Court Charges MLME’s Procurement Officer, Others for Theft

first_imgRoland A. Mornojua, the procurement officer of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), and Otis Smith were on Friday forwarded to the Monrovia City Court on multiple charges amounting to US$135,750.Mornojua and Smith were charged with criminal conspiracy and facilitation for impersonating MLME personnel. Police also charged the accused with theft of property.Meanwhile, three of the five defendants who remained at-large were also charged with similar crimes in absentia.Mornojua and Smith were, however, remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) on Friday when their legal counsels failed to secure a bail bond for their immediate release.According to police records, the two were arrested based on a complaint filed by MLME Deputy Minister Jenkins O. Atuanya.Mornojua is alleged to have issued the ministry identification cards to defendant Smith and three others who used their respective ID cards to pose as employees of the ministry and en-cash several checks.Checks bearing series numbers 00000577, 00000518, 00000519 and 00000578 in the amount of US$118,250 intended for the Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEP) were allegedly en-cashed by the defendants, police said in the document.That incident occurred between Septembers 13 and October 25 this year. It is reported that defendant Smith and his accomplices who are escaping justice presented check number 00000518 in the amount of US$17,500 to RAJ Enterprise Business Center in Monrovia and made away with Lone Star GSM’s scratch cards.Checks number 00000577 valued at US$15,500; 00000578 in the amount of US$6,300; and 00000519 valued as US$78,950, totaling US$100,750, were subsequently intercepted by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and Office Ideal Stationary Store in Monrovia, the document also claimed.The ministry discovered the syndicate when they arrested defendant Smith on October 25 with a ministry ID card bearing his photo and the name Oliver King.Police claimed that Mornojua was also arrested when Smith gave him up as the one who issued the checks and the ministry ID cards.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Farming, marketing woes plague Region 9

first_img…locals show preference for Brazilian goodsThe Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) community of Moco Moco may possess an idyllic beauty, but under that layer is a village facing challenges.Moco Moco Toshao James GeorgeAmong those challenges is the question of markets for its crops.During a recent interview with Guyana Times, Moco Moco Toshao James George noted that his community was primarily a farming area. But the Toshao noted that lack of access to markets was a major obstacle to the advancement of farming in the community.“Agriculture could do a lot more in this community,” he said. “But one of the biggest problems is marketing. Probably because I live close to Brazil, I see what is happening in Boa Vista (Brazilian border city). During the weekends across to Boa Vista, there is a system in the Amerindian communities that trucks go around, pick up the farmers’ produce, go to market, and sell.”“What is not sold, (the Brazilian) Government has a system in place that they takeA view of the Takutu Bridge linking Guyana to Brazil, whence local farmers are facing fierce competitionover the rest of the produce and they sell it. I don’t know where they sell it, but that is the system there. It gives the farmers more encouragement to do agriculture on a bigger scale.”Comparing Brazil’s system to Guyana’s, he noted that while persons were being encouraged to do farming here, markets remained a major obstacle. He expressed hope that a system similar to the one in Brazil could be implemented in Guyana to encourage farmers to plant.He noted that at the level of the National Toshaos’ Council (NTC), marketing issues being faced by farmers were a topic of discussion. But while commitments were made by the Government to help farmers market their goods, George said that nothing has been done.“At that time, the Government said they would put things into place to see how good it would work. It’s not just here in Moco Moco, it’s the entire North Rupununi that marketing is a problem. We’re still waiting.”Meanwhile, Opposition Member of Parliament and geographic representative of Region Nine, Alister Charlie also weighed in on the issue. He revealed that a lot of Brazilian produce was being used in the local markets and restaurants.“We have a lot of cottage industries around this region that produce. But the unavailability of the markets, that’s the problem because of the competition with Brazil. People find it a little bit cheaper than our cottage industry prices here.”“So, that is a problem and it needs to be addressed immediately. Because a lot of farmers complain that they got plantains, cassava bread, and it’s not selling. If you browse the supermarkets, you will see Brazilian things.”Emphasising the need for the issue to be addressed, Charlie revealed that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder would be consulted on the situation at the next available opportunity.CompetitionWhen this publication visited the area recently, Regional Chairman Bryan Allicock had explained that there were deficiencies regarding local produce and quality control. According to the Chairman, entrepreneurs and farmers have to contend with competition from across the border.He revealed that they had requested the farmers increase their production as one measure to increase commerce. In addition, he said requests have been made of supermarkets to buy local. But this can only ensue once assurances can be provided of a ready local supply.“So we have products, but we have to put our systems in place to ensure quality control, so we can export over there. And we are hoping to get it soon, so our produce can go over there.”last_img read more

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Solar/wind farm included in new Dawson Creek hotel development

first_imgThe hotel and other businesses are expected to be in operation by the end of 2013, with yearly gross revenues over $40 million expected.- Advertisement – “Our investment into MultiCorp is already paying dividends to the company,” says Jason Sabol, President of Future Energy, LLC. “The solar/wind farm on the truck stop property allows us an entry into the Canada renewable energy sector.” A new investment partner, Future Energy, LLC, plans to include several renewable energy projects in the development, including a solar/wind farm. 15 acres of the land on the Dangerous Goods Route will be designated for the farm, that is expected to generate over three megawatts of power for the development. All of the new buildings will also have solar and wind components, in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint.last_img read more

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The best of me is yet to be seen – Muguna

first_img“This season, I have not even played my best. Next season, there will be more to come. It is great getting this award because it shows the hard work has not gone to nothing. I really did my best this season and I can say I expected to get something at the end of it,” Muguna said as he savored his glory.The midfielder has been subject of transfer speculation since the curtains fell on the 2016 season with Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards said to be fighting for his signature.“At the moment, I have not made a decision, but I would like to go for a bigger challenge. I love challenges. I will look at everything that comes on my plate, whether within or outside the country and I trust I will make a wise decision,” Muguna told Capital Sport.The midfielder, 20, does not believe the ‘player of the year curse’ will befall him as has done for most other players who end up fading in the next season once they picked the big accolade.He looks to follow on the footsteps of Michael Olunga who went on to have a successful European debut after moving to Swedish side IF Djugardens in January this year.“I don’t believe in that. I know the expectations will be so much but I know myself. I believe in hard work and that is what has put me where I am today. This recognition should only spur me to do better. The selectors saw something good in me and gave me the award. I cannot let them down,” he added.Western Stima midfielder Kenneth ‘Junior’ Mugambi poses with event models after picking his player of the year award during the KPL awards gala on December 13, 2016. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaPlaying in his debut season in top flight football, Muguna paid tribute to his coach Henry Omino who he says was a big influencer in his performances which were rewarded mid season when he was named the August KPL player of the month.“I wasn’t afraid of lacking playing time because coach Omino came to the club I was playing for and talked to me personally. He assured me I was coming to play and I was a part of his plans. That is what pushed me every day to work hard. He believed in me when I didn’t have experience,” Muguna added.He also picked up the midfielder of the year gong ahead of Mathare United’s Whyvonne Isuza and the experienced Humphrey Mieno who finished second and third.Isuza, playing in his third season of top flight football was excited with his runner up award, dedicating it to his team mates at Mathare who he said worked their socks off to achieve their targets.“It has been a tough season and coming all the way down here to be awarded is superbly great. We have played as a team and that was a major contributory factor. Next season we should be able to do more and push towards the top three,” Isuza said.-Matasi delighted-Posta Rangers goalkeeper Patrick Matasi with his golden glove award during the KPL awards gala in Nairobi on December 13,2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Patrick Matasi who won the golden glove ahead of Gor’s Boniface Oluoch and Tusker’s David Okello says he earned the award because of patience.Matasi began the season as Posta’s second choice behind Ian Otieno, but once the latter fell out with head coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno the chance opened itself for him.“Ian was the captain and was chosen ahead of me and I had to accept. I knew my time would come and I kept working hard in training and when it finally came, I took it with both hands. I thank coach Zico and team manager Pascal (Ochieng) because they really encouraged me to work on being the best,” Matasi said.The former AFC Leopards shot stopper says he will also be patient for a chance in the national team.“At the moment Boni (Oluoch) is doing very well and I can’t beat my chest and say I will go dethrone him. It is his time now and I will be patient for mine. I know one day, I will don the national team colors. It is my dream,” Matasi admitted.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Western Stima midfielder Kenneth ‘Junior’ Mugambi poses with his player of the year award during the KPL awards gala on December 13, 2016. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14- Soft spoken Western Stima midfielder Kenneth ‘Junior’ Muguna has warned the best of him is yet to be seen after surprising all and sundry to be named the 2016 Kenyan Premier League player of the year. Muguna says the two big awards he bagged on Tuesday night will act as a catalyst as he looks to engage in a higher gear in 2017 with his eyes set on a bigger challenge, hinting at a move out of Stima.last_img read more

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Valley Redwoods

first_imgRe “Redwood trees are so L.A.” (March 13): I live on Cedros Avenue north of the Redwoods that line Cedros Avenue between Burbank and Oxnard streets. It appears the arborists cited in your article don’t have a clue about why redwoods grow in the Valley. I have a redwood growing on the north side of my house and the neighbors across the street have a redwood growing in their front yard. The dry climate does not affect the redwoods; it’s the location that is key to their survival. Old stream beds are just a short distance beneath my top soil. Sixty and more years ago, before development took over, our area had yearly meandering streams. They still exist, but are now below the ground. Redwoods thrive in the Valley in the proper locations. They are a California native, and they do well in any moderate climate. Close to the ocean influence will be best. Plant one and see. – William Richardson Van Nuys Shared perception Re “Bonus Response” (Your Opinions, March 14): It is not only the Daily News that thinks we are rewarding mediocrity with huge salaries, benefits and payouts. Let’s see, we have the L.A. Unified School District that keeps building testimonials to the highest bidder on land that is either unusable or undesirable. Never mind about those dropout or graduation rates. We have the Department of Water and Power investing in motor scooters in Hawaii with unsecured notes and then raising customer rates to make up for it. And let us not forget that when these highly paid administrators mess up, we buy them off by not only by paying out their contract, but by then giving them a consultant’s job. Did someone mention the animal shelters, zoo, airport, harbor, etc.? – Susan L. Mueller Granada Hills DWP loans Re “DWP gets stung on bad loan” (March 14): What right does a city agency, the Department of Water and Power, have to loan money to a private venture and then say to the people of Los Angeles that they need more money to cover their rising costs? That $1.8 million to a company now going bankrupt should come out of the pockets of the managers of this city agency. These managers should be fired, and their retirement funds should be used to cover this loss. We, the citizens of Los Angeles, work very hard for our money, and to allow people without the business experience necessary to loan money as if they knew what they were doing makes me sick. – Gilbert Smith Encino Mayor’s spiel Re “$50 million for home projects” (March 14): Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is duplicitous regarding his affordable-housing spiel. He says that by building 700 more units, he is addressing the under-availability of housing needs in Los Angeles. But if Villaraigosa is truly interested in solving the housing crunch, he should do something about the illegal aliens who require this extra housing. He might also want to consider the other costs of illegal immigration – building new schools (educating California’s 3 million illegal aliens’ children exceeds $2.2 billion annually); medical needs (in Los Angeles County alone, illegal immigrants cost the health care system $340 million annually); welfare; jail population; and income-tax loss (cost to the IRS, $311 billion to $400 billion annually). – Tesa Becica Van Nuys Cowardly Dems Re “Democrats won’t back bill to admonish Bush” (March 15): Once again, the Democratic Party has demonstrated its cowardice in the face of Sen. Russ Feingold’s resolution to censure President George W. Bush. I don’t know what is more disturbing, the willingness of the Republican majority to rubber stamp Bush’s illegal activities or its ability to once again intimidate the Democratic Party into silence. The Democrats better start demonstrating some courage, or they are doomed to lose again in 2006. Just standing by, hoping the GOP will implode on its own, isn’t going to be enough, not at least for this voter. – Mark Ward Montrose They are lying Now the politicians on both sides are selling the country out for anticipated votes. They are all lying to the public, abetted by the media, or are ignorant of facts. Dubai Ports World is not buying any U.S. port. Dubai Ports World is not going to run any U.S. port. Our refusal to allow a small segment of a business deal (made in London) to play out will result in dire consequences in our war against terrorism. In any event, shame on the politicians’ prostituting themselves (again) at the expense of our country. – William Gilger Simi Valley Pre-empt Iran? I’m surprised that readers do not read the signs, having been over this trail once before with Iraq. Cheney warns Iran of “meaningful consequences” and Undersecretary of State Nicolas Burns says the U.N. Security Council must include some condemnation of Iran in its nonbinding statement, adding that the U.S. may eventually seek a Chapter 7 resolution, which can be enforced with military action. Now, whose military action would that be? Do you need more evidence to determine that the intent of this administration is war with Iran, specifically a pre-emptive strike with mini-nuclear weapons? – Geri A. Mellgren-Kerwin Burbank State of mind First we had LBJ and Vietnam. Then George H.W. Bush: “No new taxes … read my lips.” Now we have George W. – Katrina, illegal aliens, and this horrible situation in Iraq. There should be a law that nobody from Texas be elected president again. – Kenneth Johnson Tujunga Orange crush? Re “Orange Line ripe for run, some say” (March 15): I’m glad people are making full use of the Orange Line. However, I’m concerned that closing the busway for a half-marathon will hamper the commute of early-morning employees who must use public transportation for work. Closing the busway to celebrate it seems ironic. However, the half-marathon sounds great. Perhaps potential participants can use the adjacent bikeway or parallel streets? A compromise must be reached so that Valley residents can enjoy a fun event, but not at the cost of transit users. – Robert Leabow Rolling Hills Estates Spare us the ads Re “How to lure patrons to box office?” (March 15): Want more people to go to the movies? Rather that spend millions on a splashy ad campaign, how about lowering ticket prices and stop showing commercials? I’m paying to see a movie, not commercials for cars, sodas and newspapers. I won’t go to theaters which show commercials. I get more than enough of those on the TV, radio and my computer. – Gina Leslie Van Nuys AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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

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Frames feature digital images

first_imgLAFAYETTE, Calif. – Digital home decor used to be the stuff only Bill Gates dreamed about, but a glimpse of that reality is popping up on bookshelves and mantels in the form of digital frames. Digital picture frames have been available for years, but they were on the expensive side, and the technology was rudimentary. Dean Finnegan, CEO of Lafayette-based Pandigital, has made bringing such niche technologies to the mainstream a specialty. Digital photo display frames are his latest project, and his timing is perfect: The frames are expected to be hot sellers for the first time during this holiday season. “By Thanksgiving, we pretty much shipped everything we can this year,” Finnegan said. “Now it’s a game of which retailer I allocate the rest of my stock to.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Digital photo frames are small screens dressed up as traditional photo frames, often with a nice wooden finish. Users can grab pictures from a computer, or directly from a camera’s memory card, and copy them into the frame, which displays them as stills or slide shows. Pandigital began manufacturing the digital photo frames in August, and sold about 500,000 for a revenue of $50 million. That’s a third of the U.S. market, which industry analysts say should expand to 1.5 million units this year. Finnegan, who also represents a few Japanese digital camera makers as a side business, says industry research shows that people, especially seniors, don’t know what to do with their images once they shoot them. “(In the under-30 age group), about two-thirds of photographers archive their images and view them on a PC,” he said. “Above that age group, archiving drops off the map.” While the frames won’t serve as bottomless archives, they will at least offer a solution for comfortable viewing, Finnegan said. They might also serve as motivation to archive digitally. For now, most people just view their pictures on their cameras, and once their memory cards fill up, they buy new cards, he said. Meanwhile, digital technology has all but replaced traditional photography. Kodak is refocusing on the digital business. Nikon is abandoning its film camera branch. Japanese manufacturers, which dominate the imaging field, have shipped 33 digital still cameras to North America for every film-based camera this year, according to the Camera and Imaging Products Association of Japan. During last year’s holiday season, at least 62 million Americans owned digital cameras, according to a survey by comScore, a market research firm. So why did the digital frames take so long to take off? “Manufacturers didn’t realize what the product really was,” said Harry Wang, an industry analyst at Dallas-based Parks Associates. “It’s not an electronic item: it’s a piece of furniture, with decorative value.” The frames had to shed their electronic look to appeal to the mass market, which is predominantly female customers, Wang said. Technology also had to improve so the liquid crystal displays, which the frames use, were cheap enough to allow the price tag to sink below $100. “That will be the sweet spot for this product category,” Wang said. Customers will find frames in that range for the first time this year, with the smaller sizes going as low as $80, he added. As the market matures, prices are predicted to drop even further by the end of 2007, to $59 for mid-size frames and $100 for larger, 8-inch ones. But the price of LCD screens is as low as it will go, Finnegan said. Because the most ubiquitous 7-inch frames use the same exact screen that portable DVD players do, volume is already built into the price. What removed the final obstacle, rather, was the new chip set developed earlier this year. Most frames have used chips that can’t store images, only play them from the camera’s memory card, Finnegan said. Users have had a hard time warming up to that. With the Windows Personal Media Player chip set, the Pandigital frames can store as many as 100 high-resolution pictures at a time. They come with all the bells and whistles of a normal digital frame: They play slide shows, music and small videos. They even have remote controls. While competing products, most notably a popular frame manufactured by the Dutch company Philips, also have many of these features, Finnegan says he doesn’t worry about his market share. “The competition will be limited for a while,” he said. “The chip set is unique and we locked out much of the production capacity in China for now and a good part of next year.” Frame by frame 1.5 million digital photo frames will be sold this year. Last holiday season, at least 62 million Americans owned digital cameras. Smaller digital photo frames are selling for as low as $80.160Want 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

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Ex-Rangers ace Boyd struck by coin and targeted with explicit chants against Celtic

first_img latest Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won SORRY tense REVEALED As the Sky Sports cameras zoomed in on a close up of the 35-year-old, it was alleged chants of ‘fat orange b*****d’ could be heard ringing around.And then a coin was then thrown from the away end at Boyd, who did not flinch despite it hitting his arm.Although the ex-Rangers forward was unhurt, Scotland coach McFadden branded the latest coin-throwing incident in Scottish football “disgusting”.He told Sky Sports: “It’s unacceptable, Kris has got his opinions and that’s fine. But if you want to give him sticks that’s fine. 3 3 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed gameday cracker And the object struck the striker on the arm “He’s a grown man, he likes to give it out and he can take it but to throw coins, there’s no place for it.“This season, on the pitch, the product has been absolutely brilliant for Scottish football.“And some of the behaviour of a minority of fans is trying to derail that, and spoil it.“Absolutely no place for it. It’s disgusting.” Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd was reportedly hit by a coin thrown from the away end during Sunday’s clash with Celtic.During his warm up long the touchline, the former Rangers star also appeared to be targeted with verbal abuse. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT whoops Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Kris Boyd was hit by a coin thrown from the away end A coin (circled) was thrown at Boyd huge blow Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 3 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL The former Scotland international is the latest figure to be struck by a missile from the crowd this season after incidents involving former Hibernian boss Neil Lennon against Hearts and Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos at St Mirren.last_img read more

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Sam E. Deaton, 74, of Scottsburg

first_imgSam E. Deaton, 74, of Scottsburg, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident near Salem, Indiana.He was born on August 31, 1942 in Breathitt County, Kentucky, the son of the late John and Beulah Deaton. Sam was a retired machine operator for Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana for 40 years, retiring in 2003 and was also a farmer.  He graduated from Salem High School in 1961 and was a member and Elder of the Little York Christian Church.Sam was also the Secretary for the Elk Creek Conservancy and a member of the Little York, Gibson Township Volunteer Fire Department.  He liked watching NASCAR and loved attending and supporting all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren in their activities. Sam was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Johnny Deaton.  Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Malvina M. (Cox) Deaton; a son, Eddie and his wife Shelley Deaton of Scottsburg, Indiana; a daughter, Connie Jean and her husband Mark Brewer of Scottsburg, Indiana; three brothers, Walter and his wife Sue Deaton, Bill Deaton and Ronnie Deaton all of Scottsburg, Indiana;  two sisters, Ruth Mallory of Scottsburg, Indiana and Malvery and her husband Ron McKim of New Albany, Indiana; five grandchildren, Emily Gilles (Scott), Megan Hurst (Scotty), Courtney Brewer, Mallery Haendiges (Trey) and Brant Deaton and four great grandchildren, Samuel, Stella, Sophie and Norah. Funeral Service: 1:00 pm Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Collins Funeral Home with Marc Carr officiating.Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Saturday and after 11 am Sunday. Interment will be in Scottsburg Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions: Little York Scholarship Fund through the Washington County Community Foundation  c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana. Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net.last_img read more

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Sligo GAA Fixtures April 17-24

first_imgExpert Electrical Expert Electrical Sligo Football u18 Division 2 LeagueThu, 20 Apr, Venue: St.Michael’s, (Round: Round 3), Geevagh/St.Michaels V Tourlestrane 19:00,  Ref: Cathal MartynThu, 20 Apr, Venue: Seamie Donegan Memorial Park, (Round: Round 3), St Patrick’s/Dromard V St Mary’s 19:00,  Ref: Paul WhiteThu, 20 Apr, Venue: Ransboro Park, (Round: Round 3), CooleraStrandhill V Coolaney/Mullinabreena 19:00,  Ref: John DoyleThu, 20 Apr, Venue: St.Farnan’s Community Park, (Round: Round 3), St Farnan’s V Calry/St Joseph’s 19:00,  Ref: Joe Hynes Expert Electrical Expert Electrical Sligo Football u14 Division 1 LeagueTue, 18 Apr, Venue: Curry, (Round: Round 2), Curry V Owenmore Gaels 19:00,  Ref: Pat Mc GrathFri, 21 Apr, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round: Round 2), St Molaise Gaels V Ballymote/Bunninadden 19:00,  Ref: John GriffinFri, 21 Apr, Venue: Kent Park, (Round: Round 2), St Mary’s V Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 19:00,  Ref: Seamus Hoey Expert Electrical Expert Electrical Sligo Football u18 Division 1 LeagueMon, 17 Apr, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round: Round 2), Owenmore Gaels V St Molaise Gaels 18:30,  Ref: Gerard HigginsThu, 20 Apr, Venue: Bunninadden Community Park, (Round: Round 3), Ballymote/Bunninadden V Owenmore Gaels 19:00,  Ref: Conor ConwayThu, 20 Apr, Venue: Tubbercurry, (Round: Round 3), Tubbercurry/Cloonacool V Eastern Harps 19:00,  Ref: Anthony Mc GowanThu, 20 Apr, Venue: Enniscrone, (Round: Round 3), Easkey/Enniscrone/Kilglass V St Molaise Gaels 19:00,  Ref: David DillonThu, 20 Apr, Venue: Curry, (Round: Round 3), Curry V Shamrock Gaels 19:00,  Ref: Pat Mc Grath Expert Electrical Expert Electrical Sligo Hurling u16 LeagueMon, 17 Apr, Venue: Easkey, (Round: Round 4), Easkey/St.Farnans V Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 19:00,  Ref: John DoyleMon, 17 Apr, Venue: Oxfield Park, (Round: Round 4), Benbulben Gaels V Tourlestrane 19:00,  Ref: Pat Maguire Expert Electrical Expert Electrical Sligo Hurling u12 LeagueTue, 18 Apr, Venue: Hazelwood Main Pitch, (Round: Round 1), Calry/St Joseph’s V Benbulben Gaels 19:00,  Ref: Pat MaguireTue, 18 Apr, Venue: Tubbercurry, (Round: Round 1), Tubbercurry/Cloonacool V Castleconnor 19:00,  Ref: Ciaran O DonnellTue, 18 Apr, Venue: Ransboro Park, (Round: Round 1), CooleraStrandhill V Easkey/St.Farnans 19:00,  Ref: John DoyleTue, 18 Apr, Venue: Tourlestrane, (Round: Round 1), Tourlestrane V Naomh Eoin 19:00,  Ref: Micheal Connolly Expert Electrical Expert Electrical Sligo Football u16 Division 2 LgeMon, 24 Apr, Venue: Cloonacool Community Park, (Round: Round 4), Coolaney/Mullinabreena V Tourlestrane 19:00,  Ref: Tj KeaveneyMon, 24 Apr, Venue: Enniscrone/Kilglass, (Round: Round 4), Enniscrone/Kilglass V Calry/St Joseph’s 19:00,  Ref: Michael Conway Fureys Coaches Senior Football League Division 1Sun, 23 Apr, Venue: Curry, (Round: Round 4), Curry V Tubbercurry 14:00,  Ref: Barry JudgeSun, 23 Apr, Venue: Oxfield Park, (Round: Round 4), Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt V Shamrock Gaels 14:00,  Ref: Conor ConwaySun, 23 Apr, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round: Round 4), St Molaise Gaels V Coolaney/Mullinabreena 14:00,  Ref: Marty DuffySun, 23 Apr, Venue: Fr. 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Compensation needed to help Southwestern Ontario landowners escape flooding, officials say

first_img“About 80 per cent of our shoreline is developed for homes … so that means most of our shoreline is hardened, and that has some real problems when you look at the changes that we’re seeing offshore,” he said.With few natural breaks after years of erosion, the result is a “lot of undercutting” when the Lake Erie waves slam into the shore, he said.“It’s attacking our shore with full force,” Wyma said. “It’s undercutting all of our shoreline infrastructure. It’s undercutting our break walls and rock structure.”This is why regional officials are working to keep these local problems top of mind for Doug Ford’s Conservative government, especially with the attention paid to the massive spring floods in the Ottawa and Muskoka areas, Peacock said.“I think our big task was to impress upon this adviser that flooding in Southwestern Ontario was as important to consider as flooding in those two areas.”Recent flooding in regionFeb. 21, 2018: Evacuation order affecting nearly 5,000 Brantford residents in neighbourhoods near the overflowing Grand River after state of emergency declaredFeb. 24, 2018: Days of heavy rain and melting snow cause the Thames River to peak at 5.25 metres above normal in Chatham while causing flooding in ThamesvilleFebruary 2018: A month’s worth of rain in two days that fell on a large snow pack, coupled with record-high temperatures, sends the Thames River overflowing its banks in late February 2018, causing the worst flooding in 40 yearsSeptember 2018: Torrential storm that hit Windsor in late September brings record rainfall of 47.5 mm, flooding more than 200 homesFebruary 2019: Massive ice jam on Thames River extending from Chatham to the river’s mouth prompts localized state of emergency after flooding while crews scramble to repair straining dikesSpring 2019: Record-high water levels and high winds cause flooding to many properties along the Lake Erie shoreline in Chatham-Kent and Essex CountyAugust 2019: State of emergency declared along Erie Shore Drive near Erieau after strong winds and pounding waves cause flooding in this and other areas along Lake Erie. CHATHAM – Officials on the front line against flooding in Southwestern Ontario have told a provincial trouble-shooter it’s time to start convincing people to move out of the way of persistent floodwaters that have menaced parts of the region.But the biggest stumbling block to relocation, conservation authority officials say, is the lack of a compensation program for landowners who want to escape the flooding.That’s one of the key messages delivered to Doug McNeil, Ontario’s special adviser on flooding, during recent meetings with area conservation authorities. Appointed in July to advise the provincial government on ways to reduce the impacts of flooding, McNeil is expected to deliver his findings to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry by the end of the month.Richard Wyma, general manager of the Essex Regional Conservation Authority, said a government compensation program for affected landowners to move “needs to be an option … available to people.”Mark Peacock, CEO of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, said many of the landowners in flood-prone regions of Southwestern Ontario have invested their life savings into their homes so need to be able to survive financially if they leave.“It’ll be a decision by the landowner. I don’t believe government is going to make those decisions for those people, but I think those alternatives have to be there,” he said.Both the ongoing problem – and any eventual solution – will be costly.Flooding caused by record-high water levels and gusting winds this year has already resulted in extensive damage to hundreds of homes and cottages along the Lake Erie shoreline, including Erie Shore Drive near Erieau, and homes between Point Pelee National Park and Wheatley Harbour.Persistent flooding along the Thames River has prompted three localized states of emergencies in the Chatham-Kent region in recent years. In Brantford, flooding along the Grand River in February 2018 led to a state of emergency there.“There’s some areas where we need to look seriously at perhaps approaches to remove people from situations that are non-sustainable,” Wyma said.While the London-area watershed has been spared most of the recent flooding, there are still “pockets” of concern along the more easterly stretch of Thames River, said Teresa Hollingsworth, the communications manager for the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.When a home is put up for sale in one of these flood-prone pockets, she said, it’s sometimes purchased by the local municipality to remove from use.Whatever the approach, Wyma emphasized that all levels of government, as well as impacted landowners, need to be part of drafting some sort of compensation plan.There are also ongoing costs if some landowners refuse to relocate since municipalities would be obligated to continue to provide services.McNeil was unavailable for an interview, the Natural Resources Ministry said.During their sit-down with McNeil, Wyma, Peacock and other officials discussed the region’s history, particularly the underlying issue with development that happened prior to the creation of conservation authorities in the 1940s.“It’s a big reason why we’re dealing with some of the problems we are today,” said Wyma, adding historic development resulted in “a lot of homes, particularly in the Windsor, Tecumseh area, that were established in what is now hazard lands.”Peacock said new development is safe from flooding because the issue is addressed during the building permit process, which was created through floodplain mapping and other measures implemented by conservation authorities.“In our watershed, it’s the historic development that is the challenge to protect,” he said.In areas where there are significant urban populations living in hazard lands, the situation requires looking at how to provide protection, as well as a flooding and emergency response, Wyma said.And that can be difficult. A map of the Lake Erie Shoreline from just south of Amhertsburg to Point Pelee. The light-blue shading represents the more flood-prone areas while the darker blue represents the full extent of area flooding.County of Essex mapcenter_img jpg, CDlast_img read more

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