A US$64 health center built by the BAO-Chinese Iron Ore Exploration Company, (BAO-CHICO) was turned over to Gomgbeya Chiefdom last Tuesday in Gbarpolu County.The facility, located in Gokala, capital of Gomgbeya Chiefdom, contains offices, a maternal healthcare center, Out Patient Department and a dispensary.BAO-Chico Country Representative John Zhang, known in the community as John Jallah, recalled the difficulties at the beginning of the company’s exploration process in the chiefdom, and stated that with the support of traditional leaders and other stakeholders, the company achieved its objective.He paid special tribute to the elders and zoes and particularly to the memory of the late paramount chief of Gomgbeya Chiefdom, Jallah Lone, for supporting the company’s presence in the chiefdom.Zhang disclosed that the late paramount chief received BAO-Chico in Gomgbeya with open arms and stood by the company until it gained ground in the chiefdom.He used the occasion to commend President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for encouraging Liberia to form a partnership with China (PRC) that is geared toward mutual understanding and cooperation between the two countries.On behalf of the government, Mr. Paul Kinba, Assistant Gbarpolu County Superintendent for Development, described the health center as a dream come true at a time when the people desperately need it.He urged BAO-Chico to fence the facility and bring in Chinese doctors to work hand in hand with the Liberian government to ensure that the healthcare needs of the people are met.The construction of the center came as a result of an agreement reached between Gomgbeya Citizens Committee and BAO-Chico to use a portion of its Social Development Fund to build a healthcare center for the chiefdom.For his part Gbarpolu County Senator, Pro Tempore Armah Jallah, who spoke through a proxy, described BAO-Chico as a partner in his county’s reconstruction.He said BAO-Chico’s funding of the health center has demonstrated the company’s willingness to give back to the community in which it operates.He lauded the company for its continued support to the development of Gomgbeya Chiefdom through the construction of roads, bridges and the provision of social services to the people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
I was one of the lucky ones. I spent only two hours in my car when the big snowstorm of 2014 hit Atlanta on Tuesday. We got only about 2 inches of snow in my part of the city, but I made the mistake of going out for lunch at a restaurant right next to Emory University and the CDC compound. It took Jeffrey and me an hour and 45 minutes to drive the 2 miles back to the office. In the first photo below, you can see that the roads themselves were still in good shape at 2 o’clock, at least where we were.While I was sitting there in the passenger seat, I decided to take a look at the rest of Atlanta traffic. The map below, with all the red showing bad traffic, shows what it looked like at 1:45 p.m., near the beginning of our sojourn. Then it got worse.The good news, though, was that the grocery store near our condo was still fully stocked with milk (photo below). I can’t believe our neighbors allowed this to happen and hope they show the appropriate level of panic next time. What happened?If you paid any attention to the news, you heard plenty of horror stories about the tremendous pain caused by a meager 2 inches of snow. One woman couldn’t get to the hospital so she gave birth to her new baby in her car, stuck on I-285 (the Perimeter). Kids were stuck in school buses until late at night, or even overnight. There were 1,254 traffic accidents in a 24-hour period. And on and on… Look for the helpersOne of the great things that comes out of a nightmare like this is hearing about the people who went out of their way to help others. I saw a photo of a man passing out snacks to people stuck in traffic. Many people helped push cars and try to get them unstuck. Businesses and organizations opened their doors to stranded commuters. Teachers calmed their students by treating the event as an adventure.I grew up in the ’60s and loved to watch Mr. Rogers on TV. The stories of the helpers remind me of something he said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ “ RELATED ARTICLES Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Will we learn our lesson?It remains to be seen if this will be a tipping point for us. I’m a bit skeptical because our state government prefers funding highways over public transportation. I’m sure we’ll hear some calls for more lanes and more roads as a solution, but I doubt the results would have seen different even if we’d had double the amount of roads.But there is hope! The Atlanta Beltline, shown in the map below, is ramping up and offers some relief, at least in some areas of the city. The Beltline includes transit-oriented development, light rail, trails, and parks. It’s a really cool project, dreamed up by a Georgia Tech student in 1999. We need more of this kind of planning! Why we melted down in the big freezePlenty has been written about it, and you can read some good analyses in this article in The Atlantic as well as this article in Politico Magazine. Yes, the school districts could have helped to avert the nightmare by canceling school in advance. The governments could have pretreated the roads. People could have stayed home from work. The problem is actually deeper than that, but why didn’t anyone do those simple things anyway?Some people have blamed the meteorologists, saying weather reports were calling only for flurries in Atlanta with most of the snow going to the south of us. That’s not what I saw. I get my weather news from the Weather Channel app on my phone, and it had been calling for snow two days in advance. What they were forecasting 24 hours ahead is exactly how it played out.The National Weather Service did get it right. The American Geophysical Union published an article showing that we were under a Winter Storm Watch starting at about 5:00 a.m. on Monday. They upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning at 3:39 a.m. on Tuesday, about 8 hours before the snow started falling, with a prediction of 1 to 2 inches of snow. The problem wasn’t a lack of warning from the weather forecasters.Despite our governor blaming bad weather reports, however, the problems go still deeper. Where You Build May Matter More Than What You BuildLocation EfficiencyLocation Efficiency Trumps Home Energy EfficiencyGetting Around Without Fossil FuelsReduce the Need for DrivingDriving Our SUVs to the BP ProtestsTo Save Transportation Energy, Change BehaviorHouses Versus Cars When suburbia goes sprawlingYeah, it definitely could have been handled better to mitigate the trauma we experienced this week. The root cause, however, is suburban sprawl with few alternatives to getting around by automobile. We have MARTA, with its sparse heavy rail and its buses. I use the train when I go to the airport, but it’s difficult to live here without relying pretty heavily on your car.When the MARTA rail lines were built, some of the suburban counties rejected having them extend out to their areas. In 2012, we had a statewide referendum on approving new tax money to fund transit projects that could provide alternatives to cars. Sadly, voters rejected it by a large margin.Yes, weather forecasts and bad decision-making affected the results. Better long-term planning could have had millions of people safely at home instead of sleeping on grocery store floors, in churches, or in their cars. The drive-till-you-qualify housing market lets people have bigger houses, but at a cost. The basic facts are that everyone went about their lives as usual on Tuesday. Adults went to work and kids went to school. The snow started coming down around noon. All the schools and many workplaces released everyone to go home at about the same time. The roads gridlocked quickly. The snow hit the roads, melted, and then froze into ice.The government bodies in charge — and there are many, with over 60 mayors of cities and towns in the metro area — didn’t pretreat the roads. People here don’t have snow tires or chains, for the most part. The result was abysmal driving conditions, leading to all the accidents and even more gridlock.
The Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) has asked the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited to pay ₹2.04 crore in fine for operating six oil wells in Assam without installing any effluent treatment plants.The PCBA slapped the fine after officials of the regional laboratory in eastern Assam’s Sivasagar district found that the Navaratna public sector undertaking (PSU) did not comply with pollution control norms in six of its wells in the district’s Geleky and Lakwa areas.“During inspection, it has been observed that there is seepage/leakage in the waste pits of the six wells. Waste pits were full of effluent and without having any treatment facility,” said the PCBA’s letter to the Executive Director of ONGC’s Assam Assets at Nazira in Sivasagar district.One month time The exploration major has been given a month’s time since September 5 to pay the fine, besides taking necessary steps for effluent treatment at the ongoing drill sites and arranging for reclamation of drill sites no longer in operation. The PCBA had served ONGC a show-cause notice in June and found that the PSU’s reply was not “based on facts and findings”. The PCBA’s analysis of samples collected from August 6-8 at different well sites found that parameters such as “oil and grease” and “total suspended solids” were beyond permissible limits in all cases. The PCBA has also served notices to some 1,200 more industries operating in Assam without primary effluent treatment plants. About 850 of them have been given closure notices, officials said.
India batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who was overlooked for the World Cup 2019, said the omission from the squad for the showpiece event brought disappointment to him. Rahane though insisted that he is keen on putting behind the disappointment and focussing on the future.India went into World Cup 2019 with a concern surrounding their middle-order, particularly the No. 4 spot. Rahane was India’s number 4 in World Cup 2015, but since then, the right-handed batsman has not been a regular in the side in the shorter formats.”Personally, everyone dreams to be part of World Cup squad. Mine was also the same. You tend to get disappointed when you don’t make the World Cup team but it’s important to move on,” Ajinkya Rahane said speaking to TVTN News Director Rahul Kanwal for India Today’s Jab We Met.Post the World Cup snub, Rahane made his county debut, becoming the first Indian player to play Hampshire. The day Indian team landed in England to begin their World Cup campaign, Rahane slammed a hundred on his debut for Hampshire.”When I played 2 months in county cricket, I learnt a lot. Yes, it was a dream to be part of the World Cup team. But, I am focussing on taking everything on a positive note and moving on. I feel I am starting my preparations for the next World Cup from now itself,” Rahane said.Rahane, who had last played an ODI in 2018 against South Africa and T20I in 2016 against West Indies, was once again not considered for the shorter format series against West Indies. However, the Maharashtra batsman was named in the two-match Test series that will also be the part of the World Test Championship.advertisementAjinkya Rahane said he would like to capitalize upon every opportunity that he gets to play for the country.”After the World Cup also, there is life, there are challenges. There is World Test Championships. I am focussed on contributing to the team and taking the team forward.””Whenever an opportunity comes to play ODI and T20I cricket, I will work hard and make it count. I am actually lucky that people are noticing that I am good enough to play the limited-overs formats as well, Rahane added.Rahane, averages over 40 in the longest format, but has struggled to score runs consistently over the last couple of years. His average dropped from 34.62 in 2017 to 30.66 in 2018.Also Read | Agree with Sourav Ganguly, India need to pick a core group for all formats: Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | India head coach interview likely after Independence DayAlso See: