The General Secretary of Europe’s Football Governing body (UEFA), Theodore Theodoridis, arrives in Liberia today, Tuesday, with a two member high powered delegation.The UEFA delegation will be in Liberia from March 22 to 23 to discuss UEFA’s cooperation with the Liberia Football Association (LFA).The delegation is headed by Mr. Theodoridis and includes Urs Kluser, Integrity Officer, and Legal Affairs/Disciplinary Services.A release from the LFA said the two man UEFA delegation will discuss future cooperation with the Liberian FA in all aspects of football development.The delegation will visit the LFA Technical Center under construction in Careysburg, the future home of the LFA in Congo Town, the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) and pay a courtesy visit to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The delegation will then join LFA President Musa Hassan Bility and LFA Executives for a discussion before addressing the local football media.The coming of the UEFA delegation to Liberia followed discussions held between Mr. Bility and the newly elected FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, on the margins of Feburary’s FIFA Congress in Zurich.The LFA President reportedly played an influential role in deciding the outcome of the FIFA presidential pools.Mr. Bility is excited about the upcoming visit and said it will help Liberia reach a higher mark in its football development program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The 2013/2014 session of Parliament began on Thursday, April 4, at Gordon House, with the traditional pomp and pageantry. It was highlighted by the delivery of the Throne Speech by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. [Download the Governor General’s 2013 Throne Speech] The Governor-General, on his arrival, inspected the Guard of Honour mounted by members of the Jamaica Defence Force, after which he entered the chambers of the House, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, and Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson. Specially invited guests, including Permanent Secretaries from the various Ministries and members of the Diplomatic Corps, also entered the House to hear the Throne Speech. Members of the Senate were the first to take their seats inside Gordon House, followed by the President of the Senate, Rev. Stanley Redwood, and President of the Jamaica Council of Churches,the Most Reverend Donald J. Reece. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart, then entered the Chamber, followed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness. Members of Parliament also entered and took their seats. The Throne Speech was delivered under the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going for Growth and Development’, and it outlined the priority programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government during the new fiscal year. [Download the Governor General’s 2013 Throne Speech] Some of the priority areas outlined for the 2013/14 financial year include: securing an Extended Fund Facility with the International Monetary Fund; creating an enabling environment to do business in Jamaica; diversification of the tourism market; job creation; boosting agricultural production thorough the development of Agro Parks; energy efficiency; reducing crime and violence; the economy and foreign policy. The Government will also pursue an active legislative agenda for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. Some of the critical Bills include: an Amendment of the Road Traffic Act and Transport Authority Act, with the objective of ensuring that the gaps in the road traffic legislation affecting enforcement of road traffic laws are addressed; An Omnibus Tax Incentive Bill to establish a transparent and coherent regime to govern all tax incentives; and a Public Sector Procurement Bill to provide the framework for a Public Sector Procurement System, and legally separate the National Contracts Commission from the Office of the Contractor General.Later in the afternoon the Lower House had its first official sitting for the new fiscal year, and the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure were tabled by the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter
Kathie Lee Gifford and Dean Cain will host the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting taking place November 30 on the Ellipse at President’s Park, home to the White House.Whether people attend in person or watch on Hallmark Channel on December 4, they’ll enjoy performances by Jack Wagner, The Beach Boys, Wynonna, three-time Emmy Award winners The Texas Tenors, Craig Campbell, Us The Duo, Boys II Bow Ties, Mannheim Steamroller, and the U.S. Navy Band led by Emmy nominated music director Steve Gibson. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming week.Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition is celebrating its 95th year. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, Hallmark Channel will exclusively broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4.A lovely melding of music, outdoor performance, and holiday cheer, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the unique ways that people can experience national parks and #FindYourPark/ #EncuentraTuParque.No matter if you attend in person or watch on TV, everyone can join the fun by sharing photos and favorites memories using #NCTL2017 and tagging @TheNationalTree on Twitter.Additional information, including event history, can be found at www.thenationaltree.org.
The Canadian PressOTTAWA – A former B.C. attorney general who led the province’s Missing Women Commission of Inquiry says the federal government must strike the right tone and clearly define the terms for its own study of missing and murdered Indigenous women.Wally Oppal conducted hearings and published a 2012 report on how authorities handled cases involving missing and murdered women in the wake of the Robert Pickton case. Pickton is a serial killer convicted in 2007 of the murders of six women and charged in the deaths of 20 others.Oppal says the incoming Liberal government must determine what kind of inquiry it will conduct to ensure it is proactive in nature.“I would think that if you’re going to have an inquiry, you don’t need to have one of the type that we had, where the police were cross-examined for endless days because one of our tasks was to find out what the police did wrong during the Pickton years,” Oppal said.“I think if they’re going to have one, they should have an inquiry that goes to the various communities and the centres, a commissioner or group of commissioners, to get the voice of the communities.“It never hurts to talk to the communities to get their views and to bring them on side.”Oppal also says the Grits should take previous inquiries into account to ensure the new investigation does not retrace old ground.In their election platform, the Liberals committed to “immediately” starting a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.The party said it would seek recommendations for governments, law enforcement and others to help “solve these crimes and prevent future ones.”It also committed to spending $40 million on the study over two years.Oppal said it will be important for the government to spend wisely.“You could not have the type of inquiry that we had, where we had witnesses being called and being examined, you couldn’t do that for $40 million across the country,” he said. “The moment you announce a national inquiry, the lawyers are going to line up. So you have to be careful as to how you’re going to spend the money.”