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first_imgThe chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), Amara Konneh, has disclosed a number of projects the bank is about to undertake in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Mr. Konneh is also the Minister of Finance and Development Planning.At a press conference marking the 50th anniversary launching in Monrovia yesterday, Minister Konneh said LBDI will provide a 250 KVA generator to Phebe hospital in Suacoco, a digital medical database machine to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital (JFK) in Monrovia, construct a computer lab on the main campus of the University of Liberia and finance the International Spelling Bee competition in the country where young people can explore their talents.The digital medical machine, according to Minister Konneh, will be used to record names of patients and all necessary information regarding each patient.He said the planned gesture to the Liberian people is in consonance with the bank’s corporate social responsibility.Minister Konneh said LBDI is not just an ordinary bank in the country, but one that affords all Liberians access to finance to enhance development.He noted that LBDI has done tremendous work for Liberians in the private sector, recalling the funding it provided the rubber sector last year.Additionally, Minister Konneh said, the bank is a friend to the private sector because of its support to businesses.The President of LBDI, John B.S. Davies, disclosed that his institution is in the process of installing an ATM machine in Monrovia to ease transfer services, noting that no customers will have to go to a teller for money but will receive funds through the machine.Activities marking the anniversary celebration will comprise of various activities, thanksgiving service, sports, and intellectual debates, Mr. Davies disclosed.The intellectual contest will feature Stella Maris Polytechnic University and the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) debating the topic, ‘’Legislating a Bank Account as Pre-requisite for Business Registration,’’ while former LBDI president Mr. Francis A. Dennis and Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh will discuss the challenges and prospects of ‘’Dual Currency’’ in Liberia.The LBDI President further noted that members of the Board are to also discuss strategic plans of the bank for the next five years and targeted actions that will impact infrastructure, agriculture and Small Medium Enterprises (SME), and how LBDI can engage the people of Liberia to deliver need regarding access to finance.Mr. Davies expressed the bank’s commitment to supporting the SMEs and Agriculture sectors, which according to him are the gateways to the country’s economy.Furthermore, he disclosed that LBDI will improve customer service by studying the prevailing conditions to employ new methods. One challenge to customer service at LBDI has been the constant breakdown of the bank’s system, which annoys customers most of the time.“As the bank celebrates its 50th anniversary, we remain strong, more robust and stand to be in the near future the largest bank in the country,” Mr. Davies said.According to him, the celebration is intended to look at the prospects and challenges, and to devise strategies that will help to address the challenges.Mr. Davies paid homage to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s leadership role in the country.’’The press conference at which Mr. Davies and Mr Konneh spoke also brought together Augustine Jarrett, Economic Advisor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and members of the LBDI Board of Directors and staff of the bank.Mr. Jarrett expressed appreciation to the bank for its valuable services and urged it to continue.LBDI was founded in 1961 but commenced operations in 1965 as the Liberian Bank for Industrial Development and Investment.Under an amendment in 1974, the name was changed to the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgTwenty-year-old Deron Austin was on Wednesday remanded to prison when he made his second court appearance before Magistrate Alisha George at the Linden Magistrate’s Court, on a charge of break and entry and larceny.Austin is accused of breaking and entering the dwelling of Fitzpatrick Ronaldo Semple, situated at Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden between September 16 and September 29, 2018 and stealing a number of items. These included a television set valued $245,000, a stabiliser valued $25,000 and a belt worth $7000. The items are valued a total of $277,000 and are the property of Semple.When the case was called, the prosecution informed the court that the file was sent to the Police’s legal adviser for advice. The case was adjourned until December 19, 2018.last_img read more

first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA News: The seniors travelled to Tyrone to take on Kildress Wolfe Tones in their third Section E match of the Ulster Intermediate Club league on Sunday, and emerged victorious on a Kildress 0-13 1-11 Naomh Colmcille full-time score-line.Registrations are now open to all senior players (€50), junior players (€10), adult members (€25) and families (€50). Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559). The SGM takes place this Monday (23rd) at 8:00 pm in the clubhouse. Anyone with any amendments must have them in writing to the Secretary 14 days prior to the meeting. The only amendment changes dealt with on the night will be the ones that have been received in writing. The club Constitution is now available to view on the website.The Last Person Standing competition has five additional casualties after the fourth week. The twelve remaining entries all have one life remaining. See website for latest updates.The club will be holding a Come Dine with Me event on Saturday April 11th. Contact Alison Ferry (0879154559) if you’re interested in hosting. There will be a social night at the clubhouse to round off the event.Naomh Colmcille CLG’s child welfare officer for 2015 is Breda Friel. If you or child have any issues through out year with coaches or bullying or other child issues please feel free to contact Breda on 0876393503 and she will try and address the issue. The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment.The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please start collecting the vouchers on behalf of the club.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page. Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors / Reserves. Training on Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th at 7:00 pm. Bring boots and runners. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Minors. See Facebook page for latest update.U12s. Training next Sunday (29th) at 12:00 noon (time tbc). U10s welcome if they want to take part. Bring boots and runners and appropriate gear for the weather. Check the Facebook page for latest update. Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 10, 5, 6, 17, 15 and the winners are James Allen, Mary Devlin and Monica and Joe Harkin who matched three numbers and win €25 each. Next week’s jackpot €1,200.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE DEFEAT KILDRESS WOLFE TONES IN ULSTER INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE CLASH was last modified: February 23rd, 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:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_imgVALENCIA – It doesn’t get much lower than this. Burglars broke into a Valencia child-care center over the weekend and stole money the kids had been collecting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the charity that grants wishes for dying children. Sometime between 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Monday, someone stole $584 from La Petite Academy on Anza Drive in the Valencia Industrial Center, sheriff’s officials said. Staffers arrived to work Monday to find a door ajar, windows pried open and milk in the refrigerator turned sour because the refrigerator had been ransacked. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “When I came in here, everybody was going sort of crazy. The money had been stolen,” Arthur Trowbridge, a parent, told KCAL (Channel 9). “The sad part of it was that it was money from contributions collected for Make-A-Wish Foundation.” The youngsters were beyond the 25 percent mark in their drive to collect $2,000 to donate to the charity. “We were trying to do something good for the community. It’s really sad that somebody would do this,” said Pamela Byrd Williams, another parent. “It’s sad to think someone would violate us this way,” Becky Green Marroquin said. Her daughter Andrea concurred, saying, “It was to help kids get better.” 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

first_imgThe Cope Builders Providers Dungloe have announced an increase in sales, and have said the future looks much more positive after a number of difficult years in business.The economic downturn effected all industry’s across the Country, but the construction sector realty felt the pinch and multiple jobs and business were lost during the recession.The Cope Builders Providers faced many difficult challenges during that period and worked tirelessly to ensure it continue and improve the service it provides. Management at The Cope Builders Providers Dungloe have been over-whelmed with the interest in their new range of Solid Fuel Heating systems.The Cope are the main distributor for Metal Fach solid fuel heating systems, which are manufactured in Poland.Laurence McDaid, Manager of the Builders and Providers said, “The main differential of the Metal Fach heating systems is the build quality and product reliability.“Once installed we have seen customers save up to 50% on fuel bills and now with the exchange rates being what they are, we have seen a significant increase in enquiries from customers in Northern Ireland. Laurence also pointed out that the Cope Builders Providers has experienced a consistent increase in sales over the last number of monthsHe added, “One area of the home that people are improving is their home-heating systems.“There are so many products available to lower annual heating bills, that it makes sense to spend now and save on your bills later.”Mark Sharkey, Chief Executive of the Cope, says all businesses in the Cope are showing signs of growth.“The last number of years in business have been demanding without doubt. At the Cope all of our team have worked tirelessly to improve and grow our Co-operative in difficult times. “We have added three new business units during the recession including, An Club Beag a 8,000 sq. foot Children’s Play Area, hubtec our Computer Sales & Services Shop and Cope Cycles.“At the Cope we always remain committed to the community who support us – since 2010 The Cope has fund-raised and sponsored over €147,000 to local clubs and organisations.“We are seeing a strong improvement in Sales so as we look forward to our 110th year, I have every faith that The Cope will be around for another 110 years!THE COPE BUILDERS PROVIDERS DUNGLOE STILL GOING STRONG AFTER 110 YEARS! was last modified: March 11th, 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:BusinessdungloeFeaturesnewsTHE COPElast_img read more

first_imgThere is an incredible atmosphere in Whoriskey’s EuroSpar in Ramelton as they celebrate selling the winning Euromillions Plus ticket worth a whopping €500,000.Speaking to Donegal Daily, proprietor John Whoriskey says that he is delighted with the news and that there is an air of excitement in the shop this afternoon as people come in to check their tickets.“It’s great news, everyone is delighted in the shop! “The Lotto called last night, I thought it was someone taking the mickey out of me! They rang again this morning and talked us through everything and said that they are coming up next week for photographs.“This is the biggest winner we’ve had, we have had a lot of customers on Winning Streak, and a few winners of €5,000 between scratch cards and lotto tickets.John says that he hopes it is a local person who scooped the jackpot, and that no one has yet come forward to claim the prize.“There are a lot of people passing through going towards holiday homes in Downings and Portsalon, and people coming down from Letterkenny due to the traffic so it could be anyone.” The lucky winner of the €500,000 does not have to split the cash, scooping the full jackpot.The winning numbers were 16, 17, 43, 47, 49.John advises people to check their tickets immediately – have you checked yours yet?Check your ticket by visiting your local Lotto agent or check online by following this link:https://www.lottery.ie/dbg/results/check?game=euromillionsIncredible atmosphere in Whoriskey’s EuroSpar as lotto fever hits Ramelton was last modified: July 2nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:euromillionslottoRameltonwhoriskeys eurosparlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorWASHINGTON (DTN) — A group of Senate Democrats released a report Tuesday on the Trump administration’s agricultural trade aid program, charging USDA “is picking winners and losers in their attempt to aid farmers affected by President Trump’s turbulent trade agenda.”Led by Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the report stated Market Facilitation Program payments were unevenly distributed across the country.The report states USDA’s MFP “has treated farmers unfairly by, among other things, sending 95% of the top payment rates to Southern farmers, who have been harmed less than other regions, and helping farms owned by billionaires as well as foreign-owned companies, including awarding $90 million in purchase contracts to a Brazilian company.”The MFP was set up last year after the Trump administration vowed farmers would not be hurt by trade disputes with China and other countries that had sparked retaliatory tariffs.Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spearheaded the report.FARMERS NEED HELP“Farmers need help to stay afloat as this administration’s erratic trade actions continue to harm our agricultural economy,” Stabenow said. “The problem is USDA’s flawed aid formula is a short-term solution that picks winners and losers, while failing to adequately help the farms hit the hardest.”In a letter delivering the report to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators wrote, “Instead of taking a careful approach like Congress did in the recent bipartisan 2018 farm bill, the USDA has replaced markets with short-term, inequitable payouts that lack transparency.”The senators urged Perdue “to improve its trade assistance program to better support small farmers and pursue a focused trade policy to rebuild the markets American farmers have lost.”The letter states farmers in the Midwest and Northern Plains were hit with lower national soybean prices and higher transportation costs to reach different markets after the Trump administration began its tariff disputes with trading partners, notably China.HIGH PAYMENTS TO COTTON AREASThe report states Southern crops such as cotton did not have a price decline, but they received much higher payment rates “and the top five states for 2019 MFP are in the South.”Senate Democrats questioned the high payments to cotton-producing areas, noting, “During 2018, cotton prices and exports did not exhibit the sharp declines one would assume based on cotton’s payment rate.”As of last week, USDA stated the MFP payments for the 2019 program had reached just under $6.7 billion to more than 564,000 farmers.In a statement to DTN, a USDA spokesperson defended how the MFP payments for 2019 were set up and were being distributed. Payments were based on trade damage, not region or farm size, a USDA spokesperson stated. Further, payments were more weighted to the Midwest and not the South, USDA stated.USDA RESPONSE“To date, the Midwest region has received more than 60% of the funds and the top five recipient states from the 2019 MFP program are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota, which directly refutes the claims made in this report,” the USDA spokesperson stated. “While we appreciate feedback on this program, the fact of the matter is that USDA has provided necessary funding to help farmers who have been impacted by unjustified retaliatory tariffs. While criticism is easy to come up with, we welcome constructive feedback from any member of Congress with recommendations as to how the program could be better administered.”The Senate Democrats’ report points out that farmers in 2,901 counties have received MFP payments, but there are 193 counties with payment rates of $100 an acre or higher. The vast majority of those counties — 95% — are in Southern states, according to the report. Another 402 counties received the minimum $15 an acre.COUNTY DIFFERENCESThe Democrats’ report points out, “The disparities across county lines, even the Southern states, can be extreme.” Hancock County, Georgia, farmers, for example, received an average payment of $150 an acre, while farmers in neighboring Baldwin County got $15 an acre.Senate Democrats also called out “payments made to billionaires and foreign-owned companies,” which includes $90 million in pork sales for JBS, a Brazilian-owned packer with packing plants in several states. JBS was awarded those sales under a $1.2 billion food purchase program USDA created as part of its trade-aid package.Along with that, the report highlights USDA did not take steps to help smaller or beginning farmers, but instead doubled the payment limit from $125,000 per farmer to $250,000. Limits on millionaires getting farm payments were also ignored, Senate Democrats said, citing that “The family-owned farms of the billionaire governor of West Virginia even earned the maximum payment under the 2018 MFP.”The Senate Democrats’ report comes after House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., also wrote Perdue last week, raising some concerns about “inequities” in the MFP payments.Peterson’s letter stated, “The current (MFP) has created winners and losers among neighbors who find themselves facing the same market situations, meaning that some producers may remain viable while others may be forced out of business.”Peterson raised several issues with the payments. For instance, dairy farmers also question why MFP payments were based on established farm production history, while crop were based on actual production. The letter noted dairy farmers’ actual production is readily available via their milk checks.The Senate Democrats’ report can be viewed at https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/….Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgrichard macmanus The popularity of Twitter has produced a number of clones in China, just as there are Facebook clones. Some of China’s Twitter clones have been closed down by the Chinese government, but some have survived. We take a look at both cases in this post. We also assess Twitter’s chances of success in China, should it ever be freed from the ‘Great Firewall of China.’ Fanfou, Jiwai and Digu were some of the first Twitter clones to become successful in China. Howeverall three – plus Twitter itself – were blocked by the Chinese government in July 2009, because of their usage during the uprisings in Ürümqi. According to an AFP article, Chinese authorities blamed online agitators for helping to stoke violence in that region. Prior to being shut down, Fanfou had been dubbed “China’s Twitter” and had almost reached 1 million registered users by the end of June 2009. An October 2009 report by China Daily noted that Fanfou was founded in July 2007 by Wang Xing, a young entrepreneur who also founded China’s current most popular social network Renren (formally known as Xiaonei). Both Renren and Fanfou were almost carbon copies of their U.S. equivalent services – Facebook and Twitter respectively. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Weibo Rises to Take Fanfou’s PlaceSince the closure of Twitter, Fanfou, Jiwai and Digu, other services have risen to take their place. Taotao (owned by the company that produces popular IM service QQ) andZuosa.com are two examples. However it isWeibo that has emerged to become the biggest micro-blogging service in China. Weibo is owned by Sina.com, a huge portal company in China, and is connected to Sina’s blogging platform. Weibo is very much like Twitter, in that it allows users to post short messages 140 Chinese characters or less via the Web, SMS or MMS. Although according to Chinese Internet expert and Beijing resident Kaiser Kuo, in Chinese 140 characters can actually produce quite a long message.The major difference between Weibo and Twitter, according to Kuo, is that Weibo is censored. Or in the parlance of Chinese Internet users, it is “harmonized.”Sina’s Weibo probably has a much greater chance of surviving than its counterparts like Twitter and Fanfou, because it knows how to self-censor. Meng Bo, deputy editor-in-chief of Sina.com and project manager of Sina Weibo, told China Daily in October that “Sina is playing by the rules as they are laid down, with strict word filtering in operation.”According to Meng, there are two teams of staff “keeping close watch to ensure there is no vulgar content or anything that violates the rules.” Would Twitter Succeed in China Anyway?China’s surviving micro-blogging services are tightly controlled by the censorship climate in China. However even if Twitter became available again in China, would it take off with mainstream Chinese Internet users? Kaiser Kuo thinks that it wouldn’t, because of the popularity of currently operational services like Weibo and Taotao. He remarked that although there would be an uptake in the number of users on Twitter, if it was ever to be made available again, Weibo and others will have gained too much momentum by then. Related Posts Tags:#international#NYT#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_imgThis video was created by MacBreakStudio. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for animating logos in Motion?Share in the comments below. The following video tutorial demonstrates a solid workflow for creating an animated logo in Motion.Apple Motion is a powerful motion graphic design software specially designed for functionality with Final Cut Pro. While arguably not as powerful as software such as Adobe After Effects or The Foundry’s Nuke, Motion still serves as a great tool for people who desire to make professional quality motion graphics or composites.Is most of your motion graphics work for corporate clients? If so,  knowing how to create awesome motion logos is imperative. In the following video, the guys from MacBreak Studio show you how to use Motion to create an animated logo. The video covers:Layers and animationZoomingUsing shape layersEditing gradient layersDuplicating layersUsing the replicatorRoundness parametersUsing the font editorlast_img read more

first_imgMaterialsThe materials you can use to bounce light vary greatly — sometimes, the locations themselves determine what you can use: a ceiling, white muslin, foam insulation. Typically, when you’re using bounce sources, you’ll want to ensure that the bounce won’t affect the color quality of your light. For example, if you’re in a room with slightly yellow walls, once you bounce your light off of them, your lighting become slightly yellow, too.If you want to bring in your own bounce material for more color control, one of the best (and easiest) things you can use is white foam insulation from any home improvement store. This versatile material is easy to work with, and it can even help you bounce the sun to even out your lighting. This material has become a filmmaking staple, and you’ll find it on practically every professional set.Bounced lighting can really improve the look and feel of your work. It’s super easy to work with, and in many cases, it doesn’t cost you anything. Essentially, bounced lighting boils down to understanding that the larger the light source, the softer its spread.Looking for more info on lighting? Check out these articles.Production Tip: Why Reducing Light Is as Important as Adding ItWhat You Need to Know About High Key vs. Low Key LightingCinematography Tip: Lighting Your Production with the Inverse Square LawLearn How to Enhance Your Film with Ambient LightThree Ways To Light A Tent Scene On a Low Budget Bounce LightBouncing light is the process of redirecting a main light source onto a reflective or “bounce” surface, essentially taking your spotted and harsh light and turning it into an area light. You can bounce light off of anything from a white wall to a drop ceiling to a piece of white bead board. By bouncing your light onto a new material, this material becomes the larger light source — not the lighting fixture. Bounced light will usually be “larger,” creating a much softer throw and spread. Which makes it more pleasing to the eye.Limited SpaceBounced Light is perfect in small spaces that can’t accommodate a lot of equipment. Let’s say you’re shooting in a cramped office environment. You barely have enough room to set a light, let alone fly in a 4×4 frame of diffusion material. To combat this, you can easily bounce your lighting.By simply shooting your light into the ceiling or onto an adjacent white wall and using that as your light source, you fill the room with a beautiful, soft, and even bounced light. This is an incredibly simple process that can produce outstanding results. Even a simple bounced source can make the lighting on your subject far more cinematic. Bounced light can soften your lighting without the use of diffusion materials, flags, or extra stands. Take a look at how it’s done.Cover image via Komsil.Bouncing light is a fascinating-yet-simple concept that can instantly elevate your cinematography. In this article, we’ll take a look at how bouncing light can help improve your shoot in ways you haven’t even considered.last_img read more