Monrovia Flood Water Menace Resurfaces

first_imgThe menace of perennial flood water over the weekend resurfaced in several parts of greater Monrovia and its immediate environs as a result of the heavy down pour of rain.The down pour was so heavy that it caused floods into public, private and business entities.Affected residents and business entities’ owners have sounded an urgent SOS appeal to the Liberian Government for the urgent rehabilitation of clogged drainages in greater Monrovia and its environs.Some analysts have said that the weekend flooding is indeed a signal that Monrovia’s inhabitants and business entities should anticipate extensive hardship in the coming months.They said if the heavy pour of rain continues in Monrovia, the devastating effects could intensify hardships of Monrovia’s residents and business entities.The flood water situation is becoming an annual menace in Monrovia and its environs, as every rainy season is characterized by flooding in Monrovia. However, relevant Liberian Government line ministries and agencies charged with the responsibility for Monrovia’s clogged drainages continue to remain silent.Nonetheless, residents and business owners in the weekend’s affected communities have sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government for a swift intervention into the clogged drainage projects in Monrovia.The weekend flooding points to the fact that the situation is indeed critical to the extent that sentiments expressed by the affected communities reflected anger, agony and frustration.“Each and every Rainy Season in Monrovia, we encounter serious environmental degradation, constraints and challenges at our various homes and business entities as a result of the continued water flooding,” resident Mary Greene Bryant cried out.Philip Bestman, who operates a provision shop on Gurley Street, has called on the Liberian Government and other support partners to prioritize the urgent rehabilitation of Monrovia’s drainages.“I would really appreciate it were the Liberian Government and its partners to focus some attention on the critical rehabilitation of the affected clogged drainages of Monrovia and its environs,” Mr. Bestman asserted.Hard hit areas in greater Monrovia and its surroundings include, corners of Gurley, Benson, Lynch, Johnson, Slipway, Waterside streets as well as many lowland parts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Management mantra number 1: “People are more important”

first_imgDear Editor,I joined the management team of Bookers Sugar Estates Ltd when this management mantra was originated by Sir Jock Campbell (later Lord Campbell of Eskan) as head of the Booker Group of Companies which then owned and operated the sugar estates of British Guiana. The essential message is as relevant now as it was then….and I dare say…it will remain pertinent as time goes by.Even as we race into the ‘new age’ world of mechanisation and automation, the essential human element will retain its pre-eminence. Therefore, this must be lesson #1 for all entrants into the field of supervision and management.An interesting anomaly in management is that while practically all managers start their employment as subordinates who like bosses who treat them well and with respect, often, when these same employees become managers, they forget what they wanted from their bosses. The golden rule of ‘doing unto others what you would like done to you’ is sometimes forgotten or ignored……often at one’s own peril!If I were to pick the number one rule for supervisors and managers of people, this would be it by a long shot. I am often amazed at how much time and money organisations spend to train and develop supervisors and managers while ignoring the infinite power of this cost-free lesson!Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

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APM Terminals Partners with GOL in Ebola Fight

first_imgMaterial support to survivors of the Ebola Virus Disease discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit at the ELWA Hospital gained support when Liberian staff members of the APM Terminals Liberia, presented an assorted items, valued at approximately $1, 500.00. (USD)  Making the presentation last Friday, October 3, at the acceptance department at the ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Mr. Thomas G. Goba, Sr APM Terminals’ Liberia Human Resources officer, said their widow’s might is to help survivors who are discharged to face new life. “We know the Liberian government cannot do all,” Goba told ELWA Hospital’s administrator Mrs. F. Kolu Mulbah-Kamah, “and therefore the Liberian staff of APM Terminals decided to make personal contributions towards the fight of the deadly disease.”  Goba added that the staff members are convinced that once Liberians join together in the fight against the deadly disease, success is achievable.  “We want our donation to go to Liberians who have gone through the process and are discharged to return home,” Goba said. Goba expressed appreciation to doctors and health care workers at the ELWA and other health centers in the country for discharging their professional duties, despite the dangers to those infected and otherwise.  The donation included 25 bags of 25kgs United Grain rice, bales of assorted items, 25 liters of argo oil, four boxes of yellow soap, and several cartons of Cloras, among others.  Receiving the items, Mrs. F. Kolu Mulbah-Kamah, commended the APM staff workers for their thoughtful consideration to identify with their brothers and sisters who when they are discharged and are sent home without any such support. “We want to appeal to other Liberians to follow your example,” she said, “what you have done will go a long way to give hope to others.”  APM Terminals Liberia operates the Freeport of Monrovia, handling containerized shipments, with specialized personnel that handle all kinds of cargo such as rice, cement, latex, unitized or palletized cargo, vehicles, frozen products and timber.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New Amsterdam Town Council rakes in 78% of revenue

first_imgThe municipality of New Amsterdam has been able to collect 78 per cent of its budgeted taxes for the year 2018 which represents the highest percentage collected in recent times.For the first time, the municipality has been able to surpass the $50 million mark with $54.3 million in property taxes collected. More significant is the $18 million in interest on outstanding arrears.The New Amsterdam municipality will get tough on persons litteringConstableThe Town’s Treasurer, Kerriann Edwards, related that emphasis was placed on visiting homes to get persons to pay their arrears during the course of last year.However, she noted that on many occasions, they found that no one was occupying the property, and as such, the premises were taken over by thick vegetation. Many of these property owners are currently overseas.The house visits was an initiative aimed at bringing in finances so as to help to return the town to its former state. However, the necessary cooperation from some residents leaves much to be desired, the Council added.But residents have been accusing the municipality of not doing enough, after raising property tax by 100 per cent as from January 1, 2018.The Council, in a desperate move to increase its revenue collection, will be publicising the names of those with significant arrears.According to Officer in Charge of the Town Constabulary, Charles Roberts, the Council will be visiting those persons and having photos taken of their properties published.Officer in Charge of the Town Constabulary, Charles Roberts“I implore upon you to visit the Treasurer’s Department urgently to avoid the inconvenience as it relates to those persons who would have been delinquent as it relates to paying their rates and taxes that is owed to the Council.”The municipality is also taking strong action against persons who park their vehicles in streets blocking the entrances of private property. On that note, Roberts stated that the Council has been receiving numerous complaints and would be acting on those complaints.Meanwhile, the municipality will be adapting a zero-tolerance attitude to illegal vending and littering in the town.“Skid bins have been placed in strategic locations for domestic waste only yet commercial waste is being seen in those bins. We are appealing to those errant business persons to desist and to be warned, since a new initiative is in place.”That initiative, Roberts explained, will see persons being placed before the courts.The Council is encouraging persons to take pictures or video of persons found littering and will reward the photographer.“You can use your phones and take photographs. Those persons ought to be visible in the photograph or a vehicle number visible so that we can police that aspect of it and have those persons arrested. They will be fined and fifty per cent of that fine will be given to the person [who] bring the photograph to the Council,” Roberts explained.The fine for individuals found guilty of littering is $10,000, while businesses will have to pay $100,000.last_img read more

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Phelps sparks PCC

first_img“I always play aggressive,” Phelps said. “I missed a few shots early but got it going as the game went on.” Phelps scored 13 points to go with a game-high 13 rebounds and four steals. Leading 39-27 at halftime, the Lancers came out firing in the second half. Sophomore Jeanine Deno hit a 3-pointer on the Lancers’ opening possession to increase the lead to 15. With 16 minutes remaining in the game, Deno faked a 3-point shot and completed a risky pass through traffic to Phelps under the basket to give PCC a 44-28 lead. “Our team is peaking at just the right time,” Peron said. “We’re playing our best basketball of the season right now.” PASADENA – Second-seeded Pasadena City College started slowly in the second round of the Southern California Regional playoffs Saturday, scoring just four points in the first five minutes. But the Lancers regrouped and rolled to a 75-52 victory over 18th-seeded Cerritos. “I think some of our players were a little nervous about their first playoff game,” Pasadena coach Joe Peron said. “Once we got comfortable, we started running the offense properly.” Freshman Kieisha Phelps helped jump-start PCC’s struggling offense by scoring inside the paint. With the Lancers trailing 13-9 midway through the first half, Phelps made a spin move and cut to the basket for an easy layup. Then, with three minutes remaining in the half, Pasadena’s full-court pressure led to a steal by Phelps, who again scored an easy basket to help PCC open a 33-25 lead. center_img With the victory all but official, Deno hit two 3-pointers in the final two minutes to finish with a game-high 22 points. She needs 63 more to set the team’s all-time scoring record. The victory gave PCC a school-record 32 victories this season. The Lancers will face Ventura in the second round next Saturday. 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

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Mascherano to leave Barca after eight years

first_img“Javier Mascherano is leaving FC Barcelona after seven and a half seasons,” the club said on their website.The five-time European champions did not specify where Mascherano was going, but Barcelona sports paper El Mundo Deportivo reported that he will “this Friday become part of the squad of his new club Hebei China Fortune who are doing their pre-season in Marbella (in southern Spain)”.In December, Sport, another Catalan daily, said that Hebei had reached a deal to sign the Argentina international from Barca for 10 million euros ($12.2 million), conditional on the Spanish club plugging the gap, which they did by signing Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina.Mascherano arrived from Liverpool in August 2010 and won four La Liga titles, four Copas del Rey, two Champions Leagues and two Club World Cups and only scored a single goal from 334 appearances, when his team-mates pushed him to take a penalty during a 7-1 rout of Osasuna in April 2017.Only two non-Spaniards, Lionel Messi and Dani Alves, have played more games for Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Catalan giants said the 33-year-old would be given an official farewell on Wednesday and say goodbye to fans at Thursday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg against Espanyol.BARCELONA, Spain, Jan 23 – Barcelona confirmed on Tuesday that defender Javier Mascherano will leave the club this month, with Spanish media reporting the Argentinian is heading to Hebei China Fortune.The Catalan giants said the 33-year-old would be given an official farewell on Wednesday and say goodbye to fans at Thursday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg against Espanyol.last_img read more

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Major Manchester United blow as Rooney faces TWO MONTHS out

first_img Wayne Rooney Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has suffered a knee ligament injury and is facing up to two months on the sidelines, according to widespread reports.The striker did not travel with the United squad to Denmark for the Europa League qualifier against FC Midtjylland on Thursday night.It was initially thought that Louis van Gaal had decided to leave Rooney behind in order to give the 30-year-old a breather.But it has now emerged that that he injured his knee over the weekend and is set to miss the majority of United’s run-in.If confirmed, it would represent a major blow to United’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four.Van Gaal’s side are currently six points adrift of Manchester City, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.Rooney has started 2016 in good form, scoring seven goals in all competitions since the turn of the year. A lengthy absence would also concern England boss Roy Hodgson ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 finals. 1last_img read more

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Antelope Valley Weekend

first_imgThe local It’s Only Tuesday Productions will present “Jazz It Up,” a tribute to choreographer Bob Fosse, 8 p.m. Jan. 13-14 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $14. Call (661) 723-5950. Palmdale Repertory Theatre presents the Tony-winning comedy-drama “Mornings at Seven,” 8 p.m. Jan. 13, 14, 20, and 21, 2 p.m. Jan. 15 and 22, at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E., Palmdale. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors, students and military personnel. Call (661) 267-5684. “Retro Vacation Slide Show,” culled by Charles Phoenix from garage sales and elsewhere, will be shown at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $15. Call (661) 723-5950. Pianist Jim Wilson will perform with a cinematic multimedia montage, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $20, or $15 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Travelogue on western Canada will be presented, 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa disc jockey Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 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

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DONEGAL’S DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FINALLY RUNS OUT OF STEAM AS DUBLIN MARCH ON

first_imgThe roll of the dice didn’t fall for Donegal at Croke Park this afternoon.Jim McGuinness gambled again with a packed defence hoping to hit Dublin on the break.And for long spells it looked like Donegal had done enough as they eased three points ahead early in the second half. A low-scoring encounter finally went Dublin’s way, strangely after they lost full forward Diarmuid Connolly to a straight red card on 57 minutes.The Dubs managed just two points from play a testament to some tremendous defending especially from Neil Magee who kept Dublin’s ace marksman Bernard Brogan in his pocket for long spells.The game was almost nine minutes old when Colm McFadden treated a packed crowd of 81,436 to the first score, from a free.But it was McFadden’s careless pass which gave Bernard Brogan the opportunity to go one-on-one with ‘keeper Paul Durcan, but the Dublin attacker sent his shot zipping wide at the far post. The Dublin attackers were never allowed an inch of space by a Donegal defence which suffocated its opponents with strength of numbers and intense pressure on the man in possession.But after packing their defence, Donegal also found it difficult to make progress with Colm McFadden doing his best but was constantly snuffed out too easily.Captain Michael Murphy played too deep and constantly found himself losing possession as he tried to chip away at openings.Donegal finished with a couple of excellent points from play, a long distance Kevin Cassidy special and a delightful McFadden slice.It was 0-4 to 0-2 in favour of the Ulster champions at the interval, and they had a glorious goal chance immediately after the restart when McFadden broke clear, but he blazed his shot over the bar. Goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton landed a Dublin free, his ninth score of the championship, but McFadden restored the Ulster champions’ three points advantage with another superb effort from play.Defences were still very much on top, but the introduction of Kevin McManamon was a major plus for Dublin, his strong running exposing some weaknesses in a Donegal rearguard unit which had lost key man Karl Lacey through injury.A Cluxton ’45 had just narrowed the gap to a point when Connolly was sent off for striking out at Marty Boyle, but that setback appeared to lift Pat Gilroy’s side.They pushed on and scored the final three points of the game, McManamon bringing his side level, before Bryan Cullen and Brogan hammered home the final nails. Dublin: S Cluxton (0-2, 1f, 1 ’45), C O’Sullivan, R O’Carroll, M Fitzsimons, J McCarthy, G Brennan, K Nolan, D Bastick, MD Macauley, P Flynn, B Cahill, B Cullen (0-1), A Brogan, D Connolly, B Brogan (0-4, 4f).Subs: P McMahon for O’Carroll, K McManamon (0-1) for Cahill, E O’Gara for McCarthy, E Fennell for Bastick, Ross McCarroll for FlyhbnnDonegal: P Durcan, E McGee, N McGee, F McGlynn, A Thompson, K Lacey, K Cassidy (0-1), R Kavanagh, N Gallagher, M McHugh, D Walsh, R Bradley (0-1), C Toye, M Murphy, C McFadden (0-4, 2f).Subs: M Hegarty for Toye, M Boyle for Lacey, M McElhinney for Hegarty, P McBrearty for WalshReferee: M Deegan (Laois).DONEGAL’S DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FINALLY RUNS OUT OF STEAM AS DUBLIN MARCH ON was last modified: August 28th, 2011 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:donegalDublin All Ireland semi-finallast_img read more

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DDTV VIDEO: RITH 2012 IN DONEGAL – WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

first_imgCONGRATULATIONS to the hundreds of runners who took part in Rith 2012 across County Donegal. Rith 2012 has sent us this video and asked us to share it with our readers.The video covers the run on Day 1 from Gaoth Dobhair to Strabane.Seo blaisín beag de Lá 1, RITH 2012 ag tosnú i nGaoth Dobhair i nGaeltacht Thír Chonaill agus ag críochnú ar an tSrath Bán i gCo. Thír Eoghain. Buíochas le achan nduine a ghlac páirt.  DDTV VIDEO: RITH 2012 IN DONEGAL – WATCH THE VIDEO HERE was last modified: March 12th, 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:DDTV VIDEO: RITH 2012 IN DONEGAL – WATCH THE VIDEO HERElast_img read more

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