NO ACCREDITATION? Foundation hits snag after Dinagyang launching

first_img“Probably, the IFFI could have a jointventure or undertaking with an organization already accredited,” Peñaredondosuggested. * community-based and sectoral-based,with project development and implementation track record of at least one year IDFI got Treñas’ ire in January thisyear for not inviting him to the festival. It was learned yesterday that IDFI wasseeking to renew its accreditation with the city government. The SP, however,was yet to act on its application. During the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s(SP) deliberation yesterday on IFFI’s application for accreditation, citycouncilors agreed to defer taking action after Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondopointed out that the foundation may not be able to meet the accreditationguidelines. But Peñaredondo may have misunderstoodDILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-72, a former Commission on Audit (COA) Region6 official told Panay News. Also,the former official added, “If the city government wanted to release funds tothe participating public schools, then it has to observe the guidelinesprovided in COA Circular No. 94-013.” * reliability, as evidenced by thepreparation of annual reports and conduct of annual meetings duly certified bythe board secretary of the organization ILOILO City – A day after announcingthat the city government would be allotting a P25-million assistance to theIloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI) that has been tapped to handle the2020 edition of Dinagyang Festival, Mayor Jerry Treñas said yesterday nogovernment fund would be released to the foundation. After learning of the SP’s decision todefer taking action on IFFI’s accreditation, Treñas said, “The foundation willnot receive any funds from the city.” Accordingto the former COA official, “the applicable guidelines insofar as accreditationof nongovernment organizations, but necessarilyto be done by sanggunian, is COA CircularNo. 2007-01 as reiterated in COA Circular No. 2012-001.” “Itbears stressing that according to Item 2.3 (of the memo), its issuance intendedto cover accreditation for purpose of representation in the local specialbodies, not for joint venture implementation of projects,” according to theformer COA official who asked not to be identified. Treñas, however, said he wouldcontinue coordinating with the IFFI so that the Local Government Code and DILGrequirements would be met. In a previous interview, Treñas saidthat as an official of the city (he was the congressman then), he should havebeen invited and that the festival should have been spared from politics. Hewas then running against the incumbent mayor, Jose Espinosa III. The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc.(IDFI) used to be the city government’s partner in organizing the annualDinagyang but in June this year Treñas announced a new foundation would beformed to manage the festival starting this January 2020.center_img Item2.3 of the memo read: “This Memorandum Circular shall only involve theaccreditation process for civil society organizations for purpose ofrepresentation in the local special bodies.” The IFFI was organized only in Julythis year and its officers were inducted by Treñas only this Monday, Sept. 16,on the same day the mayor announced a P25-million city government assistance tothe foundation. It was during Treñas’ term as mayorfrom 2001 to 2010 that the private sector – the IDFI for that matter – wastapped asofficial managing partner of the citygovernment and the Parish of San Jose de Placer for the Dinagyang. DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-72released on May 22, 2019 listed the requirements for local governmentaccreditation of civil society organizations. Two of these were: Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI). IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “The IFFI is a new organization. It isimpossible to accredit it at this time. We would all be held liable forviolating the Local Government Code and the DILG memo circular,” Peñaredondowarned fellow councilors. Peñaredondo,meanwhile, stressed that IFFI could continueoperating and “help the city of Iloilo in whatever undertaking through amemorandum of agreement, but as far as funding this organization, it isprohibited.” The city government will releaseDinagyang money directly to the participating schools and festival-relatedactivities. The city mayor apparently overlooked arequirement set by the Local Government Code and Department of Interiorand Local Government (DILG). No fund could be released to civil societyorganizations not accredited by the local government unit. In deciding to drop IDFI, Treñas saidthere were people in the foundation he could no longer work with. He also said the IDFI had no ownershipor exclusive right over the staging of Dinagyang “kay ti iya ina sang pumoluyo sang syudad.” According to Peñaredondo, the IFFIlacked track record (at least one year) and financial records required by theLocal Government Code and DILG. During the Dinagyang 2020 launching onMonday, the IFFI bared 11 festival-related activities: Iloilo Dinagyang ArtFestival (Jan. 18 to 25), Ilonggo Food Festival (Jan. 23 to 26), Miss Iloilo2020 (Jan. 24), Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika (Jan. 24), fluvial and solemnfoot procession (Jan. 24), Floats Parade of Lights (Jan. 24), fireworksdisplay (Jan. 24), Dinagyang sa Calle Real (Jan. 25), Festive Parade SponsorsMardi Gras (Jan. 25), religious sadsad (Jan.25), and Dinagyang 360° (Jan. 26)./PNlast_img read more

NFF Crisis: Minister Seeks Assistance From FIFA

first_imgOnyebuchi Ezigbo in AbujaIn a bid to find a lasting solution to the lingering tussle over the leadership of the country’s apex football governing body, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said the ministry has set up a seven-man advisory committee, including seasoned technocrats with the FIFA.The committee, which has two weeks to submit its report, is to seek ways of resolving the seeming logjam in the crisis that engulfed the Football House by trying to reconcile the factions involved in the crisis.The Minister, who was at the national secretariat of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday in Abuja, said he couldn’t have supported the Chris Giwa’s group against the NFF  leadership led by Amaju Pinnick because it will not be in his interest to allow the crisis to escalate.“I have set up a seven-man advisory committee, and from the briefings I got they would start sitting today.  I think, by the end of two weeks, when I receive their report, there would be sufficient advise in the way forward.“They have invited so many stakeholders in the football industry to interact with them. And some of them have worked with FIFA, some of them are working with FIFA I brought them together, so that we can benefit from their experiences,” he said.Lalong said the development in the football industry is unfortunate, especially the leadership tussle, adding that both parties in the conflict “must shieft position from their extreme position to a mid-way in the. Interest of football and in the interest of the nation”.MORE TO FOLLOWShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dogboe, Partey to battle for SWAG ultimate award

first_imgDethroned World Boxing Organisation (WBO) super bantamweight champion, Isaac Dogboe, will battle with Black Stars and Athletico Madrid’s ace Thomas Partey for the coveted MTN Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Sports Personality of the Year Award to be held later this year.The annual awards ceremony to honour the nation’s illustrious athletes will see the two top contenders of the highest award on the night being given a run for their money by football administrator Anthony Baffoe who is also gunning for the enviable honour for the second time after winning the 2016 top prize.The list of the over 40 nominees who are to be rewarded in their various disciplines was released last Saturday in Accra.Partey will also challenge four others, namely John Antwi, a loanee from Egyptian club Al Ahly; Kotoko goalie Felix Annan, Kassim Nuhu of German club, Hoffenheim, and Joseph Aidoo of Genk in the Belgian First Division for the Male Footballer of the Year award.For her superb performance at the recently held Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, Black Maiden’s striker Mukarama Abdulai will contend with Black Queen’s Faustina Ampah and Black Princesses’ Grace Asantewaa for the Female Footballer of the Year award.The stakes will be high for Coach of the Year award as hockey takes centre stage, with Ebenezer Frimpong of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Boakye Danquah (Exchequers) and Richmond Attipoe also of Exchequers vying for the award on the night. Two teams will compete for the national team of the year award: The Ghana Rugby Men’s team, The Ghana Eagles, and national wrestling team, The Golden Arms.The president of the Ghana Armwrestling Association, Charles Osei Assibey, will compete against Evans Kojo Yeboah, president of the Ghana Badminton Association, for the president of the year award.Lightweight world title hopeful, Richard Oblitey Commey, will have a straight fight with Isaac Dogboe for the professional boxer of the year award, while Janet Amponsah and Jesse Lartey will scoop the athlete of the year and amateur boxer of the year, respectively.National ping pong top seed Derek Abrefa and female ace player Celia Baah Danso will be rewarded with the male and female table tennis players of the year award, respectively.Alberta Ampomah and Haruna Tahiru will take home the Armwrestler of the year award in both the female and male categories, respectively, while Michael Arko and Rafatu Inusah take awards in male and female rugby players of the year. In para-athletics, Frederick Assor and Haruna Tahiru will go home with respective awards and golfer Kojo Barni takes home the professional golfer of the year award.Female athlete Hor Halutie is expected to be rewarded the prospect of the year, while ping-pong player Samuel Akayade and hockey ace Dennis Ababio will receive awards for dedication and valour.Boxing promotion outfit, Cabic Promotions will take the award for promoter of the year. There will be eight special awards for individuals, corporate entities and persons on the night.They are the Binatone Ghana Limited, Greater Accra Handball Association and kickboxer Jonathan Euro.The rest are Casely Hayford Hall, Ghana Revenue Authority, Akwasi Frimpong, Kofikrom Pharmacy and Albert K Frimpong.last_img read more

No specific Mahrez plan, says Senegal coach

first_img0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez helped Algeria to an opening 2-0 victory over Kenya © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 26 – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse insisted there is no particular plan to counter Algeria star Riyad Mahrez in Thursday’s blockbuster Africa Cup of Nations group clash.Algeria, like highly-fancied Senegal, won their opening game in Group C with captain Mahrez on target in a 2-0 victory over Kenya in Cairo. “There’s no anti-Mahrez plan or similar for (Sofiane) Feghouli or (Yacine) Brahimi, they’re all good players,” said Cisse at Wednesday’s pre-match news conference.“We’re approaching this match trying to care of what we need to do. There’s nothing definitive riding on this match because there’s still another one after that against Kenya.”He added: “It’s an important match, we have three points but we’re not qualified yet. To go far in this competition you need to win as many matches as possible.”Senegal will welcome back Sadio Mane after the Liverpool forward missed the 2-0 defeat of Tanzania due to suspension.Inter Milan’s Keita Balde, who scored the opening goal against the east Africans, could be the player to make way for Mane, demonstrating the wealth of attacking options in the squad.“The return of Sadio Mane can give us a boost. He’s one of our leaders and he’s ready,” said Cisse, who is looking to lead the Teranga Lions to a first continental title.“What does a team need to be African champions? If I had the recipe I think I’d keep it to myself,” said Cisse, captain of the team that finished runners-up in 2002.“You need to be tough mentally and ready to suffer. It’s not easy to play in Africa, you can do well in Europe but not find your bearings here.”“Being favourites in this competition doesn’t mean much, if you look recently at Zambia or Cameroon two years ago for example, they weren’t among the favourites.”Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi rejected any notion his team are overly reliant on Manchester City winger Mahrez, the 2016 African footballer of the year, ahead of a match he views as “important but not decisive”.“This comes from the journalists, even the players they don’t have this feeling. Riyad Mahrez, we know he is very a good player in the team, he’s one of them,” said Belmadi.“I’m sure Mohamed Salah and Mane have the same feeling. This way of thinking comes from the journalists and maybe fans, but not us at all.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONEGAL NURSE GETS MBE FOR TRAILBLAZING WORK

first_imgBernadette PorterA nurse consultant from Raphoe has been awarded an MBE for her trailblazing work for patients with multiple sclerosis.Bernadette Porter who has been awarded an honorary award for services to nursing, has pioneered projects to help thousands of patients at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.She was the first nurse in the NHS to be appointed a multiple sclerosis nurse consultant in 2003. Bernadette, who has worked at the NHNN for nearly 25 years, said: “It was such a surprise for me to receive an award – and such an honour!“I feel very humbled and continually feel inspired by the people I meet who face a challenging disease like MS and live their life with such dignity.”“Around 3,000 people a year use the MS service at UCLH and it’s important to put patients at the centre of all we do. I try to really listen to what patients say about our services, to ensure they fulfil their needs.”She developed and spearheaded the use of new technology to give patients with neurological disability more control over their own lives and the care they receive. This is now due to be adopted elsewhere in the NHS. It included: a telephone triage/advice line staffed by specialist nurses; email advice service for GPs wishing to contact a consultant neurosurgeon and a video clinic linking the neurology team with the patient and local clinical team in the patient’s community.The original ‘NeuroResponse’ pilot in 2009 was supported by UCLH and the Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation.Bernadette said: “It has linked up people with MS with expert clinicians and patients tell us it has improved their quality of life by giving them the confidence to manage their condition.”Bernadette also paid tribute to her ‘excellent colleagues.’“I feel privileged to work with them,” she added. The Raphoe native, daughter of the late Joe and Kathleen Porter, trained in Dublin’s Richmond Hospital before moving to work in London in the late 1980s.Bernadette also won recognition at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2011. She was chosen by a panel of respected judges as one of the top three nurses for clinical excellence and innovation in nursing.DONEGAL NURSE GETS MBE FOR TRAILBLAZING WORK was last modified: June 18th, 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:Bernadette PorterMBElast_img read more