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We Need a Modern Transport System: Buses, Trains

first_imgThe mere mention of this suggestion may surely make people scream. Where will the money come from? “Farfetched!” some will say.And yet, even if one calls the Daily Observer “a dreamer,” is this not the answer to the motorcycle menace that has befallen our country?How many times will these reckless and unruly people violently attack innocent people based on rumor and speculation? What has become of the investigation following the attack against the Ganta businessman? The Ganta motorcyclists have “apologized,” but how long are we to tolerate their lawless, reckless and terrible behavior? In her address to the nation last Thursday, President Sirleaf appealed to our people to be peace-loving and law abiding. And though she intentionally invited a cross-section of people, including the motorcyclists, the speech meant nothing to them. Alas, on the next day—Friday, they were at it again, behaving lawlessly, recklessly and even murderously, if the police had released the victim to them. There are several possible responses to this behavior. First, the Liberian National Police should carefully screen and give police clearance to every motorcyclist BEFORE he is given a license to operate. Before the clearance is given, he should produce a well known and respectable person who is prepared to stand for him and vouch that he will be peace-loving and law-abiding.Second, the police should ensure that the person being licensed is traceable—in other words, he should have at least three references, who will know where to find him. The third response leads us to the larger, more long-term issue—radically changing the way we transport people in Liberia. We need a modern transport system. It is about time we developed an efficient bus system in Liberia. Admittedly, this government has tried. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has been revived and thanks to the Indian government, there are a number of large buses plying various parts of Monrovia and upcountry. What this has shown us is that the system can work. But these buses are inadequate. The government should devise an efficient, marketable and self-sustaining system that will reach far into the various housing estates. Of course, people will have to walk some of the way to their homes and work places, as is done all over the world. But this will encourage our people to learn to respect time—by awaking early to catch the bus and observing all the bus schedules from and to their various destinations.The bus system should extend throughout the country—from Monrovia to Vahun, to Gbarnga and Nimba counties and on to the southeastern counties. There should also be inter-county bus services, reaching the various cities, towns and villages.What we are talking about consists of the challenges of development. We Liberians must now begin to think ahead about how to improve our country.Thankfully, this government has a plan to pave the highways to Gbarnga to Lofa and to Nimba and throughout the southeastern counties. We pray that Ellen will be able to do this before the end of her tenure in December, 2916 when, within two weeks or so, she will be handing over power to her successor. This, in addition to power from the Mount Coffee Hydro-electric Plant, will be part of her legacy. It will not be too early for her to put together a team of experts, perhaps with some external assistance, to begin planning and organizing a railway system in Liberia that will transport people and goods throughout the country.We Liberians should stop thinking of our country in terms of a village. The time has long past for that in the continent’s oldest independent republic. As we approach the 2017 elections, let us begin to formulate ideas to challenge, before they get there, those who say they want to lead us. Let us begin to set agendas for them and for ourselves in every sector of national life—agriculture—self sufficiency in fruits, meat, rice, tree crop products, vegetables—cultural education and production (including dance, music, theatre and the arts), agro-industries, education, energy, furniture manufacture, health and medicine, housing, industrialization, modern fisheries, technology, tourism, and wood industries.Let us start dreaming and creating serious challenges for ourselves and those who want to lead us.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Province unveils ‘Medal of Good Citizenship’

first_imgThe provincial government has announced a new way to acknowledge outstanding citizens in British Columbia by unveiling the ‘Medal of Good Citizenship.’In a press release the provincial government said that the medal, which was announced on July 31, will recognize citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities without the expectation of a reward.Residents are encouraged to nominate anyone who fits the criteria, which will be rewarded on an annual basis. This years round for nominations is set to close on Sept. 25.- Advertisement -The medal itself will feature British Columbia shield, floral emblem with the words ‘generosity, service and selflessness.’“This medal will honour our most community-minded citizens: the people working in non-profits, volunteering their free time and continuously striving to make their community a better place,” Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Asia Pacific Strategy Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism said in the release.There’s no age limit for nominees as nominators are encouraged to identify inspiring youth within their community.Advertisement For more information on the design of the medal click here and to nominate a good citizen in your community, click here.last_img read more

Moyes set to drop England goalkeeper Hart

first_imgWith Hart also under pressure for his England number one spot from Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland, losing his club place could leave his Russia 2018 hopes in tatters.“I’ll keep my team until tomorrow,” said Moyes. “But I have made a decision in my own mind.”As for whether he had discussed that decision with Hart, Moyes added: “I would always try to speak to the players. There are some occasions you should speak to them and others there is no need to.“It is a good problem for West Ham. I don’t know if it is a good problem going into the World Cup. I would like those problems in a few other positions. I am happy having the two of them.”West Ham skipper Mark Noble is another casualty of Moyes’s arrival at the London Stadium.The long-serving midfielder was a favourite of previous manager Slaven Bilic but has not made an appearance since the Scot took charge and was not even in the squad at City.“Mark is really influential, he’s great around the club,” said Moyes. “But he is not guaranteed. No one is guaranteed. We have to find a way of winning. I want to pick the players who are in form.”Champions Chelsea make the trip from west to east London lying in third and looking to move level on points with Manchester United, who face leaders City on Sunday.“I’m not a Chelsea expert but how they played last year was fantastic,” said Moyes. “A slow start to the season might have caught them out a little bit but on their day they are a match for anyone.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Joe Hart is under pressure for his England number one spot © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 8 – West Ham boss David Moyes looks set to drop Joe Hart from his starting line-up for Saturday’s match against Chelsea, putting the England goalkeeper’s World Cup ambitions in serious jeopardy.Adrian is in contention to feature after impressing against Manchester City last weekend, stepping in when Hart was ineligible to face his parent club.last_img read more

Jets speak to Pats’ Mangini about head coaching job

first_img The Jets are expected to move quickly once the interview with Tice is over. They are trying to replace coach Herman Edwards, who left for Kansas City. Mangini, who turns 35 this week, appears to be the top name on the Jets’ list. But his inexperience and age could be a factor. Back with the Pack: The Green Bay Packers hired former tight ends coach Jeff Jagodzinski as their offensive coordinator Sunday. Jagodzinski was Green Bay’s tight ends coach from 1999-03, before being fired by former coach Mike Sherman after the Packers lost to Philadelphia in an NFC divisional playoff game. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Harper’s wife: Stabbing was accidental: Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper’s wife told police she accidentally stabbed her husband while waving a filet knife at him during an argument, according to court documents. Daniell Harper, 31, remained Sunday night in the Hamilton County Jail at Indianapolis, where she was being held without bond on preliminary charges of battery with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness, both felonies. Sheriff Doug Carter said he was waiting for a judge to determine the conditions for the woman’s release. The county prosecutor also must review the case. Nick Harper, 31, phoned 911 about 3:45 p.m. Saturday and was treated at an Indianapolis hospital after deputies and paramedics found him with a puncture wound to his right knee, police said. He had been listed as questionable after the injury, but started in Sunday’s 21-18 playoff loss to Pittsburgh. center_img The New York Jets interviewed Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini on Sunday night for their vacant head coaching job. General manager Terry Bradway and assistant GM Mike Tannenbaum met with Mangini in the Foxborough, Mass., area. The two then returned to New York to prepare for their interview with former Vikings coach Mike Tice today. last_img read more

Comedy, for God’s sake

first_imgWEST COVINA – Stand-up comedian Gilbert Esquivel’s career is on an upward arc. In February, he appeared on Comedy Central’s Laffapalooza, which also featured Jamie Foxx and Cedric the Entertainer. Next week, he begins shooting a romantic-comedy film with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black. And Wednesday, he is one of seven comedians filming a stand-up comedy movie at Faith Community Church. Faith Community Church? It may seem strange that some of America’s funniest people will share the megachurch’s stage Wednesday night. But the filming of “Thou Shalt Laugh,” a feature slated for release this fall, demonstrates the confluence of several recent trends. First, comedians who proclaim themselves as followers of Jesus Christ are mainstream, and they’re funny. For decades, they’ve been performing in clubs across the country and they don’t shy away from material related to their beliefs. Second, the Christian subculture is catching up. Congregations across the country have been hosting an increasing number of comedy nights in the past five years. Sometimes the shows are outreach event for non-believers. Other performances just provide Christians with a non-offensive environment in which they can have a good time. Meanwhile, Hollywood is realizing that money can be made from the Christian demographic. “The Passion of the Christ” brought in $611 million at the box office, which challenged the assumptions of Hollywood’s secular elite: maybe church is good for something. The show is being produced by Jonathan Bock, president of Grace Hill Media, a company that markets mainstream movies to religious audiences, and Hunt Lowry, a veteran producer of films such as “Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie” and “A Walk to Remember.” Bock said four major studios fought to distribute “Thou Shalt Laugh.” Warner Bros. won the deal. “We live in a post-secular world; this is the mainstream,” Bock said. “The days of complete separation between your beliefs and everything you do is just not there anymore. … This stuff plays everywhere. It doesn’t just play in the fellowship hall.” The comedians say they’re just doing what comes naturally. Esquivel, who riffs on his Mexican heritage and dysfunctional family, performs at A-level clubs throughout Los Angeles, and as a warm-up acts for audiences at TV-show tapings including “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars.” He also performs at churches, but he asks them not to introduce him as a “Christian comedian.” Esquivel calls himself a “comedian who also happens to be a Christian.” The difference between the two titles is the perception about the craft of comedy, said Thor Ramsey, another comic who will appear in “Thou Shalt Laugh.” Ramsey said he wants other comics to watch his act and say it makes them proud. Sometimes, their perspective gives them an insider’s leeway to make subtle critiques: “There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be a born-again Christian,” Ramsey says. “It’s pretty simple, really. You just bow your head, say a simple prayer – and when you open your eyes you’re a registered Republican with a firearm.” “The Christian world is gaining more and more notoriety,” says comedian Taylor Mason. “I was at a restaurant in Orange County, and the maitre d’ asked: `Evangelical’ or `Non-Evangelical?”‘ Mason, who started in comedy in the early 1980s with The Second City theater in Chicago, said his regular performances in secular clubs hone his act. Mason said when he’s in the clubs he “truly tries to live his faith in his work,” but he’s been doing it so long that he doesn’t think about it a lot. People know he’s a Christian because he occasionally brings up Jesus or Bible references, but his main goal is to be funny, Mason said. “I’m a Christian abiding by my code of being a comedian,” he said. marshall.allen@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgA ‘hair-brained’ cannabis-growing operation found in Kilmacrennan was almost worthless after a bungling grower used only male plants to try to cultivate the drugs. Two men, Robin Kerr, 72, and Thomas McKemey, 41, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today in connection with the drugs operation.The court was told that Gardai from Letterkenny and Milford backed up by members of the National Drugs Unit raided the premises at Leiter, Kilmacrennan on 10th September 2013. There, they discovered a number of polytunnels and also a converted trailer which was fitted with irrigation and lighting systems to help cultivate cannabis.Inside Gardai found cannabis plants with a street value of €120,000 but because the majority of the plants were male and without buds, they were practically worthless.A value on these plants was not given to court.Detective Garda Alfie McHale gave evidence in the case and told how the ESB had been by-passed in order to grow the cannabis without detection.In the tunnels a total of 145 male plants and five female cannabis plants were found, while other dead cannabis leaves were found strewn around.The female plants were worth €800 each but no value was put on the male plants.Detective Garda McHale said the discovery of other discarded leaves suggested that there had been previously been another crop of cannabis which had been harvested.An ESB spokesman said the damage caused to the ESB meter was €500 but was described as a very dangerous operation.Kerr, a grandfather of 12, who ran a steel business, had no previous convictions.However, McKemey, a motor mechanic, had 10 previous convictions for a number of offences including road traffic, public order and hold a phone while driving.A pipe containing cannabis which belonged to Kerr was found at the premises amidst claims by barrister Damian Crawford that his client took the cannabis for medicinal purposes as he had asthma.However barrister Crawford said his client was innocent of anything to do with the growing of the cannabis and did not even know about the operation but was simply growing tomatoes and strawberries in his polytunnel.Barrister Peter Nolan said his client, Thomas McKemey said his client had explained the incident was “an experiment that went wrong.”He said the attempt to grow cannabis went wrong because he had all male plants in one polytunnel and female plants in the other tunnel.He argued that the street value was not anything near €120,000 as McKemey did not know “the birds and the bees” of cannabis plants.He suggested it was a very amateur operation which had taken root after a book on growing cannabis was left behind by another man.The court was told it was a very open operation with children’s swings nearby.“There was certainly more expertise needed,” said Garda McHale.Kerr was charged with criminal damage and also simple possession of cannabis while McKemey was charged with possession of cannabis for sale and supply and cultivation of cannabis.Judge John Aylmer said “This was a serious effort on behalf of Mr McKemey to cultivate what would have been €120,00 worth of cannabis and to sell it.“The grow house was extremely amateurish and was clear from evidence that he did not know what he was really doing and was consulting books going along. I’m satisfied into was his first adventure into such criminal activity.”Adding that he was satisfied he had learned his lesson, he sentenced him to three years for each sentence to run concurrently but suspended both sentences in their entirety.In the case of Robert Kerr, Judge Aylmer noted that the accused had maintained he was not involved in the cultivation of the cannabis.He added that he was a man in his 70s who had been found in possession of a small amount of cannabis and fined him €50 on this charge and on the charge of criminal damage to an ESB meter, he fined him €2,000.CANNABIS GROWHOUSE WAS A ‘WORTHLESS’ HAIR-BRAINED OPERATION was last modified: December 16th, 2015 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:cannabiscourtdrugsGardaikilmacrennanRobert KerrTHoimas McKemeylast_img read more

Leicester City confirm signing of Championship starlet on five-year deal

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED The England Under-21 international scored 15 times in the Championship for Norwich last season 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’ IN DEMAND targets As a young boy my dream was always to play in the premier league! Now I have the opportunity to make my dream come true and I can’t wait to get started at this fantastic football club! Delighted to be here and looking forward to meeting all of you💙 @LCFC pic.twitter.com/iKpqZSw4u9— James Maddison (@Madders10) June 20, 2018Maddison posted this message on his personal Twitter account“Leicester just seems like the right fit for me. I’ve got a good feel about the Club and I can’t ignore that, in my head and my heart.“I felt like this was the right place for me to be, so I’m delighted and can’t wait to get started.”Foxes boss Claude Puel said: “James is a wonderful player who is one of the most exciting young talents in English football. RANKED An England Under-21 international, Maddison is adept at playing anywhere behind the striker and scored 15 goals whilst registering eight assists in the Championship last season with the Canaries.Although sad to leave Carrow Road, the 21-year-old admitted he was delighted to be joining the Premier League side.He told LCFC TV: “I’m delighted. I’m really happy to be here. I had a good chat with the manager about football and how he wants me to play, how he likes to play and I was sold.“We talked about the type of player I am, how I’m going to fit into his style of play and everything sounded really promising. I haven’t looked back since that phone call. LATEST moving on Leicester City have confirmed the signing of Norwich City midfielder James Maddison on a five-year-deal.The deal, which is awaiting Premier League approval, is for an undisclosed fee but is believed to be in the region of £22 million. Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “He made a big contribution to Norwich City last season and I’m delighted that he has decided to make the step up to the Premier League with Leicester City Football Club.“He’s a young player who can create things in the attacking third and will give us even more possibilities in the squad.“Of course, he has good ability and also good potential to develop even more, which is exciting for the team and for the supporters.” 1last_img read more


first_imgGALLAGHERThe death has occurred of Danny Gallagher, Doon, Termon. His remains will leave Letterkenny General Hospital tomorrow, Monday, at a time to be confirmed later. Funeral arrangements will be confirmed later.GRIER The death has taken place of Terry Grier, former Garda Inspector, Tara, Dublin Road, Dundalk, County Louth, and formerly of The Glen, Ramelton. He died peacefully, at home, surrounded by his devoted family. Beloved husband of Patsy and much loved father of Āine, Paul, Aidan, Dermot and Miriam; deeply and sincerely regretted by his loving wife, sons, daughters, sons-in-law Dave and Rorie, daughter-in-law Fiona, grandchildren Erin, Terry, Liam and Ciara, his brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.His remains are reposing at his home in Dundalk. Removal from there on Tuesday at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Dundalk, followed by burial in Haggardstown Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Palliative Care, c/o Quinn’s Funeral Homes, Dundalk.BONARThe death has taken place at her home of Josephine Bonar, Donegal Road, Ballybofey, surrounded by her loving family. Sadly missed by her sons John and Gerard, daughter Sheila, daughter-in-law Sheila, grandchildren Seamus, Patrick, John, Charles, Evelyn and Greete. Funeral from her home on Tuesday at 10.30am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Stranorlar, followed by interment in Drumboe Cemetery. Family flowers only please.MCGLINCHEY The death has occurred of Father James McGlinchey of Buncrana, Co Donegal. Retired C.C. Desertegney, Buncrana, native of Aughnamerrigan, Gortin, Co. Tyrone. Funeral Mass at The Star of The Sea Church, Desertegney tomorrow, Monday, at 12 noon with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.STRAINThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Philomena Strain of Main Street Kilmacrennan. Reposing at her home. Requiem Mass in St. Columba’s Church, Kilmacrennan, at 12 noon tomorrow, Monday, followed by internment in the adjoining cemetery. Deeply regretted by her brother Fr. Willie, sister Maura, sister-in-law Pauline, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.O’DONNELLThe death has occurred of Michael John O’Donnell of Thoer, Inver. Peacefully, at Letterkenny General Hospital. Reposing at the family home. Removal tomorrow, Monday, at 10.15am for 11am Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Frosses. Interment afterwards in Cranny Road Cemetery. Sadly missed by his wife, sons, daughters and extended family. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2011 was last modified: November 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAYNOVEMBER 6last_img read more