‘Most SMEs Lack Capacity to Access Loans’

first_imgThe Deputy Chief of Party of the United States Agency for International Development Investment for Business Expansion (USAID/IBEX), Augustus Flomo, has disclosed that most Small Business Micro Enterprises (SMEs) in the country lack the capacities to access loans.He said that because of this trend, his institution has embarked on creating the necessary environment to enable businesses develop to impact Liberia’s economy.Mr. Flomo made the disclosure recently in Monrovia at a one-day stakeholders’ workshop on agriculture.Deliberating on the topic, “SMEs Access to Finance in Liberia; Challenges, Opportunities,” Mr. Flomo said that many of the businesses in Liberia, particularly agri-businesses are still operating in an informal manner.According to him, there is no financial institution that will want to transact business with SMEs, which are not standard in their activities.“Business records and good leadership in managing businesses are very crucial to getting loan for the expansion of small businesses. No entrepreneur can convince the banking sector if these mechanisms conducive for making business with the commercial banks are not put into place,” he said.He disclosed that IBEX has trained at least 200 SMEs in the country with basic financial management skills to enable them access loans.Mr. Flomo added that among the 200 SMEs trained, about 15 of them have gotten opportunities to get money to improve their business ventures, adding that 90 percent belong to the agricultural sector.He named the counties where SMEs have been approved for financing as Bong, Margibi and Montserrado counties.Though, there are concerns by some Liberians that the country’s lacked more market opportunities, the deputy IBEX chief of party differed that there is indeed markets for the agricultural produce.He said that there is need that entrepreneurs learnt to identify the market.“We do have market for crops like pepper, bitter ball in Liberia. But instead of Liberians toping in such a business, people from neighboring countries are making money from such produce,” he mentioned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No arrests for Albouystown businesswoman’s murder

first_imgMurdered Albouystown businesswoman Nalini Persaud, called “Nalo”Police are still hunting for the perpetrators responsible for the death of Albouystown, Georgetown businesswoman, Nalini Persaud called “Nalo” who was murdered in her home in the presence of her husband on May 2, last.Commander of “A” Division, Marlon Chapman, told this newspaper on Monday that at present there is no one in Police custody for the murder but that detectives are still following leads.He stated that while no one has been charged for the crime, investigators are still aggressively pursuing the case, and it is hoped that a breakthrough be made shortly.On May 2, 2019, Persaud’s lifeless body was discovered in the upper flat of her Lot 161 James and Non-Pariel Streets, Albouystown. She was found with a rope tied around her neck.Reports are she was strangled to death, while her husband was beaten after four masked men armed with guns invaded their property.According information received, the incident occurred at around 03:00h when the couple was in the process of preparing to open for a normal business day.Reports were that the perpetrators entered the premises through a hole on the bottom left side of the house. After gaining entry, the men attacked the couple and bound them with duct tape and rope before robbing them of an undisclosed sum of cash and jewelry.The now dead woman was then taken to the upper flat of the house where she was strangled to death with a piece of rope. The victim’s husband was assaulted and taken out of the bedroom into the lower flat of the premises, which housed a grocery shop, where he was bound to a chair and duct-taped.It is believed that Persaud might have been killed after she recognised her attackers.The couple was discovered by their son and daughter-in-law who were alerted of the robbery. An investigation is underway.last_img read more

Fire destroys Essequibo Coast sawmill

first_imgA devastating fire has left a businessman counting his losses after it ravaged his multimillion-dollar sawmill at Spring Gardens, Essequibo, on Easter Monday.The sawmill on fire on MondayReports are persons in the area noticed the smoke at about 17:30h and contacted the Guyana Fire Service but the firemen never arrived until 19:00h.Upon arriving at the scene, the firemen tried to save the business but encountered several difficulties.It is believed that the dry sawdust around the compound caught fire thus making it much more difficult for the fire tenders to put out the blaze.Guyana Times understands that a farmer in the area was burning his field when the fire rapidly changed course and spread to the sawmill.The fire officials are presently investigating the cause of the fire. However, the owner of the business, Ramesh Ramotar, refused to offer a comment.last_img read more

Hispanic groups pressure PBS over Burns work

first_img“In this latest project, we have attempted to show the universal human experience of war by focusing on the testimonies of just a handful of people mostly from four American towns. As a result, millions of stories are not explored in our film,” Burns and Novick said. The GI Forum also met with Hispanic members of Congress this week to plan a strategy to raise the issue nationally.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We are not going to tolerate this omission,” Morales said after the meeting. PBS said it would respond in two weeks. In the meantime, the publicly funded network issued a statement: “While PBS has been a leading forum for these voices to be heard, there is more that needs to be done. We will expand upon our commitment, particularly around the creation and delivery of content that better represents the diversity of the audiences we serve.” In a statement issued by his publicist, Burns and co-producer Lynn Novick said they were “dismayed and saddened” by any assumptions they intentionally left out any group. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” they said. They urged viewers to see the series before judging it, and they said they hope it will prompt discussions about World War II. The Burns series documents the war from the perspective of four U.S. communities: Waterbury, Conn.; Luverne, Minn.; Mobile, Ala.; and Sacramento. Burns has produced several highly acclaimed series on American history, including PBS-aired programs on the Civil War and baseball. WASHINGTON – Hispanic groups unhappy with an upcoming Ken Burns documentary on World War II are stepping up pressure on PBS because they say the series omits mention of the role Latinos played. The latest group to take its grievance to PBS is the American GI Forum, a Hispanic veterans organization that has waged numerous civil-rights battles for Hispanics and Hispanic veterans. The American GI Forum is appealing to Hispanic veterans and other Latino groups to write members of Congress and their local PBS affiliates about the documentary, “The War,” which has been six years in the making. This week, GI Forum President Antonio Morales of Fort Worth, Texas, and other Latino leaders met in Washington with PBS President Paula Kerger to lodge their complaints about the 14-hour Burns documentary set to air this September, Hispanic Heritage month. last_img read more

Ben Stokes to join England in New Zealand after court appearance

first_imgThe England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement shortly after Stokes’s first court appearance confirming his travel plans but he is not expected to make an immediate return after nearly five months out of the side.“Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates’ Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,” said an ECB spokesman.“He departs tomorrow, Wednesday 14 February, and will arrive on Friday 16 February, ready to train with England team-mates in Hamilton.”The statement said any decision to include him in upcoming matches would be made by the England management team. He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International Twenty20 tri-series against New Zealand and Australia. England start a five-match one-day international series against New Zealand on February 25, followed by two Tests.“(The) ECB fully respects his right to defend himself in court and any obligations he has within the legal process will always take precedence over England commitments,” added the statement.“It has been confirmed that he will not be required to return to the UK for the first hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 12 March.”Stokes, who missed England’s 4-0 Ashes drubbing after being suspended from playing for England, appeared at the court in Bristol along with Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale.– Altercation –It follows an altercation during the early hours of September 25 last year, several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present. Hales faced no charges.Ali, Stokes and Hale spoke to confirm their names, dates of births, addresses and nationalities. The clerk read out the charges and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas.Stokes is accused jointly with Ali and Hale of using or threatening unlawful violence towards another.The charge states that his “conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety”. The other two defendants face the same charge.All three defendants elected to be tried by a jury at a crown court, with the offence carrying a maximum penalty of up to three years in prison.“I have decided that your trial will take place at the crown court at Bristol. The first hearing date will be March 12,” said District Judge Simon Cooper. “You will be on bail.”In a statement posted on Twitter last month after he was charged, Stokes said he was “keen to have an opportunity to clear my name”.While England were in Australia, Stokes played a few games for Canterbury Kings during a month-long spell in New Zealand before returning home to England.He is due to play in the Indian Premier League after being sold for £1.4 million ($1.9 million) to the Rajasthan Royals.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ben Stokes will go on trial at Bristol Crown Court next month after being accused of affray © AFP / Paul ELLISBristol, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Ben Stokes will join the England squad in New Zealand after the star all-rounder pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of affray over a nightclub incident that forced him out of the Ashes tour.The 26-year-old all-rounder appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court in the southwest of England along with two other men and was granted bail before the next hearing in the case takes place on March 12 at Bristol Crown Court.last_img read more

Swansea snap up former Tottenham midfielder

first_img Swansea City 1 Swansea have snapped up former Tottenham midfielder Giancarlo Gallifuoco on a free transfer.The 20-year-old was released by Spurs in the summer after his contract expired and the Swans confirmed via their official website that he has signed a one-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.Australia-born Gallifuoco will now link up with the club’s Under-21 squad and he is eager to make an impact on first-team boss Garry Monk.“I’m very excited,” he said. “It’s the perfect club for me to take the next step in my career and I can’t wait to get started.“I had a brief chat with Garry Monk and he said that there are opportunities at this club if I work hard and that’s what I intend to do.“I was excited when I learned of the club’s interest and it’s a Premier League club that plays brilliant football and I’m delighted to be here.”last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Manchester United launch £22m move for Serie A starlet

first_img1 Federico Bernardeschi Manchester United have made a £22m bid for Fiorentina starlet Federico Bernardeschi, according to reports in Italy.The winger has been tipped for a big future and scored against Tottenham in the Europa League last week.Barcelona and Bayern Munich have scouted the Italian this season and have been linked with summer moves.But now Gazzetta dello Sport claim United have made a £22m bid for Bernardeschi.The Premier League giants are aware of the growing interest in the 22-year-old and understand the need to move fast if they want to land him.Chelsea are also keen on Bernardeschi, but the uncertainty surrounding who their next manager will be has delayed any talks for the player.last_img read more

UCLA: Getting set for rival USC

first_img They know a rivalry exists because they are told one exists, but they have no reference point. “As freshmen, we don’t really know about what the expectation is about winning this game,” UCLA backup point guard Darren Collison said. “We don’t know the history around this game because this is our first year.” As members of UCLA’s basketball team filtered into Pauley Pavilion for Tuesday’s afternoon practice, several stopped to marvel at the few tents set up next to the student entrance. It wasn’t quite Duke’s tent city, but it told something was different about tonight’s game a meeting with crosstown rival USC compared to other Pac-10 games. But getting most of the active members of the 18th-ranked Bruins to discuss in depth why it was different was a task, mostly because many never experienced it. Three-fifths of the starting lineup are freshmen, all five of UCLA’s freshmen should play in the game, including three from other countries. Meanwhile, starting center Ryan Wright is from Ontario, Canada, where footballs are punted on third downs and rouges are worth as much as a free throw. UCLA’s resident healthy veteran is senior center Ryan Hollins, who moved deeply into the backdrop this season because of injury, and the emergence of several freshmen. But he suffered through four straight losses to USC before sweeping the series last season, so he can at least add perspective. “It’s going to be a lot more personal,” Hollins said of the USC matchup. “I don’t know if (the foreign players) really understand it because, being a SoCal guy and growing up here, it’s a game everybody watches and looks forward to. I’m sure it’s sinking in, but I don’t know if it’s really ingrained in them.” Even UCLA’s starting sophomore guards and leading scorers, Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar, may not possess the keen history of the rivalry. Each has close friends on the Trojans. Afflalo played with USC sophomore Gabe Pruitt in high school. Farmar, who played at Woodland Hills Taft, and USC’s Nick Young, who played at Cleveland of Reseda, have a long-standing friendship. “In my opinion, that may make it a little less intense for us,” Afflalo said. “The game, itself, is going to be intense. Looking at the big picture and the overall Pac-10 race, this game is very important for a lot of people. But as far as our personal relationships, I think it makes it a little less intense. I’ve known Gabe and Nick for a while now, so you go out there and have a little more fun.” There is such goodwill, Farmar said, that Pruitt and Young came to UCLA’s campus plenty of times last spring to play pickup games. “Being close friends with guys on their team gives it a little different aspect,” Farmar said. “But we bleed blue and gold and they bleed cardinal and gold. It’s big for both of us, just for school spirit, school pride. It’s big for the camaraderie, and the feeling around campus. No matter what the sport is, you always want to beat ‘SC.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Collison, at least, has the advantage of growing up in Southern California, as does wing Michael Roll. Until a few years ago, neither starting wing Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, nor backup center Alfred Aboya, ever heard of UCLA, let alone USC, or some crazy, fierce rivalry that apexes during football season. “It’s our rival, so it’s going to be exciting,” said Mbah a Moute, who like Aboya, grew up in Cameroon. “I know a lot from the football game, how people got ready. So it’s going to be a good game. I can’t wait to play in that game. We have to come out and be ready to play defense because they have good guards and we have to match their intensity.” Aboya, too, said his only experience with the rivalry came in the fall with football. He said he felt the excitement around campus, but turned off USC’s 66-19 win by halftime because “it was painful.” “During the football season, I had a chance to experience that rivalry,” Aboya said. “It’s a big deal. I can’t wait to see what it will be like.” last_img read more

Mavericks Barbers launch their own quality grooming range

first_imgThe Mavericks Barbers of Letterkenny have a big announcement to make this week. Here, they introduce their custom made male grooming range, available in the shop now: Well gentlemen, after a lot of hard work, research and design, the Mavericks team has pulled together a range of top-quality grooming products. The challenge was to deliver top quality products but only at good value prices to our customers! Well not only do we feel that we achieved this, but our customers are telling us that we have done it!!! We have started out with the top 5 products in demand in our store and added one more that we have been looking to create for a long, long time.Here is a rundown of the new Mavericks products…Mavericks Beard OilHemp oil helps moisturise the skin under the beard to eliminate skin dryness, whilst also preventing itching and irritation. Jojoba oil leaves the beard clean and soft revealing the hairs natural colour and elegance.Like any beard oil, ours does a number of jobs in keeping your beard in top shape. We have two different oils available, in two great scents Sandalwood and Artemis!Mavericks Beard OilMavericks Sea Salt SprayA fantastic product for creating a messy, undone look. It adds volume, texture and control like nothing else. Tonnes of value for your money.Also, it is the best product on the market for thickening fine hair. It is delivered in a fresh Coconut & Mandarin scent and available in 250ml.Mavericks Sea Salt SprayMavericks Boost Volume PowderA popular new way to style the modern hair cut is with volume powder. Our boost powder provides a firm hold, thickens hair whilst leaving a matt finish.It was a great challenge to bring this product to market at a good price as volume powder is very expensive. However, at €12 for 10g it is almost half the price of similar products, but the quality rivals the best in the market! Mavericks Boost Volume PowderMavericks Shaping PasteThe shaping paste is a versatile product that adds texture to the hair providing a lightweight but strong hold whilst providing a great finish Depending on how you finish the hair a mid-sheen or a dry look can be achieved with this great product. Available in 100ml with a subtle but great Cinnamon & Nutmeg scent.Mavericks Shaping PasteMavericks Deluxe PomadeOur strong hold pomade can shape and style as required to achieve classic high gloss finish.A nice twist we added to the pomade is that it is water soluble making it really easy to wash out, not like most gels and pomades on the market.The pomade comes with a unique passion fruit scent in a 100ml tub. Gentlemen why not call in tlo Mavericks @Lower Main Street Letterkenny and have a look at our full range of premium male grooming products. We have over 30 beard products, 40 hair styling products and many, many more products to choose from… Also, you can catch up with us on Facebook  (www.facebook.com/Maverickstraditionalbarbershop) and follow us on Instagram (maverickstraditionalbarbershop) Snapchat @MAVERICKSTBS or Twitter www.twitter.com/mavericksbaber…Mavericks Barbers launch their own quality grooming range was last modified: October 10th, 2018 by Mavericks BarbersShare 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:barbersGroomingletterkennyMavericks Barbersproduct launchlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY PANTO SOCIETY LOOKING FOR MERRY MEN AND WOMEN FOR NEW SHOW

first_imgFollowing on their hugely successful production of Snow White last year the Letterkenny Pantomime Society is inviting people to come along to auditions for their production of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.The new show will be staged at An Grianan.The latest production will be staged in An Grianan in January 2015.Auditions will be held in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th September at 7.30pm. Please note that these auditions will be for adults only as auditions for the children’s scene will be advertised at a later date.We in the pantomime society are always delighted to welcome and promote new talent from all parts of the county.So whether your talent lies on or offstage the pantomime society will be delighted to see and welcome you to our crew.It’s a fun filled way of shortening the winter so make a note of the date and venue and we look forward to seeing you there!  LETTERKENNY PANTO SOCIETY LOOKING FOR MERRY MEN AND WOMEN FOR NEW SHOW was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 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:auditionsLetterkenny Pantomime SocietyRobin Hoodlast_img read more