Health, Education, Youth Empowerment Top Lofians’ Priorities

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was accorded an awesome reception last week on her tour of Lofa County. In every city, town and village she entered, many expressed joy at seeing for the first time, the Liberian leader they have overwhelmingly supported over the years.It is no secret that Lofa County is a ruling Unity Party stronghold that overwhelmingly voted for Ellen in the 2005 and 2011 general elections. This is why the President, kicking off her 2014 nationwide tour with a first stop at Lofa, looks like an attempt at showing her appreciation.Mrs. Sirleaf was feted with traditional dances, and many other activities. These festivities did not stop the people from engaging their leader on critical issues that—if addressed—would improve their standard of living as well as that of future generations. Lofians had nothing more to demand from the Liberian leader than better health and educational facilities with a qualified and well-paid staff to carry out their duties effectively.The citizens said that most of the teachers and nurses assigned in their areas do not receive pay. This is a critical issue that government needs to take into consideration.The citizens also spoke of the need to have vocational and technical training centers constructed in strategic locations in the county that focus on the manpower development of young people and women. They indicated the empowerment of young people is a serious issue that needs immediate attentions.In various position statements presented to President Sirleaf, the citizens called on the Liberian leader to address the plight of teachers and nurses serving in the county. Some of these, they said are providing sacrificial services and are yet to be placed on government payroll.Vahun district Representative, Fofi Sahr Baimba, reading the district’s position statement told the Liberian leader that his people had unanimously agreed that education, including technical and vocational, was the best means by which their lives might be improved.He, however, asked President Sirleaf for the construction of a technical training center where the young people would go to acquire skills. The people of Vahun also asked for the construction of additional high schools in their district, due to the high number of school-age students.He said this would help keep the youths in the district and discourage migration in order to pursue higher education and opportunities. “Madam President, our young people are in need of empowerment, so we are asking you to please help us construct a vocation school in our district. That will help them acquire technical skills to sustain them and their families.”“The construction of an additional high school for our growing number of student will be laudable because we have only one high school in the district and this can no longer accommodate our children who want to seek high school education. If the vocational and the high school are built, it will help retain our children in the district, thereby discouraging migration,” Rep. Baimba said.The administrators of the various health facilities in Kolahun, Vahun, Foya, and Zorzor petitioned the Liberian President to augment the subsidies that they currently receive from the Central Government due to the administrative and financial constraints that they frequently face. They indicated that NGOs supports are no longer forthcoming and that government should now take full control.They also told President Sirleaf to help address the nurses that have served many years and continue to serve the public and are yet to be placed on payroll. Some of the nurses were observing the go slow action that is being observed by health workers throughout the country.Kolahun Hospital Medical Director, Dr. Josephus Bolongei said that the hospital now runs on only one generator. He requested that the Liberian leader lent a helping hand before the situation became worse.Dr. Bolongei said the hospital has carried out 60 successful operations, without any deaths, since August 2013 when it lost NGO support. He also admonished his medical staff to remain mature in seeking redress to their grievances.Meanwhile at the Telewoyan Memorial Referral Hospital, in Voinjama, nurses were said to be observing the go-slow when President Sirleaf arrived. The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Zuannah Kamara, informed the President that only he and his wife were keeping open the doors of the facilities, and that the two of them were able to treat and discharge all patients before the nurses went on their go- slow.At the St. Theresa Episcopal Church in Voinjama, where an intercessory service was held  to mark her arrival in Voinjama, President Sirleaf voiced serious disappointment over the conduct of the nurses at Telewoyan Hospital, calling their action a betrayal of their oath to save lives, come what may.“The nurses should know that their action is not harming me, nor Dr. Gwenigale, but the very people all of us took an oath to serve. Though they may have genuine concerns, the approach taken is wrong and should claim the attention of all of us in this church,” said President Sirleaf.“We know we have many challenges, but if anyone here says we have done nothing to address these concerns, then said person must be living on the moon,” she said. President Sirleaf said her government has always been open for dialogue to resolve issues. She encouraged the striking nurses in Voinjama to rethink their decision.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hydraulic fracturing database good, but more safety measures needed, says PESTS member

first_img“More and more, local residents feel as if we are on our own as far as safety and protecting our health, and I really don’t know what the next step is for us because we are not getting any action from government, we’re getting lip-service,” she said. “They say they are committed to doing something, but it is very vague.”A call has been made to the Ministry of Energy and Mines to confirm the status of NEEMAC, but that information is not available at this time. “Opening up the secrecy that surrounds this industry is most definitely a step in the right direction,” said Lois Hill, a resident of Farmington. “Now that we’re going to know what the chemicals are, at least we will have a hope of tracing where pollution comes from if we find those particular chemicals in our groundwater or otherwise contaminating the environment. We will know where they came from.”Hill was referring to the announcement made by Premier Christy Clark at the Oil and Gas Conference in Fort Nelson that an online database will be created that will list locations where fracking is taking place, and details about the practices and additives used in the process.Hill said knowing the volumes of water and the toxic chemicals that are being used will probably make the public more skeptical about the practice. She said while she is doubtful that would lead to moratorium on fracking – as has been done in Quebec until researchers there complete an environmental review of the practice – she is hopeful the government and industry regulator will use the information to make “wiser decisions” about industry’s water usage.- Advertisement -“Fresh water is probably in shorter supply these days than natural gas in North America,” she added.However, PESTS has been pushing for much more comprehensive measures to be implemented to ensure public safety in regards to oil and gas activity, including a full public inquiry under the Health Act into the health implications of that activity. Hill brought that request forward to Minister of Health Michael de Jong at a town hall meeting hosted by the Premier and several of her cabinet ministers in Fort St. John back in March, but said she has been disappointed by the response so far. She said the ministry has only stated they plan on reviewing the potential impacts, and have yet to form a terms of reference for that review.“The fact of the matter is, we have neighbours – we have more than a two-page list – of residents who have been gassed, who have been exposed to toxic gas,” said Hill. “We’re not talking about a potential health risk, we’re talking about a very real and current health risk, and we haven’t had any satisfaction from the government that they even acknowledge there are health implications.”Advertisement She added they have not been invited to provide input on the terms of reference for that review as they were assured in the beginning.Hill said they have also gotten nowhere on the push to have a more comprehensive air monitoring system set up in the region, which was also a commitment made by the government during that town hall meeting.PESTS also supports the call that continues to be made by the Peace River Regional District for the government to reinstate the Northeast Energy and Mines Advisory Committee (NEEMAC), a liaison group between industry, government and local residents that was disbanded last year. She said in her own conversations with Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman he has indicated a lack of funding as the issue for not reforming that committee.  Hill said she believes it is absurd that government offers royalty credits to companies to build access roads and pipelines but does not have funding for safety measures such as an air monitoring system, and PESTS would like to see the government offer royalty credits to industry for contributions to safety measures.Advertisementlast_img read more

Young girl shown in sex tape is sought by authorities

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – A girl was found “safe and well” after authorities released images of her from a videotape that also showed a man performing explicit sex acts on a younger girl. The girl who was found, whom detectives earlier said they believed was 10 to 12 years old, was not sexually abused and “never suffered as a victim at the hands of the perpetrator as the first girl has,” Nye County Sheriff’s Detective David Boruchowitz said. The part of the video showing the older girl was shot in Nye County, a rural county near Las Vegas, Boruchowitz said. Details were not disclosed, and no additional information about the identity of the girl or the circumstances of how she came to be on the video was made public. But Boruchowitz said investigators feared the younger girl was in danger. Sheriff’s detectives were also seeking a man whose image was seen on the video. Boruchowitz earlier characterized a segment of the tape showing the older girl as “some kind of peep show” filmed from a different room. Investigators were examining whether parts of the tape showing the younger girl were filmed with the same video camera, he said. A 26-year-old Pahrump man, Darren Tuck, surrendered the tape to Nye County sheriff’s investigators Sept. 8 after another man reported seeing it, Boruchowitz said. Tuck was later arrested on charges of promoting child pornography and possession of child pornography, both felonies, and released without bail pending an appearance Nov. 26 in Pahrump Justice Court. The most serious charge carries a possible sentence of up to life in prison. Tuck told detectives he found the videotape in the desert outside Pahrump more than five months ago. Boruchowitz said investigators don’t think Tuck made the tape.last_img read more

Mavericks Barbers: A gentleman’s guide to keeping skin safe with sun cream

first_imgMAVERICKS BARBERS: The male grooming experts at Mavericks Barbershop Letterkenny share top tips for sun cream this summer. After one of our Mavericks returned from a week in Spain looking like a tangerine we got talking about the how much sun cream you should put on and when! So since Donegal is about to enter its second spell of nice weather this year already, the Mavericks thought we should share some pointers you may not know…Sun Cream:Typically, an open bottle of sunscreen lasts up to two years – but remember to check the “period after opening” advice on the bottle to be sure – it should say 24m. If it says 12m and you bought it last May you should probably fire it in the bin.It needs to be applied 20 minutes before going out in the sun and then reapplied every two hours.It will work relative to the quality of your application. If you do not apply to the top of your ears, they will burn, if you do not apply it to your feet they will burn. It is that simple. Areas that people commonly get burnt are the ears, back of neck, top of shoulders, lips, feet, soles of feet (if sunbathing) and hairline. Reportedly there is an epidemic of people suffering skin cancer along the hairline, for the simple reason they don’t apply it properly or purposely avoid it to ensure they do not mess up their hair.The price you pay is not really an indicator of quality despite what the marketing campaigns and expensively produced packaging on some of the pricier brands tell you. And if you spend more and use it sparingly, it might actually afford you less protection than a cheaper bottle, which you will quite happily slather all over yourself.For the average adult, you will need 35mls of sunscreen to cover the whole body. We recommend using a measure of half a teaspoon of sunscreen to cover each arm, the face, neck and ears. Use a measure of one teaspoon for each leg, the front and the back of the body. Use sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection factor) relative to your skin type and higher for children. Ensure the bottle confirms it has at least a 3 star UVA protection.Reapply every two hours.Choose a water-resistant type if sweating or you are involved in water sports.Gents, the immediate effects of sunburn is far from pleasant, as a matter of fact it’s a pretty hateful thing to have. But the immediate repercussions seem to be all that we think about whereas the reality is the long-term effects should be our real concern. Yeah, you may get a decent tan, but your skin will age considerably beyond its years with excessive sun exposure. And more important than that is avoiding skin cancer.Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland with over 10,000 new cases being diagnosed every year. Over exposure damages the skin cells, some of which never repair and lead to skin cancer.This is very simple to avoid… use common sense and apply sun cream as required when out in the sun.The only thing left to do is enjoy the coolest place on the planet (as voted by National Geographic) in the sunshine… On a final note it was great to see Donegal Senior team getting off to a great start in the championship at the weekend, with all the debutants putting in great performances and the more experienced players being as solid as ever. Great to see the unsung hero that is Paddy McGrath getting a well-deserved goal for all his work in the Donegal jersey.Hopefully they can build on that form for the challenge that lies ahead from either Derry or Tyrone. Hard luck to the minors who put in a very tough shift going into extra time and pulling up short at the finishing line. Despite the result there is some fantastic footballers in the team that I am sure we will see a lot more of in the coming years!Mavericks Barbers: A gentleman’s guide to keeping skin safe with sun cream was last modified: May 24th, 2017 by Mavericks BarbersShare 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:letterkennymale groomingmavericks traditional barbershopskinsummersunsun creamlast_img read more

Newcastle United lose out on striker target as £7m deal agreed

first_img1 Nicolas Pepe [left] has joined Lille Newcastle have received a transfer blow after Nicolas Pepe agreed a deal with Lille.The Angers forward had emerged as one of Newcastle’s top summer targets after an impressive season in Ligue 1 last term.But, despite interest from the north east of England, Pepe has decided to remain in France by joining Lille, who will pay around £7m.After penning a five-year deal with Lille, Pepe told the club’s official website: “Today, I’m sure I made the right choice.“The coming of Marcelo Bielsa was an important element when making my decision. I am now very excited to work with such a coach.”last_img read more

Kings lose to new-look Detroit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Fischer added empty-net goals, but the Red Wings, who had only 21 shots on goal, didn’t impress all of the Kings. “Our team dominated that hockey game,” Roenick said. “We had more chances to score and we worked harder. But it’s a long season and stuff like this is going to happen. We can’t get frustrated, because we just got stuck on the wrong side of the bounces.” Kings coach Andy Murray didn’t see it quite the same way. “You get what you deserve, and we didn’t score on our chances,” Murray said. “(Detroit’s second and third) goals were goals that shouldn’t have happened.” That’s because Garon’s gaffe on Franzen’s wrist shot was far from the worst play of the night. After Jeremy Roenick tied the game 2-2 for the Kings with five minutes remaining, Detroit’s Johan Franzen scored the game-winner 53 seconds later on a relatively innocuous wrist shot from the faceoff circle that beat Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon to the short side for a 3-2 lead. Photo gallery: Kings vs Red Wings Given the widespread predictions of their demise, one might have expected to see a stumbling, bumbling mess of a team when the Detroit Red Wings took to the ice Thursday night. Not quite. Although the salary cap has cut their previously bloated payroll nearly in half, the Red Wings remain a force, and the Kings got a first-hand look in a 5-2 loss before 18,118 at Staples Center. The Red Wings, who have simply added an influx of young talent to their veteran core, twice lost one-goal leads but scored four third-period goals, two into an empty Kings net. center_img The Kings went on the power play five minutes into the third period of a 1-1 tie, and after the ensuing faceoff defenseman Joe Corvo brought the puck up ice. Corvo attempted a breakout pass that was picked off by Kirk Maltby, who skated in alone and scored on a wrist shot for the goal. “You try a backhand pass for 60 feet, it doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Murray said. Most of Murray’s frustration, however, came from the Kings’ inability to finish scoring chances. They failed on all seven power-play chances Thursday and are now two for their last 23. The Kings never led. Brendan Shanahan gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with 2:15 left in the first period when he took a cross-ice pass from Jason Williams and beat Garon with a one-time shot. Sean Avery tied the game 1-1 three minutes into the second period on a play that started with a long breakout pass to Derek Armstrong, who centered the puck to Avery for a wrist shot. KINGS NOTES: The situation between Avery and Edmonton’s Georges Laraque nearly got uglier after Tuesday’s game, according to reports in an Edmonton newspaper. Laraque, who is black, accused Avery of uttering a racial slur during the game and, reportedly, after the game Laraque, coach Craig MacTavish and a couple other Oilers players confronted Avery in the bowels of the arena, near where the Oilers board their bus and Kings players park their cars. A verbal exchange took place but the sides separated without incident. “Things were said that I’m not happy about,” Laraque, who alleged that Avery referred to him as a “monkey,” told Edmonton reporters. “I’m going to let the league deal with it.” NHL vice president Colin Campbell looked into the matter, but since no other players or officials heard the alleged remark, the league won’t pursue the matter. Avery has denied uttering any slurs. In other games Thursday: Bruins 5, Panthers 2: Patrice Bergeron had a goal to lead the visiting Bruins. Islanders 5, Capitals 3: Jason Blake had a goal and an assist to lead the Islanders over the host Capitals. Rangers 4, Devils 1: Martin Rucinsky and Ville Nieminen scored 17 seconds apart to lead New York at home. Sabres 4, Lightning 3, SO : Daniel Briere scored in the shootout to give the Sabres a road win. Stars 3, Flames 2, OT: Philippe Boucher scored in OT to lift visiting Dallas. Predators 5, Coyotes 4, SO: Paul Kariya scored the only goal in the shootout to keep visiting Nashville unbeaten. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgNine man Finn Harps put in a battling display to grab all three points against Shamrock Rovers B side at Tallaght this afternoon.Both sides lost players in the 26th minute when Mickey Funston and Ryan Doolin became involved in an off-the-ball incident and were shown red cards.Harps had been leading from as early as the tenth minute when a Funston corner was played short for Josh Mailey who squared to Keith Cowan who found the net. It was a great start for the Donegal side but they had to call on goalkeeper Conor Wynn time and time again.Harps battled hard to forge the openings and went in ahead at the break.Ollie Horgan’s side were reduced to nine men in the 68th minute when a rush of blood to the head saw Sean McCarron receive his marching orders.McCarron had received a yellow two minutes earlier but when he blatantly took down Onwubiko, the ref had no choice but to send him for an early shower. From then on Harps tried to batton down the hatches and they were helped by a confident display by ‘keeper Wynn.The big Galway man puled off a superb save in the 72nd minute to prevent a Zack Watson goal-bound effort.Harps manager Ollie Organ found himself in the stands when he was given his marching orders for remonstrating with the ref.Harps managed to hold on and will be delighted to record their second victory at Tallaght stadium this season. NINE MAN HARPS LEFT ‘HOOPY’ AFTER VICTORY OVER ROVERS was last modified: July 6th, 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:finn harpsshamrock roverslast_img read more

Focus on Houston: Watson or Carr? Who gets their team back in win column?

first_imgThey both put up impressive passing numbers on Sunday. Both also committed two crushing turnovers at the worst possible moments. And neither got much help from their defensive teammates in disappointing defeats.This Sunday, they’ll be alongside each other where the road to redemption forks in Houston.Yes, Deshaun Watson and Derek Carr have more in common right now than you might imagine.Watson threw for 308 yards and a touchdown but also was picked off twice in the fourth quarter, …last_img read more

Plan for liquor shop at Srinagar airport shelved

first_imgFaced with growing protests in Kashmir, the State government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Friday shelved the proposal to have the first-ever duty-free liquor shop at the Srinagar International Airport. “The AAI has been intimated that the J&K Excise Department shall not grant liquor licence for opening a liquor shop or vend at the Srinagar International Airport in violation of the provisions of the J&K Excise Act, 1958, and the liquor Licence and Sales Rules, 1984,” said Excise Commissioner Javed Khan.An AAI spokesman said: “It is observed through the media and the social media that a section of society is against having duty free liquor shop at the airport. Honouring local sentiments, the AAI has decided to cancel the tender process.” It was hoped that with this communication all controversies would be set at rest, said the AAI spokesman.Netizens, religious organisations and separatists had attacked the government for floating tenders to open a liquor shop. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, also head priest of the Valley, had described it as “highly condemnable and a shameful act on the part of the ruling party”.last_img read more

CWG gold should shut up rumour mongers: Jwala

first_imgCommonwealth Games gold-winning shuttler Jwala Gutta on Monday said she played with a vengeance at the mega-event to shut the mouths of all those critics who were spreading “baseless” stories of her link-up with former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin.Jwala said she was deeply hurt by the stories about her personal life in the run up to the Commonwealth Games and accused the Andhra Pradesh Badminton Association of starting the rumours.”It was quite painful for me. Initially, I heard that the sources they were getting this, was from Andhra Badminton Association. I was shocked that such baseless things could come out from my own fraternity. I was deeply hurt,” she said in an interview.”I am what I am. I got back. I played with a lot of vengeance. I have shut everyone who was talking shit about me,” she said.Jwala, who won gold in women’s doubles partnering Ashwini Ponnappa, said the link-up stories did not upset her parents as they knew what she was.”I knew what I was and I think my parents knew what I was. I did not give any explanation. That was the most surprising thing. I thought they would be upset. But they knew everything. I did not hide anything from anyone,” she said.Still without a sponsor, Jwala said she hoped she would get one after her gold medal in the CWG.”Me, Ashwini and V Diju, we are looking forward for sponsorships. We don’t have a single sponsorship. I hope after this gold, things will change,” she said.advertisement”After so much hardship I have been through, I think I totally deserve this and the gold medal means the world to me,” she added.She attributed her success to the support from her family members and coaching by Dronacharya awardee S M Arif.”If I am strong mentally, nothing can stop me. My family, my parents, my sister, my friends, they were totally behind me.”My coach Arif, even if I call him at midnight he picks up the phone. He is always there for me. Atiq sir, who came from Indonesia to train us, I think he played a vital role in our victory,” she said.Jwala said she concentrated on her physical fitness and movement on the court to do well in the just-concluded CWG.”I don’t take any pressure to my head. I don’t take any pressures to the court, if you have seen me play. I love the game, I am loving what I am doing. I am happy that my parents are proud that I have won the gold,” she said.”I am totally enjoying my medal. The gold medal in CWG would not put her under pressure for the Asian Games,” she said.”Before every tournament there is a preparation. This (CWG) was like a preparation (for Asian Games). So, I will take a few days rest and I will be back on court.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more