“Liberia has no Outstanding Debt for Germany”

first_imgGerman Ambassador to Liberia, Ralph Timmermann, has declared that Liberia owes no debt to the Federal Republic of Gemany. He explained all amounts his country has contributed to the development of Liberia have been in the form of grants.Ambassador Timmermann’s comment came following concerns from some corners of the public over whether Liberia’s current debt still stands following the waiving of about US$2 billion debt; giving the country the chance to pursue further loans.Germany’s relationship with Liberia has a long history, dating as far back as the 1800s when Liberia got her independence in 1847.This relationship puts Liberia in a better position to get loans from Germany since the country (Liberia) now has a respectable standing in the world financial sector.In an interview with the Daily Observer, Ambassador Timmermann said the debt Liberia had for Germany was cancelled, and that all funds coming from the German Government to the country are intended to assist recovery from the civil conflict and help Liberians have a better standard of living.Outlining some projects to which Germany has contributed funds; Ambassador Timmermann named the West Africa Power Pool, the Mount Coffee Hydro Project and other areas in Agriculture and Solar Energy as key priority areas his country is investing in.He underscored that the German NGO GIZ provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy, and also works with the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) to create a better resource governance system.Aside from these undertakings, he said Germany provides logistical assistance to Liberia’s security sector; including the Liberian National Police.He explained that prior to the Liberian civil crisis; Germany was in a long standing relationship with Liberia, with German companies like the Bong Mining Company operating in the country. He noted that his country was one of the first to recognize Liberia’s independence in the 19th century, which is the foundation of their relationship.Sharing his impression of how funds provided by Germany are used, Ambassador Timmermann noted that more still needed to be done.  He, however, lauded the efforts of Lands, Mines & Energy Minister, Patrick Sendolo, for the role he plays to ensure that the hydro project be completed and Liberians receive cheap electricity.Germany has contributed US$75 million for the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee hydro plant, which is expected to be completed by 2015.Some German companies are currently engaged in developing the energy sector by providing technical knowledge to locals to build new models of coal pots for cooking and share knowledge on how to harness solar energy under the program, “Energizing Development Partnership.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Got a Question? Ask Aardvark on the iPhone

first_imgAardvark is a very nifty service that allows you to ask other users any question. These questions can be about local restaurants or JavaScript – Aardvark will simply find the best person to answer your question and give you an answer within minutes. Aardvark launched at SXSW last year and today, the company also finally launched its iPhone app. The app gives users access to all of Aardvark’s features, including the ability to ask and answer questions and make changes to your user profile. In addition, the app also taps into the iPhone’s own services and allows users to automatically geotag questions and receive push notifications when a question was answered by another user.Aardvark is surprisingly useful. Answers, especially about local and travel topics, usually arrive within minutes and usually you will get more than just one answer. Aardvark usually distributes questions by email and IM, but the iPhone app may just turn out to be the best interface for this. After all, you always have your phone with you. Another nice feature is that the app also supports Facebook Connect, so you can also query your Facebook friends easily. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement frederic lardinois Answering questions on the iPhone is also quite easy. Just head to the ‘Answer’ tab and a new question will pop up. You can customize what kind of questions you would like to answer in your Aardvark profile. If you don’t know the answer and want to switch to another question, just shake the phone and Aardvark will look for another one (and make some aardvark noises in the background as well).To route questions, Aardvark does some pretty sophisticated analysis in the backend to make sure your questions get to those people who can actually answer them. For users, however, all that matters is that questions actually get answered, and this is where Aardvark does a really good job. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the gold

first_imgChezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — It was a heartbreaker for Rubilen Amit in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball final Sunday.“I asked God, if I lose, does it have to be this painful?,” said the 35-year-old in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games The two-time World 10-ball champion had two options for the 6-ball on the far end of the table in the 13th and last rack.“I went for the high percentage, mathematically it’s the best choice,” said Amit who pocketed on the corner from right side of the table. She had all the intention of preparing for the 8-ball in back of the table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I felt that I hit it well. And then I saw it (mother ball) fall on the side pocket,” said Amit, who yelled along with the people watching the match at KLCC Function Hall 4.But she didn’t want to take away the glory from her 18-year-old opponent. Read Next PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “She deserves the gold medal. She came back from 2-5 and played steady,” said Amit. “But I can’t deny I was really disappointed. Give me the whole day to feel bad about it.”Amit said she’s preparing for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month. View commentslast_img read more

Curriculum for Persons with Disabilities Expanded

first_imgThe Abilities Foundation, a division of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, has expanded its curriculum to better cater to the needs of persons with disabilities.In addition to garment construction, furniture making, office administration, housekeeping, ornamental horticulture, and landscaping, the facility now offers courses in design and décor, computer repair, data operation, and crop production.Managing Director at the Foundation, Suzanne Hamilton, told JIS News that the aim of the facility is to fully equip special needs students with the requisite skills, so that after graduation, they can find their place in the society.“We liaise with employers in both the public and private sectors, in an effort to assist students with job placements, so that they can support themselves. We also go into the organizations and host sensitization sessions with employers about how to communicate with persons with disabilities. For example, writing on paper or sending text messages, as means of communication for deaf persons,” she said.She informed JIS News that the courses taught at the Foundation are lifelong skills that prepare students for the world of work, whether it is in the form of entrepreneurship or employment in any given organization.“We are working to reach out to more persons with disabilities, because we have noticed that when most of the students graduate, acquiring employment is a challenge. We are trying at the ground level, step by step, to offer as many courses as possible, to make them more marketable, so that they can contribute to nation building,”Miss Hamilton said.She pointed out that the computer repair course will commence in September, three times per week, and is open to the public.“We realize that there are a lot of unattached youth in the surrounding communities, so to a large extent, the course will provide them with a skill, and enable them to become productive citizens,” Miss Hamilton noted.She explained that the programmes offered are a joint initiative between the Ministry and the HEART Trust/NTA, after which a National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQJ) certificate is issued at the end of each course.The Foundation currently caters to persons aged 17 to 65 years, who have hearing and visual impairments and physical and intellectual disabilities.CONTACT: JENEVA GORDONlast_img read more

Depth Chart Week 3 at Oklahoma

WLB33 Dante BookerOR48 Joe Burger47 Justin HilliardJr.Rs. Sr.Rs. Fr. CB8 Gareon Conley3 Damon ArnetteRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. LS49 Liam McCullough44 Aaron MawhirterRs. Fr.Sr. Week 3 defense at Oklahoma PR2 Dontre WilsonOR5 Corey SmithOR4 Curtis SamuelSr.Rs. Sr.Jr. C65 Pat Elflein79 Brady TaylorRs. Sr.Rs. So. TE85 Marcus Baugh88 A.J. AlexanderRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. SAF24 Malik Hooker34 Erick SmithRs. So.Jr. SAF7 Damon Webb4 Jordan FullerJr.Fr. WR5 Corey SmithOR1 Johnnie DixonRs. Sr.Rs. So. DE6 Sam Hubbard            OR11 Jayln Holmes          97 Nick Bosa     Rs. So.Jr.Fr. P95 Cameron JohnstonSr. WR-Z83 Terry McLaurinOR82 James Clark9 Binjimen VictorRs. So.Rs. Jr.Fr. RB25 Mike WeberOR4 Curtis Samuel2 Dontre WilsonRs. Fr.Jr.Sr. RT59 Isaiah Prince76 Branden BowenSo.Rs. Fr. H-Back4 Curtis SamuelOR2 Dontre WilsonJr.Sr. CB2 Marshon LattimoreOR12 Denzel WardRs. So.So. K92 Tyler Durbin96 Sean NuernbergerSr.Jr. QB16 J.T. Barrett10 Joe  BurrowRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. Week Two special teams versus Tulsa LT  74 Jamarco Jones75 Evan LisleOR63 Kevin WoidkeJr.Rs. Jr.So. KR2 Dontre WilsonOR82 James ClarkOR1 Johnnie DixonSr.Rs. Jr.Rs. So. DT77 Michael Hill             67 Robert Landers       Rs. Jr.Fr. RG54 Billy Price78 Demetrius KnoxRs. Jr.Rs. So. The third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes head to Norman, Oklahoma, this week for the pre-conference showdown of the year against the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners.On Tuesday, OSU released its Week 3 depth chart. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Dante Booker sat out last game versus Tulsa, but Meyer said on Monday that he is probable to play.Week 3 offense at Oklahoma MLB5 Raekwon McMillan38 Craig FadaJr.Rs. Sr. WR-X80 Noah BrownOR21 Parris Campbell11 Austin MackRs. So.Rs. So.Fr. LG73 Michael Jordan69 Matthew BurrellFr.Rs. Fr. DT86 Dre’Mont JonesOR53 Davon Hamilton      Rs. Fr.Rs. Fr. DE59 Tyquan Lewis13 Rashod Berry18 Jonathan CooperRs. Jr.Rs. Fr.Fr. SLB35 Chris Worley17 Jerome BakerRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. read more

Public ceremony held to honor SDPD officers killed in line of duty

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAn annual public ceremony was held Thursday to honor San Diego Police officers who have died in the line of duty.The ceremony, which was held at the SDPD headquarters in downtown at 11 a.m., honored fallen officers from over the 129-year history of the law enforcement agency. May 3, 2018 , Updated: 5:15 PM Public ceremony held to honor SDPD officers killed in line of duty Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 3, 2018last_img read more

Chinese Video Giant iQIYI Loses 13 Billion in 2018

first_img Popular on Variety Chinese video streaming firm iQIYI lost over $1.3 billion in 2018, as revenues and subscriber numbers ballooned. The deepening losses reflected ever higher spending on original content production.Announcing its first full-year financials since a March IPO that launched it onto the NASDAQ, iQIYI said that it lost $1.3 billion (RMB9.1 billion) last compared with RMB3.7 billion in 2017. It lost $506 million (RMB3.5 billion) in the last three months alone. Revenues climbed by 52% year on year to $3.6 billion (RMB25.0 billion)The company operates a hybrid model of free-to-use, ad-supported content and paid-for subscriptions. At the end of 2018, it had increased its total subscribing members to 87.4 million (98% of whom were paying subscribers) from 50.8 million a year earlier, for a gain of 72%. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img “We are confident in generating growth across the board, led by membership services which has demonstrated continued momentum. We maintain our strategic focus on producing original premium content, and will continue to advance our technology innovation and nurture our ecosystem to fully leverage the tremendous IP value in our content,” said founder and CEO Tim Gong Yu.“Membership business continued to be the main engine driving our growth… 2018 was also a transition year for us, as we devoted more resources towards producing original content which added pressure to our margins,” said Wang Xiaodong, chief financial officer of iQIYI. “We believe our investment in premium content will prove to be very rewarding and help better position the company for long-term growth.”iQIYI’s parent company, China’s online search leader Baidu, also published its annual results on Friday. These showed revenues of $14.9 billion, up 28% from 2017, or 31% excluding the impact of announced divestures. Baidu’s net for 2018 were $4.01 billion (RMB 27.6 billion), increasing 51% from 2017. For the continuing businesses the profit figure was $4.89 billion(RMB 33.6 billion), up 52%.The news announcement was made after the close of Thursday trading on the NASDAQ. Shares of iQIYI were little changed at $22.76 apiece. After hours they drifted down to $22.65. That compared with an IPO price of $18 per share. Baidu shares, also listed on the NASDAQ in ADR form, were up 3% on Thursday ahead of its results announcement, closing at $171.81.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Key EventsFlooding causing chaos on trains07:08D-Road North closed this morning…07:0507:12Congestion at Lime KilnUsual congestion on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 07:11Update on the trains…#VTUPDATE Lines have reopened between Manchester Piccadilly and Crewe. Trains have to run at a reduced speed on all lines between these stations until further notice.— Virgin Trains (@VirginTrains) July 31, 201907:08KEY EVENTFlooding causing chaos on trainsThere are hour-long delays and some cancellations on CrossCountry, Northern, Transport for Wales and Virgin Trains West Coast services between Manchester Piccadilly, Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent due to flooding.A landslide has also forced Transport for Wales and Virgin Trains West Coast services to be suspended between Chester and Crewe. A replacement bus service is running between the two.07:05KEY EVENTD-Road North closed this morning…The A500 near TalkeMore here…07:04Good morning!Welcome to our live blog! Police search for missing womancenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, July 31. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

Leena Singarajah Scripps Networks Interactive has

first_imgLeena SingarajahScripps Networks Interactive has named Leena Singarajah as its Asia chief.She joined SNI in 2014 as head of distribution and ad sales, Asia Pacific, and becomes Singapore-based managing director for the company in the region.Singarajah fills the role vacated by Derek Chang, who was upped to head of international lifestyle channels at SNI last year. He relocated to London to take up that position and initially retained oversight of the Asian business, but has now appointed a local MD.She will report to Chang, who said: “[Leena’s] strategic vision, combined with her operational expertise, will be critical as we look to further expand our business across the region,” said Chang.Prior to SNI, Singarajah was SVP and head of sales and business development, Asia Pacific for IMG Media.last_img read more

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are based about an hour from Stephenson’s hometown of Saskatoon; he was acquainted with three of the players. With that in mind, given stiff Republican opposition to increased spending that could increase the nation’s deficits. he said. read more