Nimba to Shoulder ‘Damage Cost’

first_imgThe Liberian Government has announced that Nimba County will bear the brunt of the actions of some of its citizens, who recently allegedly looted and destroyed properties of ArcelorMittal, as well as some public infrastructures in the county.Some residents of the county, mainly youths, early last week, put the safety and security of the main mining facility of ArcelorMittal, located in Tokadeh, Nimba County under attack, and held the company’s staff, contractors and employees hostage for hours without food or water.Offices were vandalized and mining equipment, vehicles, construction materials, office supplies and buildings were destroyed or looted. Law enforcement officers, who were attempting to restore calm to the mining area and surrounding communities were shot at and injured, the government said.In a strongl.y-worded address on the violent protest that saw the loss of millions of dollars worth of property belonging to both the government and the company, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said government will undertake the repair of the damaged roads and bridges; but the costs will be deducted from funds directly allocated for the development of the county. This means that the funds will be taken from the Nimba County Social Development Funds. This is fund set aside for developments initiatives in the county and it comes from ArcelorMittal as part of its constribution to the county.The Liberian leader also indicated that the costs to repair the damage and replace the properties destroyed at ArcelorMittal, when determined, will be discussed between the company and the government. She further noted that the direct and associated damage done to ArcelorMittal facilities in Nimba County is more than an attack on a private company; rather they are attacks on the economy and the future of this country.President Sirleaf addressed the nation at a press conference on Thursday July 10, 2014 held in the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Present at the conference also were, Senate Pro-Temp Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, House Speaker Alex Tyler, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly and Information Minister Lewis Garsaydee Browne.President Sirleaf said: “Our collective response must be decisive, immediate and forceful.” She promised that all accused of participating in these destructions will have their full day in court as quickly as possible; and those found guilty will face the “fullest penalties” imposed by the law.The Liberian President, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, extended profound regrets to the ArcelorMittal family and all those who were made to endure the precarious infringement of the country’s peace and security. She revealed that the attacks at Tokadeh, in Nimba County are callous reminders of the consequences of the abuse of freedoms. “As we have seen in Tokadeh, and as it appears to be springing up elsewhere in the country including concession areas, the exercise of freedom without the associated responsibility leads to anarchy,” President Sirleaf pointed out, adding that anarchy anywhere in the country undermines the collective progress made, which the Government cannot permit to happen.The Liberian President has also announced that a Board of Inquiry will be appointed shortly to undertake a detailed investigation into the root and other causes associated with the fracas, as well as recommend further actions to ensure that such attacks are never repeated anywhere in Liberia. She said the Board will be chaired by a prominent counselor and will include eminent lawyers and citizens. “The Liberian Government is absolutely resolved that wherever and by whomever, the unlawful incitement of the public to violence will be dutifully punished according to law,” she said. She thanked ArcelorMittal for resuming mining production and congratulated the Liberia National Police for the swift and professional manner in which security and calmness was restored.She also commended the local chiefs and community leaders, including the Nimba Legislative Caucus, whom she said, cooperated with the LNP in encouraging those who fled into the bushes to return home; those who perpetrated these attacks to turn themselves in and surrender to the police; and assisting in the retrieval of looted items.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has, with immediate effect, placed a moratorium on the issuance and use of alluvial mining licenses and permits in Nimba County until the full effects and associated costs of ArcelorMittal’s operations are finally determined and known.Information Minister, Lewis Garsaydee Browne in an interview with press men after the President’s address, said the government’s decision to make Nimba take responsibility for its actions is not a way of punishing the county, especially when the acts were perpetrated by just a handful of people, but it is because the government is not prepared financially to undertake the costs.Minister Browne indicated that the presence of the Speaker and Senate Pro-Tempore at the Office of the President signals the importance that the government attaches to the Yekepa incident. He said all will be done to ensure that the perpetrators of the violence are brought to book.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI still working to activate Port Kaituma well

first_img1 month later…after mercury was found in waterwayAfter almost four weeks, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) announced its plans to reactivate a well in Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini) to provide a stable supply of water to residents, as it was related that those works have not yet been completed.This information was relayed by GWI’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Leanna Bradshaw who indicated that the works are still in progress for the reactivation.These works were necessary after the presence of mercury was detected in the main source of water for residents – the Kaituma River. Samples were taken from different sections and sent to the Kaizen Environmental Services Laboratory in Trinidad and Tobago.As such, the first option was to drill a well in the area after it was realised that the main well at Turn Basin was not functioning. However, an inspection by engineers discovered a well at Citrus Grove, Port Kaituma, which had been out of operationGWI engineers examining the Port Kaituma wellfor a number of years.It was decided that the engineers would rehabilitate this well to supplement an existing one. This would entail a camera inspection, test pumping the well and determining an appropriately sized pump before it is connected to the distribution network.Furthermore, plans were also ongoing for the installation of additional storage tanks at the well site and the rehabilitation of another tank in the region. With this in place, the storage capacity is expected to increase to serve the entire community. The tanks will be connected to a distribution network that will be run to each household.Presently, residents have been accessing water directly from the well in the interim but due to climate change and other environmental challenges, the company has moved to drilling more wells in these areas, so as to ensure equal access to potable water year-round.last_img read more

Women’s Soccer League Icebreaker tournament results

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Soccer League hosted its season-opening Icebreaker tournament last weekend.In the competitive pool in which six teams were in contention, D&D defeated Prospect by the score of 3-2. In the recreational pool of eight teams, the Royal Rebels edged the GP Tornadoes 3-2.Tournament Director Kristen Danczak said,“It was a great weekend of soccer as everyone enjoyed themselves. I can’t complain about how things went for the first tournament of the year.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Man United transfer target: £47m star ‘one of the finest players in his position’

first_img Mats Hummels is linked with a move to Manchester United Manchester United’s defensive problems are there for all to see, so it is almost imperative that boss Louis van Gaal addresses them when the transfer window reopens in January. But with the Red Devils linked with a wide variety of defenders who should they place their efforts in recruiting? Football statistic analysts WhoScored believe they have the answer. Head over to WhoScored.com for plenty more Man United stats.Being a Borussia Dortmund fan at present is tough. While the Bundesliga side has excelled in the Champions League, Dortmund sit just one point above the relegation zone in Germany’s top tier. A narrow 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach prior to the international break may have lifted Die Schwarzgelben off the foot of the table, but their domestic displays thus far are cause for concern.The poor form comes as a surprise given the quality available to manager Jurgen Klopp. The charismatic German has had to contend with injuries, but can still call on Marco Reus, Ciro Immobile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa in attack, while defensively, Klopp is able to deploy any two of Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic and Sokratis at centre-back.Each defender at his disposal would walk into the majority of top European teams, in particular Hummels, who has once more been linked with a move to Premier League side Manchester United. While his WhoScored.com rating (6.98) in the Bundesliga this season is far from exceptional, Hummels is widely regarded as one of the finest players in his position given his consistency in recent years.Dortmund’s captain may have endured a sub-standard start to the campaign with injury partly playing a role in that, but fans will be quick to remember his imperious performances for Germany at the World Cup. Of all centre-backs, only Stefan de Vrij (7.90) earned a better WhoScored.com rating than Hummels (7.85) in Brazil and this came off the back of an impressive league campaign, in which only Robert Lewandowski and Reus earned better ratings than the defender (7.69).United’s continued pursuit of the 25-year-old, therefore, is not without merit. Despite an indifferent beginning to the season, Hummels is still averaging a commendable four tackles and interceptions per-game in the Bundesliga. Compared to all United players in the Premier League, only five players are averaging more.It’s fair to say defence has been United’s problematic position this term and bolstering the backline must be Louis van Gaal’s primary focus in the New Year. Dortmund handing Hummels the captain’s armband over the summer was supposed to ward off reported interest in him, but with the Premier League giants tipped to dip into the transfer market in January, links with a move are to be expected.United were strongly linked with the defender over the summer, but were only able to solidify at the heart of their defence with the acquisition of Marcos Rojo, who was reportedly not Van Gaal’s preferred target.Given his mountainous presence, Hummels is winning more aerial duels per-game (4.7) than any United player and this aerial dominance not only helps repel opposition attacks’ when teams launch the ball upfield, but is an asset when his side are pushing forward. This has seen the Dortmund skipper develop a statistically calculated WhoScored.com style of play of ‘indirect set-piece threat’. His header in Germany’s 1-0 win over France this summer, where Hummels beat Raphaël Varane to Toni Kroos’ in-swinging free kick, is a case in point.While the touted £47m price tag would be a hefty amount to spend on Hummels, strengthening the defence is surely Van Gaal’s priority in January. United, in that case, would be wise to go all guns blazing in their reported pursuit of this world class centre-back.For more stats on reported Manchester United target Mats Hummels, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page 1last_img read more

Arsenal fans laugh at Tottenham

first_imgArsenal beat Hull 3-1 to edge closer to playing in the Champions League for the eighteenth consecutive season.Manager Arsene Wenger once said a Champions League place is a trophy but in the previous 17 European campaigns, the Gunners have only come close to winning it once, in 2006 when they were beaten by Barcelona. But victory at Hull also meant something else: Fans could celebrate St Totteringham’s Day, the moment of Arsenal’s season when they are guaranteed to finish above north London rivals Tottenham.TOTTENHAM FANS ON ‘EMBARRASSING’ GOONERSGiven that Tottenham have been rivalling the Gunners for a place in the Premier League top four in recent seasons and Gooners have been starved of success, celebrating finishing above the enemy makes sense and here, talkSPORT has rounded up some memes from happy supporters. Arsenal fans laugh at Tottenham supporters 1last_img read more

DONEGAL JUNIOR CHAMBER LOOKING FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON

first_imgDo you know an outstanding young person in Donegal?Junior Chamber International (JCI) Donegal are looking for nominations for outstanding young people between 18-40. These nominations are being sought to identify young people in the community, who have done something outstanding. These top young people will be invited to an awards ceremony held in Donegal. Here the overall winner will be selected as Donegal’s ‘Outstanding Young Person of the Year’These awards are to identity young dynamic people in the Donegal community. After the local awards the Donegal winner may go on to be recognised nationally and possibly internationally for their achievements.Every year, Junior Chamber International selects 10 outstanding young people under 40 to be recognised for living the JCI Mission in extraordinary ways.JCI feel, that highlighting the accomplishments of these young active citizens in a variety of fields will inspire others to be better and realise their full potential as active citizens. There are several categories under which young people can be nominated. Each nominee must be entered in one, and only one, of the ten categories below.Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishmentPolitical, legal, and/or governmental affairsAcademic leadership and/or accomplishmentCultural achievementMoral and/or environmental leadership Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rightsHumanitarian and/or voluntary leadershipScientific and/or technological developmentPersonal improvement and/or accomplishment Medical innovationEmma Boylan JCI President commented “This is a fantastic opportunity for Donegal to show the wealth of young people that we have in the County, not only locally, but hopefully to a national and international audience. From the set-up of JCI in Donegal, we have seen so many positive and inspiring young people. I have no doubt that we will have large variety of nominations for Donegal’s ‘Outstanding Young Person’ Awards”The competition is free to enter. JCI Donegal would ask the community to take time to think about someone they feel has achieved something outstanding.Nominations for ‘The Outstanding Young Person Award’ can be sent via email to jcidonegal@gmail.com. Give the name of the young person and a short description of why you feel they deserve the award. All nominees should be over 18.Check out JCI Donegal on Facebook and Twitter for more information or call JCI Donegal President Emma Boylan on +353863303986.DONEGAL JUNIOR CHAMBER LOOKING FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON was last modified: March 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Donegal Junior Chamberlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB NOTES

first_imgCommiserations to Donegal u21 team who were defeated on wed by Cavan.Seniors; Both teams had a good wins at home on Sunday ,seniors 2-8 Killybegs 0-7,Res game 14points to Killybegs 10 points.Ladies; The ladies had a great victory over Cloghaneely on Sunday morning 3-8 to 0-3 Underage,Results, Minors Cill Chartha 2-10 Na Rossa 1-8, U14 Cill Chartha 12-8 Bundoran 8-6, Fixtures this week; u14 Mon15th Cill Chartha v St Nauls @7pm Away,also wed 17th home to Dungloe.Training for under 6’s,8’s,10’s and under 12’s is on every thurs @6pm.Lotto, There was no winner of the lotto ,Marie Cunningham won the the lotto plus,Numbers were 1,12,15,18. Jackpot next week €2,100Bingo Winners ,Paddy Mc Shane, Paddy Cassidy,Mary Breslin, Carmel Gallagher, Michael Mc Ginley all €70. Jackpot next week 2,650 on 49 numbersGAA NEWS: KILCAR CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 14th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Kilcar GAA noteslast_img read more

Montebello 34, Schurr 30

first_imgMONTEBELLO — Host Montebello High School ended a four-game losing streak in dramatic style Friday night, defeating crosstown rival Schurr. After a scoreless first quarter, the Oilers took charge with their running game. Behind James Rangel, the Oilers engineered an 8-play, 80-yard scoring drive with Rangel punching the ball into the end zone from 8 yards out. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Montebello mixed passes and runs in the second half, scoring three touchdowns. Quarterback Rene Cerda completed 11 of 20 pass attempts for 161 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite receiver, Gabriel Diaz, caught seven passes for 110 yards and a score. Becky Miller center_img Schurr kept the game close with special teams play. Nestor Negrette put the Spartans on the scoreboard with a 44-yard field goal, but on Montebello’s next play from scrimmage, Rangel scampered 89 yards for his second of three touchdowns. The Spartans opened the second half with Julian De La Hay’s 85-yard kickoff return. last_img read more

Kitara Region tames Cranes in tour game

first_imgKitara is the first Region to defeat the Cranes in a tour game this year. (PHOTOS/FUFA)Uganda Cranes Regional TourKitara Region 1-0 Uganda CranesBoma Grounds, HoimaSaturday, 20-07-2019The Uganda Cranes suffered their first loss in the 2019 Regional Tour as they lost 0-1 to Kitara Region on Saturday.Having taken care of both Kampala and Bushenyi earlier in the year, the Cranes were confident going into the game but could not make it three times lucky.The only goal of the game came on 43 minutes with Bumate FC striker Vincent Kasoki popping up with the goods.In a cagey first 45 minutes, the Cranes had earlier come close to breaking the dead-lock by Allan Kyambadde’s lofted effort kissed the cross bar with Kitara custodian-Jamil Kiyimba beaten.Kyambadde (12) in action against Kitara Region on Saturday.Much like in the build-up win against URA FC on Thursday, Abdallah Mubiru made 10 changes at halftime with only Disan Ggaliwango retaining his spot at left back.Goalkeeper Saidi Keni, Daniel Serunkuuma, Nelson Senkatuka, David Owori, Paul Mbowa, Mustafa Mujuzi, Johnson Odong, Yusuf Ssozi, Asraf Mandela and Andrew Kigozi were all introduced.The second half saw Abdallah Mubiru’s side dominate but found chances hard to come by.In the closing minutes of the game, Yussuf Ssozi thought he had equalized for the Cranes but his goal bound effort was cleared off the line.In the end, Kitara held on to win the contest and the Cranes will now have to go back to the drawing board as they prepare for their CHAN 2020 qualifier against Somalia next Saturday.Speaking after the game, Mubiru noted that the game will help his side identify weaknesses ahead of Saturday’s match.‘It was a good game for us. Said Mubiru.“We dominated both halves but failed to hit the net.“The match has helped us to identify some of the weaknesses in the team that we should work upon before playing Somalia next week.”The Cranes are expectez to return to Kampala on Sunday before resuming residential training.They Cranes will then travel to Djibouti later in the week, where they will take on Somalia.Kitara starting IXJamil Kiyimba (GK), Richard Enjama, Rogers Lwebuga, Karim Ramathan, Maxwell Owanchgiu, Ivan Businge, Ramathan Dudu, Ronald Kyamanywa, Vicent Kasoki, Robert Baluku, Roger Miller Ahumuza.SubsYasiri Arafat (GK), Joel Oscar Munihizi, Brian Atuhaire, David Obedamoth, Patrick Ongeyumu, Andrew Omego, Steven Obbona.Uganda Cranes starting IXYasin Mugbi (GK), Paul Willa, Disan Galiwango, John Revita, Timothy Awany, Tadeo Lwanga, Tom Masiko, Bright Anukani, Allan Kayiwa, Patrick Kaddu, Allan KyambaddeThe Uganda Cranes team that started in the loss to Kitara.SubsJames Alitho (GK), Saidi Keni (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Paul Mbowa, Daniel Serunkuma, Nelson Senkatuka, Johnson Odong, Yusuf Ssozi, David Owori, Mustafa Mujuzi, Andrew KigoziComments Tags: abdallah mubiruAllan Kayiwaallan kyambaddeAndrew KigoziAshraf MandelaBright AnukaniDaniel SerunkumaDavid OworiDisan Galiwangojames alithoJohn RevitaJohnson OdongKitara RegionMustafa MujuziNelson Senkatukapatrick kadduPaul MbowaPaul WillaSaidi Kenitadeo lwangaTimothy AwanyTom MasikotopUganda CranesUganda Cranes Regional TourYasin MugbiYussuf Ssozilast_img read more

Innovation agency board appointed

first_img10 July 2009 The board of South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency, a new public body to stimulate the development of technology-based products and services in the country, has been appointed. Announcing the members of the board in Johannesburg this week, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the agency would use South Africa’s science and technology base to develop new industries, create sustainable jobs, and help move the country from a commodity-based to a knowledge-based economy. The agency will eventually incorporate the existing Innovation Fund, Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centres (BRICs), and Tshumisano Trust, a Department of Science and Technology agency that provides support for Technology Stations based at the country’s universities of technology. It will also build on capacity that exists in the department’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy implementation unit, and Advanced Minerals Initiative. Dr Ramphele Mamphele, former vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town and former managing director of the World Bank, will be the agency’s chairperson. Board members include Peotona chairperson Cheryl Carolus; SA Veterinary Council member Dr Steven Cornelius; Cape Biotechnology Trust board chairperson Prof Susan Harrison; SA Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology president Nhlanhla Msomi; and legal expert Alan Lax. Other members include CKS investments Unisys Africa director Dr Patrick Ngwenya; South Africa Bioproducts chairperson Ross Norton; Altech CEO Craig Venter; and Helen Brow, senior project manager at the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Sector Education Training Authority. R720-million has been allocated to the Technology Innovation Agency for 2009/2010. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more