LEC Expansion on GSA Road in Limbo

first_imgA presidential directive ordering the Liberian Electricity Corporation (LEC) to have completed carrying out mass connections of street lights, business entities and homes on General Services’  (GSA) Road in Paynesville by March 2014, has been left unfulfilled.Last year, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the LEC’s Waterside head office and directed the management heads to ensure the connection of several communities in Monrovia.In response, the LEC’s managers assured President Sirleaf that the appropriate steps would be taken to address the growing demand of Monrovia’s residents through the provision of sustained electricity.The fate of that directive seems to be in limbo with the initiative appearing stagnant.The LEC’s management has given assurances of expanding its services to many parts of Monrovia and its environs for the past several years.These assurances from the LEC management are yet to manifest in the provision of light to the inhabitants of GSA road.Would-be customers have begun complaining about the inability of the LEC’s management to connect the densely populated community to the power supply lines in Paynesville.With the GSA Road recently being paved, connecting it to several communities in Paynesville, the sustained provision of electricity in that part of Paynesville is being seen by community dwellers as the next logical step in terms of development.Besides, the GSA Road Community needs electricity now owing to communities being prone to waves of suspected armed robbery, burglary and other related crimes for the past years.In interviews with residents around the GSA road early this week, Franklin K. Karmo, a businessman, said that he requested for the connection of LEC power lines to his business entity for the past 12 months without any tangible results.Mr. Karmo operates a provisions shop and claimed that he has received threats from criminals.He explained that a successful business outfit could only be maintained when the provision of electricity is sustained; especially in an area infested with suspected criminals.For her part, restaurant operator, Beatrice Hanson Morton, said, “My business entity has on many occasions been attacked by armed criminals who took advantage of the darkness due to the lack of sustained electricity.”She pleaded with LEC’s management to begin designing new strategies to accelerate the restoration of electricity in the GSA Road community.“We are being left in total darkness with no indication from the LEC that they have any plans to continue with the expansion of electricity in our area,” Madam Morton concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prep Athletes of the week

first_imgGIRLS BASKETBALLTaja Edwards, Sr., Poly She scored the game-winning bucket to finish with eight points and 10 rebounds in the Jackrabbits come-from-behind 46-44 victory against Redondo. Her pressure defense prohibited the Seahawks from getting off a last-second shot attempt. BOYS BASKETBALLJames Harden, Sr., Artesia The Arizona State signee had 24 points and a staggering 18 rebounds in Fridays Suburban League victory over Norwalk. Harden also had eight assists and five blocked shots. Hubbard scored four times Wednesday in a 4-0 victory over Bellflower and had two more against Artesia on Monday in a 12-0 rout. WRESTLINGAndy Yu, Sr., Cerritos Yu defeated two-time league champ Richard Alarcon of Mayfair to claim the title at 119 pounds at the Suburban League finals Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img GIRLS WATER POLOSara Welty, Jr., Wilson This sharpshooter scored eight goals in the Bruins 15-13 victory over Moore League rival Poly to set up a showdown against Millikan for the Moore League title this week. BOYS SOCCERTony Ramos, Sr., Bellflower Ramos scored three goals in back-to-back victories for the first-place Bucs. He had a hat trick in Wednesdays 4-2 victory over Mayfair and did the same Friday against Glenn in a 4-1 triumph. GIRLS SOCCERNicole Hubbard, Jr., Mayfair last_img read more

Glass deck opens over canyon

first_imgThe tribe will include $25 access to the deck in a variety of tour packages ranging from $49.95 to $199. They’ll allow up to 120 people at a time to look down to the canyon floor from the vantage point more than twice as high as the world’s tallest buildings. The Skywalk is scheduled to open to the public March 28. To reach the transparent deck, tourists must drive 14 miles on twisty, unpaved roads. But the tribe hopes Skywalk will be the centerpiece of budding tourist attractions that already include helicopter tours, river rafting, a cowboy town and a museum of Indian replica homes. Robert Bravo Jr., operations manager of the Hualapai tourist attractions called Grand Canyon West, said he hopes the Skywalk will double tourist traffic to the reservation this year – from about 300,000 visitors to about 600,000. Architect Mark Johnson said the Skywalk can support the weight of a few hundred people and will withstand wind up to 100 mph. The observation deck has a 3-inch-thick glass bottom and has been equipped with shock absorbers to keep it from bouncing like a diving board as people walk on it. The Skywalk has sparked debate on and off the reservation. Many Hualapai – whose tribal name is pronounced WALL-uh-pie – worry about disturbing nearby burial sites. Environmentalists say the tribe is transforming the majestic canyon into a tourist trap. Hualapai leaders say they weighed those concerns for years before agreeing to build the Skywalk. With one-third of its 2,200 members living in poverty, the tribe decided it needs the tourism dollars. Dolores Honga, 71, a tribal elder, said she used to ride horses around what was a remote patch of grassland where her grandparents once herded cattle. “I still don’t agree with what’s going on here,” Honga said. “There’s so many memories here. This was my playground.” HUALAPAI INDIAN RESERVATION, Ariz. – Indian leaders and former astronauts stepped gingerly beyond the Grand Canyon’s rim Tuesday and stared through the glass floor into a 4,000-foot chasm below during the opening ceremony for a new observation deck. A few members of the Hualapai Indian Tribe, which allowed the Grand Canyon Skywalk to be built, hopped up and down on the horseshoe-shape structure. At its outer edge – 70 feet beyond the rim – the group peeked over the glass wall. “I can hear the glass cracking,” Hualapai Chairman Charlie Vaughn said playfully. The deck is anchored deep into a limestone cliff. As people walk across it, the glass layers creak and the deck wobbles almost imperceptibly. To one side, the Colorado River appears as a slim, pea-green ribbon. To the other is a triangular dip in the canyon’s ridge, known as Eagle Point because it looks like a bird with outstretched wings. When the wind blows, only the most daring visitors resist grabbing the steel rail to steady their knees. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who took the first steps onto the Skywalk, declared it a “magnificent first walk.” Another former astronaut, John Herrington, and tribal leaders soon joined Aldrin on the deck. “It felt wonderful; not exactly like floating on air,” Aldrin said later. The Hualapai, whose reservation is about 90 miles west of Grand Canyon National Park, allowed Las Vegas developer David Jin to build the $30 million Skywalk in hopes of adding a unique attraction on their section of the canyon. “To me, I believe this is going to help us. We don’t get any help from the outside, so, why not?” said Dallas Quasula Sr., 74, a tribal elder who was at the Skywalk. “This is going to be our bread and butter.” last_img read more

GAA REPORT: MALIN 1-12, KILLYBEGS 1-06

first_imgMalin 1-12 Killybegs 1-06Malin came through a tight first half on Sunday and pulled away in the second to keep their good league run going. Killybegs opened the scoring at Connoly Park when Brendan Maguire pounced on a loose sideline ball across the Malin defence to score in the first minute. Brendan McLaughlin responded right away for the home side with a score from the left. Steven McLaughlin sent Malin ahead shortly after when he ran in from the 45’ at speed to score after good work from Gary Farren under pressure set him away. Anthony Kelly then scored a free after John McLaughlin was fouled when through on goal. Declan Walsh extended the lead for Malin with a point under pressure from the right after good play from Anthony Kelly. Matthew Smith then scored a good point for Killybegs after getting the ball in the midfield before running through the centre to score from 30 yards. Daniel McDaid got his first of the day when he won a ball and after a neat turn to beat his man he shot over the bar. Matthew Byrne added another for the black and amber men with a free from the left after the ball had been touched on the ground. Killybegs got right back in the game five minutes before half time when Christopher Murrin ran onto a breaking ball in the Malin fullback line to score to the keepers left. The fishermen also had a goal chance shortly after when a mix up in the defence from another crossfield ball saw Lafferty save well to his left after a high ball between him and the Killybegs full forward had broken loose. Killybegs were finishing the half strongly and when Brendan Maguire was brought down, Brendan Boyle equalised from the free. Malin, however had the last say in the half and Anthony Kelly landed a long range free from all of forty five yards after Brendan McLaughlin had been brought down to leave the half time score Malin 0-07 Killybegs 1-03.Terence Coulhoun’s side reemerged for the second half early and whatever he said at half time spurned them into action and even though they were playing against the strong wind in the second half they scored five unanswered points to end the game as a contest. Daniel McDaid opened the scoring from the left and this was followed by a well worked Matthew Byrne score. Byrne scored a free shortly after when the speedy Steven McLaughlin was fouled. Charles Byrne scored from the right after a good run as Malin pulled away. Daniel McDaid then won a high ball in and scored straight over the black spot. McDaid was on form now and scored a good goal past O Hara with a powerful shot to wrap up the game. Killybegs didn’t get on the score sheet until the final ten minutes with Hugh McFadden scoring but his effort along with another consolation from Mark Boyle was too late as Malin geared up for their championship clash with St. Eunan’s in two weeks time. Malin Team and scorers: Declan Lafferty, Gary Farren, Damien Harkin, Michael McLaughlin, Conor Farren, Declan Walsh (0-01), Charles Byrne(0-01), Michael Byrne, Anthony Kelly(0-02), Steven McLaughlin(0-01), Matthew Byrne(0-03), Brendan McLaughlin (0-01), Paul McLaughlin, Daniel McDaid (1-02), John McLaughlin. Subs: Seamus Houghton for John McLaughlin, Kieran McColgan (0-01) for Conor Farren, John C DohertyKillybegs Team and scorers: Anthony O’Hara, David Conwell, Enda Murphy, Daniel O’Donnell, John Gallagher, Shane Molly, Niall Carberry, Jason Noctor, Matthew Smith (0-01), Christopher Murrin (1-00), Hugh McFadden, Brendan Boyle(0-02, Charles Tully, Pauric Gallagher, Brendan Maguire(0-01). Subs: Mark Boyle (0-01), Eoin Gallagher, Kevin Martin GAA REPORT: MALIN 1-12, KILLYBEGS 1-06 was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 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:GAA REPORT: MALIN 1-12KILLYBEGS 1-06last_img read more

THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO BEING BEHIND DONEGAL DRUGS FACTORY

first_imgThree men have pleaded guilty to being behind a massive drugs grow-house along the Donegal border.The house in Carrigans in which the drugs factory was based.The three men all appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where they were each charged with possession of cannabis for sale or supply. The men – Neil Closs, Brian Irwin and Neville Leech – were also charged with cultivating cannabis plants.The men were arrested following a Garda operation at Kildrum, Lower Carrigans on January 13th, 2010.At the time of the incident almost €500,000 worth of cannabis was recovered in a Garda raid on a property.Full details of the Garda operation will be given at the next sitting of the court in October.Neville Leech, 37, of Pearse Park, Drogheda, Neil Stewart Closs, 33, of Corbettstown, Ballyboyle, Co Kilkenny and Brian Irwin, 32, of The Orchard, Croke Gardens, Thurles, Tipperary were all remanded on bail.The men were all ordered to hand over their driving licenses to the court for fear they could be used to leave the country.Probation reports were also ordered on all the men.THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO BEING BEHIND DONEGAL DRUGS FACTORY was last modified: July 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:Carrigansdrugs factoryLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: TERMON NOTES AT CRAOIBHIN

first_imgTermons Operation Transformation.Last night saw 43 people weigh in with a weight loss of 58lbs – Great work considering our training was cancelled all weekend due to the weather.If you are looking to make the first move for fitness come along to any of our classes here its just €4 per class. New classes added:6.45am spin class Tuesday and Thursday mornings9.30am Circuit class every Tuesday and Thursday morning Great for parents who are dropping their kids off at school.Glenveagh Eagles, Termons Basketball Club, train here every Saturday morning, so why not come along and give it a try Under 9 train at 9.30 and U-11’s at 10.30 with Dermot Kelly . Just €3 per child or family rate of €5.Craoibhín parent & toddler group meet every Tuesday morning at 10.30-12.30 in our hall, a safe friendly environment for New mums, babies, toddlers and expectant mums. Open to the Daddys also! Just €2 per family. Refreshments included.Craoibhín Childcare is open from 8am -6pm offering ,Before & Afterschool, Naoinra & Creche places also available under CCs & Ecce schemes.Irish classes are run here every Tuesday evening, for info call or e-mail us.We ran two very successful senior days in the last few months, we are now happy to announce we are running another day on Wednesday 30th January from 12-4pm. Places must be booked in advance contact us on 91-19988 to book! Easter Camp- If you want to register your child for our Easter camp, Please call us. Min numbers apply.Termon Jujitsu here every Thursday from 6.30pm new members always welcome and first class is free.Slim R Us with Karen Mc Glinchey every Thursday at 7pmLOCAL NEWS: TERMON NOTES AT CRAOIBHIN was last modified: January 22nd, 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:CraoibhinTermon noteslast_img read more

DONEGAL DUO OFF TO THE TRANSPLANT GAMES

first_imgKieran Murray and Hugo Boyce with Jim Gavin, Dublin County Football ManagerDonegal natives and kidney transplant recipients Hugo Boyce from Clonmany and Kieran Murray from Ramelton will take part in the 8th European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships next month.They along with other members of the 34 strong Transplant Team Ireland attended a motivational talk by Jim Gavin, Dublin Senior Football Manager at ALSAA Sports Complex Dublin Airport recently.Hugo will participate in Bowling (singles and doubles) and Petanque (singles and doubles). This will be Kieran Murray’s first time to represent Ireland as part of Transplant Team Ireland.Kieran’s events at the European Games are Field Ball Throw, Golf, 5k race, 800 m race and 4 x 100m relay race.We wish them the best of luck!DONEGAL DUO OFF TO THE TRANSPLANT GAMES was last modified: July 26th, 2014 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:donegalTransplant Gameslast_img read more

20 injured in clash over minor dispute in Muzaffarnagar

first_imgAt least 20 people were injured in a clash between two groups of the same community over a minor dispute at Rasulpur Ghar village, police said on Tuesday. There was a scuffle between the groups at a wedding ceremony and it escalated, leading to stone-pelting by both sides, they said. The injured have been admitted to a hospital, the police informed, adding security has been tightened in the village as a precautionary measure.last_img

‘He’s with me’: Mourning dad, American wins at French Open

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR For nearly 4 full hours Wednesday, Johnson stayed the course, over and over, even as the on-court particulars grew complicated. He managed to be OK even after his initial four match points slipped away. And even when he was docked a point by the chair umpire for what an incredulous Johnson considered an innocuous extra hit of the ball deep in the fourth set. And yet again when Coric twice was a single point from forcing a fifth set.Only when, on his fifth chance to end things, Johnson delivered a clean forehand winner to seal the victory, did he let go, dropping onto to his knees near the baseline, his chest heaving, his eyes filling with tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I have no idea what happened after I hit the forehand. I just kind of collapsed and, emotionally, it got the best of me,” said Johnson, who faces No. 6 Dominic Thiem next. “The other days, I was able to kind of get to the locker room and kind of compose myself a little bit. Today was just such an emotional match. A long match. Up and down. Just to get through it was something that I know I’ll be very proud of.”At the other end of the court, Coric mangled his racket by rearing back and smashing it one, two, three, four times, then after a pause, once more for good measure. US Steve Johnson looks on after a point against Croatia’s Borna Coric during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on May 31, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTUREPARIS — Steve Johnson held everything in, all of it, until he simply could not any longer.Still mourning the recent death of his father, a tennis coach who helped Johnson learn the game back home in California, the 25th-seeded American didn’t allow the jumble of feelings show outwardly. He didn’t permit them to affect his ability to smack a tennis ball, either, and managed to edge Borna Coric 6-2, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-6 (6) and reach the French Open’s third round.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Police release Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest video Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There were other winners and losers, of course, on Day 4 of the French Open, but nothing quite so poignant.The 12th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga left meekly, eliminated 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 by 91st-ranked Renzo Olivo of Argentina after only one game Wednesday in a match suspended a night earlier because of darkness. It was 2008 Australian Open runner-up Tsonga’s first loss in the first round in Paris since his debut 12 years ago.“Last week, I won my first-ever clay tournament,” Tsonga said, referring to an event in Lyon. “And today, I lost at the French Open. It’s the paradox of tennis.”Ah, so philosophical.No call for such reflection from those who advanced, including defending champion Novak Djokovic and nine-time champion Rafael Nadal among the men, and defending champion Garbine Muguruza, former No. 1s Venus Williams (whose pregnant sister Serena was in the stands) and Caroline Wozniacki among the women. There were a couple of surprises: No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by 114th-ranked Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, while 18-year-old Californian CiCi Bellis defeated No. 18 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-3, 7-6 (5).Two-time major champion Petra Kvitova, who needed surgery on her left hand after a knife attack at her home in December, bowed out in the second match of her comeback, a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) loss to American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands.“It’s weird. I mean, I’m disappointed, for sure. I came here to win the matches,” Kvitova said. “The fairytale ended. Now, in upcoming weeks, I think it will be business as usual.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Coric said afterward he knew about the personal difficulty his foe was dealing with.“Super tough, definitely,” the 40th-ranked Croatian said. “And all the credit to him, that he was able to go through this period and also to play this good.”After they shook hands, Johnson leaned his head on his arm atop the net, sobbing.Steve Johnson Sr. passed away three weeks ago.“I know it’s going to be emotional for quite some time. Who knows how long it’ll take? I just know he’s with me. He raised me to be a competitor and a fighter to the last point. And that’s what I try to do with my tennis,” said the 27-year-old Johnson, who won two NCAA singles titles and four team titles at Southern California. “I may not be the best tennis player. But there’s not going to be a day where I’m just going to let you win. I’m going to try and give it my best.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Jaitley, Kumar meet Cong leaders over GST

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 15 (PTI) Seeking to break the impasse over the GST Bill, Unions ministers Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar today met senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma with the Finance Minister saying the government is trying to build a consensus on it.”We are trying to build consensus on GST. We have discussed all the points. Once the monsoon session starts, we will meet again after discussing the issue within our respective parties,” Jaitley said after the meeting.The monsoon session of Parliament begins on July 18.The government had yesterday reached out to the opposition party with Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu calling up Azad, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, and Sharma to seek Congress backing.The bill has been hanging fire for a long time due to stiff opposition from Congress. PTI SKC NAB KR SMN RT SMNlast_img read more