Increasing power theft, which has resulted in losses of U$4,000 daily and U$200,000 monthly, have forced the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to shut down power supply to the borough of New Kru Town.The Executive Director for Administration and Human Resources, Vamunyah F. Sheriff, said the decision would remain in force until ways are found to correct the alarming rate of power theft in the community.He said, however, that Redemption Hospital, which serves the interests of Bushrod Island and other surrounding communities, is not affected by the shut down.“The losses account for 15 to 20 percent or more, which represents U$200,000 monthly to the company,” he said at the press conference at LEC’s Bushrod Island offices last Friday.Sheriff said the decision followed the conclusion of a series of audits in the borough and its adjacent communities, including Mombo Town, Court House Area, Sannoh Yard, D. Twe and Popo Beach.Director Sheriff said during the company’s audit, it discovered that more than 300 meters had been removed from over 40 light poles by unscrupulous power rogues.“This translates to 90% (of the company’s) revenue loss,” he said. “As a result our meters also got damaged in the process and we have to replace them.”He explained that the disconnection would help to protect, LEC’s “equipment and other properties.”The Director threatened to “shame the people who steal power by publishing their names in local newspapers.”Sheriff said while the company’s audit is not limited to New Kru Town and its surrounding communities, community leaders must work along with the LEC to own and protect what provides them light.“You must be part of the solution,” Sheriff said, and urged residents to report those involved in power theft for immediate action, whether an LEC employee, a contractor or a resident in the community.He said the Liberian economy depends largely on the supply of electricity, and therefore Liberians must not sit idly by and allow few others to damage LEC facilities and throw the country back.He appealed to community leaders and the youths across Monrovia and its environs, to stand up and help LEC combat power theft.Meanwhile, Sheriff said the LEC would initiate a process to return power to those who are not involved in power theft, and that “the just [would] not suffer with the unjust.”Ina his intervention, Chief Financial Officer John Burke explained the huge cost of fuel that is needed to sustain electricity to consumers.“It’s like any of those selling cold water in a bag,” Burke said. “You take L$100 worth of water and you sell two bags and the rest is gone.”In New Kru Town, a cross section of residents interviewed by the Daily Observer agreed with the decision but said, as already mentioned, the “just must not suffer with the unjust.”“Not everyone in New Kru Town and other affected areas are involved in power theft,” a 34-year-old mother of two, Christiana Weah, said, “the LEC must make a way for those who have purchased their chips to enjoy their purchase.”Residents said it has been two weeks since information filtered to the community that the Liberia Electricity Corporation, LEC, had decided to disconnect the Borough, due to power theft, though at the press conference the LEC said the community was informed of its action ahead of the disconnection.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
On Tuesday, April 5, a ‘Writ of Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order’ was issued thru and by Judge Peter W. Gbenewele of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court. The Writ was served to the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) by and thru its President Rufus Anderson and his officials (Respondents) and League.The “Respondents” have been ordered restrained, enjoined, refrained and prohibited from conducting themselves as officials of the LBA and from holding and conducting the LBA league 2016/2017. The petitioners complained that the LBA (respondent) secretly held a congress and elections on October 24, 2015 after the court lifted its injunction on October 22, 2015 without informing the petitioners in keeping with the by-laws and constitution of the LBA.Petitioners said the elections that brought Anderson to power were illegal, held under secrecy and against the constitution because it didn’t include them as major stakeholders.The petitioners stated that the election was not free, fair and transparent and the Liberia National Olympic Committee has refused to recognize and do business with the respondents. Petitioners also said the LBA has commenced the LBF basketball league for the 2016/2017 season and if they are not restrained from carrying out the league, moneys collected from the games will not be accounted for.The petitioners were legally represented by and thru the Law Offices of Sayeh and Sayeh.The Court ordered its clerk, Madam Ellen Hall to notify the respondents to file their resistance on or before the 10th of April AD 2016.The latest action made it over 18 months, since key basketball stakeholders have been differing over alleged violation of the constitution and financial misapplication which has grounded basketball activities.The “Power Struggle” in basketball has resulted to protests, insults, bloody fights and closure of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA).Last year, the aggrieved party, which is represented by Calvin Diggs of Flames, Malcolm Joseph of Cestos Mogars and Ali Sillah of D-Rock and others, filed a temporary restraining order in the Civil Law Court, against the LBA, represented by President Anderson.That injunction stopped the LBA from holding elections which were lifted on October 22, and elections held on October 24, without, as it is reported, involving contending parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– as company records best quarter to dateCanadian-owned Guyana Goldfields Inc has announced a record-breaking performance for 2017, with a production of 160,500 ounces at its Aurora Gold mine, which means the company has achieved the lower end of its production target for the year.The company also had a record fourth quarter with respect to ore tonnes mined, tonnes milled and gold produced. Gold recovery also continued to trend favourably, with gold recovery for the month of December of 92.6 per cent representing the highest monthly recovery in the company’s history.Guyana Goldfields Inc President and CEO Scott A CaldwellAccording to a report, the Goldfields Inc plans to release the 2017 operational and financial results before market on Friday, February 23, 2018. During that same day, the results and details of its performance will be discussed among partners and interested groups.President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Scott A Caldwell has said that the fourth quarter was the strongest quarter for gold production in the company’s history, despite undergoing four scheduled down days in November 2017 for a mill liner change.“The operational improvements and capital investments made throughout the year in the mining fleet, bulk emulsion delivery system, and logistics haulage fleet are yielding operational efficiencies which are expected to translate to lower unit costs in the fourth quarter,” he added.To date, Aurora has proven to be strong, with high grade asset and exceptional cash flow generation, Caldwell said. “We look forward to continuing this strong performance into 2018 by delivering an improved mine plan that reduces overall capital and operating costs and further improves cash flows.”The Aurora mines are the biggest in Guyana, with the company’s presence here helping to push gold declarations to a record 700,000 ounces for the last two years.The CEO said the company was well-positioned financially to grow near-term production and significantly increase exploration efforts, with an unaudited cash balance of approximately US$75 million at the end of the year versus a total debt balance of US$60 million.The company plans to issue an updated mine plan, along with 2018 production and cost guidance and an updated reserves and resources statement later in the first quarter of this year.The Aurora mines achieved commercial production in January 1, 2016 which saw output of 151,600 ounces of gold, in line with the company’s upwardly revised guidance of 140,000 to 160,000 ounces.The Aurora mine in Mazaruni Guyana where Guyana Goldfields operateSince the start of production in August 2015, the company said it has paid US$26.5 million in royalties to the State and purchased US$84.1 million in goods and services from local businesses. It says it has also spent US$197,000 on community projects and donations to Guyanese organisations.During October 2017, the Natural Resources Ministry said it was moving ahead to achieve its projected target of 700,000 ounces of gold declared for the year 2017, reporting a 475,202 gold declaration thus far. The National Budget had set a target of 694,000 ounces, but the Ministry was aiming for 700,000 ounces.In 2016, gold declarations surpassed 700,000 ounces, with a production of 705,820 ounces of gold. All miners were lauded for the record-breaking declaration for 2016 and were asked to recommit to breaking records again in 2017.
Injury-hit Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez may need an operation to cure a mystery foot problem.The England international only returned to action this season after 16 months out with cruciate damage but has now been sidelined since mid-October.Manager Ronald Koeman is baffled by the latest injury but Rodriguez could be facing another long spell out.“Jay is not good, we are disappointed,” Koeman said. “We did everything about his feet but looks like it could be surgery next week.“I don’t know what it is, you have to ask the doctor. The medical staff will make the final call about surgery, and if it’s yes I can tell something more about how long (he will be out).“It’s difficult for the player and for everybody, he has no problems about his knee and it’s a different injury. That takes him down mentally, but we will give total support to the player.”Another injury-hit Saints striker made his comeback this week, but Koeman was not entirely impressed with Shane Long’s appearance for Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2016 qualifying win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.Long played most of the second half having trained just once following a five-week lay-off with an ankle problem.“I was surprised,” added the Dutchman.“Of course our doctor had contact with the medical staff of the Irish national team and my information was he still was not 100 per cent fit.“I don’t like to say more because that’s not the way; the way is to contact them and if we are not happy we have to tell them. That’s the first step.“He is now fit because he played 40 minutes! But in my opinion a player needs more training before playing 40 minutes.“I understand it was a very important game, about qualification, but if I’m national coach I don’t put a player in after five or six weeks with only one training session. But that’s my personal opinion.” 1 Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez set for an extended absence after fresh injury set-back
Rafa Benitez had a bad weekend; Real Madrid losing 4-0 to arch-rivals Barcelona certainly wasn’t on the Spaniard’s wish list.Following the heavy defeat, the talkSPORT translator picked up on some exclusive footage from Benitez’s Monday night press conference, but typically has mistranslated a few key phrases.Watch the spoof video above to see Benitez lose it with a Spanish journalist, and give his views on Cristiano Ronaldo moving back to England to play alongside Jamie Vardy.*DISCLAIMER: There is not a single fact in this video.For more translator videos, check out talkSPORT on YouTube!
Pupils from Colaiste Na Carraige winners of the IMRO Beo finals 2015De hAoine an 24ú lá de Aibreann saw the climax of IMRO Comórtas BEO 2016. For the first time in its four year history a school from Donegal Colaiste na Carraige came out top of the pile.At 9.30PM Joe Mc Hugh took to the stage as Jackie Hayden went to great lengths to inform the 250 plus crowd how difficult the judging job was this year. Minister Mc Hugh seemed genuinly moved by the experience as he mentioned what great times he had at college with his great pal Johnny Bosco while thanking the organizers.Classic hits 4 FM dj Barbara Ni Dhonnacha had the task of naming the winners, 3rd St Josephs Castlebar, 2nd St Columbas Stranorlar and IMRO BEO champions for 2015 Colaiste na Carraige.A great day and night was was added to by some great Irish music, The Nameless from Dungloe, local outfit The New Youth, Team RKT from Belfast and headlined by a band now honing their talent with some fantastic dance tunes DOGS all the way from Dublin.2016 sees the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising and Joe Mc Hugh informed all attending that BEO entrants will need to include a project based on the celebration as part of their entry. Details are yet to be trashed out. An so ends another magnificent year and comhghairdeachas Colaiste na Carraige. DONEGAL SCHOOL SCOOPS BEO TITLE FOR FIRST TIME was last modified: April 25th, 2015 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:Beodonegal
A major road into Letterkenny is to have a €150,000 upgrade following a deterioration in recent months.Cllr James Pat McDaidCllr. James McDaid has welcomed the extra allocation of €40,000 for urgent repairs on this busy artery.A total of €150,000 is to be spent on the upgrading. Cllr. McDaid says this road was high on his list of priorities since getting on the council a year ago. He said: “Work will start at the roundabout at Tir Na nOg out as far as the rough part at Conwal and it will be completely resurfaced. It’s a shame that it is taken this length of time to get this done because it is one of the busiest roads leading into Letterkenny.“I would urge everybody to drive with extra care and caution on this road until the resurfacing has being completed.“ This work was one of my big priorities ahead of the local elections just one year ago and I’m happy that the job is now getting done. The job is out for tender at the moment and hopefully work will be completed in 4-5 weeks time. I will keep you all updated nearer the time when work will commence because there will be delays.”CONWAL ROAD TO GET €150,000 UPGRADE FOLLOWING DETERIORATION was last modified: May 28th, 2015 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)
Kitende will face Jinja SS in the final on Saturday, 18th May. (PHOTO/FILE)2019 Copa Coca ColaFriday, 17-05-2019Kakindu Stadium, Jinja-St. Marys Kitende 1(7) – 1(6) Buddo SS-Jinja SS 1-0 Standard High School JINJA – Wakiso based giants St. Mary’s Kitende and Jinja SS will contest the 2019 Copa Coca Cola final.The two Schools booked their spot in the Secondary Schools’ showpiece following respective victories in their semifinal matches played on Friday afternoon.In their game, Kitende drew 1-1 with 2018 champions Buddo SS and later triumphed 7-6 on penalties.Kitende got off to a flying start, scoring the first goal inside the opening 10 minutes of the contest. The goal was scored by Abdul Watambala off a ferocious shot.On 31 minutes, Buddo equalized through semifinal hero Emmanuel Loki. Loki was also the one who banged both Buddo goals as they overcame Jinja Progressive Academy 2-0 in the last eight on Thursday morning.With neither side able to find the winner in a tense second half, the two Wakiso District giants had to face the pressure of spot kicks to find a winner between them.In the shootouts, a winner was only determined after 20 spot-kicks with Kitende running out 7-6 victors to storm the finals.Charles Lwanga, Yiga Najib, Jacob Okao, Musa Ssali, Ahmed Amayo, Abdul Karim Watambala and Ivan Asaba all found the net from 12 yards for Kitende while Andrew Kawooya, Bobosi Byaruhanga and Aziz Kayondo missed.For Buddo, Joseph Bukenya, Hamza Mulambuzi, Ibrahim Bbosa, Abu Kajabwangu, Musa Segujja and Ronald Innocent converted their penalties while Godfrey Arijole, Kiggundu, Joseph Kafumbe and Dhata Kafumbe were denied.In the other semifinal, Jinja SS scrapped past 10 man Standard High School 1-0 in an ill-tempered and dramatic game that saw tear gas fired at some point.The game was highlighted by referees’ changes after the first set disallowed two goals, one for either side, in a space of a minute, proving that the tension in the duel was too much for them.The drama started after the referee blew for a foul on the Standard High custodian yet the ball had already gone into the back of the net. In response, Standard made a quick restart as Jinja players were celebrating what they thought was a goal and the Wakiso based School scored one of their own at the other end.The referee disallowed Standard’s goal and in a gesture, signaled that the Jinja SS goal had been allowed. Standard players protested and refused to resume the game, the tournament organizers intervened and the game was stopped for about 30 minutes.On resumption, a new set of referees led the teams back onto the pitch and the game was restarted at 0-0.In the first half of the restarted duel, Standard’s Arron Okwi was sent off for a dangerous tackle, leaving his side to play most of the game with 10 men.However, Jinja could not find the break through as the half ended 0-0.Much to the Jubilation of the home crowd, Jinja scored the all-important goal in the second half through Ashraf Kawasi and in the process, won the game 1-0 to reach the finals.Jinja SS and St. Mary’s Kitende will now face off in the final of the competition on Saturday afternoon at Kakindu Stadium, to determine the winner.Kitende has won the competition 8 times with the last triumph coming in 2015. For Jinja SS, they are seeking to win it for only the second time with their only win coming in 2017.Kibuli are the record winners having won it 11 times.Comments Tags: 2019 Copa Coca ColaBuddo SSJinja SSSt Mary’s KitendeStandard High School-Zaanatop
Tags: abdallah mubiruCHAN 2020SomaliatopUganda Cranes Mubiru was named Cranes interim coach on Wednesday. (PHOTOS/file)CHAN 2020 QualifiersSomalia vs UgandaMogadishu Stadium, MogadishuFriday, 26-07-2019 @4pmJust over 48 hours after he was named interim Uganda Cranes head coach, Abdallah Mubiru has kicked off his duties.The Police FC head coach has on Friday, July 12th, summoned a 30 man squad that is to start preparations for the upcoming CHAN 2020 qualifier.Uganda is slated to face Somalia in the first leg of the first round of qualification, on Saturday, 26th July 2017, in Mogadishu.The Squad that Mubiru has summoned includes 5 goalkeepers, 9 defenders, 12 midfielders and 4 strikers.They will kick-start training on Sunday, May 14th, at StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo where they will hold a session at 10am. The single session routine will continue through the following day (Monday).On Tuesday and Wednesday, the team will hold double sessions with one at 10am and the other at 4pm.The team will then hold a morning session on Thursday, 18th July, before entering residential camp in the evening.The Cranes will enter residential camp on Thursday, 18th July 2019.They will then travel for Hoima the following day. While in Hoima, they will play a Regional tour game with Kitara Region on Saturday before returning to Kampala on Sunday.Upon returning to Kampala, they will step-up preparations for the game against Somalia, on the 26th of July.Details of the Uganda Cranes training programme-Friday 12th July- Uganda Squad of locally based players named-Sunday and Monday 14th-15th July 2019: Training sessions at 10am in Lugogo-Tuesday and Wednesday- 16th-17th July-Double training sessions (10am/4pm) at Lugogo-Thursday 18th July-Training 10am at Lugogo, enter residential camp in the evening-Friday 19th July-Travel to Kitara, train in Hoima for the Regional tour match-Saturday 20th July-Uganda Cranes vs Kitara Region Select-Sunday 21st July travel back to KampalaPlayers SummonedGoalkeepersLukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Alitho James (URA FC), Mugabi Yasin (Wakiso Giants Fc), Keni Saidi ( Sc Villa), Mutakubya Joel ( Kyetume FC)DefendersWilla Paul (Police FC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Revita John (Express FC), Awany Timothy (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul (URA FC), Galiwango Dissan (Express FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Mandela Ashraf (URA FC). MidfieldersTaddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Kasozi Nicolas (KCCA FC), Mutyaba Muzamir (KCCA FC), Masiko Tom (Vipers SC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Kyambadde Allan (KCCA FC), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Owor David ( SC Villa ), Ssozi Yusuf ( Paidha Black Angels), Kigozi Samson Andrew (Kakiri Town Council FC).StrikersKaddu Patrick (KCCA FC), Sserunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Senkatuka Nelson (Bright Stars FC) and Odong Johnson ( Police FC).The technical team of the Uganda CranesHead coach – Abdallah MubiruAssistant coach – Livingstone MbabaziGoalkeeping coach – Sadiq WassaTeam Coordinator – Geoffrey MassaComments
The National Geographic Traveller’s 20-page travel supplement dedicated to Donegal was celebrated at a special event last week.Donegal County Council, Donegal Tourism CLG and tourism representatives came together to mark the international exposure of Donegal’s best highlights in the magazine’s September issue and to praise the county as a top destination for visitors.The official launch of the National Geographic Traveller – Donegal supplement on Friday, 1 September 2017 at Donegal County CouncilFollowing on from the announcement that County Donegal was named as the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet 2017’ by the highly renowned magazine, the team at Donegal Tourism CLG made contact with National Geographic Traveller to explore potential marketing opportunities that would maximise the exposure Donegal would receive as a result of this prestigious title. As a result, the 20-page travel supplement dedicated to Donegal and included in the September 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller is just one of the elements of an extensive marketing campaign that is ongoing with National Geographic Traveller who are working closely with the Donegal Tourism CLG team.Image: National Geographic Traveller UK, Donegal Magazine, September 2017The official launch was hosted by Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle and the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Chairman of Donegal Tourism CLG Mr Seamus Neely, which took place on Friday in the County House in Lifford.Speaking at the launch the Cathaoirleach said: ‘Donegal is the ideal destination for a wide range of visitors and this massive international exposure received as a result of the National Geographic Traveller Donegal travel supplement will have far reaching benefits for tourism into the future. This is an ideal opportunity for visitors from around the world to experience that Donegal really has it all.’The Donegal travel supplement was developed by Donegal Tourism Staff, Managing Director and Publisher, Matthew Jackson, Editor Stephanie Cavagnaro, travel writer Zoë McIntyre and photographer Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi. Chief Executive Seamus Neely stated: ‘The impact of being named the ‘Coolest place on the Planet’ has had a much greater effect in County Donegal than the National Geographic Traveller team had expected in terms of the boost to morale and the passion of the people to embrace this wonderful opportunity’.Sarah Meehan, Donegal Tourism (centre), with photographer Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi (left) and travel writer Zoë McIntyre (right), outside Donegal Airport.‘Zoë and Alecsandra visited Donegal earlier this year and travelled to all corners of the county gathering stories, taking photos and experiencing the very best of County Donegal. They were hosted by representatives from the tourism sector from accommodation to meals, activities to attractions, the people of Donegal really came behind us to support this initiative and we would like to sincerely thank all of those involved in hosting them during their visit to Donegal,’ Mr Neely said.In addition to online marketing activity where articles about Donegal will feature on the National Geographic Traveller blog and social media, in September 2017 the Donegal Tourism CLG team will travel to London to attend a very special online event hosted by National Geographic Traveller.This is an online live event where representatives from various regions around the world will come together to discuss their destination with a panel of experts. This is a very exciting opportunity to showcase Donegal and more information about this event will be available soon.Donegal celebrates the ‘Coolest’ magazine coverage was last modified: September 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:coolest placeDonegal County Councildonegal tourismnational geographic traveller