‘First Vote of Confidence after Ebola’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the latest economic and social investment of the ever present Coca-Cola Bottling Company in the country is the first vote of confidence after the eradication of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) from Liberia.President Sirleaf said the company was just one of the few that operated in the country throughout the crisis. “Therefore a huge investment of US$5.7 million in economic and social initiatives is a true testament that things are back on track for business and investment. This clearly speaks that the country is ready and safe for investment. This encourages those who left as a result of the virus to return and continue their investment,” she said.Coca-Cola has made the investment in its PET (plastic) bottling line, a new science and technology school and the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s five new Water Health Centers aimed at providing safe water access to over 61,000 Liberians.The President spoke at the official dedication ceremonies of these investments recently at the company’s operation site in Paynesville. According to her, she has always craved for Coca-Cola to make Liberia a hub for its operations in the Mano River and West African region – a move that is gradually coming to reality.She said it is now time for Liberians and other investors to think outside the box as the country currently undergoes a difficult time in regards to its traditional exports. The country’s economy is truly going through difficult times as many exports, such as rubber and iron ore, face depression globally.With the decline, President Sirleaf said Liberia must find other initiatives to be able to promote businesses to create these exports and the means whereby the gaps that now exist because of the global economic crisis can be filled by expansion into other areas.President Sirleaf indicated that though the environment has to be created by government policies and practices, it also has to be created by every Liberian who wants to see jobs, see businesses expand and wants to see where we, like neighboring countries, can export to other places.“The challenge is to every Liberian to make sure that what they do, how they act, how they support, how they join in creating this environment will enable us to achieve our development objectives,” she said.She noted that though there have been periods of interruption and contraction in Liberia, the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, like Firestone Liberia, has remained with Liberia despite these difficulties.She further urged the Coca-Cola Company to bring in a juice manufacturing plant that will produce juices made in Liberia for domestic consumption and possible export to other countries. “All these years for Liberia not to have a juice producing plant is totally unacceptable,” she said, adding that “now is the time to create a plant for the production of juices for us, too.”Coca-Cola Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Alex Cummings said, “Liberia may have been fractured by the tragedy of Ebola over the last year, but its spirit of optimism, ambition and progress will never be broken.”He pointed out that Coca-Cola has been ever-present in Liberia for over 65 years and its commitment to investing in economic and social initiatives remains as strong as ever as they increase their contribution to support sustainable growth of both their business and the communities they serve.The Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s first PET bottling line begins production at its Monrovia facility this month. It will also serve as a regional export hub for Sierra Leone and Guinea. An estimated 7,500 direct and indirect employment opportunities will be created over the next five years across Coca-Cola’s locally sourced supply-chain of distributors, retailers and material suppliers.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf used the occasion to warn Liberians against destructive tendencies that are gradually taking over the country. She said this trend has the propensity to scare investment from the country. “It will not work if people are going to destroy businesses. It’s not going to work with placards all over the place. It’s not going to work unless businesses know and have confidence in our policies, laws and in the way we do things,” she cautioned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Struggling towns welcome ecotourism

first_imgWALDEN, Colo. – People jostled cameras and squirmed on benches inside a trailer on a high-mountain meadow as the tour guide gently opened retractable doors, turning the bird blind into a window on one of nature’s most spectacular shows: Strutting, chest-puffing male sage grouse in the last throes of mating season. Dozens of greater sage grouse were first heard in the 5 a.m. darkness: Swishing sounds followed by pops, like a loud percolating coffee pot. Light gradually spread over the meadow, brightening the jagged, snowcapped peaks of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness and revealing the source of the sounds – two big white air sacs on the birds’ chests that repeatedly inflate and deflate. The brown-and-black birds, about 2 feet tall, fanned out their spiked tail feathers, trying to attract the two or three hens checking them out and charging at the other eager males. The prancing stopped an hour later when a golden eagle looking for food swooped down and the grouse flew away in one bunch. The abrupt end didn’t disappoint visitors who drove 100 miles or more to get to Walden, a town of nearly 700 in north-central Colorado. “That’s quite a show. I was really impressed,” said George Oetzel, a semiretired engineer from Boulder. Oetzel has traveled to Australia and Costa Rica to see exotic wildlife, but he’d never seen the greater sage grouse, the largest of chicken-like birds on the Great Plains and rolling, sagebrush-dotted hills of the West. “I think there’s a good chance we’ll go again next year,” he said. Like numerous small towns whose traditional economic foundations are crumbling and populations are plummeting, Walden is struggling to survive. And like other towns in Colorado and the West, it’s trying to capitalize on what’s in its own backyard by offering sage grouse tours. Monte Vista in south-central Colorado has a March celebration when thousands of sandhill cranes drop by the San Luis Valley on their northern migration. Wray, on the state’s eastern plains, draws visitors from across the country in late March to watch prairie chickens go through their mating ritual. Communities often team up with state and federal wildlife agencies and involve local residents and businesses to put on the festivals. In Wray, the town museum hosts a program and ranchers allow groups onto their land to see the prairie chickens’ lek, or mating ground. Walden’s chamber of commerce books sage grouse watchers in motels throughout town to spread the wealth. Chamber director Rea Redman estimates the grouse tours and birdwatchers out on their own provide up to 70 percent of the revenue in a “dead, slow month” for local restaurants and motels. “Ice fishing is at an end. Snowmobiling is winding down. They don’t really have anything going on too much before the summer tourist season comes along,” Redman said. The Moose Creek Cafe, where tour participants dined the night before rising at 3:30 a.m., would’ve been easy to find even without the life-size concrete moose out front. Several businesses on Walden’s Main Street are vacant or closed until the tourist season gears up. “This time of year, we have almost no business, so this gives us some weekends where there are people coming in,” said Bobbie Scott, owner of the Roundup Motel. Scott’s convinced that once people visit Walden, the largest community in remote North Park, they’ll return. A report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that bird and wildlife watchers in 2001 spent $38.4 billion nationwide. Wildlife viewers in Colorado spent about $624 million 2001. The agency is expected to release updated figures later this year. “It is becoming more mainstream as a rural economic development tool as the Great Plains in particular have undergone significant social and economic change,” said Ted Eubanks, whose Austin, Texas-based Fermata Inc. works with communities nationwide to promote their natural resources, wildlife or cultural history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Alberta Métis group suing B.C. Hydro over damage from Peace River dams

first_imgThe group says the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon Dams have significantly reduced water flow in both the Athabasca and Peace River, which both feed the large freshwater delta. As a result, Fred Fraser, president of the Fort Chipewyan chapter of the Métis Nation, says their way of life has been affected by the impact on wildlife and plants. He’s quoted as saying before the dams were built in 1968 and 1980 there were floods every three to five years that would overflow the delta’s banks meaning they were able to trap animals easily. Since then, there haven’t been any more floods. The lawsuit filed in November claims the federal government did not protect their Métis rights, wildlife, and waterways. Fraser also says his people were not consulted on either dam.\- Advertisement -To read the full CBC article, click here.last_img read more

Encana increases production in Montney shale drilling program

first_imgMichael McAllister, the company’s Chief Operating Officer says, by using what he calls somewhat of game changer in the Montney, Encana has significantly increased fracture intensity, cut inner frac-spacing in half, and kept sand concentration the same. Encana holds nearly 600 thousand net acres in the Montney shale formation, which covers an area in both Northeast B.C. and Northwest Alberta. This year its plans call for accelerating development of the oil and liquids-rich portions of the formation and eight rigs are expected to drill 80 to 85 net wells.  – Advertisement –last_img

Palermo move to tie down starlet amid growing interest from Tottenham and Arsenal

first_img Paulo Dybala 1 Palermo are ready to offer Paulo Dybala a lucrative new contract in order to ward off interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.The 21-year-old striker is quickly becoming one of the hottest properties in Europe after scoring seven goals in 14 games this season.talkSPORT told you yesterday about Tottenham’s eagerness to secure a deal for Dybala, who has been linked to his fellow countryman Sergio Aguero.Arsenal have also been circling and have been tipped to launch a £31million swoop for the Argentine in January.However, the north London rivals both look set to miss out on the striker after he revealed he is in talks to stay at the club.“With the director and with Zamparini we are talking about renewal, I think it will come to an agreement,” Dybala told Rai Sport.“The president said I’m worth 40 million? I do not think so, my duty is to take the field. To know that someone like that thinks highly of me fills me with pride.”last_img read more

Insider Trading: Ings interests Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, plus Man United update

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.He gives us the latest information surrounding Danny Ings’ future at Burnley. The 22-year-old has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, after impressing with the Clarets.There’s an update on Manchester United’s pursuit of Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, along with Radamel Falcao’s position at the club.Meanwhile, Haughton tells Paul and Andy about Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, who has attracted the attentions of Manchester City and Liverpool.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours on talkSPORT.com:Aston Villa linked with wantaway West Ham starReports – Brentford’s £1million bid for Colombia defender rejectedArsenal transfer news! Gunners set to complete deal?Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United target coy on his futureLiverpool transfer news! Reds flop will NOT be leaving, claims agentTransfer boost for Man United? Juventus priced out of move for Galatasaray starPogba latest: Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United alerted as agent hints at Juventus exitTottenham transfer news: Midfield flop lined up for Serie A switchWest Ham transfer report: Hammers eyeing £1million deal for Nigerian defenderArsenal transfer update! Gunners keen on Borussia Dortmund star, according to reportslast_img read more

MAN WITH 282 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS CLAIMS HE WAS NOT DRIVING CAR

first_imgA man with 282 previous convictions claims Gardai made a mistake when they thought they spotted him driving a car without insurance.Edward James Crerand appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with having no insurance or driving license on 24th, February last.However Crerand, age 32, said it was not him driving the car and said it must have been a friend of his from Derry. Garda Declan Meenan insisted he saw Crerand of 16 Strath Aoibhinn, Stranorlar at Blueball, St Johnston.He claimed Crerand was third in a convoy of three cars which passed him and that h was wearing a black jacket and a black baseball cap.Crerand’s solicitor Michael Shiel put it to Garda Meenan that he must have been mistaken and that there was no way he could have properly identified his client in passing traffic.Garda Meenan said he knew Crerand and the reason he had noticed him was that he had been observing the car he was driving of a number of days.Crerand gave evidence and swore that he was not driving the car on the day in question and that he did not even own a car.However Judge Paul Kelly said he believed the evidence of Garda Meenan and found Crerand guilty.The court heard that Crerand has 282 previous convictions of which 264 of these were committed in Northern Ireland.He adjourned the case until September 28th next for a community service and probation report.MAN WITH 282 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS CLAIMS HE WAS NOT DRIVING CAR was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 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:BallybofeyconvictionsdonegalEdward CrerandGarda Declan MeenenSt Johnstonlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE U14 HURLERS UNBEATEN AT MAGHERAFELT BLITZ

first_imgDungloe GAA News:B’ iad 1, 15, 17 agus 19 a huimhireacha lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €1,900 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Jenny Sweeney, Cronashallog, Donal Doherty, Caravan Road, Brendan Gillespie, Mullaghduff, Donal Ward, Keadue, agus Seaumus mc Dyer, Kerrytown. Bhain Kathleen O’ Donnell, Bunaman €150 agus bhain Elizabeth Connelly, Fermanagh, Mary Boyle, Annagry, Sadie Kelly, Ardmore agus Packie Gallagher, Ard Croine €100 ag an bingo.Congratulations to Mary mc Devitt, €1000, Cronashallog, Martin mc Glynn, €500, Sheskinarone, Mary Gallagher(H), €300, Leffin, Marianne Comack, €100,Gweedore Rd and Maire Greene, €100, Gweedore Rd who won on the Club 200 draw at the weekend.Coaching courses organised by Donegal GAA are being organised in the forthcoming months.A Foundation Level course for new coaches will be held in Ardara on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of February. A Level 1 Course will be held in Glenswilly on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of February; and also includes attending again on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of March.Anyone who may be interested in participating on these courses should contact John Ward @ 086 6036406.Congratulations to the Under 14 hurlers and management team who did exceptionally well in an indoor hurling event in Magherafelt on Saturday.The team played 5 matches, winning four and drawing one.  GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE U14 HURLERS UNBEATEN AT MAGHERAFELT BLITZ was last modified: January 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

How Germany’s newspapers reacted to the shock World Cup exit

first_imgSUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG: ‘COMPLACENT IN THE DISASTER’ Germany have some of the world’s best players in Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus and Thomas Muller It was direct and to the point from Rheinische Post FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE: ‘THE GERMAN DOWNFALL’ 7 7 Did the Germans just expect to turn up and all would be well? RHEINISCHE POST: ‘OUT’ The front page of Bild didn’t know what to say DER TAGESSPIEGEL: ‘OUT!’ Germany, champions in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014 are out before the knockout stage begins Manager Joachim Low was given a four-year contract before a ball had even been kicked center_img 7 7 7 7 DIE WELT: ‘Over and out’ 7 BILD: ‘No Words’ Football is supposed to be entertainment, people. Cheer up and stop whining. Have a laugh, it’s what we do at club level. There’s no politics here. We’re all about the football and Germany just happen to be really, really good at it, having won the World Cup four times.Anyway, here’s how what the front pages in Germany look like. In case you didn’t realise, Germany are out of the World Cup.There were many cheers when South Korea scored their second goals in a 2-0 win. Some people thought the reaction – more like utter delight – was a bit much considering England’s failures in major tournaments. Well, this is exactly why. Now they know how it feels. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer – injured for most of the season – appeared to be selected on reputationlast_img read more

REVEALED: COUNCIL BACKS MAJOR MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT FOR DONEGAL

first_imgLETTERKENNY is set to hold Ireland’s first urban mountain biking competition after the proposal was backed last night by the town council.Donegal Mountain Bike Club Chairman Findhan Strain gave a presentation to councillors on a proposal to hold an Urban Downhill event in the town in early 2012.Mr Strain said aftewards: “This would not only be an unique event in Donegal but also on the island of Ireland. The provisional date for the event will be held on the Bank Holiday Monday on May 7th 2012. “The proposal met with overall approval from all council members who were delighted to hear such an innovative idea being brought to the table. Hopefully in the next few weeks now, the club will have more details on a Major sponsor which they hope to bring on board to aid the event.“Aside from attractng major international Sponsors, this Event will bring some of the top Downhill bikers from all over Ireland as it’s probably the first of it’s kind to be held on these shores.”FIRST WITH THE NEWS AGAINLEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com REVEALED: COUNCIL BACKS MAJOR MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT FOR DONEGAL was last modified: January 17th, 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:downhill eventletterkennymountain biking donegallast_img read more