Welcome, Alhaji Aliko Dangote!

first_imgThe eminent Nigerian tycoon, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, reputed to be Africa’s richest   person, visited with President Sirleaf last week and offered to invest in industry here.We begin this editorial by saying Welcome, Alhaji Dangote!  And thank you for thinking of us.  The world has many countries, including Africa’s 53, many with far more   profitable investment opportunities than this war-ravaged Liberia.    But you chose us, and we are grateful.During his visit, Mr. Dangote discussed particularly two projects with President Sirleaf.  But he kept an open mind.For example, we don’t know whether it was he or President Sirleaf, who raised the burning issue of the Schengan Visa which, despite the numerous European embassies in Monrovia, including the German, and even that of the European Union, Liberians still have to suffer the indignity and humiliation of traveling to other West African capitals they can obtain.   The President, using her considerable international credibility, has been trying, to save her people from this indignity, by encouraging, to no avail, at least ONE European embassy to issue Liberian citizens the Schengen visa.  Hopefully, at least one European government will recognize this gross political and diplomatic injustice and unfairness, and DO SOMETHING to save Liberians from this hardship and humiliation.This, however, is not what brought Alhaji Dangote to Liberia.  He had on his agenda other, far more serious ideas.  The first was his interest in building a cement factory.  The President has for a long time welcomed such an investment, and assured him that she was immediately willing to provide, by February 16, 2014, the land at the Free Port of Monrovia for this purpose.Another cement factory would give serious competition to CEMENCO, which has for several decades had the monopoly on cement manufacture here.  And despite the government’s permission of local importers to bring in unbagged cement, CEMENCO remains the dominant provider.It remains to be seen what kind of serious competition Alhaji Dangote’s cement factory will offer CEMENCO.The Nigerian tycoon’s second most serious agenda item was a coal factory to produce electricity for the Liberian market, at 12 cents per kilowatt.  He appropriately reassured President Sirleaf, “No electricity, no growth.”  But he quickly learned he was preaching to the choir.  For no one had worked harder that she to provide her people with inexpensive power.  She told him about the reconstruction of the Mount Coffee Hydro-electric Plant.  She confessed to her brotherly Nigerian billionaire that it currently costs Liberians 54 cents per kilowatt for electricity–at least the few who benefit from the Liberia Eletricity Corporation – LEC’s meager diesel power generating capacity.  So 12 cents per kilowatt seemed a life-saver.But President Sirleaf did not commit herself.  She wisely suggested that Chief Dangote send his engineers here to study ALL the power options and report back to him.We are sure that when these Nigerian engineers come, President Sirleaf will welcome them and refer them to Liberian engineers to go over ALL the options.Among these will be, yes, coal, with all its advantages, including the Alhaji’s the next 15-month guaranteed power supply, and disadvantages–the pollution and other environmental problems associated with coal.The Liberian engineers will most certainly take their Nigerian counterparts to Mount Coffee, and to the area on the St. Paul River where an upstream dam is to be built, to produce some 1,000 megawatts of power.The President also told Alhaji Dangote of Liberia’s many rivers, ALL of which have hydro-electric potential.  Was it not the visionary industrialist, Harvey Firestone, who as far back as 1926, saw the Farmington River and immediately decided THAT was the place that would provide his company with ALL its electricity needs?  The rest is history.  Firestone has made billions of United States dollars in Liberia and has NEVER had any electricity problems in all of its 88 years here and counting.Besides the St. Paul River, the LEC engineers will show their Nigerian counterparts our numerous rivers throughout the country which, like the Farmington, have hydro-electric capacity.It is possible that Alhaji Dangote’s engineers will return and tell him, “Look, Chief, Liberia’s numerous rivers are far cheaper to produce electricity than importing coal from South Africa, Mozambique or even Liberia’s closest neighbor, Guinea.”Let’s keep our fingers crossed–and keep the faith.  Alhaji Dangote may yet agree to invest in the St. Paul’s Upstream Dam or in other Liberian rivers, forgetting about coal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana a “transit” hotspot for drug traffickers – CANU Head

first_imgAs Guyana continues its fight against narcotics trafficking, Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) James Singh has stated that the country’s geographic location and porous borders continue to be a safe haven for drug traffickers.According to Singh, “transit” is a drug problem that causes the most crime and violence, and poses the greatest security concerns and challenges in the countries where it occurs such as Guyana.CANU Head James Singh“Due to our geographic location, we are stuck in the middle between the suppliers in the Andean Region and the users, which as we have seen over the years, has gone all the way from North America to Europe, Africa and as far as Asia,” the CANU Head pointed out during a presentation at the launch of the National Drug Strategy Master Plan on Friday. The four-year plan aims at tackling the rising use and transport of licit and illicit drugs.He noted that destinations of cocaine seizures in Guyana at both CANU and Police levels include the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Africa, Thailand and South Africa. Singh explained that the main reason for this expansion of the illicit trade from Guyana is cost, whereby these new destinations have much lower cost for the narcotics than the tradition destinations.Drug cartels’ tradeThe CANU head posited that recently, there has been a development of trade between drug cartels, that is, for 1000 kilograms of marijuana one can get a 100 kilograms of cocaine. “There is an ongoing trade and so we have gone from just transshipment to almost bartering – that is, for better marijuana, you get cocaine,” he stated.Moreover, Singh pointed out that while Guyana is bordered by Venezuela, Brazil, Suriname and the Atlantic Ocean, its North-Coast particularly comes under the microscope for scrutiny.“Most of the traffic involving narcotics comes by sea, it comes by sea or leaves sea because of volume – whether it’s a container ship or a small cargo vessel,” he stated. Guyana has a 670 kilometer border with Venezuela, a 1200 kilometer border with Brazil, a 624 kilometer border with Suriname and a 424 kilometer border with the Atlantic Ocean.The CANU head went on to show photographs of two suspicious drug trafficking operations, noting that because of the lack of the relevant and adequate resources, the agency is unable to take further actions on these.CollaborationNevertheless, he said that CANU is currently working along with its local counterparts such as Guyana Defence Force Coast Guards, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) to monitor the situation.“We have to constantly ensure that we take the fight and we are seen as proactive and not reactive… The whole idea is to stop the flow of drugs, the whole idea is getting people to go elsewhere and not take advantage of a country like ours, which some may say lack the resources as others.However, Singh outlined that cooperation with international partners is also a major factor in the work of CANU. He mentioned a case last year whereby a vessel that left Guyana was loaded with five tons cocaine and seized just off the coast of Aberdeen in Scotland.“It is due to the legal assistance cooperation as well as the UN Convention on the Laws of the Sea which gives us the authority to empower other nations to stop vessels registered in Guyana or also coming from Guyana and search. So you read about the seizures that occurred overseas but it was actually due to cooperation between us and that country that would have resulted,” he remarked.In addition to the many issues that local law enforcements face such as corruption and judicial reforms, the CANU Head noted that the lack of resources remain the major challenge but at the same time, they are cognisant of the fact that Guyana is a small country and cannot afford the cutting edge resources that other countries may have.To this end, he highlighted the importance of collaboration with partners both locally and internationally, especially with the emergence of new and innovative methods of drug trafficking.“We have to maintain a strong posture because if we are seen as being weak or we just keep saying that we don’t have the resources, we can’t do this then people are going to take advantage; so even when we are weak, we need to appear strong and that’s where it comes to close collaborations,” he stated.Singh went on to say that the National Drug Strategy Master Plan gives CANU the opportunity to not only deal with the enforcement aspect of fight drug trafficking but the education aspect. He posited that CANU’s aim is not only to go out there and just look for drugs, but to deter people from bringing the illicit substance into the country.last_img read more

Real Madrid join Liverpool in the chase for Argentina ace

first_img1 Real Madrid are set to rival Liverpool for the signature of Javier Pastore this summer.The Argentina international has struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot at Paris Saint-Germain this season, with competition for places proving high.The Reds are closely monitoring the situation and have reportedly sent scouts to watch the 25-year-old in action this term.But, according to El Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are now considering a move for Pastore when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season.The former Palermo man’s contract is set to expire in 2016 and PSG are concerned he may not agree to an extension.For that reason the French champions are considering offloading the Argentinean this summer and recouping some of the £32m they paid for him in 2011. Javier Pastore last_img read more

Chris Coleman to leave Wales and take Hull City job? – Coral Daily Download

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Following Steve Bruce surprise departure as Hull City boss, we take a look at the latest odds on his successor at the KC Stadium, with Chris Coleman a frontrunner.Coleman is the 5/1 favourite to leave his post as Wales manager to return to Premier League management, while Roberto Martinez is 3/1. Gianfranco Zola is 6/1 and Bob Bradley is now 12/1.There are also the latest odds on this season’s Premier League golden boot, with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero the favourite at 7/2, while Tottenham’s Harry Kane is 6/1 and Manchester United new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic 8/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

DONE DEAL! Swansea City announce first signing of the summer

first_img1 Erwin Mulder in action for Heerenveen Swansea City have made Dutch goalkeeper Erwin Mulder their first signing of the summer. The 28-year-old has joined the Premier League side on a free transfer, having turned down a new contract with Heerenveen.Mulder will compete for the number one position at the Liberty Stadium with Lukasz Fabianski and Kristoffer Nordfeldt.He has signed a three-year deal with the Swans and will link up with Paul Clement’s squad for the start of pre-season training on Monday.Mulder began his career at Feyenoord, where he made 120 appearances, had a season on loan at Excelsior in 2008-09, and joined Heerenveen in 2015.In all, he has played more than 250 senior games in his native Holland.“I am very happy to be here,” Mulder told the official Swansea website.“Now the opportunity has come and I have taken it with both hands.“The Premier League is the biggest league in the world. As a player, you want to be part of that.”last_img read more

COUNCILLOR SHOCKED BY LACK OF ACTION IN SEARCH FOR MISSING LIFFORD MAN

first_imgA local councillor says the response of the PSNI and the Gardai to the search for missing Lifford man David Colhoun has been “questionable.”Cllr Frank McBrearty told donegaldaily that he was shocked by the lack of action and manpower being put into the search for the missing 22 year old.He said local people were very annoyed that the PSNI in Strabane, and to a lesser extent the Gardai, were not putting their full resources into helping the Colhoun family. “We hear that cross-border co-operation between the two forces is at an all-time high but I cannot see that in this case.“From what I can see there is very little being done to help find this young man – especially on the part of the PSNI.“I appreciate the Gardai are saying that this is not their jurisdiction but I still do not think enough is being done on this side of the border either,” he said.Cllr McBrearty revealed he had spent a number of hours at the search yesterday and was shocked by what he saw. He said the lack of any co-ordinated effort in the search was actually adding to the danger in the area.“I actually think that people are taking their lives in their hands. This is a very dangerous area and there is no co-ordination or direction.“Those taking part in the search deserve praise but I do not think it is a co-ordinated search overseen by professional people.“The last thing I or anybody else wants to see is another tragedy taking place while this search goes on,” he said.See other articles on this story ………. https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/25/father-of-missing-lifford-man-breaks-silence-to-appeal-for-help/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/25/clairvoyant-brought-in-to-help-find-missing-lifford-man/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/24/familys-heartache-over-missing-22-year-old/Ends EndsCOUNCILLOR SHOCKED BY LACK OF ACTION IN SEARCH FOR MISSING LIFFORD MAN was last modified: May 26th, 2011 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:Cllr Frank McBreartyDavid Colhounmissinglast_img read more

UNIQUE ‘EAT PRETTY’ TEA PARTY TO HELP LOCAL CHARITIES

first_imgA charity fundraising event is set to show that you can eat clean and still enjoy the party. Chefs at the Eat Pretty Tea Party will serve up a delicious selection of mouthwatering clean and paleo treats with coffee or tea to help raise funds for two Donegal charities, Sands Still Birth and Neonatal Deaths and Pieta House, Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre.Organised by Nutritionist Caitriona Feeney, the event is open to the public and takes place on Saturday April 4th at Raw Nutrition Centre, Fit Hub, Mountain Top, Letterkenny at 12.30pm. Kerry O’Donnell from Kerry’s Little Bakery and Ricky Mac Giolla Bháin, head chef at the Stateside American Restaurant, have volunteered their services for the event as well as members of the Fit Hub Gym who regularly bake clean mini-feasts.Expect tasty treats free from wheat, grains, refined sugar and non-processed ingredients.Speaking about the Eat Pretty Tea Party, Caitriona said: “I saw a programme about Pieta House and the work they do and I feel by doing something positive and raising awareness of this service that is available, it might help someone.“Sands charity is set up to help parents and families that suffered the death of an infant, this can be very difficult time for families, and again, this is to help raise awareness that this service is available. “I’d like to invite everyone to this event and let’s raise some fun for these two charities.”Caitriona explained that “eating clean” is the removal of highly processed foods, refined sugars and poor quality grains. She said it also encourages people to look at food labels and notice all the hidden sugars, chemicals and preservatives.She said: “I can understand why some people might thing that it is too difficult or boring. I would advise you to start out slow and make little changes every day.“With the continued rise in diabetes, obesity and cancer it is time we started taking more control over what we eat.“And yes you can have treats, it is not like you can never have a biscuit or a scone ever again it is just that you are not having it every day or every week.” She also said that “eating clean” is for everyone and everyone should give it a go, starting with small steps.“Anyone that suffers with diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraines, obesity, autism, ADHD, heartburn, insomnia should definitely consider “eating clean”.“Anyone who wants to improve health or maintain health should try it.”Eat Pretty Tea Party, Saturday April 4th, Raw Nutrition Centre, Fit Hub, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, 12.30pm. Everyone welcome. UNIQUE ‘EAT PRETTY’ TEA PARTY TO HELP LOCAL CHARITIES was last modified: March 12th, 2015 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)Tags:charitydonegaleat prettyPIeta HouseSuicide and Self Harm Crisis CentreTea partylast_img read more

Takeaways from A’s 2-1 win over Kansas City Royals

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s were left scratching their heads after six innings as Kansas City starting pitcher Jorge Lopez stifled the Oakland’s offense by limiting them to just two hits and no runs.With one swing to lead off the seventh inning, however, A’s first baseman Matt Olson sparked Oakland’s bats.“Massive,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said when asked about Olson’s 450-foot blast to center field. “It inspired [the offense]. No doubt.”Olson’s solo-shot triggered a two-run seventh inning that pushed …last_img read more

Raiders mailbag: Beating the rush and bashing Carr now

first_imgALAMEDA — Fielding some Raiders questions before taking to the road with a game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings:Q: When are the Raiders going to admit Carr isn’t a franchise QB? Look at the A-22. Raiders had guys open deep as much as KC. The difference was KC has Mahomes. Here are 2 of them. The 1st pic. is the one Carr ran & went air born on 3rd. The 2nd he goes to the flat instead of long. — @MyBoysKaosHavoKNot sure what has made more fans play-callers and coaches — All-22 or playing …last_img read more