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Flooding Overwhelms Montserrado Communities

first_imgThe annual six months rainy season in the country has started with serious flooding caused by heavy downpours in every part of the country, increasing the hardship Liberians are encountering from the resulting impassable roads, flooded homes and businesses and damaged properties.There are very few indications of any solutions to the flooding.  Many of the same areas that got flooded last year are once more submerged. As a result, residents and businesses are bracing up for the worst to come around mid July through September.During a recent survey of affected communities in Monrovia and Paynesville in Montserrado County, many homes and shops could be seen barely keeping the flood water at bay with sand bags. Next month as the rainfall increases with few dry days in between, water will enter many homes and other structures, and will make passage from some communities to the highways impossible without wading through waist high dirty water, full of excrement, garbage and other unsuspected dangerous things.Many children will be unable to get to school and many schools themselves will be flooded.This is the time when mosquitoes and other disease bearing insects breed  on the surface of the filthy water and ferociously attack residents day and night.The community residents themselves are partly to blame for their plight because of their failure to adhere to warnings against the construction of their homes in waterways and flood-prone areas. However the critical lack of housing has left many residents with little or no alternative.There have been repeated warnings to residents of Monrovia communities such as West Point, Duala, Waterside, Rally Time Market near Soniewein but these warnings have not been heeded to at least not  until the rainy season arrives.In Monrovia decades old drains are clogged with sand and garbage and they are the main causes of the problem,  but until the rains come, no one really cares to replace or maintain them.In the Paynesville Red-Light Market, flood water filled several areas, but people went about their businesses. Many of the residents were also seen in a similar situation at the Bernard Farm and Forestry Development Authority (FDA) parking stations.At the Joe Bar Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) substation, which is an area without any drainage, flooding is almost a year round problem. The public agencies which should share responsibility for fixing the problem appear unwilling or unready to do so.One of Several Monrovia houses surrounded by water as a result of weekend floodingThough there have been news reports about the flooding in the area and the danger it poses to the vital LEC installations, the authorities are yet to take any practical step to ensure the safety of the electrical equipment on their piece of land at the location.A resident of Joe Bar, Tom B. Zulu, 40, appealed to authorities of LEC and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) to make all efforts to rehabilitate the drainage in order to protect lives, vehicles and the electrical installations.A Slipway resident, Benedict Seyon, 48, told the Daily Observer about his hardship in the slum area that has been his home for many years. “I am bearing this hardship with the hope that conditions can improve for me to be able to find a good place somewhere else,” he said.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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Mickelson struggles, but still leads

first_imgPACIFIC PALISADES – The PGA Tour often is a one-man show, but without Tiger Woods, the Nissan Open became a two-man show with many in contention. Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington had an opportunity to distance themselves and run away from the field on Saturday at Riviera Country Club, but that didn’t happen. Ten players are within five shots of one another, meaning the Nissan Open could come down to the 72nd hole, as it usually does. Mickelson and Harrington know things could’ve been much different. Today’s round could’ve resembled a match play competition. But if either wins, it will be a moot point. “It would’ve been nice to get a few birdies and take a few guys out, but we let the field back in,” Harrington said. It didn’t look like it would be that way at the start, since Mickelson picked up where he left off. Mickelson birdied the first two holes and moved to a two-shot lead over Harrington. Mickelson made a 2-footer for birdie on the first hole. On the second hole, he hit a superb approach shot that curled around trees and landed within 4 feet. He made the putt, but didn’t birdie again until the 10th hole. Mickelson had several errant drives and iron shots and that led to consecutive bogeys on Nos. 11, 12 and 13. “I was tied for the lead yesterday,” Mickelson said. “I’ve got a one-shot lead today. So, it’s getting better. It wasn’t the day I wanted, but it’s getting better.” Mickelson and Harrington each shot his highest score of the tournament – 69 and 70, respectively – but Mickelson has a one-shot lead over Harrington at 13-under. Rich Beem, who aced the 14th hole and won a Nissan sports car, is two shots back at 11-under. “This definitely shines a ray of hope on a lot of guys’ eyes, as well as (Mickelson) was playing,” said Jim Furyk, who’s tied for sixth, four shots back. center_img He dealt with a couple of trigger-happy photographers early in the round who twice made him step away from a shot. After he backed off his putt on No. 5, he said: “Stop it, please!” Mickelson’s most glaring error was on the par-3 16th hole, where he shot way right of the green. A computer program that shows where players hit the ball showed that his tee shot wasn’t even in the picture. He hit his tee shot right and over the green, then hit a wedge over the hole on the other side, about 40 feet by the cup. He made a 2-foot bogey putt. Harrington scrambled, too. He was in the gully on No. 8 but hit a tremendous shot to within 7 feet. He tapped in for par. This is the first time Harrington has played the tournament and first for Mickelson in five years. Harrington played Riviera once in December and he’s made his share of mistakes, which Mickelson reminded him of after the sixth hole, where he hit left. “I chipped it well by the hole and missed the putt,” Harrington said. “Seemingly, I could have chipped it up the side of the green, and it would have come back down. I didn’t happen to notice that. My playing partner told me that as I was going up the next hole.” Mickelson, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last week, is the man to beat. Each of the last two years, he’s won at least two consecutive tournaments. But Mickelson and Harrington are anything but guarantees to win the tournament. “There were a lot of low scores,” Mickelson said. “If Padraig and I had both shot low scores, we probably could’ve pulled away a little bit. Instead, it will be a shootout with a lot of guys.” 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

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Crash snarls traffic

first_imgCHP Officer Raquel Stage said the Focus was traveling north on Colima Road when for some unknown reason, the 17-year-old male driver veered to the right then to the left, went across the left turn pocket, the median and hit a Mitsubishi Galant heading southbound. “After the Focus hits the Galant, it spins out of control. \ and the sport utility vehicle collide,” Stage said. The impact sent the SUV, a Mitsubishi Endeavor, over the side of the road. It hit a wooden picnic table. The out-of-control Focus then struck a Dodge pickup truck, which ended up partly on the median. The Galant’s driver, identified as 23-year-old Victoria Lee of Hacienda Heights, was trapped in her smashed car. “Firefighters had to cut her out of the car,” Stage said. A helicopter took Lee to the hospital. She was in critical but stable condition, said CHP Sgt. Charlie Sampson. He said the 17-year-old Whittier boy driving the Focus wasn’t injured. The Endeavor’s driver, Clementina Zabayle, 57, of Hacienda Heights, and the Dodge pickup’s driver, Stephen Bibayoff, 46, of Whittier, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Only Zabayle was taken to a Whittier hospital. No one was cited or arrested. Sampson said the cause of the crash hasn’t been determined and the investigation is ongoing. The CHP closed down the southbound lanes of Colima Road at Camino Del Sur and just after Casino Drive. A section of one northbound lane of Colima Road at Casino Drive was also shut down. Hundreds of drivers heading to Whittier on Colima Road had to find alternate routes. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Crash on Colima Road • Video: Four-vehicle accidentHACIENDA HEIGHTS – Three people were injured Thursday morning after a Ford Focus crossed into opposing traffic and triggered a 4-vehicle crash that closed down part of Colima Road for four hours, according to the California Highway Patrol. One of the drivers was trapped. Firefighters cut the top of her car to free her. She sustained critical injuries and was flown to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. Two other drivers suffered minor injuries. The 7:55 a.m. collision occurred at Colima Road and Casino Drive. last_img read more

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Blow for Everton! Wolfsburg set sights on Toffees target

first_img Joshua Guilavogui in action for Saint-Etienne 1 Everton will face competition from Wolfsburg to land Atletico Madrid midfielder Josuha Guilavogui.The France international, who has been capped five times at senior international level, failed to make an impact during his first season at Atletico, managing only one La Liga outing before being sent on loan to his former club Saint-Etienne in January.It is unclear if he will figure in manager Diego Simeone’s plans next term and Everton had been tipped to make a move for him.However, Wolfsburg are also monitoring the 23-year-old’s situation as they are fearful of losing Luiz Gustavo, who impressed for Brazil at the World Cup before their humiliating exit at the hands of Germany.Guilavogui signed a five-year deal when he joined Atletico last summer and would command a fee of around £9m.last_img read more

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9 die in 10th day of Myanmar protest

first_imgThe Bush administration imposed economic sanctions against 14 senior officials in the government, including the junta leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, and the No. 2 man, Deputy Senior Gen. Maung Aye. The action freezes any assets the 14 have in U.S. banks or other financial institutions under U.S. jurisdiction, and also prohibits any U.S. citizens from doing business with those individuals. “The world is watching the people of Burma take to the streets to demand their freedom, and the American people stand in solidarity with these brave individuals,” Bush said in a statement. Thousands of protesters ran through the streets of Yangon on Thursday after warning shots were fired into the crowds. Bloody sandals were left lying in the road. “Give us freedom, give us freedom!” some shouted at the soldiers. Ye Htut, a government spokesman, said riot police clashed with anti-government protesters in Yangon on Thursday, killing nine people and injuring 11. Thirty-one government troops were also injured, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CRACKDOWN: A Japanese journalist is among those killed; 11 others are wounded. By The Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar – Security forces fired automatic weapons into thousands of pro-democracy protesters for a second day Thursday, and the military government said nine people were killed and 11 wounded. Tens of thousands defied the ruling military junta’s crackdown with a 10th straight day of demonstrations in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. Security forces also raided several monasteries overnight, beating monks and arresting more than 100, according to a monk at one monastery. Among the dead was journalist Kenji Nagai of the Japanese video news agency APF News. Japanese broadcaster Fuji posted a photo on its Web site showing a man believed to be Nagai lying on his back – apparently wounded in the chest but holding a video camera in his hand – with a soldier pointing a gun at him at point-blank range. The protests are the stiffest challenge to the generals in two decades, a crisis that began Aug. 19 with protests over a fuel price hike, then expanded dramatically when monks started leading the marches. Today, Myanmar’s military rulers declared no-go zones around five key Buddhist monasteries in an effort to quash the demonstrations, a diplomat said after Southeast Asian envoys were called in by Myanmar authorities for a meeting. The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing protocol, said regime members told the envoys that security forces had the monks “under control” and would now turn their attention to civilian protesters. The crackdown has drawn increasing international pressure on the isolated regime. last_img read more

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Senior Menu

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Tuesday: Beef stew, vegetable mix five way, peas and carrots. Wednesday: Glazed chicken, baby lima beans, cauliflower. Thursday: Salisbury steak, carrots, vegetable mix five way. Friday: Cook’s choice. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with bread, dessert and fat-free milk. Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Turkey marsala, cauliflower, carrots. last_img read more

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TOP KENYAN HONOUR FOR DONEGAL ATHLETICS AGENT

first_imgTOP Donegal athletics agent Ricky Simms has been given one of Kenya’s highest sporting honours – for helping so many athletes from the country get to the top of their sport.Finn Valley AC man Ricky represents some of the world’s top sports stars including world record 100m champion Usain Bolt.At a ceremony in the Kenyan capital Nairobi the Milford man – MD of Pace Sports Management – was given the Best Athletics Representative Award by the country’s athletics board. One of his athletes is Vivian Cheruiyot who was voted the female athlete of the year in Kenya.Finn Valley’s Patsy McGonagle said today: “We are very proud of Ricky and we are delighted that he has received this award because he is a fantastic agent who does the very best for his athletes.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.  Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTOP KENYAN HONOUR FOR DONEGAL ATHLETICS AGENT was last modified: December 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:athleticsFinn Valley ACkenyan honourricky simmslast_img read more

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ELECTION 2014: McDAID ENCOURAGES DONEGAL PUBLIC TO GET BEHIND CLEAN-UP

first_imgJames Pat McDaid shows some of the litter around Donegal’s hedgerows.A local election candidate has encouraged people to get behind the annual National Spring Clean campaign that has got under way for the entire month of April.James Pat Mc Daid has said that this campaign empowers local communities to come together to clean up their local area.“Whilst I don’t believe that the locals do the littering, the locals must look at it on a daily basis and live with the consequences. In Donegal we have some beautiful scenery, only for it to be ruined in certain circumstances, by thoughtless littering and rubbishing. “Donegal also has as many walkers, runners and cyclists on its roadways and these people see at first hand the littering that goes on. We can improve our image by ensuring that they do not have to pass discarded bottles, plastic bags or paper wrappers on a regular basis,” he said.James Pat complimented the communities that have already taken up the task of cleaning up their area and additionally, those communities that plan to do so in the future.‘The national spring clean is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. In this month of April it is important that litter along our roadways is lifted before the growth comes to cover it up, only for it to reappear next year again. Local areas can register their clean up event online and receive bags, gloves and other equipment on the following website http://www.nationalspringclean.org/.“Some areas around the county are already doing this which is great to see. The towns and villages of Ireland do great work as part of their participation in the National Tidy Towns competition. “Wouldn’t it be great to see this extended in some way to a tidy townlands competition too, whereby local areas can get credit for the good work they are doing in maintaining the attractiveness of their surroundings,” he added.ELECTION 2014: McDAID ENCOURAGES DONEGAL PUBLIC TO GET BEHIND CLEAN-UP was last modified: April 13th, 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:clean-updonegalelectionJames Pat McDaidlast_img read more

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SHAY WANTS TO BE ‘GIVEN’ A TRANSFER FROM ASTON VILLA

first_imgShay Given has publicly stated that he wants a move away from Aston Villa, declaring he still has plenty to offer at the highest level in professional football. Shay Given still believes he has a huge amount to offer in a playing capacity, and isn’t ready to concentrate solely on coaching duties.Given has endured a frustrating spell at Aston Villa, and has been unable to establish himself as the first-choice No.1.Given had a very successful loan spell at Middlesbrough FC, and became a fans favourite during his short spell with the club. Given believes he has to move away from Villa Park in order to get regular first-team football.Given is also employed in a coaching capacity at the Villa Park club but is willingly to leave that in order to play regularly.Given said, “If I am going to play, I have to move away from Villa Park.“That’s something I have looked at, but it has to happen, I have been waiting for it to happen for two years now. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Middlesbrough, I knew when I went there on loan that I was still able to play as I slotted straight back into things, despite having not played for a long time.“I still want to play, I believe I still have a lot to offer as a player.“I have only turned 38, but I see Mark Schwarzer playing in a Champions League semi-final at the age of 41, Brad Friedel is 43 and still playing, so I have a lot more to do before I think about coaching.“I hope it can happen for me, I just need someone to have faith, to take a punt and bring me in, to get me playing again. SHAY WANTS TO BE ‘GIVEN’ A TRANSFER FROM ASTON VILLA was last modified: June 4th, 2014 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:Home-page SportnewsShay GivenSportlast_img read more

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