IFC Supports Small &Medium Enterprises to Cope with Ebola

first_imgThe International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, yesterday delivered hygiene and educational materials to Access Bank Liberia as part of the partners’ wider efforts to help Liberian private sector combat the health and financial risks posed by the Ebola outbreak.The materials were made available through IFC’s Conflict Affected States in Africa Initiative (CASA) and consist of hundreds of Veronica Buckets, soap, boxes of bleach, medical thermometers, and educational posters, all to help control the spread of the Ebola, which has killed about 2,800 people in Liberia and taken a toll on its economy.Access Bank’s Acting Head of SME Banking, Horatio Weedor, said, “This contribution from IFC will help ensure that our clients’ business activities can carry on as safely and normally as possible. We support hundreds of smaller businesses across Liberia with loans and training and their continued operations are vital to the overall health of Liberia’s economy, especially in this challenging time.”IFC’s Resident Representative for Liberia, Frank Ajilore, said, “As a long-standing partner with Access Bank Liberia, IFC is committed to helping Liberia’s private sector thrive, even as Ebola slows business activity and trade. This contribution is a small part of a much wider effort involving many institutions designed to stop Ebola’s spread and allow normal social and business activity to resume in Liberia and the region as quickly as possible.”IFC is an Access Bank Liberia shareholder and has helped the institution increase its support for smaller businesses and expand financial services to underserved parts of Liberia.To help businesses in the wider region, IFC previously announced a support package consisting of at least US$450 million in commercial financing that will enable trade, investment, and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The private sector initiative will include US$250 million in rapid response projects, and at least US$200 million in investment projects planned to support post-Ebola epidemic economic recovery.The initiative also includes a US$75 million Ebola Emergency Liquidity Facility to fund critical imports for Ebola-affected countries.IFC’s CASA supports private sector development in nine countries recovering from conflict, helping them attract investment and building strong private sectors as a foundation for growth and stability. CASA is supported by donor partners Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway, and additionally by Sweden in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pomeroy to host provincial speed skating meet

first_imgThis weekend, Fort St. John will be hosting the provincial long-track speed skating competition.The event will take place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on both Saturday and Sunday.- Advertisement -On Saturday, the meet will run from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Sunday, it will run from 7 until 10 a.m. Awards will be handed out after Sunday’s races.The meet will include two different races. The first is a Mass Start race, which involves a large number of skaters that race at the same time. The length of the races will be between 100 and 2,400 metres.The second style is called the Olympic Style, where a smaller number of competitors will race anywhere betwen 100 and 3,000 metres.The event was originally scheduled to take place at an outdoor track in Dawson Creek, but was switched to Fort St. John due to the cold weather. However, Dawson Creek will still be considered the host club.Advertisement The competition will include skaters of all ages competing from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd, as well as from other skating clubs from across the province.last_img read more

Pelosi brings Dems together in biggest win as speaker

first_imgWASHINGTON – Nancy Pelosi won her biggest victory in her first 100 days as speaker of the House of Representatives by making peace among her own Democrats. Mollifying moderates and staving off liberal defections, she narrowly wrung passage of legislation setting a troop withdrawal deadline from Iraq. The Iraq legislation was the truest testament to her leadership, analysts said. The nation’s first female House speaker, the top leadership post in the lower chamber of the U.S. Congress, has also passed a raft of other bills, set herself up as a visible opponent to President George W. Bush and taken steps to protect Democratic incumbents who could be vulnerable to Republican challengers next year. Key tests lie ahead when House members return from their April recess in the coming week. The Iraq troop withdrawal bill faces a veto threat from Bush. Pelosi critics point out that her legislative priorities, such as raising the minimum wage and expanding stem cell research, have not yet become law. But even opponents concede that Pelosi’s kept her agenda, and herself, firmly in the spotlight since her history-making swearing-in Jan. 4. “I have a great serenity about it because I understand why people have to do what they have to do, both Democrats and Republicans,” Pelosi told The Associated Press in an interview as she prepared to mark the 100-day milestone Saturday. “And the challenge is a positive challenge.” Democrats noted the 100-day mark in their weekly radio address Saturday. “Our work is not done,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois. Public approval of Pelosi has waned slightly since her initial honeymoon, according to an AP-Ipsos poll conducted April 2-4. Overall, 46 percent said they approved of how Pelosi was handling her job, compared with 51 percent in mid-January, while 44 percent disapproved, compared with 35 percent in mid-January. There have been controversies. A recent trip to Syria drew stinging criticism from the White House and consternation among some moderate Democrats, who viewed it as a distraction. In February, Republicans turned a minor story over the size of the government plane Pelosi takes to California into a full-blown flap when she did not move quickly to respond. Other disputes have served to show off Pelosi’s backbone. When Vice President Dick Cheney argued that Democrats’ war approach would “validate the al-Qaida strategy,” she unleashed a furious retort. The comment was “beneath the dignity of the debate we’re engaged in,” Pelosi said. “She is not easily intimidated, and I think that when you deal with the White House and Karl Rove’s people you cannot be a shrinking violet,” said Rutgers political science professor Ross Baker. “And she certainly is not that.” Pelosi, a liberal Democrat from San Francisco, has won praise from moderates in her caucus for including them in decision-making. Sometimes, it is her fellow progressives who give her trouble. That happened with the legislation to pull combat troops from Iraq before September 2008 that passed the House 218-212 last month. After reacting with alarm to early proposals that put more conditions on the war, moderates ended up with a bill most were comfortable with. Her more liberal allies complained the final product did not go far enough because it continued to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It took hours of negotiating for Pelosi to tie down their support. Many liberals said they recognize the political realities Pelosi confronts as she aims to keep Democrats in power in the Congress. Key victories the party won in November were in more conservative districts, and Pelosi must take care to protect those moderate incumbents. “My guess is that she’s far more pacifist than the majority of our caucus, but I think she also understands that she’s got to pass legislation,” said Rep. Pete Stark, a California Democrat. Pelosi’s ability to do just that will be tested as she and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid head toward confrontation with the White House over the Iraq troop bill. Their meeting with Bush is scheduled for Wednesday. Other upcoming priorities for House action include lobbying, ethics and election reform bills and legislation to fund more teachers and simplify tax-paying. Pelosi hopes to have a global warming bill ready before the 4th of July. Some of the thorniest issues confronting Congress are not scheduled for quick action, including immigration reform and health care changes. It is in part a recognition that Pelosi is aiming to set goals she can deliver. “I want to demonstrate that Democrats are ready to lead,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Black History Month celebrations start with movie tonight

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — As the month of February – and Black History Month – start, the Pan African Caribbean Association of Fort St. John will be launching their month of festivities with a screening of Invictus tonight at the Lido Theatre.The film is about Nelson Mandela’s efforts to unite South Africa following the end of Apartheid, as the nation hosts 1995 Rugby World Cup. The movie starts at 5:40 p.m; admission is free, but donations are encouraged.- Advertisement -Following the film night, there will be a soccer derby at North Peace Secondary School on Wdnesday, Feb. 10 — which is also free to attend. On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Association will host their final free event — a Family Storytelling event at the Public Library.Carl Jackson, treasurer of the Association, says this year is the first that there will be celebrations all throughout February for Black History Month.“This is the first time we’re going to go the entire month,” he said. “What we normally do is one event at the end of the month.”While it’s tough to say right now how many people will come out to the smaller events earlier in the month, Jackson says the final event always has a big turnout.Advertisement The big party on Feb. 27 starts at 5 p.m. at the Immaculata Hall. There will be a fashion show, a dinner of African and Caribbean cuisine, as well as live music performed by Alpha Yaya Diallo.Tickets for the big event are $40 regularly priced, but are $20 for children ages 6 – 12. Until Feb. 6, the tickets will be listed at a cheaper early bird price of $35. They can be purchased on Eventbrite, or picked up at NEAT’s office.last_img read more

Road Worn takes the title of RocKIN the Peace 2019

first_imgTo view Road Worn’s Website; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Saturday, June 29th, 2019, was the 14th annual RocKIN the Peace event and local Fort St. John band, Road Worn won the event.Five bands competed for a chance to win the Judge’s choice prize of $1500 as well as the opportunity to win the crowd favourite for a $1000 prize.Road Worn took home both prizes and Colleen Donald, Road Worn’s Manager says “We were so excited.”- Advertisement -Donald shares the band is close like a family and practice their music in which they write and produce themselves 2-3 times a week. She goes onto say they are all hard working, blue collar working guys and the amount of time they put towards practicing is amazing.Road Worn is known in Fort St. John for giving back to the community, as of recent they played at an S.P.C.A fundraiser then headlined the Pride festival and also played the Canada Day celebrations.Donald goes on to say, “Thank you to everyone that supports us and supports local music, without you we would not be anywhere.”Advertisement The music festival event created by the Kin Club of Fort St. John, showcases local talent in the Peace Region. This year’s family-friendly event was a bigger show with the new venue at the North Peace Arena.The other talent of the evening included;On ProbationSalt N’ WaterSubconscious PilotLast Horse StandingAt the end of the evening, special guest Chris Buck Band headlined the event.To view Road Worn’s FB Page; CLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Fantastic coach, amazing person, a winner’ – Football’s finest on Liverpool-bound Klopp

first_imgFormer Borussia Dortmund star Paul Lambert:“He will bring back the feel-good factor.“He will get that enthusiasm he generates through to the crowd and that will bounce from the stadium onto the pitch. And that will make the players feel better about themselves and feel they can run that extra yard.“Liverpool and Dortmund are similar types of clubs with the fan bases they’ve got. Going to Liverpool won’t phase him because he’s done it in front of 80,000 every week and he knows the history behind Liverpool. He will know exactly what he’s going to walk into.”READ MORE FROM PAUL LAMBERT ON JURGEN KLOPP HEREFormer Norway international turned Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft:“What Liverpool will get from Klopp is an ambassador, a symbol. A club like Liverpool need a manager who sells Liverpool, who is clear in his message.“He is an amazing human being. He touches everybody, he hugs everybody, he has this passion around him.“He wouldn’t have gone to a club who he didn’t like – he is that kind of guy. When he went to Dortmund he said he wanted to build up the club and he built them up, taking them all the way to the Champions League final.“Liverpool will love him. English football will love him. You will have a Mourinho type of guy, just a nice one!”READ MORE FROM JAN AAGE FJORTOFT ON JURGEN KLOPP HERE 3 Liverpool will announce the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as their new manager by the end of the week.The German has been in talks with the Reds over succeeding Brendan Rodgers and is expected on Merseyside on Thursday to finalise a three-year deal.Liverpool fans appear hugely excited by his impending arrival at Anfield and with good reason – as Klopp has received ringing endorsements from various figures within the game.Here’s what they say about the 48-year-old…World Cup-winning Germany manager Joachim Low:“He had an extraordinarily successful time in Dortmund. He released loads of emotions in the Dortmund crowd.“If you look at it from afar there are some parallels between Dortmund and Liverpool with the fantastic supporters’ culture. Klopp would be a great addition to any team.”Borussia Dortmund and Germany star Mats Hummels:“There is no doubt he is a fantastic coach, a great coach. When people put their minds to the question about what he is going to do post Dortmund, then clubs like Liverpool had to enter the frame. “He lives, breathes and thinks football day after day. He is a fantastic addition to any side and I will certainly keep my fingers crossed for the next step in his career.” 3 Bayern Munich and Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer:“He is fantastic. He is one of the best coaches I know in the whole world, and he was really a milestone for Borussia Dortmund.“He took over the club and made them into a world-class team. If Liverpool has the chance to sign Jurgen Klopp then they should do it.“He likes to talk. There are not many coaches left in the world that like to talk so much to the players but he is one of them.“Liverpool is also one of the biggest clubs in the world, so Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp is definitely a good combination.“He is also a winner.”Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke:“He is a very good coach because he has a good mentality for it. Every player he has in his hands, he makes them better, you can be sure.“It is wonderful to work with him because he has a big understanding of the problems of the club.“He has a good style of playing football and I don’t know if he will go to Liverpool or to another club, but the club who gets him gets a very good manager.”Champions League-winning former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann:“He is the ideal candidate for the job.“The fans will take to him and he had a very good relationship with all the players he worked with in the past. You have to bring the emotion out again because it can be a powerful thing at Anfield and he is the ideal man to do that.“He can create that spark, that emotion, and give people hope again, which I think has been lost in the last 12 months.“He has got a lot of love and passion for the game and this is why I think he fits the bill perfectly and why I think he will be a success.”READ MORE FROM DIETMAR HAMANN ON JURGEN KLOPP HERE Jurgen Klopp with Franz Beckenbauer 3last_img read more

Jamie Carragher: ‘This Liverpool squad is better than anything I ever played in’

first_img“They’ve got Van Dijk, who was a huge amount of money, but I always say it doesn’t matter how much money you spend on a player – if he performs, he’ll look worth it.“In two or three years time, other centre-backs will go for big money and he’ll look like a bargain.” Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Carragher featured in the Champions League winning side of 2005 and played alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres.But Liverpool’s second-longest ever serving player admits that while this side must prove their title credentials, he can’t recall a stronger squad during his playing career.“It does look like a really top-end squad at the moment, possibly as good as anything I was involved in and I was at Liverpool for 17 years,” he told talkSPORT.“The squad that they have now and the strength they’re looking to gain is as good as anything I played in.”However, while Liverpool own the world’s most expensive defender and goalkeeper, they have not invested in a new partner for Virgil Van Dijk this summer. Van Dijk cost Liverpool £75m 3 Lovren has had his critics How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 3 How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? That means Dejan Lovren is likely to remain a first-choice centre-back at Anfield next season and, while he splits opinion among Reds fans, Carragher does not see the Croatian as a weakness.“Lovren gets a lot of criticism from Liverpool fans and over his Liverpool career he has made mistakes in big games,” he added.“But you’re talking about a centre-back who has made who has played in a Champions League final and a World Cup final over the last few months.“They’ve got plenty of options there [at centre-back]. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS possible standings smart causal Jamie Carragher believes the current Liverpool squad is better than anything he experienced in 17 years at the club.The Reds have been the Premier League’s highest spenders in the summer transfer window, splashing more than £170m to bring in Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri. ALTERED gameday NEW ERA Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 3 Fabinho arrived from Monaco who plays? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures highlights How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? possible xi Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more last_img read more


first_imgIT’S a truly marvelous picture of sporting rivalry and friendship.Friendships were put on hold during the County U14 Final as county teammates Megan McGee and Orlaith Gillespie went head to head.After the match though, there were no hard feelings between the two friends. A great example of how it should be the way in sport.  THE PICTURE WHICH SHOWS TRUE SPIRIT OF SPORT IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 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:THE PICTURE WHICH SHOWS TRUE SPIRIT OF SPORT IN DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Daily readers have contacted us time and time again complaining about reasons for failing their driving test.We have no magic wand to help people get their license.But well-known driving instructor Brian Sweeney of Swilly Drive has compiled these top tips. We’re pretty sure that if you follow them, you’ll have a great chance of throwing away those L plates once and for all! Good luck!Top tipsa. “Fail to prepare, Prepare to Fail”. A driver who takes pre-test lessons with an RSA approved driving instructor (ADI) increases his/her chances of passing, drastically.b. Practice! Practice! Practice! Make sure you practice what you learn on your driving lessons when you are driving with an accompanying fully licensed driver. c. Make sure your car is fully roadworthy. Get it checked out by a mechanic at least a few weeks before your test.d. Read the Rules of the Road book at least twice! Getting the rules of the road questions wrong is a very bad start.e. Ask a friend or a family member to quiz you on the rules of the road questions and road signs.f. Make sure you know the driver checks (i.e. oil, coolant, water, tyres, etc). Your driving instructor should cover this with you.g. Make sure you know how to work the secondary controls (e.g. wipers, lights, hazard lights, electric windows etc.) in the car you are using for the driving test. h. Don’t drive too slowly when on the test. A common fault of drivers failing the test is “Progress” i.e. being over cautious or too hesitant.i. You vehicle should be clean, tidy and you should dress conservatively – First impressions count!Arrive at the driving test centre at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time. Don’t be late!!YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY! SWILLY DRIVE’S TOP TIPS FOR PASSING TEST! was last modified: November 16th, 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:driving test tipsSwilly Drivelast_img read more

Call along to the CoLab to find out more about Donegal Daily and ‘Effective Communication’

first_imgCall along to the CoLab to find out more about Donegal Daily and ‘Effective Communication’ was last modified: July 6th, 2017 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)last_img read more