Weah Admits Inability to Present Overall Economic Condition of Nation

first_imgPresident Weah giving his State of the Nation Address at the Capitol BuildingClaims inherited state of economy leaves much to be desiredQuoting extensively from Chapter II of the Liberian Constitution entitled “General Principles  of National Policy,” President George Manneh Weah yesterday in his first State of the Nation address said he cannot be expected to report with authority on the expenditure and income of the Government of Liberia for the previous year, which was administered by his predecessor.The reason, he said, is that “I have been President for only one week.” He also admitted that “It is customary that the State of the Nation address gives an account of the President’s stewardship of the Government for the previous year, and then sets out his legislative agenda for the ensuing session.“Additionally, the President is expected to present the overall economic condition of the nation, which should cover both expenditure and revenue…during the transition process, certain information has been provided to us on both income and expenditure, containing balances, which we now inherit to carry forward.”The President said the total revenue collected in the calendar year 2017 amounted to US$ 489.1 million, which is a 13 percent decline over revenue collected in 2016, which was 565.1 million, and noted: “I cannot vouch for the accuracy or completeness of this information, in the absence of verification by a full and proper audit conducted by a competent authority.”President Weah blamed the lapses on “the delays in the recent electoral process, which had the effect of reducing the transition period from three months to three weeks.“Nevertheless, and in spite of the above-described situation, it is possible to inform you that the state of the economy that my administration has inherited leaves a lot to be desired.  This is plain for all to see, for we are all affected by it. Our economy is broken, our government is broke, our currency is in free-fall, inflation is rising, unemployment is at an unprecedented high, and our foreign reserves are at an all-time low,” he said.Weah continued: “This is the challenge that we face. In order to overcome these constraints and reverse these trends, we, the Executive, will have to work in close collaboration with you, the Legislature, as separate but coordinate branches of Government, to find solutions to these obstacles to our progress and development.”He promised that his administration will propose and introduce appropriate legislation for “your consideration and approval that will be based on the four pillars of our platform, namely: power to the people, economy and jobs, sustaining the peace, and governance and transparency.”POWER TO THE PEOPLE“We shall focus on reviews and revision of our education system, improve health and sanitation, promote and strengthen gender equality, and provide for youth re-orientation and empowerment through training of all kinds, and the creation of jobs.”ECONOMY AND JOBS“We will introduce new legislation and policies which will be intended to achieve sustainable economic growth, develop and expand agriculture, and address our very large infrastructure deficit, with particular emphasis on road construction and the provision of affordable and adequate electricity for all our people.”SUSTAINING THE PEACE“Under this pillar, we shall examine ways to improve the judiciary system to ensure that the basic rights of all Liberians are protected. To that end, we will propose legislation that will be intended to create new processes and avenues to ensure that all our people are fully reconciled.”GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY “We will request you to draft legislation that will focus on the decentralization of institutions and systems of governance, review and build upon the current Code of Conduct in order to increase accountability of public officials, and reduce the incidence of corruption.”Weah vowed that in an effort to make Government more efficient, “we will submit to you a draft legislation to re-structure the cabinet of the Executive branch to make our ministries more effective in addressing the specific requirements of our various sectors.”President Weah said: “What I have just presented to you is a broad and general indication of our legislative program. However, and more specifically, I would like to inform you that my immediate strategy for reducing poverty, increasing youth empowerment through job creation and training, and improving the productivity of our economy, is to embark upon a comprehensive road and highway construction program that will link all county capitals with all-weather paved primary roads.”The President promised that the roads “will be built to the highest international standards, and linked to paved secondary farm-to-market roads that will enhance agriculture, trade, and tourism in Liberia. Particular priority will be given to a coastal highway that will run from Buchanan to Harper, which will eventually end the complete isolation of southeastern Liberia, a condition that has existed since the formation of this country.”On the government’s medium term projects which, he said, will take several years to complete, “It is the intention of my government to prioritize the planning and raising funding for this important development goal, which has been estimated to cost approximately three billion dollars. This is going to be very challenging, but I am convinced that, with the assistance of friendly governments and institutions, this can be achieved before the end of my tenure.”Meanwhile, Weah finally announced that, “The State of the Nation is peaceful and full of promise. We are at peace with ourselves, we are at peace with our neighbors, and we are at peace with the world.  There is hope that this newly elected government will bring the change that our people deserve, and will usher in a new era of prosperity and growth.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tour is helping pedal business

first_imgThe coffee shop Java `N Jazz, at 24300 Town Center Drive in Valencia, is right by the race route. A portion of nearby McBean Parkway will be closed to vehicles from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday. With all those vehicles off the road, there will be plenty of spectators on foot to fill the thoroughfare. Tens of thousands of fans, family members and others are expected to come to Santa Clarita for the event. Nick Losorelli, 18, who works at Java `N Jazz, said things were hopping at the coffee shop during last year’s Santa Clarita marathon and he expects the Amgen tour to mean the same. “I heard that it was just like a line out the door the whole time, and we had someone stationed out front selling hot chocolate and coffee,” he said. Bicycle stores in the city generally see an uptick in business after the Tour de France is broadcast. And similarly after the Amgen Tour – for which Santa Clarita is Stage 6 – cycling stores also could see a boost. SANTA CLARITA – For store owners awaiting next weekend’s Amgen Tour of California, throngs of spectators and local residents getting excited about bicycling translates into one thing: sales opportunities. The Santa Clarita Valley’s many bicycle stores could benefit from the newfound interest some residents might take in bicycling when the tour comes through town. And store owners along the race route also expect to get a boost. “Summer’s coming, it’s getting to our busy time anyway – it will just light a fire under people’s butts to get them in here even more,” said Bob Pottorff, who works at Performance Cyclery in Santa Clarita. “If they get into road-bike riding, they’re not going to have a problem spending $1,000 or $1,500 bucks to get into it,” said Ed Eckle, owner of Valley Bicycles in Santa Clarita, noting the costs for a bike, speedometer, helmet and accessories. Meanwhile, many of those who work in the cycle shops say they, too, are eager to watch the Amgen Tour race. Pottorff said he will watch the race during his lunch break and Eckle plans to be at the family ride in the morning. As for Losorelli, the coffee shop worker? He already has a mountain bike but wouldn’t describe himself as a biking fanatic. He’s too busy with school for that. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

PICTURE SPECIAL: ALL THE FUN OF THE CHURCHILL FAIR!

first_imgGREAT CRAIC! THE FUNFAIR AT CHURCHILL ANNUAL FAIRTHE  18th annual Churchill fair attracted thousands of visitors to the Co Donegal village over the weekend.All proceeds from the celebrations went to Donegal Pet Rescue.With thanks to James Sharkey for the pictures! SMILE ALL ROUND AT THE CHURCHILL FAIRSNAPPING THE SNAPPER AT THE CHURCHILL FAIRBABY’S FIRST CHURCHILL FAIR!DANCING ON THE STREETS – LITERALLY!HAVING A PARTY AT THE CHURCHILL FAIRNO CARS HERE! CHURCHILL MAIN STREETALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE!HOPE YOU DIDN’T MISS THE MATCH LADIES!PICTURE SPECIAL: ALL THE FUN OF THE CHURCHILL FAIR! was last modified: July 23rd, 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:PICTURE SPECIAL: ALL THE FUN OF THE CHURCHILL FAIR!last_img read more

Donegal man died after tragic fall on daughter’s wedding day, court hears

first_imgThe family of Patrick McBride (aged 69) have received a settlement of €147,000 ten years after their father tragically died after falling into a hole on a road.The father of eight fell into an excavated hole by Donegal County Council in Gweedore, West Donegal, after his daughter’s wedding on September 23rd, 2007. Mr McBride was on his way to the local pub in Gweedore after midnight to buy drinks for locals who had not attended the wedding when the accident happened.He was just 200 yards from his home when he fell into the hole dug for the purpose of erecting signage.  It is believed that he died in the works as he was unable to free his arms from under his body, the Irish Times reports.Mr McBride’s wife Grace had first brought proceedings against Donegal County Council and Eircom Ltd and Eircom PLC over the accident. Following her death, Pierse McBride, of Middletown, Derrybeg, Co Donegal, continued the action on behalf of his family.On Thursday July 27th, the McBride family settled for €147,500 against Donegal County Council and Eircom Ltd and Eircom PLC . The case was settled without admission of liability from the defendants.It was claimed a danger had been created on the road by the defendants and there was alleged failure to complete the works. It was also claimed there was failure to have adequate street lighting, to fence off the excavation and put warning signs in place. The claims were denied.It was contended there was contributory negligence on the part of Mr McBride in relation to the accident.Senior Counsel for the McBride family Joseph McGettigan said this was a tragic case.He said Patrick McBride had been dropped home from the family wedding after midnight and went to walk to his local pub but fell into a large hole excavated by the council for the purpose of erecting signage.SC said liability was contested and the family were concerned that the other side pleaded there was contributory negligence due to alleged intoxication.A coroner had ruled out intoxication as a factor in the case and Mr McBride’s death was recorded on his death certificate as due to misadventure, Counsel said.Mr Justice Kevin Cross sympathised with the family and approved the settlement, which included €6,000 for loss of a honeymoon for Mr McBride’s daughter Grace Anne.Donegal man died after tragic fall on daughter’s wedding day, court hears was last modified: July 29th, 2017 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

DDTV: SPECTACULAR VIDEO FROM EUROSURF 2011

first_imgTHE European Surfing Championships are well under way in Bundoran – and those waves are superb!Watch some video highlights from the competition. DDTV: SPECTACULAR VIDEO FROM EUROSURF 2011 was last modified: September 26th, 2011 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:DDTV: SPECTACULAR VIDEO FROM EUROSURF 2011last_img read more

Angels are ‘still in shock’

first_img Pitcher Paul Byrd, the Angels’ starting pitcher in Game 5, filled boxes with framed pictures, letters from fans and other personal belongings. He piled numerous pairs of spikes and athletic shoes near the trash can, which caught outfielder Juan Rivera’s attention. “Do you mind if I take those with me to Venezuela?” Rivera asked. “There are lots of kids down there who could use those.” ANAHEIM – One by one, Angels players filed into the Angel Stadium clubhouse for the final time in 2005 on Monday morning. Soundly beaten in the American League Championship Series by the Chicago White Sox in five games, the Angels’ season ended abruptly Sunday night. Instead of a flight to Chicago Monday, all that was left for them to do was clean out their lockers, some for the final time in Anaheim. “I still feel like a bone’s sticking out of my arm,” Angels first baseman Darin Erstad said. “I’m still in shock a little bit.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Byrd obliged. “I’m in a daze,” Byrd said. “I didn’t sleep last night.” Such is the state of mind of players who went so hard for so long, only to see their season end short of their goal of the World Series. The Angels won 99 games in 2005 – 95 in the regular season and four in the postseason, the second most in franchise history. Yet they view the season with mixed emotions. “No,” second baseman Adam Kennedy (Cal State Northridge) said when asked of the season was a success. “A lot of teams would have liked to have done what we did. But this team is built and has the ability to do a little more.” Said Byrd: “There are 26 teams who would have loved to be in our shoes.” center_img Byrd will be a free agent once the season is over, but he wants to come back and the Angels want him back. There are others who are free agents whose status is more difficult to figure out. Pitcher Jarrod Washburn is expected to command a three-year deal in the $20-24 million range, something the Angels may not be willing to do considering the number of young pitchers, like Jered Weaver and Joe Saunders, ready to emerge. Catcher Bengie Molina is looking for a four-year deal and probably would accept a three-year deal, but the Angels have prospect Jeff Mathis waiting in the wings. With general manager Bill Stoneman running the show, replacing experienced and expensive players with talented, younger and cheaper players is the norm. He did it last year with Troy Glaus, going with Dallas McPherson at third base. McPherson’s injuries prevented him from making Stoneman look good, but it won’t change the GM’s philosophy. “We don’t give shots, guys earn shots,” Stoneman said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys knocking on the door pretty soon, it’s not just the pitchers. When that happens, you try to create room for guys who earned spots.” Molina admitted it was “strange” to pack his things not knowing if he would be coming back. “I hope we get to an agreement, I don’t want to go to free agency,” Molina said. “But at the same time if I have to go, it means they don’t have any plans for me. I’ll move on and hope for the best.” Losing Bartolo Colon for the ALCS was big, Molina said, bigger than most people realize. “It hurt a lot, he was our No. 1 guy,” he said. “And we didn’t get any rest (between series). At the same time, you’ll never hear that from these guys. We went down with pride. We never made excuses.” Tim Salmon didn’t play all season as he recovered from surgeries to his shoulder and knee while in the final year of his contract which paid him $10 million. He still hopes to come back next season but realizes it’s a long shot. “It’s definitely different,” Salmon said while packing his things. “You get a little sentimental. No question most times you do this and you don’t give it a second thought. You know you’ll be back next year. Well, not this year, not this time.” If Salmon and Washburn do not return, the Angels will save $16 million that was on the books this season. But they have plenty of arbitration-eligible players who will command significant raises. They include Francisco Rodriguez, John Lackey, Chone Figgins, Scot Shields and Juan Rivera. Brendan Donnelly, Jose Molina and Jeff DaVanon also are eligible for arbitration. “There’s going to be some (financial) flexibility, but we’re not projecting a lower payroll by any stretch,” said Stoneman, whose payroll was $95 million in ’05. “It’ll probably be a little higher than it is now.” The Angels’ top priority this winter will be to add offense, and one of their potential targets just got done beating up on them. White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, the ALCS MVP, will be a free agent when he’s done with the World Series, though he would fit into the Angels’ plans more as a designated hitter. That Erstad and Figgins are capable of playing different positions gives the Angels some versatility in their search, though manager Mike Scioscia said the answers could come from within. “The offense isn’t going to be purely resurrected from outside influences,” he said. “There’s a possibility it can be resurrected from within, with guys like McPherson and (Casey) Kotchman, and with (Steve) Finley’s struggles, was that it or was it getting used to a new league. There’s a lot to look at.” Joe Haakenson, (626) 962-8811 joe.haakenson@sgvn.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Heads To SIU For Valley Road Contest

first_imgThe Bulldogs are hoping to move to 2-0 in the MVC standings for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Drake University men’s basketball makes its annual trek to Carbondale, Ill., to face SIU in the second Missouri Valley Conference game of the season for both teams Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. at SIU Arena. Live Stats Story Links SIU is shooting 46.7 percent from the floor this season with two-time MVC Newcomer of the Week Kavion Pippen leading the way by shooting 57.7 percent to score 12.2 points per game. He is one of three Salukis that average 12 or more points per game. Drake Game Notes Drake’s win over Bradley was keyed by a team effort in which four scored in double figures and five Bulldogs hauled in five or more rebounds as Drake outrebounded the taller Braves. Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) led the charge in those two areas with 11 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) matched a season high with 15 points in the win.  Print Friendly Version Live Audio Both Drake and SIU are 1-0 in the MVC standings after Drake opened with a 66-64 win over Bradley Thursday evening and SIU earned an impressive 56-53 win at UNI. “SIU is a tough, physical team that rebounds well,” McGlynn said. “It’s going to be a hard-fought game and will take a total team effort at SIU.” Following Sunday’s matinee, Drake returns to the Knapp Center to host Illinois State Jan. 3 for a 7 p.m. contest. ESPN3 last_img read more

FILM IT FRIDAY – WIN FREE CINEMA TICKETS

first_imgEvery week we will be giving away a FREE family pass (one adult and three children or two adults and two children) to Century Cinemas in Letterkenny.All readers have to do is to email the answer to a simple movie-related question.The question is “Which spin-off of the Lord of the Rings series is now showing at Century Cinemas?” The answer could well be on the Century Cinemas website below!Email your answer with your name, address and mobile phone number to admin@donegaldaily.com before midnight tonight.The winner will be announced tomorrow morning (SAT).And don’t worry if you don’t win this week – we have lots of FREE family passes available in the coming weeks. FILM IT FRIDAY – WIN FREE CINEMA TICKETS was last modified: December 13th, 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:Century Cinemasfree ticketslast_img read more

DONEGAL MURDER VICTIM LAID TO REST

first_imgTHERE were heartbreaking scenes today at the funeral of a man murdered in a hit-and-run accident.Many mourners came to pay their final respects to Pat John McCafferty at Requiem Mass at St Mary’s Church in Pettigo.The 49-year-old died after being knocked down in the Tullychurry Road area of Leggs, Belleek, Co Fermanagh, last Sunday. The PSNI say the dead man was deliberately knocked down and have launched a murder investigation.A police spokesman in the North said detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.He said: “The blue Ford Focus believed to have been involved in the incident has been recovered and police are continuing to liaise with our colleagues in An Garda Siochana in relation to this investigation.”A 40-year-old man was arrested by Gardai on Sunday and taken to Ballyand he was released pending a report to the DPP here. “The PSNI intend to pursue a prosecution in relation to the death through the courts in Northern Ireland,” said a PSNI spokesman.He appealed for anyone with information about the 2.50am incident to contact the PSNI in Enniskillen or Gardai in Ballyshannon. DONEGAL MURDER VICTIM LAID TO REST was last modified: January 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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