first_imgAs the Ebola virus continues to spread through West Africa and the diaspora, the chief of party of USAID Liberia’s investing for Business Expansion Program (IBEX), Mrs. Watchen Harris Bruce, says her organization will continue to keep the economy moving by facilitating essential loans for local businesses in the country.Mrs. Bruce, who disclosed this initiative to the Daily Observer Tuesday, said that  in total, IBEX helped four local businesses to access loans totalingUS$860,000 during the month of July and September 2014.She continued: “Now more than ever,Liberian businesses need access to finance to allow them to operate, to pay suppliers, and to help their businesses through these difficult times.”The IBEX chief of party said that one of the most important ways they assist local business is by advising clients on improving their loan applications.Recently, “We helped clients in the construction, agricultural, general merchandize and trade sectors to keep their businesses operational despite the challenges brought on by Ebola.  A number of international organizations are also seeking IBEX’s assistance in identifying local businesses that can supply sanitary materials and local construction companies that can build Ebola treatment centers.”According to her, Efforts to control the Ebola virus,  including severely restricting the movement of people, goods and money,  have had unintended consequences for countries like Liberia. “Keeping the economy functioning and the credit flowing at these challenging times is more important than ever,” she noted.Mrs. Bruce continued, “Local businesses are being forced to change their economic activities and adopt new marketing strategies because of the catastrophic impact of the Ebola crisis. IBEX also provides clients and partner banks with loan advisory and loan facilitation services through one-on-one meetings, mentoring, coaching, counseling and advising by email or on mobile phone.” Further loan packages for three additional local businesses, valued at US$205,000, are in active process, and three projects valued at over US$1 million have been submitted to partner banks, Mrs. Bruce declared.Moreover, she said IBEX has been engaged with stakeholders on paying health workers and teachers in the rural areas through Lone Star MTN mobile money service.In another development, IBEX and local business support service providers met on September 18, 2014 to brainstorm on forming a consortium on how to improve local Liberian  business initiatives.The training meeting took place at the program’s Murex Plaza office in Sinkor.  Participating were nine representatives from a cross-section of service providers, ranging from government institutions involved with business services to private sector firms. Presiding, IBEX Deputy Chief of Party Augustus J. Flomo said, “This event was to continue the discussion IBEX started in 2013 to establish a National Business Development and Advisory Center that will provide technical assistance and support services to local businesses through aconsortium.”Meanwhile, the Liberia Investing for Business Expansion Program (IBEX) is funded by USAID and implemented by IESC under the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA). Since 2012, IBEX has been working to improve Liberia’s lending environment for seven productive sectors (agriculture, clean energy, construction, transportation/logistics, general merchandize trade, infrastructure and hospitality) through improved risk management and outreach, designed to reduce the risks and costs associated with lending in these sectors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe Limacol Knockout Football tournament continued on Monday evening with Beacon FC and Riddim Squad securing convincing wins over their opponents in battles conducted at the Ministry of Education Ground on Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown.Sponsored by the new GPC through their Limacol brand, this tournament is gradually shaping up for a seismic finish.In Monday’s proceedings, Beacon needled Grove Hi Tech in the first battle. Being one of the favourites in the tournament, Grove Hi Tech had the support of the boisterous crowd, and started strong on the offence, but were unfortunately unable to secure a goal in their many chances.After much back-and-forth in the first half of the game, Kimba Brathwaite of Beacon FC found the back of the Hi Tech net in the 53rd minute, and the matchupPart of the action in the Limacol Football Tournament being played at the Ministry of Education Groundcontinued with both sides striking in vain until the regulation time whistle.Minutes later, the second match-up of the night began, and it turned out to be a truly one-sided affair, with Riddim Squad trouncing their opponents, Camptown FC.Both teams possessed experienced players who were aware of what they had to do from the first whistle, but nearing the end of the first half of play, in the 33rd minute, Wendell Joseph of Riddim Squad netted the first goal of the encounter.The sneaky goal came as a shock to Camptown, and they did not regain their composure quickly enough to prevent Riddim Squad’s Kevon Gordon from delivering another net-piercer in the 35th minute.And although they played good defence for the rest of the match, Riddim Squad’s Kevin Agard was still able to penetrate their net in the 73rd minute, to take the score to 3-0 by time the 90 minutes were over.The tournament will continue tomorrow, Thursday, September 13, with Santos coming up against Pouderoyen, and Police facing off against Pele Football Club at 20hrs.A total of twelve teams are competing in this tournament for a chance to grab the first prize of $600,000.last_img read more


first_imgBut he saved his best until the 64th-minute when a cross was swung in and Ronaldo hit a beautiful acrobatic overhead kick into the corner of Gianluigi Buffon’s net.Two minutes later Paulo Dybala was sent off for Juve after a high, late challenge sees him receive his marching orders.And it got worse 18 minutes from time when Real left-back Marcelo played a one-two, charged into the area before beating Buffon and tapping into the net.More to follow…0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Portugal international got the match off to the perfect start for Los Blancos when he moved in front of his marker to poke to ball into the net on three minutes. Photo/TEAMTALKTURIN, Italy, Apr 3 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored an unbelievable overhead kick as Real Madrid beat Juventus 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.The Portugal international got the match off to the perfect start for Los Blancos when he moved in front of his marker to poke to ball into the net on three minutes.last_img read more


first_img“I got to learn for the first time of Walusimbi’s move to South Africa on Friday 11th August 2018 when I received a call from a Mr. Motaung Kaizer who after introducing himself informed me that as he was speaking to me Godfrey Walusimbi was seated before him,” An angry Rachier lamented.Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier said the club is yet to receive Walusimbi’s transfer fee. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I promptly protested at his club’s unethical and illegal conduct of player taping for which he apologized but still insisted that we could talk and come to some agreement. Despite the allegations of the misguided and disgruntled louts that these funds have been remitted and defalcated by certain official and perceived agents in their figments of imagination,” Rachier added.“I categorically state that not a single rand or penny has been paid to the club or to the officials of the club or alleged agent or at all. I challenge them to contact Kaizer Chief,” the Gor chairman declared.Walusimbi who had a contract running, joined South African giants Kaizer Chiefs on a three-year deal August 30.-Unpaid Salary/allowances/bonus-Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier with his captain Harun Shakava. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOn the unpaid August salary, allowances and bonuses that saw players boycott training leading to the loss of two Kenyan Premier League matches, Rachier vowed that the club will pay by close of business Monday.Rachier rubbished claims that some politicians came to the rescue of players welfare by paying their rent, stating that he had spoken with his captain Harun Shakava who said he was not aware of the allegations.“During the past two weeks, the Gor Mahia stage has witnessed a theater of tragi-comedy as well as that of absurd. A theater where miserably impecunious self seekers some of no fixed abode are playing the role of philanthropic benefactors purportedly paying unsolicited rent for our players,” Rachier, who was out of the country when all this unfolded said.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge in training. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“For the avoidance of any misconception, I must state here that all the salaries, allowances and bonuses for the period up to and including the 31st July, 2018 have been duly paid in full. Appropriate arrangements were made for the payment of similar emoluments for the month of August 2018, but on account of certain unavoidable circumstances beyond our control the salaries were delayed. I emphasize that the laches in remittance were both unexpected and unanticipated,” he underscored.“The situation has now been rectified, remittance received and all salaries, bonus and allowances for the stated period should be paid before close of business today,” He confirmedGor, who won their record 17 KPL title with six matches to spare, will next face Vihiga United away, host Mathare United in Kisumu on Sunday next week where they will be coronated before ending the season with a clash away to Tusker FC.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier assistant Treasurer Calvince Bungu. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24 – Gor Mahia boss Ambrose Rachier on Monday slammed claims that he received Sh3 million from Ugandan Left-back Godfrey Walusimbi’s deal to Kaizer Chiefs, stating that the South African top flight club is yet to pay K’Ogalo the transfer fees.An agitated Rachier made it clear that he only leant of Walusimbi’s deal when the player had already signed the contract and that after following up, Kaizer Chiefs were to pay Gor through the club’s account in two installments, first in August 2018 and second in January 2019.last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“In a land that prides itself on freedom, if we want to live in that freedom and protect that freedom, we need to open our spirits to what God is calling us to.” Lopez focused his Wednesday homily on the immigration reform issue, telling his congregation that it is important for the country to maintain human dignity through just laws. “We should … deal fairly and justly and with a spirit of compassion for each one of us,” Lopez said. “The concern we should have for one another should also be framed in the sense of God’s justice.” Although some wondered how silent praying and fasting could influence lawmakers in Washington, Martin Castro, president of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, said the approach would “draw attention to the fact that there is a movement in this country to do the right thing.” “The Catholic Church has always been one of stalwart efforts to help immigrants,” he said. SANTA FE SPRINGS – For Catholics and immigration advocates across Los Angeles, the key word Wednesday was “ayuno” – fasting. While the debate over immigration reform raged in the U.S. Senate, Cardinal Roger Mahony called on the faithful to take a spiritual approach Wednesday. He asked that Catholics and others fast as a way of showing solidarity with illegal immigrants. At the daily Mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Santa Fe Springs, parishioners also were urged to pray for Senate leaders tackling the complex immigration issue. “It’s a very difficult question for legislators to deal with because they are being pressured by different interest groups,” said the Rev. Pedro Lopez of St. Pius X. For the Los Angeles Archdiocese, which includes 288 parishes in 120 cities, doing the right thing has meant a vigorous denunciation of a U.S. House of Representatives-approved bill that would punish clergy and others who help undocumented workers. That House proposal, however, looked all but dead in the Senate Wednesday. Instead, talks focused on splitting illegal immigrants into groups so that those who have been living and working in the country the longest have an easier path to U.S. citizenship than those who have been in the country less than five years. Tod Tamberg, media relations director for the archdiocese, said fasting and prayer at this decisive moment can help remind the faithful of others’ hardships. “It’s a way of sensitizing ourselves to the situation that many of our brothers and sisters live in,” he said. “We can take this time to pray for our legislators, that they make principled decisions that respect human dignity and are not just driven by political expediency.” Montebello resident Irene Ruiz de Esparza, 58, said she intended to spend Wednesday “praying for the enlightenment” of senators. “This is not just for legislation, but also a time of contemplation,” said Ruiz de Esparza, who attends St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Pico Rivera. “We need to remember that when we go to have fruits and vegetables, someone had to pick them with a lot of pain and suffering.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSHEEPHAVEN SUBAQUA CLUB NOTES. Sheephaven divers enjoyed another weekend of settled weather that allowed them to get in a good dive on the wrecks in Cranford harbour on Saturday morning and a lovely Sunday snorkel in PortnaBlagh harbour. The dive on the Cranford wrecks was conducted in one stick to a depth of 11 metres for a dive time of 30 minutes.In-water visibility was good at around 5 metres until the soft silt on the wrecks was disturbed, after which it quickly deteriorated, while in-water temperature remains cold at 5 degrees Celsius.Two of the wrecks at this site are touching each other and they consist of a large wooden trawler, with a smaller steel vessel sunk behind her.It was a super dive on a bright early-spring morning, chilled somewhat by an easterly breeze that kicked up a bit of a wave as it blew across the Broad Water into Cranford harbour, but not enough to take anything away from the dive. The Sunday morning snorkel was conducted in near calm conditions, with just the smallest of a swell remaining from the big sea that that raged earlier in the week.For the second weekend running new Sheephaven trainees took to the water and demonstrated how comfortable they were in the open seas, all they need to do now is built up their water fitness as they progress to their first scuba dive in the near future.The post snorkel breakfast brought to an end a near perfect weekend, which would not have been out of place on a summers day.While there was a good turn-out on Sunday morning there were notable absences of some club members who were attending the CFT AGM in Athlone, which also incorporates a Dive Show that attracts exhibitors from a wide range of maritime related activities.Once such stand was Atlantic Composites owned by club member Timmy Boyle based in the Derrybeg Industrial Estate. Atlantic Composites provides a range of RIB repairs, engine sales and maintenance to customers including Sheephaven SAC, as well as various state agencies.One of the main features of this year’s dive show was the ‘focus’ on underwater photography, with workshops and exhibitions from some of the most renowned Irish underwater photographers available including Nigel Motyer, Nick Pieffer, Mike Orth, Dr Alexander Mustard, Stewie Andrews, Richard Thorn and Ivan Donoghue. Another very significant presentation delivered at the Dive Show was that of Underwater Archaeology Unit from the National Museum on the subject of the Streedagh Wrecks. These were three Spanish Armada wrecks driven onto the Sligo shore in 1588 and lay there undisturbed until the winter storms of late 2014 and early 2015 exposed them once more.During the summer of 2015 divers from the Underwater Archaeology Unit recovered cannons and other artefacts from the exposed wrecks and currently have them under a conservation programme in Dublin, which will ultimately rendered them in a preserved state fit for public viewing at a later time.The dive show is also an opportunity to fit on potential new kit, with divers taking the opportunity to examine expensive purchases such as dry suits, before making a commitment to buy such an essential piece of kit.One such stand was Mevagh Dive Centre, which provided Sheephaven SAC once again this year with access to their 3m dive pool for trainee in-water work. Other services they cater for includes the sales and maintenance of dive gear including the annual servicing of regulators. By all accounts from those attended the Dive Show it was well worth the long drive to Athlone, but to some giving up a weekend in the water was too high a price to pay.SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA CLUB EXPLORE THE ‘CRANFORD WRECKS’ was last modified: March 8th, 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:Sheephaven Sub Aqua ClubSportlast_img read more


first_imgALAMEDA — There was a new twist Wednesday to the musical chairs nature of the Raiders’ offensive line.With both Rodney Hudson and Andre James out with ankle injuries and newly-signed Erik Magnuson just getting up to speed, left guard Richie Incognito worked at center during practice.“I last played center in 2010, a little emergency duty for Miami,” Incognito said following practice. “It’s been a while.”Hudson was at the facility and was spotted walking without a limp from the locker room …last_img


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The bipartisan CREAATE Act — a bill to increase investment in two federal programs with a proven track record of building global demand for U.S. agricultural products — was recently introduced by Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), and Susan Collins (R-Maine). The passage of the bill would increase investment in the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development program (FMD). A companion bill was introduced in the House earlier this year.MAP and FMD are public-private partnerships that promote U.S. agriculture. Together, they are responsible for 15% of U.S. agricultural export revenue-$309 billion since 1977.“MAP and FMD are critical programs for building and expanding global markets for American agricultural exports. We must increase investment in these programs,” said Wesley Spurlock, a Texas farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association. “These programs deliver a strong return on investment. Every $1 invested in MAP and FMD generates $28 in exports-that means more American jobs, and more money coming into our communities. Now more than ever, we need to invest in export and market development programs like these to build global demand and help farmers’ bottom lines.”Funding for MAP and FMD has not kept pace with inflation, administrative costs, the growth of the global marketplace, or the investments other countries have made in their own export promotion. The FMD program is also under threat to lose its baseline funding when the farm bill expires in 2018.The CREAATE Act would gradually increase MAP funding from $200 million to $400 million per year and FMD funding from $34.5 million to $69 million per year, over the next five years.“Thank you to Senator King, Senator Ernst, Senator Donnelly, and Senator Collins for leading the effort to strengthen the MAP and FMD programs. These programs have already been successful, but with increased investment, they can help even more American farmers and ranchers compete around the world,” Spurlock said.last_img read more


first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… steven walling Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Syncing with BlackBerry Enterprise server has long been one of the most requested features among Google Apps customers. Especially within the BlackBerry-dominated enterprise space, the fact that there was no way to easily integrate the two platforms was a huge disadvantage. But starting today customers can get their hands on a Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise. This means that for the first time, users can get good synchronization of core applications like Gmail and Google Calendar for the first time. The new Connector they launched today will give you some fairly high-quality results. Emails sent to Gmail aren’t true push, but they’ll show up within 60 seconds. You can also read and delete emails and Calendar items with full unity with the online backup; Gmail labels will even translate into BlackBerry folders.Google has been public about plans to get this feature out the door since May, but it’s been a long time coming. Since the company decided that Apps was something they wanted to sell to enterprises, lack of integration with BlackBerry Enterprise server has been an impediment to making that sale. Now that’s changed. IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more


first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A two-year old project by Google engineers working across departments to enable users to remove their data from Google services has been opened to the public in the form of a website with import and export instructions for Google services the team has helped “liberate”. Called the Data Liberation Front, the project team said in a Google blog post today that it has “liberated” more than half of the major Google services. “In the upcoming months,” writes project lead Brian Fitzpatrick, “we also plan to liberate Google Sites and Google Docs (batch-export).”Google deserves big accolades for working to make data export easy and for making all the information readily accessible. Hey Facebook – are you working on something similar to this or are you hoping that the borders of your users’ data will remain unbreached by the Data Liberation Front?Making sure the door isn’t locked if users choose to leave a service is a required, if less exciting, part of the data portability movement. Just as important as a bulk dump of user data is the option for users to easily and securely port data online from service to service for immediate personalization based on past activity at a legacy site. Google is a market leader in that kind of data portability as well.The information on DataLiberation.org does not include instructions for deleting your data from Google’s servers. The project is taking suggestions for acts of liberation on a Google Moderator page and is publishing updates on Twitter. Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more