first_imgA sophisticated network of stolen electricity was yesterday dismantled when crews of the Energy Monitoring Section of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) raided the Township of West Point that resulted to over 250 homes being disconnected and huge bundles of illegal wire confiscated. According to a release from the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), the crew discovered several cables hooked to a high voltage line supplying the Township before distributing the illegal power to several homes.The LEC team disconnected the illegal cable from a light pole, which was the main source, before moving from house to house to unstring a tangled mess of wires used for the exercise.Residents disconnected said they pay US$40 monthly per household for the illegal connections in addition to purchasing wires.Owen Richards, head of the Energy Monitoring Section, said the Township was one of the hotspots of electricity theft in the country. “We have raided this Township several times before. This is in continuation of our regular monitoring exercise in West Point. West Point is one of the hotbeds of power theft, so we have made it our duty to regularly move into the community to inspect our lines to ensure that they are not being tempered with,” Richards said.He said Thursday’s raid yielded tremendous success, saying that due to the frequency of previous operations, the crew was astonished to discover that the illegal network has become more complex, sophisticated and larger in scope. “They are now running their lines in the community conspicuously. These criminals are demonstrating total disregard for the rule of law. We will onwards increase our monitoring operations in West Point,” he said.He vowed that the operation in the Township will continue until electricity theft becomes unprofitable for the suppliers and end users.Electricity theft is widespread throughout the network areas of the Liberia Electricity Corporation. The phenomenon, which is causing huge revenue losses for the LEC, is an ongoing challenge and has taken many forms. The company says it has lost well over US$1 million to power theft just this year alone. Not only are there many incidents of residents in the network area stealing electricity through illegal connections, but a significant number of subscribers are bypassing meters and using the utility without paying bills.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_imgThe family of a man only found out he may have died from the deadly Ebola virus after hearing the story on the RTE television news.The late Dessie Quinn.The heartbroken family of Dessie Quinn, 44, from Mountcharles, had presumed he died from malaria for which he was being treated since returning from Africa two weeks ago.But his family were shocked to discover that HSE officials were suspicious he may have contracted the disease. Local priest Fr Adrian Gavigan, told Donegal Daily that it was “very poor form” that the family had not been contacted.“The first they heard of it was when someone watched the six one news. Before that, they had just presumed that Dessie had died from malaria.“Nothing had suggested anything different and for his family to find out like this was very poor form in my opinion.“This is a small place and a phonecall to the family would have gone a long way. Instead they find out by watching the news on television,” he said. Fr Gavigan said he now hoped that Dessie was not suffering from the Ebola virus when he passed away.“I hope and pray for the family that this is not the case.“I’m not sure how this has all come about. Perhaps if this was a year ago and Ebola was not being talked about, then we would not have this situation now.“There was never any mention of Ebola and everyone just presumed that he was showing all the signs of malaria.“I’m not sure how this has come out or how the hospital have come to this conclusion. I just hope for the family’s sake that this is not the case,” he said. He added that there had been no isolation precautions erected at the man’s home.He added that the Quinn family are very well-known in the area and very well respected.“This has come as an awful shock to them. I genuinely hope that this is not confirmed,” he said.Meanwhile there have been no visiting restrictions at Letterkenny General Hospital despite scare. Mr Quinn’s remains have been sent to the hospital’s mortuary which has now been sealed off and will remain so overnight.The HSE is expected to release a statement on the results of tests carried out on the dead man later on today to determine the cause of death.FAMILY ONLY DISCOVERED MAN MAY HAVE DIED FROM EBOLA DISEASE AFTER WATCHING RTE NEWS REPORT was last modified: August 22nd, 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:Dessie QuinndonegalebolaFr Adrian GaviganHSEMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more