28 Aug

CHAN 2016: Two matches, two draws in second Group C games

first_imgTunisia fought back to earn a 1-1 draw with Nigeria as the Super Eagles missed a chance to qualify for the next round in the second Group C match at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.Nigeria went ahead through Elvis Chikatara on 51 minutes after a barren first half. Their joy was however shortlived whenTunisia levelled on 69 minutes through Ahmed Akaichi’s header.The Carthage Eagles could have easily snatched the winner late on when Akaichi’s goal bound strike was clared off the line by Kalu.The result meant Nigeria stayed on top of the group, with four points, and Tunisia moved to second on two points.Their positions in the table remained the same after Guinea and Niger drew 2-2 in the other Group C match. Niger took the lead through Issa Moussa’s goal but it was cancelled out by Alseny Camara’s third goal of the tournament just a minute later.Niger regained the lead four minutes into the second half with Moussa on target again to score his second goal of the competitionGuinea levelled for a second time with 12 minutes to go through Aboubacar Bangoura.The final matches in Group C are on Tuesday when Nigeria play Guinea and Tunisia face Niger.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

14 Jan

Despite Ebola, CBL Projects Agric Sector to ‘Slightly Grow’

first_imgIn its Financial and Economic Bulletin, Volume 15 Number 3 for the period — July to September 2014 — the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has projected that the agriculture sector will “slightly grow.”The CBL, however, gives a gloomy picture of all other sectors that are projected to decline.According to the CBL, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which was earlier projected at 5.9 percent for 2014, has been revised to 1.0 percent, from 8.7 percent at end-2013.“The 7.7 percentage points decline in growth was driven by weaker than anticipated fall in economic activities as a result of the Ebola epidemic,” the Bank said in its Financial and Economic Bulletin.Except agriculture which, the CBL stated, is expected to slightly grow, all other sectors are projected to decline, including forestry to 0.0 percent, down from 0.5 percent; mining and panning, to negative 5.9 percent, down from 49.6 percent; manufacturing to 4.2 percent, down from 9.2 percent and services to 2.9 percent, down from 7.2 percent at end—2013, respectively.The CBL, in its quarterly publication, states that the growth outlook for the Liberian economy in 2015 is projected at 0.0 percent due largely to the intensity of the virus, which is expected to subside by late 2015.Sectorial Review: Agriculture and Forestry The performance of the agricultural sector was mixed during the quarter, the CBL said. Except for coffee, which was not produced and sawn timber which declined, rubber, cocoa and round logs experienced quarterly growth, respectively.RubberRubber production for the quarter ended September, 2014, was 17,112.0 metric tons, up from 11,106.0 metric tons produced during the preceding quarter, representing an increase of 6,006.0 metric tons. The growth in rubber output was largely driven by increased production by one of the main rubber producing concessionaries. Year-on-year comparison showed that rubber production expanded by 131.4 percent.Cocoa and CoffeeCocoa production at end-September 2014, stood at 1,430.0 metric tons, up from 818.0metric tons produced during the previous quarter. The growth in cocoa production was in response to rise in the global market price of the commodity. When matched against the corresponding quarter of 2013, cocoa output contracted by 29.0 percent. Quarterly and yearly analyses on coffee production could not be done due to unavailability of data for the current and previous quarters of 2014.Sawn TimberSawn Timber output during the review quarter declined by 74.6 percent to 69, 441.0 pieces, down from 273, 1150.0 pieces produced in the preceding quarter. The fall in sawn timber production was mainly explained by the current restrictions imposed by policymakers to contain the spread of the EVD. On a year-on-year basis, sawn timber production fell by 35,827.0 pieces (34.5 percent).Round LogsRound Logs produced during the quarter totaled 43,168 cubic meters, 17.1 percent lower than the quantity produced during the preceding quarter. The fall in production was also due to the restrictions imposed by the Government to contain the further spread of the Ebola virus.Year-on-year comparison showed that production in the review quarter increased by 20,338.0 cubic meters compared with the same period a year ago.The CBL Financial and Economic Bulletin further  reports that the performance of the mining sector was mixed during the quarter. While diamond slightly expanded in production, gold and iron ore outputs experienced declines.GoldThe production of gold for the quarter ended September, 2014 stood at 4,044.0 ounces. This level of production was down by 2,593 ounces when compared the preceding quarter of 2014. Similarly, yearly comparison revealed that gold output declined by 2,593.0 ounces from the level recorded at end-September, 2013.DiamondDiamond output during the review quarter stood at 20,626.0 carats, up from 19,555.0 carats produced during the previous quarter of 2014.Iron OreIron ore output at end-September 2014 fell by 0.3 percent to 1,109,246 metric tons, down from 1, 357,825.0 metric tons. Year-on-year analysis showed that production in the quarter expanded by 2.9 percent compared with third quarter of 2013.ManufacturingOutput in the manufacturing sector was mixed. Of the twenty-one commodities regularly assessed, sixteen commodities (76.2) recorded declines at end-September, 2014 due mainly to the intensity of the EVD that hit the country while the balance five commodities (23.8 percent experienced growth.CementThe production of cement at end-September, 2014, stood 49,285.0 metric tons, 44,011.0 metric tons lower than that of the previous quarter. The decline in cement production was restrained coupled with the intensity of the EVD. When assessed against the corresponding period of 2013, production declined by 8.2 percent or 4,389.0 metric tons.BeveragesTotal production of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) during the quarter was 3.5 million litres, 3.1 million litres lower than the previous quarter’s production.The fall in beverages output was on account of lower demand for the commodities as a result of the national health crisis. When matched against the same period a year earlier, output contracted by 2.6 million litres or 42.2 percent. Of the quarter’s total production, alcoholic beverages (spirits, beer and stout) accounted for 58.7 percent, while the share of non-alcoholic beverages (Malta and Soft drinks) constituted 41.3 percent.SoapSoap output during the review quarter increased by 19.4 percent or 12,095.0 kilograms, to 74,560.0 kilograms, up from 62, 465.0 kilograms produced in the preceding quarter. The growth in soap output was on account of surging demand against the fight of the Ebola virus. When compared with the corresponding period in 2014, soap production increased by 16.8 percent or 10, 701.0 kilograms.ChloroxProduction of chlorox during the quarter stood at 416, 395.0 litres, up by 78.2 percent or 182, 683.0 litres compared to the previous quarter. The surge in output was influenced by increased demand for the production as an antidote to the spread of the EVD as compared in 2013 which production expanded to 208, 913.0 litres.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

10 Aug

Related Flight Geek of the Week Joe SarreIntrodu

first_img RelatedFlight Geek of the Week – Joe SarreIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work.Flight Geek of the Week – Gareth WilliamsIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner workFlight Geek of the Week: Benjamín Pérez UleciaFlight Geek of the Week: Benjamín Pérez Ulecia Introducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work 1. What do you do at Skyscanner?My title – this week – is Director of Market Development. This basically means that I am responsible for the geographic marketing growth of Skyscanner – predominantly, UK, Europe and the U.S.2. What kind of flight geek you are?User Acquisition Geek.3. What best generally describes your travel style:For business, destination is pretty much set in stone – as is time, as it’s predominantly event driven – so time of flight is important to me. To be honest, although I love leisure travelling, I am rarely involved in where or when I travel. My wife tells me where we’re going – and I just get given a date to turn up.4. What’s your ideal holidaySun or snow – I love all forms of water sports and skiing. Beach and palm tree-shaped swimming pool are an obvious requirement, as the kids love the water. Mixture of active and complete chill-out days, followed by great food and very cold beer. I enjoy experiencing and embracing new cultures and foods, so somewhere with a British or Irish bar – and somewhere that plays “Only Fools and Horses” on a loop, where I can order a curry.5. Who’s your ideal travel companion?Dead: Stan Laurel – not in a strange way – just, if he was still alive. I understand the difficulties of travelling abroad with deceased comedy geniuses.Alive: If “My Wife and Kids” is a given, then my 2nd choice would be Denise Richards and/or Megan Fox – for their keen intellect and insightful views on the current economic crisis. I would perhaps suggest that we use Air New Zealand’s new Skycouch, in order to save money, rather than buying 3 separate seats in Business Class.6. Do you fly with children?I have tried leaving them at the airport, but both my kids always insist on coming with us.7. How do you decide where you want to go?My wife tells me.8. How do you decide when you want to go?See #7.9. What annoys you most about planning holidays?The lack of involvement I seem to have in holiday planning.10. What are you doing in your job at Skyscanner to sort that?I am trying to ensure that we are the most well-known flight site in Europe. This means becoming #1 in each and every European country. Basically, spreading global Skyscanner Love.11. What’s your favourite thing about the Skyscanner site?The fact you can search for flights without even knowing where or when you want to go, was and is still, industry defining, and one of our better USPs. I am also proud that we have 20 language versions of the site. The internet still blows my mind. We had users on the site from over 200 countries last month. Craziness.12. What’s your dream feature?Some sort of sport related travel feature, to help users fly to matches, events, tournaments…..watch this space.13. Favourite websites apart from Skyscanner (not necessarily travel) and why?BBC Sports news site – comprehensive on all things sport – results, fixtures, news – everything that I need, in one package.Liverpoolfc.tv – for obvious reasonsYouTube – I travel a fair amount, and if you can stand watching films in 10 minute chunks, you can normally find some pretty good full movies or comedy shows.14. What’s the geekiest thing about you? Your secret geek shame?I love SEO. The fact that Google, Yahoo and Microsoft keep changing the goalposts of how sites are ranked in importance for users searching, keeps the game fresh. I am also keen on working out why I am on Twitter. I can be found at @MelwoodBaz – mostly I use it to get a snapshot of important breaking news throughout the day. The key is to follow the right people, in the right sector, who are insightful and engaging. I don’t want to know that you’ve just had a double-shot mocha, or that your cat has been sick.15. Worst travel experience (keep it brief!)I once had to travel economy class.See more flight search geeksReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more