President Weah wants LRA to reduce tariffs Liberia’s President, George Manneh Weah, has indicated that Liberian owned businesses will not be marginalized but given equal opportunities with foreign businesses or investors during his administration.President Weah made the statement yesterday during his inaugural address at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The inauguration, which was witnessed by several current and former heads of state, international and local partners, current and former soccer stars, is the first of its kind in the history of Liberia, many have said.“As we open our doors to all foreign direct investments, we will not permit Liberian-owned businesses to be marginalized. We cannot remain spectators in our own economy,” President Weah said.According to Weah, his government will prioritize the interests of Liberian-owned businesses and offer programs to help them become more competitive.“We will offer services that international investors seek as partners,” Weah said, which many businesspeople have welcomed.President Weah noted that to change the structure of the Liberian economy will require huge investments in agriculture, infrastructure, in human capital, and in technology.“We hope our international development partners will assist us in this transformation. I would like to thank the international community for the invaluable contributions they have made to our peace and economic development,” Weah said.According to him, this victory could not have been possible without the support of the youth of Liberia, the women, especially those who make their living by selling in the markets.Weah added, “We will do all that is within our power to provide an environment that will be conducive for the conduct of honest and transparent business. We will remove unnecessary regulatory constraints that tend to impede the establishment and operation of business in a profitable and predictable manner.”Leelai Kpukuyou, Secretary General of Liberia Business Association (LIBA), is encouraged by the President’s promise, but said, “On the economy, we will hold him to his feet to deliver, because it is now time that Liberian businesses stand on their own in this country.”LIBA SG Leelai Kpukuyou“We look forward to work with him to deliver his best for Liberians, particularly the private sector. With his pro-poor governance, he should realize that the private sector is the engine of growth,” she said.She indicated that the act establishing LIBA gives the CBL the right to work with them and provide access to finance by business people for empowerment.Madam Kpukuyou added that President Weah has indicated that he may not deliver the best speech, but will do his best as President of Liberia.Sam Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Corina Hotel, situated in Sinkor said he was delighted with the statement made by President Weah and remains optimistic about improvement of Liberia’s businesses. One of the two major Liberian hotel owners operating in Monrovia, Mitchell is well underway with a ambitious project to transform his hotel into a 10-storey modern facility.“Weah is aware of the problems businesses are facing and he is serious to address,” said Mitchell, who was president of LIBA when former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took office in 2006.Mr. Mitchell observed that there is a need for business people to also be prepared to meet some of the challenges or advantages ahead of Weah’s plans for businesses.“We need to prepare ourselves as business people to benefit from some of the opportunities that will be provided by President Weah,” he said.Sam Mitchell, CEO, Corina HotelAccording to him, access to finance, long term finances for construction, mortgage and contract remain some of the key challenges facing Liberian-owned businesses.Caesar Morris, Communication Director of the Patriotic Entrepreneurs of Liberia (PATEL), lauded President Weah, stating, “We look forward to working with him to improve Liberia’s businesses.”PATEL is an advocacy group that became famous for their stance against government policies considered unfriendly to Liberian businesses. According to Morris, Liberia is the only nation currently in the MRU and ECOWAS whose government has a non-nationalist procurement law.He indicated that Sirleaf administration made every effort lobbying for aid funding for electricity but had high tariff impose on renewable energy products such as solar-powered systems, thereby discouraging private sector investments that could power communities across the country.“We will formally be submitting our deliverable to his offices shortly and our six count petition to the national legislature in the coming days,” Morris said.Morris said the government needs to create an enabling environment that powers local business by revisiting the current GoL tariff, address the issues of dual currency, put in place proper procedure to finance Liberian businesses to ensure a sustainable Liberian economy.Caesar R. Morris, Chief Communications officer, PATEL“We look forward to working with this administration to amend the small business act that awards only 25% of GoL procurement to Liberian business, among others. We have a strategy clearly outlined in our deliverables to be presented to President Weah,” he said.Morris said Liberia needs trade sustainable development, especially for businesses, which will help country.“We want a realistic government that is development-oriented, not playing politics with our lives and nation. Be practical; if you want to electrify Liberia don’t only look for aid funding but also give incentives encouraging possible investments in that sector,” Morris said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Diet? Why? If you ever read a newspaper or switch on the TV, you’ll know that we are in the middle of, what some media have termed, an ‘obesity crisis’.So it’s no wonder that the bookshops are filled with diet titles and slimming magazines, and every celebrity is endorsing their diet plans and exercise DVD’s!At Slimming World, DIET is a four letter word! And if you’ve had your fill of these “off and on eating regimes”, if you’re fed up of going to bed early because you’re hungry – and if you never want to think ‘dare I eat that’ ever again – then look no further, slimming world is the place for you!Forget calorie countingForget deprivation and hungerForget the strict rules and regulations of past dietsForget completely any previous dieting dos and don’ts – they’ll only get in your way.Forget diet pills that interfere with your body and your mind’s natural, healthy functions.Embrace completely the freedom, flexibility and generosity of Food Optimising!The stroke of genius behind Food Optimising lies in its concept of Free Food – healthy, satisfying foods that can be enjoyed in any amount whenever you’re hungry – the only limit is your appetite.They’re called Free Foods because they’re unlimited – no obsessive counting or tedious weighing; no feelings of hunger and deprivation, morning, noon or night!And because Free Foods are ordinary, wholesome, everyday foods, the whole family can enjoy them. Take care of your family’s health as well as your own; encourage them too to fill up on hunger-busting, health-giving, energy-providing Free Food – everyone will reap the benefits.With such a delicious, healthy, liberating and, yes, slimming way of eating, is it any wonder why so many people attend Slimming World groups every week – where they receive the support, encouragement and motivation of a fully trained Consultant and together with a supportive group of like-minded people, to help them reach their personal weight loss target!From a full Irish breakfast, to a sunday roast and even a dessert after, with Slimming World you really can have it all.Slimming World’s food optimising plan is safe to follow for everyone and we have extra support booklets to help pregnant and breast feeding members, members with diabetes and members looking to stop smoking.Along with a separate free to go plan for our young adults between 11-15 years to help them learn how to eat healthy while still enjoying life and never going without. There is no-one who cannot reap the benefits of the most generous eating plan around.So make it a gift to yourself – that you’ll ditch any excess ‘dieting’ baggage you’ve been carrying with you and set off on your new, exciting journey to success with Slimming World!For more information on your nearest group click on the picture above, check out Slimming World Donegal on facebook, or contact Anne Marie on 0860848705.Sample Recipie: Speedy ChineseFor a quick, filling alternative to your Friday night takeaway, rustle up your own Chinese delights by heating some low calorie oil spray (less than one calorie per spray) in a wok, adding some chopped chicken or prawns, spring onions, peppers, red chilli, finely chopped ginger and crushed garlic, fry for a couple of minutes, then throw in a pack of mixed stir-fry veg from the supermarket.If you’re feeling adventurous, add other oriental delights like water chestnuts or lychees! Add lots of Soy sauce to taste, cook for 3 or 4 minutes and serve on a mound of boiled egg noodles.Check out www.slimmingworld.ie for a 7 day sample menu.FED UP OF DIETING? THEN SLIMMING WORLD IS THE PLACE FOR YOU was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeatureshealthnewsSlimming World
Seamus Coleman has received praise for preventing a corner from being taken so medical staff get treat a seriously ill fan.Coleman and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero noticed some animated Everton fans on the pitch behind the goals.They quickly realised a supporter urgently required medical attention and brought the attention of the fans plight to the referee. It is suspected the fan took a heart attack and his current condition is unknown.Both players have received praise on social media for their actions and sportsmanship.Unfortunately for Coleman his side were ultimately undone by an excellent Manchester City side and lost 2-0.SEAMUS COLEMAN EARNS PRAISE FOR STOPPING CORNER SO FAN CAN RECEIVE MEDICAL ATTENTION was last modified: August 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSport
Falcarragh residents are being advised that water will be off tomorrow, Tuesday, to facilitate the connection of a new water main.Works are continuing to replace ageing water mains in Falcarragh and progressing as scheduled, according to Irish Water.There will be a planned water outage on Tuesday, 10 December from 10am – 5pm for the next step of the project. There will be no planned interruptions of this scale again until the New Year, an Irish Water spokesperson said. Homes and businesses in the affected areas may be impacted by water outages and reduced water pressure tomorrow. Following these improvement works, water supply may take 2-3 hours to return as water refills the network.The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply.The overall project involves the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 1.6 kilometres of problematic water mains in Falcarragh, along the Ballintemple Lower with high density polyethylene (plastic) ones.The Falcarragh upgrade scheme is being carried out on behalf of Irish Water by Farran’s Construction Ltd and is expected to be completed in January 2020. Water outage planned in Falcarragh for new connection works was last modified: December 9th, 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)
Calvin AugustineThe world has changed over the last few months, as developed nations edge closer towards recession and world growth prospects begin to fade. But this reversal in world fortunes is in one sense a positive for Africa, and particularly South Africa, in the area of skills development and retention.People tend to follow opportunities, says Bobby Godsell, former head of mining multinational AngloGold Ashanti. He believes South Africa has a wealth of opportunities ready for the picking, and the country will not have a problem in attracting the scarce skills it needs.Godsell is an adviser to the Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa), the body created to tackle the country’s skills shortage. He says emerging markets such as South Africa will be on world investor’s list of choice destinations, as this is where growth is expected over the next five to 10 years.Through his interactions with international companies, particularly those in the West, Godsell notes that their sentiment towards Africa has never been more positive. “We’ve got massive infrastructure development underway, corporate governance is improving,” he says. “I’ve never seen sentiment as positive as this. I think we’re going to see a return of engineers.”South Africa’s Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka echoes this, saying that the opportunities in South Africa for people to advance are “quite attractive”. Speaking at the release of the Jipsa annual report in April, Mlambo-Ngcuka said that the government and the private sector are actively engaging in various initiatives to attract skills.Better working conditions and remuneration packages are critical in retaining and attracting highly skilled professionals for South Africa, she says. Jipsa is looking into these retention areas and the government would also continue to improve the conditions of service.Chief economist in the Office of the Presidency Alan Hirsch says that Jipsa’s interactions with town and regional planners, a scarce skill highly demanded by South African municipalities as they expand, have revealed that it is not that the country is not producing enough planners, but that people did not stay in the profession due to the poor conditions of service.To remedy this, professional standards have been designed for the town planning profession, the South African Council for Planners has now been strengthened and the registration of planners is being promoted to enhance the profession.Urgent attention has also been given to foreign skills recruitment. The government, through the Department of Home Affairs, is facilitating the easier importation of skills with a quota of work permits. The quotas enable foreign professionals in specific categories to apply for work permits without having already found jobs in the country.In addition, in the two years since the inception of Jipsa, great strides have been made in training up South Africans as engineers, artisans, technicians and educators.According to the Jipsa report, the 2007/08 service levels agreements – signed between the various sector education and training authorities and the labour department – a total of 18 879 artisans have been registered. An additional 20 000 will be registered for 2008/2009 and a total of 50 000 is expected to be achieved by 2010. Jipsa overshot its engineering training targets with its target of graduating 1 000 engineers a year being topped by 500 last year; the body hopes to increase this to 2 000 a year by 2010.But Mlambo-Ncguka says South Africa will still need to improve skills development if the country wants to keep abreast with the rest of the world.“It is important to highlight that in the area of skills, since we started the world has changed,” she says. “The scale of the problem is bigger; it’s now time to up our game.”While the brain drain remains a concern, one solution is for South Africa to produce more skills than it requires. Another is the Jipsa Work Placement Programme, which fast-tracks deployment and improves productivity of qualified young people with scarce skills.This programme includes the placement of unemployed graduates both locally and internationally. Both local and international companies have responded to the call, with more than 20 000 offers received for graduates and about 15 000 already being placed. Eskom, Transnet, Microsoft, Shoprite, Old Mutual and Xstrata have taken several hundred, as well as the American Chamber of Commerce.Jipsa records that a few companies have recruited matriculants so far, but will in future focus more on these new entrants to the work force as well as semi-skilled people with potential for training. Foreign missions in South Africa have embraced the programme, with China, Canada, the US, UK, Cuba, Brazil, Singapore and Malaysia so far committed to the programme.The mandate period for the Jipsa secretariat has been extended by another 18 months. In its second phase of operation, the body will focus more on research and evaluation.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAThere is no change from last week as an overall wetter than normal pattern will persist into the October harvest season.The one thing that has changed is that temperatures after last week’s hot weather do not look as warm into October. Temperatures are now more likely to be normal or maybe a degree above normal.It still looks like the first freeze is on track with a near normal arrival. Most places tend to be in the October 10-20 range in Ohio from northwest to south.Looking further ahead in November, indications are for a warmer and not as wet period. Rainfall will likely be normal or possibly slightly below normal.Rainfall over the next two weeks will average 2-5 inches. Normal is about 1.5 inches.
All the major eBook vendors are currently trying to expand their eBook and eReader line-ups as fast as possible in order to compete with Amazon. Today, Barnes & Noble announced that it has partnered with Irex Technologies, a Dutch eReader manufacturer. B&N will sell Irex’s new consumer-focused device in its stores and online later this year. B&N already signed a deal with Plastic Logic earlier this year. Irex already offers a number of different eReaders in its store, but this device looks to be specifically designed to take on the Kindle. It will feature an 8.1-inch touchscreen with stylus navigation and a 3G wireless connection.We featured a longer discussion about Irex’s plans in an interview with the company’s CEO Hans Brons earlier this year. During this interview, Brons stressed that Irex was focused on the business market but was also planning to expand into the consumer market if the right partners came around. With B&N, Irex now has a major partner to expand in the US market. In the press release about this partnership, B&N’s president William J. Lynch and Irex’s North American CEO Kevin Hamilton both stressed that the two companies “share a distinctive, open view of the eReader market.” 3G ConnectivityGiven that the Irex reader will feature a 3G wireless connection, B&N looks to be in a very good position to compete with the Kindle. While we confirmed with Irex that the new eReader that B&N will use will indeed have 3G wireless connectivity, neither Irex nor B&N were ready to confirm which wireless carrier in the US will power the wireless connectivity. Currently, the ability to download and sync books wirelessly is one of the Kindle’s real advantages over other readers. The mock-ups of the new Irex reader look very good, and B&N currently offers a wider variety of eBooks than Amazon at similar price points. Sony also just announced its new line-up of readers for the holidays and the company is set to announce yet another new product later this week (possibly a reader with wireless connectivity as well). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts frederic lardinois Tags:#E-Books#news#NYT#web
Every year at Burning Man, I have the same argument. Someone plays the role of the starry-eyed futurist, someone else is the grizzly survivalist. The futurist says, “If only we had map and chat apps out here, we could meet everyone and see everything! It would be a utopia!” The survivalist says “Hell no. We come out here to get away from all that.” At Burning Man, as in everyday urban life, the answer lies somewhere in between.I think what scares the grizzly survivalist (which was me this year) is the notion of burners walking around Black Rock City peering down their arms at the glow of a smartphone instead of looking around at the people and the spectacle. It’s already happening to some extent. Now that smartphones are many people’s primary camera, people have them out even without a data connection.That’s bad enough. On Saturday night, when the Man burns, it’s hard to see the real thing through the forest of arms holding up phones and cameras in front of you. I understand why people want a document of this mind-blowing event, but how many (thousand) copies do we need? The grizzly survivalist worries about the spirit of those spectators who watch life through the screens rather than connecting directly through their optic nerves.There are Burning Man-specific apps, like iBurn, but I have never seen the thing in use. Frankly, I hope I never do. Black Rock City is designed to be dead easy to navigate, and Burning Man is the best place in the world to ask for directions. It doesn’t even matter where somebody sends you; you’re going to like it.Meeting People Is EasyThe topic of social networking also comes up inevitably in Burning Man’s annual tech conversation. There are too many cool people there to meet them all, the reasoning goes. Wouldn’t a little app with searchable profile pages, photos, lists of interests, events and messaging help us have the best possible time?If you ask me, the repeated failures in the meeting-people app category in general should be enough of a lesson. People don’t like meeting people this way. It locks you into plans and creates pressure to be in specific places at specific times, all for the uncertain payoff of meeting someone you only know as a performance of social media skills.But that’s hardly the biggest issue. At Burning Man, anything that keeps you from physically approaching a person and saying hello is a problem. The social network is implicit there. Burning Man is a gathering of collaborators. Everyone is a partner working together on building and maintaining a city that’s also an art project. You’ll have something to talk about with them, so just do it.It seems to me that we’d do well to treat every urban encounter this way. Just because Burning Man is explicitly an arts festival doesn’t mean that Manhattan or San Francisco can’t be regarded as collaborative works in progress.Art is a critical part of any shared civic space because it gives people something to talk about. It contributes to a shared identity. Art is a technology for creating networks of people nearby. And the best part is that they share the experience, rather than each having their own glowing, 4-inch window on it.Building A LighthouseAmber Case posed a question that perfectly framed this issue on the urban design website Smart Urban Stage: “How do we make public areas where strangers are encouraged to communicate with each other instead of stare into screens?”She laments the fact that “modern cities are full of ‘non-places’ – locations where people are strangers to one another and have no impetus to interact.” Cell phones provide a “comfortable lighthouse in a sea of uncertain social situations” in our dislocated urban lives.Case asks for a way to reconstruct public spaces that encourages interaction, and Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere gives some great examples. The NYC-based group he founded stages fun “missions” to snap people out of their urban isolation. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#art#Pause#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Certainly, Improv Everywhere is a troupe after a burner’s own heart. In fact, if you drop the capital letters, “improv everywhere” is a pretty apt description of Burning Man itself. But human hacks of dreary city spaces can’t finish the job. Burning Man artist-architects build physical spaces intentionally to contain and stimulate fully human encounters, and I think our cities need those as well.Keeping A PortalJust about any structure at Burning Man can serve as an example, but one artist’s work consistently means the most to me. Harlan Emil Gruber’s portals are “evolutionary technology” designed to power up the people inside and bring them together. You spot them out on the playa as brightly colored, intriguingly shaped shelters. You climb up into a space big enough to hold 10 or 12 people, and you instantly relax. The whole structure purrs with the sound of the Quasar Wave Transducer, a musical device of Gruber’s own design. That tone serves as a baseline. It grounds everyone inside to the same frequency. It brings us in tune with one another.I’ve had countless life-changing encounters in these portals over the five years I’ve been going to Burning Man. This year, I stayed in the 12:21 Turquoise Portal overnight twice, and you can read about those weird trips over on the official Burning Blog. I’m pretty heavily steeped in technology, and nothing I’ve seen, hardware or software, has affected me as profoundly.My friend Randall, with whom I hung out in last year’s 2:22 Amethyst Portal, wants Quasar Wave Transducers installed in bus hutches and subway stations. Artist Christopher Janney has a head start; he installed an “urban musical instrument” called Reach New York in an NYC subway station in 1996. If you’re a technologist looking for a way to bring people together, consider expanding your view. We don’t just need more apps. We need interactive public spaces. That’s how you network with the people around you.Jon also writes for the official Burning Man blog. Check out his entries here. Related Posts jon mitchell
The new currency of success is focus and attention. If you want greater results, focus. If want to succeed with greater certainty—and faster—focus.What Has Your Attention?The starting point of improving any area of your life is to bring attention to that area. If you want to know how you spend your time, take an inventory. Track what you do for a couple of days and you will learn a lot about yourself, much of it, you may not like. You will, however, find room for improvement.You can do the same thing with your focus. What do you focus on? What gets your attention? Does what you pay attention to really deserve your attention?How much of your focus do you give to external events and circumstances as a way to explain why you aren’t producing the results you need?How much of your focus goes to things that are wholly outside of your control and influence?Is it easy for you to find yourself in the browser or in the inbox having focused on trivialities while ignoring your priorities?Unaddressed and UncompletedWithout focus, your most important priorities sit unaddressed and uncompleted. It’s easy to trade the small and meaningless for the big and important without ever meaning to make that choice.Focus means the browser is closed. It means your email inbox is closed. Your notifications are turned off. You have blocked out distractions so you can give what’s most important your full and undivided attention.How much of your focus do you give to the things that produce the results you want in spite of anything outside of you?How much of your focus do you give to the things you can control or influence?How often do you focus all of your attention on a single task without any opportunity to be distracted?If your tasks are never completed, it’s a lack of focus. If you make little progress on your priorities, it’s because you haven’t given them your full attention. If your thoughts are elsewhere, you cannot produce the results you are capable of producing.Your focus is power concentrated. It allows you to produce better work. Your focus produces those results faster, too.Pay attention to what has your attention.
At least 17 passengers were killed and 16 more injured when a mini bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on September 14, officials said. The accident occurred at Dandaran, near Thakrai, when the driver of the mini bus, which was on its way to Kishtwar from the Keshwan area, lost control of it and the vehicle plunged into the over-300-foot gorge, near the Chenab riverbed, on September 14 morning, they said.“A total of 17 persons died and 16 others injured in the unfortunate incident,” District Development Commissioner (Kishtwar) Angrez Singh Rana told PTI. He said the dead included three women and the driver of the ill-fated vehicle Ashraf Hussain.Interestingly, Hussain was fined by the traffic police the day before for overloading, officials said.Mr. Rana said most of the victims died on the spot. One of the 11 critically injured persons, airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment, was declared brought dead by doctors at the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu.Officials said the bus was carrying over 30 passengers. They said five of the injured were undergoing treatment at a local hospital and their condition was stated to be “stable”. This is the third major accident in Kishtwar district in the last one month.While 13 Machail Yatra devotees were killed when their cab plunged into a gorge on August 21, seven persons were killed and 12 others injured when two vehicles were hit by boulders a day earlier.