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first_imgDespite the deadly Ebola virus disease causing the breakdown of many business activities across the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County, young business entrepreneurs are strategizing to keep ahead.  The City of Ganta celebrated the recent Valentine’s Day with the opening of a modern car wash located near the center of the city.  It is the first of its kind in Ganta and includes a restaurant, bar and a mini shop with DSTV facilities to entertain customers. “Our goal is to make Ganta a city where you can find any other modern facility you can see elsewhere around the world,” said proprietor Ms. Gaziawon Nelson Dano.  “We sell food that everybody can afford to buy and there will be a TV to all washing parks to entertain customers that will bring their vehicles here,” she added.  Ganta was one of the epicenters of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country that paralyzed nearly all business centers.  In early January a guest house which contains a restaurant and an entertainment facility was open to the public.  The Hurku Guest House is located in a quiet, isolated area and offers an assortment of food choices on its menue.  Ganta being a commercial hub of Nimba has several guest houses, bars, restaurants as well as other entertainment centers along its main street.The Star Entertainment Center also provides services to many customers and travelers in the city. The Ganta Ambassador Hotel in Tappita is a rest stop for those traveling to the southeast of Liberia. It also contains a bar and a restaurant.  Saclapea’s Vision Palace Guest House provides affordable lodging and in Bahn is the popular Liamon Guest House.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_imgStaff from MooseFm sculpt “Denny Moosison” for the Media Snow Sculpting Competition in Centennial Park.                                                                                                                 Picture: Amber Davy  Children race each other at Toboggan Hill as part of the High on Ice Festival.      Picture: Amber DavyProfessional Ice Carvers put the finishing touches on their ice scuptures at Centennial Park.                                                                                                               Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement –The Fire & Ice Celebration brings closure to the 6th Annual High on Ice Festival in Fort St. John.                                                                                                                Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – The Topps Co., maker of baseball cards and Bazooka bubble gum, said Tuesday that it accepted a $385.4 million takeover offer from a buyout group that includes former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, but the deal drew immediate opposition from one of Topps’ own board members. Topps board member Arnaud Ajdler, along with the investment firm Crescendo Partners II, launched a campaign to kill the deal. Crescendo owns about 6.6 percent of the company’s shares, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ajdler is also a managing partner of Crescendo. Ajdler said Tuesday that he had not yet been in touch with other major shareholders but thought the deal should be abandoned because negotiations did not go through a proper process and the Eisner-led offer undervalues the company. “I believe that the process that led to the signing of the merger agreement was flawed in that the board of directors did not shop the company and thus failed to maximize the competitive dynamics of a sale transaction that would have garnered the highest price available,” Ajdler wrote in a letter sent to other board members Tuesday. As part of the merger agreement, CEO Arthur T. Shorin agreed to retire within 60 days of the close of the deal. He would remain as a consultant, according to an SEC filing. Shorin, 70, has been CEO of Topps and its predecessor since 1980, according to the company Web site. Eisner was CEO of The Walt Disney Co. for two decades until he stepped down in 2005. Disney owns theme parks, movie studios and the ABC, ESPN and Disney TV networks. Topps, founded in 1938, makes trading cards featuring athletes of Major League Baseball, the NFL and NBA. In addition to Bazooka bubble gum, it owns the Ring Pop and Push Pop brands.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The deal was approved in a 7-3 vote by the board with Ajdler and two others voting against it. Ajdler was joined by board members John Jones and Timothy Brog, president of Pembridge Capital Management LLP. Pembridge had earlier pressed the company to solicit acquisition proposals. The buyout group, which includes The Tornante Co. LLC, founded by Eisner, and the Chicago-based private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, has agreed to pay $9.75 for each Topps shares, which represents a premium of 9.4 percent over the stock’s Monday closing price of $8.91 on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange. In a sign that some investors think the bidding could go higher, Topps shares rose 90 cents, or 10 percent, to close at $9.81 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Its shares have traded between $7.50 and $10 over the past 52 weeks. The company said in its announcement that it will solicit better offers over the next 40 days. The deal requires regulatory approval and a vote by Topps shareholders, but the company said it could close by the third quarter. last_img read more

first_img Ji So-Yun scores Chelsea Ladies FA Cup winning goal Chelsea Ladies claimed the first major trophy in their history by defeating Notts County Ladies 1-0 in the SSE Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley.South Korean Ji So-Yun’s goal eight minutes before half-time ensured Emma Hayes’ side were victorious in front of a record attendance of 30,701 in north London.It was the first time the showpiece event had been staged at the national stadium and Ji, whose winner in the semi-final against Manchester City took Chelsea to Wembley, made the key contribution after some good work from the excellent Eniola Aluko.It provided a historic piece of silverware for the Blues’ trophy cabinet and kept alive a possible Wembley double for Chelsea this weekend, with their male counterparts facing Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday.Neither side took control of the contest in the opening stages but the lively Aluko helped Chelsea find another gear on the half-hour mark.The 28-year-old, whose brother Sone Aluko was a beaten finalist in the men’s version with Hull in 2014, latched on to a through ball from the right and nipped past goalkeeper Carly Telford only to clip her effort into the side netting as the angle rapidly narrowed.Aluko was emerging as Chelsea’s biggest threat and she then forced Telford to fist away her swerving shot after robbing England team-mate Laura Bassett and skipping in from the left.The Lady Pies had no answer to Aluko’s pace and Chelsea should have been 1-0 up when her centre was somehow hooked back across the face of goal and wide by Gemma Davison inside the six-yard box.However, moments later Aluko was instrumental in giving the Blues the lead.Once more she drove in from the left and shuffled a pass inside from the incoming Ji. Although the South Korean’s touch appeared to have prevented a clear shot at Telford’s goal, a fortunate ricochet into her path allowed Ji to prod in a 37th-minute opener.Notts County’s best spell came during back-to-back corners early in the second half, with Desiree Scott almost equalising on the hour.She took a half-cleared corner down brilliantly on her instep before firing a sweetly-struck half volley which Gilly Flaherty’s head deflected narrowly past a post.From the resulting corner, Davison was needed on the back post to smash away a Leanne Crichton header that would have crept in the bottom corner.Chelsea then had a glorious chance to wrap it up with 17 minutes remaining, yet an unmarked Flaherty stabbed over from close range after Aluko’s clever flick found her six yards out.But Ji’s goal proved enough as the Blues held on for a richly-deserved triumph in front of a national television audience. 1last_img read more

first_imgA hospital worker has said the overcrowding at Letterkenny General Hospital is the worse she has seen it in more than a decade.Letterkenny General Hospital – major overcrowding again today.The employee was speaking after another challenging night for staff and management at the facility.Donegal Daily revealed on Sunday night how capacity was stretched to breaking point. And yesterday the HSE issued a statement admitting that a spike in hospital admissions had seen 20 people on beds on trolleys yesterday.The situation appeared to get worse last night.We have learned that ALL day surgery cases and theatre lists have been CANCELLED for the week ahead.It comes as staff were forced to turn the day service unit into a working ward while the casualty waiting area was full to capacity. The worker said elderly people had been forced to wait on chairs for hours to be seen by overburdened frontline staff.The employee said “It is simply unreal stuff. Elderly people are siting on chairs for hours waiting to be seen.“The hospital simply cannot cope with the situation at present.“The staff are doing their best but it’s bedlam,” she said.ALL DAY SURGERY CANCELLED AS HOSPITAL WORKER SAYS OVERCROWDING IS WORST IN A DECADE was last modified: January 6th, 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:cancelleddonegalLetterkenny General Hospitalovercrowdingsurgerytheatrelast_img read more

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher T.D. has called on Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to speed up the application process for Carers Allowance and Carers Benefit.He said it is becoming clear that unnecessary delays are occurring with the processing of Carers payments, with some applications experiencing 18 to 20 week delays before their application are being dealt with by the department.He complimented the staff in the Department of Social Protection that are dealing with the current backlog of payments but it is clear they are working in a difficult circumstance as they are under staffed and under resourced.“It is clear that the Minister must redeploy staff to deal with this current backlog in an effort to process applications promptly and in a time acceptable fashion. “The delays are causing unnecessary hardships and stress to many families who are caring on a full time basis for their family members and loved ones.“The Carers by way of their work are saving the state billions of Euros each year by caring for their family members at home without state intervention, the very least we can do as a state is treat them with respect by dealing with their social protection applications in a timely manner.“It cannot be accepted that it takes 18 to 20 weeks to process an application in order to get payments to the families of these carers,” said Pat the Cope Gallagher.He called on the Minister for Social Protection to personally intervene on this matter and to increase the staff numbers who are currently working within this section, in order to clear the backlog of applications as a priority. DELAYS IN PROCESSING CARER’S ALLOWANCE APPLICATIONS UNACCEPTABLE – PAT THE COPE was last modified: May 24th, 2016 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:carer’s allowancePat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

first_imgThe annual Mulroy Bay Charity Challenge will go ahead on Saturday the 3rd of September at 10am!This kayaking challenge is in honour of Philip Stilvern, and all proceeds raised go to Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital, and Mulroy Coast Guard.Philip’s friends have organised this in his memory as he spent many hours windsurfing and kayaking in Mulroy Bay. Entry fee is €35 if you have your own kayak, and €50 if you need to rent one.Refreshments will be provided and all safety measures will be in order.For more information give Mark McGettigan a buzz on 083 1960039, or Benny Stilvern on 086 0639025.No experience is necessary, everyone is welcome! Mark McGettigan 083 1960039 or Benny Stilvern on 086 0639025Charity Kayaking Challenge in Mulroy Bay to go ahead next weekend! was last modified: August 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Kayakingmulroy bay charity challengephilip stilvernlast_img read more

first_imgMaureen won €32,400 on last Saturday’s (11th May 2013) National Lottery Winning Streak TV Gameshow held in RTE. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were from left: Lydia Carlin, The National Lottery ticket selling agent from Simpsons, Tulnaree, Carndonagh Co Donegal. Marty Whelan, Gameshow Host. Maureen Gamble, winning participant. Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive, the National Lottery, Geri Maye, Gameshow Host and Joe Carlin also The National Lottery ticket selling agent from Simpsons, Tulnaree, Carndonagh Co Donegal Pic Mac Innes Photography.Carndonagh woman Maureen Gamble likes to take a chance as her name might suggest!And sending in her scratch card last week, she thought her name might come out on the Winning Streak TV game.And it did. Maureen left the family farm at Tulnaree last weekend and came home €32,400 richer.Maureen, who keeps rare chickens, works on the family farm. MAUREEN TAKES A ‘GAMBLE’ AND SCOOPS €32,400 was last modified: May 13th, 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:Maureen GambleWinning Streaklast_img read more

first_imgFifty years ago, the rasping call of the Corncrake was an ever-present part of rural summer nights throughout much of Donegal and the rest of Ireland.The iconic corncrakeHowever, the population has dramatically declined since the 1960’s, and today these birds only remain in isolated coastal pockets and islands of Donegal, Connemara and West Mayo.Corncrakes over-winter in Africa and come back to breed in Donegal from early May onwards. Once the males arrive and select a suitable patch of habitat, they start to call in order to attract females. Once he has mated, he will move on to another site and attract another mate. Females remain in proximity to the mating site, and build a nest in vegetation tall enough to provide cover. They lay 8-12 eggs, and about two weeks after the first brood has hatched they mate again. Hatching typically peaks first in early June, then in late July. Chicks don’t learn to fly until they are five weeks old, and as a result females and their young can be present in meadows from early May until late August.Corncrakes have always had a close relationship with humans and, throughout much of its world range, the Corncrake breeds predominantly in habitats created and managed by farmers.A number of factors have led to the decline in the Corncrake population. The most significant has been a change in farming practices. Harvesting silage rather than hay means that mowing takes place when young flightless chicks are still present in the fields.Mowing has also become faster and is carried out from the outer edge towards the centre of the field, which creates an island of grass ever-decreasing in size as mowing progresses. This very often proves fatal to female corncrakes and their chicks, who need unbroken tall grass cover to run to safety. Predation by mink, foxes, feral cats and crows is another significant cause of mortality. Ireland and the rest of Western Europe’s breeding corncrake population overwinters in Sub-Saharan Africa, where no significant kills by trappers and hunters have been reported. A large Eastern European and Russian corncrake population overwinters in Northern Africa, where thousands of birds, representing a small fraction of the population, are killed every year. No significant threats to corncrakes have been found in wintering grounds.As a response to declining corncrake numbers, the Corncrake Conservation Project was created over twenty years ago. It is now run by the National Parks and Wildlife Services, and the project staff carries out an annual breeding census. This involves locating calling male corncrakes as they arrive and seeking landowner collaboration to protect them in their chosen breeding habitat. Landowners are offered a range of agri-environmental schemes including the Corncrake Grant Scheme which offers compensation for mowing meadows late and in a slow controlled manner, encouraging the survival of corncrake chicks,In Donegal, numbers have fluctuated over the years, yet remained relatively stable. Last year was the first year which saw a marked increase in corncrake numbers. Nationwide, a 44% increase was observed relative to 2012, with 189 breeding pairs recorded, 128 of which were in Donegal. These are the highest numbers recorded since the project began.However, numbers continue to decrease on the mainland, with offshore islands providing increasingly important habitat for the species. More than likely, this is due to low-intensity farming and fewer predators in insular locations.So what can we do to ensure the continuing survival of the corncrake in Ireland? Farmers have helped. Over the years, farmers throughout Donegal have collaborated with fieldworkers to ensure the corncrakes survival on their land. By delaying mowing as well as by mowing in a corncrake friendly manner, from the centre of the field outwards, they have helped to increase the rate of chick survival, as well as provide adequate cover for nesting females throughout the entirety of their breeding cycle. It is important to note that in most cases, protective measures are only carried out with the landowners consent, and in exchange for compensation.Pet owners can also help. Cats and dogs are a confirmed threat to corncrakes. Putting a bell on your cat’s collar will help prevent it from catching wild birds by providing an audible warning of your cat’s approach. Neutering is also encouraged; this has been suggested to reduce the urge to hunt in cats, as well as reducing the number of feral cats.Dogs should never be allowed to wander freely. As well as posing a threat to corncrakes and other ground nesting birds, wandering dogs are a risk to livestock. Even if they do not attack them, they can cause serious stress, especially to sheep at around lambing time.You can help. On the mainland, corncrakes breed along Donegal’s coastline from Malin Head to Killibegs, and sometimes may only call for a few days before mating. Once mating occurs, it is near impossible to locate nesting females and their chicks, as they do not call. In these circumstances it is difficult to record all calling birds without the public’s help. If you hear a corncrake calling, please contact the fieldworker for Donegal; Marie Duffy – 087 6563 527. PLEA TO PUBLIC AS CORNCRAKE BEGINS TO ARRIVE BACK IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 30th, 2014 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:Corncrakedonegalnesting seasonplealast_img read more

first_imgExploding sewersNew York was the biggest of the test markets. Apparently, the system performed flawlessly during the Blizzard of 1888, but subsequent cracks in some of the pipes led to escaping steam, water leaks that seeped into residential basements, and increased heat in the city’s sewer lines, resulting in some very smelly explosions. The situation was deemed to have created “conditions dangerous and detrimental to life and health,” and the city shut down the system.Though the system was subsequently restored, the old pipes continue to cause problems. As a result of this first experience with steam heating, district heating in the U.S. is now usually found in settings such as universities, public buildings, and hospital complexes, and only rarely as centralized residential heating, as Holly had intended. BLOGS BY VERA NOVAK Keeping Green on the Right TrackPraise for the Czech Team’s Solar Decathlon EntryAdaptations That Accommodate NatureDealing with Rising Damp in Building ReconstructionDisseminating Building Science Knowledge RELATED ARTICLES Capturing and Distributing Waste Heat From Power GenerationVäxjö, Sweden, is a Model of SustainabilityBringing Combined Heat and Power to BrattleboroCombined Heat and Power in Sweden During my recent travels in Europe, I was surprised at the wide variety of approaches to heating methods and distribution. For example, in the U.K. we visited the Southampton City district heating scheme, a project that uses geothermal and CHP (combined heat and power). The centrally generated heat is supplied to surrounding buildings through underground pipes. It serves 45 businesses, and the businesses save 10% on energy costs plus all of the costs of owning and maintaining heating equipment.Intrigued, I did some research. Apparently, France is home to the world’s oldest known geothermal district heating system. The system in Chaudes-Aigues has been in use since the 14th century, though the Romans already employed under-floor heating systems in Pompeii.In more recent history, in 1881, Birdsill Holly, an engineer from Lockport, New York, patented a system of “district heating” that used centralized boilers and a network of main and branch pipelines to deliver steam heat directly to homes. Installations were tested in such cities as Denver, Colorado; Detroit, Michigan; and Springfield, Massachusetts. District heating in EuropeBirdsill Holly must be smiling from his grave, because district heating is very much alive and well in Europe, and increasingly included in new residential complexes. For example, in Denmark district heating provide 60% of the country’s heating needs.What is even more exciting is the marriage of alternative fuels sources with district heating. In many ways, this is a perfect solution for geothermal. We often hit a “problem” with ICF houses or apartment complexes — the space heating demand is so low that the capital expenditure for geothermal systems has a questionable cost/benefit ratio. If the same installation could service several buildings, then the system would pencil out.center_img Heating with biomassThe other development in Europe is the use of biomass fuels, such as wood chips or pellets. High efficiency biomass boilers can reduce the CO2 output compared to the use of fossil fuels, and they are also more readily adaptable to alternative biomass sources (other than wood chips and pellets) as these become available.While these systems use the same basic technology as backyard wood chip burners, the commercial models have an automatic feed mechanism supplying the burner, which can be moderated based on demand. The refilling of the fuel storage bin is also automated, with a signal sent to the supplier when the material reaches a certain point. Another benefit of this type of equipment is the ability to scale it from just a couple of houses to a large development; we saw both types of systems in Southampton.This distributed concept could be applied to other technologies as well. I’m thinking of my favorite heat-to-energy concept, Cool Energy. This system uses solar thermal collectors to provide heat to a tank, and converts this heat to electricity on demand by means of Stirling Engine technology.The company that promotes the technology has long stated its intent to adapt this for residential use. However, there are high capital costs, implementation costs, and innovation costs, and the technology is better adapted to a larger setting. But this could be implemented in a new development – with the panels on top of a local school or grocery store, and thermal heat and electricity distributed throughout the neighborhood. This would be far more “green” than subsidizing panels for every house. Dr. Vera Novak was recently awarded a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning by Virginia Tech. Her work is dedicated to increased depth and breadth of sustainability in construction, by leveraging the points of greatest potential impact. She is currently working on optimizing corporate sustainability practices to support regenerative design, as well as adapting a lean thinking process for smaller scale projects. She also writes the Eco Build Trends blog. Energy savings and reduced CO2 emissionsMuch has changed since the early days of implementation. Certainly, pipe materials are more durable and less prone to cracking and corrosion. And the advantages are numerous. Operating and maintenance, which can be sporadic in individual buildings, can be centralized for greater attention.There are also economic gains from reduced redundancy. The increased efficiency of one unit operating at peak efficiency means less waste and less CO2 and other pollutants. Even capital costs are less, since the savings of a centralized plant offsets the extra cost of the distribution lines.last_img read more