How Many More Power Thieves Must Die?

first_imgOnce again death has laid its icy hands on two power thieves. They were electrocuted a fortnight ago at Tweh Farm near the St. Paul Bridge and on Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia.The two incidents are a grim reality of what power theft can result to in addition to causing damage to LEC’s properties and other facilities, and rubbing the company of its potential revenue earnings. These incidents bring to five the number of persons who have been electrocuted in the past two months as a result of power theft.Less than four weeks ago, the management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation announced a massive disconnection of the entire New Kru Town due to persistent power theft in the Borough.The management at a press conference hosted by the Executive Director for Administration and Human Resources, Mr. Vamunyah F. Sheriff, said that LEC loses about 90 percent of potential revenues to power theft in New Kru Town. This amounts to about US$4,000 daily.A loss of revenue is a major setback for the company because it would make it difficult for LEC to order new equipment from overseas to replace the damaged ones caused by power theft through illegal connections to the electricity grid or by-passed meters.“This setback we are talking about is POWER THEFT. It accounts for 15 to 20 percent or more which represents US$200,000 (two hundred thousand United States Dollars) monthly in revenue loss to the company”, Mr. Sheriff revealed.Said Mr. Sheriff, “Let me make it clear that we are leaving no stone unturned to put in measures to save the company from further losses. We will also shame the people who steal power by publishing their names in the newspapers”.He pointed that despite numerous appeals to the public to report any such crime, no one has come forward. “we have from time to time encouraged the communities to report these crimes even when it involves an LEC employee or contractor. We will take the necessary actions against that person or group. But, up to date, the communities have yet to point out one LEC employee”.Individual calling to report power theft may remain anonymous. The numbers to call are: 020.777.8889 (Call Center), 0777.444.156 (Customer Service), 020.777.7779 (Emergency) and 0776.085.238 (Emergency).The two recent electrocutions are just part of the many that happens in many communities. Many of these do not come to light as family members try desperately to conceal the information. The Tweh Farm incident was a glaring example when a man fell from the pole (see photo) and was quickly removed from the scene by family members.The Camp Johnson Road incident involves a young man who had gone to illegally connect to a neighbor’s electricity line. He decided to carry out his dubious act during a brief power outage in the area, where people had gathered to watch the on-going FIFA World Cup.Little did he know that electricity was going to be restored in a matter of minutes. As he placed the lines into his mouth, according to sources, all of the sudden, power was restored and was immediately electrocuted.After a recent tour of the LEC facilities and projects on Bushrod Island, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf gave the energy company a thumbs-up for the level of progress being made to provide electricity to the country.President Sirleaf said with the high level of professionalism and progress being exhibited by the management in overseeing various projects such as the construction of three Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) plants that will generate sustainable electricity to the country, she hopeful that the slogan “small lights today, big lights tomorrow will soon be a reality.The president said she was also delighted that the projects are creating job opportunities for Liberians and the three HFO plants in particular when completed will reduce the tariffs for customers, who are currently paying around 42 cents per kilowatt hour.Projects toured by the president included the two 10MW HFO plants being funded by the Japanese government and the World Bank respectively and the 18MW HFO being funded by the Government of Liberia.Efforts are also underway to connect as many households as possible despite the limited generation of 22MW which was commissioned in July, 2007.Other projects to expand electricity to Monrovia and its environs as well as other parts of the country are well on course. The Cross Border project intended to serve 18 communities in Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties are glaring examples.Currently, citizens of Ganta, Sanniquellie and Sacleapea and other outlaying cities are enjoying 24 hours of electricity supply. The Transco project (WAPP) will also provide electricity to Nimba, Grand Bassa going through Harbel, RIA to Bomi, Cape Mount into Sierra Leone.There are also three corridors that will be connected. They are Paynesville-Kakata, Bushrod Island to Bomi and Cape Mount counties as well as Paynesville to RIA.  Currently, the LEC is trimming trees and planting poles on the RIA highway in readiness to connect people toward that end. And there are many more projects of this sort being implemented to cover the country.But we cannot improve our power generation is unscrupulous people continue to steal electricity and leave the majority hopeless. Numerous appeals for people to STOP stealing have only fallen on deaf ears. So, how many more people must die before we know realize that power theft is dangerous.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CENTAL Launches Integrity Club at U.L

first_imgThe Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has conducted a training workshop for the formation of an Integrity Club (I-Club) on the campus of the University of Liberia (UL), a release has said. As an integral component of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) funded Open Expenditure Initiative Project, the workshop convened approximately 75 students who benefited from the training on integrity, leadership and good governance issues.UNDP representative Boye Johnson reaffirmed the entity’s continued support to the formation of the University Integrity Club. Mr. Johnson challenged those willing to become members of the club to exhibit exemplary lifestyles rather than allowing themselves to be carried away by the spoiled political system. He described corruption as an abstract term that is very difficult to fight physically, adding, “It therefore requires concerted efforts by all well-meaning citizens particularly from the education sector.” Johnson charged students to be torchbearers in the fight against societal ills that often result from illiteracy and poverty and lead to civil discontent and violent conflicts.The Coordinator of the project, Gerald Dan Yeakula, admonished participants to see the I-Club as an opportunity to build their capacity and youth empowerment. He noted that the I-Club can form a critical mass of young people determined to be leaders in their respective professions. The ongoing UNDP/CENTAL I-Club formation is a pilot exercise aimed at tackling corruption at the level of the education sector by creating a mass movement of the youth population that says no to corruption and promotes integrity values in schools. I-Club UL is a forerunner to others in the pipeline in universities to spearhead engagements around integrity issues that involve various stakeholders from university campuses and society in general.The idea of an integrity club originated in 2006 with the understanding that achieving national decentralization requires CENTAL and other relevant good governance advocates. CENTAL, with support from partners including the American Embassy and ActionAid-Liberia, has established integrity clubs in Bong, Nimba, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh counties. Membership to the I-Club is open to all who abstain from corruption and uphold transparency, accountability and integrity in all their dealings.Anti-corruption activist and CENTAL Program Manager, Anderson Miamen, addressed the workshop on the topic: Understanding Corruption: Its Ramifications and Effects, Causes and Remedies. Norris Tweah, vice president, UL Relations, lectured on “The Place of Integrity in Creating an Enabling Environment for Youth Development,” while the lecture on “Leadership and Tips for Success” was delivered by Mohammed Bility, Deputy Commissioner of Customs for Policy and Compliance at the Bureau of Customs and Excise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Othman Ayed Hamdan denied bail

first_imgOthman Ayed Hamdan was denied bail this morning by Judge Richard Blaskovits. Hamdan will be kept in custody and his next court appearance is scheduled for September 2 at 9:30 a.m.The 33-year-old is facing six counts of counselling to commit murder and assault causing bodily harm on behalf of a terrorist group for posts he’s alleged to have made on social media between September 2014 and July of this year.There is a publication ban in place over the case which prevents details on information being provided.- Advertisement -Othman was arrested back on July 10.last_img

Province seeking feedback on growing farming, protecting farmland

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Provincial Ministry of Agriculture is inviting farmers and producers to have their say on how to encourage farming and protecting farmland throughout British Columbia.According to Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, the Government’s top priority is protecting farmland and increasing food production.Popham also says the Province is working hard in expanding B.C.’s agricultural industry.- Advertisement -“Helping farmers, protecting farmland and increasing food production are top priorities for our government, and we want to continue the momentum we’ve created – it’s driving the success of this sector in our province. Our government is working hard to expand B.C.’s agriculture industry. We are increasing access to locally grown and raised food, and helping rural communities diversify their economies and create sustainable jobs.”The Government is seeking public opinion on the Agricultural Land Reserve, and improvements as to how the Province can better support farmers.Public meetings are scheduled to be held across the province, with one scheduled to take place in Dawson Creek on October 2, 2019.Advertisement Following the public meetings, a summary report will then be prepared and made public.For more information on public engagement for agriculture, you can visit the Province’s website.last_img read more


first_img 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 Winter botanical drawing workshop, 11 a.m., Sooky Goldman Nature Center, Hollywood. South on Coldwater Canyon Avenue to Mulholland Drive/Franklin Canyon Drive intersection directly across Franklin Canyon Park, turn right and drive for a half mile to William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom. Park in lot and take trail from bridge up to the nature center. Reservations required. Call (323) 656-3899. Sierra Club leads night hike, 6:45 p.m., Griffith Park. Meet at the Upper Merry-go-Round parking lot. Bring flashlight. Call (818) 244-5929 or (818) 246-9815. Gourd decorating workshop, 7 p.m., Headwaters Corner. Take 101 Freeway to Mulholland Drive/Valley Circle, south on Mulholland Drive to Valmar Road. Continue south and veer right on Mulholland Highway. Signed entrance on right. Call (818) 989-2550. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail Domestic Violence forum, 7:45 a.m., Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Health Education Center, Classroom 2, 15107 Vanowen St., Van Nuys. Free. Call (818) 756-9485 or (818) 710-0622 for more information. Moderate hike, 8:30 a.m., Solstice Canyon Park, Malibu. Meet at parking lot kiosk. Park is located 2 miles west of Pepperdine University on Pacific Coast Highway, turn right on Corral Canyon Road, drive a quarter mile to park entrance. Call (213) 387-4287. Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, 10 a.m. and noon, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard. Tickets: $10 per person. Call (805) 496-1233. Arbor Day Tree Planting, 10 a.m., Berkeley Hall School, 16000 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. Call (818) 781-4030. last_img read more


first_imgA GLENSWILLY man who was doing handbrake turns in the car park of Tesco in Letterkenny has appeared in court on dangerous driving charges.Daniel McDaid, from Dooen Glebe in Newmills, was caught by gardai just after 11pm on May 5 this year.The court was told there were around ten customers coming and going out of Tesco at the time. Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said McDaid was ‘extremely remorseful’ after the incident.“He is also being asked serious questions at home over his actions on the night,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Paul Kelly ordered McDaid to attend the pro-social safer driving course and adjourned sentence until July.GLENSWILLY BOY RACER WAS DOING HANDBRAKE TURNS IN TESCO CAR PARK was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:handbrake turnsletterkennytescolast_img read more


first_imgIt was a very successful weekend for the senior and reserve Glen teams taking all points from their matches against the visiting Naomh Muire sides.Sundays first offering was an overwhelming victory for our reserve team. They went in at half time leading 5 points to 0, all scores coming from the boot of Gerard McGrenra. The second half started were they left off,2 quick fire goals from Peadar Toner and Shane Carrberry put the contest to bed. The Glen winning 2-07 to 0-06 in the end.The seniors then faced their nearest challengers in division 2. The Glen dominated the first quarter, leading 0-5 to no score and things were looking positive and indeed were denied a Michael Murphy goal as his fisted effort rebounded off the bar. Naomh Mhuire cleared the ball and sent a high looping ball into the Glenswilly square and somehow ended in the back of the net. Half time score was 1-04 to 0-07. News that will be welcome around the county was the introduction of Neil Gallagher as a replacement for John McFadden who picked up a knock after restoring the lead for the Glen with a well taken point. What followed, could be described as a “dog fight” as both teams battled for a victory. Naomh Mhuire took the lead with time running out, but thanks to points from a Michael Murphy free and one from Gary “copper ” McFadden, Glenswilly edged out Naomh Mhuire to take victory on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-09.Next weekend is a free week, but the Glens third team will play Glenties in division 5 at home on Saturday throw in at 7.30.There were joint winners in the clubs “last man standing” competition, Ciaran Hunter from Bomany and Cathal “finally a senior player” Gallagher of Seacor.The Club wishes to thank all who helped to clean and prepare the grounds and hall for first communion last weekend. Lotto winning no’s this week were 6,7,17, and 19. Match 3 winner was James McGee. Next weeks jackpot is €2280.00 and sellers are Danny K McGinley and Jimmy McFadden.The U-14 team defeated Termon in the league last week and will play Cloughaneely on Wednesday evening,May 1st, at home. Our U-15 team lost out to Glenties in the Gaeltacht championship on Saturday past, but well done in getting that far.GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny U18sTable toppers Letterkenny U18s remain unbeaten after there trip toDromore on Saturday although their winning start to the season hascome to an end.In very wet and windy conditions the game ended in an8-8 draw with both teams scoring a try and a penalty kick. A morningof heavy rainfall meant Letterkenny were aware that the pitch wasunlikely to suit there open running style and so a battle of bothpacks ensued.With a heavy pitch underfoot out half Peter Scot choseto kick to move his team forward. Lkenny’s early dominance told andafter 15 mins were ahead thanks to the boot of Daniel Faulkner whoscored a penalty.Although they had more of the possession Lkennycould not add to the scoreboard and were made to pay when Dromoreenjoyed their only spell of superiority just before half time andcrossed the line for a try. In another blow for Letterkenny they lostfirst choice hooker Stephen Holmes to injury. 5-3 at the break wastough on the lads as they had dominated territory and possession.Early in the second Dromore were to score again with a penalty andwith the injuries mounting this time to replacement hooker ChristopherGreen soon to be followed with a nasty head wound by Darragh Toal itbegan to look like the game was slipping away from Letterkenny.Conditions underfoot worsened and made kicking and handling verydifficult as Faulker missed two chances to reduce the deficit.Although Lettrekenny continued to dominate possession resolute defencefrom Dromore and a number of handling errors meant frustration wasgrowing in the Letterkenny ranks. A quick penalty and an impressiverun by Matthew Faulkner through the defence led to a series of drivesthat were held up on the line with the pressure only being relievedfor Dromore with another handling error. With time running out the team displayed its never say die spirit and with Joseph Dunleavy again leading the forwards by example and ably supported by DiarmuidGallagher and sub Stephen Gibson the Dromore line was finally crossedby Dunleavy himself.With 4 mins still to play Lkenny went in searchof the winning score from the restart but time would run out. On a daywhen conditions dictated so many things on the pitch the pack workedthemselves to a stand still and so the team remain top of the tablewith another big test ahead of them next week when Randalstown visitDave Gallagher Park.Letterkenny E Henry, A Boal-Quinn, M Faulkner,D Faulkner O Toal, PScott, B Khavia, J Dunleavy, D Toal, M Molloy, J Fogarty, D Gallagher,D Ward, S Holmes, C Green. Subs K Grant, J Roulston, J Smeaton, WDouglas S Gibson.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U18s REMAIN UNBEATEN was last modified: November 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Media myths aren’t true but journalists can’t be cheerleaders for England

first_imgLet’s play darts! 🎯@tSHandJ’s Andy Jacobs takes on @England’s @EricDier in a 3-dart challenge!It certainly wasn’t a classic 😂😂🏆 #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 20, 2018And once the fuss has died down, if England don’t beat Panama, anyone who tries to suggest it was because of a photo of a teamsheet at training, will be laughed at. As Gareth Southgate pointed out when asked about the leak by talkSPORT: “It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. For me, no drama. It doesn’t make any difference to us really.” Listen to everything he says in the excellent interview with talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley. It’s great, and the bit at the end is very funny. Members of the English press talk to Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy. England assistant manager Steve Holland hands Gareth Southgate a mobile phone. After teamsheetgate Jamie Vardy was playing pool with the excellent Daniel Taylor from The Guardian at the Media Centre in Repino. If you look at England players’ autobiographies of the past, they’ve been helped to write them by some of these guys covering England. The players might disagree with stuff written in the press, the press might be critical of performances or behaviour of players occasionally. But the massive wedge the fans (mainly on social media) want to drive between players and media is mythical, so best to give up on that plan Twitter users.Fans often refer to the media as one thing, one person, one voice. That makes no sense. We don’t all get together in massive room at 5am and decide to all say the same thing. The term media has to be used correctly, but to suggest the media are saying this or that is wrong, specifics are needed. Some people accused journalists of closing ranks. The fact that at least one talkSPORT presenter (Andy Jacobs) disagreed with the view I’ve given in this article is enough to tell people that certainly on talkSPORT we all speak our own minds, and that’s always been the way since I arrived at the radio station nearly 20 years ago. sad day Second is best ‘Teamsheetgate’ is almost too boring for words, but there are some basic things that people need to understand before making a judgment.First of all, there’s a bigger picture here: it’s fitting we’re in Russia because there’s no Pravda going on with the English media. Censoring them because you might not like a story leads to a very, very dangerous path. England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania 3 3 GETTING READY How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it Having said that, there have been far more positive articles written about England than negative, and even on a story like Sterling’s tattoo, the positivity from the media towards Sterling IN REACTION to that article was overwhelming, culminating in a wonderful article about Sterling and his mum in the English press on Friday.If an England coach makes a mistake it has to be reported otherwise the journalists are not doing their jobs properly. Steve Holland made a mistake, a fact proven by his apology to the squad.So after teamsheetgate some fans, mainly social media barking dogs, said Southgate should ban the media. Well the media pay FIFA for rights and access so Southgate is in no position to do that.Some said the media’s negativity was to blame for England failing at tournaments. Go through each tournament and defend that statement please! Iceland was the media’s fault? You’re joking! England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 explained center_img Foreign media attend as well. So if we have a round of 16 game against Poland, expect Polish press to be at training, take pictures, and publish leaked teamsheets. Gareth Southgate asked if the press want to help the team or not. It’s a bizarre question when you think about it.Foreign media are not England fans, and while I can guarantee every Englishman in the England press pack wants to report on England winning a world cup final (that would be a career high for any of us working in media out here), the English journalists cannot ignore a photograph of a teamsheet.Worth mentioning it’s not exactly proof of anything at this stage, that’s not necessarily going to be the team. Journalists are there to scrutinise and observe and report. Let me give you a cruder example: you might think a local football reporter should outright be supportive of the local football club. But what if that journalist has evidence the club is being run badly, and the future of the club is in question?Should he/she ignore it and support the team? Or report it and risk anger from the club and fans? You know the answer. Journalists are not cheerleaders. RIP LEGEND Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online Mason Greenwood scores as England U21s beaten by late Netherlands wondergoal England star Jamie Vardy relaxes with a game of pool. It’s actually a good thing that this has happened ahead of Panama, and not ahead of a round of 16 game or quarter-final. Steve Holland was the man holding the piece of paper, and he has apologised to the squad for the leak. Gareth Southgate protects his group passionately and admirably, so he will be disappointed Steve was so careless.Lesson learned by the England camp. But should the media have gone with the story? Should the photo of the teamsheet have been made public?Well to think that only England supporting journalists attend open training sessions is wrong. Even some of the England reporters aren’t England fans – one is Scottish, for example. Brilliant reporter, hence he does the job he does, but not an England fan. ANALYSIS How Hudson-Odoi has performed this season – Are Keane’s comments about him fair? preparation drama have a look TALENT Latest England news 3 Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death “It doesn’t bother me in the slightest” #ENG manager Gareth Southgate shares his thoughts on the leaked team sheet#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 22, 2018The over-reaction to teamsheetgate, and people desperate to hate the press I have found bizarre. The excellent Steve Holland made a mistake, but don’t criticise him for it. Move on everyone…talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the Loughside Community at their annual meeting last night.The Loughside Community launched their action plan 2015 last night. A large crowd gathered to hear about the action packed year ahead for the Loughside Community, located between Letterkenny and Ramelton.The group was set up in November 2013 by local Loughside resident Noel Sweeney. The group has grown in stature and all activities are now coordinated by a committee elected at the inaugural AGM in November 2014. The group now enters its second year with almost 500 members on their text alert database.The Loughside Community Group has plans to continue the operation of the successful text alert system. In 2014 over 13,000 texts were sent out with almost 60% being general alert messages to residents of the townlands between Letterkenny and Ramelton.The roll out of the signage plan will be completed in 2015 with an additional 9 signs being added to the existing 13 signs erected in 2014.In 2014 the group ran five very successful community events and the plan is to extend this to 11 events in 2015. The community events planned for 2015 include an Area Clean Up Day, a 5km Fun Run/Walk, a Couch to 5k programme, a Bus Trip, a number Family fun days, Table Quiz, Barbeque Night, Darts Night and the Loughside Annual Party Night. The group also intends developing Cycling and Walking routes throughout the Loughside to encourage residents to come out and experience the beauty of the area that they reside in.Loughside Community Chairperson Brian Sweeney said, “We’ve had a very successful first year and received tremendous support from the residents of the Loughside”. “2015 will be about reviewing and building on the work done in 2015”.“We want to make it as difficult as possible for the unwelcomed visitors to our area by working closely with An Garda Siochana and using the Text Alert System”. “We also want to link up with other Community Alert Groups to share ideas and experiences”.Loughside Community will run the first of their Community Events on Saturday 25th April. An area clean up will take place followed by tea and coffee at the Silver Tassie Hotel. The event will be supported by Donegal County Council. LOUGHSIDE COMMUNITY LAUNCH ANNUAL REPORT was last modified: March 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLoughside communityNoel Sweeneylast_img read more