Sports Briefs

first_imgDrogba goes to MontrealMONTREAL (AP):The Montreal Impact added an established scoring presence when they traded for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba yesterday.Drogba moves to North America following his second spell at Chelsea, where he won the league title last season. The 37-year-old Ivory Coast forward signed with the Chicago Fire, who then sent him to the Impact for general and targeted allocation money.Drogba is expected to join Impact later this week after receiving his international transfer certificate and work visa.”It’s an honour to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact,” club president Joey Saputo said.Drogba scored 163 goals and won four Premier League titles in two stints with Chelsea. He had the winning penalty kick as Chelsea won their first Champions League crown in 2012.Warner extradition hearing delayedPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP):A court has given former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner more time to fight being extradited from Trinidad & Tobago to the United States (US) to face corruption charges.A chief magistrate yesterday set a new hearing date of August 28 after a government lawyer requested more time to examine the extradition request from the US Justice Department.The US sent its request last week.Warner is resisting extradition on US charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in the FIFA corruption case. He is out on bail and leading his political party’s campaign for September 7 general elections.Attorney General Gavin Nicholas has said Warner’s case has “absolutely nothing to do with politics.”Trinidad legal experts believe Warner’s extradition could take years to resolve.Red Bulls sign Shaun Wright-PhillipsLONDON (AP):The New York Red Bulls have completed the signing of former Manchester City and Chelsea midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips on a free transfer.The former England international will join up with his brother Bradley, a striker with the Red Bulls. He is eligible to play against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.The 33-year-old Wright-Phillips last played for English club Queens Park Rangers but left when his contract expired at the end of the 2014-15 season.He also played for Chelsea, where he won the Premier League in 2006, and Manchester City. He made 36 international appearances with England.Sri Lanka win 5th ODIHAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (AP):Kusal Perera smashed a 109-ball 116 to lead Sri Lanka to a crushing 165-run win over Pakistan in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday.However, it was only a consolation win for Sri Lanka, as Pakistan clinched the five-match series 3-2.Sri Lanka scored a formidable 368-4 after electing to bat first, and its batsmen dominated the bowling.Tillakaratne Dilshan scored 62 and, in the process, became the 11th player in the world to cross 10,000 runs in one-day internationals. Captain Angelo Mathews scored an unbeaten 70, while Milinda Siriwardana cracked a 26-ball 52 for his maiden international half-century.Pakistan, in their reply, were bowled out for 203 in the 38th over.last_img read more

Schedule for Jamaicans

first_img Women’s 400m Hurdles – 11.04 a.m. Janieve Russell Women’s 100m – 11:15 a.m. Elaine Thompson Kerron Stewart Men’s 400m – 12:35 p.m. Rusheen McDonald Schedule for Jamaicanslast_img

Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests trade

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. PFL: Meralco tries to bounce back from heavy loss Irving has three years and $60 million remaining on his contract. He can opt out of the final year prior to the 2019-20 season while James could opt out after next season McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Kyrie Irving #2 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after a play in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPCleveland point guard Kyrie Irving has requested a trade, shocking Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, reports said Friday.ESPN, citing unnamed sources, first reported that the Australian-born US point guard told team owner Dan Gilbert last week that he wanted to be traded.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Cleveland.com then cited two sources as saying the 25-year-old Irving told Gilbert he wanted to escape James’s shadow and be the focal point of a team.The news comes shortly after Irving told Sports Illustrated that the Cavaliers were “in a peculiar place” in the wake of their NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Since then, the Cavaliers’ have endured an awkward off-season. No replacement has been named for general manager David Griffin, who departed when the two sides failed to reach a contract extension.James has reportedly voiced concern about the team’s future, fueling speculation that he might leave his hometown club a second time. He famously departed in 2010 for Miami, won two titles and led the Heat to four finals in four years, then returned to the Cavaliers. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, did not specifically confirm a trade request in comments to Cleveland.com.“We met with Cavs’ leadership and we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team,” Wechsler said. “There were a bunch of scenarios, and I’m not going to discuss anything that was said. I don’t know where this is coming from.”Irving was the top overall NBA Draft pick in 2011 after one season at Duke University.Cleveland recorded losing records in his first three seasons before James returned.The Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals each of the past three seasons, falling to the Warriors in 2015, beating them in 2016 and surrendering the title to them in June.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

The Fight is Lost

first_imgA German Ebola expert, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, has predicted that the Ebola virus that is ravishing the Mano River Sub-region can no longer be contained by health experts and that the virus will end up “burning itself out” in specifically Liberia and Sierra Leone.This may come as a nerve cracking news for many, alarming hosts of  people, according to the German broadcasting outfit, Deutche Welle (DW).But Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg told DW that he and his colleagues are losing hope for Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the countries worst hit by the recent Ebola epidemic.”The right time to get this epidemic under control in these countries has been missed,” he said. That time was May and June. “Now it is too late.”Schmidt-Chanasit expects the virus will “burn itself out” in this part of the world.In other words: It will more or less infect everybody and half of the populations.  A total about five million people  could die.Stop the virus from spilling over to other countriesSchmidt-Chanasit knows that it is a hard thing to say.He stresses that he doesn’t want international help to stop. Quite the contrary: He demands “massive help”.For Sierra Leone and Liberia, though, he thinks “it is far from reality to bring enough help there to get a grip on the epidemic.”According to the virologist, the most important thing to do now is to prevent the virus from spreading to other countries, “and to help where it is still possible, in Nigeria and Senegal for example.”Moreover, much more money has to be put into evaluating suitable vaccines, he added.Angry reactionsIn the headquarters of Welthungerhilfe, a German non-governmental aid organization that is engaged in helping with the Ebola epidemic, Schmidt-Chanasit’s statement causes much contempt.Such declarations “are not very constructive,” a spokeswoman said.Jochen Moninger, the  Sierra Leone based coordinator of Welthungerhilfe, told DW, Schmidt-Chanasit’s statement is “dangerous and moreover, not correct.”Moninger has been living in Sierra Leone for four years and has experienced the Ebola outbreak there from the beginning.”The measures are beginning to show progress,” he says. “The problem is solvable – the disease can be stemmed.””If I had lost hope completely, I would have  packed my things and taken my family out of here”, Moninger adds. Instead, he and his family will stay.In Sierra Leone, the government has ordered a quarantine of 21 days for every household in which an Ebola case occurred. Soldiers and police are guarding these houses preventing,  anyone who has come into contact with an Ebola patient from leaving.According to Moninger, that is exactly the right thing to do: isolating sick people, should it be necessary, even with military force.Creating hopelessness doesn’t helpMoninger says he doesn’t know much about the situation in Liberia. But indeed, he got the impression that “what seems to be happening there is something that is not good at all.”He grants that Schmidt-Chanasit’s statement “might point a little bit into the right direction” regarding Liberia.Liberia has not taken on the same quarantine measures as Sierra Leone. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, Ebola-infected people are crisscrossing the capital in shared taxis, looking for a treatment place and returning home after finding none. This way the virus spreads.”But,” Moninger said,  “distributing hopelessness is dangerous”, adding that there are many human lives at risk, and “statements like these make the situation even worse.”Disastrous, but not Without HopeThe WHO in Geneva refuses to comment on Schmidt-Chanasit’s statement.WHO spokeswoman Fadéla Chaib, however,  says that there is “of course” still hope for both countries.”We can bring the situation under control in 6 to 9 months,” she told DW.When protesting against government’s decision to quarantine West Point, residents have been injured.She admits, though, that the situation especially in Liberia is “very intense”.The government is completely outstripped and as soon as a new Ebola treatment center has opened, it is overflowed by patients, she says, adding that Liberia has the highest number of cases and deaths in West Africa with a 60 percent case-fatality rate.The situation is getting worse after 80 health workers, doctors and nurses, have died after contracting the disease.The WHO even expects thousands of new cases of Ebola in Liberia over the next few weeks.Winning togetherNot only neighboring countries but also Europe and the US will have to support the fight against the epidemic, WHO’s Chaib demands.Then it might be possible to win this fight.The key to getting a grip on the epidemic is to stop the transmission of Ebola, especially among  healthcare workers, she says.Creating Ebola centers in the communities themselves will stop Ebola patients and their family members from  moving around and infecting other people.”We will do everything we can to stop this Ebola outbreak. We will not let down West Africa.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

French Business Club Donates US$80k to Red Cross

first_imgFrench business merchants or companies operating in Liberia, under the banner French Business Club (FBC), have made a huge donation to the Liberia National Red Cross (LNRCS). The donation includes US$80,000 and a brand new Renault car.The president of FBC, Jean Michel Macia, at the presentation ceremony held Thursday, September 25, at the French Embassy in Monrovia said the donation was their way of helping to boost the efforts of the LNRCS, which is one of the most important entities on the frontline of the fight against the virus.“We believe that this is the key contribution we can make and the best way for our companies to help the country and the population. But we see that to fight Ebola more must be done.He said the LNRCS was selected as the beneficiary of the FBC’s donation because it is proving its competence every day in the field. “This contribution, we believe, will enable the Red Cross to continue to battle against the virus,” the FBC boss said.“Their actions also help our organizations and our employees. Consequently the FBC is pleased to donate one vehicle and commit US$80,000 to the national society,” he added.Mr. Macia also stated that the donation marks the beginning of a strong partnership between FBC and the LNRCS.The French business executive indicated that since the outbreak of the terrible epidemic all these companies of the FBC have reinforced their commitment to stay and to continue their economic activities despite growing number of difficulties and hurdles.“We want to be part of the economic life of Liberia during the good times but we must also be present during the difficulties. To be present, to stay in the country, to maintain the jobs of our employees, to maintain their revenues and to keep investing are our prime targets,” he said.In quoting former Ivoirian President Felix Houphouet Boigny, Mr. Macia said: “Peace is not a word, it is comportment” and in his own words: “I say to you today solidarity is not a word, it is comportment.”The Liberia National Red Cross Society, tasked with the responsibility of dead body management by the National Task Force on Ebola, has for some time complained of lack of adequate support from central government and partners in carrying out its mandate.Speaking at the donation ceremony, the president of the LNRCS, Emmanuel Kparh, said the donation is a boost to the Red Cross and will make a great impact in the fight against Ebola.He lauded the French club for recognizing the works of the Red Cross over the years and said the donation is in recognition of the sacrificial works that the LNRCS continues to render to less fortunate Liberians.French Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau, said the contribution of the French businesses in Liberia is a sign of strong commitment to countries that are affected by the virus.He said French people won’t remain insensitive to the plight of Liberians as the virus rages on.The donation ceremony was graced by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore and other officials of government.FBC was founded in 2013 under the umbrella of the French Embassy in Liberia. It has brought together the key representatives of the French Group operating in Liberia.Members companies of FBC include, AGS FRAZER-a packing and removal company, BIVAC/VERITAS-control and expertise, CICA Motors Liberia (FCAO GROUP) Toyota and Yamaha representative, DELMAS (CMA-CGM Group, the third biggest ship owner in the world and ELIAS ANTOUNE Motors (Renault representative), distributor of trucks and cars.Others include, Liberia Equipment (representative of Ja Delmas Bordeaux), sole authorize dealer of caterpillar, Salala Rubber Corporation (SOCFINGroup) rubber plantation in Margibi County, TOTAL-oil marketing company, UMARCO (BOLLORE GROUP) clearing and forwarding shipping agent and logistics sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

4 Teams in Training for Youth Games in Algeria

first_imgTeam Taekwondo in practice session for the African Youth Games in Algiers, AlgeriaAhead of the African Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria, four Liberian teams have encamped into intensive training to represent the country.Those teams are Athletics, Table Tennis, Taekwodo and Cycling.Their training, which started May, 2018, are sponsored by the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), through the Olympiad Solidarity. The air fares will also be provided, while the teams’ outfit (attires) and per diem are supposed to be given by the Government of Liberia.Team Athletics preparing for the African Youth Games in Algiers, AlgeriaThose in training for the Taekwondo are Philip S. Sarnoy and Richard B. Tellewoyan, and for the Athletics include Charles Gbelia, Sunnyboy Barcon, Princess Dunah and Jermama T. Kanwie.Other athletes are Ernestine J. Goodridge and Jeremiah Sarkpa for Table Tennis and Kollie B. Sumo, the lone man for Cycling.Taekwondo Coach Paul Dennis, said for the past months the athletes have been learning the tournament’s rules and undergoing physical training.“This week, they will begin doing techniques, tactics and skills training in the gym,” Dennis said.Team Table Tennis, preparing for the African Youth Games in Algiers, AlgeriaAs for the Table Tennis Coach, Y. Yonton Kerbawhen, said beginning Monday (today), the trainees will be at the headquarters on Broad Street, “because the physical training is over at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.”Saah Roberts, who is an official of the Cycling, said cyclist Kollie Sumo is upbeat for the tournament, while the head coach for the Liberia Athletics Federation, Samuel Cooper, expressed the hope of bringing medals back to the country.The secretary general of the LNOC, Frederick Pratt, said the delegation is expected to depart the country Monday, July 16, for the Games, which is scheduled to be held from July 19 – 28 in  Algiers, Algeria.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Africa’s Shameful Acts of Racism: The Plight of Persons with Albinism (PLWA) in Africa

first_imgSome of the protestors with various placards that called on the Liberian Government among other things, increase their budgetary support (Courtesy of Daily Observer, Liberia).By Edmund Zar-Zar BargblorRacism is the belief that a particular race is superior to another, and that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics.   On the African Continent, we have seen the impact of colonialism and its attributes of racism and discrimination.The former Apartheid system in South Africa and its institutionalized racial segregation was an extreme expression of European treatments of Africans. The miserable treatment of people living with Albinism by fellow Africans is not only unfortunate, it is shameful.The condition known as ‘Oculocutaneous albinism’ (OCA) is a genetically inherited autosomal recessive condition and OCA2, tyrosine-positive albinism, is the most prevalent type found throughout Africa. Due to the lack of melanin, people with albinism are more susceptible to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation exposure.The National Institutes of Health reported that about 200,000 Americans are affected; and around the world, it is between one in 17,000 and one in 20,000 people are people living with albinism. However, it is prevalence in parts of Africa, but it is far higher than the global average. People living with Albinism makeup about one in 4,000 people in South Africa and perhaps one in 5,000 in Nigeria. According to a 2006 review published in the journal BMC Public Health, the prevalence in Tanzania is one in 1,400, but this estimate is based on incomplete data. Since Tanzania’s total population is more than 40 million that would suggest an albinism community of about 30,000. A census is underway, however, and the Albinism Association of Tanzania believes the total figure could be more than 150,000.People living with Albinism suffered in the hands of fellow AfricansThe human rights organization Amnesty International quoted the Malawian police’s description of the gruesome murder of Mr. Machinjiri: “About four men trafficked him to Mozambique and killed him. The men chopped off both his arms and legs and removed his bones. Then they buried the rest of his body in a shallow grave.”There are superstitions in some parts of Africa that albino body parts bring wealth, power or sexual conquest, and that having sex with a person living with the condition of albinism cures HIV and AIDS. Attackers sell albino body parts to witch doctors for thousands of dollars, according to Amnesty International. In Tanzania, some 75 people living with albinism were reported killed between 2000 and 2016.Also, there have been reports of people living with albinism killings in South Africa; although such crimes are less common there than in Malawi, Tanzania and Burundi. Last February, a South African court sentenced a traditional healer to life in prison for murdering a 20-year-old woman living with albinism.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN agency that deals with human rights issues reported in 2016 that hunters of people living with albinism sell an entire human corpse for up to $75,000, while an arm or a leg could fetch about $2,000”.In many African countries, it is sad and shameful the atrocious manner in which people living with albinism are treated; their lives are compounded by “exclusion, stigmatization, and denial of basic rights such as the right to education and health,” according to Amnesty International.  People living with Albinism continue to experience social isolation and stigma which includes name-calling, mockery, and exclusion from certain community activities.It is reported in Zambia that at least ten people living with albinism are murdered in ritual killings every year.  Some believe their body parts bring wealth or luck. Those born with the genetic condition are calling for an end to this madness. There are more than 25,000 people living with the condition in Zambia.Madame Janet Kakusa Wonani of Zambia, Founder/President of Light of The World Foundation. She works closely with children with Albinism in Zambia, irrespective of limited financial support.According to the Albinism Foundation of Zambia (AFZ), Executive Director John Chiti, more than 25,000 persons with albinism in Zambia are currently in need of sunscreen lotion.In an interview with Africa Renewal, Ms. Ero, said that the albinism situation in Africa, “is a tragedy.” She referred to the 7,000 to 10,000 people living with albinism in Malawi and thousands of others in Tanzania, Mozambique and other countries as “an endangered people”, facing a “risk of extinction if nothing is done.” Tanzanians call people living with albinism zeru, zeru, meaning “ghosts.”Prevailing Superstitious MindsetsSuperstitious mindsets in some African countries continue to seek murdered for body parts, including infants and babies. Most of the attacks have taken place in Tanzania. Murders and attempted attacks, though in smaller numbers, have also been documented in Burundi, Kenya, Swaziland, Guinea, Nigeria, South Africa, Congo, Zambia, Namibia, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso.The Converson.com conducted research and looked at media reports published between 2008 and 2011 on albinism and murders in Tanzania. It published a data set of 563 media reports in both English and Swahili from Tanzanian national newspapers.The data showed that the Tanzanian press portrayed and explained violent attacks against persons with albinism in four ways. They were:criminal activity,cultural practices,a socio-economic phenomenon,a human rights issue.Ms. Kway-Geer, the first Member of Parliament in Tanzania with albinism described her individual testimonials, first-hand accounts of difficulties as:“When I was at primary school, people used to laugh at me, tease me – some didn’t even like to touch me, saying that if they touched me they would get this color. People used to abuse me on the road when I took the buses to school. They would run after me – crowds of kids following me – shouting ‘zeru, zeru’. (zeru, zeru, is a derogatory term).RecommendationsThe Conversation.com has identified the following recommendations.There is an urgent need to address the violence faced by this vulnerable group. Public health awareness is an important first step.Adequate health services for skin and vision disabilities should be prioritized.Putting out messages that counter the stigma against people living with Albinism is also important, as is access to education.Interventions must consider Albinism’ human rights. For example, puttingChildren with albinism in camps may protect their right to life and security,but it restricts their rights to freedom of movement, and family life.In addition, African Governments should seriously advocate against harmful practices against people living with albinism.  State parties should take all appropriate measures and offer support and assistance to victims of harmful practices, including legal sanctions, education, and advocacy campaign to eliminate harmful practices perpetrated on persons with albinism, such as witchcrafts, abandonment concealment, ritual killings, etc.ConclusionOne thing for sure, the people living with Albinism did not create themselves; they were created in the same way you and I were created by the God who doesn’t make a MISTAKE. Their birth process is the same as you and me! Their mothers’ carried them for nine (9) months in their wombs before giving birth to them.Who are we – be it an individual or government to decide that they should not live because they are different? Did God ask he needs our HELP to make His decision? The Almighty God does not need the assistance of mortal humans to run his affairs. The actions of those individuals perpetuating violence against persons suffering from albinism are no different than King Leopold II of Belgium, Adolph Hitler of Germany, Napoleon Bonaparte of France, and White racists today.In Genesis 1:31(NIV): “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…” God himself said it was Good, NOT bad. God doesn’t create anything UGLY! So, why individuals, including governments, are killing these innocent people? In addition, 1 Thessalonians 5:22 instructs us to “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Accordingly, the GENOCIDE against these poor innocent people must be STOPPED!Now, take a closer look at the beautiful tapestry of the people living with Albinism provided here. The question that readily comes to mind is any of you better looking than the people living with Albinism provided in these photos? I DOUBT IT! Therefore, let the persecution and killing of people living with Albinism STOP before the wrath of God descends upon us.As Africans, it is embarrassing to read or hear that other Africans are discriminated against due to their race. Racism is contrary to God’s plan for humanity. The divisions we face today in contemporary Western nations are due to Race, the color of one’s skin or ethnic background.  And obviously, this perception is not part of God’s plan.The Albinism Society of Kenya held a Mr. and Miss Albinism beauty pageant in Nairobi to support those with the hereditary condition. (https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-46439699).In the words of Maya Angelou: “We, the black people, the most displaced, the poorest, the most maligned and scourged, we had the glorious task of reclaiming the soul and saving the honor of the country. We, the most hated, must take hate into our hands and by the miracle of love, turn loathing into love. We, the most feared and apprehensive must take the fear and by love, change it into hope. We, who die daily in large and small ways, must take the demon death and turn it into life.”Indeed, Children living with albinism in Africa are our brothers, sisters, daughters, and sons, let us protect them always, they are all God’s children as well.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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

Half bad is bad enough for LBSU

first_imgLong Beach is now 5-19 overall, 2-8 in conference. The 19 losses equal the most in program history. The 1997-98 team also lost 19 games. The 49ers have five games left, not including the conference tournament. Cal Poly 67, 49ers 56Saturday: vs. UC Yes, the 49ers are a team filled with eight freshmen and a couple of transfers. But they have played 24 games and they seem to be regressing instead of improving. Karina Figueroa led Long Beach with 17 points. She made 5 of 16 from the field, just 1 of 9 in the first half. Cal Poly was led by Toni Newman, who had 16 points and eight steals. Megan Harrison scored 12 points and Jessica Eggleston had eight points and four steals. Of the 26 turnovers, 18 of them came off Cal Poly steals. “We started off well versus their man-to-man,” Long Beach assistant coach Jason Flowers said. Head coach Mary Hegarty deferred questions to her assistants. “When they went zone, for whatever reason, it seemed like it gave us problems. So I think there was some confusion at the beginning, as far as players recognizing what they were in regardless of what we were yelling from the bench.” The 49ers led the entire first half, but the Mustangs caught Long Beach, 31-31, with 18:34 to play. The game was still tight, with Cal Poly leading 41-40 at the 13:02 mark. But Cal Poly embarked on an 11-1 run for a 52-41 advantage with 8:04 left. Long Beach got back to within seven (57-50) with 4:28 to go, but Cal Poly eventually took a 15-point lead (65-50) with 1:57 to play. The 49ers next will play host to Santa Barbara on Saturday at 5 p.m. A loss would give Long Beach the most losses in program history. Pagani had an interesting thought about that. “That’s rad,” she said. “I don’t mind it at all. In fact, it just motivates me to want to make it to the tournament in March. We want to be the comeback kids. You know what I’m saying?” The only way the 49ers can get into the NCAA Tournament is to win the conference tournament title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – Long Beach State on Thursday held a halftime lead for the first time since Jan. 11. That’s about the only good news that came out of Walter Pyramid. Outscored by 15 in the second half, the 49ers were defeated by Cal Poly, 67-56, in a Big West Conference women’s basketball game before 847. center_img Santa Barbara Walter Pyramid, 5 p.m. Long Beach led 28-24 at halftime, even though it had already committed 15 of its 26 turnovers. The Mustangs (9-12, 4-4) helped the 49ers by shooting a miserable 27.3 percent (9 of 33) from the floor. But they shot 48.5 percent (16 of 33) in the second half, and since Long Beach played no better in the second half, it couldn’t keep up. Once again, the 49ers had moments where they played well. Once again, they could sustain nothing. “At times, when we need that one person to pull us together, it’s kind of hard because we don’t really know each other that well yet,” said junior transfer Madison Pagani, who scored 11 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. last_img read more

Iran gets reprieve on nuke penalties

first_imgA joint statement from the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany said they would finalize the new resolution and bring it to a vote unless reports in November from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog and the E.U. foreign policy chief “show a positive outcome of their efforts.” At the same time, Rice said, they would continue work on a resolution. “We’ll be working to finalize the text, and we will be watching to see what progress takes place … in the November timeframe so that we can move to Security Council sanctions should there not be progress,” Rice told reporters after the meeting in a New York hotel. She also noted that the United States and the European members of the group would pursue bilateral financial sanctions against Iran and Iranian government entities.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Matthew Lee THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – In a setback for the United States, Iran won a two-month reprieve from new U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program on Friday. The Bush administration and its European allies ceded to Russian and Chinese demands to give Tehran more time to address international concerns. An agreement reached in talks here between six key nations and supported by the European Union gives Iran until November to make progress in answering questions about the program that the United States and others alleged is a cover for nuclear weapons development. The decision marks another blow for Washington in its diplomatic struggle to toughen existing U.N. sanctions on Iran, whose leader this week declared to the U.N. General Assembly that the nuclear issue was “closed” and vowed to defy attempts to add new penalties. The Bush administration had hoped to capitalize on growing international frustration with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hardline stance in refusing to halt uranium enrichment and reprocessing that he insists are purely for peaceful civilian energy use. But despite increasing support for new sanctions in Europe – particularly from Britain, France and Germany – Russia and China refused to yield, insisting on giving Tehran more time to accept an offer for negotiations in exchange for suspending its nuclear activities. After talks hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, backed by the E.U.’s top diplomat, agreed to delay a new sanctions resolution. last_img read more