NIC Chair-designate Faces Public Skepticism

first_imgMrs. Etmonia David-Tarpeh, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s choice for the Chairmanship of the Liberia National Investment Commission (LNIC), has daunting tasks ahead to reawaken the spirit of the Commission and put it back on track to generate and attract more foreign and domestic investors, investment analysts have said.Upon embarking upon her new portfolio, the new NIC Chair-designate will have to convinced the public that she is the right person for the job.But until then, pundits believe that the new NIC Chair-designate, lacks business experience or business development strategies,  including the ability to attract strong foreign direct investments to Liberia.“Until she can prove me wrong, but this woman is out of touch with the local business community, least to say foreign investors,” said this economist on condition of anonymity.    The Liberian leader nominated her friend on November 16, but she still has to wait for confirmation by the Liberian Senate. If confirmed, Mrs. Tarpeh will replace Acting NIC Chair Mr. George Wisner who is also Executive Director of the Commission. Mr. Wisner took over as Acting Chairman of NIC after President Sirleaf removed former Chairman O. Natty B. Davies. But, Mrs. Tarpeh, who has spent her entire life working in the education sector in Liberia and in international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), has been criticized for displaying poor performance as Minister of Education of Liberia. Madam Tarpeh faced similar criticism when she served as Minister of Youth and Sports few years ago where most of the country’s youths said she was out of touch.  Before joining Ellen Sirleaf’s government, Madam Tarpeh held various high-level positions with Plan International in several African countries, served as National Director for World Vision International and worked as the Associate Director for Education at the Peace Corps in Liberia. She is a former director for Hilton VanEe International School in Monrovia. Many people are concerned that Mrs. Tarpeh, the President’s new choice for the Chairmanship of the NIC, does not have the contacts and influence needed to pull the strings and transform the NIC,  judging from her performance at both the ministries of Youth &Sports and Education, respectively. “I think that the President has once again slipped by appointing her friend to head the NIC. The NIC is not like some of the public institutions around here. This entity must be run by individual or individuals who have the contacts internationally and locally to attract potential foreign and domestic investors,” an insider at the NIC anonymously said. The Chairman of NIC has a core responsibility to generate investment locally and to attract foreign direct investments (FDIs).The Commission’s former Chairman, Dr. Richard V. Tolbert, a Wall Street veteran and nephew of slain Liberian President Richard R. Tolbert, attracted over US$15 billion FDIs to Liberia during his chairmanship of the Commission. Mr. Tolbert is praised by NIC employees and investors for his innovation and personal contacts with most of the foreign and local investors whom he is believed to have known from his days on Wall Street, New York  and Liberia. Dr. Tolbert, formerly of Mesurado Group of Companies, a conglomeration of local manufacturers owned by the Tolberts, many people believe, had the niche to make the NIC relevant to investors and potential investors. The National Investment Commission was created by an Act of the National Legislature on September 6, 1979 and amended on July 19, 2010 to promote and coordinate investment related activities in all sectors of the Liberian economy. The Commission is comprised of six Commissioners headed by the Chairman, who is the administrative head of the Secretariat and has cabinet-level ranking. With the vision to aspire to be the premier dynamic investment promotion agency for a sustainable, vibrant, and inclusive economy in Liberia, the NIC’s mission is to promote, attract, facilitate and retain quality investments in Liberia.Part of the role of NIC is to accompany investors throughout all phases of their investment projects, facilitating meetings, assisting investors in navigating as efficiently as possible the regulatory and establishment procedures, and maximizing investor opportunities through dedicated programs in business linkages, development of special economic zones (SEZ) and incentives. Beyond its role of investment promotion, the NIC also chairs the government of Liberia’s Inter-Ministerial Concessions Committee (IMCC), which oversees and coordinates the entire investment concessional review processes and its due diligence functions. The NIC is the arm of the government that helps domestic and foreign investors navigate through the Liberian marketplace to ensure business success.The Commission expects that as Liberia continues to grow, large investments will continue to increase, particularly in natural resources and cash crops. Investments in the service sector are also expected to increase considerably.  The Liberia National Investment Commission (LNIC) along with other partners in government works to ensure that while unlocking Liberia’s natural resources, the country’s national interest is safeguarded,  jobs are created, and access to capital, new technologies, markets, and world-class training and business development opportunities are accelerated. Contracts negotiated by the Inter-Ministerial Concessions Committee (IMCC) since 2006 have led to an increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow. All key steps in the concession award procurement process are guided by the IMCC, which is chaired by the Chairman of the LNIC and includes permanent committee members from the ministries of State, Finance, Justice, and Planning and Economic Affairs.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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Zidane found wanting as Madrid are ran ragged in Paris

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane won three straight Champions Leagues in his first spell as Real Madrid coach but this campaign got off to a terrible start in Paris © AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTPARIS, France, Sep 19 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane could only hold his hands up after his side were outclassed by Paris Saint-Germain in their opening Champions League game of the season on Wednesday, going down 3-0 in the French capital.“They were superior to us in everything,” Zidane admitted after the match at the Parc des Princes. “In terms of how they played, in midfield, but above all, and what annoys me the most, in terms of intensity.” Games at this level are often won in the centre of the park and the Madrid trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez could not cope with their opponents, for whom the tireless Idrissa Gueye was outstanding.Zidane had pinpointed the same issue last weekend after his side almost blew a three-goal lead against Levante in La Liga.“When I looked to the bench there was nothing else,” he said of his midfield then, but he could and certainly should have seen this coming.While an injury to Luka Modric has exacerbated the problem, Zidane allowed Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente to leave in the summer and did not have an alternative to a failed move to sign Paul Pogba.The defeat in Paris may ultimately not prevent Real from reaching the last 16, but their performance contrasted sharply with two seasons ago, when they dumped PSG out en route to winning the trophy for the third year running.Zidane walked away after that success only to be tempted back in March. If it seemed like a huge risk at the time to gamble his legacy, six months on and the France great appears no closer to getting the 13-time European Cup winners back on track.He did not have to deal with such adversity in his glittering first stint in charge. They have won seven and lost five of 16 games since his return.On Wednesday, according to renowned Spanish sports statistician Mister Chip, apart from two disallowed goals, Real failed to muster a shot on target for the first time in a decade, a period spanning 578 competitive games.That was despite the presence of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard up front.The latter made his first start for the club after injury following his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea but received a rating of two out of 10 from French sports daily L’Equipe.“To not create chances with the players we had on the field, it is a bit of a strange feeling but that is how it is,” Zidane said.Writing in Spanish sports daily As, Alfredo Relano remarked “Madrid are not in good shape, others know it and their opponents no longer crouch down before them out of respect for their prestige.”Of course they were not helped by the absences of the injured Marcelo and the suspended Sergio Ramos from their defence on Wednesday.– Lopetegui smells revenge –Real Madrid’s summer signing Eden Hazard was quiet in the defeat to Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTThere is still much work for Zidane to do, however, with what is meant to be a new-look Real — centre-back Eder Militao and left-back Ferland Mendy were the other summer signings to start in Paris.But he needs to find solutions quickly, with Real facing a tough test on Sunday as they travel to face a Sevilla side who are top of La Liga after four games, two points above Zidane’s team.Real have lost on their last four visits to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and on six of their last seven trips there.Sevilla have another potential weapon given their coach, Julen Lopetegui, will be motivated by the prospect of getting one over on the club who sacked him after just 14 games last season.“We need to forget this defeat, it is hard but we have another game on Sunday and we need to focus on that,” Zidane said.It may be stretching it to say his position is under threat at the moment, but another defeat this weekend might change that, and a derby away to Atletico awaits a week later.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE FINN HARPS 5K?

first_imgFinn Harps 5k 28/09/2014Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 202 18.47 Dermot McElchar SM Finn Valley A C 2 162 19.46 Donal Haughey M40 Tír Chonaill A C3 183 20.18 Peter McMenamin SM Individual4 163 20.26 Lochlann O’Rourke M40 Individual5 165 20.33 Michael Gallagher SM Individual 6 263 20.52 James Boyle SM Individual7 169 21.02 P.J. Friel M40 Individual8 179 21.13 Anthony Murray M40 Individual9 229 21.16 Mark McCafferty M40 FVLC Begin to Run10 232 21.17 Christopher Gallagher JM Castlefinn Runners 11 164 21.25 Adrian Devine SM Castlefinn Runners12 209 21.31 Sean McMenmin SM Aghyaran Athletics13 230 21.33 Sean O’Leary M40 Finn Valley A C14 208 21.34 Andy Scanlon SM Finn Valley A C 15 31 21.49 Noel Duffy M40 Individual16 240 22.08 John McElwaine M40 Lifford A C17 212 22.13 Seamus Curran M40 Finn Valley A C18 251 22.36 Maurice O’Donnell SM Individual19 253 22.42 Ryan Galvin JM Finn Valley A C20 33 22.49 Joseph Casey SM Individual21 187 23.18 Joanne Campbell W40 Finn Valley A C22 254 23.23 Aine McElchar SW FV Fit4Life23 260 23.28 Declan Carlin M40 Finn Valley A C24 211 23.28 Martin Anderson M40 Finn Valley A C25 213 23.34 Gloria Donaghy W40 Finn Valley A C26 207 23.42 Clara Carroll SW FV Fit4Life27 258 23.45 Pat McCrudden M40 Finn Valley A C28 259 23.48 Michael Floyd SM Individual29 238 23.51 Joel Walsh JM Individual30 184 24.06 Denise McGahern W40 FV Fit4Life31 171 24.29 Paddy Doherty SM Individual32 199 24.32 Melanie Sweeney SW Castlefinn Runners33 188 24.37 Paul Gallen M40 Individual34 200 24.39 Gary Gallen M40 Individual35 168 24.50 Darragh Morrison JM Individual36 167 24.53 Seamus Morrison SM Individual37 225 25.01 Marcella McBride W40 Castlefinn Runners38 248 25.12 Marie McColgan W40 Finn Valley A C39 204 25.19 Joey O’Leary M40 Castlefinn Runners40 161 25.22 Paula Jansen SW Finn Valley A C41 170 25.22 Noreen Bonner W40 Finn Valley A C42 178 25.57 Jim Hynes M40 Finn Valley A C43 239 26.07 Sean Gormley M40 Aghyaran Athletics44 231 26.08 Anthony Gallagher M40 Castlefinn Runners45 185 26.19 Cathy Kelly W40 FV Fit4Life46 172 26.20 Mary Martin W40 Finn Valley A C47 173 26.25 Cora Harvey SW Finn Valley A C48 255 26.57 Rosemary Parkinson SW Convoy Runners49 182 27.12 Evan Long JM Individual50 174 27.44 Ciaran Chaney JM Individual51 34 28.24 John Viray SM Individual52 205 28.35 Trevor Gordon SM Individual53 181 28.37 Evan Campbell JM Individual54 201 28.51 Marie Gallagher SW Finn Valley A C55 210 29.14 Ashleen Temple SW Individual56 197 29.43 Helen Logue M40 Finn Valley A C57 250 29.52 Betty Gallen W40 Finn Valley A C58 233 30.00 Kevin McHugh M40 Aghyaran Athletics59 186 30.01 Hugo Maguire M40 Aghyaran Athletics60 256 30.26 Hannah Parkinson JW Convoy Runners61 249 31.02 Annette Gildea SW Individual62 214 31.22 Pauric McCrory M40 Individual63 226 31.59 Teresa McMenamin SW Aghyaran Athletics64 261 32.17 Christine Lynch W40 FVLC Begin to Run65 177 32.33 Ursula Chaney SW Individual66 223 32.48 Angela McLaughlin SM Individual67 262 33.03 Chantelle Grant SW Individual68 166 33.54 Shane Elliott SM Finn Harps FC69 160 34.36 Amer Quiambao SW Individual70 36 34.37 Felix Robledor SM Individual71 198 40.08 Anouska Mulrine SW Finn Valley A C72 237 40.13 John Walsh M40 Individual73 189 40.17 Kathleen O’Leary W40 Individual74 190 40.17 Marie Houston W40 Individual75 191 40.17 Julie McConnell W40 Individual76 235 43.20 Ronan Roddy M40 FVLC Begin to Run77 234 46.17 Mary Bruton W40 Individual78 195 46.17 Oiin Doherty JM Individual79 194 46.41 Cian Doherty JM Inishowen A C80 192 47.07 Joe Doherty SM Individual81 193 47.28 Caroline Doherty SW Inishowen A C82 257 47.28 Alan Galvin SM Individual83 175 47.28 Brid O’Hagan W40 Individual84 176 47.37 Sonia Campbell SW Individual85 227 47.38 Geraldine Barron W40 Individual86 203 47.47 Claire O’Leary W40 Individual87 228 47.47 Timothy Browne SM Individual88 236 47.57 Denise Harkin W40 Individual89 196 47.58 Brendan Phair SM Individual90 222 48.30 Geraldine Phair W40 Individual91 206 48.30 Mary Dunnion SW Individual92 35 48.30 Ronald Tuliao SM Individual93 252 48.32 Anne Barhan SW Individual94 224 49.42 Brid McClafferty SW Individual95 180 49.42 John Campbell M40 Individual96 32 52.06 Laura Dees SW IndividualTotal Runners; 96WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE FINN HARPS 5K? was last modified: September 28th, 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)last_img read more

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