Reducing the Hardship of the Commuting Masses, After LPRC, Commerce Ease Pain Again

first_imgThe Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), backed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has reduced once again the pump price of petroleum on the local market. This reduction means that motorists and owners of generators are paying 25 cents less for gasoline and diesel at the pump.The wholesale price of gasoline is now US$3.63, or US$3.81 at the pump, while the wholesale price of diesel is US$3.68, and US$3.86.Our Business Reporter David Yates reports that this is the third time within a month these two critical government institutions have agreed to a reduction in the prices of petroleum products.  They did not have to do it because not too many people were complaining.  So despite the decline in world prices of petroleum products, LPRC and Commerce could have continued to stack up greater profits, enhancing the financial viability of the petroleum company. In keeping prices high, LPRC could have argued that it needs the money because of the many contributions it is making to the Ebola fight.  It could have said, moreover, that additional revenues were needed to improve facilities at their Bushrod Island site and later to build their new headquarters.But instead LPRC, with the backing of the Commerce Ministry, decided to go ahead and take action where it really matters now—reducing the price of petroleum to ease the severe pain afflicting the Liberian people and nation during this Ebola crisis, when business is down, the economy has drastically slowed, resulting in scarcity of commodities and, consequently, higher prices. The only problem right now is that the public has not seen a corresponding reduction in the cost of transportation.  The owners and operators of public transport—taxies, buses and motorcycles—have refused to reduce their prices but have, instead, increased their fares across the board.An LD60 ride in Monrovia or Paynesville has been increased to LD80, sometimes LD100; while the round trip fare to Kakata is now LD250, up from LD150; and to Gbarnga LD900, an increase of LD300.  The fare to Ganta is now LD1,300, up from LD1000; while it now costs LD2,700 to travel one way to Voinjama, whereas before Ebola it was LD1,700.  The price of transportation to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County is now almost double, from LD300 to LD550, sometimes LD600.The taxi drivers are arguing that before the Ebola outbreak, they could take as many as four persons in the back seat; but under the current Ebola prevention measures, only three persons are allowed, in order to avoid touching.  The taxi drivers say they have to increase the price per passenger to “make up the loss of the fare for one seat.”We believe the Ministries of Commerce and Transport should get together and deal with this problem of increased fares when the cost of petroleum products, thanks to LPRC Managing Director T. Nelson Williams and Commerce Minister Axel Addy, is going down.  They need to do the math to determine whether the transport owners and operators’ price hike is justifiable, or what can be done to reduce the hardship on the commuting masses.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Billboard Garbage Bins Employed to Keep Monrovia Clean

first_imgA newly emerged garbage collection business, KIFALME Investment, has begun planting dual purpose trash bins along major streets including Tubman Boulevard in Monrovia.The bin has two areas, one for recycle plastics and the other for other solid wastes. The upper part is used for electronic advertisement of businesses. The company is owned and operated by two Liberian women, Laureine Guilao and Danielle Urey.In a telephone interview with Danielle on March 1, 2016, she said they came with the dream of investing in the Sanitation sector after entering an agreement with the company manufacturing the bins in China.She said they are doing the same business in Ghana and Nigeria, where the market is huge and see the potential for same in Liberia.“We discussed with the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) to help keep Monrovia clean and, with its consent, we established the business to create the condition that people will not drop trash in the street but in the bin,” Daniel said.According to her, they are working with six men hired from the Peace Island Community who collect the plastics from the bins and take them to Sethi Brothers in Jamaica Road Community, where the recycling process is done.“For the advertisement aspect, we charge according to duration of the advertisement. A business entity that advertises for a year will be charged lower rate than the person who is advertising for just a month,” she noted.She, however, said they are not anxious for profit making now but are testing the business environment to see interested customers. Moreover, Danielle stressed that their main concern is that Monrovia, being the capital, should be clean.She said views about the installation of the modern bins have given them the impression that the public is interested in such a business, and as time goes by they will extend to other parts of the country according to market demand.The modern bins can be seen in most parts of the city, especially the busy Broad Street. There are approximately two dozen of them planted along the main thoroughfare and some side streets between central Monrovia and Sinkor, stopping around 21st Street, near John F. Kennedy Medical Centre.In some locations, advertisements have already been activated on the units, blinking red on the screen above the bin.So far, the area around the bins appear clean, unlike the past when street sweepers had to be on the standby to pick up dirt dropped by pedestrians.However, some street sweepers spoken to said despite the modern bins and others being in the streets, there are still many pedestrians and motorists who continue to drop dirt on the street, arguing that sweepers are paid to clean up after them.According to the sweepers, many people add human waste to ordinary waste to dump into the other bins planted by the Monrovia City Corporation and LIBRA Sanitation.Garbage collection and control in Monrovia have been challenged over the years, by public stubbornness toward sanitation initiatives. Liberians have lived with the attitude of littering over decades, and a general belief has been developed that it is one’s right to drop trash in the street because government is responsible to keep municipalities clean.The idea that beautification could inspire cleanliness has been a hard sell in the Liberian public mindset. Though the MCC in collaboration with the erstwhile Presidential Task Force led by Mary Broh carried on some beautification works on Broad Street and posted warnings throughout downtown, littering remains habitual. However, the hybrid billboard-garbage bin provides some unique opportunities for addressing the litter problem. Because they are put on every street corner, access to at trash can is improved and hopefully people can make use of them. Also, the municipality charges for the erection of billboards, but needs help with waste management. This, among other things, creates opportunities for true partnership using solutions like these bins, where the outcomes would be mutually beneficial, even profitable. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

June 20 Community Events Pictures

first_imgThe Museum Yard Sale Fundraiser took place in front of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum.                                                                                                         Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement –                                                                                                      Two kids compete in the Red Dragon Tae Kwon Do Tournament at the Fort St. John Curling Rink.                                                                                              Picture: Amber DavyMedal Award Ceremony for the girls Tae Kwon Do sparring event. Teanna Tschetter (right) takes third, Sydney Marsh (left) comes in second, and Leigh Hedges (middle) comes in first.                                                                                                    Picture: Amber DavyDancing takes place in the Taylor Arena for the 4th Annual Spirit of the Peace Pow Wow event.                                                                                                     Picture: Amber DavyAdvertisementlast_img read more

Video: The sight Chelsea and Liverpool fans thought they would never see?

first_imgChelsea fans may be rejoicing after finally finding the striker to solve all their problems in Diego Costa, but forgotten man Fernando Torres is busy proving with AC Milan he still has the talent that made him one of the world’s most feared strikers.The Spaniard brought an end to three-and-a-half disappointing seasons at Stamford Bridge this summer by joining the Serie A giants on a two season loan and already he is looking like a man reborn.Having made a brief substitute appearance for his Milan debut in the 1-0 defeat to Juventus at the weekend, Torres got off to a flyer on his first start, netting the equaliser against Empoli with a bullet header.The match would end 2-2, but before being taken off the former Liverpool star decided to show off skills reminiscent of his best days as he totally skinned two defenders.last_img read more

Forget about quadruple bid, Guardiola tells City

first_img“Ask me this question in May. In April, May ask me that question and after I will tell you the answer. I will not lie to you,” he told reporters on Saturday.“Now it is impossible to ask about that. Kevin (De Bruyne) said perfectly the last press conference in Germany (after City’s 3-2 Champions League win over Schalke 04) — ‘next target, next game’.”Having hammered Maurizio Sarri’s troubled Chelsea 6-0 in the league two weeks ago, City will start the final as heavy favourites, but a tight Premier League title race with Liverpool and a host of top teams to get past in the Champions League, Guardiola discounted his side’s chances of winning all major four trophies in a single campaign.“How many times in England, one team wins four titles in one season?” he said.“Sir Alex Ferguson’s incredible United? He never did it. Liverpool, in the eighties, how many Champions Leagues they have in their pockets? They didn’t do it.“So don’t put the pressure on one team in February or November or December. You have to win four titles – it is impossible. In May we will see.“That is not fair on us. Try to win the next one and after in April or May we will see how is our position.”– Trophy hunters –United in 1999 remain the only English club to win the widely-accepted definition of a treble — a country’s league title and major cup competition plus the Champions League — something Guardiola accomplished with Barcelona a decade later by beating Ferguson’s Reds in the Champions League Final.City’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title would be boosted on Sunday should their closest title challengers Liverpool lose their game in hand on Sunday — at rejuvenated Manchester United.But when asked to chose which result he would prefer — a City win over Chelsea or a Liverpool defeat at Old Trafford — Guardiola shot back an instant answer.“City win! Once we are in the final, it is the most important game in the season,” he said.“Of course it would be good for us if Manchester United take a result but we have a final.“Maybe for United and Liverpool the League Cup is not important, in their cabinet of trophies, they have many titles, but it is not our case.“Retaining a title will be good and playing a final will be good and always will help us grow as a club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City have the chance to win four major trophies this season © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Pep Guardiola says he is refusing to entertain talk of Manchester City’s bid to complete an unprecedented quadruple, even if they start the process by beating Chelsea in Sunday’s League Cup Final.Victory at Wembley will would put Premier League leaders on course to win four competitions, although City manager Guardiola claims he’s not even thinking about the possibility of such a historic achievement.last_img read more

Man United star misses England training after suffering knock

first_img diamond geezer SUPERSTITION Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup World Cup latest on LU BEAUTY Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? 3 England players train for the first time in Russia 3 “He got the knock in a training game on Monday and they felt it wasn’t right for him to train in this open session.“There’s a possibility he could do some work on his own in the gym back at the hotel later on today.“But there are not major concerns about Rashford’s overall fitness heading into the first game.”The England team touched down in Russia on Tuesday.The remaining 22 members of England’s squad trained at Spartak Zelenogorsk’s stadium, where around 400 local children joined dignitaries in welcoming the team to the country.Just ten minutes away from England’s hotel in Repino, there was a large turnout from English and international media at the open training session. Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song The Three Lions stars thank supporters for their World Cup welcome ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Good times center_img Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings misery England has suffered a minor injury scare ahead of the World Cup, with Marcus Rashford missing training in Russia on Wednesday.The Manchester United starlet was set to appear in front of the media in open training on Wednesday afternoon, as the Three Lions continue their preparations for Monday’s opener against Tunisia. NO JOY Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches You’re the one Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers 3 Fallon d’Floor But he was forced to sit out of the session after suffering a knock to his knee in a training game on Monday.It is claimed there are no major concerns inside the England camp about the 20-year-old’s long-term fitness.Rashford has been tipped to star in Russia this summer, having impressed with a stunning goal in the Three Lions’ final warm-up game against Costa Rica.He was also named Man-of-the-Match in that game with a performance which underlined his claims for a startling spot in Monday’s Group G opener against Tunisia.However, it appears his hopes have received a setback after missing England’s first training session in Russia.talkSPORT’s England correspondent Nigel Adderley explained on Wednesday: “He won’t be training here today. Marcus Rashford missed England training on Wednesday last_img read more


first_imgColleagues of the man killed in yesterday’s tragic bus crash at Barnesmore Gap have paid a touching tribute to him.The Aras Mhic Shuibhne nursing home in Laghey where Max worked.Nurse Maximo Domens was killed while returning home having worked a night shift at a nursing  home in Laghey just outside Donegal Town.Today friends of the 57 year old, who had worked at the nursing home for six years, said they are simply “heartbroken” at his death. One nursing colleague at the Aras Mhic Shuibhne Nursing Home said they will find it hard to think they will never see him again.“In all my time I have never met a more caring and kind man. The residents adored him as did the staff. Today we are heartbroken.“To think that little wave this morning was to be our last. It was a privilege to have worked with Max and I have only good memories of him. God had bigger plans for this gentle gentleman. RIP our dear friend and karaoke king,” said one friend.Max was killed when his car was in collision with an Expressway Bus at Barnesmore Gap just before 8.30am. He was killed instantly and pronounce dead at the scene.Max had just completed a shift at the nursing home and was making his way home to Stranorlar.Gardai are still appealing for witnesses to the crash.COLLEAGUES PAY LOVING TRIBUTE TO TRAGIC ACCIDENT VICTIM ‘MAX’ was last modified: May 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aras Mhic Shuibhne nursing homecrashkilledLagheyMaximo Domenslast_img read more

Timing mix-up leaves man free of drink-driving charge

first_imgAn Inishowen man was cleared of drink driving in court recently after Gardaí failed to prove a time of driving prior to the arrest.Kevin Doherty, 20, from Glenkeen, Gleneely, was charged with drink driving, driving without a licence and insurance, at Carrickmaquigley, Redcastle, on January 1, 2017. He contested the charges against him, when he appeared before Carndonagh District Court .After hearing evidence, Judge Paul Kelly convicted Mr. Doherty of having no insurance, but cleared him of drink driving.Garda Stephen Canning told the court that on Sunday, January 1, 2017, he was on mobile patrol in Redcastle with Sgt. Sean McDaid when they saw a red van parked up at Carrickmaquigley.He said 50 yards from the van he saw three young men standing at the bottom of a driveway.“Given the location and the time of night, I believed it was unusual for the three men to be there – I believed it was worth addressing so I spoke with them,” Gda. Canning said.“I also noted that their clothing was dry even though it had been raining heavily so I believed they had come from the red van, parked nearby.”Gda. Canning said the young men were ‘evasive’ and failed to account for their presence in Redcastle.“I considered they may be up to illegal activity but this was not the case,” Gda. Canning said.The Moville based garda said at 2.01am Kevin Doherty identified himself as the driver of the van.“He said it was his father’s van, which they had taken without his father’s consent, and they took it to that location as they were attending a nearby disco,” Gda. Canning said.“He said he had no licence or insurance and admitted having two or three pints earlier.”Gda. Canning said Doherty failed the roadside breath test and was arrested and taken to Buncrana Garda Station at 2.40am, where he was processed for drink driving.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian raised concerns that Gda. Canning didn’t caution Mr. Doherty before questioning him about who was driving or who was drinking.He also argued there was no time of driving given in court. He said the prosecution for drink driving must fail without this piece of evidence.“As well as this, he did not caution Mr. Doherty before he had questioned him,” said Mr. Dorrian.“If Garda Canning had not asked the questions there would never have been a prosecution – without the question he doesn’t have the evidence,” he added.Gda. Canning said he was just carrying out enquires with the three young men.Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle accepted there was no precise time of driving given. However he said he was satisfied that it was within three hours of being questioned as it was a very wet night and they were dry.Judge Paul Kelly said Gda. Canning was entitled to carry out enquiries to find out who was driving. However, he said having done that he should have cautioned Mr. Doherty regarding the drink driving charge.“Also, there is no time of driving given,” said Judge Kelly.“They could have been sitting in the van for some time before the guards arrived. We don’t know.”Judge Kelly said he would dismiss the drink driving charge but asserted that Doherty has a case to meet on the licence and no insurance charge.Mr. Dorrian said his client has no previous convictions and works fulltime as a plasterer in Dublin, earning €100 per day. He said the Gleneely man hopes to get a licence.He asked Judge Kelly not to ban him for having no insurance as it was his first offence.Judge Kelly fined Doherty €300 for having no insurance and took the no licence charge into consideration. He agreed not to disqualify him on this occasion, however he warned Doherty that he was ‘very fortunate’.Timing mix-up leaves man free of drink-driving charge was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 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:clearedcourtdrink drivingGardaiGleneelyInishowenlast_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 0 Walsall 1

first_imgBrentford boss Dean Smith faced an FA Cup exit at the hands of his former club after Sam Mantom gave the visitors the lead at the break.Mantom was given too much space as he bore down on the Brentford penalty area and the Walsall midfielder clipped a left-footed shot beyond home keeper David Button.That sparked ironic chants of “sacked in the morning” from the Saddlers fans, aimed at their old manager, and in truth the League One side looked at home against their Championship opponents.Neither goalkeeper had been tested until the goal, however, with Brentford’s Harlee Dean heading a corner wide and at the other end Mantom scuffing a shot when well-placed.But he made amends by putting Walsall in front and former Chelsea youngster Milan Lalkovic went close to a second with a curling effort which dropped just wide of the far post.Alan McCormack had Brentford’s only shot on goal just before half-time, but it was comfortably gathered by ex-Fulham keeper Neil Etheridge.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Dean, O’Connell, Bidwell; McCormack, McEachran; Canos, Woods, Swift; Hofmann.Subs: Bonham, Barbet, Kerschbaumer, Gogia, Saunders, Judge, Djuricin.Walsall: Etheridge; O’Connor, Downing, Evans, Henry; Sawyers, Chambers, Mantom, Kinsella; Lalkovic, Bradshaw.Subs: MacGillivray, Taylor, Forde, Preston, Flanagan, Morris, Cook.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ateeq shifted to Sabarmati jail in Gujarat

first_imgFormer Uttar Pradesh MP and strongman Ateeq Ahmad was Monday transferred to high-security Sabarmati central jail here in Gujarat from the Naini jail in Uttar Pradesh on directions of the Supreme Court, an official said. Ahmad was brought to Ahmedabad from Varanasi on a flight in the morning, they said. Ahmad’s son Umar, who was also on the flight, said: “My father was brought here through a flight from Varanasi. He was taken to Sabarmati jail from the airport.” In April, the Supreme Court had ordered shifting of of the former MP to the Sabarmati jail from the Naini central jail where he was lodged for kidnapping and assaulting a businessman in the Deoria prison. The SC order came after businessman Mohit Jaiswal had filed an FIR in December last year alleging that he was kidnapped from Lucknow and taken to the prison where he was assaulted by the jailed don and his aides and was forced to transfer his business to them.last_img read more