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Liberian Economy Hit Hard by Ebola Outbreak

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first_imgAmin Modad, Chief Executive Officer of Bella Casa Hotel, located in Sinkor, MonroviaThe outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia has dealt a huge blow to the country’s economy, a Liberian businessman operating in Liberia has observed, calling on the government to re-align its fiscal budget to rescue local businesses drowning from the impact of the virus.Amin Modad, a hotel entrepreneur and proprietor of Bella Cassa, a local hotel in Sinkor, told our Business Desk on Tuesday, August 26 that businesses are seeking a tax holiday and other incentives from the government to make up for the losses they are enduring as a result of the Ebola epidemic.“We know exactly the constraints the government is going through at this time and we don’t want to put further pressure on them. But the fact remains that we [domestic private sector] are drowning as a result of the Ebola virus,” Modad said. Many Liberian-own hotel businesses have shut down as a result of the lack of clients.The Ebola virus has killed 1,400 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The virus outbreak has slowed government’s revenue generation in the three countries as expatriates and foreign business owners have fled. “We in the hotel business are among those [businesses] worse it by the Ebola outbreak because our clientele level has dwindled immensely,” he said. “The government must give us [businesses] a period with tax holiday and duty free privileges. We are not being insensitive to the government’s problems.”In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, Modad, a real estate and trade developer and former senior policy advisor to the Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC) disclosed that his hotel currently has less than three clients as a result of the Ebola outbreak.The Liberian businessman, who says he holds a Master degree in business administration (MBA), explained that he has downgraded his staff from 44 permanent staff to only 20. He said the rest of the staff including 14 auxiliary staff, has been urged to stay home.“We had to take such a decision because we are no more receiving clients,” Modad added. According to him, most of the non-essential staff staying home receives part of their monthly salaries for their upkeep because of the prevailing economic condition.              Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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House Demands Budget Performance Report

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first_imgThe House of Representatives has said that the proposed National Budget of 2014/2015 submitted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday, May 21, will not be opened for scrutiny without the submission of Budget Framework document, which, according to them, provides overview for the pending fiscal year.Plenary took the decision last week when Speaker J. Alex Tyler briefed his colleagues on issues relating to the draft 2014/2015 Budget, noting that the bill was submitted with only a transmitter letter from the President.The submission of the required documents and contents of proposed budget is a requirement under Section 12 (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) and (g) of the Public Financial Management Law of Liberia (PFML).  Speaker Tyler informed his colleagues that the proposed budget “must contain a detailed annual estimate set alongside the previous budget year outturns, current year original budget as well as the actual outturns base on available data and projected outturns for the current year.” He maintains that the details and content of the annual budget estimate shall be defined in regulations issued by the Minister of Finance under the PFML.Meanwhile, the House’s Plenary cautioned the Executive to attach urgency to the submission of the required documentation to avoid further delay as the April 30th deadline for budget submission has expired under the PFM.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Region 10 hosts children’s costume competition

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first_imgSchools from across Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) joined in the celebration spirit of the annual Mashramani observances in Guyana, with the hosting of the Children’s Mashramani Costume Competition.Region 10 students during the physical display competitionIntense competition was witnessed at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Ground and the Lichas Hall in Linden over the course of three days (January 31 to February 2), in keeping with this year’s theme, “Let’s Cooperate and Celebrate Republic 48”.The action commenced on Wednesday, January 31, with the nursery competition at the MSC Ground, which saw students from schools across the Region competing in the areas of dance, physical display, masquerade, costume display and jump rope competitions. On February 1, the primary and secondary schools’ competitions were hosted at the same venue. On, February 2, the dramatic poetry and calypso competitions were hosted at the Lichas Hall. This saw creative presentations from students, who highlighted issues such as the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, violence and abuse and Guyana’s oil discovery, among others.last_img read more

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Game four of NPHL semi-finals this Thursday

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Game three of the NPHL semi-finals took place last night, Tuesday, February 26, as four teams continued to battle it out for a spot in the finals.The Dawson Creek Senior Canucks were host to the Manning Comets.The Canucks played a hard-fought game and managed to be the Comets 3-2.- Advertisement -Currently, the Canucks vs Comets series is sitting at 3-0 for Dawson Creek.Also on Tuesday night, the Grande Prairie Athletics were in Falher to take on the Pirates.The Athletics would get an early start in the game, eventually beating the Pirates 6-2.Advertisement Currently, the Athletics vs Pirates series is sitting at 2-1 for Grande Prairie.Up next, this Thursday, February 28, the Canucks are in Manning to face the Comets and the Pirates are in Grande Prairie to take on the Athletics.last_img read more

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Gunmen rob, beat Corentyne family

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first_imgA Corentyne, Berbice family was attacked by three armed bandits at their Port Mourant, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home on Sunday evening.Indira Samaroo shows her injuryThe Corentyne’s couple home which gun men invadedReports are the attack occurred at about 21:30h at Lot 227 Dispensary Dam Ankerville, Port Mourant, Berbice. This newspaper was told that Indira Samaroo along with her husband and teenage son were all at home when three masked men approached – one was carrying a firearm and two had cutlasses. The attack occurred after a family friend left the couple’s home. According to Samaroo, one of the bandits went straight to her husband and hit him with the gun. He was taken into the shop where he was gun butted and told to hand over $4 million. Samaroo said that her husband denied having so much money and the gunman cuffed him to the face and stomped him to his chest. Meanwhile, Samaroo said she was hit in the face with a side of a cutlass and she fell out of the hammock. She said that one of the intruders then demanded that she get up but she was unable to do so.“He grabbed me by my hair and dragged me right across the concrete from outside and carry me inside the house. He asked me where is the money and I asked him what kind of money and he said the money that you have. So I told him I don’t have money and he said yes, I have money that’s you wanted the $4 million,” she related. The woman related that she told the bandit that she has never seen what $4 million looks like and has never held $4 million in her hand.This newspaper was told that one of the intruders then turned his attention to the teenager, telling him that if his mother does not hand over the money he will kill her. However, the teen, this newspaper was told, while begging the bandits not to kill his mother, informed the gunmen that his parents do not have money.According to Samaroo, she was taken into a bedroom and handed over a bag with money but the small sum of cash angered the men, who threatened to then kill her son.“I told him I have no more money,” the traumatised woman said. She recalled that the bandits then pulled her husband out of the shop and put him to sit with her and her son while they ransacked the house.The man then picked up three cellular phones and an electronic tablet along with three wristwatches and the businessman and his son’s wallets.“Then they demanded the keys to the car and say that they want the haversack that my son come home with,” the woman said. She said that she told them that the haversack was in the car. She said that the bandits took the family to the washroom and locked them inside. Moments later, they returned and told them not to make any noise or they all will be killed.After some time, the Samaroos came out and realised that they were alone. The woman recalled that the entire ordeal lasted about 20 minutes.Meanwhile, when the bandits made their entry from the side of the house, neighbours saw and called the Whim Police Station but the phone went unanswered.Meanwhile, Nadira Samaroo, who lives in Rose Hall Town, said she received a telephone call from her brother about the robbery and went over to the Rose Hall Police Outpost and informed them of the robbery.She said they were able to make contact with the Whim Police Station.However, the injured woman said four officers from the Rose Hall Outpost arrived at her home about 30 minutes later and the Whim Police Station ranks, who are closer, arrived more than two hours later.Only recently, three armed bandits pounced on three overseas-based Guyanese at Fyrish on the Corentyne. Two of them had cutlasses and one had a firearm.There have been reports of persons on the road along the lower Corentyne being attacked by three masked men on bicycles. Reports are that three men were seen hurrying out of Dispensary Dam at Ankerville on Sunday night on bicycles.last_img read more

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SUPER DONEGAL LADIES CROWNED ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME

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first_imgGERALDINE McLaughlin hit two goals as Donegal were crowned Ulster Senior Ladies champions for the first time ever at Clones this afternoon.While the Termon player was the star of the show once again, it was the outstanding performances of every other player on the pitch today which got Donegal over the line 2-12 to 1-10.Captain Katy Herron was in superb form, playing so well she was hit several times off the ball….and Yvonne McMonagle and Amber Barrett were wonderful all day in the pouring rain. But this was a team performance, from every defender through midfield to the front.Donegal led by three points, 0-07 to 0-03, after a cagey first half played in dreadful conditions.The girls showed amazing grit and determination in a tough second half against some baffling referee decisions.Geraldine McLaughlin bagged a goal early on to stretch the Donegal lead to seven points. But Monaghan were awarded a dubious penalty shortly afterwards and you could see it hit the Donegal girls.That downer didn’t last long as Donegal put their heads up and kept going again.And mid-way through the first half Geraldine McLaughlin disposed the Monaghan keeper to fist the ball to the net.Amber and Geraldine rattled off more points before Monaghan began a bit of a comeback.But it was all too late for the Farney girls. Ulster have new Champions. Donegal are Ulster Champions for the first time.Manager Davy McLaughlin can be very proud of his incredible work with this team.SUPER DONEGAL LADIES CROWNED ULSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DonealdonegalFootballLadiesMonaghanUlsterlast_img read more

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Bombing shatters peace

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After the attack, the bloodied body of a man in his 50s lay on the ground among scattered fruits and mangled metal shards. Rescue workers covered other bodies with blankets, walking on pools of blood and shattered glass. A section of the falafel stand’s metal roof hung from a eucalyptus tree high above the market. Jack Weinberg, a Brooklyn-born psychologist in Hadera, arrived at the scene shortly after the blast and saw the wreckage of a car. “If this could happen to a car which is made of metal, I was afraid of what it could do to a person,” he said. Then Weinberg saw a dismembered body with its face still intact. “It was the most frightening thing,” he said. The attack came hours after Iran’s state-run media reported comments from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map” and saying a new wave of Palestinian attacks would destroy the Jewish state. Recalling Iran’s history of support for Islamic Jihad, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev criticized both Ahmadinejad’s statement and another from Mahmoud Zahar, a leader of the Hamas militant group in Gaza who threatened fresh violence against Israel. “Today, Israelis heard two extremists speak openly about destroying the Jewish state. One was the new president of Iran, and the other was the leader of Hamas, Mahmoud Zahar. And it appears the problem with these extremists is that they followed through on their violent declarations with violent actions,” Regev told The Associated Press. White House spokesman Scott McClellan condemned the bombing and called on the Palestinian leadership to crack down on militants. “The Palestinian Authority needs to do more to end the violence and prevent terrorist attacks from being carried out,” he said. “The terrorist attacks that take place only undermine the leadership of President Abbas and undermine his principle of one authority, one law, one gun.” Abbas, in a speech before parliament, lashed out at the militants, saying they had no right to violate a February cease-fire. “No one has the right to respond here and there, unilaterally,” he said. Later, Abbas condemned the suicide attack, saying: “It harms Palestinian interests and could widen the cycle of violence, chaos, extremism and bloodshed.” “It is not permitted for anyone to take the law into their hands,” he added. In a phone call to the AP, Islamic Jihad said the bombing was to avenge the killing of Luay Saadi, leader of the group’s military wing in the West Bank. Saadi died in a shootout with Israeli soldiers Monday. In Gaza on Wednesday evening, dozens of masked Islamic Jihad militants held a news conference at which they celebrated the attack in Hadera as a “great victory as a message to our beloved Palestinian people and Islamic and Arab nations.” Wednesday also marked the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Islamic Jihad chief Fathi Shekaki in Malta – a killing widely attributed to Israel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HADERA, Israel – A 20-year-old Palestinian blacksmith blew himself up at a falafel stand in an open-air market Wednesday, killing five Israelis and wounding more than 30 in the deadliest attack in the country in more than three months. The bombing stifled faint peace hopes following Israel’s pullout from the Gaza Strip. The blast also embarrassed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who only hours earlier had scolded militant groups for repeatedly violating a truce. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility, saying the attack was to avenge the killing of its West Bank leader by Israeli forces this week. The bomber struck while the market in the central town of Hadera was bustling a day after being closed for the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. last_img read more

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Magheroarty Women’s Group present Majella O’Donnell with €800 in aid of Cups Against Cancer

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first_imgMná Phort Mhaise, Magheroarty Women’s group based in the heart of the Gaeltacht, presented Majella O Donnell with a cheque for €827 yesterday at Ionad Mhachaire Rabhartaigh in aid ‘Cups Against Cancer 2017’ charity.The money was raised at a coffee morning held in the centre and was well supported by the public.The women would like to thank Majella for her attendance and for spending the morning with the group. This group meet every Wednesday in Ionad Mhachaire Rabhartaigh and is open to women of all ages.In the coming weeks the women will be learning; decoupage, felting Christmas Baking and arranging their Christmas trip.The group would like to express their thanks to the ETB in supporting them with their courses.If you would like to learn more about this group, please feel free to contact Sheila or Maria on 0749135556 or check out their Facebook page at Mná Phort Mhaise. Magheroarty Women’s Group present Majella O’Donnell with €800 in aid of Cups Against Cancer was last modified: November 15th, 2017 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:cups against cancerMagheroarty Women’s groupMajella O’ Donnelllast_img read more

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Matatu buses: Kenya’s mobile museums

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first_img8 November 2016Kenya’s matatu buses are 12- and 14-seater urban transport vehicles – a little bigger than the average South African minibus taxi – that have become a permeating part of Kenyan commuter culture since they were first used for urban and long-haul public transport in the late 1960s. Variations of the matatu can be found in Uganda and Nigeria.#KitengelaMatatuAwards MAYBACH & BROOKLYN pic.twitter.com/r8EXTSuRb6— MatwanaMatatuCulture (@matwana_culture) October 31, 2016Matatus are built around a stripped chassis of a conventional one- or two-ton transport truck, with welded frames and steel panels giving them their bus shape.The buses are painted vibrant colours and designs, often featuring hand-painted portraits of prominent Kenyan and global cultural figures, pop stars and politicians, and spray-painted slogans. The buses also play loud, local music to drum up business around bustling terminals in Nairobi and other cities.Matatu culture: Documenting Nairobi’s ‘museums on wheels’ – CNN International https://t.co/MWYudlafDT pic.twitter.com/Mq5BFIb1Gs— Culture World (@CultureWrld) October 28, 2016Drivers often spend up to $20,000 (about R267,000) and a lot of time customising their buses, ensuring they outclass their rivals and appeal to riders. With increasing competition from improved municipal transport systems, metered taxis and a burgeoning Uber presence, and even the smaller, more conventional minibus taxi, the matatu has to fight hard to stand out and attract business.Since the ban on matatu artwork was lifted in 2015, drivers have been pimping their rides with abandon: https://t.co/BFhednK8dG pic.twitter.com/7xDOlCE9pX— CNN Africa (@CNNAfrica) October 30, 2016Government regulation is also threatening to curtail the matatu tradition, out of concern for public safety and in an effort to curtail air and noise pollution. In 2006, a law that banned the buses’ art and music was implemented, to much public outcry. The law lead to a dramatic drop in the number of bus operators in Kenya.That law was eventually lifted in 2015, but drivers and fans of the buses are concerned that a proposed new regulation to ban the larger, 14-seater buses may begin to wipe out the cultural tradition of the matatu, and more importantly, the operators’ livelihood.Nairobi resident Brian Wanyama began the Matwana Matatu Culture website to document the vibrant traditions of the buses and to protect the heritage of what they represented. He told CNN in October 2016 that the buses were Kenya’s “museums on wheels”.Wanyama’s venture has expanded to incorporate social media and an online video channel, all highlighting Kenyan youth culture within the context of the matatu buses. “It’s something that’s in (the youth’s) blood,” he told the news agency. “When you see the matatus and the art, you really understand Nairobi.”One of the more popular matatus seen on the website is The Flash, with its meticulously painted tribute to the comic book hero on the exterior and high-tech lighting, free on-board wi-fi and the latest audio-visual equipment on the inside.Using his various online channels, Wanyama and his team evaluate buses and artworks, interview drivers and artists, as well as keep fans up to date about new music and youth culture in the city.Above all, his mission is to safeguard matatu culture for future generations, saying that “without it we wouldn’t have a way of expressing ourselves”.”The culture needs to have a sense of belonging,” he explains. “If we do nothing about it, it might really come to an end.”Source: AFKInsider SouthAfrica.info reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 116 | Dusty brains and new team member Dusty Sonnenburg.

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 116th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, includes hosts Joel Penhorwood, Matt Reese, Kolt Buchenroth, Bart Johnson and new team member Dusty Sonnenburg. On today’s episode, the crew gets back into their normal routine after the 2019 Ohio State Fair. In the busy week of the state fair, Matt spoke with Governor Mike Dewine and Lamb and Wool Ambassador Emma Preston about their personal experiences at the state fair.last_img

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