No threatening levels of mercury found at GGMC – PAHO/WHO team

first_imgThe Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) team assessing the claims of mercury exposure at GGMC has found no threatening levels of mercury at the complex.Last Saturday, the WHO/PAHO team briefed Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, on their findings.“The team did say though they are not here to certify that necessarily but they did say that they found that the levels at the GGMC compound and its environs were below any threatening level. That I believe is a testament that the job was very well done,” Minister Trotman is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The international team of experts visited Guyana last week and, among other things, assessed the mercury clean-up efforts at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Brickdam complex.The team comprised of two industrial hygienists, two physicians and a mining engineer and was headed by Industrial Hygienist and head of the team, Catherine Beecham.The team visited Guyana following mercury exposure crisis at the complex. The Guyana Gold Board ceased the burning of gold at the GGMC complex in April following health and safety concerns. The GGB is currently sourcing alternative facilities to conduct its exercises.Minister Trotman noted the recent mercury exposure situation at the GGMC complex is an opportunity to improve how the mining industry utilises mercury.“Every effort will be made and that effort has started to ensure that they are protected to ensure that we deal with mercury and its ill effects,” he said.Concerns at GGMCEarlier this month, the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had raised questions over the recent deaths of four GGMC staffers; a matter that has seemingly been shrouded in an information blackout.In a statement, the party expressed condolences to the relatives of the deceased staffers, whose names were given as Dwayne De Jonge (ranger), Latchman Chiti (surveyor), Leroy Green (carpenter) and Clement Proffit (laboratory technician). According to the PPP, the issue is one that must be addressed urgently by the relevant authorities.The Party also raised possible links to the mercury poisoning that had afflicted workers at the GGMC during amalgam burning exercises. According to the PPP, all four men were documented to have been affected by mercury poisoning.A few months ago, a number of GGMC staffers had walked off the job citing concerns over exposure to mercury. The decision resulted in the authorities trying to mediate around the issue.Following the discovery of high levels of mercury in its laboratory, which is in the GGMC compound, the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) had contracted the services of Trinidad-based Kaizen Environmental Services to conduct an independent investigation of the effect of the emission, and that company has said the mercury levels are back to normal.According to the report, the study was conducted on March 28, 2018, at 10 locations primarily located within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commissions’ compound and the surrounding areas.“The mercury (Hg) levels monitored at all 10 locations were within the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (US OSHA) eight-hour Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL),” the report stated.Out of over 130 staffers tested, it was discovered that more than 60 reported high levels of mercury in their system. Trotman, appearing before the National Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee, had subsequently revealed that the Gold Board had moved its gold burning operations to a private dealer.last_img read more

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Fort Nelson Nurse receives work ban

first_imgA Fort Nelson Nurse has been prevented from working after a complaint filed by the nurse’s sister.The complaints dealt with the care of two elderly parents who died 12 days a part in 2008.- Advertisement -To read more about this story, click here and see the full article from the Vancouver Sun.last_img

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Groundwater baseline presentation coming to Peace region communities

first_imgThe upcoming presentations will be made by Dr. Gilles Wendling, water expert and lead scientist of the project.The first presentation is being held at Sudeten Hall in Dawson Creek on May 5, 2015.The second will be held at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre the following day.The final presentation is in Fort St. John at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on May 7, 2015.Advertisement The purpose of the project, according to the PRRD, is to create a comprehensive understanding of groundwater resources through maps and 3D images.The district hopes to achieve this goal by looking at where the groundwater is located within the subsurface and then seeing how it moves in aquifers and in fractured bedrocks.“The first step of the project will primarily be…pulling together information from the provincial water wells database, available mapping, and interacting with provincial agencies and other partners regarding other related groundwater studies now being conducted in the region,” the district explains in a press release.- Advertisement -“Areas that may require further study and analysis will be determined once the initial analysis is complete.”The PRRD’s study is one of a number currently underway.The project is a partnership between GW Solutions Inc., Hoggan and Associates and InterraPlan Inc. – commissioned by the PRRD.Advertisement All presentations begin at 7:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Alpaca farm proves lucrative for couple

first_imgA shaggy black alpaca named Othello races through his pen, while Brian Weiner’s ‘Vette sits in the mud.Weiner’s a media guy, who deals with some of the biggest companies in the entertainment business to produce DVDs. Never did the 46-year-old think he’d end up a rancher, handing out feed to a herd of fuzzy-headed creatures known for being enthusiastic spitters.Weiner and run As You Like It Alpacas in Somis, a Shakespeare themed alpaca farm.Three years ago, Weintraub taught high school German and English. Now she’s got a four-wheel drive and the healthy look of someone who works the land.“I never really imagined myself doing this,” she said, feeding her shaggy charges. “I didn’t even know this was a business, but it’s great.”The couple got into the business on a lark, hearing about alpaca ranching as a way to shelter money from income taxes. Weiner, who owns the Woodland Hills-based media distribution company The Illusion Factory, put in $65,000, bought four animals.Alpacas turned out to be a pretty nice little business. Cultivated for their fine wool, the creatures bring in around $800 to $1,000 a year.A baby female can bring more than $10,000, a sum that doubles by the time she’s a year old. A good herd sire can sell for up to $250,000 and can bring home up to $60,000 annually in stud fees.“It’s a whole different lifestyle,” Weiner mused. “Having these running around in your backyard is like coming home to Bambi. It’s cathartic.” his wife Claudia Weintraub brent.hopkins@dailynews.com(818) 713-3738 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want 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

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Feds give $56.5 million to LAX

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card LAX reported eight incursions, or near-misses, in 2005 and seven in 2004. Most of those occurred along the connecting taxiways between the two south runways. LAX has more than 1,700 flights a day on its four runways, making it the fifth-busiest airport in the world. The south runway will be closed in July and relocated by March 2007, with the new taxiway set for completion late that year, said Michael DiGirolamo, deputy executive director for Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX. Officials do not expect the $250 million construction project to cause any flight delays. The soundproofing money will be spent to install double-paned windows, solid doors and better attic insulation in homes now impacted by jet noise, providing residents “a better quality of life,” Mineta said. With the roar of jet engines reverberating overhead, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Thursday that LAX will get $56.5 million in federal grants to improve runway safety and soundproof nearby homes. A $29.5 million grant will help pay to relocate and build the south runway at Los Angeles International Airport, while $27 million will be spent to soundproof homes in Lennox, El Segundo and Inglewood. “More so than any other airport, LAX is a symbol of life on the West Coast, but as we know, life changes,” Mineta said during a news conference. “Today we see real progress in making the airport safer, more efficient and a better neighbor.” Plans call for moving the runway about 55 feet farther south, to make room for a new central taxiway designed to avert collisions and reduce airplane taxi and idle time. The Federal Aviation Administration has invested more than $106 million to soundproof more than 2,400 homes since 1998, about half of the total completed. Ultimately, 8,000 will be soundproofed. Mineta and other officials also visited the Westchester home of Bill West, 58, who proudly showed off his new insulation, windows and 150-pound front door. “The door weighs more than I do!” he joked. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 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

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All’s fare for flying mayor

first_img There is no denying, though, that when Villaraigosa travels he gets attention. Councilman Jack Weiss said that in the nation’s capital, where the mayor has been lobbying for federal transportation and other dollars, Villaraigosa is treated like a national leader. Weiss said when he traveled to Washington in the past, as with Mayor Hahn, doors didn’t swing open unless the delegation was accompanied by a congressional leader. “There are these elevators that say things like `Senators Only,’ … but when you are walking with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the elevator operators hold the doors open and say, `This way, Mr. Mayor.”‘ Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who has traveled with Villaraigosa to Sacramento, said he also gets red-carpet treatment there. “He’s a celebrity in Sacramento,” Greuel said. “This mayor knows Washington, D.C., and Sacramento is where the money is to fund police officers, transportation and economic development. He’s demonstrating he’ll do everything he can to get the resources for Los Angeles and our fair share.” Greuel said that Los Angeles historically has been shortchanged in state and federal funding and that Villaraigosa’s stumping on behalf of the city is a departure from recent administrations. Added Councilman Tom LaBonge, who supported Hahn for mayor, Villaraigosa has the style that Los Angeles needs right now to boost its national image. “Now we’re in love L.A. mode, and that’s good.” Karen Sisson, deputy mayor of finance and performance innovation, said the mayor’s travel budget reflects what Villaraigosa and his staff plan to do. “This mayor, in particular, has been very active in chasing Los Angeles’ fair share in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and that’s reflected in the budget,” Sisson said. Sisson said the value to being on the scene is that state and national lawmakers often are faced with immediate decisions on a host of priorities, and who wins can come down to having just looked someone in the eye and shaken a hand. “It can be who’s in your mind at the time,” she said. Villaraigosa’s latest trip last week began in Sacramento to round up support for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infrastructure bond measure and to meet with lawmakers over plans for local mayors to control the Los Angeles Unified School District. It ended in Washington, D.C., where he joined members of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and others to lobby on issues including transportation and housing. Villaraigosa told San Fernando Valley business leaders Friday he was the first L.A. mayor in more than 30 years to participate in the event, known as the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Access D.C. Advocacy trip. Brendan Huffman, who heads the Valley Industry and Commerce Association and was on the trip, said the mayor impressed business leaders with his inclusion and ability to maneuver the halls of Congress. “Under Hahn, we were never really invited to go along with him,” Huffman said. “He preferred to take his trips alone, and the business community felt it was working on its own.” Villaraigosa – whose public image has been burnished with appearances on Newsweek cover, “American Idol,” CNN and other national platforms – now has a travel budget larger than that of most other big-city mayors. Hard to compare Direct comparisons are difficult to make. For example, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s personal wealth allows him to take only a $1-a-year salary and to pay for all his own travel. Bloomberg’s travels, though, typically are short hops for the day to Washington, D.C., or New York’s state capital, Albany, to lobby for the city’s interests, said deputy press secretary Virginia Lam. “His priority is New York City,” Lam said. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s office has a $32,592 fiscal 2006 travel budget, said Lisa Schrader, spokeswoman for the city’s Office of Budget Management. But private sponsors pay for some mayoral trips. The Jewish Federation paid for Daley’s recent visit to Israel and Jordan to review security measures and to market Chicago. The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations financed his trip to Beijing as city leaders considered bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Travel costs for San Jose’s Mayor Ron Gonzales and his staff generally run no more than about $25,000 per year. In more than seven years, Gonzales has been out of the country just twice. His domestic travel is basically two to four trips to Washington, D.C., each year, said his communications director David Vossbrink. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ travel budget was $13,000 for fiscal 2006, with no private funding to augment it, said Kevin Klein, the mayor’s press assistant. “In March he went to (Washington) D.C. and New York. And they went to Long Beach one day, but they drove.” Staff Writers Rick Orlov and Greg Wilcox contributed to this story. beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsVillaraigosa, council members and others say the journeys are a key part of the mayor’s job, raising national awareness of Los Angeles and lobbying to ensure the city and county get their fair share of funding from the state and nation’s capitols. George Passantino, a senior fellow at the private, nonprofit Reason Foundation think tank, said taxpayers should weigh how much benefits them and how much benefits the mayor’s political ambitions. “What are (taxpayers) getting out of it? There’s certainly a case to be made where travel to advocate on behalf of constituents is warranted, whether it’s to Sacramento or Washington, D.C.,” said Passantino. “But whether showing up on television shows and various political fundraisers fits that mold, I’m not sure.” Passantino said that Villaraigosa could make a case that wherever he goes – even to Disneyland – it’s good for the city, “but it seems like a name ID exercise to me. … The city does a pretty good job of marketing itself without him showing up.” Gets attention After months of galloping across the city at a frenetic pace, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa now has accelerated his trotting across the country. In the last month alone, one of the nation’s most recognizable and effervescent mayors has jetted to the East Coast three times – nearly as many major trips as he took during his entire first six months in office. And even while Villaraigosa has cracked down on city workers’ travel, his office has budgeted $200,000 for treks by the mayor and his staff – 10 times the last annual travel budget of former Mayor James Hahn. “I said early on that both Sacramento and Washington, D.C., would be second homes for me,” Villaraigosa said last week. “That’s where we get all our money.” last_img
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West Brom want River Plate hotshot Lucas Alario and ahead of Spurs in chase

first_imgWest Brom have joined Tottenham in the race for River Plate hotshot Lucas Alario, according to reports in his native Argentina.The 24-year-old has scored 12 goals in 21 league games so far this term and is attracting interest from across Europe.Paris Saint-Germain and Lazio are keeping tabs on his progress while Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to hold a long-standing interest in his compatriot.But now, according to Argentine newspaper Ole, it is West Brom who have edged ahead of the chasing pack.River Plate are in no hurry to sell the talented 24-year-old but, with his release clause set at a reasonably affordable £15.5m, the decision may be out of their hands.West Brom struggled for goals all season with none of their players managing double figures in the Premier League so fresh attacking talent is said to be high on their shopping list. 1 River Plate hotshot Lucas Alario last_img read more

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McGee and Mulhern do Cloughaneely GAA proud in Croke Park last weekend

first_imgCounty MinorsComhghairdeas le foireann mionúr Dhún na nGall agus leis an fhoireann Bainistíochta as an bhuaidh bhreá a bhí acu ar Chorcaigh i gcluiche ceathrú ceannais na hÉireann. Comhghairdeas speisialta lenár n-imreoirí féin, Jason Mac Aoidh agus Míchael Ó Maoilchiaráin. Guímid gach rath orthu sa chluiche leath-cheannais.Congratulations to our county minors & management, especially our own Jason McGee and Michael Mulhern on a great victory over Cork in the All-Ireland Quarter Final! Great honour to have our club so well represented at Croke Park! We wish them all the best in the semi-final. Good luck also to the County senior team as they line out against Dublin in the All-Ireland Quarter Final this Saturday evening. Safe journey to all travelling to the game!Club LottoNumbers drawn on July 27th were 1 3 8 13 15 16! We had no match 6 winners so jackpot rises to €3,150! We had 2 match 5 winners who win €50 each: Congratulations to Martin Ferry , Dunmore & Madge Curran, Srùthan!. Next draw takes place on Wednesday, August 3rd, at the bingo in Óstan Loch Áltan. Tickets are available in various outlets throughout the parish and will also be on sale prior to the bingo in Gortahork each Wednesday evening.  CongratulationsOn behalf of all at the club we would like to congratulate our club referee George Montgomery and his new wife Tracey Carey on their recent marriage! We wish them all the best for the future! Gym InformationAs a reminder our Summer Opening Hours are:Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 11:00 am & 6:00 pm – 9:00 pmSat: 8:00 am – 11:00 amAnybody wishing to become a gym member the rates are as follows:1 year = €150 (Includes €30 insurance)6 month =€80, 3 month =€55 , 1 month = €25(a one of payment of €30 insurance/membership must also be paid on 1st month) Note: Anybody who has membership due for renewal please see Declan, Conor or Anne Marie (one of them will be there at all times). Membership must be up to date in order to use the facilities. If you are interested in classes being run at our facility please see the following Facebook pages:DMG Fitness (Declan McGarvey 086-100 9467)Synergy Fitness Training (Conor McGee 087-260 1350)ROD Fitness -Donegal (Anne-Marie Rodgers 087 – 687 3669)McGee and Mulhern do Cloughaneely GAA proud in Croke Park last weekend was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:cloughaneely gaaCroke Parklast_img read more

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ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT

first_imgThe 2011 track/field season for Finn Valley athletes ended on a record breaking high at Antrim in the Celtic international Saturday –  of course there is one exception in that Tori Pena competes at the Daegu World Championships on August 28th.That said, the Ulster team led by Bernie Alcorn included 6 Valley members.Top of the list John Kelly from Carrickmore, St Johnstone, who not only won the shot but got the ball out to 17.56m setting a new Celtic record –  indeed the record set some 17 years ago by the current Irish senior shot champion Sean Breathmach from West Galway. So to say that the father John the coach and the son John the athlete combination were happy only begins to sum up the day…. indeed the season up. He also got a second spot also in the javelin.Fellan Mc Guigan notched a victory in the hammer getting out to 60.03m with the 5kg weight only the AAAs left now for this talented boy. A tie at 1.55 for 1st saw Blaithnaid Patton in the mix with 2 other girls and Shaun Woods a pb in the 4oom for third on 50.64 plus a 30.46 pb for Jade Leeper in the discus and a 3rd spot in the steeple for Dalton Mc Guigan at 6.31.73.So ends another season and before you can take a breather the call to return to training for the cross country athletes has gone out remembering that the Finn Valley invitational primary and secondary schools cross country is only some 5 weeks away in last week of September.The new ground to be the focus for rugby at the Centre was launched Sunday and the local team make their entry to the Ulster scene in the coming weeks yet another activity at the Centre which also launched its Autumn/winter programme of activity this week phone 0749132053 or check www.finnvalleyac.com. An interesting result also Saturday with the victory of Jason Quigley in the Irish open senior boxing as he pushes for the number 1 spot .Great news from Belgium Saturday with Mark English 800m  Irish junior record 1 47.09 erasing old mark held by twice olympian James Nolan 1.47.55 from 1996 .Of course his second Donegal record of the season a 48.02 400m earlier .Patsy Mc gonagle has left for Daegu his 4th world championship as national team senior manager Seville 1999,Osaka 2007,Berlin 2009 his previous responsibilities.

Upcoming road races Brockagh and Ballyare and a final reminder to book your place on the training weekend in Ballylifffin September with either Mark or Kieran to date 34 have signed up  and to keep September 30th free for official opening of new track./pitch and floodlights.ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: August 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

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DEAL OF THE DAY – TWO FOR ONE MEAL DEAL AT KELLY’S RESTAURANT, LETTERKENNY

first_imgAre you hungry but watching the purse strings? Then how do you fancy a two for one meal deal offer?Kelly’s Restaurant at Mountain Top in Letterkenny is offering a mid-week deal special for today.You can get a 1/4Ib Ranch Steak burger and chips for just €8 and get a second one – completely FREE! The offer lasts form 4pm until 9pm and the good news is that it’s available every Wednesday.So what are you waiting for – call them today and book your table or just call in.DEAL OF THE DAY – TWO FOR ONE MEAL DEAL AT KELLY’S RESTAURANT, LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 9th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Kelly’s Restaurant Letterkennylast_img read more

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