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House Justifies US$900,000

first_imgDespite public outcry over Liberia’s poor infrastructure development program, the 53rd National Legislature has justified the usage of US$900,000 for the ongoing nationwide consultation on the Draft Petroleum Law of Liberia.The Executive Branch, through the National Oil Company of Liberia, (NOCAL) submitted a draft petroleum law intended to govern the oil and gas sector, a sector considered vital to Liberia’s emerging economy.The Liberian Senate had since held public hearings on the subject and subsequently passed and communicated the draft legislation to the House of Representatives for concurrence.In an attempt to take a legislative decision, the House of Representatives opted to have “a nationwide consultation before voting on the matter.”“The intent,” Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue saidMonday, November 11, “is to have inclusive participation of the locals and all county officials.”“US$900,000 is the budget for the consultation,” he said. Quizzed as to whether the budget was drawn from the Legislature’s budget line or NOCAL, Deputy Speaker Barchue added “go and check the budget.”Interestingly, the approved National Budget for the Fiscal Year 2013/2014 has no reference to ongoing National Consultation, where said amount came from remains unclear.According to the Grand Bassa County Representative, the Draft Legislation discusses several issues ranging from Liberians’ participation in the oil and gas sector, to better royalties for the counties and communities where crude oil deposits are found amongst other things.However, political commentators have criticized the Legislature for failing to incorporate therecommendations and input of locals relative to national issues. They argued that the Legislature had ignored public interest on several pivotal issues.They name confirmation of public officials, the Decent Work Bill, the Code of Conduct, and most importantly, the passage of Oil Block 13, a concession awarded to Exxon Mobile to operate in Rivercess County, as some legislations where the public interest and right to participate had been ignored.“Government has failed to provide housing units for low income dwellers. Spending such a huge amount of money on a mere consultation where the people’s views will not be reflected in the documents is unfortunate. That money could go towards improving our poor roads or building educational and medical facilities,” some political and legislative commentators told the Daily Observer yesterday in MonroviaMeanwhile, the second leg of the consultation goes to Western Liberia with some members of the Senate, which already passed the draft legislation, expected to form part of the delegation.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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MOA Launches ESRRSI Program

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), in collaboration with several of its partners, including the World Bank, West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), Africa Rice and others, last week launched the Economic Stabilization and Rapid Recovery Seed Intervention (ESRRSI).The ESRRSIP is a post-Ebola agricultural initiative of the MOA with support from the World Bank through WAAPP. It is focused on rice, maize and cowpea-routed through WAAPP-Liberia. It aims at providing certified seeds for food production, especially after this turbulent Ebola period.The post-Ebola economic stability program was launched  last Friday at the Liberia Produce and Marketing Corporation (LPMC) compound in Gbarnga, Bong County, with many high-profiled persons,  especially from the agriculture sector, in attendance. Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai served as the launcher.MOA and WAAPP officials disclosed at the event that through the ESRRSI initiative, local farmers are expected to benefit about 581 metric tons of certified seed rice, 100 metric tons of certified cowpea seeds and 79 metric tons of maize seeds. Many of these are already in the country while the balances are shortly expected in country. These certified seeds were brought from these following countries Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, Burkina-Faso and Niger.In his launching statement, VP Boakai stressed the need for Liberian farmers to begin showing appreciation to donors by engaging in committed farming activities that will help alleviate the food insecurity situation in Liberia.Though the government’s  partners are making efforts to see Liberia improve in several key areas, especially the agriculture sector, it was the responsibility of Liberians, especially local farmers, to deliver on what is expected of them, Ambassador Boakai said.  He challenged farmers not always to call for help from other people, but to engage themselves in activities that will multiply the seeds given them to ensure the availability of more seeds for subsequent planting seasons.Mr. Boakai, himself an avid farmer, challenged MOA to go beyond just providing seeds to ensuring that the benefiting farmers are knowledgeable of the improved and certified seeds they are receiving. He noted that there are several smallholder farmers that are trying on their own, but the MOA will need to develop more forms of training and other programs that work best in the interest of improving production, as well as ensuring follow-up by extension agents.MOA should also provide training in the new agricultural technologies to the benefiting farmers.Also making remarks, the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Fofi Bimba, and said government should think about creating agricultural villages around the country. This, he said, will enable “the hungry people to work and become more productive to society.” Commenting on a recent incident in Paynesville City, Montserrado County, that saw a police station being burnt  down by angry bike riders protesting the alleged “killing of a colleague by a police officer,” Representative Bimba, himself an passionate agriculturist, said the incident could have been avoided if government had a program that incorporated people into vast agriculture activities somewhere in a remote county. He suggested the  provision of attractive stimulus  packages, as such a plan.Rep. Bimba said the idea about the agricultural villages is also shared by VP Boakai.The Lofa County lawmaker continued, “Now is the time to engage our donors and partners to support us in creating farming villages in the various counties.” He also stressed the importance of provision and distribution of seeds to agricultural transformation. “Maintaining the seeds will require a good and functional research and development drive, as well as a strong and functional multiplication program which will best be implemented on farm trials by the farmers themselves.”Rep. Bimba also called on the MOA to use the cooperatives available in the counties for the distribution of these seeds that have been made available.He said he believed MOA is already on the right path of implementing the Post-Ebola Economic Revitalization Program with the existence of several key projects of the Ministry’s Program Management Unit that are in the various counties. He called on the MOA to be the monitor and evaluator, while the farmers remain the major players.The president of the Farmers Union Network (FUN), Josephine George-Francis was also present at the ceremony. She called on Liberians to begin to see agriculture as a business. “Graduating from shovels and hoes farming to machines is a way to go,” she declared.Representative George-Francis named the creation of loan schemes, good road networks,  among other things, as important parts of the chain that we should create if we want eat and export Liberian produce.The FUN boss, who is also Representative of Montserrado County’s District #1, lauded government for ensuring that an act to make the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) an anonymous agency was followed through. “We can talk about and get all we need, but if we do not have an independent research institute, we are wasting our time as it is very vital to agriculture.She said restoring CARI to get the relevant technocrats such as scientists in the shortest  possible time would greatly improve things and avoid farmers going to the Internet and other sources for solutions to difficulties faced on their farms.Assistant Minister for Expenditure at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Alieu Faud Nyei, lauded the various partners for their involvement in the project, but indicated that government was very instrumental in bringing the seeds in country.Minister Alieu Faud Nyei thanked Africa Rice Center and ECOWAS for facilitating the smooth transfer of the seeds to Liberia.He further admonished the partners, especially the World Bank, to fast track its support in this intervention, to ensure that all of the seeds needed  by the sector are actualized in a timely manner.Minister Nyei noted that a concern of the government was how to get the seeds to the end users in time. According to him, if the seeds didn’t get to the farmers in time for the planting season, the entire exercise will be a waste. “The MOA has to look for an efficient way to implement this, so that our efforts will not go in vain”, he said.In remarks, the Senior Country Economist at the World Bank Monrovia office, Timothy Bulmanm, said the success story should be the raising of productivity among Liberian farmers to ensure that they can compete with the best in the world. Before the Ebola outbreak, he recalled, some key challenges existed in the agriculture  sector. But it was now the challenge of the MOA and agricultural extension agents to work together and along with farmers to bring the best technologies and techniques to the farmers and raise their productivity to empower them  measure up with global competitors.According to the World Bank official, the seeds are part of a chain of solutions to see farmers do better. The sharing of seeds from other WAAPP participating countries under ECOWAS also promotes regional transfer of technologies. The arrival of the certified and foundation seeds from across the region demonstrated what the regional project [WAAPP] has been trying to achieve—which is to make it easier to transfer technologies among West African countries.Dr. Ernest Asiedu, who represented the regional coordinating body of WAAPP Projects CORAF/WECARD,  expressed his organization’s appreciation for the level of cooperation received from various ECOWAS countries and governments.Dr. Asiedu recounted the several hours of planning and preparation it took to get to what he called the “end line of launching the seeds.”   “ECOWAS has asked that we host a formal program of this kind in every country that we deliver these seeds.  I am so happy that Liberia has set a good example”, he said.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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‘Of the Vine’ raises funds as high as $45,000

first_imgExecutive Director of the Fort St. John Association of Community Living Cindy Mohr said $100 tickets for Of the Vine sold out, just like last year, and the event raised a rough estimate of $45,000.“It went really well, there’s so much work that goes into it,” she said. “Our volunteers, they do the appetizers and things, they did an amazing job.”The funds raised through Of the Vine go towards covering extra costs outside of the association’s contracts, such as mobility equipment, that will help members of the community be more independent.- Advertisement -To this extent, Mohr said the association helped purchase a wheelchair accessible home with the money raised last year.There were also a silent auction and a live auction at Of the Vine, as well as Martin Dube as live entertainment for the evening.She added there were a variety of items up for grabs at the silent auction, including gardening decoration, lights, art, a stereo, and donated baskets among others.Advertisement The live auction had items such as a birdhouse, a painting, and a prize package of a home cooked meal for eight, go for $2,500, $3,500, and $4,500, respectively.last_img read more

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Newcastle suffer early League Cup exit, Everton roll on

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez had been fiercely criticised for his negative approach in defeat to Chelsea on Sunday that left the Magpies with just one point from their opening three league games.Benitez made seven changes for the visit to the City Ground but those coming in did their case little good as Daryl Murphy headed the hosts in front inside two minutes.That looked like being enough for Forest, until Salomon Rondon registered his first Newcastle with practically the visitors’ first decent chance two minutes into stoppage time.However, Forest weren’t to be denied as Matty Cash and Gil Dias struck in six added minutes to reach the last 32.Everton got the job done much earlier as Gylfi Sigurdsson and a double from Dominic Calvert-Lewin eased Marco Silva’s men into the next round with a 3-1 win at Goodison.Watford may be joint top of the Premier League with three wins from three, but the Hornets also have impressive depth as Javi Gracia made 11 changes for a 2-0 victory at Reading.Isaac Success and Domingos Quina on his debut ensured it was a successful night for Gracia’s men.Millwall also reached round three after twice coming from behind to beat Plymouth 3-2 thanks to Aiden O’Brien’s 89th minute winner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Salomon Rondon protested with the referee after Nottingham Forest scored their third goal momentsLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 29 – Newcastle’s miserable start to the season suffered another blow with a dramatic late 3-1 defeat to Championship side Nottingham Forest on Wednesday to crash out of the League Cup at the second round.There was no such strife for Premier League high flyers Everton and Watford, who continued their unbeaten starts to the campaign with victories over Rotherham and Reading respectively to make round three.last_img read more

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Champions League final 2016: All the photos as Real and Atletico arrive in Milan

first_img The official match ball for Saturday’s showpiece event – Click the arrow, right, to see more pictures from Milan 8 Marcelo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo all depart the Real Madrid aeroplane 8 Gareth Bale has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 19 goals in 21 games Atleti manager Diego Simeone faces the media 8 8 The San Siro is all ready to host the final 8 Sergio Ramos scored the injury-time equaliser to take the 2014 final to extra time The curtain is coming down on yet another Champions League season with the final again being contested between Madrid rivals Real and Atletico.The two squads have arrived in Milan for Saturday’s showpiece event at the San Siro as Diego Simeone’s side look to avenge their 2014 defeat and claim the trophy for the first time.Atletico lost that game 4-1 in extra time as Real claimed ‘La Decima’ after they won it for a record tenth time.http://talksport.com/radio/how-to-listenhttp://talksport.com/radio/how-to-listenAs the festivities prepare to get underway, take a look at some of the pictures as both sides arrive in Milan by clicking the arrow above, right. Fernando Torres is aiming to win the trophy for a second time The Atletico squad arrive in Milan on their private jet 8 8 8last_img read more

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‘I probably owe him a few drinks!’ – Hoolahan hails Ireland hero Brady

first_imgWes Hoolahan left the Stade Pierre Mauroy intent on buying Robbie Brady a drink for sparing him a dressing room inquest.The 34-year-old playmaker was presented with the perfect opportunity to fire the Republic of Ireland into the knockout stage of Euro 2016 when he went one-on-one with Italy keeper Salvatore Sirigu six minutes from time in Lille, only to come off second best.However, he made amends within seconds when he clipped the ball over the top of the Italian rearguard for Norwich team-mate Brady to head Ireland to a 1-0 victory and into a last-16 clash with host nation France.Hoolahan said: “I was thinking when it happened ‘Oh no, what’s going to happen at the end?’, but luckily enough Robbie got the goal.“I just kept my concentration and thought another chance might come or I might be able to create something.“There are always going to be ups and downs in football – that’s life. You need to stay focused and in control to the last minute. Luckily enough Robbie has got on the end of it and I probably owe him a few drinks.”Hoolahan was used only as a substitute in Lille after starting the Republic’s first two games took its toll physically.However, he remains one of the key men in Martin O’Neill’s squad, a significant development from the days when predecessor Giovanni Trapattoni was not convinced of his value.As a result, he was winning just his 33rd cap against Italy, although he admits his experiences in France over the last few days have more than made up for the years of disappointment.He said: “Yes, it does. The last 10 days have been brilliant, just being around everybody and experiencing this. It has been a great honour to play for my country, to play the first two games and then come on tonight.“To be a part of it is amazing.” 1 Ireland celebrate Robbie Brady’s winner against Italy last_img read more

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This video game rocks, and so does the music

first_img “It’s a very small but very interesting growth area,” said Adrian Strain, spokesman for IFPI, the industry’s global trade body. The impact of games on music sales will increase sharply if – some say when – consoles let players buy tracks or albums directly online. “We’ll have massive uptake when we have one-click purchasing from games, and from TV shows,” said John Booth, business development associate at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, at the Midem music business gathering in Cannes this week. “And that’s coming.” Microsoft Corp.’s latest console, the Xbox 360, is not currently configured to allow music to be bought online or transferred to another device. But sales through the company’s own MSN site have taught the U.S. software giant to respect game music’s potential. “We’re selling lots of Xbox music on the downloads site,” said Jon Kertzer, business development manager for MSN Music. “There’s lots of interest.” Video games increasingly carry tracks by well-known artists alongside songs by promising unknowns. Rapper Snoop Dogg and Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong have been featured in earlier “True Crime” and “Tony Hawk” versions – both on the soundtracks and as characters within the action. Other games need their own music, and their makers are devoting more attention and resources than ever to its composition and production. Film composers like Harry Gregson-Williams, who wrote the music for “Shrek,” and Howard Shore of “Lord of the Rings” fame have been enlisted to write elaborate scores – often with full orchestras and choirs at their disposal. “The days of the so-called bedroom musician, the game producer with a mate down the pub who has a synth and a knocked-off copy of Cubase (software), are largely gone,” said John Broomhall, a British game audio producer with more than 50 titles to his credit. In Japan, the soundtracks are routinely sold as audio CDs and downloads, independently of the games themselves. But games scores have struggled harder to be taken seriously in Europe and the United States – where a series of orchestral concerts organized by game composer Tommy Tallarico ended early last year, following poor ticket sales. “There’s still a bit of a stigma overhang from the bad old days,” said Alastair Nicholson, a music consultant who worked on “The Getaway: Black Monday,” released last year. “In time, there’s no reason why a video game soundtrack shouldn’t stand next to a film soundtrack in terms of artistic integrity.” For the bands and their labels, though, licensing their music for video game soundtracks can only be good news. Grant Gaze, the manager of a hitherto unsigned London girl band, Tinks, said he was “interested in video games” but would think twice about any other kind of corporate sponsorship. “We want people to understand that it’s about the music,” he said. Video games generally pay less than TV commercials, and typically do not offer royalties on sales. But that’s because they are effectively advertising the musicians, games makers explain. “We’re selling something that the kids tend to label as a cool product,” Activision’s Riley said. “We’re not selling toothpaste – it’s not that risky.” 160Want 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Chicago band Fall Out Boy sold 70,000 copies of their new album in one week after the music was featured on “Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland,” a skateboarding game, Riley said. “They weren’t on the radio,” he said. “The only thing you can attribute the sales to is the game.” Activision has doubled its music spending in the last five years, Riley added. When Electronic Arts Inc. bought Selasee’s single “Run” for its “FIFA 2006” soccer game, the Ghanian reggae singer had yet to sell a song. Sales of his first album have taken off since the game’s October launch; iTunes and Napster now stock it. Now based in the United States, Selasee regularly plays large venues. “We’re getting album orders from Australia, Turkey, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Germany, and of course the U.S. and Canada,” said Louis Rodrigue, the singer’s P.R. manager. “His career is rocketing because of the FIFA game.” Video games may account for only a tiny share of the music industry’s $21 billion global revenue, but record companies are watching closely. CANNES, France – Music scout Tim Riley hopes to discover the next Fat Joe – but has no intention of giving him a record deal. If Riley finds the right Latino hip-hop sound – something close to the platinum-selling rap star himself – he’ll sign the act straight away, for the third video game in the hit “True Crime” series. “If everything lines up it’s an amazing opportunity for an artist,” he said. Riley has already helped launch several new groups in his job as worldwide music executive for U.S.-based game maker Activision Inc. As consoles become ever more sophisticated, game budgets swell and record companies cut back their artist and repertoire departments, video gaming increasingly offers big breaks for musicians and, potentially, new revenue for labels. last_img read more

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INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AS €71,000 OF PERFUME STOLEN FROM DONEGAL PHARMACY

first_imgA Donegal pharmacy has been robbed of an astonishing €71,000 worth of perfume.Ramona Nicholas had €71,000 worth of perfume stolen from her Bundoran shop.The perfume was taken from the Bundoran Cara pharmacy store of TV entrepreneur Ramona Nicholas on Monday.Gardai have ben examining CCTV footage of the crime. They say the perfumes will be sold on the Christmas market. INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AS €71,000 OF PERFUME STOLEN FROM DONEGAL PHARMACY was last modified: December 8th, 2014 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:bundoranCARA PHARMACYdonegalGardaistolenlast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY AC WEEKLY NOTES

first_imgLETTERKENNY ATHLETICS CLUB WEEKLY NOTES: (JAN 5)THE action this weekend will be in Stormont where our team will compete in the Ulster Masters-Intermediate Championship’s on Sunday.Club captain, Gary Crossan is hoping to have a strong team for the event and is hopeful of doing very well. Tickets are available from club members for the Pantomime which takes place on Wednesday, January 26. We’d appeal to all members and their families to support this fundraising venture and get tickets as soon as possible.There will be a 10 mile road race in Craughwell, Galway on March 20th. It is organised by Patrick Cosgrove, a brother of our own Paul Cosgrove and he is hoping to bring a team down from Letterkenny for the event. Anybody interested can give him a bell on 086 2652711 or email me on paul.a.cosgrove@gsk.com. Team prizes are decided by mixed team results so it makes it an interesting challenge.One hundred athletes put their toe to the line for the annual 5K Turkey Trot in Letterkenny on Sunday.The race-fun run was a great success. Letterkenny’sPauric McKinney was first  man across the line in a time of 16.12 followed by clubmates, Ivan Toner 16.18 and the ever improving Gavin Crawford (16.35).The first woman to cross the line was Joanne English in a time of 18.54 followed by Theresa Doherty 19.36 and Ailish Patton 21.46. Our own Kevin Ferry predicted his time at exactly 17.30 while others to win  vouchers on the day included Garvan McCloskey, Vera Haughey, Patrick McConaghey, John Cannon, Ciaran Gallagher, T Thompson and Patrick Sweeney.Club Chairman, Gerry Davenport said the turnout of 100 (97 finishers) was encouraging given the fact the race had been rescheduled after falling foul  to the inclement weather before Christmas.“We’re very happy with the turnout. We had 70 runners last year so the entry was well up,” he said.Numbers drawn were 1, 5, 18 and 21. One match 3 John Coleman won €80. next weeks jackpot is €1,160 LETTERKENNY AC WEEKLY NOTES was last modified: January 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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DDTV: RORY RELEASES CRAZIEST XMAS SINGLE YET – BALLAD OF MAD DOG COLL!

first_imgKILCAR singer Rory Gallagher – Rory & The Island – has released a new single for Christmas. And he even he admits it’s “the craziest Christmas single ever.”For it’s a ballad for Gaoth Dobhair born American mobster Vincent ‘Mad Dog’ Coll.Coll led a life of crime in New York in the 1920s and 1930s before he was shot dead in a gang attack.Click to Play Or go to iTunes from this Sunday to downloadWould be great to make it No1 this Christmas! DDTV: RORY RELEASES CRAZIEST XMAS SINGLE YET – BALLAD OF MAD DOG COLL! was last modified: December 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: RORY RELEASES CRAZIEST XMAS SINGLE YET – BALLAD OF MAD DOG COLL!last_img read more

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