NOCAL Provides Buses for Commuters

first_imgThe National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has donated three buses to the National Transit Authority to help boost the NTA’s capacity to provide affordable commercial public transport to the public.Valued at US $204,000, the buses were part of a consignment of nine buses turned over Wednesday, May 22, to the NTA by the Government of Liberia.Presenting the keys of the buses to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at a ceremony on Wednesday at the National Port Authority, Counselor Althea Sherman, Chief Operating Officer of NOCAL, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to improving the lives of the people of Liberia through its corporate social responsibility initiatives.She said through its Corporate Social Responsibility, NOCAL will continue to be faithful to one of its core responsibilities of“giving back to the society.”Cllr. Sherman noted that“Public transport, much like our port, is critical to the economy as well as to the social wellbeing of our people.”In addition to the donation of three buses, Cllr. Sherman disclosed that NOCAL is also providing funding for the construction of three bus terminals for passengers in Grand Cape Mount, Margibi and Bong Counties, valued at $450,000, bringing the overall total value of NOCAL’s collaboration with the NTA at US$654,000.Dedicating the buses later, Vice President Joseph Boakai thanked NOCAL for its interventions in the public transport sector, noting that mobility of people is a very important part of economic development.  For his part, Tarnue Jeke, Managing Director of the NTA, while extoling NOCAL for the immense financial contributions to the NTA, pointed out that the donation of the buses will reduce the gap between those with and those without access to transportation.Mr. Jeke reiterated the NTA’s obligation to provide the public access to affordable, reliable and convenient means of public transportation.Also making remarks at the dedication program was the Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Port Authority, Minister Morris Dukuly, who thanked NOCAL for the gesture, which he described as “a true demonstration of your corporate social responsibility.”NOCAL has over the years also made significant interventions in the areas of health, education, housing and sports, among other social projects as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Film production drama takes center stage here

first_img“It used to be about location but now it’s really become a money game,” said Washington commission managing director Suzy Kellett. “You need to have something in the money game and at this show, it’s easy shopping.” Incentives hunt Lemisch, who said studio film production declined by 50 percent in 2006 in California from the year before, held a morning VIP event at the Bel Age hotel where she and regional film commissions in California met with studio representative and production companies. “I wanted to isolate and remind people that there’s a whole state out there,” she said. “A lot of these newer areas are feeling growing pains because they can only handle so many productions at a time. There is no other place in the world that can handle pilot season.” But California still falls behind its rivals on one key factor determining location sites: financial incentives. Rival locations are using money to successfully land projects at a time when studios and production companies are trying to lower their bottom-line costs. Still, AFCI President Robin James said, even if the out-of-state film commissions want to take away movie production from the Los Angeles area, it really is the most logical place to have the event. “I see it as a natural development,” said James, chief executive officer of the Pacific Film and Television Commission in Queensland, Australia. “The reality is that Los Angeles remains the global production center for films. That hasn’t changed. However, film commissions around the world, backed by their governments, are keen to get into the film production business.” Those involved in the local film industry said the reality is that people are losing their jobs to runaway production and that, in the end, the entire economy suffers. Steve Dayan, business agent for Teamsters Local 399, said this week that it is “aggravating and frustrating” that California has not been able to counter with some significant financial incentives of its own to discourage the runaway production. Several bills have died in the state Legislature in recent years, and there are no new bills close to being put to a vote. Cry for help “It’s hard for us and we’re tired of crying `help,”‘ said Dayan, whose union represents studio drivers, casting directors and location managers, among others. “We have to keep up with the competition. “We’ve got members who are now living in Louisiana, they’ve left the state. They’re gone. Sold their homes and are not paying taxes here. That’s a drain to our local economy. We have gone year after year to Sacramento to lobby for incentives and we have been shot down every time.” Steve MacDonald, president of FilmLA Inc., which handles the permitting process for the city and surrounding areas and tracks location production activity, said local feature film production has decreased in eight of the past 10 years. “We understand why these other states and countries are here,” MacDonald said. “We just wish the policymakers understood.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA MONICA – Inside the convention hall Thursday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium hung a large banner that read: Shoot it in California. Around the banner, the booths of 20 of the Golden State’s regional film commissions tried to stand out among more than 260 exhibitors from around the globe and the rest of the U.S. – all hoping to lure feature film and television production away from here. The aggressive courting is going on at the Association of Film Commissioners International, a three-day conference and trade show that will end Saturday. “We’re certainly feeling the heat from the competition, which is intense,” said Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission. “I think it’s very important for California to have a presence. We still have the largest infrastructure with soundstages and postproduction facilities and equipment. We also have the talent pool with actors and behind-the-scenes talent.” But the list of rivals, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and such states as New York, New Mexico and Louisiana, is growing. And the out-of-staters couldn’t care less that the event is being held in what is still known as the movie capital of the world. “Our interest is in bringing production to Hungary; that’s what we are paid for,” said Zsuzanna Danya, who represented her country’s film commission. “People are looking for good quality and price and that’s what we offer.” Danya and others on the convention floor said the first question they’re asked almost always is, “What incentives do you have?” The Washington state film commission is taking a direct approach with a large display that asks “Need cash?” It then lists in large print various incentives, including an up to 20 percent cash return on qualified in-state expenses, with a $1 million cap for each production. last_img

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MAESTRO MURPHY SIGNS DUBLIN JERSEY FOR BUSTER!

first_imgMichael at his new sports store in Letterkenny adds his signature to the back of Danny O’Carroll’s Dublin jerseyPICTURE EXCLUSIVE: BUSTER doesn’t know which way to turn…..He’s a Dub in Donegal – and the only Dub in the village of Manorcunningham.But to be fair actor Danny O’Carroll, ‘Buster’ in Mrs Brown’s Boys, says a part of him will be very happy if Donegal do beat Dublin at Croke Park on Sunday. Not least because his wife Amanda, who plays ‘Betty Brown’ in the comedy series, is a good Donegal woman.Both got new jerseys in time for the big clash on Sunday; and both will be heading to The Orchard Bar in Letterkenny to soak up the atmosphere.Just to make sure that Danny gets some protection however there is a very special signature on the back of his new Dublin top.And here is Brian McDaid’s picture showing how that happened….Donegal captain Michael Murphy signing his first ever Dublin top at Michael Murphy Sports store in Letterkenny. Amanda and Danny were in Manorcunningham yesterday showing off their special shirts.And they popped into the Irish Wheelchair Association’s premises in the village to say a big ‘hello’ to the people there.Needless to say there was lots of banter and craic.“I’m backing Dublin to win,” Danny told them.“But I’m a big fan of Michael Murphy and Donegal; I’d be very happy and proud if they win on Sunday.” Murphy meanwhile told us he was only too happy to sign Danny’s Dublin jersey.“That’s definitely a first,” he laughed.Mum of two Amanda has sports star Murphy’s signature on the back of her jersey.“I don’t know what all the fuss is about this Dublin team. Donegal are going to beat them. Simple As!” she insisted. (Note to readers: There are still some Dublin jerseys left at Michael Murphy Sports if you are really really stuck).Danny O’Carroll and his wife Amanda Woods who will be supporting two different sides in this weekend semi-final between Dublin and Donegal.The couple are pictured at the roundabout near to their home in Co Donegal with Danny supporting the blues and his wife Amanda supporting Donegal as she points out Michael Murphy’s signature on the Dublin shirt. Photo Brian McDaidCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MAESTRO MURPHY SIGNS DUBLIN JERSEY FOR BUSTER! was last modified: August 29th, 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:Amanda WoodsDanny O’CarrolldonegaldublinletterkennyMichael MurphyMichael Murphy Sports and Leisurelast_img read more

A FOR ALISON’S AMAZING JUNIOR CERTIFICATE RESULTS

first_imgAlison Duffy, her mother Louise and Principal Liam GalbraithThe hard work of a Donegal student has paid off as she received impressive Junior Certificate results last week.Crana College student Alison Duffy from Lisfannon earned 10As in the Junior Certificate exams. She took all higher level subjects.The bright student was congratulated by Principal Liam Galbraith for her achievement.  A FOR ALISON’S AMAZING JUNIOR CERTIFICATE RESULTS was last modified: September 19th, 2013 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:CRANA COLLEGEJunior Certlast_img read more

GAA CONFIRM FIXTURES FOR 2015: DONEGAL WILL FACE DUBLIN UNDER THE LIGHTS AT CROKER

first_imgSaturday Night Lights: Donegal face Dublin under the lights at Croker on the 7th of February.Donegal will face Dublin under the lights at Croke Park in the second series of games in the 2015 Allianz Football League Division One.Rory Gallagher will make his competitive bow as Donegal manager a week earlier when they host last year’s runners-up Derry at Mac Cumhaill Park.That opening fixture is on Saturday, January 31st and will also be played under floodlights. However, it’s the match-up against Dublin that presents Donegal supporters with an early opportunity to return to Croke Park to face the Dubs.For some Donegal supporters that famous victory over Dublin ranks as one of the county’s finest ever days.Donegal will face Kerry on the 15th of March for the first time since the Kingdom defeated them in the All-Ireland final in September.With a collective training ban imposed on Donegal until December 29th, they won’t have much time to prepare for the start of the National League campaign. However, knowing Rory Gallagher’s forensic attention to detail and preparation, despite only being appointed a fortnight ago, he’s more than likely already got his players on an off-season winter training programme. GAA CONFIRM FIXTURES FOR 2015: DONEGAL WILL FACE DUBLIN UNDER THE LIGHTS AT CROKER was last modified: November 13th, 2014 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:donegalGAAHome-page SportNational League 2015newslast_img read more

Space craft now in lofty company

first_imgWASHINGTON – Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne rocket plane joined the Wright brothers’ first airplane and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. The first privately built craft to carry a man into space was officially welcomed to the “Milestones of Flight” gallery Wednesday as a crowd of several hundred people gathered to snap pictures. The manned vehicle takes its place in the glass-enclosed atrium between Lindbergh’s plane that in 1927 made the first nonstop solo trip across the Atlantic Ocean and the X-1 rocket plane in which Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947 at what is now Edwards Air Force Base. SpaceShipOne hurtled out of the Earth’s atmosphere to reach suborbital space in June 2004, climbing more than 62 miles above Mojave, where it was built. Last fall, it won the international Ansari X Prize – designed to encourage development of space tourism – after blasting into space twice in five days. “I’m extremely pleased that the museum, this early, has understood the significance of what we completed last year,” Rutan said. He envisions that within 10 years, people will be able to buy tickets and experience firsthand the thrill of weightlessness and stunning views. Rutan is designing passenger-carrying spacecraft for Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson. Zachary Wade, 8, of Great Falls, Va., could one day become one of those travelers. He and his father made the short trip into Washington on Wednesday just to get a glimpse of SpaceShipOne. “I think it’s interesting that such a small crew could get something like that up into space so quickly,” Zachary said, his head tilted up toward the rafters where the craft resides. About 20 people were involved in the effort, Rutan said. SpaceShipOne was donated to the Smithsonian by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who invested more than $20 million in the project. Allen hopes it inspires others to explore the final frontier of travel. “It was a lifelong dream to find a way to participate in this next generation of space exploration,” Allen said. “Ultimately, SpaceShipOne’s presence in the Smithsonian shows once again that America’s milestone flights are not all behind it.” SpaceShipOne is the fourth aircraft designed by Rutan to be admitted to the Smithsonian’s collection. Also there is Voyager, which in 1986 circled the globe on one tank of fuel, plus the Quickie kit-built plane, the revolutionary VariEze kit plane, and an unassembled VariEze kit. The Associated Press contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 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

Pat the Cope adds his voice to help stranded Gaoth Dobhair family

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has added his voice calling for a permanent bridge to be built to allow stranded Gaoth Dobhair families access to and from their homes.The extended O Duibhir families from Bunbeg watched as the River Clady washed away a small bridge at the entrance to their homestead.Deputy Gallagher said a replacement bridge in the area is needed. He added that a footbridge is now in place to facilitate the family in the short term.He said “Immediate repairs to or replacement of the bridge is urgently required to facilitate vehicular traffic in view of John’s illness.Sean and Martina Diver and children Anabelle and AoibhIn who are trapped in their home after flooding demolished the bridge into their homes near Gweedore in West Donegal. (North West Newspix)“In 2009 flooding caused major damage in Gweedore and the then Minister, Eamon O Cuiv visited the area immediately and provided funds for improvement works“I am now calling on the current Gaeltacht Minister of State, Sean Kyne to visit Gweedore next week with a view to sanctioning the necessary funding. “The Regional road which was closed earlier in the day at Meenalaugh has reopened.Pat the Cope paid tribute to the Council Road Staff who responded to the calls early this morning.”Councillor Noreen McGarvey has said she will also raise the matter at council level.Pat the Cope adds his voice to help stranded Gaoth Dobhair family was last modified: August 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Nike rakes in $3 billion after Colin Kaepernick calls foul on shoe

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Apparently Colin Kaepernick can still throw the home run pass.On Tuesday, it was reported that Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback-turned-social justice activist, asked Nike to pass on a Fourth of July sneaker because of its objectionable symbolism. Nike acquiesced even though some product had been sent to retailers.According to TMZ Sports, Nike stock shares have since gone up 2 percent, which has goosed the company’s …last_img read more

What happens if the Giants decide not to sell at the trade deadline?

first_imgDENVER — Fast forward to Tuesday, October 1.The Giants have just finished off one of the best second halves in team history and secured one of the National League’s two Wild Card playoff berths.As they prepare to take the field, Madison Bumgarner is warming up in one bullpen. Johnny Cueto is warming up in the other.It’s a potential nightmare scenario for the Giants and up until three weeks ago, facing Bumgarner with the season on the line was wildly unrealistic. It’s long been assumed that …last_img read more

Gallery: 2010 Fifa World Cup

first_imgSome of the best photography from the 2010 Fifa World Cup section of the MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library. To download these and over 2 000 other free high-resolution photos, register with MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Supporters of South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs football club in full regalia during the Vodacom Challenge final between Manchester United and Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, Gauteng, on 26 July 2008. Manchester United won by four goals to one. The stadium is a 2010 Fifa World Cup venue.Photo: Chris KirchhoffFind the hi-res version of this photo in the image library at South African football fans 1. (Register and log in first.) Supporters of South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs football club in full regalia during the Vodacom Challenge final between Manchester United and Kaizer Chiefs.Photo: Chris KirchhoffFind the hi-res version of this photo at South African football fans 8. A supporter of Bafana Bafana (“the boys, the boys”), South Africa’s national football squad, urges his team on during a match with Equatorial Guinea at Supersport Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, on 7 June 2008. South Africa won by four goals to one.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find the hi-res version of this photo at South African football fans 3. Supporter of Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national football squad, during a match with Equatorial Guinea at Supersport Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, on 7 June 2008.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find the hi-res version of this photo at South African football fans 2. A fan blows a vuvuzela trumpet during a match between Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national football squad, and Equatorial Guinea at Supersport Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, on 7 June 2008.Photo: Chris KirchhoffFind the hi-res version of this photo at South African football fans 3. Construction work in progress on Green Point Stadium, one of the 10 stadiums to be used for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, in Cape Town, Western Cape.Photo: Rodger Bosch Find the hi-res version of this photo at Stadium construction 1. Durban Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.Photo: Rodger BoschFind the hi-res version of this photo at Durban Stadium 4. Late afternoon view of Cape Town Stadium with the harbour and Table Bay in the distance.Photo: Rodger BoschFind the hi-res version of this photo at Cape Town Stadium 2. The massive Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, Gauteng, has a crowd capacity of 94 700.Photo: Ndaba DlaminiFind the hi-res version of this photo at Soccer City 1. Supporter of Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national football squad, during a match with Equatorial Guinea at Supersport Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, on 7 June 2008.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find the hi-res version of this photo at South African football fans 3.Don’t forget to read the MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library terms and conditions of use.MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more