first_imgNothing could have brought more joy to the face of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday on her tour of major national development projects than the news that the Mt. Coffee Hydropower is at the completion stage of seventy percent.The president was also informed that the Mount Coffee Hydropower is a nationally cherished asset and has the potential to quadruple the current estimated output upon completion in 2017 if some necessary interventions are made. The President even wore broader smiles when the Director of the project, Bill Hakin, while making a presentation about the status of the project, maintained that December 16, 2016 still stands as the official date that the hydro will come online or actual electricity will be produced from that much anticipated project. After completing a tour of the project yesterday, President Sirleaf said, “The level of progress here is absolutely pleasing because we were here last December and something was going on but you can really see now when we say big light tomorrow is almost at hand.”The project, upon completion, will add considerable value to Liberia’s national welfare and will serve as Liberia’s backbone to supply electricity to citizens and contribute to the restoration of economic growth to pre-war levels.“We are very pleased with the level of work that is ongoing here and we want to thank all those who come from the four contracting companies from all over the world that brought their engineers and technical staff to assist us in this regard,” she said.The Mt. Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project is being implemented in four phases, and according to MD Hakin Phase 1 – Project Planning and Investigations; and Phase 2 – Detailed Design, Preparation of Tender Documents, Prequalification, Bidding, and Award of Contract; have been completed while Phase 3 – Construction, Commissioning and Taking Over are at a very advanced level. Phase 4 – Defects Liability Period, will be done subsequently.He advised the President to address issues of environmental and social impacts and establish guidelines to put in place by LEC and the project contractors during the current construction and its future operations.The implementation of the project is assigned to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and is being implemented by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) within the LEC, acting on behalf of its Board of Directors. LEC is currently administered by Manitoba Hydro International Ltd. (MHI) under a Management Contract (MC). This MC was originally scheduled to run for five years from July 1, 2010 until June 30, 2015, and is funded by the Government of Norway.In January 2013 an Amendment to the Management Contract was signed between government and Norway, which allows for the financing of the PIU and the implementation of the Mt. Coffee Project. Liberia is one of seven main partner countries under the Norwegian Clean Energy Initiative. MC comes to an end in 2017 and about 400 young Liberians are undergoing training in Zambia to take over the project when the PIU ends in 2017—a piece of news that was very pleasing to the President.The MCHPP Rehabilitation Project began in May 2012 with the establishment and development of the PIU at LEC. Construction began at the site in January 2014 but there was a break as a result of the Ebola outbreak, he said.Mr. Hakin said when completed, the plant will provide sustainable and cost-efficient supply of electrical energy, and will replace operations of emergency diesel engines and private aggregates that are presently used throughout the country.The economic costs of the project include the economic capital costs, operation and maintenance inputs, and the economic price of land (e.g. foregone agricultural output). The economic benefits are far greater than the costs, and include the gross electricity economic benefits, avoided fuel costs, avoided greenhouse gas emissions, and many other direct and indirect economic and social benefits.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…Opposition urges immediate assistance to affected GuyaneseIn light of the massive destruction that has taken place in many Caribbean territories owing to Hurricane Irma, Government has pledged an initial sum of US$50,000 to aid urgent relief efforts through Caricom’s regional mechanism, which is coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in partnership with the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).Minister of State, Joseph Harmon told a special meeting convened at the boardroom of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) in Georgetown on Monday that this was agreed to following a high-level meeting convened by President David Granger at State House earlier in the day. He said further assistance would be determined subsequent to the completion of a needs assessment.Dead: Dajee Sarah RosemaryHarmon, who has responsibility for disaster relief, noted that needs assessments were being conducted at the regional level and added that regular situation reports were being monitored as Guyana continued to work with the Region to ensure a coordinated response. He said the President has also mandated a comprehensive response to the needs of Guyanese citizens who are residing in the affected territories.At the meeting, some members of the PSC sought to find out whether there was a need to have a recognisance team on the ground in some of those affected islands to assist with a more proper needs assessment, but Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo did not forcefully object to the idea. He said at this point the Government would prefer to work with the CDEMA in its relief efforts. Nagamootoo, who is heading a Ministerial Task Force that will be responsible for oversight of the efforts of the Civil Defence Commission’s (CDC) National Risk Reduction Platform, which has since been activated, said too that both CDEMA and the CDC have the experience and knowledge to gather such information, and based on that, Guyana would continue to respond to the needs.AssistanceIn a statement issued on Monday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo urged Government to immediately initiate steps to provide assistance to evacuate Guyanese living on the affected islands, who are so desirous of being evacuated, noting that the extent of damage was insurmountable.“…buildings flattened and thousands of people without access to water, food and proper shelter. Hurricane Irma has practicably reduced some of these islands to ground zero. It is, therefore, incumbent upon the Government of Guyana to take immediate action,” he said.The Prime Minister at that meeting also raised concerns about the safety of Guyanese nationals in these Caribbean territories ravaged by Hurricane Irma. “We want to reach out to them…The Task Force, first and foremost, will try to access information about the number of Guyanese affected and the places where they are affected and to make general appeals to Guyanese in the Caribbean to get in touch with the Consulates in those areas or in other parts, where they can access Consulate services. We need the information as to Guyanese who may want to be evacuated or who may want assistance at this point in time of a specific nature,” the Prime Minister explained.He also informed that over the next few days, strenuous efforts would be made to keep an open line of communication to ensure that relatives of those residing in hurricane-hit zones were provided with the necessary information regarding their loved ones.Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge said that Cuba has better infrastructure than many of the other Caribbean countries and noted that from current reports, the Ministry has no reason to believe that scholarship students were in any danger or have suffered in any alarming way. Nevertheless, the Ministry will be setting up a portal on its website to facilitate communication between those affected and their families as well as the authorities in Guyana.Lack of communication is one of the major difficulties that the regional response effort faces. Minister Greenidge explained that while there was a basic framework of communication such as Honorary Consuls, Ambassadors and other diplomatic representatives, the storm has ravaged communications infrastructure, especially in places like St Martin, St Barts and Barbuda.During the meeting, suggestions were made to have a bank account set up to allow persons to donate funds towards relief efforts. While the PSC was open to the idea of sending building materials, food and water and other essential supplies, it has asked Government to find out if these items could be transported to some of these affected countries via air or sea. Recommendations were also made to have the Guyana Power and Light Inc and GTT be put on standby to assist. One businessman also came forward, stating his willingness to donate prefab homes to Barbuda’s rebuilding efforts.last_img read more

first_img“Here’s a report from an international expert setting out the seven deadly sins of dam construction. And Site C is guilty of every one of them,” said Chief Roland Willson, of West Moberly First Nations. “We’ve been hearing rumours of problems at the dam site for a while. But now we’ve got the cold hard facts, and nobody can blame us for the massive delays and cost overruns to come. They can thank the Premier himself for those.”The full report, which contains a number of redactions, can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A report written by a former hydroelectric dam engineer commissioned by the West Moberly First Nations says that there is an “extremely high probability” that the Site C Dam will be delayed by at least one year.The report was drafted by E. Harvey Elwin, who reviewed a number of confidential documents that the First Nation obtained ahead of a court hearing later this month into its application for an injunction to halt work on the project.Elwin previously worked as an engineer, project manager, and consultant on a number of hydroelectric projects, including the $27.6 billion Three Gorges Dam in China – the largest electrical power station in the world. He also served as a lead project manager responsible for design and construction of the $2.25 billion Ghazi Barotha Hydroelectric Project in Pakistan.- Advertisement -In his report, Elwin contradicts a number of recent assurances made by Energy Minister Michelle Mungall and BC Hydro president and COO Chris O’Riley, who have both said in the past two months that the project is on track with its current schedule and budget.Elwin’s report identifies seven distinct “major risk issues” responsible for current and future delays, the first being major setbacks in the placement of almost 2 million cubic meters of concrete for the dam’s right bank roller compacted concrete buttress. Elwin says that only 35 percent of the planned concrete was placed in 2017, and that acceleration efforts this year appear to have failed. Delays in concrete placement have ripple effects on other critical steps, leading Mr. Elwin to conclude that there is an “extremely high probability” that the Project Milestones will be delayed, pushing river diversion, reservoir filling, and the project’s in-service dates back by at least one year.BC Hydro has previously estimated the cost of a one-year delay to be over $600 million.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles International Airport might soon build a new $2 billion concourse that will better accommodate supersize airliners, under a plan scheduled for consideration today by the City Council. The council is poised to direct Los Angeles World Airports – the city agency that operates LAX – to move ahead with building 10 airline gates adjacent to Tom Bradley International Terminal, with room for future growth. The plan also calls for installing a U.S. Customs and Border Protection screening system and a people-mover that would connect the new gates to the Bradley terminal. It would take about four years to build the so-called Midfield Terminal, funded by airport revenues. “Putting more contact gates on Bradley is a very smart move,” said City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose 11th District includes LAX. “I’m focused on the Midfield Terminal as a long-range strategy, and we’re looking forward to getting this going.” Mega-jumbo jets – such as the Airbus A380 – are scheduled to begin regular flights to LAX starting next year, but the airport only has two gates to accommodate the aircraft. Airlines planning to use the Airbus A380 and other huge jetliners have questioned whether LAX will be ready to comfortably handle more than two at a time. In response, Councilwoman Janice Hahn called for a study to determine whether the city should move ahead with plans to build more gates to accommodate the large-scale jets. “Airlines are choosing their routes for the upcoming year, and some of them are beginning to choose other airports,” Hahn said. “We needed to do something to show we’re serious and fight for our share of the airline industry. We want their business and we don’t want them to fly over us to other airports.” The idea of building a satellite concourse near the Bradley terminal has been around for several years and was allowed as part of a legal settlement two years ago. The Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, one of the groups the city settled with, supports the plan because it replaces efforts to build an entirely new facility near LAX, according to the group’s president, Denny Schneider. (310) 543-6674160Want 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_img Another ingredient in the pills, Fenproporex, is a stimulant that the body converts to amphetamine. Users of the diet pills have flunked drug tests after their urine tested positive for amphetamines, said Terry Hall, laboratory director of Toxicology Testing Service Inc. in Miami. Hall said tests he conducted on the pills, done at the behest of several people who faced losing their jobs after testing positive for amphetamines, revealed the presence of both Librium and an amphetamine-type compound, Hall said. Other samples he subsequently tested appeared to be drug-free. “I tested a couple other products and as far as I can see, it is complicated enough that one buying a product over the Internet has no way of knowing what product you’re going to get,” Hall said. The pills are typically sold in kits, containing two varieties of capsules, with different “levels” to be used at different stages of a weight-loss regimen, the FDA said. Herbathin Inc. sells a 45-day supply of the pills through its Web site for $185. A call to the company went unanswered on Friday. However, its Web site claims the “natural” pills are made from “over 40 different herbs among other high quality ingredients” and that the herbs “come fresh from the Brazilian rain forest, the Pantanal and some are grown in special nurseries.” The FDA said the pills are imported and distributed by two Florida companies, Emagrece Sim Laboratories Inc. of Miami, and EMIEX Corp. of Doral, Fla. No telephone listing for Emagrece Sim Laboratories Inc. could be found. Eduardo Ramos, president of EMIEX, said his company acted as the agent for the Brazilian manufacturer of the pills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The FDA warned consumers Friday not to use two illegal Brazilian diet pills because testing has revealed they may contain tranquilizers, antidepressants and stimulants. The pills are sold over the Web as Emagrece Sim, or the Brazilian Diet Pill, and Herbathin, the Food and Drug Administration said. The pills are billed as all-natural but may contain active ingredients, including controlled substances, normally found only in prescription drugs like Librium and Prozac. Their use can lead to serious side effects or injury, the FDA said. The active ingredient in Librium, chlordiazepoxide, can be habit-forming. “These products are illegal. They’re purported to be dietary supplements except they contain significant prescription drug ingredients,” said David Elder, director of the FDA’s Office of Enforcement. He added that an FDA investigation, triggered by a September consumer complaint, would “continue and expand as needed.” last_img read more

first_imgYet, overall complaints appear to be dropping. For instance, in June 2005, the MTA received 242 complaints about service in the San Fernando Valley compared with 148 in June 2006. Systemwide, complaints fell from 1,245 in June 2005 to 926 in June 2006. About 15 percent of the complaints came from the Valley, which accounts for roughly 20 percent of MTA’s service area. Of those, 20 percent complained about buses passing them up, 14 percent about unreliable schedules, 10 percent about discourteous drivers and 9 percent about unsafe operations. There were also comments about dirty vehicles and distracting passengers. In some cases, complaints have resulted in driver discipline, including one driver who was suspended for 30 days after accumulating 20 customer complaints for being rude and making inappropriate remarks to customers. But some say that the complaint number _ (800) COMMUTE _ is insufficient because comments are made anonymously and there’s no opportunity for feedback. “There needs to be a more extensive program, where they can call and have the ability for people to respond back to them,” said Manuel Criollo, a lead organizer for the Bus Riders Union, a transit advocate group. But, even more pressing is the need to increase the frequency of service, said Criollo, whose group filed suit against the MTA more than a decade ago, resulting in a consent decree that forced the MTA to increase bus service across the region. (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bus and train riders in the sprawling San Fernando Valley had more service complaints than commuters in any other area of Los Angeles, a new MTA report shows. A survey of comments made on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s toll-free complaint line shows that Valley residents are most peeved about buses that pass them by. MTA officials noted that these types of complaints spike in the summer, when riders seek shade to get out of the blazing heat, so may not be clearly visible to bus drivers. But riders also expressed frustration about the reliability of service. Valley bus lines tend to be longer _ as much as 40 miles _ yet the buses also run less often, which can make it difficult to make connections. “If I have to be somewhere at a given time, it becomes difficult to rely on public transit, if you are unsure if you are going to get there on time,” said Faramarz Nabari, a 29-year-old consultant from Sherman Oaks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“If you are riding a bus line with infrequent service, if the bus is late, early or doesn’t come at all, then you are stuck waiting for a long time.” But the MTA is in the process of reconfiguring routes _ changes that will take effect in December. Several longer routes will be shortened, but the frequency will not necessarily increase. MTA officials say drivers on longer lines are more likely to encounter traffic jams that could throw off bus schedules. By cutting down the miles traveled, the MTA hopes to cut down on delays. “I am not satisfied with where we are because customer complaints are a reflection of what people think about us, and I have to continue to improve,” said Gary Spivak, an MTA transportation manager for the East Valley. “We have issues that we continue to work on.” The report, which was reviewed Wednesday night by the MTA’s Valley Sector Council, shows that from October through December 2005, the MTA logged about four complaints per 100,000 boardings in the Valley, compared with three complaints citywide. last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR – Three men suffered stab wounds in a fight, apparently in a dispute over stolen CDs from two years ago, police said Sunday. None of the wounds was life-threatening, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Kevin Maiberger said. The identities of the three men were not immediately released. Police and ambulances were responding to a traffic collision in the 14500 block of Dyer Street and found a man suffering from a stab wound to the neck, Maiberger said. En route to the hospital, the man said he suffered the wound during a fight over music CDs that were stolen, Maiberger said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesAt the hospital, police found two other men with stab wounds who had fought with the victim. – Daily Newslast_img read more

first_img272: Deaths of U.S. servicemen and women in and around Afghanistan. 2,659: Deaths of U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq war. 21,000: Members of U.S. military now in Afghanistan. 145,000: Members of U.S. military now in Iraq. 1.35 million: Members of U.S. military deployed for Afghan and Iraq wars since 2001. • Video: Nine-Eleven: Then and Now • Blog: Remembering September 11th • Link: Special SectionCold, dry numbers can never tell the full story, especially not a story that has had such a wide and powerful global impact as the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Lives were changed forever on that day, and lives continue to change in ways big and small. Some changes come in large waves, some are tiny ripples. WAR 380,000: National Guard and Reserve members among those deployed for Afghan and Iraq wars. CULTURE 11: Weeks the Sept. 11 commission’s final report was No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction. $19 million: Movie ticket sales for “World Trade Center” on its first weekend in theaters. (Director Oliver Stone’s best weekend debut ever.) $119 million: Ticket sales for Michael Moore’s anti-Bush documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11,” the top-grossing documentary of all time. 1,248: Books published related to the Sept. 11 attacks. PRICE TAGS $2.50: Security fee paid by airline passengers for each leg of every trip flown. $2.1 million: Average award from government compensation fund to families of those killed on Sept. 11. $150 million: Assets of terrorists frozen worldwide. $40 billion: Airline industry losses. $432 billion: Approved by Congress for Iraq and the war on terrorism. ENEMIES 1: Person in this country charged with a crime in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks. 6: Life sentences for Zacarias Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty to conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers. 42: Groups designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the secretary of state. 456: People charged in U.S. terrorism-related investigations. 91: Percent of terrorism cases recommended by FBI and other agencies that Justice Department lawyers declined to prosecute in the first eight months of the 2006 budget year. 455: Detainees at Guantanamo Bay detention center. 5,000: Suspected terrorists captured or killed outside United States with CIA help. SENTRIES 16: Times the color-coded threat level has been raised or lowered by federal government. 18: Times undercover investigators with fake IDs breezed through U.S. border checkpoints in a test by Government Accountability Office. 40.3 million: Prohibited items confiscated from carry on bags since Transportation Security Agency took over airport screening in November 2002. ATTITUDES 46: Percent of people polled in the United States who are confident Osama bin Laden will be caught. 50: Percent who say the attacks affect the way they live their lives today. 60: Percent who think there will be more terrorism in the United States because the U.S. went to war in Iraq. 95: Percent who remember exactly where they were or what they were doing when they heard about the attacks. – Associated Press160Want 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_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father getty Can Arsenal get a deal for Kieran Tierney over the line before the transfer deadline? REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Bruno Fernandes scored against Liverpool in a pre-season friendly on Thursday morning LATEST Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? getty LATEST TRANSFER NEWS AND GOSSIP The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal have NOT given up their pursuit of Celtic defender Kieran Tierney and the Scotland international ‘will soon be on his way to the Emirates’, talkSPORT has been told.Unai Emery is desperate to strengthen his defence this summer and had made left-back Tierney one of his top targets, with the 22-year-old reportedly keen to move to north London. He added: “Fernandes’ name has been on the lips of United fans all summer and even more so after the shone against Liverpool and drew words of praise from Jurgen Klopp.“It looks to me that Man United are getting further away.“The player has expressed interest in a move to England but that move to Old Trafford now looks unlikely.“United have been briefing journalists he is not their number one target. Now, either Solskjaer has an ace up his sleeve or United simply don’t have the funds to complete this big money transfer.” It was claimed earlier this week that the Gunners had decided to give up their chase after seeing a third bid rejected by Celtic.However, according to talkSPORT correspondent Alex Crook, Arsenal are still chasing the Scot’s signature and an agreement for the player is ‘inching closer’.Speaking on talkSPORT host Jim White’s transfer round-up, he said on Thursday: “It could be a busy could of days for Arsenal.“Announcements are imminent for the arrivals of Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid and young Saint Etienne defender William Saliba – and they are still very much in the hunt for Kieran Tierney. targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Bringing Juventus striker Dybala to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would a huge statement of intent from Spurs moving on 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ three-way race 3 “We know the Gunners have already had an offer of £15m dismissed out of hand, as Celtic want closer to £25m.“But it does appear, according to my sources, that an agreement between the two clubs is inching closer.“It looks like Tierney will be on his way to the Emirates.”The talkSPORT reporter also brought us the latest reports on Manchester United’s pursuit of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes and Tottenham’s interest in Juventus striker Paulo Dybala.Earlier in the window, Portugal international Fernandes looked certain to join the Red Devils, but according to Crook that deal now looks unlikely. On the shock Dybala to Spurs links, Crook gave hope to Tottenham fans that a deal could happen, especially after the club chairman Daniel Levy negotiated a new shirt sponsorship deal with AIA worth £320m.“This is one that has come completely out of the blue overnight,” he said.“It does appear this is a deal Mauricio Pochettino wants to make happen.“They would have to fork out £80m to sign the Argentine from Juventus, and what a statement of intent it would be for Tottenham.“They’ve just signed that big-money shirt sponsorship deal, so maybe this is going to be the first of the money laid down from that deal.” TOP WORK Getty Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 3 targets last_img read more

first_imgMet Éireann has issued a status yellow wind warning for Donegal as powerful conditions get set to hit the county.The warning is valid from Friday 8 February at 6am until 8pm.Met Eireann says it will be very windy on Friday with possibly storm force winds along parts of the coast. Yellow wind warning issued for Donegal this Friday was last modified: February 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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 weatherMet Eireannweatherwind warninglast_img read more