Fire Destroys Radio Kakata

first_imgFire gutted the building housing Radio Kakata in Margibi County over the weekend, and completely destroyed US$25K worth of valuables to ashes.The station manager, Samuel O. Borbor, said the fire is a serious setback to the people of Kakata and Liberia’s media industry.“It is a great setback because Kakata is part of Liberia and the loss of a media house that has over the years served the locals diligently is a clear indication that the entire Liberian media fraternity is affected,” Borbor said.Trying to recount the series of events leading to the fire, Borbor said the station’s last program went off air at 12:06 a.m. on Friday, “and all appliances were disconnected from the main, except for a few light bulbs for security.” He said it was therefore a shock to hear that fire gutted the station at 1:55 a.m.The fire, he said, started from the main studio before spreading to all other parts of the building.He said six desktop computers, 10 plastic and 11 wooden chairs, a studio and eight office desks, five computer monitors as well as US$230 and L$26,000 went up in flames. Mr. Borbor said the station’s 1,000 watt transmitter was donated to the people of Kakata by the station’s partner, Henry Costa, a popular talk show host.The actual cause of the fire is yet to be established but most eyewitnesses blame the situation on electrical fault.However, nearby resident Martu Kennedy said from all indications she observed that the fire was ignited by “some unknown persons.”“I cried because the station has served all of us over the years, and our closeness to the management means that we are all affected,” Kennedy said.For his part, Liberian National Fire Service (LNFS) Margibi County Commander James Y.B. Freeman said Radio Kakata’s and all other previous fire-related disasters are sad events that could have been avoided, and cited the lack of logistics to enhance his personnel’s response to fire disasters as a possible reason why they were not.“We are just here like toothless bulldogs,” Mr. Freeman said.He said that although the LNFS has a newly constructed office in Kakata, up to the present, however, there is no equipment to combat fire outbreaks.When contacted via phone, the Superintendent of the County, John Z. Buway, expressed regret for the loss of the station. He called on the station manager and his co-workers to draft a blueprint for the reconstruction of a new and improved radio station with necessary fire extinguishers mounted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Easy for Chelsea as Demichelis and Caballero have ‘mares in 5-1 thrashing

first_imgIn the end it was easy for Chelsea, as they tore an inexperienced Man City to shreds, winning 5-1 at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round of the FA Cup.City handed five debuts to Bersant Celina, David Faupala, Aleix Garcia, Manuel Garcia and Tosin Adarabioyo but did well to hold the Blues back in the first half where Diego Costa and Faupala ensured it was even at the break.But goals from Willian, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Bertrand Traore ensured Chelsea’s victory in a game they dominated from start to finish.They enjoyed more possession and as a result were almost ahead early on through Pedro.The winger combined superbly with Cesc Fabregas and his curling shot from a tight angle beat Caballero but hit the post.Costa finally broke the deadlock with ten minutes to go when Hazard’s cross found the striker unmarked inside the six-yard box.It was easy for Costa, but Man City responded instantly through Faupala and there was still five minutes until half-time when Caballero was called into action to deny Pedro and keep the score level.Chelsea continued to pile the pressure on but it was all square at the break.However, there was barely two minutes on the clock in the second half when Willian made it 2-1, latching onto Hazard’s pass and slotting it past Caballero from the edge of the goalkeeper’s six-yard box.And the 34-year-old Argentine was again powerless when Cahill was given space in the area and the defender made no mistake when a ball from Hazard landed at his feet 12 yards from goal.And then Hazard soon won and converted the resulting free-kick when he was brought down by Demichelis with just over 20 minutes to go.City’s centre-back was booked and the Belgian fired the ball over the ball the assembled wall and into the bottom corner for the Blues’ fourth of the game.Pedro and Costa were taken off shortly afterwards to rousing ovations with Oscar and Bertrand Traore coming on.Oscar had the opportunity to make it 5-1 from the penalty spot after more clumsiness from Demichelis, who this time brought down Traore.However, Caballero palmed the penalty away, but Chelsea were not done and Traore hit the post minutes later before getting on the score sheet.The 20-year-old appeared not to know much about it, though, when he flicked Oscar’s cross over Caballero and into the net.Not that he cared, as he ran off to celebrate a second goal for Chelsea in eight days. 1 Chelsea players celebrate Diego Costa’s goal last_img read more

Exodus to grow as fires rage on

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In San Diego County, authorities placed evacuation calls to more than 346,000 homes, said Luis Monteagudo, a spokesman for the county’s emergency effort. Based on census tracts, the county estimates that approximately 560,000 people were ordered to leave, said Ron Roberts, chairman of the San Diego Board of Supervisors. Fires in the San Bernardino Mountains forced the evacuation of entire communities surrounding the resort area of Lake Arrowhead. Thousands of people, including hospital patients, were forced to flee advancing flames that leaped through the mountains, burning one home after another, destroying at least 425 and threatening as many as 10,000 more, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gina Sampson. Together, the Slide Fire and the Grass Valley Fire destroyed at least 300 homes in the San Bernardino Mountains and left fire officials concerned of a repeat performance of the Old Fire of 2003 that burned down the hillside into the city of San Bernardino. Mandatory evacuations were called from Crestline to Snow Valley – a 19-mile stretch of two-lane road that runs along the rim of the mountains. • For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. SAN DIEGO – Deadly, wind-whipped wildfires have triggered the largest evacuation in state history, prompting more than 500,000 people to flee ahead of flames that destroyed more than 1,800 homes and continued Tuesday to threaten tens of thousands more. The number of people joining the mandatory exodus – and the number of homes destroyed – was expected to grow as new fires started and others continued to burn a path toward the sea through populated communities. “This is the largest mass evacuation of a natural disaster in California history,” said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “We’re in the midst of a real dogfight to save as many structures as we can,” Steve Seltzner, U.S. Forest Service battalion chief, said around 12:30 p.m. in Running Springs. “We’re losing structures even as we speak.” The concern later turned to Highland, where voluntary evacuations were called early Tuesday afternoon. Officials feared the Slide Fire would burn down the mountains and into the eastern part of the city. In Orange County, a fire chief lashed out at state officials, saying air support, such as tankers, might have helped control fires early on, before they burned homes, if it had been available. It wasn’t because so many fires struck California almost simultaneously beginning last weekend. “There is not enough resources to go around … because of the number of fires that are going on in our state right now,” said Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather. He said a dozen firefighters battling blazes in the Irvine and Lake Forest areas had to deploy emergency shelters, a last resort when they are surrounded by flames, or take cover in buildings. “They should not have had to do that,” he said. “If we’d had the resources earlier to take care of those lines with hand crews, we wouldn’t have been in that situation.” Prather’s comments came minutes before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, touring fire damage in Lake Arrowhead, promised more help, including more people and equipment. When asked about the fire chief’s critical remarks, the governor said: “I’m not aware of that.” Berlant defended his agency’s actions, saying it had gone on high alert late last week and shifted resources to the San Diego area in advance of the forecasted Santa Ana winds. On Tuesday, the fire agency took the additional step of suspending the closing of fire season in Northern California, a maneuver allowing it to send virtually every state fire engine, some from as far as 800 miles away, to battle the Southern California fires. Caravans of fire engines could be seen rolling down Interstate 5 more than 500 miles and a day’s drive from the closest blaze. Meanwhile, in San Diego County, site of the only death so far, another 530 homes were reported damaged. Besides the one person killed by the flames, the San Diego medical examiner’s officer listed four deaths as connected to the wildfires. Three were people in their 90s who died from natural causes; the fourth was a woman who died after falling at a restaurant. All are considered fire-connected deaths because they occurred during or after evacuations.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


first_imgDonegal people may get the chance to see Pope Francis up close and personal after the possibility of a visit by the Holy Father to Derry moved a step closer.Pope FrancisIt is anticipated Pope Francis will accept an invitation from Taoiseach Enda Kenny to visit Ireland in the near future.On the back of that, Derry SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey extended an invitation to the Pontiff to include Derry in his visit. Mr Ramsey has revealed correspondence from the Papal Nuncio, the Pope’s representative in Ireland, has not ruled out such a visit taking place.The Papal Nuncio said: “Last Spring, you very kindly extended an invitation to Pope Francis, on behalf of your constituents, to come to your city should he be able to make a visit to Ireland.“Please allow me to assure you that your letter was carefully noted by the Nunciature, which remains deeply grateful for the kindness of your invitation.”Mr Ramsey described the response as “very positive.”  DONEGAL PUBLIC MAY GET TO SEE POPE AFTER HOPES RAISED HOLY FATHER MAY VISIT DERRY was last modified: August 27th, 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:DerrydonegalPope Francisvisitlast_img read more

Man charged with dangerous driving causing deaths of two young women

first_imgA man has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of two young women outside Ballybofey.Friends Kiara Baird, 19, and mother-of-three Maria Wallace, 38, died after the car in which they were passengers crashed at Glenfin Road, Ballybofey September 21st, 2016. The woman died instantly after the Citreon C3 car in which they were traveling was involved in a collision with a pole.Dermot Dowd appeared at Letterkenny District Court today charged with dangerous driving causing the death of the two women.Garda Michelle Kelly gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in the matter.Solicitor for Dowd, aged 24, Mr Patsy Gallagher, told the court that the book of evidence in the matter was at an advanced stage.He requested the case be put back so Mr Dowd could appear by video-link on May 29th so the matter could be put back to Letterkenny Circuit Court on June 14th next.Dowd is currently in custody.A number of relatives of the two dead women were in court for the brief hearing.The scene of the double fatality near Ballybofey. (North West Newspix)Man charged with dangerous driving causing deaths of two young women was last modified: May 23rd, 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:crashdangerous drivingDEATHSDermot Dowddonegallast_img read more

Giants fan favorite MoMo’s strikes out in Walnut Creek

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMoMo’s restaurant, the East Bay offshoot of a San Francisco Giants fan favorite, has struck out in Walnut Creek.Employees of the Golden Bear Restaurant Group on Monday confirmed the closing.It’s the second shutdown of a Giants-themed restaurant at this 1444 N. California Blvd. site. McCovey’s — with all of its baseball memorabilia — had been in business here for 11 years. Perhaps an Oakland A’s motif would …last_img

ARC County looking forward: Making county of payment choice for 2016-2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers with the administration of their farms consolidated at one FSA office may want to examine their ARC-CO projected payments for 2016 to 2018. If no decision to change is made, ARC-CO payments will be calculated on the average yields for the administrative FSA office county, regardless of where the land is physically located. Earlier in the year, FSA announced that farmers could elect to have the 2014 and/or the 2015 ARC-CO payments calculated on the county in which the land is physically located. For some farms this was financially beneficial. However, do not expect 2016 to be like previous years since the high yields that reduced payments in a few locations (Defiance County 2014, and Ross County 2015) are now included in the formula to determine the payment.Visual maps for farmers to reference for the 2016 to 2018 payment projections have been created. With the assumption that corn and soybean yields will average 5% above the county Olympic average for 2016 and wheat yields will average 10% above the county Olympic average for 2016. The Market Year Average (MYA) price is currently estimated by USDA to be $3.50 for corn, $9.50 for soybeans, and $4 for wheat. Lower prices and/or lower yields could improve the ARC-County payment while higher prices or higher yields could erode the projected payment.These maps give a quick visual for ARC-CO corn, soybean, and wheat payments by county with payments rounded to the nearest dollar. The maximum potential payment for each county is listed followed by (in parenthesis) the expected payment based on the above assumptions. Farmers can quickly look to see if the land in a neighboring county, that is not their administrative county, had a significantly different payment. Based on this information, they can decide if they want to elect to be paid based on the farmland’s county or keep it in their current county of administration. Check with FSA to determine the process you will need to follow to make any changes.Farmers may also want to consider potential payments for 2017 and 2018 into this decision. Using the assumption that we will have average yields and the same MYA prices as used for 2016, there will not be ARC-County payments for corn and soybeans those years. Most of this is due to a significantly lower revenue guarantee as the high price years of 2012 and 2013 are no longer in the Olympic average or are thrown out as the high year in calculating the Olympic average. Significantly lower actual prices or yields could generate some level of payment, but the maximum will be reduced by 50% from 2016 projections. Wheat is the only crop that which may make some payments, but they will be smaller with the 2017 and 2018 payments combined running in the $30 to $45 range per base acre with an estimated two-thirds paid for 2017 and the other third paid for 2018.The prices listed on the maps are the best guess estimate of the actual payment rate per acre. However, if farmers want to estimate ARC-CO payments for their farm, they would need to make two adjustments. First the program pays on 85% of the base acres, one would need to multiply the amount by 85% to adjust for this reduction. Secondly there would need to be an adjustment if Congress creates a sequestration deduction.Farmers with land in more than one county have until Aug. 1to make the permanent decisions for 2016 through 2018’s ARC-CO payments. This does not affect farms enrolled in ARC-Individual or the PLC program. The 2016 and beyond estimates are based on current best information provided by Farm Services Agency and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. These numbers can change in thecoming months and are provided as a guide only. Please use your own judgement and assumptions when making the determination for the 2016 ARC-CO payment county decision.last_img read more

MindMixer Helps Citizens Engage With Their Communities

first_imgHow many times have you had a brainstorm on how to improve your local community? What about that dangerous intersection that needs more warning lights? Or an idea that could help your city become a magnet for fill-in-the-blank activities? Head to MindMixer, a platform that is helping organizations communicate more effectively with their communities.One of the biggest roadblocks to implementing local community ideas is finding resources in city government or local organizations who might be able to help. More importantly, how can you involve like-minded individuals in the discussion? MindMixer = A New Type Of Civic Engagement PlatformA new type of civic engagement platform – like MindMixer – can help. MindMixer is in essence a “virtual town hall,” a community forum where constituents can meet to discuss issues and share ideas. (Here’s an overview of how MindMixer works.)Without time and location constraints, citizens can conveniently share ideas while managers gain community insights. According to the 2012 CivicPlus Digital Citizen Engagement survey, 40% of citizens want to provide input on municipal government.From Los Angeles To CalgaryMindMixer COO Nathan Preheim tells me that the company has attracted more than 300 communities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, plus its first Canadian client, the city of Calgary. Among civic, education and healthcare organizations that are using the service to engage their communities, the governor of Colorado is using it to better engage his entire state.Here are a few examples of how municipals governments are using MindMixer:Orlando, FL: When residents were asked how much more they would be willing to pay to have half of their food sourced from local farms, 36% of respondents said they would pay 10% more, and 22% said they’d pay 5% more. While the response rate was low, it shows the potential of civic engagement as the use of these platforms increases.Boulder, CO:InspireBoulder held a Reusable Bag Design Competition on the MindMixer site. The winning design is set to be used on 30,000 reusable grocery bags to be distributed by the city.Park City, UT: One resident’s idea to implement a community composting program became a reality when Park City’s Environmental Sustainability Manager approved the concept, which is similar to an ordinance passed by the city of San Francisco. Tags:#community#Government#Non-Profits MindMixer Buys VoterTideMindMixer recently acquired VoterTide, a social media intelligence company that specializes in activating audiences who follow hot topics for political campaigns, non-profits and special-interest groups. Preheim says the company’s thinking was, “How can we use social media to help our clients better engage topics?”All existing clients will have access to Votertide audiences. Going forward, adds Preheim, “We are in the process of building an application framework, called Community Insights.”Given the current pressure to shrink governments, the populace will have to take more active roles in the governance of their communities. Platforms like MindMixer could make it easier for people to take on and succees in those new roles. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos michael tchongcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Military Teen Adventure Camps: Don’t miss out!

first_imgDo you have a teen who would like to spend time whitewater rafting, hiking, rock climbing, winter camping, backpacking, mountain biking, exploring the environment, running ropes courses, geo-caching, or practicing wilderness skills? What if they could do these activities with other military youth just like them?Military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate in adventure camps at little to no cost scheduled April 2012 through March 2013. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Alaska to Maine, and from Colorado to Georgia, as well as states in between. There are even opportunities for military teens in the Pacific Rim. There will be a total of 50 camps offered at different locations and dates for approximately 1,600 teens. This is the perfect chance for them to experience the outdoors like never before!Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow teens to build leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while participating in activities. Camps for youth with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional) are also planned in California, Ohio, and New Hampshire, as well as camps for Service Members and their teens to experience together. There is something for everyone!We would like to thank the Department of Defense, Office of Military Community & Family Policy and the United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food & Agriculture for supporting the funding for our camps. These efforts have been coordinated by Dr. Renee McKee at Purdue University.Please see our main website for camp dates, locations, and registration here. Visit our Facebook page to see pictures from last year’s camps and ‘like’ us to receive updates. If know of teens of military service members, please share this information with them.We hope to see your familiy at camp this year!last_img read more

2 militants killed in Shopian encounter in Kashmir

first_imgTwo militants were killed in an operation of security forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Sunday morning.”Based on a credible input about the presence of militants, a cordon and search operation was launched early morning at Rebban area of Zainapora in Shopian. The search party was fired upon by the hiding militants. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter. Two militants were killed,” said the police spokesman.The police said both the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. “Their identities are being ascertained,” the spokesman added.The police said incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.last_img