14 Jan

LMA Prez Wants Gov’t to Tackle Dual Currency Issue

first_imgThe president of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), Madam Lusu K. Sloan, has called on the government to address the issue of dual currency in the country.  Madam Sloan made the call, recently at a roundtable symposium on the economic and constitutional implications of Liberia’s dual currency regime in Monrovia.  The round table discussion was organized by the Governance Commission in partnership with the Constitution Review Committee, and it brought together several state actors from public and private sectors.  According to Madam Sloan, business women and petty traders are calling for local business transactions to be done in Liberian dollars.  She said local traders are not making profit because they are buying their goods in US dollars from foreign importers and selling them in Liberian dollars.  As a result, the LMA president said, local traders, especially market women, are selling without adequate income from the business to better their living conditions.  She stressed that dual currency is causing instability of the Liberian economy and not improving the livelihood of local marketers or the economy.  The LMA boss highlighted that dual currency is increasing countless problems as many schools are charging fees in US dollars, instead of in Liberian dollars. “We actually want the government and those that are in charge to look at the situation carefully; we are selling our goods and services in Liberian dollars, but some schools are charging fees in US dollars. I don’t think it is supposed to be that way. You can’t have your school in Liberia and charge the parents in US dollars,” she said.Madam Sloan indicated that foreign importers are taking excess US dollars from Liberia to develop their countries, while Liberia remains under-developed.  “Buying in US dollars from the importers, selling the goods in Liberian dollars and at the end of the day you have to change the Liberian dollars to US dollars to re-buy drops the profit margin. So you see, more money is going out of the country on a daily basis, because they come here to look for US dollars to carry it,” the LMA president asserts.  She wants the government to monitor the behavior of importers toward retailers to enable the local traders to profit from their businesses.  Madam Sloan said the National Legislature in collaboration with the relevant authorities should put in place policies to stabilize the Liberian dollar on the market, adding that it is losing its relevance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14 Jan

We Should Not Underestimate Effects of Climate Change

first_imgThe President of Bomi County Community College (BCCC), Dr. Zobong Norman, told participants at the one-day validation workshop, sponsored by Plan International Liberia in Tubmanburg, that Liberia should not overlook the effects of climate change.Last Thursday’s workshop was attended by 45 individuals, including students, professors and other professionals and was meant to validate a module to enable the college to offer environmental science to combat climate change.President Zobong Norman told the participants about the dangers that climate change poses to the environment and said the college is appreciative of Plan International’s support to develop ambassadors that would lead in the campaign to help communities throughout Liberia in the fight against climate change.He noted the ever-present threat in communities such as New Kru Town, West Point and areas in Buchanan that have been seriously affected by climate change.“The current exercise is to provide a response to this serious climate issue by arming graduates with the knowledge to take into their communities and we are grateful to Plan International for its support in this endeavor,” Dr. Norman said.He told the participants that changes in rainfall patterns and increased temperatures and heat waves are clear signs of climatic change due to human actions. Among the environmental disasters include oil sands, oil spills, biodiversity, corrosion, waste, air pollution, indoor smoke, skin cancer, agriculture, fisheries and forestry.He said changes in rainfall and temperature patterns have caused increased levels of water-borne diseases which are affecting the rural population.He challenged the participants to work along with the project and ensure that the validated document will be used in the college’s curriculum to foster climate change ambassadors.The participants examined a seven-chapter module, developed by the college Department of Agriculture, which is headed by Dean Christopher D. Momo.The subjects included causes and evidences of climate change, what is climate change, types of climate change in Liberia, causes of climate change, natural causes of climate change, human induced factors and the role of greenhouse gases.Other subjects included climate vulnerability index, features and benefits, indicators in four thematic impact areas for climate change and carbon economy, impacts of climate change, economics of climate change, biological diversity and climate change and the importance of biodiversity.In a brief overview, Alpha Kabba, Program Coordinator of Plan International, said the organization saw the need to initiate the introduction of climate change learning at Bomi College.He promised further support to the College in providing quality education that could make a difference for its graduates in other areas of interest in the country.Kabba said Plan International Liberia determines to work with the BCCC administration to develop a curriculum for the college to offer a two-year course in environmental science.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

6 Jan

Barkley stars as Chelsea beat Southampton

first_imgAlvaro Morata came off the bench to complete the win at St Mary’s in added time.Hazard’s goal was his eighth of the season, seven of which have come in Chelsea’s opening eight Premier League games, and continued his outstanding form since Sarri succeeded Antonio Conte as Blues boss in July.But Barkley’s performance was also a major factor in Chelsea’s victory that ensured they maintained the pressure at the top of the Premier League immediately before fellow title-contenders Liverpool and Manchester City met at Anfield later Sunday.This was only Barkley’s fifth league start since his £15-million ($20 million, 17 million euros) transfer from Everton in January, a move that had been put on hold from the previous August while the player continued his recovery from a serious hamstring injury.But having shown promising signs earlier in the season, the midfielder, who was recalled to the England squad last week, offered compelling evidence at Southampton he is nearing a return to his best.Kovacic has performed excellently since arriving at Stamford Bridge but Barkley’s display suggests the options available to Sarri are increasing as Chelsea look to build on their unbeaten start to the league campaign.Alvaro Morata stepped off the bench to score during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Daily MailChelsea were always expected to beat a Southampton side who have so far failed to reverse last season’s woeful home form, but Arsenal’s comprehensive 5-1 defeat of Fulham earlier in the day only added to the pressure on Sarri’s side to collect three points.Yet while this initially looked as though it would be a stroll for the visitors, Southampton could easily have made it a more uncomfortable afternoon had they made the most of a number of good chances.– Ings miss –The confidence and belief that has grown within Sarri’s side during the opening weeks of the season was evident in the way Chelsea overwhelmed Southampton during the opening stages of the game, denying the hosts the opportunity to establish any kind of foothold.Resolute, desperate defending by the Southampton back five together with Chelsea’s tendency to over-elaborate denied the visitors the early lead.And had Danny Ings not somehow managed to lift the ball over the bar after meeting Ryan Bertrand’s left-wing cross when just four yards out of an open goal, Chelsea would have been playing catch-up.As it was, the missed opportunity drew a swift response from Sarri’s side. Barkley moved quickly to close down Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg inside the Saints half before delivering a well-weighted ball into the path of Hazard who finished with ease.Southampton adopted a more positive approach after the break but Barkley capped a well worked free-kick routine to effectively secure victory.Willian floated a ball towards the far post where Olivier Giroud acrobatically volleyed back across the face of goal, allowing Barkley to add Chelsea’s second from close range.Morata replaced Giroud and wrapped up the points with a chipped finish in added time after being sent clear by Hazard.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring his first goal of the season during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Daily MailSOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Maurizio Sarri has got little wrong in the three months since he was appointed Chelsea head coach and the Italian was in credit again after starting Ross Barkley in a 3-0 Premier League victory at Southampton on Sunday.Barkley has operated largely as understudy to Mateo Kovacic in recent weeks but, having been selected ahead of the on-loan Real Madrid man, the England international responded by setting up Eden Hazard’s 30th-minute opening goal before adding the second — his first for the club — just before the hour.last_img read more

3 Jan

Louis van Gaal warns difficult times ahead for two-goal hero

first_img Memphis Depay 1 Louis van Gaal has warned it will be difficult for Memphis Depay to continue the dazzling form he showed in Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Club Brugge.Memphis scored two outstanding goals in a man of the match display as well as laying on for Marouane Fellaini to also net after an early Michael Carrick own goal.The former Netherlands manager was delighted Memphis finally showed why United paid £25m for his services but suggested there is still a lot for the 21-year-old to learn.He told BT Sport: “I am very happy for him because a player needs that. I said it’d be a matter of time and it was a matter of time.“Hopefully he shall continue but it’s difficult for him – he’s 21 and has only played two seasons for PSV but I have confidence in him.”Van Gaal was also pleased with the impact made by Fellaini, whose late goal means that the Red Devils will go into the second leg next week in a more commanding position.“It makes a difference I think, because 2-1 is a very difficult result. We deserve much more because we created a lot of chances,” he continued.“There was a lot of criticism that we never shoot at goal and not create chances but you’ve seen that now we create a lot of chances but no goals.“It was important to score the third goal and we did so it’s a fantastic win today.“So now we have to be careful in Brugge and normally it would not be easy but we have the quality to win there as well.”last_img read more

26 Dec

Most entertaining PL teams ranked by total home goals scored in last decade

first_img West Ham have found scoring goals a challenge at home over the last decade revealed 5 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? latest One of the biggest debates in modern football concerns whether winning or entertainment is the most important part of the beautiful game.Of course, some teams combine both in brilliant style, but for the majority it is a choice between the two. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 13. Southampton have scored 333 home goals in the last decade12. Huddersfield have scored 336 home goals in the last decade11. Tottenham have scored 337 home goals in the last decade=9. Cardiff have scored 347 home goals in the last decade=9. Bournemouth have scored 347 home goals in the last decade8. Watford have scored 349 home goals in the last decade7. Brighton have scored 356 home goals in the last decade6. Leicester have scored 375 home goals in the last decade Most read in Premier League Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT SORRY Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Everton were not renowned for their attacking football under David Moyes gameday cracker Man City broke the record for most goals scored in a single Premier League season last term Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Leicester wowed the crowds with brilliant counter-attacking football when they won the Premier League The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 silverware center_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City whoops 5. Liverpool have scored 384 home goals in the last decade4. Arsenal have scored 394 home goals in the last decade3. Manchester United have scored 401 home goals in the last decade2. Chelsea have scored 419 home goals in the last decade1. Manchester City have scored 466 home goals in the last decade Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? However, when playing at home it is expected you will play on the front foot and with an attacking mentality, even if coming up against a clearly stronger side.The criticism aimed at Rafa Benitez over the weekend was based on this opinion, as the Newcastle manager opted to field five defenders when Chelsea visited St James’ Park on Sunday.The Blues dominated basically every aspect of the match, and eventually secured a 2-1 victory, meaning Newcastle fans left the stadium both annoyed by the result and bored because of the football displayed by their team.The least you can do when hosting a match is attack, but some teams find it harder to do that than others. Using data from the last decade, provided by https://your-promotional-code.co.uk, all the current Premier League sides have been ranked on how many goals they have scored at home in every league match in that time frame.So, just which team is the most entertaining at home? Scroll down to find out…20. Crystal Palace have scored 256 home goals in the last decade19. West Ham have scored 276 home goals in the last decade predicted tense 18. Burnley have scored 302 home goals in the last decade17. Newcastle have scored 323 home goals in the last decade16. Wolves have scored 326 home goals in the last decade15. Fulham have scored 328 home goals in the last decade14. Everton have scored 329 home goals in the last decade 5 5 5 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings smart causal Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City combine success and entertainment perfectly 5 REVEALED *Data includes every goal scored in a league match from the beginning of the 2008/09 season to August 21, 2018. If a team dropped out the Premier League during this time frame, the data is taken from Football League fixtureslast_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgIt has been confirmed that Community Employment Schemes in Donegal and across the country will still face cuts to grants despite a review by the Government, according to Donegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has admitted to Fianna Fáil that the review of cuts she made in the Budget to CE Schemes will not result in a reversal of the cuts.Fianna Fáil asked Minister Burton a series of questions about her ongoing review and in each written response she said: “A likely outcome of the review is that the schemes will no longer receive a standard grant per participant.” Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “What is the point of having a review if it will still result in cuts to Community Employment schemes here in Donegal and across the country?“Government TDs have been under considerable pressure to justify the decision to cut grants for their local CE scheme,  at a time when providing job opportunities for the long-term unemployed should be top of the agenda.  To deflect controversy the Government kicked the matter down the road by announcing a review of the cuts.”The Senator said he always had concerns that this review was more about “optics” than anything else.“Now we have firm indications from the Minister that this is indeed the case, before she has even completed her review.  The Minister has confirmed that despite her ‘review’, grants for CE schemes will still be cut. She said there will be some discretion in respect of the training and materials grant this year but the onus is on individual schemes to make an appeal to the Department,” he said. “It is now clear that Community Employment Schemes in Donegal will still be downgraded despite Minister Burton’s ‘review’.  Community groups, the long-term unemployed and employers involved in CE Schemes are still in the dark about what these cuts will mean for them. It’s about time for the Minister to come clean on this issue and put an end to this farcical review,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. DONEGAL COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SCHEMES STILL FACE AXE – CLAIM was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 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:DONEGAL COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SCHEMES STILL FACE AXE – CLAIMSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

24 Dec

Macke Named MVC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgMacke remains second in the MVC in digs in conference matches this season and is the lone underclassman ranked in the top five. Macke led the Bulldogs with 38 digs in a pair of MVC road wins last week to average 5.43 digs per set in the team’s 3-1 win at Evansville and 3-0 sweep at Indiana State. The wins extended the Bulldogs’ win streak to 10 matches, the fifth-longest active win streak in the nation. She and the rest of her teammates will face one of their biggest challenges of the season Friday, Oct. 13, when they welcome fellow MVC leader Missouri State to the Knapp Center. Both teams enter Friday’s 7 p.m. match with perfect 6-0 records on the MVC. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University freshman libero Kylee Macke (Ankeny, Iowa) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday, October 9. Macke helped hold Drake’s opponents to just 0.098 hitting in the wins to keep Drake on top of the MVC standings at 6-0. The freshman opened the weekend with a team-high 26 digs at Evansville, the second-highest total of her career and highest in a four-set match. She added 12 digs in the three-set win at Indiana State. last_img read more

16 Dec

Gartner’s Numbers for Virtualization Say it All

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Virtualization Thomas Bittman is a well-known Gartner analyst. We were looking at some findings Bittman reported earlier this fall that are more relevant now as more companies seek to extend its data centers to public cloud infrastructures. We’ve seen this trend pick up momentum in the past month so it is worth reviewing again what the numbers say about the market.According to Bittman:Virtual machine penetration has increased 50% in the last year. Gartner believes that nearly 30% of all workloads running on x86 architecture servers are now running on virtual machines.For the first time midsized companies have deeper virtualization penetration than companies in the Global 1,000. That means a new market is opening up for extended cloud environments and managed cloud services.Bittman says “private clouds,” are all the buzz. Groan. Anyway, his point is right on:“Every major vendor on the planet who sells infrastructure stuff has a private cloud story today. In the last year, the marketing, product announcements and acquisitions have been mind-numbing. Some of this is clearly cloudwashing (“old stuff, new name”), but we’ve seen a number of smart start-ups captured by big vendors, and important product rollouts (notably VMware’s vCloud Director). Now the question is – what will the market buy?”Major infrastructure providers are shifting to virtual machine formats. Bittman’s last point is reflective of a big shift:“IaaS (infrastructure as a service) providers have focused on open source and internal technologies to deliver solutions at the lowest possible cost. But that’s changing. In the past year, there’s been a rapidly growing trend for IaaS providers to add support for major commercial VM formats – especially VMware, but also Hyper-V and XenServer. The reason? To create an easy on-ramp for enterprises. As enteprises virtualize (and in many cases, build private clouds), the IaaS providers know that they need to make interoperability, hybrid, overdrafting, migration as easy as possible. The question is whether that will require commercial offerings (such as VMware’s vCloud Datacenter Services, or Microsoft Dynamic Datacenter Alliance), or if conversion tools will be good enough. I tend to think that service providers better make the off-premises experience as identical to the on-premises experience as possible – and I’m not sure conversion will get them there.”Bittman also says Microsoft’s Hyper-V is under performing. Bittman wonders is this is due to Microsoft’s poor migration offerings? What do you think?Virtualization is moving to the cloud. It will be a major theme in 2011. But the next question is how it will happen and what services companies will use to make the transition. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img alex williams Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

26 Nov

Jiyo acquires Sangeetha Aahar

first_imgBengaluru, May 24 (PTI) Health foods company Jiyo Natural has acquired city-basedfood delivery company Sangeetha Aahar.With the acquisition of Sangeetha Aahar, “Jiyo Natural will grow its revenue run rate by around 30 per cent based on conversion of some of the existing customers of Sangeetha Aahar to the healthy menus that Jiyo Natural is known for,” thecompany said in a release today.Besides the growth in revenue, Jiyo Natural will increase its capacity and be in a position to prepare anddeliver around 6,000 meals in a day, it added.Founded in 2014, Jiyo Natural claims to provide nutritionally balanced chemical free meals to consumers. The company received funding by Indian Angel Network last year.”With the acquisition of Sangeetha Aahar, we have significantly enhanced ourcapacity of production and manpower and will be in a positionto take care of the increasing demand for healthy food being delivered to working population,” Jiyo Natural MD, Jayas Damodaran said.After the acquisition, “we will be delivering around 2,700 meals a day and aim to reach close to 4,000 in three months,” he added.Jiyo Natural said it also plans to introduceready-to-cook personalised meals from the next quarter.Sangeetha Aahar has been in the business of delivering food to corporate customers for over four years now. PTI KSU RA VS SBT MRlast_img read more