What Happened to Lofa Road Pavement Plans?

first_imgA prominent citizen and professional civil servant of Lofa County has asked a startling question and wants to know what happened to the pavement plans of the Lofa County highway.Senior citizens, business entities, farmers, aid agencies and residents of Lofa County have made urgent appeals to the Liberian Government and the Kingdom of Kuwait to start the Lofa road pavement project.Mr. Joseph H. Farkollie, Sr. claims that almost everything seems mute regarding the feasibility studies conducted by the Liberian Government and supported by the Kingdom of Kuwait.He contends that Lofa County being for years the bread basket of the country, the pavement of the highway should be given urgent and serious priority in order to stimulate agriculture and boost economic development in Liberia.The Liberian accountant and human resource manager also indicated that considering Lofa County’s huge population and its great agricultural potential, pavement of the highway cannot be over emphasized.The former Manager for Operations of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) intimated that in the early 1980s, Lofa’s cocoa and coffee farmers topped the nation’s produce sector.“Such an accomplishment came as a result of the meticulous commitment of Lofa County’s farmers during that period which contributed considerably to the development, growth and progress of the Liberian economy,” Mr. Farkollie asserted.He also pointed out that Liberia could return to and surpass that level of productivity if urgent consideration could be placed on the national agenda for the complete pavement of the Lofa highway in rural Liberia.“Year in and year out, the Lofa highway has continued to be in deplorable condition perpetually impeding the free movement of food and other goods and services that are  critical to business interactions,” Mr. Farkollie lamented.The former LPMC’s senior branch accountant assigned to the entity’s Voinjama station in the 1980s indicated that if any investors are contemplating tapping into the resources of Lofa, the full pavement of the highway must be a top priority.“Besides paving the highway, GOL should consider upgrading the educational institutions and providing better quality health services for the residents and citizens of Lofa County,” Mr. Farkollie stressed.He further underscored the need for serious consideration by would be investors to the rehabilitation of the many feeder roads that highly impact agricultural activity especially the farming of needed produce for the urban markets.Asked about Lofa’s population in terms of socio-economic growth, Farkollie says that the county’s population growth, especially given political considerations, should be placed on the national agenda as one of the key factors by the Liberian Government.For countless decades, he said, Lofa County has endured too many hardships relating to deplorable road conditions and other socio-economic hardships.The former LMPC official sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government and support partners associated with the Lofa road project to consider the plight of the citizens and residents of that agriculturally driven county.“Our appeals as major stakeholders in the socio-economic viability of the nation are on the basis of economic growth, political expediency and progress,” Mr. Farkollie concluded.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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NIR To Register Non-Liberians As Of April 1

first_imgNIR Boss Tiah Nagbe (right) at the high table with Acting LIS Commissioner Moses K. Yebleh and his principal deputy, Assatu Bah Kenneth (left) at the press conference.The National Identification Registry (NIR) said it would begin the registration of aliens and foreigners within the borders of the country.At a joint press conference with the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) held at the NIR head office in Congo Town on Thursday, March 21, 2019, the NIR said the plan to register all aliens and foreign nationals in the country, is not unique for the sake of people possessing identification cards, but for other reasons such as security and economic factors.J. Tiah Nagbe, NIR Executive Director, said the issuance of the foreign resident cards will commence on April 1, 2019 in Monrovia, and will extend to the remaining parts of Montserrado and the rest of the 14 counties.Nagbe said with a concerted collaboration with LIS, all non-Liberians will be fully vetted to avoid anyone defrauding the system of its measures to include transparency, accountability and credibility factors.He added that the identification cards (ID) given to all those registered by the NIR are biometric and completely free of any manipulation.“The foreign resident identification cards will have the same technical features as those of Liberian citizens, but the colors and statuses will be different,” Nagbe said.About benefits associated with people getting the NIR cards, Nagbe said the exercise will help the government establish a clean database of aliens and foreigners residing within the border limits of the country, and will provide foreign residents convenient ID credentials to be used for travel and the conduct of business throughout the 15 counties.“The card will make it easier and convenient for all foreign residents to travel in and out of the country,” he assured.Additionally, Mr. Nagbe said while the provision of the government introduced national identification cards is the first of its kind in the country, everyone will come to appreciate the offer.“We are getting there gradually, because the banking institutions and some other entities involved in business transactions as well as Immigration officers at the borders are no longer accepting voter registration cards as it used to be before. This means everyone should take advantage of this service and be a part of the country’s good records,” Nagbe said.The issuance of the foreign identification cards, according to Nagbe, “will be done thoroughly, because applicants will have to submit to our office as well as the office of the LIS their alien resident permit each, and after that, the names of those qualified to receive ID cards will be verified against an officially approved listing of legal residents.”He added that the LIS will help in the collection of all basic immigration information of the aliens and foreigners applying for the national registry ID cards.Mr. Nagbe said both President George Weah and former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have since registered and received their NIR ID cards.“One good thing about the citizen ID Cards is that regardless of one’s position, everyone carries the same kind of the ID card with the same value and design,” Nagbe said.He added that each citizen pays US$5 for the ID card or its equivalent in Liberian dollars, while citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries pay US$10. But for non-ECOWAS citizens, each one will pay US$20 to obtain the NIR ID card.LIS Acting Commissioner General, Moses K. Yebleh, said for a peaceful coexistence, all aliens and foreigners should cooperate with his office, which is responsible to communicate to the NIR all details pertaining their stay in the country.“We are not to discriminate in our work for anyone, but it is good for the people out there to know that the country’s immigration laws are respected, because this is a global requirement of anyone, who resides in a different country other than the one in which he/she is from as a citizen,” Yebleh 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

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RCMP Issue Driving Advisory

first_imgAs of 11am Sunday morning the RCMP have issued a warning to motorists planning on driving in the Fort St. John area.  Motorists are experiencing bad winter driving conditions including blowing snow and areas of black ice on the highways.  Visibility in approximately 2km in some areas.Road conditions in Fort St. Johna are also classified as poor winter driving conditions and are extremely slippery due to freezing rain.If you do have to drive, do so at slower speeds to accomodate poor driving conditions.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Conservation officers have busy BC Day long weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Deputy Chief Chris Doyle with the BC Conservation Officer Service says officers were quite busy over the August long weekend in the Peace Region.A multi-day outreach and enforcement operation was in effect associated to angling and boat use on the Peace River.The operation focused on compliance with the wildlife act, the fisheries act, and Canada shipping act. Officers patrolled by boat and also conducted a road check.- Advertisement -20 charges were issued under the wildlife act, fisheries act, firearm act, and motor vehicle act. 41 warnings were also issued.26 fish and 1 jet boat were seized over the long weekend as well. A 24-hour driving licence suspension was also issued.last_img read more

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An honest man is overrated
first_img`HONEY, do these pants make my butt look big?” Guys, feign deafness and turn up the TV. Take out the garbage. Caulk the bathtub or go looking for your high-school yearbook. However male logic tells you to answer that question, you’re doomed. As in: He: “You look fine.” She: “Whaddaya mean, fine? As in, just all right?” We women are strange creatures, and we know that’s hard for guys to understand. My buddy Denise is constantly sweet-talked by her oh-so-wonderful husband; all she wants, she insists, is the truth, but he’s too afraid to tell her what he really thinks. I’ve been told the truth my whole life – by that critical little voice in my head and by my mirror, not to mention my closest relatives; I yearn to be lied to. Well, not lied to exactly. I just know that every person perceives things differently. My current honey – a bookish fellow who shows great promise in the romance department – I hope will perceive me as a hottie without compare, and will tell me so often. In exchange, I will look upon him favorably and grant him the favor of my company with great enthusiasm. See, the problem between men and women is there’s no level playing field. Women are paying attention to The Relationship, while men are sitting on the couch eating Cheetos and watching football. They have no idea that anything else is going on, so they are constantly blindsided. As many men have told me, guys are simple folk. They say exactly what they mean. They ask for exactly what they want. They believe exactly what they’re told. They actually believe television commercials that show women doing housework and exercising in their underwear, and they wonder why we don’t do those things at home. Women believe more in subtlety, obliqueness. Historically, women would pout and go silent for days rather than utter a clear request. If you love us, they believed, you’d know what we want. Today’s woman will speak up for herself – it’s just that communication is more a matter of semantics than ever before. When a woman asks, “do these pants make my butt look big,” that’s not really what she’s asking. What she really wants to know is: “Will I be embarrassed because every other woman at the party we’re going to is dressed better than me, and has better jewelry and is skinnier and her hair shinier? Will every other woman there silently snicker when I walk in? Will any of the guys wish they were with me? Will I be the fattest woman there? And even if I am, will you still love the voluminous fat slide that is me?” So you can see why there is only one answer that will make a woman zip up those tight pants and confidently stride into any social occasion. What we want is not an analysis of our diet, or a reminder that we shouldn’t have eaten that pint of rocky road last night. We need to know that no matter how we look, or how we think we look, our man will love us forever, will marvel often why he was so lucky to have caught wonderful us, and will tell that to anybody who looks in our direction with anything but total approval. That love gives us confidence, and armed with love and confidence, our butts are never too big. Carol Bidwell is a Daily News copy editor who has always had an open and honest relationship with her mirror, if not her men.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He: “No, you look skinny.” She: “You’re lying. I’ve got a mirror; I just can’t see myself from the back.” He: “No, I think the pants shrank.” She: “So you do think I’m fat?!?” There is only one possible answer to that question: “Sweetie, I think you look smokin’ hot.” A long, wet kiss should follow. If you have any skill in that area, with luck, she’ll forget the question. last_img
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Bournemouth v Man United on talkSPORT: Tommy Elphick backs Cherries to shock LVG’s men

first_imgTommy Elphick believes Bournemouth can pile more misery on Manchester United IF they come storming out of the traps.Louis van Gaal’s side are without nine first-team stars for Saturday’s clash at the Goldsands while they are also reeling from their midweek exit in the Champions League.The Cherries, meanwhile, head into the game full of confidence having stretched their unbeaten run to three matches with a stunning victory over champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.Elphick, their club captain, joined the Weekend Sports Breakfast ahead of the meeting with injury-hit United and said his side can pull off another shock.The defender, currently sidelined with an ankle injury, said: “They are going to be hurting from the Champions League and injuries are mounting up for them.“From our point of view, a quick start is going to be so important. If we can go in front, that would certainly not give them a platform to build on.“A lot of people have been criticising the way they play but it has obviously been effective for them up to a certain point this season. But if we can start quick and try to prey on the weaknesses they have from the injuries then we stand a good chance.”Tune into talkSPORT for live and exclusive national radio coverage of Bournemouth v Manchester United on Saturday, kick-off 17:30last_img read more

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SADNESS AS LAGAN HARPS FC SAY FAREWELL TO CLUB LEGEND STANLEY DILL

first_imgStanley DillThe club and community were shocked and saddened by the tragic passing of Stanley last week. Stanley was a well known and popular figure, as shown by the huge attendance at his funeral. He had worked at the old bacon factory and with Monaghan Mushrooms before driving for O’Donnell coaches. Stanley had been a great player with Lagan Harps and held our top scorer in a season (19) for a long time. He also served on club committees and was a regular supporter of the club. His sharp wit and humour will be greatly missed by all who knew him. To all his family and friends we offer our deepest sympathy.Lagan Harps FC Our u/12’s were the only teams in action over the weekend. Our A team lost out 1-0 to a late goal v Cappry in the National cup.In a hard fough game Ryan Lynch, Tiernan Brown, Osa Braines and Jordan Mc Hugh stood out. Next Saturday they are home to Convoy Arsenal and on Monday 26th away to Castlefin Celtic. Our reserve team had a 2-1 win over Convoy Arsenal reserves in another closely fought encounter. Alex Parke scored both goals with Callum Lynch, Erin Doherty and esha Kelly also doing well. Nxt Saturday they are away to Finown Harps. Our u/16’s and u/14’s will also be in action on Saturday. Well done to U/16 and ladies team player Zoe Green who played for the Irish u/17’s in their European qualifiers in Turkey.  In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 1,15,16 and 21. Ten people had two numbers. Damien Mc Fadden was drawn out and won E50. Next week’s jackpot is E5900. The club extends sympathy to the Dill and Mc Guigan families on their recent bereavements.SADNESS AS LAGAN HARPS FC SAY FAREWELL TO CLUB LEGEND STANLEY DILL was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lagan HarpssoccerSportStanley Dilllast_img read more

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Pogba and Lukaku to miss out? Man United predicted line-up to face City

first_img BEST OF Lukaku and Pogba are doubts for the derby Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED no dice huge blow 2 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News 2 Manchester United are sweating on the fitness of Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba ahead of the derby against City on Sunday afternoon.The Red Devils travel to the Etihad on the back of an extraordinary 2-1 victory against Juventus in the Champions League, but they face a side who have scored 12 goals in their last two games. REVEALED ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Jose Mourinho could be boosted by the return of Lukaku, who took part in training on Friday, although the Belgian has not scored in his last nine games.Lukaku missed the trips to Bournemouth and Juventus with a hamstring problem and the Red Devils won both games 2-1 in his absence.Meanwhile, Pogba was reportedly unable to train with his team-mates on Friday due to a ‘little injury’ and United will hope he can recover in time.Here is how talkSPORT.com expects Man United to line up… Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Man United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Rashford, Sanchez, Martial Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY last_img read more

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IRELAND MUST DEMAND SAME DEAL AS GREECE, SAYS MEP HARKIN

first_imgIreland has an opportunity to strike while the iron is hot and secure an improved bank deal from the EU, following the latest concessions granted to Greece, according to Independent MEP Marian Harkin.Speaking today in the European Parliament, Harkin noted that “we in Ireland still remain in a straitjacket of debt.”She went on: “However, the latest troika deal concluded with Greece this week might give us some consolation, in that the Greeks have secured a more favourable interest rate on their debt – this is not a write-down in real terms but it does mean less to pay back because of lower interest rates. “This I believe isIreland’s opportunity,” the Ireland North & West MEP argued, adding that “we started out with a penal interest rate of almost 6% on our debt. These usurious levels of interest were initially levied to teach the ‘delinquent child’ a lesson.“However, Portugal’s bailout interest rates were much lower so we were able to access the same rates by piggybacking on the Portuguese.”Ireland has earned the right to ease pace of austerity.“Now the same opportunity knocks for Ireland. Greece has received a deal that cuts interest rates on loans to just 50 points above interbank lending rates – lower thanIreland’s. This is an effort to ensure its debt-to-GDP ratio reaches manageable levels by 2020,” Harkin said. “Ireland should now demand a similar deal. We ‘took one for the team’ at the start of this crisis according to Sharon Bowles, Chair of the European Parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee.”“In my opinion we have continued to be the very best team players in Europe and the very least we can expect is the same interest rate as Greece and an easing of the pace of fiscal consolidation – the ‘poster child of Europe’ has earned that right,” the Independent MEP concluded. IRELAND MUST DEMAND SAME DEAL AS GREECE, SAYS MEP HARKIN was last modified: November 29th, 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:IRELAND MUST DEMAND SAME DEAL AS GREECESAYS MEP HARKINlast_img read more

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JUDGE REVOKES BAIL OF MAN ACCUSED OF BREACHING BARRING ORDERS

first_imgA JUDGE has revoked the bail of a man accused of multiple breaches of barring orders.Gareth Reid, from Lawnsdale, Ballybofey, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today on several charges relating to alleged in offences in August, October and on Sunday past.Garda Rory Vaughan told Judge Paul Kelly he wanted Reid’s bail revoked because of alleged multiple breaches of the bail conditions. It is alleged that Reid had phoned a woman and visited her at her work.“Since the last day (in court) he has breached the conditions of his bail. He has failed to sign on on 9 occasions,” said Garda Rory Vaughan.“The woman has had to leave her home and has eft the county; she is in fear and she has indicated that to gardai on several occasions,” added Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan.When Reid was charged at Milford Garda Station on Sunday past with the latest alleged breach of a barring order, he made no reply.Garda Vaughan said that Reid had also failed to make himself available on Sunday from the time of alleged phone calls in the early hours of the morning.Gardai, he said, had called to Reid’s address on three or four occasions and on the last visit were forced to break in the front door of his property to make the arrest.In relation to some of the charges Reid had denied making phone calls, claiming on two occasions that he was in bed when calls were allegedly made.He was alleged to have phoned the woman 30 times over one weekendJudge Paul Kelly remanded 31-year-old Reid in custody, commenting: “He has been given numerous opportunities. He is giving the Gardaí and the courts the runaround.”JUDGE REVOKES BAIL OF MAN ACCUSED OF BREACHING BARRING ORDERS was last modified: November 19th, 2013 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) Tags:Ballybofeybarring orderscourtGareth Reidletterkennylast_img read more

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