Road Construction Tops Agenda

first_imgIn her annual State of the Nation’s address to the National Legislature on January 27, 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that road construction remains on top of Liberia’s socio-economic development transformation.President Sirleaf said that final discussions with the Japanese Government have been concluded for the reconstruction of the Somalia Drive/Red-light corridor in Monrovia.The Liberian leader explained that the completion of that vital road corridor would considerably reduce the huge menace of traffic congestion that had over the years become a nightmare for commuters and business people in Monrovia.Many skeptics of the administration have expressed some concern about the snail’s pace of negotiations with the Japanese Government regarding the Somalia Drive road project.Understandably, the Japanese Government had insisted on many occasions that funds would not made available if the Liberian Government does not settle property owners through the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Works.President also warned that people undertaking the building of houses on the right ways and ignoring laws and regulations would certainly be removed to give way to genuine national development, growth and progress in the country.In the South East, President Sirleaf disclosed that the Karnwenkan/Tapita Highway would also start this year in order to connect the hard-to-reach areas in that part of rural Liberia.President Sirleaf also disclosed that connecting each county’s capital city with paved roads would be a top priority for this administration during 2014 and beyond.The President Sirleaf reminded Liberians and support partners that as part of the Liberian Government’s road projects, feeder roads rehabilitation remains paramount and under serious consideration.In Lofa County alone, several feeder roads have been rehabilitated thus improving the transport of farmers’ produce to all of the county’s major markets thereby improving their socio-economic conditions. She added that feasibility studies for the Gbarnga/Bong County and Mendikorma Highway have been concluded and final finishing touches are being worked for the full pavement beginning sometime this year.President Sirleaf intimated that the Government of the Kingdom of Kuwait has consented to fund that road project leading to Liberia’s biggest socio-economic food basket.However, citizens and residents of Lofa County have also on many occasions expressed serious concern about the slow pace of the feasibility studies for the reconstruction and pavement of the Gbarnga/Mendikorma Highway in Bong and Lofa Counties.President Sirleaf also pointed out that reconstruction of the nation’s road network has encountered some serious challenges—especially construction work that is associated with the use of laterite.Commenting on the sources funding some of the road projects, President Sirleaf indicated that US$16 million would need to be mobilized in order to enhance the infrastructure development of the nation’s road network.The Chief Executive further intimated that tackling the construction of primary and secondary roads still remains a major challenge and serious constraints are yet to be overcome.In closing on the road projects, President Sirleaf cautioned Liberians and lawmakers that the solution to the enormous challenges and resource constraints cannot be a quick-fix on the part of the Liberian Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2010: England fans ‘raring to go’

first_img23 October 2009Thousands of English fans have already begun gearing up for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, with the international coordinator of the country’s Football Supporters’ Federation, Kevin Miles, spending time in South Africa this week to get the lay of the land.Miles is confident that the English crowds will come in full force, despite speculation that the global economic situation will affect the numbers of visiting fans. And if England can repeat their performance from 1966, South Africa might just see a tidal wave of English fans arrive at the country’s shores.“An educated guess is that 25 000 fans will travel [from England],” Miles said this week. “If England get to the final, we can double that.“Fans will come without tickets and even with no hope of getting a ticket, just so that they can say that they were in Johannesburg when England played in the World Cup final,” Miles said.“We can definitely expect the group stage to be oversubscribed,” he added.South Africa’s World Cup stadiums certainly caught the eye of the Football Supporters’ Federation’s international coordinator.“I think the stadiums look really good, and there is no question they are worthy of hosting a World Cup,” said Miles, who was especially impressed with Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium, which will host the opening and final match of the tournament.“It is so big, and an impressive stadium. We certainly hope to be there for the final.”With close to 50 000 tickets applied for to date through Fifa.com from the United Kingdom – currently ranked third in terms of ticket sales – South Africa may expect even more English visitors than what Miles predicts.In the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany, a total of 150 000 English fans travelled to watch matches, although a look at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea/Japan – a similar travelling distance from the UK to South Africa – shows that only 20 000 English fans travelled to the tournament.As a seasoned World Cup veteran, Miles also had some advice for South Africans looking to cash in on the tourism boom during the World Cup.“Germany was not a traditional holiday destination for English fans, but after the 2006 Fifa World Cup it was seen in a different light. Tourism increased exponentially in 2007, the year after the tournament.“Accommodation establishments and restaurants should look to offer people value for money and not inflated prices, so that they return with their families after the tournament is over.”For Miles, who has attended four World Cups, it is important that South Africans are aware of what is about to hit them when the world descends on the country for the month-long tournament.“A World Cup has a huge effect on a country – with such a big mix of visitors, there is such huge energy in the country when everyone arrives. At the end of the tournament, South Africans will think, ‘Wow, it’s finished already!”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

South Africa’s competitiveness stable

first_img4 September 2013 South Africa dropped one place in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index, ranking 53rd out of 148 countries surveyed while placing second in Africa, second among the BRICS economies, and third overall for financial market development. Published on Wednesday, the annual Global Competitiveness Report was first released in 1979 and has since become a highly regarded measure of relative competitiveness among most of the world’s nations. Mauritius climbed nine places to 45th to rank as Africa’s competitiveness leader for the first time, followed by South Africa (53rd, down by 1), Rwanda (66th, up by 3), Botswana (74th, up by 5), Morocco (77th, down by 7), Seychelles (80th, down by 4), Tunisia (83rd, first survey), Namibia (90th, up by 2), Zambia (93rd, up by 9), Kenya (96th, up by 10), and Algeria (100th, up by 10). China, its ranking steady at 29th, continues to lead the BRICS group of influential emerging market economies, followed by South Africa at 53rd, Brazil (56th, down by 8) India (60th, down by 1) and Russia (64th, up by 3). Switzerland tops the overall rankings for the fifth year running, followed once more by Singapore and Finland, with Germany moving up two places into fourth overall, and the United States reversing a four-year slide by climbing two places to fifth. Sweden, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Japan and the United Kingdom complete the list of the top 10 most competitive economies.Strength of institutions, financial markets According to the report, South Africa does well on measures of the quality of its institutions (ranking 41st overall), including intellectual property protection (18th), property rights (20th), and the efficiency of its legal framework in challenging and settling disputes (13th and 12th, respectively). South Africa’s strong institutional framework is further supported by the high accountability of its private institutions, for which it ranks second in the world, and its financial market development, for which it ranks third. The report also credits the country with an efficient market for goods and services (28th), and for doing “reasonably well” in more complex areas such as business sophistication (35th) and innovation (39th).Euro woes affect SA’s fiscal indicators However, the report notes, South Africa’s strong ties to advanced economies, particularly in the euro zone, made the country more vulnerable to their economic slowdown and probably contributed to the deterioration of the country’s fiscal indicators, with its ranking in the macroeconomic environment dropping sharply from 69th to 95th. “Low scores for the diversion of public funds (99th), the perceived wastefulness of government spending (79th), and a more general lack of public trust in politicians (98th) remain worrisome, and security continues to be a major area of concern for doing business (at 109th).”Jobs, skills, health, education Job creation and skills development also pose “considerable challenges” for South Africa, the report finds. The country ranks a lowly 133rd for the health of its workforce, due in large part to the country’s high HIV/Aids prevalence, but also due to “poor health indicators more generally” – something the country’s National Health Insurance planning takes squarely into account. The report describes the country’s labour market efficiency (116th) as “poor”, ranking the country 147th for its hiring and firing practices, 144th for wage flexibility, and – not surprisingly, following a year of labour unrest in the mining industry – 148th for labour-employer relations. However, South Africa’s most serious challenge, the report finds – here echoing the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) – lies in the “very poor” quality its educational system (146th). “Raising educational standards and making the labour market more efficient will thus be critical in view of the country’s high unemployment rate of over 20 percent, with the rate of youth unemployment estimated at close to 50 percent,” the report states.Sub-Saharan Africa On sub-Saharan Africa more widely, the report notes the region’s impressive growth rate of close to 5 percent in 2012 (with similar projections for the next two years), attributing this in large part to strong investment, favourable commodity prices, and prudent macroeconomics. Despite this, the report finds, sub-Saharan Africa as a whole trails the rest of the world in competitiveness, “requiring efforts across many areas to place the region on a firmly sustainable growth and development path going forward”. In particular, the report singles out the region’s “profound infrastructure deficit” – a factor long emphasised by South African President Jacob Zuma – as a major constraint on growth. “In addition, sub-Saharan Africa overall continues to underperform significantly in providing health and basic education (only Mauritius and Seychelles rank in the upper half of the rankings),” the report states. “Higher education and training also need to be further developed.” According to the report, the region’s poor performance across all basic competitiveness measures stands in stark contrast to its relatively strong market efficiency (South Africa, Mauritius and Kenya rank in the top 20 percent for financial market development). Technological uptake also remains “weak” in the region, with only three economies (South Africa, Mauritius and Seychelles) featuring in the top half of the overall rankings for this measure. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid in contact with Mourinho, but…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid in contact with Mourinho, but…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are in contact with sacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho – though not with an offer.Marca says the Portuguese was dismissed from his post at Old Trafford on Tuesday, two days after United were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool, and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.He has since been linked with a second stint in charge of Real, five-and-a-half years after leaving the Spanish capital.Santiago Solari is currently in charge but the club could opt to replace him if Mourinho is willing.But the only communication between the two parties thus far has been to send messages of sympathy. last_img

a month ago​Chelsea manager Lampard not advising Abraham on international decision

first_img​Chelsea manager Lampard not advising Abraham on international decisionby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard does not want to get involved in the national team conundrum facing Tammy Abraham.There is speculation that Abraham will have a choice of representing England and Nigeria on the international stage.While he is likely to pick England, there is a possibility he will choose the easier path to a starting spot with Nigeria.When he was asked about the situation by reporters after his side’s 5-2 win over Wolves in the Premier League, Lampard said: “No. No, that’s not my choice. “I know Tammy’s been in England squads before and I’m not surprised Nigeria would want him, but that’s a question for him I suppose.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoBruno Genesio would’ve taken Newcastle job – if takeover happened

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Bruno Genesio would’ve taken Newcastle job – if takeover happenedby Ansser Sadiq23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBruno Genesio admits that he would have taken over as manager of Newcastle United – if the club was taken over.It was rumoured in the summer that Genesio was the choice of Peter Kenyon, who was leading a consortium of investors to take over Newcastle from Mike Ashley.But the takeover never materialised and the opportunity went away for Genesio, with Steve Bruce taking over from Rafa Benitez instead.”Everything went really quickly, because I was meant to sign with Newcastle, but the sale then fell through,” Genesio told beIN SPORTS.”I then decided to take some time off for myself, but towards the end of July, I received a phone call from my agents with an opportunity to go manage in China at Beijing Guoan.”It just all went quickly. Forty-eight hours later I was on a plane, and four days later I was on the touchline for my first game.” last_img read more

Tressel History hysteria building up anticipation for Ohio StateMiami

“I think anytime you’ve competed before, there’s a natural sort of rivalry,” Tressel said. “Will that make any difference? Not compared to the decisions we make on the field and the execution we have, but will it add a little bit more fun to it? Absolutely.” Despite all the talk of Miami seeking redemption for its heartbreaking loss in Tempe, Ariz., in 2003, junior center Michael Brewster said the Buckeyes aren’t getting caught up in the hype. “The big thing is we do our talking in between the white lines and that is what we’re going to do Saturday,” he said. And with all the hype and storylines surrounding Saturday’s matchup, Tressel had plenty to discuss at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. Pryor vs. Harris Following an efficient showing against Marshall, for which Tressel said Terrelle Pryor received his highest ever coach’s performance grade, the junior quarterback will go up against another of the nation’s premiere quarterbacks, Miami’s Jacory Harris. Tressel noted that their paths to this point have been much the same. “I think they’ve traveled a similar road. They both got put in there at an early point in their freshman year,” he said. “(They) had to kind of get thrown in with an older group and learn their way to take control of the huddle and then show it through their execution that they belonged there. “I think there’s a lot of teams in college football that would like to have those guys as their quarterback.” Healthy Buckeyes Boasting an injury-riddled defense last week, the Silver Bullets should be nearing 100 percent this week. The most notable return is junior defensive end Nathan Williams, who sat out in week one with a knee injury. Tressel said Williams is back in action and ready to go. “I think the thing that you have to be careful with is guys that miss some training camp and all of a sudden if you think they can go out there and play 50 some snaps, I think you’re risking a little bit,” Tressel said. “So what we have to figure out in the course of this week is just how many snaps is he ready to go. But he seems to be ready to go.” Safety Orhian Johnson, backup middle linebacker Storm Klein and senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa all will be ready to play, Tressel said. Moeller earns conference recognition After sitting out all of last year with a head injury, senior defensive back Tyler Moeller came back with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove against Marshall. Leading the team in tackles with seven and recording OSU’s only sack, Moeller’s return to football was acknowledged this week as he received Big Ten defensive player of the week honors. “I think he came back for his first game playing just like the old Tyler Moeller and even better,” Chekwa said. “I think he made some good open-field tackles and he brought a lot of energy to the field.” Sabino “day-by-day” redshirt With the return of Storm Klein from a hamstring injury, Tressel said that right now the plan is to redshirt junior linebacker Etienne Sabino, who was in contention for a starting spot through much of the offseason. “We’re kind of redshirting him, but redshirting is a day-by-day thing, so he’s got no injury issues or nothing outside of football that’s a reason for him not playing,” Tressel said. “So for this moment, he’s redshirting and if everyone’s healthy going into the ball game, we’ll probably hold him from the ball game.” Battle in the trenches The Hurricanes feature a quick and strong defensive line, and Tressel said his offensive line is in for a “great challenge.” “If we can have a good week of figuring out what it is we think Miami might try to do and at least be mentally prepared, now we’ll find out who can do what on Saturday.” Brewster said facing the OSU defensive line in practice everyday has prepared him and his fellow offensive linemen for the challenge that Miami’s defensive front four presents. “Going against (Dexter Larimore( and Big Hank (Johnathan Hankins) and Cam (Heyward) and those guys in practice, they’re great. We make each other better,” said Brewster. “Sometimes games feel a little bit easier than practice because those guys are so good.” Running back by committee Rushing for 103 yards on just nine carries, senior captain Brandon Saine showcased his superior running abilities against the Thundering Herd. But Tressel said he was most impressed with junior Dan “Boom” Herron. Despite gaining just 44 yards, it was Herron’s resolve that stood out to his coach. “Sometimes you’re coming out of halftime and it’s 35-7 or whatever it was and some guys might say, well, you know, let’s think about the next game or whatever,” Tressel said. “I thought Boom sparked that drive. It was an 80-yard drive. I thought he broke some tackles. You can’t take ‘Boom’ (Herron) out of the mix, but that’s not to discount Saine. He was excellent. “Both those guys have got to keep getting better and better and we’re lucky those are two good ones.” Coming off a 45-7 season-opening victory over Marshall, Ohio State welcomes the No. 13 Miami Hurricanes to the Horseshoe on Saturday for one of the college football season’s most anticipated matchups. With the two storied programs squaring off for the first time since their historic national title bout nearly eight years ago, OSU’s last national championship win, coach Jim Tressel admitted that game might heighten the intrigue of this week’s contest. read more

Olympictrial tested Nikko Triggas back for Ohio State wrestling

Four members of Ohio State’s wrestling team were named All-Americans last season. The return of one Olympic-trial tested grappler brings the number to five. After a two-year hiatus from collegiate wrestling, senior 125-pounder and 2010 All-American Nikko Triggas is back for the 2012-2013 season. From the 2007-2008 season to the 2009-2010 season, Triggas competed for OSU in collegiate, or folkstyle, wrestling. While he was away from Columbus, Triggas trained to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the Greco-Roman style. “(In) Greco-Roman you don’t touch the legs. So, in college wrestling it’s all about touching the legs, getting to the legs,” said OSU coach Tom Ryan. “I think it’ll take some time for him to get his reactions back where they need to be.” In his Greco-Roman career, Triggas has won five gold medals between the 2007 and 2008 Pan American Championships, 2009 University National Championships and the 2010 University and Junior Team Trials. In 2010, he began the application process for an Olympic redshirt. To be awarded the redshirt, Triggas had to place in the 2008 and 2010 World Team Trials. Triggas said he talked to both U.S. coaches and his coaches at OSU and sent in an application. “We thought it was going to be the best thing for me, get bigger, get stronger, get older, get some maturity in me, and get the technique down,” Triggas said. “Come back to the team as a role model, as older and stronger, be able to compete for the Buckeyes.” Once his application to the Olympic training center was accepted, Triggas said he worked with OSU to send paperwork to the NCAA confirming he was not breaking any rules that would endanger his eligibility with the Buckeyes. After training for two years, Triggas competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, April 20-21 and finished in fourth place. Knowing he would not be competing in the 2012 Olympics, preparation had to begin in order to wrestle in folkstyle for OSU again. “Going from folkstyle to Greco is very different,” Triggas said. “Coming back into the collegiate world, I came to campus about two months early.” Triggas first came to OSU for the 2007-08 season from Moraga, Calif., and over the next three years he amassed a 72-54 record. As a freshman, he qualified for NCAA championships and placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships. With a 19-17 record, he amassed 8 pins and 74 team points for OSU that season. During the 2008-2009 season, Triggas improved his record to 22-17 with 14 pins and 109 team points, but he did not place in the Big Ten tournament. He qualified for the NCAA Championships, but did not place there either. In his junior year, Triggas recorded career highs in wins and pins with 31 and 15, respectively. He also had his best placement at the Big Ten championships, finishing fifth, and at the NCAA championships, placing eighth. With that finish, he made it onto the podium and was named a 2010 All-American. “It’s awesome to have him back,” said redshirt senior 184-pounder C.J. Magrum. “He’s going to score a lot of points for us this year and hopefully he will get on the podium again.” Triggas said his goal is not only to get back on the podium, but to reach the top step this year. “Going into the wrestling season, the goal is always to be national champion,” Triggas said. “I know I have a long road ahead of me, but that’s the goal and that’s the main focus.” read more

Alisson pleased by Liverpools interest

first_imgAS Roma goalkeeper Alisson is pleased that clubs like Liverpool and Real Madrid are interested in signing him but has admitted that he is not currently thinking about leaving the Serie A sideThe Brazil number one has emerged as one of the greatest goalkeepers in Europe following a breakthrough season at Roma since replacing the departed Wojciech Szczesny.His impressive displays at the Stadio Olimpico has caught the interest of several European giants and the 25-year-old is expected to be selected ahead of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup.“I don’t know what will happen,” Alisson told Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Football Italia.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s logical that the interest pleases me. I’d say it’s not just a question of need, I know my value, not in terms of money but as a player.“I know what I bring to a team, but I’m only thinking of the present. Whatever happens next, we’ll leave it for later.“I’m here and I need to focus on doing well. Even when I was at Internacional, I had negotiations with Roma but all I thought of was doing well.“I played for six months with my contract already signed with the Giallorossi but I won all the same.”last_img read more

Liverpool Wijnaldum bares it all about failed move to Spurs

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed he almost joined Tottenham Hotspur back in 2016.Jurgen Klopp signed the Holland international for Liverpool from Newcastle United, but he reveals he held talks with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.“I had a really good conversation with Pochettino but we didn’t come to an agreement. Not just me, Newcastle also didn’t come to an agreement with Tottenham,” Wijnaldum said, according to Liverpool Echo.“When I spoke with Jurgen, he made me feel really good. He gave me a lot of confidence because he said he liked my way of playing football.”“Three days after our meeting, they had reached a deal and that gave me a good feeling as well. I didn’t think twice. This is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I wanted to make the transfer and I’m happy that I did.“The fans welcomed me from the start here. I think they appreciate that I give 100% every game and do my best always for Liverpool. If they can see that you are willing to do ever”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Speaking about Klopp improving him as a player, Wijnaldum said:“He is always busy making the team better and also trying to make you better as an individual. He has great attention to detail.“He shows you situations in a game where he feels you could have done better. During training he makes it very clear what he wants to see. He asks a lot from players. He asks for a lot of concentration, he asks for a lot of hard work.”“It’s not always easy, you know how players how. Sometimes you aren’t 100% concentrated and you might think ‘I can do things a bit easier today’. But with him you always have to be 100% concentrated and give everything you have.”last_img read more