Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has underscored the need for adequate education for Africans if the continent is to remain relevant. “For Africa to remain relevant, we need to adequately educate our people, as it is through education that we can unlock the potential of our youth to enable Africa to compete globally, and create jobs in the new knowledge economy,” the Nigerian leader said. President Jonathan’s comments come as Nigeria prepares to host the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria beginning Wednesday of this week.This year’s forum will take place on the theme: Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs. It takes place just few weeks after the world announced Nigeria as Africa’s biggest economy. Nigeria, which has accumulated over US$70 billion in foreign reserves, is also Africa’s most popular country. More than 900 leaders from business, government, civil society and academia will participate in the meeting on 7-9 May. The meeting convenes against a backdrop of significant economic growth, progress in reducing poverty in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, but also persistent inequality. This year’s program, according to organizers of the forum, is built on three pillars: Accelerating Society’s Transformation; Deepening Investment Partnerships; and Redesigning Growth Models.In addition to President Jonathan and representatives from his government, other leaders that have confirmed their participation are: Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa, President, People’s National Assembly, Algeria; Thomas Yayi Boni, President of Benin; Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China; Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire; John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana; Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; Kolo Christophe Laurent Roger, Prime Minister of Madagascar; Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Macky Sall, President of Senegal; Jakaya M. Kikwete, President of Tanzania; and Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo.“Africa’s continued progress depends fundamentally on the ability of its leaders to take the bold decisions necessary to transform the region’s economy and society. By bringing together leaders from politics, business and civil society, we hope the meeting will offer an environment where such decisions can be catalyzed, and where commitment and creativity can be drawn on to build a future fit for all Africans,” said Elsie Kanza, Director, Head of Africa, World Economic Forum.From the broader perspective, Africa’s remarkable growth trajectory is projected to remain above 5 percent in 2014 with West Africa the fastest growing sub-region, representing the continent’s largest business opportunity.Such momentum is a welcome and necessary boon to a region whose youthful population offers the prospects of a significant demographic dividend fuelled by growth in consumer industries, manufacturing and business process outsourcing.Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation – with over 160 million inhabitants – already plays a crucial role in advancing the continent’s growth; yet it is also emblematic of the challenges of converting natural wealth into solutions that address persistent social challenges.As the foremost gathering on the continent, the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments that can sustain the continent’s growth while creating jobs and prosperity for all its citizens.According to the preliminary, Africa’s richest man, Nigerian billionaire and president and chief executive officer of Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote, will address a topic on redesigning growth models; while the chairman of the executive board and chief executive officer of Heineken Netherlands Jean-Francois Van Bomeer will address a televised session on deepening partnerships. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– following $3.2M Water Supply ProjectGuyana Water Inc (GWI) on Wednesday signed a $3.2 million agreement with the Santa Rosa Village Council to provide running water to 105 homes at Rincon in the Santa Rosa district.The agreement was signed at GWI’s Vlissengen Road, Georgetown office.With a population of 553 persons, Rincon, located in the North West District (NWD) community, will for the first time has its homes outfitted to benefit from running water when the one-month project is completed.At Wednesday’s signing, Santa Rosa Toshao Sherwin Abrams said that residentsFrom left: Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley, Santa Rosa Toshao Sherwin Abrams and GWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charlesin his community were overjoyed about the initiative as he expressed hope that all 11 satellite communities in the district would benefit from potable water.“For too long Rincon has been a community that has been suffering for water; it is one of the oldest communities in the Santa Rosa village,” the Toshao observed.Region One (Barima-Waini) Chairman Brentnol Ashley said that this project added to the Region’s overall upward movement and called for GWI to implement similar initiatives elsewhere.The water authority’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles explained that GWI was seeking to garner water from groundwater sources as opposed to surface water.For communities yet to receive potable water, he observed that the country must do more to encourage safe environmental practices, including watershed management. “We have to ensure that the mining activity which abound these rivers is safe because many communities access water from these rivers and it cannot be put on the back-burner,” he noted.
– Nandlall, Sukhai to settle payments “soon”Following the publication of the names of several prominent individuals who have not paid their NationalNatural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanInsurance Scheme (NIS) contributions over a lengthy period, there has been a rush to settle the payments.The Ministry of Finance on Wednesday released the Forensic Audit report of NIS, which says that over $2.5 billion is outstanding by contributors who have not paid their dues but have been submitting monthly returns. The report was prepared by auditor Ramesh Seebaran.While the report stated that several companies and businesses, many of which are no longer in existence, have not been making the payments, it also outlined that several individuals, too, have been for whatever reasons, failing to pay their contributions.Among those persons named on the defaulters list is Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Opposition parliamentarians Anil Nandlall and Pauline Sukhai. According to the auditor, Trotman is in debt of $554,850, while Sukhai has a debt of $1.6 million and Nandlall with a debt of $4.4 million.However on Friday, the Natural Resources Minister was quick to settle his debt, which he said he was not aware of. Moreover, he sought to explain that the outstanding monies is what is owed personally by him.“Minister Trotman was not aware that he had been in default and this morning met with a representative of the National Insurance Scheme to clarify the matter. Minister Trotman was advised that the matter does not relate to remitting NIS contributions for any staff member of his, but rather, pertain to his personal contributions whilst he was in law practice,” a statement from Imran Khan, Director of Public Information, Prime Minister’s Office, detailed.The release added that further verifications will be conducted but nevertheless Trotman immediately made a payment, and upon completion of the verification there is expected to be an offset.“Minister Trotman has always complied with the legal requirements and ensured that contributions for his staff at his legal practice have been duly paid.”Meanwhile, when contacted Friday, Nandlall told Guyana Times that while he has not settled his contributions, he will be doing so in the near future. “I will settle the outstanding contributions shortly,” he stated.The former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister explained that the money outstanding is what was accumulated over the period of time he was a minister. He noted that he had always assumed that his NIS contributions were being deducted from his government salary.“I belatedly learnt that Ministers are to pay NIS contributions as self-employed and that government does not make the payments,” he added.On the other hand, the former Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai, related to this newspaper that she too will be settling her outstanding contributions soon but has not made any payments as yet.Furthermore, Seebaran in his report revealed that some 42 debtors were identified, with each of them owing in excess of $4 million, amounting to $686,781,422.In addition, a debt of $168 million was recorded in NIS’ audited financial statements for 2013, however, part of it dates back to 2001.“Included in this amount, is a balance of $116M owed by the Ministry of Finance and an amount of $38M which represents dishonoured cheques from contributors. Further, over $20M of the $38M are in excess of five years. Management has advised that these balances were referred to the Guyana Police Force but were sent back to the Scheme to be dealt with under their debt recovery policy,” the report stated.The auditor advised that the board of directors have to determine whether the sundry receivable balance should not be impaired.Moreover, it was found that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is the largest defaulter with an indebtedness of over $1.5 billion. According to Seebaran, the Operations Manager presented a list of receivables totalling $1,091,172,705 at August 2015 which does not include GuySuCo whose indebtedness is $1,574,283,889 for the period September 2014 to April 2015.The audited report outlined that though a 2011 actuarial review reported that 40 per cent of the informal sector workforce is not contributing to the Scheme, the current system is not designed to determine the actual or near actual contributions from employers/self-employed/employees that are not registered.It was observed that during visits to NIS branches across the country, it was reported that the Scheme has limited human resources to cover the areas that fall within the jurisdiction of each office. The auditor said the Operations Manager informed that no report was ever done on the potential loss of contributions from self-employed and employees not contributing to the Scheme.Back in 2014, there were discussions on a draft Debt Management Policy which resulted in the formation of a document titled ‘Procedure for Debt Management Unit’ prepared in August 2014 but has not been approved for implementation to date.On this note, the auditor recommends the establishment of both a proper Debt Management Unit with adequate staff and resources to effectively pursue defaulters and a legal department since at the moment, management only engages lawyers for significant cases. This practice severely hampers its debt collection abilities.
Northern Ireland Under-21 defender Luke Conlan has rejoined Burnley on a one-year contract, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.Conlan was released by the Clarets over the summer but having recovered from a knee problem has now put pen to paper on a new deal at Turf Moor.The 19-year-old said on www.burnleyfootballclub.com: “I’m very happy to be back at the club, I know a lot of the lads from the last few years and this is where I want to be at.“I want to progress now with Burnley again and hopefully kick on in the next year.“I had a few other offers from clubs who wanted me to go on trial but as soon as the opportunity came up here to get another contract it was what I wanted to do.” Burnley manager Sean Dyche 1
3. Paul Dummett (left back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 9. Papiss Cisse (striker) 8. Vurnon Anita (right back) 11 18. Chancel Mbemba (centre back) 11 25. Andros Townsend (right wing) 12. Jonjo Shelvey (centre midfield) Newcastle United host Manchester City tonight, as they bid to stave off the very real threat of relegation.The Magpies go into the game fresh from a convincing 3-0 victory over Swansea, but face a dangerous Manchester City side, who secured the same result away at Chelsea on Saturday.Injury still ravages the Newcastle defence, and with Coloccini and Daryl Janmaat unavailable, Benitez will again be forced to field a makeshift backline against the in-form Aguero.Georginio Wijnaldum’s selection remains a contentious issue for Newcastle fans. The Dutchman started the season with a bang but has trailed off in recent weeks, leaving many fans frustrated with his perfomances.So, will Benitez stick or twist with the hand he played against Swansea? Will Shelvey, Mitrovic or Perez make the starting XI?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Newcastle line up by clicking the arrow above, right. 11 15. Jamaal Lascelles (centre back) 11 24. Cheick Tiote (defensive midfield) 11 11 11 26. Karl Darlow (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 7. Moussa Sissoko (left wing) 4. Jack Colback (defensive midfield) 11
Finn Valley Girls Under-12 soccer teams gave a great account of themselves in a Futsal Tournament in Strabane on Saturday.The club had two teams competing in the round-robin event and although this was the club’s first time playing futsal it didn’t take the Valley girls long to adapt to the game. Both teams showed tremendous skills and great determination throughout the day and although tired at the end they were overjoyed with their success.One of the teams remained undefeated throughout the day with the other team having victories over Castlederg and tournament favourites Sion Swifts.Finn Valley players: Caoimhe Brennan; Caoimhe McGlynn; Rachel Lawne; Eleanor Moy; Danielle McGinley; Ellie White; Rebecca McColgan; Tori Glackin; Sarah O’Kane; Cora McLaughlin; Catherine Elliot; Sinead Harkin; Amy Lee Marley and Beth McCroary;Two girls from the club, Cora McLaughlin and Danielle McGinley picked up awards for Most Determined Player and Overall Player of the Day, respectively. The club continues to train every Monday and Friday from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, on the Astroturf at the Finn Valley Centre. All players from 7 to 17 catered for.The teams are now preparing for the second half of the Donegal Winter League. Valley is competing in all age levels. The under-9s remain undefeated in the league so far with the under 13s and u-15s near the top of their groups.Good luck to all the girls this weekend as they attend the final trials for the Donegal teams for both the Gaynor Cup and the Foyle Cup. FINN VALLEY WFC UNDER 12 GIRLS EXCEL IN FUTSAL TOURNAMENT was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Valley GirlsNoticessoccerSport
Great news from Spain – Oisin Merritt is expected to be brought back home in the next week or so to complete his rehabilitation in Ireland.Oisin Merritt, the Stranorlar teenager injured while on holiday in Santa Ponsa, is to be brought back home to complete his rehabilitation.It signals a remarkable turnaround in his condition which at one stage looked very bleak.Just over a fortnight ago, Oisin’s family issued a statement saying he wasn’t responding to treatment and urged people to keep praying for him. However, the Finn Harps U19 star began to fight back, and just last week awoke to ask how Brazil were doing at the World Cup – as he had a bet on them to win the competition!Doctors have described his turnaround as a miracle, and said he has been reborn.The Villa Rose Hotel, were Oisin works as a bartender, released a statement earlier.“We’ve had an update from Oisin Merrit’s father this morning to say that he has no infection in the brain. “The next step is to prepare to bring him home to complete his rehabilitation here in Ireland hopefully in the next week or so, great news.”MIRACLE MAN OISIN SET TO RETURN HOME was last modified: July 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:comadonegalOisin MerritrecoverySanta PonsaspainVilla Rose Hotel
To celebrate the National Day of Street Feasts, Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter are inviting everyone to join them and thousands of other people around the country and celebrate in a community feast on Sunday, 5 May.Running from 1–4pm on the Church Lane, the street feast is open to people of all ages and will celebrate community with music, food and dance.The historic area behind Church Street Cycles in Letterkenny will be transformed with street decorations, dining tables and a host of street food for the unique event. Throughout the afternoon, there will be games, food and live music and DJ Sean Purser.Local cafes and restaurants in the town are supporting the event through sponsorship of tasty dishes and Cathedral Quarter are asking people to come join in the event on Sunday, May 5.A spokesperson said: “Last year, more than 120,000 people took part in 1344 Street Feasts all around Ireland and we’re looking forward to another great event for 2018. It’s a great excuse to eat good food, meet new people and have lots of fun.“It’s all about community, diversity and bringing people together, so if you love to cook or play music we’d love everyone to join in the fun, bring a dish too or perform in what’s sure to be one of the great outdoor parties of the Summer.” For further information on the Cathedral Quarter Street Feast or to get involved contact committee members Nuala Doran on 086 892 7778.Visit the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter social media page for regular updates and news.Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter to host Street Feast 2019 was last modified: April 26th, 2019 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:letterkenny cathedral quarterstreet feast
Chelsea’s Florent Malouda is considering an offer from Brazilian club Botafogo, the Daily Mirror report.The 32-year-old Frenchman, who has a Brazilian wife, is said to be weighing up several offers, with his first-team chances at Stamford Bridge looking likely to be limited.It is claimed that he is also wanted by another Brazilian club, Vasco Da Gama, where his ex-Lyon team-mate Juninho Pernambucano plays.The Daily Mail say QPR are poised to loan out Joey Barton, with Blackburn Rovers leading the chase.It is suggested that R’s boss Mark Hughes sees a loan to the Championship – where there is a greater volume of league games over the early part of the season – as an ideal way to run down Barton’s 12-match ban quickly.Nottingham Forest are also said to be interested in the controversial midfielder.Meanwhile, The Sun say Craig Bellamy is set to snub Cardiff and sign for QPR from Liverpool, whereas The Independent believe he will choose to join the Bluebirds. The 33-year-old striker, who played under Hughes for Blackburn and Wales, has been tipped to leave Anfield this summer.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
23 August 2011 South Africa has pledged to contribute to the rebuilding of Libya as Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade-long rule crumbles – while denying that it had sent a plane to evacuate Gaddafi from the oil-rich north African country. As news broke on Monday of rebel forces taking control of Tripoli, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that South Africa did, however, have a plane on stand-by in Tunisia in case South Africans and embassy staff in Libya needed rescue. “The South African government would like to refute the rumours that it has sent planes to Libya to fly Colonel Gaddafi and his family to an undisclosed location,” Nkoana-Mashabane told reporters. According to media reports quoting a rebel spokeman, the rebels now control over 95% of Tripoli, including the Libyan state radio building. Gaddafi’s two sons have also reportedly been arrested, with his eldest son, Mohammed Al-Gaddafi, apparently surrendering to rebel forces. South Africa says it will support the will of the people of Libya. “With the imminent fall of the government of Colonel Gaddafi, we wish to urge the interim authority in Tripoli to immediately institute an all-inclusive inter-Libyan political dialogue aimed at building a truly representative and people-centred dispensation,” the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said in a statement on Monday. The statement also made it clear that Pretoria had no knowledge of Gaddafi’s whereabouts, with Nkoana-Mashabane adding that officials in South Africa were “sure that he will not be coming here.” The government said the political and socio-economic transformation of Libya “held real prospects of ushering in a new era based on the will of people in which Libya should take its rightful place in the community of nations. “As Libya turns a new leaf in its history, the transitional government has the immediate responsibility of building national unity and reconciliation, restoring public order, reconstruction and reviving the economy.” Source: BuaNews