International Netball Federation President Molly Rhone says that preparations are going slowly for the World Youth Cup in Botswana next year, but she is confident that the tournament will go ahead smoothly.Rhone, who is currently back home in Jamaica, said that she visited the country and toured the venues at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, the capital. She found that the facilities at the institutions had undergone changes that her federation had not expected.”The university had a new complex built,” she said.”When I had gone there first and spoke with the university officials, they were going to have a building with two courts. But when we visited, we saw that one end of the gymnasium was now set up for boxing, so it can now hold only one court.”This means they have to now go and make do with a second championship court. You now have to go and retrofit a whole convention centre. So that has added a bit of expense for them but I think the teams are really looking forward to the competition next year.”Botswana will become the first African nation to host an international netball tournament when the competition runs from July 8 to 16 next year. Rhone said that as a result, everyone is looking forward to it.Botswana Netball Association (BONA) President Tebogo Lebotse Sebego said recently that the Cook Islands, who hosted the event in 2009, had given her inspiration that they too can put on a successful tournament.”When we put in the bid, we knew that we were punching above our weight. But as a small nation with great ambitions, punching above our weight is our inspiration,” she said.Jamaica’s Under-21 Sunshine Girls have been drawn in Pool C with the hosts, the Cook Islands, Malaysia and Uganda.
Liberia is poised to borrow over US$2 million to finance and strengthen her public sector.The Chief Executive, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, communicated a ratification agreement to the House of Representatives requesting that August Body to act in order to attract competent civil servants to the system.According to President Sirleaf’s letter, the financing agreement is intended to “improve pay and performance management in Ministries and strengthen payroll management in the Civil Service Agency.”The project, she said, “consists of three components. The first is improving pay management. This includes implementation of program within the civil service to attract and retain competent managerial and professional staff and boost motivation amongst civil servants.”The second is strengthening payroll management, which includes implementation of a program aimed at establishing an accurate civil service payroll and ensuring predictability in the wage bill.The third is improving performance, which involves implementation of a program which enables selected Ministries, Agencies and Commissions to focus on performing their core functions and establishing performance and accountability standards among civil servants.The Civil Servant Agency is lead implementer of the project, which is valued around US$2,100,000, Madam Sirleaf said.She pleaded with the House to speedily ratify the agreement in order to initiate the necessary and much needed reforms of the civil service sector.However, the House voted Thursday of last week to send the communication to its Ways, Means and Finance, Good Governance and Judiciary committees to study and report to plenary in two weeks.Meanwhile, Capitol Hill is also studying a Concession Agreement involving the Government of Liberia and Liberia Cocoa Corporation (LCC).The concession area is located in Quardu-Gboni District, Lofa County and is expected to cover approximately 6,000 hectares of government-owned land.According to Madam Sirleaf, the duration of the agreement is 40 years. She justified the contract by saying, “The term is created so as to be in harmony with the lifecycle of coca tree, and LCC is required to invest no less than US$12 million in the project during the first 10 years of the agreement.”Additionally, the President said, “The agreement contains social, environmental, community development, local content, education, and health obligations similar to those in other agricultural concessions.”The project would enhance agricultural production in tree crops that are exportable and consequently support the nation’s balance of trade, the Liberian leader asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Source = ETB Travel News: Megan Tran The UNWTO Global Report on Adventure Tourism, published jointly with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), is an approach by UNWTO on the topic of adventure tourism.This report provides insight of the relationship between adventure tourism and responsible tourism.ATTA, a UNWTO Affiliate Member, provided input for this report to increase awareness among the global tourism sector about the core values of responsible tourism.The report allows tourism stakeholders to work from a common base of understanding in one of the most progressive forms of tourism, which both organizations believe will develop into the industry standard.“This report provides critical insight into one of the most dynamic segments driving tourism´s growth, said UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai.“Furthermore, with careful and responsible management, adventure tourism offers effective development opportunities to countries looking for new and sustainable sources of growth.”An eight chapter overview of the current adventure tourism industry, provides a history of adventure tourism as well as a discussion of current trends and timely issues.Chapters include:Industry introductionGlobal Trends in Adventure TourismAdventure Tourism Industry StructureLocal Economies, Communities and the EnvironmentAdventure Tourism Operational Standards and CertificationsRisk Management in Adventure TourismSector Challenges, Opportunities and Initiatives