West Point Townhall Project Constitutes Board

first_imgThe West Point Townhall Construction Project held its first board meeting Friday, April 4, at the new Evelyn’s Restaurant in Sinkor.Representatives of the township of West Point in the persons of the Commissioner, elders and governors of the various ethnic groups, the European Union, architects and patrons of the project were in attendance.After welcome remarks by West Point Commissioner, H. Miatta Flowers, and an overview of the project by Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, whose brain child the project is, a corp of officers was elected as follows:Mr. Charles A. Minor, Interim Board ChairMr. Amos Sie-Snowie, Kru Governor of West Point, Vice ChairThe European Union, TreasurerMs. Nelly S. Cooper, representing the women of West Point, Vice TreasurerMs. Lindiwé N. Khumalo, Board SecretaryMr. Isaac T. Roberts, Chaplain of the boardMr. Kenneth Y. Best, Sr. and West Point Commissioner H. Miatta Flowers, PatronsLead project architect, Mr. Adolphus McCritty, gave the board an overview of the design of the building, allaying fears that based on the beach front location designated for the town hall, the building might be undermined by sea erosion. McCritty explained that the structure has been designed like that of a bridge to withstand water the force of a tsunami. The building, he said, will have a finished floor 18 feet above sea level as well as four via ducts for water to pass through.Partnering with Mr. McCritty as an architect on the town hall construction project, Mr. F. Augustus Caesar explained to the board that in order to circumvent land ownership issues, the elders of West Point had designated two acres of land for the people’s use. No transfer of ownership is being requested or required. A declaration prepared by a lawyer will be signed by the elders of West Point, attested to by Commissioner Flowers and submitted to the Ministry of Public Works.While the building itself would not require the demolition of houses, some West Point home owners may have to make sacrifices to make way for an access road to the site, Caesar said.Construction is scheduled to begin after soil tests have been completed. The project has been estimated at US$1.5 million. The actual size of the building, the architects explained, will be dependent upon the amount of funds raised.Two financial institutions, the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment and Afriland First Bank, have been designated by the board, and signatories authorized.Supporters and friends of the project wanting to give to the project may deposit funds of any amount into the project’s escrow account currently set up at LBDI. An online portal will, in short order, be set up for overseas-based supporters wishing to make donations to the construction of a town hall for the township of West Point.  All supporters making donations of any amount to this cause will have their names engraved on the wall of the building upon completion.The West Point Townhall Project was launched on Saturday, October 27, marking the 75th birth anniversary of Kenneth Y. Best, publisher and managing director of the Daily Observer newspaper.Mr. Best said he wished no celebration for himself but, with the assistance of family, friends and well wishers, to reach out to the people of West Point, from where the Observer got its first front page story at its launching on February 16, 1981.  The story was headlined, “West Point Dwellers Are Angry”.The board expresses its thanks to all who have already contributed to the project and calls upon all well-meaning Liberians, especially those whose peoples constitute the township of West Point, to give charitably to this most worthy cause.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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New GCCI President express worry over local political situation

first_imgNewly elected President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Nicholas Boyer on Monday told a news conference that he is worried about the political uncertainty that exists in Guyana after the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Government to on the no-confidence motion which was passed on December 21, 2018.GGCI President Nicholas BoyerAccording to Boyer, he as well as the entire country is in suspense as to what will take place in Guyana should the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rule that the motion of no-confidence was, in fact, validly passed.“I do recognise the fact that I am taking up the presidency at a time where there was some uncertainty, there still is some uncertainty because you have the Appeal Court of Guyana handing down a decision which, it’s clear that the Opposition of Guyana did not find favour with. Now clearly they are setting themselves up to head to the CCJ to challenge the decision of the Appeal Court,” he added.The new Head of the GCCI pointed out that “the curious thing is what happens if the argument that the no-confidence motion was validly passed is upheld and you have passed the constitutional deadline for elections. So now you have a successful decision, it would mean in this probabilistic scenario that the Court of Appeal was wrong and you should have had elections then by March 21 so what happens then in that scenario? Because I don’t have an answer for it”.Boyer reminded that a recent survey conducted by the Chamber found that the political climate has been bad for business.The new President also made reference to the Members of Parliament who have dual citizenship, who should be replaced according to Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill.“I am concerned that if the Opposition starts to raise arguments and does whatever they need to do to try and get the dual citizens out of Parliament that puts us back into a state of uncertainty so my core (concern) here is anything that puts me in a state of uncertainty where I can’t plan easily,” he posited.Meanwhile, former President of the Chamber, Deodat Indar, who will serve as a past president on the Board, informed that the business community has written to both President Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on the political status of the country.Indar explained that the letter sought to inform the two leaders that the Chambers is ready to lend support in whatever way it can to improve the current situation, as the main objective is for businesses to have a stable operating environment.Moments after the Court of Appeal handed down its ruling that on Friday that an absolute majority of 34 votes was needed to carry the motion of no-confidence against the Government, the Opposition said it will be taking the matter up to the CCJ.The case is expected to be filed in the CCJ later this week.Following its passage in the National Assembly, Government had subsequently asked the House to reverse the passage of the motion, but its Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, had declined the request. As such, Government moved to the High Court to challenge the validity of the motion, saying that a 34 majority is needed for it to be successfully passed.Acting Chief Justice Roxanne George had, in January, upheld the December 21, 2018, passage of the no-confidence motion, ruling that in Guyana’s 65-member National Assembly, a majority is 33. This, however, was appealed by Attorney General Basil Williams.While Justice Rishi Persaud on Friday dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate judges allowed the State’s appeal. Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member National Assembly, the successful passage of a no-confidence motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.last_img read more

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Trackers begin five-game home stand versus Fort McMurray

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers are back in action on Friday night as they welcome the Fort McMurray Barons to town.The Trackers are coming off a three-game road trip through central Alberta where they posted a 1-2 record. They opened the trip with an 8-1 win over Lloydminster before losing 7-3 to SSAC Sherwood Chevrolet and the undefeated Spruce Grove Saints 3-2.“We are currently battling an injury bug, and we’re playing with a depleted lineup,” said head coach Gerard Dicaire. “It’s a good test of adversity for the team and the coaches felt we played well on our road trip and I know the boys are looking forward to playing at home.”- Advertisement -Friday night’s game versus the Barons takes place at the Pomeroy Sports Centre. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Parent conference this Saturday

first_imgThe free conference is hosted by the School District 60. It will take place on Saturday, April 25th at the North Peace Secondary School. Parents are encouraged to pre-register for the conference.Check-in begins at 8:15a.m and there will be free child care and a free lunch.For more information or to pre-register, Click Here Attached is the Parent Conference poster.Advertisement A local principal is spearheading the second annual parent conference in Fort St. John.Alwin Holland School Principal Lily Frey says parents with newborn children to adolescents will benefit from the conference. She says the goal of the conference is to get parents more involved in their children’s education.[asset|aid=1266|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f6b27e92a437553afc618e9a4ab1d90e-Lily Frey 1_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -There are over 40 workshops ranging from Pre-School Literacy to Infant Massage for parents to attend. Some of the workshops last all day, while others are around an hour long. Parents can register for a maximum of three workshops.Dr. Lori Hogg will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Hogg works in the Foothills hospital in Calgary. She will be speaking on the topic of brain development and the effects on the brain from recreational drug use.[asset|aid=1267|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f6b27e92a437553afc618e9a4ab1d90e-Lily Frey 2_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more

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England delay Euro 2016 squad announcement

first_img Roy Hodgson will take charge of his third tournament with England 1 Roy Hodgson will now name his England squad for Euro 2016 on Monday (May 16), in order to take in the final weekend of the Premier League season.The 23 men charged with leading the Three Lions to glory in France this summer was due to be named at Wembley on Thursday afternoon.However, England boss Hodgson has decided to switch the announcement until Monday following a meeting with the Football Association and his coaching staff.The decision has been taken in order to better assess the players’ fitness after the final games of the campaign, with questions still lingering over the availability of several players.The severity of Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck’s knee injury has yet to be made public, while club-mate Jack Wilshere has only made two substitute appearances this term.Everton defender Phil Jagielka been out with a hamstring injury in recent weeks and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has just returned to outdoor training after a knee ligament injury sustained last month.Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the tournament with a knee injury and Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has yet to return from a double leg break sustained in September.last_img read more

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Santa Clarita City Council vote for three

first_img31 of 32 precincts Votes Pct. McLean (inc.) 4,857 16.8% Ferry (inc.) 4,781 16.5% Weste (inc.) 4,553 15.7% Hershey 3,817 13.2% Schultz 3,176 11.0% Plambeck 2,737 9.5% McDonald 1,623 5.6% Cruz 1,556 5.4% Dean 629 2.2% Curtis 635 2.2% Murphy 570 2.0% AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Liverpool have had a £29.5m bid rejected for a former Chelsea player – reports

first_img Mohamed Salah in action for Roma 1 Liverpool have had a £29.5m bid for former Chelsea flop Mohamed Salah rejected by Roma, according to reports in Italy.The Egyptian winger failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge following an £11m move from Basel in 2014.However, he has reignited his career in Italy after loans at Fiorentina and Roma, before making his move to the Italian capital permanent in July.And, following an impressive return of 15 goals in 31 Serie A outings this term, Salah has emerged as a target for Liverpool.But, according to Italian media reports, the Merseyside club had their initial bid of just under £30m turned down by Roma.It has been suggested, however, that Liverpool are not done there and will return with a higher bid.last_img

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SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS EARN EXCELLENT AWAY WIN OVER LIFFORD

first_imgLagan Harps FCOur men’s team returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win away to Lifford Celtic. Mark Hunter(2) and Kenny Doran were the scorers. Our u16s had a 5-2 win over Castlefin Celtic with Jack Parke(2), Nick Mc Laughlin, Darren Ferry and Oran Downey. Our u-14’s won 4-1 away to Killea F.C. Scorers were Mark Bonner(2), Noel O’Donnell and Ciaran Quinn. Our u12a’s list 5-0 to a strong Cappry Rovers side. Our u12 Reserves came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Cappry Colts. Mark Orr and Matthew Peoples were the scorers. Our u10’s and u8’s were also in action in friendlies. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 4,10,17 and 23. Aoibheann Diver had three numbers and won e50. Next week’s jackpot is e6350. The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Eddie Devenney. SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS EARN EXCELLENT AWAY WIN OVER LIFFORD was last modified: February 15th, 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:Lagan Harps FCsoccerSportlast_img read more

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DONEGAL GAA LAUNCH UNIQUE CAMPAIGN TO DEVELOP TRAINING CENTRE

first_imgMichael Murphy in ConvoyClub Tír Chonaill are this week launching a unique campaign to further the development of the Donegal GAA Training Centre currently underway in Convoy.The official launch of the ‘Building Brighter Futures Together ’ initiative will take place in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey on Monday 2nd of September 2013 at 8pm. All members of the GAA community, public and media are invited to attend.The campaign aims to bring the development of this state-of-the-art facility to the next stage, completing the floodlighting of the sand based pitches, developing pitches three and four and the construction of essential facilities including dressing rooms, medical rooms, coaches room, meeting rooms, administration offices, a fully equipped gymnasium and the necessary sanitary facilities. Club Tír Chonaill are asking members of the public to get involved by purchasing plots of land around the centre for €20 per plot, with all proceeds raised going in aid of the facilities development.All names will be entered into a draw with prizes of €2,000 for first place, €1,000 for second place and €500 for third place up for grabs“The objective of Donegal’s GAA Training and Development Facility is to give Donegal GAA a home – a central location with all the resources, under one roof, to take Donegal GAA to the next level” says Cieran Kelly, Chairman of Club Tír Chonaill.“GAA is a big part of life in Donegal and this project will be a source of great pride for everyone involved, from coach to player, to supporter to community. It has been designed to give the best to our players across all GAA disciplines so that in turn they can be their best for their county. We would like to invite everyone to get involved” For those who cannot make the launch event on Monday night in the Villa Rose, all €20 per plot donations to aid funding for the Donegal GAA Training Centre in Convoy are welcome and can be made to the following account: Account Name: Club Tír ChonaillBranch: Bank of Ireland LetterkennyIBAN Number: IE18BOFI190491582203484DONEGAL GAA LAUNCH UNIQUE CAMPAIGN TO DEVELOP TRAINING CENTRE was last modified: August 29th, 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)last_img read more

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SA ranked 14th top investment prospect

first_img6 July 2012 South Africa has entered, at 14th position, a list of 21 countries ranked by international companies as top prospective investment destinations for 2012 to 2014, according to the 2012 World Investment Report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). Unctad’s World Investment Prospects Survey 2012-14, based on responses from executives of the biggest transnational corporations worldwide, forms part of the World Investment Report released in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday. The survey indicates that developing economies will continue to enjoy strong foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in the medium term as they become increasingly important to international companies worldwide.BRICS countries prominent Among the top five prospective investment destinations in the survey, the US (in 2nd place) stands out as the only developed economy. Of the other four, three – China (1st), India (3rd) and Brazil (5th) – are members of the BRICS grouping of influential emerging economies. Russia, also a BRICS member, is ranked joint 8th with Germany, while South Africa, which joined BRICS in 2011, is ranked 14th together with the Netherlands and Poland. The full list (with previous ranking in brackets) is: 1 China (1), 2 United States (2), 3 India (3), 4 Indonesia (6), 5 Brazil (4), 6 Australia (8), 6 United Kingdom (13), 8 Germany (8), 8 Russian Federation (5), 8 Thailand (12), 11 Vietnam (11), 12 Mexico (10), 13 Japan (-), 14 Netherlands (-), 14 Poland (6), 14 South Africa (-), 17 Republic of Korea (-), 17 Sweden (-), 19 France (19), 19 Italy (-), 19 Malaysia (-).Most promising sources of FDI When it came to the most promising sources of FDI over the medium term, the survey gauged the opinions of investment promotion agencies worldwide, who largely saw companies from developed countries as the most promising foreign investors. China, however, led the list of most promising investors, thanks largely to the rapid increase of its outward FDI in recent years. “Chinese transnational corporations have raised awareness of their home country as a source of investment through their active role in a number of industries and the wide spread of their FDI projects over a large number of host economies,” Unctad notes in its report. The US (2nd place), Germany (3rd) and the UK (4th) ranked as the most promising developed-economy investors, underscoring their continuing role in global FDI flows despite the fallout of the global financial and economic crisis. They were followed, in order, by France, Japan, India, Spain, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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