Poverty Deepens in G. Bassa Citizens Survive on Trash

first_imgDespite attracting about US$16 billion in foreign direct investment into the economy, the Government of Liberia faces the disturbing, embarrassing reality that a majority of its population battles daily against extreme poverty, forcing thousands to fetch food and things to sell from dumpsites around the main cities.For many months now, an entire community called, Own Your Own, located on the periphery of the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, have been surviving on “trash” dumped in an open area closely situated opposite the newly constructed U.S. military Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).Own Your Own (OYO), a community in the township of Harlandsville, comes to a standstill most mornings and afternoons when garbage collected from other parts of the city are transported there for disposal.Interestingly, a bulk of the trash disposed in that locality is being generated by ArcelorMittal, an acclaimed international steel giant that has an investment of US$800 million for phase 1 and US$1.7 billion for phase 2 projects in Buchanan and other parts of Liberia.The residents say that trucks from Mittal’s facility, the U.S. military stationed in the county and other sites arrive daily to dump their garbage at OYO.  The arrival of these garbage trucks brings hundreds of people to the site in search of food and any items they can salvage to sell for their survival.Grand Bassa County Superintendent Etweda Cooper confirmed what is taking place at the OYO dumpsite, saying, “that has been going on for a very long time now.” She expressed disappointment over the situation, but maintained that so many people including women and their children scavenging (searching) daily in the dumpsite to survive does not show extreme poverty in the county.According to one of the consumers of the items from the dumpsite who declined to be named, they search the garbage to collect food for their households and also take other materials they collect to sell at the general market in Buchanan City.An aging lady believed to be in her late 70s, proudly said; “Sometimes we take good, good things from here and sell them in the market and use the money for other things to keep our families up.”The lady is quoted as saying, “When the trucks come, my children and I get here soon so we can be able to get something for ourselves.”Asked what items she and her children  collect, the lady said plastic water bottles, food, cooking utensils and dishes, among others.Another able bodied young man standing by, joined the conversation saying; “The place is not packed today because since last night, no truck has dumped.”According to another man who wants to be called Two Face, “most often when trucks are coming here, the dumpsite giants gather here first and collect whatever they want before others, including women and children, can get closer to join the forage.“Buchanan City Cooperation (BCC) trucks bring the garbage with sometimes human waste and just dump them here with no regard to environmental laws. There are families whose lives are tied to this dumpsite and for that reason, they go looking for no job because they use proceeds from here to care for their families. I’m a motorcyclist and stop by at times to get something for myself,” Two Face said with simile.Even though ArcelorMittal has promised a “brighter future for Liberians” through its motto: “Transforming Tomorrow,” yet many people come here fighting for food and other materials to survive, James Mayougo, a commuter between the township and Buchanan City told the Daily Observer.However, the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf campaigned on the platform of reducing poverty by fighting corruption.  Many political commentators blamed this tragic state of affairs on poor governance.Though President Sirleaf introduced the famous “Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS)” years ago with the aim of alleviating poverty, a political scientist said; “There remains thousands of Liberians who at the moment are still living below US$1 a day, according to the United Nations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We are building a title winning Mathare-Kim

first_img“To win the title you have to be realistic. You need a team with quality and balance. In my team now I have the quality but I have still not managed to get a balanced team like I would want, but with time I will,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport.Mathare United defender Johnstone Omurwa joins Kevin Kimani in celebration after scoring the opener against Posta Rangers in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “You have to build something to be successful. We don’t want to win it by luck. We have to build something and we have to look better than every other team in all departments. Like I always said, we are another force in the league and you can see we are better than even the teams with more points than us.”Kimanzi has had a consistent side over the last two seasons and has only been making minor twitches and he believes if kept together, this squad can be a title winning outfit just like the one he featured in as a player in the late 1990’s when Mathare won their only league title.With eight games remaining on their end, Mathare are fifth in the standings with 40 points, a massive 18 behind leaders Gor Mahia and the only way they can hunt for the title is if Gor lose six games and they win all their remaining ties.The Slum Boys could have made the difference smaller on Sunday but they played to a 2-2 draw with Mathare United in Machakos.Sofapaka FC striker John Avire shields the ball against Mathare United’s Andrew Juma during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKimanzi was incensed with the result, but not because his players played badly but due to what he termed as injustices from the referee who he claimed denied them two clear penalties.“If we had a better official we would have controlled the game and benefited from our hard work. We always play good football and the players showed good behavior on and off the ball. But good football must be governed with good rules. I don’t know whether the ref omitted some rules when it came to our side because I thought we should have had two or three penalties,” the tactician offered.Mathare will look to climb back to the top three on May Day when they tackle relegation fighting Zoo Kericho at the Kasarani Stadium.Victory here will push them well within reach of the top three, a position that Kimanzi believes they can finish in.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi reacts during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 19, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 29 – Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has ruled out his side’s strength to vie for the Kenyan Premier League title this season, but he believes he is building a side that will challenge for top honors in the near future.Mathare started the season strong but have faded away in the second half of the campaign, something that Kimanzi has attributed to lack of proper balance in his squad.last_img read more

Police: Patriots owner Robert Kraft solicited prostitute

first_imgJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after police said Friday he was twice videotaped paying for and receiving sex at an illicit massage parlor.Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn’t been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified.The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding Palm Beach County. About 200 …last_img

Plants Use Electrical Sunscreen

first_imgPerhaps only a scientist, or a kid, would worry about how a plant doesn’t get sunburn, but it took elaborate scientific work for six months to find the answer.  EurekAlert told about research at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State that found how plants get rid of excess solar energy.  They use carotenoids, molecules responsible for the yellow color of fruits and vegetables, like electrical wires to convey excess electrons safely away from their light-harvesting machines: “Carotenoids act as ‘wires’ to carry away the extra sunlight energy in the form of unwanted electrons, somehow wicking away the extra electrons across long distances from locations that could damage plant tissues and photosynthesis.”    It’s no wonder these wires were not found earlier.  They are a “miniscule 2.8 nanometers long and less than a single nanometer thick, or about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.”  Carotenoids are not particularly conductive, but exceed the specifications required by the plant.  The surprise was that these molecules are able to shuttle the electrons across their surfaces without becoming oxidized themselves.  The new work sheds light on the process of photoprotection, “an intricate internal defense mechanism, … which acts like sunscreen to ward off the sun’s harmful rays.”  See also our 01/24/2005 entry on photoprotection, “one of Nature’s supreme examples of nanoscale engineering.”Do a word search in this article for anything about evolution.  We got “word not found.”  The research was not motivated by or benefited by evolutionary speculation.  The scientists just wanted “to more fully understand how photosynthesis works.”  Students use similar motivation in auto shop without assuming car engines evolved from rocks.    Notice where this research came from: the Biodesign Research Institute at U of A, whose starting point is “exploring the remarkable structure and function of living systems…. Inspired by nature and powered by collaboration, our bold new approach ensures that discoveries are rapidly translated into real-world benefits.”  (We left out the sentence in the middle that made no sense: “From microbes to man, these systems have been honed by thousands of years of natural selection.”  At least thousands is down from millions, and the sentence could be interpreted to mean that the systems were already present.)  Anyway, good research is flowing from another of the popular new interdisciplinary academic centers seeking to understand and apply biological design (05/13/2006, 06/25/2005).  The Darwin Party has nothing to offer this new trend in biodesign research and should get out of the way.  This is intelligent design science at work: stimulating and productive.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cholera: SA ‘won’t reject Zimbabweans’

first_img28 November 2008South Africa has undertaken to help to Zimbabweans who cross the border seeking treatment following an outbreak of cholera in both countries.Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday, Health Minister Barbara Hogan said that while South Africa was under pressure to respond to its own health problems, the country was obliged to assist its neighbour.“We will not look down on people suffering in Zimbabwe,” Hogan said. “These are people who need our help … Under no circumstance would we want to stop people who are sick and in need of treatment from entering the country.”South Africa’s health system could cope with the extra burden, the minister added. “I do not think the scale of the problem is large enough to stretch our resources.”Zimbabweans crossing the border for treatment would not be considered illegal, Hogan said, as they were neighbours and part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).South Africa has partnered with Doctors without Borders to ensure that supplies such as water treatment tablets, treatment tents, latex gloves, body bags, IV sets and other products not available in Zimbabwe are sourced.As of 26 November, 8 887 suspected cholera cases and 366 deaths had been reported in Zimbabwe.South Africa’s Limpopo provincial health department has reported an increase in the number of acute diarrhoea cases since 15 November, with one death occurring on 16 November.Other affected provinces in South Africa are Gauteng, with nine cases and six suspected cases of cholera, KwaZulu-Natal with one confirmed case, Mpumalanga with one suspected case, and the Western Cape with one suspected case.South Africa’s health department deployed its national and provincial outbreak response teams in Musina on 17 November.Three treatment tents had been set up, staffed and stocked to deal with the outbreak, and additional doctors, nurses, epidemiologist and public health specialists had been sent to the border town.“Structures are in place and functional additional supplies are being provided, education and communication material is being distributed, treatment centres have been established, and potable water is being provided in some areas,” Hogan said.She noted that there should also be a focus on helping Zimbabweans to access clean water and repair sanitation plants.Travellers to and from the Beitbridge area who suspect that they have contracted cholera should note that, after prevention, the best control measures were early detection and effective treatment of the disease.“Recognition of the ‘rice water stools’ of a suspected cholera case is very important,” Hogan said.“Cholera should be suspected when any person develops a sudden onset of three or more watery stools after being in an area where there is an outbreak of cholera, or … develops severe dehydration from acute watery diarrhoea (usually with vomiting).”Where cholera is suspected, patients are urged to drink oral rehydration solution – which can be made by adding 8 teaspoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt to one litre of safe water – and to seek medical help immediately.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?

first_imgThe digitalisation of the economy offers a huge leapfrogging opportunity to Africa, as the continent bypasses older technology to immediately embrace the new. This was the starting point of a World Economic Forum on Africa discussion on the economic potential of digital technology, held on 11 May 2016.From left, Siyabonga Cwele, Tobias Becker, Elizabeth Migwalla, Pascal Lamy and Charles Muritu discuss technology and economic growth in Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, on 11 May 2016. (Image: WEF Flickr)How, the panellists were asked, can this economic potential be unleashed?The session was moderated by Pascal Lamy, political consultant, businessman and former director-general of the World Trade Organisation.The other speakers were South African Minister of Telecommunications Siyabonga Cwele; Charles Muritu, the head of African telecoms and strategic partnerships at Google; Elizabeth Migwalla, senior director of government affairs at Qualcomm; Tobias Becker, senior vice president and director for Africa at ABB Ltd; and Cote d’Ivoire government spokesperson Bruno Nabagne Kone.In discussing how technology can transform Africa’s digital marketplace, the panel examined the fostering of online entrepreneurs, enabling cross-border data exchange, and overcoming traditional barriers to trade.Watch the full session:last_img read more

TOTAL Excellium fuels the Toyota Vios Cup

first_imgProven to ensure smoother performance on the road and track, TOTAL Excellium is the most suitable fuel for races as it primes the vehicle and protects the engine during these intense drives. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes At the races, drivers experienced first hand the powerful performance of TOTAL Excellium.In the Celebrity Class Round 1 Race, Fabio Ide enjoyed a smooth finish at the No.1 spot, followed by Jasmine Curtis Smith (Second Place) and Dominic Roque (Third Place). In Round 2, the spots were turned as Roque finished first, followed by Smith (Second Place) and Ide (Third Place).Takao Arai, Toyota Vios Vice President, Marketing Division, Mike Esquivel TOTAL Excellium Assistant Vice President, ​Dominic Roque TOTAL Excellium High Performance Racer Awardee​, Kenneth Ocampo TOTAL Excellium Marketing Officer, Keiichi Tsuchiya Drift KingIn the ROTA Promotional Class Division Race 1, Don Vic Portugal came in first, followed by Evelyn Coseteng (Second Place) and Arbie Jacinto (Third). In Round 2, Jacinto secured a finish again at Third Place, after Roy Bunag (Second Place) and Red Diwa (First Place).In the Bridgestone Sporting Class Division, Tonton Ramos snagged the top spot in Race 1, followed by Paul Lomax (Second Place) and Mark Sy (Third Place). In Round 2, Lord Seno (First Place) was followed by Sean Velasco and Paul Henderson Perez, respectively.Takao Arai, Toyota Vios Vice President, Marketing Division, Mike Esquivel TOTAL Excellium Assistant Vice President, Jasmin Curtis Smith TOTAL Excellium High Performance Racer Awardee​, Kenneth Ocampo TOTAL Excellium Marketing Officer, Keiichi Tsuchiya Drift KingDaniel Miranda dominated the TOTAL Excellium Super Sporting Class Divsion Round 1,while Allan Uy came to a close second along with Gerard Loy (Third Place). In Round 2, Miranda continued to hold on to the top spot, along with Uy (Second Place) and Andres Calma (Third Place).ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sixty nine participants, including return celebrity drivers Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Fabio Ide, came to test their skills and beat their times on the track. Joining the roster of seasoned drivers were first timers Aubrey Miles, Gretchen Ho, Ella Cruz, and Dominic Roque.This year, all participants felt the thrill of the new challenge as TOTAL Excellium and Toyota promised to deliver a more exciting season as part of Toyota’s global motorsports activites. Now officially being under Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR), Toyota’s special motorsports division, the Vios Cup raised the stakes, with TOTAL Excellium also rising to the occasion, elevating the drivers’ experience with its expertise and renowned flagship fuel, TOTAL Excellium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Brook Lopez tries halo-halo, says Jollibee is ‘my favorite’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READ MANILA, Philippines – TOTAL Excellium helped drivers bring to life the spirit of Waku-Doki (“heart racing fun” in Japanese) at the first leg of the Toyota Vios Cup. Held at Clark International Speedway in Pampanga, the weekend races kicked off the exciting season.ADVERTISEMENT With TOTAL Excellium, discover your unique advantage on the track , and perform to your utmost best. The next leg of the Vios Cup will be held on June 10-11, 2017 at Clark, Pampanga.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View commentslast_img read more