first_imgMonrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee (right) with the Director for City Beautification, Edwin TisdellWith plans to also wash the streetsUnder the watchful eyes of the Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee, the Director for City Beautification, Edwin Tisdell told journalists over the weekend that plans are underway for the construction thousands of public latrines in the City.Mr. Tisdell said the initiative is to ensure that Monrovia becomes one of the cleanest cities in Africa and the world. He said  that as part of efforts to make Monrovia a clean and green for healthy inhabitants, the City Corporation has embarked on the washing of streets in the City.He emphasized that although the exercise might be new to Liberia, it is done in other parts of the world for a healthy environment.“Washing of the roads is another means of putting out germs because we ride cars that in most cases come from strange environment, we have to wash the roads to safeguard our people” he added.Mr. Tisdell stressed that the reasons why other Countries are very clean and have good air quality is due to the washing of their roads.“People don’t understand and think that we are spoiling resources” he told journalists in Monrovia.According to him the road washing exercise is not just limited to the festive seasons, as the MCC has written several partners for the initiative to become a sustainable one.He expressed the hope the washing of the roads will curtail germs and waterborne diseases in the City.When quizzed about how far the MCC intends to go with the exercise, Tisdell intoned that it started on the 13th of December with painting and decorating the principal streets of Monrovia.“We are also painting all the bridges constructed by Government in Monrovia to include the Gabriel Tucker Bridge, the Zolu Duma Bridge, the Jamaica Road Bridge, and the Double Bridge at Stephen Tolbert Estate, amongst others.”In order to enhance its work, MCC has also begun to shut down makeshift auto garages and has removed faulty vehicles from the streets. “Our City planning team is also involved in ensuring that all private homes and businesses are painted,” he said.He further said that those whose homes have broken septic tanks will be fined as this poses serious health and environmental risks.Mr. Tisdell also revealed that the MCC has secured about 400 trash cans which will be mounted in the streets of Monrovia to avoid people from throwing dirt in the streets.The Monrovia City Corporation Director for Beautification said when the city is clean and healthy; it will also attract investors who will create jobs for Liberians.“Mayor Jefferson Koijee is very passionate of keeping the City of Monrovia clean, green and safe.” He has mandated me and my team to regularly ensure that our capital city is attractive for investment and our people live in a healthy environment”.Tisdell said beginning next 2019, the City will experience some drastic changes in its outlook, noting that they will modernize Monrovia and make it more attractive for job creation for many young people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIn light of recent developments in Region One (Barima-Waini), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is calling for an audit to be done on the digitisation of records at the General Registrar’s Office (GRO).Jagdeo’s comments came in light of recent pronouncements made by Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, who claimed that the process is transparent and one that does not include partisanship.However, the Opposition Leader feels that there might be attempts to fiddle withOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothe registration process at the GRO using the digitization of records as the cover for “fictitious names being registered, which could then be used, (seeing) that it is registered with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).”Jagdeo said he would also urge GECOM to pay careful attention to the issue, because the integrity of that entity’s data base would depend heavily on the source documents being issued by the GRO.“But (it is) not just GECOM that has to worry, but all the foreign embassies and everyone else; because if people have fake Guyanese documents and some of them are not Guyanese, they pass through here and just get the fake documents for the purpose of registration, they can eventually secure passports and a whole range of other documents,” Jagdeo opined.The Opposition Leader is asserting that the integrity of the disgitisation process is vital.“We in the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) are paying careful attention to this, given what has happened historically — that the heavy padding of the voters list with fictitious names was a norm under previous Government sometime back in our history,” Jagdeo recalled.He also reminded that the Opposition is still concerned with the Government’s closeness with groups of people, including Haitians who pass through Guyana. He said that from reports that he has received, these foreign nationals are mainly chaperoned through Guyana by Government officials.“It’s normal for people to transit your country, but they don’t have ministry officials meeting them when they are transiting. They just come in, they get stamp in at immigration and (then) they go out,” he added.Jagdeo said encounters with Government officials and Haitians transiting Guyana’s main port of entry are something that does not look too convincing, and there might be something happening.Region One Chairman, Brentnol Ashley, has only recently raised concerns about the active participation and involvement of Government Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Allen in the affairs and functions of several State agencies and elected bodies in the Region.Ashley complained about MP Allen’s active involvement with the GRO visiting team issuing birth certificates in the Region, and had noted that the MP was not employed at any of those agencies.While Ashley has said he commends the work of the GRO in reaching out to Region One with the objective of ensuring the people of the Region are registered, he has questioned the transparency and equality of treatment due to MP Allen’s apparently being “embedding” in the team’s day-to-day operations and process regarding the issuance of birth registration.Ashley went on to disclose that he has even received reports of Allen personally distributing birth certificates in bulk to people in various communities.With Local Government Elections due this year, birth registration documents are critical for the registration of voters, and in the past, the toshaos and other community leaders had been the ones who worked with the GRO team, since they were knowledgeable about the eligibility of residents in their communities.However, the Regional Chairman pointed out that the fact that “Allen (is) accompanying and directing the GRO team as to who needs birth certificates and subsequent distribution of birth certificates is highly questionable and suspect”.In addition to the MP’s access to such personal and sensitive documents, Ashley went on to highlight that Allen has been distributing pension books, despite the Social Protection Ministry’s objection to anyone other than staff members doing so.last_img read more

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – Growing up in Pacoima as the oldest daughter of Mexican immigrants who never finished elementary school, Maritza Lopez dreamed of attending college, but didn’t think she could afford it. She had heard about Project GRAD Los Angeles, which provides scholarships for promising students, but didn’t take it seriously until program representatives showed up at her home one Saturday when she was in the ninth grade. “That’s when I opened my eyes and said, I’m not making this program as important as I should be – this could make it possible for me to go to college,” recalled Lopez, now 18. Today, thanks to Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), Lopez is a freshman at California State University, Northridge, with plans to be a marriage and family therapist. And on Saturday, just as she did last year, Lopez will join about 1,000 other Project GRAD volunteers as they visit 2,500 homes in Arleta, Pacoima, San Fernando and Sylmar, encouraging other teens to fulfill their dreams. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys; state Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys; Assemblywoman Cindy Monta!tildelown!ez and Los Angeles City Council members Alex Padilla and Wendy Greuel have been invited to help kick off the event at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pacoima Middle School. They and other parents, teachers, administrators, business leaders and community members will reach out to sixth- and ninth-grade students and their families to talk about education and the Project GRAD Los Angeles college scholarship program. “The one-on-one contact is really important because most of these students are the first in their families to go to college,” said Ashley De Lucca, communications director of Project GRAD Los Angeles. “The families can see these students who are successful, who are going to college on a scholarship, and they’re from the community – and (the families) know it’s possible.” Students who participate in the pre-college outreach program and graduate from San Fernando High School are eligible for up to $6,000 in college scholarships. Many local universities and colleges, including Pepperdine University, Pitzer College, Mount St. Mary’s College, Marymount College and the University of Judaism will match Project GRAD’s scholarship, making it worth up to $12,000. “I think there is a myth about the price of college,” De Lucca said. “A lot of families want this for their children, but think, ‘There’s no way we can do this financially.’ They don’t understand the opportunities with financial aid and scholarships.” Ninth-grade students sign a scholarship agreement in which they pledge to maintain a 2.5 grade-point average, take all the courses required for admission to the University of California and California State University systems, take the PSAT, SAT/ACT, and participate in two four-week college institutes during their school breaks. This June, Project GRAD Los Angeles celebrated its third class of scholars to graduate from San Fernando High School. Today, there are 450 students enrolled in college with Project GRAD scholarships. “These kids are the future of our country,” De Lucca said. “The more prepared they are on the front end, the greater the chances are they’ll be successful in college and come back to the community and really make a difference.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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_imgKolkata: A middle-aged man committed suicide by jumping in front of a Dum Dum-bound rake at Rabindra Sarovar Metro station on Saturday afternoon leading to the disruption of services in both Up and Down line for some time. The incident occurred at around 12.09 pm. The victim whose identity is yet to be ascertained was found anxiously waiting at Rabindra Sarovar Metro station. When a Dum Dum-bound train was entering the platform, he jumped in front of the speeding train. The motorman tried to stop the rake by applying the emergency brakes but the victim, aged around 50, had already gone beneath the rake. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Metro officials disconnected the power supply into the third rail immediately. The Railway Protection Force and Metro officials reached the spot and started the rescue operation. It took around 45 minutes to recover the victim’s body from the railway track. He was taken to MR Bangur Hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. Metro services were disrupted for almost an hour after the incident. Truncated services between Maidan and Noapara stations in the Up line were available. Normalcy was restored after 1.30 pm.last_img read more