National Housing Policy in Sight

first_imgMr. Samuel Thompson, Managing Director of the Liberia National Housing Authority (NHA), has disclosed that with the help of consultants, for the first time in Liberia’s history, the NHA has among other things, produced a new draft National Housing Policy to guide projections for providing 512,000 housing units in Liberia by 2030, the target year for Liberia to have achieved middle-income status. That means, delivery of these dwellings would require a build rate of 30,000 new dwellings every year – for the next 17 years – if Liberia is to become a middle income country.“Clearly, the old approach of the NHA actually engaging in the direct provision of homes has not worked and cannot be expected to bridge the glaring deficit in decent and affordable housing,” an NHA statement signed by managing director, Samuel W. Thomason explained.Based on those ongoing development plans, the NHA says a two-day National Stakeholder’s Colloquium is scheduled for April 17-18, 2014 and is expected to bring together a wide range of participants from across Liberia to deliberate on the draft policy. Mr. Thompson says the policy draft would then be presented to the donor community, the cabinet and the Legislature for further review and input before being finalized for formal launching. The new National Housing Policy should provide a rational and holistic framework for passing new legislation, reforming existing organizations and creating new institutions to effectively address the significant housing needs of the country.   Hopefully, Mr. Thompson said, the exercise will also erase the misconception among both policy makers and the general public that the housing sector simply provides a social good.  Housing, he said, is known worldwide as a powerful engine for economic growth, job creation, and poverty reduction for large numbers of people, economic justice and expansion of the tax base.   Also, progress in the provision of decent, affordable housing also has a direct bearing on national security, “because it gives a larger number of families a reason to maintain peace and stability.” The NHA was established by an Act of the National Legislature to, among other things, join the overall growth and development of the Liberian economy by serving as an engine of economic growth, economic justice and individual upliftment of the citizens.However, a recent media report branded the Housing Autority a “failure”, an assertion which the NHA leadership says is unfounded. Mr. Thompson disclosed that his administration remains resolute toward meeting the country’s National Vision 2030 development framework and Agenda for Transformation that mandates the NHA to expand access to affordable housing for low income households in all counties. Based on that, in June 2012, the NHA in collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Planning developed a plan called “Program for the Construction of 5,000 Housing Units and Home Ownership for Low to Middle Income Earners,” which are yet to become fruitful due to other challenges the entity is faced with.So far, however, a US$10 Million low-interest, 10-year fund has been provided by the CBL to LBDI to lend for housing construction and mortgage loans.  Old and New Matadi residents are now tapping into these funds to purchase homes they were only occupying as tenants up to 2011. NASSCORP also provided an initial CSR funding of US$1 Million to acquire land and build the first 58 housing units and cover project management costs at the NHA Brewerville Housing Estate.  However, the NHA is still awaiting approval from the Ministry of Finance’s (MOF) Debt Management Committee for a proposal submitted in September, 2013 to borrow US$2 Million from the CBL funds to build an additional 100 housing units at Brewerville, which has a purported waiting list of almost 300 applicants to purchase homes at the Estate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Neighbours settle attempted murder case

first_imgA 34-year-old construction worker’s charge was dismissed on Monday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Travis Garrett was charged in July for attempted murder after allegedly chopping his neighbour with a cutlass.Travis GarrettGarrett, of Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on July 24, 2019, at Grove, East Bank Demerara, he wounded Ramchan Chunnilall with the intent to commit murder.When the matter was called before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, the two men agreed to settle the matter. The victim told the court that he did not want to proceed with the matter and as a result, he is willing to accept $20,000 as compensation. He said that the defendant’s wife is sickly and she has young children to take care of and since Garrett is the sole breadwinner of his family, he will not proceed with the case.The victim added that he had forgiven Garrett but he would like for the Magistrate to warn him.The Magistrate, after listening to the victim, discharged the matter on the grounds of no evidence offered.Garrett was then instructed to compensate the victim from the bail he posted.The facts of the matter stated that Garrett and the victim, who are neighbours, were involved in an argument when the 34-year-old man armed himself with a cutlass and dealt the victim a chop to his neck.The injured man was then rushed to the Diamond Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. The matter was later reported and Garrett was subsequently arrested.last_img read more

Money changer, teenage daughter gunned down during home invasion

first_imgAn America Street money changer and his teenage daughter were on Thursday shot dead by two armed bandits who invaded their property.Aaron Latchman, called “Star Boy”, and his 18-year-old daughter, Arriana Latchman, of Lot 58 Robert Street North, Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD), were pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital just after 17:00h. Based on information received, the now dead man was attacked as he arrived home at approximately 15:30h.It is believed that the two gunmen were in the man’s yard when he drove up in his motor car. As Latchman exited his car, he was immediately held at gunpoint. His daughter was with him at the time.The man and his daughter were taken to the upper flat of the house, where the bandits might have demanded money. At the hospital, a neighbour told Guyana Times that he heard three gunshots emanating from the upper flat of the house. It is believed that after the bandits were handed a bag containing a large sum of money, they shot and killed the teenager.The man further stated that soon after the gunshots, they saw the now dead man being escorted into the yard by the armed men.Shortly after, another gunshot rang out, this time Latchman was shot to the upper left side of his chest. He fell in the yard and was left in a pool of blood.The two gunmen then quickly ran out of the yard and boarded a white Toyota Carina 212 motor car, which was parked some distance away.“Apparently like they traced he before, because they went in the yard waiting, is every day he does come home the same time. They bring he downstairs and they shoot he in the yard and left he right there,” neighbour revealed.According to the neighbour, as the men ran, money fell from the bag they were carrying.A brother-in-law of the now dead man told this publication that he was on his cycle when he heard the gunshots.“I just came home, and I went over to another neighbour to borrow two razor blade and I hear a knocking on the fence, but I say, man, must be the neighbour so I ignored it. But when I ride off now, I hear somebody seh somebody in Aaron yard, so I tun back my bike now and that’s when I hear bam! Bam! (making gunshot sounds) and then I see two men running at the head of the street; I can’t say how much of them, but I only saw two,” the man recounted in disbelief.He indicated that he quickly ran over to lend assistance, breaking a padlock to gain access to the yard.“So me and some others went over, we had to break the padlock for the gate and when we reach in, we see “Star Boy” lay down on the ground and I run upstairs: now, I see he big daughter sprawled pon the ground, I couldn’t watch at them, because didn’t feeling good,” the man explained.The now dead man’s wife – an employee of the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital –and his younger daughter were not at home at the time of the incident.At the hospital, the family were all seen in a distraught state, clinging to each other as they mourned.Up to press time, no arrest had been made for the robbery-murder; however, investigations are continuing. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

Local drive fighting breast cancer… one penny at a time

first_imgBy donating a few pennies you could help save someone’s life.The local chapter of Avon Canada will be kicking off its annual penny drive in Fort St. John on Saturday.- Advertisement -Sharon Hards is the local Avon leader and says the now national campaign was started by her district manager, who lost her sister to breast cancer 10 years ago. Hards says after leaving the funeral, the woman reached into her purse, pulled out some pennies and realised just how valuable each one could be in the fight against cancer.Residents are encouraged to check their cars, purses, couch cushions or even under the floor boards and donate whatever loose change they can find and drop it off at the Totem Mall between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.The company’s goal is to reach 125 million pennies by mid-October, equating to $1.25 million, which will be donated to Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada, which provides information and support services to those who are affected by breast cancer.last_img read more

‘Affordability’ is 2019 campaign’s main theme, and poll shows why

first_img“What we are really talking about is financial security — a sense that some Canadians feel financially strained, maybe worried about debtload, maybe anxious about their long-term finances (ie: retirement), maybe anxious about how they’d handle an unexpected expense and feeling like they don’t have a cushion,” she said in an email.And like the middle class, the elasticity of “affordability” makes it a perfect campaign message, said Philip Cross, a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.Most people, Cross said, have an idea in their minds of what sort of home or car they ought to have.“Once they add up all that, if there’s no money left over, they go, ‘My life is unaffordable,’” he said. “From a politician’s point of view, it’s perfect — ‘I’m going to make your life more affordable’ basically says, ‘I’m going to give you more of all the things you want.’ Well, that’s irresistible.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019. Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — A new poll paints a picture of anxiety and economic pessimism among Canadians — and helps to explain why the question of affordability has become the dominant theme of the federal election campaign.But if the latest Leger survey is any indication, Canadians remain unsure about which party is best placed to ease the pressure.Leger asked people to choose a statement that best describes their personal situation. Twenty-six per cent said they have a decent income, but are having trouble making ends meet and can’t get by; 13 per cent said their income was too low and they were going into debt.- Advertisement -In the 35-54 age bracket, 36 per cent of respondents said they were struggling to make ends meet, even with a decent income, while 15 per cent reported going into debt, the highest in all age groups.No wonder, then, that the Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats all spent the campaign’s first week making pitches focused squarely on that family-friendly demographic, said Leger vice-president Christian Bourque.“They probably have similar data showing them there’s a sweet spot there of people who feel life is tougher,” Bourque said.Advertisement “You may want to pay everybody who has got a child $100 a month, but that doesn’t reduce the $1,700 fee they have to pay for child care in Toronto,” Macdonald said.None of the promises, however, are moving the needle just yet: 36 per cent of those surveyed said they didn’t know which political party was best-positioned to make life more affordable.Where people live also affected how they answered the question.In Ontario, respondents were evenly split between the Conservatives and Liberals, while in Quebec, the Liberals led by 5 percentage points. In B.C., there’s a much wider spread — 25 per cent backed the Tories, 14 per cent the Liberals.Defining what makes something affordable is also complicated, say economists and social policy experts. While affordable housing has a generally accepted definition — no more than 30 per cent of a person’s income — there is no economic definition for other items, like day care, bus passes or cellphone fees. Advertisementcenter_img The poll, conducted between Sept. 13-17, surveyed 1,598 eligible voters selected from Leger’s online panel; internet-based surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because online polls are not considered random samples.In that window, the Liberals promised to expand the child care benefit program, take the taxes off maternity and parental benefits and create more after-school child care spots. The Conservatives unveiled a suite of tax credits and benefits to reward the parents of active, arts-oriented kids. And the NDP promised to lower cellphone and internet bills and build more affordable housing.The parties are trying to differentiate themselves on the issue, but whose policies can actually get to the heart of it is complicated, said David Macdonald, senior economist with the Centre for Policy Alternatives. Tax cuts or benefit increases are immediately gratifying, but things like adding day care spaces, which take time, may have more impact in the long term.Advertisement “In some ways, it’s like the middle class. There’s isn’t an economic definition of who is in the middle class, but everyone wants to be in the middle class,” said Macdonald.“Affordability has a positive ring to it, but it means very different things to different people.”If the comparison with the middle class brings back memories of the 2015 campaign, it should. That election, said Bourque, was dominated by the fight for those voters, and at some point, they zeroed in on Justin Trudeau as the one hearing and responding to those concerns.The early part of the 2019 effort has been setting the stage for a similar branding exercise, he suggested.Messages on the middle class and affordability share similar themes, said Jennifer Robson, a public policy professor at Carleton University.Advertisementlast_img read more

RV owners forced out of Arcadia trailer park

first_imgARCADIA – Owners of recreational vehicles have been given three months to get out of Santa Anita Village, a trailer park that was the only haven for RVs in the area. Many have already left, some moving as far away as Lake Elsinore. “It’s too bad for all of us,” said Armando Papera, 70, a retired truck driver. “I don’t know why all of a sudden they’ve got to make a change.” RV owners are generally thought of as a transient population. Often retired, they stay in one spot for a few weeks or months and then move on to some other part of the country. But some are younger, with jobs and other connections in the area, and may stay in one spot for years. For them, the eviction from Santa Anita Village is doubly difficult because RV parks are so scarce in Los Angeles County. “L.A. County is so hard on RV parks,” said Al Locke, an RV owner in Santa Anita Village. “There are very few around, and the few that are here are full up. It’s virtually impossible. There are no vacancies.” Santa Anita Village sits on unincorporated land on East Live Oak Avenue, which falls under the jurisdiction of the county. In the 1950s, the park was issued permits for trailers, but it was never approved for RVs, said Rose Hamilton, an L.A. County supervising regional planner. The county received an anonymous complaint in June – some residents think it came from a disgruntled former resident – and inspectors came out to investigate. “They had over 80 RVs parked on the site. This was not allowed by the permit,” Hamilton said. “The only way to abate the problem was to remove the RVs.” The property owner, Prime Enterprises, sent out eviction notices in December. RV owners were supposed to be out by this week. But residents complained to Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s office, and ultimately they were granted a 90-day reprieve. Now they must be out by the end of April. “We’re all going to try and stay as long as we can,” said resident David Rietkek. “It’s not too easy to get a place close around here. There’s places an hour away, but around here it’s not too RV-friendly.” Hamilton noted that the county has not forbidden RV parks. There is one in San Dimas, another in Pomona, and a handful of others scattered throughout the county. “There are areas in the county that are zoned to allow RVs, but this is just not one of them,” she said. Several Santa Anita Village residents have been calling those parks every day, hoping a long-term spot opens up. Others are looking at heading farther afield. “We’re going to go back on the road,” Papera said. “We like it here. We got our doctors here, and we got business to take care of.” But in this area, he said, “we ain’t got no place to go.” gene.maddaus@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Barcelona legend Lionel Messi names club he wants to finish his career with

first_img1 The 29-year-old Argentinian is close to agreeing a new contract Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has reiterated his desire to see out his career with Barcelona.The 29-year-old, who moved to Spain aged 13 to join Barca, has won eight league titles and four Champions League crowns with the Catalan club, and has no plans to go anywhere else.“It’s what I always dreamed and what I always wanted. I would like to finish my career at Barcelona,” Messi said in an interview with ESPN, shown on Barcelona’s website.Messi’s contract expires next summer, although reports in Spain suggest he is close to agreeing a three-year extension.Barca finished second in LaLiga in the 2016/17 campaign, surrendering their crown to arch rivals Real Madrid, and were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Juventus.Messi, currently away on international duty with Argentina, added: “We would have liked to have achieved more.“We play to win titles. We want to be in the Champions League final and to win LaLiga. This year it wasn’t to be.“We tried, but it didn’t happen. We ended up with the Copa del Rey and we hope next season will be better for us as far as titles go.”last_img read more

THE CARA BUNDORAN 10 MILE RUN – IN PICTURES!

first_imgTHE CARA BUNDORAN 10 MILE RUN – IN PICTURES! was last modified: March 10th, 2012 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:Cara Bundoran 10 Mile Runlast_img

Everyone welcome to Saturday’s free Strawberry Festival at Castle Grove

first_imgWelcome to Castle Grove’s blog for Donegal Daily where we will share our plans for this year’s Strawberry Festival.This Saturday, on the 7th July, Castle Grove will welcome friends, families and visitors from near and far to its second annual Strawberry Festival on the grounds of Castle Grove Country House Hotel.The Strawberry Festival is part of the Donegal Food Coast Initiative and is a celebration of all things “Strawberry”. Donegal Food Coast Initiative aim to create awareness within Donegal and nationally of the range of quality food producers and providers in the county and the role they play for the local economy, while developing awareness of Donegal as a destination for exceptional food experiences.As a proud promoter of Donegal businesses, Castle Grove will also be participating in the Taste of Donegal Festival in Donegal Town in August and Off the Street LK food festival in Letterkenny. These events will attract visitors on the Wild Atlantic Way to Donegal and Letterkenny.With weeks of planning nearing an end, we are delighted to announce the plans for our Strawberry Festival on the 7th July from 1pm-5pm. So, bring along your friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of Castle Grove Hospitality with: Castle Grove Summer Strawberry FestivalFree Admission – day includes:Tour of the walled garden, seeing where and how all our vegetables are grown and to see the Walled Garden of Castle Grove.Live Music Entertainment from two local bands: The Steps and Nasty and the Fantastics, keeping everyone entertained with a festival atmosphere.Face Painting for the kids and big kids.Cookery Demonstration…. Live Cookery Demonstration with Head Chef Paul Brady. Recipe cards available to go on the day.Cocktail Demonstration… Castle Grove’s Mixologist will be demonstrating how to make our Signature Cocktails, including the famous Castle Grove Strawberry Gin Cocktail.Cake Sale… a large selection of Castle Grove’s Strawberry Desserts, Cakes and Bakes will be available for sale, both in house and in boxes ready to go.BBQ – Weather permitting Food and Beverages available for purchase.Strawberry Gin Cocktails at Castle GroveStrawberry Gin Cocktails at Castle GroveStrawberry patch at Castle GroveFresh strawberries at Castle GroveNOTE: REVISED PARKINGFollowing on the success from last year, we look forward to welcoming large numbers to Castle Grove, and we have revised the parking, with the parking at the main entrance and priority parking in the carpark near the house for elderly and disabled parking.So, with free admission and forecasted great weather, there is no excuse not to gather your friends and family and enjoy and afternoon at Castle Grove.We look forward to welcoming you all on Saturday. The team at CG.Everyone welcome to Saturday’s free Strawberry Festival at Castle Grove was last modified: July 4th, 2018 by Castle GroveShare 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:castle grove country house hoteleventsfamily day outletterkennystrawberry festivalsummerThings to dolast_img read more

Chelsea v Palace: Zouma and Cahill start, new signings on bench

first_imgBranislav Ivanovic captains Chelsea and Zurt Zouma partners Gary Cahill at centre-back in the absence of John Terry, who is suspended after being sent off at West Brom last weekend.Recent signings Baba Rahman and Kenedy are both among the Blues substitutes. Chelsea are still without Oscar, who has been nursing an injury.For Crystal Palace, former Hillingdon Borough player Yannick Bolasie returns to the squad following the recent death of his father.Bolsie is on the Eagles bench. Bakary Sako keeps his place in the starting line-up.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy, Falcao.Crystal Palace: McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha, Puncheon, Sako, Wickham Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, Chung-yong Lee, Mutch, Ledley, Bolasie, Gayle.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more