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U.S. Airport Builders Visit Liberia, Have Expertise to Design and Build Modern Airport at RIA.
A consortium of American and South African general contractors just concluded a four-day visit to Liberia to discuss the prospect of a public-private partnership for the design, construction and financing of a new international airport that would serve as an African hub for international flights to the region. Art Chavez, managing partner of PageSoutherlandPage, was a member of the delegation and spoke as the architectural design expert.
As reported by Gerald Hunter of the Liberia Daily Observer, “The group’s plan includes the stationing of a low cost U.S. passenger and cargo carrier similar to Southwest Airlines in the new airport.
The Group was met on arrival by Sen. M. Gbehzohngar Findley at his Capitol Hill Office.  They also paid a courtesy call on Deputy Speaker Hens Barchue.
During the visit, the delegation held discussions with the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Transport and the National Investment Commission. They also made informal visits to Monrovia’s  Spriggs Payne Airport, Roberts International Airport and the Firestone Engineering Department; and  participated in an hour-long call-in talk show with the Liberian Broadcasting System.
The delegation comprised Stephen W. Roth and Charles Clements, president and CFO of Roth Construction, Inc. of Houston, Texas, respectively; Ed Hartwell, former professional baseball player on the San Francisco Giants and Senior Associate at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank of New York City; Arturo Chavez, managing partner at Page Southerland Page International LLC of Houston, Texas and Michael Welsch, director at the South Africa Construction Giant, Stefanutti Stock.
The visit was organized by Cyrus Gray, chief operating officer of Houston’s International Management Corporation at the invitation of Sen. M. Gbehzohngar Findley.  Senator Findley extended the visit to the group during his visit to Houston along with President Sirleaf on May 18, 2012.
The visit was coordinated locally by R. Jawah Gray, international financial consultant of IMC and Arthur Abdullai, CEO of EHS Liberia.
Roth Construction is a reputable American General Contractor with extensive experience in infrastructure development. Roth participated in the construction of the Austin International Airport in the Texas capital and is presently finalizing negotiation for the construction of the new Equatorial Guinea International Airport City. Page Southerland Page International LLC is a global architectural firm with offices in all the major markets around the world.
The company is lead designer for several premier western hotels and commercial complexes. Page Southerland Page International designed the Gold Coast City in Accra, Ghana and the New United States Embassies in Monrovia and Pretoria, South Africa. Stefanutti Stock is the lead South Africa member of the group.
Famous among her works is the Construction of the International Airport for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is one of the largest full service commercial real estate firms in the world,  with 100 offices in the United States and 300 offices worldwide. The company handles capital financing of over a trillion dollars yearly.
Together, the visiting delegation brings to Liberia the ability to design, build and finance a new International Airport for Liberia.”

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U.S. Airport Builders Visit Liberia, Have Expertise to Design and Build Modern Airport at RIA.

A consortium of American and South African general contractors just concluded a four-day visit to Liberia to discuss the prospect of a public-private partnership for the design, construction and financing of a new international airport that would serve as an African hub for international flights to the region. Art Chavez, managing partner of PageSoutherlandPage, was a member of the delegation and spoke as the architectural design expert.

As reported by Gerald Hunter of the Liberia Daily Observer, “The group’s plan includes the stationing of a low cost U.S. passenger and cargo carrier similar to Southwest Airlines in the new airport.

The Group was met on arrival by Sen. M. Gbehzohngar Findley at his Capitol Hill Office.  They also paid a courtesy call on Deputy Speaker Hens Barchue.

During the visit, the delegation held discussions with the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Transport and the National Investment Commission. They also made informal visits to Monrovia’s  Spriggs Payne Airport, Roberts International Airport and the Firestone Engineering Department; and  participated in an hour-long call-in talk show with the Liberian Broadcasting System.

The delegation comprised Stephen W. Roth and Charles Clements, president and CFO of Roth Construction, Inc. of Houston, Texas, respectively; Ed Hartwell, former professional baseball player on the San Francisco Giants and Senior Associate at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank of New York City; Arturo Chavez, managing partner at Page Southerland Page International LLC of Houston, Texas and Michael Welsch, director at the South Africa Construction Giant, Stefanutti Stock.

The visit was organized by Cyrus Gray, chief operating officer of Houston’s International Management Corporation at the invitation of Sen. M. Gbehzohngar Findley.  Senator Findley extended the visit to the group during his visit to Houston along with President Sirleaf on May 18, 2012.

The visit was coordinated locally by R. Jawah Gray, international financial consultant of IMC and Arthur Abdullai, CEO of EHS Liberia.

Roth Construction is a reputable American General Contractor with extensive experience in infrastructure development. Roth participated in the construction of the Austin International Airport in the Texas capital and is presently finalizing negotiation for the construction of the new Equatorial Guinea International Airport City. Page Southerland Page International LLC is a global architectural firm with offices in all the major markets around the world.

The company is lead designer for several premier western hotels and commercial complexes. Page Southerland Page International designed the Gold Coast City in Accra, Ghana and the New United States Embassies in Monrovia and Pretoria, South Africa. Stefanutti Stock is the lead South Africa member of the group.

Famous among her works is the Construction of the International Airport for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is one of the largest full service commercial real estate firms in the world,  with 100 offices in the United States and 300 offices worldwide. The company handles capital financing of over a trillion dollars yearly.

Together, the visiting delegation brings to Liberia the ability to design, build and finance a new International Airport for Liberia.”

Father’s Day

In the early ’70s a young man had a dream. A dream that he could make a better life for himself and his new girlfriend, the baby they had on the way and the son she had. He set out on a journey that took him from the northwestern coast of Liberia to the northeastern coast of the United States of America. He left Liberia with $2 in his pocket. He spent $1 before arriving at JFK. He literally arrived in New York with $1 and a dream.
He worked his tail off for a couple of years until he had raised the money needed to have his girlfriend he left back in Liberia come and join him. They had a son here in ‘76 and a few years later they sent for the two kids they left in Liberia.
This man is my father, Pawoo Napoleon Teh.
Happy Father’s Day Dad.
I am the man I am today because of the strong man you’ve always been.
Thank you for all the sacrifices you’ve made.
I love you.

thecivilwarparlor

thecivilwarparlor:

TECHNOLOGY IS STOPPING US FROM LIVING LIFE

Everywhere you go, people have their faces buried in their phones. Its driving me nuts. It’s like your seeing life through a screen or through your cell phone camera instead of just experiencing life. Father’s Day at the restaurant half the people there were staring in to their phones texting while waiting to be seated and not talking to their Dads at all! What’s the point?…..TheCivilWarParlor

This video sums it all up. Written performed and directed by Gary Turk 

A generation of Idiots, smart phones and dumb people.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” - Albert Einstein 

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RABAT, Morocco (AP) — One of Africa’s oldest national parks is under attack “from all fronts,” its director said Friday after 68 elephants were slaughtered in two months by poachers, some of whom shot them from helicopters.

Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is under constant assault by renegade Congolese soldiers, gunmen from South Sudan and others. And this is just a slice of the poaching carnage: international wildlife regulators say 20,000 elephants were killed in Africa alone in 2013.

The Johannesburg-based African Parks group, which manages Garamba, said since mid-April, the 5,000-square kilometer (1,900-square mile) park has faced an onslaught from several bands of poachers who have already killed 4 percent of its elephants.

"The situation is extremely serious," Garamba park manger Jean-Marc Froment said in the statement. "The park is under attack on all fronts."

Conservationists say a thriving ivory market in Asia is helping to fuel the worst poaching epidemic of African elephants in decades.

A 2012 census found just 2,000 elephants in Garamba Park, down from 20,000 in the 1960s.

One group of poachers in the park is shooting the elephants from a helicopter and then chopping off their tusks with chain saws, removing the elephants’ brains and genitals as well. In some cases the attacks seem indiscriminate, killing baby elephants that do not yet possess the valuable ivory tusks.

African Parks, which runs seven parks in six countries in cooperation with local authorities, said the poachers include renegade elements of the Congolese army, gunmen from South Sudan and members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a militant rebel group whose fugitive leader Joseph Kony is an alleged war criminal.

In one skirmish with poachers, park guards had to protect themselves from hand grenades thrown by Southern Sudanese poachers, some of whom were wearing military uniforms. Froment singled out in particular elements of the LRA, which is notorious for kidnapping children and using them as soldiers. In 2009, the group attacked the park’s headquarters, killing 15 employees and family members.

The group is known to be in the heavily forested areas around Garamba park.

A spokeswoman for African Parks, Cynthia Walley, said the heavy vegetation and the large concentration of elephants in the park have made it a target for poachers.

"It’s pretty well documented that Garamba is one of the few remaining places where you get these large herds of elephants," she said. "The supply of elephants in some parts of Africa for poachers has diminished. So in areas where you are protecting elephants you become a target."

She said African Parks, which has run Garamba in cooperation with the Congolese parks authority since 2005, beefed up its forces in anticipation of increased poaching this year but found recent spike to be “unprecedented.”

In addition to Congolese and park forces, units from the U.S. military’s African Command are supporting the anti-poaching efforts, African Parks said.

In recent years, the U.N. has warned that armed groups in Africa have been turning to ivory poaching to fund their struggles. Many are also using the more sophisticated weapons that flowed out from Libya after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

The Geneva-based Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora said Friday that 20,000 elephants were killed in 2013 in Africa, but overall poaching was on the decline due to better law enforcement.

The spike in attacks on Garamba suggests that poachers may be shifting to different targets. Poaching has been down in Chad, for instance, while it has been on the rise in Central African Republic, which is being wracked by a civil war.

THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.