Illegal border crossings at the Liberia-Guinea border is becoming alarming and state security appear to be unable to control it.The illegal crossings intensified due to the closure of the Liberia-Guinea border since the Ebola outbreak began to escalate in the Mano River countries in July 2014.Even though the main border points are said to still be closed, there are many smaller crossing points especially beginning from Ganta to Yekepa that are still active.Around the Ganta main border, there are about four illegal border points with active traffic, including the daily smuggling of goods taking place.Gasoline, rice and other commodities are said to be smuggled into Guinea in huge quantities, while at the same time the smugglers bring in cotton and other agricultural produce to Liberia.During a visit by this reporter to one of the illegal crossing points around the Ganta Community called Glanyeelu on 17th January, there was a lot of cross-border activity on the Liberian side of the border while on the Guinean side, illegal traders, including some Guinean security, were seen with goods such as petroleum products, crossing them over from Liberia.The actual controllers of these crossing points are yet to be identified, but upon the visit of this reporter to the crossing points, several youth were seen in work clothes close to the crossing points, which nearby residents noticed as the youth involved in crossing smugglers with the consent of the security assigned in Ganta.Even though the youth couldn’t tell me what really they were doing there at that time, one of them said, “Presently, we are not doing anything so every day we come here to do our hustle.”The City of Ganta extends as far as the border with Guinea, which makes it hard for the security to track down the smuggling and the illegal crossings.Every day containers of gasoline, rice and other commodities from Ganta are seen in large quantities on vehicles or motorcycles heading for the Guinea border, but how they can get to the border without the consent of the security is yet to be established.On 23rd January, the Immigration, with support from the Gbarnga Hub, raided several illegal crossing points around Ganta and seized huge quantities of goods (agriculture produce) from smugglers.The next day the goods were turned over to the Customs authorities at the Ganta main border for duty payment, something the custom authorities had been carrying on whenever goods from Guinea are seized by security operatives working in Ganta since the government closed the border.However, the head of the joint security in Ganta, Maj. Betty Benson, has said that those who operate crossing points were the locals and they were doing so illegally without any regard for authority.She said whenever they raid them and destroy their rafts, the next day they would open another area and begin crossing people again at their own will.Illegal crossings since the closure of the border, led to the recent spill over of Ebola to Yekepa in December last year where the two main victims subsequently succumbed to the deadly disease at the Ganta ETU.Since the closure of the border, illegal border crossing has been ongoing along the Liberia – Guinea border daily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Coach William Pennoh’s boys have for the second time in a week defeated Arab Fofana’s side in the opening of the 2015 President’s Cup.Keitrace FC booked its first slot for the semi finals when she whipped Aries FC 4-2 yesterday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.Last Friday, Aries also bowed to Keitrace 4-2, but in a lottery shootout, after 1-1 draw.Keitrace’s striker Mohammed Diallo netted the first goal of the tournament in the 12th minute and Aries responded after the break in the 66th minute by Richard Togba.Keitrace’s trio, John Jaisay, Fred Brooks and Chris Jackson increased the tally and Aries’ Dweh Allison got the second goal.Barrolle forfeited their yesterday’s encounter to Invincible Eleven without showing up for the game.In today’s games, Watanga will host Gardnersville at 12pm, Nimba United meets Holder FC at 2:00pm and BYC II faces NPA Anchors at 4:00pmShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has officially launched the Compliant Traders Program (CTP) that will provide better business opportunities and services to large importers and exporters with strong tax compliance. The CTP is consistent with the LRA’s strategic objectives to facilitate legitimate trade and collect lawful revenue.Speaking recently at the launching ceremonies held at the LRA Headquarters, Mrs. Decontee King-Sackie, Deputy Commissioner General for Technical Affairs stated that the LRA was doing this “In recognition of traders/importers’ compliance and to promote voluntary self-compliance”.Mrs. King-Sackie said the program “seeks to provide trade facilitation benefits to those importers/ taxpayers with strong history of compliant behavior through the ASYCUDA Selectivity Program”.ASYCUDA is a computerized customs management system which covers most foreign trade procedures. The system handles manifests and customs declarations, accounting procedures, and generates trade data that can be used for statistical economic analysis.At least 43 companies were selected to commence the program. They include 25 of the largest importers and 18 concessionaires. The launch was attended by the major importers and exporters as well as top business entrepreneurs. The Compliance Traders Program will specifically benefit businesses that show compliant behaviors such as ensuring that all their imports and exports are fully aligned with the governing rules through availability of records, and are fully compliant with domestic tax payment and filing requirements on a timely and accurate basis, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Representatives of justice reform, faith-based and non-governmental organisations on Friday commenced a five-day regional “train-the-trainer” workshop on restorative justice, a programme sponsored by Caricom and the European Union, along with the Sycamore Tree Project.Assistant Secretary General, Human and Social Development, Caricom Secretariat, Dr Douglas SlaterThe train-the-trainer workshop, which is being hosted at the Grand Costal Inn at Le Ressouvenir, ECD, is an activity of the 10th European Development Crime and Violence Prevention and Social Project under the Caribbean Forum/European Crime and Security Programme.Caricom’s Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, Dr Douglas Slater, in his remarks, said the workshop is one of several aimed at promoting social inclusion and reintegration of offenders into society. According to him, as the region endeavours to embrace alternatives to incarceration, adopting restorative justice programmes has become a critical priority.“Restorative justice is a response to crime that emphasises healing the wounds of victims, offenders and communities caused or revealed by criminal behaviour,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.In this regard, he said, the workshop, aimed at building the capacity of persons to implement the Sycamore Tree Project, is “opportune.”The Sycamore Tree Project is an in-prison restorative justice programme bringing together unrelated victims and offenders to discuss crime and its impact, while presenting opportunities for understanding and healing.
Outspoken economist Ramon Gaskin is backing calls for Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) President Komal Chand to step down, as he believes that the Union head has betrayed the workers on several counts, especially as it relates to the issue of severance pay.Former presidential advisor and economist Ramon GaskinThe economist and public commentator told Guyana Times on Wednesday that he believes Chand made a huge blunder when he and his team met with President David Granger on Friday, January 19, and agreed to accept a decision to pay some of the sugar workers their full severance, while others have to wait.Gaskin, a former advisor to late President Cheddi Jagan, said, “Komal Chand has not given proper leadership to the workers over the years….Komal Chand is incapable and he should resign. The GAWU has failed the workers abysmally. It’s a complete and total failure.”He said GAWU under Chand’s leadership has spent more time writing to newspapers and responding to letters than actually coming up with tangible ideas that would help to ease the suffering of sugar workers.“They just writing letters in the newspaper and wasting time, instead of putting to the Government ideas that make sense to get jobs for these people or alternative jobs,” he opined.“They came out of a meeting with the President (David Granger) talking about being happy. Happy about what? The severance pay should be paid in full. They betrayed the interest of the workers, absolutely.”GAWU President Komal ChandThe economist told this newspaper that he is of the firm view that eventually some 10,000 plus workers within the industry would be fired.He said, “Once you close four estates, you have to send home 10,000 people. That’s the bottom line…”On Tuesday, hundreds of sugar workers said they were dissatisfied with Chand’s leadership as many called on the GAWU President to resign.Several workers in the sugar belt, who spoke with this publication, said they felt betrayed when GAWU agreed to accept that only some sugar workers who were dismissed would get their full severance pay at the end of January.The meeting the workers were referring to was held between the Union and Government on Friday last, to discuss severance payments. The Union had initially stated its disapproval of having workers receive part of their severance pay, but at the end of that meeting, Chand was quoted in the press as saying that he was pleased with the outcome, as he noted that the Union was now committed to working with the Administration.A worker from Enmore, who asked not to be named, told Guyana Times that the situation in the sugar industry has only worsened under Chand’s leadership. The sugar worker claimed that Chand has lost his zeal and could not now serve the interests of the workers anymore.Another worker noted that Chand, although having been leader of the Union for many years, had presided over the firing of thousands of workers, sending them into hopelessness. He added that having for years collected Union dues, GAWU should have done a better job in representing the workers at their darkest hour.Another former estate worker believes that for GAWU to win the battle in these difficult times the industry faces, the Union would need a new leader, one who has the capacity to represent and deliver.“There are other good leaders in the Union who are being suppressed. He has served his time, and needs to give others a chance to represent the workers. The Union is lacking strong representation with Chand at the helm, and this is the time we need strength to fight,” the worker opined.And only recently, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall raised concerns over GAWU’s handling of the issue and the retrenchment of sugar workers. Nandlall stated outright that he did not agree with the manner in which GAWU has approached the matter.“Quite frankly, I believe that GAWU should have ensured, demanded and taken a non-negotiable position when it comes to severance that all must be paid, or arrangements must be put in place for all to receive, in some kind of staggered manner,” Nandlall told this newspaper.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez expects Seamus Coleman to be out for around four weeks with a calf strain.The full-back was injured during Wednesday night’s League Cup semi-final first leg victory over Manchester City.Tom Cleverley and Romelu Lukaku were also forced off with calf and ankle problems respectively.The sight of Lukaku in particular leaving the field was a major concern for Everton after he had hit his 19th goal of the season, but Martinez is confident the striker and Cleverley will not be long-term absentees.“Romelu had a knock on his ankle. We are going to assess him. I don’t know if he will be available for the weekend (the FA Cup tie against Dagenham & Redbridge) but I don’t think it is too serious,” said the Toffees boss.“Tom and Seamus are very similar, Seamus with his calf is probably the most serious, those things are between three to four weeks.” Seamus Coleman 1
Nuts are high in fat, but much of it is the heart-healthy variety. They have a positive effect on appetite due to their high protein content, which makes people feel fuller and helps curb hunger.While carbohydrates like crisps can trigger a rise in blood sugar that leads to more hunger when it drops, nuts cause no such rise.Almonds If you avoid dairy, calcium-rich almonds are a good choice to ensure you’re getting enough of this bone-building mineral. Almonds are also high in vitamin E, a nutrient which helps to improve the condition and appearance of your skin. For some extra heart help, swap flaked almonds for the whole nut – with the skin intact – because the almond’s skin is full of heart-protecting compounds called flavonoids. Thirty grams of almonds a day, about 23 nuts, provides 9 grams of heart-healthy oleic acid, which is more than peanuts, walnuts, or cashews.This monounsaturated fat is known to be responsible for many health benefits, the most recently discovered of which is improved memory.Brazil nutsIdeal for those with low thyroid function, Brazils are a good source of the mineral selenium, which we need to produce the active thyroid hormone. Selenium also supports immunity and helps wounds to heal. You only need three or four Brazil nuts a day to get all the selenium you require.Cashews Because they contribute a good level of protein and are a useful source of minerals like iron and zinc, cashews make an excellent choice if you’re following a vegetarian diet. They’re also rich in the mineral magnesium, which is thought to improve recall and delay, age-related memory loss. Add a handful to a vegetarian stir-fry or use as a nut butter on crackers or bread.HazelnutsOpt for hazelnuts if you’re concerned about high levels of homocysteine, an amino acid which has been associated with heart problems as well as conditions like Parkinsons. Hazelnuts are a good source of folate, which plays a key role in keeping homocystePistachiosBeing especially rich in vitamin B6, which is important for keeping hormones balanced and healthy, pistachios are a good option for those with problem periods. They’re the only nut to contain reasonable levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that play an important role in protecting the eyes. Pistachios also contain potassium and fibre – in fact a 30g serving has more than three times that supplied by the equivalent weight of plums. WalnutsTheir superior antioxidant content means walnuts are useful in the fight against cancer. They’re also a good source of mono-unsaturated, heart-friendly fats, and studies show they help to lower the bad form of cholesterol (LDL). Finally, they’re rich in omega-3, so they are a great alternative if you don’t eat oily fish.DD HEALTH: GO NUTS FOR HEART-HEALTHY SNACKS – IN MODERATION was last modified: July 16th, 2016 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:benefitsHungerNutritionnuts
Peil na mBanU12 and U10 Girls training on Monday evening from five to six in the Banks.The under 14 girls had a narrow victory in Glenfin last Thursday, next up for them is Fanad Gaels in the Banks @ 7pm on Thursday 1st of August, let’s get a good support out for our young team. Training for U14 Girls is on Tuesdays from six to seven and minor training is Thursdays from six to seven.Minor competition is due to start on the 13th of August, so we need all girls out training.We had an excellent turn out for our surf day and barbecue at the Beach in Carrickfin,thanks to all who turned up and to all the helpers on the day.Cluichí/Fixtures Well done to the senior team who recorded an excellent victory in Portsalon on Sunday evening in the Intermediate Championship. The tie now goes to a third game as does the reserve tie following a narrow one point defeat. Best of luck to both sets of management and players.Bord na nÓgNaomh Muire Under 12s defeated Aodh Rua Ballyshannon in the Banks on Monday evening to win the division 1 plate. Great credit to coaches, Joe Glynn, Paul Mc Fadden, Declan Martin and Martín Mannion for their hard work all year.LottoNíor bhain duine ar bith an pota óir an tseachtain seo. Is iad na huimhreacha a tháinig amach ná: 2-3-12-15. Bhí beirt a raibh trí uimhir acu: Bernie Gallagher as Mullach Dubh agus Dom O’Donnell as Loch an Iúir.GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE U-14s IN WIN OVER GLENFIN was last modified: July 30th, 2013 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:GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE U-14s IN WIN OVER GLENFIN
12 BEST OF Harry Kane’s winner against Croatia sparked an amazing reaction at Wembley “To hear that atmosphere at Wembley today was superb,” match winner Kane tweeted. “What a year it has been in an England shirt and even more exciting times ahead.”Dier added: “That atmosphere [on Sunday] was the best I have had playing for the national team at Wembley by far and I think to be honest, after the World Cup that is the kind of atmosphere we deserve here.And between them, the following Sun reporters have watched a lot of live football, both as a fan and in a professional capacity, but one stadium or match usually stands out and talkSPORT.com wanted to know what atmosphere left a lasting impression on them.Graeme Bryce – Marakana Stadium (now the Rajko Mitic Stadium), Belgrade“Rangers were gubbed 3-0 in front of 82,500 crazed Serbs back in 1990 as fireworks, flares and flaming torches rained down on the track. It was blood-curdling, bonkers, and Graeme Souness’s Gers – including some of England’s Italia ’90 heroes – absolutely bottled it!” 12 Leicester’s Tim Flowers feels the heat during a UEFA Cup game in 2000 against Red Star Belgrade The old White Hart Lane was rocking under Harry Redknapp on European nights where memorable wins included the 3-1 triumph against Inter Most Popular Football News 12 no dice 12 Celtic and Rangers fans make the Old Firm derby unique Neil Custis – Seoul, South Korea“It was the final group game and a draw would have taken both through, but South Korea won it to top the group and ended up reaching the semi-finals.“I watched this game not in the ground at Incheon but in the centre of Seoul itself where one million people filled the streets to watch the game on big screens, sides of buildings, everywhere on an incredible night.“The constant chanting and singing began hours before kick off and the noise when future Manchester United player Ji-Sung Park scored was something else as fireworks filled the sky. I went on to cover their wins over Italy on a golden goal and Spain on penalties before Germany stopped them in the semi-finals.“An incredible time to be in a host country for a World Cup.” 12 Sao Paulo fans made the concrete bowl very noisy as they supported their side 12 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 12 When Man United overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Barcelona, Old Trafford was electric 12 Celtic fans always ensure Parkhead is bouncing, no matter the opposition Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Mike McGrath – White Hart Lane, Tottenham“The old White Hart Lane was rocking on European nights during the Harry Redknapp era. Luka Modric and Gareth Bale were taking on the Champions League and the crowd was electric.” getty Phil Thomas – Old Trafford, Manchester“To those of us of a certain vintage, nothing has come close – even in the treble-winning year – to the night Manchester United overturned a two-goal first leg deficit and beat Barcelona 3-0 in the Cup-Winners’ Cup quarters. It was full volume, high intensity for the entire 90 minutes and to see Bryan Robson at his inspirational best against a side which included Diego Maradona was a privilege. Nothing has beaten it since.” 12 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 12 Peru fans travelled across the globe to see their team at the 2018 World Cup and they made sure everyone heard them England’s players raved about the atmosphere at Wembley Stadium in the Nations League.Harry Kane and Eric Dier were among those to hail the way fans roared them to victory against Croatia and seal a place in the semi-finals next summer. Tom Barclay – Mordovia Arena, Saransk“My ears are still ringing from the deafening cacophony of the thousands upon thousands of Peruvian fans who had travelled across the globe to see their nation compete in their first World Cup for 36 years. There were tears all around during the national anthem amid stories of fans selling their cars and quitting their jobs to be there. Sadly they did not get the result their support deserved [Denmark won 1-0] but the memory of being in that amazing stadium in one of Russia’s more provincial tournament towns will stay with me forever.” huge blow REVEALED Partizan supporters make every opponent feel very unwelcome Ben Hunt – Pacaembu Stadium for Sao Paulo v Chapecoense in 2017“A bit far from home and not rivals by any stretch but what an atmosphere! There were 40,000 Sao Paulo fans cramped into a concrete bowl that was built in 1940. The whole place vibrated whenever the home team scored. It was a health and safety nightmare, but what an experience.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY Paul Jiggins – Partizan Stadium, Belgrade“The best atmosphere I have experienced in Europe is Partizan Belgrade. The noise is incredible despite three sides of stadium being uncovered. All football should be played in an hostile atmosphere.” Ji-Sung Park kick started the party in Seoul and in Incheon where South Korea saw off Portugal to top their group RANKED You’ll Never Walk Alone could be heard for miles when Liverpool fans sang it in 2005 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining Rob Maul – Upton Park, London“For personal reasons, it has to be Upton Park. I grew up watching West Ham in the 1990s. And for the big games, against the top sides, midweek under the floodlights, there were few better atmospheres in British football. On those occasions when the fans didn’t overstep the mark, they could create amazing noise and support for their beloved Hammers.“The last game – West Ham 3-2 Man United on May 10, 2010 – despite the violence beforehand, the place was rocking and there was a huge outpouring of emotion. One other memory is West Ham 2-2 Man United on December 8, 1996. A Julian Dicks penalty capped a comeback from 2-0 down and I was in the upper tier of the Centenary Stand (latterly the Trevor Brooking stand) and had a great view of Dicks’ penalty. It’s shame the old stadium is now rubble and turning into flats.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE 12 12 Martin Lipton – Seoul World Cup Stadium/Celtic Park“There was a relentless wall of noise from first kick to last South Korea’s semi-final defeat to Germany. You could not hear yourself think, let alone hear the ball. Astonishing evening.“Ahead of Celtic v Arsenal [in 2009], there was an incredible sound, brilliant build-up and a stadium which was bouncing – until the game started and the gulf was huge!” West Ham fans created the noise and atmosphere for their beloved Hammers at their former home MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Dan King – Anfield, Liverpool“There was a crackle in the air from long before kick-off in April 2005. You’ll Never Walk Alone was unbelievably loud and the overall atmosphere unnerved even the hardest-nosed Chelsea players. The game and tie was in the balance right until the end so it was like being on a white-knuckle ride for 90-plus minutes.” Charlie Wyett – The Old Firm derby“Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool this season was incredible, but Rangers v Celtic is still unique.”
15 October 2008South Africa’s largest retail bank, Absa, has partnered with Western Union to roll out the US financial services company’s money transfer services in selected Absa branches countrywide this month.The joint venture, which follows the successful opening of pilot locations in Gauteng province during September, has been approved by the South African Reserve Bank and complies with all appropriate South African banking regulations.“The integration of the Western Union Money Transfer services into our retail banking environment allows Absa to offer a new and much-needed cross-border service to our existing customers, while at the same time attracting a new customer segment,” Absa CEO Steve Booysen said in a statement this week.The number of Absa locations offering the Western Union Money Transfer service in South Africa is expected to climb to over 200 during the next 12 months, making it easier for consumers around the globe to send and receive money internationally.“We are very pleased about our agreement with Absa and delighted that this will bring even greater convenience to our South African customers around the globe,” said Western Union CEO Christina Gold.‘Diaspora remittances’“Diaspora remittances” have, over the last decade, become very important for the role they play not only in the lives of individuals but also in developing economies.According to the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, remittances in Africa alone are approaching US$40-billion (about R354-billion) a year, with 70% of flows into Africa coming through formal money transfer organisations.“We are proud to offer our service in South Africa,” Gold said. “As more and more people seek employment outside of their country of birth in order to better their personal economic situations, money transfer as a means of sending money home represents a significant economic opportunity both for the families on the receiving side as well as the economies of the countries in which they live.”Booysen said the venture was another innovative solution that the bank could now offer its customers, following the introduction of Absa’s CashSend service, which allows customers to send money to others even if the recipient does not have a bank account.“I believe that the international Western Union Money Transfer service is another offer of choice we are providing our customers in a bouquet of services adding value,” he said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material