Gborga: A Town without Safe-drinking Water, Health or Other Facilities

first_imgGborga Town, about 176 miles away from Monrovia, is located deep in the forest of Morweh District, Rivercess County.This small sized settlement is a home to approximately 2,500 inhabitants.They reside in an estimated 150 dotted thatched huts, and earn their living from subsistence farming.The town has two quarters, namely:  Gborga and Bunns, but the inhabitants within that quarterly division, are united for development, considering the dearth of basic social services. Principally, the town lacks a hand pump (source of safe-drinking water), a clinic and school.The Town Chief, James Gweh is assisted by a Quarter Chief of Gborga, Friday Zor.The town was founded in 1976 and named after in-laws  of the original residents of the area—the Gaunma people,  whose taboo remains chicken—which, in keeping with tradition, they don’t eat.  Neither do they sell the chicken.  “At first, we wanted to name the town after our son named Lemuel or Joshua Logan, founders of the town,” Mr. James Sammie, 61, told the Daily Observer during an exclusive interview during a visit.     Divided over who exactly the town should be named after, the townspeople later resolved the impasse when the only government elementary school there was named in honor of one of the contending names–Joshua Logan Public School. Thus, the town was named after the Gborga family who had the support of Lemuel Logan.  But one thing that keeps reminding them of their destitution is the lack of basic social services, paramount among them—a health post and at least a hand pump to provide them safe drinking water.With the coming of the raining season, the residents will have to fetch drinking water from nearby creeks, including the one closer to the town—the Borlahn Creek.Another issue which, if not immediately addressed by the government would make living more frustrating for Gborga residents, is the deplorable condition of the motor road. In dire need of reconditioning, it threatens to cut the area off from the rest of Rivercess County.The residents expressed fear of any looming ‘water-borne disease’ including diarrhea. But in spite that fear, coupled with their hardships, the residents believe that one day the nightmare will become something of history.True to the residents’ beliefs, the town is expected to witness a construction of a multi-million dollar school complex—the Daisy Bopah Memorial Academy.  The school project is expected to contain the needed development, including the construction of hand pimps, clinics or health posts, etc.A ground breaking ceremony paving the way for the construction of this school was held in April this year. It was welcome news for residents as it revived the academic hopes of parents and their school-age children desirous of continuing their academic sojourn.The Daisy Bopah Memorial Academy, to be built on 100 acres of land, will be the first privately-operated high school and the only two-storey modern complex in that region of the Morweh District. When completed, it will stand as a representation of the county’s developmental achievement, which promises to bring in safe-drinking water as well as construction of health-post and other facilities.The school will eventually provide an adult literacy program, vocational education, a modern gymnasium with a courtyard for other activities, and teachers and administrative staff housing units.Part of the infrastructure for the school, according to the man behind its construction, Mr. Daniel Menyon, the design calls for the use of solar panels, to provide clean energy (electricity) for the entire complex as well as the town and its surrounding hamlets.  Mr. Menyon is a son of Daisy Bopah, a woman after whom the school is named.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA police ‘ready for 2010’

first_img2 July 2008South Africa is well prepared to ensure the safety of the millions of tourists set to visit the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, says the South African Police Service.The SA Police Service revealed details of its plans to secure the country’s skies, highways, stadiums, streets and accommodation venues this week, as part of a plan that will see the government spending a further R665-million on procuring state-of-the-art equipment and R640-million on the deployment of more than 41 000 police officers.“I am happy to announce that our comprehensive security plan for the Fifa World Cup was submitted and it is in Zurich and I think Fifa will be satisfied with the security concept in general,” deputy national police commissioner Andre Pruis told reporters in Pretoria on Monday at the release of the country’s 2007/08 crime statistics.“However, we still need to finalise the security plans for the areas and towns where the teams will be staying,” said Pruis, who is in charge of the country’s 2010 World Cup security.He said the police had already begun event-specific training and simulation exercises for the tournament. They had also started procuring items for the event, including water cannons, body armour, mobile police stations, surveillance cameras, helicopters and unmanned surveillance aircraft.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A350 XWB joins the fleet

first_imgThree widebody Airbus aircraft, the A380, A330 and the new A350 XWB, took off from Toulouse Thursday September 19 flying together for the first time before continuing on separate flights.The A350 XWB is the latest aircraft from Airbus and is designed to replace the A330 and takeon Boeing’s 787 and 777 families.To date Airbus has sold 682 A350 XWBs over three models.last_img

Standard Bank reduces carbon footprint

first_img17 November 2010South Africa’s Standard Bank has installed a hybrid solar water heating system at its head office in Johannesburg in order to reduce its carbon footprint – while saving the financial group nearly R1-million a year in energy costs.The pilot system comprises 100 solar power panels covering more than 200 square metres on the roof of 6 Simmonds Street, one of the buildings that makes up its head office complex, known as the Standard Bank Centre, in downtown Johannesburg.The new system will be used to heat 48 000 litres of water a day – 20 000 litres via solar and 28 000 litres via energy-efficient heat pumps – saving up to 5% of current building energy consumption.A back-up and top-up system consisting of two heat pumps will support the solar installation for days when the sunshine is not optimal.According to Standard Bank channel development director Marius de la Rey, water heating, lighting and air-conditioning are three of the biggest energy consumers at the bank, and they are also the areas of energy consumption that can most easily be addressed in existing buildings.“The challenge in implementing clean energy solutions is taking the older infrastructure in existing buildings and upgrading and converting to cleaner more efficient systems using alternative power sources where possible,” he said in a statement last week.“We have to be more creative in reducing the energy consumption in our older assets. Standard Bank Centre is already achieving benchmark energy efficient performance.”Committment to green building standardsStandard Bank Group is looking at introducing energy saving measures across the group, and the pilot of the large-scale solar system, combined with the use of energy efficient heat pumps, could be used in areas where energy constraints hinder new business development or the full optimisation of the bank’s properties.“We are committed to building all of our new real estate developments to 4-star green building standards, and cater for reducing CO2 emissions, optimal energy use and savings, and the introduction of the latest green technology,” said De la Rey.Standard Bank Group has also upgraded its air conditioning chillers at the Standard Bank Centre in Johannesburg, while continuous energy audits are also conducted to assist with the introduction of energy efficient technology and other improvements.Driving sustainabilityWith the introduction of alternative energy solutions in the areas of water heating, light control and air-conditioning, Standard Bank Group has reduced its energy demand to 56 watts per square metre, well below national averages.According to Standard Bank Group sustainability director Karin Ireton, the energy efficiency project is part of the bank’s commitment to driving sustainability, and forms part of efforts to make the group environmentally and economically efficient.“In implementing new technologies, companies like Standard Bank can reduce the demand for fossil-fuel based energy and take pressure of the electricity grid,” she said. “Energy constraints are currently a potential cap on growth within the economy and the challenge to all companies is to increase economic output with less energy.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—report

first_imgTanduay keeps outright semis hopes alive, routs AMA for 4th straight Despite recently falling short against the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, the 25-year-old Duke product was seemingly in good terms with the team and its management, particularly with superstar LeBron James.However, ESPN recently reported several reasons why Irving reportedly wanted to be shipped out of the franchise he has called his home for the past six seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHigh on the list was his supposed inclusion in potential trade talks involving this season’s prized free agents Jimmy Butler and Paul George.“What followed was a whirlwind, with the Cavs putting forth a series of trade packages looking to acquire either Butler or George,” the sports news outlet said. “Some of these talks included Irving, which upset him even more when he found out about it, sources said. Previously, [former Cleveland GM David] Griffin had worked to keep lines of communication with Irving open, but now Irving was in the dark.” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Butler, of course, went on to join his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota, while Hayward elected to sign with Boston Celtics.ESPN’s trio of journalists—Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst—also suggested that Irving was fed up with playing second fiddle to the league’s premier superstar, James.They cited James’ tendency to play point guard and dominate the ball, leaving Irving’s ball handling and play-making skills underutilized.Despite his supposed unhappiness with his role, Irving averaged a career best of 25.9 points this season and led his team in total shot attempts.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  GREGORY SHAMUS/Getty Images/AFPNews of Kyrie Irving wanting out of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization has certainly caught NBA fans off guard over the weekend.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more