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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WIN FREE DES BISHOP TICKETS FOR HIS NEW SHOW

first_imgDes Bishop is back in Donegal, he likes to bang the drums, and he’s not afraid to show it.The thinking woman’s comic crumpet (he gave us the tickets if we said that) is to play An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny for one night only on July 6th.Combining his love of hip hop, strong jokes, audience participation and a newfound passion for drumming, Des has fun with wordplay in his brand new stand-up show. ‘It’s going to be a bit silly, a bit musical, a bit improvised’ says Des.‘The title comes from being given an electronic drum kit as a gift recently. I started messing around with it and ended up behind a set on stage. It went really well, so I’ve put together a comedy show with a bit of rhythm in it.’Bishop’s famously warm, honest presenting style and restless imagination will be in evidence again, most recently seen in the worldwide success of his previous live show, My Dad Was Nearly James Bond. He has since released a book of the same name inspired by his experiences and RTE aired a TV documentary on the subject.Other TV series include The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), Joy in the Hood (2006) and the award winning comedy documentary series In the Name of the Fada (2008), as well as four stand-up DVDs. If you would like to win the tickets then simply tell us – “What country was Des Bishop born in?’ Email us your answer to info@donegaldaily.com. Include your name, address and phone number and we’ll contact the winner.All usual competition rules apply.WIN FREE DES BISHOP TICKETS FOR HIS NEW SHOW was last modified: June 19th, 2012 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:AN GRIANAN. LETTERKENNYDES BISHOPlast_img read more

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