Construction of Ganta – Yekapa Highway in Limbo

first_imgThe construction of the Ganta-to-Yekapa highway, promised to the people of Nimba by ArcelorMittal in 2007, is said to be in limbo. This situation has become a source of mounting concern among the citizens of Nimba who were led to believe the project should have began this past March.The continued delay in the pavement of the Ganta-Yekapa highway is a source of worry not only to the citizens of Nimba, but to NGOs carrying out activities in the county as well.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview in Ganta in early February 2014, the Head of Agriculture Relief Services and chairman of the Nimba NGOs Network, P. Luogon Lah, said the continued delay in the pavement of the highway needed to be addressed immediately.In a February 2014 radio interview, government relations officer for ArcelorMittal, Marcus Wleh, said the company had since released about US$40 million to the Government of Liberia for pavement of the highway.During a recent visit to Nimba by Madam Antoinette Weeks, Minister, Ministry of Public Works, she wouldn’t comment on any of the issues regarding the alleged payment of US$40m to the Government for the highway’s construction.The construction of this stretch of road has been closely scrutinized by the citizens of Nimba since the beginning of this year; with people questioning why it has taken so long for ArcelorMittal to act upon promises made back in 2007.A youth group from Nimba, under the banner of the “Concerned Nimbaians for Renegotiation and Resigning of the MDA,” has been voicing their distaste over the handling of the highway’s construction. Saye Musah, the head of the group, said, “We want to know when the Ganta-Yekapa road project will begin. The delay in the road construction is being seen as a serious issue among the youth and citizens of Nimba County. This delay could likely result in protests if the status of the construction is not properly explained,” he warned.Already, there was some dissatisfaction among Nimbaians over the government’s failure to release social and county development funds into Nimba’s account. In 2007, ArcelorMittal’s management promised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, they would pave the Ganta-Yekapa Road as her ‘birthday gift.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

59 held in Magura

first_imgPolice in a special drive arrested 59 people accused in a number of cases from different areas of four upazilas of Magura district in the last 48 hours.Additional superintendent of Magura police, Tariqul Islam, said that the law enforcers conducted a 48-hour long special drive in the upazilas and arrested them.The arrestees were absconding accused in different cases, the SP added.last_img

Is VoIP Right for Your Company

first_img 2 min read Enroll Now for Free This story appears in the March 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Curious about VoIP phone service? PhoneGnome is a low-cost way to see how VoIP fits your company before you start incurring monthly fees. The wallet-size device lets you make free internet phone calls without any change to your current phone numbers, services or handsets.Once connected to a traditional phone jack, the $119 (all prices street) black-or rather, gray-box serves pretty much the same IP/PSTN conversion function as the ATA adapters you get when you sign up with Covad, Vonage or other VoIP providers.But unlike with those services, you’ll never have to change or add phone numbers to get service–a potentially significant expense for growing businesses. There’s no disruption of aux-iliary services–911, directory assistance, answering machine, TV, security–that rely on PSTN protocols. There’s no risk of losing phone service during a power outage (which happened to me five times last year). Unlike IM-based calling from AOL Instant Messenger, GoogleTalk or Skype, there’s no software to use when making calls.You dial using the same phone you always have. PhoneGnome automatically detects and routes calls between devices compatible with session initiation protocol, or SIP, entirely over the internet. Calls to or from non-SIP devices are routed over PSTN. Setup? Just plug PhoneGnome’s phone line and Ethernet cable into your phone and broadband loops, respectively. The hardware configures itself.The bad news is that, at this stage in our long transition from PSTN to IP calling, there isn’t just one way for VoIP devices to talk to each other. While Earth-link and Free World Dialup speak SIP, PhoneGnome can’t make an all-internet connection to the non-SIP hardware of popular services like Skype and Vonage.One approach is to buy two or more PhoneGnomes to make free calls among branch offices and the homes of key employees (a two-pack is $199). The PhoneGnome website also lists compatible VoIP services offering calls to U.S. landlines for as little as 2 cents a minute.There are new ways to make internet calls coming out every day. PhoneGnome is one that asks for very little of your time or money. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 1, 2006 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more