MOT, MOCI Mute over Transport Fares

first_imgFor the fifth time in Monrovia and its environs, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians continue to endure hardship under mute attitudes of Ministries of Transport and Commerce & Industry.Transportation fares for all destinations in Monrovia and its environs remain perpetually unregulated despite announcement by Ministry of Transport that fares were being dropped due to reduction in prices of gasoline and fuel.The so-called reduction, as far as the prevailing situation is concerned, has not been enforced by the regulatory agencies of the government.Despite the repeated and persistent outcries of the commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians in the hands of unscrupulous commercial drivers, the Transport, Commerce and Industries Ministries remain resolutely mute over the situation.Sadly, commercial drivers have for the past six weeks deliberately refused to accept the reduced transport fares for Monrovia and its immediate environs announced by the Transport, Commerce and Industry Ministries.Reductions in the pump price of petroleum products, however, was effected by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) owing to sharp declines in the global sale of petroleum products.Interestingly, repeated and consistent stern warnings from the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Transport with regards to hikes in transport fares have fallen on deaf ears and commercial drivers continue to exhibit defiance.In addition, as a result of the defiant attitudes of the commercial drivers and other public service transport providers, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians are seen stranded at several street corners and other bus stations in desperations and anger.Despite the massive waves of public outcries, shock, indignation and unwavering sentiments against the acute shortage of public transport for about 12 years now, the government continues to downplay Liberians’ grievances. “We will continue to defy and ignore all the warnings from the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry, because we were not consulted prior to the transport fare reductions in Monrovia,” Drivers at Bob Taylor’s Junction shouted out loudly.Many of the disenchanted and defiant commercial drivers in their 30s and 40s called on the government to reconsider some of the penalties associated with the transport fares’ violations in Monrovia and its environs.In separate interviews with some affected commuters in the three commercially driven communities, they underscored urgent need for swift intervention of the two ministries.Commuter Harris B. Konuwah, 48, said the ministries concerned should swiftly mustered the courage and fortitude to enforce transport fares’ regulations without fear and favor in Monrovia and its environs.“I mean, the big men business must be stopped and commercial drivers violating the transport fare regulations should be dealt with harshly without favor,” Mr. Konuwah stressed.Madam Elizabeth B. Marshall, 45, said she was really disappointed with those two ministries for lack of commitment to enforce transport fare regulations in Monrovia.“I wish to advise the Ministers of Commerce, Transport and Industry to herewith stop issuing empty regulations that lack the practical instruments to enforce same to all categories of Liberians,” Madam Marshall cautioned.She stressed the need for the two ministries to graduate from sugar-coated utterances that have no iota and element of practical realities considering the defiant attitudes of the commercial drivers.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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UMU Commences Graduate Programs

first_imgThe United Methodist University (UMU) on Wednesday officially announced the commencement of a graduate program in theological studies beginning second semester 2014/2015.The commencement of the program is a precedent set by the university, “because many other graduate programs are in the pipeline to be introduced, the dean of the graduate program, Rev. Dr. Yatta Roslyn Young, disclosed. She further indicated that the United Methodist Church (UMC) has been long in the vanguard of providing theological education in Liberia. The program started several decades ago by the UMC-run Gbarnga School of Theology (now College of Theology). The college was established in 1959 to train indigenous ministers of the Gospel to take over the leadership of the church from Western missionaries. Since then, Rev. Young said, the college has been offering diplomas and undergraduate degrees in general theology, with hundreds of graduates desiring to pursue post graduate studies in theology.“We thank God for endowing our leaders with the vision and giving them the inner tenacity to expand our learning space by adding yet another facility of learning to the academic programs presently being offered at the UMU,” Rev. Dr. Young asserted.She said that the program is the culmination of the concerted efforts of UMU and its Board of Trustees.“Though it was a tough road to travel, I’m happy and honored to inform the general public that the UMU has been granted a permanent permit by authorities of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) to offer the Master of Divinity degree (M.Div),” Dr. Young averred.According to her, as a university, they are convinced that considering their enviable record and experience over the years, no other time is appropriate than now to proceed with the graduate program in theology. By that, she assured prospective students that UMU is fully prepared and equipped with the requisite staff and facilities to offer the program. “This is because we are committed to being nothing less than what we have always been,” she declared.In brief remarks, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, UMC Resident Bishop of Liberia and Chairman of the UMU Board of Trustees, said the Methodist Church has played a major role in the educational sector of this country since the 1830s. This began with the College of West Africa (CWA) in 1839. Bishop Innis said the inclusion of other academic programs at the university is paramount to the country, because education is paramount to the mission of the Methodists, which calls for the church to make disciples for Jesus Christ.According to him, the university’s administration and Board of Trustees have been working assiduously to ensure that the graduate program commences according to schedule.The church, he said, takes pride in giving quality education to Liberians as well as developing minds through study and discipline.“The UMC wants to liberate Liberians from spiritual darkness to light,” Bishop Innis declared.The purpose of education is not only to intellectualize, but also to share with others what the teachers acquired over the years, 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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Atletico, Barca set up title decider

first_imgThe Catalans will be champions with a win next Sunday thanks to a better head-to-head record.Real Madrid’s challenge is over, though, as they were beaten 2-0 away to Celta Vigo.Atletico wasted the chance to seal their first title in 18 years at home as a win allied with Barca dropping points would have handed them the championship.Atletico fell behind 25 minutes from time as Samuel headed into an empty net after lobbing Thibaut Courtois, but Toby Alderweireld’s header nine minutes later did at least salvage their unbeaten home record in the league this season.“I am not disappointed because the players gave everything to win the match,” said Simeone.“If you had told us at the start of the season that we would play the last game in the Camp Nou with a three point advantage over Barca no one would have believed it.“Now, like in every final, there is a 50-50 chance for both teams.”Without the injured Diego Costa up front, Simeone paired Raul Garcia and David Villa in the Atletico attack and the two nearly combined for the opener on 12 minutes when Villa raced onto Garcia’s flick-on but saw his side-footed effort clip the crossbar on its way over.Malaga’s had to wait until the hour mark for their first clear chance when Roque Santa Cruz latched onto Samuel’s pass but Courtois raced off his line to make a vital save low to his left.The visitors did go in front five minutes later as this time Courtois was lobbed by Samuel as he left his area and the midfielder headed into an empty net.– Caballero denies Atletico the title –Malaga could even have been further in front when Ignacio Camacho headed over from point-blank range and that miss was to prove crucial as Atletico rallied in the final quarter.Willy Caballero made a fine one hand save to deny Villa once more, but from the resulting corner Alderweireld headed into the far corner.Malaga had to see out the final few minutes with 10 men as Marcos Angeleri was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Diego Ribas and Jose Sosa sent the resulting free-kick inches wide.Caballero had to make one more flying save from Adrian Lopez deep into stoppage time to ensure that the title race will go down to the final weekend.Barcelona, meanwhile, were held by a side battling relegation for the second time in as many games as they couldn’t find a way past Manu Herrera in the Elche goal.However, defender Javier Mascherano said Barca are delighted just to still be in the race with one game to go.“It is going to be a great week in the build-up to the game. For some of us it could be our last game with Barca so it would be a very nice way to say goodbye,” said the Argentine.“Obviously only one result is good enough for us and two for them, but if you had asked us a week ago we would definitely have settled for this.“We tried in every way today but we weren’t precise. We can look ourselves in the eye and have nothing to beat ourselves up about with this performance.”Andres Iniesta was captaining the side for the day on his 30th birthday and came within inches of opening the scoring when he thundered a volley off the bar early on.Lionel Messi had Barca’s best chance three minutes into the second period as he cut inside onto his favoured left foot, but again Herrera stood up well to block the ball to safety.Real’s stumbling end to the campaign also continued as without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale they succumbed to two goals from Charles to leave them five points off the top in third.“It is true that in the last three games we have not done things well,” said Real boss Carlo Ancelotti who added his team may have been distracted by the Champions League final.“Since the semi-final our intensity has dropped and we have paid heavily for it. Now we have to look at what we have done wrong and recover our energy and players for the final.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, May 12- Atletico Madrid will travel to face Barcelona next weekend with La Liga title on the line after both sides were held to draws on Sunday.Barcelona could only draw 0-0 at Elche but Atletico were held 1-1 at home by Malaga, and so Barca still trail Diego Simeone’s side by three points with a game to go.last_img read more

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Monaco through, Ajax dumped out

first_imgFrank de Boer’s men let a two-goal lead slip at the Ersnt-Happel Stadion last week and the visitors — seemingly buoyed by that comeback — started where they left off last week.Slovenian international Robert Beric — the scorer of Rapid’s equaliser in the first leg — tormented Ajax again as he put the Austrian side in front after 12 minutes before Louis Schaub doubled their lead before half-time.Ajax, who had reached the group stages in each of the last four seasons, hauled themselves back into the match and levelled the aggregate scores at 4-4 thanks to goals by Polish international Arkadiusz Milik and Serbian midfielder Nemanja Gudelj.But just as the tie seemed set for extra time, Rapid Vienna — who last reached the Champions League group stages in the 2005/06 season — struck a decisive blow after 77 minutes via Schaub’s second goal of the night.Rapid progress to the play-off round after a 5-4 aggregate victory.Last season’s quarter-finalists Monaco are into the play-off round after a thumping 4-0 second-leg win over Swiss side Young Boys.The Ligue 1 side — who reached the 2004 final where they were beaten by Portuguese giants Porto — were already 3-1 up from last week’s first leg in Bern and finished the job handsomely at the Stade Louis II thanks to a blistering second-half display.Monaco’s Italian forward Stephan El Shaarawy celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round second leg football match between AS Monaco vs BSC Young Boys on August 4, 2015 at the Louis II Stadium in. PHOTO/AFPYoung Boys, who were semi-finalists of the European Cup back in 1958/59, retained some hope of getting back into the tie with the second leg goalless at half-time.But Monaco — third in Ligue 1 last season — struck four times in 23 devastating second-half minutes to inflict a crushing 7-1 aggregate defeat on the Swiss capital club.Ivan Cavaleiro — a big-money summer arrival from Portuguese champions Benfica — curled in a superb opener after 54 minutes before further goals from Layvin Kurzawa, Anthony Martial and another new signing Stephan El Shaarawy saw Monaco run riot.Meanwhile, Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb survived a thrilling comeback by Norwegian side Molde to progress on away goals after a 3-3 second-leg draw.With the tie level after a 1-1 draw in Zagreb last week, the visitors looked to be out of sight after scoring three goals in the opening 22 minutes at the Molde Stadion.But the Norwegian champions hit back with three second-half goals to leave Zagreb hanging on, but the hosts couldn’t get the fourth goal that would have put them through at the visitors’ expense.Cypriot champions APOEL remain on course for a second successive appearance in the group stages despite a 1-0 second-leg loss to Danish champions FC Midtjylland.The Cypriots were beaten by Erik Sviatchenko’s early goal in Nicosia but progressed on away goals after a 2-1 first-leg success last week.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ajax Amsterdam’s Dutch striker Anwar El Ghazi (2nd-R) challenges Rapid Wien’s Slovakian goalkeeper Jan Novota (2nd-L) during the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round football match at the Amsterdam Arena on August 4, 2015. PHOTO/AFPPARIS, August 5- Four-time European champions Ajax have been eliminated at the third qualifying round stage of the Champions League after a humiliating 3-2 second-leg defeat to Rapid Vienna on Tuesday as Monaco advanced with a 4-0 win over Swiss side Young Boys.After a 2-2 first-leg draw in the Austrian capital last week, Ajax were strong favourites to progress to the play-off round, but they suffered a torturous night at the Amsterdam Arena.last_img read more

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I won’t poach Dortmund stars- Klopp

first_imgHowever, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke dismissed suggestions over the weekend Klopp would approach players without the club’s consent.Klopp has now too dismissed speculation he could raid his former club, claiming he needs time to assess the players already at Liverpool.“I have no intention whatsoever to lure Dortmund’s stars to Liverpool,” Klopp told German publication Bild. “I am not interested in how much money I will be allowed to spend in January.“It is only October and I don’t even know how many games there are left until the winter.“But we clearly have plenty of games left and we will be taking a look at our own players first.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as new Liverpool manager last week. PHOTO/Liverpool FCLONDON, October 12- New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has allayed fears he will move to sign several players from former club Borussia Dortmund.The enigmatic German was announced as the new Reds manager at the end of last week, sparking rumours of potential transfer moves for Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan amongst others.last_img read more

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Surprise signing? Liverpool’s £25m man will be ‘fantastic’ reveals Saints legend

first_imgSouthampton’s former youth academy chief coach Jason Dodd has praised Liverpool’s £25m summer acquisition and revealed his surprise Adam Lallana didn’t make a move earlier.“Adam Lallana will be fantastic,” Dodd, who played over 400 games for Southampton between 1989 and 2005, told talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast. “I was surprised he wasn’t picked up earlier [by another club], when I knew he was available to go.Former defender Dodd also spent seven years as a first team coach at St Mary’s and director of Southampton’s youth academy, giving him a unique insight into Lallana’s development.“Adam’s got so much,” he informed talkSPORT. “I’m just disappointed for him, picking up that injury, because he had very few injuries when he was at Southampton, and I’m sure that he wanted to play in today’s game [against Saints, at Anfield].”Click here to see why Dodd believes Rickie Lambert will bang in the goals for Liverpool.Liverpool v Southampton is live on talkSPORT on Sunday 17 August 2014. Click here for live coverage detailslast_img read more

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A welcome breeze during 5 stifling weeks in West Bank

first_imgOur taxi eventually stops at the rear of a long line of vehicles near the village of Annab. Some days, traffic at the Annab checkpoint flows smoothly. Other times, the movement of cars resembles the trickle of water from a spent canteen. We encounter the latter. Men younger than 35 are being turned back at the checkpoint. Our progress is maddeningly slow. Frustrated drivers cut in line, making the scene more chaotic. Each time our taxi rolls forward, I feel a jolt of optimism – at least for a moment. Then the vehicle stops several paces ahead to return me to reality. After an hour of this with no relief in sight, we accept our driver’s offer to try an alternate route. He turns around, drives part way back to Yabad, takes a side road and then a right into an olive grove. Our impatient wait at the Annab checkpoint is replaced by a bumpy ride over uneven earth and rocks. Yara is crying. Yasmeen feels nauseous. The driver does not help by saying, “I hope the army doesn’t catch us.” About two hours after our trip began, we reach a checkpoint at Beit Iba. We exit our taxi and walk about 75 yards through a complex of steel bars and turnstiles. On the other side, we take a different taxi to al-Qasr Hotel in Nablus. In 1994, we married in the hotel’s ballroom on a cool December evening in the shadow of landmark Palestinian-Israeli peace agreements. At the time, al-Qasr – which means “the castle” in Arabic – was only a few weeks old. Everything about the hotel was new and shiny. And full of hope. Today, like the route to Nablus and prospects for peace, the hotel has seen better days. Al-Qasr has no sign outside. Our room looks like it has not been upgraded in 121/2 years. And our fourth-floor suite has no air conditioning to combat the heat. I must call the front desk twice to have a fan sent up. The following evening, after joyful visits with relatives in Beit Iba, my family and I depart for Yabad. Our return trip takes about 45 minutes. A few days later, I sit in the shade outside my in-laws’ sun-baked Yabad home to welcome a brief gust of wind. It is absurd, yet wonderful, that amid oppressive heat, one cool breeze can make everything feel right with the world. At least for a moment. Muhammed El-Hasan is a Daily Breeze business reporter. Do you have a story to tell? Submit your column to Lisa Martini, My Turn, Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, or e-mail us at lisa.martini@dailybreeze.com. Please limit to 800 words and include your telephone number. We’ll pay $25 for each column we publish.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As I sit in the shade that offers modest relief from the stifling heat and humidity, an occasional breeze and my excitement serve as welcome distractions. Within days, I will travel with my wife and kids to the village where my parents grew up and visit relatives I have not seen in nine years. Furthermore, we will sleep in the hotel where Nisreen and I married and spent our wedding night 121/2 years ago. For me, our upcoming trip to Nablus and the nearby village of Beit Iba is the most anticipated part of our five-week West Bank vacation. It is mid-July, and we are staying with my wife’s family in the town of Yabad in the northern West Bank, which is suffering from an exceptionally hot summer. A decade ago, a jaunt from Yabad to Nablus took 30 minutes or less by car. But the old route is closed, and the new one has permanent and mobile checkpoints. The changes are due to security and/or politics, depending on whom we ask. The morning of our Nablus trip, I climb into the passenger seat of our taxi. Nisreen slides into the back seat with our 7-month-old daughter, Yara, on her lap. Our son, Hasan, 10, and daughter Yasmeen, 8, also scoot onto the rear seat. A few minutes outside Yabad, we encounter a small checkpoint. An Israeli soldier orders us to exit the car and show ID. After a 15-minute delay, we continue our journey along a winding two-lane rode over tree-dotted hills warmed by the hot sun. last_img read more

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DDTV VIDEO: SKIMBOARDING ON A DONEGAL BEACH…

first_imgIN a complicated world, sometimes the simple things in life can keep a kid happy.Watch this video of what you can do on a Donegal beach…even at this time of the year! Go on…give it a go….and send us your best videos.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com DONEGALDAILY.COM – BEWARE CHEAP IMITATIONSDDTV VIDEO: SKIMBOARDING ON A DONEGAL BEACH… was last modified: November 4th, 2011 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:tramore beachlast_img read more

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Home show begins Friday

first_img160Want 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Exhibitors will feature home decorating and remodeling products and services, such as window treatments, countertops, patio covers and pools. A total of 15 landscaping seminars will be available to visitors. High-desert garden and agricultural experts Glenn Guenther and Neal Weisenberger and landscape architect Sue Mathis will present “how-to” seminars on all three days. Adding to the event, the show will include an antiques auction Saturday and Sunday, Home Depot kid’s crafts area, plant sales, craft booths and food concessions. The show will run noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds, 2551 W. Ave. H. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 62 and older or free on Friday, and free for children age 11 with a paid adult admission. LANCASTER – Tomato? To-mah-to? A vegetable? A fruit? The underrated salad accessory, filled with exciting nutrients, will be a garden headliner at the Antelope Valley Fair’s 18th annual Home Show. Visitors to the weekend show will get small tomato plants and can learn about tomatoes and much more. “While the tomato plant give-away is only a minor flavor of the fun-filled home and garden show, it metaphorically fits the fair’s overall theme, ‘Let the Good Times Grow,”‘ fair spokeswoman Wendy Bozigian said. The three-day event, which begins Friday, features more than 200 vendors, services, supplies and practical advice for homeowners and home gardeners. last_img read more

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Live stream commentary of Sunderland v Middlesbrough on talkSPORT

first_imgSunderland and Middlesbrough have both made three changes for Sunday’s Wear-Tees derby at the Stadium of Light – which you can hear EXCLUSIVELY live on talkSPORT!New Black Cats’ signing Papy Djilobodji, who joined from Chelsea for £8million, is set to make his debut in David Moyes’ first home game in charge.Meanwhile, fellow summer arrivals Adnan Januzaj and Paddy McNair get their first starts, with striker Fabio Borini [toe injury] and Lamine Kone [a target for Everton] not in the team, while Younes Kaboul has joined Watford since last week’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.There’s another missing man for Boro in goalkeeper Victor Valdes.The former Barcelona man played the full 90 minutes in their opening 1-1 draw against Stoke last weekend, but he makes way for American Brad Guzan, who will also make his debut for his new club.Also drafted in are Adam Forshaw and Cristhian Stuani, who replace Marten de Roon, who is injured, and Albert Adomah.Tune into talkSPORT HERE from 1.30pm for LIVE commentary of Sunderland v MiddlesbroughSunderland starting XI: Mannone, Van Aanholt, Djilobodji, Love, McNair, Gooch, O’Shea, Rodwell, Januzaj, Defoe, Watmore. Subs: Khazri, Pickford, Lens, Pienaar, Asoro, Tom Robson, Josh RobsonMiddlesbrough starting XI: Guzan, Friend, Gibson, Ramirez, Barragan, Clayton, Forshaw, Nsue, Downing, Stuani, Negredo. Subs: Konstantopoulos, Ayala, Fischer, Baptiste, de Sart, Adomah, Nugent 1 Tune in for live commentary of Sunderland v Middlesbrough ONLY on talkSPORT last_img read more

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