Robertsport Highway, Feeder Roads in Deplorable State

first_imgIn spite of its close proximity to the nation’s capital Monrovia, travelers to Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County should plan to double the time it takes to get there because of the very deplorable condition of the highway and feeder roads in the county.In an encounter with potholes on the Robertsport highway last Wednesday, it was observed that most of the highway was a huge challenge for vehicle movement.United Nations, medical aid agencies, private sector transport providers and small business Liberians continue to endure severe hardships due to the deplorable conditions on several parts of the highway in Grand Cape Mount County.Accordingly, a 30-minute drive road stretch now takes one hour and fifteen minutes, owing to the bad road condition.Commercial drivers, private car owners, UN aid agencies, non-governmental organizations and even users of government vehicles encounter serious challenges to their vehicles.Regrettably, with the rapid spread of the deadly Ebola virus Disease (EVD) in some parts of Grand Cape Mount County, fear has gripped public and private service providers, who often see on the bad highways vehicles marked National Ebola Task Force stranded in some deep potholes, with critically needed anti-Ebola materials intended for some of the county’s infected districts.Some residents and businesspeople told the Daily Observer that even several feeder (farm-to-market) roads are in very deplorable conditions, posing more suffering for farmers and small business Liberians residing in villages and towns.UN-Aid Monitor Joe Stewart pointed out that swift intervention should be carried out during the current Dry Season in the county in order to enhance the smooth and unhindered movement of goods and services in Robertsport.Mr. Stewart also stressed the need to place serious priority on the rehabilitation of farm to market roads that are in deplorable sin order to enhance the conveyance of locally produced commodities for the urban markets.Another aid agency staff, David B. Clarence, intimated that the Robertsport highway must be given urgent attention during the course of the current Dry Season in the country.Businesswoman Meata B. Dennis told the Daily Observer that owing to the deplorable condition of the Robertsport highway, commercial drivers are hiking transport fares to  the detriment of the vulnerable business community of Robertsport.“I’m only doing business now because I don’t want to sit down idle and business contacts may be lost during this Ebola crisis in Liberia,” Mrs. Dennis lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MSF-run ELWA-3 Discharges 509th Patient Who Recovered from Ebola

first_imgFor the 509th time an Ebola survivor has left ELWA 3, the Ebola treatment center managed by the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Monrovia.  A 13-year-old boy was driven home by an MSF vehicle on Thursday, February 19, to be reunited with his big sister and two younger brothers.“He has been our only confirmed patient for the past few weeks. The entire medical team was caring for him,” said Gloria Lougon, head nurse at ELWA 3. “All our energy and determination was put into helping this boy fight the virus and recover.”As the young patient is a football lover, the team organized the screening of a legendary football game (Brazil – Germany at the world cup 2014). Three days later his blood sample finally tested Ebola-negative, meaning the kid could be brought home.Before leaving ELWA 3, the last survivor left his tiny handprint on the walls to remind everyone an important message: yes, it is possible to beat Ebola.The little boy couldn’t be reached for comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TOTAL Ordered to Pay over US$10M Damages

first_imgTotal-Liberia, one of the leading suppliers of petroleum products in Liberia, was last Friday found guilty by the Civil Law Court, at the Temple of Justice for damages as a result of breach of contract.The court also ordred Total to pay US$10,475,626,60 as loan interest and other damages suffered  by Princess Transport Incorporated.There was an arrangement for the transport company to import 14 tanker trucks to be manufactured and designed according to the specification of Total-Liberia.The company as a result secured a loan of US$3.75m from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) to import the trucks.In addtion  to his US$10,475,626,60 ruling, Judge Johannes Zlahn held Total liable to pay the cost of the procedings.In his break-down of the US$10,475,626,60, Judge Zlahn said “US$5,650,858.60 represents loan and interest, US$165,233.60 also represents unjustifiable deductions for alleged shortages.” He continued, “US$12,459.65 represents unwarranted two percent royalty deduction from plaintiff, Princess Transport Incoprorated; US$29,760 represents unwarranted deduction from the transport company.”Judge Zlahn added, “US$45,900 represents debt not incurred by the plaintiff and US$65,516.51 represents illegal deduction from the plaintiff on account of defendant’s employees shortages.” Out of the US$10,475,626,60, Judge Zlahn clarified that US$4,500,000 was for general damages against Total-Liberia.The case began in 2012, when lawyers representing Princess Transport Incorporated (PTI), among other things, alleged that based on the request of Total-Liberia,  PTI imported 14 tanker trucks.Unfortunately, the transport company alleged that Total took more than four months to deploy the vehicles into its fleet after they arrived into the country, which cost PTI to lose substantial income. Besides,  the transport company contended  that up to the present, the loan has accumulated interest in the amount of US$5,650,858.60 and out of the 14 trucks, Total deployed eight.They said between 2011 and 2012, the defendant deducted and retained two percent on all income generated from their trucks, which totalled US$12,459.65.PTI said Total deducted US$45,900 from its earnings on account of another company, Spirnner Corporation, inconsistent with the agreement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bruins almost zoned out

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – The failure to attack a zone with zest surfaced again and a big-time deficit existed again, but so did UCLA’s most enduring quality – poise. On the verge of losing to what may become the worst team in Pac-10 Conference history, the Bruins finally found their defensive prowess and offensive aggression Thursday night. It took an 18-2 run late in the second half and perfect free-throw shooting in the final minute before the fifth-ranked Bruins survived to reclaim sole possession of first place with a 67-61 defeat of hapless Arizona State in front of 8,071 at Wells Fargo Arena. Arron Afflalo led UCLA (22-3, 11-2 Pac 10) with 24 points and Darren Collison returned from a one-game absence with a left shoulder injury to score 18. The rest of the Bruins, however, combined for just 25 points, and power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who played with blurred vision after being elbow in the right eye in the first half, was scoreless for the first time in his career. Indeed, moving a half game ahead of Washington State (22-4, 11-3) in the league standings proved to be much more trying for a UCLA squad that continues to show offensive flaws against zone defenses. “We’re not hitting the high post sometimes when we’re open,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “We’re hesitant and tentative, at times, to do that. We can’t be like that. “We have to be not afraid to make mistakes against the zone. It’s like we’re playing on our heels a little bit, and you can’t play like that. You have to play aggressive at both ends.” The Bruins won, but that it took such a rally to beat Arizona State is reason for concern. The Sun Devils (6-19, 0-14) have now lost 15 games in a row and are on pace to become the first team to finish Pac-10 play without a win. center_img The Sun Devils already matched the worst start by a team since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1978-79, and they can be the first to fall to 0-15 with a loss Sunday to USC. The fact UCLA trailed 49-39 after Antwi Atuahene’s lay-in with 10:58 to play was alarming. “We weren’t particularly playing great defense and we have to do a little bit better job of how we attack the zone,” Afflalo said. “(Defense) is supposed to be our M.O. We have to get rid of those lapses. I can’t pinpoint it for you, but it’s getting pretty late in the season, and (it is) an important part of the season where we’re playing for something. We need to focus.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Romney to appear at fundraiser

first_imgVALENCIA – Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will stop Friday in Valencia for a private $2,300-a-plate breakfast and photo op. The Republican governor from Massachusetts is on a campaign swing through Southern California and will greet supporters at 7 a.m. at the Valencia home of Jill and Ray Carlson. Leading the list of event chairmen are U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and his wife, Patricia. Among the host committee members are local attorney Hunt Braly, auto dealers Cheri and Don Fleming, businessman John Hoskinson and developer Larry Rasmussen and his wife, Peggy. Tickets are $2,300 per person for breakfast and attendance at a VIP photo reception – or $1,000 for just the meal. Romney’s campaign office did not return phone calls Tuesday seeking information about the fundraiser. Romney, who opposed a 2002 election-financing reform law authored by rival Republican John McCain, raised $21 million in the first quarter and began the second quarter with nearly $12 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wenger left ‘stunned’ by Pulis’ Crystal Palace departure

first_img1 Kitson says Tony Pulis despised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger has said he was “complete surprised” when he heard of Tony Pulis’ departure as Crystal Palace boss just days ahead of the opening day of the Premier League season.The Eagles’ plans for the new campaign, which starts at Arsenal in Saturday’s late kick-off, have been thrown into disarray after Pulis left the Selhurst Park club late on Thursday.The Welshman was named the top flight’s manager of the year last term, having guided the Eagles from the bottom of the table to relegation survival following his appointment last November.And following Palace’s 11th-place finish, Wenger revealed there had been no indications of any issues when he caught up with Pulis at a pre-season Premier League managers’ meeting at the start of the week.“It was a complete surprise to me and what kind of consequence that will have on Crystal Palace, I don’t know,” said Wenger, who is the longest serving manager in the top flight.“The only thing I can say is that he’s done a remarkable job last season and he made a miracle. I don’t really know why he left, but it took me by surprise.“I have never seen that [a manager leave so close to start of season] before, so you can always be surprised.“I was at a managers’ meeting on Monday with Tony Pulis and nothing indicated that he would not be here [on Saturday afternoon].”Wenger added: “Maybe Tony Pulis was the manager of the season last year because he took the maximum out of his team during the period he was there – that is the real job of the manager.”last_img read more

Fan violence mars Euro 2016 build-up – Two England supporters arrested

first_img French police watch on as England fans gather outside a pub in Marseille Two English football fans have been arrested after French police used tear gas to break up an apparent clash with locals in Marseille.One England supporter suffered a head injury in the brawl after being hit across the face with a wooden chair.It was a sad affair which has marred the build-up to Euro 2016, on the eve of the tournament opener as hosts France play Romania on Friday evening.Footage of the incident showed men hurling chairs, a brutal fist fight outside a McDonald’s and chanting England fans surrounded by police officers with dogs.A clip posted on Twitter apparently showed the aftermath of the disorder as shop workers swept a street strewn with broken glass.According to reports some England fans were heard chanting: “Isis, where are you?”Gendarmes clad in riot gear and accompanied by dogs were deployed on the streets of the southern city after trouble flared outside a pub shortly before midnight on Thursday.Police said one of the fans was arrested for assaulting a barman and the other for violent disorder. According to reports local “ultras” descended on the pub, but this has not been confirmed.Supporters have travelled to Marseille ahead of England’s game with Russia on Saturday.The clash took place outside the Queen Victoria pub in the Old Port district after English fans set up camp there.By Friday morning, the only evidence of the incident was a few tear gas canisters lying on the floor alongside dozens of plastic cups.Ambulances were seen arriving after police carrying riot shields moved in to separate the two groups and tear gas was used to clear the area.Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation which runs the fans embassy in Marseille, said he believed the locals turned up with the intention of provoking the English fans.“There’s not huge numbers of England fans in town yet, probably the biggest congregation anywhere was outside this pub,” he said.“People were drinking and having a bit of a sing-song all day, the French police were very relaxed, letting them get on with it.“It was all fine until, our understanding is, a group of around 30 to 40 locals turned up, I think with the intention of provoking the England fans to see if they could get a rise out of them.“In those circumstances it’s the police’s job to prevent a confrontation and they used French methods to do so, which we’re not particularly used to.“They used tear gas, which is a little bit indiscriminate for my liking, but it did the job and the problems were over. There were a couple of arrests of English fans as they responded to that provocation.”He said: “The police have confirmed that version of events. I understand one England fan has been treated in hospital for a head injury which apparently isn’t serious, and there have been two English arrests.”Mr Miles said he did not believe the incident set the tone for the rest of the tournament but was just ten minutes at the end of the night after people had spent the day enjoying themselves.He said: “In a city like Marseille, where it has its own domestic social problems, particularly with the youth culture who see the arrival of lots of foreigners singing on their streets as a provocation to them, which clearly it isn’t, it’s just people coming to enjoy themselves.”Thousands more England fans are expected to arrive in the historic port city before the game on Saturday, with the tournament kicking off tonight as the hosts France play Romania. 1last_img read more

COMMENT: MAVERICKS TRADITIONAL BARBERSHOP – ‘THE ONLY SHOW IN TOWN’

first_imgFEATURES: Mavericks Traditional Barbershop had now been opened 3 months, so I decided to call in to see how they were getting on!When I went in there was a warm atmosphere, with 4 barbers hard at work. They certainly looked like they were well on their way of achieving their goals of becoming a successful business.Within their first 3 months in business Mavericks had to recruit another 2 barbers to double their work force to meet the footfall their service is attracting.Since opening Mavericks Traditional has both captured the imagination and more importantly, met the demands of the gentlemen of Donegal.What I found impressive was, everything Mavericks promised at the start, they are now delivering consistently to every customer. Top quality customer service, enjoyable environment, free beverages and above all a well finished hair cut and shave to the customer’s specifications.When asked about the business to date, John said: “We really hit the ground running, everyone loves the style of the shop, they love the location and the availability of parking.“I have been very fortunate not only to have a fantastic barber in Darwyn, but also to get two great barbers to come on board Noel and Ronan.“All three of them truly understand the quality of cut and the experience that I want to deliver to the client and they deliver each time without fail. And fortunate for me they are great guys to work with as well.“Already I’m very proud of the team. It was important to get the two lads on board as we were happy with the service we were providing but at times we were not comfortable about the length of the queues.“Thankfully now we are always on top of the queues and the wait time is never long. “All barbers were busy at the time so I asked a customer what brings him to Mavericks.Michael Boyle from Old Town said, “This is my fourth time in Mavericks, I just love it!“I now look forward to getting my haircut, but above all it’s great to finally have a barbers in Letterkenny where you can get your hair cut the way you want it cut, not the way the barber decides to cut it and all of the barbers here are capable of delivering that.“It’s refreshing to say the least and for what you get with your standard haircut its really good value too! I’d definitely recommend this place to anyone. Mavericks barbershop is located at Lower Main street at the junction of Larkins Lane, there is always parking available and they are opened Monday to Saturday.These guys really are the only show in town…..COMMENT: MAVERICKS TRADITIONAL BARBERSHOP – ‘THE ONLY SHOW IN TOWN’ was last modified: September 28th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR TOP MODEL SARAH AS SHE PLANS LONDON MOVE

first_imgDonegal’s Sarah Kennedy confirmed that she plans to embark on a professional modelling career after coming runner-up in last night’s Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model.The 23-year-old from Portnoo said “Modelling is 100 per cent what I have wanted to do for a long time, it’s just never happened.”Sarah now plans to move to London with her boyfriend. Sarah has not yet signed with any modelling agencies, but said she is excited to start her new career.She took to Twitter last night to thank her faithful fans after the shocking result:“Thank you to each and every one of you for all your support over the past 13 weeks,I am now going to live my dream 🙂 Londons calling me! Xx”Sarah made it through 13 weeks of gruelling photo shoots on the show, one of those being underwater. She lost out to Lauren Lambert in the tense finale on Sky Living last night. She is the first Irish girl to ever reach the final.FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR TOP MODEL SARAH AS SHE PLANS LONDON MOVE was last modified: September 6th, 2013 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:bintmmodelSarah Kennedylast_img read more

€1,589,050 EXTRA FUNDING FOR DONEGAL ROADS

first_imgAn additional €1,589,050 has been announced for local roads in Donegal.The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, and Minister of State, Michael Ring TD, announced an additional €100 million investment in Transport, Tourism and Sport, over €1.5million of which will go to Donegal.This will bring the overall spend in this area to €1.07 billion.Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the extra funding.“Since the economic collapse, there has been underinvestment in roads and public transport. With the economy recovering, there is now scope to increase funding and to reinvest.“Our roads are vital in attracting investment and in supporting businesses in every part of the country. In order to keep the roads in good condition, €34 million nationally will go towards maintenance and strengthening national, regional and local roads and €1,589,050 of this will go directly to Donegal.“As part of this €100 million fund €60 million will go towards public transport and €4.2 million will be allocated to tourism related projects, including further development of Ireland’s Ancient East corridor and the Wild Atlantic Way.“The final €800,000 of this allocation will go towards the National Indoor Arena to accelerate the delivery of this world class facility for our athletes at the National Sports Campus.“As we build on the progress we have been making in recent years, more people are returning to work and our tourism industries are continuing to grow. This is all very positive. However, these developments are putting a greater demand on our public transport and on our road networks. This additional funding of almost €1.6million is very much welcome in ensuring we maintain high quality road networks and transport in Donegal which supports thousands of jobs across the country.”€1,589,050 EXTRA FUNDING FOR DONEGAL ROADS was last modified: July 17th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalfundingROADSlast_img read more