A lessee of a three-bedroom house, which was gutted by fire and “completely burnt down” recently in the Paynesville 12 Houses Community, has asked authorities of the Liberian National Police (LNP), the Liberian Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the National Fire Services (NFS) to investigate the blaze.Madam Mariama Kaba, who has just moved into the house this past February, had leased the house for one year and said lease was renewable.She told the Observer via phone recently that on the night the house got burnt she had walked on the road (Tubman Boulevard) to get something (not specific). According to her, before she left, she instructed the security guarding the house to also look after her 10-year-old twin girls, who were in their room playing video games.“While on the road, the security called me and told me that smoke was coming from my room. I ran home and entered the living room. When I opened my door, the whole room was filled with thick black smoke. I told everyone to get out of the house. But by then the fire had already spread to other parts of the house,” Mariama explained.According to her, she was not able to rescue the “tons of belongings” she had in the house and all of them were burnt to ashes.When asked about the cause(s) of the fire, she stated that she could not be certain what had caused the fire, but she could hear bystanders saying that it was the high voltage from the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), which was supplying the house with electricity.Mariama said it was just the second week after she got connected to the LEC supply line and that the current was always “fluctuating,” meaning the current was not stable.According to her, when the fire started, they had called the National Fire Service, “but it took forever” before they got there and when they did, “the house had already burnt to ashes.” No authorities from either of those agencies—LNP, LEC and NFS—could be reached for comments as their phones were either said to be switched off or rang endlessly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The war against the dreadful Ebola virus that has killed over a thousand in the country and over two thousand in the Mano River Union basin since its outbreak early this year can only be contained when the chain of transmission is broken.This what the United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF)and the United States Agency for International Development (USAD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the National Task Force on Ebola are endeavoring to do—to break secondary transmission-which focuses on the family level.Against this backdrop, the US government through USAID and UNICEF on yesterday brought into the country thefirst shipment of 9,000 new household protection kits.The shipment of 9,000 kits marks the first in a series of airlifts that will bring in 50,000 kits for distribution.Funding for the kits has been provided by the USAID and the US-based Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The foundation has committed a US$3.6 million matching contribution to UNICEF to support the airlift.The protective kits, according to authorities, are intended to break secondary transmission at the household level and to ensure that families and communities get the support they need in the fight against the virus.Speaking at the UNICEF warehouse where the shipment was unveiled, UNICEF Country Representative, Sheldon Yett said that the kits have basic supplies that will ensure that community members stay safe and the chain of transmission is broken.Each kit contains protective gowns, gloves and masks, as well as soap, chlorine and a sprayer, along with instructions on the use and safe disposal of materials.He disclosed that UNICEF’s partners, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and USAID, will distribute the initial 9,000 kits to the five counties with the highest rates of Ebola in the coming weeks. The counties are Montserrado, Lofa, Nimba Bong and Margibi counties.Mr. Yett said that the kits will be given to families through Ebola care centers due to be established to allow family caregivers to look after Ebola sufferers as safely as possible away from their homes.They fill a critical gap left by the limited capacity of the country’s dedicated Ebola treatment units, which currently have only a fraction of the beds required.The proposed Ebola care centers, each with a limited number of beds, will be located primarily near designated healthcare facilities across Liberia.The centers will offer family caregivers basic training in “no-touch” care, using the protective gear and sanitation materials supplied through the kits, as well as safe disposal of waste items. Kits may also be given to families to disinfect homes after a sick family member has been isolated.“This epidemic is unprecedented and combating it requires an extraordinary response,” said the UNICEF Liberia Representative.“The first priority is for more dedicated Ebola treatment facilities and trained staff, but until these are in place, we need to support community efforts to safely care for those who may be infected and cut the transmission cycle of this deadly disease.”The U.S. Ambassador, Deborah Malac, speaking at the ceremony, re-emphasized that it is critical that the US and Liberian governments and other partners work together to contain the virus that continues to claim more lives in the country and the sub-region.She said the US government has a plan that is now being consolidated for immediate effectiveness, noting that UNICEF’s initiative is in the right direction in breaking transmission.“As we work to urgently get those who are infected into safe places for treatment, this airlift of protection kits will help ensure that Ebola Care Centers and communities have the information and tools they need to safely care for those who fall ill,” said Tim Callaghan, USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader.“We will continue to work alongside our international partners and the governments of the affected countries to coordinate a creative and global effort to stem this historic epidemic.”Assistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, lauded UNICEF and the US government for the shipment, which he termed as critical in tackling the disease at the community level.He said it is the right thing to break secondary infection which is crucial to containing the virus. “The kits are meant to give support to those who are in infected communities,” Minister Nyenswah said.Meanwhile, under the leadership of the Government of Liberia, UNICEF is supporting a mass social mobilization effort, including deploying teams of traditional communicators to spread prevention messaging, and producing print communications and radio programming to raise public awareness of the outbreak in communities across Liberia.Another major pillar of UNICEF’s Ebola response is providing psycho-social support and care to children affected by the disease, as well as water and sanitation, chlorine, sprayers and other hygiene items to support infection control.UNICEF has also distributed 300 metric tons of health supplies and protective gear for health workers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I am appalled and deeply hurt by news reports about the vicious rape of a female security guard while she was on duty in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) trying to make ends meet.This crime is most disturbing to me because the victim works in the security industry of which I am a part, and also because she is a mature lady, old enough to be her attacker’s mother.This rape exposes two shameful social issues that are exploding in our society like dynamite. The first is the increasing risks faced by women who work as security guards .The other is the spate of violent crimes against women and girls of all ages.No matter what job you do, there will be occupational risks. If you work in an office or as a minibus driver or conductor on the road, or in a field, factory, mine, or hospital, you simply cannot help being exposed to certain risks while on the job.Some jobs have a much higher risk factor than others, like being an airline pilot, a Police Officer, a military officer, a bodyguard or a security officer. Jobs like these are called “high-risk employment” and the risks associated with them have to be carefully managed or else there will be a backlash.That is why I am particularly worried about the security industry. I am hearing about too many cases of female security workers being murdered, raped and assaulted. In many cases, these women do not get justice and their attackers go unpunished.The sad thing is that these attacks are happening at a time when there are more women in the security industry than ever before. Since many of these women have no other source of income to take care of themselves and their families, the security industry is a mainstay of many Guyanese families.I remember a Labour Minister once advocated the removal of female security guards from night duty. But is that really the solution? Isn’t security work, whether it involves males or females, whether it is done day or night, a risky business?There have even been cases where male guards were attacked and raped by bandits and thieves. In my company and others, there have been situations where security guards were attacked and murdered.The attacks on female security guards put the spotlight on the plight of all women in Guyana. They are left alone to care for their child or, in some cases, several children.This is a serious problem in this country. Single parents have produced some amazing, brilliant, outstanding children with whom they are unable to spend sufficient time as they have to work eight hours or more shifts. Neglected children often turn to criminality and take out their frustration on society.Maybe this is one underlying factor behind the horrific cruelty against women. Recently, in Berbice, an elderly woman in pampers was raped and the Police did not even believe her. Old women in Wakenaam, Essequibo and even Georgetown were raped and murdered in their homes by young men.Of course, this wickedness occurs worldwide. When such people are caught, they ought to be sentenced to life imprisonment.I believe in jail time with hard labour for such people, as well as those who are involved in child molestation and rape.To hear that someone’s wife or mother has been raped is painful and hurtful to me as an operator of a security company.Female security guards have proven themselves to be more professional, dynamic and enthusiastic. They are more committed to their jobs because they need cash to care for their families and most of them are single parents.To me, female security personnel are a most important component in security in this country because they are usually more trustworthy and reliable than men and would not risk jail time because they have commitments to their children.As the head of a security company, I know that a whistle has great psychological impact in crime fighting. Also, if this guard had a baton in her hand, she could have hit her attacker and protected herself. Of course the Police might have turned around and charged her.Female security guards and male guards need to build a rapport with the neighbours around, keep an eye out for the neighbours.They have to think outside the box; for example, if there is no alarm system, no whistle, no baton, no firearm, they can keep a tin can to hit with a stick to raise an alarm.As a society, we need to find innovative ways to deal with shameful social issues of the risks female security guards face and the cruelty to women and girls in our society.Sincerely,Roshan Khan SnrCEO/Founder – RK’s Guyana Security Services
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Speed skaters from across Canada are currently competing in the National Junior Long Track Speed Skating Championships and Canada Cup #3 at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.A total of 129-speed skaters are participating in the two events with 90 junior skaters looking to secure spots for Team Canada at the 2018 ISU World Junior Championships in Salt Lake City, U.S.A in mid-March. Nearly 40 athletes will participate in the Canada Cup looking to earn points for their national rankings.The Peace region is being represented by Dawson Creek skaters Jacob Graham and Hannah Brunn along with Dakotah Ruel of Pouce Coupe. The Elk Speed Skating Club’s very own Brook Braun, Yuna Lovell, Amanda Mitchell and Renee Kalkman will skate for the women’s side while Nicholas Guilov, Nyam Newlove and Joshua Telizyn will compete on the men’s side.- Advertisement -Friday saw the 500- and 1,500-metre races, Saturday has the 1,000-metre, 3,000- metre (women) and 5,000-metre (men). The final day will include the 500- and 1,000-metre distances as well as the mass start events.
Fort St. John’s former mayor has weighed in with some thoughts on gas reserves in Northeastern BC.Opinion250.com spoke with Steve Thorlakson who is now the General Manager of Surerus Pipelines Ltd. He believes it will take a minimum of five years before any serious exploration will take place in the Nechako basin.First, he says there needs to be an accurate assessment of how much gas is there and then the infrastructure is needed to get it out.- Advertisement -Mr. Thorlakson says the long-term answer could be a pipeline to Kitmat or Prince Rupert, which would result in the tanker shipment of the gas to the U.S.Like many others in the industry, he calls the Montney field, which has been the focus of recent record-breaking oil and gas rights sales, a monster. However, noting that its is location between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd, he says in this case the infrastructure is nearby.
0Shares0000Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (L) fights for the ball with Stoke City’s Kurt Zouma during their English Premier League match, at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, on November 29, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICKSTOKE-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, Nov 30 – Manager Jurgen Klopp believes he has the options to nurse Liverpool’s squad through their hectic pre-Christmas period after seeing his side win 3-0 at Stoke City.Klopp brought goalscorer Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino back into his starting line-up at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday, with Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho among those who dropped out. He feels he has the depth to get through the six games before Christmas despite being forced to play an unfit Dejan Lovren in defence after Ragnar Klavan pulled out through illness.“I’m happy about the options we have,” said the German after a victory that lifted Liverpool to fifth place in the Premier League table.“Ragnar Klavan was ill and Dejan Lovren not fit. If ‘Raggy’ was fit, Dejan Lovren would not have been in the squad, but he started.“We have options to change it. Adam Lallana is not fit for another three or four days, but I’m happy about our options.”Klopp saw Mane open the scoring before Salah stepped off the bench to score twice and take his tally for the season to 17 goals in all competitions.He also handed a full Premier League debut to teenage striker Dominic Solanke, who was recently capped by England for the first time.– Hughes castigates officials –Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates at the end of their English Premier League match against Stoke City, at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, on November 29, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICK“Thank God Salah keeps scoring,” said Klopp of the Egypt forward, who is the Premier League’s leading scorer with 12 goals.“It’s good. It was difficult for all the players coming on in these (cold) temperatures. Sitting on the bench is not too nice, but it worked really well with two fantastic goals.“It was good for Mane. Now he needs rhythm. We all know with him in one or two situations if he is in a ‘click’ moment he can score as well in these situations, but it’s all good.“Dominic should have scored. He is a fantastic boy, it was well deserved and I am really happy we could do that for him in this situation.“He can improve in pretty much everything, but he is already a very good player so that is the good news. He has to work like all the others, but everybody who is with England thought, ‘That is good.’”Stoke manager Mark Hughes was understandably furious that Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was not sent off for tripping Mame Biram Diouf on the edge of the box just before half-time.With his team having won just twice in 13 games in all competitions, Hughes is under increasing scrutiny.“It’s frustrating,” said the Welshman, whose side fell to 16th place.“The one thing you want from referees and officials is to get the big, key decisions right — the match-defining decisions — and he didn’t.“Credit to Liverpool, they’re a very strong side. Look at the talent they had on the pitch and they had the luxury of being able to bring a lot of talent off the bench as well.“We’re disappointed that we lost 3-0, but you need the officials to help you sometimes against the big clubs.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Football statistics WhoScored cast their expert eye over an exciting Liverpool signing. For more stats on the Reds, check out WhoScored.com’s Liverpool page.After landing James Milner and Danny Ings, Liverpool finally made the marquee signing fans have been craving when they announced the £29m acquisition of Roberto Firmino early on Wednesday morning.The young Brazilian attacker is currently on international duty with the Seleção at the Copa America as the Brazil national team looks to land their ninth Copa America title.It was his league performances for Hoffenheim in recent seasons, however, that convinced Liverpool to make him the second most expensive player in their illustrious history. Only Arjen Robben (8.47) and Kevin De Bruyne (7.95) gained better WhoScored.com ratings than Firmino (7.79) in the Bundesliga last season, in what was a thoroughly commendable campaign for the 23-year-old.Firmino is clearly viewed as a replacement for Raheem Sterling, who is being linked with a move for Premier League title contenders Manchester City, but the Brazilian is certainly a player who could outdo the previous exploits of the young Englishman. Over the last two Bundesliga seasons, only Robert Lewandowski (48) and Thomas Müller (46) have been directly involved in more goals than Firmino (44). Given the former Figueirense trainee plied his trade for perennial Europa League contenders Hoffenheim, it’s a notable return from the youngster. Comparatively over that same period, Sterling was directly involved in 28 league goals for Liverpool.It isn’t just Firmino’s creative ability that stands him in good stead either, with his dribbling – a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of his – a particular highlight. Indeed, only Karim Bellerabi (153) completed more successful dribbles in Germany’s top tier last term than Firmino (140).When given the time and space to run into with the ball at his feet, the youthful attacker is difficult to stop, especially once he gains a head a steam. However, unlike a number of players who are good with the ball at their feet yet lack the final pass, there is an end product to Firmino’s game.Only De Bruyne (20) and Zlatko Junuzovic (12) registered more assists in the Bundesliga last season than Firmino (10). Meanwhile, only De Bruyne (74) played more key passes from open play than the Brazilian (69) in the top division of German football over the 2014/15 campaign.If Liverpool can sufficiently strengthen their frontline this summer – links with Carlos Bacca and Salomón Rondón suggest this is high on the list of the Reds’ priorities – and get Daniel Sturridge fully fit and firing on all cylinders, the goals could flow freely once again at Anfield, especially if Firmino can hit the ground running in England.In any Brendan Rodgers team, though, he prefers his offensive players to defend from the front, helping to catch the opposition out and spring surprise attacks in the process. Firmino is capable of doing just this.Only Bellerabi (33) won possession more times in the attacking third in the Bundesliga last season than Firmino (28), accentuating his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘defensive contribution’. Compared to Liverpool players, only Sterling (29) did so on more occasions in the league last term than the Reds’ new acquisition.Either way, Liverpool have got themselves a real gem of a player in Firmino. He may have cost a pretty penny to land, but is widely regarded as one of the finest young attackers in Europe. If he can help fire the Merseysiders back to the Champions League, the £29m spent to secure his services could yet look a real steal.For more stats on Liverpool’s new signing Roberto Firmino, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page 1 Roberto Firmino
Top stories in Scottish football 2 NOT HAPPY A FIGHTER Defoe feels blessed at ‘amazing’ Rangers, reveals Gazza conversation scrap KICK-OFF Listen to Ally McCoist’s heartfelt tribute to late Rangers icon Fernando Ricksen McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso ‘I think it’s careless’ – Gerrard takes aim at Scotland for Jack injury Taking a look at all the big Scottish football stories in Friday’s papers and onlineSteven Gerrard started his managerial career with a victory, as Rangers secured a scrappy 2-0 win over FK Shkupi on Thursday night. Jamie Murphy opened the scoring in the first half, but it was not until James Tavernier converted a penalty in second half injury-time that Rangers put themselves in control of the tie. (talkSPORT) 2 Gerrard took charge of his first competitive match as a manager NEW BHOY Every one of Celtic’s fixtures for the new season in full Celtic sign teenage wonderkid Luca Connell from Bolton Hibs have told Celtic to pay £4million for John McGinn after the Parkhead club have seen two bids already rejected for the midfielder. (Daily Record)Clubs from the English Premier League and Championship are believed to have contact Hibs over a move for McGinn. (Scottish Sun) true love Hearts are to complete their 12th signing of the summer with Sean Clare, the midfielder, set to join Craig Levein’s side on a free transfer. The 21-year-old left Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last season. (Daily Record)The Tynecastle club are also going to offer a contract to American goalkeeper Kevin Silva, 20, who has been on trial during pre-season. (Edinburgh Evening News)Rangers are tracking Milad Mohammadi, the Iran defender, ahead of a potential summer swoop for the 24-year-old. (talkSPORT)St Johnstone star Liam Craig has backed Tony Watt to shine for the Saints after his move to McDiarmid Park earlier this week. (Scottish Sun)Hearts assistant manager Austin MacPhee will decide on his future today having been offered the opportunity to become manager of FC Pune City in the Indian Super League. (Daily Record) Karamoko Dembele ‘chooses’ who he will play for internationally Edinburgh derby: Three men charged following fan trouble during fiery clash NO PLACE Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Griffiths has a thigh injury that rules him out for the next three weeks decision LANGUAGE BARRIER Ibrox boss Gerrard has blasted former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha for playing 20-year-old Ross McCrorie in defence last season. Gerrard believes the decision to play a natural midfielder in the back-line was ‘careless’ and could have ‘destroyed his career’. (BT Sport)Leigh Griffiths, the Celtic forward, is set to miss the next three weeks with a thigh injury. The 27-year-old will sit out of Celtic’s Champions League second qualifying round clash, should they complete an aggregate victory over Alashkert in the first qualifying round. (Daily Record)
Donegal Pens brothers Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey have broken into the European market with their handmade wooden pens following the screening of a documentary on the boys on the French-German ARTE TV network last night.Filming for the documentary took place at their workshop in Loughanure last year and was part of a series of programmes on Ireland entitled ‘Ireland’s Coasts’. The boys featured in the section called ‘The Stormy Northwest’. Within a short time of the programme airing in France and Germany orders and enquiries were pouring in via their www.donegalpens.com website with more than 50 orders confirmed within an hour.The brothers have been keeping very busy in recent times particularly with the tourist season now in full swing and the school holidays are now allowing them more time in the workshop at the craft they love.“The documentary was filmed nearly a year ago and we were still in the old workshop at that stage. The response has been huge and it opens up a new market for us. We were getting the occasional order from France and Germany but this has now really opened it up for us,” said Ronan.Earlier this year the boys moved into a new workshop at Loughanure that was sponsored by the Expert Hardware company after they were refused any funding from Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Donegal Enterprise Board because they are both under 18 years. “We’re keeping busy at the minute and trying a few new pen styles and hope to add some other products like letter openers, keyrings and stylus for ipads,” added Ronan. FROM LOUGHANURE TO LILLE – DONEGAL PEN BOYS BREAK INTO EUROPEAN MARKET was last modified: June 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:DONEGAL PENS
It goes without saying that the names political groups choose for themselves are almost always over-the-top and self-important. But the umbrella organization that’s opposing all of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reform measures on Tuesday’s ballot – the Alliance for a Better California – takes the cake when it comes to false advertising. Think about it: In what way does the Alliance – a front for the public-employee unions that have spent an estimated $100 million on this campaign – propose to make California better? The group’s response to all serious reform is a reflexive “no,” with no positive agenda of its own for how to save California from its fiscal crisis. At best, the group merely wants to keep California exactly the same as it is now. “Alliance for the Status Quo” would be a more accurate title. The same goes for the politicians who sanctimoniously denounce Schwarzenegger’s propositions. What’s their plan for bringing accountability to our schools, for reining in the power of special interests in Sacramento, for making state government live within its means, or for restoring democracy in our gerrymandered political system? They have no plan. They like the status quo just fine, thank you very much, because it serves them and their special interests quite well. But how well does it serve the rest of us? How does it serve the rest of us to send kids to schools with little accountability, where good teachers are brought down by bad ones who are virtually impossible to fire? How does it serve the rest of us to have public-employee unions control the state legislative process, essentially buying sweetheart contracts that are bankrupting California? How does it serve the rest of us to allow our state government to continue running up an annual structural deficit of $6 billion? How does it serve the rest of us to let the politicians design their own political districts, thus making themselves and their parties invulnerable at the ballot box, and ensuring that extremists on the left and right get elected while moderate, sensible candidates don’t stand a chance? It doesn’t. That’s why Californians threw out the indifferent Gray Davis two years ago and elected Schwarzenegger on the promise that he would shake up Sacramento. And that’s why Californians need to approve his reform agenda – Propositions 74, 75, 76 and 77 – on Tuesday’s ballot. Taken in total, these measures go a long way toward making California work for its people once again. Proposition 74, which would extend to five years the amount of time new teachers must serve before getting tenure – while making it slightly easier to fire terrible teachers – would bring a measure of accountability to our schools. Proposition 75 would require public-employee unions to get their members’ approval before spending dues money on politics. The result would be that union bosses would need to be more responsive to their members, and would have a harder time buying politicians so as to extract compensation packages that the public can’t afford. Proposition 76 would keep the state’s spending from outpacing its earnings, and force the Legislature and the governor to make midyear cuts if revenues don’t live up to the politicians’ expectations. Proposition 77 would take redistricting out of the hands of the self-serving politicians. Retired judges, honoring municipal and geographic boundaries as well as the Voting Rights Act, would design the state’s congressional and legislative districts. Then voters would get to approve or reject the design. No, these propositions won’t fix all that is broken in Sacramento, but they will make a big difference. They’re also crucial if California is to move forward on the reform path that it set upon two years ago. And they sure beat the alternative – business as usual in Sacramento. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!