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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

  • Liverpool boss Klopp only has eyes for top four

    first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is seen ahead of kick off of their match against Brighton and Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on December 2, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KIRKBRIGHTON, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool’s immediate target is to establish themselves in the top four of the Premier League before they start looking towards leaders Manchester City.Klopp’s side confirmed their recent progress with a 5-1 win away to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. It was Liverpool’s fifth win in six league matches, with one draw, since their 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.The Reds’ success on the south coast left Liverpool in fourth place, a point ahead of Arsenal following the Gunners’ 3-1 loss at home to Manchester United in Saturday’s late kick-off.Liverpool’s latest win typified the attacking strength that has delivered 25 goals in the last eight games in all competitions, a tally that has drawn comparisons with Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring City side.“In our calmer moments we played good football,” said Liverpool manager Klopp. “I don’t know if you can compare us to Manchester City but we are a really good football team and we know that.“But we need to carry on, that’s the most important thing,” the German added.“It’s important that it’s good because we need the points, and we want to stay as close as possible to the teams in front of us.“We cannot get them immediately because they obviously win a lot of games as well, but we want to be as close as possible to them,” said Klopp, whose side could end the weekend 14 points adrift of City if Guardiola’s men beat West Ham on Sunday.“But the next game is coming, and all of them are really important for us,” said the manager, with Liverpool facing Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday before next weekend’s Merseyside derby with Everton.– ‘Credit to the analysts’ –Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah led Liverpool’s attack with Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke held in reserve on the bench.Firmino scored twice after Emre Can had put Liverpool ahead and Coutinho added the fourth after a Glenn Murray penalty had brought Brighton back into the game before the Brazilian’s shot was turned into his own goal by Lewis Dunk.“The next game is coming, and all of the forwards are really important for us. It’s cool to have these options,” Klopp said.Coutinho’s 87th minute free-kick effectively killed off the game, with the former Inter Milan player drilling a low shot under the defensive wall after the Brighton defenders jumped in anticipation of a chipped effort.Klopp revealed the goal was down to thorough work by Liverpool’s s video analysis team.“I love goals like the free-kick. It was a credit to the analysts. They see something like this in the video meeting. But you have to have the ability to do this.”For Brighton this was their first home defeat since they lost to Manchester City on the opening day of the season.But Brighton manager Chris Hughton said Liverpool were the most impressive side to visit the Amex Stadium so far this season.“Up with Man City, Liverpool are the best offensively in the division. They’ve got pace and that’s the hardest thing to deal with.“We’ve been good so far and this was our toughest test. We’ve fallen short and they’re now aware of what can happen. Occasionally, we are going to get days like this. Importantly, it’s about how we bounce back.”Hughton added: “We were too naive and we haven’t been like that against anybody. We got served a lesson today and we need to learn from that.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more