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President Gives Maryland Flood Victims Deeded Land

first_imgThe Government of Liberia has identified with victims of a devastating flood that swept through the Old Kru Community in Harper City, Maryland County.The flood incident, which occurred on June 1, affected more than 10 homes and rendered more than 200 people homeless.As a way of restoring hope by identifying with the victims, the government, through President Ellen Johnson, last  Wednesday donated US$10,000 to the victims.She made the donation when she visited the victims, many of whom are presently seeking shelter in the UNMIL compound in Harper and other communities.The Liberian leader told the victims that the donation was government’s little way saying “never mind” to them for such an unfortunate situation.She clarified that the money will not be given to them directly as individuals, but has been deposited in a local bank from where it will be used to buy zinc and other building materials to begin the process of building new homes for them to start life anew.The Liberian leader called on the leadership of the county to ensure that the victims are relocated from the Old Kru Town community because it has now been established that the area is flood-prone.She mandated the local authorities to demolish every other structure in the area and try to do some tree planting to prevent future flooding.“We have been told that every two years flooding takes place and you people have to lose your belongings and start all over again.“I don’t really want you people to go back to that place. You all know that that place becomes flooded every two years; so there is no need for you to go back there. I learned that plans are underway for you people to be relocated some where better,” she said.President Sirleaf made a personal donation of 20 bags of rice, LD$10,000 in soup kind, bags of clothes, bags of slippers and other assorted materials, to the thunderous applause of the devastated victims.Maryland County Development Superintendent, Nathaniel Toe, told the Liberian leader that the county authorities have decided to have the victims relocated to the Jacksonville community which, according to him, is an ideal locality.Though the land on which the victims are to be relocated is public land, the challenge that remains is how to get proper  documentation so that the process may begin immediately.“Plans are already at an advanced stage to have these people relocated to a community called Jacksonville, but the little problem we have is about acquiring documentations for the land, which we intend to work on very soon,” Mr. Toe said.He promised to ensure that the land is surveyed and deeds  are presented to each of the victims upon being relocated, so that the property may become their own.President Sirleaf had earlier demanded that the victims, upon relocation, be given the deeds of the land so that they may “own something too.”Marylanders’ Gratitude for  UniversityMeanwhile, citizens of Maryland Country have expressed overwhelming gratitude to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her commitment to improving education in their county by re-opening the William V.S Tubman College and transforming it into a University.According to them, the institution is turning Liberia’s Southern Eastern region into an academic hub and has attracted Liberians and foreign nationals.Our reporter travelling with the President, who was in Maryland County, said the citizens, including elders, women groups and the county’s Marketing Association, said TU is gradually transforming the face of the county.Some of them who spoke with the Daily Observer stated that upon graduation from high school, students now do not need to travel all the way to Monrovia, which is over 300  miles away, to seek higher education, as the TU also offers “quality education” that any institution of higher learning offers in Monrovia.Thanks for ElectricityThe Marylanders further thanked President Sirleaf for bringing affordable electricity through the West Africa Power Poll (WAPP) project.The citizens said some of the major challenges that they are now facing have to do with the road and the ever-soaring exchange rate, which they said is hampering businesses in the area.The citizens had an exchange with the President at a town hall meeting held in the Harper City Hall upon her arrival.She arrived Wednesday morning in that coastal city. Many county officials and ordinary citizens were gathered to welcome her.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Paul Scholes can sell our merchandise! Van from Catfish & The Bottlemen takes the talkSPORT Q&A

first_img1 Each week a star from the world of music takes out special talkSPORT Q&A. In the hot-seat this week, Van from Catfish & The Bottlemen…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?Weekend Sports Breakfast with Georgie Bingham and Mickey Quinn. They’ve  interviewed me and they’re ma homies. talkSPORT give you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?Vansmitter FM – I’d just play loads of Danny Welbeck chants.Who are the greatest football team in the land?Runcorn FCWho is the most rock n roll player playing the beautiful game right now?Pirlo! Pirlo loves a night out, doesn’t he? It used to be Paul Scholes, but now its Pirlo.If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?Us! Think of the T-shirts we’d sell! Haha.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?ShearerWhat track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?The Coronation Street theme tune. That’s what would fire me right up!What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?Adele – Someone Like YouYou build your own rock ‘n’ five-a-side team. Who’s in it?I’d have me and our guitar tech, Larry. He’s insane up top and I’m Joe Cole on the left. I’d have Jake Bugg in the centre. We were in Ibiza with him and he’s meant to be pretty handy. I’d have Steve ‘The Cat’ Lamacq from BBC6 music as he’s apparently a God between the sticks! Check his wiki, he’s actually nicknamed ‘The Cat’ ‘cause of his skills man! Then I’d have Pirlo, because he seems the kind of man to bring you cheap fags over through customs!You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?Paul Scholes. I’d have him selling merchandise and we’d pay him by giving him tickets on the sly and leave him touting outside – haha!What’s going on with the band at the moment?We’re shooting a video for a new song next week and it’s gonna be a full on backstreet brawl footy match! Can’t wait for that! The album’s out this week and our UK tour has sold out. I’m absolutely buzzing!The band’s debut album is out now. Check out Shoot Matchday for more info,last_img read more


first_imgAndrew McElhinney of O’Donnell’s Bakery, just one of the many businesses booked to exhibit at tomorrow’s Doing Business in Donegal showcase and trade fair in the Mount Errigal hotel.Gifts, candy, crafts and lots more besides will be on offer to the public tomorrow (FRI) in the Mount Errigal Hotel from 12 noon to 5pm, when seventy local businesses come together for a fantastic Doing Business in Donegal showcase hosted by Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office.Friday’s event – which is free – is just the latest Doing Business in Donegal showcase, building on a very successful trade-only event held just before last Christmas.“We had a similar number of businesses taking part last year in the event at the Clanree Hotel where the emphasis was on networking, but this year the event is open to the public as well from noon until 5pm,” Michael Tunney, Head of Local Enterprise, explained. He added that the seventy businesses fortunate to be allocated space for Friday’s Showcase, represent a wide range of sectors in Donegal and, he said, the variety on offer means there will be something there to suit everyone.“The businesses who are exhibiting is representative of many of the small and medium local enterprises that exist in Donegal. There will be 70 stands with food, gifts, sweets, crafts, books etc on sale, but there will also be services too like photography, marketing, graphic design, PR, health and fitness and more.Other stands will be of interest to those looking for services for house and home and will feature such areas as construction, insulation, showers, gates and stairs etc.”With only weeks to go now until Christmas, Friday’s showcase could be the place to find that perfect gift, but more than simply a Christmas gift fair it will also have an extensive range of commercial services on offer to members of the public or indeed to other businesses who can pop along on the day. “The great thing about Friday’s showcase is the variety that will be there because it means whether you are looking for gifts or vouchers, advice or information, or if you simply want to browse and meet some of the county’s entrepreneurs and business people in a warm and friendly environment, then it ticks all the boxes.”The Doing Business in Donegal Showcase will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, November 28 with free admission and doors open to the public from 12 noon until 5pm.  THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE DONEGAL BUSINESS SHOWCASE was last modified: November 27th, 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 Business ShowcaseletterkennyMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more