled well, ran to the ball, forced a turnover. That was a big positive. I thought some of the time we were moving the ball effectively. We just have to sustain it over time. We have to do a better job with that.” Truman State began the second half as Woods took the opening kick back 87 yards for a touchdown to give Truman a 10-0 lead. On Drake’s ensuing drive, Corwin was intercepted. PDF Box Score Truman State was able to score early in the second quarter to take a 3-0 lead. With 7:58 left in the half, Drake’s Max Johnson pounced on a Truman State fumble to set Drake’s offense up on the Truman State 10-yard line. Quarterback Ian Corwin found wide receiver Mitch McFarlane in the endzone, but McFarlane was ruled out of bounds. Corwin was sacked on the next play to set up a field goal attempt by Ross Kennedy that was blocked. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Midco SN/ESPN+ HTML Box Score at South Dakota State 9/14/2019 – 1 PM Drake heads to Brookings, S.D. next weekend to face South Dakota State. Photo Gallery With 6:25 left in the third, Corwin threw a 37-yard reception to fifth-year tight end Devin Cates to bring a Drake first-and-goal. Corwin was called for delay of game on the next snap which pushed Drake back to the 20-yard line. After an incomplete pass to McFarlane, Corwin threw a completed pass to Lauer for a 10-yard Drake touchdown and Kennedy made the PAT putting Drake on the board, trailing 10-7. On Truman’s next series, Drake sophomore defensive back Danny Morales sacked TSU’s Barr on the Drake 17-yard line forcing Truman to punt.  Story Links Drake (0-2) struggled to string together consistent offense against Truman State (1-0), which won its season opener behind an 87-yard kickoff return by Lawrence Woods that opened the third quarter. Truman scored its other points on a 46-yard field goal with 12:01 left in the second quarter.center_img Cates finished with a team-leading 73 yards receiving while Steven Doran added 47. Lauer rushed for 84 yards on 22 carries. Corwin finished 16-of-34 with 205 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Alex Rogers and Zac Rujawitz combined to lead that defensive effort with 19 tackles between the pair. In a tightly contested fourth quarter, the game could have gone to either team. Drake struggled to gain first downs, including late with 2:40 to go as Lauer was stopped just short of a first down on fourth-and-one as Drake tried to drive for the tying or go-ahead score. Truman took over on downs and was able to gain a first down as Drake ran out of timeouts and the clock ticked down in favor of Truman.  Drake’s special teams’ struggles continued when TSU’s Jaylen Jefferson blocked a Drake punt by Kennedy, which was recovered by Truman State in Drake’s territory. The Drake defense held strong to force a field goal attempt that sailed wide right. DES MOINES, Iowa – It was the battle of the Bulldogs at Drake Stadium Saturday night as the Drake University football team lost to Truman State, 10-7, in its 2019 home opener.   Watch Live Preview Full Schedule Roster  Print Friendly Version Next Game:last_img read more

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Huge turnout expected for Letterkenny Rotary Club 5k on Wednesday

first_imgThe Annual Letterkenny Rotary Club 5K fun run/walk will take place next Wednesday, November 22. This year all proceeds will go towards the Letterkenny Dyslexia Association and Rotary charities.Registration begins at Diver’s Hyundai Garage from 6pm, with the race kicking off at 8pm. The entry fee is just €8 and this includes a hi-vis vest. Refreshments will be served after the event.For further information and for sponsorship cards, call Boyd Robinson on 087 2362998.To find out more, visit the Facebook page for the event by following this link:https://www.facebook.com/events/1844412778921032/Huge turnout expected for Letterkenny Rotary Club 5k on Wednesday was last modified: November 19th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:letterkennyletterkenny dyslexia associationLetterkenny Rotary Clublast_img read more

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Fulham youngsters lose to Tottenham

first_imgFulham’s youngsters lost 1-0 at home to Tottenham in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday.Samuel Shashoua scored the only goal of the game at the Whites’ Motspur Park training ground – a 77th-minute penalty after Aramide Oteh had been fouled.<script language=”javascript” src=”http://adserver.adtech.de/addyn/3.0/1639/6335481/0/170/ADTECH;loc=700;target=_blank”></script><a href=”http://adserver.adtech.de/adlink/3.0/1639/6335481/0/170/ADTECH;loc=300″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adserver.adtech.de/adserv/3.0/1639/6335481/0/170/ADTECH;loc=300″ border=”0″ width=”300″ height=”250″ /></a>A Spurs breakthrough had looked on the cards during a spell of pressure from the visitors.Shashoua, Jack Roles and George Marsh all went close for them before the deadlock was eventually broken.On Friday evening, Chelsea’s Under-18s maintained their good form by winning 3-1 at Brighton.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Humboldt State football sees three top assistants leave program, take jobs elsewhere

first_imgRob Smith knows the reality of the situation. Coaches come and go, and finding replacements for them has become another part of the offseason agenda for the Jacks’ veteran head coach.It’s going to be no different this winter.All of a day after assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Darren Arbet accepted a job as the new head coach at Cabrillo College in Aptos, defensive coordinator Miles Kochevar has been hired under the same job title at West Texas A&M University, the school …last_img read more

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H-DNL baseball, softball awards: Mack, St. Bernard’s claim majority of MVP winners

first_imgThe 2018-19 baseball and softball Humboldt-Del Norte League All-County selections are in and with them, one last chance to salute the student-athletes who put together memorable seasons.The Big 5 Conference saw all four of its MVP nods go to McKinleyville High while St. Bernard’s landed three of the four Little 4 Conference MVP winners.Baseball — Big 5 MVPs2019 saw the McKinleyville High baseball team win its first Big 5 title since 1996 and the shutdown pitching of Cameron Saso combined …last_img read more

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