In the wake of the alarming increase in the US dollar value against the local currency, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has commenced the removal and shutting down of illegal moneychangers from the streets of Monrovia and its environs. The enforcement exercise, which was contained in a statement issued yesterday, said the Bank will use several measures to accomplish its aims, including confiscation of funds of violators. “We observed with serious concern the re-emergence of illegal foreign exchange operators in the country, in violation of the Central Bank of Liberia Act of 1999, the New Financial Institutions Act of 1999 and the Regulation concerning the licensing and supervision of foreign exchange bureaus in Liberia,” the statement said. The CBL is hereby directing all illegal foreign exchange operators to immediately desist from the foreign exchange business without the authorization of the Bank.The Bank then advised the public not to do business with any foreign exchange operators who are not licensed by the CBL.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
No plans this Thursday night? Why not put your knowledge to the test at the All Blakes Team table quiz in aid of Relay for Life!The event promises to be a night of great craic and good competition in Blake’s Bar, Letterkenny Main Street at 9.30pm. All are welcome to come and support the fundraiser and there will be great prizes on offer, sponsored by Kernan’s. The ‘All Blakes’ are getting ready to take part in Relay for Life Donegal on 25th-26th May to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society to fund research provide local support services in Donegal.The ‘All Blakes’ Relay for Life teamAnd the family team are also running a mega-draw ‘Raffle for Relay’ this weekend!Instead of just asking people to donate money to this great Charity which they will gladly accept, the ‘All Blakes’ team together with all of their generous sponsors are also giving everyone a chance to win some amazing prizes. Vouchers from a wide range of local businesses have been donated and there are over 15 prizes to be won!And the first prize is an incredible trip to Man Utd. V Arsenal, sponsored by Ireland West Airport Knock! These tickets are available in Blake’s Bar, The Brewery, The Cottage, Arena 7, Hue Hair Salon and Tír na nÓg to name but a few and can also be obtained from any of the ALL BLAKES TEAM.So, if you see any of the All Blakes Team with buckets or raffle tickets over the next week, please give what you can. Every little helps and remember it is all for a great cause.Let’s all help out with the fight against Cancer.Time to get behind the ‘All Blakes’ Big Quiz night! was last modified: May 23rd, 2019 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) Tags:all blakesTable quiz
Rafael Benitez continued to insist Chelsea are progressing under his management despite them letting a two-goal lead slip against Reading.The Blues were cruising at 2-0 with three minutes to play until late strikes from Adam Le Fondre rescued an extraordinary 2-2 draw for the Royals.It was the second time Chelsea have surrendered a two-goal lead under Benitez, having recently done the same at home to Southampton.But the under-fire interim manager said: “We are progressing in the right way.“You can see the mentality of the team, they were concentrating, and they were working hard. The players like the training sessions and like the things we are trying to do.“We were controlling the game for 85 minutes, but we made one or two mistakes and we paid for them.“At this level we need to be more clinical. We have to take responsibility. We win together and we draw together.”See also:Reading v Chelsea player ratingsChelsea stunned by late Royals 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Related Posts Last year when I spoke to Chinese resident and Internet expert, Kaiser Kuo, he noted that the biggest difference between Weibo and Twitter is that the former is actively censored by the Chinese government. There is word filtering and Sina staff monitor the content.Which brings us back to the sad news of Ai Weiwei being detained by authorities in China. It isn’t just people in the West making noise about it, as Chinese authorities perhaps would have us believe. As noted above, users of Sina Weibo are finding creative ways around censorship to make their feelings known.Free Ai WeiweiI was honored to meet Ai Weiwei in New York City last March, at an event that included Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he came across as a very warm-hearted and curious person. He wanted to know all about what I do, even though he’s achieved much more than I have. Then during the discussion on stage, it became clear that he’s both very brave and always keen to challenge the status quo. He probes for the truth in whatever he says or does. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… There’s increasing concern in China and worldwide about the detention of leading Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. Reports first surfaced on Sunday U.S. that Weiwei had been detained by China authorities, while at the Beijing Airport on his way to Hong Kong. Weiwei is a prolific Twitter user, but his account hasn’t been updated since Sunday (it’s also translated into english). CNN reported today that China’s ruling Communist party “unleashed a blistering attack” on both Weiwei and the West for criticizing the apparent arrest. Many of China’s own citizens are voicing their concern on China’s leading Twitter-like service, Sina Weibo. To do this, users must creatively route around active censorship on Weibo.British newspaper The Guardian wrote today:On the Sina microblog, China’s domestic equivalent of Twitter, censors deleted many messages about Ai, and a search for his name produced a warning that results were not shown due to local regulations. But internet users fought back with typical ingenuity. Several used the words “ai weilai” or “love the future” – which looks and sounds similar to his name – to call for his return. One wrote: “I really don’t dare believe that in this society, even love for the future can disappear.”Western readers probably aren’t familiar with microblogging in China, so here’s some background about Weibo and the current state of the market. While Twitter is blocked in China, there are a number of popular microblogging services among Chinese Internet users. About a year ago I wrote here on ReadWriteWeb that Weibo, owned by the company Sina, was the most popular of these Twitter-like sites. We here at ReadWriteWeb join Sina Weibo users in wishing for the safe return of Ai Weiwei to his home. You can follow Weiwei’s Facebook Page to monitor news and express your own feelings about his detention. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#art#international#NYT#Real World#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout richard macmanus Asian tech analysis blog Penn Olson reported this week that Sina is in the process of spinning off Weibo as a separate entity, possibly leading to a future IPO. Sina Weibo has grown from 50 million users in October to nearly 100 million today. It has 56.5% of the market share in microblogging services, according to iResearch. That’s well ahead of the second most popular service, Tencent’s Fanfou. The difference between Sina and Tencent becomes much more pronounced when looking at browsing time: iResearch puts Sina at 86.6% share. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit. It just doesn’t fit. The new shape of innovation is a lot more inclusive of new approaches and sources of startup funding.In 2000, venture capitalists poured a staggering $112.2 billion into startups nationwide, according to an analysis by the Public Policy Institute of California (PDF). Today, venture capital deal flow has slowed to a relative trickle, just $28.4 billion was invested in startups by venture capitalists in 2011.Slimmer PickingsThis slimming down has sent shockwaves through the startup world. According to Dow Jones VentureSource Senior Manager of Corporate Communications Kim Gagliardi, 3,404 venture financing rounds were completed in 2011, down 47% from the 6,361 closed in 2000.Sure, $28 billion is far from being a “trickle” but consider this. In 2005, The Wall Street Journal tried to estimate the “world’s cash hoard” and arrived at a figure of $46 trillion(PDF), based on global insurance, pension and mutual funds holdings alone. That was up 29% over 2000 in just five years.Granted, 2005 was before the financial meltdown but why would America’s startups now receive a quarter of the investment they got in 2000, when seven years ago the total pool of money available for investing was already a third higher than it was in 2000?One reason is that it’s so much cheaper these days to get a startup off the ground. Data from Dow Jones VentureSource appears to support that notion, with the median size of venture capital rounds decreasing over the past decade: Tags:#start#Venture Funding Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Aramco, Holder of the Largest IPO in History is… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… michael tchong New Funding ModelsLuckily, innovation today isn’t occurring only among startups. It’s also happening in the funding models that help create those startups. Accelerators and crowdfunding are elbowing the fat boys of venture capital aside.The success of the Pebble watch, which took in a whopping $10.3 million on Kickstarter is a perfect example of how venture capital is being complemented by new approaches propelled by social media.As Bloomberg reports, the creators of Pebble raised $375,000 in angel funding but when it came to raising another round, Pebble was roundly rejected by venture capital firms that didn’t want to risk betting on a hardware startup.Accelerators are also booming. So much so that Jeff Levy, an entrepreneur and investor at Lamberts Cove, believes that an accelerator bubble may be forming. Levy should know, in 1999 he founded eHatchery, an Atlanta-based precursor to today’s accelerators.But Levy agrees that accelerators such as Y Combinator:, 500 Startups: and Kicklabs are helping spur innovation while making significant improvements in the incubator model, including funding many companies at once and investing small amounts – $20,000 or so – in their ideas.Venture Capital ≠ InnovationSo does less venture capital mean less innovation? Depends on who, and how, you ask. A 2007 study of Dutch companies by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that venture capitalists had a positive influence on their portfolio companies’ innovation strategy because they pushed their “capacity to assimilate and exploit new knowledge.” (PDF).But a 2008 study by professors Masako Ueda and Masayuki Hirukawa, entitled Venture Capital and Innovation: Which Is First?, concludes that venture capital does not directly stimulate innovation.So can these new funding models help spur innovation? Absolutely, judging by the 68,929 people who decided to back Pebble. You can bet that the big watch companies are now cooking up a similar customizable watch recipes.And how about British entrepreneur Piers Ridyard, whose innovative Nifty MiniDrive has already received $384,319 in funding, rendering him speechlessY Combinator, meanwhile, has funded such innovative startups as Dropbox and Airbnb:, the latter just recording its busiest night with 60,000 concurrent guests.All of these innovative products and services would never have seen the light of day if they had to rely on traditional venture capital funding.Accelerators and crowdfunding have improved the odds by spreading the risk of investing over many startups and investors, respectively. Could this hors d’oeuvre approach to venture capital help keep innovators properly fed? I’m betting dinner on it. Top 25 Black Friday Deals for Techies in 2019
A split appeared imminent in former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, as State president Brishen Patel quit the party on Wednesday. Party spokesperson Danish Rizwan too resigned on Wednesday, alleging “bungling” in party fund. The HAM(S) is a constituent of the Grand Alliance in Bihar.Saying that all is not well in the party, Mr. Patel, however, clarified that he would remain with the Grand Alliance. “At a time when all Opposition parties supported West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee on her protest against the CBI, our party president stated that she should not have staged dharna (protest) against CBI… I think it was not the right statement,” Mr. Patel said. He also criticised Mr. Rizwan’s displeasure over mismanagement at the recently held Congress rally in Patna. “It sounds ridiculous when the party president was present in the rally, the spokesperson was pointing fingers at it”, Mr. Patel added. Mr. Rizwan had said that the “rally was organised like a novice…they should have invited alliance partners”. In a letter to the party president, Mr. Rizwan alleged that “some party leaders have been indulging in anti-party activities and also involved in financial mismanagement of party fund”. “Being a true soldier of the party, I cannot be a mute spectator to all this, so I’m resigning from the party post and the primary membership of the party,” he added.HAM(S) sources told The Hindu that a split is imminent in the party as several leaders are set to resign in days to come. The HAM (S) had formally joined the Grand Alliance in February 2018 after its exit from the National Democratic Alliance.Mr. Manjhi, who has so far not commented on the latest developments inside his party, had expressed disapproval of the views expressed by Mr. Rizwan and similar comments by another party spokesman, Vijay Yadav.
Cyclonic storm “Vayu” has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, forcing authorities to put Gujarat on high alert. The State authorities have swung into action, ordering closure of schools for three days in coastal districts and deploying teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and asking fishermen to return to the coast from high seas.Speed increasesThe India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said the speed of “Vayu” had increased to 17 km per hour and was located in the Arabian Sea, about 350 km west-northwest of Goa, 410 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 530 km nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat).“It is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval and the Diu region as a severe cyclonic storm, with a wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of June 13,” the IMD said.The cyclone will make a landfall near Veraval in Gir Somnath district on June 13 but it will be preceded by heavy rainfall in isolated places.Shifting of people“June 13 and 14 are crucial for us. We have roped in the Army, the NDRF, the Coast Guard and other agencies for rescue and relief work. We will start shifting people living in coastal areas to safer locations,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told media persons on Tuesday. The depression in the Arabian Sea. After a review meet with District Collectors and officials, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar said schools, colleges and anganwadis in coastal districts would remain shut on June 12 and 13.“In all, 36 NDRF teams will be deployed for rescue operations. We have also roped in Army, Navy, Coast Guard and BSF units. If needed, we will also take the help of the Air Force. We have ordered schools, colleges and anganwadis in the districts which are likely to be hit by the cyclone to remain shut on June 12 and 13,” Mr. Kumar said.Enrolment postponedThe government has postponed the State-wide school enrolment drive scheduled for June 13-14 during which all Ministers, legislators and top bureaucrats would visit schools in their areas to enrol children.According to the State government, around three lakh people from coastal villages will be shifted from low lying areas in Saurashtra and the Union Territory of Diu.According to the IMD, heavy rains with winds blowing at the speed of over 110 km on are likely on June 13 and 14 in coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch.The government has advised fishermen against venturing into the sea in the next few days while ports have been directed to flag a danger signal.“A heavy rain warning has been issued for Saurashtra and Kutch on June 13 and 14 due to the depression in the Arabian Sea which will turn into a severe cyclonic storm,” State meteorological department director Jayanta Sarkar told reporters.The government has decided to deploy 30 teams of the NDRF in the coastal districts. | Photo Credit: earth.nullschool.net
Brody says that almost all of these publishers only buy one product or service from AOL at this point, and he’s hoping this new group will offer cross-platform (video, content, surveys, etc.) solutions to publishers presently working with the aforementioned companies.Revenue is modeled differently for each branch of the group, “On the ad network side, we buy inventory for publishers; we pay them, and then we resell it to advertisers, essentially,” Brody says. “On the Pictela model and ADTECH side, we get a serving fee.”Since AOL is now looking to combine businesses and services, in many cases, ad serving will be free, if a publisher allows AOL to monetize a “significant portion of a site’s inventory through Advertising.com.”In addition to giving publishers larger (premium) ad sizes, ways to monetize video and offering custom content production (through Seed, StudioNow and AOL Answers), AOL can also syndicate HuffPo content.The Advertising.com Group created a transparent ad network model so that advertisers know exactly where they are buying inventory. Dubbed “super channels,” advertisers will know what publishers they are working with, as bundles like “travel” are offered for purchase. In time, the Group will offer integrated product suites, but its initial focus is cross-selling the company’s abilities on multiple platforms. Earlier this month, AOL launched the AOL Advertising.com Group, a b-to-b advertising division focused on serving publishers. In hopes of bringing premium advertising to the online sector, AOL has harnessed several of its companies (Advertising.com, ADTECH, Pictela, Goviral, 5min Media, StudioNow, Seed and AOL Answers) to create a one-stop advertising solution for publishers.Ned Brody, who was the founder and CEO of ARPU and former CFO of LookSmart, is acting as president and head of AOL Advertising.com Group. He says bringing premium brands to the Web has been one of the biggest problems in online advertising. “There is still a tremendous amount of advertising dollars sitting on the fence from traditional TV and print, as there have been no good scalable solution for brand advertisers on the Web. The average inventory sell-through is somewhere around 30 percent.”Currently, the AOL ad network works with about 5,000 publishers; European-based video service Goviral deals with 25,000 publishers; and video service 5min Media works with another 1,000 publishers. ADTECH works with upwards of 700 partners.
Vladimir TiagunovPR HandoutAll maestros have one thing in common. They love their art above everything and practice it till they are near-perfect at it. Achieving a maestro status is no easy feat. You need to dedicate yourself to the art, train hard and have enough perseverance to ensure you are the best at it. The same was the case with Vladimir Tiagunov—acclaimed pianist, chamber musician, and piano professor.Tiagunov was lucky to be trained since the tender age of 6. His father, an engineer by profession, had a good ear for the piano and taught his son the basics. His parents also encouraged him to build his mastery of the piano and practice on his own. And as fate would have it, Tiagunov fell in love with the piano and was very interested in excelling at it.He enrolled in the Nizhny Tagil College of Music in Russia where he would begin his lifelong journey with the instrument. Just three years later, at the age of 9, he would perform a solo piece for the first time.Tiagunov’s passion for playing the piano grew as he learnt to convey a range of emotions through music. He went on to further his musical education at the Chelyabinsk State Academy of Culture and Arts, Russia, under the tutelage of the world-famous musician, Professor Yevgeny Levitan. He completed the course with flying colors.However, as luck would have it, his path to success was paved with many obstacles. His professional studies suffered due to problems surfacing in his personal life. This hampered his concentration and affected his studies, but he rose above these problems and excelled at his education thanks to his undying passion for playing the piano.All of that hard work paid off in 2010 when Tiagunov won his first award at the international level – the ’21st Century Art’ International Music Competition in Ukraine, just as he turned 21. After this feat was achieved, there was no looking back. He went on to acquire a Master’s degree and then moved to New York, to hone his skills.He won many accolades and performed at several important performance venues along the way. He joined the Artist Diploma program at the Long Island Conservatory of Music in Albertson, New York, under the expert guidance of Professor Tamara Poddubnaya.Vladimir Tiagunov has travelled all over Europe, Russia and the United States as a solo performer and chamber musician. He performed complicated pieces like Mozart’s Fantasy No. 3, Bach’s Partita No. 2, Wanderer Fantasy by Schubert, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 and Chopin’s 12 Etudes Op.10. He especially had the pleasure of performing the most difficult of Chopin’s Etudes one after the other.He quotes, “I’ve played the etudes a few times at recitals, including my graduation concert at Chelyabinsk State Institute of Culture in Russia.” This revolutionary style of playing the piano has changed Tiagunov’s life. Although many acclaimed pianists have attempted the etudes by Chopin in their repertoire, only a few can perform all 12 Etudes Opus 10 in a cycle at a concert, simply because it is immensely challenging to do so.Tiagunov started his teaching career when he set out to be a solo pianist. He currently spends his time between performing and teaching. He teaches at the Long Island Conservatory, ensuring the magical language of music continues to enrich others’ lives.
Prothom Alo IllustrationAt least six people were gunned down and four others injured in a deadly gunfight between two factions of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF), a Chattogram Hill Tracts-based political party, in Swanirbhar of Khagrachhari sadar upazila on Saturday morning.Sadar police station officer-in-charge Shahadat Hossain said the gun battle between members of UPDF and its breakaway faction, UPDF (Democratic), broke out for establishing control in the area around 8:00am, leaving the six people dead.Three of the deceased are Tapan Chakma, district unit president of UPDF-backed Pahari Chhatra Parishad, another leader Elton Chakma, and Ganatrantrik Jubo Forum leader Palash Chakma, also backed by the Prasit Khisha-led UPDF, reports UNB.Three of the injured were referred to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) from Sadar Hospital for better treatment.Meanwhile, additional police and army personnel were deployed in the area amid growing tensions there, the OC added.On 3 May, advocate Shaktiman Chakma, 55, chairman of Naniarchar upazila parishad and a leader of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma faction), was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Rangamati.On the following day, five people were killed and eight others injured in a gun attack on a motorcade of the followers of Shaktiman Chakma in Betchhari of the upazila while they were going to attend the funeral programme of Shaktiman.