EU to Finance Post-Ebola Reconstruction

first_imgThe Chairman of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Kadré Désire Ouédraogo, has disclosed that the European Union (EU) is considering financing post-Ebola reconstruction initiatives in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three worst affected countries.  Buttressing comments from the ECOWAS Regional Supervisor on Response and Eradication of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe of Togo, Commissioner  Ouedraogo disclosed that upon meeting with ECOWAS partners in Accra recently, the EU had consented to host a high-level meeting in Brussels, Belgium on March 3, to help the three countries in the post-Ebola development drive.  Commissioner Ouedraogo made the disclosure last Friday when he and the Togolese President paid a one-day solidarity visit to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Liberian people. He was one of the three who addressed a press stakeout following the meeting with President Sirleaf.  The ECOWAS Commission boss also disclosed that under the leadership of President Gnassingbe, a high-level meeting in Accra, Ghana, with all ECOWAS partners, was convened on January 16.   High on the agenda were pleas for the re-opening of all borders and the resumption of air services to and from Ebola affected countries; the establishment of a coordination mechanism at the level of ECOWAS in order to institute a more efficient response to the epidemic; and consideration for post-Ebola reconstruction needs of the worst affected countries.“As the President of Togo has mentioned, he convened a high-level meeting with partners of ECOWAS on January 16 in Ghana in the presence of the regional body Chairman, President John Dramani Mahama.”  Main items on the agenda, Commissioner Ouedraogo said, were the plea for the reopening of borders, the resumption of flight services to Ebola affected countries; establishing a coordination mechanism at the level of ECOWAS to have a more efficient response to the epidemic; and lastly consideration of the post-Ebola reconstruction needs of these countries which we are beginning to receive positive results.  Earlier, the Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe renewed his solidarity and support to President Sirleaf, the Government and people of Liberia and on behalf of the ECOWAS Chairman, John Mahama, expressed how proud they all are of the Liberian President.“We would like to thank you for your leadership in steering this Ebola crisis,” the Togolese leader added.  He also paid tribute to the vision and leadership of President Sirleaf and commended the Government and people of Liberia for the heroic and successful fight against Ebola, which led to the positive results the country is now observing.  He commended the Liberian Government officials as well as the entire population who joined hands together to fight the Ebola virus disease (EVD).President Gnassingbe also thanked the international community, most especially ECOWAS member states, which sent health workers and volunteers to the three worst affected countries that had made the difference.  He finally praised all those who survived the Ebola virus disease.   Everybody, he said, knows that no sector of the economy was spared in this Ebola attack and experience has shown that in order to rise up, everyone has to get up very early and work hard.  “We would like to say that in a period such as this, we have to get up early and work late so that all our efforts are combined to ensure that the reconstruction process is more efficient and effective,” he said.  The Togolese President noted that though much had been achieved in the fight against Ebola, Liberians must be vigilant and not become complacent.  He assured the Liberian Government that ECOWAS would leave no stone unturned in getting rid of Ebola. The Organization will also pursue efforts to help the country to return to normalcy.  President Gnassingbe was asked to supervise the process following the endorsement of the Regional Integrated Operational Plan for the response to the EVD by ECOWAS Heads of State and Government during a regional summit in Accra, Ghana on November 6, 2014.  As supervisor of ECOWAS’ efforts, President Gnassingbe was also due to visit Guinea and Sierra Leone upon leaving Liberia.  Earlier, on behalf of the people and Government of Liberia, President Sirleaf welcomed the two visiting dignitaries and expressed delight at their being in the country to work with her and to demonstrate solidarity to the Government and people of Liberia.  She asked them to convey to the ECOWAS Chairman, Ghanaian President Mahama her deep appreciation for all that ECOWAS countries had done to support Liberia, while also promising the Togolese President her fullest support in ensuring that his mandate will be carried out successfully.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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Arsenal survive Ostersunds scare as policeman dies in Bilbao clashes

first_img0Shares0000Wenger was left to watch on as his lifeless side scraped past Ostersunds © AFP / Adrian DENNISPARIS, France, Feb 23 – Arsenal scraped into the last 16 of the Europa League despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat by Ostersunds, but Thursday’s action was marred by violent clashes at the match between between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow which left a police officer dead.Two quickfire first-half goals gave Swedish minnows Ostersunds hope of a sensational comeback at the Emirates, but Sead Kolasinac’s goal just after the interval saw Arsenal hang on for a 4-2 win on aggregate. The north London giants move into Friday’s last-16 draw, but Ostersunds will take all the plaudits for a brave display full of quality.“At 2-0 we thought we had a chance. We played well, won the game but it was just short of the miracle,” Ostersunds coach Graham Potter told BT Sport.A Basque police officer died as security forces clashed with fans of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao.“We can confirm that a Basque policeman died Thursday,” said a press spokesman for Ertzaintza, the Basque police region.However, he would not comment on reports that the officer died as a result of the violence.“Five people have been arrested. We do not know if they are all supporters of Spartak, but many of them are Russians.”More than 500 police officers had been deployed for the high-risk return leg of the tie, which Bilbao won 4-3 on aggregate despite a 2-1 loss on the night.Having cruised to a 3-0 victory in the first leg last week, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal appeared complacent and were caught out by the vibrant visitors to the Emirates.Midfielder Hosam Aiesh capped off a slick move for the underdogs to pull one back in the 22nd minute, running onto Saman Ghoddos’ through ball and slotting into the corner with the aid of a deflection off Calum Chambers.The hapless Arsenal centre-back was caught out just 69 seconds later as the home fans were left stunned, with winger Ken Sema spinning Chambers and drilling a low finish past Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina.Potter may have been thinking back to his side’s missed injury-time penalty in the first-leg 3-0 loss, but they continued to press as Arsenal laboured.The Premier League side made it to half-time with a 3-2 aggregate lead intact, but were booed off the field by their own supporters.Unsurprisingly, Wenger’s men were much-improved after the break and left-back Kolasinac capitalised on uncertainty in the Ostersunds defence to hammer home with his weaker right foot.But instead of building on that goal, Arsenal continued to be largely outplayed by their unheralded opposition, with Ghoddos and Curtis Edwards both going close to restoring the two-goal cushion.The Swedes ran out of legs as their continental adventure came to an end with a famous victory, but Arsenal were left facing plenty of questions ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final against Manchester City.“We were nowhere near it and not good enough,” said Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.“We are through and that is all that counts. We will see who we get tomorrow and refocus on the big game on Sunday.”– Batshuayi blasts ‘racism’ –Violence broke out before the start of the game between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMarcel Schmelzer’s late equaliser saw Borussia Dortmund grab a 1-1 draw at Atalanta to edge into the next round.Michy Batshuayi’s double had brought Dortmund back from 2-1 down to win last week’s home game 3-2, and Schmelzer struck seven minutes from time on Thursday to keep the German side in Europe.Belgian striker Batshuayi accused Atalanta fans of racist abuse after the game, writing on Twitter: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands… really? hope you have fun watching the rest of @EuropaLeague on TV while we are through… #SayNoToRacism. #GoWatchBlackPanther.”Serie A leaders Napoli gave RB Leipzig a serious fright in Germany, but a 2-0 win was in vain as last week’s 3-1 loss proved too much to come back from.Leipzig held on to continue their debut European campaign with Napoli left to focus on defending their one-point lead over Juventus in Italy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsenal hero fears Wenger will walk away and leave club ‘totally in the lurch’

first_img Arsene Wenger led Arsenal to FA Cup success 1 Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright fears Arsene Wenger could leave the Gunners “totally in the lurch” by walking away this week – and believes the Premier League club only have themselves to blame.Wenger is due to meet the Arsenal board later on Tuesday to discuss whether or not he will be extending his 21-year reign as manager.The 67-year-old Frenchman, who is out of contract next month, has come in for criticism and calls to go from some Arsenal fans during a mixed season which saw the club fail to reach the Champions League for the first time in 19 years but also win the FA Cup. It remains to be seen if Wenger and Arsenal will sever ties just days after the Gunners beat Chelsea at Wembley claim a record 13th FA Cup success, but Wright believes that could well be the case.And Arsenal’s second-highest goalscorer of all time says it has been “total incompetence” to have allowed this situation to have arisen.Writing in his column in The Sun, Wright said: “I’ve got a nasty feeling Arsene Wenger will walk away from the Arsenal job today, leaving the club totally in the lurch.“And you would have to say it would serve them right, because there has been absolutely no forward planning for the day when he finally left the Emirates.“The only way the board should have let him run down his contract is if they had private assurances he was staying.“Otherwise, it is total incompetence to get to this stage.”Wright believes Arsenal should have singled out Wenger’s eventual successor some time ago and now fears what the knock-on effect could be if the Frenchman does go at this point, with regards summer planning and transfer activity.The 53-year-old ex-England international also warned fans of the north London club who are upset at a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League that things could get even worse.He added: “The next boss should have been identified ages ago and shepherded by Arsene for a season or two, even if he didn’t like the idea.“With no one to step in, it will now be a disaster if Arsene goes. That’s why I often tell fans to be careful what you wish for.“We already face a season in the Europa League – and things could get a lot worse before they start to get better.”last_img read more

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first_imgA Donegal man has pleaded guilty to having sex with a child under 17 years of age.Letterkenny District Court.The man, who cannot be named, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.The man admitted to two charges of engaging in a sexual act with a child under 17 at two dates, in February 2012 and April 6th, at locations in East Donegal. The case has been adjourned until April 6th for sentencing.State prosecutor Patricia McLoughlin asked for a victim impact statement and also that the man be placed on the sex offender’s register.A psychological report and probation report was also ordered.  DONEGAL MAN ADMITS TO HAVING SEX WITH CHILD was last modified: January 30th, 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:donegalguiltyLetterkenny Circuit Courtunderage sexlast_img read more

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Turning junk into cinema magic

first_img20 October 2003South African film producer Anant Singh’s company, Videovision Entertainment, has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom that opened the Durban International Film Festival this month.The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom, produced by Zimbabwe-based Philip and Jacqui Cunningham, is directed by Roger Hawkins.The characters and sets featured in the film have been made exclusively from junk, giving birth to the world’s newest animation style, dubbed “junkmation” by its creators, Sunrise Productions.“We were thoroughly impressed with the ingenuity of The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom and its distinctive African flavour”, said Singh. “The filmmakers have done an amazing job in not only creating a film that is characteristically African, but a film from which a new animation style has been created for the world.”Last month, Videovision presented The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom at prestigious festivals in North America. The film had its world premiere at the Montreal Film Festival, where it opened the African Horizons section.Junkmation is inspired by the unique works of art created from junk in Africa, where skilled craftsmen transform pieces of junk into useful items, reports SA Film. Junk of any type – wood, metal, wire, tin, plastic, empty containers – find new life as objects of art and decoration and everyday use.The film’s producers tapped into this art form and brought it to life to create a world unlike any other, peopled by characters recreated from junk.The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom is a magical tale that follows the journey of a group of children on their way to find the mythical sky kingdom.Enslaved in an underground city, Blockhead, Squidge and Lucky stage a daring escape and begin a journey that sees them pursued by the evil emperor’s hyenas as they travel through the Jungle of Despair and the Desert of Desolation.“We are pleased to have Anant Singh and Videovision Entertainment handle the world distribution of The Legend of the Sky Kingdom, and we are thrilled to have the film selected for the Montreal World Film Festival”, the Cunninghams told SA Film.“As junkmation was our inspiration for the film, we remained true to its art form, we decided to tap into the creative source of the style – the street artists and vendors themselves. In so doing, we combined our technical and creative expertise with the raw talent and craftsmanship of these highly original and gifted artists.“The approach we used in The Legend of the Sky Kingdom has never been attempted anywhere in the world before, and the results are truly radical.”Director Roger Hawkins told SA Film: “The whole ethos of our production was to ‘use what you’ve got’. I realised that we did not have vast resources or big budgets, but what we did have was the incredible ingenuity of African street artists. This inspired us and made us realise that art can always find a form to express itself.“The idea of making a movie out of nothing really appealed to me, and I think it fired our creativity and passion in a way that proved you don’t need big money and experience – what matters is passion and determination.” reporterlast_img read more

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Report Suggests Newspaper Paywalls Have Little Impact on Traffic

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market To paywall or not paywall. That has been the question that newspapers and magazines have been asking over the last few years, debating whether or not a move to charge readers to view online content would help or harm the publications’ existence.According to some early data from Journalism Online, an e-commerce system of sorts that allows newspapers to charge their regular online visitors, suggest that the paywall may not be the kiss of death to ad revenue and traffic that some had predicted.It’s worth noting that the sample size for Journalism Online’s data was small – only about 2 dozen small- and medium-sized newspapers – but the findings suggest that these newspapers were successful with their paywall implementations. It reports that monthly unique visits to these websites fell zero to 7%, while page views fell zero to 20%. No publishers reported a decline in advertising revenue.However, those newspapers that reported little impact from a paywall were those whose restricted access was only partial. Rather than locking down and charging visitors for all content, these newspapers had instead limited the number of articles that visitors could read for free each month, making it clear to their readership that most wouldn’t be affected by the paywall restrictions.“If you set this meter conservatively which we urge people to do, it’s a nonevent for 85, 90, 95 percent of the people who come to your Web site,” Journalism Online’s Steve Brill tells The New York Times. Most papers, says Brill, set a limit on the number of free articles somewhere between five and 20 per month, and charged a monthly subscription fee from around $3.95 to $10.95. The findings seem to support the argument that people are willing to pay for some online content, but not all of it. But it’s unlikely to end the debate on how and if newspapers – not just the major dailies like The Wall Street Journal and The Times, but smaller papers like the ones in this study – can move from free to pay (or partial pay) without losing readership and revenue.Photo credits: State Library of New South Wales, via Flickrlast_img read more

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5 Rules for Entrepreneurs

first_imgHave customers. You are not an entrepreneur if you don’t have a customer. You are a person (or a group of people) with an idea. Entrepreneurs create businesses. Anyone can have an idea and, in fact, everyone has ideas all of the time. Ideas are worthless; execution is priceless. Real businesses have real, paying customers who exchange money for the value they receive.Build a business. Entrepreneurs build businesses. They focus on creating something sustainable, something with real value. Your product is not a business. The service that you provide to others is not a business. To turn your product or service into a business, you have to acquire enough customers to make it one. You have to scale up. You need to build.Care enough about the business to work. Entrepreneurship isn’t a hobby. Bouncing from one idea to the next idea without ever putting in the work necessary to create a real, sustainable business doesn’t make you a serial entrepreneur; it makes you flaky. If you are an entrepreneur, you do the work. If you don’t want to do the work, become an investor.Generate a profit. Businesses make money. Well, the ones that survive do. Entrepreneurs know this, and they build models to ensure that they are profitable—and that they can grow the business. No real business tracks their “burn rate.” Real businesses have budgets and goals. Growing a business requires that you find a way to make enough money to invest it back in the business.Be stingy with your ownership. Venture capitalist will give money in exchange for part of your business. So will angel investors. Taking investor’s money is the part of “entrepreneurship” that seems glamorous, especially to young entrepreneurs entranced by stories out of San Francisco. Investment money is expensive; it costs you ownership. You can borrow money from a bank and keep your company. If you are giving up a significant piece of the ownership of your business, it ought to be for something more than money—unless the money is the result of selling the successful business you built as a wealth realization event.last_img read more

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4 Mistakes You Make When Raising Your Prices

first_imgYou are afraid to press send. You have written an email to your client to notify them of your impending price increase. You are worried that it may jeopardize your relationship—and potentially cost you their business. Over time, your costs have increased and generating the results your clients need means ensuring you have the profit to deliver those same results.Here are four common mistakes when raising your pricing.Avoiding the ConversationWhen you send an email about a price increase, you are also sending another message, one that is going to make it more difficult to gain an agreement on the new pricing. The subtext sounds like this: “I am afraid to tell you about the price increase, and I am worried you are going to take your business elsewhere.”If you want to look like you are doing something to hurt your client (instead of helping them), there may not be a better way to do so than hiding behind an email. The email you want to send gives the impression that you are afraid to discuss pricing and value creation because you believe what you are doing isn’t good, and right, and fair.The very best way to have this conversation is face-to-face. It demonstrates your confidence that the price increase is necessary to continue to deliver the results your clients expect from you.Failing to Justify the IncreaseYour clients also increase prices to their clients and customers. They recognize that their costs increase over time, and they know that they need to be profitable to live, thrive, and survive—and create value for the people and companies they serve. That said, they need to be reminded that what is true for them is also true for you.What’s more expensive now? Is it labor? Is it the raw material? Is it new governmental mandates? Without a justification, your client is left to believe that the price increases is your way of improving your margins, which in and of itself may be necessary, as too little profit may prevent your ability to execute.Providing the reasons and factors that cause the price increase makes it easier to understand and accept the increase.Not Preparing a Defense for Your ContactsSomeone is going to ask your contact about your price increase. Someone on their team has a spreadsheet with their costs, and you just changed one of their variables.If you haven’t had a price increase for the last five years, that’s going to be something helpful for your contact to know. If the increase is based on some challenge that impacts everyone in your industry, like government mandates or new tariffs, you are going to want to provide information as to how the effects everyone equally, without any regard for how it changes their contractual relationships.The more you prepare your contacts to argue on your behalf, the more help they can give you.Being Overly ApologeticOne of the worst things you can do is to believe that you are harming your client. Prices increase over time. Sustaining the ability to deliver the outcomes you sell means ensuring that you capture enough of the value you create to continue to execute for and with your client.Your price increase isn’t designed to hurt your client, and you cannot act or speak like this is true. Your price increase ensures that you continue to serve your clients—and to create new value for them in the future. Make sure that this is a large part of your message—when you sit down to speak with your clients. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Roach open to Pacquiao fighting McGregor in a boxing match

first_imgRoach: Pacquiao is the most skilled fighter in the world2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The 38-year-old Pacquiao is currently in the middle of training camp for his fight against unheralded Jeff Horn set on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.McGregor, who reportedly had submitted his application for a boxing license from Nevada State Athletic Commission two weeks ago, hasn’t fought since successfully defending his UFC lightweight title with a second-round stoppage over Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.Mayweather, meanwhile, has stayed true to his word and hasn’t fought since announcing his retirement following his lopsided victory over Andre Berto in September 2015.Fernandez: Team Pacquiao likes a challenge4.3K viewsNewsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “It has to be a boxing match of course, in a boxing ring, in a boxing gloves and boxing rules,” Roach said on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay. “The thing is, Manny is a world champion boxer and the other guy is a UFC fighter. If he wants to cross over, I have no problem with that.”“I don’t think the two sports really match up well. Whoever rules we go by I think is going to be the winner. If it’s a wrestling match, he’ll probably beat Mayweather and Manny but if it’s a boxing match, I think Mayweather and Manny will both absolutely beat him up,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRoach was asked about the possibility of Pacquiao taking on Mayweather after Bob Arum, who promotes the WBO welterweight champion, told TMZ that the Filipino ring icon will be available if the two fail to come to terms.Mayweather and McGregor have been teasing sporting fans about potential megafight since 2015 with their interminable belabor well-documented all over their social media accounts. Pacquiao sparring partner predicts 7th round KO for Manny4.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao happy with conditioning 1 month before fight2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Freddie Roach answers questions from the media after the PSA Forum Tuesday. Photo by Mark GiongoFreddie Roach sees no problem with the idea of his prized student Manny Pacquiao fighting Conor McGregor as long as it will be a boxing match.Roach, the Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer, is also certain that both Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has been rumored to fight McGregor, will dominate the MMA superstar inside the boxing ring.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games NBA: Tony Parker denies retirement rumors, expects to return by January LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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