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Liberia, Cameroon to Establish Joint Commission

first_imgThe Foreign Ministers of the Republics of Liberia and Cameroon have agreed to work for the establishment of a Joint Commission for Technical Cooperation between their two countries.Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and the Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Cameroon, Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, made the commitment during bilateral discussions held at the Cameroonian Ministry of External Affairs at the end of the just ended First Ministerial Conference of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), the conference was held in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé from May 4 to May 5, 2014. At the close of business, the two officials agreed that officials and technicians from both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Liberia and the Ministry of External Affairs of Cameroon will sort out the details leading to the establishment of the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission aims to focus on agriculture, education, forestry, sports as well as trade and commerce. The Foreign ministers recalled the historical ties and friendship between both countries dating back to 1919 when Liberia played a pivotal role at the League of Nations when German-Cameroon was placed under trusteeship and the 1960’s during the struggle for independence in Africa. The two ministers recounted the reciprocal visits of the late President William V.S. Tubman of Liberia, and President Ahmadou Ahidjo of Cameroun when they observed the need for stronger partnerships at the levels of the African Union (AU), and the United Nations as the effective ways to strengthen common interest at the global scene. Minister Ngafuan, according to a release, reminded his counterpart of the vital role Cameroon played in developing the talents of Liberians in the area of sports, specifically recalled Cameroon’s contribution in helping to mould the Liberian soccer legend, George Oppong Weah as well as celebrated soccer star, James Salinsa Debbah, and Joe Nagbe:“Cameroon was a ‘Mecca’ for Liberian soccer players”, he added. Minister Ngafuan used the opportunity to commend Cameroonian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Beng’yela Augustine Gang for being an exceptional ambassador and a “true representation of Cameroon in Liberia”.The Liberian Foreign Minister also expressed gratitude to the Government and People of Cameroon for the successful hosting of the First Ministerial Conference of TICAD V in Yaoundé, Cameroon.He averred that the warm reception and hospitality Cameroon accorded participants at the conference made him proud as an African. Cameroon’s Foreign Minister Mbonjo, for his part, recounted the good works of the Liberian Embassy’s Minister Counselor/Charge d’Affaires, Siaka G. Fahnbulleh, Sr. which he said, have restored and rekindled the strong bond of friendship between the two countries. He committed himself to working closely with Minister Ngafuan to deepen and solidify the bilateral ties that have existed between the two countries for more than five decades. Sitting through the discussions were Liberia’s Minister Counselor/Charge d’Affaires accredited to Cameroon, and Cameroonian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Amb. Beng’yela Augustine Gang.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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Clean control

first_imgDear Editor,As the nation and the region await the CCJ ruling on the NCM, some skilful manipulating seems to be happening behind the scenes to deal with certain parts of the media.The broadcasting authority pops up at strategic times in media releases to make threatening noises about the section of the media under its control.From all the media releases, it is easy to think that this Government entity is taking steps to frighten the media into submission and control its coverage. It uses the cover of cleaning up television, radio and cable and is aided by some strong laws amended under this Government.It claims to hold stakeholder forums to obtain this legitimacy. Who are these stakeholders and are they at liberty to act as fearless media operators? Or are they Government supporters brought in to make the entity look good? If this body is so concerned about clean media, can it outline the support it is giving to the media under its control, outside of holding closed meetings and making public statements about regulation? How much is being earned by each of the members and consultants who attend these meetings? Is clean the same as transparency?All this talk about clean is a joke when what is happening elsewhere is considered. The President is still to file returns to the Integrity Commission. Has he offered any reasons for not showing how clean he is? And why is Minister Patterson not coming clean about the airport contract?Yours sincerely,Rudy Shawlast_img read more

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THE RESOLVE TO BE AND DO BETTER (PART THREE): THE POWER OF DETERMINATION

first_imgIn this third article of the series centered on how to improve self and help others do the same, the thrust is on the potency of determination. One of the key requirements for making meaningful progress and accelerating it is determination. What then is determination and how does it contribute to improvement of self and others? How may one recognize, cultivate and maintain the inner quality of perseverance and tenacity? Let examine in brief below. The second article on the necessity of having meaning and purpose in life made the following major points:Meaning and purpose becomes a key impetus for self-improvement and for achieving a lot of good things in life. Many people do badly or poorly because they have no reason or purpose to live for and to achieve anything for. They go through life purposelessly and aimlessly. Meaning and purpose differs from person to person, culture to culture and generation to generation. But Christianity and the world religions believe that there is an overall purpose and meaning for all humans regardless of age, culture, and status. What is it then?The catechisms (basic doctrinal teachings of a denomination) of some mainline denominations of the Christian faith put it succinctly and beautifully like this: “The purpose of man is to know, love, glorify and enjoy God forever”. Man was created in God’s image for love and fellowship. King Solomon, the wisest and richest King whoever lived, penned down these words: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of everyone” (Ecclesiastes 1:2; 12:13).The fear of God and keeping his commandments are fulfilled in having and maintaining good relationships with God, fellow human beings and the environment. God’s will is justice, fairness, peace and wellbeing for all. We worship and glorify God by doing what is right and helpful to all. Every person then finds his/her own purpose in life (divine purpose or calling) in whatever area of life that excites, generates passion and drive in him/her and is in the areas of human endeavors that up lift all humanity. This covers every honorable profession and field of human endeavor. It can take the forms of teaching, serving, entrepreneurship, politics, law, sports, business, pastoring, administration, hospitality, envisioning and the like. Every person, then, ought to find out his/her unique purpose in life and seeks ways to improve and use self for God’s glory, his/her own good and the good of others. Meaning and purpose then produces passion and drive which in turn produces determination which withstand and overcome opposition and numerous obstacles which often come in the way of progress and moving to the next level. Determination may be defined as a quality of mind that settles for something and will not let it go lightly; a strong will power that defines character; the art of being resolute in pursuing a definite goal. Other words that can be synonymous with determination are importunity, perseverance, tenacity, persistence and resoluteness. Many times in life what differentiates between a successful person and the one who falls by the wayside or falls short of full potential is determination. The same temptations, challenges, problems and unbearable pain that cause many to give up can be overcome and turned into assets by the determined person. A lot of drive and passion keep the determined individual going while the intelligent, better educated and well-resourced falter and be left stagnant and behind forever.Helen Keller is a perennial example of sheer determination. She lived in the late 1880’s and early 1900’s. Made blind and deaf by a debilitating disease at the age of nine, she rose above the challenges in those days of being blind and deaf to acquiring a university degree and becoming an author, a lecturer, and an activist for the disabled. She could have mourned and blamed other people for her condition. No, rather she worked extra hard and excelled above many normal persons!Another shining example of the power of determination is that of Nelson Mandela who stayed in jail for twenty-seven years in a cause he knew to be right and for the sake of resisting evil and thereby inspiring many to carry on the struggles from where he left off. Determination and perseverance can break the power of the heartlessness of tyrants, corrupt and powerful holders of wealth, privileges and authority and give victory to the poor and powerless who carry in the face of what may appear insurmountable. Anyone who wants to move ahead in life in a positive direction and inspire others to do the same must have and keep the potent weapon of determination.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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Do not shop at stores with “no return” signs – CCAC urges

first_imgThe Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) is now urging consumers to be alert and not shop at stores with “no return” and “no refunds” signs as this is a violation of the law.The warning was recently resounded at a lecture held at Moray House, Georgetown, in an effort to better sensitise stakeholders on the Competition and Fair Trade and Consumer Affairs Act.Director of the Commission, Dawn Holder-Cush said, “If you go to a store and the store has a sign that says ‘no refund’ do not shop there because you got certain places that they have very good policies that you can go to and you won’t get a problem”.She informed that there is no such policy and it should not be adhered to by customers.“It doesn’t matter what they say. We have the law which says you can’t do that… (and) that is where the press comes in…to let the people know that ‘no refund’ is illegal,” Holder-Cush informed.It was further pointed out that all customers should demand a receipt and not purchase at stores that do not issue receipts as it is the only proof of purchase.A receipt would also be necessary if an item is defective and needs to be returned or exchanged and would also be required to make a complaint at the Commission.Consumer Affairs Officer, Feyona Austin-Paul during the lecture signalled, “We have to be more assertive as consumers because if we demand our rights the supplier will be forced to comply”.She added that the Commission has been working assiduously to conduct inspections in an effort to address the issue of businesses that do not issue receipts.In fact, over 150 businesses were visited during 2018.The Director of the Commission chimed in saying, “Sometimes people get carried away with trying to save a few dollars and a store owner would tell you if you don’t pay VAT (Value Added Tax) and you don’t get a receipt you will get it at a lower price and they (consumers) happy”.She, however, stressed the importance of collecting and demanding a receipt because in the event of an issue, the CCAC would not be able to render assistance without a receipt because there would be no proof of purchase.last_img read more

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Wantaway France goalkeeper could spark Everton and Liverpool transfer fight

first_img1 Steve Mandanda Liverpool and Everton have been put on alert after reports in France have claimed that Marseille captain Steve Mandanda is considering a move to the Premier League.The goalkeeper’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is reportedly on the lookout for a new challenge.Everton and Liverpool are both being tipped to launch moves for a new ‘keeper in January with Tim Howard and Simon Mignolet flattering to deceive this season.According to Canal+, a number of Premier League sides are keeping an eye on Mandanda’s situation at Marseille and one unnamed club have already submitted a bid.Mandanda, who is France’s No 2 goalkeeper behind Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, has made over 300 appearances for Marseille since joining them from Le Havre in 2007.last_img read more

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Chelsea star will cost £70m if Man United and Barcelona want him

first_img LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1 Chelsea have slapped a £70m price tag on the head of Barcelona and Manchester United target Willian.The Brazilian was in the mood for his country at the World Cup with a man-of-the-match display in their 2-0 victory over Mexico today. LIVING THE DREAM RANKED IN DEMAND Barcelona are very interested in the 29-year-old as they want to bring in a new forward this summer.The Spanish champions had been hoping to land Antoine Griezmann, but he has now decided to stay at Atletico Madrid.Manchester United are reportedly looking into a deal for Willian as well but, according to Mundo Deportivo, that will cost them £70m.Chelsea have set that as the winger’s asking price and will not settle for anything less. LATEST TRANSFER NEWScenter_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Willian was in superb form for Brazil against Mexico The Blues are still hoping Willian will opt to stay in west London, particularly if current boss Conte leaves.Maurizio Sarri is expected to take charge at Stamford Bridge this week and the Italian is keen to work with the Brazil international. targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer last_img read more

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first_imgJIM TAKES TIME TO MEET FANS IN BURT THIS EVENINGDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness promised fans tonight that every child in the county will get a chance to see the Sam Maguire over the next few weeks.And the whole nation will see it on TV tomorrow night as Jim and the team are the special guests of the Late Late Show.The manager was speaking in Burt where hundreds of fans turned out on the final day of Sam’s World Tour of Donegal. The team have been forced to cut short visits to many areas today, not wanting to disappoint the Glenswilly club – home of captain Michael Murphy.The team was forced to postpone a visit there on Tuesday and will instead go there tonight (Thursday) once a tour of Inishowen is complete.Manager Jim once again mingled with fans in Burt before addressing the crowd.He thanked the supporters for their tremendous support and apologised for the short visit. “We were forced to postpone a visit to Glenswilly on Tuesday and it’s only fair that we get there this evening,” he told the crowd.“But I want to tell you that every child in the county will get a chance to see the Sam Maguire over the next few weeks. The cup will be going into every school,” he said to cheers from the fans.Despite their clear tiredness, the players smiled broadly for pictures and signed as many autographs as possible.Karl Lacey, Rory Kavanagh, Colm McFadden and the rest of the players played their part in another wonderful day for the county.They will need some rest in the morning – before heading back up to Dublin to appear on the Late Late Show. Jim and the team are special guests for the night.UPDATE: The team left Carn at 8.30pm.Buncrana is looking like 9.45pm – after stop-off at Malin.Glenswilly could be around 11pm to midnight. RORY KAVANAGH MEETS YOUNG FANS IN NEWTOWNJIM’S PROMISE TO DONEGAL CHILDREN: ‘WE’LL TAKE SAM INTO EVERY SCHOOL IN THE COUNTY’ was last modified: September 28th, 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:donegalGAAJIM’S PROMISE TO DONEGAL CHILDREN: ‘WE’LL TAKE SAM INTO EVERY SCHOOL IN THE COUNTY’last_img read more

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Grossmont gets COC rematch

first_img “That’s such a key factor to our success,” La Roque said. “We’re going to be a little more fresh, more ready.” Defensive fun facts: Grossmont’s defense finished the regular season 37th in the state. Canyons finished fifth, one spot behind Chaffey of Rancho Cucamonga, which the Cougars twice defeated: 33-3 in the season opener and 37-10 in the Western State Conference Bowl. Moorpark, sporting the eighth-best defense in the state, also was handled by COC, 31-14 on Sept. 14. Starting from scratch: Greg Herrick has been coaching the COC women’s basketball team for 14 years, and this is the first year he has just one returning sophomore on his roster. Herrick is used to success, and last season’s 16-12 record was the first time in 10 years COC (4-3) has not won 20 games in a season. The Cougars finished third in the WSC last year – the first time in 11 years COC has not been champion or runner-up. “We’ve got 12 kids from 12 different programs,” Herrick said. “And we have to teach them in three months. Quite a monumental task.” Herrick has seen progress from players such as Melissa Tachias of Poly High of Sun Valley (11 points, 12 rebounds per game), Leslie Ortiz of Sylmar (9 ppg), Facion Edwards of Quartz Hill (11 points, 8 rpg) and Kelly O’Linn of Saugus, who has made 40 percent of her 3-point shots. Nate Brown, (818) 713-3607 nate.brown@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Grossmont College’s football team has first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to go up against defending state champion College of the Canyons. It wasn’t a pleasant experience. The Griffins traded touchdowns with top-ranked Canyons early in the Sept. 10 game in Santa Clarita, then watched the Cougars roll to four consecutive scores behind quarterback Marcel Marquez for a 25-point fourth-quarter lead. The rest of the Cougars’ 32-22 victory was filler, and Grossmont suffered its only loss of the season. Twelve weeks later, fifth-ranked Grossmont (11-1) is back, ready to take on Canyons (12-0) again – this time in the Southern California Regional championship game. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Saturday at Cougar Stadium. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The winner advances to the Dec. 10 title game in Fresno against the Northern California Regional champion, either Reedley (10-0) or City College of San Francisco (9-1). Marquez’s numbers in the September game – he passed for 124 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 29 – were hardly glittering, but he managed the game well, rushing for two touchdowns and completing 16 of 21 passes. Brandon Clayton added 132 yards on a school record-tying 28 carries as the Cougars piled up 22 first downs to Grossmont’s eight. Canyon’s defense held Grossmont to 59 yards rushing and 83 yards passing. Grossmont, from El Cajon, had the most productive offense among the state’s 72 teams during the regular season, with 4,829 total yards. Canyons linebacker Joey La Roque, the Cougars’ leading tackler, knows the benefit of staying rested while Marquez keeps the opposing offense off the field. last_img read more

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LADIES FOOTBALL: THREE DONEGAL GIRLS GIVEN ULSTER SCHOOLS ALL-STARS

first_imgAfter a series of trials three Donegal schoolgirls have been named as this years Ulster Schools All Stars and will compete in the inter provincial tournament in January.Marie O’Reilly and Aine McGettigan from Loreto Letterkenny and Lauren McElwaine from Loreto Milford were named in the honours list today.The full Ulster All Stars List is below: Holly Lynch St Louis CarrickmacrossMarie O’Reilly Loreto LetterkennyAoife McConville St Michael’s GrammarCatriona Caldwell Assumption Grammar School Eimear McAnespie St Ciaran’s BallygawleyLouise Kenny St Paul’s BessbrookSlaine McCarroll St Ciaran’s BallygawleyClara Mulvenna St Mark’s WarrenpointMuireann Atkinson Our Ladies Castleblaney Michaela Gaffney Loreto College CavanAiobhinn Henderson St Michael’s GrammarBlaithin Mackin St Paul’s BessbrookGrainne Rafferty St Ciaran’s Ballygawley Aimee Mackin St Paul’s BessbrookNiamh Callan Our Ladies CastleblaneyLaura Kane St Ciarans BallygawleyEllen Ni Bhriain Coláiste Oiriall MonaghanAine McGettigan Loreto LetterkennyEimear Rocks St Genevieve’s High SchoolLauren McElwaine Loreto MilfordNiamh Coleman St Michael’s GrammarBeth Farrelly McGee Virgina College CavanBridgetta Quinn Our Ladies Grammar NewryLauren Jones St Louis CarrickmacrossChloe Corr St Patrick’s AcademyLADIES FOOTBALL: THREE DONEGAL GIRLS GIVEN ULSTER SCHOOLS ALL-STARS was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyLoretoMilfordUlster Schools All Starslast_img read more

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South Africa makes strides in fighting HIV

first_imgThe mother-to-child transmission rate of HIV in Soweto has been reduced from 8% in 2008 to 2% in 2011. (Image: Anova Health Institute) Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that before the HIV testing and counseling campaign was launched, only 2-million South Africans were tested annually, but now 11.9-million have been tested. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Melissa Meyer  Anova Health Institute: HIV/AIDS  +27 11 715 5828 or +27 72 778 1727 RELATED ARTICLES • Global grannies unite against Aids • Garden of Hope for HIV/Aids • Keeping the story of HIV alive in SA • HIV/Aids in South AfricaRay MaotaThe South African health fraternity has made strides in curbing HIV/Aids mother-to-child transmission rates in Soweto, bringing incidences down from 8% in 2008 to 2% in 2011.The Anova Health Institute, which works in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Health in providing HIV/Aids services at clinics around the country, has welcomed the news.Dr Coceka Mnyani, head of the institute’s Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTC) programme in Soweto, said: “This means that HIV-positive mothers-to-be who enter our PMTC programme have a less than 2% chance of transmitting the virus to their babies.”This is good news for Soweto, a township in south-west Johannesburg, Gauteng, which has a population of more than 4-million.“We have been working closely with the Department of Health – particularly in implementing the new treatment guidelines from April 2010 – that have allowed for more effective prevention. It is a partnership that we are very proud of,” said Mnyani.South Africa’s population, which stands at over 49-million, only accounts for 0.7% of the world’s total population, but carries 17% of the HIV/Aids pandemic.President Jacob Zuma announced on World Aids Day in December 2009 that a set of measures would be put in place to ensure the mother-to-child transmission rate is decreased.These measures were implemented in April 2010 and included starting antiretroviral treatment when the CD4 count is 350 or less in HIV-positive pregnant women and HIV and TB co-infected people, starting the prevention of mother-to-child transmission treatment at 14 rather than 28 weeks of pregnancy, and treating HIV-positive newborns regardless of their CD4 count.Successful measuresMinister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi announced on 31 May 2011 in his budget vote policy speech, presented to the National Assembly, that there had been varying improvements since the new measures were put in place.These include an increase in health centres that are accredited antiretroviral service points from 490 to 2 205, an increase in certified nurses who can administer antiretrovirals from 250 to 4 000, and an increase in the number of people who take annual HIV tests.The minister said: “Before the HIV testing and counselling campaign was launched by the president on 25 April 2010 at Natalspruit Hospital, only 2-million South Africans were testing annually.”“Since the launch of the campaign only a year ago, 11.9-million South Africans have tested and the figure is growing every month,” added Motsoaledi.Due to the campaign, the number of people on antiretroviral treatment has also increased – from 923 000 to 1.4-million people. The Department of Health has managed to cut the price of antiretroviral drugs too, making them more accessible to affected individuals.The Medical Research Council is due to announce its findings on the reduction of mother-to-child transmission rates at the 5th SA African Aids Conference in Durban from 7 to 10 June.Working togetherThe Anova Health Institute was formed in October 2009 and focuses on HIV, Aids and TB. It is funded by Pepfar through USAid and smaller agencies like Orange Babies, which provides support for HIV-positive mothers and babies.Anova’s PMTC programme in Soweto is known as Tirisanong and is available at 13 antenatal facilities across the township and at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Tirisanong means “working together” in Setswana.The institute focuses on counselling and voluntary HIV testing of pregnant women, CD4-count testing and screening and testing for TB.last_img read more

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