By Dialogo October 03, 2011 The United Nations aid chief called for continued humanitarian assistance to Haiti, stressing the crisis in a country still reeling from last year’s monster earthquake. Visiting the country during a two-day evaluation mission, Valerie Amos said the 600,000 people still living in camps have urgent needs for basic food, water, sanitation and housing services. “I visited camps and see for myself the difficult conditions. I was told about significant deterioration of hygiene and sanitation since the departure of many NGOs which have run out of money,” Amos told reporters. The humanitarian situation has been further aggravated by a cholera epidemic, food insecurity for 4.5 million people and an active hurricane season that has already destroyed homes and crops. “It’s clear that here in Haiti there are still significant unmet needs in water and sanitation, food insecurity persists and of course this is a country which is vulnerable to further outbreaks of cholera and to recurring natural disasters,” Amos said. She warned that while Haiti has made progress since the January 2010 earthquake that leveled the capital, killed more than 225,000 people and left one in seven homeless, “much more needs to be done.” An ensuing cholera epidemic left over 5,000 people dead. “As the focus now moves on to the longer term sustainable development of Haiti, we also need to remember those still in humanitarian need,” the relief chief added, adding that she was concerned about the situation of women exposed to violence and insecurity. Amos met with Haitian President Michel Martelly and held talks with the heads of groups working on the ground. She noted that Martelly has publicly expressed disapproval for forced evictions of people living in camps while waiting to find solution to relocate the homeless.
Sellas Tetteh names his first team since becoming Black Satellites coach as he calls up 30 players for camping.The selected players will head for the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence at Prampram on January 8, 2013 for the exercise.The camping is part of preparations towards the impending African Youth Championship in Algeria.The Ghana Football Association last month appointed Sellas as coach of the U-20 men’s national team.Sellas, who led Ghana to African and World title success in the 2009 U-20 Championships will lead the Black Satellites to the African finals in Algeria.Ghana will face hosts Algeria in Group A of the Africa U20 Championship. The Black Satellites are also drawn against Benin and Egypt in the group for the tournament in March.Selected playersGoalkeepers Felix Annan (Kotoko) Muntari Tagoe ( Medeama) Micheal Sai (Berekum Chelsea) Eric Ofori-Antwi (Amidaus)Defenders Jeremiah Arkorful ( Tema Youth) Richmond Nketiah (Medeama) Lawrence Lartey (AshantiGold) Ahmed Adams (Berekum Chelsea) Kofi Koomson (Amidaus) David Small-Boy Korbah (Kotoko) Joseph Attamah (Tema Youth) Christopher Bonney and Vincent Atinga Addae (Dwarfs) Thomas Abbey (Hearts of Oak)Midfielders Seidu Salifu and Emmanuel Gyamfi (Wa All Stars) Moses Odjer and Derrick Mensah (Tema Youth) Micheal Anaba and Prince Baffoe (Kotoko) Kwame Boahene and Kennedy Ashia (Liberty) Jacob Appau (Medeama) Fatawu Safiu (Inter Allies) Strikers Isaac Osae and Benjamin Fadi (Heart of Lions) Francis Narh (Tema Youth) Ebenezer Assifuah (Liberty) Ollenu Ashittey (Heart of Oak) Sulley Mohammed (King Faisal)
Chelan County’s not assuming responsibility for homeowner damages if an endangered area near Wenatchee is leveled by a landslide.Huge cracks have developed in a portion of Whispering Ridge, stoking fears an unstable slope could give way.Commissioner Keith Goehner says it’s unrealistic to expect the county to cover costs incurred from a natural disaster.“As far as the legal responsibility, it would be difficult to see whether the county would be responsible for a natural occurring event like this. As far as mitigating for any activity that may happen whether it be a landslide, earthquake, forest fire – there are a number of natural events we would then have to be responsible for.”Some homeowners think the county should never have allowed development near the unstable slope. Many of the residents paid for geo-tech surveys prior to building in the area.The county’s overseeing public infrastructure in the area. It’s also providing information so residents can decide whether or not to vacate their homes.