UNICEF Makes Post-Ebola Donation

first_imgThe everyday management of hundreds of metric tons of fetid dirt, including sewer waste from Monrovia and its environs, especially the slum communities, remain a tremendous challenge to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) particularly in the absence of reliable trucks.The waste is the fertile breeding site for the outbreak of diseases, most especially the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).UNICEF Liberia Country Representative, Sheldon Yett,  said the Ebola virus is closely related to dirt (waste), and so are many other diseases, including cholera and malaria.“We know that about 600 metric tons of sewer waste are generated in the city everyday and that’s a tremendous amount and it is an emergency by itself.  Yes, it is related to Ebola and other diseases too. Cholera is an example, because it is also closely related to sewer waste,” Mr. Yett said.The UNICEF Liberia boss said the donation of the six trucks came from the partnership and generosity of USAID and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). The Government and people of the United States, through UNICEF, decided to make the donation to Liberia to ensure that Monrovia and its environs are free of any problem that would make the country vulnerable to diseases. The six trucks, valued at US$460,000, can offload dirt or wastes from either side and each truck contains six boxes of spare parts.The deputy team leader for planning of OFDA, Ms. Emily Gish, said the support to the MCC is to help stop the city from overflowing with sewer waste in the rainy season.  “We are happy to be here to provide this support, especially when the rainy season is approaching.   These trucks must start work immediately in order to help prevent the city from  overflowing because of sewer waste,” Ms. Gish said.Assistant Public Works Minister George Yarngo said the issue of solid waste is a huge challenge and expressed gratitude to UNICEF for the trucks.  Monrovia Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo thanked UNICEF for the trucks and the said MCC Solid Waste Department has many challenges and available logistics would eliminate them. “We appreciate the OFDA, UNICEF and also the WASH Cluster for giving us the trucks that would definitely make a serious impact on our cleaning exercises,” Mayor Mvogo said.It may be recalled that the MCC through its partners last week launched clean-up campaign against the foul smelling septic drains running through Newport Street and other streets and several other slum communities in Monrovia, including Soneiwhen and Buzzy Quarter.  The campaign also includes the removal of wastes from hospitals, health centers and  markets, amongst other areas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Flyers defeat North Central Bulls 5-3

first_imgThe KOC Flyers opened the scoring just before the mid way point of the first period, but the Bulls tied the game with six minutes left in the period. Before time expired, the Flyers found the back if the net once more and took a 2-1 lead to the dressing room.Both teams would trade goals in the second period as the Flyers would maintain their one goal lead at 3-2.The Flyers would put it away in the third period as the teams once again traded goals to start the frame, but Fort St. John rounded out the scoring with their fifth marker with 39 seconds left in regulation time.- Advertisement -Scoring in order for the Flyers was Aiden Tegart, Jacob Lang, Andrew Travis, Aaron Kosinsky, and Adam Bowie. Assists went to Thomas Pope (2), Jacob Lang (2), Tanner Sandberg, Aiden Tegart, Jeridyn Loewen, and Aaron Kosinsky.Next up for the team is a tilt Sunday afternoon at 3:30 against the Peace River Sabres.last_img read more

Senegal give Africans joy in Poland win

first_img0Shares0000Senegal are playing at a World Cup for the first time since their debut tournament in 2002 and made an instant impact. Photo/GETTYMOSCOW, Russia, June 19 – Senegal recorded the first African win at the 2018 World Cup when they beat Poland 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to a deflected Thiago Cionek own goal and a terrible error by Polish ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny.West Bromwich Albion midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak got Poland back in the game with an 86th-minute header but Senegal hung on at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium. In a match billed as a straight fight between super-strikers Robert Lewandowski and Sadio Mane, neither scored but Liverpool striker Mane set up Idrissa Gueye for the shot that took a wicked deflection off Cionek, leaving Szczesny totally wrong-footed in the Polish goal for Senegal’s opener on 37 minutes.The west Africans doubled their lead on the 60-minute mark when the experienced Juventus goalkeeper had a moment to forget.Senegal’s Mbaye Niang celebrates a goal against Poland at the World Cup in RussiaKrychowiak put Poland in trouble with a woeful bouncing back pass, but Szczesny opted rashly to charge out of his penalty area. The speedy Mbaye Niang got in front of his defender, nicked the ball away from Szczesny and rolled it into the empty net.The goal sparked wild celebrations among the Senegalese players and incredulity among Poland’s.After a tight first half hour, it was the always-threatening Niang who was at the heart of Senegal’s opening goal.The Torino winger won the ball on the halfway line and fed Mane who rolled it sideways to Everton striker Gueye, whose shot skewed off Cionek’s leg and into the net.Senegal, the 2002 quarter-finalists, could have pressed home their advantage two minutes later but Salif Sane failed to connect with a header.Wojciech Szczesny looked crestfallen after Mbaye Niang scored following his errorMinutes after half-time, Sane was fortunate not to be sent off for a challenge on Lewandowski when he brought down the Polish striker as he charged towards goal. He escaped with a yellow card.Lewandowski curled the free kick over the Senegal wall but Khadim Ndiaye — the only African-based player in Senegal’s squad — pushed it away.Krychowiak connected with Kamil Grosicki’s cross to give Poland hope, but they were unable to make up the deficit despite four minutes of injury time.On Sunday, Senegal play Japan, who beat Colombia 2-1 earlier in the day, while Poland will face the South Americans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more