Sand Mining Threatens Homes in Duazon

first_imgPeople investing thousands of dollars in residential buildings near the Atlantic Beach in Duazon risk losing their properties as a result of rampant sand mining there.Prominent government officials including Senator Albert Chea; National Investment Commission Chairperson, Etmonia David Tarpeh; former Gender and Development Minister, Vabah Gayflor; as well as Liberians living abroad have properties in this area.The area is also home to other not-so-affluent-residents, many of who live in makeshift structures.These residents, according to elder William Cooper, are mainly engaged in sand mining for a living, something he said would affect many of the residential areas in the future.Mr. Cooper said a man identified as ‘Bobby’ is the head of the sand mining activity; a situation he said is uncontrollable as those involved in the act are “hostile and disobedient to authority in the vicinity.”John Nimene, a Liberian living in the United States who is erecting his house in Duazon, complained to this newspaper that the high level of sand mining in the area is threatening his structure.He was visibly emotional when he saw the condition created near his house due to sand mining. He said he has invested huge sums of money in the project with the aim to move to Liberia by next year, but believes that the local residents continue to mine sand in the area despite steps instituted by the government to halt their activities.Nimene expressed fear that a similar activity was being carried out in West Point and New Kru Town, where D. Tweh High School is located. These places are currently under threat from persistent waves from the Atlantic Ocean, which has eroded most of these areas.“My concern is about the erosion. See what’s happening in West Point and near D. Tweh. I was in the area four months ago, and what I observed today was not here. The place has turned to be like Bomi Hills when the concessionaires left without putting into place anydevelopment package. The people here are mining the sand near this beach, and when it continues, the ocean is going to destroy our properties,” Nimene expressed.He also identified Bobby as the head miner who allegedly runs a sand mining group who picks up the mined sand during the dark hours of the morning while people are asleep.To prevent Bobby from continuing his sand mining trade, Nimene said he has constructed concrete pillars to prevent trucks from going down the beach for sand.“Since I have built the pillars you see down there,” Nimene said, “the trucks do not go there any longer, but miners bring the sand up here and the trucks take it to customers in town,” he alleged.However, none of the residents could identify the Bobby.Meanwhile, Nimene called on government to enforce the law on mining sand from the beach to save their properties and the environment from future disaster.When the Daily Observer toured the vicinity, our reporter found stockpiles of mined sand, with residents disclaiming ownership for fear of being arrested.One resident told this newspaper that those involved in the mining come during the night to mine, but he cannot give account of them. An official of the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy told the Daily Observer on condition of anonymity on Tuesday that government has ordered mining activities on beaches halted in the country.According to the official, sand miners are restricted to river sand instead of the beach, and people caught in violation of the act will bear the weight of the law.“We are going to inform the police to reach the scene and trace those involved in mining activities there,” the LME official said. Meanwhile, sand mining at beaches has been an occupation for many local residents in Monrovia.It may be recalled that a few years ago the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy regulated that builders use river sand instead of beach sand because mining on the beach was inviting disaster posed by the ocean’s waves.In 2012, beach-slum dwellers near the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor were made homeless when their houses were leveled by violent waves from the ocean.Maritime beach workers and some local residents attributed the disaster at the time to sand mining.They contended that because people were mining sand near the ocean, the beach was at the level of the ocean instead of higher, thereby causing the ocean to freely flow towards dry land.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Marshall only half good in title game

first_imgThe Mustangs (22-2-1) blitzed the Eagles 5-0 over the game’s final 45 minutes en route to a 6-1 win at Downey’s Allen Layne Field that clinched the school’s second Division V championship in four years. “It’s a great feeling, a dream come true,” said Salesian’s Diego Hernandez, who scored a hat trick. “We were close at the half, but then we started to play better.” DOWNEY – Draped across the back of the Los Angeles Salesian High boys soccer warmup shirt is the slogan, “The Pride is Back.” After a surprising first half in which the No. 3-seeded Mustangs were tied with Marshall 1-1 in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V title game, the pride as well as the Salesian offense returned in a big way. In the 52nd minute, Eagles midfielder Antonio Benitez missed a possible momentum-shifting goal when his 10-foot shot bounced past goalie Edwin Garcia, but off the ankle of Mustangs defender Geovani Alvarez, who was backing up Garcia. Alvarez then alertly led a quick counter-attack through the stunned Eagles. It eventually led to a Luis Silva goal that skipped off the hands of Alvarenga for another goal. “We tried as best as we could,” Alvarenga said. “We had a great run to the finals. It’s just sad it had to end like this” It’s arguable whether Marshall (19-5-2), the Olympic League champion, could have played a better first half. After the Mustangs opened the scoring in the sixth minute off a Hernandez putback, the Eagles responded in the 30th minute. Marshall senior co-captain Omar Siordia scored on a direct free kick from 32 yards to tie the score at 1-1. The goal capped an impressive first half in which the Eagles out-shot the Mustangs 7-2 after the first 10 minutes of play. “I thought we had it,” Siordia said. “They were surprised that we tied them. It was great to prove people wrong all year long and to get this far.” In reaching the program’s first-ever CIF-SS championship game, Plummer was satisfied. “I’m very proud of this team,” Plummer said. “We were a sleeper. Nobody gave us a chance, and look how far we went. It was a great season.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It didn’t take long for the Mustangs to break the deadlock. Salesian scored in the 46th minute on Christian Alvizar’s goal off a David Stopani assist. Five minutes later, Hernandez got into the act with a partially deflected pass from Alvizar and directing it under the diving reach of Eagles goalie Erik Alvarenga to make the score at 3-1. The goal was set up when two Eagles defenders failed to drive the ball out of the penalty area and sent a clearing attempt into the willing reach of Alvizar. “We just made mistakes which gave them chances for goals,” Marshall coach Claine Plummer said. “We got frustrated and the score got out of hand.” last_img read more

Video: Unbelievable goal decision in Belgium – McLeish was happy!

first_imgIt was when Genk manager Alex McLeish started celebrating that we all realised Herve Kage’s shot was in fact a goal. According to the match officials at least.Even the player didn’t realise he’d scored.Genk beat Lierse 3-0 in the end and sit second in the nation’s Pro League, with McLeish taking the reins in the summer.last_img

AC Milan edge ahead of Arsenal in race for France star

first_img Monaco star Geoffrey Kondogbia AC Milan have moved ahead of Arsenal in the race for Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to reports in Italy.The Serie A club reportedly have a £100m war chest to spend this summer and have identified a number of transfer targets.Kondogbia is said to be high on that list, although Arsenal and other Premier League clubs have also shown an interest in the midfielder.But, according to Sky Sport Italia, Milan are leading the chase for the 22-year-old.The Italian club’s CEO Adriano Galliani is due to fly to Monaco this week to meet with the club and discuss a possible deal.Milan are ready to offer over £20m for the Frenchman, who has three years to run on his current contract. 1last_img

FINN HARPS HOST PUBLIC MEETING AHEAD OF NEW SEASON

first_imgFinn HarpsFinn Harps FC are inviting supporters, sponsors, media and all interested parties to a public meeting at the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on 9th February at 7.45pm. As anticipation builds ahead of Harps first premier campaign in 7 years, club personnel and management will give a progress report to those attending on how preparations are going both on and off the pitch.In addition to a questions and answers session with first team manager Ollie Horgan, the evening will include news of latest club developments including short presentations on premier licencing, growing the club and youth development. All are welcome.FINN HARPS HOST PUBLIC MEETING AHEAD OF NEW SEASON was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfinn harpslast_img read more

BISHOP HEGARTY RESIGNATON ACCEPTED: HIS STATEMENT IN FULL

first_imgKILCAR-born Bishop of Derry Seamus Hegarty has issued the following response after his resignation was accepted by the Pope today:“Recently, I submitted my letter of resignation to the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, in accordance with canon 401 §2 of theCode of Canon Law, due to a health condition which has been assessed to render me unable to fulfil the obligations of my office as Diocesan Bishop.“The Holy Father has very kindly considered my letter, along with the medical reports provided by experts, and today graciously accepted my resignation. My resignation is effective from 11.00 GMT today, Wednesday 23 November 2011. “I would ask for prayers that the Holy Spirit may guide the selection of the new Bishop of Derry. On a personal level, I would entrust my health to the prayers of the people of the diocese.“The Diocese of Derry is now a Vacant See, one which has no Diocesan Bishop. For the interim governance of the diocese, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has asked the Diocesan College of Consultors, a group of eight priests who govern the diocese collegially for up to eight days, to meet and elect a Diocesan Administrator, to whom the administration of the diocese is entrusted during the Vacant See.X Séamus HegartyRetired Bishop of Derry BISHOP HEGARTY RESIGNATON ACCEPTED: HIS STATEMENT IN FULL was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 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:bishop seamus hegarty resignationstatement in fulllast_img read more

ANNAGRY GETS INTO THE FESTIVE MOOD

first_imgThe festive spirit was out for all to see when the Annagry Choir along with Fr Herrity dropped in to the Annagry Day Centre.As well as a touching mass, residents of the centre were treated to some beautiful music.The residents of the centre also enjoyed the singing of Tony Rodgers. All pictures by kind permission of Catherine Paterson. ANNAGRY GETS INTO THE FESTIVE MOOD was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Annagry Day CentreFr Herritylast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: REFEREES NAMED FOR ALL-IRELAND FINALS

first_imgTHE GAA has named the two referees for Donegal’s Senior and Minor All-Ireland finals clashes with Kerry.Eddie Kinsella, right, from Co Laois will referee the All-Ireland senior football final, the GAA has confirmed.It will be his first senior final. He has been in charge of the All-Ireland Under 21 final in 2011, the All-Ireland Senior Club final in 2014, one Leinster SFC final and one Munster SFC final.Fergal Kelly of Longford will referee the minor game between Donegal v Kerry. COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: REFEREES NAMED FOR ALL-IRELAND FINALS was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelandrefereelast_img read more

Letterkenny people surprised by random acts of kindness – Picture Special

first_imgPeople out shopping and working in Letterkenny got a great festive surprise on Friday as a troupe of happy elves delivered random acts of kindness.The merry team from Letterkenny Youth & Family Service were out and about gifting people with hot chocolates, sweets and gifts – all for the season of goodwill! Advertisement This initiative was possible from the donations made at the highly popular LYFS Sensory Santa the previous night.Loaded up in LYFS Mobile Unit with helpful elves from LYIT, Amy Canning, Aine Wilkinson, Beth Deeney, Clodagh Fitzsimmons, Chloe Sweeney, Eimear Mc Laughlin, Kiera Treacy, and staff members Louise and Sinead set off around Letterkenny to meet old friends and new.Lovely knitwear gifted on the cold day by LYFS Knitting Group was well received. Advertisement The team visited Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Good And New Charity Shop, CBM Signs, Donegal Oil Company, Letterkenny Retail Park in the morning.In the afternoon they make some special visits to Letterkenny Hospital Emergency Dept. & Letterkenny Oncology Ward.Impromptu singing and dancing at the Letterkenny Bus Station and Mr. Chippie made for a really festive atmosphere. “Thanks to all who made us feel so welcome,” said Garry Glennon, LYFS manager.See photos from the day below:Letterkenny people surprised by random acts of kindness – Picture Special was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Moose Muzzle: A Nose for News

first_imgCurious about the enigmatic nose structure of the moose, two researchers picked up moose roadkill and decided to study those large, comical Bullwinkle faces, reports Nature.1 Lincoln Tim writes,The moose, Alces alces, is a member of the deer family, but its nasal apparatus is unlike that of any of its relatives. The apparatus overhangs the mouth, and the nostrils are large and laterally sited …. The muzzle contains a long and complex nasal cavity, with a highly complicated muscle and cartilage system.Though the puzzle of the muzzle is not completely solved, the scientists suggested it serves the following functions:Enhances blood and brain cooling.Enhances efficiency of feeding with its mobile and tactile features.Has nostrils that can close while under water.Derives directional information from smell.Andrew B. Clifford and Lawrence M. Witmer reported their results in the Journal of Zoology 262, 339-360; 2004. On May 6, MSNBC News reported on this story and included a handsome moose muzzle portrait. 1Lincoln Tim, “Zoology: Nose of Moose,” Nature 428, 904 (29 April 2004); doi:10.1038/428904a.Now you know. All that and no transitional forms, either.(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more