Bea Mountain Blocks Environmental Pollution

first_imgTSF is a “wetland built to help polish all used water before releasing it into the environment”By Martin C. BensonThe Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (BMMC), a subsidiary of the Avesoro Resources, has taken a significant step to install the necessary environmental safeguards to avoid emitting harmful chemicals into nearby rivers and streams used by communities living downstream of the mining operations.This corrective action follows the spillage of the Tailing Tank at the New Liberty Gold Mines (NLGM) resulting in the pollution of nearby streams in the local communities of Jikando, Korma Wiaja and Malina, in Gola Konneh District, Grand Cape Mount County.Briefing journalists on the methods taken by the company to avoid cyanide and other chemicals used in extracting minerals from rocks from polluting the environment, the technical manager of NLGM, Roland Degreef, said a beach called Tailing Storage Facility (TSF) was developed.Degreef admitted that although the design work and construction of the TSF are cost intensive, they are the best strategies for preventing environmental pollution.He said the TSF is a “wetland built to help polish all used water before releasing it into the environment.”He explained that after extracting the gold from the rock using water and chemicals including cyanide, the slurry, prior to being discharged into the TSF, must undergo two detoxification processes – that is, from the stockpile to the crusher, then onward to the gold pregnant solution, where all of the solid materials are separated.The cyanide content which is applied to help in the extraction of gold, when released into the environment, can be harmful to flora and fauna, he said.Conscious of the negative effects of cyanide on the environment, Degreef said the detoxification methods adopted by the company in keeping with international mining standards is done by using the Carbon In Leach (CIL) tanks and the slurry, which are the remnants from the rock that was crushed and is channeled to the TSF. This is achieved by applying what is known as In-leaching, that is, taking gold from the carbon, and leaching, which is taking carbon from the gold.Degreef emphasized that these processes are to ensure that no poisonous gas is emitted into the air and all chemicals used in the processing of the gold after the crushing of rocks are detoxified.Bea Mountain said it embarked on this complex method after the unfortunate problem created last year following the spillage of waste from the mining operations in Kinjor into Mervoe River thus affecting the three aforementioned surrounding villages.The TSF beach is technically spread over the Mervoe River with channels of fresh water passages embedded beneath the TSF. Fresh water from upstream, in the pain-stock drain, passes beneath the TSF, and the TSF is protected by a drywall made of slurry and a second defense wall made of laterite, which helps to keep the drywall stable, he said.“The water from the TSF is channeled through a series of slabs and is then sent back to the TSF. It is the fresh water passing beneath the TSF by way of the pains-stock drain that is discharged into the environment,” he explained.To ensure that this new facility operates in line with international mining standards, Degreef said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) takes a regular sample for testing and works in close collaboration with resident environmental experts at the mines and those hired as the need arises.At the TSF head office, there is an agriculture demonstration site, where plants are grown to determine whether products ending up at the TSF beach are environmentally unfriendly or have an adverse effect on flora and fauna in the vicinity, he said.Degreef said Bea Mountain in collaboration with Avesoro has undertaken the TSF project to make mining at New Liberty Mine a world class venture and void of any trace of environmental pollution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC mandates leader to respond to Granger in “prescribed manner”

first_imgLocal Government ElectionsThe Alliance For Change (AFC) held its second National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting for 2018 on Tuesday where a decision was taken to have its leader, Raphael Trotman respond to President David Granger in a “prescribed manner” on the issue of Local Government Elections.The AFC late Tuesday evening said the meeting was held at the Georgetown Club and was attended by members of the NEC, representatives from all the administrative regions and Diaspora representatives, including persons from Grenada who represented the AFC’s Caribbean Chapter.According to the party, Trotman reported to the meeting that on April 30, he received a response to the AFC letter dated February 26, 2018, which was sent to leader of the A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), President David Granger. The AFC letter outlined a number of matters, including the issue of the approach to Local Government Elections and the response from Granger proposed “a certain course of action.”“The NEC deliberated on this matter and mandated the leader respond to His Excellency in a prescribed manner. This will be done in the coming days and following the dispatch of that communication, the AFC will make a more detailed statement on the issue,” the AFC in a statement said on Tuesday evening.Last month, after months of uncertainty, AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan said the party will be going into the LGE with the APNU under one ticket.“We have made a decision that we are going as a coalition. We have to thrash out a number of issues preferably in relation to candidacy candidates, and a number of other things,” he told the press, while noting that the AFC has noticed some unfortunate developments in the Georgetown municipality.Ramjattan was referring to the attitude of APNU Councillors, including Town Clerk Royston King towards AFC members, which he claimed is “bothering us.” The AFC Chairman indicated that statements in this regard have been made and will be officially raised through communication with APNU officials.In mid-January, Trotman had announced the possibility of the party breaking away from the APNU for this year’s LGE. The AFC leader went as far as to reveal that there was a strong opinion of body within the party that the AFC should go alone, which may have been prompted over delays with reviewing the Cummingsburg Accord.The AFC has, of recent, come under fire for the perceived submissive role it played when it joined forces with APNU. In 2017, top leadership of the AFC had decided to revise its governing agreement with APNU.last_img read more

Govt considering GuySuCo lands for housing project – Harmon

first_imgAs Government embarks on its massive housing drive, it is looking to utilise the acres of land owned by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) that are no longer being used, as the industry is being restructured.This was disclosed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at last Thursday’s post-Cabinet press briefing.“One of the options that is available is for us to look at lands that had been used by GuySuCo that are no longer being planted with cane – for us to utilise those lands as well for housing and other forms of development,” he told reporters.Moreover, the State Minister indicated that the Administration would also be moving to repossess those large plots of lands granted to developers under the previous Administration which have not been in use.“Since we took office, I believe we had served notices to the owners of these lands and asked them, basically in relation to the contracts which they had, to activate the terms and conditions of those contracts. Once the time had expired and nothing was done significantly, then Government will enter into negotiations with these persons with a view of repossessing these lands for better use by the community… We believe it is not right for large plots of land to be lying idle while we are basically trying our best all-around to find lands for people,” he stated.Harmon noted, however, that any repossession would have to be done via due process. He added too that Government has learnt that some developers, who were given large tracts of lands to develop housing estates, were actually subdividing the lands then selling them as house lots at costs that were several times the value they paid for them. This practice, the Minister said, is something that Government will be looking into as well.Meanwhile, with Government embarking on several major housing projects, it is pushing the use of more local materials and contractors when doing construction work. Harmon told reporters that Guyana imported many foreign species of lumber when the country had a wide variety here to choose from.“…We want to encourage the use of the woods that we have here in Guyana… There are also some proposals to relook at the production of clay bricks and many of these things which really made us self-sufficient in some way; we’ll have to review these things, because we can’t just continue buying these products from abroad when in fact we have the facilities right here to do it,” Harmon posited.ConcessionsTo this end, the State Minister noted that Government would be introducing tax concessions to encourage the use of local materials. He went on to say that the thrust of the coalition Government was to not only provide house lots to Guyanese but to build houses to form communities, which would be the focus of its housing drive.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonOn the other hand, he added that the new housing project would be a partnership initiative with the Private Sector,  the details of which would be included in a White Paper to be presented to the National Assembly.This Paper, the Minister said, will include the method of construction, which will focus more on indigenous materials and local contractors; the method of payment per unit, mortgages for recipients and criteria for allocation, and included also the issue of self-help programmes.The document will also address squatting as Government promises to regularise the practice throughout the various regions in Guyana.Moreover, the State Minister explained that the construction of duplexes and townhouses project which the Communities Ministry was  embarking on would  commence in the second quarter of this year in April. Government recognises that housing was one of the major issues affecting Guyanese and in order to address the issue, Harmon said the housing drive was being fast-tracked.Last September, the Communities Ministry disclosed that the construction of duplexes and townhouses, targeting Public Sector employees, youths and low-income earners, would be undertaken in order to push the development of local housing.These housing units will be constructed in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Four (Demerara-Mahaica); Five (Mahaica-Berbice); Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) at a total cost of $5 billion, with each unit costing $5.4 million.last_img read more

Corentyne mason dies 3 weeks after being chopped by villager

first_img…suspect said to be of ‘unsound mind’By Andrew CarmichaelA mason of Williamsburg, Corentyne, East Berbice (Region Six), who was brutally chopped about the body — especially to the neck — by a villager of ‘unsound mind’ some three weeks ago, and had been battling for his life in hospital, has succumbed.Fifty-four-year-old Mohamad Aslam was reportedly chopped to the upper part of his body several times on October 3 at Williamsburg, after running to his wife’sDead: Mohamad Aslamrescue. He reportedly received more than 30 chops from his attacker, and was rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital, where he was treated before being transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.  However, because of the severity of the wounds, he was subsequently transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital; but, on Sunday, he succumbed to his injuries.Recounting the incident, his wife, Basmattie Aslam, also called ‘Urmila’, explained that, on the day in question, her husband had gone on an errand while she was at home cooking. “I go outside to the road for a piece of wood for the ‘fireside’ and I see him (husband) coming and I see a man coming, but I didn’t pay him (the man) no mind. Just as I bend down to pick up the wood, he (suspect) start to broadside me. I run inside, and he run behind me with the cutlass; and I run to the side and my husband run behind and try to take away the cutlass, and the man give him one chop to the neck and he fall down.”According to her, the attacker, who lives a mere four houses away, then turned his attention on her again, and continued to lash her with the cutlass; and her husband got up again to rescue her.“Since he get up he get another chop to the other side of the neck,” she said, adding that her husband was dealt several more chops as he lay helpless on the ground. “He (murder suspect) only aiming chops to the neck all the time,” she said.When the man was finished chopping her husband, she said, the man calmly walked away. Neighbours say the man is of unsound mind.The grieving widow — a mother of two, who had been married to her husband for 30 years — said that following the news of her husband’s demise, she was visited by the mother of her attacker, who has been charged with attempted murder – a charge which is now expected to be changed with the death of Aslam. The suspect is currently on remand.last_img read more

Local briefs

first_imgSCANNING THE AREA GARDENA Shooting kills 33-year-old man A man was fatally shot in Gardena on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Los Angeles resident Gemora Jawana Knoxs, 33, was shot around 3:15 p.m. in the 1000 block of 130th Street, near Vermont Avenue and the border of Los Angeles, Deputy Denise Fuchs said Thursday. He was declared dead at the scene. No other details were released. AREAWIDE Sobriety checks set for tonight Law enforcement will conduct sobriety and drivers’ license checkpoints tonight. Police will be out from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday on Artesia Boulevard at Aviation Way in Redondo Beach. In Carson, deputies will conduct checkpoints from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday on Figueroa Street north of 223rd Street and on Avalon Boulevard north of Carson Street in Carson. SAN PEDRO Workingwomen’s lunch is Sunday The San Pedro-based Harry Bridges Institute will honor seven local labor organizers Sunday at the group’s sixth annual Working Class Women’s Luncheon in Long Beach. The lunch is from noon to 4p.m. at the Coast Long Beach Hotel, 700 Queensway Drive. Primary sponsorship is provided by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, but the honorees are selected by Harbor Area unions. A fashion show depicting working women through history also will be featured, with vintage clothing provided by Lyz Bryant of Threads of Time in San Pedro. Being honored are Ruth Brown of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13; Cathy Familathe, a marine clerk nominated by the ILWU Pensioners; Debbie Karmelich of the ILWU Local 63; Mary E. Knoebel of the Pile Drivers Union Local 2375; Bernadette Martinez of the ILWU Local 94; Yvonne Rizzo of Carpenters Local 630; and Catherine Zamora of the Ironworkers Union. Tickets are $50 at the door. Call 310-831-2397.160Want 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

GAA NEWS: CONVOY U14’S EARN EXCELLENT WIN OVER BUNCRANA

first_imgConvoy GAA News: Lotto 6/6/16: DL KK WX OY, 9 people matched 2. 5 winners of €20, Eileen Harkin, Eileen McMullan, Eileen O’Donnell, Joe Blake & Violet McHugh Convoy. Jackpot next week €4350. Underage training as Norm on Fri 6/7Check Fb page for details of training and matches.Hard luck to our u14 girls who lost out to cloughaneely in the semi finalWell done u 14 boys on your win over BuncranaNext up away to St Eunans on Mon 20 th JuneSenior men and Senior ladies Training as NormBigger turnout needed for trainingLadies are away to Glenties on SundayWell done to the Senior men on their win over Lifford on Sat St Mary’s 6-13 Lifford 1-12Gaelic for mothers and others training on Wed at 8.15 new players welcomePlease support our club in Supervalu and Lidl promotions Kelloggs Cul CampConvoy /Conmhaigh 27 Jun – 1 JulFootball, Hurling, CamogieBook Now Online or morning of campAnyone wishing to have notes included contact Mairead 0872140060Best wishes to all sitting examsGAA NEWS: CONVOY U14’S EARN EXCELLENT WIN OVER BUNCRANA was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:convoyGAASportlast_img read more

Raiders great Charles Woodson knows Oakland fans will be hurting Sunday

first_imgALAMEDA — Charles Woodson always did have his finger on the pulse of the Raiders’ local fan base.That’s why they turned out in startling numbers at the club facility in May of 2013, an organic, social-media driven flash mob that helped convince him to sign with the Raiders after seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers.Woodson was back at the practice facility Thursday in a media capacity, filming interviews with Raiders players for the NFL Films show “The Grind.” He said he’ll be at the …last_img

Scott AFB Embraces 5210 Healthy Military Children (HMC)

first_imgCooking Class with Darla Klausner, Scott AFBBy Robin Allen, MSPH, RDN, LDNThere are no scheduled webinars for MFLN Nutrition and Wellness the months of November and December 2015.  But we have an exciting line-up for 2016.  I will talk about upcoming webinars in another blog.  Today I want to revisit 5210 Healthy Military Children. If you missed the webinar, you can still watch the recording and receive CPEUs by visiting the event page.I had a nice conversation with Darla Klausner, MPH, CHES, Program Director for 5210 Healthy Military Children (HMC) at Scott AFB in Illinois.  Darla has started 5210 HMC at Scott AFB with great success and shared some of her strategies.  Her first goal was to create awareness of the program.  She provides 5210 kits to providers at the medical clinic to help military care providers address obesity more comfortably.  The kits are specially designed by Darla and include a 5210 survey, 5210 definitions/recommendations, Healthy Kids Snacks, Tips for Families and a program trifold.  The parents are given the 5210 Kit if their child has been coded as overweight, obese or with high lipids.  The providers usually refer the families to Darla or the parents may contact her directly to set up an appointment. Parents feel very defensive when it comes to discussing their child’s weight.  The kit helps open the dialogue about weight and general health habits of the child and the entire family.  Darla will sometimes talk to the parents before the appointment to develop a counseling session that targets specific behaviors such as too much screen time, high cholesterol or obesity.   A MyPlate handout is provided to the kids to take home and practice building balanced meals along with a cookbook to help them with healthier lunch ideas or snacks.Currently, Darla holds teen cooking classes at the Youth Center. Some recipes include sloppy joes made from garbanzo beans, macaroni and cheese made from pumpkin puree, and energy bars made with almond butter, dates, pumpkin seeds, and oats.  At the library, there is a Teen Healthy Choices challenge and also the Zero Sugary Drinks Challenge with the story time kids.As a one-time event, the garden program cooking class worked with Operation Food Search to provide a “Garden to Table” cooking class.  The goal for 2016 will include bi-monthly cooking classes for participants.  The Garden to Table cooking class was such a success funds were allocated to build a raised garden to help prevent plant loss and continue with Garden to Table cooking classes for children and families. Additionally, the St. Clair County Health Department approved the 5210 HMC program for the military WIC clients, and Darla will begin teaching 5210 Healthy Military Children classes in January.   A condensed lesson/briefing handout was used for staff training for nutrition education credit hours at the Youth Center staff.  Darla included a short demonstration on how to encourage kids and parents to add more vegetables to their diet. The feedback has been positive, and this has led to creating a healthy lunch bunch for the staff members.Raised beds garden to table, Scott AFBMost of the materials used at Scott AFB were adapted from The Clearing House for Military Family Readiness with the help of Dr. Jen Dinallo, our webinar presenter, who has been a great support system to the 5210 HMC program at Scott AFB.Other things I learned from Darla:Most bases have various Facebook pages that you may be able to post events.  The Scott AFB Youth Center has a Facebook page along with the Scott AFB Library.  All have been good places to reach out to kids and parents.Another tip, using a Spiralizer, is an excellent way to show kids and parents how to have fun with vegetables.  You can order a Spiralizer from anywhere, but Inspiralized.com has some great recipes.The following are some of the materials used at Scott AFB.  You can contact Darla for copies if you would like some ideas for starting or improving your 5210 HMC. 1:  Condensed 5210 HMC Lesson/Briefing:Youth Center 5210 Condensed LessonGo Foods, Slow Foods, Whoa FoodsServing Size In HandMy Plate PlannerSports DrinksTwo week challenge for military kids2.  5210 HMC Kits for Providers Survey – pre/post (Pre-survey acts as enrollment form) 5210 HMC Definitions/Recommendations Healthy Kids Snacks Tips for Families Trifold Brochure UnpluggedOther Resources:Recipes:Cooking Class 2Cooking Class 3Cooking Class 4Cooking Class 5My Plate Planner5210 Healthy Military Children ToolkitHow can you start 5210 HMC on your base or facility?This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. Darla Klausner, MPH, CHES5210 Healthy Military ChildrenDisease ManagementDarla.Klausner.1.ctr@us.af.millast_img read more

Existing laws enough, no need to ban late night parties, says Goa CM

first_imgPanaji: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday ruled out banning late-night music parties in Goa, because existing laws he said restrict playing loud music beyond 10 p.m.Speaking to reporters at the Raj Bhavan near here after the swearing-in of two new Ministers — Mauvin Godinho and Vishwajit Rane — into the BJP-led coalition government, Mr. Parrikar also said that police have clear instructions to crack down on drugs, prostitution and illegal gambling. “As per law, after 10 p.m. you cannot play loud music. If there is no permission, there is no question of banning it. Law says you can play loud music till 10 p.m., after taking permission. What disturbs people, any activity like this, will not be allowed by law,” Mr. Parrikar said.A few days back Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar of Goa Forward Party had said that police were not cracking down enough on late-night rave parties, which are popular in the coastal belt of north Goa. “Wherever there is suspicion, police have clear instructions to crack down on drugs, prostitution and illegal gambling,” Mr. Parrikar said. Portfolios soonMr. Rane, who was sworn in today, will have to get elected in six months as he had resigned as Congress MLA immediately after election, and later joined the BJP. Mr. Godinho had resigned as Congress MLA ahead of the February 4 Assembly elections and has been elected on a BJP ticket from Dabolim constituency. They were administered oath of office and secrecy by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha.None of the Congress MLAs including sitting MLA and former Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane who is father of Vishwajit Rane were present for the swearing in ceremony.The Parrikar-led coalition government now includes five Ministers from the BJP (including CM), three from Goa Forward, two from the MGP and two Independents. Mr. Parrikar will allot portfolios to both the newly-inducted Ministers within this week.The BJP, which won 13 seats in the February 4 Assembly elections, cobbled together a coalition government with its allies last month to form the government. The Congress, which won 17 seats in the 40-member Assembly to emerge as the single largest party, is in the Opposition with 16 MLAs following the exit of Mr. Rane.last_img read more