What Is the Long-term Solution to Monrovia’s Sanitation Crisis?

first_imgEver since the beginning of the Tubman administration Monrovia, the capital of Africa’s oldest independent republic, has exhibited serious sanitation problems.  Tubman created the National Public Health Service (NPHS) in the mid-1940s, giving it also responsibility for sanitation.During that period there were dumpsites and drains in many places around the city, especially on Randall, Benson, Gurley, Center and Clay Streets.  These drains have been perpetually used also as garbage dumps, totally negating their intended   purpose.  It is impossible for a trench to channel excess water freely when it is clogged with garbage.That is why Monrovia, from Newport to Center Street, has always been the obnoxious location of filth and stench from these overflowing gutters spilling on to those streets, especially during the Rainy Season.  Other areas which are prone to this garbage induced flooding include Waterside, Vai Town, and Old Road Junction near the President’s residence.  All of this is in addition to heaps of garbage at dumpsites that the city authorities struggle with limited success to manage.It is not only garbage, but residents building in the way of drains as well as the failure of public works and other authorities to stop or dismantle these structures and to regularly free the gutters of sand from erosion in order to prevent the serious flooding that occurs during the rains.Public Health, now Ministry of Health, from the 1940s through the 1960s constantly had sanitary officers going around spraying the city with DDT to prevent the breeding of malaria infesting mosquitoes and other disease carrying flies, rats, roaches and other harmful insects and rodents.There are several government agencies that have over the decades cooperated to deal with the city’s sanitation problems—Public Health, Public Works, Monrovia City Corporation and Water and Sewer, which later became the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation. Last week three of these agencies named got together with the assistance of the British NGO, Oxfam, to tackle the age-old problem of   offensive drains.  Our reporter Leroy Sonpon named the other two agencies as Public Works and LWSC.  We do not understand why the Ministry of Health was not involved in this critical exercise.  After all, they say prevention is better than cure.  Everyone knows that it is these offensive drains and perennially unmanaged garbage and sewer mess that have combined to make Monrovia one of the most unhealthy places to live. To make matters worse, we stilI see irresponsible and uncaring Liberians throwing trash from their cars, dropping rubbish on the streets and dumping garbage anywhere.  So the problem lies not just with government, but with us the people.  Is there any wonder, then, that Ebola spread so fast in our country, overtaking with infections and deaths the Republic of Guinea where it started, and Sierra Leone?  It is indeed hard to understand why, after all these decades, we have not fixed our health and sanitation problems.  Is it  that we lack the technical or political capacity to fix this problem that has for decades bedeviled us? So many Liberians have lived in London, New York, South Africa and other cities with populations far bigger than the whole of Liberia.  So these cities’ health and sanitation problems, because of their huge populations and the abundance of food, are far bigger than Liberia’s.  So what is the problem?  Why can’t we get our act together?Now we have turned to Oxfam—a mere NGO—to help us.  We have forgotten that even the World Bank and the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation have intervened to help fix sanitation in Monrovia, but to what avail? Even though things have improved a bit, Monrovia is still plagued with filth and squalor even in the city center, and worse yet in the slums, including Buzzy Quarter, right under the nose of the center of power—the Legislature, Executive Mansion and Temple of Justice.  There is also West Point—right below the Ducor, our first five-star hotel— Water Side, Duala, Sinkor Old Road, the housing estates and, of course, Paynesville Red Light, the nation’s largest food and general marketplace.   This newspaper has for over a decade written frequently about the filth and squalor in which our market women, children and men have to work from five a.m. to 10 p.m. daily to earn their living by supplying food to Monrovia.We understand that this market will soon be relocated to the former Omega site.    What plans, if any, are being made to ensure that this sickening, sour, stinking scenario does not transfer to the new site?   The only suggestion we can offer at this time is to send a team of intelligent, conscientious and serious-minded Liberians to a few African cities, beginning with Kigali, Rwanda and Kampala, Uganda, to study how they manage water, sewer and sanitation.  Maybe our observers will return with workable ideas to fix our problems.  It will then be left to the politicians to provide the resources and the political will finally to get the job done once and for all. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man jailed for 3 months for beating, robbing woman

first_imgA Georgetown resident was on Wednesday sentenced to three months imprisonment by Magistrate Fabayo Azore after he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Counts for robbing and beating a young woman.Quincy Andrews of Lot 17 Lambert Street, Georgetown, pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that he robbed Madonna Prince of her cellphone while using personal violence in the process. The incident occurred on July 2, 2018, at Princes Street, Georgetown.However, Andrews told the court that he did not rob the woman while telling the court “I will lie on myself and say that I do it because I ain’t want to waste the court time”.last_img

Armed bandits rob Parika miner

first_imgA Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) miner was on Friday robbed of in excess of million in gold and equipment while returning home from a mining camp located along the Cuyuni River.The incident occurred at about 04:30h at Aramu, Cuyuni River, when Ijaz Mohammed, 27, was exiting the backlands. Two masked bandits armed with what was described as AK-47s, reportedly pounced on the miner while he was on his motorcycle and demanded he hand over his valuables.The armed bandits reportedly escaped with seven ounces of gold, an excavator fuel pump and his motorcycle. The young man’s father Shaheed Mohammed related that his son contacted him early Friday morning, and related what had occurred: “Well, this morning (Friday), about 04:45h my son called me and told me he get rob. Two gunmen run out the bush and stop him on the road,” he stated.The father further explained that he was dissatisfied with the Police response to the report, saying that they were quite slow in reacting. He is however thankful that his son escaped unharmed.last_img read more

Snow levels get boost, but stay below normal

first_imgDespite a dry January, officials said California reservoirs still have plenty of water, thanks to wet winters in the three previous years. “We had a really dry January and a lot of people started asking questions, but we weren’t really in danger of drought because we have so much storage,” department spokesman Don Strickland said Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ECHO SUMMIT – Winter storms last month boosted snow levels in the Sierra Nevada, although more is needed to make up for this year’s dry start, the Department of Water Resources said Friday in its monthly snow survey. In the northern Sierra, at 6,800 feet above sea level, researchers measured the snow at 63.8 inches deep, about 78percent of what is expected this time of year. The average snowpack along the 400-mile long mountain range was 64 percent of normal. Although the readings were still low, the snow’s water content was significantly higher than a month ago. A storm dumped as much as 9 feet of snow on the upper elevations of the Sierra over the past week, including about 6 feet in back-to-back storms last weekend. “It’s a nice boost. Things were looking pretty grim in February,” said Maurice Roos, the department’s chief hydrologist. The snow’s water content was deeper in the northern Sierra – 71 percent of normal – and slightly lower in the central and southern Sierra – 66 percent and 55 percent respectively. Researchers from the department conduct five monthly snow surveys from January to May, measuring the snow at 382 stations so they can predict water supply for the year. Runoff from the Sierra provides more than a third of the state’s drinking and irrigation water. Hydroelectric plants also rely on snowmelt to produce about a quarter of the state’s power. Roos said changes in the state’s weather in the next few months could further improve snow and water levels. There is usually an additional 10 to 15 percent of snowfall in March, he said. The current readings “put us about where we were at this time last year,” department snow surveys chief Frank Gehrke said in a statement. last_img read more


first_imgPARTS OF the county are continuing to suffer water cut-offs – two weeks after the Big Chill ended.Donegal County Council says most of the Stranorlar Electoral Area will face restrictions again this weekend.The council notice is posted below:  Planned overnight restrictions to public water supplies (Friday 7th January 2011 – Sunday 9th January 2011) Water supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 8:00pm until 8:00am ConvoyCastlefinRaphoeLiffordBallinacorTievebrackGleneelySTRANORLAR ELECTORAL AREA Ballybofey and Stranorlar – supply will also be turned off to the Twin Towns from midnight until 8.00am each night WATER MISERY CONTINUES FOR ANOTHER WEEKEND IN EAST DONEGAL was last modified: January 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Intersection funds on city’s wish list

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We think the location is good because of the proximity to Air Force Plant 42,” Ledford said. Topping Palmdale’s priority list is a request for $2 million for the widening of the intersection of Rancho Vista Boulevard and Sierra Highway. The project is aimed at relieving rush-hour congestion around Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10 and neighboring Air Force Plant 42. The project would create three through lanes in both the eastbound and westbound directions, two left-turn lanes in each direction, and two right-turn lanes in the westbound direction. Pointing to Plant 10 and Plant 42’s contributions to national defense, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, was able to successfully lobby for $2.8 million for the project to be included in a $286.4 billion, six-year federal transportation funding bill approved last year. The project would tie into a bigger effort to widen Rancho Vista Boulevard from the Antelope Valley Freeway to 20th Street East. The total build-out of the street is estimated to cost $27 million. The second priority, and by far the biggest dollar request, is $100 million in funding for a new east-west freeway, the High Desert Corridor. The freeway would link the Antelope Valley with Victorville. The Palmdale portion of that freeway would run along Avenue P-8 between the 14 Freeway and 50th Street East. That segment would help improve access to the Palmdale Regional Airport. The funding would be used for right-of-way acquisition. Other priorities for federal dollars include $800,000 to enhance aerospace training at the AERO Institute; $975,000 to assist with redevelopment of the area surrounding the city’s transportation center; $380,000 for the South Valley WorkSource Center; $380,000 for technology to help track library books and prevent theft; $290,000 for technology to help track crime; and $100,000 for equipment to allow a planned recreation center at Marie Kerr Park to be used as an emergency operations center in the event of a disaster. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Funding for a major intersection and a new east-west freeway are included on the city of Palmdale’s wish list of projects they will be seeking federal funding for this year. Mayor Jim Ledford and Councilman Steve Hofbauer will discuss the city’s federal funding priorities with congressional representatives and the city’s lobbyist when they travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference on March 11 to 15. City officials will also meet with representatives of Lockheed Martin Corp. to follow up on recent negotiations to possibly acquire a portion of a 640-acre parcel the corporation owns at Avenue M and Sierra Highway. The city is looking at that property as a possible location for a proposed power plant. The city is looking to establish a 500-megawatt power plant with one of the primary goals being to establish an affordable and reliable source of power for the region’s aerospace companies. The Lockheed Martin site is one of four under consideration for the project. last_img read more

West Ham set to miss out on Anderlecht star

first_img who plays? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Atalanta have opened talks with West Ham target Leander Dendoncker, according to reports in Italy.The 23-year-old Anderlecht midfielder has already been linked with a move to Serie A club Sampdoria earlier this summer, while the Hammers have also shown significant interest. possible xi predicted How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence LATEST TRANSFER NEWS However, both clubs appear to have missed out, as according to Sky Sport Italia, Atalanta have already begun talks with Dendoncker’s entourage.The Belgium international is still away at the World Cup despite only featuring once, against England earlier in the group stage.Dendoncker is under contract at Anderlecht until June 2021, but with many top European clubs beginning to declare their interest, the Belgian side face a task ask keeping hold of the forward. ALTERED Dendonker featured for Belgium against England at the World Cup How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener gameday NEW ERA 1 highlights smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decadelast_img read more

Farce in Drogheda as Finn Harps’ season opener called off

first_imgThere were farcical scenes at United Park in Drogheda tonight as the First Division opener between Drogheda United and Finn Harps was postponed.Referee John McLaughlin was unhappy with the quality of floodlighting at the venue and called the game off.Picture by Joe Boland, North West Newspix The decision was relayed across the public address system ten minutes after the appointed 7.45 kick-off time.Several bulbs were out on the floodlights and the referee refused to start the game.The two teams had warmed up and were ready to walk onto the pitch when the doubts began to surface.The PA announcer apologised to supporters – including a couple of hundred Harps fans – for the ‘cock up’. Farce in Drogheda as Finn Harps’ season opener called off was last modified: February 24th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Donegal schools win Gaelbhratach flags for Irish language achievements

first_imgScoil Náisiúnta Árainn Mhóir and Coláiste Ailigh Letterkenny have won prizes in recognition of their efforts in promoting the Irish language.Over 700 pupils, from both primary and secondary schools, gathered in the Pavilion at Leopardstown racecourse in Dublin to attend the Gaelbhratach presentation on Tuesday 22 May. The Gaelbhratach scheme, funded by Foras na Gaeilge, and organised by Gael Linn, with the support of Conradh na Gaeilge and Glór na nGael, recognises the promotion of the Irish language in both secondary and primary schools around the country. There was a fantastic atmosphere at the event and the delight of the students, and indeed their teachers, in being recognised for their work was palpable. Adding to their enjoyment was the performance of the group Seo Linn who had the students dancing and singing along to their many hits ‘as Gaeilge’ throughout the event. Acting as MCs, TV stars Micheál Ó Ciaraidh and Gráinne Bleasdale made sure the event ran smoothly with their light-hearted approach!Coláiste Ailigh Students Aisling Ní Shiadhail and Justin Ó Conhcubhair proudly accepted the flag on behalf of their school. Photo Credit: Seán Ó MainnínScoil Náisiúnta Árainn Mhóir -Students Gina Ní Bhaoill and Amélie Ní Chnáimhsí proudly accepted the flag on behalf of their school. Photo Credit: Seán Ó MainnínThe two Gael Linn officials in charge of the Gaelbhratach scheme, Andrea Ní Fhaoláin and Mairéad Ní Thiománaigh were very proud of all the schools and what they had achieved during the year. They explained that it takes a lot of hard work for a school to be awarded the Gaelbhratach, that they have many targets to reach and that all of this work must be verified through various means, including postings on the Gaelbhratach blog and keeping a journal which is forwarded to Gael Linn at the end of the year.The Gaelbhratach scheme, initiated in 2013, has gone from strength to strength. In fact, there is a long waiting list of schools throughout the country wishing to be accepted into the scheme. Seán Ó Coinn, CEO of Foras na Gaeilge and Antoine Ó Coileáin, CEO of Gael Linn also spoke at the event and thanked the teachers for their support for the scheme within their schools. They also commended the co-operation of the three organisations involved in running the scheme, who are all funded by Foras na Gaeilge and have the same goals as regards the promotion of our language.Donegal schools win Gaelbhratach flags for Irish language achievements was last modified: May 29th, 2018 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:Colaiste Ailighgael linnGaelbhratachScoil Náisiúnta Árainn Mhóirlast_img read more

Petit gives up lead as Athletics see win streak snapped at six by Twins

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — One pitch, damage done. Eddie Rosario blasted Yusmeiro Petit’s first-pitch fastball over the Target Field fence for a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning, handing the Twins a 6-3 victory to kick off this four-game series on a balmy Thursday night.The loss ended the A’s six-game win streak.Rosario’s raucous home run plated Luis Arraez and Miguel Sano, who’d singled and walked on Fiers’ watch. The A’s ace entered the game riding a seven-game win streak, …last_img