Bombers blast Lakers en route to Kootenay Soccer Zone title

first_imgEarlier in the day LVR blasted Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar 6-0 to claim the three-team, round robin tournament.Bekka Schrader led the Bomber charge against the Lakers with three goals while Morag Paterson, Abbie Bouchier-Willans, Erica Augsten and senior defender Brittany Wheeler added singles.In the opening game against the Rockers, senior Andrea Stinson scored twice along with Paterson. Chloe Kuch and Keegan Paterson each scored single goals.Keeper Kat Garbula was her steady self in goal to register two shutouts.The Bombers travel to represent the Kootenay Zone May 31 to June 2 in Kamloops.The tournament is hosted by Sahali Secondary and played at McArthur Island Park. The L.V. Rogers Bombers are off to the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships.A day after the Bomber boys captured the Kootenay High School Rugby Zone title, the girls did the same — also in convincing fashion.The Bombers routed David Thompson Lakers from Invermere 7-0 en route to the zone crown Thursday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.last_img read more

700 career wins for Venus

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP): Venus Williams earned the 700th victory of her career yesterday by beating German qualifier Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of Wuhan Open. Williams is a seven-time major champion who won her last Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2008. Defending champion Petra Kvitova also advanced, beating Daria Gavrilova of Russia 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Kvitova will next face 15th-seeded Roberta Vinci in the third round. Earlier, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova beat a top-20 player for only the third time in her career when she defeated fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6). Schmiedlova will next meet Kristina Mladenovic, who beat 14th-seeded Madison Keys of the United States 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. Ana Ivanovic advanced with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Madison Brengle. The ninth-seeded Ivanovic has only dropped seven games in two matches. Also, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland retired from her match against Camila Giorgi of Italy with a left leg injury. Bencic, who was coming off a loss to Agnieszka Radwanska in the Tokyo Pan Pacific final on Sunday, retired after dropping the first set 6-2. Victoria Azarenka also limped off and retired after she was broken in the second set by Johanna Konta and was trailing 6-4, 1-0 in her third round match. In the final match of the day, top-seeded Simona Halep beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1. In other matches, sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-4, 2-6, 6-2; 12th-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine beat Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-4, 6-2; and Coco Vandeweghe of United States beat Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6).last_img read more

1 dead, baby feared drowned in Sophia accident

first_imgOne man is dead and a baby feared drowned after the car in which they were travelling on Dennis Street, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, plunged into a trench.The dead man is yet to be identified and the search continues for the missing baby.According to eyewitnesses, two men were travelling in a motorcar when the driver lost control sending the vehicle into a nearby trench.Guyana Times was told that in no time, the vehicle was completely immersed in the trench. Public spirited persons, who witnessed the incident, plunged into the trench and attempted to rescue the passengers. After a brief struggle with the doors of the car, they managed to free the men, who both appeared to be unconscious.Shortly after, suspicion began to brew about a third passenger being trapped in the vehicle. Rescuers rushed back into the water to locate the body of what was believed to be that of a baby.However, in a video that surfaced on social media, persons could be heard shouting that they could not find the child.Meanwhile, when this publication visited the Georgetown Public Hospital where those pulled from the car were taken, it was confirmed that one of the men was pronounced dead on arrival.A subsequent visit to the scene revealed that the car had already been removed from the trench, with persons informing that they had not discovered a third body. The Police are investigating.last_img read more

Protesters leave Rocky Mountain Fort camp

first_imgWhile the protesters comply with the orders of the injunction and leave the camp many called home for months, Boon said this doesn’t mean the ‘no’ side of Site C is backing down.“It’s frustrating, but it’s not the end by any means,” he said, adding that he feels there are big benefits for taxpayers and ratepayers for Site C to be delayed and ‘reviewed properly.’Spokesperson Dave Conway with BC Hydro said on Tuesday the power utilities has the legal right to proceed with construction of the project, and that’s what the judge decided on Monday.“We’re hopeful that individuals that are at the Rocky Mountain Fort area will respect the decision of the court and leave the area so that work can proceed safely,” Conway said.Advertisement As the camp finishes packing up and heading home, BC Hydro’s job fairs are finishing their northern B.C. route in Fort Nelson. The northern rockies will be hosting a job fair today for prospective workers to apply for jobs on the $9-billion project.After the job fair today, Conway expects the number of applicants to exceed 5,000. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Protesters said their emotional goodbyes to the Rocky Mountain Fort camp yesterday, as a court-ordered injunction has required them to pack their things and go.President of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, and one of the defendants in the case, Ken Boon, told Energetic City it was tough to take the camp down.“Being there that long … it’s tough to take it apart,” he said. “But in some ways, I see it as a bit of a victory. We did accomplish some good there.”- Advertisement -The order came into effect on midnight on Tuesday morning, but authorities provided the protesters with some leeway on when they can get the structure out.“It wasn’t going to happen overnight, obviously. They realize we were being cooperative, so it’s beneficial for everybody,” said Boon.RCMP read the orders of the injunction yesterday, which apply to all individuals who occupy on the site. The RCMP has the right to enforce the injunction as it takes effect.Advertisementlast_img read more

ST MICHAEL’S GAA CLUB HOST SUPERB RUNEGAL EVENT – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgThere was a great turnout for the 2015 Runegal in aid of St Michael’s and Pieta House. The earlier start suited the runners and the organisers – especially with the constant downpour that hit Donegal on Saturday! The addition of the 5k provided a good alternative for the new and younger athletes.10k winners were:Male1. Sean Murphy in 36.30 (ten seconds improvement on last year)2. Ronnie Kidd3. Kevin ShielsFemale1. Claire Richardson  52.092. Catherine Reavey3.  Robyn MacIntosh 1st Local  John McClafferty5k winners:Winner   Cameron Jenkins1st lady   Fiona McClellandJuv boy  Max RoartyJuv girl    Aoibhinn McGinleyThanks to all participants for supporting the event and well done to all – it is a challenging 10k and 5k which will not give you a personal best time for the distance but should give you a huge sense of satisfaction for finishing it.Thanks to our sponsors – Harte Insurance for the trophies, Centra, Western Beverages, MCM Group, and the Gleeson group for the refreshments.Thanks for all the support from St. Michael’s – the organising committee, the tea ladies, the marshalls, the route planners, the Guards, the registrars, the gantry collector, the photographer – a great team effort from all which led to a successful and enjoyable day.Keep the date free for next year and get out training – you know you can beat your time! ST MICHAEL’S GAA CLUB HOST SUPERB RUNEGAL EVENT – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: July 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAnewsSportSt Michaelslast_img read more

COASTGUARD WARNING AS YACHTS STAGE DRAMATIC RESCUE ON LOUGH SWILLY

first_imgTHE crew of a motor boat adrift in rough conditions in Lough Swilly are safe and well after a dramatic rescue today.Several Fahan-based yachts spotted the craft in distress off Fort Dunree.It’s thought the motor on the vessel had seized and it was adrift several miles off the coast. Yachts in the area went to the rescue and managed to cast a rope onto the broken motorboat and tow it to safety.Our picture shows the yachts as they arrived with the motorboat behind it close to a beach off Otway Golf Club.Although it is very sunny today, high easterly winds are causing problems along the coast.A Coastguard spokesman warned: “Seas are rough today on our loughs and right around the coast due to the high winds. “The sunny weather can be deceptive and we would warn small crafts to be extremely careful in these conditions.”Met Eireann had earlier issued a small craft warning due to the high winds.  COASTGUARD WARNING AS YACHTS STAGE DRAMATIC RESCUE ON LOUGH SWILLY was last modified: May 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COASTGUARD WARNING AS YACHTS STAGE DRAMATIC RESCUE ON LOUGH SWILLYlast_img read more

Desabre trims Cranes squad

first_img Tags: topUganda Cranesuganda kobs The Uganda Cranes take on Cape Verde next Saturday (file photo)KAMPALA – The Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre released the 25 man final Squad to enter residential camp on Monday at Kabira Country Club in Bukoto ahead of the Total AFCON Qualifier with Cape Verde on Saturday.The head coach left out last year’s league top scorer Daniel Serunkuma who also has four goals on his name this season in the Uganda Premier League.The French man also dropped Viane Sekajugo who is one of the nominated MVP in the Airtel FUFA Awards.Other players left out include Villa Captain Ambrose Kirya, KCCA’s Filbert Obenchan , Vipers’ Left back-Yayo Lutimba  and Onduparka’s goalkeeper-Nicholas Sebwato.The Cranes have also shifted there training base from Lugogo to Namboole as the crunch tie edges closer.In a practice match played on Sunday, the Uganda Cranes defeated the U23 2-0 through the goals of Emmanuel Okwi and Viane Sekajugo.Meanwhile the U23(kobs) squad has been named to face South Sudan in the AFCON U23 Qualifiers on the 14th of November and the second leg on the 20th same month.The Uganda Cranes resume training on Monday while the Kobs are already in camp at Njeru.Uganda Cranes Players named to face CapeVerde.The Cranes Squad that is entering residential camp on Monday:Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns), Jamal Salim (El Meriekh), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC) and Nicholas Sebwato (Onduparaka FC), Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS), Murushid Juuko (Simba SC), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Denis Iguma (Kazma FC), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC), Godfrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs) FC, Isaac Muleme (Haras El Hodood), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe), Hassan Wasswa (El Geish), Khalid Aucho(Church Hill Brothers, India), Ibrahim Saddam Juma (KCCA FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City), Faruku Miya (Gorica ), Moses Waisswa (Vipers Sc), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Emma Okwi (Simba SC), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha) and Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC).The U23 team in camp:Tom Ikara (KCCA FC), Saidi Keni (Proline FC), Mathias Muwanga (Express FC)-(Goalkeepers), Musitafa Mujuzi (Proline Fc), Hassan Musana (KCCA FC), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA FC), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka FC), Ronald Kigongo (URA FC), Paul Patrick Mbowa (URA FC), Geofrey Wasswa(Vipers SC), Lawrence Bukenya (KCCA FC), Bashir Asiku (Vipers SC), Abel Michael Eturude (Onduparaka FC), Julius Poloto (KCCAFC), Shafik Kuchi Kagimu (URA FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), David Owori (S C Villa), Joel Madondo ( K-Jinja SS), Steven Desi Mukwala (Vipers SC), Joseph Junior Ssemujju (Sc Villa ), Ezekiel Duncan Sseninde (Vipers SC), Trevor Semakula (Weerebie City Stars FC, Australia) and Yaya Mahad Kakooza (Tooro United FC).Comments last_img read more

Puppy goes missing after attack in Letterkenny

first_imgAn appeal has been launched to find a little dog who fled after being attacked in Letterkenny today (Thursday).Little Lulu was set upon by a stray while she was being walked near the forest area at Kirkstown, Ballymacool Letterkenny.Lulu’s walker managed to free her from the other dog, but she ran away in fright. Her owners are now searching for her and appealing for help. It is not known if the pup has been injured badly in the attack, which occurred at around 10am.Lulu is a small white Shih Tzu who wears a bow on her head. If anyone finds Lulu, they are asked to take her in and keep her safe and contact her owner immediately.Anyone with information of who has seen Lulu in the Letterkenny area is asked to contact Jamie Foley at 0867302207 or 0866037482. Puppy goes missing after attack in Letterkenny was last modified: November 2nd, 2017 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:attackDOGletterkennyLULUmissingPuplast_img read more

“Tortured for Christ” Illustrates the Dreadful Impact of Bad Ideas

first_imgWas Charles Darwin in any way responsible for the torture of Christians 90 years later?Yesterday (March 5), for its 50th anniversary, the Christian Ministry Voice of the Martyrs premiered its movie Tortured for Christ in theaters across America. The movie is a dramatization of true events in the life of Richard Wurmbrand, a Lutheran pastor imprisoned and tortured for 14 years in communist prisons in Romania in the 1950s. The film crew was allowed to use the actual prison where the events took place: episodes of extreme brutality and unspeakable horror, including vicious beatings, deprivations, hanging upside down while being poked with hot irons, being held in solitary confinement for 3 years, suffering from tuberculosis without treatment and being left to die. And why was Pastor Wurmbrand treated so? Because of his Christian faith. His allegiance to Christ did not allow him to compromise with the Stalinist plan of ‘registered’ churches, which became puppets of the regime, controlled and dominated by the State. His love for the brethren did not allow him to betray them, even when it might have reduced his own beatings and tortures. He watched other prisoners whose fate would be even worse: 25 years or more of imprisonment and torture.Pastor Wurmbrand’s wife Sabrina was also arrested and sent to a hard labor camp for 3 years, the guards leaving her two children behind to fend for themselves. Along with hundreds of other women prisoners, she was forced to move heavy wheelbarrow loads of soil every day in the cold outdoors for a useless canal project. At one point, when she stumbled and fell, the guards mocked her for getting dirty, and threw her into the icy cold river. She barely got out alive as they laughed at her and mocked her faith: ‘Where is your God now to save you?” Throughout their ordeals, Richard and Sabrina shared the love of Christ to the other prisoners and to the guards. How could gentle, innocent people be treated this way?As Russian communists swept into Romania in 1948, they brought with them the ideology that had turned the Soviet Union into a house of horrors. Atheism became the state religion. The contrast between the Christians and the communists, as revealed in the film, cannot be overstated. Communism turned men into monsters. At one point during his beatings, Wurmbrand cries out to the guard, “Have you no pity for a fellow human being?” The guard laughs, explaining that since there is no God, there is no good or evil. He felt liberated, he said, to express all the evil in his heart. His ideology led him to rather enjoy the power he could exercise over other men, knowing there would be no consequences. At another point, when a guard rails on Wurmbrand for being caught in prayer again, telling it was useless to pray to his imaginary God, he shouted (paraphrased), “Your wife is a prisoner, your children are without help, you will not get out of here alive; what are you praying for?” The guard’s look of rage and consternation at Wurmbrand’s answer illustrates the contrast of ideologies: “I was praying for you.”Wurmbrand certainly would have died unknown after spending more years in the dark, damp prison, had not a prisoner swap allowed him and Sabrina and their son to emigrate to America. Shortly afterward, Wurmbrand wrote, in tears mixed with Sabrina’s tears, his best seller, Tortured for Christ. Until this book, most Americans had no idea what was going on behind the Iron Curtain. He founded Jesus to the Communist World to help rouse awareness and support for the persecuted church behind the Iron Curtain. The organization was later renamed Voice of the Martyrs. Today, VOM continues the mission, helping persecuted Christians in 68 countries including North Korea, where unimaginable tortures under communism continue to this day under guards who have lost any sense of pity or human dignity, and where atheism, relying on Darwinism, remains the state religion.In the opening moments of the movie, three names are revealed that led to these events: Darwin, Nietzsche, and Marx. Since Nietzsche was a Darwinian, and Marx looked to Darwin for the scientific justification for his views, the fingers of history point to the remaining one man who pushed the domino that started a chain reaction reaching to the horrors of that Romanian prison. That one man was Charles Darwin. Was there ever a more dramatic illustration of the proverb, “Ideas have consequences”?In this commentary, I want to ask if Darwin can be held responsible for what happened to the Christians behind the Iron Curtain. I also want to pre-empt some of the objections. You can already hear angry atheists in your mind’s ear, complaining that the Bible endorsed slavery and genocide, or that Darwin himself, a Victorian gentleman, would have been horrified at what happened to Richard Wurmbrand. Others will say that torture and imprisonment are as old as humanity, and were committed by all kinds of regimes, including religious ones. Christians, in fact, tortured people in the Inquisition, committed holy wars, and enslaved people. It is completely unfair, they will object, to accuse Darwin for these atrocities. Well, is it? When is the founder of an ideology responsible for ‘unintended consequences’ of an idea?I would say that it depends on the idea, and the purpose for which it was promoted. Consider, for instance, Oppenheimer’s response to witnessing the first nuclear blast under the Manhattan Project. He was appalled at what they created, saying, “Now we are all sons of bitches.” Was he responsible for the nuclear standoff in the world today, and for the deaths and sufferings of the Japanese victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? No; he was obeying orders under the President’s plan to end the most destructive war in human history. The Allies’ strategic calculations had mercy as their goal, fighting fire with greater fire, to put out the fires of war lit by evil regimes, so that they could no longer spread their terror around the world. (Incidentally, the Axis powers had their ideological roots in Darwinism.)Is torture ever justified? Many would say no. Others would allow it in extreme circumstances. Consider a hypothetical case where a mad scientist makes a doomsday machine that will obliterate all life on the planet, and only he knows the secret code to deactivate the machine. If there were a chance he would confess under torture, would it be justified in that case? What about the American practice of waterboarding of terrorists that led to information that prevented attacks that would have killed many people? Americans are understandably divided about the question, and we offer no position. The important point is the reason for the debate: to save innocent lives against a great evil. The object is mercy for the greatest number.What about historic atrocities justified by perpetrators on Biblical grounds (e.g., the Inquisition)? The Apostle Paul admonished his student Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). The Bible can be twisted and misused. Distorting God’s word has been a plague on the people of God throughout history. One needs to follow the flow of revelation in context and in its entirety to understand God’s will and the proper application to new questions. Cults fail to do that, drawing on proof-texts to justify deviant doctrines. Who could get torture out of the Sermon on the Mount (love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you) or the love chapter of I Corinthians 13? The faith chapter of Hebrews 11 shows the people of God through history enduring torture, not perpetrating it. You don’t get an Inquisition from the teachings of Jesus. Indeed, its victims were often the true heroes of the faith who wished to spread the message of God’s love against a corrupt, powerful religious institution that had strayed far from the Word of God. The Bible’s greatest ideal is the balance of love and truth. We decry the abuses of the Bible that have been used to justify great evils, but argue that the Bible itself is the greatest force for mercy and justice that the world has ever seen. The ongoing work of Voice of the Martyrs is a good example.What about Charles Darwin’s responsibility? Atheists, Darwinians and materialists will undoubtedly express outrage at the suggestion that he was in any way responsible for the tortures in that Romanian prison that occurred well after his death. Darwin was a gentleman who opposed slavery and even gave money to merciful causes. By all accounts, he was mild and well mannered, with many friends. He can’t be blamed for what happened after his ‘scientific’ theory about biology any more than Jesus can be blamed for the Inquisition and cults, right?This is where the content of the message makes all the difference! When asked by an honest inquirer, Jesus summed up the “Greatest Commandment” as twofold: “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind”, and (“like unto it,” i.e., of similar importance), to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:36-40). Jesus followed up by saying, “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets,” meaning that the entire revelation of God flows from those principles. These commandments provide a measuring rod for all lower issues. It would be a huge strain to rationalize any evil practice from these principles. Maybe for the case of the doomsday machine, but little else. That’s why Richard Wurmbrand loved his fellow Christ followers too much to betray them, and paid a high cost in his own pain. That’s why he preached to other prisoners about the love of God, knowing he would be beaten for it. That’s why he prayed for his enemies. It’s impossible to imagine Wurmbrand treating the guards the same way they treated him as long as he followed Jesus’ commandments.Now consider Darwin’s message. It wasn’t simply a biological theory. It wasn’t limited to the origin of species, like finches on the Galapagos. It represented a major change to the Western concept of the world. Instead of love, Darwin offered selfishness. Instead of mercy, Darwin exalted ambition. Instead of humility, Darwin offered pride (survival of the ‘fittest’). Instead of truth, Darwin offered meaninglessness. Instead of purpose, Darwin offered happenstance. Instead of human exceptionalism, Darwin presented animal instinct. In place of scientific integrity, Darwin excused imaginative storytelling. Instead of responsibility, Darwin offered determinism. Instead of fixed morality, Darwin offered evolving social behaviors.It would be hard to find two ideologies more completely opposite at every level than the teachings of Jesus and the teachings of Darwin. When you consider the inherent propensity for evil in Darwin’s message—the exaltation of meaningless, selfish, unguided pursuit of “fitness” (whatever that is), it really doesn’t matter how “nice” Charlie was as a Victorian gentleman. He served up a dish of poison that contained in its very molecular structure the seeds of terror. The content of ideas matter to the downstream consequences. When Christians show mercy and love, they are acting in line with the teachings of Jesus rightly understood. When torturers in a Romanian prison beat Wurmbrand senselessly with no remorse, they were acting in line with the teachings of Charles Darwin. That guard shown in the movie was perfectly justified, given his dependence on Darwinian understanding of the world, to exercise raw power over his victims, inflicting as much pain as he could, for his own pleasure. Why? Because as Darwin taught, there was no God as Creator. Hence there was no such thing as good and evil, and there would be no consequences for his evil actions. So was Charles Darwin responsible for the torture of Christians in communist prisons? Look at it this way. What would you think of someone who served poisoned fruit to people, and then said, “It’s not my fault they got sick”? Darwin was warned what his ideas might produce. His geology professor, Adam Sedgwick, after reading the Origin, warned Darwin that his theory, which obliterated man’s moral nature, would produce dire consequences. He said, “humanity, in my mind, would suffer a damage that might brutalize it, and sink the human race into a lower grade of degradation than any into which it has fallen since its written records tell us of its history.” (Visited 749 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Africa to set up business network

first_img18 May 2015Global and African chief executive officers will launch an exclusive continental business network for Africa’s regional infrastructure development on 1 June, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa.WEF on Africa takes place in Cape Town from 3 to 5 June.Infrastructure is Africa’s top priority, according to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), one of the drivers of the Continental Business Network. With low levels of intra-regional economic exchange and the smallest share of global trade, Africa is the least integrated continent in the world.Nepad says infrastructure inefficiencies are costing Africa billions of dollars annually and are stunting growth. Bridging the gap in infrastructure is thus vital for economic advancement and sustainable development. However, this can only be achieved through regional and continental co-operation and solution finding.The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (Pida), sponsored by the African Union Commission, Nepad Agency, African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and regional economic communities, is Africa’s solution. It will work through building mutually beneficial infrastructure and strengthening the ability of countries to trade and establish regional value chains for increased competitiveness.In June 2014, under the leadership of Senegalese President Macky Sall, the chairman of the Nepad Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee, the Dakar Financing Summit for Africa’s Infrastructure delivered a robust and upbeat declaration, the Dakar Agenda for Action. It unpacks how the continent’s public sector will partner with the private sector and development players to ensure financing and investment for 16 key Pida regional infrastructure projects.The Dakar Agenda for Action outlines concrete actions and measures towards financing for Africa’s infrastructure development.The private sector and African policy makers also recognised that the lack of capacity and funds in project preparation combined with a weak involvement of the private sector were the main issues causing bottlenecks to Pida implementation.As an outcome of the Dakar summit, the Nepad Agency and the Pida stakeholders have taken the lead in addressing these challenges by launching the Continental Business Network.The network is an exclusive infrastructure investment advisory platform for African leaders, providing thought leadership and engagement on a range of strategic issues such as policy, investment risk ratings, project structuring and specifically the existing constraints to the implementation of Pida projects.The network will comprise leading African and global business and finance bodies as well as regional and international organisations.Source: Nepadlast_img read more