Pres. Weah: ‘Liberia Stands to Benefit from China Trip’

first_imgPresident George Weah has spoken positively of his trip to China and the benefit Liberia stands to accrue, with specific reference to the US$54 million grant and others soon to be revealed, a release from the Executive Mansion has said.President Weah termed as successful for Liberia’s recovery process his visit to China in terms of the gains made in terms of re-strengthening the country’s relations with China as well as its support for agriculture, road, health and technology under the government’s Pro-poor Agenda.According to the release, China offered a US$54 million grant to Liberia for the construction of two overhead bridges as well as US$20 million in food aid.The President made the comments Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the Roberts International Airport shortly after he returned from China where he joined other African leaders at the 2018 Edition of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).FOCAC’s objectives are equal consultation, enhancing understanding, expanding consensus, strengthening friendship and promoting cooperation between Africa and the People’s Republic of China.[Consultation Mechanism] as prescribed in the Program for China-Africa Cooperation in Economic and Social Development adopted at the 2000 Ministerial Conference of FOCAC, China and Africa agreed to set up joint follow-up mechanisms to conduct regular evaluations on the implementation of the follow-up actions.“I have the responsibility to develop the country, and I will do everything in my power to build partnership with other countries and bring Liberia on par with them through infrastructure, road connectivity, good healthcare system and a good educational sector,” Weah said.The President lauded the Chinese government for the grant given the country and revealed that more is expected to follow.In a related development, President Weah expressed disagreement with those who underrated the financial aid China offered Liberia.He added, “No one in his/her sound mind will not appreciate a free gift from a friend.”A grant is a sum of money given by an organization, especially a government, for a particular purpose, often non-repayable funds or products disbursed or gifted by one party (grant makers) to a government department, corporation, foundation or trust; to a recipient, often (but not always) a non-profit entity, educational institution, business or an individual.“It is always good to be grateful to people who give you free money to develop your country,” the President said, reaffirming Liberia’s commitment to the “One-China Policy.”“One-China policy” is an approach that says that there is only one country called China, despite the fact that there are two governments – the Chinese and Taiwanese authorities – with the official name of China.In the case of the United States, the One-China Policy was first stated in the Shanghai Communiqué of 1972, concluding that, “The United States acknowledges that Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China.”Dozens of African leaders attended the two-day gathering, which takes place every three years as the linchpin (cornerstone, heart) of Chinese foreign policy in Africa as well as the fulcrum of its investment and lending on the continent.It is also part of China’s efforts to build greater ties with the African continent, to reinforce China’s image of an emerging commercial and diplomatic power in Africa. It also overshadows the prospect of coordinating Chinese programs with other players, such as the United States, in support of Africa’s development objectives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

R460-million for housing for Marikana miners

first_img30 June 2014 The North West provincial government has set aside over R460-million for housing projects in the platinum mining area of Marikana, as South Africa looks to push through a raft of measures aimed at ensuring long-term stability in the country’s mining industry. Delivering his State of the Province address in Mafikeng on Friday, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said his administration would pay special attention to the troubled mining area over the next three years.R47-million spent acquiring land “As part of our contribution to development in the mining areas, we have set aside R462-million for housing projects in the Bojanala District in the Rustenburg Municipality, specifically in Marikana.” The provincial government, in partnership with mining company Lonmin and the Rustenburg Local Municipality, will build 2 000 housing units over a period of three years. “The project, which will start with immediate effect, is called Marikana Ext 2 Integrated Development,” Mahumapelo said, adding that the government had also spent R47-million buying land for housing projects from private owners. According to Mahumapelo, the Sunway Village Integrated Development Project in Madibeng is already under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of the current financial year. “This project targets the nearby informal settlements of Popo Molefe, Ten Room, Rietfontein, and Cosmos.”Measures to restore labour stability President Jacob Zuma last week welcomed the conclusion of a five-month long strike in South Africa’s platinum mining industry. “A long protracted strike was no longer in the interests of the parties involved or the country at large,” Zuma said, adding that the government looked forward to working with mining companies and unions to implement measures “to revitalise mining towns and restore labour stability in the sector”. In his State of the Nation address earlier this month, Zuma said the government would push for the implementation of the Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry that was agreed on by labour, business and government last year. Zuma said he would take over this process himself, to ensure that the government implemented its undertaking, as part of the agreement, to build housing and other services to revitalise mining towns, with a focus on the mining areas of Motlosana, Emalahleni, Sekhukhune, Lephalale, West Rand and Matjhabeng. At the same time, the government would pressure mining companies to meet their Mining Charter targets in order to improve the lives of mineworkers. “Companies are expected to convert or upgrade hostels into family units, attain the occupancy rate of one person per room and also facilitate home ownership options for mine workers,” Zuma said, adding: “We urge the companies to meet the 2014 deadline for these targets and extend this right to dignity to mine workers.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Why Microsoft Is Like The GOP

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Ballmer#Fixing Microsoft#Microsoft joachim kempin A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting [Editor’s note: Joachim Kempin is a former top Microsoft executive and author of a new memoir, Resolve and Fortitude: Microsoft’s ‘Secret Power Broker’ Breaks His Silence. This is Kempin’s fourth column on Microsoft for ReadWrite. See his earlier contributions here, here and here.]Over the last couple of weeks, my provocative weekly columns and blogs have created an astonishing amount of feedback. I feel honored. The general tenor: Microsoft is no longer capable of creating innovative ideas or products. In his latest CBS interview, even Bill Gates joined that chorus. People have given up on the company and its leadership team. Some hate its CEO so much that they can’t write about him or the company he is supposed to lead in a rational fashion. They call Microsoft “the Borg.” I have quite a different take on the company and its potential.Four years ago this country was in the throes of an economic recession not seen since the 1930s. Then-candidate Obama campaigned with the motto of hope and change. I am campaigning for this once great company with the same thought in mind. Stone me – I probably deserve it – but I still firmly believe that deep down Microsoft has the talent to rise to the occasion and cause the paradigm shift needed to lift itself from the ashes.In many ways, Microsoft’s current predicament is similar to the one facing the Republican Party today. With the country still plagued by a 9% unemployment rate, Obama in 2012 was vulnerable, but Republicans couldn’t take advantage. Obama ran an efficient data-mining campaign, and his team possessed the better kaleidoscope in regard to the country’s shifting diversity mix, social order, and values. The world has changed around the Republican Party, and like Microsoft it hasn’t kept up. Continuing to condemn abortion, gay marriage, gun control and entitlements while calling on illegal immigrants to self-deport will further marginalize the Grand Old Party.The World Has Changed – Microsoft Hasn’tToday, Microsoft finds itself searching for static security within a continuously evolving social-technological landscape. Back in the late 90s, together with its partners, Microsoft owned the dominant information technology platform and ecosystem. A questionable judge and an appellate court concurred with the Feds, and ill-guided politicians, Microsoft haters, and competitors maintained that the company had gotten too powerful and needed to be reined in. I still consider their intervention a first class judicial blunder, but who am I to change antitrust history?Declaring the company a monopoly and stamping the scarlet M on Bill Gates’ forehead, caused a lot of pain and a change of guard, which led to an unparalleled leadership crisis. The company lost its edge.No wonder! Competition never rests. As complacency, bureaucracy, and lawyer scrutiny gain the upper hand, you will lose your lead and endanger your franchise. Bombing with a disastrous Windows Vista operating system, getting a late start on cloud computing, and not recognizing social media and mobile trends nearly pushed the company over the cliff. From then on, Microsoft found itself in catch-up mode. Infighting fractions, talent drain, and severely hampered technical thought leadership accelerated the dethroning of that once top-notch enterprise.Like the Republican Party, Microsoft’s leadership team never got the message that the landscape was rapidly changing to its disadvantage. The company’s fixation on the declining Windows platform reminds me of the Republican Party’s continuing focus on 18th-Century social values where no Internet existed, long-distance travel was done via horse and carriage, and Social Security and Medicare were not heard of. While the majority of constitutional principles developed by the founding fathers remain valid and worthwhile to defend, the last 200 years have left their mark and caused several paradigm shifts progressively adjusting people’s social consciousness.Missing The Shift To MobileInnovation and changes in information technology preferences happen much quicker. The last decade presents itself as a great example of a relatively swift first-choice-transformation as hordes of end-users opted out of Windows-based devices and flocked to alternative mobile communication tools. Microsoft’s top honchos missed this paradigm shift badly, which deteriorated the Windows franchise, making it less relevant and less valuable. The time has come for Microsoft to accept that, move on, and pursue growth opportunities beyond.When it comes to politics, I am an independent who subscribes to William James’ style of pragmatism. I always vote for whoever presents common sense, and not for party doctrine or ideology, which will rarely be executed upon anyway. During my 20 years in Microsoft, I had plenty of opportunities to observe a similar viewpoint from Microsoft’s partners. They preferred to stay independent enough so that they could freely pursue the most promising opportunities and not merely follow Redmond’s ideologically driven dictate.As long as Microsoft’s offerings were compelling and helped them win, they were loyal followers. Today, they are defecting in droves because Microsoft’s leadership has missed the boat too often. I would have humbly acknowledged this, even in defeat, and embraced it as a growth opportunity by catching up and leading the next phase of innovation.Instead, the current leadership team jealously clings to a shrinking Windows franchise and continues on the path to protect it, without seeing beyond its limited horizon. That conduct is preventing the company from pursuing software development opportunities on other platforms that, when combined, have already started overtaking Windows. (Protectionism, even with resolve and fortitude in mind, is the worst solution where collapse is not an option!)Be Open, Not ClosedThe key for Microsoft’s revival lies in writing software for all relevant platforms—in particular the ones outside its current realm like iOS and Android, more than doubling its business potential. Look forward and make innovation work and ring in a new area of openness! Only that will set new standards people can trust, retain current partners, and regain lost ground with others. This is why I think the company needs a major overhaul from top to bottom, accompanied by a shift in management style I can believe in. Bob Herbold’s book What’s Holding You Back comes to my mind.For this change to take hold, a very effective ground game will be needed to recoup lost trust with every possible hardware and software vendor. The Obama team executed this to perfection by audaciously switching its 2012 motto to forward and winning over doubtful voters who believed in his hope-and-change message, but were deeply disappointed of what had transpired during his first term. A huge door-to-door campaign and effectively using information technology ahead of his rival cured this impression and made voters reborn believers.It reminds me of what I witnessed during the Windows 95 crusade. Microsoft ran a terrific ground game by nearly tripling its software- and hardware developer support, instead of letting it slide, as an insider recently mentioned to me in regard to Windows 8. Just count the number of available Windows 8 applications. Ten thousand, as another employee told me, were envisioned at launch! The company missed that goal by a wide margin! The ground game, while desperately needed, was ineffective. Long time hardware partners even felt outright betrayed when the company launched competitive tablets. Like software developers they continue to move on to competitive mobile, social media and other environments by assuming they provide greater opportunities. What an embarrassment!How large of an earthquake will be needed to shake Redmond to its foundation, and stop pursuing an already lost dream? The company still has significant financial resources and talent, and therefore I have neither given up on hope and change nor on forward. Call me stupid, but with a lame duck board, the only solution might spring from shareholder dissatisfaction and rebellion. That is extreme but it might, in the end, offer the only chance. What remains to be seen is whether this this alone will be enough to propel the Redmond juggernaut fast and far enough forward to come to grips with the realities of the 21st Century technology trends. Related Posts last_img read more

NEMA – All Clear Issued for Bimini and Grand Bahama

first_imgRegards, Lindsay ThompsonPublic Information OfficerThe National Emergency Management AgencyGladstone Road and NEMA’s Way O. Box  N-7147Nassau, The BahamasContact  office: (242) 322-6081 or 5Cell: (242) 376-2042Email: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 11, 2017 – Nassau – Tropical storm warnings for Grand Bahama and Bimini have been discontinued, hence the All Clear has been given for those islands which experienced dangerous Hurricane Irma over the weekend. The Bahamas Department of Meteorology in Alert #49 issued on Monday, September 11 explained the conditions in those islands and gave an update on the storm.IRMA CONTINUES TO WEAKEN AS THE CENTER MOVES ALONG THE NORTHWESTERN COAST OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA.TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS FOR GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI ARE DISCONTINUED, HENCE THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN FOR GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI. EVEN THOUGH THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN, RESIDENTS MUST STILL EXERCISE CAUTION IN MOVING ABOUT AS THERE ARE AREAS IN THE ISLANDS WHERE THERE MAY BE DOWNED POWER LINES, SEVERE FLOODING, DOWNED TREES AND OTHER DEBRIS ACROSS SOME SREETS.  RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO AVOID THESE AREAS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND ALLOW MAINTENANCE CREW TO CLEAR THE STREETS. AT 5AM, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.9 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 82.6 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 280 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF WEST END GRAND BAHAMA AND 417 MILES NORTHWEST OF NEW PROVIDENCE.IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 18 MPH AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 75 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.    ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST, AND IRMA IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL STORM THIS MORNING AND TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES MAINLY TO THE WEST OF THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 415 MILES FROM THE CENTER.For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Public Information Officer, NEMA at (242) 322-6081. 322-6085. 361-5569. Email: [email protected] Website: www.bahamas.gov.bs. Facebook: NEMA-Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more