Public Works Pens Contract on Ganta/Harper Road Pavement Construction Time: 2 Years

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Public Works have signed a US$42.7 million contract with a Chinese company for the pavement of phase one of the Fish Town-Harper Road Project,  funded by the government of Liberia and the African Development Bank.Senior officials of the Public Works Ministry disclosed that the China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group Company Limited is to pave the 50 kilometer road from Harper City to Karloken in Maryland County.The Public Works executives also intimated that the contract value is a little over US$42.7 Million dollars and the actual construction period is two years with one year of defects liability.During the signing ceremony, newly appointed Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore admonished the contractor to take into consideration the triplet issues of quality, durability and value for money.He said that the road to be constructed is significant in the socio-economic development of the country, particularly southeastern Liberia, and as such the Ministry would ensure that the contractor does quality work. Monitoring and supervision will be prioritized at all stages of the project, Minister Moore added.The Public Works boss also noted that his leadership is aware of the challenges ahead and will ensure integrity in the contract awarding process at the Ministry and that quality products result from that process.He thanked his predecessors, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods and outgoing Minister Dr. Antoinette Weeks for their leadership and influence on the project MPW team as they worked with the ADB and contractor in ensuring that the project became a reality.He acknowledged the presence of the Chinese Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission at the signing ceremony.Minister Moore noted that as a result of the Ebola virus, most foreign companies fled the country but the partnership with the government and people of China has remained strong.  He   pledged to continue this strong relationship while serving at the Ministry of Public Works.The partnership with the government and people of China and Chinese companies coming here to do business is a solid manifestation of sustained bilateral cooperation.Minister Moore also thanked Dr. Margaret Kilo of the AFDB for her excellent leadership and the Ministry’s project team for their commitment and hard work over the years as it relates to the project’s documentation and implementation.“For the people of Liberia the best way to improve our country is to enhance improvement of these things that we call economic multipliers—power, roads, telecommunication; in effect the infrastructure.  These development initiatives make it easier for business people to do business; for goods to move across the country,” Minister Moore asserted.“We have been concerned about the southeast; that every rainy season this part of the country gets cut-off,” Minister Moore lamented. “The prices of goods and services go up; escalating poverty in places that are already economically depressed.  We are, therefore, very happy that this project can now start,” he declared.Speaking to the contractor, the Minister stressed that MPW staff believed that China Railway Number five (5) Engineering Group Company winning a contract from a multilateral financing agency is a prestigious thing.Speaking on behalf of China Railway No.5 Group Company,  Mr. Hao Tingkui, country Representative said that as a construction company they were happy to be in Liberia and deliver to the Liberian people a high quality road at the end of the project.Mr. Tingkui said his company will concentrate on every technical detail so that they may do a good job that will be long-lasting and meaningful.The Chinese company country representative said his company won the international competitive bidding for phase-1 of the Fish Town-Harper Road not just because of its lowest bidder status as compared to other competitors but primarily to the company’s long track record of undertaking large infrastructure and delivering high quality works to the clients.The Fish Town-Harper road is 130 Kilometers in total and is part of the missing link on the Mano River Regional Connection; a subsidiary of the Trans-West Africa Coastal Highway System.It connects Conakry-Freetown-Monrovia-Abidjan. Locally, the corridor forms part of the key 510 Kilometer highway between Ganta-Harper linking four southeastern counties.This project is in line with the Government of Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation’s pillar on infrastructure restoration and the implementation of the road sector strategy which entails linking all county capitals with paved roads.According to the contract, the nature of work to be executed include cement pavement, drainage improvements, putting into place erosion control measures, safety improvements including reflectorized pavement markers to aid nighttime driving, and construction of sidewalks, curb and gutters through towns along the route.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Menjay Advises Nursing Graduates, President-elect Weah

first_imgRev. Menjay delivers his Sermon at Sunday’s Baccalaureate ceremony.The Principal of Ricks Institute and President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Education Convection, Reverend Olu Q. Menjay, on Sunday warned President-elect George Weah and members of the incoming government not to lead for themselves, but for the betterment of the country and its citizens, because they are the ones that elected them.Rev. Menjay’s advice was contained in a sermon he delivered on Sunday, January 7 at the Baccalaureate Service of the 14th Commencement Convocation of the  United Methodist University (UMU).Menjay observed that 70 percent of the population voted for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah and his Vice President, Jewel Howard Taylor,  “because they want positive changes that would eventually take them from poverty woes as they suffered during past regimes.”The CDC-led government, he said, should be able to give Liberians the change they have yearned for over the past 12 years to improve their living condition.According to Menjay, it is sinful in the site of God for elected leaders to think of themselves, rather than improving the welfare of the people they lead, because the grace of God is important for every earthly administration.Rev. Menjay recalled how early Christian leaders led their flocks, and therefore, those coming into leadership positions today should lead with the measure of faith and by good examples through their God given skills to convince others to join them; not to be asking for legislation that will make Liberia a Christian nation.“Don’t legislate your faith,” he warned.Menjay said every citizen has a place in contemporary Liberia, adding, “no one has the ability or passion to explore God given talents within any given society.””Use wisely the skills God has given you, because it will become useless if you overused them, and will also become useless if you did not perform to the best of the expectations. So, you need to reflect on your God given talents to improve the country,” Menjay emphasized.To the graduates, he called on them to prepare themselves for difficulties ahead of each of them, “because a person who refuses to think is lifeless.”He advised them to think with good judgment, and develop concepts that will move the country forward.“There are many bogus degrees in Liberia, because Liberian employers consider person with a degree without carefully looking at the skills that are found within an individual who does not hold a degree,” he said.Rev. Menjay then encouraged the graduates to think critically, because many Liberian students lack substance and judgments that would put them on the right societal trajectory.Johnson N. Gwaikolo, UMU president, cautioned the graduates to walk with their heads held high, because they have done well in their education sojourn, which the school sees as the reason to confer a degree on each of them.Francis Kpoleh, a 22-year old graduate from the Nursing Department, expressed how grateful she was for the level of education the UMU is offering to prospective nurses that have enrolled at the school.Nursing students at Sunday’s occasionMs Kpoleh said UMU is working hard to ensure that the country produces qualified nurses that will fill in the gaps in the health sector.“UMU is not only producing nurses, but qualified ones that would upgrade the country’s health sector. With such quality nurses that UMU is training, we will not allow our compatriots to go to Ghana or any foreign land for treatment, because we will be here to respond to the health issues in the shortest given time,” Ms Kpoleh proudly boasted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sophia neighbour row ends in murder

first_imgA 46-year-old father of three is now dead after he was stabbed during an argument with his neighbour at B Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown late Monday evening.According to reports, Roy Beckles, called “Trevor”, had just returned from work at about 18:00h and found his common-law wife in an intense argument with his neighbour. He intervened and was subsequently attacked by the man, who armed himself with a knife and a cutlass.Dead: Roy BecklesBeckles received a single stab wound and died while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital. The suspect fled the scene and is still on the run. A wanted bulletin has since been issued for the suspect, Troy Tasho, called “19”.The dead man’s daughter, Youlanda Beckles, said she was in another area of Sophia when she was informed of the incident. “My cousin come running to me and said your father just get bore up and dead and I end up at Georgetown Hospital and there was my father lying on the stretcher with a big puncture on he shoulder,” she related.Wanted: Troy TashoShe related that the family was informed that the incident occurred while her step-mother was arguing with the suspect. “My father do some work with the man and he didn’t want to pay he the right money and my father didn’t say anything but is every day she (the step-mother) does be cussing the people and this is the result,” the distraught woman said.The younger Beckles related that the family was told that when her father went home on Monday, he attempted to defuse the situation when the physical confrontation began.“After he juk he, they pick he up and rush he to the hospital but the man (suspect) already get away before the Police could come,” she added.Commander of C Division (East Coast Demerara), Calvin Brutus on Tuesday told Guyana Times that Police have searched several locations for the suspect but is yet to apprehend him.The girlfriend of the suspect, who did not give her name, related that she was inside of their house when the incident occurred. However, she said that she heard the dead man’s wife and her boyfriend arguing for over an hour. She added that they would constantly argue over some money that was owed to the elder Beckles. The woman added that her daughter informed her that the neighbour’s wife started to hurl bottles and stones in the direction of the suspect and that was when he armed himself and proceeded to confront the woman. She further stated that the dead man intervened, on his wife’s behalf, and he was subsequently stabbed. The body of the dead man is at the Georgetown Public Hospital morgue awaiting a post-mortem examination expected to be conducted today. The Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Obeah, witchcraft, attempted suicide offences for judicial review

first_imgThe Attorney General’s Chambers has announced proposals to review the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act after Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams and his team met with UK consultant Peter Pursglove, who is here under the Support for the Criminal Justice System Programme (SCJSP).UK consultant Peter PursgloveAccording to a release from the Legal Affairs Ministry on Monday, Pursglove’s proposed amendments will include the decriminalisation of some current offences and the recommendation of alternatives to imprisonment in respect of certain summary offences, especially minor and non-violent crimes.The AG’s statement has indicated that crimes such as vagabondage, vagrancy, obeah, witchcraft, roguery, criminal defamation and attempted suicide are decriminalised in other countries, and such changes have not impacted negatively on public safety. It is not clear if public consultations will be carried out to determine whether or not to effect these legal changes. However, the AG’s Chambers has said these activities are intended to impact the Criminal Justice System by increasing the use of Alternative Sentencing in the Criminal Justice System.Attorney General Basil WilliamsIt was outlined that objectives will be achieved through both amendments to existing legislation and the drafting of entirely new legislation. The statement further observed that many of these referenced offences carry a sentence of imprisonment for persons found guilty.“In such cases, decriminalising the behaviour and dealing with it outside the criminal law has not resulted in any negative impact on public safety. Other offences may no longer warrant the imposition of a sentence of imprisonment, and may now be dealt with by way of fine or other non-custodial sanctions,” the AG’s Chambers noted.The Attorney General was quoted as saying that a prison sentence is usually an inappropriate sanction, especially for non-violent, minor offences. He said various alternatives have been implemented in other jurisdictions; such as bail, seizure of travel documents, periodic reporting to Police or other authorities, electronic monitoring or curfews, and conditional and suspended sentences.last_img read more

Big Bam to open on Boxing Day

first_imgThe Big Bam Ski Hill is set to open on Boxing Day, after a 12-year absence.Volunteers have been working their tails off to prepare for next week’s opening, and to turn the Taylor hill into a family-friendly ski destination.Organizers have brought in a brand-new lift from Europe that will carry 400 people per hour, 750 feet up the hill.  They have also just purchased a second lift that will come into operation next season.- Advertisement -Spokesperson Duane Brooks says Big Bam will be an open-concept hill, where riders will be able to choose their own route down.  There will be a terrain park, and more difficult slopes on offer.  Anyone looking for a bigger challenge, can hike a little further uphill from the lift’s unload area, and enjoy more pristine runs.It’s taken a big effort to get the hill ready for operations, but Brooks says, thanks to the hard work of countless people, things are falling into place. [asset|aid=2291|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d82625ce64f9333b62258edab4be252a-Duane-1_1_Pub.mp3]More volunteers are needed, and Brooks says that runs from general labourers, to ski-patrollers and first-aid staff, to lifties, to chalet and pro-shop staff.Advertisement Brooks also says he has a long list of companies and individuals who have contributed time and materials to get the hill running.  For the terrain park alone, Rona, Highland industries, and Patchpoint all donated time and materials.  Jesper’s Welding also worked hard to set up the rails, and Brooks says the terrain park will be a big part of drawing snowboarders to the hill.  He also singles out the NPSS Oscars Football club, for donating a building for the pro-shop, and Telus for donating the tow shack.The first day of skiing at Big Bam is set for December 26th, while the formal Grand Opening is scheduled for January 2nd.At first, Big Bam will only be open on weekends, from 10-4.  But, the hill will soon add night skiing, and at that point, Big Bam will also be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 7-10 p.m.If convenience isn’t enough, the prices are sure to keep skiers in the region.  Big Bam will offer family seasons passes for $450 per season.  Single seasons passes cost $250 for adults, and $150 for youths.   Single day passes cost just $20 for adults and $15 for youths.  Half-day rates are also available, and will include the night-skiing.Advertisement *** The opening of Big Bam has now been delayed until Jan. 2.  For more information, click here.last_img read more

Basketball championship to be decided in final game

first_imgThe North Peace Secondary boys were unable to close out the North Central Zone Championship tournament.Saturday at noon, the North Peace boys lost to Prince George Secondary by a score of 69-63. A victory would have seen North Peace win the entire tournament, but since it follows a double elimination format, the two teams will meet again Saturday night, to determine the winner of the Championship.Prince George lead for the majority of the game, entering every quarter ahead on the scoreboard. – Advertisement -With Prince George ahead by two in the fourth quarter, four consecutive three point baskets gave them the lead necessary to close out the game with the win.North Peace Secondary didn’t just suffer a loss on the scoreboard. Three minutes in to the second quarter, Brennan Ekalnd went down with a serious knee injury. After spending much of time on the ground, he was carried out in an obvious amount of pain and was taken to the hospital. The championship deciding game between Prince George and North Peace will take place Saturday evening at 6 p.m. in the main gym at North Peace Secondary School.  Advertisementlast_img read more

St Michael’s U16’s face Milford in championship clash this weekend

first_imgJazz and BluesMany thanks to everyone who helped out at The Bridge last weekend during the Jazz and Blues festival. The feedback and comments from those that stayed with us were all very positive. Thanks to everyone.St. Michael’s Mini Lotto There was no jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last.  The numbers drawn were 1,5,10,11,18,20.  The Match 5 winners were Adam Barr Strabane and Aoife and Maisie McCann Hornhead.  This weeks Jackpot be €2550.The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .St. Michael’s Bingo Session The €100 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was won by Mary Cullen Kill Dunfanaghy, the €100 on the 10th Game was won by Evelyn Toye Grogagh Creeslough.Every house New Car if you check on 45 Numbers or less with the Lucky number in the Panel and also called in the first five numbers of that game.The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins.  In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €2550. The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.This Months 50 Club Winners were: €65 Grace Ann O’Doherty Greenhill Dunfanaghy, €35 Shaun Breslin Drimnaraw, €25 May Cox Ards.SOS for Photographs! Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ie Please spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!! All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone. Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor Board U8s & U 10 s U8s and U10s  are hosting a blitz at the  Bridge on Saturday September 17th at 11.30 am with Downings and Cloughaneely.  No bus as most parents will be in attendance. Sandwiches and home baking would be greatly appreciated. Training continues as usual on Thursday evening 6-7pm. Bus leaving Creeslough 5.45pm; €3 for bus please.U13s The boys play at home to Glenswilly Bon Friday September 16 th@7pm . Come along and support the boys.U16s Under16’s were scheduled to play Convoy at the Bridge last Tuesday evening. On Sunday evening, September 18th they are away to Milford in a Championship game with throw in at 5.30pm.All support would be greatly appreciated. Next game then for the boys is scheduled away to Fanad on Sunday September 25th.RegistrationAnyone still wishing to register/pay outstanding monies please contact either Suzi on 0872849214 or Anne Marie on 0879454107 ASAP.Parish League BookletAnyone who wishes to receive a Parish League Booklet can contact Margaret Ann on 0876207919.Also some league champions 2015 booklets still available.St Michael’s U16’s face Milford in championship clash this weekend was last modified: September 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportSt MichaelsU16’slast_img read more

NORTH WEST 10K ORGANISERS APPEAL TO PEOPLE TO REGISTER EARLY – AND GET A FREE T-SHIRT!

first_imgThe North West 10k is sponsored by Donegal Daily and Brian McCormick SportsWith up to 3,000 walkers and runners set for the North West 10K organisers are hoping that it’s not a last-minute stampede to enter.The event, which takes place on the streets of Letterkenny on Sunday, May 5th, promises to be another huge success.Three charities – the Donegal Mountain Rescue, the Friends of Letterkenny Hospital and SNAP (Special Needs Park) – will all receive a timely funding boost as a result of the event. Organisers are opening an early registration portacabin which will be located at the Letterkenny Community Centre.The first 2,500 walkers and runners will receive a fabulous Donegal Daily/Brian McCormick t-shirt to mark the occasion and hopefully wear on the day.The portacabin will be open from April 29th from 6-8pm each evening and on Saturday from 2-6pm.Anyone considering entering is asked to get along early to get their race number and t-shirt. And take it from us – the t-shirts are worth getting your hands on! NORTH WEST 10K ORGANISERS APPEAL TO PEOPLE TO REGISTER EARLY – AND GET A FREE T-SHIRT! was last modified: April 24th, 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:North West 10kregistrationlast_img read more

Iran tries some damage control

first_img Talks collapsed in August after Tehran rejected an incentives package in return for permanently ending uranium enrichment, which it voluntarily suspended in 2004 under a deal with the Europeans. Larijani sent letters to the embassies of the three countries and called “for constructive and logical negotiations in the framework of respective conventions and regulations of International Atomic Energy Agency,” IRNA said. He also reiterated Iran’s right to continue its nuclear activities in line with international treaties, such as the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Iran got a boost from traditional ally India, which said Sunday it might vote against an IAEA resolution that is more critical of Tehran. India shocked Iran by joining the United States, Britain and other nations in backing the IAEA resolution in September. But India Foreign Minister K. Natwar Singh said Sunday that if a more critical resolution is put forward, “my recommendation to the government will be to revise our vote.” Also Sunday, Ahmadinejad told visiting Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi that Tehran supports Iraq’s territorial integrity and believes a powerful government in Baghdad is in Iran’s interests. He also called for expediting the construction of an oil pipeline and railway between the once-bitter enemies. “The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that establishing peace and security in Iraq requires having a powerful government with popular support more than anything else,” Ahmadinejad was quoted on television as telling Chalabi. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEHRAN, Iran – Facing continued criticism for its president’s call for Israel’s destruction, Iran launched a charm offensive Sunday by proposing resumed nuclear talks with Europe, saying it allowed U.N. inspectors to visit a sensitive military facility and pledging to boost relations with former enemy Iraq. Still, Tehran’s diplomatic spat with Italy over the anti-Israel remarks worsened, with Rome warning Iran it risked isolating itself from the international community by denying the “right to exist to another state and other people.” Hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent call for Israel to be “wiped off the map” has increased international pressure against Iran. It also overshadows a crucial Nov. 24 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors, which threatens to refer Tehran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. On Sunday, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, tried some damage control, calling for resumed negotiations on the program with Britain, Germany and France, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. last_img read more

Goodness! Barclay Goodrow scores OT goal, sends Sharks to second round

first_imgSAN JOSE — An unforgettable game to decide an extraordinary playoff series came down to one moment Tuesday night.Barclay Goodrow scored with 1:41 left in the first overtime to give the Sharks a wild 5-4 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in the decisive Game 7 of their opening round series at SAP Center.Erik Karlsson glided over the Golden Knights’ blue line and fed Goodrow, who took the pass on his backhand, skated around Brayden McNabb, moved the puck to his forehand and beat Marc-Andre …last_img read more