AfDB Urges Investors Stay

first_imgThe African Development Bank (AfDB) has passionately urged investors and businesses not to abandon their investments in Liberia and other countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus outbreak. The president of the Bank, Dr. Donald Kaberuka on Wednesday, August 27, warned of dire economic upshot should investors pull out of economies affected by the virus. He called for rethink by foreign investors and businesses that have already folded up and left. Dr. Kaberuka, a national of Rwanda, arrived in Liberia on a one-day official visit on Wednesday as guest of the Liberian government. Speaking at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia in a joint news conference with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and World Health Organization (WHO) regional director Dr. Luis Gomez Sambo, the AfDB boss announced a US$60 million emergency grant for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to purchase equipment, train health workers [local and international] to fight the Ebola epidemic. He said the money will be implemented by the WHO to fight the epidemic. The AfDB boss urged investors and business people not to panic and make the embarrassing Ebola situation in Liberia and the Mano River Union (MRU) region worse. “I am here to show that there is no need to have any concerns about coming to Liberia. Investors are not to be afraid of Ebola because all they need to do is follow the health procedures. I will like to call upon them [investors] and business people not to panic and make the embarrassing Ebola situation worse,” he said. About 1,400 people have died of the Ebola virus with over 2, 200 cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The Ebola epidemics have slowed economic growth in the MRU region as foreign investors shut down their businesses and flee for safety. The Liberian economy was already receding prior to the outbreak of the virus and is now said to be worst hit by the epidemic. The country’s tourism sector is down and hotels are no longer receiving clienteles due to Ebola. Also worse hit is the domestic [Liberian own] small medium enterprises most of whom have shut down and can no longer pay their debts and their staff due to Ebola. Banks are also affected as debt to equity ratio widens amid default on loan payment by borrowers. The AfDB president assured the government of the Bank’s commitment to helping to revamp the economic after Ebola is eliminated. “We have to think about post-Ebola because there is economic impact after the virus has been eliminated. We have to think ahead about what we can do together to stabilize the economy to get it working again–to help with the balance of payment, to ensure that investors coming in their numbers can invest so that jobs can be created,” he said. Dr. Kaberuka also assured AfDB came to Liberia to render its support during the epidemic and beyond the epidemic.“I am here as a sign of solidarity for the people of Liberia at the time of enormous challenges. We are working very closely with the government to ensure that Ebola can be eliminated,” he said. For his part, WHO regional director Dr. Luis Gomez Sambo pledged WHO’s commitment to fighting and eliminating the Ebola virus in Liberia. Dr. Sambo assured the Liberian government and the public of his organization’s preparedness to deal with the Ebola crisis. In her intervention, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thanked the AfDB through Dr. Kaberuka and the WHO through Dr. Sambo for helping the Liberian government tackle and defeat the Ebola virus. She also thanked friendly nations including Ivory, Senegal and others, for lifting flight restrictions on Liberia. “I am very pleased to announce that the Ivorian Government has lifted its restrictions on Liberia and that the Senegalese government has also urged SN Brussels to resume flight to Monrovia on August 28,” the President declared.   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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Whither Ram and Goolsarran?

first_imgDear Editor,I had to smile at the lean coverage of the so-called independent media on the leaked Auditor-General Report for 2018— the AG Report used to trigger many months of PPP/C bashing. Names used to be named, ministers used to be called out, and reporters used to give their very best in investigative reporting. Imagine the report, which is traditionally released around September, if it was not leaked, taxpayers would not have gotten a glimpse of what our Government cooked up more than a year ago.The APNU/AFC cabal has not only nullified the Constitution with the help of the Courts, obviously but all checks and balances with it as well.I have identified the following more egregious headlines because APNU/AFC came to power promising to tackle these exact issues and of course to eradicate corruption and deliver good governance:1. In excess of G$800M unaccounted for2. Unauthorised spending from the Consolidated Fund3. Tax concessions nearly doubled in 20184. Rampant corruption in drug purchases in the Regions – Page 417 of the AG Report5. Contracts being awarded outside public tender6. Complete disregard for the AG recommendationsWe are now seeing the award of nearly a billion-dollar contract for a capital project to a known Government supporter just before the elections in a new fiscal year by a Government that is without legal footing and without a budget. This is a contract, just like the oil and parking meter which the people of Guyana will be saddled with.We are also seeing the gifting of tens of thousands of acres of land to APNU/AFC cronies which were seized from legitimate farmers. In 2019, we learned of excessive Government spending and racking up of significant debt at the central bank. Again, these are debts on the backs of all Guyanese taxpayers, current and future.Readers will note that the Auditor-General Report for the fiscal year 2019 will not be ready for some time yet, so the full extent of the corruption and thievery will not be known if it ever will be known. It is a rank shame that the AG findings for 2019, which is key to judging an administration’s performance, is not available to enlighten the campaign trail.However, if the above is anything to go by, 2019 was most certainly a blockbuster year for corruption at all levels in this APNU/AFC caretaker administration. I have to further conclude that over the last 4.5 years, there was an inverse relationship between corruption and the reporting and interest in it. This indicates how desensitised we have become.In these times, I have to ask whither Messrs Ram and Goolsarran, our foremost anti-corruption, transparency and good governance gurus.Sincerely,Ravi Ramlast_img read more

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Miners slapped with B&E charges

first_imgTwo miners appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday and denied charges that they broke and entered a hotel in Region One (Barima-Waini).Christoph Methland and Leroy Savory appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan to answer to one count of break and enter and one count of simple larceny.The court heard that between March 30 and 31, 2018, at Port Kaituma Waterfront, the duo broke and entered a hotel room and stole $100,000, one haversack, a cellphone and other valuables to the total value of $124,200.The Police Prosecutor did not object to bail, and as such, the men were released on $30,000 bail each.The case will call again on April 18.last_img read more

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Son shines for Spurs to make case for Juventus start

first_img0Shares0000Son shines: South Korea’s Son Heung-Min celebrates scoring in the win over Huddersfield © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 3 – Son Heung-Min made his case to start Tottenham’s crunch Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday by scoring twice to ensure a routine 2-0 win over Huddersfield at Wembley on Saturday.Victory saw Spurs leapfrog Liverpool, who host Newcastle later (1730GMT), into third in the Premier League, but more importantly open up a five-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea in the battle for a top four finish. Son was the star of the show as the South Korean took his tally for the season to 15 goals with a pair of calm finishes either side of half-time to extend Tottenham’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 17 games.“I think Son is one of the players that you always expect amazing things (from),” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.“He’s a talented player, consistent, very professional and of course a player like him or like Harry (Kane) that works a lot, that work pays back.”Pochettino surprisingly left Son out his starting XI as Spurs came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to Juventus just under three weeks ago.However, the Argentine hinted Son had done enough to make himself undroppable, replacing him 20 minutes from time to keep him fresh for midweek.“He’s not a machine and he needs to rest,” added Pochettino when quizzed on why Son had been withdrawn when on a hat-trick.Despite the spectre of Juventus looming, Pochettino named his strongest available side, and Spurs could have been out of sight had Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen shown the same composure in front of goal as Son.“The manager has to choose 11 players but there are many more,” said Son. “I try my best and try to be ready at all times.”Alli just couldn’t stretch to turn home Kane’s driven cross inside three minutes before Son’s cut-back for Kane produced a fine save from Jonas Lossl.Son was in a class of his own all afternoon and it was little surprise he showed more poise than his teammates to finally open the scoring 27 minutes in.Alli’s fine pass split the Huddersfield defence wide open and Son took his time to round Lossl before slotting into an empty net.It took Huddersfield 53 minutes to pose a threat when substitute Tom Ince latched onto a long ball in behind the Spurs defence and saw his well-struck effort beaten away by Hugo Lloris.However, seconds later the game was over as a contest when Son stooped to head home at the back post.Kane may have failed to score for the first time in six games, but the England striker deserved most of the credit for Son’s second as his wonderful cross picked out his teammate perfectly.“We’ve seen an unbelievable cross by Harry Kane and they scored a wonderful goal,” said Huddersfield manager David Wagner, who admitted his side were simply outclassed.“This goal said everything about the teams which met today.“Our team that fought, tried everything, that showed attitude and effort, and another team which has shown top quality.”Indeed, Kane’s failure to continue his scoring streak was the only negative on a comfortable afternoon for the hosts as he skewed wide when completely unmarked from an Eriksen corner 10 minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Unlikely France favourite Sissoko pleads World Cup case

first_imgHe played 16 times for France in 2016, but only three times the following year after his transfer from Newcastle to Spurs.“It’s the coach’s choice and you just have to take it,” Sissoko told AFP in from the Parisian suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, where Sissoko was attending a youth tournament.“I had a difficult start to last season at Tottenham due to a late transfer and not getting in much training.“This season it’s much better, I’ve played a lot, successive matches. We’re well placed in the league, we’re still in the Champions League.“It’s going to be an interesting run in, with lots to go for.“I’m doing to do everything I can to achieve them and hopefully book a ticket to Russia.”He added: “It is the biggest competition there is for a sportsman, it’s unique. I was lucky enough to go to one in the footballing country that is Brazil. It went very well and I hope I’ll be lucky enough to relive a World Cup this year.”France handler Deschamps is known to like collectively-minded players with a strong attention to the small details, and Sissoko has earned a reputation as being one of his favourites.“I’ve heard it said a lot,” admitted Sissoko, whose coaches often praise his box-to-box style and the balance it brings.“But honestly I don’t pay attention. I just try and do my job. The boss makes the decisions.”Deschamps has plenty of talented players to choose from in midfield with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba or Blaise Matuidi of Juventus all providing competition for Sissoko.And since Euro 2016, two other young midfielder’s in PSG’s Adrien Rabiot and Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso have staked their claims.“It’s very healthy competition. There’s going to be a very strong France team,” said Sissoko.“The more good players we have, the further we’ll go into the competition.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko faces a battle to make France’s World Cup squad © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKPARIS, France, Feb 18 – A regular for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham this season, midfielder Moussa Sissoko is however fighting for a place in Didier Deschamps France plans for the World Cup in Russia.As a fans’ favourite the 28-year-old from a tough Parisian suburb heard his name ring out in stadiums across France during Euro 2016, but after a transfer and tricky first season at Tottenham, his star seemed on the wane.last_img read more

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Classes keep art in check

first_imgJohnson hopes to take the club members to graffiti art shows after school. She also hopes to land them contracts with local businesses to put up graffiti art on walls. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88“It’s puts a positive spin on something looked down upon,” said Johnson. “If we give them something to do it where it’s legal, they’re not getting in trouble.” The club meets during lunch hour and after school. On Thursday afternoon, four club members and a few of their friends put the finishing touches on a piece that reads “Whittier Drafting,” the name of the architecture class in a building on campus. Pedro Salgado, 16, joined the club because he loves art. “I’m down with everything that has do do with art,” he said, putting masking tape on the edges of the “Whittier Drafting” lettering. WHITTIER – About 10 Whittier High School students spray paint graffiti-style lettering in classrooms around the campus, and will be branching out to local businesses soon.But it’s all perfectly legal. “It’s a positive way of showing we can do graffiti and it doesn’t have to be vandalism,” said Daniel Aguirre, 15, a member of Whittier High School’s Urban Art Club. Biology teacher Erika Johnson started the club. She said she got the idea after she grew exasperated with students drawing on desks and papers. last_img read more

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Have you seen Tucker and Thomas?

first_imgTucker and Thomas have been missing since yesterday morning around 10:30am. They were last seen leaving Franklins, Glenalla.Tucker is a blue roan cocker spaniel, and is five years old. Thomas is a black cocker spaniel, and is four years old.Both dogs are micro-chipped so identifying them should be easy. Thomas has a collar with his owner Ian’s phone number on it.A small reward is being offered for the safe return of both dogs.If you have any information please don’t hesitate to contact Ian on 074 9158119 Have you seen Tucker and Thomas? was last modified: August 9th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:found dogslost dogsTHOMAStuckerlast_img read more

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THE COMPLETE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weekend Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Outlook – mild weather continuing right through the weekend before turning cooler into Monday, before warming up again midweek with temperatures up to 15C or 16C again by next WednesdayFRIDAY … Apart from the odd passing shower it will be mild and bright at times across Co Donegal today, possibly the best day of the week so far. Showers – when they do appear – will be heavy. Highs of 14-16 C. SATURDAY …Mainly cloudy on Saturday and temperatures will drop a couple of degrees but it will still feel mild. There is a possibility again of showers, turning to rain after dusk and driven by strong south to south-westerly winds. Highs of 12C-13C.SUNDAY: Sunday will start breezy with rain at times, possibly thundery. Winds will ease in the afternoon and rain replaced by the odd shower. Highs of around 13C again, turning cooler on Sunday evening.ENJOY…wonderful food from Donegal’s only Josper Grill, making mouth-watering meals for you and your family. To book a table at Dexter’s call The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.   THE COMPLETE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 3rd, 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:Donegal Daily weather reportletterkennymild weatherMount Errigal Hotelsunnywarmwetwindylast_img read more

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COUNCILLOR DELIGHTED THAT POTHOLED-FILLED ROAD HAS BEEN UPGRADED AT LAST

first_imgCllr Gary Doherty at the newly-resurfaced road.Sinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has welcomed the re-opening of a road in the Doneyloop area which had become so bad with potholes that it had become unfit for use. The road connects the Drumdoit area with the Fearn border with Tyrone.Speaking today Cllr Doherty said he is delighted that Donegal County Council have begun works to re-surface this road. “I am satisfied that representations made by Pearse Doherty and myself have been listened to, and the Council have taken into account the views and wishes of the local people who have long waited for this road to be re-opened.”He continued “this stretch of road is vital for the people living in the upper Drumdoit area, as it is a link road which provides access to Castlederg and Clady and eliminates the need for residents to take long detours to facilitate journeys, particularly for those who work and shop in Castlederg.“The surface of this road has been deteriorating steadily over the years, and in the last while had become unusable due to the nature and volume of the potholes which littered the route.“I received numerous representaions from local residents who wished to see the road opened again, and I applaud Donegal County Council for their action in resolving the issue.” COUNCILLOR DELIGHTED THAT POTHOLED-FILLED ROAD HAS BEEN UPGRADED AT LAST was last modified: September 15th, 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:castlefinCLLR GARY DOHERTYDonegal County CouncilDonnylooppotholeslast_img read more

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FUFA Big League: Ten man MYDA rally to draw with Bukedea

first_img Tags: Bukedea TCfufa big leagueMYDA MYDA are still top of the Elgon Group despite the draw. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Elgon group leaders, MYDA had to come from behind to force a draw with Bukedea Town Council on Thursday in the StarTimes Fufa Big League.MYDA who finished the game with ten men after receiving a red card went down from the penalty spot, but were able to rally to ensure spoils are shared.The side has lost two games, but this was their first draw, and it is one that keeps them atop Elgon group.Bukedea who have won three times this term and whose quest for a maiden promotion to top flight continues stay third with 12 points, four behind the leaders.Kiboga Young another side seeking for promotion remain staged second following their 1-1 draw away to Saviours. Kiboga are three points below MYDA.In other game week eight results, Paidha Black Angels were held at home by Doves All Stars in a game that was marred by chaos.In the Rwenzori group, Ndejje University held on to beat Kansai Plascon 3-2 while Kigezi Homeboyz came a goal down to defeat Nyamiyobora 2-1.Comments last_img read more

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