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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TIME TO HAIL THE HEROES OF THE BIG DONEGAL CLEAN-UP

first_imgPEOPLE who litter are the lowest of the low – horrible individuals who think it’s ok to destroy our countryside, villages and towns.But for every litter lout there’s a whole load of heroes; the men, women and children who are prepared to go out and clean-up after the louts, supported by a superb Donegal County Council initiative.‘Littering Picking in Progress’ signs, hi-vis vests, litter pickers and bin bags have been a common sight on many of the county’s roads over the last few weeks. With people all over the county rolling up their sleeves and getting to work, it is clear to see that the #BigDonegalCleanup is well underway. According to Suzanne Bogan, Environmental Awareness Officer with the Council and co-ordinator of the Big Donegal Clean-up, well over 100 groups have registered this year with both with the Council and the National Spring Clean Campaign.“We have had a very busy few weeks with people contacting us about doing clean-ups and we are delighted with this response and to be able to support and assist them. Our Litter Wardens are in daily contact with individuals and groups and it is great to see the sense of pride and community spirit that stills exists in every part of the county”.More than 300 people took part in last Saturday’s clean-up in the Twin Towns which was organised by the Ballybofey & Stranorlar Tidy Towns & B.A.S.I.C.C groups.It was a fabulous community response and the results can be seen in Ballybofey & Stranorlar and the surrounding areas. Bernie Crowley from Ballybofey & Stranorlar Tidy Towns believes that “this is a great start and we want to build on this for the rest of the year and into the future and a special word of thanks goes to those who helped to collect the bags on Saturday afternoon”.“Keeping the towns and surrounding area clean includes keeping litter under control, but also addressing issues like the upkeep of buildings, open spaces and the river frontage. During the year this will be the focus of other work and we are asking for continued support and help to keep the towns tidy”.Convoy is cleaner due to the great efforts of 65 volunteers who over 2 weekends collected litter filling an unbelievable 4 skips. Well done to all involved and special thanks to the Convoy Community and Environment Committee for their work.There’s a further two clean ups planned in Doneyloop and in St Johnston on Saturday 23rd April.The Big Inishowen Clean up took place last Saturday 9th April and saw local people, clubs and groups pick up litter in their own local areas. Pearse McCrory, Litter Warden with the Council has commended the local people from various towns, villages and rural areas across Inishowen for their tremendous work over the weekend. “Our mobile Litter Unit picked up over 2 tonnes of waste over the weekend and this does not include the waste collected in Buncrana and Carndonagh. It was great to see such strong community spirit and the sense of pride that people have in their own areas”.There are further community clean-ups planned this Saturday April 16th in Moville & Greencastle and in Muff and anyone interested in helping out should contact Cllr. Martin Farren or Marian McDonald for Moville & Greencastle or Mura McLaughlin for the Muff community clean-up.On Saturday 23 April there will be a clean-up in Carrowmena and anyone interested in helping out should contact the Community Centre.Extensive community clean ups have taken place in the past week throughout the Letterkenny Municipal District and Litter Warden Martin Roarty has commended the great work done by individuals and groups in this area. “The work done by individuals and groups throughout the district this year has been tremendous. Clean-ups have taken place in Glenvar, organised by Teresa Mc Closkey, Drumhalla, organised by James Kelly, Glenmaquin, organised by Linda Laird and Paul Dolan and in the Trentagh area by Mrs Primrose Rankin and her grandchildren”.“Several other resident associations and individuals within the Letterkenny area have also carried out small clean ups and these have been supported by Donegal County Council by way of supplying materials and arranging the collection of bags.“The Letterkenny Tidy Towns committee launched their 31st Annual Cleaner Community Campaign on Monday 11th April, and this will see groups and individuals organising clean-ups in various parts of the town.“Outside Letterkenny there are some big clean ups planned for this week-end coming with a major clean up in the Fanad area organised by Clodagh Walsh and Tracey McBride. The Loughside Community Group just outside Letterkenny have also planned to do a clean up on Saturday 16th April and on Saturday 23rd April a major clean up takes place in the Downings area organised by Susan Mc Bride, so all in all a very busy time for community clean ups in this area”.There are ongoing clean-ups taking place throughout the Glenties Municipal District including in Dungloe, Dore Beaga and Burtonport and plans are already well underway for a big clean up day in Dunfanaghy on Sunday April 17th and in Creeslough on Friday 22nd April. And hundreds of volunteers will be out in Donegal Town during April doing their bit for the Big Donegal Clean Up.The Big Donegal Clean-up is run by Donegal County Council in conjunction with An Taisce’s National Spring Clean and takes place throughout the month of April. Now an established part of the Council’s community calendar, the event gathers momentum each year with more and more people getting involved. Litter pickers, gloves, high-viz vests and bags are provided to groups who register and the resulting rubbish is collected by the Council.If you want to get involved or organise a clean-up in your area contact the Council on 074 91 53900 or email suzannebogan@donegalcoco.ieTo register for National Spring Clean call the National Spring Clean Hotline on (01) 4002219 or register online by logging onto to the website at www.nationalspringclean.org.TIME TO HAIL THE HEROES OF THE BIG DONEGAL CLEAN-UP was last modified: April 13th, 2016 by John2Share 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:BIG DONEGAL CLEAN-UPDonegal County Councillast_img read more

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Local fisherman blasts latest cuts to salmon quota

first_imgA local fisherman and political activist Liam Whyte has slammed the latest quota cut to the Ownea fishery. The shared quota between anglers and commercial fishermen has been cut by almost 40% – and Whyte has called for a new approach to address the issues seriously affecting small fishermen.Whyte told Donegal Daily, “Every year we see the quota being reduced, but stocks continue to decline! “It’s almost 10 years since the drift net ban and stocks have been continually decreasing.“It’s time a new approach was adopted because the situation as it is is completely unsustainable “.Whyte also reiterated calls for a greater voice for fishermen and anglers to have say in how stocks were managed.He added, “Wild salmon are a great natural resource and fishermen and anglers should work together in cooperation with regulatory bodies to protect and preserve salmon stocks. “At present commercial fishermen have little or no input into salmon management and it would be beneficial for all interested in wild salmon to have more dialogue.“I am calling on Inland Fisheries Ireland to initiate an open and honest dialogue between fishermen and anglers to devise the best way forward.”Local fisherman blasts latest cuts to salmon quota was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

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GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians struck a nice

first_img GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians struck a nice balance between adding players who could vault a 10-win team over the playoff hump while finding others who should be cornerstones immediately or eventually. Keim badly needed a left tackle for immobile QB Carson Palmer and signed young Jared Veldheer for less than top dollar. Veteran Antonio Cromartie and first rounder Deone Bucannon bolster a secondary that should be formidable once injured S Tyrann Mathieu is ready. The rest of the NFC West also earned high marks. The Seattle Seahawks came in first with an “A-” followed by the St. Louis Rams who earned a “B+” while the San Francisco 49ers rounded out the bottom of the group with a “C+.”While Cardinals fans have to appreciate the praise and seeing the team rank above the 49ers, it’s still all talk at this point. Now it’s up to the newly acquired talent to prove themselves on the field in order to push Arizona into the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The NFL offseason is a time for teams to correct the problems from the previous season. Each coach and general manager must work together to fill voids on both sides of the ball with a combination of draft picks, trades and free agent pickups, while also letting go of the right players in order to stay under the salary cap. According to Nate Davis of USA Today, the Arizona Cardinals did all of this successfully and passed the 2014 NFL offseason with a “B,” tied for third with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins amongst all teams in the NFC. Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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