Bad Roads Cause Economic Decline in Southeast

first_imgA portion of the road that is among some of ‘hard-to-cross spots. By Ben T.C. Brooks-ZwedruDeplorable road conditions are a major challenge for travelers in Southeastern Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland, Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.The situation continues to cause an inflation in the prices of basic commodities, including transportation fare, rice, petroleum products, etc.The situation is getting worse daily, due primarily to the rainy season that has made some portion of the roads impassable.In a Daily Observer interview, some commuters spoke of the deplorable  road condition of the routes along the Tappita-Zwedru highway and the Zwedru-Harper corridor, with many businesspeople saying that the situation has economically imposed hardship on them, causing a sharp decline of basic commodities on the market.In Zwedru, for example, a gallon of gasoline is now sold at L$1,000, which is the same with a gallon of diesel fuel, while a 25kg bag of rice is being sold at $5,000.Regarding travels, the transport fare from Zwedru to Ganta, in Nimba County, is mostly negotiated between L$7-8,000; Zwedru-Greenville, Sinoe County, would cost L$6,000 and Zwedru-Fish Town in River Gee County is L$4,700.In the midst of all this, motorbikes remain the most convenient means of transportation in the region, thus making life unbearable and to the extend that some businesspeople have suspended all business activities until the dry season.To cope with such a situation, Grand Gedeh County authorities have pleaded with travelers, most importantly businesspeople, to remain patient, “because the government will soon address the impasse.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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RIVER MEDIA NEWSPAPERS: ‘WE’RE RELIEVED,’ SAY STAFF

first_imgMORE THAN 80 staff at River Media Newspapers – most of them in Co Donegal – are said to be ‘relieved’ after surviving a closure scare.The company which owned the Letterkenny Post, Donegal Post, Inish Times and three other titles, was wound up last Friday.But a new company run by the same team has been set up to take the papers forward, having off-loaded massive debts, some of it to the taxpayer-owned AIB bank. “We are just relieved at this stage,” one member of staff told donegaldaily.com.“This is good news for us; we are relieved and delighted all at the same time. It means the papers can move forward without the historical debt which had been dragging us down.“It is also great news for Letterkenny because most of us are based here. It gives the papers and all of us who work for them a fresh start.”Another member of staff said tonight: “This lifts a cloud off us all. It’s good news at last.” The news comes ahead of circulation figures for all Donegal newspapers which are expected to be released early next week.It’s thought most newspapers will show significant declines in sales.Ironically the River Media Newspapers-owned Derry News was one of the few papers in the North to show an increase in sales in the past six months.RIVER MEDIA NEWSPAPERS: ‘WE’RE RELIEVED,’ SAY STAFF was last modified: September 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

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