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Mc Eniff denies bigotry after saying travellers should live “in isolation”

first_img WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 17, 2013 Mc Eniff denies bigotry after saying travellers should live “in isolation” Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleSuperintendent denies that Donegal is “open for business” for criminalsNext articleGAA – Tyrone March Into Cup Semi Final News Highland Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal A Donegal Co. Councillor says he thinks travellers should live in isolation.Fianna Fáil Cllr Sean McEniff is opposed to the purchase of a house, by Donegal County Council, for social housing in Ballyshannon at a cost of 230-thousand euro.According to the Councillor, the local authority plans to house 13 members of a traveller family there.Cllr McEniff, who said that travellers should be kept together, insists he is not racist, or a bigot, and says he has the support of the community…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/smce3pm.mp3[/podcast] 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Tenants’ money at risk

first_imgHome » News » Tenants’ money at risk previous nextRegulation & LawTenants’ money at riskYouGov poll shows that 61 per cent of renters incorrectly think money is protected by law.The Negotiator8th June 20160649 Views Letting agents in the UK currently hold over £2.7billion* of landlord and tenants’ money but, according to new research from YouGov, undertaken for SAFEagent, 61 per cent of renters incorrectly believe that money is protected by law.SAFEagent is warning consumers that their finances are at risk if their letting agent does not have client money protection (“CMP”) in place. CMP protects money held by an agent (i.e. rent and tenancy deposits), meaning tenants and landlords can recover their funds if an agent steals the cash or uses it fraudulently.Despite the sums involved, many consumers still remain in the dark about the importance of CMP, with the research revealing that only 25 per cent of renters had heard of client money protection schemes.According to SAFeagent, at the moment at least 1 in 5 renters and landlords aren’t protected by CMP, which is why, five years after SAFEagent’s consumer protection campaign launched, SAFEagent Awareness Week (6 to 10 June) is calling on consumers to check their money is safe and protected by using a letting agent who is a member of a CMP scheme.SAFEagent is campaigning for full and mandatory CMP – which protects landlords and tenants from the worst practices in letting agency. Although mandatory CMP is now finally on the government’s agenda with amendments to the Housing and Planning Act, many consumers are still at risk.John Midgley (left), Chair of the SAFEagent Steering Group, says: “If an agent were to steal landlord or tenant money without CMP in place there’s little chance of getting their money back.“Would you use a travel agency who isn’t ABTA protected? Consumers who use agents without CMP in place are taking a massive risk. Who can afford to lose thousands of pounds?“While we are finally getting closer to mandatory CMP, we aren’t there yet. It is so important that tenants and landlords understand that the right to redress only goes so far, and they need to choose their agent wisely by asking if they are part of a CMP scheme before signing on the dotted line.”The consumer should always look for the SAFEagent logo, an easily identifiable consumer mark denoting agents subscribed to a Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme.www.safeagents.co.ukSAFEagent Awareness Week runs from 6th to 10th June 2016 – reminding consumers that their finances are at risk if their chosen agent does not have client money protection in place.money protection Safe Agent SAFEagent CMP June 8, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

AVB unfazed by goal-shy Spurs

first_img Press Association That is not a concern to Villas-Boas, whose side have actually struck 30 times in 17 games overall this term. He said: “The chances are coming and sometimes they go your way and the opponent is not there to stop it. “The team is creating more chances and more shots. I carry on about all the good statistics and others about all the negative, and there will be debate. “At the moment it is results that have put us in fourth and into one of the spots in the Champions League. “You can have more goals, less goals. We all want excitement but right now the team is doing extremely well.” Villas-Boas was asked at the post-match press conference why he continues to overlook the claims of Emmanuel Adebayor, who is yet to feature this season and has spoken out about his frustration. Villas-Boas said: “There is competition for places and you have to try to break into the team. “No matter how hard you try the others are trying as hard. “He has to be patient and wait for the opportunity whenever it arises. “That is the nature of every top club. “He has to continue working hard. It is just the others are working just as hard.” Villas-Boas was satisfied with a point after his team had dominated the first half but been put in the shade after the break. He said: “I am not disappointed with that result. In the end it was a good result and the only time Everton had a good go at us was the last 25-30 minutes. “We had a very good game and could have been a bit more clinical. “I am still happy with the team, but because of what Everton did in the final stages it was a fair result.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez had mixed feelings on the outcome. He said: “I would have been delighted (with a draw) in the first half. “I thought we defended throughout really well with great concentration, focus and intensity – you have to do that against this talented Spurs team. “In the first half we lost the ball too quickly and then it becomes a very difficult game. “But the second half was different. We kept the ball better and we forced Spurs to defend. “Then you saw two teams who weren’t happy with the draw, both teams striving to get that winning goal and a little bit of magic was needed in our best spell to get the three points. “Overall, we had to show the focus and character that we did to defend against an outstanding side.” Martinez felt the Toffees should have had a penalty in the second half when Seamus Coleman appeared to have the back of his legs clipped by Jan Vertonghen. Coleman attempted to play on and get a shot away and Martinez thinks that influenced referee Kevin Friend’s decision. The pair had also tangled in the first half, when Vertonghen wanted a penalty at Coleman’s expense, but nothing was given. Martinez said: “That’s a clear example, when they tell you decisions level themselves out over a season, that it doesn’t happen. “We had a similar situation at Villa last week and at the Etihad. “Seamus gets impeded but he doesn’t over-react, he doesn’t look for the penalty. “He just gets back on his feet and that probably allows the referee not to make a decision, but it should have been a penalty. “That doesn’t mean we would have scored it but that is a different matter.” On the whole, Martinez remains pleased with his side’s start to the campaign after just one defeat in 10 games. He said: “The start has been good but we want to carry on improving and progressing, so we can get into the final third of the competition in the best possible shape.” The Goodison Park stalemate denied either side the chance to move up to second in the Barclays Premier League. Spurs did climb to fourth but have registered just nine goals in their opening 10 games. Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas dismissed concerns over his team’s lack of goals after playing out a 0-0 draw at Everton.last_img read more

Tony Joeglal, Euro Payment Group: Local customisation key as new ways to play emerge

first_img BetterBetting’s Brink: Taking the BETR platform to the next level September 19, 2018 Share EPG boosts money transfer options for countries in Africa November 20, 2019 Related Articles EPG: Why working with exemptions could offset SCA setbacks August 30, 2019 Share Submit StumbleUpon Tony Joeglal, VP Sales and Marketing at Euro Payment Group (EPG), tells us that an operator needs to offer local payment solutions to build the best relationships with its players, why providing services to former anti-gambling countries should be treated as an opportunity, and how – regardless of any country specific regulations – online gamblers expect to enjoy a quick and easy experience. SBC: Can you give our readers a quick outline of the Euro Payment Group (EPG) services for the online gambling industry?Tony Joeglal: EPG processes, collects, reconciles, consolidates and pays out to merchants through a single contract, single integration and single platform. We work closely with merchants to optimize the payments ecosystem, providing an extensive portfolio of over 150 payments methods, risk management and verification solutions. Whatever a consumer desires, whether it’s to use a traditional credit card, a digital wallet or another alternative payment (which could be some form of crypto), our goal is to deliver a fast, seamless and easy user experience.SBC: How is the EPG offering unique to other industry incumbents? Is there scope for you to really disrupt the sector?TJ: The EPG offering goes beyond online payment services and functions. We act as valuable partners, helping our customers to enter new markets, overcome regulatory issues and facilitate international payments. Our long-term FinTech experience has taught us that customization is key because payments aren’t one-size-fits-all. Tony Joeglal, EPGThus, we have built a completely modular payment solution which adapts flexibly to the needs of the particular business model. It is worth mentioning here that our core expertise lies in the middle to high risk digital entertainment. On top of that, our in-depth market knowledge, and solid local network in emerging markets like South East Asia, Africa and LATAM can lead to competitive advantage for both EPG and the operator involved.SBC: As more countries come online, can the payments industry keep up? Is servicing regions that have traditionally been anti-gambling more of a challenge?TJ: As online gaming continues to expand geographically, new ways to pay are emerging to cater to the respective new market and facilitate a more seamless customer experience. The payments industry is now evolving at a rapid pace with new providers, platforms, and payment tools launching on a nearly daily basis.Servicing regions that have traditionally been anti-gambling requires first and foremost the understanding of the regulatory environment, the banking ecosystem and the customer preferences. If operators want to build a closer relationship with the player, they need to offer local payment solutions and keep up with innovation. Once that is done, the challenge of servicing former anti-gambling countries could easily become a great opportunity for both operators and payment providers. SBC: With the regulatory pressure to provide player engagement, onboarding, verification and key data, has the value chain become too convoluted?TJ: The regulatory ecosystem regarding players obviously has become more challenging, however the complicated value chain creates opportunities for innovative players and solutions in the payments market. In the last few years, we’ve already witnessed a rapid evolution in online gaming payments, including faster deposits and withdrawals, one-click features, and built-in biometrics. Regardless of the new regulations, online gamblers expect to have a fast, seamless and easy experience. Research shows that more than 25 per cent of online users have abandoned registering a new account with a gambling website due to its complicated sign-up processes. Thus, operators, in partnership with payment providers, need to speed up the process of finding new ways to identify and authenticate customers while delivering a smooth user journey. Providing friction-free authentication is crucial for preventing a significant hit to conversion. Along with the need for speed in innovation, there is also the successful handling of Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) exemptions which will become a key component for an operator focused on providing the best payments experience for its customers.SBC: Finally, what should be top of an operator’s tick list when selecting a payment provider?TJ: For us, this comes back to three key factors.1. Security: This is obviously a key concern when it comes to accepting, processing, storing, or transmitting customer data and payment information. Therefore, you should make sure your future payment provider is level 1 compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). These set of security standards are put in place to ensure that online payments are maintained in a secure environment. If you were weighing using EPG as your payment gateway of choice for example, you would see that we are indeed PCI DSS Level 1 certified. 2. Using one channel for multiple payments: Offering a growing number of payment options is crucial for the conversion but maintaining them relates to a lot of extra costs, labor, and security issues. That being said, there are payment service provider like us, which would enable access to multiple local and international payment methods with just one integration and one contract. Hence, choosing wisely would automatically save the operator time and costs.3. Fraud protection: You should also consider the fraud protection and screening tools offered from the provider. Most payment gateways, EPG included, partner with specialized compliance and anti-fraud companies providing global data sources thus checking your customer payments in real-time for any suspicious transactions.It goes without saying that besides of the three factors mentioned above, the payment provider of choice should offer fast and easy payments towards end users and frictionless onboarding towards operators.last_img read more

BET founder urges BLM to form its own independent political party

first_imgRobert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, says that Black Americans should form their own political party to concentrate their electoral influence.This after a claim that Democrats get a cut of all money donated to Black Lives Matter.It’s a claim that has gone viral on social media. The claim has not been verified.The Instagram post claims “donations to Black Lives Matter website go directly to the DNC” and that blacklivesmatter.com “appears to be an international money laundering program used by the Democratic National Committee.”Meanwhile, BET’s Johnson, who has previously called on the U.S. government to provide reparations for slavery, said the independent political party would stand for things “principally focused on the interests” of Black Americans.Last week, Johnson sent a letter to “Black Lives Matter Leaders and Supporters,” suggesting that “Black Lives Matter (BLM) consider establishing a formal independent political party. The party could be founded on the principle articulated by the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971.” He described the Congressional Black Caucus’ founding principle as Blacks having “no permanent friends, no permanent enemies … just permanent interests.’”Johnson’s idea comes as waves of protests against racism and police brutality continue in cities across the U.S. following the killing last month of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by a White Minneapolis police officer, who has since been fired.Black Americans already possess clear political influence, Johnson said, citing their lower turnout in the 2016 presidential election compared with elections in 2008 and 2012 as one reason why Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump. Still, Clinton received 89% of the Black vote while Trump received 8%, according to CNN exit polls. Johnson also referred to the overwhelming support from Black voters for Joe Biden in his victory in the South Carolina’s Democratic primary, which reignited his stumbling campaign and help make him the presumptive nominee. But Biden’s suggestion in May that “you ain’t Black” if you vote for Trump instead of him demonstrates that Black voters are too often taken for granted, Johnson said. Biden later apologized for the remark, saying “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”“That someone could be so presumptuousness, that you have to vote for a Democrat or otherwise you’re not identified as Black, that is the principal reason why we need a Black party, independent, to change that kind of behavior,” said Johnson, who became the first Black billionaire in the U.S. when he sold BET to Viacom in 2001. He’s no longer on the Forbes billionaires list.Johnson has been a large Democratic donor over the years but also has spoken positively about Trump’s work on the U.S. economy. He said in 2016 that he turned down a position in Trump’s Cabinet, not over politics but because he said he could not deal with government red tape. He adds that Black Lives Matter, by establishing an independent political party, can become a force dedicated to advancing the permanent interests of 40 million Black Americans in this country.last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University Names the Eighth Cohort of Benedictine Scholars

first_imgSaint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 29 majors and 11 graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu. Facebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityTen incoming Saint Martin’s University first-year students have been selected to serve as the eighth cohort of Benedictine Scholars. The University’s Benedictine Scholars Program started in the fall of 2012 with the mission to promote a deeper understanding of the Catholic, Benedictine values and heritage that define the University. The Benedictine Scholars serve as ambassadors for the core values of the institution—faith, reason, service and community—both within the University and in the wider world.Benedictine Scholars serve their communities, meet in small groups and work on a project of their cohort’s own choosing. Projects completed by recent Benedictine Scholars cohorts have included the restoration and re-installation of the Stations of the Cross throughout the Saint Martin’s campus, the creation of a large Saint Martin’s-themed mural, assisting with hosting service opportunities for students and preserving historical documents for the monastic community.Through the program’s service-learning component, the Benedictine Scholars will engage in 60 hours of service in the wider community, integrate the service experience into academic exploration in special courses and reflect on the experience with their Scholar community. Scholars also volunteer for Saint Martin’s events such as Open Houses, the Gala and Commencement.Floraliza Bornasal, Ph.D., faculty advisor for the Benedictine Scholars program, said, “I’m excited to welcome the newest cohort of Benedictine Scholars to Saint Martin’s University. Scholars embody our Benedictine values through their leadership in various avenues on campus, service to their communities and dedication to knowledge through active engagement in their academics. I look forward to seeing how this newest cohort will continue our tradition of hospitality, justice, listening, dignity of work, stewardship, stability and other important Benedictine values as they pursue their education at Saint Martin’s.”Colleen Dunne, M.Div., who will be the new director of campus ministry starting this summer, will be the staff advisor for the Benedictine Scholars program.Faculty and staff members representing numerous departments throughout the University evaluated more than 195 candidates for the Benedictine Scholars program. Those selected are typically students whose academic records are matched by their leadership experiences, their contributions to the life of their school or faith communities and their service to individuals and groups. Each scholar selected for the honor receives $29,000 to $30,000 in total scholarship support per year, renewable for four years of study.The eighth cohort of Benedictine Scholars are:Franny Ugochi Anunobi, Bellevue, who is graduating from Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and will major in mechanical engineeringByron Blas, Hagåtña, Guam, who will graduate from Father Duenas Memorial High School and will major in historyTatiana Crichton, Spanaway, who is set to graduate from Bethel High School and will major in elementary educationMax Kendall, Renton, who will graduate from Kentridge Senior High School and will major in business administrationSoukita Keopanapay, Pullman, who is set to graduate from Pullman High School and will major in business administrationBrooklyn LaPointe, Porcupine, South Dakota, who is graduating from Chemawa Indian School and will major in biologyKailye Okada, Kailua, Hawaii, who will graduate from Maui High School and will major in nursingJavy Warrior Ramirez, Bainbridge Island, who is graduating from Bainbridge High School and will major in mechanical engineeringCheyenne Yap, Haiku, Hawaii, who will graduate from Kamehameha Schools Maui and will major in educational studiesJake Yoshida, Honolulu, Hawaii, who is set to graduate from Maryknoll High School and will major in pre-dental studieslast_img read more

Iconic Summer Sounds Still Alive in Little Silver

first_imgBilly is one of very few people in New Jersey who still have these venerable machines. “I only know of a fella in south Jersey who works on organs and has a little collection,” he said before recalling that there is “another guy up in north Jersey.” He also belongs to the Carousel Organ Association of America but doesn’t think he’ll be buying any more of these wonderful organs. They cost around $5,000 today, and, he said, “they need a lot of work. I don’t know if I really want to spend the money.” Tom Billy retired from Naval Weapons Station Earle after 31 years working there as a brakeman, conductor and engineer on ammunition trains. The short haul railway traveled the 18 miles of tracks leading to the Navy pier in Sandy Hook Bay. He got that civilian Navy job because of his love of amusement rides. He had previously worked on the popular Pine Creek Railroad in Allaire State Park, living for six months in a yellow “Raritan River” caboose. Billy worked in the 1960s at the iconic carousel at the southern end of Asbury’s boardwalk. He restored this particular Wurlitzer music machine using original parts and a newly constructed wooden cabinet. These wonderful mechanical instruments make music via paper rolls slotted just so. Air is pumped through the holes and routed to a series of differently tuned pipes and tom-tom drums. Actually, she can. Michigan-native Odell had her own satisfying career before she married Billy. She was an airline hostess for both TransAmerica Airlines and on private corporate jets. “It wasn’t work, I loved it,” she said. The couple currently live in an 1877 Little Silver farmhouse she restored years ago. By Rick Geffken Billy also owns a “crank organ,” much like the type Italian immigrant men would play and push through city streets in the early 20th century, often with a live monkey attached. Billy enlisted Beth Dellapietro, an artist and scenic painter from Highlands, to paint it in a pattern remarkably reminiscent of rosewood inlaid laminates. Dellapietro also painted the beautiful forest scenes on Billy’s Wurlitzer. Marghi and Tom Billy of Little Silver next to a restored 1923 Wurlitzer carousel organ. Organs like this were often on carousels where they piped their iconic sounds for years. Photo by Rick Geffkencenter_img Billy has rented his one-of-a-kind Ruth organ for years through his appropriately named Coney Island Music Company. He does it less frequently now, last towing it to a Young at Heart meeting at Red Bank’s Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in May. You’ll still have a chance to hear the revered Ruth organ when he brings it to Allaire State Park in Wall Township for the annual Fall Apple Festival Sept. 21. When Billy was 11 or 12 years old, his Rahway family rented a cottage in Seaside Heights where he first heard carousel organs. A few years later he heard one near Newark. “They would take me to Olympic Park in Irvington which had a big organ on the carousel. That really got me going. I said to myself ‘When I grow up, I have to have one.’ So, I did.” He bought a 1915 Adolph Ruth & Sons organ from Coney Island when he was 19. It sat unused at the famous Brooklyn amusement park for years before Billy hired Mike Kitner of Carlisle, Pennsylvania to get it running. Billy still calls the late Kitner “ ‘ The Monk of Organs.’ He was the best.” Billy still brings the Ruth organ to shows and special events. After mustering out of the Army in 1971 – he served as a combat engineer in Vietnam – Billy began a series of jobs reflecting his passion for amusement parks. He repaired rides at Great Adventure in Jackson, then at the Asbury Park and Point Pleasant boardwalks for Holiday Playland and Funsville Amusements. Billy is a longtime member of the Black River and Western Railroad in Ringoes where he volunteers to help with repairs and maintenance of vintage steam and diesel powered locomotives. LITTLE SILVER – Those iconic summer sounds you hear every so often in Little Silver might remind you of Asbury Park’s famed merry-go-round. And why not? It’s probably Tom Billy’s 1923 Wurlitzer 146B carousel organ. He parks it outside his Willow Avenue house for the town’s Memorial Day parade and occasionally plays it in his garage for interested visitors. Or just when he feels like hearing it again. Billy’s wife, Marghi Odell,said, “He’s always done whathe’s loved in life. How manyof us can say that?”last_img read more

SANTA ANITA POSTS INCREASES IN ATTENDANCE & HANDLE AS GREAT RACE PLACE OUTPACES INAUGURAL SPRING MEET A YEAR AGO

first_imgCOMBINED WINTER & SPRING MEETINGS AGAIN ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN PARI-MUTUEL HANDLE ARCADIA, Calif. (June 29, 2015)–Santa Anita’s Park’s 39-day Spring Meeting, which began on April 24, ended on Sunday with the track showing gains in both on-track attendance and overall pari-mutuel handle. Combined with its 68-day Winter Meet that ran from Dec. 26 through April 19, on-track attendance was up seven percent, overall mutuel handle was up three percent and total handle exceeded $1 billion for the second year in a row.The Spring Meet was highlighted by a public appearance from Santa Anita-based Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and top performances in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes and two other graded events on June 27.“First off, we want to sincerely thank our fans, owners, horsemen and our jockeys for a very successful meet,” said Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool. “We’re very proud of the fact our turf course and main track again performed extremely well, which enabled us to consistently field a world- class product.“We also want to thank Bob Baffert and his team for sharing America’s newest Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, so graciously with our fans and media ever since his arrival back here on June 18. We had a tremendous crowd here on Gold Cup Day of more than 21,000 people and many of them were here to see American Pharoah. Having a horse of this magnitude based here at Santa Anita is a great honor and we can’t thank Bob enough for his generosity.”Santa Anita will re-open for live racing on Sept. 26. For more information, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com. –30–last_img read more

Margibians at Loggerheads, Speaker Nuquay Pleads for Calm

first_imgSpeaker Emmanuel Nuquay, vice presidential candidate on the UP ticketThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Nuquay, has called on citizens of Margibi County to put aside their differences and work together for the interest of the country.Speaker Nuquay made the call last Friday at a program marking the official endorsement of the candidacy of Vice President Joseph Boakai, held in Kakata by Margibi United for Common Purpose.He explained that in the history of Liberia’s elections, Margibi County has never put up a vice presidential candidate, but that under the leadership of VP Boakai “we have been given the opportunity, which requires the participation of all citizens in the county.”“Let us put aside all of our differences; and if I have wronged anyone in any way, I am sorry. But I urge you, fellow citizens of Margibi, to please support the Boakai and Nuquay ticket, with togetherness we can deliver the best results for the betterment of our country,” he appealed.He said he has worked tirelessly to ensure unity among people in the county, adding that he least expected to be selected as a running mate to the Vice President, adding that it happened because of God and his humble life.“I have endeavored to work for peace throughout my life. We established the People Unification Party (PUP) in 2014 with the vision of unity which has yielded fruits, but greater things will happen in the county and country with the support of all citizens for a better leadership that will provide better education, roads and include all citizens regardless of tribe of religion,” he said.He apologized to his fellow citizens for whatever differences that have brought divisions in the county and called on them to make history for the first time to have a son of Margibi become Vice President, if elected.Following his statement, several citizens told the Daily Observer that there are perceived differences between Nuquay and Representative Ben Fofana of District #4, which should be settled for the common good of the county and the country.“We (citizens in this county) believe that the Speaker should work along with other county officials to settle their differences. When they go into caucus and come back to us in a peaceful agreement, then we will join our county leaders to push for greater change,” citizens interviewed told this newspaper.According to 40 year old Madam Felicia Johnson, a resident of Kakata, the actual problem emanated from the two county lawmakers who are reportedly at loggerheads.“Representative Fofana is a member of the People’s Unification Party of which Nuquay is part, but they are divided today because Nuquay has endorsed the chairman of the PUP Margibi County chapter as a candidate to run for the seat of District #4 Representative position in this election, which Fofana is occupying now,” she said.Fofana is not satisfied with Nuquay’s decision to pit someone against him, she added: “But it’s our hope that two of them will come together since Nuquay has apologized to us.”She said the county is at a very difficult stage because the citizens are now divided, with the majority in favor of Fofana, especially District #4, which carries the majority of the population. She, therefore, called on their leaders to immediately find an amicable solution to the problem.For Mr. Rufus Tokpa, he explained that the final decision is left with Speaker Nuquay to get back to the citizens and make things clear, and to ask his candidate to withdraw from the process and allow Fofana to remain since the PUP and the UP are in a coalition.Mr. Tokpa said: “This issue requires a town hall meeting so we the elderly people can talk to our children for them to forget and forgive each other for the sake of Mama Liberia.“We are willing to support Joseph Boakai because he has set an example and this will go a long way by choosing one of our sons, we will continue to preach peace and very soon our citizens will become one.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Markets turmoil ‘no threat to 2010’

first_imgRegarding the impact of the global economic slowdown on the number of people travelling to South Africa for 2010, Jordaan said the weakening of South Africa’s currency meant that, for people with pounds, dollars and euros in their pockets, South Africa would be a cheaper destination. The LOC hopes the World Cup will be a force for social cohesion in South Africa, with the 2009 Confederations Cup the first step in building support for the national team ahead of the World Cup. “There is a problem of price escalation, this is clear, but we as Fifa are working closely with the LOC to try to keep the costs down.” “If the world economy had crashed in 2004 [when South Africa was raising the budget for much of its World Cup preparations], it would have been a very different picture than four years later in 2008,” Jordaan said. An expected price escalation of 10 percent in capital costs due to the problems on international markets would be a factor for the South African government and the LOC to deal with, Jordaan said. Jordaan said the same issues were a top priority for the LOC, adding, however, that work was ongoing in all these areas. “We expect about 450 000 visitors for the 2010 Fifa World Cup . which is not close to the number of people who travelled to Germany for the 2006 World Cup.” What remained of concern to Fifa ahead of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and the World Cup, Valcke said, were the issues of transport infrastructure, accommodation, overlay and security. Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke told Soccerex delegates that he was happy with where South Africa was in its preparations for 2010.center_img By 2010, there would be 31 000 extra operational police officers and 10 000 extra police reservists in South Africa, Jordaan said. Speaking at the opening of the Soccerex inter-business football exhibition in Johannesburg on Monday, Jordaan said that due to the amount of work already done for the World Cup, only slight price escalation remained a worry. South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup are in their final stages and will not be greatly affected by the current global economic turmoil, says Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan. “[M]ost of the work has already been done.” 25 November 2008 South Africa is in the process of defining and strengthening its security plans for the two tournaments, adding that the impetus of 41 000 extra police officers by 2010 would help allay fears around safety and security in the country. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more