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‘Ah, Liberia!’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf believes that Liberia is far behind its regional and continental neighbors in terms of economic and infrastructural developments because of the bad work ethics, laziness and indiscipline among the citizenry. Though this thought about the country’s underdevelopment in recent years is diametrically opposed to what many considered as missteps in the governance process of the Liberian state under the Unity Party led government, the President said Liberians should begin to emulate the good examples of other African countries that are experiencing rapid transformations.Speaking to reporters yesterday at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County upon her arrival from the 27th AU conference in Kigali, President Sirleaf named Ethiopia and Rwanda as two countries that are being massively transformed by their citizens’ discipline, hard work and patriotism. These are examples, she said, Liberians must emulate if the country is to experience similar progress.“Two countries that I worked in but have been transformed tremendously are Ethiopia and Rwanda. When I returned to these countries after twenty years I was shocked because they are being transformed tremendously,” she said, adding that “This is because the people have good work ethics, discipline and are patriotic…but ah, Liberia!” She said that the Liberian government wants to bring to the country some of the good things that are happening in Ethiopia, and as a result both governments have signed a cooperative agreement. This will see the execution of projects and programs in various areas including trade, industry, agriculture and fisheries, energy and infrastructure.“We want to see some of the good things the Ethiopians are doing happening here,” she said.The president also said that Liberians are not appreciative. According to her, she makes a lot of sacrifices travelling the world for the betterment of the country, but said these are not appreciated by the people. “I have just traveled 20 hours in a commercial flight and passed through three countries. All of these I’m doing to lift Liberia, but Liberians are not appreciative, and at times it is disappointing,” the President said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Crash snarls commute on 4 freeways

first_imgSTUDIO CITY – Janice Adams had almost begun her commute across the San Fernando Valley when she saw news reports Tuesday of a semitrailer sprawled across the 101 Freeway. But unlike thousands of drivers trapped for hours by the crash, she managed to skirt the logjam. “Oh, my goodness, it was backed up … thank God, I had another route,” said Adams, 48, of Los Angeles, who works in Woodland Hills. “I dodged a bullet.” Many didn’t. Rush-hour commuters were tied up by two early morning crashes on U.S. 101 near Coldwater Canyon Avenue, caused by a drunk driver, CHP officers said. The result was a big rig sprawled across the median, blocking six lanes on both sides of the freeway, snarling traffic into Ventura County from about 4:30 a.m. “It was like a shotgun effect,” Officer B. Denike of the California Highway Patrol said of the congestion that clogged the 101, 134, 170 and 405 freeways. “At one point, the (101) freeway was completely stopped.” Nine freeway signs as far away as the Foothill Freeway flashed “Accident on Coldwater: Traffic Jammed,” as thousands of drivers scrambled to take alternate freeways and cross-town streets. It took until just past noon for transportation officials to completely clear all lanes, according to the California Department of Transportation. Each workday, some 293,000 commuters use the 101 Freeway. “There are so many operators in the Valley, so many commuters, if we have a major incident, it’s going to affect surrounding highways and surface streets,” said Denike, an accident investigator at the West Valley station. “There’s nothing we can do about it.” A traffic SigAlert was issued when a Toyota heading eastbound on the 101 hit the central divider west of Coldwater, spun out and stopped sideways in the No. 3 truck lane, Denike said. A minute later, a Freightliner truck smashed into the car, lost control and veered into the center divider, coming to rest atop the median. Three drivers, including a truck passenger, sustained minor injuries. The driver of the Toyota Corolla was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Denike said. The identity of the man, about 35 years of age, was not released. It took two industrial tow trucks to remove the big rig from the median. With some drivers arriving an hour late to work, transit advocates said the answer was the cross-Valley Orange Line busway, which now stops every four minutes at each stop. “The truth is, most people in that SigAlert would not think: Maybe I should take the bus,” said Kymberleigh Richards of Southern California Transit Advocates. “They think: Maybe I should use a different freeway, moving the congestion over. “You put all these people in their own little car, at the same time and they start cursing at each other.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730 Trains and buses For information about train and bus routes, call 800-COMMUTE, or go to www.metro.net. For real-time traffic information, go to rtmap.metro.net/html/index.html 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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