Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia Chigozie F. Obi Nnadozie has said that for Liberia to develop its tourism sector it need to think outside the box by first indentifying those things that make it unique and that non-Liberians may find intriguing.She said the communities around the various mines – gold, diamond and iron ore — could be developed in a way that could attract a huge number of visitors to Liberia yearly to see the kinds of activities in those places. These may include the development or the creation of miniature reproductions of the various stages of extraction of minerals, which could be patterned after the Madurodam in The Hague, Netherlands, Amb. Nnadozie said. Liberia is blessed with substantial deposits of gold and diamond. Why cannot the country take advantage of these God-given gifts to create wealth for its citizens? Amb. Nnadozie noted, adding: “This is not rocket science it is simple logic.”The Nigerian Ambassador made these remarks at the 36th anniversary of the United Nation world Tourism Organization (UNWTO) celebration program held under the theme: “One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunity,” by the Ministry of InformationCultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County on September 28. The events brought together cuisines and artifacts from the fifteen counties, including some spectacular performances from the Liberian National culture troupe and Crusader For Peace culture troupe.Amb.Nnadozie proposed that the government should host a trade fair during certain seasons of the year, in order to showcase the finished products of the mines, attracting more investments and people interested in visiting Liberia.“This will add value to the natural resources that exist in each particular region of the country,” Amb. Nnadozie said. “This in turn will create jobs for the indigenes of these regions or counties.” Outlining the trade fair benefits if it is held, Amb. Nnadozie says such an annual project will increase rapid development of the hospitality industry to take care of the needs of the visitors, such as accommodation, transportation and even healthcare services.Amb. Nnadozie recommend that government should consider leasing these places to well-known and experienced practitioners in this type of endeavor, identifying countries with the proviso that they should train the residents of such communities in the art and trade of the tourism business. “Such a program could make the citizen acquire the necessary skills that will enable them to open their own businesses in a foreseeable future,” said Amb. Nnadozie.She warned that the program’s aim should not be intended to take over the investments of foreigners and that “technology transfer when properly articulated could pave the way for Liberians to acquire skills that will make them competitive.”Amb. Nnadozie encouraged government to also take a keen interest in Eco system tourism since the country is blessed with very lush forests, which should house all sorts of nature, including a variety of birds and exotic animals.Since Monrovia has been listed the wettest capital in the world, it is very important that a sanctuary for birds is established so as to attract bird watchers to Liberia, Amb. Nnadozie stressed. “The promotion of tourism, therefore, makes it imperative for cities and villages to promote their natural heritage,” she said, adding that societies should be set up to keep records of historical artifacts, flora and fauna with a view to preserving them for generations to come. Grand Bassa county Senator Jonathan Kaiplay believes that the major problem to the tourism sector is the lack of suitable and accessible roads and that it will be difficult to attract tourists even if you have the most beautiful site in the world.“We will have to work on road connectivity as a government, modernizing our airport and improving the nation’s transport system,” Sen. Kaiplay said. “With the absence of this it will be difficult for us to reach that landmark and make Liberia a tourist destination.”“We have so many things to show the world. We ourselves are responsible for the backwardness of tourism and we need to change our ways in order make Liberia a tourist destination,” Minister of MICAT, Lewis Brown, said.Min. Brown reaffirms government support to the tourism sector and calls for an increase in budgetary allocation from the tourism department.Min. Brown named the Kptewee Water Fall, Lake Piso in Grand Cape Mount County, Providence Island, in Monrovia and other beautiful beaches and tourist sites as places to visit with your families, friend or tourist.In a related message, UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai said this year’s world tourism day is an opportunity to celebrate the transformative potential of one billion tourists.“Yet this big number represent more than just economic strength, they reflect tourism’s vast potential and increasing capacity to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including socio-economic growth, inclusive development and environmental preservation,” Mr Rifai said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice has delayed its decision on the trademark fraud case between BAF Trading Corporation, two government agencies, and H.K. Enterprise, owned by a Lebanese businessman.Lawyers representing BAF Trading Corporation in the case held final arguments in May with presiding Judge Chan-Chan A. Paegar reserving his final ruling.Although both lawyers rested after oral and documentary evidences, which led to the final argument, Judge Paegar is yet to hand down the final judgment despite issuing the first notice of assignment.Although Judge Paegar has assigned the case for ruling more than four times, the Commercial Court Judge is yet to rule in the case thus leaving party litigants’ fates in limbo. It is not clear why Judge Paegar has delayed his final ruling.It may be recalled that several months ago, BAF Trading Corporation, importers of ‘Pop Drink’ in Liberia dragged the Ministry of Commerce, the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) and a Lebanese businessman, who is the owner of H.K. Enterprise, to court for trademark infringement.BAF Trading Corporation registered its trademark in March 2010, but without any violation and expiration of its ten-year right, the Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) in 2014 issued to H.K. Enterprise a duplicate trademark that caused BTC to reportedly lose millions of United States dollars.LIPO was established by an Act of the National Legislature on March 23, 2003, with the mandate to control the registration and regulation of intellectual property materials by providing minimum local and international standards of protection. BAF claimed that LIPO did not follow due process and revoked its exclusive right, and subsequently issued it to H.K. Enterprise.H.K. Enterprise is owned by Housseni Kafel, who is being tried for allegedly using the duplicated trademark certificate to import ‘Pop Drink’ to the Liberian market.According to information, LIPO in 2014 registered the trademark certificate in favor of H.K. Enterprise as the only entity to import and sell ‘Pop Drink’ in Liberia.Kafel said later he got the understanding that LIPO in 2010 issued the same trademark to another company, BAF Trading Corporation, for ten years to be the sole importer and distributor of ‘Pop Drink’ in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An a matter of days, the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016 tournament will commence with some of the leading West Indian and international talents set to descend on the Caribbean. Excitement is building as many fans across Guyana and the other nations where the games are expected to be played are now in a rush to secure tickets and be part of the action.Now in its fourth year, CPL is now truly established as one of the leading T20 leagues in the world and compares favourably with the likes of the IPL and Big Bash League.From what we have seen so far, the competition is expected to be stiffer this year as some of the best international talents in world cricket have been selected to participate in the tournament. With the West Indies currently sitting atop the World T20 team rankings, the top quality signings of iconic and hugely decorated marquee players shows that CPL is serious about captivating the attention of both the West Indies public and cricket followers globally.Many stakeholders in the Caribbean are very optimistic about the huge potential the tournament has in terms of cricket development in the Caribbean and the development of the region as a whole.In previous tournaments, almost every stakeholder came out in support of the games. From current and past players to commentators, government officials, corporate sponsors, Hollywood actors and so on; all of them understood the kind of impact a tournament of such magnitude would have on the region. Certainly, the economic impact has been tremendous.According to an independent Economic Impact study on the tournament, Guyana’s economy cashed in on some US$24.5 million from the overall US$166 million that was injected to the Region’s economy during the 2014 tournament – a significant increase of 58 per cent on 2013.The study conducted by SMG-Insight/YouGov, one of the world’s leading sports measurement, research and analysis companies, showed a breakout across each of the eight markets as follows: Antigua and Barbuda – US$13.8 million; Barbados – US$28.7 million; Grenada – US$13.3 million; Guyana – US$24.5 million; Jamaica – US$25.1 million; St Kitts and Nevis – US$26.3 million; St Lucia – US$13.9 million and Trinidad and Tobago – US$21.1 million. This is the kind of fillip the region’s economies need at a time when most of them are recording slow growth rates.Further, there has been massive commercial support for the tournament which this region has never seen for any sporting event. It was disclosed that even before a ball was bowled, almost 40 commercial partners were on board signalling their long-term support for the tournament and West Indies cricket in general. That number has increased dramatically to date as many Caribbean businesses are seeing for themselves the significant returns they could have from investing and being part of the tournament.In terms of media coverage, the tournament has had a global audience for the games through outstanding broadcast coverage on television and radio, in addition to significant presence on social media through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.Importantly too is that the League has provided the opportunity for new talents to emerge. Players like young Nicholas Pooran, Rayad Emrit, Sheldon Cotterell and Steven Jacobs, to name a few, who may have flown under the radar or been overshadowed by the bigger names in the region have now been given an opportunity to shine, and they are indeed taking advantage of that opportunity.Certainly CPL has opened many doors for these young athletes to achieve their dreams by competing all over the world.Many experts have said that the CPL has exceeded every benchmark set. It has sparked a renewed interest in cricket as persons all over the region, even those who were not avid cricket fans, are talking about the game.Prior to CPL, there has never been this level of interest in cricket here, except for the period when the West Indies were on top of world cricket.The CPL has shown both the West Indian public’s enduring love for cricket and the endless potential for growth and success that there is in the region.In essence, CPL has indeed been a success story not only as it relates to the development of cricket, but the potential for growth and the ability to create the kind of opportunities that would seek to improve the lives of citizens.
Parking meter renegotiation…appeals for civil society nominationsThe Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC) were forced to defer selection of members for the Parking Meter Contract Renegotiation Committee because members of the public did not submit names of persons to sit on the committee.The Mayor and City Council at Monday’s statutory meetingThe M&CC had, on May 13, 2016, entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions Inc for parking meters to be installed in Georgetown. A committee was set up on April 26, 2017, one month after Bulkan had suspended the paid parking initiative. Its members are: Malcolm Ferreira (chairman), Roopnarine Persaud, Noelle Chow-Chee (VC), Ivelaw Henry, Trichria Richards, Carlyle Goring and Heston Bostwick.The Committee’s Terms of Reference, (ToR), drafted and voted upon by the majority of M&CC members, provide the committee with the authority to “engage all stakeholders within the parameters of the framework agreed upon by the Council, Cabinet and Smart City Solutions (SCSI) to seek to determine what terms of the agreement can and should be negotiated to bring the contract in harmony with the desires of the Council, Central Government, SCSI and the citizenry.The life of the Parking Meter Re-negotiation Committee ended when it submitted its final report containing its findings to the Mayor of Georgetown on August 2, and later circulated same to all councillors.The report made three recommendations: renegotiating the contract with SCS, scrapping the entire project, and awaiting the outcome of the pending court cases.On September 7, a vote of 13:5:7 was returned in favour of continuing the metered parking systems with a renegotiated contract. Councillor Gregory Fraser of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) colluded with Alliance For Change Councillor Sherod Duncan and Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran, along with the People’s Progressive Party Councillors Khame Sharma and Bisham Kuppen, to scrap the contract.Councillors Heston Bostwick, Carolyn Caesar, Noelle Chow-Chee, Oscar Clarke, Welton Clarke, Yvonne Ferguson, Junior Garrett, Winston Harding, Ivelaw Henry, Tricia Richards, James Daniels, Monica Thomas and Patricia Chase-Green all voted to have the contract renegotiated; while Councillors Malcolm Ferreira, Carlyle Goring, Andrea Marks, Alfred Mentore, Akeem Peter, Phillip Smith and Sophia Whyte voted to await the outcome of the pending legal proceedings.Following the vote, the Council agreed to appoint a Special Select Committee consisting of seven councillors and two members of the public with expertise and experience in accounting, law and engineering to meet with SCS. They would discuss the terms of the agreement with a view to renegotiating it in light of the findings and recommendations made by the previous committee that carried out an examination of the project and reported its findings to the council.At Monday’s statutory meeting, the Council was supposed to adopt the draft Terms of Reference and select the members of the new committee, but Mayor Patricia Chase-Green informed the Councillors that nominations for the public members have not been submitted. The council agreed to have the date extended to October to have the nominations made by the public or Councillors.“If we do not get any names submitted by October 9, then we will have to move a motion to have the number reduced to 7, to just accommodate the Councillors,” she informed.The new committee, according to the draft ToR, would be tasked with engaging Smart City Solutions with a view to renegotiating the terms of the agreement entered into between the parties, and more specifically to seek to take into account the concerns raised and addressed in the reports of the Special Committee in relation to costs, fines, enforcement, profit-sharing, areas, times and other factors identified, and any other relevant actions as the committee may, in its discretion, determine or as may be suggested by the general council.Upon completion of the negotiation period, the new committee would have to prepare a report and present it to Council at a meeting convened for that purpose, setting out the proposals and/or agreements arrived at.
For his first Premier League game in charge of Liverpool at Anfield, against Southampton, Jurgen Klopp named an unchanged side from his first league match away to Spurs.The German’s arrival has been met with almost universal acclaim from Liverpool fans, but his team selection for the visit of Saints left some supporters frustrated.With Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings out injured, Klopp is short on firepower, but his decision to start Divock Origi ahead of Christian Benteke, despite the latter still returning to full fitness, was met with derision in some quarters.So much so, that some Reds fans are even more optimistic looking at the bench than they are at the starting line up.Have a read of the best reactions to Klopp’s XI versus the Saints below. 1 Liverpool fans ask Jurgen Klopp ‘are you kidding me?’ as this player starts again
Ex-Arsenal academy graduate Havard Nordtveit is on West Ham’s radar Galatasaray are trying to hijack West Ham’s plans to sign Norwegian defensive midfielder Havard Nordtveit, claim reports in Turkey.The former Arsenal academy player has excelled in the Bundesliga since he joined Borussia Monchengladbach 2011 and is now being tipped for a return to the Premier League with West Ham .But, according to Lig TV, Gala have established contact with Nordtveit’s representatives and are trying to persuade them to listen to what they have to offer.However, West Ham remain favourites to land Nordtveit on a free transfer after the player recently stated his intention to join a Premier League team when he leaves Monchengladbach at the end of this season. 1
“I like the fact that we’re playing with the girls,” Miller boys coach John Romagnoli said. The problem, Romagnoli said, is that four of the six games (boys and girls varsity and boys and girls junior varsity) are at one site, making for late starts during the week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I don’t want to be out that late,” he said. “It was the wrong year to do it. This is the first time with three games in one week. Why tweak two things?” Because it has eight teams instead of the six teams that most leagues have, the CBL plays 14 league contests. Last year, the league opened in December. Instead, this year the league opens this week, but plays three games this week, then again in about a month. As for the boys favorite, Redlands East Valley coach Bill Berich hopes he can guide the Wildcats to the first boys basketball league title in school history, but he had similar feelings last year. “I think we should be in the hunt,” Berich said. “I hate to be called a favorite, because we haven’t done anything real spectacular. “If we had won the Corona game, we would have won the Kiwanis in back-to-back years.” The Citrus Belt League opens basketball play tonight with a new format, and perhaps a new league champion. Unlike years past when boys games between league opponents would be held at one school and the girls games would be at the other, this year, boys and girls games will be at one site. Boys are scheduled to play at 6 p.m. and girls at 7:30 for the first half of league, with the reverse format for the second half of league. REV didn’t win that game, but Berich is still optimistic, with junior forward Darnell Ferguson and senior guard/forward Brandon Dowdy and senior forward/center Lance Evbuomwan leading the way. “Your first goal is to be a top three team and make the playoffs, but short of winning (league) it will be a disappointment,” Berich said. Romagnoli is one other coach who believes REV is the favorite. “It’s all about REV,” he said. “I’ve seen most of the teams in league, and they’re long and athletic. Honestly, I think it’s theirs to lose.” Romagnoli hopes to have his team in the mix by the end of the season, but with four sophomores and a freshman who see significant playing time, there’s a lot of improving to be done, but they could be real dangerous in a month. The same could be said for Fontana, which has several freshmen seeing significant playing time, including 6-3 forward Demetrius Walker, profiled in Sports Illustrated last year. “That’s my hope,” Fontana coach Mark Soderberg said. “We’re young, our older guys don’t have much experience and we’re small. Our skills are improving, but you go through your lumps.” Yucaipa is a team that can provide matchup problems for nearly anyone, with 6-10 senior forward Jared Anthony (15.4 points per game) giving them a solid inside game. Eisenhower is getting a lot of respect for a loss by two points to 13-2 Pasadena in the Inland Empire Classic three weeks ago. Defending CBL champion Redlands shouldn’t be overlooked, having beaten second-place REV twice last year, but Colton and Rialto remain relative unknowns. The CBL girls race appears to be Miller’s to lose. The Rebels went 14-0 in league play a year ago, and only had two games (against Eisenhower and REV) decided by less than 25 points, and none by 10 or less. “You have to give (Miller) that (the favorite title),” REV coach Ted Berry said. “Until someone knocks them off.” REV might be the team with the best chance to knock them off, including two returning starters who were freshmen last year: Nicole Hamilton and Domonique Washington. Miller counters with an impressive sophomore of its own in guard Briana Hall, who averages 17.8 points per game. Judging by records at this point, where Miller and REV are a combined 20-7, and the rest of the league is near or well-below .500, it should be a two-horse race. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn has said lessons from the building control failures of the past must be learned ahead of any large scale resurgence in construction in the county.It is understood that the government will be introducing new building control legislation later this year.Senator Mac Lochlainn said it appears that the construction industry is regaining some momentum and that is a good thing for the economy. However, Donegal is still reeling from problems resulting from the absence of adequate building control regulations and standards during the construction boom, he added.The Sinn Fein politician said that before any large scale resurgence of construction in the county, it is important that we have robust standards and controls in place.“I understand that the government will soon introduce new building control legislation. Sinn Féin will seek to strengthen these new laws as much as possible to protect families from having to endure the terrible problems that have been experienced by so many families in Donegal, Mayo, Dublin and North Leinster”.Senator Mac Lochlainn said that the current system in operation across the border ensures a high level of protection for homeowners. “The construction industry in Donegal has been stagnant for ten years yet the building control system remains light years behind the processes currently adopted across the border in the 6 Counties.“Buying or building a house is the biggest financial event in the lives of so many people so it is vital they are assured of the highest levels of protection. With adequate protections in place homeowners could avoid many, if not all, of the serious issues which have been reported in a large number Donegal homes in recent times.”Lessons on building control failure in Donegal must be learned – Senator Mac Lochlainn was last modified: March 9th, 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)
14 Willian – 7 – The Brazilian has struggled for form this season in what has been a testing couple of months for the winger. Teed up Pedro for the opening goal, but missed his chance to break the deadlock with a poor finish in the first half Cesc Fabregas – 7 – Chelseas most impressive performer and profited from a high Wolves defensive line. Allowed time on the ball to pick out a pass and was only denied a series of assists by his teammates lack of clinical finishing SUB – Ruben Loftus-Cheek – N/A – Not given enough time to make an impact in what was a brief cameo appearance Kurt Zouma – 5 – Has been eased back into the first team picture and produced a sloppy display on his return to the starting XI. Failed to deal with crosses at times and was loose in possession 14 Nathaniel Chalobah – 5 – The midfielder did not catch the eye in his rehearsal for a slot in the Chelsea midfield. Dominated by his opponents and never imposed himself on the game Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals after beating Wolves 2-0 at Molineux on Saturday evening.The Blues looked sluggish against the Championship outfit and had to grind out a win against Paul Lambert’s side.Goals from Pedro and Diego Costa ensured the visitors progressed to the next round and avoided a dreaded replay.But how did we rate their individual performances? Click the right arrow above to find out Victor Moses – 6 – The Nigerian looked dangerous at times going forward as he displayed the pace and direct running that has benefitted the Blues so much this season. However, Moses was guilty of losing the ball deep in his own half on far too many occasions Pedro – 7 – Continues to impress under Conte this season. The dynamic forward headed Chelseas crucial opening goal after finding himself in acres of space. Given a standing ovation when he was replaced by Azpilicueta 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 SUB – N’Golo Kante – 6 – The Blues midfield anchor made an immediate impression as his tackling created the opening for Costa to seal victory for the Blues 14 14 Nathan Ake – 6 – A rare start for the fullback and appeared nervy at times against a lively Wolves attack. Restricted to holding his defensive position in what was a subdued performance 14 Asmir Begovic – 6 – The deputy goalkeeper looked hurried at times and did little to calm the nerves of Chelseas youthful defence. Likely to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer for regular first team football 14 SUB – Cesar Azpilicueta – 6 – Replaced goal scorer Pedro with 20 minutes left to play and played his part in holding out a late Wolves siege 14 Diego Costa – 7 – A selfless performance by the Spaniard. Held the ball up well for his teammates and was rewarded with a goal in the closing stages for his efforts in a feisty encounter John Terry – 6 – The club captain has featured sparingly this season and it seemed his communication skills were as rusty as his legs. Terry struggled to lead by example and is unlikely to have impressed Conte on this showing Eden Hazard – 5 – A largely anonymous performance by Chelseas chief creative outlet. Floated around the pitch and rarely contributed to build up play in what was a poor performance from the Belgian