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‘Nimba Wants Tangible ETU’

first_imgSuperintendent Fong Zuagele of Nimba County has underscored that Nimba will need tangible and durable Ebola Treatment Units to be constructed rather than make-shift ones.Speaking during the visit of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG) Madam Karin Landgren to Nimba last Monday, Supt. Zaugele said  tangible and durable ETU will be better for the citizens than the building of makeshift ones,  which might last for just a short period of time.Since Ebola is a very serious and deadly outbreak, it is better to construct a tangible and lasting ETU so as to serve the citizens whenever there is another outbreak.Mr. Zuagele’s remarks came after the visiting SRSG reaffirmed UNMIL’s  commitment to working with the people of Nimba in the fight against Ebola.The United Nations cannot end Ebola.  It will only be ended when the citizens of Liberia willingly join the fight by observing all preventive measures published by health workers in the country, she said.Observing the deplorable road condition the county faces, Ms. Landgren said UNMIL will continue with the rehabilitation of roads by repairing the damaged bridges and trenches along the roads.This is the UNMIL Head’s first visit to Nimba since the deadly Ebola virus began raging in the Mano River countries since March this year.She also used the occasion to talk with civil society organizations of Nimba, but what was discussed remains undisclosed.Nimba County was badly hit with the Ebola Virus, leaving about 200 persons dead.The only treatment center in Nimba is situated at the Compound of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, which was formally an eye clinic.With funding from Arcelor Mittal, Nimba was able to get the Ganta Eye Clinic to be transformed into the only ETU.There is concern among many citizens in Nimba about providing a proper ETU so as to enable the doctors to conduct operations in case any of the Ebola patients come down with conditions that require surgery.“Suppose someone such as a pregnant woman comes down with Ebola and gets into labor. How do we manage, because we do not have any place for such a case,” Dr. Gbarmie wondered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Surging water levels postpones search for boy who drowned in river

first_imgSearch efforts will resume when the water levels recede to allow personnel to continue in safety. Police report an expanded search by air did not yield any results yesterday.The 14-year-old boy was reportedly swimming with other youth on the west side of Red Willow Falls at around 8:50 p.m. when he was pulled under by the current. The falls are located south of Elmworth, a hamlet about 27 kilometres southwest of Beaverlodge.Police are not releasing any more details about the boy at this.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Holguin named woman of the year by Romero

first_imgHolguin has maintained her innocence. “It’s all politics and at this point,” Holguin said. “My true interest is and always will be with the constituents I serve and the rate payers.” Romero said she was unaware of the details of the investigation or the lawsuit, but said she supports Holguin. “I am looking at her in terms of leadership and I think she is a remarkable woman,” Romero said. “Anybody can make an allegation, and that automatically opens an investigation. With respect to the water board, these are bureaucracies that usually operate in the dark of night.” Romero said this year she will continue working with Holguin to bring more attention to local government and strengthen the right of local elected officials to access information. JoAnn Ayala, a teacher in the Baldwin Park Unified School District, said Holguin deserves the award and serves as an example for Latinas. “She continues to be scrutinized by her colleagues for her determination and strong will, which only makes her more of a role model for those of us that do not believe in rubber stamping decisions,” Ayala said. Holguin, 57, has been on the Valley County Water Board for 12 years and is the first Latino and the first woman ever elected to the water board. Holguin has lived in Baldwin Park for 17 years. Valley County Water District serves about 60,000 customers in Baldwin Park, West Covina, Azusa and Irwindale. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – Last year was a turbulent one for Dolores Holguin, but a state honor has brought some calm. State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, will honor Holguin today as her 2007 Woman of the Year, for her work shaping the economic, cultural and social fabric of the East San Gabriel Valley. “Dolores is an activist who I have worked with over the years on putting more sunshine in local politics,” Romero said. “And she was the inspiration for a piece of legislation that was signed into law last session by the governor that dealt with incompatible office holding.” Romero said that along with inspiring Senate Bill 274, Holguin spearheaded completion of the Valley County Water District’s Arrow Lante Treatment Facility at no cost to consumers and was instrumental in adopting the first 9/11 Emergency Preparedness Plan to protect the district’s facilities from terrorist attack. Holguin, who has been accused by the water district of misappropriating public funds, said she is honored by the recognition, but said Romero is the person who should be celebrated. “She is the true hero here. The legislation she wrote now keeps elected officials from holding two elected seats,” Holguin said. “But I do believe this honor truly vindicates me personally from all the actions Valley County Water District has accused me of.” In October the district filed suit against Holguin, alleging she pocketed about $4,750 in district payments that were supposed to be used to cover medical insurance costs. Keith Lemieux, the district’s attorney, said Holguin was not the only director who owed the district money but is the only one who has refused to pay the money back. Jennifer Snyder, head deputy of the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Division, said her office is continuing its investigation into Holguin. last_img read more

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Anthem may get revival

first_imgWe seem to insist we can’t play ball without someone first singing about “the rockets’ red glare.” But Francis Scott Key probably would be pleading for “bombs bursting in air” if it meant some people stopped abusing his work. We have dozens of rules about handling the flag, but we will let nearly anybody with an open microphone and no shame assault the national anthem. Leaving it garbled, out-of-tune, shrill, histrionic. It’s enough to make you wonder if any Middle Eastern mob ever willingly inflicted more damage on an American icon. Thankfully, things may be getting better. By taking advantage of the latest spasm of national vanity and ego-mongering – yes, “American Idol.” A show about a few people with talent and thousands more who are convinced they do. Local baseball franchises have seized on the Idol phenomenon to stage “national anthem competitions” for aspiring singers. American sports is very hard on the national anthem. No fumbling quarterback is so abused. No myopic umpire as insulted. No flagging thoroughbred as harshly flogged. What we do to the national anthem is a national disgrace. And the most systematic abuse occurs at the hometown level. At high school games and college matches. At minor league ballparks. center_img It allows people with no talent to get up on stage and indulge their vocal fantasies. But it allows the baseball operators to reach a bigger pool of candidates from which to select singers who actually can memorize a lyric and carry a tune in a bucket. Last weekend, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes had more than a hundred singers or groups audition at Victoria Gardens for 40 anthem gigs this season. On Saturday, the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino allowed nearly 80 would-be anthem crooners to show their stuff at Inland Center mall, looking for 25 to sing in tribute to the flag. One would like to think only serious singers show up to these things. One would be wrong. A significant fraction of candidates are tone deaf or stage-struck, or unable to read and sing at the same time. Four judges, two with backgrounds in music, rated 79 singers on a scale of 10 Saturday, and a few contestants garnered as few as 15 points. And that might have been generous on the part of the panel, which should have been issued cotton balls to stuff in their ears at dangerous moments. One little girl, 10-year-old Carly Carlstrom, got a perfect score of 40. Her powerful voice, perfect pitch and nice diction will make her a pleasure to listen to. Four others got near-perfect scores of 39: Jill DeFreitas, Bridget Bradley, Diana Kiuttu and Ricardo Campbell. They should be fine, too. The top candidates showed vocal ability, timing and poise. But it takes more than that to do the national anthem correctly. The anthem isn’t about you, the amateur singer. It’s about the flag and the nation. It’s not about vamping or vocal gymnastics. It’s about making sure you get the lyrics and notes right. Playing it straight. Literally. (One contestant inserted “oh, yeah!” just after “land of the free” and just ahead of “and the home of the brave.” Oh, no.) The new talent-scouting system may be tough on unexpecting shoppers. But it beats the way minor league ballclubs used to find anthem singers: Through submitted tapes, half-hearted tryouts and, occasionally, just letting almost anybody who asked to give it a whack. “You can hear a bad anthem at a major league game,” said 66ers general manager Loren Foxx said, nodding as co-workers reminded us of anthem-thrashers Roseanne Barr and Carl Lewis, to name two. “This lets us get a lot of people on stage, in front of a crowd, with some professional judges. You hope you wind up with the best of the best.” That would be nice. If we’re going to run the anthem out there, it ought to be done well enough that we can stand up and salute. Rather than sit and cringe. DAILYBULLETINFor more musings from columnist Paul Oberjuerge check out his blog at dailybulletin.com/sports. 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

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Euro 2016: England’s route to the final – The cost of not winning Group B

first_img Quarter-final (Saint-Denis, July 3): France – Should Hodgson’s men get through their Group F opponents they will most likely face host nation France, assuming they progress through their Round of 16 tie against either Northern Ireland or third place in Group E (Republic of Ireland, Belgium or Sweden). This is probably the point where the Three Lions will crash out on penalties. 4 4 4 England’s failure to beat Slovakia and win Group B is looking all the more costly after Spain finished second in their group.That means that England will be in the same half of the draw as the tournament’s four favourites, while Wales, who won Group B, face a much easier route.Roy Hodgson decided to make six changes to the side to face Slovakia, despite beating Wales in the previous game and that gamble seems to have backfired.While reaching the final now looks even more farfetched than it did before the tournament began, talkSPORT have mapped out England’s hardest possible route – although the easiest possible route is just as tricky.Click the arrow above, right, to see who the Three Lions could meet at each of Euro 2016’s knockout stages. 4 Round of 16 (Nice, June 27): Portugal – click the arrow, right, to see England’s tricky route to the final – England will not find out their last 16 opponents until Wednesday night with it possible that they could face any side in Group F. Currently occupying the runner-up spot is Iceland, but it could also end up being Hungary, Austria or, in the worst case scenario, Portugal. Semi-final (Marseille, July 7): Germany/Italy/Spain – It doesn’t get any easier should England somehow knock out the host nation and favourites France as they then face the team that gets through the quarter of the draw featuring Germany, Spain and Italy. Italy and Spain face off in the last 16 with Germany likely to be awaiting the winner. Final (Saint Denis, July 10): Belgium – England would surely feel football was finally coming home if they dumped out two of the four favourites and would probably find their easiest game of the knockout stage in the final. Belgium – assuming they finish second – will be the top-ranked side in the other half of the draw but it could easily be Croatia, Poland or even Wales at the Stade de France on July 10.last_img read more

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Hall calls Sutter

first_img“When the phone call came and the caller ID said `New York,’ I thought, oh, maybe this is it,” he said. And when he found out he had made it, Sutter flashed a signal, giving a “thumbs-up” to his wife, sons and daughters-in-law. It might be difficult for Rice and Gossage to gain votes next year, when Cal Ripken Jr., Tony Gwynn and Mark McGwire appear on the ballot for the first time. Each voter may select up to 10 players. “I was planning a hunting trip next year if I didn’t get in this year,” Sutter said. “I didn’t need to be around the phone, I can tell you that.” Andre Dawson was fourth with 317 votes, followed by Bert Blyleven (277), Lee Smith (234), Jack Morris (214), Tommy John (154) and Steve Garvey (135). Pete Rose, baseball’s banned career hits leader, received 10 write-in votes in what would have been his final year of eligibility. Stricken from the ballot after going on the banned list for betting on Cincinnati while managing the team, Rose was written in on 249 of 7,207 ballots (3.5 percent) over 15 years. The other players in the Hall who primarily were relievers are Hoyt Wilhelm (elected in 1985), Rollie Fingers (1992) and Dennis Eckersley (2004). Sutter said Gossage and Smith also should be in. “I just think sometimes that the voters try to compare us with the starting pitchers,” he said. “We can’t compete with their statistics, their innings or their strikeouts. I think if you compare us against each other, I think you’ll see we’re all pretty equal. … Without us, it’s tough to win.” Sutter was a six-time All-Star and the 1979 NL Cy Young Award winner, compiling 300 saves during a 12-season major league career with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis and Atlanta that ended in 1988. He had a 68-71 record with a 2.83 ERA and was third on the saves list when his career was cut short by a torn rotator cuff. Now, he’s 19th in saves. He credited Fred Martin, a Cubs minor-league pitching coach, with teaching him the splitter late in the 1973 season, and Mike Roarke, another Cubs coach, with helping him refine it. “It just tickles me still when you see Roger Clemens, as great as he is, throw a split-finger and the hitter just swings and misses. They don’t see that ball that well,” Sutter said. “Jack Morris threw an awful good one and Mike Scott – there’s a lot of great pitchers over the years that I think that pitch definitely helped their career.” Sutter turned to the splitter following elbow surgery. “I was a little reluctant to throw sliders or breaking balls anymore,” he said. “I was short with the fastball and short with the breaking ball. I needed another pitch or I would never have pitched in the big leagues.” When he first went on the ballot in 1994, Sutter received 109 votes (23.9 percent). His percentage rose to 66.7 last year, when Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg were elected and Sutter fell 43 votes short. “Were my stats good enough? I didn’t know,” Sutter said. “You just kind of keep hoping.” Rice’s percentage increased to 64.8 from 59.5 last year, and Gossage’s rose to 64.6 from 55.2, which bodes well for the pair. The highest percentage of votes gained by a player who wasn’t elected in a later year was 63.4 by Gil Hodges in 1983, his final time on the ballot. Orel Hershiser (58 votes) and Albert Belle (40) were the only players among the 14 first-time candidates to receive 5 percent, meaning they will remain on the ballot next year. Among those dropped were Will Clark (23 votes), Dwight Gooden (17), Willie McGee (12) and Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen (5). Sutter will be inducted into the Hall during ceremonies on July 30 in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Veterans Committee doesn’t vote this year, but a special Negro leagues and pre-Negro leagues selection committee meets Feb. 27 in Tampa, Fla. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – After falling short a dozen times, Bruce Sutter was relieved. He became only the fourth reliever given baseball’s highest honor, gaining election to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“They started screaming,” he recalled, “and, actually, I started crying.” Becoming the first pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame with no career starts, the split-finger pioneer was listed on 76.9 percent of the ballots, collecting 400 of a record 520 votes cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America who have been in the organization for 10 consecutive years or more. “It was a call that you always hope for, but you never really expect it to happen,” Sutter said. “I didn’t think it would affect me or hit me as hard as it did.” Players needed 390 votes (75 percent) to gain election. Boston Red Sox slugger Jim Rice fell 53 short, finishing second with 337 votes (64.8 percent), one ahead of reliever Goose Gossage. Sutter was the first player elected on the 13th try or later since Ralph Kiner in 1975. Rice was appearing for the 12th time and has three years remaining on the writers’ ballot. Gossage was on the ballot for the seventh time. last_img
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SUNKEN SPANISH ARMADA VESSEL FOUND OFF DONEGAL

first_imgUnderwater archaeologists believe they may have discovered a sunken Spanish Armada vessel off the Donegal coast.Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan has announced State funding for an excavation of the wreck at Rutland Sound near Burtonport.The evidence recovered so far indicates that the vessel, which is lying in relatively shallow water, is from the 16th Century and part of the 1588 expedition. Minister Deenihan described the discovery as ‘a major find of significance not only to Ireland but also to the international archaeological, historical and maritime communities’.He added: ‘It could provide huge insight into life on board and the reality of the military and naval resources available to the Armada campaign.’Junior Minister Dinny McGinley has described the find as very exciting and says it could have all sorts for potential for the local area.Ends SUNKEN SPANISH ARMADA VESSEL FOUND OFF DONEGAL was last modified: August 5th, 2011 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:burtonportSpanish Armadalast_img read more

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UNUSUAL CATCH AS DOLPHIN AND ITS CALF SPOTTED IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgThe Bottle-nose Dolphin and its calf at the Port Bridge in Letterkenny. Pic by Jerome Keeney.Letterkenny man Jerome Keeney caught this rare sight at the town’s Port Bridge at the weekend.Keen amateur photographer Jerome was out walking on Friday night when he spotted this Bottle-nose dolphin and its calf in the River Swilly.The dolphins are common around Donegal’s coast but it is very unusual to see them so far inland. The dolphins took advantage of a high tide to explore up the River Swilly UNUSUAL CATCH AS DOLPHIN AND ITS CALF SPOTTED IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 17th, 2016 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:dolphindonegalJEROME KEENEYletterkennyPort Bridgelast_img read more

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DONEGAL RIDER LISA, 17, FLYING THE FLAG FOR IRELAND AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgSeventeen year old Lisa Moore from Ramelton is currently en route to Mont le Soie, Vielsalm in Belgium as part of the team to represent TREC Ireland at the 2013 European Young Rider Championships.Since discovering the sport early in 2011, Lisa and Jo have had a host of success including winning the Level 1 National Championships in 2011, the Donegal Championships in 2013 and the top young rider at the Irish National Championships in 2013.Originally developed as a method of testing the navigational skill of profession trail guides in the French Alps, TREC is a growing sport which tests the skills and competence of the rider and the partnership with their horse. TREC is composed of three phases, POR (Parcours d’Orientation et de Regularite), is the Orienteering phase. Riders follow a given route on a map at given speeds. Checkpoints are placed along the route, but their locations are unknown to the riders.For young riders this route is up to 32km and requires great accuracy in compass skills, ridden bearings and grid references. The control of paces phase demonstrates the discipline, balance and training of the horse.Riders are asked to show canter and trot (without breaking) along a 150m corridor that is 2-4m wide. The highest marks are awarded for the slowest canter and the fastest walk. The final phase, the PTV is a cross country based skills test include obstacles which are mounted and some which are led. This phase may be up to 5km in length.The Irish team for this event comprises Lisa and her pony Jo Dazzler, Katie Smyth (Whitethorn Jack) and Rohan Madhavan (Annie’s Prince), both from County Kildare as well as Annie O’Neill (Templebready Poppy) from West Cork. Chef d’Equipe Gwen Bastian and Karen Murphy, Secretary of TREC Ireland, will be on hand for the Championships, as well as a huge contingent of family and friends travelling to Belgium to support the team.Riders will be arriving in Belgium on Monday 2nd of September with horses arriving on Tuesday 3rd, to allow all to settle in and get familiar with the terrain, and of course, the maps. The competition begins on Friday 6th with the vetting and equipment check, with the Orienteering taking place on Saturday 7th, and the Control of Paces and PTV (Obstacles) on Sunday 8th.Members of the Donegal TREC group would like to wish Lisa, Jo and all the team the very best of luck in the Championship and commend them on this huge achievement.DONEGAL RIDER LISA, 17, FLYING THE FLAG FOR IRELAND AT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: September 4th, 2013 by John2Share 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:European champsLisa MooreRameltonTREClast_img read more

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Mayor: Cease charity events

first_imgThe city’s Building and Safety Department, which enforces zoning codes and issues essential permits for construction projects, has been ordered to stop holding charity fundraisers after some construction companies made donations. The department will prohibit employees from soliciting money for charity, department Assistant Bureau Chief Robert Steinbach said. The agency also will return about $7,800 of nearly $12,800 in donations it raised from a “casino night” fundraiser held Monday at a Hollywood nightclub, Steinbach said on Thursday. Some construction and development companies paid undisclosed amounts to be listed as event sponsors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Our department does not want to be in the position to be accused of improprieties,” Steinbach said. “There’s no profit for the department in this.” For 17 years, the department has operated a fund that raised money for such charities as the March of Dimes, the United Way and the Red Cross. However, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office ordered an immediate halt to fundraising after learning of the casino event, according to a letter Wednesday from the mayor’s attorney, Thomas Saenz, to Andrew Adelman, general manager of the building department. The office was concerned that seeking donations from builders “may be perceived as coercive,” the letter said.last_img read more