Where Are Transport Inspectors?

first_imgHundreds of Monrovia commuters have begun asking the Ministry of Transport (MOT), where are transport Inspectors?Early last week, the Ministries of Transport and Commerce and Industry (MOCI) announced the deployment of Transport Inspectors to monitor transport fares in Monrovia.In a three-hour encounter with commuters on Monday at several points in Monrovia, commuters claimed that MOT’s Inspectors have not been seen.As a result, commercial drivers have increased transport fares for all destinations.It is not known whether the MOT and MOCI have developed some mechanisms that could monitor activities of Transport Inspectors in Monrovia and its environs.At the various bus stations and other taxi cab parking areas, intense arguments took place between commuters and commercial bus drivers.Some commuters alleged that they were charged LD100 instead of LD60 from Red-light Market in Paynesville to Broad Street. Others charge LD80.“We continue to remain perpetual victims at the hands of some commercial and other transport service providers in Monrovia and its environs,” commuter Thomas Hansen Diggs lamented.In exclusive interviews with the Daily Observer at the corner of Broad and Buchanan Streets, Diggs insisted that efforts to enforce approved transport fares must claim the attention of the Ministry of Transport.Mrs. Elizabeth B. Davis, 55, at the corner of Randall and Broad Streets pointed out that MOT needs strong measures to ensure compliance.According to Lawrence B. Smith, 64, of Duala General Market on Bushrod Island in Monrovia, since the weekend he had not seen any of MOT’s Transport Inspectors at bus stations.“I want MOT and MOCI representatives, especially the Assistant Ministers and directors, to come and see things for themselves at our bus and parking stations,” Mrs. Davis said.When contacted, the Director of the Transport Inspectorate Division, Joseph K. Roberts, explained that the MOT has withdrawn the inspectors due to the uncooperative attitude of police officers to effect arrest and enforcement.Director Roberts explained that the MOT cannot place its inspectors at risk when the LNP has the responsibility to enforce transport fare regulations.He also disclosed that a communication has been submitted to his bosses for their intervention and that of the LNP’s Director General, Col. Chris Massaquoi.For their part, LNP officers at some bus stations and street corners, who asked not to be named, on Tuesday categorically denied the MOT inspectors’ claim that police officers are not cooperating.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SLI Donate Educational Materials to Students

first_imgSmile Liberia International (SLI), a local non-governmental organization, has distributed assorted educational materials to Kindergarten students who are benefiting from the entity’s scholarship scheme in five schools in Monrovia. The exercise, according to SLI, is an effort to improve the country’s educational system.Schools that benefited include the Children’s Hope Community School, Kingdom Life Christian School in the Township of West Point, and the Bishop Roland J. Payne Memorial Lutheran School in Logan Town.Others are Deki Early Learning Foundation and Global Free Pentecostal Mission School in Barnersville and Chocolate City respectively. Items donated include text books, boxes of coloring pencils, some drawing books and school bags, among others.At the donation ceremony yesterday in Monrovia, students were delighted to receive the items.SLI’s Executive Director Prince Parker said the items are provided directly to the students with the aim to encourage them to enroll in school.He promised the students that the distribution exercise will continue to encourage the beneficiaries push for higher standard of education.The distribution exercise was held under the theme, “Send Them to School Project.”Already, there are 50 students benefiting from SLI’s scholarships program, and the organization is expected to recruit many other students.He warned the students against selling the items donated to them. The SLI, Mr. Parker said, is currently working with several needy communities to get children off the streets and into schools.In separate remarks, Principals of the various institutions that benefited from the SLI gesture expressed gratitude on behalf of their students for the donation, and assured the organization that items received will be used for it intended purpose.The principals have therefore appealed to other institutions operating in the country to emulate the example of SLI by encouraging the children seek better education. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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THE INDISPENSABLE PLACE AND ROLE OF THE FAMILY IN THE LIFE OF COMMUNITIES AND…

first_imgThe focus of this fourth article of the series centered on the family and its indispensable place in all human societies, is on the role and functions of the wife/mother, one of the leaders of the family. What position does the Bible assign the wife or mother in the home? How does the husband being the head relate to her position? What are some of the key responsibilities and privileges of the wife/mother in the family? Let us explore below. The third article of the series on the role of the husband/father observed the following salient points:What then is the role of the head of the family? The Bible is very clear that the husband is the head of the wife and by extension of the family. Let us quote the clearest passage of scripture on the headship of the man: “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the Church is subject to Christ, so let wives be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:21-24). The key to understanding this passage is found in verses 21 and 24: “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ… Husbands, love your wives…”Jesus Christ and the rest of the New Testament teach that headship or leadership is more about responsibility than about privilege and power. “Rather’, he explains, “let the greatest among you become the youngest, and the leader as one who serves” (Luke 22:26). So the husband is not to dominate or oppress his wife but to serve, if need be to sacrifice his life for his family. He is to provide the family’s basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, health and education), protection, and guidance. He is not only to provide material things for the family but lead in worship and spiritual guidance. His primary role is to lead by example in discipline, honesty, hard work, and setting high standards and values for the family to follow. His relationship with his wife should be one of love. As Paul puts it: “Let the husband love his wife as he loves his own body… for no one ever hates his body but nourishes and cherishes it…likewise the husband should love his wife as he loves his own body” (Ephesians 5:25-30). The father has an awesome responsibility and a wonderful privilege to make his family to be an asset to God’s Kingdom and the wider society and his reward for fulfilling such a God-given duty is a God-given satisfaction. The next article will say more about the role and functions of the wife/mother of the family.Clearly the Bible places the husband as head of his family and by implication the wife is second in command of the home. But by being second does not subordinate her to her husband. They are equal partners. The man is the head of his family in terms of responsibility and order but in terms of privilege, managing and caring for the home they are equal. Genesis 2:18 says God made the woman to be a helpmate to the man. The world helpmate means a suitable companion to him. The two collaborate and complement each other for the greater good of the whole family and home. They are not in competition.The writer of Ecclesiastes puts it beautifully like this: “Two are better off than one because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. If someone is alone and falls, it is just too bad, because there is no one to help him. If it is cold, two can sleep together and stay warm, but how can you keep warm by yourself?” (4:9-11). The central point of this passage is that husband and wife beef up each other’s efforts. They complete one another. What the father lacks the mother supplies and what the mother lacks the father supplies.Proverbs 31 speaks of the virtuous or capable wife who is not lazy and selfish but rather works very hard alongside her husband to maintain the home for the benefit of all its members. She rises early and is prudent and finds creative ways of increasing the family income. She does not give excuses but sincerely makes good use of every opportunity to provide for her family and thereby takes responsibility alongside her husband for the welfare of the whole family.Father and mother ought to share the responsibilities of the family according to the gift or ability of him/her who can do it better rather than other and not on the basis of gender (man and woman), and none should see self as better than the other or inferior to the other. Both of them are equally responsible for their family and its wellbeing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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KNOWING ONE’S IDENTITY: A KEY REQUIREMENT FOR LIVING A SUCCESSFUL LIFE (PART FIVE): THE…

first_imgThe thrust of this sixth article on the necessity of knowing one’s true identity in light of who God is and his plan for one’s life, is on the individual’s identity in relationship to other human beings. Common experience and social scientists teach us that human beings are social beings and their identities are partly determined by their particular social groups (tribes, clans, communities and families), their own DNA and carving out their own unique place in society. How is the individual’s identity partly tied to his/her environment? How should he/she relate to other people in carving out his/her own identity? What kind of relationship is healthy for the individual’s own wellbeing? This article will seek to explore below. The fifth article on “the individual and God made the following points: To satisfy the perpetual void in every normal person that purely material things and human efforts cannot remove there is a need to have a relationship with God. The Bible makes the point again and again that God yearns to have fellowship with human beings. Jesus said, “All that the Father gives to me will come to me and I will never cast out anyone who comes to me” (John 6:37). In the Old Testament the prophet Ezekiel make it emphatically clear that it is not the will of God that any soul should perish (Ezekiel 33:11; 18:23) . The writer of Revelation puts it like this, “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens, then I will come in and eat supper with him” (Revelation 3:20). John sums it up beautifully: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The believer’s relationship with God is like any important relationship. It has to be honestly and earnestly attended to if it is to grow and be maintained. How stable, healthy and beneficial it is depends on the quality time and efforts that are put into it. God has shown in experience, in the biblical and Christian history that he is always willing to keep his part of the bargain. It is often the human partner that fails him again and again. But God is so great and gracious that he is willing to forgive and support the sinner who repents.The believer-God relationship is characterized on the part of the believer by faith, trust, prayer, obedience, openness and the ability and willingness to repent and return whenever she/he discovers she/he has fallen short and gone astray. God on his part rewards trust and obedience with peace, security now and eternity, and joy. He gives and maintains a joy that no amount of difficulties and misfortunes can take away. And now we turn to the individual and others. John Mbiti quotes an African proverb that says, “I am because we are and, since we are, therefore I am”. This quotation points us to the interconnectedness of all human beings. John Donne wrote: “No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main”, Martin Luther, Jr., puts it vividly when he writes: “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.” On another occasion Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”All these quotes make the single vital point that every person’s security, progress, health, happiness, and prosperity are dependent on other people’s security, progress, health, health and prosperity. Therefore if I ignore the plight and welfare of others I indirectly jeopardize my own security and peace. This has been proven again and again in history. Every now and then the marginalized, the excluded poor, and the exploited get pushed against the walls and then rise up and overthrow. Then pay day comes. The lives of those secured privileged few and those of their families and all who are closely connected to them are made miserable forever.Hence, the individual must always seek to improve self in light of helping others improve their lives and living conditions. Self-seeking, self-protecting and self-promoting at the expense of others or ignoring the same needs of others is self-defeating.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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KLM Returns to Liberia

first_imgKLM launches maiden flight to Liberia since the civil war ended in 2003After 20 years without flights to Liberia, Dutch Airline Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines has recommenced flights to Liberia.The airline left the country in the early 1990s, during the the civil unrest which destroyed, among other infrastructures Liberia’s only international airport at Robertsfield.Touching down at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) on the evening of Sunday, March 26, 2017, the return of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was a scene of excitement as passengers, airport workers and bystanders were seen pulling out their electronic gadgets to take photographs of the aircraft.It can be recalled that on November 15, 2016, the airline announced the resumption of flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. KLM now operates between Amsterdam, Freetown and Monrovia, on an Airbus A330-200 series which has over 268 seats. The flight operates three times a week, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.Upon arrival at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) on March 26, Henri Ledoux, the director of delegation for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, said the KLM resumption means Liberia has a “very good” potential of clients to northern Europe and the United States.“KLM is good for this kind of traffic. This is why we chose Liberia. We came with AirFrance two years ago. Finally the people from France say they prefer to go to Paris; so we prefer KLM, but it takes time,” Ledoux said.He disclosed that KLM authorities are going to many places in Africa, but not everywhere.“KLM Airlines serves 51 routes in Africa; and so there is a huge traffic, seven new destinations in Africa for AirFrance-KLM in 2007. We are back in Africa. If we are back, that means there is potential,” Ledoux added.The KLM plans to expand its African network and will compete with other world class airlines, the statement said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sesame Street Live

first_imgHere are some photos from Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Healthy Heroes this afternoon. Another showing takes place at the EnCana Events Centre at 7 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img

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Google ends search, OKs $3.1 billion deal to buy DoubleClick

first_imgThe sellers are San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, along with JMI Equity and DoubleClick management.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The acquisition is the largest in Google’s history, beating out the $1.76 billion deal for online video-sharing site YouTube Inc. late last year. Though Google commands the lion’s share of the online advertising search market, the addition of DoubleClick’s technology and client network will help further its efforts to branch out beyond simple text ads and into more multimedia offerings. Google and DoubleClick said their combination will offer media buyers and sellers more powerful tools for targeting and analyzing online advertisements and “serving,” or placing them, on an even larger network of Web sites. “It has been our vision to make Internet advertising better – less intrusive, more effective, and more useful,” Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder and president for technology, said in a statement. “Together with DoubleClick, Google will make the Internet more efficient for end users, advertisers, and publishers.” Shares of Mountain View-based Google fell $2.52, to $463.77, in after-hours trading. DoubleClick has been privately held since 2005. SAN FRANCISCO – Seeking to expand its already well-honed ability to sell targeted Internet advertisements, online search leader Google Inc. said it has agreed to pay $3.1 billion in cash to acquire ad-management technology company DoubleClick Inc. The two companies announced the deal after the markets closed Friday. The boards of both companies have approved the takeover, which is expected to close by the end of the year. New York-based DoubleClick helps its customers place and track online advertising, including search ads, which Google – more than its nearest search competitors Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. – has turned into an extremely lucrative business. DoubleClick had been the target of a fierce bidding war between Microsoft and Google, and Google’s winning bid is nearly three times the amount DoubleClick fetched when it went private in 2005 for $1.1 billion. last_img read more

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FATHER-TO-BE McGUINNESS SAYS FAMILY IS ALL TO HIM

first_imgJim McGuinness has revealed personal tragedies in his life has made him stronger.The Donegal boss lost brothers Charles and Mark but says the loss puts family into perspective over sport.“I think it does make you stronger on one level – it also leaves you slightly vulnerable for the rest of your life. “The one positive I would say would be that it gives you a really, really strong perspective on your own life.“For me there’s nothing more important in my life than my family and my children.“That in many respects comes from the fact that I know what loss is and how much it can impact a family so every moment with my wife and children is very precious to me ” he said.The Glenties man revealed he is also expecting twins with wife Yvonne, the sister of Donegal star Colm McFadden. The All-Ireland winning boss says he also respects the fact that he was also able to pay tribute to his dead brother Mark – when Donegal won the Sam Maguire.Mark was driving Jim to the airport in 1998 when he crashed and was killed in Fermanagh.Jim stopped the at the spot where Mark was killed on the Newtownbutler Road.“It’s nice to be able to pay tribute on the way home with the cup,” he said. FATHER-TO-BE McGUINNESS SAYS FAMILY IS ALL TO HIM was last modified: June 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfamilyGAAJim McGuinnesstwinswifeYvonnelast_img read more

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MATTHEW BRODERICK: WHY SJP AND ME LOVE DONEGAL

first_imgMatthew and SJPACTOR Matthew Broderick has spoken of his love for County Donegal – and why he and his wife Sarah Jessica Parker adore coming here.Broderick says he feels like a local, having spent so many childhood summers here.And he says it’s the local people and their protection of them which has made Donegal so special over the years – revealing how a local farmer chased one tabloid snapper through fields! “I’m not going this summer, my sisters are going,” said Matthew.“My parents bought a place there when I was about eight. And my sisters and I have inherited it and I’ve taken my kids. It’s up near Killybegs and Kilcar.”“Donegal, it’s unbelievable. It gave me a whole new childhood in a way. I grew up in New York City, I was born and raised here, so the fact that my parents managed to put the money together to get us there was a great gift to us.“You know the landscape, the hiking but it’s also the people there that I grew up knowing. Real farmers who worked the hay in the summer and milked cows. I really, really got to know my neighbors and that just doesn’t happen in the same way here in the U.S. We just really felt welcomed there. It’s another culture, a wonderful place.” Broderick’s lifelong affection for the place is palpable when he speaks.“People would say it’s special because of the sea air. I remember how deeply I would sleep there. It was so quiet, the smell of the turf fires, and the hay. I used to love helping with the hay,” he said of his childhood days in Donegal.“Most of the people in Donegal knew me long before I was an actor. But even since then they don’t talk that much about it, which is very nice. My wife still gets it, some people’s eyes pop out of their head when she walks around but not our neighbours.”The locals are very protective of the famous pair, he said.“A photographer was after us one time and a neighbour got on his 4×4 motorbike and chased him. I just remember watching as this photographer was running with this farmer trying to run him over. He wasn’t even speaking, he was just running away,” he laughed. MATTHEW BRODERICK: WHY SJP AND ME LOVE DONEGAL was last modified: June 6th, 2016 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:donegalkilcarmatthew brodericksarah jessica parkerlast_img read more

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FIVE-STAR HARPS BEAT THE SNOW – AND COBH RAMBLERS – TO BAG THREE POINTS!

first_imgHarps striker Ruairi Keating celebrates after a fine performance which was rounded off with a goal against Cobh Ramblers. Pic by Gary Foy.FINN HARPS secured three points with a good 5-0 win over Cobh Ramblers at Finn Park tonight – in dreadful conditions.The decision to give the game the go-ahead was taken just 90 minutes before kick-off.And players from both sides soon had to do battle with the elements as well as each other. Rain, hail and even snow poured down on Finn Park.The Donegal side took a deserved lead into half-time after a battling first 45.James Doherty prodded home the goal after Funston saw his shot saved and crossed from the rebound.Carel Tiofack, who had a couple of decent chances in the first half, added Harps second goal just three minutes after re-start after being set up Ruairi Keating. Keating was having a great game and fired in another shot in the 66th minute only to see Ramblers’ keeper Robert Birdsall save.Tiofack however picked up the ball and laid it off for Pat McCann, who had fired over just a couple of minutes earlier, smash the ball into the net, Birdsall’s touch not enough to keep the ball out.And four minutes later McCann added his second – and Harps fourth goal, with Keating again at the centre of things, McCann following up Keating’s saved effort.Keating got the goal he deserved, two minutes from the end to complete the 5-0 victory. FIVE-STAR HARPS BEAT THE SNOW – AND COBH RAMBLERS – TO BAG THREE POINTS! was last modified: March 21st, 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:2014Cobh RamblersDonegal Dailyfinn harpsLeague of IrelandMARCH 21last_img read more

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