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

Preparing for winter with pastured poultry

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producers who raise pastured poultry and want to maintain egg production this winter should keep their birds as warm and dry as possible, according to experts from the Purdue University College of Agriculture.A good first step is to provide indoor accommodations for the flock.“Producers should insulate housing, provide heat, make sure water is kept unfrozen and keep hens inside on extremely cold days to avoid frostbitten combs and wattles,” said Patricia Hester, professor of animal sciences.Providing shelter has a number of benefits, said Delaware County Extension educator Michael O’Donnell, a pastured poultry producer.“The most important thing for laying birds when it’s cold out is to have an area where the birds can get out of the elements so they can get to dry bedding, be able to roost up and not have a draft running through their area,” he said.A small coop, shed or barn are housing options that allow birds to get out of the elements and provide space for them to move around, Hester said. According to the Humane Farm Animal Care poultry housing standards, exits to the outdoors should be placed every 50 feet in large barns and should be 18 inches high and 21 inches wide. These exits may also provide ventilation, but if condensation appears on coop windows, additional airflow is required.Perches are also recommended to keep birds comfortable. Shelters should be kept above single-digit temperatures to avoid frostbite. To minimize the risk of accidental fires, producers should pay close attention to indoor heaters.O’Donnell recommended using straw, wood chips or wood shavings as indoor bedding. Sand, dirt and mulch are good materials for a dust bath, which birds need to keep clean and limit pest infestations.Poultry also need access to water at all times because they are constantly breathing out moisture, using it in egg production or passing it through waste. If the coop temperature dips below freezing but stays above single-digit temperatures, it may be necessary to heat drinking water using a base heater or an electric heater that can sit inside a water dish. O’Donnell advises checking the water often to ensure it does not run out, spill over or become contaminated.Producers may also need to provide more feed for their poultry because birds use more energy in winter to regulate their body temperatures. If the birds don’t have enough to eat, they might lack the energy needed to produce strong eggs and maintain good health. That is why feeders should be kept filled.“Laying hens eat more feed in cold weather,” Hester said. “When they are outside, they have access to roughage in the field. When they are inside, they tend to eat more feed and less roughage due to lack of availability.”It is also important to make sure the birds get enough of the calcium they need to produce strong egg shells. One solution is to provide them with a diet that includes crushed oyster shells.O’Donnell said laying hens may not produce as many eggs as daylight dwindles.“Laying cycles can be triggered by light exposure, so a light source on a timer may be helpful in that case — you can have a light turn on before the sun is up to mimic a longer day,” he said.For more information on poultry management practices, call the Indiana State Poultry Association at 765-494-8517, or visit their website: read more

Entire Indian team will miss VVS Laxman, says MS Dhoni

first_imgApparently incommunicado when VVS Laxman tried contacting him before announcing retirement, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni paid rich tribute to the veteran batsman saying that his absence would be felt by the entire team.”The whole team will miss you VVS. One of the best human being I have ever met in my life. Spent a lot of time with him while batting and fielding and the chat would always be about the team. Will miss him whenever the team cuts cake, personally I will really miss you Lachu bhai,” Dhoni tweeted.On Saturday, while announcing his immediate retirement despite being selected for the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand, Laxman had raised a few eyebrows by stating that he could not contact Dhoni despite trying.”I did try to get in touch with Dhoni but as you know it’s very difficult to reach him,” Laxman had said with a smile during an emotional press conference in Hyderabad.Meanwhile, tributes poured in for the stylish right-hander with not just cricketers but athletes from other sports lauding him.”Thank you for all the memories VVS. Cricket world will mourn, Aussie cricket will celebrate,” tweeted tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi.”India will miss VVS Laxman, rock solid batsman, a great ambassador for cricket and above all one of the best human beings I have met,” added Olympic silver-medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore.Young Indian batsman Virat Kohli also took to twitter to applaud the veteran.”A very very special cricketer and a more special person. A true inspiration and class personified! You will be missed Laxman bhai. Take a bow,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more