GoL, LBDI Sign US$2M Small Business Pro-poor Development Loan Scheme

first_img(From left) Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Jr. and Commerce Minister Wilson Tarpeh, affix their signatures to Loan Scheme document.The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) along with Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) and the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) have signed a US$2 million Small Business Pro-poor Development Fund Loan Scheme, a statement said on Thursday, January 17, 2019.The loan scheme is aimed at empowering Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) and Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) across the country for payment over three years period at the interest rate of seven percent.According to the statement, signing of the Loan Scheme took place in the conference room of the Ministry of Commerce.Today’s loan signing is a signature project from President George Weah’s Inauguration Speech during which, he assured that Liberians will not be spectators in their own economy,” Samuel D. Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning said.Tweah described affording Liberian-owned small businesses access to loans through the Fund as one of the tangible and practical steps in fulfilling the President’s promise about Liberians participation in the economy.“This loan is minimum, but a maximum will depend on the performance of this initiative. I hope you will hear it from the President that he is willing to do more, and the bank is also willing to do more and increase its contribution,’’ he added.He said the Pro-poor Development Fund Loan scheme is meant to support private sectors expansion, business activities, support innovation, but not consumption.He emphasized, “we are not signing this loan for people to consume the fund.”Tweah said that the government has learned from previous ventures, and things that went wrong in the past five years, and would help Liberians to succeed with capital supply and productive activities.LBDI President, John B.S. Davies, applauded President Weah for his “demonstrated commitment to improving Liberians participation in the economy through conceiving the idea of a Loan Fund for Liberian-owned small businesses.”Mr. Davies expressed gratitude for the government recognizing the LBDI as a financial institution to work with in actualizing the vision.He assured the government that during the loan process, LBDI will create a separate unit to follow up all transactions between the customers and the bank.Davies said that the bank will also dedicate officers with the full responsibilities to follow up on each and every borrower potential under the program.He then assured entrepreneurs and other small business organizations that he wants to be a vehicle of success, not of failure, during the loan process.Mr. Davies:”The loan is being backed by a comprehensive vetting framework that will ensure all concerns are addressed.”The signing ceremony was attended by ministers of Finance and Commerce, representatives from the private sector actors, entrepreneurs, and representatives of small business organizations.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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YOUR VIEW: ‘FLANAGAN FAMILY WERE GREAT SUPPORTERS OF BUNCRANA’

first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM WELCOMES ALL VIEWS: THIS WAS THE REACTION OF RUTHANN MOYER:This is a tragedy for the Buncrana Community as well as the Flanagan Family. I have known the Flanagan’s for 20 years and worked for a short time with them. Brian has been a great supporter of the town of Buncrana as well as the citizens for as many years as the business has been in operation. He would willingly take on trainees that had no skills or other qualifications and train them until they achieved a level of competency where they could be paid a proper wage for their newly acquired skills. Whether it was sales or skills for reupholstery, antique restoration or furniture reproduction, quality was the end result.Both Brian and his wife were the impetus behind the ACEP educational program that succeeded in helping employed people from any local business to achieve their long sought after leaving Cert qualifications regardless of their age or station in life. Flanagans, Fruit of the Loom, Clubman Omega and the Glue Factory in Cardonagh all contributed to the expense for their employees to lift themselves up educationally. The classes were run at Scoile Mhura in the evenings and for the year the program functioned, 28 adults sat and passed one or more of their leaving Certs. It was a success. Very few people would know that Brian Flanagan paid tutors out of his own pocket for about 6 months to work with some of his employees at the old factory building. He in essence single handedly provided the funds, the space and the heat and all important tea for the ACEP Pilot program. The program then moved onward and independently as was his intention. In addition, he single handedly saved the Plaza on the Main Street as well. He did the bidding when the facility was up for auction and he, himself, signed the note for the mortgage. The Sunday afternoon dances, the concerts and the formed Committee of local people embarked on the journey of saving one of the town of Buncrana’s landmarks. One purpose; which is still on the table is the development of the Indoor Street Project for local young people at the Plaza.Brian with the support of his family has given Buncrana another reason to be proud of itself. At one time Flanagan’s was the second largest employer after Fruit of the Loom. He gave everyone a chance at training and work. As a former employee I always used to comment that anyone (me included) that worked for Flanagan’s saw to it that the employee knew more at the end of his employment than at the beginning. We need more people like the Flanagan’s in these troubled economic times in which we live. The family supported many causes on the local and national levels. There is not space allowed here to list these, but be assured that Brian and the rest of the Flanagan family will rise as the phoenix out of it’s ashes to serve the community once again.YOUR VIEW: ‘FLANAGAN FAMILY WERE GREAT SUPPORTERS OF BUNCRANA’ was last modified: November 22nd, 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:buncranaFlanagan’s Furniturelast_img read more

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JOB VACANCY: THE SANDWICH COMPANY, LETTERKENNY IS LOOKING FOR A MANAGER

first_imgA manager is required for the Sandwich Company on Main Street in Letterkenny.The Sandwich Company on Main Street in Letterkenny.The position will see the successful applicant manage this busy coffee shop and bakery.Experience in the catering industry is essential. If you think that you have the experience to fill such a post then send your CV to paul@gmcc.ie JOB VACANCY: THE SANDWICH COMPANY, LETTERKENNY IS LOOKING FOR A MANAGER was last modified: February 26th, 2015 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:donegalletterkennyThe Sandwich CompanyVacancylast_img read more

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Chelsea target ready to snub interest and stay at Roma

first_imgManolas, however, has no desire to join the Blues as he is very happy continuing his career with Roma.The defender has been at the Serie A club since 2014 and has made over 150 appearances in that time.Manolas is no stranger to interest from England, having previously been on both Arsenal and Manchester United’s radars. LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The 27-year-old centre-back has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer as the Blues look to bolster their back line.Chelsea are currently working on a deal for Juventus’ Daniele Rugani, but Manolas is another name who has made his way onto their shortlist.However, according to Corriere dello Sport, the Greece international has no plans to leave Roma this summer.The centre-back has a release clause of around £30million and Chelsea would be willing to match it. IN DEMAND LATEST moving on Kostas Manolas is ready to snub interest from Chelsea to stay at Roma, according to reports in Italy. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Kostas Manolas wants to remain at Roma this summer center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com targets targets last_img read more

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Celtic fans moan about their defence as Champions League hopes hang by a thread

first_imgCeltic’s hopes of Champions League football this season are hanging by a thread.Brendan Rodgers’ side are 2-0 down (3-1 on aggregate) against AEK Athens and need to find two goals from somewhere. You know what? Not even angry at all. A blind man could see we needed to strengthen, particularly in defence. We’re a Europa League level side whether we like it or not. Need a miracle to make it through now Celtic.— Chris 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@chris1991q) August 14, 2018 Celtic please get a new defence— Ryan Kaczmarek (@Ryan_Kazi96) August 14, 2018 smart causal gameday Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Celtic are actually doing okay although their defence is making me nostalgic for the 1990s.— Neil Cameron (@NeilCameron5) August 14, 2018 silverware Celtic’s defence is very, very bad. And it has been for absolutely ages.— Andy Harrow (@andyharrow) August 14, 2018 Celtic are doing my nut in with defence Rosenborg at home – ball pulled back for a goal AEK Athens at home – ball pulled back for a goal Hearts away – ball pulled back for a goal AEK Athens away – ball pulled back for a goal Each time there’s man free to slot it home!!!— Fitzy 🍀 (@Fitzy_07) August 14, 2018 Game, set and match. That’s what happens when you don’t invest in your defence.— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) August 14, 2018 ALTERED If we don’t do our upmost to strengthen that defence in the next fortnight we deserve everything that comes our way this season . Just not good enough— celtic matchworn .🏆🏆🏆 (@celticmatchworn) August 14, 2018 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? center_img possible standings Our defence would break a heart of stone HH— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) August 14, 2018 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 1 highlights Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Celtic are in trouble Fans on Twitter were far from happy with the defending for the two goals on the night and believe this desperate scenario is a direct result of little investment in their back four.Their struggles are not helped by the fact that centre-back Dedryck Boyata is refusing to play.Here are the best tweets: impact NEW ERA That defence has got to be the worst I’ve seen in my puff 😩😩 no idea why hendry is near a Celtic strip! @CelticFC— Callum Smith (@Caldo96) August 14, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies wonlast_img read more

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DONEGAL BAND MOJO GOGO THANK FANS WHO SENT THEM TO TOP OF THE CHARTS

first_imgDONEGAL band Mojo Gogo have thanked their fans – after hitting the top of the charts.Their single ‘Like The Sun’ has been getting 1,000 views every day on YouTube.But better than that, the single has gone into the iTunes chart at No3! Said Jordan Carty: “We’ve had a brilliant reaction to the single. We’d like to thank everyone who has downloaded the single.”So get buying folks – and let’s get them to No1!You can do so on the link below:https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/like-the-sun-single/id576548273 Upcoming Shows:28th November: Tommy Hilfiger, Fashion Show, Clockwork Orange2nd December: T.B.A5th December: Sandinos Venue13th December: Brubakers, Jagermeister Freezer Sessions 27th December: The Abbey HotelListen, Love, ShareMojoDONEGAL BAND MOJO GOGO THANK FANS WHO SENT THEM TO TOP OF THE CHARTS was last modified: November 19th, 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:DONEGAL BAND MOJO GOGO THANK FANS WHO SENT THEM TO TOP OF THE CHARTSMOJO GOGlast_img read more

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Mt. SAC tradition falls short

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Additionally CIF-Southern Section prelims and finals are held on the course in November. Those are the Mt. SAC meets that most CIF-SS teams have the chance to compete at, but Inland Valley and San Gabriel Valley-area schools also had another opportunity. It had been tradition for several leagues to hold league finals there, approximately 10 days before CIF prelims. It provided schools an opportunity to run competitively on the course, leading up to the postseason. It easily could be said area schools had an unfair advantage over out-of-area schools they would face in CIF, by getting extra work on the course. But, it was tradition. Tradition has gone by the wayside in favor of safety for Inland Valley high school cross country fans. It’s amazing how over the years the Mt. San Antonio College cross country course has become an integral part of the area’s athletic fabric. The course has become a living and breathing thing, one that is simultaneously hated and loved by competitors. Most of all, it is respected. There are several high school meets during the year on the course, with the Mt. SAC Invitational next weekend serving as the precursor to the season’s stretch run. center_img It also was a true test to determine league champions and CIF qualifiers. Cross country is not about a flat course around a track; it’s about varied terrain and inclines. Mt. SAC’s course is not flat, and is not for the faint of heart. This year, there will not any league finals on the hallowed course, because the school has deemed it a safety concern to have runners and spectators crossing access roads that lead to classroom buildings during school hours. There also is a football practice field wedged between start and finish lines. “We can’t control the way people drive through,” said Brian Yokoyama, Mt. SAC’s sports information director and assistant cross country coach. “It’s a total safety issue. We can’t close down classes, so the option is to run on a Saturday.” Teams are allowed to run on a Saturday, or after 5 p.m. during the week, but because it is after Daylight Savings Time ends, darkness becomes the new safety issue. CIF prelims this year are Nov. 12, but regular season competition must be completed by Nov. 4, meaning if league finals want to use the course, it would have to be Oct. 29, much earlier than most coaches would like. The course is a great calling card for Mt. SAC’s program for head coach Mike Goff and Yokoyama, so making the course more exclusive is not the goal. “We want people to run our course a lot,” Yokoyama said. “We’re not here to change tradition.” It’s being changed anyway. The less easily changed traditions are the layout of the cross country course and the location of the field house, which combine to create the safety hazard. Those aren’t likely to change any time soon. The pie-in-the-sky idea is to build a ramp over the road for spectators and competitors. That doesn’t seem likely, either. As a result, neither is the policy because the safety concerns likely won’t change. “This is a community college and we want to provide that for our community,” Yokoyama said. “Unfortunately, it’s a very bad safety issue.” This is the era where safety wins out over tradition. Pete Marshall can be reached at (909) 483-9364 or p-marshall@dailybulletin.com. 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

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WEATHER ALERT: MET EIREANN ISSUES SPOT FLOODING WARNING FOR DONEGAL

first_imgMET Eireann has included Donegal in a Yellow Status weather alert today.The forecasters says heavy thundery downpours are likely today with rainfall amounts of up to 40mm.The warning runs from 9am until 9pm. STATUS YELLOWRainfall Warning for Munster, Connacht and DonegalHeavy thundery downpours are likely today leading to local spot flooding.Very intense rainfall possible over short periods of time. Totals of 25 to 40 mm possibly in places.Valid:Tuesday 20 May 2014 09:00 to Tuesday 20 May 2014 21:00 WEATHER ALERT: MET EIREANN ISSUES SPOT FLOODING WARNING FOR DONEGAL was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalspot floodingWarningweather alertlast_img read more

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LAST FEW PLACES LEFT ON MICHAELA CAMP IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgThe Donegal Michaela Foundation Summer Camp takes place in the Loreto Convent in Letterkenny next week from Monday the 14th until Friday the 18th of July.And there are just a few places left.Anyone wishing to take one of those places is being offered a special 20% off. It is tailor designed for girls aged 11-13 with fun activities based on 5 core elements: Fun, Fashion, Faith, Irish and Wellbeing. In addition to all of the treats the Campettes will make and bring home, they will also each receive an exclusive 2014 O’Neill’s Camp Jersey and a Camp Journal.   LAST FEW PLACES LEFT ON MICHAELA CAMP IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:letterkennyMichaela foundationsummer camplast_img read more

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H-DNL girls soccer: Fortuna captures Big 5 title

first_imgJose Quezada — For the Times-StandardAubrie Hall (14) delivered a hat-track performance as the Fortuna High girls soccer team captured its first Big 5 Conference title in program history with an 8-2 win over McKinleyville, Wednesday afternoon at Fortuna High.Kallia Yang also had a 3-goal day for Fortuna while Darly Diaz and Lluvia Matias each had one goal and Sarah Killfoil, two assists.Yang, in edition to her trio of goals, supplied two assists for the Huskies. Lauren Brito added another.Ma …last_img read more

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