Liberian Muslims, like their counterparts around world, yesterday ended the annual fast of their Holy Month of Ramadan, by offering prayers for peace and solidarity among Liberians. They gathered at their various mosques and centers in and around the country early Wednesday to offer prayers to Allah.Speaking to reporters, the Chairman of the Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheikh Omaru Kamara, called on Liberian Muslims to aid the government in protecting its citizens from violent extremism that is threatening peace and security around the world.Sheikh Kamara called on Liberian Muslims to resist violence as a means to solving problems, but rather promote peace, in order to move the country forward.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in an Executive Mansion release, thanked Liberian Muslims for fasting for peace during the Ramadan. She called on Liberian Muslims to join other Liberians in praying for peace in Liberia.The President further stated that all religions practiced in Liberia have major roles to play in promoting peace and unity, especially following the drawdown of the United Nation’s Mission in Liberia.Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim Lunar Calendar. During the month long fast, Muslims are required to show kindness to others, including non-Muslims, and other living creatures. They abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs (including sex and smoking). Meanwhile, several non-Muslim Liberians identified with the Muslim community celebrating the end of Ramadan. Bong County District #3 Representative, George S. Mulbah, presented several bags of rice to the Muslim Community in Bong County. Former lawmaker Kuku Y. Dorbor also presented several bags of rice to the Muslim community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
3 November 2005Canada is willing to share its Geographic Information System (GIS) expertise with South Africa.Canadian high commissioner Sandelle Scrimshaw told delegates from both countries at a GIS seminar in Pretoria on Wednesday that her country had amassed skills in research, development and technology and was willing to share with the rest of the continent.“We are keen to share these with South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world,” she said, adding that Canada viewed South Africa as a strategic partner for science and technology on the continent.“I know that our companies are also willing to collaborate with their African counterparts,” she said.Strategic partnershipDelegates met at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria to explore potential areas of co-operation in science and technology between the two countries.Earth observation and geosciences constitute strategic priorities for South Africa and play a crucial role in informing policy and decision making.GIS is a system that manages, analyses, and disseminates geographic knowledge.Throughout AfricaCanadian Director for Natural Resources Martin Aube said they had already embarked on earth science activities in other African countries such as Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique and Senegal.He said his country was also supporting African countries to address environmental challenges such as natural resource management and environmental impact assessment.General Director for the Canadian Space Agency Paul Engel said they used space to monitor areas at risk for malaria and other diseases.Space policySpace Affairs Advisor for the Department of Trade and Industry Mothibi Ramusi said South Africa was currently developing a space policy.He said there is a satellite centre at the Hartebeespoort that could help the country in terms of disaster management.Ramusi said Africa faced challenges of poverty and climate change and that the information and analysis GIS provided could help the continent to deal with these issues.He said that access to satellite data at an affordable rate was a problem. “Other challenges [are getting] operating licence and hardware costs as well as availability of basic information such as statistics,” he said.Monitoring toolHowever, Ramusi acknowledged that earth observation had societal benefits in terms of monitoring service delivery, especially in South Africa.“In South Africa, government is embarking on service delivery programmes so earth observation can be used as a monitoring tool in this regard,” he said.Ramusi recommended that the co-operation between South Africa and Canada focus on exchange programmes of domain experts and well as exposure to technological development relating to GIS.Source: BuaNews
Russian broadcaster CTC Media has appointed former Goldman Sachs managing director Lorenzo Grabau as member and co-chairman of CTC’s board, effective of the close of its annual general meeting (AGM) on April 30. Grabau, who is also non-executive member of the board of Modern Times Group (MTG), CTC’s largest shareholder, will replace Hans-Holger Albrecht, who resigns as of the end of the AGM.Albrecht, formerly the chief executive of MTG, will focus on his current role as president and CEO of Millicom International Cellular. MTG Russia and Telcrest Investments – another major shareholder in CTC- agreed Grabau’s appointment.At the same time, CTC said it was nominating Dmitry Lebedev and Werner Klatter for re-election to its board at the AGM. MTG Russia has also designated MTG president and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann be elected as director. Mathias Hermansson will not stand for re-election to the board.
BBC Radio 1 now has more than 2 million subscribers to its YouTube channel, and more than 2 million followers on Twitter and Facebook, the BBC Trust revealed as part of a radio service review.The review by the BBC’s governing body, which relates to BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and Asian Network, called for BBC radio to “continue to develop its online strategy” and said it should engage on a regular basis with the UK music sector and commercial radio.“As the current definition of ‘new’ music is becoming invalid, the BBC should work with the music industry to find a more appropriate way to define new music on BBC radio,” according to the Trust.The review claimed that BBC Radio 1’s own website is used by around 2.5 million unique browsers each week. Though this is the highest of all the BBC’s network radio stations, it has not grown over the last few, the Trust added.In late 2014, Radio1 launched a branded space on the BBC’s TV iPlayer, marking an extension of its existing online presence.
Bruno CattanCanal+ Overseas will broadcast a new package of digital terrestrial TV (DTT) channels in French-speaking Africa, starting from the end of 2015.The Canal+ subsidiary will transmit the new pay TV offering of channels to DTT transmitters in approximately ten French-speaking countries.The service is due to launch by the end of the year will comprise a basic package of 25 channels and a selection of national channels per country.“Digital switchover is a unique opportunity for Africa and its broadcasting landscape. It opens the door to new channels with improved image quality and more locally produced programmes that better meet viewer expectations,” said Bruno Cattan, technology and web director of Canal+ Overseas.“We wanted to seize this opportunity and will use Eutelsat’s powerful African satellite resources to launch a television service that will enable a large number of households on the continent to enjoy the best that television can offer.”Canal+ Overseas has leased a 72MHz transponder on the Eutelsat 3B satellite to deliver the Canal+ channel offering.Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s deputy CEO and chief commercial and development officer said: “Satellite technology is a natural ally for DTT roll-out in the countries targeted by our partner, as the reach we deliver can feed terrestrial networks spread over a huge landmass.”“This contract with Canal+ Overseas also cements a longstanding partnership with Canal+ with whom we have been collaborating in Poland and French overseas territories for over 20 years.”