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MOT to Decentralize Activities

first_imgTransport Minister-designate, Madam Angela Cassell Bush, has said decentralization of the transport sector to three regions including Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh would be one of her priority areas during her tenure as Minister of Transport.According to her Madam Bush, her administration would do the decentralization for efficiency and revenue generation purposes.Appearing before the Senate Committee on Transport Monday, August 11, the Transport Minister-designate disclosed that as part of the country’s development strategy, she intends to fully automate the driver’s license and vehicle registration processes within the Ministry.She noted that her aim is to work with relevant government ministries and agencies to close the gap or the leakages in these processes, reduce fraud and further enhance the revenue generation capacity of the Ministry.Presenting her 180-Action Plan, Madam Bush asserted that the conduct of series of inter-agency reviews to assist them better understand the structural, policy, legal and technical challenges facing the sector.“We will use and build on all existing documentations. We will initiate a scheme for effective coordination amongst agencies within the sector. Along these lines, we will work to activate the national transport policy and strategy implementation steering committee chaired by the Ministry of Transport and co-chaired both GIZ and Ministry of Public Works with the National Port Authority (NPA), National Transit Authority (NTA) Roberts International Airport (RIA) serving as members.“As the sector Minister, we will work with relevant stakeholders to review the status of reconstruction works at the RIA, particularly our airport runaway, in light of the current crisis,” Madam Bush asserted.Within the same period, she assured the legislature of her administration’s desire to focus more energy on soft projects such as the setting up of a one-stop shop, developing policy manuals, strengthening the internal control framework and capacity development.She pledged her commitment to engaging regional and international partners including the Roberts Flight Information Region (RFIR) to ensure audio visual monitoring of airplanes operating in the airspace of the three member countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in strict compliance with regional and international transport policies and regulations.In response, Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff encouraged the nominee to be proactive and must stick to her plans of transformation at the ministry.The Transport Minister’s confirmation report is expected to be read before plenary for possible confirmation or rejection.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Konneh On the Defense

first_imgOutgoing Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh has denied accepting his position in government with the intent of taking things away from Liberia to benefit another country.Speaking on a local radio on Monday, March 28, Minister Konneh, who will take a new position at the World Bank in June, emphasized that his intent is to help build Liberia using his expertise. Although he did not accuse anyone of implicating him in corruption or any form of impropriety, Minister Konneh’s comments suggested that there are those who believe that he has accumulated enough wealth and is about to take another lucrative position at the World Bank.Konneh contends that he wants to see policies and development projects that everyone has agreed on, implemented.“I am an ambitious person who likes to see policies and development projects implemented. I did not come to work in government to take away from the country, but to see that development the country needs is carried out,” he said.He said friends and other Liberians from different parts of the country can attest to what he has done in some counties revealing his desire to see the country grow.He added that he has refused to be honored by any group, “because I don’t want to appear flamboyant in the eyes of Liberians,” but rather to make an impact on the country in a simple way.He recounted that he lived in Guinea and the United States during the war, and suffered to excel with the belief that he could positively impact his country one day. He therefore could not be the one to extort money from his country to build another country, said Konneh.He attributed his success in getting an international job to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who encouraged him and other compatriots to serve their country, which according to him, is the basis upon which the World Bank hired him to serve fragile and conflict prone countries.Underscoring some challenges facing the government, Minister Konneh indicated that investments pronounced to the Liberian people are not fully felt because investors do not have a foundation to start on.Explaining further, he said Liberian fighters during the war damaged the infrastructures and looted other things they could take with them.“The railroad from Nimba to Buchanan was destroyed, the hydro dam in Mount Coffee was damaged and looted along with the rest of the electrical system and many other things in this country as you may know. What is the foundation on which the investors will start? They have to start all over from square one, and this is why you see that the US$2 billion investment government talked about is not making much impact on the economy,” he noted.He said Liberia’s economy has been dependent on iron ore and rubber, hit by dwindling prices on world markets, with agriculture given low attention.In order to expand the economic income for the country, he said there is a need to give attention to coffee, once exported from the country.He also pointed out that the absence of cheap electricity in the country hinders manufacturing and industrial activities thereby discouraging the promotion of business.Minister Konneh said it is therefore noteworthy to consider electricity as a major factor in the development and growth of the country.In defense of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration, he said “Although it is not all well in the country, we can say today that much has been done considering where we were yesterday, and more still needs to be done.” “As I take my new position, it is my hope to raise the image of Liberia since I will work with countries among which Liberia is included,” Mr. Konneh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Australian Brown wins crash-filled first stage

first_imgLeipheimer, who won the inaugural Tour of California last year and the prologue Sunday, maintained a one-second lead over first-year pro Jason Donald. “No, I’m not surprised I still have the race lead,” Leipheimer said. “You have to remember that circuits in races of this caliber aren’t very common. But it’s very necessary because of the crowds and amount of people on the course today, they deserve a show.” Brown, who rides for Dutch team Rabobank, completed the 97.1-mile route from Sausalito in 4 hours, 17 minutes and 19 seconds. The announcer initially called Greg Henderson of NewZealand the stage winner, and Henderson thrust his fists into the air in apparent victory. But the race was so close it required an analysis of a photo, which made it clear Brown had won by four centimeters. Race leader Levi Leipheimer of Santa Rosa was involved in a separate, massive crash at the start of the second 2.9-mile finishing circuit through his hometown, and finished more than one minute behind the winner. But the five race judges made a discretionary ruling and awarded the same finishing time to Leipheimer and the several-dozen riders involved in the accident. SANTA ROSA – Two-time Olympic track gold medalist Graeme Brown of Australia emerged from a massive finishing pack Monday to claim the crash-marred first stage of the Amgen Tour of California. It was a photo finish. Among those who crashed was Dave Zabriskie, one of America’s most accomplished cyclists. He was forced from the eight-day race with head and wrist injuries. center_img 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

‘HAHAHA’ – schadenfreude sweeps web after German downfall

first_img“Don’t mention the VAR,” was a common refrain, while Brazilian media gleefully took their revenge for Brazil’s 7-1 humiliation by Germany at the last World Cup in 2014.“AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…” read a tweet from Fox Sports Brasil that ran to 272 characters.In dramatic scenes in Kazan, Kim Young-gwon’s stoppage-time opener was ruled legitimate after intervention from the Video Assistant Referee, before Son Heung-min added the second goal minutes later.“Germany’s fastest exit from Russia since 1943,” posted one user, while another tweeted a picture of Germany towels reserving all the seats on an empty plane.Mexico fans were particularly delighted after South Korea’s last-gasp win allowed them to qualify for the last 16 behind Group F winners Sweden — while Germany finished rock bottom.Aeromexico offered a 20 percent discount on flights to South Korea, tweeting an image of a plane with doctored “AeroCorea” livery and the slogan, “We love you Korea!”Ryanair tweeted a picture of an unhappy Germany fan, offering “Loew fares” — a reference to German coach Joachim Loew.One joke in German showed a supermarket check-out assistant asking Loew, “Do you collect points?” with the coach answering, “No.”Meanwhile, England striker-turned-TV-presenter Gary Lineker revised his famous maxim that “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”“Football is a simple game,” Lineker tweeted.“Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans no longer always win. Previous version is confined to history.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany made their earliest World Cup exit in 80 years. © AFP / Jewel SAMADMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 28 – The internet turned cruel for Germany fans on Thursday as online mockery swept the globe following the defending champions’ shock World Cup elimination.A stream of memes and jokes flooded social media after a stunning 2-0 defeat to South Korea condemned Die Mannschaft to their earliest exit in 80 years.last_img read more

Cuban dissident to push for greater liberties

first_imgHAVANA – Internationally renowned dissident Oswaldo Paya on Thursday announced a new group with more than 300 members to promote reconciliation and push for laws that allow Cubans more individual liberties. Paya said the Citizen Committee for Reconciliation and Dialogue seeks to get average Cubans involved in efforts to change laws to “guarantee the exercise of fundamental rights of all Cubans, whether they live inside or outside” the communist-run island. It builds on Paya’s Varela Project, which amassed more than 25,000 signatures asking for a referendum to change Cuba’s electoral law and to guarantee freedoms of speech, assembly and private business ownership. The European Union honored that project in 2002 by awarding Paya its top human rights prize. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWhile some members of the new committee are established dissidents, most are ordinary citizens, Paya told a small group of reporters. “The majority of Cubans want change,” said Paya, 55, a devout Roman Catholic who founded the opposition Christian Liberation Movement a decade ago to emphasize peaceful change. “Never before have the Cuban people been so conscious that change is near and that Cuba has to change.” The island’s 81-year-old leader, Fidel Castro, underwent emergency intestinal surgery last year and stepped aside provisionally for his brother Raul, the 76-year-old defense minister and his constitutionally appointed successor. Communist leaders insist that no major changes will occur after Fidel Castro is gone and dismiss opposition leaders such as Paya as “counterrevolutionaries” and “mercenaries.” Paya’s projects are less militant and more inclusive than most opposition projects in Cuba, bringing him criticism from some people in the exile community. He insists that change on the island must be homegrown and rejects proposals for change made by governments and groups outside the island, such as the recent White House project to promote a “democratic transition” in Cuba. In a “Declaration of Liberty for Cubans” accompanying Thursday’s announcement, Paya said, “The Cuban people, and especially the new generations, want to live in peace, in an environment free of fakery, fear, hate, rancor, without revenge or vengeance.”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


first_imgHenry McGarveyThe former Chief Exectuive of Pramerica Letterkenny has landed a top position at IT Sligo.Henry McGarvey from Milford has been appointed Head of Department of Computing and Creative Practices in the college.He has more than 20 years experience in multinational organisations in Ireland and abroad. As Chief Executive of Pramerica Systems Ireland in Letterkenny since 2002, Henry grew the organisation from 100 to more than 1000 professionals. On his appointment, Henry said that it is an exciting time to join IT Sligo as higher education is going through major changes.“Education is the key to unlocking potential in both students and in our region and it will play a critical role in the recovery of our economy,” he said.“I’m looking forward to working with a dynamic group of staff and students in the Department of Computing and Creative Practices and in working with our stakeholders to ensure that our course are producing graduates with the skills that they need,” he said.  FORMER PRAMERICA CHIEF JOINS IT SLIGO was last modified: September 20th, 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:Henry McGarveypramericasligo itlast_img read more

Vermeil coaches his last game

first_img A head coaching career that included three teams and 15 years in the NFL came to a victorious but frustrating end for the 69-year-old Vermeil on Sunday. As the Chiefs were beating the playoff-bound Bengals to go to 10-6, Pittsburgh was beating Detroit and knocking them out of the playoffs. The Chiefs will be the only NFL team Vermeil coached that did not make it to the Super Bowl. “The greatest thing I take away from here is the value of the relationships and how deep they are,” he said. “They’re not influenced by the scoreboard. Nobody can take those things away.” Vikings fire Tice The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Mike Tice after Sunday’s victory over Chicago. Owner Zygi Wilf announced he would not renew Tice’s contract in a statement less than an hour after the Vikings’ 34-10 win over the Bears in the regular season finale. Tice, who finished his fourth full season with a 32-32 overall record, had already addressed the media before the move was made public. The announcement came via press release after most players had left the Metrodome. “I don’t know who was more shaken by it, him or me,” Tice said of what he called an emotional meeting with Wilf. Capers on way out The Houston Texans will fire coach Dom Capers, but will retain general manager Charley Casserly, a person close to the organization said. The Texans plan to make the announcement today, according to the source who spoke on condition of anonymity. The team finished the season 2-14, the worst record in the NFL and the worst record in the Texans’ four-season history. The firing would make the second time Capers, 55, has been released from an expansion team in its fourth season. He was let go by the Carolina Panthers in 1998. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I didn’t get you to a Super Bowl, Lamar,” he told the owner, who sat a few feet away and also appeared to be tight-lipped. “But you’ll get there some day, and I’ll go with you.” Vermeil said he had no plans for the future. “I haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “I haven’t even thought about calling a moving van.” When he looks back at a lifetime of coaching, Vermeil said he will remember the people. “I think of watching people go through transitions in their career, to go from one level to the next level,” he said. “All those things are very real.” With trademark tears in his eyes, Dick Vermeil said this is really it a third retirement means he’s out of football. Honest. Unlike his other two retirements, there’ll be no returning to the profession he loves so dearly, Vermeil tearfully told a news conference Sunday after his Kansas City Chiefs beat Cincinnati 37-3. center_img He had told the team and staff the night before that he would step down after five years with the Chiefs and 15 years in the NFL. His retirement did not come as a surprise. Nevertheless, he teared up and had to pause several times after the game Sunday while thanking Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and team president Carl Peterson for giving him an opportunity. last_img read more


first_imgLough Eske Castle in County Donegal, Ireland was among the winners at this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards, meaning it has now been recognised at the event for three years in a row.The property, which is located just outside Donegal Town, was named the best luxury country hotel for 2011.Situated in 43 acres of woodland by the shores of Lough Eske, the castle features 95 guestrooms, an aromatherapy spa, a swimming pool and the Cedars restaurant. It also provides two bars and more than 6,000 square feet of conference and banqueting space.Jeroen Quint, general manager of Lough Eske Castle, said the award is an endorsement of the hotel’s “first-class facilities and surroundings” and the “exceptional service” offered by its staff.He added: “It is a huge honour to be named the world’s best luxury country hotel.“This is also a win for Donegal, which in our opinion is Ireland’s most beautiful tourist destination and we are happy it is home to the world’s best luxury country hotel for the last three years.” Among the other winners at this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards was the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, which was named the world’s leading luxury property.Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Canada, Sandals Royal Plantation in Jamaica and Diva Maldives were recognised in the categories covering ski resorts, island escapes and luxury beach properties respectively.SOLIS LOUGH ESKE WINS ANOTHER GLOBAL AWARD was last modified: September 28th, 2011 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:solis lough eske hotellast_img read more

The winners of our ‘Build Your Own Body’ book are……

first_imgTHE winners of our book competition are:Michelle McNamee, Kiltole, Convoy and Kathleen Deane, Cavangarden, Ballyshannon.Michelle and Kathleen have won copies of ‘Build Your Own Body’ by Kelly Donegan.  The winners of our ‘Build Your Own Body’ book are…… was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more


first_imgLabour Senator Jimmy Harte, today welcomed news that EU agreement has been reached on the introduction of a Youth Guarantee.It is hoped that when it is rolled across all EU Member States, it could play a key role in helping Donegal’s 3,944 of under 25s who are currently looking for work.“Although in its formative stage, the Youth Guarantee seeks to offer all those under 25 years of age, an opportunity of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship, or a traineeship, within four months of becoming unemployed,” said Senator Harte. “Secured in principle this week by Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, at an EU meeting of European Social Protection and Employment Ministers, the Youth Guarantee represents another constructive step taken by Labour in Government to get people back to work.“With 7.5 million young jobseekers across the EU, the problem is clearly not confined to Ireland. Thus, in addition to existing funding streams, the European Council has set aside €6 billion for a Youth Employment Initiative, which will go towards not just the Youth Guarantee, but also for further training and education schemes for young people.“While the recent increase in employment figures is to be welcomed, clearly targeted initiatives are needed to help young people who may lack the skills, to avail of new jobs coming on stream. The crux of the Youth Guarantee is to provide our young people with the key skills they need to find their path into long-term, successful careers.“While the ground work on the Youth Guarantee is only beginning, I look forward to working closely with Minister Burton to ensure that the young people of Donegal can avail of the maximum amount of EU job funding.”  HARTE WELCOMES EU INITIATIVE TO TACKLE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT was last modified: March 1st, 2013 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:HARTE WELCOMES EU INITIATIVE TO TACKLE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENTlast_img read more