Traders Elated as Paved Road Reaches Guinea Border

first_imgThe pavement of the road from Gbarnga to Ganta has finally reached the bridge linking Liberia with Guinea at the Ganta Main Port of entry, bringing joy to many business people as well as ordinary citizens, and the security.The pavement work is said to have given the face of the Port of Ganta a new look and transformed the once dusty scenery around the offices of the custom workers.“We are very happy that the pavement has fully reached the border point and we hope that the government asks the Chinese (to fix) the area on the shoulder, just after the entry point, so as to reduce the dust and mud during the dry and raining seasons,” said an officer only identified as Nathan.“I was very happy when I entered Liberia this morning to see that the road pavement had successfully hit the border, and we can now travel on it to Monrovia,” said Musa Jabateh, a trader.“If the Guinean government could do the same on their side, it will ease the difficulty people experience from here to Nzerekore in Guinea.” At the same time, CHICO, the Chinese road construction firm paving the road, has begun laying the sidewalk on the main street of Ganta, beginning from the United Bank for Africa – near the city center – and moving toward Guinea Road junction.It is not clear how far the sidewalk will go, because the starting point is almost at the center of Ganta.“We thought the sidewalk would begin from the entrance of the city – Lonestar, opposite UNMIL compound – to the center of Ganta; but, the way it started, I don’t think it will be too long,” said an onlooker.Besides the paved road reaching the Ganta Main Border, there appears to be no preparation for parking lots near the customs area. Many citizens expect an ample parking space for the many business vehicles that need to park in order to declare their goods as they enter the Liberian side of the border. “The first diagram of the road shown to us during the Public Works Minister’s visit in February, shows there will be a modern parking lot at this border, but we are not seeing any signs yet. Maybe it is still in the pipeline,” said Samuel Bumie, an officer at the border.“We are very happy about this road and hope that every design should be touched accordingly,” he said happily. The pavement of the Gbarna-Ganta-Guinea Road began early 2014 by CHICO, starting from Bong County to Ganta.It is considered to be one of the fastest road constructions so far in Liberia during this post war period, according to those who ply the road daily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fulham v Brighton line-ups: Two changes for Whites, ex-Fulham man starts for Albion

first_imgGoalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli keeps his place in the Fulham side for the Championship clash with Brighton.The 23-year-old was only on the bench for the opening game at Cardiff last week but was recalled for the League Cup win at Wycombe.Nikolay Bodurov replaced Dan Burn in the other change from the team that drew at Cardiff.Ryan Tunnicliffe, available again after a suspension for inappropriate social media comments, is among the substitutes.But Luke Garbutt, Jack Grimmer, Scott Parker, George Williams and Fernando Amorebieta are all injured.New Brighton signing Uwe Hunemeier starts in place of Lewis Dunk, the centre-back linked with Fulham, who is only on the bench.Former Whites striker Bobby Zamora, who rejoined Brighton in the summer, is not in the squad but another former Fulham player David Stockdale starts in goal.Fulham: Bettinelli; Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Voser; Cairney, Christensen, O’Hara, Pringle; McCormack, Smith. Subs: Lonergan, Kacaniklic, Mattila, Woodrow, Tunnicliffe, Dembele, Burn.Brighton: Stockdale; Bruno, Greer, Huenemeier, Bong; March, Stephens, Kayal, LuaLua; Hemed, Baldock. Subs: Maenpaa, Dunk, Rosenior, Calderon, Forster-Caskey, Ince, O’Grady.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

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IBM antes up $1 Billion for SOA

first_imgAs mentioned on an earlier blog, with webMethods purchase of Infravio, BEA’s purchase of Flashline, and HP’s purchase of Mercury and Systinet, only LogicLibrary remains as an independent pure-play SOA company.IBM has now announced that it will begin reselling and providing services for the LogicLibrary product Logidex.  Maybe this could be the first step in a potential acquisition of LogicLibrary by IBM?Along with that announcement, IBM made a number of other announcements last week too. They rolled out four new products, 23 enhanced versions of existing software and 11 new service offerings.  IBM reiterated their broad company-wide support of SOA.  The new SOA-focused software and services is based on IBM’s best practices developed on engagements with 2500 business partners and 3000 SOA customers.IBM categorized their SOA announcement into four focus areas: Business Process Management (BPM); tools to expoit SOA benefits; SOA governance; and SOA infrastructure.One of the new products introduced last week was based on software from Webify which IBM purchased in August.  The three other new products were WebSphere Registry and Repository (WSRR), the Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database, and the Tivoli Dynamic Workload Broker.As part of the announcement, IBM also shared results of a study commissioned by IBM done by the Institute for Business Value called The Business Value of Service-Oriented Architecture.  In that study, 92 percent of IBM SOA customers started SOA to reduce costs, and 51 percent of the customers saw revenue growth because of SOA.The SOA portfolio that IBM has put togehter competes most closely with that of Hewlett Packard.  In all, it is estimated that IBM is investing $1 Billion this year in research, development and acquisition in the area of SOA.Formtek is an IBM partner.last_img read more

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NBA legend Julius Erving defends LeBron James’ NBA Finals record

first_img“Dr. J” Julius Erving (left) with fellow NBA legends Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Despite taking part in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) last six Finals—with eight total appearances overall—LeBron James has drawn flak for his subpar 3-wins-and-5-losses championship record.Although his individual greatness on the court cannot be questioned, the NBA’s premier superstar remains hounded by pundits questioning his presumed lack of success on the league’s grandest stage.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “So, 3-5 doesn’t mean anything. I’m more impressed with eight Finals than I am with the record in the Finals,” he said.“If he was 0-for-8 in Finals, that would still be an amazing achievement. That’s like going to eight Super Bowls.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: Letran scrapes past EAC for first win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’00:50Trending Articles01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Having won titles in both the NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association), Julius Erving put in his two cents on James’ record and what it means for his legacy.The retired legend, best known as “Dr. J,” who experienced several Finals setbacks of his own as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, said that LeBron’s past shortcomings do not entirely fall on his shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The game is a team sport, so individuals don’t win championships. Teams win championships,” he told FS1’s Undisputed. “You’re only as good as the team can take you. You can only go as far as the team can take you.”Knowing first-hand how hard it is to contend for a championship on a consistent basis, the NBA Hall of Famer also lauded James’ efforts throughout his storied career.last_img read more

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Shawsheen Tech Teacher Joe Williams Named Local Hero Recognized For Leadership Achievement

first_imgBURLINGTON, MA — Chopps American Bar and Grill at the Boston Marriott Burlington has announced the 5th Annual Chopps Champions who have been selected through a community-wide campaign to recognize local heroes who live or work in north suburban towns.Chopps Champions were honored in six categories: Business, Community, Education, First Responder/Military, Healthcare, and Technology. All Champions have demonstrated excellence in their field through leadership, achievement, and volunteerism.Each honoree was given the opportunity to choose a charity to which the hotel donated $1,000 in their name.BUSINESSSonia RollinsSales Manager / Realtor – EXIT Premier Real EstateCharity: Brigo Integrated TheatreCOMMUNITYKorey BarkleyExecutive Director – Womenade, Inc.Charity: Womenade, Inc.EDUCATIONJoe WilliamsCulinary Arts Instructor – Shawsheen Technical High SchoolCharity: Wounded WarriorsFIRST RESPONDER/MILITARYBobby CollitonPresident / Founder – Skate for the 22 FoundationCharity: Skate for the 22 FoundationHEALTHCARESandi MackeyTrauma Program Manager – Lahey Hospital & Medical CenterCharity: Brain Injury Association of MassachusettsTECHNOLOGYSteven RotmanChief People Officer – IpswitchCharity: Wonderfund“We are overjoyed by the response to our 5th Annual Chopps Champions Campaign,” said Philip Bond, General Manager of Boston Marriott Burlington. “Six local heroes have been honored among 28 nominees, each of whom has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the community. We, including all of our associates at the hotel, are proud to serve the community and make a $1,000 donation to the local charities chosen by these champions.” About Chopps American Bar and GrillChopps American Bar and Grill is a modern Chophouse serving inspired American cooking including a variety of succulent cuts of all natural beef, fresh local seafood, and regional dishes. Both emulating and redefining the traditional Chophouse, Chopps’ warm and unpretentious setting offers comfort and style. A prominently featured open kitchen gives guests a glimpse behind the scenes, as they enjoy a dining experience filled with great food, drinks, and smart casual service.Chopps lunch and dinner menus are designed to appeal to local residents, neighboring businesses, and hotel guest alike who will come for the delicious food, live entertainment, and bustling bar scene. For reservations call 781-221-6643 or visit choppsamericanbarandgrill.com.Boston Marriott BurlingtonThe Boston Marriott Burlington provides the ideal location for a business or leisure trip to the Greater Boston area. The ENERGY STAR® rated green hotel is just 17 miles from Boston and offers easy access to Lexington and Concord as well as local attractions and institutions such as the Burlington Mall, Hanscom Air Force Base, and Lahey Clinic. Boston Marriott Burlington offers 414 modern guest rooms, 4 suites, Chopps Bar, 14,570 sq ft of newly renovated state-of-the art meeting and event venues, a 9,000 sq ft Celebrate Ballroom and dining at Chopps American Bar and Grill. Hotel features and amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, complimentary WI-FI, and shuttle service to local destinations. Boston Marriott Burlington is located at One Burlington Mall Road in Burlington, MA. For more information, please call 781-229-6565 or visit marriottburlington.com. Pyramid Hotel GroupPyramid Hotel Group is a privately held, Boston-based hotel company with over 100 hotels and resorts under hotel management and asset management.  Pyramid Hotel Group, ranked among the largest U.S. hotel management company by independent sources, provides hotel management, asset management, and project management services to a broad array of hotel assets. Pyramid Hotel Group is a franchisee of all major hotel brand companies and an operator of independent four- and five-star hotels and resorts. Additional information is available at pyramidhotelgroup.com.This year’s winners (L to R): Steven Rotman, Technology Winner; Sandi Mackey, Healthcare Winner; Bobby Colliton, First Responder/Military Winner; Chef Stefano Zimei, Executive Chef at Chopps American Bar and Grill, Korey Barkley, Community Winner; Joe Williams, Education Winner; Sonia Rollins, Business Winner.(NOTE: The above press release is from Chopps.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Teacher Wins Community CHOPPS Award For EducationIn “Education”Nominate An Outstanding Wilmington Resident For 2019 Chopps Champions ContestIn “Community”Chopps Champions To Accept Nominations For Local Heroes From March 12 To March 23In “Community”last_img read more

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