Preferred Security and Policy Analysis Company (PEPSEC), a 100 percent Liberian-owned company, has launched a secured airport shuttle service aimed at reducing the inconveniences for people traveling in and out of the country through the Roberts International Airport (RIA).The shuttle service, which runs daily between Monrovia and RIA, is timed to depart from various points around Monrovia and Paynesville, bound for RIA. On the return leg, travelers visiting Liberia will be able to book a hotel through PEPSEC and be dropped off there. According to PEPSEC, the shuttle vehicles are fully air-conditioned, WiFi-equipped and secure and its passengers are insured.The launch of the service was held on Monday, April 21, 2019, at the WINGS Restaurant in the RIA compound, Harbel, Margibi County.PEPSEC Executive chairman, Charles A. Minor, said the launch was to invoke the presence of God for His blessings upon the business and open the service to the wider market of RIA passengers.“Our service will have some particularly innovative dimensions. In addition to working with the Airport itself, we will have a number of partner hotels. Our promoters and sales agents will meet and greet incoming passengers and guests in the airport terminal, book them hotel accommodation, if needed and sell them seats on our luxury passengers vans that will take them safely to their chosen hotels,” he said.Minor, who is Liberia’s former Ambassador to the United States of America (USA), said the hotels will support “our efforts as we support theirs and together, we will drive forward safe and reliable accommodation and transportation between airport and hotels in the greater Monrovia.” He believes that the initiative is small but an important step on the road to promoting tourism in Liberia.Amb. Charles A. Minor, Chairman, PEPSEC“We believe that, although some donors and foreign investors are reported to be losing appetite to invest in Liberia, we Liberians are starving for ingredients to reverse the economic decline. One certain possibility is the tourism industry,” he said in a statement.“Tourists can be encouraged to come here. We have some of the basic infrastructure and there are few private Liberians doing what they can with small efforts to attract tourists, especially during the dry season,” he said.According to Amb. Minor, many hotels in the country have only 30 to 40 percent occupancy; with more tourists, especially from Europe and Asia, hotel occupancy rate can be pushed up easily to 70 or 80 percent and enhance income and generation of tourist dollars.PEPSEC executive chairman said, “our restaurants are not being patronized; some have even closed; local transport caters only to locals who can hardly afford to pay remunerative rates so vehicles can hardly afford regular maintenance; service providers such as waiters and others in the industry are not receiving the pay incentives because the businesses in the industry have low turnovers a can-not afford betters terms and condition of employment.“If the Gambia, with much less to see than Liberia, can survive on tourism, Liberia, still with a lot of pristine beaches, lakes, forest reserves and friendly people, can improve its tourist attraction,” he added.Ambassador Minor continued: “We need must quickly mention, however, we do need to build the capacity among those who are in the tourist industry, from the waiters in restaurants, to the taxi drivers on the streets, to the customs and immigration officers at the ports of entry.“And that is doable. For PEPSEC, let me commit that we shall do our utmost to transport as many airline passengers to and from RIA as long as it is economically viable.”He further told the gathering that the airport shuttle will pick up passengers from the Embassy Suites Hotel, located at the heart of the Diplomatic District at Mamba Point; the Corina Hotel on Tubman Boulevard in Sinkor; the À la Lagune Hotel on the Congo Town Back Road; and RLJ Hotel and Resort at Kendeja.He said the airport shuttle will drop passengers off at those same locations in the reverse order from the RIA. “Our vehicles are all ensured, our operators are very experienced and trained and retrained. They have also been given security and safety training.”Ambassador Minor said PEPSEC has about 170 staffs employed and contracted to provide security for businesses and private homes and “we are grateful to our many clients, especially NASSCORP, LBDI, Afriland Bank, insurance companies and many private individuals who have allowed us to provide them services over the years.“We are also grateful to British Airways that have rated us one of the best providers of transport for their airline crew and they have recommended our services to several other European airlines who anticipated coming to Liberia.”PEPSEC was also privileged to provide transportation to the KLM crew during the entire period the Dutch airline serviced Liberia.“With the experience PEPSEC has gained servicing airline crew, we are now launching this Airport Shuttle Service to target the wider Roberts International Airport (RIA) passengers market.”Ambassador Minor said in addition to the fully air-conditioned, the vehicles are equipped with fire extinguishers, First Aid kits and wifi, for the convenience of passengers.George Daweh Yuoh, RIA’s Chief Finance Officer, commended PEPSEC for the service and promised the airport’s cooperation in moving forward Liberia’s tourism sector.Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Liberia’s Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and TourismFor his part, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Eugene Nagbe, welcomed the investment and pledged the Ministry’s commitment to support and cooperate with PEPSEC in whatever way possible.Minister Nagbe said tourism is a private sector driven area. “Without the private sector there can never be no tourism,” he said. “We are the policy arm of government, we have to work, encourage and grant incentive to the private sector for tourism itself to put out. What is happening here today is one of the key components of the sector, moving tourists around in convenient and effective ways,” he said.Also speaking, PEPSEC Vice Chairman, Cllr. Henry Reed-Cooper, who gave the vote of thanks, described Ambassador Minor as someone who is always willing to work with people. He said Ambassador Minor, who he has known since he (Cooper) was younger than 21 years of age, “is somebody who knows how to organize, who knows how to work hard and who does not steal.Meanwhile, the launch was attended by authorities of the RIA, PEPSEC staffs, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe and a host of other business associates, relatives, friends.PEPSEC also has a branded kiosk in the arrival terminal, where airline passengers can book their seats on the shuttle and also book accommodation using one of PEPSEC’s partner hotels. By the end of the program, the PEPSEC shuttle service had already secured its first two passengers who arrived into Liberia on ASKY Airline.PEPSEC has been in operation for over five years in Liberia. Among other services, the company offers security risk assessment, security management, security guard services, escort services, “vault on wheels”, electric fencing, intruder alarm and CCTV systems.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
—driver likely to be charged todayThe pedestrian, who was killed on Sunday afternoon after being hit by an alleged speeding truck along the Leonora Public Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD), has been identified as 39-year-old Romel Carter of Lot 498 D Field South Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Thirty-nine-year-old Romel Carter who was killed on Sunday when an allegedly speeding truck struck him down at the Leonora Public Road, West Coast DemeraraThe dead man’s siblings, Kempton Carter and Karen Carter, visited the Police on Thursday and were taken to the funeral home where they positively identified the man.The identification was made after the Police released the photo of the deceased for members of the public to assist in identifying him; the siblings were made aware that the person in the photograph appeared to be their brother.It was reported that the accident occurred around 13:30h on Sunday, in close proximity of the Leonora Police Station, WCD.After the accident, the driver of the truck reportedly picked up the injured man and took him to the hospital for treatment but after realising that the pedestrian was dead, he attempted to flee but was arrested by the Police.It was further reported that at the time of the accident, there were two other occupants of the truck who made contact with Police to notify them of the accidentAdditionally, an ex-Police Officer who was passing the area when the fatal accident took place gave the Police enough information that led to the truck driver’s arrest.He remains in Police custody but is expected to be charged today.
BC Hydro is scheduling a power outage in Fort St. John.The outage is scheduled to take place Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.- Advertisement -It will affect approximately 35 customers in the 9000 block of 107 Ave., 24 customers in the 9000 block of 106 Ave., one customer at 9912-106 Ave. and another customer at 10631-100 Ave.Crews will be conducting maintenance work at this time and officials are informing affected residents that they should protect any sensitive equipment.The outage will allow BC Hydro to prepare for the planned expansion of Heritage Manor. The expansion was announced earlier this month and will see more seniors housing units added to the facility.
Mali striker N’Diaye, the tournament’s joint leading scorer with five goals, could be the prize catch.A product of the street game in his home country, N’Diaye was only drafted into the national squad ahead of the qualifying tournament in August.Coach Jonas Komla spotted the teenager at a league match and told him to join the national team.“The first time I went, he told me I was too small. I was really angry, but I knew that could happen because nothing is easy in football,” N’Diaye told FIFA.com.“A few months later, he called me back to say that, in the end, I could come along and train with them as I’d grown a little.“I was very happy. And now I feel comfortable in this team. I feel that I have responsibilities, and my team-mates have faith in me to score goals.”Mali are the African champions while European title-holders Spain will be counting on centre forward and captain Ruiz to show his class.– ‘Wonderfully skilled’ –Spain’s Abel Ruiz (L) fights for the ball with Brazil’s Lucas Halter during their FIFA U-17 World Cup group stage match, at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi, on October 7, 2017 © AFP/File / Manjunath KIRANThe Barcelona academy product already has four goals in the tournament — including one in the quarter-final win over Iran — and has been linked to Arsenal and other Premier League sides, as well as Juventus.Ruiz already has a buyout clause of three million euros on his contract and Barcelona reportedly want to increase that after the World Cup is over.Brazil are normally known for producing goalscorers, but their campaign for a fourth U17 world title has relied heavily on goalkeeper Brazao and his spectacular saves in India. He has not let in a goal from open play at the tournament.The Cruzeiro stopper has been hailed by Brazil U17 coach Carlos Amadeu as well as opposition tacticians like Spain’s Santiago Denia, who said Brazao could play at the “top professional clubs in the world”.Brewster, who scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 quarter-final win over the United States, is another pressing for first-team action, in this case at Liverpool.The young attacker has been the focus of England’s bid since Borussia Dortmund called back teen star Jadon Sancho after the group stages.Brewster made it to the substitutes’ bench for Liverpool in April and coach Juergen Klopp has hailed him as “wonderfully skilled”.By putting a goal past Brazao, Brewster would send the perfect message to Klopp. But he is not counting on anything.“You don’t really get many opportunities to play at the international level and you have to make the most of it. And it will be the same at the club level too. I have to make the most of my chances,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rhian Brewster of England celebrates after scoring a goal during their FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-final match against USA, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa, on October 21, 2017 © AFP / INDRANIL MUKHERJEEKOLKATA, India, Oct 24 – They may not yet be household names, but the Under-17 World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday could put Lassana N’Diaye, Rhian Brewster, Abel Ruiz and Gabriel Brazao well on the way to football riches.The quartet will be the star attractions for the many hovering scouts in India when England, attempting to reach the final for the first time, take on Brazil, and Spain play Mali.
JAKARTA, Indonesia – A strong earthquake shook Southeast Asia on Wednesday, collapsing buildings, killing at least five people and injuring dozens in Indonesia. Nations as far away as Africa put coastal areas on alert, but only a small tsunami hit Sumatra, the island ravaged by the 2004 tsunami disaster. Frightened people fled their homes and ran inland, fearing a repeat of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami that struck a dozen nations around the Indian Ocean, killing an estimated 230,000 people. “Everyone is running out of their houses in every direction,” Wati Said reported by cell phone from Bengkulu, a town 80 miles from the quake’s epicenter. “We think our neighborhood is high enough. God willing, if the water comes, it will not touch us here. … Everyone is afraid.” One witness, Budi Darmawan, said a three-story building near his office fell. “I saw it with my own eyes,” he told El Shinta radio. The 8.4-magnitude quake was felt in at least four countries, with tall buildings swaying in cities up to 1,200 miles away. The tremor was followed by a series of strong aftershocks, further rattling residents. Telephone lines and electricity were disrupted across a large swath of Indonesia, making it difficult to get information about damage and casualties. Suhardjono, a senior official with the local meteorological agency who like most Indonesians uses only one name, said a small tsunami, perhaps 3-feet high, struck the city of Padang about 20 minutes after the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also reported a small wave. Most damage appeared to come from the ground-shaking of the tremor. Two people died when a car dealership collapsed in Padang and another was killed by a fire that broke out on the fourth floor of a damaged department store, a witness, Alfin, said by phone. Excavation machinery was being used to search the rubble for survivors, he said. The Health Ministry said two people died in Bengkulu. The Social Affairs Department said seven had been killed in and around the town. The differing tallies could not be reconciled immediately. At least 194 people were injured in Bengkulu, reported Amin Kurnia, a doctor who said most were being treated in a compound outside the hospital because its walls were cracked. The undersea temblor hit around 6:10 p.m. at a depth of 18 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. In Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, hundreds of miles from the epicenter, office workers streamed down stairwells as tall office buildings swayed. High-rises also were affected in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for wide areas of the region, saying “earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean Basin.” Sensitive to the 2004 tsunami disaster, governments issued alerts as far away as Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa, telling people to leave beaches. People in Mombasa, Kenya, crowded into buses after hearing the warning over the radio. Indonesia issued a tsunami alert following the initial quake and then a second when a magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit, but lifted them after a few hours, saying there was no longer a potential for destructive waves. Thailand’s National Disaster Warning Center sent cell phone text messages alerting hundreds of officials in six southern provinces, and after the danger passed broadcast a statement on television to reassure the public. In India, officials said the tremor wasn’t felt in the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands, some of which are just 150 miles north of the quake’s epicenter. But an alert was issued and authorities were told to take precautions, said Dharam Pal, the regional relief commissioner. Sri Lankans were told to move at least 660 feet inland. In Australia, the tsunami warning was lifted after only small rises in the sea level were measured at Cocos Island and the Christmas Islands. But officials warned residents to stay away from the ocean, saying dangerous waves and currents could affect beaches, harbors and river mouths for several hours.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TV presenter Laura Whitmore admits that she was ‘starstruck’ by Daniel O’Donnell!Whitmore met Daniel on last year’s season of BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.She felt starstruck when he congratulated her on her performance with dancing partner Giovanni Pernice. While on the Ray D’Arcy Show, Whitmore said; ““I’m a massive Daniel O’Donnell fan, so is every single Whitmore woman.”“Auntie Kathleen’s been to most of his gigs and has six calendars in her house.”“I was starstruck by him, he came up to me afterwards, after I had topped the leaderboard.” “He told me, ‘Ireland is so proud of you,’ and I felt I had made it.”Laura Whitmore admits she was ‘starstruck’ by Daniel O’Donnell! was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:daniel o donnelllaura whitmoreray darcyRTEStrictly Come Dancing
The force said that after dealing with a disorder at the end of the match, a man assaulted an officer and punched Quantock three times.The man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and criminal damage for punching the horse.There were 13 incidents of disorder in the area on the night relating to the football reported. An England fan has been arrested for punching a police horse following England’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.When the incident happened, members of Avon and Somerset Police were patrolling Weston-super-Mare after Wednesday night’s match, along with police horses Quantock and Jubilee. The incident took place in Weston-super-Mare following England’s defeat to Croatia at World Cup 2018. 1 This behaviour will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/UscVFpZ6bX— Avon&Somerset Police (@ASPolice) July 12, 2018Chief inspector John Holt said: “This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will ensure all those involved in this disorder will be dealt with robustly.“In particular, I would condemn in the strongest terms the individual who punched a police horse, which was there to ensure the safety of those enjoying the match.“While England’s heroes won the pride and respect of everyone in Russia, these individuals have let themselves down and should be ashamed to call themselves fans.”
International derivatives “The listing of SSFs on these two IT stocks, as well as the present SSF listing on Apple, will allow South African investors to further diversify their portfolios,” said JSE derivatives trading director Allan Thomson in a statement this week. Like any other International Derivatives (IDX) products, retail investors can trade in these two American companies without using their R2-million foreign allowance. Since the listing on Friday the 11 December, 13 009 contracts have been traded on Microsoft and 656 contracts on Google. Well-known multi-national computer technology provider, Microsoft Corporation is the world’s leading computer technology provider and largest manufacturer of software products, including the Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite. The company is headquartered in Redmond, Washington and is listed on NASDAQ. Launched in 1996, Google is a latter entrant to the computer technology field, but has taken the lead as the world’s most popular internet search tool. The company derives the major portion of its revenue from advertising related to its internet search, email, online mapping and social media services. Google has its headquarters in Mountain View, California and is listed on both NASDAQ and the London Stock Exchange. “This offers investors international exposure cost effectively on a trusted trading platform with none of the counter-party risk associated with over-the-counter trading,” the statement read. While retail investors and corporate entities do not have any exchange control restrictions, institutional investors do have to comply with foreign portfolio regulations. Contracts are priced and settled in rands. The other IDX products trading on the JSE currently include blue chip companies such as Berkshire Hathaway, Bank of America, Nokia, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, BP, Vodafone and GlaxoSmithKline. Global technology leaders 17 December 2009 Like the other international derivatives (IDX) listed on the JSE, these can be purchased through any JSE-registered broker in the same way one would purchase local derivatives products. South African investors can now trade two of the world’s most well-known IT names through the listing of Microsoft and Google single stock futures (SSF) on the JSE. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Pastor Babongile Moto has dedicated her time and energy to helping youth in Port Elizabeth fulfil their potential and overcome some of the challenges they face. It is this selflessness that earned her a seat among our Play Your Part ambassadors.Pastor Babongile Moto, founder of the Changing Young Star’s World faith-based organisation, joins our group of Play Your Pat ambassadors. (Image: Babongile Moto, via Facebook)Play Your Part ReporterWith a strong passion for helping young people to grow on many levels, it is no surprise that Pastor Babongile Moto has been selected to join an already impressive line-up of Play Your Part ambassadors.Moto discovered her passion for helping people during her six-year stint as a member of the Bisho Community Church Youth Ministry, where she got the opportunity to help members of her church and community.While studying for her BCom degree in business management at the University of Fort Hare, Moto became the first female chairperson of the university’s Student Christian Organisation. During her time there, she pioneered a number of youth development programmes.In recognition of her achievements both academically and as part of the student organisation, Moto received a scholarship to study for a diploma in theology in the United Kingdom.On her return, armed with her degree and diploma as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience, Moto set in motion her plans to have a positive effect on the lives of even more people.Changing their worldWith the help of her colleagues from the Student Christian Organisation, she set up the Changing Young Star’s World organisation (CYSW).She says the aim of the organisation is to “holistically develop young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, starting with their spiritual wellbeing and permeating through to each gift, talent and acquired skill.“We believe that nothing is impossible, thus we seek to help young people in finding a way out of their current adverse situations to full progression in life.”CYSW has four programmes, each aimed at addressing different issues that Moto and her colleagues have identified as areas of concern.These programmes are:The Give a Child a Future Project, aimed at supporting learners to access better schools and tertiary education institutions.The Youth Mentorship Programme, which looks at developing the life skills of high school learners.The CYSW Community Development Project, which offers spiritual and social support to a number of communities in and around Kwamagxaki in Port Elizabeth.The Kingdom Advancement Network, which develops young people who show a passion for preaching, praise singing and counselling.Moto says that by focusing on these four areas she hopes that the organisation can make an ongoing difference in the lives of the youth with whom it works.Like all our ambassadors, Moto actively plays a part in making South Africa a better place for us all. She is a great example of how active citizenship can help us overcome the challenges we face as a country.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Guest author Michael Della Penna is Senior Vice President of Emerging Channels at Responsys, Inc.We’ve heard it before… this is going to be the year that mobile payments will boom! Both Gartner and Forrester have made strong predictions of mobile growth, with Forrester recently saying that the U.S. mobile payments market will hit $90 billion by 2017, a 48% compound annual growth rate from the $12.8 billion spent in 2012.But how do we know that 2013 is really the year that “mobile wallets” will finally take off? And what will things look like when mobile payments actually fulfill their promise?4 Key Indicators Of Mobile Payment SuccessHere are four indicators from players across the ecosystem that suggest we will see a global shift in mobile payments this year:A survey of 200 mobile industry executives, developers and insiders conducted by Chetan Sharma Consultingvoted mobile payments the top mobile applications and services category for 2013. The survey said mobile payments and commerce will get big in 2013, with Visa, the banks and more established online payment companies like PayPal well positioned to cause disruption in the mobile payments space.Visa Europe claims that in 2013, there will be 40 issuers offering mobile contactless payment services to consumers, and by the end of 2013 around 80 types of smartphones will be certified to carry out contactless payments.A study performed by Shop.org and Forrester research, called the “State of Retailing” found that mobile payments will be essential if retailers wish to remain competitive. 51% of the participating retailers said that their top priority in 2013 had to do with optimization, including mobile payments.Chinais set to follow U.S. and Asia-Pacific countries to embrace a cashless society as it taps a boom in e-commerce and electronic payments, with mobile payments likely to soar 52.7% annually in 2013. Mobile payments are likely to expand to $17 billion in 2013.How Will Mobile Payments Work?So what do all the figures actually mean?If things continue as predicted, people the world over could very soon end up walking out of the house without their cards and cash. Instead, they’ll use their mobile phone to purchase everything from electronics to furniture, from groceries to gas. Sounds pretty cool right?What’s even more fascinating is how the growing use of mobile and the increased popularity of apps, passbook and mobile payments are combining to create a comprehensive mobile experience that is changing the way consumers interact with brands.Consider this scenario for early 2014:As you walk past your favorite electronics retailer, you get a notification offer pushed into your app offering you 10% off an LCD TV purchase.Intrigued, you enter the store, use your phone to do some price comparisons, see a few LCD ads and select the perfect new LCD TV for the Super Bowl.After learning your model is out of stock, the salesperson informs you it can be shipped from the warehouse in time for the game, so you order it.At the checkout counter you use your phone to access your offer code and loyalty number as well as to pay with your phone. The salesperson asks if you would like to receive product and shipping text alerts and you promptly opt-in.You leave the store and quickly confirm your subscription and a short time later receive a text message confirming the purchase and informing you that your order has been received at the warehouse.The next day you get an alert informing you your TV has been shipped and a final message informing you the TV has been sent out for delivery.Upon delivery you receive your final alert confirming delivery, thanking you for the purchase and a final prompt to text back ‘SERVICE’ should you have any questions for customer service.What Will It Take?While all these technologies are available today – SMS, targeted mobile advertising, push notification, passbook and mobile payments – they are rarely coordinated. The whole process never happens as smoothly as laid out in the scenario above. The industry still has a long way to go to create a seamless mobile experience for our customers.Doing so will require combining data and systems that talk to each other. It will also require coordination and orchestration both within a single channel (i.e. Mobile) as well as across multiple channels (email, SMS, Push, Passbook, mobile ads) to create a positive experience for the recipient and a sale for the retailer.It will also require real-time, automated management – so users are contacted only when they’re in the market. Nothing would be worse or more inefficient than to have that same individual receive an offer promoting LCD TVs right after they’ve just bought a new TV.The good news – again – is that the basic capabilities are here today and that brands and their partners are already developing the strategic know-how to build, manage and orchestrate mobile and multi-channel relationship marketing efforts around mobile payments. There are big rewards waiting for the first companies able to put it all together for their customers. Tags:#e-commerce#enterprise#Mobile Payments What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology michael della penna Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts