Commerce Min. Eyes ‘Water Taxis’ for Commuters

first_imgCommerce and Industry Minister Axel Addy has proposed water taxis system that will help ease the transportation constraints that Liberians face in getting to their various destinations in the capital and its environs daily.Speaking during a press stakeout at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monday, July 6, Min. Addy said that his wish for easing transportation woes of the population was that, by December this year, there would be water taxis on the Montserrado River Bay.“From the Caldwell Bridge to Montserrado Bay and from behind Matadi Estate area to the Montserrado Bay,” his dream is to see water taxis plying those routes. Both of these routes will converge on the waterfront alongside Slipway Community in Monrovia, according to Min. Addy.He told the Dutch delegation leader, Minister Lilianne Ploumen, who stood alongside him in the stakeout, that they had come to Liberia at a time when others were leaving Liberia because of the Ebola crisis. According to him, the health crisis has devastated the economy and has impacted negatively the lives of Liberians.Before speaking to reporters, Minister Addy did a power-point presentation in the C. Cecil Dennis Hall of the Ministry. The presentation, according to him, was a joint effort of a team comprising members from Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Commerce. The other entity part of the formulation was the National Investment Commission (NIC).He told the Dutch delegation that prior to 2014, the nation projected a GDP of over 8 percent. He listed some of Liberia’s major products to include rubber, cassava and iron ore. He, however, stated that the nation looks forward to explore other avenues.For her part, the Netherlands Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Lilianne Ploumen, who is leading the 30-plus Dutch entrepreneurs, stated that her investors have not come to Liberia for “quick wins. They are here for a long term commitment to the people and to invest in the economy of Liberia.” She further stated that they want to invest and become a part of the economic growth of Liberia.“As you mentioned, Mr. Minister, Liberia is opened for business; business that will foster inclusive economic growth,” she stated.She disclosed that the companies whose representatives came along are engaged in roads and infrastructure, health, agriculture, information technology sector, etc. Madam Ploumen also stated that the companies will invest in Liberia and will provide on-the-job training for young Liberians.She concluded by listing four key areas for cooperation between Liberia and the Netherlands: “One is the recently announced public-private partnership for infrastructure development support drive.” She disclosed that this was not initially opened to Liberia but she has now opened it to the country.In the second area, she said they have created a Dutch Cooperative Fund for small and medium enterprises, which will provide capital for these businesses.“We have opened up a scholarship to Liberia for its young people; and the fourth area that I have to mention is that, during my conversation that I had with my colleagues and with Madam President [Ellen Johnson Sirleaf], is that for Liberia to join in our ‘Addis Tax Initiative.’”According to her, this initiative, which will be presented at a conference in Addis, Ababa next week, will help to invest more in capacity building for developing countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DICE confirms Battlefield 4 set in modern day

first_imgWith the release of Battlefield 3 $5.99 at Amazon , DICE introduced its new Frostbite 2 game engine and brought the series bang up-to-date with its modern day setting. With Battlefield 2 getting its final new release in 2006, gamers wouldn’t be that surprised to wait a few more years for Battlefield 4 to arrive. That’s not the case, however, and you will be able to play the new game next year.Battlefield 4 was announced in July without any real detail being divulged. However, with the Game Developer Conference in Europe running this week, DICE has decided to release some small slither of new details.It has been confirmed that Battlefield 4 will take place in the same modern day setting as BF3, and it will not take 6 years to get it ready to ship. Karl Magnus Troedsson, general manager at DICE, stated that they expect a much quicker turnaround mainly because gamers want more Battlefield as soon as possible. They also aren’t developing another new engine for BF4 to use, which saves years on development time.The decision to stick with a modern day setting is because DICE believe they can do a lot more with it, and this could be where the series stays for a number of releases. I doubt many will complain about that.DICE must also be looking at the success Activision has had with the Call of Duty series, which manages a release a new title each year and sells millions with every iteration. DICE and EA clearly both want the same from the Battlefield series, even if they don’t deliver every 12 months.If you’re a Battlefield fan, then the good news is you will be able to play Battlefield 4 next year. However, EA will be forcing you to purchase another game in order to gain access. The beta will be limited to gamers who pre-order and purchase the Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition, which launches on October 23.The most surprising thing about that limited beta access is it doesn’t seem to include gamers who signed up to the Battlefield Premium service. Surely they need some beta love, too?For the time being it seems Battlefield: Bad Company games have taken a backseat, but Troedsson said we shouldn’t rule out another Bad Company game appearing at some point in the future. For now the focus is on the main series, though.Read more at Joystiqlast_img read more