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first_imgMed-View Airline, a private Nigerian aviation firm, launches its maiden flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Liberia, today, Tuesday, December 20. Med-View Airline will be operating a regular flight to Accra, Ghana, Monrovia, Liberia, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, respectively, a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja has said.In a letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, also Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the management of Med-View Airline says the historic arrival of its maiden flight Number VL0203 is part of its efforts to support the President’s agenda aimed at facilitating free movement of trade and services within the ECOWAS region.“Madam President, we are very delighted with your sterling and inspiring leadership both at the national and international levels. Indeed, we are pleased that you have introduced vigor and dynamism to the activities of ECOWAS, and has been chairing credibly well as the first female chair of ECOWAS Authority Heads of State and Government,” a dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja quotes the letter.It is against this background, the dispatch said, “as part of our efforts to facilitate free movement of trade and services within the ECOWAS region, we have decided to extend our regional routes from Lagos-Accra-Freetown-Monrovia during your tenure.” Med-View Airline’s maiden flight arrives at the RIA 1:45 p.m. with the Special Representative of the ECOWAS Commission President to Liberia, Ambassador Tunde O. Ajisomo, the Managing Director and members of the Board of the airline and the first set of passengers on board.After Tuesday’s maiden flight, the airline flies to Monrovia and Freetown via Accra three times a week.Med-View initially began operations in Nigeria in 2007 first for Hajj purposes before going on to commence domestic operation in 2012. The airline also flies to London, United Kingdom, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.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_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If there is not water to support the growth, will it occur as projected?” the ruling said. “As the state reaches the limit of available water and must seek other sources such as desalination, water will become more expensive to obtain and California’s appeal will lessen.” Defendants include CalFed, irrigation districts relying on water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta, urban water agencies in Southern California and others. They said it’s too early to know whether revisiting the agency’s environmental impact study would mean a decrease in water exports to homes and farms. State and CalFed authorities are still reviewing the court’s 224-page decision. But other defendants played down the ruling’s relevance. “Whether or not it’ll have an impact in the long term remains to be seen,” said Tupper Hull of the Westlands Water District, one of the defendants. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The agency overseeing the state’s largest source of fresh water may have to review its water distribution plan after an appellate court ruled that it failed to consider cutting water deliveries to Southern California. The California Bay-Delta Authority, known as CalFed, was created five years ago to protect the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta while ensuring that Californians who depend on its water for irrigation and home use have their needs met. But the Sacramento judges who wrote the 3rd District Court of Appeals decision last week said the environmental document the agency relied on to set its current course was too narrow in scope. It did not examine the possibility of pumping less water out of the delta to growing subdivisions and thirsty farmland to the south, the judges wrote. The state’s population is projected to grow from about 37 million today to 49 million by 2020, with half that increase in Southern California. CalFed assumed it had a duty to meet that need, and didn’t consider the alternative, the opinion said. last_img read more


first_img23 June 2014 Some would consider it a lucky escape, but Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer believes South Africa’s come-from-behind 31-30 victory over Wales at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday was his best yet with the team.‘My best win yet’ “This was my best win yet with the team, as these are the matches you coach for,” he said at a post-match press conference. “We were down and almost out, but the team showed massive character and resolve to pull this one through.” Facing a fired-up Welsh team, South Africa trailed 0-17 in the first half and later were 17-30 behind with only eight minutes to play. However, with just two minutes remaining in the contest they took the lead for the first time when Morne Steyn knocked over a simple conversion kick after referee Steve Walsh had awarded the Springboks their second penalty try of the match.‘We had to dig very deep’ “Wins like this stand out, as this is where one’s coaching philosophy and team selection are put under massive pressure. We had to dig very deep against a very good team,” Meyer said. “It is always difficult playing a tough team in consecutive weeks and we needed some luck out there today. Credit to Wales, who played very well.” Crowd support Meyer also said his charges’ win, their 27th in 29 tests against Wales, which includes one draw, was significantly helped by the crowd. “No one left their seats, even when we were still 10 points behind with six minutes to play and looked likely to lose. That support lifted the team in those last minutes of the match and I want to salute the crowd,” he said. The Springboks had recorded a convincing 38-16 victory in Durban in the first test, but in Nelspruit they came very close to losing their unbeaten record on home soil against the Welsh. Finishing, said Meyer, was the big difference between that comfortable win and Saturday’s nailbiter.‘An awesome test match’ “In Durban we took every opportunity we had and scored. This weekend we did not and nearly paid the price. There is not much between the top sides in the world and I am very happy with the final result. It was an awesome test match,” Meyer concluded. Captain Victor Matfield, who became the most capped Springbok ever by taking the field for his 112th test match, blamed his side’s poor exit play for the narrow victory.‘It gave them a lot of space to run at us’ “Last week we could get out of our own half and apply pressure to Wales in their half. This time around we did not manage to do that and it gave them a lot of space to run at us.” On the plus-side of things, he felt the character of the team shone through at the end. “You need character to win the World Cup and we displayed some of that today. Our defence in the last minutes to win the match was testimony of our will and mind set. We won this by coming back from behind. “Last week we played well from the start, this time we had to come from behind. We were under massive pressure for most of the match, but came good when it counted.” ‘They got stuck into us’ Matfield also had words of praise for Wales, saying: “With them leading, they had confidence and got stuck into us. We did not retaliate, though, took the pressure well, and responded at the right time.” After three successive wins against the World XV (47-13), and Wales (38-16 and 31-30), the Springboks next face Scotland in a one-off test in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. A good number of changes are on the cards for the Boks, with their English- and French-based players – Gurthro Steenkamp, Schalk Brits, Bakkies Botha, Francois Louw, Morne Steyn, Wynand Olivier and Bryan Habana not available for the match. Squad additions Two additions to the Springbok squad were announced on late on Saturday, with Junior Springbok captain and IRB Junior Player of the Year Handre Pollard and hooker Adriaan Strauss being called up. Strauss, a Bok regular, had been sidelined by a suspension. “I’ve always rated Handre very highly and with Morne returning to France and Johan Goosen struggling with a knee injury, we decided to bring him in,” Meyer commented. “Adriaan has been with us since June 2012 and has played in every test in the last two seasons. He knows our structures well and will slot back in with no hassle.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces It is a common perception around the world that Americans, by and large, have problems relaxing. We don’t take what little vacations we do get and increasingly use technology to blur the line between work and home life. But a new study shows that we’re not the only ones blurring that line — emerging markets may be better practitioners of bring your own device (BYOD) than mature markets.According to two multi-market BYOD surveys released by Ovum, the real BYOD action is in — countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China (the so-called BRIC nations) — where 75% of survey respondents demonstrated a much higher likelihood to use their own devices for work, compared to 44% in more mature markets. Mature markets include nations like the United States, U.K., Japan and Germany, as displayed in the graphic below.“Employees in high-growth, emerging economies are demonstrating a more flexible attitude to working hours, and are happy to use their own devices for work. However, in mature markets, employees have settled into comfortable patterns of working behavior and are more precious about the separation of their work and personal domains,” explained Richard Absalom, consumer impact IT analyst at Ovum.Advantage: Smaller MarketsNot only does this seem to run counter to perceptions of how workers in the U.S. deal with the work/home balance, but if this trend is real, it points to a big advantage for companies in emerging economies over their richer counterparts.“This bifurcation in behavior will shape not just future patterns of enterprise mobility in high-growth markets compared to mature markets, but also dictate which markets, structurally, are going to benefit most from this revolution in how and where we work,” Absalom added.Translation: Emerging-market companies may know better how to implement BYOD policies becuae they’ve had more practice. The question is, will companies in the more -developed nations pay attention to what’s going on in BRIC-like countries or will they ignore these trends and essentially give the field to the smaller-market corporations?The reason up-and-coming nations are getting behind BYOD so much? To get ahead, of course. 79% believe that constant connectivity to work applications enables them to do their jobs better, compared to 53.5% in mature markets. And this is a purely economic driver, too. Spain, which is regarded as a mature economy, is nonetheless suffering enough economic woes that 62.8% of its workers are bringing their own devices to work.“This could have something to do with the struggling economy: People are willing to use any and all means necessary to get ahead in their jobs, as losing them could be disastrous given the high rates of unemployment,” suggested Absalom.Economic Drivers Of BYODThat observation may help explain a broader global trend of BYOD and its rapid rise: Are the recent economic crises in the United States and Europe actually fueling the adoption of BYOD practices by workers who are insecure about their jobs that they want to be perceived as “always on” and therefore a more-valuable company asset?This is not so far-fetched. A Harris Interactive study commissioned by JetBlue last spring revealed about 57% of working Americans had unused vacation time at the end of last year. About 9% of the same respondents indicated they were afraid to take time off in an unstable job market — again, trying to project the perception they were of more value to their employers.While correlation is not proven between these two trends, they do seem like parts of a broader idea that BYOD is not just a matter of being familiar with a mobile device or having the latest cool toy, but a symptom of a larger need to stay connected to work no matter what. If that’s the case, perhaps the solution to a company’s BYOD headaches might be to get their employees less concerned about 24/7 connectivity and encourage richer downtime experiences. Tags:#Pause What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology brian proffittlast_img read more


first_imgAn MRI exam confirmed the extent of the injury and the need for surgery for the 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalist.Paired with fellow big man Anthony Davis, Cousins had helped push the Pelicans toward their first playoff appearance since 2015 and what would have been the first post-season trip of his eight-season NBA career, six of those campaigns with Sacramento.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCousins is averaging 25.2 points and 1.6 blocked shots a game as well as career highs of 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists a game.He ranked third in the league in rebounds and eighth in scoring. Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Also announcing a season-ending surgery on Saturday were the Memphis Grizzlies, who declared the campaign over for guard Mike Conley.Conley, who had been sidelined since November, will undergo surgery to smooth a small bone protrusion in his left heel that continues to cause pain. He is expected to recover in time for the 20-18-19 season.The 30-year-old son of 1992 Olympic triple jump champion Mike Conley Snr has played 11 NBA seasons, all for the Grizzlies.In 12 games this season, Conley averaged 17.1 points, 4.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds a game. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Jaja makes her final stand Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Smoothie King Center on December 13, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. AFPWASHINGTON, United States — New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins, set for a starting appearance in the NBA All-Star Game next month, will instead miss the remainder of the season, the club announced Saturday.Cousins will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon suffered when he was going for a rebound late in the Pelicans’ 115-113 victory over Houston on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more


first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town Nikola Jokic posts triple-double in return, leads Nuggets past 76ers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX opened up with an avalanche of points in the first period on Sunday and used that as a cushion to upend hard-fighting Columbian, 107-97, and notch a first win in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Road Warriors dropped 39 points in the opening frame and led by as large as 31 in the first half, a balloon so formidable the Dyip spent the rest of the game trying to burst in vain.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem It was the first victory after three straight losses for the Road Warriors, while the Dyip dropped to back to .500 at 2-2.Columbian made a game out of it in the third period by scoring 36 and holding the Road Warriors to 17, and the Dyip came within five points in the process only to lose steam and eventually go down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 26, 2017 – Nassau – The Grand Bahama Council of the Girls Brigade and the Winners of the 2017 Girls Brigade Speech Competition called upon Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.  Pictured from left, Brianna Smith; Yvonne McDonald, Commandant; H.E. Dame Marguerite PindlIng; and Dahjah McDonald.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 22, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis’ plans for the liberalization of the administration of the country’s exchange control regime is expected to promote greater opportunities for Bahamian investors and small and medium-sized businesses/enterprises (SMEs).The Prime Minister announced (Wednesday, December 20, 217) that Bahamians and residents will be given approval to repatriate foreign currency deposits or investment assets currently held outside of The Bahamas, or repatriate the out-of-country facilities to The Bahamas, at the same foreign currency value upon application to the Central Bank of The Bahamas.   No penalties will be imposed on regularized accounts and investments.Prime Minister Minnis said the owners of deposit facilities will be allowed to use those resources to finance domestic transactions without restriction.  (Prohibitions, Prime Minister Minnis said, will exist against either funding or augmenting these facilities with proceeds converted from Bahamian dollars.)This reform accommodates Bahamian residents who have amassed deposits or investment assets abroad for which they should have obtained prior Exchange Control approval.   Administration officials say what this means is that, by example, Bahamian small and medium-sized businesses and Bahamian investors who currently have U.S. Dollar accounts, will be able to maintain those U.S. Dollar accounts in The Bahamas.   The same goes for accounts held in other jurisdictions.Prime Minister Minnis also announced that the buying and selling rates for the Investment Currency Market (ICM) will be “significantly reduced” from 12.5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively, to 5 per cent and 2.5 per cent.   The Prime Minister further said Bahamians will be able to fund investments at the lower rate of B$1.050 (US$1.00) and to repatriate investment currency proceeds to The Bahamas at the rate of B$1.025 (US$1.00).The two above-mentioned reforms are designed to reduce the costs of funding for capital market and related investments made outside of The Bahamas, with investment currency that is available at a premium.The Prime Minister said as part of the relaxation protocol, Bahamian-owned businesses will be allowed to maintain operating deposit accounts of up to $100,000 in foreign currency at domestic, commercial banks, without prior reference to the Central Bank.  These accounts will have to be exclusively funded from revenues earned in foreign currency.   This reform provides access to foreign currency accounts for local businesses to cover international expenses in their operations.   Central Bank approval will continue to be required for accounts with balances of more than $100,000 in foreign currency.The Minnis Administration will also relax Exchange Controls on capital transactions, namely on capital (investment) and current account (trade) transactions for small and medium-sized Bahamian businesses/enterprises (SMEs).   Central Bank officials also propose to delegate the operation of the ICM to Commercial Banks at a date to be arranged in 2018.The changes, which will come into effect as of February 1, 2018, are expected to not only assist domestic, small, and medium sized Bahamian businesses and Bahamian investors by improving the ease of doing business for Bahamians and residents, but can also be considered part of the Minnis Administration’s new economic strategy to attract investments from the global Bahamian Diaspora in order to help create a global network of Bahamians and to help boost national development, on the road to creating a 21st Century Bahamas.They follow the Prime Minister’s recent announcements in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. where Dr. Minnis addressed members of the Bahamian Diaspora residing in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas, that his Administration has embarked upon a programme of reform and transformation that includes innovative thinking about the role of government in order to create new and innovative partnerships for national development.Prime Minister Minnis encouraged the gathering to not only consider the new investment opportunities that will become available in The Bahamas as a result of his Administration’s new economic strategy, but to also “consider lending your talents and resources in areas such as youth development, volunteerism and community service.”“The global Bahamian Diaspora is a major talent and investment pool the country must tap into.   Like other countries that have successfully done so, my Government will cultivate and utilize the energy of the Bahamian Diaspora,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Prime Minister Minnis said the reforms were “long overdue” and comprise part of his Administration’s commitment to assisting small and medium-sized Bahamian businesses/enterprises, which the Prime Minister said, are a “critical part” of the Bahamian economic structure, employing thousands of Bahamians.“It is a modernization reform that Bahamian businesspersons have been asking for, for a long time,” Prime Minister Minnis said during a press conference held to announce the liberalization of Exchange Control.“The Government is committed to targeted, ambitious and sustainable liberalization of the capital account.   I note that the Government will continue to review further, gradual adjustments in the Exchange Control Regime,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more