3 Police, 4 BIN Officers Provide Security for Vahun District

first_imgThe Daily Observer has been told that there are fewer than 10 law enforcement officers in Vahun District, Lofa County. Three Police and four Immigration (BIN) officers provide security for a population of 17,137 in the district comprising three clans.Vahun District is so close to the border with Sierra Leone that most of its residents conduct a majority of their daily business activities with the Sierra Leonean border town of Kenema.Most of the inhabitants have the Sierra Leonean accent and are predominantly of the Mende-speaking tribe. The Sierra Leonean currency is also legal tender in that part of the country and it is exchanged at 100 Liberian dollars to 5,000 Leones.Our reporter, who recently travelled with Vice President Joseph Boakai to the district, found time off to speak with both the police and immigration officers.A police officer (named withheld) revealed that they are only three officers assigned to the entire district. A look around in the police cell, housed within the head office at the far end of the city, took journalists by surprise and drew a question for the police officer.What happened that the cells are empty and the doors are open? They are even very clean.The police officer responded, “This is a very lawful district. We don’t have any trouble here. We work along with the youth leader who helps us to keep the peace among the young people. They respect him a lot and don’t cause trouble for us and themselves.”Further down the road toward the main border post with Sierra Leone, is the BIN office. It is housed in a thatched hut, which leaks profusely when it rains. The hut is at least a mile and half away from the main demarcation line dividing Sierra Leone and Liberia. At the time of the visit, Wednesday, May 20, only two BIN officers were on duty and one of them revealed that they were only four assigned in the district, which has more than 10 illegal entry points and at least one international crossing point.One of them stated: “We need good space to operate from. We are operating from this makeshift place as national security officers. This does not look presentable at all for us as a country.”He stated that they usually abandon their post whenever it begins to rain because the hut leaks.VP Boakai was last week in Vahun to tell Lofaians thanks for working together to flush Ebola out of the county. He promised “personally to fix” a particular bad spot on the only road that links the district with the rest of the country.During most of the 15 years of civil war, the district was completely cut off from the rest of Liberia, except by bush paths.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA’s first grid-connected solar PV plant

first_img16 September 2013 Norway-based Scatec Solar announced on Monday that it had completed its 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Kalkbult in the Northern Cape three months ahead of schedule, making it first project under South Africa’s renewable energy programme for private producers to be grid connected and operational. Scatec Solar was one of 28 independent power producers that signed contracts with the government late last year, in the first round of a programme that will see an initial 1 400 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy being added to South Africa’s energy mix, while bringing an estimated R47-billion in new investment into the country. The Department of Energy aims to bring 17 800 MW from renewable sources online by 2030. Scatec Solar has been awarded three projects with total capacity of 190 MW under the government’s programme. Construction of its next two projects, located in the Northern and Eastern Cape, has started and completion is expected by the middle of next year. The completed Kalkbult plant consists of more than 312 000 solar panels mounted on 156 kilometres of substructure, inverters, transformers and a sub-station. Kalkbult’s electricity will be sold to state company Eskom through a 20-year purchase agreement. According to Scatec Solar, the annual production of 135-million kWh will cover the electricity demand of 33 000 households, while reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by almost 115 000 tons per year. “The South African authorities are committed to implementing an ambitious renewable energy programme, and we find great satisfaction in being able to contribute to its success through our own projects, which we have actively been developing in South Africa over the last four years,” Scatec Solar CEO Raymond Carlsen said in a statement on Monday. “This country boasts some of the best conditions for solar power in the world, and the annual output of 135-million kWh produced at the Kalkbult plant will benefit both the region and the local community in which we operate.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Lion Air’s safety record a mixed bag

first_imgLion Air is Indonesia’s biggest privately-owned airline, runs second to Malaysia’s AirAsia in terms of South-East Asian low-cost carriers and been responsible for some of the world’s biggest aircraft orders.It has a chequered past when it comes to accidents but has moved in recent years to improve its operations by joining a global audit regime.The group was founded in 1999 by Indonesian-Chinese brothers Rusdi and Kusnan Kirana and started operations the following year.It grew rapidly,  launching short-haul commuter subsidiary Wings Air in 2003 and Batik Air in 2013. It is also a joint venture partner in Malaysia’s Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air.The group currently operates a fleet of more than 300 aircraft, ranging from turboprops to older McDonnell Douglas planes and an aging Boeing 747.  They serve a mix of domestic and international destinations, including Australia.But the single-aisle Boeing 737, and to a lesser extent the Airbus A320, form the backbone of the group fleet with Lion Air’s services are nearly all operated by the Boeing jet.Headline-grabbing aircraft orders included a record 2011 deal to buy 230 Boeing jets listing at $US21.7 billion and a 2013 order for 234 Airbus jets worth $US24 billion at list prices.More recently, it signed a 2017 deal for 50 737 MAX 10 jets worth more than $US6 billion at catalog prices.The airline’s safety record has been mixed and at one stage it was banned, along with other Indonesia carriers from flying to the US and Europe because of safety concerns.Indonesian airlines were cleared to fly to the US in 2016 and that year Europe lifted its ban on Lion Air.READ:  Lion Air’s erratic speed and altitude graphs revealed.The European Commission also lifted its blanket ban on Indonesia carriers in mid-2018 after the country returned mostly above average results in a 2017 review by the  International Civil Aviation Organisation Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program.The EC has said it has no immediate plans to retintroduce the ban on Lion Air as a result of Monday’s crash.ICAO’s audit reviews the national aviation system and looks at operations, airworthiness, accident investigation, aerodromes, organization, legislation, air navigation services and licensing.The 2017 audit saw Indonesia score above the global average in six of the eight areas, was average in one and slightly below average — by about 0.1 of a percentage point — when it came to organization.Its highest ICAO score of 90.91 percent was for airworthiness.Lion Air, Batik Air and Garuda have all also completed the International Air Transport Association completed IOSA, which is conducted every two years and is designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.It looks at more than 1000 parameters and has become an internationally recognized aviation standard since its inception 15 years ago.In 2017, the all accident rate for airlines on the IOSA registry was nearly four times better than that of non-IOSA airlines (0.56 vs. 2.17) and it was nearly three times better over the 2012-16 period.Nonetheless, Lion Air’s chequered safety history has seen one other fatal crash and a number of aircraft written off.Its last fatal accident was in 2004, when 25 people died after a McDonnell-Douglas MD-82 overran a runway while landing at Solo City in central Java and crashed into a metal fence and cemetery.The most recent prior to Monday’s tragedy was a runway excursion in April this year at Gorontalo in which a Boeing 737-800 was substantially damaged.A 2013 incident saw a Boeing 737 crash short of the runway at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and break in two. The crash injured 46 people, four of them seriously, and was attributed to pilot error.Two passengers also suffered serious injuries after a Lion Air plane bounced four times in hard landing at Surabaya-Juanda Airport in 2007.The Aviation Safety Network’s accident database shows Lion Air aircraft were damaged beyond repair in accidents in 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013.Batik Air has had one aircraft substantially damaged in a ground collision attributed to poor air traffic control coordination.last_img read more

Two Small Kids Left inside 110-degree Car While Mom Shops

first_imgA mother was inside a South Carolina Walmart for more than an hour while her two small children were left inside a vehicle, according to arrest warrants. Alyssa Gabriella Oliver is charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.Arrest warrants released Thursday afternoon reveal that several witnesses saw a seven-month-old and 20-month-old crying and sweating heavily in the backseat of the vehicle on Tuesday. Officers managed to get the two children out of the vehicle. The children were taken to the hospital for treatment.An officer spoke with a loss prevention officer inside the store on South Irby Street, who said Oliver was seen parking her vehicle and walking into the store at 1:41 p.m. without her children, the warrant states. Documents show the officer located Oliver as she was leaving the store at 2:50 p.m.- Sponsor – The arrests warrants say the temperature inside the vehicle was checked by an infrared thermometer and it read 110 degrees. Oliver is currently at the Florence County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond. The children were placed in the care of South Carolina Department of Social Services… WMBF News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Jagmohan Dalmiya remains king of Bengal cricket, Buddhadeb cries foul

first_imgKOLKATA: The final tally read – Jagmohan Dalmiya: 61, Prasun Mukherjee + Buddhadeb Bhattacharya + Sourav Ganguly: 56. A day after the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) election, a fuming Bhattacharya, synonymous with power in West Bengal, proclaimed that this was a “triumph of evil over good”. But none could,KOLKATA: The final tally read – Jagmohan Dalmiya: 61, Prasun Mukherjee + Buddhadeb Bhattacharya + Sourav Ganguly: 56.A day after the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) election, a fuming Bhattacharya, synonymous with power in West Bengal, proclaimed that this was a “triumph of evil over good”. But none could defeat CAB’s president, re-elected on July 30 after a nail-biting election.That is because not everyone was against him. At the Maidan, the city’s hub of cricket clubs, his supporters want Dalmiya to continue the “good work”. Dalmiya’s fight for his last piece of turf, after he lost the elections of Board of Control for Cricket in India last year, had indeed turned murky.TRIUMPHANT: Jagmohan Dalmiya (left) after winning CAB pollsIt took a political hue when the chief minister decided it was his duty to get CAB a new president and fielded Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee, while advising Dalmiya to steer clear of the elections. Sourav Ganguly, desperate for a recall to the Indian cricket team, changed loyalties to e-mail the Mukherjee camp alleging the current CAB administrators of ruining cricketers’ careers.But Dalmiya won, and humbly said this was just a platform to fight the BCCI cases pending against him. Bhattacharya, who has never tasted political loss, was taken aback by Mukherjee’s defeat. He now has a lot to answer for-CPM stalwart Jyoti Basu and his own partymen want to know why he interfered with the independent election process of a sports body.Basu has also strongly disapproved of Bhattacharya’s public outburst where he demanded, “I want Dalmiya to leave.”The truth remains. Jagmohan Dalmiya is still the king of Bengal cricket, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. Meanwhile, the inswings continue.advertisementlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant may win yet another trophy—an Oscar

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais “What??” Bryant responded on Twitter. “This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention.”The reaction to Bryant’s nomination was not all positive, however. Some on social media recalled the athlete’s sex assault case from more than a decade ago. “Congrats Academy you just nominated an accused rapist — Kobe Bryant for best animated short,” wrote Melissa Silverstein, of Women and Hollywood, on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBryant was accused in June 2003 of sexual assault by a worker at hotel in the Vail, Colorado area. Sexual assault charges were filed but dropped the following year after the woman told prosecutors she was unwilling to testify. Bryant in 2005 entered an out-of-court settlement with the woman for undisclosed terms.The academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Arellano survives stern test, turns back Perpetual Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentscenter_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant arrives for a halftime ceremony, retiring both of his jersey’s during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, in Los Angeles. Bryant is nominated for an Oscar in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)LOS ANGELES — Does Kobe Bryant need another trophy? He might get one — at the Oscars.Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, was nominated in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. He was nominated along with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane.ADVERTISEMENT Bryant’s poem begins: “Dear Basketball, from the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks, and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, I knew one thing was real: I fell in love with you.”It reflects on how time is running out. “I can’t love you obsessively for much longer,” it says. “This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”It ends by counting down the final five seconds on a game clock.Bryant, 39, a five-time NBA champion, played 20 seasons with the Lakers before retiring last year.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Australia Takes First Blood in the Mixed Open Division

first_imgNew Zealand was the first team to score before Australia hit back to lead at half-time and take a four touchdown win. Australia’s Nikki Etheridge impressed for the Australians, scoring four touchdowns. It took until the ninth minute of the match for either country to get on the scoreboard, and it was New Zealand who took the early advantage with Tiwi Davis scoring. The Australians were quick to hit back however, with Nikki Etheridge the recipient of a great long ball from Peter Watkins to score in the corner to level the game at 1-all. Michael Chapman scored his first touchdown for Australia just after the midway mark of the half, when a deflected pass landed in his hands to give them a 2-1 lead. Watkins again set up Etheridge for her second of the game and when Sarah Spacie scored in the corner in the 18th minute, Australia had a handy 3-1 lead. New Zealand hit back just before the siren to bring the deficit back to two touchdowns, with Clayton Ngawharau diving over but the Australians went to the half-time break up by two touchdowns, 4-2. Australia was quick to get back on the scoreboard in the second half, with co-captain Roy Prasad the recipient of a switch from Watkins, to take a 5-2 lead. Etheridge got her first touchdown of the second half in the third minute of the second when Sebe Rey darted from acting half to take a four touchdown lead. New Zealand’s Awhina Savage helped reduce the deficit to three touchdowns at the midway mark of the second half, scoring in the corner for her side to trail by just three, 6-3. Watkins was in the thick of the action two minutes later, with Spacie scoring her second to extend her side’s lead to four, and Etheridge made it a five touchdown lead with five minutes remaining with her fourth touchdown. New Zealand’s Lauren Ensor scored with minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough to spark a Kiwi comeback, with the new look Australian team taking a four touchdown win, 8-4. Highlights of the game can be viewed at the TFA YouTube channel. Please click on the link to view the highlights:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WC8pLLb2Ys&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=1&feature=plcpAustralia – 8 (Nikki Etheridge 4, Sarah Spacie 2, Michael Chapman and Rohit Prasad) defeated New Zealand – 4 (Tiwi Davis, Lauren Ensor, Clayton Ngawharau and Awhina Savage)Half time: Australia 4 – New Zealand 2Referees – Mick Medlin, Andrew Williams and Anthony Smithlast_img read more

3 days ago​Atalanta boss Gasperini pays tribute to Man City counterpart Guardiola

first_img​Atalanta boss Gasperini pays tribute to Man City counterpart Guardiolaby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has received praise from Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini.The Italian outfit are in England as they face off against City in the UEFA Champions League group stages.And Gasperini has not forgotten a gesture of kindness from Guardiola a few years ago, when the former was sacked by Inter Milan.Gasperini said at his press conference: “His compliments are very welcome. I have got nothing to add to what has already been said about Pep Guardiola, not just as a coach but as a human being.”He made a really nice gesture towards me and I can’t forget that. This makes this occasion even more poignant.”When I was sacked by Inter he called me and invited me to go to Barcelona to see them. It was a very nice gesture from a human point of view at a very difficult moment for me.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Urban Meyer Says “Everything Is Fine” And There’s “No Issue” With Braxton Miller’s Instagram Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller promotes Advocare products.Last week, Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller posted a photo on Instagram that was believed by some to possibly be an NCAA violation. Miller, a rep for Authentik Fitness, promoted the nutritional products in the photo and listed his email as a point of contact for potential buyers. Under NCAA bylaws, student-athletes are not allowed to use their likeness to help companies profit. According to Urban Meyer, though, “everything is fine” and there is “no issue.” Urban Meyer answers @CantonRepdotcom ? About Braxton Miller NCAA endorsement issue “everything is fine. No issue.”— toddporter (@toddporter) March 30, 2015That’s, obviously, good news for Ohio State fans. The Buckeyes open their 2015 season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech. Will Miller be the man behind center?last_img read more

Norled to Build Worlds 1st HydrogenElectric Ferry

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Ferry company Norled AS and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration signed an agreement on Tuesday for the construction of the world’s first hydrogen-electric ferry.The newbuilding is expected to become operational in 2021, connecting the national road 13 between Hjelmeland – Skipavik – Nesvik in Rogaland.The zero-emission ferry will be able to carry 299 passengers and 80 cars.Norled won the development contract in competition with Fjord 1 and Boreal. The contract includes the development, construction and operation of the hydrogen-electric ferry where at least 50 percent of the energy requirement is covered by hydrogen.“On behalf of Norled, I am both proud and humble to be a part of this pioneer project. We are looking forward to cooperating on another development project initiated by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. This represents a green historical turning point for both Norled and the rest of the maritime sector,” Ingvald Løyning, Chairman, Norled, commented.“The concept of the new hydrogen ferry is clear. In front of us, both development work and detailed planning await. I am confident that Norled will deliver a new innovative product that will be a green milestone with success for all parties involved,” Løyning added.“Hydrogen will be the last piece to get zero emissions in the ferry sector. Hydrogen is the solution where electric operation alone is not possible,” Terje Moe Gustavsen, Director in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, said.Norway is said to be the world leader in zero and low emission technology. The Roads Director believes that players have a good starting point when next hydrogen projects are launched around the world.Zero emissions in the ferry sector result in an emission reduction of 600,000 tons of CO2 each year.last_img read more