NIC Launches ‘Local Content’ Policy

first_imgThe National Investment Commission (NIC) has launched a local content policy initiative, which it says is to create strong links between small domestic and medium size enterprises (SMEs), including foreign companies, in Liberia. The Commission says the local content policy is intended to address the market-pull for Liberian products and services, which are reputed to be the missing element in the country’s national policy for domestic businesses. Launched recently, the local content policy initiative is  expected also to facilitate the creation of new links, deepening and expanding existing programs between foreign and  domestic enterprises in the country, thus making the SMEs more sustainable. The NIC has named five priority sectors — oil and gas, mining, agriculture, forestry and infrastructure — and says the new policy will concentrate on these. Many domestic SMEs operating in these sectors are faced with enormous challenges, including lack of technical-know-how and inadequate funds, among others. But NIC authorities have guaranteed that with the local content policy soon to be put in place, some of the solutions to those issues affecting small businesses in the country will be given priority and addressed subsequently.The Commission has announced the formation of a technical working group, consisting of the public and private sectors, including a number of development partners, to provide leadership and guidance in shaping and planning the process of the policy. NIC Executive Director and Acting Chairman Mr. George Wisner said “the aspiration of the local content policy is the enactment of a local content law, which will require concessionaires and foreign companies, to utilize domestic production and local human capital and to promote inclusive growth,” adding that the NIC is seeking to adequately deal with the market-pull for Liberian services and products, which he says is the ‘the missing element’ which will be addressed once the policy is finalized. The Acting NIC Chair said that the Commission’s focus is to ensure that the local content policy provides a pull for Liberian services and products, while building human capital and business capacity for the long-term. “The policy will be progressive and will consider companies’ capacities, operational stages and their respective opportunities for local content development,” said Mr. Wisner. “It should be a market driven with mechanisms for increasing absorptive capacities and monitoring data collection for effective programming.” A statement issued over the weekend by the Commission notes that the policy will seek to define local content and Liberian business; coordinate with and be complimentary to relevant legislations; acknowledge sector-specific requirements and opportunities for local content development; and ensure percentage target for local content by sectors and operations, among others, whilst acknowledging the many steps required to rectify the current policy paradigm that has been done. The NIC statement makes specific reference to existing Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) policy, which it says has already not only targeted many challenges to business development but has also created business linkages, study report and related MSME action plan which provides sector development strategy; consolidation of related documents and the condition for a clear direction for Liberia’s private sector development. “A missing element, which has been requested in several policy documents, is market-pull for Liberian services and products and will be addressed once the local content policy is finalized,” the statement said. The NIC says that the infusion of local content, specifically local recruitment, technical and vocational training, purchases of local goods and services; and infrastructure development designed to develop the industrial capacity and skills of Liberians, are important incentives in economic development. When put in place the statement adds that the local content will increase domestically, providing goods and services at international standards and at lower prices. “More importantly, local content can introduce structures and networks, including skills that can be applied across various sectors, expanding the economic viability of Liberia and its people.”         All concession agreements encourage use of local content and support valued connections between local businesses and concessionaires. These include references in the supply of goods and services produced and owned by Liberians, as well as requirements on content provided by “preferred” services. But many people say that the biggest challenge faced by domestic businesses is their inability to merge their resources and skills, so as to provide a feasible atmosphere for the production of goods and services. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MatPal, TOTALTEC introduce Maritime Training Institute

first_imgOil and gas sector…to build local contentMatPal and TOTALTEC Oilfield Services Guyana Incorporated have collaborated to introduce a new Maritime Safety Training Institute (MSTI), which will provide safety training courses in the oil sector aimed at building Guyana’s local content.The collaboration has been in the offing for some time and will see several courses being offered in addition to the organisations’ independent courses.At a launching ceremony on Wednesday, TOTALTEC Senior Vice President Mike Henzell explained that after training, Guyanese would be certified to workTOTALTEC Oilfield Services Guyana Incorporated Senior Vice President Mike Henzellworldwide, since the courses were internationally accredited.“We are investing in Guyana and its future by employing qualified instructors, equipment and new physical facilities to deliver all facets of this highly-specialised training. Our investment in training and development of Guyanese young men and women is unparalleled and show our strong commitment to investing in people now for the future, which is key to building a vibrant workforce that participates in our industry,” Henzell said.He indicated that TOTALTEC governed the International Petroleum and Maritime Academy (IPMA), which offers full immersion safety and operational training programmes in the oil sector, including “practical training on industry-specific equipment and machinery”. On the other hand, MatPal provides training courses which are certified by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).TOTALTEC offers 63 courses while over 40 are offered by MatPal in safety-related training. Henzell noted that the decision to launch a new institute was also aimed at assisting international oil companies during their exploration.“The Maritime Safety Training Institute will accelerate the building of competence, local capacity, and Guyanese capabilities to serve and respond to the oil and gas maritime industry.”Meanwhile, Coleen Abrams of MatPal Marine Institute reiterated the importance of local content in the emerging oil and gas sector, adding that the Institute provides Guyanese with the opportunity to acquire employment since they will be suitably skilled.“Through this strategic collaboration, we are committed to addressing the issue of local content through training as well as adopting and enforcing the standards that are nationally and internationally accepted, so as to set and keep the bar high as it relates to knowledge and skill transfer,” Abrams said.Presently, there are campuses at Houston on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) and at the MatPal Institute on Woolford Avenue. Courses are expected to commence by the first quarter of 2019, and registration is open for interested stakeholders.last_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Thursday, May 25

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Thursday’s Sports Bar show.They discuss and take calls on whether Brendan Rodgers should leave Celtic for a job in the Premier League to further his career, there’s a new Fantasy Football Manager feature and another Truth or Lie!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img

GAA NEWS: KILCAR RECORD GOOD LEAGUE WIN OVER ARDARA

first_imgSeniorsWith the championship back to the 15th of Sept, it was a league game against Ardara at home where the Seniors had a good victory, with the score of 19 points to Ardara 6 points. Both Seniors and Reserves play Glenties next Sunday at home ,games at 1.30 and 3pm.Congratulations to James Cunningham and Noreen Lyons who got married at the weekend. Minor Board:Our u-16’s played Bundoran in the league play off ,on Monday night in which they came out with a 5 point victory after extra time.They now play F. Masters in the semi final of the league .Its C’ship next Monday with Na Rossa at home.Our u-13,s starts on the 31st with an away game against Glenties, training is on Tuesday and Thursday @6pm.Website and Facebook; Anyone who would like to contribute old or new photo’s or info ,you can contact James Byrne 0869969256. The website has been getting great reviews ,if you haven’t seen it check it out on Chillcharthagaa or kilcargaa.com .Lotto; There was no winner of lotto, numbers were 2,5,11,23, and lotto plus 2,5,20,27,consolation prizes went to Mary Diver Teelin, Amy Mc Ginley and Fionnuala Hegarty, Jackpot next week is €1,500.Bingo;Bingo winners were Eithne Byrne,Thersa Dolan ,Ann Mc Ginley ,Marie Doogan,Kathleen Cunningham,Eileen Curran. Jackpot next week €3,500 on 51 numbers. GAA NEWS: KILCAR RECORD GOOD LEAGUE WIN OVER ARDARA was last modified: August 21st, 2013 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:Kilcar GAA noteslast_img read more

DD LOCAL: ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgA warm day in Annagry. Pic Danny O’DonnellAnnagry Community News100+ DRAWThe next 100+ Draw will take place on Wednesday June 25th. All ticket sellers are asked to have their subs with the co-ordinator before Sunday June 22nd as agreed by the committee, so the draw can take place on the June 25th. OLD RAILWAY WALKCome along to St Columbas Community Centre, Acres, Burtonport and register from 9.15 to join us as we celebrate the approach of the longest day of the year with our annual Summer’s Evening Walk on The Old Railway on Friday 20th June @10. Experience the Railway walk and its nocturnal sounds as you haven’t seen or heard it before. On our return we are planning a short session of music to add to the atmosphere as we enjoy a nice cup of tea and a biscuit before bedtime. We are looking forward to seeing you all. The cost of this event is €5 per person or €10 per family. Everyone is welcome.LOTTO The numbers drawn in the Naomh Muire Club Lotto on June 11thwere 4-6-8-13. There was no winner of the €1160 jackpot. Catherine Cork Bonner Rannyhual, Mary Bonner Rannyhual and Andrew Boyle Belcruit Mountain matched 3 numbers. The jackpot on June 18th is €1220. If you’re not in, you can’t win!CEMETERY MASSThe Annual Cemetery Mass and Blessing of the Graves will be held at the New Cemetery Meendernasloe on Friday July 25th at7.30pm and at the Old Cemetery Annagry on Sunday July 27th at 3pm.TEA PARTYA tea Party in aid of Laura Boyle’s Charity Skydive will be held in Neddie’s Bar Mullaghduff on Saturday June 22nd from 12am. All monies raised at this event and the parachute jumps at Carrickfinn in August will go to Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin, Simon, an various other charities. Thank you for your support.OLD RAILWAY BURTONPORT A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent scrap metal collection fundraiser. We raised a grand total of €510all of which is greatly appreciated as development and maintenance of this beautiful walk is ongoing. Current additional projects which are underway include: 1.The development of map boards which will be placed at the community centre and at both the start and end of the walk and replacement signage which will correspond with the uniform signage required to become part of the national trails group of walks; 2.The development of information leaflets which will inform the walker of the various options of distances and routes to take whilst incorporating the railway walk. We would like to thank Shaun Crean for taking on this job; 3. The replacement of the large stones with removable bollards and erecting fencing along steep embankments which will help promote safety for the walker and protection for the path.PEIL NA MBANThe U12 girls were at a blitz at An Tearmainn at The Burn Road on Saturday last. Thanks to An Tearmainn for a well run blitz and the ladies who provided refreshments for the teams and parents. Feature of the day was an A&B Matches, featuring a Gaeltacht Alliance Naomh Muire/Gaoth Dobhair V An Tearmainn and the winner here was certainly the Gaeltacht with Gaelic been the predominant language from all three teams in these games. Maith sibh.GAA TRAINING Peil na mBan will hold training session for U10s and U12s Girls on Thursdays from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. The training for U14 and U16 Minors and Ladies will be held between 6.30pm and 7.30pm also on Thursdays.PEIL NA MBAN GAMESThe U14 County semi-final between Naomh Muire and Milford has been set for June 24th with the venue and time to be confirmed. The senior ladies will play Glenswilly on Saturday June 21st at the Banks.GOOD LUCKThe Best of luck to Jade & Robbie O’Donnell on Sunday June 22nd who will be on duty with the County ladies team who play Armagh in the Ulster Semi-final in Lisnaskea Co.Fermanagh at 5pm. Supporters on your way back from Clones, drop in an support the ladies on their quest to get to the Ulster final and hopefully a treble of wins for Donegal on Sunday.ROAD SIGNAGEA new signage board is to be erected at the junction of the Calhame/Carrickfin County road and the access road to Donegal Airport. The sign is been prepared by the Donegal County Council Road Design Section and it is hoped to have this sign erected soonCHURCH GATE COLLECTIONThe Donegal Branch of the Irish Kidney Association wish to thank those who subscribed to Donor Week Emblems and the recent Church Gate collection in Annagry. The total amount collected was €810WATER SAFETYIrish Water Safety will carry out both Swimming Lessons and Safety & Rescue training in the Keadue and Cruit Island areas as usual this summer. Dates have been confirmed as follows: Week one begins on Monday July 14th and the second week on Monday August 11th. Children may attend lessons for both weeks or choose the week which suits them best. Swim lessons will be held at the block yard beach in Keadue from 10am each morning and are suitable for children aged from around four years upwards. Registration will take place from 9.30pm on both Monday mornings. Safety and rescue training will take place at the bridge at the entrance of Cruit Island from 1pm, and is suitable for children over twelve years of age who are competent swimmers. Registration will take place at the bridge from 1pm. The cost per child for weekly sessions is €30.DD LOCAL: ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: June 18th, 2014 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:AnnagryCommunity newslast_img read more

DONEGAL TAME TRIBESMEN AS FAMILIAR FOE AWAITS – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY

first_imgPatrick McBrearty is congratulated by Colm McFadden after finding the net this evening against Galway.A familiar foe awaits Donegal in Croke Park next Saturday and the team go into that game feeling good about themselves and knowing they have the wherewithal to beat Mayo.The only issue is whether Donegal have enough left in the tank after five tough matches; because there is no doubting the ability is there with the second half blitz on Galway providing ample evidence.Cathal MacSuibhneBy Cathal MacSuibhne As now seems the norm, the team stormed out of the blocks but then faded just as quickly. The second quarter appears to be a form of downtime, it happens so often that it is no longer a surprise. On the big days when the team has managed to put together a consistent display across most or all of a match, including a big second quarter, the performance has been amongst their best – think of the semi final victories over Cork and Dublin.Donegal certainly reached a different level after the break with a devastating counter attacking salvo that floored Galway. A central figure, particularly to the fore when the game was still close, was Odhran MacNiallais.The stylish midfield operator was outstanding in everything he did. He caught some superb ball in the engine room and scored three glorious points from play; there aren’t many players in the country who could convert the chances the young sharp shooter was knocking over.His fielding was wonderful to watch and it is especially impressive considering he rarely gives away frees when contesting for kick outs. So often you see referees penalising players for a slight nudge in the back or an arm over the shoulder of an opponent but Odhran’s spring off the ground means he can out jump most without resorting to fouling. The long range efforts along with those of Colm McFadden and others were in stark contrast to the shooting against Monaghan last time out – those that were shanked wide in the Ulster Final were finding their target this time around.McFadden ran MacNiallais close for the man of the match gong after he produced a brilliant display around the middle. Whether he’s spraying passes, making tackles or kicking over booming points, the Creeslough marksman is revelling as a deep lying link man and it was important he got back on track following an abject display in Clones.Colm has always been a talented finisher but he has added a significant string to his bow by committing to taking on his marker much more and ruthlessly driving at goal. His first instinct nowadays when close to goal is to beat his man and he displayed this with his assist for Patrick McBrearty’s early goal. In years gone by his first option would be to find a yard of space in which to swing that trusty left peg but now he is direct and sniffing for goals – a feature of his and Donegal’s game that will be crucial next week. Mayo’s Achilles heel over the past few years has been the number of goals they concede in big matches, as Donegal know all too well from 2012.Another man who will be central to the assault on Mayo’s rearguard will be Michael Murphy. He spent much of his Saturday evening inside at full forward and produced some majestic moments like only he can.His outrageous catch and subsequent point was a stunning piece of action; it was Aussie Rules-esque and even had a hint of a basketball slam dunk with Michael managing to hang in the air for that split second before he got his paws on the O’Neills. It was an important moment in the overall context of the match too as it lifted the crowd and Ryan McHugh’s goal followed soon after. The Maestro was again central to that score, the deftness of his touch vital in ensuring McHugh didn’t have to break stride before finishing beautifully to the corner of the net. Of course after any full-forward magic from Murphy, the usual cries of ‘why doesn’t he play there all the time?’ grow ever louder. Galway were very accommodating in their defensive setup and effectively laid out a welcome mat for Murphy unlike Monaghan or indeed any Ulster team who suffocate him with anything up to four markers at times. The good news is that Mayo may well be just as obliging – if so, expect to see quite a bit of Michael on the edge of the square again.While Donegal had a few standout performers, there were plenty others who went about their business quietly and efficiently. Neil Gallagher got through his usual mountain of work while surprise starter Hugh McFadden handled his first championship outing at Headquarters admirably. The Killybegs man put in a great shift and notably made some big hits when the ball was being scrapped for in the middle third.Half time substitute Anthony Thompson also went about his task with the minimum of fuss and with doubts over Karl Lacey’s availability next weekend Thompson will surely be needed again. Eamonn Doherty is another option at half back and he will be pleased with his calm and assured time on the field, a couple of potentially costly slips apart.Overall though the defence looked a little bit loose and open in the first half and while Donegal will be intent on plundering Mayo for goals, it is just as imperative that Paul Durcan’s goal is kept under lock and key. As well as the injury concern over Lacey, Eamon McGee and McBrearty are unlikely to be fully fit but in the case of the latter he will certainly be expected to start even though that knock to the knee suffered against Derry continues to be a problem.The health and wellbeing of the team is Rory Gallagher’s biggest concern this week but in mixing things up a bit against the Tribesmen, the boss will hope that Martin McElhinney and Christy Toye amongst others are fresh and ready for big impacts. Toye only made a brief cameo but still managed to add another goal to his Croke Park tally; his wonderfully struck shot the latest in a long line of HQ goals that started way back in 2002 with a major against Meath.One week doesn’t allow much time to prepare for such a huge game but the team appear in much better shape than at the same stage two years ago. After the 2013 Ulster Final defeat to Monaghan, Donegal made seriously hard work of their qualifier against Laois. It was sheer will that got them that victory, even though it was clear there was very little left in the legs that night in Carrick on Shannon. Now though there seems to be confidence within the players that they can still achieve the ultimate goal this year and they know that one defeat doesn’t suddenly make them a bad team.There are plenty arguments that can be made for a win for either side next week so whether Donegal or Mayo win, neither outcome would be a surprise. The margins are so very fine.At half time of the earlier game on Saturday between Tyrone and Sligo, the Artane Band provided the musical entertainment. One particular tune that got an airing will strike a chord with Donegal supporters as they converge onto Jones Road next week in their droves – Don’t Stop Believin’. Bring it on.DONEGAL TAME TRIBESMEN AS FAMILIAR FOE AWAITS – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY was last modified: August 4th, 2015 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

Maroons stand in the way of Vipers second league victory

first_img Tags: Maroons FCStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetopvipers sc Vipers defeated Ndejje in their first game (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueMaroons FC vs Vipers SCLuzira Prisons Ground, LuziraTuesday, 02-10-2018 @04.30pmLUZIRA – Defending Champions Vipers SC are playing their second league game away to stubborn Maroons at Luzira Prisons on Tuesday afternoon.Javier Martinez Espinoza’s side struggled in their opening StarTimes Uganda Premier League game at home to newcomers, Ndejje University last Friday and needed a late goal from Davis Kasirye to earn maximum points.Maroons suffered a stuttering start to their season when they were subjected to a 3-1 defeat at Bright Stars last Friday.The hosts will rely on the experienced trio of Herman Wasswa, Dan Wagaluka and Brian Majwega for inspiration while the visitors have Davis Kasirye who scored the lone goal in the previous match, Tito Okello and Daniel Sserunkuma in their ranks.What the coaches are saying;Javier Martinez Espinosa, Vipers SC.“We are ready for Maroons and we are going there to get the three points.“All the games are going to be tough like the one of Ndejje but we are going to try and win every game and we are going to defend this championship.George Best Nsimbe, Maroons FC.“I have prepared my team very well and I know we are going to win the game.” I trust my players and the mistakes we made in the first match, we won’t do them against.Team news,Davis Kasirye and Duncan Sseninde could have a place in the starting lineup after coming off the bench to change the game against Ndejje University. Frank Zaga Tumwesigye and Okwir Dickens who started the opening day victory are expected to start on the bench despite being named in the first team last week. Aggrey Madoi picked up a minor knock in the previous game but has been passed fit for selection. Abraham Ndugwa, Tom Masiko and Bashir Ssekagya are available for selection after missing the 1-0 win over Ndejje.There are no injuries on both sides and Coach Nsimbe is likely to make no changes in the squad that faced Bright Stars last Friday.Match fact:Vipers last trip to Luzira ended in a 1-1 draw after Patrick Gonahasa’s second-half goal cancelled out Dan Sserunkuma’s opening strike.The other fixtures on Tuesday:KCCA FC vs Kirinya JSS – Lugogo @04:00pmExpress FC vs URA FC – Wankulukuku @04:30pmBul FC vs Tooro United – Jinja @04:30pmComments last_img read more

Fernandes and QPR players post on Twitter after win

first_imgTony Fernandes and a number of QPR players posted on Twitter as they savoured the win at Wigan.The result means Rangers go into the international break with nine points and are fifth in the Championship table.And co-chairman Fernandes reiterated that the club plan to strengthen their squad ahead of Wednesday’s transfer deadline.Great going into the international break with that win. 2 cup wins 3 league A bit more work on transfer window .— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) August 27, 2016Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side defended resolutely at the DW Stadium, where Nedum Onuoha’s goal gave Rangers the points.Always good to win away from home. Big goal from Chief. Thanks to all our travelling fans 🙌🏽 #WIGQPR pic.twitter.com/id9pEimMWR— Tjaronn Chery (@tjaronnchery) August 27, 2016Well-deserved 3 points!!! Thanks to all our travelling fans for their great support 💪🏼🔵⚪ #WIGQPR #COYRS @QPRFC pic.twitter.com/7xjA5hmyxB— Sebastian Polter (@polti1991) August 27, 20163 points away!! Back to winning ways and into the break on a high.. Thanks to all the fans that made the trip up! pic.twitter.com/flF1P9gccD— Massimo Luongo (@MassLuongo) August 27, 2016Another huge win on the road! Much more to come from us too. Big thanks to the travelling fans! 🙌🏽🙌🏽— Karl Henry (@karlhenry08) August 27, 2016Back to winning ways, solid 1-0 win, thanks to the fans that made the journey, have a safe journey home 👍🏽⚽️⚪️🔵— Jordan Paul Cousins (@jordancousins94) August 27, 2016Difficult but very important victory ⚽️ Well done guys 👊🏾 #WIGQPR @QPRFC 🔵⚪️🔵⚪️— Ngbakoto Yeni (@Yeni_Ngbakoto23) August 27, 2016Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

College of the Redwoods downs Foothill, improves to 2-0

first_imgTwo wins, two ways.Drew Gillette led College of the Redwoods with 20 points in a 56-53 win over Foothill, Friday afternoon at the San Jose Tipoff tournament.On Thursday Redwoods beat San Jose in a high-scoring 86-82 affair. Redwoods gave up 50 points in the first half on Thursday.On Friday, just 25 in the opening 20 minutes en route to a 27-25 advantage at the break. Redwoods head coach Ryan Bisio praised his defense following the win.“I thought our defense was stunning at …last_img

The “Three Ps” of Evaluating Managed Network Services

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#RWEnterpriseSponsored Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finley Enterprises are getting more complex with virtualization and the advent of cloud computing – which is leading to changes that are making room for next generation networks. The Strategic Network Group says new networks must be evaluated according to three criteria: portfolios, partners and processes.The 3Ps of Managed Network ServicesView more documents from ReadWriteWeb.Check out our Resource Center for information from Qwest Business.Disclosure: Qwest Business is a ReadWriteWeb sponsorlast_img