Infrastructure: Key to Quality of Life

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the availability of quality infrastructure, which her government is endeavoring to provide for the Liberian people, is the key to quality livelihood for the people.President Sirleaf stressed that if basic infrastructure, including roads, electricity and water, that have been non-functional for decades as a result of the civil conflict, are rehabilitated, they will improve the quality of life of Liberians.She said these infrastructures will eventually improve other services such as education, quality healthcare, as well as boost agriculture which remains Liberia’s potential for investment and growth. Receiving the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Ms. Lilianne Ploumen and delegation at her Foreign Affairs Ministry office this week, President Sirleaf expressed appreciation for their visit.Ms. Ploumen, at the head of a high-level trade mission, including representatives of at least 30 Dutch companies, was in the country for a one-day Liberia-Netherlands Business and Investment Dialogue.President Sirleaf pointed out that Liberia is open for business, especially businesses that will foster inclusive economic growth. She used the occasion to appeal for investment in the country’s youthful population.She also assured Ms. Ploumen and delegation that their investment, would be “fully protected” under the laws of Liberia.President Sirleaf meanwhile recalled the strong ties subsisting between Liberia and the Netherlands beginning with the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) becoming one of the first international airlines to operate in Liberia after the construction of the Roberts International Airport (RIA).Minister Ploumen, in response, expressed appreciation to President Sirleaf for the opportunity afforded them to undertake, what she termed “This unique visit to Liberia.” She also assured Liberians of their interest to invest in Liberia, especially the country’s young population.She disclosed that the Dutch entrepreneurs see many opportunities in working with Liberia. Ms. Ploumen stated that the entrepreneurs have not come to Liberia for a “quick wins”; rather they were in Liberia for a long term commitment to the people and to invest in its economy.She then pledged to work with the Liberian government in attracting Dutch private investment saying, “We will work with our friends and private companies to invest in Liberia favorably.”She highlighted the upcoming financial conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next week to boost economic growth and capacity building in the countries worst affected by Ebola, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.The delegation was accompanied to the office of the President by Liberia’s Ambassador to the European Union, Isaac W. Nyenabo. The delegation thereafter departed for Sierra Leone.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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DONEGAL DEMOCRAT CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO STAND DOWN

first_imgTHE Chief Executive of the company which owns the Donegal Democrat is to stand down from his position in March 2012, the company has announced.John Fry is boss of newspaper publisher Johnston Press which has endured a worse start to 2011 than expected with Irish revenues dipping 19 per cent.The group, whose titles also include the Derry Journal and Yorkshire Post said total advertising for the first nine weeks of 2011 for its dozens of British and Irish titles fell 11.4 per cent compared with a drop of 6.4 per cent for the whole of 2010. In Ireland, revenues fell to Stg£11 million from Stg£13.6 million a year earlier.“We also saw an improvement in the rate of decline in the Republic of Ireland but this is a result of the comparatives in 2009 being lower rather than any improvement in the economic conditions in that market,” the group said in a statement.The weak trading, together with chief executive John Fry’s decision to stand down by March 2012 and a forecast that the economic outlook for 2011 would remain uncertain, sent Johnston shares down more than 20 per cent.Johnston shares were down 21 per cent to just 9.7 pence yesterday, valuing the company at around £62 million. Reuters reported analysts at brokerage Numis who said they had placed their target price for Johnston shares and their recommendation on the stock under review. “Given the lower base, (the) weak start to 2011 and mindful of inflationary cost pressure in newsprint we are downgrading our full-year 2011 pretax profit (forecast) from £40 million to £30 million,” they said in a note.The negative factors overshadowed the fact the group posted its first underlying operating profit increase since 2004, due to cost cuts and stronger digital advertising revenue, the news agency reported.Operating profit rose 3.9 per cent to £72 million, after the group cut total operating costs by £30.1 million, on revenue down 6 per cent to £398 million.“The board’s short-term priority remains debt reduction,” it said. “No final dividend is proposed.”The group said it would start looking for a new chief executive after Mr Fry said he would step down from his role by March 2012. further reading here:http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2011/mar/09/johnston-press-downturn#start-of-commentsDONEGAL DEMOCRAT CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO STAND DOWN was last modified: March 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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VIEWPOINT: WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE ‘YES’ IN REFERENDUM

first_imgParentstop, Donegal’s free and confidential parent support service, is advocating for a YES vote in the Children’s Referendum. Parentstop Manager, Patricia Lee, said the service is asking people to vote YES because “This referendum is a chance to bring our laws in line with our values as a society – and how we now view children.  A YES vote will make a real and positive difference to the lives of children in Ireland. As we approach the final days of the campaign, I am asking you to join us and take part in a final push to inform the electorate, get out to vote and deliver a resounding ‘Yes’ for children”.Patricia went on to highlight some of the “facts” from the Yes Campaign. There were 1,500 confirmed cases of child abuse in 2011. If a YES vote is successful then, for the first time, the Constitution will take a child-centred approach to child protection and will put an onus on the State to better support families. Patricia also pointed to the almost 2,000 children living in long term State care, who would finally be eligible for adoption in cases where the child cannot successfully return to their birth family.  And she stated that 65% of children are not asked their opinion in court decisions affecting them. The changes will mean that for the first time, judges must listen to the views of children when making their decision in court cases relating to custody or child protection.The Children’s Referendum takes place on Saturday November 10th 2012. The referendum will decide whether our Constitution is updated to strengthen the protection of children in Irish law. Parentstop encourages parents to vote yes for children’s rights and for young people aged 18 and over to vote for those young people who have not yet reached voting age.  Five Reasons to Vote YES in Children’s Referendum*:·         Children will have their rights protected in the constitution·         All children will get the same protection from the state ·         All children will have a chance to grow up in a loving and stable family·         When a decision is made about a child, it will be made in the best interests of that child·         Children will have a right to be heard when decisions are made about them VIEWPOINT: WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE ‘YES’ IN REFERENDUM was last modified: November 5th, 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:VIEWPOINT: WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE ‘YES’ IN REFERENDUMlast_img read more

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