14 Jan

LIPA Legal Counsel Joins G. Kru Senatorial Race

first_imgA Legal Counsel staff in the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Atty. Patrice PokarWeah, has described himself as a “very possible candidate” to replace retired Grand Kru County Senator Cletus S. Wortoson in the upcoming Special Senatorial Elections in October-2014.The Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) candidate told journalists on Tuesday that he is positive of his election owing to his prominence amongst the youth for his inelastic advocacy role over the years.Atty. Weah in a cheered tone said he believes that he would also be voted based on his capacity as an Attorney-at-Law to replace the aged politician and geologist (Cletus Wotorson) to merge with the Doctor (Senator Dr. Peter Coleman) to promote and develop the County.Senator Wotorson, 77 years old, has announced his retirement from politics after serving over 40 years in public offices ranging from Director of Liberian Geological Survey, Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Chairman of the Liberian Petroleum Refinery Company, Senator of Grand Kru County and President Pro Tempt of the Liberian Senate.The LIPA legal man also told journalists that reason necessitating his ambition for the senatorial race is to fill the leadership vacuum in order to promote Grand Kru County Development Agenda.“I am sure of my election and will certainly reinvent the wheel of the Grand Kru County Development Agenda for our County to be on par with other counties like Sinoe, Grand Bassa and Nimba,” he said. “Howbeit, education would be my priority.”Meanwhile, Atty. Weah has urged people of the county to deviate from tribal politics in county.“We have 12 traditional groups and let’s see ourselves as one people and stop the kru and grebo sentiment, because if we thread that path we will put county in trouble,” Atty. Weah said. “Let’s go to the ballot box without tribal politics but using our capability and the developmental issues,” he 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

14 Jan

Pres. Sirleaf Extols Manufacturers Creating Jobs for Liberians

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

14 Jan

Emphasizing Science and Technology to Lift Liberia

first_imgThe faculty and students of the University of Liberia’s T.J.R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology did themselves and the nation a great favor last week by inviting South Korean Ambassador Noh Kyu Duk to be their commencement speaker. Ambassador Noh explained to the graduates how his country became one of the Asian Tigers that lifted their people out of poverty and backwardness and made them industrious and rich.For starters, let us tell our readers who the four Asian Tigers are. They are East Asian nations who, one time poor and backward, seriously embraced education, industry and technology and became four of the world’s richest and most highly developed nations. They are Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. There are two other facts our readers need to know about the four Asian Tigers: First, that they all, unlike Liberia and many other African nations, had no natural resources; and second, they were all transformed into success stories after 1960.Now, what did South Korean Ambassador Noh tell the T.R.J. Faulkner graduates? Liberia, he told them, should give priority to education, especially science and technology, in order to lift itself out of poverty and backwardness, just as South Korea and the other Asian Tigers did beginning in the early 1960s. South Korea, he recalled, earlier depended largely on textile (clothing, fabric) production, whose prices soon drastically declined.Following this economic setback, the government in 1962 developed a five-year plan and turned its attention to serious investment in education and technology, especially the chemical industry. First in this direction was the steel industry. “Despite skepticism about the feasibility of such a venture in Korea,” Ambassador Noh told the graduates, “the government successfully integrated steel mill in the early 1970s. This,” he said, “paved the way for other steel-related industries, such as shipbuilding, automobiles, machinery and construction.” But the government soon found out that without the support of science and technology of its own, the national goal of industrialization and economic development would be nothing more than a sand castle, which would soon crumble. In 1973, therefore, the government established “the Daedeok Science Town (DST) as an engine of enhancing national competitiveness of high technology.”Ambassador Noh then admonished the graduates to forget entertainment and laziness and rather focus on a plan of action to achieve their goals.For her part, the valedictorian of the class, Ms. Anita Tarplah, urged her fellow graduates, yea all UL students, to “civically engage, rather than focus on egotistic ideals, prestige and ambitions of splendor.”This highly intelligent and serious-minded student knew what she was talking about. How many times within the past several years has the UL, including the College of Science and Technology, not lost precious time because UL students engaged in violent demonstrations that kept the university closed for months.T.R.J. Faulkner Dean, Dr. Euphemia Weeks, herself a neuroscientist, underscored this point when, in her Academic Report, she recalled how these uncivil disruptions affected the TRJ College, closing it down for six months at a time.We pray that all UL students, and students throughout Liberia, would heed the admonition of their fellow student Anita Tarplah, and turn their focus seriously upon their studies, to move their schools and fellow students FORWARD.We would like to close this editorial with two critical questions: First, what next for the TRJ Faulkner Class of 2015? Second, what next for the Liberian government? Will the University of Liberia help move its talented students, like Ms. Tarplah and her classmates, one step further by affording them further science and tech training and helping them begin the technological and industrial revolution in Liberia?Will the Liberian government emulate, albeit belatedly, the example of South Korea? Remember that Ambassador Noh said it is “never too late” to start doing the right thing.Yes, Liberia, Singapore and South Korea were on the same economic plane in 1960, and Liberia had a serious advantage over them: many natural resources. Alas! We were left behind, and we are still woefully behind. But it is NOT TOO LATE! We must, however, just as South Korea did in the 1960s, focus seriously on education, especially science and technology that will pave the way to our agricultural, industrial and technological revolutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

Fish found dead in Essequibo conservancy died from lack of oxygen – Minister Holder

first_imgThe hundreds of dead fish that were on Saturday discovered floating in the conservancy canal that runs between the Richmond Housing Scheme and the La Belle Alliance Housing Scheme in Region Two(Pomeroon/Supenaam) are said to have died from lack of oxygen.Dead fish floating in the conservancy that runs between the Richmond Housing Scheme and La Belle Alliance Housing Scheme, EssequiboThis explanation was proffered by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, who told Guyana Times on Monday that more enquiries are being done to verify the conditions that led to this magnitude of fish dying.“But as it is, the water where they lived is relatively low, resulting in limited oxygen for their survival. That, coupled with the fact that the vegetation in the area — the shrubs and weeds in the water where the fish were — needs oxygen too to survive. So, due to the vegetation not being removed, (less) oxygen was available for the fishes,” Minister Holder explained.He explained that although the issue is a Regional one, the Agriculture Ministry is still playing a role in helping to avoid a recurrence of such a situation.Guyana Times was told that, through the Agriculture Ministry’s National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), more water is expected to become available in that conservancy and in nearby canals.Agriculture MinisterNoel Holder“I have the NDIA currently focusing on pumping additional water into the canals of Region Two, which are being affected by the dry weather and lack of rainfall presently. The one hymac that we have in that particular area is presently under repair, but we are working to remove the vegetation,” the minister told Guyana Times.Minister Holder further stated that once the overgrown shrubs and weeds are cleared, at least one source of threat to the fish’s supply of oxygen would be eliminated.Over the weekend, residents in the areas contiguous to this canal have complained that the stench emanating from the dead fish was both unhealthy and unbearable.When the dead fish were discovered, an investigation was immediately launched, and preliminary findings are that the fish could not obtain enough oxygen to susrvive.According to several residents, the water is stagnant, and they are unable to use the water (as had previously obtained) for household chores and other activities.In fact, the area where the fish are floating is polluted with boxes and tins, as well as other items that appear to have been dumped by persons in the water.last_img read more

12 Jan

Senior Flyers defeat Manning 6-5

first_imgThe Flyers got off to a great start in the first period as they opened the scoring, and led 3-1 after the first period.The Comets came out strong in the second period. The team scored twice in a 17 second span to tie the game at three with 13 minutes left in the frame. Before the period was done however, Fort St. John would restore their two goal lead with two goals in a span of 1:11 in the final minutes of the second.Fort St. John would expand their lead to 6-3 following a goal early on in the third. Manning would round out the scoring with two goals before time expired to make the final 6-5.- Advertisement -Scoring in order for Fort St. John were Brady Busche, Kyle Leahy, Adam Horst, Jeff Shipton, Kyle Leahy, and Adam Horst. Assists went to Jeff Shipton (4), Adam Horst (2), Robbie Sidhu, Bryce Novak, Troy Hunt, and Dylan Apsassin.Shots for the game were 37-33 in favour of the Flyers.Next for For St. John is a game on December 11 at the North Peace Arena against Spirit River at 8:30 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

11 Jan

Be careful depositing tax refund

first_imgOr say you make an error in your return and the IRS adjusts your refund. An amount different from what you had expected may get deposited into your IRA. If lower, you may miss out on contributing all you could. If higher, you may end up with excess (and therefore illegal) contributions, subject to tax penalties. The tax forms for direct deposit of refunds do not distinguish between IRAs and non-IRA accounts, so nothing in them will alert the IRS if you are putting in more than the law allows. “With IRS direct deposit, you have very little control over the actual amount deposited,” said Diana Stephens, tax analyst with Thomson Tax and Accounting. “Any number of errors (by you, the IRS or your financial institution) can result in a deposit of more or less than you requested.” Such errors, or simply delays in processing your return, “could create a nightmare that could take months to unravel,” Stephens said. So who thought this up? Allowing direct deposit of tax refunds into IRAs was a much-hailed provision of the Pension Protection Act approved last summer. Congress’ intent was to boost retirement savings among people who felt they could not afford to contribute to an IRA until they received their refund (and who might then use the refund for something else). My problem with the whole idea, and why I never intend to do it with my IRA, is that it perpetuates a pervasive but misguided view of tax refunds. “Many individuals are still of the mind-set that a tax refund is a `bonus’ when, in fact, it just means you gave an interest-free loan to the government,” usually by having too much money withheld from your paycheck, said Nicholas Kaster, pension analyst for tax publisher CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business. Your best step if you get large refunds, Kaster said, is to boost your take-home pay by lowering your withholding. Then use the extra money you receive to contribute to your IRA as soon as you can, giving your money more time to grow. (You can contribute to an IRA a little at a time, and contribute less than the maximum). “However, in absence of this, a direct deposit into your IRA may help individuals who otherwise have a hard time saving,” Kaster said. Those are the folks Congress had in mind. “People are more likely to save if they never touch the money,” said Ed Slott, certified public accountant in Rockville Centre, N.Y. “The idea is to make saving easier.” It makes no sense therefore to get trapped in a paperwork nightmare by having a deductible contribution miss the April 17 deadline or making an error it could take months to correct. No wonder the IRS has put six caution icons with exclamation points in the two-page Form 8888, which you must file if you want to split the deposit of your refund into more than one account. This is key: With any account, IRA or non-IRA, it’s your job to contact your financial institution to make sure it will accept direct deposit of a tax refund and to obtain the information required by the IRS. If you are asking that your refund be deposited in a single account, you just fill line 74 on Form 1040. Still, I recommend you read Form 8888 to avoid common mistakes. Or, if the refund deposit process becomes too much of a hassle, simply make a direct IRA contribution, which is simpler. (Send questions or comments to Humberto Cruz at AskHumberto@aol.com or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207. Personal replies are not possible. )160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The intent is good, to encourage Americans to save for retirement. But enough things can go wrong that I must caution against having your tax refund deposited directly into your individual retirement account. For one thing, I can think of smarter ways to make IRA contributions. If you do deposit your refund, at least protect yourself by making any deductible IRA deposit you request now be for the 2007 tax year, not 2006. The reason: If you haven’t filed your return yet, even if you do it electronically today, the risk is huge that your refund won’t get deposited until after the April 17 IRA contribution deadline for 2006. Any deduction claimed for 2006 would then be disallowed and you would have to file an amended return. You would also have to pay more in taxes because of the lost IRA deduction. (And, yes, the deadline is April 17, not Oct. 15, as I’ve seen misreported in national publications.) last_img
6 Jan

Manyatta, Kitale win Chapa Dimba nationals

first_imgAl Ahly came back stronger in the second half commanding the game and halved the deficit on the hour mark from the penalty spot. However, they could not complete their comeback as Ahly defended well to see out the win.“It is a good feeling to win against such a tough opponent. We have fought hard and we have come a long away. Our win makes us proud because we are taking home the glory as well as the Sh1mn prize that will go a long way in helping the academy,” said Manyatta shot stopper Nicholas Munangwe.In the girls’ category, Kitale needed post match penalties luck to win 4-2 against Nairobi’s Acakoro Ladies after a 2-2 draw in regulation time.Sylvia Makhungu gave Acakoro an early lead in the 15th minute before Agneta Marondo equalized in the 22nd minute to end the first half at 1-1.The Second half saw Rachel Adhiambo score through a set piece in the 68th minute only for Kitale Queens to respond almost immediately with an equalizer in the 71st minute, courtesy of Daisy Busia.“This is a dream come true for us. The game was not easy at all but we made it. We are supper excited to be crowned season two’s national champions of the tournament,” said Cynthia Libondo, Captain, Kitale Queens.While the winners went back home with a winner’s purse of Sh1mn, losing finalists, Acakoro and Al-Ahly pocketed Sh500,000This edition saw 32 boys and girls scouted from across all regions during the eight regional finals to form The Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom All-Stars who attended a ten days training camp in Spain early last month.Awards:MVP: Daisy Busia  – Kitale Queens (Girls), Abdurrahman Abdullahi – Al-Ahly FC (Boys)Top Scorer; Dennis Atsenga –Lugari Blue Saints, Mark Ochieng –  Manyatta United, Benson Ochieng – Manyatta UnitedGirls – Jane Njeri – Barcelona LadiesBest Keeper; Nicholas  Munangwe –Manyatta United; Phyllis Chemutai – Kitale Queens0Shares0000(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alhyl’s Yusuf Mohammed (R) tackles Manyatta United’s Mark Ochieng (R) in the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom boys finals at Kinoru stadium in Meru.MERU, Kenya, June 23 – Nyanza’s Manyatta United and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley were on Sunday evening crowned new national champions of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom youth tournament in Meru.Manyatta clinched the boys’ title after beating Rift Valley’s Al Ahly 2-1 at a fully packed Kinoru Stadium. Dennis Ayot opened the scoring for Manyatta from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute before Benson Ochieng doubled their tally in the 38th minute for a 2-0 lead at half time.last_img read more

25 Dec

€700,000 DONEGAL SITE SELLS FOR KNOCK-DOWN PRICE

first_imgA site in the heart of Letterkenny which was once purchased for more than €700,000 during the boom years has ben sold for “considerably less.”The site at College Farm Road had been once purchased with a view to building townhouses.However the plan never went ahead and the site was sold on last weekend by local estate agent Dermot Rainey. Mr Rainey confirmed to Donegal Daily today that a price has been agreed on the property.However the well-known estate agent said he could not disclose the selling price.He said “It was agreed by the vendor to sell it by best offer instead of auction before the original planned auction date.“We received a lot of offers and we were quite happy with the result. “I am not in a position to disclose the actual sale price,” he said.Mr Rainey said the sale was not a reflection that the stagnant property market is beginning to move again.“It would have been a very sought-after site and the reserve of €20,000 was a very attractive one.“It’s close to shops and schools and there are few sites like it for sale in the heart of Letterkenny,” he said. €700,000 DONEGAL SITE SELLS FOR KNOCK-DOWN PRICE was last modified: November 22nd, 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:COLLEGE FARM ROADletterkennysitesoldlast_img read more

17 Dec

Would You Pay More Than $99 For an eReader?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts EBooks and eReaders are a hot topic right now, especially with the new line-up of Kindle competitors scheduled to arrive before the holiday season. However, according to a new report by Forrester Research’s Sarah Rotman Epps, most people aren’t willing to pay a lot for these devices. Forrester asked consumers at what price they would consider an eReader expensive but still buy it. The answer was generally somewhere between $50 and $99.This holiday season, the cheapest eReader on the market will be the Sony Reader Pocket Edition, which sells for $199, though this is a no-frills product without a wireless connection and a relatively small screen. All the other eReaders will be substantially more expensive, with the cheapest Kindle clocking in at $299. The COOL-ER reader is also relatively affordable at $249. According to Rotman Epps, however, only about 14% of the 181 million US consumers who are online would be willing to buy an eReader at $199 or higher. Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… $99 Is the New $199In an earlier report, Rotman Epps argued that breaking the $199-barrier would be a major breakthrough for the eReader market and would allow these devices to become mainstream. Now it looks like $99 might actually be the point where eReader would become an impulse buy for the majority of consumers. The good news for eReader manufacturers, however, is that those who intend to buy an eReader within the next six months are willing to pay up to $159 and those who actually already own one are even willing to pay over $250. A bargain price for eReaders for both of these groups would around $100, though.Price Inevitably Comes Down When it comes to consumer electronics, prices always come down in the long run, and we will surely see a similar trend for eReaders. For now, manufacturing costs for eReaders are still relatively high, but publishers could subsidize eReaders through a subscription model, for example. It is clear, though, as Rotman Epps points out, that most consumers don’t put a lot of value on these devices yet and that prices will have to come down substantially. Even then, Rotman Epps argues, eReaders will never be as popular as MP3 players because the majority of consumers “don’t care enough about reading or technology to invest in this type of single-purpose device at anything close to realistic prices.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

16 Dec

Forrester: Business Intelligence Careers Offer Hope for IT Workers

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley As we’ve said, time’s are still tough for IT workers despite the relatively large demand for employees with technical skills. At the core of the problem seems to be a mismatch between the skill that unemployed workers have and the skills companies desire. Earlier today we explored some ideas about how IT workers can re-invent the resume to stand-out from other applicants. But what jobs should they be applying for? Data center jobs are an option. But, as reported by Integration Developer News, Forrester believes some IT workers’ future may be in business intelligence.Forrester’s research indicates an explosion of interest in BI and an increasing rate of executive buy-in for BI projects.Forrester suggests that developers, integrations professionals and database administrators are particularly well suited for careers in business intelligence. However, those workers will need to learn additional skills that can only be picked up by participating in BI projects. “Even those IT professionals who’ve worked with dashboards and databases could use an extra dose of BI-specific training,” IDN quotes Forrester vice president and principal analyst Boris Evelson saying.Evelson gave IDN four reasons that IT professionals should learn more about BI and business analytics:Organizations are increasing investment in this area.BI is not easily outsourced and requires quite a bit of face-to-face collaboration with management.BI projects need to be iterated on a frequent and ongoing basis.BI hiring is already up dramatically.So what should you do if you’re interested in learning some BI skills? It’s not enough to just learn tools, Evelson says. Professionals will need to leverage their existing technical and analytics skills while also boning up on the latest database and BI technologies.That’s the rub. It’s not easy to learn these sorts of technologies without being a part of a project. And it’s hard to get involved with a project if you don’t already have the necessary experience.Are you a BI professional? How did you get started? What advice would you offer to either IT workers looking to make a change, or to younger workers just starting a career?Image by GrapeCity Related Posts last_img read more