Mount Coffee Project – A Promise Fulfilled

first_imgNews that Liberia’s much awaited power plant project (Mount Coffee Hydro) destroyed during the civil war has finally been revamped to meet some of the country’s growing demands for energy use is not only a promise fulfilled by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration, but also one of the proudest moments for Liberia since the return of peace almost two decades ago. For so long, not entirely the fault of this Administration, Liberians have had to endure hardship associated with non-availability of electricity or where available, it has been largely inadequate or epileptically provided from whatever source it came.In post-war Liberia, petty traders have relied heavily on imported generators to sell cold water and other locally produced beverages with low returns on their sales as they had to spend some of the meager amounts accrued from the sales to purchase gasoline or pay for the locally supplied electricity from the neighborhood. At the end of the day, they always complained of low profit margins. It is also fair to point out that while there has not been any independent assessment to establish the health hazard associated with the use of some of those generators, such as fire incidents and the loss of property, there exists the probability that several people have suffered respiratory problems due to excessive exposure to carbon monoxide. That, not to talk of loud noise we hear from communities, made it impossible for any sound sleep. In today’s world, scientists and common people do agree that electricity is one of the key factors necessary for the rapid development of other sectors of the economy. Therefore, its absence or partial provision brings lots of discomfort not only to the city dwellers who have become accustomed to the use of electricity-based equipment such as television, cell phones, refrigerators, among others, but also hampers economic activities and slow down or deters investors. Cognizant of this reality, President Sirleaf’s administration has always emphasized the importance of resuscitating the energy sector as a gateway to economic revitalization. With the completion of this project, it has now become apparent that the saying frequently echoed by her administration “Small Light Today and Big Light Tomorrow,” which has been interpreted by many as one of those politically crafted slogans designed to appease the masses, has now hit home for real. The truth is that President Sirleaf believes in the methodical approach to tackling development challenges, something she has demonstrated over time and evidently, this has proven efficient as opposed to disjointed approach. The steady progress the country has witnessed in the last decade sprang from well thought out development initiatives rooted in the vision propounded by her administration since its inception. For instance, the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy (iPRS), as well as the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), and most recently the Agenda for Transformation (AFT), all considered the energy sector as a critical component of the country’s development agenda. As a proponent of the Sustainable Development Goals, Vision 2030, Liberia is poised to maximize the use of electricity to accelerate its developmental goals. This is based on the scientific evidence that the use of electricity as a clean source of energy is more efficient and sustainable than other sources of energy that breed environmental problems. For instance, a study has revealed that “current projections estimating world population growth read in conjunction with corresponding projections of increased world energy consumption, point to electricity as the cleaner fuel of the future, especially because of its efficiency and low levels of pollution.” Clearly, the resuscitation of the Mount Coffee Dam is one of the many projects that this administration has undertaken with commitment and dedication. Indeed, the launching of the Mount Coffee hydro plant is a promise fulfilled. It is an affirmation, and it does reinforce to the people to never lose hope in the determination of a government that has proven ability to turn things around despite numerous obstacles, if only we care to reflect on the past. Emerging from the status of a Failed State to an internationally accepted player among the comity of nations speaks volume about the resolve of Madam Sirleaf’s leadership to the meet critical developmental needs of Liberia. In the next few months or so, we shall turn our searchlight on some of the achievements of this administration. At least not for the purpose of showering praises, but to inform that when discussions are held about the legacy of President Sirleaf, the record stands tall; and that there are more positive things to account than detractors will want us believe. It all boils down to simple appreciation of government’s efforts and the need to show a minimum respect for authority especially when the government has demonstrated over time, its readiness to meet its obligations to citizens despite the daunting challenges.About the author: Abu M. Kamara is Minister Counselor and the Deputy Chief of MissionEmbassy of Liberia in Riyadh- Saudi Arabia Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hearing in chase death delayed

first_imgHe was fleeing from Whittier police on Nov. 25, when his pickup truck entered Bloomfield and Florence avenues in unincorporated Whittier and slammed into the driver’s side of a Honda Accord carrying 20-year-old Rosanna Garcia. Court records identified her as Rosanne Garcia. Garcia later died of her injuries at St. Francis Medical Center. Brooker allegedly told investigators he was on parole and fled because he did not want to go back to jail. California Highway Patrol officers alleged Brooker was drunk and has a prior conviction for DUI. In the early hours of Nov. 25, Whittier officers responded to a call about a shooting in the parking lot of Se or Charlie’s Sports Bar and Grill in the 9800 block of Santa Fe Springs Road and saw the pickup driving off. Officers chased the truck as it went south on Santa Fe Springs Road, which becomes Bloomfield Avenue. Officers said the truck was speeding and went through several red lights before it slammed into Garcia’s car. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A preliminary hearing was continued Wednesday for an El Monte man accused of killing a South Whittier woman when his pickup truck crashed into her car during a police pursuit. William Brooker, 27, was ordered to return to Whittier Court on May 2. His defense attorneys asked that the hearing be continued because they had not received a report from the coroner’s office as of Wednesday. “We should be able to go forward with the preliminary hearing at the next date,” said Stephen Rodriguez Jr., one of Brooker’s lawyers. “It’s just a terrible tragedy for everyone involved.” Brooker has already pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, driving under the influence causing injury, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving with great bodily injury and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. last_img read more

Half-speed ahead for bullet train

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Travelers in Anaheim, Los Angeles and the Bay Area will be first to ride the state’s multibillion-dollar bullet train – if it ever gets built – the rail agency decided Wednesday. The California High-Speed Rail Authority board, which is pursuing the project in several segments, decided to build first in areas that are expected to have the highest ridership and generate the most revenue. That means that while the first segment could open by 2017, stops in San Diego, Irvine, the Inland Empire and Sacramento – which have been on earlier plans – will be postponed for years after that date. “If we wish to do something, we need to figure out how to start moving forward in bite-sized pieces – pieces that have true ends,” said board member Curt Pringle, the mayor of Anaheim. “I think this is an appropriate way to focus and move forward.” Under the plan approved Wednesday, the first segment would start in Anaheim, then stop in downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, Sylmar and Palmdale before heading up through the Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area. With bullet trains operating at speeds up to 220 mph, the express travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco is roughly 2 hours, according to the authority. The authority board has yet to chose between two potential routes through Northern California or name specific stops in the Bay Area. Decades struggle High-speed rail in California – now estimated to cost $40 billion – has struggled for decades to gain public support and funding, and once again is facing the threat of a setback. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to slash the authority’s operating budget and postpone a $10 billion bond measure that is tentatively slated for 2008. The bond measure had originally been scheduled for a vote in 2004, but the Legislature has already postponed it twice. Schwarzenegger has said he supports the concept of high-speed rail, but thinks the authority has to do more planning before it can receive major funding. In fact, authority members Wednesday discussed a financing plan that they acknowledged was very general and lacked commitments from the private sector or the federal government. “The authority needs to come up with a strong financing plan on where that additional revenue is going to come from, before we move forward with the bond,” said Adam Mendelsohn, spokesman for the governor. “He’s absolutely committed to high-speed rail, believes it’s critical for California’s infrastructure growth, but also believes it’s in the best interest of taxpayers that there be a strong financing plan developed before the additional revenue is put forward.” The Legislature is holding hearings to consider restoring at least some of the authority’s operating funding for next year. The authority was divided 5-2 in its decision Wednesday to pick an initial segment. San Diego left out Board member Lynn Schenk, a former congresswoman from San Diego, objected to her city being left off the initial route. Member Jeff Crane, an adviser to the governor, opposed the plan because he felt the project should have a more specific financing plan first. Schenk, who has been involved in high-speed rail since the 1970s, said the San Diego-to-Los Angeles segment would be heavily traveled and should be part of the first stage. “I believe by adopting the entire corridor as the first phase, we can get there much more quickly,” Schenk said. “I can’t vote for any plan approval that will leave San Diego in the high-speed rail dustbin of history.” But the board’s executive director, Mehdi Moshed, said several areas along the Southern California route are difficult to plan right now. Regional governmental groups in San Diego and Los Angeles are studying privately funded proposals to build high-speed rail systems using magnetic levitation technology, which would be incompatible with the steel-wheel technique included in the authority’s plan. He also said that heavy development in those areas makes it more difficult to choose a route for the line. He argued that those questions should be resolved before moving forward with planning a segment in that region. harrison.sheppard (916) 446-6723 160Want 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


first_imgFine Gael Candidate Grace Boyle hosted a meeting last week with a number of stakeholders to gain an understanding of the current status of a “Greenway” for Donegal and to lend her support to the initiative.MS Boyle said there is no reason why Donegal cannot have a walking and cycle trail along the old railway tracks here, just like the Great Western Greenway in Mayo and the 26km Greenway to be developed along the Ring of Kerry. “The Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly recently announced €3.4m funding for the Greenway in Kerry. This project is creating upwards of 80 jobs in Kerry between construction and sustainable employment when in operation.“This follows the success of the Great Western Greenway, in Mayo, which has resulted in about 40 new jobs and the sustaining of another 50 in the local economy. It is absolutely imperative that we compete for this type of funding and support for the same project in Donegal”.This project is already under way in different parts of Donegal.Dermot Kelly and Mary McGrenra, representing GrassRoutes Electric Bike Adventures and An Craobhín in Termon, advised the group that they have already identified the route from the Viaduct in Creeslough right through to Trentagh and are making progress with identifying and obtaining permission from various landowners along that route. However, to date, no group has taken responsibility for the portion from Trentagh to Letterkenny via Churchill and Glenswilly. Whether she is elected or not, Grace firmly believes in this project as an excellent community and tourism initiative and said that she would be happy to be a member of that community group.“With the Wild Atlantic Way passing by our doorsteps in Donegal, we need to maximise the potential for our County and lend our support and energy to this initiative which will boost tourism, community amenities for the local people and health and wellbeing – items which are at the top of my agenda as a candidate for Donegal County Council”.Grace called on the community and businesses to volunteer to be part of the committee required to oversee the Trentagh to Letterkenny route via Churchill and Glenswilly, volunteers to assist in the physical clearing of the trail and, of course, landowners to give their permission for access to their lands. “If you are willing to assist in any way, we would love to hear from you”.Anyone interested in assisting with this project is asked to contact Grace Boyle on 087 3845538 or ELECTION 2014: BOYLE CALLS FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR A ‘GREENWAY’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 8th, 2014 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:donegalElectionsFine GaelGrace BoyleGreenway Projectlast_img read more


first_imgTHE EUROMILLIONS has rolled over again – with no-one winning to top prize of €129,467,188!However one Irish player has scooped the €500,000 Euromillions plus jackpot with the winning ticket sold in Dublin.The winning numbers on the Plus game were 4,16,32,40 and 46. The Winning Numbers on the Main Draw were 6 29 42 45 47 – Lucky Stars 9, 1Tuesday’s EuroMillions jackpot is an estimated €145 million. EUROMILLIONS ROLLS OVER TO €140M – BUT ONE IRISH PUNTER DID WIN €500,000 was last modified: October 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:euro millionsjackpotlotterylottolast_img read more

Incredible clear out sale at JJ Reid Motors is VAN-tastic

first_imgJJ Reid Motors on the Canal Road, Letterkenny are holding a massive ‘all units must go’ sale. The leading North Donegal dealer have revealed they are discounting commercial vehicles by up to €5,000.Customers can now get a new model 2017 Volkswagen Crafter for €29,000 + VAT, reduced from €39,000. They’ve slashed up to €2,700 off selected Caddys, while Transporters have up to €5,000 off.Selected Mercedes-Benz vans have also been added to the sale along with other non-franchise deals.J.J. Reid are also extending their 3.9% finance offer on all these units, so now is the perfect time to take advantage of the event and get a quality vehicle for the new season.Pick out the perfect motor for your business from this full list of deals launched at JJ Reid. Check out for the very best examples of pre-owned Volkswagens and other makes with a nationwide warranty of up to 3 years.Call J.J Reid Motors on 074 9122333 for more details.Incredible clear out sale at JJ Reid Motors is VAN-tastic was last modified: September 7th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:carsJJ Reid MotorsmotoringSALEvolkswagenlast_img read more

Local businesses invited to sign up for US trade opportunity

first_imgLocal companies with their sights set on the US market have the opportunity to sign up for two cross-border trade mission trips taking in both Boston and Philadelphia this coming June and November.The Ireland North West Trade Missions, which launched on Thursday last, are a joint venture between Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council, aimed at supporting enterprises in the Creative Digital Technologies, Life and Health Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sectors, interested in tapping into new markets. Those participating in the trade missions will have access to a pre and post mission support programme and key economic and Government decision makers, and will also benefit from exceptional networking opportunities, tailored B2B meetings, extensive media coverage and subsidised costs. Building on the strong business network established through extensive cross-border collaboration in recent years in developing cultural, economic and political linkages with the East Coast of the USA, the trip will provide the perfect platform for local ventures to showcase their products and services to new markets.Leas-Chathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Councillor Noel Jordan pictured with Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, and Council Chief Executives John Kelpie and Seamus Neely, meeting Irish Ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall.The 2018 Ireland North West Trade and Investment Programme will capitalise on the successes of previous years and has been extended to include a series of events in Philadelphia, which has a strong historic affiliation with the North West region. The partner Councils have been establishing connections with the State of Pennsylvania and City of Philadelphia, which culminated in three inward visits in 2016/2017, and an outward visit in November 2017 to coincide with last year’s mission to Boston Massachusetts.Last year 15 local companies made the trip to Boston in November, alongside officers from both Councils as well as representatives from Udaras na nGaeltachta, Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the North West Regional College. The delegation took part in an extensive programme of engagements including conferences, industry visits and networking events. Each company had the chance to form meaningful connections in their relevant sectors, gain an insight into the US market and the opportunities it presents, as well as identify potential customers and distributors. Leas-Chathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Noel Jordan jointly led the Ireland North West Trade Mission last year alongside Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh. Pictured here with delegates from both Councils, including both Chief Executives and senior staff.Leas-Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Noel Jordan. jointly led the delegation last year alongside the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh.  They both agreed that the experience had been extremely beneficial in raising the profile of the North West City-region, which is a key strategic priority for the Councils.Cllr Noel Jordan said“Last year’s trip was extremely successful as an opportunity to identify new opportunities for foreign direct investment and to promote the growth and development of the North West. “Those taking part had the chance to form new relationships with key stakeholders in the spheres of education, politics and business, and to showcase the unique products and services they have to offer to the right market. I would encourage local businesses to find out how it could benefit them.”Mayor McHugh added “It is vitally important that we continue our work in profiling the North West as a gateway to both the EU and UK markets, and a unique and vibrant place to do business. I had the opportunity to see this collaboration between the two councils at work and the positive reception in the US for the strong proposition we have to offer.“I would highly recommend the experience to any business hoping to both enhance their prospects overseas and act as proud ambassadors for all we have to offer in our beautiful corner of the world.” The trade mission to Philadelphia will take place from June 18-20, 2018 while the Boston delegation will leave on November 13 returning on November 16. Expressions of Interest from those interested in participating should be submitted by the closing date of March 16th 2018.Participating companies will be supported in their preparation for the mission and throughout the trip by their local authorities, and will directly benefit from the advice on offer from Councils’ Business support teams.Anyone interested in finding out more about the Ireland North West Trade Missions should contact: Michael Tunney/Joanne Kilmartin, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal County Council, 074 91 60735; Rosalind Young/Adam Goodall at Derry City and Strabane District Council 028 71 253253.Local businesses invited to sign up for US trade opportunity was last modified: March 5th, 2018 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:2018 Ireland North West Trade and Investment ProgrammebostonPhiladelphiaTrade missionus tradelast_img read more

Gardai found man had ‘duplicate’ car in his driveway

first_imgA judge at Buncrana District Court has described as ‘bizarre’ a case where a man was observed driving in a vehicle that legally does not exist.Graeme Craig (29) of Rockstown in Burnfoot appeared on charges in connection with the incident that occurred on 24 January 2016 including dangerous driving. The court was told that at 4.35am on that date a Garda patrol observed a vehicle travelling at speed and after it turned without indicating gardaí went after it.The court was told that the vehicle was travelling along ‘narrow winding roads’ at speed estimated to be between 140-150 k/mh.The Garda told the court that it was wet also on the night and there was surface water on the roads.Gardaí continued to follow the car until it pulled in to a private driveway and parked.Gardaí approached and noted the registration on the car Volkswagen Golf and asked Craig for his driving licence and insurance and he said they were in the house.While gardaí were talking to Craig they noticed a second vehicle of the same make with the same registration number parked at the same house and when they started making inquiries the situation became ‘irate’.The garda told the court that he had noted the chassis number of the vehicle that Craig had been driving and there was no record of it anywhere, including in the North.Defence solicitor Mr. Frank Dorrian said that this had not been a chase as Craig was unaware of the Garda car behind him.Judge Deirdre Gearty said it was a ‘bizarre’ case and added “I don’t know what he had in his head driving a car that isn’t a car.”She said that she was finding Craig guilty of careless driving instead of dangerous, as his speed was ‘excessive’ for the conditions.Craig was fined a total of €1,000.Gardai found man had ‘duplicate’ car in his driveway was last modified: July 18th, 2018 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:buncranacarcourtduplicateVW Golflast_img read more

Hyderabad youth dies after rave party in Goa

first_imgA 24-year-old youth from Hyderabad, who had arrived with a friend last week, died due to suspected overdose after partying at a rave club in Anjuna, in North Goa on Sunday, the police said on Monday.Police identified the deceased as Shashank Sharma and said he was partying till Sunday afternoon. “The deceased is from Hyderabad. He felt uneasy after he left the club, following which he was referred to the Goa Medical College Hospital in Bambolim in North Goa, where he expired late on Sunday,” a police spokesperson said. Police sources said that before he died, Sharma told his friend that he had taken a tablet at the club after which he felt uneasy.last_img

Antoine Griezmann extends contract with Atletico Madrid until 2022

first_imgAtletico Madrid star forward Antoine Griezmann on Tuesday extended his contract and will remain with the Spanish football club until June 30, 2022, ending a period of uncertainty about the future of the French international amid speculation about a possible 100 million euros move to Manchester United.The previous contract of the 26-year-old was to run till June 30, 2021. But with the player sticking with Atletico following the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholding a transfer ban on the club until January 2018, the Spanish outfit has rewarded Griezmann with a new contract.”Atletico de Madrid have reached an agreement with Antoine Griezmann for the extension of his contract for one more season,” the club posted on its website.Griezmann, who had earlier spoken of his desire to win trophies — sparking rumours of his move to a new club — felt that his statements were misunderstood.”The first thing that I want to do is apologise to the people who misunderstood my statements. Maybe I expressed myself badly or someone wanted to make news where there weren’t any,” he said in a statement.”But since I came, I have given my all for my club, my teammates and my coaching staff, and I’m very happy to live one more season with all of you.”According to reports, the new contract significantly increases the 260-year-old’s salary to around $250,000 per week, but it also maintains his buyout clause at 100 million euros, which is within reach of Europe’s biggest clubs.Griezmann has been with Atletico since July 2014, scoring 83 times in 160 games in all competitions.advertisementAtletico finished third in La Liga last season and are to compete in the next edition of the Champions League.last_img read more