Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Board of Directors of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of the Ecobank Group, held a special meeting in Accra on Tuesday to discuss recent court judgments in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo. Those judgments awarded over US$26 million to the company’s former CEO, Mr. Thierry Tanoh, whose appointment was terminated in March 2014, after he had spent less than two years in the position.The board evaluated its legal position in regard to these judgments, and resolved to pursue its appeals. It is confident about the robustness and merits of these appeals, and feels assured that the higher courts will ultimately uphold them. It also resolved to continue other legal proceedings against Mr. Tanoh. The new board of directors, which was constituted in 2014, is a highly credible and vastly experienced board. Under its guidance, the group’s management has subsequently completed a rigorous 51-point action plan to implement best practice governance controls and systems, including quarterly reporting to regulators. Since the inception of the new board and the current management team, two institutional investors, Nedbank and Qatar National Bank have both become significant ETI shareholders. The Ecobank Group reaffirmed its financial strength and its commitment to transparent corporate governance as a systemically important banking group in Africa. The bank has total assets of over US$23 billion.In the last six month, Ecobank raised approximately US$1 billion in combined equity and debt capital for both its parent company and its business in Nigeria, the largest of the group’s subsidiaries. The Group employs over 20,000 people in 40 different countries in over 1,200 branches and offices.
Addressing scores of journalists from across the African continent at his office in Rabat, Morocco Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, M. Aziz Akhannouch, called on African countries to invest more in agriculture as the sector has immense potential to address the huge impact of climate change that the continent is currently experiencing.Also, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that agriculture is responsible for over a quarter of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Given that agriculture’s share in global gross domestic product (GDP) is about 4 percent, these figures suggest that agriculture is highly greenhouse gas intensive. But Akhannouch said Innovative agricultural practices and technologies can play a role in climate mitigation and adaptation.The Minister said adaptation and mitigation potential is nowhere more pronounced than in African countries where agricultural productivity remains low; poverty, vulnerability and food insecurity remain high; and the direct effects of climate change are expected to be especially harsh.Therefore, he said, creating the necessary agricultural technologies and harnessing them to enable African countries adapt their agricultural systems to changing climate will require innovations in policy and institutions. In this context, institutions and policies are important at multiple levels. He noted that his country has been working in this direction for years now.He said, “The best policy and institutional responses will enhance information sharing, incentives and flexibility. Policies and institutions that promote economic development and reduce poverty will often improve agricultural adaptation and may also pave the way for more effective climate change mitigation through agriculture on the continent.”He noted that existing technology options must be made more available and accessible without overlooking complementary capacity and investments. He also added that adaptation and mitigation in agriculture will require local responses, but effective policy responses must also reflect global impacts and inter-linkages. Giving the Moroccan experience, the minister said though the geographical location of Morocco may present it not too suitable for agricultural activities, the country is taking advantage of every little opportunity that presents itself; and as a result, agriculture is currently experiencing a boom.This is, however, a very completely different story in other African countries—some of which have the very requisite soils, ideal climate, more rain fall and what’s conducive for agricultural purposes.The lack of interests in the sector, which is evident by the low investment in the sector for decades by governments across the continent despite a general consensus (the Maputo Declaration) that ten percent of every country’s budget be directed to agriculture, continues to keep the continent in perpetual poverty and underdevelopment, especially in sub-Sahara Africa.But an optimistic Akhannouch told the journalists that the continent still has the potential to turn this weird situation around and ensure a better future for the 1.2 billion Africans. He spoke to these reporters recently at his ministry in Rabat, Morocco. The Minister said government across the continent needs to see agriculture as the only way out. “We need to invest in agriculture because it has a lot of potentials to improve the living conditions of our people,” he said, adding that it is hard time that the continent changes its mode of investment and concentrate where it has comparative advantages—with agriculture being the most important.Minister M. Aziz Akhannouch termed agriculture as the engine of growth, adding that the Moroccan government, for the past few years, has given more attention to the sector because of the numerous potentials it has; employment, GDP growth, food security and many more—all of which could lead to a viable economy. It could also serve as a key source of fighting climate change.He said most of Africa has and continue to experience poverty, underdevelopment and illiteracy because countries have not prioritized agriculture over the years. “We have to give agriculture more attention.”Minister Akhannouch told the scores of journalists Africa has the potentials and the natural resources to be the agricultural hub of the world. “Unfortunately we are not taking advantage of this,” he said. He urged other African countries to learn from his country’s experience and the level of progress that has been made thus far.Like most countries of the Mediterranean basin, Morocco’s agriculture primarily produces grains and beans. In arid areas, grains are grown on fallow lands, a small percentage of which is used to sow spring crops. In addition, olive trees cover approximately 980,000 hectares [2.4 million acres] of land, or 65% of the country’s tree groves.Morocco, few years ago, initiated a long-term agriculture development program known as The Green Morocco Plan (GMP). On average, agriculture contributes 19% of the GNP, with 15% from agriculture and 4% from agro-industry. Agriculture, including fisheries, is considered to be the main labor employer (38% of the total national labor force and 75% of the rural workforce). The agricultural sector also contributes to reducing the mass exodus from rural areas, while bolstering social and political stability.The GMP, the Minister said, is built on the principal of aggregation as a tool for the development of the agricultural sector; its implementation requires the creation of win-win partnerships between the upstream of production and the downstream of the commercial and/or industrial phase.This sector, according to the Minister, employs more than 4 million rural inhabitants, and has created approximately 100,000 jobs in the agro-industry sector.He noted that the sector plays a substantial role in the macroeconomic balance of the country. It also plays an important social role as 80% of the 14 million rural inhabitants depend on revenues from the agricultural sector.“It is important to remember that the sector is directly responsible for the food security of 30 million consumers. This reaffirms the critical role that agriculture plays in the economic and social stability of our country,” he said.He, however, admitted that the country faces a lot of challenges in the sector. Inspite of these relative successes, the Minister noted that the national agricultural strategy still deals with several limitations. The most adverse of these challenges being insufficient investments in the sector by the private sector, insufficient organization, limited water resources, excessive parceling of property and dominance of cereal crops.Though these challenges are huge, the government has been working tirelessly to tackle them. In the face of these challenges the Minister, who is former Administrator of Bank Al Maghrib and former Chairman of the Moroccan Petroleum Grouping (GPM), said Moroccan agriculture has several advantages.The most important these being the geographical situation of Morocco and its proximity to the European market, with logistical means clearly improving and qualified and competitive agricultural workforce compared to the competition.The presence, at a national level, of several models of successful agricultural businesses and agro-industries, is also of advantage.Through the analysis of the current situation, the GMP has adopted, as a model of success, investment and organization to build its strategy, the Minister said, adding that on the basis of directives established on a national level and based on the regional diagnosis, a number of important projects and action plans have been retained for the implementation of this national plan for each region, as established in the 16 Region Agricultural Plans.“A Regional Agricultural Plan consists of a roadmap for the agricultural development of a region, supported by the accompanying role of the central administration and the public powers, in terms of sectarian and institutional reforms,” he said.He said for the country to maintain its current trajectory of growth for the next 10 to 15 years there should be a national consensus for the reinforcement of the role of agriculture in the Gross National Product (GNP), from 70 to 100 million DH, which is about US$10.1 million.Agriculture presently represents 74 million DH or US$7.4 million of the GNP. There should also be a target for the creation of 600,000 new jobs; increase the amount of exports from 8 to 44 million DH in the sectors where Morocco is competitive (citrus fruits, olives, fruits and vegetables); and the launch of a new wave of investments estimated at 10 billion DH annually, with the startup of 1,506 projects.However, the minister said his country, through its tree planting program, plant hundreds of thousands of trees annual to help mitigate the impacts of greenhouse. Unfortunately, this is a total opposite in Liberia as thousands of trees are cut down through timber logging, charcoal processing and for other purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Several more students in the Prince George-Peace River riding will be getting the opportunity to gain work experience and earn money after the Government of Canada announced an increase in funding to its Canada Summer Jobs initiative.Local Conservative MP Bob Zimmer announced the funding boost, Monday, which provides $362,731 for 85 student positions across the riding.- Advertisement -Zimmer says the additional funding will help students gain experience and develop skills to function in the current labour market.Across the country, the 2011 budget for the Canada Summer Jobs initiative has received an additional $10 million.The funding is distributed to various not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses.Any student between the age of 15 and 30 is eligible to apply.Advertisement
email@example.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Led by Marsha McLean, now the city’s mayor, and former Councilwoman Jill Klajic, the city dropped its wait-and-see stance in 1990 and pushed full steam to defeat the dump that was urged by the county to ease a growing landfill shortage. A key part of the dump sat within the Angeles National Forest, requiring a land swap be orchestrated, but eventually Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, the city’s first mayor, sponsored bills to kill the transfer. The legislation passed, but plans for the canyon – much of it privately held – have hung in limbo. The prize is a canyon with wildlife, riparian habitats, coastal sage and oak woodlands. The land provides a wildlife corridor from the Santa Susana Mountains to the San Gabriel range. “This donation ensures that Elsmere Canyon will not be used for a landfill,” Antonovich said in a statement. “Instead, it becomes a valuable environmental resource that will be preserved for future generations.” Elsmere – in the San Gabriels southeast of the Interstate5 and Antelope Valley Freeway junction – neighbors Whitney Canyon, already preserved in a partnership of the city and conservation authority. NEWHALL – Santa Clarita’s two-decade battle to preserve scenic Elsmere Canyon culminated Thursday with the announcement that the site once eyed as a huge landfill would be preserved as parkland. Allied Waste, parent company of waste giant Browning-Ferris Industries, will donate 400acres of Elsmere to the Mountains and Recreation Conservation Authority for use as an open space preserve, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced. “This property is an environmental treasure that will be preserved as open space,” BFI district manager Greg Loughnane said in a statement. The donation is pending final approval by the conservation authority’s board, which is scheduled to meet Wednesday.
0Shares0000Table-topping Liverpool now boast a six-point lead at the top of the table, with Tottenham leapfrogging Man City into second place on Boxing Day after a 5-0 rout of Bournemouth.LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged his side to “accept the reality” following a surprising dip in form that has seen them lose three of their last four Premier League fixtures.The Citizens were in imperious form at the start of the campaign going unbeaten for 15 matches before suffering their first defeat of the season at Chelsea on December 8. The 2-0 defeat to Chelsea proved to be an omen of what was to come, with Crystal Palace and Leicester City both taking maximum points from their clash with Guardiola’s side later in the month.Table-topping Liverpool now boast a six-point lead at the top of the table, with Tottenham leapfrogging Man City into second place on Boxing Day after a 5-0 rout of Bournemouth.Many pundits and fans will already have one eye on the upcoming clash with Liverpool in the new year, but Guardiola wants his players to remain focused on their next encounter, a trip to Southampton on Sunday.“We have to accept the reality. It’s happened, accept the reality and try to win again for our confidence,” Guardiola said. “Now there will be doubts but we have to change the dynamic.“I have to think about what the team needs and then try to win again.“In football you are able to win a lot of games and lose a lot of games. We have to think about Southampton next and recover mentally.”He continued: “The reality is we have lost three in four and to be real contenders we need to win again, so we focus on Southampton.“We have made an incredible amount of points at this stage and if we can get the same, or more, in the second half of the season then we are fighting to win the championship. But at the moment, the reality is that two more teams are better than us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri (right) goes head-to-head with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino in the League Cup semi-final © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 8 – Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have warned their supporters to behave during Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final first leg at Wembley after recent incidents of discriminatory behaviour.Blues supporters have been under the spotlight in recent weeks after a number of high-profile incidents, including a derogatory chant about Spurs supporters that featured alleged anti-Semitic language at a Europa League match in Hungary last month. “This fixture is always a passionate encounter both on the pitch and in the stands, but in light of recent events and after consultation between both clubs and the Metropolitan Police, we would like to remind supporters of their responsibilities in keeping support positive,” Chelsea said to fans in a statement.“Historically, a small minority has used the Tottenham fixture as licence to use anti-Semitic chants, noises and gestures…. Our position is clear — this is no excuse for abusive chanting or behaviour and it will not be tolerated.”Meanwhile a Spurs fan was banned and fined for throwing a banana skin at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the North London derby in early December.A statement on Tottenham’s website reminded ticket holders that “foul, abusive, homophobic or racist behaviour will not be tolerated”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The calf which was dumped at a roadside.People have been left shocked after a calf had its identity tags removed and was dumped at a roadside on the outskirts of Letterkenny.The black and white Friesian calf was dumped at Kirkstown close to the Glencar Road around 5pm yesterday evening.A person out walking made the gruesome discovery and contacted a nearby land owner. He called Gardai who advised him to contact Donegal County Council.As this was after 5pm, the man says he will try to contact the council again today (Tues).The man said “Surely it could be traced somehow. We try or best with the help of everybody (council and walkers) to keep the area up here free from waste and keep it like a tidy country walk two miles from town. It is very annoying that this animal could be dumped.” SHOCK AS DEAD CALF HAS TAGS REMOVED AND DUMPED AT ROADSIDE was last modified: March 22nd, 2016 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:calfdumpedKirkstownletterkenny
The people of Co Donegal are to officially honour the memory of Garda Gary McLoughlin, who was killed in the line of duty.Garda McLoughlin, 24, was killed when he was struck by a car being driven by Martin McDermott at Burt in 2009.McDermott hit the headlines recently when he escaped from prison and went on the run to be captured in Derry. Now Donegal County Council is to hold a special reception at County House in Lifford on May 4th next.It is expected that all of the late Garda’s family form Co Leitrim will attend the ceremony.It follows a motion by Cllr Jack Murray last July calling for a proper memorial service for Garda McLaughlin.Cllr Murray said today “The death of a young man who was working to serve and protect the people of Donegal shocked everyone in the county. “It is fitting that we pay tribute to him and his family as was done previously after the death of Garda Robbie McCallion in Letterkenny.” DONEGAL TO PAY TRIBUTE TO GARDA GARY McLOUGHLIN was last modified: April 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL TO PAY TRIBUTE TO GARDA GARY McLOUGHLIN
Dog lovers across Ireland will get a unique opportunity to learn from the best when celebrity dog trainer and star of the international hit TV series It’s Me or the Dog Victoria Stilwell arrives in Co Donegal this summer.Her only Irish date in 2012, Victoria Stilwell will deliver a one-day seminar on positive training methods in Letterkenny on Saturday July 7th.Famed for her TV Show which is aired in over 50 countries, Victoria Stilwell will share her canine secrets with dog owners in this exclusive one-day event. Her philosophy of positive reinforcement training to help dog owners engage with their dogs on a deeper level has attracted her to celebrities across the globe. The event is being organised by Donegal-based dog training, agility and flyball company Lupanast Dog Training. Managing Director Clare Boyle, pictured above, explains what dog owners can expect from this day-long seminar.“We are delighted to have secured Victoria for this exclusive event. As a company we respect her techniques and in fact use them in our own work. The event will give dog owners a unique insight into Victoria’s thought processes, deliver case studies of best practice and also get a chance to ask her questions. As this is her only Irish date for 2012 we expect huge interest in the event which has a limited capacity.”Andrea Hayes, presenter of TV3’s Animal A&E will act as MC for the event. Speaking this week she says, “given Victoria’s passion for, and commitment to, the cause of animal rescue and rehabilitation including her involvement in organisations around the world to increase awareness of puppy mills, dog-fighting, animal abuse, pet over-population, dog bite prevent and other animal-related causes, I was eager to be part of this event. It will indirectly promote animal welfare in Ireland and this has to be welcomed.”A best-selling author, Victoria Stilwell appears frequently in the media and is widely recognised as a leader in the field of animal behaviour. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Positively.com, serves as the featured trainer for eHow Pets, and is the CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training: the world’s premier global network of positive reinforcement dog trainers. Tickets for the Victoria Stilwell seminar are now on sale from www.lupanast.com. CELEBRITY DOG TRAINER CONFIRMS EXCLUSIVE IRISH DATE! was last modified: May 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CELEBRITY DOG TRAINER CONFIRMS EXCLUSIVE IRISH DATE!
Dublin manager Jim Gavin is wary of facing Donegal in the Allianz Football League tomorrow as he expects the All-Ireland champions to use the match to launch their championship campaign.Gavin’s side have already qualified for the league semi-finals while Donegal have yet to ensure their Division 1 status for 2013. However, there is still a possibility the All-Ireland champions could meet Dublin in the last four is results go their way.Sunday’s clash at Ballybofey is expected to be a tight affair with both sides going for the victory and Gavin believes the team with the best defence will prevail.“Sunday’s about two teams who want to come away with a result but at the same time want a performance,” Gavin explained. “After the weekend we have eight weeks to go to the Championship and Donegal have seven. “They used this same fixture last year to beat Cork and to launch their Championship campaign and I don’t think Sunday will be any different.“There are two very well-organised defences so it’ll probably be a low-scoring game but entertaining nonetheless.“They’re very structured and very organised in defence. Obviously Jim and Rory [Gallagher] have been with them for a few years now. They’ve got some top class forwards in Murphy, [Colm] McFadden, [Paddy] McBrearty and [Mark] McHugh.”The trip to Donegal is only the second time in this year’s league that Dublin have travelled outside the captain and it is one Gavin is looking forward to as it gives him the chance to spend some time with his squad. “This weekend marks the fourth month we’ve been with the squad and a lot of work has been done but there is more to do,” Gavin is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.“Travelling to Ballybofey is a great opportunity with the players. You have some contact time and sometimes it’s nice to travel. I’ve always enjoyed travelling away with Dublin teams – you get time with the players.”The conclusion of the All-Ireland Club Championship means Gavin is finally able to call on players from Ballymun Kickhams and he is looking forward to bringing them into his team.“Even though they didn’t get a chance to play in the O’Byrne Cup and early National League rounds, certainly in the remaining two games we have in the league we will try and introduce them as best we can in a balanced approach,” he added.DUBLIN BOSS EXPECTS DONEGAL TO FIRE ON ALL CYLINDERS was last modified: April 7th, 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:BallybofeydonegaldublinNational League