“I Support Liberians’ Right to Peacefully Protest”

first_imgMr. Cummings addresses the intellectual gathering.-Says CummingsAlexander B. Cummings, political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) over the weekend declared that he is in support of the planned June 7 “peaceful protest.”Mr. Cummings made the statement at program making the 44th edition of Dr. Kofi Annan Intellectual series held at the National Polit-Bureau of Liberia (NPBL), a local intellectual center in Clara Town, Bushrod Island that discusses issues of national concern.“I support the rights of people to assemble, associate peacefully and responsibly voice out their disagreement, because it is their constitutional right,” Mr. Cummings said.He condemned government for “creating a hostile environment for people, who want to peacefully protest which he said is not acceptable.”On recent development, Cummings also described as unfortunate the recruit of ex-rebel generals to intimidate peaceful Liberians, who are critical of the government.On the topic, “What are those economic and political policies needed to be put in place by government to sustain growth and citizens peaceful co-existence,” he said the solution to revise the country’s economic status depends on the seriousness of the government, and functionaries to practice accountability, transparency and promote Liberian-owned businesses.Mr. Cummings welcomed by residents of Clara TownAccording to him, if the government fails to give an account of the US$25 million and the L$16 billion, no investors will see Liberia as a serious country to bring in huge amounts of money for investment purposes, “because there would be no assurance of getting back the money invested”.Cummings named corruption, intimidation of the press, the opposition and the constant disrespect of the rule of law as major contributing factors that would scare away investors from the country.He called on the government to revisit its tax environment; and give easy access for businesspeople to the Free Port of Monrovia to import new goods, “because there is an urgent need for the government to provide credit to Liberia-owned businesses.”Cummings said the government has failed on the growth of the economy, noting that every indicator to stabilize the economy has gone backward in the last two yearsHe added, “the Liberian dollar has lost its value on the market; prices are very hard and unemployment is at the peak, which is not a good sign for our economy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Princess Street man attacked, robbed of valuables

first_imgA Princess Street, Lodge, Georgetown man is now left counting his losses after he was attacked by two bandits, one of which was armed, and robbed of his valuables on Sunday evening.The victim, 39-year-old Gregory Shawn was reportedly walking to his home at around 19:00h after purchasing a small amount of groceries from a nearby shop when he was pounced upon.The man told Police that he saw his attackers pass him, both on bicycles headed in the opposite direction but did not notice when the duo began following him.However, he explained that he felt an arm around his neck and someone demanding that he “not move or I’ll injure you!”The frightened man explained that he dropped the groceries and began struggling with the bandit when he was confronted by the other perpetrator.Shawn recounted that he ceased struggling when he felt a cold object to the side of his chest and realised that the perpetrator was armed.The second suspect reportedly searched the victim’s pockets and collected his cellphone valued $75,000 and his wallet containing his identification card, bank cards and just over $25,000.The duo, both unmasked, quickly made good their escape on their bicycles. The matter has since been reported to the police.last_img read more

Accountable fracking topic of discussion during first Mayors’ Partnership meeting of NEBC Resource Coalition

first_img Spearhead stage: Also referred to as an acid stage, it is generally a mix of water with diluted acid, such as hydrochloric acid. This serves to clear debris that may be present in the wellbore providing a clear pathway for fracture fluids to access the formation. Pad stage: A batch of carrying fluid without proppant that is used to break the formation and initiate the hydraulic fracturing of the target formation. Proppant stage: During this stage a mixture of water and sand (i.e. proppant) is fed into the wellbore. The proppant is composed of non-compressible material, such as sand, that will be carried by the fracture fluid into the formation and deposited. The proppant will remain in the formation once the pressure is reduced and ‘prop’ open the fracture network. Thus, maintaining the enhanced permeability created by the hydraulic fracture program. Flush stage: A volume of fresh water is pumped down the wellbore to flush out any excess proppant that may be present in the wellbore.In regard to on-site monitoring, that’s done from a single truck often referred to as the Data Monitoring Van.The van monitors and records the rate and pressure at which the fracturing fluid is pumped down the wellbore, the rates of the necessary additives present in the fracturing fluid and proppant concentration.According to Heffernan, information regarding the hydraulic fracking process is of particular importance for this region, as he says Northeast B.C. is “the epicenter” of oil and gas activity in Western Canada.Heffernan says drilling in the Montney region has increased 26 per cent in 2014 from the previous year, which now accounts for 90 per cent of drilling activity in the province.Advertisement President Kevin Heffernan says the society’s primary objective is to “encourage and inform dialogue”, whether that be with land owners or corporate owners, in an effort to help them “make decisions on facts, not innuendo and misperceptions.”A primary example of this was illustrated though information regarding the evolutionary process of the industry; including industry collaboration an standards, re-using and recycling fluids, increasing additional stages of fracking in an effort to reduce pressure, use of other fluids like saline water, and on-site monitoring.“When you hear people talking about stages in a horizontal well, they’re talking about isolating 100 meters, more or less, of that well and hydraulically fracturing that well, and then shifting and isolating another 100 meter section of the well.”- Advertisement -Heffernan adds, “It’s much more efficient in terms of the use of fluid, the use of energy, and resource recovery.”The hydraulic fracturing stages are broken down into four.The following information has been obtained from www.fracfocus.ca:Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Everton star Lukaku ruins Rooney’s United return

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring on September 17, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Romelu Lukaku showed little room for sentiment on Sunday scoring one and creating another as Manchester United ran out ultimately comfortable 4-0 winners over his former club Everton to ruin Wayne Rooney’s Old Trafford return.Right-back Antonio Valencia gave United an early lead with a spectacular half-volley before late goals from midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan — set up by Lukaku just before he got on the scoresheet himself — and an Anthony Martial penalty sealed the win. With United’s rivals Manchester City having clinched a dominant 6-0 victory over Watford 24 hours earlier there was an expectation from United fans for Jose Mourinho’s side to keep pace with the Premier League leaders.They are now only behind them in the table by virtue of C coming before U in the alphabet as they have identical records — Everton by contrast are in a crisis as they lost for the fourth successive match without scoring and are in the bottom three.The Red Devils, without the injured Paul Pogba, were not as fluent and free-flowing as they have been in the early part of the season and three goals in the final seven minutes flattered them a little.Rooney, United’s all-time leading goalscorer, was afforded a generous reception by the United fans and carried Everton’s main goal threat before he left to a standing ovation from the home supporters after being substituted with eight minutes left.United asserted their authority in the fourth minute as Valencia showed superb technique to score a magnificent opening goalNemanja Matic swept a cross field pass to Valencia on the corner of the penalty area and the Ecuador international, albeit afforded time and space by a flat-footed Everton defence, struck a sweet half-volley which arrowed high into the net.Rooney flickered into life midway through the first half when he sent Cuco Martina scampering down the right flank and then burst forward in search of the return ball.Martina’s low cross picked out Rooney on the edge of the penalty area but the former England captain could only strike a low effort wide of the post.United squandered an opportunity just before the half-hour mark when Juan Mata seized on Michael Keane’s misplaced pass and sent Lukaku clear but he shot wide.Koeman had demanded a reaction from his players before this contest having seen them slip to three consecutive defeats.And Everton’s confidence slowly returned as the game wore on with Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin rising to the midfield battle.Rooney’s tenacity moments after half-time saw him skip into the penalty area at the Stretford End and on to a pass from Tom Davies but David De Gea kept out the striker’s low effort with his legs.Despite Everton’s improvement United remained a threat and went close when Juan Mata curled a free-kick around the Everton wall and against the post shortly after the hour mark.United finished the contest strongly and clinically, though, as three goals after Rooney’s 82nd minute substitution saw Everton capitulate and conceded three goals.Ashley Williams carelessly gave the ball away which allowed Lukaku to slide in Henrikh Mkhitaryan who showed composure to guide the ball past Pickford.United netted their third when Lukaku, who joined United from Everton in July, capitalised on Everton’s failure to clear from a free-kick and stabbed home at the back post.Martial put the gloss on the win in injury time when he confidently sent Pickford the wrong way with a penalty after Schneiderlin was deemed to have handled.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

How Liverpool could line up next season with Mario Gotze and more signings

first_img Attacking midfield: Philippe Coutinho Central midfield: Piotr Zielinski 11 11 Right back: Nathaniel Clyne 11 11 Centre back: Mamadou Sakho 11 11 11 11 Attacking midfield: Roberto Firmino 11 Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Click the right arrow above to see how Liverpool could look next season… 11 11 Liverpool might still be on the fringes of a top four battle but that isn’t stopping them planning next season’s transfers.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has already lined up a deal to bring in Schalke’s Joel Matip but now rumours are circulating he’ll be doing all he can to land Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze.There is plenty more speculation too with the German’s defence and midfield needing some tinkering over the summer.But how might they line up should they land some of their current targets? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see how Liverpool’s starting XI could look with Mario Gotze, Joel Matip and other possible signings… Left back: Jonas Hector Centre back: Joel Matip Central midfield: Emre Can Central midfield: James Milner Striker: Mario Gotzelast_img read more