Mudslide Causes Damage at China Union

first_imgChina Union’s crusher was damaged due to a mudslide at the company’s Bong Mines concession area (Photo: LINA)Another threatens Paynesville-Kakata HighwayBy Richard Baysah and Alvin WorziReports from the China Union operation area at the Bong Mining Company in Fuamah District, Lower Bong County speak of a mudslide that has destroyed the company’s crusher and conveyor belt at the plant. The Liberia News Agency (LINA) reported yesterday that the mudslide took place early Wednesday, September 13. There was, however, no report of any human casualty, but the incident caused substantial damage to the company’s crusher and conveyor belt, responsible to process the ore before it is shipped to the Freeport of Monrovia.The China Union, a Chinese State Owned Enterprise, took over the concession area of the German mining company that halted its mining activities due to the Liberian civil crisis in the 90s. An employee, Franklin Tyler, is quoted by LINA as saying that the incident was accompanied by a sudden loud noise, from the direction of the crusher and conveyor belt.A view of the mudslide at China Union’s mining site in Bong Mines (Photo: LINA)The report said the mudslide happened as a result of a heavy downpour that forced mud from the top of the Bong Mountain Range.The China Union Public Relations Officer, Morris Tate, confirmed damages to the company’s crusher and conveyor belt but noted that it will not stop the company’s operations.Tate also said though the management of China Union was saddened by the incident, it equally grateful that there was no human casualty. The management is accessing the situation and is expected to subsequently come out with the total cost of damage to its facilities, he said.This is the second mudslide in over 30 years in an iron ore mining concession, with the first occurring in September 1981 at the National Iron Ore Company, known as the “Camp No-way Disaster,” which left many people dead. In a related development, Rain Hill, located on the Monrovia-Kakata highway, in the vicinity of the 15-Gate community, has been described as a potential threat to residents and commuters who frequently use this busy thoroughfare.Danger hangs over one of the major highway in the country Monrovia-Kakata highway (Photo: Alvin Worzi)Rain Hill had its first mudslide last year that covered the highway, according to Peter Kerkula, a private security officer for Lonestar Cell MTN Tower located on top of the hill. He said fear of imminent tragedy led a Chinese construction company to suspend its operations and later diverted traffic to complete its road construction. With the heavy downpour of rain in recent days, the hill’s residents have expressed concerns and are asking the government to intervene.“We have witnessed a series of accidents in recent time with the latest being last week Saturday when a Kia motorbike from Monrovia fell and fortunately for the driver, there were no major injuries,” Kerkula said. According to him, the management of Lonestar Cell MTN has promised to relocate the tower to another location. “We have to climb on the top of the hill to check the equipment despite the level of danger it poses to us as part of our work. Commuters even speak about this danger and sometimes they ask us about the government’s intention for the hill,” he said.Mud sliding from the hillside along the Monrovia-Kakata highway continues to serve as danger for residents and commuters (Photo: Alvin Worzi)Emmanuel Toe, a resident, said “The government needs to quickly do something about the situation to ensure that the road is safe as well as the people who are using it.” Toe said taking immediate action to reduce or level the hill in order to avoid any future mudslides is important because there have been some accidents due to the redirection of the road.Jeremy Sheriff, a commercial driver, said many drivers have become victims of the road in needless accidents, and appealed to the government to find a solution to prevent any future disaster. “Our people are noted for doing nothing until the last minute after many people may have been victimized. The Liberian government needs to know that this is a major highway and such a danger has to be brought under control,” Sheriff said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFour Masters Club Notes 11/04/2016Coaching Academy: The 2016 coaching academy for 4-7 year olds started last Saturday in Tír Chonaill with over 60 boys and girls (and parents) taking part in the drills and the games the astroturf was a hive of activity. New players and parents are always welcome to come along any Saturday morning from 11am. Parents are asked to stay with their children during the academy. Indoor coaching: Thanks goes to all the coaches and parents who helped out with the U6 indoor coaching since January. Outdoor coaching for this U6 group will start in the next few weeks.U8 Boys Football: Training on Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in Tír Chonaill. New players always welcome.U14 Boys Football: The U14 played a number of games in the last week, losing out away to Aodh Ruadh on Friday before beating Ardara at home tonight. The boys play St Nauls at home next Monday night at 6:30pm.U18 Boys Football: The minors lost out to Bundoran last Wednesday night. THE Boys are now down to play at home to St. Nauls this Wednesday, throw in at 7pm. Reserves: The reserves made it 2 wins out of 3 games on Sunday with a comfortable 2-10 to 0-07 win over Naomh Muire. Special mention goes to Daniel Martin who made his reserve debut on the day.Senior Mens Football: The senior beat Naomh Muire by 7 points with the early goals making the difference. The seniors and reserves play at home to Malin this Sunday, throw ins at 1:30pm and 3pm.Donegal GAA: Well done to Kate Keaney who helped Donegal ladies defeat Cavan on Sunday in Tír Chonaill. Hard luck to Karl Lacey and the Donegal team on their defeat to Dublin on Sunday. Good luck to Aaron McCrea and Thomas McGowan who play for Donegal U18 and U17 teams this weekend against Monaghan in the Ulster league semi finals in Clones. Goodluck to Cathal Canavan, Brian Fegan, Cian Hegarty and Jamie Crawford who start their Donegal U16 development squad year with a game away to Roscommon on Sunday.Social Night: Mr and Mrs will be held in Doms Peir 1 on Friday night at 9pm. Come along and support the club for a great nights entertainment.Club Lotto: Renew Subscriptions, the club would ask all persons that are members of our lotto to pay annual subscription to sellers of to treasurer Paul Timoney 0872791305. New members are welcome with quarterly and half yearly subscriptions available.Club Notes: Any club managers, mentors or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email before Monday at lunchtime to ensure it is included. Follow us via facebook, twitter, club app and www.fourmastersgaa.comGAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS EARN SUPERB HOME WIN OVER NAOMH MUIRE was last modified: April 12th, 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:four mastersGAASportlast_img read more