A Liberian-owned logistics firm, Efficient Logistics Services (ELS), has clarified recent attacks in the media about its contract with the National Elections Commission, (NEC) that was awarded on January 16 of this year.ELS management said the reports have suggested that the procurement processes used by NEC were fraudulent.“In so doing, these reports have attempted to tarnish the impeccable reputation of Efficient Logistics Services, by implying a form of conspiracy,” it stated in a statement.The company has vehemently denied these allegations.They stated that the logistics contract for the transportation of the voter’s registration update materials was obtained through a transparent procurement process that adhered to the PPCC regulations in the country.According to them NEC placed the bid in the newspaper as required by law for six weeks.“The bidding processes were openly evaluated and the selection of the vendor was carried out by NEC, also in accordance with PPCC guidelines,” they furthered.They said they have a record and that it was them who performed a similar service under UNDP contract arrangement and supervision, for the 2011 general elections.They explained that while Liberian-owned companies are not known to be competitive with their foreign counterparts in the logistics sector, Efficient Logistics has had a distinguished record in it operations around Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A prison officer of 43 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was on Thursday placed on remand after appearing before Magistrate Leron Daly on three charges at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Christopher ElvisChristopher Elvis plead not guilty to the charges which read that on July 24 at 210 Princes Street he allegedly had in his possession a .38 revolver without being the holder a firearm licence. It was also alleged that he had in his possession five rounds of .38 ammunition and that at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, he behaved in a manner provoking to the virtual complainant (VC) Orlando Harris.The Prosecution’s facts stated that on the day in question the Police operated on a report that the defendant was behaving in an ill manner to the VC and upon being intercepted, the Police decided to search the car that he was driving which revealed the gun and ammunitions.The prosecution disclosed that the gun was found in the air vent under the bonnet of the car.The defendant was refused bail and will return to court on August 15.
City Constabulary ranks set up barriers moments after the vendor was shot on Regent Street, GeorgetownA Cuban vendor was shot during a robbery outside a Regent Street, Georgetown store around midday on Wednesday.The injured woman has been identified as Maria Puig, 61, of Lot 25 Laluni Street, Queenstown, Georgetown. She was shot to the right hand, while bullet fragments caused abrasions to her abdomen.Reports are that about 12:10h, two bandits rode up on a CG motorcycle and robbed the Cuban, who sold coffee and other food items.Eyewitnesses told Guyana Times that one of the bandits was armed with a gun. Reports also indicated that the gunman leaped off the bike and attacked the woman, relieving her of $5000. However, City Constables rushed to the vendor’s aid and the bandits fired a shot which hit the woman.The armed man and his accomplice escaped on the motorcycle. The woman was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was admitted.Meanwhile, the owner of the store outside which the woman was vending told this publication that he was attending to customers when he heard the single gunshot.On Tuesday, a bar at Crane Old Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD) was robbed of $150,000, just one day after a Digicel outlet at Vreed-en-Hoop was relieved of all of its mobile phones.Against the backdrop of over 20 robberies being recorded in the WCD area, several residents and businessmen met with acting D Division (West Demerara) Commander Leslie James, who suggested that at least two gangs of individuals may be involved in carrying out the robberies, many of which included excessive violence. James encouraged business owners to install more video cameras and noted that the area would be closely monitored.
The Knights of Columbus will continue celebrating with the 27th annual St.Patrick’s Day 5K Run Saturday. The race starts at 9a.m. in the old oil town of Mentryville at the west end of Pico Canyon Road in Newhall, and it will be run entirely on trails in the park. There will be 22 age categories, with awards three deep in each division. Registration is $25 and includes parking fees. For information, call Mike McSkane at (661) 259-4384. Also this weekend, the 50-voice Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present “Chariots of Fire: Mendelssohn’s Elijah” at 3:30p.m. Sunday at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center. In addition to professional instrumentalists, the chorale will be joined by guest soloists Caroline McKenzie, soprano; Tracy Van Fleet, alto; Steve Amerson, tenor; and Bradley Ellingboe, bass-baritone, singing the title role. Chorale artistic director Allan Robert Petker will present a preconcert lecture at 2:30p.m. Tickets to “Chariots of Fire” range from $14 to $26 and are available by calling (661) 254-8886. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and a concert narrating the story of the Old Testament prophet Elijah are some of the events this weekend in Santa Clarita. The Knights of Columbus will hold its 31st annual St.Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance tonight at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall in Newhall. The family event is open to all ages. There will be traditional Irish music and entertainment by dancers from the O’Connor School of Irish Dancing. The menu will be salad, corn beef, cabbage and potatoes, as well as homemade Irish soda bread and desserts. Doors open at 6:30p.m., with the entertainment scheduled about 7:15p.m. and dinner served at 8p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Call Jack O’Shea at (661)259-8574 or Al Taylor at (661) 254-2735.
In addition to meeting with Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, the LAUSD leaders – including school board members Marlene Canter and Monica Garcia – plan to meet this week with Rep. George Miller, D-Vallejo, the chairman of the House Education Committee, and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., who chairs the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee. They also will meet with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein; Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo; Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys; and Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon of Santa Clarita, the leading Republican on the House Education Committee. Canter said the school group came a day early to hit the ground running. Seeing lawmakers in person on their own turf “brings our stories to life,” she said. “What happens in Washington very definitely impacts us in Los Angeles.” email@example.com WASHINGTON – Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent David Brewer III brought his plans for a major new parental literacy program to Washington, D.C., on Monday and received high marks from Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson. In a meeting with Jackson that kicked off a weeklong lobbying blitz by the LAUSD and more than 150 other Angelenos, Brewer said he outlined a plan to bring teachers to public housing units, beginning with Jordan Downs in Watts. “Research has shown if you empower the parents, you empower the students,” Brewer said. Jackson, he added, was “very receptive” to the proposal and pointed to similar programs in Miami and Dallas. Brewer didn’t have a price tag for the proposal Monday and said it was one of many pitches he and other school officials brought to Washington, where they are pushing for more money in a No Child Left Behind education bill and supporting a move to enhance the qualified zone academy bonds program, which lets schools borrow money at low or no interest to renovate campuses. (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Livingston was backing out of a handicapped parking spot when he lost control of the car and hit a vehicle that was on display near the store’s entrance, Ferguson said. The four people were injured under the patio, which has benches for people to sit that run three or four deep. Livingston’s car had been modified to put the gas pedal left of the brake pedal because he has a right leg ailment. He told police the gas pedal got stuck. He was taken away in a wheelchair. “He took out all the benches,” said Larry Frye of Burbank, who witnessed the crash as he left the store. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 546-3304 BURBANK – A 66-year-old man who apparently was under the influence of prescription drugs and had his car reconfigured to accommodate a leg problem backed into a Costco outdoor patio Tuesday, injuring four people, authorities said. The incident occurred about 11:15 a.m. at the Costco at 1051 Burbank Blvd., where a 1991 Lincoln Town Car plowed 150-200 feet through the patio before it struck a pillar and came to a stop, Burbank police Sgt. Matt Ferguson said. The driver, Robert Livingston of West Hollywood, who is disabled, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. He was not injured. The victims included a 1-year-old, her 29-year-old mother and her 54-year-old grandmother. All three did not appear to be seriously injured, Ferguson said. A 49-year-old man suffered a broken pelvis and injuries to his head and extremities. None of their names were released. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – Growing up with stories of the Japanese internment camps where her parents were held during World War II, artist Jamie Paulson often heard about the wood-frame buildings, the concrete bareness and the cold. But when she visited the Manzanar National Historic Site, Paulson said she found something she never expected: beauty. Paulson captured the unlikely allure of the Owens Valley war relocation camp this year in an even more unlikely place – an ornament that now adorns the White House Christmas Tree. “There’s a beauty there and a resilience and a feeling of people trying to make the best of what their situation was. It made me feel proud,” said Paulson, who lives in Sebastopol. Sandra Glover, who lives in Malibu, was selected to paint the ornament for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The ornament features the park’s highest point, Sandstone Peak, as well as the beach below; the Backbone Trail, which roughly follows the crest of the mountains, as well as people, and indigenous wildlife. “I wanted to capture a little bit of everything,” said Glover. A naturalist with the city of Malibu and a member of the Allied Artists of Santa Monica – a nonprofit group that donates part of its proceeds from art shows to environmental causes – Glover said creating the ornament combined her loves of painting and wildlife. “I was always an outdoors kind of girl. The kind of kid who played with frogs. My bedroom looked like a natural history museum,” she said. After moving to California from her native Florida, Glover said she fell in love with the mountains. “I was amazed that there was so much open space and wild areas right outside of Los Angeles. It blew my mind,” she said. To create their ornaments, artists said they sketched out and sometimes painted their depictions before working on the glass sphere provided. Carre Shandor, an artist who works as a facilities management specialist at Death Valley National Park and painted the park’s ornament, attended a White House reception earlier this month and was able to see her design hanging on the tree. Shandor said she, too, struggled with what to include on the ornament. She and a team of interpreters at the park finally settled on Scotty’s Castle, a two-story Spanish villa that is one of the park’s most visited sites; Zabriskie Point and the surrounding badlands; bighorn sheep and a variety of fish and wildlife. “It’s kind of a misunderstood park,” Shandor said of Death Valley. “People just don’t think we’re pretty, because we don’t have trees. But we’re a geology wonderland out here.” A Texas native, Shandor was raised in Orange County and has been working at Death Valley about nine years. A self-taught artist, she works in acrylic craftwork and said the ornament was a departure from her typical avant-garde style. Attending the East Room reception and seeing the Death Valley ornament on the White House tree was a thrill, she said. It was near the bottom, but that didn’t matter. “So now I’m in the White House,” Shandor said proudly. “It’s not something I ever thought would happen.” HOLIDAYS AT THE WHITE HOUSE BY THE NUMBERS Volunteers: 73 Visitors touring the White House: 60,000 Christmas cards sent by the president: 895,000 Christmas trees: 33 Hand-decorated ornaments on Blue Room Christmas tree: 347 Feet of garland: 862 Wreaths: 232 Christmas cookies: 20,000 Holiday cakes: 700 Handmade tamales: 10,000 Pounds of shrimp: 1,000 Gallons of eggnog: 320 SOURCE: White House160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHer ornament – which depicts the camp’s cemetery monument framed by the Sierra Nevada mountains, as well as the guardhouse and a barracks block – is part of the White House’s “Holiday in the National Parks” theme this year. It is among 347 hand-painted depictions of the country’s national parks, memorials, seashores and historic sites. “We think that our national parks are more precious than gold to the United States,” first lady Laura Bush said during a recent showing of the tree. “They’re our major and most fabulous landscapes, from Yosemite to Denali to the Everglades. But they’re also our sacred historical sites.” Also festooning the 18-foot Fraser fir in the White House Blue Room are ornaments representing Joshua Tree, the Santa Monica Mountains, Death Valley and Channel Islands. All were designed and painted by local artists.
Bridget’s keyringLoreto Milford Transition Year student Bridget Moran has come up with an innovative idea to raise money for Donegal Pet Rescue and Letterkenny Tidy Towns this Christmas.As part of her transition year mini company, Bridget decided to design and source trolley tokens which are not only convenient for shoppers but also act as a commemorative coin to celebrate Letterkenny winning Ireland’s Tidiest Town.Unlike some tokens currently on the market, Bridget’s product includes both €1 and €2 tokens on the same keyring. They feature a picture of Letterkenny’s Polestar Roundabout with a congratulatory message. Keenly priced at €3 each, all profits go to Donegal Pet Rescue and Letterkenny Tidy Towns.Bridget is seeking the support of local businesses to stock the trolley tokens, which make an ideal stocking filler this Christmas in addition to helping raise funds for two worthy causes.For orders contact email@example.com or call 086 3204094BRIDGET’S SUPER IDEA WILL MAKE THE PERFECT STOCKING-FILLER THIS CHRISTMAS! was last modified: December 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Bridget MorandonegalDonegal Pet RescueLoreto Milfordstocking filler
Ireland biggest private home Christmas lights display are set to dazzle once again when special guest Santa turns them on this Friday.Mary Whoriskey and husband Michael have been lighting up the townland of Gortcally outside Kerrykeel for the past 16 years.And they’ve raised almost €60,000 for charities including Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and support organisations for people battling cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s. The incredible light display – featuring 20,000 light bulbs and hundreds of different configurations – attracts visitors from all over Ireland and Britain. The display covers more than an acre.“It really is magical,” said retired shop assistant Mary – dubbed ‘Mary Christmas’ by locals in the north Donegal village.“We’ve been told that it can be seen on a clear night by trans-Atlantic passenger planes overhead.“It started as a bit of fun and it has just grown from there and we thought we’d use it to raise money for charities and over the years people have donated €57,000 to good causes.” Mary admitted she gets more excited every year.“It’s a magnificent display. We literally have people coming from all corners of Ireland and from further afield too,” she said.“It’s brilliant for children, especially younger children. I get so much pleasure in seeing how much they enjoy it.“And of course the adults enjoy it too.”Beneficiaries of this year’s donations are the Donegal Hospice and the local Mevagh Voluntary Fire Service. Friday’s events start at 7pm with carol singing with Santa due to land at 7.30pm. The lights will remain on until January 6.The lights display includes a life-size crib, reindeer, snowmen, Santa’s magical grotto where Santa will meet children on Friday night, and where people attending will be treated to hot chocolate, mince-pies, and children will receive a Santa goodie bag.Mary’s amazing Christmas lights set to dazzle again was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)
It’s the largest and hottest province in South Africa, taking up a full third of the country’s land area. But the Northern Cape is also wild and empty, mostly desert and semi-desert. Under 2% of South Africa’s people live there.The 60-metre Augrabies Falls on the Orange River. The original Khoikhoi inhabitants named the falls “Ankoerebis”, or “place of big noises”. Later Afrikaner settlers then derived the name “Augrabies”. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Mary AlexanderIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”.To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.The vast wilderness of the Nortern Cape holds weird lunar landscapes, exotic plants and animals, the Richtersveld World Heritage site and the Big Hole diamond mine, possibly the largest hand-dug excavation in the world.In early spring the barren Namaqualand sees a sudden, brief and brilliant bloom of flowers carpeting the landscape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Sister Januar outside the Catholic Cathedral in the Northern Cape town of Pella. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Arri Raats, a member of the Khomani San Bushmen, at Boesmansrus camp in the Kalahari. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Canoeing on the Orange River at sunset in Vioolsdrift, in the Richtersveld region of the Northern Cape. The Orange is the longest river in South Africa, rising in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho and flowing westwards to empty in the Atlantic Ocean. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Brilliantly coloured Augrabies flat lizards are endemic to the Northern Cape, and common on the granite walls of Augrabies Falls National Park. In summer they delight tourists with their acrobatic leaps to catch black flies swarming near the falls. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A seal colony on the rocky shores of the Namaqua National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Crafts for sale at a tourist market in Pofadder, Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Donkey cart drivers in Andriesvale in the Kalahari. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Arnie Braam in Klein Pella, Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Desert dunes in Witsand – “white sands” – Nature Reserve near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A farm in Vioolsdrift. Irrigation from the great Orange River and from groundwater allows farmers to produce crops in the desert. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Quiver trees – kokerboom in Afrikaans – in the Kalahari. San Bushman hunter-gatherers used the trees to make quivers for their arrows. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Sutherland Observatory on a starry night. There is little light pollution in the remote Northern Cape, making the province ideal for major international astronomy initiatives such as the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Meerkats in the desert of the Kalahari Red Dune Route in the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)An old shipwreck rusts into the shore of the Namaqua National Park on the West Coast. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Inside the McGregor Museum, an important cultural and natural history research institute, in Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Palm trees against the late afternoon sun in Klein Pella, on the banks of the Orange River. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The mountainous desert landscape of the Richtersveld. The region is the only arid biodiversity hotspot on earth, with an amazing variety of plant, bird and animal life. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape is a Unesco World Heritage site. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The Big Hole in Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape, is thought to be the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. Once an open-pit diamond mine, some three metric tons of diamonds were extracted from the hole – displacing 22-million tons of earth – between 1872 and 1914. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A massive communal sociable weaver bird’s nest envelops an acacia tree in the Kgalakgadi Transfrontier Park in the north of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Steenbok amid indigenous desert vegetation in the Namaqua National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)The local maritime museum in the West Coast town of Port Nolloth. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)A dog sits with its driver as they make their way through Vioolsdrift in the Richtersveld. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)