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first_imgDeputy Minister for Sports, G. Andy QuamieWith less than six days to the official kickoff of the 2018/2019 National Country Sports Meet, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister G. Andy Quamie says preparation for this year’s sporting festival is well on course.The National County Sports Meet, which is the country’s biggest sporting festival, is expected to begin on Sunday, December 16, 2018 with the official kick off scheduled to take place in Sanniquellie, Nimba County.This year’s event is being sponsored by Orange Liberia under the theme: “Celebrating 15 years of Peace”According to Minister Quamie, 60 sets of jerseys branded and customized with the Orange emblem have been provided to the 15 participating counties ahead of the official kickoff. The Deputy Minister made the statement yesterday when he appeared as guest on a local radio show.Early November, the Ministry of Youth and Sports along with the County Meet’s official sponsor, Orange Liberia, promised to make the 2018 edition of the event ‘the biggest in Liberian history’.Minister Quamie added that basketball has been re-introduced in the tournament while women’s football will, for the first time, be introduced as well, as a test case during the quarterfinals stage of the event.The preliminary rounds of the tournament will simultaneously be played at four venues across the country. Group I contains host Nimba, Sinoe, Montserrado and Gbarpolu counties.Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh will host Maryland and Grand Bassa counties in Group II; in Group III Kakata City, Margibi County will host Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, and Grand Kru counties, while Group IV comprises host Bomi, with Bong, River Gee, and River Cess counties.Eight counties will progress to the quarterfinals and come to Monrovia on January 5, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. The grand final will be played on Sunday, January 13, while the third place match will be played on Saturday, January 12, 2019.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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first_imgDonegal businesses and representatives on a trade mission in the US have been eagerly promoting the North West as a prime place for investment.A delegation from Ireland North West told a packed conference room of Boston businesspeople that they are ready to do business with them thanks to our local talent and skills base, our competitive operating costs, advanced telecommunications infrastructure and excellent education and business linkages.The delegation is jointly led by the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey and Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock, along with officers from both Councils. The group travelled to Massachusetts this week along with 17 local businesses and participating organisations such as Udaras na Gaeltachta, Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the North West Regional College, to promote the region for investment. Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock and Cllr. Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council meeting the Irish Consulate General Fionnuala Quinlan at a breakfast meeting at UMass Building hosted by Enterprise Ireland.Following a breakfast meeting at UMass Building with the Irish Consulate General Fionnuala Quinlan hosted by Enterprise Ireland, the delegation held a North West Showcase where they spoke about the great work the two Councils are doing by collaborating to promote investment in the region.As part of the event the delegation launched their Gateway to Growth video and brochure and the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Terence Slowey spoke of the close working relationship and links between Ireland and the US while the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock both Councils were keen to build on current links that would lead to real and long term business relations.John Kelpie, Chief Executive of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Tim Murray, President of the Worchester Chamber, Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock, Cllr. Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council and Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council.Seamus Neely, CEO with Donegal County Council said there are many reasons why US companies should invest in Ireland NW. Neely said: “Our unique location is our strength, we provide the only UK land border with the Euro zone and we are within two hours drive to two international airports and four regional airports and have access to both EU and UK markets. Our young, well-educated population have a strong worth ethic, and 31% of our school leavers are educated to degree level ensuring they have the right skills for employment. On top of that our young people are hungry and ready for the challenge with a real ‘can do attitude’.”John Kelpie CEO of Derry City and Strabane District Council said that Ireland North West is ranked top 10 economies in the world for ease of doing business and starting a business and has a strong and diverse SME base that reflects the spirit of entrepreneurship.“We are extremely cost competitive offering the lowest prime office rent spaces for as little as 12 dollars per sq.ft compared to 42 dollars in Dublin and 72 dollars in Boston. Our connectivity to international and regional airports, our financial support packages and ongoing aftercare support makes us a highly attractive and competitive location to do business. “While our internationally renowned universities and institutions are key drivers to our technology and knowledge industries. But most of all it’s about our people and the quality of life we have on offer – our rich culture and heritage, breathtaking scenery and fantastic local environment and social offering is truly unique and very special.”He added that he hoped this visit would build on the good work that has been done over the years to develop linkages between the City of Boston and the wider Massachusetts knowledge corridor. Tim Murray, President of the Worchester Chamber welcoming the Northwest delegation to Worchester City and the wider Massachusetts region.Seventeen companies from the digital tech, education, agri-food sectors and creative industries made presentations at the event to showcase their product and business with a clear focus on trying to source business in US export markets.During their visit, the delegation will also attend meetings with businesses, potential investors and key influencers, as well as visit a number of sites such as Harvard and the State House and will participate in the Golden Bridges Conference.For further information visit www.irelandnet.comThe companies travelling as part of the delegation are as follows:GoWalkTalk; Gartan Technologies; Irish Gap Year; Irish Fish Canners; Qubizm; SLM Connect; Consilium Education; SLM Connect; Oideas Gael; Hanna Hats; Kelsius; Sendmode; Modern Democracy; Kinnegar Brewing; Studio Donegal; O’Donnell’s Bakery; Randox; Donegal Socks; O’Neill’s Sportswear.Follow us on twitter @dcsdc @donegalcouncil #IrelandNWMass2016Boston businesspeople hear about the best of the North West was last modified: November 16th, 2016 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:bostonBusinessDonegal County CouncilTradelast_img read more