Delta’s Liberia Passengers Will Have to Catch Flight from Accra

first_imgDelta Air Lines last week announced that it has reached agreement on what it calls “an enhanced partnership” with SkyTeam partner Kenya Airways to offer convenient connecting flights between Monrovia, Liberia, and Accra, Ghana.The services will begin effective September 1, 2014, operating three times a week on a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Kenya Airways (KQ). The Kenya Airways flight will offer seamless and convenient connections with Delta’s nonstop flights between Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.“Delta has had a presence in Liberia for four years and we are pleased to be able to continue this association with the country through our new partnership with Kenya Airways,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Delta recognizes the importance of offering services between Monrovia and the United States and we would like to thank the Liberian Government for its continued support. Delta remains committed to the country and facilitating travel to the U.S. with our Kenya Airways partner.”This service replaces Delta’s three-times weekly operations from Monrovia’s Roberts International Airport to Accra, Ghana. Passengers connecting onto Delta’s Accra to New York-JFK services from Kenya Airways will enjoy through check-in for their entire journey from Monrovia – collecting their boarding passes and checking in luggage from Monrovia through to their final destination in the United States.Passengers connecting in Accra will be able to proceed directly to the transit lounge, without the need to clear Ghanaian immigration, for the flight departure from Delta’s dedicated airport gates to New York. Delta staff will be on hand to ease the connecting customer process and the transit time in Accra is anticipated to be one and a half hours. SkyMiles and Flying Blue members will continue to enjoy mileage accrual and elite benefits like extra baggage allowance, priority boarding, and lounge access on both airlines.Business class passengers connecting through Kotoka International Airport will be able to access the new Sanbra Priority Lounge, which is positioned next to Delta’s airport gates, and provides customers with a luxury lounge experience prior to their flight to New York-JFK. The lounge has capacity for 108 people with leather seating, free Wi-Fi, complimentary snacks and a wide variety of soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as televisions and shower facilities.Delta’s sales office will remain open in Liberia and continue to sell tickets to the U.S. The airline will also continue selling tickets from the U.S. to Liberia.Kenya Airways’ Regional General Manager for West Africa, America, Europe & Asia Pacific, Julius Thairu said: “This strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines enhances our presence in West Africa and cements our position as Africa’s premier airline. By providing a seamless connection from Liberia to Delta’s Accra to New York service, it significantly boosts Kenya Airways’ efforts to link Africa to the rest of the world. This will provide our guests from Africa with an additional efficient and convenient connection to the U.S. on Delta Air Lines. It ties in with our long-term growth strategy to increase our footprint across the world.”The Monrovia-Accra-New York schedule will leave Monrovia at 18:00 and arrive at 20:00 and arrive in Accra at 20:00. Thereafter, it leaves Accra at 22:35 and arrives at  05:13.Delta’s daily services between Accra and New York are operated with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats, comprising 25 seats in BusinessElite, 29 in Premium Economy and 171 seats in Economy.Once onboard, passengers in the BusinessElite cabin will enjoy forward-facing seats that convert to a 180-degree fully flat-bed and offer direct aisle access in a 1x2x1 configuration.  Delta has also invested in its economy class with seats that provide additional legroom, adjustable headrests, personal in-seat entertainment screens with over 350 films, 250 TV shows, 100 hours of HBO, 4,500 songs and 30 games and USB power at each seat. All Economy passengers will be provided with a complimentary amenity kit to improve their flight experience.Delta Air Lines operates services to four African cities in four countries. The airline has grown from 22 weekly departures to and from Africa in December 2006 to 29 in summer 2014.Passengers travelling from Liberia can book flights to the U.S. on Delta and Kenya Airways via travel agents and Delta’s dedicated reservations teams in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Three Dominican Nationals each fined $15,000

first_imgChief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday fined three Dominican Republican Nationals ,000 each on three separate charges, for failing to comply with the conditions of their permit which granted them each one month stay in Guyana.Yafieisi Mola Cordero, 26, Vianaly Medina Montano, 26, and Yolanda Rosario Hernandez all plead guilty to their charge which said, between 14 March and 16 April, 2016, at Georgetown, they failed to comply with the conditions of their permit, thereby exceeding their one-month stay.According to the prosecution facts of Deniro Jones, the nationals came to Guyana via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, and they were granted one month stay. They arrived on February 12 2016, and spent their time in Bartica, but on April 11, 2016, policemen in the area carried out a search where the three accused resided, their passports were checked and it was discovered they had expired permits.Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat told the court that his clients came to Guyana seeking a better life and they only overstayed one month, he noted they all have children back in the Dominican Republic.When asked by Chief McLennan through an interpreter if they had anything to say as to why they overstayed their time, they all give the same answer, saying they like Guyana and want to learn more of the country.Failure to pay ( 000 fine, will result in five days imprisonment.last_img read more

Ellen Commissions Nyenabo Ambassador

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commissioned former Grand Gedeh Senator  Isaac W. Nyenabo, instructing him to go forth and represent the people and interests of the Liberian state to his areas of assignment.The Senator now-turned- diplomat, was commissioned as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium with concurrent accreditations to the Kingdom of Netherlands, Grand Duchy of Luxemburg and the European Union, respectively.Nyenabo received his letters of credence during a ceremony which took place in the Cabinet Room at the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, an Executive Mansion statement said. President Sirleaf expressed her confidence in the integrity of Ambassador Nyenabo and praised his capability and level of interaction in his legislative work.Ambassador Isaac Nyenabo  was challenged by President Sirleaf on his responsibilities as Liberia’s ambassador to Belgium and the European Union (EU), which she referred to as two of Liberia’s strongest development partners that have tremendously contributed to the country’s development aspirations.President Sirleaf also stressed the need for maintaining a strategic presence in Belgium and at the EU. She acknowledged that although she and the former Senator did not always agree on every issue, he remained constructive in his observations and sometimes became an advocate for the government.The new ambassador thanked President Sirleaf for his preferment and said he welcomes the challenges ahead but noted that he takes solace in “defining a set of objectives: say what you want and then consider the obstacles. Never must the objectives be renounced in favor of the obstacles.” He assured President Sirleaf that he would perform to her expectation by implementing Liberia’s foreign policy program in terms of attracting genuine investments, trade and commerce as well as securing the needed resources to assist with fostering the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) and lifting the country to middle income level by 2030.Ambassador Nyenabo recalled the role of the EU in  Liberia’s recovery, especially  in the areas of peace and security, food security, human capacity building, budget support and the aggressive fight against Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Know the “Constituents” of Liberia’s ICT and Telecommunications Sector

first_imgThis is the second article I have written since the beginning of the year 2015 and I thought I use this occasion to provide some insight the “constituents of Liberia’s ICT and Telecommunications sector. My attempt here emanates from the fact that many Liberians do not know exactly who is who, or who does what in the sector. For example, I have heard people blame the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for not penalizing GSM operators for not delivering certain services. And sometimes, some Liberians, even ICT professionals tend to mix up the responsibilities of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) with those of LIBTELCO’s.  So, in this second article of 2015, I will try to provide insight that will enable Liberians understand the distinction in responsibilities and the role and functions of the players in the sector. I will begin with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications since it heads the sector.The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications or MoPT is the POLICY MAKER and the HEAD of Liberia’s Telecommunications and ICT sector. In addition to ensuring that the country operates an effective and efficient postal service, the Ministry develops policies for the sector and oversees the GOL e-government program through the Chief Information Office (CIO) and the Project Management Office (PMO). Within the ministry, there are three main departments: The Department of Administration; The Department of Operations; and The Department of Telecommunications and Technical Services. The Ministry is headed by Dr. Frederick B. Norkeh. Dr. Norkeh is American-trained professional and one of the few Liberians who served in professional/managerial roles in corporate America. “Doc” as he is affectionately called, is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of LIBTELCO. Supporting Dr. Norkeh are three highly qualified American and Australian trained deputies. Hon. J. Ebenezer. Koliebo serves as Deputy for Admnistration; Hon. Fohn Dologmengi serves as deputy for operations, and Hon. Zotawon. Titus, heads the Technical Services and ICT department. In addition, the Minister has several assistant ministers and directors as part of his team.The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) is the REGULATOR. It is the statutory regulatory body established to foster the provision of accessible and affordable ICT based telecommunications services for all Liberians. The LTA was created by the Telecommunications ACT of 2007 (Telecom Act 2007).The LTA is governed by a five-person Board of Commissioners. These Commissioners are appointed by the President for a tenured four-year period. The President designates one of the five appointed Commissioners to be Chairperson of the Commission.Heading the LTA as Chairperson is the astute, articuate and meticulous Honorable Angelique E. Weeks. Honorable Weeks is serving her second term. Other members of the Board of Commissioners include:  Honorable Henry W. Benson, Commissioner, Engineering and Technology; Honorable Harry T. Yuan, Sr.; Commissioner, Government and Consumer Affairs; Honorable Anthony B. McCritty, Commissioner, Licensing and Regulations; and Honorable Maria G. Harrelson, Commissioner, International Gateway Management System.LIBTELCO  formerly known as Liberia Telecommunications Corporation is designated by the Telecommunications Act of 2007 as Liberia’s NATIONAL OPERATOR. LIBTELCO provides both wireless as well as wire-line solutions for fast telecommunications. LIBTELCO has competitive advantage in telecommunications, most especially in wire-line service provision. In a market full of wire-less service providers, LIBTELCO is the only public utility service provider with the sole legal right-of-way authority for maintaining telecommunication ducting system throughout Monrovia.LIBTELCO has been criticized for its inability to fully roll out the African Coast to Europe (ACE) fiber-optic cable since its advent several years ago. But these criticisms do not subsume the challenges that the entity continues to face. Hopefully though, with the recent changes in management and governance, we may see a shift in paradigm and a new energy as LIBTELCO takes on its national mandate. We may see a National Operator (LIBTELCO) that adopts an agile/responsive approach to service and product delivery as well as competition.LIBTELCO is currently headed by Honorable Sebastian Muah. Honorable Muah brings a strong ICT background to LIBTELCO and vast experience working in Government (Previously Deputy Minister at what used to be Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs and the Deputy Minister of Finance for Budget).GSM Mobile Operators and Providers: Liberia has several GSM mobile operators and fixed wireless providers that are competing for customers. These operators and providers include: Lonestar Cell MTN, Cellcom, Novafone, LIBTELCO and West Africa Telecom. Lonestar Cell MTN is member of MTN Group which is a leading international telecommunications company operating in 21 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Since the beginning of its operations in Liberia in 2001, Lonestar Cell MTN, has been the most expansive telecommunications network in the country reaching all fifteen counties.Cellcom Liberia was launched in the country in 2004 with a vision to be the nation’s leading service provider.  The company has extended its coverage to other West African countries including Guinea and has been one of the GSM operators that has provided many innovative products and services in Liberia.Formerly known as Comium, Novafone began on September 12, 2013, in Monrovia, Liberia. NOVAFONE is considered the number three GSM provider in the country.I have already discussed LIBTELCO above so there’s no need to be redundant. But West Africa Telecom has also been a player in the ICT sector. Almost all of the providers and operators have access to high-speed internet. This high speed internet is provided by the ACE optical fiber cable.ICT firms: Liberia has several ICT firms that specialize in particular areas. There is MWetana which specializes in software and systems development; there’s Sahara Technology Solutions which specializes in Open Source Software/Web development and integration as well as corporate training; there’s HAK Technology which specializes in Web and software development; there’s Dynamic GT which specializes on IT  infrastructure development; there are  BlueSeas and Everybuilder­­­­ which specialize in Web design and Hosting and many other local ICT firms who form part of the sector. I would be remiss if I don’t mention iLAB or Innovation LAB which is not necessarily an ICT firm but provide ICT solutions and capacity building and is also part of the sector.ICT Schools: There are several ICT schools that help form part of the ICT sector. Starz College, NIIT, Inter-Digital, YMCA training program and even the University of Liberia’s Indian Institute of Technology Program form part of this sector.Finally, this may not be an exhaustive delineation or write-up on ALL “constituents” of Liberia’s ICT and Telecommunications Sector. But it is my hope that my effort to provide insight on the players in the ICT and Telecommunications has helped those who misunderstood the roles and responsibilities of those “constituents” of the sector.Until next week, CARPE DIEM!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local school district receiving money for upkeep

first_imgSchool District 60 will be receiving more than $1.4 million as part of the Province’s annual facilities grants.The Province has allocated a total of $110 million over 2011-2012 so school districts across B.C. can maintain and refurbish their schools.The money can be used for a variety of upkeep purposes, including mechanical upgrades, roofing and flooring projects, and painting.- Advertisement -However, the provincial government is also allowing school districts to use the funds to improve staff and student safety, as well as increase energy efficiency in their facilities.last_img

Small business profile: Firm will dry-clean your carpet Right Away

first_imgWHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I started this business with two goals in mind. The first was to bring back that 1950s mentality of customer care. The second is to let people know that there’s a system out there superior to anything on the market, and that it does what it says at a price everyone can afford. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I was never satisfied with the results I got from steam cleaning or shampooing. My house was wet for days and the spots would always come back. I thought there had to be a better way and a more efficient process, so I started doing lots of research and found a system that not only does what it says but has the history to prove it. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? About a year. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I worked in the mortgage industry as a loan processor. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? About $5,000 when I started working part time. After having some success, I brought on a partner and we invested about $60,000 from savings to accommodate more customers on a larger scale. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Many different people – professionals, customers and everyday folks. I wanted to make sure my business plan was sound to meet the customers with a valued service. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? I would have to say the overwhelming demand for our service. It’s simple really: People want an honest service at a fair price. They want to know that if you missed a spot, you’ll come back and take care of them at no extra charge. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $100,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To continue to put the needs of our customers first and build long-term relationships with them, as well as to further educate the public on the importance and impact that properly cleaned carpets have on improving indoor air quality and overall good health. TO BE CONSIDERED You should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3677.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUSINESS NAME: Right Away Carpet Dry Cleaning BUSINESS ADDRESS: 10560 Bloomfield St., Toluca Lake, CA 91502 PHONE: (877) 607-4448 WEB SITE: www.rightawaydrycarpet.com, eddie@rightawaydrycarpet.com OWNER: Eddie Ugalde ESTABLISHED: 2005 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Three DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We’re carpet dry cleaners. We specialize in “host dry extraction system,” which was designed to eliminate many of the problems caused by wet/steam cleaning methods. We use an all-natural, organic product, which has the green seal approval from the USDA and EPA, so it’s safe for children. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No last_img read more

England beat Croatia to reach Nations League final four

first_imgBut Southgate’s vibrant young side pulled off a stirring escape act in the closing stages to gain a measure of revenge for their World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia earlier this year.Jesse Lingard came off the bench to poach England’s equaliser and captain Kane was on hand to turn in the winner with five minutes left.England’s fightback took them to the top of Group A4, above Spain and relegated Croatia, and they can look forward to playing in the last four in June next year.It was a cathartic moment for England, who have made a habit of suffering painful defeats against Croatia, with this year’s World Cup woe following the 2007 loss that cost them a place at Euro 2008.More importantly, the performance provided further tangible proof that Southgate is building a team capable of challenging for the major prizes after years of under-achievement.England’s appearance in the semi-finals of the Nations League, which are set to be held in Portugal next June, offers another chance to reach their first major final since 1966.Following the 3-2 Nations League win over Spain in Seville last month, this tournament has been a serious statement of intent from Southgate’s team and they will go into 2019 with great expectations.– Dominant England –Jesse Lingard puts England level against Croatia © AFP / Ben STANSALLFrom start to finish, England were the dominant force, although they were fortunate to escape when Ante Rebic shot over after Jordan Pickford fumbled Fabian Delph’s backpass.Kane slipped a perfectly-weighted pass through to Raheem Sterling and the Manchester City winger’s blistering pace sent him clear of the Croatia defence.With only Lovre Kalinic to beat, Sterling let Croatia off the hook as he directed a hesitant shot straight at the keeper.England kept probing intelligently, with the speed of Sterling and Marcus Rashford providing their main threat.Delph’s pass sparked a frantic sequence, forcing Kalinic to dash out of his area to head away from Sterling.When Kalinic’s clearance fell to Kane, the England captain’s effort was headed off the line by Tin Jedvaj.The rebound fell to Kane, but Kalinic, by now back in his goal, used his legs to foil the Tottenham striker with a last-ditch save.It was more of the same at the start of the second half, but once again England couldn’t find the killer touch.That profligacy looked as though it would prove fatal when Croatia snatched the lead after 56 minutes.Kramaric was allowed time and space to turn in the area and the Hoffenheim forward took full advantage, clipping a shot that deflected off Eric Dier and looped over Pickford’s despairing dive.Southgate responded by sending on Lingard and the change reaped an instant reward as England equalised in the 78th minute.Joe Gomez’s long throw was flicked on by John Stones and Kane prodded past Kalinic, leaving Lingard with the simple task of tapping in from virtually on the goal-line.England’s deserved winner arrived in the 85th minute.Ben Chilwell curled over a teasing low free-kick and Kane timed his run to perfection, guiding his shot past Kalinic from close-range.Kane’s first goal in eight games for England sparked a wild celebration from Southgate, who leapt into the air as he punched the air on the touchline.Kane had joked with his fiancee this week that he would cry if England ever win a trophy, but he couldn’t guarantee he would weep when they get married.Thanks to their thrilling comeback, England could bring a tear to Kane’s eyes in the Finals next year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harry Kane wheels away after scoring England’s winner © AFP / Adrian DENNISWEMBLEY, United Kingdom, Nov 18 – Harry Kane fired England into the Nations League semi-finals as Gareth Southgate’s side scored twice in the last 12 minutes to seal a dramatic 2-1 victory over Croatia on Sunday.England were on the brink of relegation to the second tier of the competition after Andrej Kramaric gave Croatia the lead against the run of play in the second half at Wembley.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Leading nursing home requires full-time nurse

first_imgA leading Co Donegal nursing home is seeking a full-time, registered nurse to join their established team.Hillcrest House Nursing Home is situated in Letterkenny.Those applying for this position must have a current registration with Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland. Experience in caring for older people or rehabilitation services desirable with a diploma or certificate in Gerontology and advantage.There will be an excellent remuneration package and terms of conditions of employment.For further details please email anne@hillcrestnursinghome.ie or call director Anne Gallagher on 087 2584843.Job Vacancy: Leading nursing home requires full-time nurse was last modified: September 30th, 2019 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

DDTV: GOOD TURN-OUT FOR THE MALIN VILLAGE 5K

first_imgIT was a festival of running in Malin today for the annual 5k.There was good turn-out for the race – as there was for a children’s 1-mile race earlier this morning.Press Play to see the start of the 5k race.We’ll have all the results later.  DDTV: GOOD TURN-OUT FOR THE MALIN VILLAGE 5K was last modified: July 28th, 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:Donegal Daily TVMalinMalin 5kvideolast_img read more

GAA: Glenswilly Thirds looking to add to club’s success

first_imgThe Glenswilly Third team will be looking to emulate their senior side’s this weekend.Manus Kelly’s men face Glenties in the County Final at Letterkenny’s O’Donnell Park on Saturday.The game at O’Donnell Park throws in at 1pm and the referee is Greg McGroary. GAA: Glenswilly Thirds looking to add to club’s success was last modified: October 20th, 2016 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