first_imgThere seem to be more reasons than originally revealed behind the recent suspension of the Managing Director of the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LIBTELCO), Ben Wolo and the entire board of the corporation aside from the few that were highlighted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last week when she took the decision after a brief meeting with the entity heads.President Sirleaf recently suspended LIBTELCO’s board chairman Mr. Francis Horton; LIBTELCO MD and secretary of the board, Mr. Ben Wolo; and members Ms. Ciata Victor, Mr. Floyd Thomas, Mr. Mohammed Sherif, Mr. James Cooper, and Mr. Jackson E. Doe, for their failure to follow PPCC procedures and other laws of the executive branch of government.But one of the suspended LIBTELCO directors, Ciata Victor, has disclosed that their suspensions were predicated (a result based on something) on a stratagem (scheme).That plot, her argument runs, was a political maneuver by Deputy Finance Minister for Fiscal Affairs, Sebastian Muah, to ease in his brother, Paul Muah, LIBTELCO’s current Deputy Managing Director, as the next Managing Director of LIBTELCO.In an article written by Madam Victor on TLC Africa, a website she administers and controls, the suspended commissioner suggests that President Sirleaf’s decision to suspend LIBTELCO’s MD along with its entire Board, was politically influence by some big operators in government, to place the Muah brothers in control of Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL).Ms. Victor argued that Paul Muah’s rise would give him control over LIBTELCO’s 20% share in CCL, while the older brother, Sebastian, is strategically and ideally positioned to become the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of CCL, given the recent resignation Eden C. Reeves, the government’s representative to the Consortium. That will leave the two in total control of the government’s 55% share in CCL.Other shareholders in the CCL include Lonestar Communications with 10%, Cellcom with 10% and Novafon with 5%.“The resignation of the government representative to the Consortium, Eden Charles Reeves, citing a lack of support from the Finance Ministry for the IT-related projects he managed, has opened the way for Sebastian Muah to slide into CCL in the key position of Chairman of the Board of Directors with responsibility over the management of GOL 55% interest in the Cable Consortium.”Madam Victor noted that if the Muah brothers succeed in their maneuverings for these top positions at CCL, they would end up in full control of 100% of the Government of Liberia’s investment in Fiber Optics and managers of 75% of the country’s fiber capacity including LIBTELCO’s 20% share couple with GOL 55% share.“With Paul Muah strategically placed at LIBTELCO and set to take over the leadership of the Corporation which includes the management of LIBTELCO’s 20% interest in CCL, the brothers Sebastian and Paul Muah, (if Paul is appointed by the President to serve as Managing Director of LIBTELCO) are set to control 75% of Liberia’s fiber capacity and 100% of the Government of Liberia entire investment in the ACE Cable System and the Cable Consortium of Liberia,” she reiterated. “Is it coincidental that the brothers are about to find themselves in the position of controlling Liberia’s fiber capacity?  I don’t think so.   Some in the sector have seen through the recent play at LIBTELCO—in which MD Wolo and the Board were suspended by the President late last year, (December 20) for failing to follow PPCC procedures—as a result of political maneuvering by Sebastian Muah . With all the pieces in place, the stage is set for them to take over,”She continued that the amount of political maneuvering that occurred in the last year and a half to get Paul Muah in and Ben Wolo out of LIBTELCO, was carried out by individuals who control the government’s purse string—who can make or break one’s project by providing or denying funding.Madam Victor said it is no wonder that LIBTELCO could not get the Government Guarantee needed from the Finance Ministry, to start construction of the Distribution Network.“It also makes sense now why Amara Konneh would ask John Davis to wait, when Amara was approached on the subject of Government Guarantee for LBDI to facilitate the loan for LIBTELCO.  “Just wait a little bit,” Amara said—perhaps long enough until Ben was kicked out.Should the government of Liberia be concerned about the brothers’ attempt to gain control of all of its investment in CCL, I would think soWhen contacted, the former CCL boss, Eden Reeves, who was also Chief Information Technology Officer at the Ministry of Finance said that he was not pushed out of the job at CCL.“My appointment to the Chairmanship of CCL was because of my position as CITO. When I decided to leave MOF as CITO, I also automatically resigned from the Chairmanship of CCL,” Mr. Reeves posted his reply on his facebook page.I do not believe that Deputy Min. Muah tried in any way to push me out of MOF or CCL (nor is this stated or implied in the article; but people seem to think so.)Mr. Reeves said he never got a dedicated budget for IT and decided that he would not work under such conditions; “I began my exit strategy to leave (from MOF). On October 1, 2013, my resignation from MOF and CCL became effective.But the Executive Mansion has sharply reacted to Ciata Victor’s claims rejecting the contents of the article, which it considered misinformation with no bearing or connection as to why the LIBTELCO Board of Directors and its Managing Director were suspended by President Sirleaf.The Executive Mansion, clarified that the LIBTELCO officials were suspended based on a recommendation from the Ministry of Justice, as a result of a dubious agreements as well as an MOU entered into with a Swiss Company, K3 Telecom Liberia (K3Telecom).The agreement is a joint venture and K3 Telecom Liberia (K3Telecom) is a company organized under the laws of Liberia.Both arrangements, according to the Mansion were not consistent with the laws of Liberia, including, in particular, the Executive, PPCC and the Public Financial Management Laws.The release states that the suspension was based on the fact that the LIBTELCO Board and Management failed to submit the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ketter Telecom (K3), and the Agreement with K3 Telecom to the Ministry of Justice for attestation, as required by law.The Justice Ministry also established that some provisions in both document are onerous and not in furtherance of the interests of the corporation, the government and people of Liberia.The release notes that LIBTELCO is a 100 percent government-owned corporation, vital to the national defense and security of the Republic of Liberia; as such, no one has the authority to unilaterally sign contracts without the approval of the Government of Liberia.Regulation No. 003, on Thresholds of the Amended and Restated PPPC Act, 2010, section 10 on Contracts over US$250,000 states that: “The Ministry of Finance shall take part in negotiations and signings of contracts over US$250,000 and the contracts shall be attested to by the Ministry of Justice.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed the fourth review under an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement for Liberia and has approved the disbursement of US$10.2million.A press release, a copy of which was received the Daily Observer, said the current action made its total disbursement under the arrangement to about US$95.8 million.Completing the review, the IMF Board approved waivers for the non-observance of the performance criteria on government revenues and central bank net foreign exchange position. The Board also approved the re-phasing and extension of the arrangement to the end of 2016 in light of the delays caused by the Ebola outbreak.In the wake of the Ebola outbreak, the IMF supported Liberia with an ad hoc disbursement of about US$44.7 million in augmentation of access under the current ECF Arrangement.The Board also approved about US$44.7 million disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) as well as debt relief under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief (CCR) Trust. The total financing of about US$125.2 million helped the country meet urgent balance of payments and fiscal needs resulting from the epidemic.Following the Executive Board’s discussion of Liberia, Mr. David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair said, “Liberia overcame the Ebola epidemic, due to decisive policy actions, unprecedented international support, and strong community engagement but the sharp decline in global commodity prices is holding back the economic recovery.”He added: “Performance under the authorities’ Fund-supported program has been uneven as a result of the epidemic and, to a lesser extent, policy slippages. A still challenging economic situation underscores the importance of strong program implementation in the period ahead to sustain macro-economic stability, improve policy credibility, and secure additional donors financing.“Fiscal policy next year will remain accommodative to support the recovery. Reallocation of resources toward the health and education sectors is appropriate. In light of limited fiscal space, caution is needed in considering tax relief for companies in the commodity sector. The authorities should also press ahead with addressing public financial management weaknesses and further strengthen revenue administration.”He said borrowing polices should remain prudent in the context of lower growth prospects and financing needs, particularly for large investment projects, should be covered mostly with grants and concessional loans.“This approach would facilitate needed capital projects while preserving debt sustainability. Rebuilding external buffers in Liberia’s dual currency regime requires containing the central bank’s operational expenses and limiting foreign exchange intervention only to smoothing volatility,” he explained.More effective liquidity management and further development of monetary policy instruments will help safeguard price stability, he said, “Strengthening the prudential oversight of the banking system and the framework for crisis management remains critical to tackle threats to financial stability.”The ECF arrangement for Liberia was approved by the IMF’s Executive Board on November 19, 2012 for SDR 51.68 million (about US$71.6 million) and was extended on October 14, 2015 to allow for the completion of the fourth review, the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLIPO Director General, Roosevelt Gould Kicks off development of National IP PlanThe Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) has begun a 12-day stakeholders’ field trip intended to develop a national intellectual property strategic plan to be integrated into the government’s national development agenda.The field trip comes at a time when investors, inventors and artists in the creative sector (film, music, innovation, etc ), are taking steps to ensure that government pays more attention to this lucrative creative industry.Since the country enacted the Intellectual Property Law, no government – past or present, has fully given recognition to the creative sector as an engine of growth due to what they describe as ‘lack of a road map for the sector.’Accordingly, the 12-day LIPO field trip is expected to change things as part of its trajectory will be the development of a national strategic intellectual property (IP) plan that will encourage and facilitate useful creations, critical developments and management and protection of IP at the national level, as well as giving more subsidies to creative industry societies.LIPO director general Roosevelt Gould, who took over the agency less than five months ago,  initiated this crucial activity that will soon see artists benefiting more from their career paths.  Artists have described the plan that is being developed as “a crosscutting document which outlines links with diverse policy areas to ensure effective coordination with other activities.”He added that a national IP strategy strengthens a country’s ability to generate economic growth, both in terms of GDP and human capital.“With the coming of this strategy, everything ranging from literary to artistic works and genetic and biological assets will be protected and the individuals behind them will fully reap their benefits. Without a national IP strategy, it is difficult to unlock these assets in a planned, efficient, and sustainable manner.“The goal of this national IP strategy is the creation, ownership, and management of artists and inventors’ rights to increase economic growth. The world is now being controlled by IP, and if other countries are benefiting from this, it is about time Liberia starts to benefit as well.“We have artists and inventors who are supposed to be millionaires by now, but this is not happening because we lack a national IP strategy. We have a good IP law but in the absence of a national IP strategy – which is a key policy tool to promote public interest in the arts and innovation and for the environment to thrive, then the law remains inactive,” he said.Gould noted that since 2009, LIPO has been undergoing numerous reforms and working hard to make sure that its performance equals and surpasses its mandate.Director Gould added that the 12-day field trip will be managed by two expert consultants sent by the World Intellectual Property Organization to work alongside the agency’s staff to develop the country’s strategic IP plan through stakeholder engagement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000England striker Tammy Abraham celebrates after scoring their seventh goal against Montenegro © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 15 – Tammy Abraham has set his sights on firing England to Euro 2020 glory after the Chelsea striker scored his first senior international goal in the demolition of Montenegro.Abraham came off the bench to wrap up England’s 7-0 victory at Wembley on Thursday as Gareth Southgate’s side booked their place at Euro 2020. His maiden England goal continued a memorable 2019 for the 22-year-old after winning promotion to the Premier League while on loan with Aston Villa last season and scoring 11 goals in 18 games for Chelsea this term.With three group games and a possible semi-final and final at Wembley, Euro 2020 is almost a home tournament for England and Abraham is confident Southgate’s men can get their hands on the silverware.“Being at the Euros, winning it, top four or top two in the Premier League. Just believing! The sky’s the limit,” Abraham said of his dreams for 2020.“Hopefully, hopefully, I don’t want to jinx myself.”Asked if England can finally win their first major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, Abraham said: “I believe so.”Abraham’s game has gone to the next level this season, but he thinks he can get even better working alongside England captain Harry Kane.Kane took his tally to 31 goals for England with a hat-trick against Montenegro, moving the Tottenham forward above Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney on his country’s all-time list.“It’s always been a dream for me to be on the same pitch as him. Every day, I watch him, learn off him,” Abraham said.“To be on the same pitch with him, training with him every day, it’s always nice to have that type of player to learn from.“Even in training practising, you can see his professionalism. He wants to be the best, to have someone like that to look up to is a dream.”0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgLouis van Gaal admits he will retire when his time with Manchester United comes to an end.The 63-year-old, who is set to remain at Old Trafford until 2017, claims he wants to spend more time with his family.Van Gaal has managed many of Europe’s top clubs, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax.“I am old. This is my last job. For sure,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it.“Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson, for example. I don’t like it.”Van Gaal has had a mixed time at Old Trafford but believes the club’s impressive 3-0 Premier League victory over Tottenham means his side have turned a corner.“When I drive my car for the first time in England, it is the same… I have to think about the left and the right,” he said.“That we have seen with United. Against Spurs you have seen that. That shows they can do things together as a team. That takes time.”For more Daily Telegraph sport click here. You can listen to exclusive live national radio commentary of Liverpool v Manchester United from 1:30pm on Sunday only on talkSPORT Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

first_img“He’s one of the biggest guys we’ve faced,” Kentucky linebacker Braxton Kelley said. “He’s bigger than most fullbacks. It was kind of surprising. I thought he’d try more of a pound game.” Tebow connected on 18 of 26 passes. His previous career-high of three TDs came earlier this year in games against Troy and Western Kentucky. “He’s as competitive a human being as I’ve ever been around,” Florida coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s a great leader. He gives you a weapon on offense. Someone said, `Can he throw it?’ Sure, he can throw it very well.” Florida led, 21-10, at halftime, but the Wildcats made a comeback attempt behind their own Heisman candidate. Andre Woodson had his best game of the season with 415 yards and five TD passes. “It’s difficult to swallow right now, but at the same point, we’re still in a really good situation,” Woodson said. At the end of the first quarter, Tebow dissected Kentucky’s double-coverage of Louis Murphy, hitting him stride as he ran through the defenders and completed a 66-yard scoring play. Just before halftime, Tebow showed finesse. He started toward the line, stopped, and threw a jump pass to Aaron Hernandez for a 1-yard TD. Dazzling scoring plays in the third quarter kept the Wildcats in the game. First, Jacob Tamme caught a pass 10 yards short of the end zone, spun to avoid running out of bounds and ran it in. Then, Dicky Lyons Jr. caught a short pass and turned it into a 50-yarder, weaving through defenders to make it 31-24. Florida answered with its longest run of the game, a 24-yard end-around that receiver Percy Harvin took in for a touchdown to put the Gators up, 38-24. Tebow iced the game by throwing a 40-yard pass to Harvin to give the Gators the ball on the 2, then running it in himself.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEC: Gators QB tosses a career-high four touchdown passes. By Jeffrey McMurray THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators showed those upstarts from Kentucky they’re still the team to beat in the SEC East. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Tebow threw for 256 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and No. 14 Florida rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 45-37 victory over No. 8 Kentucky on Saturday. A week after the Wildcats knocked off No. 1 LSU, they lost to Florida for the 21st consecutive time. The victory puts the defending national champion back in the Southeastern Conference title hunt despite its recent losses to Auburn and LSU. The Gators (5-2, 3-2) are tied with South Carolina and Georgia for first in the SEC East. “I just think this league, it’s a mess right now,” Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said. “It’s competitive, and week to week, you’d better be ready to play or somebody’s going to jump up and spoil it.” Kentucky (6-2, 2-2), which went to triple overtime for a 43-37 victory at home against LSU, came into the game concerned Tebow’s Gators presented a bigger threat because of the sophomore’s ability to run. The Wildcats held him to 78 rushing yards, but the junior’s left arm proved far more problematic. last_img

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first_imgGardai in Letterkenny have launched a clampdown on prostitutes using the town as a base for clients.A hotel in the town was visited by Gardai at the weekend and two women were removed from the premises.It follows on from two incidents in the town a week previously when two women were removed from two different pubs. Both women are believed to have been offering sexual services to understands that at least 12 different prostitutes are operating in the Cathedral Town at any one time.The majority of the women stay in the town for a number of days before they are moved around.Increasing pressure is coming on Gardai to act on the prostitution problem in the town. A source said prostitutes are becoming much more obvious.“There are prostitutes in other towns in Donegal but Letterkenny has the greatest number because of its population.“There are a number of long-term let apartments which are now being used for the trade.“But people must remember that it is not the women who are making the majority of the money but the people who are running them,” he said.   PROSTITUTES REMOVED FROM HOTEL AS PART OF VICE CLAMPDOWN was last modified: February 14th, 2012 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:hotelletterkennyprostituteslast_img read more

first_imgHuman hand ___________________ E. Blood preservative Sea snake ____________________ J. Shatterproof glass Arctic cod ___________________ B. Self-organizing robots Mollusks _____________________ C. Strong, lightweight building blocks Wrinkled fingers _____________ K. Camouflage materials Match the living thing with the technology being developed by imitating its design features. Answers:  1-G (New Scientist); 2-E (Science Daily); 3-J (Science Daily); 4-B (Live Science, National Geographic); 5-A (Medical Xpress); 6-C (Science Daily): 7-I (PhysOrg); 8-D (Science Daily); 9-H (PhysOrg); 10-F (PhysOrg); 11-M (Science Daily); 12-K (PhysOrg); 13-L (Science Daily)Now take the upper-division test.  It’s a work problem.  Go out into the yard and observe some living thing.  Find something interesting about its abilities.  Look into how its design makes it work.  Think of a technology that could imitate that design.  Warning:  This exercise may tempt you to chuck Chuck,* become an entrepreneur and make a lot of money.  “Observing the natural world can clearly lead to improved man-made designs” (Science Daily).*I.e., to abandon Charles Darwin.  This causes his defenders to up Chuck. Bone _________________________ G. Perching drone Cuttlefish ___________________ L. Genetic switchescenter_img Bacteria _____________________ I. Strong, lightweight structures RNA interference _____________ M. Energy-absorbing material Common household birds _______ A. Surgical robot Termites _____________________ D. Self-guided robot (Visited 63 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Cells ________________________ F. Underwater robot Honeybee _____________________ H. Synthetic fuellast_img read more

first_img8 November 2012South African business confidence in edged up marginally in October despite an unfavourable economic climate, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Wednesday.Its Business Confidence Index (BCI) for October showed a 0.3 index point increase to 92, from 91.7 in September.The BCI in October was below its level from the same time last year, but was better than September 2012’s year-on-year performance, which reflected a 6.7 point difference.The BCI gauges the business community’s mood in response to economic conditions. It uses 13 sub-indices which include manufacturing, exports, imports, vehicle sales, construction, share prices, inflation, and the rand exchange rate.Sacci said there were improvements in seven of these sub-indices compared to three improvements in September.Both the financial and real economic sub-indices performed better in October than in the month before.Four changes were negative on a monthly basis, compared to six in September.The chamber said business had been broadly satisfied with the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at the end of last month.“To enhance business confidence, it is cardinal that delivery on the MTBPS framework prioritises those aspects which are key to economic growth.”Sacci said that despite the MTBPS, the outlook for the economy remained uncertain and would respond to critical policy decisions taken by the African National Congress at its leadership conference in December.It also noted concern about export and import trends.“The lack of competitiveness with the rest of the world appears to be a mounting problem. Foreign trade plays an important part in the business mood and reflects the openness of the SA economy.”Sapalast_img read more