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Government’s Gamble Backfires: Sesa Goa Cuts 80% in Western Cluster Project

first_imgThe Liberian media, most especially the Daily Observer newspaper, talked and talked, and wrote and wrote, warning the Liberian government to tread carefully and transparently with the people’s resources in the Western Cluster.  But the more we talked, the more we wrote, the more determined the government became to hurry ahead and give away the Western Cluster iron ore mines to whomever was willing to spend a fast buck.First, against our persistent warnings that this company had absolutely no experience in iron ore mining, the government hurriedly sold the Western Cluster to a bogus Israeli company called Elenilto Minerals and Mining LLC.  The Elenilto people, confirming that they had no experience or track record in iron ore mining,  almost immediately sold 49 per cent of its imminent ownership to the Indian steel giant Sesa Goa. We say ‘imminent’ because Elenilto had not yet signed any paper with the Liberian government, and here they were selling what they did not yet own.  That was in August, 2011.  Just four months later, in December, 2011, Elenilto sold its remaining shares in the concession to Sesa Goa for US$35 million.The Daily Observer continued to criticize this deal because we said the Liberian government did not know this new company they were dealing with.   Only Elenilto had contacts with these new speculators.  But government went ahead and handed over the concession Sesa Goa. Once they started their operation, Sesa Goa, a company whose full background government did not know, showed up one morning and presented to government a most preposterous (outrageous, silly) proposal: they want to ship their iron ore from Cape Mount and Bomi by road on trucks, through Duala to the Free Port of Monrovia!In its over 50 years of operation, the iron ore firm   Liberia Mining Company (LMC) shipped its iron ore from the Bomi Hills mines by railway,  which LMC built, to the Free Port of Monrovia.  But Sesa Goa said it would cost too much to rebuild the railroad to the Free Port.   The Liberian government also seemed to be in agreement with Sesa Goa, arguing that too many people had built in the path and it would cost US$30 million to pay them off and rebuild the railway.  But there was a public outcry against trucking millions of tons of iron ore through an already congested Duala traffic, on a fragile highway that can hardly manage the regular traffic.The government had itself to blame for this terrible  proposal, because it did not know enough about Sesa Goa or its capacity to do anything.  Whoever heard about such a thing—road transport of tens of millions of tons of iron ore by road?Now there is a new and alarming development: Sesa Goa announced recently that it was scaling down to the staggering tone of 80 per cent, its operations in the Western Cluster!  They say the demand for iron ore has suddenly  dropped.  This means that the majority of its workers will be out of work.Did the government really know who Sesa Goa was, and what kind of company it really is?  Sesa Goa negotiated not so much with the Liberian government as with Elenilto from whom it purchased the concession.Had the people currently in government been in the opposition today, and had the press been silent on issues of national urgency such as these being discussed in this editorial,  those in opposition would be complaining about media silence on burning national issues.  Now that they are in power, they seem to have great difficulty understanding the role and responsibility of the press. But the press MUST understand its role and responsibility because there is too much at stake.The press has to speak out to help keep the government and the whole country on their guard.  It is this early warning system that will hopefully prevent the country from falling into chaos again.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 15, 2020 0

O’NANCE Dedicates Modern Science, Computer Labs

first_imgO’NANCE’s campus in PaynesvilleTo maintain its standard as one of the leading schools in Paynesville, the O’NANCE International Christian School over the weekend dedicated a first class science laboratory.The school, located in 72nd Community on the Somalia Drive, simultaneously dedicated a high-tech computer lab on the campus.These developments could not have come at a better time as Liberia transitions from WAEC (West African Examination Council) to the regionally synchronized WASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination). The lab boasts of several modern equipment for use in Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.O’NANCE’s proprietor, Aaron J. Wheagar, Sr. performed the official dedication of the labs at a program where the Student Council Government was also inducted.It is imperative for schools to have quality science labs. And in order to understand its concepts, one has to look beyond the books and conventional classroom instruction. Unfortunately, this has never been the case in many schools, even some universities in the country.But O’NANCE, according to Mr. Wheagar, is poised to do things differently—endeavoring to provide the best for the students.“Effective teaching and learning of science involves seeing, handling, and manipulating real objects and materials. The knowledge that students attain in classrooms would be ineffectual unless they actually observe the process and understand the relationship between action and reaction,” Wheagar said.He added, “It is against this backdrop that we thought it prudent to invest heavily into these initiatives, because we want the best for our students. We are not here solely for profit-making but to impact, so we spent over US$10,000 on the project.”The science lab contains several instruments, including light and optics, measurement, magnet and magnetism and sound and wave motion equipment.The lab is also equipped with a microscope, test tubes, biology microscope slide test, electrolyte challenge kit. There are also several chemicals, such as potassium permanganate, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide and others. The computer lab, on the other hand, is considered a first ‘A’ grade lab as it has equipment that can be found in any high-tech lab across the world.A partial view of the O’NANCE science LaboratoryO’NANCE has been working with Edify-Liberia, a Christian organization that works in the education sector, which has been providing financial assistance through loans and other technical support. Edify seeks to provide better academic and life-skills training to students at all partnership schools.Up to date, the organization has impacted 126 schools. O’NANCE is a beneficiary of 166 loans disbursed to 124 schools across the country. This amounts to US$726,888, which has trained a total of 308 school administrators and 277 teachers.By virtue of equipping itself, O’NANCE is endeavoring to contribute a lot in the current scientific advances and others yet to come, the school’s principal, Andrew G. Dayougah, said.“Schools must have the latest science lab supplies and equipment to make science interesting and effective for students and to encourage them to make significant contributions in the field of physics, biology, chemistry, and other streams of science later in life, and this is what we are doing here,” Dayougah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14, 2020 0

Coach: Dons haven’t lost desire

first_imgHernandez led the attack on Monday with a goal and assist. Also scoring goals for California were Paz, Amezquita and Christian Soto. The final CIF-Southern Section playoff berth from the Del Rio League will also be decided today. First-place El Rancho and No. 2 Santa Fe have already clinched spots, leaving California, Whittier and La Serna to fight it out for the final bid. The Condors (5-4 in league) are in the catbird seat, needing a victory over visiting Whittier (3-4-2) today to cinch their bid. La Serna needs to defeat second-place Santa Fe and then hope for a Whittier victory, while the Cardinals need a win and a Santa Fe win to leapfrog the Condors and Lancers. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! El Rancho, winner of seven of its first eight league games, had already clinched a share of the Del Rio League championship and only needed to win one of its final two encounters – Monday against California or today vs. Pioneer – to nail down the title outright. California, meanwhile, had dropped four of its past six since beginning league play 3-0. Sometimes, things are not as they appear. Take the case of the El Rancho High School boys soccer team. At first glance, it appeared the first-place Dons may have overlooked California when the two Del Rio League teams faced off on Monday afternoon. center_img But Dons coach Dominic Picon disputed any notion that El Rancho was on autopilot after his team dropped a 4-2 setback to the host Condors. “The kids wanted to win it outright (Monday),” Picon said. “They wanted it, especially against California, the team that was the undisputed favorite to win league this year. “I think we were pretty confident. I just think we didn’t capitalize on our (scoring) opportunities. We didn’t play poorly, we just didn’t play as well as we could.” California coach Dave Rolfe, meanwhile, was very pleased with his team’s performancein the 4-2 win. “We’re more than a one-man team,” said Rolfe, whose team has been led by senior forward Michael Paz this season. “Everybody stepped up (Monday). Arturo Hernandez busted his butt out there. Frank (Amezquita), our sweeper, played great. Everybody just worked hard.” last_img read more

January 11, 2020 0

Barcelona’s ‘low’ offer to defender opens door to Man United move

first_img Dani Alves 1 Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Dani Alves after the defender’s agent revealed Barcelona’s offer of a contract is the lowest on the table.United have emerged as one of the front-runners to land the full-back, who is out of contract at the Nou Camp this summer.The Brazilian had looked certain to walk away after seven successful years with the Spanish club but Barca have now offered him the chance to stay.The club are currently under a transfer embargo and not allowed to sign any new players until January so are now hoping to keep Alves.It has been reported in Spain that his preferred option is to extend his contract, which had come as a blow to United.But now the 31-year-old’s agent, Dinorah Santana – who is also his ex-wife – has revealed that her client can get a better deal elsewhere.She told El Mundo Deportivo: “Dani wants to stay, but Barcelona’s offer is the lowest of the offers we got.”last_img read more

January 3, 2020 0

Wolves close to securing loan deal for former Reading winger

first_img1 Ola John in action for Reading Wolves are on the verge of landing former Reading winger Ola John on loan for the season.The Dutchman spent last season at the Madejski Stadium after finding first-team chances hard to come by at Benfica.And, after playing 28 times in the Championship for the Royals, he looks set to spend this season out on loan too.Toulouse were close to agreeing a loan deal for 24-year-old, but that has fallen through, allowing Wolves to swoop.According to AD, John will undergo a medical at Molineux this week ahead of sealing the season-long loan, with a fee of £7m agreed should they wish to make the move permanent next year.Wolves, backed by new Chinese owners Fosun International, have developed a close link with Benfica through agent Jorge Mendes.Helder Cotsa, Silvio and Joao Teixeira have all arrived at Molineux this summer, while a deal for Benfica captain Luisao is also in the offing.last_img read more

December 29, 2019 0

Border-tunnel searches meet with little success

first_imgSAN DIEGO – A U.S. government effort to find tunnels used to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the United States with ground-penetrating radar and other high-tech gear has had little success. Human intelligence has proved to be the most effective method to find secret passageways. Case in point: Last week’s discovery of the longest tunnel ever found along the border resulted from a tip. The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that a Mexican man, Carlos Cardenas Calvillo, was arrested in connection with the 2,400-foot tunnel, which went as deep as 90 feet and was about 5 feet in height and 5 feet wide. Boxes of marijuana were found on the Mexican and U.S. sides of the tunnel, authorities said. Cardenas, charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, appeared before a federal magistrate judge Monday afternoon but did not enter a plea. A bail hearing was set for Wednesday, when the government will seek to continue holding him without bail. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The problem is the technology picks up some kind of anomaly or variation of soil,” said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “We go in with big backhoes and bulldozers, we spend all day doing it, and all we hit is rock or water tables.” That’s what happened earlier this month when high-tech gear alerted authorities to a possible tunnel near Boulevard, a hamlet about 60 miles east of San Diego along the Mexican border. A full day of digging turned up nothing. “It’s not there yet,” Mack said. “What we’ve seen so far just hasn’t proven itself to be effective.” Using technology to spot tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border is daunting because it spans nearly 2,000 miles, experts say. U.S. authorities have declined to say much about the high-tech gear that they’ve tried, saying it might tip off smugglers. “It’s a needle-in-a-haystack problem,” said Don Steeples, a geophysics professor at Kansas University who has worked on tunnel detection for 20 years. “In this case, we don’t even know where the haystack is.” In late 2003, University of Oklahoma experts began using ground-penetrating radar to help Homeland Security locate tunnels in California’s Imperial Valley. The radar led U.S. officials to a dirt road behind a low-income apartment building in Calexico, about 120 miles east of San Diego. In April 2004, officials drilled 20-foot holes behind the building and only hit a water shaft. Nearly a year later, authorities discovered a nearby tunnel, thanks to a radar, a video- equipped robot, a drug-sniffing dog, and human intelligence, authorities said. That passage – 200 yards long, 3 feet wide and 5 feet high – went from Mexicali, Mexico, to a well-landscaped house in Calexico. It had a concrete floor, wood beam supports, ventilation and fiberglass walls. The tunnels appear to be concentrated on Mexico’s border with California and Arizona – 21 have been discovered in the two states since Sept. 11, 2001, and 15 during the previous 11 years. Four have been found this month between Tijuana and San Diego. In July, authorities reported the first secret tunnel along the U.S.-Canadian border. The passage, which was reinforced with ribbed steel bars and wood supports, linked a Quonset hut in Langley, British Columbia, to a living room in Lynden, Wash. Many are found by sheer luck. Last week, a Border Patrol vehicle hit a sinkhole near San Diego’s San Ysidro port of entry, the nation’s busiest border crossing, uncovering what officials described as a primitive secret passage. Authorities believe the cross-border passages are used to smuggle drugs; none has been linked to terrorism. A statement filed by a federal agent to support the case against Cardenas said Mexican officials seized about 2 tons of boxed marijuana inside the entrance of the Mexican side of the 2,400-foot tunnel and 200 pounds to 300 pounds of marijuana were found in three boxes on the U.S. side. According to the complaint filed against Cardenas, construction on the tunnel began in May 2004 and it was operational by November 2005. Steve Danbom, a board member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists who teaches at Rice University, said the tunnel offers a testing ground for promising technologies, including microgravity science and a technique known as multielectrode resistivity, which uses multiple electrodes to search for underground gaps in the soil. Radar has found one tunnel in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, while human intelligence led to three other discoveries in the DMZ, said Steeples of Kansas University. Radar rarely penetrates deeper than 40 feet. Seismic waves can probe deeper but the technology is less precise. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 28, 2019 0

Wolves boss targets further improvements despite win over Southampton

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves must remain grounded as their fine start continued following victory over Southampton.Ivan Cavaleiro scored with his first touch in the Premier League before Jonny Otto added a late second to hand Wolves a clinical 2-0 victory in an even game at Molineux. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo applauds the Molineux faithful. 1center_img Cavaleiro, who missed the start of the season with a back injury, was on the pitch for just 94 seconds to help Wolves rise to eighth in the table and they have lost just once this season.He said: “We are happy knowing it’s only the start. There’s a long way to go and we have to improve.“Southampton really put us against the ropes, it’s not easy and tough moments will arrive and we have to be ready for it.“Whether we deserved it or not, you never know. We know we are ready and able to adapt to any scenario, even when you are not having the ball.“If you asked if we deserved to win I would say yes, probably Mark Hughes would say no. That’s the game and that’s football.”last_img read more

December 26, 2019 0


first_imgA LORRY taking building supplies to a new home for Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella on a Donegal island sank today after falling from a pier.The vehicle – from The Cope in Dungloe – was being taken off a ferry on Owey Island when it slipped backwards, sending the lorry crashing into the water with all the building supplies still on board.“It was an incredible scene,” said one man who witnessed it, “it was hard to work out what happened other than the Arranmore Island Fast Ferry was propelled backwards towards the water. “Then the lorry went that way to and ended up in the water.“Thankfully no-one was hurt and efforts will be made on Tuesday to try to recover the lorry and its load.”The local added: “Daniel’s mother Julia is from the island and Majella fell in love with it on a visit.“She has been working on a renovation and builders had ordered new supplies from the The Cope in Dungloe. “Unfortunately all that stuff fell into the Atlantic.”Two summers ago Julia O’Donnell and brother Owenie and other family members made the short 1.5 km boat journey from Kincasslagh pier to Owey Island.“It’s great to be back home once more,” she announced over the phone to her son, who was on tour in Australia, as she sat by an open fire in the three-roomed cottage where she grew up.In recent years Owey has been enjoying a resurgence of life with many of its cottages being restored as holiday homes.“This is very nice but sad for me, but it’s nice to be back in the old home. I have so many memories of this house and the island including painting this very kitchen ceiling while standing on top of a chair and two tables. This big open fire reminds me so much of when I was living here. It’s great to see the old home being fixed up again,” said Julia at the time. BUILDERS LORRY FOR DANIEL O’DONNELL’S NEW HOUSE SINKS OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: August 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

December 25, 2019 0


first_imgALL-COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: A superb performance from Adam Neely ensured Dungloe earned two crucial points in their bid to remain in Division One next season.Neely was a real livewire throughout and caused the Naomh Conaill full-back line all sorts of problems. In truth it was an excellent display from Dungloe who were the hungrier side from the get go and deservedly went in five points in front at half-time.A fisted goal from David McCarron after great play from Shaun Sharkey gave Dungloe a nice cushion at half-time.In the second-half Dungloe scored the first three points with Neely again to the fore for Tony Boyle’s side.Naomh Conaill faced an uphill struggle to get back into it when Dungloe went eight ahead but they kept battling. Martin Regan’s side did reel off four scores on the trot, Adam Neely pointed from a free to edge Dungloe’s lead back out to three.Naomh Conaill did force Danny Rodgers into a fine save late on – after he replaced the injured Ciaran Sharkey as they searched for an equalizer.Dungloe stood firm though and deservedly took the crucial points they need in order to retain their Division One status. Final score: Dungloe 1-08 Naomh Conaill 0-08    GAA: ADAM NEELY SUPERB AS DUNGLOE EARN CRUCIAL WIN AGAINST NAOMH CONAILL was last modified: August 16th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

December 22, 2019 0

One good idea leads to victory for Errigal College students

first_imgStudents of Errigal College, Letterkenny have won a Irish Sustainable Energy Award for their ‘One Good Idea’ competition entry to tackle plastic pollution and reduce energy use.Mr Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment was delighted to see the passion that Errigal College students have shown “in raising awareness of the issue of sustainable energy and climate change”.“Young people learn by example, so thank you for the great example you are setting our younger generations,” he added. Hundreds of schools entered the competition and the top 20 were selected to make a presentation of their one good idea to the SEAI judges in Dublin Castle.The competition began in 2008 with the mentality that it just takes one good idea to make a difference. The aim is to inspire lifestyle changes to save energy and help tackle climate change.This year, over 200 campaigns were developed by young people all over Ireland. Students from every corner of the country came together for the National final that took place in Printworks, Dublin Castle.The overall winning campaign Bottle It was devised by the students of Errigal College to tackle plastic pollution and reduce energy use. The Errigal students took to the stage for their colourful presentation, some dressed up as plastic bottles, others dressed as fish and described how plastic ends up in the oceans and the disastrous effects it has on sea life.Knowing that more than three million tonnes of plastic go into landfill sites across the world each year, the students were inspired to make a change.They aim to reduce their waste and make Errigal College completely plastic free by encouraging other students to use BPA free reusable bottles and to refill water bottles instead of buying more.The students and their teacher, Ms Catriona Hasson, were presented with a trophy on stage and congratulated for the fantastic campaign.Ms Hasson said: “The students put in an incredible amount of work to raise awareness of the drastic impact plastic is having on our environment. “They organised an information day in our local shopping centre, reached out to local businesses and organisations for support, and spoke about the issue on local radio.“One Good Idea is a great opportunity for us to get our message out to the wider community, learn a lot and make a difference in Letterkenny.”Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of the SEAI praised “the determination” of Errigal College’s students and their willingness “to contribute to a better more sustainable future!”One good idea leads to victory for Errigal College students was last modified: May 21st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:errigal collegeSEAIlast_img read more

December 22, 2019 0