Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin to join Liverpool on season-long loan

first_imgLiverpool have reached an agreement for the season-long loan of Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin after Arsenal ended their interest.The Reds offered to pay a larger proportion of the 23-year-old’s £115,000 a week wages, swinging the deal in their favour.Sahin, who has 31 caps for Turkey, will undergo a medical ahead of the match against Manchester City on Sunday.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is now considering a number of other targets.Sahin had been expected to join Arsenal, having privately expressed a preference for the north London club. But the deal stalled when Real and Arsenal could not agree a £14m option to buy the player at the end of the loan.Liverpool and Real then agreed a deal, with Sahin’s agent meeting Liverpool officials earlier in the week to agree terms. Real boss Jose Mourinho had given the go ahead for Sahin to move to the Premier League after the playmaker struggled to make an impression at the Bernabeu since a move from Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund last summer.Sahin signed a six-year deal with the La Liga outfit but made just 11 appearances for them last season as they won the Spanish league title.last_img read more

“One-Stop (online) Government”

first_imgThe expansion of the internet and its accompanying technologies has brought both increased efficiency and new methods of communication. Since its (internet) advent, governments around the world have worked assiduously using all forms of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to bring public administration online for the provision of services and information to their “customers” (citizens, businesses, governments, government employees). This is also called electronic government or eGovernment. One aspect of eGovernment involves the use of a single medium or a one-stop shop to deliver services and information to customers of public administration. We refer to this single platform as a “ONE-STOP (ONLINE) GOVERNMENT” which is the focus of today’s article. The “one-stop (online) government” is a modern approach in public administration reform that integrates of public services from a “customer of public services” – point of view. Under the one-stop paradigm, all of a customer’s business can be completed in a single contact using an electronic portal or ePortal. One-stop customers do not have to hunt around, call back, or repeatedly explain their situation in order to gain services or information. There several benefits that customers of public administration can enjoy via a one-stop (online) service platform. This includes but is not limited to convenience, accessibility, personalization and availability of services 24/7/365 a year, using any internet connected device. This characterizes the modern paradigm shift in our way of living. The beauty of a One-stop (online) Government is that decisions that would take days/weeks/months to make are made in a few seconds through automated processes and the click of a mouse.In order to work seamless and effectively a one-stop (online) government” platform requires that all Ministries, Agencies, Commissions (MACs) of the Liberian government are interconnected through ICTs and that Liberians are able to access public services through a single point (ePortal) even if these services are actually provided by different MACs. One-stop (online) government requires the reengineering of the public sector’s processes. It calls for a holistic framework that supports integrated modelling of electronic public services and synchronization with the technical development.The holistic framework mentioned above provides an important guideline to address different aspects impacting a one-stop (online) government system. Moreover, the legal aspects framing one-stop (online) government development and the social impacts of such developments for different “customer groups” must be understood.In Liberia our online one-stop shop portal is in the early stages of development. It provides information and access to limited set of Government services. The goal is to be more transactional with customers of public administration. However; the level of integration necessary to provide advanced transaction capabilities is still a work in progressEGovernment systems have become prevalent around the world and are now an accepted standard of good government. And they are and have been successful because governments’ eServices run in parallel with existing traditional public service channels in order to bridge the digital divide and avoid excluding large sections of the population from access to government services. In other words, a one-stop (online) government platform supplement, but do not substitute for other government service delivery channels.There are several gains that can be garnered from one-stop (online) governments. These gains usually come from streamlining government bureaucracy and increasing citizen satisfaction. In addition, online one-stop shop allows greater transparency of public services, greater accountability of public servants and politicians, reduced corruption, lower costs for business, greater attraction of foreign invest.EGovernment also improves interagency IT initiatives for the improvement of customer service, to consolidate redundant systems, decrease paperwork, increase productivity and save money. It brings an order of magnitude in improvement in the Government of Liberia’s value to the citizen, especially by its ability to provide decisions effectively and promptly in minutes or hours and not in weeks or months as is done in the traditional settings.I have said a lot of good things about a one-stop (online) government. It would be disingenuous of me not to indicate some of its challenges. While interest in one-stop-government continues to grow, little knowledge exists regarding crucial success factors and barriers. Filling this gap is particularly difficult, especially in developing countries. The need for a robust telecommunications infrastructure, human capacity, the absence of an eGovernment champion at senior level (usually the head of the nation), the unwillingness of government to make available the amount needed to enhance eGovernment continue to hinder the existence of things such as an one-stop (online) government.I must say that I am proud of the developments in Liberia’s ICT sector. To reach a point where we are discussing and bringing government online is in fact an indication that a lot has been done to reach this far. By a lot, I mean the following: The development of a national ICT policy, a liberalized ICT market, a national policy maker, regulator and operator, several private operator, connection to a submarine optical fiber cable, a Universal Access program that will soon to start, a Chief Information Officer regime that is underway, an Project/Programs Management office for eGovernment programs, a national initiative to place computer labs in public schools, and now, an online one-stop shop for access to Governments services and information. These are just a few of the developments in the ICT sector. It would take more than a newspaper article to be able to list all. But I am convinced that the few listed have proved my point. And, if you ask me, I’d tell you that within a decade, we have leapfrogged in to a level of modernity that we could not have achieved in such a short time, a few years ago. I stand corrected of course!Until next week, Carpe diem!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Letterkenny council warned that someone will be hurt at town park outdoor gym

first_imgLetterkenny Municipal Council has been warned that somebody will be hurt if age restrictions and signage are not put on the new town park outdoor gymnasium.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh appealed to the council to put up signs warning that the equipment should not be used by young people.“This equipment is not designed for use by children and a child will be hurt at some stage. I would actually ask how the council stand on this legally if someone is hurt,” he said. The motion was backed by Cllr Gerry McMonagle.He said that theme parks carry similar restrictions and warnings.“Youngsters could go on this apparatus which is not intended for them and they could sustain a fall,” he said.  Letterkenny council warned that someone will be hurt at town park outdoor gym was last modified: October 8th, 2019 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:dangerdonegalequipmentgymLetterkenny Town Parklast_img read more

Red Bluff girls volleyball sweeps LP for fourth straight victory

first_imgOroville >> The long trip down SR 99 didn’t deter the Red Bluff High girls volleyball team, with the Spartans easily dispatching Las Plumas of Oroville in straight sets (25-6, 25-11, 25-27) in a nonleague battle. The Spartans (10-5) have won four in a row and seven of their last eight matches heading into the start of Eastern Athletic-Sac River League Sept. 26 at home against Enterprise (7-9).Senior Logan Wheeler led Red Bluff with 10 kills on 19 attacks, while sophomore Sarah Reineman added …last_img

Barracuda bites: Dylan Gambrell won’t be long for AHL

first_imgDylan Gambrell will get his turn. Stay patient.As the Sharks await Joe Thornton’s return from injured reserve, they recalled Gambrell from the Barracuda Monday to serve as an emergency forward on team’s three-game road trip to Nashville, Carolina and Anaheim.With three goals and five points in three games, Gambrell’s AHL performance is sparking calls for his immediate insertion into the Sharks lineup. Barring injury, though, he isn’t likely to see game action on this trip.The reasons are …last_img

Jesus Luzardo looking to erase bad taste with A’s this spring

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s prized pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo is counting down the days until spring training when he can finally wash the bad taste out of his mouth.There was a point last season when Luzardo was considered a possibility to join the club in September to assist in the club’s playoff push. The left-handed forced his way into that conversation by dominating his competition at Single-A and Double-A, but Triple-A was a different story.“That was probably the worst I’ve pitched in the …last_img

SA home to Africa’s top two universities

first_img12 September 2013 South Africa is home to Africa’s two top-ranked universities, including the only African university to be ranked in the top 200 in the world, according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. Quacquarelli Symonds, a British education research company, released its university rankings for 2013/14 on Monday. According to the rankings, the University of Cape Town is Africa’s top university, moving up nine places to 145 from 154 last year. The country’s second-highest ranked institution, Wits University in Johannesburg, improved by a huge 50 positions to 313. The next-highest ranked African university is the American University of Cairo at 348, up by 44 places from 392 last year. The University of Cape Town (UCT) currently has 416 National Research Foundation (NRF)-rated researchers, including 33 A-rated scientists. Wits University has 16 A-rated scientists and around about 250 NRF-rated scientists. Some of South Africa’s other universities were also ranked: the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape at 387, the University of Pretoria in Gauteng in the 471-480 range, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the 501-550 range. Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape was rated between 551-600, while the University of Johannesburg was ranked for the first time, falling in the 601-650 range. 11th in world for attracting students South Africa currently ranks 11th in the world for attracting international students. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), the country hosted around 61 000 international students in 2009, two-thirds of whom came from countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). “South Africa in particular is an attractive option for international students, due to its well developed infrastructure and partnerships with world-class universities around the world,” Quacquarelli Symonds says on its website. UCT spokesperson Patricia Lucas said that South Africa benefited from having universities ranked on international measures such as the QS. “A good performance in the rankings is evidence of the world-class education that South Africans and Africans can get at home,” Lucas said in a statement on Tuesday. “Prospective students and staff the world over use the rankings to decide where to study and work.”Improving university access At the same time, Lucas issued a word of caution regarding rankings, saying that UCT “remain[s] mindful that all ranking systems have inherent flaws. “In the South African context, where we have to allocate resources to bridging the gap between inadequate schooling and the high standards of a leading university, there is a risk that too much focus on the rankings might divert resources away from spending to improve access, because there are no criteria to measure that factor.” UCT has some 26 000 students, 4 500 of whom come from 104 countries. Over half of their enrolments consist of black students, while just over half comprise women. Competition for entry into UCT is high – every year it receives 26 000 applications for just 4 000 first-year placings. The university is home to more than a quarter of South Africa’s A-rated researchers – academics who are considered world leaders in their fields, as ranked by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. It also has 32 of the 152 national chairs awarded under the SA Research Chairs Initiative, established by the Department of Science and Technology and managed by the National Research Foundation, to build scientific research and innovation capacity in South Africa.Attracting the best academic talent Wits University vice-chancellor Adam Habib said on Wednesday that the university was “pleased to have moved up the rankings by 50 places, reflecting advances on several fronts at the university. “Our focus going forward is to continue to improve our research publications, throughput rates and postgraduate enrolments,” Habib told SAinfo via e-mail. “We are also looking to attract the best talented academics from South Africa and abroad, as well as postdoctoral students to help us lift our research both quantitatively and qualitatively. “We believe that if we continue to focus on all these key aspects, we will continue to rise in the rankings. Nevertheless, we continue to be committed to distinctively South African and African priorities in ways that are not necessarily reflected in the rankings.” QS has been ranking universities for the past nine years, and this year assessed more than 3 000 universities, ranking 800 of them. The assessment criteria are extensive. Universities are awarded with a rating of one to five+ stars, depending on their performance within an evaluation. Over 30 criteria are used for the assessment, grouped into eight categories: research, employability, teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation, innovation, engagement, and the institution’s standing in specialist subjects. The Times Higher Education World Rankings are expected later this year. UCT was placed at 113 on these rankings last year, while Wits University was ranked in the 226-250 range.last_img read more

Etheridge committed to Azkals for WCQ

first_imgNeil Etheridge may be basking in the glow of an impressive English Premier League season, but that doesn’t mean he’s not missing life with the Philippine Azkals.In fact, Etheridge, who missed the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates due to club commitments, said he’s fully committed to help the Azkals when they plunge into action in the Fifa World Cup Qualifiers (WCQ) starting in September.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player00:55Neil Etheridge on his decision to not hold a soccer academy in PH this past summer02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH riders seek Tokyo slots in Subic race Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Etheridge reached great heights in his first season as a Premier League starter with Cardiff, coming up with 10 clean sheets and three penalty saves.But even with his string of stellar performances, Cardiff was one of the three clubs relegated back to the Championship.The terrific season has sparked interest from other clubs in the Premier League, but the goalkeeper said he still has two years left in his deal with Cardiff.Etheridge said it would take a collective effort not just from the players for the Azkals to reach the next level.“I think everyone involved in that team wants the national team, the Azkals to move forward, but that needs to not just come from the players and the coaching staff; that needs to come from everyone behind the scenes all the way to the top,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT On a three-week break in the Philippines following a gruelling last two seasons with Cardiff City, the goalkeeper said he has already excused himself from being selected for the international match against China in Guangzhou on June 7.But Etheridge said he remains committed to suit up for flag and country with the next cycle of qualifying starting September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Of course, I want to be part of the Azkals going into the World Cup Qualifiers,” Etheridge said.“People have said, ‘Is he just gonna play Premier League Football and just drop the Azkals?’ No, because I’ve been a part of that team for 11 years, and you don’t just drop something after 11 years. Right now, we want to try to qualify for the World Cup. Now we want to try to get to the next Asian Cup and do better.”last_img read more

Bowring and Bombay seek creditor protection amid 50M debt

first_imgTORONTO – Bowring & Co. Inc. and Bombay & Co. Inc. are seeking creditor protection as they grapple with more than $50 million in debt.Legal filings say the housewares and home furnishings retailers collectively owe millions to landlords, banks, delivery brands and other companies they conduct business with.The filings made under two numbered companies show CIBC is owed $24 million.Bombay and Bowring temporarily put notices up on their websites telling visitors that the pages are under construction, but those were removed by late Tuesday afternoon.The licensed insolvency trustees for the companies did not respond to requests for comment.Several stores under each brand name remain open, but employees at some locations said they were liquidating merchandise.Bombay and Bowring had been under creditor protection in 2014, while they looked for a buyer or partner to help them survive a severe cash shortage and debt.last_img read more

Grains higher Livestock lower

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was gained 13.40 cents at $5.1640 a bushel; Dec. corn was rose 2.60 cents at $3.74 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 9 cent at $2.92 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans advanced 13.60 cents at 9.1660 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile cattle fell .62 cent at $1.1740 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off 1 cent at $1.4345 a pound; Dec. lean hogs lost .38 cent at .5452 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img