New RIA Terminal to Be Ready for Use by Year End

first_imgJet bridge boarding gate Front view of Jet Bridge Inside Terminal building –ceiling design Jet Bridge 1 –Arrival Partial view of Jet Bridge at RIA An Aerial view Jet bridges installed on the main terminal buildingcenter_img An Aerial view Jet bridges installed on the main terminal buildingThe Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), Wil Bako Freeman, has disclosed that the US$50 million terminal project at the Roberts International Airport will be ready for use by the end of this year.Mr. Freeman made the disclosure on Tuesday, September 11, 2017 in an interview with the Daily Observer.Construction of the new terminal began in 2017 under the terms of a loan agreement the Liberian Government under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed with the People’s Republic of China.The $50 million is a concessionary loan that Liberia will pay with interest within 25 years.The terminal has been erected and contractors are working daily to ensure that it is ready as promised.  The two boarding bridges from the building to the turn pad have been connected as engineering while pavement is also ongoing around the terminal.  At the same time, construction work is taking place on a water treatment plant and a standby power house.LAA MD FreemanAccording to Mr. Freeman, the terminal is expandable and may be expanded in the future if Liberia begins to attract a greater flow of passengers.When completed and dedicated, the new terminal will be the first up to date modern terminal ever at the RIA since the construction of that airport in the 1940s during the Second World War.Areas currently used for passengers are medium sized buildings which also host authorities of the airport. The boarding rooms are so congested that each can barely host  100 passengers.According to the LAA MD, upon completion, most of the buildings, including those used as terminals, will be demolished to create space for entry to the new terminal. He said they are also contemplating improving the human resource capacity of the airport to meet conventional acceptance in dealing with passengers at arrival and departure.There will also be restaurant and other business areas and, Mr. Freeman said, the management will soon publish a bidding advertisement for Liberian businesses and others to compete.On the other hand, the RIA Managing Director also spoke of an US$11 million concession agreement between RIA and GLS-NAS to build a cargo terminal and operate it at the airport. This, he said, will take a year to complete and will put Liberia in competition with other countries that are attracting huge flow of passengers and other businesses in the region. He noted that because Liberia does not have such a facility in the air transport business, it charges a ton of cargo as low as US6 cents.One challenging situation that caused Liberia to lose business with some airlines, including Air France, was the dilapidated condition of the runway.A $30 million loan from the Saudi Group and Arab Bank for Africa has also helped to address the runway and it now has the best led light which, the MD said, is the first he knows in Africa.He said the runway in air transport business is very essential in attracting airlines because it is the main area of operation for the airplane.Also to be completed shortly is the old terminal building that is undergoing renovation. According to Freeman, when completed, the building will host the offices of the Liberia Airport Authority.Anthony P. Togba II, Project Manager at the RIA, said the terminal is the first of its kind here in Liberia and meets all the requirements of a modern terminal.He described it as a “Steel structure building with a glass window curtain,” also disclosing that materials inside the building are aluminum steel. He said they also used concrete pile underneath with steel for the foundation, which accordingly guarantees the durability of the building.Meanwhile, there are currently 10 airlines operating in Liberia, and chief among them are Kenya Airways, KLM, Royal Air Maroc and Brussels Airlines.LAA Managing Director Freeman said they are also working on the active resumption of domestic air transport and, toward this end, some airstrips including those in Sasstown, Tappita and Rivercess are undergoing repair for this purpose. Progress at RIA – Sept. 20181 of 7 Jet bridges left to right –arrival and departure Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmers Advocate Office put on hold

first_imgPhoto: Director Arthur Hadland discusses the Farmers Advocate Office at the PRRD meeting on Thursday – Christine Rumleskie/ The board tabled the motion, and later had the companies confirm that they would continue their outbound work, all while running the independent office.That decision swayed most directors to defeat the motion on the table, and come back with another plan of action. Directors Hadland, Mike Bernier and Lyman Clarke were the only directors that voted in favor of the motion. The Farmers Advocate Office is now eight years in the making, and is supposed to be a resource for property owners in the Peace. For instance, if a landowner has a concern about oil and gas companies operating on their property, the Advocate Office would give the landowner the tools and information needed to address the problem.Director Arthur Hadland says while there’s still room for improvement on the proposal, the Advocate Office is much needed, especially in the South Peace.[asset|aid=2632|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=05fb23adda20e2a71bafcfb7cf8660f1-Hadland – advocate 1_1_Pub.mp3] But the issue that concerned many directors was a potential conflict of interest. One company that applied to operate the Advocate Office does consultation work involving oil and gas companies.Advertisementcenter_img By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – If they haven’t already, landowners in the Peace Region should stop holding their breath for a Farmers Advocate office.The news comes on the heels of a heated debate at the Peace River Regional District meeting on Thursday.Two consulting firms had been candidates to operate the Farmers Advocate Office, for a trial period of 18 months. The South Peace office would have cost the PRRD $240,000, half of which would have been provided by the province.Naturally, PRRD Director Mike Bernier is in favor of the location.[asset|aid=2631|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=05fb23adda20e2a71bafcfb7cf8660f1-Bernier – advocate 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Garde reveals ‘two players have already rejected Aston Villa in January

first_img Remi Garde 1 Remi Garde admits Aston Villa’s squad needs major surgery and revealed he is already losing out on players.The boss knows he must revamp his squad but insisted it will take time with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Villa signed 13 news players in the summer under former boss Tim Sherwood but they are 11 points from safety having failed to win since the opening day. Chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt were in New York on Monday to meet owner Randy Lerner to talk about transfer plans. Villa host Crystal Palace on Tuesday and Garde conceded, despite their summer spending, he will need to overhaul the struggling squad again. He said: “In the long-term, for sure. But during this transfer window as I have said, January is not the best time to do things because it is very difficult for many reasons.“This is not the end of the transfer window and I am working on that. Attracting players in the situation we are in is not an easy task because players are not only attracted by money as many people think.“They also care about the project that we present to them. I have to say that if we had been in a better position I would probably already have signed at least two players.”Garde, who wants to sign Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy and Chelsea’s Loic Remy, confirmed he has already lost out on players because of Villa’s desperate position. “Yes. It is very frustrating but I came into a situation that I knew could be uncomfortable to me or for signing players,” he added.“But of course, when a player says ‘I would have liked to have worked with you but I’m sorry, I prefer to wait and see what happens’ it is very frustrating.“But I can do nothing about that.”last_img read more

Border wars

first_imgThe mass of humanity – some half-million people gathered in Los Angeles this weekend to protest proposed federal immigration legislation – sends a powerful message. Not only is this an issue of pressing national importance, but it is also one over which we are bitterly divided. From those who would throw the borders wide open to those who would seal them shut, public opinion on immigration in America stretches a wide gamut. We see it in the protests, in the Minutemen movement, in the U.S. Senate, where members struggle with a severe, restrictionist policy approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. There can be no doubt that the debate has reached a boiling point. And the drain illegal immigration puts on public services, the danger it poses to national security and the very real exploitation it permits all demand attention. But what is the answer? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The House’s response, House Bill 4437, is a non-starter. Not only will the Senate not approve it in its current form, but President George W. Bush would almost surely veto it. And rightfully so. Tougher laws alone will never stem illegal immigration – the demand for the better life America has to offer is simply too great. Nor will simple feel-good answers like amnesty programs do the trick. Amnesty solves nothing. It rewards law-breaking, thus encouraging more of the same. The answer must lie in a sensible middle ground. And that’s the challenge for Bush – to try to lead and unite members of Congress behind a pragmatic, thoughtful approach. To reduce illegal immigration, America must find a way to safely and prudently expand legal immigration. The key is to connect the privilege of entering the U.S. with real responsibilities – the responsibility to be self-sufficient, to pay taxes, to be properly identified, to abide by the law. The same holds true for dealing with the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants who are already here. They must be offered a chance to obtain legal status, provided they show a commitment to live by these same standards. This way, America can continue its tradition of welcoming newcomers without becoming a haven for criminals, cheats or terrorists. Law enforcement could focus on the small number of immigrants who pose a threat, and not the vast majority who come only seeking to make a living. And immigrants could come to the U.S. safely and legally, without putting themselves at the mercy of coyotes or risking exploitation. As the Senate considers legislation this week, it has an opportunity to address a critical issue that has been ignored for too long. A sensible middle ground can be reached, but only if Bush delivers on his promise to become the “uniter.” If we can’t unite behind an immigration policy that moves us forward, how are we ever going to find the common ground on the war, the economy, health care and all the other issues that divide us?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


first_imgPatrick Gill pictured with RTE star Ryan Tubridy.Members of the Blue Ribbon Arts group with Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy.FEATURES: A Donegal dancing sensation who recently won the All-Ireland body popping dance competition has auditioned for a part in the Irish institution that is The Late Late Toy Show.Patrick Gill, 9, from Buncrana has earned himself a reputation a stellar reputation in the hip-hop scene nationwide. Despite his tender age the talented young man has already accomplished things mere mortal like us could only dream of – like starring in a music video! Patrick starred in a music video which is set to be released later this month.Last week he was crowned the All-Ireland U12 popping champion and yesterday he auditioned for a part in one of Ireland’s most loved Christmas shows.Patrick AKA ‘Paddy Popper’ is a dancer at the Elite Dance Academy in Buncrana.His tutor and mentor Clare McCarron has paid tribute to her little star, “We at Elite Dance Academy are so proud that Patrick Gill secured himself an audition for The Late Late Toy Show! “Yesterday, Patrick along with his parents Janette and Denver Gill traveled to Co Sligo for the regional auditions.“Patrick was welcomed by Ryan Tubridy and the RTE film crew on arrival and he said he had an the most amazing experience.“His audition was a fun remix of an old nursery rhyme which Patrick chose himself – when it comes to his routines Patrick knows exactly what he wants and what he is good at, he trains non stop, the movement and musicality he has is unreal!Patrick landed a TV role in his own dance video as alluded to above – on the show Pop Up Popstar.The show will be screened on RTE on October 23rd. Clare added, “It’s every child’s dream to audition for the Toyshow and yesterday our man had that amazing opportunity.“It would be amazing if he was selected to appear on the show in December.“Either way this young man has an amazing future ahead of him, and words can’t describe how proud we all are of him.Patrick wasn’t the sole representative for Donegal yesterday, in a fact over THIRTY children from the fantastic Blue Ribbon Arts group also attended the auditions. This wonderful group sang and danced and they’ll also be hopeful of making their way onto the big stage in December.Well done to all participants from Donegal who took part in the auditions in Sligo yesterday morning.DONEGAL DANCE SENSATION AUDITIONS FOR THE LATE LATE TOY SHOW was last modified: October 15th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Uruguay star Edinson Cavani loses fitness fight for France clash

first_img Getty Uruguay have made it to only their second World Cup quarter-final since 1970.The dual threat of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez has been key to their success so far – but the PSG man will be missing against France. Cavani scored twice against Portugal but was then forced off with a calf issue Why isn’t Edinson Cavani playing for Uruguay against France?The Paris Saint-Germain striker picked up a knock in the win over Portugal.He netted twice in that game to fire Uruguay to the last-eight, taking his international tally to 45 goals in 105 caps.Uruguay were hopeful that the calf problem could be fixed before the showdown in Nizhny Novgorod.But Cavani is only on the bench for the clash despite training individually on Thursday – and is listed as ‘injured’ on the official team-sheet.There is no tear to his calf but Uruguay must now go into the game without their most prolific goal threat.And it remains to be seen if they risk him off the bench in such a huge game.Former Boro striker Cristhian Stuani replaced Cavani when he limped off against Portugal and comes in to replace the injured star for the quarter-final clash.talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of Uruguay vs France from 3pm. 1last_img read more

UK could have bank holiday if England win World Cup after 160,000 sign petition

first_img England fans celebrate the World Cup victory over Sweden Should England beat Croatia in the last four on Wednesday night, they will face either France or Belgium in the final on Sunday.The petition, posted on the Government’s website by Liam Betson, said that if Gareth Southgate’s side are triumphant, the entire country should be given Monday, July 16 off work as the day “will not be pleasant for all fans.”It had already received well over 100,000 signatures by Tuesday morning, meaning it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.  You can sign the petition here.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has backed the calls for an extra bank holiday if England seal only their second ever World Cup success.Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said last week: “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but I think it is the case that Jeremy believes that if England were to win the World Cup there should be a public bank holiday in celebration.“The World Cup is a very special international competition.“It’s something that brings people together on a very large scale and we need recognition of that and recognition of the importance of football in the country.”You can listen to Croatia vs England live on talkSPORT on Wednesday night, kick-off 7pm. More than 180,000 people have now signed a petition demanding next Monday is made a bank holiday if England go on to win the World Cup.The Three Lions have a real shot at glory in this summer’s tournament in Russia, having booked their place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.center_img 1last_img read more

Lukaku and Smalling goals helps Man United edge past Watford

first_img 5 5 Pogba was unlucky not to double their lead moments later but his fierce effort was parried over by Foster.United didn’t have to wait long for their second, however, when Smalling expertly chested and volleyed Marouane Fellaini’s header powerfully in. The Red Devils have made a bad start to the season but there was nothing wrong with their approach to this game as they tested Ben Foster with efforts from Lukaku and Paul Pogba early on.On 16 minutes, the hero from the Hornets’ comeback victory over Tottenham Troy Deeney had a curling effort tipped over the bar by David De Gea.However, that was as good as it got for Watford in the first-half as United seized control of the game and Foster was forced into making another great save, this time denying Alexis Sanchez.But Jose Mourinho’s side broke the home team’s resistance ten minutes before the break when Ashley Young’s cross deflected into Lukaku’s path and the ball struck his midriff to trickle into the corner of the net. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware no dice England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won huge blow Smalling celebrates United’s second goal of the game 5 United are now eighth in the Premier League table Latest Premier League News Watford’s perfect start to the season was ended after they lost 2-1 to Manchester United at Vicarage Road.First-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling helped United claim back-to-back wins but the Premier League’s surprise package made them work for the win after Andre Gray pulled one back after the break. MOMENT OF THE MATCHUnsurprisingly the moment of the match has to be the Smalling goal as that was ultimately where the game was won and lost.Some believe he’s not good enough to wear the United shirt but his display shows Smalling is more than capable of playing for the club.UPCOMING FIXTURESFulham v Watford (Premier League) – Saturday September 22Young Boys v Manchester United (Champions League) – Wednesday September 19 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings Javi Gracia’s men improved after the break and Smalling was forced to clear an inswinging corner from the right away from danger just after the hour mark.But new life was breathed into the contest when Gray latched onto Abdoulaye Doucoure’s cutback to slam the ball into the roof of the net.Clearly sensing they could do to United what they did to Spurs two weeks ago, Watford threw everything in search of an equaliser.They would have been encouraged even further when Nemanja Matic was sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time.And Watford nearly got the goal straight away but De Gea made a superb save to deny Christian Kabasele’s header as United held on for the crucial win. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade This brilliant save by the Spaniard preserved the three points for United shining 5 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card smart causal Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars STAR MANMake no mistake, this was a big, big win for the Red Devils as they had to really dig deep to stay in touch with the Premier League’s top sides.Fellaini made a number of good challenges to stifle the Watford onslaught but Smalling is this game’s star man.The centre-back made a very good clearance off the line in the second-half and his goal – which has ultimately proved the deciding goal – was brilliantly taken. 5 REVEALED Smalling’s goal was a finish any striker in the league would be proud of After a difficult start, Mourinho’s side are beginning to string some results togetherlast_img read more

Manchester United forced to pay hefty additional fee to Monaco for Anthony Martial

first_img silverware 1 REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Martial’s strike against the Magpies was his 25th Premier League goal and, according to the Telegraph, this triggered a part of his transfer agreement which therefore charged United €10million (£8.7million) extra.It is understood that there were two other potential €10million (£8.7million) clauses in the 22-year-old’s contract, neither of which are looking likely to be activated. Manchester United have now reportedly paid Monaco a total of £44.7million for Antony Martial.The Red Devils initially signed the Frenchman for £36million, however his equalising goal against Newcastle on Saturday activated a cause in his contract which has cost them an additional fee. RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won boost Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets gameday cracker center_img Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder deals England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won FAREWELL REVEALED Jose Mourinho’s men will probably escape having to pay any more than the current £44.7million, as one of the clauses was set to be triggered if Martial was nominated for the Ballon d’Or by the end of 2018/19 (which he hasn’t been).The other came into effect if Martial played 25 matches for France before the end of 2018/19.He is currently out of favour with the side and has only played 18 times so far. Latest Manchester United News Anthony Martial’s goal against Newcastle was arguably priceless, as it helped Manchester United recover from 2-0 down to win 3-2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more


first_imgGreat mini-adventures await your children where they get to learn new life skills and make new friends doing everything from building their own rafts to kayaking on Gartan Lake….AND staying overnight.Gartan is running a two-day Muckabout Camp on Wednesday, August 6.For more information log on to or call 07491 37032 to reserve a place. The 2 day MUCKABOUT stay at Gartan includes VERY mucky Raft Building – learn the ropes and build your own! Climbing Wall FUN-damentals….Kayaking with a difference!! Try orienteering on the lake..then there’s mountain biking and/or Archery & Orienteering.Includes the overnight, breakfast, 1 x lunch & dinner !Take packed lunch with you for Day 1 please!  STILL SOME PLACES LEFT ON GREAT SUMMER CAMPS AT GARTAN was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 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:donegalFungartanMuckaboutsummer courseslast_img read more