The Chief Executive Officer of the 175 member strong youth group, Intellectual Progressive Association of Liberia, (IPAL), Christopher Porte has appealed to humanitarian and non-governmental organizations to help IPAL empower communities nationwide.In an interview with the Daily Observer last Wednesday, Porte said IPAL has put together a huge number of young people who are determined to showcase their support to communities nationwide.“We are presently based in Paynesville, Monrovia,” Porte said, “but we have members in communities throughout the country that are prepared to make a difference.”Porte attended the interview with IPAL’s records and documentation officer, James Duma, Jr., public relations officer Selekie Kamara and his assistant Korbee Keller.Porte said IPAL is considering a massive clean-up campaign in Paynesville to ensure a clean society as well as participate in solid waste disposal in the same community.“That is why we are hoping that we can work with organizations that are interested to make use of our manpower to make our community better,” Porte said.Organized in 2013, Porte said IPAL’s membership drive has increased tremendously as young people from all persuasions see the need to bond together for the common good of society.He noted that IPAL has some ambitious future projects including organizing workshops to help young people build healthy lifestyles; organizing workshops to provide professional counseling to those who are disturbed and need a sense of direction for their lives; build research centers in communities around the country to help make Liberian youth computer literate.“We cannot achieve our various objectives if we don’t get support from the government or line agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations,” Porte said.IPAL’s headquarters in Paynesville operates three days a week — Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays — where, among other things, new members are registered and helped to appreciate the spirit of voluntarism that IPAL encourages.Since its founding IPAL has conducted an Ebola Awareness Campaign and a workshop on healthy lifestyles that benefitted over 50 young people, mostly students.The organization is presently run by the contribution of its members and will appreciate financial and material support from businesses that share IPAL’s vision.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In the aftermath of the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), a Daily Observer investigation yesterday established that personnel of the country’s three most important security bodies have not been paid for the past three months.Our sources at the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) said since the soldiers’ take home pay was 70 percent Liberian dollars and 30 percent in United States dollars, their morale have remained halfhearted (weak).“Our pay,” the AFL sources said, “has since been delayed by two to three weeks; but for June, we are yet to receive it, because there is no word from the authorities. Our pay can’t delay except for the months of May and June.”Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP), especially those assigned with the Police Support Unit (PSU), interviewed for this story complained of salary delays, among other things, for three months from April, saying that they have been working without pay. “This kind of thing, coupled with logistical constraints, as experienced by the police has left the authorities in a dilemma. It is killing us, thereby giving rise to criminal activities,” one angry LNP officer, who preferred anonymity for fear of being dismissed, remarked.Contrary to the claim, LNP spokesman Sam Collins told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that there have not been any delays in salary payments to the officers.According to Collins, the true story is that the government introduced a measure whereby all salaries previously paid in U.S. dollars are now being divided into two currencies; that is, 50 percent will be paid in Liberian dollars, and 50 percent in ‘hard currency.’ He said what has caused the seeming delay in salary disbursements is that, “some of our officers did not have Liberian dollar accounts at the banks, so we have to deposit the 50 percent U.S. dollars into their accounts while we wait for them to open their Liberian dollar accounts in order for us to deposit the balance of their salaries in Liberian Dollars. As we speak, we are on the verge of issuing the officers checks in Liberian dollars. Collins added that by this July Liberian dollar accounts would have been opened at the bank for each of the officers. Similarly, the public affairs department of the Ministry of National Defense acknowledged that money for soldiers may be released by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning today, Wednesday.MOD’s Assistant Minister for Public Affairs, David Dahn, told this newspaper via mobile phone that it was always prudent for journalists to contact authorities at the MFDP concerning the military or any of the security sectors, “rather than blowing up the whole thing to the public.” As for soldiers’ morale, “Our soldiers are in high gear knowing full well that UNMIL is no longer in charge of the country’s security, but Liberians themselves, with the soldiers being the backbone to take control of our territorial limits, with porous border points,” Minister Dahn asserted.As for the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), a senior officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, told this newspaper that regarding “salary disparities and delays at the bureau, the Commission has invited all those assigned, but not on payroll, to come down to ‘process their pen.’”Another source from the Commission added: “As we speak, the Commission has recalled an estimated 500 BIN officers previously assigned in the leeward counties, but who are not on payroll, to Monrovia to run after the process.” The BIN situation was recently worsened by some aggrieved officers who began calling the various radio phone-in programs using vulgar language against authorities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…Govt to close Rose Hall, Enmore operationsGovernment has announced plans to close two sugar estates, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as part of a new policy for the sugar industry. This announcement was made by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder on Monday when he presented a white paper on the future of the industry to Parliament. Holder told the National Assembly that by the end of 2017, the Corporation would have three estates and three sugar factories.These estates are: Blairmont on the West Bank of Berbice, Albion-Rose Hall in East Berbice and the Uitvlugt-Wales Estate in West Demerara. The three estates will be complete with factories and will have cane supplied from all locations, according to the Minister.The Agriculture Minister claimed that this process would result in improving the relationship with some cane cutters, estate staff and about 1710 private cane farmers, adding that GuySuCo’s sugar operations will be limited to the Albion-Rose Hall, Blairmont and Uitvlugt-Wales Estates.“Albion and Rose Hall Estates’ cultivation will be amalgamated. This will result in the closure of the Rose Hall factory at the end of 2017. Some lands will be made available for diversification purposes. The Enmore factory will be closed at the end of 2017 when all cane would be harvested. The East Coast Estates would be earmarked for diversification,” Holder added.Shifting his attention to the Skeldon Estate, Holder said plans were in place to have the Estate sold. The funds generated from this would go towards reducing the Corporation’s debt and supporting its capital programmes for both sugar and the diversification initiatives.The Minister believes that these adjustments mean that GuySuCo would be scaled down into an entity that focuses on producing sugar to satisfy the domestic and foreign markets that provide preferential access to local sugar. This entails taking advantage of the opportunity to merge what he described as “better performing lands to operate factories more efficiently”.Reduced productionHolder also revealed plans to cut sugar production to approximately 147,000 tonnes per annum. This, according to him, will satisfy the demand in the local market (25,000 tonnes per annum); Caricom and other regional markets (50,000-60,000 tonnes per annum); the United States (12,500 tonnes per annum) and the world market (50,000 tonnes per annum).“Focus would be on producing for direct consumption value-added sugars and providing electricity to the national grid (co-generation),” he added.Apart from restructuring the estates and factories, GuySuCo also plans to change the State charges for the drainage and irrigation and health services that it provides to the communities.“Recovery of drainage and irrigation charges will be made from the Government of Guyana. GuySuCo, from the inception, has been assisting with the drainage and irrigation of surrounding communities. This has allowed for approximately 40 per cent of GuySuCo’s annual drainage and irrigation costs,” he stated.As part of these changes, Government will allow the Corporation the option to make transferrals to the Government or recovery of costs from the Government. GuySuCo currently operates a number of health centres and dispensaries in the Berbice and Demerara areas.Employment of labourMeanwhile, in addressing the fears of many people working within the industry, Holder affirmed that GuySuCo would retain as many workers as needed for all operations on the merged estates and factories.“Employees are to be leased land by GuySuCo to engage in crops (crop types to be decided by GuySuCo and the Ministry of Agriculture)…GuySuCo also proposes to surrender land for lease to employees for them to engage in agricultural production. The resources that exist under the “Green Economy” and “Regional Food Self-Sufficiency” drive would support their efforts.”A decision was taken last year to close Wales Factory, on the West Bank of Demerara. The operations have since partially been integrated with Uitvlugt Estate’s. However, workers attached to the now defunct estate are still awaiting full payment of severance benefits.A Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into GuySuCo had recommended that the Corporation be privatised within three years. It also recommended that a serious evaluation of all diversification options be conducted to avoid total reliance on sugar for GuySuCo’s revenues.Sugar has remained one of the biggest foreign currency earners, along with rice and gold, in Guyana.
Police have now confirmed that a Grande Prairie woman has died in hospital after being involved in a motorcycle crash over the weekend.Early Saturday evening, the 46-year-old woman was riding on the back of a motorcycle in Grande Prairie when the driver, a 48-year-old male, lost control of the bike while making a turn. The driver, who was also from Grande Prairie, was treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries. – Advertisement -The woman, who was airlifted to Edmonton hospital, succumbed to her injuries Sunday morning.Police have not released the name of the woman pending notification of next of kin.
Creature comforts abound, too. This model featured comfortable leather seats that seemed to have a tad shorter cushion than its bigger Explorer cousin. But they offered plenty of support and positions. You won’t feel cramped, either, in this airline first-class-like space. The back seat is spacious, too. Ford’s official specs say the first row offers 40 inches of head room and the second row (none of this second class, back seat lingo) 39.3 inches. Legroom is a generous 40.7 inches up front and 39.6 inches behind. There is plenty of space to haul stuff, too. The second row holds 69.6 cubic feet of your friends or stuff, and 32.1 cubic feet of space is available for stuff behind them. Push a button on the left side of the cargo area and the rear seats fold down, giving you the ability to cram more cargo into the Edge. Up front, a big video screen dominates the dash within easy reach of driver or passenger, and there is a six-CD changer with a touch screen. The Edge also features a standard auxiliary audio input jack for an iPod or MP3 player. Control buttons are located on the steering wheel, as is one for controlling the fan and temperature. The navigation system is user-friendly, and I was able to program a route to a steakhouse in La Ca ada Flintridge. OK, I knew how to get there but I wanted to see if Edge knew. She did. I chose the route I always take, but it didn’t fool the navigation system. It knew where we were. Another plus: The sound system includes nine speakers and subwoofer. And, an on-board sonar system emits a beep when you get too close to something while backing up, but there’s no camera to offer a peek as to what’s behind. Want to let some sunshine in? The Edge will accommodate. Our model featured a glass roof over the rear seat, two big shade panels and a nice wide and long sun roof. And there was minimal wind blast in the open mode. The Edge didn’t seem short on power, at least on city streets, thanks to a 3.5 liter V-6 engine. It handled the grade from Sunland up to La Ca ada Flintridge without loss of power, but we didn’t get a chance to test it with a load. The all-wheel drive option provides a road-gripping sensation. The car also came loaded with safety features. An anti-lock braking system is standard, along with a stability-control system that senses if the car is about to spin out or tip and then automatically applies countermeasures. Didn’t test those, though. According to the Web site Cnet, “the Edge compares favorably with the Mazda CX-7 and the Subaru B9 Tribeca. But the Edge isn’t as quick as the Tribeca and generally feels like a much heavier vehicle.” (Curb weight is 4,282 pounds.) Yes, Ford’s new entry in the crossover race is nice. Too soon yet to know if it’s going to give the company the edge it’s looking for. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3743 FORD EDGE SEL TOP SPEED: 111 mph ENGINE: 3.5 liter V6 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic SUSPENSION: 4-wheel independent BRAKES: 4-wheel disc with anti-lock system FUEL ECONOMY: 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway PRICE: $25,320 base, $36,360 as tested TRIVIA: Bridges the gap between minivans and truck-based sport utility vehicles. THE MANUAL SAYS: The fuel gauge indicated how much fuel is left in the fuel tank (when the ignition is in the on position.) THE WIFE SAYS: “You’ll never be lonely in this vehicle. She’s always got something to say,” referring to the automated female voice programmed into the navigation system. Source: Daily News research160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Unsolicited comments speak volumes about a product. By that measure, Ford Motor Co. might have a hit with its new Edge crossover vehicle. “It’s really nice, and I never thought I’d say that about a Ford,” exclaimed a co-worker. “This is sweet,” said a commercial real estate broker who currently has a tough commute to work and is in the market for a new car. “I’m definitely going to take one of these on a test drive.” Both smiled as they examined the Edge’s interior. Indeed, there is a lot to like about the Edge, especially the all-wheel drive, fully loaded SEL model we tested. It starts with the edgy design. Ford’s team gave the vehicle a rather short snout accented by a chrome horizontal grill that’s dominated by the traditional, albeit it large, corporate logo. Large doesn’t stop there, though. This model typifies what the crossover breed is all about – the space of an SUV but with a sedan-like ride.
The clubs clash at Wembley for the right to play either quadruple-chasing Manchester City or Brighton in next month’s showpiece final.Ambitious Wolves, bankrolled by the Chinese Fosun International group, were promoted last year after six seasons out of the top flight but they have made a splash since their return, taking 13 points off the big six.Their rise has not been without controversy — a number of clubs last year urged the English Football League (EFL) to investigate the influence at Molineux of Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, who looks after Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.Mendes’s Gestifute agency, whose clients also include the Wolves boss and players Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Ivan Cavaleiro, has flooded the club with talent out of reach of competitors.Watford boss Javi Gracia © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYBut the EFL ruled that the club’s relationship with Mendes, who has no official title at the club, had not breached regulations regarding intermediaries.And only four other Premier League clubs spent less on agents fees than the Midlands club in the past two transfer windows.Wolves this week made another powerful statement of intent, breaking their club transfer record to sign top-scorer Raul Jimenez, who had been on loan from Benfica, for a reported £30 million ($39 million).Wing-back Matt Doherty said the rise of the club has been dizzying.“It’s been unbelievable,” said the Irishman, who was with the club when they were relegated to the third tier of English football in 2013.“You’ve got to remember it’s been a short space of time where this has all happened. It’s not that long ago that we were in League One.“Who would’ve thought we’d be in the semi-final of the FA Cup and seventh in the league — it’s kind of a fairytale, so we’re all very happy with the situation at the moment.”– Wolves history –Wolves are steeped in the history of their famous title-winning sides of the 1950s and are four-time winners of the FA Cup, even if their last success was in 1960.“Everybody knows what it could mean, but we have to play it just like another game, then make it special to make something happen, play the game,” said Nuno.Watford, who were losing finalists in 1984, cannot boast the same historical pedigree but are punching above their weight in a cut-throat league.On Tuesday they beat Fulham to reach 46 points, breaking their record Premier League tally and reaching their best mark in a top-flight campaign since 1986-87 (63).Javi Gracia is the 10th manager at the club since the Pozzo family’s takeover of Watford in 2012, but the Spaniard is the first since Gianfranco Zola six years ago to last more than a season in charge and signed a new deal until 2023 with the Vicarage Road club in November.“Both teams are playing well, getting points and we are both enjoying a good season,” said Gracia, whose team beat Wolves 2-0 in the Premier League earlier this season.“I think it’s a good moment for both teams. We both have good squads, are good teams, and I think it will be a good game. It’s a moment to show what we are able to do. We have to be ready to give 100 percent.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 6 – Wolves and Watford meet in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, seeking silverware to add lustre to a season in which they are both battling to be the “best of the rest” in the Premier League.Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves nestle just below the top six after a second straight win against Manchester United this week, with Watford a point and a place below them in eighth spot.
Andriy Yarmolenko Stoke City have not given up hope of signing Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko.Mark Hughes will have to smash the club’s transfer record to land the £15m-rated Ukraine international, who he missed out on last summer.But that has not put the Welshman off breaking the bank to sign the 25-year-old, who has recently praised Stoke’s footballing style under the ex-Manchester United striker.“We are interested in a lot of players, some of the deals we have thought we had done have fallen by the wayside and others are still ongoing,” Hughes said.“We will see them through to a conclusion, whether or not we make the decision to walk away or the player indicates that we are not going to be the club he chooses.“There are still a number of targets that we are still very much in the mix for and we will see how they progress over the next couple of weeks.“We had targets at the beginning of the window that are still ongoing, we are pleased with the business we have done already, we have got good players in the building but there is always that one player who you think can make a key difference so we will try and pursue that.” 1
The table topping Donegal/Derry Vipers hosted The Galway Warriors in Letterkenny last Sunday and hoped to seal a place in the IAFL2 Bowl Game (Divisional Superbowl). Colaiste Ailigh would be the venue for, what is tipped to be, the biggest game in the club’s history. Ending their debut season with 5 losses and 1 win, it would have been easy to write the men from the 2 counties off. But after their game on Sunday The Vipers proved they were here to stay. After a phenomenal unbeaten start to the season, The Vipers, having won all 3 games, needed 1 more win to set up a final showdown with The Wexford Eagles, another unbeaten team within their division.Nic YoungHaving triumphed over The Razorbacks (27-0), The North Dublin Pirates (26-6) and Sundays opponents The Galway Warriors (24-6), the Vipers were feeling confident going into the game. With the backdrop of a great crowd, a PA system blaring rap and rock music, a commentator and some of the razzmatazz of an NFL game you would see in the States, The Vipers put on a show for the fans.Kyle tackling a Galway playerHaving received the ball on kick-off, The Vipers marched down the field and Tight End, Colm Kelly, caught a slick pass from Vipers QB Nic Young in the back of the end zone.Niall taking down a Galway WarriorAfter the PAT by Gary Melly (1 of his 4 completed that day) The Vipers led 7-0 early in the 1st quarter. The game hit a lull as both teams bedding in and while The Vipers dominated the field thanks to some excellent work by the Vipers Defense, the half ended 7-0. Early in the 3rd The Vipers sprung to life after a H/T team talk with Head Coach Jason Brock. The Vipers have an abundance of talent at the QB position and it was the turn of Daniel Mullan to show his worth as he ran in a 15 yard touchdown.Joe DohertyNot to be outdone, QB Nic Young ran in the short yards to put two another score on the board. Melly once more notched up both PATs and it was 21-0 Vipers.The Vipers defense then set about delighting the crowd. Interceptions from Eamonn Quinn and Daniel Mullan alongside the heavy hits of Line-backers Kyle McAneny, Niall Lyons and Paddy Maguire meant the Vipers would have their 2nd shutout of the season.Nic Young in actionThe Vipers offense and defense locked into gear and with the defense stopping the men from Galway with ease a number of times the Vipers scored 2 more touchdowns.DannyA run up the gut by veteran running back Derm Brown and 40 yard rush by Rookie Chris Tinney saw the game out.Vipers won 34-0 and with that book themselves a place in the IAFL2 Bolw Game against The Wexford Eagles with 2 games to spare!DONEGAL/DERRY VIPERS TO GO THROUGH TO DIVISIONAL SUPERBOWL was last modified: July 13th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:American FootballDonegal-Derry Vipersgalway warriorsletterkenny
3 Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford in the black and white of Juventus on Tuesday night Mourinho is keen to stay at Manchester United for the long-term Their next challenge comes in the form of Italian champions Juventus, who visit Old Trafford in the third game of the Champions League group stages on Tuesday night.Juve remain undefeated both domestically and in Europe this season, but Brown is confident United can continue their rise and claim a shock result against the in-form visitors.“It’s one of those games where the players have to step up,” the five-time Premier League winner said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“With the quality Juventus have, all the players will have to step up.“They will wake up today knowing that, they know what’s at stake. “Mourinho can turn it around,” the former defender added.“He’s so experienced, he’s won lots of trophies and he’s been in these situations before.“At the beginning of the season it did seem it was going a bit wrong, but over the last few weeks it feels like it’s started to change a bit.”Listen back to Wes Brown on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above Saturday’s draw with Chelsea would have felt like a defeat, but it was a much improved performance from United 3 3 Jose Mourinho can turn it around at Manchester United after a poor start to the season, starting with Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Juventus.That’s the verdict from treble winner Wes Brown, who joined talkSPORT on Tuesday ahead of the clash which will see Cristiano Ronaldo welcomed back to Old Trafford.Mourinho’s job was said to be under threat after overseeing United’s worst start to a Premier League campaign in 29 years, with the club currently tenth in the table after nine games.But the Red Devils appear to have responded to the pressure with a comeback victory over Newcastle and 2-2 draw with Chelsea, which they were seconds away from winning, restoring some pride in Manchester. “These nights are special and I’ve played in games where people didn’t think we were going to get anything at Old Trafford.“It’s going to be tough but I know they can do it.”Brown is also confident Mourinho’s vast experience will equip him to turn around his and Manchester United’s fortunes this season after a difficult start both on and off the pitch.The Portuguese recently dismissed links with a surprise return to Real Madrid, insisting he intends to see out his contract at United and would be happy to extend his deal in charge of the Red Devils.
A Dutch film crew got a little more than they bargined for when they went shark-watching off the Donegal coast.A basking shark off InishowenThe team took a trip off Malin Head for some fishing and shark watching with a team of researchers from the Irish Basking Shark Project.Within minutes of entering ‘Shark Waters’ the film makers who document the new lives of Dutch emigrants saw their first shark. Then more and more sharks appeared as the research team set out to deploy the first ever video camera on a basking shark fin.With a few visual placards deployed the team started to prepare for the Fin-Cam deployment when one of the Dutch film crew was given a close encounter with a shark tail.Leaning out over the edge of the RIB ‘Rob’ was exposed to the full might of a basking sharks tail when it was spooked by the boat and dived for cover in deeper waters.Rob recovered quickly from his shock to go onto record some amazing scenes of the worlds second largest fish for their up and coming documentary about life on Inishowen, Co Donegal. The programme will be broadcast in September and a internet link will be available for English language viewers based in Ireland.For more see www.baskingsharks.ieDUTCH FILM CREW LEFT WITH REAL SHARK ‘TAIL’ TO TELL! was last modified: July 25th, 2013 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:Basking SharksInishowen