Kimmie Weeks Pleads for Increment in LWSC’s Budget

first_imgThe Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Water and Sewer Corporation, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, has called on the House and Senate to prioritize the provision of pipe borne water for Liberia in the upcoming 2014 National budget. Dr. Weeks made the call in separate letters to the House and Senate where he outlined the dire need for the Government of Liberia to take the bold initiatives to ensure that all Liberians have access to water, which he described as “a very basic human right.” In response to the letters, Senators Geraldine Doe Sherriff, Jewel Howard Taylor, and Representatives Zoe Pennue and Acarius Gray have already committed to championing the cause of “water for all.”In one of the letters, Dr. Weeks earmarked three major projects that LWSC was prioritizing.   They included a request for allocation to purchase new pipes in order to change 40-year-old rusted pipes in downtown Monrovia, $200,000 for pipes to deliver water to all of the estates off Somalia drive, and $700,000 to provide water for the first time to the Dwazon Community on the RIA highway.     Weeks outlined that the primary problem with LWSC not being able to deliver water to more parts of the capital was due to the fact that after years of nonuse, most of the pipes had gotten rusted or stolen.  He wrote: “Unfortunately years of war, destruction of the corporation’s facilities, dilapidated infrastructure, and poor funding amongst other issues has severely limited the Corporation’s ability to deliver on its statutory mandate.”  Weeks highlighted that changing Monrovia’s pipe systems to PVC pipes would greatly improve the quality of the water supplied to homes and ensure that thousands of new residents gain access to water. He explained that by not changing the old pipes, the population was at a health risk.  Dr. Weeks in the letter said, “The pipes through central Monrovia are 40 to 50 years old.  They pose a major health risk even for people using it as bath water because leaking pipes allow sewage to enter thus causing contamination.   It is very urgent both from a health perspective and a revenue generation perspective to prioritize changing of the pipes in the city.”   LWSC has requested funding of US 2.8 million dollars for these three capital project, which the Chairman believes will have a marked impact on the lives of many Liberians.In another letter to the House and Senate, the Chairman also called for support for a national feasibility study that would allow the corporation to begin working towards renovating water treatment plants in 22 cities and county capitals.   “If we can conduct the studies in the next fiscal year, we will be well on our way to ensuring that our children in these cities and counties will very soon be able to turn on the faucet right in the comfort of their homes and receive clean drinking water,” Concluded Weeks.Over the past several years, LWSC has greatly increased its pumping capacity.   The corporation’s investment in the purchase of two high lift electric pumps allowed it to increase its capacity from 4 million gallons per day to 10 million gallons a day.  The corporation has also increased its pumping hours from a few hours a day to 12 hours each day.  In addition, LWSC has in recent months resumed operations at its plants in Kakata and Zwedru while it expects to complete rehabilitation of treatment plants in six county capitals with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa to Train 7 in Health Research

first_imgThe South African envoy accredited to Liberia, Mr. Vanapalan Punjanathan Moodley, has disclosed that his Embassy has extended an invitation for seven health researchers to be trained in South Africa this June & July on research methods, particularly in blood sampling and other testing.According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the South African diplomat made the disclosure Tuesday, March 22, when he paid a courtesy visit to Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon V. Kamara. It was their first meeting since she became Foreign Minister.During their deliberations, he also spoke about collaborating with the Liberia College of Physicians in securing a Memorandum of Understanding with some of South Africa’s advanced training institutions to train health practitioners. Ambassador Moodley informed Minister Kamara that his mission is “ here to support your democratic transition in any way possible and support those social development initiatives that you are undertaking.” He stated further that his courtesy call was also intended to inform her about the African Union’s Vision 2063, aimed at promoting more intra-African relationships.“Relationships can’t just be (about) being good friends; it has to go beyond that with intra-African trade and intra-African economic activities, including support for peace and security through intra-African structures.”He disclosed that his Embassy is working with other government institutions, including the National Investment Commission (NIC), Ministry of Health, National Elections Commission to provide capacity-building to some of its employees.The South African envoy stated that his Embassy has also held discussions with authorities at the Ministry of Transport (MOT) concerning rail and water transport. He lamented that most times, response from the Liberian side has always been slow.The South African Envoy highlighted peace and security as a primary concern, considering events in Burkina Faso, Mali, and most recently neighboring Cote d’Ivoire. He promised bilateral cooperation on matters of security, in the wake of UNMIL drawdown. He promised that whatever South Africa can do to further strengthen the bilateral ties, it will do. He named Lone Star Cell MTN, Ecobank and others as some South African companies helping the Liberian economy. He also stressed that large numbers of South African nationals are at ArcelorMittal and Aureus Mining in Grand Cape Mount County working in the mining industry in Liberia.Ambassador Moodley appealed to Minister Kamara to follow up on an outstanding MOU that was to have been signed with a South African company for the renovation of the dilapidated Ducor Intercontinental Hotel and the establishment of agro-processing industries in the country. He admitted that the process commenced in 2014, but was halted due to the Ebola crisis.He pleaded with the Foreign Minister to impress on heads of other agencies of government to always keep the South African Embassy abreast with development issues.Responding, Minister Kamara said she was pleased that South Africa has interests in Liberia. She stated that the Ducor agreement is long overdue and that she would bring it to the President’s attention.“We will have to make sure that these processes come to fruition,” the Foreign Minister assured as she stated that one higher priority is the memo between the South African embassy and the Post-Graduate Medical College.She mentioned peace and security as being paramount to this government’s interest especially in the wake of UNMIL drawdown. Madam Kamara promised to liaise with heads of other agencies and ministries so that a platform for discussions with the South African Ambassador would flourish. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New List of Bank Debtors Nearly US$70 Million

first_imgThe Liberia Banking Association (LBA) has released a new list of names of Liberian and foreign individuals and entities that have been delinquent in paying their loans borrowed from several commercial banks in Monrovia. The new list released late yesterday, shows a cumulative of US$69,883,463.10. The LBA’s new list of delinquent customers, published in today’s edition of the Daily Observer, include senior Liberian government officials, lawmakers, political figures and those aspiring for elected office, as well as businessmen and women. Some debtors on the list appear two or more times – in one case a debtor owes two separate debts well over US$1 million each. In another case, a known personality owes three different banks a cumulative amount of about US$1 million. The LBA said it is publishing the names in an attempt to shame the debtors for being chronic delinquents unwilling to honor their arrangements with the banks.The LBA has continued to warn that, unless these debts are settled, the debtors may be denied the privilege to do business with the banks. It was also learned that LBA could seek assistance from banks in Europe and the United States to further punish the debtors for their bad credit worthiness.The commercial banks, two whom these individuals and entities are indebted, include the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), United Bank for Africa (UBA), Ecobank Liberia, Access Bank Liberia, Afriland First Bank, Global Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, and the International Bank Liberia Limited.There are 965 delinquent debtors who have consistently refused to honor their agreements with the banks. When the Daily Observer published the first series of names on Oct. 13, many Liberians responded with indignation about the blatant unwillingness by the debtors to settle their cumulative US$12 million debts. Some of the debtors on the previous list included presidential aspirants, lawmakers, and senior government officials whose pay-grade many believe could have settled the banks’ claims. People questioned their sincerity as well as their honesty to run for office with the intent to manage the country’s resources. Since that publication, the LBA disclosed, many of the debtors on that list are finally trying to settle with their respective banks. The current list is made up of much larger debts, but it’s not over. The LBA says will soon publish a corresponding list of LRD delinquents. Many have also made references to the United States and Europe where someone with poor credit history is automatically denied any further chance to do business with any bank unless bankruptcy is filed for Chapter 13 (business) or for an individual (Chapter 7), where there is an arrangement, for example, by the federal government of the United States for banks to get some refund. Liberia does not have any such arrangement and therefore the onus is on the banks to find effective means to recoup what is owed them.Though senior banking officials are not willing to speak further on it, one suggested that a serious action against delinquent debtors could compel them to rush to make arrangements to repay their debts. Another banking official said it is possible for debtors with collaterals to let go of their properties but there is no indication that commercial banks are prepared to go that route.Meanwhile reports from the LBA have indicated that following the publication of the first series of names of borrowers, some customers have approached the banks and have worked out arrangements to repay their debts to the banks.The full list of delinquent debtors bank can be found on pages A1 through A10. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3-year-old requires assistance to undergo eye surgery

first_imgAn East Coast Demerara (ECD) family is seeking assistance to offset expenses for their three-year-old son to undergo an eye surgery in Suriname.Rajin Sewsankar is losing vision to his right eyeRajin Sewsankar of Hope Estate, ECD was just about to gain familiarity with the outside world when he would have experienced trauma to his right eye. Presently, he is losing his sight and an operation is severely needed to ease his condition.The diagnosis was uncovered when a visit was made the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation earlier last month. He was admitted for eight days and it was later discovered that the young boy had corneal perforation with hypopyon. Hypopyon is described as a medical condition involving inflammatory cells in the anterior chamber of the eye.Along with that, doctors would have unearthed significant findings of congested conjunctiva, mild haze to the cornea and other problems upon examination. His vision continued to decrease while inflammation increased.As such, it was recommended that a vitreoretinal surgery be conducted as an evaluation, along with urgent Vitrectomy under anaesthesia. A Vitrectomy is a surgery conducted to remove some or all of the vitreous humour from the eye.Sewsankar’s grandmother, Rajkumarie Budhoo told this publication on Friday that this surgery is not accessible here in Guyana. While the child is scheduled to have the surgery early next week, they are yet to acquire funds to go through with the operation.“He was admitted at the Georgetown Public Hospital for eight days last month. The hospital discharge and then they give me last Monday to bring him back. I see the doctor and that’s when they discover that it spreading in his eye,” his grandmother explained.The worried woman related that if the surgery is not performed in a timely manner, the child could lose sight in his right eye. At that time, they had only raised $60,000 of the money to conduct the surgery and a large amount was still outstanding.It was also indicated that the young patient has an older brother, aged five, who requires constant attention since he was born with brain damage. As such, they are left to contemplate on how to deal with the situation.She is appealing to the general public for contributions to the procedure. This can be done by making contact on telephone number 681-4317.last_img read more

KCB hit Commandos, inch close to promotion

first_img0Shares0000KCB FC players celebrate Kennedy Owino’s second goal against Green Commandos during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – KCB FC inched closer to a return to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after beating Green Commandos 2-0 in a National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Friday evening.Goals in either half from Dennis Ng’ang’a and Kennedy Owino saw the bankers move to 69 points in the standings with three matches to go and if Nairobi Stima drop points against Administration Police on Saturday, they will only need two wins off the last three ties to gain promotion. Having dropped the pot at the doorstep twice in the last two years, the bankers were in no mood to make similar mistakes and started the game with pace and precision.In the third minute, the impressive Martin Nderitu tried his luck with a shot from distance but the Commandos keeper gathered it well.Three minutes later a brilliant team move by the bankers saw Chris Ochieng race to the ball on the right before hitting a superb low cross into the area, but a rushing Shami Kibwana could not get a touch on the ball with the keeper to beat.KCB FC defender Bethwell Warambo shields the ball against a Green Commandos attacker during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 13th minute, Shami turned provider making a good run to create space on the left cutting in a cross, but Kennedy Owino’s point blank tap was brilliantly saved by Commandos keeper Bonphas Munyasa.The pressure finally bore fruit in the 21st minute when Dennis Ng’ang’a’s free-kick from the right took a wicked deflection off a defender before finding its way past keeper Munyasa.KCb were on top of their game, but Commandoes had shown some good moves and signs that they would try and claw back something off the game.But, they were limited in their chances with their only effort at goal coming in the 33rd minute when Victor Muhanda’s shot from range went straight to the keeper.In the second half, the bankers kept their press on and nine minutes in, they should have been two up.Chris Ochieng raced through to a loose ball inside the box and managed to beat the keeper, but he took way too many touches inside the box when he should have pulled the trigger allowing the defense to race back and block.KCB FC defender Shami Kibwana shields the ball against a Green Commandos attacker during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThere was a slight push on him as he went for the shot, but the referee turned a deaf ear on the calls for a penalty.The bankers though doubled their lead in the 63rd minute when Owino tapped in past the keeper from six yards out after a textbook counter saw Simon Abuko float in a decent cross with pace and power.With a comfortable lead, KCB contained the pressure of the game with Dennis Orenge and Samuel Mwangi coming in to consolidate the result.Mwangi had two chances late on, one with a shot from distance while the second was from close range, both going wide.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GOLF – PORTSALON GC NOTES

first_imgOn Sunday last Portsalon Golf Club played host for the GUI Barton Shield. The event was a team match play foursomes competition. The event teed off on Friday evening with a match between Letterkenny and Rosapenna which saw Letterkenny advance to the Sunday event. On Sunday playing in excellent weather conditions and the course manicured to look its very best the matches commenced with sixteen teams. The Portsalon team of John Shields & Connor Connolly, D P Logue & Michael Finley were defeated in the first round. Following Sunday’s play the field was reduced to four teams. The semi final line up is Portrush vs North West, Portstewart vs Foyle dates for the semi final which will also be staged at Portsalon golf course on 17th July 2011.ResultsOn Saturday 11th June the winner of the open competition played at Portsalon Golf club was Michael Bowe (24) with 40 points, runner up John Mc Gettigan (16) 38 points, Gross Connor Connolly (4) points, 3rd Thomas Merrtit (18) Otway 37 points. The CSS was 37 points. EventsOn Saturday 18th June there is an open gents stableford competition. On Sunday 19th June there is the usual members competition, and on Wednesday 22nd June a gents 18 hole stableford open competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at portsalongolfclub.comTeam NewsJ B Carr. Portsalon’s quest for glory in this season’s J B Carr trophy came to an end on Friday evening as the visiting Ballybofey team were outright winners by four matches to Portsalons one match.Senior League.The Portsalon senior league team played their first round match against entertained North West golf club and the Buncrana team emerged overall winners by eight matches to six.MembershipAll members who are paying their fees by the instalment method should note that the third payment will be due by 30th June 2011. Divot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenance.GOLF – PORTSALON GC NOTES was last modified: June 14th, 2011 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

GAA: DONEGAL UNDER-AGE RESULTS (NORTH)

first_imgUnder 12 Go Games League Section 2 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-May-2012 Buncrana0 – 50Glenswilly BScarvey-BuncranaDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-May-2012 Buncrana2 – 131 – 5Letterkenny GaelsScarvey-Buncranau/16 division two shield semiKellys Furniture Minor League Div 1 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment04-May-2012 Buncrana4 – 72 – 5Sean MacCumhaillsScarvey-BuncranaKellys Furniture Minor League Div 2 Section 2 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment04-May-2012 St Michaels0 – 73 – 11TermonDunfanaghyKellys Furniture Minor League Div 2 Section 1 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment04-May-2012 Red Hughs1 – 150 – 7ConvoyCrossroadsKellys Furniture Minor League Div 1 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment04-May-2012 Cloughaneely4 – 61 – 5Gaoth DobhairCloughaneelyKellys Furniture Minor League Div 2 Section 2 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment04-May-2012 Fanad Gaels1 – 61 – 13Letterkenny GaelsFanad Gaels PortsalonKellys Furniture Minor League Div 2 Section 1 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment04-May-2012 Carndonagh1 – 91 – 5GlenfinCarndonaghKellys Furniture Minor League Div 1 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment04-May-2012 Malin1 – 31 – 14St EunansMalinKellys Furniture Minor League Div 2 Section 2 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment04-May-2012 Glenswilly3 – 121 – 8MilfordGlenswilly-Pairc Naomh ColumbaKellys Furniture Minor League Div 2 Section 1 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment04-May-2012 Robert Emmets1 – 41 – 9Naomh Padraig LiffordPairc Eimead02-May-2012 Red Hughs0 – 163 – 11Naomh Colmcille NewtownCrossroadsKellys Furniture Minor League Div 1 Date Team 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment02-May-2012 Sean MacCumhaills2 – 130 – 7Gaoth DobhairMac Cumhaill ParkGAA: DONEGAL UNDER-AGE RESULTS (NORTH) was last modified: May 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: DONEGAL UNDER-AGE RESULTS (NORTH)last_img read more

GAA: ST MARY’S, CONVOY HOST CHARITY GAME FOR LATE GERARD MONAGHAN

first_imgSt Marys, Convoy Club NotesCharity gamePic The Players who took part in the Gerarad Monaghan Charity Match in aid of Pieta HouseThe family and friends of the late Gerard Monaghan would like to thank everyone who helped in any way at the recent Charity Game in aid of Pieta House at St Marys Pitch on Saturday. Thanks to all players who togged out for the occasion with the Glenfin/Castlefin Selection claiming the trophy. Special thanks to all who attended and supported the Event in anyway. Thanks also to Gabrielle Gallagher who took loads of photographs and they can all be seen on the St Marys facebook page. (www.facebook.com/pages/St-Marys-Convoy) LottoSt. Mary’s Lotto. Counties drawn: CW,DB,LD,TE. 2 people matched 3 counties. Congrats to Gabrielle Gallagher, Convoy and Donagh Cleary Augheygault .Training Ladies Training @7 on Wed, 7.30 Fri and Sun @9.30 All Players welcome. Senior Ladies welcome Ardara at home on Sun Morning @ 11 for 2nd Leg of Championship Come out and Support .Many Congrats and Well Done to Senior Player Ciara Gallagher and The Donegal Ladies Team and Mentors making history as the First Donegal ladies to win The Ulster Final V Monaghan on Sun in Clones .G4M&O Wed @8.15 new players always welcome.Any girls wishing to play Minor this year can attend ladies training and can also attend u -16 Girls training on Mondays from 7-8 new players welcome. U 16 girls are at home to Glenfin This Tues and The Minor girls are away to Mc Cumhaills on Thurs .Well done to our U 12 girls who took part in their final blitz of the Season in Termon and we wish Collen Mc Kelvey a Speedy recovery .U 14 Boys training as norm on Mon this week 6.15 for 6.30 start.U16 boys match Wednesday 7pm at Home throw-in. Be up at pitch at 6:30 bring €2 and gum shield.U 21 Championship on Wednesday evening away to Lk Gaels for 7 30 throw in.Minor championship on Friday evening at home to Mac Cumhaills with a 8 00 throw inSt Marys Seniors won at Home on Sat afternoon St Marys Convoy 1-14 : Moville 1-5 ….. Junior A ChampionshipReserve championship on Sunday at home to R Emmets with a 3 00 throw in followed by Junior A championship at 5 00 at home to Naomh Ultan.GAA: ST MARY’S, CONVOY HOST CHARITY GAME FOR LATE GERARD MONAGHAN was last modified: July 27th, 2015 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:convoyGAASt Maryslast_img read more

Iceland v Croatia: Preview, team news and radio commentary

first_img 3 Iceland vs Croatia in the 2018 World Cup is live on talkSPORT 2 at 7pm.Playing in their first ever World Cup finals, Iceland head into their last Group D match against Croatia with an outside chance of qualification.Iceland must win and hope the result of the other game being played at the same time – Nigeria vs Argentina – goes in their favour. talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Iceland fans are sure to be in full voice How can I listen live?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action on talkSPORT 2 as it happens.What are the confirmed teams?Iceland: Halldórsson; Saevarsson, Sigurdsson, Ingason, Magnússon; Gudmundsson, Bjarnason, Gunnarsson; Sigurdsson, Finnbogason, Hallfredsson.Croatia: Kalinic; Pivaric, Caleta-Car, Corluka, Jedvaj; Badelj, Modric; Pjaca, Kovačić, Perišić; KramaricWho can qualify for the last 16 in Group D?Croatia are there and will top the group with a point against Iceland.Nigeria will qualify by beating Argentina and a point would be enough if Iceland do not beat Croatia.If Argentina and Nigeria draw, Iceland will make the last 16 if they beat Croatia by a two-goal margin and also score at least one more than Nigeria.Argentina will qualify with victory against Nigeria coupled with Iceland failing to defeat Croatia. If Iceland do beat Croatia, then the South Americans can still qualify if they beat Nigeria by two more goals than Iceland win their game. If Argentina and Iceland win and finish with identical records their fate will be decided by their disciplinary records and then the drawing of lots. Argentina have picked up three yellow cards and Iceland have none. Modrid is starring for Croatia at the World Cup 3 Croatia have been among the teams of the tournament so far and have already qualified, having beaten Nigeria and Argentina convincingly.They need only a point to ensure they finish top.When is Iceland vs Croatia?This match will take place on Tuesday, 26 June.It will kick-off at 7pm UK time from the Rostov Arena, which has a capacity of 45,000. 3last_img read more

EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF CRASH

first_imgTHE emergency services are at the scene of a crash in Letterkenny this evening.There are long traffic delays at the roundabout at Pramerica.Gardaí have appealed to motorists to be patient whilst they deal with the scene. At least two vehicles were involved in the incident. EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF CRASH was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:crashGardaletterkennylast_img read more