EPA Empowers Inspectors

first_imgSome of Inspectors take hold of their new bikes.…with 20 motorbikes, rain gears to enhance operationAuthorities at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia on Friday, September 7, provided 20 motorbikes, tools and rain gears to environmental inspectors across the country.The provision of the motorcycles, tools and rain gears, according to EPA’s assistant manager for logistics, D. Carlton Wonsiah, are intended to enhance the operation of environmental inspectors across the country.Mr. Wonsiah said that inspectors in Montserrado County received four of the 20 bikes, while the rest of the counties were given two each.He said that EPA’s inspectors are currently based in 10 of the country’s 15 counties, but they also cover other counties were inspectors are not stationed.Prior to taking ownership of their motorbikes for use at the various assignments, Wonsiah said the motorbikes were properly checked, to ensure that they do not develop mechanical fault.EPA’s assistant manager for Administration Thompson S. K. Danfelee said that the bikes were provided by United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and asked each of the inspectors to take proper care of them.He mandated environmental inspectors to provide monthly reports on the operation of the bikes assigned to them.Danfelee said EPA will take a monthly report on the status of the motorbikes as a prerequisite for the inspectors to maintain the bikes as their own.Head of Environmental Inspectors Edward Wingbah called on inspectors to use the motorbikes for the intended purpose, pleading with them to regularly change some of the vital parts, including the engine oil.Wingbah cautioned the inspectors against reckless operation of the bikes, and said the lifespan of each of the bike would increase if they are adequately taken care of.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FA Cup round-up: Gerrard double sees Liverpool overcome Wimbledon test

first_img1 Liverpool managed to overcome the pre-match hype as two goals from Steven Gerrard helped see off spirited League Two side AFC Wimbledon to book their place in the FA Cup fourth round.The captain, in his first game since announcing he will leave the Reds at the end of the season, headed in after just ten minutes to put the Reds in front.But, despite a strong start, Liverpool soon began to struggle under pressure from the positive hosts, and, after a handful of well-worked chances, Wimbledon netted a deserved equaliser through Adebayo Akinfenwa’s close-range finish.Hoping to rekindle the spirit of their famous 1988 FA Cup final victory over the Reds, Wimbledon posed a very real threat for Brenden Rodgers’ side, with Simon Mignolet earlier denying Sean Grigg with a superb point-blank save and Matt Tubbs also going close following a route-one move.But, as the hosts began to tire after the break, their dreams of causing another huge upset were shattered when Gerrard stepped up to curl a trademark free-kick into the back of the net to put the Reds back ahead on the hour mark.Liverpool had a host of chances to increase the deficit in the second-half, but Philippe Coutinho and Lazar Markovic both shot straight at goalkeeper James Shea, while Rickie Lambert, who struggled on his own up front, also wasted a number of opportunities.Their wastefulness almost cost them as Wimbledon again went close from a late corner, but the Reds managed to hold on to set up a home tie against Bolton in the next stage.Elsewhere, Sam Vokes’ second-half strike rescued a third round replay for Burnley, as the Premier League strugglers hit back to secure a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.It was a drab encounter at Turf Moor, with fans witnessing a dreadfully poor opening half as neither team managed to register a single effort on goal.The teams improved after the break, though, and Spurs finally got the breakthrough on 52 minutes when Nacer Chadli found the net with a powerful strike from Ben Davies’ cross.But the visitors failed to put their other chances away, which allowed Vokes – in his second game since returning from a long-term injury – to level, the forward meeting a Kieran Trippier cross with a clinical sidefooted finish.The sides will now meet again at White Hart Lane to decide who will face fellow top flight outfit Leicester City in the next round. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates his winning goal against AFC Wimbledon last_img read more

QPR chasing first home win since opening day as Reading visit

first_imgReading won 3-1 at Loftus Road in February 2014QPR’s win at Fulham before the international break ended a run of five league games with a victory, but they haven’t won at home since the opening weekend. On Saturday they host Reading, who were beaten 4-1 at Brentford last month.Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 15 October 2016Referee: Steve Martin (Staffordshire)Vital statistic: There has not been a home win in this fixture in the last eight meetings, since QPR beat Reading 3-1 in November 2010. Injuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Jake Bidwell (shoulder), Jamie Mackie (ankle), Jack Robinson (knee).Fitness test: Sandro (match fitness).READINGRuled out: Jake Cooper (match fitness), Yakou Meite (ankle ligaments), Deniss Rakels (broken ankle). Possible starting line-upsQPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Perch; Borysiuk, Luongo; Wszolek, Chery, Washington; Polter.Reading: Al-Habsi; Gunter, Moore, McShane, Obita; Evans, Williams; McCleary, Swift, Beerens; Kermorgant. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)QPR: W D D L L (5 points) • Home: D L D L W (5 points)Reading: D L W W D (8 points) • Away: L W W L L (6 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)QPR – 4: Chery; 3: Polter; 2: Caulker, Onuoha, Sylla; 1: Washington.Reading – 3: McCleary, Swift; 2: Kermorgant; 1: Beerens, Evans, McShane, Williams.LAST FIVE MEETINGS23 Apr 2016: QPR 1 Reading 13 Dec 2015: Reading 0 QPR 116 Feb 2014: QPR 1 Reading 39 Nov 2013: Reading 1 QPR 128 Apr 2013: Reading 0 QPR 0QPR 1 win, Reading 1 win, 3 draws See also:QPR launch campaign to improve atmosphereFive things that might improve the atmosphere at QPRPerch passed fit to return for QPRHasselbaink in the clear after QPR back managerForever R’s: Eleven men who sum up the spirit of QPR Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x See also:QPR launch campaign to improve atmosphereFive things that might improve the atmosphere at QPRPerch passed fit to return for QPRHasselbaink in the clear after QPR back managerForever R’s: Eleven men who sum up the spirit of QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Yogi Adityanath cuts short Karnataka campaign to visit storm-ravaged Agra

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth, currently on an election campaign in Karnataka, is rushing back on May 4 night to visit storm-ravaged Agra, a senior official said on May 4.The Chief Minister will arrive in Agra on May 4 night and visit the calamity-hit areas on May 5 morning, Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi said.Mr. Adityanath was criticised on May 3 by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for remaining in Karnataka even after his own State was hit by storm. “I am sorry your CM is needed here in Karnataka,” Mr. Siddaramaiah tweeted. “I am sure he will return soon & attend to his work there.”Also Read  Mr. Adityanath will review the relief and restoration efforts in Agra district, the U.P. official said.The Chief Minister will later leave for Kanpur to monitor the relief work there and in nearby districts, Mr. Awasthi said.A high-intensity storm ravaged parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on May 2 night, leaving 73 people dead and 91 injured in Mr. Adityanath’s State alone.Agra district was the worst hit, accounting for 43 deaths and injuries to 51 others.Mr. Adityanath was earlier scheduled to campaign in poll-bound Karnataka till May 5. Fresh thunderstorm alert issued to U.P., West Bengal, Odisha, Biharlast_img read more

BJP to celebrate Bankim Chandra

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal will celebrate Bengali author Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, who wrote the national song Vande Mataram, rather than Rabindranath Tagore. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said there is nothing new about Tagore to celebrate.“There is nothing new to celebrate about Rabindranath Tagore. Everything has been said and done and he is revered. We will rather celebrate the achievements of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay as he is not properly recognised in Bengal,” Mr. Ghosh told The Hindu on Sunday. The key reason for not engaging with Bengal’s favourite bard is however different. The Trinamool Congress has been over celebrating Tagore over the last years, he pointed out.“The Trinamool has been able to get involved in a big way in celebrating Tagore’s works. The ruling party is even utilising government funds to celebrate the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore,” said Mr. Ghosh. On the other hand, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s contribution to the “rise of Indian nationalism and the freedom struggle is hardly celebrated in Bengal”, he said. In fact, the BJP will hold a conference on Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay during national president Amit Shah’s Bengal visit later this month. Mr. Shah will be visiting Bengal on June 27 and 28, and he will visit Purulia district where two BJP workers died recently. The 19th century author’s novel Anandamath — which was set in the background of the Sanyashi Bidroho (rebellion of monks in late 18th century) — is considered to be one of key works on Bengal’s nationalism.Tagore and HindutvaAsked if ideological difference is the reason behind the State BJP’s decision to not celebrate Tagore, Mr. Ghosh clarified that Tagore also spoke positively of Hindutva.“Tagore also spoke of Hindutva and explained its meaning. He also said that Muslims and Christians of the country were originally Hindus who later changed their faith,” said Mr. Ghosh.A senior State BJP leader admitted that “Mamata Banerjee has found a successful way to reach out to people by celebrating Tagore. But Trinamool has largely ignored Bankim Chandra. We want to fill up that gap.”Moreover, “our Intellectual Cell has not been very active of late. Celebration of Bankim Chandra’s works will give fresh oxygen to the Cell’s effort to garner support of the civil society,” the BJP leader said.last_img read more

Sunny Deol names ‘representative’ for Gurdaspur

first_imgSunny Deol, BJP Parliamentarian from Punjab’s Gurdaspur, has stoked a controversy by appointing a “representative” to attend meetings and follow up important matters on his behalf. Opposition parties have termed the move an insult to voters. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party criticised Mr. Deol’s decision on Tuesday, accusing him of making a “mockery of democracy.”Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said in a democracy the voter is always right. “It’s their choice. One has to accept it. Even his voters knew they had it coming. Actually, they perhaps never expected anything more than a selfie with him,” said Mr. Jakhar. “What more can be expected of him? He himself admitted during canvassing that he didn’t know anything about politics. His voters probably never expected him to shift his base to Gurdaspur. You reap what you sow,” he told, The Hindu.AAP’s Harpal Singh Cheema, leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, said it was absurd for a “public representative” to appoint a “representative.”“It’s an insult to democracy. Mr. Deol’s decision goes to show his lack of seriousness towards the people of his constituency. He is trying to delegate his powers, but he needs to understand this is not the way things work in a democracy. Why did he contest election if he cannot serve his constituency?” wondered Mr. Cheema. “People have elected Sunny Deol and not someone he would like to appoint,” he said.Mr. Deol had recently issued a statement on his official letter-head, appointing his close aide Gurpreet Singh Palheri as his representative. “I hereby appoint Gurpreet Singh Palheri, son of Supinder Singh, resident of village Palheri, district Mohali, Punjab, as my representative to attend meetings and follow important matters pertaining to my Parliamentary constituency, Gurdaspur (Punjab), with concerned authorities,” read the letter dated June 26.‘A non-issue’The actor-turned-politician, meanwhile, said it was unfortunate that a controversy being created out of a non-issue. “I have appointed a personal assistant to represent my office in Gurdaspur. This appointment has been made to ensure smooth flow of work whenever I am out of Gurdaspur to attend Parliament or travelling on work. The intention is merely to ensure that no work is disrupted or delayed due to any reason whatsoever and to keep myself updated on a daily basis,” he tweeted from his official Twitter handle.He added that as an MP he was genuinely committed to the cause of Gurdaspur.last_img read more

Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semis

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Thunder became only the fourth team in league history to have swept the eliminations after NLEX, which did it twice, and Cagayan Valley.But for Altamirano, the 10-game sweep won’t mean anything if they don’t close the deal and finish the conference with a championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat title drive begins on Thursday as Flying V faces four-seed Centro Escolar University in a best-of-three semifinals series.Altamirano noted that his team is well aware of how stronger the opposition has gotten, and he is keeping the Thunder’s feet on the ground as they take things one game at a time. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Pocari thwarts Air Force, returns to PVL Finals MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “Other teams are getting stronger as the playoffs get deeper. But we’re not looking beyond that. CEU is also a team-to-beat because they’ve been there lots of times. (Rod) Ebondo has been in the D-League for so long and he has been in Finals. Their core, although school-based, are still very experienced. So we’re just focused on the task at hand,” he said.Luckily, Altamirano will have Conference MVP pacesetter Jeron Teng at his disposal, as he will count on the La Salle prodigy to lead Flying V to the promised land.“Jeron is an achiever. When he puts his mind to it, he will not stop until he gets it. Before, he’s been known as a scorer. But now, he’s trying to evolve the other aspects of his game,” the coach said.But for all of Teng’s magnificence, the veteran mentor reiterated that the 23-year-old swingman can’t do it all alone. That’s why he’s relying equally on his core of Gab Banal, Eric Salamat, Hans Thiele, and Thomas Torres to get the job done.“What I like about Jeron is his ability to involve his teammates. That’s a very good sign of a good player. But of course, he can’t do all of that if not for his teammates so I think Jeron is very blessed to have teammates like Eric, Gab, and Thomas,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFlying V coach Eric Altamirano wants his players to forget the elimination round sweep and focus on the new challenge ahead of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals. “In our team, we already forgot about the 10-0. We’re back to square one and our focus is what’s in front of us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Actually, I’m just blessed to have these type of players that we got. We just remind them to focus on the process and the result will take care of itself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more