Peace, Reconciliation Crucial to Liberia’s Development

first_imgDeputy Internal Affairs Minister Varney A. Sirleaf says peace and reconciliation are crucial to Liberia’s development after the departure of the United National Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Minister Sirleaf made the statement recently at the end of a two-week workshop organized by the Peace Building Office (PBO) to train participants who will be carrying out the National Conflict Mapping Exercise (NCME) in the 15 counties.“This process of conflict mapping may be successful only with greater mutual understanding, trust and respect, which we must achieve,” Minister Sirleaf told participants at the end of the workshop.He said peace and reconciliation are keys to the stability of Liberian, “because it is that cornerstone that will help citizens to foster national development.”Sirleaf further told participants that as the country goes to elections next year, “we have to do these things because it will help unite our people.”NCME Executive Director of the Peace Building Office at the Internal Affairs Ministry, Edward Mulbah described the program as another form of taking the government to the people.He said the national conflict mapping exercise will produce conflict analysis report containing county-specific conflict drivers and triggers, looming conflicts with the potential to undermine national peace and stability and underlying root causes of civil war not yet addressed. It will furthermore inform MIA on the realignment or revision of government’s strategic peace building and reconciliation programs, strategies and policies.Mr. Mulbah said the 36 trained researchers will be deployed simultaneously to work in the 15 counties at county, district and community or village levels, saying the entire mapping project will take three months.He noted that it will also target a sample size of 3,500 respondents for individual interviews in 163 enumeration areas. According to him, both quantitative and qualitative tools will be adapted, adding 30 Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and 30 Key Informant Interview (KII) Researchers will use Personal Data Assistant for the individual interviews. Moderators and note takers will use electronic recorder for the focus group discussions, and collaborate with the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS).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_imgPortsalon Golf Club had reason to celebrate recently as the club received confirmation it had secured its highest ever position in the prestigious Golf Digest Ireland Top 100 Courses in Ireland.Portsalon has been steadily climbing up the list in recent years, largely down to a sustained commitment to self-improvement undertaken by the council and greens staff at the club. The hard work and commitment paid rich dividends once more as Portsalon took its place at No.22 in the rankings for 2016 – up one place from the year just past.The rise of Portsalon has coincided with the club partnering with former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley’s Golf Course Design team to enhance the playing experience for members and visitors alike on the iconic Fanad links.Since a major revamp of Portsalon by renowned course designer Pat Ruddy in 2000, the club has continuously strived to subtly improve this founding member of the Golfing Union of Ireland.Paul McGinley and his team have been working closely with Portsalon Golf Club since 2011 and in congratulating the club on their 2016 standing, he suggested that further improvement in the Golf Digest Rankings are “a very attainable goal” for the club to aim at. Paul Armstrong, Captain of Portsalon, attributes the success of the club to the vision, hard work and commitment of Links Superintendent Johnny Shields and his team in working alongside their partners at Paul McGinley Golf Course Design as well as the backing received from Portsalon’s members.McGinley believes Portsalon has the capability to push itself towards the top ten in Ireland, a dream that is shared by the club.Paul Armstrong said this week: “We look forward to continuing to work together and share Paul’s ambition that someday soon we will be a top ten course.”Johnny Shields has been head of greens staff at Portsalon since 2007. Under his leadership, the club have climbed the Golf Digest Rankings from No.75 to their current position on the cusp of the top 20.Whilst implementing the changes advised by the McGinley team, the greens staff have also incorporated a series of aesthetic improvements that further enhance the ‘Portsalon experience’.Membership is open at Portsalon with extremely competitive rates for both beginners and experienced golfers alike. Despite the rain that battered Donegal during Storm Desmond last weekend, the links at Portsalon showed its resilience in remaining open for play throughout and it prides itself on providing all-year-round golf.This jewel in the Irish golfing crown hosts weekly Open competitions (Wednesday and Saturday, Seniors – Friday) where visitors can enjoy 18-holes at surprisingly reasonable and very competitive rates.Come along and see for yourself, one of Ireland’s top golf courses in the heart of the breathtaking Fanad peninsula.DONEGAL GOLF CLUB PLACES HIGH IN LIST OF TOP 100 COURSES IN IRELAND was last modified: December 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:golfGolfer’s DigestPortsalonSportlast_img read more