Nyonblee Cares Foundation Making Headway in Bassa

first_imgThe Nyonblee Cares Foundation, a non-political but purely humanitarian organization, is said to be making headway in Grand Bassa County as it has embarked on a project called “Stop the Spread of Ebola”.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Grand Bassa County, the project coordinator of “Stop the Spread of Ebola,” Abba G. Karnga, Jr., disclosed that the foundation helps vulnerable people, promotes education youth activities and gives scholarships to needy students at all levels in private schools.Mr. Karnga said the foundation focuses on adult literacy in Buchanan, and social activities in all levels of schools, without discrimination.  It also promotes a fear-reduction campaign and case identification.He pointed out that the foundation has currently joined other organizations to fight against the spread of Ebola. In this vein, the foundation has been donating Ebola preventive materials, food, sacks of water, and other supplements to affected communities and families including.  It also engages in counseling.The foundation continues to set up hand washing points in various overcrowded communities in Buchanan and its environs, said Mr. KarngaHe names the communities where the hand washing points are as Open Bible, Korduah, Dirt Hole, Biafra, Sawmill, Jerko Town, Central and Upper Buchanan, Gorzohn and the Liberian government hospital. He advised the recipients to make maximum use of the items in order to help curtail the spread of Ebola.  Some of the items also reach various quarantine centers to support inmates during the 21-day observation so they can survive.He urged other humanitarian organizations and good will personalities to help fight the deadly Ebola virus and stop politicizing the situation as people are dying.The recipients separately commended the Nyonblee Cares Foundation for the gestures and prayed that other humanitarian organizations and good will persons would emulate the good examples of the foundation to assist the affected people and communities so that the deadly Ebola virus will be eradicated from Liberian.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GIABA Calls for Collaborative Efforts to Combat Money Laundering

first_imgJournalists attending the GIABA training represent West Africa, both Anglophone and Francophone countries.The leadership of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), says as terrorist activities continue to be visible in West Africa with several attacks recorded in some countries; it is time that all stakeholders including the media collaborate in combating the menace.A statement delivered by Alphousseinig Diamanka on behalf of GIABA’s Director General, Justice Kimelabalou ABA on November 26, 2019 at the opening of a three-day training for investigative journalists, and experienced media practitioners of West Africa, notes with emphasis that “As you may be aware, our sub-region is today confronted with several threats related to transnational organized crimes; this situation, with its dramatic effects on our member states, therefore, warrants all stakeholders’ commitment and efforts in preventing, and combating the scourges of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.”Justice Kimelabalou ABA’s statement also pointed out that in implementing its intervention strategy, GIABA has enhanced and expanded the stakeholder scope to non-traditional entities with a view to ensuring a global, and complementary approach to the fight.“One of the entities include the media, which plays a paramount role in promoting good governance, drawing governments’ sustained attention to value for money in expending public resources, enhancing the protection of citizens’ rights and guaranteeing the production of information on Money Laundering practices, and other related offenses,” the statement said.The GIABA’s Director General’s statement, therefore places the media in the position of being very important in disseminating messages about Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing which, according to him, cannot be neglected.Journalists attending the training represent West Africa, both Anglophone and Francophone countries.This is not the first time GIABA is training and acquainting journalists with information about Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.It can be recalled that since 2009 GIABA, has been carrying out awareness-raising programs for media professionals, resulting in the establishment of a regional network of investigative journalists specialized in reporting economic and financial crimes.According to the Director General, GIABA’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan of evolving global AML/CFT outlook following the revision of the French Anti-Terrorist Task Force (FATE) Standards and Methodology, focuses on the obligation to make regional AML/CFT interventions more effective.“It aims at contributing to member states’ AML/CFT efforts and strengthening the commitment of non-state actors and critical sectors playing crucial roles in the effective implementation of AML/CFT measures,” the statement adds.Still acknowledging the vital role of the media in terms of credible information to the public on financial crimes, Director Justice Kimelabalou ABA said the workshop for journalists in Monrovia is a demonstration of their institution’s firm determination to pursue and strengthen its alliance with media actors in adopting collective measures against crimes of all kinds threatening member states of GIABA.The opening session of the workshop was attended by government officials, including Edwin W. Harris, Director for Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Samora Wolokollie, Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, and Attorney Daniel C. Gayedyu Jr, acting Information Minister.The three officials in separate statements, but concurring views challenged the journalists to be resilient and report stories that are truthful, factual and accurate, noting that with their crucial roles the public depends on them for nothing else other than the truth as financial crimes get on the increase.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miner hospitalised after Bartica crash

first_imgA head-on collision on the Four Miles Public Road in Bartica, Region 7 over the weekend has left 22-year-old miner Conroy Cox of Lot 99 Third Avenue, Bartica nursing extensive head injuries and a broken foot in the High Dependency Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital.Cox reportedly was driving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with two other males as passengers, and was proceeding north along the Four Miles main road when he tried to negotiate a turn and ended up in the path of a land cruiser.After the head-on collision, Cox was rushed to the Bartica Hospital, but had to be transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital because of the extent of his injuries.The other two passengers of the ATV were treated at the Bartica Hospital for minor injuries.last_img read more

Broker admits bilking investors

first_imgA hedge fund is not as heavily regulated as mutual funds. Paperny pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and securities fraud and in exchange agreed to cooperate with investigators on an ongoing criminal probe of Capital Management and its GLT Venture Fund. A Studio City securities broker at a major firm pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to bilk about 40 hedge fund investors of at least $2.5 million. Justin Paperny, 31, admitted he and Keith Gilabert misled investors of Valencia-based Capital Management Group about its GLT investment fund’s performance history, the risk associated with investing in Capital Management and the oversight of Capital Management Group by the brokerage firm, according to an FBI report. Paperny faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison when he is sentenced July 30 by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson. Gilabert, who pleaded guilty last year to a conspiracy charge, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 23. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Roma ahead of Arsenal in race to land PSG midfielder in January

first_img Adrien Rabot 1 Roma are hopeful of beating Arsenal to the signing of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot in January, according to the Serie A side’s manager Rudi Garcia.The midfielder is not interested in staying in the French capital where he has found it nigh-on impossible to get a spot in the first team with the wealth of imported talent at the club.Rabiot will be out of contract in the summer so will be available for a small fee, but it will be the club that offers him the best personal terms and career opportunities that is most likely to land the starlet.The 19-year-old has been relegated to the reserves while the contract talks rumble on and he has played 180 minutes for the second string so far this season.Garcia said: “He is of the quality of players we are interested. Some are accessible and others less so. Until January he is obliged to remain at PSG, but then…”last_img read more

Salah fires Liverpool to comeback win over Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah scored the winning goal against Tottenham from the penalty spot© AFP Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 27 – Mohamed Salah ensured Liverpool survived a major scare with the winner in a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur that saw the Premier League leaders restore their six-point advantage over Manchester City.The Egyptian smashed home a 75th-minute penalty, the 50th Anfield goal of his Liverpool career, as the Reds came back from going a goal down just seconds after kick off to maintain their unbeaten league record with their ninth win in 10 matches. Salah’s decisive spot-kick was awarded after Serge Aurier allowed Sadio Mane to gain a goalside position on him before tripping him in the process of making a tackle.It was a decision that angered the visitors but one that allowed Liverpool to complete a second-half comeback that was started when Jordan Henderson cancelled out a dramatic early opening goal from Harry Kane.After recent question marks over Liverpool’s ability to maintain their majestic early-season form, this was an impressive win that came after Kane had put Spurs ahead just 47 seconds into the contest.The 26-year-old’s header made him the joint-third highest scorer in Tottenham’s history with 174 goals.It was also one of the simplest after Moussa Sissoko sparked a scrambling counter-attack and set Son Heung-min racing upfield.– Kane shocks Anfield –The South Korean’s powerful strike from the edge of the area took a wild deflection off the head of Dejan Lovren before hitting the left-hand post but the rebound fell kindly for Kane to stoop and head into the gaping net.It was a lead that lasted until the 52nd minute, when a Henderson cross was headed clear and turned back into the area by Fabinho.Danny Rose appeared to nudge Roberto Firmino in the back but, with referee Anthony Taylor unmoved, the ball continued to the corner of the six-yard area where Henderson hit it on the half-volley into the Spurs goal.Minutes earlier, Spurs might have doubled their lead when Son was sent clear on the end of a long clearance by keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, rounded Alisson Becker but could only strike the cross-bar from a tricky angle.But the equaliser was no more than Liverpool deserved after a dominant first-half spell in which only an inspired performance from stand-in goalkeeper Gazzaniga maintained the visitors’ lead.In one breathless, four-minute spell, Liverpool carved out five excellent chances with Gazzaniga peerless in dealing with them.The best of the Argentine’s masterclass saw him first save from Salah and then keep out a fierce follow-up blast from Firmino.The keeper also did well to tip over a Virgil van Dijk header and parry Trent Alexander-Arnold’s powerful shot in a first half that ended in fractious fashion before Liverpool opened the second in a similarly dominant mood.Before the equaliser Gazzaniga saved well once more, from Firmino’s close-range header, and afterwards the keeper somehow blocked a shot from the Brazilian by sitting on the ball on his goalline.Having taken the lead, Liverpool weathered the concluding minutes in relative comfort although Alisson was forced to save well from Son and from an injury-time header from Toby Alderweireld.0Shares0000(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONEGAL INVESTMENT SCAM – THE GERMAN LINK & WHY VICTIMS NEED TO GO TO GARDAI

first_imgUPDATE: TOP financial invesigators inside this building in Germany may hold the key to bringing the crook behind the Donegal investment scam to justice, we can reveal today.For this is the headquarters of BaFin – Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority.The experts at BaFin helped to stop the conman making more money on the back of the more than 220 cheated investors. We understand the investigators are forensically trawling through hundreds of documents as they continue to liaise with fraud squad cops here and the Financial Services Authority in London.Sources there have told us that ‘there is no way’ any investor will be receiving refunds from the crook or those who represent them.In fact any monies seized from frozen accounts or assets would only be returned by the financial authorities in the countries affected.And another source told us: “We are concerned about the information being relayed by email and in hotel meetings and by some people who are handling accounts for others. “The power to resolve this no longer rests with the man behind this scheme. It appears to us at least that the main suspect in this financial crime continues to be able to persuade his representatives that the money is coming. I’m afraid this is a lie.“I would urge anyone affected to contact Gardai as a matter of urgency to register a complaint as this is the only way any ‘investor’ has a chance of recovering any funds.“I cannot be more clear than this – any promises of payments, next week, next month or next year from this extremely clever conman, or those who still believe him and represent him, are a complete load of rubbish. It is lies.”* Would the three people we spoke to over the weekend please contact us again through the normal channels.Do you know something we should investigate? Email info@donegaldaily.com in confidence. DONEGAL INVESTMENT SCAM – THE GERMAN LINK & WHY VICTIMS NEED TO GO TO GARDAI was last modified: January 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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

DONEGAL TOURISM CAN WALK, GOLF AND SURF ITS WAY TO GROWTH IN 2011

first_imgAll the local players in Donegal tourism will need to work closely together to ensure that tourism in the North West can recover in 2011.This “Team tourism” approach was the central message of Fáilte Ireland’s Annual Tourism Industry Briefing held in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.During a series of presentations and a panel discussion, Fáilte Ireland said 2011 would be the year for tourism in the North West to improve with prospects hinging more than ever on the performance of our overseas markets as the home market has effectively peaked. Reinforcing that belief, citing Fáilte Ireland’s own research, CEO Shaun Quinn pointed out that most tourism enterprises are relatively optimistic regarding their business prospects for 2011, with approximately three in five expecting to maintain or grow their business levels in 2011.Mr Quinn emphasised that everyone in tourism in the North West will need to work closer together to identify all opportunities for growth and maximise their potential –“There are some positive signs in some of our key markets, particularly Europe and the US, and business sentiment about future prospects has improved slightly.“We have a good quality product, we have better infrastructure and we are better value than before. We know where our target markets are and what needs to be done – particularly the need to grow market share in the UK. “Tourism has a significant role to play in this county’s economic recovery and it is imperative that as we develop the sector in 2011 that we leave no stone unturned nor potential untapped.“The local hotel, the B&B owner, the nearby self-catering operator, the activity provider up the road, the local Fáilte Ireland representative, all  the tourism agencies, other local state bodies and community groups all have a vested interest in ensuring that tourism grows in the North West.Fáilte Ireland is committed to working with all the key players in the region to ensure this happens.”By way of example, Mr Quinn pointed out that further investment in the northwest tourism sector has continued into 2011 with the recent announcement of funding of €2.7 million for the further development of Sliabh Liag under Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Capital Infrastructure Programme.In addition, a total of almost €800,000 is being invested in three iconic projects – Water World in Donegal, Ben Bulben in Sligo and Glencar Waterfall in County Leitrim. Mr Quinn acknowledged the particular obstacles facing businesses in the region.He said- “Tourism businesses walked the tightrope in 2010 – paring back prices and offering good value while ensuring their businesses remained viable.Many businesses, including those in Donegal, are now expressing concern over access to working capital for the year ahead.One in five claims that they have no access to working capital, a further three in five say that they have very limited access or that working capital is available but more limited than they would like.  Only one in five claims to have adequate access to working capital.” The industry continues to have significant concerns regarding local authority charges and utility costs. One in three businesses have also cited difficulties due to local competition – particularly in the accommodation sector where there are fears regarding so-called “zombie hotels” driving rates down to levels which may not be sustainable in the long term.Mr Quinn, drawing on concerns about credit, emphasised – “In an industry which is seasonal, the concerns regarding access to credit are quite serious.“Fáilte Ireland is working closely with Donegal tourism businesses to ensure that they are well prepared in their dealings with their banks and we are helping and supporting viable tourism businesses to access the credit they need.”The tourism sector overall needs targeted inputs and Mr Quinn explained to local operators where Fáilte Ireland will focus its investment support this year.He cited four national areas for investment, all of which will impact on Donegal. • Driving demand on the home holiday market – through a €4m 40-week intensive marketing campaign using a mixture of innovative marketing and an exciting mix of festivals, events and offers , Fáilte Ireland will continue to leverage all potential demand within the domestic market to create additional tourism activity, revenue and jobs; • Expanding its business support network (by 50%) to more tourism businesses around the country. In particular, it will invest heavily in those services which will assist tourism businesses to increase their international customer base, with a particular emphasis on the British market. • Investing through its capital investment programme to improve and broaden the appeal of Ireland’s portfolio of tourist attractions, activities and tourism related infrastructure. Last year, some 23 projects were approved for grant –aid totalling almost €40m and this investment effort will be continued through 2011 to ensure that Ireland is well place to take advantage of longer-term growth. • Investing in significant business, sporting and cultural events which offer good prospects for tourism growth in 2011. Particular emphasis will be placed on the business meetings and conferencing market where performance has been relatively strong.TOURISM IN THE NORTH WEST IN 2011Mr Paul McLoone, Head of Operations for Fáilte Ireland in the North West pointed out that despite the economic downturn, the national tourism development authority supported a busy year of tourism activity in 2010 and provided training to hundreds of members of the local industry.“During 2010, over 1,000 members of the trade in the North West region trained in areas such as Web Check, Web Skills and Marketing on a shoestring.  In addition, local bed and breakfast owners were trained through a B&B development programme, covering areas such as menu development and customer care.“Fáilte Ireland is placing increased focus on skills development throughout 2011 in order to ensure the North West industry is fully equipped to sustain and grow their business in the current environment.”A key focus for Donegal in 2011 will be the development of the activity tourism market in particular walking, golfing and surfing.There has been progress in the walking market through the established Walking Hub that exists in Donegal Town and there is great potential for additional tourism visitors in 2011.In March, over 40 international golf tour operators, representing the key overseas markets, will visit Donegal on a super familiarisation trip which will provide a unique opportunity for the North West golfing community to showcase all that they have to offer.Mr McLoone added that the European Surfing Championships will take place in Donegal this year – a significant boost for the region and stressed –“The staging of the European Surfing Championships will bring with it significant overseas media coverage which will profile Donegal as a premier international surfing destination.“This is a significant addition to our events calendar and we will be working closely with local industry to ensure that the event is a great success and one that generates as much publicity as possible, not just in Ireland but overseas as well.“Events will play an integral role in the North West region in 2011 with Donegal Live returning to Dublin and Glasgow in May of this year.”* ALL PICTURES BY CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYEndsDONEGAL TOURISM CAN WALK, GOLF AND SURF ITS WAY TO GROWTH IN 2011 was last modified: February 15th, 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)last_img read more

TOURISM FEARS AS STERLING WEAKENS AGAINST THE EURO

first_imgFOR SOME it’s great news – for others, it has potentially disastrous consequences.But the slide of Sterling against the Euro in recent days is causing huge concerns in the tourism sector in Donegal ahead of the Easter break.People working in the North will also see their tax-home pay cut, though it is better news for northerners working on this side of the Border. On Friday Sterling hovered close to its lowest value for the year so far against the euro and was poised for further losses following concerns over UK economic growth and uncertainty over the timing of a Bank of England rate rise.The single currency rose to 88.12p, its highest since 4 November, before easing to 87.85p, close to unchanged on the day. The single currency had narrowly extended its 1 per cent rise of Thursday.Geraldine Concagh, economist at AIB Treasury Group, said: “The pound is under pressure. Weak retail figures, a dovish tone from the MPC minutes on Wednesday, (British Chancellor) George Osborne cutting the UK growth outlook and rate hike expectations being pushed back are all putting sterling on the back foot.”That could put off tourists from the North and Britain in the coming weeks and months – and it’s one factor the industry here can do little about other than to continue to offer great holidays and value for money. Beat Siegenthaler, currency strategist at UBS, said: “Jean-Claude Trichet (European Central Bank president] and others have made it clear that they will hike rates as intended despite news events around the world.“The discrepancy between the BoE and ECB is pulling the euro higher against sterling. There is a good possibility that the euro can go as high as 90p.”TOURISM FEARS AS STERLING WEAKENS AGAINST THE EURO was last modified: March 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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