Monday began Bankers’ Week in Liberia and the Liberia Bankers Association (LBA) president, John Davies, used the occasion to address the future of the Liberian currency.This has been a hot issue in recent months, as the Liberian dollar has suffered a significant downturn against the United States dollar.President Davies welcomed Finance Minister Amara Konneh’s indication, quoting the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), that the decision to establish one Liberian currency would take three years. Mr. Konneh said the government did not want to “shock” the economy.President Davies concurred with Minister Konneh that a definitive switch to the Liberian dollar would have to be backed by a substantial increase in the nation’s export earnings, which would bring more foreign currency into our economy.Mr. Davies described the Liberian economy as being currently “import-dependent.” He is right. We annually spend hundreds of millions of US dollars importing our staple, rice; as well as other foods including, shamefully, pepper and tomatoes. In the 1970s and even earlier, until he was brutally murdered during the 1980 coup d’etat, Liberia’s soil chemist, James T. Phillips, grew pepper on a very large scale at his Careysburg farm. Market women flocked there daily to buy pepper and other veggies wholesale to supply their customers. But we in this country are good at destroying the little we have—good, talented, achievement-oriented people; and persistently misusing or underusing that which we have in abundance, such as our rainfall. With all this rainfall God has given us, why are we importing food? Why are we importing meat—beef, chicken, lamb, sussages? And this bothers NO ONE—not even those whose job it is to ensure that this does not happen, that Liberia should be, on a massive scale, a food producing country.It bothers NO ONE to see taxi, pick-up and truckloads of not vegetables, fruits and rice making their way to the city—NO! Not edibles (food) but CHARCOAL! But in other parts of West and East Africa, it is the reverse. There on any given day, a visitor can see truckloads of banana, cassava, plantain, potato, rice, vegetables and yams supplying the marketplaces.By shameful and unfortunate contrast, what we see in Liberia are truckloads of charcoal and timber. God has given us so much but we have taken a back seat: instead of producing, we are extracting. No wonder Liberians are so poor. We have failed to organize agriculture, something so many other African countries have successfully done—Ghana, Guinea, La Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda. And this bothers NO ONE! As we have so often asked editorially, WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE WE LIBERIANS?In his Monday statement, Banking President Davies reassured the public that the banks in Liberia are willing to lend to serious borrowers, people with good ideas, plans and the integrity and determination to implement them. Maybe the banks can go one step further—travel around the country and find the few farmers who are serious and offer them soft loans to produce more.But then the government must do its part by getting on the backs of the road contractors and forcing them make rapid progress, so that our farmers will easier get their produce to the markets.What is the Ministry of Commerce and Industry doing? Is it a ministry in name only? Where is the commerce they are encouraging Liberians to enter? But for our hardworking market-women, the only commerce we see is in the hands of Lebanese, Indians and Fulas. Does the Commerce Ministry care that Liberians are missing in action and have been for a very long time; and because of that Liberians remain poor and powerless in their own country?These issues, President Davies, we are sure will agree, are germane (connected, relevant) to the issue of CURRENCY because the more we produce, the less we will import, the bigger our foreign currency reserves.But there’s something else. The Daily Observer has reliably learnt that the foreign businesspeople are not putting their US dollars in the banks, but in their homes and secretly shipping them out. This must be of serious concern to the banking industry, warranting an urgent, serious investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In bid to deter smuggling…GRA outlines stiff penalties for non-compliant importers, retailersFollowing the launch of the Excise Tax Stamp programme a few weeks ago, Customs Officers of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) have already placed the first set of Excise Tax Stamps on imported alcohol at Kings Liquor Outlet.According to the GRA, this process has been implemented to ensure that all duties and taxes are paid on imported alcohol and tobacco and to verify that these products are legal and safe to consume.A GRA officer demonstrating how the Excise Stamps will be affixed to alcoholic productsAs such, all “importers and retailers of alcohol and tobacco products are required to stamp each bottle of alcohol (excluding beers) and cigarette packs”, the Authority outlined.The GRA says it has teamed up with Canadian Bank Note (CBN) to reduce the amount of alcohol and tobacco smuggled through Guyana’s porous borders. The CBN has committed to designing, producing and shipping stamps to Guyana.According to Deputy Commissioner of Excise Stamp and Environmental Levy, Rohan Beekhoo, the stamp is clearly identifiable with a host of security features such as metallic gold ink, heavy ink deposits inherent to the security printing processes, etc.Additionally, Beekhoo pointed out that officers will be equipped with hand-held scanners to verify whether or not the stamp is authentic, if it was applied to the right product and whether all duties and taxes were paid.The GRA, in a statement, said self-adhesive tobacco and alcohol stamps will incur a cost of $8 and $16 per stamp respectively.“Customs Officers have started verification checks to businesses, importers and persons selling these products to determine existing inventories before beginning the stamping process. The officers will be requesting documents and supporting evidence to corroborate that the items were legally imported. Once they are satisfied that the full payment of taxes was made, payment for the stamps will be facilitated at GRA Headquarters cashier counter,” said the GRA.Moreover, the Revenue Authority cautioned that failure to pay the relevant duties and taxes and neglecting to stamp the products “will incur penalties ranging from 300 [per cent] of the tax value to five years’ incarceration”.The GRA is urging all importers to register with the agency and indicate the amount of stamps required.
Andy C reveals his cunning plan for success as he takes the talkSPORT Q&A 1 Each week a top artist form the music world takes our very special Q&A. Up next… Andy C…What’s your favourite talkSPORT show and why?I really like Drivetime with Adrian Durham and Goughie – there’s a lot of winding up going on during that show, but it’s always a great listen.talkSPORT gives you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?Saturday Night Raver – we’ll get opinions on the weekend’s football from around all the nightclubs. That would definitely fill some airspace between midnight and 6am!Who are the greatest football team in the land?West Ham. I’m not sure greatest is the right word, but my family has always supported them and I try to get over there as much as possible.Who is the most rock ‘n’ roll player playing the beautiful game right now?The natural choice has to be [Mario] Balotelli, but I guess everyone says that. He’s got to be rock ‘n’ roll because he’s not hitting the back of the net!If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?Only one band can smash it out at the final and that’s Kasabian. They would definitely get the crowd going.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?Radiohead – they could do their song National Anthem to switch it up a bit.What track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?I could have picked from thousands but Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin is a great one to get juices flowing as the players walk onto the pitch.What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?My new track, Heartbeat Loud, would definitely psyche them up for battle.You build your own rock ‘n’ roll five-a-side team, who’s in it?Definitely Serge from Kasabian. That goal on Soccer AM – did he nail it or what! Plus any four drummers. They have to be the fittest in any band, and would be a laugh in the bar afterwards.You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?I’d want this to change on a weekly basis, so I would pick whoever is playing West Ham the next day so that I can make sure they’re knackered for the match!What’s going on for you as an artist at the moment?It’s all guns blazing at the minute, working in the studio and doing the promotion for the new single, Heartbeat Loud.Andy C released his new single ‘Heartbeart Loud ft. Fiora’ on November 16 through Atlantic Records.
10th November 2011I hope everyone enjoyed the Halloween season both safely and sensibly.Today I wanted to share a story with you which I hope will give you food for thought. A lady rang me the other week in tears looking for advice with her 16 month old Labrador. She has had her since she was 8 weeks old and she had take the pup to the puppy classes, and obedience classes at her local trainer and was delighted with the results :- a happy well socialised pup!After the two courses, the lady was proud to take her dog for walks in the park and the beach and did this every day.Her circumstances changed and she fell pregnant.. this wasn’t a easy pregnancy and she had many days she was very unwell.Months passed and she had a healthy baby girl and was very happy. The dog unfortunately started to play up and started to chew furniture, urinate on the floor and jumping up on all the visitors. The lady rang me as she was at the end of her tether and frightened the dog would hurt the baby. Plus she was forever cleaning up!Where could I recommend for her to take the dog to be re-homed??I was shocked! I explained gently to her that the dog was feeling neglected and pushed out… with all the upset of the pregnancy and the new arrival, the dog was no longer taken for daily walks and the training was not kept up!After a long conversation, we agreed to set up some rules and retrain the dog.Happily things are working out and mother, baby and dog are now living in almost harmony! The reason for this story is that whatever happens in your personal life, don’t forget your pets.. Don’t give up on them too quickly, seek help as there is always a solution to things if you really want one. Remember, they give you their love and loyalty unconditionally and will help pull you through those dark days!For anyone in a similar situation, anyone who feels they can’t cope any longer, please, reach out and ask for help.CLARE BOYLE’S DOG BLOG was last modified: November 10th, 2011 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:CLARE BOYLE’S DOG BLOG
You can send news from your sport or any organisation to email@example.comMarlins Swim Club, Ballyshannon were delighted to enter 5 swimmers into the Ulster Youth & Age Groups Championships in Lisburn which took place on March 15th, 16th and 17th, 2013. Cian Rooney (Ballyshannon), Mona McSharry (Grange), Eanna O’Hara (Kinlough), Roisin Maguire (Ballyshannon) and Ruby Hurst (Ballyshannon) qualified into this event from reaching specific swim times from other Ulster Galas.Unfortunately, Eanna O’Hara was quite unwell and was unable to participate. All swimmers had tremendous swims and personal bests in such high level Ulster competition for the Club.Marlins SC Swimmer, Mona McSharry is now Ulster Youth & Age Group 100m Breastroke Champion in an extremely nail biting race but Mona’s determination got her to finish first!! This a massive achievement to receive Gold in Ulster as the level of competition is extraordinary. Mona also finished a great third in 200m Breastroke. Mona is from Grange, County Sligo and has been training with Marlins SC for four years now and holds 3 Division 1 swim times as well as many other acheivements. Mona is fully supported by her Coaches, Club and Family to reach higher levels of competition.The Club itself is swimming from strength to strength with swimmers competing in various competitions throughout the Country and dedicating their time to swim training plus strength conditioning classes and yoga within the Club.The Clubs next competition to look forward to is the South West Minor League Final in April in Enniskillen, this League consists of four swim Clubs – Marlins SC, Sligo SC, Omagh Dolphins SC and East Cavan SC. Club training continues over the Easter Holidays including a Swim Camp. For any information regarding the Club, please email the Club Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org If your child is interested in becoming a member of Marlins SC, Club Swim Trials will be held in Ballyshannon Leisure Centre on Saturday June 15th, 2013 at 9.30am. SWIMMING: MARLINS SWIMMING CLUB NEWS – PERSONAL BESTS FOR LOCAL COMPETITORS was last modified: March 29th, 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:SWIMMING: MARLINS SWIMMING CLUB NEWS – PERSONAL BESTS FOR LOCAL COMPETITORS
A DONEGAL amateur photographer’s lucky cloud break was proving a hit worldwide today – after his pictures of a Northern Lights display went global.ABC News, NBC, RTE here in Ireland and 400 other media outlets have been chasing Brendan Diver all day.And they all want one thing – the pictures you can see here! “It’s been mad today,” said Brendan.“It was very cloudy last night but there was a short break in the clouds over Ballyliffin about 9pm and I was able to take these pictures.“I hope donegaldaily.com’s readers enjoy them. I certainly enjoyed taking them!”The 45-year-old, who runs Inishowen Computer Systems Limited, is a member of the now famous Buncrana Camera Club whose pictures are being seen around the world. There may be more breaks in the clouds tonight – with Saturday night and Sunday night also giving new possibilities to see the phenomenon.The latest displays are proving a huge hit with businesses in Inishowen as stargazers book into hotels and B&Bs hoping to see the display.The picture at the very bottom was taken by Patryk Sadowski. Patryk Sadowski below: WOW! DONEGAL SNAPPER’S NORTHERN LIGHTS PIX GO GLOBAL was last modified: March 9th, 2012 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:BallyliffindonegalInishowennorthern lights donegalWOW! DONEGAL SNAPPER’S NORTHERN LIGHTS PIX GO GLOBAL
Drake and Evansville traded 13 lead changes and had six ties. The Bulldogs led at the half, 34-33, but lost the lead at the beginning of the third quarter as the Purple Aces rallied to stake a six-point lead midway through the period. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team closes its two-game homestand Sunday evening when it hosts Southern Illinois. Tipoff at the Knapp Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast online via The Valley on ESPN3. Redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) and freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) each pulled down a game-high of eight rebounds. Freshman Mya Mertz (Overland Park, Kan.) recorded a new career-high with nine points. Sophomore Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) joined Mertz off the bench and finished with 10 points. The Bulldogs’ bench was a big spark for the team scoring 32 points. Buy Tickets Drake Game Notes Drake defeated Evansville, 82-65, Friday evening in the Knapp Center in the team’s Missouri Valley Conference home opener. The Bulldogs improved to 10-4 overall and 3-0 in the MVC with the comeback win. The Bulldogs gained the lead back in the fourth quarter. After Wendell tied the contest at 57-all late in the third quarter with a three-point play, Drake ripped off eight-straight points to start the fourth quarter. The run featured six points from Miller and was capped by a layup made by junior Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) in the deciding run that ultimately helped pull out the comeback win. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) led Drake with a game-high of 23 points. It is the 63rd time in her career Wendell has scored 20 or more points in a game. Live Video Live Stats Southern Illinois (7-7, 1-2 MVC) dropped its road game at UNI Friday night by a score of 79-49. The Salukis trailed by just six points at halftime, but a big third-quarter propelled the Panthers to the win. Senior Rishonda Napier is SIU’s leading scorer at 12.6 points per game and ranks second in the conference in assists at 4.6. Drake and SIU split the two games last season with the road team winning each game. Story Links Live Audio Drake returns to the road on Jan. 13 at Bradley with a 7 p.m. tipoff in Peoria, Ill. The contest will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and on the radio on ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM. Print Friendly Version
4 Lanterns USL Results & Reports 04.05.14 ResultsDonegal News League Cup Group BFanad Utd. Derry City Res. Knockalla Caravans Cup Semi-FinalsLetterkenny Rovers 1 0 Drumkeen Utd.Swilly Rovers P P Cockhill Celtic Derry City Reserves travelled to Fanad on Sunday for a backlogged League Cup game and came away with the win that moves them to the top of Group B along with Knockalla Cup finalists, Letterkenny Rovers. Both teams will like their chances of advancing to the semi-finals and the games between the two are likely to decide who will enjoy home advantage at the semi-final stage. ReportsDerry Join Rovers at Top of Group BFanad Utd.Derry City Res.These two young sides served up an entertaining game played in damp but calm conditions at Traigh-a-Loch. From the start both teams tried to get the ball on the ground and play decent football. Fanad could have taken the lead in the 4th minute when Daire McDaid rose highest in the Derry box from a Brian McVeigh corner, only to see his header drift wide. Derry settled after that scare and had two chances in the space of a minute to take the lead. On 13 minutes, a free kick from Dylan McCallion was headed over by Conor Barr and a minute later Conor Kelly struck the bar from 20 yards after a defensive mix up. In the 18th minute Ryan Doherty’s shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Fanad keeper Jordan McBride. Fanad continued to probe and in the 25th minute Brian McVeigh’s shot was saved at the 2nd attempt by Conor McDermott. Derry’s pressure paid off in the 38th minute when the always dangerous George Kelly met Aiden McCauley’s corner and placed his header into the top corner. In the 50th minute Derry almost increased their lead in identical circumstances, but this time Kelly headed his chance over the bar. Derry did however increase their lead in the 65th minute. Substitute Rory Holden was on only a matter of minutes when his shot from the edge of the D took a slight deflection and flew into the top corner. 10 minutes later it took two excellent blocks from Fanad centre half Glenn McNulty in the space of a minute to stop Derry increasing their lead. Derry had one final chance in the 82nd minute when sub Ciaron Harkin’s cross was headed wide by George Kelly. Best for Fanad were Glenn McNulty, Brian McVeigh and Kevin Murray. Best for Derry were Caolan McLaughlin, Aidan McCauley and Georgie Kelly. Fanad United: Jordan McBride, Conor McGonigle, Caolan McDaid (Conor Blaney 70), Shay Durning (Oisin Hasset 60), Kevin Murray, Glenn McNulty, James McCahill, Brian McVeigh, David Edwards (Declan Sweeney 77), Daire McDaid, Adam Serrinha Derry City Reserves: Conor McDermott, Ryan Harkin, Dylan McCallion, Conor Barr, Caolan McLaughlin, Conor Kelly, Paul Ramsey (Rory Holden 70), Aidan McCauley (Ciaron Harkin 70), Georgie Kelly, Ryan Doherty, Michael Barr. FixturesThursday, May 8th at 7pmDrumkeen Utd. v Swilly Rovers Ref. P. Duddy Saturday, May 10th at 3pm in BuncranaDerry City Res. v Bonagee Utd. Ref. S. Toner Sunday, May 11th4 Lanterns USLLetterkenny Rovers v Finn Harps Res. (K.O. 12:30pm) Ref. T. McAreeFanad Utd. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. P. Coll Wednesday, May 14th at 7pmBonagee Utd. v Swilly Rovers Ref. P. DuddyCockhill Celtic v Drumkeen Utd. Ref. S. TonerFinn Harps Res. v Derry City Res. Ref. V. McLaughlinLetterkenny Rovers v Fanad Utd. Ref. P. Coll 4 LANTERS USL: REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: May 4th, 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)
Gardai are hunting for a murder weapon which they believe was used to murder a man in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.Sebastian Adamowicz, aged 36, was found with severe head injuries at his home at 15 Sylvian Park on Wednesday last, November 1st.He was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but died the following day as a result of his injuries. It was initially thought that Mr Adamowicz, a Polish national, had fallen down the stairs at the house.However, following a post-mortem carried out by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy, a murder investigation was launched last night (Sun) by Gardai in Letterkenny.At a press conference at Letterkenny Garda Station today (Mon), Detective Inspector Pat O’Donnell said they were seeking witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the attack on Wednesday afternoon, November 1st. Inspector Sean Grant and Detective Inspector Pat O’Donnell at the press conference in Letterkenny seeking the publics assistance re the suspected murder of a Polish National. (North West Newspix)Inspector O’Donnell confirmed that the victim suffered serious head injuries and were now searching for a murder weapon.“We have extended our the radius of our search in the area to cover hedgerows, etc in which the weapon may have been hidden,” he confirmed.Inspector O’Donnell added that he was appealing to any deliverymen, postmen or other people who may have been in the vicinity of Sylvian Park to contact them.The victim, a single man who moved to Ireland several years ago, had shared the house with four other people, three males and a female.All four of these people have been interviewed by gardai.The house was very tidy apart from the area where the late victim had been found, added the Garda Inspector. No arrests have yet been made.Inspector O’Donnell confirmed that he had spoken to the late Mr Adamowicz’s mother and family who had arrived in Ireland after their son had been injured.“They are very decent people and as you can imagine they are very distraught by what has happened,” he said.Anybody with any information is asked to contact Gardai in Letterkenny on 0749167100. Breaking: Gardai hunt for murder weapon used to kill man in Letterkenny was last modified: November 7th, 2017 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:GardailetterkennymurderSebastian AdamowiczSylian Park