Mr. J. Nagbe Tiah, Executive Director, NIRWhy Governments Derive Huge Financial Benefits from Biometric Payroll Cleaning By J. Tiah Nagbe, MSF, ChFC Many individuals and institutions in a country benefit significantly from biometric identification. But, for me, the biggest beneficiary of national biometric identification is the government. Government benefits come from many sources, including ease of national security operations, support to healthcare systems, and ease of tax administration. Yet, of all these vital benefits, one that stands out probably as the most significant financial benefit is cost-savings from payroll operations. Why is this the case and how this works is the focus of our discussion today.Looking back at last week, I hope you followed the article on biometric ID verification, which was written to mark the special event that was hosted last Thursday to introduce our verification platform. That article discussed why ID verification is necessary today and how it works. We also had quite a successful program on the verification and are looking to rolling out the platform within six weeks, following further consultations with our potential clients. Paying Plenty People is Tough to ManageGovernments employ a lot of people to carry out essential public services, like public education, public health, local government administration, policing, and borders management. The more the population of a country, the more the number of employees of the government, I want to believe. These public servants who are in the millions for highly populated countries like China and several thousands for not-too-populated countries like Liberia, are also spread all over the country. These two factors, too many employees and too many areas of assignment, create problems in tracking the employees. In the case of Liberia, my estimate is that some 65,000 people work directly for the Government of Liberia and probably another 10,000 work for other institutions of the Government, like the state-owned enterprises. These employees work in perhaps more than two thousand localities when you consider Town Chiefs and other local officials. It is therefore no small matter to find out if an employee is still working at a particular job, if the name on the payroll is real, or if the employee is still alive. The annual cost for paying these employees is estimated at over US$300 million and is the most expensive item on the national budget. Therefore, if you can clean the payroll by even a modest 5% and keep it clean for five years you will safe at least US$15 million per year or US$75 million over five ears. Having too many employees who work in too many places create challenges that lead to ghost names on the payroll. From what I have observed, ghost names come from inefficiencies and outright fraud. A common case of such inefficiency is failure to remove names of deceased people from the payroll in a timely fashion, thus allowing the deceased people’s pays to continue for several months or even years. As you may know, most Government of Liberia salary payments are done through monthly direct deposit into employees’ accounts. Therefore, if a school teacher in a remote town in, say, Grand Cape Mount County passes away, the payroll data entry officer in Monrovia will have no way of knowing of that incident. Also, the documents and processes that are needed to inform the payroll people in Monrovia take a long time to complete. While all this is going on, the monthly direct deposits could continue for several months or even a few years. Of course, family members and other people who know about this situation could find ways to withdraw the money from the deceased teacher’s account. Yes, the withdrawal is a fraud; but the opportunity for this fraud is provided by slow pace of removing the name from the payroll, and maybe replacing it with that of another qualified person who is available to do the job. There are also many fraudulent activities that lead to ghost names on payrolls. But fraud is often made possible by both the desire of a criminal-minded person and the opportunity provided that person as well. The unfortunate fact is that our current payroll system provides opportunities for people to place ghost names on payrolls. As an example, consider a situation where a fake name (let’s call it Mr. Fake Wilson) is placed on the payroll and a bank account is created into which monthly salaries are deposited for Mr. Wilson. Consider another situation in which a healthcare worker’s name is repeated on the payroll either to the knowledge of the healthcare worker or without his/her knowledge. There could be thousands of these names on the payroll. In these two cases, it is the weakness of the system that allows for these fraudulent activities. Therefore, we can reduce these incidents by improving the payroll system in ways to make it modern and strong against fraud. How Biometric Identification Cleans PayrollsBiometric identification systems have simple ingredients that can prevent ghost names from entering or remaining on payrolls. The three key elements of biometric identification are: each person must be 1) alive, 2) uniquely identified, and 3) traceable. Deceased people cannot find their way on biometrically cleaned payrolls, neither can fake or duplicate names. It is just as simple as that. When you remove all these ghost names, you save governments so much money and you make payrolls fair – paying only those who work.Wrapping it upGovernments lose so many millions of dollars to ghost names placed on payrolls because of old systems that provide opportunities for fraudsters. Biometric identification of government employees can minimize ghost names. For the Government of Liberia, this could lead to more than US$75 million in cost-savings over the next five years. A current NIR-MFDP-CSA project is going on in this regard and the final report should be made public this year. Next week, we will take a look at how national healthcare systems benefit from biometric identification. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“It’s dangerous for the inmates and it’s dangerous for the staff. There’s no room for rehabilitation in some of these facilities,” he said. “Here, they’re doing the best job but they will all tell you if they had more room, more beds available … they’d be able to do a better job.” California’s prisons were designed for 100,000 inmates but hold nearly twice that number. The overcrowding is the subject of three separate lawsuits filed in federal courts throughout Northern California. One of the judges has set a mid-May deadline for the state to produce a plan to deal with the crowding. Two judges said they could seek to cap the inmate population, leading to the early release of inmates or keeping convicts longer in county jails, unless the state acts to solve the overcrowding. Options for an immediate fix are few. Schwarzenegger has recommended an $11 billion prison and jail building program, as well as a review of sentencing guidelines, but both will take months if not years to have any effect. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORCO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured a prison for low-level offenders and drug addicts Tuesday while campaigning for an $11 billion reform and building package that he says will alleviate severe overcrowding at the state’s 33 prisons. The governor toured parts of the California Rehabilitation Center and met with Warden Guillermina Hall before speaking with reporters in the prison yard. He was accompanied by Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary James Tilton. The prison, which sits on a hilltop below the snowcapped San Bernardino Mountains about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, was built for 2,300 prisoners but now holds 4,500. A gym that was meant for rehabilitation and job training now holds 300 metal, double-decked bunk beds, while 335 inmates are on a waiting list for substance abuse programs there. Schwarzenegger said such overcrowding leads to California’s 70 percent recidivism rate because inmates are not given adequate job training and addiction counseling.
Nigel Pearson branded a journalist an ‘ostrich’ in a bizarre rant after Leicester’s defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night.In his post-match press conference, Pearson suggested his players had been given unfair criticism this season, despite only climbing out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since November at the weekend.When asked by Ian Baker, a reporter for the Wardle Whittell Agency, what in particular had upset him, the Foxes boss launched an angry attack before storming out.He said: “Have you been on holiday for six months? Have you been away for six months?“I think you must have been either ‘head in the clouds’ or away on holiday or reporting on a different team because if you don’t know the answer to that question your question is absolutely unbelievable, the fact you do not understand where I am coming from.“If you don’t know the answer to that question then I think you are an ostrich. Your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand? Are you flexible enough to get your head in the sand? My suspicion would be no.”Pearson continued to talk at the writer despite a member of Leicester’s media team trying to wrap up the press conference.He added: “Listen, you have been here often enough and for you to ask that question, you are either being very, very silly or you are being absolutely stupid, one of the two because for you to ask that question. I am sorry son, you are daft.“You are wrong. No, you are wrong. You have been in here, I know you have so don’t give that crap with me, please don’t give that crap with me. I will smile at you because I can afford to smile at you. Now do you want to ask a different question or do you want to ask it differently. Come on, ask it. Ask it or are you not capable?”It was not the first time Pearson has been involved in a spat with a journalist this season, calling one a p***k after Leicester’s 0-0 draw with Hull in March.The journalist on the receiving end of latest Pearson’s outburst made light of the incident afterwards.Baker wrote on Twitter: “If getting called an ostrich by Nigel Pearson is not a career highlight i don’t know what is.”
A new dispatch center for the Los Angeles Fire Department may be unnecessary, leaving the city with $50 million to $70 million in potential savings, Controller Laura Chick said Tuesday. Fieldwork for an audit of the Fire Department turned up questions about whether the agency truly needs the dispatch center, part of a $127 million public safety complex being built in Little Tokyo. “It is in the city’s economic interest to expeditiously, yet thoroughly, evaluate the potential of LAFD utilizing available capacity within the two existing (Los Angeles Police Department) communication centers,” Chick wrote in a letter to the mayor and City Council. “This should be completed before further financial commitments are made for a new dispatch center.” Fire Department officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday. But they have previously touted the benefits of having fire dispatchers located alongside dispatchers for police and emergency-preparedness operations, as well as a new Little Tokyo fire station. A change to the fire dispatch plan would not have any significant effect on the emergency operations portion of the project, said Ellis Stanley, general manager of the Emergency Preparedness Department. The letter from Chick follows an audit she released in January that found widespread harassment and discrimination within the Fire Department, as well as leadership and morale problems. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “These synergistic multirole emergency-response and support facilities will bring convenience and efficiency to a diverse and essential work force that looks forward to not only serving, but being active in, the community,” reads an entry about the new complex on the Fire Department’s Web site. Fire dispatchers currently work in space that officials consider outdated in the basement of a city building downtown. Rather than create an entirely new work space, however, Chick’s consultant, Kurt Sjoberg, said fire dispatchers could move into two LAPD facilities. Between its downtown and San Fernando Valley dispatch sites, the LAPD has sufficient extra space to absorb the fire dispatchers, wrote Sjoberg, a former state auditor. City leaders broke ground on the public safety complex in January, touting it as a key nerve center in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster. The fire dispatch center would occupy one floor, and the Emergency Preparedness Department and Police Department would have operations centers on another.
Charlie McConalogue TD says a new Bill calling for the establishment of a cross-border, multi-agency taskforce has the potential to seriously curtail fuel smuggling north and south of the border.An illegal fuel plantThe criminal activity results in losses of around €260m every year to the Irish exchequer, as well as impacting on the environment, and strengthening dissident gangs.Deputy McConalogue says Fuel smuggling, and the criminal elements which are run alongside it is not only costing taxpayers in Donegal, it is severely hampering small traders in border areas, who are seeing their businesses eroded through this illegal activity. “Many of these small businesses were already struggling to remain viable in the face of rising rents, insurance and bank charges, and the surge in fuel laundering, and cut price petrol and diesel, is forcing many of them to consider shutting up shop.“Motorists across the county are also affected, when contaminated fuel wreaks havoc on their car engines costing thousands of euros in repair costs. Insurance companies are refusing to pay out in cases where contaminated fuel has been detected, leaving car owners out of pocket and facing substantial mechanic bills.“The environmental consequences of fuel laundering cannot be underestimated. The toxic waste produced as a result of the process is regularly dumped in fields and wastelands, often near rivers and lakes, contaminating water supplies and posing a threat not only to public health, but also to our wildlife, agriculture and food chain.”He added that Fianna Fai’s Bill, which proposes the establishment of a cross-border, multi-agency taskforce, will build on the work carried out by the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, to make it more difficult for these gangs to continue to operate their illegal ventures. “We want to see stricter penalties, including longer prison sentences for those found guilty of these illicit activities.“Illegal fuel smuggling is a scourge that is impacting on communities all along the border, and further afield. This legislation puts forward a concrete framework to effectively tackle this unlawful trade and punishes those involved in it”.BILL AIMS TO CLAIM DOWN ON ILLICIT FUEL SMUGGLING – McCONALOGUE was last modified: March 16th, 2015 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)
A young Letterkenny woman has said that she is living with a ‘life sentence’ after being raped in 2015.Dominique Meehan (26) said she is still suffering and living with the daily effects of a violent rape which took place as a gaming convention in Dublin. Her attacker, Keith Hearne (30) of Allenton Drive, Tallaght, lost his appeal against the severity of his 12-year prison sentence on Monday. Hearne’s sentence was upheld for the rape, oral rape and false imprisonment of Ms Meehan at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on July 4, 2015.In her victim impact statement, Ms Meehan said that her mental health, her daily life and her career have been disrupted by the attack.She said that she admitted herself to the mental health unit after learning about Hearne’s appeal and struggles with suicidal thoughts.“I was off college for a month and had to have emergency appointments at my local rape crisis centre for counselling,” she said.Ms Meehan waived her right to anonymity so that Hearne could be named after his conviction. She said that she is proud of her campaign for rape survivors and women, but she has lost friends and family who did not understand her reasons for going public.“I have no social life to speak of in Letterkenny because I’m terrified of going outside at night. It takes everything I’ve got to get up in the morning and go to college. My self esteem is non-existent. I am living at home with my parents now so they can take care of me. This is a massive loss to my independence,” she said.Ms Meehan explained that her daily actions are impacted by the brutal rape.“I can’t lock doors, I can’t sleep on my right side, I’m a movie buff and I have to spoil movies on myself to make sure there’s no violence against women in them,” she said, adding that she has nightmares about being pregnant with Hearne’s baby and self-harmed in the months after the attack.Ms Meehan, who is studying to be a youth worker, said she is struggling to complete the course and considered dropping out due to the stress of the appeal.Four years on from the attack, Ms Meehan said that she and her family cannot celebrate her birthday or Christmas, as she lives with two dates in mind – the day Hearne was jailed and the date of her rape.She said: “I’m still in a prison he has created for me on the 4th of July 2015. And I will be feeling the effects for the rest of my life. “Every year that goes on, people look at me and think that I should be over this by now. This is a life sentence. Keith Hearne only has to serve twelve years, possibly less, and then it will all be forgotten about. You tell me how that’s fair.”If you have been affected by this article, support is available with the Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre – Freephone: 1800 44 88 44 www.donegalrapecrisis.ieFor information about Sexual Assault Treatment Units, visit: http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/sexhealth/satu/Rape survivor ‘still in a prison’ as attacker loses appeal was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
DONEGAL’S Geraldine McLaughlin was the star of the show as Donegal Ladies beat Dublin by a six point margin today.The Termon player bagged all three goals for her team as Donegal beat the Dubs on a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-07.Dublin had led early in the game when Denise McKenna scored a goal for Dublin, but it was all Donegal after that in a real team performance. McLaughlin bagged the goals but there were great scores over the bar from Lorraine Molloy and a superb point from centre half back Deirdre Foley.It was a great result in very wet conditions in Coolock, and after the disappointment of defeat last week, sets the Donegal ladies back on track. GAELIC GAMES: McLAUGHLIN STAR OF THE SHOW AS DONEGAL LADIES BEAT DUBLIN was last modified: February 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAELIC GAMES: McLAUGHLIN STAR OF THE SHOW AS DONEGAL LADIES BEAT DUBLIN
Pictured are: (Standing) Richard Finney (The Counter), Joe McGee (Joe’s Butchers), Paul McGovern Club PRO(Seated) Alma Kavanagh (Event Organiser), John Haran (Event Organiser) and Club President, Sean Boyle.Photo: Paddy GallagherTV hit ‘Come Dine With Me’ usually involves four or five guests cooking for each other.Now a Co Donegal GAA club is set to launch one that could involve 200!St. Eunan’s GAA Club are holding the novel fundraiser on Saturday, November 23rd. Titled “Come Dine With Eunan’s” this unique event is based on the popular culinary TV show.The club are looking for 200 members to host an evening at home for their friends and family before meeting up at The Grill for a great night’s dancing to music from the 80’s and 90’s.The event is being co-ordinated by Alma Kavanagh and John Haran and promises to be a great night’s craic.“We hope all members will row in with this club fundraiser. We wanted to do something for The Gathering that was unique but also fun. It’s a great chance to get in touch with old friends that maybe have moved down the country due to work or family commitments and it gives them the excuse or reason to come home for a visit and catch up with old team mates and friends,” enthused Alma. “We have been very fortunate also to get both Richard Finney from The Counter (formerly The Wine Buff) and Joe McGee from Joe’s Butchers (Letterkenny Shopping Centre) on board to support the event.“Both will be offering discounts on items such as meats, wines and cheese’s for our participants and these will be available via special vouchers from the organising committee.“We are setting up an event page on Facebook and full details will be available there. It will be like a Christmas night out for the club with The Grill also doing various promotions on the night in support of the event”, she added. IS THIS GOING TO BE DONEGAL’S BIGGEST EVER ‘COME DINE WITH ME’? was last modified: October 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:Come DineCome Dine With MeSt Eunan’s GAA club
FEATURES: GO4IT coaching are presenting an innovative new series of talks aimed at inspiring you!There will be an array of top-class guest speakers at the event in The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town later this evening. The event kicks-off at 19.45 – and speakers will include Paul Diver, Gareth Britton and Enda Healy.It promises to be a superb event – and tickets are just €10 – so don’t miss out on this inspiring event.For further details contact go4itcoaching on their Facebook page or call them directly on 0872579931.‘GO4IT’ COACHING LAUNCHES THE ‘SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES’ SERIES was last modified: November 26th, 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:FeaturesNoticesSport
BELOW is a letter sent to the Irish Independent by GAA fan John Cuffe, in which he comments on a different age in the game….“So Donegal needed to stay in a luxury hotel before playing Derry. Donegal to Clones is not to be equated with a trip in the Australian outback. How things have changed in Tír Chonaill.In the 1940s, my uncle won five county medals with Gweedore. Amongst their opponents was Dungloe who were backboned with Sligo’s Frank White and Mayo’s Paddy Prendergast. Gweedore beat them handsomely and often. The biggest threat to the Gaeltacht men was referees and a reluctant county board. They were hard men from a hard era.My uncle “farmed” six acres of rock and bog. To supplement his meagre income, he worked on the roads with the council, in the bog or did seasonal work in Scotland.Once on the way home from a day spreading gravel on the road he carried a hundredweight of grain two miles on his back. Once home, he milked the cows, did whatever bit of farming that was needed and then walked across a beach with the consistency of concrete for about half a mile with his boots hanging over his shoulders.One day in 1947 he walked away. Gweedore replaced him and kept winning. Time and necessity saw him pass away at 62 working on a building site in Scotland. My small drop of Donegal blood curdled when I read the Irish Independent on Donegal cuddling their precious players. What next? Pink jerseys to match our male pink-wearing political cool elite!Jesus lads, grow up. It’s still a simple game. If you are tired after a three-hour ride on an air-conditioned bus, then you should take up bowls or something sedentary.I know times have changed. Better men than today’s crop toiled in the fields of Donegal football without the need for constant pampering.God forbid that they might be asked to foot turf, make hay, milk a cow or fill the potholes. Then again the men of the old era never broke metatarsals, pulled hamstrings or twisted cruciates. Cycling and physical work had the body honed.In 1939, Gweedore were short-changed in the county final when odd refereeing saw them fall short by two points. However, the cup travelled to the Gaeltacht that night as the Gaeltacht men simply took it home with them.Ní fheicimíd a leithéid arís.John Cuffe* Is John right? Send your views to email@example.com GAA: FAN’S CRITICISM OF DONEGAL’S HOTEL STAY was last modified: July 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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)