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Supporting Liberianization Policy: Governor Jones Wants Holistic Approach

first_imgThe Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones has called for a holistic approach in support of the Liberianization policy.The policy was designed by the government to reserve certain industries in the private sector for Liberian entrepreneurs only.Governor Jones’ statement was contained in a speech delivered on his behalf by D. Sheba Brown, Director for Administration of CBL at program marking the official launch of the Women Entrepreneur Development Organization (WEDO), held in the auditorium of the University of Liberia’s main campus.According to him, supporting Liberian owned businesses will lead to rapid economic growth and sustainability and bring competition amongst them and their foreign counterparts.“I am pleased to see Liberians joining hands to create their own businesses; you need not just sit and wait — we all have to contribute to the development drive of our country,’’ Governor Jones said.The CBL Governor indicated that before the 20th century women operated businesses as a way of supplementing income for their families and to avoid politics or replacing the income from the loss of their spouses.At that time, he said, the venture showed that women were not considered as entrepreneurs because many of them mostly involved in domestic responsibilities.The CBL boss admonished women in every sector of the society — including the business community — to play its part so as to achieve the dream of the Liberianization policy. He further urged them not to sit and wait, but take advantage of the business opportunities already provided to help in boasting the nation’s economy.Madam Precious Cooper–Wheigar, president of WEDO, said that economic sustainability and poverty reduction for any nation lies in the strategic empowerment of that nation’s women and girls; and if Liberia is going to reduce poverty and sustain her economic gains, “we must commit ourselves and our resources to creating an enabling environment that is sure to unleash the untapped power, energy, and creativity of Liberian women.” She said empowering women has a multifaceted, multi-sectoral, and inter-generational impact that goes far beyond dollars and cents and extends to national health and education, while at the same time strengthening human capital, which is an indispensable ingredient for defeating poverty, inequality and vulnerability in any nation.She said Liberian government documents reveal that women in Liberia are responsible for 93 percent of food crop production and they conduct more than 85 percent of all marketing and trading in the country. “Women provide more than 54 percent of the national labor force in addition to performing household chores and caring for their families. These records also show that majority of us are the primary breadwinners in the family,’’ she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More details on the Enerplex Stimulus Funding

first_imgMayor Bruce Lantz has shed more light on what to expect in terms of new Enerplex construction following last week’s confirmation, that the facility will get a $7.5 million, from the three government stimulus package, funding injection… [asset|aid=1917|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=a9f8bd73c9c4547d07956e71f65c1271-Bruce-2_5_Pub.mp3]He noted that all the stimulus money is targeted for construction, with the specific purpose of creating jobs, and therefore cannot and will not be used, to pay down debt.According to Lantz, the money has already been included in the city’s budget under the capital budget.  With the stimulus money, the Mayor says the City will now be able to complete all the projects on the drawing board, instead of having to phase in certain projects.- Advertisement -Tenders for the projects will be put out over the coming months, with construction expected to start early in the spring of 2010.Meantime, we also have confirmation that the Northern Rockies Municipality has received 10 million dollars, in federal and provincial funding, to help rebuild the recreation complex, in Fort Nelson.last_img read more

Hazard should aim to copy “genius” Iniesta – Conte

first_img0Shares0000Eden Hazard will be key to Chelsea’s hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals © AFP / Pau BarrenaBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 13 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has described Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta as a “genius” and challenged Eden Hazard to emulate the Spaniard by winning major trophies.Iniesta faces a race against time to be fit for Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Camp Nou, with the tie delicately poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg. The midfielder has been included in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury and his return would represent a major boost to Barca’s hopes.Conte said Chelsea would have to play the “perfect game” to reach the quarter-finals and they will need Hazard to deliver too.Hazard has grown frustrated in recent weeks with his lone role up front but when asked to compare the Belgian with Iniesta, Conte said: “We’re talking about two different players with different careers. Iniesta won a lot in his career, Hazard has to start winning important trophies.”On the impact of Iniesta’s possible return, Conte added: “I like to compare him with Andrea Pirlo. We are talking about a genius of the football.“I don’t know if tomorrow he could play. In this type of game it’s right to face the best players and you don’t hope they will miss out with injury.”Chelsea were unfortunate only to take a draw from the first leg at Stamford Bridge, where Lionel Messi’s equaliser spoiled an otherwise dominant Blues performance.But Barca are still unbeaten in La Liga and Messi will be well-rested, having sat out Saturday’s win over Malaga to attend the birth of his third child.“We must have the game to play with concentration, stay with our head in every moment,” Conte said.“We have to know there are moments we have to suffer because that is not only for Chelsea but every team against Barcelona must be ready to suffer and be compact.“With the ball you must then have in your head and your heart the feeling you will have the chance to score.”Conte said Antonio Rudiger is in contention after recovering from muscle fatigue but Ross Barkley (hamstring) and David Luiz (ankle) are out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Championship round-up: Middlesbrough go top as Bournemouth draw with Derby

first_imgMiddlesbrough took advantage of a draw between promotion rivals Bournemouth and Derby County to rise to the top of the Championship with a 2-1 victory at Blackpool.Fans witnessed a frantic finale at Bloomfield Road with all three goals in the final ten minutes; Boro defender Jonathan Woodgate’s header breaking the deadlock before an unfortunate own goal from Ben Gibson gifted the hosts an equaliser moments later.Boro were the more dominant side throughout, though, and they finally made their superiority count when it mattered most, Spanish striker Kike netting the winner with less than three minutes remaining to claim a vital win for Aitor Karanka’s side.The Riverside outfit climbed to the summit thanks to the never-say-die attitude of Derby, who twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth.It was a thrilling top-of-the-table encounter at Dean Court, with the hosts taking the lead on 12 minutes through Matt Ritchie’s low strike.The Rams had two on-loan stars to thank for the point, with Tom Ince levelling before Callum Wilson restored the Cherries’ lead, and Darren Bent netting his fourth goal in four games after the break to seal a well-earned draw.Meanwhile, Odion Ighalo’s injury-time strike helped Watford beat ten-man Brentford at Griffin Park.The Bees were forced to play the majority of the clash a man short following Jake Bidwell’s first-half dismissal, though the hosts eventually took a surprise lead thanks to Andre Gray’s route-one finish.The Hornets man their man advantage count, however, as two late goals from Ighalo, heading in on 67 minutes before finding the net again in added-time, saw Watford rise to fifth.Ipswich also rise to fourth place as second-half goals from Daryl Murphy and Luke Chambers’ saw the Tractor Boys come from a goal down to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Portman Road.At the other end of the table, Millwall boosted their survival hopes with a 1-0 win at Birmingham, Alan Dunne heading the only goal of the game.Bolton distanced themselves from the drop zone with a 3-1 win over fellow ex-Premier Leaguers Fulham, as do Leeds United, who are now five points clear of the bottom three after coming away from Reading with a 2-0 victory.Nouha Dicko notched a cool brace as Wolves smashed Huddersfield 4-1 to edge closer to the play-off, with Norwich now just two points outside the top-six after Cameron Jerome’s 88th minute strike sealed victory over Charlton in a five-goal thriller at the Valley.Finally, Jordan Rhodes netted his 11th goal of the season to hand Blackburn a 2-1 home win over Rotherham, while struggling Brighton held Cardiff to a goalless draw in Wales.Championship results in full:Birmingham 0 – 1 MillwallBlackburn 2 – 1 RotherhamBlackpool 1 – 2 MiddlesbroughBournemouth 2 – 2 DerbyBrentford 1 – 2 WatfordCardiff 0 – 0 BrightonCharlton 2 – 3 NorwichHuddersfield 1 – 4 WolvesIpswich 2 – 1 Sheff WedBolton 3 – 1 FulhamReading 0 – 2 Leeds Middlesbrough striker Kike celebrates 1last_img read more

YOUNG DONEGAL FARMERS PENALISED IN UNJUST FINANCE BILL – McCONALOGUE

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says a number of measures contained in the Finance Bill will have a detrimental impact on farmers in the county.Charlie McConalogue TDHe claims he Bill must be amended to reflect the changing face of Irish farming, or risk destroying viable businesses.Deputy McConalogue commented, “The clause in the Finance Bill on agricultural relief is not only unrealistic and unworkable, it will act as a major deterrent for the new generation of farmers. Many young farmers in Donegal have to seek work outside of their farms to make ends meet. Government inaction on the beef crisis, which has seen prices plummet over the past year, has added to the financial burden on many farm families, forcing them to take on other jobs where possible to ensure a future for themselves. “If this Bill is not amended, hundreds of part-time farmers in Donegal will be excluded from the reduced stamp duty rates. This could see many younger farmers losing out because they are hit with the high tax rates associated with taking on the farms from their parents or other relatives. The Finance Bill requires active farmers to spend more than 50% of their working time on their farms, however the changing farming landscape has made it a necessity for many farmers to also have an off-farm job to generate a sustainable income.”He added that the Bill should discriminate against farmers who have been forced to take outside work to make ends meet.“It is extremely important that the Finance Bill does not discriminate against genuine part-time farmers, who because of the Government’s failure to invest in agriculture and support farming communities, are forced to take on outside work to make a living.“Fianna Fáil will be tabling an amendment to the Bill, which will protect genuine part-time farmers from excessive stamp duty payments”.  YOUNG DONEGAL FARMERS PENALISED IN UNJUST FINANCE BILL – McCONALOGUE was last modified: November 6th, 2014 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:Charlie McConaloguedonegalfarmersFinance Billlast_img read more

Water crisis as three bursts strike Inishowen

first_imgEmergency repair works are ongoing after separate water outages struck Inishowen yesterday and today (Tuesday).A major water mains burst was first reported in Buncrana on Monday evening at around 6pm.Two more bursts occurred today in Magherabeg and Inch Island. Some homes and businesses in Buncrana and surrounding areas were left without water supplies during the night. Supplies are due to be restored to the town by 6pm.However, it is estimated that supplies will not be restored to the Burnfoot/Inch Island area until 4pm tomorrow, Wednesday.Irish Water crews have been mobilised to find alternative sources due to the widespread outages.An alternative water supply is available until 4pm on 27 November beside Tooban School. A notice from Irish Water says they are making every effort to ensure that the alternative drinking water supply provided, including the tanker / bowser, and dispensing tap, are adequately disinfected.However, as it is not practical to provide sterilised containers for the public to transport drinking water from the tanker to their homes, they cannot guarantee that any containers used by the public do not negatively impact or contaminate the drinking water.Therefore, as a precautionary measure, it is recommended that any members of the public who obtain water from a tanker or bowser boil the water before use.Water crisis as three bursts strike Inishowen was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Newcastle star targeted in Chelsea spending spree – report

first_imgNewcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is one of a number of players on Chelsea’s wish list as they plan a summer spending spree, according to the Daily Mirror.Tiote has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge before, as has Tottenham’s Luka Modric, who is also said to still be on the Blues’ radar along with Lille’s Eden Hazard.Tipped to axe Di Matteo – and then spend big.Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid are the strikers apparently being targeted.The Daily Star suggest that Roberto Di Matteo will not be given the manager’s job at Chelsea and will be axed by club owner Roman Abramovich this week.It is claimed the Russian believes Chelsea won the Champions League primarily because of good fortune.A source close to Abramovich is quoted as saying: “Roman thinks Di Matteo has been very, very lucky and that he made a lot of mistakes in the games he’s been in charge, with his tactics and selections.“The statistics in the two games against Barcelona and the show just how lucky Di Matteo was. Roman has to decide this week and he will not care what the public thinks.“Roman did not become a billionaire worrying about public opinion – he only cares about what is right for the club.”Several papers report that Didier Drogba is leaving Chelsea. The Sun say the striker sobbed as he told his team-mates he had played his last match for the club.The Daily Mail report that Falcao is top of Chelsea’s list of possible replacements for Drogba.Meanwhile, QPR will make a £5m bid for Wigan star Victor Moses, according to the Mirror.It is claimed that Rangers believe they need to move quickly because Wigan boss Roberto Martinez would look to take Moses to Liverpool if he gets the manager’s job at Anfield.The Daily Telegraph report Rangers’ plan to make Aston Villa an offer for goalkeeper Shay Given and say Rangers are also interested in West Ham’s Robert Green.Related West London Sport story: Hughes to make Villa an offer for GivenThe Mail say German club Wolfsburg, previously linked with QPR’s Adel Taarabt, have revived their interest and hope to sign the Moroccan for £4.5m.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Johannesburg bikes for Madiba in the Freedom Ride

first_imgAround 5 000 people lined up on the Nelson Mandela Bridge to ride to Soweto and back in Joburg’s first Freedom Ride. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Lisa Seftel Executive Director Department of transport, City of Johannesburg +27 11 870 4511 lisas@joburg.org.za • The world’s biggest cycle race • In the swim things at the Midmar Mile • A Mad Swim from Mozambique to Madagascar • From Mdantsane to the world: The Eastern Cape’s champion boxersLucille DavieUnder a moody Sunday sky, Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau led 5 000 people off the Nelson Mandela Bridge in the city’s inaugural Freedom Ride, to celebrate the life and legacy of the world statesman.The ride, from the bridge to Vilakazi Street in Soweto and back again, was to be 35 kilometres long, but the route had to be moved because of flooding after heavy rains, turning the ride into a 55-kilometre slog for amateurs. According to his spokesperson, Fred Mokoko, the mayor found the ride tough going, perhaps because of the longer route, but he managed to finish.Tau was happy with the turnout, and in particular, the multiracial nature of the riders. “It is the culmination of the aspirations of the leadership that we have a multiracial race. The race celebrates the ownership of freedom, as the city and the country.” He was also pleased that, whereas 20 years ago whites would not have ventured into Soweto, now they went freely in and out of the township. Several along the route proclaimed that this had been their first visit to Soweto.After giving interviews before the start, the mayor set off, leading the bristling pack briefly through Braamfontein, then out west through the suburbs into Soweto, and up Vilakazi Street, where Mandela had his home at number 8115. The house has been restored and is now a museum which attracts visitors from around the world. The street also features the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who, like Mandela, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The street is a major tourist attraction. The Hector Pieterson Museum is also nearby, the theme of which is to commemorate the 1976 student uprising.The sentiment among riders was undoubtedly great enjoyment, with many saying what a great idea it was, and indicating that they would be back next year for the second Freedom Ride. Many found it hard going, given several long uphills. A cut-off for arriving at Vilakazi Street at 11.30am was set, and any riders who reached the street after that time were ferried back to the bridge by Rea Vaya buses or Metrorail trains.Participant Dimakatso Machetele said on the Freedom Ride Facebook page: “Was hard … But yet had fun. Big-up to Jozi, participants, the organisers of the ride and everyone who was there in assisting the running of the whole ride.”Another rider, Margaret Sylvester, said: “Great ride … But creating an expectation of 35 kilometres on a route that is actually 54 kilometres is unacceptable. I felt really sorry for the kids, the parents towing their kids and the guys who don’t normally cycle and just wanted a fun morning out on their bicycles. Pity that this negative point outweighed all the positives of this ride for everyone on the way back.”And Johan Vorster added: “There are some valid comments especially regarding expectations of distance. Lucky it was a cool day. Also safety, potholes, sweepers, etc. But for those who could manage it, it was a hugely satisfying experience. Will definitely be back.”The conceptThe Freedom Ride was the brainchild of Crispian Olver and a group of friends. Olver is a former director-general in the department of environmental affairs and tourism, and now the founder and chief executive of Linkd Environmental Services. He is also a sports cyclist.He said that by coincidence he and his friends were talking about “taking cycling forward in the city”, on the night of 5 December, the night Mandela died. “We decided that night that we would start with the idea and not wait for the city. We wanted to build up a mass movement.”But then with his death, an important dimension was added. “We wanted to connect communities, from town to township, the rich and the poor, black and white, and make the route accessible to most people. It was to be a social ride. It just unfolded from there,” he explained. “It gathered massive momentum. An event that would normally take a year to organise, was done in two months.”Plans for the next eventIt was important not to have a race, said Olver, but they did need riders to register, as an aid to the logistics, like supplying water stations and making sure there were enough emergency personnel on the ground. At present the organisers are busy evaluating the success of the ride, as a first step to organising the next one.Initial suggestions are to consider a ride that takes in the northern suburbs that have significance for where Mandela had connections. These would include his Houghton home, his backyard room in Alexandra township, Mandela Square in Sandton, and Liliesleaf Farm, where the ANC had its underground headquarters, and where the top echelons of the party were arrested in 1963. They were subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. It has been restored and is now a museum. Mandela lived there for a short while in disguise as a gardener.Another suggestion is to have two rides each year, one in winter, another in summer. What is coming out of the ride is the start of plans for a Bicycle Empowerment Centre in Orlando West in Soweto, where youngsters in the suburb will be trained in bicycle repair, and given professional training in riding.The City of Johannesburg is also constructing cycle lanes in various suburbs. A 5km route is being created in Orlando West; a cycling and walking path is planned between Sandton and Alexandra in northern Joburg, to be called the Great Walk; a 15km cycling route is being constructed between the University of Johannesburg and Wits University. Eventually it will continue to Park Station in the CBD, and in time extend to Ellis Park, just east of the CBD.“The city is committed to increasing cycling as a commuter mode of transport as well as increasing the number of learners that can safely cycle to school,” indicates Joburg’s Strategic Integrated Transport Plan Framework.last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — November 7th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain slowed down some of the farming activities but warm sunny days afterwards made harvest and some tillage possible, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.7 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 6th. Corn harvest is progressing but many fields remain with high grain moisture levels. Fields with mold and re-sprouting issues continued to be observed. Some soybean growers are looking for frosts to help with soft ground and green stems. Winter Wheat seedings are almost complete and condition is rated at 84 percent good to excellent, compared to 65 percent last year, when topsoil moisture shortages were more of a factor. Moisture levels of grain harvested over the week averaged 18 percent for corn and 12 percent for soybeans.Click here for the full reportlast_img read more