USAID-IBEX, IB, Ecobank to Sign Financial Agreement

first_imgEfforts to improve Liberian-owned businesses, as well as access to private sector finance, the USAID-funded Liberia Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) in partnership with the International Bank (IB) and Ecobank Liberia Limited are expected to sign an expansion support for financing services in the country.The signing ceremony is expected to take place on Friday, March 14, at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia.IBEX is an implementing partner of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Liberia.The project, if signed will among other thing provide financial assistant to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout the country and expand their businesses.According to a statement, USAID-IBEX program is also intended to address issues of transportation, construction, and Infrastructure developments and amongst other.The statement said that the organizations had being providing financial support to SMEs and local banks in the country that are actively engage into Liberia’s agriculture and renewable energy sectors.The statement further explain that IBEX program is contributing to the “Economic Transformation” pillar of the Government five-years Agenda for Transformation (AfT) in helping to stimulate the growth of Liberia’s private sector and to foster the creation of improved job opportunities in the country and to improved access to commercial finance.Meanwhile, the USAID-funded Liberia Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) program provides technical support and capacity building for SMEs, focused on coaching, advising and mentoring in business management and facilitating the preparation of loan applications and other financial documents.The organization also creates awareness of finance options and opportunities and increasing the number of bankable deals in the country.“We provide more support to bank leading staff in systematic underwriting approaches and processes to appraise borrowers’ loan applications.”The organization also creates and expands business networks and encouraged U.S-based Liberian Diaspora investor in the country.Those expected at the signing ceremony are Mr. John Winfield, USAID Liberia’s Mission Director, Ecobank Managing Director, Mr. Kola Adeleke, and the Managing Director of International Bank.Other included, Mrs. Watchen H. Bruce, Chief of Party, IBEX program and the representative from the International Executive Service Corps and Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance, who is implementing the IBEX program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LCAA Boss Outlines Several Challenges

first_imgEmmanuel Nuquay addresses cross of participants at a occasion.  …Wants more support There is a need for the Government of Liberia (GoL) to allocate adequate budgetary support to the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA).Mr. Nuquay spoke recently at a one-day multi-stakeholders meeting organized by the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and other partners. The meeting aims to identify and discuss ways to address the many challenges currently faced by the transport sector of Liberia.Nuquay described the meeting as essential to the growth and development of the air transport sector of Liberia. As such, the MoT’s invitation to the relevant institutions is a wake-up call for everyone to work together to move the sector forward.The interactive meeting flagged out major challenges surrounding the growth and development of the transport sector of the country.Mr. Nuquay said such a meeting indicates that the LCAA and the air transport sector is hampered by many factors, namely: poor records of safety and security system, the lack of adequate resources and infrastructure, distance and limited connection, strong relative mechanism, and the government’s support to the sector, which has been a serious challenge.He told a cross-section of participants that based on the above-mentioned obstacles faced by the LCAA, it was at its advantage to discuss these problems in order to amicably address them.The Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA), in keeping with the aviation act of 2006, is charged with the regulatory oversight of the entire aviation sector of Liberia.  “By this,” he said, “the LCAA is to ensure the stringent implementation of high cable standards and recommended practices in terms of executions of critical elements of safety oversight system and aviation security oversight system, which is very cardinal to its operations.“We anticipate that this air transport meeting takes into consideration our contributions to this discourse, along with others that will be made to draw up a  plan of action that can be used to achieve the objective of developing the air-transport of Liberia,” he concluded.Minister of Transport Samuel A. Wlue explained to participants that many people have complained of serious difficulties they experience with the Liberia transport sector which, he said, is not a good thing in the modern era. He said more needs to be done in the transport sector, to meet international standards as a country.  According to him, the only way to identify the numerous problems that exist in the sector is to consistently engage the relevant agencies and discuss those problems, which will lead to resolving these solutions. He thanked participants for their inputs during the event. He encourages everyone to work together so that at the end of the discussion everyone will be able to draft some necessary documents that will ensure best practices.The meeting, held at a local resort in Monrovia, brought together officials from the the Ministry of Transport (MoT), the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA), the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), International partners, representatives from various airlines and travel agencies in Liberia, the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Today’s college kids ‘generation me,’ study finds

first_imgThe researchers traced the phenomenon to what they call the “self-esteem movement” that emerged in the 1980s, asserting that the effort to build self-confidence went too far. As an example, Twenge cited a song commonly sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques” in preschool: “I am special, I am special. Look at me.” “Current technology fuels the increase in narcissism,” Twenge said. “By its very name, My- Space encourages attention-seeking, as does YouTube.” At California State University, Northridge, where the average student is 26, freshman Tiffany Lane said today’s college students face stiff competition and have to push themselves ahead of others to achieve success. “We’re all working a lot, but the expectations are so high today … where we all need a four-year college degree to get a great job,” said Lane, 19, of Simi Valley. And she disagrees with the study’s authors that narcissism can have negative consequences for society. “If we don’t have the push in society, I don’t think we’d advance as a nation,” Lane said. “Competition makes us the advanced nation we are.” Some analysts have commended today’s young people for increased commitment to volunteer work. But Twenge viewed even this phenomenon skeptically, noting that many high schools require community service and many youths feel pressure to list such endeavors on college applications. Campbell said the narcissism upsurge seemed so pronounced that he was unsure whether there were obvious remedies. “Permissiveness seems to be a component,” he said. “A potential antidote would be more authoritative parenting. Less indulgence might be called for.” The new report follows a study released last month by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, who found that nearly three-quarters of the freshmen they surveyed thought it was important to be “very well-off financially.” That compared with 62.5 percent who said the same in 1980 and 42 percent in 1966. Yet students, while acknowledging some legitimacy to such findings, don’t necessarily accept negative generalizations about their generation. Hanady Kader, a University of Washington senior, said she worked unpaid last summer helping resettle refugees and considers many of her peers to be civic-minded. But she is dismayed by the competitiveness of some students who seem prematurely focused on career status. “We’re encouraged a lot to be individuals and go out there and do what you want, and nobody should stand in your way,” Kader said. “I can see goals and ambitions getting in the way of other things like relationships.” Kari Dalane, a University of Vermont sophomore, said most of her contemporaries are politically active and not overly self-centered. “People are worried about themselves, but in the sense of where are they going to find a place in the world,” she said. “People want to look their best, have a good time, but it doesn’t mean they’re not concerned about the rest of the world.” Besides, some of the responses on the narcissism test might not be worrisome, Dalane believes. “It would be more depressing if people answered, `No, I’m not special,”‘ she said. CSUN freshman Brad Myer of Saugus credited his parents with not spoiling him but said he notices a sense of entitlement among some of his friends. “They expect to get a good job out of college and not work up the ladder,” said Myer. “I just want to get a good job, and I don’t care about being really rich.” Freshman Omar Estrada believes that if people think only about themselves, society will pay the price. “There could be more important things going on in society than just what’s going on in your life,” said Estrada, 18, of North Hills. “Once you’re informed, you have to do something. You have to change it and not sit back and watch.” At Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar, students said the crush of school, work and family could simply make them appear self-absorbed. “In a sense, we’re all here for ourselves, for our own future,” said 19-year-old film student Chris Cardenas. “But I have to say that, for the most part, I’m surprised that a lot of people here are involved in school and community issues.” Staff Writers Susan Abram and Naush Boghossian contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Today’s college students are more self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society. “We need to stop endlessly repeating `You’re special’ and having children repeat that back,” said the study’s lead author, Professor Jean Twenge of San Diego State University. “Kids are self-centered enough already.” Twenge and her colleagues, in findings to be presented at a workshop today in San Diego on the generation gap, examined the responses of 16,475 college students nationwide who completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory between 1982 and 2006. The standardized inventory, known as the NPI, asks for responses to statements including “If I ruled the world, it would be a better place,” “I think I am a special person” and “I can live my life any way I want to.” The researchers describe their study as the largest ever of its type and say students’ NPI scores have risen steadily since the current test was introduced in 1982. By 2006, they said, two-thirds of the students had above-average scores, 30 percent more than in 1982. Narcissism can have benefits, said study co-author W. Keith Campbell of the University of Georgia, suggesting that it could be useful in meeting new people or auditioning on “American Idol.” “Unfortunately, narcissism can also have very negative consequences for society, including the breakdown of close relationships with others,” he said. The study asserts that narcissists “are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, be at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty and over-controlling and violent behaviors.” Twenge, the author of “Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled – and More Miserable Than Ever Before,” said narcissists tend to lack empathy, react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others. last_img

Mark Bosnich on another win for Man United, the emergence of James Wilson and Aston Villa’s survival chances

first_imgMark Bosnich joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to reflect on the victories for his former clubs Manchester United and Aston Villa on Tuesday night.United beat Stoke 2-1 at Old Trafford to make it four successive wins in the Premier League, while Villa ended a run of nine games without a victory as they saw off Crystal Palace 1-0.Bosnich thought United deserved to take the three points, and praised the performance of youngster James Wilson, while he issued a warning to Villa despite their win.Listen to the interview with the former Australia international goalkeeper in full abovelast_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: One of Donegal’s most popular car dealership’s have announced that there will be 0% finance deals of some of the best motors currently on the market. Herron Auto, has established itself over the years as one of the most trustworthy and reliable dealerships in the North-West. Renowned for providing great offers to its loyal band of customers, Herron Auto have again proved this with their latest offer.A spokesman for Herron Auto told Donegal Daily, “0% finance offer has been one of the main driving forces behind our success this year and we are pleased to announce that it will be available across our Opel range and on Kia Ceed, Rio and Soul models for 162. Herron Opel: 0% and PCP finance available across the rangeNew Opel Astra, voted European Car of the Year. See for yourself why it earned this prestigious award.Opel Mokka, best selling small SUV in Donegal for the past 3 yearsNew model Opel Corsa now in stockWith up to €4500 scrappage available now is the time to order your new Opel at Herron AutoHerron Kia: Kia 7 year warranty across the rangeKia have been ranked no 1 in the US in Motor Industry for quality by JD Power and are the first non luxury brand in 27 years to achieve this prestigious award.0% finance available on Ceed, Rio and Soul modelsPCP finance available across the rangeThe Kia Sportage – our biggest selling car for the past 4 years, new 2016 model in stockCome and test drive the new model Kia Optima, International Car of the Year (ICOTY)Herron Auto have over 60 used cars in stock. Finance decision available in 2 hours.To see a full range of our stock log on to or call to visit us at Herron Auto, Killybegs Rd, Donegal Town 074.9722555.INCREDIBLE OFFERS AVAILABLE AT ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST POPULAR CAR DEALERSHIPS – HERRON AUTO was last modified: June 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessHerron Autonewslast_img read more


first_imgThe vandalised trees at Port Road in Letterkenny this morning.The Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle has reacted with fury after vandals attacked mature trees on the main road into the town.The vandals tore a number of branches from mature trees at Port Road overnight.Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle.The route is a popular one with walkers and the council have spent years developing and tending to the trees. Cllr McMonagle said those who attacked the trees were nothing more than “senseless morons.”He has also said flogging those responsible for wrecking the trees with the very branches hat they ripped off would not be a bad idea.“I can’t tell you how infuriated and angry I am. These people are nothing better than senseless morons.“The Tidy Towns committee have spent years trying to develop these tress so they give a good impression on the way into our town. “And overnight the idiots come along and try to undo all that good work.“People might think I’m reacting a little bit strongly here but I would go as far as to say that these people should be flogged with the branches that they ripped from those beautiful trees,” he said.And he warned that those responsible for the act of wanton vandalism will hopefully still face the courts.He revealed “This particular area is well-covered by the town’s CCTV system and I will be trying my best to ensure that whoever did this is identified.“We will work with the Gardai in trying to identify these people and hopefully bring them before the courts.” MAYOR SAYS THOSE WHO ATTACKED TREES SHOULD BE FLOGGED WITH BRANCHES was last modified: August 31st, 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:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEFLOGGEDletterkennytreeslast_img read more


first_imgNORTH WEST 10K LAUNCH – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: March 5th, 2013 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)last_img read more


first_imgVOLUNTEERS have begun carrying out night time patrols in a bid to protect elderly people from further attacks.The community alert scheme has started operating in parts of east Donegal following a massive public meeting in Manorcunningham last week.Tony Morning says it’s the only option left to local people following a spate of burglaries in which elderly people were threatened. In some of the cases older people were threatened with knives.Mr Morning, who has called for the Defence Forces to be deployed to take on criminals, says patrols are now checking on people living alone to reassure them.He called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to “spend a couple of nights” with an elderly person attacked by burglars to see for himself the fear that is now within the community.“I’d love to meet Mr Kenny, tell him what is going on here and invite him to come and spend a couple of nights with one of these poor victims to see for himself the dreadful results of what these criminals have done,” he said.  COMMUNITY GOES ON PATROL IN BID TO BEAT THE BURGLARS was last modified: February 17th, 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) Tags:burglarscrimeEnda KennymanorcunninghamRaphoeSt Johnstontony mornlast_img read more

Thabo Mbeki resigns as President

first_img22 September 2008Thabo Mbeki announced on Sunday night that he had formally resigned as President of South Africa, effective from a day to be determined by Parliament.In a national televised address, Mbeki told the nation that he had decided to resign after he was asked to do so by the national executive committee of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).“I would like to take this opportunity to inform the nation that today I handed a letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Honourable Baleka Mbete, to tender my resignation from the high position of President of the Republic of South Africa, effective from the day that will be determined by the National Assembly,” Mbeki said.Mbeki will remain in office until the National Assembly accepts his resignation and determines his date of departure.Mbeki was due to stand down after 10 years as President in 2009, but the ANC’s decision-making body on Saturday recalled him as President of the country.The ANC is expected to announce its preferred candidate for Acting President within the next few days. The Acting President is then expected to convene Cabinet in terms of the Constitution.In a moving speech, Mbeki thanked the nation and the ANC for “having given me the opportunity to serve in public office during the last 14 years as the Deputy President and President of South Africa.”Thank you, South Africa: Mbeki“[T]he work we have done in pursuit of the vision and principles of our liberation movement has at all times been based on the age-old values of ubuntu, of selflessness, sacrifice and service in a manner that ensures that the interests of the people take precedence over our desires as individuals,” Mbeki said.He likened public office to a marathon of long roads, steep hills, loneliness and uncertain rewards at the end, and urged South Africans to cherish the freedoms gained by many years of anti-apartheid struggle.“We should never be despondent if the weather is bad, nor should we turn triumphant because the sun shines,” he said.Mbeki, who has been President since he succeeded Nelson Mandela in 1999, was popular among investors, who praised his pro-business policies.He traced the achievements of his office, including transforming the economy, “resulting in the longest period of sustained economic growth in the history of our country,” spurring social progress and winning the right to host the 2010 World Cup.But, he said, many challenges still remained.“Despite the economic advances we have made, I would be first to say that … the fruits of these positive results are still not fully and equally shared among our people, hence abject poverty coexisting side by side with extraordinary opulence.”He said he was convinced that the incoming administration would better the work done during the past 14-and-half years so that poverty, underdevelopment, unemployment, illiteracy, and the challenges of health, crime and corruption will cease to define the lives of many South Africans.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

This hotel is full of bugs. — Travel Bug Plaza Hotel & Suites (GC3JQQ1) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgPhotos:A couple geocachers checking out the amenities. Photo by geocacher D&JCJust lounging around in the lobby. Photo by geocacher Xensen We love to watch our trackables move around the world. What’s the farthest one of your trackables has traveled and where did it go? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNottingham to Nottingham Travel Bug RaceSeptember 12, 2011In “Community”Table Mountain Travel Bug® Hotel – GC31WXR – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 17, 2012September 17, 2012In “Community”Sea Shells – TB Stop & Go GCNWBC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 6, 2012February 6, 2012In “Community” Retiring to room 202. Photo by geocacher XensenSee more photos I think this qualifies as a Travel Bug Resort. Photo by geocacher CaptainObvious78Geocache Name:Travel Bug Plaza Hotel & Suites (GC3JQQ1)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1.5/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:I’ve seen quite a few Travel Bug hotels, but none have compared to this one. This is the sort of hotel I wouldn’t mind staying in—if I were a Travel Bug. There are quite a few things that make this hotel unique. To begin with, there are plenty of rooms. From large suites to efficiency rooms, there’s plenty of room for your trackable and all of its friends. And of course, no self-respecting hotel would be complete without a nice lobby to kick back and rest in. There’s even something for geocachers: the CacheMedics tour. This handy map will take geocachers on a nice journey through the area. So when you’re in Florida and in need of a place for your trackables to stay, there’s always room at this amazing hotel.# of Finds:374# of Favorite Points:245What the geocache owners, CacheMedics, have to say:Regarding the geocache inspiration: “One of our local geocaching friends challenged us to create a travel bug hotel…we thought it would be fun and interesting to make something that actually resembled a hotel.”On construction: “…we hand-painted the scenes to give the appearance of the exterior of a hotel.  The lobby floor is real flooring tiles, the tiny chair-rail is real routered, stained, and lacquered wood trim, and the furniture items are securely glued in their places.”Reactions to the logs and favorite points: “The comments are amazing and it just makes us feel great to know that people are enjoying our creation!  We appreciate and celebrate each and every favorite point our cache has received! …When we built this, we wanted it to be something unique but we never expected such wonderful reactions from so many visitors!”And to the geocaching community: “…it’s okay to do something different, to think beyond pill bottles and tupperware and add some kind of twist that will surprise the people who find your cache.  We were nervous the first time we put out something different, thinking that the local geocachers wouldn’t like it, but we were happily surprised to find that they loved “different,” and wanted more! It doesn’t have to be something big and complicated, it can be silly or funny.  Bottom line:  Don’t be afraid to be yourself – Go for it!”What geocachers are saying:“The amount of creativity, ingenuity and effort you have put into your caches really shines through, and there is no doubt in our minds that you have brought a great many cachers an immense amount of pleasure…Thank you so much for providing us with such an enjoyable day of caching, and for giving so much to the geocaching community. The first cache of yours we did today was “What are you thankful for?” As we finish caching for the day here, we have to say, we are thankful that there are cachers like you, who are willing to put their all into creating awesome experiences for the rest of us!” – Zekester & Simon“The amount of detail in the construction is amazing! TFTC!” – CPRTEAMSIX“What tremendous amount of work went into making this cache. WOW! I’ve seen quite a few different cache types now – especially when I visited the Seattle area, but I haven’t seen a TB hotel like this!!! This should be called the travel bug RESORT!!!” – lilyflyRead more logslast_img read more