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Liberia Fishery Association Calls for More Support

first_imgMr. Alfred N. Kawrel, president of the Liberian Artisanal Fishermen Association (LAFA), Inc., has called on the Government of Liberia and prominent Liberian citizens to support the Fishery Association of Liberia.He said fishermen across the country have continued to face harassment at the hands of the Coast Guard during their various fishing expeditions in Liberia’s territorial waters.Mr. Kawrel stated that at times, the Guards take the fish from the fishermen without giving any concrete reason.“This is bad and it has to stop. These people should be helping us; not harassing us. That is one of the reasons we need more support. If we are supported by government and allowed to express our grievances through the proper channels, then the Coast Guard would not misbehave towards us”, he averred.Mr. Kawrel explained since the organization of LAFA in 2010, fishermen have been playing major role in the agricultural and economic sectors of the Country.He said the public depend on fishermen to provide the nation’s main source of protein. Without that protein provided by fish, the workforce would not have enough energy to contribute to towards the nation’s goals.“We are major contributors to the agricultural sector. If we are treated unfairly, then the sector would become paralyzed because of the lack of fish in the Liberian market. We all know what that means to Liberian society,” he stated bluntly.Mr. Kawrel made these statements on Thursday in West Point when the LAFA held a meeting with its members on the challenges being faced by fishermen on a daily basis. “Our union is calling on the Bureau of National Fisheries and Ministry of Agriculture to reduce the six Nautical Mile (6NM) allowed to fishing vessels in Liberian territorial waters,” he continued.“We are not satisfied with this,” he said, adding “That is why we are asking that it be reduced to 4. It is not safe for fishermen and we are asking authorities to reconsider their decision.”Mr. Kawrel explained that if the distance was reduced, foreign vessels would have no excuse to enter the Insure Exclusive Zone and harm Liberian fishermen.The LAFA president also addressed the issue of not using rubber nets, saying “we know it is dangerous to use rubber nets but we ask that the Ministry of Agriculture please give us time to meet up with regulations as we do not have money now the buy the real nets at the moment.”He furthered announced that in November 2014, LAFA would be hosting their World Fisheries Day program, something he described as an opportunity for Liberian Fishermen to network and share ideas with their international counterparts.“This celebration is important because it offers us the opportunity to meet fishermen from other countries. That is why I will urge all fishermen on Liberian soil to take part,” he concluded.Most of the fishes caught by the fishermen are consumed right here in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

De Bruyne is BETTER than Man City! Wolfsburg coach in dig at Premier League club

first_img Kevin De Bruyne 1 Manchester City are not big enough to sign Kevin De Bruyne, according to his Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking.The Belgian midfielder is wanted by the Premier League side but his current boss cannot understand why he would want to move to the Etihad.Hecking admits a massive offer will force through a transfer but he is at a loss as to why the talented playmaker – who failed to convince Jose Mourinho during his time at Chelsea – would want to move to a side he deems outside the elite set.“You never know what will happen,” Hecking told Kicker. “We consider every offer. Kevin will only be allowed to leave the club should we receive an extraordinary offer.“Despite all my appreciation for Manchester City, it would be completely different for me if Real Madrid, Bayern or Barcelona were going for him. I’d understand everything then.”City are expected to step up their bid to sign De Bruyne this week, with reports of a £46million bid being tabled imminently.Wolfsburg’s director of sport Klaus Allofs has admitted the 24-year-old’s head has been turned by the Premier League club’s interest and Manuel Pellegrini is confident of completing a deal for the Belgian by the close of the transfer window.last_img read more


first_imgNorman the racing greyhound who was found with his ears hacked off this weekIT’S enough to make the blood boil in any decent human being.Norman the racing greyhound was found this week in the North with his ears hacked off by its owner who an animal charity branded as ‘scum’. Traumatised Norman underwent surgery on Friday for the horrific injuries he sustained at the hands of mindless thugs.On Saturday, Norman arrived at the Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary for some rest and recuperation.The sanctuary has been flooded with messages of love and support for Norman.George Anderson of the sanctuary said: “He will be going into the isolation area until his injuries heal and to give him time to settle as he is quite stressed after his terrible ordeal.“I understand that many people will want to see him but I would ask all you wonderful people who have shown so much compassion to understand that he will need time to recuperate.“A huge thank you to everyone who has shown such compassion for Norman.“Thank you from everyone at Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary and we will keep you all up-dated on his progress.”Police in the North have appealed for information following the sickening attack on Norman, particularly from those in the world of greyhound racing.Officers were horrified to discover a greyhound dog had its ears cut off.The PSNI received a call out shortly before 8pm on Monday, June 24 to the scene of a dog in distress on the northern outskirts of Belfast.Norman was found this week by police in the North in a traumatised stateWhen they arrived officers discovered a former racing greyhound had been abandoned.But to their horror they noticed its ears had been hacked off to remove the birth and registration tattoos that allow greyhounds to be traced.The distressed and shocked animal was taken by police to nearby veterinary surgeons where it was treated for its injuries.Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary chair George Anderson described the dog’s injuries as “absolutely horrendous.”“I wouldn’t even call the people who did this animals – an animal wouldn’t be so cruel. They are the scum of the earth as far as I’m concerned,” he said.Mr Anderson said that when the dog’s injuries have healed the sanctuary will try to find him a new home.ANIMAL LOVERS FURY AFTER GREYHOUND FOUND WITH ITS EARS HACKED OFF was last modified: June 29th, 2013 by cassoscoopShare 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:ANIMAL LOVERS FURY AFTER GREYHOUND FOUND WITH ITS EARS HACKED OFFNORMAN THE GREYHOUNDlast_img read more

Atletico centre-back Diego Godin reportedly turns down Manchester United move

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware Godin is a two-time Champions League runner-up with Atleti smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade With just hours left of the transfer window, Jose Mourinho is believed to have added a new name to his list of potential transfer targets.The Red Devils are said to have attempted to activate Diego Godin’s €25m release clause and offered him a €9m-per-year contract, but the 32-year-old has no interest in a move to United.Prior to the Godin reports, the 55-year-old manager had spoken at a press conference, denying his side would make any new signings before the window slammed shut. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder possible standings RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Latest Manchester United News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img boost England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED deals gameday cracker 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Manchester United have reportedly contacted Atletico Madrid regarding a potential deadline day move for Diego Godin, however the player has turned them down.According to DiMarzio, the Red Devils were looking to lure the Uruguayan defender away from the club he has been at for eight years, though have been unsuccessful in their attempt. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January United have been in the market for a new centre-back all summer long, with no joy thus far.Major targets for the Old Trafford club include Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.last_img read more

Gerry Adams’ home attacked with explosive device

first_imgThe homes of two prominent Sinn Féin members have been targetted in overnight attacks in Belfast.The attacks occurred in West Belfast when devices were thrown at the homes of Former Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams and party member Bobby Storey.Reports from the scene show a car with significant damage in the driveway of Adams’ house. Nobody was hurt in the incidents, which are believed to be linked to a series of violent events involving dissident republicans this week.The attacks have been slammed as ‘reprehensible and cowardly’ by Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly.“Grandchildren were in the driveway of Adams’ home minutes before the attack,” said Kelly.“I would appeal for calm. These attacks are the desperate acts of increasingly desperate and irrelevant groups.” Adams tweeted his thanks to his neighbours and Sinn Fein representatives who came to help following the incident.All well here. No one hurt. Thanks 4 all the texts & phone calls. Thanks 2 all the great neighbours, the Neighbourhood Watch & Sinn Féin reps who were here very quickly.— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) July 14, 2018 Gerry Adams’ home attacked with explosive device was last modified: July 14th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Belfastbobby storeygerry adamsSinn Feinlast_img read more

Where is This Water Coming From?

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Roof/Wall Connections CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Prevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and InsulationIce Dam BasicsVIDEO: How Ice Dams Form and How to Stop ThemMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof DesignRoofs: Attics, Structure, Claddings Don’t use standing-seam on low-slope roofsNo standing-seam roof will prove truly waterproof, writes GBA reader Hobbit. When enough depth, water will go sideways and find its way into the inevitable gaps between panels.“This is why they’re not recommended for low pitch,” he says. “My 4 1/2-in-12 shed dormer is probably close to the limit of what [standing seam] can practically handle.”In his case, Hobbit didn’t notice ice dams but he did assume that some of the melting snow and ice found its way past the roofing and made its way down over the peel-and-stick membrane, “hopefully all safely reaching the edge of the decking and dropping off under the drip edge.”No evidence inside of any problems inside, he adds, “other than the rafters bending under load.” Yes, the photos are ‘disturbing’Eric Habegger suspects there are leaks in the standing seams, although he cautions it may be too early to jump to that conclusion. Possible, but not a sure bet.“What jumped out at me though is the icicles in the interior,” he adds. “That would seem to indicate that cold air is bypassing the insulation somewhere. That needs to be investigated. It perhaps is a simple, though not easy to fix, problem of air infiltration past the spray foam insulation where a gap or pulling away has occurred.“That might allow warm moist air from the interior to cool and condense on the metal roof and then drip down,” Habegger continues. “Just a possibility that needs to be investigated before jumping to a conclusion.”Yes, condensation is a possible explanation, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. “You need to pay attention to when the leak occurs,” Holladay writes. “If the drips happen on warm days, with ice still on the roof, it’s probably condensation. If the leaks happen when it’s raining, you probably have a leaky roof.”It’s also worth noting that Holladay’s article on ice dam prevention advises, “Although so-called hot roofs (roofs without any ventilation) can work well, ice dams can still form on a hot roof if the snow is deep enough. (Very deep snow acts like insulation. If your roof is covered with two feet of fluffy snow, the bottom of the snowpack is insulated from cold outdoor temperatures. That raises the chance that melting will occur.) So, if your climate is very snowy, you probably want to stick with a cold (ventilated) roof.”Keith Gustafson has a shingled roof with a 3-in-12 pitch and he, too, has seen drips of water behind the soffit when the ice and snow are thick enough on his roof.“Sometimes, things just are,” he says. “The only totally watertight solution would be rubber [roofing]. No sloped roof system is designed to beat ice dams… I would consider several lengths of heat cable to be turned on the three days a year they are required.” What should he do? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Is the roofer responsible?Another issue is whether the contractor who installed the roof is in some way responsible for the problems Metzger is now seeing. “He says he’s never heard of this happening before,” Metzger writes.“If a new roof is leaking, the roofer is of course responsible,” Holladay replies.But the roofer is taking no responsibility,” Metzger says, adding, “And as years go by any recourse I have diminishes. Taking him to court is the last thing I feel like doing. Lesson One when hiring a roofing contractor is go with reputation, not with price. The $3,000 I saved on the installation doesn’t seem like much now that I have been having problems.”The mysterious drip he’s now seeing is not the first sign of troubles. Last year, another “banner snowfall winter,” the accumulated weight of snow on the roof pulled a 30-foot long panel down 6 inches, he says, “unbent the crimps and all.”The roofer wasn’t willing to fix that problem, so Metzger had to set up staging and fix it himself.“This winter I was half-way expecting the entire roof to catastrophically slide off the sheathing,” he adds. “I mean, seriously, has anyone tested fastener systems for metal roofs on 1/2-inch Zip OSB sheathing? It can’t be very strong… And 24 inches of accumulated snow is.”Another house Metzger built had asphalt shingles — one-third the price and “headache-free.” Writing from Climate Zone 6, GBA reader David Metzger is looking for some advice about his standing-seam metal roof. More to the point, why is there water dripping from the soffit when the winter’s accumulation of snow and ice starts to melt?The shed roof showing evidence of problems has a pitch of 3 1/4-in-12 and is framed with I-joists. Metzger provides these additional details: “flash-and-batt insulation” consisting of 4 to 6 inches of closed-cell polyurethane spray foam plus unspecified cavity insulation, taped Zip System sheathing, followed by roofing underlayment. The Galvalume metal roofing has single-lock standing seams that are 1 inch high.“Lots of snow build-up over winter,” he writes. “Due to the pitch and the amount of insulation, there are no conditions where snow slides off on its own. Eventually, ice builds up over top of the seam. As weather gets warmer, water is observed dripping out underneath of overhang (soffit) on low part of the roof.“My guess is the entire roof is leaking at the standing seams and water is sheeting down roof plane, over the underlayment.”Metzger asks whether a double-lock seam would fix the problem, but adds that if it doesn’t he’s really stuck because he won’t be able to take the metal sections apart and find another solution.“Having done some research recently I’ve discovered that a 2- to 3-inch tall standing seam with a butyl sealant at every seam would have prevented this from happening,” he adds. “But it’s too late for that. As it is now, if I can probably take apart the roof — one 30-foot section at a time — cover the Zip sheathing with a waterproof underlayment, then re-bend each seam with sealant and a double-lock.” Wait for next year to find outMetzger is certain that the house is tight enough to prevent warm air from trickling up through the roof and condensing on the underside of the Galvalume. But the 3-foot overhang is uninsulated, and it was dripping with water on the first warm day of the year when snow on the roof was melting.“I suppose it’s possible it was massive condensation from the ice on the roof hitting the warm, humid outdoor air in the soffit,” he says. “I would jump for joy if the answer was that simple! Though I might have to wait until next winter to find out. I’ll need to remove a section of the tongue-and-groove soffit so I can witness the phenomenon.”The closed-cell foam sprayed on the inside of the roof sheathing is waterproof, Metzger says, so it could be a long time before evidence of a leak starts to show itself.“I may never know if I had a leak inside until down the road, the OSB would start bulging up my metal roof,” he adds. “A scenario I’d sometimes think about late at night.” Our expert’s opinionHere what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:David Metzger has several questions built into his situation and he and I had a pretty extensive email exchange on this building (which by the way, is a beautiful AirBnB).To start, know that his building is pretty darn airtight, even in the cathedral ceiling/unvented roof assembly. Often, the 2×6 tongue-and-groove cathedral ceiling is part of a structural roof deck that spans from interior to exterior at the gable and eave overhangs — and so is often very tough to air seal — but that is not the case with Metger’s building.Where is the water coming from?Given when and under what conditions Metzger’s building has shown water leakage, my best assessment is that his well-insulated and air-sealed unvented roof has about R-24 or more on TOP of his roof cladding when it has 2-plus feet of snow up there for an extended period of time. There is enough heat loss trapped by the snow cover to result in melting over the portion of the roof above conditioned space but then it runs down and hits the 3-foot overhang that is quite cold and an ice dam develops. At a 3.5:12 pitch, the ice dam easily builds up enough water to overwhelm the 1-inch standing seam.What is the minimum roof pitch for standing seam metal?I checked in with my expert roofing contact at our local Jancewicz and Son company. International Building Code states the minimum pitch for metal panels is 2.5:12 unless seams are soldered. Jancewicz & Son’s approach is for anything less than 5:12, they typically spec high temp, full coverage ice and water shield with a fully sealed seam (during install), commercial grade sealants inside a double lock, and a vented roof.Would pulling snow off just the overhang (and maybe then some) solve the problem?Good question. Perhaps not, since the melt water is likely to still freeze at the overhang and create the dam, just more visibly without the snow cover.Is the roofer the problem?I think, ultimately, yes. You often get what you pay for, and this company just put on the cladding, rather than working through the potential issues this particular building presented for the cladding used.So, what to do?I hate to be mealy-mouthed about this but I am going to suggest two possibilities. One is to do nothing and see what happens next year and cross the bridge of a really unusually prolonged cold and snowy season if and when it presents itself. The other option is to go back to a professional-grade roofing contractor and get his or her recommendations.Here is what Jancewicz suggests: Sorry to say, but start over. Twenty-four-gauge standing seam metal is essential for Climate Zone 6, as well as venting the assembly (see 2b above). Jancewicz is just about never the lowest bid on any project and they spend a lot of time training their sales staff to clearly explain the Jancewicz quality and value proposition.last_img read more

‘Odisha under-reported police-action deaths’

first_imgThe Odisha government has reportedly made under-reporting of deaths caused by police action to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the most authentic source of information on crime and criminals in India. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has written to the Odisha Chief Secretary pointing out inconsistencies in information provided to the Commission and the NCRB. It sought an explanation for the mismatch.According to NHRC data, a total of 18 persons were killed in police action such as deaths in police custody, fake encounters and police firing in Odisha during 2016. But when information was finally submitted to NCRB, the total deaths on account of police action came down to five.Encounter deaths A total of four persons had died in police custody in 2016, according to NHRC. However, NCRB data show there were no deaths in police custody in Odisha that year. As many as 11 encounter deaths were reported by NHRC during the same period. The NCRB table shows the number of deaths in police firing, including firing in self-defence, as only five.The Odisha police had faced huge criticism after five persons, including two women and a child, were gunned down in a ‘botched anti-Maoist operation’ near Gumudumaha village in Kandhamal district on July 8, 2016. However, other States too have fared no better. In fact, discrepancy in information submitted to NHRC and NCRB has been found in the case of 16 States.NHRC sources said: “It can be seen that deaths in police custody or firing, including in self-defence, were reported in higher numbers to NHRC compared to NCRB by Odisha, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.”Huge inconsistency has been noted in the case of Chhattisgarh, which is badly affected by left-wing extremism. As per NHRC data, 87 deaths were caused by police action, including 81 encounter deaths in the central Indian State, while only four were reported to NCRB.Now, the Odisha Home Department has directed the DGP and the State Crime Records Bureau to furnish reports on deaths so that the discrepancy could be explained to NHRC.last_img read more

Infosys to Hire 500 Workers at Rhode Island Hub In U.S.

first_imgInfosys will establish a Design and Innovation hub at Rhode Island in the United States, the Indian software company has announced. It will hire 500 American workers from the state over the next five years as part of a multi-year partnership with the state.“We are excited to welcome Infosys to Rhode Island,” Governor Gina Raimondo said in a statement. “Because of our investments in higher education and job training at CCRI and other institutions across the state, Rhode Islanders are well-equipped and well-prepared to compete for these good paying jobs. Infosys joins a growing local market of innovative, advanced industry companies that have chosen to plant a flag in Rhode Island.”Infosys President Ravi Kumar said in a statement that the move will enhance the company’s ability to provide design-driven, digital technologies across the country and enable breakthrough innovations at the intersection of industry and design for their clients. “Today’s partnership with Rhode Island marks another important step forward for Infosys in the United States. The state’s educational institutions, design-rich environment, and economic development tools, positioned Rhode Island competitively for this type of specialist partnership,” he said.At the beginning of 2017, the technology giant had vowed to hire 10,000 American workers in the next two years. It has been working towards achieving this goal and has invested in technology and innovation hubs in various states like Indianapolis, Indiana and Raleigh, North Carolina.Infosys will hire experienced designers, design architects, specialists in information design and technical experts at Rhode Island, which is also home to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design.The technology firm says that more than 4.7 million students, 13,000 teachers, and 21,000 schools across the United States have benefited from computer science training and equipment funded through the Infosys Foundation USA. In Rhode Island alone, it has given grants to 930 students, 20 teachers and 18 schools. The Rhode Island center is the third of four innovation and technology hubs Infosys wants to start.In September, they had announced the North Carolina hub, where 2,000 American workers will be hired in the next four years. The focus in these hubs will be on advanced technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data and advanced analytics, cloud computing, and big data management. Related ItemsInfosysRhode IslandUnited Stateslast_img read more

CWG probe: CBI gathers Games payment files

first_imgCommonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The probe into allegations of corruption in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) is gathering steam with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) taking away files of the Organising Committee and the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) beginning the final audit of the Games.  The CBI is probing a money trail of Rs 1.8 crore paid by the Organising Committee to the previously unknown AM Films and AM Cars for logistical support during the Queen’s Baton Rally in London. Meanwhile, the CAG has begun its final audit of the Games. The report is expected by December-end. The CAG plans to table the final report in Parliament during winter session.  In another development, the Group of Ministers that met on Monday extended the tenure of senior officers of the Organising Committee to facilitate the probe into corruption charges. The extension of tenure will ensure proper documentation of the purchases and payments made by the Organising Committee.last_img read more

London Olympics: Ki Bo-Bae wins gold in archery

first_imgMexico ended its medal drought in Olympic archery on Thursday with a double triumph for Aida Roman and Mariana Avitia, who came away with the silver and bronze respectively. South Korea’s Ki Bo-bae beat Roman in the final to take the gold.Roman, 24, reached the finals after victories over Miki Kanie of Japan, Italy’s Pia Lionetti and teammate Avitia.”The feeling is incredible,” Roman said. “I have been training my whole life and I have made it. This medal is for me, for my family and for everyone who has supported me. And, of course, for Mexico.”Mariana Avitia, an 18-year-old, upset South Korean archer Lee Sung-jin in the quarterfinals and went on to defeat Khatuna Lorig of the US in the bronze-medal match.”I am very, very happy, this is a very moving moment in the life of an athlete,” Avitia said after winning the bronze.”To have the support of my family and my coach has been very important for me. Thank you, Mexico. I love you,” she said.last_img read more

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