The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) has described as a “misstep and poor political judgment” the Liberian President’s declaration of a national State of Emergency.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday declared a “state of emergency” and called for legislative support in accordance with the 1986 Constitution.Addressing a news conference Thursday in Monrovia, IREDD Senior Policy Director Dan T. Saryee, noted that the declaration neither offers any results-oriented solution to the economic reasons cited nor does it provide any direct solution to the eradication of Ebola from “poverty stricken Liberians.”The international research group pointed out that the government’s decision will only exacerbate hardship, escalate vulnerability of the people to hunger and death by curable diseases (malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, etc.) and further deny the country of much needed revenues. In fact, the consequence that comes with a state of emergency is comparable to shooting oneself in the leg, Saryee said.The research institute believes that the government’s pronouncement is a clear indication that all activities including the operations of concessions, plantations, international NGOs, businesses and market places are hereby “shut down.”IREDD described the President’s decision as a “sad and unprecedented action that demonstrates no iota of good leadership, intended to raise untimely alarm to position Liberia for a handsome share of the funds to fight Ebola in the sub-region.”In finding solution to the spread of Ebola IREDD recommended: “that the National Legislature should deny the approval of the state of emergency required of them by Article 88 of the Liberian Constitution. Government should urgently take action to prescribe motivational packages such as benefits in insurance, death benefits including education benefits for children of affected medical practitioners, to ensure they are motivated to make the ultimate sacrifices as required to fight the pandemic. Government should take concrete actions to re-open all the referral health centers by ensuring that the requisite manpower, technicians, logistics needed to run various testing at these centers are available and accessible.”Relative to the militarization of communities and highways, Saryee asserted that said action was unnecessary, adding; “This only scares away investors.”On the way forward, he said, government should establish testing centers at every entry point, to ensure that traveler, pedestrians and other commuters are properly screened to prevent the spread of the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dorcas Harris being interviewed by Emma Smith, founder of the Emma Smith Foundation and host of the Emma Smith Reality Show.Dorcas wants to become an internationally acclaimed architectLiberia is a country where dreams are hardly realized due to the lack of opportunities to support young people’s ambitions, let alone that of a child who has survived the deadly Ebola virus disease.Nevertheless, the country’s entrenched tradition of a patronage system where only a few are given opportunities because of connections while the vast majority are left to fend or struggle for themselves, won’t hold back some determined young people.It is against this backdrop that Dorcas Harris, a 16 year old survivor of the worst health epidemic to hit Liberia – the Ebola virus disease, indicated “Once there is life, there is hope.” She has a dream, and according to Dorcas, she must fulfill it.Dorcas Harris, who is currently a freshman at the Broker Washington Institute, is a little girl with a big dream.As an architecture student, Dorcas dreams of becoming an international and well-known architect in the future. And Dorcas is just one of the few females venturing into this male dominated field in Liberia.“I decided to become an architect to help my country develop. You see, we have to end our dependency on foreign architects to design most of our buildings, roads and bridges, a situation I don’t think is sustainable. Also, I want to challenge and inspire lots of females to join this field.“And as someone who loves art, I think being an architect will enable me to better express my creativity, and it is an artful way to make an impact on society,” she said, adding that since architecture is the art of self-expression, she wants to leave that impression and touch on every design she creates.“I’m working hard to become the person I wish to be. I know there will be challenges, but I’m in the position to overcome and hope to become Liberia’s first female skyline designer. I want to transform Liberia’s look with beautiful buildings.”Meanwhile, Dorcas, who lost her mother during the Ebola crisis but was lucky that her father survived, complained of stigmatization and rejection.“Stigmatization and rejection do still exist and this is bad. I think it has to completely stop. I caught the virus after I hugged my mother when she came home from work. Losing my mother is the most terrible experience I have ever been through,” she said.Stories of survivors like Dorcas and many others will be unearthed every week on the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) funded radio by the Emma Smith Reality Show that is intended for survivors to highlight their problems so that government, policymakers and philanthropic interventions will be stimulated to address their needs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A jeweller was on New Year’s Day robbed of a gold chain and a diamond ring when two bandits attacked him on America and Longden Streets, in Georgetown.Dexter Forrester, 27, of Lot 30 Two Friends Housing Scheme, Anns Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was attacked at about 23:10h.Guyana Times understands Forrester sells jewellery on the corners of America and Longden Streets.At the time of the attack, he was reportedly packing his stocks into his motorcar when he noticed a silver grey Toyota Premio motorcar driving up America Street (which is a oneway).The car drove pass him, reportedly stopped, turned around and parked parallel alongside him. One of the bandits then exited the car from the backseat and held Forrester at gunpoint.Another then exited the said car and relieved him of a gold chain valued $135,000, one diamond ring valued $125,000 and $55,000 in cash.A single gunshot was fired in the air as the bandits re-entered their motorcar and made good their escape West along America Street and then North into Water Street.The matter was reported and Police who visited the scene. Persons in the area said they heard the gunshot but assumed it was a firecracker.The matter is being investigated.
A warm and quiet Sunday afternoon was ignited after Police were called to the Bellevue, West Bank Demerara area after a popular businessman and several farmers of the Bellevue Co-op Society faced off over a farming land dispute. The farmers contended that they, and their predecessors, have cultivated cane from 1956 to 2016 under a co-operative arrangement following an initial Bookers contract.The fences erected that are at the seat of contentionHowever, when the Wales Sugar Estate ceased operations by the end of 2016, the farmers petitioned Government to be allowed to cultivate diversified crops as their original contracts disallowed them from doing so. They indicated that after President David Granger granted the approval, they opted to begin planting in 2017. However, according to the Bellevue farmers, they are being bullied for the land.Farmer Francis FerreiraWhen Guyana Times arrived on the scene on Sunday, a fence with barbed wire was seen along a section adjacent to the Bellevue Public Road. Further checks revealed that there were also further partitions along other sections, including one blocking the entrance on a reserved space for a dam along which machines could be driven to clean waterways.According to some of the aggrieved men, the fences were erected last week, and they could not freely access their farmlands. They said also that the businessman allowed cows to graze in the crops which would hinder a return on investment.The aggrieved Bellevue farmers during the face off on SundayYoung farmer Satesh Rajpat, whose great-grandparents were among the original farmers in the Bellevue Pilot Scheme, told this newspaper that the inner fence is blocking persons from their farmland in the second field. He added that his cassavas and ochro plants, among others, were damaged owing to drainage works allegedly carried out by the businessman.“To plough this place alone cost me $200,000 to pay people and for diesel for my tractor,” the farmer explained.He also observed that several of his pineapple plants were damaged owing to an excavator that was allegedly driven across his field.Police had to be called in to quell tensionsFellow cash crop farmer, Lloyd Millington highlighted the struggle to move on to other crops and is hopeful for the authorities to intervene so that his plantains and other crops are preserved. Another veteran farmer, Francis Ferreira, who cultivates corn, was also present at Sunday’s standoff. He told Guyana Times that following a previous dispute since 2009, he was provided with Cabinet minutes from 2010 minutes which allowed some of the displaced farmers to be reinstated to their land.During the standoff, Police arrived stating they were present to ensure law and order was maintained. The Station Sergeant at Wales Police Station, who was passing at the time, was stopped and informed of the tensions that had escalated. Guyana Times understands both sides have been making reports to Police, with the businessman accusing the famers of employing measures to startle and chase his cows.The farmers in a missive called on Minister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott and Government officials to have meetings with them to settle the issue. Efforts to contact the Minister by this newspaper did not yield success. However, the farmers went on the state that last week the businessman was told not to destroy crops which include saime, pumpkin, carilla, cassava, and corn.“Since Wales Estate stop producing sugar at this factory, our members have been meeting regularly and we decided to go into other crop farming. Since 2017, over 40 of our 55 members in our co-op society have been doing other crop farming within four fields of our cultivation in phase one. Now we are ready to do phase two, that is to clean the other fields and do permanent crops, animals, chicken rearing, fish farm… but now we are being prevented from implementing our phase two… we need help and protection now,” the farmers outlined.The closure of the Wales Sugar Estate was seen a multiplicity off spin-off effects affecting not only workers and their families but farmers and those operating in the market area. The newspaper did not garner success in reaching Deodat Deokenandan on Monday.
Lucas Madrid was feverish and miserable in January. The 7-month-old pulled at his infected ear and woke up crying night after night. After more than a month and three courses of antibiotics, the Denver boy’s ear finally cleared and he perked up, said his mother, Sara Madrid. The infection returned last week. Lucas Madrid’s woes are part of a much bigger problem: Studies show an increasing number of bacterial infections don’t respond to antibiotics. In 1996, for example, the antibiotic erythromycin fought off Staphylococcus aureus, which causes skin and other infections, 71percent of the time. By 2001, the drug was effective in just 46percent of cases. And when it comes to prescribing antibiotics, ear infections – known as otitis media – have been the main event. “Ear infections account for at least one-quarter of all antibiotics prescribed in the United States,” said Patricia Yoon, a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist at Children’s Hospital in Denver. Huge impact “That’s a staggering proportion. The impact of otitis media on antibiotic resistance is huge,” Yoon said. And so, as this year’s ear infection season winds down, doctors say they’re growing reluctant to prescribe antibiotics. The American Academies of Pediatrics and Family Practice have already changed their guidance, saying it’s no longer necessary to give antibiotics at the first sign of a mild fever and swollen eardrum. Still, 80percent to 90percent of all ear infections in the United States are treated immediately with antibiotics, Yoon said. A third of ear infections by Streptococcus pneumoniae – a common cause of ear infections – in the United States are resistant to at least one antibiotic, Yoon said. Denver resident Lindsey Gutterman said she understands antibiotic resistance all too well. Her son and daughter both battled antibiotic-resistant infections this winter. “I can’t stand antibiotics, they make me crazy,” she said. All winter long, it seems, Sadie Gutterman, 2, talked about the bugs in her ears, which hurt, Gutterman said. After three months and five courses of antibiotics, Sadie was still getting dizzy and stumbling around the house, Gutterman said. She and Sadie’s doctor finally decided the drugs might be doing more harm than good. In February, Sadie got ear tubes – a surgeon inserted tiny tubes through her ear drums, ventilating the middle ear to clear persistent infections. In the middle of her daughter’s plight, Gutterman’s son, Ethan, 4, contracted strep throat, which didn’t respond to the antibiotic Augmentin. Ethan recovered after a second course of another antibiotic, Gutterman said. “It was not an easy winter,” she said. Growing resistance Even with perfect compliance – no missed doses, no spit-up pink syrup – antibiotic use pushes bacteria to develop resistance, said Richard Rosenfeld, a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist at Long Island College Hospital in New York. Rosenfeld helped develop the new ear infection recommendations. Studies show many children can fight off ear infections on their own within a few days, Rosenfeld said. Recent studies also show some ear infections are viral, and viruses do not respond to antibiotics. Rosenfeld said he and his colleagues increasingly send patients and parents home with a prescription for an antibiotic, but they recommend parents don’t fill it for 48 hours – unless kids are in pain or fevers spike above 102degrees Fahrenheit. Francesco Beuf, a pediatrician at the Pediatric Center in Boulder, Colo., said he has prescribed fewer antibiotics in recent years. Beuf estimated he now prescribes antibiotics for fewer than half the ear infections he sees – especially when the children are older than2. “I try to fix them up with a local anesthetic, ear drops, and they usually feel better within minutes,” Beuf said. Dean Prina, a pediatrician with Partners in Pediatrics in Denver, said he has long tried to avoid antibiotics. “There’s no question that there are increasing strains of bacteria that are resistant,” Prina said. “And at the same time, new sources of bacterial infection are emerging.” A decade ago, different types of bacteria caused ear infections, Prina said. Prevnar – a childhood vaccination – prevents infections that were once the most common, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
West Ham stars Alex Song, Stewart Downing, Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate teamed up off the pitch to form a ‘unique’ sounding reggae band in aid of the NSPCC and the the National Autistic Society.
A MEETING of creditors of Mountain Top Quarry Limited has been called for next week, donegaldaily.com has learned.The company, based on the Ramelton Road in Letterkenny, has its registered office at Grand Canal House, 1 Grand Canal Street, Dublin.A meeting of creditors will take place at the Morgan Hotel, Fleet Street, Dublin at 9am next Friday, February 11th. EndsCREDITORS MEETING ANNOUNCED FOR MOUNTAIN TOP QUARRY LIMITED was last modified: February 3rd, 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)
Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Free business workshop, titled “Nuts & Bolts: How to Start a Business,” 6-8 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (818) 899-7355 to R.S.V.P. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Final Score Food & Beverage, Inc., 23254 Lyons Ave., Valencia. Los Angeles County Parks community forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Stevenson Ranch Elementary School, 25820 N. Carroll Lane, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 222-9536. Information meeting for those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents, 6:30-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call the Children’s Bureau at (800) 730-3933, Ext. 203, or visit www.all4kids.org. Democratic Alliance for Action will meet, 7 p.m. at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 877-2775 or visit www.DAA.org. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Read Across America story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Open house, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clarita Career College, 27125 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-1864, Ext. 302, to R.S.V.P. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY SCV Historical Society board of directors will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Talk & Tea with Ronda B. will feature a discussion of senior safety, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call Ronda Bestle at (661) 222-2405. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at SCV Bank, 24300 Town Center Drive, Suite 200, Valencia. Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Users Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at email@example.com 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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Public Officials Night, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Cost: $65. Call Andrea Grandchamp at (661) 257-5046, Ext. 226. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. TODAY Blood drive, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the California Highway Patrol, 28648 The Old Road, Valencia. A pint of ice cream will be given for each pint donated (or attempted). Call (661) 294-5540. Tri-Valleys Aging Network will host an afternoon tea with guest speaker Gene Dorio, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $20. Call SuzAnn Nelson at (661) 255-1588. Richard Wade will present “The Last Days of the Dinosaurs,” 3:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. M Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Union Bank of California, 25954 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch.
RAPHOE NOTES:Raphoe Family Resource Centre:“100 Club” Weekly Private Members Draw The draw continues every week at the centre; it could be you this time!!!The Family Resource Centre would like to thank all those who have subscribed to the draw; your support is greatly appreciated. You could be one of the lucky winners next week! A few lines have become available for the draw so if you would like the opportunity to be in with a one-in-three chance of winning a weekly prize please contact us on 074-9145796/087-364150Raphoe 5KOur annual 5k took place on Tuesday 7th July with a 7.30pm start. Just less than 170 runners and walkers took part in this year’s race. A big thank you to everyone involved and special thanks to our sponsors, Coyles of Raphoe, without whom the event would not take place. Thanks to everyone who helped with the preparations and on the night, Brendan O’ Donnell, Lifford A.C, Pat Carlin (First Aid) the stewards, Cllr F. Mc Brearty, Alan Mc Menamin, all the ladies who sent in the beautiful home baking, the ladies who helped with the tea and most importantly the runners and walkers, a big thanks you to you all!! Little smiles with big dreamsLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age.A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.Raphoe Walking GroupThe Walking Group meets every Thursday morning at 10.30am. All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa! Young Carers GroupAre you a young carer? Do you help to take care for someone at home who has an illness, disability, substance misuse, mental health difficulty or bereavement? The Loft Youth Project hosts a Young Carers Group for 12-18 year olds on Saturday mornings at 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. For further information please contact 074 9129630 or 087 1255246.Raphoe Boxing ClubThe officials of the boxing club are busy putting plans together for this year’s major boxing showpiece which will take place on Saturday 7th November in the Deele College Sports Pavilion when the club will have as their guests one of England’s Premier boxing clubs Tenbury Well B.C, who will spend 5 days in Raphoe. Head Coach and matchmaker Gary Mc Cullagh hopes to have 14 star studded contests down for decision on the night and a number of Irish & English Champions will feature on the night. The officials of the Raphoe Boxing Club extend a sincere thanks to all the generous business people of Raphoe and surrounding areas for their financial support, as without their help the club would fail to exist. St. Eunan’s National School 60 Year CelebrationsSt Eunan’s NS, Raphoe are celebrating their 60 year anniversary. We will be hosting the celebrations in September/ October 2015. This is a perfect opportunity to promote local history to our children in a fun and interesting way. We are looking for local people to help us organise the event and to pass on their expertise on the history of the school. If you are interested contact Anita Keeve at St Eunan’s NS, on 074 91 45764. As part of this event the children are tracing past pupils all around the world and indeed Ireland. If you have a relative or friend who is a past pupil and who does not now live in Raphoe, it would be great if you could encourage them to send the students a postcard telling us about where they now live and their memories of St Eunan’s NS.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, William Street. Items should be submitted at least one week in advancCOMMUNITY NEWS: RAPHOE BOXING CLUB CONFIRM MAJOR EVENT TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER was last modified: July 10th, 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:FeaturesnewsNotices
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Three Crowns sits on 340 acres along the Platte River in the heart of this oil-patch city. The polluting smokestacks, huge storage tanks, more than 200 miles of pipe and tons of concrete of the old refinery are gone. In their place are the verdant golf course, a business park, walking and biking trails, 2,000 new trees, picnic areas, a white-water park, ducks and deer. The only hint of hazard is the occasional acrid chemical odor and underground wells in the golf course’s rough. The Casper project’s success persuaded British oil giant BP PLC, which owns the site, to make it a model for its other shuttered refineries around the world, including Sugar Creek in Missouri, Wood River in Illinois and Llandarcy in Wales, according to Joe Deschamp, manager of the project for BP. “It always has to be modified to site-specific conditions, but the concept should work at any former refinery,” Deschamp said. While there have been other projects involving golf courses being built on former industrial land or landfills, the Casper project is unique because of its design to incorporate an active underground cleanup, officials said. Flechas said the Casper project is impressive because it is an example how a piece of land has come full circle: how the refinery was first built on the High Plains, how it grew into a major supplier of fuel at the expense of the environment, how it became obsolete and an environmental hazard, and now how it is returning to a natural, peaceful setting. “It came out of the dirt, reached its zenith and was reborn in the site that we see today,” said Flechas, who was involved in the Casper refinery site for nearly 20 years. He called it a testament to how a community, local leaders, an oil conglomerate and government can work together. The Casper project is among about a dozen projects across the nation that have been recognized by a panel of environmental professionals and business, academic and government leaders as an outstanding redevelopment of a polluted former industrial sites, known as brownfields. Midwest Refining Co. opened the refinery in 1913 to process petroleum produced from nearby oil fields. The first paved road in the county led from the oil field to the city. At the height of production, it employed 750 workers. Standard Oil took over the refinery in 1921 and expanded it. A year later, the refinery was touted as the largest in the world for volume of gasoline produced. The refinery closed in 1991 because of declining oil production in Wyoming, the aging equipment and the impracticality of investing millions of dollars to bring the refinery into compliance with environmental rules. It was a major blow to the city. “It was a very large anchor in this community,” said Alice Kraft, executive director of the board that now manages the site. The closure also left behind a mess. Over its nearly 80 years of operation, the plant had leaked millions of gallons of crude oil and refined hydrocarbons. An estimated 10 million to 20 million gallons of oil reached the groundwater beneath the refinery site. By comparison, the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons in 1989. Oil seeped under property outside the refinery and into the Platte River, where an oily sheen formed along the banks. Signs were posted along the river warning people to stay out of the water. The Environmental Protection Agency and Amoco, Standard Oil’s name by then, negotiated for several years without resolution on how to clean up the site. A group of citizens then sued Amoco, saying the refinery posed an “imminent and substantial endangerment” to human health and the environment. In early 1998, the same year BP took over ownership of the refinery, U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer found that Casper residents had a right to expect a “concerted, honest cleanup effort from the company that benefited greatly from the community and its surrounding natural resources.” The ruling spurred a series of actions that included agreements on what was to be done with the property. To keep the polluted groundwater from seeping into the river, a 35- to 40-foot high steel wall was sunk into the bedrock along the Platte River. A system of pumps keeps the groundwater 6 inches below the river level. The groundwater is pumped out at a rate of about 700 gallons a minute by nearly 100 wells, and the oil and other chemicals are separated through a series of filtering wetlands – which also serve as water hazards on the golf course. The system has yielded about 4,000 gallons of oil a month. It will take up to 300 years before the groundwater is considered drinkable. The treated water from the golf course is then pumped to Soda Lake north of Casper, where the refinery used to dump its wastewater. Soda Lake is being cleaned as well and is now being maintained as waterfowl habitat. Besides the golf course and lake, business parks have been established on the former refinery site and at a former oil tank farm across the river. The property cannot be used for housing, hotels, nursing homes or detention facilities to protect against future damage claims, said Kraft, whose office is located in a new business park on the site. “There is absolutely no health risk out here at all,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASPER, Wyo. – The rolling fairways, manicured greens, water hazards and wildlife belie the true purpose of the Three Crowns Golf Course. The 18-hole public, championship course is designed not only to challenge the golfer, but to slowly and naturally eliminate underground pollution left by an oil refinery that stood on the site for more than 80 years. The golf course is one part of a $160 million effort to turn a rusting, shuttered, polluting eyesore into a useful, rejuvenated recreation and economic development center that cleans the environment. It is touted as a model for what can be done with closed oil refineries around the world. “I would classify this as a success story,” said Felix Flechas, an engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency in Denver. “What happened here, I think, is unique.”