first_imgAlthough the name Clement Tweh may not be familiar to most Liberians, if one were to Google his name, almost every entry that pops up links his name to the first nationwide chimpanzee survey or conservation research in Liberia. Clement is an up and coming Liberian conservationist whose work on Liberian endangered chimpanzee species has resulted in several scholarly presentations and publications. The most recent of these was his poster presentation at the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) and the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology (ECCB) held from August 2-6, 2015 in Montpellier, France.The meeting which was jointly sponsored by The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) with Agropolis international and the French Foundation assembled conservation professionals from the international community to deliberate conservation challenges and “present new findings, initiatives, methods, tools and opportunities in conservation science and practice. “ The meeting also served as an opportunity to welcome young researchers like Clement, scientists and conservationists from around the world.Clement attended the meeting, with sponsorship from ArcelorMittal Liberia, and did a poster presentation entitled “Evaluating conservation needs in a West African biodiversity hotspot and an Ebola epicenter? The presentation was rooted in his claim that although Liberia was featured on international news prominently during the Ebola crisis, it has not received the international attention it deserves as a “regional conservation priority.” The grounds for this claim stem from his continued work in underscoring the threats to the endangered chimpanzee population in Liberia and his attempts to assess the socio-economic impact of Ebola and its effects on the “human livelihoods and society.” The aims of the research therefore were: to assess chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes versus) population status in Liberia, identify future conservation needs, quantify attitude changes towards bush meat consumption and meat preference in response to the recent Ebola outbreak and identify socio-economic factors that may influence these changes.There were several important conservation and environmental issues concluded in this study. First, the study showed that Liberia ranks second only to Guinea in chimpanzee population. Guinea recorded 17,751 chimpanzees while 7008 were recorded in Liberia. Although Liberia is home to the second largest chimpanzee population, the chimpanzees in Liberia are the least projected populations in West Africa, our chimpanzees are the least protected.In addition the study concluded that Liberia‘s current Proposed Protected Area (PPA) needs to be revised because they only partially overlap with current chimpanzee range, and under their current status would offer minimal protection for the endangered species. PPAs are areas that will be protected in the future. Clement argues that 70% of Liberia’s chimpanzee population occurs outside these proposed areas and therefore declaring those areas as PPAs will not help to conserve the chimpanzee population.Lastly, the data from the socio-economic survey will scaffold the efforts of Liberian institutions in implementing effective conservation management and providing human populations with the ecological services they need.In 2013 at the 13th Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft für Primatologie (GFP), University of Hamburg, held in Germany, Clement in collaboration with several of his colleagues delivered a presentation “Closing the data gap: results of the first chimpanzee and mammal survey across Liberia”. Through funding from ArcelorMIttal Liberia’s Biodiversity Conservation Program, he also studied at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, Germany. Clement is also a member of the World Chimpanzee Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is registered in Switzerland and aims to enhance the survival of the remaining wild chimpanzee populations and their habitat in the tropical rain forests throughout Africa.When asked about his passion for his work and its impact, Clement had this to say: “The impact of my presentation and published article has a great impact in providing the first scientific and systematic data on Liberia’s wildlife for several years, and letting the world know that despite the effects of Ebola on Liberia, the country is still rich in biodiversity that is essential as a conservation priority.”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_imgDear Editor,The allegation that at least one of the men recently electrocuted was not wearing protective safety gear (“Man electrocuted while installing cameras at stadium was not wearing safety gear, wife says” SN June 13, 2019), raises seriously the question of safety security for employees engaged by companies in the type of work these unfortunate persons were engaged in.From reports, it seems the persons were contracted by the company, which might feel it did not have an obligation or responsibility to ensure these persons were properly outfitted to undertake all aspects of the job.Reports that one of the deceased persons had wire wrapped around his neck is also of grave concern. The fact that a Government agency contracted the company gives rise as to whether due diligence of the company’s ability/suitability was done.It seems prudent to query whether the company had workers’ compensation/insurance and if not, why not? From reports, it does appear safety was not given the priority it ought to have been given and was compromised.My condolences to the grieving families.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img read more

first_imgTwo brothers were on Wednesday cross charged with assault and abusive language when they appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Joshua Ferreira and Compton Ferreira both pleaded not guilty to the offences, which alleged that on June 20, at David Street, Kitty, Georgetown, they assaulted each other with intent to cause actual bodily harm. It is also alleged that on the same day at the same location, they used abusive language towards each other.According to the prosecution’s case, the two brothers were arguing over a bucket of water after which a fight ensued. Joshua Ferreira while attempting to defend himself took up a knife and threatened his brother, the Prosecution contended.Magistrate Moore ordered a probation officer to examine the matter after which she will report her findings to the court.The men were both placed on self bail and will return to court on June 30.last_img read more

first_img―Coomacka drivers continue strike actionDisgruntled drivers plying the roads to several mining areas across Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) continued their strike action on Tuesday, calling for their demands to be met before they could resume operations, even after they met with Regional Chairman Renis Morian.The drivers, supported by residents, have expressed dissatisfaction over the deplorable state of the Coomacka access road, as well as the dilapidated state of the roads and bridges at Coomacka, Yaribo and Three Friends, and commenced strike action on Monday.On Tuesday, a large group consisting of residents, drivers and schoolchildren met with Regional Chairman Morian, in front of the office of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in Linden where they further vented their frustration regarding the issues.Residents, drivers and schoolchildren meeting with Region 10 Chairman Renis MorianAccording to Morian, comprehensive work is needed, but in the meantime, contractors have been sent out to grade the roadway. However, residents and drivers have argued that they did not notice any contractors at the location on Tuesday. They further sought to clarify when the work was expected to be completed, but there was no definite answer provided by the Regional Chairman, who indicated that it depended on the state of the road.“I can’t even tell you how long a pot of cook-up would take to cook. I can’t say how long, but if we start now, we will finish it to the earliest. I sent letters. There were persons who would have seen me come in to the area,” Morian told the gathering.Speaking with this publication, one minibus driver, Robert Gentle explained that drivers would not continue to work unless there was improvement, not only at Coomacka, but in neighbouring places such as Yaribo. He further refuted claims by the Regional Chairman that there was a grader already present along the deplorable roadway.“The road ain’t bad. The road terrible. It nearly impassable. It got some holes so big that if the bus go down and you look at the ground level, you only seeing from the windscreen up. The rest gone down in the ground,” he said.Similar sentiments were also expressed by minibus driver Mark Peters, who indicated that the situation has been ongoing for a number of years. “We’re in a devastated state right now, because for the past couple years the road is in a very deplorable state. We bus drivers decide to take a stance because we’ve been getting promises year after year, but nothing is being done,” he said.During the discourse, angry residents claimed no regional official had visited the Three Friends area to take note of their concerns. Residents and drivers alike are contending that all areas must be dealt with.“If we start back working when the bridge fix up to Coomacka, we would got to punish in Yaribo for the rest of we life. So this thing got to happen straight in to Yaribo. The bridges got to fix. They got people in Yaribo who got truck and when they go and load they does got to walk like two miles to meet home because the truck can’t cross the bridge. In Coomacka, the truck does got to park over the bridge and the driver does got to walk and go home,” Gentle said.“It got to fix. No truck, nothing can’t pass,” another resident noted.Based on the results attained, drivers said, they would know how to proceed.“The Chairman made some promises. At the end of that work, which he promised is going to be done; we will decide the way forward because our expectations have to be met. A very critical part of this exercise is the bridges in Yaribo. Now if these bridges are not fixed, we can’t work. We can’t work until these issues are ironed out. Because if the bus fall in the bridge is another story again. The bridge only hook on lil’ bit of stuff and when the rain fall and that wash out, the bridge falling overboard…” Gentle related.Outrage over Regional Chairman’s reaction and responseResidents were dissatisfied with the Regional Chairman’s move to meet with them on the roadway during what they described as a “peaceful” exercise, as well as his responses to certain questions which were posed.Gentle related that he went with ideas to present to the Regional Chairman, but was not given a fair chance to engage him. He noted, however, that he was still waiting to observe what would be done.Peters said he was also dissatisfied that residents were not given a chance to meet at the office of the Regional Chairman.Others were dissatisfied over the way in which their questions were answered, and noted that the Regional Chairman refused to listen to their concerns.“We’re not getting no proper answer. He just don’t want to listen to anything that people have to say. We got to go and block up the road,” a resident noted.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000WASHINGTON, DC, May 31 – Brazil playmaker Neymar scored one goal and set up two more to spark the five-time World Cup champions past the United States 4-1 on Wednesday in an international football friendly.The Brazilians used the match to study talent ahead of the London Olympics, with 17 Olympic-eligible players on the roster, including Neymar, a 20-year-old Santos forward who has attracted interest from many of the world’s top clubs. “It’s not every day one can apply dribbling over the head and between the legs, but I had a goal and two decisive passes, so I’m pretty happy about that,” Neymar said.The Brazilians improved to 16-1 all-time against the Americans, winning for the ninth time in a row since suffering their only defeat, by 1-0, in 1998. And they did so with a young roster looking to London and Brazil’s 2014 World Cup.“It’s a great satisfaction,” Neymar said. “We all knew the doors would open for the national team and we’re all happy about that.”A crowd of 67,619 saw the Brazilians, coming off a 3-1 victory over Denmark on Saturday, end a five-match win streak for the Americans, who beat Italy 1-0 and routed Scotland 5-1 last Saturday in their run.“I didn’t expect this, really,” Brazil coach Mano Menezes said. “But I saw the confidence of young players and I knew we could trust them. The response was very good.“You can see in the faces of the players they can feel the accomplishment. We played better than we did against Denmark. We need to improve every game.”US coach Jurgen Klinsmann was impressed with Neymar and his teammates, but sees flaws compared to past Brazilian dynasties.“Neymar and the technical skills he has, he has the freshness to try things out — he does things you don’t expect,” Klinsmann said. “They have a very good young team. It’s a promising team. But it’s a beatable team.”The Americans are preparing for the start of their 2014 World Cup qualifiers on June 8 against Antigua and Barbuda.“We’re ready for qualifiers,” said US forward Herculez Gomez, who scored the lone goal for the hosts in the 45th minute. “We played well in stretches. We learned some things from this match.“Once we get a little nasty I feel like we will be a lot better off.”Neymar opened the scoring on a penalty in the 12th minute after US defender Oguchi Onyewu was whistled for blocking a shot with his left forearm at the top of the penalty area.Neymar went to the spot against US goalkeeper Tim Howard, a standout for Everton in the Premier League. Howard dived to his right as Neymar fired into the open side, netting his ninth goal in 17 matches for Brazil.The visitors took a 2-0 lead in the 26th minute when Neymar lofted a corner kick into the heart of the penalty area and Brazilian captain Thiago Silva headed the ball into the goal.Gomez, a striker for Santos of Mexico, answered for the hosts, taking a cross from onrushing defender Fabian and deflecting the ball into the goal to trim the half-time deficit to 2-1.Neymar set up Brazil’s third goal from the backline to the right of Howard, flicking a backward centering pass to Real Madrid defender Marcelo, who blasted the ball past a helpless Howard in the 52nd minute for a 3-1 Brazil lead.Brazil closed the rout in the 88th minute on a left-footed blast by AC Milan’s Alexandre Pato.“It’s bad. It’s not the end of the world,” Howard said. “It hurts.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img Reports have emerged that Ander Herrera is disillusioned at Old Trafford 1 Reports emerged overnight that Manchester United fan favourite Ander Herrera has requested showdown talks with Louis van Gaal after becoming disillusioned with life at Old Trafford.The attacking midfielder has struggled to hold down a starting berth in the team with Van Gaal preferring to rotate between Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin for the two central midfield roles.Herrera has also not been given a huge opportunity to establish himself in the no.10 position due to the Dutchman’s reluctance to drop out of form Wayne Rooney.Predictably, Manchester United fans have reacted with outrage at this news, instead calling for Van Gaal’s head.See the best tweets backing Herrera below!last_img read more

first_imgIt may be a long way from Donegal but the people of Rathmullan are doing their bit to help the less-well-off in Malawi.The Rathmullan to Malawi Habitat group are a group of individuals of all ages from the community of Rathmullan and the surrounding area who are heading to Malawi in the first week of August 2013 to build houses for the poor as part of the Habitat for Humanity group.They will go to an isolated village in the south of the country for two weeks to build houses for those who live in primitive conditions. There are approx. 15 members going and they are currently running many fundraising events in and around the Rathmullan area.Their fundraising began at the start of December when the Christmas tree in Rathmullan was officially lit up. Baubles were sold in the local shops and people could write their family name or a loved ones name on them and then hang it on the tree.The official turn on of the lights was held on the first of December. Carols were sung and Santa arrived to switch on the lights, putting everyone in the Christmas spirit!They also benefited from the (very cold) New Year’s Day swim in Rathmullan which had a very large turnout. A spokesperson for the group, Sarah Sheridan said that the public have been very supportive of the group and their help is very much appreciated.Many fundraisers have been organised for the coming months such as a massive game of Twister in a local school, a “Take me Out” night, a variety concert among many others.Next Fundraiser: We will be holding a table quiz in the Beachcomber Bar Rathmullan on Friday the 25th of January at 9pm and all are welcome.Further details of the table quiz and others can be found on our blog. Your generousity is very much appreciated at this time and you can keep updated at: www.facebook.com/RathmullanMalawi and also on our blog www.rathmullanmalawi.wordpress.com.IT’S NOT THAT FAR FROM RATHMULLAN TO MALAWI – WITH A BIG HEART! was last modified: January 11th, 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:RATHMULLAN TO MALAWI HABITAT GROUPlast_img read more

first_imgLa Puente resident Ivory Cunanan, 20, who finished among the top nine in the pageant, said she enjoyed the friendly competition. “This pageant’s rare because you’d expect all this girly drama and people to be catty, but we aren’t,” Cunanan said. “We’re like family, like sisters.” As a tribute to outstanding community leaders, the expo also plans to award exceptional Filipinos in the Great Achievers Award Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. today. Among those to be awarded are musician Rudy Regaldo, actor Michael Copon, DJ E-Man from Power 106, Filipino American Association of Southern California President Dan Del la Cruz and professor Joseph De Guzman. The expo is the first of its kind since Ruben Panopio Jr. established the annual Filipino-American event and hosted it from 1993 to 1997. Now run by Panopio’s children, his daughter says she feels like she is continuing her father’s mission. “This is a project we as children felt just as passionate about as he did,” Pamela Panopio said. “And we wanted to continue to celebrate and bring together Filipino and American cultures.” janarae.corpuz@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2471160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 8/12: U.S.-Phillippines Expo POMONA – The comforts of home can be hard to come by in a foreign place. But Filipino immigrant Bernadette Magadia was struck by a familiar warmth as she walked into the U.S.-Philippines Expo at Fairplex on Saturday morning. A five-year Covina resident, Madagia, 49, left the Philippines in her 20s to work in Saudi Arabia and later moved to the United States. She said its not very often she gets to visit the motherland. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Seeing all these people here really made me feel at home,” she said. A crowd ranging from young children to the elderly swarmed around Building 4, where over a 100 exhibitors lined the floors. Everything from food, clothing, music, movies, home goods and jewelry were showcased, as well as various businesses, publications and organizations. Besides the exhibits, the event featured a long list of special events, including performances and cultural dances. One of the more popular events was the Ms. U.S.-Philippines Expo Competition, where women ages 18 to 25 were judged on their intelligence, talent, personality and attractiveness. last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A long-awaited Canyon Country Park would be named for parks champion Todd Longshore, who died in April, under a plan before the City Council. The council will vote Tuesday on a Parks Commission recommendation to name the park on Whites Canyon Road Todd Longshore Park. The passive recreation center on a hilltop with a dramatic view of the city has been planned for nearly 20 years and is a priority this year on the city budget. Plans call for trails and benches. Longshore died April 24 at age 49 when a blood clot made its way to his lungs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleA popular coach of youth sports, a Scout leader and active in his church, Longshore was appointed to the Santa Clarita parks commission at its inception in 1989 by the city’s then-Mayor Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, now a member of Congress. He was re-appointed by Mayor Laurene Weste. In May, the commission established an ad-hoc committee to consider ideas to honor Longshore. The commission also recommends creation of a city Volunteer Coach of the Year Award in Longshore’s name. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgPhoto Gallery: Fire Fighter Memorial | 2 • Video: Fire Fighter MemorialDEVORE – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, other dignitaries and firefighting personnel stood in front of a black banner bearing a firefighter’s boot and the words “Always Remember” Sunday as they paid tribute to the five firefighters who died battling the Esperanza Fire. They were joined at the memorial service at the Hyundai Pavilion by about 8,000 others, including firefighters from as far away as New York, grieving family members and those who did not know the men but wanted to pay their respects to U.S. Forest Service Engine Crew 57. “Engine 57 was a team of professionals, well-led, well-equipped and well-suited for this emergency,” said Tom Harbour, director of fire and aviation management for the U.S. Forest Service. “We wish they could be with us, but they have anchored our line. They have our backs. We can bump up, move forward, move ahead.” Dignitaries, including Schwarzenneger; U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands; U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, R-Palm Springs; U.S. Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto; and Mark Rey, undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, spoke in honor of the five and provided words of comfort to their families. “There is no one more courageous than the fallen men of the Esperanza Fire,” said Schwarzenegger. “We will never forget their honor, valor and sacrifice.” U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein told the wife of Loutzenhiser, a 21-year veteran of the forest service, that he was much loved and respected. “Engine Company 57 made the ultimate sacrifice. These five men were on the front lines protecting lives and they are truly heroes,” said Feinstein. Addressing the couple’s five children, she said, “Your dad was great in all of our lives.” She told the wife of McLean, who served seven years with the Forest Service, that he was a thoughtful, good man who will be missed. McKay, who had five years with the Forest Service, was remembered as a decent young man who always wanted to be a firefighter. Hoover Najera, the youngest to die at 20, was remembered as someone who was destined to be a firefighter and who will be missed by all who knew him. Of Cerda, Feinstein said the service and terrible burns sustained by the young man, who graduated in May from the Fire Academy at Riverside Community College, will not be forgotten. Cerda was a seasonal firefighter for Engine 57 for three seasons. Jeanne Wade Evans, forest supervisor of the San Bernardino National Forest, described the five men as brave professionals and pillars of their communities. The tragedy of their loss has caught the attention of the nation, she said. Fourteen active and seven retired New York City firefighters attended the service. “The fire service is one brotherhood regardless of where you live,” said Jack Toale , president of the FDNY Retirees of California 19th Division. deborah.pfeiffer@sbsun.com (909) 386-3879160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Engine Capt. Mark Loutzenhiser, 43, of Idyllwild; firefighter Daniel Hoover Najera, 20, of San Jacinto; fire engine operator Jess McLean, 27, of Beaumont; and assistant fire engine operator Jason McKay, 27, of Phelan died Oct. 26, the first day of the fire that burned 40,450 acres and destroyed 34 homes along the base of the San Jacinto Mountains. Hoover Najera, McLean and McKay died at the scene. Loutzenhiser died later that day at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. Pablo Cerda, 23, of Fountain Valley clung to life at the medical center until Oct. 31. A week after they were engulfed by wind-whipped flames as they worked to save a home, Raymond Lee Oyler of Beaumont was charged with five counts of murder, 11 counts of arson and 10 counts of use of an incendiary device. In addition to the Esperanza Fire, the charges include seven fires in June, one in July, one in September and another in October. Photographs of the five fallen firefighters as well as their helmets were placed side-by-side on black tables near the stage during the memorial service. A few feet from their portraits, family members shaded their faces from the sun with umbrellas. Behind them, row after row of blue seats were filled with firefighters from fire stations across the nation. last_img read more