Plenary, the highest decision making body of the House of Representatives, has mandated the Statutory Committee on Health and Social Welfare to investigate “complaints of denial of payment” to former Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) workers by the government.The House Committee on Health and Social Welfare has also been ordered to seek clarity on the issue from the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh and the head of the Incident Management Team, Tolbert Nyenswah, who is also the Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health.The Incident Management Team is the group that led government’s response to the Ebola emergency.Rep. Johnson Chea chairs the Committee on Health and Social Welfare and it is co-chaired by Rep. Saah Joseph. Other members include Reps. Edwin M. Snowe, William Dakel, Corpu Barclay, Thomas Fallah and Malai Gbogar.Plenary’s decision to investigate the claims of the former ETU workers stemmed from several petitions and peaceful protests, including a letter from Dr. Bhofal Chambers, the Chairman of the House Standing Committee on National Defense, over the failure of the government to pay ex-ETU workers their benefits. In his letter, the Maryland County District # 2 Representative said that the former ETU staff worked tirelessly for the nation at various locations during the Ebola crisis and deserved to be compensated.He reminded his colleagues that during the Ebola crisis the former ETU workers sacrificed for the country by facing the deadly virus to cater to scores of Ebola patients, but the Liberian government still owed many of them from the lowest category of workers to the highest category.“Predicated upon the foregoing, I am therefore asking the timely intervention of this body to bring the whole scenario to a close, so that our courageous health workers will receive their just entitlements (their hazard pay),” Hon. Chambers wrote.According to reports, some former ETU workers were paid off, while the remaining workers are yet to be paid.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
ROSAMOND – For those who dream of a day when Rosamond will become the Antelope Valley’s fourth city, the message for now is wait a little longer. Cityhood is a topic of occasional discussion among Rosamond residents and was recently the headline topic of the Rosamond Municipal Advisory Council, which advises Kern County government on issues related to community issues. Although the community with a population of about 21,000 people is nearly twice the size of Palmdale when it incorporated in 1962, Rosamond still lacks the financial horsepower to pull off a bid for cityhood. In a “what if” study prepared by the Kern County Administrative Office in 2004, a city of Rosamond could expect revenues totaling roughly $3.2 million and expenditures of $3.7 million. While the community has grown substantially since that report was issued, it hasn’t grown in sales tax revenue, one of the key revenue sources a city needs, said Bill Turpin, executive officer with the Kern County Local Agency Formation Commission. “Incorporation is still not feasible yet,” Turpin said. “You’re not even in the ballpark.” Another issue is political will and the ability of the community raise the $250,000 it would likely take to push an incorporation through. Turpin noted that community leaders failed to gain enough public support in two previous elections to push through tax measures to support parks and recreation services. “It’s a very difficult process,” Turpin said of a community incorporating. “You have to be very dedicated to it. There’s a reluctance to fund new things here.” Among those who believe cityhood is in the community’s future are brothers Daniel and Olaf Landsgaard, who grew up in Rosamond. Daniel Landsgaard, a real estate agent and former water board member, said he believes the community might possibly be ready for cityhood now. He notes that the community has at least 7,000 more people than the 14,000 population figure used in the 2004 study; that there’s a few more stores in town; and that assessed valuation as gone up. Daniel Landsgaard said he would like to see fresher numbers. If the numbers are right, the community should move forward now. “We need to take the step, take control and govern our own future,” Daniel Landsgaard said. Olaf Landsgaard, a board member of the Southern Kern Unified School District and an attorney, said the idea of shooting for an incorporation effort this year is probably moot. But the idea merits a re-examination next year. “For a practical matter, we need more money. We’re at $500,000 in sales tax. We need to get to about $2 million,” Olaf Landsgaard said. “Then it’s viable.” Not everyone in the community is enthralled with the idea of cityhood. Frank Panelli, a member of the Sheriff Department’s citizen advisory committee, said a city government would add another layer of bureaucracy and bring the prospect of more fees and assessments to Rosamond residents. “People want a city because they think they’ll get more response. That’s not necessarily the case,” Panelli said. “More government is not necessarily better government.” Rosamond is more populous than California City, which is incorporated and has about 11,500 inhabitants. It also has more inhabitants than Palmdale did when it became a city in 1962, though only about a third as many as Lancaster did when it became a city in 1977. The town’s closest entity to a city government is the Rosamond Community Services District, whose main responsibility is maintaining water and sewer systems. Voters in 1998 gave the district authority to run parks and clean up graffiti. Turpin describes the path to cityhood as a “fantastically complex process.” The first step is a “quick and dirty” feasibility study – such as the 2004 study for Rosamond – to see if a community has the revenue to stand on its own. If the quick look shows cityhood might be viable, a more detailed feasibility study would follow. That study would look at city boundaries. “You need to limit the number of street miles you have to maintain. Street maintenance is a big expense,” Turpin said. “Strategically, you set your borders to include as many people as possible and as few roads as possible.” An environmental impact report would be required. Then comes a hearing before Turpin’s agency, an independent commission that votes on municipal boundary changes in the county. After passing all of those hurdles, the issue would go before voters. Failures the first couple of times out, such as what occurred with Palmdale’s first attempts at cityhood, are to be expected, Turpin said. “The thing that determines whether Rosamond incorporates is the voters,” Turpin said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FONTANA – There is definitely a Western flavor in NASCAR Nextel Cup these days. For the third successive year, a driver with California ties has won the season-opening Daytona 500. Kevin Harvick’s win on Sunday by two feet over Mark Martin extended the streak started by Jeff Gordon in 2005 and kept alive in 2006 by teammate Jimmie Johnson. Harvick will compete in all three races this weekend. His first Craftsman Truck Series race was in 1997 and resulted in a 20th-place finish. He has competed in two other track races at Fontana. In Cup competition, Harvick’s best furnish at Fontana is sixth in nine races. He has a pair of second-place finishes in eight Busch starts. RACE FOR BOOKS Petty Enterprises driver Bobby Labonte and sponsor Cherrios have renewed their season-long Race For Books program. Cheerios and nonprofit partner First Book will donate 43 books for every lap that Labonte completes during the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. It’s an opportunity to earn more than 400,000 books for children in need. During the last 10 races of the 2006 season, Labonte earned more than 125,000 books,recording four top-10 finishes during that stretch. “As a father and professional racer I know how important reading is,” said Labonte, who has two children. “Reading is a part of life every day. We are looking forward to success on the track in 2007, but now we can be winners off the track, too. I am proud to be associated with Cheerios and First Book. We are going to work as hard as we can to earn as many books as possible.” INJURY UPDATE Of the two crewmen who were injured during Sunday’s Daytona 500, only one may get the opportunity to work in the Auto Club 500. Jeremy “Gator” Geiter, a crew member on the Chevrolet driven by Mike Wallace, was hit on his left leg and ankle by the Dodge driven by Jaime McMurray. X-rays revealed a sprained ankle and at least one bone bruise, but no broken bones. “I’ve gotten hurt before, but not like this,” Geiter said Sunday night as he hobbled out of the infield care center at Daytona International Speedway. “They said I’d be out two or three days. I’m hoping that’s all it is. I’m hoping to be back for California.” It’s more serious for Josh Yost, jack man for Jeff Burton’s Chevy. According to Richard Childress Racing spokesman David Hart, Yost suffered his second serious Achilles’ tendon injury in less than two years. The first injury, in May 2005 at Talladega Superspeedway, Yost suffered a laceration to his right Achilles’ tendon when he was struck by Rusty Wallace’s Dodge on the pit lane. That injury took months to heal, required a wheelchair and Yost had to learn how to walk again. LOCAL FAN Jeff Hood of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found a group of Michael Waltrip fans at the Daytona 500 and discovered a San Bernardino County fan with a strong opinion. Victorville’s Kenny Nance, wearing a NAPA hat, said he believed NASCAR’s penalty for Waltrip was too severe. Waltrip’s car was confiscated and two crew members suspended after an illegal substance was found in Waltrip’s Toyota. “My reaction was NASCAR was probably being a little too harsh on him, being a new team and not cutting a little slack being new cars in Toyotas,” Nance said. “I think Michael probably didn’t know anything about it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two of the three have won at California Speedway, the next stop on the Nextel Cup Series Schedule. Both Johnson and Gordon have won the Auto Club 500 while Harvick is a two-time runnerup in the Busch Series. Harvick is a native of Bakersfield while Johnson hails from El Cajon outside San Diego. Gordon was born in Vallejo, but left the state at an earlier age to pursue his driving career. They are part of a growing list of drivers outside the Southeast, NASCAR’s traditional base. Daytona 500 polesitter David Gilliland lived in Riverside and Chino Hills before heading East last year to compete in the Busch Series. Casey Mears, whose family excelled in off-road and open-wheel racing, is also from Bakersfield. Kurt and Kyle Busch cut their teeth racing out of Las Vegas while Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle are both from the state of Washington. Boris Said, the road racer trying to get a full-time Nextel Cup ride, is from Carlsbad.
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The first group which included five local based players and the coaching team arrived in Ethiopia Saturday with the final group of local based players who were involved in Sunday’s Kenyan Premier League matches travelling Monday morning.Apart from Wanyama, head coach Sebastien Migne will also have defender Brian Mandela back after serving his one match suspension and he is expected to be a direct swap for Gor Mahia’s Joash Onyango who was red carded against Ghana.Meanwhile, Sierra Leone who are currently under a ban by FIFA following government interference might be reinstated after a meeting involving the Isha Johansen-led federation, sports ministry and the country’s President earlier today.Johanse had been ousted as the country’s FA by the government attracting wrath from FIFA, but Monday evening’s meeting might resolve the impasse.Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama with teammates before a training session at the Bahir Dar Stadium in EthiopiaAll teams in Group F are currently on three points, that is if the FIFA ban will be reversed. If the ban is upheld, then Ethiopia will lose the three points they picked last month meaning they will be on zero points.Kenya has three and a ban on Sierra Leone will mean the 2-1 loss they suffered in the opening match day will count for nothing.Nonetheless, Migne and his charges say they minimum target in the back to back ties against Ethiopia is four points, results that will put them firmly in contention for a place in next year’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon.Harambee Stars Full SquadGoalkeepersFarouk Shikalo (Bandari, Kenya), Patrick Matasi (Tusker, Kenya)DefendersPhilemon Otieno (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United, Kenya), Musa Mohammed (Nkana FC, Zambia), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg FC, South Africa), Abud Omar (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), David Ochieng (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Erick Ouma (Vasalund, Sweden)MidfieldersDennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka, Kenya), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Abdallah Hassan (Bandari, Kenya), Ismael Gonzales (Las Palmas, Spain), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), Anthony Akumu (Zesco United, Zambia), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Paul Were (FC Kaisar, Kazakhstan), Erick Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna)ForwardsPiston Mutamba (Sofapaka), Allan Wanga (Kakamega Homeboyz), Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol), Ovella Ochieng (Vasalund)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne passes on instructions before a training session at the Bahir Dar Stadium in EthjiopiaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 8 – Skipper Victor Wanyama led a host of 12 other foreign based players who touched down in bahir, Dar, Ethiopia on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s crucial 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier against the Walya Antelopes.Wanyama who missed last month’s 1-0 home win against Ghana at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani as he had just returned from injury was the first to arrive alongside Kazakhstan based Paul Were while they rest joined on later with Japan-based Michael Olunga also arriving after a long flight.
The deer pass near Burtonport. Picture by Packie Bonner.It’s the kind of picture that makes up appreciate the natural beauty of our Donegal landscape.Packe Bonner was on hand last night as the sun set on Keadue Strand to capture these deer wandering home for the evening.Packie reckons they could have been on their way to the last night of the Burtonport Festival! OH DEER – WHAT AN AMAZING PICTURE! was last modified: July 28th, 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:burtonportdeerKeadue Strand
GLENDALE – Glendale’s redevelopment agency is adding $806,000 to the $3 million-plus budget for clearing the site of the planned Americana at Brand shopping center and dealing with related legal issues. The city is in the process of clearing 15.5 acres that it is acquiring for developer Rick Caruso, so that he can build his outdoor mall there. The total project cost is $280 million, of which the city’s share is more than $77 million. City Councilman Bob Yousefian said the $806,000 in extra costs was not unexpected. “When you’re dealing with a $280 million project, on the scheme of things (it’s) not much,” he said. Meanwhile, the city is in a legal fight with the owner of the Glendale Galleria, which is near the proposed Americana at Brand. Mall owner General Growth sued the city, arguing that it failed to recognize the historical value of a firehouse and a phone company building on the project site. A judge ruled in favor of the city in January, but General Growth appealed. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Before Tuesday’s 5-0 vote to add the $806,000, the redevelopment agency had earmarked $2 million to Doja Inc. for demolition and remediation work, and $925,000 to the law firm of Oliver Sandifer Murphy & Lee to help with any litigation that could arise from property acquisition. Doja will get an extra $250,000 to remove buried objects that have been discovered during the clearing phase, including a foundation wall of the former Capitol Theater, which was demolished 15 years ago. Oliver Sandifer will get an additional $500,000 to deal with legal expenses if 13 property owner and tenant claims related to the project site at Colorado Street and Brand Boulevard all go to trial. The city could get back some of the money going to the law firm, depending on how the claims process goes. Two other companies working on the clearing will get $56,000. The clearing is expected to be finished within weeks, said Philip Lanzafame, director of development services.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Perry County emergency workers rescued another person who was trapped in a damaged home about 14 miles away in Perryville, also believed to have been hit by a tornado. In Morrilton, just west of Plumerville, Mayor Stewart Nelson said crews were searching for missing people late into Sunday night. Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders said his officers had received reports of other residents trapped in damaged homes southwest of Little Rock. Debris made the roads impassable for police and other rescue workers in several areas, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Kelly Robinson said. She said the state had received calls reporting destroyed or damaged homes in Cleburne, Fulton and Garland counties. Six homes were destroyed in Pike County, according to the sheriff’s office there. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Tornadoes and thunderstorms ripped through Arkansas on Sunday, killing a motorist and damaging homes and businesses in several counties. Strong winds believed to have been a tornado struck a lumberyard near Plumerville, about 40 miles northwest of Little Rock, scattering wood across an interstate and overturning vehicles. A car headed west on the interstate was tossed into the opposite lanes and overturned, killing one person, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said. “Whether the lumber played a role in this, that is still under investigation,” Sadler said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The new record holders look identical to those alive today.Claimed 230 million years old, 100 million years older than the previous record holders, fossils of arthropods in amber (fossilized tree sap) were reported in PNAS (Schmidt et al., “Arthropods in amber from the Triassic Period,” PNAS August 27, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1208464109). The little bugs, including two mites and a fly, haven’t done much evolving in all that time. Science Daily and PhysOrg both quoted co-author David Grimaldi, a curator in the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology “and a world authority on amber and fossil arthropods,” expressing his surprise at this example of extreme evolutionary stasis:Two of the specimens are new species of mites, named Triasacarus fedelei and Ampezzoa triassica. They are the oldest fossils in an extremely specialized group called Eriophyoidea that has about 3,500 living species, all of which feed on plants and sometimes form abnormal growth called “galls.” The ancient gall mites are surprisingly similar to ones seen today.“You would think that by going back to the Triassic you’d find a transitional form of gall mite, but no,” Grimaldi said. “Even 230 million years ago, all of the distinguishing features of this family were there—a long, segmented body; only two pairs of legs instead of the usual four found in mites; unique feather claws, and mouthparts.”He didn’t specify who would think that. Presumably, he was referring to himself, or to other evolutionists. According to the BBC News, Dr. David Penney (U of Manchester) was just as surprised: “The results presented here skip the Jurassic entirely and go back a step further to the Triassic,” he said. “This was not expected.”Another evolutionary conundrum is that most living gall mites feed on flowering plants, which (in evolutionary time) would not appear on the scene for another 90 million years. The article offered the following theory rescue device:The ancient mites likely fed on the leaves of the tree that ultimately preserved them, a conifer in the extinct family Cheirolepidiaceae. Although about 97 percent of today’s gall mites feed on flowering plants, Triasacarus fedelei and Ampezzoa triassica existed prior to the appearance and rapid radiation of flowering plants. This finding reveals the evolutionary endurance of the mites.“We now know that gall mites are very adaptable,” Grimaldi said. “When flowering plants entered the scene, these mites shifted their feeding habits, and today, only 3 percent of the species live on conifers. This shows how gall mites tracked plants in time and evolved with their hosts.“The amber droplets were found high in the Dolomite Alps of northeastern Italy. To explain why they showed up there, Science Now explained, “were probably trapped during a 10-million-year climatic shift that caused the trees to produce more resin than usual,” without commenting on what this could imply for today’s political controversy over climate change. “Their presence in 230-million-year-old amber, researchers say, shows for the first time that mites evolved long before the appearance of flowering plants.”It shows no such thing. These are not “ancient” mites. They are identical to modern mites, so they are dead modern mites, OK? Grimaldi said so; he expected transitional forms, and they were not there. Why do we need evolutionists to explain away the evidence? This story is another example of how to understand the real finding, you first have to work your way past the Darwin Party guards who try to explain what you are about to see. Just let the evidence speak for itself. Notice their surprise in the abstract, and the immediate retreat to just-so storytelling:Antiquity of the gall mites in much their extant form was unexpected, particularly with the Triassic species already having many of their present-day features (such as only two pairs of legs); further, it establishes conifer feeding as an ancestral trait. Feeding by the fossil mites may have contributed to the formation of the amber droplets, but we find that the abundance of amber during the Carnian (ca. 230 Ma) is globally anomalous for the pre-Cretaceous and may, alternatively, be related to paleoclimate. Further recovery of arthropods in Carnian-aged amber is promising and will have profound implications for understanding the evolution of terrestrial members of the most diverse phylum of organisms.So let’s get this straight. Some highly complex creatures (complete with articulated limbs, mouth parts and specialized organs), which are also “very adaptable,” just lived in their little conifer-feeding niche for 230 million Darwin Years, having billions of kids exposed to a world of change – mutations, cosmic rays, meteor strikes, global extinctions, glaciers, earthquakes, tectonic plate subductions, volcanoes, mountain uplifts and climate shifts – to say nothing of the incessant evolutionary pressure to evolve – but lived out their entire history in some evolutionary Brigadoon. (This is known, we are told, as “evolutionary endurance.”) Now they show up in amber with no transitional forerunners and no morphological changes, oblivious to the Darwinian tale of the emergence of flowering plants, dinosaurs, mammals and man. Yes indeed: this will have profound implications for understanding evolution.Actually, the “understanding” produced, and the “profound implication” is this: evolution has been falsified (again). It’s not surprising, therefore, that complex, fully-functional arthropods are also found in the Cambrian explosion, where there are no transitional forms, either. David Grimaldi may be a world authority on amber and fossil arthropods, but not on following the evidence where it leads. “You would think,” he said, “you would find a transitional form.” In psychology, this is known as projection. One can only hope he would not think of imposing his anti-empirical thoughts on others. Now go show this to Bill Nye. 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SHort passing and heavy rain don’t go hand in hand, India learnt that the hard way. The hosts managed only a 2-2 draw in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Thursday.After a 0-3 loss in Al Ain on Saturday, India’s road to the 2014 World Cup ended with a 2-5 aggregate defeat.Mohamed Al Shehhi scored in the 39th minute and Ali Al Wehaibi in the 70th to dash any hopes India had of making a match out of the encounter in front of a vociferous crowd. Although India did score through Jeje Lalpekhlua in the 74th minute and Gouramangi Singh in the 91st, it was definitely too little too late.Overturning a three-goal deficit is no mean task and with the hosts still adopting a passing game under new coach Armando Colaco, the writing was on the wall even before the match started -thanks to the torrential downpour that turned the pitch at the Ambedkar Stadium into a pool.For once, former coach Bob Houghton was definitely missed as the setting was the same when India beat Tajikistan 4-1 in the final of the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup at the very ground to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup.The only difference was that under the Englishman, India relied on long passes and played more of an aerial game.Trying to adapt to the passing game takes time and when the team has to suddenly switch and adapt to another tactic -long passing -on match-day, it isn’t easy and although the Ambedkar is considered a happy hunting ground for the Indian team, their passing looked all at sea on the slushy turf.advertisementThe match began with India trying to go all-out for goals and the UAE players soaking in the pressure and plotting their own counter-attacks.So while the Indian players huffed and puffed trying to enter the rival half, the UAE midfielders and defenders ensured that the Indian inroads were foiled before they threatened threatened their citadel.The ground conditions did not help India’s momentum either. India had their first attempt at goal in the eighth minute with Sunil Chhetri getting into the box from the left flank to find an unmarked Jeje Lalpekhlua. But the defenders converged on the youngster and all he could do was pass it on to Steven Dias, who had moved in from the right.But Dias failed to beat UAE goalie Ali Khaseif. Chhetri was at it again in the 25th minute when he aimed at goal only for Khaseif to fist the shot over the bar.The visitors went ahead when moving in from the left, Ahmed Khalil foxed defender Samir Naik to feed Shehhi with a perfect pass from the left wing. The latter headed in -much to the dismay of goalkeeper Karanjit Singh and the Ambedkar crowd.UAE’s Mohamme Al Shehhi(left) celebrates with All Al Wehalbl after scoring a goalThe second half saw UAE attacking from all quarters and despite the Indian defence putting up a composed show, the visitors scored with Wehaibi moving in from the left to wrongfoot the Indian defence and hit the back of the net.India looked to up the ante further and the move to replace Dias with Lalrindika Ralte paid dividends as he moved in beautifully from the right to find Jeje waiting for the cross inside the box.Jeje completed the formalities by heading in.India kept looking for the equaliser and their efforts bore fruit when Gouramangi jumped on to a loose ball inside the box and hit the back of the net -ensuring India did not end on the losing side.The crowd erupted as if the match had been won, but it was only a draw and the end of the road for India as far as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is concerned.”Today we played a better game. Conditions were difficult but it is not easy for a team to come from 0- 2 down to draw 2-2. Heavy rains made it difficult to pass the ball around but we played a better passing game,” said India coach Colaco after the match.