US$30m USAID Rural Water Projects for 3 Rural Counties

first_imgThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided US$30m to support rural water restoration projects in Grand Cape Mount, Lofa and Nimba Counties.A year ago the Robertsport City water extension project was implemented by the Liberia Municipal Water (LMWP/Tetratech) with USAID’s support.According to the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), USAID has earmarked US$30m for the restoration of pipe-borne water to the capital cities of Voinjama, Sanniquellie and Robertsport. In a statement Wednesday at the commissioning ceremony of Phase Two of the LMWP water extension project held in Robertsport Vice President Joseph N. Boakai underscored the need for the sustainable maintenance of the facilities.He also intimated that one sure way to show appreciation and gratitude is to take ownership of initiatives that show that a nation and its people are responsible and exemplary.He pointed out that Liberians went through the Ebola virus crisis in which water played a crucial role.  Without water we could not have conquered that deadly disease.“Everyone should consider such an initiative as this water plant as a genuine manifestation of our health delivery endeavor in our country,” VP Boakai stressed.He extended thanks and appreciation to the US government for being patient with Liberians, and urged Liberians not to allow t the gains they have achieved to be rolled  back anymore.He further stressed the need for Liberians to move all processes ahead as community leaders, citizens and residents for the overall development and progress of the country.As part of the agenda for the transformation of Liberia, VP Boakai underscored the need for Liberians in all the major cities and other communities to have access to pipe-borne water.“Let it be made clear that all systems that are being put in place in all parts of the country should also move at incremental levels in order to see genuine results and impacts on the lives of Liberians,” VP Boakai pleaded.In a brief statement, American Ambassador Deborah Malac pledged the US Government’s support for the development and progress of Liberia.Amb. Malac added that the Embassy and its staff were delighted that the Local Steering Committee’s staff were working with the implementing partner, LMWP, to ensure the project’s successful completion.“Local ownership of community projects and other development initiatives supported by bilateral and multilateral partners are genuine indicators of consolidated and solid partnership,” Amb. Malac asserted.In an over view statement, LWSC Managing Director Charles B. Allen Jr. pointed out that besides the USAID funded water projects for Robertsport, Voinjama and Sanniquellie, other partners are working with the LWSC for the provision of pipe-borne water in Liberia.Director Allen disclosed that financial support to the tone US$40m is being provided by the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the provision of pipe-borne water for the cities of Kakata, Zwedru and Buchanan in Margibi, Grand Gedeh and Grand Bassa Counties, respectively.The LWSC head further explained that under the AfDB’s financial assistance package, capacity building initiatives are also included and several Liberians have left the country to pursue post graduate degrees in various areas of water, sanitation and management specializations.He intimated that Liberians are grateful for the invaluable assistance of all major partners for the provision of quality pipe-borne water around the country.In closing, Director Allen disclosed that three quality kiosks (Special hand pumps) were constructed in the premises of the Grass Field Community, Robertsport City in Grand Cape Mount County.Earlier, Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent Mohammed Paasewee noted that phase two of the Robertsport pipe-borne water extension was another significant stride by the LWSC and LMWP officials in only one year of work.Supt. Paasewee extended thanks to the LMWP and LWSC officials for their level of tolerance in responding to questions that were pitched during the water project implementation event in Robertsport City.  He also extended thanks and appreciation to USAID and the American government for funding the project which, he pledged, will make a big difference in the lives of Cape Mountainians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President meets with UN Coordinator

first_imgPresident David Granger was on Friday given a status update on the progress of the work of United Nations’ (UN) agencies in Guyana during a courtesy call made by United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Mikiko Tanaka at State House.President David Granger is flanked by Minister of Public Affairs, Ms. Dawn Hastings-Williams (left), and United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Ms. Mikiko TanakaWith hope of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a total of fifteen UN agencies had executed a number of projects in and around the country in 2017. The UN agencies have also conducted several capacity-building programmes with ministries and Government agencies. Added to that, a series of community sensitization projects have been held based on several issues, such as gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, corporal punishment, and nutrition.President Granger has committed to working with the UN programmes to guarantee their success. And as such, he has appointed Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams to work alongside Ms. Tanaka, to consolidate the UN programmes and to conduct an analysis so that implementation can be more effective.In an attempt to create greater collaborations with the UN agencies, President Granger has invited the Heads of those programmes to a roundtable meeting consisting of Cabinet members.This meeting would allow for direct interaction between cabinet members and the programmes’ heads.last_img read more

Flyers held Fundraiser Gala for Coy Cup on Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers held a Fundraiser Gala on Saturday night at the Pomeroy Hotel.The Fundraiser Gala was held to help raise funds for the Flyers as they are hosting the 2019 Coy Cup.Paul van Nostrand, President of the Flyers, says the event was very successful, adding that they don’t have a total count on funds raised as of Monday, February 4.- Advertisement -“It was awesome. We had well over 100 people attend and a lot of terrific items for door prizes and for silent auctions. The meal was fantastic and we haven’t got a total yet; we’re just very happy with the support that we received.”The 2019 Coy Cup is taking place on March 26 to the 30 at the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.Tickets are available on Energetic Tickets and at Systems Sound Source, located in Fort St. John at 10421 100 street.Advertisementlast_img read more

Toys for tickets another success

first_imgOver $1,500 in cash and 72 toys were collected during the annual Toys for Tickets campaign.From Nov. 25 until Dec. 17, residents could pay their parking tickets with either a new unwrapped toy or cash for the Salvation Army.The cash donations will be used to purchase items for the Salvation Army Christmas hampers and this year there’s a particular gift need for very young children and up to two years old, as well as for teenagers.- Advertisement -Christmas Hampers will now be delivered by the Salvation Army next week before Christmas.last_img read more

With aid, Roman found his dream

first_imgPALMDALE – Sam Roman’s improbable financial success story began with a big idea, but no plan. Roman, a Mexican-born immigrant from Zacatecas, found himself spending at least three hours a day commuting from Palmdale to his silk-screening job in Glendale and back. On a typical day, he’d leave for work at 5 a.m. and wouldn’t get home until 9 p.m., a routine that left him exhausted and with little time to spend with his family. Roman dreamed of some day starting his own silk-screening business. But with no coherent strategy, he doubted it would ever happen. Roman credits the Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – which today celebrates its 10th anniversary – with helping him realize his ambition. “I had a dream, but I had no idea what it takes to open a business,” Roman said. Roman’s dream has produced one of the Antelope Valley’s most inspirational small-business success stories. “Sam’s Silkscreening,” which began as an enterprise Roman ran out of his garage, now has storefronts in Las Vegas and Bakersfield, to go along with a 5,000-square-foot outlet and production facility in east Palmdale that employs six full-time workers. Roman discovered the chamber of commerce while watching former chamber president and co-founder Sal Tavera interviewed on a local TV station in advance of the chamber’s formation. Latino business owners and prospective entrepreneurs were invited to enlist the group’s support. Roman attended the chamber’s first meeting, the day it was granted official status by the state – appropriately enough, on Cinco de Mayo, in 1997. “The first chamber meeting, it wasn’t even a chamber,” Roman recalls of the meeting, which was held at The Hacienda, a Mexican restaurant Tavera owned. “Nobody thought we’d make it,” current chamber President Sylvia Duarte said. Roman said the chamber was instrumental in establishing his business, directing him to a property where he could rent space without paying a deposit, and helping him establish a checking account and apply for loans. The chamber, which now has an office near Palmdale’s civic center, remains an active force in the Antelope Valley business community. In addition to promoting Latino-owned businesses, the chamber has established a scholarship fund named for Tavera, who died last year. “A lot of people think we just cater to Hispanics, but it’s really for everyone,” Vice President Jenny Garibay said. “A lot of businesses don’t even know how to market to Hispanics.” Roman, who Garibay calls the chamber’s “poster-child,” now mentors others and is involved in engaging other Latino-owned businesses. “Meeting people who already had their own business, it was like a new family for me,” Roman said. “Every business had its own story of how hard it was for them. “They motivated me to keep going.” (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man Utd can cope without Pogba, says Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Paul Pogba lasted just 18 minutes of Tuesday’s Champions League group game against Basel before being forced off by an apparent left hamstring injury © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 15 – Jose Mourinho says he has ample options in his Manchester United squad to cope without injured midfielder Paul Pogba as Wayne Rooney prepares to return to Old Trafford.Pogba is widely expected to be out of action for between a month and six weeks after damaging his hamstring just 18 minutes into Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Basel. That would force him to miss France’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus in early October, which they need to win to guarantee a place at the finals in Russia.But Mourinho’s refusal to put a timescale on the midfielder’s absence may yet give national team coach Didier Deschamps reason for hope.Marouane Fellaini, who replaced Pogba as a substitute against Basel, is likely to step into the starting line-up for Sunday’s Premier League home match against Everton, with Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick also in contention.Mourinho would not elaborate on suggestions that Pogba had aggravated a long-term hamstring problem, or claims that the midfielder has been working with a personal trainer against club advice.The United manager would only say he expects Pogba, the club’s £89 million ($121 million, 101 million euros) record signing, to be out for “a few matches”.“I just know that it’s a muscular injury and he’s out for the weekend match,” said Mourinho. “That’s the only one I’m thinking about. I don’t think further than that. So for me, it’s simple and objective that he’s not playing this weekend.“I don’t know if it’s the same one. I just know it’s a hamstring.”– Rooney return –Pogba was out for three weeks in March with a hamstring issue and it is understood he was given instructions by United’s medical staff on how to strengthen the muscle to ward off further problems.But the midfielder is believed to have been getting treatment from a personal trainer, leading to fears that it might have made him more vulnerable to injury.Pogba is set to miss United’s league games against Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace, plus next Wednesday’s third-round League Cup tie against Burton and the Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow on September 27.He also faces a fight to be back in time for his side’s Premier League trip to Liverpool on October 14 — but Mourinho is certain that United will manage.The manager said: “We have players waiting for an opportunity because we started the season really well and we had one match per week so there was no need to rest players and no need for changes.“Honestly, we miss Pogba and we need him but we have good players. Herrera, Fellaini, Carrick, they are waiting for a real chance to start matches. And they are ready. This is also our way of things.“We lost important players last season at crucial moments and we were not crying or getting excuse. That’s just football.”Sunday’s match will see Wayne Rooney return to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving Manchester United for Everton in July.Mourinho described the former England captain as a “legend” but urged United fans not to make him feel too comfortable.“I think he will get the welcome that he deserves,” he said. “Sometimes in this country the word legend comes too easily, but that’s not the case here. He is a legend of this club.“He is one of the most important players in the history of Manchester United. The stadium will show him the respect he deserves before and after the match, not during the match.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal boss has sympathy for ‘classy’ Sunderland keeper Mannone

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger expressed sympathy for his former goalkeeper Vito Mannone after the Sunderland no.1’s howler allowed Alexis Sanchez to score in the Gunners’ 2-0 win.The Italian, who left north London to join the Black Cats last year, committed two howlers in last weekend’s humiliating 8-0 defeat at Southampton and was at it again late on against Wenger’s side.With time ticking away the 26-year-old badly miscontrolled a Santiago Vergini back pass to let Sanchez steal in and score.And Wenger said following the game: “I have sympathy for Vito Mannone because he is a classy keeper. I believe when you lose 8-0 your confidence drops dramatically.“You always come down in football quickly and it is a slow process to come back.“I think Sunderland will come back but today they’ve done much better than last week and in the next game they will be all right again.”last_img read more


first_imgIT’S not long now folks – six more days to the All-Ireland final.And while we’re all going a wee bit mad, Donegal star Mark McHugh says the players are keeping their feet on the ground.In this interview with Jerome Quinn at Hogan Stand he speaks about following in the footsteps of his dad Martin.  DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – MARK McHUGH TALKS ABOUT FOLLOWING IN HIS DAD’S FOOTSTEPS was last modified: September 17th, 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)last_img read more

Man City’s head physio leaves Etihad after 11 years to join Liverpool

first_imgManchester City’s head physio Lee Nobes has left the club to join Premier League rivals Liverpool, according to reports.Nobes’ final match serving the Etihad Stadium club was Sunday’s 3-1 defeat of United in the Manchester derby, ending his 11-year spell working for City. Nobes had a final match to remember with City downing local rivals United Latest Football News He begins his new role with Liverpool on November 26, after the international break, according to Training Ground Guru.Nobes has been hired by the Reds to replace Matt Konopinski, who left Anfield in September to start working for the Football Association.Nobes celebrated his 10th anniversary with Man City last October, and leaves just after completing his 11th year with the club.He joined in October 2007 from Oldham when Sven-Goran Eriksson was City manager, and has gone on to work under Mark Hughes, Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola, the club’s current boss. REVEALED Nobes leaves City to join their closest rivals in the race for the Premier League title, with Guardiola’s side two points clear of the Reds atop the table.Jurgen Klopp’s men moved into first with their defeat of Fulham on Sunday afternoon, but City returned to the apex by winning the Manchester derby later in the day. RANKED no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img 1 ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining BEST OF REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal village is to hold an emergency public meeting as the austerity crisis hit home this week.Lafferty’s Supermarket, the Vivo filling stations and the Corncutter’s Rest in Creeslough all went into examinership this week.It means the business owners have 100 days protection from their creditors to give them time to re-establish. A ‘Save Our Village’ campaign has been launched and will meet next Monday evening.Business owner Danny Lafferty, whose family has been trading in Creeslough since 1906, has met his staff to explain the financial crisis facing the village.He was forced to close his Hardware store in the village last November.He says emigration and austerity measures have severely hit the village. If he is unable to save his businesses, 36 jobs could go in an area already severely hit by the recession. DONEGAL VILLAGERS TO HOLD EMERGENCY MEETING AS PUB, SHOP AND GARAGE GO INTO EXAMINERSHIP was last modified: February 28th, 2013 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:CREESLOUGH TO HOLD EMERGENCY MEETING AS PUBSHOP AND GARAGE GO INTO EXAMINERSHIPlast_img read more