China Brings In US$2M Supplies For LNP

first_imgPro Temp A. Z. Jallah Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue said a consignment of assorted items assessed at US$2 mullion for use by the Liberia National Police (LNP) is currently at the National Port Authority (NPA) waiting to be cleared.Ambassador Yue said his government is considering sending some medical supplies for soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).The Chinese Ambassador made the disclosure recently when he paid a courtesy call on the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Zolu Jallah, at his Capitol Building offices in Monrovia.Amb Zhang YueAmb. Zhang during the meeting informed Senator Jallah that he is immensely satisfied with what he described as the cordial relationship between both countries especially in the areas of economic cooperation, peace and security.“The Chinese government is highly contemplating providing support to recondition some of Liberia’s feeder roads to help farmers have access to the main road,” the Chinese Ambassador said.  He has meanwhile promised to hold consultations with his government to provide support to road construction in Liberia, promising to help support feeder road projects in Gbarpolu County.Amb. Zhang assured Liberians that he will forever remain a friend to the country to solicit help from the Government of the People’s Republic of China, citing examples of China’s interventions in the Liberian economy, the Liberian Airport Expansion Project, the construction of the Ministerial Complex, and the construction of an annex to the Capitol Building.In response, Pro Tempore Jallah, who chairs the Gbarpolu County Legislative Caucus, lauded the bilateral relationship between Liberia and Mainland China, which he said has accrued many dividends to both countries including reciprocal diplomatic ties, road construction, sports, and health.Jallah highlighted the involvement of soldiers of the AFL in community development projects, including using China-donated yellow machines to construct a 15.5-kilometer road in Gou’Nwolalla District, Gbarpolu County connecting the district to surrounding towns and villages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Leguan plantain chip factory sits as white elephant

first_img…residents blast Govt for failure to operationalise …“not in the business of making plantain chips” – Minister GaskinBy Lakhram BhagiratThe residents on the Island of Leguan in the Essequibo River are concerned about the future of the multimillion-dollar plantain chip factory, which is yet to become operational some two years after it was completed.The project was started in 2015. However, since its completion in 2016 and several commitments towards operationalising the facility, the residents on the island of Leguan are yet to benefit.The factory, which has the capacity to employ over 30 persons, is yet to be opened and residents are growing concerned as they expressed disappointment at Government’s apparent disinterest in the facility. During a recent visit to the island by Guyana Times, residents said the Business Ministry needs to provide answers about the facility.Resident, Hans Buer, told this publication that they have received word that Government is considering selling the factory. He added that efforts to confirm whether this is the case proved futile since the Business Ministry does not respond to correspondences regarding the factory.“The factory was never opened and they said yes they would open the factory last year. They will open it this year and the Ministry don’t answer my messages via email or Facebook. I know nothing,” he said.“I hear they are going to sell out the building. If opened, that it can employ 20-30 people and it is good for the people, but we hear nothing. They have security guards but the factory is empty as it is,” Buer added.Presently, while the building is completed, this publication observed that electricity is yet to be connected and residents indicated the building has no equipment for the functioning of the factory. However, the regional administration is paying two persons to guard the unoccupied, empty building.According to Government, the size of the property is 8625 square feet and includes machines such as slicing processors, blanching, dewatering, frying, de-oiling, seasoning and packaging equipment.In 2016, the Business Ministry in a local newspaper advertisement invited interested investors to submit Expressions of Interest along with their business proposal for undertaking the factory. In addition, in May 2017, Permanent Secretary of the Business Ministry, Rajdai Jagernauth, told the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee that the factory would be operational by the end of June but that never came to fruition.Plantain chips businessOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has repeatedly accused the Government of running a “plantain chip economy”, positing that there is no vision for proper economic development. In response to those allegations, last year President David Granger said that if it has to start with plantain chips then so be it adding that small things could end up big.“I know somebody who started off producing fruit juices at Timehri and today those fruits juices are being bottled or boxed…it may start with plantain chips… small things could end up big,” Granger was quoted as saying.However, when Guyana Times contacted Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, he related that the Ministry is not in the business of making plantain chips. Gaskin said they had previously advertised for persons or businesses who were interested in running the factory to indicate such, noting that they received one response.“We got someone who was interested and there was some issues relating to the suitability of the equipment and the electricity supply and a number of things and then we finally got it resolved they said they were no longer interested. So we have to start all over again looking for someone to take it up and that is the situation as it stands,” he said.When asked about whether the process has restarted, the Minister explained that there are some additional issues to be ironed out before they can proceed further on the project.“The equipment (for the factory) was ordered since 2014, before our Government came into office. This equipment was ordered, and I don’t know really how the specifications were generated for the equipment, but it was delivered afterwards, and the equipment met the specifications of the contract. However, apparently it looks like it is not the most suitable for what it is required for so we don’t want to advertise it again and run into the same problem. So we have to figure it out what to do with this, right now what is the problem,” Gaskin explained.This project falls under the previous Administration’s Rural Enterprise Development programme, which commenced back in 2014. These projects initially comprised the construction of two call centres – one in Tuschen in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and one in Enmore in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), and two chip factories, one in Leguan and one in the neighbouring island of Wakenaam. However, the Wakenaam factory was deemed unsuitable for a number of reasons.The main economic activity on the island of Leguan is farming, particularly rice, but since the announcement of the plantain chip factory, a number of farmer converted some of their property to facilitate the anticipated demand for the commodity. Ever since a number of farmers have been left with large plantain fields and not enough market.However, some residents say the increased plantain production is nothing compared to the lack of job opportunities on the island. They said they have accepted the fact that there are only so many jobs that would be available on the roughly 12-square miles island, nothing that is the reason the factory is even more important to them.“We got no jobs for the young people. They go to school here and write CXC and get all them subject but then them got to go to Parika or town (Georgetown) fuh look wuk. What sense that make because them can’t stay here and develop the island. Them got fuh move out. Government got to do something man,” resident Bharrat Narine said.The man then explained that the proposed 30 jobs that the factory was expected to create would have been a step in the right direction towards improving the standard of living on the island, as well as increase its economic standing.For now, the Leguan plantain chip factory sits idle, with no electricity, two security guards, and sheep grazing in the yard on overgrown grass.last_img read more

Local liquor store’s teddy drive a success

first_imgBy Christine RumleskieThe Fort St. John BC Liquor Store is once again the champion of a province-wide teddy drive.The local branch received confirmation on Friday that it was the top seller – for the seventh year in a row – of the Twin Bear program.- Advertisement -In the days leading up to Christmas, BC Liquor Stores sold two teddy bears at a time for $11. One teddy went home with the new owner, while the other went to a child in need.Local store manager Warren Mears says the 2009 campaign once again sold out all 2,400 bears. He adds many people donated their bears back to the drive, so more children received a new furry friend.There was some uncertainty that all of the bears would sell-out. On Christmas Eve, there were 400 teddies left. But, Mears says the community once again pulled together to make the drive a success.Advertisement [asset|aid=2455|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2d6e9931c8ca3bf70be2db1345b178e5-Warren Mears 1_1_Pub.mp3]He says all 3,189 bears were given out to kids in the Peace Region. Mears adds the closest competing liquor store sold only around 800 bears.last_img read more

Teacher pay hike gets OK, goes to board

first_imgThe board of trustees will take action on the new contract in about two weeks. With the contract, the salaries of teachers in the district will range from $34,238 to $74,621, records show. The pact also created a new salary schedule for speech pathologists. “The reasoning behind that was to attract more speech pathologists to our district and retain the ones we currently have,” said Hugo Estrada, president of the Palmdale Elementary Teachers Association. The salary range for speech pathologists is from $84,000 to $93,750. PALMDALE – Palmdale School District teachers have approved a contract that gives them an additional 1 percent raise on top of the 6 percent pay hike they received last year. Teachers voted 410-33 last week in favor of the new agreement, which makes the 1 percent raise retroactive to Jan. 1, officials said. A contract approved by teachers and the district last fall called for a 6 percent raise retroactive to July 1 and an agreement to come back and negotiate. “We came back to the table and agreed on a 1 percent increase,” interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi said. “The salaries are highly competitive and meant to make sure that we have a fully staffed complement to serve our kids,” Gallizzi said. The district has more 1,000 teachers. (661) 267-5744 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

In Jerusalem, Palestinian families play political football

first_imgBuilding on the inaugural tournament two years ago, participants say this year’s event holds particular symbolism after US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Palestinians saw the December decision as an attempt to deny their claims to the disputed city. They view its eastern sector, where the Old City is located, as the capital of their future state.For players and fans, the tournament is a defiant display of Palestinian pride — and footballing skill.“We feel this is our land, so we want to stress we are the owners of the land by having a Palestinian tournament here,” organiser Muntaser Edkaidek told AFP.It is also a display of family ties that informally govern east Jerusalem’s 300,000 Palestinians.In Jerusalem, family history is often entwined with the city’s unique religious and political heritage.The Khaldis claim to be descendants of one of the Prophet Mohammed’s closest companions.The Aqals (pictured) were one of the Palesinian families to take part in the football tournament inside Jerusalem’s Old City which began two years ago © AFP / AHMAD GHARABLIThe Joudehs and Nuseibehs, both Muslim families, have for centuries safeguarded the keys to the church in the Old City built where Jesus Christ is believed to have been crucified and then buried.Israel occupied east Jerusalem along with the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War and later declared the entire city its united capital.Since then, Palestinians say they have been denied the full range of rights and benefits given to Jewish citizens.More than 200,000 Israelis now live in mostly modern, newly built blocs east of the 1967 armistice line — decried as illegal settlements by the international community, but thriving and growing under Israeli law.– No Messis –The Old City is only one square kilometre, but hosts some of the holiest sites in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.It is also a functioning neighbourhood of more than 35,000 people, with homes, schools and shops tightly packed in.Reaching the match involves winding through labyrinthine streets before the road opens onto a floodlit fake grass pitch flanked by the 16th-century walls of the Old City.Organiser Muntaser Edkaidek (pictured) says the football tournament is a defiant display of Palestinian pride, as well as football skill © AFP / AHMAD GHARABLIA single stand can host a hundred or so fans.The Abu Sneihehs — reigning champions and possibly the largest of Jerusalem clans, with thousands bearing the surname -– were knocked out in the first round, raising hopes for less renowned names.The Aqals, a relatively small family, are taking on the far larger Sanuqurats in the second round.Before the match, the referee checks documents — without the right surname you can’t even enter the pitch.One of the team’s two Mohammeds, a burly striker whose look is more mechanic than Messi, has forgotten his ID and is temporarily barred.“Will a picture of it do?” he pleads, waving one on a mobile phone.On the side of the pitch is a six-foot (1.8-metre) picture of one of the tournament’s founders.He was arrested a year ago by Israeli police and jailed for involvement in an organisation which claims to protect the al-Aqsa mosque compound, located not far away in the Old City, Israeli media reports said.Israeli security forces did not respond to a request regarding the case, but the state says the al-Aqsa Youth group is linked to banned Islamist movement Hamas.The al-Aqsa compound, which hosts the Dome of the Rock, is the third-holiest site for Muslims and a key rallying point for Palestinian identity.For Jews, it is built on the Temple Mount, their holiest site.Organisers said police showed up on October 2 and removed the picture. Israeli police did not respond to requests for information.– ‘Children of Jerusalem’ –The Sanuqurats are another one of the Palestinian families taking part in the football tournament in Jerusalem where family history is often entwined with the city’s unique religious and political heritage © AFP / AHMAD GHARABLIOn the pitch, the Aqals take an early lead but are quickly pegged back.The standard is not much better than average pick-up games across the world, but the crowd loves it.Hamzy Abedy is not even really watching — instead facing towards the 25 hardcore members of the extended Aqal family, orchestrating them in ever more vociferous chants.“We are all children of Jerusalem, so I brought all the team with me,” he laughs, pointing at the frenzied teenagers.Other participants said the tournament helped them meet members of their extended family.Just as the city they battle over is contested, there are also concerns over their pitch.An Israeli court could yet decide to build more than 20 Israeli settlement homes in the vicinity, although there have been no developments in the case for several years, Aviv Tatarsky from the Ir Amim anti-settlement NGO said.Yet it still concerns Palestinian residents worried about being swallowed by Jewish expansion into east Jerusalem.Abedy said Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem made Palestinians more determined to remain in the city.“Trump is talking into the wind,” he said after the match.“He is not able to cancel our existence. We are here.”The Aqals run out 6-1 victors, with Mohammed scoring one and setting up another two.“Sport is the best thing to unify the Arabs,” he said, carrying his toddler away from the pitch.“All the families will meet together and know each other. The whole world loves football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Inside Jerusalem’s walled Old City, a month-long football tournament takes place in which the largest Palestinian families play each other to be dubbed champions of the city © AFP / AHMAD GHARABLIJERUSALEM, ZZZ, Oct 8 – Aqal passes to Aqal, who finds Aqal in space out wide. He squares to Aqal, who smashes home a strike, sending the crowd of yet more family members into hysterics.The match inside Jerusalem’s walled Old City was part of a month-long football tournament in which the largest Palestinian families play each other to be dubbed champions of the city.last_img read more

Hsu held in ’92 fraud case

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! REDWOOD CITY – Norman Hsu, the fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton who was charged with defrauding investors in a multimillion-dollar scam, was ordered held without bail here Friday in a 1992 fraud pleading that his lawyer now wants expunged. Hsu, looking fatigued during a brief appearance in San Mateo County Superior Court, was ordered by Judge Robert D. Foiles to return to court Friday in the unresolved 1992 grand theft case that had prompted Hsu to flee and dodge the authorities for the past 15 years. Although Ronald Smetana, the California deputy attorney general, has promised to pursue the state’s case, it may be the least of Hsu’s problems. On Thursday, federal prosecutors in New York filed an unrelated complaint against Hsu, a onetime apparel industry executive, charging him with snagging investors in a $60 million Ponzi scheme. At Friday’s hearing here, Hsu’s lawyer, James J. Brosnahan, requested that the court return the $2 million bail Hsu posted after he surrendered in connection with the 1992 case on Aug. 31. A native of Hong Kong who has lived in both Northern California and New York, Hsu was to appear in court on Sept. 5 but apparently fled again. Brosnahan, arguing that Hsu, 56, should be considered innocent, intends to file motions to set aside Hsu’s no-contest plea in the 1992 case and recover the $2 million bail, which he said state law allows. “He cannot be sentenced on the old case because he cannot be sentenced by a different judge,” Brosnahan said.last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal star credits summer signing for ‘transforming’ the Gunners

first_img gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Most Popular Football Articles Torreira gets stuck in for Arsenal 2 tense 2 Lucas Torreira has been credited with transforming Arsenal since his summer move from Sampdoria by former Gunner Adrian Clarke.The Uruguay international was a virtual unknown when he signed in July, but has since established himself as a fan favourite. LATEST BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 scrap Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT His tenacious displays in the Premier League are incredible given his 5″6 frame and the transition he has made from Serie A football is astounding.But talkSPORT’s very own Clarke, who was at Arsenal for six years, named the 22-year-old as one of the standout performers in the division and told the league’s official website why exactly that is.He said: “Arsenal have been crying out for a top-class specialist defensive midfielder for many seasons. They have found one in the shape of Lucas Torreira.“Unai Emery gently integrated the summer signing from Sampdoria, using him as a substitute in the first five matches of 2018/19. After a positive impact in each of those second-half appearances, Torreira has become a fixture in the first team and already one of their most influential players. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The Uruguay international made a name for himself at Sampdoria in Serie A “Adding defensive focus, steadfast aggression, positional discipline and ball-winning qualities to the Arsenal midfield, Torreira provides excellent protection to the back four.“He has transformed the team’s tactical approach, making Arsenal harder to break down and giving them a more solid central platform that allows Granit Xhaka and others to focus on creativity.“Torreira can be relied upon not to stray too far away from his holding midfield position, always being in place to cover. This gives team-mates the confidence that their forays forward will not leave gaps.”While the grit and determination Torreira has added to the Gunners’ midfield is certainly notably different from what previous midfielders have offered (Kim Kallstrom that means you), the north London outfit have not abandoned the passing philosophy on which so much success the Arsene Wenger glory years were based upon. revealed latest Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ In fact, the Uruguayan’s stats suggest he would fit seamlessly into any of Wenger’s possession-based sides of the past.“It should be noted that in possession he is also a good fit for Emery’s philosophy,” Clarke continued.“Keeping things simple and moving the ball on efficiently, the 22-year-old’s 88.4 per cent pass accuracy is the second-best figure within the squad.“He rarely overdoes it on the ball, or pushes too far beyond the final 30 metres of the pitch.“His performances strongly indicate that Arsenal will be far less of a soft touch without the ball for the rest of 2018/19.”last_img read more

These Newcastle fans are not happy with this banner at St James’ Park

first_imgLook at the state of that. #NUFC— Newcastle Fans TV (@NewcastleFansTV) October 24, 2018 1 Latest Premier League News Just when you think Mike Ashley can’t anger Newcastle United fans any more, he does this.A banner promoting the club owner’s business has been erected inside the club’s home ground St James’s Park, which was known as the Sports Direct Arena for a brief period. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ashley is very unpopular among the Toon Army over his refusal to spend large amounts of money on recruiting new players which has somewhat stunted the club’s progress on the field.Mike Ashley appears to stick two fingers up at fans after taking playing and coaching staff to dinnerAlthough the tycoon has had the club up for sale for the second time for the best part of a year, Ashley looks no closer to relinquishing control.And this latest move suggests he could be there to stay for a while yet to the dismay of Newcastle fans. Below you can see the banner in all its ‘glory’.Latest Newcastle news and gossip Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Ashley is a very unpopular owner among the Newcastle faithful shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow tense gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice REVEALED deals Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

QPR back to prepare for Fulham clash

first_imgThe QPR squad have arrived back in England following a five-day visit to Portugal.Manager Mark Hughes was keen to take his players for a break in the sun ahead of the all-important run-in to the season.Rangers, who are two places above the relegation zone, face Hughes’ former club Fulham in a west London derby at Loftus Road on Saturday.Recent signing Samba Diakite, who met his new team-mates during the trip, is expected to make his R’s debut.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea v Arsenal player ratings

first_imgSee also:Chelsea punish Arsenal in fiery derbyBlues wait for news on keeper Courtois Wenger says he has ‘nothing to regret’Wenger outburst ‘not my problem’ – JoseBoss Mourinho hails Chelsea’s ‘magician’Chelsea keeper Courtois given all-clearWise: Duo can be all-time Chelsea greatsWenger apologises for pushing Blues bossOscar following in Deco’s rather than Mata’s footsteps under Mourinho Chelsea pair nursing minor injuriesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more