A main gutter in the heart of the nation’s largest food market of Red-Light continues to cause hardship for hundreds of traders and commuters in Paynesville. For the past two heavy downpours this month, commercial and private drivers and wheelbarrow hawkers were stranded in pools of dirty water at the market. Owners of medium and small businesses at the market dump dirt into the gutters.Another factor that has added to the misery is the infrequent collection of garbage and disposal by sanitation companies under the Urban waste management program of Paynesville and Monrovia.Each time there is a heavy downpour, traders, commuters and vehicles of all kinds get stranded in the pools of dirty water for several hours.However, minimal work was done by the government sometime this year on the main street at the Red-Light Market that leads to Kakata, Margibi County,.But the drainages that should ensure the free flow of dirt and water remain unattended to and the situation continues to worsen.Wheelbarrow peddlers are the most affected as they are always stranded in the dirty water for hours, while other vehicles negotiate to pass through the hundreds of petty traders in the market everyday.As the dry season draws nearer, the offensive odor has begun to spread to the rest of the market.In interviews with the Daily Observer over the weekend, the traders, drivers and wheelbarrow hawkers called on sanitation companies to increase the frequency of their garbage collection.Mr. Cyrus B. Smith, 35, a retail textbook dealer, told the Daily Observer that until the drainages are fixed, flooding will continue at the Redlight Market.“I think the repair of the main street has not had tangible impact on the garbage situation at the market,” Mr. Smith asserted.Madam Martha K. Kemah, 55, a regular producer of water and potato greens, told the Daily Observer that on many occasions she spreads her greens near the drainages.“Most of the time I put my greens near the dirty water and customers complain about the bad condition of our open drainages that host multiple air and water borne diseases,” Madam Kemah stressed.Used shoes dealer Darlington B. Sackie, 40, told the Daily Observer that the drainages must be tackled to ensure the free flow of the dirty water and garbage at the Red-Light Market.“The best thing the Liberian government could do about the drainage situation is to develop a sustainable mechanism that could address the challenges we face at this Red Light Market,” Mr. Sackie emphasized.Mr. Allison J. Allen, 50, a Chinese flashlight dealer, told the Daily Observer that serious engineering work must be carried out on the clogged drainages in order to solve the problem at the Red-Light Market.“I recommend that our Liberia Marketing Association must collaborate with our Ministry of Public Works to fix all clogged drainages at this Red-Light Market,” Mr. Allen stressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As Guyana prepares to host the 2018 International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Air Transport Conference later this year, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Government hosted on Monday a media launch wherein it was discussed that high on the agenda is the possibility of improving trade in the air transport sector between the Caribbean and African countries, through Guyana.Representing the ICAO was Chief Economic Regulatory Framework official PeterGCAA Director-General, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Egbert Field, addressing the media launch of the conferenceAlawani, who told the media launch that the decision to host the conference in Guyana was not only based on the organization’s plan to support Guyana, but to place Guyana on a world map, and to see how it can further support and develop the area of air transport in the Caribbean, especially in small-island developing states (SIDS).“And this was the main purpose for which this event is being brought to this great country. ICAO, on its part, will support all the technical aspects of the event, and will ensure that the outcome is implemented not just in support of air transport in Guyana, but in the entire Caribbean,” Alawani stated.But, importantly also for the ICAO, is to use this conference to assist in facilitating the existing framework between the African Union and the Caribbean Community (Caricom).“This is the principal theme why this event is coming to Guyana,” the ICAO official further explained. He noted that it will help to not only enhance trade between the two regions, but could help to boost tourism and other areas of interest.“Once a state is able to build human capacity, (it) can excel in other areas. In order to attract financing, you need the human resource that is capable enough to understand the complexity of private financing of such projects. ICAO is now backing more states to help them develop those capacities,” Alawani said as he referred to the need for more to be done to form partnerships to enhance infrastructure in aviation.Director-General of the GCAA, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Egbert Field, was asked whether the conference would manage to get that type of engagement from participants. He responded in the affirmative, explaining that the Atkinson Field which was built in 1941 facilitated the transport of goods from the United States to the African region during the war. He recalled that Guyana’s bauxite was also sold through this hub, where the Americans landed frequently.“If it had that connectivity during the war, why not during the peace time. We are now moving into the commercial era, where commercial operators can utilize that route for the connectivity. There is a large (African) diaspora in Guyana, the Caribbean and South America. Why can’t Guyana continue or recommence what was started during the war? It is the perfect hub. I think we can not only benefit tremendously from that, but the entire region will be able to benefit from that connectivity,” he opined.Field told the audience that the agenda for the conference, which will be hosted from November 19-23, 2018 and organized jointly by the ICAO, CARICOM, African Union and United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), will be packed, and will look at critical issues affecting the industry.Discussions will also surround creating deeper investment in aviation, harmonization and the economic benefit of aviation, and the liberalization of air cargo and other travels.The conference will also deal with stimulating investment in financing the aviation infrastructure, creating a heliport in Guyana, promoting air links between African states and diaspora in the Caribbean.Invitation for this conference will be opened to all 192 member states of ICAO. GCAA said it anticipates that approximately 120 states will be in attendance, which translates to more than 400 delegates.And President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, is expected to be in attendance.
Fanad-based media mogul John McAteer has denied claims that RTE broadcaster Sean O’Rourke is to take over the Tirconail Tribune.The new John McAteer?The well-known broadcaster has been appointed Pat Kenny’s replacement on the national broadcaster’s morning flagship programme.However O’Rourke said his ultimate aim is to retire to take over at the Milford-based Tribune. The broadcaster has a holiday home in Downings and spends a lot of time there.But McAteer, who is understood to have a number of media interests, has denied he is going anywhere.Reports that McAteer has also been approached by RTE because of his distinct Fanad accent could not be confirmed.McAteer and his publication is already known around the globe after the publication of the best-selling novel No News at Throat Lake. The book, written by former pop star Laurence Donegan, was set in the hi-tech offices of the Tribune in Milford. DONEGAL NEWSPAPER DENIES RTE BROADCASTER TO TAKE OVER was last modified: August 16th, 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:John McAteerSean O’RourkeTirconail Tribune
By Emmet Rushe: Entering a gym for the first time can be terrifying!The thought of starting to lift weights can be a nightmare.You walk into the gym, take one look at the machine and free weight section and……head for the nearest cross-trainer or treadmill, and who could blame you? Some of the weights machines look like a PHD is needed to operate them.But, for the majority of you, weights are actually what you should be doing in order to achieve what 99% of gym-goers want – to get ‘toned’.When you refer to muscle ‘tone’, what you actually want is to drop body fat and maintain or develop muscle mass. No, you are not going to end up looking like a bodybuilder, unless that is what you want.As a beginner it is important to start with a proper foundation. This should be based on large muscle groups and each exercise should work more than one muscle per time…….say what now??? Don’t worry; I am going to lay down a few ways for even the newest member of a gym to get started.Everyone has body parts that they want to focus on.For men, it is usually chest and biceps.For women, it is usually arms, hips and thighs.When people dip their toes into the weight training waters, these parts are what most beginners usually work on and they end up neglecting everything else. I advise new gym-users to work on the full body and do it 3 days per week……..Yep! 3 days per week!The way it works is as follows.A session should include:• one or two exercise for the quads (front of the thighs) • one or two exercise for the hamstrings(back of the thighs),• one or two for the back,• one or two for the chest and• one or two for the abs.Altogether this gives us 5 or 10 exercises to put together to make up a full routine.Complete beginners can do the 5 x exercise routine. Those with some experience of exercise can do the 10 x exercise routine.At the start, the exercise will be the same for all 3 days, as this will allow your body to get used to the exercises and the movements.So, it goes like this1. Leg press ( Leg Extension is an optional no 2)2. *Lunge (Leg Curl is an optional no 2)3. Lat pull down (Seated Row is an optional no 2)4. Chest press (Pec Dec or Cable Fly is an optional no 2)5. Laying leg raise (Sit up or Weighted Sit Ups are an optional no 2)*Lunge is technically a quad exercise, but done right it targets the hamstrings and glutes also.On each exercise you are going to lift an appropriate weight between 8 and 12 times (Reps), take 45-60 seconds rest and you should do this 3-4 times (Sets) before moving onto the next exercise.Example:Leg Press8-12 reps,45-60 seconds rest,3-4 setsThen move onto the next exercise.These exercises are mainly machine based. Once you start to feel comfortable with this routine you can easily swap the machine exercises for a free weight or body weight equivalent.These will take a bit more time to learn but are a much better exercise overall.As with any program, please ensure that you have a qualified person show you the proper technique for each exercise.If you have any question on starting weight training or for getting a tailored program based on your starting point, contact me through the link below.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THE GYM was last modified: April 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:emmet rusheguide to the gymgymRight moves
tense Juve are reportedly now willing to sell the Argentina international and Chelsea have shown a strong interest in him.The club’s new boss, Sarri, worked with the striker for a season at Napoli and enjoyed great success.Higuain scored a staggering 36 league goals in 35 games during the 2015/16 season, which equalled Gino Rossetti’s record set in 1929. Higuain netted 16 goals in Serie A last season smart causal REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REAL DEAL Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining silverware How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Higuain thrived under Sarri in Naples Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 2 possible standings possible xi gameday cracker Maurizio Sarri reportedly wants Chelsea to wrap up a deal for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain as quickly as possible.Higuain’s future with the Old Lady is up in the air this summer after they signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The 30-year-old is now keen to work under his old boss again and, according to Sportitalia, Sarri is just the same.The Italian broadcaster claim Chelsea’s new coach is urging the club’s hierarchy to tie up a deal quickly.Sarri wants Higuain to lead the line for him this season and needs him integrated into the squad very soon. 2 Latest Chelsea News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won
More than 100 beds in hospitals and nursing homes across Donegal have been closed due to cutbacks, new figures have revealed.The figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show the amount of bed closures in Donegal since it started compiling the figues in 2009.A total of 29 beds have closed at Letterkenny General, 20 at Lifford Hospital, 17 at St Joseph’s Hospital and 14 and Dungloe Hospital. There has been 10 bed closures at Ramelton Nursing Unit, 4 Alzheimer’s bed closures at Ard Aoibhinn, Carndonagh and 15 beds closed in Ballyshannon between the Sheil Hospital and The Rock Nursing Unit.While not directly contesting the INMO figures, the HSE says it’s not in a position to publish accurate figures on bed closures.A nationwide audit is underway, to ensure all hospitals are using the same criteria before they can say definitively how many beds are affected.The HSE hasn’t given an indication of when this audit will be completed but it is not expected this year. EndsONE HUNDRED BEDS CLOSED IN HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: September 3rd, 2011 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)
A 20 year old man was seriously assaulted in the early hours of yesterday in Donegal Town.The man’s injuries are not life-threatening but they are described as serious.Gardai are seeking witnesses to the assault which happened after 3am. Gardai in Donegal Town on 0749721021 are appealing for information. MAN VICIOUSLY ASSAULTED IN DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: October 22nd, 2012 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:assaultDonegal Town
The Rwoho Central Forest Reserve has been planted for carbon sequestration and timber production. (Image: National Forestry Authority) A young boy helps in the farm while a sibling watches in Kitgum District, northern Uganda.(Image: Manoocher Deghati, Irin) MEDIA CONTACTS • National Forestry Authority Head Office +256 414 230 365/6• Ben Parker Director, Irin News +254 20 762 2147 or +254 733 860 082 RELATED ARTICLES • Uganda’s Mt Elgon gets a million trees • Digital drum boosts computer literacy • Ugandan eco project up for award • Planting trees in Zambia • Rhinos return to UgandaSource: Irin NewsAt least 2 500 farmers in the western districts of Uganda are earning extra cash to boost their livelihoods by planting trees alongside their crops in a scheme that is helping to sequester carbon dioxide.Trees process huge amounts of carbon dioxide, because their size and extensive root systems make them efficient carbon sinks. Under the Payment for Ecosystem Services concept, a farmer who plants one hectare of East African mahogany (Khaya nyasica), red stinkwood (Prunus africana) or the umbrella tree (Maesopsis eminii) – all local tree species – will on average earn US$700 (R5 700) a year, said Annet Ssempala, a programme officer with Uganda’s Environmental Conservation Trust (Ecotrust).Ecotrust’s donors include the US Agency for International Development and the World Wild Fund for Nature. Funding for this project is provided by the Plan Vivo Foundation.“That’s on average per hectare, but other farmers are earning more than that,” said Ssempala.The amount of money each farmer will earn is determined by a number of factors, including the area of land under trees, the species of trees planted, the vegetation cover of the trees and the maturity period.The farmers are paid in five instalments over a 10-year period. They receive 30% of the payment in the first pay-out and 20% in the second, third and fifth pay-outs, respectively. A 10% payment is made at the fourth pay-out.Through this carbon credit fund, annually the farmers are collectively earning about $500 000 (R4.1-million) and obtaining certificates of engagement that are enabling them to access credit, according to Ecotrust.Benon Bushoborozi of the Kiyanga tree planting group told Irin he has been able to obtain a $200 (R1 640) loan to finance his farming activities.“The money helped me start my vegetable project last year and I was able to pay back the money after selling my vegetables,” he said.Planting trees to combat deforestation“Unscrupulous loggers are cutting down forests indiscriminately for timber or fuel. We are planting trees to conserve the environment,” said Beatrice Ahimbisibwe, a member of the Bitereko women’s group in Bushenyi District.Ahimbisibwe told Irin she has planted three hectares of exotic pine and indigenous tree species on her land. “They [the local and central] governments aren’t doing enough to preserve forests and surrounding environment,” she said.Working alongside Ecotrust is the Trees For Global Benefit project, through which farming groups are not only benefiting from trade in carbon credit but are also helping to restore the depleted forest cover.According to Tom Rukundo, an environmental impact assessment and research specialist at Uganda’s National Forestry Authority, the lack of incentives to preserve forests has been largely responsible for deforestation.“The situation has been made worse by the growing fuel demand and an incapable forestry institution struggling with limited resources,” he added.Rukundo said there is a need for forests outside protected areas to benefit from incentive schemes such as the UN’s Reduction in Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, which pays people to preserve their forests to mitigate the effects of climate change.“Wildlife like chimps, buffaloes and birds, that previously had plenty of room to roam, now pillage crops and compete with humans for territory,” said Yolamu Nsamba, a former secretary to the king of the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom in Hoima, commenting on the degradation of the Budongo and Bugoma forest reserves in Hoima District. Forests there were in the past conserved by traditional authorities.
Mercedes ML63 AMGMercedes-Benz India Limited (MBIL) is scripting its growth story in the country through Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). As much as a quarter of the company’s sales here are through SUVs, prompting the car manufacturer to bring its contemporary and entry-level GLA model. Mercedes has been known to be traditionally strong in the sedan segment with its C, E and S Class saloons. With the rising popularity of the SUV segment among buyers here, the company has been beefing up the portfolio of these vehicles. The total market for luxury SUVs (priced above Rs 25 lakh) is about 9,000 units a year and is shared by Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Land Rover.Eberhard Kern, MD and CEO of MBIL, said that the company expects action to continue in the SUV category as companies continue to add newer models. He was quoted as saying, “India is very similar to the US where there is a very high affinity for SUVs. Indians love SUVs as it gives them a good road presence, considering the traffic situation. Also the high-ground clearance helps them have a comfortable drive in poor road conditions.”The German luxury auto maker has already opened pre-bookings for the GLA at a tentative price of Rs 38 lakh, though the car is likely to be priced lower after launch on September 30. The GLA will help Mercedes compete strongly against close rivals Audi and BMW, which already have entry-level SUVs Q3 and X1, respectively.The company’s current range of SUVs starts from around Rs 55 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the ML Class, while the GL Class family is priced upwards of Rs 70 lakh. At a higher level, the top-of-the-line AMG variants are priced higher, with G63 AMG commanding a price of Rs 2.5 crore.advertisement
Dick Advocaat was appointed Netherlands coach on Tuesday with the tough task of leading the struggling team to next year’s World Cup in Russia.With the Dutch national team languishing in fourth place in Group A, the Royal Dutch Football Association appointed Advocaat as coach and Ruud Gullit as his assistant for the remainder of the qualifying campaign. If they manage to get the team to Russia, they will stay in charge for the tournament, federation technical director Hans van Breukelen said.Advocaat was not present at a news conference to announce his appointment; he will remain with his current club, Fenerbahce, until the end of the Turkish league season.The 69-year-old Advocaat, who was appointed for his third stint in charge of the national team, won praise in 2015 for saving Sunderland from relegation in the Premier League and will need a similar escape to avoid the Netherlands missing their second straight major tournament after last year’s European Championship in France.The Netherlands are six points behind Group A leader France. Only the group winner is guaranteed a place at the World Cup.The vastly experienced Advocaat has previously coached Russia, Belgium and Serbia, as well as club teams including PSV Eindhoven, Glasgow Rangers, Zenit St. Petersburg and Sunderland.Gullit, a former Chelsea coach, captained the Netherlands to their only major tournament success, the 1988 European Championship.Advocaat’s predecessor, Danny Blind, was fired in March after the Dutch lost to Bulgaria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.Van Breuken said the hunt for a replacement focused on finding somebody “who can increase discipline in the (players’) group and bring back the joy to our play.”advertisementJoy has been in short supply for the three-time World Cup runner-up since the team’s form went into free fall after reaching the semifinals of the World Cup in Brazil.Van Breukelen conceded that the search for a new coach was tough, with some possible candidates unavailable or unwilling. Everton coach Ronald Koeman and former Ajax coach Frank de Boer were both identified as possible successors shortly after Blind was fired.In the end, Advocaat was chosen despite having sparked anger among players and federation officials when he walked away from his role as Blind’s assistant last year to join Fenerbahce.Van Breukelen conceded that he was “very unhappy” when Advocaat quit last year. But he said he put that feeling aside when he chose Advocaat.”Quality comes ahead of sentiment,” Van Breukelen.It remains to be seen what the Dutch team will make of its new coach. Van Breukelen said the players he had spoken to were surprised by the choice of Advocaat and Gullit, but “they are professionals and they will get over it.”Advocaat’s first match in charge will be the team’s next World Cup qualifier, against Luxembourg on June 9 in Rotterdam. Before that match, Fred Grim will serve as caretaker coach for friendlies against Morocco and Ivory Coast.