The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Liberia Limited has been named as the “Humanitarian Bank of the year 2014” for the role it continues to play in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).The honor was bestowed upon UBA by the International Learning Institute (ILI) and its subsidiary, Gender International Magazine Publication and Resource Center, at the Champions of the Year Annual Award 2014. The ceremony was held last Saturday at a local resort in Monrovia.Several personalities, institutions and groups were also honored for their outstanding contribution to the fight against the virus.“We are very grateful to be awarding UBA as the Humanitarian Bank of the Year, for standing by the Liberian people. This bank donated over US$400,000 to the national taskforce through the President, and also provided some logistics to enhance government’s efforts.”We have nothing to give you, UBA, but to recognize you in this public manner for your contributions. Only our good Lord will repay you for this generosity,” Chief organizer Mildred Dean said.UBA’s head of corporate communication and Services, Douglas M. V Jones, who received the award, noted that all of their contributions were not intended to win an award, but to demonstrate their corporate social responsibility to the government and the Liberian people.Mr. Jones said Ebola, like other natural disasters and pestilences, has no boundary, and as such, it was of more necessity for everyone, including UBA, to rally around government to defeat the virus.He noted that the bank began to get involved in the fight when its chairman, Tony Elumelu, decided to make donations to the three Ebola hot-spots, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, during the heat of the outbreak.“That was the time for us to do something to save the lives of our brothers and sisters that were dying on a daily basis,” he said.Mr. Jones noted that the bank was compelled to act because it was not only after banking profits but also the responsibility to look after humanity.“When the bank flourishes in good times, it should also be able to stand up in bad times and this is exactly what UBA was doing.”He also disclosed that UBA and the government have reached an agreement known as, ‘Social Corporate Compact.’ The agreement is to help in the post Ebola reconstruction process. The bank is wholeheartedly waiting to help in whatever way it is needed, he declared.UBA in November 2014 made an additional donation of US$300,000 to the Government of Liberia to help in the Ebola fight. This came after the UBA and its chairman had previously made several donations to the government and the National Taskforce.In September 2014, the bank also made an initial donation of a pick-up truck as logistical support to government’s efforts and promised to keep observing the situation and make additional donations when it became expedient.In her response, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf termed the donation as reinforcement of good partnership between Liberia, the UBA and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which she further described as “long standing partnership benefiting all sides.”She praised UBA’s strong commitment to Liberia’s recovery and assured the bank that its interventions in Liberia, especially in the Ebola fight, had had a great impact on Liberians.She reminded UBA’s top management of the post-Ebola reconstruction era as financial institutions partnering with Liberia will greatly be needed in this direction.UBA Liberia, which is a subsidiary of UBA Plc in Nigeria, was incorporated as a private limited liability company in October 10, 2006. Upon the formal launch of its first branch on Bushrod Island, the bank promised quality and professional services as well as a robust roll-out of branches throughout the country.UBA obtained its banking license from the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) in July 2008. The chairman of the group is Tony Elumelu, who runs the group from its headquarters in Nigeria.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Three new 6E models offer upgraded comfort, convenience, and valueJohn Deere adds the 6E Series Tractors to the 6 Family Tractor lineup, which features enhanced performance, added versatility and greater value to the existing family of high-horsepower utility tractors.The design on the new 6E Series initially began with upgrading the pre-existing 6D line. “We took a solid, simple workhorse in the 6D and made it even better with upgrades, like easier operating functions,” says Kory Ross, product marketing manager for John Deere. “We improved it and added so much value that we felt it earned a whole new name – the 6E Series.”The 6E Series Tractors offer essentials in an economical package, including comfort and visibility for the operator, more transmission options that deliver smooth and consistent operation, and new stackable SCVs. The three 6E Series Tractors range from 105, 120, and 135 horsepower, helping to get work done quickly and efficiently.In addition, an optional air seat with a new 15-degree swivel adds comfort and improved rear visibility for those long days in the field. Tractors in the 6E Series are perfect for handling jobs around beef or dairy farms, and commercial or governmental jobs, such as roadside mowing or snow removal.“The 6E Series improves producers’ cost of operation by saving money on fluid costs and maintenance, thanks in part to the PowerTech engine’s reduced fluid consumption,” adds Ross. “The 6E Series saves fluid by handling regeneration automatically while working, which when combined with reduced fluid consumption can add up to $2,000 per year of savings when matched to comparable models on the market.”Two PowrReverser transmissions are available for 6E Series tractors:A 24/12 Hi/Lo option gives operators eleven working speeds in the 5- to 13-mile-per-hour haying range, allowing drivers to shift on-the-go to match changing field conditions.The standard 12/12 transmission gives operators six working speeds in the haying range.In addition to the improved transmission options, the 6Es are loaded with plenty of features, including simplified operating functions. For example, producers can engage the new Electrohydraulic MFWD switch in just two seconds now that the control has been moved onto the right-hand console. A bright new LCD instrument cluster design ensures easier viewing in daylight, dusk or darkness while a new sunshade reduces heat and glare from the sun for improved operator comfort.Convenient attachment features add even more value to the 6E Series. With a 5-minute mount time, the H Series loaders are the perfect fit for 6E models, reducing installation time so operators can get to the job more quickly.“The 6E Series gives producers a line of economical and easy-to-operate tractors,” adds Ross. “Combine that with value-added versatility and you’ve got the same performance, reliability and comfort that producers have come to expect from John Deere.”To learn more about the 6E Series tractors, see your John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/Ag. The 6E models will be available in November.
The Shiv Sena on Monday took a swipe at its one-time ally, the BJP, over the “paltry” financial assistance announced by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to the farmers affected by unseasonal rains.Mr. Koshyari had on Saturday granted relief of ₹8,000 per hectare up to two hectares for agricultural Kharif crops and ₹18,000 per hectare up to two hectares for horticulture/perennial crops. In an editorial in the party mouthpiece “Saamana”, the Sena said the BJP, which is in power at the Centre, left the affected farmers in the state “disappointed” with the “meagre” relief.“Farmers in Maharashtra were expecting the governor would announce a major relief package for them. But the ₹8,000 per hectare aid for kharif crops and ₹12,000 for horticulture plantation is very less,” the editorial said. The Sena has demanded a compensation of ₹25,000 per hectare for the Kharif (summer) crops destroyed due to the double whammy of the unseasonal rains and delayed retreat of south-west monsoon in October.Interestingly, the NCP and the Congress with whom the Sena is trying to form a coalition government in the state, had termed the assistance “meagre” too and demanded it be raised to at least ₹25,000 crore. Maharashtra has been under President’s Rule since November 12, as no political party could form a government in the wake of a fractured mandate in the assembly polls that failed to elect a clear winner.“State BJP president Chandrakant Patil admitted that the announced amount was very low, but does it (the BJP) have courage to condemn the same and stand behind farmers? There is a difference between what BJP leaders are saying and their actual action,” it said. Farmers in Marathwada and North Maharashtra regions were worst affected by the unseasonal rains.“The State is under Central Rule at present. Farmers from more than 350 tehsils were expecting some concrete measures from the governor and the Union government like allocation of a revised financial support, but they were left disappointed,” the Sena said. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party further said that crops over approximately 94 lakh hectares were damaged, affecting more than one crore people directly dependent on agriculture.“If crop insurance companies refuse to assess the damage then it would further worsen the situation of farmers because they would not be able to get any compensation,” Sena said. The saffron party has been aggressively demanding that insurance companies expedite the process to pay compensation to the rain-hit farmers.“Untimely rains also affected fishermen who need to be compensated accordingly,” the Sena demanded. The then Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, had on November 2 approved ₹10,000 crore as a special assistance for affected farmers. The Sena feared a cascading effect on sowing of Rabi (winter) crops if the farmers are not paid adequate compensation immediately. Measures like a complete loan waiver for farmers were reportedly discussed ahead of finalising the draft Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had last week visited the affected farmers in Vidarbha region in east Maharashtra.
“We were beaten on all the things, all the ingredients you need, added to the talent. There is no place you can hide on the pitch.”United is where it was when Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December — sixth place.ARSENAL SETBACKUnited’s loss meant Arsenal still ended Sunday in fourth place, two points ahead of Solskjaer’s side despite the north London club’s 10-match winning league home run ending.After Christian Benteke netted his first goal in 20 games in the 17th minute, Mesut Ozil did level for Arsenal at the start of the second half.But Benteke set up Wilfried Zaha to restore Palace’s lead in the 61st before James McArthur headed in the visitors’ third.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the 77th but Arsenal couldn’t find two more goals to extend its 10-match winning league run at home.“It was very frustrating, because it was a big opportunity,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. “But we’ve had plenty of big opportunities before today, plenty of key moments that give us the opportunity to achieve our first target, to play in the Champions League next year.”That could still be secured by winning the Europa League with Arsenal facing Valencia in the semifinals. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “Man United was in that moment obviously in a much better moment,” Klopp said. “We’ll see what comes out on Wednesday. We have no influence on that, but we still have to play games after that.”For Arsenal, the challenge in its remaining four matches is sealing a top-four finish to qualify for the Champions League. That mission was hampered by a 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace that left Unai Emery’s side in fourth place but only ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and a point behind Tottenham.LIVERPOOL RECORDLiverpool’s breakthrough against relegation-threatened Cardiff only came in the second half — the sixth successive league game which Liverpool has won by scoring a winner after the break.Georginio Wijnaldum met Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner at the near post in the 57th minute.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Everton’s Lucas Digne, left, celebrates scoring against Manchester United with teammate Seamus Coleman during the English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 21, 2019. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LONDON — Before returning to the top of the Premier League, Liverpool got to savor a Manchester United humiliation.Now, unusually, Liverpool needs a swift recovery by its great rival after United’s despair at being routed 4-0 by Everton on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-year English title drought could hinge on a big favor from sixth-place United when it hosts Manchester City on Wednesday.After beating Cardiff 2-0 on Sunday, Liverpool is two points ahead of City with three games remaining. But Pep Guardiola’s champions have a game in hand over Liverpool so defending the title is still under their control — unless they fail to beat United.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“If you are only motivated by winning the holy grail then something is wrong with you,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “We enjoy the ride together with our fans.”How his team could do with United holding City to a 0-0 draw just as it did when Liverpool visited Old Trafford in February. 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Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Neymar returns as PSG celebrates title with 3-1 home win Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The boys decided the routine for the first goal in the dressing room at halftime,” Klopp said. “We had different routines but the players decided and I love that.”Liverpool was disrupted by losing Fabinho following a clash of heads and Milner was sent on to play what proved to be a decisive role.Milner netted from the penalty spot in the 81st minute after Sean Morrison grappled Mohamed Salah, who fell to the ground.“Morrison used his hands four or five times and (referee) Martin Atkinson took his time but eventually gave a penalty,” Klopp said.Liverpool now has a club-record 88 Premier League points, beating the 86 managed in the 2008-09 season. But there’s still a first championship crown since 1990 to secure.Cardiff’s mission is staying in the Premier League and the south Wales side remains in the last relegation place — three points from safety with three games remaining.UNITED COLLAPSEOle Gunnar Solskjaer apologized to fans after United lost for the sixth time in eight matches in all competitions — a spell that includes the manager’s caretaker position being turned into a permanent job on a three-year contract.Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored before the break, and Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott added to United’s pain with further goals in the second half.“We have got to apologize to the fans because they were absolutely fantastic and that performance is not good enough for a Man United team,” Solskjaer said. “All the way from me to the players, we know that we let the fans down, we let the club down. That performance is difficult to describe because it is so bad. 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