Ellen Shifts Blame on Liberians

first_img“Liberians’ quest to engage in politics rather than business ventures is largely responsible, to a certain extent, for the marginalization of Liberians in business,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said.The President believes that Liberians not attracting more bank loans can be attributed to the society placing a premium on politics over business activities.At the launch of the Aquarius Mineral Water brand over the weekend in Kingsville, Montserrado County, Madam Sirleaf noted that the economy’s structure has always favored concessions, large capitalist and major operators. “To a certain extent, this is because of the lack of capital and capacity to what is called the marginalization of Liberians and businesses.”She said that Liberians have never wanted to do business because of their traditional focus on politics. Since assuming power in 2006, President Sirleaf has been struggling to develop a middle income economy while trying to build the capacity of Liberian businesses, but said quest is unable to advance after almost nine years of her rule.However, President Johnson Sirleaf praised other Liberian businesses that, despite difficulties they have faced, they have always stood tall to compete with foreign businesses.“There have been some stalwarts over the years that have pursued business interest,” the President said. The Liberian leader urged the Commerce Ministry to increase her engagement with Liberian businesses in order to develop and strengthen their capacity.She warned against Liberians taking loans and defaulting on payment, adding; “These attitudes of not being responsible for paying back these loans undermines our efforts to encourage Liberian businesses.”President Sirleaf made the disclosure when she delivered a special statement at the re-launch of Aquarius Mineral Water.Aquarius is a Liberian business owned and operated by Representative Josephine George Francis.The business was launched on the market a few years back, but had to close down due to lack of capital.Speaking with reporters after the program, Madam Francis recognized the challenges associated with such big investments. She said that her reappearance on the market confirms her ability for progress and her urge to compete with others.Rep. Francis represents District #1, Montserrado County, in the House of Representatives and had been an entrepreneur for years now.With a staff of over 100 people, Madam Francis said her business capacity is ready to meet the growing demands of the public and expressed delight in working with Liberians.One foreign technician was flown in from India to help train Liberians in the plant for one year, Rep. Francis pointed out. “The reason behind this,” she said; “is so our own people can be fully in charge of all activities of this business.”She disclosed that in five years when the business has grown, the public will have an opportunity to buy shares in the company.Aquarius Mineral water, with its new capacity, she said; “produces 3,000 bottles of water per hour and is ready for business.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Gov’t Pays US$1M Due Forest Affected Communities

first_imgThe government, through the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), over the weekend made a settlement of US$1 million to forest affected communities across the country in compliance with the National Forestry Reform Law (NFRL) of 2006 and its attendant regulations.The money, according to the FDA Management, came at the right time because it has helped to abort a planned violent action by members of those communities scheduled for today, July 20.The government is mandated under the NFRL to remit 30 percent of revenue generated from area rental and administrative fees to the affected communities and 30 percent to counties. To date, the government has remitted US$753,000 to the counties and US$1 million to the affected communities. There will be an allotment in the current budget to settle the remaining obligations to these beneficiaries.The current payment represents part of the 30 percent due them in line with the 2006 National Forestry Reform Law (NFRL) of Liberia and its attendant regulations.At a press conference over the weekend at his FDA office in Whein Town, Monrovia, the FDA Managing Director, Harrison S. Karnwea, expressed relief over the government’s settlement which he said had helped to curb the planned violent activities by the affected communities.“We have called you here to inform you and through you, the Liberian people, most especially the forest dependent communities, that the Government of Liberia has on today, July 17, deposited US$1 million in the Benefit Sharing Trust Account set up at the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) in favor of the affected forest communities of Liberia in compliance with the National Forestry Reform Law (NFRL) of 2006 and its attendant regulations,” Mr. Karnwea told journalists at his office over the weekend.This issue has been contentious and the communities have threatened to start civil disobedience activities as of today.But Mr. Karnwea said the government respects its citizens and cannot afford to be seen as disobeying the laws that were pronounced and passed by the government itself.“In view of the government’s decision to comply with the laws, we now appeal to the forest-dependent communities that are affected by logging activities to refrain from any acts of violence and proceed to access these funds through the Benefit Sharing Trust Board that is responsible for the administration of the communities’ share of the revenue,” he advised the beneficiaries.The FDA, Mr. Karnwea said, is grateful to the Communities for their patience and assures them that his administration would do everything possible to ensure that they do not have to issue threats again before future payments are made.“We want to use this same medium to thank the Ministry of Finance, the Office of the President, Vice President and the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the efforts they exerted in making this possible,” Karnwea added.Tension has reportedly been building up over the past weeks in the wake of threats by the forest-affected communities to stall logging activities should the government renege in remitting their 30 percent share by today, July 20. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Emergency Preparedness Week underlines measures against flooding

first_imgIt comes this year, in this area, on the heels of a seventh consecutive above average precipitation month, and it’s worth noting again that according to the latest RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study, flooding now ranks as the number one extreme weather damage concern in this country.“Canadians agree, extreme weather is on the rise, and they feel like they’re prepared to deal with extreme weather yet at the same time, the study shows they’re not going to take precautionary measures to prevent water damage this year,” says Paula Bondi, senior product manager for RBC Home Insurance. “In fact we found Canadians plan to take less preventative measures than in previous years, so definitely concerning because water damage is the main cause of damage to Canadian homes, and it’s the number one insurance claim, surpassing fire as the number one claim.”She’s also offering some basic flood prevention measures.- Advertisement -“Have an emergency kit ready to go to last you 72 hours; have an emergency exit plan,” Bondi goes on to explain. “But there’s other things, simple things, like check for missing or damaged shingles to the roof; clean out the gutters; keep water away from the home, like installing down extensions and splash pads; feel cracks in window and doors, and foundation walls – even invest a little bit of money in window wells for the basement.”However, emergency planning should also include taking steps to avoid any surprises if and when you do need to file an insurance claim.“Having somebody check the home regularly when you’re not going to be at your home for a period of time – even go in the home,” advises Bondi. “Make sure that nothing has happened inside the home and not only outside the home.”Advertisement “Adhering to municipalities’ procedures for installing backflow valves – if there’s a program out there doing that, so you take the preventative measures to prevent the water from entering the home.”We’ve now entered the first of the five consecutive highest precipitation months of the year in this area, and you only need a four year memory to recall the local airport weather station posted 72 per cent of the annual norm – 321 millimetres – in June and July of 2011.last_img read more

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North Peace SPCA low-income Spay and Neuter Program

first_img“Spaying and neutering prevent unwanted and unplanned litters, which contribute to cat overpopulation. Our small shelter has seen a significant increase in cat intake in recent years and we rely heavily on the BC SPCA Drive for Lives program to assist the number of cats in need. Our hope is that this funding will start turning the tide.” Buchamer says.Residents who are interested in participating in the program should contact the BC SPCA North Peace Branch at 250-785-7722 or in-person at 9311 81 Ave.Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the North Peace SPCA in Fort St. John over capacity with cats and kittens thanks to BC Hydro there is a new program to help spay and neuter pets to reduce the number of homeless felines.The SPCA North Peace Branch has launched a free spay/ neuter program for low-income pet owners thanks to $10,000 in funding from the BC Hydro Northern Development fund, to reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens in the community.The SPCA is matching the grant funding to $20,000 to be able to fund 150 spay and neuter surgeries for cats that are owned in the city of Fort St. John.- Advertisement -According to BC SPCA North Peace Branch Manager, Candace Buchamer, a short one-page application and copy of last years tax return is required to apply for the program as she shares the program will be audited to ensure funds have been used according to grant standards.The recipient of the spay/neuter certificate is also encouraged to make a small donation at the time their pet receives the procedure, of $40 to help the program continue to assist others in need once the original amount has been used, shared Buchamer.Cats that will be spay/neutered, will receive microchip and tattoo for ID, as well as initial deworming and ear mite treatment.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Allardyce rules out West Ham winger leaving for West Brom

first_img Matt Jarvis 1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has ruled out the departure of winger Matt Jarvis.The 28-year-old became the Hammers’ club-record signing when he arrived for £10.75m from Wolves in 2012. He has had a mixed two years in East London and there is now strong competition for places in the wide positions in Allardyce’s side.Jarvis has been strongly linked with a move back to the Midlands, with Wolves’ arch rivals West Brom said to be considering a move.But when asked directly about the chances of the winger being sold to the Baggies, Allardyce said: “Matt Jarvis will not be leaving us.”last_img

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Wenger reveals board meeting on Tuesday will decide his Arsenal future

first_imgArsene Wenger guided Arsenal to a record 13th FA Cup success with a deserved victory over 10-man Chelsea before declaring his future will “be very clear” following a board meeting on Tuesday.The 67-year-old also became the FA Cup’s most successful manager as he claimed a seventh winners’ medal.The 2-1 victory over London rivals and newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea came courtesy of a controversial Alexis Sanchez opener on five minutes, with Aaron Ramsey then heading Arsenal back ahead three minutes after Diego Costa’s deflected equaliser.Sanchez appeared to handle the ball in the build-up to his strike, which was provisionally ruled offside until referee Anthony Taylor over-ruled his assistant.Chelsea got themselves back into the contest as Costa struck despite the fact Victor Moses had been sent off having been shown a second yellow card following a dive inside the Arsenal box.After finishing fifth, Wenger and Arsenal missed out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years.That came on the back of a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in this season’s competition, with some sections of supporters calling on Wenger to leave this summer, rather than sign fresh terms when his current contract expires next month.The Frenchman has yet to announce publicly whether he will be manager at the Emirates Stadium next season but did admit his future would become clear following a pre-arranged meeting.“We have a board meeting on Tuesday, and on Wednesday or Thursday it will all be very clear,” he said.Asked if delivering the FA Cup would be a perfect way to say goodbye having been at the club nearly 21 years, Wenger replied: “There is no perfect way.“I just want to do well for this club and apart from that after that it is down to the board members am I the right man to take this club further and for me to decide if I’m the right man, that is it.“It is not about popularity, it is about confidence. It would be a bit ridiculous that 20 years depends on one games and the future of the club depends on one games, we will see more next week.”Ahead of the final, Wenger revealed he has never kept a winners’ medal in his managerial career.But will be holding on to this one having moved clear as the most successful boss in the storied history of the FA Cup, eclipsing George Ramsay’s six wins with Aston Villa between 1887 and 1920.“For once I have kept my medal so that means it is a special night for me,” he said.“I’m very proud, if nobody has done it since 18-god knows-when it means it is not easy.“I’m especially proud of the way we won this season, in the semi-final we had to play against Man City here and in the final Chelsea here, you cannot get tougher and we had two outstanding performances, this cup was won with special spirit and special attitude.”Wenger was once again critical of those Arsenal fans who have demonstrating against him during matches this season.Planes carrying anti-Wenger slogans, boycotts of home games and signs and banners being displayed inside stadiums came during a blip for Arsenal which Wenger believes cost them dear.“I’m in a public job, I accept to be criticised and people don’t agree with me,” he said.“But once the game starts and you are a fan, you stand behind the team, that is what I have not accepted this season and I will never accept it.“Outside of the game I never had any word with any journalist in 20 years when they criticised my decisions and it is the same with the fans.“But when a game starts you support your team. We have played some games in a hostile environment and I never accept that.” 1 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger lifts the FA Cup for a seventh time last_img read more

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DONEGAL LGFA: WONDERFUL ADVERTISEMENT FOR LADIES FOOTBALL AS MOVILLE LIFT MINOR TITLE

first_imgKathy McLaughlin collects the winning Minor Trophy at O’Donnell Park from Siobhan Coyle, Donegal LGFA BoardDONEGAL Ladies Football is alive, well and blossoming after today’s County Minor Final between Moville and Termon at O’Donnell Park.It was the Foylesiders who retained the trophy.But the grit and determination shown by Termon in the game as they tried to fight back added to a wonderful spectacle in front of a good crowd in Letterkenny. Moville were always going to be favourites and were well ahead at the break 4-09 to 0-06.But to be fair to Termon they piled on the pressure and but for some wides, could have closed the gap further at the start of the second half. They did hit three goals and could have had a fourth from the penalty spot.However every time Termon hit a score, the Moville girls seemed to raise their game to a new level and would go up the other end of the field to record a score of their own and one or two more.The final score was 6-21 to 3-11. Moville captain Kathy McLaughlin, one of the county’s best full forwards and player of the match, collected the winning trophy from county secretary Siobhan Coyle. At a time when many gaelic football fans are bemoaning the slide of the men’s game, this was an advertisement of the game at its best. Played by teenage girls at the highest level. DONEGAL LGFA: WONDERFUL ADVERTISEMENT FOR LADIES FOOTBALL AS MOVILLE LIFT MINOR TITLE was last modified: October 30th, 2014 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:county championsMoville Minorslast_img read more

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Press Release: Invitation for media to experience the exceptionalism of KwaZulu-Natal

first_imgJoin South Africa’s Finance Minister – Mr Malusi Gigaba who will be accompanied by a high level South African delegation, on a tour to experience the  work that has been done to drive inclusive growth, ahead of the World Economic Forum on Africa conference scheduled from 03-05 May 2017.Team South Africa will host this media excursion on 02 May 2017 – to highlight projects that address South Africa’s approach to inclusive economic growth, by showcasing South Africa as an attractive, innovative and competitive investment destination, while displaying uniquely South African attributes that build the nation brand.The media tour would introduce journalists to some unique aspects of the province including:technological innovations;infrastructure capabilities andmanufacturing capabilitiesYou are cordially invited to RSVP to participate in the tour, scheduled for 02 May, 2017 which will include:Profiling the Durban City’s Inner City Project which aims to restore the inner City to its former glory and attract businesses and economic growth back to the area.Profiling one of South Africa’s top 10 investment opportunities, the Dube Trade Port, a business entity of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, charged with the responsibility to develop the province’s biggest infrastructural project.Site visit costs and logistical arrangements will be borne by your hosts. The pick-up and drop off points will be communicated closer to the time.Space is limited so we look forward to your responses before Monday  01 May 2017.Kindly RSVP to Tsabeng Nthite on tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.com and Angel Sibisi on  angel@tikzn.co.za with the following information:Name and surnameID/passport numberMedia HouseEmail addressContact numberFor more information contact Tsabeng as follows:Tsabeng Nthite         tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.com     +27 (0) 76 371 6810Angel Sibisi             angel@tikzn.co.za                        +27 (0) 76 062 3779Follow the conversation on  #SANationBrandlast_img read more

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SchoolRack Gives Teachers, Students, Parents Interactive Resources Online

first_imgWe did wish that adding files to blog posts was simpler; right now, uploading images or other media requires a separate step in another part of the CMS. It’d also be nice to have a better tool to get audio onto the sites.We enjoyed the calendar, but we think it should have more tools and be more interactive and collaborative. And we’d eventually like to see more integration with existing online tools or networks, both educational and social. But SchoolRack has shown a track record of positive changes to make their tools both powerful and user-friendly, and we look forward to seeing what they bring to the table next. We created a site quickly and found the CMS to be intuitive and simple. The features are just what we would imagine teachers would want and would make a great addition of technology to the classroom – one that could simplify the many processes involved in teaching without bringing too much digital clutter along with it. The discussion boards and mailing list signup in particular are brilliant features for streamlining parent/teacher communication and cooperation. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img SchoolRack is a resource for grade school and high school teachers to create their own websites where they can communicate and interact with their students and those students’ parents.The sites are colorful and provide a range of opportunities for interaction, including discussion forums, blogs, mailing lists, groups, assignments, and more, all presented through colorful and customizable templates.Company rep Artia Moghbel emailed up today, saying that SchoolRack was originally intended as “a simple content management system for teachers. “Recently, though, we’ve added dynamic features to the website, including discussion boards, online assignment collection, and more. With these new features, we hope to make the process of teaching and learning a two-way dynamic with students/parents and want to encourage new, creative ways to teach inside and outside the classroom. Recently, we passed the 35,000 user mark and are now growing at a steady rate.”The latest release of SchoolRack, announced yesterday, includes student and parent accounts for access to discussion boards, private messaging, assignment collection, and more, a new blog post editor, a simple calendar tool, and a greater range of website templates. Tags:#start#startups Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Why Focus On the Top of the Funnel

first_imgThere is no middle of the funnel or bottom of the funnel without the top of the sales funnel. Most of the challenges that sales organizations have in making their number stem from the fact that they are weak at the top of the funnel. It’s not that they aren’t good salespeople, that they don’t have a good process, or that they lack the right methodologies. Most of the time what holds them back is not having enough opportunities (although I know there are exceptions, and I’ve seen some organizations with too many opportunities to effectively pursue them all).The problems you experience in the middle of the funnel usually fall into one of two categories. The first class is non-opportunities. These are the “deals” that aren’t really opportunities at all. Maybe you mistake receptivity for a real compelling event that could cause your dream client to move. This problem is easily resolved; you push these non-opportunities down to target because they are really still leads. The second group is stalled opportunities. These opportunities are usually missing some of the commitments necessary to move them forward. These problems can be resolved, albeit not easily, with good coaching and big conversations with your dream clients.The end of the funnel problems are usually around capturing value (or negotiating price) or dealing with legal issues and such. These issues can be difficult, but they’re normally easier to deal with than stalled deals.But top of the funnel problems are far more pernicious. Without new opportunities coming into the funnel, you don’t have enough opportunities to make your number. So you’re reluctant to move non-opportunities back to targets; you feel that you can’t afford to. You can’t afford to have a stuck deal because doing so means you miss your number. You get desperate about stalled deals. At the end of the funnel, you cave on price because you can’t afford to push back.Think about how a funnel works. If you feed it in dribs and drabs you get dribs and drabs out of the other end. But if you keep a nice steady stream pouring into the funnel, you get a nice steady stream out of the skinny end.Worry first—and most—about the top of the sales funnel.last_img read more

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