In support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the Mano River Union basin, the Government of the People’s Republic of China Monday, August 11, donated US$1.7 million worth of assorted anti-Ebola materials to help support the efforts of the Government and people of Liberia.Speaking Monday at the handing over ceremony held at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County, the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Yue Zhang, said Liberia and China are one community and the government of China will continue to be a partner to Liberia.“The government of China is donating drugs, personal protective equipment, thermometer guns and sanitizers among others, to help support the Government of Liberia efforts in combating the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia.”According to the Ambassador, the Chinese government is providing US$5 million worth of assorted materials to the Mano River Union MRU nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, to help contain the epidemic.He further disclosed that, in addition to supporting the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the Government of China is sending three health experts to help provide the basic expertise and the training of local health workers on the uses of the donated assorted materials.“They are coming to help the health workers in Liberia, because some of the products are made in China and so, they need to advise the health practitioners on how to use those things as well as other necessary support that will kick the epidemic from Liberia,” Mr. Zhang said. The Chinese Ambassador said, the drugs provided to the Government of Liberia to combat the deadly Ebola virus will help to suppress the epidemic and those affected by the virus. “The equipment donated to Liberia is valued US$1.7 million in addition to donation we provided to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus,” the Ambassador disclosed. “The Government of China also provided a special cargo jet to deliver these assorted materials to the three countries and on time.”Asked whether the Chinese government had plans to evacuate its citizens from Liberia due to the epidemic, Amb. Zhang said his government is not advising its citizens to leave Liberia, rather he urged them to follow the advice given by Liberian health authorities, including hand-washing, avoidance of bodily contact and reporting of suspected cases, among others, for the safety of those in Liberia.According to the ambassador, China and Liberia, as well as the rest of Africa are one common community with the mind of holding each other, especially during such an emergency, adding that in 2010, the African countries were equally there for China.Receiving the assorted materials among others on behalf of the Government of Liberia, acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sylvester Grigsby, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Government of the People’s Republic of China, describing it as timely in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Mr. Grigsby said the assorted materials donated will help the government contain the epidemic in Liberia and ensure that more lives can be saved in the process.“This will enhance the government’s efforts in supporting the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia. We are very happy as it will help us reach the various counties and fight the virus.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Bea Mountain New Liberty Gold Mine (Courtesy: Avesoro)Wants residents resettledThe Government of Liberia (GoL), through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has taken stringent measures against Bea Mountain Mining Corporation, operator of the New Liberty Gold Mines in Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount County, for blatantly violating the nation’s environmental laws.To this effect, EPA’s authorities have served Bea Mountain a fine to the tune of US$99,999.99 to be paid into government coffers through the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA). The company has been mandated to pay said amount in 72 hours beginning today, with an official receipt presented to the EPA upon receipt of notice of this fine.EPA Deputy Executive Director, Randall M. Doboyou, II, told a press conference in Monrovia that the management of Bea Mountain is persistently endangering the lives of Liberians in its areas of operation as it continues to violate the country’s standard mining laws.EPA DED, Randall DoboyouRecent findings by EPA’s inspectors, upon an impromptu visit at its Kinjor operations, outlined a direct departure from specific conditions of the environmental permit issued to the company as well as the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia (EPML).“On July 10, 2018, a team of EPA technicians made an impromptu visit to Kinjor, and found the company in flagrant violation of our laws,” Doboyou said.The purpose of the visit, he said, was to investigate alleged water pollution some residents have reported of the downstream communities.“Additionally, the team collected surface and ground water samples at strategic locations within the company’s concession area. Our findings outlined a direct departure from specific conditions of the permit and the EPML,” Mr. Dobayou said.On June 26 last year, the EPA approved the renewal of the permit #EPA/DP/MZP/001-0616 authorizing Bea Mountain to discharge waste water from the Tailing Storage Facility at the NLGM in compliance with the Liberia Water Quality Standards/Guide of 1987 and the IFC Effluent Guideline.That permit provided discharge limit at different points across the “mixing zone,” to effectively increase retention time and promote cyanide degradation, thereby supporting the sustainable management of the ecosystem.But Mr. Doboyou said the company violated Environmental Permit, Condition 5.2: which ensures that the limit of Free Cyanide in wastewater from the TSF-R does not exceed 0.1 mg/L.According to the laboratory results for the July 10, 2018 visit, the levels of free cyanide at TSF-R was 0.394 mg/L. “This result implies that the level of Free Cyanide is nearly four times the maximum discharge limit,” Doboyou noted.Also violated by Bea Mountain is Section V, 61 sub-section 1 of the EPMLL, which talks about prohibition against water pollution. This calls for punishment for any person who discharges or applies, or permits any person to dump or discharge, any poison, toxic, noxious, or obstructing matter, radioactive waste or other pollutant into any waters of Liberia, which is likely to cause harm to human health or the aquatic environment in contravention of water pollution control standards established under this Law shall be guilty of an offense.“The company also violated Part VI, Section 75, subsection 2 of the EPMLL, which indicates that no person shall deposit any substance in a river, lake or wetland or under its bed, which is likely to have adverse effect,” said Doboyou.Bea Mountain is also in violation of Part V, Section 56, sub-section 1 of the EPMLL that prohibits discharge of hazardous substances, chemicals and materials or oil into the Environment and Spillers Liability.Accordingly, Bea Mountain Mining Corporation is to remediate the illegal effluence discharge within 15 years and provide drinking water for the affected communities in the meantime.The EPA has also mandated Bea Mountain Mining Corporation to commission a Resettlement Action Plan by an Independent Environmental Evaluator to determine compensation for the affected communities.Drastic actions also await Bea Mountain if it fails to do as the EPA has mandated.Doboyou: “The EPA wishes to make it categorically clear that failure to comply with the Notice of Violation within the stipulated period may lead to drastic penalties including but not limited to additional fines, closure, imprisonment and/or criminal prosecution where applicable.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Popular nightclub owner Clyde Barrett was on Friday remanded to prison after appearing before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a drug trafficking charge.The charge alleges that Barrett had at his nightclub 19.188 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking on July 17, 2018.Nightclub owner Clyde BarrettAccording to the Prosecution’s case, Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks went to Barrett’s Sussex Street, Albouystown business place on July 17, and carried out a search which resulted in the retrieval of the cannabis hidden in a kitchen cupboard, which had to be opened using Barrett’s key.The prosecution objected to Barrett being placed on bail.Represented by Attorney-at-Law Mark Conway, the 40-year-old Barrett denied the charge which was read to him; and Conway, in his submission for bail, told the court that two other persons were arrested during the raid at the nightclub.Magistrate Daly, however, upheld the prosecution’s objection and the businessman was remanded. The case will continue on August 8.
The new gym will back up to the existing one so the two can share locker rooms, a cost-saving move, Gould said. If the current draft budget is approved, the sports complex likely will house the city’s first dog park, which will cover about an acre, he said. Other plans include two outdoor basketball courts and additional parking. A final phase on the drawing board but not considered in the upcoming budget is two more fields, a BMX track and open space with trails along 15 unbuildable hilly acres. “By the time it’s finished it’ll have the full gamut from open space at trails to a 50-meter pool,” Gould said. Central Park in Bouquet Canyon sits on a little more than 100 acres and abuts more acreage being donated to the city by The Newhall Land and Farming Company as part of its adjacent River Village development now under construction. The draft budget includes $23.2 million for design and construction of the park’s third phase – now proposed as a recreation center, gym, pool, outdoor basketball area and cross-country trails on the park’s perimeter. A second dog park also is being considered there. email@example.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The city’s two regional parks face more than $40 million in expansions in the next five years, with plans on the table for a new gym, a pool, a park where dogs can run off their leashes and a redesigned skate park. A draft budget and a five-year capital plan being reviewed by the Santa Clarita City Council include $23.2 million in major additions at Central Park and $17.2 million to expand the city’s George Caravalho Sports Complex. Fourteen acres of the sports complex are set for projects that will include relocating the existing skate park to the northeast corner of the 70-acre facility, adding a multipurpose playing field with lights, and building a second gymnasium. The complex, a converted cosmetics warehouse with grounds, already houses a gym, activities center and aquatic center. “The gym is pretty significant,” city parks chief Rick Gould said. “One of our biggest programs is the youth basketball leagues and we depend largely on the high school district, but we’re growing and they’re growing and at some point your elbows are whacking into each other.”
Nigeria reached the knockout phase at the 2014 World Cup, but slipped to a 2-0 defeat in their Group D opener against Croatia in Kaliningrad, courtesy of an Oghenekaro Etebo own-goal and a Luka Modric penalty.Their side, including 19-year-old goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, were almost unrecognisable from the team beaten by France in the last 16 four years ago.“Sometimes we were a little bit naive on set pieces but we will work on it,” said Rohr.Iceland are buoyant after what their coach Heimir Hallgrimsson described as a “schoolbook example” of how to defend against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.Messi complained that “Iceland didn’t want to play” but the Nordic minnows, playing in their first-ever World Cup, were unimpressed by the criticism.“Maybe he would have been happier if we had played attacking football and lost 5-0. People can have their opinion about it but we really don’t care,” said goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.The Nigeria game in Volgograd will be “a bit more open,” said the 34-year-old ‘keeper, whose string of saves, most notably from a Messi penalty, kept the 2014 finalists at bay.“Nigeria will be difficult to beat. They are fast and more direct than Argentina. It will be a different game in many ways,” he added.Rohr believes his team could still make it out of a highly competitive group.“We are only one point behind (Iceland) and all is in our hands, so let’s be positive. Let them learn from this defeat (against Croatia) and try to do better,” said the former Bordeaux coach.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria train ahead of their match with Iceland © AFP / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIGELENDZHIK, Russian Federation, Jun 21 – Nigeria take on Iceland on Friday, seeking to salvage their faltering World Cup campaign but wary of the Nordic team’s capacity to go toe to toe with their supposed superiors.Coach Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles — who brought the youngest squad to Russia, with an average age of around 25 years of age — have now won just one of their past 13 games at World Cups.
0Shares0000Lucas Moura fired Spurs into their first Champions League final© AFP Adrian DENNISPARIS, France, MAY 9 – Tottenham followed in Liverpool’s footsteps by pulling off one of the most stunning fightbacks in Champions League history on Wednesday as Lucas Moura’s hat-trick snatched a dramatic away-goals semi-final victory over Ajax.Spurs trailed 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate at half-time of the second leg, but Moura’s 96th-minute winner sent them into a final against Liverpool — who also came back from three goals down to shock Barcelona on Tuesday — in Madrid on June 1. Here, AFP Sport looks at five other famous Champions League comebacks:Barcelona stun PSGBarcelona overturned a four-goal first-leg deficit to break PSG hearts© AFP/File PAU BARRENALast 16, 2016/17First leg: Paris Saint-Germain 4 (Di Maria 18, 55 Draxler 40, Cavani 72) Barcelona 0Return leg: Barcelona 6 (Suarez 3, Kurzawa 40-og, Messi 50-pen, Neymar 88, 90+1-pen, Roberto 90+5) Paris Saint-Germain 1 (Cavani 62)Barcelona won 6-5 on aggregateBarcelona were on the right side of history two years ago, becoming the first team to come back from a four-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League on a dramatic night at the Camp Nou when Neymar punished his future side PSG with two goals.If PSG’s demolition of Luis Enrique’s Barcelona in Paris was a shock, the fightback was mind-blowing with the crucial last two goals coming in stoppage time.Sergi Roberto came off the bench to write himself into Spanish football folklore with Barcelona’s sixth goal in the fifth minute of added time.“I didn’t know if I was dreaming –- I have never known a noise like that,” said a shell-shocked Roberto after the final whistle.Barca’s luck runs out in RomeGreek defender Manolas was the unlikely hero as Roma stunned Barca© AFP/File LLUIS GENEQuarter-finals, 2017/18First leg: Barcelona 4 (De Rossi 38-og, Manolas 55-og, Pique 59, Suarez 87) Roma 1 (Dzeko 80)Second leg: Roma 3 (Dzeko 6, De Rossi 58-pen, Manolas 82) Barcelona 04-4 on aggregate; Roma won on away goalsBarcelona’s luck ran out in dramatic style 12 months after their PSG heroics with Edin Dzeko’s away goal at the Camp Nou proving crucial.The Bosnia striker struggled to express his joy at Roma’s achievement after his sixth-minute goal in the return game sparked an incredible turnaround by the Italians.“We did it when definitely nobody believed in us,” said Dzeko.There appeared to be no way back for Roma after they were routed in Barcelona.However, after Dzeko’s early goal, a Daniele De Rossi penalty set the scene for Kostas Manolas’s 82nd-minute header to spark wild celebrations led by Roma president James Pallotta, who jumped into Rome’s Piazza del Popolo fountain.Liverpool’s night in IstanbulDudek saved the decisive penalty as Liverpool staged a famous comeback© AFP/File FILIPPO MONTEFORTEFinal, 2004/05Liverpool 3 (Gerrard 54, Smicer 56, Alonso 60-pen) AC Milan 3 (Maldini 1, Crespo 39, 44)3-3 after extra time; Liverpool won 3-1 on penaltiesLiverpool are no strangers to fightbacks in Europe, producing arguably the most staggering in a final against a mighty AC Milan side in Istanbul 14 years ago.They trailed 3-0 at half-time against the star-studded Italians after Paolo Maldini scored inside a minute and Hernan Crespo’s excellent double. But talismanic captain Steven Gerrard gave his side hope with a header early in the second period, and substitute Vladimir Smicer drilled in two minutes later.A breathtaking six-minute spell was completed on the hour mark as Xabi Alonso scored the rebound after his own penalty had been saved by Milan goalkeeper Dida.Rafael Benitez’s underdogs hung on to force a penalty shootout, and Andriy Shevchenko, who had scored the winning spot-kick in the 2003 final against Juventus, saw his effort saved by Jerzy Dudek to confirm Liverpool’s fifth, and most recent, Champions League title.Irureta’s miracleKaka’s Milan were dumped out in unbelievable fashion by Deportivo© AFP/File MIGUEL RIOPAQuarter-finals, 2003/04First leg: AC Milan 4 (Kaka 45, 49, Shevchenko 46, Pirlo 53) Deportivo La Coruna 1 (Pandiani 11)Second leg: Deportivo La Coruna 4 (Pandiani 5, Valeron 35, Luque 44, Fran 76) AC Milan 0Deportivo won 5-4 on aggregateAfter his side were trounced 4-1 at the San Siro, Deportivo coach Javier Irureta admitted there was no rational reason to believe in a miracle.However, his side burst out of the blocks in the second leg, holding a 3-0 lead at half-time thanks to goals from Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron and Albert Luque.Substitute Fran Gonzalez added a fourth with 14 minutes to go and, having prayed for success, Irureta honoured his pre-match promise by taking the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela after Deportivo’s unlikely victory.Di Matteo orchestrates Chelsea escapeIvanovic scored the extra-time winner as Di Matteo’s Chelsea downed Napoli en route to the title© AFP/File GLYN KIRKLast 16, 2011/12First leg: Napoli 3 (Lavezzi 38, 65, Cavani 45+2) Chelsea 1 (Mata 27)Second leg: Chelsea 4 (Drogba 28, Terry 47, Lampard 75-pen, Ivanovic 105) Napoli 1 (Inler 55) – after extra timeChelsea won 5-4 on aggregateChelsea rode the momentum of a stirring last-16 comeback against Napoli to the club’s maiden Champions League title under interim coach Roberto Di Matteo.Trailing 3-1 from the first leg after two Ezequiel Lavezzi goals and an Edinson Cavani strike, Chelsea sacked Andre Villas-Boas ahead of the return leg. The Blues roared back at Stamford Bridge through efforts from Didier Drogba and John Terry, before Gokhan Inler briefly put the Italians back on top only for a Frank Lampard penalty to force extra time.Drogba then teed up Branislav Ivanovic to blast home a 105th-minute winner, and Chelsea would go on to beat Bayern Munich on penalties in that season’s final at the Allianz Arena.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
LETTERKENNY AC’s U18s are Ulster cross-country champions.After a closely fought duel the won on count back to take team gold – Peter Gibbons also took the individual bronze.The winning team is pictured with Coach McFadden – and include Stefan McCrossan, Oisin Toal, Peter Gibbons, Enda McBride, Ryan Jordan, Donal Farren. Letterkenny AC’s Christine Russell made it a great day for the club, taking bronze in the U18 girls.LETTERKENNY AC BOYS CROWNED ULSTER CHAMPIONS! was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ChampionsCross CountryLetterkenny ACU18Ulster
Two people have been rushed to hospital following a car crash outside Donegal Town.The crash happened around 9am close to the LIDL supermarket.It is understood a car and a lorry were involved in the crash. Gardai confirmed two people have been taken to hospital but their injuries are not understood to be serious.The area has been cleared and there are no traffic delays. TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CRASH BETWEEN CAR AND LORRY was last modified: March 28th, 2012 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:crashDonegal Town
DONEGAL golf fan Louis Boyce got to see his favourite stars at the Pro-Am at Royal Portrush today.Louis, who completed his Masters thesis on the tournament in Co Antrim, was rubbing shoulders with top actors, sportsmen and of course golfers today.And he has sent in some pix from the course today. Actor Billy Murray, Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill and a host of other celebrities are playing today alongside major winners like Padraig Harrington, Greame McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke.Hundreds of golf fans from Donegal are at Royal Portrush today with many more expected over the next four days as the real action gets underway tomorrow.Louis predicted: “This will have a massive tourism potential for Donegal because tourists who come to Portrush will go on to courses in Donegal.“The Irish Open is being seen in 50 countries worldwide.” PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE IRISH OPEN PRO-AM AT ROYAL PORTRUSH was last modified: June 27th, 2012 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) Tags:PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE IRISH OPEN PRO-AM AT ROYAL PORTRUSH
Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says urgent action must be taken to address the huge deterioration ambulance turnaround times over the past two years. His comments come following information released to Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Stephen Donnelly.Ambulance turnaround times measure the time interval from ambulance arrival at a hospital, to when the crew is ready to accept another call. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) have said that all hospitals in Ireland should monitor the implementation of 95% of patients being handed over from an ambulance crew to the emergency department staff in less than 20 minutes, and where this is not met, corrective action should be taken.However, the HSE monitors it at 30 minutes with a target of 95% turnaround in that time.New information for September received by Health Spokesperson Deputy Donnelly shows that the HIQA 20-minute target was only met in 15.9% of cases nationwide while the HSE 30-minute target was achieved in 37.1% of cases.These figures are shocking, but what makes it worse is the fact that two years ago in September 2017 these figures stood at 25.2% and 53.2% respectively. Pat the Cope added locally, some of the figures are truly astounding.In Letterkenny University Hospital just 9 % of ambulances managed the 20-minute turnaround while in Sligo University Hospital 10.6 % managed to reach the 20-minute target.He fumed “The decline in the transfer turnaround times is yet another reflection of the pressures on hospitals and the lack of capacity to cope with the demands of beds and patient numbers attending A&E. The main reason for the delay is because emergency departments are too busy with too few staff to process a patient coming in by ambulance.“It’s another vicious cycle; if emergency departments are overcrowded, it causes delays in taking patients from ambulances. If there is a delay taking patients in from ambulances, then the ambulance response times are going to worsen.“If ambulance response times worsen, then people in emergencies and in urgent need of an ambulance are going to find themselves in a very precarious situation whereby ambulances may not be available. “Coupled with that, it’s a reality that ambulance cover is at a critically low level at present, with only one ambulance covering the entire southwest of Donegal, that is the area from Inver to Glencolmcille and including Ardara and Glenties added Pat the Cope.He said the Government needs to carry out a fundamental assessment of ambulance cover nationwide, and particular focus needs to be placed on Co Donegal.“It is evident that additional staffing and resources are urgently required, the Minister and the HSE need to act now rather than later when it could well be too late,” he added.Ambulance turnaround times Govt needs to focus on Donegal’s ambulance turnaround times – Cope was last modified: November 26th, 2019 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)