UNMEER Provides US$100K

first_imgOver 130 community based-organizations (CBOs) converged at the offices of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Monrovia last week to learn how to apply for the mission’s new small grants program, known as Community Quick Impact Projects (CQIPS).  According to UNMEER Montserrado County Field Crisis Manager, Peter Dalglish, the workshops are part of initiatives by UNMEER to provide CBOs with up to US$5,000 each to engage in a range of activities that will bring Liberia to zero new Ebola case. “It’s about helping people who have been traumatized or stigmatized as a result of Ebola. Let’s consider all the quarantined families in Montserrado County who have suffered and have been kept inside their homes for 21 days,” stated Dalglish.“It has been really difficult for children when schools reopened two weeks ago. Quarantined children weren’t allowed to return to school with their friends, so we are looking for projects that will provide them with support,” he said. Dalglish said UNMEER will be providing funds for a variety of projects, including training for local women on health promotion; a music program or installing a polystyrene tank on top of a primary school.” UNMEER has set aside US$100,000 under its Community Quick Impact Project (CQIPS) that will run for eight to 10 weeks. Each proposal will be reviewed within five days after it has been submitted and funding will be provided within two weeks after its approval.With many of the smaller faith-based, women and youth organizations in Montserrado County not having bank accounts, funds will be received on their behalf by a registered organization, he said.Dalglish lauded Liberians for their character demonstrated since Ebola paralyzed the country in July 2014.“Liberia is a strong country with a very strong President. I am from Canada and what I have learned is about the courage, resilience and determination of Liberians.   The world,” he said, “should thank them for stopping this disease. As a country, you deserve the Nobel Peace Prize,” Dalglish added. He said UNMEER looks forward to receiving innovative projects. “We want to act as a catalyst for Liberian community groups and build on the skills of community leaders”.   The workshops brought together 159 participants from 133 local CBOs, most of which had never attended a meeting at a United Nations office or received funding from any international donor. “The workshop was very educational [and] I enjoyed it.  There are a lot of things that I learned here that I didn’t know because I have never been in the NGO [non-governmental organization] sector before,” said Tenneh Kromah, executive director of the Community Youth Initiative (CYI) of Monrovia. The CYI was established in 2013 with its programs implemented by voluntary contributions from its officials, Kromah said.  She hoped to secure some of the funds to help integrate Ebola survivors into the community.“There is a demarcation between the non-Ebola and Ebola survivors. We need to go into the community to educate people that when you survive Ebola, people can still come around you and you can go around other people.  “There are other students in my community who survived Ebola that feel that when they go around their friends, they won’t be accepted, especially the youth. These are our primary targets,” Kromah stressed.   Michael Tarpeh Young, chairman of the Federation of Chocolate City Youths, hailed UNMEER’s approach in working with grassroots organizations. “This workshop was important as it relates to the global fight against Ebola. I think UNMEER has now come to a major point where we all can unite because in the past, communities that have been directly affected were excluded from this process,” said Tamba Boimah, director of Community Health Service at the Ministry of Health and one of the facilitators.  He serves as the Pillar Lead for Community Engagement and Social Mobilization at the Incident Management System (IMS) in Montserrado County.“Everything takes place at the community level and most of our mistakes in the past were because we designed programs and just dumped them on the communities, but over time we engaged them and got them involved in the process,” he said. “They have wonderful ideas. It is the community members who should take action. We want to encourage and support them to think and act as community leaders. They must not only criticize. They have the right to criticize;  they have the power in their hands to stop EVD [Ebola Virus Disease],” Boimah concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SOCCER – BONAGEE UTD WIN HISTORIC DOUBLE

first_imgChampions Bonagee Utd!It was a beautiful Wednesday evening that hosted the Letterkenny and District U12 Cup Final, in Leckview Park, between Kilmacrenann Celtic and Bonagee Utd.Kilmacrennan fresh from their Champions League win (AET) and League Champions Bonagee (by one point) took to the field to decide the destination of the third and final piece of silverware of the season. With only one goal separating the sides in previous meetings, an immaculate Letterkenny Rovers pitch and perfect weather conditions, the scene was set.A very proud manager (and dad!) Brendan Carolan and striker Michaela!Referee Joe McHugh blew for the start and Bonagee sprung straight out of the blocks with stand-in Kilmac keeper Keelin Gallagher saving well from a Jordan Nugent Shot after two minutes.Nugent then blazed a great chance over the bar from six yards on six minutes. Jack Murphy then shot narrowly wide. Nugent also went close on twelve minutes but it was Jacks brother Adam, who unleashed a fierce shot to the bottom corner, to open the scoring. Not to be undone, Jack then scored after some neat footwork beating three players before guiding the ball past the approaching Gallagher. Daragh Ellison made it three with a drive from the edge of the box when the ball broke after some resolute defending from Kilmac’s Steven Black and Connor McFadden.Referee Joe McHugh awarded a free kick five minutes from half time which Steven Black expertly dispatched high over Bonagee keeper Dylan Doogan’s (Doogie) head from all of forty yards. Kilmac roared to life, egged on by the vociferous Kilmac support, started to take a foothold in the game. Manager Hugo’s son, Steve McDaid entered the game for the injured Aaron Reid and immediately started an attack which was stunted by joint captain Jazzer Martin who played a diagonal ball which was cut out for a corner by the excellent Damien Egan. Jack Murphy’s precise corner was met by head of Daragh Ellison, but directed the wrong side of the crossbar.The second half continued with a Kilmacrennan renaissance until Nugent made up for his earlier misdemeanours, dispossessing a Kilmac defender and knocking the ball past the keeper.Kilmac, normally so prolific from set pieces had a corner cleared by Bonagee center-half Dylan O’Brien (Dobby) to full back David Smith who passed to Jonathan Coady in the center who laid off for Ellison who slipped it through to Murphy , he returned the ball to Coady who duly placed it in the top corner. 5-1. The goal of the match and typical of the football Bonagee have aspired to all season.Kilmacrennan Celtic battled all the wayThe ref awarded another rare free kick in a game he allowed to flow at every opportunity. Kilmac, always a serious threat from set pieces, managed to pull a goal back from the accomplished Steven Black.However Bonagee’s dominance was restored when Jazzer got a toe to a mix-up in the box to lose his status as the only member of the squad not to score this season. The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for the arrival of substitute Michaela Carolan (Manager Brendan’s Daughter).Peter Carr finished the scoring after good work from Ellison and Josh McCullogh to make it 7-2, a remarkable scoreline in a final despite Kilmac missing their first choice Keeper. Brendan’s Bats have now completed an historic League and Cup Double, a feat never before achieved by Bonagee Utd. The game ended with Joint Captains Ellison and Martin inviting their team-mate Dean Adams to accept the cup with them. Daragh then thanked Kilmac for a good match and congratulated them on their Champions League Win in a gracious and heartfelt speech.Linesmen : James Malseed and Marty McGarrigleMan of the match : Daragh EllisonBonagee : Team Effort Kilmacrennann : Steven Black, Keelin Gallagher, Mark Gallagher and DamienEganBonageebUtd;• Daragh Ellision (Joint Captain)• Jason Martin (Joint Captain)• Dean Adams• Jack Murphy• Michaela Carolan• David Smith• Jonathan Coady• Dylan O’Brien• Dylan Doogan• Ronan Coady• Oisin Farren• Joe Harkin• Adam Murphy• Jordan Nugent• Peter Carr• Josh Mc CullaghKIlmacrenan• Keelin Gallagher• Steven Black• Conor Black• Ryan McFadden• Conor McFadden• Bobby McGettigan• Mark Gallagher• Jamie Grant• Steve McDaid• Damien Egan• Aaron Reid• Conor Cassidy• Jack AlcornSOCCER – BONAGEE UTD WIN HISTORIC DOUBLE was last modified: June 1st, 2013 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:BONAGEE UTDKIlmacrennan Celticlast_img read more

Building Your Own OpenStack Cloud? Rackspace Wants to Support It

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img klint finley Rackspace announced today that it will offer paid support for OpenStack, the cloud platform it open-sourced along with NASA, Dell and others. The new support service is called Cloud Builders, and it is staffed by members of Rackspace’s OpenStack team as well as employees of the Rackspace acquisition Anso Labs.Cloud Builders will offer training, deployment services and ongoing support and management. The service is available starting today. This is the first time Rackspace has extended support outside its own data centers.This is big news for those building private clouds. There are a few competing open cloud standards – Deltacloud and the NRE Alliance, for example – and commercial support will be a deciding factor in which one becomes dominate. It’s also a way for Rackspace to monetize OpenStack, which will hopefully ensure it has a long future.Anso Labs plays a key role for Rackspace. The professional services firm helped NASA build the private cloud Nebula.  According to The Register, Anso developers were some of the top contributors of code to the OpenStack project. The paper also says that Anso still maintains Nebula.Between Rackspace and Anso Labs, you’d be hard pressed to find a more qualified support team for OpenStack. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Creativity Under Pressure: Sharpen Your Estimation Skills to Raise Your Value

first_imgAccurately estimate a project’s commitment to maximize your time & increase your profits.Time management and creativity don’t usually go hand-in-hand.Unfortunately though, creative work devoid of time constraints becomes a financial matter.  It simply isn’t profitable.  Making a living as a creative professional obviously has a lot to do with skill and talent – but to be most successful you must also be productive and work well under the rigors of financial pressures and time constraints.  In this post, we offer up a few tips to follow when budgeting your time for creative projects.Sharpen Your Estimation SkillsThe quickest way to degrade your value is poor project estimation from the get-go.  Not only does over-promising the speed of a job mean you won’t be properly compensated for your time, but it also sets unrealistic client expectations.  If you underestimate just to win work, you’re already taking a loss.Instead, attempt to get the most information possible about a project from the onset.  Whether you’re a video editor, photographer or designer, make sure your client provides great detail about their expectations and project timeline.  Insure that you’re on the same page about the revisions process – a client that expects an infinite number of revisions will be a huge drain on your time.Once you land a project create a thorough schedule, outlining the completion of each stage of the process.   Graphic designers and video editors will want to note when a first cut (or draft) should be completed, when a fine cut is due, allocate time for revisions and create a deadline for final client delivery (whew!).  Photographers can benefit from breaking down their editing process – when favorites should be pulled, when pictures need to be edited and the date they should be uploaded or delivered.Even if you’re working on a project basis (as opposed to hourly) you need to break your time down into set increments.  This way you have a roadmap, encouraging you to keep moving forward and not micro-focusing.  Each hour invested represents a dollar amount – whether you’re paid hourly or not.Simple Time Estimation TrickThe best way to create such a schedule is by basing your time estimates on past projects.  For every project you work on record how long it takes you to complete certain tasks.  Includes notes on the project – how much video was cut, how many shots were taken – and then notate what you did and how long it took to complete.  Even though every project is different, you can make a more informed estimate and can say, “I think this new project will take X amount of hours, because a similar one I did in the past took about that long.”Does this sound like overkill?  It might – but the minimal amount of time it takes to implement (throw it all in a spreadsheet) is well worth your ability to more accurately estimate jobs in the future.Don’t dilute your value by working more for less.  If you can estimate a project most accurately you’ll be better compensated for your time – and your clients will likely be more satisfied to boot.How do you keep your time in check?We want to hear your suggestions and tips in the comments!last_img read more