…“forget who left it there, who negotiated it, let’s do it in the interest of the people”The coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government is being accused of badly mismanaging and now abandoning major projects left by their predecessors, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) which has led in part to the drastic decline in the nation’s economic performance.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) point man on the economy, Irfaan Ali, has since called on Government to not abandon projects such as the PPP/C’s 1000 home project, since they hold the potential to turn around the nation’s economic performance.According to the former Government Minister, the APNU/AFC should, “forget who left it there; who negotiated it, let’s do it in the interest of the people.”He was adamant that the resources are there to ensure that the projects can be completed and drew reference to the Specialty Hospital, the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project, the 1000 homes project, homesteads along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, the creation of Sillica City, incentivising the manufacturing industry and the diversification of the sugar industry along the lines of co-generation.“We already negotiated it,” he said, in reference to the financing for many of the projects since abandoned by the APNU/AFC.Ali has also blamed incompetence on the fact the economy has been performing this sluggishly as conceded by the Finance Minister Winston Jordan in his mid-year report.“If you have incompetence in implementing the investment programme, then it will have a negative effect on economy,” said Ali.He has predicted too that “it will be worse this year because the books will have to be closed earlier.”Ali was at the time drawing reference to the fact that the 2017 Budget is slated to be presented on December 5, coupled with the fact that halfway through this year, the Government was unable to spend 50 per cent of what was allocated.“All that is happening is that you will be having new resources coming and will not be able to spend old resources.”The unspent monies, he said, will have to be returned to the Consolidated Fund and the nation would not have been able to benefit from the Government’s investment programme.He said too that such a position will have major cost implications, since many of the projects will now be attracting more commitment fees on loans and extended periods of management and supervision fees among others.“There is major cost implication,” the former Minister said.He said the APNU/AFC Government can find the resources to turn things around since the resource are there but must be used strategically.Citing an example of a waste of scarce resources he drew reference to the Durban Park facility which was completed to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars but only ever used twice.According to Ali, the PPP/C is willing to pit its human resources behind implementing many of the projects.JagdeoHe pointed to former President Bharrat Jagdeo, saying he is recognised internationally as a credible resource on climate change.He said organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) states have been utilising his services “because they see the value of the asset.”According to Ali, “we have to mature ourselves, we are a small country we have limited human resources and these days, so many are leaving that we cannot afford to overlook or bypass what is available and what can help us.”The former Government Minister is adamant that “unless we are able to move in that direction and understand this is an important aspect of continuity, credibility and sustainability we continue to shoot ourselves in the legs.”Speaking to the divisive stance between the political leaders in Government and Opposition, Ali drew reference to the Public Procurement Commission which was one of the few things that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) unanimously agreed to its members.To date, the members have not been sworn in and according to Ali, Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan, despite voting in favour of the members of the Committee has been publicly saying that it was the PAC Chairman – Ali – who ensured that certain persons selected.“It derails all the good work done on coming to a unanimous decision …its betrayal, it’s a betrayal of what actually transpired to some selfish end… those are the things that continue to erode our ability to find common ground.”
Deputy House Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hans Barchue, has accused Grand Bassa County local authorities of “mismanaging Ebola-related money intended for the entire county.”He accused Superintendent Etweda S. Cooper as being engaged in what he called an “unequal and unfair distribution” of Ebola materials, ranging from rice, beans, cooking oil, plates and cups provided the county by the World Food Program (WFP), a claim Madam Cooper has since denied.At a district Ebola awareness and sanitization workshop in Compound #1, Grand Bassa County over the weekend, Deputy House Speaker Barchue indicated that amongst the 1,500 bags of rice provided by WHO, only five bags were given to District #1; “A place badly hit the by the Ebola virus.”“The County Legislative Caucus approved US$100,000 for the fight against Ebola. In that money, local authorities should have procured two pickups, six motorbikes, rice and other things to supply the isolated centers. In addition, WFP sent 1,160 bags of rice to the county; 85 bags of beans; 42 cases of sardines and other canned foods, as well as 105 gallons of gasoline to the county.“But of those things sent, only 10 bags of 25kg rice were sent to my district of 11 clans; a district mostly affected by Ebola.“Out of 85 bags of beans, only 45 cups were provided for two isolation centers created in the entire district. I considered this as a big disgrace. Regrettably, the rice and beans are all finished.“I raised the issue with the Caucus but am yet to receive redress. This is about transparency and fairness because our people are dying at the hands of Ebola and we need to be serious in our responses as a government,” Deputy Speaker Barchue declared.In reaction to Deputy Speaker Barchue’s claims on the food issue, Supt. Cooper acknowledged that “yes, the amount of rice was received from WFP,” but she dismissed being directly being involved with the distribution.“There is no containment unit in the entire District #1 and for that reason we could not give more food to the district because there are no patients there at the moment.“In the food distribution,” she added, “we were instructed by WFP to give five (5) bags of the 25 kg rice for five Ebola patients in one isolation or containment center per month. That was not a decision of the county authority alone but every stakeholder in the fight,” Madam Cooper asserted.Relative to the closure of selected markets in the region, Representative Barchue maintained that such measure “seriously undermined and defeated the fight against the killer disease.”He noted that closing the market further imposed “economic hardship on the already poverty-striken people of the county.”According to him, closing the markets, particularly in District #1, denied residents from surrounding communities the opportunity of procuring batteries, salt and other basic commodities that stand to help in information dissemination to the largely uneducated population.“Closing the market is totally wrong. This measure brings hardship to the ordinary masses. Montserrado, Lofa and Margibi Counties did not institute similar measures. Why now has this been done in Grand Bassa? he asked.In separate interviews, Leroy Gibson of Owensgrove, Obediah C. Yasuah of Dolo Town and Ma Mary Zoegar, all marketers, expressed disenchantment with the decision of the local authority, stressing; “This has brought untold suffering to our lives. “We’re unable to address the welfare of our families because this restriction,” they said.Responding to these assertions, Madam Cooper disclosed that there were meetings held with local authorities before said decision was reached.“We held meetings with the commissioners and district superintendents and we were advised by the County Health Authority before taking the decision.“The markets we shutdown are not regular markets, such as those in Monrovia. Those are places where people gather once a week and the traders are people that come from various locations. We have to restrict movement in these places.“This Ebola thing is killing our economy and we need to act faster to prevent or contain the spread,” the Grand Bassa County Superintendent indicated.Market days in several counties, where people gather from distant places to bring their goods for sale have been suspended. Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker, in collaboration with National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE), organized and conducted a day-long Ebola sanitization and awareness training of trainers forum intended to spread anti-Ebola messages across the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In a little more than 700 days, Liberians will be facing a year of decision, one that will determine if the country turns the corner from its ugly past or enters a period where an elected president will be turning power over to another one. Not since 1944, more than 70 years ago, when Edwin J. Barclay turned power over to Williams V. S. Tubman, has there been an orderly transition in Liberia from one living elected president to the other. Although the circumstances surrounding Barclay’s “retirement” are murky, yet historians consider it an orderly transition. After 70 years of a tumultuous history, one of wars, coup, attempted coups, several transitional leaderships, Liberia has a chance to change from its recent ugly past to become a responsible nation that values a democratic and orderly transition. In order for that transition to happen smoothly in 2017, much work lies ahead and the political and social elites in Liberia should be mindful of the pitfalls and minefields along the path. The greatest responsibility in determining a smooth transition rests with the current Liberian leadership, under the mantle of Africa’s first freely elected female president. President Sirleaf can govern for the next two years as if the country is in a holding pattern, as an aircraft does in bad weather over an airport, or she can aggressively pursue her development agenda, with realistic goals. Governing as a lame duck and biding her time would be disastrous as the social consequences would be unfathomable. The President must govern as if she is running for reelection. Too much is riding on her leadership and we’ve lost too much time to Ebola and political inertia. She must turn around the negative narrative that her administration has failed. The President needs one memorable legacy project or two that will silence her critics and make her relevant in the stark choices for 2017. If the President fails to be fully engaged in development over the next two years and gets distracted by politics as usual, Liberia runs the risk of falling back into conflict. I believe the President can change the narrative and increase her influence in the choices we make in 2017 and beyond. Liberia is faced with several developmental challenges, including mass poverty and hunger, being exacerbated by a virulent Ebola virus that is undermining the modest socioeconomic gains made over the 9 years of democratic governance. Although the percentage of the population living under the national poverty line (one US dollar at purchasing power parity), has decreased from 63.8 percent in 2007 to 56.3 percent in 2010, with further reductions being made until Ebola hit in March of 2014, Liberia is still one of the poorest countries in Sub Saharan Africa. At 1.25 US dollar per day, the international poverty line, nearly 70 percent of Liberians live in extreme poverty with all of the multi-dimensions in poor health, food insecurity and low educational attainment. 77 percent of those employed toil in vulnerable employment, subsistence agriculture or petty trading. These are people living on the margins of society, working every day to eke out a meager existence and they too have a vested interest in ensuring a smooth transition in 2017. One aspect of poverty that has the potential to undermine social cohesion is the huge level of income inequality with only 2.4 percent of Liberians in the highest wealth quintile. This means only 80 thousand Liberians, or about 15,000 families are doing reasonably well, while the rest are not doing so well. Obviously two years is not enough time to dramatically reverse income equality, but the choices for 2017 must accompany more robust and aggressive efforts to make some improvements in livelihoods. Failure to do so could result in Liberians voting their fears and not their hopes and aspirations, and demagoguery could overshadow responsible choices, thereby putting an orderly transition into jeopardy.Liberians cannot treat the 2017 election as a “do or die” proposition, with those in leadership believing that turning over power would indicate the end of their ability to influence what happens in the country, with no access to the desirables of life, while those on the outside wishing to accede to power believing that this is their last and only chance to sit in the citadel of power to reap the rewards. Both mindsets are dangerous and could portend for a mindless struggle for power that may disintegrate into violence and make political coexistence impossible. A mass exodus of technocrats from the current administration out of Liberia could further increase the country’s lack of capacity and make improving livelihoods even more difficult. Therefore, it is clear that coalitions and compromises are required for a successful transition in 2017. How we accomplish that will be determined by the kinds of efforts we make, including engaging each other and encouraging those with vested interests to influence politicians to abide by simple rules of decency. Losers cannot feel further alienated from the political center, fearing that their livelihoods will be threatened by the other side being victorious. The election must be seen as a win-win scenario for all Liberians. The process to ensure an orderly transition must begin now. In a few short months, the cacophony of electioneering, with the tastes and allure of power would be too intoxicating for politicians to make reasoned decisions to protect the national interest. This has been the history of Liberia and has resulted in our current state of development. We can change that narrative by working together. I am optimistic that we can accomplish this feat. 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It didn’t take an abacus for Brian Burke to surmise that another former All-Star on the Mighty Ducks’ roster was expendable. Petr Sykora’s seven goals and 13 assists, Burke said, just didn’t jive with his contract _ and that’s why the right winger found himself bound for the New York Rangers along with a fourth-round pick for minor-league defenseman Maxim Kondratiev on Sunday. With the trade of Sykora, the Ducks have none of their top four scorers from the 2003-04 season left on the roster. The Ducks enter play tonight against the Kings at the Pond tied for 26th in the league in scoring. “Does this mean in some way we don’t consider ourselves a playoff team?” Burke asked rhetorically. “Absolutely not. Nothing can be further from the truth.” Burke has about $5 million to work with under the league’s $39 million cap as the Ducks (18-16-7) fight to climb from 11th place in the Western Conference and into playoff contention. DUCKS NOTES: Forward Rob Niedermayer, who is recovering from a concussion, won’t play tonight. He remains day to day. “I don’t anticipate it being a major concern,” Burke said. 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 That trade, rumored to be for Rangers defenseman Tom Poti, fell through. Burke refused to comment on which players or teams were involved in the initial trade talks. “We negotiated with a number of teams, probably in the double digits that expressed at least some interest,” Burke said. “We are confident we explored every lead.” Kondratiev, 22, switched AHL jerseys as he went from the Hartford Wolf Pack to the Portland Pirates, two teams that happened to be playing each other on Sunday. The Russian played 29 games with the Rangers and four in Hartford this season. Burke said he eventually sees the 6-foot-1, 194-pound Kondratiev as a solid fourth defenseman in the NHL. This move comes nearly two months after the Ducks traded former Hart Trophy winner Sergei Fedorov and a pick to Columbus for little-known defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Burke has also moved center Steve Rucchin and left wing Mike Leclerc via trades since taking over as GM last summer. “I’m not much on what guys did before they got here,” said Burke, the Mighty Ducks general manager, in a conference call. “This business, fortunately or unfortunately, is based on what can you do for me today. I felt the goal production to date certainly didn’t merit the salary paid to date.” Sykora, 29, was in the final year of his contract that pays $3.1 million, the third highest salary on the Ducks. He’d been on the trading block for several weeks, and Burke said Sunday he had a trade worked out last month, which led Sykora to be scratched Dec. 8 in Buffalo in preparation of a move.
Two people have been rescued after becoming stuck in dense fog on Muckish Mountain.The male and female, both in their 40s, were climbing on the Western side of the mountain when the weather conditions changed.The alarm was raised at 3.45pm and a rescue party from Donegal Mountain Rescue team were dispatched to the scene. The couple were located at approximately 5.45pm.However, when the man was walking down the mountain he complained of an upper leg injury and could not walk any further.The Rescue 118 helicopter was dispatched from Sligo but had to abandon the rescue because of the dense fog.A second extraction team from DMR was them dispatched to the area and are currently escorting the party down the mountain around 8.30pm. The man is expected to be taken to Letterkenny General Hospital to have his injury examined. COUPLE RESCUED FROM MUCKISH AFTER MAN INJURES LEG IN DENSE FOG was last modified: January 19th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDonegal Mountain RescueMuckish
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDrivers owned up to some rude behavior themselves: Nearly all said they had talked on a cell phone while driving, and 64 percent acknowledged they occasionally drive too fast. Young drivers and people with long commutes were found to be the most likely to react to an aggressive or rude driver. The top reactions included honking the horn, cursing or making an obscene gesture. No distinct differences were found between male and female drivers. “Human behavior is so involved with crashes at all levels,” said Elly Martin, a spokeswoman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “(Aggressive driving) is a pattern of behavior drivers exhibit over and over.” AutoVantage, based in Norwalk, Conn., hopes to use the survey to educate people about how to resist road rage. Among its tips are remaining calm and not making eye contact with an angry driver. Stressed Miami drivers speed, tailgate and cut off other drivers so frequently that the city earned the title of worst road rage in a survey released Tuesday. AutoVantage, an automobile membership club offering travel services and roadside assistance, also listed Phoenix, New York, Los Angeles and Boston among the top five cities for rude driving. Minneapolis, Nashville, St. Louis, Seattle and Atlanta were rated as the cities with the most courteous drivers, who were less likely to change lanes without signaling or swear at other motorists. More than 2,000 adult drivers who regularly commute in 20 major metropolitan areas were asked to rate road rage and rude driving in telephone surveys between January and March. The survey conducted by Prince Market Research has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Fleetwood boss Joey Barton has raided former club Rangers, signing Jason Holt on a season-long loan.The midfielder was a regular member of the Gers side last season but has been allowed to join Fleetwood for the 2018-19 campaign, where he will once again team up with new Cod Army head coach Barton. The pair played alongside each other briefly during Barton’s spell in Scotland which lasted just eight matches, and Holt becomes his second signing since taking the reins at Fleetwood earlier in the month.Holt has made over 100 appearances for Rangers in the three years since joining from Hearts and was a key part of the squad that earned promotion from the Ladbrokes Championship in 2016 but has chosen to move on after Steven Gerrard decided he was not part of his plans for next season.On securing the signing, Barton told Fleetwood’s official website: “I’m delighted that Jason has joined us here at Fleetwood Town.“I saw his qualities when I was at Rangers on a daily basis, and as soon as I found out he was available we tried everything to make sure we got him here.“He’s a great character, a great trainer and he knows the level after his season with Sheffield United.” Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 1 Latest transfer news targets RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Barton had a brief spell at Rangers in the 2016/17 season LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets IN DEMAND moving on REVEALED
Some Manchester United fans may be disappointed if this turns out to be the kit for next season. Eric Cantona in the 1992-94 away kit Manchester United were truly born in 1902.United begin their Premier League season on 10 August against Leicester City after what looks like a tough pre-season camp in America where they face Club America on 20 July, then play San Jose Earthquakes, Milan, Liverpool, Real Madrid and finish against Bayern Munich on 5 August.What do you think of the possible new kit? Black shorts? 3 3 The club have already confirmed what their third kit will be, while there are also rumours about the away version, too.There was even a special European Cup kit released to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of their win at Wembley in 1968.Now, though, it appears the all red home shirt could fade into black at the bottom.They haven’t always been ‘red’, however.When formed in 1878, they were known as Newton Heath LYR and wore green and yellow. They even paid tribute to this in their away kit (1992-1994) 3 Possible Man United kit for next season
HOW could this possibly ever be a problem? “It’s a beautiful thing,” said USC coach Pete Carroll. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Is Jessica Alba too attractive? Superman too strong? President George W. Bush too smart? No one ever accused Steven Spielberg of being too talented, so what’s with all this concern over USC? “I don’t understand why people think that is a bad thing,” Carroll said. “It is awesome. “How much more could you want? We have so many guys we can get the ball to. That is all anybody could ever hope for.” It goes to the heart of Carroll’s competitive USC culture. He recruits the best. Goes after guys with NFL futures. Then throws them together and tells them to battle, and may the best guy win. That’s just at each position. The concern has been, USC has enough weapons to fuel several competitive teams, if not back North Korea into total disarmament. It starts, naturally, with Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, who eschewed NFL millions to return and quarterback the defending national champion Trojans for his senior year. Then there’s the most dangerous player in college football, Reggie Bush, and the powerful and bruising LenDale White, both at running back. USC collects great receivers like other teams do water bottles. Dwyane Jarrett emerged as one of the best in the country last year as a freshman. Steve Smith caught three touchdown passes in the national championship game against Oklahoma. Chris McFoy and Willie Buchanon return, Whitney Lewis is rounding into shape, and then there’s 6-5 freshman Patrick Turner, the latest in the Mike Williams-Jarrett line of super receivers. Dominique Byrd is a marvelously talented tight end. That’s a lot of weapons, a wealth of riches. Some have suggested it’s also a surplus of firepower that will lead to an inevitable battle of egos. Just too many guys who need and want the ball. “I am not worried one bit,” Carroll said. “I hope our guys are frustrated by it. I hope they want the ball more. I hope they are chomping at the bit to get another shot at it. “That brings the right kind of mentality. That is what we are looking for. “I don’t even know how to allude to anything that is not positive about it. It is a great situation and hopefully we can continue to position guys in those spots too.” Leinart has also shrugged off suggestions that there are just not enough footballs to go around. “We had the same people last year and it wasn’t a problem,” Leinart said. True enough, all the skill players who romped through Oklahoma with touchdowns in that 55-19 victory over Oklahoma return. All have bought in on Carroll’s team concept in the past, all fueled by national championships. But in USC’s 63-17 victory over Hawaii in its season opener, the first hint of conflict emerged from White. White, who lost his starting tailback spot to Bush before the opener, then found himself clearly playing a reduced role during the game. Most glaringly, Bush was called upon and not White during a goal-line situation. After one TD, 10 Trojans rushed to the end zone to celebrate while White returned to the sideline. Said White to the Daily News’ Scott Wolf: “That’s what happens when you’ve got the Heisman Trophy tailback on the team … I have no clue at all what’s going on. You’ve got Reggie Bush on the team and that’s what happens.” Bush finished fifth in the Heisman voting last season. It is Leinart and Bush featured on the cover of the team media guide, not White. It’s not only easy to understand how White would feel slighted, it’s almost unrealistic to expect he wouldn’t be. Carroll has done his best to downplay the Hawaii incident and inferred it was media created. That’s what Carroll should do, of course. Calm the waters, right the ship. Send strong messages. Bush and White seemed to get along well personally. If the Trojans continue to move the all as expected, there may well be enough moments for all to shine. Let all the options be the opponents’ problem. “This is an awesome opportunity for us to make a really effective offense work and go and stress out our opponent,” he said. “The good thing is that has been proven is, you don’t know who is going to be the featured guy. Sometimes we don’t know either. We go with what is working for us. “You likely could see LenDale (White) get the ball 20 times this game. That could happen. Or we will go to Steve Smith 10 times this game or Dominique (Byrd) this game. It depends on how we are playing and how our opponent decides they need to stop us.” Or try to, anyway. USC may emerge as the best offensive college team ever. No one questions the talent is there and Carroll figures they shouldn’t question there’s too much. It’s a beautiful thing. — Steve Dilbeck can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A desired thing, an absolute no-brainer. Carroll can’t begin to fathom how anyone would suggest otherwise. How in the name of John McKay could USC possibly ever have … too much talent?