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first_imgThe Daily Observer has reliably learnt that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will lead an array of Liberian government officials and development partners to the official ground-breaking of the Mount Coffee Hydro Project construction site on Saturday. The groundbreaking, Executive Mansion sources have hinted, will kick off construction of the country’s Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant, which aims to increase power generation by 80 megawatts.The plant will provide more power to locals as well as export power to the West African Power Pool (WAPP) member states, energy sources have said.The Daily Observer has also learnt that the Government of Liberia (GOL) and development partners have provided funding for the construction of the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant which provided reliable power supply to Liberians and business houses until 1990, but was destroyed as a result of the civil war.Although construction will start immediately following the ground-breaking on Saturday, the plant will only be able to produce power sometime in 2015. Until then, the Government of Liberia is exploring other alternative power sources, including the installation of heavy fuel oil (HFO) plants and the West African Power Pool project (WAPP) to beef up energy access across the country.“The restoration of the Mount Coffee Hydro-Electric Plant is an urgent national priority for Liberia,” Finance Minister Amara Konneh has repeatedly said.The rehabilitation is estimated to cost around US$300million, according to the European Union Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund.It is expected that when the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant is fully rehabilitated, Liberia will be able to contribute power supply to its neighbors as a development partners to their economic viability.Located in the Harrisburg Township of Careysburg District, Montserrado County, the Mount Coffee hydro plant lies on the Saint Paul River approximately 21 miles from Monrovia.Prior to the First Liberian Civil War the plant produced 64 megawatts of electricity, which accounted for 35% of all electricity generated in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe general manager of the Insurance Company of Africa (ICA), Samuel Mintah, has lauded the efforts of government for the exercise that makes all vehicles properly road worthy across the country in keeping with the insurance policy.Mr. Mintah gave the commendation recently when he spoke to journalists at his Tubman Boulevard office.He indicated that the Compulsory Third Party Policy was a welcome development because it will help take care of most problems arising from accident.According to him, the policy was initiated by the late Liberian leader, William R. Tolbert in 1972, but for political reasons, the policy, he said was not adhere to neither was it enforced.“We are excited today since the government has come out with this strong policy in ensuring that all vehicles plying major streets are insured,”Mr. Mintah also said that he was happy that the government has finally come to realize the importance of the compulsory insurance policy in Liberia.He said that if a vehicle, which is subject to mandatory motor third party liability insurance, causes a car accident, the property damage and personal injury caused to the injured party will be compensated for, as well as the medical treatment expenses of the party at fault.Also in an interview with our business desk, Amos Kromah, a taxi driver, also explained that the insurance policy is good idea by the government which will enable the country generate revenues, but was skeptical as to the education of the public to grasp the sense of the policy. According to him, they are not refusing to register their vehicles, but want the government “reason” with them.He also called on government to look into the matter and come out with another measure which will be beneficiaries to the both parties.He added that if nothing is done about the process, he foresees pedestrians sleeping in the streets because of the lack of vehicles to take them to their various destinations at the end of the day.He concluded by saying that Liberia is trying to move to international standard but the government must learned how to pass on information properly to its citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgPICO RIVERA – An explosives scare led to a brief evacuation of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station on Saturday, but the device turned out to be an inert war memento, deputies said. The incident started at about 4:15 p.m. when a woman showed up at the station at 6631 Passons Blvd. with what appeared to be piece of large-caliber military ammunition in her car, said Lt. Jeff Cavanaugh. “While in the process of cleaning up her deceased relative’s closet, she found the device and decided to bring it to the station,” Cavanaugh said. The station was evacuated as a precaution while a sheriff’s arson and explosives crew was called out to examine the weapon. They determined it to be an engraved – and inert – 105 mm Howitzer round with all of its explosive components removed, Cavanaugh said. The victim was trapped in her vehicle until fire crews were able to extricate her, but she died of her injuries at the scene, Johnson said. Her identity and place of residence were withheld pending notification of next of kin. The driver of the other car was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released. “There was no arrest; it was just an unfortunate accident,” said Johnson, adding that drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash. Man sentenced for shooting officers SANTA ANA – A gang member who shot and wounded two La Habra police officers after a 2005 traffic stop was sentenced to 235 years to life in prison. Andrew Richard Gonzalez, 30, of Inglewood was sentenced Friday under the state’s “three-strikes” law. Gonzalez was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle that was stopped in April 2005 in La Habra for having expired license tags. Prosecutors said officers discovered he was a wanted parolee and he fled, shooting and wounding them. He also shot at but missed two Fullerton officers and was wounded in a gunbattle at a nearby strip mall. Seat belt campaign in full force WHITTIER – Whittier police are in the midst of a special enforcement program through June 3 targeting drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts, officials said. The program is part of the statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign. The Whittier Police Department received a grant through the state Office of Traffic Safety to pay for officer overtime for the enforcement program. For more information, call Sgt. Dan Lowe at (562)945-8256. Renaissance fair folding its tents IRWINDALE – Today is the last day for lords and ladies to attend this year’s Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale. The 45th annual fair, a re-creation of a 16th century English fair and marketplace, runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today in the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area at 15501 E. Arrow Highway. Tickets are available by calling (877)772-5425 or going to www.renfaire.com. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children, free for ages 5 and under, and $22.50 for military, students and seniors. Sobriety checkpoint planned for Friday MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday at an undisclosed location. The department received a $55,584 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to conduct eight sobriety/driver license checkpoints through Sept. 30. Officers also will look for unlicensed drivers and those with suspended licenses. Police are also asking drivers to call 9-1-1 to report drunken drivers. Teen salsa classes start Monday LA MIRADA – A city sponsored five-week salsa dancing class for teens begins Monday at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. Classes for beginners are from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., intermediate classes will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. No classes will be held May 28. The class fee is $35. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. Patients’ rights presentation set WHITTIER – A presentation on patients’ rights will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Los Nietos Community and Senior Center, 11640 E. Slauson Ave. For more information, call (562) 699-9898. Crystal Lake tour planned ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Residents can take a naturalist-led tour of Crystal Lake in the Angeles National Forest, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Participants will meet at the San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center, which is 0.7 miles past the East Fork Bridge on Highway 39, above the city of Azusa. After an introduction, visitors will car-pool to the lake, with stops along the way at Bichotta Mesa, and Valley of the Moon. A naturalist will lead discussions on wildlife, geology, landslides and fire ecology. Visitors should bring water, a lunch, sturdy walking shoes, sun screen, insect repellent, cameras, binoculars and dress in layers for the weather. The cost is $5 per person. For more information on the tour, call Steve Segreto at (909) 982-2879. Neighborhood cleanup Saturday MONTEBELLO – The Greenwood Community Association in Action group will hold its seventh annual Neighborhood Clean-up Day from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Chet Holifield Park, 1060 S. Greenwood Ave. Participants can register in the picnic area on the morning of the event. A morning snack and light lunch will be provided. For more information, call (323) 838-0490. – From staff and wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The evacuation lasted only 20 minutes and there was no interruption of services, as patrols were temporarily staffed out of the Norwalk Station, Cavanaugh said. Woman killed in 2-car crash LA MIRADA – A two-car collison left an 84-year-old woman dead Saturday, and the other driver slightly injured, police said. The crash occurred at 2:47p.m. when the woman turned her car onto Valley View Avenue from Adoree Street, said Lt. Myron Johnson of the sheriff’s Norwalk Station. The woman’s car was then broadsided by a Ford sedan. last_img read more

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first_imgInter Milan have identified Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva as their next transfer target, according to reports in the Italian media.The Nerazzurri missed out on their top target Marseille’s Giannelli Imbula, as they look to strengthen their midfield options after failing to secure European football last season.According to Tuttosport, the 28-year-old Brazilian is now top of the Serie A club’s wanted list and they have already made contact with Liverpool, although no bid has been submitted.He has become a priority for Inter, as he is from Italian descent and holds an Italian passport and therefore will not take up a non-EU transfer spot as Italian clubs are only allowed to make two non-EU signings per season.Lucas was used sparingly by Brendan Rodgers last season, only making 20 Premier League appearances in total and is thought to be in search of more regular football. 1last_img read more

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first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip from the January window.On the agenda today is Andros Townsend’s £12m move to Newcastle from Tottenham after Daniel Levy agreed to drop his asking price from £14m.Staying in the north-east, Sunderland are thought to be interested in bringing Swansea forward Andre Ayew to the Stadium of Light with a potential swap deal involving Fabio Borini.Warren also discusses Kasper Schmeichel’s future and whether there is any truth in the rumours that he is set to replace David De Gea at Manchester United.There is also the latest on Emmanuel Adebayor to Crystal Palace, Mario Suarez to Watford and Seydou Doumbia to Leicester City.Here are the latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com:Transfer news: Newcastle agree £12m deal with Tottenham for winger Andros Townsend Burak Yilmaz hands in transfer request at Galatasaray amid interest from West Ham Watford transfer report: Hornets step up Suarez pursuit Exclusive – Kasper Schmeichel to Liverpool? ‘Impossible’, says Leicester team-mate Mark Schwarzer Leicester transfer latest: Inter Milan to battle Foxes for signing of £10m-rated striker Eder Crystal Palace transfer news: Hull midfielder Mo Diame on Alan Pardew’s radar Transfer report: Napoli set to land Real Madrid defender Nacho after Arsenal decide against movelast_img read more

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first_img Hal Robson-Kanu will be a free agent this summer after leaving Reading Wales winger Hal Robson-Kanu has shelved talks over his club future to focus on Euro 2016.Robson-Kanu is available on a free transfer this summer and says he has spoken to Premier League clubs after ending his 12-year association with Reading.But the 27-year-old – who expects to be fit for Wales’ Euro 2016 opener against Slovakia after suffering a leg injury – says he will not be distracted by club matters over the next few weeks.“It’s a difficult position going into a major tournament,” said Robson-Kanu.“But I just want to focus on playing well and performing.“I’ve put negotiations on hold with various clubs to kick on well in the tournament.”Robson-Kanu, who has been linked with Southampton, Swansea and Watford, signed a three-year contract following Reading’s relegation from the Premier League in 2013.He said he stayed at the Madejski Stadium because he was told investment would take the club back to the top flight, but in the last three seasons Reading have finished seventh, 19th and 17th in the Sky Bet Championship.“I can’t speak highly enough of the club, I came through the academy and had many great years there,” he said.“If there was a bit more stability we would have been a lot more successful over the last few years.“It’s been difficult for the managers who have been there. They tried their best, but it’s difficult when the owners are not what you expect.“Since we came down, the club has rejected bids for me from Premier League clubs.“But now I’m in a nice position, I’m 27 and I have got Premier League options.” 1last_img read more

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first_imgThe possibility that toxic barrels of waste may have been dumped off the Donegal coast is to be raised at the next meeting of the British Irish Association.The issue has been brought to the attention of Junior Minister Dinny McGinley by the newly-formed Sea Dump Donegal Campaign group.Chairman Aodan Gallchoir had a meeting with Minister for State McGinley in recent days to discuss the matter. Deputy McGinley confirmed he had been aware of the issue and had actually raised it in the Dail more than 20 years ago.However he said he was prepared to listen to any new evidence which may have arise since.The Sea Dump Donegal Campaign believe there is a direct between the levels of cancer in Donegal and claims that toxic barrels were dumped off the coast of Donegal in the 1950s.Minister McGinley has advised the SDD campaign to have the issue raised at the British Irish Association which will meet next in March. “It was historic in my opinion because for the first time ever this issue would be given the first influential push to the British and Irish Governments.“However between now and March my aim is to get the first ever photograph of the infamous barrels. If there are anyone out there with the equipment to do so, please contact me on aodanogallchoir@yahoo.com,” said Mr Gallchoir. DONEGAL’S TOXIC BARREL ISSUE TO BE RAISED AT BRITISH IRISH ASSOCIATION was last modified: February 6th, 2013 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:cancerMinister Dinny McGinleySea Dump Donegallast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week TODAY: Castlebay Lane Elementary School will host a scholastic book fair from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus, 19010 Castlebay Lane in Northridge. The book fair will run through Friday. For information call 818-360-1908. California State University, Northridge, will celebrate America Recycles Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on campus, 18111 Nordhoff St. The event, aimed at encouraging the community to learn about recycling programs, buying recycled goods and boosting recycling efforts at home, will run through Tuesday. The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Marvin Braude Constituents Service Center, Room 1-B, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 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

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first_img Tags: cecafaFUFAtop Uganda are the record winners of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup (Agency Photo)ADIS ABABA – The Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) has handed Uganda the rights to host two regional tournaments in 2019.This was confirmed on Monday, 11-02-2019 during a CECAFA consultative meeting held in Addis Ababa.The two championships that will be held in Uganda are CECAFA U20 and the Senior Challenge Cup.CECAFA U20 is expected to start on September 14th while the Senior Challenge Cup is poised to kick-off on the first day of December.Despite Uganda being awarded the rights to host these tournaments, the Football governing body – FUFA, is yet to respond to the matter.On the same day, Rwanda has been given the right to host the Kagame Cup which is expected to run from July 26 and Eritrea has been handed the hosting rights for the U17 tourney.Uganda are the current holders of the U20 Championships, winning both of the last two editions in 2006 and 2010.The tourney was slatted to be hosted late last year but CECAFA failed to find a suitable host and had to postpone it.Uganda has also won the CECAFA Senior men’s challenge cup for a record 14 times – 1973, 1976, 1977, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015.The CECAFA region houses 12 members that include Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar.Comments last_img read more

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first_imgBrand South Africa welcomes President Ramaphosa’s new era of a more prosperous and equitable society  Johannesburg, Tuesday 20 February 2018 – In his first state of the nation address, newly elected President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged South Africans to ‘seize this moment of hope and renewal.’  “We will be initiating measures to set the country on a new path of growth, employment and transformation. We will do this by getting social partners in our country to collaborate in building a social compact on which we will create drivers of economic recovery,” said President Ramaphosa.National priority areas mentioned by President Ramaphosa included but were not limited to the pursuance of higher levels of economic growth and investment, firming up measures to address challenges of youth unemployment and inequality, job creation and poverty alleviation as well as reinforcing sustainable measures of basic and higher education systems. Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “A new era has dawned upon South Africa, it is time for South Africans to collectively rise to its challenges and move the country forward. President Ramaphosa mentioned accelerating progress in building a more prosperous and equitable society.“We at Brand South Africa stand ready to heed this call and we committed to working with all sectors of society to ‘contribute to greater economic growth, reduce poverty, reduce inequality, enhance earnings and increase the competitiveness of our economy.’” Dr Makhubela concluded: “Feedback from opposition political parties during the debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address is also testament that there is a growing consensus and a paradigm shift that sees South Africa on the cliff of an economic-take off — a much needed response to the creation of more jobs and transformation.” “It therefore, incumbent upon each one of us, in both the public and private sectors to ‘jointly, boldly, and strategically’ champion and cultivate the development agenda to improve the socio-economic state of South Africans. We have to so this collectively, because we owe it to ourselves and those whom we represent.” Notes to the Editor About Brand South Africa Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. About Play Your Part Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

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