Liberia, Ivory Coast Agree on Areas of Cooperation

first_imgLiberia and Ivory Coast have begun to strengthen their diplomatic and economic relationship to ensure that citizens of both countries, especially those at the border communities, many of whom share the same dialects and are inter-married, continue to live in peace.  In ensuring this plan works, the leaders of both countries, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Ivoirian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, have initiated what is termed as the meeting of Joint Council of Chiefs and Elders (JCCE).  In an effort to continue on this peaceful path and ensure more cohesion among citizens of both countries, President Ouattara and President Sirleaf have expressed the desire to organize another meeting of the JCCE in Guiglo in July next year.  According to a communiqué signed in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where President Sirleaf paid a two-day working visit, (April 26 & 27) the meeting continued the dialogue and consultations launched by the two countries in the Southeastern city of Zwedru.   The Zwedru meeting was attended by several hundred traditional chiefs and elders from bordering communities in Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Maryland and River Gee counties of Liberia, as well as those from Guiglo, Danané, Tabou and Tai of Ivory Coast.  Also in attendance were authorities from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), as well as government officials of the two countries. Justice Minister, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh signed for Liberia while the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, S.E.M. Charles Koffi Diby signed for Ivory Coast.   The Ivorian leader reaffirmed the solidarity to the Government and people of Liberia, deeply scarred by the consequences of the Ebola virus disease and congratulated President Sirleaf and the Government for the remarkable efforts in the fight against the epidemic.  For her part, President Sirleaf expressed the wish that Liberia could benefit from the expertise of Ivory Coast especially in the development of agriculture to ensure food security.  On the international scene, the two leaders discussed various presidential elections, especially in the ECOWAS sub-region and expressed the desire that these elections will be held in a free, fair and peaceful atmosphere. They were particularly pleased with the democratic conduct and the peaceful elections in Nigeria and congratulated the people of that country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmers, Stakeholders Urge Passage of LACRA Bill

first_imgIn a bid to encourage the enactment of a bill for the creation of a new agency, the ‘Liberia Agriculture Commodity Regulatory Authority, (LACRA),’ to replace the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC), stakeholders last Friday held a one-day awareness meeting at the University of Liberia.Participants included cocoa farmers, experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, representatives of the NGO community, and the Cooperative Development Agency. The bill has been presented to the Legislature by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.With the joint committees of both Houses of the Legislature fully in attendance, stakeholders presented separate statements highlighting the importance of the LACRA Bill to government.Director of Program Management Unit at the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Moses Zinnah said a well-regulated market will attract huge investments in the agro sector as well as create employment for Liberians.Dr. Zinnah indicated that buyers are avoiding Liberia agriculture produce because they are not sure if our produce meet international standards.He pointed out that if the bill were passed into law the new agency would thoroughly monitor the production of cocoa, coffee and palm oil to meet the demands of consumers around the globe.The former Registrar of Cooperatives, Joseph Kettor, said the House of Representatives and the Senate have no choice but to comply with the wishes of the people who are in support of the bill.Mr. Kettor said the new agency will protect farmers from exploitation and increase the desire of outsiders to invest in Liberian produce.The Dean of Agriculture at the University of Liberia, Dr. Roland Massaquoi, and the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation Managing Director, Nyah Mantein, reflected on the challenges of transforming the entity into LACRA, but stressed that it could be done with the support of the government, the World Bank and other partners.He urged lawmakers to make the passage of the bill a national duty and save the country from external exploitation.In his response, House Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Lofa County Representative Fofie Sahr Mbemba, welcomed the appeal of the stakeholders and promised to prevail on his colleagues to pass the bill without further delay.He emphasized that the transformation of LPMC to LACRA will surely be a blessing for cocoa, coffee and palm oil farmers who are desperately in need of cash.The new agency will be referred to as Liberia Agriculture Commodity Regulatory Authority, (LACRA) to replace the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) created in 1973.The one-day consultative meeting was attended by the proxy for the Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Sizi Subah, Director of Program Management Unit, Dr. Moses Zinnah, Former CDA Registrar, Joseph Kettor, a proxy for Deputy Minister of Commerce, Cyril Allen, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DEMTOCO, Health Minister to meet today

first_imgNew tobacco regulationsPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Wednesday revealed a meeting between the Demerara Tobacco Company (DEMTOCO) and her Ministry is scheduled for today to discuss the new regulations expected to come out of the new Tobacco Control Act.“They did request to meet with me and I had since written to them and asked for them to send their agenda items and that meeting is set for tomorrow (today) at nine am. Most of the things (on the agenda) were like when the Act comes into being, like how much time they will have to make their change over. Also, what would be the time line in terms of the display, how they can display their products in the supermarkets and shops… not anything heavy. But most of those things are catered for in the Act or will be catered for in the regulations,” Lawrence said in a comment to the media.DEMTOCO’s Managing Director, Maurlain Kirton, had earlier said that the meeting with the Minister is to address some of the issues they have as it relates to the legislation.“There are six key areas which concern us; one of which is the ban on vending or in trays, the issue of the ban on 10s, the issue on the ban on sponsorship and promotion, the issue of the ban on corporate branding because the legislation extends itself beyond product branding but our corporate brand that has been around for 84 years is also threatened,” she had noted.The Managing Director said the intention of that meeting is to ensure that DEMTOCO continues to exist and adapt to the legislation but stressed the need for enforcement.In response to those, the issues of adaptability and the future of the DEMTOCO, and by extension the industry, the Minister noted that it is the right of every Government to protect its people and that is what they are embarking on.The Tobacco Control Act became law back in August 2017 after passage by the National Assembly and subsequent assent by the President.DEMTOCO’s Chairman, Marcus Steele, at the Company’s Annual General Meeting said 2017 was a challenging year for the company due to a number of factors, inclusive of volatility in the foreign exchange market, which affected foreign currency transactions and the performance of the company. Steele had explained that 2017 represented a fundamental change in the local regulatory landscape of the tobacco industry with the passage and promulgation of the Tobacco Control Act. He noted that while the measures under the Tobacco Control Act will come into effect later in 2018, they have already begun experiencing some market fluctuations.last_img read more

Funds sought for airmen room

first_imgAida O’Connor, president of Hanford Home Loans, and the Edwards Air Force Base Civilian Military Support Group are seeking funds to establish an Internet cafe-style community room for the approximately 500 single airmen living on the base. The young single airmen who no longer have a base mess hall need a place to gather. Her objective is to provide the funds for such items as furniture, computers, televisions sets, coffee pots and microwaves, etc. O’Connor said it is estimated that $20,000 would be required to complete the project. She is looking to the community for donations to make this a reality. In the past, the support group has funded picnic tables and benches for the Chuck Yeager Sound Barrier Park and Flags of Honor Memorial Park. The Flags of Honor park near the Air Flight Test Center includes a semicircle of flagpoles and flags of the 50 states and six U.S. territories. During a visit to Patrick Air Force Base at Cape Canaveral, Fla., in 1988, O’Connor said that she and Antelope Valley leaders were so impressed with the base’s civilian support organization that they formed the Edwards Civ-Mil Support Group. The group serves as hosts in welcoming civic leaders visiting Edwards from other military bases and annually takes on projects that benefit the base. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! O’Connor has chaired a number of charitable endeavors including collecting and shipping 7,000 pairs of shoes to families in war-torn Afghanistan and provided 600 deployment bags to servicemen going to Iraq. Katie Corbett is a public relations consultant in the Antelope Valley. She posted this story April 19 on the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. last_img read more

‘Wenger is more of a sports scientist than a coach!’ – Damning Arsenal verdict

first_imgStewart Robson has described Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as a tyrant who does not allow his members of staff or his players to have their own opinions, suggesting the running of the club will never change as long as the Frenchman is in charge.According to recent reports, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and the rest of the Gunners hierarchy are keen to make sweeping changes to the way the north London club is run this summer, after another season of disappointment.It is claimed they want to appoint a director of football to help Arsenal get back to challenging for titles, but that move has set a collision course with Wenger.The 67-year-old, whose future at Arsenal is still uncertain, has insisted he will never work with a director of football as long as he is manager at the club.Speaking about Wenger’s statement, former Gunners star Robson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “You’re not surprised are you? Arsene Wenger runs the football club!“The manager should run the technical side, but the problem is that Wenger doesn’t let anyone have a say.“The coaches below him aren’t allowed to have an opinion, unless it’s the same opinion as Wenger, so there’s no one giving him any advice, there’s no one that might question him.“That’s the problem. Every manager, coach and player needs to be questioned at some point and given another point of view, but Wenger won’t allow that because if anybody had a different opinion to his, they won’t be at the club for very long.”Robson has spoken out against Wenger’s leadership of the club throughout the past decade but has now slammed the Frenchman’s training techniques, saying his lack of technical work is to blame for the club’s failure to land a Premier League title over the last 13 years.Arsenal recently reverted to a three-man defence, in the mould of Premier League champions-elect Chelsea, to some degree of success – beating Middlesbrough and Manchester United in the Premier League and Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals.But Robson suggested it was more of a fluke rather than a management masterstroke, insisting it was unlikely the players were meticulously briefed by Wenger about their roles in the new system.He added: “I don’t think anybody is able to persuade Arsene Wenger [to change the formation]. I think he realised he had to do something and he went to a back three because lots of teams are doing it at the moment.“He threw it together and it worked ok for a couple of games, but there were still a lot of problems with it, I don’t think it was something they worked on in training day-in, day-out to make sure they got it right.“I think he just went to the players and said, ‘we’re going to play three at the back, now get on with it’. That’s how he manages, he lets the players have their heads, allows them to have their freedom without any defensive organisation. That’s been the problem for years.“We all know how it works, that if something goes wrong you work at it on the training field, but I’m seeing the same mistakes happen at Arsenal that I saw ten years ago.“I know one or two coaches who have worked under Wenger at Arsenal, and they say no tactical work takes place. The players I know say no tactical work takes place.“Arsene Wenger is almost more like a sports scientist and dietitian rather than a coach.“When I talk to old players, I ask if Wenger taught them anything about the game and they say, ‘not really but he’s a great sports scientist and dietitian’.“That’s not being a coach! That’s why Arsenal have had their problems, that’s why they haven’t won the Premier League for quite some while, because the technical work – which Wenger has insisted is all down to him – isn’t good enough.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Stewart Robson IN FULL above!last_img read more

LISTEN: Gianfranco Zola tells Chelsea – ‘Get Andrea Belotti, not Alvaro Morata!’

first_imgChelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has told his former club to forget about signing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, and target Torino star Andrea Belotti instead.Having missed out on re-signing Romelu Lukaku from Everton and the future of Diego Costa still unclear, the Blues remain on the hunt for a new leading frontman.Manchester United had been strongly linked with a move for Morata but, after landing Lukaku ahead of the Blues, their interest in the Spaniard has cooled and reports claim Chelsea have moved in.The London club are said to be hoping to wrap up a deal for the 25-year-old quickly, with manager Antonio Conte keen to sign a new striker before the club’s pre-season tour of China, which kicks off next Monday.But Stamford Bridge favourite Zola believes Morata is not the right fit for the Blues, and has urged them to make Belotti their number one target.The 23-year-old Italian has been linked with a host of top sides after scoring 32 goals for club and country last season.Torino have insisted any suitors will have to stump up the striker’s full €100million release clause to have any chance of signing him this summer, but Zola insists he has the right qualities to succeed at the Bridge.Asked about the reports liking Chelsea with a move for Real star Morata, Zola told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “To be honest, I was thinking Chelsea should go for Andrea Belotti in Italy.“I thought that considering the type of qualities Costa has, that Belotti was the perfect fit.“Morata is a little bit different, he’s more of a finesse player. He hasn’t got the presence of a player like Costa in the box. He’s a different player, he brings other qualities.“Costa was very influential last season, he’s a type of player who fits with the style of football at Chelsea, and that [finding a like-for-like replacement] will be the key for Chelsea.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Gianfranco Zola IN FULL above!last_img read more

West Ham to keep spending, Man United fail to sign ace, Leeds want striker?

first_imgtalkSPORT.com round up all the biggest transfer rumours and the latest gossip from Thursday’s newspapers and online… REVEALED Leeds United have made an offer to sign Scotland full-back Barry Douglas from Wolves. (Yorkshire Evening Post)Everton are hoping to sign Barcelona duo Yerry Mina, 23, and Lucas Digne, 25, after director of football Marcel Brands travelled to the Catalan club to continue negotiations. (Daily Mail)But the Toffees face competition to sign Colombia international defender Mina, with Premier League newcomers Wolves also making an enquiry. (Sky Sports)Wolves have made an £18m bid to sign Spanish winger Adama Traore from Championship side Middlesbrough – FULL STORY LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 3 3 GETTY targets LATEST More transfer gossip moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ center_img Harry Maguire is apparently keen to become a Man United player before the start of the new Premier League season Manchester United have failed with a move to sign Ivan Perisic, the Croatia star, from Internazionale. The 29-year-old wishes to continue his career in Italy. (Calciomercato)Real Madrid have been linked with a £89million move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani. The Spanish giants reportedly want the 31-year-old as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, following his move to Juventus. (AS)Manchester United have made an enquiry to sign £65million-rated Leicester and England centre-back Harry Maguire, who is said to be ‘confident’ the deal will be done – FULL STORYUnited have also approached Eintracht Frankfurt about signing 24-year-old Croatia winger Ante Rebic. (Daily Mail)Liverpool have AGREED a two-year deal with Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, 29, but must meet Besiktas’ £22m asking price to finalise the transfer. (A Spor)Leeds are keeping tabs on Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford as Marcelo Bielsa’s search for a new striker continues. (Yorkshire Evening Post)Real Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is set to join the Spanish giants before the transfer window closes. (Daily Mail)Chelsea are battling Roma in the race to sign 20-year-old Jamaican winger Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen. (Evening Standard) Is Vida set to join Croatia centre-back partner Dejan Lovren at Liverpool? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest talkSPORT.com headlines, EXCLUSIVES and transfer stories…Stewart Robson has launched an astonishing attack on Ivan Gazidis and listed everything the former Gunners chief did wrong during his time at the EmiratesRobson also called Wilshere ‘the best English talent since Paul Gascoigne’West Midlands correspondent Tom Ross called the club’s new owners ‘autograph-hunters’ for their pursuit over Thierry HenryDarren Bent thinks Henry would have struggled to respect his players in the same way Roy Keane did at Sunderland Michy Batshuayi looks set for another loan spell away from Chelsea, this time with Valencia Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The Blues are also continuing to monitor Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with a view to making a move for the 23-year-old. (The Independent)West Ham are eyeing up Corinthians’ Paraguay forward Angel Romero, as Manuel Pellegrini looks to continue the club’s summer spending. (Mirror)The Hammers have also entered the race to sign Hatem Ben Arfa, the former Newcastle star, who is a free agent after leave PSG at the end of last season. (Foot365)The agent of Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has confirmed Chelsea’s interest in the 23-year-old. (Radio Sportiva)Newcastle are close to signing 26-year-old Japan striker Yoshinori Muto from German club Mainz. (Kicker)Meanwhile, 23-year-old English midfielder Isaac Hayden has reiterated his desire to leave the Magpies – despite playing in Tuesday’s friendly against Hull City. (Newcastle Chronicle)West Ham and Fulham are fighting to sign 26-year-old Lille right-back Kevin Malcuit on loan. (France Football)West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is in talks to join Crystal Palace in a £10million deal. (Sky Sports) IN DEMAND RANKED 3last_img read more

Torino target deadline day move for Watford midfielder

first_imgTorino are eyeing up a move for Watford midfielder Roberto Pereyra, according to reports in Italy.The Italian club may sell central midfielder Daniele Baselli this summer, with AC Milan interested. LATEST Latest Transfer News And, according to CalcioNews24, Torino will look to replace Baselli with Pereyra.The 27-year-old has had an injury-affected spell in England since arriving from Juventus for £11.2m in 2016. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ three-way race Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland center_img IN DEMAND targets Pereyra hasn’t had an easy time at Watford Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets He started just 12 Premier League games in his first season in the Premier League and then only 18 last term.But Watford still value Pereyra at around £17.5m, which would mean Torino would need to sell Baselli in order to fund a bid. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED 1 LIVING THE DREAM moving on last_img read more

Eden Hazard injury latest ahead of Chelsea fixtures against Derby and Palace

first_img Lampard and Hazard were team-mates at Chelsea Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “Also Olivier Giroud he has a little fatigue problem with one of the legs. We’re going to assess him tomorrow as well.”Derby boss Frank Lampard, who makes an emotional return to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, described Hazard as the best player in world football on current form.“I love watching him and he’s in his prime,” Lampard said.“He is an absolutely outstanding player in world football. Let’s hope he wants a rest! I think he’s scared of coming up against my team!” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “I don’t think he’s going to be involved in the game [against Derby], but he’s looking quite good for the weekend. We are pleased because he’s such an important player for us.”Zola also highlighted injury problems for Pedro and Olivier Giroud, who are doubts for the Derby game.“Pedro has had a stomach ache. He came off on Sunday. He was getting better, but there is still a little problem. We can assess him tomorrow. ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice BEST OF Hazard, who is yet to return to full Chelsea training, will not feature against Derby in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, although it is likely he would’ve been rested even if fit.The 27-year-old was in sensational form before the setback, netting seven goals in his opening nine league games.Blues assistant Gianfranco Zola said: “He’s certainly much better. Not sure today [Tuesday], maybe tomorrow he’s going to join us in training. REVEALED REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow 2 Hazard is on the mend Chelsea star Eden Hazard looks set to return to action in the Premier League against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Belgian has missed the last two games after sustaining a back injury in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.last_img read more

KILLYBEGS NATIVE DIES IN AUSTRALIAN CAR CRASH

first_imgA KILLYBEGS-born man has died in a car crash in Australia.Sean O’Neill, who was 29, was brought up in Boston, but is from a prominent family in the fishing town.Relatives including a sister and two uncles still live in Killybegs. “Everyone is still taking this all in,” said one family friend today. KILLYBEGS NATIVE DIES IN AUSTRALIAN CAR CRASH was last modified: May 6th, 2013 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:KILLYBEGS NATIVE DIES IN AUSTRALIAN CAR CRASHlast_img read more