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USAID-IBEX Provides Technical Advice, Business Support to SMEs

first_imgManaging businesses in the Ebola crisis, the USAID sponsored-Liberia Investing for Business Expansion Program (IBEX) on Friday, October 24, provided technical advice and business support to small-and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) in the country.Addressing newsman in Monrovia at the end of the training, the Acting Chief of Party, Augustus J. Flomo, said the current business climate in Liberia, has posed a serious threat on small and medium-sized businesses and as such, “We need to provide them some technical [pieces of] advice and support that they will use to do their businesses in this Ebola crisis.”The workshop, according to Mr. Flomo was taken from a broader prospective looking at local businesses and the challenges and what IBEX can do to help them.As a matter of fact, he said IBEX is already working with SMEs providing them technical support in what they do.Importantly, Mr. Flomo said they have been a forecast on the Liberian economy during this Ebola crisis that “Liberia is going to have a down trodden trunk in the economy, instead of going up as a country because we are the hardest hit country from the virus.According to him, to turn that around is to make sure Liberian businesses have the right capacity and to ensure that they are functioning well in the economy.He disclosed that his institution is assisting international organizations seeking to use our extensive networks to identify local businesses that can supply sanitary materials and local construction companies that can build Ebola treatment centers.Beneficiaries of the workshop thanked IBEX for the training. They promised to use knowledge acquired for their businesses’ advantage in this health crisis.In separate remarks, the participants told journalists that the IBEX’s workshop had been of great eye opener for them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

All transactions were approved by Cabinet – Brassington

first_imgSOCU’s 27 cases …as former NICIL exec recalls arrest, questioning by SOCUIn the wake of his sit down with investigators, former Executive Director of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington, in an interview with Guyana Times after leaving Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) on Wednesday, is stressing the transparency of what he did in his former post.Brassington; along with former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh, were arraigned on charges of misconduct in public office on Tuesday. After court, Brassington related he was subsequently told to go to SOCU the next day.According to Brassington, he was informed that the investigators would have questions for him. He recounted that upon his arrival at SOCU’s Camp Street headquarters, he was placed under arrest.Former Executive Director of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington“I was told to go to SOCU the next day, they have questions for me. When I arrived the first thing they told me was that I was under arrest for alleged misconduct in public office. We then went over 20 transactions that spanned all the way from the 1990s, where every single case the valuation was higher than the selling price.”“Every single one of these transactions was approved by either the Privatisation Board, or the NICIL Board, or both. Additionally, every single one of them was approved by the Cabinet. In many of these cases, these properties were sold by public tender.”Adamant that all these transactions were above board, the former Executive Director also expressed amazement that the investigation has still not concluded, but he was charged. Indeed, while in court, the defence team’s attempts to have the charges read summarily rather than indictable were rebuffed by Special Prosecutor Trenton Lake, who stated that investigations are still ongoing.“What is amazing is that even though I resigned early 2016, in May of 2018 they’re still investigating. When we were in court and (Attorney Anil) Nandlall asked to see the evidence, they said they’re still investigating. So, the fact that they’re charging me while the matter is still being investigated almost three years after the audit.”The two men were arraigned on charges of allegedly selling several plots of land on the East Coast of Demerara to National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million. In addition, the charge includes selling land to Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million, and to Multi-cinemas Guyana Inc at a cost of $185 million.The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) brought the charges against the two former Government officials early last month. Singh and Brassington are due to return to court on June 5.Both men appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan who granted them $2 million bail on each of the three joint charges, despite the defence attorney had sought a reduction for these amounts to $1 million for all three charges for each person.Following the court proceedings, both men were escorted by Police in handcuffs and placed in the prisoner’s dock where they waited for a few minutes before being released.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who was part of the defence team, described the act of handcuffing Singh and Brassington as dehumanising and one that sought to humiliate these two former senior Government officials who served the country with distinction. On Wednesday, however, the duo went into SOCU in the company of their lawyers. Speaking with media afterwards, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall told the press, which waited patiently outside SOCU, that the two were questioned about 27 allegations of misconduct in public office, even on matters dating back to 1994.These transactions involved Guyana Stockfeeds; Marilyn Oudho; Clairan’s; Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry; Duke Lodge; Pritipaul Singh Investments; Hand-in-Hand; National Hardware; Twin’s Manufacturing; Old GPC; Anthony Pires; Property Holdings Inc; I Ali; Hicks, Linden; Sanata at Industrial Site; Mohabir, Linden and SOL (Guyana).It is understood that Brassington will have to return to SOCU on Monday.last_img read more

All you need to know about the powerhouse who wants Liverpool move

first_img1 Bordeaux star Sane has been linked with a move to Liverpool One of the catalysts of Liverpool’s resurgence over the past couple of months was the change of system that resulted in Lucas Leiva being recalled to the starting XI.The Brazilian offered great protection to the Reds’ backline, but his continue struggles with injury are an on-going concern for boss Brendan Rodgers.Fortunately for Rodgers though, he may have the ideal solution staring him in the face in the shape of Bordeaux captain Lamine Sane.With the latest on the defensive midfielder is talkSPORT’s transfer spotlight…Full name: Ludovic Lamine SaneDate of birth: 22 March, 1987Birthplace: Villeneuve-sur-lot, FrancePosition: Defensive midfielder/DefenderClub: BordeauxInternational: Senegal (12 caps/0 goals)What’s the latest?With the Redmen reportedly in the market for new blood in the middle, they may not have to look too far, with Bordeaux captain Sane all-but gift-wrapping himself for the club, by openly admitting a desire to play for them. In a recent interview the 27-year-old said: “It is true that I have always been drawn to England. As for a club – Liverpool. I have always said Liverpool, since my first ever interview. It is a club that I really like.”The nitty gritty1. Sane’s rise to prominence is an interesting story, with the 27-year-old very much a late discovery in the prism of football. Up until the age of 21, he was plying his trade in France’s amateur ranks, playing for Championnat de France amateur club RCO Agde and then US Lormont (who he spent six seasons with as a youngster).2. Following just one senior season with Lormont, Sane had caught the eye of Ligue 1 big guns Bordeaux and having impressed then-boss Laurent Blanc, Sane was offered a three-year professional deal, that saw him move up five divisions.3. Much like his overall career, his early years at Bordeaux saw gradual progress, with a spell in the club’s youth side followed by promotion to the senior ranks as back-up to French international Alou Diarra. Now though, Sane is considered one of Bordeaux’s most important players, with the 27-year-old now club captain.4. He isn’t the only professional footballer in the family, with his younger borther Salif playing for Bundesliga side Hannover 96. Despite being born in France, both represent Senegal at international level.5. Sane’s strong defensive attributes have resulted in him being utilised both as a central defender and a defensive midfielder, although it is fair to say that he is most comfortable and effective in midfield.Video evidenceSane scoring a towering header for Bordeaux against MontpellierLiverpool fans, do you need to replace Lucas Leiva? Comment below…last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino pleased with Spurs’ second half improvement v Everton

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has admitted he was pleased with how Tottenham performed in the second half of their 1-1 draw against Everton, having been disappointed with his players in the opening 45 minutes.Ross Barkley scored early on for the hosts, before Spurs also lost goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to injury before half-time, and it wasn’t until after the break that the visitors looked like they might have taken something from the game.Summer signing Vincent Janssen was brought on to provide a new threat in the final third, and he came close to netting a debut goal, and the equaliser finally came when Erik Lamela headed past Maarten Stekelenburg.Pochettino has revealed he pulled no punches at half-time, but his team talk must have worked as his players put in a much improved showing after the break.When asked what he told his team at half-time, Pochettino said: “I was tough with them. I think that a lot of things happened and we conceded the goal very early when we were not settled in the game. It’s difficult to manage in the way we play; we made a lot of mistakes in our possession.“It’s hard to play with possession and create chances, but this is our game and our philosophy.“But I think the second half was much better, it was good.“Janssen gave a lot of energy to the team and is a different option to play, and I was very happy with the second half.”last_img read more

ATHLETICS: DETAILS OF TIR CHONAILL AC 5K SPRING SERIES RELEASED

first_imgTir Chonaill A.C. 5K Spring Series 2013Donegal TownDates/venues: Friday 5th April start: 7.30 pmSaturday 13th April start: 10 amSunday 28thApril start: 10 am • Tir Chonaill A.C. invites walkers/runners/fit4life, meet and train groups to participate in a series of 5k road events during April 2013.• Course – flat accurately marked course –starting and finishing at the clubs HQ, Abbey Voc. School, Donegal TownNumerous prizes➢ a series of 10 spot prizes each week – drawn randomly at the conclusion of each race➢ hospitality afterwards➢ provides an opportunity and a challenge for walkers, get fit enthusiasts, fit4life and meet and train groups and competitive athletes in a friendly supportive community environment • All welcome• Just turn up and register – €5 entry fee and away you go• Run, Jog, Walk, Chat• Annual Open Track and Field meet On Easter Monday – 1st April – full range of events – electronic timing – over 600 competed last yearEnquiries to David Doherty, Sec Tir Chonaill AC 086 8011540 gortlosky@gmail.comEamon Harvey, 0872797548 harveyeamon@hotmail.com• Also Tir Chonaill organised Donegal Grand Prix Road Series in our areaBallyshannon 5k Fri 10th May 2013 – 7.30pmDonegal Town 5k Fri 31st May 2013 – 7.30pmThe Gathering 5K Mon 5th Aug 2013 – 7.30pmATHLETICS: DETAILS OF TIR CHONAILL AC 5K SPRING SERIES RELEASED was last modified: March 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: DETAILS OF TIR CHONAILL AC 5K SPRING SERIES RELEASEDlast_img read more

Urris GAA club announce details of their AGM

first_imgMONSTER BINGO: Thanks to all who came and supported our Monster Bingo on Sunday afternoon and congratulations to all the winners on the day. Thanks to the Clonmany Youth Club and to all who helped out in the days prior to our bingo and to all who helped out on Sunday.MATCH “N” WIN: November November 10th: No jackpot winner: Numbers drawn: 1, 3, 8 & 15. €15 winners:Sadie Mc Laughlin, Tullagh.Shane Doherty (Joe), Tiernasligo.Brendan Doherty (T), Tullagh.Maureen Grant, Tornabratley.John Gill, Gortfad.Jackpot next week €2,220. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly lotto draw.CLUB BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St Mary,s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm. CLUB MERCHANDISE: Please check our Facebook page for the link to all current available O’Neills Gear for Urris GAA for adults and youths. Prices reflected are only if ordering from the O’Neills site as they include postage and packaging. Contact Donal Kelly for all orders and cheaper prices on 0876461707. https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-te…/…/ireland/urris-gaa.html. LAST ORDERS for the O’Neills Club Gear for the year will be placed on the 20th of November-THIS SUNDAY in order to be here in time for Christmas. No orders will be taken after the 20th.FOUNDATION COURSE: Names are now being taken for anyone interested in doing a Coaching Course Level 1 over two weekends in November (Nov 18th & 19th and Nov 25th & 26th) in the Malin GAA CLUbhouse. If interested please contact John Friel on 0860523550.UNDER AGE TRAINING:Friday: U12 on Astro from 4pm to 5pm.Friday: U6 upstairs in the Youth Club from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.Friday: U8 on the Astro from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.Friday: U10 Girls on Astro from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.Saturday: U10 boys on Astro from 11am to 12 noon.Cost €2 per child to cover cost of the venue.Please Note: Parents/Guardians of all ages must sign their children on Friday evening & on Saturday morning if it their first time attending training.SCOR NA NOG: Well Done to all from the club who took part in Scor Na nOg last Friday night in Muff Hall. All gave excellent performances on the night. Our dancers got through in the Rince Foirne to the County final in Glenfin on Friday November 25th. Best of luck girls in the final. GAA NATIONAL CLUB DRAW 2017: Tickets are now on sale for several excellent prizes including A new Opel Corsa Car, Travel vouchers, GAA All Ireland packages. Tickets are €10 and all funds raised by the club stays in the club to help with the day to day running of the club from under age to senior level. Club members and coaches will be out and about in the parish selling these tickets in the coming weeks.DATE FOR THE DIARY: Underage presentations on December 2nd in the Ballyliffin Hotel. Can all attending please confirm numbers to Susan Mc Carron on 0863945954.MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS: The annual mass for the dead will take place on Wednesday November 23rd at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. All welcome to attend.AGM: Our AGM is on Sunday December 4th in the clubhouse. Can all motions and nominations be with Club Secretary Edward Mc Laughlin, Tullagh, Clonmany by Tuesday November 29th.Please check our Facebook page daily for all club news. Urris GAA club announce details of their AGM was last modified: November 14th, 2016 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:AGMGAASportURRISlast_img read more

SNOW ON THE WAY TO DONEGAL THIS WEEK?

first_imgSNOW ON THE WAY TO DONEGAL THIS WEEK? was last modified: November 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 snowdonegal weather SNOW could be on the way to Donegal later this week, the BBC reported last night.The TV channel forecast said there could be a snowfall tomorrow or Wednesday depending on the wind direction.However they said the couldn’t say for certain at this stage. Meanwhile Met Eireann has issued a new weather warning this morning – a Gale WarningSouthwest to south winds will increase to gale force early today on coasts from Valentia to Erris Head to Malin Head, and will extend to remaining coasts and the Irish Sea by this afternoon.Forecasters are also warning that there will be storms throughout this week and that temperatures are set to drop – with snow forecasts for next week.However at this stage it’s still too early to say how much snow could fall, said Positive Weather Solutions. last_img read more

Half-time: QPR 1 Reading 1

first_imgDeniss Rakels equalised after Grant Hall’s first goal for QPR had put them ahead at Loftus Road.Hall, outstanding for Rangers this season, scored with a looping header from Alejandro Faurlin’s left-wing corner 10 minutes before half-time.Tjaronn Chery had gone closest to scoring before Hall rose to meet Faurlin’s delivery and Oliver Norwood was unable to stop the centre-back’s header going in at the far post.Ali Al-Habsi made two comfortable early saves, gathering Ben Gladwin’s header and Sebastian Polter’s shot.But the Reading keeper was tested by Chery’s 28th-minute free-kick, diving to his left to deny the Dutch midfielder what would have been his sixth goal in his last seven home matches.At the other end, Reading created chances before eventually finding the net.Stephen Quinn’s left-wing cross was steered into the side netting by Yann Kermorgant from close range.Goalkeeper Matt Ingram, making his home debut for QPR, also saw a dipping shot from Rakels flash narrowly over before Royals midfielder Simon Cox sent a right-footed volley wide of the target.But there was no left-off for Rangers when Rakels levelled six minutes after Hall had opened the scoring.Andrew Taylor crossed from the left and Kermogrant’s skilful first-time lay-off teed up the Latvian, who finished emphatically – unlike when he found himself through on goal a minute before the interval and blazed wastefully over the bar.Ingram, Gladwin and Polter were brought into the starting line-up along with 19-year-old left-back Cole Kpekawa, who is making his full league debut for the R’s.QPR: Ingram; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Kpekawa; Faurlin, Luongo; Phillips, Chery, Gladwin; Polter.Subs: Lumley, Hill, Diakite, Petrasso, El Khayati, Hoilett, Washington.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

CSIR’s ‘excellent’ year

first_imgThe CSIR has successfully developed afingerprint recognition platform that canperform one-to-one verification (where alive fingerprint is matched to a fingerprintstored in some device) and one-to-manyverification (where a live fingerprint isverified against multiple fingerprintsstored in a database). The ‘Digital Doorway in a suitcase’ wasdeveloped for humanitarian organisationUnicef. It will act as a content server andcommunication hub in disaster areas.(Images: CSIR)MEDIA CONTACTSCSIR• General communication enquiriesquery@csir.co.za• Media enquiriesLehlohonolo Mokhema+27 12 841-3716lmokhema@csir.co.za• General science communication andCSIR publicationsCollette Vosloo+27 12 841-4652cvosloo@csir.co.zaMary AlexanderA rabies treatment produced in tobacco leaves, bioceramic material for bone replacement, biodiesel made from algae and a robust portable ICT hub for post-disaster situations: these were just some the innovations produced by South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the past year.According to the CSIR’s annual report, released on Monday, the organisation has successfully managed to exceed all its targets in areas such as patents granted, royalty income, number of PhD degrees and publications.Download the report (PDF, 7.4 MB)In the report, CSIR CEO Sibusiso Sibisi describes it as “a record of excellent achievement”.“Achieving such positive outcomes across all domains is a reflection of the healthy balance that exists between good science and good business at the CSIR.”Established by the government in 1945, the CSIR is one of the largest science and technology research and development bodies in Africa. While its shareholder is South Africa’s Parliament and it still receives government funding, since 2005 the organisation has been restructured along business lines.Today much of the CSIR’s income is derived from research contracts, royalties, licences, and dividends from companies it has set up to produce and market its innovations.Sibisi says highlights of the past year include the CSIR being granted 35 new international patents, more than doubling its target of 15. The number of science and technology staff with PhDs increased to 273, exceeding the target of 240, and the number of permanent staff studying towards PhDs rose from 90 to 201.The CSIR’s research output for the year included 277 journal articles, 621 conference papers and presentations, 14 books and 38 book chapters.Income from royalties rose 130%, from R9.1-million (US$1.2-million) in 2007/8 to R21-million ($2.8-million) in 2008/9.Research highlightsThe CSIR’s work covers a range of science and technology areas, from health to the built environment, natural environment, energy, defence and security and industry. Some of the highlights of the year include:• Tobacco leaves that produce a powerful post-exposure treatment for rabies.• Working with traditional healers, the capture of 250 claims for cures based on medicinal plants. At least 72 were show to be effective against conditions such as asthma, arthritis and malaria.• A bioceramic material for bone replacement that will do away with the need to harvest the bone from elsewhere in the patient’s body.• Investigating the production of biodiesel from indigenous South African algae.• An ultra-thin (5cm) continuously reinforced concrete for roads. With a lifespan of 30 to 40 years, these roads would be particularly suited to rural areas.• An innovative, modular design for low-cost housing, which could be easily extended by its occupants. A number of components in the house are to be patented.• A mobile, robust and portable information and communication technology hub produced for Unicef for use in coordinating relief efforts after disasters.• A fingerprint recognition system that will relieve South Africa’s dependence on imported biometric products.• A barrier technology for packaging that extends the life of foodstuffs up to 125 times.last_img read more

Banyana star aims at success

first_imgFresh from the University of Johannesburg‘s triumph in the inaugural Varsity Football competition, Amanda Dlamini speaks about her decision to relinquish the national captain’s armband and her work in the development of women’s soccer.In March, the Banyana Banyana midfielder gave up the captaincy, after two years at the helm, to focus on her own game and her tertiary studies.“It was one of the toughest decisions I had to make regarding my footballing career. It’s something that needed to be done for me to be content with myself, my game and my studies.”Higher education was a priority, said the third-year Road Transport Management student, even for those young women carving out a career in professional sport. “Women’s sport still lacks the sponsorship needed to make a good living. So should anything happen, such as a career-changing injury, one should be able to continue having a full life through your chosen field.”Dlamini is currently back home in Harding, KwaZulu-Natal, while she completes a module via correspondence, and plays for Durban Ladies in the Sasol provincial league.She has already made 66 appearances for the national squad and notched up 21 goals in the process.HIGHLIGHTUniversity of Johannesburg and Banyana Banyana midfielder Amanda Dlamini in action during the inaugural Varsity Football series (Image: Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA)The highlight of her tenure as captain was leading the first ever Banyana team to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2012.She hopes to still be an integral part of South Africa’s plans to qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup and their quest to win the African Women’s Championship.Earlier this year, this sporting role model established the Amanda Dlamini Girls’ Foundation, which aims to inspire young girls from rural areas to pursue their dreams.“As a rural girl, I know how it feels to be isolated from all sporting activities. Because I have experienced these challenges, I felt the need to go out there and motivate these young girls not to give up, no matter what.”As part of the programme, Dlamini shares her footballing experiences and some of the challenges that female athletes face. She said the emphasis was on balancing education and sport, providing coaching in life skills and football.“We offer career guidance and teambuilding exercises. There’s also something called ‘my sacred space’ – which is where I tell them about my upbringing and relate to them and answer one-on-one questions.”Dlamini, who scored two goals in UJ’s 6-0 drubbing of Tshwane University of Technology, believes it was depth of experience that gave her side the edge in the Varsity Football competition in September. Although the presence of past and present national players like herself, Noko Matlou and Disebo Mametja had no doubt strengthened the side, she preferred to focus on the entire unit.“We work as a team and shy away from focusing on individuals. We work very well as a unit and not as a group of stars. We are always mindful of complacency and therefore work hard at training sessions to complement the massive talent we have in our squad.”ADDING VALUEThe 25-year-old said the Varsity Football series had added great value to the game by ensuring constant competition and providing a visible and equal platform for women’s football.“This shows that women’s sport as a whole is on the rise and being taken seriously.”Dlamini’s greatest ambition is to one day have her own football academy for women. According to her, her own start was slightly less auspicious, following her cousin and brother to the fields where they played.“One day I was asked to play because they were a man short and I grabbed that chance with both hands. At first it was just a hobby – little did I know the only little girl playing with boys would one day get this far.”last_img read more