Building Markets Launches Phase 2 Projects

first_imgAfter successfully completing the first three years of its program in Liberia, Building Markets, implementing arm of the Sustainable Marketplace Initiative Liberia (SMI-L) project, has been awarded a two year extension by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The launch, which took place at a local resort recently, brought together several businesses and personalities, among them representatives from USAID as well as those from the Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX), and Liberia Institute for Geo-Information Services (LIGIS), National Investment Commission (NIC) and local businesses, among others.The event among other things highlighted some of the key phase-one achievements as well as shared on the key activities and components to be undertaken in the extension phase.  “We are glad to announce that the project has been awarded with two years extension by USAID,” Head of Building Markets Liberia, Timothy Melvin stated. According to him, his entity was proud of the achievements made by his institution during the first three years and looks forward to a more conducive working relationship with local and international businesses and the Government of Liberia in strengthening existing partnerships to ensuring a vibrant economy. The head of Building Markets Liberia listed several services and achievements by his institution and named Supplier Directory, which contains more than 3,200 profiles of local companies, searchable by sector and location in Liberia.He said that business matchmaking helps international buyers identify cost-competitive and high quality domestic products and services by request and establishes relationship between buyers and local businesses at networking events.Mr. Melvin added that since April 2012, SMI-L has supported local businesses to win over US$31.2 million in contracts and created 960 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.For his part, Saye K. M. Dolo, market research and data officer at the National Investment Commission (NIC), mentioned contributions made by Building Markets to the local economy, saying, he was pleased with Building operations in Liberia and that the extension of the program was in the interest of local businesses. Mr. Dolo, who represented the NIC however, highlighted the research aspect of Building Markets work, saying, “I am particularly interested in your research work. Basically it highlights the short and long term opportunities and how local businesses can tap from these opportunities. This aspect of your work is good for our local economy.”  For his part, Rod Thompson, representing the USAID, thanked Building Markets for the implementation of its first phase one projects which he declared fruitful.He said that Building Markets has offered local businesses several opportunities and that the number of jobs that have been created as a direct result of Building Markets’ intervention was due to opportunities they created.Mr. Thompson added that USAID was pleased to extend Building Markets’ operations in Liberia and looks forward to its successful implementation.SMI-L through Building Markets works across sectors to support local businesses, build and strengthen local supply chains, and ensure monies spent in Liberia stay in Liberia and also create jobs and sustain peace by championing local entre­preneurs and connecting them to new business opportunities.The outfit has worked in Liberia since 2011 with funding from the Australian Government, Humanity United, BHP Billiton and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).In Liberia, Building Markets partners with the government, development organizations, local entrepreneurs and the private sector to provide innovative solutions to complex developmental challenges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Iniesta savours Barcelona’s Stamford Bridge return

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates a goal against Chelsea during the Champions League semi-final in 2009 © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Dec 13 – Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta admitted his late goal to knock Chelsea out in the Champions League semi-finals in 2009 is one of his best memories ahead of his club’s return to Stamford Bridge.The sides were paired together again in Monday’s Champions League last 16 draw with Barca travelling to London for the first leg on February 20. Iniesta’s last gasp equaliser eight years ago after Chelsea had been denied a series of penalty claims by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo allowed Barca to reach the final on away goals as they completed the club’s first ever treble of Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey.“Great memories come to mind, some of the best that I could have experienced,” Iniesta said on Wednesday.“The first thing I thought after the draw was that it will be a very tough tie against a strong team in every sense.”Iniesta was absent through injury as Barca preserved their eight-point lead at the top of La Liga on Sunday.However, he expects to return for Deportivo la Coruna’s visit to the Camp Nou on Sunday to get match sharp ahead of an El Clasico clash with Real Madrid to end Barca’s year on December 23.“I’m more or less ok, if I was completely fit I would be with the team (training). It wasn’t really an injury but more of a niggle,” he added.“For Sunday I hope to be available. I’m optimistic for this weekend and the following one.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo ‘1,000%’ committed as Juve claim 8th consecutive title

first_imgA come-from-behind 2-1 win over Fiorentina was enough to give them a 20-point lead on nearest rivals Napoli with five games to play.Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic put Fiorentina ahead after less than six minutes.But Alex Sandro’s diving header on 37 minutes and an own goal from Fiorentina defender German Pezzella after a Ronaldo cross in the 53rd minute sealed another title to ease their European disappointment.“It was a great season and I adapted well. We won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup, which is not easy to achieve,” said Ronaldo.“It didn’t go well in the Champions League but next year is a new page, the fans all want it and so do we.“I’m staying at Juve, 1,000 percent.”– Ronaldo makes history –It was the 34-year-old’s sixth domestic league title, having won three with Manchester United and two with Real Madrid, as he becomes the first player to win the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.Juventus purchased the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for 100 million euros ($112 million) last summer.He has scored 19 goals and had six assists, and is in the running for the top-scorer award along with Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella, who has 22 goals, and AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek on 21.Juventus have lost only two matches, against Genoa and SPAL, with 28 wins and three draws.Their eight straight title sees them overtake French club Lyon for the record of consecutive victories in the top five European leagues.“Next year is a new page:” Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and coach Massimiliano Allegri (R) confirmed they are staying at Juventus © AFP / Isabella BONOTTOThe day was a double celebration as Juventus’ women’s team won their second straight league title since being founded in 2017.“I’m very happy because we’ve achieved an important goal,” said Allegri, who becomes the first coach to win five consecutive Serie A titles.He has six in total, having also won with AC Milan, one behind Giovanni Trapattoni, who has seven.“We had an amazing season and we won 50 percent of the competitions we participated in.“Of course, we are disappointed by the elimination of Tuesday but a title is celebrated.“We won it five games from the end and that’s all about what the lads did on the pitch.”Juventus also equalled the record for the earliest the Italian title has been won, with five games to spare, achieved by Torino in 1948, Fiorentina in 1956 and Inter Milan in 2007.“We were greatly disappointed this week, but now it’s time to party,” said defender Giorgio Chiellini.“The Champions League is a competition which comes down to details. You can play well for nine months and then compete in a week where things are slightly off and it’s over.“We have to continue to progress and work, it’s the only way we know at Juventus.”– Tight battle for Europe –The battle for European football next season remains tight with just four points separating AC Milan in fourth and Lazio in eighth.AC Milan were held 1-1 at Parma, with Roma, in fifth, missing a chance to move up after a 1-1 draw at Inter Milan.Substitute Samu Castillejo had put Milan ahead after 69 minutes in Emilia-Romagna but Bruno Alves grabbed a point three minutes from time.Stephan El Shaarawy (2ndR) scored as Roma held Inter Milan 1-1. © AFP / Andreas SOLAROA Stephan El Shaarawy stunner put Roma ahead after 14 minutes at the San Siro only for Ivan Perisic to level for Inter after 61 minutes.Inter are third six points behind Napoli who host Atalanta, in sixth, on Monday.Lazio’s European hopes took a knock with a 2-1 defeat to relegated Chievo.A win would have put the Romans within a point of AC Milan, but they struggled when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was sent off after half an hour.Emanuel Vignato, 18, scored his first goal for Chievo after 49 minutes with Perparim Hetemaj heading in a second two minutes later to seal a first away win.Felipe Caicedo pulled a goal back for Lazio after 67 minutes but Simone Inzaghi’s side slipped to eighth behind Torino who won at Genoa with Cristian Anzaldi scoring the only goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo looks on through drops of champagne after Juventus won an eighth straight Serie A title. © AFP / Marco BertorelloMILAN, Italy, Apr 21 – Cristiano Ronaldo said he was “1,000 percent committed to staying” with Juventus next season as he claimed his first Serie A title and Juventus their eighth in a row on Saturday.Massimiliano Allegri’s side had needed just one more point for a 35th Scudetto and their latest title triumph helped ease some of the pain of their shock Champions League exit at the Juventus Stadium to Ajax on Tuesday.last_img read more

Manchester United prepare summer swoop for Varane

first_img Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane Manchester United are preparing a summer swoop for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to reports in Spain.The France international is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in world football and has become a regular for the La Liga outfit since joining from Lens in 2011.Despite being only 21, the defender has made over 100 appearances for the Champions League holders and is seen as a big part of the club’s future.However, according to El Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United are preparing to test Real’s resolve with a £30m bid in the summer.United manager Louis van Gaal is determined to bolster his fragile defence at the end of the season and reportedly sees Varane as the ideal signing.The Frenchman’s current contract with Real does not expire till 2020 and the Spanish club are said to be reluctant to sell their talented youngster. 1last_img read more

Exclusive – Butcher: Man United great set to take over from Hodgson?

first_imgTerry Butcher believes Roy Hodgson is grooming Gary Neville to become the next England manager – and claims the former West Brom chief has good done a good job with the national side.The Three Lions chief, whose contract expires at the end of Euro 2016, is understood to be keen on extending his stay with England into the World Cup in 2018.Former Manchester United defender Neville is on the 67-year-old’s coaching staff and Butcher insists Hodgson should continue to nurture the ex-Red Devils star.Germany’s recent success under Joachim Loew has been partly attributed to Jurgen Klinsmann’s tutelage of the former Austria Vienna man.And Butcher believes the system of replacing managers from within the ‘boot-room’ will benefit England in the long run.“Roy Hodgson’s a good figure, he’s strong but very approachable,” the 77-cap former skipper told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “He puts his arm around people.“He’s grooming Gary Neville on his staff and he could be England manager when Roy calls it a day.“We’ve never had that with England. Germany did that and look what happened to them. It’s very positive.“It might be a bit premature to talk about a new contract but you need some stability. The players need to know which manager is going to be there.“Roy’s done a very good job for England, even though the World Cup wasn’t particularly great in Brazil.”last_img read more

Suspect’s father’s testimony to be recorded for use in murder trial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Gonzalez of Whittier had allowed Blaylock out of his cell in an attempt to quell racial tensions just before he was fatally wounded. Blaylock was serving a life sentence at the time. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Blaylock’s trial may have two parts. In the first, jurors will decide whether he is guilty or innocent. If they convict him, the trial moves into a second phase in which the same jury must decide whether he deserves the death penalty or life in prison. Blaylock’s lawyers say they would use the testimony of Blaylock’s father in the penalty phase of the trial. He will likely testify about matters such as Blaylock’s childhood and upbringing. Judge Ingrid Uhler on Friday scheduled a hearing for Nov. 30 to take the elder Blaylock’s testimony. It will be recorded so it can be presented to jurors during the trial if the man is unable to come to court. Prosecutors had no objection to the move. A trial date has not been set. (909) 483-9325160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A judge has scheduled a special court hearing for next month to hear testimony from an elderly man whose son is charged with the murder of a Chino prison guard. Attorneys for accused killer Jon Christopher Blaylock requested the hearing in order to preserve the testimony of Blaylock’s 72-year-old father, Willard, in case he were to fall ill or die before his son faces trial. “It’s simply a precautionary measure due to his age,” defense attorney Stephan Willms said. Blaylock was an inmate at the California Institution for Men on Jan. 10, 2005, when authorities say he fatally stabbed Correctional Officer Manuel Gonzalez. last_img read more


first_imgBack: Mr Colm Mc Fadden, Mr Chris Darby (Principal Of St. Eunan’s College) Mr. Pauric Meehan and Mr Edward HarveyFront row: Danny Mathew, Leon Vaughan (Captain), Pauric Neely and Patrick Curran.St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny continued with their proud record in Team Maths both at regional and national level. Seven top 5 finishes since 2007 the College in the All Ireland has mean’t that the Eunan’s boys have a great level of consistency in Mathematics.In 2007 Colm Mc Cormick, Luke Kelly, Patrick Clear and Mark Mc Gowan won the silver medal Trinity College. In University of Limerick (2014) Conor Farrell, Oisin Skinnader, Conor o’ Donnell and James Doherty also received the silver medal. This year 2016 Leon Vaughan(Captain) and Pauric Neely, Danny Mathew and a young 5th year student Patrick Curran were looking for honours again.The 20 regional finalists met in NUI Galway in the All Ireland Final and after a titanic struggle with CBS Cork in which the 2 Colleges were level on 6 occasions it was the Cork boys who edged out the Eunan’s boys.However, it was a great performance at such a high level with the questions based on the Leaving Certificate Project Mathematics Curriculum and winning the silver medal against the top secondary schools in the country both public and private.At the presentation Dr. Ray Ryan, Head of Mathematical Sciences of NUI Galway congratulated the St. Eunan’s College and CBS Cork on their mathematical skills and the efforts of their teachers in achieving this high standard of Mathematics. The St. Eunan’s teachers were Mr Colm Mc Fadden and Mr . Pauric Meehan and the competition was organised by the Irish Mathematics Teacher Association.All Ireland Mathematics Silver MedalistsBack : Mr Colm Mc Fadden, and Mr. Pauric MeehanFront row: Danny Mathew, Leon Vaughan (Captain), Pauric Neely and Patrick Curran. ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE CLAIM SILVER IN ALL-IRELAND MATHS FINALS was last modified: March 16th, 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:All-Ireland mathsChris DarbydonegalSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has condemned ‘incredibly cruel’ cut to the Senior Alert Scheme, which provides safety and security equipment for older people in their homes.Deputy McConalogue has questioned how the Government can justify slashing funding for the scheme by 55% as the burglary problem plaguing Donegal and other parts of the country continues to escalate.“Has the Government absolutely no regard for older people who are feeling particularly vulnerable in their homes at this time?” asked Deputy McConalogue. “First we have a Minister for Justice engaged in a slash and burn of our local garda resources, shutting down another 5 garda stations in Donegal this year and forcing cuts to garda numbers. And now we have an Environment Minister butchering a highly valuable scheme that enhances the security and safety of older people in their homes and provides them with a direct link to emergency services when they most need it.“These senseless cuts are taking place at a time of increasing anxiety and fear over our escalating burglary problem here in Donegal and in many other parts of the country. Instead of addressing this problem, the Government has gone in other direction entirely and has pursued measures that undermine the safety of vulnerable elderly homeowners.“This is a direct threat to the independence, safety and security of older people in Donegal. The Senior Alert Scheme helps to fund the purchase of monitored personal alarms, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, external security lights and internal emergency lights which are extremely important in the event of power cuts.“Elderly couples will be hit hardest by these cuts. A spouse who is living with and caring for a dependent loved one will no longer qualify for the scheme, as they are not deemed to be living alone. “This extremely short sighted, cruel and dangerous cut must be reversed immediately. I am calling on the Environment Minister to listen to reason and to recognise the serious impact that this will have on many older people.” CUTS TO ALERT SCHEMES FOR ELDERLY ‘CRUEL’ SAYS TD was last modified: January 10th, 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:Charlie McConalogueCUTS TO ALERT SCHEMES FOR ELDERLY ‘CRUEL’ SAYS TDdonegallast_img read more


first_imgNearly there Declan and Laura being escorted around the 10 k. Yes Miss! Miss Temple on the 10k route Mary and Zoe from fox and crew support the 10 kWHAT another wonderful North West 10k in Letterkenny today. The 2014 event – sponsored once again by Donegal Daily and Brian McCormick Sports – was a wonderful testament to community spirit as hundreds looped the town to help raise money for charity.Galway girls supporting Clare Molloy at 10 k in LetterkennyCompetitor numbers 2,600 Orlaith and 2,601 Meabh help dad Stephen to the start line All hands helping out ,Tom Crossan hands Mary Blake a drink. A day off for Peter Cuttlife ,no chance,stewarding at the 10 k  Aaron Sweeney enjoys his goodies following his 10 k Bernard Dillon and his daughter ready for the 10 k.    NORTH WEST 10K PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: May 4th, 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:2014Brian McCormick SportsDonegal DailyNorth West 10klast_img read more

Rice won’t rule out decade in Iraq, further Middle East conflicts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declined on Wednesday to rule out American forces still being needed in Iraq a decade from now. Senators warned that the Bush administration must play it straight with the public or risk losing public support for the war. Pushed by senators from both parties to define the limits of U.S. involvement in Iraq and the Middle East, Rice also declined to rule out the use of military force in Iran or Syria, although she said the administration prefers diplomacy. “I don’t think the president ever takes any of his options off the table concerning anything to do with military force,” Rice said. Rice appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations committee for only the second time since members gave her an unexpectedly tepid endorsement to replace Colin Powell in January, and she fielded pointed questions about U.S. intentions and commitment on Iraq from lawmakers who said they are hearing complaints at home. “Our country is sick at heart at the spin and false expectations,” Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., told Rice. “They want the truth and they deserve it.” Rice said Iraq’s police and Army forces are becoming better able to handle the country’s security without U.S. help, and she repeated President Bush’s warning that setting a timetable for withdrawal plays into terrorists’ hands. “The terrorists want us to get discouraged and quit,” Rice said. “They believe we do not have the will to see this through.” Rice said the United States will follow a model that was successful in Afghanistan. Starting next month, she said, joint diplomatic-military groups – called Provincial Reconstruction Teams – will work alongside Iraqis as they train police, set up courts, and help local governments establish essential services. By State Department design, Rice testified before the committee just days after Iraq apparently approved its first constitution since a U.S.-led coalition ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. Her appearance also coincided with the start of Saddam’s trial in Baghdad for a 1982 massacre of 150 of his fellow Iraqis. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., agreed with the Bush administration’s stay-the-course approach but said there are legitimate questions to ask about the future. “We should recognize that most Americans are focused on an exit strategy in Iraq,” said Lugar, the Foreign Relations Committee chairman. “Even if withdrawal timelines are deemed unwise because they might provide a strategic advantage to the insurgency, the American people need to more fully understand the basis upon which our troops are likely to come home.” An AP-Ipsos poll this month found 61 percent of respondents disapprove of Bush’s handling of Iraq while 32 percent said they approve. In August, 53 percent said the United States made a mistake by going to war while 43 percent said it was the right decision. The figures represent a sharp drop-off from strong support for the war in the early going. The war also had overwhelming support in Congress, including from most of Rice’s questioners Wednesday. “One thing the Vietnam generation learned is no foreign policy can be sustained without the informed consent of the American people. And we haven’t gotten that informed consent in terms of them knowing what they’re signing on to from here on out,” Sen. Joseph P. Biden Jr., D-Del., told Rice. “So I’m not looking for a date to get out of Iraq. But at what point, assuming the strategy works, do you think we’ll be able to see some sign of bringing some American forces home?” Rice did not address the Vietnam comparison, and said the question of withdrawal is one for military planners. “I really don’t want to hazard what I think would be a guess, even if it were an assessment, of when that might be possible,” Rice said of a troop withdrawal. Later, Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., told Rice that her response to questions about U.S. troop withdrawal leaves open the possibility that U.S. forces could be in Iraq five or even 10 years down the road. Rice did not dispute that. “I don’t know how to speculate about what will happen 10 years from now, but I do believe that we are moving on a course on which Iraqi security forces are rather rapidly able to take care of their own security concerns,” Rice responded. Boxer read quotation after quotation from administration figures about Iraq, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s February 2003 prediction that the war could “last six days, six weeks, I doubt six months,” to make the point that the war has not gone as the administration predicted. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, read portions of a letter from a father who lost a son in Iraq. The letter called the war a “misguided effort.” “We have to really level with the American people,” Voinovich told Rice. “This is not going to be over in two years … we’re not going to just be able to walk out of Iraq and this is going to be over.”last_img read more