U.S. to Expand Foreign Commercial Service in Africa

first_imgThe United States Government through its Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker has disclosed expanding Foreign Commercial Service presence in Africa to strengthen the economic and commercial tie between U.S. and Africa.Making the disclosure at the opening of the U.S-Africa Business Forum on August 5, Secretary Pritzker the said the Foreign Commercial Service contains American commercial diplomats who will navigate each African Market.“We are doubling the number of commercial offices in Africa, with new sites in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Tanzania.  We are expanding existing offices in Ghana, Kenya, Libya, and Morocco, and we are returning Foreign Commercial Service presence to the African Development Bank for the first time in three years,” she said.In addition, she used the occasion to announce on behalf of the Department of Commerce and U.S. partners 10 new trade missions to Africa and 10 reverse trade missions to the United States by 2020.To safeguard the environment amidst desire to invest in the continent, the U.S. official disclosed that the National Institute of Standards and Technology is launching the Global City Teams Challenge to create teams of cities and innovators working together on issues like air quality, resource management, healthcare delivery, and modern energy grids—to utilize the best technology to build “Smart Cities.”Secretary Pritzker described the plan to make business in Africa as a “Moment of opportunity,”  noting that a decade from now participating countries in the ongoing U.S-Africa Summit will look back at the moment as the start of something important, or see a missed opportunity.“The choice is up to all of us here today.  Today’s agenda features conversations on financing and development, energy and infrastructure, good governance and public-private partnerships-all meant to highlight the choices before us,” she emphasized.“As America’s Chief Commercial Officer, I feel strongly that this last pillar – the U.S.-Africa economic relationship – is fundamental to our mutual peace and prosperity. We know that businesses serve as key bridges between our continents, but we also share the conviction that these ties of commerce can be stronger, deeper, and more lasting.” She further indicated that as Africa’s middle class continues to expand, we hope to see our export numbers grow, too. And through Select USA, the Administration is actively encouraging African companies to increase their presence in the United States. On the issue of conduct in business, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce said “Every African leader who embraces greater transparency and market access, speeds business processes, and roots out corruption represents a ripple of hope for greater prosperity for their people – and for ours.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BC Transit celebrates 30 years in Fort St. John

first_imgB.C. Transit is celebrating a 30-year service milestone in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -The transit system in B.C. is unique in comparison to the rest of Canada, says B.C. Transit Chief Operating Officer Mike Davis. Davis says the province aids individual communities with nearly half of the cost of providing transit. He also says that B.C. transit has 81 transit agreements in 58 different communities across the province.The transit authority carried more than 130,000 passengers last year. Davis attributes the ridership increase to a change in the bus routes, as well as an increased awareness of the transit system.North Peace MLA Pat Pimm says despite the increase in ridership, he still feels the system is underutilized.Acting Mayor Dan Davies says one of the ways the City is trying to increase transit awareness is through the “Music that Moves You” program. The program allows residents to ride the bus for free on certain days of the year, while local musicians perform.The transit system in Fort St. John began in 1981 with three buses at a time when residents only had to pay 40 cents per ride. Since then, the fleet has increased by two buses and the fare has increased to $1.50 for an adult.Advertisement Photo: (From left) Acting Mayor Dan Davies, B.C. Transity COO Mike Davis and North Peace MLA Pat Pimm celebrated B.C. Transit’s thirtieth anniversary in the Fort St. John./Kimberley Molina B.C. Transit also began offering handyDart service in 1996, which provides door-to-door transit for residents with mobility issues.last_img read more

Bundesliga side lead race for Manchester City outcast

first_img1 Schalke are the frontrunners to sign out-of-favour Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic in January, according to reports in Germany.The Bundesliga club want to bring the 21-year-old to the Veltins-Arena on a loan deal and exercise an option to sign the centre-back permanently at the end of the season, if he impresses.And now, according to Bild, Royal Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has identified the former Fiorentina star as his top transfer target.As talkSPORT told you earlier this month, Serbian international Nastasic is unhappy at his lack of first-team football at the Etihad Stadium, having featured only once this term – in the Community Shield defeat against Arsenal.Inter Milan and Lazio also trail the defender but reports suggest that Di Matteo’s men have contacted City and the player’s representatives over a move next month.Since signing for Manchester City from the Viola in 2012, Nastasic has made 51 appearances and was a member of the club’s title-winning team last season. Matija Nastasic in action last_img read more

Leeds vs Nottingham Forest: Match preview, team news and predicted line-ups

first_img Leeds face a tough test on Saturday goalless The visitors, beaten just once in their last nine games, will be looking to make it two wins in a week after a resounding 3-0 victory at Bolton on Wednesday.Leeds have lost some of their early season momentum, with just three wins in their last ten games, but they will hope to build on the 2-0 win against Ipswich in midweek which helped them return to the Championship summit.The Whites are currently top but sit level on points with both Middlesbrough and Sheffield United. Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place ROUND-UP Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Long-term absentees Patrick Bamford and Izzy Brown remain sidelined, while Pontus Jansson is expected to return to the side after serving a one-match ban.Forest skipped Danny Fox missed the Bolton game due to a knock and will be assessed.Predicted line-upsLeeds: Peacock-Farrell; Ayling, Jansson, Phillips, Cooper; Saiz, Phillips, Klich, Hernandez, Roofe, AlioskiNottingham Forest: Pantilimon; Darikwa, Figueiredo, Dawson, Robinson; Colback, Guedioura; Dias, Carvalho, Lolley; Grabban Leeds United will look to open up a lead at the top of the Championship table when they host Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on Saturday evening, kick off 5:30pm.The two historic clubs maintain hopes of returning to the Premier League, with Forest just four points behind their opponents in seventh in what is again a ridiculously tight second tier table. What time is kick-off?Leeds vs Nottingham Forest will kick-off at 5.30pm at Elland Road on Saturday.Where can I listen?You can listen to exclusive radio commentary of the match live on talkSPORT2.Team newsLeeds’ Gaetano Berardi is out through injury, as is fellow defender Barry Douglas. 3 LATEST CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off GREAT NEWS Forest have proven difficult to beat this season Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 3 EFL result 3 Douglas will miss the tie stalemate Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancerlast_img read more


first_imgGALLAGHERThe death has taken place in Letterkenny General Hospital of Thomas Gallagher, Church Street, Ramelton. Remains reposing at his home this evening from 7pm. Funeral from there on Saturday at 10am for Requiem Mass at 10.30am in St Marys Church, Ramelton. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Patients’ Comfort Fund, Ramelton Nursing Unit, c/o the Gallagher family.McDEVITT The death has occurred at the Children’s Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin of Rachel McDevitt, aged 9, of 45B Fernhill, Glencar, Letterkenny. Remains are reposing at the family residence. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Friday, morning at St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny at 11am. Burial afterwards in Conwall Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Ballymacool Respite Home – c/o Joseph and Mark McDevitt Funeral Directors, Oldtown, Letterkenny.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 was last modified: November 17th, 2011 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:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR THURSDAYNOVEMBER 17last_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a blaze tonight at a €1.3M 200-year-old country mansion – there are no reports of any injuries.The inferno at the Sharon Glebe outside Manorcunningham broke out around 8pm.A number of fire tenders from the surrounding area are attending the scene. The early 19th century period residence had been on the property market in recent times.It is set in 5.5 acres of gardens.The former rectory is a huge house – stretching to 5,600 square feet.Tonight flames are flying out of the top of the mansion. It was recently described as “one of the finest period residences to come on the market in recent times.”Estate agents added: “This property has been lovingly restored to an exceptionally high standard, creating a beautiful home with a lovely combination of old charm coupled with modern conveniences. Sharon Glebe has classic period features such as high ceilings, working shutters, archway and cornices.” Sharon GlebeUPDATED: FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE BLAZE AT DONEGAL COUNTRY MANSION was last modified: March 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalfiremanorcunninghammansionSharon Glebelast_img read more


first_imgJason Black has reassured his family he is okay.Adventurer Jason Black has reassured his family that he is okay after being caught in a serious storm on his latest mountaineering expedition.The Letterkenny businessman is currently tackling Mt McKinley in Alaska.However yesterday Black was snowed in at 8,986ft in freezing conditions. He revealed “Didn’t move up last night – bad weather. Must wait for clear window. Very cold temperature & snow. Feeling strong & health good. May be here for few days.”Everest conqueror Black reveaed how he had to dig in his tent in and make iceblock walls for protection against storm.He also revealed “Eating powder food & melting snow ice for water . Sitting in middle of Death Valley the next camp is ‘Base of Chicken Couleur’ to get on to West Rib. Difficult to route as first to ascent this year. Bye for now”.  ADVENTURER BLACK TELLS FAMILY HE IS SAFE AFTER BEING CAUGHT IN SNOW-STORM was last modified: May 25th, 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:DONEGAL MT EVERESTJason BlackMt McKinleylast_img read more

Gardaí warn parents ahead of popular teenage disco on Friday night

first_imgParents are being asked to play their part this week in ensuring their children celebrate a youth disco later tonight (Friday) responsibly.The appeal comes from An Garda Soíchána in Donegal ahead of a major Mid Summer teenage disco in the area.Several hundred young people from around the Donegal region are expected to attend a teenage disco in Letterkenny on August 2 and Gardaí say they will be in attendance. A Garda statement read: “The Mid Summer teenage disco is on tonight in Letterkenny and it is advertised that there will be four DJ’s under one roof.“We want zero teens under our roof tonight and so we urge all parents to talk to their teens in relation to the dangers of alcohol and drugs.“Make sure they have travel arrangements sorted before they leave home and that you are aware of what their arrangements are.“Know who your teen will be attending the disco with and get a contact number for them if possible also. Please ensure that your teen will only have enough money with them for the purposes of travel, entry to the club and soft drinks! “Unfortunately, the temptation is out there and peer pressure also plays a part.“We can all do our part to ensure that the teens will have a good night and more importantly that they have a safe one!” Gardaí warn parents ahead of popular teenage disco on Friday night was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Archaeology Is Hindered by Evolutionary Assumptions

first_imgWhy was a complex village uncovered in Uruguay called “unexpected”?  Peter W. Stahl (anthropology, Binghamtom U.) asks the question in the Dec. 2 issue of Nature:1Evidence of unexpected complexity in an ancient community in Uruguay is a further blow to the conventional view of prehistoric development in marginal areas of lowland South America.    Archaeological research often reveals unexpected results.  This is common in South America, especially when archaeologists venture off the beaten track to explore unfamiliar areas.  However, our surprise is also a product of our preconceptions.  Recent work in the lowlands of tropical South America clearly bears this out, with discoveries of prehistoric complexity in unforeseen places and/or times.  On page 614 of this issue, Iriarte et al. present another example of precocious development in a hitherto little-explored and under-appreciated area.  The authors refer humbly to their results as unexpected; but given the profusion of surprises elsewhere, why would they be unexpected in the first place?The answer is that for over 60 years, archaeologists have been taught to think certain ways about marginal areas and primitive peoples.  They have been taught an “now-outmoded belief in cultural evolution, culture areas and trait diffusion; environmental determinism; a sketchy archaeological record; and an underestimation of the effects of European conquest on native populations,” Stahl claims.  Authorities like Julian Steward inculcated notions of slow urban development gradually creeping to outlying areas, and ‘traditional Indians’ living out their simple lives, surviving “relatively unchanged since deep time.”  Stahl takes issue with this, noting the number of contradictions with the evidence.  “Although few would buy into these ideas today,” he says, “Steward’s culture history has had an enormous impact on archaeological interpretation, both academic and popular.”    It’s hard to dislodge old myths.  Stahl is not surprised by the complexity of outlying villages, like the one by Iriarte et al. that showed:a large formal village plan, consisting of mound and plaza features, at a time (more than 4,000 years ago) and in a place where conventional wisdom would not have expected them to exist.  Moreover, subsequent occupation, intentional remodelling, settlement planning and village size indicate both a permanence and a density of population previously unthought of for this area.  Innovative analyses of plant microfossils and starch grains extracted from stone tools yield evidence for the early exploitation of maize, squash, beans and root crops in an area that was long considered non-agricultural, at least for prehistoric populations.It appears these people were doing what humans have always done: applying their brains and intentions to organize their lives with intelligence and skill.  This example “not only rejects much of the interpretational baggage carried by generations of archaeologists, but also exposes the potential for prehistoric culture in grasslands and wetlands, which were historically viewed as marginal areas,” he says.  In conclusion, he preaches, “Marginality and atrophied development are part of a flawed historic perspective.  Our expectations for indigenous achievements should be greater.”1Peter W. Stahl, “Archaeology: Greater expectations,” Nature 432, 561 – 562 (02 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432561a.Who gave the scientific world an image of primitive man evolving in marginal areas, living hand to mouth with very slow cultural evolution?  Who portrayed the relatively recent cities as the places where the lights of humanity first went on, and progress slowly spread into the outlying areas?  Was it not the Darwinists in Victorian Britain, who tended to view themselves as the intellectually superior race?  The history of Darwinian racism and treatment of indigenous peoples is a shameful lesson that has no justification today, as Stahl points out.    In contrast, Biblical creationists would see man as always fully man, endowed from the beginning with free will, language, culture and intelligence.  People groups spread rapidly over the globe after the flood, carrying a good deal of cultural memory with them.  Just because they didn’t always make pottery does not mean they weren’t good farmers or knew how to build complex villages.  Creationists would see a gradual degradation of ability because of sin, with occasional collective rises and falls of civilizations; there is also the counteracting tendency for technological knowledge to increase and accumulate over time.  Overall, creationists have greater expectations about indigenous achievements, and therefore are not surprised to find complexity in human cultures from the earliest times.  And that is exactly what archaeology shows: man is always fully man, capable of remarkable achievements, but needing salvation and escape from the “flawed historical perspective” of false teachers.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

WHO uses Mxit, JamiiX to tackle disasters

first_img1 February 2011The World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) South-East Asia regional office has teamed up with popular mobile social networks MXit and JamiiX – both developed in South Africa – to bring emergency preparedness information to chat users in disaster-prone Indonesia.This new approach is part of WHO’s wider effort to strengthen disaster preparedness in the region and build public awareness of the urgent need for safe hospitals in disaster zones.“The WHO campaign illustrates the value and power of social networking in assisting communities that need help most,” Mxit founder and CEO Herman Heunis said in a statement last week.“As climate change and severe weather variations take a hold of many locations around the world, it makes sense to develop ways for communities and countries to receive life-saving information and assistance in a reliable and affordable way.“We commend WHO for initiating this important project.”Leveraging new technologyIndonesians using MXit chat will be able to access personal preparedness information, including what to do in the case of natural disasters like floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and cyclones, how to prepare an emergency kit, and how to plan for possible evacuation.This information is teamed up with facts on safe hospitals in disaster zones and ways, as an individual, to support WHO’s drive for safe health facilities.“We are leveraging new communication technology in order to ease the availability, accessibility, and effectiveness of health information and services,” said Dr Roderico Ofrin, regional adviser for WHO’s emergency and humanitarian action. “Through this campaign we will continue to explore innovative means of bringing critical information in times of emergencies.”Power of social mediaOver the last decade, more than half-a-million people in South-East Asia have died in devastating floods, cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis. People living in the region can support the campaign by adding their voice and signing up on MXit to assist WHO to reach its one-million supporter target.“Being able to access life-saving information at your fingertips is an empowering initiative by WHO, and we are excited to be part of this campaign, which displays the power of social media,” said Marlon Parker, CEO of JamiiX and founder of RLabs.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more