The Sime Darby Foundation (SDF), the philanthropic arm of Sime Darby group is expected to donate 5.7 million rubber gloves valued at US$155,000 to the Government of Liberia today, Friday, to help in the fight against Ebola to the final end.The gloves shipment, which came in three containers, arrived at the Free Port of Monrovia on October 31, 2014.In addition to the gloves, the SDF has also contributed USD157, 220 to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to carry out Ebola awareness programs and campaigns in Liberia.IFRC is working with the Liberian Red Cross Society (LRCS), which is leading efforts to control the spread of the virus through programs to reduce mortality and morbidity related to Ebola.Other activities by the IFRC include the training and mobilization of volunteers in affected communities; providing psychosocial support and also help those affected by the deadly disease; setting up diagnosis facilities; expanding on-going awareness programs to Sime Darby estates; and developing an identification system to manage any outbreak of Ebola.Up to present, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have recorded more deaths with reports of about 9,000 people infected with the virus, which has a fatality rate of about 70 percent of those infected.GOL earlier requested for help from countries all over the world to fight the deadly disease, which has claimed more than 4,500 lives across West Africa and poses serious threat to the country’s economy.The gesture by Sime Darby was part of a collaborative effort by the Malaysian government with other Malaysian companies to assist five African countries that have been greatly affected by the Ebola virus.The beneficiary countries include Liberia, the Republic of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Congo.According to a Sime Darby statement released yesterday, the Liberian Government will receive the gloves and make onward distribution to health workers, non-government organisations (NGOs) and communities.Sime Darby is one of the largest palm oil producers in the world, with about six percent of global supply. In Liberia, the company has a total planted area over 500,000 hectares and a land bank over 900,000 hectares.Meanwhile, Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDP) currently has a workforce of almost 3,000 and in 2009 the company signed a 63-year concession agreement with the government of Liberia to develop oil palm and rubber plantations in Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Bong counties.The company is an international conglomerate involved in many types of businesses ranging from aerospace to tourism. However, the plantation sector remains the most important sector for the company.About two-thirds of the company’s palm oil production comes from Malaysia, and one-third from Indonesia. A related company in the Sime Darby group, Sime Darby Biodiesel, produces biodiesel from crude palm oil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Senior Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday remanded 21-year-old Okele Chester of Lot 56 James Street, Albouystown Georgetown, who appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for ill-treating her two-year-old daughter.The defendant pleaded not guilty to the allegation which detailed that on May 27, 2019 at James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, being the guardian of the child, she wilfully ill-treated the child by causing her unnecessary injuries.Even as specifics of the matter were not presented in court, Police Prosecutor Christopher Morris objected to the defendant being placed on bail by citing the seriousness of the charge.Meanwhile, the unrepresented defendant, in an explanation, told the Magistrate that she did not mean to inflict the injuries on her child. She said, “I did not burn my child wilfully”.The defendant was, nevertheless, remanded to prison, and will make her next court appearance on June 21, 2019.
Stabroek Wharf vendorsThe Mayor and City Council’s Statutory Meeting on Monday once again focused on the relocated Stabroek Market Wharf vendors but this time, timelines were requested for when their operational conditions would be bettered.Vendors are complaining of the conditions under which they are required operateChairman of Markets and Public Health, Trichia Richards asked the Council via a motion to prioritise merchants who were relocated to Russell Square, Georgetown (west of the Parliament Buildings). This is after numerous complaints surfaced about their current conditions.The vendors were relocated to this site just over one year ago to facilitate the rehabilitation of the deplorable wharf. Richards insisted that while the Council is plagued with financial limitations, the situation needs to be addressed.“The Council has financial constraints and it’s to that, that we have to prioritise what it is that we would like to do. The vendors are complaining and they have asked us to look into this. The wharf is a threat to them but the current conditions at Russell Square is not pleasing also,” she said.The Chairman, who is also a Councillor, said the motion was the last resort after recommendations were made prior, which yielded no results.“Recommendations were made and forwarded to full Council. That is the action that the Markets and Public Health Committee has taken since last year. It has engaged this new Council and still nothing has been done as it relates to these vendors. We have ventilated all possible ways and we’re now looking here to have this motion, to look specifically at timelines and to prioritise the vendors at Russell Square.”However, Councillor Oscar Clarke argued that the Council could not provide better facilities at that time, since the wharf was declared unsafe and vendors had to be relocated immediately.“Council couldn’t do that because [it] has been unable to get all of the resources that it requires to be able to do the work within a specified time…There was an emergency which precipitated the decision of Council to have them moved. That emergency still exists. That is, the state of the wharf. Because of that, emergency measures had to be taken to try to find a way, find a place to put these vendors,” he persisted.Meanwhile, Councillor Bishram Kuppen insisted that the concerns of these vendors are “paramount and should be looked into as soon as possible”.During the relocation, it was decided by City Hall that the vendors would be responsible for the construction of their new stalls; a project which the Council estimated would cost one vendor approximately $400,000 exclusive of electrical lighting. The wooden stalls were of two specified sizes along with concreted section for restroom facilities. For this move, Route 42 bus drivers who occupied this space were moved to another location.However, ever since the arrival of vendors at this location, complaints have surfaced over the prevalence of vagrants, improper garbage disposal and up until recently, the theft of chain-link fencing which barricaded their stalls. Many of them had complained that the new location was uninviting to customers, resulting in incurred losses.Last month, the Council had informed that although 106 stalls were completed at the former bus park to facilitate the vendors, only 27 of the stalls are occupied.
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re not giving in,” said Julia Rittershausen Beers. “We found about it too late, but as a citizen of the United States of America, we have a chance to go tell our city manager and city council. They have the right to reconsider and revote.” Beers was one of 21 people who went to Tuesday’s council meeting during the oral communications period, asking the council to change its mind. By Mike Sprague Staff Writer WHITTIER — A group of residents has launched a campaign to persuade City Council members to change their mind about legalizing the sale of fireworks. The effort comes more than two weeks after the council approved an ordinance legalizing the sale of “safe and sane” fireworks here.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – After an absence of more than a century, wild bison were returned to Colorado’s Front Range on Saturday in full view of Denver’s skyline. Sixteen buffalo from the National Bison Range in northwestern Montana were released in an enclosed 1,400-acre section of a wildlife refuge that formerly was the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, where nerve gas and other chemical weapons were manufactured. “The release went very smoothly. We would say this was a tremendous success,” said Matt Kales, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He said the animals were released in an area that had never been used for the manufacture of weapons. The 17,000-acre arsenal is being transformed into the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“You’ve got to be kidding me,” I reply, staring straight down the slope and looking for an escape route because bailing out the driver’s door isn’t an option now. It’s blocked by a tree trunk. But he’s the teacher, and we’re his students. Off come the brakes. And the Rover creeps down the severe slope, rocking from side to side as I steer through some muddy ruts. It’s possible because a technology called Hill Descent Control tames the Rover’s 300hp Jaguar engine. It automatically restricts downhill speed using the antilock brakes and keeps the vehicle from careening out of control. “That was so cool,” the wife exclaims, her eyes and smile both wide. Then she navigates the slope. And picks a better line than I did. And we do the same sort of thing over and over all day on the 100 acres that make up the West Coast location for the Land Rover Experience Driving School. Of course, there is preparation, which takes place in the morning on a relatively flat section not far from the lodge’s golf course, which is not visible because the trees are so dense. Demayo goes over approach angles – the line from where the tire meets the ground to the lowest point of the vehicle, usually the front and rear bumpers. The rear line is longer. These angles are important because they help the off-road driver avoid undercarriage damage. The longer rear angle means we can’t necessarily exit a trail depression the same way we entered it – to avoid damaging the back of the vehicle. “We don’t want to have to walk out of here, we want to drive out of here,” Demayo says. He also notes that we need to be aware of where the bottom of the Rover is at all times in relation to the ground under it. And while on a paved surface we can usually get away with driving just the front of the vehicle, off-road we need to drive both the front and the rear. That means pointing the side mirrors down to get the best possible view of the rear wheels. “You have to be more aware of the rear end of the vehicle than the front end,” Demayo said. We also get a primer on the array of controls located just behind the shifter. The brain of the Rover The vehicle’s brain is the Terrain Response system, which controls a wide range of functions and driving modes – general; slippery conditions such as grass, gravel and snow; either on-road or off-; mud and ruts; and sand. Switching between the modes also affects throttle response. The Dynamic Stability Control feature manages wheel torque in a variety of situations. Electronic Traction Control and the antilock brakes make sure the Rover’s footing remains as firm as possible. And the descent control works in reverse, too, because some slopes are just too steep to climb, though we won’t find one this day. Demayo also explains the high-range and low-range options, which generally handle on-road and off-road conditions, respectively, and the strange sounds the Rover will sometimes make is this technology at work. After a familiarization spin, he says he’s done driving for the day, turns the vehicle over to us and settles into the passenger seat to guide us about the course. This terrain is ideally suited for this kind of driving. W. Lawson Little, Quail’s president, said the area was once part of Rancho San Carlos, and the trails are 40 to 50 years old. After the company bought the land, it made the trails passable again. “Land Rover was looking for a West Coast site and came to Quail and just fell in love with it,” he said of what would become the off-road school’s classroom. The fact that the lodge is on the same property as the course (the entrance is opposite the golf course’s clubhouse) was also a good selling point, Lawson said. Isabelle Defourny, location manager for the school, said it might take six hours to drive all the trails available to the instructors. They focus on expedition driving. “You are driving off-road to reach a destination. You want to reach your destination … with a vehicle, be prepared to do the right thing off-road and then return safely,” she said. Back to basics While the Land Rover gives the driver a lot of technical assistance off-road, some basic skills need to be developed. I’ve driven on a racetrack and through slalom courses where things basically come at you very fast from one direction. On the school’s course, things usually come very slow, but from all different directions. A driver has to be aware of sharp rocks that can cut a tire, and of things to the side and above the car that can cause damage, such as tree trunks and branches. For example, a right or left turn, simple maneuvers on-road, take time to learn off-road. In most cases, Demayo would have us pull up to a point where we would initiate the turn and then stop. Then we would check the rear clearance, turn the wheel as far as possible, and slowly pull away. After lunch, we head into the heart of the course, and Demayo prompts us to take even more aggressive angles as we become more comfortable with the Rover and its capability. At one point, when the vehicle is leaning sharply to the right, he has me stop to discuss the next maneuver. I’m more worried about falling on top of him or the Rover rolling over. I’ve got a strong urge for forward motion, not chitchat. Later, on a section called the Roller Coaster, Demayo has to get out of the Rover and jam some rocks under the right rear wheel so we can continue on our way. Eventually, after zigzagging over rocks, we make our way to the Quarry, the highest point on the course, and pause briefly in front of what looks to be an impossibly steep slope so we can plot the best route up. The Rover handles it with ease. On the climb back up, the instructor has me pause the vehicle on several instances with either a front or rear wheel well off the ground. By now, I’m rather worn out from hours of total concentration. And my wife states what I’ve sensed since that first plunge downhill. “I want one of these.” email@example.com 818-713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARMEL The woods on the hillside above Quail Lodge are dark, deep, narrow and steep. And Justin Demayo wants me to take a leap of faith. It’s a strange request, too, because the nose of the new silver Land Rover LR3 HSE is pointing downhill at such a jet-fighter attack angle that we strain against our seat belts. The route down is rutted and tree-lined, sort of a mogul run for four-wheel-drive fanatics. Palms sweat as I realize that my wife, Chris, and I are totally out of our element (off a road instead of on one). Especially when Demayo says, “OK, release the parking brake and take your foot off the brake pedal.”
HE was rated in the top 10 by the bookies and his song is already in the Swedish charts, but Ryan Dolan finished last in the Eurovision Song Contest.Denmark won the competition with the song Only Teardrops….with a tin whistle theme!Ryan got just five points. Maybe it was because he sang last. Who knows? But it didn’t seem right. He gave a stunning performance with his catchy song ‘Only Love Survives’ and it got a huge cheer from the live audience…including one fan (or relative) in a Donegal GAA jersey.Emmelie de Forest topped the votes with 281 points.“Unfortunately luck just wasn’t on our side tonight,” said Ryan.“Obviously, it’s really disappointing, but I feel I gave it my best shot and I had an amazing team behind me every step of the way. It’s been a life-changing experience.” SHOCK AND HEARTACHE AS RYAN FINISHES LAST IN EUROVISION SONG CONTEST was last modified: May 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:HEARTACHE AS RYAN FINISHES LAST IN EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
Mayor Ian McGarvey and council staff launch the interactive map.Donegal County Council has launched a new Interactive Winter Roads Gritting map.This map provides motorists and road users with up to date information on routes to be gritted and basic statistics on the length of roads to be gritted on a given night. It also allows users to turn on and off different map layers and provides links to weather cameras to view live conditions. It also shows the locations of public sand and grit and provides details of the winter maintenance service routes.The winter gritting mapThe local authority has included an hourly forecast feed for most areas in the County so that the users can check their local forecast for the next 12-24 hours.This interactive map is linked to the Councils social media platforms and with a growing number of followers on the Councils Twitter accounts @roadsDCC or @donegalcouncil and Facebook page, this map should be a very useful tool for all roads users and local and national media outlets.The map allows you to change the background mapping from a topographic map to a street map to aerial and includes links to various other websites of winter interest plus a link to a help document. There is also a zoom in and out facility and you can zoom to the extent of a particular route as well as creating your own zoom to bookmarkDaragh McDonough, GIS Manager with Donegal County Council said that ‘this map has been developed with the road user and the motorist in mind. We have been working with our colleagues in our Roads Service to make sure that road users can access as much relevant information as they need to make safe driving decisions during the Winter months”.With the weather set to get colder of over the weekend, Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Ian McGarvey is encouraging the public check out this new interactive map which is available from www.donegalcoco.ie and to stay in touch through the Council’s Twitter account and Facebook page. He is also reminding the public to visit www.winterready.ie for practical tips and advice on staying safe and warm this Winter.The Mayor said the launch of the new interactive map is in keeping with the national campaign to ‘Be Winter Ready’.“The severe winter weather conditions experienced in 2010 and 2011 highlighted for everyone the importance of being prepared and the ‘Be Winter Ready’ booklet sets out practical tips and advice on staying safe and warm this Winter. This includes tips on being prepared at home, preparing for freezing temperatures and water shortages, road safety and making sure your vehicle is winter-ready and much more”.This booklet can be found at www.winterready.ie. COUNCIL SHOW TRUE GRIT WITH NEW INTERACTIVE WINTER MAP was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 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:Donegal County Councilinteractive gritting map
Rosses ACThere was a very well supported Club Presentation night last Friday. Chairperson Ita covered the year and the increased club numbers and participation, especially in Championship races.Vice Chairperson Michael McElroy presented the prizes and many thanks to Bonnars bar for the excellent food and facilites. Prize winners on the night were Senior Male Athlete of the Year – Ciaran McGonagle, Senior Female Athlete of the Year – Noreen McGee, Club Person of the Year – Michael Logue, Adventure Athlete of the Year – Edward Harkin, Masters Male Athlete of the Year – Kevin McGee, Masters Female Athlete of the Year – Sinead Boyle, Most Improved Athlete of the Year – Fergal McGee, Most Improved Female Athlete of the Year – Anne Harkin, Special Recognition for Athlete Support – Noel Boyd, Special Recognition for his efforts in ‘The Race’ – Brendan McBride, Special Recognition for Senior Athlete Coaching – Paul McGee. Newcomers awards to Seamus Ferry, Eamon McGee and Eoghan O’Colla. Recognition Awards also to Michael and Kathleen Rodgers, Sadie and Packie McDevitt and Niall and Kathleen Griffin. A great night had by all and roll on 2016.A number of club athletes supported the 5k/8k ran from the Mullaghduff Hall last Sunday. Edward Harkin was first home closely followed by Paul McGee.Adult Training: Adult training sessions have reverted back to Tuesdays and Thursdays going forward for the winter in the Estate in Gweedore starting at 7pm starting Tuesday 17th November. These are group sessions open to all levels of adult athletes from beginners, people looking to transition from Couch-To-5k to next level and experienced and Senior level athletes. We had a number of newcomers last week which was great to see. Paul McGee will continue to coordinate the more experienced athletes with Niall Griffin coordinating the beginner and Novice level athletes. Open to public and not just Rosses members. All levels of athletes or runners welcome. There will also be a Thursday evening session at 7pm in the Estate and weekend long runs starting from the Blue Bridge.Sportshall Athletics continues Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair on Monday evenings from 6 pm to 7 pm. Sportshall continues in Dungloe on Mondays also. There will be two sessions: Session One: for children born 2006, 2007 and 2008 from 5.45 pm to 6.45 pm. Session Two: for children born 2005 and older from 6.45 pm to 7.45 pm. Parents/Guardians please note we cannot accommodate younger children at session two for health and safety reasons.Some Upcoming fixtures: Thursday December 3rd, 5k Divers Garage Letterkenny. Paul McGee continues to coordinate and lead the training groups and anybody looking to be part of this group is very welcome – contact Paul McGee on 0879256528. ATHLETICS: CIARAN MCGONAGLE NAMED ROSSES AC SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR was last modified: November 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sport
A public meeting is to be held to help regenerate one of Letterkenny’s best known areas.Letterkenny’s Church LaneSave the Church Lane campaign is to to hold a public meeting in Gallagher’s Hotel in Letterkenny on Thursday, 30th January at 8pm.The aim of the campaign is to regenerate the historical Church Lane street and to create a real hidden treasure for tourists in the heart of Letterkenny. Unfortunately in the past few years many old buildings in the Church Lane have fallen into disrepair and pose a danger to the public.This issue has been highlighted in the local media. All is not lost and there is great potential to create a real tourist gem and real jobs.The idea is to create a craft village that will home to businesses which sell locally produced goods and services. This was first envisaged by Town Council member Jim Lynch over twenty years ago.The people of Dunfanaghy, Donegal Town and Ballybofey have shared a similar vision and have created their own wonderful resources. Their visions and ideals were a seed that lay on barren ground for years, barely surviving. But one day people cleared away all the dead vegetation, gave the seed nutrients, water and sunlight and slowly watched as it grew into a big strong tree . This is the concept we wish to evolve and with the support of all stakeholders, the ideals of Councillor Lynch will come to fruition and the Town of Letterkenny , People of Letterkenny and the centre of Letterkenny will have a space and an resource to be proud of on a local, national and international basis.This vision which has successfully been recreated in Cities and Towns throughout the world (for example Galway’s famous “Latin Quarter”) has the ability to create both long term viable job creation opportunities and a centre to display the outstanding local crafts, culinery skills and creativity that exists both locally and throughout the County of Donegal.It is envisaged that the “Cathedral Quarter” will attract huge amounts of tourists and local’s to visit , sample and experience the unique atmosphere that this intimate area can generate.The Church Lane is steeped in the town’s history. On the top right hand of the Lane, we have Conwal Parish Church and graveyard which was originally built in 1636. In 1776, it has almost entirely demolished when the nave was extended and a chancel was added but the original tower was retained making the Church the oldest building in Letterkenny. Many notable people are buried within its boundaries including Rev. John Kinnear, former MP and Tenants Rights campaigner and Sir George and Lady Marbury, the founders of the market town in the seventeenth century.At the top of the Lane is the symbol of Letterkenny – St Eunans Cathedral. When the Cathedral was built in the 1890’s, local farmers volunteered on Sundays to cart stone blocks arriving at the Thorn from Mountcharles. When the horses got to the Church Lane, 1/3 of the load was taken off and the horses slowly took the large blocks up the narrow muddy lane. This process was repeated until all the blocks made it to the top. And in the middle of the Lane is the jewel in the Crown, the Gospel Hall belonging to the Plymouth Brethern. The founding Plymouth Brethern in Letterkenny erected the Gospel Hall in June 1895. John Storey, a former Town clerk, had been a Baptist pastor in the town and joined the congregation of the Brethern, meeting in the yard of John Davis, whose merchant business was on the Main Street. When they erected the hall in the yard, they cleared away a building to gain access to the Church Lane, hence the fact that the entrance to the hall today is further back than other building on the street.The Facebook campaign was attracted widespread public support receiving almost two thousand ‘likes’ in its first two weeks generating enormous goodwill.The concept is that the whole of the community would be involved in the regeneration of the area and the project belongs not to one individual but to the people of Letterkenny.Public participation is a huge part of the Facebook page as former residents of the Lane and people of Letterkenny have shared their stories creating a wonderful sense of nostalgia and pride. It is hoped that the people of Letterkenny will continue to participate in the campaign once the real work begins. We wish to co-operate with property owners so they can fully utilise those magnificent old buildings in such a serene setting. The project is a massive undertaking that will require the ‘buy -in’ cooperation and assistance of all local stakeholders. The support and backing of Letterkenny Town Council, Donegal County Council, Local County Councillers, local People, House owners Business owners and local and international entrepreneurs as well as the press will be vital in the success of this vision.There can be no doubt that the benefits of this vision first mooted by Jim Lynch are far reaching and will require a great deal of cooperation, planning, goodwill and understanding but the long term success of this venture is a legacy worth fighting for.The organizers of the Save The Church Lane Campaign have taken the first steps by calling a Public meeting on Thursday the 30th of January at 8pm in Gallaghers Hotel ,Letterkenny where it is hoped a large crowd will attend. It is envisaged that all local representatives will also be in attendance. A new positive chapter in the history of Letterkenny and indeed Donegal is about to start.PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD TO SAVE HISTORIC LETTERKENNY STREET was last modified: January 23rd, 2014 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:Church Lanedonegalletterkennyregeneration