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Security heightened at games venues

first_imgMedia representatives with games passes will be allowed into the games.Those who don’t have passes will be turned away.PNG Loop visited the games venues this morning for a wrap up of what is happening and was told by the securitiesat the gate.Meanwhile most Pacific Island countries have arrived in the country for the challenge during the games.The opening ceremony will be on Saturday July 4, 2015 at BSP stadium in Port Moresby.last_img

GOL Pumps US$5M in Ebola Trust Fund

first_imgThe Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has announced the creation of a Trust Fund to manage the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The fund is established at the Central Bank of Liberian (CBL) (Act No. 022530000215/ Ebola Trust Fund) under the guidance of the MFDP, with supervision from the National Task Force on Ebola.The government through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia has contributed an initial US$5 million to the fund, demonstrating the seriousness it attaches to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, which has already claimed the lives of over 130 Liberians. The GOL therefore encourages all partners including donors, private sector actors and ordinary citizens to contribute to the Fund.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has authorized the Minister of Finance, Mr. Amara M. Konneh, to appoint a Special Comptroller General and a small team of accounting and procurement specialists to manage the Fund. She said the objective of appointing a special comptroller general and procurement specialists is to ensure that the funds are used effectively and that the goal is achieved.The GOL noted that the purpose of the special team is to ensure that after the program is over, a full accounting report of all funds and other resources received and expended is produced for the public.“At the end of the program, a detailed report shall be provided and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) will be asked to perform an audit and results communicated to the nation,” a GOL statement said.According to the government, the special team will work directly under the National Ebola Task Force chaired by the President to ensure that resources are provided expeditiously without any bottleneck in supporting those on the frontline to combat the Ebola epidemic.The government noted that all procurement and logistical decisions will be made at the task force level.The government has meanwhile emphasized that it has made available US$5 million to the fund as its initial contribution. It encouraged the public, donor community and friendly governments to make contributions to the fund.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BWI Board of Governors Elects New Officers

first_imgThe reconstituted Board of Governors of Booker Washington Institute (BWI) convened its first meeting on May 21, and scheduled elections of its new chairman and vice chairman for October 8. The scheduled meeting was held at the institute on Saturday during which Jackson J.Paye, a civil engineer, who is Deputy Minister of Public Works for Rural Development and Community Services, was elected as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Ezzat Eid, a prominent businessman and President of the World Lebanese Cultural Union, was elected Vice Chairman. The two officials were elected on white ballots.In his acceptance speech, Deputy Minister Paye thanked William Gyude Moore, Minister of Public Works, for the opportunity given him to represent the ministry on the Board of BWI, the school which he said gave him more than he can possibly give back. Mr. Paye recounted his fond memories of his days on BWI as a student, a student leader, and a Cadet Corps Commander of the school’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Course (ROTC) program, all of which propelled him in a significant way to what he later became in life. He stated that whatever further education a graduate of BWI gets, the foundation was laid at the institute; a premier vocational institute as well as a bastion of academic excellence. Graduates of the school have not only gone on to become top notch technicians, but also gone on to become civil engineers, medical doctors, academicians, administrators, etc. Mr. Paye expressed gratitude to members of the Board who unanimously elected him, and called upon them to give their fullest support so as to realize President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s desire to make BWI a school of excellence. He pledged to work hard with the administration to build on the foundation others before him built to restore BWI to its prewar status and if possible exceed it. Mr. Paye thanked Kenneth Y. Best, who was teary eyed at this point, for his leadership and commitment to BWI over the years, and for quietly working behind the scenes to get him elected, hence passing the baton to him. He admitted that the shoes Mr. Best is leaving behind to fill as chair are huge, but said he is delighted that Mr. Best will be around to guide him. Mr. Paye meanwhile called on all members of the Board, the alumni association, the faculty and staff of the institute, and all well wishers, to work with the principal and the Board of Governors in making BWI second to none in Liberia.For his part, Mr. Eid thanked Mr. Best for passing on the leadership to a new generation, while he sits and guides. “It is better to do that, while you are strong, to correct and guide your successor,” Mr. Eid jokingly remarked. He pledged to do all within his power to work with the institute to achieve its goals. He made several generous offers to the Board and the institute, including a large conference table and chairs for board meetings, and the hosting of a Board Meeting at the Royal Grand Hotel once a year to encourage the ministers to attend. He said that hosting a Board Meeting on BWI may not be attractive to the ministers because it requires a whole day.In March 2016, President Sirleaf, as Chairman Ex-Officio, reconstituted the Board of Governors of the BWI. According to the BWI Charter, the institute shall be under the government of a Board of Governors, which shall have perpetual succession of members to be chosen and appointed by the President as Chair Ex-Officio. The members of the Board shall not exceed 17, of which nine are statutory and eight widely representing the entire public and private sectors and may be nominated by reason of their office.It is in execution of her responsibility that President Sirleaf reconstituted the BWI Board of Governors by appointing several prominent individuals including Ezzat Eid, owner of several businesses in Liberia; Charif Abdallah, businessman; Bill Morris, a Liberian Rubber Farmer;Alexander Cummings, a politician; Upjit Singh Sachdeva (Jeety), businessman; Kenneth Y. Best, newspaper proprietor, alumnus and outgoing Chairman, to the Board. Statutory members of the Board are the Ministries of Public Works, Youth and Sports, Finance and Development Planning, Agriculture, and Labor; BWI Alumni Association, Margibi County Administration (Superintendent), NASSCORP, Firestone-Liberia, and the Principal/CEO of BWI, who serves as Secretary to the Board; while the Ministry of Education, is an Ex-Officio member.At the conclusion of the meeting, which included reports from the administration, Mr. Best thanked all for the very fruitful and well attended meeting (13 of 17 members were in attendance, two excused absences for travel, and two absent). He lauded the principal, Attorney H. Fomba Tarnue, Esq., for significant progress made since his appointment in January this year. Mr. Best enumerated several achievements including dramatically increasing the number of boarding students, the hosting of exhibitions featuring works of students at Founders’ Day, and the reinstitution of the ROTC program, among others. He also expressed his and the Board’s appreciation to the Minister of Defense, Brownie J. Samukai Jr. for bringing back the ROTC program to BWI. Mr. Best pledged to work with Governor Paye to ensure the smooth operation of their alma mater, and lauded him for his love of BWI, which he exhibited by his many contributions now and in years past.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Striving for Business Success: Voices of Women Entrepreneurs

first_img-Wants LCC to create awareness so women businesses will joinIt seems that many Liberian-owned businesses started with great fanfare and hopes of successful futures. But, after a few years, many of them fail. Nevertheless, some do succeed. There are a number of reasons why many Liberian-owned businesses go under, including but not limited to failure to keep track of the bottom line, lack of fiscal discipline, costly cultural practices, and lack of a succession plan.Hundreds of businesswomen from diverse business backgrounds have observed that the reason for this is that, they do not have the kind of support they need. In addition, the Chamber of Commerce, who is supposed to connect them to resources, is being run by men.“But if they start having more women in leadership roles, it will encourage others in the workplace or self-run business organizations to join and generate more revenue,” they stated.To achieve this, the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) needs to start ensuring that women get the critical experiences that are required for their advancement in the organization.According to them, women’s leadership in business is important in ensuring that more women are in positions where they have the authority to decide and negotiate on issues that affect them, because they are the ones feeling the pinch.The women made the statement on Wednesday, June 21, at a one day conference organized by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in partnership with the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) to create awareness on the benefits of having a diverse Board and supporting the need for targeting more women to become actively involved in the activities of the LCC.“We don’t even know whether the Chamber of Commerce is a Liberian business organization, boys club or foreign business organization, because no woman is in leadership there,” said Madam Fatu Kromah.She also said that as a result, they are not receiving the kind of opportunities they need to grow their businesses.Also speaking, Salamartu Stephanie Duncan, secretary general of LCC, told the participants that although the institution has been dominated by men, since her ascendancy to that position, LCC operations across the country are now more diverse.She said if women want to receive the kind of opportunities the men are receiving, they need to join the LCC, which will create more links to others for them.“We need women to take up the mantle of authority in the business environment if they want to become successful in doing their businesses,” she said.The LCC secretary general also said the presence of women in any organization can boost the entity, and help generate more revenue for the organization.She said close to 300 top companies and business associations form the chamber’s membership, adding, “Less than 5 percent of our members are female-owned.” According to her, the lack of female participation is not just unique to the Chamber of Commerce, but is also the same on different boards of member organizations throughout Liberia.Ms. Duncan said women need to diversify and inclusion is a major issue in businesses in Liberia and the Chamber of Commerce.“We wanted to bring together a group of Liberian women entrepreneurs and just ask them, ‘why aren’t you members of our business organization or serving on the Board?’…your view of what the challenges are.“What exactly do we need to do because the numbers are pretty low as Liberia’s oldest business organization? What do we need to do to increase the number, not just with us but other business organizations?” she asked.After some research, Duncan said the Chamber found out that, “we need to do more awareness; there are a lot of women who said they don’t even know what the chamber of commerce is about. So we need to do more awareness, reach out to businesses or specifically target women business owners, go out to them and invite them to come on board.”“So, as the chamber, what we need to do now since we know the service here but there is a lack of information, we need more information on you and we need you to communicate with us more. We will diversify our means of communication so that we can move forward,” she said.“If you look at the laws on the books, they make pretty much right in a sense even though we have associations that are members of the chamber of commerce, but on the large-scale people look at it to be a boys or men’s club.“So we need to change that perception by encouraging more women to join the Chamber of Commerce, come to meetings, come to events that we have, be a part of the advocacy process, because if you are not part of the Chamber of Commerce, when we are setting down policies it will gave us a tough time. You have to be at that table.“We are responsible for making sure that our private sector is functioning correctly.”Succession planning in organizations needs to have ‘gendered lens’ so that barriers to women’s advancement into senior roles are eliminated, she said.Vaanii O. Baker, a private sector development specialist, called on other business institutions to support women businesses in the country.Mr. Baker said prior to the war, there were many successful businesswomen organizations that made headways in the Liberian economy, “but today it is no longer working because the men are not willing to support the women.”Rhonda Richards von Ballmos, who served as one of the panelists, said the main reason for the shortcoming is access to financial services to support their businesses.“Financing has been recorded as a major constraint faced by female entrepreneurs to start growing their businesses, because of high collateral which they cannot afford. The interest rates are also too high and the majority of them realized they are using their own financial resources to start their businesses,” she noted.Madam von Ballmos noted that banks are not interested in collateral, but rather capacity to repay the money, “so women need to reach out there to encourage others who are not successful in business to begin to do.”Mrs. Jannine Cooper challenged the LCC to ensure that businesses are protected and have access to more opportunities. She said the LCC needs to promote and capacitate Liberian businesses in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TIGI urges Govt to come clean on arrangement

first_imgUse of dealer to burn amalgam– as Govt expresses satisfaction with using private dealer With the lab at the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) out of service, Government has admitted to using the services of a private dealer to amalgamate gold, an arrangement it is satisfied is not ‘incestuous’.But according to President of Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated (TIGI), Dr. Troy Thomas, the move is one that raises concerns. While he acknowledged the need for Government to find an alternative location to ‘burn’ gold, he declared that more transparency is needed for the process.“While I understand the need to move because people were getting sick, the way it was done (is irregular),” Thomas stated in an interview with this publication. “They said they are not paying anybody, and I wonder whether that is to get around (the process). But that whole arrangement sounds a bit too casual for the Government to be undertaking something like this.“I think if the Government is doing something like this, they need to be a bit more formal and they need to be a bit more forthcoming with information. We have to know who it is. It’s not just a matter of whether you’re getting paid or not, we need to know who it is,” Dr Thomas said.Stressing that he was not implying anything on the part of the private dealer, Thomas posited that one reason it was important for Government to come clean on the identity of the company is to allay any uncertainty the public may have about the reputation of the individual.“They need to be more forthcoming about information to allay fears about what is happening. What the Minister said is not nearly enough. I’m not casting aspersions on anybody, but suppose you have somebody you really don’t want to have dealing with the Government, let’s say a criminal, and I’m not saying the person is, we don’t know. That is a position we should not be in.“We should know who is providing that service, we should know what or if they’re getting paid, and I find it strange you’re providing a service where you’re processing gold and you’re not getting paid. It sounds so strange to me that I must ask, ‘Okay, you’re not getting cashm so what else are you getting in lieu of cash?’”When he appeared before the National Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources on Friday, subject Minister Raphael Trotman had admitted that Government was using the services of a private gold dealer to burn gold.Trotman informed the committee, “Right now there is no gold being burnt at Brickdam. We are using the services of a dealer and we thank that dealer…I can assure you that no burning will ever occur there again.”When asked outside the committee whether using this dealer could not be construed as a conflict of interest, Trotman further stated, “It has been raised, but we are satisfied. We have our staff there, but it is a temporary situation. We are actively scouring a few sites; this is only temporary.”He also noted that the dealer is not being paid for the service he is providing to the Gold Board, which is an important agency charged with overseeing aspects of the gold trade. One of its most important tasks is collecting royalties from gold dealers.Following the discovery of high levels of mercury in its laboratory, the GGB had contracted the services of Trinidad-based Kaizen Environmental Services to conduct an independent investigation of the effect of the emission, and that company has said the mercury levels are back to normal.According to the report, the study was conducted on March 28 at ten locations primarily within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission’s compound and surrounding areas.“The mercury (Hg) levels monitored at all ten (10) locations were within the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (US OSHA) eight (8) hour Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL),” the report stated.Out of over 130 staffers tested, it was discovered that more than 60 reported high levels of mercury in their system. (Jaryl Bryan)last_img read more

NGO spreads holiday cheer at annual Christmas toy giveaway

first_imgThe foundation which stemmed from simply deciding to give a gift to a child has now blossomed into a Non-profit Organisation (NGO) known as the ‘Give Another Chance Foundation”, which is solely grounded in doing charitable work for the 8-years of its existence.The foundation on Saturday, put smiles and excitement on the faces of children as it hosted its fourth Christmas toy giveaway drive at the National Gymnasium where 350 children from across Georgetown participated.Founder and Executive Director of “Give Another Chance Foundation”, Miranda Thakur-Deen told Guyana Times that she was eager to host the event because she has a zest for sharing, and has seen the foundation grow over the past years.“This event, I’m very excited for because I’ve seen us grow from year to year, and this is our fourth year in Georgetown, and every year the foundation aspires to give over a thousand gifts…every year I’m in the background, I observe to make it better every year, and this year we had a successful event” she said.Additionally, President of Foundation, Alisha Amos said that the Christmas season is the perfect time to give back, especially to the children. The foundation refers to such events as “the way of hope”, a pillar on which it functions so as to meet the aims of sharing and entertaining the children several times during the year, which includes Christmas.“We would just like to give back to the children in Georgetown…but our foundation is about sharing and giving, and this season we want to give back and put smiles on the children’s face, we are looking to distribute 350 gifts today.”As was explained, the foundation caters to distribute over a thousand gifts while it seeks to take the event at different areas, the next one being Baramita, Region 1( North West District). Additionally, the foundation hopes to make their events superior in the future as they grow and succeed in these charitable acts.The children played games and were also entertained by different cartoon characters such as Minnie and Mickey Mouse. They even shared photo moments with Santa Clause.last_img read more

CAPP receptive to oil and gas act changes

first_imgThe Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is welcoming the new changes to the Oil and Gas Activities Act.The consultation process between the government and CAPP was fairly involved and there were no major surprises when the new Act came into effect, says David Pryce, the Association’s vice president of operations.- Advertisement -The new Act creates a more thorough consultation process between landowners and the industry. Pryce says he believes it is important for the Association to have a strong relationship with landowners over the long term.[asset|aid=3187|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=98fbe6feafe55684db2eba631ea4b853-David Pryce CAPP 1_1_Pub.mp3] Pryce says that one benefit for the Association is that it will now only have to deal with the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission rather than a range of provincial departments.However he adds that one challenge is determining what the process is for transition between the old and new regulations.Advertisement The question exists as to whether previously submitted applications should be examined following old or new requirements.He adds that the Association is currently in discussions with the OGC about the transition process and hopes to have its concerns addressed as soon as possible.last_img read more

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand claims: I should be a Chelsea star

first_img Ryan Bertrand Ryan Bertrand believes Chelsea blundered by letting him go – insisting he is good enough to be the Premier League champions’ first choice left-back.Bertrand joined Southampton on a permanent deal earlier this year for a fee of around £10million after an impressive loan spell at St Mary’s.The 25-year-old has been in outstanding form all season, earning him an England recall and a place in the PFA Team of the Year.And, while Bertrand is loving life at Southampton, he is adamant he is talented enough to play for Jose Mourinho’s side.“For me it wasn’t a case of ‘my career didn’t go right, I’m not playing for Chelsea’,” Bertrand said.“I know personally I should still be there and I should still be playing but it is no drama. That is football and these things happen.“I am fantastically happy at Southampton, playing week in, week out and developing as a footballer and really enjoying life.“I know in myself – that’s my inner confidence, I have the capabilities.“It’s nothing to do with my capabilities that I’m not there, it’s purely circumstance.”Bertrand insists he holds nothing against Mourinho for his Chelsea exit, however, adding: “That’s not really in my mind to go out and prove people wrong.“I’ve no grudges, no chip on my shoulder about showing him ‘look, I’m better than him’ – it was just about me. That was the whole decision.“As a footballer you can’t get too carried away or too attached. I would play there and was happy, but now I play at Southampton I really feel part of it. I really feel like a footballer.“When the team gets a win and you are playing consistently, you feel good about it. You get a day off the next day and you feel like you deserved a day off.” 1last_img read more

Eclipse Cinemas: Teen Burglars, Boy Battles with gods & much more….

first_imgEntertainment: Eclipse cinemas set for another busy weekend with three eagerly awaited films showing at Eclipse Cinemas.Don’t Breathe: Teen burglars get more than they bargained for in this lean and tense thriller from the director of Evil Dead.Alex (Dylan Minnette) uses info from his father’s security company to break into homes with his friends Rocky (Jane Levy) and Money (Daniel Zovatto). Now the larcenous trio have found the perfect target: a blind man (Stephen Lang) living alone in a sprawling Detroit house. He recently won a huge cash settlement following the death of his daughter in a car accident. What they don’t suspect is that their target is no helpless victim. He’s a military veteran and trained killer.Fede Alvarez, who gave us that excellent ‘Evil Dead’ remake, ratchets up the tension as this home invasion turns into a nail-biting game of cat and mouse. Veteran character actor and ‘Avatar’ star Stephen Lang is on top from as the ferocious, resourceful homeowner who fights back with every means at his disposal.Kubo and the two strings: A boy battles gods and monsters in this epic animated family action-adventure from the creators of The Boxtrolls.Young Kubo (Art Parkinson) leads a simple life as a storyteller in a small seaside town. But his life changes abruptly when he accidentally summons a spirit from the past that’s bent on pursuing an ancient vendetta. Now this unlikely hero must embark on an amazing quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his father, the world’s greatest samurai warrior. Along the way to fulfilling his destiny, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) and uses his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – to take on such formidable foes as the vengeful Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Rooney Mara).This compelling story is told in a breathtaking blend of CGI and puppet animation from Laika, the innovative studio that gave us Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.Ben-Hur: Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman star in a spectacular reimagining of the great historical action epic.In Roman-occupied Jerusalem, Prince Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) is falsely accused of treason by his adoptive brother, army officer Messala (Toby Kebbell). He’s stripped of his title, separated from Esther (Nazanin Boniadi), the woman he loves, and forced into years of slavery at sea. During his eventful exile, Ben-Hur encounters Sheikh Ilderim (Morgan Freeman), who trains him as a charioteer. Eventually, he returns home bent on revenge. But by this time his life has been changed by encounters with Jesus Christ (Rodrigo Santoro).‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ director Timur Bekmambetov is at the helm of this bold new interpretation of the novel that inspired the 1959 Charlton Heston Oscar winner. Scripted by ’12 Years a Slave’ writer John Ridley, the film was shot in stunning Italian locations. Naturally, its centrepiece is a breathtaking, state-of-the-art chariot race.Eclipse Cinemas: Teen Burglars, Boy Battles with gods & much more…. was last modified: September 6th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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

HARPS CONFIRM SIGNING OF BONNER

first_imgFinn Harps have confirmed the signing of former Derry City and Kilmarnock player Caoimhin Bonner.The club confirmed that international clearance has been received for Bonner who will be available for selection for the remainder of the 2014 season.Harps manager Ollie Horgan said: “I am happy Caoimhin has agreed to sign for us because he has shown he has the qualities required to become a League of Ireland player. “He has previously played at both centre back and fullback so he offer us another option. Caoimhin has just turned 21, so if he buys into the standards we expect here, he can fulfil his undoubted potential at Finn Harps.” HARPS CONFIRM SIGNING OF BONNER was last modified: April 7th, 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)last_img read more

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