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  • ID4PAPD: Greasing Liberia’s Development Wheels (Part1)

    first_imgPart 1: Welcome On-board the ID Train By Wellington Geevon Smith On behalf of the management of the National Identification Registry (NIR), it is my distinguished honor to welcome you to our special column on Liberia’s identification ecosystem, which we have titled, “Identification for the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (ID-4-PAPD): Greasing Liberia’s Development Wheels.” The column intends to show, through many articles, how biometric identification works and how it can help Liberia achieve speedy economic development to improve the living conditions of our citizens. We will run the ID column by publishing an article in this paper once every week, on Thursdays.The host for this column is Honorable J. Tiah Nagbe, Executive Director of the NIR. We will also welcome contributions from anyone who has interest in identity matters. Mr. Nagbe is the first Executive Director of the NIR and will bring to this column his vast experience in the public and private sectors.  Liberia is faced with enormous challenges in catching up with the rest of the world in many spheres of modern life. As the country went through years of civil conflict and subsequently worked to put its scattered pieces together for post-conflict democratic governance and development, the rest of the world marched forward with technology and left us farther behind. As part of efforts to reduce this gap, the Liberian Government decided eight years ago, in 2011, to establish a national biometric identification system through the National Identification Registry.It is incumbent on Liberia to jump-start its identity revolution as simply put by Alan Gelb and Julia Clark of the Center for Global Development:  “Formal identification is a prerequisite for development in the modern world. The inability to authenticate oneself when interacting with the state — or with private entities such as banks inhibits access to basic rights and services, including education, formal employment, financial services, voting, social transfers, and more. Unfortunately, under-documentation is pervasive in the developing world. Civil registration systems are often absent or cover only a fraction of the population. In contrast, people in rich countries are almost all well-identified from birth. This identity gap is increasingly recognized as not only a symptom of underdevelopment but as a factor that makes development more difficult and less inclusive.”We will cover a wide range of issues over the next six months, as we use this medium to deepen the understanding of Liberians and our key partners on identity matters. We promise to do our best in presenting these issues in simple terms, though these are quite challenging topics. Again, we encourage you to follow Mr. J. Tiah Nagbe, Executive Director of the National Identification Registry (NIR), every Thursday as he addresses your concerns on the role of biometric identification in Liberia’s development agenda. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


    first_imgMurvagh Golf News: Captain’s Drive-InThe Captains’ Drive-In took place on Saturday 7th March. The day began with an Ecumenical Service for bereaved members, after which both Captains, Manus and Moragh, showing no sign of nerves, went to the first tee and officially launched the 2015 Golfing Season. The Greensomes competition which followed was played over the front and back nine, with a separate singles competition for the men who had no female partner for the day. Though the day was “fairly windy” there were very good scores returned for each of the nine holes. Winners; Men’s Singles; Nigel TrimbleBack Nine; Winners, Aidan O’Doherty & Gaye McGoldrick, Runners Up, Glenn Patterson & Anna Colhoun.Front Nine; Winners, Frank Shovelin & Carmel Brennan. Runners Up, Paul Murphy & Patsy Harkin.Well done to all the winners and to the large crowd that participated in the event.Men’s CompetitionsSunday 8th March saw the first of the sponsored competitions for 2015, and DONEGAL TOWN HARDWARE sponsored the Sunday competition.Winners of this event were, 1st Dan Callaghan (18), 40 pts. 2nd Seamus Faulkner (11)36pts, bot. 3rd Gerard Gallagher (27) 36 pts, 4th Charles Gallagher (27) 35 pts. Gross Jason Conway (4) 29 pts.The draws for the GUI qualifying competitions are on display in the locker room. The Team Selection committee are asking members to make themselves available for the competitions that they qualify for, by entering their name on the sheet on the notice board. Ladies Competitions.Competitions will be 15 holes for the month of March. Please note that the Competition days for next weekend’s competition sponsored by Quinn Meehan & Co are Sunday 15th and Monday the 16th of March.Junior Registration DayRegistration for Juniors for the 2015 season takes place on Saturday the 21st of March. Mothers Day Lunch Special in the Clubhouse RestaurantKathleen and staff have a Mother’s Day Special available in The Clubhouse Restaurant on Sunday the 15th of March from 1pm to 3.30pm.Have a 3 Course Sunday Lunch at €18 per person or 2 Courses for €15 per personYou can book your place in the Restaurant or on 074 9734953Divotting Evening and Rules Night Table Quiz – Monday 30th MarchA Divotting evening takes place on Monday the 30th of March at 6pm. All members are welcome and light refreshments will be provided afterwards in the Clubhouse. Following the Divotting a Rules Table Quiz will take place at 8pm.Abbey Vocational School ClassicThe Abbey Vocational School Parents Association fundraising Classic takes place on Wednesday the 29th of April.Members Diary & FixturesCopies of the Members Diary and Fixtures book for 2015 are now available in the Club.GOLF NEWS: NIGEL TRIMBLE IN FINE FORM AT MURVAGH was last modified: March 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfMurvaghNoticesSportlast_img read more