Despite the raging of the deadly Ebola Virus which has claimed more than 70 lives in Nimba with over 300 contacts, the status of the holding site situated at the Ganta Hospital Compound remains in limbo.The site, which was expected to be officially turned over to the Administration of Nimba County on 4th September 2014, is yet to be completed with several other facilities still untouched.“We do not have water in the entire building as of present, and this place cannot be opened in the absence of water,” Supt. Fong Zuagele told the Daily Observer in frustration.When this reporter visited the project site, there was still work ongoing in bathrooms and other places in the building.Clean up was still ongoing as well, and there was no sign of its being ready to hold patients as there are yet no beds or other necessary supplies.Even though those recruited to work in the facility are still undergoing training in Monrovia, the continual delay in the completion of the holding site is causing dismay among residents in Ganta.Over 70 persons — suspected, probable and confirmed deaths — have occurred in Nimba since the Ebola outbreak intensified in July. With Ganta carrying the highest death rate, the holding site issue remains the stickiest part in the fight against Ebola, causing frustration among the citizens.Since the outbreak, people continue to die at home in Ganta daily, to which many have attributed the death rate, due to neglect or no care.Among the latest dead is a six-year-old girl who died on the 2nd of September 2014 at home in the Small Ganta Community, the hot spot in Ganta at present.According to reports, this little girl was the last remaining relative of the Roseline Tokpah family, whose death spread the virus in the Small Ganta Community.Roseline Tokpah, an employee of Ecobank – Ganta, and her entire family, including her husband, died of Ebola after Roseline’s sickness was believed to be the result of food poisoning — until she died.Nearly all of those who came in contact with Roseline are said to have died, and the little girl was believed to be last of her family.“If there was a holding site, at least this little girl was going to be cared for and survived,” said one of the residents.The Ganta holding site has been earmarked since late July 2014.The first building the Methodist Hospital provided was changed because it required extensive renovation, then the Ear Clinic which is yet to be completed.Arcelor Mittal, who is underwriting the cost, committed to complete and turn the building over to the county on 4th Sept 2014. The company also promised to provide beds, but the delay is worrying the already frightened population of Ganta.“The building is completed,” says Jerry Mwagbwe, a spokesperson for ArcelorMittal Liberia. “About two weeks ago, a delegation from the County Health Team approached the management to provide the furnishings (specialty mattresses, buckets, etc) for the building once completed. Although the management wanted to turn over the building and supply the furnishings later, the general view is that the building be furnished first. That was the reason why it was not turned over today. All efforts are being exerted and to expedite the procurement process to ensure the furnishings are available in full.” City Mayor Dorr Cooper later explained that authorities and their partners are making sure that everything needed in the building is completed before turning it over so as not to face embarrassment once the site is opened to the public.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Team Canada Red took to the ice for their first practice as a team on Tuesday afternoon.The players arrived late Monday night and enduring a nearly three hour practice where head coach Gilles Bouchard had his players work on everything from puck control, body positioning, skating and shooting drills.Director of Hockey Canada in Fort St. John Spencer Hamilton said, “It was a busy day for the boys who had a high octane practice, got fed and went to bed after getting in late the night before. They will be practicing again today in the afternoon.”- Advertisement -The team will be following the same routine for the rest of the week before the event gets underway on Sunday.Team Canada Red will be in a pool consisting of Russia, Finland and Sweden and will be taking place at the North Peace Arena.They play versus the United States in exhibition play Thursday in Dawson Creek before opening the tournament against Finland on Sunday at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 2:30 p.m.Advertisement
He was arrested at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank on Oct. 26 on suspicion of transporting marijuana. Police later found a gun at his home. If convicted at trial, he could have faced up to four years in prison. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling placed conditions on the probation, including that only 400 hours of the community service could involve the youth football league. The judge also ruled that Snoop Dogg could not have any gang members in his entourage and must notify the probation department before leaving the state. The rapper must also provide authorities a DNA sample and must have a medical permit if he uses marijuana. The rapper caused a sensation when he arrived in a fur-collared black leather jacket, T-shirt and sequined jeans. Teenagers screeched when the music star strutted down a hallway to the courtroom. Court security ordered them to stop taking pictures. Defense attorney Donald Etra said outside court that Snoop Dogg smokes marijuana because he has migraines and has a medical permit under state law. Etra said Snoop Dogg’s security staff and drivers are all currently licensed by the state and that they and his entourage do not include gang members. “Snoop’s position is he wants to give children and teenagers an example to follow,” Etra said of the football league.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A stone-faced Snoop Dogg pleaded no contest to felony gun and drug charges Wednesday and avoided what could have been a yearslong prison sentence. The 35-year-old rapper, born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., agreed to five years’ probation and 800 hours of community service. He faced charges of gun possession by a felon and sale or transportation of marijuana. He said little other than “no contest” when the charges were read. Snoop Dogg’s recent arrests marked the end of a relatively long trouble-free stretch for the rapper. He has burnished his image in recent years with appearances in mainstream movies and by starting a youth football league.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John has scheduled a date for a public meeting to be hosted, regarding the proposed Operating Budget for 2016.On Jan. 11, 2016, City Council and Staff will be consulting with members of the public in attendance. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.On that same night, the City is hosting a public hearing regarding North Peace Savings and Credit Union’s application to amend respective community plans and bylaws. They want to designate the appropriate land use on a portion of the parcel to reflect the privately owned cemetery — for the parent parcel to be subdivided.- Advertisement -Copies of related documents are available to be examined at City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., until the afternoon of Jan. 11.
SANTA CLARITA – You drop the holiday card or bill in the mailbox and forget about it. A day or so later, someone slits open the envelope and smiles or debits your account, and you may never give a thought about how the envelope reached their hands. Multiply that by millions of envelopes. Three shifts of postal workers who toil around the clock at a regional processing and distribution center in Santa Clarita postmark an average of 1.4 million pieces of mail a day. During the holidays, they may handle an extra 200,000 pieces daily. In a barnlike building the size of about six football fields, machine operators synchronize their movements with those of machines and conveyor belts. Every task is designed to maximize efficiency because time is always of the essence. Fluorescent lights flood the space. Mail arrives from the San Fernando Valley, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Glendale, North Hollywood and the Santa Clarita Valley and is routed around the world. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Next-day delivery is standard for areas in the Los Angeles basin. Three days is the standard delivery time across the country. What mail carriers once did by hand is now done for the most part by the machines. “The letter carrier gets a tray of mail addressed to 501 Main Street, 503 Main Street, going down the odd side. Then it might make a turn into Flower cul-de-sac, and addresses on Flower Circle, then 517 Main Street, 519 Main Street, then the even side,” U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher said. “The machine delivers to the carrier a tray of mail sorted in the exact order he (or she) walks the route.” Before machines became so smart, it took 600 to 700 people a shift to accomplish what 375 workers do now in the Santa Clarita plant, said manager Tony Gucciardi. Today, 1,152 machine operators, 46 managers, 215 maintenance workers and 11 engineers keep the Santa Clarita operation humming. Each machine process an average of 30,000 pieces of mail an hour. Nationwide, the average daily number of mail deliveries is about 670 million. “This year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we expect 20 billion cards, letters and packages,” said Maher of the mail volume across the country. Though the extra mail weighs carriers down, it is delivered in about the same amount of time as usual, Maher said. Employees routinely work overtime to sort and deliver the extra mail. “They work until that mail is done,” Maher said. “We do not delay first-class mail.” The time of day dictates what goes on inside the Santa Clarita facility. Six days a week in the late afternoon, trucks unload mail at 59 stalls in the dock area. Clumps of mail must be separated before envelopes can fly through the machinery single-file. Five-year postal employee Victor Rios separates about 1.5 million pieces of mail a day, he said. Rios wears ear plugs to shut out the clicking, clanging, buzzing, whirring and occasional pneumatic drill-like sounds. Most of the mail looks alike to him, but a couple of times he has found wallets – likely tossed by mistake into a mailbox by absent-minded folks. He gives nonmail items to his supervisor. Machines cancel the stamps, date the mail and roughly distribute the envelopes and packages by geographic delivery zones. Workers place the mail in labeled bins and trays. Casey Fontanilla has worked in her area for six years. “It’s nonstop,” she says of the action. She arranges the 35,000-pieces-an-hour of machine-canceled mail into multicolored bins. Outgoing mail is dispatched continuously. “We don’t store mail,” is the mantra of manager Tony Gucciardi. Optical character readers spray ink bar codes on the envelopes to help the machines sort more quickly. Virtually every piece of mail is bar-coded. The software is sophisticated enough to read most senders’ handwriting and printing. Sometimes, the computer is stymied by the irregular placement of an address or an illegibly scrawled address. In a split second, a computer scans the face of the envelope and transmits the information to human operators at remote locations across the country. The operators decipher the information and transmit it back to the source, where a bar code is tattooed on the envelope. Workers wear powder blue latex gloves to keep their hands clean, to prevent paper cuts and for improved grip. Counters on machines alert managers to how many pieces of mail are processed each hour. Light stands that resemble traffic signals alert supervisors to logjams. During periodic “huddles,” Gucciardi gives workers the thumbs-up or -down on their productivity. As he monitors the scene, Gucciardi greets most workers by name. Every day, technicians pop open the machines and vacuum out dust left by all that moving paper. Some mail must be hand-sorted. Thirty-two year veteran Alan Mann had to memorize the ZIP codes of more than 1,400 California areas to qualify for the job. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, biohazard detection systems were mounted above the processing machinery as a precaution. Air is sampled inside its hood. “If it detects anthrax, it will shut down the machine and the whole plant,” Maher said. “We would notify (the hazardous materials unit) and go to into emergency status.” No anthrax has been found. After cross-country mail is processed, it is trucked to the airport and put on commercial airlines. There are few lulls. When the outgoing mail is gone, the center receives mail for Santa Clarita residents from plants across the country. Sorting machines resembling monster-sized computers are reprogrammed to sort local mail. Mail carriers may seem to have a greater air of calm than their processing center brethren, but they, too, have an imaginary time counter ticking off the seconds in their brain. “We have a certain amount of time to get our mail cased up and a certain amount of time to deliver the mail,” said Lydia Caffrey, a 16-year postal service veteran. She has delivered mail on her San Luis Obispo route for 10 years. Caffrey often thinks, “I’ve got to step up the pace a little bit.” She stares down a deadline for handing out more than 2,000 pieces of mail a day, but always makes time for people. “I would rather slow it down and talk to my customers than sit down and take a half-hour lunch,” she said. “I’m in their family pictures.” During the holiday season, Caffrey delivers more cards than anything else. Several senior living complexes are on her route, and many of her customers are 80 or 90 years old. “The cards are from people they went to grammar school with,” Caffrey said. “It just amazes me. They’re from people they may not have heard from all year.” Many people incorrectly believe tax dollars pay for postal services, but they are funded by the sale of stamps and mailing-related merchandise. The processing facility is on West Franklin Parkway, in the Valencia Industrial Center in Castaic. It was built in 1994, but damage from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake postponed its opening till 1995. A vehicle maintenance facility is also located at the site. Van Nuys district offices are also housed in the facility. Other regional plants are in Santa Barbara, Orange County, San Bernardino, Long Beach, Bakersfield, Los Angeles and in the City of Industry. If a power outage or earthquake were to shut the plant down temporarily, mail would be diverted to one of those locations. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SAN FRANCISCO — The magic that led to a four-game winning streak on the road for the Giants evaporated Friday night in a 9-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park.The Cardinals started quickly with a pair of tape measure home runs by Jose Martinez (his eighth) and Paul Goldschmidt (his 14th) against Giants starter and loser Drew Pomeranz (2-9). Before the night was over, the Cardinals added on two triples, a double and a ninth-inning home run by Dexter Fowler (his 10th) before a …
Caught another one! Photo by geocacher AnnaxxbananaThere are many types of geocachers: casual, hardcore, stealthy, adventurous—the list goes on and on. The real question becomes, with so many different types of geocachers, how do you capture their attention and draw them to your geocache? We’ve given tips and ideas for creating great geocaches in past blog posts. In fact, Geocache of the Week is written to inspire quality geocaches. The creators of How To Build a Better…(GC29F60) solved the problem head-on: if you want to capture a geocacher’s attention, why not just go for the whole geocacher?That’s a powerful geocacher trap. Photo by geocacher whateverkyIn the geocache description, the geocache creators FarmBoy&theTeacher recalled their tale of inspiration, “Awhile back we saw a picture of a unique type of cache hide and it got us thinking about the age old question: ‘How to build a better one’. Well, the ideas came and went and after much pondering we put together a plan. Then it was time to start building so we headed for the shop. Sawdust soon filled the air as the wood was cut. The steel was bent and twisted with the utmost precision. A shiny new coat of paint finished the project.”This difficuly 1, terrain 2 geocache has not only captured many geocachers, but also their favorite points. You can see from all of the positive logs that the geocachers don’t seem to mind being “caught.” Geocacher ArBec said, “Very proud to name this one as our 100th find!!!! After only a few months of doing this, we’re on a role!! LOVED this geocache. Had heard so much about it that we had to check it out for ourselves. Probably the coolest geocache we’ve come across yet!!”Another geocacher about to be caught. Photo by geocacher imgrendelSo far, this geocache has been found over 300 times and has earned over 115 favorite points. Another geocacher who has earned their smiley is yeahYOu, who said, “Very cool. I can see why this is a favorite cache. The kids loved this one. Took pictures. Its caches like these that inspire great ideas.”This geocache was inspired by other geocaches. What inspires your geocache hides? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to firstname.lastname@example.org.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedLove is in the air. And locked to a gate. — Love Lock Eeuwige Liefde !?! (GC41QJY) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 12, 2014In “Community”Geocaching tip #37: Read the Description — Mechalumpus (GC1W1ZD) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 21, 2013In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”
A $5 billion solar project in Nevada with a planned capacity of 740 megawatts has been shelved because there were no buyers for the electricity, a California public television station reports.KCET said the ENN Mojave Energy project was to have been built on 9,000 acres of county land near Laughlin, Nevada, which is near the California state line. When the plant was proposed in 2011, backers assumed that California utilities under pressure of a renewable energy law would be eager to buy the electricity.But it turned out utilities could meet their obligations with in-state power, and despite “heated demands” by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada’s largest utility didn’t want the power, either, because it had already met its renewable energy goal.With no willing buyers, the deal collapsed. In addition to the solar power station, the project would have included a million-square-foot solar panel factory, KCET said.
Fresh landslides struck several places along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway which remained closed for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday. Authorities are hopeful of clearing the debris and making the road traffic-worthy by this afternoon. The road clearance operation is going on in full swing. The massive landslide at Maroog was cleared but fresh landslides occurred at several places between Ramsu and Panthiyal overnight and it might take another five to six hours to clear the highway provided there are no more landslides, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic, National Highway, Ramban), Suresh Sharma told PTI. Barring this problematic 12-km stretch from Ramsu to Panthiyal, he said the road is almost through and nearly two dozen oil tankers and trucks carrying LPG cylinders, which were stranded near Maroog, proceeded towards Srinagar after the clearance of the landslide Tuesday morning. The highway was closed for traffic on Wednesday following heavy snowfall and incessant rains which triggered avalanches and landslides at various places especially on Qazigund-Banihal-Ramban stretch including Jawahar Tunnel – the gateway to Kashmir Valley.Mr. Sharma said several landslides occurred overnight at Anokhi fall, Kella morh and Panthiyal and men and machinery are on the job to remove the debris.Once the operation is complete, the Kashmir-bound stranded vehicles will be allowed to move towards their destination, he said adding the decision to allow fresh traffic on the highway will be taken later in the day after reviewing the situation. Officials said the eastern tube of Jawahar Tunnel, north portal side, which was blocked by a snow avalanche on Thursday, was made traffic worthy on Monday evening. In view of the closure of the highway, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had so far airlifted over 1400 stranded passengers including students since Friday. The weatherman has predicted another spell of snowfall and rains across the state from Tuesday evening. A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the state from Tuesday evening to Friday noon. The system will move from north west to south east and again the Pirpanjal range from Gulmarg to Bhaderwah will have moderate to heavy rain or snow especially on February 13 and 14, a spokesman of the MET department said.