USAID Mission Director Assures US Gov’t Support to SMEs

first_imgThe Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Anthony Chan, has assured Liberian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of the United States government’s support.Dr. Chan made the statement yesterday, April 20, at the closeout program of USAID funded program, Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX), where he inducted leadership into office to operate the Consortium of Business Development Service Providers-IBEX Sustainability Strategy. He said since the inception of IBEX in 2012, they have trained 99 business development services providers and over 300 financial services professionals, including bankers and microfinance officers in technical areas such as agriculture lending, financing renewable energy project, and loan underwriting criteria for local business people.Through IBEX, Dr. Chan said, USAID has taken a strategic and comprehensive approach to business development in the country, focusing on empowering local small businesses with the priorities identified by the government of Liberia under its Agenda for Transformation (AfT).The USAID Director said IBEX has been working hard to assist small local businesses and to secure and strengthen access to credit for over 1,000 small businesses in Liberia.Additionally, over US$8 million was approved, and a little over US$7 million were disbursed to agribusiness, renewable energy, hospitality, construction, logistics and transportation, trade and healthcare businesses. Credit was disbursed through both USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) as well as non DCA supported loans. Based on these achievements, the USAID Mission Director said IBEX has set a great example of how to work with and engage small businesses and the private sector to develop the strong partnership that is needed to enhance their investment in developing Liberia’s economy.“IBEX experience demonstrates that we can move towards a more active participation of small businesses and enhance their contribution to the development of their communities, and I believe that IBEX achievements will play an important role in the development of micro, small medium enterprises,” he said.He, however, said that his institution remains committed to supporting local businesses and also works with partners including the GOL in these endeavors.Also speaking, Madam Watchen Harris Bruce, Chief of Party (COP), thanked USAID for the opportunity given her and her staff to train local businesses on how to be become successful.Madam Bruce said the four years she operated the organization proved that there are “millions of SMEs in Liberia” that need the training.She said the training also demonstrates that if government and international partners help local businesses get proper training it will help them become successful, as well as create more jobs in the country.“This is a dream come true, because we achieved our many objectives and demonstrated Liberian-owned businesses can borrow and can pay.“Those were some of the things we heard, when we came to operate this organization, Liberians don’t pay debt. Its’ not that they cannot pay, but they didn’t just know how to raise revenue, make reports, do record keeping and financial statements,” said Watchen Bruce.For her part, the National Investment Commission, Etmonia David Tarpeh, expressed gratitude to IBEX, especially USAID for the support given to Liberian-owned businesses.The closeout program of IBEX was attended by government officials, USAID, staff of IBEX as well as local business people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Person in hospital after early morning shooting in Fort St. John

first_img– Advertisement -Video- Officers continue to investigate the scene of the shooting on Monday morning – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caA 22 year-old is in hospital following a shooting on Monday morning in Fort St. John.The Fort St. John RCMP detachment reports that the unidentified victim is in hospital and is in stable condition.The RCMP cordoned off an area in the city on Monday, at 98 avenue between 96th street and 95th street, north to the alley between 99 avenue and 100th avenue.Police say it’s unknown how long the area will be closed to the traveling public. Officers are requesting information from the public on the incident.Advertisement Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious on 95th street, 99, 98, or 98A avenue around four o’clock on Monday morning, are asked to call the RCMP at 250-787-8145.To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go online to www.crimestoppersfsj.caPhotos:  This photo was taken behind the Fort St. John Dental Clinic – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caPhoto:  This photo shows the police investigation on 95th street – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

Suicide assistance on Web is worrisome

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.? It is technically difficult to ? crack down on sites of dubious nature, and any excessive regulation may constitute a violation of freedom of expression. ? There are other Web sites that try to help suicidal people regain their will to live by encouraging them to express their feelings of despair. Increasing the number of these sites is one way of protecting suicidal people from cyberspace predators. – Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Kawasaki woman’s young life ended because of a suicide-assistance Web site accessible from any mobile phone. The creator of this Web site is an electrician by profession. He reportedly kept posting messages, inviting anyone who was contemplating suicide to respond. When the Kawasaki woman responded, he told her of drugs she could take to die painlessly. They struck a deal and settled on a price. According to police reports, the woman paid him 200,000 yen, and the man kept his part of the deal by coming over to her home, where he made her take a sleep-inducing drug, and then suffocated her by putting a plastic bag over her head. ? Crimes made possible by the Internet have become so widespread that we can no longer just ignore them. last_img read more

Devastating for Marco Reus – reports claim Dortmund forward faces six months out

first_imgMarco Reus got his hands on his first piece of major silverware with Borussia Dortmund yesterday, but there may have been devastating news for the forward.The 27-year-old was forced off at half-time during Dortmund’s 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final – a competition he’d finished as runner-up on three occasions previously – and Bild claim he could be out for six months with cruciate ligament damage.Speaking to ARD during BVB’s post-match celebrations, Reus said: “Maybe it’s a bit of anterior cruciate ligament. You’ll have to ask the doctor. It doesn’t matter today”.His career has been spoiled by injuries, and if it is confirmed that he has torn his ACL, again his place in a major international tournament will be in doubt, with the 2018 World Cup to come next summer. Marco Reus could be out for six months 1last_img read more

Fenerbahce move would be backwards step for Wilshere, says ex-Gunner

first_img IN DEMAND 2 Asked about the rumours, Clarke said on Saturday’s World Cup Sportsday on talkSPORT 2: “I’m a little bit angry about this, a little bit upset.“If Jack chooses to go to Turkish football, it’s not the right decision for his career.“The one thing he needs to sweep aside when he chooses his next destination is money – he needs to forget about it. He’s got enough money and he will be well paid wherever he goes.“He has to choose carefully for the sake of his career, but if you go to Turkey you are choosing money. Latest transfer gossip on 2 “I believe he should be targeting a mid-ranking Premier League club that plays the kind of football that suits him – Wolves and Fulham spring to mind, two teams tailor-made for him. I think he would be fantastic at a club like Newcastle as well.“I’m not against him going aboard, but if you’re going to do that, then choose a proper league! Choose Spain, Italy or France – the Turkish league is not strong.“Ok, maybe Jack hasn’t had the offers he expected from other clubs and maybe this is the best on the table, but I doubt it. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Wilshere left Arsenal when his contract expired this summer, after 17 years with his boyhood club LIVING THE DREAM RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Wilshere would be ending his England career if he moves to Turkey, according to Clarke LATEST REVEALED targets targets moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Jack Wilshere has been urged not to join Fenerbahce this summer, as he would be taking a ‘backwards step’ in his career.Latest reports claim the free agent midfielder is close to signing with the Turkish Super Lig club after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season.A host of clubs have been linked with the 34-cap England international, but rumours over the past week have suggested possible moves to Juventus and West Ham are now off the table.Recent reports have suggested Fenerbahce are now leading the race for the 26-year-old and that he could join the Istanbul-based club as early as Monday.But former Arsenal midfielder-turned-broadcaster Clarke believes Wilshere would be choosing money over his career if he does move to Turkey – saying he should look top remain in the Premier League or move to ‘a proper league’ abroad instead. “This would be a backward step in his career.“He won’t get an England recall playing for Fenerbahce.“Choosing money over your career at this point for Jack Wilshere is daft.” Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more

Early Art Confounds Evolutionists

first_imgThe artwork on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France is too good to have been made by early modern humans.  “Chauvet should be removed from assessments of early modern humans in Europe,” said UK archaeologist Robin Dennell.  “Including it leads to a gross distortion of their cognitive abilities.”  Other experts who dated the artwork at 30,000 years – twice the estimated age of the more famous cave art at Lascaux – stand by their dates.  “Chauvet is the best dated rock art site in the world,” said French rock art expert Jean Clottes.  Randall White (New York U) agreed: “There are more dates from Chauvet than from most other caves combined.”  Michael Balter reported on the controversy in the Aug 15 issue of Science.1    The art in Grotte Chauvet was discovered about 10 years ago (07/26/2001, 04/22/2003).  Its charcoal and ochre paintings of horses, bison and rhinos are so good, they surpass in quality the cave paintings estimated at half that age.  Evolutionary anthropologists divide the modern human period in which the first signs of culture appear into the Aurignacian period (beginning 40,000 years BP) down to the Magdalenian period (17,000 to 12,000 years BP).  They expected to find a progression in cognitive ability as reflected in art.  The reverse is true.  “The fundamental importance of Chauvet is to show that the capacity of Homo sapiens to engage in artistic expression did not go through a linear evolution over many thousands of years,” says cave art expert Gilles Tosello of the University of Toulouse (UT), France.  “It was there from the beginning” (cf. 10/04/2001, 12/13/2003).    Because this runs contrary to evolutionary expectations, Dennell and colleague Paul Pettit of the University of Sheffield have found it too hard an empirical pill to swallow.  They mounted a serious challenge to the dating of the art.  They claim that later Magdalenian people could have picked up old charcoal off the floor to make the paintings.  The Chauvet old-date defenders find that idea ridiculous.  They present other arguments against attempts to revise the date, claiming, for instance, that the cave opening was sealed by a landslide well before the Magdalenian period had arrived.    Balter left the controversy at a standoff with Pettit looking like the underdog.  He quoted Margaret Conkey (UC Berkeley) asking, “Chauvet was an expression of the sensibilities, beliefs, and social relations of anatomically modern humans in this part of the world.  What was it about their lives that made imagemaking in caves meaningful?”1.  Michael Balter, “Archaeology: Going Deeper Into the Grotte Chauvet,” Science, 15 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5891, pp. 904-905, DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5891.904.One other interesting detail in the article is that the humans who made the paintings apparently shared the cave with large, dangerous predators: cave bears.  Hundreds of cave bear bones were found in the cave.  Who were the hunters and who were the huntees?  Maybe they took up residence in different seasons.    This article is a humorous look into the dogmatism of certain evolutionists who want to maintain their beliefs in spite of the evidence.  Throw out the evidence, says one; it is leading to a “gross distortion” of the “cognitive abilities” of early man.  Being interpreted, this must mean that what provides an accurate picture of human history is the fact-free tenacity of imagination.    None of this grants an inch to the grossly distorted dating methods of evolutionary anthropologists.  Despite their bluff about calibration, radiocarbon dating is only as “accurate” as its untestable assumptions.  A global event like a Flood (based on written records) would have drastically changed the calibration curve and put all this art well within a Biblical timeframe.  A creationist would expect man’s cognitive abilities to be complete from the beginning, just as revealed by the Chauvet data.    If you don’t buy that, then we ask again (01/19/2001): do you buy the notion that for tens of thousands of years – multiple times the length of all recorded human history – people physically and mentally our equals (or superiors) drew pictures of horses on cave walls, but never figured out one could get a lot more done by hopping on their backs and taking a ride?    For as far back as we have records, men have ridden horseback for travel, hunting and warfare.  Native Americans introduced to horses quickly became expert riders.  They could fire arrows in all directions at a full gallop, bareback, using primitive bridles.  Yet we are expected to believe that the master artisans of Chauvet cave, very familiar with all the mammals in their environment, drawing magnificent steeds to perfection, never thought about that?  How plausible is it that at least 25,000 years passed, brave men hunting all kinds of large animals the whole time, before someone got daring enough to leap onto Old Paint and shout, “ride ’em cowboy!”?  It’s downright aurignacious to imagine such a thing.  Even a Magdalene would think it silly.    Including the Chauvet Cave data does not lead to a gross distortion of early man’s cognitive abilities.  Believing the evolutionary story with its horseless economy leads to a gross distortion of the cognitive abilities of modern Homo gullibilis.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Desmond Tutu wins Templeton Prize

first_img5 April 2013South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been awarded the 2013 Templeton Prize by the US-based Templeton Foundation for his work in advancing spiritual principles such as love and forgiveness.The prize was announced at the foundation’s headquarters in West Conshohocken in Pennsylvania and is valued at $1.7-million (about R15.6-million).It is the world’s largest annual monetary prize awarded to an individual.Tutu joins the ranks of 42 former winners of the prize, including the 2012 Prize Laureate the Dalai Lama and the 1973 winner Mother Theresa.“The prize honours a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension,” it says on was established in 1972 by the late global investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton.“Desmond Tutu calls upon all of us to recognise that each and every human being is unique in all of history and, in doing so, to embrace our own vast potential to be agents for spiritual progress and positive change,” the president and chairperson of the foundation, John M Templeton Jr, said in a video statement.“Not only does he teach this idea, he lives it.”There will be an award ceremony at the Guildhall in London on 21 May, when Tutu will officially receive the prize.A celebration will also be hosted on 11 April at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, where Tutu served as Archbishop from 1986 to 1996.“When you are in a crowd and you stand out from the crowd it’s usually because you are being carried on the shoulders of others,” Tutu said.“I want to acknowledge all the wonderful people who accepted me as their leader at home and so to accept this prize in a representative capacity.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa engages with citizens in the diaspora in Australia

first_imgMelbourne, above, will be the second stop on Brand South Africa’s GSA Australia trip. (Image: Alan Lam, Flickr)Johannesburg, Friday 03 March 2017 – Brand South Africa will, from 7-9 March 2017, engage with Global South Africans, or citizens in the diaspora, in Australia.In executing its mandate to position South Africa positively and manage the reputation of the Nation Brand, Brand South Africa participates in and organises a series of engagements both domestically and internationally. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the status of the Nation Brand while encouraging citizens to coalesce around efforts to strengthen the country’s reputation and profile. Through this, it is anticipated that South Africans can become active citizens who are able to play their part in this national endeavour.Explaining the importance of South Africans in the diaspora, Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela says, “South Africans living abroad are one of the most important constituencies because of their ability to promote and profile the country positively. Brand South Africa’s research indicates that there are approximately 150 000 South Africans living in Australia and it is for this reason that Brand South Africa will meet with citizens in Sydney and Melbourne on 7 and 9 March 2017 respectively.”“As part of the engagements in Sydney and Melbourne, Brand South Africa will share an analysis of the performance of the Nation Brand. Through this process it is anticipated that Global South Africans can be encouraged to fly the South African flag and therefore contribute to collective efforts promote South Africa as a globally competitive business and tourist destination,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #BrandSADownUnder.Interviews can be arranged with identified spokespeople.For more information, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Urban development panel joins CWG probe

first_imgSharad Yadav, chief of a parliamentary standing committee, will review CWG decisions taken by urban development.The UPA government is in for another round of headache as a parliamentary committee panel, headed by an Opposition leader, has decided to probe projects executed by the union urban development ministry for hoisting Commonwealth Games 2010.It is learnt that the parliamentary standing committee on urban development, headed by Janta Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, has convened a meeting on January 18 to look into the projects handled by the ministry for conducting the biggest ever sporting event.Sharad Yadav confirmed to Mail Today that a meeting has been convened and the agenda is CWG. However, he refused to share any other detail of the meeting slotted for next-week.Mohinder Singh Kaypee, a Congress MP from Jalandhar, said the panel is going to review the contracts made and other decisions taken for the Games by the urban development ministry, headed by Jaipal Reddy.Though Reddy was head of the Empowered Group of Ministers for the timely execution of Games projects including the opening and closing ceremonies, he was slammed for the mess in the construction of stadia and the Commonwealth Games Village, situated near Akshardham temple in East Delhi.The ministry, which has been apprised of the meeting to ensure their officials’ presence, had executed projects through the central public works department (CPWD) and Delhi Development Authority.Of the total Rs 11,494 crore (over $ 2 billon) spent by the Centre, the Delhi government had made an expenditure of Rs 600-700 crore (around $ 130 million).advertisementApart from the standing committee, other agencies and panels are probing different aspects of the great games loot. They are the Prime Minister-appointed V. K. Shunglu Committee, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate.Interestingly, the CAG is likely to complete its probe on the CWG by the end of this month and table its report in the budget session. The CAG’s CWG reports will subsequently be looked into by the BJP headed public accounts committee (PAC), which is attracting news these days as it is looking into the 2G spectrum scandal, as well.The findings of the standing committee on urban development will give another ammunition to the Opposition parties which have made their intentions clear by making the CWG loot and 2G spectrum scam as corruption issues to corner the Congress- led coalition government.The government is already red faced as the Opposition stalled the Parliament from functioning, demanding a jointparliamentary committee to look into the spectrum scam.Much of the urban development ministry’s work was done through Delhi Development Authority that will be scrutinised by 31 panel members, most of whom come from Lok Sabha.For instance, the DDA through public-private partnership had built the CWG village, which was criticised by the visiting delegates of the participating nation for being in a shamble prior to the start of the games. After the Games were over, Reddy cracked the whip on private village developer EMAAR MGF by asking the DDA to confiscate the bank guarantee of Rs 183 crore for failing to honour the contract.Similarly, the CPWD is already under attack, owing to a preliminary CAG finding, for allegedly paying contractor, Ahluwalia Constructions, twice for the same job at Talkatora swimming pool complex. Agencies already looking into the Games scandalV.K. Shunglu Committee A high-level committee appointed by the Prime Minister to look into corruption and systemic failures in the conduct of the CWGComptroller and Auditor General The reports of the CAG are taken into consideration by the public accounts committees, which are special committees in the Parliament of India and the state legislatures (Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad)CBI A government agency of India that serves as a criminal investigation body, national security agency and intelligence agencyEnforcement DirectorateIs a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in IndiaIncome Tax DepartmentIs governed by the Central Board for Direct Taxes and is part of the department of revenue under the ministry of financelast_img read more

a month ago​Norwich announce Official Primary Club Partner

first_img​Norwich announce Official Primary Club Partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City has confirmed Alvexo as its Official Primary Club Partner, reports Operating Officer at Norwich City, Ben Kensell, said of the partnership: “We’re delighted to have Alvexo on board as a partner and are thrilled to welcome them to the Premier League. “We know Alvexo pride themselves on tradition, integrity and innovation so it is great to partner up with a business that is aligned with the values of the Club.”Managing Director of VPR Safe Financial Group, Yael Kleinman, added: “We are excited in having established our partnership with Norwich City FC and believe in the future prospects it holds for both of us.”We share a commitment to integrity, experience and tradition while striving to grow and strengthen our client and fan base with a team of professionals dedicated to strong performance and maintaining long term loyalty.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more