Made-in-Liberia Products to Feature at AGOA Expo & Trade Fair

first_imgThe AGOA Expo is a Cultural and Business Platform committed to celebrate U.S – Africa Cooperation, Strengthen Bilateral Trade Relations, and to also promote AGOA Key Export Products and Investment opportunities through African Growth and Opportunity Act.The Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) is urgently inviting all exporters and potential exporters of products made in Liberia to a “Pitch Your Product” meeting on today, Friday, August 17th at 3pm at the Liberia Chamber of Commerce.LCC will join the rest of the world in the upcoming African Growth & Opportunity Act or (AGOA) Expo & Trade Fair scheduled to be held in New York, the United States on September 25th – 30th, 2018, and the Liberia Chamber of Commerce is inviting local producers of Liberian-made products to form part of this unique opportunity. According to AGOA, local producers from 40 African countries are expected at the Expo.The AGOA Expo is a Cultural and Business Platform committed to celebrate U.S – Africa Cooperation, Strengthen Bilateral Trade Relations, and to also promote AGOA Key Export Products and Investment opportunities through African Growth and Opportunity Act.The Liberia Chamber of Commerce – AGOA Trade & Resource Center (ATRC)The Chamber currently works with Export Ready Companies, providing technical and practical assistance relating to exporting under AGOA.  We are looking for companies that has the following characteristics:  Quality, Quantity, and Frequency.According to the Chamber, despite AGOA eligibility, Liberia has arguably not taken full advantage of the duty-free preferences. Liberia’s exports to the U.S. in 2016 were just over $100 million or approximately 3% of total exports. Further, exports under the AGOA program were just over $1 million which is less than 2% of total exports to the U.S. This low value of export under AGOA is composed of just 5 products out of the 80 product lines that Liberia exported to the U.S. in 2016.Finally, of the small export to the U.S., multiple product categories that would otherwise qualify for duty-free import under AGOA did not claim such preferences. In spite of the low volume of export to the U.S. and low utilization of AGOA, Liberia does have a viable export sector with at least 20 product lines that would be eligible for AGOA if exported to the U.S. Of these goods, several are highly demanded in the U.S. suggesting ample opportunity for Liberia to export to the U.S.How to participate: Bring A Sample of Your Product on Friday August 17, 2018 at 3p at the Chamber of Commerce.Do a five (5) minutes pitch on the products, and you might win a chance to display your product at the AGOA Expo & Trade Fair in New York (sponsored by Members of LCC).*Rule of Origin applies Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Carbon Tax Protest

first_imgThe provincial Liberals’ now infamous carbon tax has two more municipal critics and they are in the lower mainland heart of the province. Delta and Maple Ridge have formally registered their opposition to certain aspects of the tax plan, which Premier Campbell has stated will not be subject to any adjustments. Look for the plan to be a key subject of debate later this month at the annual meeting of the Union of BC Municipalities, where a total of twelve tax resolutions will reportedly be on the agenda. With local politicians gearing up for fall civic elections, the four-day Penticton meeting, starting on the 22nd, could be the stage of a major political collision with the Liberal government. Communities from Fort St. John to Williams Lake have strongly endorsed a series of resolutions opposing the tax. They have unsuccssfully sought to have the grits defer it, eliminate it for northern jurdisdictions, or at very least organize northern exemptions.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Former mayors protest city development measure

first_imgSIERRA MADRE – Six former Sierra Madre mayors have formed a coalition to oppose Measure V, the stringent anti-growth ballot measure on a local ballot next month. As members of The Committee to Preserve Sierra Madre, the mayors sent out a letter this week outlining what they consider the measure’s negative impact before the special election April 17. The proposed Measure V requires any developments proposed in the city’s downtown greater than two stories or 30 feet in height and 13 units per acre to go to a vote of the people rather than the City Council. The letter identifies what the mayors consider “fatal flaws,” including what they fear would be non-stop elections, waste of taxpayer money and movement of development into residential neighborhoods. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Previous mayors Clem Bartolai, Robert Stockly, Glenn Lambdin, Bart Doyle, George Maurer and Doug Hayes have endorsed the letter. “The letter contains a number of misleading statements,” said Councilman Kurt Zimmerman. “First, there will only be elections held for the voters to approve or reject mega-projects, which would exceed two stories or 13 dwelling units, and that would also include approval for certain above-ground parking lots,” said Zimmerman. The April 17 election is estimated to cost $100,000, said Hayes. “The problem is, even if our side is victorious, we just lost another $100,000 to pay for this goofy election.” last_img read more

Bolt arrives in Australia on football quest

first_img0Shares0000The eight-time Olympic champion and the fastest man on earth admitted to being nervous about what lay ahead © AFP/File / Saeed KHANSYDNEY, Australia, Aug 18 – Usain Bolt says he’s deadly serious about becoming a professional footballer and plans to show the world what he’s capable of after arriving in Australia Saturday for a trial stint with an A-League club.The superstar athlete has been given the chance to prove his worth by the Central Coast Mariners, who have agreed to let him train with the team indefinitely in his pursuit of a playing contract. They hope to turn him into A-League material in time for the start of the 2018/19 season in late October.Bolt, wearing a Mariners scarf, was met by a media scrum at Sydney airport and said he would push himself hard to make the grade.“I always put my best foot forward and I’m going to show the world what I’m made of,” he said.“This is real,” added the 31-year-old when asked if it was simply a stunt.“I’ve said since my last season of track and field that I want to play football and I know what I can do.“I’m grateful to the Mariners for giving me the opportunity and am happy to call Australia home for now.”Fans and a media scrum were waiting for Bolt at Sydney airport © AFP/File / Saeed KHANBolt has already tried out with teams in Germany, Norway and South Africa, to no avail, since retiring from athletics last year.Despite being an eight-time Olympic champion and the fastest man on earth, he admitted to being nervous about what lay ahead in the small town of Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, where the club is based.“Nerves will always be there, but I’m more excited than anything else,” said the Jamaican, who is set to have his first training session on Tuesday.Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp has made clear Bolt won’t be getting any special treatment, although extra security guards will be on hand and club training sessions moved to a larger venue to accommodate the legions of fans who are expected to turn up to get a glimpse of Bolt.“The one thing we’ve been really firm on is that Usain, while trialling for a contract, be treated the same as any player,” Mielekamp said this week.“Obviously, we understand the realities of having somebody of his profile. But (when it comes to football) there will be no advantages.“And that’s what Bolt wants — this is about his football journey. He’s coming here for the right reasons.”Bolt dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: EVERY goal that fired Palace and Man United to the 2016 FA Cup final

first_img1 Martial celebrates as his goal sends Manchester United to the final with victory over Everton Crystal Palace and Manchester United face one another in the FA Cup final this Saturday 21 March, kick off 17:30 BST, and it’s live on talkSPORT.With Louis van Gaal’s position as manager uncertain and the Eagles hoping to end what has been a disappointing domestic season with silverware, this weekend could prove to be full of drama.And as excitement rises ahead of the clash, we’ve taken a short trip down memory lane at how the two sides made it to Wembley Stadium. So, relive every goal that sent Palace and United to the FA Cup final in the clips below…last_img read more

Chaplain badges revoked at LACFD

first_imgLos Angeles County’s fire chief is revoking the badges of the department’s chaplains and drafting new policies on when firefighters who volunteer as chaplains can be paid in the wake of new state and federal homeland security restrictions. But the move has drawn the ire of some firefighters, who say they are offended that chaplains’ badges – which contain a large Christian cross or Star of David – are being taken away and that their role in consoling families in emergencies is being reduced. “It would give my wife some solace knowing there is someone there representing a higher authority,” said a county firefighter who asked not to be named out of fear of retaliation. “We have a messy job. Why would you take that away? Prayers have always been part of the fire service. … Even if you are not a religious person, it makes you feel better. What if a chaplain can’t get to you in time, or won’t go now because he won’t get paid?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe badge revocation comes after a long-running controversy over the Board of Supervisors’ 2004 decision to remove the cross from the county seal after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue. “This is a natural progression of the secular cleansing of the county,” said seal proponent David Hernandez. But county Fire Department Chief P. Michael Freeman said he has to take away the badges that chaplains wear because of new state and federal laws. Freeman said chaplains, along with a number of other as-yet undetermined county officials, are not allowed to wear the badges under new rules that make it a misdemeanor for an unauthorized person to have a badge. “This will preclude someone from having a badge and selling it on eBay,” Freeman said. In 2002, officials discovered that county firefighter badges were being sold on the Internet but when they went to prosecute, they found a loophole in the law that only allowed them to prosecute people who were illegally manufacturing, selling or possessing a law enforcement officer badge. The law did not address the badges of firefighters, health inspectors, agricultural inspectors, judges, deputy district attorneys and others. Later that year, the county sought state legislation to prohibit the unlawful manufacture, sale or distribution of all state, county and local government badges and their associated photographic identification cards. The bill was signed into law in March 2004. In January, President George W. Bush signed a similar federal law. Research into those laws also brought to light a 1960 county badge ordinance that restricts badges to certain government employees. Freeman said he expects to release a report April 30 specifying what other employees in his department won’t be allowed to keep their badges. Freeman said if some chaplains want to keep their badges, the county can encase them in plastic so they can display them. “The chaplain badges have been around the department for a long time,” Freeman said. “It’s valuable that we’ve gotten updated on the code, but it’s tough to see the badges taken out of service.” Freeman said he also is updating the department’s chaplain policies to clarify when firefighters who volunteer as chaplains are paid for their duties. “I’ve heard rumors in the department that we are doing away with our chaplain program and that’s not accurate,” Freeman said. That means that the department’s eight chaplains will no longer be paid for chaplain duties such as praying with the families of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty, Capt. Mark Savage said. But they will be paid in their new secondary role as “employee crisis support coordinators,” Savage said. Those duties include family support, transportation, death notifications, hospital visits and benefit coordination, Savage said. In the past, Freeman said the chaplains would visit a family and spend 75 percent to 80 percent of their time on nonspiritual duties, such as helping the family file a workers’ compensation claim. (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Missing World Cup players in with a chance of making the England squad

first_imgThe World Cup may only feel like five minutes ago, but manager Gareth Southgate is already due to name his England squad, on 30 August, for September’s double-header.First up is the inaugural UEFA Nations League match against Spain at Wembley on September 8, before the friendly against Switzerland at the King Power Stadium on September 11.Here, looks at some of the players who may have caught Southgate’s eye in the opening Premier League matches.1. James Maddison, Leicester City Four years ago he was the youngest player of any nation to get minutes at the World Cup. This time around, a lack of form, fitness and game time meant the Manchester United left-back watched the 2018 edition from afar. But Shaw’s summer fitness regime – and seemingly improved relationship with Jose Mourinho – is paying dividends. The 23-year-old capped a man-of-the-match display in the season-opening win against Leicester with his first professional goal and was one of few whose reputation didn’t suffer in the loss at Brighton. Shaw worked with Southgate at Under-21s level and has won one senior cap under him.3. Theo Walcott, Everton Injury prevented the 21-year-old from spending time with England’s squad during their World Cup preparations and a fine start to life in the Premier League at Leicester will have given Southgate further food for thought. Maddison impressed against Manchester United and then kicked on with a goal in a 2-0 defeat of Wolves, making the £20m his club paid Championship club Norwich seem like money well spent.2. Luke Shaw, Manchester United RANKED Wilson could benefit from Vardy’s request to not be selected for international fixtures Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 7 silverware Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade smart causal Alex McCarthy is Southampton’s current no.1 despite having competition from £13.5m signing Angus Gunn MONEY How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 7 getty images 7 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday impact center_img Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017 Walcott has won 47 England caps so far 7 7 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Maddison has made the switch from Championship to Premier League appear seamless Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Gomez has played all three of Liverpool’s opening Premier League games possible standings Sancho’s development has been rapid, helped by his decision to leave Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017. The 18-year-old is understood to have been in Southgate’s plans since helping England to win the Under-17 World Cup last year and although not a direct replacement for Vardy, is believed to be in with a shout of being selected for the September games. After playing for Dortmund against City during a pre-season friendly, he said: “I’m happy that we won and happy to play against my old club. I had a point to prove and I think I did well in the game.” Ben Foden and Ryan Sessegnon, though, could nab themselves a place in the U21 squad.6. Joe Gomez, Liverpool Luke Shaw was part of England’s 2014 World Cup, but missed out on Gareth Southgate’s 2018 squad Injury at the end of last season cost the Liverpool defender a place in both the Champions League final and England’s World Cup squad, but now he has returned to first team action, Southgate is likely to have given great consideration to selecting Gomez. The manager has watched the 21-year-old this season and his chances will have been increased by Gary Cahill’s decision to step away from the international scene. In any case, he is certain to add to his three England caps.7. Alex McCarthy, Southampton 7 Long linked with an international call-up, the Bournemouth striker pressed his case with an impressive start to the 2018/19 season. Wilson scored in the 2-0 opening-day victory against Cardiff and inspired a comeback win at West Ham in style, slaloming through to slot home and secure a 2-1 win. The 26-year-old looks superb for a player who has had to deal with anterior cruciate ligament injuries in both knees in recent years, displaying an attitude as impressive as his aptitude. Now Jamie Vardy has stepped aside, he could well be in with a chance of pulling on an England shirt for the first time. This is a view talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino appears to agree with. Writing in The Times, he said:  “One player I would bring into the squad is Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, who is quite similar to Vardy. A relentless runner, very quick and with an eye for goal, he can operate alone up front or in a strike pairing. He has had two long-term injuries but come back as good as ever.”5. Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 7 Jordan Pickford will remain the no.1 and it is thought Jack Butland will be retained despite Stoke City playing in the Championship, though his case is helped by the fact Nick Pope is out and Tom Heaton has lost his place to Joe Hart. So there are rumours Southgate has been pondering giving McCarthy a chance as he re-thinks his goalkeeper options. Hart was left out of the final World Cup squad, so it’s hard to imagine the manager asking to have him back and McCarthy has kept Angus Gunn out of the Saints side despite being a £13.5m summer signing from Manchester City. highlights After working hard to help 10-man Everton secure a draw at Wolves, the 29-year-old wound back the years with a fine display against former club Southampton. Walcott opened the scoring at the end of a fine free-kick routine before sending in an exceptional cross for Richarlison to direct home in a 2-1 win at Goodison Park. Southgate was in the stands as Walcott scored and created a goal in a Premier League match for the first time since January 2013. Three of his 47 international caps came under the current England boss, but the his last came in November 2016.4. Callum Wilson, Bournemouthlast_img read more

Marrietta co-ordinates a happy retirement

first_imgManagement Committee and staff paid tribute to Marrietta Herraghty on her retirement from Mevagh Family Resource Centre, Downings. Marrietta gave 16 years’ service to the community of Mevagh as Project Co-ordinator at the Family Resource Centre.In recognition of her services a retirement party was held in her honour recently at the Glen Bar Restaurant where the Management Committee and work colleagues turned out to wish her the best in her retirement. Chairperson of Mevagh Family Resource Centre, Mary Grace McFadden making a presentation to Marrietta Herraghty on behalf of the Management Committee of the Centre.Management Committee and Staff of the Centre pictured with Marrietta and her husband Sean.Marrietta was a member of the founding committee who set up the centre in 1997. In 2001 she became a staff member and managed the project up until last month. Since its establishment, Marrietta has seen the centre grow substantially, and assisted in continually sourcing new programmes, supports, and resources for the local community.Staff colleagues (from left back) Pauline Collins, Sally Gallagher, Margaret McKeague (front) Catherine NicLaifeartaigh, Marrietta, and Gráinne Sheils. Missing is Gráinne Griffin and Dessie McLaughlin.The Committee wish her a happy and healthy retirement.Marrietta co-ordinates a happy retirement was last modified: July 22nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:retirementlast_img read more

Will Hughes deliver for QPR?

first_imgMark Hughes’ return to football management at QPR has been the big story of the week.And ‘Sparky’ will be looking for a bright start from his new club when they travel to the north-east to meet a Newcastle side without Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, who are at the African Cup of Nations.We have betting on the number of points the R’s get from their next two fixtures and bet:Total Premier League points in January (to play Newcastle (A) & Wigan (H):Under two: 6/5Three or four: 6/4Over three: 3/1Other QPR specials:To be relegated: 7/4Finishing position:16th or better: 4/517th or worse: EvensSeason Handicap:QPR (+35.5 pts) 10/11Chelsea (-35.5 pts) 10/11QPR (+9.5 pts) 10/11Fulham (-9.5 pts) 10/11Rangers are 15/4 at Newcastle on Sunday with the Magpies 8/11 and the draw 11/4.Fulham visit Blackburn and if the teams can make it past the Rovers protesters the game should kick off on time.Blackburn showed in beating Arsenal and Manchester United that on their day they are a match for most and this is a difficult fixture for Martin Jol’s boys.The hosts are 15/8 with Fulham 6/4 and the draw at 9/4.I think a share of the spoils would be a decent enough result for Fulham especially with Rovers getting some of their better players back from injury.There is well-publicised disillusionment and resentment with the natives over the way the club has been handled, but the supporters got behind their side despite losing to Bolton in their last home game and I think it will be a tough game. We at BetVictor bet 11/2 for 1-1.Where does Lampard’s future lie?Sunderland have been backed from 10/1 to 8/1 for Saturday’s fixture at Chelsea as punters latched onto the fact that the Black Cats beat Chelsea 3-0 last year and a very ordinary Villa side were recently worthy 3-1 winners at the Bridge.We have also opened a market on where Frank Lampard will be plying his trade on 1 September 2012 and bet:Chelsea: 6/4West Ham: 3/1Any other club: 4/1QPR: 6/1Any MLS club: 8/1Spurs: 10/112s barChelsea should have too much for the Black Cats but make little appeal at 4/11 with the draw at 15/4.Fernando Torres is 17/4 to score the opener and the Spaniard must come good soon….mustn’t he?You will have noticed that we have rebranded from Victor Chandler to BetVictor and have launched our new website at We hope you find it clear, fresh and easier to navigate.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR’s Emmanuel-Thomas expected to complete move

first_imgMK Dons are set to complete the signing of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on loan from QPR.West London Sport revealed on Monday morning that Emmanuel-Thomas, 25, was wanted by the Championship strugglers, who are now on the verge of completing a dealThe forward has scored five goals this term, three of them coming during an early-season spell when he replaced Charlie Austin.But he is now very much out of favour at Rangers, who signed him on a Bosman free transfer from Bristol City in the summer and are keen to offload him.Meanwhile, Rangers have completed the £350,000 signing of Nasser El Khayati, while Rob Green is likely to join Crystal Palace if the Eagles sell former QPR keeper Alex McCarthy to Fulham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more