The Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has launched Anti-Fraud Grey Routes throughout Liberia and seeks a partnership with the media and the general public in the fight against the use of SIM Boxes in fraudulent grey calls.Making the disclosure recently at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism, Marie G. Harrison, member of the Board of Commissioners, said the issue of SIM Boxes fraud was a serious problem which was causing the Liberian people thousands in revenue losses.She explained that many people were receiving overseas calls appearing on the phone as local numbers, causing the Government of Liberia to lose revenues as the calls were not being paid for or monitored by the LTA.“Those calls you received are illegally routed calls. The connection between you and the caller was illegally routed away from the GSM providers and government controls; hence the inability of either the GSM companies or the LTA to assess revenue on them.”According to her, all the international calls that appear as local numbers on phones give money to the criminals and causes revenue loss to the government of Liberia.The perpetrators were using what is referred to as SIM Box and making such money without the knowledge of the GSM and the Liberian government.“This is a piece of equipment the size of a DVD player, which can house dozens of SIM Cards, most of them not being registered with the service provider. This setup is connected to the internet and in coordination with independent overseas telecommunications carriers who route calls to Liberia looking for the least cost route.”Commissioner Harrison stressed that SIM Box fraudsters can offer cheaper rates because they are not a legal entity and have no overhead costs, nor do they pay any taxes to government.She disclosed that the LTA, in partnership with the County Attorney’s office and the Ministry of Justice, including the Liberia National Police (LNP), have arrested SIM Box operators in the past and they are awaiting prosecution through the Ministry of Justice.“Over US$400,000 was lost in revenue from minutes tabulated in just one of the raids. We will have billboards up shortly to reinforce the importance of the operation and numbers received, which will be verified by the LTA team and sent to the respective GSM operator to block.”Madam Harrison used the occasion to urge whistleblowers that are aware of possible SIM Box operations to come forward and inform the LTA. They will be rewarded for their efforts made. “This is a national effort and we call on the media to help in disseminating the message to the public.She called on the public to send a free text message to the LTA using the short codes, GRAY (4729) or GREY (4739) if local numbers appear from international calls.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Calm is said to have returned to the ArcelorMittal concession area in Nimba after the violent demonstration that led to the ransacking of the properties belonging to the iron ore company.On Thursday, 3rd July 2014, a youth group identified as “Tokadeh Progressive Youth for a Peace and Development began what they claimed as a peaceful demonstration in the concession town of Zolowee along the Sanniquellie-Yekepa at the junction of the road leading to Mount Tokadeh.The aggrieved youth spokesperson Sayetee Zowehyee told this paper via mobile phone on the day of the standoff that their action came due to what he called “the failure of ArcelorMittal” to adhere to their plights and demands.He said prior to their demonstration they informed the County Attorney, LNP and UNMIL to carry on a peaceful march on 3rd June 2014 so as to claim the ArcelorMittal’s attention over petitions addressed to the company long time ago concerning the development of the areas.He said, while they were carrying on the peaceful march at the junction leading to Mount Tokadeh, the Emergency Response Unit/ERU came in and told them under the pretext that they were there to provide protection based on their request to the LNP.Superintendent Zuagele confirmed the request but said that the County Attorney upon receiving the letter he immediately wrote instructing them to put halt to all form of demonstration and again went on air informing the group not to demonstrate but they refused to adhere to his order.The youth claimed they were carrying on peaceful demonstration, but the road leading up the mount was blocked with fallen tree, with cooking taking place on the main road.He narrated that after they got through cooking around the intersection leading up the mount, the ERU seized the food and set it in their pickup and began firing discriminately, using tear gas to disperse them.It was from the action of the ERU that led the youth to flee into the bushes which of course let things get out of hand, he said.An eyewitness account says there was shooting of single barrel guns by the youth after they fled into the bush and they even committed extensive damage on ArcelorMittal facilities at the mines as well as on the train.Bridges along the road leading to Yekapa were tampered with by the youth in an attempt to dismantle them at some locations of the road.However, an Executive Mansion release says several of those involved in the disturbances were picked up and taken to Monrovia for interrogation.Several government officials, including the Information Minister Lewis Brown; Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sandolo and some of the Nimba Lawmakers paid a visit to the area, aimed at finding a breakthrough, but it is not yet known what level of discussion was held with the both sides.Nimba District # 1 Representative Jeremiah Koung expressed frustration over the level of destruction ArcelorMittal sustained from the hands of the youth.He urged the youth to be proactive in their campaign and stop the attitude of destruction of infrastructures.It was also reported that the group went up the mount and ransacked activity there, forcing some ArcelorMittal workers to be airlifted by helicopter.This year appears to be tough for the company since they started the operation in Liberia nearly 10 years ago.In February this year, the citizens of the affected communities within ArcelorMittal concession blocked the roads leading up Mount Takadeh where the mining of iron ore is taking place. They claimed that the management of ArcelorMittal failed to pay damages to their properties and also refused to employ the citizens. Some of their plights were addressed where most of them received the required payment of damages.On Tuesday 29th April 2014 a group of Nimba youth under the banner, “Concerned Nimbaians calling for Re-signing and Renegotiation of the Arcelor Mittal Mineral Development Agreement with the Government of Liberia”, seized the railroad in demand of changes in the MDA.This issue was brought to rest after the intervention of the Nimba 53rd Legislative Caucus and some staff of the company.One of the Concerned Nimbaian Advocates, Saye Musah, attributed the eruption of this new crisis to lack of communication from the Nimba County Authority headed by Supt. Fong Zuagele.He said after their railroad seized in April, a meeting was called for by ArcelorMittal in May at the Royal Hotel in Monrovia, where Supt. Zuagele was instructed by the Nimba Legislative Caucus to convene a meeting with the aggrieved youth (including this group) so as to discuss some of the counts which were not discussed at Royal Hotel Meeting. “But accordingly,” Musah said, “the county superintendent hasn’t called for meeting up this the time of the crisis,” something Superintendent Zuagele outrightly denied.The present aggrieved “Tokadeh Youth Movement” in August 2013, presented an eight counts resolution to the management of Mittal at the joint citizens meeting with CEO of Mittal in Zolowee calling for improved water system, health care facility, and employment at all levels, among others.At present, the road between Sanniquellie and Yekapa is now calm and traffic has resumed, but there no sign of work going on at the Tokadeh Mines since the standoff.Representative Larry Younquoi of Nimba District #8 told reporters in Ganta that almost a truckload of things looted from the ArcelorMittal camp around Mount Tokadeh had been retrieved and returned, while search is going on to get the remaining items.In a similar development, another group calling themselves “Movement for the Defense of Downtrodden” launched their activity in Ganta on 3rd July 2014.The group who described themselves as rights organization said they will be engaging institutions in Nimba and elsewhere in the interest of the communities, looking at the controversial Nimba Scrap deal, a purported US$4 million GOL owed Nimba from ArcelorMittal Social Development Fund, and the relocation of George Ways Hospital in Sanniquellie, among others.Despite the company’s almost 10 years of existence and almost four years of shipment of iron ore, one-third of Yekapa still remains undeveloped with the hospital there yet to be renovated and the roads still remain unpaved despite years of promises something the citizens greatly concerned about.Superintendent Zuagele has also confirmed the arrest of five persons in connection to the violence over the weekend and sent to Monrovia while their leaders, Sayetee and others, remain at large.He also confirmed that some members of the group, “Concern Nimbaian for Resigning and Renegotiating of the MDA”, are undergoing interrogation at the police station in Sanniquellie into their involvement into the violence.Earlier, one of the detainees, Ta Kruah, told this paper via mobile that they were asked by the Superintendent for a meeting early Sunday, 6th July 2014 but were immediately summoned by Police Chief of Operations, Abraham Kromah, for questioning and they are still being held with no charge(s).Meanwhile, the Executive Mansion Release said the full extent of the damage, which is still being assessed, includes destruction to private properties, as well as injuries to six police officers and the destruction of public roads and bridges.Information Minister Lewis Brown said, “There is no tolerance in this society for those who act outside the law by expressing grievances through violence, destroying properties, assaulting law enforcement officers, and violating the rights of others.”He also added that “all such individuals will face the full weight of the law.”However, Government of Liberia has assured the management of Arcelor Mittal and all private and foreign investors that no action will be spared to protect lives and properties as well as the general wellbeing of their staffs and employees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Flashback: Madam Sirleaf with Ex-South African President Jacob Zuma in 2008.Former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is currently in South Africa to participate in celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela’s birth, a dispatch has said.On Tuesday, July 17, according to the dispatch, former United States President Barack Obama delivered the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.It may be recalled that in 2008, former President Sirleaf delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tuesday’s lecture was preceded by a panel discussion that featured former President Sirleaf, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the former Foreign Affairs Minister of Algeria Lakhdar Brahimi at the Obama Foundation gathering of young African leaders.Those events were also preceded by the launch of the “Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program,” a year-long initiative of leaders of Africa that will connect 200 emerging leaders from across the African continent to take on challenges in their communities.Four Liberians, including H. Zaizay, Gbovadeh Gbilia, Jarius Greaves and Mlen-Too Wesley, were selected to form part of the inaugural class of the “Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program.” They joined 196 young leaders from 43 other African countries to benefit from a year-long leadership development and civic engagement program aimed at training, supporting, and connecting emerging African leaders as a means to creating positive change in their communities.In a related development, Madam Sirleaf will today join the Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights, in highlighting the extraordinary contributions made by a group of 100 brilliant grassroots organizations.Those organizations, classified as “Sparks of Hope,” are positively impacting communities in Africa and across the globe.As part of today’s events, Madam Sirleaf will again join a panel discussion with Madam Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and Raj Panjabi, Co-founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, which is one of the “100 Sparks of Hope.”Today’s discussion will center on world peace, access to health, justice, and equality.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ganja in gas bottles caseThe trial of Tucville, Georgetown baker Colin Denny, 37, and his 35-year-old common-law partner Malika Softleigh continued at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where two ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) testified to what they did in relation to discovering 57.9 grams of marijuana the couple allegedly trafficked.The baker and his spouse are currently out on $400,000 bail for possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, which Police said was committed betweenBaker Colin Denny and his common-law wife, Malika SoftleighNovember 14 and November 15 at Lot 6 C Tucville Terrace. Denny and Softleigh are represented by Attorney-at-Law James Bond in a matter being heard by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford called the two witnesses to stand on Wednesday. The first witness testified to being part of a search party on November 15, 2017 which conducted the operation at Tucville. He noted that he was the photographer.The male rank, who has several years of service, informed the court that no one was home at the time of the operation and noted that CANU ranks later found three white gas bottles after searching the property. He noted that the bottles were checked via a sound test and they produced a hollow sound. The CANU officer observed that the bottles were taken by another officer to the Unit’s headquarters where further inspection was conducted.He told Magistrate Latchman that on November 26, 2017, he printed 36 photographs which included images of the house, the cutting of the bottles, and the extraction and weighing of the suspected narcotics. The photographs were tendered and marked as exhibits, and the rank identified and provided descriptions of the photos he took. According to reports, the cylinders were open and mud was found stuffed into the bottom with black plastic. The case continues at Court Three on April 23, 2018.
0Shares0000At 10, Zemyna Lekaviciute has become the youngest-ever scorer in Lithuania, hammering the ball into the back of the net after just five minutes on the pitch during a second-league match © AFP/File / Petras MalukasVILNIUS, Lithuania, Oct 3 – In basketball-obsessed Lithuania, women’s football is gaining new fans after the sensational debut of 10-year-old Zemyna Lekaviciute as the Baltic state’s youngest-ever scorer in a second-division match.After just five minutes on the pitch, Zemyna took a pass and sent the ball past goalkeeper Agne Ratkeviciute, who is more than twice her age, handing her Zalgiris Vilnius reserves team a 10-0 lead over Sesupe. “This was her very first appearance in (second-division) Lyga 1 and she became the youngest scorer in Lithuania,” beamed Svajunas Stravinskas, manager of the women’s football academy at Zalgiris.Passing the ball to Zemyna was Greta Jaroseviciute, the other youngster on the pitch born in 2006.Wearing the green shirt of the Zalgiris reserve team, and reaching barely up to her fellow players’ shoulders, Zemyna also grabbed an assist for a late goal that pushed the final score up to 11-0.– ‘Maximalist’ –It all started four years ago.Zemyna Lekaviciute’s love of football began when she was about six and her dad spotted an ad inviting children to play the game © AFP / Petras Malukas“One day, when my dad and I were going home from the kindergarten, we saw an ad inviting kids to play football,” says Zemyna, flashing a smile.At seven, when she started elementary school, she also started training with boys.“We strongly encouraged her to play,” says her father Evaldas Lekavicius, sitting on the team bench and talking about his passion for football and small teams like Iceland or the Balkan countries.“Today her greatest advantage is her speed,” he says, praising also his daughter’s character.“Zemyna is a maximalist. In our family, she has the strongest character,” Lekavicius added with a smile.At almost eleven, the girl wearing the number three, which her dad had worn during his amateur career, has become the hope of Lithuanian women’s football, together with Jaroseviciute.Zemyna has been practising passes, tactics and skills with much older girls three times a week on one of the few pitches in central Vilnius since 2016.Speed and ball control are her favourite aspects of the game.“Zemyna plays like a boy of the same age,” says her coach Oleg Kricun.“She’s a dribbler like no other. Her goal was extraordinary: a child who scores even though the ball arrived at the height of her belly,” he added.Zemyna Lekaviciute has been practising passes, tactics and skills with much older girls three times a week © AFP / Petras MalukasOn the day of the game, Zemyna’s parents were not at the stadium.“When Zemyna scored, the coach called us and said — ‘there you go’,” says her 42-year-old father, who works in genetic engineering.– Not just football –In her room, Zemyna displays a cup and 27 medals from other sports.Football is just one of her many passions. There is also scout camp, and she is dreaming about competing in a biathlon, a winter sport combining cross-country skiing and shooting.Women’s football in Lithuania is suffering from a lack of finances.Zemyna’s three weekly training sessions cost 45 euros ($50), against the average monthly wage of 817 euros. Equipment and transport are in addition.Zemyna Lekaviciute has become the hope of Lithuanian women’s football, which needs more funds © AFP / Petras MalukasZalgiris’s women’s football team is the only Vilnius-based team also playing in Lyga A, the country’s top flight division.It has received 3,000 euros in support from the city of Vilnius, while the men’s team secured a subsidy of 868,000 euros.Lithuania’s female footballers are now pinning their hopes on the 2018 under-17 European championship hosted by the country to help promote the sport and make life rosier for young players like Zemyna.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Action from the U14 boys game.This weekend saw Letterkenny Blaze host three separate blitzes with U14 boys, U14 girls and U16 boys participating.Teams travelled from Glenties BC, Sligo Warriors BC, Dungloe Demons BC, Mulroy Hoops BC and our own development teams to take part in this the Development League this year undertaken by the North West Area Board. The day saw some 20 games played in two venues Loreto Secondary School and Aura Leisure Centre. This format of games give the players the opportunity to put the skills they learn in training into a game type situation.Everyone put in a great deal of effort and it was a very enjoyable and beneficial day for all. On Saturday our U12 boys visited Sligo All Stars BC where they too took part in a blitz which is the format of competition this year at that age group. Elsewhere Storm Desmond got in the way of our U16 boys league team travelling to Anderstown Tigers and also Omagh Thunder coming to Letterkenny to play our u14 boys league team.Our U18 girls have a disappointing loss in overtime to Ballyshannon BC having led the charge throughout the game in normal time. However, a combination of injury and foul trouble led to their demise. However disappointing the result the game was a great one to watch with the Blaze girls working really well together. Aisling Nee and Serena Regan were strong for Blaze but really solid performances also came from Niamh Farrell, Isla Kelly and Sarah Boyle.Next weekend teams will be away to Queens BC Belfast on Saturday and we host Sligo All Stars on Sunday in Loreto gym, games tipping off at 10.30 with U14 girls. U18 girls travel to UUJ on Sunday to take on Ulster Elks just back from their quarter final National Cup defeat against Fr Matthews.Action form the U14 girls game.BASKETBALL: LETTERKENNY BLAZE HOST THREE BLITZES was last modified: December 7th, 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:Letterkenny blaze
JOB VACANCY: A busy Donegal Hair Salon are looking to recruit a part-time or full-time hairdresser to join their professional, dynamic and hardworking team. Management at Pam’s Creations, which is located in the scenic fishing village of Killybegs are looking to expand their workforce.Pam’s Creations need another employee to cope with the increased volume of customers visiting the salon. Management are willing to offer the right candidate the option of working either part-time or full-time.Job Title: HairdresserJob Requirements: Experience in the hairdressing industry is essential.Successful candidate needs to be reliable, punctual and hardworking.Attractive remuneration package is negotiable.If you’re interested in this position then apply now via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Job Vacancy: Busy salon seeking to recruit full-time Hairdresser was last modified: September 27th, 2016 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)
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28 May 2009With less than three weeks to go before the kickoff of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, the Bafana Bafana training camp at Johannesburg Stadium is abuzz with activity.Speaking to BuaNews on Wednesday after an intense training session, Bafana Bafana Captain Aaron Mokoena said the expectations of South African fans was motivation enough for the team.‘Positive mood’“The mood at the camp is positive, which shows that the players want to go out and perform their best for the country,” said Mokoena, or “Mbazo” (Axe), as he is known to his fans.“We are playing at home, and that will add strength to our players, but on the other hand we will not underestimate our competitors because they have experienced players who are familiar with these tournaments.”Mokoena, who has just joined Portsmouth FC from Blackburn Rovers in England, said there was a good relationship between Bafana’s overseas-based and local players.“It is very important for players to understand each other on and off the field, because that assists players to develop mentally and also create a sense of family within the team.”Opening match against IraqThe squad is using the remaining days before the 14 June kick-off of Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions” to hone their physical and mental strength.The team will play against Mauritius in a training match on Saturday, and against Poland in a friendly match on 6 June, before locking horns with Asian champions Iraq in the tournament’s opening match at Coca Cola Park in Johannesburg.Bafana Bafana defender Benson Mhlongo told BuaNews that the team would not underestimate Iraq. “They are very quick on the ball and play aggressively. Though we are not frightened by them, we will have to play cautiously.“The spirit is high among the players, and we are looking forward to the tournament and to proving our critics wrong,” the lanky defender said. “It’s going to be a do-or-die situation.”‘Now is our time’Mhlongo, who has been outstanding for Orlando Pirates in the past season, told BuaNews that the players wanted to emulate the 1996 squad which won the African Nations Cup by lifting the Fifa Confederations Cup trophy on home soil.“Our rugby team and cricketers have won international titles. Now it’s time to make our soccer fans proud,” Mhlongo said.“We need support from South Africans, and criticising the team will add no value but will dampen players’ morale,” he added.Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs said the entire squad, “from the technical team to the kit manager, wants to make the country proud.“We have the fighting spirit, and with the country rallying behind us, nothing will stop us from reaching the next round of the tournament.”Source: BuaNews
McCann Johannesburg’s Pierre Odendaal (left) and Karabo Denelane are confident that Portfolio Night will shake up the local advertising industry and open up opportunities for young people.(Image: Janine Erasmus) The face-to-face chats and guidance offered by top people in the industry can make a huge difference to the direction of a new career.(Image: Portfolio Night 10 Mumbai) MEDIA CONTACTS • Inga Hlatshwayo Communicator, McCann Johannesburg +27 11 235 4600 or +27 78 115 3567 RELATED ARTICLES • Online ad help for small businesses • MTN: Africa’s most valuable brand • Social ad campaign for SA • Local students in global business contest • All aboard the Youth Express Janine ErasmusThe South African advertising industry is buzzing with the news that McCann Johannesburg is to be the newest host of the global mentoring and development initiative Portfolio Night, which this year happens on 22 May.Portfolio Night was started by advertising guru Ignacio Oreamuno, the executive director of the New York-based Art Directors’ Club, and at the first event back in 2003 there were just three Canadian cities taking part. Today it spans the globe and it’s one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the advertising calendar. There are 40 cities taking part in 2013, the 11th edition, and overall, 56 cities have hosted the event.The main aim of Portfolio Night, which takes place in all host cities on the same day each year, is to give aspiring designers, copywriters and art directors the chance to personally meet with and show their work to leaders in the ad industry – a chance that they, as students, might otherwise have to wait years for.It’s described as “the largest advertising portfolio review of its kind in the world”. The beauty of the initiative is that on the night, top-level people become accessible and the students are celebrated for their talent, which presents huge opportunities for them and may even lead to recruitment on the spot.“We hope this event will transform the industry,” says McCann’s MD Karabo Denalane. “It’s a platform for students that will facilitate dialogue and opportunity, but will also allow industry peers to come together.”The agency’s chief creative officer Pierre Odendaal, who has been involved with overseas Portfolio Nights for some time, says that there aren’t many such events for creative people working in communications.“It’s an evening of collective knowledge sharing that will help young people boost their careers.”Johannesburg joins cities including Mumbai, Athens, Tokyo, Paris, Detroit, Dallas, Shanghai and Sao Paolo for Portfolio Night 2013.How does it work?Applicants – who may not necessarily be students but anyone wishing to learn and improve themselves – must submit their work for review by the selection committee.“We won’t automatically choose only the best, but also the ones that we feel have great potential,” says Odendaal. If possible, the agency will help those from out of town to get to Johannesburg.These young people will bring their portfolios along and get 10 to 15 minutes or so to talk to and get advice and suggestions from top creative directors and art directors. When their time is up with one person they move on to the next – almost like speed dating, but not quite.There is a minimal fee for the lucky 100 to 150 who make the grade – about R100 (US$11), which is a fair investment into a career, although some disadvantaged students may be fully sponsored, says Denalane.“It’s different to being in a lecture because there you’re learning theory. At Portfolio Night you get valuable input that’s just for you,” says Odendaal. “It will also motivate students to work hard on their portfolios and make them as good as they can possibly be.”The small number of participants makes the event meaningful for them, says Odendaal, as there will be enough time for everyone to talk with everyone else. The networking opportunity is also invaluable and for the top people, it’s a night to give back to the industry and remember that at the beginning of their careers, there was someone who helped them too.Local educational institutions such as AAA School of Advertising and the Vega School of Brand Leadership are coming on board. However, young creatives who are not at a school are not excluded – they can contact McCann for details on how to take part.All participants have a chance to win the grand prize of the evening, a week-long trip to the Art Directors’ Club in New York where they’ll meet with the best in the world and take part in workshops and seminars.“That kind of hands-on experience could change a career or a life,” says Odendaal.He hopes the concept will spread across the country in future years. The aim is for two cities to take part in 2014, with Cape Town the most likely addition. It will continue to gather in other major cities as it goes along.The venue for Portfolio Night Johannesburg will be announced closer to the time.