Unique Group Adds New Equipment to Its Rental Pool

first_imgUnique Group has taken delivery from Teledyne Marine of two 110VAC HydroPACT 660 pipe tracking systems for its pool of rental equipment.The HydroPACT 660 is a small form factor pipe and cable tracking system.The HydroPACT 660 brings pipe tracking capabilities to smaller classes of ROV, for applications that were only previously available on larger vehicles such as work class ROVs and trenchers.“The HydroPACT 660 is an exciting addition to our inventory, and we are delighted to help our clients access this latest technology,” said Andy Doggett, Survey Division director, “The product complements our existing fleet and means that we can offer the most wide-ranging suite of solutions for our clients’ cable and pipeline detection requirements.”“We are delighted to be able to supply our new HydroPACT 660 pipe tracker to Unique System (UK). The Unique System (UK) rental pool is stacked with HydroPACT 440s, and we are pleased to enable Unique to now service their customers with our newest product,” Ed Cheesman, senior manager, Sales & BD, Instruments & Imaging, Teledyne Marine added.last_img read more

ICC World Cup World Cup trophy could have been shared: Dav Whatmore

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Chennai: Former Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore Tuesday weighed in on the boundary count rule which handed England the World Cup, and said that the trophy could have been shared with New Zealand as it would have been a fair reflection of the two teams’ “tenacity”. “There was no winner, so the trophy could have been shared. It would have been a fair reflection of both teams’ tenacity to win the Cup,” Whatmore told reporters here after the launch of Sports Exotica’s Sports Leisure League holiday programme.”It is a learning curve. These sort of things could have been handled better, may be have a re-match, I don’t know. Before the sides came to the tournament, they knew about it and that is the bottom line,” he added.Whatmore said those who made the rule might not have anticipated such a situation as happened on Sunday at the Lord’s.”I wonder how many people knew about it at that time. Umpires are humans as well. One would argue the same point for other instances which happened in the past. It is unfortunate, it has happened. After two ties, there was not really a winner. But under the rules which the teams have signed on, it has got to go to England.”He said it was easy to talk about the issue in hindsight, adding he had not heard about the boundary count rule.”It is easy to sit here and come up with bits and pieces of rules that appear to be more fair. I have not heard of that (boundary count) rule before, run rate I have. These things happen one in a million times, probably more than that,” the Australian, who guided Sri Lanka to the 50-overs World Cup title in 1996, said.Whatmore lauded India’s performance in the World Cup but said “those first 10 overs against New Zealand proved costly”.”I thought it was very good, it lived up to expectations. Unfortunate that they had a couple of injuries. The no. 4 position kept sticking up, asking for a better solution. India over the course of the tournament did a very good job, unfortunately the first 10 overs of the semifinal against New Zealand proved very costly,” he said.He, however, did not want to be drawn into the topic of who should have batted at no. 4 for India in the semifinal and said the team’s think-tank would have given thought before taking a call.The Sri Lanka-born Australian, however, said he was in not favour of an IPL-style knock-outs (which include qualifier and eliminator) for the World Cup.”It is possible. The argument is that you get a reward for finishing on top of the table and that you deserve a second chance. I think that’s the beauty of the tournament (IPL). It would be nice to keep it that way. It is unfortunate that it happened, but other unfortunate things also happened,” he added.Whatmore said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket must be kept in mind and even if he has to retire he must be allowed to go on his terms.”Calls for Dhoni’s retirement, I think it is a bit unfair. It is time for him to retire… but because he has done so much for India, he deserves the time to take the call,” he said.Whatmore painted a bright future for India and said the country boasted of several quality batsmen and a strong bowling unit. He said talented players like Shubman Gill can have a long career ahead of them.”It is all positive. India has a number of quality batsmen, a strong bowling line-up. I think it is a matter of time before Shubman Gill comes in, what a player. He has got the technique to be a no. 4, he can be groomed for that, I am sure he will have a long career,” he signed off. last_img read more

Liverpool, Arsenal Live Broadcast on SuperSport

first_imgSunday’s action sees defending champions, Manchester City, look to return to winning ways when they head to Bournemouth, showing on SuperSport 3 at 2pm; and Tottenham Hotspur hosting Newcastle United at the White Hart Lane showing on SuperSport 3 at 4:30pm.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A blockbuster weekend of football action awaits fans, as Liverpool host new-look Arsenal at Anfield today. The encounter, which kicks off at 5:30pm will be broadcast live on SuperSport 3 to all DStv subscribers.Both teams have a 100 per cent, having won their first two games. The match will also see the cream of African attacking talents on parade. Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah are expected to feature for the Reds, while the Gunners’ attack will be led by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon.Frank Lampard will be hoping for a first Premier League win the as Chelsea manager when his team travel to face Norwich City in an early kick-off. The Blues have taken just one point from their first two matches, while Norwich have won one match and lost one. The game will be aired live on SuperSport 3 at 12:30pm. Other games scheduled for today are Manchester United vs Crystal Palace  Watford vs West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Burnley (showing on SuperSport 11). All games kick-off at 3pm.last_img read more

Man found guilty in USC death

first_imgTwo weeks after his trial began, the Los Angeles man accused of fatally stabbing USC student Bryan Frost last fall was found guilty of second-degree murder Monday afternoon.Travion Ford, 25, now faces 16 years to life in state prison for the Sept. 18 incident, when Frost slammed a metal gate closed near the intersection of 29th Street and Orchard Avenue, sparking a fight between the two.After the men initially fought, Ford ran inside his mother’s apartment and retrieved a knife, which he used to stab Frost during a second alteraction.Frost, who was 23 years old and a cinema student, later died of a stab wound to the heart, Deputy District Attorney Kennes Ma said in his opening statement Aug. 20.Although the 12-person jury did not convict Ford of first-degree murder — the most severe charge he faced — it did reject his attorney’s argument that her client stabbed Frost, a former West Point cadet, to protect his own life.“The only reason Mr. Ford used deadly force was because he felt his life was in danger and he would die,” Diane Butko, Ford’s attorney, said in her opening statement.Ma said he thought the jury’s ruling was fair.“Obviously I wouldn’t have argued for murder if I didn’t think there was evidence for it,” he said. “I really believe the jury made the correct decision based on the evidence.”Anquenette Young, Ford’s fiancée and the mother of his 4-month-old son, was shocked by the jury’s decision.“That’s not fair,” she said after learning of the verdict.Frost’s mother Paige Lee, who traveled to Los Angeles from Idaho with other members of his family and friends for the trial, said she and Frost’s father, Jere Frost, were “grateful” for the ruling.“It’s so hard, because nothing is going to bring my son back, but certainly you want to see the truth be told,” she said. “To have Bryan be vindicated in all of this … he was the victim. He was not the bad guy here. He was the victim.”Still, Lee said the day was filled with mixed emotions.“It’s kind of a lose, win, lose,” she said. “We win the verdict, but we still lost because we’ll never have him back.”Ford is due back in court for his sentencing Oct. 29. At that point, Frost’s family will be given the opportunity to address Ford. Ma said the family planned to return to Los Angeles in order to do so.last_img read more

Bjelašnica Is Host of World Cup in Paragliding Accuracy

first_imgThe world cup in Paragliding Accuracy (PGAWC 2013) will be held on Bjelašnica from 17-25 August 2013.Paragliding Club Extreme and National Aero Club of BiH organized a competition that is organized every two years under the auspice of the International Aero Club of the FBiH (FAI), announced Paragliding Club Extreme.“We are proud of the fact that this is the biggest paragliding competition that will be held in the next two years in the world’’, said the Director of the competition Mirvad Zenuni.120 competitors from more than 20 countries in the world have announced their participation.(Source: Fena)last_img

Sailfish go to Valley Center to challenge the 2014 Great Plains League Champions

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Local · 268 weeks ago A big shout out and THANK YOU to all the volunteers who make a swim meet happen. Couldn’t do it without you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 268 weeks ago Can we have Bliss write everything? Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down WHS.alum · 268 weeks ago Super reporting Bliss! I really enjoy reading your articles. Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Dakota Lynnes, front, and Aidan Young, back, race on the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay.by Bliss Baird, Sumner Newscow correspondent — On Tuesday, the Wellington Sailfish traveled to Valley Center for a dual meet against last year’s League Champions. Valley Center Swim Club boasts a handful of high school State finalists as well as talented year-round swimmers of all ages. This heat sheet seemed to be filled with more District and Championship qualified swimmers than the previous meets’ combined, and the final scores reflected it.That said, one group of Wellington swimmers dominated their division. The 13-14 boys scored 55 points to Valley’s 23. A very important factor in that score was their relay finishes. Relays are a great opportunity to rack up points. In individual events, five points go to first place, three to second place, and one to third place.However, a first place relay earns seven points, whereas the second place finisher receives only two and third receives none. The team of Chance Hamel, Derick Kotchavar, Dakota Lynnes, and Quinn McCue won both the 200 Free and 200 Medley Relays. Aidan Young, Timothy Tracy, Matt Pryce, and Seth Brown brought home second-place points in the 200 Medley Relay and a third place ribbon for the 200 Free Relay (Young and Pryce swam up an age group because there were not enough 11-12 boys to make a relay team).In individual events, Chance Hamel led the 13-14 boys, capturing first places in the 50 Free, 100 Free, and 200 IM. Dakota Lynnes and Derick Kotchavar joined Hamel to sweep the sprint freestyles with Lynnes edging Kotchavar for second by 0.82 seconds in the 50 and Kotchavar edging Lynnes for second by 0.89 seconds in the 100.Lynnes picked up second in the 200 IM behind Hamel, closing the night without losing to a Valley Center swimmer. Kotchavar beat his seed time by three seconds to earn second place in the 100 Back. Quinn McCue also had a spectacular meet. After finishing fourth behind teammates in the 50 Free, McCue seized the blue ribbon by twenty seconds in the 100 Fly and went on to place second in the 500 Free. To round out the night, Seth Brown and Timothy Tracy captured thirds in the 200 Free and 100 Back, respectively.While many swimmers made noticeable improvements in technique, speed, and endurance this week, these gains were difficult to quantify. Valley Center is the only 50 Yard pool in the Great Plains Swim League, making it considerably longer than the Wellington pool, slightly shorter than a 50 Meter pool, and totally confusing. Swimmers’ best meter times were converted mathematically to create close but imperfect seed times. As a result, drops and adds are not necessarily accurate, and they will not transfer to other swim meets this season.Despite the troublesome pool design, swimmers can still qualify for postseason meets using the short course yard (SCY) time standard, and one new swimmer took advantage of that opportunity. Nash Oswald was seeded in the slowest heat of all his races because he did not have a seed time, but he did not need to see his opponents to beat them. Oswald placed first in the 50 Back and 50 Breast and second in the 50 Free, qualifying for Districts in all three events. The nine year-old from Conway Springs joined the Wellington Swim Team just last Wednesday. Like Jordan Thompson from Argonia who is also Districts-qualified, he was so successful in his hometown swim league that his coach suggested he join a USA Swimming sanctioned league. The upside for Wellington of being a USA Swimming team is that swimmers can compete at postseason meets and take their sport to the next level. The downside is that maintaining that distinction requires a lot of volunteers. Each team has to provide officials who have studied, tested, and trained, sometimes for years, to be certified for their positions. Timers are also essential.Wellington’s last two meets of the season are at home, so we will need to provide twenty-four timers each Tuesday. Timing does not require any expertise or certification. Short of diving in and competing yourself, it is the next best way to experience the sport. And let me tell you: clicking a button and recording the time is so much easier than racing a 100 Fly.Other top-placers on Tuesday were:Rose Dickinson (Third – 13-14 Girls 200 Free)Emberly Gonzalez (Second – 13-14 Girls 50 Free; Second – 200 IM; Third – 100 Free)Macy Gonzalez (Second – 11-12 Girls 200 IM)Kailey Klein (First – 15-18 Girls 100 Breast; Third – 500 Free)Jensen Lynnes (First – 9-10 Girls 50 Free; First – 50 Back; First – 200 IM)Eliesse McComb (Third – 8 and Under Girls 50 Free; Third – 100 Free)Matt Pryce (Third – 11-12 Boys 50 Fly)Riley Smith (Third – 15-18 Girls 100 Breast)Alysa Stewart (Third – 11-12 Girls 50 Breast)Jordan Thompson (Third – 15-18 Girls 50 Free)Alexis Tracy (Second – 13-14 Girls 100 Breast)Aidan Young (Third – 11-12 Boys 50 Free; Third – 50 Back)Terrell Zani (Third – 15-18 Boys 100 Back)Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Win today will secure Uganda Cranes Nations Cup place

first_imgMuseveni boostEarly in the week, the team got a big boost when they were hosted by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House Entebbe at a function he organized to celebrate the 56th Independence Day.In a jovial mood, the President discussed football matters with the contingent before he announced his offer of a chartered flight to fly the Cranes to Maseru for the reverse fixture against Lesotho to be played on Tuesday 16th October, 2018.President Museveni also offered the Uganda Cranes contingent to State House a financial boost of UGX 200M (Two Hundred Million Shillings).‘The support from the President is a sign that he follows and loves sports. Football has been picking good results partly because of such support from the fountain of honour and office of Education and Sports. This offer will help the team fly in time to Maseru for the game’ said Mugisha.Collated Africa Cup of Nations qualifying results:Group BAt YaoundeCameroon 1 (Choupo-Moting 63) Malawi 0Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)Cameroon 3 2 1 0 3 1 7Morocco 2 1 0 1 3 1 3Malawi 3 1 0 2 1 4 3Comoros 2 0 1 1 1 2 1FixturesSaturday: Morocco v ComorosTuesday: Comoros v Morocco, Malawi v CameroonGroup CAt LibrevilleGabon 3 (Bouanga 28, Appidangoye 59, Martin 88-og) South Sudan 0 The Cranes team that faced Lesotho last week. They back in action today. PHOTO ? @officialfufaTODAY5pm: Tanzania ?? vs Cape Verde ??7pm: Uganda ?? vs Lesotho ??Standings Group LUganda 3 2 1 0 4 0 7C. Verde 3 1 1 1 4 2 4Lesotho 3 0 2 1 2 5 2Tanzania 3 0 2 1 1 4 2Maseru, Lesotho | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes will be all out to try and stop Lesotho this evening at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru to book an early slot for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).The Cranes are top of Group L with seven points after their 1-0 away win against Cape Verde, 0-0 draw with Tanzania last month and the convincing 3-0 win over the Crocodiles of Lesotho last Saturday.Victory for coach Sebastien Desabre’s team and a win for Cape Verde against Tanzania will see Uganda Cranes qualify even before playing the remaining two games.The win will see Uganda move to ten points, while Cape Verde’s victory will also see them move to seven points. Because Tanzania and Lesotho have two points each, the best they can collect is eight points which is far away from what the Cranes would have collected just in-case they suffer defeat in the remaining two games.“We need to win the game and be assured of qualification instead of waiting for the two games after,” Desabre told URN on Tuesday.“For some players it’s one time in a life time to qualify for the AFCON and this therefore calls for hard work to win the game,” he added.Desabre said playing on an artificial surface will not be a problem because many of his players know how to adjust to that surface. “For Lesotho they have an advantage because they are playing at home. But we shall fight because we know what this games means for us,” added the head coach.But the Lesotho coach Moses Maliehe says Uganda Cranes should not expect an easy game.“We are wounded Crocodiles. After losing 3-0 last week in Uganda, we are hurting and know how to answer back,” Maliehe told URN on Monday afternoon in Maseru.“Teams have not had it easy playing on our home pitch and Uganda should wait for their toughest test,” added Maliehe.“We badly need to win and call upon our fans to come out in large numbers to motivate us to win the game. I know we are facing a tough side, but we can get maximum points,” said winger Tumelo Khatlang.Ugandan Members of Parliament Annet Anita Among (Bukedea Woman MP), Micheal Tusiime (Mbarara Municiparlity MP), Peter Ogwang (Usuk County) and Ogwal Benson Obua (Moroto County) together with National Council of Sports Board Chairman John Bosco Onyik and the Acting General Secretary Dr. Patrick Ogwel are also in Maseru to cheer the team.*****SOURCE URNTotal AFCON Qualifiers results from last week??6-0????3-0????0-1????4-0????1-2????1-2????1-0????3-0????1-0????3-0??Uganda hammers LesothoOkwi – PHOTO KCCA MEDIAA double from Tanzanian-based striker Emma Okwi gave Uganda Cranes an emphatic victory over visiting Lesotho ‘The Crocodiles’ at the weekend.Saturday’s victory at Mandela Stadium, Namboole sees Uganda go three points clear in their group. This is the first home victory in the the qualifiers for new coach Sebastien Desabre.Okwi struck in the 10th and 63rd minute, with Faruku Miya securing the second. The two sides meet on Tuesday, and another win will virtually secure a place in next year’s Nations Cup final.Nearest challengers Tanzania were humiliated yesterday by Cape Verde.Uganda Cranes proudly donned the newly designed jersey, manufactured by kits company Mafro for the first time. Share on: WhatsApp At BamakoMali 0 Burundi 0StandingsMali 3 2 1 0 5 1 7Burundi 3 1 2 0 4 1 5Gabon 3 1 1 1 5 3 4S. Sudan 3 0 0 3 0 9 0FixturesTuesday: Burundi v Mali, South Sudan v GabonGroup DAt LomeTogo 1 (Denkey 84) Gambia 1 (Ceesay 7)At Blida, AlgeriaAlgeria 2 (Bensebaini 21, Bounedjah 75) Benin 0StandingsAlgeria 3 2 1 0 4 1 7Benin 3 1 1 1 1 2 4Gambia 3 0 2 1 2 3 2Togo 3 0 2 1 1 2 2FixturesTuesday: Benin v Algeria, Gambia v TogoGroup HAt ConakryGuinea 2 (Kamano 36-pen, Cisse 73) Rwanda 0At Bouake, Ivory CoastIvory Coast 4 (Kodjia 25, Bailly 52, Doukoure 57, Cornet 74) Central African Republic 0StandingsGuinea 3 3 0 0 6 2 9I. Coast 3 2 0 1 8 4 6C.A.R. 3 1 0 2 2 6 3Rwanda 3 0 0 3 2 6 0FixturesTuesday: Rwanda v Guinea, C.A.R. v Ivory CoastGroup IAt LuandaAngola 4 (Da Costa 12-pen, 16, Campos 52, Gelson 80) Mauritania 1 (Hacen 3)StandingsAngola 3 2 0 1 6 4 6Mauritania 3 2 0 1 4 4 6B. Faso 2 1 0 1 3 3 3Botswana 2 0 0 2 0 2 0FixturesSaturday: Burkina Faso v BotswanaTuesday: Mauritania v Angola, Botswana v Burkina FasoGroup JAt CairoEgypt 4 (Elmohamady 4, Warda 10, Hassan 29, Salah 45) eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) 1 (Gamedze 85)StandingsTunisia 2 2 0 0 3 0 6Egypt 3 2 0 1 10 2 6eSwatini 3 0 1 2 1 6 1Niger 2 0 1 1 0 6 1FixturesSaturday: Tunisia v NigerTuesday: eSwatini v Egypt, Niger v Tunisia Note: group winners and runners-up secure places at finals except for Group B, where 2019 Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon and the highest placed of the other three teams qualifylast_img read more

Mourinho the ‘hero’ saved teammate from burning car during playing days

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO once saved a teammate’s life by pulling him from a burning car.The Special One was 23 at the time and was called a hero after pulling Portuguese striker De away from flames engulfing the vehicle.1 Jose Mourinho was called a hero after pulling a teammate from a burning car in the 80sThe heroic revelation came in a new book ‘Mourinho: Behind the Special One, from the origin to the glory’ by French journalist Nicolas Vilas.Mourinho, now 57, was playing for Portuguese club Comercio e Industria in his homeland in 1986 when the incident occurred.De had arrived at training when his car inexplicably burst into flames as he parked in the stadium car park.Tottenham boss Mourinho is said to have rushed to the motor to pull his teammate away before the flames could get him.De said: “He saved my life.”Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealWhile club president at the time Fernando Lage added: “He was heroic.”The book also details how Mourinho said yes to Liverpool before joining Chelsea in 2004.His former adviser Jorge Baidek said: “Mourinho should have gone to Liverpool.”Rick Parry [then chief executive] was in charge of transfers and we had an agreement.”They asked us to wait for 15 days as Houllier was still the Reds’ manager.”MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidMourinho played for Portuguese sides Rio Ave, Belenenses, Sesimbra from 1980-85 before before his two year stint at Comercio who he left in 1987.After he stopped playing, Mourinho went on to become one of the greatest football managers of the modern age.He took charge of Porto between 2002 and 2004 before moving on to have two spells at Chelsea and also manage Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United and now TottenhamTottenham star Son Heung-min arrives at marine boot camp to start military national service including live-fire drillslast_img read more

Ellen Submits US$18.2M Loans for Agriculture, Rural Finance

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has requested the House of Representatives to ratify two financial agreements, totaling US$18.2 million.The Loans, described as ‘Tree Crops Extension Project and the Rural Community Finance Project’ were signed between the Government of Liberia and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). “The target population will be 11,000 stakeholders of the cocoa value chain, of which 8,000 are smallholder cocoa farmers, who are members of Kuu Groups and Farmers Field Schools (FFS); approximately 2,400 additional farmers who will also benefit from supplies and market linkages and 600 others that benefit as a result of job creation,” President Sirleaf said.“The project is also geared at enhancing access to sustainable and affordable rural financial services in Liberia, and shall benefit the economically active rural population (petty traders, smallholder farmers, food processors, local transportation, craftsmen and artisans as well as ex-combatants) who demonstrate an interest and willingness to expand their economic activities.” Meanwhile, both loans shall be free of interest but a service charge of three fourths of one percent (0.75) per annum payable semi-annually and shall have a maturity period of forty (40) years, including a grace period of ten (10) years starting from the date of approval of the Loan by the Fund’s Executive Board. The Projects will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture.The two financing agreements have been forwarded to the Committees on Agriculture and Ways, Means and Finance and Judiciary for scrutiny, and to report to the House’s Plenary in one week.In the meantime, the House has unanimously concurred with the Senate on two bills: Acts Adopting the Securities Market and the Central Securities Depository.The bills are intended to ensuring adequate measures to prevent fraud or any other system of manipulation, and to enhance public awareness of the securities market and promote fair, orderly and transparent markets.Furthermore, the President also submitted several bills for amendment. They included an Act to Amend the Criminal Procedure Law, Title 2 of the Liberian Code of Laws (revised) to provide for special criminal procedures for offenses involving terrorist acts.Others are an Act to Repeal the Act to Establish Procedures for the Distribution of the United Nations List of Terrorists and Terrorist Groups; an Act to Establish Administrative Procedures for Targeted Sanctions Against the Designated Terrorist Groups and Terrorist Organizations; and an Act to Amend the New Panel Law, Title 26 of the Liberian Code of Laws (revised, chapter 14) offenses involving danger to the person, sub-chapter C, kidnapping and related offenses by repealing section 14.33, terrorism; chapter 15, offenses against property, sub-chapter C, robbery, section 15.33, hijacking; and chapter 5 offenses against property, sub-chapter G, proceeds of crime, money laundering and terrorist financing, section 15.4 terrorist financing and replacing it with a new section 14.54, entitled offenses involving terrorist acts. The bills were submitted to the Committees on Security and Judiciary for scrutiny and to report to Plenary in one week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

27 charities benefit from Banks DIH

first_imgBanks DIH Limited (D’Aguiars Industry Holding) on Wednesday made their annual donation to 27 charities from across the region at Thirst Park, Greater Georgetown.Every year, the company presents a list of organisations that will be presented with the ‘covenant’ cheques. However, there are also letter requests from other entities that wish to be part of this initiative.The recipients of the cheques donated by Banks DIHThe presentation of these donations is made possible after they are presented by the Board of Directors of the company and approved by the shareholders.Some of the charities that benefited from the donations this year included St Joseph Mercy Hospital, St John’s Ambulance Brigade, Guyana Society for the Blind, Dharm Shala, Shaheed’s Boys and Girls Orphanage, the Scout Association of Guyana, Uncle Eddie’s Home among others.Human Resources Director of Banks DIH, Paul Andrew Carto explained that this is the company’s way of serving Guyana through charitable institutions.He noted, “We see this as part of our corporal social responsibility but we also do this because of our exceedingly good relations that we have with the public and the organisations that work within the wider community doing various forms of charitable and social works.”The cheques were presented by Operations Director, Henry Perriera and the Engineering Operations Director, Shabir Hussein and the Human Resources Director, Paul Andrew Carto.This is the second year the company has held a ceremony to present the awards to the charity foundations and organisations; and they are certain that this venture will be continued in 2019.last_img read more