Liberia Losing US$1.6M at RIA

first_imgLiberia has announced it is losing over US$1.6 million monthly revenue at the country’s Roberts International Airport (RIA) alone as a result of flight suspension by airlines due to the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country.The country’s Acting Minister of Finance and Economic Development Planning, Mr. Amara M. Konneh, told reporters in Monrovia Thursday that the suspension of flights at RIA is having a grave impact on the economy. “This is not money for a post-war economy to lose,” he said. Many key airlines, including the US-owned Delta, Air France, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Air, amongst others, have suspended flights to Monrovia fearing the Ebola virus outbreak.The Liberian Finance Minister also disclosed that the impact of the Ebola crisis will cost the government over US$120 million.The impact of the Ebola crisis has pushed the government to revise its gross domestic product (GDP) growth downward from a projected 5.9 percent growth by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for 2014 to 2.5 percent. “Real GDP is projected to decline by about 3.4 percent to about 2.5 percent,” he said. Many concession companies have declared force majeure and fled the country for safety.Mr. Konneh admitted that the outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has already claimed the lives of over 1,200 people and infected over 1,000 people in Liberia, is a huge blow to the economy. He declared that the government’s Economic Management Team (EMT) has submitted a number of measures, including austerities, which would create the fiscal space for more investment into government’s fight against Ebola and to mitigate the economic impact of the virus on the economy. “So we are going to find some money to help the hardest hit sectors of the economy and this would include finding some stimulus package for the private sector,” he stated. Mr. Konneh also announced that government will continue with its austerity measures to reduce recurrent spending,  urging public officials to fuel their private vehicles from their own pockets. “If you buy your own private car, fuel it with your own money, not with government’s money,” he said.Some government officials are still finding it very difficult to adapt the new policy as most of them are used to relying on freely using public properties for their personal interests.The Minister insisted that Liberia businesses are hurting as a result of Ebola and they need some help. “We have to give them some help, but we have to give it to them through the banks because they need it.”Min. Konneh also used the occasion to challenge the international community to be more accountable and report the financial resources it is pooling to help the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. “They must make financial reports on what they are spending the money on in Liberia and other countries item by item,” he said.The international community has been criticized for being too slow to help eradicate the Ebola virus in West Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP wants “solid explanation” from Dharamlall – Jagdeo

first_imgIn light of the Police investigation into allegations against People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member ofNigel DharamlallParliament Nigel Dharamlall that he threatened to shoot an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) official, the hierarchy of the Party said they are expecting “solid explanations” from the parliamentarian.Dharamlall recently came into the lime light after a report was made that he allegedly whipped out his gun and threatened to shoot the official after the individual was seen communicating with his (Dharamlall’s) ex-wife. The Police have confirmed the report and has since launched an investigation. The case file was subsequently sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers on May 27 for advise on the way forward and has not been returned to date.In a statement late Monday night, Dharamlall’s Attorney Glenn Hanoman explained that his client was advised not to comment on the issue, as to not cause interference with or prejudice the investigation.The Attorney further noted that given the sensational speculations and inaccurate information in the public domain, it must be made clear that his client is “unequivocally” denying any involvement in any criminal act. Nevertheless, on Wednesday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told a news conference that “clearly he has to give solid explanations, believable explanations to the Executive of the Party and to us. He has to give those because it is a serious matter, the allegations are serious.”According to the Opposition Leader, the PPP’s Executive meeting is coming up this Friday and it is expected that members would be briefed by General Secretary Clement Rohee as to the nature of the conversation with Dharamlall.“I will listen carefully to the issue,” Jagdeo stated, while adding that he would not comment much further on the issue since it may prejudice what takes place in the DPP’s Chambers.The Leader of the Opposition added, “I guess we will hear from the DDP’s Chambers soon and therefore, we return to this matter at some point in time when it’s not in this delicate stage…”Moreover, Jagdeo was asked about the fact that the Party already has two sitting parliamentarians who have ongoing cases before the courts. Former Health Minister, Dr Bheri Ramsaran is currently charged for verbally abusing rights activist Sherlina Nageer, while former Public Service Minister Jennifer Westford was slapped with 24 counts of fraud.The Opposition Leader explained, in relation to Westford, that if any of the audits find any Party member, or anyone as a matter of fact, who is corrupt or has broken the law, then they should be charged.“The State should proceed to lay charges against them. They would have to use the mechanism of the court to established whether they are innocent or not and the reason why, we have a greater confidence in the court than in the Government being fair because if you at the audits how they started, they were partisan people who were selected to do many of the audits,” he stated.Jagdeo went on to say that in many of the cases, persons were not given the opportunity to respond to the findings and those who were able to respond, their explanations were not included in the audit reports.last_img read more

Man United on verge of £92m Pogba deal, Man City launch £50m Kroos move – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United are close to finalising the purchase of Paul Pogba from Juventus in a transfer worth £92m but will have to pay the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, up to £18.4m to conclude the deal. Juventus had originally said that they would only let the player go for £100m but will now accept £92m if United pay Raiola’s fee. United have also agreed to buy Pogba’s commercial rights and pay him an extra £4.2m a season, taking his earnings to £290,000 a week. (Guardian)Manchester United are also expected to complete the signing of 17-year-old Joshua Bohui from Brentford. United are yet to finalise a deal for the teenager, who was called up to the England Under-17 squad earlier this year, but Bohui should move in time for the new academy season and is set to sign a three-year contract. (Manchester Evening News)Manchester City are on the brink of completing the £42million transfer of Leroy Sane from Schalke on a four-year contract worth £100,000 a week. The £42m move will be the second-highest amount paid for a German player, with Mesut Ozil’s £42.5m move to Arsenal in 2013 the only higher fee. (The Sun)Manchester City have launched an audacious £50million bid to sign Toni Kroos from Real Madrid. City’s new boss Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of Kroos and would like to be reunited with his former Bayern Munich playmaker at the Etihad. The Blues have made an approach and have received encouragement that a deal may be possible. (The Sun)Chelsea turned down a £14.25m offer from Borussia Monchengladbach for Andreas Christensen with the club firm in their belief the young Dane can become a key man at Stamford Bridge. Highly-rated Christensen, 20, is currently in the middle of a two-year loan with the Bundesliga side, where he picked up the fans’ player of the season award last term ahead of new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka. (Daily Mail)Liverpool have accepted an initial £13m bid for Joe Allen from Stoke City. Swansea City have registered interest in a reunion with their former player, who is understood to favour a return to the Liberty Stadium, while Sevilla are also keen on a key component of Wales’s progress to the European Championship semi-finals. Only Stoke have lodged a firm offer for Allen, however, and he has been left to consider his options while on holiday after the tournament in France. (Guardian)Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan is considering a loan move to Burnley. The full-back was left out of the pre-season squad to face Huddersfield on Wednesday night and has been given the chance to join the Premier League new boys for the season. (Daily Mail)Georginio Wijnaldum is set to be pulled out of Newcastle United’s friendly against Doncaster Rovers – as a £25million move to Liverpool edges closer. The two clubs are involved in an advanced talks over the midfielder. (Sunderland Echo)Watford are trying to steal a march on their rivals for Lille hot prospect Sofiane Boufal. Representatives of the £18m-rated Moroccan attacking midfielder have held talks with Watford, which are understood to have taken place in Austria where the Hornets are on pre-season tour. Boufal, 22, is on a host of clubs’ radars including Chelsea , Tottenham, Juventus and Lyon but Watford are hoping to force their way to the front of the queue. (Daily Mirror)Swansea City are plotting a move for Tottenham’s Belgian winger Nacer Chadli. Spurs are understood to value Chadli, 26, at around £15m, a fee would represent a club record for Swansea and is more than double the £7m Spurs paid FC Twente to sign Chadli three years ago. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest headlines:REJECTED! Alvaro Morata set to stay at Real Madrid after Chelsea have £62m bid turned downChelsea FC transfer news: Antonio Conte eyeing £25m deal for Benfica defender Victor LindelofEverton FC transfer report: Toffees to launch stunning £46million swoop for Napoli star Kalidou KoulibalyArsenal FC transfer report: Gunners launch stunning £41m move for Inter Milan forward Mauro IcardiManchester City target Leroy Sane tells Schalke he wants to leave this summerManchester United transfer news: Latest on Paul Pogba and more rumoursCONFIRMED: Liverpool sign Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg for £4.2millionCONFIRMED: Middlesbrough sign striker Alvaro Negredo from Valencia on a season-long loanlast_img read more

Let’s all relive England’s roller coaster World Cup campaign

first_img Lingard scored a great goal for England against Panama 13 What England fan didn’t love this celebration? Southgate summed the feeling up 13 England fans spent a lot of time throwing their expensive beer in plastic cups in the air rather than drinking it 13 Everyone seemed to fall in love with Jordan Henderson (assume the love has disappeared now the season has restarted) Jordan Pickford also had a little song created for him: Rhythm is a dancer Pickford is the answer Saving shots from everywhere Lift you hands and voices Maguires come to join us We can win it anywhere Ooohhhhh And there was some more of this 13 13 13 Even in defeat, though, fans applauded the players and sang their names It looked good for a while against Croatia England fans even created a song for the manager, which has not happened for a long, long time center_img 13 13 The other Harry, Harry Maguire won a lot of fans England v Spain is live on talkSPORT at 19:45 on Saturday 8 September here.Kieran Trippier said he has watched the free-kick he scored against Croatia ‘100 times’. Yeah, well at it has been watched it at least 101 times as the office attempts to relive what was a glorious summer.Okay, it wasn’t glorious. Glory would refer to the team actually winning the competition rather than simply reaching the semi-final – a first since 1990.But there were times when it really felt like Gareth Southgate‘s team could actually do what no other England side has done since 1966.The weather, though, was pretty glorious with sunshine throughout the campaign and here, remembers a mad, tearful, boozy, happy summer ahead of Spain’s visit to Wembley. 13 Harry Kane turning the ball into the Tunisia net got belief up and running And fans ‘drank’ more Getty 13 13 England fans were out in force in the win over Panama 13 13last_img read more

Major boost for library services across Donegal

first_imgLibrary services have been handed a major boost from the Department of Rural and Community Development and Donegal County Council (DCC). Over €35,000 has been sanctioned by the government and DCC Under the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2019.The government department has provided more than €600,000 for marginalised, socially excluded and disadvantaged library service communities nationally. It is understood that the Donegal County Council has granted  €8,859 to the fund, while €26,578 has been contributed by the government.Major boost for library services across Donegal was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A staggering 140,000 children are growing up in the cold – SVP

first_imgA new report from the Society of St Vincent de Paul has shown that there are around 140,000 children in Ireland living in homes with a leaking roof, damp walls or floors.That is in addition to the 4,000 children currently living in emergency accommodation.The report also shows over half of the poorest children in families are reliant on social welfare are not in receipt of the Fuel Allowance. Analysis of data from a sample of 9,000 five-year-olds shows that living in an inadequately heated home is linked to an increased risk of asthma and more frequent antibiotic use in young children.It also found that one-in-seven single-parent families are in severe energy poverty.SVP Head of Social Justice, Dr Tricia Keilthy, says children are one of the most exposed groups to the risk of energy poverty and growing up in a cold home has a distinct negative impact on a child’s health.“The findings suggest that policy levers to alleviate energy poverty and improve the quality of the housing stock will lead to significant health benefits and a reduction in health expenditure in the future” she said. The report found that in 2018, 10.5% of one parent households said they could not afford to heat their home.31% of single parents are spending 10% of their income on energy.It also found that 11% of households with children were in arrears on their utility bills, compared to 3.3% of households with one adult over the age of 65 and 4.7% of all households without dependent children.SVP spent more than €5 million helping people with the cost of energy in 2018.This is an increase of 20% on the previous year. The Society expects to receive over 50,000 calls for help this winter, many from families struggling to pay the bills and keep their homes warm.SVP National President, Kieran Stafford said, over the next few weeks and months, SVP will be visiting families who dread wintertime and find it impossible to heat their homes.“Our volunteers will meet families trying to cut down on bills by living in one room of the house during the winter months.“Others will be sitting in the cold and dark because they have nothing left at the end of the week to top up their pre-pay meter,” he said. The Warmer Home Scheme, which is a free energy efficiency scheme available to social welfare recipients who own their own home, received additional funding in Budget 2020.The Fuel Allowance was also increased.While these enhanced supports are welcome, SVP says current policies and schemes are failing to effectively target children experiencing energy poverty and many families won’t be compensated for the carbon tax increase.A staggering 140,000 children are growing up in the cold – SVP was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:childrenCHristmasfuel allowancehouseholdshousingIrelandSVPthe warmer home schemewinterlast_img read more

Three thoughts on the Warriors’ comprehensive win over the Pacers

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceThe Warriors beat the Pacers 112-89 Thursday at Oracle Arena.Here are three thoughts on the contest: Three kinds of smokeGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) passes the ball to teammate Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins (0) during the first quarter of their NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, March 21, 2019. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)Related …last_img

Press release: Brand South Africa’s Play your Part initiative makes it way to the North West Province

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 10 January 2017 – The North-West University Potchefstroom campus will on Thursday 16 February 2017 host Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme during which citizens will be encouraged to “get involved” and play their part within their communities.In 2016 Brand South Africa and its interactive Play Your Part cube travelled across 6 provinces to encourage a spirit of active citizenship within communities. The interactive Play Your Part cube connected citizens to social media platforms to encourage conversations on active citizenship and to pledged their time and skills to make a difference and make South Africa a competitive nation. Community members and other active citizens such as Zola7, inspirational couple Phindi Gule and Kevin Burley, businesswoman Carol Bouwer, One Day leader ambassadors and Dj Sbu’s Leadership 2020 also inspired audiences, shared their empowerment projects and too pledged to further contribute towards a better future for all.The 2017 programme in the North West will continue to inspire active citizenship, provide insight on corporate and community leadership through sharing and hearing amazing success stories from citizens from all walks of life. The activation continues its partnership with SABC’s One Day leader a programme which promotes leadership and entrepreneurship within society. Whilst invited guests such as Professor Tommy Du Plessis and Beatrix Bouwman from the North-West University and Play Your Part ambassador Kea Modise amongst others will engage with the North West community.Engage with the Play Your Part Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on #PYPCube.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Thursday 16 February 2017Time: 08h00 -13h00Venue: Govan Mbeki Hall, PotchefstroomRSVPS/Enquiries: Ntombi NtanziEmail: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comMobile number: 081 704 1488Programme Directed by: Play Your Part ambassador Kea Bontlebame Modiselast_img read more

Can People and Can’t People

first_img“Can” people believe that there is a way to do things that “can’t” people believe can’t be done.It’s easy to lose customers and opportunities because you believe that you can’t do something that they need done. But the person who will eventually win that customer’s business will be the person who believes that they can do what you believe to be impossible.“Can” people are resourceful. They fearlessly generate new ideas. “Can” people sell those ideas inside their company. They find collaborators to help strengthen their ideas. Then they work to iterate, trying things to see what they can make work. They believe they are innovating.“Can’t” people cut them off from ideas by believing that there isn’t a way to do something different, something better. It’s this belief that confines them in an unresourceful state. Instead of finding collaborators, they find commiserators. Instead of working on the idea, they work finding evidence to confirm that what needs to be done is impossible.The key to creating and winning new opportunities is to create value by solving some problem or challenge your dream client is experiencing or helping them take advantage of some new opportunity. The key to retaining those clients is to create new value for them, never allowing yourself to rest or your laurels and never leaving the new challenges unmet.It’s better to be a “can” person than a “can’t” person. It is a lot more difficult, but it’s also a lot more fun and more meaningful work. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more