Budget Shortfall? Go Tourism

first_imgThe wind tickled my armpits as I stretched my arms while the bike sped on the Chinese built road in the township of Caldwell. The road and Chinese imported solar street lights have resuscitated this once sleepy township from the brink of boredom. With the exception of the towering skyscrapers and bright lights, this township is bustling with people as businesses sprout up like grass from the soil.As we sped past the bustling area of Caldwell into the quiet and picturesque township of Louisiana, the sun sets over the St. Paul River. I was overwhelmed by the scenery of this township that no one talks about or cares about. The picturesque view of the sunset over the St. Paul is captivating to the eye.The famous St. Paul River talked about in Liberian history books which divides Louisiana from the settlement of Millsburg. On market day, people bring their goods via canoe from Millsburg to sell. The canoe is overloaded, which is quite perilous to their safety but they are apathetic and upbeat about getting their produce to the market. On a typical market day, there are delicacies such as bamboo worms. Then there is the sprawling but crumbling southern style mansion of esteemed Liberian historian, C. Abayomi Cassell which is nearly lost, thanks to the grasses as they have a field day.And from all indications, this township seems like a gold mine, literally. Riding into Louisiana, the first thing that meets the eye, besides the St. Paul River, is the sight of the gargantuan machines used for crushing rocks to build roads in Monrovia and surrounding parts. Ironically, the road which is used to convey the rocks to parts of Monrovia is in dire straits.As I disembarked the motorcycle, a thorough gaze tells me that this historic township and many others has the propensity to contribute immensely to government budget via tourism in the midst of a budget shortfall. Perhaps we could learn a thing or two from The Gambia, a small but rapidly developing country.According to the National Planning Commission of the Gambia, the tourism industry in The Gambia, although small, is a major contributor to that country’s economy, contributing 16% of the GDP, supporting over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs, earning $39 million in foreign exchange.Unlike Liberia whose tourism office is a mere desk embedded within the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, The Gambia Tourism Authority (GTA) is an an autonomous agency with the goal to make The Gambia “a world class tourist destination and business centre.” And truly, they are at it. The crocodile pool in Kachikali and the Bijilo Forest park are just some of the many touristic areas that are flagging the tourism industry in The Gambia.Sounds untrue??? Take a trip to The Gambia and you’ll probably whoa at the multitudes of foreigners as they seem to outnumber the Gambians. Matter of fact, the Gambians have created a tourism master plan to the year 2020.Coming back to home, What does Gambia have that Liberia does not?From the Kpatawee Falls in Bong County to the Sapo National Park in Sinoe County and the surfing beaches in Grand Cape Mount and Maryland Counties, it’s obvious that tourism is beckoning to us with open arms but yet we are refusing to embrace him. By the way, a recent video by a foreign media outlet labeled Liberia as a “Surfing Mecca.”As tourism beckons to us, there are quite still a few things we need to do. There needs to be a legislation so that tourism department, which falls under the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism, can become an autonomous agency of its own and perhaps a major revenue arm of the government. Lest we forget, if tourism is to be taken seriously, there has to be a meticulously crafted blueprint for tourism because tourism reduces poverty through earnings, employment and productivity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Art Exhibition Saturday

first_img Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – This weekend, there will be an art exhibition ending the long wait of art lovers to have an opportunity to capture new trends in Liberian art.The exhibition, expected to go down at the Bella Cassa Hotel on Saturday, June 24, will feature some of the best and finest upcoming and renowned Liberian artists.Artworks that will be on display during the exhibition range from acrylics to oil painting, traditional masks and sculptors and a lot more.At this exhibition, Isaac J.Doubor, a prolific painter and visual artist who has toured numerous countries in Africa showcasing his work, will present his much talked about collection “the Light of Liberia.”His artwork depicts unique scenes of everyday life in a manner and form that hasn’t been captured before while focusing on the concerns of ordinary Liberians and the elite.Gate opens at 6pm and price of the artworks starts from US$50. 1 of 3 last_img read more

Bantam Flyers earn back to back wins

first_imgThe Knights of Columbus Bantam Flyers posted back to back wins over the weekend, clinching first in All Peace games.Saturday, the Bantam boys began their back to back game weekend with a trip to Fairview. Despite giving up an early lead, the Flyers managed to tie the game up with 6:30 left in the first, thanks to Ryan Good. With less than two minutes left in the frame, Jeff Heber scored, giving the flyers the 2-1 lead entering the second.- Advertisement -The second period belonged to the Flyers. Lien Miller-Jeannotte opened the scoring in the second, with a goal five minutes in. With the score 3-1, Alex Hartman made sure to put the game out of reach for Fairview, scoring twice, one of which being a short handed marker.The third period began with the Flyers leading 5-1. The team would finish the game beating Fairview 7-2, with third period goals coming from Good and Hartman, who completed his hat trick in the third period.Sunday, the Flyers hosted Dawson Creek in Fort St. John. Good picked up right where he left off, scoring the games first goal with an end to end rush three minutes into the game. Although the first would end with the score tied at ones.However, the tied score had quite a short life. Early in the second, Thomas Webster potted a rebound, giving the Flyers the 2-1 lead. Good seemed to be on fire this weekend, scoring the game winning goal, tipping in an O’Hanley point shot. Miller-Jeannotte would add an insurance marker for the Flyers, as they beat the Canucks by a final score of 4-1.Advertisement Flyers goalie Lane Delfs got the start in both games over the weekend, facing a total of 46 shots. Ryan Good also had himself an exceptional weekend, recording six points in the two games played.The Flyers will close out their league play this Saturday, with a game in Peace River. Following that game will mark the beginning of the post season, in which the Flyers take on the fourth placed team. The Playoffs will commence in two weeks.last_img read more

Revealed: Man United mystery squad member set for first team breakthrough?

first_img“The goal is to get in the first team.“I try to do my best and impress Warren Joyce and the coaches plus the first-team staff in training. Hopefully, I can get there. I just try to do as well as I can by keep pushing and striving towards that first team. I just want to get on their radar. You never know how things will work out – I look at Paddy [McNair], Willo [James Wilson], Andreas [Pereira] and Jesse [Lingard] and just hope I can do that too.” Manchester United star James Weir As Manchester United drew 3-3 with Newcastle United at St James’ Park an unfamiliar name sat on the bench.Alongside Juan Mata and Memphis Depay sat James Weir, a meek looking youngster with a shock of blonde hair.The casual observer may not have known too much about the 20-year-old midfielder, who didn’t make it on to the pitch during the thrilling encounter.So, here at talkSPORT our Talent Spotter has run the rule over the Red Devils starlet.Name: James WeirDate of birth: 4 August 1995Birthplace: PrestonPosition: MidfielderClub: Manchester UnitedDid you know?1. Weir was on the books at hometown club Preston North End before being snapped up by Manchester United back in 2008.2. Such was the strong competition in Man United’s youth team, Weir initially made the break into their Under-18 side as a full-back in the 2011/12 season.3. He eventually moved into his preferred midfield role and was highly-rated by Under-18 boss Paul McGuinness.4. Weir, who is blessed with quick, nimble feet, has been capped at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-19 level with England.5. Last season the youngster helped Manchester United’s Under-21s to win their league, making 21 appearances in the process.       6. In 2015/16, Weir has scored three goals in 10 games with Manchester United’s Under-21 and captained the side on these occasions.They say:“A strong runner, he keeps possession with his neat, economical passing and is always capable of bursting through to make things happen.”– Manchester United’s official website.“He needs a little bit more confidence but the lad is a clever footballer and he does finish well. He is clever when coming inside and he makes good runs that are hard to pick up. More often than not, he does finish too.”– Manchester United Under-21 boss Warren Joyce.He says:“I’ve been mainly on the left this year but I can come in off the flank and play as a false winger, if you like, which is quite popular in the modern game.“I can also still play as a central midfielder who can make runs forward and hopefully get back as well. I can play that narrow left-winger role and do a job for the team while also scoring some goals.” 1 Video evidence:last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BURPEES – A LOVE STORY

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Ah the humble Burpee.In all my years of training myself and training clients, I don’t think I have ever come across someone who truthfully loves doing Burpees.During a class when the instructor calls out that dreaded word, grown men seem to shrink and women cower at the mere sound of the word Burpee. Sure we all know those guys or girls who seem to light up when it’s Burpee time. 
They throw themselves into the exercise like people possessed; dropping, flailing and springing up and down, only to land and shrug off the experience like it was a walk in the park.These same people can be found at the bottom of the shower around an hour later, rocking back and forth, praying that the warm flow of water will wash away their pain.They are left wondering why they can’t just admit that they too hate burpees and doubly hate their trainer.After all, every time they admit that the last session of Burpees was easy, the trainer throws in 10 extra. Why would someone do that?They must be some sort of a sadist who revels in seeing people in pain?That must be it.Why else would they make you do the exercise that could only be created by the illegitimate spawn of Satan??If only they made you do them at the start of the workout, at least then you would be ready for them, but noooooooo, they always, ALWAYS throw them in at the end, like some last minute punishment. Unnecessary, painful punishment.Did we not look tired enough?Was there not a big enough puddle of sweat below us?Were our faces not the right colour of puce red? Maybe it was that we were still able to stand, hmmmm, was that it???After all, what purpose does the Burpee have?Quite a few actually.Let me break it down for you:The Burpee consists of 3-4 moves depending on which variation you choose as your poison.The SquatThe SprawlThe Push up (some leave this out)The JumpThe Burpee is a full body movement and when you read the above description, can you identify a major muscle group that isn’t involved in the execution of a Burpee?No, they are full-body exercises—no part of you is immune.Also, their explosive nature ups the intensity; not one, not two, but THREE jumps are required to complete a single Burpee. (1 standing and 2 on the ground)You are working your legs, core, chest, shoulders and triceps and your heart and lungs all in one simple (simple?) movement.As horrible as they may be, you cannot deny that they get the job done.They will also be useful in escaping the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse when it arrives.Having Burpees on your side means you are able to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge Zombies.Have you had good experiences with Burpees? Let me know.We also have to look at this from another angle.If there were no Burpees, that trainer we spoke about a few paragraphs back would probably think up something else to punish us with; Something that would bypass the, I-can-taste-sick-in-my-mouth level of pain and go straight into full blown “talking to Huey and Ralph”.Yes, I think we can all agree that, love them (love?) or hate them, Burpees keep us safe from the devil himself showing up at a training session near you.#TrainsmartFor further information on how to avoid the Zombie Apocalypse, contact me through the link below. 

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* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BURPEES – A LOVE STORY was last modified: August 10th, 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)Tags:Burpeesemmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more

DIVERS GARAGE HOST 5K ROAD RACE & ‘CAR PUSH’ FOR RELAY FOR LIFE

first_imgDivers Hyundai Garage, Letterkenny, are holding a 5K road race and ‘Car Push’ on Thursday the 29th May at 7.30pm. There will be an €8 Euro entry fee for the 5k run, with all funds going towards the Relay Fund. The Divers i-Team will be holding a Car push event on the same night.They will attempt to push the i-10 through the same 5k course. Divers Garage are giving away a cash prize of €250 to whoever can guess how long it will take their i-team to push the car this distance.The nearest time guessed without going over, wins the cash and will be announced the following day (Friday 30th May). Feel free to call in and have a guess at the time for only €2, or 3 goes for only €5.Divers Garage would also be grateful if everyone could like and share this post to get word around.Those that like and share will enter a separate draw to win a Hyundai Jacket.They’ve requested that those who like and share the post, to leave a comment on their post, that way it’s easier to track who has entered the like and share competition. DIVERS GARAGE HOST 5K ROAD RACE & ‘CAR PUSH’ FOR RELAY FOR LIFE was last modified: May 22nd, 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) Tags:5k raceBusinessCar PushDiver’s GarageFeaturesHyundainewsNoticesSportlast_img read more

Bundesliga: Miserable Koln rolls into Bayern Munich juggernaut

first_imgBayern are yet to lose a game this season (W4 D2). (PHOTO/Courtesy)FC Koln have endured a trying return to the Bundesliga as they have lost three of their first four 2019/20 games.The Billy Goats will next face the wrath of Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon and the general consensus will feel it will in the end result into a fourth loss for the visitors.Achim Beierlorzer’s side who have already lost to Wolfsburg, Dortmund and Monchengladbach will be without the duo of Birger Verstraete and Christian Clemens.Coming up against a side that they have not beaten away from home since February 2009 may be a huge ask and it is fair to say that Koln should wait till next week to search for a second victory on their latest return to the top-tier.Bayern on the other hand are still unbeaten this season and start the day just two points of the summit of the Bundesliga.In their six competitive fixtures so far, Nico Kovac’s side has won four and drawn the other two including their latest league fixtures-1-1 away to leaders RB Leipzig.A 3-0 victory at home to Red Star Belgrade provided the perfect momentum for the visit of Koln and with striker Robert Lewandowski firing on all cylinders; three points will be Bayern’s priority on Saturday.They will however have to do it minus David Alaba and Leon Goretzka who are both out injured.The last meeting between the two sides at the Allianz Arena ended in a 1-0 victory for Bayern with Lewandowski scoring the winner at the hour-mark.As Bayern hosts Koln, rivals Dortmund will be away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday afternoon.Dortmund are coming off a spirited 0-0 draw with Barcelona in the champions league, a game that saw captain Marco Reus miss from the spot.Their last league game was a 4-0 home victory against Leverkusen, their third win of the season having defeated Koln and Augsburg earlier.Sitting just a point behind leader Leipzig, Dortmund will be hoping to get all three points and hopefully end match-day 5 on top of the standings.Lukasz Piszczek, Nico Schulz and Spaniard Mate Morey are still nursing injuries and are all not expected to feature in the game for Lucien Favre’s side.Frankfurt on the other hand will be hoping to bounce back two successive defeats. A 2-1 loss at Augsburg was followed up with a disappointing 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal in the Europa League on Wednesday.Adi Hutter’s side are usually strong at home and have gone on to win both of their opening two Bundesliga games at the Commerzbank Arena. They have so far beaten Hoffenheim 1-0 and Dusseldorf 2-1 and will surely pose serious questions to Dortmund’s title aspirations.Last season, the two side drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture with both goals coming in the first 26 minutes as Reus opened the scoring before Luka Jovi leveled matters.Top of the table Leipzig will be hoping to continue their fine start to the campaign when travel away to Bremen on Saturday night.Leipzig have won five of their six games in all competitions since the season started and they head into the encounter off a 2-1 victory away to Benfica in the Champions League.In-form striker Timo Warner scored both goals in Lisbon and will be hoping to add onto his 5 he has so far scored in the Bundesliga. Leipzig will however miss the services of Konrad Laimer, Hannes Wolf, Tyler Adams, Patrik Schick and Kevin Kampl who are all still injured.Bremen who are still without up to 12 first team players including the suspended Nuri Sahin will be out to register a third league successive win.Last week, Florian Kohfeldt’s side scrapped to a 2-1 win at Union Berlin, following a 3-2 victory at home to Augsburg on match-day three.The reverse fixture last campaign saw Bremen defeat Leipzig 2-1 with Claudio Pizzaro scoring the winner two minutes from time.The German Bundesliga match-day 5 gets underway on Friday with Schalke 04 at home to Mainz 05.Both sides are coming off victories in their respective last fixtures with Schalke beating Paderborn 5-1 away from home while Mainz defeated Hertha Berlin 2-1.Last season, Schalke won the reverse fixture 1-0.All Bundesliga match-day 5 fixturesFriday, 20-09-2019 -Schalke 04 vs Mainz 05 @9:30pmSaturday, 21-09-2019-Bayern Munich vs Koln @4:30pm-Bayer Leverkusen vs Union Berlin @4:30pmHertha Berlin vs Paderborn @4:30pm-Freiburg vs Augsburg @4:30pm-Werder Bremen vs RB Leipzig @7:30pmSunday, 22-09-2019 -Borussia Monchengladbach vs Fortuna Dusseldorf @4:30pm-Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borrusia Dortmund @7pmMonday, 23-09-2019-Wolfsburg vs Hoffenheim @9:30pmComments Tags: Bayern MunichBundesligaDortmundEintracht FrankfurtKolnLeipzigtopWerer Bremenlast_img read more

Champions League: CAF names officials for KCCA FC, Petro de Luanda second leg

first_imgThe first leg fixture between the two sides ended goalless in Luanda. (PHOTO/KCCA FC)CAF Champions League KCCA FC vs Petro de Luanda (Agg: 0-0)StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Friday, 27-09-2019 @4pmThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the officials who will take charge of the Champions League second leg encounter between KCCA FC and Angolan side Petro de Luanda.After a goalless draw in the first leg, the two sides will do battle once again on Friday at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Mauritanian official Ahmad Heeralall will be the center referee for the contest.He will be assisted by country-mates Pithia Jean-Marc and Ram Babajee as the first and second assistant referees respectively.Another Mauritanian Ganesh Chutoore will be the fourth official while Burundi’s Aimable Habimana will act in the capacity of Match Commissioner.Last season, KCCA FC had a disappointing continental campaign, failing to reach the group stages of the confederations cup.Having received a bye in the preliminary stages, Mike Mutebi’s side took care of Tanzania’s Mtibwa Sugar 5-1 on aggregate to reach the playoff round.In the playoffs, KCCA would however fall to Congo’s Otoho Doyo. Having lost 3-0 in the first leg, Mutebi’s side won the second 2-0, losing 3-2 on aggregate in the end.In the Champions League, KCCA FC’s last appearance came in 2018 when they reached the lucrative group stages of the competition.In the initial stages, they eliminated CNaPS and Kedus Giorgis in the preliminary and first-round respectively.However, they were overpowered by Al Ahly and Esperance in Group A, finishing third and bowing out.The winner between KCCA FC and Petro de Luanda on aggregate will qualify for the group stages of the CAF Champions League.The loser will play another qualifier game in the CAF Confederation Cup where the winner over two legs shall qualify to the group stages.Comments Tags: CAF Champions LeagueCAF Confederations CupKCCA FCMike MutebiPetro de Luandatoplast_img read more

Giants finally feeling the struggle that’s plagued every NL Wild Card contender

first_imgCHICAGO — Juggernauts such as the Dodgers, Yankees and Astros are hogging the mirror these days, but the National League Wild Card contenders aren’t exactly yearning to use one.The Nationals, Cubs and Brewers are all deeply flawed and mirrors would only highlight their imperfections.The Giants spent the first two months of the season avoiding their reflection, but they couldn’t get enough of themselves during the month of July. Their lineup and bullpen were the envy of their peers, but …last_img

CBS.com Publicly Testing iPad-Ready Video

first_imgCBS.com is experimenting with HTML5 video, the plugin-free video technology supported by Apple mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad. With HTML5 running on the CBS website’s back-end, visitors from these and other Internet-connected devices could stream videos without having to install the Adobe Flash plugin, something that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is known to be vehemently against, having penned a public statement giving half a dozen reasons why Apple mobile devices won’t include its support. According to CBSi’s SVP and GM of entertainment, Anthony Soohoo, CBS.com plans to reach HTML5 parity with the plugin-based Flash video, but is still trying to find the right mix of tools in order to do so. How appropriate that these current tests utilize Star Trek Enterprise episodes for the experiments with this futuristic video technology. CBS.com Tests HTML5, but Still Not iPad-ReadyStaci Kramer of MocoNews caught up with Soohoo in the hallways of the ongoing video game conference E3 to ask him about the apparently iPad-friendly videos she had inadvertently stumbled upon. He told her, “What you see right now is a small, little experiment,” and one that, as of this moment, appears to only be partly functional in our own tests. Select Star Trek videos now appear with overlaid buttons that read “play video” – an improvement at least over the blank pages informing you that the videos aren’t supported on your device. However, click the “play video” button and nothing happens. No Star Trek, no spaceships, nothing but a play arrow button with a line over it. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market This isn’t the first time CBS.com has been caught running HTML5 video tests on its public site, a decision that either implies limited resources for internal testing or, perhaps, a desire for media attention. In March of this year, CBS.com ran another HTML5 experiment, just prior to the iPad’s release. At that time, numerous bloggers caught glimpse of video tests both on the CBS.com homepage and elsewhere on the site. The captions alongside these videos read, tantalizingly, “iPad – test,” giving no doubt as to the reasons why CBS.com was toying with the new technology. When pressed for comment, CBS.com would only say that the company was “ready to test any idea that brings that content to the widest possible audience.” HTML5 Support Goes Beyond iPadThe iPad’s potential to help sites reach the “widest possible audience” is still up for debate. On the one hand, analysts believe Apple will sell 7 to 8 million units this year. And, so far, sales are strong, especially considering the economy and the device’s “luxury” status. As of May 31, Apple announced it has sold more than 2 million iPads worldwide in only 60 days. However, not everyone is convinced of the iPad’s game-changing potential. News reporter for the blog TechCrunch, Sarah Lacy, recently called the iPad “a beautiful toy,” citing survey data from U.K. consulting firm YouGov, which found that the majority of iPad owners (98%) already own another Apple product, a trend that implies, as she sees it, it’s a device that does not “reach across the aisle” to attract a wide, mainstream audience. While that may end up being true for the iPad itself – it’s too soon to say – the tablet form factor is being touted as the next major breakthrough in computing. According to the latest Forrester research report, nearly one in four personal computers sold by 2015 will be a tablet. And it’s likely that tablets, en masse, will go the way of the iPad when it comes which technologies they will support or reject, especially, for example, battery-intensive plugins like Adobe’s Flash. In other words, betting on HTML5-enabled video isn’t just a vote for the iPad, it’s potentially a vote for computing’s future. We asked CBS.com about this new round of video tests and, this time, received a more informative response. According to a company representative, the Star Trek episodes were part of ongoing experiments, which is why they may have been functional earlier today but are now broken. It’s unknown at this time when or if they will work again. sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Apple#NYT#Video Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more