President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday recognized the efforts of the 53rd national Legislature for passing the Small Business Empowerment Act (SBEA) into law.Article 58 of the Constitution mandates the President on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, to present the Administration’s Legislative Program and report to the Legislature on the State of the Republic covering the economic condition including expenditure and income.Delivering her State of the Nation Address to the National Legislature, the President said the Act calls for 25 percent of all government purchases to be set aside for Liberian-owned businesses.The law also provides that five percent of the 25 percent must be set-aside for women-owned businesses. To effectuate this, changes are required in our Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) law and in our attitudes as we should be prepared to promote and to buy Liberian products made in Liberia, and distributed by Liberians, President Sirleaf indicated.“We take this preferment of our people seriously and call upon everyone, public and private entities, to comply fully with this new law of 25 percent or be prepared to face sanctions or legal action,” she warned. In further empowerment of our people, the Liberian leader said, I ask everyone to join in promoting the “Wear Your Pride campaign” that would require all government employees to wear, at least once a week preferably Friday, clothing made in Liberia from Liberian products.According to her, it is critical to build the demand for local rice through practical strategies that empower the local economy and give us ownership of our economy. Under the “Eat Your Pride Campaign” we will require that only locally grown rice is purchased by government entities that provide rice to their staff, she emphasize.The local content bill that is now being drafted will ensure a minimum Liberian participation through joint venture ship or sub-contracting in several areas of national development activity.President Sirleaf also promised that her leadership will continue to push hard for diversifying the economy beyond two primary commodities.In 2014, we launched the National Trade Policy and our Export Strategy, which provides a roadmap for export diversification, particularly in agriculture by broadening our export basket through new investments in fisheries, cocoa, rubber, oil palm, and cassava.Opportunities in tourism are bountiful and deserve further exploration. We will ensure that furniture in schools use our local wood and support the investment proposal to make wood products from dead rubber wood.Informing members of the 53rd National Legislature, she said as we fought on the health front ensuring that the Ebola outbreak was under control, we also had to take appropriate measures on the economic front to ensure that we did not have a collapsed economy.Still on the economy, she said under her instructions, the Economic Management Team (EMT) coordinated by the Minister of Finance and Development Planning ensured that: foreign exchange rate remained stable; civil servants continue to receive their salaries and wages on time; commercial banks remained liquid during the crisis.“We applaud our Economic Management Team for working together to maintain macroeconomic stability.”The Government, through CBL expanded financial intermediation by promoting throughout the country expansion in commercial banks, foreign exchange bureaux and Savings and Loans Associations.The introduction of a Collateral Registry and promotion of the recently passed Insurance Act are also important milestones.Consistent with policies, the CBL took decisions to improve access to finance for those in rural areas and in the informal sector of the economy. Going beyond this, the CBL took decisions to mitigate the financial burden of school closure in the private schools by committing to settle the debts owed the commercial banks, Ellen added. While we welcome measures that have a positive impact on the lives of our people, we urge caution and more cooperation by the CBL, in the announcement of measures which have implications on our collective targets for sustained national financial viability.Commenting further on the natural resources, the Liberia leader said the country has a historical primary enclave economy, highly dominated by iron ore, rubber and timber; which subjects it to vagaries in global conditions and prices. Over time, the structure has been changing, with the expansion of agriculture into more traditional tree crops such as coffee, cocoa and oil palm.Essentially, production of crops comes from individual and small entity holders with limited capacity to produce on the scale that leads to industrialization.She said recent efforts by her government sought to change this by promoting large scale oil palm, using the investment and the experience of Malaysia and Indonesia which have become emerging economic giants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Four British men are under arrest in Ghana after officials seized £80 million worth of cocaine destined for the streets of the UK, Ghana Daily Mail newspaper has reported.A UK-led international law operation resulted in the seizure of a ton of the drug in a raid on a villa in the suburbs of Accra.One German and two Ghanaians were also arrested following the raid, which was the culmination of a six-month intelligence operation led by UK Customs officers.It is understood that one of the British men was based in Spain and was a regular visitor to Ghana.The raid came after customs officers received intelligence last month suggesting the principal members of the gang had imported the cocaine into Ghana and had travelled there to arrange for it to be shipped to the UK.The drugs were found in what was described as a “specially constructed concealment within the house.”Britain’s Customs Minister John Healey said: “A sophisticated, international gang has been dismantled and a large shipment of cocaine has been prevented from causing harm on our streets.”A spokesman for Customs and Excise described the seizure as “huge,” particularly given that intelligence had shown all of the cocaine was destined for Britain.He added that it was one of the biggest seizures yet made by customs officers.The customs spokesman said it was too early to say what would happen to the British men arrested, adding only that the judicial process in Ghana was now being followed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Odion Ighalo A late Odion Ighalo strike secured a crucial 2-2 draw for 10-man Watford at fellow promotion contenders Derby on a rollercoaster day at the top of the Championship.The Hornets went ahead after a quarter of the contest through Matej Vydra’s fifth goal in six games.Marco Motta was then dismissed for hauling down Derby winger Jonny Russell, with Darren Bent dispatching the resultant penalty kick to draw the sides level just before half time.On-loan winger Tom Ince put the hosts in front with a fine solo goal, but Ighalo’s clinical finish 15 minutes from time ensured a share of the spoils as Derby’s winless run was extended to seven games.With just eight points separating the league’s top eight sides at the start of the day, Watford found themselves outside the automatic promotion places by kickoff time after positive earlier results for Middlesbrough and Bournemouth.The game started as evenly as the pre-match build up suggested, with Bent having a shot deflected wide and Ighalo worrying Rams keeper Lee Grant from distance.The Watford front three of Ighalo, Vydra and Troy Deeney have plundered 48 goals between them this season, and unsurprisingly the breakthrough came when Vydra clinically pounced after some hesitant Rams defending.Derby nearly responded almost immediately but Will Hughes shot agonisingly wide from 25 yards, before Grant denied Hornets’ midfielder Adlene Guedioura with a smart low save.The contest’s turning point came on the half time whistle, as Motta was adjudged to have felled Russell when the former was through on goal, leaving Kevin Friend no option but to show the right back a straight red card and award the hosts a penalty.Bent was coolness personified as he rammed home the resultant spotkick to level proceedings going into the break, and Derby reinforced their control soon after half time.Watford defender Craig Cathcart nearly deflected the ball past Heurelho Gomes, but just before the hour mark, Ince skipped past a few feeble challenges to find the bottom left hand corner and put the Rams in front.The hosts then began to look complacent, allowing Watford back into the game, and Derby were made to pay when Ighalo clinically stroked past Grant from Guedioura’s fine pass with 15 minutes remaining.Derby introduced top scorer Chris Martin after a long injury layoff, and he nearly set up the winner for Bent but the on-loan striker was denied by the feet of Gomes as both teams had to settle for a point.
Tir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes 28/01/2013:AGM:The club will hold its AGM on Sunday 3rd March 2013 in the clubhouse with a 3pm start. This is a very important meeting for the club and all members are kindly asked to attend and throw their hat in the ring for the various positions.Nomination sheets can be obtained from out going Secretary Stephen Mc Loughlin and who has requested any new people wishing to join the club to come along on the day.Seniors: The seniors will start the season with an early defence of their title with a championship match penned down for the weekend of the 9/10th February.More details can be found on the club website or in the local papers.Reserves:The reserve team are getting on the road early this season with a friendly match arranged against Hope University Liverpool this Saturday in Liverpool.Any members wishing to go can contact manager Michael Mullan for details.Club Visit: The club will be hosting the BallyLanders GFC from Limerick for a friendly match on Saturday 2nd at Greenford. More details will follow when available.Race Night:The club will be hosting a race night at the Three Wishes pub in North Harrow on Saturday 9th March at 8-30pm.Race cards can be obtained from Stocker with horses costing £5 and £30 to sponsor a race. Lottery:Lotto results for 24/01/2013Jackpot £2,950 Numbers drawn 3-8-14-24No Jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners, Margaret Shields, c/o Conningham, Jim Bradley c/o Tom O’Connor, Teddy Bear, c/o TCG, Maurice Carr, c/o TCG.This week’s draw takes place in the clubhouse on Thursday 31st at 9pm with a jackpot at a whopping £3000. Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA: TIR CHONAILL GAELS LONDON GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 27th, 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:GAA: TIR CHONAILL GAELS LONDON GAA CLUB NEWS
Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED possible standings Latest Transfer News Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 3 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday cracker Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has told talkSPORT Wilfried Zaha has given him no indication he wishes to leave the club and join Chelsea.The Daily Mirror reported the Ivorian has his heart set on moving to the west London side and had even spoken about it with his team-mates. But Hodgson joined The Jim White Show and refuted the claims, revealing he’d been speaking with the player about the new season, with Zaha excited about the Eagles’ transfer moves as they announced deals for Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate.Asked if he knew anything about the rumours Zaha had told team-mates about his wish to join Chelsea, Hodgson replied: “No, nothing at all on that. I don’t read those stories to be perfectly honest, they circulate all the time. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star TOP WORK revealed “I can’t comment [on whether Zaha would look right at another club], he added. “That would lead to comments that we don’t think he’s good enough to play elsewhere. Of course he is, he’s a top class player and I’m sure there are many clubs, not only in England but in the rest of the world, who would like to have him.“But, as I say, he is contracted to us and he is our player and we have every intention of him continuing to be our player, at least while his contract with us.” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT targets SORRY IN DEMAND Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race Most Popular Premier League News 3 moving on Is 25-year-old Wilfried Zaha worth £70million? targets How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest 3 REVEALED predicted Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Zaha has reportedly turned down Everton as he seeks a move to the top six LIVING THE DREAM “So, my hope and my plan absolutely is that he will stay. I’ll let the speculation continue and I will continue happy to work with him.”And when probed further on the issue, Hodgson continued praise he’s star man, before reiterating his intention to keep him at Selhurst Park. Wilfried Zaha in action for Crystal Palace last season. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer silverware smart causal How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings ALTERED “I spoke to Wilf yesterday and he certainly gave me no indication it was true about wanting to quit the club. In fact, we were talking about how good the new signings were and how they would help us.“I’m afraid I prefer to stay in that world where I speak to the players and watch them train rather than follow what is happening in the mass media.“The thing with Wilf is very simple. He’s very much an integral part of our plans. He’s very much an integral part of Crystal Palace Football Club.“Everyone likes him. Everyone admires him, he knows that and I think he likes and respects the club as well. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas
DONEGAL County Councillors are today objecting to plans by council officials to relocated a Traveller family of 13 to a new €230,000 home.The luxury five bedroom home is located at Parkhill, 1km outside Ballyshannon.Cllr Barry O’Neill (Fine Gael) and Cllr Sean McEniff (Fianna Fail) have both objected to the decision to buy the house. Cllr O’Neill said today that he stood by his objections for several reasons, including the costs which, he said, breached the €204,000 ceiling.It’s understood a number of residents in Parkhill have objected to the relocation of the couple and their 11 children.Cllr Sean McEniff denied he was being a bigot when he insisted that Travellers “should live in isolation.”“Parkhill is a very settled community. I would not like these people (the family) living beside me,” he said. COUNCILLORS OBJECT TO NEW €230,000 HOME FOR TRAVELLER FAMILY OF 13 was last modified: January 17th, 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)
Naomh Muire – Junior B Champions.Pic Brid SweeneyNAOMH MUIRE are Donegal Junior B Champions after a thrilling clash with Urris in the county final in Newtowncunningham.The Rosses girls staged an astonishing comeback.They were nine points behind at one stage but came back to win by 3 points in the clash hosted by Naomh Colmcille. There were extra reasons to celebrate for one Naomh Muire player.Lauren Rodgers also celebrated her 18th birthday.Pc Brid SweeneyDONEGAL LGFA: NAOMH MUIRE CELEBRATE JUNIOR B CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: October 12th, 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 ladies footballJunior B ChampionshipNAOMH MUIREURRIS
Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland are taking part in a lunchtime protest this Thursday 1st Feb at various post-primary schools, higher and further education centres in Donegal.The teachers, trainers and lecturers are protesting for equal pay for equal work and to highlight a pay scale discrepancy that depends on the date that employees entered the profession.The protest will not affect students’ learning, as teachers will be standing outside their workplaces at lunchtime only. TUI members at post-primary schools (Donegal ETB schools in particular), FET Centres, colleges of further education and Institutes of Technology have been invited to hold the protest to highlight the damaging effects of pay inequality.The TUI say teachers and lecturers who entered the system since 2011 are paid at a lower rate (lower salary scale) than their colleagues for carrying out the same work.Union representatives said the pay inequality “undermined the teaching profession and corroded staff morale, leading to a crisis in the recruitment and retention of teachers. This inevitably impairs the quality of service to students. ” There has been a 62% decline in the number of students applying for second-level teacher training courses since 2011, while a TUI survey in 2017 showed that 29% of new or recent entrants to the profession did not see themselves in the job in ten years’ time.The TUI have also highlighted the rising emigration rate of recently qualified post-primary teachers as evidence of the pay scales affecting teacher retention in Ireland.“The only guaranteed way of ensuring the retention of teachers and the recruitment of those needed for the future is to repair the professional integrity of teaching by restoring pay equality,” representatives said.Teachers to launch protest campaign outside Donegal schools today was last modified: February 1st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:teachersTUI
Once a renowned crime reporter, Yusuf Abramjee is determined to do what he can to end crime in South Africa. He is the power behind Crime Line, and is a vice-president of Crime Stoppers International. The Order of the Baobab is the latest honour in his trophy cupboard.Abramjee is also a founding member of Lead SA, a Primedia Broadcasting and Independent Newspapers initiative aimed at highlighting the achievements of the nation and celebrating the efforts of ordinary South Africans. This initiative encourages individuals to stand up and Lead SA.First published on Media Club South Africa – Brand South Africa’s library of quality images and articles, available for free
If you’re interested in seeing what a house built to the Passivhaus standard looks like, your opportunity is coming right up. November 7-9 marks the annual International Passivhaus Days in which hundreds of houses in many countries will be open for tour.There are a couple of ways of searching for nearby Passivhaus homes that are part of the tour. One of them is by visiting the Passivhaus Database maintained by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany.The searchable database includes listings for 316 houses that are part of the open house globally. Click on a particular project and you’ll find photographs and technical details of the house, plus information on when the house will be open, where it’s located and how to get in touch for a guided tour.You can also check listings posted by various regional Passivhaus organizations. In the New York area, for example, New York Passive House has posted an interactive map showing projects in the greater New York region, plus a schedule of when they will be open.Other regional members of the North American Passive House Network have posted details of house tours in their areas.The open houses have been taking place since 2004.