Ellen Emphasizes Manufacturing above Exporting Raw Materials

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has stressed that Liberia no longer needs exportation of raw materials to other countries but must be a manufacturing country where finished goods will be sent out.Expressing the concern while receiving the Letters of Credence on April 30, 2014 from ambassadors, including Mr. Sentürk Uzun of Turkey, President Sirleaf recalled that the civil conflict in Liberia destroyed the infrastructure and fabric of the Liberian society, and as such exportation of raw materials will not do much help but producing goods that will enhance both domestic and foreign trades.Outlining some plans government has about the country, the President named the Vision 2030, which seeks to make Liberia self-sustainable and become a middle income country and the Agenda for Transformation that is a complementary program to Vision 2030 as key on her government’s development agenda on which foreign partners must act.“It is our resolve to shift from simply exporting raw materials to being a manufacturing nation,” she informed the new Turkish envoy.She added that government is quite aware that this ambition comes with huge challenges; reason for which she and her people are calling on all the partners, including Turkey, to direct their investments in the manufacturing and service industries.The President, acknowledging the level of peace Liberia has enjoyed, indicated that the environment now is better for such engagement, and therefore Turkey and others coming in should see it an opportunity to make the needed impact they can in Liberia’s post-war recovery process.The Liberian leader stressed, “Having enjoyed more than a decade of peace and stability, we can say with certainty that this is a favorable environment required for such engagement,” adding, “we therefore note with immense appreciation that your Government has emphasized its willingness and preparedness to explore with Liberia all existing opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation and to contribute to the development efforts of the people of Liberia.”She expressed appreciation to the Government of Turkey for the support given to peacekeeping initiatives in Liberia, especially to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in which 25 Turkish police currently serve.The Liberian leader also acknowledged and thanked the Turkish Government for its technical support to the Monrovia and Paynesville City Corporations, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. She welcomed with delight, Turkish pledge of continuous support to Liberia’s reconstruction process.Presenting his Letters of Credence earlier, Ambassador Sentürk Uzun extended warm greetings from his President, Abdullah Gül, and sincere wishes for the prosperity of the people of Liberia and her personal wellbeing.He said Turkey is keen to share its development experience with Liberia and other countries within his jurisdiction especially humanitarian diplomacy, a key pillar of Turkish foreign policy, adding, that believing that the 21st century will be Africa’s century, Turkey will continue to nurture the strategic partnership with Africa.Ambassador Uzun, who would be resident in Accra, Ghana, acknowledged that as Turkey highly relishes the friendship with Liberia, his government has instructed him to work for the strengthening of cordial relations as well as promote mutual beneficial cooperation between both countries. “During my tenure here, I will not fail to carry out this instruction to the best of my ability,” the new Turkish Ambassador to Liberia promised.He stressed that despite the distance that separates the two countries, the Turkish Government is willing to develop, wherever possible, economic, commercial and technical cooperation with Liberia to the mutual benefit of both countries and peoples.The new Turkish Ambassador disclosed that in recent years Turkey has improved her contacts and existing cooperation with Africa, and his government is willing and ready to explore with Liberia all existing opportunities for the mutual benefits of both countries as well as to contribute to the development efforts of the people of Liberia.Ambassador Uzun, who is accredited to Sierra Leone and Ghana also, said Turkey is committed to the goal of achieving peaceful relations among nations and pledged his country’s full support to effort aimed at improving international climate and the promotion of global peace and stability within the United Nations framework. “The principles of the Turkish foreign policy are strongly opposed to oppression,” he said.He said given the similarities of the two countries’ foreign policy objectives, he is confident that the coming years will witness frequent consultations between Turkey and Liberia. “Your Excellency, it will be an honor as well as a rewarding experience for me if I can make some contributions to the development of the relations of our two countries in the course of my accreditation here in Liberia,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

E Division Headquarters modern facility now 80% complete

first_imgThe newly constructed ‘E’ Division (Linden- Kwakwani) Headquarters modern facility, situated at Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is now 80 percent complete, with work expected to wrap up by June month-end.Presently, the electrical installation is being done on the building, which is being reconstructed inside the compound of the Mackenzie Police Station.The newly constructed ‘E’ Division (Linden- Kwakwani) HeadquartersWork commenced last December after the previous building was demolished to facilitate the reconstruction of a more modern Policing facility, equipped with all modern amenities.This was made possible through an $80 million loan from the Government of Guyana, through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Divisional Commander Anthony Vanderhyden said while the project was expected to take up to 5 months to be completed, this time has been extended to another month.“We have an extension of June month-end, according to the consultant”, Vanderhyden stated. The larger, two-storeyed facility measures approximately 135ft by 45ft.The modern facility, when completed, is expected to bring about an ease in the state of affairs at the Station, since the previous facility was reportedly inadequately spaced and cramped.As a result, various departments could not be established due to the lack of space at the Police Station. This issue is expected to be solved when the new building comes on stream.Presently, the Police department is operating out of makeshift offices within its compound.last_img read more

Burger King to hold Whopper Drive as part of Mr. Mikes challenge to support Women’s Resource Society

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of a campaign to help raise funds to support the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, Mr. Mikes of Fort St. John recently raised over $2,000 to help stock the Society’s shelves.Since raising over $2,000 for the Women’s Resource Society, Mr. Mikes is now challenging other local restaurants to do the same and take part in the challenge.One restaurant to accept the challenge is Burger King, where they will be holding a Whopper Drive in support of the Society to raise a goal of $2,000.- Advertisement -For every Whopper Combo sold on Whopper Wednesday, the FSJ Burger King will donate funds towards the Society.The Women’s Resource Society Whopper Drive is taking place Wednesday, August 14, at the Burger King in Fort St. John.For more information, you can visit Fort St. John Burger King’s Facebook page.Advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar begins assault on World Cup with injury woe behind him

first_imgSince suffering the injury in Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Marseille in late February, Neymar has managed just 129 minutes on the field.But those minutes came in Brazil’s recent warm-up friendlies, with a goal from the bench against Croatia and then a brilliant strike in a win in Austria last weekend.“After three months, and having played just a game and a half, he is already playing at a high level. Nobody expected that. Not even him,” Thiago Silva, a close friend of Neymar’s and a club teammate at PSG, said in a report on Brazilian website Globoesporte.The 26-year-old, who saw his time on the sidelines as one of the lowest points in his career so far, has looked in excellent spirits this week as Tite’s Brazil squad settle into their Russian base — the speculation about his club future, and links with Real Madrid, seem far away right now.– Home from home –Neymar has been laughing and joking with his teammates on the training pitch in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, and took time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with supporters at an open training session on Tuesday.Neymar talks with Thiago Silva, his close friend and PSG teammate, at Brazil training in Sochi © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDAHe will be in the starting line-up in Rostov-on-Don, for what will be his first game at a World Cup since being taken off with a fractured vertebra in Brazil’s win against Colombia as hosts in the 2014 quarter-finals.And Neymar’s importance in this new-look team — he is one of only six survivors from four years ago — is clear from the comments of his teammates in Sochi.“Neymar is great, thanks to God,” goalkeeper Alisson replied to one question about their talisman, while Gabriel Jesus spoke of his admiration for the former Barcelona man.“I got to know Neymar personally at the Olympics. He treated me very well, and not only me, also my family and friends too,” he said.“He is important off the field as well. He is always giving advice. That is very important. I really believe that having a good relationship, considering one as a brother, lifts you on the field. You run more for your friend.”Brazil came to Russia among the favourites as they look to put firmly behind them the 7-1 semi-final humiliation against Germany four years ago.While fellow contenders Spain have threatened to implode with the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the competition, Neymar and the Brazilians are relaxed and at home in pleasant surroundings in Sochi.The lush green coastline and sea views are reminiscent of Brazil, the Selecao have been enjoying dining with views out over the Black Sea, and they also have access to the beach.It augurs well for Tite’s side as they prepare to face a Swiss outfit ranked sixth in the world in their first Group E game before tackling Costa Rica and Serbia.Winning a sixth World Cup is the objective, but Neymar will also have personal aims.Last weekend he scored his 55th international goal, moving level with Romario in Brazil’s all-time list. There are now only two players left ahead of him.A great tournament and he could catch Ronaldo’s tally of 62, before eventually targeting the 77 scored by Pele.“I would say that it’s going to happen. Neymar doesn’t just have playing well as an objective, he is always looking to score goals,” Ronaldo, in Russia on media duty, told Brazilian television.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar is ready to lead Brazil’s bid for glory in Russia © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDASOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – For three months, a whole nation feared it might not happen, but Neymar will take to the field with his Brazilian teammates when they kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on Sunday.The world’s most expensive player appears to have recovered fully from the fractured foot that required an operation in March, with the only slight concern being his possible lack of match fitness.last_img read more

Wolves heap more away-day pain on stumbling Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000German goalkeeper Leno desperately tries to stretch for the curling ball but his efforts were in vain. Photo/DAILY MAILWOLVERHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – Arsenal’s failings were cruelly exposed as their Champions League ambitions suffered a painful blow with a 3-1 defeat at Wolves on Wednesday.Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and the outstanding Diogo Jota scored the goals that condemned Unai Emery’s side to defeat and dented their hopes of a top-four finish. But for all Wolves’ impressive play in a devastating spell at the end of the first half, Arsenal were architects of their own downfall with poor defending, sloppy passing and dreadful goalkeeping from Bernd Leno.The goalkeeper was beaten by Doherty in the air for the second goal before allowing Jota’s low shot to squirm under his body for the third.He had already been beaten by Neves’s fine free-kick for the opener, with Sokratis’s late header for Arsenal proving no more than a consolation.And Emery was left to ponder more away-day woes for the Gunners and a sign that some of the fragility that haunted former manager Arsene Wenger has not been cured.Having looked comfortable in the early exchanges, the Gunners simply wilted once Wolves piled on pressure at the end of the opening half and a catalogue of errors left the visitors 3-0 down at half-time with no way back.– Early Arsenal pressure –For 20 minutes it was comfortable for Emery’s side as they dominated possession and Wolves struggled to escape their own half.The chief threat was from Nacho Monreal, advancing from full-back on their left flank, first to cross for Sokratis to volley off target, then to be stopped twice by Doherty, the second time earning the Wolves man a booking.Yet the Gunners could not build on their early promise and Wolves worked their way into the game in stunning style, aided and abetted by brittle defending from the Gunners.There were warnings when Jota burst down the Wolves left and Doherty down the right, leaving Arsenal defenders in their wake but not managing to deliver goals.That changed when panic in the Arsenal defence saw Monreal foul Jonny and allow Neves to whip a free-kick over the wall and past Leno in the 28th minute.Leno was culpable for the second goal, first for poor handling of a Jota shot that led to a corner and then for being outjumped by Doherty as he headed home a Jota cross 11 minutes later.Then the Arsenal goalkeeper was one of several guilty parties for the Gunners’ third as he let Jota’s cross under his body and over the line on the stroke of half-time.Granit Xhaka’s dreadful pass in the build-up and a non-existent challenge from Sokratis were equally responsible.When Raul Jimenez crossed for Jota early in the second half, Wolves should have made it 4-0 but the forward’s touch let him down on an otherwise impeccable evening.Arsenal had a strong penalty appeal rejected when Alexandre Lacazette tangled with Ryan Bennett and Sokratis headed a goal from a Xhaka corner with 10 minutes to go.But even a brief spell of sustained pressure offered little serious hope that they could undo any of the earlier self-inflicted damage.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe LYITLetterkenny Institute of Technology is amongst the highest revenue-generating colleges for its locally economy across Ireland and Britain.The LYIT is ranked among the top 20 educational institutes when it comes to money being generated by its students in the local economy, a study a found.Third-level colleges generate €4 for every €1 they spend, and seven jobs for each person they employ, the study found. Brian Lucey, professor in finance at Trinity College Dublin’s business school and one of three authors of the article, published in Studies in Higher Education, said it was one of the first attempts to analyse the economic impact of the sector.While the data is based on the 2010-2011 academic year, spending was €2.6bn, of which €1.5bn came from government sources.But higher education contributed €10.6bn to the economy, 70% of it generated by the seven universities, and the remainder by the 14 institutes of technology.The colleges employed 22,000 staff, but indirectly supported 150,000 jobs. “While there has been a lot of talk about the financial sustainability of higher education, and the search for new funding models in universities and other higher education institutions in Ireland, little empirical evidence exists to guide policy-making,” said Prof Lucey.“The findings will contribute to the current national debate about the funding challenges facing the sector in a post-bailout environment.”A major aspect of that debate is whether or not students should pay more fees to increase funding for higher education, given that government has cut spending and that student numbers have risen.While speculation has focused on a student-loan scheme to finance increased private funding, this is just one of the possibilities that will face the incoming government after the spring election.The study, co-written with Qiantao Zhang and Charles Larkin, finds that Irish figures are comparable to similar studies of higher education institutions in the UK. Along with the three Dublin universities, University of Limerick and Letterkenny Institute of Technology also feature in the top 20 of all UK and Irish institutions for levels of economic impact.The researchers also suggest the findings could inform debate about mergers and co-location of Irish colleges, and how their income diversity will result in desirable, or undesirable, policy outcomes.“Less-developed regions could concentrate more on developing a dense system of high-tech and innovative firms to enhance the interactions between universities and firms,” they wrote.LYIT AMONG TOP REVENUE-GENERATING COLLEGES IN IRELAND AND BRITAIN was last modified: December 28th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegaleducationLYITlast_img read more


first_imgYoung Joseph Duddy with Aogan O Fearghail, Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael at the opening of the New Astro Pitch at Scoil Strath Mor. Frank Mc Glynn with Sally Mc Clafferty who won the prize for choosing the name of the new Astro Turf pitch at Strath MorAogan O Fearghail, Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael looks on as Sally Mc Clafferty gets a hug from Donegal GAA Captain Michael Murphy at the opening of the new astro pitch at Strath Mor.Donegal’s Frank Mc Glynn, School Principal Therese Mc Monagle, Aogan O Fearghail, Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael who performed the opening ceremony, Sally Mc Clafferty, Donegal Captain Michael Murphy, Letterkenny Mayor James Pat Mc Daid, and Frankie Doherty, Donegal GAA, Vice Chairman at the opening of the new astro turf pitch at Strath Mor. Photo: Geraldine DiverParents Committee member Patrick Mc Monagle, Frankie Doherty, Donegal GAA Vice Chairman, Aogan O Fearghail, Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael, Mary Walker, Donegal Captain Michael Murphy, and Kathleen Toner. GAA PRESIDENT OPENS STRAMORE NS ASTRO TURF PITCH – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 23rd, 2016 by StephenShare 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:astro turf pitchdonegalGAAOPENINGPRESIDENTStramore National Schoollast_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL TD has admitted that he fears a new hospital trust which includes Letterkenny could lead to the loss of services.Responding to the announcement by the Minister for Health, James Reilly that Letterkenny General Hospital is to be grouped with hospitals in Sligo, Roscommon, Mayo and Galway in advance of the establishment of a Western Hospitals Trust,  Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said that “it is now more important than ever that Letterkenny General Hospital is upgraded to Regional status if it is not be subsumed by Sligo and Galway Hospitals with the loss of services and resources”.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “Despite all the fine rhetoric about this new Hospitals Group, the bottom line is that for the people of Donegal, the proof will be in the pudding. Will Letterkenny General Hospital be upgraded? Will the hospital budget increase? Will the numbers of consultants, junior doctors and nurses increase? Will Letterkenny General Hospital at last gets its fair share of resources? “Late last year, my colleague, Deputy Pearse Doherty and I revealed that the management and staff at Letterkenny General Hospital had endured a scandalous and systematic underfunding for many years.“We demonstrated that per 1000 inpatients, Letterkenny General Hospital receives the lowest budgetary allocation of any hospital in the state and the lowest allocation of hospital staff in the state. Dublin hospitals have been receiving between two and three times the budgetary allocation that Letterkenny General Hospital receives per 1000 inpatients.”The TD went on: “Despite the fact Letterkenny General Hospital caters for almost 21,000 inpatients, making it the seventh highest in the state; they have yet to be given the designation of a Regional Hospital.“This costs the hospital up to two million euro per annum and puts services in the hospital under threat as hospitals with higher status are prioritised. Sligo is designated as a Regional Hospital despite having five thousand less inpatients per year and ranking as the 17th highest in the state. Sligo Regional Hospital also receives a higher annual budget than LGH.” He concluded: “Deputy Pearse Doherty and I will be monitoring these new developments very closely. We demand fairness for the people of Donegal and nothing less.” TD: I FEAR FOR LOSS OF SERVICES AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: May 15th, 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:TD: I FEAR FOR LOSS OF SERVICES AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITALlast_img read more

Ex-Hayes & Yeading star cleared

first_imgFormer Hayes & Yeading United striker Josh Scott has been cleared of attacking a woman in a nightclub.The 26-year-old, who now plays for League Two Dagenham & Redbridge, was found not guilty of common assault at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.Scott came through the Hayes youth system and was twice top scorer, helping United win promotion to the Conference Premier.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

D’Angelo Russell on playing with Stephen Curry, how he fits Warriors scheme

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — A lot has been made of how D’Angelo Russell will fit in with the Warriors, both on and off the court.Throughout media day on Monday at the team’s new San Francisco facility, Warriors players and coaches conveyed excitement over implementing Russell. They pointed to his much-needed ability to score and pass, and played down concerns over implementing a pick-and-roll specialist into a team that ran the fewest pick-and-rolls in the league last season.Russell, for his part, fell …last_img read more