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

Pensioner crushed to death outside Enmore Police Outpost

first_imgAn 80-year-old pedal cyclist is now dead after he was crushed to death by a truck while attempting to cross the road at the Enmore Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Friday.The scene of the accident at Enmore Railway EmbankmentDead is Francis Lopes of North Enmore, ECD.Guyana Times understands that motor lorry GYY 532 driven by a 37-year-old man of Logwood, Enmore was proceeding west when it collided with the senior, killing him instantly. The incident occurred at about 13:15h – a stone’s-throw away from the Enmore Police Station.The dead man’s landlord told this publication that the Lopes worked at a nearby lumber yard and would normally leave home at midday.Francis Lopes“He worked at the lumber yard over the road, he would go there every day around 1 o’clock, he would go pick up whatever he gotta pick up and if I’m at home I would tell him don’t go so early…he’s like a family member because I don’t treat him different,” the landlord said.According to her, they recently celebrated the senior’s 80th birthday as she considers him as her own family.Police have since arrested the driver of the truck as investigations continue.last_img read more

Returning Bale rescues Real from Al Jazira upset

first_imgMadrid’s pressure finally paid off 10 minutes into the second half when Cristiano Ronaldo levelled before Bale broke Al Jazira’s resistence with his first touch eight minutes from time.“It’s great to get the goal,” Bale told Real Madrid TV. “When you come on you want to make an impact, but the most important thing is to win and be in the final.”Real will go for their fifth trophy of the year when they face Brazilian side Gremio on Saturday.Bale was making only his second substitute appearance since September due to a series of muscle injuries.But he showed what Madrid have been missing for most of the season with a calm finish after replacing the profligate Karim Benzema.“I need to be patient, I’ve had some problems and it takes time. I need to listen to my body,” said the Welshman.Al Jazira, only invited to the competition as champions of the host country, enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame at the break after a remarkable first 45 minutes.Madrid scored five in the first half against Sevilla on Saturday and could easily have had another handful but for some exceptional goalkeeping from Ali Khaseif.The Al Jazira captain made an incredible stop to turn a deflected Ronaldo header onto the bar then got down well to parry efforts from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema.– VAR chaos –Benzema also had a goal ruled out for a push by Ronaldo in the build-up, but Madrid thought they had finally gone ahead when Casemiro’s header deflected off an Al Jazira head and looped over Khaseif.However, after a four-minute delay for the VAR referral, Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci disallowed the goal due to Benzema being in an offside position despite the fact the Frenchman was arguably not interfering with play.“I don’t like it to be honest,” added Bale on the use of VAR.“Obviously they are going to try it out. For me, football is better without it but it is other people who make the decisions.”In total Madrid had 18 shots on goal in the first half, but were shocked four minutes before the break when the hosts caught the Real defence cold on the counter-attack.A poor clearance from Nacho gifted away possession inside the Madrid half and Romarinho showed great composure to cut inside and curl his shot inside Keylor Navas’ far post.A monumental upset looked on when Al Jazira had the ball in the net for a second time two minutes into the second half.However, this time VAR came to Madrid’s rescue as Mbark Boussoufa was offside by the finest of margins before slotting home.Zinedine Zidane’s men grabbed that let-off gratefully and were level eight minutes later when Ronaldo was played in by Modric and smashed a shot past Khaled Al Senaani, who had replaced the injured Khaseif moments earlier.Madrid continued to lay seige to the Al Jazira goal, but the misfiring Benzema shot straight at Al Senaani then hit the post with two other glorious chances.Benzema was eventually replaced by Bale, who an instant impact as he slotted home Lucas Vazquez’s cutback to Real’s relief.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale (L) is congratulated after scoring by teammate Spanish forward Lucas Vazquez (R) during their match against Al Jazira in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi on December 13, 2017 © AFP/File / GIUSEPPE CACACEABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec 13 – Gareth Bale came off the bench to book Real Madrid’s place in the Club World Cup final as the European champions recovered from the shock of going behind to beat Emirati champions Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday.Despite dominating throughout, Madrid trailed at half-time to Romarinho’s opener in a match also marred by use of the video assistant referee (VAR) that ruled out a goal for both sides.last_img read more

I volunteer to teach city officials

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEven 14 members of Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s office got in on the altruism-at-taxpayers’-expense act, “volunteering” full- and half-days on salaried time to help build houses. Has volunteerism ever been more profitable … for the volunteer? According to my American Heritage Dictionary, the No. 1 definition of volunteer is “a person who performs or offers to perform a service of his or her own free will without pay.” That definition is followed by a dozen more, none of which mentions being paid for services rendered. Not one. A volunteer who gets paid is not a volunteer, no matter what kind of spin city officials put on it. Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the Housing Department, justifies all this faux volunteerism by saying her employees’ work on the project was relevant to their regular duties and, thus, an appropriate use of staff time. Wrong! We, the taxpayers pay city workers to stay in the office and push papers, not to be on the Habitat job site pulling electrical wiring. There’s a time-tested Army saying: Never volunteer; it usually means doing an extremely hazardous or dirty job. Then there’s Tennessee, which is known as the Volunteer State. Maybe we should send our “volunteering” city workers there. The city doesn’t have a clear policy on employees’ volunteering their services for charitable work. Nor does it have any way of keeping track of which employees actually volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity project, how many hours they worked, or if they even showed up to work, opting instead to go to a movie or spend the day in bed. If I could afford it – which I can’t, because of all my tax money city officials have wasted – I’d race to the nearest book store and buy every one in City Hall an unabridged Oxford English dictionary along with a Roget’s Thesaurus. The politicians’ assignment would be to memorize five new words and their definition every day. They must start with “legal” and “volunteer.” Sand Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills, a freelance writer and former editor of the Tolucan. Write to her by e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What part of “volunteer” don’t our city officials understand? While rationally understanding anything doesn’t seem to be part of their job description, frankly I don’t understand how they cannot understand what “volunteering” means. Pay me to volunteer, and I’ll volunteer all day long, and so will every member of my family. Hell, I’ll even “volunteer” the dog’s services to be hitched to a supply wagon and follow me while we’re being “paid volunteers.” As the result of former President Jimmy Carter’s visit to Los Angeles in October for a weeklong Habitat for Humanity project in South Los Angeles, the city’s Housing Department encouraged employees to volunteer. And they did – on the taxpayers’ dime. last_img read more

World’s largest food awards give Green Pastures Donegal three gold stars!

first_imgA Donegal company has earned a coveted 3-star prize from the world’s largest and most trusted food awards, Great Taste.The Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food in the UK, is a blind-tasted competition recognising the finest fine food and drink producers in the UK and Ireland.Green Pastures, based in Convoy in Donegal, impressed with their new light Creme Fraiche product to win a three-star award.  The dairy company won a total of 8 Gold star awards at this year’s ceremony. This brings the highly innovative company’s total to an astonishing 66 Great Taste awards and one Golden Fork since 2011. The Irish Three-Star Winners at the Great Taste Awards 2019 Speaking after the awards gala in London the owner of Green Pastures Mr John Molloy said;  ”We are absolutely delighted. We have achieved a lot in a short period of time, but innovation and awards don’t arrive simply by luck. “Our approach to the art of cheese-making is a complete and total love and passion combined with forensic attention to detail from the farms that produce our cheese milk. That’s what gets the quality, taste and ultimately the international awards.”From almost 13,000 entries in the competition, which is in its 25th year, just 208 three-star awards were made. 10 of those awards went to entries from the Republic of Ireland and eight to producers in Northern Ireland this year. The Republic’s three-star winners included three dairy products, three meats, three alcoholic drinks, and one artisan vinegar.  World’s largest food awards give Green Pastures Donegal three gold stars! was last modified: September 6th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Live playoff updates: Sharks vs. Golden Knights, Game 2 Friday

first_imgGet live NHL Stanley Cup playoff updates, news and analysis during Game 2 of the Sharks’ first-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at SAP Center.San Jose hopes to duplicate its outstanding effort on Wednesday in which it outplayed Vegas on the way to a convincing 5-2 Game 1 victory. The defensive pressure and goalie Martin Jones’ 24 saves made the victory possible, but Joe Pavelski’s goal provided the impetus for the Sharks’ effort.Their gritty …last_img read more

Did Apple Just Ban Location-Based Ads in iPhone Apps?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#Apple#mobile#web center_img Apple has posted a shocking, if vague, warning to iPhone app creators in its developer forums: submit an app that uses user location data “primarily” for targeting advertisements and that app will be sent right back to you to be changed.Many mobile developers are planning on monetizing their apps precisely through location-based advertising. There’s no clear criteria for how much advertising is too much, and perhaps Apple will exercise discretion in recognizing advertisements as merely supplemental to other features in many apps, but the language used by the company is wholly disconcerting and is another great example of the perils of developing on a closed platform like the iPhone. This is crazy.The notification went up yesterday in the Apple Developer forum and was written about hours ago by the blog MacNN.If you build your application with features based on a user’s location, make sure these features provide beneficial information. If your app uses location-based information primarily to enable mobile advertisers to deliver targeted ads based on a user’s location, your app will be returned to you by the App Store Review Team for modification before it can be posted to the App Store.Some people immediately accused Apple of implementing this policy so that it alone could use location-based advertisements on the platform. But what’s with this language about how location can only be used to “provide beneficial information?” Who makes this decision and where on earth does Apple get off making a policy like this? The company says earlier that location may be used to tell phone owners about “nearby restaurants, ATMs, and other location-based information.” What if the restaurants serve unhealthy food, though? What are you going to spend that ATM cash on if this iPhone app helps you find it? How does Apple determine that advertisements, particularly ones for things you could buy in the place where you are, are not beneficial?What this means for location based social networking, Augmented Reality, mobile eCommerce and other types of applications is unclear. Apple is going to have to do something about this. Location-based advertising has been expected to make economically feasible a universe of new mobile applications. The prospect of Apple taking an anti-advertising stance in selecting which iPhone apps to allow into the App Store is pure insanity.I’ve used a number of apps in the past few days that are great apps, but ask for my location so they can serve me up locally-based ads from the recently Google-acquired AdMob ad network and that was just fine by me. Show me ads for businesses in my town, please! Why can’t even apps without other location-based features not be monetized by local ads? This seems totally unfair.Above: One extreme example of location used to deliver ads on an iPhone. Back to the depths of Hell, iButterfly! The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Clips, Tracks and Audio Effects in Premiere Pro CS6

first_imgIn this post we’ll show you how to apply effects to audio clips and tracks, as well as discuss a new audio track type in Premiere Pro CS6!In previous versions of Premiere Pro there was a need to be specific about the type of audio you were going to be adding to your sequence – mono, stereo, 5.1.  In Premiere Pro CS6, Adobe has brought in the new ‘Standard’ audio track that can cope with mono and stereo in the same track! This means that you can use footage with different types of audio tracks on the same audio track if it’s set to Standard.As well as saving time and making for a better organize timeline, this change also reflects the recent updates to Premiere Pro which have done away with the need to select effects in terms of their type (i.e. Mono, Stereo & 5.1).  All effects now in one single ‘Audio Effects’ category that will apply to any audio clips or tracks without the need to be selective.All this means that the audio workflow in Premiere Pro is becoming smoother and easier for the editor.  With Audition now being part of the Adobe suite we have very powerful audio options at hand.Applying Effects To Audio ClipsApplying audio effects to clips in Premiere Pro is the same workflow as applying any other effect to a clip. Simply go to the list of audio effects in the Effects Panel, select the desired effect you want to use and either drag it to the audio clip you want to apply it to or if the clip is already selected simply double-click to apply the effect.Once effects are applied, you can open the effect up in the ‘Effects Control Panel’ and work with its parameters there.Applying Effects To Audio TracksAny of the effects that you can apply to individual clips can also be applied to whole tracks – although ‘Balance’ and ‘Volume’ aren’t available as effects because they can be controlled by a dial and a slider in the Audio Mixer Panel.So, where are the track based audio effect in Premiere Pro and how do you apply them? They are found in the Audio Mixer Panel although somewhat hidden. Simply click the little triangle shown below …Finding the Track Based Audio Effect in the Mixer PanelEffects & Sends in the Audio Mixer PanelThen to get to the actual effect, click the little down arrow shown below:However, there are some limitations as the image below shows, with a division of 2 sets of 5 slots:Only the top 5 slots are available for effects as the bottom 5 slots are reserved for something else called ‘Sends’ which I hope to cover in a later blog post.This means that you can only have 5 effects on a given track (which is usually more than enough).  Even then, finding out how to use those effects needs a little more explanation.Say for example, I click the little drop-down arrow and then select EQ from the list given. ‘EQ’ appears in the slot and also a little dial at the bottom of the slots as shown here:At this point, if you want to get access to all the parameters for the EQ effect, then you can do 1 of 2 things. First, you can click the little drop-down arrow at the bottom of the slots that says ‘OutputGain’ to change the function of the little dial.While this will do the job it isn’t really practical, so the second option of just double-clicking the slot with the word ‘EQ’ in it is far better because that brings up a floating window:With this window open you can get to all the controls at once and start to make a real difference to the audio of the track you are working on.It’s worth noting there is one other somewhat hidden option.  If you right click on the slot with the effect in it you will get access to a list of presets which can be applied to the track or used as a starting point which you can work on as needed. The only downside being that you can’t then save any changes you make as new presets (as of version CS6).last_img read more

Blackwater stumped: Where in the world is Chris Ellis?

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Italy’s decline can be traced to Serie A’s problems QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Actually I think he is on the exit already from the PBA. Otherwise, if you’re interested to play, you have no choice but to follow the trade,” he said. “So far, in the past three years I have been in the PBA, this is the first time I found a player who doesn’t report in a trade. So we won’t force the issue.”Ginebra shipped Ellis together with center Dave Marcelo to the Elite in exchange for the injured Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar last August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSince being dealt, Ellis has just showed up once in the team’s practice before complaining of a kidney problem which needed hospitalization. That was the last time the team saw of or heard from the former Slam Dunk champion—until a cryptic tweet last Nov. 12.“I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shown love n concern for me! Thank you!! Im Excited for what the future holds! Until we meet again!” Ellis wrote. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy continues to be stumped as to where Fil-Am wingman Chris Ellis is—or what his basketball plans are.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to affirm its commitment to ending racism on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. TFA has joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO’s to support the “Racism. It stops with me” campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The campaign emphasises the importance of taking a stand against racism whenever it happens.One in seven Australians said they had experienced discrimination because of their colour or background in 2011, a figure that has been increasing steadily in recent years.TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, says TFA is full of support for the cause. “As a sport we are proud of our inclusive approach to participation. Diversity is one of our core values and we embrace all people that choose to play the sport of Touch Football.”Looking at our demographics at all levels, it is very clear that we are a leader in this area.”The International Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1966, to coincide with the date in 1960 when police killed 69 people in Sharpeville, South Africa at a peaceful protest against apartheid laws. The theme for the International Day in 2013 is “Racism and Sport”.For more information about the ‘Racism: It Stops with Me’ campaign, or to find a range of anti-racism resources, go to: http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/ Or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe. Related LinksRacism. It Stops With Melast_img read more