ECOWAS, MRU to Coordinate Road Reform Program

first_imgThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Mano River Union (MRU) are expected to coordinate a US$332.95 million road sector reform program in three countries in the sub-region. The Governments of Liberia, Ivory Coast and Guinea launched the joint border road construction program in Cocody, Ivory Coast recently, according to the Liberia News Agency.The MRU Road Development and Transportation Facilitation Program is funded through the Transitional Support Fund and the African Development Fund.Components of the project are the pavement of a 47.8km road from Danané in La Cote d’Ivoire to Guinea Forest Region, and the 65km road connecting Blolequin to Toulépleu in Cote d’Ivoire towards the Liberia border in Maryland County.The project also covers the 28 km road from Tabou in Cote d’Ivoire to the Liberian border and the 30.75 km road from Lola to Guinea as well as the 96 km road from Karloken, Fish Town and Harper junction-Cavalla customs post in Liberia.The disclosure was made to reporters on Monday by the Acting director of communications and documentation at the Ministry of Public Works, Gregory Stemn.He said the coordination is intended to support post-conflict economic recovery within the sub-region.The program, he said will improve roads and intra-community trade, transport conditions on affected routes, and reduce transportation costs among the three countries as well as improve the living conditions of people in those areas.The project also includes the construction of a pre-stressed concrete girder bridge over the Cavalla River at the Liberia and Ivory Coast borders.Other aspects of the program, he said include creating awareness among road users, as well as the control and supervision of construction work and equipment (weighing station) of two joint border posts.It also covers the construction of four market centers; two in Liberia and two in Ivory Coast as well as training of women traders in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese busted with cocaine at JFK Airport

first_imgAfter providing officials at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York with inconsistent travel plans, a Guyanese youth was busted with over 25 pellets of cocaine in his stomach.Kester Anfrany JohnsonThe young man has been identified as 23-year-old Kester Anfrany Johnson. He is expected to face the court and answer to drug trafficking charges.According to information, the drug mule arrived at the JFK Airport on Tuesday on a Caribbean Airlines flight out of Guyana and it was then he was observed acting in a suspicious manner. His baggage was subjected to inspection and he became increasingly nervous, causing officials there to suspect something was amiss.A report stated that Johnson failed to properly answer the officials’ questions as well as provide them with the contact information, including the address, of the relative he intended to stay with. Based on his responses and general demeanour, he was subjected to an x-ray which revealed foreign objects in his stomach.He was taken into custody and subsequently excreted 25 pellets, which were later revealed to be cocaine. It is suspected that he has more in his body and authorities there are monitoring him.last_img read more

Citizens on patrol

“We most definitely wouldn’t have that,” said Whittier police Sgt. Dominic Iraldo, the volunteer coordinator. “We are very strict when it comes to things like that.” He said volunteers have been removed from their positions in the past for attempting similar activities. Pasadena police volunteer Dr. Rick Neumann, retired dean of counseling at Pasadena City College, said he has never been in a position where he felt unsafe in his eight years of volunteering. “The department does not put us in dangerous situations,” he said. Like many other volunteers, the 74-year-old retiree said donating his time to the Police Department offers him an opportunity to give back to the community he has lived and worked in for decades. “If you’re retired, you really need something to stay active with, something that’s fulfilling,” said Ben Hultsman, 80, a retired Southern California Gas Co. employee who volunteers with the Covina Police Department. Covina gives each of its volunteers 36 hours of training, then requires 16 volunteer hours per month. Hultsman said he has never been in a situation he felt was dangerous. “The volunteers here are trained and instructed not to get into any confrontation,” he said. He and his partner, Bill Gray, write tickets for handicapped and curb parking violations and track the progress of the city’s graffiti cover-up project. “For me, it’s very fulfilling to correct graffiti,” he said. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of trying to keep the city clean.” Staff Writer Pam Wight contributed to this story. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Citizen police volunteers patrol the streets and help beef up the presence of local law enforcement agencies, while saving cities hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. But the recent shooting deaths of two auxiliary officers in New York City have raised their profile and questions about their safety. The unarmed volunteers carry whistles and police radios while doing tasks that don’t require professional officers, like serving subpoenas, directing traffic on major incidents and helping with graffiti cleanup. But some argue that putting uniforms on civilians can draw the attention – and perhaps the gunfire – of criminals, making them unarmed targets. Montebello police Cpl. Gus Cisneros, who helps train the volunteer unit, said criminals do not stop to notice that they are not real officers. “Crooks see the uniforms and don’t necessarily know the difference between the Citizens’ Patrol and the sworn officers,” he said. “At first our officers weren’t comfortable with the idea of putting civilians in uniforms with no way to protect themselves.” Officials said the volunteers are essential to law enforcement agencies and argue they are instructed not to get entangled in potentially dangerous situations. “We don’t want to put them in harm’s way, but you never know,” said Pasadena police Cmdr. Rick Law. “We’ve been lucky so far.” While the New York volunteers were following on foot a man suspected of shooting a nearby restaurant employee, local volunteers are instructed not make arrests or get into confrontations, officials said. read more

Shaw TV to launch local talk show

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Shaw has announced that a new talk show will debut in May, available on Shaw TV in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.The program, called ‘Conversations — with Faisal Rashid’ will feature access producer, well-known community figure and the namesake of the show: Faisal Rashid.‘Conversations’ will cover social, economic, and everything else that matters to the people of the Peace River region. It’s produced through facilities and by staff of Shaw TV here in Fort St. John — including producer Emily Moyes and senior producer Dianne Townsend.- Advertisement -The very first show was taped in late April, and will feature Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman and City Councillor Dan Davies. It premieres on Wednesday, May 5 at 9 a.m. on Shaw TV Channel 10.Additional airings will take place that day at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., as well as the following day at 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Friday, May 7, it will air at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.last_img read more

School says thanks

first_imgAs faculty members came up to Gonzales to greet and congratulate her, she began pointing out which teachers had gone through Evergreen as students. “You see? We get good kids out of here,” said Gonzales, 75. “There have been a lot of changes over the years at this school, but I’m hopeful it will all work out.” After the rally, dozens of students crowded around the pair to give them hugs, including fifth-grader Jackie Perez, 10. “When I lost my cell phone, Miss Terry was the one who found it,” Perez said. “And whenever I got sick, Miss Erma was the one who took me to the office. “They’ve helped us a lot here – they’re the oldest and the best,” she added. “They deserve this honor.” Although Gonzales and Taylor won’t be helping in the classroom, they’ll still be around on a volunteer basis, overseeing the children during morning and afternoon breaks. “I don’t want to leave altogether, so I will be back for that,” Taylor said, smiling. “But I’ve had a wonderful experience here, and I’ve learned a lot.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Erma Gonzales and Terry Taylor have spent decades at Evergreen Elementary School, watching generations of families pass through campus while helping teachers and school nurses oversee thousands of youngsters. Now, as they retire from their longtime posts as instructional aides, they’ll make their own marks on the 520-student campus – two big, green, leafy ones, to be exact. Principal Gabriela Tavitian told students and parents at a rally Friday that the school will plant two trees on the north and west ends of campus to commemorate the pair’s combined 65 years of service – 38 years for Gonzales and 27 years for Taylor. “They are two very beloved aides who are retiring from the classroom,” Tavitian said. “And the staff wanted them to see how appreciated they are. “We’re blessed they’ve been here so long and dedicated their lives to this school.” Taylor, 71, said she became involved with the school when her children attended, and she continued to do so after they left because “I just love being with kids.” Both might have continued working as aides if not for new regulations put forth by the federal No Child Left Behind Act that requires them to have at least an associate’s degree, or to be in college working toward a two-year degree. “And to go to college at our age? I don’t think so,” Taylor said after Friday’s student rally. But the rally “was very touching, and I really enjoyed it,” she added. “The kids were wonderful and I got pretty choked up about it.” last_img read more

Speculators drawn to DMZ

first_imgYIGIL, South Korea – “There are now three people who are interested in buying this land,” said Lee Heung-bok, a real estate agent, standing atop a hill and waving with his left hand at some 57 acres of pristine river and green mountains inhabited by wild black boars. “One person is interested in building a golf course,” he added. “Not right now, of course, but sometime in the future.” “A golf course will take more than 10 years,” said the potential buyer, Park Jae-yong, standing next to Lee and holding a newspaper over his head against the midday sun’s glare. “Right now, even if we build a golf course, nobody would be able to come in here anyway.” Yigil is a farming village by the demilitarized zone dividing South Korea from North Korea. It lies inside what is called the Civilian Control Zone, an area extending some 10 miles south of the DMZ and restricted to residents and soldiers. Others must get passes to enter the zone, where the military has restricted construction to low-lying buildings. Barricades flank the zone’s main roads, built in such a way that they can be made to collapse and slow down invading North Korean tanks. Hanging on barbed wire alongside many forested areas are red and orange triangular signs warning about land mines. Yigil lies so close to North Korea that a tunnel leading from the North to the South, dug by North Korean soldiers, was discovered nearby in 1975. Despite all that, warming ties between South and North Korea have been drawing speculators such as Park to Yigil and other villages here in the middle of the peninsula. In the past three years, prices have risen so much that agents and locals here say even areas with land mines have doubled or tripled in value. Land next to the DMZ may fetch only $9,200 per acre – cheap by the standards of South Korea’s real estate bubble – but it could not even be given away a few years ago, real estate agents say. Prices could rise further after the summit meeting between leaders of the two Koreas. Interest in land just south of the DMZ increased after the first such meeting in 2000, as the threat of war diminished and South Korea adopted a policy of engaging the North economically and politically. Agents and officials here say buyers considering land for country houses or other developments are looking outside the Civilian Control Zone. Land inside the zone, where building is still restricted by the military, is drawing speculators. “Some have bought land-mined areas for a cheap price, de-mined them and resold them for a profit,” said Kim Young-sun, a real estate specialist at Chorwon County, which includes Yigil as well as other villages in and outside the zone. Lee, the real estate agent, said some speculators were also buying land inside the 2.5-mile-wide DMZ itself, paying the equivalent of $1,300 an acre to the title holders. “It’s so cheap,” Lee said. “But it’s a recent phenomenon. There is the expectation that one day there will be reunification.” The site of one of the Korean War’s fiercest battles, much of Chorwon was a no man’s land until the government sent 150 war veterans here in 1967, telling them that if they de-mined the land, they could keep some of it. “We just did the work with shovels,” said Yoo Chul-hoon, 70, one of the original 150 and a resident of Daema, a village a few miles west of here. 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

Barking all the way to the bank

first_imgLANCASTER – A volunteer committee that organized Lancaster’s popular Bark at the Park dog festival last fall presented a check Tuesday for $1,500 to the Los Angeles County Animal Shelter in Lancaster. The donation came from proceeds from an auction and a raffle held during the Oct. 1 event at Lancaster City Park. The 2005 event was the first time money was raised for the benefit of the shelter. “Hopefully we’ll be able to donate more in the future,” said Sean Ponso, recreation supervisor for the city of Lancaster. The funds will go toward installing new visitation pens and repairing a pair of existing visitation pens. The pens are areas where people can interact with animals they are considering adopting, said Terry Eversull, the shelter’s manager. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Starting out 10 years ago as a Frisbee dog competition that attracted about 100 people, Bark at the Park has grown and now draws about 4,500 pet owners annually. “It’s a way for people to show off their dogs, have fun with their dogs, and learn to do more with their dogs,” said Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts. The event still has a Frisbee competition, but it now includes other contests and attractions, including a costume contest, a canine “good citizenship” ring to test animals’ obedience and manners, a best singing dog competition, agility competitions and “splash” dog contests to see how far an animal can jump into a pool of water. The 2006 Bark at the Park will be held Oct. 7. Information about the event can be found on the Web at Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 last_img read more


first_imgTeresa McGloin ran her best race ever when returning a personal best in a high profile 10k in Bristol 34-22 getting close to breaking the 34 minute barrier which would begin to put her in a different league nationally.She finished 7th in an event won by Gemma Steel a London Olympian in 32.15 .In the US Tori Pena got her outdoor season off the ground 4.45 close at a Moscow B standard of 4.50. Also in the USA Pauric McLaughlin from Convoy a scholarship athlete at Lewiston,Idaho was 5th in a 800m race with 1.53 odd.Martin Irwin in Limerick a 10k in 35.03 while local attention focused on W 10k in which 2700 walkers /runners participated best of the Valley entry Gerard Gallagher 34.26 in 6th .This week its Donegal Childrens Games at Valley 6-30 and a further series of Donegal T/F at Lifford our first visit to the venue in years a new track having been installed .Entries for Ulster under 9-13 close this week. FINN VALLEY AC NEWS: TERESA AND PAURIC IMPRESS IN FOREIGN FIELDS was last modified: May 6th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Harry Maguire signs new five-year deal with Leicester

first_imgEngland defender Harry Maguire has signed a new five-year contract with Leicester, the Foxes have announced.The 25-year-old joined Leicester from Hull in the summer of 2017 and played every minute of their Premier League campaign last season before helping England reach the World Cup semi-finals. IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Maguire featured in England’s defeat on Saturday RANKED targets He only made his England debut in October 2017 and was at Euro 2016 as a Three Lions fan.Maguire said: “I think the confidence and belief that I can play at this level is the main thing I got from the World Cup and hopefully I can take it now into the future.“It’s been an unbelievable two years or so for myself, but I’m still on a ladder and I still feel like I’m climbing that ladder and want to be more successful.”In what was England’s first match since the World Cup, Marcus Rashford’s opener was cancelled out by Saul Niguez before Rodrigo netted the winner just after the half-hour mark. LATEST 📝👀#Maguire2023— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 9, 2018Maguire, who Manchester United were reportedly interested in over the summer, said on Leicester’s official website: “Ever since I came to this club, I’ve always reiterated how good they’ve been to me.“They gave me an opportunity to play in the Premier League and built a great platform for me to go and perform at the World Cup, so I thank them a lot. I owe them a lot and I’m looking forward to the future.”The news of Maguire’s deal through to 2023 comes the day after he won his 13th senior cap as England lost 2-1 to Spain at Wembley in their Nations League opener. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Getty Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED The hosts thought they had equalised in stoppage time, but substitute Danny Welbeck’s effort was ruled out as the Arsenal forward was deemed to have fouled David De Gea.Maguire said: “I think it’s really harsh to give a foul. We were really unfortunate there.“You can see (against Spain) we’re actually really close to being a top team, but we’re still not there yet. There’s still improvement we need to do and we’re going to keep working hard on the training pitch and I think that’s the only way we can do it, and see where it takes us. 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST TRANSFER NEWS targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Maguire has proved a fantastic signing for Leicester “Now we’ve reached the semi-finals of a World Cup, maybe the expectations of when we go to the Euros will be a little bit higher. But if we keep working hard, keep progressing, I feel like that’s the way it should be.”England are next in action on Tuesday in a friendly against Switzerland at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.Maguire said: “It’s a great game for myself to be involved in obviously. I think it’s going to be a great experience and a great atmosphere, as it always is there.“So it’s one I’m definitely looking forward to and as a team we’ll be looking forward to.”last_img read more

Inter vs Barcelona: Live commentary stream and confirmed line-ups

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Inter Milan and Barcelona meet at the San Siro on Tuesday night knowing progression to the round-of-16 is all but guaranteedThe hosts can confirm Tottenham’s early elimination with a win after Mauricio Pochettino’s men failed to win any of their opening three games. BEST OF Messi is back sooner than anticipated Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 📋 | The team news is in!Here’s your Nerazzurri starting XI for #InterBarcelona tonight 💪#FORZAINTER ⚫️🔵 #InterIsHere #InterBarça #UCL— Inter (@Inter_en) November 6, 2018 ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED center_img 2 no dice 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Lionel Messi has returned to the Barca squad earlier than expected and could be available following a fractured arm.Centre-backs Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen remain sidelined through injury.Confirmed line-ups Latest Football News Barcelona would guarantee first place in the group with victory at the San Siro and Inter will still fancy their chances of making it through to the knockout stages should they lose.Where can I listen?You can listen to exclusive commentary of the game live on talkSPORT2, 8pm kick-off.Team newsInter midfielder Radja Nainggolan is fit again after recovering from an ankle injury. RANKED huge blow 🔵🔴 Barça XI#InterBarçaLeft out 👉 Iñaki Peña, Denis Suárez, Messi y Munir.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 6, 2018 Some of Europe’s top players will be on show at the San Siro Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more