NTA Remains Committed in Providing Safe Road Transport

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has stated that the National Transit Authority (NTA), continues to provide reliable and safe road transport services on all existing roads in Montserrado country.Delivering her annual state of the Nation message on Monday, January 27, to the Liberia people, President Sirleaf said, the reliable and safe road transport services on all existing roads in Montserrado country are with the expansion to Bo Waterside, Buchannan, Gbarnga, Harbel, Zwedru, Schieffelin and Kakata.According to the Liberian leader, special transport service with Government subsidy is provided to students who commute from Monrovia and environs to the University of Liberia Fendell Campus.“The NTA completed a total of 644,389 passenger trips between March and December 2013 in favor of UL students,” she added.She also stated that further expansion of NTA service is hampered by limited fleet.Stating that “The conclusion of local purchase of nine buses will relieve transport difficulties on Tubman Boulevard, and successful conclusion of ongoing negotiation with the Government of India for 15 additional buses will expand national service to commuters, including those in Gbarnga, Kakata and Bo Waterside who will benefit from the construction of modern bus stations.”Meanwhile, President Sirleaf further that an informal perception survey undertaken by the Ministry of Transport indicated that although power is considered a number one priority due to the implication for business and investment in industry,  but the Liberian people consider good roads as a major condition for improvement in their welfare.Adding that the ongoing work for improvement in road condition throughout the country is a response to this call, which will also reduce the high level of road traffic deaths and injuries, and as means of reducing the cost of transportation to facilitate better flow of goods and services. “The same results are expected from the installation of weighbridges, the first currently under construction on the Diahn-Blah Gbehzhohn Highway. Additionally, a requirement for Third Party Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance will be enforced beginning next month by 18 insurance companies recently certified by the Central Bank of Liberia. This action will be enhanced by the established One Day One Stop Shop Platform for vehicle registration and driver license issuance.”President also mentioned that useful transport services are provided throughout the country by motorcyclists operating over 70,000 motorcycles.“A few months ago, as a means of reducing the alarming traffic congestion and level of deaths and injuries, it became necessary to restrict motorcycling traffic on the primary artery, Tubman Boulevard.  The Ministry of Transport continues to work with the Motorcyclist Union to identify means to assist them,” she assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weekend holds annual Minor Hockey tournament

first_imgThis weekend, the future hockey stars of Fort St. John will hit the ice for an annual tournament.Fort St. John Minor Hockey will be putting on their annual Novice Tournament for seven and eight year-olds, which begins Friday at 3:30 p.m. The tournament final will take place on Sunday.- Advertisement -The tournament will consist of five home teams including Specific Northern Gas, Ernie’s Sports, Sharp Instruments, Northern Spring and The Legion.The tournament also includes seven different teams from around the Peace Region.The tournament will take place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre and admission is free.last_img

England star lauds Marcus Rashford amid ‘fairytale’ rise

first_img Marcus Rashford in England training 1 Eric Dier has described Marcus Rashford’s “fairytale” rise as “brilliant for English football”.Both players are part of Roy Hodgson’s 26-man provisional England squad for Euro 2016 and Rashford is set to get his first senior international run-out in Friday’s warm-up match against Australia.It is only three months since the 18-year-old Manchester United striker made his senior club debut and there has been plenty of talk about the chances of him continuing his rapid ascent with inclusion in Hodgson’s final group of 23.Rashford has netted eight times in 18 appearances in all competitions for United.And Tottenham utility man Dier said of the teenager on Wednesday: “It’s a bit of a fairytale isn’t it?“It is brilliant for English football and for him, and I’m really happy for him that he is here with us.“Hopefully we can look after him, there won’t be too much pressure on him and he can do what he has been doing for his club here with us.”Regarding the amount of young players like himself and Rashford in Hodgson’s squad, Dier, 22, added: “I think maybe Harry (Kane, the 22-year-old Tottenham and England striker who made his senior international bow in March 2015) opened the door for people like Marcus this season.“It is brilliant that if you are good enough, you are old enough and I think he fully deserves all the credit he has been getting.“It has been an unbelievable few months for him.”last_img read more

DD Motoring: Taking the new Fiat Doublo Maxi for a spin

first_imgThis week our report takes a slightly different direction on a new car available on the Irish Car Market. The car in question can arrive from Italy as a seven-seater people carrier. But in Ireland it arrives as a 5 seater with a bulkhead fitted behind the rear seats. The people carrier we tested this week was the multi functional Fiat Doublo Maxi.It’s not enough anymore for a car manufacturer to make a car to suit a single market. The Doblo not alone is multi-talented within The Italian car maker Fiat , it’s also successful with the German carmaker Opel and is a Fiat Doublo in everything but the brand name on the bonnet. It’s called the Opel Combi and is both in van and in car form. We are testing the new long-wheel version, the Maxi which is 35cm longer than the standard wheelbase version.A view of how on how easy access is on the new Fiat Doblo is on the car we tested this week. Photo Brian McDaidThe new Fiat Dublo is fitted with the new 1.6 diesel engine which produces 105 bhp. The car also comes with a six speed gear box. My every day van is the Opel version of this Doblo with the 1.3 90bhp multi-jet Diesel engine which I get great economy and power from. The 1.6 has more torque and power but still returns similar fuel consumption to the smaller unit. Advertisement The double sliding doors for the rear seat passengers and the higher stance make access getting in and out of this people carrier a treat. From a drivers point of view sitting higher up you have a great view of the road ahead and I find also that this makes it easier to judge for driving and parking.The patrician or bulkhead fitted in the Fiat Doblo which leaves it VAT reclaimable as a commercial vehicle and also has a lower VRT rating. Photo Brian McDaidDaylight robbery It was William III that introduced “The Window Tax” back in the day on the amount of light entering a home. This was on top of tax on the house. So a way around this was to build the windows in the structure of a house but then blocked up to cut the amount of extra tax payable on a family home. The term “daylight robbery” may well have come from the introduction of this added tax.This in no different today. but instead of targeting the home its the family cars with another as a way of extracting tax from us in every way possible that the state can come up with. And like the old Georgian Houses that had blocked out windows, large family people carriers are getting a patrician fitted called a bulkhead after it leaves the factory and what it’s basically is saying is that the boot area in this people carrier is for Commercial use. This is now class this as commercial vehicle with seating for up to four passengers and a driver, the bulkhead in the Doblo just looks like what pet owners would use to keep the dog in the boot of the car. Advertisement For the self employed that are VAT registered this people carrier can have the VAT claimed back on it and also has a lower rate of VRT as a commercial vehicle, the tax is this country is “daylight robbery” So its nice to see some way of getting round this system.So a Fiat Doblo maxi will cost you €16,995 plus VAT at 23% which can be claimed back if you are registered for VAT. Even if you aren’t the all in price of €20,900 is still great value because of the fitting of the bulkhead which reduced the VRT on the list price for a people carrier to this size.Summing up I love the practicality of the of This Fiat Doblo, in the times that we live in this this is a great offer for any new car owner who also needs a good bit of space in the boot (for commercial use only of course)! The multi jet diesel engines go on for ever if they are looked after, I know because I and on my second one both of which have over 17,000km on the clock, The introduction of this bulk head might not suit everyone, but it will help make things meet in a life where we are taxed to death in the present day.Finally – Parking and parking spaces.While driving the New Fiat Doblo Maxi this week I was parking in one of the many carparks in Letterkenny, the only parking space available was between these two cars, and the thought cross my mind was how much space was available when I went to get out.On further investigation I noticed that the two cars were parked over four parking spaces, I have to say that some of these parking spaces are so small now that its impossible to park in the space provide to get out of you car with out hitting the bodywork of the car beside you.I just though of taking a photo of the three cars in the spaces before I left. When I arrived back one of the cars had moved off and my Fiat look as if it was in no mans land. I know I am not the greatest parker in the world but I think that the theory of what is consider a decent parking space and the number of parking spaces someone can cram into a plot of land has nothing to do with a car and its passengers that have to get in and out of it, when its jammed into the space provided. Rant over. Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Taking the new Fiat Doublo Maxi for a spin was last modified: October 19th, 2016 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daidcarfiat doblo maximotoringPeople Carriervanlast_img read more

GOLF: ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgROSAPENNA NOTESThe club competition on Sunday the 15th was won by  Jody McHugh 16 with an unbelievable score of 48 pts (4 over gross) over the Sandy Hills Links.The runner up was young Matthew Coyle 19 with 41 pts. The gross winner was Pat Boyce 5 with 34 gross pts. Third place was Denis McBride 9 with 39 pts bot. The front nine was won by Con Boyce 5 with 21 pts and the back nine was won by Denis Harkin 11 with 22 pts.Congratulations to the Gaeltacht team who claimed 8.5 matches from 10 against Falcarragh on the Sandy Hills Links last Saturday the 14th.The four ball better ball on the day was won by Pete McBride Snr & Mark Bradley with 41 pts. Runners up were Edward McGroddy & John Casey with 40 pts bot. Advertisement Third place was Sean Boyce & Seamus Connor with 40 pts. Rosapenna now have 51 points from a possible 60 after three games.The next match is scheduled for Saturday the 4th of February at home against Gweedore GC.The 2012 Ladies & Gents Captains Drive In will take place on the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 11th of February.There is an entry sheet posted in the members room of the Pavilion and  anyone who wishes to play on the day must put their name and contact number on this sheet before Friday the 10th at 6.00pm sharp. There will then be an open draw for a mixed four ball scramble over the Sandy Hills Links.Registration on the day will take place upstairs from 9.45am with Tea/Coffee served.The official Lady & Gents Drive In will take place from the 1st tee at 11.00am and then all players will go to the assigned tees for a shotgun start at 11.30am.The entry fee will be 15e per player to include a meal after the round in the Golf Pavilion.The following rule is in play on the Sandy Hills Links until further notice: If your golf ball lands on the fairway you must lift it and place it in the semi rough on either side. A ball in the semi-rough or rough must be played as it lies. Only a putter may be used on the fairway.All members are kindly asked to keep all pull trolleys, electric trolleys and drive buggies well back from the roped off putting green surrounds and all teeing areas on the Sandy Hills Links as we try to protect the main playing surfaces as much as possible over the winter months.All players are asked to play from the mats provided on the Par 3’s and not from the turf teeing area directly behind the mats. All of the clearly marked areas on holes 1, 8, 9 and 13 that are currently under construction are ground under repair.There will be a closed club competition this Sun the 22nd, Sun 29th of Jan & Sun 5th Feb. The North-West Alliance visits the Sandy Hills Links at Rosapenna on Saturday the 18th of February.The Mevagh Day Centre Fund Raising Golf Classic will take place over the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 25th of February. There will be a fund raising Golf Classic for the Downing’s Tidy Towns Committee over the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 10th of March.All closed club competitions on both links at Rosapenna are played from the Blue Markers unless cleary stated otherwise. PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Ground by appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044 7789 157654. GOLF: ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 17th, 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:GOLF: ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Ahoy New Souvenir! — Pirates Bay – Corfu (GC1X5VF) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedPirates Bay – Corfu — Geocache of the WeekAugust 9, 2017In “Community”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”New country souvenir, Egypt, with Geocache of the Week: Tauchen im Roten Meer / Diving in the Red SeaApril 17, 2019In “Community” Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/3.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:On December 22, we’ll be celebrating our love for geocaching around the world by releasing six new country souvenirs. One of those countries is Greece. This geocache will take you on a journey to a little-known cove, where you can relax, soak up some sun, and gaze at the awesome new souvenir you just earned.Country souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. You can view which ones you’ve already earned by checking out your Souvenirs on Geocaching.com.Your new Greece souvenir. What geocachers are saying:“For a milestone, we tend to look for special and great caches. While on a holiday in Corfu, we wanted to make this one our 600th find.” –Anjer291“The entire walk down the mountain graced us with beautiful views of the bay. We even met a snake on our way back, before arriving to the nice little beach.. it didn’t prevent us from swimming there by the way ! 🙂 Thank you very much for this cache and greetings from France!” – SuperMouffette“We spent a wonderful one week holiday in Corfu and we found some nice caches there too. This multicache was the best. Thanks.” – washar Now this is my kind of place to geocache in. Photo by geocacher kubacomGeocache Name:Pirates Bay – Corfu (GC1X5VF)  Photos:Not a bad place to take a break, is it? Photo by geocacher CoKaA closer look at the pirate’s cove. Photo by geocacher malin.sedlacekTake a refreshing dip after making the find. Photo by geocacher pädeldreterWhat’s your favorite way to celebrate a successful day of geocaching? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Social Networking Sites Dominate Mobile Web

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez “I didn’t really use Facebook that much until I got my iPhone.” Sound familiar? That sentiment and variations of it has provided powerful anecdotal evidence over the past several months about the impact smartphones are having on the way people are using the mobile web to connect with others. Through the mobile phone, today’s more mainstream users – those folks who don’t count sitting behind a glowing screen among their favorite pastimes – have begun to interact on the mobile web, specifically the social web, in greater numbers than ever before. A new report by Openwave provides more evidence of this trend. Their findings show that four of the top ten domains accessed via mobile devices are social networking sites. Facebook and MySpace, of course, featured prominently on that list. Four of Ten Top Mobile Destinations are Social Networks, Says OpenwaveThe company’s Fall 2009 report highlights mobile Internet use trends in North America and uses data from an unnamed tier-one mobile operator who offers services to both consumers and business. The data sampled represents a five-day period in September of this year. Among the top ten domains by page impressions are four social networking sites: Facebook, MySpace, Myxer, and Plenty-of-Fish, the last two being a ringtone creation and sharing site and a dating network, respectively. The inclusion of those two under the banner “social networking” is a little iffy, at best. Dating sites could be considered a category of social networking, we suppose, but Myxer seems more like an entertainment destination than a social network.The other top domains making the list included about.com, accuweather.com, craigslist.org, imdb.com, wap.aol.com, and calltunes.operator.com. While we have no reason to doubt the accuracy of this study, we find it odd that google.com didn’t make an appearance. It seems like we google something on our mobile phones on a daily basis – don’t you?Still, despite these questions, it’s clear from the findings that social networks are a popular destination for mobile users, even if you only count MySpace and Facebook. Those two sites alone racked up the impressions as both the number one and number three sites visited. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Trends#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … MySpace Beats Facebook? Really?Oddly, the chart shows that MySpace beat out Facebook, another questionable finding given that once popular site’s rapid decline in traffic as of late. Recent numbers from the U.S.-centric analytics firm Compete, for example, showed MySpace traffic dropping from 55.6 million unique visitors in August to 50.2 million in September. Given such a sharp decline, you would expect to see a similar drop in mobile visits as well.  Meanwhile, Facebook announced that they saw 65 million visits from mobile phones in the month of August, a huge rise from what was only 20 million back in December of 2007. Could they really be beaten out by that much on the mobile web according to this particular carrier? According to Openwave’s report, they are. While this recent report left us wondering, we have no doubt that social network use via mobile phones is trending upward these days. As the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) reported last month, there has been a one-year increase of 179% in subscribers accessing social networking sites from their mobile devices while those same sites only saw a 10% increase on the PC versions of the sites. And they’re just one of manyotheroutlets reporting similar trends. Social networking via the mobile phone is obviously a hot trend these days and one that hasn’t peaked yet. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Zuora Announces Z-Commerce for the Cloud

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts audrey watters Zuora, a subscription billing company, announces today the release of Z-Commerce for the Cloud. Z-Commerce enables cloud providers to automate metering, pricing, and billing.According to Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo, cloud computing is a disruptive technology that requires enterprises to become part of what he calls “the subscription economy.” While purchasing servers and computing hardware was a marker of the “ownership model,” Tzuo argues that cloud computing requires a different business model, one that emphasizes pay-as-you-go. Pricing models for Z-Commerce for the Cloud include charging based on demand, reservation, location-based, and off-peak pricing, and can handle cloud service and software-as-a-service billing. Z-Commerce also features a private cloud billing setup for IT departments that need to implement departmental charge-backs.Zuora contends that the lack of a billing infrastructure for the cloud has made it nearly impossible for many providers to effectively bring their offerings to market and see Z-Commerce for the Cloud as filling this gap.Zuora announced earlier this week that it would be participating in Microsoft’s Azure Technology Adoption Program. “Cloud computing opens up worlds of new opportunity for commerce,” said Dianne O’Brien, senior director of business strategy for Windows Azure. “But in order to seize those opportunities and thrive in this new model, we need commerce systems that enable us ability to meter, price, and bill for usage in the cloud.” According to Tzuo, “We’ve spent a full year working with cloud leaders such as EMC and VMware to understand the needs of both cloud providers and their customers. Now, we’ve delivered a platform with all the metering, pricing, and billing capabilities required for the cloud to fully live up to its promise.”center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Announcements#cloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

1in 16

first_imgIndia’s leading software firm Infosys rejects 94 percent of job applicants, according to its annual report. The company offered jobs to 26,200 of nearly 400,000 applicants in 2009 — or one in 16 applicants. Almost 77,000, nearly 20 percent, of the applicants took a written test and 61,000 (15 percent) were interviewed. The chance of making it past the interview — 43 percent. Nearly a quarter —28 percent — of those offered a job turned it down.The company employs 114,000 people worldwide  Related Itemslast_img

India alone responsible for mess not CGF: Hooper

first_imgThe CGF CEO Mike Hooper on Thursday refused to take any blame for the mess in which the Delhi Commonwealth Games finds itself, saying India alone is responsible for all the problems surrounding the mega event.Hooper said the prime responsibility of delivering the Games lies alone with India.”Absolutely. India has made a massive investment in trying to deliver the Games … But at the end of the day the responsibility for delivering on the obligations, promises made sits with India,” Hooper said.”Certainly our job is to work with (OC), get things done.Implementation and delivery is the responsibility of India the Organising Committee, the government of India and government of Delhi etc.,” he told a news channel.last_img