Ganta Business Takes Different Trend

first_imgDespite the deadly Ebola virus disease causing the breakdown of many business activities across the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County, young business entrepreneurs are strategizing to keep ahead.  The City of Ganta celebrated the recent Valentine’s Day with the opening of a modern car wash located near the center of the city.  It is the first of its kind in Ganta and includes a restaurant, bar and a mini shop with DSTV facilities to entertain customers. “Our goal is to make Ganta a city where you can find any other modern facility you can see elsewhere around the world,” said proprietor Ms. Gaziawon Nelson Dano.  “We sell food that everybody can afford to buy and there will be a TV to all washing parks to entertain customers that will bring their vehicles here,” she added.  Ganta was one of the epicenters of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country that paralyzed nearly all business centers.  In early January a guest house which contains a restaurant and an entertainment facility was open to the public.  The Hurku Guest House is located in a quiet, isolated area and offers an assortment of food choices on its menue.  Ganta being a commercial hub of Nimba has several guest houses, bars, restaurants as well as other entertainment centers along its main street.The Star Entertainment Center also provides services to many customers and travelers in the city. The Ganta Ambassador Hotel in Tappita is a rest stop for those traveling to the southeast of Liberia. It also contains a bar and a restaurant.  Saclapea’s Vision Palace Guest House provides affordable lodging and in Bahn is the popular Liamon Guest House.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of Jan 29

first_img Sunday, Jan 30, 2011 06.00 PM Old Timers Hockey ChallengeNorth Peace Arena Fundraiser , Sports & Fitness Sunday, Jan 30, 2011 09.00 PM – 10.00 PM NHL Oldtimers Meet & Greet/AuctionLido Theatre Community , Sports & Fitness Friday, Jan 28, 2011 – Saturday, Jan 29, 2011 08.00 PM Egan’s gets a “Big Night Out”Egan’s Pub Music – Advertisement – Saturday, Jan 29, 2011 07.00 PM Art Exhibit Featuring “Amy Te Bulte”Whole Wheat & Honey Cafe Art & Culture Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Below is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John.  For more upcoming events visit  You can also send us info about an upcoming event, Monday, Jan 31, 2011 12.00 PM – 03.00 PM Karaoke Public Swim – Pro-D DayNorth Peace Leisure Pool Children & Family , Youth , Sports & Fitness Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 – Monday, Feb 28, 2011 07.00 PM – 08.00 PM New Year’s Weight Loss ChallengeNorth Peace Leisure Pool Sports & Fitness last_img read more

UPDATE#3 – Power outage from Taylor to Dawson Creek

first_img**UPDATE #3 – As of 9pm, power has been restored. **UPDATE #2 – As of 7pm, the power is still out in this area.  Hydro now says the power should be restored by 9pm – Advertisement – **UPDATE – As of 1pm, Hydro now says power in the affected areas will be out until 7pm Thursday.  The outage was caused by an equipment failure. Power is out to a large area south of Taylor.BC Hydro reports the outages stretches from south of the Peace River to just North of Dawson Creek. Hydro lists the outage as affecting an area south of Leahy Pit Road and west of the the 217 road.Over 600 customers are currently without power and power should be restored by 2:30pm. The cause of the outage is currently under investigation. Advertisementlast_img

Commission to recommend full funding for I-5 widening

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Officials from the California Transportation Commission now plan to recommend full funding for the widening of the I-5 Freeway between the Orange County border and the 605 Freeway. Last week the Commission said it would only advise that half of the $387 million still needed for the $1.2 billion project be allocated, causing an uproar from various agencies and cities involved. The money will come from a transportation bond passed by voters in November that directed $4.7 billion for highway improvements throughout California. Officials in La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk have been pushing for years to widen the Santa Ana (5) Freeway from six to 10 lanes between Buena Park and the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. One of the lanes on each side will be a carpool lane. Sixteen years ago those city leaders formed the I-5 Joint Powers Authority to find the funding for the project. So far they’ve acquired $800 million, but in order to extend the widening all the way to the 605, officials said they need an additional $387 million. As both a representative from the group and city manager of Santa Fe Springs, Fred Latham said now the project can finally go forward. “I’ve very pleased,” Latham said. “It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride. We were led to believe that they were going to recommend full funding a couple of months ago, then last week they said they’d only give half. Now I’m pleased again.”last_img read more

Jackson cleared in threats lawsuit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Jackson’s son also was accused of battery and of false imprisonment for allegedly preventing Peterson from leaving the meeting. The jury rejected the claim that Jackson’s son actually struck Peterson – the alleged battery – or prevented him from leaving, but the panel split 6-6 on a claim of simple assault that contended he “may have threatened to touch him,” Sobel said. “It’s a total vindication. We are thrilled,” Sobel said in a telephone interview after the verdict. “Nothing happened” at the meeting, Sobel said. “This guy makes a living attacking Rev. Jackson and this case has been a propaganda machine for him.” After the verdict, Peterson insisted that he was harassed by the Jacksons. A jury Friday rejected claims in a lawsuit that the Rev. Jesse Jackson cursed and threatened a conservative minister at a 2001 gathering. The Superior Court panel also rejected most of the suit’s claims against Jackson’s son Jonathan, but split 6-6 on a claim of simple assault. The defense said it would ask the judge to issue a directed verdict. The plaintiff’s side indicated it would oppose that and would seek to refile that part of the case. The lawsuit was brought by the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of the conservative Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny. Peterson accused Jesse Jackson and his son of assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violation of his civil rights by threatening to use force against him because of his political affiliation, said Carol Sobel, the attorney who represented the Jacksons. center_img “There were people in the room who saw it, and there are people who agree with me, but because of their fear of Jesse Jackson they’re afraid to come forth (and testify),” Peterson said. As for Jesse Jackson, “to go on the stand and to just outright lie and to call himself a reverend, I have no respect for him,” the minister said. Peterson was represented by lawyers from Judicial Watch, a conservative Washington public-interest group that said it considered it a victory even to get Jackson into court. “We’re pleased that Jesse Jackson was held accountable for his conduct in a court of law. … We got our day in court,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a telephone interview. Michael Hurley, Peterson’s lead lawyer, said he was disappointed by the ruling and would consider whether to appeal. “We believe we had the truth on our side here,” he said. Much of the case involved testimony from people at the meeting who claimed they did or did not see Peterson roughed up but “there weren’t many impartial witnesses,” Hurley said. Hurley said he spoke to jurors after the verdict and they told him: “We wished we had more proof.” 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

Home improvement – without the financial headache!

first_imgSpring is in the air, and that means that home improvements are on the minds of many.DIY and renovations have seen an increase in popularity in recent years. New figures released on the Home Renovation Incentive show that since the scheme launched in 2013, more than 107,000 homeowners have carried out renovations. A total of €1.7 billion has been spent on home upgrades – an average of €16,187 per project.A 2017 survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) also found that a significant two thirds of adults had carried out home improvements since 2014. One quarter estimated that they spend between €1,000 and €3,000 when upgrading their home. 42% said they would choose to transform their home with new carpets and flooring. 38% said they would opt for new heating or insulation and 23% said they would fit new windows or doors.While these upgrades work wonders for your home, they can be costly endeavours.The good news is that those surveyed by the ILCU had the right idea when it came to funding their home improvements.Of those who said they would need to borrow, six in ten said they would use their local Credit Union. Commenting on this, Paul Hume, Chairperson Letterkenny Credit Union said; “This is no surprise to us as we are seeing a large number of queries from people in the Letterkenny area asking about our home improvement loan. It’s easy to see why there is such interest in the product.“We offer the loan at a great value APR rate of 8.2%**. Not only that, but our loans are typically approved in 24hrs. We are also happy to offer our loans to brand new members, those members we see every days and of course those members who may have inactive accounts or whom we haven’t seen in a while.”Paul continued: “There are a lot of other benefits with our home improvement loan. There are no administration fees or hidden charges and we can structure repayments in a way that suits every individual’s circumstances. Borrowers are also free to repay the loan early, should they wish, without any penalties.“So we would encourage anyone planning on doing some springtime DIY to contact us and enquire about a ‘Credit ReUnion’ with Letterkenny Credit Union. We’ll be happy to help make your home improvement dreams a reality.”For further information please contact: Letterkenny Credit Union 0749124166 or email ** For a €30,000 7 year variable interest rate loan with 84 monthly repayments of €466.85, an interest Rate of 7.95%, a representative APR of 8.25%, the total amount payable by the member is €39225.72 Information correct as at 21/3/2018.Home improvement – without the financial headache! was last modified: March 29th, 2018 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)Tags:DIYhome improvementsLetterkenny Credit Unionlast_img read more

Liverpool to stick with Karius next season

first_img LIVING THE DREAM LATEST 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Loris Karius looks set to remain the No. 1 goalkeeper at Liverpool next season, according to reports.The 25-year-old made two ghastly errors in the Reds’ 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid and a new goalkeeper was reported to be Jurgen Klopp’s top priority. RANKED moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Karius looked set to lose his place after the Champions League final LATEST TRANSFER NEWS REVEALED However, according to the Liverpool Echo, Karius is likely to remain the club’s first choice keeper next season with no alternatives lined up to replace him.Liverpool have expressed interest in Roma goalkeeper Alisson, but the Italian club’s asking price of £80m is believed to be too much, with Chelsea or Real Madrid his more likely destination.Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak has also been linked to the club, however he will reportedly cost £80m as well.The Echo also dismissed various transfer links to Kasper Schmeichel, Nick Pope and Thomas Strakosha.The Reds have been busy this summer, bringing in Monaco midfielder Fabinho and welcoming the already-agreed Nabi Keita.However, rumours that a goalkeeper may not arrive will disappoint many supporters at Anfield who see that position as an Achilles heel. targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

Women’s Soccer Clinches MVC Regular Season Title With 3-2 Overtime Win At Illinois State

first_img Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Preview Smith’s overtime game-winner came in the 93rd (93:35) minute off a corner kick by Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa). Hurt sent a high ball into the box that Smith was able to head in past the Illinois State’s (9-7-2, 3-3-0 MVC) goalkeeper, Haley Smith. It is the second career goal for Smith, who earlier this season tallied her first. NORMAL, Ill. – Senior Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team scored a golden goal in a 3-2 comeback victory over Illinois State in Missouri Valley Conference overtime action on Sunday afternoon in rainy conditions in Normal, Ill. Junior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) scored the other two goals for Drake (12-3-2, 5-0-1 MVC), which clinched its second MVC regular season title in three seasons and its third overall. “I am incredibly pleased for the squad,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “Illinois State is a talented team so this road win is not only huge in that it clenched us the number one seed, but it was another productive step in our development. Alyssa has been chasing that elusive first goal of the season, and she has such a positive mentality and is always battling that we knew she would find the back of the net when it mattered. Ali continues to find ways to help us win games. She’s has a winner’s mentality, is the rock of our backline, has earned more assists this year, and today’s game winner summarizes her impact to our program. When we went down 2-1, I heard our players on the field as we were regrouping and knew we had the equalizer in us. There was absolutely a sense of let’s stick to our plan and stay positive.” Following Sunday’s match, the Bulldogs will close the regular season against Loyola on Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Prior the match, Drake will honor its 2017 senior class of Hurt, Morris, Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.), Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.), Smith, Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa) and Hannah Wilder (Wheatfield, Ind.). the contest against the Ramblers will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Watch Live The Valley on ESPN3 Drake jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 25th minute (25:15) with Brand’s first goal of the season. Sophomore Annie Schmitz (St. Louis, Mo.) sent a cross that Brand dove for and headed in the back of the net. The game remained 1-0 until Kelli Zickert of Illinois State scored on a deep shot from 30 yards out in the 68th minute (68:14), capitalizing on the heavy rain and strong wind in the face of Bulldog goalkeeper Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa) as the ball snuck by Morris. The Redbirds grabbed the lead just over three minutes later as Kate Del Fava got a foot on a free kick by Emily Dickman and beat Morris far post. However, Drake regrouped and evened the match at 2-2 as Brand once again dove for a cross and headed it in the net, this time the cross came courtesy of junior Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.). Next Game: “This championship is important to our players, but we are very much focused on doing well in Springfield at the MVC Tournament Championship as our ultimate goal,” Horner said. “Our seven seniors have been so critical to our success, and we would love to be able to honor them on Thursday in front of a strong home crowd, with a performance against a Loyola side that is still battling for seeding.” Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs will be the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament, Nov. 3-5, in Springfield, Mo., where they will play in the semifinals on Nov. 3 against the winner of No. 3 vs. No. 6. Drake will wait to find out its opponent for the MVC Tournament as quarterfinal games will be played at campus sites on Oct 29. The winner of the tournament earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Loyola 10/26/2017 – 4 p.m.last_img read more

Date set for Theophane title defence

first_imgKilburn’s Ashley Theophane will defend his British light-welterweight crown against English champion Nigel Wright in Sunderland on 10 December.Theophane (30-4-1) will take on the Durham fighter (24-6-1) at the Peterlee Leisure Centre in the second defence of the belt he won by beating Lenny Daws at Wembley Arena in February.The 31-year-old Theophane, who is currently training in New York, wants to challenge for a world title next year.He recently signed with promoter Ricky Hatton – himself a former world light-welterweight champion – and is keen to take on WBO title-holder Timothy Bradley or Mexican legend Erik Morales, who has the WBC belt.last_img

What now for Qantas?

first_imgA Qantas A380. Photo: Qantas The Qantas headline loss of $2.8 billion announced today is sobering but necessary as the airline strives to clear the deck to restructure for today’s much tougher operating environment.While it is the worst result in Australian aviation history it appears that the worst is over and clearer skies are ahead for the Australian icon.And the airline is forecasting that it will return to profit in the current financial year!The good news for the staff is that there will be no new job losses above the 5,000 announced earlier this year.While many will be screaming for Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce’s head analysts appear to be supporting the airline’s strategy.Besides, anyone delivering the tough medicine that Mr Joyce has to would be extremely unpopular.Qantas has been battling many problems – mostly the result of previous management errors.Australian travellers have been deserting the airline for years.Initially it was because of cabin offerings. Malaysia Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific started the rot offering free drinks way back in the late 1960s. Qantas and other airlines reluctantly followed.Fast forward to the early 1990s and Singapore Airlines led the way with seatback videos for economy passengers. Emirates and Virgin Atlantic were also early adopters of entertainment for all. Inextricably, Qantas was stoic in its resistance.The airline also turned its back on premium economy with Qantas saying the airline could not “make the business case”, despite the fact that Australians are the second tallest people in the world behind the Dutch and fly the longest distances after the Kiwis.Premium economy is a no-brainer, as the airline has now discovered, just as Business Class was when Qantas was first to introduce it in 1979.In the international space Qantas faces unprecedented competition from a host of airlines such as AirAsia, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand which have lower costs and/or better products for passengers. For years Qantas has traded on – and charged a premium for – its superb safety record. In the movie Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman, playing Raymond Babbitt, uttered the now famous words that “Qantas never crashes”.The movie came out in 1988 at a time when Qantas was at the top of its game with well over 40 per cent of the traffic into and out of Australia.Government policy was to protect the national carrier from foreign competition; an airline which taxpayers owned and which was selling tickets at a premium to adoring travellers at a time when well-known airlines like Pan Am, Alitalia, Korean Air, and Continental Airlines were having many accidents. In 1989 there were 231 accidents and incidents, which made Qantas’ unblemished record shine.The landscape is starkly different today with most of its competitors boasting fatality free records over the past 20 years.However Qantas’ immediate clear and present danger is the emergence of rival Virgin Australia, with lower staff costs and greater productivity, into the premium domestic market, an area in which it has enjoyed a monopoly for the past 10 years.Much has been said about Qantas’s staff efficiency but the debate must also be a debate about all of Australia’s work practices and salary perks such as weekend and penalty pay rates, 17.5 per cent leave loading and such anachronistic institutions as long service leave.Many reading this would not even understand the origins of long service leave which began in South Australia and Victoria in the 1860s as a scheme that allowed civil servants three months or more leave to go home to Britain after 10 years’ service in the colonies. The lengthy time off was dictated by the long ship journey to and from Australia. Long service leave became widespread in the 1950s and no other country incorporates such a right into their labour market regulations.Holiday leave loading’s origins are just as bizarre relating to the fact that employees cannot earn overtime while they are on leave.But changing work practices and increasing efficiency will only come if Qantas can change its culture and that is a far bigger task. Charles Darwin wrote that “it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” This idea was alluded to by former British Airways and Ansett CEO Rod Eddington when he warned in a 2004 interview with the author that achieving that responsiveness is extremely difficult.“Changing airline culture is like trying to perform an engine change in-flight,” Eddington said at the time. When Mr Eddington arrived at British Airways in 2000 he found that the staff did not perceive the need to change because the airline had a low cost airline called Go. He found that staff believed that Go mitigated or even eliminated the need for further adjustments at the mainline airline.He noted that it was difficult to change this mindset until Go was sold off to easyJet. “Once we sold Go, the staff at BA really focused on making the changes necessary to make BA itself competitive,” said Mr Eddington.Similarly with Qantas it can possibly be argued that the success of Jetstar is having a negative impact on the need for change at the mainline operation.Surveys have shown that another reason for the resistance to change is that although employees agree change is needed, they do not believe they themselves need to change.For example, at an American Airlines management conference in the late 1990s, all participants were polled on a series of questions. More than 90 per cent responded positively to the proposition that management, colleagues and subordinates needed to change, but 90 per cent responded in the negative to the item “I need to change.”Qantas like so many legacy carriers has evolved out of a military base and much of the management style, marketplace orientation and paraphernalia of culture still reflect an authoritarian, hierarchical and command-and-control worldview.Successive management teams have sidestepped taking on the more militant unions to address gross inefficiencies and ludicrous perks which dog the airline. Over the past 10 years, the launch of low cost Jetstar and a monopoly in the domestic business class market courtesy of the demise of Ansett, have masked the need for massive restructure.But that has all changed!And it now appears that Qantas is changing and that change is gaining momentum.New products will soon be rolled out, the fleet has been streamlined and over 250 separate projects are underway to cut out $2 billion from its cost base.It appears that blue skies may be returning to the flying kangaroo but the staff must get behind and support Mr Joyce.last_img read more