Three decades and three years ago, Liberians demonstrated an intolerable behavior against the tampering with our stable food rice. It was an act which served as a caveat that Liberians, at any moment, are willing and ready to stand on their feet against whatever forces that tend to reduce the size of their stomach.Today, there is a mental shift from what pleases and satisfies our bellies to what benefits our economy and improves our lives. Interestingly, that is non-edible oil, crude oil. Our crude oil discovery has sparked hot debates among Liberians both in and out of Liberia. Liberians from all walks of life have been seen on street corners, in attayah shops, on university campuses and even in churches expressing their views on how the oil revenues should be managed and/or allocated to benefit the general populace. The question that has been frequently asked is, “Is our oil discovery a blessing or a curse?” This question arises from ugly situations that have been witnessed in other African countries including Nigeria, North and South Sudan, D.R. Congo, among others, in which there were bloodshed, and destruction of infrastructures and institutions after oil wasdiscovered in those countries.In an attempt to take a cue from those countries’ experiences, Liberians tend to be vigilant and proactive so that our fragile and enjoyable peace will not degenerate into decadence simply because of misappropriation and mismanagement of oil revenues. Sometime in October and November 2013, the Liberian Legislature led a nationwide consultative and awareness campaign in all counties to solicit the candid views of ordinary Liberians with regards to the new petroleum laws; a process which was greeted with mixed reactions.While some Liberians welcomed and commended the process; others rejected and scorned the process as ridiculous, based on the contention that they weren’t given copies of the new petroleum law to read and digest. Many opined that the process was a waste of tax payers’ money. It was unofficially reported on local media that US$1.2 million was given to the Legislature for the process. This amount most Liberians considered as too much for a consultation process when in fact many Liberians are wallowing far below the economic ladder in destitution.However, our law makers returned from their trip around the country announcing success in their excursion. While it is necessary to consider seriously the proper management of our oil revenues, it is also very germane to invest more in the success of the discovery process. I mean investment in the human resource capacity; the training and placement of brilliant, talented and young Liberians.The recent discovery of crude oil by African Petroleum in our off-shore basin is a laudable achevement. As reported to the general public, the discovery was within the Albian and Turonian strata. Our basin, which is located within the Gulf of Guinea, provides a reasonable consideration for possible commercial volume of oil reserves. After a thorough research study in the area, it is now believed that the Gulf of Guinea contains about three to four billion barrels of crude oil.However, the onus is upon our stake holders to put into place a proper modus operandi or mechanism that will ensure that our oil discovery is a success.According to resource classification, our resources are at present considered prospective resources. Prospective resources are those quantities of petroleum which are estimated as of a given date to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations. The progression is from prospective resources to contingent resources to Reserves. Each stage requires the expertise of qualified petroleum engineers (reservoir and drilling engineers), petro-physicists, geologists and petroleum geochemists, among others. Additionally, the utilization of modern sophisticated technologies and software are required. The process might take five to ten years to develop a production well if our oil is of commercial quantity, and there is political stability.Even though the resources within the earth subsurface are yet to be quantified, Liberians have started to raise eyebrows with regards to the exorbitant expenditure of our oil revenue on nationwide consultation. The Liberians’ hope is that the revenues generated from our crude oil will be used to better the lives of ordinary Liberians and improve the economy.This shared hope has been reflected in our struggle for balanced participation, justice, and equal opportunities, among others. This struggle, which has been described in our history as the ugly past, saw hideous crimes being perpetrated by Liberians on their fellow countrymen. This led to the massive destruction of lives, properties and institutions. A bitter resentment and lack of trust have developed in the hearts of many Liberians simply because of the cruel and uncivilized behavior demonstrated toward one another.However, after ten years of relative peace, Liberians have seen a prospect for better living and the hope to enjoy their family union and community cooperation. National leaders are now obliged to provide the enabling environment where all Liberians can realize their potential and contribute to rebuilding of Mama Liberia.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:M. Dokie Mulbah is a summa cum laude Natural Science and Mathematicsgraduate of Cuttington University, who recently returned from the People’s Republic of China with the Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering. He is currently in conversation with the National Oil Company, including its President, Dr. Randolph McClain, toward engagement to contribute Dokie’s quota to the just and efficient development and exploitation of Liberia’s petroleum resource.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two soldiers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, (UNMIL) are under probe for allegations that they were involved in the beating of a teenage boy in Bong County, according to a statement issued by UNMIL.The incident is said to have taken place on December 4 in Bong County, according to a statement issued late Thursday by UNMIL and also published on its website.“The alleged serious misconduct involved the beating of a teenage boy,” said the statement by Waldemar Very, UNMIL’s officer-in-charge and Deputy SRSG for Political and Rule of Law, who also added that the accusations came to light on Tuesday. The statement further said, “The mission takes such allegations extremely seriously and (has) dispatched a preliminary fact-finding team, led by the force Provost Marshall – the highest ranking member of the military police. “The team is tasked with preserving evidence in the event a full investigation is warranted.”The UNMIL statement described the boy’s condition as “moderately serious” but gave no details on the incident and said UNMIL had arranged “on humanitarian grounds” to have the boy moved to JFK Hospital in Monrovia.“While the facts in this case are being established, our thoughts are with the boy, whose condition remains moderately serious, and his family,” he added.He called for “all parties to remain calm and cooperate with those establishing the facts” in Bong.A 15,000-man strong UNMIL force was set up in 2003 to help Liberia transition to peace after devastating back-to-back civil wars spanning 14 years.It has been gradually handing its duties back to the government and will have just 1,240 troops and 600 police on the ground when Liberia assumes full responsibility for its own security in June 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two Guyanese, along with five Venezuelans, were on Wednesday nabbed by ranks of G Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands) with illegal fuel. They are currently in Police custody assisting with investigations.According to information reaching Guyana Times, a joint operation was conducted by personnel from the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and Police, and around midday they intercepted an unnamed unregistered wooden vessel at the mouth of the Pomeroon River.The vessel was loaded with approximately 100 barrels of gasoline. The captain, along with the other occupants, was arrested.
The Portuguese doubled his tally from the penalty spot before Sergio Ramos’s overhead kick rounded off the scoring.Real move to the top of Group H alongside Tottenham Hotspur, who ended their Wembley hoodoo with an impressive 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.Ronaldo described the length of his ban as “persecution” on the part of the Spanish football federation and his absence has been felt by Real in profligate performances in being held at home by Valencia and Levante.Real boss Zinedine Zidane admitted that the club’s failure to replace Alvaro Morata had left his striking options limited, particularly in the absence of Karim Benzema through a hamstring injury.However, with Bale excelling back on the left, Ronaldo filled that void as he swept home at the back post from the Welshman’s cross.Ronaldo then headed into the side-netting from a similar position from another Bale delivery moments later.Real suffered an injury setback midway through the half as Mateo Kovacic limped off to be replaced by Toni Kroos.And the hosts’ rhythm was disrupted as they struggled to create more clear-cut chances against the dogged Cypriot champions before the break.Ronaldo thought he had doubled his tally a minute into the second half as his volley from Dani Carvajal’s pinpoint cross came off the underside of the bar, but didn’t cross the line despite his protests.Madrid’s luck turned moments later when Roberto Lago was very harshly penalised for handball from Bale’s deflected cross and Ronaldo smashed home the resulting penalty.Ronaldo showed his hunger for more goals as he retrieved the ball from the net and raced back to the halfway line.However, it was Ramos who struck next in acrobatic fashion from point-blank range.Ronaldo thought he had bagged an eighth Champions League hat-trick when he swept home Luka Modric’s cross, but was denied by the offside flag as Real had to settle for three as they began their quest for a 13th European Cup. 0Shares0000Ronaldo took his tally to 106 goals in the Champion League by opening the scoring. Photo/DMMADRID, Spain, Sep 13 – Cristiano Ronaldo wasted no time in showing Real Madrid what they have been missing during his five-game domestic suspension, by scoring twice as the holders began their Champions League defence with a routine 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.Ronaldo, banned for pushing a referee after being sent off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, opened the scoring after just 12 minutes from Gareth Bale’s low cross. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000The German midfielder celebrates after scoring 12 minutes into his first taste of pre-season action for Arsenal in Singapore. Photo REUTERSSINGAPORE, Singapore, July 29 – Mesut Ozil fired Arsenal to a 5-1 friendly win over Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday as he cast aside a turbulent week after quitting Germany’s national team claiming racism.Ozil put Arsenal ahead in the 13th minute before Alexandre Lacazette’s quickfire double and late strikes from Rob Holding and Eddie Nketiah against a youthful PSG side. The International Champions Cup win in Singapore was also a boost for Arsenal’s new manager Unai Emery against his former club, now under Germany’s Thomas Tuchel.Ozil (right) is embraced by Sead Kolasinac (centre) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) after his goal put Arsenal ahead. Photo/COURTESYOzil, named as captain after his torrid week, was quickly into his stride with midfield partner Henrikh Mkhitaryan against a PSG line-up shorn of its World Cup stars.He opened the scoring with a tap-in at the far post after Mkhitaryan released Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in space and the Gabonese forward passed back across the face.Ozil’s exquisite flick during a length-of-the pitch move nearly produced Arsenal’s second but Gianluigi Buffon saved well from Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi.The Italian great also denied Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan, while at the other end teenager Timothy Weah twice went close and Christopher Nkunku curled one over.Unai Emery named a strong line-up for the pre-season friendly in Singapore as Ozil was handed the captain’s armband. Photo/COURTESYAfter the break, an Nkunku free kick drew a flying save from Arsenal substitute Emiliano Martinez, before Weah went down for a 59th-minute penalty which Nkunku converted with aplomb.But Lacazette hit back with two goals in four minutes — first a sumptuous, near-post heel-flick which sailed past the nonplussed Buffon, and then a close-range header.Substitute defender Holding added the fourth with a towering header on 87 minutes, before Nketiah swept home Arsenal’s fifth with the last kick of the game.Ozil, who is of Turkish heritage, sent shockwaves through Germany this week when he quit the national team complaining of “racism and disrespect” from football authorities.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Graham Westley Peterborough manager Graham Westley has left the club following Saturday’s home defeat to Scunthorpe.League One outfit announced the news in the wake of the 2-0 loss, which leaves Peterborough sitting 14th in the tableFormer Stevenage boss Westley was appointed last September as Dave Robertson’s replacement but could not see the season out.Peterborough announced on Twitter: “The football club have parted company with manager Graham Westley.”Grant McCann will now take charge of the club on a temporary basis. 1
MovieBeam plans to introduce a stand-alone antenna with a USB port that can be attached to a computer or other portable device, eliminating the need for a box. But the real goal is to get ready for the ultimate video store end-run – allowing consumers to buy films and burn them to a DVD. “Those rights don’t exist today, but they will be coming and we want to be a part of that,” Izzard said. The set-top box will be made by Cisco’s Linksys division. Cisco has embarked on an ambitious plan to expand Linksys’ technology into all types of home audio and video gear, hoping to connect the home the way it has connected the corporate world. Intel is also making a big push into home entertainment with its “Viiv” PC platform, a branding campaign for its newest chips. “As the lines between computing and consumer electronics devices continue to blur, it is imperative that high quality premium content be readily available and accessible,” Intel CEO Paul Otellini said in a statement. Disney remains MovieBeam’s largest investor. The service has been championed by Robert Iger, who took over as Disney CEO last October and has been a strong proponent of embracing new businesses made possible by technology. Disney was the first studio to allow its TV shows to be downloaded from Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes service. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Walt Disney Co.’s MovieBeam set-top box is coming back in an upgraded version that clearly aims to be a Blockbuster in a box. The box receives movies through over-the-air broadcasts and stores them on a hard drive. Disney started testing the service in three cities in 2003, then put it on hiatus in April. This time, Disney is relaunching the box as a separate company, MovieBeam Inc., with several new financial backers, including Cisco Systems Inc. and Intel Corp., and is expanding the service with plans to eventually make it available on laptop computers and other devices. The new set-top box can show movies in high definition and display DVD extras such as directors’ commentaries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Unlike cable TV video-on-demand services that keep movie files on a central computer and send them to an individual consumer when ordered, MovieBeam boxes come preloaded with 100 films. About 10 new movies are sent each week over an unused part of the broadcast TV signal using a technology called datacasting. Consumers will pay $199 for the box after a rebate, and a $29 activation fee. After that, they pay video-store prices for the movies they watch. A rental is good for a 24-hour period. “We’re targeting people who rent a lot of movies and who have horror stories about going to the video store,” said Tres Izzard, MovieBeam Inc.’s chief executive officer. The service will launch in 29 large markets with plans to take it nationwide by the end of next year.
Le Breandán Ó BaoillGaoth Dobhair 1-10 Naomh Adhamhnáin 1-09Chuir Gaoth Dobhair tús iontach leis an cluiche nuair a d’aimsigh siad 1-4 sa chéad deich mbomaite le pointí uaidh Dáire Ó Baoill (2), Ryan Ó Ceallaigh, Naoise Ó Baoill agus cúl uaidh Dan Ó Gallachóir. Tháinig Naomh Adhamhnáin ar ais le ceithre phointe ach chríochnaigh Gaoth Dobhair an chéad leath le pointí uaidh Seosamh Mac Pháidín agus Dáire Ó Baoill.Sa dara leath fuair Gaoth Dobhair ceithre phointe eile uaidh Dáire Ó Baoill (2), Seosamh Mac Pháidín agus Naoise Ó Baoill.Tháinig Naomh Adhamhnáin ar ais sa bomaití dheirneach den cluche le cúl agus pointe agus bhí luchair ar Ghaoth Dobhair féadóg an réiteóir a chloisteáil le deireadh a chuir leis an chluiche.Bhí cluiche ar doigh ag an fhoireann uilig. Bhí seo deas a fhéiceáil le deireadh maith a chuir leis an séasúr. Maith sibh. Donal Mac Giolla Shinc, Conor Mac Eachmharcaigh, Gary Mac Pháidín, Eoghan Ó Gallachóir, Joe Mac Pháidín (0-2), Seaghán Ó Fearraigh, John Ó Fearraigh, Mícheál Ó Cearbhaill, Dáire Ó Baoill (0-5), Éamonn Ó Colm, Ciarán Mac Aoidh, Odhrán Mac Pháidín, Naoise Ó Baoill (0-2), Ryan Ó Ceallaigh (0-1), Dan Ó Gallchóir (1-0). Fir Ionaid: Kyle Mac Pháidín, Conor Ó Baoill, Conor Mac Pháidín, Neasán Mac Giolla Bhríde, Mícheál Ó Rabhartaigh, Daniel Mac Lochlainn, Dylan Ó Domhnaill, Niall de Barra, Mícheál Ó Duibhuir, Mícheál John Ó Colla. GAA: GAOTH DOBHAIR WIN UNDER-15 TITLE AFTER ONE POINT WIN OVER ST EUNAN’S was last modified: October 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: GAOTH DOBHAIR WIN UNDER-15 TITLE AFTER ONE POINT WIN OVER ST EUNAN’S
Story Links The Drake University athletic department and countless Bulldogs across the world are mourning the loss of Drake graduate and longtime Bulldog supporter Ron Buel. A 1962 Drake graduate, Buel passed away early Thursday, Jan. 24, in Edmond, Okla. He was 78.Buel enjoyed a successful career that spanned more than 30 years with Standard Oil before retiring to Des Moines and his alma mater. Upon his return to Des Moines, Buel began making an immediate impact on Drake athletics and the Drake University community.In addition to faithfully supporting all Drake student-athletes from the sidelines, Buel’s generosity and philanthropy positively impacted every student-athlete at Drake during the past 30 years. Buel’s financial contributions enabled the construction of the men’s and women’s basketball office suites, athletic communications and volleyball offices, the women’s volleyball locker room, and the eponymous Ron Buel Field, home to the Drake softball team. He was a major financial force in making the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility a reality and the iconic bronze Bulldog outside the facility bears his name as well. While his philanthropy enabled many on-court and field successes, it was his personal connection and relationship with Drake student-athletes that made Buel a beloved Bulldog. Affectionately known as the ‘Bueldog’ to many, he was a constant supportive presence at nearly every athletic event and many team practices. “My joy is watching the student-athletes come in as freshmen and see them grow and leave as seniors well on their way,” Buel said in a 2016 interview.Throughout his more than three decades of intense support of Drake, he forged friendships with thousands of student-athletes, coaches and fellow Bulldogs. “Drake Athletics lost a one-of-a-kind,” said Drake head softball coach Rich Calvert. “Ron was an ‘A+’ when it came to his support of Drake Athletics. He wanted to make Drake Athletics the best they can be. Personally, I lost a great friend and a father figure. He was always there me with a smile on his face win or lose. He will be truly missed.””Drake volleyball was very saddened to learn of Ron Buel’s passing today,” said Drake head volleyball coach Darrin McBroom. “Ron has been the biggest fan of our program for more than two decades. His support, friendship and passion for volleyball at Drake was incomparable. His generosity and devotion has touched the lives of hundreds of people in the Drake community and beyond. He always had a smile on his face and glimmer in his eyes with kind words to share and he was a consistent voice of optimism. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.”Details regarding funeral and memorial services for Buel will be announced at a later date as they are finalized. Obituary and Funeral Information Print Friendly Version
Mikey Place’s lone goal secured Finn Harps a valiant three points in their bid for survival at the Waterford Regional Sports Centre on Friday night. Place comfortably slotted away an 80th penalty kick after being upended by Georgie Poynton inside he 18-yard box.The victory puts Finn Harps level with UCD on 17 points having played two more games than the Students. Mikey Place spot kick earns Finn Harps a valiant three points against Waterford was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)