The unknown, menacing monster is upon us again. The only thing we know about it is that it kills and disrupts the lives of people and society.Our Health Correspondent, Alaskai Moore Johnson, has written about the new Ebola attack on Cowfield, Du Port Road. Several members of the Gbotee family have been afflicted, beginning with their son, Nathan, who has now died, followed by Nathan, Sr., and most probably the mother. Young Nathan succumbed to the disease on Monday, November 23rd after being diagnosed EVD positive on November 19th.The Ministry of Health (MOH), led by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh, acted swiftly by transferring the father, son and other close family members to the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit to undergo treatment and observation. A key point our readers missed in Alaskai’s story is how did young Nathan catch the virus? It most certainly was not through sex, because he was only 10. So what happened? Did he come in contact with an infected person? Who was that, and where did the person come from? Where did he or she go? If it was from a person, it is imperative to find that person, otherwise he or she would go on spreading the virus to unsuspecting others, and soon, the disease would be full blown in Liberia again. That would be a dangerous set back for a country still reeling from the economic and psychosocial impact of Ebola, which was devastating.We think the MOH should, while dealing urgently with the cases at hand, attach equal urgency to finding the source of this new outbreak and bring it quickly under control before it spreads further.In addition, MOH should make immediate contact with all the other survivors to ensure that they are experiencing no after effects or recurrence of the disease; in which case, they should be called in immediately and served the countermeasures that will immediately contain the disease and prevent it from spreading further.In addition, MOH and the Incident Management Unit should resume, as a matter of urgency, the reinstitution of all preventive measures—hand-washing, observing strict hygiene in homes, neighborhoods and around the country. Now that MOH no longer has “social welfare” under its umbrella, whichever agency of government responsible for sanitation—most likely Public Works and Water and Sewer—should get busy and start cleaning up every nook and cranny of the country and, of course, getting all the county, city and town administrators and leaders involved in this urgent exercise, so as to prevent the disease from spreading throughout the country again.We have seen banks in Monrovia maintaining the practice of hand-washing before admitting customers to their premises; but we do not see the same thing in government offices and schools, nor do we see homes continuing strictly to observe the hand-washing practice. A few homes are still doing it, yes, but so many have stopped, and this may be the reason people are being continually exposed to the virus.It is certainly easy for us to resettle into our old habits of avoiding strict hygiene; but given the terrible experiences we have had with this menacing epidemic, it is advisable for every citizen and resident to behave as though the virus is still with us—indeed it is, as we have seen with the Cowfield family—and observe every measure to satisfy ourselves that we are doing our part to repel (drive back, fend off) this deadly virus.What else can we say? Perhaps there is one more thing that the Ministry of Health and the entire government and people of Liberia may do to keep our country safe. We need to put up our guard, our searchlight, whatever, to detect the source—any source—of this Ebola virus. Where is it coming from, who, if anyone, is visiting us with this deadly virus and how, and do everything possible to drive it from our country and people.Otherwise, if there is anyone that is involved, that person or group of persons or nation or group of nations will always strike us with it – just when we seem to be recovering and trying to regain our stability and make progress in Liberia.Our scientists, our security apparatus and every individual Liberian—all of us— should keep our eyes wide open and take nothing for granted, if we must keep this lethal menace at bay and drive it far from our shores. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says company did accept $120M Govt offer for repairsThe Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) has once again had to step in to correct what it says is misinformation, denying claims by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson that the company rejected the Government’s offer of $120 million to repair six of its pontoons.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonAccording to a statement from the company, it wrote to the Minister accepting his offer of the money to rehabilitate the pontoons since October 25, 2018. According to BBCI, the Minister replied by saying that he would write officially to communicate the offer.In fact, the company noted that talks of a technical nature are currently underway with the Demerara Harbour Bridge Company (DHBC), which is reportedly providing the funds from its 2019 budget, raising serious questions about how aware the Minister is about the workings of agencies falling under his ministerial responsibility.Berbice River Bridge“On 13th February, 2019, the General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation wrote the Chief Executive Officer of the BBCI informing that G$120M was included in the Corporation’s 2019 Budget Subvention funding for the maintenance of pontoons for the Berbice Bridge and requesting an urgent meeting to discuss this project,” the BBCI said on Saturday.It added that on March 8, 2019, the Finance Controller/Corporate Secretary of the BBCI wrote DHBC acknowledging the letter of February 13, 2019, referring to the BBCI Chairman’s letter to Minister Paterson of October 25, 2018, accepting the Government’s offer to provide the resources to maintain the pontoons.The company also noted that it had requested that the Harbour Bridge Corporation send them further details to get the ball rolling, including a schedule of works to carry out and the methodology for removing and servicing the pontoons. The company had also requested an independent surveyor, Jim Henderson, be appointed for the works.“Representative teams from the BBCI and the DHBC met on 12th March, 2019, at which it was agreed that an agreement between the DHBC and the BBCI would be prepared setting out the ‘technical, logistics, financial, areas of responsibilities and quality assurance aspects for this project’. This was included and confirmed in a letter to DHBC from BBCI dated 19th March, 2019”.Over the last few months, BBCI and the DHBC met on several occasions, where discussions on technical arrangements for undertaking the task were discussed.“We have requested a further meeting with the DHBC to continue our discussion,” the Berbice Bridge Company added in its statement.The company also lashed out at the Minister’s assertion that the company is focused on maximising profits. BBCI noted that since the bridge was built in 2008, shareholders have not received any returns on their investment in the bridge.“Minister Patterson needs to be reminded that had it not been for the voluntary investment of private companies to build the bridge at no cost to the taxpayer, there would be no bridge today. The Minister also needs to be reminded that no shareholder has received a cent since commencement of operations of this Company,” BBCI said.Lies and misleading statementsAccording to the company, Patterson has persisted in making inaccurate and misleading statements to the public with the obvious intention of damaging the public image of its partners in a public-private partnership. “This is hardly the way for the Government to conduct a Public-Private Partnership Policy which it professes to embrace”.It was only days ago that BBCI had to refute claims Minister Patterson made that Government had offered to buyout ownership of the Bridge Company. During an interview on the State-owned National Communications Network (NCN), Minister Patterson had disclosed that his Government has offered to purchase the ownership of the bridge from the BBCI. However, the Bridge Company almost immediately said that no such offer has been made at any time by Government.In November of last year, the Government unilaterally nationalised the Bridge to block BBCI’s increases in bridge tolls from taking effect. The company has since challenged this move by Government and the Court has ordered Minister Patterson to give reasons for the decision to take over operations of the bridge. The matter is scheduled to be heard on October 18, 2019.
Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) has on Friday announced that, effective April 1, it entered into an agreement to sell its joint venture interests in the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio to Ascent Resources – Utica, LLC for net cash consideration of approximately $400 million.“We continue to focus our portfolio by divesting lower-return, non-core assets as part of our strategy to deliver long-term value to shareholders,” CEO John Hess is quoted by BUSINESS WIRE as saying.“Proceeds from this transaction will be used to invest in our higher-return growth opportunities in Guyana and the Bakken, and to fund the company’s previously announced share repurchase programme,” he revealed.According to BUSINESS WIRE, the divestiture consists of approximately 39,000 net acres, including 26,000 net undeveloped acres. For full year 2018, net production is forecast to average 14,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, of which approximately 70 percent is expected to be residue gas. Hess holds a 50 percent working interest as part of a joint venture with CNX Resources (NYSE: CNX).The agreement is subject to the customary closing conditions and adjustments, and closure is expected by end of the third quarter 2018.Hess has also announced that it has decided to retain its interests in Denmark, where the company holds a 61.5 percent interest in the South Arne Field, and is the operator. The offers received in a previously announced sale process did not meet the company’s value expectations.In the normal course of business, the company will continue to look at strategic options for this asset. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator, and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd, Hess Corporation’s subsidiary, holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres.Since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find, Guyana has attracted international attention and has precipitated intense sensitisation exercises. In May 2015, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs were encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.The company has announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, has noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion, based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Drilling on Payara began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of 2017, the oil giant announced it had struck some 95 feet of oil reservoirs in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart.Oil was discovered in the Turbot-1 well in October of 2017. According to the oil company, following the discovery, the well reservoir was 75 feet deep. Drilling has been ongoing at the Turbot well since August 2017.More oil was found at the Pacora-1 drill site, some 107 miles from the coast of Guyana.On June 20, 2018 the company announced another oil discovery following drilling at the Longtail-1 exploration well in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana.This is ExxonMobil’s eighth oil discovery offshore Guyana. The company said in a statement that the well encountered has approximately 256 feet (78 metres) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir.Guyana will officially begin oil production in 2020.
A Trinidadian man, who faked his own kidnapping in Guyana, was on Friday found guilty and jailed by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Sawak MarajSawak Maraj, a 33-year-old chemical engineer, who was given a $1 million bail, was found guilty by Magistrate Azore after she found that the prosecution provided sufficient evidence for a conviction.The prosecution’s case contended that on October 27, 2017, at Madewini Resort, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), Maraj gave false information to the Police that he had been kidnapped and US$700,000 was demanded for his release. However, after a probe was launched into the kidnapping, it was discovered that the incident was staged.He was also charged for conspiring with others on the same day and at the same location to commit a felony, that is, to obtain US$700,000 by false pretence.Reports are that the Trinidadian arrived in Guyana and was scheduled to check in at the Ramada Hotel, Providence, East Bank Demerara but never went to the hotel.According to reports, the parents of the victim were contacted in Trinidad via telephone by an unknown person, who indicated that their son was taken hostage in Guyana and the money was demanded for his release.A photograph of the man shirtless with a cutlass to his neck was sent to his parents as proof of his detention.However, following investigations by Police in Guyana, the ranks swooped down on a house at Madewini Resort and found the man relaxing comfortably with his alleged accomplices.Detectives then began to unravel an apparent scheme by the man to extort money from his relatives.
Villaraigosa hopes to get four supporters on the seven-member board to push through his stalled effort to boost the number of charter schools and increase his influence in the district. He has provided financial support for three candidates, and another supporter was elected last year. Yet another candidate in Tuesday’s election is considered a Villaraigosa ally although he hasn’t received funding from the mayor’s group. UTLA, meanwhile, is pushing to improve student achievement by working within the existing system. While the mayor’s supporters and the UTLA have poured some $2 million into their respective candidates’ campaigns, the most expensive and hotly contested race is for the San Fernando Valley seat defended by Jon Lauritzen. UTLA has spent about $475,000 to get the former teacher re-elected to a second term in the District 3 seat, while the mayor’s Partnership for Better Schools has contributed about $915,000 to Tamar Galatzan, a deputy city attorney and the wife of Brendan Huffman, chief of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. Lauritzen has touted his experience with the district and on the board, while Galatzan has promised to bring a vision for reform. Teacher Louis Pugliese, third candidate in the race, has vowed to be an independent voice on the board. The union has also donated $450,000 to the campaign of District 1 incumbent Marguerite LaMotte, who is being challenged by charter school leader Johnathan Williams and publisher Gloria Zuurveen. Williams, considered Villaraigosa’s ally, has received more than $810,000 in donations from individuals and groups nationwide who support public-school reform. In the District 5 race to succeed David Tokofsky, who opted not to seek a fourth term, Yolie Flores Aguilar got $115,000 from Villaraigosa’s team, while teacher Bennett Kayser got no contributions from UTLA. And in the District 7 race, retired LAUSD administrator Richard Vladovic got about $150,000 from the Partnership for Better Schools. He is running against retired principal Neal Kleiner and California Teachers Association organizer Jesus Escandon to fill the seat being vacated by two-term board member Mike Lansing. Board President Marlene Canter, a vocal opponent of the mayor’s efforts to gain a greater role in LAUSD, said the election outcome is crucial for the district’s students. “I encourage people to make it a priority to vote,” said Canter, who’s not running in the election. “The dynamics (on the board) will definitely change.” Monica Garcia, a Villaraigosa ally, said at the very least there will be two new board members in the two open seats on July 1, and she hopes they will bring a fresh perspective – much like she did as a new board member last year. “There’s an opportunity for new energy, new vision … it’ll move us forward,” she said. “The fact that I was a new board member created a new dynamic, it created another set of eyes and another voice that moves the organization, so I think the fact that we are for sure seeing a new board is significant. “What we continue to struggle with is the need for urgency, the need for change and the need for us to better serve students.” naush.boghossian @dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A multimillion-dollar battle for control of Los Angeles Unified will play out Tuesday, when candidates backed by the powerful teachers union face off against a reform slate supported by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Eleven candidates’ names are on the ballot for four seats on the board – three backed by Villaraigosa and two by United Teachers Los Angeles. The outcome, experts say, will help set the course for the nation’s second-largest school district as it struggles to overcome high dropout rates and lagging student test scores. “What’s at stake is the governance of the school district and the role the mayor’s going to play in it in the next couple of years,” said Raphael Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. “It’s really a battle between the existing network of influence within the school board and outside people, including the mayor. … It’s really a struggle over what reform really means over the school system.”
Spurs All-Star Manu Ginobili left in the third quarter after spraining his right ankle. Ginobili missed 10 games in December with the same sprained ankle and a sprained right foot. The Spurs led by 15 in the third quarter, then had to escape a four-point deficit midway through the fourth to match their best 40-game start (31-9) in franchise history. San Antonio had the same record last year on the way to winning the NBA championship. San Antonio’s 15-point lead was gone, Shaquille O’Neal was flexing a bit at midcourt and the Miami Heat thought they were on the cusp of a breakthrough win. Tony Parker and the visiting Spurs simply wouldn’t allow it to happen. Parker scored a career-high 38 points, including a game-clinching jumper with 38 seconds left as the Spurs rallied to beat the struggling Heat 101-94 on Friday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Parker hit 13 of 18 shots from the floor and surpassed his previous career best of 35. Dwyane Wade scored 36 points for Miami (23-17), which played at home for the first time since Jan. 1. O’Neal had 23 points and Jason Williams added 18 for Miami, which has lost eight of its last nine against San Antonio. Rockets 109, Bulls 108, (2OT) :Tracy McGrady scored 35 points, including the tying shot at the end of regulation and the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime, to lead Houston over host Chicago. After missing five games with back spasms, McGrady hit a 3 with 42 seconds left in the second overtime to break a 106-all tie. 76ers 89, Grizzlies 86, (0T): Allen Iverson hit the tying jumper with 3.2 seconds left in regulation and scored 30 points to lift host Philadelphia over Memphis. Chris Webber opened overtime with a three-point play, Kyle Korver sank a 3-pointer and Samuel Dalembert had two clutch blocked shots on Pau Gasol that gave the Sixers a four-point lead. Wizards 110, Hornets 99: Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler each topped 20 points, and host Washington pulled away from New Orleans early in the fourth quarter. Bucks 118, Hawks 102: Michael Redd scored 28 points and Bobby Simmons chipped in with 25, helping Milwaukee beat host Atlanta to snap a three-game losing streak. Magic 104, Bobcats 93: Dwight Howard had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points, and visiting Orlando beat injury-riddled Charlotte. Celtics 99, Nets 96: Ricky Davis scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Boston held on to beat visiting New Jersey. Nuggets 113, Jazz 83: Carmelo Anthony continued his surge with 31 points and Denver beat host Utah for their fourth straight win. Timberwolves 90, Pacers 85: Eddie Griffin scored 17 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks, and Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points to lead Minnesota over visiting Indiana. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
On Friday last, July 15th , the eighth annual Event Industry Awards were announced in front of an audience of hundreds of distinguished event industry professionals. Each year the best events in the industry compete against each other for the most prestigious awards in Irish events. Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture came out on top for the Best Event in Ireland for 2016.Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is Ireland’s premier recycled fashion competition which is going into its seventh year. Entries will open again this September for Ireland’s budding fashionistas who will have a chance to meet the star studded judging panel and strut their stuff on the catwalk in the 3Arena next April 2017.Many students across Donegal have taken part in Junk Kouture since it began, earlier this year giving Buncrana’s Maurisz Malon (pictured above) a platform to showcase his amazing designs and opportunity to wow the judges. He even appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’ following the competition! Other entrants from Donegal this year included Deele college’s ‘Thrashparency’ and Cora’s coffee kouture. Budding designers from Deele college Cora’s creationElizabeth Curran, co-founder of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has extended her gratitute towards all involved, saying; “All the teachers, schools, parents and teachers who made the show everything it is, a huge thank you to all of you.” Speaking about the award, Laura Lynch, Head of Youth Banking at Bank of Ireland commented; “In addition to inspiring students to channel their passions and creative ability, the competition offers students who get involved a life changing experience.”Junk Kouture named Best Event in Ireland for 2016 was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)
Naomh Ultan GAA NotesRoyal Flush Lotto:Royal Flush Draw results for 02/11/2014 were 4, 6 ,9, 21. The Jackpot of €620 was won by the Boyle Boys, Seaview Lane, congratulations. Adult Football –The Division 3 promotion/relegation playoff is due to take place in the coming weeks.With a large number of fixtures still to be completed in that league it will be played as soon as that league is finished.Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for information closer to the time. Clothes Bin:A gentle reminder that no bed sheets/linen is to be put in the clothes bin at the Naomh Ultan GAA grounds, this request came from the supplier.We’d like to thank all for their continued support in using this recycling service, it’s a valued fundraiser for our club.GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN PREPARING FOR PROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF SHOWDOWN was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANaomh UltanNoticesSport
Siblings Chloe, Sam and Joshua Magee of Raphoe, and their niece Rachael Darragh, are set to clash with Austria this afternoon in the Baldoyle Badminton Centre in Dublin.Ireland moves one step close to securing qualification after they beat Hungary 4-1 in a great team performance yesterday.Austria will be their toughtest opponents; they have already beaten Norway and Hungary in both of their matches, however the Irish team remain hopeful. You can watch the game live here from 3pm: Check out the results ahead of the match against Austria here: DDTV: Watch Donegal badminton players clash with Austria was last modified: November 13th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:AustriaBADMINTONchloe mageeJoshua Mageerachael darraghSam Magee