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MRU Countries Brainstorm to Boost Trade

first_imgMRU members at the kickoff of the program in Monrovia Mano River Union (MRU) countries yesterday, March 23, began a 2-day brainstorming initiative on the way to boost inter-regional trade and promote industrial activities through effective and inclusive implementation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme­ (ETLS), including the entire West African space or countries.The principal objective of the workshop is to sensitize and familiarize relevant MRU officials and members of the private sector on the key elements of the ETLS, with a special focus on its application, and issues such as: approved enterprises, ‘originating product’, the Role of National Approval Committee, and the percentage of raw material required before products can be enjoyed.At the kickoff of the event, held at a local resort in Monrovia, Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, ECOWAS representative to Liberia, said the ETLS was adopted to facilitate the achievement of one of the first objectives of the Community: creation of a Free Trade Area.He said it serves as a platform for a common market through the liberalization of trade by the abolition of customs duties levied on imports and exports amongst Member States; and the abolition of non-tariff barriers.Amb. Ajisomo said ETLS is one of the major pillars for the consolidation of the Common Market and Regional Integration in West Africa, lauding Liberia for commitment to the vision and ideals of promoting ECOWAS’ Economic Integration Agenda.He stressed that the ETLS serves as the main operational instrument for the promotion of ‘Free Trade Areas’ in the West African sub-region, and is in tandem with the objectives for which ECOWAS was established.Also speaking, Stephen T. Marvie Jr., Deputy Minister of Commerce and Trade Services at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), urged MRU countries to promote simplification, harmonization and standardization, which are critical elements needed to ensure a smooth implementation of ETLS in the region.“We need to grow the economies of the region. With the advent of the health crisis, many of the people look up to us as policymakers to resuscitate the economy. They are also aware that commodity prices for key exports have fallen,” Minister Marvie said.The Minister said the people of MRU countries are aware that the investment climate may not be appropriate; yet, they depend on policymakers to make innovative and constructive ways to fix the economy, reduce poverty and promote trade.He disclosed that the government is in the process of getting a private sector operator to come in and set up a single window platform to handle the exchange of trade transactions between traders and government agencies, particularly to reduce the time it takes to process trade among government agencies.“We aim to reduce the time and documents to import and export, as well as improve other horizontal processes, including immigration, labor permits, and general issuance licenses overtime,” Minister Marvie said.Maurice O. Ogutu, Agriculture Development Officer of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), who spoke on behalf of the United States Embassy, said increasing regional trade is a cornerstone of the United States Government’s ‘Feed the Future’ strategy for food security in West Africa.“USAID works with West African partners to boost competitiveness of the transportation and logistics sectors to reduce or eliminate unnecessary legal and regulatory barriers to trade, and to improve the efficiency of regional market transactions,” said Ogutu.He said USAID and the US Embassy are partnering directly with ECOWAS through the Promoting Food Across Borders (PROFAB) Program to ensure stronger implementation of regional trade agreements such as the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme and to ensure that sanitary and phytosanitary measures are implemented in ways that facilitate trade while also protecting public health.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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18 Persons Homeless After Fire Disaster near White Flower

first_imgPart of the compound already destroyed by the fireFreelance journalist Steve Doito, EPA lawyer lose everything; victims appeal for helpA six-bedroom apartment, including a shop belonging to freelance journalist and current lead campaigner of Green Media Campaign Steve Doito, burned down last Sunday morning, while residents worshiped at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, which is a stone’s throw away.Mr. Edwin Yorvos, an employee of EPA, survived but with only his laptop and the clothes on his back.According to an eye-witness, the fire started at about 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019, when the occupants were at the church. “We made some efforts to bring the fire under control but the intensity of the fire was too much,” he said.Although an officer of the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) admitted receiving calls about the fire, he said the LNFS does not have the capacity to respond to fire incidents.“We were on our way to the site of the incident when our vehicle broke down in Sinkor,” the officer, who refused to identify himself, said.Freelance journalist Doito said he was at the church with his family when reports of the fire reached him. He said he did not know that it was his compound that was on fire. It was reported the cause of the fire came from a heater that was being used by one of the residents.The fire did not spare any part of the building and consumed personal effects worth thousands of dollars“I lost everything,” Steve Doito said. His wife, Mrs. Fatu Doito, works as a manager at SKY FM.Besides the Doito’s family of seven, Mr. Edwin Yorvos, who rented one of the apartments, also lost everything. Mr. Yorvos is a lawyer and an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).“I came out with the tee-shirt on my back and my laptop,” Yorvos told the Daily Observer.The eye-witness said he called the LPRC Fire Service team, who arrived only after all was over. “They came but could not save anything,” he said.Mr. Madison N. Doiti of the SSK Security Service is one of the victims.“What remains is what is on me,” he said. He lost all his personal effects, like the other families, he added.According to Yorvos, the cost of his loss is around US$20,000. He noted that the lost of the compound could be about US$75,000. While thanking God because no human being was killed, the residents have appealed to relief organizations to rush to their aid.Mr. Doito called on the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), the National Disaster Management Team, under Executive Director Henry O. Williams, among other organizations, to come to their aid.“We need a place for temporary accommodation, blankets, buckets, clothes, among others, to ease our discomfort,” Mr. Doito said.Mrs. Annie Vaye Gongloe, chair-lady of the White Flowers-Congo Town Backroad Community, said her administration had set up an emergency committee to deal with the situation.She appealed to the Liberian government, the Disaster Management Team, the Liberia National Red Cross Society, Representative Thomas P. Fallah, Congo Town Township Commissioner Hon. Mensah Suku and Montserrado County Senator Saah Joseph to come to the community’s rescue.This side of the house was also affectedMeanwhile, neighbor N. McCauley Paykue, director of communications at the Ministry of Youth Sports (MoYS), arranged a temporary accommodation for the Doito family.“We need urgent assistance for the families,” Paykue said. “This is the time Red Cross and other organizations should rush to their assistance. The situation is stressful.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Thief caught taking a nap in victim’s bed

first_img…jailed for 24 monthsA home intruder was on Monday jailed for 24 months after he broke into a Charlestown, Georgetown home, removed a quantity of household appliances, and then decided to take a nap in the owner’s bed.Paul Narine admitted to breaking and entering the home, but had no valid explanation as to why he decided to sleep in the Virtual Complainant’s bed.The 48-year-old man admitted that he was asleep in the bed of Onica Stanford on July 8, 2018 after stealing two gas cylinders, one radio, one electric bottle, a fan and a DVD player valued in total $51,000, in the company of Ishwan Singh, who was jointly charged.Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris told the Court that Narine and Singh entered the woman’s premises, and when she returned home, she found Narine asleep in her bed wearing her mother’s sneakers and her house ransacked with the items mentioned in the charge missing.The Police were called in, and the man was arrested. Singh was picked up after residents reported seeing the two with the gas cylinders. Singh, of Albouystown, Georgetown, has, however, denied the allegation and has been granted bail in the sum of $70,000. The case will continue on July 30, 2018.Narine was jailed by city Magistrate Judy Latchman for 24 months.last_img read more

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US ready to help Guyana with aid for Venezuelan migrants

first_imgWhile there has been no formal request from the Guyana Government for funding, the United States (US) stands ready to provide aid to help with the influx of Venezuelan migrants here.Currently, Guyana is benefiting from US funding through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the International Organisation for Migrant (IOM) to facilitate the thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their homeland.US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann LynchHowever, according to newly appointed US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch, there is no direct bilateral arrangements between Guyana and the US for such aids.Nevertheless, she said, if approached by the Guyana Government, she is willing to explore the options available. In fact, Ambassador Lynch noted that she even indicated this during her engagements with the various Government officials.“There has not been a request for (bi-lateral assistance) as yet but I have had some conversations with the Government… What I have offered is that I am happy to have the embassy explore this issue and have additional conversations if they would like assistance,” the US diplomat said during a recent interview with a group of local journalists earlier this week.Last month, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) injected some US$1.6 million to Trinidad and Tobago to assist with Venezuelans moving there.Thus far in Guyana, there are approximately 5800 Venezuelan migrants – double the amount recorded six months ago – and this number is expected to increase daily.On this note, Ambassador Lynch noted that while the situation is not a “serious concern” to the Guyana Government as yet, it may soon become one due to the heightened influx of migrants from the neighbouring Spanish-speaking country.“In the past, the majority of Venezuelans have been on the border. But a few weeks ago, there was a vessel with about 140 Venezuelans that came right into Georgetown. So that is an indicator that maybe things are worsening a little bit,” she noted, while recently she met a Venezuelan working in a restaurant in Berbice, which is quite a long way from the border.The US diplomat pointed out that basic facilities in Guyana, including key services such as health, education and even job opportunities will become stretched.“I know particularly the health area is being stressed because the Venezuelans coming into Guyana have not had decent health care in several years… So that might be a particular area of concern… But there are all sorts of (other) things to be met and it is something for Guyana to watch,” she asserted.Nevertheless, the US envoy lauded Guyana for its generosity in accepting these persons who are fleeing worsened living conditions back home.“I want to applaud the country for its generosity in accepting the Venezuelans without blinking an eye and I think that has been a tremendous help for those people,” Ambassador Lynch noted.In recent years, Venezuela has been experiencing worsened economic and political turmoil. In fact, the deteriorated political situation has given birth to a parallel Government, putting the nation into unchartered territory – with two Presidents. However, many countries around the world now recognises Opposition Leader Juan Guiadó as the interim President following a 2018 elections, which re-elected President Nicolás Maduro. However, a majority of the international community has deemed those elections as fraudulent.Speaking on this during Monday’s interview at the US Embassy, Ambassador Lynch said her country is worried about the South American country.“It has been a declining situation for years. The Maduro regime had a so-called election in May 2018. It was fraudulent, coercive, there was electoral rigging… So there has been pressure put on the Maduro regime for from the international community for Mr Maduro to step aside and allow his country to be rebuilt and his citizens to regain their place in the region, and to feed their families. There are basic needs that are not being met right now in Venezuela,” the US diplomat stressed.However, the support of these countries for Guiadó has resulted in Maduro – who still enjoys control over the courts, Central Bank and the military – breaking diplomatic ties with several nations including the US.But in a recent turn of events, Maduro has said his country is now willing to accept international aid following a meeting with the Red Cross Chief, Peter Maurer.Maduro took to his Twitter on Tuesday saying, “We confirm our readiness to establish cooperation mechanisms for international assistance and support,” but noted that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) should respect the Venezuelan legal order.The current crisis engulfing Venezuela is now in its fifth consecutive year and according to a new United Nations report, almost a quarter of the once-wealthy South American nation’s population is in dire need of help, with a whopping 94 per cent Venezuelan living in poverty.International media reports say the internal report highlights that some seven million Venezuelans “or about 24 per cent of the total population currently living in the country, are estimated to have urgent priority needs for assistance and protection.”last_img read more

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Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgMP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Boosting Confidence in Our Justice System, Parliament and the Economy”It has been far from a “slow summer” in terms of news from Ottawa.  New initiatives and programs to benefit Canadians and enhance confidence in our justice and parliamentary systems, among others, continue to be rolled out by my Cabinet colleagues.- Advertisement -Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced this week new regulations that will strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to fight organized crime.  It is estimated that there are 750 organized crime groups operating across Canada and, through new legislation and regulations, our Conservative Government is working to close the legal loopholes these organizations use to escape prosecution.As it currently stands, there are a number of criminal acts perpetrated by organized crime groups that are not legally considered “serious offences” under the Criminal Code.  Minister Nicholson has acted to ensure that ‘signature’ activities by organized crime, such as large-scale illegal gambling, specific prostitution and drug-related crimes are clearly identified as “serious crimes”.  Criminal gangs depend heavily on the revenue they receive from these crimes to fund their vast and violent criminal operations.Offenders convicted of these specific organized crime offences must serve their sentences consecutively to any other punishment imposed.  Supported by all provincial and territorial justice ministers, this new action will give police and prosecutors stronger tools to target organized crime activity, and help keep more dangerous criminals behind bars.And later this week, my colleague, Treasury Board President Stockwell Day, announced our Government is taking further action to increase transparency and accountability of Canada’s Parliament by proposing to expand the scope of the Lobbying Act to ensure that MPs, Senators and exempt staff in the offices of the Leaders of the Opposition in the House and Senate are subject to the same requirements already placed on ministers, their exempt staff and senior public servants.By broadening the definition of designated public office holders covered under the Lobbying Act, we are continuing our Government’s action to ensure Parliament is accountable to Canadians and not to special interest groups.Advertisement Minister Day, as Minister responsible for British Columbia, also announced the launch of the $100-million Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program in Vancouver and made a call for proposals that could receive IFIT funding.IFIT was introduced in Canada’s Jobs and Growth Budget 2010 and is designed to demonstrate and deploy new and advanced technologies in the forest sector through investments in innovative processes.  The goal is to encourage the development of a wider range of technologies that can help secure a more prosperous future for Canada’s forest industry and the communities, like many in Prince George-Peace River, that depend upon it.To learn more about the program and how you can apply for funding, go to www.forest-transformation.nrcan.gc.ca.And on a final note, Statistics Canada reported yet another increase in Canada’s GDP.  This represents economic growth in ten of the past twelve months.Our Conservative Government will continue to implement our Economic Action Plan to protect incomes, create jobs, ease credit markets, and help workers and communities get back on their feet while returning to balanced budgets and keeping a lid on overall government spending.Advertisement For the latest economic news go to www.actionplan.gc.ca.last_img read more

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Ozil signs new Arsenal contract until 2021

first_imgSpeculation over both Ozil and Chilean Alexis Sanchez’s futures have plagued the club for almost a year, as both their contracts were up at the end of the present campaign.However, whilst Sanchez left for Manchester United, where he has become the highest paid player in the Premier League at a pre-tax weekly wage of £500,000, Ozil has committed himself to Arsenal until 2021.Mesut Ozil tweeted this photo of himself with the caption: ‘Had a busy day signing things’ Photo/DAILY MAILAccording to the BBC both parties reached an agreement last weekend, and Ozil signed the new contract at Arsenal’s training ground on Wednesday.Mercurial playmaker Ozil, a key member of the Germany side that won the 2014 World Cup, has scored 36 goals in 182 appearances and provided a high number of assists.Arsenal have had a busy Wednesday as Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed for reported club-record £56million from Borussia Dortmund, a move which is likely to prompt Olivier Giroud’s departure to Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The deal, signed on Wednesday, follows months of speculation about the future of the 29-year-old Germany international, whose previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 31 – German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a big boost on Wednesday by finally agreeing a new contract which will see him become the highest paid player in the club’s history.The broadcaster reported that the 29-year-old playmaker — who has been with the Gunners since joining from Real Madrid for a then-record club fee of £42.4million in 2013 — signed a three-and-a-half year contract and will earn around Sh50.6mn (£350,000) a week before tax.last_img read more

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Father-of-two died after falling while fixing chimney

first_imgA doctor has described how a young father-of-two was unlucky to have suffered fatal injuries after he fell between 8 and 12 feet from a roof while repairing a chimney.Pathologist Dr Gerry O’Dowd said many other people had survived after falling from greater heights than tragic Michael Carr. Mr Carr, 37, suffered serious head injuries when he fell while completing work on a house at Falcarragh, on April 5th last year.Dr O’Dowd said that the roofer may have banged his head off a window sill as he fell from a height.Michael, described by Gardai as a “real gentleman”, had been working with three other men at the home of Noreen McGarvey at Ray, Falcarragh when the accident happened.Fellow worker Colm Coyle said he left Michael sweeping off ridge tiles from the scaffolding beside the roof while he went to the front of the house.He then heard what he thought was a ladder shaking and then a bang and rushed around the front to find Michael on the ground.“I asked Michael if he was messing but then I realised what had happened. I shouted to the others that there had ben an accident and to call 999. There was blood pouring out of Michael’s nose and we threw jackets over him to keep him warm,” said Colm.An ambulance and a doctor arrived and Michael, from Derryconnor, Falcarragh, was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but he passed away a number of hours later.Fighting back tears, Michael’s wife Louise told the court that she had formally identified her husband’s body after she had sat at his beside before he passed away.Dr O’Dowd said he performed an autopsy on Mr Carr and found that he had a fractured skull.He said his death was due to a “severe head injury consistent with a fall from a height.”Other evidence given on behalf of Health and Safety Authority Inspector Greg Murphy said that upon inspection the scaffolding was incomplete and there was no evidence of a handrail on the scaffolding which had been erected.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said it was impossible to tell if Mr Carr had been on the roof or on the scaffolding before he fell to his death.He added “Maybe the safety of scaffolding was not as good as they could have been but this was an accidental death. We don’t know if Michael was doing anything that was risky.”He returned a finding of accidental death and expressed his condolences with Mr Carr’s widow Louise.Father-of-two died after falling while fixing chimney was last modified: April 15th, 2017 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:chimneydonegalFalcarraghfallMichael Carrlast_img read more

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Manchester City vs Southampton: Premier League preview and confirmed line-ups

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 Confirmed line-upsManchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Silva (C), Sane, Sterling, Bernardo, AgueroSouthampton: McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Long, Ings REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 Mark Hughes (Southampton): “There are always elements of any team that you can look to exploit, no matter how good they are.“They get into winning positions very quickly which we can’t let happen.” Guardiola’s men have made a strong start in their bid for a second straight title Defeat could see Southampton in the bottom three depending on other results, however, the south coast side have kept clean sheets in their last two games so could prove a tough nut to crack.And City will have to make do without Kevin De Bruyne for up to six weeks, after he sustained ligament damage during their Carabao Cup win over Fulham on Thursday.What the managers are sayingPep Guardiola (Manchester City): “This kind of injury [to De Bruyne] is unlucky. He’s so strong and he’s recovered so well. It was more dangerous than this one.“We are a stronger team with Kevin than without him, but we have to live without him.” REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 3 Manchester City will be hoping to return to the top of the Premier League table when they take on Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, kick-off 3pm.Pep Guardiola’s men are behind Liverpool by one point and come up against a Saints side who have failed to score in their last five league games. De Bruyne has been dogged by injury this season gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Latest Premier League News deals Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Saints can’t buy a goal at the moment tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice huge blow last_img read more

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The goal that gave QPR victory over Leicester on their way to promotion

first_imgQPR face promotion rivals Leicester at Loftus Road on Saturday knowing that a win could prove to be crucial in their quest for a return to the Premier League.The Foxes’ last visit, in 2011, was settled by Ishmail Miller’s late goal – and Rangers went on to reach the top flight.See also:Rangers midfielder rates Leicester, Nottingham Forest and Watford Redknapp wary of Leicester’s pace and feels Brighton could emerge as challengersFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Red Bluff Joint Union High School District votes to move track

first_imgRed Bluff >> Red Bluff Joint Union High School District Superintendent Todd Brose compared the wind damage the track at the school sustained in November to a carpet in a house being ripped up. “It was already a worn track,” Brose said. The district filed an insurance claim to make the repairs, with two options to consider. On Wednesday, the board decided to go with the second option, which is to pro-rate the claim to an amount of $74,425 and move the track to a different location, Brose said. …last_img

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