Anyaa Vohiri, CEO of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency receives the award on behalf of the AgencyMadam Anyaa Vohiri, CEO of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was overwhelmed when organizers of ‘Liberian CEO, Business and Leadership Awards’ called her on stage twice to receive two separate awards — one for the EPA and another for herself.Madam Vohiri had gone to the award ceremony held recently at the Monrovia City Hall with no idea that she and the EPA would be honored with two separate awards, a release from the agency has said.But, to her utmost surprise, the EPA was rewarded with Liberia’s ‘Best Regulatory Agency of the Year’ Award for her stance over the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), while she was provided Liberia most prestigious corporate award.According to the release, Madam Vohiri was also awarded the ‘Outstanding Public Leadership Award’ for her contributions to the progress the country has made over the years.The award, according to the organizers, demonstrates Madam Vohiri’s efficient leadership ability at the Environmental Protection Agency.Peter SaSellu, chairman of the organizing committee of the Liberian CEO, Business and Leadership Awards, said that the award bestowed on the EPA executive director, was established to recognize and celebrate exceptional leadership in Liberia.SaSellu told an audience of leading corporate executives, managers and professionals from major companies, banks and investment firms that Madam Vohiri selection for the award was based on her hard work, innovation and excellence leadership ability.“As a private sector-driven initiative, we have selected and honored Madam Vohiri, who has exemplified leadership excellence, hard work, innovation and commitment,” Mr. SaSellu said.Shortly after she received the awards, Madam Vohiri, who danced to the stage, expressed surprise for the honors.She requested EPA staff at that ceremony to join her to celebrate the awards, who she later dedicated the awards to, adding that without them, EPA could not have reached thus far.Madam Vohiri said protecting the environment is every one’s business and explained that “the dear Lord left us with the Garden of Eden and told us to take care of it.”“I see Liberia as God’s little Acre, the piece of the garden he set aside especially for us so my passion is to help to take care of it,” the EPA Executive Director said.Madam Vohiri thanked employees of the EPA for believing in her and buying into her vision and commitment.She lauded President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for giving her the opportunity to contribute to her legacy.Madam Vohiri also thanked EPA Board Chair, Minister Boima Kamara, for listening to her in appreciating the value of the environment in sustainable development mix.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Upon receipt of CoI report of alleged assassination plot… says his office, family members must be protectedBy Shemuel FanfairAs President David Granger received the report on the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into an alleged assassination plot against him, he said he feared for his office, telling reporters that the First Lady and members of his immediate family should also be protected against any security threats.CoI Chairman Paul Slowe shakes the hand of President Granger as Minister of State Joseph Harmon looks on (Carl Croker photo)“I am fearful for the office of the Presidency; I think that the office of the President is one that should enjoy the protection of the security services and any reports of threats or any risk against the President’s life or the lives of the immediate relatives of the President including the First Lady or the President’s children deserve to be properly and thoroughly investigated.President David Granger made these comments at a handing over ceremony at State House where he received the report from CoI Chairman, retired Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe. The Chairman, who was appointed in July 2017, was tasked to inquire into the persons, places, time, circumstances and events by and through which allegations came to be made of an intention or a plan to assassinate the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. The report will include the Commission’s findings as well as offer recommendations.Reporters questioned President Granger over possible fears for his personal safety and the fact the accused persons were released by Police.The President however indicated that he will wait to assess the Commission’s findings and hold consultations with his Cabinet before he makes any pronouncements on the matter.“It is good practice to ensure that the President is safe and if there is a threat to that safety, it should be investigated,” the President affirmed.Commissioner Slowe spoke briefly to media operatives after presenting his findings.He categorised the Commission’s work as a very “involved and lengthy process” in which enough evidence and witness statements were provided to meet the requirements as set out when he was first installed to investigate the alleged plot.The CoI sought to find out whether or not the Police conducted sufficient investigations into the allegations and threats to assassinate the President of the day and to ascertain if the Police had knowledge of the plot before, and what actions were taken after the receipt of that information.The inquiry further sought to establish whether there was neglect or omission to thoroughly investigate the plot to assassinate the President and determine whether such failure or omission was intentional. It also sought to recommend suitable prevention measures to thwart future occurrences.“The Terms of Reference spoke of diligence and thoroughness and all of those things, I think I attempted to answer fully,” Commissioner Slowe stated on Thursday.Though the Chairman was tight-lipped on whether or not he recommended disciplinary action on any Police rank involved in the investigation, the media was informed that after the President reviews the report, it will be made public. Several senior ranks had testified before the CoI.It was earlier this year that Andriff Gillard alleged that businessman Nizam Khan offered to pay him $7 million to kill President Granger sometime in 2015; an allegation that Khan denied.The CoI had heard that Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, while on leave, had ordered the release of businessman Khan – the accused plotter; his brother, Imran Khan, and the complainant – Andrif Gillard in March. Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine claimed that a proper investigation was not carried out. He had also agreed that the Police probe was lethargic and noted that he could not have defended the Guyana Police Force.Police Legal Advisor, Retired Justice Claudette Singh said that in her view, the matter was not treasonous while the mental state of the accuser, Gillard was questioned during the course of the CoI.
25 Plate Trial winners have gone on to win the Queen’s Plate, including three of the last four, but the pair was unable to capture a victory. In the end it was thoroughbred Strait of Dover who claimed the $1 million purse, with an unofficial track-record time of 2:01.99. Strait of Dover and jockey Justin Stein led from the start, and held on for the win. River Rush ducked in just out of the gate, settled well off the pace along the rail, and ended up getting shuffled back late in the backstretch. The duo began to gain on the turn, and made an attempt at the lead heading into the stretch of the third quarter, but was angled out, and was unable to threaten the lead. 42-year-old McAleney has been in the business since he was a teenager, and is only two career wins away from 2,250.- Advertisement –
Fort Nelson and area residents will have the opportunity to complete training in NLC’s Oil and Gas Field Operations program without leaving the area. Recruiters Kristina Van De Walle & Toni MacDonald from Northern Lights College were at the Fort Nelson Trade Show this weekend letting people know about their programs, including the newly announced Oil and Gas Field Operations program. Brent Hodson/Energeticcity.caResidents of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will be the major beneficiaries of a unique training partnership between the Horn River Basin Producers Group and Northern Lights College (NLC). Program graduates in Fort Nelson will be the “on the ground” field operations personnel that monitor and work within the companies that will be developing the Horn River Basin. Funding for the program, which totals approximately $165,000, is being provided by those shale gas exploration and development companies that are members of the Horn River Basin Producers Group. – Advertisement -The Horn River Basin Producers Group is comprised of 11 companies: Apache Canada Ltd., ConocoPhillips, Devon Canada Corp., EnCana, EOG Resources Canada, Imperial Oil Resources/ ExxonMobil Canada, Nexen Inc., Pengrowth, Petro-Canada, Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc., and Stone Mountain Resources. The mandate of the Horn River Basin Producers Group is to facilitate cooperation and communication between companies, First Nations, government and other key stakeholders including the community of Fort Nelson. NLC’s Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship Jeff Lekstrom, Chair of Trades and Apprenticeship Stacy Smith, and Fort Nelson Campus Administrator Sandra Sandvik recently made a presentation in Calgary to representatives of the Horn River Basin Producers Group, outlining the program, and its potential impact for the Fort Nelson region. NLC will continue to offer the regular September and February intakes for the Oil and Gas Field Operations programs at its Fort St. John Campus. The Oil and Gas Field Operations program offered at NLC was developed at the request of industry in northeastern British Columbia to address present and projected shortages of skilled workers in this field. The four and a half month program, which provides a certificate in Oil and Gas Field Operations upon successful completion, will be offered at the Fort Nelson Campus, starting in September. For information on applying to the program in Fort Nelson, contact the Recruiter at the Fort Nelson Campus, 250-774-2741.
They survived a late Betis onslaught, and after their 3-1 Champions League last 16, first-leg win against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, this victory confirms that Zinedine Zidane’s side are looking better in La Liga now too.They remain fourth, a huge 17 points behind leaders Barcelona. However, this was their fourth win in five league outings, and they are back to within a point of third-placed Valencia with a game in hand to come at Leganes in midweek.“It was an end to end game, a bit crazy, but I like that. It shows that we had a proper opponent,” said Zidane.“Betis were fantastic and controlled the last half-hour of the first half. But I’m happy in the end, and I prefer to focus on the five goals we scored rather than the three we let in.”Asensio had come off the bench to set up the two late goals that allowed Real to beat PSG and he was rewarded with a start on Sunday in Seville, while Gareth Bale also came in as the likes of Benzema and Luka Modric dropped to the bench.Asensio duly headed Madrid into an 11th-minute lead after Antonio Adan had saved a Ronaldo shot, but Betis had won when the sides last met at the Santiago Bernabeu and they hit back brilliantly.Loren and Joaquin, the latter from a free-kick, both came close before Aissa Mandi headed in a Joaquin cross to make it 1-1 in the 33rd minute.It was 2-1 shortly after, as visiting defender Nacho could only help a Junior shot into his own net, and the home fans in the crowd of over 53,000 erupted.Real also saw Marcelo limp off in the first half, a potentially worrying sign ahead of the PSG second leg, and Zidane confirmed the Brazilian would find out the extent of his injury on Monday.Madrid recovered superbly after the restart, though.Ramos, whose Sevilla past always ensures a hot reception from the Betis fans, levelled with a bullet header from a Lucas Vazquez corner.Dani Carvajal then set up Asensio for his second and Real’s third as the hour approached, and Ronaldo smashed in their fourth goal in the 65th minute.The Portuguese, supposedly in decline, has now scored 10 times in six games between league and Champions League.Eye on the ball: Cristiano Ronaldo in a challenge with Real Betis’ Junior Firpo © AFP / Cristina QuiclerBetis may lack the consistency to properly contest a European place, but they do provide entertainment, and Cristian Tello set up fellow substitute Sergio Leon to make it 4-3 late on.Benzema, on from the bench, completed the scoring at the death with a goal that will boost his confidence.– Super-sub Gameiro –Earlier, Kevin Gameiro came off the bench in the second half to score one goal and make another for Diego Costa as second-placed Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0.It was another clinical performance from Diego Simeone’s side, who have now recorded four consecutive league victories, all without conceding a goal.They remain second, seven points behind unbeaten leaders Barcelona, who won 2-0 at Eibar on Saturday ahead of their Champions League trip to Chelsea.“We are not stopping, we are playing well at the moment, and we are enjoying ourselves,” said Gameiro when asked about his team’s pursuit of Barcelona.Atletico, who have conceded a paltry nine goals in 24 La Liga games this season, will hope to stay within striking distance of Barcelona before going to the Camp Nou in a fortnight.Villarreal are sixth after a 1-1 draw at Espanyol, while Real Sociedad beat Levante 3-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Man of the moment: Marco Asensio celebrates after scoring one of his two goals in Sunday’s 5-3 win at Real Betis © AFP / Cristina QuiclerSEVILLE, Spain, Feb 19 – Man of the moment Marco Asensio scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target as Real Madrid kept up the feel-good factor with a thrilling 5-3 victory at Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday night.Madrid had been 2-1 down at half-time in a fantastic game at the Benito Villamarin, but they came roaring back in the second half with Sergio Ramos, Asensio — who had scored the opener – Ronaldo and Karim Benzema all finding the net.
Gardai in Milford are trying to trace the movements of a car following a burglary in Fanad.The burglary took place in the Fanad area on Sunday evening between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.Gardai are seeking to trace a black Kia Ceed which was spotted in the area at the time. Anybody with any information on this vehicle is asked to contact 0749153060.All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.Gardai seek movement of car following burglary was last modified: August 14th, 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) Tags:burglarycardonegalFanad
A huge turnout of more than 25,000 is expected on Saturday for the final Super 8 group game between Mayo and Donegal at Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar and fans are being urged to ‘Park Smart – Park Safe’.The stakes are high with an All Ireland Semi-Final place awaiting the winners.However, the game has created significant health and safety concerns due to GAA fans parking on the hard shoulder of the N5 national primary route as it approaches Castlebar. There are concerns being raised of possible injuries, even death, as fans leave and return to their vehicles in the late evening. The game has a 6pm throw-in.Donegal’s Road Safety Officer is working with Gardaí, the GAA and Mayo County Council to deliver a message to all football fans ‘Park Smart – Park Safe’.Parking by fans along the N5 is not recommended for health and safety reasons and there will be ample free car parking for fans within the environs of Castlebar itself.Not every motorist along the N5 on Saturday evening will realise there is a football match on and vehicles causing an obstruction or dangerously parked on Saturday evening will be towed away. Extra Gardaí will be on duty to enforce the stricter parking policy for Saturday’s game.Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell said “as there will be a large volume of traffic on the roads for the game, we urge everyone to take care and to ensure that their trip to this great sporting occasion does not end in tragedy. Please take the message seriously about safe parking and avail of the car parking available in Castlebar and we wish everyone a safe journey to and from the game.”Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council Noel Gibbons, said “we would advise all fans who are attending the game to avail of official car parking spaces which are available and highlighted on the map being circulated and if you’re walking, please make yourself visible to other road users“.GAA fans urged to drive and park safely ahead of big game was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 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:donegaldrivingGAAMayosafetyWarning
SANTA CLARA — Here is how the 49ers (10-1) graded in Sunday night’s 37-8 rout of the Green Bay Packers (8-3):PASS OFFENSE: AJimmy Garoppolo’s 145.8 passer rating is a career best, and it reflects just how well he understands Kyle Shanahan’s offense after two years. The return of George Kittle (six catches, six targets, 129 yards) brought predictable success, although a 61-yard touchdown reception was a pleasant surprise that’s been in the works at practice all season. Deebo Samuel’s 42-yard …
What’s happening at Mars and Saturn? In this golden age of planetary science, the extraordinary has become commonplace. Let’s check in and see what the spacecraft have found lately.Mars. The Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity are still going strong, well past their nominal mission. Despite a few minor problems (and decreasing sunlight as winter sets in), they both are in exciting locations that are giving the scientists new thrills. The latest major announcement (see New Scientist) is that water not only appears to have existed in the past, but persisted for some time. Spirit is now climbing the Columbia Hills in Gusev Crater, while Opportunity a hemisphere away is tantalizing scientists with geological layers in the crater named Endurance. The MER website now posts interesting slide shows of each week’s activities so that earthlings can follow the adventures. Fascination with rovers should not make us forget the three Mars orbiters that continue to send back more fascinating imagery than a human mind can process. The venerable Mars Global Surveyor posts its latest images here, and the stalwart 2001 Mars Odyssey, well past its 10,000th orbit, posts its latest infrared images here. Not to be outdone, the European Mars Express continues to churn out high-resolution, color stereo images from orbit, including this latest shot of a fractured crater near Vallis Marineris.Saturn. Since its arrival at Saturn July 1, Cassini is healthy on its first long, elliptical orbit. Though the next close encounter isn’t till October 26, when it flies past Titan at only 750 miles, the spacecraft is not idle. New images of the moons Mimas, Enceladus, Iapetus, Tethys, Dione and Rhea have trickled in, though not as yet better than Voyager’s 1981 images because of the distance. Much, much better ones are in the mission plan. The nicest color image recently was this color composite of the rings. At full resolution it would make nice wallpaper. The Huygens Probe operations team had a successful risk review and probe checkout in preparation for their nail-biting January 14 parachuted descent to the surface of Titan. Meanwhile, the instrument teams (magnetometer, plasma wave, cosmic dust, ultraviolet and infrared, radio science and, of course, visible light imaging) are all busily taking data about Saturn’s winds and magnetic field, rings, moons and space environment. Some of it is surprising and should be announced soon. Note: NASA headquarters maintains its own Cassini website.Mercury. A new mission to Mercury named MESSENGER – the first since Mariner 10 in 1975 – is due to launch next month, August 2. The mission designed by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will take a long time to get results, though; the complex gravity-assist trajectory requires seven years before orbit insertion in 2011. Only about half of the planet was seen by Mariner 10 so there is a great deal more to learn about the innermost planet.Earth. Other planets are interesting, but we have to (better, get to) live on this one. The AURA mission just launched successfully on July 15 to study the upper atmosphere, especially the dynamics of the ozone layer that protects us from dangerous ultraviolet radiation.Interpreting this wealth of data from these exotic places will take years, but the new observations are certain to help answer old questions while stimulating new ones. Meanwhile, we need to keep the Darwin Party in line. Help your local Darwinist break his or her bad habit of equating water with life, a non-sequitur if there ever was one (e.g., from New Scientist, “The actual time span has not been estimated, but it reveals enough time to strengthen the possibilities that life could have evolved on Mars.”) A worse habit is thinking the discovery of life in space means the death of God. Apparently, they do not understand just how big God is; some creationists think life might be found on Mars or beyond. And who knows? Maybe the first incoming SETI message will be John 3:16 in Vulcan. For now, don’t let the Darwinese hype bother you. Raw data belongs to everyone. Just because a fat spectator is belching hot air and making himself a nuisance doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the game.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
28 April 2009Brazilian Jadson Andre seized the 2009 Quiksilver Pro Durban title at Ansteys Beach on Sunday, putting on an amazing display of backhand power surfing to beat Australian ripper Owen Wright in the final.Andre walked away with $20 000 in prize money and 3 500 World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings points for the win. With a heat score of 18.00 out of a possible 20, the highest score of the entire event, he put his stamp on the event as a deserved winner.In clean four-foot conditions and a pushing tide, the Brazilian goofy-footer was in incredible form, blasting some inverted backhand vertical moves on his way to victory.After two early waves, Andre showed his intentions when he logged a 7.00 to take an early lead. Wright quickly answered back with a 5.00, but as Andre arrived back in the lineup he found himself sitting directly in the path of a heaving right.Near perfectFlying off the bottom, the Brazilian squared up and went vertically up the face to smash a huge re-entry, sending spray flying into the air. Racing down the line, he then backed up his initial cracker with two additional turns to secure a near perfect 9.33 out of a possible 10 and leave Wright needing a combination of scores to take the lead.Not one to lie down, the plucky Australian paddled into a solid left-hander that walled up perfectly for him as he boosted a beautiful aerial move to pick up an 8.33 and close his required score down to 8.10.With just nine minutes to go Wright found a similar looking left and again boosted a huge 360 aerial, but unfortunately he came unstuck on his second move, a vicious forehand layback, and scored only a 6.83.In the 32nd minute of the 35-minute final, Andre put the nail in Wright’s coffin as he paddled into a big left and smashed two powerful forehand turns as the crowd on the beach showed their appreciation. The judges awarded him an 8.67 to effectively end Wright’s hopes of taking home the title.‘Really happy’“I’m really happy to have won this event,” said the elated victor, after spraying the crowd with champagne, “and I’d just like to thank all my friends and everyone who was on the beach today supporting me.“When I was out in the water I just concentrated on surfing as well as I could, and I am really happy to have won such a prestigious event.”Andre’s form throughout the event was excellent and he eliminated a host of big name surfers on his way to the final, among them World Tour stalwart Victor Ribas (Brazil), superbly talented Kirk Flintoff (Australia) and Bluff local Rudy Palmboom.“I’ve had a great time here in Durban,” said runner-up Wright at the prize-giving, “and I’m super stoked to have made the final. This is the second final I’ve surfed against Jadson, so I guess now it’s one-all buddy!”Semi-finalsBoth semi-finals were closely contested affairs, with each of the winners only sneaking through on the siren.In the first semi-final new school standout Julian Wilson took on compatriot Wright. Starting off slowly, Wilson was behind for most of the heat until a huge forehand 360 aerial saw the judges award him an 8.00 to push him into the lead.Needing a low six to take back the lead, Wright found a meaty looking left right on the siren, milking it all the way to the beach where he finished with his own 360 air to post a 6.33 and knock his 21-year-old compatriot out of contention.In the second semi-final, Australian Matt Wilkinson found himself having to contend with an in-form Andre who had put on a phenomenal display of aerial surfing in the quarter finals to eliminate Ireland’s Glenn Hall.Changed tacticsAs the tide pushed in, Andre changed tactics and began using his rail as he carved some beautiful turns. However, he had a terrible start to the heat, breaking his board on his opening wave and losing time as he had to swim in and get a back-up of the beach. Meanwhile, Wilkinson went to work and began to build a lead over the unfortunate Brazilian.Andre fought back hard, but in the dying seconds he found himself in second place and facing elimination.Needing a low score, he paddled into a medium size left-hander and carved it up all the way to the beach, ending in the shore-break before stepping off his board and running on to the sand.When the commentator announced his wave score, a 5.23, enough for him to advance to the final, an elated Andre punched the air with his board.Durban favouriteDurban’ favourite Travis Logie bowed out of contention in the quarter finals of the event as Australian surfers came to the fore and dominated the round. Fresh off a win in the Mark Richards Pro in Newcastle, Australia, Logie went down to Owen Wright and was clearly disappointed at the defeat after showing great form throughout the event.Nevertheless, a fifth-place finish saw the 29-year-old pocket $2 950 in prize money and 2 275 points for his efforts, a substantial boost to his 2009 WQS campaign.In the quarter-finals, despite starting with a classic tube ride, Logie came unstuck on several of his follow-up waves and was unable to answer Wright’s heat score of 15.57.Quiksilver Pro JuniorThe final of the Quiksilver Pro Junior preceded the main event and featured Umhlanga Rocks’ surfer Kyle Lane against Hawaii’s Kiron Jabour.Lane was quickly out of the starting blocks, finding himself in his element in the running four footers to take an early lead.His backhand attack proved too much for the Jabour and when the siren sounded the Hawaiian found himself short of the South African’s 14.83. Lane’s win saw him walk away with $2 500 in prize money.“It’s been a nerve-wracking week waiting to surf the final,” he said after leaving the water, “so I just surfed and trained as much as I could, and I guess it paid off in the end, and I’m really stoked.”The Quiksilver Pro Durban was contested by some of the world’s best surfers and carried the highest possible WQS rating and $145 000 in prize money.RESULTSQuarter-finalsHeat 1:1. Owen Wright (15.57) 2. Travis Logie (12.83) Heat 2:1. Julian Wilson (11.17) 2. Daniel Ross (7.77) Heat 3:1. Jadson Andre (12.84) 2. Glenn Hall (4.56) Heat 4:1. Matt Wilkinson (8.44) 2. Marco Polo (8.40) Semi-finalsHeat 1:1. Owen Wright (12.16) 2. Julian Wilson (11.84) Heat 2:1. Jadson Andre (10.03) 2. Matt Wilkinson (9.16) Final 1. Jadson Andre (18.00) 2. Owen Wright (15.16) SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material