Jonah Capital Donates 2 Vehicles to Nimba Ebola Task Force

first_imgThe Britain-owned mining company, Jonah Capital, on 7th October 2014 donated two brand new vehicles to the Nimba Ebola Task Force in the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola virus. Making the presentation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during her tour of Nimba on 7th October 2014 in Sanniquellie, the Geologist consultant to the company, Mr. Emmanuel O. Sherman, said the donation was the company’s own way of contributing to the fight against Ebola in Nimba.He said Jonah Capital remains committed to the people of Nimba as they go through this time of the Ebola crisis.Along with the vehicles, they also gave 100 buckets, chloride, powder soap and among others.In response, President Sirleaf thanked the company for standing by the country during this tough period.“You are a good and honest partner in this time of needs,” she said.Jonah Capital is one of those mining companies that are on several mountain ranges across Nimba.Early this year, the mining company began the rehabilitation of feeder roads around the Twah River and Buu-Yao administrative districts where their exploration had been concentrated.The donation of these vehicles will surely enhance  the fast movement of health personals across the county.The two vehicles are all Toyota Land Cruiser Jeeps, one is a pickup type that might likely be used to transport medical supplies while the other can be used to transport personnel or carryout needed support.The need for vehicles for the County Health Team in combating the spread of the Ebola virus were among the challenges the Nimba Health Officer, Dr. Collins Bowah, outlined to the President when toured the county recently. Dr. Bowah said, Nimba with 17 administrative districts has one ambulance and the task force was finding it very difficult to effectively cover all of the districts.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Heart risks from chemo under scrutiny in breast cancer patients

first_imgIt’s a controversy born of success: Treatment advances are enabling more women than ever before to beat breast cancer, and some 2.4 million survivors are alive today. Now a move is under way to determine just how many women are vulnerable to heart disease because of their cancer battle, and how to help them. Chemo is only one cardiac culprit. Other factors play a role, too: Chest radiation, the weight gain that plagues many survivors, physical inactivity during treatment and stress. “In the process of curing their breast cancer, we’ve exposed them to some pretty nasty things. And it’s not just one nasty thing; it’s a sequence of nasty things,” explains Dr. Pamela Douglas, a Duke University cardiologist who is planning research into how to protect these women’s hearts. “This is really coming at you from all sides,” says Douglas, who outlined the “multiple hits” in this month’s Journal of the American College of Cardiology. By Lauran Neergaard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Breast cancer survivors may face increased risk of heart disease – and doctors are debating if it’s time to largely abandon a chemotherapy mainstay that is one reason for the problem. Drugs called anthracyclines are a breast chemo staple despite a well-known risk: They weaken some women’s hearts. What’s new is research suggesting the drugs work no better than safer alternatives for most women. But much of the debate centers on who should use anthracyclines, including the best-known Adriamycin, that can damage heart muscle, sapping its pumping strength. Dr. Dennis Slamon of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center cites nine studies, here and abroad, that conclude that only the 20percent of patients whose tumors have an overactive gene called Her2 are specifically sensitive to anthracyclines. Then Slamon’s closer inspection found that not all Her2 patients are alike – and only those who have a second overactive gene, called TopoII, derive special benefit from anthracyclines. That’s about 8 percent of breast cancer patients. The powerful Her2-targeting drug Herceptin – key for women with Her2-positive tumors – also comes with a heart-damage warning. But adding it to anthracyclines increases the heart risk fivefold, with no extra benefit, Slamon found. Outright heart failure during chemo is rare, around 2 percent of patients. But Douglas cites research that anywhere from 10 percent to half of anthracycline users experience more subtle heart weakening, making them more vulnerable to aging’s usual rigors, like high blood pressure and cholesterol. And in this month’s Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers tracked breast cancer survivors ages 66 to 70 who had undergone chemo 10 years earlier. Those who had received an anthracycline were 26 percent more likely to have developed heart failure in the following decade than those on different chemo. 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

‘Knowing Rodgers, he will probably stick him out wide!’ – Liverpool reaction to Daniel Sturridge’s return

first_img1 Daniel Sturridge will make his long awaited return to football today having been named in the Liverpool starting line-up to face Norwich.The England striker has been out of action since April 8 having suffered with thigh, calf and hip injuries throughout last season resulting in surgery over the summer.But now he is back and will link up with £32.5m signing Christian Benteke for the first time – a combination which Rodgers said will bring a “new dimension” to the side.However, after playing Danny Ings wide left rather than through the middle, Reds fans are worried the Northern Irishman may have similar plans for Sturridge.See below for the best reactions to the team news …Liverpool team to play Norwich: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Coutinho, Benteke, Sturridge.Subs: Bogdan, Lovren, Firmino, Gomez, Lallana, Ings, Ibe Daniel Sturridge center_img //storify.com/talksport/knowing-brendan-rodgers-he-will-probably-stick-him.js?border=false[View the story “‘Knowing Brendan Rodgers, he will probably stick him out wide!’ – Liverpool fans react to Daniel Sturridge’s return ” on Storify]last_img read more

FORMER SOLDIER FOUND GUILTY OF INDECENTLY ASSAULTING YOUNG BOY

first_imgA former Donegal soldier has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a young boy.Hugh McDaniel, 55, was found guilty on two out of five charges of abusing the boy in the 1970s.A three day trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how McDaniel befriended the boy in the summer of 1979. McDaniel, of Abbottswood, Carndonagh had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.Judge John O’Hagan gave an order not to identify the victim.The victim, who is now married, gave evidence during the course of the trial.He said he had never told anybody about the assaults but broke the news to his wife before they married.He later told his sister.He alleged that McDaniel indecently assaulted him on four occasions at two quarries in Inishowen and also at a house.After deliberating for more than two hours a jury found the defendant guilty of on two counts of indecent assault, failed to reach verdicts on another two and found the defendant not guilty on a fifth charge.McDaniel will be sentenced at the next sitting of the Circuit Court in October.FORMER SOLDIER FOUND GUILTY OF INDECENTLY ASSAULTING YOUNG BOY was last modified: July 24th, 2012 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:High McDaniel. CarndoaghINDECENT ASSAULTlast_img read more

Infographic: How to live through load shedding

first_imgAt a briefing on 15 January Eskom warned that load shedding will become a regular feature of daily life for South Africans for the foreseeable future. We bring you a handy guide on how to deal with the darkness.As CEO Tshediso Matona explained, in stage one load shedding, they still supply 95% of the country. In stage two 90% of the country receives power. “Stage three, we are still supplying 86% of the country. A blackout is when you supply nothing, zero!”Click image for a larger view.last_img read more

Huron County man indicted for stealing grain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that a Huron County Grand Jury has indicted a Monroeville man on charges of aggravated and grand theft.Richard J. Schwan, 78, of Monroeville, was arrested Monday evening after being indicted on November 17. The indictment became public. A bond hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m.The indictment includes 41 counts, including 32 felony charges:Aggravated theft, first degree felony (seven counts)Grand theft, fourth degree felony (six counts)Theft from elderly, third degree felony (six counts)Falsification in a theft offense, third degree felony (nine counts)Insolvent handler not to accept deposits, fourth degree felony (three counts)Delayed price agreement, fifth degree felony (one count)Falsification, first degree misdemeanor (nine counts)Schwan was doing business as Schwan Grain Inc. and was registered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture as a grain handler. He is accused of selling grain on behalf of 35 farmers and keeping $3.5 million profits from the sales. He is also charged with filing several financial reports and documents with the Ohio Department of Agriculture which falsely reported and concealed his liabilities and the monies which he owed to farmers after he sold their grain and kept the proceeds.The case was investigated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Attorneys with Attorney General DeWine’s Special Prosecutions section are prosecuting the case.last_img read more

Another Solar Myth Bites the Dust

first_imgThe relevance of this designClearly there are limitations on where this sort of system can be successfully installed. If these collectors are covered with snow, they might not function too well, so it would make sense to avoid areas that stay below freezing for extended periods of time. But because there is no metal piping in this system, it can withstand occasional freezing. And if tax credits are the main motivation for installing solar hot water, this system won’t do, because it isn’t yet certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation. Still, this system should cost less then most other systems, even without the benefit of tax credits.It’s clearly a good thing to bring fresh perspectives to solar water heating. By intelligently questioning old ideas and by using newer materials and hardware — such as the Marathon tank, PEX piping, and polyethylene collectors — Zak pushed us to do better than I had believed possible. The controllerThe system is managed simply with an off-the-shelf Goldline GL-30 solar controller (see Image #5, below). It measures the temperature at the solar collector and at the bottom of the tank. It compares the two and, when the collector is sufficiently hotter, turns on the pump. The control has adjustments for fine-tuning this set point. Fortunately, we do not need the control that protects against freezing or overheating.The system was simple to install. If you look just at installation time, it took only six person-hours, which is very fast. In the good old days, a fast installation used to be three guys and one long day, or about 24 person-hours. This system went in so quickly for several reasons:We used PEX and polyethylene tubing.We assembled the exposed connections with Sharkbite push fittings.The collector manufacturer supplied us with a prebuilt control station.The collectors were installed on the roof using only one central bolt.We had easy access to the underside of the roof.The collectors are somewhat flexible and lightweight.The 105-gallon tank is lightweight and easy to move. Way back in 1978, I installed my first solar water-heating system. I continued with solar thermal, installing new systems until tax credits expired in 1986, and I kept nearly all the local systems up and running for years after that. It became painfully obvious to me that simplicity is essential for the durability and longevity of any solar-thermal system. Complex systems just die young. Back then, the holy grail of solar thermal was to come up with a system that would cost $1,000 — which nobody ever really succeeded in doing. These days, you expect to pay $6,000 to $10,000 for a solar hot-water system, installed.My friend Martin Holladay published an article in March 2012, entitled “Solar Thermal Is Dead.” He generated a lot of discussion with that article, including some dissent, so he published another article in December 2014, entitled “Solar Thermal Is Really, Really Dead.” Martin looked at solar-thermal prices and compared them to using PV and a heat pump water heater to do the same job. After doing the math, PV and a heat pump appeared to beat solar thermal for water heating. But often the answer you get depends on your assumptions, and in designing and building this system we chose to challenge some of those commonly held assumptions. For one, heat pump water heaters are new enough that we don’t really know how long they will last. For another, there are great advantages to installing a system that, while not protected against freezing, will not be damaged by freezing. These are reasons to continue to explore how to make simple solar thermal work. RELATED ARTICLES Solar Thermal Is DeadSolar Thermal Is Really, Really DeadSolar Thermal is NOT DeadSolar Hot WaterSolar Hot Water System Maintenance CostsHeat-Pump Water Heaters Come of AgeHeat Pump Water HeatersAn Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems The projectEnter Zak Vetter. Zak asked me to help design and install a solar hot-water system for his home near Carmel, California. It’s a roof-mounted system on a building that combines living space and shop. He had established a simple set of goals for the project:Greatly reduce or eliminate the need for off-site energy to provide all the hot water desired.Build a system that works well in less-than-ideal conditions. This means that even on a cloudy day, most (or even all) of the hot-water demand is met by the solar energy collected and stored in the system.Build a system that requires nearly zero maintenance.I had never worked with such a demanding list. Many assumptions go into designing and building a traditional solar-thermal system, and these got challenged by Zak’s goals. Here are some of the assumptions we typically work from:Solar can provide, at best, 75% of your water heating.With freeze protection, solar is complex.Overheating is a big problem for solar.Installing solar thermal is tricky.Solar-thermal systems need yearly maintenance.Design rules also involve assumptions:We want the most efficient collectors.Sizing a system for winter will cause overheating in summer.Parallel piping gathers the most Btu.Storage tanks should not be oversized since this will create stagnation problems.Freeze protection dictates system design.Clearly, Zak’s goals didn’t line up with the standard assumptions. But I’m glad he challenged convention, because ultimately we built a system that costs less and performs better than any solar-thermal system I know of. The system cost right around $4,000 and provides 95% of annual hot-water Zak’s family needs. Someone good with their hands could do the same job for around $3,000, if they built their own collectors. Larry Weingarten was raised on the Monterey Peninsula of California and has been self-employed for most of his working life. He got his general contractor’s license in 1982. Larry has written articles on water heating and energy for various trade journals; has taught about these topics for PG&E, California State Parks, Affordable Comfort, and others; and has recently helped create DVDs on these and related topics. In 2006, he finished building an off-grid home; designed to be very efficient, comfortable, and inexpensive, it was the 13th home to meet the 1000 Home Challenge, a competition for creating superefficient homes. He likes cats. The tankThe tank was another consideration. Normally, with any glass-lined tank (nearly all tank-type heaters in the United States are glass lined), you want to turn over the volume of the tank daily to prevent stagnation and odor problems. Turns out the anode that comes with all glass-lined tanks generates hydrogen gas, which some bacteria really like. We got around this by installing a 105-gallon Marathon tank by Rheem (see Image #4, below). This is a nonmetallic tank than needs no anode, so the water does not become aged, or contaminated, by slow turnover. The benefit of this much storage is that the system can continue to deliver hot water during sunless days.One other benefit of the Marathon tank is its insulation. It has 3 inches of foam, and the literature says that it loses only 5°F in 24 hours. Our data logging suggests that it’s more like 6–8°F in our situation, but still, not bad. Insulation was something else we played with. System performancePerformance so far has been good. We’ve data logged at multiple points across the system in order to understand just how it’s working.The term solar fraction is used to indicate what percentage of one’s hot water is heated by the sun. Done right, determining the solar fraction would involve measuring total hot-water use and subtracting the portion of water heating not provided by the sun.We opted instead simply to notice when the solar-heated water was hot enough to shower with. If the stored water is around 105°F, it’s good for showering. When we say the system is producing 95% of the hot water, it means that Zak gets acceptable shower temps 95% of the time. It’s a quick, nonmathematical way of understanding generally how the system is performing. If we took accurate measurements to determine solar fraction, it would probably be higher than 95%. But because we consider anything under 105°F inadequate, we’re not taking credit for water that isn’t quite hot enough but is certainly well above groundwater temperature.The graph in Image #6, below, shows the system during the first days of spring, when the system is making an admirable contribution to the home’s hot-water supply.The graph in Image #7 shows the system at its worst. The vertical yellow bars represent periods of sunshine, and the vertical blue bars represent nighttime. Between the 21st and the 22nd you’ll even see rain! But note how just a few hours of winter sun on the 23rd boosts the tank by almost 20°F.The other two graphs, shown in Image #8, illustrate the differences between December and March. In these graphs, we measured outputs from each collector to see if all four provided useful output. It turns out that the first two collectors gathered more Btu, but the second two collectors each bumped the temp up higher, so they really did help — particularly during the colder times of the year. Solar water heaters are normally designed as one- or two-tank systems. One tank is better, if you can make it work, as there is less equipment from which to lose heat. These days, this can only be readily done with electric backup. So another thing we did was to disconnect the lower element in our single tank and use only the upper element for backup. This prevents the electric heat source from competing with the solar one. We wired it at 120 volts rather than 240, so there was no need to do anything more than just plug it in. It does take 4 times as long to heat at half the voltage, but Zak wanted a good test of the solar. The system was installed in November 2014, and he has yet to use the backup! Zak Vetter contributed to this article, which originally appeared in Home Energy magazine. It is reprinted by permission. Pipe insulation seldom comes really thick, yet keeping heat loss down increases the actual solar fraction and reduces the amount of backup energy needed. So we decided to double up on the insulation wherever possible. This is ¾-inch PEX pipe with two layers of insulation, for a total wall thickness of 1½ inches. It looks like one big pipe when installed. The collectorsFollowing is the thinking that got us there. Wanting efficient collectors would have forced us to build a more complex, expensive system, to prevent freezing and overheating. So instead, we used really inefficient collectors! These are just coils of ¾-inch polyethylene tube under an acrylic glazing (see Image #2, below).There is no insulation in the collectors, so they cannot overheat and are unlikely to be damaged by freezing. The top temperature we’ve measured in summer with no water flow is 170°F in the collectors, and they have frozen many times without a problem. This type of collector has been tested in San Jose, California, for 16 years and no troubles have surfaced. Essentially, they are pool collectors, modified to produce domestic hot water simply by adding glazing. They are commercially made by Gull Industries in San Jose, California.Each coil measures 26 square feet. Another benefit of using “inefficient” collectors is that we eliminated the need to run copper pipe to and from them, by running PEX tubing instead. With traditional copper collectors, which can stagnate in the summer sun at up to 400°F, PEX tubing would melt pretty fast. But we were able to use poly pipe and PEX for nearly everything, simplifying the job even further (see Image #3, below). We purposely oversized the system, so it could coast through periods without sun and recover quickly when the sun returns. Zak Vetter contributed to this article. He was also raised on the Monterey coast, and has been self-employed for over ten years, repairing and teaching about computers. Since 2008, Zak has been learning about the wide-ranging world of energy efficiency while improving his own property. The solar water system in this article was inspired by a visit to Larry’s off-grid house, which demonstrated how much was possible with solar power.last_img read more

Supreme Court agrees to hear The Shillong Times editor’s plea

first_imgA Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday agreed to hear a plea by The Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim against an order of the Meghalaya High Court finding her and her publisher, Shobha Chaudhuri, guilty of contempt.The case relates to articles published by the paper on the perks and facilities for retired judges and their families. A Bench comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Mir and Justice S.R. Sen of the Meghalaya High Court, taking umbrage at two reports published in The Shillong Times, had held the newspaper liable for contempt of court. The High Court invoked its powers under Article 215 of the Constitution to sentence the contemners.The two were made to sit in a corner of the courtroom as punishment till the judges rose for the day and fined ₹2 lakh each. Failure to deposit the amount would result in six months simple imprisonment and a ban on the paper. The CJI listed the case for hearing on March 15. ‘Uncalled for’The Press Council of India said the conviction of Ms. Mukhim and Ms. Chaudhuri was uncalled for. If allowed by the Supreme Court, it will join their petition.last_img read more

Orbiter spots solar particles penetrating deep into atmosphere of Mars

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—A stream of hot protons from the sun is penetrating deep into the thin atmosphere of Mars, researchers reported here today at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The stream, known as the solar wind, is typically deflected by the ionosphere, a layer of ions and electrons forming a shield around Mars. But the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission—a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars—has found that some protons re-emerge within the ionosphere below altitudes of 200 kilometers. The effect could be used to monitor the strength of the solar wind even at altitudes where mission scientists had not expected to have any handle on it. MAVEN, which arrived in Mars’s orbit in September, needs to catalog the ways energy is deposited in the upper atmosphere in order to achieve one of its main mission goals: explaining how Mars lost much of its atmosphere. Billions of years ago, when Mars was warmer and wetter, the planet is presumed to have had a much thicker atmosphere—one that has been eroded steadily by the solar wind, and also during more catastrophic solar storm events, into the dry, cold landscape seen today (pictured).last_img read more

Danny Seigle named as Alab team consultant

first_imgAlab welcomes Jay R Alabanza, asst coaches Mac Cuan, Danny Seigle and trainer Chappy Callanta! #AlabNatinTo #AlabPilipinas 🏀🔥 pic.twitter.com/xjvsSSVFec— Alab Pilipinas (@AlabPilipinas) November 7, 2017Jimmy Alapag will have a familiar face in his coaching staff as Tanduay Alab Pilipinas welcomes PBA legend Danny Seigle as a team consultant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 41-year-old forward was announced as the newest addition to the Philippine-based ASEAN Basketball League squad as the eight-time PBA champion embarks on a new challenge in his career.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoining Seigle in Alapag’s coaching staff are former head coach Mcc Cuan and conditioning coach Chappy Callanta.Alab has also finalized its roster for the 2017-2018 ABL season, with reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and powerhouse import Ivan Johnson leading the fight.Also in the roster are veterans Dondon Hontiveros, Josh Urbiztondo, Rico Maierhofer, and Robby Celiz, Fil-Am swingman Lawrence Domingo, new recruits Pamboy Raymundo, Oping Sumalinog, Pao Javelona, and JR Alabanza, and reinforcement Reggie Okosa.Alab opens its campaign on November 19 against defending champion Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Seigle last played for TNT KaTropa, where he first paired up with Alapag since arriving to the team in 2013. He also had stints in Barako Bull and in his longtime home San Miguel in his 18-year PBA career. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On point: Thomas making progress, could join Cavs earlier View commentslast_img read more