The Government of Liberia (GoL) or rather its functionaries appear not to be mindful of the seriousness of the current economic crisis facing the nation. The rapid depreciation of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar has apparently triggered the decision by authorities to withhold Liberian dollars from circulation as a way of inducing upward movement of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar. This has had an effect of bringing down the exchange rate from 230 LD to one US dollar to the current rate of 190 to one US dollar.Officials of this government however appear to be grossly insensitive to the excruciating economic hardships people have to cope with daily. The convergence of former AFL soldiers and widows in protest for benefits due them should constitute a wake-up call to this government to get its act together else it could invite trouble upon itself for no good reason,The ex-soldiers, making no secret of their intentions to peacefully assemble to consult amongst themselves, attracted the attention of GoL to the point where it deployed large numbers of security personnel including POLICE in the streets of the capital, Monrovia. Fortunately, the assembly passed off without incident. However, the development conveyed a distinct impression of apprehension and heightened insecurity on the part of this government.In this regard, it would serve the interests of this government well to have its officials refrain from making statements and utterances that tend to inflame the situation and provoke counter reactions including street protests which have become commonplace recently. Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon’s recent outburst threatening to arrest Henry Costa upon arrival at the airport and have him jailed is the latest example.He was later countered by Justice Minister Musa Dean who declared that there was no such arrest order pending for Mr. Costa but passions have been enflamed already and, judging from experience, this will certainly be a test of nerves. If Henry Costa were indeed arrested upon arrival at the airport and taken to jail, charges would have to be brought against him within 48 hours and have him arraigned before Court.The point here is, can this government afford the spectacle of what would be a highly politicized trial in a highly polarized environment amidst excruciating economic hardships on the people and not expect to incur mass public disapproval of the government and, instead, engender popular support for Henry Costa? This is a matter over which Deputy Minister Fahngon should reflect deeply. Perhaps he may be unaware of the lessons of history or he could be feigning ignorance.Whatever the case, he ought to be reminded that it requires just one spark to set a tinderbox afire. Recalling history, the first World War, for example, was sparked by a single shot fired by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip that killed the presumptive heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo (now capital of Bosnia) on June 28, 1914 and triggered a chain of events that set an entire continent ablaze.Similarly, the April 14, 1979 shooting and killing of unarmed protesters was the spark that set into motion a chain of events that led to the eventual demise of the Tolbert administration in 1980. Tolbert had given in to hardliners who wanted street protesters shot to drive home the lesson of what awaits those who engage in public protests against the government. Apparently, not realizing the implications, he gave the go-ahead to fire on demonstrators. And that proved to be a fatal mistake that would eventually cost his life.Forty years later, the George Weah government finds itself in similar straits with the difference being, the loss of innocence of the nation’s youth made possible by 14 years of violence and anarchy. Then, unlike now, the nation’s youths had never before had such prolonged exposure to violence on a mass scale. Forty years later the nation and as a legacy of years of conflict, thousands of our children have had their lives impacted in ways that have militated against their attainment of a proper education and the acquisition of life skills.Just what does this government hope to achieve with all this talk and threats of the use of violence against opposition elements or anyone or groups perceived as posing a challenge to its dominance of the country’s political landscape? From all indications, the CDC today is no longer the CDC of yesterday when thousands would turn out, walking miles, sporting T-shirts or uniforms they purchased themselves to identify with the CDC.The reality is however different today and it appears its (CDC) officials are finding great difficulty fathoming the hard reality that their relevance of yesterday is fast withering before an emergent tomorrow that may see the CDC out of power and back into the ranks of the opposition. In a desperate attempt to fend off this advancing new reality, anything, including physical elimination of perceived enemies or opponents is on the table.This country has seen enough bloodshed and hatred already and does not need another dose of conflict. Government officials, particularly those at high levels of authority, should be circumspect and avoid the use of inflammatory language. The Ministry of Information cannot continue to ignore the dangers posed by hateful, inflammatory and inciteful messages currently propagated on Freedom FM which was, like Roots FM, recommended for closure by PUL President Charles Cuffy.In a situation of extreme hardships, people become tense and tend to become annoyed and aggravated very easily at the slightest provocation. And such provocation could invite a response which could set into motion a train of events over which those responsible could have no control should they spill out of hand. This is why the Daily Observer has cautioned and warned agent-provocateurs the likes of Minister Fahngon to be careful what they wish for.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Students attached to the Guyana Society for the Blind on Friday received medals and trophies in recognition of their achievements at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Exams (CSEC).The prizes were donated by Heavenly Care, at the Society’s headquarters, where the teachers of the Blind Society were also rewarded and recognised for their hard work.Melieka Crawford of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, copped the top spot with three Grades Two’s and two Grades Three’s, securing a spot at the University of Guyana. Crawford will be pursuing a Bachelors Degree in International Relations with the hope of becoming an Ambassador.Teachers and students of the Blind SocietyCrawford registered to write the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) administered examination through the Guyana Society for the Blind. She secured passes in Human and Social Biology, Social Studies, Principles of Business, Office Administration and English Language.The top student expressed elation at her achievement while noting her main challenge was lack of resources. However, she said she persevered with the resources available.The Head and founder of Heavenly Care of the Elderly Genevieve London congratulated the students and urged them to continue working towards their goal, despite of whatever disabilities. She noted that the fact that the students of the Blind Society can secure passes at CSEC should place added pressure on other students who have no disabilities.President of the Blind Society Cecil Morris expressed gratitude to the students for making the Blind Society proud and further expressed confidence that they will continue to make him and themselves proud .
0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr in deep thought during his side’s CAF Champions League tie against Esperance on March 7, 2018 in Machakos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 8- An upbeat Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr is defiant that their CAF Champions League first round tie against Esperance du Tunis is not over despite a barren stalemate in the first leg on Wednesday.Gor produced one of the finest performances ever by a Kenyan team in continental football since Sofapaka’s win over Ismailia in 2011, but failed when it mattered most, banging in the goals that would have seen them carry a huge advantage to Tunis. And now, Kerr has urged his side to replicate that same performance in the return leg in 10 days time, saying he does not care about the side’s performance last time they played there in 2014, a match that ended 5-0 in favour of the North Africans.“I don’t care about 2014. I am not bothered at all about that because that’s history. What I care about is do we have the belief that we can be better than a lot of people actually give us credit for?” the tactician posed, even as he lavished his side with praise over their performance.Esperance keeper Noel Ben Sherifia was undoubtedly Esperance’s best player on the pitch, making two crucial saves in the first half and one in the second half as the North Africans took with them a 0-0 draw from Machakos.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge keeping under-pressure Esperance keeper Noel Ben Sherifa on toes during their CAF Champions League clash on March 7, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I have just said to the players don’t go to Tunisia scared. Go out there and give me that performance. We could have scored six goals; we had chances, it wasn’t our day in front of goal. But you’ve got to praise my boys,” he said.“They went out there dominated the game and showed how good we are and we now need to go to Tunisia in a hostile environment and show that as well,” Kerr added.Kerr also lamented that the team didn’t have the best of pre-match days as they were forced to spend seven hours in traffic from Nairobi, arriving in Machakos at 1am Wednesday morning.“For them to recover as well as they did is incredible. I say thanks to my players for the energy and enthusiasm displayed. We ran throughout the 90 minutes and Esperance perhaps wasted 30 of those minutes lying down and especially their goalkeeper,” stated the tactician.Kerr also bemoaned that the financial situation of the club is not helping much especially after the exit of sponsors, but says the club from the management to players are fighting to ensure they ink their names in history books.Esperance players slowing down the pressure as center referee Gehad Zaghloul gives directions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“Kenyan football should embrace this because we have taken this to another level. I told the players to enjoy this and make the most of it and I hope they realize how good they are after this performance against a strong Tunisia side. We should go there surprise people then maybe we can get the respect of African football,” Kerr further noted.The tactician is also hoping that the Kenyan premier league management can lessen their burden ahead of the return leg, lamenting that while Esperance had a more spaced out calendar in the local league, they have been forced to play five matches in 15 days.Gor will once again swing their attention back to the local league action on Sunday where they are scheduled to play against Nzoia Sugar at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.The tactician says he will have no other choice but to rotate his squad again as he looks to ensure everyone is fit and fresh.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Manchester United fans are planning a protest against ticket prices on Thursday after being charged £71 to attend the club’s Europa League game away at FC Midtjylland.United fans are angry at being asked to pay a premium price to watch their team in what they view as a second-rate European competition.Banners have been prepared by some of the 800 fans attending the game at the 11,800-capacity MCH Arena.One of them, created by Thomas Kearney, has ‘WELCOME TO SCAMDINAVIA’ written on it in black and white letters.It highlights the fact that United fans have been charged £71 per ticket whereas Southampton supporters were charged just £22 when they played at the home of the Danish champions in the Europa League play-off round in August.United fans are expected to sing about their annoyance at the ticket charge during the game on Thursday.“£71 to watch a Europa League game is extortionate,” said Andy Mitten, author and editor of fanzine United We Stand.“The combined cost of all three tickets for Manchester United’s Champions League away games was only £75.“Do they think United fans are three times wealthier than Southampton fans? Midtjylland are ripping fans off – their own and the 800 travelling fans.”It is understood that United complained to UEFA on the matter when the prices were announced, but there was no reduction.Currently, the only direct flights from Manchester to Billund, the nearest airport to the ground in Herning, are available at £321 return.Given that fans will have to pay up to £100 to reach Herning and hotels are charging up to £320 for a room, a two-night trip to Denmark could cost well over £1,000.“Many fans go to great extremes to work out the cheapest ways to organise trips and to then get clobbered like this on ticket prices is a real slap in the face,” said Duncan Drasdo, CEO of the Manchester United supporters’ trust.“I feel that UEFA – and similarly the FA & Premier League – should protect away fans as a special case by requiring that in addition to away fans being charged no more than home fans in equivalent seating they should also outlaw ‘away categorisation’, so that away fans of all clubs should be charged the same lowest price in the same competition in the same season.“Clubs need to accept that they are not selling tickets in a normal competitive market as fan loyalty means each club is an effective monopoly so they shouldn’t be applying normal supply and demand economics. They wouldn’t be able to do this in other industries – banking, utilities etc where prices are regulated because the market is not operating efficiently.”FC Midtjylland failed to respond to requests for a comment on Tuesday. Scamdinavia! – Manchester United fans angered by Midtjylland ticket prices
4 Final (July 10, Saint-Denis): Germany/Italy/Spain/France/England – Whoever reaches the final from Wales side of the draw will be massive underdogs given the sides in the other half. One of Germany, Italy, Spain will probably await in the final should the Welsh do the impossible and still be in the tournament come July 10. They could even face a rematch with England if Roy Hodgson sorts his strikers out. 4 4 Semi-final (Lyon, July 6): Croatia – Croatia topping Group D instead of Spain has really opened up this side of the draw and if Colemans men make it this far then that is who they could face. Alternatively, Poland could await Wales if Robert Lewandowski finds his shooting boots in the knockout rounds. Round of 16 (Paris, June 25): Turkey – click the arrow, right, to see Wales’ possible route to the final – Wales made the knockout stages in their only previous appearance at a major tournament but their opponent on that occasion was a Pele-inspired Brazil team in 1958. This time their reward for topping Group B is one of the third-placed sides, either Turkey or another home nations derby in the form of Northern Ireland. Quarter-final (Lille, July 1): Belgium – This is where it enters the unknown as their last 16 opponents could be any of Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, Iceland, Hungary or Austria with so many permutations remaining in Group E and F. Even if it is the worst case scenario with Belgium, the Welsh will be confident having kept two clean sheets as they won and drew against Marc Wilmots side in qualifying. Upon starring in Real Madrid’s Champions League final victory in May, their second in three years, Gareth Bale audaciously declared that Wales would go to France looking to win Euro 2016.As improbably as that seemed at the time, Chris Coleman’s side now have a great chance of going far in the tournament having won Group B ahead of England.Results in other groups mean all of the traditional European giants are in the other half of the draw, along with the Three Lions.Wales are the top scorers in the Championships with six goals and star man Gareth Bale is joint-top scorer with Spain’s Alvaro Morata after finding the net three times.The Welsh will be confident mood going into their last 16 tie, but who stands in between them and a place in the final on July 10?Click the arrow above, right, to see Wales’ reward for topping Group B and what England seemingly threw away having made six changes for their final group game. 4
Shandon Hotel & Spa attended the ‘Irish Hotel Awards 2017’ and was delighted to win Spa Hotel of the Year for Ulster and the island of Ireland. The Shandon’s Eibhlin Cannon was also crowned ‘Spa Therapist of the Year’.The Shandon is thrilled to win such prestigious awards which comes around the time that they also celebrate 1 year from opening as a resort. The resort has had unprecedented success since it opened in March 2016, employing 115 staff and bucking the trend of its previous life were it only opened seasonal, the resort opens all year round and has boosted the economy of the local & surrounding area of Dunfanaghy County Donegal.The Shandon resort has reported occupancy levels of over 85% year to date which is almost unheard of in North Donegal.Resort General Manager credits the success to strategic marketing and a team that has truly bought into her vision of creating a leading 4 star resort in Donegal and the Wild Atlantic way, providing the finest in Irish hospitality with passion and flair. Development plans are in place to build additional rooms, Carolynne remarks, ‘this is testament to the success and demand we have experienced over the past year, Donegal Tourism, Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland have been instrumental to the success that many tourism products are experiencing of late, it is great to see the support for hoteliers who want to create more jobs and who are keen to meet this demand with enthusiasm’.Carolynne is excited to see that Donegal’s profile is finally matching up to what we have to offer by being named as the coolest place by national geographic and Irelands hidden gem by the Irish Independent.The Shandon Hotel & Spa has one of the most beautiful locations with each bedroom making the most of its surrounding area with a guaranteed sea view from every room. The luxury spa has been remarked as ‘world class’ with its state of the art thermal suite boasting a vitality pool, massage jets, heated loungers, foot spas, salt grotto, herbal sauna and the popular outdoor Canadian hot-tub, all of which have the most breathtaking views.Not only can you look at the splendour of the Wild Atlantic Way but you can immerse yourself in it because the hotel is just a short walk from the Blue Flag, Marble Hill Beach which is renowned for swimming, surfing and various watersports.Check out the Shandon at www.shandonhotelspa.comShandon Hotel & Spa scoop Ulster and All-Ireland ‘Spa Hotel of Year 2017’ was last modified: March 24th, 2017 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:hotelShandon Hotel and Spawinner
At the Valencia Country Club, organizers of the Champion Tour tournament are hoping for the best, with play scheduled today through Sunday, spokesman Matt Kovacs said. “We don’t think there will be a lot of rain, that’s what the forecast said,” Kovacs said. “It’ll be cold and wet, but we’re expecting to play.” The Weather Service issued a storm watch for the San Gabriel Mountains for this afternoon through Saturday night, warning that cold, snow and gusty winds could create deadly hazards for campers and hikers. Snow levels today could range between 2,500 feet and 3,500 feet, which could bring accumulating snow to 3,200-foot-elevation Escondido Summit on the Antelope Valley Freeway and to 4,100-foot Tejon Pass on Interstate 5. Snow levels are expected to drop to 2,000 feet between tonight and Sunday, falling in some spots to as low as 1,500 feet. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Caltrans officials meet with Highway Patrol representatives every year as winter approaches to determine the best courses of action should weather make for poor driving conditions, Bonfilio said. “We plan and train for this and remain ready to respond,” she said. City spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said Santa Clarita has two large dump trucks fitted with snowplows standing ready. The National Weather Service said very cold air from Canada and Alaska will plunge southward, but the showery nature of the precipitation makes it likely that rainfall and snow amounts will be slight. “It’s going to be more showery. It mainly will be very cold weather,” weather specialist Bonnie Bartling said. SANTA CLARITA – City crews dusted off two snowplows Thursday. Caltrans workers in the region mobilized. And pro golfers in town for the AT&T Classic cast wary glances to the clouds, all responding to an unusual weekend forecast – snow flurries, hail and thunderstorms are expected across Southern California, perhaps as low as 1,500 feet, Santa Clarita’s elevation. “At this time, we have crews mobilized around the clock, day crews and night crews who are ready and waiting for the snow with snowplows and other heavy equipment,” said Jeanne Bonfilio, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation. Locally, the focus is on the Grapevine, and the Antelope Valley Freeway through Acton. Santa Clarita’s last substantial snow, in February 1989, prompted the closure of Interstate 5 through the Newhall Pass.
And the Kavli Nanoscience Institute hopes to play a key role as a multidisciplinary center bringing engineers, biologists, chemists and physicists together to work on common projects on the nano-scale. “The Kavli Nanoscience Institute at Caltech is to foster research at the frontiers of nano-scale science and engineering with special emphasis on efforts that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries,” said Michael Roukes, the new institute’s director. The center will be housed on three floors of Caltech’s Steele Lab when construction is complete in a year and a half. In addition to bringing nanoscience researchers together, the new space will allow investigators to spread out their currently cramped equipment. So why should we care about nanoscience? “Things that our society relies on are increasingly technologically driven,” said physics professor Jeff Kimble. “For ever-increasing capability — for computation, communication, diagnostics and the medical front — one needs to advance finally into this scale of the capability to manipulate individual atoms and molecules.” Otherwise, he said, society runs the risk of stagnating progress. To optimize nanoscience development, Roukes said individual discoveries and piecemeal inventions are not enough. “We’re focusing on individual devices and individual effects and that’s fine and good; that’s interesting and that needs to continue,” he said. But he added that to reach Feynman’s goals “we really need to figure out first how to integrate these into complex nanosystems, how to make them reproducible. And this will lead us ultimately into an era of nanotechnology, which I might say, is highly anticipated.” Kimm Groshong can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451, or by e-mail at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Since 1959, when legendary physicist Richard Feynman delivered his visionary speech “Plenty of Room at the Bottom” defining many of nanoscience’s key concepts at Caltech, the institute has researched the possibility of performing science and technology on the nano-scale. When Feynman made his prescient speech, the technology did not exist to actually make the discoveries and inventions he foresaw — tiny biological systems, microscopes powerful enough to view much finer details of specimens and miniature computers. But he said, “When we get to the very, very small world, say circuits of seven atoms, we have a lot of new things that would happen that represent completely new opportunities for design.” And since 1981, when researchers developed the new, powerful microscope, scientists have learned much about observing and manipulating molecules in biological systems and materials science. At the symposium at the Beckman Institute’s Auditorium on Caltech campus Monday, researchers shared some of the “weird science” that occurs on the smallest of scales and the preliminary discoveries they’ve been able to make in the field. New physics Nobel laureate Theodor Hansch described the development of increasingly precise, small devices leading to what he called the Holy Grail — quantum computers. Many of the speakers highlighted the fact that much is left to unveil and develop. “Many of the challenges that he put out are still around today,” said Dan Rugar of the IBM Almaden Research Center. PASADENA — It takes large collaborations, high rates of funding and “big thinking” to do science on extremely small scales. Caltech is preparing to do just that. With donations totaling more than $32 million from the Kavli Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Caltech’s researchers are positioning themselves to be a driving force in the developing field of nanoscience. On Monday, President David Baltimore officially welcomed the Kavli Nanoscience Institute to Caltech’s family of research centers during an inaugural symposium. Nanoscience is the study and manipulation of matter on the scale of individual atoms and molecules. That brings it down to the scale of nanometers –several billionths of a meter.
COMMUNITY Alert: Residents of an area in east Donegal are being warned to be vigilant tonight after suspicious activity in the Drumtoland area – midway between St Johnston and Raphoe.It follows reports from residents involved in a community watch of the possibility that homes are being checked for later raids by burglars.Report any suspicious activity to Gardai. COMMUNITY ALERT: SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTED was last modified: July 14th, 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:community alertdonegal
MEDIA RELEASEDATE: 24 JULY 2018More than 1000 delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg tomorrow, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 for the BRICS Business Forum which will takes place as part of the 10th BRICS Summit. The Heads of State of the BRICS countries will preside over the afternoon session of the Business Forum and provide direction on strategic issues under discussion.The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, Deputy Minister Mr Bulelani Magwanishe and the Chairperson of the BRICS Business Council, Dr Iqbal Surve will deliver speeches at the opening session of the forum starting from 09:00. Their address will be followed by four thematic sessions that cover various topics. The Ministers of Trade, Commerce, Industry, Economic Development and External Relations of the five BRICS countries will all be panelists in the session where The Role of BRICS in Trade and Investment facilitation amidst a Changing Global Political Economy will be discussed.According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the delegates who will comprise of captains of industry, heads of state-owned entities and government leaders will deliberate on strategic economic matters affecting the future of BRICS.“In line with the BRICS Summit theme, BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Business Forum will deliberate on the current global political economy and its implications for BRICS member countries, the implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution on inclusive growth and transformation, facilitating intra-BRICS trade, as well as fostering BRIC-Africa partnerships,” says Minister Davies.Minister Davies added that the business forum will provide a platform to showcase the economic prowess of the African continent with a particular focus on advanced manufacturing, energy, technology, rail, aviation, information and communication technology, financial services and beneficiation (agro-processing and mining), as well as to enhance the flow of foreign direct investments from the BRICS bloc into the continent.“The Business Forum will also offer an opportunity to facilitate the creation of manufacturing value-chains on the African continent, to stimulate dialogue on the utilisation of financing packages offered by the New Development Bank, and to promote synergies with development finance institutions on the continent. The Business Forum is also important because it will create opportunities for partnerships between African and BRICS companies as well as develop concrete measures to address the deficiencies within productive sectors impeding the optimal development of the continent,” said Minister Davies.Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.zaIssued by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dti