Movement launched to bring E-commerce to Guyana

first_imgSelling local products and services to a global market will drastically change the way business is done in Guyana.Currently, there are numerous financial restrictions in Guyana, preventing local entrepreneurs from tapping into the international market to promote their products and services.PayPal, one of the most widely used and accepted payment processors globally, is unable to get the licence to operate within Guyana because of the unavailability of legislation, even in the recently passed Telecommunications Bill.The Guyana Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) – a group of Guyanese entrepreneurs – is pushing for the inclusion of an Electronic Transactions Act in the recent Telecommunications Act in order to have the requisite legal framework in place to allow local businesses to extend their reach beyond the country’s borders.“Opening payment gateways can prove to be a game-changer for local businesses; as well as the youth population. Being able to sell your product or service to a global market can mean the difference between scaling the business and closing up shop. Even more pertinent is the opportunity of the freelance economy and what it means for the youth of Guyana,” the organisation noted.GEN said the Telecommunications Act needs updating to ensure the needs of entrepreneurs are met.The group is presently conducting a survey to solicit feedback from fellow and aspiring entrepreneurs in order to make a presentation to be submitted to the Telecommunications Ministry for the inclusion of the Electronic Transaction Act in the Bill.GEN pointed out that 37 per cent of the Guyanese population is online, and that the worth of the global ecommerce market stood at 22 trillion as July 2016.The organisation said it already met with Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes as well as representatives of the Bank of Guyana and the US Embassy to pitch their proposal.“All are in agreement that this initiative is necessary and important, not only for entrepreneurs, but for all Guyanese. All have communicated their commitment in making this a reality,” GEN noted.According to its social media page, GEN was founded in June with the intention to empower entrepreneurs to reach their full potential, to cultivate an environment where businesses can succeed, to connect various elements of the business community, to serve as a business catalyst and to foster a vibrant and inter-connected business community where collaboration increases capacity, education enhances ability, and advocacy influences authority.Persons desirous of joining this movement can complete the simple survey at: http://bit.ly/gen-survey. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

Barchue Promises Bassonians World Cup Treat

first_imgMore than 25,000 Bassonians in District # 1 of Grand Bassa County look forward to watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup since Rep. Hans M. Barchue has assured them a chance to watch the games free.Rep. Barchue has promised to purchase 12 flat-screen TVs, 17 DSTV sets and 17 generators for the 17 clans in his constituency to enjoy the World Cup.He made the vow last Friday during a fundraiser on Diahn Blae Community Radio in Grand Bassa County.Barchue’s disclosure was received with shouts of appreciation as he instructed youth groups in each clan to collaborate with their clan chiefs and district superintendents to identify a spot to install the television and DSTV set between now to the end of April.“As a representative I like to do what makes my people happy, and I am doing this because I love you and will never stop loving you,” Rep. Barchue said.If all goes as expected, the district’s17 clans will watch all of the 64 tournament games of the 2014 World Cup which is expected to begin on Thursday, June 12, when Brazil plays Croatia in the opening match.A cross section of youths interviewed expressed their thanks and appreciation to Rep. Barchue and revealed that this will be the first ever for a representative to undertake such initiative.Diahn Blae Community Radio station manager, youthful Moses S.B. Somah, described it as a “worthy project.”Somah also thanked Deputy Speaker Barchue for his continuous support to the district including the radio station, which has been reopened owing to his immeasurable support.Sundaygar Wallace said beside the games it will also help them to watch the latest news unfolding around the world.Meanwhile, 31 countries have advanced through the qualification began since June 2011 to participate with the host, Brazil in the final tournament.Matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology.Each participating team will receive at least US$8 million. The champions will receive $35 million, while the losing finalists will receive $25 million.Teams that lose in the round of 16 will receive $9 million, and the quarter-finalists receive $14 million. The clubs in which the players are playing for at the time of their World Cup departure will receive $70 million as a compensation for insurance costs and expenses, which will be distributed through their national associations.Overall, FIFA will allocate $576 million, a new record, an increase from the $420 million allocated in South Africa.The 32 qualified countries in the 2014 FIFA World Cup are: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, the United States of America, Portugar, Russia, Spain and Switzerland.The rest are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Ecuador, Uruguay, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Netherlands.Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon April 9, 2014

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South Africa Sweeps 26 Swimming Medals in Gaborone

first_imgSouth Africa swept 26 medals in swimming at the just ended swimming tournament in the 2nd Africa Youth Tournament in Gaborone, Botswana.South Africa finished first with 13 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze medals for a total of 26 medals in the swimming event.Egypt came second with 22 medals — 10 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze medals, while Namibia finished third with four medals — 2 gold, 1 silver and a bronze.Host Botswana could only afford sixth position with 3 medals — Naomi Ruele’s two silver and David Van Der Colff’s bronze.Liberia’s two representatives at the event did not make any significant impact as they complained that they only practiced in Lake Piso and not in any swimming pool.It was in the table tennis tournament, however, that Liberia’s table tennis gem, Lasana Weh, made a mark for himself and his country.Weh, 15, earned the feat by winning his first two straight sets, according to a dispatch from the president of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Philibert Brown.Wizkid, as he is affectionately called at the Liberia Table Tennis Association, defeated his challengers from Benin and host Botswana in two of their five best series.Though Weh lost to South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana, his earlier two victories were enough to book Liberia’s ticket for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, scheduled for 16-18 August 2014.Weh is an 8th grade student of the Newport Junior High Public School.For five years Weh has won several tournaments, including the Toyota Cup and the President’s Cup and emerged runner-up twice in the Chinese Ambassador’s Cup.Weh’s interest in table tennis grew as he won cash prizes from the various tournaments.“But, as time went by, Wizkid developed passion for the game and emerged first in every tournament amongst his peers,” someone who has witnessed the boy’s growth told the Daily Observer.The president of the Liberia Table Tennis Association (LNTTA), Amos Korvah, said the association is grateful for Weh’s superb performance.Meanwhile, Liberia’s two swimmers who hail and reside in Grand Cape Mount expressed shock when they saw the Olympic-sized swimming pool, because they have not seen or practiced in a swimming pool.The two, fourth and seventh graders, practiced in Lake Piso. Liberia also failed to advance in boxing.The athletics team is expected to wear their red-white-and-blue to participate in three events which will begin today.The on-going tournament has 2,500 athletes from 54 African countries, and the games included football, athletics, basketball and netball. It is a multi-sport competition held every four years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ganta Hospital Sets Up Ebola Treatment Facility, Awaits MOH Help

first_imgAs the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus spreads across Liberia, the Ganta City Authorities, in collaboration of the United Methodist Hospital Administration, have  established a special task force to respond to any Ebola cases in Ganta and its environs.The decision to establish the task force was reached last Monday  at a meeting held in  the office of the City Mayor of Ganta.  The meeting was sparked by reports of two cases of Ebola-related deaths.  One of which the victims was identified as being Ebola positive.The meeting, which include all zonal heads of Ganta and major stakeholders, agreed to formulate two committees — one on awareness and tracing and the other on resource mobilization.Even though the Ebola outbreak is not as prevalent in Ganta as compared to other places in Liberia, the fear is said to be hampering major activities in the city, where many entertainment centers appeared to be inactive.But surprisingly, one of the clinics in Ganta has been temporarily closed owing to a man who was treated at the clinic but later died.  He was considered to be an Ebola patient from Monrovia.The man’s body was taken to the Gompa Funeral Home in Ganta, but was traced by health workers and was removed and immediately buried.The funeral Home and all those working there have been put under quarantine and advised not the leave until after 21 days.The home of the man who died from Ebola has also been quarantined, with community leaders asked to keep watch on the movement of the people living there.City Mayor Dorr Cooper told the Daily Observer, “The awareness and tracing committee has identified and quarantined some people in two critical spots since 28 July,  2014.”The Daily Observer has also established that one factor people are complaining about in dealing with Ebola is the issue of feeding those who will be put under quarantine.“If they say those suspected of having Ebola should move and go anywhere then who will feed them or give them their daily needs?” asked Paul Zorpeawon, a businessman in Ganta.In the response, Mayor Cooper said the committee on resources and mobilization is soliciting resources so as to cater to those who are under quarantine.“We have begun providing food to those under quarantine with the small resources we have, but we need help because don’t what happens next,” he said.At many business places in Ganta beginning 29th July,  2014, buckets of water for hand washing were seen at the entrances, with people taking advantage of putting some of the preventive measures into practice.Meanwhile, the Ganta United Methodist Hospital is setting up an Ebola Center in one of its facilities, which was once used to host women with VVF.But the facility is yet to be equipped and staffed,  according to Hospital Administrator Victor Taryor,  owing lack of money.“We are waiting for the government to come so we can put the place into use at once,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Promise of Aquaculture

first_imgSomething good and promising happened in Gbarnga last week. Madam Estelle Kuyon Liberty, a Commissioner at the Land Commission who hails from Bong County, harvested some large fish from three of her fishponds. She is not a professional farmer; rather a money economist trained at her brother Bismarck Kuyon’s alma mater, Iowa State University in the United States. It was Bismarck, a brilliant student, who studied Marine Biology at Iowa State on a scholarship from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Government Farm in Suakoko (now Central Agricultural Research Institute-CARI). Bismark had graduated second of his class from the Booker Washington Institute in 1958 and entered Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where he continued in Agriculture. He was to return from Iowa and construct fishponds around the country, beginning in his native Bong County. He served at the Agriculture Ministry for some time, then answered the call of his church, the United Methodist, to become principal of the Gbarnga Methodist Mission. He later entered politics and never returned to fishponds, scientifically know as aquaculture.Estelle returned from Iowa State and joined the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, where she rose to Assistant Minister and Senior Economist. She later served as Deputy Minister in the Gender, Internal Affairs and Post and Telecommunications Ministries, respectively, then joined the Land Commission as a Commissioner.It was probably after recalling her late brother’s conversations about fishponds that Estelle later became interested in aquaculture. She constructed several ponds and then founded the Bong County Aquaculture Association (BCAA). Its aim: involving Bong farmers in starting fishponds to improve the people’s protein diet and make money to escape poverty. This enterprising money economist seems determined to extend aquaculture to other counties. She has already enlisted over 94 active fish farmers, including several women and has involved people in Nimba, Grand Cape Mount and Margibi counties. Estelle is receiving technical assistance from ADRA, the Adventist Relief Agency. She is now providing CARI with fish fingerlings with which CARI is now doing research to determine whether heterotis, a breed of fish that she brought in from Guinea, can be further developed here. Heterotis is also found in the St. John River, which bridges Bong and Nimba counties and travels on to Grand Bassa. The ADRA experience is different from regular aquaculture because ADRA has taught farmers to grow not only fish in ponds but also crops, such as vegetables, potato and even rice. Estelle says she is still eating some of the rice she grew in her fish ponds. Aquaculture seems to be an industry whose time has come in Liberia. Estelle contacted the Swedish NGO, GROW, which promptly sent out an aquaculture expert, Damien Legros. He toured eight counties, conducted a market system assessment in aquaculture and concluded that this sector must strengthen its commercial viability for farmers to benefit in several ways. Though still in its infancy, Mr. Legros said in his report, “aquaculture presents Liberia with favorable conditions for the government and partners to prioritize the sector by giving a boost to mechanized farming.”Two additional advantages he named are Liberia’s abundant fresh water and its climate, which he described as “perfect” for most cultured species such as tilapia. Mr. Legros recommended “an implementation and budgeting mainly of the draft aquaculture policy with re-enforcement of the competent authority, the Bureau of National Fisheries. This is why we say aquaculture has great promise in Liberia. From fish, our farmers could go into shrimp and even lobster production. We are happy for a woman like Estelle Liberty who, with the help of NGOs like ADRA and GROW, is single-handedly driving this infant industry. We urge other entrepreneurs to join her. Remember this: Liberia has over the decades had many, many opportunities that we have thrown away and this is partly why our country is listed among the world’s poorest nations. Let this not happen again with this great opportunity that aquaculture presents.We encourage Madam Estelle Liberty to redouble her efforts to push aquaculture throughout Liberia. And though yes, we have the National Fisheries Bureau, let the aquaculture industry be private-sector driven and not be handicapped by government bureaucracy.Estelle, the ball is in your court. Drive it, as you engage your fellow fish farmers around the country and ADRA, GROW, FED/USAID and any other interested group that can help. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Highlighting International Liberian Artists on Their Way Up Part 4

first_imgA famous Liberian US-based R&B singer known as Jaway has released his newest single called “When Will We Learn”.The song appears to defy the taboo of most cultures that there is nothing of the past that doesn’t affect either the present or the future.His lyrical abilities and the rhythm mix in this song are exceptional.Its message grasps the mind with emotional feeling which hold great power when listening to it.In an exclusive interview with Lib LIFE, the singer revealed the true meaning of his latest track and what inspired him to write such an amazing song.  “What inspired me in writing such a song was almost everything.  Our shortcomings today reveal that we refuse to learn from the past thinking that we are smarter than our history,” he stated in his profile release.“The only difference between our past and the future is how they are presented, but the past still does exist, says Jaway.According to Jaway, if people start taking a keen look into history, they will notice that the same tactics of ignorance and fear are still being used today.“Our past is the most painful, hurtful and devastating experiences we tend not to speak about,” Jaway says,“But, by putting those particles of our past under a magnifying glass, it will allow us to create a wider, clearer and better path for our future,” he said.Born and raised by a single mother and grandmother, Jaway was recruited into the church choir at a very young age.His first musical experience he remembers was against his will.“I was dragged to church kicking and screaming. You see, it was not so much that I did not want to sing in the choir. I was just more interested in sports, going to the beach and playing with my friends”, he smiled.Jaway released his first album in 2009 called Decontee, which means “There’s time for everything”, in his native Kru dialect. He also added that his 14 year experience in the Liberian civil war are reflected in his first album.In 2009, Jaway was nominated for “Artist of the Year” at the Liberian Entertainment Awards (LEA). In May 2010, he topped the LA- R&B chart for Reverbnation. In June of 2014 he came in at top three of LA’s Reverbnation R&B charts.“We should learn that history is our best lesson. We deserve the freedom to be who we are and to live happily without fear about the past” he shared.His music is available on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Spotify and Reverbnation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

State Witness Makes Revelation in US$4M Theft Case

first_imgIn his testimony during which he alleged that the defendants on trial interchanged their profile to steal US$4 million from the First International Bank (FIB), their previous place of work, Godwin Okoro, has also told Criminal Court ‘C’ that one of the co-defendants, Africanus Freeman, failed to account for L$40 million, when he was investigated by his committeeCo-defendant Freeman together with nine others was charged by the state with multiple crimes including money laundering, forgery, theft of property and criminal conspiracy. Prosecutors are alleging that they stole over US$4 million from the bank.They claim that only five of the ten defendants have denied the charges when they were first read to them in court.Okoro, whose committee charged the defendants, further alleged that the act was discovered when authorities of the bank ordered its internal control auditor to conduct an immediate audit of some of the vaults that were in the custody of the defendants.According to him, prior to that audit, the bank management decided to transfer some of its staff from one branch to another.“Before then, some staffs of the bank were swiftly transferred. Africanus Freeman was transferred from the Central office to the bank’s Duala Branch as cash officer, while another employee, Mustapha Dukuly, was asked to take over from Freeman,” Okoro alleged.He claimed that the handing over process that should have taken place between Dukuly and Freeman did not happen according to the bank’s policy.Okoro explained that according to the bank’s policy, a cash officer transfer should be done with the physical counting of money in the bank’s vault between the two officers concerned and one other person who happens to be the resident internal auditor.In the case of the transfer between Dukuly and Freeman, that procedure did not happen, Okoro alleged. Instead, the two officers without the auditor went ahead to do their own thing, Okoro claimed.“However, there was a problem in the handing over transaction between Freeman, who happened to be the outgoing cash officer and Dukuly with respect to the validation of the vault,” he continued. “The new resident internal auditor Forkpa Kaboi, who should have been there to supervise the vault counting and witness the turning over process, failed to attend. Nobody was there to verify and validate the counting of the cash in the vault.“It was during the audit that we discovered several irregularities. By then Africanus Freeman had already assumed full duty as cash officer at the bank’s Duala branch,” the state second witness claimed.“Before discovering the discrepancies,” Okoro alleged, “co-defendant Freeman had already informed the bank’s head treasurer that he had deposited over L$54 million mutilated cash into the vault, which information the head treasurer posted against the bank account with the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).”He told the court that Freeman was the staff responsible to distribute and collect cash from all their branches and have said money sent to the bank’s head treasurer.Okoro further alleged that it was during the investigation, that they discovered that co- defendant Freeman managed to deposit an amount of L$13 million out of the L$54 million, which clearly showed that he did not deposit L$37 million as he claimed to have done.According to him, after the transfer of Freeman to Duala, they also noticed several shortages in the vault at the Central branch.“We also noticed that at the Duala Branch where Freeman was assigned there was a shortage and when we decided to investigate the head of operations, she told us that she left her own vault key with Freeman to attend to a family matter, “Okoro also alleged.He continued that, “Freeman also went to one of the bank’s money gram outlets and collected from one of the bank’s tellers there, Ekins Bettie, (deceased) and withdrew over US$248,000. The audit discovered that all of the money was posted by the defendant (Freeman) without showing any documentary evidence to that effect.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘UNMIL Total Withdrawal Unprecedented’

first_imgLofa County Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar has described as unprecedented the United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) total withdrawal in June, especially in the wake of the mysterious deaths of citizens, coupled with the current global socioeconomic downturn.Representative Kparkar who recently returned to the country from attending the Pan African Parliament Union warned that the unwholesome act of taking the lives of innocent people has the propensity to undermine peace and democracy, which he said Liberians have enjoyed over the last decade, and possibly threatens the 2017 general and presidential elections.The Lofa Lawmaker called on the United Nations to see the need to at least keep a residual unit to help beef up the strength of the national security sector.Rep. Kparkar challenged the government to remain vigilant and clampdown on perpetrators of the heinous crimes of ritualistic killings, armed robberies and gang-rapes, among other crimes.Commenting on his recent mission to South Africa, Kparkar said ECOWAS and the Pan African Parliamentary Union recently hosted briefing sessions which successfully dealt with illicit financial plots that threaten the entire world, especially Africa, as it relates to money laundering.He said as head of the Central Executive Parliamentary Committee of PANU he organized a two-day briefing with former South African President Thabo Mbeki serving as chief panelist, where African countries were praised for ratifying charters on economy and elections. Rep. Kparkar, who represents Liberia through the House of Representatives at the Pan African Parliamentary Union, disclosed that following the briefing session, his Liberian delegation visited the troubled Darfur Region in Sudan on a peace mission, Southern Sudan and other electoral missions in Tanzania, Guinea Bissau, Algeria, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland.“On these missions we gained vast experience, which when introduced here will be of great help with our fledging peace and democracy,” the Lofa lawmaker concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more