The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and its support partners last week inaugurated the first Ebola virus waste site at a symbolic ceremony held at the water agency’s Fiamah facility in Sinkor, Monrovia.Ensuring the eradication of the deadly Ebola virus and preventing its renewed outbreak in Liberia is now the major focus of the Liberian Government. To safeguard the gains in the fight to defeat the virus, the identification of a site or facility for the disposal of Ebola wastes from various Ebola Treatment Units was, from the onset, one of the crucial concerns of government and other stakeholders.LWSC, a member of the WASH Consortium in Liberia, said its facility in Fiamah, has been selected after several consultations with experts from the World Health Organization and other major support partners in the country. These partners included the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ministry of Health (MOH), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).They suggested that the LWSC storage tank in Sinkor be used for the treatment of Ebola wastes until a more appropriate arrangement could be identified for such disposals.“We were asked where to store the disinfected wastes. WHO, CDC, EPA, UNICEF, IRC and other partners and ourselves had continued to discuss and assess the facility and we came to the understanding that it was possible to inspect and prepare to store the treated Ebola wastes here for now, until it becomes harmless to society before disposing of it,” Frankie Cassell, LWSC Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services said.According to him, the storage tank that has been identified to store treated Ebola wastes has the capacity to contain 2.4 million gallons of liquid substances.He further noted that every step that requires ensuring maximum protection in the process of the storage would be followed to the letter. The time for transporting the treated Ebola wastes from ETUs falls between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Liberia National Police is aware of the process to provide security and free passage.Mr. Cassell also indicated that each ETU has a route through which the treated Ebola wastes will be collected and transported to the storage site in Sinkor. He disclosed that the LWSC crew is responsible to carry out the storage as they are already trained to perform the task.Residents in the neighbourhood of the facility had initially expressed concern about their safety during the period of storage.The LWSC deputy boss said it may be for seven months or more until CDC can declare the wastes harmless. There is a social mobilization component of the process of intervention that deals with those concerns emanating from the community dwellers.This component, he noted, is headed by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), which is charged with creating public awareness to allay fears and apprehensions among those residing around the premises of the storage tank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“The failure of the National Legislature to pass the Decent Work Bill after almost three years is inexcusable and constitutes an indictment on the conscience of our nation,” Attorney-at-Law Samuel Kofi Woods, II has said.Woods, speaking to some workers via telephone recently said it has been more than four years since the Decent Work Bill has languished at the House of Legislature without passage. During this period, several bills have been passed. Majority of those bills may have offered lucrative possibilities for individuals rather than the nation.“May Day or no day! Workers around Liberia must unite and ensure that the Decent Work Bill is passed,” declared Woods. In the case of the Decent Work Bill, which contains a framework for improvements in the welfare and dignity of workers, this has been delayed, a reflection of the real interest of our Lawmakers, Woods charged. He explained that Liberian workers continue to suffer the burden of indignities and working conditions remain unacceptable. This bill should offer the legal framework for claims that workers and employers as well as government can make. The recent senate elections should have added impetus to this process but there are frightening signs so far. Woods reiterated what he said in October 2013 at events marking 10 years of peace in Liberia. “The Executive has been accused of mortgaging the country’s resources. True this is. However, the Legislature is the marketplace where the unfair bargaining of our resources takes place.”Woods maintained that “Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will” quoting Frederick Douglas. He called on Liberian Workers through the Liberia Labor Congress, representative Labor Organizations and Civil Society Organizations to organize a series of peaceful actions leading to May Day, International Workers Day to put pressure on the National Legislature to complete the passage of the Decent Work Bill into law.It may be recalled that the process of review of the Labor Laws of Liberia was initiated during the administration of Atty. Woods, when he served as Minister of Labor. He was credited for repealing and amending several laws detrimental to the working class of Liberia. Notable among these laws were the Decree 12 of the People’s Redemption Council prohibiting strikes throughout Liberia and 1508 © which accorded employers the right to hire and fire without cause. These ad hoc actions were inadequate. He sought international assistance to embark on the more comprehensive review process.Atty. Woods has also termed as grossly inadequate the fine levied against The Liberia Agricultural Company in Grand Bassa County for its negligence in complying with basic environment and other safety measures that led to an explosion that claimed the lives of several workers. He declared that the workers and their families may seek alternative legal action to provide adequate legal redress for grievances. This can be done and must be done for Justice to be served.He called on individual workers and their unions to further pursue this case and offered to assist in any meaningful way.“May Day or no day! Workers around Liberia must unite and ensure that the Decent Work Bill is passed,” declared Woods.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. Saweler, president of the Liberia National Handball Association.-Accuses LNOC of undermining its leadership; asks MYS to investigate claimThe Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA) has sent a letter to the Minister of Youth & Sports complaining about the president of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Philipbert D. Browne’s intervention in its administration.In a letter dated Nov. 5, a copy of which was sent to the Daily Observer, LNHA president Mason Saweler said the LNOC has ‘grossly interfered and undermined the leadership of the LNHA, thereby slowing down its development in the country.Saweler said on January 29, 2018, the LNHA received an invitation to participate in the International Handball Federation Africa Zone 3 Handball Competition in Niamey, Niger.He said Liberia was to join seven other countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger and the Ivory Coast with two teams. “The teams were the junior for those born in 1998 and the youth team for players born in 2,000,” he said.“Upon receipt of the invitation,” Saweler said, “we immediately communicated with the ministry and we confirmed our participation.”He said training began thereafter and subsequently submitted the list of the delegation, comprising 34 persons, which included 28 athletes and six officials.He said officially the organizing committee wanted them to travel by road to Niger and, realizing difficulties to travel by road made further appeal to the Organizing Committee who later agreed to fund the two delegations by air at the cost of US$42,500.While awaiting the money to complete travel arrangement, on March 12, 2018, “We received a letter from Mr. Browne, through Cllr. Sylvester Rennie, chairman of the LNOC arbitration committee, that the IHF has authorized the LNOC to investigate leadership crisis between the association and some aggrieved executive committee members of the LNHA.”In a seven-count statement that he wants MYS to investigate, Saweler said on April 1, 2018, “we received an email from Hristo Boroskoski-Tiki that he has received a communication from Liberia indicating there was a problem in our association, therefore, he will not make any payment until he gets clarity from the LNOC within three days.”On April 5, 2018, the LNOC Arbitration Committee “invited us to a hearing on April 7, but we inform the committee we were scheduled to travel on April 8 to Niger and therefore that we would not be in the capacity to honor but upon our return from Niger we would attend the hearing.”Saweler said, “the LNOC refused to allow us to attend the games because Philipbert Browne has instructed that we should not travel for the games and he had gotten in contact with Hristo Boroskoski-Tiki to cancel our participation.”At the hearing on April 9, “we provided clarity that coaches, referees, and players were not executive committee members. On April 8, the delegation went to Mr. Browne’s Benson Street office.“He said he did not want me, president of the LNHA to travel with the delegation and said he could only allow the coaches to head the delegation,” Saweler alleged.Saweler said the LNHA leadership tentatively agreed to Mr. Browne’s suggestion just to put him on record. Thereafter, Browne asked LNOC Secretary General Fred Pratt to email Boroskoski-Tika with their decision.However, the Organizing Committee took a decision to leave Liberia out of the competition.Saweler’s complaint to Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson also included what he said was the ‘gross violation of the bylaws and constitution of the LNOC by the appointment of Mr. Malcolm Joseph, who was a public relations officer, to serve as vice president for technical affairs and Fred Pratt as secretary general.In 2012, Saweler claimed, the LNOC carried a money changer as its athlete to the London Olympic Games that brought shame to the country, under Browne’s leadership.“In view of the foregoing, we write to forward the LNOC complaint to your office for immediate investigation and we are demanding him to pay the damage fees of USD94,000,” Saweler said.Copies of the complaint were sent to Chief Patron of Sports, President George Weah, House Committee on Youth and Sports, IHF, IOC, LNOC President and the media.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Advanced Education and Labour Market Development Minister Murray Coell presented 17 high school graduates with a Premier’s Excellence Award in recognition of their academic achievements, community service and involvement in extra-curricular activities.Brittney O’Neill of Fort St. John was one of the award recipients. Each student received a commemorative medal and $15,000 to attend a public post-secondary institution in B.C. In December 2005, the government tripled the amount of the scholarships for the first time since the Premier’s Excellence Awards were established in 1986. To-date more than $2.3 million has been awarded to 343 students.Brittney O’Neill graduated from North Peace secondary school in Fort St. John. She achieved the principal’s honour roll annually, achieving straight A’s on all report cards and receiving seven course-specific top student awards in Grade 11. She was on the Work Ethic Honour Roll in Grade 7 through Grade 12 for her dedication, willingness and co-operation in classes and won the Bert Bowes Outstanding Student Award in Grade 10 for good work ethic, school involvement and high grades. – Advertisement -Brittney was a member of the Stand Up Club (advocating tolerance in her school) and toured with the campaign My Strength is Not for Hurting to talk to elementary school children about stopping violence against women and girls. She participated in her school newspaper, as well as the Socratic Philosophy Club, her grad committee and the Seeds of Learning trip to El Salvador to build a school. Brittney studied piano for eight years and won first place in the Annual Peace Gallery North Fine Arts competition in 2007. She is enrolled at the University of Victoria and would like to become an ESL teacher overseas while working for humanitarian causes.
He starts with a reminder that the petroleum industry has a history of being the countries’ largest revenue generator, and the fact that it is now only worth half of what it was at this time last year, spells difficulty for the economy, consumers, and government revenues. That noted he reiterates, a much better effort must be made to make sure the industry product gets to global markets.He argues we must do more to ensure, “That we take advantage of what is now an obvious no-brainer, which I talked about some 15 to 17 years ago. When you keep shutting down refineries and relying on other people to provide you with higher value added products you’re ultimately going to pay of it. So we’re losing our economic vitality on crude’s demise, but we’re also at the same time not being able to take advantage of these massive, I would say unprecedented, gasoline margins.”He also contends that, “Right now a good refiner in Canada can make up to 30 cents a litre, and that certainly warrants and should get the attention of the investment community, to get back to the idea of processing our oil into higher value added, and clean gasoline. I think that should be top drawer politics, and public policy statements.”Finally, Mr. McTeague said, “We all want clean energy and we all want to head down the road of new technologies surrounding environmental questions, but those could be done hand in hand, and you shouldn’t be willing to ignore the golden goose—which tends to be the petroleum industry as a whole.Advertisement One of the countries’ leading energy consultants, who was also a former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Liberal Government of Paul Martin, is concerned that energy will not be a high profile issue in the current federal election campaign. Dan McTeague says there’s a lot going on right now and several big issues, including energy, are not being addressed.He adds it’s unfortunate that not more attention is being focussed on building pipelines and getting product to market, as well as, where possible, improving our ability to process our bitumen into high value added gasoline, not just for the world, but for ourselves as well.That noted, he was asked for his thoughts on the Insights West online survey last month, which showed both the Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Pipeline projects, proposed for northern and southern BC respectively, are still opposed by slim majorities in this province.- Advertisement -Mr. MacTeague says, he’s really not surprised but cautions, “Pipelines are not new in Canada and for generations we’ve relied on pipelines to provide us with an abundance of cheap natural gas, oil, and other petroleum products. So while we might want to focus on events where we’ve had unfortunate spills, the alternative of simply allowing other nations to provide energy for us is a recipe for disaster.”He adds, “I don’t understand how we would not want to make those kinds of investments to get Canadian products to world markets, instead of navel gazing and saying, well you know we can all just live happily by other means. The idea of renewables is emerging, but we’re not there yet, and there’s no sense in throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We can all be good international boy scouts, but at the end of the day we have to be mindful that these investments also produce things that are very positive for our society.”Mr. McTeague, who sat in the Commons for nearly two decades as an Ontario MP, was also asked what energy policy advice he’d give to the campaigning party leaders to properly address what is now a more than year old crude oil pricing problem.Advertisement
0Shares0000England’s Wayne Rooney wears a poppy armband to commemorate Armistice Day during a 2018 World Cup qualification match against Scotland at Wembley Stadium in London on November 11, 2016 © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 25 – FIFA has backed down in its row with British football authorities over the wearing of poppies by players in international matches as a tribute to those killed in war.Football associations in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were fined by FIFA for ignoring warnings not to commemorate Armistice Day during their World Cup qualifiers last November. FIFA’s stance — based on a strict interpretation of its laws against the use of personal, political or religious slogans or symbols — sparked widespread condemnation in Britain, with Prime Minister Theresa May calling it “utterly outrageous” in Parliament.But now football’s world governing body has sent its member associations new guidance, which says certain “initiatives” may appear on players’ kits.The document rules out “personal” or “religious… slogans, statements or images” but admits “political” is less clear, although it bans slogans and symbols related to political parties and governments.It adds: “When commemorating a significant national or international event, the sensibilities of the opposing team (including its supporters) and the general public should be carefully considered.”It means England, or any other team that wants to wear poppies on their shirts to mark Armistice Day (November 11), can do so, providing they get their opponents’ permission and inform the organisers of the match.Britain’s Sports Minister Tracey Crouch welcomed the decision.“I am pleased that it appears FIFA is finally going to apply common sense and change its position on poppies,” she said in a statement.“It is completely right that footballers and fans alike should be able to wear poppies with pride, as a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.”If England seal qualification for next summer’s World Cup in their next two games in early October, they are set to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley in November and it is understood they have already been given permission by the German FA to wear poppies.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“Yes, it’s condescending. Yes, it cheapens Christianity,” the magazine said, before concluding: “But the whole argument of the film is that our commodity culture has already cheapened Christianity.” Buy Nothing Day was conceived by artist Ted Dave of Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1992, and since then has been championed by Adbusters magazine, said Adbusters campaign manager Paul Cooper. “It started off as a bit of a joke,” said Adbusters editor-in-chief Kalle Lasn. “Environmentalists are really the core base of this movement. But after that there were religious people that came on board.” “There are a lot of people who don’t like this weird tradition of hectic shopping and frenzied and angry crowds the day after Thanksgiving,” Cooper said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Spurlock, known for placing himself in uncomfortable situations in 2004’s “Super Size Me” and his “30 Days” TV series, isn’t going with the immersion technique for this project. “I’ve unplugged, man,” Spurlock said this week. “I’ve started to walk away from this idea of getting credit card after credit card to get people more gifts.” Spurlock says the campaign and film should appeal to conservative Christians as well as to those on the political left. “People on both sides of the fence can agree on one thing, and that’s that the holiday’s gotten out of control,” he said. “We’ve been convinced that the way to show your love for someone is by what you buy them, by what the price tag is, by what is represented on the receipt. And that’s the wrong message to send out,” he added. A review of “What Would Jesus Buy?” in “Christianity Today” questioned whether Talen’s act, poking fun at both religion and consumerism, went too far. Buy Nothing Day is getting a Jesus jolt. Performance artist Bill Talen assumes the persona of Reverend Billy, often accompanied by a gospel choir, to use the histrionics and cadences of a televangelist (think Jimmy Swaggart) in an anti-consumerism effort to convert people to his “Church of Stop Shopping.” And for this year’s Black Friday shopping frenzy, Talen is upping his profile with a colorful campaign promoting a new documentary film about his efforts, “What Would Jesus Buy?” It will feature “elves on strike” at The Grove outdoor mall in Los Angeles and “Four Horsemen of the Shopocalypse” riding down Madison Avenue in New York, said Morgan Spurlock, who produced the film.
Juniors Mueng Sunday (Coralville, Iowa) and James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) of the Drake University men’s soccer team were each selected to the 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I Men’s All-West Region First Team, the association announced this week. Sunday, a midfielder, started 18 matches for the Bulldogs before suffering a season-ending injury in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinal match against Bradley on Nov. 13. Sunday, who was tabbed to the All-MVC First Team, tallied a team-leading seven assists and scored one goal. Wypych, a forward and midfielder, started 19 of 20 matches this season for Drake. He led the team in goals scored with seven and joined Sunday on the All-MVC First Team. Drake (13-5-3) won the 2015 MVC Soccer Tournament and qualified for its first NCAA Tournament since 2009. The Bulldogs won at Kentucky, 2-1, in the opening round for their first NCAA win since 2009. Print Friendly Version
Solar also makes a good post-landfill tenantPotential exposure to toxic water or gases can make regulators nervous about building residential projects atop old landfills. Investor uncertainty about building solar farms on old landfills can be an obstacle to solar development as well, SunEdison’s Thomas Leyden told Construction Dive.Still, the idea is proving very appealing. A website called Waste 360 lists proposed or completed photovoltaic (PV) projects in South Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Connecticut. The Boston Globe reports that a federal Superfund site in Billerica, Massachusetts, is now the home of a 6-megawatt PV project. Urban Green Technologies completed the project on 40 acres of the old Shaffer landfill two years ago.The station includes 20,000 PV modules that make enough electricity for about 1,200 homes. The company will pay the town nearly $3 million over 25 years in lieu of taxes, in addition to paying $400,000 in back taxes on the site.“It was a complicated deal to negotiate … several parties were involved,” Town Manager John C. Curran told The Globe. “But the end result is the town is going to realize tax revenue on a site that was previously tax-delinquent and generating no tax revenue for decades.”Projects don’t have to be huge to succeed. Belfast, Maine, for example, became the first community in the state to use a capped landfill for a solar farm when it opened a solar farm facility earlier this year on a 10-acre landfill that closed in 1993. It’s rated at 122 kilowatts — not much by Billerica’s standards, but still enough to generate about $20,000 worth of electricity per year, a 20% offset for the town’s electric bill. Closed landfills, even former Superfund sites, are becoming fair game for developers who use them for projects ranging from residential and commercial developments to solar farms.There are technical challenges, to be sure — settling terrain as buried refuse breaks down, gases given off by the site, and liquid wastes that leach out of the ground — but once engineers find ways around those problems, the landfills can offer new acreage in areas where open space is hard to find.Related Companies, for example, recently won unanimous approval from the Santa Clara, California, City Council for a $6 billion mixed-use development on 40 acres of the city’s landfill, Construction Dive reports. The retail and residential village is part of the 240-acre CityPlace proposed by Related. When complete, CityPlace would include 5.7 million square feet of offices, 1.1 million square feet of retail space, 700 hotel rooms, and 1,360 apartments — the largest private development in Silicon Valley history.Construction could start late in 2017, providing that Related gets the remaining permits it needs.Building high-end projects over old dumps may seem counterintuitive, but there’s nothing unusual about it, says New York attorney Dennis Toft.“Everyone is afraid of the unknown, but, on the flipside, you have these large tracts of land — frequently owned by municipalities or by people who are no longer managing them — that can be very attractive for redevelopment,” he told Construction Dive. Sites present many challengesFrom a sustainable building standpoint, former landfills are ideal sites for new development because they recycle land that’s already been used and allow undeveloped property in the area to stay undeveloped. Still, builders have to solve some difficult engineering problems to make the projects work.One problem is the inherent instability of the ground. As waste decomposes, the ground can settle. If the project atop the landfill is a golf course, that’s not a big problem. But if the developer is putting up office buildings or apartments, engineers must find ways to stabilize the area. The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Related’s Santa Clara project includes construction of an enormous platform over the landfill. Developers will drive deep pilings to support the platform.The fluid that trickles out of a landfill — that is, the leachate — often carries contaminants with it. These contaminants can spoil both the soil and the groundwater. Decomposing garbage also creates gases that seep out of the soil, and these gases can be trapped by a building’s foundation. Developers sometimes have to install a permeable layer of gravel to channel gases away from a building, or install a membrane beneath the building to keep gases out of living spaces.These problems, however, are not insurmountable. Anna Amarandos, who is working on site preparation for the Santa Clara project, told Construction Dive that clients involved in developments of this kind are used to the lengthy timelines that permitting and construction take. “Some of my clients are pretty experienced with complex projects like these,” she said, “and they don’t scare easily.”
By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, The Prison, May 27, 2007]Recent research has shown that military spouses show relatively high rates of depression during combat deployment of their spouse and that the rates of depression are more than 3 times that of their civilian counterparts. Much of the research to date has centered on the deployment period, though 75% of spouses have reported that the first 3 months following deployment is the most stressful time during the deployment cycle. Given the high rates of mental health conditions during and following the deployment cycle and the importance of maintaining a high level of functioning in the military family, researchers Dolphin, Steinhardt, and Cance have examined the influence of positive emotions on depression in female spouses following deployment .A total of 252 Army wives whose husbands had been deployed to Afghanistan were surveyed during the deployment of their spouse and 3 months following the return of their active-duty husband. Sixty percent of spouses were married to junior enlisted soldiers, 31% to non-commissioned officers, and 9% to commissioned officers. Ages ranged from 19 to 39 with a mean age of 25. The military wives had been married an average of 4 years. Eighty-four percent of the participants had children.Demographic information as well as measures of marital satisfaction and positive emotions were collected during the deployment period. Marital satisfaction was measured using a single question that ranged from very unsatisfied to very satisfied. Positive emotions were measured using the 10-item subscale of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) which focuses on positive and negative arousal. Following deployment, coping strategies, resilience and depressive symptoms were measured. Coping strategies were measured using the Brief Coping Orientations to Problems Experienced Scale (Brief COPE), capturing a broad range of behavioral and cognitive strategies used during stressful situations. Resilience characteristics, such as faith, goal setting, humor, and patience, were measured using the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale. The Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale was used to measure depressive symptoms, including depressed mood, feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness.Analysis of the surveys showed that one-third of the participants reported moderately severe levels of depressive symptoms 3 months following deployment of the service member. Lower levels of positive emotions during deployment correlated with higher maladaptive coping and more depressive symptoms after deployment. Of note, wives who had been married longer and had greater marital satisfaction showed lower levels of maladaptive coping and fewer depressive symptoms than their peers who had been married a shorter period of time and were dissatisfied with their marriages. It is also notable that having experienced a higher number of deployments was associated with more positive emotions, better coping and resilience, and lower levels of depression.When working with military wives who have recently experienced deployment of their husband and who are experiencing depressive symptoms, emphasizing adaptive coping skills, such as utilizing emotional support, may lead to improved well-being during this difficult transition time.References Dolphin, K. E., Steinhardt, M. A., & Cance, J. D. (2015). The role of positive emotions in reducing depressive symptoms among Army wives. Military Psychology, 27(1), 22-35. doi:10.1037/mil0000062This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.