Med View Flights to Liberia ‘a Boost for ECOWAS Integration’

first_imgThe much heralded Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional integration agenda seems to now be taking root in recent years as countries of the region have begun to embark upon initiatives that will ensure true and genuine integration within the region.And it was in this spirit of regional integration that MedView Airline, a private Nigerian aviation firm, on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, launched its maiden flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Liberia. MedView Airline will be operating a regular flight to Accra, Ghana, Monrovia, Liberia, and Freetown, Sierra Leone. This means that Liberians and other foreign nationals who want to travel to any ECOWAS state will now be spared the headache of sometimes travelling as far as Casablanca, Morocco, or to Europe before reaching their final destinations.At a brief ceremony upon the arrival of MedView flight Number VL0203, ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia, Tunde Ajisomo, said this development is a huge boost to the integration agenda of the region that has been drastically pursued by ECOWAS leaders in recent years. The Ambassador said the arrival of the flight to Liberia and subsequently to Sierra Leone will boost economic activities as well as ensure smooth and timely travel across the region. “This is a bold move on the part of the Board and management of MedView to have extended its services to these parts of the region,” he said, describing what he termed as an actualization of a long discussion, as a “good day for MedView, Liberia and ECOWAS.”The original vision of the Founding Fathers of ECOWAS was one of intraregional commerce and cooperation, which was both ambitious and visionary. Many believe this vision was 30 years ahead of the current globalization trend. In this light, Ambassador Ajisomo noted that these dreams are now being actualized.He noted that the aviation industry plays a very critical role in the development of any region and what MedView has begun would serve as a catalyst for the ECOWAS region. “We look forward to hearing of a daily flight within the region.”The original ECOWAS agenda was aimed at addressing the most critical bottlenecks to integration among member states and also included a framework for solving inter-state conflicts. “In the latter part we have been there while in the former we are getting there,” he said.Quoting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the negotiations to bring MedView to Liberia, the Ambassador noted, “This will go a long way in promoting regional integration as it relates to trade, social and smooth travel all in the vision of ECOWAS.” President Sirleaf is the Chairperson of the Heads of State of ECOWAS.“This is a dream come true for our region because we have been working towards these kinds of initiatives in our region for some time now. We are grateful to the government of Liberia and the management of MedView for this milestone.“Our people, especially our businesspeople, need smooth and quick movements as they go about their businesses; and I strongly believe this will be of great help,” Ambassador Ajisomo noted.ECOWAS has been robust in recent times with the initiation of meaningful projects aimed at integrating the region. This regional body has also been very instrumental in the providing of energy across the region with the establishment of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) project that is being actualized in Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG).The development of the WAPP is to establish a well-functioning, cooperative, power-pooling mechanism for West Africa as a means to increase access of the citizens of the region to stable and reliable electricity at affordable costs.Also underway is the construction of a super-highway intended the link all of the countries of the region. According to some reliable regional leaders, this project will begin very soon.Also speaking at the ceremony, RIA Managing Director William Bako Freeman said, “the discussion to bring MedView to Liberia started a year or two back and I’m very grateful that we have reached thus far where I’m seeing this airline in our country.”He noted that this will ease the burden on Liberians who want to travel within the region. “In addition to this, the more airlines we have flying to RIA the better competition we will have and this will definitely determine airfares. So those who have been talking about deduction in ticket prices need not worry. The coming of MedView and others to follow create a competitive environment and help reduce price.”MedView CEO Muneer Bankole, who lauded President Sirleaf for the instrumental role she played in bringing the airline to Liberia, said the initiative is part of its efforts to support President Sirleaf’s agenda aimed at facilitating free movement of trade and services within the ECOWAS region.MedView, Bankole noted, will create a lot of jobs for Liberians, especially young people who have the desire to serve in the industry.Bankole once served as a young officer of the Nigerian contingent of ECOMOG that served in Liberia during the civil war in the 1990s. He noted that he had a great time in Liberia and hopes this good relationship continues in the future. Though he is no longer in the military services where he helped to bring peace to Liberia, he now does so in the business sector.He promised that his airline will deliver the best of services as compared to other regional or global airlines, and will employ many Liberians.Since government broke ground for the renovation of the RIA, there has been good news of renowned airlines coming or resuming flights to the country. One of these is the Lufthansa Airlines, the largest airline company in Europe in terms of passengers and fleet size.Liberia and the People’s Republic of China signed two agreements recently totaling US$50 Million for the rehabilitation of the terminal and runway of the RIA.Also known as Deutsche Lufthansa, Lufthansa Airlines, which came in existence in year 1953 but started to operate in 1955 as flag carrier of Germany, will commence operation to Liberia early next year. It has two major operating hubs in Europe, at Frankfurt and Munich Airports. It is a founding member of Star Alliance and serves various destinations worldwide.This airline offers services to more than 78 countries in Asia, Europe, America and Africa. Another airline that will soon commence flights to Liberia is KLM, which currently operates in Accra, Ghana. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Morrison member of teams for World Cup Long Track Speed Skating stages

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Speed Skating Canada revealed teams for the ISU World Long Track Speed Skating stages yesterday, which included Denny Morrison.Skaters were selected based on their performances at the Fall World Cup Selections last weekend in Calgary. The aim for skaters is to secure qualifying spots for each distance for Canada at the upcoming Olympics.Morrison will be competing in the 1000 metre and 1500 metre races at Stage One of the event in Heerenveen, Netherlands from November 10th to 12th. Morrison will be in the same races for Stage Two in Stavanger, Norway from November 17th to 19th. In the Third Stage Morrison will add the 5000 metre event to the other two in Calgary from December 1st to 3rd. The final stage has Morrison competing in the same distances as the previous stage.- Advertisement -A maximum of ten athletes per gender can be selected to the Olympic Team, that will be based on achieving the performance standard for the event and on earning the quota spot.last_img read more

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first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez believes John Stones’ injury absence could prove to be a blessing in disguise for the 20-year-old defender.The Toffees youngster damaged ankle ligaments in the defeat to Manchester United in early October, an injury which required surgery.But he is now back training and in contention for a place in the squad for Monday’s game against QPR, with Martinez convinced the versatile starlet could come back better than ever.“He is ahead of schedule, probably two or three weeks, but I would expect that,” said the Blues boss.“He’s such a quick healer and he hasn’t stopped for one second trying to win those small margins to get back early.“He’s trained once with the team and he came through that really well. Now it’s just a matter of making a good measurement of allowing him to be involved into a competitive game at the right time.“I’m really pleased with his comeback.”Stones joined Everton from Barnsley almost two years ago and has made rapid progress with club and country.The timing of his injury setback was particularly cruel, coming shortly after making his first England starts in September, but Martinez thinks the break will give him a better chance of maintaining his form over the whole season.“John is desperate to get back onto the pitch,” added the Spaniard. “I know he doesn’t want to hear this but I said to him maybe it’s a perfect way for him to divide his season into two clear spells.“I thought he started the season really well. Sometimes at that age it’s difficult to maintain your level for 10 months.“Now he’s got a clear period from January until the end of season to try to, if anything, step up the level.“He’s ready to do that. He’s a phenomenal character and we all know he’s an impressive footballer. It’s great to have him fully fit and ready to participate.” 1 Everton defender John Stones last_img read more

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first_img Fans reveal who they want their clubs to sell before deadline day 1 Good riddance to bad rubbish.That’s what some fans would love to say to certain players at their club, so talkSPORT asked them who they would like to see sold.There are just days of the transfer window remaining, so join the debate on the talkSPORT Facebook page and let us know who you would like your club to sell and if you agree with any of these suggestions.Follow transfer deadline day live on talksport.com on Monday 1 February.last_img read more

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first_imgFinn Harps 5k 28/09/2014Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 202 18.47 Dermot McElchar SM Finn Valley A C 2 162 19.46 Donal Haughey M40 Tír Chonaill A C3 183 20.18 Peter McMenamin SM Individual4 163 20.26 Lochlann O’Rourke M40 Individual5 165 20.33 Michael Gallagher SM Individual 6 263 20.52 James Boyle SM Individual7 169 21.02 P.J. Friel M40 Individual8 179 21.13 Anthony Murray M40 Individual9 229 21.16 Mark McCafferty M40 FVLC Begin to Run10 232 21.17 Christopher Gallagher JM Castlefinn Runners 11 164 21.25 Adrian Devine SM Castlefinn Runners12 209 21.31 Sean McMenmin SM Aghyaran Athletics13 230 21.33 Sean O’Leary M40 Finn Valley A C14 208 21.34 Andy Scanlon SM Finn Valley A C 15 31 21.49 Noel Duffy M40 Individual16 240 22.08 John McElwaine M40 Lifford A C17 212 22.13 Seamus Curran M40 Finn Valley A C18 251 22.36 Maurice O’Donnell SM Individual19 253 22.42 Ryan Galvin JM Finn Valley A C20 33 22.49 Joseph Casey SM Individual21 187 23.18 Joanne Campbell W40 Finn Valley A C22 254 23.23 Aine McElchar SW FV Fit4Life23 260 23.28 Declan Carlin M40 Finn Valley A C24 211 23.28 Martin Anderson M40 Finn Valley A C25 213 23.34 Gloria Donaghy W40 Finn Valley A C26 207 23.42 Clara Carroll SW FV Fit4Life27 258 23.45 Pat McCrudden M40 Finn Valley A C28 259 23.48 Michael Floyd SM Individual29 238 23.51 Joel Walsh JM Individual30 184 24.06 Denise McGahern W40 FV Fit4Life31 171 24.29 Paddy Doherty SM Individual32 199 24.32 Melanie Sweeney SW Castlefinn Runners33 188 24.37 Paul Gallen M40 Individual34 200 24.39 Gary Gallen M40 Individual35 168 24.50 Darragh Morrison JM Individual36 167 24.53 Seamus Morrison SM Individual37 225 25.01 Marcella McBride W40 Castlefinn Runners38 248 25.12 Marie McColgan W40 Finn Valley A C39 204 25.19 Joey O’Leary M40 Castlefinn Runners40 161 25.22 Paula Jansen SW Finn Valley A C41 170 25.22 Noreen Bonner W40 Finn Valley A C42 178 25.57 Jim Hynes M40 Finn Valley A C43 239 26.07 Sean Gormley M40 Aghyaran Athletics44 231 26.08 Anthony Gallagher M40 Castlefinn Runners45 185 26.19 Cathy Kelly W40 FV Fit4Life46 172 26.20 Mary Martin W40 Finn Valley A C47 173 26.25 Cora Harvey SW Finn Valley A C48 255 26.57 Rosemary Parkinson SW Convoy Runners49 182 27.12 Evan Long JM Individual50 174 27.44 Ciaran Chaney JM Individual51 34 28.24 John Viray SM Individual52 205 28.35 Trevor Gordon SM Individual53 181 28.37 Evan Campbell JM Individual54 201 28.51 Marie Gallagher SW Finn Valley A C55 210 29.14 Ashleen Temple SW Individual56 197 29.43 Helen Logue M40 Finn Valley A C57 250 29.52 Betty Gallen W40 Finn Valley A C58 233 30.00 Kevin McHugh M40 Aghyaran Athletics59 186 30.01 Hugo Maguire M40 Aghyaran Athletics60 256 30.26 Hannah Parkinson JW Convoy Runners61 249 31.02 Annette Gildea SW Individual62 214 31.22 Pauric McCrory M40 Individual63 226 31.59 Teresa McMenamin SW Aghyaran Athletics64 261 32.17 Christine Lynch W40 FVLC Begin to Run65 177 32.33 Ursula Chaney SW Individual66 223 32.48 Angela McLaughlin SM Individual67 262 33.03 Chantelle Grant SW Individual68 166 33.54 Shane Elliott SM Finn Harps FC69 160 34.36 Amer Quiambao SW Individual70 36 34.37 Felix Robledor SM Individual71 198 40.08 Anouska Mulrine SW Finn Valley A C72 237 40.13 John Walsh M40 Individual73 189 40.17 Kathleen O’Leary W40 Individual74 190 40.17 Marie Houston W40 Individual75 191 40.17 Julie McConnell W40 Individual76 235 43.20 Ronan Roddy M40 FVLC Begin to Run77 234 46.17 Mary Bruton W40 Individual78 195 46.17 Oiin Doherty JM Individual79 194 46.41 Cian Doherty JM Inishowen A C80 192 47.07 Joe Doherty SM Individual81 193 47.28 Caroline Doherty SW Inishowen A C82 257 47.28 Alan Galvin SM Individual83 175 47.28 Brid O’Hagan W40 Individual84 176 47.37 Sonia Campbell SW Individual85 227 47.38 Geraldine Barron W40 Individual86 203 47.47 Claire O’Leary W40 Individual87 228 47.47 Timothy Browne SM Individual88 236 47.57 Denise Harkin W40 Individual89 196 47.58 Brendan Phair SM Individual90 222 48.30 Geraldine Phair W40 Individual91 206 48.30 Mary Dunnion SW Individual92 35 48.30 Ronald Tuliao SM Individual93 252 48.32 Anne Barhan SW Individual94 224 49.42 Brid McClafferty SW Individual95 180 49.42 John Campbell M40 Individual96 32 52.06 Laura Dees SW IndividualTotal Runners; 96WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE FINN HARPS 5K? was last modified: September 28th, 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)last_img read more

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CONSUMERS OUTRAGED AS SUPERMARKET CHIEFS STOCK EASTER EGGS ALREADY!

first_imgEaster Eggs are already on the shelves, even though we’re 69 days away from Easter Sunday.Donegal consumers have taken to social media to lambast supermarket chiefs for stocking Easter Eggs, even though we’re still 69 days away from the popular holiday.It’s TEN weeks until we celebrate Easter but that hasn’t stopped retailers from rolling out their Easter Holiday marketing campaigns.Lent hasn’t even started yet, and already the temptation to purchase those delicious eggs are upon us. We’ve only just got back into the gym and are attempting to get the excesses of Christmas out of our system and now we have to walk past and ignore the urge to buy a chocolate egg.However, the fact they’ve already hit the shelves has angered many parents in Donegal and a number have taken to their own personal social media accounts to vent their fury.One reader e-mailed us earlier this evening to relay her disgust that there already on the shelves.The woman who wishes to remain anonymous said, “Was in TESCO in Letterkenny earlier this afternoon when one of my children said “Mum can I get a Kit-Kat Easter Egg. “I actually laughed and said don’t be silly it’s only January, you can’t get Easter Eggs now, Lent hasn’t even started.“He then threw the egg in my trolley and I actually couldn’t believe it when I saw it.“I then stepped back and seen an entire shelve full with all types of Easter Eggs.“It’s just madness, why do retailers have to stock them so early?“I understand why do they do it at Christmas, but Easter really? Ten weeks until then and we’ve already got them on the shelves. It’s utter madness. Others have expressed their surprise and disappointment that there already available to buy and feel it puts unnecessary pressure on parents who are still paying off Christmas.CONSUMERS OUTRAGED AS SUPERMARKET CHIEFS STOCK EASTER EGGS ALREADY! was last modified: January 25th, 2015 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:AngerBusinessConsumersEaster eggsletterkennynewsPARENTSRetailerssupermarketstescolast_img read more

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first_img15 July 2011 Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) expects its new US$102-million (R699-million) mill in Pretoria to increase capacity by 30 percent, Business Report reported on Friday.The news followed even as the firm battled flagging sales due to an industry-wide slump.PPC, South Africa’s biggest cement maker, is under pressure in its home market, where the construction industry is struggling to bounce back after a 2009 recession.Managing director of the company’s cement operations, Salim Kader, said that PPC, which has the capacity to produce eight-million tons of cement, expected the new mill at its Hercules plant to boost capacity by 30 percent.The mill was commissioned last year.PPC, which said in May that it was eyeing expansion elsewhere in Africa to compensate for weak sales at home, said it would upgrade its other plants within three to five years.South African Press Associationlast_img read more

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