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first_imgAs the roads of Liberia’s Southeast’s continue to worsen, prices of essential commodities have sky rocketed beyond the reach of ordinary citizens and residents of Greenville City in Sinoe County.In addition, several feeder roads leading to the various districts are inaccessible due to the fact that most of the farm-to-market roads have not been rehabilitated nor are there any plans in the offing to fix them.   Sadly, prices of most essential commodities have soared so much that the lives of ordinary citizens and residents in the port city of Greenville could be described as grave and worrisome.Amongst many of the essential commodities whose prices have hit the roof are sardines, plastic dishes, rice, palm (imported), drinks and locally produced foodstuffs.Consequently, according to businessmen and women operating stores and shops in Greenville City, prices of essential commodities have dramatically escalated owing to hike in transportation fares from Monrovia and other parts of the country.Transportation fares from the commercial district of Red-light Market in Paynesville to Greenville City in Sinoe County have been stepped up LD$8,000.00 for a to and fro trip.Previously, a round trip from Monrovia to Greenville was LD$6000.00 per commuter with the exception one’s personal effects.Businesswomen and men taking goods, services and things told the Daily Observer last week in Greenville City that due to the hike in transport fares, their entities are not doing well economically in Sinoe County.The nation’s staple food rice a 25-pounds of bag is now been sold for LD$1,700.00, bottle of stout LD$175.00, canned of sardine LDS115.00, bottle of large beer LD$210.00, finger size batteries LD$40.00 and all frozen food commodities have climbed the hiking ladder at the port city of Greenville in Sinoe County.In separate interviews with both residents and businesspeople last week, they expressed grave concern over the escalating price increases in Greenville City and other parts of that county.Businessman Francis Tugbeh Doe said that until urgent steps are taken to rehabilitate the most life threatening deplorable spots on the Sinoe-River Cess highways, the situation will continue to deteriorate rapidly on commodities’ prices in Greenville City.“I think the Liberian Government needs to re-examine, evaluate and monitor the construction works being carried out on the between River Cess and Sinoe Counties in terms of durability and sustainability,” Mr. Doe stressed.Businessman George Browne Nimely told the Daily Observer that the Rainy Season by all engineering standards is not best time to work on unpaved roads in the country.“We want to reduce the prices of essential commodities but, the transportation fares are retarding the undertaken of such a realistic venture in Greenville City,” businessman Nimely asserted.For her part, businesswoman Betty Sumo Wesseh stressed the need for the complete reconstruction of the Sinoe-River Cess in order to save the citizens and residents of Greenville City.Madam Wesseh added that they were really catching hard times on the highways of Sinoe and River Cess counties owing to the deplorable conditions of dangerous spots and life threatening potholes.“I want the Liberian Government to bring pressure to bear on the road construction company that currently responsible for the rehabilitation of the River Cess-Sinoe Highway in Greenville and other areas in Sinoe County, Madam Wesseh 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

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared Friday, April 8 as a national holiday to be observed as a day of supplication, prayer, fasting and meditation.President Sirleaf said, “This is meant to ensure that our efforts as a people may be crowned with great achievements to the common cause of the nation, the state and our common humanity.”The national Legislature passed an Act in 1883 declaring the second Friday in the month of April of each year as National Fast and Prayer Day for the safety and welfare of the nation and its people with penitent reverence to God.“There have been unusual and extraordinary outbreaks of natural phenomena and man provoked national crises that have caused much harm, devastation and destruction in many parts of the world, and in our nation from which by the grace of God we the survivors have been spared,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release. The President also called upon all prelates, priests, elders, deacons, evangelists, imams and all residents, regardless of religious creed, to gather with one accord in their respective places of worship in each city, town, village, hamlet and home across the country in simple and non-costly apparel to fast, pray and meditate from 8 o’clock a.m. All public offices, business houses, market places are to remain closed on this day, while all citizens and foreign residents will cease from their usual daily occupations and vocations in further recognition of God’s love and guidance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe West African Examination Council’s (WAEC) Monrovia office announced yesterday that it will begin to administer this year’s WAEC exams to 12th graders across the country from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1.The head of the Monrovia office, John Y. Gayvolor Sr., had on previous occasions maintained that the tests will be administered as scheduled.“WAEC registers candidates for Schools and Private Examinations, while the School Examination is May/June, with the Private Candidates Examination being November and December. Private candidates are students who previously sat the test but failed to obtain the required average,” Gayvolor said. This year’s exam has been embroiled in uncertainty, coupled with the reported leak of exam papers leading to the rescheduling of the exams.Dele G. Gboto, WAEC Head of Test Administration, meanwhile, advised all registered 12th graders “to prepare themselves and go to the selected testing centers carrying with them pencils and pens only, but nothing else, especially electronic devices, as doing so will disqualify any candidate caught.”Accordingly, the Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with WAEC said it is constrained to inform the public that the Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE) will also be administered from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1.The ministry said education stakeholders including parents, candidates, school authorities, and the public, are advised to adhere to the examination dates, which remain unchanged.WAEC, said Gboto, “is very confident of administering the exams from June 27 to July 1.”MOE has also notified all 12th graders that no school administration or candidate will be charged for the re-run of the exam.MOE further advised that “there will be no collection of flexibility fees; candidates should not be denied their WAEC identification card (ID) number for not paying project fees; candidates are encouraged to abide by all rules and regulations governing the exams.” The excitement of thousands of 12th graders died down recently when it was announced that the WAEC examination was cancelled, “because test materials had been stolen from their location at the Konola SDA high school campus.”Following the stunning disclosure, the MOE in collaboration with WAEC Monrovia office set the new dates for the exams from June 27 to July 1. The Liberia Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE) is administered to candidates who were not successful in their first sitting at the LSHSCE either in the May or the December examination, and private candidates who can demonstrate proof of completing the 12th grade curriculum as prescribed by the Ministry of Education. The actual date for the examination is communicated to the candidates through circular and public service announcements. Subjects to be offered for the examination are grouped into three categories, Core, General and Science Subjects.The Core (Compulsory) Subjects are: Subject CodeEnglish Language 101Mathematics 301The General Subjects comprise of:Economics 201Geography 202History 203Literature-in-English 204The Science Subjects comprise ofBiology 401Chemistry 402Physics 403Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEDNESDAY “Hamlet” through Friday, 10 a.m., Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets: Call (805) 405-0701. Rafael and Katia Magic Show, 3:30 p.m., Calabasas Library, 23975 Park Sorrento. Free. call (818) 225-7616. First Time Home Buyers Workshop, 6:30 p.m., Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road. Reservations: Call (800) 549-0337; information (805) 480-9991, Ext. 235. Uncle Brothers musical performance, 7 p.m., Burbank Public Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Free. Call (818) 238-5600. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail read more

first_imgA record $59 million opening day was followed by $51 million on Saturday, a second-day record. The studio estimates $37.7 million in tickets sales for Sunday, which would be a third-day record. The film also sold out at every showing in 84 IMAX theaters where it played – a $4.8 million IMAX record. Final figures will be released later today. Rory Bruer, Sony’s head of domestic distribution, called the opening weekend gross “a crazy, crazy number.” “It’s impossible to get your head around it – doing this kind of business opening on May 4, when kids are still in school,” Bruer said. “You just don’t know where the limit lies. These are things that no one has ever seen before, and it bodes well not only for us, but for the entire industry.” Directed by Sam Raimi, “Spider-Man 3” once again stars Maguire in the title role. Thomas Haden Church as Sandman and Topher Grace as Venom play the villains. Mixed reviews of the film did nothing to deter fans, ranging from children to grandparents. Much has been made of the film’s enormous $250 million-plus production budget, but that expense has already been exceeded by the worldwide box office grosses. Sony set the framework for such an astounding debut by releasing 11,000 prints of the movie into the marketplace. This allowed the record 4,252 theaters it opened in to play the film on multiple screens, making it possible for more fans to get in during the first three days. “Spider-Man 3” spun webs of gold all over the box office record books, snaring a history-making opening weekend gross of $148 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The latest adventures of Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego obliterated the previous record of $135 million set just last summer by “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Combined with overseas ticket sales of $227 million, the Sony Pictures Entertainment release already has a worldwide gross of $375 million, shattering the previous worldwide record of $254 million set by “Star Wars: EpisodeIII – Revenge of the Sith” two years ago. As it officially kicked off its 18-week summer movie season this weekend, this is a powerful sign of strength for a movie industry that was starting to be written off during a record slump just two summers ago. “It means if there’s a movie people want to see, it is a healthy and vibrant business,” said studio head Amy Pascal, who attended a showing Friday night at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, where “Spider-Man 3” was introduced by star Tobey Maguire. “People love the movie. They are going crazy. There’s cheering. There’s crying. It’s fantastic. I don’t think I could be any happier than I am right now.” The stupendous weekend for the popular Marvel Comics franchise was especially gratifying for Sony. The second “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, released by Disney, had snatched away the opening-weekend record from the original “Spider-Man” which had astounded the movie industry in 2002 with a debut of $114.8 million. It was the first time any movie had a $100 million opening weekend. The question now is how much “Spider-Man 3” can ultimately make. It has the playing field pretty much to itself until “Shrek the Third” opens on May 18, to be followed a week later by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” “Obviously it will race to $200 million,” said box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers. “It’s a can’t-lose situation for `Spider-Man’ because it opened so enormously and is going to capitalize on this record-breaking weekend. Even if it drops by 50 percent next weekend, it still makes over $70 million. We’ve never seen numbers like this before.” No other movie in the marketplace had much of a chance against Spidey. The Paramount Pictures/Dreamworks release “Disturbia” tossed to a very distant second place after three weeks in the No. 1 spot. Still, “Disturbia” had just a modest drop, as it earned another $5.7 million to bring its four-week gross to $59.8 million just a little more than the opening day of “Spider-Man 3.” A counterprogramming move by Warner Bros. was a spectacular failure as the Eric Bana-Drew Barrymore poker romance flick “Lucky You” opened in sixth place with a miserable gross of $2.5 million. The film’s release had already been delayed by a year. “Obviously, every other movie was standing in the shadows of `Spider-Man,’ which was absolutely expected,” Dergarabedian said. “Now the big guns are on the way, and it’s the beginning of the summer battle. `Spider-Man’ is creating a huge momentum, which is the absolute perfect scenario to start summer 2007.” (818) 713-3758 Top movies Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Spider-Man 3,” $148 million. 2. “Disturbia,” $5.7 million. 3. “Fracture,” $3.4 million. 4. “The Invisible,” $3.1 million. 5. “Next,” $2.8 million. 6. “Lucky You,” $2.5 million. 7. “Meet the Robinsons,” $2.46 million. 8. “Blades of Glory,” $2.3 million. 9. “Hot Fuzz,” $2.1 million. 10. “Are We Done Yet?”, $1.7 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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first_imgThe Transportation Safety Board of Canada has finished a preliminary investigation of what caused the plane crash on Friday that killed two people.Spokesman Chris Krepsky said that investigators were on site on Saturday and Sunday, and are now heading back to Edmonton to decide where to take the investigation.“We’re done on the site, and now our investigators are now heading to the office in Edmonton, and we’ll determine what the next steps will be in the next few days,” he said.- Advertisement -The crash occurred on Friday afternoon around 4 PM, shortly after the plane took off near Baldonnel.last_img read more

first_imgMarine Blast and MalinWaters have come together to expand the extensive marine directory that exists on the Marine Blast mobile app to now include listings for North West Ireland including Donegal and Sligo, plus Northern Ireland.This app now provides a one stop shop for information on sailing and other coastal activities in these regions.The Sail West project was originally launched on July 1, 2010 and is an EU project led by Donegal County Council. The MalinWaters consumer brand was developed as a result of the Sail West Project – a €7.4M Marine Tourism initiative that continues to promote marine tourism, linking the coastlines of Donegal, Sligo, Northern Ireland and the West of Scotland. Director of Service from Donegal County Council, Mr. Michael O’hEanaigh commented: “The new alliance with Marine Blast to include listings for North West Ireland and Northern Ireland on the mobile app is another step towards connecting our necklace of marinas with the West of Scotland and promoting sailing and other marine tourism activities through continued marketing of the MalinWaters brand.“We are continuing to develop new facilities with the recent completion of the new marina at Bunagee and Killybegs to follow in the future. Our goal is to open up our waters on the Wild Atlantic Way to encourage the sailing communities from further afield to experience the wonderful scenic coastline and wealth of marine tourism activities on offer here,” he said.MalinWaters is part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through INTERREG IVA Cross-Border Programme managed by the Special European Unions Programmes Body with co-funding provided by the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the Republic of Ireland.This new relationship means the Marine Blast Marine Directory Scotland app now covers marinas and facilities in North West Ireland and Northern Ireland and gives a wider audience for this powerful marine tourism tool. Acting as a series of stepping stones, it doesn’t lead you on a fixed route, but gives you options to design your holiday in the way you want. The app has been designed with the sailor, whether experienced or recreational, in mind. Easy navigation is essential and is delivered either by tapping on a category, or viewing it on a map ¬ perfect when you want to find the nearest supplier of what you need!Marine Blast Multimedia’s Iain Hurrel explained: “We don’t know where journeys are started so it’s important we cover as many routes as possible. We want everyone who goes out onto the water to have the best experience they can. It’s our job to make their journey comfortable and, give them information from activities and events to sail repair and engine services – which they might need. That’s why we’re so delighted with our new relationship with MalinWaters“Northern Ireland is only 12 miles (as the crow flies) from Kintyre. We share many of the same opportunities for water based activities; indeed we welcome some of their best yachtsmen to regattas across Scotland every year.“Co-operation at this level is a no-brainer ¬ we have worked hard to make the app, which is free to download and free to be listed on, the biggest in Scotland. Sharing data between ourselves and our colleagues in North West Ireland and Northern Ireland can only strengthen marine tourism on the Atlantic coast,” he said.The Marine Blast App is available for iPhone and developers of the app will soon be launching it on Android.App Availability The app is available to download free from the iTunes App Store and will soon be available on Android.Download App – APP PUTS DONEGAL ON THE MAP was last modified: August 11th, 2015 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:Donegal County CouncilMalinWatersMARINE APPlast_img read more

first_imgBY PAUL O’SULLIVAN: About a thousand people turned up outside the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town this afternoon to see off both the senior and minor Donegal GAA teams on their journey to Dublin for tomorrow’s All Ireland Finals.There were nearly as many inside the hotel as outside. The senior team arrived shortly before 12 for their traditional lunch and pep talk.The Ballroom was in complete lock down as Jim McGuinness gave the the panel their last pep talk before leaving Donegal soil. Nothing was left to chance, the room was forensically searched by hotel management and staff insuring strict privacy.Abbey Hotel Manager Danny O Donnell told Donegal Daily: “We left nothing to chance.“We even scanned the trees directly across the river from the hotel on the Bank Walk for any Kerry spies and can assure the people of Donegal none were found.”  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: PLAYERS GIVEN A ROUSING SEND-OFF FROM THE ABBEY HOTEL was last modified: September 21st, 2014 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:abbey hotelDonegal Townsend-offlast_img read more

first_imgIATA boss Alexandre de Juniac People in regions such as Europe and the Asia-Pacific forgot about their troubles and packed their old kit bags in November as demand for air travel reached its highest point in nine months.Overall demand rose 7.6 per cent compared to the year before and airlines filled more seats and the load factor edged up almost a percentage point to 78.9 per cent, according to figures released Wednesday by the International Air Transport Association.Global international passenger demand for the month rose 8 per cent, while worldwide domestic passenger demand — which tends to vary dramatically between countries — grew by 7.1 per cent.Airlines also filled more seats in all regions.Europeans  took to international travel with gusto as demand increased 8.3 per cent and the annualised traffic growth for the past five months hit 12 per cent. IATA said this suggested the disruption caused by terrorism and political instability had lifted “against a backdrop of a growing Eurozone economy’’. Planes travelling to and from Europe flew fuller with the region’s load factor climbing 1.1 percentage point to 80.8 per cent.It was a  similar story in the Asia-pacific, where international passenger traffic also rose 8.3  per cent compared to the previous year and the load factor rose 0.8 percentage points to 77.4 per cent.“The strong upward trend in demand has slowed recently but it is not clear whether this is a longer-term development or just a brief pause,’’ IATA said.Middle East carriers trumped the field with a 12.2 per cent increase in demand, but load factors were a modest 68.7 per cent and IATA said the region’s seasonally adjusted traffic trend had paused.The slowest growth was in North America, where traffic climbed just 1.5 per cent but the load factor still edged up slightly to 78.7 per cent. “Traffic across the pacific is growing rapidly but North Atlantic demand is moderating,’’ IATA said.Latin America saw a 7.3 per cent rise in November traffic and the biggest climb in load factor for any region: 3.4 percentage points to 82.2 per cent. Africa was up 8.2 per cent with two thirds of seats full on average.IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said the stronger demand for air travel reflected a pick up in the global economic cycle and predicted this would play an increasing role as the stimulus of low oil prices receded.“Travel has never been more accessible—with great fares, many options and more destinations,’’ he said. “Nevertheless, uncertainty lies ahead. The threat of terrorism, questions over the durability of the economic upswing, rising oil prices and increasing protectionist rhetoric are among the concerns. “The industry has reshaped itself and strengthened its resilience to shocks. We should see another solid year of collective profitability for the airlines in 2017.’’last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Gerdeman Farms was the stop for Week #3 of Feeding Farmers in the Field with The Ohio Ag Net and T102! Shawn and his family have 700 acres of row crops and over 500 head of feeder cattle as part of his Delphos, Ohio operation. Dale Minyo paid a visit and found out more about this week’s winner.last_img