As the rainy season approaches, news of tragic deaths involving drowning has surfaced in Nimba County.On Saturday, there were two separate drowning cases involving three persons, including two teenage girls and an elderly man.Two little girls, ages 10 and 11 drowned in a pool of water in the vicinity of Ganta, precisely in the LPRC Community.They were identified as Mamie Koleh 10, and Darling Girl Koleh, 11. According to reports the girls left their LPRC home to wash their clothes at a nearby pool a few yards from their house.The girls lived with their parents, Mr. Randolph Koleh and Mrs. Ophelia Koleh. Their residence is situated around a swamp where sand mining is currently on going.As a result of sand mining, pools of water remain in abandoned pits which have now become places where residents wash their clothes and dishes, according to interviews conducted with residents.Investigations conducted by the Daily Observer indicated that after frantic searches by family members and neighbours, the girls could not be located until the evening hours when their lifeless bodies were found in one of the abandoned sand mining pits. The Liberia National Police Ganta branch confirmed the incident, pointing out that there was no foul play in their deaths. The bodies, a spokesman said, have been turned over to the family for burial.The drowning of the girls in Ganta has brought harsh criticism about the safety of the community where sand mining or other alluvial mining activities are on-going.“We don’t know what (safety) mechanism the government is putting into place for the areas where alluvial mining is on-going,” said an angry woman.“We are talking about children; it could be anyone, because these pits are not covered after the digging and there should be a mechanism in place that all miners (be required to) close their pits after mining,” she added.In another incident, an elderly man identified as Moses Tuoh drowned in the Nimba County border town of Beahplay in Buu – Yao Administrative District, according to family sources.The cause of the drowning is yet to be established. A family source in a phone interview said most residents of the town are involved in fishing in the Cestor River, bordering the Ivory Coast.Last year, two little girls went missing and later their bodies were found near a pool in Gbehlay Geh District after participating in a closing exercise of their school.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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zoom Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference brought together over 550 exhibitors and 12,145 visitors in halls 1, 2 & 5 of Amsterdam RAI. While the number of exhibitors slightly decreased compared to 2016, the visitor number increased. The conference attracted over 1,300 delegates who attended 20 sessions. Next year Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on (22), 23 and 24 October 2018.“This year marked our tenth anniversary and we look back on a great event,” says Annemieke den Otter, who bears overall responsibility for Offshore Energy.“Never before has the gathering of all players in offshore, from oil and gas to offshore wind and marine energy, been more apparent than this year and never before have we attracted so many international visitors.”This year’s theme was ‘Transformation through collaboration’. Topics that dominated the conversation ranged from decommissioning and future gas and wind energy production at the North Sea, to upstream investments in the Middle East, West-Africa, Latin-America and Asia.The event brought together industry leaders and (young) professionals during a high quality conference program, at the many networking opportunities and in the exhibition halls. For three days – starting on Monday with the first day of Offshore WIND Conference – Amsterdam was a meeting place for a host of international clients, OEMs, EPC companies and suppliers active in oil and gas exploration and production as well as renewable energy development.OEEC 2017 again had a spectacular kick-off with Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner and Awards Show on Monday 9 October. Guests were treated to dinner and drinks and musical interludes by the Junior Jazz Unlimited at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. A special congratulation to the award winners: Dries Lammens (winner of the Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award), Our Oceans Challenge (winner of the Offshore Energy Public Outreach Award) and Next Ocean with the Next Ocean Wave Predictor (winner of the Best Innovation in Offshore Energy Award).ExhibitionThis year over 550 exhibitors covered halls 1, 2, 5 and Amtrium of the Amsterdam RAI. During the exhibition days it was also possible to attend matchmaking sessions headed by Europe Enterprise Network, from bagpipes to robots, there were some great sights on the exhibition floor. The latest addition to the exhibition floor was the Startup Zone where upcoming talent was able to present themselves and showcase their innovations and products.Back again was the Offshore WIND Expertise Hub where companies were interviewed on film. These videos will be published on OffshoreWIND.biz in the coming weeks. In the different pavilions, such as Iran, Scotland, Italy, Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports, North Sea Energy Gateway, Marine Energy and the Holland pavilion, people came together in an energetic environment to meet up and/or network.ConferenceThe high quality conference program at OEEC contained seven Technical Sessions on topics ranging from Asset Integrity, Global Business Opportunities and Decommissioning. The Launch of the National Platform for Re-use and Decommissioning also took place during the conference. This year’s Industry Panel addressed the transition to a low carbon energy mix. Featured speakers distinguished facts and fiction on both fossil and renewable energy sources, their deployment and what it takes for societies to switch to a new energy system.Within renewables Offshore WIND Conference (OWC) took place with speakers from Dong, Siemens, European Committee of the Regions and Ziton. Marine Energy Event took place on Wednesday 11 October and focused on the Conditions for Commercial Success of the industry with speakers from EMEC, Twin Valleys, Tidal Lagoon BV and Bureau Veritas. Last but not least, several side events took place and young professionals could attend special Master Classes with masters from OOS International and Schlumberger.Offshore Energy 2018Next year Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on 22, 23 and 24 October 2018. Information on next year’s edition will be published online on www.offshore-energy.biz shortly.