Mr. Gyeabour and one of the beneficiaries affixed their signatures to the grant agreement.-Provides US$170K in grants to 13 SMEsMercy Corps-Liberia, one of the major non-governmental organizations (NGO) operating in the social financial services sector, has provided a total of US$170,000 as grant to 13 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve their operations and boost their viability.The grant is also meant to empower these local entrepreneurs to build constructive and meaningful livelihoods by equipping them with confidence, skills, and opportunities to engage with their communities and the market.Mercy Corps Country Director Kwasi Gyeabour said that the initiative is part of the organization’s sub-program, entitled, “Promoting Sustainable Partnership for Economic Transformation (PROSPECTS),” which provides employment for youth entrepreneurs.Mr. Gyeabour spoke yesterday, September 12, at a program marking the signing of a one-year social business grant contract in Monrovia with the beneficiaries. Yesterday’s event coincided with the official handling over of assorted office equipment to authorities of the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the smooth operations of the national cadet program and other youth centers in Montserrado, Bong and Nimba counties.The program, according to Mr. Gyeabour, is expected to enable owners of those businesses (SMEs) benefit from financial and business advisory support from Mercy Corps.He said that the grant was provided by the Swedish Government, through its Embassy accredited to Monrovia, to move small Liberian businesses to the next level so that they are able to offer employment opportunities for some of the country’s serious-minded youth.“The beneficiaries will collect about US$7,500 to US$20, 000 as start-up grant to help them improve their businesses and also provide employment opportunities for some young people who are focused but out of job,” Gyeabour said.He added: “Before providing the grant, we thoroughly selected some of the SMEs that we could identify as the most deserving businesses through analyzing their proposals. Some of them are here today to receive their packages.”Mercy Corps Africa Director Mervyn Jouillie spoke of how he had been inspired on previous occasions by the big impact small businesses have made on the economy, “and that was why the grant was created to provide incubator support to enable young entrepreneurs with creative ideas in agriculture, ICT and creative economy start or expand their business concepts.”Jouillie expressed optimism that the initiative will lead to startups and give a boost to economic growth by issuing a call to entrepreneurs to use the fund wisely to empower their friends that would want to follow their fine examples.“For us at Mercy Corps, we strongly believe that supporting young entrepreneurs is an opportunity for the organization, because when the youth are empowered, the country will be at peace and will empower other people along the way,” Jouillie said.He said that Mercy Corps intends to work with partners, because they cannot do it all by themselves; but with the help of others, they can achieve one common goal for Liberia; that is, to empower locals to develop the country.Beneficiaries of the grant expressed gratitude to Mercy Corps for such an opportunity, which will enable them to expand their businesses.They promised to use the fund for its intended purpose as is enshrined in the agreement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the first two, including a penalty opener. Substitute Alexandre Lacazette netted the third, also from the spot, after he had been fouled.But the result left both clubs in the same positions in the Premier League table, with Arsenal sixth and Stoke second bottom.The Gunners will have to play better in the first leg against CSKA Moscow on Thursday in Europe.With little chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four, Arsenal must win the Europa League to qualify for next season’s Champions League — a target that looks essential for under-fire Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as he fights to save his job.Jack Wilshere may have missed both England’s friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy but the Arsenal midfielder recovered from a knee niggle to claim the captain’s armband for the day, with goalkeeper Petr Cech absent and defender Laurent Koscielny on the bench.Stoke’s preparations had seen Ibrahim Afellay jettisoned by manager Paul Lambert for not trying in training, but Eric Pieters was restored to the starting line-up after being fined for going clubbing before the previous match.The game’s first chance belonged to Stoke, the team with the greater need of three points, as Mame Biram Diouf laid the ball back to Xherdan Shaqiri, who shifted the ball onto his preferred left foot and curled it inches wide of David Ospina’s right-hand post.Stoke continued to take the game to the hosts, who were giving away possession cheaply.Aaron Ramsey and Wilshere were both culpable in the first 15 minutes.Arsenal almost took an undeserved lead when Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland produced a punch that will not have improved his chances of being England’s number one in the World Cup.It landed at Ramsey’s feet on the right of the six-yard box and the Welshman’s hook cleared the goalkeeper and bounced off the top of the crossbar.– Barren desert of mediocrity –Stoke City’s English goalkeeper Jack Butland (L) stops a shot from Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the English Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2018It was to prove a shallow oasis in a desert of barren first-half mediocrity however as Arsenal continued to waste possession.Neither side made any changes in the interval but Arsenal at least began with added urgency, with Danny Welbeck lashing a chance just wide.Mohamed Elneny saw a shot blocked before Butland dived to deny Nacho Monreal.Wenger finally made a switch as the fit-again Lacazette came on for Welbeck, while Diouf, having taken a knock, was replaced by Saido Berahino.Shaquiri curled a right-footer straight at Ospina before seeing a corner deceive the keeper and bounce off the back post.Aubameyang was denied by a good block by Butland moments before the award of the game-deciding penalty in the 75th minute.Bruno Martins Indi’s clumsy trip of Mesut Ozil was needless and Aubameyang made him pay as he sent Butland the wrong way from the spot.Stoke gave Aubameyang too much space for a simple second goal in the 86th minute.And when Badou Ndiaye bundled over Lacazette in the 89th minute, the France striker was given a chance to convert the penalty instead of Aubameyang going for a hat-trick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates one of his two goals during the English Premier League clash against Stoke City on April 1, 2018LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1- Arsenal warmed up for their crucial Europa League quarter-final with a flattering 3-0 victory against relegation-threatened Stoke on Sunday.Three goals in the final 15 minutes put a gloss on a largely soporific performance at a well-below capacity Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba Didier Drogba says he is still in discussions with Montreal Impact over his future, saying a report that he had retired from playing to rejoin Chelsea as assistant to Guus Hiddink was premature.Chelsea declined to comment on a report by French sports daily L’Equipe on Wednesday night which stated Drogba was quitting playing in Major League Soccer to return to London.And the 37-year-old, who has a year to run on his contract with the Canadians, said discussions were ongoing over his future.Drogba wrote on Twitter: “Lovely to receive these messages but I have not yet announced my retirement & am still in discussion with @impactmontreal about my future.”Montreal would be reluctant to let their talisman leave, but he has emotional ties to Stamford Bridge, where he enjoyed two spells. He is highly thought of at the club by players and staff, with some suggesting his absence was a contributor to their poor form this season after his summer departure. He has been repeatedly linked with joining the Blues for a third time since Hiddink was appointed interim boss last month after Jose Mourinho left Chelsea for a second time.The former Ivory Coast striker, who watched the first match since the departure of Mourinho alongside Hiddink and owner Roman Abramovich against Sunderland on December 19, has a rich history with Chelsea.Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for the Blues, 157 of the strikes coming in 341 appearances in his first spell, which concluded with the 2012 Champions League victory in Munich.He left Chelsea for two seasons after his silverware-laden eight-year spell and has won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and three League Cups with the Blues.Drogba had joined Chelsea in the summer of 2004 from Marseille and had short spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray in between his stints at Stamford Bridge.He returned in opposition with the Turkish side in March 2014. 1
Wales are through to the last 16 of Euro 2016 as Group B winners after they beat Russia in Toulouse and Slovakia held England to a goalless draw in St Etienne.Aaron Ramsey, man of the match on the night, opened the scoring with a classy dink early on before Neil Taylor popped up to get Wales’ second.Gareth Bale’s direct dribbling was relentless all night and he got his reward with Wales’ third and his third of the tournament so far.It remains to be seen who Wales will face in the last 16, but it could be another home nations derby, with Northern Ireland currently one of the best third-placed sides.Chris Coleman’s side have started slowly in each of their previous Group B games but Bale’s bright run and shot inside two minutes was a sign of a new, reinvigorated Wales.In the 11th minute the Dragons took the lead as Joe Allen delivered a delightful defence-splitting pass to send Ramsey clear, with the Arsenal man dinking over goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev to give the Welsh an early lead.And eight minutes later Taylor doubled the lead as Roman Shirokov’s tackle on Bale caused the ball to fall to the wing-back who hit his first shot straight at Akinfeev before finishing at the second bit of the cherry.It was Taylor’s first goal since 2010, when he scored for Wrexham against Grays Athletic in front of around 200 people.Wales then sat back and looked to hit Russia on the break with Bale running devastatingly at the heart of their defence and drawing a number of good saves from Akinfeev.Straight after the break it was more of the same with Wales’ star men combining as Ramsey threaded the ball through to Bale but the Real Madrid man’s effort wide from the Russian stopper’s trailing leg.In the 67th minute Bale finally got his goal as the sublime Ramsey played him in on the left and he stabbed the ball past the helpless Akinfeev to become the top scorer at Euro 2016.The Welsh then took their foot off the gas and controlled the game in what was a very professional and composed performance – and beating England to first place will be the icing on the cake for Coleman and Wales. Gareth Bale is now Euro 2016’s top goalscorer 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Steelers (12-5) will play in Indianapolis next Sunday, a chance to show how far they’ve come in the past month. Pittsburgh lost at the RCA Dome 26-7 on Nov. 28, when coach Bill Cowher started the second half with a failed onside kick that seemed to be a sign of desperation. “We’re the underdogs going into their place,” said Ben Roethlisberger, who threw three touchdown passes. “Now we get to see what we can do.” Defending Super Bowl champion New England will play in Denver on Saturday night. The Bengals (11-6) will spend an offseason reliving the play that effectively scuttled their first playoff appearance in 15 years and could have a longer-lasting impact. Palmer tore the anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that requires surgery and months of tough rehabilitation. The Bengals are hoping he’s recovered by training camp in July. “I was really upset,” receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said. “Not because of the fact we lost him. He’s young and he’s got to go through so much now tearing his knee. It’s just sad for that to happen. He was playing great.” Steelers nose tackle Kimo von Oelhoffen dived at Palmer on his first pass Sunday, hitting Palmer at the knee and knocking the Pro Bowl quarterback out of the game with a torn ligament. Pittsburgh took advantage of his absence, harassing backup Jon Kitna and rolling to a 31-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that set up a rematch with the AFC’s top team. CINCINNATI — Carson Palmer stood his ground and held the ball an extra second, waiting for rookie Chris Henry to run past a defender and get open. That one second changed everything. The Bengals were initially angered and inspired by the injury, but the emotion lasted only so long. They faded during the third quarter, when they started bungling and the Steelers acted like they’d been to the playoffs before. “We had that letdown, we didn’t get that (second-half) field goal and it kind of deflated us,” said Kitna, who took over for Palmer and spent most of his time scrambling. “We never recovered from that.” Pittsburgh was in jeopardy of not making the playoffs after a 38-31 loss to the Bengals at Heinz Field effectively gave Cincinnati the AFC North title. The Steelers won their last four to get in as a wild card. In his second playoff go-round, Roethlisberger was coolly efficient 14-of-19 for 208 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, a vast improvement over his shaky rookie postseason. “Last year, everything was new to Ben,” said receiver Hines Ward, who had a 5-yard touchdown catch. “Tonight, he was pretty crisp. The intangibles that he brings, I like a lot.” The crowd of 65,870 erupted, then went sickeningly silent on the Bengals’ first pass play one that went down as the longest in Cincinnati playoff history, and the costliest. Palmer held onto the ball long enough to let Henry beat a defender down the right sideline for a 66-yard catch. As the ball left Palmer’s hand, a falling von Oelhoffen’s shoulder into the quarterback’s left knee. “I knew right away that it was bad,” said Palmer, who was on crutches after the game. “I felt my whole knee pop. I didn’t feel a lot of pain. It was just a sickening feeling because I knew what it was and that my season was over.” Even though Palmer wears a protective brace, his knee bowed inward as it was hit. He had to be taken off on a cart. “You watch it happen, my thoughts and prayers go out to Carson,” Roethlisberger said. “You could see Kimo was stumbling going down. He’s not that kind of player. Carson’s a great player. Any time you lose a great player like him, it’s devastating.” Several Bengals yelled at von Oelhoffen, who spent his first six seasons in Cincinnati and still counts some of the Bengals as friends. The nose tackle explained himself on the field. “They had every right to be upset. They lost their best player,” he said. “I hope Carson gets better. My apologies to him and his family.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
USL Results & Reports 27.07.14ResultsDPD Div. 1 Bonagee Utd. Res. 2 5 Swilly Rovers Res.4 Lanterns USLCockhill Celtic 7 1 Swilly RoversDrumkeen Utd. 2 0 Finn Harps Res. Letterkenny Rovers 2 2 Bonagee Utd.ReportsDPD Div. 1Bonagee Suffer SetbackBonagee Utd. Res. 2 Swilly Rovers Res. 5Goals galore in this fixture as Swilly Rovers put an end to Bonagee Utd.’s 100% record this season in the DPD Div. 1 and may have seriously dented the home side’s title hopes too. Swilly opened the scoring as early as the 3rd minute when Jason Gibson’s cross to the far post was headed home by Kyle Black. The home team responded almost immediately, when Reece Shortt’s cross into the danger area was side footed home by Odhran Barron, and they took the lead in the 8th minute when another Shortt cross was met at the back post by Kevin Doran. Gibson got on the score sheet with 18 minutes on the clock when he placed a shot to the far corner of the net from the edge of the box, giving Roy Duffy in the Bonagee goals no chance. Kyle Black got his second of the game when he scored a spectacular overhead kick that squeezed in under the bar in the 32nd minute. Their fourth arrived just before the break when Jason Gibson placed the ball between keeper and post after capitalising on a defensive error from Noel O’Donnell. Bonagee were much improved in the second half but found a Swilly backline in excellent form. Black got his hat-trick in the 52nd minute when he glanced home a header from a Ryan Shields cross. Team efforts from both sides. Referee Vincent McLaughlin.4 Lanterns USLDerby Draw Letterkenny Rovers 2Bonagee Utd. 2The Cathedral town derby produced 4 goals at a damp Leckview on Sunday afternoon as Bonagee showed good character to come from two goals down to earn a point against Letterkenny Rovers.The home side thought that they had got off to the ideal start when David Shovlin netted on 7 minutes but their joy was short-lived as referee Packie Coll disallowed the goal for offside. After Chris Moran had a shot wide for Bonagee the game sprung to life on 23 minutes. Former Finn Harps man Johnny Bonner hit a rasper of a shot from 20 yards which cannoned off the bar with goalkeeper Stephen Conroy well beaten. Bonagee had a great chance to open the scoring on 32 minutes. The very lively Kevin Barr crossed for Aidan McLaughlin and his thunderbolt of a volley from 12 yards was superbly saved by Jason Quinn in the Rovers goal. Rovers had a couple of half efforts from Johnny Bonner before the opening goal arrived on 38 minutes, Bonagee net minder Stephen Conroy came to punch a Stevie Okakpo cross but just patted it down into the path of David Shovlin. He found Darren McElwaine with a short pass and he turned to shoot low past Conroy to put the hosts deservedly ahead. Bonagee almost levelled immediately when a slip on the greasy surface by Aaron O’Hagan was seized upon by Aidan McLaughlin but his shot went just wide.Letterkenny started the second half the better and had numerous chances to extend their lead .Darren McElwaine, Johnny Bonner and David Shovlin all had chances to extend Rovers advantage. Rovers did double their lead on 54 minutes. Jonathan Minnock played Stevie Okapo through. He came inside past two men before hitting an unstoppable 25 yard effort straight into the top corner giving the Bonagee goalkeeper no chance at all. Rovers were rampant at this stage and Conroy had to be at his best to deny McElwaine making a super stop from point blank range on 64 minutes after Bonner worked his magic down the left hand side. Bonagee had nothing to lose and started to push forward more and they were thrown a lifeline on 69 minutes. A wonderful free kick delivered into the box by Kevin Barr found the head of Glenn Rainey who was free in the box and his header found the target. The goal seemed to invigorate Bonagee with Kevin Barr conducting the Bonagee orchestra and it was fitting that Barr was the man who was instrumental in the Bonagee equaliser on 84 minutes. A Paddy O’Loan through ball was seized upon by Barr after John Doherty had slipped. Barr raced into the box before crossing to Aiden McLaughlin and he had no problem heading into the net from 6 yards much to the delight of the visitors. Rovers did have a chance to grab all 3 points at the death but Aaron O’Hagan’s shot went over the bar before Packie Coll sounded the final whistle to ensure that this derby game ended in a draw and a share of the spoils.Letterkenny now play Cockhill Celtic in the League Cup semi-final next Sunday while Bonagee play Fanad in a league cup shield semi-final also next SundayLetterkenny Rovers; Jason Quinn, Glenn Gallagher, Jonathan Minnock, John Doherty, Ryan Gildea, Aaron O’Hagan, Steve Okakpo, David Shovlin, Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin, Johnny Bonner. Subs; Jason Doherty for McMenamin 45 min.Bonagee Utd; Stephen Conroy, Mark Harkin, Jamie Lynagh, Glenn Rainey, Paddy O’Loan, Frankie McBrearty, Eoin Sheridan, Chris Moran, Aidan McLaughlin, Kevin Barr, Ryan McFadden. Subs; Noah Sanni for McFadden 72 mins, Gareth Breslin for Moran 78 minsRef; Packi CollDrumkeen Up to FourthDrumkeen Utd. 2Finn Harps Res. 0Drumkeen took the points with a well-deserved victory against Finn Harps at a damp St Patricks park on Sunday. The home team dominated the first half without having anything to show for their efforts and it was early in the second when they finally got their reward. The goal when it came will be the subject of a bit of banter in the home dressing room. Benny Bonner’s free kick seemed to go directly in but Gavin Reilly claimed a touch. Whether he touched it or not is debatable but he probably distracted goalkeeper Shaun Patton. The home team doubled their advantage 10 minutes later when Richie Moore scored a good goal from the right side of the box. As the half wore on they could have added a few more with peter McNamee having a couple of opportunities which went wide and they were also caught off side on numerous occasions. Despite all their possession they could not manage any more goals but will be happy to get back to winning ways. Paul McCauley had a quiet enough afternoon in the Drumkeen goal as Harps didn’t cause him too many problems.DRUMKEEN – Paul McCauley. Kevin Boyle, Benny Bonner, Rory Feeney, Phillip Whyte, Chrissy Mc Bride, Odhran Grant, Richie Moore, Peter McNamee, Gary Patton. SUBS Gerard Bonner on for McNamee, Johnny Black on for McNamee.FINN HARPS. Shaun Patton, Conor McGlynn, Hugh Moy, Shaun McGowan, Dylan Quinn, Conor McBride, Dars McConnell. Chris Darby, Cathal McDevitt.Referee Marty McGarrigle.Cockhill Edge Closer to TitleCockhill Celtic 7Swilly Rovers 1Cockhill proved too strong for a Swilly side missing a few regulars in Maginn Park, Buncrana. The open 20 minutes were fairly even with neither keeper tested. Cockhill got the breakthrough when an excellent cross from Oisin McColgan found the unmarked Garbhán Friel to glance a header past Wade in Swilly goal. Cockhill doubled their lead on 25 when Conor Carlin curled a fine 20 yarder to the top corner of the Swilly net. Cockhill went 3 up when William O Connor sent Garbhán Friel for his second as he slotted low past Wade. Swilly got a lifeline on the 45th minute when Lawrence Toland broke from midfield before rounding Cullen in Cockhill goal to make it 3-1. Half Time Cockhill 3 Swilly 1.Cockhill continued to dominate and they got their 4th on 50 minutes when Friel grabbed his hat trick when he connected with Ciaran Mc Laughlin’s cross. Carlin then got Cockhill’s 5th when he pounced on a defensive error on 55 minutes. Swilly threatened now and then and came close twice through Calvin Mooney and Kyle Black. Derek Doherty grabbed a 6th for Cockhill when he played a great 1-2 with Connor Carlin. Derek then grabbed the 7th in the final minutes when he reacted smartly to some hesitant defending in the Swilly defence. Final score Cockhill 7 Swilly Rovers 1. Cockhill with two games remaining need a point to retain the USL title, with Letterkenny away and Derry City at home, it certainly won’t be easy.DPD First Division 27.07.144 Lanterns Ulster Senior League Table 27.07.14FixturesWednesday, July 30th at 7pmDiv. 1 Cup Preliminary Rd.Swilly Rovers Res. v Fanad Utd. Res. Ref. M. McGarrigle4 Lanterns USLDerry City Res. v Finn Harps Res. (Maginn Park) Ref. V. McLaughlinSaturday, August 2nd at 2pmDPD Div. 1Fanad Utd. Res. v Bonagee Utd. Res. Ref. C. McLaughlinLetterkenny Rovers Res. v Swilly Rovers Res. Ref. M. McGarrigleDonegal News League Cup Semi-Final at 6:30pmSwilly Rovers v Derry City Res.Ref. S. Toner; Assts. P. Coll & V. McLaughlinSunday, August 3rd at 2pmDonegal News League Cup Semi-FinalLetterkenny Rovers v Cockhill CelticRef. P. Duddy; Assts. M. McGarrigle & V. McLaughlin.Shield Semi-Final at 2pmBonagee Utd. v Fanad Utd. Ref. M. QuinnWednesday, August 6th at 7pmShield semi-final (e.t. & pens)Finn Harps Res. v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. V. McLaughlin4 Lanterns USLDerry City Res. v Finn Harps Res. (Maginn Park) Ref. M. McGarrigle4 LANTERNS USL: REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: July 27th, 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:4 LANTERNS USL
By Brendan O’Donnell, Lifford AC: The streets of Raphoe played host to tonight’s 5K road race, part of the Donegal Grand Prix Series.130 athletes took to the start line in the market town in a race organised by the Raphoe Family Resource Centre and supported by Lifford Athletic Club.Foyle Valley’s Keith Shiels was in blistering form again this week having followed up a win in St. Johnston last week with another win tonight in a course record time of 15.19. Shiels was nearly a full minute ahead of his closest rival, Finn Valley’s Colin Watson who finished in second in 16.12, with City of Derry’s James Brown third in 16.20.In the Ladies race, Lifford AC’s Leoni Cooke emerged victorious in a time of 21.35 followed by Martina Hegarty in second in a time of 21.48 with Finn Valley’s Gloria Donaghey third in 23.25.After race prizes were generously sponsored by Coyle’s Centra in Raphoe. ALL THE RESULTS FROM THE RAPHOE 5K: SHIELS SETS NEW COURSE RECORD was last modified: July 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ALL THE RESULTS FROM THE RAPHOE 5K: SHIELS SETS NEW COURSE RECORD
There are sore legs, ankles and thighs across Donegal tonight. But for the 3,000 plus people who took part in the North West 10K around Letterkenny, it was well worth it.Click on the video to see this fantastic video from our friends in Wallace Media to see all that was great about this year’s event. SUPER VIDEO OF THE NORTH WEST 10K – ARE YOU ON IT? was last modified: May 6th, 2012 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:SUPER VIDEO OF THE NORTH WEST 10K – ARE YOU ON IT?
7 March 2005Trying to get information from a government department or private company?Help is at hand, in the from of a user-friendly guide on how to use the Promotion of Access to Information Act, published in all 11 official languages by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).South Africa’s Constitution gives every person the right of access to information, held by a public or private body, that is required for the exercise or protection of any right.The Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000 gives effect to this right; now the SAHRC is helping to make the right a reality by offering citizens a simple, easily understandable guide to the law and how to use it. Guide to using the Promotion of Access to Information Act The guide tells the reader how to make a request for access to information, what assistance is available from the information officer of a public body, when access to information may legally be refused, and what legal remedies there are in cases where information is illegally withheld.The guide also lists public bodies from whom information can be requested, along with contact details of their information officers.According to Commission chairperson Jody Kollapen, contact details of private bodies have not been included in the first edition of the guide, due to the fact that some private bodies were temporarily exempted from publishing information manuals in terms of the Act.However, he said, an electronic version of the guide will be kept on the SAHRC website and updated monthly to keep the public abreast of developments and changes in the contact details of information officers of public bodies and general information on the Act.Building a culture of opennessThe Act represented a landmark in South African history, addressing for the first time the pre-1994 culture of secrecy in state and private institutions, seeking instead to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in South Africa.The Act also acknowledged the need to educate South Africans on their rights, to enable them to participate in decision-making that affects their lives.“Participation in democratic processes can only be effective if it is informed participation”, SAHRC commissioner Leon Wessels says in the foreword to the guide.The responsibilities of public and private bodies should under the law “are not intended to be a costly burden but an essential mechanism to ensure good governance and the transformation of our society”.The right of access to information should not be approached in an adversarial manner, Wessels says, but rather be used “as a vehicle to change our society”.Law ‘unique in the world’According to Commission chairperson Jody Kollapen, access to information regimes are fast gaining momentum around the world. “Countries such as Mexico, Pakistan and the United Kingdom, that previously did not have access to information legislation, now have such legislation”, Kollapen writes in the preface to the guide.“Mexico … adopted its Federal Transparency and Access to Public Government Information Law in 2002; Pakistan adopted its Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 in October 2002; while the United Kingdom approved its Freedom of Information Act 2000 in November 2000.”South Africa’s freedom of information legislation remains unique in the world, however, being the only such law that permits access to records held by private as well as public bodies.SouthAfrica.info reporter
The internet has evolved into a social medium that is enabling mass collaboration. Wikipedia counts 16,000 contributors; YouTube has more than a hundred million contibutors; and Linux has thousands of programmers testing, tweaking and enhancing the operating system code.2006 saw a deluge of social media web sites emerge where anyone, not only journalists and editors, are able to produce content. These new web sites provide vertical topic-driven slices of the internet and attempt to attract many like-minded individuals. So many social media sites have appeared that products like ProfileLinker are now available that allow you to aggregate and link multiple social network profiles into a central location.Web-based collaboration isn’t limited to the consumer world. Similar technologies are being applied in the workplace, providing business teams tools to be able to share, communicate and collaborate. A new book called Wikinomics by Don Tapscott describes how companies are harnessing collaborative external resources via the web to benefit organizations. Web-based technologies are particularly attractive to Small and Medium sized Business that don’t have the cash to build out infrastructure, and for teams where many of the members are located remotely.A recent survey from Frost and Sullivan finds that Global Web-based Collaboration Services will grow to $2.6 billion by 2010 from $682 million in 2005. Web collaboration includes technologies like Instant Messaging, Web Conferencing, wikis and podcasts.Some examples of collaborative technologies in the enterprise include corporate blogs, project-based wikis, Web conferencing and RSS.Web Conferencing is evolving into VoIP-based infrastructure. And Per-minute costs are expected to plummet. Video conferencing and video chat between remote colleages will become commonplace.The Burton group is predicting incremental growth in RSS/XML syndication in 2007, followed by a big surge in the latter part of 2007 and into 2008. XML syndication in the enterprise helps to cut through email clutter — RSS feeds can be set up to be automatically populate data into email folders, aggregator products or custom web applications.