Pres. Sirleaf Extols Manufacturers Creating Jobs for Liberians

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised two manufacturing companies that have begun production in the country, for creating jobs for hundreds of Liberians in the private sector and thereby “proudly helping to uplift Liberia’s economy.”According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the assertion at the end of a tour of the facilities at the TIBA Industrial Group and Garson Manufacturing both situated at the Monrovia Industrial Park in Gardnersville at the weekend. TIBA Industrial Group produces 11 types of biscuits, while Garson Manufacturing produces a variety of nails.“I’m very impressed by efforts made by TIBA to move us to another stage of our development in which we now have manufacturing. We now have value added,” President Sirleaf said when she spoke to journalists accompanying her on the tour, adding, “That creates jobs for hundreds of our young men and women who are engaged in different aspects of the manufacturing process. This is in keeping with our development agenda.”Earlier, the general manager of TIBA Industrial Group, Mackel Gharib, welcomed President Sirleaf to the company’s premises. Providing a short history of the company, he said it is a Lebanese-Liberian owned manufacturing plant producing biscuits and other food products. It officially opened for production in November 2013.Their production line comprises 11 types of biscuits including, Cream Crackers, Digestive, Football, Ginger, Marie and Milk.TIBA has 256 employees (six expatriates and 250 Liberians) of which 80 percent are women. After installing the second production line, TIBA is expected to hire an additional 55 employees which will increase employee strength to 305, enabling them to run three 8-hour shifts.Later, at Garson Manufacturing, the general manager and chief operating officer, Mr. Alfred B. King, thanked President Sirleaf for the visit and said he and the employees were very grateful. For a company which commenced production in February 2015 and has a 100-strong workforce of which 45 percent are women, he is hopeful of increasing production soon in order to meet the demands of the general public. “Right now we are producing over 10 tons a day. In the next three to four months we will be doing at least a container of nails a day which is 27 tons,” he assured, adding that from his survey, the Liberian market will be able to consume 16 containers monthly.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has issued a strong warning to squatters to immediately leave the Monrovia Industrial Park in order to allow government to promote investment through industrial manufacturing activities. She reminded residents that they will not be allowed to build on areas designated in the last ten years by government as the industrial park. “This place was designated by the government several years ago to put industries here so it could create jobs for people. Many people have started to build in this area. The government had said it would not bother those who came there during the period when they didn’t have a place to stay,” Madam Sirleaf said.President Sirleaf has designated the Ministry of Public Works to determine the perimeter of the Monrovia Industrial Park and put up signs in the designated areas to avoid any encroachment or squatting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition Leader hosts Christmas children’s party

first_img…stresses on importance of educationOpposition Leader and former President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday hosted a children’s party in the spirit of Christmas, at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, at Hadfield Street, Georgetown.The former President serves guests at the Party’s children’s Christmas partyChildren of the Sophia, Gransville and Kuru Kururu communities came out in their numbers accompanied by their parents and guardians at the festive event.The Opposition Leader in a brief address to the gathering expressed his pleasure at being a part of such an initiative, which sought to bring joy and happiness to the children of Guyana, despite the political and economic hurdles facing the country.The children were selected from low-income areas around the region and the former President indicated that it is the least he could do during the Christmas season.“We thought we’d bring the kids to the office because we have had lots of parties around the country but I want them to be familiar with the office and be comfortable here with their parents and lot of these kids come from areas that are low-income areas wo we just wanted to make sure that we do something small for them and it’s no big deal.”The former President distributed presents to his guests and served them refreshments while reminding them of the importance of attaining an education, as he urged them to put their best foot forward in the pursuit of a successful future.He was accompanied by Members of Parliament, Juan Edghill and Nigel Dharamlall among other executives of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic.WalkaboutFollowing the children’s Christmas party, the former President in the company of fellow members of Parliament, took a walk in the midst of the hustle and bustle along Robb and Regent Streets, Georgetown where they met with and greeted business owners and late Christmas shoppers along the tour.The walk commenced at Freedom House in Robb Street and was definitely a mixed atmosphere, as the party members strolled along the busy streets of Georgetown. Some persons expressed delight while others were not too enthusiastic; taking the opportunity to highlight pressing issues and serve critical remarks.last_img read more

Fort St. John man arrested for stealing lottery tickets in Kelowna

first_imgHe has since been released. RCMP was looking for two suspects after the lottery tickets were stolen from a Petro-Canada gas station in town Friday night. One man reportedly distracted the clerk, while the other made off with the goods. Which role the Fort St. John man had in the theft has not been released. At the time it was believed they were from out of town, as they made no effort to conceal their faces from the security cameras.- Advertisement –last_img

AFCON qualifiers offer Salah chance to regain scoring touch

first_imgWhen Salah last played for his country, he scored twice and missed two penalties as the record seven-time African champions romped to a 6-0 win over Niger during September.Niger are ranked 105 in the world — 31 places above eSwatini — so Egypt can realistically hope to score goals this Friday at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.Salah is the pride of Egypt having won the best goal and finished third in the best player category behind Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo at the recent FIFA awards.He is also among 30 contenders for the Ballon d’Or prize bestowed annually by France Football magazine.His recent scarcity of goals for Liverpool, and being substituted in a match at Chelsea, has drawn sympathy from Egyptian pundits.“Salah must not look back at last season, whether it was his goal scoring or his exceptional form,” said Islam el-Shater in Al-Masry Al-Youm.“He must do what his manager (Jurgen Klopp) asks of him so that he does not lose his starting place.”Another columnist in that newspaper, Mohammed el-Bourmy, wrote: “Salah is being compared to Ronaldo and Messi and some possibly believed he could score 40 to 50 goals every season.“He is not required to do that, but rather to have a good season with 20 goals to his name and enjoy himself.”Leading football commentator Hassan el-Mistekawi noted that “the Salah smile is missing since the start of the season because of the pressure he is under to score”.While Egypt can boast of Salah, eSwatini have a caretaker coach and no stars with the squad comprised of locals and a sprinkling of players with South African second-tier clubs.– ‘Beans-and-water’ diet –The countries will meet twice during the Cup of Nations window with the return match next Tuesday in Manzini, where the southern African nation lost 2-0 to Tunisia last month.Tunisia tackle Niger, whose squad have been complaining of a “beans-and-water” diet and unpaid bonuses, and must believe they can collect maximum points to stay top of Group J.Struggling Gabon must have been encouraged by the two goals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for Arsenal against Fulham as they begin life under new coach Daniel Cousin.The Panthers have failed to spark in Group C — losing away to Mali and being held at home by Burundi — and need two wins over pointless South Sudan to get back into contention.Other Premier League stars set to feature include two team-mates of Salah at Liverpool — Sadio Mane of Senegal and Naby Keita of Guinea.Senegal tackle Group A strugglers Sudan and will expect three points in Dakar and at least one from the return match in Khartoum, where sauna-like conditions present a challenge.Guinea share with Mali, Mauritania and Tunisia the distinction of having perfect records after two matchdays and should remain Group H leaders by beating Rwanda in Conakry.Ivory Coast are playing catch-up in the same section after a shock home loss to the Guineans and hope several Premier League players can help them overcome the Central African Republic.Eric Bailly of Manchester United will anchor the defence, Jean Michael Seri of Fulham is a midfield option, and Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace offers pace in attack.There are 48 fixtures spread over seven days, although doubts surround those between Ghana and Sierra Leone in Kumasi this Thursday and in Freetown next Monday.Sierra Leone, banned by FIFA from international competitions over government interference in the running of the sport, are racing against the clock to be reinstated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah’s Egypt did not progress from the group stages in Russia after two defeatsJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct 10 – Liverpool star Mohamed Salah gets a chance to rediscover his scoring touch when he plays for Egypt against eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) in the Africa Cup of Nations this week.After notching 44 goals for the English Premier League club in all competitions last season, the 26-year-old has managed only three this season, and just one in eight games since August.last_img read more


first_imgTHE Northern Lights returned to the skies above Donegal this week.They weren’t as spectacular as before – but they were a sight to behold nonetheless.Many of the best authentic images are captured on this video. Click to play.   DDTV: STUNNING VIDEO OF NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER DONEGAL was last modified: October 11th, 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: STUNNING VIDEO OF NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgBig Week ahead for LYIT Soccer Teams – Men go for National Cup Glory and Women Look to clinch Ulster League TitleThis coming week will be a massive one for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Letterkenny IT.On Tuesday evening at 7.30pm the ladies will look to wrap up back to back Ulster League titles when they entertain neighbours North-West Regional College from Derry in their last home league game of the season knowing that nothing less than 3 points will suffice to land their 7th league crown in the past 8 seasons a quite remarkable record if achieved. LYIT Ladies captain is Claire McCafferty who plays her club football for Finn Valley Ladies and she is relishing the challenge.  “We are unbeaten this season so far and have gone to the likes of Queens and Jordanstown and come back with big results already this season so we are looking forward to this and are quietly confident we can get the 3 points necessary,” said the 3rd year Sports Coaching and Business student, speaking at the LYIT last Tuesday after picking up a scholarship at the conferring of sports awards at a ceremony on campus.On the men’s side the Port Road lads will head to the All Ireland final four tournaments for the 3rd time in as many years after having caused a major upset in the quarter-final stage of the competition.Carlow IT whom had recruited 30 League of Ireland players to their BA in Soccer, Sports and Exercise degree arrived at the LYIT campus as holders of both last year’s CFAI cup and also as recent winners of the Colleges & Universities Football League (CUFL) but were stunned by an 8th minute strike by LYIT’s ace marksman Oisin McMenamin who converted a penalty he had won himself to send Niall McGonagles team through to the final four tournament which will be staged this coming Wednesday and Thursday in Castlebar, Co Mayo.Letterkenny will square up with Dublin Institute of Technology at 3pm on Wednesday in one semi-final, while GMIT and Dundalk IT will lock horns in the other.  Both teams are coached and managed by Buncrana Hearts manager Niall McGonagle and he is assisted by Tommy Harkin of Fanad United. BIG WEEK AHEAD FOR LYIT SOCCER TEAMS was last modified: March 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 19/06/12DefibrilatorThere will be an over 40s game V Glenfin on Friday 22nd June at the Burn Road at 7.30. This is to raise funds for purchase of Defibrillator for Termon GAA. This is a very important and potentially life saving development for the club and we would urge all club members to donate what they can.  Players will all make a minimum donation of €5 and donations will be accepted on the night from spectators. Refreshments afterwards in the Lagoon. There will be training available for 12 people in the club when we purchase the defibrillator. Anyone willing to take part in this training on Wednesday the 27th of June from 6.30 to 10.00 should contact Deirdre Gallagher on 087 411 7713. Minor Board:Next Monday at 6.30 the U12s take on Gweedore in Gweedore. Both under 12 teams won against Cloughanealy at the Burn Road on Monday night to keep up their excellent run of form. The under 14s are at home to Milford next Wednesday the 27th at 7.30.The minor boy’s season will restart on Tuesday the 26th of June against Glenswilly at the Burn Road. Throw in 7.30.Training this Saturday morning as usual for the underage groups apart from the u10 boys. Thanks to the U8 parents who braved the wet conditions for the blitz last Saturday morning.The under 10 boys take part in a blitz in Falcarragh this Saturday morning. All children to be in Falcarragh for 10.45. Any queries contact Paddy Gallagher on 086 3204824.The Cul camp takes place this year at the Burn Road from Monday the 13th to Friday the 17th of August. Mark the date in the diary for our future stars. By registering online with Kellogg’s parents can save €5 off the cost of the camp. See packs for details.Ladies Board: Under 16 training takes place every Thursday at 5.30. All new players welcome. Well done to the Termon girls involved with Donegal at the blitz last weekend. The junior ladies had an excellent result against Red Hughes last Sunday. Anne McGlynn, Shauna Kelly and Tara McDaid were best for Termon. The junior ladies finish their league season this Sunday evening away to Lifford.The senior ladies play Robert Emmets this Sunday at 12 noon at the Burn Road. This is the ladies last remaining home fixture and all support would be appreciated.Mens Board:Our Seniors and reserves take on Aodh Ruadh at home this Saturday evening at 6.00 and 7.30 respectively in an important round of league fixtures. Lotto:The Lotto draw took place in the Glenveagh Inn on Friday last. The numbers drawn were 11, 12, 17 and 21. There was no match 4 winner. Kathleen Gallagher, Paul Doherty and Eddie Ferry matched 3 numbers and won €30 each. Olive McCafferty and Carmel Flanagan were drawn in the open draw and won €10 each. Next week’s draw takes place in the Lagoon. Gerard Grant and Joe McDaid are the coordinators. The jackpot is now €550. Tickets for Donegal Tyrone gameAnyone wishing to order tickets for the Donegal Tyrone Ulster semi final should contact Martina Kelly by noon on Friday the 22nd at noon. Ticket orders will only be accepted from current club members.GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: June 19th, 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:GAA: TERMON GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Will there ever be clarity on Patrick McCaw?

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.MILWAUKEE — The Warriors have five All-Stars on their team. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins dealt with overlapping injuries. Kevin Durant and Green had an argument last month that has since publicly dissipated. And as the Warriors strive to win their fourth NBA championship in five years, plenty of intrigue lingers on if any of the other 29 NBA teams can …last_img read more

1 paisa loan waiver a cruel joke: farmer

first_imgChiddi Sharma, a farmer in Ading village of Mathura, has received 1 paisa or ₹00.01 as part of the U.P. government’s flagship crop loan waiver scheme, which promises a relief of up to ₹1 lakh to the 86 lakh farmers in the State. Mr. Sharma, one of the many farmers who have been given waivers of minuscule amounts, says his is the “cruellest joke” as no one in the State has been paid 1 paise as relief for losses running into lakhs.‘Blessing for farmers’Announced in April this year, a month after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to power in U.P., the ₹36,000-crore ‘Rin Mochan Yojana’ had come as a blessing for debt-ridden farmers of the State. Even as the Adityanath government competed six months, Mr. Sharma got a message on his phone from Punjab National Bank on Sunday that he had got a loan waiver of 1 paisa as part of the flagship scheme.When The Hindu met the 52-year-old farmer in his humble one-room house,Mr. Sharma was visibly angry. “I had distributed sweets in April when Yogiji announced the loan waiver. I had taken loan of ₹1.55 lakh from the Punjab National Bank six years ago, but could not repay it that due to repeated losses in farming. Today I do not know whether to laugh or cry. Many leaders have played with the emotions of the farmers, but this one by Yogiji is the cruellest of them all,” said Mr. Sharma who owns five bighas of land and comes under the category of “marginal farmer”. Waiver certificate“Since the day Yogiji announced the ₹1-lakh loan waiver scheme, I had only been thinking about it. I don’t know what to say now. The six-month wait has resulted in 1 paisa in my account,” Mr. Sharma said, waving the loan waiver certificate embossed with the photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Adityanath, with the slogan “har kadam kisanon ke saath (with farmers in their every step)” running under them.“I don’t want to speak much but what is the point of advertising ₹36000 crore. How come other farmers in Mathura who took almost the same amount as me and who were in a similar situation, got the full waiver of ₹1 lakh,” asked Mr. Sharma, flanked by his son Banwarilal Sharma and his two sons. Since the news of 1-paisa loan waiver broke, Mr. Sharma has been receiving hordes of journalists and photographers at his home.The media attention is also proving to be a pocket pinch for the family, said Banwarilal Sharma who had spent over ₹100 on tea and snacks for the reporters visiting them.Opposition fumesWhile there are many beneficiaries of the loan waiver scheme who have got a relief as low as 40 paisa, no one else in the State has a certificate that matches the 1-paisa laon waiver to Mr. Sharma. His case has already given ammunition to the Opposition leaders in the State. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted on Monday: “Bhool chukey jo apna sankalp patra, shweta patra unka bahana hai (The white paper is an excuse for those who have forgotten their poll promises)”.Two-account theoryThe district manager of PNB bank, P.K. Singh, said that a case like that of Chiddi Sharma may have happened because of two accounts in the same bank. “Under the scheme those accounts of farmers ended up getting selected in which the money was either repaid or there was a meagre loan amount left,” said Mr. Singh. But Mr. Sharma said he never had two accounts in PNB, so there was no chance of any confusion. Probe orderedThe district officials of Mathura have ordered a probe into Mr. Sharma’s case. ADM Mathura Sadanand Gupta told Mr. Sharma that it was a mistake on part of PNB and directed the bank officials to issue a new certificate. The District Magistrate of Mathura, Arvind Malappa, told The Hindu, “I looked at the case of of Chiddi Sharma and it seems that it happened due to some technical error which we are trying to sort out.”last_img read more

Arunachal Pradesh bypolls: BJP wrests two seats from Congress

first_imgThe BJP on December 24 wrested both the Pakke-Kessang and Likabali Assembly seats from the Congress in the bypolls to these constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh. With this, the 60-member State Assembly now has 49 MLAs from the saffron party, nine from the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA), one Congress and one Independent legislator. B.R. Waghe of the BJP won the Pakke-Kessang seat by a narrow margin of 475 votes, defeating his lone rival and former Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo of the Congress. While Mr. Waghe polled 3,517 votes, Mr. Dolo bagged 3,042, Joint Chief Electoral Officer D.J. Bhattacharjee said.In the Likabali seat, BJP’s Kardo Nyigyor won by a slender margin of 305 votes, defeating his nearest rival, Gumke Riba of the PPA. While the BJP candidate polled 3,461 votes, the PPA nominee secured 3,156 votes in the constituency, which witnessed a multi-cornered contest. While the Congress candidate Modam Dini could secure only 362 votes, the lone Independent candidate, Sengo Taipodia, bagged 675 votes. The constituency also saw 23 voters opting for NOTA, Mr. Bhattacharjee said. Over 68.5% electors had voted in the December 21 bypolls, with Pakke-Kessang recording an 86% voter turnout and Likabali 51%. The Likabali seat had fallen vacant after then Health and Family Welfare Minister Jomde Kena passed away on September 4. The Pakke-Kessang seat fell vacant after the Gauhati High Court declared the election of Mr. Dolo from the constituency in the March 15, 2014 polls null and void, following an election petition filed by BJP nominee and former Minister Atum Welly.Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju congratulated the BJP members for the victory in the bypolls.last_img read more