Nimba Youth Calls for Fair Play in Scrap Deal

first_imgMr. Selekpoh, executive director of Nimba Education Guide wants the county authorities to save the county from losing funds to court proceeding against North Star. -Admonishes county authoritiesAn influential youth from Nimba County has called on county authorities, including the Legislative Caucus, to cautiously discuss the ongoing scrap deal, which has brought North Star, a company in scrap business, to a good status after years of litigation.A-Gobac Selekpoh, the executive director of Nimba Education Guide (NEG), a civil society organization (CSO), over the weekend informed this newspaper that county authorities could likely be treading yet on another ugly path, which may cause confusion and a handsome loss of funds that could be used to develop the county.“We are not happy with what is happening in our county right now. North Star, after winning a landmark case against our county leadership for wrongfully awarding a contract they earlier won to Western Steel (another scrap company), the court ordered that county authorities reconsider their decision by bringing on board Western Steel, hence North Star has a legitimate ground,” Selekpoh said.According to him, a 40,000-ton of scraps excavation was awarded to North Star, but the company, having extracted 4,000 tons of the scraps, the county authorities, including the Legislative Caucus, decided to deny North Star the chance to continue extracting until the remaining 36,000 tons, which was a “deliberate attempt to award Grand Bassam, a new company in the arrangement, the mining deal for reasons best known to themselves.”He said each ton of scraps is sold at US$72, but when considered as a whole, it means that North Star has US$2,880,000 to pay for the scraps.“We are informed that North Star has not reneged on paying the amount required for them to continue extracting the LAMCO leftover materials from its mining site in Yekepa before the war years in the country,” Selekpo said.Selekpoh’s local NGO is involved in advocacy and education of people on how to understand and mitigate several challenges, including how the County Social Development Funds (SDFs) are used.He said that his organization has conducted an opinion poll across the county, and got to know that the locals are completely against what the county leadership is doing.“We have met and discussed the people’s disappointment against the deal with county Superintendent D. Dorr Cooper, but he denied any wrongdoing on the part of the county leadership,” he noted.Selekpo said the action of county authorities, if allowed to continue, may undermine the Pro-poor agenda of the CDC-led government, which is struggling to deliver to the nation its campaign promises of good and paved roads, adequate electricity for most of the country’s population, peace and harmony as well as a host of many other promises that the government is yet to achieve.But Superintendent Cooper, when contacted late yesterday via mobile phone, said: “Go ahead and publish Selekpo’s opinion, that is his right.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Den Amstel Health Centre on 24h shift system

first_img…following flooding at Leonora Cottage HospitalRegion Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) officials and the Minister within the Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings took the decision to temporarily close the Leonora Diagnostic Centre following flooding of the facility’s lower flat. The hospital is inundated with at least 14 inches of water after extreme high tides overtopped the seawalls in some areas along the West Coast of Demerara (WCD).Following an assessment by Minister Cummings and the Regional Health Officer, it was determined that the Mildred Cox-Younge Health Centre, also known as the Den Amstel Health Centre, over the next three to seven days will function in place of the Leonora facility, facilitating outpatients as well as emergency cases, while the West Demerara Regional Hospital will take the more serious cases.Senior Health Visitor (ag) at the health centre, Bhagpattie Ramnarine pointed out that the health centre’s capacity is adequate to address the needs of the nearby communities, as well as the affected hospital in the interim, while the Leonora Diagnostic Centre remains closed.The flooded eye care centre at the Leonora Diagnostic CentreAccording to Regional Health Officer of Region Three, Ravindra Dudhnauth, the Mildred Cox-Younge Health Centre has been open on a 24-hour basis, offering the same services that would have been accessible at the Leonora Diagnostic Centre except for X-rays and lab work. Those services, he said, will be diverted to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH).Minister Cummings, who visited both the Leonora and Den Amstel facilities, said, “I was on spot to see the damage that has been done after the flooding caused by extreme high tides… We were able to mobilise a team – Public Health working with CDC – so we were able to address the situation very quickly.”Most of the lower flat of the Leonora Diagnostic Centre was affected, including the male and female observation wards, the sterilisation room, the Accident and Emergency Unit, the Eye Care Unit and both the old and new health centre units. The operating theatre on the ground floor was unaffected.Meanwhile, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) led by Director General (ag) Colonel Kester Craig has been mobilised to render assistance to the staff of the Leonora Diagnostic Centre. The Guyana Fire Service (GFC) has also deployed 51 ranks to assist in the clean-up process at the hospital.There is another high tide expected which is said to be higher than the ones previously experienced. To this end, the CDC has acquired sandbags to fortify the hospital as well as to be distributed to residents along the affected coast to prevent further flooding and damage.last_img read more

Guyana needs to safeguard marine life before 1st oil – IMO

first_imgAs Guyana moves towards an oil-producing nation, calls are being made for protection of the country’s marine life, now that exploration is at its peak and extraction slated to commence in 2020.These calls are made on Wednesday when the Maritime Administration of Guyana (MARAD) hosted the Maritime Conference 2019.The conference features international and local stakeholders exploring different measures which the country can undertake before 2020, the year when oil is expected to be harnessed.According to the Regional Advisor from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Colin Young, efforts must be made to protect marine life through acquisition of the IMO standards, which also govern safety and security of exploration vessels.All vessels and ships must be standardised to reduce spillsHe said the Government “is urged to consider that implementation is critical to safeguarding Guyana’s marine environment within which port-state inspection plays a crucial role in ensuring that shipping takes place securely, safely, and efficiently on clean oceans.”The IMO is considered a global agency, which creates standards and regulates the performance of international shipping. Through a regulatory framework, it ensures that these standards are adopted and implemented, eliminating a pathway for ship operators to cut costs by running unsafe operations.“The safer a ship is, the less likely it is to become involved in an accident, sustain damage or spill cargo or bunkers to the detriment of the maritime environment or cause the loss of life,” Young stated.Regional Advisor from the IMO, Colin YoungOn the other hand, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson admitted that there was much more to be done, including a revision of the legislation.“As we recognise the projected transformation that our country will embrace, we also acknowledge that there is much more to complete, including revising and updating of our legislation to reflect the current reality.”Furthermore, MARAD Director General Claudette Rogers recognised the requirement for the Department to position itself towards acknowledging the oncoming challenges and demands.The Director General added that while MARAD has made significant strides in fulfilling its mandate over the last few decades, “quite a lot still needs to be done, relative to the positioning of the Department to respond to the demands and challenges that would be required in the oil and gas sector, which will undoubtedly create a dramatic shift in a country’s development trajectory.”She added that international trade was arguably one of the driving forces in a nation’s economic trajectory.“As it relates to international trade, some argue that it is one of the most potent elements in the process of a country’s economic development,” she said.Guyana is now on the forefront as home to the world’s largest new deep-water oil discovery, and ExxonMobil’s intention to develop the oil reserves puts the production date in early 2020 or possibly late 2019.The Audit Office of Guyana has begun training to conduct environmental audits, which will come in handy to monitor the oil and gas sector.Auditor General Deodat Sharma had informed that the audits would firstly focus on the protection of the nesting ground of the four endangered species of turtles in Guyana, in the event of an oil spill.While oil spills are seen as a detriment to these species, basic offshore operations can affect marine animals. These include the release of sound waves into the ocean and the disposal of waste materials.Meanwhile, GAICO Oil Spill Response Operation Services, which was created by Komal Singh, was set up as a preemptive measure against probable spillage once production commences in the future.At the commissioning of the GAICO Wharf in 2016, Singh stated that he had noticed that there were a number of ‘near misses’ on oil spills and decided to pursue the avenue of preparing for one in Guyana.He said the company has since invested in a supply boat to work alongside rigs, and supply them with fuel and cargo while preparing for any occurrence of an oil spill.Last month, ExxonMobil made its 11th and 12th discoveries offshore Guyana at the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells in the southwest section of the Stabroek Block.The Tilapia-1 is the fourth discovery in the Turbot area that includes Turbot, Longtail and Pluma discoveries. Tilapia-1 encountered approximately 305 feet (93 metres) of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir and was drilled to a depth of 18,786 feet (5726 metres) in 5850 feet (1783 metres) of water.  The well is located approximately 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometres) west of the Longtail-1 well.last_img read more

Fort St. John and Dawson Creek curlers Edmonton bound for provincials

first_imgBoth the Senior and Juvenile provincial tournaments will be held February 13-17 at Edmonton’s Granite Curling Club. Team Veiner, consisting of Darrel Veiner, Nick Palinkas, Randy Carlstad and Glenn Roszman, and playing out of Dawson Creek Curling Club, was one of two teams in the Senior Men’s division to gain entrance into the upcoming provincial tournament.In the Senior Women’s division, Fort St, John’s Team Busche, made up of Jodi Busche, Trudy Mithcell, Dorene Callison and Cindy Peever, also booked their chance to compete for a provincial championship.Teams Veiner and Busche will now represent the Peace Curling Association at the upcoming 2013 Tim Hortons Alberta Senior Provincials.- Advertisement -In the Juvenile boys and girls teams, there was just one lone team representing the Peace Region, but they got the job done in Grande Prairie.Dawson Creek’s Team Tristan Steinke, also including Karsten Sturmay, Alex Wolfe and Brad Skytte, along with coach Don Bourassa, took the Boys A division, earning an opportunity at provincial dominance.The remaining three Juvenile spots were won by Grande Prairie curling teams, who, along with Team Steinke, will compete in the upcoming 2013 Optimist Juvenile Provincial Championships.Advertisementlast_img read more

Blatter says ‘new facts’ encourage him to fight ban

first_img0Shares0000Sepp Blatter the former FIFA President, has indicated he might fight his ban in court © AFP/File / SEBASTIAN DERUNGSPARIS, France, Feb 2 – Sepp Blatter indicated Thursday that he plans to take on FIFA, the global football body he used to run but which has now banned him.“As new facts have appeared it’s time to question the decision of the Fifa Ethics-Committee – my suspension of 6 years!” Blatter tweeted, adding hashtags for FIFA, for the Court of Arbitration in Sport, for the World Cup and for his successor as FIFA president, Gianni Infantino. Blatter also sent out a press release saying: “My aim is to look into the decision of FIFA’s Ethic-Committee in view of informations, and even evidences that I have received, in the meantime, in connection with my suspension.”“We are working on this case – and looking forward for development,” he said in his statement, which added: “For the time being there is no legal action.”Blatter, 81, resigned as president of FIFA in 2015 after 17 years in the job.At the end of that year, following an investigation into a payment of 2 million Swiss Francs (1.8 million euros) to his former ally Michel Platini, FIFA banned Blatter from football for eight years, but later reduced the sentence to six years after he appealed. CAS then rejected Blatter’s attempt to have the shorter ban overturned.Blatter’s suspension will not stop him attending the World Cup in Russia this summer at the invitation of Russian president Vladimir PutinBlatter, who is Swiss, has not yet followed the lead of Platini and tried the civil courts. The Frenchman attempted to fight his own four-year suspension in the Swiss courts. After that failed Platini said, earlier this week, that he would try the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ticket Office Partners With Zipwhip To Allow Fans To Text Ticket Office

first_imgPrint Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake Athletics and the Drake Athletic Ticket Office have announced a partnership with Zipwhip, a Seattle-based company that text-enables the ticket office phones and will allow Drake fans an exciting way to connect with the ticket office and the Bulldogs.Through conversational texting, fans can inquire about ticket sales, renewals, and provide customer feedback directly to the team’s service department. Drake University is the latest team to join their roster of sports clients that includes teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, and NCAA. This partnership will allow the Drake Athletics Ticket Office to connect with fans in a new, convenient way while improving customer service efforts at the same time. Additionally, Drake Athletics will utilize Zipwhip’s functionality for promotional contests, in-game experiences, and as a way for fan’s to request assistance during all home events.”Partnering with Zipwhip will allow us to improve the fan experience from the initial conversation all the way through an event and beyond,” said assistant director of ticket sales Tom Florian. “Our fans will now have the ability to contact us quickly using one of the most popular means of communication today – texting.”Bulldog fans can try out the new service by texting “DRAKE” to 515-271-DOGS (3647). As a special way of saying thanks for trying out the service, those that participate by August 25 will receive a special introductory offer.”Texting is America’s most convenient and preferred method of communication, and we are always looking for innovative schools who want to more effectively reach their ticket holders,” says Matt Bruhn, Zipwhip Sports Partnerships. “By text-enabling 515-271-DOGS, Drake University is showing a commitment to their fans by opening a communication medium that was not previously available. We are excited to follow the Bulldogs success.”For more information about Drake Athletics, check back with, and follow the Bulldogs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@DU_Bulldogs).For ticket information, fans are encouraged to visit or call or text 515-271-DOGS. Bulldog fans can also support Drake student-athletes by joining the Bulldog Club. More information is available at read more

New-look Chelsea look to gel in Japan

first_imgRachel Williams believes forming a quick bond with her new team-mates will be vital if Chelsea Ladies are to reach the final of the International Women’s Club Championship this week. Williams and co landed in Japan on Sunday morning and were greeted with the news they will meet Sydney FC in their semi-final on Wednesday after the Australians beat home side NTV Beleza 1-0.The England international, who signed from Birmingham City Ladies last month, is one of several new faces in the Chelsea Ladies squad, including another ex-Birmingham player Laura Bassett and Swedish international Emma Wilhelmsson, who is on trial with the Blues.The new-look squad only have a few days to get to know each other and Williams believes time spent together on the training ground and in the hotel in Okayama will be crucial if they are to reach the showpiece final in Tokyo.“We’ve got quite a few new players so it’s about team bonding now, working hard and getting to know each other to see how everyone plays,” said Williams.“It’s so far so good and if we can take this on and in to the game on Wednesday then hopefully we can win.“The club has backed us really well and this is going to be a good learning curve as for us it is all about making an impact this year.”Chelsea manager Emma Hayes oversaw the squad’s first training session in their new surroundings on Sunday afternoon as she sets about gelling her players in to a team capable of reaching the final.Hayes will rely heavily on the the likes of Ballon d’Or nominee and Japan international Yuki Ogimi – who will captain the side in front of her adoring public – and England trio Eni Aluko, Williams and Bassett for the tournament in the Far East, and so far she likes what she sees.“It’s a challenge, but a good opportunity for us and a chance to integrate new players into our way of playing,” said Hayes.“We have more winners in the group now and that part of our game will hopefully shine through.“We are out of season but we want to make the final. That’s our ambition and we believe it is realistic.“It’s about working in the next few days to beat a top Australian side. We have a full scouting report and will be at our best to beat them.’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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

West Africa rises to the occasion

first_img18 June 2015The first carbon credits transaction involving a seller and a buyer from West Africa has been announced by Ecosur Afrique, a leading carbon finance group in Africa.“The exchange of carbon credits involves traditionally their transfer from developing countries to industrialised countries,” says Fabrice Le Sache, the chief executive of Ecosur Afrique. “We are convinced that the future of the market lies in part in the development of South / South transactions, particularly within Africa.”In the transaction, his company is partnered by Investisseurs & Partenaires, an impact investment fund dedicated to small and medium size enterprises in sub- Saharan Africa, and Volta Rental Services (VRS), a car leasing company operating in West Africa. It was announced on 15 June.Ecosur Afrique structured the transaction, which allows VRS customers to offset the CO2 emissions of vehicles leased in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal.Thomas Crand, the co-founder of VRS, says: “We develop a strong environmental strategy; CO2 emissions are at the heart of our concerns and we are pleased to offer our customers the option to offset their carbon footprint. Today’s transaction is pioneering and a unique choice, which distinguishes us on the West African market. We hope it will become standard in our sector.”VRS will aggregate the offset demand of customers taking part in the carbon neutral programme each quarter and for the whole fleet concerned. The carbon credit purchases will also be made quarterly.The carbon credits, or emission reductions, which are at base of the offset transaction, are generated from the dissemination of energy efficient cooking stoves in Ivory Coast. The stoves are distributed as part of the Soutra Fourneau programme financed and operated by Ecosur Afrique.They use less charcoal, so helping small entrepreneurial users such as restaurants or canteens. The use of charcoal and firewood for cooking purposes is a major source of CO2 emissions and deforestation in West Africa. Beyond the environmental aspect of the stoves, the benefits are numerous: redistribution of purchasing power to consumers, decrease of noxious fumes, cutting meal preparation time by half.“We have been working for several years on our carbon credit offer in order to create sufficient liquidity allowing the emergence of such a market,” says Le Sache. “With over 40 projects in 17 countries, we now have the largest portfolio of African carbon credits in terms of volume and diversity. We must now increase and expand the demand. Similar CO2 offset transactions are under negotiation with African hotel chains, carriers and agribusinesses.”As a private investor of VRS, Investisseurs & Partenaires played a major role in the operation. The fund began by offsetting its own CO2 emissions and proposed this solution to some companies in its portfolio, particularly to those in the logistics, transport, and distribution of fresh products sectors.Jean-Michel Severino, the fund’s chief executive, says: “It shows, once again, its commitment to pioneering entrepreneurial ideas, both to strengthen the business model of its holdings, to offer them distinctive solutions in their market and to assist them in environmental and social performance, a pre-condition of economic sustainability.”Source: APOlast_img read more

Chili cook-off at Miami East January FFA meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the January FFA Meeting the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held its annual Chili Cook-Off Competition. Members were given the challenge of working in teams to create a chili to submit to the judges for evaluation. They had to provide their recipe and were evaluated on taste.Winners of the competition included two categories. The Judges Choice Winner was a tie between the team of Aliegha Ulsh and Blake Snyder with their bean-based red chili and Ashley Hawkins and Bailey Buck with their tomato based chili. The People’s Choice Winner was Emma Linn and Alex Isbrandt with their stewed tomato chili. Additional contest participants included Jessica Copeland, Zach and Colton Kowalak and Carly Gump.All winning teams and participants received an FFA T-Shirt . Judges for the event were the Miami East High School custodial staff of Les Kinder, Richard Hague and Hannah Ivey.last_img read more

Sharad Pawar terms turncoats cowards

first_imgVoters of Maharashtra will take care of cowards who quit the party, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Sunday. He was addressing a rally in Navi Mumbai, days after the NCP’s strongman in the region, Ganesh Naik, and party MP from Satara, Udayanraje Bhosale, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Mr. Pawar said, “The rulers of today are busy only in targeting the Opposition, which means they have nothing to offer. We need to be vigilant, but do not bother if someone leaves. This State belongs to people with self-respect. People here don’t compromise with that. When people in Maharashtra will come out to vote, they will take care of those cowards who accepted humiliation from Delhi.”Mr. Pawar’s attack is seen as a direct message to Mr. Bhosale who happens to be the descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He went to Delhi on Saturday to meet BJP president Amit Shah and join the BJP.Commenting on Mr. Naik’s departure, the NCP chief said common people express their anger when the time comes. “I need not comment about Navi Mumbai. People are capable. Manda Mhatre won because of Mr. Naik’s fault. We thought that he would correct his mistakes, but still he has chosen to go on the wrong path.” Taunting his former colleagues who have been claiming that they switched the party for the sake of development of their respective regions and therefore wanted to be with the ruling side, Mr. Pawar said in his 52 years of legislative career, he has been in Opposition for 27 years. “But I never faced a single problem while working. Rather I could work more when in Opposition.” He said this is not the time to sit close to rulers who brought the worse condition for agriculture. “This is the time to fight those who failed to create jobs.”Slamming Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for neglecting western Maharashtra at the time of floods, Mr. Pawar said the CM was busy organising Mahajanadesh Yatra. “He went there after floods for a few hours, but later did not even bother to check.”last_img read more