Gov’t Clears MNG-Gold

first_imgMr. Goll reads the statement to the press Says no one came in contact with chemical spillageThe Inter-Ministerial Crisis Management Team (CMT) constituted by the government to investigate the September 27, 2017, rupture of a section of the geo-membrane layer, which led to the spillage of chemical (cyanide) into nearby waters at the MNG-Gold Mine in Kokoyah, Bong County, has concluded its work, indicating that the situation is now under control.The rupture resulted into uncontrollable discharge of slurry containing cyanide from the dam into the Sien Creek. The discharge led to the contamination of ground and surface waters including hand pumps and the creek.At a press conference in Monrovia on Thursday, November 9, the chair of the CMT, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said that following work the experts carried out at the site, the situation is now under control.EPA deputy executive director, Urias Goll, said that the surface and the ground water, which previously contained traces of cyanide are now free of any concentration of cyanide, and therefore, residents in the community are now allowed to resume their normal activities including farming.He said the EPA has made effort to restore the livelihood of Sayewheh Town residents as well as repair the damaged dam, which failure resulted into spillage of cyanide-containing effluent in the environment.Mr. Goll said the government has now cleared (ordered) the company to resume its operations, noting, “we expect the company to resume its operations very soon after all of our work. We want to be thankful to the management for the level of cooperation during the crisis.”The CMT was setup, not just to probe the matter and work with MNG Gold’s management to bring the situation under control, but to ensure that relevant actions are taken to avert any re-occurrence.The spillage was thought to have also affected 34 individuals who were immediately taken to various health facilities, but Goll said that these individuals thought to have come in contact with the contaminated water during the chemical spillage have no direct correlation of cyanide to the illness the people reported.“We are pleased to report to you that the 34 persons that allegedly came in contact with the contaminated water were treated and medical reports from Phebe Hospital, MNG Clinic and JFK Medical Hospital confirmed that there is no direct correlation of cyanide to the illnesses the people earlier reported,” Mr. Goll said.This, according to Mr. Goll, was after multiple tests were done on these individuals at several medical facilities. He said the various tests indicated that some of the people came down with malaria, skin rashes and urinary track-infection.“Medical tests have indicated that those thought to have been affected by the chemical spillage were rather sick from malaria, rashes and other sicknesses, and not as we all had thought,” he said.According to the New York State Department of Health, the human body handles small amounts of cyanide differently than large amounts. In small doses, cyanide in the body can be changed into thiocyanate, which is less harmful and is excreted in urine. In large doses, the body’s ability to change cyanide into thiocyanate is overwhelmed. Large doses of cyanide prevent cells from using oxygen and eventually these cells die. The heart, respiratory system and central nervous system are most susceptible to cyanide poisoning.Further research shows that the effects of cyanide on the human body include general weakness, malaise, and collapse; Neurologic symptoms such as headache, vertigo, dizziness, giddiness, inebriation, confusion, generalized seizures, coma, as well as Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.The cyanide spill in the mining area also disrupted farming activities in some parts of Sayewheh Town and along the affected creek. It posed potential health hazard to the community and its inhabitants, thus resulting to the temporarily closure of all hand pumps, banned farming activities, artisanal mining and the closure of schools, which led to the referral of some community members for medical examination.But Goll said that the government was satisfied with the level of work done in the area by collaborating with the team, the company management and the community members.He said MNG Gold has provided additional food items to the community members during a transitional period, while work is yet to resume. “This is to demonstrate the company’s commitment of its social responsibility and concern for the well-being of the community members.”“The government, through the CMT appreciates the effort of those who participated in the crisis management process. We thank the press which constantly informed the public about the situation. It is our desire and commitment to ensure that these kinds of disasters are averted or significantly minimized,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 1 Chairman pleads for more help with influx of Venezuelans

first_img…as illegal activities in Coomacka Village risesWith Venezuelans continuously crossing the border, leading to an increase in their numbers in Region One (Barima-Waini), Regional Chairman Brethnol Ashley has expressed worry over the fact that the region lacks resources to cater for the individuals who are seeking refuge there.Regional Chairman Brethnol Ashley addressing a number of stakeholders from Regions One and Four in relation to the Venezuelan migrant situationIn a document to this newspaper, the Chairman stressed on the lack of human resources, adding that shortages of drugs and other medical supplies continue to plague the region as a result of the high number of Venezuelans.These matters were highlighted recently during a special meeting between Regional Executives. The meeting was attended by the Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Four, Pauline Lucas and others. It was hosted with the intent of establishing a collaboration between the two regions to address the number of issues birthed as a result of the increased influx of Venezuelans.“There continues to be shortage of drugs and medical supply as a result of the increased number of Venezuelans seeking medical and other attention,” the Chairman pointed out.The Chairman told the visiting team that he would be thankful for any assistance while noting that officials in the region are faced with increased challenges and difficulties and support from Region Four’s health sector would be appreciated.Heighten securityAshley went further to call on Government to heighten security patrols at the country’s borders since a number of threats were recently made.“He warned that the threats should be taken seriously by the country’s security forces declaring that his RDC (Regional Democratic Council) is very concerned with these threats expressing the view that he believes that the Venezuelans will act on those threats and as such, all stops should be pulled out in ensuring that Guyana can effectively defend itself. He said that Government and residents must recognise that because of Venezuela’s grave economic challenges, they are evidently desperate,” the statement reads.“We have heard that there is a plan to hijack the ferry and this resulted in the ferry having to be escorted into here a few weeks ago because there were reports that the Sindicatos were planning an attack,” the Regional Chairman stressed.He stressed that the number of migrants continues to increase while pointing out the need for a holistic response by the Government to alleviate a number of fears and concerns.StatisticsDuring the meeting, it was confirmed by the Chairman that some of the latest figures released have shown a steady increase in the migrant population. He said figures presented to him just before the meeting indicated that there continues to be an increase in the number of Venezuelan migrants, stressing that there is an urgent need for Government to take appropriate actions to lend valuable support while at the same time protecting the interests of Guyanese.He revealed, “For White Water they are 640, in the community of Imberto there is 74, there is also a new community under the radar called Black Water Barima with 40, Khan Hill has 101, Kamwatta has 65 while Yarakita has 64 so the numbers tells its own story that indeed there is an increase,” Ashley said.IllegalThe Regional Chairman disclosed that a number of the Venezuelans are involved in the sale of illegal fuel which he said has compounded concerns from the business community within the Coomacka area.Despite efforts to make the migrants comfortable with living quarters, Ashely complained that illegal activities continue to take place which he foresees causing major issues in the Coomacka community for not only the migrants but other villagers as well.In addition, the Chairman said that there has also been a hike in the number of reported cases of persons being infected with various diseases, stressing that several residents have expressed these concerns in relation to diseases.“I am saddled with having to hear families coming to me telling me that they are worried that their husbands may contract some of the diseases and infections. We are very concerned about the increase also of malaria with several villages indicating its prominence in the community, so frankly I am happy that we have another region coming on board so as to assist us in some way,” Ashley said.He revealed that there are serious sanitation-related issues, pointing out that several residents have complained about the Venezuelan migrants defecating in and around the community. This, the Regional Chairman declared poses great challenges to several business owners who would see the migrants committing these acts openly. Further, he said that there are serious and grave health concerns as several of the migrants who are desperate for food have been seen raiding garbage bins.last_img read more

Local Weather Numbers for March

first_imgThanks to a very good March, in which more than double the normal amount of precipitation was received, Fort St. John area farmers and ranchers at least have some reason to hope for drought relief, heading into the spring seeding period. 45.6 centimeters of snow, about 20 more than the local area average, resulted in 44.7 millimeters of precipitation, as compared, to the March norm, of 21.4. It also raised to 88.7 millimeters, the total for the first three months of the year. So, despite a very dry February, when the local airport recorded only 10.8 millimeters…less than half the monthly norm…the year-to-date total is now almost 20 millimeters ahead, of the local area average. – Advertisement -However, it should also be remembered that, at this time last year, we were virtually in the same position, having recorded 90.9 millimeters. In addition, we stayed well ahead of the norm through April and May, but then disaster hit, in June and July. They are traditionally the two heaviest local area precipitation months of the year, with a combined norm of nearly 155 millimeters. However, last year we received less than a third of that total….only 47.3 millimeters.last_img read more

Video: Leipzig stars celebrate goal with famous ‘RKO’ wrestling move

first_imgWrestler Randy Orton’s trademark ‘RKO’ move has taken the internet by storm recently and inspired this brilliant celebration from Leipzig’s Daniel Frahn and Terrence Boyd after the former scored in a Bundesliga 2 game against VfL Bochum.last_img

Rangers target ‘passes medical’ amid reports he’s set for Ibrox transfer

first_imgRangers look to be closing in on the signing of Nikola Katic, according to reports.Katic, the Croatia international, has emerged as a target of Steven Gerrard’s as the former England and Liverpool captain looks to rework the Gers’ defence following his appointment as manager of the Ibrox club. Gerrard was confirmed as Rangers’ new manager in May and officially took charge earlier this month 2 Katic has been linked with a summer move to Ibrox 2 And according to Croatian Football News, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, Katic has already passed a medical in Manchester ahead of his move to Glasgow being finalised.Katic’s agent, Mladen Kliskinic, earlier posted a photo to Facebook of himself outside Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium with the caption reading: ‘ONE PLAYER. Medical test. 5 hours. All good.’ Slaven Belupo defender Katic, 21, has won a single cap for Croatia, though he has not been named in their squad for the World Cup.Katic could become Rangers’ fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Scott Arfield from Burnley, Allan McGregor from Hull, Jamie Murphy from Brighton, and Liverpool winger Ovie Ejaria, who penned a season-long loan deal with the Ibrox club.last_img read more


first_imgIT’S a picture of happiness as Madeleine McCann shares an ice-cream with her brothers and cousins in Co Donegal four years ago – just weeks later she went missing from a holiday complex in Portugal.And today brave mum Kate McCann made a heart-breaking new appeal in the hunt for her daughter on the missing girl’s eighth birthday.Mrs McCann, 43, and her husband Gerry launched a new phase of their four-year search for their daughter, and are already receiving fresh information prompted by Mrs McCann’s emotional account of the disappearance in her new book which goes on sale today. And here in Donegal, in St Johnston where Maddie’s grandparents are from, people will hope that this latest appeal will finally unravel a riddle which has baffled the world.Kate’s book, Madeleine, goes on sale today and the McCanns hope it will raise €1.2 million to provide continued funding for their private investigation.The residents of Dungloe will also remember Maddie today – four years ago they stood alongside Gerry and Kate McCann and their three children at Easter Mass.The McCann family had been visiting the area on holiday in April 2007 before stopping off at their family-owned pub in St Johnston.More than 40 family members had enjoyed the trip, up the coast from Dungloe and through Gaoth Dobhair. Advertisement Today Kate and Gerry McCann wrote an open letter to British PM David Cameron begging him to force the Portugese authorities to release all their legal papers to them.In the letter they describe Mr Cameron as a father who recognised the importance of children to people’s lives.The couple said they had “tried in vain” to secure a formal inquiry and added that it was “not right that a young, vulnerable British citizen has essentially been given up on”.The McCanns told Cameron that a review could be fruitful as “the benefits of pooling together different bits of evidence can be enormous”.A spokesman for Mr Cameron said he wanted to make sure the Government did “all it can to help them” and said finding Madeleine was the Prime Minister’s focus on the issue.MADDIE: DONEGAL FAMILY MARK MISSING GIRLS’S 8TH BIRTHDAY was last modified: May 12th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Santa Clarita Things To Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Loose Goose Wine Festival, 7-11 p.m. today for the Golden Goose Gala at a location TBD, and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the main festival at Bridgeport Park, 23520 Bridgeport Lane, Valencia. Festival admission: $85 for one day or $99 for both days. Call (661) 799-9463 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will hold its 11th annual Chili Cook-off Dance, 7:30 p.m. today at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 257-4801. “The Mousetrap” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “Little Shop of Horrors” will be presented, 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Oct. 21-22, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 23 at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $12 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and children under 12. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit Newhall Art Walk will feature original works of art displayed in retail stores along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall through Oct. 31. Call (661) 286-4018. Castaic Education Foundation golf tournament, 6 a.m. today at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. Entry fee: $115. Call Beverly Silsbee at (661) 257-4500, Ext. 501. One-Act Play Festival will feature drama teams from Saugus, Canyon, Valencia and Hart high schools, 6:30 p.m. today in the Saugus High School theater room, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for students. Subject matter is inappropriate for children. Call (661) 297-3900. Dinner Music, 6:30 p.m. today at Rio Norte Junior High, 28771 Rio Norte Drive, Valencia. Cost: $15. Call (661) 295-3700. Back Pages will perform classic rock, 8:30 p.m. today at The Greens, 26501 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 222-2900. Tom McTigue and Tom Parks will perform, 9 p.m. today and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for the dinner show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. 14th annual Classic Wine Benefit Auction will benefit the SCV Senior Center’s Home Delivered Meals program, 11 a.m. Saturday at Le Chene French Cuisine, 12625 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $60. Call (661) 259-9444 or visit “The Wizard of Oz” will be presented, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 299-5264 or visit “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hike, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Photo Expo, hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association, 8 a.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call April Bielefeldt at (818) 723-7413. Skinny Little Twits will perform classic rock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market is $1.50 for adults and children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Nature Hike, 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Come learn about the geology, history and plant and animal life of this park. Call (661) 268-0840. Kid Expo will feature art, dance, books and a boutique, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Golden Valley High School, 20501 Golden Valley Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 255-6847, Ext. 3059. Los Angeles Poets’ Press Fall Festival & Publication Celebration, 1:30 p.m. Sunday at The Laughing Buddha Garden, 24721 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-5215. Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for the SCV Special Olympics, 5-9 p.m. Thursday at The Elephant Bar, 27063 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-2121. Music Department Fall Revue, 7 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at Saugus High School, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Tickets: $4. Call (661) 297-3900. Choral Department Fall Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 21-22 in the auditorium at Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 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

Would-be attacker blows up before striking

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – An attacker blew himself up in a failed assault on coalition forces Sunday in volatile southern Afghanistan, while two U.S. helicopters made emergency landings during combat operations, officials said. The attempted attack against the coalition forces occurred as their convoy passed through the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanekzai said the explosives detonated when the attacker was hit by a motorbike. The blast killed the attacker and motorbike driver and wounded two other people, U.S. military and Afghan police officials said. One of the wounded was a coalition soldier, who was treated for minor injuries and returned to duty, said Lt. Mike Cody, a coalition spokesman. The convoy and the injured soldier were Canadian, Lt. Col. Steve Borland told The Canadian Press. U.S. and Canadian officials called the attacker a suicide bomber, but a police officer at the scene said the man was apparently trying to throw a grenade. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Hours earlier, the U.S. military said five American troops and an Afghan soldier suffered relatively minor injuries when two helicopters made emergency landings during combat operations. All the injured were in stable condition, the military said. The five U.S. soldiers were hurt when a CH-47 Chinook landed north of Kandahar, suffering serious damage, the military said. The other helicopter made an emergency landing at a forward operating base in neighboring Uruzgan province, injuring the Afghan soldier, the military said. A self-described Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammed Yousaf, claimed the group had shot down one of the helicopters north of Kandahar with a rocket, but he also said that all aboard were killed. Yousaf often calls media outlets to claim responsibility for attacks with information that proves exaggerated or untrue. His ties to the Taliban leadership are unclear. The U.S. military said it was investigating the causes of the incidents. Also Sunday, Esmatullah Muhabat, a former militia leader elected to parliament in September, was shot dead in a gunfight that apparently erupted during a dispute over firewood. Stanekzai said three of Muhabat’s followers were also killed in the clash. last_img read more

MH370 video: Where the aircraft may lie

first_imgThe Australian crash investigator has released the first video animation (below) of the ocean floor where MH370 is believed to lie.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau search teams have now mapped 200,000sq kms of the ocean floor off Perth, Western Australia. Before the new underwater search for MH370 could begin, it was necessary to accurately map the sea floor to ensure that the search is undertaken safely and effectively. Bathymetry survey vessels have spent months, scanning the sea floor with multibeam sonar to gather detailed, high-resolution data. The data has revealed many seabed features for the first time. This computer-animated ‘flythrough’ shows a visualisation of some of the sea floor terrain in the search area.To this time however, only 9000sq km –or 5 per cent – of the ocean floor that has been mapped has been searched by ships towing side-scan sonar looking for wreckage.In fact one ship, the Fugro Equator, continues to conduct bathymetric survey work in the search area.Two ships – the GO Phoenix and Furgo Discovery – are now searching for MH370 with the side-scan sonar which can operate to depths of 6000m.Last month the chief of the world’s largest international airline expressed grave concerns that MH370 will be given up as lost as part of an international cover-up.Tim Clark, President of Emirates, told yesterday that he has been inundated by grieving relatives, and theorists pressuring him to continue the pursuit of the truth.          Read:Airline Chief says MH370 a coverup “Many mathematicians have done extensive calculations and have detailed them in their emails to me,” said Mr Clark. “None believe the current hypothesis.”“We cannot allow MH370 to become a “National Geographic” mystery. “We must get to the truth.”Also last month Australia’s crash investigator dismissed reports that there is disagreement among the expert teams that are calculating the search area for MH370.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner, Martin Dolan, said that there were two priority search areas for MH370 because the five teams had been using differing methodologies to calculate the likely flight paths of the aircraft based on satellite communications data.last_img read more

The Empty Shop is filled with promise

first_imgThe mannequins are clothed daily with the clothes donated for those who would like to buy the clothes for a worthy cause at reasonable prices. (Image: My Joburg)If you are stuck with a cupboard full of clothes you don’t wear anymore, there’s a great way to get rid of them while doing a worthy cause.Sandton City, the upmarket retail mall, and McCann Johannesburg, a brand development agency, have partnered again to bring the global charity initiative, The Empty Shop, to Johannesburg. It’s the second time the campaign is being held; in 2014, it collected over four tons of clothes.CHARITY AND FASHIONFrom 28 October to 15 November, members of the public are encouraged to drop off clothes at the pop-up shop in Sandton City, where the clothes are styled on mannequins for the day before being removed for storage when the day is over.This year, children’s educational toys and books have been added to the collection. On 14 and 15 November, selected items go on sale. People can buy the donated items that catch their eye, at affordable prices.All proceeds, as well as the unsold items, will be donated to the Tomorrow Trust, a non-profit organisation that supports orphaned and vulnerable children throughout their educational journey. Through a holistic education that focuses on academic and life skills, the Tomorrow Trust empowers these youngsters to reach their full potential.“The 2014 Empty Shop project was a phenomenal success and we are very excited to host the initiative for a second time, in partnership with McCann Johannesburg,” said Julie Hilary, the general manager of Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square.“Through The Empty Shop, we are able to assist people we may never have reached. Last year The Empty Shop collected four tons of clothing, exceeding the 3.2 ton record set by Brazil, which was truly humbling for all involved. To date, more than R600 000 has been raised from the clothing sold at Hospice Wits stores.”The shop concept was pioneered in 2013 at the Villalobos Mall, in São Paulo, Brazil. Other cities that have hosted The Empty Shop include Milan, Berlin, Austin, Manchester, Buenos Aires and Riga.Situated in the Checkers Court in Sandton City, The Empty Shop will open and operate during Sandton City’s trading hours, from Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 8pm, and on Sunday from 9am to 6pm.“The Empty Shop has demonstrated that everyone can play a role, no matter how small, in making a difference,” said Karabo Denalane, the managing director of McCann Johannesburg. “Our vision at McCann is to help brands play a meaningful role in people’s lives, and it’s projects like these that allow us to reach our goal and potential.”last_img read more