Kuwaiti Loan to Boost Greenville Port

first_imgThe Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development’s recent US$14 million loan to Liberia will help boost the physical infrastructure of the seaport of Greenville, National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker has observed. The loan agreement was consummated between the government of Liberia and the Kuwaiti Fund last year, but it requires a legislative ratification before implementation in line with the Liberian constitution. According to the loan agreement, the repayment period is 22 years with a four-year grace period.Providing some details of the agreement on SKY FM Phone-in Talk Show yesterday, Madam Parker declared that the interest rate on the loan is highly concessional at 1.5 percent interest rate and 0.5 percent service fees.The NPA boss assured the public that the return on investment on the loan is 22 percent conservatively. She noted that the Kuwaiti loan is directly for the development of the port of Greenville, Sinoe County and the purchasing of tugboat for that port.“This loan could not have come at a better time,” the NPA boss added as she praised the government of Liberia for contracting the credit from the Fund, which as she put it, “will help improve the economy of the southeastern region.”The NPA Managing Director declared that part of the money will be used to build a container park, fishing ram and other infrastructure for the port to enhance increase shipping activities.She noted that as part of the agreement, the government of Liberia through the NPA has completed the design and dredging of the port of Greenville. The US$14 million Kuwaiti loan is currently before the national legislature for approval.Madam Parker, who was expected to appear before a legislative committee for public hearing yesterday, announced that that the work on Greenville Port is expected to be completed in two years if the agreement is ratified.“We will advertise an international bid for tugboat which will take few weeks,” she stated. Greenville port currently handles 14 logging concessions and two oil palm concessions namely Equatorial Oil Palm and Golden Veroleum.Majority of the callers on the talk show praised Madam Parker for her excellent managerial style, which they observed, has led to improvement and gains including improved security, good wage structure for employees and port infrastructure development at the Freeport of Monrovia and other seaports in Buchanan, Greenville and Harper.The NPA boss also assured the public that her management team is operating with plans and that the loan will not be a burden that NPA would not repay.“I pray that I have plan in place to not only repay the Kuwaiti loan, but to replace myself as Managing Director of the NPA,” she said.Madam Parker, however, admitted that implementation is a challenge everywhere in Liberia, but expressed confidence that with the port will be strong enough to repay taking clue from the level of development at the port authority.She made specific reference to the port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, which she disclosed is handling 60 percent of Liberia’s thorough put (imports and exports).“Ports infrastructures are very expensive to build and so it is a challenging job to manage a port,” she stated. The NPA boss, who took over the NPA as Managing Director in 2009, noted that her dream is to improve Liberia’s port infrastructure in order to encourage more vessels to come to Liberia.                Meanwhile, the Kuwait Fund only extends loans on concessionary term to finance development projects in developing countries. The Fund also provides technical assistance to finance the costs of the feasibility studies of projects, as well as the training of nationals of the borrowing countries.In addition, the Fund subscribes in the capital of international and regional development institutions. The Fund makes loans and provides guarantees, makes grants by way of technical assistance and providing other types of technical assistance and contributes to capital stocks of international and regional development finance institutions and other development institutions and representing the State of Kuwait in such institutions.The Port of Greenville is located in the southeastern region of the country, about 673.6 kilometers from the Freeport of Monrovia. The harbor is protected by a 400 meters long breakwater, and on its inner side, by two quays.There are two berthing facilities, 70 meters and 180 meters respectively, with an existing depth 8/9 meters below chart datum. With the signing of fourteen (14) logging, one (1) iron ore, and two (2) oil palm concessions, we anticipate high vessel traffic at this port in the coming years.The Port of Greenville is located in the southeastern region of the country, about 673.6 kilometers from the Freeport of Monrovia. The harbor is protected by a 400m long breakwater, and on its inner side, by two quays.  The Port of Greenville is an International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) certified Security Level Two port.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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High School Championships in Semi Finals

first_imgVictory Chapel will today take on E. Jonathan Goodridge in the first kickball encounter in the semi-finals of the National High School Soccer and Kickball Championship at the Alpha Oldtimers Sports Field in Monrovia. In the second game, Arthur F. Kulah will clash with Nathan E. Gibson.At the same venue, in soccer AGM will take on St. Simon in the first game and the second game will see World Wide Mission going against Nathan E. Gibson.The 2017 tournament is organized under the auspices of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and by the Veteran Sports Committee.The tournament comprised 480 teams (240 soccer teams and 240 kickball teams), and started in April and is expected to end on August 24.The objective of the tournament is to promote sports and education as an inseparable component of youth development.The following are results from Wednesday, August 2, at the Right to Play soccer pitch:Kickball: Victory Chapel 2, E. Jonathan Goodridge 0; Nathan E. Gibson 3, Amos P. Warner 1; World Wide Mission 9, Soul Clinic 8.Soccer: 1st AGM 2, Dominion 1; St. Simons 5, Richard Nixon 4 (penalties); World Wide Mission 2, Bethlehem Baptist 1.Kickball: E. Jonathan Goodridge 5, Wells-Hairston Gardnersville 3; Arthur F. Kulah 3, James Doe Young 1.Soccer: James Doe Young 4, Wells-Hairston Gardnersville 2; True Vine 2, Arthur F. Kulah 1, held at the ETMI sports pitch.Results on August 3: Kickball: Victory Chapel 6, World Wide Mission 4; Jonathan E. Goodridge 1, Nathan E. Gibson 0.Soccer: 1st AGM 1, Nathan E. Gibson 0; St. Simon 2, True Vine 0; World Wide Mission 2, James Doe Young 0.Meanwhile, the protest committee has released findings of protests filed by World Wide Mission against the Apostolic Foundation.The committee said World Wide Mission filed a protest against four players, wearing numbers 4, 8, 9 and 10. It was confirmed that Lucee Massaquoi who wore jersey number 9, is currently enrolled at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), though she graduated from the school in 2016.The committee therefore awarded the points to World Wide Mission and using the law guiding the tournament, said the player will not compete in the tournament in the next edition.Another protest result involved Amos Warner High against New Destiny for fielding two illegal players.The protest committee, after investigating, found that player Onsay Kpawah (#4) and Tete Wise #7 graduated from the school in 2016 and therefore awarded the points to Amos Warner.The tournament is in three stages: County High School Championship on county level, Regional Championship and the National Championship.The Veteran Sports Committee divided the country into five regions. Region One has Lofa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu; Region Two has Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa, and Margibi; Region Three: Montserrado; Region Four: River Cess, Sinoe and Grand Kru; and Region Five: Maryland, River Gee, and Grand Gedeh.There will be cash prizes and other awards at the end of the finals in Monrovia.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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Saugus ranch doubles for Mideast

first_img“It’s a hot-ticket item now,” said Jody Hart, founder and president of Los Angeles-based Combat Casting. “A lot of TV shows are based on reality; so are movies. … The fact we’re at war is going to create story lines for writers in both (media).” Combat Casting lives up to its name, peopling TV shows and feature films with active-duty and retired military personnel as actors and crew members. Some performed in a History Channel drama on the death of football great Pat Tillman in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan, with Blue Cloud doubling for the rugged Mideast landscape. A fleet of exploded wrecks at the ready – helicopters, jeeps, buses, cars – lend a touch of realism. “When special effect puts that little puff of smoke in the cars, you’re there,” Veluzat said. The gold mine used to be an illegal dump, literally, before Veluzat rescued it. Skeptical friends shook their heads, wondering how the former stuntman and character actor would turn a buck from his questionable investment, but fate intervened. Wildfires in 2000 burned the trash and everything else. Popular TV shows filmed at the ranch include “The Unit,” “Medium,” “JAG” and “Without a Trace.” Feature films include “The Shaggy Dog” and the sci-fi film “Serenity.” The ranch is within the so-called 30-mile zone, which saves clients money. The zone’s centerpoint is in Los Angeles, and filming within its radius cuts costs on overnight lodging and per diem crew fees. “Rene struck on something great before it actually happened,” Hart said. “He had a small town, he was a great businessman, knew what he had, what it could be used for.” Veluzat, a licensed contractor, fussed over some of the sets, enlivening them with vivid details, but when production crews balked about his choice of treatments he toned them down. The move paid off, and not only do the paying customers lend their own touches, they often leave them behind because it’s cheaper than demolishing them. Steven Bochco’s series “Over There” shot one episode at the ranch. Sam Sako served as a technical adviser on the series. Neighbors may do a double take when Sako appears with a carload of costumed extras, but Veluzat takes it in stride. Sako grew up in Baghdad and is cashing in on authenticity with his Mideast in Hollywood.com venture. He provides translations in Arabic, Afghani and Farsi and coaches actors, creates props, signs and costumes, as well as offering valuable cultural advice. He, too, worked on the Tillman project. “We created an atmosphere that resembled the Afghan location where Tillman was killed,” he said. “Rene has the sets. I dressed up the actors and we gave the look of the North Alliance, and I also taught them how to say a few words in Pashtu.” When Al-Jazeera hit town to shoot a piece on Arabs in Hollywood, they made a beeline to Sako. History comes in all shapes and sizes. Animal expert Phil Smith has known Veluzat for three decades. His company, Piru-based Phil’s Animals Rentals, has provided horses and livestock and more than 40 styles of period and modern wagons, carriages and buggies. “He’s so easy to get along with; he understands the business and knows what you need,” Smith said. “You can use the little towns for many different uses, but mainly it’s his personality.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Upscale tracts are cropping up all over Santa Clarita, but a bunch of shabby shacks in Bouquet Canyon that resemble a bombed-out Iraqi village won’t be replaced any time soon. The neighbors don’t care and the owner couldn’t be more pleased. “People don’t realize Newhally-wood is here in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Rene Veluzat, who owns the 100-acre Blue Cloud Movie Ranch. A faux gas station tapped for a Vogue cover shoot and the ’50s diner are nice, but Veluzat’s mainstays are the Iraqi and Afghanistan streetscapes and scruffy hills, burned by a fire years ago. last_img read more

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Laura Bush zaps predecessor’s remark

first_imgABUJA, Nigeria – Laura Bush criticized Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday for suggesting that the Republican-controlled House is run like a plantation where dissenting voices are ignored. “It think it’s ridiculous; it’s a ridiculous comment,” the first lady told reporters when asked about the remark during a return flight to Washington after her four-day swing through West Africa. Clinton made the comment in Harlem at an event honoring the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She said the GOP has been running the House “like a plantation” because ideas from the minority Democrats are not respected. A Bush administration spokesman on Tuesday had called the senator’s comments “way out of line.” The first lady, who said her next trip likely will be to New Orleans to visit hurricane-damaged schools, also reacted to a comment by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin that stirred controversy. Nagin had said: “This city will be chocolate at the end of the day.” He later apologized. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Nagin also said the hurricane that devastated New Orleans was God’s way of showing displeasure about U.S. involvement in Iraq. “Surely God is mad at America,” Nagin said in a speech Monday. “Surely he’s not approving of us being in Iraq under false pretense. But surely he’s upset at black America also. We’re not taking care of ourselves.” Asked about the comment, the first lady joked that she could not really speak for God. Then she added that she believes Nagin wants New Orleans to be rebuilt. “He wants people who lived in New Orleans to come back,” she said. “I do, too, and I know the president does, too. You know it’s going to take a long time.” last_img read more

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THE MULLADUFF BAND PLAY THE GENERATIONS GAME!

first_imgThe Old Mulladuff Band can certainly count on tradition.Last Sunday no less than four generations of the same family played in Annagry. James Bonner, his son Hugh with his son Conal, his daughter Pauline Bonner Sweeney with her daughters Alanna and Bronagh and Allana’s son Ultan made it a real family occasion.And throw in their Cousin Paddy Bán for good measure standing in the background and it gets even bigger.It certainly prtoved a very proud day for James with his son, daughter, his grandchildren and great grandson in the band.THE MULLADUFF BAND PLAY THE GENERATIONS GAME! was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 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:AnnagryBonnersMulladuff Bandlast_img read more

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Giants overmatched in Atlanta, watch Braves clinch division with ease

first_imgATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves arrived at SunTrust Park on Friday with the expectation there would be a postgame party.The San Francisco Giants appeared to do everything in their power to ensure the celebration would go on.Braves players had ski goggles tucked away in lockers and clubhouse attendants had champagne on ice. All Atlanta needed to do was beat the Giants to clinch the National League East.The Giants didn’t exactly make things challenging. Braves center fielder Ronald …last_img read more

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Oscar inspires at London Olympics

first_img‘An inspiration for all of us’Later, James said of Pistorius: “He’s an inspiration for all of us. He’s very special to our sport. He’s a great individual. It’s time we see him like that and not anything else.” On the stroke of half-time, Reid-Ross levelled the scores at 3-3, with another penalty corner goal. Running in the second of three semi-final heats, with the first two finishers in each race and the next two fastest losers progressing, Pistorius made the slowest start of any of the 24 men in the semi-finals. He failed to make any impact after that, his usual stronger second half of the race absent on this occasion, and trailed home in eighth place in a slow 46.54 seconds. An all-action first half produced six goals as the teams went into the break at 3-3. Women’s marathonThree South African women contested the marathon, which was hit by rain. Kalmer crossed the finishing line in 35th place in 2:30:51, just 52 seconds off her career best time. Only six minutes remained on the clock. Unfortunately for South Africa, Pakistan found a winner three minutes from time through Waseem Ahmed. NBC, the USA’s official Olympic broadcaster, ran a feature on him. The prestigious New York Times ran a photo of Pistorius that dominated the newspaper’s front page. A quick glance at Pistorius’ Twitter account on Monday morning revealed some pretty high-profile fans from the world of show business, including Samuel L. Jackson, Denise Richards, Mario Lopez, and Piers Morgan. It took Pakistan almost 27 minutes to level, with captain Sohail Abbas, their long-time penalty corner specialist and the highest scorer in the history of international hockey, slotting the equaliser. Hockey thrillerAt the Riverbank Arena, the South African men’s hockey team duelled with Pakistan in a nine-goal thriller during which the two teams were never separated by more than a goal. Ultimately, though, the Pakistanis grabbed the winner only minutes from the end of the contest to secure a 5-4 victory. 6 August 2012 Afterwards, he wrote on Twitter: “I’d just like to thank everyone who has been supportive, tonight’s Olympic Semi-final was a dream come true for me! I am truly blessed!” The mostly British crowd, however, cheered him as if he was one of their own.center_img Second halfShortly after the restart, Wade Paton struck for South Africa, making it 4-3 in favour of Gregg Clark’s charges. Tanith Maxwell found the race a real struggle and ended 81st in 2:40:27, while Irvette van Blerk failed to finish. South Africa quickly hit the front again as Justin Reid-Ross sent a penalty corner rocketing into the top of the net. In slightly more than a minute, though, Pakistan had drawn level through Shafqat Rasool. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Kerani James, the reigning world champion in the event, won the heat in 44.59 seconds. Showing his support for and friendship with Pistorius, he swopped race bibs with him, while other athletes gathered around to shake the South African’s hand. Oscar Pistorius exited the Olympic 400 metres after finishing last in his semi-final on Sunday night, but the South African, the first double-amputee to participate in the Games, was a winner in many ways. Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana ran on to victory in an OLympic record of two hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds, with Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo claiming the silver medal and Russia’s Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova the bronze. Rene Kalmer showed up well in the early going and went through the halfway mark only 10 seconds behind the leading group in an hour, 13 minutes and 23 seconds. She, however, found the second half of the race more challenging and dropped off the front-runners. Thornton McDade put the men in green and gold into an early lead, with a goal in the second minute. It took until the 20th minute for Pakistan, a three-time Olympic champion, to level matters through Abdul Haseem Khan. Running on his prosthetic limbs, consistency is something that Pistorius struggles with, and unfortunately he was sub-standard on Sunday evening. He was, however, far from disappointed. Pistorius will be in action again with the South African 4×400 metres relay team. Round one takes place on Thursday and the finals on Friday. Last year, at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, the South African team won a silver medal in the event. Less than two minutes later the deluge of goals continued as Abdul Haseem Khan put Pakistan ahead for the first time.last_img read more

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Luthando Jackson is a mini music maestro

first_imgLuthando Jackson has been playing the guitar for only two years, and already he impresses all who hear him strum. The nine-year-old, who is the first in his family to show such prowess on the instrument, has a natural affinity for the guitar. Luthando Jackson is making his home town of Pietermaritzburg proud with his guitar skills. (Image: News 24) • Teen campaigns organ donation through social media • South Africa’s born-frees talk about life • South Africans making it big abroad • South Africans tell their stories • Pint-sized Zuriel Oduwole sets her cap for success Priya Pitamber Luthando Jackson has been playing the guitar for only two years, and already he impresses all who hear him strum. The nine-year-old, who is the first in his family to show such prowess on the instrument, has a natural affinity for the guitar.He is only nine years old, but if the past couple of years are anything to go by, guitarist Luthando Jackson may well eventually join the ranks of legendary players like Jimi Hendrix, BB King and Eric Clapton.But for now the self-taught musician, who goes to Merchiston Preparatory School, is making a name for himself in his town of Mountain Rise in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.His father, Oupa Jackson, told News 24 that Luthando got his first guitar from his mother for his seventh birthday. “She went and bought him a no-name brand guitar and he started playing from the first day he received his present,” Jackson explained. “He started listening to music and repeated what he heard.”Luthando’s natural talent is already getting him well-deserved recognition. He has appeared on a national news bulletin, received a cultural scholarship from his school, and has showed off his skill at public events. He is also just as happy to put on a mini concert for his family.Luthando Jackson!!! What a Guitarist!! @SABCNewsOnline this is a genius! Effortless at it! — Charles Muyembe (@mclwanga) June 1, 2015Luthando Jackson !! Talented #Izindaba — Hlumelo Fesi (@HFesi) June 1, 2015Talent gets you farThe school’s principal, Dave Beetar, told News 24 Luthando was a phenomenal guitarist. “He has shown an interest in music. I don’t think the family realises what a talented guitarist Luthando is.”Acclaimed South African classical guitarist James Grace, who saw the young player perform at a school assembly, is also was also taken with his talent.“I was very impressed with him then,” Grace told eNews Channel Africa (ENCSA). “And he played a nice song there and we thought it would be great to actually include him in a concert when I am next here in Pietermaritzburg.”Love for musicJackson said his son preferred playing Spanish and classical music.Watch Luthando play:Luthando’s passion for the guitar comes from a simple reason. “I love playing the guitar because it exercises my brain,” he told the state broadcaster, SABC. And he practices daily.He would like to teach other people how to play the guitar and his aim is to become a music teacher in the future. It’s an aim that has the support of his father. “He can be whatever he wants to be. To us he is a normal child with a special gift. At school he participates in all the activities. He plays rugby, cricket and basketball,” Jackson said.But it seems music is Luthando’s trump card.last_img read more

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Activation Gallery – Diepsloot

first_imgPlay Your Part was at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot for a clean-up campaign that taught pupils about the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.Despite the morning heat, Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor and her runner-up, Jade Axon, as well as representatives from Play Your Part and GEM Project joined the schoolchildren on Saturday, 24 October, as they cleared the school of litter. According to Play Your Part representatives, the campaign was in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship. Its Play Your Part programme aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Viktor, who was crowned Miss Earth South Africa in September, said the clean-up formed part of the environmental work she would undertake during her year as titleholder. However, her biggest initiatives would be greening projects. “It involves a lot of tree planting, a lot of educational work at schools, teaching the kids why it is important to clean up and recycle, and also getting them to be active citizens.”At the same time as she undertakes her environmental work, she is also preparing for her next big project, that of winning the international Miss Earth pageant in Austria in December.               Play Your Part was at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot for a clean-up campaign that taught pupils about the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.last_img read more

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Percheron Association’s annual Spring Plow Match

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Percheron Horse Association of American held their annual Spring Plow Match in Fredericktown, Ohio. Despite the rainy and cold weather, teamsters showed up to compete in the plowing match.“We had three youth drivers as well, which is very exciting,” said Kristi Wood, executive secretary/treasurer of the Percheron Horse Association of America. “We are excited to start offering more youth programming and youth memberships in 2016.”Winners of the classes were as follows:Obstacle Course judged by Lynn MacVey: Dick Rook; Youth winner- Lydia Ingalls Walking Plow-judged by Robert Sparrow: Joe Reed Sulky Plow-judged by Robert Sparrow: Tie Joe Reed and Dick Rook; Youth winner-Lydia Ingalls Log Skidding-judged by Ron Skinner: Dick Rook; Youth winner: Dakota Goodyear Best Matched Team: Alan Stanley Best Teamster: Dick Rook Best Youth: Lydia IngallsPhotos courtesy of The Percheron Horse Association of America.last_img read more

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