‘West Africa Set to Become Africa’s Economic Powerhouse’

first_imgThe West African sub-region is moving beyond its violent past to focus on regional economic integration, seeking to become the continent’s economic powerhouse, Liberia’s Finance Minister said last week.Minister Amara Mohammed Konneh also told Reuters in Washington D.C that he was worried about the effect of China’s slowdown and overall market volatility on Liberia’s economy, though he did not foresee any immediate impact on planned bond sales.West Africa’s regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), was originally created in the 1970s to focus on economic integration, but instead turned to peacekeeping in violent conflicts in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, Konneh said.“West Africa and Africa as a whole experienced a lot of conflicts as a result of bad governance. So the focus shifted from economic cooperation to security,” Konneh said, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the ongoing International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington.”As conflicts are disappearing, the focus is now shifting more and more to economic integration through infrastructure development,” he said in an interview.The Banker Magazine African Finance Minister of the Year said projects such as a highway along West Africa’s coast and an electricity pool for most of the 15 countries in the ECOWAS bloc should help cement stronger economic ties.The question of how to accelerate regional integration in West Africa has been cast in stark relief to the progress made in Africa’s two other main blocs, the South African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC).“Nigeria’s new status as the number-one economy in Africa may help shift the dynamic in West Africa’s favor,” Konneh observed. Nigeria on Sunday officially became Africa’s biggest economy when it rebased its GDP.”I believe West Africa is on its way to becoming an economic giant in terms of the regional dimension within Africa,” Konneh said. “But still, the SADC (South African Development Community) is very strong. I think we still have to wait and see whether Nigeria’s new position will change all of that.”Konneh also said ECOWAS was unlikely to meet a two-month deadline to eliminate lingering disagreement over a free trade deal with the European Union.The Economic Partnership Agreement stalled two years ago after countries in the West African region resisted lifting tariff barriers over fears they could crush nascent industries unable to cope with European imports. “I think it’s important to understand than anything, anything that has to do with regional matters is always difficult to resolve in one shot, because there’s an issue of sovereignty, relinquishing control of certain things,” he said. “The parliaments of these countries are not generally supportive.””I think that eventually West Africa will come around, after we’ve looked at all of the pros and cons of this agreement,” he added, “though that process would take more than two months.”Watching VolatilityKonneh also said he was worried about potential market volatility and its impact on Liberia’s economy, but strong macroeconomic policies and greater foreign direct investment should help weather market scares.”I don’t think it is going to affect anything immediately,” he said, referring to potential market volatility and its impact on Liberia’s planned bond sales. “But we need to watch it.”Liberia has “medium-term” plans to launch an international bond but will first seek a debt rating which it anticipates will be in the single-B category, Konneh said earlier this year.Liberia may also be hard hit by the slowdown in China as the world’s second-largest economy rebases towards consumption-led growth away from investment, crimping its demand for resources like iron ore, a key export.”The declining demand for iron ore there is going to hurt our bottom line,” he said.However, Konneh said he saw Liberia beating the IMF’s “very conservative” forecast for economic growth of 7 percent this year.”We are determined as a government to do better than that,” he said, adding that removing bottlenecks in the mining and agriculture industries would help.”In order for us to meet our aspiration of reaching a middle-income country, we have to grow consistently at least 8 percent,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ARCH Embarks on Reducing Child Labour

first_imgA charitable organization, Action to Reduce Child Labour in Liberia/ARCH has embarked on reducing child labour through education in Liberia, beginning with three counties.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview recently in Sanniquellie, Project Coordinator A. Alvin Winford, said ARCH is currently working with 3700 vulnerable communities in three counties, including Margibi, Montserrado and Nimba, targeting about 10,000 children.He said, child labour can be reduced through education and the organization is making sure that those targeted children are withdrawn from rubber plantations and sent to school.He explained that the primary concern of ARCH is about children who are working in rubber plantations and not those children selling in the streets.With funding from the United States Department of Labour, the ARCH project is being implemented by the African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse in collaboration with Neglect and Winrock International.Recently, ARCH and its partners conducted a one day workshop for key stakeholders who are also partners in the fight against child labour in Sanniquellie.The workshop was held under the title “Child Sensitive Social Protection and Referral Directory in Reducing Child Labour Works.” It was a referral workshop bringing together 25 participants from Nimba.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Banks DIH commissions new vehicle workshop

first_img…aimed at providing 100 jobsA new vehicle workshop has been commissioned by Banks DIH (D’Aguiar’s Industries and Holdings) Limited on Saturday.The workshop, which is located at Caribanks, opposite Thirst Park, was launched in the company of Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson; along with representatives of the diplomatic corps.Speaking at the event, Minister Harmon explained that this initiative will aid in the in the development of the ties between Guyana and its Private Sector.“I’m happy to note that the majority of the Private Sector are out there, doing things and taking advantage of these glorious opportunities which now present themselves,” he stated.He further added that the investments in Guyana are increased with such projects. The introduction of this workshop is expected to provide employment for some 100 persons. As such, Harmon requested that jobs be given to young qualified Guyanese.Meanwhile, Marketing Director of Banks DIH, George Mc Donald, gave a brief insight on the project which took approximately two years to complete.“We expect to see optimised fleets of availability and the provision of the best possible building services and environmental control support in this location. This new facility has been given the task of providing technical support for our fleet of over 200 vehicles,” said Mc Donald.He added that this is “just the beginning” and Guyana will see much more in the future. Along with the new workshop, the facilities feature a power generation plant, a waste water treatment plant and a waste plastics facility which was created to engage in clean enterprises of manufacturing. The company is also considering investing further in the expansion of the facilities which has outgrown the large-scale manufacturing plant.last_img read more

Firefighter’s 50 years of service saluted

first_imgCharlie and his crews helped save a lot of property and lives in the San Fernando Valley over the years, but you never forget the ones who got away. Have a great retirement, buddy. You deserve it. It was a bittersweet final day in court Wednesday for Lisa Nguyen, the sister of William Nguyen, who was run down in his wheelchair during the holidays last year on his way home after buying his baby son a Santa outfit for his first Christmas. Jesus Diaz Garcia, 38, was sentenced to seven years in state prison and ordered to pay $41,300 in restitution to Nguyen after pleading guilty to felony driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Nguyen, who underwent eight operations to put his broken body back together, is still in a rehabilitation center six months after the crash. “We were hoping for some emotion or expression of apology from him (Garcia), but there was none,” Lisa said. “It really upsets me, but now we can all focus on getting William better and back with his family.” Lisa wanted me to express one more time the Nguyen family’s gratitude for the hundreds of get-well cards and e-mails they received from Daily News readers. “They helped our family get through a dark, tragic time, and for that we will always be grateful,” she said. More thanks come this week from some veterans over at the Sepulveda VA who will be taking part in the upcoming Golden Age Games in Houston. As I wrote, these guys don’t have $1,200 lying around for airfare, hotel, and food expenses for the weeklong competition. The cost used to be defrayed by the VA because the games are literally a fountain of youth for aging veterans – keeping them healthy and working out in the gym all year to hopefully win a medal competing against veterans from every VA in the country. But a few years ago, the guys got word they would have to pay their own way from now on because the VA was tapped out, and didn’t have Golden Age Games money in its budget anymore. “That knocked out most of our team because they’re all living on tight budgets, hand to mouth,” said team captain Steve Palmer. “They don’t have $1,000 to go traveling.” Last year, Daily News readers came through and donated enough money to send 12 men to the games. This year, it looks like readers have come through again. “As of this week, it looks like we’re going to be able to send the whole team again,” Palmer said. “Please tell all the people and groups who donated that our team appreciates it, and we’re going to do our best again to bring home some medals.” And finally, this Saturday – Armed Forces Day – the 2007 Benefit for Our Bravest Street Festival will be held to support the efforts of Operation Gratitude, and all fire stations in the San Fernando Valley. The family event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. outside the Valley Inn Restaurant, 4557 Sherman Oaks Ave. in Sherman Oaks. There will be musical entertainment; live and silent auctions; local military, firefighters and police officers to meet; and food for sale prepared by local fire stations. For more information, log on to www.benefitforourbravest.org, or call Valerie Lawrence at (818) 222-6693. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Odds and ends from around the Valley: Halfway up the hill Charlie Casper knew it was time. “I was huffing and puffing, and the young guys were passing me by like I was standing still,” the veteran 71-year-old Los Angeles Fire Department captain said. “It’s a young man’s job. Fifty years was enough.” Before Charlie retired last month, a few hundred fellow firefighters and citizens living in the Porter Ranch and Reseda areas that he’s helped protect the past 30 years gave him a surprise retirement party. “Charlie was an incredible role model and inspiration to hundreds of young firefighters coming onto the department,” said LAFD Capt. Ernie Bobadilla. “Everyone just wanted a chance to say goodbye and thank you to a heck of a brave guy who put his life on the line countless times in 50 years to protect the people of this city,” he said. Charlie’s first big fire was the Bel-Air blaze in 1963 that destroyed about 450 homes, but the one that’s never left the back of his mind was the Stratford Hotel fire in 1973 in which 25 people died. “We pulled a dozen people out of windows, then we went back inside looking for three kids who were supposed to be trapped in one of the rooms,” he said. “We found them in the hallway. It was too late.” last_img read more

Juventus team news: Ex-Real Madrid man back to down former club?

first_img1 Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata The Champions League is back tonight and Juventus take on Real Madrid in a mouth-watering semi-final first leg clash in Turin.Juve wrapped up a fouth successive Serie A title at the weekend and can turn their attentions to unseating the current European champions in their first appearance in the Champions League’s last four since 2003.With star man Paul Pogba still missing through a hamstring injury but ex-Madrid man Alvaro Morata out to make a point, expect the Old Lady to line up as below…center_img 1last_img read more

Huskies chew up Orangemen for easy victory

first_imgSYRACUSE, N.Y. – Jim Calhoun wasn’t around at the end of Connecticut’s latest victory. He really only needed to see the first half. Rashad Anderson scored 21 points and Josh Boone had 18 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Connecticut ended No. 20 Syracuse’s 12-game winning streak, 88-80 on Monday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaLoyola Marymount 80 Adam Morrison scored 30 points and Gonzaga (14-3, 4-0 West Coast Conference) extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 32 home games. At No. 16 Geo. Wash. 86, Stony Brook 60 Omar Williams scored 13 points and No. 16 George Washington (13-1) closed its nonconference schedule by shutting down Stony Brook. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Syracuse (15-3, 3-1 Big East) entered the Top 25 Monday for the first time since November. “Any time you play in the Big East, you don’t want to give anybody a chance to come back,” said Anderson. “We wanted to put it to them.” (15-1, 3-1 Big East) At No. 6 Gonzaga 92, last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell’s sister Margo has recorded a tribute to Ireland’s longest missing person Mary Boyle.The disappearance of Mary, who went missing near Cashelard near Ballyshannon 34 years ago, has remained the country’s biggest ever mystery.Mary went missing on March 18th, 1977 when she followed her uncle form her grandparents home as he was returning a ladder to a neighbour’s home. No trace of her has ever been found. Margo, who is related to Mary’s mother Ann, has remained close to the Boyle family and has often helped in the search for Mary who was just six when she vanished.She said simply “I will never give up searching for her.”The money raised from The Missing Mary Boyle will go towards funding to keep searching for the Donegal girl.Mary’s mum Ann says she knows her little girl died a long time ago but says her only wish is to find her body. Margo’s new song will be available at all her gigs including the INEC in Killarney next Saturday and at the Donegal Shore Festival in Kincasslagh on September 3rd.EndsMARGO RECORDS TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO MISSING MARY AS SHE VOWS NEVER TO STOP SEARCHING was last modified: August 16th, 2011 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:MARGOMARY BOYLEmissinglast_img read more


first_imgProtestors make their voices heard outside Minister Joe McHugh’s office today. PIc by Donegal Daily.Junior Minister Joe McHugh has met with protestors outside his constituency offices in Letterkenny and told them “I have no problem with you protesting.”The group of approximately 12 protestors from the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay Group started their protest just after noon and plan to make it last 24 hours.Minister McHugh met with the protestors outside his offices at Lower Main Street and discussions about the water charges were very cordial. Passing motorists sounded their horns as the protesters bedded in for the marathon protest with plans for musicians to plays songs on the street later.One of the protestors, Independent county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig, said he had personally no protest with Minister McHugh.He told Donegal Daily “This will be a peaceful protest and people will come and go throughout the day and we will make it last 24 hours.“We simply wanted to send a message to the Minister and to the Government that despite the climb-down by the Government, many will still not the pay this unjust tax,” he said. Meanwhile Minister McHugh said he had no problem with people protesting outside his office.He admitted his Government had underestimated the feeling of the public and had admitted their mistake.“We have made massive mistakes as a Government and we tried to be too ambitious. We tried to do something in eighteen months that other countries have taken a number of years to do.“It was a situation that we had people in Government not listening to backbenchers, not listening to TDs and not listening to councillors. There was a whole system default or a whole system breakdown there.“The Government has put up its hands and there were issues there surrounding privacy, etc but I think the big issue surrounding affordability has been addressed. “I still don’t think there is any way that we can get this issue one hundred per cent right,” he admitted.Minister McHugh added that he had absolutely no problem with today’s protest outside his office.“I have gone out and spoken to the people here today and my clinics continue as normal.“I appreciate people’s right to protest and they have been more than courteous to me today,” he said. MINISTER ADMITS THERE HAS BEEN A ‘SYSTEMS BREAKDOWN’ AS HE MEETS WITH WATER CHARGE PROTESTORS was last modified: November 21st, 2014 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:donegalIrish WaterJoe McHughprotestlast_img read more

Amazing Donegal digital photos now available online

first_imgOne of Donegal County Council’s Creative Ireland projects for 2017 has been the digitisation of two invaluable collections from Donegal County Archives.The Archives Service has now placed the digitised images from these original documents on the Councils website for all to view.The following is an outline of just two of the amazing catalogues available. Fanad District Nursing Association (Health Club)This collection contains a minute book and documents relating to the FanadHealth Club, a 1930s District Nursing association, one of the district nursing associations which operated under the Queen’s Institute of Nursing and the Lady Dudley Nursing Scheme. The collection includes correspondence and notes relating to the setting up of the Club; correspondence between members of Fanad Health Club, including between Sean Ó Deagha, County Medical Officer of Health, Coiste Slainte Dhún na nGall, and Miss E. R. C. Hart, Carrablagh, Portsalon, secretary and later president of the Club, on the management of the association, employment of district nurses, accommodation for each nurse, nurses’ performances, finances etc. Also included are wide range of newspaper articles, fundraising documentation, photographs; minutes of meetings and notes of events.A Social & Cultural Study of Crofter Life on the West Donegal Seaboard (Thesis by Patrick O’Neill)Also digitised is a 1940 thesis in two volumes by Patrick O’Neill, entitled ‘A Social and Cultural Study of Crofter Life on the West Donegal Seaboard’. Chapters in the first volume include on climate, soil, agriculture (corn, manures, potatoes, crop rotation), transhumance and livestock, rundale, congestion and land tenure, home industries, fishing, curraghs, and housing. The second volume includes hand drawn statistical maps of Donegal, including of structural features of a sea curragh. It also includes a sketch of ‘crofter’s lime kiln’, drawings of spools and pot for holding yarn and house types along western seaboard plus older types of ‘crofter dwelling’. There are also photographs from various parts of the county, such as Upper Finn Valley, Teelin, Knockfola and Ranafast.The thesis was submitted to Queens University Belfast. Both the above collections are now available to view online athttp://www.donegalcoco.ie/culture/archives/selected%20digitised%20archives/.For more information on Donegal County Archives call 074 91 72490 or email archivist@donegalcoco.ie or following Donegal County Archives on Facebook.Amazing Donegal digital photos now available online was last modified: November 10th, 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)last_img read more