Exchange Rate Soars: L$86 to US$1

first_imgAs the exchange rate of the US dollar skyrockets against the weak Liberian dollar, prices of imported and locally produced commodities have gone through the roof in the country.From all indications in governmental circles, there seems to be no practical solution to the escalating exchange rate, which is climbing daily.Foreign exchange bureau operators in Monrovia Wednesday, January 8, told the Daily Observer the buying rate of the US dollar now stands at LD$88 to 89 to US$1.A visit to some markets in Monrovia, local produce such as eddoes, pawpaw (papaya), cassava, bitter balls, oranges, cucumbers, plantains, greens, and potatoes prices have sharply increased beyond the reach of most ordinary Liberians.Consequently, early morning shoppers of the above commodities at the Red-light market Wednesday were shocked and in disbelief when they were told the sharp increases on all locally produced commodities brought by rural farmers from upcountry.Rural farmers in response told the shoppers that the profit margins on their produce have been left in the hands of the commercial drivers and other transport providers.Imported goods such as used clothes, plastic dishes, roofing sheets (zinc), nails, ceiling tiles, paints, cement, etc. have been sharply increased in most business centers in Monrovia as well.Another result of the soaring foreign exchange rate is that transportation fares have been hiked by commercial drivers and other public service transport providers.From the commercial district of Paynesville Red-light Market as of January 5, commercial drivers and others are now charging commuters LD$90 (US$1.5) to Broad Street in Monrovia. At least three weeks ago, it was L$60 from Redlight to Broad Street.Other reports obtained by the Daily Observer also said that commuters from Duala, the second largest commercial district in Monrovia, are encountering similar challenges at the hands of transport providers.The approved Ministry of Commerce and Industry and transport fare is LD$60.00 from Red-light Market to Broad Street in Monrovia.Due to the sharp increase in transportation fares, there were scenes of angry confrontation Wednesday amongst commuters, drivers, and business people at Red-light in Paynesville City.“We are tired with this transport fare menace that continues to dehumanize our dignity as Liberians in our own country by unscrupulous commercial drivers,” one commuter, Peter B. Mulbah stated.On the other hand commercial drivers contend that the price of petroleum products have been dramatically increased on the Liberian market, so they, too, have to increase transport fares in order to make profit as well.When contacted some importers of petroleum products told the Daily Observer that owing to the difficulties in obtaining foreign exchange on the Liberian market, they are left with no other option but to increase the price of petroleum products in order to make profits.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Missing Man Found Dead

first_imgA man lying face down in a swampy area in Caldwell was discovered on Friday, August 1, having gone missing for three days, his family members reported.Roland Thompson’s decomposing corpse was pulled out of an uncovered septic tank by community dwellers days after his family had been frantically searching for him.According to Mohammed, a relative of the deceased, the late Roland Thompson went to a wake on July 29, 2014 and never returned home.“He never came back that morning after the wake, and after three days of looking for him, we decided to check behind this house where one man said he had fallen before,” stated Mohammed.Witnesses on the scene said one of Roland’s friends had also fallen into the septic tank years ago, and that’s why they decided to check for the missing man there.‘This is not the first time someone has fallen into it, Roland’s close friend that pulled him out of the water said. Herds of community dwellers stood watching as the two men frantically tried to remove the late Thompson from the water, but everyone was afraid to assist due to the Ebola outbreak“Someone please help us get him out! You, too, have to die one day and you will need us to bury you,” shouted one of the men who pulled Thompson from the water.According to Mohammed, the Ministry of Health was notified about the finding of the deceased man and they were told to wait before moving or burying his corpse.“They never came, so we called our Commissioner and she gave us the go ahead to remove him, and that’s what we’re doing right now,” added Mohammed.The late Roland Thompson has since been buried and no charges have been filed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen Flies to World Economic Forum in Switzerland

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday January 21, flew to Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, to participate in events of the World Economic Forum.The World Economic Forum, founded by Klaus Martin Schwab, is an independent international organization that brings commitment to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.In 1971, Mr. Schwab, a German, founded the World Economic Forum as a not-for-profit foundation committed to improving the state of the world, and later building it into today’s global partnership of business, political, and intellectual leaders.The forum, for this year will be held under the theme: “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.” It runs from January 22-25.President Sirleaf will address the Plenary Session and be a Panelist on the subject of “Reshaping the World through Entrepreneurship, Education and Employment.” Her focus will be employment and gender parity, the Executive Mansion disclosed.The Liberian President will participate, as a special guest and/or panelist, at various sessions during the Forum, including Resilient Economies and the Water, Food & Energy Nexus.“This topic is germane to Liberian, due to the state of the Liberian economy and the absence or the inadequacy of basic necessities such as water, food and energy,” a prominent Liberian said when he was informed of the Liberian leader’s trip.He hoped that President Sirleaf adequately addresses this topic and learn from other world leaders how these fundamental problems can be solved.Other major topics to be addressed by President Sirleaf include: Industry Partnership Meetings for Mining and Metals, as well as Energy; an Africa-Japan Roundtable on TICAD follow-up; an Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders and Reshaping the Global Climate Agenda.The Mansion also disclosed that President Sirleaf will also attend a reception hosted by her alma mater, Harvard University; a private reception, followed by a private dinner, hosted by Professor Klaus Schwab – the founder of the World Economic Forum – and his wife, in honor of Heads of State and Government, international organizations, co-chairs, members of the Foundation Board, International Business Council and Strategic Partners.She will also hold private meetings with mining executives.Mr. Klaus Martin Schwab, born March 30, 1938 is a German engineer, best known as the founder and executive chairman of the world economic forum.Dr. Schwab holds a Doctorate in Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Fribourg, a Doctorate in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Governance at Harvard University. Additionally, he has been the recipient of over a dozen honorary doctorates and is an honorary professor of the Ben-Gurion University of Israel and the China Foreign Affairs University.Schwab was Professor of Business Policy at the University of Geneva from 1972 to 2002. He is the author of several books. Since 1979, he has published the Global Competitiveness Report, an annual report assessing the potential for increasing productivity and economic growth of countries around the world, written by a team of economists. The report is based on a methodology developed by Schwab, measuring competitiveness not only in terms of productivity but also based on sustainability criteria.From 1993-1995, Schwab was a member of the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. From 1996-1998, he was Vice-Chairman of the UN Committee for Development Planning. He also exercised a number of functions in the global public interest.While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris M. Dukuly, will coordinate the affairs of State in consultation with Vice President Dr. Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Makes More Appointments in Gov’t

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made a number of appointments in Government affecting the Ministries of Transport, Commerce and Industry, Information, Culture and Tourism; the Liberia Airport Authority and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company.These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate where applicable.Those appointed are:Ministry of TransportMs. Jaunita Traub-Bropleh – Deputy Minister for Lands and RailMinistry of Commerce and IndustryMs. Ellen O. Pratt – Deputy Minister for Industry and Inspector GeneralLiberia Airport AuthorityMr. W. Bako Freeman – Managing DirectorLiberia Petroleum Refining CompanyMr. Willard Russell – Member of the Board of Directors (replacing Mr. Emmanuel Bowier)Ms. Clarice Jah – Member of the Board of Directors(replacing Ms. Nohn Kidau)Ministry of Information, Culture and TourismLynne George Cassell – Assistant Minister, AdministrationJacqueline Capehart – Assistant Minister, TourismWellington Geevon Smith – Assistant Minister, Information ServicesAlbert Jaja – Minister Counselor, Press and Public Affairs, Liberia Embassy, London, EnglandMeanwhile the following positions, created by the President, were dissolved:Deputy Minister Technical ServicesDeputy Minister Culture and TourismDeputy Ministers Robert Kpadeh and Elizabeth E. Hoff are being considered for possible reassignments and roles consistent with their expertise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Free Contraceptives for New Kru Town

first_imgRecently, many of the young girls and women in the Borough of New Kru Town (NKT) received free family planning pills provided by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and its partners, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), BRAC, an international nongovernmental organization working on health in Liberia, and Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL).Other partners that formed part of the free distribution of contraceptives exercise are Clinton Health Access Initiative and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Deliver project.The free family contraceptive service is intended to ensure that girls of school going age prevent themselves from getting pregnant, while too young to becoming mothers.The service was provided at a program marking the launch of “Family Planning Week” – which will run from October 14 to 17— highlighting how widespread unintended pregnancies are, not just in low-income countries but in the developed world as well.World Contraceptive Day is an annual event with the slogan, “Baby by Choice, and not by Chance.” Madam Sarah Layweh, Coordinator of Family at MOH, who spoke on behalf of the Ministry, expressed her gratitude to the girls who turned out for the awareness program.She said the exercise is a worldwide campaign with a vision for a world where every pregnancy is wanted, adding, “Every year, about 80 million women worldwide have unintended pregnancies and 20 million women risk abortion, where over 60 (%) of them will die.”World Contraceptive Day, she said, “encourages all young people, and particularly young women, to make the most of opportunities they have and to live a self-determined life.” The campaign is a long-term, multinational initiative that is supported by a coalition of 10 international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and scientific and medical societies with an interest in sexual health.The celebration, Layweh added, is also “an intervention that recognizes that family planning significantly contributes to improving the lives of women and girls as stipulated by the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, which the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health is committed to ensuring access to family planning utilization among its citizenry, and particularly young people.”For his part, UNFPA assistant representative, Philaderald Pratt, assured the beneficiaries of the worldwide agency’s commitment to continue the services.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Datebook 2/12

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Mourinho joins ‘foreign agent’ Russian TV for World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has signed up to present World Cup coverage for the Kremlin-funded RT channel © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMoscow, Russian Federation, Mar 5 – Jose Mourinho is coming to Russia for the World Cup to provide analysis for a Kremlin-funded news channel branded a “foreign agent” in the United States.RT television announced the signing on Monday without disclosing the payment Mourinho will receive for appearing on a broadcaster that pushes Russia’s take on news to a foreign audience. The international channel does not have the television rights to show World Cup matches but says it will provide “live text commentary” and reports.The Manchester United boss appeared in a jaunty video accompanying the announcement in which he pretends to coach an RT crew about how to cover the World Cup.“Guys, I know you are nervous. This is a huge tournament and a huge amount of pressure,” Mourinho said to the stunned-looking RT journalists in the whimsical clip.“We will show the world a great game — the greatest game.”Mourinho added in a statement that he was “very happy to join the team at RT” and share his insights into the five weeks of matches that kick off in Moscow on June 14.The signing is set to give RT a ratings boost at a difficult time for the Kremlin-backed project that was launched in 2005 and originally called Russia Today.RT has been dropped by a number of American TV providers after being wrapped up in the controversy surrounding the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election.It was forced to register as a “foreign agent” by the US Justice Department in November for being part of “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine” — a charge RT denies.Russia forced nine smaller US media outlets to register as “foreign agents” in retaliation.RT has several foreign language services besides English and is particularly active on YouTube.It is also trying to expand further into Europe and in December launched a Paris-based French-language channel.That decision came despite French President Emmanuel Macron labelling RT a spreader of “deceitful propaganda” in May 2017.RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan welcomed Mourinho into the fold.“We continue to put together the RT dream team. Now we have a coach,” she said.The channel already has two former Premier League players as presenters: ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore.RT has a history of hiring high-profile but controversial presenters.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange conducted his own show from inside Ecuador’s London embassy in which he has been cooped up since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault claims.RT currently airs programmes hosted by former British MP George Galloway and one-time Scottish Nationalist Party leader Alex Salmond.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgSnow has wiped out everything near Termon man Tony Friel’s neighbourhoodSo we thought we had a little snow last week?Just don’t tell Tony Friel that or he’ll have a right laugh at us.Tony, who is originally from Termon, now lives in a little place called Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a town called Hancock on the shores of Lake Superior. “I see by the Donegal Daily that it is cold with snow, its a little cold here too, and we have a wee bit of snow to go with.It was -26F (-32C) yesterday, it warmed up to a balmy -6F (-21C) this morning, tomorrow it is supposed to -10F (-23C).“It’s been snowing for just over a week, at this point we have about 3ft with another 2ft of snow by the weekend.After that the snow is supposed to stop and the weather is to warm up to 0 to 10F……whoppee,” laughed Tony. The Donegal man has even had to fit a special snow plough to the front of his jeep to clear a path to get to work.Tony was kind enough to send us some pictures in case we forget what real snow looks like. WHY TERMON MAN TONY IS REALLY ‘FRIELING-ING’ THE COLD! was last modified: January 24th, 2013 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:Michigan’s Upper PeninsulaTermonTony Frieldlast_img read more


first_imgSOCCER: Letterkenny Rovers manager Eamon McConigley has began making preparations for the new USL season which gets underway next month by re-signing Paul McVeigh. The former Finn Harps and Institute striker signed for Letterkenny in January just in time for the USL interim season.McVeigh finished the interim season as Letterkenny’s top marksman and helped them win the Knockalla Caravans Cup competition. McConigley was keen to acquire the services of the Portsalon native again for the new USL season which returns to its traditional winter format after a number of years playing summer football.McVeigh signed on the dotted line last night as Rovers began pre-season training ahead of the new season.Former Finn Harps and Wolves midfielder who also proved to be a great signing by McConigley last year is also expected to re-sign for the Leckview outfit.McConigley will also be hoping to re-sign Ryan Gildea and David Shovlin  as he attempts to build a side that can challenge for the USL title. Rovers stalwart Darren McElwaine who suffered a nasty knee injury last season has returned to light training and will be keen to put his injury woes behind him.Drumkeen United and Fanad United have returned to the USL after opting out of the interim season in February.The USL will now consist of 7 teams – Cockhill Celtic, Letterkenny Rovers, Derry City, Fanad United, Drumkeen United, Swilly Rovers and Bonagee United.SOCCER: MCCONIGLEY BEGINS PREPARATIONS FOR USL SEASON BY RE-SIGNING PAUL MCVEIGH was last modified: July 16th, 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:Letterkenny RoversnewsNoticesPaul McVeighSportSportsUSLlast_img read more


first_img” Tiny surf for next couple of days at Fanad”Today our kid’s summer camp was greeted with tiny surf, this didn’t stop the kids hitting the water and our instructors used the flat surf conditions to teach the kids about paddle technique, which is one of the most important parts of surfing. This was done by the use of fun relay races which the kids loved.Tomorrow’s surf report  for Wednesday 1st August is for flat surf conditions due to the swell coming from a SW direction which means it won’t wrap round Bloody Foreland to hit Donegal’s North coast. But don’t worry come down to Rathmullan and try out Stand Up Paddleboarding.  IainADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – SURF’S DOWN, PADDLES UP! was last modified: July 31st, 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:ADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – SURF’S DOWNPADDLES UP!last_img read more