Foya, Kolahun Districts, Suffer Acute Water Shortage

first_imgOne of several Hand pumps in Foya that Faces an acute Shortage of safe drinking waterFoya, Kolahun residents search for water in old, abandoned wellsWidespread and acute water shortages continue to affect the densely populated districts of Foya and Kolahun in Lofa County. Residents in the two districts on March 28, 2019, told the Daily Observer that since the dry season started sometime last year, most of the hand pumps constructed by aid agencies in the early 1990s have run dry having outlived their usefulness.“We have sought for safe drinking water in old, abandoned wells, small ponds and streams in efforts to relieve stress caused by the lack of access to safe drinking water,” Francis Nyumah Tamba said.In separate tour of Kolba and Airfield cities, it was observed that most of the hand pumps, wells and rivers were completely dried owing to the intensity of the dry season.Water and sanitation experts say due to current population growth, both cities in Lofa now require pipe borne water to prevent sickness and disease caused by water borne pathogens. Residents of the area, it was recently observed, wake up as early as 4:30 a.m. to fetch safe drinking water from the dilapidated hand pumps, wells, ponds and streams.For example, on March 30, 2019, hundreds of Kolba City residents were seen in long lines at some of the old and dilapidated hand pumps, and open wells in search of safe drinking water. At one of the dilapidated hand pumps in Kolba City, Kolahun District, cook-shop operator Madam Helen B. Kolliewala angrily declared that her city has all what it takes to benefit from pipe-borne water.An abandoned hand-pump at the Child Development Institute elementary school, Foya City, Lofa County“We are really suffering for safe drinking water in Kolba City, especially during this long dry season, and I want for our government to take steps to address the water shortages in the rural areas of our country,” Madam Kolliewala pleaded.In Foya City, residents said that the government should make concrete commitment to provide pipe-borne water to rural communities.Austin Kondoh Sando Paylay, a teacher in the district, pointed out that almost of all of the schools in Kolba City do not have a single hand-pump, a situation which has worsened the water and sanitation crisis faced by schools in Kolahun District.Paylay also stressed the need for the Ministry of Education (MoE) and other education stakeholders to consider the provision of safe drinking water to the school system as promotion of health and sanitation of teachers and the students.In a statement regarding the grave water hardship, Madam Cecelia T. Hallie of City Mayor of Foya City told the Daily Observer that a few months ago, prominent international non-governmental organization, Samaritan’s Purse, expressed interest in the provision of safe drinking water for the growing population of Foya City.But, Madam Hallie pointed out that the Samaritan’s Purse said residents of the city must stop burying dead bodies in key places in Foya City in order for the group to carry out its intervention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lusignan prison escapee recaptured at Tuschen

first_imgSudesh Dyal, 23, one of the three inmates who escaped from the Lusignan Prison on October 15, 2018, was Sunday morning recaptured while hiding out in a house at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).According to reports, the Police acted on information received and went to the house about 03:00h when the escapee was nabbed.  He was taken to the Leonora Police Station and was later transported to Georgetown to face charges.The man, formerly of Wales, West Bank Demerara (WBD), along with 29-year-old Dextroy Pollard and murder accused Travis Evan, escaped from the Prison’s holding bay.Evan was the first to be recaptured by ranks of the Joint Services in Linden, Region 10 while Pollard was recaptured by residents of Wales and handed over to the Police.Pollard had just been sentenced to spend the next two years in prison on a charge of break and enter and larceny. Dyal was on remand for the said offence.The men, according to Prison Director Gladwin Samuels, had escaped as a result of a lack of vigilance by the officers on duty.The holding bay from which the men escaped is reportedly surrounded by four towers from where ranks had a bird’s eye view.Additionally, the barbed wire fence had to be cut in order for the escape to be successful. At the time of the escape, both prison and police officers were on duty at the holding bay facility.Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage showed that the men took approximately four minutes to successfully escape. As such, Samuels slammed the officers, some of whom were reportedly asleep.A number of search parties were deployed in several areas in Regions Three and Four, where it was suspected the men might have gone.The Prison was used as a holding facility with several holding areas after the July 2017 fire at the Camp Street Prison. During that fire, several high-profile prisoners had escaped. The others were dispatched to correctional institutions across the country, including Lusignan.However, 13 prisoners had escaped from the facility by digging a hole under the perimeter fence. The hole was about five feet in diameter and another five feet deep.Those who had escaped were murder accused Clive Forde, Pascal Smith, Kerry Cromwell, Odel Roberts, Kendell Skeet, Rayon Jones, Jason Howard, Shawn Harris, Paul Goriah and Jamal Forde, along with Teshawn McKenzie, Cobena Stephens, Winston Long and Jamal Joseph.All the others were recaptured with two being killed by the Police during an exchange of gunfire. However, Goriah and Stephens remain at large.Goriah’s last known address was given as Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara (EBD) while Lot 82 Gopie Street, Middle Walk, Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was given as Stephens’ last known address.last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: TONY KINGSTON IN FINE FORM AT ROSAPENNA

first_imgRosapenna NotesThe Centenary Cup was played for on Sunday the 12th, the winners with an aggregate total of 78pts were Pete McBride Jnr (7) & Sean Boyce (7).The runners up were Mick Gallagher Jnr (6) & Ronan Gallagher (19) with 73pts. Two’s – Patrick McClafferty 36e.On Sunday the 19th the club competition will be contested over the Old Tom Morris Links.The annual Gents Seiko competition (G.o.Y event) will take place on Saturday the 25th of October.There will be a club competition on Sunday the 26th. The remaining golfer of the year events will take place on Sunday the 9th & 23rd of November (Christmas Hamper).The Rosapenna Senior Scratch Match-play team travelled to Letterkenny G.C last Sunday for the quarter final return leg.The home leg finished 4-3 to Rosapenna so we needed at least 3 matches away which we duly secured from the top four games to leave the tie 7-7 after both fixturesThe tie was to be decided by a nominated  player from both teams playing sudden death from the 1st, this was between Eammon McDermott & Donal Boyle, after halving the first in Par 4’s Eammon won on the second tie hole.Best wishes to team captain Eammon & his team in the county semi final where they will face North-West G.C. Thank you to the Rosapenna team captains and to all the players who took part over both legs.The 2014/15 Mulroy Links began onSaturday past at Portsalon Golf Links with an entry of just under 100 players.The results were as follows – Nett Section1st Tony Kingston (13) 44pts2nd Richard Duffy (20) 40pts3rd Brian Haughey (10) 39pts bot4th Brian Boyle (15) 39ptsGross Section1st Enda Kennedy (+1) 37 gross pts bot2nd Martin McDermott (3) 37 gross pts3rd Eamonn McDermott(2) 35 gross pts4th Jamie Foley (3) 33 gross ptsThe next outing will take place at Rosapenna.(Sandy Hills Links) this Saturday the 18th of October.Tee times for Saturday are available via the PavilionGolf Shop at Rosapenna on 074-915-5000.On Saturday November 1st there will be a golf classic held over the Old Tom Morris Links in aid of the Mevagh Fire Service building fund.It will be a shotgun start at 10.00am with registration in the Golf Pavilion from 9.00am.A meal will be served for all competitors at 3.00pm which is included in the entry fee of €200 per team.Tees & greens are also available to sponsor at a rate of €50 each. Team entries/sponsorship to The Pavilion Golf Shop on 074-915-5000.Tickets are now on sale in the Pavilion Golf Shop for the annual Rosapenna Dinner Dance which will take place on Saturday the 1st of November in the Rosapenna Hotel.The tickets are priced at 35e each.On Saturday the 15th of November there will be an OPEN four ball scramble over the Sandy HillsLinks sponsored by The Pavilion Golf Shop.A shotgun start will take place at 11.00am and the entry fee will include refreshments after the round followed by the presentation of prizes.Entry fee – Visitor €25, Member €15.All entries to the golf shop on 074-915-5000.The Rosapenna G.C Gents AGM will take place on Friday the 12th of December.Any uncollected prizes from the recent presentation
 are available for collection from the Pavilion Golf Shop and should be collected as soon as possible.GOLF NEWS: TONY KINGSTON IN FINE FORM AT ROSAPENNA was last modified: October 14th, 2014 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:golfNoticesROSAPENNASportlast_img read more