West Yorkshire offices: Leeds comes up short

Posted On Oct 20 2020 by

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Bulldog Harriers Travel To Terre Haute To Start The Season

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgThe Batesville High School Cross Country team opened up their season on Saturday they traveled to Terre Haute to compete on the State LaVerne Gibson course against 21 other teams.  Both the boys and the girls had solid performances all around placing 5th and 6th respectively.The boys raced first as the humidity was already present, lining up with 20 other teams totally 358 runners altogether. Top performances for the boys were Adam Moster crossing the line at 18th in 17:00. He was followed closely by teammates, Ean Loichinger, 22nd (17:11) and Joshua Myers, 26th (17:14).  Next for the Bulldogs was Benjamin Moster in 35th place (17:24), Adam Hollowell, 64th (17:35) and Daren Smith, 86th (18:19).  Finishing out the top 7 for the dogs was Dillon Murray who finished at 119 (18:52).On the girls side, they again stood at the start line with 20 other teams, totally 294 competitors.  The girls were led by sophomore Lily Pinckley crossing 7th at 19:57.  Liz Loichinger followed her in 13th at 20:37.  Then Batesville has a nice pack taking spots 40, 41, 44, 45 and 52nd.  They were Ava Hanson (21:32), Maria Lopez (21:33), Madison Rahschulte (21:42), Sophie Myers (21:44) and Trysta Vierling (21:58). Close behind this pack was Sarah Ripperger in 66th at 22:37. This is a tough course and we already had one person set a personal best, beating her best from last season and that was Maria Lopez.Way to go Maria!  The Bulldogs were against mostly 4A and 5A schools and accepted that challenge.They will compete again this Thursday at North Branch golf course where they will complete against North Decatur, South Decatur and Greensburg.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

The Chief Information Office(r), Republic of Liberia

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgWhen President Barack Obama took over in 2009 one of the first things he did was to appoint a Federal Chief Information Officer at the White House. Vivek Kundra (2009-2011) would lead Obama’s technology initiatives, direct the policy and strategic planning of federal information technology investments and have oversight of federal technology spending. He would also establish and oversee enterprise architecture ensuring system interoperability, information sharing, information security and privacy across the federal government. Kundra helped lower the cost of government operations and used innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and operational efficiency in the US Government.Vivek Kundra left the Obama administration in 2011 and is credited with saving taxpayers at least $3 billion by scrutinizing IT spending and identifying underperforming projects. His replacement, Steven VanRoekel who previously served as Managing Director for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and at Microsoft, also stepped down from the role in September 2014, and returned to USAID to advise the agency on technology matters in its response to the Ebola outbreak.  In Liberia, unlike President Obama, the establishment of the Chief Information Office did not make the first to-do list of President Sirleaf. It would take almost six years after her ascendency to nations highest office before the Government of Liberia began the establishment of the CIO Regime, and the subsequent appointment of the first Chief Information Officer of the Republic of Liberia.  But what is this office? What does it do; where is it; and who runs it?Enshrined in the National Telecommunications & ICT Policy 2010-2015 is a mandate for the establishment of the National ICT Governing Board to “oversee, monitor and evaluate the operations and implementation of ICT objectives and programs.” This Board is comprised of members of the ICT for Development (ICT4D) Steering Committee   which includes members from the Government of Liberia’s (GoL) ministries, agencies, corporations/commissions, the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) mobile, fixed and ISP operators, and other sector stakeholders.The policy further mandates the ICT Governing Board to commission a central implementing body to be called the Chief Information Office or CIO. This body according to the mandate “shall be housed at the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications. The CIO shall comprise of core staff to include systems engineers, technicians, and several policy staff. It shall coordinate with every ICT unit across ministries and agencies to help the GoL determine how ICT can help transform government processes, by making it efficient, transparent and citizen-centric.”Another mandate from the Policy requires executive line ministries to “nominate a champion from each ministry who will become a part of the CIO Governing Council once the CIO regime is established.” This CIO Regime is headed by the Chief Information Officer, Republic of Liberia. The Chief Information Officer strategically focuses on improving practices in the design, modernization, use, sharing and performance of GoL information resources. In addition to being responsible for formulating programs in pursuit of the vision of the ICT Governing Board, the CIO is also responsible to handle and monitor GoL IT procurement to ensure cost effectiveness, standardization, and benefit from economies of scale.Liberia’s Chief Information Office is currently headed by Honorable Sekou Kromah. Honorable Kromah is the first CIO and comes to the job with a vast experience in the telecommunications sector. Prior to the CIO position, Honorable Kromah served as Managing Director of the Liberia Produce and Marketing Corporation (LPMC), and the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), now LIBTELCO. He later moved from his role as the head of the national operator (LIBTELCO) to become the Deputy Minister of the Government’s telecommunications and ICT policy maker, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.Unlike his American counterpart, Kromah’s job is more challenging since he inherited a totally disintegrated and “chaotic” government ICT landscape, where almost everyone is doing what he or she wants to do with Government ICT. Yet, he stands to pioneer a lot of ICT initiatives in government; one of them involving it’s e-government program. Kromah aims is to bring some “sanity” into government’s ICT landscape and hopefully bridge the gap between Government and the people through ICTs. His goal is to bring government services online and do away with “citizens standing in line.” In addition, he is working to apply sound procurement policies, ensuring standardization of the GoL ICT platform, and maintaining a highly skilled, efficient and effective team of professionals. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more