The Editor,Because of the widening trade deficit, Liberia’s Central Bank Governor ( Dr. J. Mills Jones) wants a “reverse in the country’s export policy towards non-traditional exports”………Ok, great.But why do we have an export policy for “non-traditional exports” in the first place?? (Re “Liberia’s Trade Deficit Widens”)Promoting the free trade of ALL goods and services (traditional and non-traditional exports) is the best export policy for our prosperity!In the “Wealth of Nation”, Adam Smith, the Father of Modern Economics said that “In every country it always is and must be in the interest of the great body of people to buy whatever they want of those sell it cheapest…”He also argued that in a free exchange of goods and services, both sides became better off! Because trade benefits both sides (importer and exporter), it increases our prosperity!But our imperial President (Madam Sirleaf) have issued several executive orders (#44 and #50), banning private citizens from trading (exporting) their private property (timber, unprocessed rubber, and other natural resources)!Don’t we the people have the right to use, transfer, and trade property that we deem ours? If so, then why is the President using her executive orders to make life a living hell for private citizens who want to trade their goods and services with others in the global economy??Hey Madam President, the hard currency (U.S. dollars) we get from trading our exports is what we use to pay for our imports—(Heinekens, Guinness Stout, bottled water, and Governor Jones’s fabulous salary)! So why are you hostile to free trade??Um, is there any way can we pay the Governor and the President in Liberian Dollars, since they are the ones wreaking havoc with our monetary policies? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Liberian Dollar have depreciated (rise in exchange rate) from L$72.5/US$1.00 to L$83/US1.00 in Dec 2013!..And that depreciation of the Liberian dollar is the direct result of our monetary and trade policies. Look, if the President continues to ban private citizens from exporting (trading) their private property to willing buyers around the world, Liberians will soon start living like Zimbabweans! Hint Z$10,000,000,000,000 = 1 US Dollar! (Binyah Kesselly could be our first Liberian Dollar Billionaire!)But the best export policy is for lawmakers to pass legislation that nullifies the ALL executive orders that ban private citizens from trading (exporting) their private property (timber, unprocessed rubber, etc) with whomever they choose to around the world! Free trade is the best trade policy for our prosperity!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Wednesday Meetings: Karaoke networking? What: Advertising Professionals of North Los Angeles County will gather for some after-work socializing, networking and, yes, karaoke. Come find out how successful it is. AdPros is the premier networking group for anyone involved in creating, buying or selling advertising. Call Gary Jacobs at (661) 713-1087 for more info. When: 7 p.m. Where: L.B. Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia Thursday Meetings: Moms mixer What: The moms mixer is provided for moms, by moms! Give yourself two hours to enjoy and relax, leaving all cares and stress at the door, and take in food and drink, and great conversation. Everyone is welcome and no one is turned away. Bring a friend if you like … or make new ones! If you have questions regarding motherhood or parenting, this is a great place to be, share, and support. For questions, call (661) 255-6044 or e-mail email@example.com When: 7-9 p.m. Where: 27003 Fairway Lane, Valencia General: Movies to Talk About What: Movies to Talk About will feature “Who Killed the Electric Car,” a documentary that chronicles the life and mysterious death of General Motors’ EV1 electric car (introduced in 1996 and scrapped six years later). Filmmaker Chris Paine will be on hand for after-movie discussion. The show is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of SCV; the event is free and open to the public. Participants can purchase dinner or snacks at Vincenzo’s if desired. Free soft drinks are provided. For more information, visit www.UUofSCV.org or call (661) 254-7866. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Vincenzo’s Pizza Esperienza, 24504 Lyons Ave, Newhall. Clubs: SCV Quilt Guild meets What: The SCV Quilt Guild will host a demonstration from Leora Raikin. The meeting will also include a show and share of members’ quilt works and refreshments. Walk-ins are welcome. The Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday of each month. Annual dues are $25, $22 for participants ages 55 and older and $5 for guests. For information about the meetings or the group’s charity work, call membership chairwoman Adva Price at (661) 298-1385, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Guild’s Web site at www.scvquiltguild.org. When: 7-9 p.m. Where: Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Cyn Road, Saugus Charity: Something to walk about What: A fundraiser to kick off the 2007 MS Walk. Eat, laugh and maybe win a great prize! Twenty percent of all proceeds go back to fight multiple sclerosis. There will be raffles and a silent auction. Help support Susan Berenson and the Brighton Bunch. Sign up to sponsor/donate or walk with Susan’s team on April 22 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. When: 6-9 p.m. Where: Vincenzo’s Pizza Esperienza, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall Clubs: Investing in real estate clubs What: The club will meet for information on the topic “Short Sales.” Cost: $25, includes dinner. For information, call the club at (818) 232-3188, call El Torito at (661) 254-2994 or visit the club’s Web site at www.weeklyclubs.com. When: 6.30 p.m. Where: El Torito Restaurant, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia Friday Sports: Cheerleading sign-ups What: Young Champions, a nonprofit organization based in Orange County, offers youth cheerleading classes throughout Southern California. These classes are designed for students age 5-15. One of their cheerleading locations is in Valencia on Friday evenings. The spring session will run for 10 weeks, starting today. New students can register up to the fourth week. For class times and levels, contact Young Champions at (800)956-6956. When: 4:30-7:15 p.m. Where: Old Orchard Elementary School, 25141 N. Avenida Rondel, Valencia Saturday Clubs: Community Hiking Club What: Join Santa Clarita’s new Community Hiking Club, designed to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Today’s hike is at Pleasant View Ridge, from South Fork to the Devil’s Punchbowl. It is a moderate, one-way 6.7-mile hike. An Adventure Pass is required. Hikers will carpool and caravan to the trailhead. For information, call Frank Hoffman at the Nature Center at (661) 259-7721, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.californiawild.org/santaclarita/Hiking.html. When: 9:30 a.m. Where: Meet at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 W. Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall Classes: Cooking at Fahrenheit 451 What: This hands-on vegetarian cooking class will feature foods cooked at 451 degrees or lightly spiced. Registration is required. Call the Valencia Library at (661) 259-8942. This event is part of The Big Read, a nationwide reading initiative designed not only to revive literary reading and restore reading to the center of American culture, but to encourage reading for pleasure and bring communities together to read and discuss one book. When: 2-4:30 p.m. Where: Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tuesday Clubs: Guild fashion show luncheon What: Community members are invited to attend the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Home Tour League’s annual membership luncheon and fashion show and learn more about the all-volunteer hospital support group. For more information, contact the foundation at (661) 253-8082. When: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: Private residence. Call (661) 253-8082 for additional information. Classes: Basic gardening in the SCV What: This class will concentrate on growing your own fresh fruits and vegetables. Guest speakers will include local gardeners with tips on growing some of their favorite fruits and vegetables. Growing herbs, berries and grapes will also be covered. Class fee: $28. For further information, call (661) 252-8852 or visit www.goldenoakadultschool.com. When: 7-9:30 p.m. Where: Golden Oak Adult School, Dalbey Drive and Newhall Avenue, Newhall
On Friday, many remained stunned by what had happened.“We can’t sleep, we can’t talk, we can’t do anything,” said Sebastian, a 34-year-old lawyer who had travelled to Russia from Rosario.“We’ve never seen anything like last night.”The team, he said, had shown no “huevos”, using the Spanish slang for testicles.Susi, a grandmother from Buenos Aires who spent an eye-watering $40,000 taking her son and grandson to Russia, said the result was so bad it could have implications for Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, as he battles economic problems at home.“If Argentina loses, it can become a social problem,” she said.The defeat was arguably the most shocking result of the tournament so far.A team thought among the favourites for the World Cup, with superstar Lionel Messi as captain, were not expected to struggle through the first stage.They certainly weren’t expected to play so badly.The result was Argentina’s worst at a World Cup since being dismantled by Johan Cruyff’s “Total Football” Dutch side 4-0 on a thundery night in West Germany back in 1974.Nor were Argentina meant to rely on the results of Iceland or Nigeria just to remain in Russia.With one point from two games, their fans were desperate for Nigeria to beat Iceland in Friday’s game to retain hope of qualifying for the knockout stage.“Today, all my country is Nigerian,” joked Nicolas, 41, a company owner from Buenos Aires.Fans of the “Albiceleste” could be spotted all around Nizhny on Friday.Some were walking round town in kit, others with “Lio” shaved into their hair, and those draped in the country’s flag, like Santiago, a student from the south of Argentina, as he prepared to head to Saint Petersburg for Argentina’s crucial final Group D match on June 26.Who was to blame? The embattled coach Jorge Sampaoli or the curiously listless players who have failed to produce, including the great Messi?“I believe that the coach is not sure what he wants, or he is unable to pass this onto the players,” said Santiago.“But they also have to play, after all they are professionals.”– Down, but not out –Despair though had turned to hope in the cold light of day, or at least the first signs that all was not lost.Cousins Juan and Valentino from Cordoba were about to embark on a 20-hour journey by train and plane via Moscow, Rome, Madrid and Buenos Aires to go home.Their Russian odyssey was over but maybe not their team’s.Valentino complained that the Argentinian public and media put too much pressure on the side.“The people think that the only way is to win the World Cup, they don’t consider it a probability to lose,” said Valentino, a 19-year-old student.Juan called for as many as five changes in the team for the Nigeria game.“We have a potential chance, it’s time to support the team,” said the 37-year-old accountant hopefully.“We were in the same situation as we are now (when qualifying for the World Cup).“We did it one time, so we can do it again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000It was a bad night for Argentina and their fans as they slipped to the brink of an embarrassing group-stage exit © AFP / MARTIN BERNETTINIZHNIY, Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jun 22 – It was the morning after the night before for Argentinian fans in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday and the recriminations from the devastating Croatia defeat just hours earlier were well underway.The realisation that the 3-0 thumping by Croatia — complete with comedy first goal — had left the mighty two-time winners on the verge of a humiliating exit, left some of their fans in tears.
DETROIT – With the ink barely dry on a new four-year labor contract, Chrysler LLC says it plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs and remove four models from its lineup. The move stunned workers and suggests that the now-private Chrysler won’t hesitate to cut production and jettison vehicles that aren’t selling well. Chrysler said Thursday that it will cut 8,500 to 10,000 hourly jobs and 2,100 salaried jobs through 2008, or about 15percent of its work force. The cuts come on top of 13,000 Chrysler layoffs that were announced in February. Chrysler also will eliminate shifts at five North American assembly plants and cut four slow-selling models through 2008: the Dodge Magnum wagon, the convertible version of the Chrysler PT Cruiser, the Chrysler Pacifica crossover, and the Chrysler Crossfire sports car. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Chrysler officials said falling demand for vehicles in the U.S. market made the cuts necessary. Sales fell 3percent in the first nine months of this year, according to Autodata Corp., and the company said it expects sluggish sales in 2008. “We have to move now to adjust the way our company looks and acts to reflect a smaller market,” Chrysler Vice Chairman and President Tom LaSorda, who led the company through the recent contract talks, said in a statement. Most workers will be offered buyout or early retirement packages. The details of those packages weren’t released Thursday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has welcomed confirmation from the HSE this evening that a multi-agency response, including support and counselling services for victims, will be announced tomorrow in response to the conviction of Michael Ferry for raping four young boys.Speaking this evening Deputy Doherty said there may be more victims in the area and it is important that there are services in place to support all of those who have been affected by the actions of Michael Ferry both directly and indirectly.Deputy Doherty said: “I contacted the HSE today and informed them that it is my strong view that a statutory response is needed in Gaoth Dobhair to help the victims of Michael Ferry. “This must include support and counselling services for all those affected by this mans actions both directly and indirectly.“It is my understanding that these services will be provided and will be announced tomorrow morning and I welcome that commitment.“It is quite possible that there are more victims out there that have not come forward yet and it is very important that services are in place for these people.”Earlier Mr Doherty told Shaun Doherty on Highland Radio that he knew Ferry and had also witnessed his inappropriate behaviour – which had realised after hearing about the court case.“He would say he was a black belt in karate; he would be grabbing you and throwing you to the ground.“What sparked my memory was one of the victims in the court mentioned how Mickey would throw him to the ground and start by tickling him.“Looking back now, when I put myself back into the situation, that type of behaviour was completely inappropriate.”Mr Doherty said many teenagers – including himself – had hung around the premises at Ardscoil Mhuire where Ferry was the caretaker.“I remember one incident where he loaned a few of us a tent and we put it up to stay out for the night. But – I can’t remember whether it was me or one of the other fellas – but he slipped one of us a written note, saying he would call back that night. I remember we took the tent down straight away and went home.”In a statement the directors of the premises where Ferry abused his victims before and after they dismissed him as a caretaker expressed their regret at the case and “the pain, suffering and distress experienced by them by his criminal actions”.They said he had been fired from his job 10 years ago – however they did pay him for odd jobs after that date.They said they were unaware that Ferry continued to use the premises where to locals – many of whom we spoke to today – he was still seen as the ‘caretaker’.The statement said: “Following his arrest in 2001 and prior to his subsequent conviction he was dismissed from his post as caretaker. This dismissal took place at a formal meeting, attended by two directors of Coláiste Cholmcille.“Teaching staff at the college were informed of his dismissal and the reasons for same.“Over subsequent years, on occasion, whilst the building was vacant and not in use, Micheal Ferry, on an intermittent basis and always in the company of other building workers, participated in effecting necessary repairs.”The school insisted Ferry was never unaccompanied during his subsequent employment.However, the directors said with the benefit of hindsight, in the light of the information now available “we regret having allowed this”.In its statement, the school said intermittent security checks of the building during its long periods of unoccupancy did not reveal evidence of unauthorised use.“However, information emerging from the recent court case states that Micheal Ferry continued to access the building subsequent to his dismissal as caretaker in 2001.”“As already stated this was an unused and unoccupied building for approximately nine months of every year. Apart from the above mentioned periods of authorised accompanied access, any other access of the building by Micheal Ferry was totally unauthorised.”Basically the school directors say they didn’t know he was using the building and was doing so without their authority.* Do you have a picture of Michael Ferry or know more about it? Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.orgCRISIS COUNSELLING TO BE OFFERED TO GAOTH DOBHAIR SEX ABUSE VICTIMS was last modified: July 21st, 2011 by gregShare 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:Michael FerrypaedophilePearse Dohertypervert
A controversial method of extracting gas, which a company plans to carry out in the Bundoran area, led to mini-earthquakes when it was used in England, it has emerged.Campaigners in Co Donegal and several neighbouring counties say they will oppose plans by an Australian company to use ‘fracking’ to get to billions of euro worth of natural gas.Tremors are caused when large volumes of water are pumped underground, forcing the gas to the surface. Speaking to an Oireachtas committee, the boss of the Australian mining company Tamboran Richard Moorman said the firm planned to construct as many as 500 gas wells, one every two to four kilometres, mainly in north Leitrim and Cavan, using one million gallons of water per well.The company is also examining sub-structures in Bundoran, Mullaghmore, and Benbulben.An Taisce chairman Charles Stanley-Smith called for a ban on fracking in Ireland and said the fluids used elsewhere “contain known and potential carcinogens”.“It was also linked to leaks of radioactive gases, contamination of water supplies, reproduction problems and damage to aquatic life,” he told the Oireachtas Environment Committee. In Britain and the USA, as well as France, the practice has been banned in some areas.There have been cases where the gas has leaked into the water mains – setting taps on fire on households.Some companies are looking at the possibility of gas fracking in other parts of the county.The fracking will go ahead in 2019 if it is given the go-ahead.DONEGAL GAS FRACKING: OPERATION CAUSES MINI-EARTHQUAKES was last modified: September 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:anti-fracking campaignbundorandangerousdonegalfrackingmini-earthquakestremors
A new production of Brian Friel’s much loved classic, marking the play’s 25th anniversary of its premiere.Presented by Lyric Theatre, Belfast in association with the inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival (August 20-31) – Ireland’s first annual cross border arts festival. Winner of an Olivier Award and a Tony Award, Dancing at Lughnasa is one of the most acclaimed and loved Irish plays of recent times.Set in County Donegal in 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa, the play tells the story of the five Mundy sisters and their brother Jack, who has returned home from the missions after 25 years away.The story is told by the sisters’ nephew, Michael, who recalls the summer spent with his aunts when he was seven years old. As August gives way to September, Michael recounts his memory of childhood in his native Ballybeg, where his aunts raised him in their crumbling, rural home and where once they danced. A wild, raucous dance. A dance to the exciting, fleeting melody of the past and a dance against the harsh, progressive beat of the present.One of the greatest plays ever written, this is a play about dance – the dream-wild dance of our memories. This new production, which marks the 25th anniversary of the play’s premiere in Dublin, is directed by award-winning Annabelle Comyn.Charlie Bonner -Michael EvansDeclan Conlon -Father Jack MundyCatherine Cusack -Agnes MundyVanessa Emme – Christina MundyCara Kelly – Maggie MundyCatherine McCormack – Kate MundyMary Murray -Rose MundyMatt Tait -Gerry EvansFor further information on the Lughnasa International Friel Festival please visit www.lughnasainternationalfrielfestival.com or call the box office on 0749120777 (INT: 00353 749120777).Category: Drama / HighlightsDate: Thursday 20 August 2015 – Sunday 23 August 2015Time: Thursday to Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2.30pmTickets: Thurs – all tickets €20 or buy four for €70Fri/Sat €25/€20Sunday matinee €20/€15Book now!BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR DANCING AT LUGHNASA AT THE AN GRIANÁN THEATRE was last modified: August 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnews
Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham leapt to the defence of supporters who invaded the pitch at full-time at Griffin Park.Hundreds of away fans stormed onto field at the final whistle after their side conceded two late goals to lose 3-2 against Brentford.But Whittingham insisted it was done in celebration, given that ownership of the club has been secured by supporters after a long period in administration.“No-one wants to see that happen but it is not done in a violent way,” he said.“It is done because they are celebrating the club and I hope people appreciate that, because it’s about the euphoria surrounding things at Portsmouth at the moment.“The situation at the club has not been going on for the last 13 or 14 months, it’s been happening for four years, and unfortunately things spilled onto pitch at the end.”Whittingham added: “To have your own supporters run the club is what everybody wanted and hopefully the club can finally turn the corner now.“We know there is every chance we will be in League Two next season but we know even from that we can build on and push forward again.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
As the Raiders embark on a new era with Mike Mayock as general manager and Jon Gruden as head coach, they rid themselves of their former general manager’s right-hand man.Joey Clinkscales, the Raiders’ director of player personnel and Reggie McKenzie’s No. 2, has been fired, the Bay Area News Group has learned.This move was expected after McKenzie’s firing, and Clinkscales, who normally traveled with the team, hadn’t done so since the Raiders let McKenzie go on Dec. 10.“I have 15 years worth …