China-Liberia Relations in a New Era

first_imgOutgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said since he commenced his tour of duty in Liberia, the bilateral relationship between the two countries has steadily progressed, and has entered a new stage.Ambassador Jianhua: “I’m very proud to say that since I came here, significant progress has been made in the development of our friendship and cooperation. We have further proven ourselves as steadfast and reliable partners bilaterally and internationally. As a result, the relationship between our two countries has entered a new period.”The outgoing Chinese Ambassador spoke on Tuesday, December 3, at a farewell reception held in honor of him at the Chinese Embassy in Monrovia. He said Chinese grants to Liberia improve steadily under his tenure.He indicated that politically, the two countries have strengthened mutual trust and the Liberian government is firmly adhering to the One China policy, while at the same time, the Chinese government is firmly supporting Liberia’s peace and stability.He indicated: “Two years and eight months have passed since I came as Chinese Ambassador to Liberia in April 2011. During my tour of duty, I have received generous and valuable support and assistance from the Government of Liberia, the Liberian people, and from diplomatic corps and international organizations, to whom I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude.“The two countries have maintained the momentum of high level visits and frequent exchanges. Since 2003, China has been supporting the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) with the presence of its troops in the country and other technical support,” he said.Economically, Amb. Jianhua noted that the two countries are becoming more closely connected. “The volume of trade between Liberia and China has been among the top five among Western and Central African countries in the past several years. As Liberia is becoming more attractive, more Chinese entrepreneurs are coming to do business and invest in Liberia,” he explained.However, both countries are simultaneously working on four cardinal projects expected to positively improve the conditions of Liberians, especially the young people, and as well cement the relationship between both countries. The projects are the Ministerial Complex, two Legislative Annexes, the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex renovation and the expansion of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).Ambassador Jianhua said that to finance these projects, grants from the Chinese government will amount to over US$100 million. He said that these projects are taking place in the country through the initiative of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.“Madam President, it is you who initiated these big projects for the Liberian government and people, both countries need to work even harder to make sure that these projects will be completed and handed over to you. In addition to these big projects, the Chinese government has been financing some technical projects as well,” the Ambassador declared.He furthered, “Under your leadership Madam President, Liberia has come a long way. Over the past 10 years, through the relentless efforts of the Liberian government and people, and with the help of the international community, Liberia has maintained peace and stability. It has also made tremendous economic and social progress. I’m fortunate to have witnessed the great achievements Liberia has made on the path of development and transformation.”Making statement, President Sirleaf said Liberia was fortunate several years ago to re-activate its diplomatic relationship with the People’s Republic of China; a relationship Liberia has benefited and continues to benefit from tremendously.She said that Ambassador Jianhua was very instrumental in ensuring that the major projects that China is undertaking in Liberia are approved and funded by his government. She lauded the outgoing Chinese Ambassador for his tireless efforts in contributing to the reconstruction and transformation of the country.President Sirleaf noted that China has been very instrumental in helping Liberia recover from its brain-drain resulting from the civil crisis. China has provided numerous scholarships to young Liberian professionals, some of whom are contributing meaningfully to the country.Meanwhile, several government officials including Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, and several members of the Cabinet and members of the diplomatic corps were in attendance at the farewell reception.The doyen (most senior man in the group) of the diplomatic corps, Guinean Ambassador, Abdullah Dore, US Ambassador, Deborah Malac, and several other ambassadors were present.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

County close to disaster-ready

first_img “The probability of such an event is remote – one in 5,000 years,” Perett said. The second most likely threat is a multilocation “dirty bomb” attack by terrorists, resulting in mass casualties. To plug the gaps in the county’s disaster plans and be ready in case one of these scenarios occurs, Perett recommended that the county establish emergency service coordinators to address gaps in unincorporated areas and work with volunteer and nonprofit organizations to help disabled people in a disaster. She also suggested that the county develop alternative warning systems, including sirens, increase training for mass casualty and quarantine planning, develop medication supply and distribution plans, and work with utility companies to develop coordinated plans. Perett intends to submit a plan to the board in 60 days for its approval. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Perett’s department conducted a self-examination with key departments, posing 138 questions asking about their readiness levels. Based on that, officials identified weaknesses. Perett prepared the report in response to a request the supervisors made in September after devastation along the Gulf Coast on whether the county has a proper disaster-response plan. “This report pointed out some major gaps in our plans,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said. “Unincorporated areas is a major gap, and what our communications system will be when TV and radios don’t work. We also need to look at mental health access and how people will get their medications.” Perett said she consulted with Lucy Jones at the U.S. Geological Survey and sheriff’s Lt. J.R. Coffman at the county’s Terrorism Early Warning group to identify the most plausible threats facing the county. The most likely is a major earthquake on the Puente Hills blind-thrust fault beneath Los Angeles, which could cause up to $252 billion in damage and claim up to 18,000 lives. Los Angeles County might be one of the country’s better-prepared places to handle a catastrophe the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina, but it has 11 major gaps in its disaster plans, officials said Tuesday. Constance Perett, director of the Office of Emergency Management, told the county Board of Supervisors there is a lack of preparation to help the 1 million residents who live in unincorporated areas and people with disabilities and other special needs. Perett also said officials need to develop plans on how to handle mass evacuations, create sirens or other warning systems in the event television and radio signals are knocked out, and provide supplies of medications and psychotropic drugs to residents unable to obtain their medicines. “The good news is we are probably the best-prepared county anywhere in the nation,” Perett said. “We were the poster child for disasters in the 1990s. But that doesn’t mean we are perfect and there isn’t more work to do. Everyone watched the horrific chain of events after Hurricane Katrina.” last_img read more

Hyundai Venue receives over 17,000 bookings

first_imgHyundai Venue is the talk of the town at the moment. The compact SUV was launched in India on May 21 at an ex-showroom price of Rs 6.50 lakh. The popularity of Venue can be measured from the fact that Hyundai has received bookings for more than 17,000 units of the new vehicle.Hyundai Venue bookings started on May 2 and on the very first day, over 2,000 units of the compact SUV were booked.”With over 17,000 bookings and over 80,000 interest to purchase, Hyundai Venue gets a clear and positive verdict from the Indian customers as the most desired SUV in its segment,” the company said in a statement on May 24.Hyundai Venue will compete against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Mahindra XUV300. The company will also expect the new compact SUV to be as successful as Creta in a highly competitive segment.Hyundai Motor India has also claimed that it has witnessed highest ever footfall at many of its dealerships across India.Hyundai Venue is priced between Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and Rs 11.10 lakh (ex-showroom, India). It gets features like dark chrome front grille, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, projector fog lamps, LED tail lamps with a crystal effect, roof rails, shark finn antenna and diamond cut alloy wheels. Inside the cabin there are features like three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, 20.32-cm touchscreen AVNT with HD display, wireless phone charger, air purifier, cruise control and electric sunroof.With regard to the powertrain, there are three options. There is a new 1.0-litre Kappa T-GDI petrol engine that delivers 120 PS and 172 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, with an option for a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Then there is the 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine that makes 83 PS and 115 Nm of torque and offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Besides, there is a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine that produces 90 PS and 220 Nm of torque and comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox.advertisement”Hyundai Venue is the talk of the town as our dealerships are witnessing highest-ever traction and footfalls. We are overwhelmed with the response as customers are spending maximum time inside the cabin experiencing the new technology and connectivity features. Hyundai Venue is paving the path of future and connected mobility solutions in India and we further thank our customers for choosing a happy life with Venue,” Hyundai Motor India Nation Sales Head Vikas Jain said.ALSO READ | Top 5 bikes in India under Rs 50,000: Hero Splendor PRO, TVS Sport, Bajaj Platina 100 and moreALSO READ | Honda Activa 5G, CB Shine limited editions launched in IndiaALSO READ | 2019 TVS Apache RR 310 with RT Slipper Clutch launched at Rs 2.27 lakh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is first ownerlast_img read more