first_imgMarketers in Liberia have been urged to be steadfast and step up to the plate in boosting the economy in the awake of the prevailing Ebola crisis affecting the sub-region.Making the plea for marketers, particularly women, Charles Naiwah, program manager of Foundation for Women (FFW), urged marketers to rise up above the deadly foe of Ebola and properly manage the business sector for the development of their nation.  Addressing the marketers yesterday, he encouraged Liberian women to be courageous in these trying times of the national economy, adding; “Don’t let Ebola put you out of business.“Let’s be serious in the fight against this virus in order to make our businesses stronger,” the FFW manager indicated.Relative to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the micro-finance organization called on residents of Liberia, particularly market women, to understand the fact that “Ebola is real and has no remedy, but early treatment can reduce the risk of death. Don’t hide any sick or dead person, he admonished, urging them to report to the health authorities anything that looks like the virus.”Control the children who  remain at home to avoid coming in contact with strangers.”It’s better to be selfish and remain alive than to be generous and get killed at the hands of Ebola.  That is why we have come to identify with you people in these communities today.”We’re partners; so Ebola will not make us fall apart. Our partners met and raised some resources to procure awareness materials and preventive gears for you in order to contain the spread of the virus. We will not sit back and allow our members to fight the virus alone.  We are with you every step of the way. We want our borrowers to fight the disease face-to-face in an effort to kick the virus out of Liberia,” Naiwah asserted.FFW made the call when the local organization that is operating in 14 of Liberia’s 15 political subdivisions  presented scores of anti-Ebola materials for 37 market women from three communities. The micro finance organization described the donation as “arms and ammunitions in the combat against Ebola.”Receiving the items on behalf of the three groups, leaders of the market women expressed their appreciation to the FFW family for the gesture.In separate statements, Madams Vera Tweh of Airfield, Emma Ricks of Catholic Junction and Marlyn Davis of Old Road Communities described the donations as “a  positive step in battling the deadly Ebola virus.””A friend in bad times is truly a real friend indeed,” Madam Davis said.She pledged her women’s organization’s fullest corporation in the national fight against Ebola, pledging,  “The materials will be used for the intended purpose.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Investments through participatory notes (P-notes) in the Indian capital market stood at Rs 79,088 crore in August-end, registering the third consecutive month-on-month decline. Investments through P-notes has been declining since June, while the month of May had registered an increase over the previous month. P-notes are issued by registered foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) to overseas investors who wish to be a part of the Indian stock market without registering themselves directly after going through a due diligence process. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to the latest data from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the cumulative value of P-note investments in the domestic markets — equity, debt, and derivatives — fell to Rs 79,088 crore till August-end from Rs 81,082 crore in July-end. In June-end, the investment was at Rs 81,913 crore, while it was at Rs 82,619 crore in the end of May and Rs 81,220 crore in April-end. Out of the total investments made till the end of August, Rs 52,150 crore was invested in the equities segment, Rs 26,259 crore in debt and Rs 678 crore in the derivatives market. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe use of P-notes has been on a decline since 2017 and slumped to a nine-and-a-half year low of Rs 66,587 crore in October-end. Marketmen attributed the decline to gradual measures taken by regulatory bodies to curb the usage of P-notes. Besides, a large number of people have been seen shifting from P-notes to FPIs in the last few months as the process has been made easier. In July 2017, Sebi had notified stricter norms stipulating a fee of $1,000 on each instrument to check any misuse for channelising black money. It had also prohibited FPIs from issuing such notes where the underlying asset is a derivative, except those that are used for hedging purposes. Marketmen believe that Sebi’s recent decision to rationalise the rules for issuance and subscription of contentious offshore derivative instruments such as P-notes may help in attracting investment through the route. Last month, the board of Sebi has approved a proposal to rationalise the framework for issuance of P-notes — an instrument once very popular with foreign investors.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Officials at National Defence have dusted off their briefing books and are back looking at where they could send Canadian peacekeepers as the clock ticks down to a major UN summit on the subject next month in Vancouver.The flurry of activity ends months of idling as military planners waited for some signs of interest from the Trudeau government, which first promised up to 600 troops and 150 police for peacekeeping last year.National Defence conducted a number of fact-finding missions and drew up options on possible missions following that commitment in August 2016, but the Liberals refused to pull the trigger.Instead, the whole idea was put on the back burner for months amid concerns about the potential risks of modern peacekeeping missions, and as the government turned to dealing with the Trump administration.In the meantime, National Defence’s proposals collected dust as they sat largely untouched with the Prime Minister’s Office and Global Affairs Canada.Sources tell The Canadian Press that defence officials are now back at it and that the Liberals hope to make a decision before the Nov. 14-15 peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, though it’s not certain they will.The government has previously said it will not be rushed into a mission, but the UN expected last year when it agreed to let Canada host the meeting that Canadian troops would already be on the ground.The summit, to be hosted by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, is only supposed to be open to officials from countries that have made concrete pledges to peacekeeping missions.Defence officials are still looking at possible roles for Canada in Africa, but have also reportedly expanded their search to include the new mission in Haiti, where Canadian peacekeepers previously served.The UN has prepared a list of requirements in advance of the Vancouver summit, which includes three missions with “critical” shortages of specialized troops and equipment: Mali, South Sudan and Haiti.The UN is specifically looking for an intelligence unit, bomb-disposal company and transport helicopters for Mali; a special forces unit and transport company for South Sudan; and helicopters for Haiti.But it also needs more medical personnel, engineers, female peacekeepers, francophone troops and police officers across the board — all of which Canada has in supply.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last month that the Liberals remain committed to peacekeeping, but that Canadians would want the government to take its time before putting troops into harm’s way.“We need to make sure that we’re doing it right, that we’re doing it in a thoughtful way and that it’s the right mission,” Trudeau said at the time. “We will take the time necessary to do it properly.”A UN official expressed frustration Friday at the government’s apparent foot-dragging, noting that the needs of the world’s hotspots have not changed significantly since the Liberals first promised to do more peacekeeping.“Mali is still Mali, and South Sudan is still South Sudan,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to diplomatic sensitivities. “You have all the information. There isn’t much left for discussion.”The Liberals were expected last year to send a large number of troops to Mali, where the UN is policing a ceasefire between the local government and various rebel groups amid attacks from terrorist groups.French Ambassador Kareen Rispal, whose country has a large counter-insurgency mission in Mali, came out in French-language media this week saying she hopes Canada will still support the UN there.That may still be the case, but sources warn Canada’s footprint is likely to be smaller than anticipated wherever the government ultimately decides to go.Royal Military College professor Walter Dorn, who has done extensive work on peacekeeping, said it’s way past time the government took another serious look at potential contributions to the UN.Canada stands to be embarrassed if a decision isn’t made before the Vancouver summit, though he warned that simply offering a token contribution to one mission or another likely won’t be enough.“Canada has pledged up to 600 military personnel and 150 police personnel,” he said.“If we don’t deliver more than half of that, then it will be a great disappointment because the UN desperately needs well-equipped forces and francophone forces, in particular.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

Not that so many people have missed the NHL, but the league and players seem to be finally making some headway in labor negotiations that have claimed the first month of the season.A secret, long-awaited bargaining session has spurred so much hope that there are plans for another meeting in coming days.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players’ association special counsel Steve Fehr met for long stretches Saturday in an undisclosed location, marking the first time the sides had gotten together for talks in more than two weeks.”We had a series of meetings over the course of the day and had a good, frank discussion on the most important issues separating us,” Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday morning. ”We plan to meet again early in the week.”Daly and Fehr hadn’t met since Oct. 18 when both sides rejected offers, but a series of phone conversations this week did enough to produce a new round of talks. It is unclear how long they were together on Saturday, but the discussions lasted well into the night.”I agree with what Bill said. Hopefully we can continue the dialogue, expand the group, and make steady progress,” Fehr said Sunday in a statement.There is a sense of urgency now because nearly two months of the season and the prized Winter Classic have already been called off. The hope of a full season being played is already gone, and if a deal isn’t reached soon, the NHL could be looking at its second lost campaign since 2004.The lockout reached its 50th day Sunday, but a glimmer of optimism emerged. There have already been 327 games canceled – including the outdoor Winter Classic that was wiped out Friday.A big point of contention between the NHL and the players’ association has been the ”make whole” provision, which will ensure that all existing player contracts will be paid out regardless of any changes made to the split of hockey-related revenues or contract language.The NHL appears ready to cover more of the costs of those deals as opposed to making them part of the players’ share of revenue in future years. In its most recent offer last month, the NHL said it would honor the current contracts in deferred payments, but those would be included in the players’ share of revenues. read more

first_img Updated: 2:13 PM  CAMP PENDLETON (KUSI) – Sixteen Marines were arrested Thursday at Camp Pendleton on suspicion of crimes ranging from human smuggling to drug offenses, military officials said.Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents took the suspects into custody during a battalion-wide formation at the northern San Diego County military installation about 7:30 a.m., said 1st Lt. Cameron Edinburgh, a spokesman for the 1st Marine Division.The arrestees’ names and details on the allegations against them were not immediately available.According to a Marine Corps statement, the arrests stemmed from “information gained from a previous human-smuggling investigation.” Eight other Marines were interrogated for their alleged involvement in unrelated drug crimes, officials said.“None of the Marines arrested or detained for questioning served in support of the Southwest Border Support mission,” according to the Marine Corps statement. “1st Marine Division is committed to justice and the rule of law, and we will continue to fully cooperate with NCIS on this matter.”The prior case that “sort of opened the door” to the new arrests involved Camp Pendleton Marines Byron Darnell Law II and David Javier Salazar- Quintero, who were taken into custody three weeks ago, Edinburgh said.On July 3, Border Patrol agents investigating suspected human- smuggling activity in the southeastern reaches of San Diego County pulled over a small black car near Boulevard, according to a federal complaint.Inside the vehicle were Law, Salazar-Quintero and three Mexican nationals in the United States illegally, the court document states. The two servicemen were taken into custody on suspicion of transporting undocumented immigrants for financial gain.Law and Salazar-Quintero are being prosecuted in federal court. The newly arrested Marines’ cases are in the military justice system “for the time being,” though they could wind up in the civilian legal arena, as well, Edinburgh noted. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 25, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img 16 US Marines arrested for alleged crimes including human smuggling and drug-related offenses KUSI Newsroom July 25, 2019last_img read more