The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announced the Top 25 Innovations in Government in competition for the Innovations in American Government Award. These innovative programs represent the creative problem solving of local, state, and federal municipalities around the country and were selected from a pool of more than 560 qualified government applicants. Five finalists and one winner of the Innovations in American Government Award will be announced in the fall.The Top 25 Innovations in Government offer unique solutions in health and wellness, social services delivery, the environment, economic development, and education policy areas. Read the Top 25 program descriptions.
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Coach Sellas Tetteh has released his starting line-up ahead of Ghana’s crucial Group A opener against France in the U-20 tournament which begins today.Eric Ofori Antwi will be in post for the Satellites with Lawrence Lartey, Joseph Attamah, Eric Ofori, Richmond Nketiah playing in defence.The rest are Alfred Duncan, Moses Odjer, Frank Acheampong, Michael Anaba-Ebenezer Assifuah and Francis Narh.The match is set to begin at exactly 3:00 pm.Myjoyonline.com will bring you live updates on the match.
7 on trial for WCD murderThe case regarding the seven persons on trial for reportedly killing Zulfikar Namdar, called “Vickey”, at his family’s grocery store at their Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD) home in September 2013 continued at the High Court. At Monday’s hearing before Justice Navindra Singh, the jury heard that it was lone female accused, Cassandra Singh-Dorsett, who gave the men head ties to cover their faces when they allegedly committed the crime.Murdered: Zulfikar NamdarSingh-Dorsett is the wife of number one accused, Allan Dorsett, called “Baird”. The other five on trial are Delwayne Croft; Esan Lawrence, called “Muscle”; Jermaine Williams, called “Yankee”; Andrew Chandler, called “Sonic”; Samuel Bacchus, called “Kirk” and they, together with the husband and wife duo have all entered pleas of not guilty. In a packed courtroom of relatives of the deceased and the seven accused, Police Detective Sergeant Rodwell Sarrabo testified that he was on duty when three confrontations were held between “Allan Jagdeo” and the accused persons; Delwayne Croft, Samuel Bacchus and Allan Dorset.It was during one of these confrontations, according to Sarrabo, that Cassandra was identified as the one who gave the men the head ties to cover their faces. When the males returned after allegedly executing the act, they were reportedly told: “Why you had to shoot the man.” Under cross-examination, the police witness admitted that all three of them, during the confrontation, denied killing the 20-year-old man.Co-accused Cassandra Singh-Dorsett being escorted by PoliceAttorneys Nigel Hughes and Ashley Henry are representing the number one accused Dorsett while Adrian Thompson is representing Williams, Chandler and Bacchus.Meanwhile, George Thomas is appearing for Croft, Lawrence and Singh-Dorsett. Attorneys Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed are prosecuting the case presided over by Justice Navindra Singh.Namdar’s mother, Fazila Namdar had told the jury last week that she, her grandson and their driver were forced to lay face down after two bandits invaded and demanded to see the business owner. Fazila had said she handed over a kit containing $1.3 million in cash, several pieces of jewellery and her passport. Steven Mohamed, who was packing drinks aback the store, also recalled coming face-to-face with the gunmen, who had asked for the “boss man”, but he said he had not known where he was.Andrew Chandler one of the accused, lived a few houses away from the store and was working as a labourer at a nearby masjid which was under construction. The case continues before Justice Singh.