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‘Liberia Ready for Effective Electricity Supply’

first_imgThe executive director of the World Bank Africa Group One, Mr. Louis Rene Peter Larose, says he is taking the message, after his visit to Liberia, to inform the international community that the country is ready for full energy capacity.Speaking to journalists after visiting the Liberia Electricity Corporation’s Bushrod Island office and a tour of the Mount Coffee Hydro in White Plains yesterday, he said Liberia deserves full support to generate electricity supply to build the country’s economy.“Energy is the lifeblood of every economy and with what I have observed so far, I’m convinced that Liberia should be helped by the international community to regain its pre-war status of 200 megawats,” he said.Mr. Larose, who is responsible for 21 African countries, including Liberia, admitted that Africa suffers from energy deficit, which contributes to the economic downturn, and as a result increases poverty in the country.Accompanied by Mr. Henry G. R. Kerali, Country Director for Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, Mr. Larose said, “I’m taking the message to appeal to the international community to provide the support Liberia needs to regain its pre-war energy capacity to get the country running again.“One of the reasons I am in Liberia is to find out Liberia’s energy challenges and what can the World Bank do to provide support for the economy to reduce poverty.” He said when Liberia enjoys full energy capacity it will reduce poverty and encourage economic prosperity.Among the 21 countries that Mr. Larose is responsible for, others include Swaziland, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gambia, Namibia, Rwanda, Malawi and Somalia.Country Director Kerali said he is impressed with development in the energy sector, after the tour and a power-point presentation by a member of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) at Mount Coffee Hydro station. He hoped that by the end of next year Liberians would enjoy full energy capacity.LEC officials informed the Daily Observer that it presently operates below 28 megawatts but that by next month, September, an additional 10 megawatts will be in operation through the Japanese Government.“And by mid-December this year, there will be additional 22 megawatts to make it a total of 60 megawatts to boost the country’s energy capacity,” an LEC official said.He said the LEC is aiming at a total of 88 megawatts, an increase of 24 megawatts over pre-war status. The World Bank Group is funding 18 communities to benefit more than 8,000 consumers and additional 5,000 at the LEC sub-station in Kakata, Margibi County, to include areas in Weala.It is also funding 10 megawatts and the Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and Light Fuel Oil (LFO) storage facilities at the LEC Bushrod Island station.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ouseph relishing All England challenge despite a tough draw

first_imgIf Rajiv Ouseph couldn’t stop smiling after leading his country to European team silver, the draw for the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships would have helped.Fresh from claiming his seventh straight singles title at the England National Badminton Championships, Ouseph carried his winning streak on to the continent.After leading his squad to the final, the skipper held up his end of the deal, winning the opening match of the final, but England were ultimately beaten 3-1 by Denmark.Nevertheless, it was the first time England have managed to finish second in the competition, having picked up bronze two years earlier.To keep his hot streak going, Ouseph will need to maintain his form and then some in Birmingham after landing a tough draw.The Commonwealth Games silver medallist faces China’s seventh seed Du Pengyu in round one and should he progress top seed and two-time winner Lee Chong Wei is waiting in the same quarter of the draw.It would be understandable if Ouseph’s sweet dreams about his silver had turned into sleepless nights, but the 27-year-old admits he expected nothing less.“It’s obviously going to be very difficult,” he said.Ouseph is in good form.“The men’s singles is probably the toughest event, it’s very Asian dominated and there are players there who are very strong but it’s an opportunity to do well in front of the home fans and generate an interest in badminton.“They can help you if you’re struggling a bit. I’ve had a few instances where that has been the case and pulled me through so hopefully that can happen again.”While the draw ensures Ouseph must hit the ground running in Birmingham to ensure his stay is not a brief one, he can at least take heart from his previous meeting with Pengyu.Ouseph won their only match in straight games when the pair met in November and admits confidence is high.“You know it is always a tough game whoever you get as it is the best players in the world,” he added.“It is supposed to be a tough event so you have to expect that challenge and I’m looking forward to it.“It’s one you always look forward to it, it’s a big year and this is another important event.”“I’ve been a bit up and down. I have some good performances in the last 12 months but I’ve also had some disappointing ones. If I can bring my level consistently higher then I’ll be in a good place.”Tickets for the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships at the NIA in Birmingham are available at www.allenglandbadminton.com or call the box office on 0844 444 9994.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA to launch Aids plan for sex workers

first_img17 December 2013 South Africa’s plan to help protect sex workers against HIV and help them access treatment is a “flagship model” that should be followed by the rest of the world, Mark Dybul of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria told Africa’s biggest Aids conference held in Cape Town last week. Dybul lauded South Africa’s National Strategic Plan for HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment for Sex Workers as a comprehensive plan that “showed remarkable leadership and (was) a flagship of how we must respond not only on this continent but around the world”, Business Day reported. Dybul was speaking at the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa on 10 December.Scaling up The plan was developed by South African National Aids Council (Sanac), the Sex Workers’ Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), Sisonke Sex Workers Movement and the departments of Social Development and Health, among others. It will form a part of the country’s National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS, TB and STIs 2012 – 2016. The plan involves a significant scaling up of a comprehensive HIV prevention package, improving services, reducing the discrimination against sex workers and mobilising resources, Business Day says. It aims to increase access to HIV treatment for the estimated 153 000 sex workers in South Africa, reduce the violence and human rights abuses perpetrated against them and to promote their well being. Fareed Abdullah, Sanca’s chief executive, writes in the foreword to the plan that addressing the health of sex workers is “crucial to our plans to combat the spread of HIV” in South Africa as they are most at risk of acquiring HIV and other sexually transmitted infections”. Dybul reportedly said it was “appalling” that sex workers were 12 times less likely to receive antiretroviral treatment than other people. He said their rights had to be respected and they had to be brought into the human family and given choices regarding what to do with their lives. The launch of the plan, which was due to take place at the conference on Tuesday last week, has been postponed until 2014 out of respect for the passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former president, who died on 5 December. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria donated R3-billion in October to South Africa for its HIV/Aids programmes, an amount which will supplement prevention and referral services for two-and-a-half years. Further funding from the organisation will assist specific HIV health services for sex workers in the future, Sanca’s Rentia Agenbag told SAinfo. Business Day and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Final Ask Is the Easiest Commitment to Gain. Or the Most Difficult.

first_imgThe final ask, The Commitment to Decide, is either the easiest commitment to gain, or it is the most difficult. How you sell up to that point determines which of these two things is true for you.If you have gone through the process, ensuring that you are not far out in front of your prospective client, nor allowing them to get too far out in front of you, closing is easy. If you have helped them explore change, commit to doing something different, collaborate around the solution, build consensus, agree to the right investment, review their choices, and resolve their concerns, the ask is a formality. Literally, you can just ask for the business.If on the other hand, if you got way out in front of your prospective client, disconnecting with them and not making sure they have what they need to say “yes” to your ask, then the final close is going to be difficult to gain, and you are to blame. If you let your client control the process, disconnecting from you and not doing what really needs to be done to make a good decision, the close will be difficult, mostly because your dream client now determines what comes next. What comes next is often nothing. They go dark. This is also your fault because you didn’t push back and explain why you still needed to do what was necessary.If you struggle to gain the final commitment, if you have a low closing rate, it isn’t because asking for the business is so difficult. It’s because you haven’t done what was necessary leading up to that point to make the final ask a fait accompli.All of the more difficult commitments come earlier in the process. If you want to spend time learning how to close, then spend time learning how to gain the commitments that make closing easy. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

One register to count them all — how the NRC fares

first_imgMillions of people in Assam on Sunday lived through the “the stroke of midnight”, to use Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s immortal words, as the Assam government published the first draft of an updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the State. While the document is meant to establish the credentials of a bona fide citizen, there are several questions surrounding the NRC. Here is a brief list of FAQs on the NRC.Why was it necessary to bring out an NRC in Assam?The NRC is being updated in Assam to detect Bangladeshi nationals, who may have illegally entered the State after the midnight of March 24, 1971, the cut-off date. This date was originally agreed to in the 1985 Assam Accord, signed between the then Rajiv Gandhi government and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).However, successive State governments failed to achieve much progress in detecting and deporting foreigners as set out in the Assam Accord. In 2005, another agreement was signed between the Centre, the then Tarun Gogoi government in Assam and the AASU where it was decided to update the NRC that was first published after the Census data of 1951 in post-Partition India.Though the Gogoi government had started the NRC update as a pilot project in some districts, it was stopped after violence broke out in some parts of the State.In July 2009, Assam Public Works (APW), an NGO, petitioned the Supreme Court for identification of Bangladeshi foreigners in the State and deletion of their names from the voters’ list.What will happen to those persons who don’t find their names in the draft register published on Monday?The list published on Monday is the first draft of the updated NRC. Another list is expected by February-end or early March, with more names and details.However, if a citizen’s name is missing, he or she can file an objection and request that the name be included after submitting the requisite documents to the NRC centre or online on the website www.nrcassam. nic.inIs there a possibility of violence in the State if a large number of people don’t find their names in the register?The Assam government did fear violence and hence requisitioned over 20,000 paramilitary personnel and requested the Army to be on standby to deal with any law-and-order issue.However, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said people, irrespective of their caste or religion, had taken part in the process and expressed confidence that the NRC update will not result in violence.The security challenge, however, will emerge only when the process of updating the NRC gets completed and a large number of people are left out.Is the NRC a court-mandated exercise?Yes, the publication of the first draft of the NRC by December 31, 2017 was ordered by the Supreme Court.The top court has been hearing this case since July 2009 when Assam Public Works moved court to intervene in detecting and deporting Bangladeshis.Should persons of Assam living in other parts of the country also have their names in the register?NRC is a process by which a bona fide Indian citizen can be distinguished from a foreigner.If a person from Assam is living or working in another part of the country, it is advisable to get oneself registered and establish one’s legacy as an “inhabitant” of Assam.last_img read more

Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer dies at 85

first_imgMalcolm Glazer, a reclusive self-made billionaire and patriarch of the family that owns the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Manchester United soccer club, died on Wednesday, the teams said. He was 85.Glazer, who as a teenager sold watch parts from a suitcase before building a wide-ranging business empire, bought the Buccaneers in 1995 for a then-NFL record of $192 million. He later persevered with the purchase of Manchester United, one of England’s most-storied soccer teams in 2005, a deal that fueled controversy because of its debt-driven financing.However, Glazer was largely sidelined in recent years from both the teams’ business dealings by a series of strokes.After his purchase of the Buccaneers, he led what had traditionally been one of the weakest teams in the National Football League to its first Super Bowl championship in 2003.”A dynamic business leader, Glazer helped mold the Buccaneers into a model franchise and one respected league-wide,” the Buccaneers said in a statement on their website.His supporters credited him with spending big to hire players and a coaching staff to turn around a team in one of the NFL’s smallest markets.While the team has struggled on the field recently, Glazer’s investment has proved profitable and the business magazine Forbes estimates it is now worth more than $1 billion.His death is unlikely to lead to any ownership change, according to a statement by the Buccaneers. The family’s “long established estate succession plan” means the team “will remain with the Glazer family for generations to come,” the team said.advertisementManchester United takeoverGlazer raised his profile in 2005 with an aggressive debt-driven $1.47 billion takeover of Manchester United that was widely opposed by many of the club’s fans.Fans, under the banner “loveUnitedhateGlazer,” argued the debt built up in the deal would hurt the club and force supporters to pay higher ticket prices.Glazer went on, however, to preside over one of the most successful eras in the club’s storied history.”The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United are with the family tonight,” the team said in a statement.Under Glazer’s ownership, the team won five Premier League titles in England as well as the 2008 UEFA Champions League championship.Manchester United is widely considered one of the world’s most valuable sports teams, though it recently ended the season in 7th place in the Premier League, the club’s lowest finish in two decades.Glazer no longer had any day-to-day connection to the club and the ownership is in the hands of Glazer’s children, led by the club’s co-chairs, Avram and Joel Glazer.The family retains a 90 percent stake in the club that is split evenly among Glazer’s six children. The remaining 10 percent is listed on the New York Stock ExchangeGlazer, the fifth of seven children born to Jewish Lithuanian immigrants, turned to sports after a successful business career.As a young man, Glazer used the profits from a family watch-parts business he inherited at the age of 15 to make investments in a range of real estate ventures, including mobile homes and nursing homes, many of them in Florida during the 1970s.He first came to prominence in the 1980s when he built up stakes in two big brand names – kitchen surfaces company Formica and motorcycle maker Harley Davidson – before cashing in. He later launched a series of failed bids, including a $7.6 billion attempt to buy the bankrupt freight rail company Conrail.Glazer also founded First Allied, a holding company for the family’s business, which includes dozens of malls and shopping centers in the United States.A decade later, the Glazer family gained a controlling stake in the oil company Zapata, which was founded by former President George H.W. Bush.Forbes estimates the net worth of Glazer and his family at $4 billion.last_img read more

Halle Open: Federer loses final vs Coric, Nadal back as No.1

first_imgBorna Coric ended Roger Federer’s 20-match winning streak on grass, beating him 7-6(6) 3-6 6-2 in the Halle Open final on Sunday while also bringing to a halt the Swiss maestro’s reign as world number one.Federer was denied a 10th title in the German grasscourt tournament as Croatian Coric handed the 36-year-old his first setback on an otherwise serene road towards defending his Wimbledon title.The defeat meant that Rafa Nadal will return to the top of the world rankings on Monday.World number 34 Coric, playing in his first grasscourt final, showed great mental toughness and determination to fend off two set points before clinching the opening set after 57 minutes.Federer responded by applying further pressure on Coric’s serve in the second set before converting a break point in the eighth game to force a decider. The 21-year-old then broke Federer in the sixth game of the final set when the Swiss sliced a backhand long, before claiming only his second ATP title.It was Federer’s first defeat on grass since a second-round loss to German Tommy Haas at Stuttgart in June last year.He also remains two matches away from matching Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 174 victories on the surface as he missed out on a 99th career title.”Many congratulations Borna for your first grass title,” Federer said in the post-match presentation. “You played a wonderful match and deserved to win at the end.”Coric is projected to rise to a new career-high 21st in the world rankings next week after collecting wins over the tournament’s top two seeds, Federer and Alexander Zverev.advertisementFederer, who lifted the Stuttgart title last week, will be bidding for a record-extending ninth men’s singles crown at Wimbledon, which begins on July 2.last_img read more