Applauding the Government of Liberia for Signing the Construction Project of the Ganta-Yekepa Road

first_imgThe Government of Liberia under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has again with the signing of the construction project of the Ganta-Yekepa Road come to fulfill its pledges to the people of Nimba County, promising to build roads, schools, and hospitals and also to restore electricity, thus bringing to the county a number of social services initiated across the country.An example of such initiatives is the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam, which was destroyed as a result of the civil war and is being rehabilitated; expansion work on the Bushrod Island turbine plant; major rehabilitation and construction work on the Red-Light-Ganta highway; and rural electricity project through the West Africa Power Pool, all of which have brought lights in the homes and streets of Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Maryland counties. The Freeport-Red-Light corridor, which is currently being undertaken, remains in earnest, as are the construction projects for the Gbarnga – Manikoma highway, the Greenville – Zwedru, Ganta – Zwedru to Fish Town roads, which have either been completed or are about to be finalized.With the latest development culminating into the signing of the construction plan of the Ganta – Yekepa road, many Liberians, in particularly citizens of Nimba County, will have cause to applaud and celebrate. Nimba is Liberia’s second most populous county and where a huge number of economic activities are concentrated. The county shares borders Guinea and Ivory Coast, as well as immense trade and commerce.Once completed, the project will enhance the socioeconomic activities of Liberians from all walks of life, reducing travel hiccups and hurdles which are mainly a result of bad road conditions and will encourage investors to the county.We can rightly say that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government has demonstrated hindsight and commitment in that it has done and is doing more to respond to the needs and aspirations of the Liberian people. And rather than ignoring the challenges undertaken by the government, we hope that with resilience and concerted efforts we as a people will help in the socioeconomic development of our country. This is a government that makes and keeps its promises.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgLagan Harps FCOur girls teams were busy last week.Our u/14’s lost 1-0 to Kilmacrennan. Our u/16’s had a 9-0 win over Greencastle with Amy Boyd(2), Ciana Brogan, Zoe Mc Glynn(2), Amanda Callaghan and Caoimhe Walsh scoring. Our ladies 2nd team drew 1-1 with Fanad Utd with Erin Coll scoring.Next week they take part in the Foylde cup along with our u/10 boys side.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 1,6,8 and 17.Fourteen people had two numbers with Phyllis Hamlyn drawn out and winning E50. SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN U16 LADIES GO GOAL CRAZY AS THEY BEAT GREENCASTLE 9-0 was last modified: July 14th, 2014 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticesSportlast_img read more

Buncrana’s Plaza to begin clear-out this week following devastating fire

first_imgThe clear-out of one of Buncrana’s most precious buildings is to begin this week, it has been revealed.The people of Buncrana were stunned to see the iconic Buncrana Ballroom gutted in a blaze in February, which also tore through John Barr’s drapery store.The loss of the popular Plaza Ballroom and concert venue was seen as a major blow to Buncrana’s entertainment scene, with many other spin-off businesses said to be affected by the closure at the time. It is understood that a major operation will begin on Monday or Tuesday this week to begin clearing out debris that has laid in the premises for the last six months – with the aim of the building re-opening its doors in February next year.The clear-out, which will be controlled through the rear of the building to avoid traffic congestion on Buncrana’s main street, will take up to a month to complete.Speaking to Donegal Daily, councillor Jack Murray said it was a welcoming development for the people of Buncrana.“The Plaza has been greatly missed by the people of Buncrana, it is the centre of this community and has been for a long time. “There were functions, fundraisers and nights out for the people of Buncrana and around Inishowen.“And in the most immediate terms, you want the roads opened again because it has really impacted on businesses and people that want to be able to access the town.“But in the longer term, you want the Plaza up and running again and returned to its former glory.”Buncrana’s Plaza to begin clear-out this week following devastating fire was last modified: July 14th, 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

Video: Finger-licking African cuisine

first_imgJoin Zoopy TV on a visit to Kwanza restaurant in Maponya Mall, Soweto to discover how African cuisine is prepared and the best dishes to enjoy. Click arrow to play video.Posted on on 25 February 2009.last_img

Lifetime award for wine leader

first_imgSu Birch was recently awarded the lifetime achievement accolade from The Drinks Business magazine. (Image: Wosa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Su Birch  CEO, Wosa  +27 21 883 3860 RELATED ARTICLES • Women in wine is export winner • ‘Most exciting’ New World wine • Wine in three languages • SA winery scoops Chinese deal • SA wine tourism, best in the worldShamin ChibbaIt is thanks to the work of Wines of South Africa (Wosa) chief executive, Su Birch, that most Cape wines are produced under environmentally sustainable conditions. And her efforts have paid off.On April 23, the British trade publication, The Drinks Business, presented Birch with its highest accolade, its Green Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. She was recognised for her work in promoting sustainability in the South African wine industry. Birch was not in London to collect the award, which was accepted on her behalf by Wosa’s representatives in the UK.She has been the chief executive of the association for the past 13 years and has dedicated much of her tenure to environmental and ethical causes in the industry. Birch comes from a marketing background. Wosa head hunted her in 2000, when she was working in the fruit sector. Taking the job without much knowledge of wine, she determinedly went about learning as much as she could about the industry.Awards are nothing new for Birch. She has been named The Drinks Business Woman of the Year and has received the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s Women in Wine Award. Wine Intelligence, a British market analysis group, named her one the 10 most influential personalities in the world of wine.She was instrumental in bringing together South Africa, New Zealand, the United States, Chile and Argentina at the annual international trade fair, Prowein. She also helped conceptualise and organise The Beautiful South, an exhibition of South African, Argentinian, and Chilean wines that will be held in London in September this year.However, Birch said her accolades were not achieved singlehandedly, and she credits her team for making things work. “It is a 24-7 job and I have an incredible team behind me,” she said.Seals that make a differenceOne of the ways she got wine producers thinking about the environment was by introducing the Sustainability Seal. It is the first industry-wide initiative of its kind anywhere in the world. Birch said it promoted production integrity from the vineyard to the consumer.Wineries are granted this status if they met a number of criteria, which include minimising the use of chemicals in growing their grapes and using recycled water. Currently, 90% of wines under Wosa carry the Sustainability Seal.As a result, Birch said, for every vineyard hectare, 1.3 hectares of natural land had been restored to the Cape Floral Kingdom, the region in which most South African wine farms are based. This also formed part of the Bio-Diversity Wine Initiative, which is spearheaded by Birch.“What has happened is the eco-system has been revived. We have got more insects and birds. And we are seeing more of the Cape mountain leopard, the area’s apex predator,” she said.According to Birch, the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of six floristic regions in the world, has more plant species than anywhere on Earth. However, she said that there was very little of this eco-system left.In 2012, Birch introduced the Ethical Seal, also the first of its kind. It promotes fair labour practices among wine producers. “The seal ensures the health and safety of workers on the farms,” she said. In addition to these standards, 65 percent of South Africa’s wines were under the Fairtrade label.Fairtrade is an international organisation that ensures products such as wine, coffee, and tea are produced and sold in an ethical manner. It helps to create opportunities and better working and living conditions for marginalised farming communities.Birch said such standards gave the consumer, particularly importers, confidence that they were buying a product that cared for the environment and industry workers. “Major importers such as Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands are concerned with both environmental and ethical issues,” she said.Wine industry evolvingIn the 13 years that Birch has headed Wosa, she has seen the wine industry grow tenfold. “In 1993, we were exporting 40-million litres of wine. Last year, 400-million litres were exported,” she said.There is a structural change taking place in the way wine is being sold, though, which could affect the industry’s growth. Supermarkets abroad have more bargaining power insofar as they buy wine in bulk and bottle it at the destination. Bulk exporting has become topical in the industry. Experts argue that the change from bottled wine to bulk has hindered growth.Producers in South Africa are not seeing the larger share of the packaging and wholesale revenue, which is as much as US$1-billion (R9-billion) a year. Instead, the destination market, consisting mainly of overseas companies, is benefitting. Furthermore, Birch said, the local industry lost 107 jobs for every 10-million litres of bulk rather than bottled wine exported.Transporting South African wines is an expensive undertaking because the country is far from its main markets. Birch said the costs of packaging material and the increase in the environmental footprint of bottling were major factors in choosing bulk over bottled exportation.Just some of the wines bottled overseas are marketed as South African imports, allowing them to retain their South African identity.The future for BirchShortly after receiving the award from The Drinks Business, Birch announced that she would resign from Wosa at the end of September to pursue a personal project that had been put on hold for too long. “I want to spend time giving back to the community. I want to help children in Masiphumelele Township [in Cape Town] with their English.”In the next few weeks, Wosa will be looking for her successor. She said the person best suited for the post must have “broad shoulders and a sense of humour”. “The wineries are our bosses. So whoever is chief executive must remember they have 500 bosses,” she said.After helping the children of Masiphumelele, Birch said she planned to develop cost-effective solutions for a number of industries. She aimed to play a role in helping South African businesses devise creative solutions for financial challenges they may encounter.last_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins willing to log big minutes if Warriors need

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Good thing.Now recovered from what basically was a hole in his leg, Cousins is more than plugging a hole in the lineup.“I want to be on this stage,” Cousins said. “This is what I’ve worked for my entire career, to be on this stage, to have this opportunity to play for something. But once they told me I had a chance, a slight chance, of being able to return, it basically was up to me and the work and the time I put in behind the injury. It was up to me. So I put the work in.”The Warriors aren’t sure yet if Kevin Durant will be ready to play in Game 3. Backup center Kevon Looney has an upper-body injury that coach Steve Kerr sounded concerned about after Game 2. Klay Thompson, who rarely gets hurt, left Game 2 with a strained hamstring — though told Kerr he will play Wednesday.Compared to what Cousins has gone through, those are all relatively minor deals.He ruptured his Achilles in January 2018, missed the rest of that season, signed with the Warriors last summer in a bargain — a six-time All-Star for $5.3 million — and needed until this January to get back on the floor. And then when he finally got to be on the floor in the postseason for the first time, he ripped the quad muscle in the first quarter of Game 2 of the opening round.Cousins played eight minutes in Game 1 of the finals, then got 28 big minutes as a starter in Game 2.Expect another 28 minutes — or more — in Game 3.“We do feel confident that we can continue to get good minutes from him,” Kerr said. “We’re going to need them, obviously, with all these injuries.”That’s just fine with Cousins. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He also might have changed the series, which resumes in Oakland on Wednesday night for Game 3.“On our defensive end, making his presence felt blocking shots, being in the right place at the right time, it’s a big lift for us,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “I know he’s been waiting a long time to be on this stage. Obviously with his injuries, he’s taken the challenge of inserting himself and making that transition smooth. So it’s been fun to watch. More to come.”The fact that he’s even on the floor is a surprise to the Warriors.It remains unclear how much they really believed their own words when they told Cousins that he had a chance of coming back this season from his torn quadriceps muscle, suffered in the opening minutes of Game 2 of the first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers.All that matters now is that Cousins believed them.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks on as Golden State Warriors centre DeMarcus Cousins (0) stumbles with the ball during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins says he’s good with any workload the Golden State Warriors task him with for the remainder of the NBA Finals. Start, don’t start. Play a few minutes, play big minutes.“Whatever’s needed,” Cousins said.ADVERTISEMENT He’ll be a free agent in a few weeks, which doesn’t seem to be on his radar whatsoever right now. In a locker room where just about everybody has a handful of rings, he’s playing for his first piece of championship jewelry.He’s not 100 percent right now. But if the Warriors need him to play as though he is, Cousins said he will.“I’ve told you all before I don’t take any of this for granted,” Cousins said. “I’ve seen how quick this game can be taken away from you. So every chance I get to go out there and play, I’m going to leave it on the floor.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP It’s looking like plenty will be needed.The Warriors are banged up, and the center who has spent most of the last 18 months in that predicament is coming back at the absolutely perfect time for the two-time defending champions. He’s gone from question-mark to game-changer, a stat-stuffer for the Warriors — who, it seems, now finally know who their starting center is the rest of the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCousins played 28 minutes in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, scoring 11 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, handing out six assists and blocking two shots. With him on the floor, the Warriors outscored the Raptors by 12 points. With him on the bench, the Raptors outscored the Warriors by seven.Put simply, he changed the game. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kei Nishikori wins 2-day five-setter, Novak Djokovic easily advances View commentslast_img read more

Herniated nucleus pulposus (slipped disk)

first_imgThe disks between the vertebrae are liable to displacement when put under strain. Heavy lifting may produce forces which cause a lumbar intervertebral disk to move out of place (“slipped disk”). Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img