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Mary Broh to Appear in Court Today

first_imgMadam Mary T. Broh, the controversial head of the Special Presidential Taskforce set up to beautify Monrovia City, is to appear before Justice in Chamber, Associate Kabineh M. Ja’neh, at the Supreme Court today.Since the Taskforce was set up with the mandate to clean Monrovia of the filth associated with dilapidated structures and makeshift market stalls, the exercise has been embroiled in controversies owing to the forceful posture the leadership has reportedly taken. Last Wednesday the Supreme Court ordered a halt, with immediate effect, to the ongoing demolition exercise led by the Broh Taskforce until a judicial review of its scope of operation can be decided by the court.The decision to stop Broh’s operation was taken by Justice Presiding in Chambers Ja’neh following a petition for a Writ of Prohibition filed to the High Court by a group under the banner, “Aggrieved Destroyed Properties Owners of Central Monrovia, Bushrod Island, Sinkor, Gardnersville and the New Georgia Community.”Cllr. Dempster Brown of the Center for the Promotion of Human Rights filed the complaint on behalf of the aggrieved property owners.Based on the complaint, Justice Ja’neh instructed Madam Broh to stop further demolitions pending the outcome of a conference scheduled for today, Monday, December 7.The Broh committee was constituted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in October with a clear mandate to clean up the City of Monrovia from November 15 to December 15, which operation has been met with legal and other challenges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NICIL not “totally” bankrupt – Minister Jordan

first_imgGovernment has come to the defence of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), stating that although the entity may be performing poorly financially, it is not bankrupt per say, because there are a number of factors influencing its overall performance.This comment was made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan after the CEO of NICIL, Horace James, stated that the entity is now owed millions of dollars by various companies and State agencies and that it was too broke to even go after all of its debtors.“They (NICIL) are not bankrupt, bankrupt but they (NICIL) don’t control the level of resources that allowed them to recklessly invest in places like Marriott and BerbiceFinance Minister Winston JordanIn providing a background to NICIL, the Minister said the entity was originally established to manage Government investment and when it first started, it had a very small staff.Jordan recalled that back in 1994, a bill was tabled in Parliament by former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament, Asgar Alli, paving the way for the establishment of the Privatisation Unit within NICIL. He claimed that the Unit was not legal but a department of the Finance Ministry. “And if you check back old estimates, you would see transfers from Ministry of Finance to the Privatisation Unit to cover its cost because privatisation should not be generating anything, if they sold something and privatised it, the net revenues should come to the Consolidated Fund.”The Minister explained that the Unit’s financial expenses were therefore funded from the treasury but all of that changed post 1992. “And I believe at the time when they had ran out of privatisation, some merger took place between Privatisation Unit and NICL,” he stated.This merger took place through a Cabinet memorandum and under the Company Act, since NICIL had a legal structure and some management agreement was made between NICIL and the Privatisation Unit for which NICIL then took over all the other assets that the Government owned.Given the fact that the form and structure of NICIL was changed then, Jordan said NICIL is supposedly bankrupt for two broad reasons. “One they had changed the scenario because not too many people giving you dividends these days. In fact, the only major dividends we are getting is from Guyoil and theirs is substantial and they can give anywhere between $2 billion in any one year.”He said those monies instead of becoming part of NICIL’s revenue, is now part of the Consolidated Fund. “The second part is they are the guarantors of Marriott and nothing is coming in Berbice Bridge and a range of other places… Look, for example, we had to take Guyana National Industrial Company Inc (GNIC) and others to court, because nothing is coming in from the other places.”Earlier this month, the Opposition PPP/Civic criticised Government, saying the agency’s performance is reflective of two years of mismanagement. The PPP/C said under its leadership, the Privatisation Unit of NICIL contributed tens of billions of dollars to the Treasury from dividends and privatisation receipts.However, under the coalition Government, NICIL’s finances have been allowed to dwindle due to grave mismanagement and neglect. It was also noted that legal proceedings involving billions of dollars against the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) are not being actively pursued.The party said given the billions of dollars NICIL contributed to the Treasury, it is still to be known, “How much has been transferred under APNU and where the audited accounts are.”NICIL produced and laid in Parliament clean audit reports, for both NICIL and its subsidiaries, up to the time that the PPP left Government. As such, the Party is now questioning what APNU/AFC has done.Under the PPP the party said, NICIL made economic contributions and investments and loss-making entities were restructured, privatised or improved and NICIL found ways to ensure that its assets were properly managed and contributing financial and economic returns.The Opposition party said if NICIL’s investments in the Berbice Bridge, Marriott or Skeldon Energy have not performed in accordance with its feasibilities, there is a clear connection with how the APNU/AFC policy decisions, incompetence, or action, have directly contributed to any sub-par performance.last_img read more

Magnitude 3.7 quake strikes Kern County

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Seismologists said this morning that a magnitude 3.7 earthquake, followed by a 2.6 aftershock, hit southwestern Kern County today. The quake, which struck at 1:15 a.m., had an epicenter five miles northwest of Pine Mountain Club in the Los Podres National Forest. Officials recorded the aftershock, which was centered 4 miles northwest of Pine Mountain Club, at 1:26 a.m.last_img

Redknapp says he will sign new two-year QPR contract

first_img1 QPR boss Harry Redknapp Harry Redknapp is ready to sign a new contract at QPR in the coming days.Defeats in their opening two league fixtures led to speculation Redknapp could be on his way out of Loftus Road.But chairman Tony Fernandes is still fully behind the under-fire boss, and earlier this week revealed a new deal was on the table.And Redknapp says he will soon put pen to paper on a two-year extension.“Maybe [I’ll sign] today or tomorrow, whenever,” he said.“It’s there, Tony’s offered me an extension for two years and I’ll sign it. I haven’t read it, I probably won’t read it, I’ll just sign it.”Discussing reports he was set to be axed after Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Tottenham, Redknapp said: “It’s absolute rubbish, we’ve played two games, he [Fernandes] wants me to sign a two-year extension.“He’s been asking me for a little while but we’ve just not got around to doing it. Maybe today if they put it in front of me, I’ll sign it. If not, next week.“I wanted to come back into the Premier League, I want to stay here and I will stay here this year – we’ll stay up.”last_img read more

Dortmund WILL consider selling Aubameyang – but only to Real Madrid or Barcelona

first_img1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 32 goals in all competitions this season Borussia Dortmund will not sell Arsenal and Manchester City target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Bayern Munich – but will discuss an offer from Barcelona or Real Madrid.The striker has already bagged 25 Bundesliga goals this season to go with the 39 he scored in all competitions last year.The 27-year-old’s lethal finishing has made him one of the most wanted forwards in Europe and Arsenal and Manchester City have been keeping tabs on him.Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with the Gabon international, who has previously hinted at his desire to play in Spain.However, one place Aubameyang won’t be ending up is Borussia Dortmund’s arch rivals Bayern Munich.The German champions have previously poached the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, but Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke will not let that happen this time.“I think he will stay with us,” Watzke told Sport1.“But if Real Madrid or Barcelona come with a big offer, then we have to discuss it. We will not sell him to the Bavarians.”last_img read more

Donegal author going digital for second book launch

first_imgDonegal-based author Sharon Thompson is planning a book launch with a difference when she releases her second novel ‘The Healer’.Sharon Thompson’s previous debut novel ‘The Abandoned’ was a bestseller on Amazon and in her latest novel, ‘The Healer’ she tackles the subject of healing.The book will be launched next Tuesday, 22nd January. Instead of a local book shop event, the Sligo native is taking the book and the celebrations online for people all over the world to join. All readers will need to do to join the launch is simply click on the link on Sharon Thompson’s website and book a space at the event.Sharon says, “Traditional book launches are wonderful events, but in terms of location and convenience an online book launch is a fantastic option. I’m no stranger to online activity as I co-founded the tweet-chat #WritersWise and run a successful writers’ group, Indulgeinwriting.com. I’m convinced that busy people will engage with more online events and gatherings in the future.”However, Sharon does love a good party and although her launch will be online via crowd-cast, she says, “Book launches can be stressful, but I am determined to enjoy the 22nd January and have fun.” Sharon began writing some years ago for a change of direction in life. She writes for websites and magazines and this year her play was long-listed for the Wexford Literary Festival.The Healer is published by Bloodhound books and is a dark, family drama which brings readers back to 1940’s Ireland. Life isn’t easy for the protagonist Molly.Molly isn’t like the other children. She has an unknown learning difficulty and is surrounded in abuse and violence. Her family and community are wary of her beauty and nature. Life gets even harder for Molly and she loses faith in everything. She must make choices. But will she choose the right path or is she doomed to a life of misery? Will Molly survive in a world of violence and crime? Will The Healer ever be healed?The Healer is released on the 22nd January and is available on your kindle to download at the press of a button. You can pre-order it too here on Amazon.co.uk: https://amzn.to/2HfDfHm**(affiliate link) Donegal author going digital for second book launch was last modified: January 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Authorbooksharon thompsonthe healerlast_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About the Liberty Square Riverboat

first_imgShare This!You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on Walt Disney World’s Liberty Square Riverboat!What is the Liberty Square Riverboat?The Liberty Belle Riverboat is a large, steam-powered paddle-wheel riverboat which travels down the Rivers of America and around Tom Sawyer Island and docks at Liberty Square.Where is the Liberty Square Riverboat?Guests can access the Liberty Belle Riverboat at the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.What is the History of the Liberty Square Riverboat?On October 2, 1971, the Admiral Joe Fowler, named after Disneyland’s construction supervisor, debuted at the Magic Kingdom the day after the park’s official opening offering cruises down the Rivers of America. In 1973, the Richard F. Irvine, named after the Disney executive who oversaw the planning and design of Walt Disney World, also made its debut. Both ships operated together until 1980. The best way to tell the two apart back then was their number of smokestacks. The Admiral Joe Fowler had two while the Richard F. Irvine only had one.In 1996, the Richard F. Irvine was overhauled and renamed The Liberty Belle. It still offers cruises around the Rivers of America today. However, two of the three ferry boats transporting guests from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom are now named the Admiral Joe Fowler and Richard F. Irvine.Through the years, the scenery along the Rivers of America has changed quite a bit. One of the biggest changes was the addition of Tom Sawyer Island in 1973 and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in 1980.What Do You Need to Know About the Queue for the Liberty Square Riverboat?The only waiting required to enjoy the Liberty Square Riverboat these days is waiting for the boat to leave. The elegant, colonial entry has guests board the boat at mid-level while disembarking guests exit from the lower deck.What Do You Need to Know About the Ride Experience on the Liberty Square Riverboat?The Liberty Belle Riverboat has four levels each offering limited seating but with plenty of space to stand and move about. A horn and bell system are used throughout the journey, so be prepared for occasional loud noises. The attraction also offers a soundtrack mainly narrated by an actor portraying Mark Twain. He shares his knowledge of the river and points out landmarks along the way.During the journey, guests get to see sights on Tom Sawyer Island, woodland animals, a Native American village, and even Wilson’s Cave Inn from Davy Crockett and the River Pirates. The riverboat also offers unique perspectives of Splash Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, and particularly Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I highly recommend it for photographers or super fans of the park.The Liberty Belle is massive and feels very stable even though it’s churning through the water. It also moves rather slowly. Guests are free to move about during the 17-minute trip.I would definitely recommend the Liberty Belle for families with young kids as the boat offers seating along with space to move about. It’s also a great escape from the crowds.Disney Historians will especially appreciate the Liberty Belle experience, not just because it’s a classic attraction but also for its references to the park’s former Mike Fink Keel Boat attraction. In fact, guests aboard will see a keel boat outside of Wilson’s Cave Inn and enjoy a close-up view of the attraction’s former dock in front the entrance to the Haunted Mansion.What Do You Need to Know About Accessibility for the Liberty Square Riverboat?Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV to experience the Liberty Belle Riverboat.What Do You Need to Know About Health and Safety Advisories for the Liberty Square Riverboat?There are no health or safety advisories for the Liberty Belle Riverboat.What are the Height Restrictions for the Liberty Square Riverboat?There is no height restriction for the Liberty Belle Riverboat! Everyone in the family can enjoy this classic attraction.Is FastPass+ Available for the Liberty Square Riverboat?FastPass+ is not offered for this attraction.Will Weather Affect the Liberty Square Riverboat?Inclement weather can affect the operation of the Liberty Belle Riverboat.What’s the Best Time of Day to Experience the Liberty Square Riverboat?The Liberty Belle Riverboat rarely has a wait these days, meaning if it’s at the Liberty Square dock and accepting guests, it’s almost always a walk-on. However, those looking to enjoy this attraction should note that it does close earlier than the park and other park attractions.Did I answer all of your questions about the Liberty Belle Riverboat? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

SA gets access to UN climate fund

first_imgSeventeen metres in diameter and nine metres high, the art installation has been designed to showcase South Africa’s rich blend of natural, cultural and mineral wealth at COP 17. The Beehive’s living walls represent the importance of healthy ecosystems and are populated with indigenous grasses, forbs and bulbs. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) works closely with national climate change policymakers, and it has led the development of South Africa’s second national communication on climate change for COP 17. Manuel said the fund would finance projects that aim to improve society’s ability to cope with the risks posed by climate change. South Africa is now the fourth country that has an accredited national implementing entity, which translates into direct access to the UNFCCC adaptation fund. “As a country that is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, this appointment is significant for South Africa for securing the funds needed to plan our development trajectory in a way that is responsive to climate change.” Also launched on Wednesday was the Living Beehive, which contains architectural techniques of the original Zulu beehive hut construction, but combines modern materials such as steel frames with natural building materials, such as indigenous plants typical of the rolling hills of the grasslands in KwaZulu-Natal. “This access, combined with our rich biodiversity and extensive mineral wealth, will allow South Africa to balance investment in optimal development futures with the appropriate allocation of resources to environmental programmes,” Manuel said. The South African National Biodiversity Institute has been accredited as a national implementing entity for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Adaptation Fund. Located at Durban’s Botanic Gardens, it represents the type of innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that is needed to address the impacts of climate change and the need to find solutions to a low-carbon economy that can also create sustainable jobs. The fund, which became fully operational in January, has conferred US$50-million worth of grants this year alone. Zulu beehive hut construction Source: BuaNews National Planning Minister Trevor Manual made the announcement in Durban on Tuesday on the sidelines of the launch of Living Beehive, a legacy project of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17). The project was funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the UN’s Industrial Development Organisation. Deputy Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said the Living Beehive was an example of nature and people working together. “By recognising the importance of built and ecological infrastructure, and by bringing together natural and man-made design, the Living Beehive shows us the possibilities for job creation, service delivery and economic growth in a truly green economy,” Mabudafhasi said. 2 December 2011last_img read more

Focus on education paying off: Zuma

first_img9 February 2012South Africa’s push for universal access to education, and for improved learning and teaching, are starting to pay off, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening.Delivering his fourth State of the Nation address, Zuma noted that over eight-million learners were attending no-fee schools and benefitting from the government’s school feeding scheme, with school attendance now close to 100 percent for the compulsory band of 7-15 years of age.“A major achievement is the doubling of grade R enrolment, from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 in 2011,” Zuma said. “We appear poised to meet our target of 100 percent coverage for grade R by 2014.”However, he noted that the government remained concerned by the report of the General Household Survey in 2010 that just over 120 000 children in the 7-15 year old band were out of school.‘In school, in class, on time’Zuma also congratulated the teachers, learners, parents and the communities for the efforts, which saw an increase in last year’s matric pass rate, adding that the government’s intensive focus on education was paying off.“We will continue to invest in producing more teachers who can teach mathematics, science and African languages. Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day remains pivotal to success … we thank the teacher unions for supporting this campaign.”Higher education targetsWith regards to higher education, Zuma said the government was exceeding its targets, with close to 14 000 school leavers being placed in workplace learning opportunities over the past year, and over 11 000 artisans having completed their trade tests.He was pleased to see an increase in the number of learners attending Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, and urged parents to encourage their children to enrol in these colleges, as the country needed the skills these colleges were offering.To expand access to tertiary education, Zuma announced that R200-million was spent on helping 25 000 students to pay off their debts to institutions of higher learning last year.He further announced that a total of R300-million had been allocated for preparatory work towards building new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Qantas London nonstop now setting load and profitablity records

first_imgBusiness class service on the Boeing 787. Photo: Qantas. The Qantas Perth to London non-stop service is setting yet more records but this time it’s not for speed but for passenger load factor and profitability.Speaking exclusively with AirlineRatings.com Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said that the load factor on the service is an incredible 92 percent and for premium classes, 94 percent making it the airline’s most profitable service say, analysts.The airline’s overall load factor is just above 80 percent.READ: Boeing and Airbus can meet Qantas’ Sydney to London non-stop dream Mr. Joyce was responding to data released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the UK aviation regulator which stated that the flights were only 78.1 percent full.However, what the CAA numbers do not count are those passengers going on to Melbourne or any other destination in Australia.Qantas 787 Dreamliner businessQantas 787 business class cabin is 94 percent full on the Perth to London non-stop flightQantas had earlier responded by only saying “our London-Perth route is performing well – it is definitely exceeding our expectations.”However, Mr. Joyce confided with AirlineRatings.com that the service was way above expectations.On further expansion of direct services with a Perth to Paris non-stop, Mr. Joyce said that the airline needed to see the results of 12-months of services that would take in the highs and lows of seasonal travel to access the overall viability of the direct flights.Qantas has 14 787-9s in service or on order and is expected to commit to Paris in the first quarter next year.The airline group, which has another 11 787-8s with its low fare subsidiary Jetstar, has price rights on the further 45 787s.Qantas has also set speed records for the Perth to London QF9 Boeing 787-9 non-stop flight slashing almost an hour off the scheduled flight time.The latest record time was set on July 20 and was just 16 hours 23 minutes instead of the scheduled 17 hours 20 minutes.The non-stop flight to London, launched in March, is now consistently at least 45 minutes better than scheduled.The times have gradually been getting better as the strong northern winter winds have given way to a lighter summer pattern.The inbound QF10 from London to Perth is also setting record times of 15.45 minutes also stripping an hour off the published time.last_img read more