USAID Breaks Ground for Ganta-Gbarnga Electricity Supply

first_imgUSAID Liberia Mission Director, Dr. Anthony Chan, performs the groundbreaking as government officials look on.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday, May 9, 2019, broke ground for a 77 kilometers medium voltage of power line to supply electricity from the West Africa Power Pool cross border connection in Ganta to communities and institutions along the Ganta – Gbarnga route.At the ground breaking ceremony, USAID Country Director, Dr. Anthony S. Chan, said the power supply is part of the entity’s support to provide electricity to rural communities under the “Power Africa Program.”According to Dr. Chan, about 2,700 households and businesses, as well as institutions are expected to benefit when the project is completed.The first planted pole for Ganta – Gbarnga Grid“Key institutions, such as the Central Agricultural Research Institute, the Phebe Hospital, Cuttington University, the Charles B. Dunbar Hospital that have anchored the economics of the beneficiary communities are to provide improved, and more efficient services from the project,” he said.Dr. Chan reaffirmed US Government’s support to providing electricity to rural communities with the goal is to provide electricity to other parts of Bong County, particularly in Gbarnga and its surrounding communities.The project will be implemented by American Procurement Services Corporation ( APSO), whose director, David D. Wounuah, said it will be completed by November, 2020.The ground breaking ceremony was attended by local officials, some of them from Bong County, headed the Acting Superintendent, Anthony Kromah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Summery heat set to spring a surprise

first_img“Summer has come early.” The unseasonal offshore winds are expected to blow through Monday evening. With humidity expected to dip below 15 percent, hillside brush dried out by a record lack of rain could be especially vulnerable to fire, forecasters said. Temperatures could rival the record highs for March 11 and March 12 for downtown (93 and 87 degrees, respectively), Burbank Airport (92, 87) and Woodland Hills (94, 88). Highs for the Valley on Sunday and Monday are forecast at 91 degrees. Time to snap out of Friday’s fog and fish out those summer beach towels. Beginning Sunday, temperatures in the San Fernando Valley are expected to soar into the 90s as Santa Ana winds once again rip across the region. A fire weather watch was issued in advance of expected wind gusts, low humidity and record highs in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from early Sunday through Monday evening. “I’m going to the beach. I’m going to spend the entire weekend in Santa Monica,” declared Steve Woodruff, manager of the Van Nuys Airport weather station. “Got the beach towel out, get out the surfboard, watch a few sunsets. Winds are expected to blow from 15 mph to 25 mph, with stronger gusts in canyons and mountain passes. Another round of Santa Anas is expected Wednesday. “It’s totally dry,” said Bonnie Bartling of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “There’s a few places that could get into the 90s. Pierce College (in Woodland Hills) usually gets pretty hot.” The blistering-hot winds, which usually end in January, have permeated a region now on course for its driest season on record, with the rainy season expected to end this month. Since July 1, downtown Los Angeles has seen 2.42 inches of rain, or 21 percent of normal, the NWS said. Burbank Airport, with 2.33 inches, is at 18 percent, while Palmdale, at 0.65 of an inch, is at only 11 percent. (818) 713-3730160Want 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

Fencing falls victim to annexation maintenance transfer

first_imgVALENCIA – If the saying “good fences make good neighbors” is correct, what do bad fences make of neighboring governments? That’s the question being pondered by residents of the North Park neighborhood of Valencia. Santa Clarita annexed the neighborhood and its approximately 6,000 residents last year. But responsibility and funding for maintaining landscapes and fencing in the area has not yet been transferred from the county to the city, officials said. As a result, links on some of the white fencing that runs through the neighborhood are missing and some areas have fallen down. Residents have complained, saying they are already paying taxes for upkeep of the fencing. “There’s enough wealth and money out here that nothing out here should be in disrepair,” said resident Damon Everett, 40, who is a prop maker in the film and television industry. Everett cares enough about how his neighborhood looks that when he goes on a walk he takes along primer and paint to cover any graffiti he sees on the fences. Residents in North Park pay $375 a year per parcel for landscape maintenance district fees, said Gail Ortiz, spokeswoman for the city. The county says it plans to begin fixing fences in the neighborhood within weeks, starting near North Park Elementary. “There’s this ambivalence about who is responsible for North Park,” said Patrick Malekian, administrator of special districts for the county. “I think a lot of residents are under the impression that it has gone over to the city, which is not the case.” Malekian declined to offer details on why the landscape maintenance district has not yet been transferred to the city. But Darren Hernandez, head of administrative services for the city, blamed the delay on county bureaucracy and said the city has offered to do the landscaping work before the transfer is finalized. “Even though that landscape maintenance district is administered by the county rather than the city, it is a part of the city of Santa Clarita,” Hernandez said. “And we eagerly want to take over the maintenance of that area so that we can provide that area with a Santa Clarita-level of service.” (661) 257-5253160Want 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

Sanchez, Mikhitaryan swap completed

first_img“I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world,” said 29-year-old Chile international forward Sanchez.“I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans.“The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down.“I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.”Henrikh Mkhitaryan was seen arriving at the same UK Visas and Immigration centre, at The Capital Building on Union Street in Liverpool, minutes after Sanchez, with the pair both waiting to have their documents approved by the Home Office.This is the highest basic wage of any player in the Premier League.Sanchez, who has chosen United over their arch rivals Manchester City, was earlier seen arriving at Carrington at 8am on Monday before departing the club’s training base later that morning.The former Barcelona star also visited Old Trafford where it is understood he was greeted by United legend Ferguson, who was pictured speaking to people sitting inside the 29-year-old’s taxi.He was later seen leaving the Lowry Hotel, where he is staying, before leaving Manchester for Liverpool, where he travelled to have his work permit approved.On Sunday night, Sanchez was pictured taking a selfie in a United shirt with his name and No 7 on the back.Mkhitaryan has now gone the other way in a swap deal while United will also pay a £20million transfer fee to Arsenal and £15m to Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich.The Armenia international also had his medical at Arsenal, who are also busy trying to seal a deal for Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.He will join up with his new United colleagues on Tuesday when they begin preparations for Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Yeovil Town, following two days off after the weekend win over Burnley.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of Sanchez’s move: ‘January has been difficult for us, destabilising. It is the first time this has happened to us in January.‘We have had big players concerned with moving away which causes uncertainty in the dressing room. I was tempted to include Sanchez against Palace, yes, but I didn’t take him because there is a question of him moving to United.‘You can’t drive north and play football. I expect it to happen but I can’t announce it. Until it’s over the line you can’t say it will happen.’Chile international Sanchez wanted to leave Arsenal for Manchester City last summer. It didn’t happen then but with only six months left on his contract, Wenger decided a trade deal with Mkhitaryan was preferable to losing him for nothing in the summer.Sportsmail revealed Mkhitaryan had said an emotional goodbye after his final United training session on Friday. ‘It was very tearful,’ said a source. ‘Henrikh has been a very popular figure here at United.‘We know he isn’t too happy with the way this deal has been forced upon him. He realises he has more chance of playing at Arsenal, but he would have preferred to leave on his own terms.’-By Daily Mail0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez’s signing was officially announced on twitter by Manchester United.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 22- Manchester United have officially announced the mega-money signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with the Chilean joining on a deal worth Sh86mn (£600,000) a week.The forward had a busy Monday morning, having visited the United training ground and Old Trafford — where he bumped into club legend Sir Alex Ferguson — before being spotted at an immigration office in Liverpool for approval on his work permit.last_img read more

Bay Area diocese OKs rites for gays

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Delegates representing Episcopal churches in the San Francisco Bay Area approved three sets of prayers that clergy can use to bless same-sex couples, a move taken in opposition to their faith’s leaders pledging not to authorize special rites for gay unions. During the annual convention of the Diocese of California, about 500 lay delegates and clergy members also approved a resolution challenging last month’s decision by U.S. bishops to refrain from approving any more gay bishops to preserve the global Anglican community. The Episcopal Church is the Anglican body in the U.S. Two Canadian dioceses also have endorsed creating services for same-sex blessing ceremonies. The Bay Area diocese, comprised of 82 churches, is believed to be the first in the U.S. to make such rites available to its members, said Sean McConnell, a spokesman for the diocese. Before the delegates voted Saturday, Diocesan Bishop Marc Andrus spoke in favor of the special blessings, saying he did not think the local action ran counter to the U.S. bishops agreeing not to authorize such “public rites” as a group. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I think the resolution properly augments my pastoral goal of caring alike for all of the people of the Diocese, not reinforcing damaging distinctions,” Andrus said. The three prayers will now be made available to Bay Area clergy who seek Andrus’ permission to preside at same-sex commitment ceremonies, which the diocese has allowed for many years, according to McConnell. “Basically, it normalizes this,” said Thomas Jackson, the president of OASIS, the diocese’s gay and lesbian ministry. The 77-million-member Episcopal fellowship has been divided over the role of gays in the church since 2003. 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

New club to open just for laughs

first_img A native New Yorker, Gause moved to Woodland Hills in 1987 to get into entertainment. Like everyone in Tinseltown, he worked a string of odd jobs – from selling pots and pans at The Broadway to production work – before he was discovered. Gause, who counts comics as diverse as Buddy Hackett and Richard Pryor among his idols, said he broke into comedy through a chance meeting with comedian Mohr in 1992 at a North Hollywood apartment pool., He became a member in a loose fraternity of funny men, modern nomads always chasing the next gig, some of whom often ended up on his couch. “Comedians are the most miserable, lonely, sad people … until they become famous,” he said. “I’ve been on the road 18 years, and I don’t want to do it anymore. … Mediocrity is underrated. Living paycheck to paycheck to have that excitement is not worth it. I want things to be steady, and this is steady.” Partner Warren Wagner, former general manager of The Improv in Irvine, said Santa Clarita’s proximity to Hollywood offers a venue to top comics looking to fine-tune new material. “When they got a movie coming up, they want to go try stuff out somewhere,” said Wagner, who has been in the comedy business for six years. “They don’t want to drive (far) to do five minutes. “The whole reason for a comedy club to exist is to try new entertainment. We want to go back to that, and we will.” There’s a concession to the suburbs – Gause said he plans to “rate” the shows for “blue” content. “It’s like Bob Saget – he’s one of the dirtiest comedians on stage, but someone might take his mom to see him because he’s the guy from (the family sitcom) ‘Full House,”‘ Gause said. “I’m not going to censor any comics, but you want to know what you’re going into.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Even as a fast-talking club promoter, Walter Gause’s time in comedy is never far behind: midstream into discussing his plans to open a local comedy club, he broke into a bit on Stevenson Ranch mothers. “They drive SUVs … and they dress like they’re 15,” said Gause, who is in on the joke – the 41-year-old is a Stevenson Ranch dad. A comedy writer and producer, whose credits include the TV talent competition “Last Comic Standing” and ESPN variety show “Mohr Sports” with comedian Jay Mohr, is gearing to punch up suburban Santa Clarita Valley. Gause’s “Comedy Blvd.” will begin to serve up drinks, food and laughs around April or May in a 4,500 square-foot space at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, between the food court and TGI Friday’s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Gause, who has lived in the area for seven years, said he saw opportunity for a club late last year at a wine networking event. There are few entertainment options here aside from the movie multiplex, and he envisioned a spot like The Improv or The Comedy Store where young singles can enjoy A-list and up-and-coming acts. Couples can leave their kids at home or the movies and have a good time before picking them up. “This is what everyone wants to be able to do,” said Gause. “You’re gonna be able to take your wife out here, and be home by 10:15 p.m.” Carrie Rogers, the city of Santa Clarita’s economic development director, welcomed the club, saying it could help boost local entertainment spending. “One of the things we have ‘leakage’ on – that people are spending their money someplace else – is for entertainment,” she said. “For our residents, we don’t have enough of the restaurants, the comedy clubs, anything that’s live entertainment. We don’t have enough and people are going else where for that. “Anything along this line is going to be quite successful.” last_img read more

Court notice: Jury panel not required for Donegal Town Circuit Court

first_imgThis is a notice for the jury panel called to serve at Donegal Circuit Court in Donegal Town.Anyone called to attend for Jury Duty at Donegal Town Circuit Court on 28th March, 2017 are now no longer required to attend. Court notice: Jury panel not required for Donegal Town Circuit Court was last modified: March 24th, 2017 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)last_img read more

Picture Special: Santa spotted in Raphoe!

first_imgRaphoe Community Playgroup had a special visit from Santa Claus and Mrs Claus when they took time out of their very busy schedule to meet all the children from the playgroup.Children from the neighbouring Little Acorns Playgroup also visited Santa’s grotto.Santa gave out some brilliant gifts and posed for pictures with the kids. Even the Playgroup leaders had to get their photos taken with the special couple before they went on their merry way!Picture Special: Santa spotted in Raphoe! was last modified: December 17th, 2017 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:picture specialRaphoeSANTAlast_img read more

Fighting for SA’s women and children

first_img7 December 2012He cooked for the who’s who of the entertainment industry and mingled with the rich and famous, charming them with his wit and humour. But there was another side to him. He stalked Johannesburg’s innocent children.His reign of terror was between May 1997 and May 2001. And it ended as quickly as it had begun. He was spotted by a police officer attempting to lure his last victim from the streets of Hillbrow.He was charged with 132 cases of rape, attempted rape, indecent assault, kidnapping, robbery and common assault.After a lengthy trial, which saw a number of girls between the ages of seven and 14 testify against him, Fanwell Khumalo was sentenced to 42 life terms and more than 270 years in jail. He would later be dubbed South Africa’s worst child rapist.Piecing together the evidenceOne of the people who ensured Khumalo’s lengthy sentence was Captain Bafana Peter Linda of the then Child Protection Unit. Today, he is a Brigadier and is Section Head (Operations) of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Investigation unit.“I had the hard job of piecing the evidence together and connecting him to more unsolved cases after his arrest,” recalls Brigadier Linda.“The case took almost three years in court. He was accused of raping more than 100 girls between the ages of seven and 14 and was charged with 132 charges of rape, kidnapping, indecent assault, robbery, assault and attempted rape, but was convicted on 102 charges in February 2004. Fanwell Khumalo was sentenced to 42 life terms and 272 years in jail.“As a detective this was a bonus for my hard work and it was mission accomplished. I was over the moon, very excited but with mixed feelings, knowing that victims’ lives will never, ever be the same again. I wished it had never happened. We all know they did nothing to deserve this.”‘It’s more than a career’While he is no longer out in the field, Brigadier Linda is still passionate about protecting the country’s women and children.And with South Africans commemorating 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children from November 25 to December 10, SAnews sat down with Brigadier Linda to talk about the work of the FCS and why he’s passionate about protecting the most vulnerable.“It’s more than a career. It’s a calling and when you have passion for something, the focus is there to make a difference. Unfortunately I don’t investigate anymore, but my spirit is a detective,” he explains.Brigadier Linda is now responsible for monitoring, evaluation and compliance of the units in the nine provinces.“This is my passion. This is the area where I wanted to make a difference, to leave a legacy. The vision I have for the FCS is for it to become a model of the police, especially in terms of specialised investigation and to have the FCS as the cream of the crop and to push the bar to the highest level.“This vision keeps me grounded. This is where I have the expertise and this is the area I’m researching in terms of improvement because you cannot be stagnant. Society also changes,” he says.Rape stats ‘still unacceptably high’The FCS was re-established in June 2010 to investigate, prevent and combat crimes against women and children and all types of sexual offences.This decision, said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, was informed by the challenges that women, children and the elderly in the country continue to face in this democratic dispensation.During the release of the 2011/12 SAPS National Crime Statistics in September, Minister Mthethwa, said that the one area that still remained stubbornly high was around sexual offences.“As government we still remain concerned about the conviction rate of criminals who commit such crimes,” he said.For the 2011/12 financial year, the sexual offences ratio decreased by 3.7%.“We need to emphasise that as government we are however, still concerned about the scourge of rape in our country. Rape decreased by 1.9% but it is unacceptably high. More resources and better training of police mechanisms are now being put in place,” said Mthethwa.He added: “Over the last two years since its re-launching, this unit [the FCS] has trained specialised officers to deal with these heinous crimes. In the new police stations that we build and those that are refurbished, we must ensure that there are special dedicated areas for the victims of such crimes.“A working relationship with the judiciary has been established to have such cases prioritised,” Mthethwa said. The correctness of the decision we took in the past few years is indicated in the major victories that this unit has managed to score over the last two years.”Victories for the FCSAmong these victories, the FCS units can claim the following:In cases involving children under the age of 18, the unit has secured convictions that resulted in total of 10 345 years for the criminals concerned. In the same age group, it has managed to secure 175 life sentences. In cases involving victims that are 18 years and older, the unit has secured convictions resulting in total of 10 854 years of imprisonment. In the same age category it has managed to secure 131 life sentences. “The important struggle we must continue to wage is to end violence against women, a critical part of the historic effort to change the power relations in our society,” Mthethwa.“The minister is correct when he says the numbers are still high. One rape is one too many for us,” says Linda.Crimes that occur ‘behind closed doors’“These are crimes that occur behind closed doors, crimes that occur in dark alleys, and it’s a crime that is about power and control,” says Linda. “That’s why it is important to have such a unit. A unit that will understand the trauma associated with these crimes.“We needed a specialised unit with trained people and not just trained but [people who would] also be sensitized. They must be sensitive enough in terms of not just questioning the victims but interviewing them, because when you interview a person, you listen to them and you show you care and you are prepared to help.“Not everyone can deal with these matters. It takes special individuals to deal with these cases because it’s a highly charged area. You need a person that will have passion to work in this environment. For us it’s more than a career, it’s a calling,” he says.There are currently 176 FCS units spread throughout the country with 2 155 members.“Our members are well trained,” says Linda. “They go through a four weeks’ course where they are addressed by internal and external speakers including psychologists, magistrates, social workers and senior public prosecutors etc. From next year, we are going to extend the course to five weeks.“We will also welcome the re-establishment of the sexual offences courts and also specialised prosecutors, because that will beef up the team and that will make a difference when it comes to the conviction rate.”According to Brigadier Linda, plus minus 229 life sentences have been secured since April this year.“Our message to perpetrators is, it is not a matter of if you will get caught, but a matter of when.”Source: read more

May 25, Glenn Harsh

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’re coming along. As to what I originally thought we were farming, we have about 300 acres of beans to go, but I picked up another 180 acres last week so I have to add 127 acres of beans and have another 50 acres of corn to plant. Prior to last week I was done with my corn. It looks like we ought to be able to get back in the field and get the corn done tomorrow morning and then start back in on the beans. We can get our beans done in 3.5 days if we keep running. We may hit this new ground with the Turbo-Till to help level out the ground a little and go in and plant it. It has been in no-till and we have been doing custom work on the farm in the past so we are familiar with it. We are just changing how we are managing it now. We planted a fair amount of Xtend beans this year so we have more diversity of when we can spray and that really helps with the burndown program. That has helped us time our spraying when we wanted to do it rather than working with the 2,4-D label. We kept a close eye on the wind this spring. When the conditions were right we’d go pretty hard and when they weren’t the sprayer would sit. It is more of a challenge, especially with the restrictions we have on the Xtend program and the chemicals that go along with that but we were able to make it work. The cover crops kept the weeds down and the cold spell slowed us down. It also slowed the weeds down too, but they are growing pretty fast now that it is 80 degrees. Our stands are pretty good and we are pleased with those. The crop we have in the ground looks very good. We are in pretty good shape.last_img read more