Fire Alarm Halts Senate Session

first_imgSenators attending regular session yesterday hurriedly fled the Senate Chambers on hearing reports of a fire outbreak in the building.The fire, which reportedly started from the high ceiling of the Chamber, was immediately brought under control with no serious damage to that important section of the Capitol Building which hosts Legislators during joint sessions.At the time of the alarm, the lawmakers were discussing a letter from the Minister of Health-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn, in response to the one sent to the Senators by the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NAHWAL) asking them not to confirm her.The discussion which turned into a heated debate was prompted by a call to order by Lofa County ranking Senator George Tengbeh. Sen. Tengbeh called for a halt to the reading of Dr. Dahn’s letter, citing its voluminous nature. In line with precedent, not rule, he called for a motion that the letter be sent to the Committee on Health.But the motion, not the call to order, was vehemently protested against by several Senators, with Maryland County Sen. Dan Morais taking the lead, citing Rule 50 of the Senate.Sen. Morais and those siding with him reminded their colleagues that the letter must be read in its entirety as approved by plenary when it was passed as an agenda item for yesterday’s sitting.This argument was however, short-lived when Pro Tempore Armah Jallah announced: “There is report of a fire in the Joint Chambers, and session is hereby suspended.”That notice did not need repeating, as Senators hurriedly collected their documents and other belongings and left the Chamber. The lights went out immediately thereafter.Meanwhile, Dr. Dahn’s lengthy letter, only half of which was read, carried several attachments and gave specific reasons that led to the dismissals of the two NAHWAL leaders, Messrs. Joseph Tamba and George Williams, president and secretary general, respectively.Firstly, Dr. Dahn said their dismissals were based on the death in Grand Gedeh County of a pregnant woman who needed a caesarian section and was denied care by an anesthetic nurse on duty. “This (was) sheer wickedness in addition to a total neglect and gross breach of our medical ethics…and the non-compulsory response to journalists’ questions posed to the leadership of NAHWAL on what their regrets were in relation to the woman’s death. Their response (allegedly) was that ‘this is a revolution.’Dr. Dahn said this “hardened response prompted the senior management team of the Ministry to advise the Minister of Health to apply the law which prevents such action by civil servants. This advice was endorsed by the executive.”Dr. Dahn then wondered whether the Ministry was wrong for being the voice of the people. “A dead pregnant woman, a deceased baby…had it been one of us, Honorable members of the Senate or one of our immediate relatives, what would we have expected of the Minister of Health? Please Sirs, kindly ponder these thoughts from the human perspective and advise us…,” said Dr. Dahn in her letter. It may be recalled that NAHWAL through its leadership recently launched a scathing attack on Dr. Dahn in a three-page letter to the Senate cataloguing alleged misdeeds that if considered by that body cannot qualify her for the post.In the letter dated April 20 Messrs. Williams and Tamba accused Dr. Dahn of constantly discouraging partners, who desired to add a little more to incentives of health workers, as was the case at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town.NAHWAL, according to the letter, “strongly believes that if government’s agenda is for an improved health care delivery system in the post-Ebola era, then certainly, Dr. Dahn, the former CMO, who led the sector for ten years to its total collapse, cannot be a worthy steward of the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare.”In another development, the Senate yesterday granted Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh an excuse to allow him to attend the 52nd Anniversary of the African Development Bank (AfDB) conference in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.As one of the governors, Mr. Konneh informed the Senate that he was expected to deliver a paper and also vote for the next leadership of the Bank, and as such, he was requesting that the Senate allow him to appear before them next week to be able to adequately answer questions related to his recent town hall statement in the United States.The Senate granted his request and Minister Konneh will now appear on Thursday, June 4.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed the sadness of spending a first Christmas without his late mother Julia was made a little better by a surprise engagement at his home.DanielThe singer revealed how he returned home from midnight mass in Kincasslagh to a very happy occasion with wife Majella.Daniel revealed “I joined the choir in our local church for midnight mass There really is something very special about this service for me. “After mass, as we have done for many years, we went back to my sister Kathleen’s house for homemade soup. It was then that my mother’s presence was really missed as she was always sitting in the corner waiting to greet us all as we returned from mass.“When we got back to our own house Majella, Michael, Siobhan and Siobhan’s boyfriend Gavin opened presents from underneath the Christmas tree.“We got a great surprise and were delighted to be present when Gavin proposed to Siobhan. Thankfully for Gavin she said Yes!! There was tears and laughter all around.”  DANIEL’S SAD CHRISTMAS HAS A TOUCHING ENDING was last modified: January 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnelldonegalengagementmother Juliasingerlast_img read more


first_imgBanda-monium has hit Zambia. PIC by Geraldine Diver.TEEN soccer sensation BJ Banda hasn’t just rocked Ballybofey – he’s rocking in Zambia too!The Finn Harps player came up with a magical header to send his club into the Premier League on Friday night.And his stunning header hasn’t gone unnoticed in Zambia where his dad Billy Snr represented his country as a forward on the national basketball team. His famous goal was even shown on the main national station ZNBC.“Born to Zambian parents Billy and Matanda Banda, Billy, a South African born teenager scored a wonderful header, with four minutes remaining much to the delight of the fans who have waited seven years for the team to return to the topflight,” enthused the Zambian Daily Mail.“Banda, a lanky striker with his distinctive rasta, has spent his growing years in the Republic of Ireland where his parents relocated to 12 years ago. Now 17-year-old Billy has been catapulted into the sporting headlines and overnight has become a household name in Donegal,” said the paper.His father Billy told the paper: “I don’t think he knows the impact his goal has had on people.”  REVEALED: HOW BJ BANDA IS MAKING HEADLINES – IN ZAMBIA! was last modified: November 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BJ Bandafinn harpsZambialast_img read more

‘Play him or we riot’ – Chelsea fans rave about player who’s ‘better than Messi’

first_img REVEALED WE ARE READY TO SELL EDEN WE HAVE HUDSON-ODOI— MoZarri (@moazCFC) July 23, 2018 I’m not overexaggerating but Hudson-Odoi is our second best winger at the club— MoH⚽️ (@FfsMoH) July 23, 2018 smart causal 2 Hudson-Odoi looked the real deal REAL DEAL REVEALED gameday cracker tense How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware Integrate Hudson-Odoi in the first team @ChelseaFC or we riot #CFC #CFCinPerth— GuNjAn (@Isco_AsensioFC) July 23, 2018 Chelsea do not need a Hazard backup. We already have Callum Hudson-Odoi. Oh what a game he is having.#CFC #CFCInPerth— Chelsea Uncensored (@nagarsaki_cfc) July 23, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won His incredible footwork caught the eye when he successfully beat opponents with brilliant close control, and it was one such turn that led to the opening goal; Hudson-Odoi fooled a defender and created acres of space for himself with a neat cut-back, giving him time to cross the ball into the area for Pedro to prod a first-time finish into the back of the net. Callum Hudson-Odoi is the next big thing— . (@Cuccittinii) July 23, 2018 shining Hudson-odoi needs to be getting games next season! Ridiculous how good he is already!— Jon Davies (@jonnyd92) July 23, 2018 Chelsea fans have been excited about Hudson-Odoi for a long, long time, and seeing him impress so highly – even if it is pre-season – led to some brilliant reactions on social media.We gathered some of the best tweets below… Latest Chelsea news Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Look how Sarri have Chelsea playing. Hudson-Odoi in particular. Absolutely exquisite— Apollo. (@apollosapien) July 23, 2018 Rated as the best player in Chelsea’s academy, Hudson-Odoi, 17, made four appearances under Antonio Conte last season, and he would certainly have done his chances of being a first-team player this term no harm.Playing down the left flank for the opening 45 minutes, the England youth international terrorised Perth’s right-back time and time again with some truly superb runs. Sarri must be impressed by Hudson-Odoi. Won’t be surprised if he starts in the community shield.— Mike (@MidfieIdRole) July 23, 2018 Odoi is absolute class. Get this kid in the first team. He’s definitely showing Sarri what he’s got.— Josh 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@LoftusCheeks) July 23, 2018 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Hudson-Odoi did brilliantly to create Pedro’s goal Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Hudson-Odoi is better than Messi. Jorginho Premier League player of the season 2018-19. These are facts.— Super Frank (@RomansCFC) July 23, 2018 Chelsea fans got their first taste of the Maurizio Sarri era on Monday afternoon, with the Blues playing Perth Glory in Australia.There were positive signs for the west Londoners as they attempted to implement Sarriball, with summer signing Jorginho impressing at the base of the midfield, and Pedro looking to have found a new lease of life in attack.However, no one caught the eye as much as Callum Hudson-Odoi, the teenage forward. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Hudson Odoi with a fantastic assist today. Would love to see him and Charly Musonda AT LEAST feature in all Europa League matches this season. #CFC— German Jack (@GermanJack_CFC) July 23, 2018 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? possible xi Hudson-Odoi deffo needs to play more matches this season. Boy’s a real talent— Damzz (@Dami_cfc9) July 23, 2018 Hudson-Odoi is unbelievable man. I don’t think he’d look out of place if he started every PL game for Chelsea this upcoming season, he’s that good.— Sam (@ILLESTVlLLAIN) July 23, 2018 possible standings Hudson-Odoi is our Willian replacement; take the £70m from Barca and invest it elsewhere.— A (@eIcampeon) July 23, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more

Liam Wilson Named to College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week

first_imgDrake (4-3-0, 1-0-0 MVC) travels to Valparaiso on Wednesday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Print Friendly Version “We are delighted that Liam has received this level of recognition as it is a deserved reward for his performances and the amount of time he invests for the team,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “He has demonstrated strong leadership in our back line and has been instrumental in helping us with three great defensive displays and consecutive wins. I’m delighted for him, and this is a great platform to build on through the rest of our conference play.” Wilson is the second Bulldog to garner recognition this week. Goalkeeper Luke Anderson was named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Wilson has played all 270 minutes in Drake’s last three matches, all three of which were shutout wins, serving as the rock of the back line. DES MOINES, Iowa – Senior defender Liam Wilson earned a place on College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week, the website announced Tuesday.last_img read more


first_imgLagan Harps striker Amber Barrett was the toast of Milford last night after scoring a late goal to help Ireland U19’s secure a deserved draw against Portugal. Barrett showed great composure to finish after forcing the mistake from the Portugese keeper after she chased down an under hit back-pass to the keeper.Ireland got exactly what they deserved after dominating the game for long spells. They fell behind just before half-time following a mix-up in the Irish defence.Ireland initially struggled with conditions early on as the heat was over 30 degrees despite the 8pm kick-off but adapted to the conditions as the game went on.They will play Portugal again on Thursday.MILFORD GIRL AMBER BARRETT IS IRELAND’S HERO IN PORTUGAL was last modified: September 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Amber BarrettdrawIrelandMilfordnewsportugalSportlast_img read more

Reassurance sought on ‘out of date’ Donegal Town Garda Station

first_imgCalls have been made for an all-new Donegal Town Garda Station and extra personnel to tackle crime following recent plans to downgrade the station. It was announced in February that the Donegal Town station would have opening hours reduced from 24 hours to a total of approx 6 hours per day. The downgrade has caused much concern in relation to crime levels and garda personnel available in the town. Speaking at this week’s Donegal Joint Policing Committee, community representative Lawrence McManus called on local politicians to allocate more funds for the station. “I have a job for the TDs to open a new Donegal Town Garda Station, not the old one opened up. The old one is past its sell-by date, there aren’t enough guards and there’s not enough money,” Mr McManus said. Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, Chair of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee, asked for reassurance from the senior Garda panel that there are enough resources to fight crime. Cllr McMonagle said: “We know there is a serious lack of resources in the county. As an elected representative we are continuously lobbying the Department of Justice and the Garda Commissioner to send more resources and personnel to the county and it seems to be falling on deaf ears.”Inspector Denis Joyce said crime under constant analysis in the county. He suggested that more Garda Reserves would help personnel challenges within the force. Inspector Joyce said that 13 provisional garda members have been allocated to Letterkenny in the last three months, and it is planned for the officers to be moved out across the county to provide extra personnel and crime patrol. He said gardai are monitoring crime trends on the PULSE system and on a regional level.Inspector Joyce acknowledged that the biggest challenge is having gardai visible out on the beat in towns. He said: “We are pushing for people to join up to the Garda Reserves. It’s a great way to give something back, to come out and do what we have to do on a Saturday night. Every person on the beat helps us and I would encourage people to join the Reserves.”Reassurance sought on ‘out of date’ Donegal Town Garda Station was last modified: May 1st, 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:Donegal Joint Policing Committeedonegal town garda stationlast_img read more

Possibility of seeing purple corn plants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For many areas of the eastern Corn Belt, a great deal of corn has been planted over the past few weeks. Some corn has emerged and is in the early stages of growth. One phenomenon that commonly occurs at the early stages of the growing season is the appearance of purple corn plants. Corn plants can turn purple for several reasons related to environmental factors such as:• Sunny days and cool nights (temps in the 40s to 50s F)• Soil pH lower than 5.5• Cool temperatures• Wet soil• Stresses that hinder the uptake of phosphorus• Herbicide injury• Soil compactionWhen saturated soils and cooler weather occur, producers may see some purple plants in their fields. Purpling in corn due to cooler weather most often occurs when plants are in the V2 to V5 growth stages. Because of diverse genetics, hybrids react differently to early stress and some will exhibit purpling while others will not. Anyone who has walked a test plot to observe early plant vigor or has split their planter between two hybrids has probably seen a side-by-side comparison where one hybrid turned purple while the other did not.The biggest concern for corn growers is usually about whether or not plants that turn purple will diminish corn yields. If the purpling is caused by a temporary stress (sunny days and cool nights, cool temperatures, wet soil, etc.) it will disappear when soils dry out and temperatures increase allowing for normal corn development. Temporary stresses generally do not affect yield. However, if the purpling is symptom caused by a problem that doesn’t go away with a change in the weather (soil compaction, herbicide injury, etc.) yield could be negatively affected.last_img read more

Phonebooth Launches Free Google Voice Alternative for Startups and Small Businesses

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#cloud computing#news#voice#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting, a VOIP service for individuals and small businesses, just launched a free version of its service. Phonebooth, just like Google Voice and Ribbit Mobile, provides its users with a free local phone number that can be forwarded to any cell phone and landline. Phonebooth also offers voicemail transcriptions. What makes it stand out from it competitors, however, is that it offers an auto attendant feature that allows you to route callers to different employees.It’s worth noting that, the company behind Phonebooth, has been providing infrastructure services to other VOIP services, including Voxeo and Yext, for more than three years. The company’s VOIP network delivered almost 4 billion minutes in 2009. Bandwidth began a beta test of the paid version of last year and now has over 1,000 customers. Features in Phonebooth’s free version:Free local phone number for your businessIncludes an auto attendant (Press 1 for Sales, Press 2 for Support…etc.)Unlimited extensions for your employees or partnersRead your voicemail, with VM-to-email & text transcription200 free minutes of inbound calling (6¢ additional)Includes new Contact Us Plus feature A Free VOIP Service that Will Grow With YouStarting today, Phonebooth will offer a free service geared towards individuals. The company also announced the general availability of its $20/month/user option, which offers a fully featured phone system in the cloud. One of the advantages of using Phonebooth over similar services like Google Voice or Grasshopper is that the company allows users to upgrade their phone system over time. Once your company outgrows Phonebooth’s basic plan, you can easily switch to a higher-end phone system (Phonebooth on Demand) with hardware IP-based phones.Phonebooth’s users will be able to choose local numbers from virtually everywhere in the U.S. (the service us U.S.). Sadly, though, there is no way to make your Phonebooth number appear on the caller ID for outgoing calls from your landline or cell phone. Phonebooth doesn’t currently offer any mobile apps, though the company told us earlier today that mobile apps are definitely on Phonebooth’s roadmap.Contact Plus WidgetIn addition to the free VOIP service, Phonebooth is also launching a new widget for small businesses – Contact Us Plus – that allows potential customers to use Phonebooth’s VOIP service to initiate a call right from the website. In addition to initiating phone calls, the Phonebooth widget can also feature additional contact info (Twitter account, email etc.), as well as your address and a map. Phonebooth’s users can also opt to show phone numbers for different departments in their company in the widget. last_img read more

Following Up on a Passive House in the Deep South

first_imgPassivhaus Finds a Home in the Bayou StateDoes Passivhaus Work in New Orleans?Passive Aggressive The LeBois House in LafayettePassive House? The Le Bois House “There was a sense of relief, really,” Saft told the paper. “You don’t want to be too optimistic. I mean everything you read says one thing, but usually it never comes out that good. So I was definitely pretty surprised. It was hoped for, I wouldn’t say anticipated. It’s the first time this was done in a hot, humid climate where everything kind of worked out the way it was supposed to.”Insulation, airtightness, and an ERVThe shell of the house features R-28 Icynene LD-R-50 walls and an R-55 Icynene LD-R-50 roof, with 2×6 and 2×8 advanced framing. The exterior walls are wrapped in 1-inch polyisocyanurate, the roof in 2-inch polyiso. Siding is pre-painted fiber cement board and white standing-seam metal panels, with a 1-inch space between the siding and polyiso to help “shade” the walls and prevent heat and moisture buildup. R-21 extruded polystyrene (XPS) was used for the basement/crawlspace walls, and R-16.5 XPS under the slab. The house is fitted with SeriousWindows’ 501 series vinyl-frame windows, with SeriousGlass 8 double-pane glass.During full summer heat, the house will lean heavily on its energy recovery ventilator, an UltimateAir RecoupAerator, to reduce humidity and air temperature, but it also is equipped with a 1-ton ductless mini-split air conditioner with a single vent.On pricing and appraisalsSaft said he aimed for affordability, and in fact construction and materials costs – including a 3.25 kW thin-film photovoltaic system – came to a pretty reasonable $120 per square foot, although the architect emphasized in the Independent Weekly story that, as has been noted time and again by green builders, projects with high-performance features are still not abundant enough in most markets to appraise realistically.“If you’re rich and you want to make a zero energy house, it’s not that hard. But the trick is to make it standard practice,” Saft told the paper. “For me, it’s making it cheap and staying inside the realm of standard practice, and that hopefully will inspire other people to do it. Hopefully, little by little, projects like this will help establish some precedents.” With Louisiana’s summer weather starting to bear down on it, a 1,200-sq.-ft. house in the south-central part of the state designed to meet Passive House standards has so far been performing as designed.GBA posted an item about the project back in February, as construction neared completion. The house has been variously dubbed “the 204House” or the “LeBois House.”The project architect, Corey Saft, a professor of architecture at the University of Louisiana, provided us with energy efficiency details about the three-bedroom, two-bath house and said he was aiming for LEED Platinum certification as well as certification by Passive House Institute US. Given Louisiana’s relatively long hot-and-humid summer season, achieving the latter goal seemed like an especially interesting challenge, as one observer, GBA Advisor Carl Seville, noted in the comments section of the post.Taming the cost of dry comfortBut a recent story on the project posted by The Independent Weekly, which serves the Acadiana region of south Louisiana, explains that the house, while still awaiting word on LEED certification, was certified in June by Passive House Institute. Just as important, the house continues to provide a high level of interior comfort to its three occupants – students attending UL’s architecture school – and the home’s utility bills hovered near zero in March and April (minus 62 cents, then $5). Over the course of a year, Saft estimates, utility costs likely will average less than $25 a month. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more