Delivering her state-of the nation address on January 27, 2014 at the Capitol Building, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf lauded the proprietor of National Toiletry Incorporated (NTI), Mr. Fomba Trawally, for what she termed as his steadfastness and unique entrepreneurial skills.Mr. Trawally has become renowned as a street vendor who turned US$200 into a multi-million-dollar business venture in the country. Mr. Trawally’s company Kumba, Bendu & Sons, manufactures paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, diapers, and cleaning products.The company, which started production a little over a year ago, has 45 employees— 32 of them being women — and it is located in Whein Town, Montserrado County.Addressing the joint session of the 53rd National Legislature, President Sirleaf called on lawmakers and those in the audience to recognize and appreciate the NTI boss which she referred to as an “enterprising Liberian” for his achievements. “We applaud another successful Liberian businessman who CNN has recognized as the street vendor who turned US$200 into a potential multi-million-dollar business. His name is Mr. Fomba Trawally, founder and owner of National Toiletries Inc,” the President said.The Liberian leader also said the Ministry of Commerce is exploring ways to address the growing trade deficit and the difficult situation faced by consumers experiencing the negative consequences of exchange rate depreciation. The Liberian leader reported the fastest growing sectors are dominated by micro, small and medium-sized businesses located in the service and industrial sectors. These businesses are producing beverages, vegetable oil, flour, plastic products, agricultural goods and cement.President Sirleaf further explained that efforts are under way to formulate policies and systems that protect consumers from arbitrary price increases and poor quality goods.She said the government has provided multiple opportunities to bring business to local SMEs, totaling over US$400,000 in the last year.Madam Sirleaf concluded by revealing measures are underway to impose a one-year transitional period restricting foreigners to wholesaling and providing retailing opportunities for Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Minister of Commerce and Industry (MOC),Axel M. Addy, has promised more of Government’s support to Liberian-owned businesses operating in the Country.Minister Addy made the assertion on Friday, July 11 during the grand opening of Aminata and Sons new state-of the art filling station in Sinkor.According to him, the government is committed to helping Liberians “go into genuine and honest business” noting that each step in any good business should be taken towards improvement.He described the station as the “pride of Liberia” which has emerged from “a filthy station to a filling station” and is ready to serve and provide job for more Liberians.“When we say only Liberians can build Liberia, this is it. Toure cannot remove this and go anywhere; he has an investment and pays his taxes to Government,” Minister Addy said in his comments before launching the new station adding, “Toure, you have made us proud and you have given us reasons to believe in more Liberians.”The new Aminata Service Station magnificently stands on 17th Street in Sinkor with four pumps containing six electric fuel service pumps. The biggest supermarket of any service station in the area is within the new facility and as well as Peace Café, which is ready to provide breakfast for your desires.The station has also introduced the “Fuel Filtration Machine”. The machine has the capacity to carry out a thorough cleaning of vehicle fuel tanks. It separates and sucks out water from fuel in the tanks. Slots and particles in vehicle fuel tanks clog and damage the fuel injection system. The filtration machine is built to solve that problem; it has the capacity to dislodge slots and particles from the tank and improve fuel injection system.For his part, the Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum and Refinery Corporation (LPRC), T. Nelson Williams, has acknowledged the CEO & Managing Director of Aminata and Sons for building a modern service stations in the country and providing jobs for thousands of Liberians.The LPRC boss observed that few years ago, Total-Liberia was the only filling station in the country that was selling brand on the market to consumers, “today, we are proud that Aminata and Sons has taken the lead too.”He noted that out of the ten importers of petroleum products, they have at LPRC; Aminata and Sons is in the third place, particularly when it comes to selling petroleum product on Market.“So, it gave me great joy and pride to be here today to see another station being open by Mr. Siaka Toure, CEO of Aminata & Sons,” he declared.Mr. Williams emphasized that Aminata & Sons filling stations are moving outside of Monrovia, “We need to decentralize the gas string sector of the petroleum market and SiakaToure is doing that.”Meanwhile, Mr. SiakaToure, CEO of Aminata and Sons filling stations, told the gathering that his company was upgrading its standards and outlook as a result of the constructive criticism from the Liberian people.“You said you were tired of the filthy stations, the old manual hand pumps. You said you were tired of all these and you were asking questions and now we have answered the questions and we have given you what you deserved – quality service stations with modern outlook,” Mr. Toure declared.He then thanked the Government of Liberia for creating the favorable atmosphere for good business that led to the banks believing in them.The Aminata and Sons Chief Executive Officer also extended appreciation to the banking community especially ECOBANK for it support.Aminata and Sons chief executive officer concluded by saying his filling station will continued to make the difference in Liberia by providing good service to its people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Some rice processors from Montserrado, Bomi, Cape Mount and Grand Bassa counties with staff of CNFA-Liberia and partners at the end of the training in Buchanan.Trained 32 Rice Processors in Business SkillsInternational NGO Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture-Liberia (CNFA-Liberia) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture are working to build the capacity of rice processors to commercialize locally produced rice in the country. Recently, CNFA-Liberia and its partners trained 32 rice processors chosen from Lofa, Grand Bassa, Bomi, Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount counties in business management skills. The trainings were conducted in Voinjama, Lofa County from July 17 – 19, 2017 and in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County from July 21 – 23, 2017.The project is part of a US$2 million Ebola recovery support from the government of Japan to the people and government of Liberia under the Japanese Rice Grant (J-Rice) through IFAD that seeks to support rice processors to attain full scale commercial rice processing that guarantees reliable markets for smallholder rice farmers and increase their income earning capacities. CNFA-Liberia is to shortly embark on the construction of two large prefabricated warehouses to install two state of the art integrated rice mills in Voinjama and Foya districts in Lofa County.During the workshop overview, Mr. Victor Ngorbu, Co-Investment Fund manager and Component Two Lead at CNFA-Liberia, stated that with the provision of the two integrated rice milling machines in Lofa, the processing capacities of the two rice milling enterprises will be upgraded to produce 20 metric tons (800 25kg bags) of high quality parboiled rice a day.It can be recalled that in 2016, John Selma of the “Selma Agriculture Development Incorporated” and Mohammed Kamara of the “Agriculture Infrastructures Investment Corporation” signed a cost-share agreement with CNFA-Liberia to bring to Liberia two state of the art integrated rice processing mills for their operations. The two integrated rice milling machines are equipped with fully automated milling systems that have the capacity to properly pre-clean and de-stone paddy rice and parboil and dry paddy rice through heat exchangers; de-husk paddy and polish milled rice properly; sort the milled rice by color and length; and package the final product of high quality milled parboiled rice into 25Kg and 50Kg bags. Mr. Ngorbu added that an additional nine (9) smaller rice milling machines will also arrive in Liberia to be operated by existing rice hubs in Nimba, Bong and Montserrado counties. Liberia imports roughly 300,000 metric tons of rice, spending nearly US$200 million annually, to meet local demand for high quality milled rice.The CNFA-Liberia Co-Investment Fund manager said that they hope to reduce rice imports by 30 percent in 2020, adding: “This is expected to increase the income of many smallholder farmers and improve food security.” He also disclosed during the workshop that under the project, smallholder farmer organizations and rice aggregators and processors will be linked to commercial banks and micro-finance institutions to access investment capital that would enable them to expand their enterprises.Emmanuel Lincoln, project manager for CNFA/IFAD/J-Rice, cautioned the beneficiaries to make appropriate use of the skills acquired to increase food production and reduce poverty. He stated that the partners’ collaboration is expected to increase the income of farmers by expanding rice production and processing in the targeted counties.Meanwhile, additional topics deliberated during the workshop include the importance of using right rice varieties for milling; gender mainstreaming and youth in agribusiness; entrepreneurship; sustainable agribusiness; and environmental best practices.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Region One (Barima-Waini) Chairman Brentnol Ashley has raised concerns over the active participation and involvement of Government Member of Parliament (MP), Richard Allen in the affairs and functions of several State agencies and elected bodies in the Region. In a letter to the editor on Saturday, Ashley pointed out that this was happening although the A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) geographic parliamentarian was not employed at any of those agencies, nor elected to any. In this regard, the Regional Chairman posited that Allen has no “locum stadi”.He pointed to a recent article in the Guyana Chronicle titled, “Government Tackles low birth registration In Region One,” which reported in detail on MP Allen’s active involvement with the General Register’s Office (GRO) visiting team issuing birth certificates in the Region.“While I commend the work of the Register’s Office for reaching out to Region One with the objective of ensuring the people of the Region are registered, I am questioning the transparency and equality of treatment due to MP Allen’s apparent “embedding” in the team’s day-to-day operations and process of the issuance of birth registration,” he said.Ashley went on to disclose that he has even received reports of Allen personally distributing birth certificates in bulk to people in various communities.With Local Government Elections due this year, birth registration documents are critical for the registration of voters and in the past, the Toshaos and other community leaders had been the ones who worked with the GRO team, since they were knowledgeable about the eligibility of residents in their communities.However, the Regional Chairman pointed out that the fact that “Allen (is) accompanying and directing the GRO team as to who needs birth certificates and subsequent distribution of birth certificates, is highly questionable and suspect”.In addition to the MP’s access to such personal and sensitive documents, Ashley went on to highlight that Allen has been distributing pension books despite the Social Protection Ministry’s objection to anyone other than staff members doing so.“I can recall that at the [Regional Democratic Council] RDC at several statutory meetings, representation was made for Toshaos and other community leaders to be entrusted with uplifting and distributing pension books of aged persons in their communities who are from far-flung areas or are otherwise unable to travel long distances.“When this recommendation was made by the RDC to the Ministry of Social Protection, it was informed that no individual that is not employed by the Ministry of Social Protection can uplift pension books to distribute, yet Councillors of the RDC have seen and received many reports that MP Richard Allen is distributing pension books on behalf of Ministry of Social Protection,” the Regional Chairman pointed out.He further alleged that Allen’s actions even saw him accessing money from a Government Ministry to host a Christmas party for senior citizens, which was originally warranted for the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Matarki.“The majority of the Councillors are disturbed by and opposed to MP Allen’s apparent interference in the operation of these agencies and the NDC’s budget highlighted…,” the Chairman said.He concluded by reminding all that the MP was not employed nor did he have any authority to be involved in or interfere with the functions of State bodies providing services within the Region. He also called for these agencies to put an immediate halt to his access and interference in their functions.
President David Granger on Wednesday recognised the Ms Renaissance Pageant as one that exemplifies not only womanhood but the sanctity of motherhood, individuality, and the achievements of women.President David Granger is flanked by contestants of the Ms Renaissance 2017 PageantThe Head of State made these remarks during a courtesy call by the contestants of the Ms Renaissance 2017 Pageant at State House. The Head of State said that given the level of interpersonal violence in the country, the Pageant reinforced the need for women to be more respected in society.“I do hope that pageants like this one could help to restore respect among our people, and it has to start in our homes. It starts with the boys; they must learn to respect women and that starts with respecting their mothers. [The pageant] also offers a lesson for young boys when they see women, mature, responsible and beautiful, appearing before them not just as objects of lust or flesh, but as symbols of maturity and what we stand for in Guyana,” President Granger is quoted as saying in a release from the Ministry of the Presidency.The President said that too many people today resorted to violence easily. Hence, he is hopeful that a pageant such as the Ms Renaissance would serve as a positive reinforcement that women should be valued.Pageant Coordinator Negla Brandis expressed gratitude to the President for accommodating the contestants and offering words of encouragement and advice. A token of appreciation was presented to President Granger, who also presented tokens of his own to the contestants.The Ms Renaissance 2017 Pageant will be held at the National Cultural Centre on August 19. It caters to women, who are 30 years and older. The Pageant is in its eighth year and is held bi-annually.
The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and representatives of the coalition government are currently engaged in talks on the preparations for elections.Earlier in the week, GECOM meet with a delegation from the Opposition. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo informed media operatives afterwards that GECOM Chair’s Justice Claudette Singh had committed to elections before the end of the year.Present at today’s meeting are Volda Lawrence, Amna Ally, Basil Williams, Cathy Hughes, Tabitha Sarbo- Halley, Sydney Allicock, Keith Scott, David Patterson, and Jaipaul Sharma.More details in the Saturday, September 14, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.
LSU has a ticket to the title game. Everyone else has a pretty good gripe.The latest chapter in this crazy, unpredictable college football season was written Sunday when LSU won the sport’s version of the lottery, being picked to play Ohio State for the championship and leaving about a half-dozen other candidates with plenty to complain about.The Tigers (11-2), ranked second in the latest Associated Press poll, will be the first team to play in the BCS title game with two losses.No. 1 Ohio State goes into the game, Jan. 7 at the Superdome in New Orleans, at 11-1. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We always talk to our guys about the fact you better win all your games,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said. “We didn’t do that but we still have an opportunity in a crazy football season.”Missouri and West Virginia, which came into the weekend ranked 1 and 2, lost Saturday to blow their title chances. Missouri was left out of the BCS championship altogether.Why did LSU, which was seventh in the BCS standings heading into the final weekend, make the jump to No. 2 and into the big game, while Oklahoma, Southern California, Georgia and a number of others were left behind?The 174 poll voters and handful of computer nerds whose calculations make up the BCS rankings probably all have their own reasons. Among the best is that LSU was rewarded for winning the Southeastern Conference, which is traditionally viewed as one of the toughest leagues in the nation.“I don’t think in this year being such a different kind of year, so many teams with one or two losses, I don’t think it’s so much the system as it is the year,” SEC commissioner and BCS coordinator Mike Slive said during a conference call Sunday night. There’s also the argument coach Les Miles and athletic director Skip Bertman offered up Saturday night: The Tigers went undefeated in regulation this season – their two losses both coming in triple overtime.Paper-thin as that line of reasoning may sound, it’s as good as any in this topsy turvy season during which the top-ranked team lost four times, the second-ranked team lost six times since October and Nos. 1 and 2 lost on the same week three times in the last two months.“The brass ring was there for a lot of different teams to grab it,” Slive said. “Sometimes they did and sometimes they didn’t, and when they didn’t it allowed two teams that were seen as two of the better teams in the country early in the year to find their way back.”The rest of the BCS games are filled with teams that had every bit as good an argument as LSU for a spot in the title game.In the Sugar Bowl, Georgia will play Hawaii. The Bulldogs (10-2) were fourth and idle coming into the final weekend – behind Missouri, West Virginia and Ohio State – but didn’t automatically rise two spots the way coach Mark Richt thought they should. Richt felt even though the BCS rules state a team doesn’t have to win its conference to play in the national title game, the fact that the Bulldogs didn’t play for the SEC championship was held against them by poll voters and pundits in the media.“At least we shouldn’t have gotten disqualified before we got started,” he said.Hawaii (12-0) is the nation’s only undefeated team, but is penalized for playing a weak schedule in the Western Athletic Conference. The Warriors won’t complain. They just wanted to get a big-dollar bowl, make about $9 million for the WAC the way Boise State did last season, and get a chance to prove themselves against top competition.“It doesn’t feel real right now,” Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan said. “It’s been a great ride and to get a BCS bowl berth is a true and great accomplishment.“Sugar is definitely sweet. We’re rolling in and we’re excited and we’re going to do it Hawaiian style.”Hawaii qualified automatically by finishing 10th in the final BCS standings. The Warriors needed to be in the top 12.The Fiesta Bowl will pit West Virginia (10-2) against Oklahoma (11-2). The Sooners beat top-ranked Missouri twice this season, including 38-17 on Saturday in the Big 12 title game.The Rose Bowl stuck with its traditional Big Ten-vs.-Pac-10 matchup, going with Southern California (10-2) against Illinois (9-3). USC, thought to be playing as well as anyone in the nation right now, was one of the two-loss teams that had a legitimate claim at the title game. A loss to 41-point underdog Stanford in October, however, probably doomed the Trojans.The Orange Bowl chose Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia Tech (11-2), also a two-loss team. Hurting the Hokies was that one of their losses was 48-7 to LSU back in September. Virginia Tech’s opponent will be Kansas (11-1), which leapfrogged Missouri for a BCS spot even though the Jayhawks lost to Mizzou 36-28 only a week ago.Logical?Of course not, though even in the most uneventful of years, the controversial practice of voting on bowl bids inspires debate among pundits, outrage among fans and outright indignation among coaches whose teams get spurned.Need it be said this would have been a perfect year for a playoff?There would have been no clear favorite.Ohio State has been roundly criticized since the beginning of the season, after losing players from a team that was heavily favored in last year’s title game but flopped mightily in a 41-14 loss to Florida.The Buckeyes were ranked first in November, but surrendered that with a 28-21 loss to Illinois that only added fuel to those who said they weren’t deserving. But they backed into the BCS game without even playing, beneficiaries of the fact the Big Ten doesn’t play a title game while many other conferences do.Their opponents will be LSU, a program that appeared on the verge of losing its coach as late as a few hours before kickoff Saturday.That’s when Miles held an angry news conference and said reports he would be leaving the Bayou for Michigan were false. In fact, he said, he had agreed to a new contract to stay in Baton Rouge.Then, the Tigers went out and won. Later, they sat calmly and watched chaos reign for the rest of the day. On Sunday, they learned they were in the championship game for the second time in five years.Weird. Wacky. A roller coaster. Yes, it was all of that.Or, maybe it was the only fitting way to close out a very imperfect 2007 in college football.AP-WS-12-02-07 2135EST160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
UPDATED: Gardai have sealed off a flat in Letterkenny following the discovery of a woman’s body.The body of the woman, who was in her 50s, was found in the flat at Lower Main Street this morning.A Garda forensics team are examining the scene. It is understood from local reports that the woman is a mother of three who is originally from the Fanad area.Garda Superintendent Eugene McGovern told Donegal Daily that they will not know the cause of death until Monday.“The body has been removed to Letterkenny General Hospital and the local pathologist will carry out a post mortem on Monday to determine the cause of death.“The forensic team have now completed their examination and have moved out of the location,” he said. One eye-witness told Donegal Daily that there was a lot of Garda activity in the area this morning.“There was a lot of people coming and going including Gardai.“Some of them had masks on. All we have heard is that a woman’s body has been found,” said one woman. FLAT SEALED OFF AFTER WOMAN’S BODY FOUND was last modified: March 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bodyGardailetterkennyLower Main Street
Some of the huge crowd in the Diamond tonight. Pic courtesy of Donegal Bay Waterbus.One very important passenger may have been missing from their entourage as Donegal GAA manager Jim McGuinness and his team returned home tonight.But even without the Sam Maguire cup, an estimated crowd of more than 5,000 people thronged The Diamond in Donegal Town to welcome home the county’s senior and minor teams. Despite a double-defeat to Kerry in their respective All-Ireland finals, Donegal fans gave them a boisterous welcome home from their weekend adventure in Croke Park.Fans began gathering around the streets from 5pm in anticipation of the teams’ arrival.Michael Murphy is inconsolable at Croke Park as he is hugged by that man Donaghey. Pic by Brid Sweeney.But despite failing to win their county’s third ever senior All-Ireland title, the Donegal team were met by a huge roar when the finally arrived in The Diamond just after 9pm.Many fans, many still wearing their Donegal jerseys, had made up new posters with new logos welcoming the team home. One of Donegal’s other famous sons Daniel O’Donnell, a huge GAA fan, entertained the crowds.He revealed he told a group of Kerry fans who jibed him about their win “You are longer without Sam than we are.”He also said that Jim McGuinness and his team had brought a light to Donegal when almost all other lights were out due to emigration and other things.Addressing the crowd, Donegal GAA County Chairman Sean Dunnion said he would love to see manager Jim McGuinness continue in his job.“We would love to see you staying but if your decision is otherwise then I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for al you have done for us,” he said.The crowd then chanted ‘Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy.” Jim McGuinness addressed the crowd and admitted this was a difficult night for himself and the players.“We didn’t expect such a homecoming tonight and it has been very, very humbling to come back after having lost an All Ireland final. I’d be lying if I said there is not a lot of pain and emotion on this stage. We wanted more than anything else in the world to bring the Sam Maguire back to Donegal.“I have been working with teams since I was 16 years of age. That’s; 25 years but these people behind me are the best people , not talk about players, that I have ever worked with.“What they have given over last number of years had been second to none. We push them as hard as we can and led by an unbelievable I captain in Michael Murphy, every night they turn up and that is the special part for me. It is testimony to the clubs and the families and to themselves,” he said. And he added “We have done 128 training sessions outside of gym and every night they want to work and learn and improve and as a coach that is the holy grail. That’s a very special thing and that’s why this team have delivered three Ulster championships and an All-Ireland in four years.”McGuinness, who is finishing his fourth year as team manager, said he will now take time to reflect on his position away from the emotion of the All-Ireland Final.“WE WANTED MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD TO BRING BACK SAM” – McGUINNESS was last modified: September 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDonegal TownGAAHOMECOMINGJim McGuinnessTHE DIAMOND
Taoiseach Enda Kenny may have some stormy weather ahead but he took time to lead tributes to weather-forecasting postman Michael Gallagher who has retired from An Post after 48 years service.Postman Michael GallagherMickey Gallagher, postman and weather forecaster from Glenfin, finally hung up his postbag recently.The 66-year-old, from Glenfin, said he enjoyed every single day delivering letters to the people of the Bluestack Mountains. Michael uses signs of nature picked up from older folk to predict the weather.More than 200 people packed into a bar in Brockagh last weekend to thank Michael for all his service and to wish him well.In a letter, hand-delivered for the occasion, the Taoiseach recalled: “As my mother was a McGinley from Donegal I was reared on stories such as waiting for the postman to arrive with news from relatives not just in Ireland but spread across the world.Loyal“Over your 48 years of loyal service to the Irish postal service you ensured that the people of Donegal received those precious letters … I am sure they did not thank you for the many bills you delivered but that’s all part of the service. “You also distinguish yourself in predicting the weather patterns based on your study of nature and I hope you continue to do so,” Mr Kenny wrote.Michael also got letters from FAI chief John Delaney and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.Father-of-three Michael says he will still try to predict the weather and plans to write his memoirs. He thinks – having studied berries in hedges – it will be a calm autumn ahead with plenty of dry weather.MICKEY THE POST PREDICTS A BRIGHT FORECAST FOR HIS OWN RETIREMENT! was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMichael Gallagherpostman