Christmas Shoppers, Traders, Celebrate Amid Garbage Sprawl

first_imgAs usual, at the nation’s three general markets of Red-light, (Paynesville), Waterside, (Monrovia) and Duala, (Bushrod Island), Christmas shoppers, traders and others were compelled to celebrate the festive shopping season threading over layers of uncollected trash and making pathways through sprawls of garbage.On top of that menace at the three business districts, thousands of shoppers got the brunt of the stench of sewer and squalor everywhere, making their holiday shopping experience miserable.Regrettably, at the three crowded business districts, some shoppers were heard registering their disgust and indignation over the rotten filth and health hazard and expressing serious concerns about the sanitation crisis in Monrovia.The Urban Waste Management Projects under the financial stewardship of the World Bank has infused millions of dollars to alleviate the continuous sanitation crisis of Monrovia and its environs, apparently without much success.Sanitation companies contracted over the years by the municipal governments of Paynesville and Monrovia to collect and dispose of the overwhelming number of garbage sprawls everywhere have failed to keep up with the task.Collection of garbage over the years has not been sustained as inadequate garbage containers overflow and dumpsites remain unattended for several weeks, creating health hazards, untold misery and environmental problems to community residents.It was observed however that some of the sanitation companies made steady progress in keeping the streets of central Monrovia and along the Tubman Boulevard through Congotown relatively clean and tidy during the year in review.Sanitation and environmental analysts also attributed the failure of sanitation companies to meet the garbage disposal challenges of Monrovia and its environs to their refusal to incorporate community dwellers in the process.The analysts also claim that the entire planning, strategies, and implementation processes of the Urban Waste Management Projects have over the years left the community dwellers out for unexplained reasons.The issues of sanitation management should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians, not a portion of the Liberian society, they advised.In order for the sanitation crisis of Monrovia to be minimized, Municipal Governments of Paynesville and Monrovia must be able to design practical strategies that are suitable for the current realities. “It is indeed a disgrace to the nation that the capital city Monrovia continues to be the haven of stench, filth and squalor every year,” the analysts lamented.“Our rural back yards and small towns and villages are becoming better in terms of observing the basic and critical sanitation and environmental practices,” Ms. Helen Tornolah Totota’s Christmas shopper asserted.“Each Christmas and New Year season, when we come to Monrovia to buy our goods, we go back to our villages with plenty sicknesses such as colds, headache and fever from the rotten and uncollected garbage in all our market places,” Voinjama City businessman Moses Mulbah Kesselly complained.“I personally want different methods and ways to be designed to help clean all the big market places like Duala, Waterside and Red-light in our cities of Monrovia and Paynesville,” Mr. Kesselly said.For his part, Nimba County businessman Gonkawon B. Saywah, 58, stressed that effective next year, 2015, urban planners and municipal governments of Monrovia and Paynesville should employ practical ways to collect and dispose of the dirt.“I’m really frustrated and downhearted that each time I come to Monrovia, I see the markets of Duala, Waterside and Red-light very dirty and worse as I return home,” Mr. Saywah lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chelsea’s bid to sign Porto’s Hulk ‘looks doomed’

first_imgChelsea’s hopes of landing Brazil star Hulk seem to be over, the Daily Mirror report.Russian club Zenit St Petersburg are reported to have offered £40m for the Porto striker, with the Blues said to be refusing to bid more than £30m.The Guardian say Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Marseille’s Spanish right-back César Azpilicueta.The Daily Mail suggest the club are considering offering youngster Gael Kakuta as part of an exchange deal for Azpilicueta.The Mail also say Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has told Victor Moses he will not be able to join Chelsea unless they meet the Latics’ asking price.Chelsea are close to signing Moses for £9m according to The Sun, which also reports that Blues midfielder Frank Lampard will be recalled by Engand for the friendly against Italy.The Mirror report that David Bentley has been told he is no longer wanted at Tottenham – and again link him with a move to Fulham.Whites boss Martin Jol is said to be interested in the former England international, who has also been linked with QPR.It is claimed that Bentley is among several players Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has met to tell them they can move on.The Mirror also say Nigel Reo-Coker could move to Italy despite apparent interest from Fulham.Meanwhile, Sunderland are reportedly waiting to see if QPR firm up their apparent interest in Kieran Richardson.The Hartlepool Mail suggest Richardson’s future will be resolved soon, with Sunderland ready to listen to offers for him.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The world comes to Nelson Mandela Bay

first_img28 June 2010Despite its famous namesake Nelson Mandela Bay, comprising Port Elizabeth and its surrounding areas, often misses out on international events, which tend to go the way of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. But that is all changing as a result of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.With the hosting of World Cup matches at the city’s beautiful football stadium, the world has come to Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth’s doorstep.Tens of thousands of international guests have flocked to the Friendly City to watch one, or in the case of Korea Republic, two of the eight scheduled matches taking place at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.Although historical links to European countries like Germany and England are strong, a host of other countries are getting a taste of Nelson Mandela Bay hospitality and a good dose of the Friendly City, as it is known.Father and sonFather and son Cecil and Juan Rodriguez from Montevideo, Uruguay, landed in Johannesburg and headed to watch their team clash with Korea Republic in the city. They both said their experience so far had been “outstanding”.“This is the best birthday present anyone could ask for,” said Juan, who is travelling with his father in celebration of his 16th birthday. “When I think of South Africa, I think of Cape Town or Johannesburg – I didn’t even know about Port Elizabeth until recently, but this is a place I will keep in my memory forever.”Cecil, 55, an entrepreneur, said: “We never heard of Nelson Mandela Bay before. But we had to come here because our team was playing. Now, after we have seen the beautiful beaches and the relaxed lifestyle, we will definitely come back.“I am going to bring my wife and daughter to see this beautiful city.”A lasting impactAlthough Uruguay beat Korea Republic 2-1, the fans were all in agreement that the city in which the clash took place is going to leave a lasting impact.Korean fan Jung Hin Kim, 33, a Seoul businessman said he enjoyed the pristine natural beauty the city had on offer.“Of course, I went to Addo National Elephant Park and have done the tourist trips in the Eastern Cape, but just walking on the clean, beautiful beaches and looking at the changing colours of the sea here and all the shellfish and mussels on the rocks, those are the simple things I love about Port Elizabeth,” he said.“Also remember that South Koreans are always going to have a special place for Nelson Mandela Bay in their hearts and memories,” added Kim.For Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Zanoxolo Wayile, the tournament has already done so much for the city.‘We are very happy’“We are very happy with what has happened so far,” said Wayile. “I have not received any complaints from anyone in the city. Everybody is very happy. It has been a great success.“This is the first time we as a city are hosting a tournament of this magnitude, and we have managed to rise to the occasion in terms of transport, accommodation and organisation.”Wayile also encouraged those who have visited the city to go home and tell their friends and family about their experiences.“There have been many negative reports about South Africa regarding crime and infrastructure. And now they know that we have proven ourselves capable.Quality and hospitality“Although we are a developing and emerging economy, we have managed to stage a successful tournament,” said Wayile. “The quality of service and hospitality they have received is testament to that.“We want to say to them, they must go back and be the ambassadors of our city and our country. We would like to welcome them back to our country at any time in any season and visit our beautiful beaches and surrounding areas.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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The hope of a second wind

first_imgPam Green of Second Chances believes that true change is possible if everyone plays a part in improving the lives of their fellow citizens. (Images: Second Chances)A complicated break-up left Pam Green destitute, but she managed to overcome adversity with the help of close friends who lent her their support.Following her personal triumph, Green took it upon herself to help other people going through similar struggles who had also been left without a home or a means to provide for themselves.Shortly after making this decision, she founded Second Chances, an initiative aimed at creating social upliftment and embracing ubuntu, the spirit of helping your fellow citizen, through social media.“I have always felt the desire to help,” Green told Independent Online.“In my school days I used to go a couple of times a week and volunteer at orphanages in the afternoons. I started actively initiating projects and getting more involved… It is very important to pay it forward and always remember where you come from.”THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIASocial media has fast become a powerful tool for companies and organisations to get their names into the public eye and drive their business.It is no surprise then that Second Chances tapped into this potential to help drive social upliftment and get South African citizens to play an active role in improving the lives of the less fortunate.The organisation makes use of social media to bring pressing issues such as unemployment, poverty and substance abuse to the attention of people who are in a position to help. In this way, it acts as a link between the source of help and where the help is needed.GET INVOLVEDIf you would like to play a part in this online initiative that is changing people’s lives one tweet at a time, visit its get involved page for more details.To see some of the great work Second Chances is doing, visit its Facebook page.“I’m so grateful to those who now follow the work that I do, who support the work that I do and get involved,” Green said.“But most importantly (I am grateful) to the people who trust me enough to get involved in their lives.”Watch Green pay it forward:PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

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Lalu is Vadra of Bihar, says BJP

first_imgBihar BJP leader Sushil Modi, on Wednesday on Wednesday demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar take whatever action is “within his remit” against Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and his brother and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav over charges of graft against them.He demanded that Mr. Kumar dismiss his deputy as three properties connected to him had been attached by enforcement agencies.Mr. Modi alleged that Mr. Kumar was indirectly patronising corruption by protecting his Ministers. At a press conference in New Delhi, Mr. Modi said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad acquired 125 pieces of property in Patna, Delhi and Kolkata during 2004-2009 when he the Union Minister for Railways and during 2000-2005 when his wife, Rabri Devi, was the Chief Minister of Bihar.“I have been disclosing his [Lalu Prasad] family’s property details for the last 90 days. They have acquired more than 125 properties in the last 12 years without any real business or industry. Lalu Prasad is Bihar’s Robert Vadra,” Mr. Modi said.He also claimed that two senior RJD leaders had met two Union Ministers to request them to save the political career of Mr. Prasad’s sons — Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav. The Ministers rejected the request, Mr. Modi said. He did not disclose the names of the people allegedly involved in this conversation.“From being the son of poor parents, Lalu Prasad Yadav has become the biggest landlord of Bihar, a title earlier reserved for the likes of the Maharaja of Darbhanga etc. He has become the Robert Vadra of Bihar,” Mr. Modi said.Mr. Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, has been accused of acquiring properties in violation of rules and selling some of them at high prices soon after acquisition using his influence.Targeting Mr. Kumar, he said the Chief Minister’s claims of zero tolerance towards corruption rang hollow as he had “kept quiet” about the corruption charges against Mr. Prasad and his family members.last_img read more

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7 Amarnath pilgrims killed in terror attack

first_imgSeven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 12 injured when terrorists opened fire at a patrol vehicle on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway on Monday night. A police official said the vehicle came under fire at Anantnag’s Batengo area around 8.30 p.m.The attack took place when quick response teams of the Army had withdrawn from the highway around sunset, making the vehicle vulnerable.“A mini-bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims also got hit in the militant fire,” said the police official.Batengo is a small stopover at Khanabal with sparse population and large swathes of fields.Hospital sources said six pilgrims were killed in the attack and later one died of injuries in hospital. Three of those injured were in a critical state.Six of the seven killed were from Gujarat’s Valsad district. According to sources, there were 60 passengers in the bus and were all mostly from Surat, Valsad and Daman. The bus belonged to Om travels in Valsad in South Gujarat. The bus left Gujarat on 2nd July. Darshan was completed day before yesterday.”Six people killed in the terrorist attack are from Valsad,” said Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. He added, “bodies of Amarnath Pilgrims killed in Anantnag terror attack along with injured will be flown to Gujarat by IAF plane.” The mini-bus was proceeding from Jammu to Srinagar.An official said it was not registered with the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board and was travelling against the advisory not to ply after sunset.The police had asked all vehicles carrying pilgrims to cross the Jawahar Tunnel in daylight and avoid travelling in the Valley after sundown.Meanwhile, political parties have condemned the attack. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said it was an attack on Kashmir’s culture and value system. “No stone will be left unturned to bring the perpetrators to justice,” she said.“These terrorists are the enemies of Kashmir & Kashmiriyat. Every right-thinking Kashmiri must today condemn the killing of the Amarnath yatris and say, unequivocally — this is #NotInMyName,” wrote former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Twitter.The Centre said it had not taken any decision on calling off the yatra.CRPF DG R.R Bhatnagar told The Hindu that any decision to “call off or continue” the yatra would be taken by the State government. CRPF is one of the main security forces deployed along the 40-day annual Yatra.(With inputs from Vijaita Singh, Mahesh Langa and PTI)last_img read more

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PAOK Bounces Panionios, 2-0; AEK Whips Panathinaikos, 3-1

first_imgPAOK gained ground in the Greek Champions League tourney, beating Panionios, 2-0 as AEK defeated Panathinaikos, 3-1.Panionios, in chaos over the likely transfer of Tasos Bakasetas to AEK, gave up two goals in the first half in front of empty stands.AEK turned the tables on Panathinaikos for the Greens’ 3-1 win in the first game between the two. Helder Barbosa scored twice and Jakob Johansson got the other goal for te winners. Substitute Sebastian Leto scored for Panathinaikos.With two games let to play, PAOK leads the tourney with 10 points, AEK has eight, Panathinaikos seven and Panionios with only one. On May 29, Panathinaikos hosts Panionios and AEK entertains PAOK.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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