Subscribers Appeal to Cellcom

first_imgOver 12,000 subscribers of Cellcom MTN in Kporgbahn Statutory District #4, in Grand Bassa County are appealing to the management of the company to install a tower, mainly in the Zondo Mission vicinity to enable them make maximum use of their Cellcom mobile phones.The president of the Gianda Youth Development Association, Mr. William Diggs, told the Daily Observer last week that they had already written to the management appealing for a tower to be installed in their area in order to ease the network problems they are facing in communicating with other people in the district and elsewhere.He disclosed that sometimes they have to climb up some of the high hills to make calls but they do not receive calls from anyone because of the lack of network after they climb down the hill.He pointed out that the tower is expedient and will make the company more popular in the district and the county in general as communication will be very easy, especially in time of emergency or urgency.He mentioned that even for them to charge their phones is another difficult task, as they have to travel miles away to District #3 Compound or District #4 Compound to charge their phones or make calls.‘’We would highly appreciate were the Cellcom GMT management to consider our appeal for the betterment of communication,” the president of the Gianda Youth Development Association pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Datebook 4/26

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY 50+ Health and Fitness Jamboree, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Griffith Park. 1K/5K walks begin at 9 a.m. Registration fee: $10 by ranger station, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive. Events begin by the merry-go-round. Call (323) 224-3518. last_img

Below average snowpacks recorded for Peace, Liard basins

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The winter season is coming to an end, but late season snowfall is still possible across B.C. — and researchers are already starting to tally the depth of the snowpack, and anticipating droughts or flooding later in the year.According to a Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin published on March 1, most of the province has near normal or slightly below normal — ie., 80 to 110 per cent — snow packs as of March 1. The provincial average was 92 per cent from all survey locations.However, the Peace snow basin was on the low side with 81 per cent of the normal conditions, and Liard was even lower with 55 per cent. On the other side of the scale, the Okanagan saw a high of 123 per cent.- Advertisement -By early March, 80 per cent of the annual snowpack has accumulated, with opportunity for another one to two months of snow accumulation.The report indicates that high snow pack in the Okanagan basin could show potential for elevated seasonal flood risk in the region.On the opposite side of the spectrum, below normal snow pack — particularly in the Liard, but to a lesser extent the Upper Fraser, Nechako, Central Coast, Skeena-Nass, Stikine and Northwest — could have an increased potential for low flows in the late-spring and summer.Advertisement The River Forecast Centre will keep monitoring snow pack conditions and provide an updated seasonal flood risk and stream flow forecast in the April 1 bulletin, which is scheduled for release on April 7.last_img read more

Al Attiyah eyes seventh Olympics after third Dakar triumph

first_img0Shares0000Nasser Al-Attiyah and his co-driver Matthieu Baumel celebrate winning the Dakar Rally © AFP / FRANCK FIFELIMA, Peru, Jan 19 – Dakar Rally champion Nasser al-Attiyah said Friday that his next ambition is to compete in his seventh Olympic Games — with a shotgun in his hand.The 48-year-old Qatari captured his third Dakar title on Thursday in Peru to add to his 2011 and 2015 wins on the world’s most gruelling endurance race. Now he wants to resume his Olympics career in Tokyo next year where he hopes to take part once again in skeet shooting having won a bronze medal in London in 2012.“We have won this race and now we turn our attention to the next stage — it’s my dream to participate in a seventh Olympics,” al-Attiyah told a news conference.He also plans to defend his Dakar title in 2020 before heading to Japan.“It will be tough. I will start my preparation for the Olympic Games next week and then we will come back here to Peru to defend our Dakar title.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fired manager may have targeted 2nd KFC

first_imgHowever, the combination had been changed since his termination, according to testimony from the store’s then assistant manager and the franchise’s district manager. Marshall was not charged until 2005, when he was indicted on murder and the special circumstance of killing during a robbery. By then, he had moved to Riverside and was a captain for the state Department of Forestry. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Before becoming an assistant manager at the Torrance KFC in October 1984, Marshall worked at the Fountain Valley store. However, Goetz, who had just begun working at that store a couple of weeks before, said he never met him. But in photos and in court, Goetz identified Marshall as the man he saw wearing camouflage pants and carrying a blue duffel bag, circling the restaurant, days after the crimes at the Torrance KFC. At one point, Goetz said, he saw Marshall through the drive-through window. “He was surprised to see me,” Goetz said of Marshall. “He seemed more startled that I came around the corner right at that moment.” What happened next, Goetz said, has “stuck with me all my life.” He said Marshall asked through the closed window what time it was, and looked in the direction of a wall clock inside the store that was not visible from the outside. Only someone who had been inside would have known it was there, Goetz said. Another Fountain Valley employee, John Stumbo, was a 17-year-old cook who said he came by the store to give Goetz a ride home. Stumbo said he knew Marshall and watched him ring the buzzer to the employee door as he walked up. Stumbo testified that Marshall was wearing the fatigues, a brown jacket, boots, gloves and a knit cap, and was carrying a bag. “It was very unordinary,” Stumbo said of the circumstances. When Goetz opened the door, Marshall asked if he could use the phone, Stumbo and Goetz said. But Goetz refused, telling the jury of five women and seven men that he was aware of Hoynes’ death and that Marshall was suspected of taking money from the Torrance store. After Goetz closed the door, Stumbo and Marshall continued to talk. Stumbo said Marshall told him his car broke down – but he refused a ride, saying he called a “lady friend” to pick him up. Stumbo said that seemed strange since Marshall had just asked to use the phone. Marshall also told him he was still working at the Torrance store and did not mention anything about Hoynes’ murder, which Stumbo said he did not yet know about. About a week later, after Torrance police officers watched Marshall casing the Fountain Valley store again, he was arrested wearing the same pants. The bag, which was in the car, held a boning knife and his restaurant uniform. Although Marshall was acting suspiciously and was taken into custody, he was released and not charged with any crimes at the time. Earlier this week, retired police Detective Jeffrey Lancaster testified he went to Marshall’s Los Angeles home the day after the murder, and brought him to the police department for questioning. Marshall told Lancaster he had been at home with his girlfriend that evening, and had only gone out to the corner liquor store to buy beer and root beer. Lancaster said he noticed that Marshall had a Band-Aid on his left index finger when they first met, but that it was gone by the time they got to the police station. He said it seemed Marshall was trying to hide a fresh cut on his finger while they talked. When asked, Marshall said he cut his finger slicing garlic while helping his girlfriend make spaghetti the night before. The Band-Aid was later found in an ashtray in the detective’s car, Lancaster said. That same day, his girlfriend, Yvonne Williams, said Marshall did not help her cook that night. Twenty years later, when detectives reopened the cold case, Williams gave officers much more information, including that Marshall purportedly confessed to her. Her statements are key in the prosecution’s case against Marshall. The trial before Judge Mark Arnold is expected to last through the end of the month. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Peter Goetz, who managed the Fountain Valley Kentucky Fried Chicken, testified he saw Marshall walking around his closed store late on Nov. 2, 1984. On Oct. 30, 1984, Robin Hoynes was working late doing the books at the closed KFC on Palos Verdes Boulevard when she was killed. Marshall, 46, who had just been fired from an assistant manager position at that store for, among other things, possibly stealing, was a suspect. Evidence presented so far in the first week of Marshall’s Torrance Superior Court trial suggests there was no forced entry into the restaurant and that Hoynes, 21, likely knew the perpetrator. Marshall was expected to come by the restaurant to pick up his briefcase, witnesses have said. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin is trying to prove that Hoynes let Marshall in, and that he stabbed her from behind before attempting to break into the safe. TRIAL: Man testifies ex-Torrance employee, accused in killing and robbery, cased eatery. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER Three days after he allegedly killed a Kentucky Fried Chicken manager in Torrance during a robbery, William Marshall may have been trying to steal from another restaurant in the chain, according to evidence presented in court Friday. last_img read more


first_imgMarine experts are on high alert amid fears of a mass whale beaching along the Donegal coast.A pod of about 60 distressed pilot whales left the Outer Hebrides in Scotland on Sunday and are believed to be heading towards Irish waters.A rescue operation was mounted on South Uist island last Thursday after the whales swam into the shallow and rocky waters of Loch Carnan. Two whales were found dead as the pod left the loch. Experts believe the distressed animals could strand on an Irish beach, in an incident similar to last November’s mass stranding of more than 40 whales on Rutland Island off the coast at Burtonport.Donegal County Council initially wanted to bury the whales but eventually took them off the island and brought them for incineration in Cavan after local objections.Despite growing concern and speculation, Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) said there have been no sightings yet of the pod of pilots in Irish waters.“The weather is currently very stormy Irish seas and if gale force winds continue to blow from the south they will push the whales away from the Irish coastline,” said Pádraig Whooley, the group’s sightings co-ordinator. “However, if the animals are injured, distressed and dehydrated, there is a huge possibility they will beach in the coming days.”The large group of pilots, who generally swim in waters up to 1,000 metres deep, are believed to have damaged their acoustics – used to hunt, communicate and navigate – when they swam into the shallow waters of Loch Carnan.“For a pilot whale, swimming in a loch is like swimming in a saucer of water,” said Mr Whooley. “Their acoustics would have been compromised and these animals may be swimming blind.”Although the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group are on stand-by and are receiving regular updates from colleagues in the UK, they also suggest the decision of a pod to mass strand should be considered a work of nature.“Pilot whales are intelligent, matriarchal and tactile animals. They must know they are likely to die if one, or indeed all of them, comes ashore,” said Mr Whooley. He warned that if the whales do strand themselves on a remote Irish beach, it may not be possible to refloat them back out to sea.“When whales beach there is very little human intervention can do to generate a positive outcome,” he said. “Each individual pilot can weigh up to one tonne and we simply don’t have the equipment, manpower or legislation to prevent the animals from dying, we may be left with no option but to put them to sleep in the hope of easing their suffering.”EndsWHALE WATCHERS ON HIGH ALERT THAT DISTRESSED WHALES COULD BEACH OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: May 26th, 2011 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:Rutland Islandwhales strandedlast_img read more

LAUSD calls for community aid

first_imgApparently committed to the $208 million performing arts high school envisioned by billionaire Eli Broad despite its soaring costs, the Los Angeles Unified board hopes to secure money for the project from philanthropists and civic groups. Finding themselves in a situation they generally concur is irreversible, board members said Wednesday it’s time to ask the community to help build and operate one of the costliest high schools in the nation. “We need to step up the civic commitments from Eli, the mayor and everybody who wants this to be a signature school for the city,” board member David Tokofsky said. “When the Disney Hall was in trouble, everybody in this town came together to make that happen under the leadership of (former Mayor) Dick Riordan, the (Board of) Supervisors and the philanthropists. 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 “We should do no less for the most central high school in this whole district.” Board President Marlene Canter met last week with Broad to update him on plans for the 1,700-student school, which has skyrocketed to four times its original cost. It was Broad who pushed the board to create a landmark performing arts high school rather than a traditional campus on the site, which sits at the entrance to the $1.5 billion Grand Avenue Civic Center development he has championed. Broad declined to comment on the meeting, as did Canter. But she said the time had come to turn to others for help. “As board president, I’m calling on everyone from the architect and contractor to the leaders of the Grand Avenue project and arts community to find new and creative ways to help us fund construction of this flagship school,” she said. The board is expected to approve a $171.9 million bid by PCL construction at its March 7 meeting. Superintendent Roy Romer has urged the board to accept the bid rather than waste time re-designing the project in the hopes of cutting costs. “I think we have to approve this contract, then we need to turn to the community and say come down and help us finance this,” Romer said. “I don’t think it’s inappropriate for this district to have one signature place. We’re spending $19 billion and we’re being frugal, but this one place we’re going to make an investment for history and for students.” The architecturally unique, 238,000-square-foot school is designed with four small learning communities – music, dance, performing arts and visual arts – along with a theater, free-standing library and a tower. Broad has pledged $3.1 million for construction and $1.9 million for operations. That money is contingent upon the school being built as designed by the architectural team hand-picked by Broad. The project site used to house LAUSD’s headquarters until the district moved to a Broad-owned building on Beaudry. Board member Julie Korenstein, who said she struggled for years to get the money to renovate the auditorium at Van Nuys High School, said she’s uncomfortable with the inequity of resources. “In the San Fernando Valley, there’s no school being built that comes close to that in cost or design. It’s really frustrating that one school would get so much,” she said. “At this point in time, it’s taken on a life of its own, but the problem is we’re really far down the way now and to pull back now, we’ll lose many years, and students need a place to go to school. I’m very conflicted.” The current plan to complete the Grand Avenue school by 2008, three years behind schedule, needs to be approved now in order to attract donors, said Araceli Ruano, chair of Discovering the Arts and an L.A. County arts commissioner. Discovering the Arts – created in 2004 by Romer and former school board member Jose Huizar – has taken the lead in developing relationships with elected officials, the business community, philanthropists and foundations to help raise money for both the construction and operation of the school. “Individuals and foundations who support these types of capital projects, do so for projects that have a vision, a plan, a timeline and a budget for construction,” Ruano said. “We’re mobilizing and this is the critical next step.” So far the group has committed to raising $1.5 million for the school. With 19 high-profile members from the entertainment, arts and business communities, Ruano said it hopes to expand their network of potential donors. Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 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


first_imgThe Féile Peile na nÓg St Eunan’s U-14 girls squad. They host West Clare Gaels todayGAA clubs from across Donegal will be bidding for All-Ireland glory this weekend when their U-14 teams compete in the the Féile Peile na nÓg.The competition is a national festival of football for boys and girls under 14 years of age and is based on the GAA club unit.Clubs from across Ireland will be hosted in the North West, with teams also travelling from Britain and the USA. In Donegal Letterkenny Gaels, St Eunan’s, Termon, Lifford, Buncrana, Naomh Conaill, Aodh Ruadh, Glenswilly and St Michael’s are among the teams taking part.Girls and boys from visiting clubs being hosted in Donegal will be staying with the families of the host players in a festival of gaelic sport and culture which involves 25,000 young people every year.A massive parade around Derry, from Celtic Park, will take place this evening, followed by games on Saturday and Sunday.Hotels in Donegal are reporting a huge increase in visitors this weekend due to the festival.  DONEGAL TEAMS FEATURE STRONGLY IN FEILE COMPETITION was last modified: June 28th, 2013 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


first_imgTWO ambulances are at the scene of a two-car collision on the outskirts of Letterkenny.Two vehicles collided at Ballaghdearg, between Mountain Top and Illistrin, shortly before 11am.The incident took place close to a turn-off where a wake was taking place. The vehicles – one with a northern registration and one Donegal registered people carrier – were badly damaged.Drivers of both vehicles were being helped and comforted by other motorists whilst waiting on the ambulances. AMBULANCES AT SCENE OF LETTERKENNY CAR CRASH was last modified: August 5th, 2014 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:Ballaghdeargcarcrashletterkennylast_img read more

‘Use technology to improve housing’

first_img1 October 2010The Department of Human Settlements is on a quest to find new technologies that are both cost-effective and quality-oriented to provide better housing for poorer South Africans.The technology needs to be environmentally friendly, sustainable and address other challenges facing housing in the country, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said this week during the department’s Alternative Building Technologies Indaba in Johannesburg.The two-day indaba brought together officials from all spheres of government, the private sector, regulatory authorities, scientific, research and tertiary institutions.Sexwale called on delegates to ensure that the indaba was more than just a “talk shop”, urging them to make it a productive working session that would give rise to ideas that could be implemented.Green solutionsSexwale said his department was looking for new ways of building better homes, which included new green solutions and mechanisms for responding to climate change.He elaborated that the department was looking for new ideas on issues such as internal electrification, solar panels, improved sanitation, heating and water reticulation systems, and durable roofing.Technology that benefited people needed to be both cost-effective and sustainable, he said. However, the minister stressed that while the department was cost-conscious and looking for cheaper material, quality would not be compromised.Sexwale added that the focus of his department was to build sustainable human settlements. He described these as places where people “stay, play and pray”. The minister said that this integrated approach was aimed at developing proper suburbs, villages and towns.Rapid urbanisationSexwale said that some old technologies that had produced houses that stood strong over centuries should not be ignored. Modern technology needed to complement and build on century-old initiatives.New technologies should also assist in the identification of available land, the minister added.“Given rapid urbanisation and the rate of population growth, with the diminishing availability of land in relation to the growing number of people, it means we have to apply new technologies to build better homes,” he said.Sexwale said South Africa also needed to pay attention to the experience of other countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, China, Angola and Equatorial Guinea, which have made significant strides in the area of human settlements.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more