Lofa Road Impassable

first_imgTorrential rains have drastically degraded the Lofa County highway leaving dozens of trucks and other vehicles stranded for one week, travellers have told the Daily Observer.According to reports, several trucks and smaller vehicles are in deep mud about 15 to 25 feet in some areas on the Lofa/Gbarnga highway.“We spent about five days traveling from Gbarnga City in Bong County to Voinjama City in Lofa due to the bad road,” said truck driver John Baysahwala.As a result, perishable farm items such as bitter balls, pepper, egg plants, peanuts, and greens intended for Monrovia markets continue to rot.Some of the affected farmers, who spoke to the Daily Observer via mobile phone, described the situation as discouraging because they are losing their markets.Peanut farmer Sumo Yallah of Voinjama District said 55 bags that he harvested to take to Monrovia rotted while waiting to be transported.“I now have money problems and don’t know what I will do to get money to continue farming,” Yallah said.Another farmer, Domawah Kemah, said out of 24 bags of the vegetables he intended sending to Monrovia, only 10 bags reached because the rest spoiled as a result of the road condition.With such huge loses, the farmers believe that next year’s production and harvest will certainly drop.In his reaction to the bad Lofa road condition, pineapple farmer Yallah M. Ballah said the only alternative left to any Liberian government is to begin paving the road.Ballah added that if such initiative had been accepted by the past and present governments, the pavement of the road would have begun ever since in Mendikormah in Foya Statutory District.Labour and other financial investments in the production of the farm produce are on many occasions left in the hands of commercial drivers. Business people and aid agency vehicles that continue to ply on the deplorable road are being faced with expensive mechanical repairs.In separate interviews with truck and small vehicle commercial drivers in Monrovia recently, they called on the Liberian Government to place priority on the pavement of the Lofa highway.“Let the current administration leave some works done on our Lofa highway as a mark of a genuine legacy for our poor farmers,” one of the drivers recommended.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mum working at nursing home claimed €26K in illegal benefits

first_imgCOURTS: A woman claimed €26,000 in social welfare benefits while working full-time at a nursing home. Michelle Fulton, of The Bungalow, Carnone, Raphoe was charged with social welfare benefit fraud on September 1st, 2011.Inspector Harrison, from the Department of Social Protection told the court, “Mrs Fulton was awarded a one parent family payment on the June 12th, 2008. “However, her file was referred to me, after I received a letter which indicated that she was had completed a training course with a nursing home, and was now working with them.“As I continued my investigations, I discovered she had been employed with them since 2011, but she hadn’t informed the department.“She completed a training course successfully, and was initially employed on a part-time basis, before taking on a full-time position.”The social welfare investigations unit then visited the accountancy firm which looked after the nursing home and obtained the accused woman’s P60. It was then assessed that €25,592.20 had been given to her in overpayments.The investigator added “I requested her to meet me on two occasions in September and October, but both times she failed to appear, and didn’t contact me to let me know she would not be in attendance.“She was made aware of the overpayments that had been made to her, and so far has paid back €755.50, which leaves the balance at 25,836.60.“She was still receiving social welfare payments up until November last year, but was getting regularly deducted, and has also made four cash payments.”Solicitor for the defendant Donough Cleary said his client regretted her actions, and stressed that she had a difficult family situation. Mr Cleary told the court, “She initially began a training course with this company, but this wasn’t paid.“Her training was successful, and then she started to get a few hours here and there, that gradually increased to a day or two a week, before it became a full-time role.“She’s had a difficult family situation that the court would be aware of, but she accepts it was wrong and regrets it.“She has since obtained a full-time job in a different establishment, and is paying €50 a month towards the repayments she owes the state. “She has a mortgage to pay, and her maintenance has been reduced due to her employment.”Inspector Harrison said there is no consistent pattern to her repayments, and said the department would be in contact with the defendant in due course.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until January 3rd, to see if a repayment plan can be set-up in the meantime, and then assess the situation further at that point.Mum working at nursing home claimed €26K in illegal benefits was last modified: October 5th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Motorists warned over oil spill in south Donegal

first_imgMotorists in south Donegal are being advised of a bad oil spill that occurred this evening. Gardai in Ballyshannon say the spill happened between Ardara and Killybegs.The wet conditions has resulted in the spill spreading and drivers are advised to exercise caution. Motorists warned over oil spill in south Donegal was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ESB working to restore power to almost 2,000 homes in West Donegal

first_imgThe ESB is working to restore power to almost 2,000 homes in West Donegal this evening.The power went down just before 7pm in the Derrybeg area.A spokesman said they are working t restore the power as quickly as possible. ESB working to restore power to almost 2,000 homes in West Donegal was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

World Cup 2019: Unperturbed by chatter, Dinesh Karthik ready to deliver for India

first_imgFifteen years after making his international debut and being in and out of the Indian team, Dinesh Karthik remains a topic of discussion and therefore, “relevant”, in his own words.After the World Cup squad was announced on April 15, the 33-year-old was the subject of an intense debate with many even questioning his selection over the highly-talented Rishabh Pant.Chief selector MSK Prasad tried to settled the debate by saying that reserve keeper Karthik was picked for his better skills behind the stumps but even that did not cut it with Pant’s supporters which included the likes of Ricky Ponting.”I would not still be playing if it was not for the blessings of my friends and family. Good or bad, if people still talk about you it means that you have managed to stay relevant. It is extremely satisfying that I have managed to stay relevant all these years and still trying hard to be part of the team,” Karthik told PTI before leaving for England.He made his debut even before Dhoni who burst on to the scene in December 2004 and the rest, as they say, is history. If it was not for Dhoni, the Chennai-based cricketer could have played a lot more than 26 Tests and 91 ODIs, but he has never had any qualms in accepting that he was replaced by a special player.Since he could not replace Dhoni behind the stumps, he had to add another dimension to his game as a specialist batsman to keep his spot in the team since the Champions Trophy in 2017. And he did that by emerging as the finisher the management was looking for, with his most memorable knock coming in the Nidahas Trophy final last year when he won India the trophy with a six off the last ball.advertisementWas a bit shocked after Australia ODIs snub: KarthikHowever, there were doubts over his World Cup spot as he was dropped from the ODI series against Australia, India’s last before the World Cup.”I was a bit shocked (after not being picked for Australia series) but I had faith that you know if it is meant to be it is meant to be. In the end, I was picked for my performances over the last two years.”I have batted in various positions (over the last 24 months) and I have had decent success in those positions. But the key is not for me to look back at the last two years, the greatest tournament is going to happen and I now have the opportunity to play there.”It doesn’t matter what the word is going around. What is important to me is that I have got an opportunity and there are people who believe in me and have faith in me, I need to go out there and stand up for my country,” he said.In an up and down career, Karthik has experienced the highs and lows, whether it was being part of India’s disastrous run in the 2007 World Cup or the World T20 triumph in South Africa months later. Karthik, who was then in his early 20s, vividly remembers those contrasting campaigns.”We played two World Cups in 2007. We were very successful in the T20 format and one World Cup where things did not go as per plan. Leading up to it (ODI World Cup), we were playing some really good cricket. The format was such that we got to play three games and we had one bad game against Bangladesh and that really hurt us.”After that game it was like playing a three-match bilateral series. You had to win the next two matches and there was so much pressure. That is the thing about World Cup.”But the T2O that followed was a breath of fresh air. The format was new. With Dhoni leading the side so well, it was a great tournament to be part of.”Fast forward to 2019, and he is one of the oldest members in the squad and someone who loves spending time with the youngsters, especially K L Rahul and Hardik Pandya.”Those two names matter a lot to me. I am very close to them in this Indian team. If either of them was not there in the team I would have been very sad. At the end of the day, you do make close friends as you go along in the journey.”For his current run in the Indian team, Karthik is quick to give all the credit to friend and mentor, Abhishek Nayar.advertisement”He is the single biggest factor in me being part of this World Cup team,” he added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Recapping some of the greatest upsets in World Cup historyAlso Read | Such losses are irreparable: Sachin Tendulkar condoles Asif Ali daughter’s demiseAlso See:last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino hints he needs to sell before buying

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino hints he needs to sell before buyingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he needs to sell before buying in January.Pochettino concedes his squad is currently overloaded.He explained, “We have a full squad. “I think we have 28 in the squad. I think it’s impossible to sign players if we have no space. We don’t have enough spaces at the moment, so it makes no sense to talk about signing players.” last_img

6 days agoAston Villa boss Smith warns Man Utd off McGinn

first_imgAston Villa boss Smith warns Man Utd off McGinnby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has told Manchester United to forget about John McGinn.McGinn is believed to be on a shortlist of players United want to sign over the next two transfer windows.But Smith said: “The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply! He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa.“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.”McGinn is contracted to Villa until July 2024, so the midlands club are under no pressure to sell.Smith added: “He’s a really top player and pivotal to us getting promoted last season. He’s continued that form in the Premier League and his value would have certainly shot up.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Elly Mayday SASKATCHEWAN-BORN MODEL ASHLEY LUTHER, BETTER KNOWN AS ELLY MAYDAY, DEAD AT 30Ashley Luther, the Saskatchewan-born woman who gained fame as Elly Mayday — a fierce model who embraced her curves — died Friday in Vancouver. She was 30.Luther, who grew up on a farm near Aylesbury, Sask., had been dealing with ovarian cancer and related health complications for five years.Luther was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer called low grade serous carcinoma at 25. READ MOREELLY MAYDAY, BODY-POSITIVE MODEL AND ADVOCATE, DIES FROM OVARIAN CANCER AT 30“One Hell Ova Woman” reads an embroidery Elly Mayday was gifted last summer.In an Instagram post, the body-positive model said: “This is one of my favorite gifts I’ve received. This little tag line came to me one day and I liked the way it felt. I wanted to create a hashtag that said a bit more than “warrior” or survivor, to be honest I’ve never identified with either words.“#One Hell Ova Woman” is the woman who doesn’t back down. The one who faces obstacles with grace and strength. The “Ova” spelling is a nod towards my girls fighting this disease. (I wish there was another word rather than fighting) but it’s not just about cancer. It’s just about her. You.” READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook CANADIAN MODEL AND ACTIVIST DIES AT 30 FROM OVARIAN CANCERSaskatchewan-born model and body positivity activist has died at 30 from ovarian cancer on Friday.Ashley Luther, professionally known as Elly Mayday, moved to British Columbia to pursue her modelling career where she would often work with local Forever Yours Lingerie.Luther documented her five-year struggle with ovarian cancer and her struggle as a plus-size model. READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Around 700 join BJP during FB live session hosted by Tiwari

first_imgNew Delhi: Around 700 persons joined the BJP during an hour long Facebook live session hosted by party’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari on Thursday. Tiwari welcomed the new members of the party saying their membership will be formalised within a week. “The Facebook live session that lasted for around an hour reached to over four lakh persons and more than 2,000 persons interacted with the Delhi BJP president. Around 700 persons became members of the party in this unique digital initiative,” said Delhi BJP’s social media and media co-incharge Neelkant Bakshi.Tiwari said not only supporters of the BJP but even people of the country were working actively to ensure victory of the party to make Narendra Modi Prime Minister of the country for the second term. Answering a question on full statehood, Tiwari said his party had promised a “review” of full statehood. “We had promised a review of the full statehood but no one had expected that an elected Chief Minister like Arvind Kejriwal would threaten to obstruct Republic Day parade,” Tiwari said. He said anyone joining the BJP would do so because the Congress was “exposed” as it had failed to deliver when it was in power. In the live chat, Tiwari said by not implementing the Ayushman Bharat scheme in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thought that he can deny credit of the scheme to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Its unfortunate that benefits of the scheme are being denied to Delhiites. Its a sign of ‘Vinash Kale Vipreet Buddhi'”. The event was coordinated by media team of Delhi including incharge of media and social media team Pratyush Kanth and convener Ashok Goyal. Recently, the Delhi BJP chief had interacted with Twitter users in a ‘Twitter Chaupal’ at Burari in North East Delhi constituency represented by him in the Lok Sabha. The social media team has also planned regular appearances of Tiwari on different online platforms to woo voters, specially youngsters.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi mocks PMs Make in India says Made in China rules

first_imgSalem (TN): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” slogan, saying the country’s market was now flooded with Chinese products.Addressing a poll rally here, he referred to unemployed youth of Tamil Nadu, saying Modi had hurt them in the last five years, giving “huge amounts of money from the banks to the richest people but not to them.” “He gave you an empty slogan called Make in India but wherever we look we see Made in China products,” he said. Be it phone, shoes or shirt “you see made in China,” he added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Now we want real made in India and real made in Tamil Nadu,” Gandhi said. Under Modi, “Make in India” if a young Tamil entrepreneur wanted to start a business he had to knock on the doors of different government offices where “he had to pay bribes,” the Congress chief alleged. “By the time he got his permissions the business is already failed,” he said. Hence, the Congress came up with a new idea in its manifesto for entrepreneurs, he said adding “when you want to start a new business you will not have to take permission from any government department for three years.” They could take the permission once the business was established and till such time the focus could be on making the business work and consolidating it, Gandhi said. “Once your business is established take permission.” Terming the GST as Gabbar Singh Tax again, he said it comprised five different taxes and a tax rate of 28 per cent wherein “even weavers had to pay tax if they had to buy thread or material.” The moment his party was voted to power it will be removed and we will give you a “real GST, (envisaging) one tax, minimum tax and a simple tax.”last_img read more