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first_imgBy cons, Leonardo has also decided that Mbappé will be his franchise player for the next few years, making it non-transferable. What’s more, he wants to surround him with new cracks, if they can be French. Madrid, which is the most expectant for its possible departure, would be the big loser. Florentino’s dream of dressing him in white should wait longer. The ESPN channel has reported this Saturday that the Paris Saint Germain is already clear about its summer market policy: He will let Neymar out but will retain Mbappé. According to the information of the journalist Julien Laurens, the Parisian club has already put a price on the Brazilian striker: 150 million euros. Barcelona, ​​again, seems the best positioned to play it back.According to ESPN, the sports director of PSG, Leonardo, is clear that the ten wants to leave as soon as the season ends and the club is not willing to have another summer as busy as the last one. The PSG is for the work of entering less money than it invested for it (222 million), but considers that the player would already be amortized. Especially if he achieves Ligue 1 again and strikes the Champions League.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Gbowee Peace Foundation (Africa) has launched a technical institute program in the country for women and girls. The Foundation also included ex-combatants of all the former warring factions into their plan.Their  aim is to reduce the illiteracy rate in the country, while empowering women and girls, locally.The launch was done at during its 2nd anniversary fundraising gala, under the theme: “Advancing Girls’ Education & Entrepreneurships.”The fundraising gala, which intended to raise at least three million United States dollars, was held at the Executive Pavilion on Broad Street, with a lot of national and international partners in attendance.Launching the Abigail Technical Institute and High School for Girls, Madam Leymah R. Gbowee, in whose honor the Foundation is named, said the foundation would focus on empowering women and girls in the country through internship, mentorship, and career development.According to Madam Gbowee, the Foundation has given many of its scholars international scholarships. Recipients were: Georgia Genoway, Korto Johnson, Ernestine Vulue, Yamah Lavelah and others; some will be traveling abroad for studies this year. She further explained that the building of the technical institute for women and girls was a way of starting something for girls. “The hope is that those that do not go to college can learn something else and still remain on course,” she added. Madam Gbowee, who is co-recipient of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, said the scholarships for women and girls have been extended to supporting ex-combatants as a way of telling their own story.She explained that contributions were made towards the Foundation, after she had won Peace Prize, by some of her partners, who all around the world, including the United States.  The fundraising gala included honoring a number of individuals for their role in empowering women and girls, including Abigail Disney, a donor and partner of the Gbowee Peace Foundation, close friend of Leymah’s and producer of the movie Pray the Devil Back to Hell.  One of the scholars of the Gbowee Peace Foundation, Africa, Ma-Hawa Ngaim, of the University of Liberia, said the Gbowee Scholarship was the best in the country, giving full support to women and girls in Africa.She explained that Gbowee Peace Foundation was the only program in the country that gives stipends, school supplies, internships, and many others opportunities including workshops, academic development, and summer student exchange.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe West African sub-region is moving beyond its violent past to focus on regional economic integration, seeking to become the continent’s economic powerhouse, Liberia’s Finance Minister said last week.Minister Amara Mohammed Konneh also told Reuters in Washington D.C that he was worried about the effect of China’s slowdown and overall market volatility on Liberia’s economy, though he did not foresee any immediate impact on planned bond sales.West Africa’s regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), was originally created in the 1970s to focus on economic integration, but instead turned to peacekeeping in violent conflicts in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, Konneh said.“West Africa and Africa as a whole experienced a lot of conflicts as a result of bad governance. So the focus shifted from economic cooperation to security,” Konneh said, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the ongoing International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington.”As conflicts are disappearing, the focus is now shifting more and more to economic integration through infrastructure development,” he said in an interview.The Banker Magazine African Finance Minister of the Year said projects such as a highway along West Africa’s coast and an electricity pool for most of the 15 countries in the ECOWAS bloc should help cement stronger economic ties.The question of how to accelerate regional integration in West Africa has been cast in stark relief to the progress made in Africa’s two other main blocs, the South African Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC).“Nigeria’s new status as the number-one economy in Africa may help shift the dynamic in West Africa’s favor,” Konneh observed. Nigeria on Sunday officially became Africa’s biggest economy when it rebased its GDP.”I believe West Africa is on its way to becoming an economic giant in terms of the regional dimension within Africa,” Konneh said. “But still, the SADC (South African Development Community) is very strong. I think we still have to wait and see whether Nigeria’s new position will change all of that.”Konneh also said ECOWAS was unlikely to meet a two-month deadline to eliminate lingering disagreement over a free trade deal with the European Union.The Economic Partnership Agreement stalled two years ago after countries in the West African region resisted lifting tariff barriers over fears they could crush nascent industries unable to cope with European imports. “I think it’s important to understand than anything, anything that has to do with regional matters is always difficult to resolve in one shot, because there’s an issue of sovereignty, relinquishing control of certain things,” he said. “The parliaments of these countries are not generally supportive.””I think that eventually West Africa will come around, after we’ve looked at all of the pros and cons of this agreement,” he added, “though that process would take more than two months.”Watching VolatilityKonneh also said he was worried about potential market volatility and its impact on Liberia’s economy, but strong macroeconomic policies and greater foreign direct investment should help weather market scares.”I don’t think it is going to affect anything immediately,” he said, referring to potential market volatility and its impact on Liberia’s planned bond sales. “But we need to watch it.”Liberia has “medium-term” plans to launch an international bond but will first seek a debt rating which it anticipates will be in the single-B category, Konneh said earlier this year.Liberia may also be hard hit by the slowdown in China as the world’s second-largest economy rebases towards consumption-led growth away from investment, crimping its demand for resources like iron ore, a key export.”The declining demand for iron ore there is going to hurt our bottom line,” he said.However, Konneh said he saw Liberia beating the IMF’s “very conservative” forecast for economic growth of 7 percent this year.”We are determined as a government to do better than that,” he said, adding that removing bottlenecks in the mining and agriculture industries would help.”In order for us to meet our aspiration of reaching a middle-income country, we have to grow consistently at least 8 percent,” he 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

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“They have been spending money everywhere else, on the Rose Bowl, in Carson and Anaheim, but this is the first commitment to Los Angeles.” At the same time, Parks said he will pursue an explanation from the University of Southern California, which has been a tenant at the Coliseum since it opened in 1923. In a letter sent Friday to owners, but made public only on Tuesday, USC officials urged the league not to sign a lease with the Coliseum Commission until the university had signed its own sublease. “Frankly, I’m confused,” Parks said. “Two years ago, when I was chairman of the Coliseum Commission, I went to USC officials and they said they wanted to negotiate on their own with the NFL. We said fine. “On May 18, I talked with the USC president and asked how things were proceeding in their negotiations and he indicated everything was satisfactory. Then he sent this letter on May 19.” USC President Steve Sample has been out of the country but Parks said he is trying to set up a meeting with him as soon as possible. As far as the NFL itself is concerned, Parks said he got what he had hoped for from the owners _ an agreement to spend upward of $5 million to examine the Coliseum plans and determine the support among the local business community. “It will be up to us to show them the value of being in Los Angeles. I don’t think it will be a hard argument to make,” Parks said. “When it comes to the advertising potential, the logos and the signage, I think Los Angeles will prove to be a better value for the NFL.” In addition, he said, the owners are interested in the redevelopment of downtown, including the la live and Grand Avenue projects. The NFL is planning to send representatives to the city over the course of the next six weeks. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! City Councilman Bernard Parks said Wednesday he remains encouraged that Los Angeles may someday get a pro football team at the Memorial Coliseum but is “confused” about new concerns that USC has raised about the deal. National Football League owners decided Tuesday to spend a total of $10 million to study rival plans to locate a team in Los Angeles or Anaheim. L.A. has approved plans for an $800 million stadium inside the Coliseum, which would be leased to the NFL, while Anaheim has offered to sell the league 53 acres for the below-market price of $50 million as the site for a new stadium. “What is significant to me is that this is the first time the NFL has given any money to look at the Los Angeles proposal,” Parks said at a City Hall news conference. last_img read more

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first_imgIreland’s latest UFC star Joseph Duffy received a rapturous homecoming reception yesterday evening in Burtonport.Duffy produced another stunning first-round TKO last weekend in Glasgow to further cement his status as one of the hottest prospects in the UFC. The Burtonport MMA star has returned home for a few days and the locals of the scenic fishing village were on hand to welcome their hero home.A massive crowd turned out and Duffy was overwhelmed by the response he received.Duffy is fabled for the being the last man to defeat Conor McGregor – but Duffy is making his own name for himself with a series of stunning performances.Duffy is hoping to be placed on the UFC card in Dublin in October. That announcement is expected to be made shortly, but for now Duffy will enjoy some relaxation at home before heading back to Canada for another training camp.#TEAMDUFFYPictures by Mary Rodgers.MASSIVE CROWD AT HOMECOMING FOR UFC STAR JOSEPH DUFFY IN BURTONPORT was last modified: July 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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first_imgDONEGAL SOUTH West TD Thomas Pringle has repeated his call today for people to boycott the new household charge – and says he will go to jail.He was part of a group of nine TDs who launched a campaign in Dublin this morning.“We need the support of the public to stop this charge,” said Deputy Pringle. “I won’t pay it and I will go to jail rather than pay it,” he added.The other TDs included Socialist TDs Clare Daly and Joe Higgins; People Before Profit TDs Richard Boyd Barrett and Joan Collins; as well as Independents Seamus Healy, Mick Wallace, John Halligan and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.Clare Daly said that after three years of austerity the household charge “was the straw to break the camel’s back” and she urged householders to heed their call and resist paying.A spokesperson for the Environment Minister said Phil Hogan believes the nine TDs are irresponsible and are “engaging in a cynical, emotive PR stunt” He said it was wrong for Opposition TDs as legislators to encourage people to break the law.  TD PRINGLE: I WILL GO TO JAIL RATHER THAN PAY TAX was last modified: December 15th, 2011 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:boycott household chargeThomas Pringlelast_img read more

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first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team takes to the road for its second meeting of the season against Bradley on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. In Carver Arena.Earlier this season, the Bulldogs defeated the Braves, 80-70, in Des Moines behind Graham Woodward’s career-high 23 points and 19 points from Reed Timmer.Drake makes the trek to Peoria with a 6-21 overall record and a 1-14 mark in MVC action. Bradley stands at 4-24 overall and 2-13 in league action. The Bulldogs have won four-straight regular-season meetings over Bradley but have lost two of the last three meetings in Peoria.Timmer needs 35 points to reach the 500-point mark this season and become the 19th Bulldog to reach that milestone. He is currently averaging 17.2 points per game, the third-highest average in the MVC.Drake’s young roster has been buoyed as late by sophomore Ore Arogundade and freshman center Dominik Olejniczak. Arogundade has averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in the last nine games and led Drake in rebounding in five of those games.Olejniczak has also seen his offensive production surge as he is 35-of-43 from the field in the last 10 games. He has scored eight or more points in four-straight games with two double-figure scoring games in that span.Their combined efforts have helped Drake outrebound six of its last eight opponents.Bradley is led by a pair scorers averaging 9.1 points per game in Donte Thomas and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye. The Braves are one of the few teams in he MVC with a roster younger than the Bulldogs. The Braves are the nation’s youngest team with 10 of its 12 active players being freshman.Saturday’s two rosters also feature seven international student-athletes. All-told, eight nations and four continents will be represented on the court Saturday.Following Saturday’s game, Drake will play its final road game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Missouri State.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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first_img25 July 2007Mauritius-based Safal Investments, which owns steel-coating facilities in eastern and southern Africa, plans to build a US$100-million plant near Durban in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.Business Day reports this week that the plant, to be built in Cato Ridge, is the company’s third investment in the country and will create about 300 jobs for the local community.Safal South Africa chief executive Ronnie Graham told Business Day that the Cato Ridge plant would produce 150 000 tons of coated steel a year in its first three to four years.“Strategically, it is a good area because of its proximity to the Durban port, which we believe is still the best for export and import,” Graham told Business Day. “It is also on the main railway line between Johannesburg and Durban.”The company will buy steel either locally from Mittal Steel, or import it from Japan and India, and then export the finished product to other parts of Africa.Graham told Engineering news earlier this month that construction on the plant would begin as soon as an environmental impact assessment was completed, possibly by October this year, and that the International Finance Corporation and the Industrial Development Corporation had expressed interest in the project.Graham also Business Day that Safal was negotiating with four unnamed black economic empowerment companies on the sale of a 30% stake in the project.According to the newspaper, the company’s other two investments are in the Safrintra steel roof company, which has factories in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, and in a local steel reinforcing company.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgBy Phindi Maduna On 3 to 10 March 2018, Brand South Africa once again partnered with RapidLion – the South African International Film Festival to celebrate filmmaking at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg. The festival aims to market a variety of films from Africa, its diaspora, and the BRICS formation countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).This is the second year that Brand South Africa has partnered with the festival. This growing partnership is in line with Brand South Africa’s role to manage the reputation of the country. The South African film industry is a key selling point for our competitive edge as a nation and it plays a significant role in promoting the Nation Brand domestically and internationally.South Africa’s film industry is quite critical in how we are able to showcase the country in a positive light. Domestically the country is capable of producing world – class productions that are internationally acclaimed. Films like “Kalushi” and “Inxeba” (The Wound), have successfully addressed a wide range of social, economic and political issues in South Africa whilst promoting and creating awareness of South Africa as a culturally diverse country. South Africa also has top – notch, home grown talent that can compete with the best in the world; John Kani, Kim Engelbrecht and Anant Singh, to mention just a few.The local film industry has been able to positively influence the South African Nation Brand by building on our reputation for breath-taking and adaptable locations; highly skilled film crews, exceptional production facilities, and well equipped production companies who have been central to the production of international films and television shows.The benefits of South Africa’s growing film industry are clear, it brings foreign direct investment into the country. This involves the transfer of skills and development, creation of employment opportunities for many and enhancement the country’s international reputation.At this year’s festival, on 6 March, Brand South Africa hosted a consultation session with industry stakeholders from the public, private and civil society sectors under the theme Closing the loop – A strategy towards a sustainable independent and prosperous South African film industry. This session aimed to get ideas on better developing the industry.In this workshop Brand South Africa engaged with filmmakers on what the best strategy is to develop a film industry that the country can rely on to promote South Africa internationally on a long-term basis.“We recommend that the government creates a parallel film industry eco-system for the support of black film practitioners and make sure that all components of that eco-system and all the participants within that eco-system work together to maximize profits that are ploughed back into that eco-system to make more profitable films. This is what we call the ‘Closing the loop’ strategy”. Eric Miyeni, founder of RapidLion.It was concluded that coordination between all industry stakeholders is needed moving forward.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I sat upon a park benchBeneath a gloomy autumn skyHoping the peace would ease my burdensAnd answer my questions of, “why?”When an old man passed byAnd seeing my somber, sour demeanorLooked in my directionWith the glazed eyes of a dreamer.Son, you know you’re a super hero,Everybody’s one.For you can take that hurt — turn it to joy,And turn your labors into fun.You can take painAnd transform it,Take sufferingAnd reform it.Yes perspective is your super power,To make your life to what you choose it,It all starts with a grateful heart,And a willingness to use it.With a wink and a nod,The old man slowly strolled away,And left me sitting there alone,On a brightening autumn day.last_img read more