Pres. Sirleaf Pushes Economic Diversification Policy

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has underscored agriculture, energy, mining, health, infrastructure, among others, as priority areas for foreign investment in the country.Other areas she named include tourism, manufacturing, and information and communication technology.President Sirleaf made these remarks yesterday at a one day Liberia-UK Trade and Investment Forum organized by the National Investment Commission (NIC) in collaboration with the British Embassy and Developing Markets Associates.According to her, with Liberia recovering from the twin shocks of the health crisis and the sharp decline in the world commodity prices, which led to some business closures, including mines, job losses and reduced fiscal revenues, it is urgent for the government to reengage international investors and partners.The forum, she said, offers the platform for re-engagement with the international business community for her government to lay out its economic agenda in the post-health crisis environment, and highlight opportunities for foreign investors.“Times have changed and so has our economic focus. The harsh realities of the global economy have compelled us to recalibrate our economic focus away from the previous one. “Our government is now keen on adopting an economic diversification policy which I believe will serve as a cushion against both internal and external shocks,” President Sirleaf said.She used the occasion to specifically appreciate the role of the British Embassy, Developing Markets Associates (DMA), the NIC and other institutions.“We have made it a point to invariably reach out to international investors to test their confidence level in the progress and potential of our country. Feedback received has helped to shape and reform our investment climate. Today, I can proudly say that our investment climate is immensely improving,” President Sirleaf said.She further told the investors that Liberia will be making a case for the much needed investments in priority sectors of the economy.Also speaking, the chief executive officer of Developing Markets Associates (DMA), Atam Sandhu, said the forum is Liberia’s first ever international, in-country summit that aimed to build on the successes of previous meetings and reflects Liberia’s impressive growth in business.Mr. Sandhu told the gathering that Liberia is once again back on track to regain the success it achieved prior to the 2014 Ebola outbreak.Much of the credit for progress, according to him, must be given to President Sirleaf, who has been in government since 2006. It was her government that established a prudent macro-economic environment which underpins socio-economic development in the country, he said.“As you will hear from ministers today, the government is building an ambitious plan of reconstruction, not only to win back the losses of two-year growth (due to Ebola epidemic) and put the country back on the growth trajectory it was experiencing prior to the outbreak, but also build an economy which will be resilient to future shocks whenever they occur,” he said. The ceremony was graced by senior government officials, including Central Bank Governor Milton A. Weeks, Commerce Minister Axel Addy, investors, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ituni Police Station’s records contradict GDF’s testimony

first_imgLindo Creek CoIWhile under oath on Monday, Guyana Defence Force Lieutenant, Colonel Fitzroy Ward told the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek Massacre that he took a caution statement from gang member Dwane Williams at the Ituni Police Station detailing the killings; however, when the books from the station were presented on Tuesday, there were no records of the interaction.Deputy Superintendent, Gary McAllister reading from the Ituni Police Station DiaryDeputy Superintendent Gary McAllister presented the Station Diary and Occurrences Book from the Ituni Police Station, Kwakwani Police Station, Wisroc Police Outpost, Wismar Police Station and the McKenzie Police Station. McAllister was tasked by the Commissioner of Police to inspect the books of several Police stations in E (Linden-Kwakwani) and F (Interior locations) Divisions to look for entries of the June 2008 killings at Lindo Creek.He told the Commission that with the exception of the Ituni and Kwakwani Police Stations, there are no records of any incidents relating to the Lindo Creek killings. He said he found an entry dated June 16, 2008, detailing Williams’ arrest in the Ituni Police Station Diary while he found an entry of Leonard Arokium’s report of the killings.The CoI heard that despite Arokium making the report on June 21, 2008, the officers at the Kwakwani Police Station never made the entry into the Station Diary until July 3, 2008. According to the report, read by McAllister, Arokium told Police that he received information that his eight employees were murdered but did not name a suspect.Contrary to the testimony of Lieutenant Colonel Fitzroy Ward, who on Monday told the CoI that he took a caution statement from gang member Dwane Williams at the Ituni Police Station, McAllister testified that the records showed no entry of such being conducted.Meanwhile, the entry of June 16, 2008, related that Officer Morrison would have arrested Dwane Williams, who was just 14 at the time. The entry detailed the appearance of the then minor, who had several marks of violence about his body but made no allegations against the arresting officer.Ward would have testified that Williams told him, under caution and in the presence of other ranks of the Special Joint Services team, that the criminal gang headed by Rondel “Fine Man” Rawlins murdered the miners at the Lindo Creek camp. The allegations were made at the Ituni Police Station on June 16, 2008, some five days before the discovery was made and six days before the remains were brought to Kwakwani.Additionally, he told the CoI that Williams related that “Fine Man” took a hammer and smashed one of the miners’ skull, which was confirmed when he saw the burnt remains.McAllister during his testimony said the function of the Diary and Occurrences Book is to record movements and incidents in the jurisdiction.Counsel for the Guyana Defence Force, Roysdale Forde, sought to question the integrity of the books by getting the officer to admit that the entries were not entered in sequential order.Furthermore, Detective Sergeant Rodwell Sarrabo returned to the stand on Tuesday to continue his testimony. He reiterated that he was responsible for compiling a report and taking a few statements and related that Morrison supplied a detailed statement of what occurred at the Ituni Police Station.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings, which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.last_img read more

Workers can no longer trust Labour Dept – FITUG

first_imgThe Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) on Thursday expressed its disappointment in the Labour Department, as it noted that workers can no longer count on the entity to address it issues objectively.The Union’s distrust of the Labour Department comes one day after the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) noted it plans to resume strike action, this time on a larger scale with the support of its sister Unions, after Labour Minister Keith Scott imposed an arbitrator in the wages between GTU and the Education Ministry.“From the FITUG’s point of view, the actions of the Ministry, and more particular the Minister, does very little, if anything, to repose workers confidence in the Department of Labour and more so the Administration’s concern for the plight of our country’s working-class. Indeed, it seems, the workers can no longer count on the Labour Department as an ally.”The Union added that it is a “disappointing turn of events, especially when we take into account its proud past of standing with workers to ensure that they are respected. The reversal of sorts is yet another clear demonstration of the Administration’s dim regard for the country’s working people.”According to the Union, Minister Keith Scott would have over stepped his boundary by introducing a Chairman for the arbitration panel to resolve the ongoing issue of salary increase for teachers. Moreover, FITUG deemed the minister’s action as a manifestation to undermine teachers and the GTU.FITUG argued that the move made by the minister is “dismaying and utterly reprehensible” since the very minister is responsible for upholding workers’ rights. “The Minister, from our point of view, is far removed from his boundary and has gotten himself in uncharted waters from which he has, in our view, no justification to enter. It seems clearly that he has misunderstood his role and is causing serious damage in its wake,” the union asserted.It was on that note that FITUG contended that the Government should urgently engage in damage control and seek to correct the several missteps it has made. The Administration should in fact give serious consideration as to whether it wants to continue to have Minister Scott as its front man on this issue recognising the serious damage his actions have done to the credibility of the Department of which he is the political head, the trade union added.last_img read more

Northern B.C. High School Rodeo Gala this Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern B.C. High School Rodeo Gala is this Saturday, April 13, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.According to Northern B.C. High School Rodeo, this Gala is their most important fundraiser of the season and helps support the rodeos, Year-End Awards, and Scholarships for graduating members.The evening will include dinner, live and silent auctions followed by a dance featuring The SweetWater Band.- Advertisement -Tickets are $60.00 per person.To purchase tickets, you can go to energetictickets.ca or at Systems Sound Source, located in Fort St. John at 10421 100 street.The Northern B.C. High School Rodeo Gala will be taking place Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.Advertisement The first rodeo event for of the spring season for the North Region is scheduled this Saturday, April 13, in Prince George for the Small Bore Shoot.Another event will be taking place on April 20 and 21 in Chetwynd.last_img read more

Nicole Richie charged with misdemeanor DUI

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – Celebri-tant and reality show star Nicole Richie was charged today with misdemeanor drunk driving stemming from her wrongway trip down the Ventura (134) Freeway two months ago, Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said. Richie, 25, is slated to be arraigned Wednesday in Glendale Superior Court, said deputy District Attorney Edwin Greene. She will not have to appear in court. The daughter of singer Lionel Richie and star of “The Simple Life” arrested Dec. 11 after a California Highway Patrol officer said she drove her sport utility vehicle east on the westbound lanes of state Route 134, near the Buena Vista Street exit in Burbank. When officers arrived, they found Richie had stopped in the carpool lane, and she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The district attorney also alleged Richie had a prior misdemeanor DUI conviction in June 2003. last_img read more

Maybe we need to settle for second best in Iraq

first_imgWASHINGTON – It took political Washington a good six months to catch up to the fact that something significant was happening in Iraq’s Anbar province, where the former-insurgent Sunni tribes switched sides and joined the fight against al-Qaida. Not surprisingly, Washington has not yet caught up to the next reality: Iraq is being partitioned – and, like everything else in Iraq today, it is happening from the ground up. 1. The Sunni provinces. The essence of our deal with the Anbar tribes and those in Diyala, Salahuddin and elsewhere is this: You end the insurgency and drive out al-Qaida and we assist you in arming and policing yourselves. We’d like you to have an official relationship with the Maliki government, but we’re not waiting on Baghdad. 2. The Shiite south. This week the British pulled out of Basra, retired to their air base and essentially left the southern Shiites to their own devices – meaning domination by the Shiite militias now fighting each other for control. 3. The Kurdish north. Kurdistan has been independent in all but name for a decade and a half. Baghdad and its immediate surroundings have not yet been defined. Despite some ethnic cleansing, the capital’s future is uncertain. It is predominantly Shiite, but with a checkerboard of Sunni neighborhoods. The U.S. troop surge is attempting to stabilize the city with, again, local autonomy and policing. This radically decentralized rule is partition in embryo. It is by no means final. But the outlines are there. The critics at home, echoing the Shiite sectarians in Baghdad, complain that an essential part of this strategy – the “20 percent solution” that allows former-insurgent Sunnis to organize and arm themselves – is just setting Iraq up for a greater civil war. But this assumes that a Shiite government in Baghdad would march its army into the vast Anbar province where there are no Shiites and no oil. For what? It seems far more likely that a well-armed and self-governing Anbar would create a balance of power that would encourage hands-off relations with the central government in Baghdad. As partition proceeds, the central government will necessarily be very weak. Its reach may not extend far beyond Baghdad itself, becoming a kind of de facto fourth region with a mixed Sunni-Shiite population. Nonetheless, we need some central government. The Iraqi state may be a shell but it is a necessary one because de jure partition into separate states would invite military intervention by the neighbors – Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria. A weak, partitioned Iraq is not the best outcome. We had hoped for much more. Our original objective was a democratic and unified post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. But it has turned out to be a bridge too far. We tried to give the Iraqis a republic, but their leaders turned out to be, tragically, too driven by sectarian sentiment, by an absence of national identity and by the habits of suspicion and maneuver cultivated during decades in the underground of Hussein’s totalitarian state. All this was exacerbated by post-invasion U.S. strategic errors (most importantly, eschewing a heavy footprint, not forcibly suppressing the early looting, and letting Moqtada al-Sadr escape with his life in August 2004) and by al-Qaida’s barbarous bombing campaign designed explicitly to kindle sectarian strife. Whatever the reasons, we now have to look for the second-best outcome. A democratic unified Iraq might someday emerge. Perhaps today’s ground-up reconciliation in the provinces will translate into tomorrow’s ground-up national reconciliation. Possible, but highly doubtful. What is far more certain is what we are getting now: ground-up partition. Joe Biden, Peter Galbraith, Leslie Gelb and many other thoughtful scholars and politicians have long been calling for partition. The problem is how to make it happen. Top-down partition by some new constitutional arrangement ratified on parchment is swell, but how does that get enforced any more than the other constitutional dreams that were supposed to have come about in Iraq? What’s happening today on the ground is not geographical line-drawing, colonial style. We do not have a Mr. Sykes and a Mr. Picot sitting down to a map of Mesopotamia in a World War I carving exercise. The lines today are being drawn organically by self-identified communities and tribes. Which makes the new arrangement more likely to last. This is not the best outcome, but it is far better than the savage and dangerous dictatorship we overthrew. And infinitely better than what will follow if we give up in mid-surge and withdraw – and allow the partitioning of Iraq to dissolve into chaos. Charles Krauthammer’s e-mail address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Missing L.A. baby found; two women charged

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals Child welfare workers in Dallas examined the boy pending his return to Los Angeles, authorities said. Police said they believe the two women expressed interest in Devon when they saw him with his mother at a store on Saturday. The boy’s 17-year-old mother, Dominique Calloway, said earlier this week that one of the woman, believed to have been Nunn, offered to buy the child for $6,000. Calloway, a single mother, said she was tempted, but ultimately changed her mind. She said she took a ride home from the women, and they returned to her South Los Angeles home Monday to repeat their offer. Calloway said the women were seated in a Ford Explorer when she told them she did not want to sell her son. The passenger in the Explorer then asked to hold the child one more time. When Calloway handed her the baby, the women drove off, dragging the young mother as she held onto the side of the vehicle, police said. It remained unclear whether Calloway will regain custody of her son but police said they independently confirmed her account of what happened. Calloway also has a 2-year-old who has been placed in protective custody. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 6-week-old boy snatched by two women who had offered to buy the child from his teenage mother was found Wednesday in Dallas, authorities said. Devon Calloway was turned over to authorities unharmed early Wednesday by an attorney representing Annette Bryant and Sylvia Nunn, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. The two women were identified Tuesday by police as possible suspects in the case. Although they hadn’t been arrested, prosecutors in Los Angeles filed charges against Nunn, 53, and Bryant, 47. Both women, who will likely be extradited to California, face one count each of kidnapping and child stealing, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office. They face up to 13 years in state prison if convicted of both charges. Bail was set at $500,000. “I just want my kids back,” Calloway told KCAL-TV. “I thought he (Devon) would be in California.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FOUR WEEKS TO SAVE FINN HARPS FC

first_imgFINN HARPS could go bust in four weeks – unless they can find €48,000.That’s how much debt the Ballybofey club has.Club officials are planning a fundraising drive to settle the debts. Otherwise the football team could be kicked out of the league.FOUR WEEKS TO SAVE FINN HARPS FC was last modified: November 7th, 2011 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)last_img

Letterkenny Gaels sail through to Junior B semi-finals

first_imgClub newsThe Junior B football team were away to Convoy on Friday last and played out a good win. This victory leaves the lads top of their group and they now progress to the semifinal of the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Junior B Championship.Due to fixture changes the senior footballers had no game at the weekend. Last Wednesday evening the U-21 footballers recorded a four point win over Downings and their next match will be a quarter final appearance with the opposition to be confirmed later.The U-16 lads continued their winning form with a victory over Naomh Mhuire Conmhaigh and are fixed to play Glenfin next.Our young U-8 and U-10 Camogs travelled to Burt to take part in a well organised blitz last Friday evening. The girls played a few games against the Burt Camogs and then took part in a mixed game. Thanks to Burt for hosting and the hospitality after.The underage football training is taking a short break and will resume on 14th August. U-12 girls football training takes place at the pitch every Sunday morning from 11am-12noon. All welcome.Cúl CampsLetterkenny Gaels had a busy 5 days at Pairc na nGael when we held our annual Cúl Camp last week. Under the watchful eye of Oisin Cannon and coaches Cormac Cannon, Aidan Hanley, Shane Graham, Dan Harnett assisted by Brendan Finney, Rory Quinn, Conor McBearty and Emma Tinney.All 99 participants enjoyed themselves and were delighted with the gear. County star Michael Murphy made an appearance on Thursday and spent time talking with the children and signing autographs. Special thanks to the helpers during the week, Anna Gallagher, Ross Marley, Orla McAleney, Niamh Hanley, Eoghan Harkin, Niall Diver, Shaun McGiolloway, Keelan Margey, Kieran Kilfeather.Camogie Camogie Training continues at Pairc na nGael every Monday from 6pm-7.30pm for U12s, 14s, 16s & 18s and Friday evenings from 6-7.00pm for U8s, 10s, 12s & 14s.Bookings are still being taken for the Camogie Camp which will run from 10th to 12th of August at Pairc na nGael. The camp is open to girls from 6 – 14 years and will run from 10am – 2.30pm daily. Cost – €20 first girl, €15 second, €10 third, etc. All girls will receive a t-shirt. To book please contact 086 8163605 for more details.All coaches are fully Garda vetted and are GAA accredited. All welcome.Hurling Letterkenny Gaels U-12 hurlers traveled to McCumhaills on Thursday evening and enjoyed the opportunity to play on the County grounds in Ballybofey.A very sporting challenge game was played using a mixture of both teams. We have no game next week and are fixed to play neighbors St. Eunans on the 18th of August.Outdoor Hurling training for U-6, U-8 & U-10 continues every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Hurls and helmets provided. New players welcome.U-12 to U-18 hurling continues every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm – 7.30pmBingoBingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €2350. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. All welcome.The underage football training is taking a short break and will resume on 14th August.U-12 girls football training takes place at the pitch every Sunday morning from 11am-12noon. All welcome.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelLetterkenny Gaels sail through to Junior B semi-finals was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:junior bLetterkenny GaelsMichael Murphylast_img read more

Five things to know about the San Francisco Giants’ 2020 schedule

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants still have dreams of playing in October in 2019, but reaching the postseason will require overcoming a challenging slate of games in the final seven weeks of the season.No one in a Giants uniform wants to hear the words, “There’s always next year,” but on Monday, the franchise learned a lot more about next year anyway.Major League Baseball released the 2020 schedule, allowing its teams and fans to plan for the year ahead. Here are some of the highlights to keep in …last_img