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EPA approves Lethem’s sanitary landfill site

first_imgA conditional approval has now been granted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Mayor and Town Council of Lethem in Region Nine in regard to the site for its sanitary landfill, as this municipality aims for improved solid waste management within the town.Land cleared for the landfill in LethemAccording to the Department of Public information, following an intervention by the Ministry of Communities to assist the town of Lethem, a service contract to the tune of $36.3 million was awarded to International Imports and Exports to manage the town’s solid waste for 18 months.Lethem Mayor Kerry Jarvis has applauded the initiative, since the past state of the site has affected the health and well-being of the residents. The Mayor noted that, being a new town, Lethem will be able to overcome its solid waste management issues with the help of the Communities Ministry.The contractor began operating on the site back in March of this year, and the state of the site has now been transformed. All the waste has been removed, and is now under control.A team of engineers from the Ministry of Communities on Thursday visited the site and expressed satisfaction at its current state. Senior Engineer attached to the Sanitation Management Unit, Satro Nauth, has said that when the contract comes to an end, the site is expected to be developed into a sanitary landfill facility similar to the sites in Linden, Region Ten; Mahdia, Region Eight; and Bartica, Region Seven.“The site has gotten conditional approval from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). We did some groundwork for the development of a sanitary facility, so we are running the service contract and our intention is to develop it into a sanitary facility,” Nauth said.He also said, “The contractor is responsible for providing a machine to accept the waste, compact the waste, and cover the waste at the end of the day. He has been doing a good job so far (in) maintaining the site, keeping record of the amount of waste that comes, and who disposes of the waste.”Back in August of 2017, the Ministry of Communities signed a contract for the design and construction of sanitary landfill sites for the municipalities of Linden, Mahdia and Bartica. The project was aimed at safeguarding the well-being of the residents of those communities while simultaneously providing modern waste disposal facilities which would be environmental friendly.last_img read more

Angels notes: Figgins focuses on positive

first_img“Talking to Pierre, he said, `Man, it’s just one of those years,”‘ Figgins said about the conversation with his former roommate in the Colorado Rockies’ organization. “He said he had one in ’05. He said it was the best year he had but he ended up hitting less than he usually did. But because he was consistent, he was able to look at his numbers on paper and see that he had decent numbers.” In 2005 with the Florida Marlins, Pierre batted .276, 50points less than the previous year. But he still had 96 runs, 57stolen bases and his typical RBI production of 47. Figgins batted .267 last season, nearly 20 points below his career average. But he had 93 runs, 52 steals and 62 RBIs, a career high. Where Figgins proved costly were his struggles batting right-handed (.233) and his .336on-base percentage, mostly out of the leadoff spot. Figgins wondered what changes he might be able to work on this spring to change his poor fortune. He thought that maybe a switch here or a tweak there might prevent some of the hard-hit balls that found opponents’ gloves in 2006. Pierre suggested he keep things just as they are. TEMPE, Ariz. – As Chone Figgins saw it this winter, his optimism for the upcoming season far outweighed the hit he took to his pride. After a substandard year that Figgins blames mostly on bad luck, he got the words of encouragement he needed from good friend Juan Pierre, the Dodgers’ new center fielder. center_img “With Figgy, there is no question that he attacked the ball better than his stats and average indicated,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s just one of those years where he did hit the ball better than his numbers reflected. I think right-handed he wasn’t as crisp. He has a nice right-handed swing; he just has to start to get that confidence back.” Figgins was demoted to the No. 9 spot in the lineup late last season, which is his projected spot in the order this year. “Yeah, it does (sting) because I pride myself on touching home plate more than anybody,” Figgins said about batting last. “But (Gary MatthewsJr.) has proven himself that he can be the guy at the top of the order and I have proven that I can hit anywhere and still be productive. I’m happy he’s here and hopefully he can keep doing what he’s doing and we can be a dangerous team.” Going even bigger: After complying with the Angels’ request to try a larger glove, Figgins said the team has requested he try an even bigger size. Figgins said he was using an 11 -inch glove last season and changed to an 11 -inch glove this offseason. He is now awaiting a shipment of gloves more than 12 inches in length. “They said just try it and you never know,” Figgins said. Moving to third: Brandon Wood took about 45 groundballs at third base and said he doesn’t think it will be that tough to adapt after playing shortstop for nearly all of his career. “The main thing for me is to make sure my timing is on,” Wood said. “I won’t be able to track the ball all the way into the hitter. “At shortstop you get an idea of the location and you can kind of break to the area you think it might go. At third you have to take your eye off the pitcher, pick a zone and let it come to you.” Wood gathered plenty of advice, saying he has received tips in recent days from Figgins, Dallas McPherson, infield coach Alfredo Griffin, Double-A coach Keith Johnson, minor-league field coordinator Bruce Hines and Cedar Rapids manager Bobby Magallanes. Wood will work with Robb Quinlan today on the proper technique for fielding bunts. Positive progress: Scioscia is starting to feel good about progress by Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver. Both had a long-toss throwing session for a second consecutive day. Scioscia said Weaver (biceps tendinitis) might have his first bullpen session after about two or three more days of long toss. Finger surgery: Minor-league catcher Brent Del Chiaro ended up having threepins inserted into the tip of his right middle finger during surgery Wednesday for a broken bone. He will be re-examined in three weeks but still is expected to miss eight weeks. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

West Ham sweating over midfield star’s fitness

first_img1 Mark Noble is a doubt for West Ham’s clash with Sunderland this weekend as he continues his recovery from an achilles problem.The midfielder has been in the Hammers fine start to the season, scoring once in 12 appearances and helping West Ham climb to fourth in the Premier League table.However, Noble missed last Sunday’s 3-1 win over Swansea and Allardyce admits the 27-year-old is now a doubt for the trip to Sunderland this weekend.“Mark Noble has got trouble with his achilles tendon, but other than that there doesn’t seem to be any problems,” said Allardyce. West Ham midfielder Mark Noble last_img read more

Dogo wins ‘bet’ against Malawi’s Chawinga

first_imgJust like a good competitor, Chawinga accepted the loss and immediately after the match unlaced her boots and handed them to Mwanahalima who was still smiling in glee after finding the back of the net twice.Speaking after the game, Mwanahalima says she was excited that the team was through to the third round and vowed they will look to replicate the same result when they face either Gabon or Ghana.“It was a tough game because Malawi is not an easy side. We had planned for them after what we saw in the first leg and we executed our plan well. I am happy also to have scored a brace but not very excited because as a striker, that is my job,” said the pint-sized forward.Speaking to Capital Sport after the game Chawinga said Kenya were deserved winners, noting her side was punished because of mistakes.“That is how football is. You make mistakes and you are punished. We have to do better as a team next time. We were not well organized and all of us didn’t give enough effort. Kenya is a good team and they have so much depth,” she said.“I have played against some of the players before at COSAFA and only like three players are still in the team. They have so many new faces but still they are a very strong team. Unlike us, we have just had the same team,” added the forward.0Shares0000(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets forward Mwanahalima Adam won a bet against Malawi’s Tabitha Chawinga who handed her her boots after the game. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Sep 1 – Harambee Starlets striker Mwanahalima Adam won a bet against Malawi’s Chinese based forward Tabitha Chawinga after scoring twice to help the Kenyans sail through to the third round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers in Machakos on Sunday.Adam, nicknamed Dogo had placed a bet with Chawinga that if Starlets won the second leg, she (Chawinga) would give her a pair of boots.last_img read more

Swansea star Naughton ruled out for the remainder of the season

first_img Swansea defender Kyle Naughton has been ruled out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage Swansea defender Kyle Naughton has been ruled out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage, the club has announced.Naughton was hurt Swansea’s 3-1 home win over Hull on Saturday in a challenge which saw Tigers midfielder David Meyler shown a straight red card.A statement on the official Swansea website said a second scan confirmed ligament damage that will keep the January signing from Spurs out for around six weeks.“An initial scan ruled out a fracture but a follow-up scan confirmed ligament damage,” said the club statement.Naughton was taken to hospital after the game for x-rays but Swansea had to wait for the swelling on the ankle to go down to discover the full extent of the injury.Swans manager Garry Monk said after the game his initial view was that Meyler’s challenge was a redcard offence.“It was a genuine 50-50 ball for both players to have and my initial reaction was that it was bad challenge,” he said.“I don’t think there was any malice from the player but you always run that risk when your foot goes over the ball.” 1last_img read more

Costa TARGETED by FA disciplinary chiefs – Chelsea boss

first_img Spain international Diego Costa was involved in an altercation with Gareth Barry Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink believes Diego Costa was targeted by Football Association disciplinary chiefs after being absolved of a bite on Gareth Barry.Costa nuzzled into the neck of Everton midfielder Barry in an altercation which led to his first dismissal as a Chelsea player in last Saturday’s FA Cup loss at Goodison Park.Barry afterwards insisted nothing untoward had happened during their altercation, but Costa was charged with improper conduct following his reaction to being shown red by referee Michael Oliver. He had until Thursday at 6pm to respond, with the verdict to be announced next week.Costa, who is suspended for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham, could find his ban extended, but avoided the prospect of a further sanction when the FA investigated a gesture made at half-time and found the striker had no case to answer.“What I smell and didn’t like, and what I spoke about with Diego (is): ‘hey, he cannot be charged on this, on the kiss, but let’s see if there’s other things we can find’,” Hiddink said.“If you cannot prove the bite, then sometimes, in my personal opinion, they are looking a bit ‘where can we chase him? What can we find more on this guy?’”Asked what Costa was doing in the incident with Barry, Hiddink said: “Maybe a kiss. Love. Maybe it was love between the two.”Put to the Dutchman that it was odd behaviour, Hiddink added: “Yes. Everyone has his reactions.”Hiddink has spoken to Costa, who has scored 11 goals in his last 16 games, and hopes the striker can learn to control his volatile temper. Hiddink accepts provocation by opponents is part of the game.The Blues boss said: “It’s part of the game to play a bit with that – ‘how far can we get him out of his comfort zone and get him into the red zone?’“The player has to control himself. That is why I said I cannot guarantee he will not explode as he has done.“I talked to him and we talked many times about him playing on the edge and his reactions. We were happy and are still happy with his performances.“What we all like, but not going over the edge, is to play as he is doing, with a lot of blood. Whether or not bit by bit (he is) provoked, he has to control himself. He knows (that).“If he reduces what he did more frequently in the past, we are progressing. We have to have hope.” 1last_img read more

Henry ‘offered youth coaching roles at West Ham and Watford’

first_imgThierry Henry has been offered a route back into football coaching by West Ham and Watford after falling out with Arsene Wenger over his punditry role with Sky Sports, according to The Sun. Wenger delivered the Arsenal legend an ultimatum to choose between his role working with Arsenal youngsters or regular appearances on live Premier League matches. Henry – who earns £4million-a-year at Sky Sports – decided he’d rather continue his TV work and cut his links with the Gunners.But West Ham and Watford have offered hima  route back in to complete his Pro Licence and continue his punditry role. Watford train next door to Arsenal, on the Gunners former training base at London Colney, just north of London, not far from when Henry lives. Henry has been offered a route back into coaching by West Ham and Watford 1last_img read more

Years of neglect take their toll on Valley streets and sewers

first_imgThe San Fernando Valley’s streets show what’s come of years of neglect in this once-promising young suburb: Children walk to school on dirt paths, neighborhoods don’t have streetlights and some roads haven’t been resurfaced since the dawn of the Space Age. Basic civic infrastructure has deteriorated so badly, or was never put in at all, that vast sections of the Valley look like a developing country – not in the charming, rustic sense that drew hopeful GIs and their sweethearts to new homes 60 years ago, but in a rundown, big-city way. Now, residents like Northridge homeowner Ilene Sanders wage relentless campaigns for repairs – in her case, a battle that spanned three decades to get a street repaved. It finally got done this winter, to the delight of fellow homeowners who threw a coming-out party for the fresh asphalt. “To say that it’s a bureaucratic nightmare is an understatement,” said Sanders, who launched the campaign when her eldest daughter was a first-grader; the young woman is getting married shortly. “It felt amazing after 17 years to get the street paved.” But trying to fix the problems now is a feeble game of catchup that cannot be won without a massive infusion of cash – as some political leaders are discussing – and at least a decade of work. As the Valley region expects to grow by nearly another 200,000 residents in the next 25 years, this historic underinvestment in infrastructure will continue to be a drain on an area that’s developed from a quaint suburb into the equivalent of a city bigger than Philadelphia within Los Angeles’ city limits. “We are so far behind, it’s going to cost a fortune to get caught up,” said Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the Northwest Valley and is past chairman of the City Council’s Public Works Committee. For years, there’s been talk of asking voters to approve a massive infrastructure bond to get the city caught up on the repairs. Smith had considered a proposal as recently as last fall – until he saw the $3 billion price tag he knew wouldn’t fly at the ballot box. Now he’s considering a smaller bond only for street improvements, which could add as much as $40 a year to an average homeowner’s property taxes. But perhaps one thing Valley residents detest more than their crumbled streets and sidewalks is the thought of new taxes beyond the typical $5,000-plus in annual property taxes owners of a median-priced home pay today. “Right now, I think it’s going to be a hard sell unless somebody comes up with a plan,” said Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. “The average taxpayer feels when they pay taxes, it ought to guarantee certain levels of service, and maintenance is part of that.” But the Valley’s infrastructure is crumbling because the city never funded its public works projects at adequate levels, nor did it require developers 50 years ago to install basic amenities like sidewalks and streetlights that would be mandated today. As the area’s population soared to nearly 1 million people by the mid-1960s, basic services never kept pace. Now, if you want city services, you pretty much have to pay for them. All those stretches of the Valley that never got streetlights when the homes were built won’t be getting them unless residents form assessment districts and pay more than $1,500 apiece to have lights installed. It’s the same with sidewalks. There’s no plan to replace the Valley’s dirt paths with concrete because the city says it’s the property owners’ responsibility to put them in if the developer failed to do so years ago. To fix a broken sidewalk, residents can wait up to 80 years for city crews to get around to it. Or they can get bumped up the list if they agree to pay half the price – about $1,300 per household – as other cities are doing. But that program proved so popular in its first year that it’s now closed to new applicants until July 1, when crews aim to be finished with the 535 contracts residents signed when the program opened. Residents and neighborhood groups can hire city crews on overtime – for a few hundred dollars a shot – to fix a specific problem under a program started last year. “It’s the situation. What do you do? You sit and wait. You do a share program or you put it in yourself,” said Albert Piantanida, president of the Arleta Neighborhood Council. “You got areas that don’t have lights. It’s pretty standard in the East Valley … It always comes down to, `We’ll get to you.”‘ Underground, the Valley has other challenges. Even with extensive sewer system repairs after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the Valley’s pair of main sewer lines will not be adequate to carry the projected 20 percent increase in wastewater over the next 15 years. The city is in the midst of planning a massive new sewer line that is already being met by protests from some residents. Similarly, the Valley needs what some say could be billions of dollars worth of storm water improvements to clean up the “urban slobber” that gets carried to the beach. But at least those projects – unlike streets and sidewalks – have a steady funding stream from user fees paid by property owners to redeem a $500 million bond approved by voters in 2004 for initial stormwater improvements. The Valley’s streets, which support the sprawling suburb in auto-dependent L.A., stand as one of the most glaring examples of the decades of government neglect. Despite phenomenal growth in the post-World War II era, when the city’s street system grew from 2,500 miles to 6,500 miles – primarily from Valley development – street resurfacing plans remained unchanged at 50 miles a year until the mid-1980s. Without upkeep, two-thirds of the city’s streets now need to be resurfaced or completely rebuilt – a problem seen citywide, city officials said. Street Services Director Bill Robertson says it’s a “crapshoot” when a street will get resurfaced, noting that his own block in the northeast Valley hasn’t been redone since his home was built in 1953. Even more, the bulk of the street paving budget goes to prevent mediocre roads from getting worse – infuriating residents who can’t understand why their pothole-filled 50-year-old street can’t get a fresh coat of asphalt. Robertson hopes public support will mount for a more comprehensive paving program. In the meantime, he wants the city’s neighborhood councils to compile a list of priorities to help decide which streets get repaved. Scores of residents, like North Hollywood homeowner Juan Gonzalez, have bought their own bags of asphalt or concrete to patch up the disrepair in front of their homes. The asphalt-patch job he poured himself, then pressed down with his car, isn’t holding so well, and he’s had enough of the dust that wafts up in the summer and mud that comes with the winter rains. He expects more and thinks his taxes should cover the bill, even if the city says they don’t. “It doesn’t look nice, especially in a neighborhood where the average homes go for $500,000 and up,” Gonzalez said. “The neighborhood is a very beautiful neighborhood. It’s just that this makes it look ugly.”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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Some neighborhoods don’t mind the rural feel that comes from dirt roads and darkened streets. Others even take advantage of the shortcomings, extending their lawns where sidewalks should go. But plenty of residents resent the run-down swaths of an otherwise vibrant Valley, fearing the disrepair lowers the value of their now-$500,000 homes and contributes to crime. It’s not just the broken, potholed streets like Sanders’ that swallow car wheels like they did during last winter’s rains. It’s the 80-year wait for a sidewalk repair. The 38 percent of Valley streets that never got lights. The 30 percent of the Valley freeway system that was never built, leading to horrendous traffic logjams. Underground, there’s the 80-year-old sewer system that needs a new trunk line, and the storm-water systems that need to be built to prevent more flooding and pollution. last_img


first_imgThe girls celebrate after the final winTHE star gaelic footballers of St Columba’s Comprehensive are celebrating – after landing the Ulster U16 title today.The girls defeated the highly fancied and favourites Breifne College of Cavan in today’s showpiece final.Amy Boyle Carr (N Conaill) and Sarah Harkin (Ardara) were among the many stars of the show which saw the Donegal side go into a huge first half lead. And the Comp girls never looked back after that, easing to victory in the end in the game played in Garvaghey.ST COLUMBA’S GLENTIES GIRLS CROWNED ULSTER FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS was last modified: January 26th, 2016 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:st columba’s glentiesULSTER CHAMPIONSlast_img read more


first_imgSo what are these lads up to?Well, final touches are being put to Mulroy College’s Annual Variety Show.And the very excited students – Gavin and Aaron included – take to the stage of An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny on this Friday, December 6th, at 8pm. This year’s show is shaping up to be one of the best yet, showcasing the phenomenal talent at Mulroy College.Highlights include excerpts from Hairspray, the musical and Blood Brothers, to mention but a few. There will be a number of “wee “surprises on the night, culminating is some festive cheer!!The show is produced and directed by teacher, Nicola Mc Bride. This year’s choreography is by Brighdin Carr.Tickets are a steal at €10 and are selling out fast from An Grianán box office (074) 9120777. Get yours before it’s too late   MULROY COLLEGE SHOW SET TO BE A CHRISTMAS CRACKER was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 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:MULROY COLLEGE SHOW SET TO BE A CHRISTMAS CRACKERlast_img read more