The proprietor of Uncle J Foreign Reclining Spot in Kakata City, Margibi County, Jacob Q. Ketteh, has urged Liberians to venture into the business sector for sustainability.In an interview with the Daily Observer recently in Kakata City, Ketteh said Liberia is endowed with numerous resources, among which are agriculture and the business sector that must be tapped by Liberians.Ketteh pointed out that though the business sector is an important and powerful economic force in post conflict Liberia, it continues to face challenges.He outlined several issues, among which include inadequate payment of taxes, corruption and the lack of business skills, among major hurdles that affect Liberian businesses in the country.“As a result, a business can keep a very slow pace of growth because of such limitations, which also include lack of vision and ineffective management,” Ketteh said.He added that the fact that Liberia has made significant strides in building an environment suitable for the business sector to thrive is an indication that with determination a business can grow.He said despite the decline in the prices of iron ore and rubber on the world market, he is presently cultivating rubber on one hundred acres of land in Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two non-government organisations appealed to the public this week to donate clothing and food to help dozens of refugees from war-torn Syria who have flooded into Thessaloniki over the past few weeks.The Association for the Social Support of Youth (ARSIS) has taken in some 70 refugees, mostly single males, in September alone, the Athens-Macedonia News Agency (AMNA) quoted the organisation as saying. Eight of them are minors and have been given accommodation at a municipal shelter, but around 60 of them are sleeping rough on the streets of the northern port city, Arsis said.“They all have letters from the police saying that they were released from custody after being brought to the islands by people-smugglers,” Arsis spokeswoman Sofia Kralidou told AMNA. “Some of them want to apply for asylum after the expiry of the six-month period during which they are allowed to remain in the country, while others want to continue their journey to Germany or Austria.”According to the report, the majority of the 60-odd Syrians sleeping rough are aged between 20 and 30 years old, and are well educated. They have been receiving food from the Praksis soup kitchen, which also provides bathroom and showering facilities.“This large arrival was quite sudden and we are trying to find solutions in order to house and feed them,” said Kralidou, stressing that the coming of winter is making the task especially pressing.Kralidou appealed to the public for blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, scarves, tinned milk and canned goods, as well as clothes and especially shoes for men.“Many of them are going around in sandals,” she said.The NGOs have also appealed to restaurants around central Aristotelous Square, where most of the Syrians bed down for the night, to organize free meals.Source: Ekathimerini.