The continental African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank (WB) have raised concerns about losses countries in Africa receive from bogus concession companies and contracts thus causing fragility in the affected countries.At a recently held High-Level Panel session in Washington, D.C., that brought together experts from diverse backgrounds, the two financial institutions observed that transparency and accountability are lacking in many concession agreements and contracts signed by most governments.Consequently, AfDB and WB noted that peoples of countries where natural resources are exploited are left poor without quality education, good healthcare systems and better infrastructure.The High-Level Panel Session was a part of the World Bank’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum that studies and discusses root causes of these social issues to find solutions to resolving them in affected countries. According to a dispatch from Washington, D.C., AfDB and WBG observed that natural resources contribute more than 20% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 22 resource-rich countries in Africa; however, they noted that fragility remains a major constraint on the extent to which the resources are contributing to equitable and sustainable development on the continent.Considering the natural resource curse on the continent as a result of bogus concession contracts, the African Development Bank during the panel session reaffirmed its commitment through its 2014-2019 Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa to move toward a more sustainable and inclusive development trajectory.The objective of the High-Level Panel was to explore ways and means by which an improvement in the governance framework and improved capacity of governments to negotiate contracts and concessions in the natural resources sector could contribute to higher economic growth, sustainable development as well as stability and resilience in Africa.On this note, Ed Garcia, President and Managing Director of Firestone Liberia, explained roles played by his company in Liberia which he believes can serve as examples to making people of natural resources countries feel the impact of their God’s gift resources.Mr. Garcia recalled that his company played a key role in helping to curb the Ebola disease that affected Liberia in 2014. He did not state what the company contributed; however, Firestone, like other institutions and companies operating in Liberia, provided funds and materials needed to fight the disease.He also mentioned strides his company is making in education and health of its employees and the communities around Firestone’s operational areas. Firestone at present has come under spotlight for having a well equipped library and science laboratory for students.He said Firestone has also provided scholarships for Science students attending the University of Liberia and to a larger extent improved facilities for workers on the plantation.In spite of the dubious activities surrounding concessions and contracts in Africa, Winnie Byanyima, Head of Oxfam International, noted that civil society organizations have in the recent past scored successes in their demands for transparency in the operations of investors in the natural resource sector. She said the United States and Sweden, for instance, now have legislations that require companies registered in their jurisdictions to be more transparent, although the regulations to guide this process have been slow to be produced. Concession and licensing agreements play an important role in determining the revenues that countries receive for their natural resource wealth. Africa loses double the amount it receives in Official Development Assistance (ODA) through illicit financial outflows, including in the natural resource sector. In this vein, Liberia is on record for signing 67 concession agreements during sitting of the 52nd Legislature with about 60 of them termed as bogus.According to the two major financial institutions, there is need to stem these losses, but it will require concerted effort to build the capacity of governments to understand the complex structure of multinational corporations and how that affects the design and structuring of natural resource investments. Among the important issues to explore, the dispatch said, are the implications of complex company structures, registered in multiple jurisdictions and how this could impact tax compliance and potential revenue earnings. The High-Level Panel referenced Botswana as one country in Africa that has transformed its socioeconomic situation and employed standards that have made that country the least corrupt in Africa.However, Linah Mohohlo, Governor of the Bank of Botswana, said while it is true her country has made many gains in transforming the socio-economic lives of citizens, there are still pitfalls and challenges facing the good intent of the government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After breaking into the senior squad during the 2015/16 campaign, the following season was a bit of an anti-climax.He saw plenty of game time under Jose Mourinho, and despite failing to contribute many goals or assists, it was a crucial season for his development as he established himself in the Red Devils first-team. Matches: 17 starts (18 substitute appearances)Goals: 7Assists: 5Shots per 90 mins: 1.7Key passes per 90 mins: 0.6Dribbles per 90 mins: 1.3Who Scored.com rating: 6.76 But he failed to kick-on and the 2017/18 season proved little different, as you can see by the numbers.There was hardly any sign of improvement in most areas, as he failed to gain many more starts or goals.He did, however, notch four more assists than the previous season as he was deployed increasingly in wide areas. Rashford in the 2017/18 Premier League season Rashford in the 2018/19 Premier League season Matches: 16 starts (16 substitute appearances)Goals: 5Assists: 1Shots per 90 mins: 1.4Key passes per 90 mins: 0.7Dribbles per 90 mins: 1.2WhoScored.com rating: 6.58 Marcus Rashford was among the goals yet again on Saturday For the first time in his career, Rashford has started ten league matches in a row, with interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preferring him to Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the centre forward role.Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at his stats from previous seasons to analyse his meteoric improvement. 1 Rashford in the 2016/17 Premier League season Finally, Rashford’s career has lift off. We’re just past the half-way point of the 2018/19 season, and already he has more goals and assists than any previous campaign.The 21-year-old has considerably more shots per game and produces more key passes as well, which is undoubtedly a result of the freedom granted to him by Solskjaer.What’s more, he nearly has as many starts as any previous season, and there are still 15 games to go. Matches: 15 starts (5 substitute appearances)Goals: 8Assists: 6Shots per 90 mins: 2.3Key passes per 90 mins: 1.1Dribbles per 90 mins: 1.2WhoScored.com rating: 7.10 Marcus Rashford has already scored more Premier League goals this season that he did in the whole of the 2017/18 campaign.The England international celebrated his 150th appearance in style on Saturday with another wonderful strike in the 2-1 victory over Brighton, his fifth goal in six league games.
deals Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January He told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show: “The best pro has got to be Terry, he was just brilliant.“The way he talks to you, the way he just gets in the zone.“He changed everything at half-time, brand new kit, brand new boots, I loved it. He had a shower!” REVEALED latest Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Sitting alongside Max Rushden in the studio, Arsenal favourite Ray Parlour admitted his surprise.“I never had a shower at half-time! You change your shirt because you should be sweating.”Piers Morgan’s World XI beat Susanna Reid’s England on penalties after drawing 2-2 in normal time.Love Island’s Kem Cetinay glided past Terry to net a late equaliser for the World XI to take the game to penalties at Stamford Bridge. boost IN DEMAND REAL DEAL John Terry came up against former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba during the charity match GOAALLL!What.A.Goal@KemCetinay steps inside Terry, YES Terry, and curls the ball into the far cornerEngland 2️⃣-2️⃣ Soccer Aid World XIWatch LIVE 📺 @ITV & @WeAreSTV 📱https://t.co/daQ86z0vDi #SoccerAid pic.twitter.com/GtgEo81HM8— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 16, 2019And Morgan’s side won 3-1 after Mark Wright, Joe Wicks and Lee Mack missed their spot-kicks. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder punished Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa JIBE LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ whoops John Terry took cleanliness to the next level during the 2019 Soccer Aid match.McFly singer Danny Jones revealed the Chelsea legend and current Aston Villa assistant had a shower and opted for a fresh kit and boots at half-time on Sunday. Getty Images – Getty Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star
A new song has been recorded by a team of Donegal people to shine a light on the importance of Pieta House and its lifesaving benefits.The song, titled ‘Yes You Can’, encourages people to pick up the phone and reach out if they need help and are suffering from suicidal ideation and/or engaging in self-harm.The tune was recorded by Evelyn Gallagher and penned by Seamus Mc Bride and has been endorsed by Pieta House with the organisation’s telephone number and logo appearing throughout the video. The idea was born from a conversation between Evelyn from Dromore, formerly of Evelyn and The Envoys fame and Letterkenny man Seamus Mc Bride. Evelyn was looking for material for her new EP, and it just so happened that Seamus had a very important message that needed to get out to the public sphere.Evelyn said: ‘When I heard the song I just loved it. So many people are bereaved by suicide and I knew it was a very different song and I really wanted to record it. “I did so in Percy Robinson’s studio in Ramelton and then I contacted Pieta House in Letterkenny to see if they might like to put their telephone number to the song as it has a very special message. “They informed me that they would have to forward it to head office in Dublin and two weeks later I was delighted when they came back and said that we could put the Pieta House number and logo on the video of the song,” Evelyn said.Songwriter Seamus Mc Bride said that he had worked in a voluntary capacity with people who had suicidal thoughts. He said: “Every death brings much sadness but for me, death by suicide is extremely sad. When I worked with the voluntary organisation so many people phoned back to say thanks for being there when they were at their lowest ebb and many said that they may not be here but for the support they received.“This song is not about myself or Evelyn and if only one person made that call as a result of listening to it then it would have certainly been all worthwhile. “The message on the facebook post is very simple. – ‘Please share to help make people aware’,” Seamus said. The music video has gained almost 4,000 views on Facebook so far, and it will be uploaded to Youtube soon.If you need to talk to someone, contact Pieta House by phoning Freecall 24/7 Helpline on 1800 247 247. Or if you can simply text HELP to 51444. Visit: Pieta House North West3rd Floor, Grand Central BuildingCanal Road, LetterkennyCo. DonegalF92EK7YPhone: 074-9126594 Opening Hours:Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pmNew song from Donegal shares vital message for Pieta House was last modified: November 16th, 2018 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)
20 June 2014 An exceptional 122.52-carat blue diamond discovered at the Cullinan mine in South Africa could fetch a record price, an analyst with UK broker FinnCap told The Telegraph last week. London-listed Petra Diamonds, the owner of the Cullinan mine outside Pretoria, announced last Friday that it had unearthed the diamond, saying in a statement that “the rarity of a blue diamond of this magnitude sets it apart as a truly significant find”. Blue diamonds are more valuable than their white counterparts, and both, once cut, are worth more than their rough (uncut) originals. Petra said the stone “will require further analysis in order to assess its potential value, and upon completion of this process, Petra will be in a position to evaluate its optimal route to market”. Martin Potts, a mining analyst at FinnCap, told the Telegraph: “So far, the highest price on record paid for a rough [uncut] diamond was £20-million [US$35.3-million], in February 2010 for a 507-carat white stone, also recovered from Cullinan. We think that this stone may break that record.” It is the largest blue diamond the company has recovered since its 2008 acquisition of Cullinan, one of the world’s most celebrated diamond mines. Located at the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range, 37 kilometres north-east of Pretoria, the Cullinan mine earned its place in history in 1905 with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond, the largest rough gem diamond ever found at 3 106 carats. This iconic stone was cut into the two most important diamonds that form part of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London – the First Star of Africa, which is mounted at the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre and which at 530 carats is the largest flawless cut diamond in the world, and the Second Star of Africa, a 317-carat polished diamond which forms the centrepiece of the Imperial State Crown. According to Petra Diamonds, the Cullinan mine frequently yields diamonds larger than 10 carats, and has produced over 750 stones weighing more than 100 carats, 130 stones weighing more than 200 carats, and around a quarter of all diamonds weighing more than 400 carats. “Cullinan is also renowned as the world’s most important source of blue diamonds, providing the collection of 11 rare blues displayed in 2000 at London’s Millennium Dome alongside the Millennium Star and which included the fancy vivid blue ‘Heart of Eternity’ (27 carats polished),” the company said. Cullinan’s previous major yield, a 29.6-carat blue diamond found in January, sold the following month for $25.6-million. Petra Diamonds has interests in five producing mines in South Africa and one in Tanzania, and also maintains an exploration programme in Botswana. SAinfo reporter
Building a successful career in loss prevention has always been predicated on the commitment to professional growth and development. Working in a business as dynamic as retail, it is essential that we remain flexible in our methods and progressive in our approach to a global retail market. As the business moves forward, change comes quickly, and our retail management skills and abilities must evolve to meet the needs and expectations of a new professional standard.But true growth must be built on a solid foundation. Especially when we consider the pace of change, we find that success is largely based on the refinement of the fundamental principles that anchor our skills and our decision-making. By expanding on our foundation of knowledge, we give ourselves a stronger and more stable base to build upon. We reinforce our futures by broadening our opportunities.Policy Violations Company policies are developed and implemented as a means to draw boundaries and clear potential confusion. They provide a strategic link between a company’s vision and the day-to-day operations of the organization. While every company establishes its retail management policies based on the specific needs and interests of the organization, the goals and purposes behind our policy-building efforts can typically be defined by the following general categories:- Sponsor – • To communicate legally required information and guidelines (for example, Equal Employment Opportunities, Sexual Harassment, Family and Medical Leave, etc.) • To communicate company expectations, rules, and other requirements and information to our employees • To practice and implement uniform and consistent treatment of our employees, and reduce the risk of disparate treatment • To communicate benefits and related information • To provide employees with a reflection of the company’s vision and philosophies • To reduce liability and protect the best interests of the company and our employeesWell-written policies allow employees to understand their roles and responsibilities within predefined limits; and allow retail management to guide business operations efficiently and without constant intervention. Unfortunately, rules are occasionally broken and intervention is then necessary.Based on our experience with managing a spectrum of investigative issues and our expertise with the interviewing process, Loss Prevention is often called upon to deal with these incidents. Many of these incidents may also be of a sensitive and/or confidential nature requiring the utmost scrutiny and discretion in order to bring these incidents to an appropriate and successful conclusion. While our role may vary based on the needs and practices of the individual organization, our objective should remain to provide our services to the company as deemed necessary and appropriate.Misconduct Loss Prevention may be brought in as a partner when there is an employee misconduct issue. Misconduct might involve an employee disrupting the work environment with aggressive or abusive behavior, affecting the morale and performance of others. It may involve insubordination, and the employee’s refusal to follow direction. Misconduct may involve other forms of behavior, such as timeliness or attendance issues. Depending on the specific type of conduct issue, Loss Prevention responsibilities in these types of situations can vary greatly from strictly an advisory role to more detailed investigations and potentially interviewing those parties involved.As with any Loss Prevention investigation, our goal in these situations is to find the truth:• Do the facts establish that the employee did (or failed to do) what has been claimed? • Did the employee’s behavior violate an established rule, policy or requirement? • Did the employee know (or should have known) that their conduct violated the established rule, policy or requirement? Has it been adequately communicated to the employees? • Has the rule, policy or requirement been followed and enforced consistently?In these situations, it is typically the role of Loss Prevention to gather the facts and develop the employee investigation fully so that informed decisions can be made regarding the alleged conduct. However, it is just as important for us to recognize our role, and allow the appropriate decision makers to reach their conclusions based on all available information. Partnering with these retail management decision makers (The Human Resource Department, Supervisors, and/or other Home Office representatives when appropriate) every Loss Prevention professional must keep in mind that the goal of any discipline is to correct the misconduct and modify the behavior rather than punish the employee.By capitalizing on opportunities to enhance our knowledge and education, we are making an investment in our own future. 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Share via Email news Read more At a meeting on 14 March 2014, Marc Westerloppe, responsible for recruiting in France outside of Paris at the time, is alleged to have spoken of a “problem with the direction the club is going in”. “We need more diversity. There are too many West Indians and Africans in Paris,” he is reported to have said.This caused an angry exchange with Pierre Reynaud, in charge of recruitment in the Paris region, who insisted: “It must not be a question of ethnicity but talent.”A complaint was made to the club’s human resources department, said Mediapart, which resulted in Westerloppe being summoned to a meeting in June 2014 during which he dismissed the accusations as “false, malicious and stupid”. He was not disciplined by the club. Westerloppe now works in youth development at Rennes, where Gboho plays and where PSG’s former sports director Olivier Létang is president. Mediapart said the practice was carried out from 2013 until spring this year. PSG confirmed racial profiling took place but said the club’s management was “not aware” of it and that it was done in secret.In a statement, the club said: “Paris Saint-Germain reaffirms its firm condemnation of all forms of discrimination, racism or ethnic monitoring. Forms with illegal content were used between 2013 and 2018 by the training centre’s department responsible for player scouting outside the Île-de-France region. These forms were introduced at the sole personal initiative of the head of this department.”Mediapart claims questions over racial profiling at PSG were first raised in March 2014 after a talented 13-year-old player, Yann Gboho, caught the attention of the club’s scouts while playing for FC Rouen in Normandy.During his evaluation four months earlier, a PSG scout filled in a form in which there were four choices as to the origin of players: French, north African, West Indian and African. The scout allegedly listed Gboho – who was born in the Ivory Coast – as “West Indian”.The scout, Serge Fournier, reportedly told Mediapart that PSG “didn’t want us to recruit players born in Africa, because you are never sure of their date of birth”. Fournier added the electronic form “should have said ‘white’ instead of ‘French’” as all the players recommended for signing were French. Read more Reuse this content Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that their scouts illegally racially profiled young players as part of their recruitment process.They were asked to list whether the youngsters were French, north African, West Indian or African, allegedly in order to limit the number of black recruits, according to the investigative news website Mediapart, citing documents from the Football Leaks dossier. Collection of information on an individual’s race, religion or ethnicity is forbidden in France. Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Messenger In their statement PSG said that when made aware of the racial profiling last month they launched an internal investigation to “understand how such practices could have existed and to decide on the necessary measures to be taken”. “As the emergence of the club’s young talents proves, scouting is decided solely on a skills and behavioural basis,” the statement added.In 2011 Mediapart revealed an alleged attempt by the French Football Federation to limit the number of black and north African players in its youth scheme. Topics Share on Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on LinkedIn Paris Saint-Germain What is going so badly wrong for Thierry Henry at Monaco? Share on Pinterest Race European club football PSG appeal over Uefa’s decision to reopen FFP investigation
CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Trevor Lawrence and the No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers are minutes away from playing the team that last knocked them off during the regular season.Clemson has traveled to Syracuse to take on the Orange on ABC’s Saturday Night Football. The Tigers were upset by ‘Cuse the last time they made the trip to upstate New York.Will it happen again?Lawrence will be doing his best to make sure that doesn’t happen. Syracuse has a sold-out crowd at the Carrier Dome for tonight’s game, though there will be some Clemson fans in attendance.Among them: Marissa Mowry, the girlfriend of Clemson’s star quarterback. She sent Lawrence a message before kickoff.“Let’s go babe,” she wrote to Lawrence minutes before kickoff from inside the Carrier Dome.Lawrence, arguably the best college football quarterback in the country, had an up-and-down performance in Week 1. He rebounded with a strong game against Texas A&M last weekend.We haven’t really seen Trevor Lawrence, Heisman Trophy favorite yet, though.Perhaps we’ll get him at Syracuse tonight.ESPN.com wondered if he might break out against the Orange:Now he gets to face a shell-shocked Syracuse defense, and only a couple of other defenses on the schedule can even slightly keep up with Clemson athletically. Even if it takes him all year to find fifth gear, as long as he finds it before the postseason, the Tigers’ title hopes are probably fine.Syracuse’s defense is pretty active, by the way. Safety Andre Cisco is as good a ball hawk as there is in the country, and a couple of early turnovers are basically the only thing that could make Saturday night’s game interesting.Syracuse’s defense looked awful at Maryland last week. The Orange will need to rebound today.Lawrence and Clemson are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ABC.
Reuters TaipeiApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 13:38 IST China’s Huang Wensi clinched the Super Flyweight Championship gold belt with her win over Rongmuang. (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSChina’s Huang Wensi clinched the Super Flyweight Championship gold belt with her win over RongmuangHuang is one of a small but growing number of women in China to embrace professional boxing”Besides living for family, you could also live for yourself,” says the mother, teacher and professional boxerHuang Wensi narrows her eyes and swings her fists toward her opponent, delivering a series of sharp punches before the referee finally separates the two, who have been duelling for seven rounds.”I made it, my son!” screamed the 29-year-old as she danced in the ring before her rival, Thailand’s Jarusiri Rongmuang, from whom she snatched away the Asia Female Continental Super Flyweight Championship gold belt at the match in Taipei.The dreadlocks-wearing Huang is one of a small but growing number of women in China to embrace professional boxing, relishing its intense nature despite traditional stereotypes that steer women away from such activities.Huang Wensi is one of a small but growing number of women in China to embrace professional boxing, relishing its intense nature despite traditional stereotypes that steer women away from such activities. More on the Wider Image: https://t.co/yqyDFpnRw4 Yue Wu pic.twitter.com/EGK43whQhq Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) April 2, 2019As a mother, she is also a rarity within a small circle of professional female boxers and clinching her top title on her son’s birthday last October made victory all the sweeter.”A woman is not just limited to being a wife or mother in the house,” said Huang, adding that her son, now aged 2-1/2, had jumped for joy during her video call to tell him of the win.”I live for myself. This makes me truly happy. I hope there are more moms who could see this game. Besides living for family, you could also live for yourself.”advertisementBorn in a small town in China’s southern province of Guangdong, Huang started learning to box in 2002 after a coach spotted her potential at school. She joined a provincial team three years later, but retired in 2011, after an injury.In 2015, she met the man who is now her husband and her son was born a year later. But after his birth, she suffered such severe depression that she was driven to contemplate suicide, she said.That event spurred her comeback as a professional boxer, after spending a few years in gruelling practice to regain her physique and strength, said Huang, who also works as a teacher in the coastal city of Zhejiang.”I knew that was my only way out.”After the victory, fans and friends surrounded Huang to celebrate her medal.”Don’t call me a king,” she said. “Please call me the queen of the ring.”Also Read | Superwoman of India: Mary Kom becomes World No 1 boxer in AIBA rankingsAlso Read | Boxing great Mary Kom named brand ambassador of PUMAAlso Read | Women’s World Boxing Championships: Delhi smog forces boxers to wear masks, scarvesAlso Watch | Mary Kom recalls how her husband supported her boxing careerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Woman boxerFollow boxing championship Chinese boxer trounces stereotypes, depression to become ‘Queen of the Ring’Huang Wensi, a mother, teacher and a professional boxer, is one of the few Chinese women to pursue boxing.advertisement Next