Ganta City Council Demands Flat Roofs on Main Street

first_imgThe Ganta City Council (GCC) in conjunction with the city corporation has begun enforcing a policy that compels people building on the main street to erect flat roofs.The decision, according to Ganta City Council Chairman, Amos Saye Gbatu, was made prior to the road reaching Ganta.The enforcement, however, is taking effect in the wake of CHICO reaching Ganta with the road construction work. The ordinance has sparked a high level of euphoria not only among personnel of the local authority but also among the public.Mr. Gbatu indicated that the GCC remains consistent and forceful in implementing the new regulation, adding that there is another regulation in the offing. He spoke in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend in Ganta.He emphasized that the decision, when implemented, will give a better facelift to the city as development unfolds.He said they empathize with residents especially businesspeople for the stress associated with the regulation and the ongoing road work.Said Mr. Gbatu, development does not come easily, stressing that it requires all to endure pain.Presuming that there may be some people refusing to comply, he asserted that the GCC has lawyers to deal with anyone failing to comply with the regulation.He warned that those without the capacity or refusing to comply should leave their land vacant, but should not erect any structure that is not a flat roof on the main street.Part of the main street now occupied by flat roof buildings stretches from the Monrovia parking to Guinea Road intersection where the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) is located.As for the street leading from the turning point to LPMC and then Saclepea Highway, Mr. Gbatu said “We are going step by step and when the time comes, those along that line will see reason to begin doing the same when they see that one side of the city is given a facelift.”He added that when the government begins constructing the road from Ganta to the Southeast, residents along that street would already be adjusted to the regulation and will start to undertake projects in line with the city ordinance.Amid the enforcement, many entrepreneurs in Ganta have registered their willingness to erect flat roofs on the main street, with Madison Gausi of the Wingus Business Center vigorously constructing one of the flat roof buildings.In a related development, the pavement of the road leading from Ganta to Yekepa through Saniquellie is underway as the Senegalese company, CSE, has begun moving its equipment along the highway.There is also a road beginning at the main street of Ganta to Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland Counties.This highway, sometimes referred to as the Ganta-Harper Highway, was undergoing construction from 1984 to the beginning of the Liberian civil crisis in 1989.The work was abandoned due to the civil crisis that ended in 2003, except for the segment beginning from Fishtown, River Gee County to Maryland that is undergoing construction with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bryant suspended again

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) &#8212 Kobe Bryant was suspended one game by the NBA on Wednesday for striking a player in the face, his second penalty for that action in a little more than a month. The most recent incident came with 58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 117-107 double-overtime loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night, when Bryant struck the Timberwolves’ Marko Jaric after taking a shot. The play was similar to one that drew Bryant a suspension late in January, when he hit San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili in the face after taking a shot. NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson determined that play to have been an unnatural basketball action and suspended Bryant from a game at New York. Bryant, second in the NBA with 29.2 points per game, will miss the Lakers’ game at Milwaukee on Wednesday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

File to be opened in LAPD bias suit

first_imgThe agreement limits what can be made public in connection with the lawsuit, and calls for some papers to be filed under seal. City officials initially denied access to the personnel files and, at one point, asked the state Supreme Court to intervene. Lt. Otis Dobine, who is African American, and other minority officers allege Berkow and other police officials kept them out of contention for jobs in the Critical Incident Investigation Division. The officers sued in March 2006. Chief William Bratton issued a statement in December denying the allegations. Berkow, the former police chief in South Pasadena, also is named in a lawsuit by LAPD Detective Ya-May Christle of Arcadia. She alleges she was demoted from sergeant and discriminated against for complaining that Berkow was promoting female officers in exchange for sex. LOS ANGELES – Attorneys for the city and for a group of LAPD officers suing the department for discrimination have agreed on conditions for reviewing of the personnel files of a former deputy chief, the officers’ lawyer said Tuesday. The accord involves personnel files on Michael Berkow, formerly the head of LAPD Internal Affairs and now the chief in Savannah, Ga. While head of Internal Affairs, Berkow was accused of giving promotions to female officers in exchange for sex and denying others promotions based on their race. The deal between attorneys was reached April 4 and signed by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Haley J. Fromholz, said attorney Bradley C. Gage, who represents officers seeking Berkow’s personnel files. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

State bill proposes splitting utilities

first_img“We don’t mind paying what its costs, but we see no reason to subsidize others,” said Don Jensen, public works director for Santa Fe Springs. However, officials from the South Bay area argued Wednesday that any split in the assessment would be unfair, would result in the state Legislature setting rates and would discourage regional water management. “As a resident of Inglewood, I would be directly and adversely affected by the more than $1 million increase in cost that would be mandated on my city,” said Gloria Gray, a director for the West Basin Municipal Water District. De La Torre said the bill doesn’t set rates but instead provides various factors for the Water Replenishment District to use in rate setting. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Southeast-area water utilities could save hundreds of thousands of dollars under legislation supporters say would stop the utilities from subsidizing utilities in the South Bay area. Assemblyman Hector De La Torre’s bill, AB 640, would force the Water Replenishment District to split its groundwater pumping rate into two rates. One rate would be for Southeast area (Central Basin) and another for the South Bay (West Coast Basin) water utilities. The Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday approved the bill on a 4-2 vote. It next goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. “AB 640 would eliminate an annual subsidy of $10.7 million paid by the communities of Southeast Los Angeles County to southwest Los Angeles County,” De La Torre, D-South Gate, said. The figure comes from a study that showed that the costs of replenishing the Central Basin underground supply is much lower than the West Basin, said Jim Glancy, chairman of the technical advisory committee for the Southeast Water Coalition, a group of cities. The existing assessment is $138 per acre foot. But if the assessment was split, Central Basin utilities would pay $83 per acre-foot and West Coast Basin utilities would pay $366 per acre-foot, according to the study. The savings to Whittier-area utilities would range from about $42,000 for the city of Whittier to $200,000 for the city of Santa Fe Springs and Pico Water District. Local officials said should their costs be reduced, their rates wouldn’t go down but probably wouldn’t go up as much in the future. last_img read more

Driver falls asleep, strikes power pole in Acton

first_imgACTON – Firefighters removed a woman from her car Monday after it overturned in Acton, a CHP officer said. The woman, a roving health care worker whose identity was not released, told Highway Patrol officers she fell asleep about 9:10 a.m. while driving her Dodge Neon north on Sierra Highway, CHP Officer Tom Goris said. She drove off the road, crashing into a power pole about 20 feet from the pavement south of Crown Valley Road, Goris said. The woman was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with moderate injuries, Goris said. Staff Writer Patricia Farrell Aidem contributed to this story. (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The crash felled the power pole. Goris said driving without adequate rest is “just as dangerous as driving drunk.” “She could have just as easily veered into oncoming traffic,” Goris said. About 15 minutes earlier, a crash blocked traffic on another of the remote alternate routes between the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys. A motorcyclist heading south on Bouquet Canyon Road, just north of the Big Oaks Lodge in Saugus, passed a slower-moving vehicle, but found himself in the path of an oncoming car, CHP Officer John Lutz said. last_img read more

Forget Messi’s penalty miss – let’s celebrate, says Barcelona boss Enrique

first_img Barcelona boss Luis Enrique Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has dismissed Lionel Messi’s late penalty miss against Manchester City and insisted his players can celebrate a job well done at the Etihad Stadium.The Spanish side were 2-1 winners against the Premier League side in the Champions League last 16 as Luis Suarez struck twice in the first half before Sergio Aguero grabbed one back for the hosts.Messi had the chance to give Barcelona a bigger lead with an injury time spot-kick only to see Joe Hart pull off a brilliant save.But Enrique has revealed the Argentine will retain penalty duties and praised the efforts of his charges.“We know penalties can be missed in this game of ours and he [Lionel Messi] will take the next one,” he said.“Tonight is a night to celebrate. The first half was fantastic from every player, every person on the pitch.“I can’t complain about the attitude of the players.” 1last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL has another Boxing Great!Maeve McCarron from the Carrigart Boxing Club won a Youth European Bronze Medal at the weekend. And they’re planning a massive homecoming tonight.It is starting at Cranford Community Centre at 7.30pm Via Downings and finishing in the Carrigart Hotel for light refreshments at 8pm.Dr John Lynch, Chairman of the IABA Board of Directors, has hailed the performances of the Irish women’s squad at the EU Women’s Senior, Youth and Junior Championships in Hungary as a unique occasion for Irish amateur boxing and Irish sport.Ireland secured a record-breaking 15 – five gold, three silver and seven bronze – medals at the 23-nation Championships which concluded in Keszthely yesterday. AIBA World No.1 Katie Taylor claimed her 5th successive EU title at the tournament, while Kristina O’Hara, Jacqui Lynch, Grainne Gavin and Amy Broadhurst won Youth and Junior gold.HERO’S HOMECOMING IN CARRIGART FOR BOXING STAR MAEVE was last modified: July 8th, 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:Boxing winnerBRONZE MEDALCarrigart BoxingMaeve McCarronlast_img read more

Timmer Named Third Team All-MVC

first_imgSAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University junior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s men’s basketball All-MVC third team, the conference announced Tuesday, Feb. 28.Timmer, a guard, has started all 30 games to date for the Bulldogs and scored in double figures in 26 of them. He leads Drake in scoring with 15.4 points per game to rank fourth in the MVC. Timmer also ranks third in the MVC shooting 82.9 percent from the free throw line and his 362 career free throws are the fourth most in program history.Timmer, who has scored 462 points this season, now ranks ninth among Drake’s all-time scorers with 1,337 career points. Timmer became the 24th Bulldog to record 1,000 career points on Dec. 10 against Jackson State.The honor is the fifth MVC postseason accolade of Timmer’s career. As a freshman, he was named to the MVC All-Newcomer and All-Freshman teams. Following his sophomore campaign, Timmer was named honorable mention All-MVC as well as the MVC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Timmer was also named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week twice this season, as well as being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.Timmer and the Bulldogs begin MVC Tournament play on Thursday, Mar. 2, as the No. 10 seed against seventh-seeded Bradley. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Donegal teacher’s 145km walk home inspired by late uncle

first_imgDonegal teacher Elaine McConnell has been inspired by her late uncle to take on a mighty adventure this week with her beloved pooch Lucy.Elaine will be pushing herself to the limit as she takes part in a solo 145km three-day ‘Home to Home’ fundraising walk from Belfast to St Johnston in Donegal.The challenge, which begins this Friday, aims to raise awareness and much-needed funds for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland. Elaine works as a behaviour support teacher in Longstone Special School in Dundonald, Belfast. She will be leaving her home in East Belfast at 7.00am on Friday, 5th July and plans to arrive in her family home for a special barbecue with family and friends in St Johnston, Co Donegal on Sunday evening, 7th July. Her canine companion Lucy will be keeping her company during the cross-border trip.Elaine McConnell and her dog LucyDementia is very close to Elaine’s heart and she was inspired to organise this solo adventure by her uncle, Bill McVitty, who lived with dementia for 10 years. Bill was always trying to ‘go home’ which is where the idea of ‘Home to Home’ came from. Bill sadly passed away in May after being cared for at home by his wife, Doreen, for many years.Elaine now wants to complete the challenging walk in Bill’s memory. Elaine will be joined by friends and family members at various points along the way and she is encouraging others to follow her progress on social media or make a donation online (click here to donate) All the money raised will be split evenly between The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland.Elaine said: “Dementia is a cause close to the heart of my family and many others. I have witnessed how devastating and heart-breaking this condition can be on a family. My uncle Bill had dementia and we were all impacted by his journey with the condition so I am going to do this for him, his family and everyone else out there who is affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.“I am really looking forward to raising awareness and funds for these great charities north and south of the border to show people who are caring for people with dementia in particular that there is support out there and to raise the importance of people talking and seeking help and advice. I also want to highlight the issue of caring for the carer who do so much work and are heroes in our own communities.”Elaine McConnell and her dog LucyElaine added: “The generosity and support that I have received so far from family, friends, colleagues and members of the public has been fantastic. Little things like people offering their support, leaving messages, people making donations both large and small and even the offering of services and company during the walk has been absolutely phenomenal. I have been taken aback by the reaction to this walk and the public’s support.”The teacher has been taken aback by the support that she has received so far – with one hotel, the O’Neill Arms Country House Hotel in Toomebridge in Antrim, offering a free stay for her first night on the road. Graham/Farrans Construction Joint Venture has gone out of their way to allow Elaine access to the site of their almost completed 7.3km of new A6 dual carriageway that will allow Elaine to walk safely, traffic free from Randalstown to the Toomebridge bypass and Charles Hurst, Belfast have generously donated a minibus for three days to act as a support vehicle that can transport any volunteer walkers back to their cars if they have joined Elaine for a stretch.The Alzheimer Society of Ireland provides numerous services to help the 2,000 people with dementia and their families in Donegal including Day Care, Social Clubs, Alzheimer Cafes and Home Care and also has an active Donegal Branch Office. Full details on www.alzheimer.ieMembers of the public can make online donation to Elaine HERE.Donegal teacher’s 145km walk home inspired by late uncle was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Alzheimer’s Societyelaine mcconnellhome to homeThe Alzheimer Society of Irelandlast_img read more

B52s, Ringtails all square after two

first_imgThe Humboldt B52s dropped the second game of their three-game weekend series against the visiting Redding Ringtails 4-2 Saturday night at Bomber Field less than 24 hours after a dominating 8-2 win over the Ringtails Friday night. “The goal, always, is to win the series,” B52s manager Scott St. John said. “Hats off to their pitchers today, they earned the win.”The B52s (5-2) will have a chance to win the three-game series today when they take on the Ringtails (5-3) at 12:05 p.m., at Bomber …last_img read more