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Lack of Incentives Hinders Cestos’ Progress

first_imgThe Mayor of Cestos City, the capital city of Rivercess County, has charged that lack of incentives and needed logistics  are some of the causes of the city’s under development.Mayor Sarah N. Zeo made the complaint in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at her office recently.She explained that her administration continues to apply all efforts to carry out clean up campaigns but with a limited staff of 17 persons, she and her staff are unable to overcome the challenges.Among the challenges faced by the Cestos city mayor is the deliberate refusal of land owners to clean their respective properties during clean up campaigns organized to give the city a face lift.She said the city’s poor lay-out without streets and alleys for the free movement of citizens and residents is another major problem.She disclosed that some time ago, a surveyor from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Mr. Bismark Addy, was hired to lay out the city with streets and alleys, but nothing has been done.She frowned on the lack of revenue agents in the county to collect government revenues, a portion of which could be used to help develop the city, the mayor pointed out.“In fact, logging and other companies operating in the county have their offices in Grand Bassa County, instead of Rivercess County where they could pay royalties to the City Corporation for development purposes,” she contended.Mayor Zeo appealed to the County’s Legislative Caucus and national government to help curtail the hindrances against the development of the city.It may be recalled that Rivercess County was the 5th District under Grand Bassa County for decades, until 1984 when the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe, then Chairman of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), declared Rivercess a county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S., Iraq to investigate security details

first_imgWASHINGTON – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday she had ordered a “full and complete review” of security practices for U.S. diplomats in Iraq following a deadly weekend incident involving private guards protecting an embassy convoy. Rice’s announcement came as the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad resumed limited diplomatic convoys under the protection of Blackwater USA outside the heavily fortified Green Zone after a two-day suspension because of the weekend incident in that city. Rice said she had directed the State Department to examine “how we are providing security to our diplomats.” The review will include all aspects of protection, including the rules of engagement for security guards and under what jurisidiction they should be covered, department spokesman Sean McCormack said. While returning from the Middle East to Washington, Rice ordered the review Thursday in a phone call to the veteran diplomat who will lead it, Patrick Kennedy, a senior management official, according to McCormack. He said the review would be conducted as quickly as possible and might bring in outside experts. U.S. diplomatic travel had been halted following Sunday’s incident in which guards employed by Blackwater, a private security firm, opened fire in response to an alleged attack on a convoy. At least 11 people, including Iraqi civilians, were killed in the firefight. Iraqi officials have called the incident a “crime” and initially called for Blackwater to be expelled from the country. Rice and other U.S. officials have urged the Iraqis to wait until investigations are complete before taking any permanent steps. “We take very seriously what happened,” Rice said, noting she had called Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday to express regret at the loss of innocent life. Rice declined to comment on Friday’s resumption of Blackwater-protected convoys but paid tribute to the guards from the firm, one of three that provides security for U.S. diplomats and other civilian officials in Iraq. “We have needed and received the protection of Blackwater for a number of years now, and they have lost their own people in protecting our people in extremely dangerous circumstances,” she said. The United States and Iraq have agreed to form a joint commission to look into Sunday’s incident and make recommendations to clarify confusing rules and regulations that govern the conduct of private security contractors in Iraq. A senior official on al-Maliki’s staff said the Iraqi government realizes that it may not be able to push through a ban on Blackwater USA because the Americans rely so heavily on security firms. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue is politically charged. Iraqi and U.S. witnesses have offered widely divergent accounts of what happened: Iraqis say the Blackwater guards opened fire without provocation and the Americans say the security detail was responding to an attack. Blackwater has not made any comment about the incident since releasing a statement Monday that said its employees acted properly in responding to an attack. McCormack said the Blackwater guards who fired weapons in Sunday’s incident – about a third of the 15- to 20-strong team protecting the convoy – are “standing down” from their jobs at least temporarily. He did not say whether they would return to duty. The al-Maliki aide said some of the Blackwater guards believed to have been involved in the shooting were Iraqis and could face prosecution in Iraqi courts. Blackwater had conducted about 1,800 security details for diplomats outside the Green Zone since January and that there had been very few incidents in which weapons were discharged, he said. The joint U.S-Iraqi commission is charged with going over separate U.S. and Iraqi investigations of Sunday’s incident, establishing a common set of facts and then suggesting how to proceed. It is expected to convene soon for the first time, according to State Department officials who say it will likely propose changes to the existing rules that date from the U.S.-led occupation government and give private contractors immunity from Iraqi laws. Security contractors are also not subject to U.S. military law under which U.S. soldiers face prosecution for killing or abusing Iraqis. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CONTRACTORS: A joint review of a deadly shooting will be conducted, officials say. By Matthew Lee THE ASSOCIATED PRESS last_img read more

HARPS TAKE SHARE OF SPOILS AGAINST MONAGHAN

first_imgFinn Harps overcame the first-half dismissal of Gareth Harkin to take a share of the spoils against high-flying Monaghan United at Finn Park on Saturday night.Unfazed following the harsh sending off, Harps battled hard to take a point when they perhaps deserved two more, while Monaghan had to cope without their enigmatic manager Roddy Collins for over seventy minutes of the game after he was ordered off the pitch by referee Paul McLaughlin.And although the visitors reduced the gap on fellow promotion hopefuls Cork City to a single point, they will view this as two points dropped in their march for top flight football. Harps, on the other hand, have now taken ten points from a possible fifteen in their last five outings. There were three changes to the Harps side that defeated Athlone Town two weeks ago. Keith Cowan returned from suspension to partner Aaron O’Hagan in the absence of the outgoing Paddy McLaughlin, who went back to Institute at the end of last week. Blaine Curtis and Gareth Harkin replaced Mark McGoldrick and Gary Curran respectively, while Marc Brolly, Tommy Bonner and Mark Forker were all consigned to the bench once more.Monaghan, who knew that Cork and Limerick shared a 3-3 draw earlier in the night, came into the game with a real incentive to take the initiative over their promotion rivals. A lack of conviction, though, meant it was the home side who bossed large periods of possession, even after being reduced to ten men.Harps were denied the lead inside the first two minutes when Gabriel Sava pulled off an excellent point-blank stop on Kevin McHugh. Declan O’Brien had Monaghan’s two best chances of the opening period, firing aimlessly wide from twelve yards early on before heading inches over the bar from a delightful Keith Quinn cross.The big talking points of the game came within a four-minute spell midway through the half when, firstly, Roddy Collins was sent to the stands for apparently contesting what he felt was a poor offside call to Paul McLaughlin. The referee ordered the charismatic Monaghan supremo off the pitch and moments later handed out a straight red-card to Gareth Harkin for a high challenge on Sean Brennan, who was left clutching his knee but soon got to his feet and played on. It was a clumsy and awkward challenge but never a red card for the Letterkenny man, who played a key role in the engine room of midfield up until then.Monaghan didn’t exactly go for the jugular after Harps were numerically disadvantaged but Ciaran Gallagher still needed to make a brave block on O’Brien as the interval loomed.The expected onslaught never arrived after the restart. In fact, it was Harps that looked the better side for large periods of the second half. Four minutes in, Alan Byrne denied Kevin McHugh with a brilliant last-ditch block following a brave run and cross from Kevin Devaney. However, the ball was quickly recycled by Stephen O’Donnell who teed up McHugh only for the striker to head the wrong side of the crossbar.McHugh continued to torment the Monaghan centre-half paring, twisting one way and then the other before letting rip with a wonderful 25-yard shot that was kept out by virtue of a brilliant outstretched save from Sava.Ciaran Gallagher was called into action for a brief moment fifteen minutes from time and the Harps ‘keeper showed no sign of rust to palm away a curling 30-yard free-kick from Brennan. Harps, though, upped the tempo once more but yet again Sava was equal to McHugh’s best efforts – the Monaghan stopper pulling off a Gordon Banks-esque save following a delicious cross from second half replacement Marc Brolly. Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Martin Redmond, Keith Cowan, Aaron O’Hagan, JP Gallagher; Kevin Devaney, Barry O’Mahoney, Gareth Harkin, Stephen O’Donnell; Kevin McHugh, Blaine Curtis.Subs: Mark Forker (Devaney, 69 mins), Thomas Bonnar (O’Donnell, 72 mins), Marc Brolly (Curtis, 76 mins).Monaghan United: Gabriel Sava; Aidan Collins, William McDonagh, Alan Byrne, Shane Grimes; Jordan Keegan, Eric Foley, Ryan Brennan, Keith Quinn; Declan O’Brien, Sean Brennan.Subs: John Reilly (Foley, 46), Paul Whelan (Quinn, 65 mins). Referee: Paul McLaughlin.HARPS TAKE SHARE OF SPOILS AGAINST MONAGHAN was last modified: September 5th, 2011 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)last_img read more

THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON DELIGHTED WITH THREE POINTS AT TANNADICE

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY AT TANNADICE: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted he considered quitting his job when his side was 3-0 down last month at Kilmarnock.The Hoops came back to draw 3-3 in that game – and have been on a run since.So you can imagine how pleased Neil was to see his side extend their Scottish Premier League winning sequence to five matches today with a 1-0 win over Dundee United. “I’m thrilled with the three points, it keeps the run going,” he said. “Some of the football was decent but you’re always looking for better.“I was happy with the first half, I thought we were excellent.“Final third, second half we were poor and that was the difference between us winning the game more comfortably.”Gary Hooper struck a great goal in the 12th minute after a strong opening from the Hoops. The second half may have been like watching paint dry; but a win is a win and the gap behind Rangers is back down to four points – with Hearts the visitors to Parkhead next Saturday.“The early goal today gave us a huge lift,” said Lennon.“Going forward we were very good and we could have been a couple up. But you always need that second goal.“Second half we weren’t as productive in the final third as we could have been. I wanted a little more quality but we were running the ball too much and not moving it quickly enough.”In other news, Scott Brown is set to pledge his future to the club but rumours in Glasgow suggest Israeli playmaker Beram Kayal could be off to Liverpool in the January transfer window. THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON DELIGHTED WITH THREE POINTS AT TANNADICE was last modified: December 4th, 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:Beram KayalCelticdundee unitedLiverpoolNeil Lennonthe hoops report on donegaldailylast_img read more

ARC reaches midway point

first_img Tags: African Rally Campionship Zambia is the fourth stage on the ARC championshipThe 2018 Africa Rally Championship (ARC) comes to a midway point this weekend with the Zambia International Rally.This is the fourth stage of the of the seven series championship on the ARC calendar.This year’s ARC round will make its debut in the Zambian Copperbelt province in Ndola starting on 22-23rd June.The two-day event has attracted thirty (30) crews from four countries including Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.They will compete over a total distance 218.54kilometres.The Zambia Rally will be a key race for the ARC title hopefuls as it could determine their stakes in the title chase come the end of the year.Kenya’s Manvir Baryan, Carl Tundo and Cote d’ivoire’s Gary Chaynes currently tie on top of the ARC leader board with 25 points each.Kenyan, Manvir will hope to take advantage of Chaynes and Tundo’s absence so as to build a reasonable gap on top of the standings.Kenya’s Monvir Baryan will hope to build a gap between him and his opponentsManvir Baryan will yet again be the driver to beat this weekend due to the fact that he has topped all the events away from home.However, his charge for another Zambia Rally win is not expected to come so smoothly with the local drivers whose target will be towards retaining the home victory.Kenya’s Pierro Connobia and Silvia Frigo will be in search for maximum points after falling short in South Africa with a DNF (Did Not Finish).The crew is currently in second position with 19 points from three events.Tanzania’s Ahmed Huwel will be making his debut in Zambia with his Ford Fiesta Proto.Former ARC champion Mohammed Essa will make an appearance on the ARC round after a three-year absence.He will feature with his newly acquired Subaru.Jassy Singh, also a former ARC champion, Muna Singh, Leroy Gomes, Yvon Pinto and other local drivers will be up for an impressive show in the home event.Top five ARC standings:1. Manvir Baryan 25 points2. Carl Tundo 253. GaryChaynes 254. Pierro Cannobio 195. Guy Botterill 18Comments last_img read more

Irish Water in the dock as Falcarragh businesses close over water shortages

first_imgA young business owner says it is ‘disheartening’ that she has repeatedly had to close her local salon on Falcarragh’s Main Street due to serious issues with the water supply. The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council has already called for an emergency meeting between the local authority and Irish Water over the ongoing issues.A number of businesses in the West Donegal town were forced to close their doors yet again this week because of water issues due to old pipe connections. Roisin Gallagher, 20, took the plunge into the beauty business by opening ‘Roisin’s Beauty Bar’ in March 2018.But her dream venture turned into a nightmare following consistent water outages which has affected hundreds of residents in the area for well over a year.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Ms Gallagher says that she was unable to offer two staff wages this week due to closures.“I opened the business 14 months ago and it has been happening since the day I opened my doors,” Gallagher said. “It is hurting my business completely because I only started recently and you need to start off well and because of this, it is hurting me big time. “Two of my staff came in on Thursday morning, and the worst bit about this is that they don’t tell you that the water is going to be off.“You have to find out for yourself and we have all come into work on Thursday and I have had to send the two of them home and three people, including myself, went home without a wage.“It is very disheartening and if this is the carry on that is going to be going on then I am going to lose my career here in Falcarragh to where I will be better treated and there is a better system.“You try to make a life for yourself and the government are going against you,” she added.Roisin Gallagher opened ‘Roisin’s Beauty Bar’ in March 2018 and has problems from day one.With Irish Water suggesting they will install a solution to the issues in the area in late 2019, Gallagher insists she has fear the problems could continue into 2020, something she says could spell the end for ‘Roisin’s Beauty Bar’. “People are coming into Falcarragh and expecting to get a service and when they are not getting it they are not going to come back.“They will go to other surrounding areas and Irish Water says October by the earliest but we know that never happens and these problems could continue well into 2020.“It is a struggle already because Falcarragh is a small community in a rural area and you cannot afford to lose any business.“I have invested a lot of money into this small business trying to make a life for myself and it is really affecting me and I am struggling to make ends meet.” The Falcarragh native insists that water problems continue on much longer then she will have no choice but to relocate away from the area.“If this continues for much longer then I won’t be staying in Falcarragh, which is sad, but I am still young enough I have the opportunity to get up and go.”Weighing in on the issue, the Cathoairleach of Donegal County Council said Irish Water current plan for the area was ‘simply not satisfactory’.Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill said he demanded that emergency funding be put in place to upgrade the pipe network for Falcrragh and surrounding areas.“I have had a discussion with the Chief Executive of the Donegal Council, Seamus Neely and we are going to set-up an emergency meeting with Irish Water to try and fast track funding and delivery of pipe replacement to elevated the problems that are there.“Seven to eight businesses were forced to close their doors this week and that is not on,” he said. “No other utility company would get away with this that businesses have to close and Irish Water can’t let that happen either.”Eight businesses had to close on Thursday this week due to a water outage.O’Domhnaill echoed Gallaghers fears and said Irish Water were letting down the local community, labelling their actions as ‘disgraceful’ in light of recent closures.“Irish Water need to step up to the plate and supply the people, who are paying for the water, with a proper service and if it continues for a prolonged period business in Falcarragh will need to make a serious decision.“Is it sustainable at all to keep our business opened when we can’t guarantee our customers a proper and adequate level of service.”Irish Water in the dock as Falcarragh businesses close over water shortages was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:councildonegalFalcarraghIrish Water shortageRoisin’s Beauty Barlast_img read more

Govt urged to carry out new Mercosur impact assessment given Brexit uncertainty

first_imgThe government has been urged to immediately request a full impact assessment of the Mercosur deal on the beef sector, in all Brexit scenarios.Charlie McConalogue issued the appeal on Sunday, insisting the current government were doing a disservice to beef farmers across the country by failing to act in their best interest.“In 2016, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre produced a damming report on the “Cumulative economic impact of future trade agreements on EU agriculture,” the Donegal TD said. “It reported that additional imports dominated by Mercosur countries from a trade deal would cost the EU beef sector €5bn annually, with prices collapsing by up to 16%.“The Irish Government failed to put up any fight with like-minded countries in the run-up to Autumn 2017 and acquiesced to the EU’s initial beef offer of 70,000 tonnes to the Mercosur bloc,” he added.“They also showed no urgency in building a coalition against the increased offer of 99,000 tonnes.“I find it baffling that the Government have failed to request any new impact assessment since 2016. In the intervening three years, the situation facing beef farmers has gone from bad to worse. They have been failed badly by Government. “Ireland exports around 90% of our beef into the EU marketplace, with half our total exports to the UK every year. Currently, the EU beef market is 102% self-sufficient. If the UK leaves the EU, this increases to 116% with excess produce saturating the European market.“This is why we need a new cumulative impact assessment. It’s vital to get a proper and updated assessment as to how the Mercosur beef deal would impact the EU market and depress prices further than originally calculated in 2016.“Despite the Fine Gael internal battles, which are an affront to the beef farmers who are on their knees, Minister Creed must immediately request a new assessment from his party colleague Commissioner Hogan,” concluded Deputy McConologue.Govt urged to carry out new Mercosur impact assessment given Brexit uncertainty was last modified: July 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

H-DNL Football: Week 2 preview

first_imgSt. Bernard’s and Del Norte, winners of opening-weekend games, will try to improve to 2-0 while a handful of other Humboldt-Del Norte League teams will look for win number one as week two of the high school football season begins tonight.St. Bernard’s (1-0) at Hoopa Valley (0-0)Hoopa Valley will have its hands full tonight as it opens its 2019 campaign against a St. Bernard’s team fresh off a dominant road win.St. Bernard’s took its season opener in style, notching a 36-7 win on the road …last_img

Geocaching Block Party Video and GIFF Winners Revealed

first_img SharePrint RelatedAttend the World’s Mega-EventMay 14, 2013In “Community”August Goes to the Mega-EventsAugust 12, 2013In “Community”Dear Geocaching Diary: Orange Headbands for the WinSeptember 1, 2013In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Adventurers from around the globe joined Geocaching HQ staff on August 17, 2013 to celebrate International Geocaching Day.  It’s tempting to measure the Geocaching Block Party 2013 in attendance (more than 3,000) or by the number of countries represented by geocachers (more than 12), but we preferred to look up from shaking hands and swapping stories and just measure the Geocaching Block Party in smiles—and there was plenty to smile about. Geocachers soaked up the creative geocaches, clever wordplay and tricky clues of a newly launched Geocaching HQ GeoTour. Geocaching HQ also debuted a new geocache type, Lab Caches, and asked geocachers to help test the new style of geocaching (potentially coming to a Mega-Event near you). Plus, did we mention getting to meet 3,000 other geocachers from around the world?Check out the new Geocaching Block Party 2013 video to experience the thrill of the event. Make no mistake, we want to see you in the next video. Put it on your calendar, make your travel plans and log your ‘Will Attend’ for the Geocaching Block Party 2014 on August 16, 2014. Keep scrolling down for the winners of the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) and more pictures from the Geocaching Block Party.Click the image to see more than 450 pictures from The Geocaching Block Party 2013The Geocaching Block Party didn’t stop when the sun went down. Geocachers rallied for the first annual Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF). Annnnnnnnnnd the winners are…  Most Adventurous FilmThe Story Behind the Log – By: FredericBrotMost Instructional FilmGeocaching Norway – By: WoodneyepatchBest CinematographyGalaxycache – By: aak7Audience AwardMy Geocaching Addiction – By: Mayberryman & DrjbrokeMost Inspirational FilmThe Best Days of Our Lives – By: FrederikHastMost Creative/Experimental FilmMy Geocaching Addiction – By: Mayberryman & DrjbrokeCongratulations to each of the winners and all of the entries. Each finalist received a 1-year Geocaching Premium membership. Each award winner received a 5-year Geocaching Premium membership, a personalized (and super cool) trophy and a GIFF Geocoin. Want to see the finalists? There are two ways: attend a Mega-Event that will be screening them or view them online in Spring 2014. Mega-Event hosts should contact Geocaching HQ to request a DVD to screen at their event.The view from the waaay back at GIFFlast_img read more

Hailing the Cash for Appliances Program

first_imgA reminder: October not only is National Kitchen and Bath Month, it is when the Department of Energy’s stimulus-funded Cash for Appliances program is scheduled to kick off. The $300 million initiative, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, allows each state that doesn’t already have a similar rebate program to write its own cash-for-appliances rebate rules, submit them for approval to the Department of Energy, and begin issuing rebate checks as early as November.The Cash for Appliances program is similar to the $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program in that it is intended to give consumers an incentive replace an old product with a more energy efficient one. Cash for Clunkers, hugely popular among consumers before its stimulus allotment was depleted, targeted the seriously ailing auto industry. Cash for Appliances, of course, addresses consumer interest in a broader range of products and, like other stimulus programs, is aimed at boosting the overall economy by encouraging homeowners to upgrade their refrigerators, dishwashers, furnaces, air conditioners, and other appliances. Consumers are not required to trade in their old appliances to take advantage of the program.The National Kitchen & Bath Association issued a press release earlier this month to emphasize that the new rebate program is in addition to a number of U.S. tax credits, up to $1,500 total per home, on the purchase price of energy efficient HVAC equipment, windows, insulation, and other products.Incentives north of the borderIn Canada, meanwhile, the Canada Revenue Agency has introduced a new Home Renovation Tax Credit, which applies to eligible renovations made to a homeowner’s primary residence. The program, which expires February 1, 2010, offers a 15% tax credit on home remodeling expenses exceeding $1,000, with a maximum credit of $1,350.The HRTC supplements Canada’s existing ecoENERGY Retrofit Homes grant offered through Natural Resources Canada, the agency charged with ensuring that the country’s natural resources are developed responsibly. The grant provides up to $5,000 to homeowners who make renovations to their homes that reduce energy consumption.The size of Cash for Appliances rebates will depend on state guidelines and the cost of the Energy Star-rated product. Based on payouts being made by existing state-run rebate programs (about 25 states already have them), the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers estimates that rebates will range from $50 to $200.last_img read more