NEW Drivers Union Discloses Plan to Control Traffic

first_imgA newly emerged drivers union, the National Drivers Union of Liberia (NADUL), is contemplating a regulatory system to restrict and carefully monitor the movements of commercial vehicles for accountability purposes.The organization’s president, Charles S. Garyu, in an interview with the Daily Observer earlier this week noted that driving is randomly done in the country without regulations and accountability, and as such drivers need to come together under this umbrella to develop a system that will protect them and passengers they carry in their vehicles.He expressed disappointment that there are transport unions in Liberia that collect fees from drivers for their so-called services, but the very drivers from who the money is collected remain vulnerable.Moreover, the NADUL president said since these unions came in existence with the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) being the oldest, vehicles continue to be parked in a disorganized way in front of stores and street places without a terminal being built.Mr. Garyu also attributed the vulnerability of drivers to the fact that they have not had an organized body to uphold them, noting that such is responsible for extortion of money from them by transport union operators.He further indicated that with the collaboration of the Ministry of Transport and the Liberian National Police (LNP), NADUL will begin giving stickers to commercials driver to direct them where to run daily.According to him, a sticker will bear the location of where the driver would head at a time in the day.  This will help even the passenger to be notified of where the vehicle is going. Furthermore, the NADUL president told the Daily Observer that with the cooperation of commercial drivers, there will be control of passengers and drivers will not be rushing for passengers since a driver knows where he/she will be plying.With the sticker system, Garyu explained, criminals at Red-Light and other places claiming to be car loaders will have no grounds to extort  money from passengers and drivers, and at the same time steal from them under the guise of loading.In this effort, the Ministry of Transport and LNP have reached a consensus with the organization to put the sticker regulation in place to help control the traffic.“As we introduce this system, vehicle that will have a sticker for Red-Light and heads to another direction not in line with instruction given the driver will be stopped, seized and turned over to the LNP for investigation, and the required penalty will levied against that driver,” Garyu said.According to the NADUL president, transport unions have a social responsibility to the drivers to train them (drivers), but over the time the unions have failed to meet their obligations.As the new drivers union comes into force, he said, it is going to work in line with the LNP to train commerce drivers and advocate on their behalf as most decisions in the country affect them.The transport sector of Liberia is one disorganized sector where  restriction is rarely seen, he observed.Vehicles randomly park and receive passengers sometimes in accordance with the passenger’s discretion or the driver’s.However, different men are regularly seen in the streets collecting parking fees from drivers under the umbrella of the Federation of Road Transport Union.Mr. Garyu further disclosed plans to trained vehicle owners and drivers.  The training is intended to buttress the effort of government, thereby improving the transportation sector of the country, particularly drivers and vehicle owners.Quoting the vehicle and traffic law of Liberia, Mr. Garyu said before any drivers obtained a license from government, that person should be tested and evaluated by the Ministry of Transport before being issued a driver’s license. He noted that the portion of that traffic law is no longer effective and as such, the training is designed to help vehicle owners to protect their vehicles.“We will train them on Standard control and prevention of accident, mechanical default and maintenance of vehicle.”“We conducted our research on Liberia and discovered that what we found out was frightening. We have about five groups  of transport unions in Liberia that have been existing for many years and we have not been able to detect any positive impact in the lives of drivers,” he declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Labor Ministry Fines ArcelorMittal, China Union, Western Cluster, Others

first_imgThe Ministry of Labor has imposed fines on several institutions for employing non-Liberians without valid work permits and their failure to submit statistical reports to the Ministry in keeping with Regulation No. 17, Section 3(a) and Section 4(b) of the Labor Practices Laws of Liberia.Those fined include: Arcelor Mittal, China Union, Western Cluster and PIOM.Others are: Cavalla Rubber Corporation, Maryland Oil Palm Plantation, Nimba Rubber Inc., Morris American Farm, Firestone Liberia, Sime Darby, Lee Groups of Companies, APM Terminal, Fuzion Inc; LIB_24 Radio and TV, among others.The Labour ministry mandates all employing entities to adhere to the Labour Practices Laws of Liberia and cautions them that it will not relent in ensuring compliance.The fine is to ensure that Liberian employment interest at work places is prioritized. The Ministry further announced that it will continue to adopt and implement measures to enforce compliance with its mandate to ensure that Liberians are given the required employment preferences.In another development, the ministry has denied several applications for the issuance of alien work permits from employers seeking employment for non-Liberians for various positions in their institutions.The ministry wants the public and employing entities to be aware of a vigorous enforcement of its renewed commitment to grant preferential treatment to Liberians for certain positions at work places in line with the Labour Practices Laws of the country.It can be recalled that during several consultative meetings held in the last quarter of 2014 with stakeholders in the agricultural, forestry, telecommunications and mining sectors, as well as with the leaderships of the Indian and Lebanese Communities and other major stakeholders in the labor sector, these matters were flagged and the Ministry’s action is in keeping with previous commitments.Labour Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe, informed employers that his ministry will not be issuing work permits for non-Liberians seeking employment for positions such as Accountants, Human Resource Managers and Administrative Managers.The MoL, at the same time called on all employers to advertise vacancies for those positions in the local media and on their respective websites to allow qualified Liberians at home and abroad to compete for those positions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Europa League last-32 draw: Tottenham v Fiorentina, Liverpool v Augsburg, Man United v Midtjylland

first_img1 Tottenham’s Erik Lamela against Fiorentina last season Tottenham are set for a re-match with Italian side Fiorentina in the last-32 of the Europa League.Spurs will travel to Florence looking to avenge the 3-1 aggregate defeat which saw them exit the competition at the same stage back in February.Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faces a return to Germany, though the Reds were denied the chance to meet his former side Borussia Dortmund in the first knockout stage.Klopp’s men will play away at Augsburg, who won three and lost three of their six ties to finish runners-up to Athletic Bilbao in Group L.Meanwhile, following their drop from the Champions League, Manchester United were perhaps handed the easiest tie of all the Premier League teams with Louis van Gaal’s side to meet Danish outfit Midtjylland.All three English clubs will be at home for the second leg because they were seeded.Elsewhere in the draw, Gary Neville’s Valencia have been paired with Rapid Vienna while Borussia Dortmund will meet Porto.Europa League last-32 draw in full:Valencia v Rapid ViennaFiorentina v TottenhamBorussia Dortmund v PortoFenerbahce v Lokomotiv MoscowAnderlecht v OlympiacosMidtjylland v Manchester UnitedAugsburg v Liverpool Sparta Prague v KrasnodarGalatasaray v LazioSion v BragaShakhtar Donetsk v SchalkeMarseille v Athletic BilbaoSevilla v MoldeSporting Lisbon v Bayer LeverkusenVillarreal v NapoliSt Etienne v BasleFirst legs to be played on February 18. Second legs to be played on February 24/25last_img read more

WIN 2 VIP PASSES TO SEE WOLF TONES AND BRENDAN GRACE AT EARTHCORE FESTIVAL

first_imgFéile Earthcore 2012 promises to be a superb weekend – and one lucky reader will  win VIP passes to its top events.Gaoth Dobhair is bracing itself for its second annual Summer festival, Féile Earthcore, which will take place this year from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July. This year’s event comes after a successful event last year.The festival has something for everyone with live concerts, 3 discos, family orientated activities throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday and a food and crafts market on Saturday 14th from 1-6pm. Legendary folk music group, The Wolfe Tones, will take to the Earthcore stage on Saturday 14th July live in the purpose built festival marquee with tickets only €15 and includes admission to the festival disco afterwards.On Sunday 15Th July top Irish comedian, Brendan Grace, will perform live in the marquee with tickets from €27.50 (Includes admission to Festival Disco after).We’ve teamed up with Earthcore to offer VIP passes for:* The Wolf Tones, with a reserved table at the front * Brendan Grace, with two reserved seats at the front* Free entry to festival discos on both nights.To win these passes simply answer the following question:True or False: The Wolf Tones rendition of ‘A Nation Once Again’ was voted the world’s most popular song in a BBC Radio World Service vote.Email your answer to info@donegaldaily.com by next Monday, July 9th, at 12 noon. Simply give us your name, where you are from and a contact telephone number. No cash alternative. Editor’s decision is final. Winner drawn from all correct entries. Good luck. Don’t want to risk it? Then get your tickets now>For more information about this event visit www.earthcore.ie or contact 074 9531159. Tickets on sale from hotel reception or Link 2 Letterkenny shopping centre.WIN 2 VIP PASSES TO SEE WOLF TONES AND BRENDAN GRACE AT EARTHCORE FESTIVAL was last modified: July 4th, 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:WIN 2 VIP PASSES TO SEE WOLF TONES AND BRENDAN GRACE AT EARTHCORE FESTIVALlast_img read more

ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC NOTES

first_imgRosses ACViking House this Friday night 14th December is our Club Social night. This night is open to all adults involved in the club – parents, athletes, coaches, etc. including partners and friends. Meeting up about 8:30 – 9pm so lets be having you!!!!! A few PB’s being planned on the night. Thanks to Aidan Gillespie who held a High Jump coaching practice in the Rosses Community School gym for athletes born 2002 and older. For the diaries, the Naomh Mhuire club are organising a 5k from the clubhouse at the Banks on Boxing day which is a family event for walkers, joggers and runners which will be followed by a club 5k Spring series of three races in the new year with dates to be confirmed. The Spring Series of races is almost finalised so watch this space.ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC NOTES was last modified: December 11th, 2012 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:Rosses AC noteslast_img read more

KATIE TAYLOR’S DELIGHT AS SHAY GIVEN AND CHLOE MAGEE CHEER HER ON

first_imgGOLDEN GIRL: KATIE TAYLORIRELAND’S gold medal bidding boxer Katie Taylor says she was “thrilled to bits” after learning that Donegal goalie Shay Given had travelled to London – to watch her semi-final!Raphoe badminton Olympian Chloe Magee was also in the stadium for the incredible bout which has set up this afternoon’s Olympic final.“Oh that’s amazing, really, the support is incredible,” said Katie when told the Aston Villa star had managed to get a day off pre-season training to be there. “Everyone’s comments have been unbelievable over the last few days too. To have people like that come out to support you as well is great.“Shay is one of my heroes, definitely. He’s a huge star obviously at home.”Given himself was delighted to be there!“It’s class. It was like being in Dublin or something. There was a GB fighter on before and the Irish made 10 times more noise than them,” said the Lifford man. “We were just here to be part of the fans and to support her. We’re all Irish at the end of the day. It’s fantastic that we can really get behind her. Please God she brings home the gold.“I’m training so I can’t go to the final but I had the day off and managed to get tickets so I came here for this and I’m glad I did “It was amazing. It was great to see her live. I’ve seen her on TV of course, in the last fight, and it was great to be here to watch her in action. She was fantastic.“I’ve not met her but I’d like to meet her one day. She’s a fantastic talent. She’s brilliant for the country.“The fans were amazing as well. It was just nice to be here to sample the atmosphere and to see how good and how quick she is and how hard she punches.“She’s a real role model and athlete. She obviously works so hard behind the scenes, which people don’t see. “We turn up and watch her for a few rounds but the amount of work she and her dad put in behind the scenes, the dedication she is putting in is fantastic. She’s a great talent and we’re lucky she’s Irish. I think she’s great.”KATIE TAYLOR’S DELIGHT AS SHAY GIVEN AND CHLOE MAGEE CHEER HER ON was last modified: August 9th, 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:KATIE TAYLOR’S DELIGHT AS SHAY GIVEN AND CHLOE MAGEE CHEER HER ONlast_img read more

GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD

first_imgThe semi-finals of the A McLean 525 are the feature races at tonight’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium.The card also features three first round heats of the €200 Track Buster 525.There are 12 races down for decision, runners are (first race 7.00pm): Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Run China Girl; 2, Mullbrook Da Girl; 3, Ballylaw Ace; 4, Road to Haven; 5, Rash Judgement; 6, Academy Warrior.Race 2 Booking Office 350 (350 yards): 1, Kildallon Rapid; 2, Gabbys Tango; 3, Tons of Speed; 4, Tarmac Patch; 5, Curragh Brae; 6, Nosey Paul.Race 3 €200 Track Buster 525, round one, heat one (525 yards): 1, Corner Plane; 2, Original Song; 3, Tydon Marquis; 4, Supersonic; 5, Pipeline Jean; 6, Fernhill Dice.Race 4 €200 Track Buster 525, round one, heat two (525 yards): 1, Quare Dame; 2, Spotty Totty; 3, Geneva Danny; 4, Swanson Rosette; 5, Townsend Panter; 6, Flaming Ember. Race 5 €200 Track Buster 525, round one, heat three (525 yards): 1, On the Snaff; 2, Calcutta Queen; 3, Tommylees Buddy; 4, Some Effort; 5, Bua Pakie; 6, Leahs Rocket.Race 6 Ultimate Dining Exeperience 350 (350 yards): 1, Gabbys Mondays; 2, Ballybun Oshea; 3, Quare Evening; 4, Gortkelly Blake; 5, Ardnasool Kagawa; 6, Knockmant Junior.Race 7 Macmillan Cancer Support (525 yards): 1, Wrong Note; 2, Shanmoyle Legend; 3, Battle Born; 4, Mullrook No Cash; 5, Maid of More; 6, Beraghill Monty.Race 8 Marie Curie Cancer Cure 525 (525 yards): 1, Rocky Black; 2, Hi Dibbles; 3, Blackstone Maxx; 4, Imperial Tank; 5, Skater Amy; 6, Raughlan Blaze.Race 9 Loughery Family 525 (525 yards): 1, Altmore Champ; 2, Burnpark Lee; 3, Smurfing Convoy; 4, Belindas Cruise; 5, Tahina Kadyn; 6, Locnamon Royal. Race 10 A McLean Bookmakers 525 semi-final (525 yards): 1, Rampant Razzle; 2, Kingsmill Aguero; 3, tahina Kellie; 4, Gortkelly Turbo; 5, Aughduff Murt; 6, Dartrey Snow.Race 11 A McLean Bookmakers 525 semi-final (525 yards): 1, Bleu Paradise; 2, Westwood Lee; 3, Thrill Me; 4, Natureofthetrade; 5, Turbine Tulip; 6, Mongys Girl.Race 11 Getting Out 525 Bumper Stakes (525 yards): 1, Budders Luck; 2, Storm Warrior; 3, Smurfing Manx; 4, Nosey Meg; 5, Flaming Jenny; 6, Take Cover.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: September 12th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:cardgreyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

Warriors blown out by Thunder 120-92, start season 0-2

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — It’s been a frustrating start to the season for the Warriors.The Warriors lost 120-92 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, starting the season with two straight losses. Frustrations boiled over in a game that, like the opening night loss to the Clippers, was out of reach early. During the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr kicked the scorer’s table and guard Stephen Curry debated a technical all before guard D’Angelo Russell was ejected in the third quarter for a verbal …last_img read more

Drug abuse ‘enemy of freedom’: Zuma

first_img18 June 2013Drug and alcohol abuse are the enemies of South Africa’s freedom and democracy, President Jacob Zuma told young people gathered in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal for national Youth Day celebrations on Sunday.“Alcohol and drug abuse in particular are slowly eating into the social fibre of our communities,” Zuma said, adding crime and gangsterism, child and women abuse, teenage pregnancy and truancy, and mob justice and xenophobia to the list of “cancers that are painfully eating our society”.“Thus our special message to the youth of the Republic today is that you must become an integral part of the struggle against all these cancers.”He urged young people to take up this fight with the same vigour that “we fought apartheid, and the zest that is displayed in our successful fight against HIV and Aids today.“Drug and substance abuse have serious implications for the millions of citizens because they contribute to crime, gangsterism, domestic violence, family dysfunction and other forms of social problems.”He said the government would respond with more determination than ever to the cries of the youth of Eldorado Park, Mabopane, Westbury, Mamelodi and other areas where drugs were wreaking havoc in communities.“As we speak today, many parents are in pain, as they watch their children deteriorating and their lives being destroyed by drugs and alcohol abuse.“I have heard tales of children as young as eight years old who are now addicted to drugs. I have heard tales of young girls who are molested in drug dens.”Drug traffickers, and those who ran illegal outlets that sold alcohol to children, should be declared the enemies of freedom, Zuma said. “They should be ashamed of running businesses that destroy children, the youth and many families.”He said the government and its partners were implementing an Anti-Substance National Plan of Action, and urged communities to play an active role in ensuring its success.He said the plan focused on enabling policy and legislation, reducing the supply and demand of drugs, as well as treating and rehabilitating addicts.He added that there were already 215 local drug action committees around the country that were helping communities to manage their own preventative work at grassroots level.“We need to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that such people are brought to book. We must report them, so that we can stop them from destroying our communities.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Floating Offshore Wind Turbine is Launched in Maine

first_imgThe country’s first grid-tied floating wind turbine, launched in Maine at the end of May, has started feeding electricity into the state’s power grid.VolturnUS 1:8, a 1/8-scale prototype of a 6-megawatt design, was launched in Brewer, Maine, on May 31, 2013. It was towed down the Penobscot River and moored off the town of Castine. On June 13, electricity began flowing from the turbine into Central Maine Power Co.’s grid.The 65-foot tall unit is equipped with a 20-kW turbine manufactured by Renewegy. A full-size turbine, the first of which could be launched by 2016, would have rotors with a diameter of 423 feet and would generate up to 6 megawatts of electricity. Much bigger plans in the worksLater this year, the VolturnUS will be towed to a site off Monhegan Island for more tests. These research sites relatively close to land are perfect, Viselli says, because waves and wind are about one-eighth as intense as what an offshore turbine would encounter.The university hopes that the 2016 deployment of a full-size turbine would be the start of an offshore wind farm that will include 80 turbines by 2020. By 2030, the project would expand to about 170 turbines generating 5 GW of electricity, according to the Bangor Daily News.Wind development on that scale would attract $20 billion in private investment and create thousands of jobs, the university says. To that end, the university is in the process of spinning off the wind generation business into a private venture called Aqua Ventus Holdings.The Volturn project is part of a larger effort to develop an estimated 4,000 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, which the Department of Energy says is four times the country’s current generating capacity. In December, the energy department announced seven offshore wind awards.The goal of the program in Maine is to reduce the cost of offshore wind electricity to 10 cents a kilowatt hour by 2020. Design combines concrete and compositesThe launch capped five years of research at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono.Financial support included a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The effort led to the creation of the DeepCwind Consortium, which includes nonprofit groups and a variety of marine construction and manufacturing interests.The turbine has a semi-submersible base made from a proprietary concrete and an upper structure of lighter-weight composite materials.A foundation made from steel would have been a more conventional choice, says Elizabeth Viselli, manager of offshore wind programs and communications at the composites center, but Maine would have had to import that material from South Korea and it lacked the manufacturing facilities it needed to form curved steel components.Concrete, on the other hand, is well understood, with ingredients that are locally available. The exact mix of concrete, which Viselli did not discuss, was developed at the University of Maine. The structure was fabricated by Cianbro Corp.The Gulf of Maine has an estimated 156 gigawatts of wind energy potential within 50 miles of the coast, but Viselli says the depth of water 20 miles offshore where turbines will be deployed makes fixed designs like those in northern Europe impractical.last_img read more