Japanese Grant Assistance Produces Professional Carpenters

first_imgMr. Eduardo Moeira of UNIDO and LCU president Toure.Whoever said that “if you give a hungry man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime,” might have had an idea why the Japanese Government decided to provide development assistance to Liberia, after the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country.The Japanese government realized that Liberia is still on its way to recovery from a 14-year civil war and the recent outbreak of Ebola that seriously affected the country’s path to reconstruction, leaving Liberians heavily reliant on transnational corporations (TNC) for the country’s economy.However, the Japanese government has realized that unemployment is unavailable to unskilled and semi-skilled workers and that TNC’s contribution towards creating job opportunities as well as poverty reduction has been limited. “Conflict against TNC’s has been frequently observed in concession project-affected communities (PAC).”Hence, the Japanese government, in its supplementary budget year (2016), with the implementing period (March 27-June, 2018) through UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), in the amount of US$597,000, initiated a project that aims to promote social stabilization by improving human security of the vulnerable people and communities affected by crises in close coordination with TNCs.The activities include carpentry and Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) training. The project sites are Monrovia and Margibi County; it is expected to enhance socioeconomic resilience and provide a means out of poverty.Several hundred Liberian youth, who have worked along with the Liberia Carpentry Union (LCU), have been assisted to develop their skills in carpentry, while some of their leaders have gained training in Japan, under Japanese government’s assistance.According to Mohammad Toure, president of the LCU, the Japanese government’s assistance has been tremendous. “We chose 60 young people from communities that are near concessionaire areas, such as Margibi, Grand Bassa, and Montserrado counties where 300 young men were trained, with 55 of them well established.”He said with the improved work of their members to provide quality furniture, the Liberian government should implement a policy that gives Liberian carpenters the opportunity to supply 25 percent of furniture bought for ministries and agencies of government.“We want a showroom where we can display our products so that Liberians can see what we are capable of doing,” Toure said. He commended the Government of Japan for carving a pathway for Liberians who are prepared to learn carpentry and get themselves out of poverty.Toure told the Daily Observer that his Union is dialoguing with authorities of the Ministry of Commerce to work out an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the promise that through the Japanese assistance, Liberian carpenters will provide any quality furniture imaginable for the local market.He said at present, at least 400 Liberians, including females, have gone through a system of education, using the Booker Washington Institute (BWI). While regretting that there are challenges, Toure believes that once the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) can show the political will to empower them with their demands, LCU members will have a sustainable route out of poverty.Mohamed S. Turay, vice president of the LCU, told journalists that he was opportune to travel to Japan with assistance from the Japanese government. “What I learned in Japan has motivated me a lot and I am imparting the knowledge to young people who are passionate about learning carpentry,” he said. The carpentry project is led by UNIDO, with Eduardo Moreira as the project’s technical advisor.“We want to appeal to the Japanese government to resume its assistance so that we can continue to develop our capacity as a way of getting many young Liberians out of grinding poverty,” Turay said.Japan provides approximately a US$3M grant assistance for grassroots human security projects in Liberia (2012-2018).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NBS $79M appeal ruling set for Dec 19

first_imgAfter refusing to pay a past employee an awarded sum of $79 million for wrongful dismissal, the New Building Society’s appeal against former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Maurice Arjoon will come up for ruling by Justice Rishi Persaud at the Appeal Court of Guyana on December 19.During Wednesday’s proceedings at the nation’s highest court, the parties, who appeared were Arjoon and one the representing attorneys, Siand Dhurjon; whileDismissed NBS CEO, Maurice ArjoonNBS Attorney, Senior Counsel Ashton Chase, was also present.It was recently disclosed that December 5 was the date set for ruling but after discussions with both parties, Justice Persaud set December 19 as the new date for ruling on the matter. After the announcement of the new date was made, Arjoon swiftly exited the courtroom.It has been five years since the former CEO took NBS to court for his outstanding pension and other benefits. Arjoon had originally sued the lending agency for some $550 million in damages on the following grounds: that he had been wrongfully dismissed from his post, and that his former employer had withheld pension and other benefits due him.The former top official was fired from his position 10 years ago in connection with a Magistrate’s Court matter wherein he, NBS Operations Manager Kent Vincent and NBS Assistant Mortgage Manager Kissoon Baldeo were all accused of conspiracy to defraud NBS of $69 million. The court matter was eventually dismissed, and Arjoon and the co-defendants took the financial institution to court in 2011. Having been dragged out for more than five years, the High Court matter was initially listed for decision on November 29, 2016; but it was only after repeated articles in this regard had appeared in the media that the court handed down its ruling on July 17.High Court Judge Justice Brassington Reynolds ruled in the dismissed CEO’s favour, awarding him more than $79 million in outstanding payments and benefits. The court also ruled that he should be paid a monthly pension of $372,498 from July 1 onwards. The Judge further ordered that the former CEO should receive financial compensation for the damages he had suffered; and moreover, that he was entitled to his pension and severance benefits, in accordance with provisions stipulated in the laws of Guyana.The NBS had contended that an unauthorised withdrawal of nearly $70 million had been made from an account that its client Bibi Shamina Khan held.The NBS’s issue with the withdrawal was that it was made through a Power of Attorney, and the company had implicated Arjoon for misconduct. The court in its determination contended that the NBS had failed to provide evidence that supported its claim of misconduct, whether serious or otherwise.Arjoon, who told media operatives that he was sick, had claimed that he was set-up on the fraud allegations because he allegedly refusal to approve a loan of some $2 billion applied for in 2006. He had also noted that the investigation into the fraud allegations was conducted later that same year, implicating him as CEO, as well as the co-defendants.last_img read more

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CARRIGART GIRL LAURA PUTS THE REAL ICING ON THE CAKE!

first_imgA Carrigart girl has put the icing on the cake by becoming the runner up in national baking competitionSixteen year old Laura McFadden from Carrigart, a pupil at Mulroy College, was last night awarded 2nd place in national baking competition, The Big Bake in Dublin. Eight finalists from Donegal, Meath, Galway, Dublin, Kildare and Mayo battled it out in soaring temperatures with mouth-watering tastes smoking from the Cooks Academy kitchen in Dublin, where each of the eight had to bake their favourite recipe, which was chosen from a nationwide campaign.Head judge, award-winning celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon, who coincidentally is from Ramelton and recently won the national Celtic Cook-Off competition said he was pleasantly surprised at the standard of the competition.“Given her unique baking skills Laura McFadden should be stepping into some of Ireland’s finest eateries in a few years time’ he said.Laura baked a chocolate fudge cake and described her runner-up position as “the best thing ever.’ “I love baking, I’d do anything to bake and this is like a dream come true,” she said.The winner of The Big Bake was Laoise Casey from Dundrum in Dublin, who baked a Pistachio Bread and Butter Pudding. She will bake her winning recipe on TV3’s Ireland AM next Wednesday along with tv baker Catherine Leydon. She also received a Luxury Home Backing Pack from home interiors store Hegartys.ieThe Big Bake is run annually by Age Action as part of the nationwide week-long festival, Positive Ageing Week.As an intergenerational event that encourages young and old to take part, The Big Bake is one of the highlights of the festival. This year the festival is sponsored by homecare provider Bluebird Care.Fundraising Manager with Age Action Rhona O’Connor says, “we were thrilled with the level of talent at this year’s Big Bake and the interest from around Ireland. It’s great to see traditional skills being used by young and old and recipes being handed down through generations.”Eddie O’Toole of Bluebird Care described the event as another example of positive ageing, ’16-year old Laura with her traditional cooking methods, Karyn with her mother-in-law’s recipe in memory of her, and Laoise also used her Grandma’s secret recipe, it’s great to see all generations coming together’. Laura is the daughter of Carmel McFadden and the late Donal McFadden.CARRIGART GIRL LAURA PUTS THE REAL ICING ON THE CAKE! was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 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)last_img read more

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GM settles case with Chery

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – General Motors Corp. said Friday it has reached a settlement resolving all legal disputes with Chinese automaker Chery Automobile Co., which had been accused of pirating the design of GM’s Spark minicar. GM had said its Spark looks similar to the Chery QQ, and the world’s biggest automaker had filed lawsuits trying to prevent Chery from selling the car in various markets, including Asia and Eastern Europe. GM also had threatened legal action against Chery because of its name. GM says “Chery” sounds too much like “Chevy,” the nickname of its Chevrolet brand. Chery agreed in September that it won’t market its vehicles under the Chery name in the United States. Under the settlement, GM and Chery won’t take further legal action against each other. Further details of the settlement weren’t released. GM said the two automakers will concentrate on developing their separate businesses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “All parties highly appreciate the efforts that have been made by relevant governmental authorities for the purpose of further clarifying the intellectual property rights issue and relevant legal frameworks,” GM said in a statement. GM obtained the Spark design in 2002 when it acquired South Korea’s Daewoo Motor Sales Corp. In September, China’s State Intellectual Property Office determined the Spark design was never patented in China and wasn’t protected by China’s intellectual property laws. GM and Chery are two of the biggest players in the Chinese market. Five Chery models are expected to arrive in the U.S. market in the summer of 2007, according to New York-based Visionary Vehicles, which plans to market Chery vehicles in the United States. last_img read more

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