USAID Launches ICT Support Project

first_imgUSAID Chief of Party, Enchia (left), and Amb. Elder (right) at the launch of the projectThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the “Digital Liberia and e-Government Project in Liberia,” an information communication technology (ICT) program.The project was launched on March 22 at a resort in Monrovia, and was witnessed by an array of government officials including Post and Telecommunication Minister Fredrick Norkeh, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, Health Minister Bernice Dahn and USAID representatives.USAID Chief of Party for Digital Liberia, Victoria Cooper-Enchia, said the project aimed at improving government’s performance and bringing it closer to citizens by assisting it to develop Internet and computer technology.“Our objective is to progress Liberia towards creating a sound national ICT platform for now and for future generations.  This will help the country to tell its story and engage with the world. It will enhance health, education, agriculture and economic growth and private sector development,” Enchia said.Unlike other countries where technology has advanced and most public transactions are done through the Internet, Liberia still lags behind with financial transactions in public places handled by individuals, which enhances corruption.According to USAID, the project will improve the GoL’s connectivity and institutional capacity that is necessary to provide effective services, progressing Liberia towards the creation of a sound national ICT platform now, and for future generations.US Ambassador Christine Elder said the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project will build on the momentum started before the outbreak of Ebola in 2014.“It will strengthen Liberia’s ICT capacity and improve connectivity to better prepare the country to prevent, detect and respond to future crises,” Amb. Elder said.She said that the project lends support to several government institutions to improve decision making and management.The support, according to Elder, will identify priority sustainable government digital initiatives and help them to take advantage of technologies to digitize institutional systems and processes.Although the project is implemented in Monrovia for now, Amb. Elder disclosed that USAID recognizes the need for nationwide connectivity and has initiated support in other areas that complement the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project.Dr. Norkeh said the project is a step forward in the enhancement of communications across government and service delivery to the Liberian people.He said the project will help reduce the cost and time of communications across government that normally takes considerable amount of production time, payments of salaries, LEC bills, tax payments and payment of school fees using ICT.Online education and research in important fields of study such as medicine, disease control, and security are also among benefits of ICT that Minister Norkeh named.He said having existed many years as a nation, it is time that Liberians wake up to learn from other countries like Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda where effective use of ICT is improving the lives of the citizenry through the accelerated provision of essential services for livelihood.“The full realization of these efforts requires a considerable commitment from government, our development partners such as USAID and private investors,” Dr. Norkeh said.He said the project seeks to link institutions through digital communications and improve Liberia’s connectivity with the world, and build capacity to utilize the ICT and Internet technologies to improve performances of government officials for the effective, efficient and transparent delivery of services.Minister Samukai, who proxied for Vice President Joseph Boakai, recalled that rudimentary communication services have been in Liberia for a long time, and that the launch of the project is quite a rewarding venture.He urged drivers of the project “not to allow it sit on the desk,” but to make the needed impact in two to three years.Dr. Clarence Moniba, Head of President’s Delivery Unit, acknowledged the role government has played in creating a safe environment for the enhancement of development and noted that the launch of the ICT project is one such benefits of good governance.He, too, lauded USAID for initiating the project and said government is in full support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Football Tops William Jewell In Season Opener, 44-30

first_img Photo Gallery Andrew Yarwood Eric Saubert Cody Stepanek Josh Lee John Hugunin Michael Hudson Bryan Pisklo Preview Philip Hespen Andy Rice Mack Marrin Drake vs. William Jewell Final Stats Conley Wilkins Story Links Sean Lynch Next Game: at North Dakota 9/12/2015 – 5:00 PM Drake vs. William Jewell Final Stats Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team opened the 2015 season with a 44-30 victory over William Jewell on Saturday night at Drake Stadium.Conley Wilkins (Overland Park, Kan.) led the Bulldogs with his third career 100-yard rushing game as he carried the ball 22 times for 110 yards and three touchdowns.Fifth-year senior Andy Rice (Stevens Point, Wis.) completed 24-of-37 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Rice completed passes to nine different receivers, as senior Eric Saubert (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) was his top target with seven receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.Defensively, John Hugunin (Oswego, Ill.) and Sean Lynch (Hawthorn Woods, Ill) led Drake with nine tackles apiece, followed by Mack Marrin (Mendota Heights, Minn.) with six.An interception in the end zone by senior Bryan Pisklo (Tulsa, Okla.) helped eliminate a potential early deficit for the Bulldogs, as a special teams miscue allowed Jewell to get the ball back on DU’s 13 yard line. The Bulldog offense took advantage of Pisklo’s pick as they marched down the field for a 10-play 80-yard drive, which was capped by a seven-yard touchdown run by Wilkins to give Drake a 7-0 lead midway through the first period.Another Bulldog miscue near the end of the first-quarter gave the Cardinals good field position once again. But Drake’s defense stood strong and managed to hold Jewell to a field goal, as the Bulldogs took a 7-3 lead into the second period.With another three-and-out by the Drake defense, the offense put together another solid drive which resulted in Josh Lee (Decorah, Iowa) making his first collegiate field goal from 27 yards out with 7:15 left in the half.The Bulldogs managed to get the ball back with 35 second left in the first-half and got in field goal range. Lee nailed a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give Drake a 13-3 lead at halftime.In the third-quarter a combined 26 points were scored in the first half of the period.The Bulldogs opened the second-half with a touchdown. Rice found a wide open Michael Hudson (Urbandale, Iowa) as Hudson put Drake down to the one yard line. On the very next play Wilkins punched it into the end zone to give DU a 19-3 lead as the point after was blocked.The Cardinals answered with a 9-play 70-yard touchdown drive. Drake’s Philip Hespen (Crystal Lake, Ill.) blocked the point after to keep it 10-point game, 19-9 .Three plays later, Rice connected with Andrew Yarwood (South Elgin, Ill.) for a 48-yard touchdown. Jewell responded by returning the ensuing kickoff back for a 97-yard touchdown, which tied for the fourth longest kickoff return by a Drake opponent, and cut its deficit to 26-16.The Cardinals pulled within a touchdown, 29-23, as they scored on the first drive of the fourth-quarter. The Bulldogs stopped all of Jewell’s momentum when Saubert broke three tackles for a 22-yard touchdown catch, pushing Drake’s lead back to two scores, 44-23.Wilkins found the end zone for the third time with 5:44 left to play, capitalizing on an interception by Cody Stepanek (Yale, Iowa).Jewell managed to score one more touchdown with 1:31 left for a final score of 44-30.The Bulldogs will travel to North Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 12. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Miami Seaquarium releases manatee to sea after rehab

first_imgMARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami Seaquarium has released a manatee back to its natural habitat in the Florida Keys, Monday.Key3PO was loaded up for a transport back to Marathon Key, where it was originally found.Rescuers said a boat struck the marine mammal, causing him to lose most of his tail. After months in rehab, he is now able to swim and join other manatees.“He started healing pretty quickly,” said Jessica Schiffhauer, animal care specialist at Miami Seaquarium. “We saw pieces of his vertebrae in the pool within days, but he’s able to navigate the water column and use his paddle, which is amazing after an injury like that.”Key3PO will be monitored through a tracking system. Rescuers hope he’ll be able to rejoin his pod.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more