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Monrovia Visitors Map Releases 2014 Edition

first_imgThe newest edition of the Monrovia Visitors Map is now out, making way-finding and navigating around the capital city a whole lot easier for business visitors and tourists in 2014. The first 5,000 copies of the 2014 edition are available now throughout Monrovia. Seven full color maps of metropolitan Monrovia, including Congo Town and Paynesville, make up this pocket-sized essential guide, which features over 100 hotels, bars, restaurants, suppliers and shops, as well as Government agencies, hospitals, embassies, places of worship and other essential information for visitors. From bakeries to building suppliers to beach resorts, the Monrovia Visitors Map shows the best of the city. The 2014 edition is the biggest yet, featuring all of Bushrod Island for the first time, as well as Mamba Point and Central Monrovia, Sinkor, Airfield, Old Road, Congo Town, Paynesville, ELWA, and the RIA Highway. There are also detailed maps of the Broad Street business district and Tubman Boulevard in Sinkor as well. Produced in partnership with the telecom operator Cellcom, over 10,000 printed copies of the Map are given away for free in Monrovia throughout the year.Along with the printed edition, the Map is also available to download for free from www.monroviavisitorsmap.com which has a both a high- and low-bandwidth version. The new high-bandwidth webpage now has a brand-new interactive feature with additional information on featured businesses. “Over 10,000 tourists were recognized as visiting Liberia in 2013—an increase of more than 70% over the past few years. Whether people are visiting for business or pleasure this map will help them find the best that the city has to offer” says Larissa Clark, Business Development Manager for the map.”It’s an exciting new edition that reflects the growth of many fantastic service providers that visitors need to find easily whether it’s a place to sleep, eat or shop during their visit to Monrovia – whether they stay a week or six months!” says Matthew Jones, Co-Founder of the Monrovia Visitors Map.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Future rigging of elections is not a creation of overactive imagination

first_imgDear Editor,Only last month, the Leader of the Opposition made a reasonable assumption that Guyanese fears of a rigged election are valid and based on some stark realities which have taken place and are currently taking place.These existing realities that have been affecting our electoral process in recent times have left no doubt in my mind that the People’s National Congress (PNC) has set the stage to attempt to rig the Local Government Elections (LGE) and by extension, the General Election in 2020 and future ones as well. We have seen that since 2015, in an effort to regain party paramountcy, the PNC has been systematically silencing the voices of its coalition partner the Alliance For Change (AFC), not unlike what it has done with the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) since it joined the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) slate. Over the years, we have heard and seen increasingly less about the WPA and the same has happened to the AFC in just three years. The AFC is not relevant anymore. The PNC has a game plan which is working well and by the 2020 General Election, the AFC would have been relegated to probably a worse status than the WPA. But a point to ponder is the PNC is aware that it could never win a majority on its own without the AFC, since it had lost in 2011 despite the WPA forming an alliance with that party under the umbrella of the APNU, so is the PNC trying to get rid of the AFC or is it trying to make it more pliant to its political manoeuvrings? There will be no Cummingsburg Accord in 2020 and after this LGE, the AFC will be totally consumed, and the PNC will reign supreme once again!The game plan of the PNC may appear to be simple, but it has more far-reaching consequences. Not only will it expose the AFC’s already diminishing strength, but the result will also afford an estimate of the numbers needed to rig. These numbers will be quite revealing.The PNC is aware that the AFC contesting solo will be beaten badly and the few remaining supporters and members who have not already crossed over to the PPP will jump on the PNC’s gravy train. Many have started to do that. This is the number which will be of great interest to the PNC to reactivate its rigging machinery. Therefore, based on this estimate, the PNC will know exactly what rigging measure is needed and the areas which should be targeted and will structure its rigging machinery accordingly. We have seen in the past that the PNC has used various measures such as padding of the voter’s lists, multiple voting, tampering with the ballot boxes, fake statements of polls, controlling the election machinery by inserting its members and supporters, Police failure to prevent or correct violations of law, PNC supporters who were not accredited were allowed in and out of polling places, fingers of many PNC supporters were not dipped in “electoral” ink to show that they voted, fingers of some PNC supporters were washed after being dipped in ink, and partiality by polling officials to PNC supporters. All of these are still relevant, and some have been practised in a small way in the last General Election in 2011. It is expected that these will see some sharp honing processes at this LGE.We have also seen that Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) is not averse to taking sides with APNU and the AFC when it comes to the flawed electoral process leading to the upcoming LGE. We have also seen that the courts have also bluntly refused to give a fair and proper interpretation of our Constitution with regard to Article 161(2) on the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman, despite harsh criticisms from the Transparency International, the Private Sector Commission, the Association of Concerned Guyanese in the USA, the Indian Action Committee and a host of other local and international organisations. The recent High Court decision to uphold the unilateral appointment of GECOM’s Chairman by the President is an unequivocal indication that our democracy is under threat by the PNC and the PNC’s flag is now flying high over our courts.Future rigging of elections is not a creation of an overactive imagination.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

EFFL To Stage Protest Against Ja’neh’s Impeachment

first_imgEmmanuel Gonquoi third from left addresses the press in MonroviaBy Tita G. Tabolo, UL Mass Communication DepartmentIn the wake of the controversial impeachment proceedings of Justice Kabineh Ja’neh by some members of the 54th National Legislature, the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL) has called on the United States, African Union, the United Nations, International Justice Group and the European Union to closely monitor Liberia as signs of bad governance have resurfaced to undermine the country’s democracy.Addressing a news conference in Monrovia on February 18, EFFL’s spokesman Emmanuel Gonquio said while dictatorship is gradually being nurtured in the government, they are troubled by the immature political occurrences in Liberia.He said as the Liberian public witnesses the unfolding development in the ongoing impeachment proceedings against Justice Ja’neh, it is incumbent upon every well-meaning Liberian to wake up and rescue the judicial system from unwarranted manipulations, and interference designed to undermine the judiciary.He urged members of the Upper House, saying, “Let it be known that any senator who will be involved in an unorthodox and politically motivated impeachment trial will be issued a vote of no-confidence.”The vote of no-confidence, which he said is expected to be issued on 28 February, at the seat of the National Legislature, will serve as a warning to other lawmakers that they may be removed when they work contrarily to the expectation of the people.Mr. Gonquio described the current impeachment trial before the 54th National Legislature as politically motivated and it has the ability to undermine the integrity of the country’s judicial system.“The illegal impeachment proceedings and voting exercise demonstrated by a pocket of members of the House of Representatives has no support from EFFL,” he said.He noted that the international community and donors consider good governance and the rule of law as prerequisites for aid. Therefore, he said, it is important that the justice system should never be controlled by the Executive or any branch of the government.He claimed that the intent of impeaching Justice Ja’neh is because the government is planning to rig both 2020 and 2023 elections. According to him, the administrative structure of the bench clearly signals that Justice Ja’neh will be in chambers by 2020 and 2023. Therefore, the fear of Weah government is that Justice Ja’neh may resist any attempt for the government to rig elections in 2020 and 2023.“We want to inform the Liberian people and the international community that, as soon as possible, EFFL will rally citizens and organizations for the purpose of protecting and saving the Judiciary and maintaining the peace and democracy of Liberia,” he said.According to him, during the protest, which is honored by Article 1 of the Liberian Constitution, “We will issue a vote of no confidence in those Senators who are involved with the removal of Justice Ja’neh.”Meanwhile, he disclosed that plans are currently underway for EFFL in collaboration with other civil society organizations, youth groups and other patriotic citizens to stage a mass protest. According to him, the protest is intended to put a halt to the illegal proceedings and to draw the attention of the international community about the state of the nation.Ahead of the protest, which is expected to take place on Thursday, February 28, the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police, Patrick Sudue, has invited the EFFL leadership to a meeting, scheduled for today, February 27, “to discuss the security aspect of the planned protest/demonstration in maintaining the peace for the benefit of all.”Also invited to the meeting with the police and EFFL are civil institutions and stakeholders including the Inter-Religious Council, Women in Peace-building Network (WIPNET), and the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC). Institutions invited to serve as observers at th meeting include ECOWAS, the African Union (AU), the European Union and the United Nations (UN).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CANU hunting motor racers, sawmill owner

first_imgGy0M cocaine bustRanks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) are seeking to locate local biker Stephen Vieira, West Coast Demerara businessman Tazim Gafoor, and sawmill owner Narine Lall for questioning in relation to Friday’s 187-pound cocaine bust.According to reports, CANU officers received a tip about the operation and swooped down on a lumber yard at Lot 227 Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, where they conducted a search on a truck that was laden with several pallets of 1×6Some 187 pounds of cocaine, carrying a street value of $550M, was found concealed in lumber being prepared for shipment to the USAdressed lumber being prepared for export to the United States.“Several boards were drilled randomly and revealed a whitish substance suspected to be cocaine… Discovered was a total of 84.986 kilograms of cocaine, equalling a landed US street value in excess of 550 million Guyana Dollars,” CANU said.At the time, several workers at the lumber yard were taken into police custody,Tazim GafoorNaraine Lallwhere they remained throughout the weekend, assisting with the investigations.“The truck, its driver and porters were escorted to CANU Headquarters, where a detailed search of the cargo was completed. The said search revealed cocaine found in random boards scattered among genuine boards in each pallet, each of the compromised boards had a dugout cavity with vacuum sealed plastic packets containing cocaine pasted therein,” the anti-In custody, Nazim Gafoornarcotics agency revealed.Further investigations by the CANU ranks led to the arrest of popular race cardriver Nazim Gafoor. He also remained in custody over the weekend, pending investigation.A CANU statement issued on Sunday has indicated that Vieira, Lall, and theStephen Vieiraother Gafoor brother are wanted for questioning.CANU has said that Vieira is listed on the shipping documents as the representative of Naraine Lall, who is the shipper of the consignment. Searches for Vieira have thus far proven futile.last_img read more

Rescued protesters dump acid on whaler

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand – Two activists attacked a Japanese whaling ship with a bottle of acid and a smoke bomb Friday, slightly injuring two crew members after the vessel helped rescue the protesters from the icy Ross Sea off Antarctica, officials said. The activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society protest ship Farley Mowat disappeared during a confrontation with the Nisshin Maru but were found after about seven hours, with members of the Japanese whaling expedition assisting. John Gravois of Los Angeles and Karl Neilsen of Perth, Australia, were picked up in good condition from their Zodiac dinghy after its fiberglass hull had cracked, skipper Paul Watson told The Associated Press by telephone. The pair had been wearing survival suits and were carrying a GPS navigation system. “They hunkered down, kept hydrated and waited to be found,” said Sea Shepherd’s international director, Jonny Vasic. The pair had last been seen near the Japanese vessel after protesters in three Zodiacs confronted the whalers and caused them to abandon a chase for a pod of whales. Watson said the two activists had gotten lost after fog, mist and drizzle blanketed the area. The Nisshin Maru responded to call for help from the Sea Shepherd and joined in the search, Watson said. Glen Inwood, a spokesman for Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research, said the Japanese whaling ships had turned back toward the protest vessels to help find the missing crew. Watson said that when he thanked the crew of the Nisshin Maru for their help, “they were very professional. They just said they’d wait for us” to resume the protest. “I said, `I guess we’re back on schedule, and we’ll be pursuing you again,”‘ Watson said. The protesters then again began their chase of the Japanese vessel and dumped foul-smelling butyric acid onto the whaling ship’s deck, injuring two Japanese crew members, according to Takahide Naruko, the chief of the Far Seas Fisheries Division of Japan’s Fisheries Agency. They suffered facial injuries when the bottle of acid smashed on deck, sending shards of glass flying, he said. One crewman was hit by an empty container of acid and the other had acid squirted in his eye, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

San Marino 0-6 England: Wayne Rooney equals goalscoring record as Three Lions qualify for Euro 2016

first_img1 Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record as England clinched their place at Euro 2016 by hitting six past San Marino. The Manchester United forward drew level with Charlton’s tally of 49 international goals with a penalty in the 12th minute, but couldn’t find a second to clinch the record and was replaced by Harry Kane after an hour. Against a team of part-timers – including an accountant, a bank clerk and a barman – the result was never in doubt. As such, the spotlight was focused firmly on Rooney and whether he could make history in Serravalle. Roy Hodgson made nine changes from the team beat Slovenia in June. Jamie Vardy and Jonjo Shelvey made their first international starts, while Everton trio John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley were given the chance to impress. As expected, England dominated proceedings and Rooney got the ball rolling by converting from the spot on 12 minutes. The decision awarded for a shirt pull on Stones seemed harsh but Rooney wasn’t complaining, sending Aldo Simoncini the wrong way. The visitors doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark when Cristian Brolli could only divert Luke Shaw’s left-wing cross into his own net. England’s third came just 18 seconds after the restart. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain raced down the right and his cross found Barkley, who nodded in his first senior goal for his country. Rooney was then replaced by Kane but the 29-year-old will surely be given another opportunity to make the record his own when England take on Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday. Just moments after replacing Arsenal team-mate Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott found himself unmarked at the back-post and had the simple task of tapping in Shaw’s low cross to make it four.Having failed to score for Tottenham so far this season, Kane then rediscovered his goalscoring touch with a deft chip over Simoncini from Shelvey’s slide-rule pass.And, from the kick-off, England immediately made it six as Barkley combined with Walcott and the Arsenal forward slotted his second into the far corner to round off a comfortable victory.The win saw England maintain their 100 per cent record in qualifying and become the first team to join hosts France in next summer’s finals. England captain Wayne Rooney equals Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time goalscoring record from the spot last_img read more

SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA CLUB HOST THE CFT NORTHERN REGION DIVE RALLY

first_imgWith the passing of the summer solstice Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club conducted a series of dives last week that included hosting the CFT Northern Region Dive Rally.These Rallies are conducted at a number of locations around Ireland over the summer months and they allow divers to visit distant and quite possibly sites new to them without having to tow boats and compressors. Sheephaven club members agreed to host the Northern Region Dive Rally for 2016, making their facilities and boats available to visiting divers from both within the Northern Region and further afield.But before that on Wednesday evening they conducted their own trainee dive at Melmore Head, when Siobhan Coll kindly led a one boat dive party on a two stick dive.Inside the headland there was some shelter from a swell rolling in from the northwest that had made other more exposed sites undiveable.Dive times of up to 30 minutes were recorded to depths of 25 metres while water temperature was reasonably cosy at 13 degrees Celsius but unfortunately horizontal in-water visibility was down to less than 5 metres. On Saturday morning Sheephaven SAC received over 30 visiting divers from 10 other clubs and including their own divers they conducted two dives on Melmore Head and one on Dunloan Rock using a small fleet of six dive boats.Despite poor, for Sheephaven standards, in-water visibility the visiting divers were overwhelming in their praise of the dive sites. As the visitors are used to visibility of less than two metres they particularly appreciated the wonderful flora and fauna that they were actually able to observe throughout the weekend.Sunday mornings’ dives were conducted on the Frenchman’s Rock for a dive party of three dive boats and Dunloan Rock for another boat.It was unfortunate that the more exposed sites were not available for diving over the weekend, due to a stiff northwest wind blowing across the ebbing Spring Tides, which can turn an innocent enough looking sea into something quite difficult in a very short space of time.But for the dive parties in more sheltered waters over the weekend the drift dive at Dunloan Rock received high praise indeed and will undoubtedly attract the visitors back again in the future. As always this site produced recordings of large fish species including Bib and the resident Conger Eels, as well as a series of sponges, hydroids, Hornwrack and anemones.However the species of note observed over the weekend included a Sunfish of Melmore Head on Saturday morning, a congregation of Pipefish near Revenny Island on Saturday afternoon and the egg casing of the Common Ray, which is anything but common on a snorkel near Meavgh slipway late on Saturday evening. In addition to the diving the visitors experienced the full hospitability of the clubs entertainment committee, led by Caroline Mc Gee, when they put of a fantastic meal on for visitors and club members alike. These hard workers included John Mc Gee and his family who showed off their culinary skills on the barbeque, as they dished out the beef burgers to a host of hungry divers on Saturday evening.Undoubtedly the entertainment committee provided a spread that has set a standard of hospitality that will never be exceeded at future Dive Rallies and everyone involved thanks them for all they did over the weekend.The club has to also thank Willie Sheridan and John Joe Rowland who got the building prepared for the visitors and filled nearly 50 dive bottles over the weekend, as well as keeping car parking disruption to a minimum. Additionally they wish to thank the landowners who generously allowed the divers to park boat trailers on their lands over the weekend.As satisfying as it was to host the Dive Rally ultimately Sheephaven SAC is about its own club members and it was their indulgence that provided the clubs boats and equipment for the use of visiting divers, which is understood and appreciated by all involved. SHEEPHAVEN SUB-AQUA CLUB HOST THE CFT NORTHERN REGION DIVE RALLY was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DivingSheephaven Sub Aqua ClubSportlast_img read more

Volleyball Travels to Central Illinois For Final Road Series of the Season

first_img ESPN3 – ISU Live Stats – ISU Live Stats- Bradley ESPN3 – Bradley Match Notes Story Links PEORIA, Ill. – Following a weekend of back-to-back games at home, the Drake University volleyball team heads out of the Knapp Center and back on the road, where it is set to face off against the Bradley Braves followed by the Illinois State Redbirds.The first match, at Bradley, is set for Nov. 8 with a start time of 6 p.m., and the second the following day at 5 p.m. at Illinois State. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN 3.The Bulldogs suffered a pair of 3-1 defeats at home over the weekend against the Missouri State Bears (8-18, 5-7 MVC) on Nov. 1, followed by another 3-1 loss to the Southern Illinois Salukis (13-13, 5-7 MVC) the day after. Junior hitter Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) continued her success as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer finishing with 19 kills against the Bears and 27 against the Salukis, one shy of a career-high. Paige Aspinwall (Maple Grove, Minn.) recorded her third and fourth double-doubles in a row, with 10 digs and 26 assists against Missouri State, and 17 and 27 against Southern Illinois.The Bulldogs aim to use this weekend to begin a strong end of season push with the final spots in the upcoming MVC Tournament still up for grabs. The Redbirds (14-10, 7-5 MVC) beat the Bulldogs (9-17, 3-10 MVC) 3-0 earlier in the season at the Knapp Center. Junior Kaylee Martin currently leads Illinois State in scoring with 358 kills on the season. The team currently sits in fourth in conference standings.This will also mark Drake’s second meeting with the Braves (12-11, 8-4 MVC) in conference play after suffering 3-1 defeat in the first meeting, which featured a combined 243 digs. Drake has averaged 106.3 digs per match in its last four meetings with Bradley. The Braves, who currently sit third in the conference, just ahead of Illinois State, are led in scoring and digs by sophomore Hannah Thompson with 289 kills and 435 digs. Following the weekend away, the Bulldogs return home for three consecutive games against league-leading UNI, followed by Valparaiso, and Loyola to close out the regular season.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

FIANNA FAIL LEADER ON COUNCIL HITS OUT AT CLLR CAMPBELL

first_imgCllr Ciaran Brogan with Mayor McGarveyFIANNA Fail councillor Ciaran Brogan accused Cllr Campbell of “selling his soul for 30 pieces of silver.”He said his party had stood steadfastly against the budget.He complained that Labour/FG/independents had refused to allow another adjournment. “People have huge concerns about this budget going forward,” said Cllr Brogan. FIANNA FAIL LEADER ON COUNCIL HITS OUT AT CLLR CAMPBELL was last modified: January 13th, 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)last_img read more

MUDSLIDES AND CHAOS AS THUNDER STORM STRIKES DONEGAL

first_imgMUDSLIDES and water pouring down roads has caused chaos in and around Letterkenny tonight.At one stage the N56 from Letterkenny was tailed back beyond Illistrin where flood defences of the new stretch of road failed once again to cope with the downpours.Dozens of millimetres of rain fell between 6.30pm and 9pm and lightning lit up the dark skies. Roads in Ramelton were badly flooded. Homeowners in Ballyare fought a running battle with the flood waters, but sandbags proved useless in dealing with the deluge.In Glenswilly the downpour sent mud sliding down lane ways and into homes. MUDSLIDES AND CHAOS AS THUNDER STORM STRIKES DONEGAL was last modified: August 5th, 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:donegalfloodlast_img read more