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EU Approves 6.5B Euros for Trade in West Africa, Liberia Included

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first_imgThe European Union Delegation to Liberia has announced the decision of the European Council to provide at least 6.5 billion euros for the Economic Partnership Agreement Development Program (PAPED) for West Africa during the period 2015 – 2020.The funds will greatly enhance trade and investment flow to 16 West African countries, including Liberia, thereby contributing to their development, sustainable growth and poverty reduction.The provision of the funds by the European Council, according to a statement, is an essential element of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiated with West Africa, and will provide funding for projects linked to trade, industry, transport and energy infrastructure in the region, as well as through support to civil society.In approving the funds, the European Council noted that “the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is an important step for the partnership between West Africa and the European Union (EU), in coherence with the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, for sustainable economic development that can benefit the West African population including its poorest segments.”The European Council, in addition, welcomed the efforts and progress which West African countries and regional institutions have made to foster regional integration, stating it recalls the fundamental role of regional integration as being instrumental in securing peace, stability and sustainable economic development, as well as its political commitment in support of aid for trade and to mobilise financial flows.According to the press release, this substantial new commitment from the European Commission and the EU Member States, demonstrates the EU’s continuous support to West Africa’s regional integration, which is the most advanced of the African continent.European Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, and Karel De Gucht, for Trade policy, have meanwhile welcomed the decision of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council, confirming new EU support of at least €6.5 billion for the Economic Partnership Agreement Development Program (PAPED) for West Africa.Commissioner Piebalgs said: “EU’s commitment responds to the needs expressed by West Africa and will allow the region to take advantage of all the opportunities of the Economic Partnership Agreement. The implementation of the EPA will be instrumental in creating favourable conditions to boost trade in the region and stimulate growth and job creation. The development of the region will also contribute to increase peace and stability in West Africa.”In 2010, the EU already pledged to provide €6.5 billion to support the PAPED for the period 2010-2014. This pledge was eventually increased and the EU has funded projects worth €8.2 billion (through the European instruments, Member States’ bilateral cooperation and the European Investment Bank). BackgroundThe region of West Africa1 includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Cap Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Mauritania.In the Foreign Affairs Council’s conclusions, the European Union acknowledges the importance of the Economic Partnership Agreement Development Program (PAPED) developed by West Africa during the negotiations of the EPA between the 16 states in the region and the European Union.The PAPED has five objectives including promoting diversification and growth in production capacity; development of trade within the region and improved access to internal markets; improvement and reinforcement of regional and national infrastructure linked to trade; fiscal, social and economic reforms, and other trade-related issues; implementation of EPA monitoring and evaluation.The PAPED is an essential step in the process towards the implementation of the future EPA. Also, the EPA represents a new kind of partnership between West Africa and the EU in the sense that although it is a trade agreement, it has a specific development objective. It is designed to strengthen West-African economies via the production and export of a wider range of goods, and by increasing trade between the countries in the region.The negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement between West Africa and the European Union have recently been concluded and endorsement at political level is expected in due course.Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are trade and development agreements negotiated between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific regions engaged in a regional economic integration process. The EPAs were put in place to help ACP countries integrate into the world economy and share in the opportunities offered by globalisation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Musa, Muguna cleared for Albania move

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first_imgMohammed leaves Gor as a free agent while Muguna who joined the record 16-time champions from Western Stima at the beginning of last season had a transfer fee reported to be about Sh4mn (USD40,000) agreed between Tirana and Gor.“I am really pleased that this move is finally done and I can’t wait to start my new journey. This has been the product of hard work and determination and hopefully I can translate the same form in Albania,” Mohammed told Capital Sport.“It will not be hard to settle in because we are re-uniting with our former coach Ze Maria which is something great. We know his methods, we know how it works so blending in will not be tough,” he added.Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed walks into the pitch before Kenya’s match against Rwanda in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on December 3, 2017 in Kakamega. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe defender has been a loyal Gor Mahia player having spent his entire eight year professional career at the club. He joined straight from High School in 2010 when the club was under the tutelage of legendary coach James Siang’a.He was scouted by another former Gor coach Gideon Ochieng who has since relocated to the United States.“I was really motivated to join Gor because I knew it was a great club and once the opportunity arose, I didn’t back down. I took on the challenge and the rest has been happily ever after,” the defender further said.The defender leaves K’Ogalo with a decorated hat having won four league titles, three of them as captain, one KPL Top 8 and two FKF Cup titles.Gor Mahia’s Musa Mohammed was named the SJAK best defender. Photo/Erick BarazaHe was crowned defender of the year by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) at the end of last season having finished second twice in the annual awards in 2015 and 2016.Mohammed also ended 2017 having helped the national team Harambee Stars to the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.“I have learnt quite a lot and form me it felt like this was the right time to leave. I wanted to get a new challenge because I have won virtually everything with Gor. As a player who wants to improve I needed something new to push me and this is it,” the 28-year old said.He has paid homage to the K’Ogalo faithful who he says have been the reason behind his and the team’s success.“The fans were always on the pitch supporting us and demanding of success and it is because of them the team did well and everyone improved. I also want to thank my team-mates all through the eight years for their support especially when I was captain,” Mohammed stated.Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna celebrates his goal against Chemelil Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Thika Stadium on May 10, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyThe duo will set foot on a ground that erstwhile has been a tough stomping ground for Kenyan players. Moses Arita and James Situma famously landed at the Albanian club but failed to settle, coming back home.“I can’t really say it’s something that bothers either me or Junior (Muguna). We are going there to work and that’s our focus. What happened in the past is in the past,” Mohammed further states.The two find Tirana perched at fifth spot on the Albanian First Division table, just within the promotion bracket. With 12 matches already played, Tirana are on 17 points, 12 behind leaders Kastrioti Kruje.“Our target and ambition is to go help the team gain promotion and we will give our best to see that target attained.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The defender has been a loyal Gor Mahia player having spent his entire eight year professional career at the club. He joined straight from High School in 2010 when the club was under the tutelage of legendary coach James Siang’a. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18- The immediate former Gor Mahia duo of Musa Mohammed and Kenneth Muguna have finally received their travel documents and are set to depart for Albania on Sunday to seal their move to second tier side FK Tirana.The pair have already agreed personal terms over a two-year contract and will make it formal once they land in the Albanian capital.last_img read more

PETS: CLARE BOYLE’S DOG BLOG

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first_imgBY CLARE BOYLE: Sometimes when we leave ours dogs alone, when we come home, we might a trail of destruction, or we find that the dog cries all day stressed out!There are things we can do to to help pass the day for the dog without causing too much stress.Leave a radio playing so they feel the house isn’t totally emptyFor a period of 30 minutes before you are due to leave the house, pay no attention to the dog. Leave without making a fuss – a whisper of a goodbyeLeave a kong for the dog stuffed with something tasty such as chopped carrots mixed with crab paste or the dogs nuts mixed with beef paste that was frozen overnight to last longerLeave other things to keep them amused such as nylabones or a bowl of finely chopped veg or fruit (not grapes) Rawhide is not really good idea due to the risk of pieces of chewed rawhide becoming lodged in there oesophagus.When you return, pay little attention to the dog – put on the kettle, take your coat off, go into a different room before you speak to the dog.Implement a calm, sit routine so when you do come to greet the dog, it’s in a calm manner.   There are many ways our dogs can be stressed out but if we begin to watch our dogs body language, we will really start to learn their moods.PETS: CLARE BOYLE’S DOG BLOG was last modified: February 11th, 2012 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:PETS: CLARE BOYLE’S DOG BLOGlast_img read more

Courtroom manners may hurt Lay

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHis transformation was in stark contrast to that of his co-defendant, former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling, whose lengthy testimony preceded his own. Rather than erupt like a volcano, Skilling simmered. But Lay’s unexpected aggression and the government’s portrayal of him as an arrogant elitist who treated his company like his personal bank could damage some or all of whatever good will he may have had with jurors, experts said. “Skilling did better than everybody thought he was going to do, and I don’t think Lay has done himself any favors,” said Gary Brown, a securities lawyer who was special counsel for the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs during its 2002 investigation of Enron’s 2001 collapse into bankruptcy proceedings. HOUSTON – Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay was expected to charm jurors the same way he spent decades charming politicians, analysts, investors and employees. But when he took the witness stand this week in his fraud and conspiracy trial, the ever-smiling diplomat and philanthropist morphed into a scrappy fighter. First he tried to take control of questioning by his own lawyer. Then he repeatedly bristled, snarled and quarreled on cross-examination with the federal prosecutor who had secured the indictment against him. last_img read more

Eight takeaways from Raiders’ win over Arizona

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first_imgThe Raiders showed a little bit of everything they hope to be Thursday night in a 33-26 road win over the Arizona Cardinals.Keep it mind it was against an opponent which in no way resembled a Los Angeles Rams team the Raiders practiced and played against a week ago. The Raiders were up 26-0 in the second quarter and the outcome was never in doubt, with the Cardinals getting two touchdowns in the last 2:49 to make it cosmetically close.Eight takeaways as the Raiders (2-0) reached the midway …last_img read more

What the Giants (and even the Dodgers) can learn from Madison Bumgarner’s free agency

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first_imgWhether it’s a glancing jab or a punch to the gut, the hits keep on coming for San Francisco Giants fans.Since the Giants concluded their third consecutive losing season, fans have watched their lone All-Star depart in free agency, seen the franchise cut ties with its home run, RBI leader and Willie Mac Award winner and followed a manager search that led the club to a controversial hire with an underwhelming track record.Sunday’s news that Giants legend Madison Bumgarner is leaving to sign …last_img read more

30 Extra Long Traditional Kirby Hair Grips Slides Clips Pins 7cm by Pritties Accessories : GREAT LITTLE CLIPS ! .packaging could have been a bit better though.

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Will definitely re-buy these once more.Arrived in very good time inside a number of days and they don’t slide out. The colour seems to be lasting alright (i’ve only had them for a pair of weeks while).Genuinely robust grips that truly maintain my tremendous thick major hair. Very good duration and a excellent volume for the price. Would say that possibly if you have skinny hair they may possibly not do the job as effectively for you but that is just a perhaps. Will definitely re-buy these once more.Extremely pleased – best for putting my thick. Really pleased – excellent for putting my thick, dark hair into a covert bun. Oddly they really don’t provide long black grips like this in boots so will in all probability be building repeat buys from this terrific vendor.Arrived in very good time inside a number of days and they don’t slide out. The colour seems to be lasting alright (i’ve only had them for a pair of weeks while).Extremely pleased – best for putting my thick. Really pleased – excellent for putting my thick, dark hair into a covert bun. Oddly they really don’t provide long black grips like this in boots so will in all probability be building repeat buys from this terrific vendor.These 7cm duration are just what i was seeking for and arrived well right before the given day. Store purchased grips that i’ve located are far too small in duration to hold back long hair. These are fantastic and do the position superbly.. Packaging could have been a little bit better though. . Arrived before estimated delivery date. The hair clips are precisely as proven and described. The motive i gave 4* is mainly because the clips were posted in a little plastic bag, which to be genuinely sincere, did not offer you any defense from the product staying bent / damaged.These 7cm duration are just what i was seeking for and arrived well right before the given day. Store purchased grips that i’ve located are far too small in duration to hold back long hair. These are fantastic and do the position superbly.Extremely pleased – best for putting my thick. Really pleased – excellent for putting my thick, dark hair into a covert bun. Oddly they really don’t provide long black grips like this in boots so will in all probability be building repeat buys from this terrific vendor.last_img read more

While Health Reform Debate Rages, Oracle Caters to Insurance Companies

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first_imgsteven walling Tags:#enterprise#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts center_img Timing is everything. That’s a saying that enterprise software giant Oracle has apparently not taken to heart, because today, in the middle of hysteria by both sides of the reform debate, the company has unveiled Oracle Revenue Management and Billing for Health Insurance. A B2B vendor might not care to tiptoe around health IT issues, since they don’t really depend on consumer opinion to gain customers. But Oracle is treading on dangerous ground by catering to the financial needs of insurers just when they’re everyone’s favorite target for vitriol. The new software is just one in a complete line of healthcare IT applications that Oracle offers. While most of these are basically the same as other Oracle products, today’s release is a rules-based application tailored to managing insurance billing and revenues.In a recorded webcast that accompanied the PR for the new product, Oracle representatives specifically mentioned increased spending on Medicaid and Medicare as something that the company wanted to profit from. If Oracle is intent on capitalizing on the attention that health IT is getting from the reform movement, this is probably the wrong way to go about it from a public relations perspective. Despite poor timing, Oracle’s offering might actually make things better for the customers of insurance carriers if it delivers on its promise of streamlining billing and payment operations. The less organizational overhead spent on activities than can be automated through the Web the better.However, Oracle is one of several big corporations on the member roster of the Heatlhcare Information Technology Standards group (PDF list), an industry-led organization that some prominent analysts have accused of stifling health IT reform. Whether there’s cause to be skeptical of Oracle or not, releasing a specialized software package for healthcare payers today is walking a fine line. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

The Gupta family: Saharanpur’s Rani Bazaar still in awe of their meteoric rise

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first_img Ajay Gupta (50), Atul Gupta (47) and Rajesh Gupta (44) grew up in the bylanes of Rani Bazaar. They studied at the local JV Jain college from where Ajay completed his B.Com and then finished his Chartered Accountancy course. Atul finished B.Sc. and did a course in computer hardware and assembling. Rajesh did B.Sc.“Shiv Kumar Gupta was a visionary. So even when his sons after their education, established a company in Delhi which imported spices from Madagascar and Zanzibar, he kept on telling them to dream big and go to uncharted territories with immense business possibilities. So in 1993 the brothers moved to Johannesburg,” said Sabri.While the South African politics was in turmoil Ajay and Atul, were attending a Mahashivratri procession in Rani Bazaar, he said.“Both Ajay And Atul were here on Tuesday and they left the same day. But there was no worry on their faces. Because they have done no wrong. They have a base in Dehradun where they live but they keep coming here and are in touch with their family and friends,” he added.The local residents, some of whom are related to the Gupta brothers, defended them and gave “testimonies to their hard work.”“The allegations against Ajay, Atul and Rajesh are completely false. It was only a pressure tactic to make Zuma resign,” said Asutosh Agarwal, a relative who lives next to the ancestral house of the Guptas. Life in Rani Bazaar area of Saharanpur went on as usual on Thursday but the centre of attention was a decrepit two-floor house, with its plaster coming off and gate almost falling away.It is the house where the Gupta brothers, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, grew up and lived till they left the country to become the industrial tycoons of South Africa and close allies of Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa.South Africa may have turned hostile to the brothers but the residents of Rani Bazaar continue to tell “inspiring stories” of the meteoric rise of the sons of the soil.“The Gupta brothers are the best thing to have happened to Saharanpur,” declared Javed Sabri, a family friend of the South African industrialists, while standing in front of their ancestral house. The three brothers were inspired by their father Shiv Kumar Gupta, a small time trader who ran a company which distributed soapstone powder in the city, said Sabri, a man in the early forties who is an influential resident of the town, also because of his proximity to the Guptas.Also Read L’affaire Jacob Zuma: How the Guptas became Zuptas in South Africalast_img read more

No arms in Muharram processions: Trinamool

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first_imgThe Trinamool Congress has reached out to members of the Muslim community, urging them not to display weapons and lathis during Muharram processions.Party MP Idris Ali made an appeal appeal to the community to this effect. “We cannot fully stop this [arms procession] in one year. But the appeal will have a positive response this year,” Mr. Ali told The Hindu. Shared beliefsHe said that carrying arms during Muharram procession was anti-Islamic and that many imams had also made similar appeals.Before this development, the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights directed all the District Magistrates in the State to ensure that children participating in Muharram processions did not carry any arms. The Bengal Imams’ Association also endorsed their directive. Muharram will be observed on Friday. After a Cabinet meeting at the State Secretariat on Thursday, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee urged people to maintain peace during the occasion.last_img read more