The Drainage Problem: How Long Will It Take Us To Fix It?

first_imgFor several decades now the people of Monrovia, the Monrovia City Council and the Liberian government have known about the problems of drainage in the city. Indeed from time immemorial we  have also known of the high level of rainfall with which every year the country is blessed.  Yet each year when the Rainy Season comes, it seems to take us by complete surprise.Why do we say that?  Because each time the rains arrive, they have the identical effect,   especially on the most vulnerable amongst us—the people who live in slums, near poorly maintained drainages or even on the Capital By-Pass and the road through Clara Town.  Some years ago it was alleged that one of the stores in Clara Town had been built over a plumbing main and this was partly responsible for the flood that frequents that area during heavy rains.Have the Ministry of Public Works and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) ever investigated that in order to fix the problem, one way or another?It seems to us that these are the two government institutions that are chiefly responsible, among other things, to be concerned about drainage problems in the cities and everywhere else.  To ensure that the roads and thoroughfares in the cities and around the country are passable and regularly restrained from flooding, these are definitely a function of Public Works.As for the LWSC, this Agency, as its name dictates, is responsible for all the water problems in the country, beginning with the supply of water for home, commercial and industrial uses, and even for recreation.  There is also the issue of the control of water.  When a water main breaks, the LWSC should rush there not only because it installs maintains all the mains, but also because mains gush out water, causing serious problems for the public, and water is LWSC’s business.More specifically, LWSC is also responsible for properly maintaining the drainages in the cities and around the country.  In Monrovia alone, there are drainages which for decades have been poorly maintained.  Historically the worst ones have been those on Center Street, where we bury our dead; Soniwean, and Bushrod Island, especially the Clara Town area.  We call on LWSC to take preemptive measures to check around all the densely populated areas of the capital city–central Monrovia, New KruTown, Slip Way, Vai Town, Clara Town, Logan Town, the area adjacent the Free Port of Monrovia and Duala–to ensure that water is not only sufficiently supplied in these areas, but also properly managed, especially during the heavy rains. Are there drainages in those places? Do drainages need be built there?  That is Water and Sewer’s business and they should see about it right away, and not wait until there is a crisis.Water and Sewer should also undertake a comprehensive survey of the water situation around the country, map all the water-related problematic areas and develop a plan to deal with each one.This exercise should be not only the responsibility of LWSC alone, but the Ministry of Public Works, too, because the matter of floods also affects roads, and that is Public Works’ business.So here is our proposal: that the Ministry of Public Works and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation develop a Joint Task Force to scout the entire country with the aim of identifying potential flooding problems that could place people’s lives and livelihood in danger–and make the roads impassable, if even for a few hours.Needless to say, the LWSC should also become directly involved in the whole business of sanitation, for this has very serious water implications, too. LWSC must be concerned about the water which, during the heavy rains, flows from dumpsites and the implications for the people in the immediate vicinities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

APNU supporters attempt to disrupt PPP Berbice meeting

first_imgSupports of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Friday attempted to disrupt a Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) public meeting in New Amsterdam, Berbice where Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo delivered the keynote address.Police officers were forced to caution the rowdy group which turned up with placards and started chanting during the meeting.A Police officer cautions an APNU protester at the New Amsterdam, Berbice meetingThis, however, did not deter Jagdeo from addressing the gathering at New Amsterdam, Berbice. Jagdeo told the crowd that APNU Councillors on the NA municipality have been delivering broken promises, and from their track record, it can clearly be seen that they are incompetent. He noted that all Guyanese will experience more suffering under APNU.“I urge you to come out and vote them out on November 12, so we can send a strong signal to them for 2020,” the Opposition Leader said, as he advised person to vote at the upcoming Local Government Elections.He noted that at Central Government level, billions have been spent since the APNU/AFC took office, but there is nothing substantial to show for it.According to Jagdeo, under the APNU/AFC Government, thousands of jobs have been lost, which has a direct negative impact on 150,000 persons out of a population of 750,000.“While all this is happening there has not been a single major infrastructural development project,” he contended.He went into details to outline the few major projects which are ongoing and said those were all started under the PPP Government.“The Airport Expansion project was started under the PPP, the East Bank Road project was started under the PPP…We had a plan to develop a deep-water harbour here in New Amsterdam that would have created thousands of jobs…Remember in December 2016 Trotman (Raphael) said he was going to spend US$500 million to start a project in New Amsterdam from January 1, to do the deep-water harbour? Today that has disappeared. They promised 10,000 jobs there,” the Opposition Leader pointed out.Jagdeo also made mention of the difficulties the bauxite industry is currently facing, and recalled measures which were put in place under the PPP Administration when a similar situation occurred to remedy the situation and save jobs.The former Head of State, in his address which was tailored to expose what he referred to as an incompetent Government, explained that apart from the job losses, the entire economy is falling apart.“If you think that we are at the end of the hardships, I just want you to know that we are just at the beginning of the hardships with this Government. We will witness more job losses, more depression and more hunger, and all because of the incompetence and corruption of this Government,” he predicted.Jagdeo said the average Guyanese will feel the long-term damage that the current Administration is doing to Guyana.“This damage will become profound, and the reversal of the damage will be hard to take place. By the end of four years, they would have spent one trillion dollars; that in one thousand billion dollars, and what do we have to show for it? Rice is in decline, sugar is in decline, the forestry sector is now producing half of what we used to produce, small gold mining is down, retail trading is down, construction is down. Every sector of the economy is not performing well. After spending $1 trillion of our money, we have lost 30,000 jobs since this Government came into office, although they came into office with a promise of creating more jobs,” he noted.Jagdeo further lashed out at the current Administration, saying that both the education and housing sectors are in decline.“We have a message for all Guyana, because we are a national party; and so I ask all of you to help on Election Day to get the PPP candidates elected, so we can strike another blow in favour of freedom, democracy and progress in Guyana,” he added.At the meeting, PPP candidate for the constituencies of New Amsterdam also slammed the current APNU-led Municipal administration, calling for a pest control programme to be implemented in the town.The Mayor and Town Council was criticised for its poor garbage collection system, increased property taxes, poor drainage, the poor state of the town’s cemeteries, and poor accountability of the town’s finances.Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo held a public meeting at Auchlyne Village, Corentyne, where he called for persons to go to the polls on Election Day and vote for a fit and proper persons. “It doesn’t matter if the person is from APNU, of from PPP or the AFC; once it is a fit and proper person, you vote for them,” he said.The PPP supporters were also there, and picketed both Nagamootoo and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who also addressed that meeting. The group was calling for the AFC to remove the names of the persons who were tricked into signing the AFC’s list of backers at Whim/Bloomfield NDC area.last_img read more

Damaged DHB causes garbage build-up in Georgetown

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) was faced with a garbage pile-up situation in central Georgetown as a result of the damaged Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB).A pile-up of garbage just outside the Stabroek Market areaOwing to the bridge repairs, which have been ongoing since Monday, the major contract garbage collector, Pooran Disposal, is presently unable to provide services to the city since the company is headquartered on West Coast Demerara and utilises the Demerara Harbour Bridge.This, coupled with the illegal disposal of garbage by businesses, vendors, and citizens in central Georgetown, is the cause of a massive build-up of waste throughout the city.On Tuesday, the garbage-collecting company was scheduled to use pontoons to remove the waste; however, this proved futile.According to Mayor Ubraj Narine, M&CC is presently utilising available resources to assist the situation.The Mayor has since called on persons in central Georgetown and other affected areas to keep the waste on their premises until such time that the Council is able to proceed with its normal scheduling.“I beg the public to bear with us, this is something that we did not expect and this is something that we did not prepare for but we are working to get this matter resolved as soon as possible… We are currently seeking the participation of our citizens to not dump anywhere around our city and to assist us where possible to ensure that our city continues to be free of litter… I call on the business entities to please desist from dumping garbage illegally because that will cause more chaos in the city at this point of time, garbage have reduce tremulously,” Narine pleaded.Director of Solid Waste Management, Walter Narine cautioned the citizens against dumping their garbage on the streets.The Demerara Harbour Bridge was closed to traffic early Monday morning after a tug and a barge slammed into the bridge. The bridge was reopened to light traffic on Tuesday afternoon.last_img read more

Guinness launch five-aside football tourney

first_imgThe winning team from Kenya will represent the country alongside a team from Uganda and host Nigeria with the ultimate winner facing off with Rio Ferdinand’s celebrity team. The games will be aired live on Africa’s top pay-tv channel, DSTV.Speaking at the launch, Kenya Breweries Limited Marketing Manager – Guinness, Nduku Wamakau said, “The Guinness brand is all about sharing with friends. The campaign aims to offer extra-ordinary experience not only in Kenya but also in Lagos-Nigeria for an experience of a lifetime. These are among the many ways the brand has over time, been at the forefront of expanding our football horizons and experiences.”Stephen Oloo (left) from Team Compton FC dribbles the ball from Harun Mutwe (right) of Team Pro Soka during a night football activation in Nairobi.The five-aside tournament will see teams from Lake Region covering Western and Nyanza, Mountain Region that will converge teams from Central, Rift Valley and Nairobi Region battle for the sole prize with the grand finale slatted for December 7 in Nairobi.Each regional winner team will pocket Sh50,000 and a chance to travel to Nairobi to battle it out in the finals to determine the winning 5-aside team to the pan-African tournament while the 1st runners up in the regionals will get Sh20,000.The first regional event will take place on the weekend of October 25 at the Simba Union Club in Kisumu.With the overall winner winning the ultimate prize of fully paid trip to Lagos, the first runners up will walk away with Sh150,000 while the second runners up will go home with Sh100,000.The 5-member team will register via the appointed ‘captain’ who will share team member details. This is by filling registration forms in the outlets or through the Guinness microsite on the brand’s social media pages.0Shares0000(Visited 63 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Silas Omondi (left) from Team Soka Masters shields the ball from Peter Ngumo (right) of Team Pro Soka during a night football activation in Nairobi.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – English Premier League media broadcast sponsor Guinness has unveiled a five-aside football tournament to run for 12 weeks in Kenya where the winner will earn a ticket to represent the country in Lagos, Nigeria at the pan-African tourney.The campaign dubbed ‘Guinness Night Football’ with the slogan Come play, Come watch, encourages football fans to either participate for a chance to win or watch for their love of football.last_img read more


first_imgPat the Cope GallagherPat the Cope Gallagher has failed to be elected as his party’s nomination for the position of Ceann Comhairle.The Fianna Fáil party instead chose Seán O’Fearghail as the party’s candidate this afternoon.The Kildare South TD was chosen by the members ahead of Pat “the Cope” Gallagher, Brendan Smith, Michael Monyihan, and John McGuinness.It had been thought the West Donegal TD was the favourite of the position. PAT THE COPE FAILS IN BID TO BECOME CEANN COMHAIRLE was last modified: March 7th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgUPDATED 12.10pm: The Garda leading the investigation into the death of Donegal man Seamus Doherty has said he died a “traumatic death.”The body of the 67 year old Glenswilly man was found in the bathroom of his home at Drumacancoo in the early hours of Sunday morning last.At first it was thought that Mr Doherty’s death had been down to natural causes or perhaps suicide. However a full examination by State Pathologist Marie Cassidy yesterday found marks on Mr Doherty’s body which suggested he had been murdered.Supt Eugene McGovern of Milford Garda Station confirmed the investigation has been upgraded to a murder investigation but said he could not say how he died.“As a result of post mortem our enquiries have been upgraded to a murder enquiry.“We are not releasing circumstances of death but we can confirm he suffered a traumatic death and we are satisfied to upgrade the death to a murder investigation,” he told at Letterkenny Garda Station where the murder inquiry is based. The father of four was well-known around the area.He was a retired farmer who had a major interest in horses.Mr Doherty was known to the Gardai and had convictions for various public order offences.He was last seen in Letterkenny on Saturday afternoon and now Gardai want to trace his movements before he arrived home that evening.Garda forensic experts continue to carry out an investigation around Mr Doherty’s home which remains sealed off. A full incident room has been set up at Letterkenny Garda station.DONEGAL MAN DIED A TRAUMATIC DEATH – GARDA was last modified: June 20th, 2012 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:ChurchilldeathInspector Eugene McGovernMilfordSeamus Dohertylast_img read more

Lady Cardinals settle for fourth place

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Corning Lady Cardinals finished fourth in the Holiday Classic Tournament with 66-47 loss to the Foothill Cougars Saturday afternoon in the third place game.The Cougars jumped out to an early lead, going up 13-6 halfway through the first period, but the Cards would fight back and pull within 4 to finish the period 18-14. The Cougars pulled away again in the second period, opening with a 9-0 run, and the Cardinals didn’t have an answer, going into halftime down 41-26.The …last_img

Why Nick Mullens was the 49ers’ only logical choice to start vs. the Giants (and beyond)

first_imgWally Pipp probably deserved better.While the reason is subject to debate, the Yankees starting first baseman did not play on June 2, 1925, making way for a young backup named Lou Gehrig to get into the lineup.Whether it was a small slump, his trouble hitting lefties, or — the most popular story — a headache, it cost Pipp his starting job for just more than the day; Gehrig started against the Washington Senators and played for 2,129 consecutive games after that, becoming baseball’s all-time …last_img

More film incentives in the pipeline

first_imgAs this might be costly for smaller producers, where the cost of a completion bond could be as much as R300 000, 70% of the cost of the completion bond would be subsidised for productions costing between R2.5-million and R6-million, and 50% of the cost of the completion bond for productions costing between R6-million and R10-million. District 9, the 2009 science fiction film that was shot in Soweto with a largely South African cast and crew, has been hugely successful internationally. The department’s South African Film and Television Production and Co-Production incentive, and Foreign Film and Television Production incentive, aim to encourage large foreign and local productions in South Africa. Recognising the potential of South Africa’s film industry and the impact its growth could have on economic development, the Department of Trade and Industry has proposed the option of an incentive paid according to production milestones achieved. Film and television incentive programmes With the production of films generally regarded as high-risk, small emerging producers often have difficultly raising the necessary funding, and the department believes the proposed incentive will help producers to improve their cash-flow. “In the case of television episodes – including animation – payments can be made after the successful completion of each episode and delivered to the [department] with an auditor’s statement confirming the qualifying South African production expenditure,” the department said. “A completion bond will therefore not be necessary where payments are made after each episode.”center_img Productions over R10-million are normally required by financiers to have a completion bond in place, therefore no additional subsidy would be granted. So far, 81 productions – 44 South African productions, 12 co-productions and 25 foreign productions – have been granted a combined rebate of R387.5-million. Combined expenditure on the productions is projected to be around R2.3-billion, of which R1.2-billion would be direct foreign expenditure. “The option of milestone payments [would be] restricted to South African film and television productions and co-productions, and applicants wishing to make use of this payment method [would have to] acquire a completion bond,” the department said in a statement this week. Under the incentive programmes, the department has supported a number of award-winning movies and box-office hits, including Tsotsi, Blood Diamond, Mr Bones, White Wedding, District 9 and Diamonds. 26 October 2009 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Hesston’s 100,000th Windrower to roll off production line in March 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hesston by Massey Ferguson, the industry’s leading hay equipment brand of AGCO Corporation who introduced the self-propelled windrower to the agricultural harvesting world more than 60 years ago — will complete the production of its 100,000th windrower in March 2016 in Hesston, Kan. The 70-year-old Hesston by Massey Ferguson brand is a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery, most famous for its high quality haymaking equipment since 1947. The landmark achievement will be celebrated in Hesston on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.“When Hesston’s founder, Lyle Yost, introduced the first self-propelled windrower back in 1955, he not only shared this unique invention but he would ultimately be a leader in the revolution of the hay business,” explained Kyle Kitt, marketing manager for hay cutting, preparation and forage at AGCO. “Over the course of the last 60 years, our skilled engineers have worked to innovate and improve upon this harvesting machine, such as with the recent addition of rear-wheel steering, known as RearSteer. This is our effort to listen and respond to the needs of farmers not just here in North America, but across the world.”The 100,000th windrower is a vast improvement from the first model of 1955. Today’s WR9800 Series of self-propelled windrowers are fuel-efficient and offer superior operator convenience. The WR9800 Series are powered by reliable AGCO Power™ engines, led by the AP66-4F, a 6.6-liter engine in the WR9870. This model is ideal for Hesston’s disc header, and offers 225 horsepower and the muscle to operate in heavy crop conditions such as winter forage, wet silage hay and hilly or rough terrain. The WR9860 is designed to perform toe-to-toe with any six-cylinder windrower with its AP49-4F — a 4.9L four-cylinder QuadBoost™ engine — which boasts 195 HP and is an increase over the previous model. This additional power provides a higher field speed of 17.5 mph, plus a maximum road speed of 24.5 mph for quicker moves between fields, when equipped with RearSteer.If time and change shaped Hesston over the course of its 70-year history, innovation has defined it. “Hesston is committed to creating machinery that brings added value to the agriculture industry by delivering higher Relative Feed Value and better quality small grains,” Kitt said.  As a result of this innovation, its team of engineers has been enhancing the windrower since it was introduced. Whether it be the addition of hydrostatic power in 1967 (renamed Hydro-Static 600), or the addition of RearSteer in 2016, the Hesston Windrower continues to be a leader. In 1955, the first commercially-available Hesston Windrower was sold and in 1956, it came off the production line — a self-propelled windrower known as the Model 100. A groundbreaking advancement in the agricultural harvesting business, the Model 100 provided much greater versatility when harvesting both hay and grain crops and brought a new level of maneuverability.“Today’s Hesston WR9800 Series windrowers have seen such success in allowing hay and grain producers to develop quality end-product faster and more efficiently with an enhanced level of precision,” continued Kitt. “After 70 years of making innovative farm equipment, Hesston is proud to still lead the industry.”last_img read more