In pursuit of a strategy to promote transparency and accountability in government the Governance Commission (GC) will today conduct a high level assessment roundtable on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) at a resort in Monrovia.The Anti-Corruption initiative, according to GC, is a prime focus of government as manifested by the establishment and improvement of several institutions and agencies including the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Internal Auditing Agency (IAA) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).Corruption, according to the GC, is defined in the Liberian context as bribery, embezzlement and extortion; abuse of office, misapplication of entrusted property by an official of public or private institutions. Other forms of corruption are nepotism, tribalism, offering, soliciting or accepting sexual favors in exchange for the performance or omission of an act associated with entrusted authority.Also illicit enrichment, rigging of elections and the sale of votes are considered acts of corruption.A GC release indicates that the anti-corruption strategy endeavors to ensure a coordinated, consistent, efficient, realistic and sustainable fight against corruption and to promote full participation of all Liberians and other stakeholders in its elimination.GC hopes that the roundtable will assist the relevant authorities to develop a platform to plan, execute and monitor the anti-corruption strategy; design a system for implementation of the strategy, formulate ways to incorporate the national Code of Conduct within the implementation strategy, and sponsor public awareness programs promoting a culture of integrity and ethical behavior in society.The roundtable discussion on Anti-Corruption Strategy is expected to host Vice President and recently petitioned Presidential candidate, Joseph Boakai, who will chair the event.Also expected at the event are Dr. Alpha Simpson, DAH Consulting Inc. and Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh.Governance Commission Chairman, Dr. Amos Sawyer will deliver the opening statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– / 5Above the stage of Jones Hall, a petite brunette is hanging from a sash of blue silk while performing jaw-dropping acrobatic stunts. Below her, the members of the Houston Symphony try to focus on their music as they rehearse for tonight’s concert. She’s one of the performers in this weekend’s Cirque de la Symphonie, which began right here in Houston.“Other conductors and other music directors from other symphonies would call Michael and say, ‘Okay, give me the lowdown here,’” says acrobat and choreographer Aloysia Gavre. When she was approached with the idea about ten years ago, she knew there was a market for the two art forms to come together. But it served another purpose: “To also help revive symphonic music and to really give classical and pops music a chance with a different generation,” Gavre explains. The show spread like wildfire when the symphony’s Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski pioneered it in 2006. “I’m very proud to say that what we gave birth to here in Houston has become a real phenomenon out there among orchestras,” Krajewski says.The group of eight aerialists and acrobats are back in Houston to premiere a new performance to movie soundtracks for Cirque Goes to the Movies at Jones Hall this weekend. 00:00 /01:11 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen
With a new dynamic tourism minister at the helm of affairs, West Bengal tourism is planning a big leap forward. The new tourism minister, Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury, on Thursday launched a major campaign in Delhi setting a tone that he means serious business. In an exclusive interview with the Millennium Post, he has described many of his new plans for the future. Read on…It is commonly perceived that West Bengal is lagging behind in promoting tourism? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It is a fact that our state earlier had not given enough importance to tourism but after the new government took over under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, we have given a very special focus to tourism. We have the Sunderbans, Darjeeling, Deegha but enough initiative was not taken to promote such destinations. After I took over, I am focusing on improving the existing infrastructure so that we can offer better facilities to the tourists. We are trying to do tie-ups with the industries as a whole like travel-agents, tour operators, other state governments, foreign governments and private players. Our budget allocation for tourism has also increased to Rs. 120 crores which is a big leap. We are also tied-up with Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd to provide helicopter service facilities to different parts of Bengal particularly with tourist destinations like Sunderbans, the hills and Deegha. We are also trying to create new infrastructure for some tourist destinations like Gajaldoba which is near Bagdogra Airport and Jharkhali in Sunderban. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat other infrastructure developments are you planning?Through public-private partnership, we are planning to create road-side facilities for the travellers like restrooms, canteens etc. With our existing 27 tourist lodges (out of which 11 have been leased out to private companies), we are planning to improve the quality and services by professionalized management and training. Our motto is to treat every tourist as an important guest of the state. We are focusing on both, high-end as well as the budget travellers. How about foreign travelers? At present, an average of 3000 foreign travellers come to West Bengal and our position is 6th in all India basis but we are planning to increase it to 10,000 within next three years. A lot of big hotel chains are showing interest to set up more hotels in our state for which our government is going to extend all assistance.But what about the disturbances in the hills, Darjeeling area due to agitation?After our government took over, highest number of tourists arrived in the hills after a long gap and our CM is doing everything for the development of the hills. The livelihood of the local people is totally linked with tourism and we are hopeful that peace will remain there and more tourists will visit the hills.