NPA Cancels Demurrage Charges at Free Port

first_imgBill Twehway, Managing Director, National Port Authority.The Management of the National Port Authority (NPA) last weekend announced with immediate effect, the cancellation of demurrage payments and charges on all containers being shipped into the country as of April 1, 2019.The Port management said its decision’s is extremely necessary to alleviate the unwarranted hardship and huge financial nightmare on shippers and members of the business community suffered over the years.A statement issued in Monrovia on Sunday, March 24, dates the imposition of extra fees and charges as far back as 2016 by the former ruling government, terming it ‘demurrage’; something that usually amounts to several thousands of United States Dollars and has caused serious financial headache to shippers as well as end–users.“Demurrage is a charge levied by shipping agencies to the importers in cases where they have not taken delivery of the full container and move it out of the port or terminal for unpacking within the allowed line free days”.The NPA Management says the imposition of demurrage in 2016 by the past government cost huge losses to shippers and diversion of consignments and containers to neighboring ports.“The NPA management is therefore positive that the cancellation/abolition of demurrage at the port will foster improved customer service delivery, unpin business distress and halt overstay charges for importers,” the statement said.The NPA also says the move is part of the Weah administration’s commitment to relieve the business community of unnecessary barriers and boost international trade.Bill Twehway, NPA Managing Director, expressed gratitude on behalf of the Executive Management team to the shipping agencies and other stakeholders for their cooperation and consent to cancel demurrage at the port, following a roundtable discussion on the matter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Elks host regional skaters at interclub long track meet

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club hosted dozens of skaters from across the Peace Region and Northern BC this past weekend in their first interclub long track skating meet.The competition, which was held on Saturday at the Pomeroy Sports Centre, saw skaters from Dawson Creek, Grande Prairie, and Prince George in a wide range of age groups skating on the oval track.The Elks’ Renee Kalkman ended up placing first in Division 1 with 3,000 points at the competition, skating in the 500, 1000, and 3000 metre races. Elks skaters Josh Telizyn, Yuna Lovell, Nyam Newlove, and Nicholas Guliov were the top four in Division 2, skating in the 500m and 3000m, as well as a pair of heats in the 300m mass start.- Advertisement -The full results from the weekend can be found on the Elks’ website here: read more

Armed bandits terrorise Pastor, demand keys for church’s ‘money box’

first_img…escape with missionary moneyArmed bandits on Thursday morning broke into the home of a Pastor at Letter Kenny on the Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and threatened to shoot him if he did not hand over the church’s money.Kalyan EtwaruKalyan Etwaru, who heads the Letter Kenny Full Gospel Church and is also a teacher at the Port Mourant Secondary School, related that he was severely beaten by the bandits who demanded he hands over the church’s money.Speaking with Guyana Times, the Pastor stated that he retired to bed at about 22:00h on Wednesday evening and shortly after 01:00h on Thursday, he woke up to the sound of breaking glass.“I thought a cat had come into my kitchen. Usually, cats come into my kitchen so I was coming downstairs and, on my way down, when it reached the last step, there were two guys in front of me; one with a gun and one with a cutlass”.The house owned by the PastorPastor Etwaru said that one of the intruders punched him, causing him to fall backwards. He was then instructed not to make any sounds.Etwaru said he was pushed flat on the floor as one of the bandits demanded the keys for the church, stating that they were there for the money box.“I said I don’t have the keys for the money box. It is the janitor that usually keep the keys”. Upon stated that, he was further kicked and assaulted by one of the intruders.Etwaru further disclosed that there was a third man keeping watch outside the house. He had reportedly unscrewed a bulb to make the area dark.“He asked me to call out my neighbour for him to open his door but I told him that my neighbour does not sleep at that house”, he recalled.The broken window which the men used to gain entryHowever, he was then taken to the upper flat of the building where he was instructed to sit in a chair while two of them ransacked the house.During that period, the intruder with the gun demanded gold and money but the Pastor said he did not have any.“We went back downstairs and he pointed the gun straight at me and told me that if I did not give him the money, he was going to shoot me.”The bandits removed $250,000 from the Pastor’s home before making good their escape. The money, according to the Pastor was missionary funds. After the men left, the Police were contacted and commenced their investigations.No arrests were made up to press time.last_img read more

Donegal TDs call for Ulster Bank to reverse decision to close local branches

first_imgDonegal Deputies Pat the Cope Gallagher and Pearse Doherty have both expressed serious concern about the planned closures of Ulster Bank branches in Raphoe and Ardara.The TDs have both issues statements on the proposed closures which are part of a plan to shut 22 branches of the bank nationwide.Deputy Doherty has today called on Ulster Bank to reverse its decision announced this week to close its branches in Ardara and Raphoe as part of the company’s latest round of branch closures across the state. He said “I am extremely saddened to learn of the decision taken by Ulster Bank to shut its branches in Ardara and Raphoe.“These planned closures will mean that residents and business owners in those towns will no longer have access to banking services locally should these closures go ahead, and this will obviously have a devastating impact on their local economies.“While this is clearly a corporate decision which has been made by a private company, I would of course strongly urge Ulster Bank to reconsider its decision and to make every effort to keep both these branches open for the good of the local communities involved.“Only three months ago in fact Sinn Féin questioned Ulster Bank over what plans if any the company had to close further branches, and the bank gave no indication then that further closures were imminent. “I have today written to management at Ulster Bank asking that it rethinks these closures, and I have also requested that the bank will now agree to meet with the local communities involved to sit down with them and discuss the fate of its branches in Ardara and Raphoe in an effort to retain these vital services.“I am willing to work with everyone to keep these important services open, and I look forward to working closely with both communities to do everything possible in the hope that these branches can remain open.”Meanwhile Deputy Gallagher his is a very concerning development for the two towns of Ardara and Raphoe, as both communities depended solely on the Ulster Bank for all their banking services, as the closure will leave the two towns and their wider communities without any bank.“This is another tangible sign of how much rural Ireland is being allowed to decline before the Government shouts stop , despite published action plans on rural development and strategies for jobs – nothing is actually happening on the ground to combat rural decline by this Government.“I believe that the Ulster Bank have taken the easy option and have failed to consider the long term implications of their decision, whereby in the case of Raphoe; the entire border region from Carrigans to Lifford is now left without a Bank other than travelling to Ballybofey or Letterkenny. “The entire border region of the Finn Valley area is left without a bank as a result of the Ulster Bank closure and that makes no economic or strategic sense and it is leaving a vast area and population of people without access to a bank.“Similarly in the case of Ardara with the closure of the last remaining Bank in the town, it leaves the town without any banking service other than an ATM. The Ulster Bank in Ardara was very strategically located covering a vast rural area from Glencolumbkille to Glenties, and in the context of Ardara being a premier tourist destination notwithstanding the number of businesses in the area the closure is very difficult to comprehend.“Personal and Business customers need in branch access in order to deal with requests, but most affected by this decision will be the older or elderly people within our communities as many always prefer to go in to branches to conduct their business – online or phone banking certainly is not an option by enlarge for them.”He has now called on Ulster Bank to publish the rationale behind the decision to close both Ardara and Raphoe and to reconsider the move, to allow for a period of consultation with the two respective communities and during that period to place a stay on the closures. “I will also be seeking a meeting with senior management of the Ulster Bank in order to put the local case for both banks as I personally believe that this is a very retrograde step and one which will have serious consequences for the future progress and development of both towns. Entire swathes of the county cannot be left without access to a bank branch or personal banking services. It’s unfair, and deeply debilitating to communities who rely so heavily on their services,” he added.Donegal TDs call for Ulster Bank to reverse decision to close local branches was last modified: March 24th, 2017 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)last_img read more

Cleanup to begin at Bermite

first_img 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 Perchlorate, a chemical residue from rocket fuel that has been implicated in thyroid problems, is the major contaminant that remains. DTSC Unit Chief Rita Camat said perchlorate and volatile compounds “drive the risk” on the site. The compounds evaporate easily at room temperature. Bermite manufactured a number of explosives, including dynamite, practice bombs, flares, fireworks, igniters, ammunition rounds and rocket motors. The devices contained lead azide, red phosphorus, barium, copper, solvents, perchlorate and other chemicals. The site is sectioned into areas that correspond to former buildings or operations. More than 400,000 cubic yards of soil will be removed to reach the 150,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil destined for cleaning, said John Naginis, a senior geologist for the DTSC. The cleanup process is like composting on a large scale. “You put it in a bag and add some nutrients to it, which breaks up the perchlorate,” Diaz said. Each bag holds 400 cubic yards of soil. The DTSC has been overseeing the investigation of the 996-acre property for about 10 years. Its inquiry into contaminated soil is done. Corrective work will be carried out in phases, with clean soil filling the voids. Contaminated soil will be cleaned on the premises on a treatment pad designated for this purpose. Diaz estimates the first phase will take 18 months to two years, but the end is not yet in sight. “It’s going to be a long process, seven to 10 years seems realistic to get to a point where you can say you could start building on it,” he said. “We won’t let them build till we clean the entire site.” Three developers are bidding for the property in bankruptcy court with plans to develop it. The DTSC knows soil much deeper down – to at least 200 feet – is contaminated with perchlorate, but Diaz said soil at more shallow levels must be tackled first. Soil in a couple of areas will be removed to a depth of 40 feet. “If you don’t get the hot spots now they will continue to pose a threat to the groundwater and to the surface water,” he said. The agency began looking into the phase 1 area, known as Operable Unit 1, six years ago. Even if the work is carried out on windy days, Diaz said blowing dirt contaminated with perchlorate would not pose a health risk. “It’s not really an inhalation hazard,” he said. “It’s like table salt, you mix it with water and it disappears and goes where the groundwater goes.” He said ingesting the substance in drinking water would be hazardous. The DTSC’s investigation of water on the Bermite site is about 70 percent complete. Test wells have been dug 1,600 feet in some places. The water utility is moving forward with its remedial action plan, which was approved by the DTSC in the last month or two. The plan design for the entire project is about 80 percent complete, said Bill Manetta, retail manager for the Santa Clarita Water Division of the Castaic Lake Water Agency. After the water treatment plan is finalized and the Department of Health Services has granted a permit, bids will be sent out. Work could begin on the project, which includes pipelines, and treating Saugus Wells 1 and 2, by the end of summer. “We hope to have the project online in early 2007,” Manetta said. Notices will be sent to residents and businesses within a quarter-mile radius of the excavation area before soil treatment begins. The site is bounded by Soledad Canyon, Golden Valley and San Fernando roads. Circle J Ranch is to the south. Camat said the next step is preparing a feasibility study that will explore alternatives for cleaning soil on the rest of the site. A remedial action plan will be devised for that purpose. Soil and water will be cleaned concurrently. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Nearly 20 years after Whittaker-Bermite stopped manufacturing and testing weapons on its nearly 1,000-acre property in the heart of town, cleanup will begin on contaminated soil left behind. The agency overseeing the site’s decontamination will start excavating the tainted soil March 22 from one sector. “We’re moving clean soil so we can get to deeper portions of contaminated soil to remove it and treat it,” said Jose Diaz, the project manager overseeing the project for the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. “Clean soil will be placed into the openings, which will be backfilled as quickly as possible.” Bermite manufactured and tested explosives from 1934 to 1987, often burning or burying items on the property. last_img read more