NOCAL STEPS UP EBOLA FIGHT, Provides Quarter-million US Dollars

first_imgThe National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has stepped up its support towards efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia. The company has now contributed more than a quarter of a million dollars in cash and essential health materials since the outbreak of the virus in Liberia more than six months ago. The Public Engagement Manager of NOCAL, Mr. Jonathan Sogbie,  made the disclosure when the company presented a consignment of assorted food items and clothing to the Ebola Treatment Unit-2 at ELWA and residents of district #6 affected by Ebola. The company also presented similar items to the John F. Kennedy Memorial hospital’s Ebola Treatment Unit. The NOCAL official said the latest contributions are part of the company’s efforts to identify with Liberians during the public health emergency the country is experiencing. “We all need to join the government in eradicating this disease from Liberia,” he urged.On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of NOCAL, Mr. Sogbie praised the personal sacrifices health personnel continue to make in helping to save lives. He admonished all Liberians and others residing within the country to adhere to health tips issued by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare to help contain the virus.Mr. Sogbie gave the assurance that NOCAL will continue to support government’s efforts aimed at containing the spread of the virus.The head of the ELWA treatment Unit, Dr. Jerry Brown, welcomed the donation by NOCAL and appealed for more medication to help treat patients. He admonished Liberians to continue to support and respect health workers as they perform their duties.Dr. Brown said the fight against Ebola will only succeed if Liberians follow health safety measures and demonstrate appreciation towards health workers. He recalled an incident when a doctor working at the Emergency Treatment Unit was evicted from his residence by a landlord for fear that the doctor may infect other tenants. Such behavior, Dr. Brown, cautioned, does not help the fight against Ebola.Montserrado County Representative, Edwin M. Snowe, also commended NOCAL for supporting efforts of the District Task Force in caring for residents quarantined in their homes.The latest presentation by NOCAL brings the oil company’s total contribution towards the Ebola fight to US$291,500.Two weeks ago, NOCAL presented a check for US$ 150,000 towards the Ebola Trust Fund.  The company recently presented Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, worth over US $84,000. NOCAL also contributed US$27,500 to help airlift a consignment of essential medical supplies being brought into the country by Chevron-Liberia, Ltd., and its international partner, International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC).  The National Task Force has since taken delivery of the items worth more than US $240,000.Recently, NOCAL presented several materials to a local Non-Governmental Organization, ‘Feed the Future’, in its effort to tackle the Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rice farmers stand to suffer major losses

first_imgRegion 2 flooding…“I have no comments” – REOAs heavy rainfall caused several communities in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) to be flooded, residents and farmers especially, are becoming more distressed as the floodwaters are taking an extremely long time to recede due to poor drainage and lack of proper systems in place to address the issue.Rice fields under floodwaters in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam)Rice farmers are furious as thousands of acres of cultivated rice fields remain inundated for almost a week now and they expect to suffer major financial losses.Guyana Times was told that some farmers who have pumps have taken it upon themselves to pump the water out of their fields while the majority will have to depend on the drainage system.Regional Chairman, Devanand Ramdatt, when contacted, said that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is seeking the timely intervention of the Government especially the Agriculture Ministry to address the issue.According to Ramdatt, the situation is becoming more challenging and the RDC is requesting that a careful assessment be conducted by the relevant Government Ministries and agencies to provide information which will guide response mechanisms.The Regional Chairman is also calling for a timely supply of fuel in addition to proper maintenance of all the drainage pumps in the region. He expressed that despite the heavy rainfall, he believes that the water levels would not have been a major issue had there been a timely supply of fuel to enable the pumps to be put into operation. He said that this is a system which was not adopted by the relevant bodies.“In the absence of that system being adopted by the regional administration, the administrative arm of the region which is by the REO, because at the level of the RDC we’ve always been recommending that that be the approach, that we have timely supply of fuel for the pump, so that in the event of any rainfall while the tide is up, that the pump can [be] put into operation,” he stated.He disclosed that when the heavy rainfall was experienced, many of the pumps were not operational as a result of inadequate fuel supply. This, he explained, created major complications, which contributed to the situation becoming exacerbated.The Regional Chairman added that there is adequate budgetary allocation in the system which can rectify this issue. He stated that recommendations have always been made at the level of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), however, the support from the Clerk of the Council to implement decisions is lacking. It has been reported that the high levels of floodwaters are affecting both residential and cultivation areas in the region.The RDC and the people of Region Two are concerned about the continued negligence and delayed response from the Agriculture Ministry on such key matters.When contacted for a comment on the situation, Regional Executive Officer (REO), Denis Jaikarran said, “I have no comments”.Meanwhile, the Civil Defence Commission posted on its Facebook page that the Rapid Damage Assessment Teams have been deployed to support Regions Two and Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara). Cleanup hampers were also distributed in those regions.last_img read more

Photos: NFL great and former 49er Larry Allen reduces price on Danville mansion

first_imgFormer All-Pro lineman Larry Allen has slashed the price on his Danville, Calif. mansion to $6.9 million from $7.5 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The estate in the Blackhawk Country Club gated community has seven bedrooms and eight baths over 10,116 square feet. It features a theatre, indoor spa and sports court among many other amenities.The home was purchased in 2004 for $4.495 million, according to public records. Keri O’Reilly with The Agency is the current listing …last_img read more

Barloworld tops in Giro, Argus

first_img12 March 2007Blessed with beautiful clear weather and almost windless conditions, the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour provided a fitting conclusion to the Giro del Capo as Team Barloworld’s Robert Hunter secured a home victory for South Africa on Sunday.With his teammates providing excellent support, Hunter surged ahead at the finish to sprint to the title ahead of last year’s Argus winner, Steffen Radochla of Team Wiesenhof-Felt, with Regiostrom Senges’ Malaya van Ruitenbeek grabbing the final podium position.Following the top three over the finish line were MTN Microsoft’s top sprinter Malcolm Lange and Davitamon-Win’s Jurgen Roelandts.TeamworkMost of the hard work for Hunter was done by Hugo Sabido and Felix Cardenas, with Fabrizio Guidi adding further help at the end to ensure Hunter took the win.The South African star described his victory as a fantastic day on which his teammates did everything right and dominated the racing. He admitted matters nearly got away from his team towards the end, but said strength in numbers prevented that happening.Said Hunter: “As a South African, to win this race, and I hadn’t raced it in 10 years, means something.” Previously his best result in the Argus was a second-place finish.Women’s winVictory in the women’s race went to Duravit’s Anke Erlank Moore. She credited her win, which was her fourth in the Argus, to mountain bike training.She and Anriette Schoeman, who missed the race after suffering a broken wrist in a training accident two weeks before the race, are the only two women to win the event over the past eight years.Second place went to 17-year-old Cherise Taylor. Moore afterwards picked her as a future winner of the race. Ending third was Marissa van der Merwe.Giro winnerWhile Hunter snatched the Cycle Tour title, it was another Team Barloworld rider, Alexander Efimkin, who won the Giro del Capo. The Russian took the honours ahead of Cardenas, with South Africa’s David George, riding for CSC Marcello, finishing third, followed by two more Barloworld cyclists, Sabido and Ryan Cox.George, who attempted to attack on the final climb of the Argus in a desperate bid for the stage victory, admitted that going up against such a strong team was a challenge too difficult to overcome. He added that the 109-kilometre route was maybe a little too short and he didn’t have enough climbs to allow him to have a strong go at winning the final stage.Four men in the top five of the overall classification was ample testament to the strength of the Barloworld outfit, and it spoke volumes for the hard work they did throughout the Giro.Jersey winnersThe honours didn’t end there for Barloworld either, as Sabido secured the Powerade King of the Mountains title.MTN Microsoft’s Daryl Impey, seventh in the Argus, won the Pickford’s points jersey after capturing the prologue and the 120-kilometre second stage, and Konica Minolta’s Chris Froome won the MTN Young African jersey awarded to the top under-23 African rider.Efimkin called his victory in the Giro “an important win”. He complimented the organisers on a smoothly put together event, and his teammates for the professionalism they showed throughout the race.“The race was good,” he said, “and the scenery beautiful throughout the week.”Success for charitiesOther big winners on the Argus were the charities which benefited from, among others, the entries of former Tour de France champions Jan Ullrich and Greg LeMond.Ullrich raised funds for the Starfish Greathearts Foundation and the Imibala charity, while LeMond rode to raise awareness about diabetes. He was in a group of 200 Virgin Active cyclists, with the gym chain donating money to the Education Active Foundation on their behalf.Ullrich said he thoroughly enjoyed his ride. “It was a wonderful race, wonderful conditions,” he said.“The spirit was marvellous. Everyone from the slow riders to the fast ones had smiles on their faces. I don’t know how much money I’ve raised for the funds, but I hope that it’s a lot. It’s something that I hold close to my heart, particularly raising money for children.”Make a DifferenceAnother prominent team of fundraisers featured former Rugby World Cup winning captain Francois Pienaar teaming up with former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe – who had flown out from Leeds for the event – riding together on a tandem. They were cycling for Make a Difference (MAD).MAD is Pienaar’s brainchild and among its honorary members it features some of the greatest rugby players in history: New Zealand’s 1987 World Cup winning captain David Kirk;1991 Australian World Cup winning skipper Nick Farr-Jones;Two-time World Cup winner John Eales, who was the victorious captain in 1999; andEngland’s 2003 World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson.What that means, in case you hadn’t worked it out yet, is that every Rugby World Cup winning captain in history has given his backing to MAD. 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Singapore Airlines tests biofuel from used cooking oil

first_imgSingapore Airlines expects a significant reduction in carbon emissions on a series of San Francisco flights over the next three months that will combine biofuels made from cooking oil with optimised flight planning and its new A350-900 aircraft. The Singaporean carrier (SIA) is partnering with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to operate 12 “green package’ flights on the lengthy,   non-stop Singapore-San Francisco route to raise awareness of aviation biofuels and provide insight on issues such as economics, logistical requirements and performance.The first flight departed San Francisco on May 1 with 206 passengers on board powered by a conventional jet fuel combination of hydro-processed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) ) biofuel produced from used cooking oil by AltAir Fuels.A full tank of the HEFA biofuel would cut lifecycle emissions, which include emissions from the production process, by about 71 per cent but SIA is using a blend. Nonetheless, it expects CO2 emissions savings of about 15 metric tonnes per flight. Biofuels have been used in a number of aircraft trials and have been certified for use in aviation since 2011. But SIA says this the first time an alternative fuel has been used in conjunction with a next-generation plane and cutting-edge air traffic control techniques.CAAS will employ several optimised flight operations to reduce fuel burn These include user preferred routes, where regularly updated flight routes take into account factors such as weather and aircraft performance, and Dynamic Airborne Reroute Procedure, which allows an aircraft to change course during a flight to take advantage of updated weather forecasts.They will also be able to use reduced separation standards while flying over oceans and traffic flow management procedures which reduce the holding time for arriving flights.The Singaporeans have also been involved in the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) program and SIA is a member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) established in 2008 to promote the use of sustainable aviation biofuels. “Singapore Airlines’ fleet is already among the most modern and fuel-efficient in the world,’’ chief executive Goh Choon Phong said in a statement. “We now want to push ourselves further and are embarking on this initiative to help promote the use of sustainable biofuel in an operationally and commercially-viable manner.“This is in line with our long-term commitment to further reduce carbon emissions while improving the efficiency of our operations.”Biofuels are expected to play a key role in helping the aviation industry achieving its target of carbon neutral growth after 2020.They have been shown to reduce the full lifecycle carbon footprint of aviation fuel by up to 80 percent and the Air Transport Action Group estimates the carbon footprint of commercial aviation would fall 5 per cent if it were to get just 6 per cent of its fuel supply from biofuel.A number of airlines are either using or looking at using biofuels on a regular basis.United Airlines in 2016 agreed to purchase up to 15 million gallons of sustainable biofuel from AltAir Paramount over a three-year period for its daily operations at Los Angeles. The flights use a 30-70 mixture of biofuel to traditional fuel that is estimated to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by more than 60 per cent when compared to fossil fuels.Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific also plans to use a combination of conventional jet fuel and biofuels on flights from the US starting in 2019.last_img read more

Roundup: 5 Awesome Editing Effects in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgIn this video tutorial, check out five practical effects in Premiere Pro every video editor should have in their tool-kit.Video editing is just like any other art form. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned veteran, you always need tricks of the trade. Some of these tricks might be simple time-savers, while others may give a creative boost to a dull project.Whatever the case, the real trick is to always be learning. In this great video breakdown from SonduckFilm, we get some helpful insights into editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.So take a look at filmmaker and video editor Joshua Noel’s five favorite effects in Premiere Pro to see if there are any you can add to your creative tool belt.1. Warp StabilizerFor the run-and-gun filmmaker (or the editor who has to deal with rough-and-tumble footage), shaky footage can be a huge problem in any edit. Not just shaky handheld footage either — even stabilized gimbal footage and tripod shots can have shake and inconsistencies.Noel takes us through how to add Warp Stabilizer to your shaky footage clips — and how to customize the effect to maximize the amount of stabilization you can get.2. CropIf you’ve ever worked with any other basic photo or image editing software — like, say, Adobe Photoshop (or even MS Paint) — you may be familiar with this effect. However, as Noel lays out in his tutorial on reframing compositions and adding new elements like split screen effects, sometimes the simplest tools can be the most powerful.3. Camera Blur and MaskWant to add cinematic depth to your compositions and shots? Noel takes us through how you can use the Camera Blur effect with Mask to add new dynamics and depth to your shots. While this is a pretty simple trick, it does require some keyframing. However, once you get the hang of it, it can be a great creative trick to use in a pinch.4. Lumetri ColorIf you’re old enough to remember the days before the Lumetri Color tab, you know how great the updated effect is in Premiere Pro CC. Digital color editing has always been a developing science, and the Lumetri Color tab is about as powerful a tool as they come.Noel offers some great insights into basic color correcting and grading techniques. From there, you can start learning and developing on your own.5. NoiseFor his final favorite, Noel talks about how to use the Noise effect (a highly controversial decision for some but a powerful effect nonetheless). Noise comes in handy most often when working with graphics and motion. Noel uses the example of working with an After Effects clip and using Noise to add a “video” element — which can give your footage a more authentic or real aesthetic.So take a look, and try out something new.Cover image by FrameStockFootages.If you’re looking for more video editing tips and tricks, check out some of these resources below!Professional Video Editing Tips and Techniques5 Ways to Sharpen Your Film and Video Editing PerspectiveFilm Theory: Why Don’t We Notice All Those Editing Cuts?Learning How to Edit While You ShootVideo Editing 101: Prepping for a Quick (and Successful) Editlast_img read more