WaterAid Launches Solid Waste Management Project

first_imgWASH Stakeholders at the launch of the project.–Project focuses on sanitation in Greater MonroviaThe British charity WaterAid has launched a sanitation project aimed at addressing issues of solid waste management in Greater Monrovia and its immediate environs.The garbage situation in Greater Monrovia is alarming, resulting to the need for stakeholders to jointly develop and strengthen a comprehensive solid waste management strategy.The Sanitation Project is intended to support Greater Monrovia for the Development of a Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Strategy.WaterAid Regional Director, Mariame Dem stressed the need for collaborative efforts in addressing sanitation challenges in Montserrado County.Madam Dem called on stakeholders to put into practice lessons learned from other countries, to improve Solid Waste Management in Liberia.World Bank Liberia Operations Officer, Ester Rojas-Garcia called on stakeholders and government to ensure that a sustainable framework is developed for solid waste management.Madam Garcia urged solid waste stakeholders and government to put in place financial strategies, to aid the country when donors leave.The Program Director of Cities Alliance, Vijay Parmor said if Liberia fails to develop a solid waste management framework, the situation could create a challenge for the nation.Parmor said that Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) and the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) have herculean tasks in tackling solid waste issues.He said that his organization will work with WaterAid to develop the capacity of Community-Based Enterprises in collecting waste in Greater Monrovia.Parmor also said sanitation issues can be properly handled through the capacity building of Community-Based Enterprises.Panelists at the launch called for more technical and logistical support when it comes to solid waste management in Liberia. Jefferson Nyandibo, president of the National Waste Management Association of Liberia, said that in order to improve solid waste management, there should be a review of existing policy on waste management.Robena Vincent and Abraham Garneo of the PCC and MCC said that new innovations should be adopted in solid waste management in Montserrado County.The project, named under the title, “Supporting Greater Monrovia for the Development of a Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Strategy,” will focus on developing framework to tackle the issues of waste management.The project is designed partly based on critical findings of an Urban Scoping Study, commissioned by WaterAid in 2017.The Study identified four critical areas ranging from the lack of a regulatory leader and robust sector-driven approach, disproportionate investment in WASH components, limited community engagement, weak monitoring and evaluation systems.The proposed project by WaterAid identifies the need to invest in urban waste management due to the demand, current gap analysis, and the identification tools for the change needed to unlock challenges in achieving urban WASH targets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weekend coaching clinics held in Grande Prairie

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca staff Anyone interested in coaching can attend a clinic in Grande Prairie beginning this weekend.The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) ‘Part A’ will be held on February 12th and 13th, as well as March 26th and 27th.- Advertisement -The NCCP ‘Part B’ will be offered on February 19th and 20th, as well as April 2nd and 3rd. The sessions cost $100 each, and will be held at the Grande Prairie Regional College at 10726, 106 Avenue. For more information on the coaching clinics, visit www.highperformancesports.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

Sparks name entertainment executive as new president

first_imgNancy Spears, an entertainment industry executive and recreation-league teammate of Sparks co-owner Carla Christofferson, was hired Tuesday as president of the WNBA team. Christofferson and Katherine Goodman head an investment group that purchased the Sparks from the Lakers in December. They plan to participate in a limited number of events in 2007 while they finish school and get back into competitive shape for the 2008 Olympics. PASSINGS: Willye White, a five-time U.S. Olympian and two-time Olympic track and field silver medalist, has died. She was 67. White died of pancreatic cancer at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a longtime friend. WINTER SPORTS: Lindsey Kildow won her first medal – a silver – after finishing second to home favorite Anja Paerson in the women’s super-giant slalom at the Alpine Skiing World Championship in Are, Sweden. Bode Miller made a series of mistakes and finished 24th in the men’s super-G at the world championships in Are. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Spears, 37, joins the Sparks from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, where she was director of worldwide acquisitions. Before that, she was director of marketing for Kid Franchise Entertainment at Warner Home Video. “Her brand marketing experience will be a great asset as we continue to build the franchise into one of the finest in sports,” Goodman said of Spears in a news release. “Equally important, Nancy shares our vision of creating a community among Sparks’ fans.” center_img Spears played basketball and softball for four years at South Pasadena High. FOOTBALL: Gordon Riese, the Pacific-10 Conference official who missed a call during the Oklahoma-Oregon game last season, has been told he will not return to the job in that capacity. Riese said he received death threats after a call on an onside kick near the end of the Sept. 16 game that the Ducks won 34-33. Televised replays showed the Sooners recovered that kick, but Riese did not see that angle in the replay booth. Riese will remain a Pac-10 technical assistant, making about $350 a game. GYMNASTICS: Olympic champion Paul Hamm, who won the disputed gold medal in the all-around at the 2004 Olympics, and his twin brother, Morgan, have decided to return to competitive gymnastics USA Gymnastics officials confirmed. last_img read more

Biotech-crop acreage growing

first_imgHONOLULU – Last year set records for the growth of genetically engineered crops, as more farmers in Europe and the developing world embraced biotechnology, an industry-supported group reported Wednesday. Yet anti-biotech activists and other observers still complain that the industry isn’t helping alleviate world hunger as it has long promised. None of the commercially available genetically engineered crops last year was nutritionally enhanced. Much of the output is for animal feed. Some 8.5 million farmers in 21 countries grew engineered crops on 222 million acres last year, an 11 percent increase over 2004, according to a report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications. Nearly 8 million of those people were considered subsistence farmers, the report concluded. So far, no one has introduced crops with added nutrients and other attributes that could fight hunger in the developing world, as the biotech industry often promises. What’s more, few biotech versions of crops such as rice that are widely consumed in poor countries have been distributed on a large scale. The four most popular biotech crops are soy, corn, cotton and canola. “While the acreage continues to grow, it’s driven by technology that was developed 10 years ago,” said Greg Jaffe, biotech director for the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. “It would be nice to see others in the food chain aside from farmers benefit.” Clive James, author of the report and founder of the group behind the study, said he expects more diverse biotech crops to hit the market in the next three to five years, including drought-tolerant corn and rice engineered to resist pests. “Rice is the most important food crop in the world,” he said, noting that Iran recently approved commercialization of biotech rice, grown on about 100,000 acres. Some 250 million farmers grow rice, and it’s a staple for more than 1.3 billion of the world’s poorest people. China could disrupt the global market if it decides to commercialize genetically engineered rice. The country is experimenting, but Chinese government officials have given mixed signals when – or if – the world’s most populous country plans to grow biotech rice on a larger scale. The three biggest biotech crop producers in 2004 were the United States, Argentina and Brazil, which struck a deal last year with biotech behemoth Monsanto Inc. to officially allow genetically modified soy to be grown there. Nearly all the soy grown in the U.S. and Argentina is genetically engineered. Soy is a key ingredient in many packaged foods. The 124 million acres grown in the U.S. in 2005 represents a 5 percent increase over 2004. Soy and corn were the dominant crops, and the United States accounted for 55 percent of all biotech crops grown last year. James said most of the growth was spurred by Monsanto and other biotech companies’ research and marketing efforts rather than governments and nonprofit entities. The continued growth of biotech crops comes as the United States and the European Union await a resolution by the World Trade Organization over most of Europe’s de facto ban on genetically engineered U.S. crops. Many Europeans are so skeptical of genetically engineered crops that analysts say even a WTO ruling in favor of the U.S. will not significantly open the biotech market there. So farmers dependent on the European market, including many in Africa and even in the United States, will continue to shun biotechnology, James conceded during the teleconference. Still, he argued that genetically modified plants will help alleviate poverty in developing nations by improving crop yields and cutting expenses through less use of pesticides. “Biotechnology has helped alleviate 7.7 million subsistence farmers from abject poverty,” James said. “It’s a contribution, not a solution to the alleviation of poverty.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The report was paid for by two philanthropic groups, the Rockefeller Foundation and Italy’s Fondazione Bussolera Branca. In 1996, the first year genetically modified crops were commercially available, about 4.3 million acres was under biotechnology cultivation. Now genetically engineered crops are grown throughout the Americas, China and India. Last year the technology began to be used in Iran. “The technology has been very important for us,” said Jose Manuel Pomar, who joined a conference call announcing the report and said his 250 acres of corn in Spain was saved from a deadly pest because of biotechnology. Many papaya farmers in Hawaii, which supplies 90 percent of the United States’ supply, credit biotechnology with saving the industry from a ruinous virus 10 years ago. However, opponents note that no new or innovative genetically engineered crops have been introduced in the past decade. Much of the worldwide growth last year was attributed to soybeans genetically engineered to resist weed killer and corn spliced with bacteria genes to resist bugs, traits that directly benefit farmers, not consumers. last_img read more

Churchill suspended following argument

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Carter athletic director Steve Johnson was ill Monday and left school early. Reached at home and asked about the development, Johnson said, “I have no comment.” Other school and Rialto district officials were not available for comment. Churchill is the second high-profile area coach to be put on leave since Friday. Last Friday, Bloomington High School football coach Don Markham was put on administrative leave. Markham was involved in a flare-up with a player that escalated at an afternoon walk-through for that night’s game against Norte Vista. Churchill would make no comment beyond that. “I’ve been instructed not to say anything,” Churchill said. Carter High School head football coach Mike Churchill confirmed Monday night that he has been suspended from coaching and teaching for one week. He will not be running the team when the Lions take on visiting Arroyo Valley at 7 p.m. Friday in a San Andreas League game. center_img Bloomington won, 40-29. Meanwhile, sources close to the Carter team said a parent came out of the stands following the Lions’ 42-36 upset loss to Pacific and yelled at Churchill and a group of his assistant coaches. Churchill then became engaged in an argument with the parent. “I don’t know what was said,” the Carter source said. The second-year Carter coach has a 144-69-1 record during his 21 years of prep coaching. His 1983 and ’84 Riverside Poly teams won CIF-Southern Section titles. Churchill’s ’84 team defeated Dick Bruich’s Fontana team 27-7 at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the large-school title. Churchill was selected to be the first coach at Carter, guiding the senior-less Lions to a 3-7 record last season and a third-place tie in the San Andreas League. The Lions were the consensus pick to win the SAL title this season, although Pacific’s victory against Carter and Churchill’s suspension shed some doubt on that. Churchill said Ray Kalinich, the Pacific coach from 1972 through ’76 and a Lions assistant, will guide the team this week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgChampagne flowed at National Lottery offices today as the Co. Donegal syndicate from Carrick collected Ireland’s latest multi million Euro Lotto prize.The happy group, who wish to remain anonymous, hit the jackpot on Saturday night and together will share over €2.9 million.“We can’t believe our luck,” said one of the syndicate members. “We must’ve checked the ticket a thousand times. We were sure we’d missed a number or something but now that we’re sitting here in National Lottery offices, it’s starting to feel real.” The group have been playing Lotto for a number of years.They haven’t made any plans for the windfall just yet but are looking forward to thinking about all the nice things they can now buy.They picked their own numbers and bought their €8 ticket in John Quinns, Carrick, Co. Donegal. It’s the first time the store has sold a National Lottery top prize winning ticket.This is the 84th Lotto jackpot win for Co. Donegal. Jackpot winners from the county have taken home over €26.1 million in winnings.  DONEGAL LOTTO SYNDICATE COLLECT THEIR €2.9M CASH was last modified: September 19th, 2013 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe raw sewage flows through Shaun Boyle’s land.A farmer is pleading with Donegal County Council to find the source of sewage which is flowing through his lands at Falcarragh.Shaun Boyle, who lives at Ballyness, Falcarragh, says the problem has been going on for more than a year.The council have examined the septic tanks of a number of nearby houses but have not found the source of the smell or sewerage. The sewage is flowing into beautiful Ballyness Bay in Falcarragh.“To be honest it’s not rocket science. I suspect the source of it is behind my lands and flowing down into drains alongside my fields.“But I feel at this stage that I am being stone-walled. I have contacted the council on a number of occasions but nothing has ben done about it.“The reality is that this sewage is flowing out into Ballyness Bay. You can see it. It’s raw sewage. That couldn’t be good for the water quality and the wildlife there,” he said.Shaun said he is now pleading with the council to track the sewage up the fields to find its source. “I would just like it to stop. At first I thought somebody must have dumped some sewage and it was a one-off but that has been going on far too long,” he said. FARMER PLEADS WITH COUNCIL TO FIND SOURCE OF SEWAGE STINK was last modified: August 28th, 2014 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:Ballyness BayDonegal County CouncilFalcarraghsewagelast_img read more

Council clampdown after slurry pollutes Donegal stream

first_imgDonegal County Council has launched an investigation following a slurry leak from a farm near St Johnston.The action was taken have the council responded to a complaint from a member of the public in the area late yesterday afternoon.The person said it appeared that cattle slurry had become present in a stream known as the St. Johnston Burn, as it passed through the village. Council staff from the Water and Environment Service working in collaboration with Fisheries Officers from the Lough’s Agency carried out an extensive investigation in the catchment.The investigators were successful in tracing the source of the polluting matter to a farm approximately 8km upstream of the village, where the release of an unknown quantity of slurry had occurred the previous day.The Lough’s Agency Fisheries Officers have confirmed that a significant quantity of dead juvenile fish have been found in the lower section of the Burn as it discharges into the River Foyle.The Lough’s Agency and Donegal County Council will continue to work closely to monitor the discharge point source and water-course over the coming days and weeks and pursue enforcement action as appropriate A council spokesman said this incident has highlighted the importance for farmers and contractors to take extreme care to avoid the discharge of slurry and contaminated water into water-courses, during what is a very busy time for them, and to immediately report any accidental discharges to the Council and either the Lough’s Agency or Inland Fisheries Ireland.The importance of early and effective intervention by the farmer/contractor and state agencies can help to reduce the impact of such discharges on the fish population and the environment in general.Donegal County Council is not in a position to add any further comment at this point in time.Council clampdown after slurry pollutes Donegal stream was last modified: July 12th, 2017 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:councildonegalslurrySt Johnstonlast_img read more

Raiders mailbag: Where will the Raiders call home in 2019?

first_imgThe City of Oakland filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Raiders and NFL, which you can read all about right here. The most important thing to know is the lawsuit jeopardizes the Raiders’ 2019 season in Oakland since their current lease with the Oakland Coliseum ends after this season.So where might the Raiders play their final season before heading to Vegas? At this point it’s anybody’s guess, but it’s a topic we’ll discuss in this week’s mailbag, along with Reggie McKenzie’s potential …last_img read more

Gov. Kasich issues emergency declaration due to flooding in 17 counties

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Gov. John R. Kasich issued an emergency declaration for 17 counties along the Ohio River and in southern Ohio due to dangerous conditions resulting from severe storms and heavy rain.  An emergency declaration allows the governor to use state resources, including activating the National Guard, to help local officials keep Ohioans safe.Impacted counties include Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Monroe, Meigs, Muskingum, Scioto and Washington.“Ohioans do a good job of looking out for each other and we’re doing it again now also.  Teams at the local level are hard at work and state teams have been coordinating with them and supporting them over the past week.  As the weather and flooding is expected to get worse we’re staying ahead of things by taking our readiness up to the next level and declaring an emergency where we expect the worst conditions.  We’ll quickly add to those areas as it’s needed.  I urge people to stay safe by staying informed, not taking any chances and checking in on your neighbors, especially seniors and families with young kids.  Call your local city, county or Red Cross if there’s anyone who needs help. We’ll get through this as we always do, by working together,” Kasich said.A copy of Kasich’s declaration is available HERE.So far, Ohio storm and flood preparation efforts include deploying National Guard troops in response to local requests to help install floodgates along floodwalls. Other efforts include:Providing water pumps to Scioto and Lawrence countiesHolding coordination calls with National Weather Service and state and local response partnersInstalling flood gates in the City of PortsmouthProviding situation awareness reports to federal, state and local partnersDelivering sandbags to Athens County.last_img read more