UN Chopper Crash: Pilot’s Condition Remains ‘Critical’

first_imgNo casualties have been reported from the United Nations (UN) helicopter marked RA 22426, bound for the Southeast that crash-landed after a few minutes of technical difficulties while en-route; however, one of the crewmembers – a pilot – is said to be in ‘critical’ condition.The incident occurred in the Thinker’s Village Community in the vicinity of the Robert L. Johnson (RLJ) Hotel, along the Roberts International Airport highway.Though the helicopter did not explode, it sustained significant damage.  Sandy and grassy terrain absorbed the craft’s impact with the ground. That allowed it to sink down deep into the soft surface – and to safety.The chopper, which took-off at about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, from the James Springs Payne Airfield in Monrovia, was heading for Fishtown, River Gee County; but it developed technical problems right at the point of take off, passengers explained.It was said that the injured pilot came in contact with metal roofing, (zinc) when the craft landed. A building under construction was partly damaged upon initial ground contact.According to officials, the chopper was scheduled to make its first stop near Fish Town and later, Barclayville, Grand Kru County.According to sources, there were nine people on board: three crewmen and six passengers; some of them were loaded into a Jeep and other vehicles, and taken to the JFK Memorial Hospital.The occupants included UNMIL personnel and officials from government ministries headed for various rural assignments.According to passengers, the pilot was forced to land the helicopter after assessing the seriousness of a mechanical problem that they had no answer for.“The problem became serious while we were already over the ocean; the pilot had to make a U-turn to find a solid and safe ground for crash landing,” passengers told the Daily Observer.A survivor, Grace Nyemah, from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said that while the helicopter was taking off, they noticed that the engine went off on three separate occasions. It was after the fourth attempt that it finally took off.She said that the most intense moment came when it was notice that the engine of the helicopter had gone off, compelling the pilot to use his training and experience to maneuver for a forced – but safe – landing.Ms. Nyemah said that while in the air, some unfamiliar activities claimed their attention; it was after several minutes that the fourth pilot officially informed them of the situation.First, he calmed them down by saying that the technical team was finding a means of bringing the situation under control.Grand Kru’s Chief Medical Officer, Mitchell Greene, who was also on board, had minor injuries on various parts of his body. He said that it was by the grace of God that they were saved; the situation was severe and very frightening, he explained.He praised the pilot for bringing the aircraft down safely. “We are grateful to God that nothing very serious happened to the majority of us.”Meanwhile community residents and eyewitnesses at the scene lauded the pilot for his bravery and quick-thinking; he saved the crewmen and passengers by returning the craft to dry land, as it certainly would have fallen into the ocean.Meanwhile, UN said in a release following the crash that made an emergency landing a few minutes before noon at Thinker’s Village in Monrovia.“The helicopter, with nine passengers and four crew members on board, was en route from Spriggs Payne Airfield to Fishtown as part of UN’s regular shuttle flight. One passenger and one crewmember sustained minor injuries. During the landing, the aircraft damaged a house, without causing injury to any of its residents or any other members of the local population. The Liberia National Police and UN Security have secured the area.The UN has launched an investigation to establish the cause of the incident.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GRA sets up Special Unit to audit Exxon operations

first_imgBy Jarryl BryanThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has announced that its Oil and Gas Unit (O&G Unit) is up and running in preparation for ExxonMobil beginning commercial production of oil in 2020.While this conforms to the necessary measures identified in a key internationalGRA Commissioner General, Godfrey Statiareport, there is still the matter of training.During a press conference on Thursday, GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia was questioned about the status of the unit. He related that specialized training will soon be provided for its staff — something overseas counterparts are assisting with.“It has actually been established; but what has happened (is that) we have to train persons in the oil and gas sector. Oil and gas accounting is unique in Guyana; it has not been looked at, so our staff is being trained by the Overseas Technical Assistance (programme) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),” Statia explained.He also explained that the GRA has secured the services of trainers from the United Kingdom (UK) in addition to those from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As part of Guyana’s bilateral ties, some of the staff will also undergo oil andExxon’s operations in the Stabroek Blockgas training in Trinidad and Tobago, he explained.Asked about the size of the staff complement, Statia related that only 23 persons would be operating in the unit. He urged, however, that the public be cognizant of the authority’s role, and noted that GRA is avoiding overstaffing the unit.“GRA is only the revenue arm of the Government, and you have to look and see what would be the function of the Petroleum Commission and all these other things,” Statia said. “Because, depending on the make-up of the Petroleum Authority, you would know what role each person would play. But we have been ahead of the game,” he confided.“We have started looking at these activities since a year ago, and we have some staff that have been trained to look specifically at the oil and gas activities. There are certain timelines (involved). For instance, audit must be commenced within a two-year period and all these other things,” Statia related.IMFIn a report done on the oil sector last year, the IMF had urged the Guyana Government to start as soon as possible auditing all exploration and development costs being racked up by ExxonMobil.When he presented the 2018 budget last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had alluded to the impending establishment of an Oil and Gas Unit at the GRA. The IMF had said establishment of this unit should become a priority of the Government.“It will be important for this unit to start verifying and undertaking audits of cost incurred during the exploration and development phase, which is getting underway now. It would be advantageous to establish close working relations between the GRA and the sector regulators, to ensure that the limited petroleum sector expertise in Government is applied most efficiently,” the IMF had stated in its report.InvestmentsThe Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator, and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.Since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find in Guyana, the country has attracted international attention and this has precipitated intense sensitization exercises. In May 2015, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs were encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.To give an idea of the company’s total investment, Exxon has put the Liza Phase 1 project costs at over US$4 billion. It is estimated that the lease capitalization cost alone for the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel is US$1.2 billion.The company subsequently found oil in the Liza 2, Liza 3, Payara, Turbot 1 and Ranger 1 wells. It has also started drilling in its Pacora well, with additional drilling planned for this year.Guyana will have to audit and verify cost oil claims Exxon will make on its revenue. Exxon is expected to use revenue from its production in order to recoup its capital investment. Whatever remains of this is the ‘profit oil’ Guyana will have to split with the oil company and its associates.last_img read more

Dindyal only Guyanese in Windies U-15 squad

first_img– tour of UK starts August 12Mavendra DindyalMavendra Dindyal is the only Guyanese to make it aboard the West Indies Under-15 squad that begins their six-match tour of the United Kingdom on August 12.For the fourth straight year, a Windies Under-15 squad will go on a two-week tour of the UK in an ongoing exchange between Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the England Barmy Army’s Colts.This year, the team from the West Indies has attracted support from Virgin Atlantic.The squad was assembled following the championship held in March this year, which led to the Bajans having quite a strong presence in the team with six players, while the Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Jamaica have two, and Trinidad and Tobago – one.During the tour, they will face six teams in a series of 50-over matches including the Colts.The team will play a 20/20 warm-up match against the London Schools Cricket Association on Friday, August 10 before starting the official schedule on Sunday, August 12.The squad reads: Hilroy Andrew, Ackeem Auguste, Nimar Bolden, Carlon Bowen-Tuckett, Mavendra Dindyal, Jordan Johnson, Johan Layne, Jaden Leacock, Tariq O’Neale, Andrew Rambaran, Yawani Regis, Che Simmons, Sanjay Walker, and Rashad Worrell.Dr Oba Gulston has been appointed as Manager and Physiotherapist and he will be accompanied by Head Coach Richard Clarke and Assistant Coach Steve Liburd. The squad is scheduled to return to the Region on August 20.The match tour schedule reads:August 12 – Windies v HertfordshireAugust 13 – Windies v HampshireAugust 14 – Windies v South West EnglandAugust 16 – Windies v Ireland Under- 15sAugust 17 – Windies v Barmy Army ColtsAugust 19 –Windies v London and East Regionlast_img read more

District of Taylor on track to reducing carbon emissions

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council Meeting on Tuesday, Staff provided an update on the 2018 Climate Action/Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Report.This report compiles strategic goals, set out by Council, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions within the District.According to the Report, it shows that the District meets the goal of a five percent reduction of CO2 emissions from 2007 levels as set by Council for 2020.- Advertisement -Council’s goal by 2030, is to have a 30 percent reduction of carbon emissions from 2007 levels and to have an 80 percent reduction by 2050 from 2007 levels.Through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program, the District was able to receive $21,730 in 2018.Since the District is currently on track to reducing carbon emissions, Council has voted to adopt the 2018-19 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Report.Advertisement The report can be found on the District of Taylor’s website.last_img read more

Stunning Arsenal bid, LFC midfielder on move, Leicester £40m spree and more

first_img Scroll down to check out today’s top stories Here is a selection of the top stories and transfer rumours in Sunday’s newspapers…Arsenal are planning a £30m bid for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge. (Sunday Mirror)Ryan Giggs has been tipped to quit Manchester United if Jose Mourinho is appointed boss. (Sunday Mirror)Leicester want Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie and Watford’s Troy Deeney and are preparing a £40m double swoop. (Sun on Sunday)Chelsea’s Oscar looks likely to move to Juventus. (Daily Star Sunday)New Antonio Conte boss wants to sign Southampton’s Graziano Pelle and the Italian could be on his way to the Bridge for around £8m. (Sun on Sunday)Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter is poised to sign for Glasgow Rangers, with the 19-year-old’s Anfield contract set to expire this summer. (Mail on Sunday)Former Newcastle attacker Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a move to Barcelona. (Mail on Sunday)Roy Hodgson will select Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in his 23-man England squad for Euro 2016. (Sunday Telegraph)Manuel Pellegrini would like to manage another Premier League club when he leaves Manchester City at the end of the season. (Observer)Manchester United’s Matteo Damian could miss the FA Cup final after injuring his leg against Norwich City on Saturday. (Manchester Evening News)Newcastle’s Jack Colback is facing a Football Association investigation over allegedly breaking betting rules. (Sun on Sunday) 1last_img read more


first_imgTHIS WEEK MAVERICK’S are bringing to you the TOP FIVE haircuts in style this summer!Guys are always looking for the coolest and trendiest new hairstyle. In anticipation of the summer ahead and the many hair trends it will bring we hope to get you started on the right path to looking your best. Whether you’re keeping professional for work, finishing college, going travelling or just hanging about, these top 5 hairstyles will look great no matter the occasion.We at Mavericks take particular pride in keeping up to date with the trends and attending workshops to ensure we apply the best techniques to achieve the best results in all haircuts, be it modern or old school.The Skin Fade: A classic men’s favourite right now. The fade will never go out of style, like a plain white T. It’s all about the transition from hair to “skin”, the style on top is up to you. Just make sure your barber knows what he is doing before you ask for this one! The undercut: It is still one of our favourite hairstyles just because it looks so great when done right! Definitely go with this hairstyle if you feel like you can pull it off. You can have the disconnect at the sides as subtle or as sharp as you like. It looks good whatever you choose!The modern pompadour: It is a great style for guys looking for that sleek and suave look that will have everyone admiring! It is a very sharp hair cut that will look good and once you’ve found the right product it is easy to maintain. We recommend using Layrite Original Pomade for this one.The short crop cut: It is an awesome hairstyle for guys looking for an easy to maintain haircut. Short sides with 1-1.5 inches of hair on top to achieve this style. We highly recommend this hairstyle for guys with a square face shape.The Fauxhawk: It was the more modern and fashionable version of the mohawk. It was rocked by celebrities and athletes alike, but it went out of style after a few years. But now, we’re starting to see the fauxhawk (fohawk) make a resurgence, which is great because it’s an awesome hairstyle that is easy to maintain!If you like what you see, then there is only one place in town that you need to visit! Fortunately for all the gentlemen who come through the door at Mavericks they don’t just leave with a cracking haircut, they get 5 star service and a great experience.No appointments necessary… Just bring your hair!Join our page https://www.facebook.com/Maverick-Traditional-Barbershop-1544230652533677/?fref=ts or call into us at Larkins Lane, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny. ARE YOU A MAVERICK? HERE’S THE TOP FIVE HAIRCUTS THIS SUMMER………… was last modified: April 20th, 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:BarbershopBusinesscolumnFeaturesHaircutsMAVERICKSnewsTop 5last_img read more


first_imgToday, Saturday, is the 75th anniversary of the apparitions at Kerrytown when several members of the local Ward family reported seeing images of Our Lady and the Holy Family on a rock face near their home at Kerrytown, about two miles from Annagry.Like many other places where apparitions have been reported, Kerrytown has not been without its critics, but it has stood the test of time.Many people still come to meditate and pray at “the Rock” as it is known. Over the years visitors have come in huge numbers from near and far with a particularly strong following from Dublin and Northern Ireland. It was never formally recognised by the Church, and one former priest in the Annagry Parish was even quoted at the time as saying: “there never was a Kerrytown and their never will be a Kerrytown.”In October 2009 Bishop Philip Boyce declined to comment after 14 pilgrims claimed to have witnessed crosses in the sky and also said the statue of Our Lady on the rock face turned life-like and shed tears.The group visited the shrine at Kerrytown after Dublin spiritual healer Joe Coleman predicted Our Lady would appear on a specific date. Mr Coleman claims to have witnessed apparitions of Our Lady on a number of occasions.There is no formal event advertised to commemorate the 75th anniversary but it is expected that pilgrims from all over the country will travel to Kerrytown today, Saturday and over the weekend. One member of the family who reported the apparition in 1939 still resides in the locality. LOCALS TO MARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF KERRYTOWN APPARITIONS QUIETLY was last modified: January 11th, 2014 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:AnnagryKerrytown apparitionsOur Ladylast_img read more

McCrumb takes bigger role

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The preparation helped McCrumb embrace an entirely different role. After averaging 4.4 points in limited minutes last season, she’s become an impact player for the Marauders. “(McCrumb) became a more complete player,” AVC coach John Taylor said. “She’s not just a shooter anymore.” McCrumb was the MVP of last month’s Glendale tournament, when she scored a season-high 21 points in an 80-71 victory over Ventura in the championship game. McCrumb and the injury-riddled Marauders will look to get back on track after losing four consecutive games when they play host to Golden West of Huntington Beach tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the first game of the AVC tournament. LANCASTER – Last season’s state championship semifinal appearance culminated the most successful season in Antelope Valley College women’s basketball history. Sophomore guard Rhiannon McCrumb talks about the deep playoff run as if it were a disappointment, not something to celebrate. The former Quartz Hill High standout might be the only one in AVC circles who saw it that way. But she spent her offseason channeling that perceived disappointment into an intense offseason workout program that included strength training and long hours in the gym refining what already was a remarkably proficient perimeter shot. “Because of what happened last year, I wanted to get better for this year,” McCrumb said. Although McCrumb was a two-time first-team All-Golden League selection, she never was among the league’s more talked-about players, partly because Quartz Hill struggled in the years she was there – and also because of her unassuming personality. She’s having the kind of season Taylor believes can put her on the scholarship map. “She’s always had so much potential, and it’s finally coming to fruition,” Taylor said. “People don’t realize it, but she’s a tremendous defender, too.” McCrumb’s intense playing style has helped her make a seamless transition to the leadership role she’s taken on this season. After her experience at Quartz Hill, winning was something she never took for granted. She cites the team’s success as pivotal in building her confidence. Now she’s hoping her team can build on that success. “Last year led to this year,” McCrumb said. “People expect us to live up to the expectations from last year. After we lost (in the semifinals), all the (then-freshmen) were like, ‘We’re going to get it this year,’ and we still have that goal.” Chelette OK: Men’s basketball coach Newton Chelette was released Sunday from Antelope Valley Hospital after undergoing an angioplasty Saturday. He said there were no complications in the procedure. Chelette attended but did not run practices earlier this week. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 gideon.rubin@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


first_imgESB crews are working to restore power to homes in west Donegal.There has been a lull in the storm – but it is expected to pick up later.Power is expected to be restored to 91 customers on Arranmore Island by this afternoon. Electricity has also been cut to more than 120 homes in the Dungloe area, 160 homes in Loughanure and two dozen customers in Kincasslagh.Power has been restored to homes in Letterkenny and other areas. STORM UPDATE: POWER CUT TO HOMES IN WEST DONEGAL was last modified: December 24th, 2013 by John2Share 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:STORM UPDATE: POWER CUT TO HOMES IN WEST DONEGALlast_img read more

Game of Thrones star Art has stacks of fun on Pancake Tuesday!

first_imgStudents of Coláiste Chineál Eoghain Buncrana in Donegal have had a ‘flipping’ great morning putting their own twist on Pancake Tuesday.The popular Buncrana Gaelscoil had a fun baking day as Gaeilge – Lá na bPancóga – with Leaving Cert student and actor Art Parkinson joining the event.Lá na bPancóga at Coláiste Chineál Eoghain Between his studies, the Moville teen has played notable roles in TV and film including Rickon Stark in Game of Thrones and starring in the award-winning animation Kubo and the Two Strings. The dedicated 17-year-old attends classes at CCE via video link when out filming to keep up with school.Art was more than ‘sásta’ with his pancakes today, while skilled students had the opportunity to perfect their flip and fill up on healthy fruit toppings. A great day was had by all.Art Parkinson enjoying Lá na bPancóga at Coláiste Chineál EoghainLá na bPancóga at Coláiste Chineál Eoghain Lá na bPancóga at Coláiste Chineál Eoghain Lá na bPancóga at Coláiste Chineál Eoghain Do you have Pancake Tuesday event photos to share? Send them into info@donegaldaily.com    Game of Thrones star Art has stacks of fun on Pancake Tuesday! was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Art ParkinsonColáiste Chineál EoghainLá na bPancógapancake tuesdaylast_img read more