European Bank Approves US$27.3M to Upgrade RIA

first_imgUrgently needed work to upgrade the runway and address safety at Liberia’s main airport will be backed by Europe’s loan of US$27.3 million through its long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), following an agreement signed in Washington D.C. on Monday, October 13.Amara M. Konneh, the Liberian Minister for Finance and Development Planning, said “The European Investment Bank had always been a true partner to the people of Liberia. The airport rehabilitation project is another clear manifestation of that partnership.”The twenty year loan, worth  US$27.3 million (EUR 19.6 million) for Roberts International Airport was formally agreed on the sidelines of the World Bank-IMF meetings in Washington at a ceremony attended by Amara M. Konneh, Finance Minister of the Republic of Liberia and Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Dr. J. Mills Jones.The occasion also allowed detailed discussion of issues of pressing concern in Liberia, the government’s economic recovery plan and EIB’s engagement in West Africa.“The European Investment Bank stands side by side with Liberia at this time of need. We will continue our engagement with Liberian officials, partner institutions and European Union Delegations in the region and will ensure that any support we can provide will be of best use. Upgrading Monrovia’s airport is essential for Liberia and we are pleased to share experience from similar projects elsewhere in Africa.” said Pim van Ballekom, European Investment Bank Vice President.This is the first European Investment Bank operation with the Liberian Airports Authority and follows recent support for improving electricity generation in Liberia through backing for rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant.The runway work will also include improvements to runway drainage and runway lighting.  When completed, it will allow Robert International Airport to comply with international civil aviation standards. The project is being co-financed with the Saudi Fund for Development and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa.The European Investment Bank has experience supporting airport investment around the world and has provided EUR 12.5 billion for new airports and airport upgrading in the last decade. This has included runway improvements in Maputo, upgrading regional airports in Tanzania, air traffic control in Madagascar and West Africa, as well as Heathrow Terminal 5, Amsterdam Schiphol, Frankfurt and Paris airports. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union, owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What is England’s route to the World Cup final? Three Lions’ opponents

first_imgExtra time couldn’t separate the two teams and so penalties ensued, with Gareth Southgate’s men emerging 4-3 victors.England are now two games away from the World Cup final and three games away from bringing football home once and for all.So who could they face on their way?Quarter-final – SwedenEngland’s quarter-final opponents will be Sweden. The Swedes beat Switzerland 1-0 in Tuesday’s earlier last 16 tie and will meet the Three Lions at the Cosmos Arena in Samara on Saturday July 7 at 3pm UK time. Sweden topped Group F, including Germany and Mexico Four heavyweight nations will face off on the other side of the draw England remarkably beat Colombia in a momentous penalty shootout to qualify for the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.The Three Lions looked set for a 1-0 win within 90 minutes after Harry Kane netted a 57th minute spot kick, however Yerry Mina came up with an injury time header to level things up. Both Russia and Croatia won their last 16 ties on penalties Final – Uruguay or France or Brazil or BelgiumA win against Russia or Croatia would then propel England into their first World Cup final since 1966. The four possible opponents at this stage would be the other four quarter-finalists. The winner of Uruguay v France will face the winner of Brazil v Belgium for the chance to meet England in at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday, July 15 at 4pm. Semi-final – Russia or CroatiaShould England overcome Sweden, then their semi-final opponent will be either Russia or Croatia. The Croats will be the big favourites in that quarter-final, though the Russians cannot be written off having already knocked out Spain. The semi-final will take place at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday July 11 at 7pm UK time.center_img England celebrated their penalty victory in emphatic fashion 4 4 4 4last_img read more

South Africa’s new Cabinet ministers

first_imgGwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde replaces Geoff Doidge as minister of public works.Lulu Xingwana replaces Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya as minister of women, children and persons with disabilities.Mildred Oliphant replaces Membathisi Mdladlana as minister of labour. Other deputy ministers appointed were: Source: BuaNews Communications – Obed BapelaSocial development – Maria NtuliPublic works – Benedict “Ben” MartinsArts and culture – Joseph PhaahlaCorrectional services – Ngoako RamathlodiTrade and industry – Elizabeth ThabetheEconomic Development – Enoch GodongwanaEnergy – Barbara ThompsonHigher education – Hlengiwe MkhizeHome affairs – Fatima ChohanMineral resources – Godfrey OliphantInternational relations and cooperation – Marius FransmanPublic service and administration – Ayanda DlodloRural development and land reform – Thembelani Thulas Nxesi 2 November 2010 Six new Cabinet ministers and 12 new deputy ministers have been sworn in by Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo following a major Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma. New Cabinet ministers Bathabile Dlamini (social development), Malusi Gigaba (public enterprises), Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde (public works), Mildred Oliphant (Labour) and Fikile Mbalula (sport and recreation) took their oath at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on Monday. Notably absent was incoming Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, who still needs to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament. Others, such as new Communications Minister Radhakrishna “Roy” Padayachie, were not sworn in as they were changing from one department to another and had already been sworn in as part of their previous portfolios. The 17 deputy ministers appointed as part of Zuma’s reshuffle were also sworn in. Here are quick profiles of some of the new faces in Zuma’s Cabinet:Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba Malusi Gigaba, who has served as deputy home affairs minister since May 2009, takes over from Barbara Hogan as minister of public enterprises. The 39-year-old Gigaba served previously in parliament’s portfolio committees on trade and industry and agriculture and land affairs, and on the government’s joint monitoring committee on the quality of life and status of children, youth and disabled persons. One of Gigaba’s department’s most pressing tasks is that of helping power utility Eskom with a multi-billion rand expansion programme to ensure that South Africa’s energy needs are met. At the reopening of the Camden power station in Mpumalanga last month, President Zuma said the government would spend over R800-billion on energy infrastructure in the coming years, while Finance Minister Pravin Gorhan last week announced a further R174-billion state guarantee to enable Eskom to complete construction of two new power stations.Communications Minister ‘Roy’ Padayachie Radhakrishna “Roy” Padayachie takes over from Siphiwe Nyanda as minister of communications. Padayachie is well known in the sector, having served as deputy communications minister from 2004 until May 2009, when he took up the position of deputy minister of public service and administration. The microbiologist, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Science from the University of London, takes over a ministry responsible for some state-owned enterprises, including the SABC, which has been plagued by problems.Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini After serving for 17 months as deputy minister of social development, Bathabile Dlamini takes over as minister from Edna Molewa, who has been moved to the department of water and environmental affairs. Among Dlamini’s duties will be ensuring that her department achieves its primary functions, including managing social security. This will include social assistance and unemployment, disability and old age grants. The Department of Social Development is also tasked with developing sustainable social welfare services help to reduce poverty, vulnerability and the impact of HIV/Aids, in partnership with various state-funded institutions and non-governmental, community- and faith-based organisations. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa Edna Molewa, previously minister of social development, replaces Buyelwa Sonjica as minister of water and environmental affairs. Molewa was appointed minister of social development in May 2009 after serving as premier of North West province from 2004 and 2009. She was credited with turning the province around. A former teacher, Molewa began her political activism serving in the underground structures of African National Congress (ANC) between 1976 and 1990. She currently chairs the ANC Women’s League in North West. Key imperatives for Molewa will be to coordinate and monitor the provision of basic services such as water, electricity, refuse removal and sanitation. Just last week, the Cabinet approved a national policy for provision of basic refuse removal services for indigent households. Tackling the issue of acid mine drainage and pollution of water resources in Gauteng province could also be one of Molewa’s immediate priorities.Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile After serving for 17 months as deputy minister of arts and culture, Paul Mashatile takes over as minister from Lulu Xingana, who has been named minister of women, children and persons with disabilities. Mashatile was previously the premier of Gauteng province, as well as provincial MEC for housing, transport and public works, as well as Safety. An active member in the underground structures of the African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP) during South Africa’s apartheid years, Mashatile was held for almost four years without trial, during which time he embarked on an 18-day hunger strike as part of a nationwide protest. Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula Fikile Mbalula, who served as deputy minister of police since May 2009, takes over from Makhenkesi Stofile as minister of sport and recreation. The appointment of the former leader of the African National Congress Youth League was welcomed by Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. “The 2012 Olympics in London gets ever closer, and Minister Mbalula will be a key part of our drive for success in this regard,” Sam said following Mbalula’s appointment.Deputy Health Minister Gwen Ramokgopa Gwen Ramokgopa, previously mayor of the City of Tshwane, takes over as deputy health minister from Molefi Sefularo, who died in a car accident earlier this year. In 1995, Ramokgopa became the first black woman to chair the executive committee of the then City Council of Pretoria. In 1998 she was appointed chairperson of the Gauteng legislature’s portfolio committee for health. She went on to serve as Gauteng MEC for Health from 1999 to 2006, when she became Tshwane mayor. Ramakgopa qualified as a medical doctor in 1989, and was awarded a Masters degree in public health in 2007.Deputy Police Minister Makhotso Magdalene Sotyu Makhotso Magdalene Sotyu takes over as deputy police minister from Fikile Mbalula, who has been appointed minister of sports and recreation. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has welcomed Sotyu’s appointment, saying he was confident that her political career, which included involvement in parliamentary portfolio committees on water and environment as well as the police, would “stand her in good stead in her new role”. “In Deputy Minister Sotyu, we have acquired a stalwart and a hard worker who, just like her predecessor, hates crime with a passion,” Mthethwa said following Sotyu’s appointment.Dina Pule: deputy minister in the presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation Dina Pule has been appointed to a new deputy minister’s position in the office of Collins Chabane, the minister in the presidency responsible for performance monitoring, evaluation and administration. The ministry has an expansive mandate which includes guiding and monitoring the work of the government, across all sectors, for the next five years. Pule, previously deputy minister of communications, has a no-nonsense reputation and is intolerant of mismanagement. She made a name for herself in the Mpumalanga provincial legislature, where she held several executive council appointments, including that of safety and security and agriculture.Other changes to Zuma’s Cabinetlast_img read more

Long Walk to Freedom is showcased in Toronto

first_imgJohannesburg, Sunday 8 September 2013 – Brand South Africa congratulates Anant Singh on the screening of the Long Walk to Freedom at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday 7 September 2013.The movie features the life of South African icon and the country’s first democratically elected President Nelson Mandela. The film is based on Madiba’s autobiography of the same name.Speaking about the film, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “The production of this film that celebrates the life of our national icon is indeed timely, especially as South Africans will celebrate 20 years of democracy in 2014. The name of Tata Nelson Mandela is synonymous with our freedom and liberation. As South Africans, we can best honour the legacy of Tata Madiba by playing our part to ensure our democracy is enduring. Each of us can contribute to this in our individual environments.”Long Walk to Freedom will premier in South Africa in November at the Maponya Mall in Soweto, following which it will be publicly released on 28 November at Nu Metro, Ster-Kinekor and independent cinemas throughout the country.The movie trailer can be found at www.mandelamovie.co.za.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comEnds Mandela movie wows Toronto fanslast_img read more

Cool, wet spring may increase risk of needle nematodes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A cool, wet spring may put corn planted in sandy soils at greater risk of attack by the destructive needle nematode, Purdue Extension nematologist Jamal Faghihi said.Nematodes are microscopic, cylindrical worms that live in a variety of habitats, sometimes living parasitically in or around plant and animal hosts. The needle nematode feeds around the roots of corn and other grasses, requires moisture and prefers loose, sandy soil, Faghihi said.“The needle nematode must have certain conditions to show up. If spring is cool and wet, the likelihood of its showing up is very high,” he said. “In the northern and western parts of the state, the nematodes are a very prominent problem and can cause a lot of damage.”Symptoms of needle nematode infestation in corn include short, brown roots with clubbed ends and stunted yellow plants. While the symptoms may initially resemble those of herbicide injury or moisture damage, symptoms from these causes will be more widespread across the field, while nematode damage will appear in random patches.Nematodes are nearly impossible to see without a microscope, so the only way to receive a definitive diagnosis is to send a sample to the Purdue Nematology Laboratory or other nematology labs for testing, Faghihi said. The sample should include the entire root ball of the plant and should be kept cool and moist.“It’s important to send the entire root system and the adjacent soil, rather than only a soil sample, because we can only detect nematodes in a soil sample if the number around that plant is very high,” he said. “But as few as 10 nematodes can cause damage, so we want to make sure we aren’t missing even a small number.”Needle nematodes are temperature-sensitive and either die or burrow deeper in the soil once the soil temperatures reach 85 degrees, typically toward the beginning or middle of July. For this reason, samples should be taken before the soil temperature gets too high — about four to six weeks after germination, Faghihi said.Treatments for needle nematodes include topical pesticides that target early-season pests. Seed treatments may or may not be effective, Faghihi said. But there is no way to prevent infestation. If nematodes have appeared in a field in the past, they likely will reappear when conditions are cool and wet.Needle nematodes do not spread across fields on their own but by cross-contamination, such as when soil is moved from an infested field to a non-infested field. Crops typically grown in cool, moist locations, such as mint, have a greater chance of containing needle nematodes that could be spread to corn.After the nematodes are gone, the root system of affected plants will branch out and the plant will return to normal, although with a reduced yield, Faghihi said. Additional stressors, such as subsequent dry weather, however, may add to the damage.Needle nematodes are not the only nematode species that can cause significant crop damage. Lance and lesion nematodes are potential problems during the growing season and can attack soybeans as well as corn. Like needle nematodes, a history of lance or lesion nematodes is a strong indicator that the worms could reappear. Additionally, growers may encounter the root knot nematode, which can affect all crops, including corn, soybeans and melons.last_img read more

When You Can Fire Someone – Episode 199

first_imgYou are being watched. How you treat people is indication of the culture you are creating, and it sends a strong signal to others as to how they can expect to be treated. Until you have done everything in your power to help, you cannot fire someone.last_img

10 months agoShaw: I hope Man Utd fans enjoyed Cardiff win as much as players

first_imgShaw: I hope Man Utd fans enjoyed Cardiff win as much as playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United fullback Luke Shaw admits the players are buzzing after their 5-1 win at Cardiff City.Shaw was buoyant after his team rewarded the travelling fans.“The goals we scored were magnificent,” he reflected to reporters.“Marcus Rashford’s free-kick, the first goal, sort of helped to settle the nerves and then we carried on from there. When Cardiff scored, we didn’t change anything, we kept going, and that third goal was amazing. It was an amazing team goal.”The fans are always really good, no matter where we go or what the result is. They’ve always been with us throughout the whole 90 minutes and hopefully they enjoyed the game as much as we did.”The most important thing is we got the three points and obviously we look forward now to the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

A warrior writes his epitaph I go second by second

first_imgMilton Born With A Tooth is a Blackfoot warrior, First Nations activist and nature defender. (YouTube)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA Blackfoot activist, famous for fighting environmental injustice, is now battling a terminal illness in a Calgary hospice.“I have Stage 4 cancer in the abdomen,” said Milton Born With A Tooth in a telephone interview.“My outlook right now is dire.”Born With A Tooth spent his life advocating for Indigenous rights but rose to prominence in 1990 after trying to divert the Oldman River in southern Alberta back to its natural course.The Blackfoot never consented to a dam on the waterway and Born With A Tooth led the Lonefighter Society to stop it.They were met by dozens of police officers who, at trial, said Born With A Tooth shot at them. He spent 4 ½ years in prison.His niece Nicole Eshkakogan said her uncle, who was released from prison in 1995, penned a statement about the end of his life.“Now that people are starting to find out what’s wrong with me I want to be able to get ahead of the information so they hear it from the horse’s mouth,” he told APTN News from palliative care.“I have a real battle on my hands now.”This statement was written by Milton Born With A Tooth and shared with APTN.While Born With A Tooth was behind bars, his nation secured a judgment in their favour from the Supreme Court of Canada in 1991.The federal and provincial governments paid compensation of $64 million and promised to consult on anything to do with the river in the future.“We have been warning the newcomers since they came that whatever they took from the earth they should put back,” Born With A Tooth said in A Warrior’s Message – a powerful video posted to YouTube in February 2018.“We have watched them put nothing back. So we giggle a little bit that now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Well, climate change and global warming. Now we should be concerned.’”When asked where he got the plan to divert the river, Born With A Tooth told InterContinentalCry: “I got it from the beaver. If he can do it without money and a weapon, then I could do it too.”The activist put his body on the line, but now his body is wearing out.“I did have an effect – my life. I was part of the news one time,” he told APTN. “Now I go second by second.”He said he needs to focus his energy on his health now.“Next week – I can’t think that far,” he added.In the video, Born With A Tooth explained what it means to be a warrior and apply that traditional knowledge to modern environmental debate.“We want to explain what the beaver has been telling us. We want to explain what the bears have been telling us…the eagle, the hawks, the hummingbirds,” he said.“We have observed nature from the beginning. But we don’t want to be just patronized. That’s not what we want. We want the freedom to be able to sit down and be part of the solution.”But, sadly, his part is coming to an end.“Because nature – my boss – is unforgiving to the water, to the beaver, to the birds, and to us,” he [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more

We were not thinking about selling Castillejo Villarreal managing director

first_imgThe new AC Milan footballer has only played for 10 minutes this season, but he is seen as key for Gennaro Gattuso’s objectivesFootballer Samu Castillejo is playing for the first time away from Spain.The 23-years-old was transferred from a successful Villarreal side to AC Milan during the summer.The Rossoneri signed Castillejo on a €3m loan with a €15m obligation to buy, while Villarreal also got Carlos Bacca in exchange.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….But for managing director at Villareal Fernando Roig Negueroles, these exchange was not even in the minds of the directors.“We did not think of letting him go – admitted the man at the helm of Villareal- or rather it was not our initial plans,” he told AS as echoed by Football Italia.“But then we received an interesting proposal, which allowed us to get Carlos Bacca.”Castillejo started his professional career with Málaga in 2014, and he was transferred the next season to Villarreal, where he played for three years.last_img read more

Lennon hails gigantic Celtic icon Billy McNeill

first_imgThe first Briton to lift the European Cup in 1967 died yesterday at the age of 79 after battling with dementia.If you want to talk about Celtic’s legends, you always have to talk about former Scottish defender Billy McNeill.William McNeill played for the Scottish Premier League team all his professional career, from 1957 to 1975 winning the European Cup in the 1966-1967 season.But he also managed the team twice, winning four league championships, three Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup.McNeill passed away yesterday at the age of 79, and current Celtic boss Neil Lennon wanted to pay tribute to a club legend.“When you think of Celtic and our incredible history, Billy is always one of the first names that come to mind,” Lennon was quoted by the BBC.“He was our greatest-ever captain and one of our greatest-ever players, and along with his team-mates, achieved historic things for Celtic in the 1960s and 70s.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.He added: “I love Billy’s statue, which is the first thing you see whenever you walk up The Celtic Way. It’s the perfect image of him, holding aloft the European Cup, and it will remind future generations of supporters of what a great Celtic man he was.”“Billy set the benchmark as a Celtic player and captain, and that’s something everyone who pulls on the jersey has to aspire to,” Scott Brown said.“It is often said that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but with Billy, as with all the Lisbon Lions, meeting them has always been a wonderful experience,” chief executive Peter Lawwell continued.“They have remained humble men, regardless of their incredible achievements as Celtic players, embodying everything that is good and positive about Celtic Football Club.”Rest in peace, Cesar. You’ll Never Walk Alone. pic.twitter.com/FLCdURfuox— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 23, 2019last_img read more