It has always been easy for previous and current heads of the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) to say that they will make the tourism industry a priority and a vibrant contributor to the Liberian economy. However, as of yet, nothing has happened; the industry is still in the same state, and we at LIB Life are saying again that Liberia can generate hundreds of millions of dollars from its wealth of natural beauty. The fact is that tourism in Liberia is an untapped gold mine, but the powers that be are letting opportunities slip by. This might sound like a broken CD, as we have been saying this over and over, and over… Although Liberia is but a small county, its wealth of tourist attractions lies in its historic monuments, water falls, national parks, rare species of wild life, mountains, rivers, lush vegetation and surfing beaches. Nevertheless, Liberia’s tourist attractions and natural environment still lie in filth and in deplorable condition.Also Liberia’s forests are among Africa’s most biologically diverse ecosystems, home to some of the continent’s rare species of insects, birds and other animals. Liberia is known for its pygmy hippopotamus, which is found primarily in Liberia.Tourism plays a vital role in supporting sustainable economic growth and providing locals with employment while preserving a country’s cultural heritage without depleting its values and natural environment. In addition, tourism does not only sustain economic growth, but benefits locals directly and indirectly. The ‘goods’ and ‘services’ produced by these local artisans, tour guides, owners of restaurants and entertainment spots are consumed on the site of production. This put locals on the front lines to reap the benefits offered by tourism.When the Liberian government makes the tourism sector one of its key priorities with a well-designed plan and a good regulating strategy, the sector can then become a pathway to poverty reduction for thousands of Liberians. In the Gambia, according to the BBC, more than 20,000 people were employed by the tourism sector in 2015, relying on the busy October to March tourist season.Moreover, money generated by locals from tourists through goods and services (crafts, excursions, food and beverage) directly returns to economy through the reproductions of goods and services.Again the tourism sector also offers greater prospects to developing countries’ economic diversification policy and expertise advancement. Since tourists create demand for goods and services, this in return pressures local businesses (companies) and entrepreneurs to develop their products to meet the standards tourists expect. This way, local businesses have the opportunity to test and sell their new products on the in-country international market that has been created already by tourists before export. In The Gambia, tourism accounts for 16 to 20 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the country’s 2015/16 Tourism Strategic Document, prepared by the Gambia Tourism Board (GTB).The document also said that the sector is the second pillar of the country’s economy after agriculture and provided $45 million in direct investment and $85 million in foreign exchange in 2013 alone.So what is wrong with Liberia?Unlike Liberia, which has refused to pass legislation to make the Bureau of Tourism an autonomous agency, and take it from under MICAT despite calls to do so, the Gambia Tourism Authority (GTA) is an autonomous agency that is making the The Gambia a world class tourist destination.Another problem apart from burying the Bureau of Tourism under MICAT is the failure of the government to allow corporate sponsorship for Liberia, an already known tourist destination, for fear of outright commercialization. In this regard, Liberia as a tourist destination has lost significant value.Yes, tourism does have inevitable elements of commercialization, and those can be managed. But the fear of over-commercialization is not a reason to leave the country in its current abandoned and decaying state – which in fact is worse than the feared over-commercialization.Many tourist destinations in the world do not only rely on the natural beauty of the location, but on created experiences as well, which Liberia need to do to offer tourists a variety of experiences.The Gambia, for example, has an amazing crocodile pool in Kachikali as well as the Bijilo Forest Park. These two are among many created attractions quite apart from The Gambia’s natural beauty.Creating an exciting tourist destination is not the only requirement. The government needs to build good road networks that will connect tourist destinations very easily. Bad roads with potholes only give tourists a bad impression of the country regardless of its beauty.Lastly the government should initiate well-designed marketing strategies (online as well) to sell Liberia as a must-visit place for tourists as the Gambia has done. Another component of that strategy should include annual tourism seminars. Liberia can also be marketed as destination for foreign film productions. A very well-designed marketing strategy is most critical to making Liberian a tourist destination, as the way information is distributed will increase the influx of tourists to the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Philippine men’s team coach Scott Cooper hopes his players’ fine form in the Thai Premier League is carried over to the Azkals in the next couple of weeks when the squad guns for a strong start in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers in Bacolod and in Guam.Filipino internationals Daisuke Sato and Iain Ramsay were both on target for their respective clubs, while goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard kept a clean sheet against a formidable side as the Thai-based Azkals once again proved they were up to the challenge.ADVERTISEMENT The Azkals are expected to fly to Bacolod on Aug. 30 to kickstart their preparations for the showdown with Syria at Panaad Stadium on Sept. 5. The next match will be on Sept. 10 against Guam.Returning from injury, Sato scored for Thai giants Muangthong United in the 4-1 win over Suphanburi at Chang Arena last Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTheir performances abroad are being closely-monitored by the Philippine coaching staff.But while Sato was jubilating, his fellow national team players Patrick Deyto and Alvaro Silva were left reeling as Suphanburi dropped to last place in T1 and looked in danger of getting relegated to the second division with just five matches remaining. Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Sukhothai may be out of the running of the title race, but Ramsay’s goal—an expertly controlled first-time volley —could prove crucial in the title race as it pegged back leader Buriram in a 1-1 stalemate. It marked the second straight match that Ramsay scored for Sukhothai, which could be enough to earn Cooper’s nod in the final 23-man squad for the Syria game.Expected to fill in for the injured Neil Etheridge against Syria, Falkesgaard came up with a stellar performance in Bangkok United’s 2-0 win over Port FC, which had Martin Steuble starting at left-back.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zones Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Malditas set sights on SEAG medal BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her
The major highway to Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County is in a deplorable state making the commute a horrific experience. The bad road, according to commuters, has resulted in the increase in transport fares and the price of commodities.For example, county residents bemoaned the price of a 25 kilogram bag of rice, previously sold at L$1,650, and now going for L$1,750. Transport fare from Monrovia to Robertsport as of Wednesday, August 3 increased to L$550 from L$450. Other commodities affected are cement previously sold for L$900 and is now L$1,050; and a gallon of gas sold for L$400 a week ago, but is now going for L$475.Travellers to the county told the Daily Observer that what used to be a two-hour journey from Monrovia to Robertsport now takes three to four hours and forty five minutes due to the terrible condition of the road.Some sections of the roads in Bomi and Cape Mount counties have deteriorated to the extent that there are huge potholes and mud pools that challenge the sturdiest vehicles and make the trip extremely difficult and dangerous.Several commercial drivers spoke of the urgent need to rehabilitate the highway.Driver William Kaizolu said he spends a considerable amount of money on repairs and maintenance of his vehicle as a result of the deplorable condition of the highway.“I’m appealing to the Ministry of Public Works to fix the bad roads and the highway,” Mr. Kaizolu said.In support of Kaizolu, Mohammed Pasawee – whose 14-seater bus suffered a mechanical breakdown because of the road – and businesswoman Martha Freeman want the government to fix the highway and bad roads in Robertsport.“We need our government to fix the highway to encourage businesses to grow,” Madam Freeman said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We are going to face some difficult days but Senegal will accept the sanctions,” said former international Coly.“In the meantime, we must apologise to the Ivory Coast and make sure we do everything to avoid this happening again. I feel great sadness because this type of thing has no place on a football pitch or anywhere else.“For the players, it was traumatic, especially the young ones. The psychological work needed will be extremely difficult.”Senegalese politicians also waded into the controversy on Sunday.“It’s a shame, it’s regrettable,” said Mbaye Ndiaye, the Senegal interior minister.“But we say bravo to the Ivory Coast team for their achievement, their behaviour, their wisdom, and their sense of fair play.”Trouble broke out in the 60,000-capacity stadium after a penalty converted by Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba 15 minutes from time gave the top-ranked African nation a 2-0 lead.China-based Drogba, the eldest player in a ‘golden generation’ of Ivorian footballers chasing elusive Cup of Nations winners’ medals, also scored the opener from a powerfully struck free-kick soon after half-time.After a 40-minute delay while security officials battled to restore calm, the match was abandoned and Ivory Coast are sure to be awarded the tie and a place at the tournament in South Africa next January and February.Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials made no immediate comment on the violence, but Senegal are expected to face severe punishment, with a number of options available.These include forcing Senegal to play competitive matches outside the country for a specific period and banning the country from a certain number of qualifying competitions for the premier African football tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000DAKAR, Senegal October 15 – Senegal will accept punishment for the violent riot that caused their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ivory Coast to be abandoned, team manager Ferdinand Coly told AFP on Sunday.Ivory Coast players and fans were targeted by stones, bottles, and chairs hurled by angry Senegal supporters during Saturday’s game at Stade Leopold Sedar, after the visitors had taken a 2-0 lead for a 6-2 aggregate advantage in a qualifier for the 2013 finals in South Africa.As fires were set in the stands and missiles rained down, the players — as well as some 300 visiting fans — were forced to take refuge in the centre circle, while the security forces used tear gas to quell the rioting fans.
Before the procedure, Kasprowicz said she took medication for a rapid heartbeat and was showing signs of developing diabetes. Every effort she made to stop getting bigger failed. Dieting didn’t work, she said. Her heart problems made it hard to exercise. Even walking up stairs was a challenge. Now, she’s off the heart drugs. Her blood-sugar levels are in check. She also feels better about herself. “I’m very outgoing now,” Kasprowicz said. “I hike a lot … I go to the beach in the summer now. I’m not as self-conscious when I go shopping for clothing.” Similar studies are under way at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago and at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, which recently opened a weight-loss surgery center for teens. Doctors there expect to conduct about 50 operations this year. Children are only considered candidates for surgery after they have spent six months trying to lose weight through conventional methods under hospital supervision. But so far, not a single one has slimmed down enough to take surgery off the table, said Dr. Jeffrey Zitsman, associate attending surgeon at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. “That battle can only be won in a few instances,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – As the popularity of stomach surgery has skyrocketed among obese adults, a growing number of doctors are asking, “Why not children, too?” For decades, the number of kids trying weight-loss surgery has been tiny. The operations themselves were risky, with a death rate of about 1 in 50. Children rarely got that fat, and when they did, pediatricians hesitated to put the developing bodies under the knife. Only 350 U.S. kids had such an operation in 2004, according to federal statistics. But improvements in surgical technique and huge increases in the number of dangerously obese children have begun fueling a change of heart. A group of four hospitals, led by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, are starting a large-scale study this spring examining how children respond to various types of weight-loss surgery, including the gastric bypass, in which a pouch is stapled off from the rest of the stomach and connected to the small intestine. Three more hospitals have approval from the Food and Drug Administration to test how teens fare with a procedure called laparoscopic gastric banding, where an elastic collar installed around the stomach limits how much someone can eat. The FDA has hesitated to approve the gastric band for children, but surgeons at New York University Medical Center reported in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery this month that the device holds promise. The 53 boys and girls, aged 13 to 17, who participated in NYU’s study shed nearly half their excess weight over 18 months, while suffering relatively minor complications. Crystal Kasprowicz, of St. James, N.Y., said she lost 100 pounds from her 250-pound frame after having the band installed at age 17. “I’m a totally different person,” she said.
“My family is travelling over from Kenya so I will spend my time with them. It will be great to see everyone and to experience Christmas here in London. This is actually the first time that I’ll be having my family visiting me in England over Christmas,” Wanyama said.“In recent years when I played for Southampton I’ve been invited to a friend’s house and have obviously had matches to prepare for in the Premier League as usual over here, but it will be great to spend time with my family this year,” he added.The match against Southampton will be crucial since a win will see Tottenham maintain their top five position or even climb to third if Manchester City and Arsenal fumble.“It will be a good gift for me to have a good game when we go to my old club Southampton on December 28,” Wanyama told the Club website.The 25-year-old revealed that his favourite Christmas meal is chicken and Chapati which he enjoyed eating back home during the festive season.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama’s family in London to celebrate Christmas.PHOTO/courtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, December 23 – Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has invited his family to London to celebrate Christmas after the English Premier League took a break to resume on Boxing Day.Speaking to Tottenham’s official website, the Harambee Stars captain and midfielder said his perfect gift will be beating his former side Southampton FC when Spurs travel to St Mary’s on Wednesday next week.
LANCASTER – A man and two youths were shot in an apparent gang-related attack Saturday night, officials said. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. David Oliva said the shooting took place in or around a liquor store at around 9:20 p.m. in Lancaster, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles. Oliva said all three were sent to hospital, one by air ambulance. Oliva could not confirm the ages of the youths, but said one of them appeared to be under 16. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
6 6 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – The Chilean forwards move to Old Trafford looks a matter of when and not if, following Arsene Wengers comments this morning. Sanchez is expected to earn £500,000-a-week with the Red Devils and reportedly has a chartered aircraft on standby to transport him to Manchester. The 29-year-old will have to complete his transfer by noon on Friday if he is to play against Burnley on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Reports in Spain have suggested Ronaldo is unhappy in Madrid after club president Florentino Perezs failure to offer him a new contract. The former Red Devils player told his teammates he wanted to return to Old Trafford but his current boss Zinedine Zidane attempted to dampen the speculation by saying he could not see a Madrid without Cristiano. We have seen this story play out before but a different ending could be written in the summer. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – Juventus general club manager Beppe Moratta has shared the Serie A clubs desire to keep their star striker despite speculation. The Argentinian international has emerged as one of European footballs brightest young talents over the past two seasons and has already scored 17 goals in the current campaign. United successfully negotiated a world-record fee for Paul Pogba in 2016 and could try to do something similar in the summer if the likes of Antoine Griezmann move elsewhere. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Mkhitaryan like Sanchez trained as normal this morning but is expected to swap Manchester for north London in the coming days if not hours. The Armenian has previously spoken of the Gunners being his favourite English club and Wenger talked up the possibility of him being part of a swap-deal with Sanchez. The 28-year-old would expect to become a key player if he decides to leave Old Trafford. 6 As one of the biggest clubs in world football, Manchester United never fail to be linked with some huge transfers. They are yet to add to their squad in the January transfer window and manager Jose Mourinho has made it explicity clear that he needs more funds if his side are to compete with runaway league leaders Manchester City. A certain Alexis Sanchez looks set to arrive in the coming days but he is just one of many names being linked with a move to the Red Devils.Click through the gallery above to see who else the papers reckon could be heading to Old Trafford. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – The Swedish striker is unlikely to see his current deal extended beyond the end of the season but a January exit remains on the cards. The 36-year-old has struggled for form and fitness since returning from an eight-month layoff and is likely to drop further down the pecking order when Sanchez arrives. Ibrahimovic is attracting interest from a host of MLS clubs but Jose Mourinho would only sanction an early exit if he feels his squad has enough attacking depth. 6 6 6 Matteo Darmian – The Independent have reported that AC Milan and Valencia are keen on signing the Italian defender in this window. Darmian has struggled to settle in the Premier League since joining from Torino in 2015 and Old Trafford officials are said to be open to selling the 28-year-old. Reports also state that Darmian could be used as a makeweight in a potential bid for Juventus fullback Alex Sandro if the club fail to find a buyer for Darmian in January.
A new home for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s collection of artifacts and archives recently opened its doors in Townsend, Tennessee. The National Park Service Collections Preservation Center will hold 418,000 artifacts and 1.3 million archival records pertaining to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — as well as Andrew Johnson National Historical Site, Big South Fork National Recreation Area, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and Obed Wild and Scenic River.The 14,000-square-foot building cost $4.2 million, funded through a $1.9 million donation from the Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountains Association, with the rest picked up by National Park Service line item construction funding. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center donated the land.Park Superintendent Cassius Cash called the project a “testament about partnerships and what we can accomplish by bringing together public and private interests towards a great purpose.”The collection contains a wide range of items dating back 8,000 years. Items may also be temporarily loaned to facilities for display in public museum exhibits.