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The African Leadership Magazine, a leading United Kingdom UK-based magazine published by African Leadership UK, has named the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) Africa’s development Bank of the Year 2014. The award ceremony took place recently at the Dateline Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, the United States of America. LBDI’s senior vice president for Finance Mr. Reginald Bropleh recently flew to the US to receive the Award on behalf of the Management sending a clear message that LBDI is on the brink of taking its rightful place on the international banking stage. According to the African Leadership Magazine which focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience and tells the African story from an African perspective, “the award is in recognition of LBDI’s pioneering efforts in introducing and implementing innovative banking products which has assisted small businesses and contributed to the growth of the economy of Liberia.”Also honoring LBDI for excellent performance in Africa is the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Inc. which recounted how LBDI has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of economic development opportunities for Africans. In a resolution signed by the Chair of the Caucus, Dee Dawkins-Higler, the Georgia General Assembly, amongst other things, described LBDI as a global player who’s established banking relationships and partnerships have identified it as a proven leader in the banking industry worldwide. For his part, the publisher of the African Leadership Magazine, Dr. Ken Giami in brief remarks thanked LBDI for the milestone achievement in Liberia, a country, he stated struggling to rebuild its infrastructure following years of brutal civil war. Dr. Ken noted that LBDI’s consisted financing of development projects is going a long way in improving the lives and well-being of ordinary Liberians struggling to rebuild their lives. LBDI Management picked up the award just few weeks before the Bank acceded to the peer review mechanism of the prudential standard guidelines and rating system (PSGRS) of the Association of All African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI). The PSGRS mechanism will help LBDI to be rated among other development finance institutions (DFIs) in Africa. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LBDI Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, thanked the African Leadership Magazine for independently following the Bank’s performance in the country and awarding it for same. Mr. Davies also thanked the Georgia General Assembly for recognizing LBDI as a global player in banking. He said the awards will further serve as an encouragement for LBDI to perform better. The LBDI CEO however noted that the Bank will not rely on its laurels, but will ensure that access to finance is available for the Liberian populace. The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom. The magazine focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective; while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today.Since its maiden edition in August 2008, African Leadership Magazine has grown to become a leading pan-African flagship leadership-focused publication read by over 240, 000 targeted international investors, business executives, government policy makers and multilateral agencies across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Europe and the US. It is distributed at major international and African Leadership events around the world. It is a niche and unbiased African voice born out of a desire to ameliorate the lot of Africans by focusing on individuals and corporate bodies that are known for their legacy-based approach to leadership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Queen’s CollegeThe administration of Guyana’s leading secondary academic institution, Queen’s College has signalled its discontentment with the yearly subvention granted for general expenditures, saying that it is not sufficient to fill all gaps.Principal consultant Alfred Granger made this disclosure on Wednesday, stating that when the salaries of employees are deducted from the total amount, only $20 million remains to service the school for the entire year. As such, Queen’s College is “always in deficit”.“One of the problems we have at Queen’s College is that we’re always short of money. The Board gets subvention and the subvention you get sounds large, but when you take out teachers and some auxiliary staff salaries from that subvention, we’re left with around $20 million to run the school so we’re always in deficit,” Granger informed.The consultant reminded that the school sits on some 12 acres of land and contains three buildings, which require constant maintenance.“Queen’s College stands on almost 12 acres of ground. The three buildings put together are the largest of any school in the country. The monies we have cannot run the school and pay our bills,” he said.Students and teachers had complained last year that the field was overgrown with bushes for almost over three years, making it difficult for athletes to train. It also pushed the administrative body to host their inter-house sports at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground.Presently, the ground is almost 100 per cent completed.After reports were made by Guyana Times of the dilapidated facilities and other infrastructure, a decision was made to allocate $11 million for rehabilitation works.The science labs, which were considered by the teachers as “not conducive” to lab experiments, were to be repainted and new cupboards installed with the ceiling getting a facelift.AnniversaryOne week of activities has been launched for the school’s 175th anniversary celebration, and this is expected to provide funding for a music and orchestra programme. Granger noted that in the 1900s, the school was recognised for the performing orchestra and band. This will be reintroduced with steel pan and other components.The events will commence on Sunday, October 27 and conclude on Saturday, November 2. Activities on the agenda include a wreath-laying exercise at Sir William Percy Austin’s grave on October 27, followed by the renaming of the library and allied arts building on October 28.October 29 is reserved for a golf tournament at the Lusignan Golf Club and a Women of Queen’s College panel discussion. This is accompanied by the election of office bearers, a museum tour, and the Ray Luck piano recital on October 30.Students will gather at the school on October 31, for their Sports Day activities and a “Curry-Que”. The last two days will conclude with long day tours and a 70s themed party at the Pegasus Hotel.For these commemorative events, the Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) has given its support, since many Guyanese in the Diaspora are expected to return, spiking tourist arrivals. Over the years, the overseas alumni has raised millions of dollars for the school to revamp infrastructure and pay other expenses.Principal consultantAlfred Granger
PALMDALE — A 31-year-old male beating victim found on the streets of east Palmdale early Friday morning was clinging to life at a local hospital, sheriff’s deputies said. Deputies responding to an anonymous tip found the man lying unconscious in front of a carwash on 10th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard, sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Bonsall said Friday. The man’s injuries suggest he may have been dragged by a car, Bonsall said. Authorities are withholding the man’s identity. He was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was placed on life support. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Men look at a campaign poster of Basil Gorgis, a former Iraqi footballer, in a street in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region © AFP / SAFIN HAMEDBAGHDAD, Iraq, Apr 24 – In the sweltering heat of Mexico ’86, Ahmed Radhi and Basil Gorgis pulled on the same jerseys to represent Iraq’s football team in its sole World Cup Finals.But now, a third of a century later, they’re just two of several former stars taking part in a very different contest — as parliamentary candidates in next month’s election. While the World Cup adventure ended in dismal failure, with Iraq crashing out after losing all three of its group games, the ex-players’ appeal could be a big draw for some Iraqi voters.“They already have fans,” says Hussein Hassan, a 45-year-old Baghdad resident. “It’s now the turn of these stars to put themselves at the service of the people.”Distrust of politicians ahead of the May 12 vote is high, with the 15 years since the US-led toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein marred by repeated periods of chaos and endemic corruption.“We have more confidence in them than the politicians, who have changed nothing,” Hassan says.It’s a view that Radhi, scorer of Iraq’s only World Cup Finals goal, takes on board.“Iraqis need someone who shows that they are focusing on their interests, and who will work to guarantee a decent life,” the National Alliance candidate says.The 54-year-old says his political group “brings together all communities and confessions.”The National Alliance is led by Iraq’s Vice President Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, and parliamentary speaker Salim al-Juburi, a Sunni.It’s a union that seeks to move beyond Iraq’s Shiite-Sunni ethnic cleavage — a major pull for the ex-footballer.The NA’s list of candidates is liberal and “transcends confessionalism,” he says. “This is what the people want now.”– ‘Defending minority interests’ –Other candidates, sporting or otherwise, have more narrow motivations.Radhi’s former teammate Gorgis is among a list of candidates fielded by “Abna al-Rafideyn,” a group bringing together Chaldean Christians, Assyrians and Syriacs.Now administrator for the national team, Gorgis is running in the Kurdish city of Arbil and says he seeks to protect the interests of Christians.Standing up for the rights of his community is also what motivates Chaker Mohammad Sabbar, another former player on Iraq’s national soccer team.The 50-year-old, who appeared in every position except goalkeeper during his career, is Sunni, a group that’s played second fiddle to the majority Shiites since Saddam’s fall.Sabbar says loved ones cautioned against involvement in politics, telling him it would “achieve nothing, because no change is possible.”But their advice hasn’t stopped him running as a candidate in Ramadi, capital of Anbar province in central Iraq. Sabbar is number 10 on the list of the “Tamaddun” group, which advocates a secular state.Sunni dominated Ramadi was seized by the Islamic State group in May 2015, before being retaken by government forces less than a year later.“The people have suffered enormously,” says Sabbar, whose family live in the region.“Now, it’s time our interests are defended, like those of other Iraqis,” he adds.– ‘Better future for sport’ –Not all the former footballers running in the elections here are political novices.Radhi stood in the 2014 poll and lost, while another ex-international, Hassan Farhan, is a politics and military science graduate.“People now have more confidence in sportsmen than politicians, who have weakened the state,” says 65-year-old Farhan, who appears on a list for the secular Civil Party.People walk past a campaign billboard of Ahmed Radhi, a former Iraqi footballer, in a street in Baghdad © AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEOthers are determined to ensure new investment in facilities, to help the country compete again internationally in a whole range of disciplines.“We must think about building a better future for sport,” says ex-international swimmer Sarmad Abdelilah, now a member of the National Olympic Committee and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s “Victory Alliance.”“There are no athletes in parliament and so there are no laws or institutions to structure Iraqi sport,” he laments.Other contenders include Taleb Faysal, the president of Iraq’s weightlifting federation, who is on the list for former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki’s “Rule of Law Alliance.”But some citizens here don’t buy into the appeal of sporting veterans.“We have confidence in none of the candidates, because we know they will only think of themselves once in parliament,” says Imane Kazem in the capital.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
United Arab Emirates club Al Ahli have lodged a rival bid for shock Manchester United target Nani.It has been reported in Turkey that new United boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring his compatriot back to Old Trafford this summer.The Fenerbahce forward is currently part of Portugal’s squad at Euro 2016 and insists he is not making any decisions on his future until the tournament is over.But now, according to Haberturk, he will have an offer on the table from UAE Pro-League champions Al Ahli, who have offered £8million for his services.The club signed Moussa Sow from Fenerbahce last season and reckon they could repeat the trick with Nani.However, they may miss out if United’s interest turns out to be strong. 1 Mourinho reportedly wants Nani back at Old Trafford
Next Saturday Naomh Ultan Minor Board is hosting a spin-a-thon in Mac’s bar car park in Dunkineely from 9am to 5pm.Their candidate Joe Kennedy is campaigning for Mayor of Dunkineely and holding a charity spin-a-thin.The fight to be elected Mayor of Dunkineely is beginning to get more intense than the Clinton vs. Trump clash as we see Emmet ‘Broc’ Brosnan recruiting media heavyweights such as Brian Dobson to assist in his campaign. All proceeds towards Killybegs Community Hospital and Naomh Ultan Minor Board.Volunteers and donations are welcome and appreciated on the day!Spin-A-Thon to promote Joe Kennedy for Dunkineely Mayor was last modified: August 10th, 2016 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:dunkineely mayorjoe kennedykillybegs hospitalspin-a-thon
Collins – pictured with one of those pundits!FORMER Highland Radio sports editor Charlie Collins has questioned the FAI’s imminent appointments of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to manage Ireland.Collins, bidding to take over the Highland airwaves in a broadcasting license battle, sparked an online war of words over his own comments.“So it’s the Martin & Roy show next for the Republic of Ireland we’re told,” said Collins on his Facebook page. “Two out of work Managers who nobody else seems to want. Why wouldn’t they take the jobs and of course the Money.”Collins – dubbed Donegal’s Voice of Sport – had plenty of people agreeing with him.However other soccer fans hit back, saying the appointments would help Ireland move forward. CHARLIE COLLINS LAUNCHES ATTACK ON O’NEILL AND KEANE IRELAND APPOINTMENT was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 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)
DONEGAL’S Ladies showed real mettle to grind out a one point win over Armagh in Glenfinn today.It was a proud day for County Captain Katy Herron has she led her team to a 1-11 to 1-10 victory at her home club.But it could have gone either way. Donegal were cruising in the first half, Amber Barrett finding the net to keep Donegal five points ahead.But the Orchard County ladies were a different prospect in the second half, scoring a quick goal to close the gap before eventually drawing level.When heads were down however captain Katy and club mate Karen Guthrie steadied the nerves as the Donegal girls slowly played their way out of trouble and – despite three wides towards the end – finally added the crucial point through Barrett to seal the victory.After the easy victory over Down last week, this was always going to be a much tougher game. But a one point win gives Donegal the maximum return from two outings in the race for the Tesco All Ireland League Division 2 title. SUPER DONEGAL LADIES SHOW TRUE GRIT AGAINST ARMAGH was last modified: February 15th, 2015 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:armaghDivision 2donegalLadieswin
Black Coffee created an installation with mannequins wearing the label’s haute couture. Van der Watt gives local fashion a distinctive face, with its deeply referential, meticulously engineered and ultimately divergent approach, explain the fashion week organisers. (Image: Melissa Jane Cook) • Media Enquiries South African Fashion Week +27 11 442 7812 email@example.com • Soweto Fashion Week supports African design • Dance and fashion make a perfect pair • South African designer at London fashion week • Tlale returns to wow New York • The sharp-dressed men of AfricaStaff WriterA riot of colour brightened up Rosebank’s Crowne Plaza, in Johannesburg, when some of the country’s top designers showed their new collections at the Spring/Summer 2014 South African Fashion Week (SAFW).The designers presented exhilarating runway shows, with models strutting down the catwalk. Mannequins on display at an installation gave a refreshing spin on the stylish event. The who’s who of the fashion industry was there, amid celebrities and local stars.SAFW, which ran from 2 to 8 April, had its key focus on designer development, and featured top designers such as Jacques van der Watt of Black Coffee, Terrence Bray, Anna-Mari Pretorius of Kottin & Twille, David Tlale, Lunar, and Clive by Clive Rundle. “Luxury, desirable, ready-to-wear created by the designers are the fundamental elements of a sustainable industry,” said Lucilla Booyzen, the director of SAFW, which is now in its 17th year.The designersBlack Coffee created an installation with mannequins wearing the label’s haute couture. Van der Watt gives local fashion a distinctive face, with its deeply referential, meticulously engineered and ultimately divergent approach, explain the fashion week organisers. His design ethos embraces contrast and reshapes traditions with an intuitive twist. The result is “mysteriously familiar yet refreshingly unique, occupying a space somewhere between history and imagination”.Amanda Laird Cherry is one of South Africa’s most established designers. She has successfully fused the development of her clothes with that of the country, say organisers. Her collections over the past decade have presented “a different kind of reconciliation process, one which unites our intersecting histories into a collective present”. She is both an artist and a storyteller.Lunar, comprising owner and creative director Paul Harris and designer Dominique Gatland, share a love for linen, hemp, silk, bamboo, organic cottons and wool, allowing them to create designs that are classic, simple, and kind to the planet. Lunar’s fresh approach to fashion provides wearable clothing, with a twist of couture. The label’s spring/summer collection is inspired by botanical alchemy and explores a rediscovery of human tradition through craft and handiwork. It represents a time when our connection with nature meant that each garment was made for an individual, worn for a lifetime and took on the characteristics of the wearer. The colours are inspired by natural stains and celebrate a new tradition in a post-disposable world.Clive Rundle, a constructionist rather than a fashion designer, believes intricate structure is the essence of design. The structuring of his patterns can lead the translation in any direction: frugal, avant-garde, classical, elaborate and contemporary. After an intensive, three-month programme in Antwerp in 2013, under the umbrella of Anne Chapelle BVBA 32, Rundle created a diffusion label, Clive by Clive Rundle. The Joel Janse van Vuuren brand is synonymous with creativity, colour, and femininity. His seasonal collections have been presented several times at South African Fashion Week from 2011. Joel takes inspiration from life itself, looking at everything from the abstract to nature and art. (Image: Simon Deiner)PartnershipsIn thanking the various organisations that helped to bring SAFW to fruition, Booyzen said there would not be a fashion week without the like-minded partners with whom the SAFW had aligned itself since its start. The week had affiliated itself with only top South African brands that understood the importance of developing the creative fashion design industry into one that was able to be a key player in the South African economy.The Sheer Glamour Show by Motions and Tresemmé fused fashion and hair in a creative collaboration with two hair artists – Nthato Mashishi, a celebrity stylist associated with Motions, and Matthew Mansoor, local Tresemmé stylist – with designers such as Black Coffee and Rubicon, which will be working together. The collaboration conveyed the sentiment that “great hair is always in fashion”.“Both Motions and Tresemmé are aimed at style savvy consumers and it was therefore a natural fit to associate the brands with SAFW, which has established itself as the country’s definitive platform for local fashion with an enormous following from the media and industry stakeholders,” said Sphe Mjadu, the public relations manager of Unilever South Africa, owner of the brands.Edgars continued its partnership with SAFW for a third consecutive year. “For us, it is a significant mark of our commitment – to the fashion industry and to the passion and extraordinary talent of local designers. We have long recognised their importance to our fashion identity and we have readily opened our doors to local talent,” said Belinda Godfrey at Edcon, owner of the clothing retailer.“One of the most exciting and innovative collaborations this year is the partnership between South African Fashion Week and designers Colleen Eitzen and Rubicon, with Skip,” said Booyzen. The Skip Collections featuring the two designers represented a ground-breaking alliance between brands.“Skip has always been the fabric detergent of choice for discerning women who love and care for their clothes,” said Kerry Cuppusamy, the brand building manager of Skip at Unilever South Africa. “The brand’s sophistication is also seen in its leading, technologically advanced garment-care formulas. It is therefore the perfect opportunity for Skip to partner with SAFW as a pioneering brand in the South African fashion industry.”A new partnership was established for Spring/Summer 2014 collection between SAFW and Universal Music South Africa. Universal provided South African music to accompany selected shows. This was the first partnership of its kind in the country.