July 26th in Sinoe, Grand Kru Certain

first_imgPublic Works Minister William Moore has assured that road conditions will not be an impediment to Liberians, especially the hosts of the country’s 168th Independence Day celebrations, Sinoe and Grand Kru counties.The two counties were selected by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to host the 2014 celebration, but it was deferred due to the deplorable condition of the road.Minister Moore, speaking to journalists who are on an assessment tour with President Sirleaf, said upon their arriving in Greenville yesterday that the road is about 76 percent completed with bridges along the road near completion.President Sirleaf has been assessing the road and other projects in the counties to make sure that they are completed on time for the occasion.The Rivercess-Sinoe road which is one of the most deplorable motorways in the country, especially during the raining season, is being constructed by Solid Rocks Construction Company, a Liberian owned enterprise.Minister Moore noted that the contractors will turn the road over to the government the first week of June. “We are confident that between now and the end of the month, technical work on the bridges will be done and since concrete takes about 21 days to solidify, it will be passable during the first week of June,” he said.He was also quick to note that when he took over the ministry, there was a lot of work to be done to ensure that the hosting of the celebration in the southeast was possible.He said the ministry has been vigilant in task monitoring and assessment as well as motivating the contractors.“One of the things that we tried to do when we came was to ensure that the Independence Day celebration will not be deferred for the second time,” Moore said.He disclosed that every two weeks, the Assistant Minister for Operations who handles repairs and maintenance, is on the road to assess the progress of the work. “This is my third time on this road since I became minister,” he said.The July 26th celebration will be held in a little over nine weeks and to quickly complete the work, especially the last stretch from Nyanford Town to Greenville which is about 32.5 km, the MPW brought in the engineering battalion of the Armed Forces of Liberia to assist, he said.He, however, indicated that a segment that was of much concern is a bridge between Greenville and Barclayville, called Dehbo. Allaying fears, the MPW boss said there is no need for concern as engineers are working on the bridge.The administrator of Solid Rocks, David Moore, assured President Sirleaf that his company will complete the road on time for the celebration.  President Sirleaf had earlier raised concerns about the road being completed on time. She fears another deferment of July 26th in the designated counties would be seen as a failure on the part of her government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Members of Irish Defences could have hairs pluck under new drug screening process

first_imgMembers of the Irish Defence Forces could have hairs plucked out to test for illegal drugs as part of their new €130,000 screening process.The Defence Forces have put out a tender in search of a company to take over their drug testing programme for the next four years.According to a report online, soldiers currently only have to go through urine testing but the tender for the new programme says that a requirement for hair testing may arise. Urine testing has a very short window of detection and can only pick up drug use that occurred in the last few days.However, hair tests can pick up drugs that were taken up to 90 days before the screening.The chosen firm will carry out between 20 and 30 workplace drug testing operations per year in barracks across the country.They will select troops at ­random and with the aim of examining around 2,000 per year. Testing will also take place at a tiny number of overseas locations where Irish military is currently on peacekeeping missions.The Defence Forces estimate that the new screening process will cost €130,000 excluding VAT.A spokesman told the Irish Sun: “Compulsory random drug testing has been in use in the Defence Forces for well over ten years.The unlawful ­possession, supply, or use, of a controlled drug, is incompatible with membership of the Defence Forces.”Earlier this year, it was revealed that 78 soldiers failed drug tests over the last ten years. Some 62 soldiers were sacked after failing the tests with 16 other members of the Defence Forces staying in their positionsMembers of Irish Defences could have hairs pluck under new drug screening process was last modified: August 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

SA biogas production on the increase

first_img31 October 2013 Six biogas production operations in rural KwaZulu-Natal were approved this week by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Biogas is produced when organic matter breaks down in the absence of oxygen, and can be used as a renewable, clean energy source, especially in rural areas that are often off the national grid. In terms of national legislation, the owners of biogas operations not connected to the national gas pipeline grid do not have to be licensed, but they are required to register with Nersa. The biogas production operations that were registered are at Izimpongo Village, Melmoth and Mgwabi Village at Eshowe. Twenty-one similar operations in Limpopo and one in Pretoria have already been registered this year. This brings to 38 the total number of biogas operations registered in South Africa since 2011. “Most of these biogas operations are in rural areas and consist of a fixed dome plant that uses bio-digesters to produce biogas from waste material, which will be supplied to heating appliances in peri-urban and rural dwellings,” Nersa said in a statement this week. Gas production technologies open up energy options and help address the challenge of access to energy in South Africa’s most rural areas. As these projects use cow dung, pig manure, kitchen waste and agricultural residues to produce biogas through anaerobic digestion, they “enjoy wide support from communities, as waste material is readily available to many in rural and urban areas”, the regulator explained. Communities are able to use the technology to produce energy for their own needs, such as cooking, lighting, warmth and even generating electricity. This helps improve South Africa’s energy mix and alleviates some of the pressure on the national grid. Biogas also contributes to a cleaner environment as it reduces the need for wood fires. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and prevents the inhalation of smoke from woodfires which can cause health problems in rural communities. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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