‘Liberia is Grateful to Nation’s Genuine Investors’

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai, has assured the nation’s genuine investors that Liberians are very grateful for their socio-economic contributions to the development, growth and progress of the country.VP Boakai made the assertion Friday at the launch of the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s (LCCBC) Cultural Leadership Campaign held at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.Vice President Boakai described Coca-Cola/LCCBC as a true partner in progress that has made significant contributions to the overall development and progress of the country.He added that even during the height of the Ebola spread and after the crisis, LCCBC/Coca- Cola Company demonstrated consolidated partnership to all Liberians, irrespective of political, social and economic backgrounds.He recalled that in 2006 the management of the LCCBC/Coca-Cola was in Voinjama, Lofa, Gbarnga and Bong Counties and other strategic areas.The Liberian Vice President further pointed out that during the administration of LCCBC’s predecessor Rockefeller Findley, the management distributed a number of umbrellas to several small and retail customers in the country.VP Boakai also indicated that the LCCBC is not only interested in the promotion of its brand products on the Liberian market, but has worked with the Liberian government to ensure genuine development.“Keep all rules, keep safe and follow all the health measures during these crucial period of the post Ebola virus challenges and economic constraints,” VP Boakai admonished.In addition, VP Boakai assured the management of LCCBC and other investors in the country of the Liberian government’s support, protection and an enabling business environment.In closing, VP Boakai urged the Coca-Cola/LCCBC to ensure that the entity’s initiatives help in the creation of jobs for Liberians and other professionals in the country.In his statement, Mr. Philippe Ayivor, LCCBC Country Manager intimated that the entity believes in the indomitable spirit of Liberians across the country.Ayivor described Liberians as having an inner strength and as far as Coca-Cola is concerned, Liberia is an unconquerable nation despite enormous challenges.“You have overcome all your insurmountable challenges and constraints during some of your critical and difficult times,” Mr. Ayivor asserted.Executive Ayivor also pointed out that this is the kind of spirit LCCBC/Coca has seen in Liberia and that is the reason the occasion has been planned to celebrate, honor and send a message from horror to genuine hope.He disclosed that Coke was founded in 1886 and Liberia was founded as a Republic in 1847, thus making Liberia far older than Coca-Cola.Manager Ayivor said the Coca-Cola Company was established in Liberia in 1949; hence the entity has been with Liberia for a long time.He also indicated that during the height of the civil crisis, the economic fortune of Liberia turned negatively and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Liberia declined ninety percent.During the deadly Ebola virus crisis, Mr. Ayivor recounted that LCCBC/Coca-Cola distributed medical equipment, water, drugs and other critical materials to help save the lives of many Liberians.He also disclosed the cost associated with the procurement of the medical supplies, and other sanitation materials in the neighborhood of US$500,000.“We believe that the sun is rising again for Liberia and LCCBC/Coca-Cola is taking the message on the road through the country in order to bring hope to our people and refresh and introduce our products,” Mr. Ayivor emphasized.Earlier during the welcome remarks, Country Manager Seth Adu-Baah recounted the many contributions of the entity and pledged to support the Liberian government and people in its enormous post Ebola challenges.During the launch of the Cultural Leadership Campaign, Madam Kyndy Kabbah was designated by the management to serve as the brand ambassador in Liberia.Madam Kabbah, spent 23 days in an Ebola Treatment Unit after contracting the disease and by the grace of God and medical doctors, got cured.In response, Madam Kabbah accepted the honor and pledged to work with the LCCBC in its Ebola awareness and brand exposure initiatives in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ambassador Malac Assures Liberia of US Commitment

first_imgUnited States Ambassador Deborah Malac has assured Liberians that her country remains committed to the long-lasting relationship between the two countries and will do its best to build a Liberia that is at peace with itself and its neighbors, and offers economic opportunity to all Liberian citizens.Making the commitment on July 3, 2014 at the Executive Pavilion during celebration of America’s 238th Independence, Ambassador Malac recalled that the partnership between Liberia and the United States is a long and enduring one that manifests itself in many ways, touching a broad range of activities.She mentioned electricity as one area of interest to the U.S. in terms of making it available in every part of Liberia.Considering Liberia’s past and acknowledging the need for collective efforts in building a nation that Liberians want, the US Ambassador noted that building a bright future is no easy task, but requires unity of effort, a shared vision and a commitment to the common good.“This does not mean that there must always be complete agreement on every policy decision — alternative or dissenting views can drive innovative solutions and are a necessary component of a vibrant democracy — but it does require public discourse marked by civility and respect.  We can agree to disagree while continuing to work together in the best interests of the country,” she stressed.Furthermore, the US Diplomat stated “Another’s success or opportunity should not automatically unleash unfounded invective, but should serve as a model of what is possible to achieve through joint effort.”“The wheels of progress cannot turn forward if they are constantly blocked by the stones of pettiness and personal attack whose sole purpose is to prevent things from happening or to preserve political or personal advantage,” Ambassador Malac noted.She told the people of Liberia that sustainable, broad-based development and true economic prosperity do not happen overnight, but require  sustained commitment and concentrated focus and lots of patience.She noted that the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia has made progress, but there is much more to do to deliver the promise and benefits of peace and prosperity to all Liberians.Recalling some areas where the United States Government has demonstrated its commitment to Liberia, the US Ambassador mentioned the 2nd session of U.S.-Liberia Partnership Dialogue, the visits of Counselor Tom Shannon and Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom, the  selection of 15 young Liberians to participate in President Obama’s Young Leaders Initiative (YALI) summer fellowship program, and the invitation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit scheduled for early August.The ambassador listed some activities through which the U.S. has previously demonstrated its commitment to Liberia. These include Liberia’s recognition as as one of only six Power Africa Initiative countries; the transfer of leadership of the new Armed Forces of Liberia to a Liberian officer corps; and new patrol boats for Liberia’s Coast Guard.There are also ongoing programs to support agriculture, education and healthcare delivery; the Center for Disease Control (CDC); and the Department of Defense and USAID assistance to GOL for Ebola response are other areas of commitment.President Sirleaf:Beginning with quotations of former U.S. Presidents,  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf congratulated the people of the United States for their 238 years of existence as a nation and noted that it took sacrifices and commitment to reach where they are.She said as people who have experienced years of turbulence, Liberians are championing their own journey to freedom, noting, “If we have to succeed, we need to do what is right not only for ourselves but for the prosperity of all.”The President said the journey is not perhaps to sacrifice with blood but with sweat to make change possible.  She added that for Liberians to succeed everyone must demonstrate commitment and be willing to give more and not less so that the next generation will be better.Liberia and the United States have remained deeply joined together in partnership and relationship over the long years of existence, she recalled, and expressed commitment to nurturing this bond through collaborations and partnership dialogue.President Sirleaf acknowledged that Liberia continues to benefit from U.S. gesture in areas of security, accountability and other essential needs to the country. She also counted on U.S. commitment to selecting Liberia as one of the power countries to be a welcoming development and called on that Government to live up to it to provide light to all parts of Liberia.The U.S. Independence Day celebration at the Executive Pavilion was attended by Government officials including the Chief Justice Francis Korkpor and members of the Judiciary, Senate President Pro-Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley, members of the House of Representatives, Ministers and heads of agencies and public corporations, and the Doyen and Members of the Diplomatic Corps.The United States of America gained its independence on July 4, 1776 with George Washington becoming its first President.  The celebration in Liberia on July 3 is basically due to time difference between Liberia and that country.Liberia being five hours ahead in day light will be approaching the 5th of July when Americans are celebrating the anniversary on the 4th.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Damage and needs assessment underway, as clean-up continues in Wakenaam

first_img– central Govt could look at stricter penalties for errant contractorsForty-nine Wakenaam residents continue to clean up their homes in the aftermath of the recent flooding which occurred after a sea defence breach, the true impact of which is likely to be known in the coming days, after officials in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) complete a damage and needs assessment of the affected areas.That breach has been sealed and the water has receded, but Wakenaam Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairman Sheik Amad told <> late Monday afternoon that the damage assessment would determine the cost and make recommendations for the needs of the 150 affected residents.“By Wednesday, we should know exactly the total cost (of) the damage that was recorded,” Amad told this publication.Workers moving to shore up the breach at Wakenaam on SundayResidents of Melville and Sans Souci in Wakenaan woke up to find salt water levels about 3 feet deep in their homes; which resulted in damage to appliances, carpets and other household items on Sunday morning. The Chairman highlighted that, even with periodic rains, workmen were labouring up to the last few daylight hours on Monday to shore up the breach, which some say was caused as a result of negligence on the part of the contractor.<> understands that some two weeks ago, construction began on a rip-rap seawall aback the Sans Souci mosque, but the structure started seeping last week Tuesday, and the contractor was called in to do remedial works thereon. Region 3 Executive Officer Denis Jaikarran and a team from the Civil Defence Commission on Sunday visited the area to assess the situation, and together facilitated distribution of hampers to residents, which included disinfectant, bleach and other cleaning materials.However, the Ministry of the Presidency noted late Sunday that remedial works have commenced in the area to prevent another occurrence.Head of the Civil Defence Commission, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, was quoted as saying that there were no [further] breaches or overtopping. He noted that the CDC was able to provide supplies to the affected families to aid in their clean-up efforts, while the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) would, in the coming days, be conducting further checks to assess the exact damage per household.“The Civil Defence Commission is extremely pleased with the work of the RDC. They have mobilised, and this is why the Regional Multi-Hazard Preparedness and Response Plan is important. CDC is just here to lend support to the region, and respond to the situation. We have provided the necessary cleaning and hygiene supplies,” Craig said.Region Three REO, Dennis Jaikarran, has said that works were being conducted on the sea defence in the area, and he has confirmed that the contractor did not follow established protocols.Jaikaran has also said the Region would now be looking to work with the Central Government and the Public Infrastructure Ministry to ensure that stricter measures are put in place to deal with contracts and public works.“We are looking at the situation and monitoring the situation. We are with the people of Wakenaam, and we believe that we would have to think about bringing some order and semblance to contracted works and contractors,” he noted.“He noted that while the water has receded, the NDC and Regional Councillors will be conducting on-the- ground assessments in the area to see how best the affected persons can be compensated for their losses”, according to a Government statement.The CDC has said that, along with the regional administration, it would continue to monitor the situation.last_img read more

Blizzard Bike Club holds 28th Awards Banquet

first_imgMasters B Women: Barb Polehoykie, C: Dawn Gladysz.Mountain biking: Men: Pat Ferris, Wm: Jolea Bilodeau, U15: Connor McDonellDuathlon Men: Pat Ferris/Bob Andrews, Wm: Jolea BilodeauCombines Cup: Pat Ferris, Wm Jolea BilodeauFastest Baldonnel Time Trial: Stephen Ferris and Sandy McDonald.Advertisement Best Crash: Larry JoiceMost Improved: Kevin Shaw. The Blizzard Bike Club held its 28th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night at the Quality Inn with 40 people in attendance.Jolea Bilodeau and Pat Ferris took home the most trophies with four each. Stephen Ferris and Kevin Shaw each took home two. Kevin Shaw took home the ‘Most Improved’ and Larry Joice got the ‘Halfwheel’ trophy for best crash.- Advertisement -Club President Patricia Emery complimented the club on its racing achievements such as Richard Wood’s National Silver medal, Robert Martens provincial gold medal and Peter Kings’ efforts to make the National Para Cycling team. She also mentioned the work the club members have done in building the Cactus mountain bike trails, which are soon to become a registered trail with Tourism BC.The club would like to thank Barb, Jolea, Patricia, Lois and Hilda for putting it all together.Sunday afternoon’s Cyclo cross was snowed out.Coming up on Sunday, Oct 31 is the final Blizzard event of the season. The ‘Muddy Face’ Club Cyclo Cross Championships at 1 pm from the North Peace High School circuit.Advertisementcenter_img Age Class Trophy and Award winners:Peewee – Tristen Bourassa, Junior Brandon Joice,Senior Wm. Jolea Bilodeau Senior men (tie) Stephen Ferris/ Tim Gladysz/Colter Young.Masters A: George Gamble, B: Kevin Shaw, C: Pat Ferris, D: Ken NixAdvertisementlast_img read more

Salvation Army grateful for volunteer help

first_imgDay of Caring is a project created by the United Way, which promotes local volunteers contributing to various non-profit organizations within the community.On Sept. 10, Acklands Grainger volunteers helped sort all the food that had been donated during the last food bank food drive.Dale Sokoloski, the Salvation Army Shelter Manager says, “the volunteers were amazing and helped out more than I can tell you. They gave us a significant jump on our food drives, so thank you.”- Advertisement -The volunteers from the Acklands Graingers were Branch Manager Jerry Ward, Diane Ward and Trish Gordon.The United Way Community Director for Northeast B.C. Niki Hedges, spoke about the weekend food drive, saying she was “very impressed with what goes on beyond the thrift store and the vision and passion that Ben Lippers, Salvation Army Community Director has.”She also extended her thanks to Acklands Grainger for giving their time to benefit the community.Advertisementlast_img read more

MP3 ruling may go beyond Microsoft

first_img“The whole industry understood that that was where you went,” said Tom Burt, a deputy general counsel for Microsoft. When the software maker decided to add MP3 decoding and encoding capabilities to its Windows Media Player, it paid Fraunhofer $16 million for the relevant intellectual property licenses and source code. Burt said the size of the damages imposed by the jury Thursday is “absurd.” Other companies that license the Fraunhofer MP3 technology should be very concerned by the outcome, he said. Apple and RealNetworks declined to comment on the verdict, but some intellectual property lawyers think the trouble could extend well beyond Microsoft.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEATTLE – A federal jury’s ruling that Microsoft infringed on two MP3 patents and must pay $1.52 billion in damages could turn into a major sour note for other technology companies in the digital music business. The victory for France’s Alcatel-Lucent SA could embolden the telecommunications equipment maker to pursue claims – or seek royalties – from other companies that it believes infringe on the technology, experts said Friday. The two patents in question in Thursday’s decision cover the encoding and decoding of audio into the digital MP3 format – a popular way to convert music from a CD into a lightweight file on a personal computer and vice versa. Microsoft said it paid for the technology from Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute, which licenses it to hundreds of companies, including Apple Inc. and RealNetworks Inc. last_img read more

Emery demands more as Arsenal eye perfect 10

first_imgBut other than a 5-1 thrashing of Fulham in their last outing before the international break, Arsenal have often got more than they deserved from their performances over the past two months.“I think the difficulty now is to not relax,” said Emery ahead of Monday’s visit of Leicester to the Emirates.“After winning six games in the Premier League, we need to continue to be demanding in each match and think about the next match as the most important.“If we are remembering the last match at the Emirates (against Watford), we won but not playing like we want, with the control against the opposition.”Watford are also the only side Arsenal have beaten in the top half of the table so far, having lost their opening two games to Manchester City and Chelsea.And Emery believes City, Chelsea and Liverpool, who share the Premier League lead on 20 points from eight matches, remain the benchmark.“The first two matches we lost against Manchester City and Chelsea. But after six matches winning in the Premier League, it hasn’t changed.“We need this calm because we (beat) a lot of opposition teams with very poor performances.“We need to stay with the best teams in the Premier League. To stay with them, we need to do better and get better at different things.”Emery is confident Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be fit despite sitting out the second of Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying wins over South Sudan in the past week.But the Spaniard could be forced into changes by a demanding run of three games in six days.Arsenal travel to Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday and then face Crystal Palace away on Sunday.“Every player, they need to feel they can play every match. (With) only three days difference between one match and another, you can’t do that,” added Emery.“I prefer to play Saturday or Sunday. It (playing on Monday) has the advantage for more time to prepare the match – that’s one positive.“After, we are going to play Thursday, we are going to play Sunday also, two matches very quickly after Leicester. For me it’s not an excuse because we are preparing for Monday.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager Unai Emery still wants more from his side despite a run of nine straight wins © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 19 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery has called for calm and insisted the Gunners still have plenty to improve on despite a nine-game winning run in all competitions.Six of those wins have come in the Premier League as Arsenal have closed to within two points of top spot in the Premier League.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN FACE RED HUGHS IN RELEGATION PLAY-OFF THIS WEEKEND

first_imgNaomh Ultan GAA NewsRoyal Flush Lotto –Royal Flush Draw results for 23/11/2014 were 4, 5 , 12 & 18. There was no winner, consolation prizes went to Pat Boyle, Paul McNern & Pat Daniels . Next week’s jackpot now stands at €560. AGM –The CLG Naomh Ultan Annual General Meeting takes place this Sunday November 30th at 5pm in the clubhouse. All welcome to attend.Night at the Races –The Annual Night at the Races takes place this Saturday, Nov 29th in MacLaughlins Bar, Dunkineely. An enjoyable night is promised, proceedings will kick off at 9pm. See you all there. Promotion Playoff Replay –Our Seniors drew after extra time in a tense and exciting affair with Red Hughs in Bundoran a fortnight ago.Both teams had chances to win it but a late fight back by the lads deep into extra time meant that the result would have to be determined on another day.The replay for the Promotion/Relegation Playoff is fixed to take place this Saturday, Nov 29th in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey at 2:30pm.We’d encourage as much support as possible once again, as it was phenomenal in Bundoran and at times spurred the team on when they needed it most. GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN FACE RED HUGHS IN RELEGATION PLAY-OFF THIS WEEKEND was last modified: November 25th, 2014 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:GAANaomh UltanNoticesSportlast_img read more

DONEGAL URGED TO VOTE FOR SPANISH STUDENT’S BEAUTIFUL DOODLE4GOOGLE!

first_imgMagnífico! Naiara Sanchez Abad’s Doodle4Google entryTHE people of Carndonagh are getting behind a foreign exchange student whose Doodle4Google entry has caused quite a stir.Spanish student Naiara Sanchez Abad’s is in 2nd Year at Carndonagh Community School.Teacher Michelle McGee is hoping thousands of people across County Donegal will now vote for Naiara’s entry. “Her doodle has been selected to go through to the national competition. Public voting has started and closes on 10th March. Voting is sure to be frantic in schools throughout the country, so be sure to give Naiara your vote,” said Michelle.“It would be fantastic if Donegal got behind Naiara….it might make some headlines over in Spain!”You can vote here:http://www.google.ie/doodle4google/vote.html#d=d4-3  DONEGAL URGED TO VOTE FOR SPANISH STUDENT’S BEAUTIFUL DOODLE4GOOGLE! was last modified: February 18th, 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:CarndonaghDoodle4GooglemagníficoNaiara Sanchez Abadlast_img read more

Local Roundup: Rich Mendoza returns to Humboldt State as Jacks’ top assistant coach

first_img … Arcata >> Rich Mendoza is back on the North Coast.Mendoza, the former head men’s basketball coach at College of the Redwoods, has been named as Steve Kinder’s No. 1 assistant at Humboldt State, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.Mendoza replaces Cy Vandermeer, who served as the Jacks’ top assistant the past four seasons and spent two stints on the bench at his alma mater.Also joining Kinder’s coaching staff are Jason Hodges and former HSU forward and Arcata native Tom Witzel.last_img