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The Port Truckers Association (PTA) of Liberia has taken serious exception to a recent contractual agreement signed between the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Conakry and United Mining, a Guinean trucking company, to provide transport services in Liberia on behalf of WFP Monrovia’s Ebola response. The Liberian truckers have rejected the agreement, describing it as an attempt to undermine the Liberianization policy and hurt the viability of the country’s transport industry. In a statement issued on Thursday, December 10 the PTA announced that it has filed formal complaints with several regulatory institutions in the country, including the National Port Authority (NPA), the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Transportation, respectively, seeking their immediate intervention in investigating the contract entered into between the WFP Conakry Office and the private Guinean company. An investigation conducted by the Daily Observer revealed that United Mining, a private Guinean Company, has already imported 29 trucks and signed a contract valued at US$240,000 monthly, to transport the UN-WFP Liberia Ebola response food and other supplies in Liberia only. Our investigation also revealed that the Guinean trucking firm has already brought in truck drivers and conductors, all Guinean nationals, to operate the trucks here in Liberia.The contract is valued at US$ 240,000.00 monthly with an annual value of US$ 2,880,000.00 should it be extended to a year. At present, all 29 trucks under this contract are parked at the Samuel K. Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville City outside Monrovia, awaiting clearance by the Bureau of Customs and Excise, whose officials have also raised concerns about the ownership of the trucks.Mr. William Dewalt, president of the Port Truckers Association, who signed the statement, said the Association had been diligently working with all major entities providing humanitarian assistance in Liberia, including the US Army and WFP Monrovia since September 2014. “The PTA has made over 2,500 trips all across Liberia with over 100 member trucks delivering relief supplies, medical equipment, personal protective equipments (PPEs), containers, and much more, to over twenty Ebola treatment centers, and has done so without any major incidents,” said Mr. Dewalt. “Our work has continued to receive praises. On October 1, 2014 we were awarded a formal contract with a US Logistics firm operating in Liberia to assist in the movement of its humanitarian supplies across Liberia,” he stated. The Port Truckers Association is a legitimate and recognized trade organization in Liberia representing the interests of Liberian truckers, drivers, vehicle owners and logistics companies.“We have a standing operational Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Port Authority (NPA) and therefore will not allow trucks from a Guinean company to enter the Freeport until all issues pertaining to the awarding of such a ‘lucrative contract’ to a Guinean Company — to the detriment of Liberian truckers — is fully addressed by the Government of Liberia and the World Health Organization (WHO),” Dewalt added.The Association has meanwhile vowed to pursue every legal avenue at its disposal to protect the livelihood and the rights of its members to equal opportunities; and to earn a living here in Liberia. The Liberian truckers raised several issues and concerns which they want to be addressed immediately. They want an answer to the burning question of why would the WFP-Conakry award such a lucrative contract to a Guinean Company and not offer the opportunity to Liberians? “Note that the entire contract was negotiated in Guinea and awarded to a Guinean company with absolutely no consideration whatsoever to Liberian companies. Why is WFP-Conakry entering into contracts for work in Liberia?” the Liberian truckers asked.They wondered why a private company in Guinea that leases trucks to the WFP does not have duty free privileges and cannot benefit simply because it rents trucks to the WFP, especially when local Liberian truckers are not awarded such a privilege when working for relief organizations with tax exempt status.Another issue raised by the Liberian truckers is whether the Guinean Company is exempt from paying income tax to the government of Liberia for income earned for work done in the country. They also want to know the position of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) on this matter. The Liberian truckers also want to know the arrangement with the Ministry of Labor and the Bureau of Immigration for permitting Guinean drivers and “conductors” by the Guinean Company and the WFP into Liberia to operate those trucks in the country when Liberians are available to do the work; and especially given the high unemployment and economic devastation from the Ebola outbreak.The Liberian truckers explained that Guinea Transport Authority does not allow Liberian trucks to transport goods back whenever they [Liberian trucks] go to Guinea to deliver goods.“Our trucks are NOT allowed by the Guinean authorities to transport goods back to Liberia, so they come back empty. The Guinean transport authorities are emphatic that any goods leaving Guinea must be brought out by Guinean trucks,” declared Mr. Dewalt. “If the Guineans are willing to protect their workers, why are Liberians not willing to do the same? Should the Government of Liberia really allow this level of unfairness towards Liberian workers?The Port Truckers Association has completely rejected the attempt of the WFP, which they say is apparently a very questionable contractual arrangement. They have called on the WFP, as an agency of the United Nations (UN), to be an organization that builds people up, not breaks them down economically, especially a small and fragile economy like Liberia’s that is already suffering under the devastation of Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Lottery Company is giving back $30 million in prizes to its customers this Christmas. At the launching of two promotions on Friday, General Manager Tracey Lewis said that persons can enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes by purchasing a ticket for $1000 of their favourite game or Lotto Supa 6, enabling them to receive a coupon.One of the cars to be won in the Guyana Lottery Company’s Christmas promotionAmong those prizes to be won are electronics, food vouchers, Ruckus Motorcycle and the grand prize being two brand new KIA Rio 2019 Hatchback cars valued over $5 million each.“We really listen to what our players said, we really know that we want to spread as much joy this Christmas as we can. You ask for cars, you ask for electronics, you asked for vouchers and we are doing that this year,” Lewis explained.The promotion was set up to reach its regional areas in Guyana, allowing participants to drop their coupons countrywide.Meanwhile, the company’s Let’s Bet brand has launched a promotion to cater for non-winners of its virtual and live games.The Let’s Bet promotion will start on October 21 and will end on December 14, 2019, while the Lotto Supa 6 promotion started on October 5 and will end on November 23, 2019.To enter for a chance to win in any of the two promotions, patrons have to fill out coupons with their name, address, and contact number. Participants must drop coupons at agents nearest to them.
Best-sellers and new releases will typically go for $9.99.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Amazon.com Inc. is hoping to invigorate a nascent market for electronic books by introducing its own e-book reader with free wireless connectivity. Monday’s long-anticipated announcement comes as e-books remain a sliver of overall book sales, partly because they lack the comfort and intimacy of bound paper. Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the online retailer spent three years developing the Kindle reader, which the company is selling online for $399. Rather than try to “outbook” the bound book, Bezos said, Amazon designed Kindle with the e-book’s strengths in mind. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It is thinner than most paperbacks and weighs 10.3 ounces. Yet it can hold some 200 books, along with newspapers, magazines and an entire dictionary. Readers can buy and download books directly to the Kindle – without a PC – through Sprint Nextel Corp.’s high-speed EV-DO cellular network without fees or contract commitments. They also can take notes on what they read and store them on Amazon’s servers. Kindle users can turn off wireless connectivity when they are on airplanes – though they also must shut off the device during takeoff and landing, prime reading time for some. Sony Corp. already offers an e-book reader that imitates the look of paper by using an innovative screen technology. The Kindle screen takes a similar approach and has no backlight to reduce battery use and eyestrain. Bezos said Amazon decided to make its own device so it could seamlessly build a service around it.
Sylmar 3, Kennedy 0: Ashani McGee scored twice and Elizabeth Arias added a goal for visiting Sylmar (14-1-5, 3-0) in the Valley Mission League victory. Goalkeeper Nicole Gonzalez recorded her 13th shutout for the Spartans. In other sports: BOYS’ BASKETBALL Taft 90, El Camino Real 40: Calvin Haynes had a game-high 23 points as Taft of Woodland Hills crushed host El Camino Real of Woodland Hills (1-16, 0-3) in a West Valley League game. Taft (12-2, 3-0) jumped on top early, taking a 34-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. Birmingham 76, Granada Hills 55:Jordan Weiner made six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points as visiting Birmingham of Lake Balboa (1-2 in the league) defeated Granada Hills in a West Valley League game. Aaron Gbewonyo had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Granada Hills (13-5, 2-1). Chatsworth 64, Cleveland 61:Michael Palarca scored 19 points and Jeffery Osborne added 16 as visiting Chatsworth (12-2, 2-1) defeated Cleveland of Reseda in a West Valley League game. DeAndre Myles led Cleveland (4-9, 1-2) with 17 points and six rebounds. Grant 62, Verdugo Hills 31: Kevin Gonzalez scored 22 points and Arthur Avetisyan added 11 as host Grant of Van Nuys (12-6, 3-0) defeated Verdugo Hills of Tujunga in a Sunset Six League game. Bryson Surratt led Verdugo Hills (4-14, 1-2) with 10 points. Monroe 66, San Fernando 49: Fernando Cordero had 20 points and 11 rebounds as visiting Monroe of North Hills (11-7, 3-0) defeated San Fernando in a Valley Mission League game. Andy Sandoval had a game-high 23 points for San Fernando. North Hollywood 55, Hollywood 45:Jesse Zarate scored a game-high 25 points as host North Hollywood (7-12, 2-1) defeated Hollywood in a Sunset Six League game. Scott Yates led Hollywood (7-10, 0-3) with 16 points. Skyward Christian 56, Westmark 25:Brian Beeson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jason Rivera had 14 points as visiting Skyward Christian (13-1, 7-0) of Tujunga defeated Westmark of Encino in an Omega League game. Andrew Wheeler scored 15 points for Westmark (2-6, 2-4). Sylmar 81, Kennedy/GH 73: Dwight Jones and Matt Hankins each scored 19 points and John Austin added 17 as visiting Sylmar (3-0 in league) defeated Kennedy of Granada Hills in a Valley Mission League game. Robert Valentine had a game-high 24 points for Kennedy (6-12, 1-2). GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Grant 52, Verdugo Hills 36:Mariam Asaryan scored a game-high 18 points and Vanessa Murray added 11 as Grant of Van Nuys (10-8, 3-0) defeated host Verdugo Hills of Tujunga in a Sunset Six League game. Laura Armenian had 11 points for Verdugo Hills. Hollywood 48, North Hollywood 43: Chloe Lewis and Luisa Bermudez each scored 12 points as host Hollywood (8-6, 1-2) defeated North Hollywood in a Sunset League game. Patti Villagran had a game-high 17 points for North Hollywood (6-12, 1-2). Reseda 60, Van Nuys 36: Kim Rodriguez had 25 points, five rebounds and four steals as visiting Reseda (12-5, 2-1) defeated Van Nuys (0-3 in league) in a Valley Mission League game. Chatsworth 68, Cleveland 62: Eja Wong had 17 points and Luisa Osborne added 12 as host Chatsworth (12-7, 3-0) defeated Cleveland of Reseda in a West Valley League game. Nichelae Henderson had a game-high 28 points and seven rebounds for Cleveland (10-9, 2-1). El Camino Real 51, Taft 47: Roni Gordon scored 22 points as visiting El Camino Real of Woodland Hills (9-8, 2-1) defeated Taft of Woodland Hills in a West Valley League game. Autumn Davis and Nayshon Williams each scored 19 points for Taft (1-2 in the league). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jessica Dingman and Tess Gardner scored goals and Kaitlin Paletta had an assist for host Moorpark, which moved into sole possession of first place in the Marmonte League with Wednesday night’s 2-0 girls’ soccer victory against defending champion Royal of Simi Valley (8-4-2, 2-3-1). Defenders Jenna Lindsey, Kaitlin Paletta, Cynthia Rodriguez, Miranda Rodriguez and Chelsea Stewart helped Moorpark (8-5-3, 6-0-2) record its sixth shutout in eight league games. The Musketeers entered Wednesday’s game in a first-place tie with Agoura, but the Chargers (7-1-5, 5-0-3) fell out of the top spot after a 1-1 tie at Westlake. Agoura’s fate, though, still remains in its own hands. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Chargers can overtake Moorpark for first with a victory over the visiting Musketeers Friday at 6 p.m. The teams played to a 1-1 tie Jan. 9 at Moorpark. In other girls’ soccer Thousand Oaks 2, Calabasas 0: Megan Meyer had a goal and assisted on Jamie Axelrad’s score for host Thousand Oaks (7-2-4, 4-1-3), which recorded its fifth consecutive shutout in the Marmonte League victory. Laura Brain had two saves for the Lancers, who play host to Royal of Simi Valley on Friday. Heather Berkowitz had six saves for Calabasas (0-13-1, 0-5). North Hollywood 7, Hollywood 1: Maricella Quintanilla had three goals for North Hollywood (15-2-3, 3-0), which won its 13th consecutive Sunset Six League game.
Both the Senior and Reserves had their first outing in Division One at home to Four Masters. The Seniors recorded a fine victory of 9 points to 7, while the reserves lost to a strong Four Masters team .The Minors came out on top in their home clash to near neighbours St. Eunans with a scoreline of 2-4 to 5 points. The under 14s were away to Letterkenny Gaels on Sunday morning last but unfortunately the result was in Gaels favour. Club Donegal tickets are now available at a reduced price of €120. This allows entry into any club game in the county for 2014. Anyone interested should contact the Treasurers on 086 7887774.Club Registration is now coming to a close so if you have not registered the final opportunity to do so is Thursday the 27th at the club house from 7-8.30pm. We have been told that registration will not be allowed after this date. So please make sure you avail of this final opportunity. If you have any queries regarding same please contact Thomas Simmons on 0872063018.As you are aware anyone involved in underage teams must go through the Garda Vetting process therefore if you have any queries regarding the process please contact George Simmons on 0877789804.Ger O’ Connor will be at the club this Friday the 28th at 7pm. Where he will be reviewing the coaching structures throughout the club. All coaches who attended his first meeting and any new coaches who wish to attend are asked to come along on Friday. Winning numbers on this weeks lotto are: 2, 7, 13, 16. Match three winner was Mary Mc Daid, Foxhall. The jackpot now stands at an impressive €4120.00. Next weeks sellers are; Brendan Walshe, and Paddy Mc Fadden.Anyone with keys belonging to the club, are asked to contact to Paul Lapsley, as he wishes to make a new record of key holders.Finally, we would like to congratulate all the boys and girls who were confirmed on Sunday last, and best of luck to the boys and girls from Stramore National School who will be confirmed this Saturday the 29th.GAA NEWS – MEETING TO BE HELD TO REVIEW COACHING STRUCTURES AT GLENSWILLY was last modified: March 25th, 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:Glenswilly GAA notes
Remember this? Of course you do. Club Tir Chonaill is hoping to have more days like this…JIM McGUINNESS is set to attend the Dublin launch of Club Tir Chonaill later this week.The Donegal manager will be taking a brief break from putting the Donegal players through their paces at a training camp to attend the event at the Harcourt Hotel in Dublin on Thursday evening at 7pm.The club is aimed at raising funds towards the continued development of brilliant new facilities at Convoy. A presentation of the work in that area will also be made.McGuinness and his team are hoping Donegal fans based in the capital will be able to attend and support the initiative.JIM McGUINNESS SET TO LAUNCH CLUB TIR CHONAILL AT DUBLIN FUNCTION was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:JIM McGUINNESS SET TO LAUNCH CLUB TIR CHONAILL AT DUBLIN FUNCTION
Tags: Cafcrested cranesFarida Bulega The Crested Crested have never taken part in an Olympic qualifier before (file photos)2020 CAF Olympics Women’s Football QualifiersPreliminary Round – First Leg, 3rd April 2019Ethiopia vs UgandaAddis Ababa National StadiumWednesday, 03-04-2019The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has announced match officials for the Crested Cranes’ preliminary round-first leg Olympics qualifier away to Ethiopia.The Uganda Women’s football national team will take on Ethiopia in a double header at the start of next month in what is their first ever Olympic qualifier.Egyptian, Saad Ali Shahenda, will be the centre referee for the encounter that will be played at the Addis Ababa National Stadium on Wednesday the 3rd of April.Shahenda will be assisted by Hassan Hanady and Ahmed Shibl, both Egyptians, who will be the first and second assistant referees respectively.The Crested Cranes defeated Ethiopia 2-1 in their last meeting during the 2018 CECAFA Women Challenge Cup in Kigali, Rwanda, last year and will be fancying their chances to make it to the next round.The Crested Cranes defeated Ethiopia 2-1 in their last meetingGrace Aluka and Yudaya Nakayenze scored for the Crested Cranes in the aforementioned game.The winner between Uganda and Ethiopia will play against Cameroon in the first round of qualification.Faridah Bulega, the Crested Cranes head coach is expected to name the squad that will start preparations in the next few days.Bulega has already seen her side play a buildup game against Kampala Select in their first ever regional tour, last Saturday.The National side won 2-1 courtesy of goals by Anita Namata and Resty Nanziri.The core of the team that played on Saturday is expected to be retained for the Olympics’ qualifiers.The Crested Cranes players that defeated Kampala Select last Saturday:Crested Cranes Starting XI: Ruth Aturo (GK), Viola Namuddu, Margaret Birabwa, Aisha Namukisa, Aisha Namukisa, Shadia Nankya, Tracy Jones Akiror, Anita Namata, Phiona Nabbumba, Juliet Nalukenge, Hasifa Nassuna, Monica NamwaseCrested Cranes Second Half Team: Daizy Nakaziro (GK), Wilmer Nantumbwe, Phoebe Banura, Teddy Najjuma, Lilian Mutuuzo, Shamirah Nalugya, Resty Nanziri, Zaina Namuleme, Fauziah Najjemba, Damalie MatamaUnused Substitutes: Vanessa Edith Karungi (GK), Juliet Adeke (GK)Comments
Chelsea have made an initial approach to try to lure Pep Guardiola away from Barcelona, according to the Daily Mirror.The Nou Camp boss, whose contract expires in the summer, is one of the favourites to take over at Stamford Bridge.It is claimed that tentative feelers have already been put out by intermediaries seeking to put a deal together which could see Guardiola quit the European champions to be Chelsea’s eighth manager since 2004.The Mirror also suggest Andre Villas-Boas left in tears after being sacked by the Blues – despite getting a £10m pay-off – and was also said to be upset that the majority of the squad did not say goodbye or wish him luck.The Sun declare that former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has invited Chelsea to make him an offer.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen is hoping that Chelsea will let him sign Romelu Lukaku on loan this summer.Arnesen, formerly director of football at the Bridge, is understood to want to take the 18-year-old to the Bundesliga on a season-long deal.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook