Two of hardest hit communities badly flooded during last weekend’s heavy rainfallBy Edwin M. Fayia IIITwo days of heavy rainfall in Monrovia, Paynesville and other parts of Montserrado County last weekend left many families homeless as their houses and surroundings went underwater.In a tour of affected communities in Paynesville and Monrovia, scores of houses and makeshift structures were seen trapped under water.Every year in many parts of the county, scores of residents and their properties are affected by flooding, with the most affected being those built in flood prone areas in or near swamps and creeks.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at various workshops, has warned residents and property owners that flood prone areas are not suitable for building houses.A former official of the EPA, Darlington B. Cyrus, told the Daily Observer on Saturday that unless Liberians can make up their minds to stop building houses and other structures in low lying areas, their woes will continue every rainy season.However, to a great extent such warnings have fallen on deaf ears, as many Liberians continue to build their houses where heavy flooding occurs every year.According to officials of the Public Works Ministry, most of the flooding occurring in Monrovia and Paynesville are also due to clogged drains, resulting from human activities such as dumping of waste into the drainage system.The heavy weekend rains affected several communities including, but not limited to the former Omega Navigation Station, Coca-Cola Factory, A.B. Tolbert Road, Randall Street and Waterside.Others were Buzzy Quarters, United Nations Drive, Soniewein, Carey Street and Slipway.At the Red Light Market last Saturday, motor and other mechanized vehicles, wheelbarrow pushers, were all stranded due to the flooding.The narrow bridge that connects upper Pipeline Road to the business hub of Red Light Market was also flooded, with hundreds of petty traders stranded for over twelve hours.Residents of the affected communities are meanwhile, appealing to the Ministry of Public Works to help them fight the perennial flooding.It may be recalled that in 2015, Public Works Minister Gyude Moore told a team of Daily Observer reporters that one of his top priorities was to clean most of Monrovia’s drainage systems. Efforts have also been made in the past to ensure that communities work together to keep the drains near their communities clean and free of debris, especially before the start of the rainy season.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Daniel O’Donnell is to take a break from his singing career to do all the things he and wife Majella ever wanted to do together.Daniel and MajellaThe singer revealed that after 2015 he is taking an extended break.But the Donegal star stressed that he is NOT retiring but is not sure when he will play any concerts after that. Danie said that Majella’s recent cancer battle has made them realise how short life is and now they want to make the most of it.“Through all of this we have a lot of time to reflect and take stock of things and it makes us realise that life is short.“I want to let you know at this point that I have decided to take an extended break from touring after the Gertrude Byrne Caribbean cruise finishes next February 2015.“I can’t really say how long the break will be, but there will be no shows until at least the middle of 2016. “For me this was a very big decision but there are a number of things that Majella and I want to do and even if we live to be 90 (which I hope we do) I don’t want to have to say “I wish we took the time to do such and such……” .“I would like to thank you at this point also for supporting my career over the last 30 years and I hope when we get back to doing shows that I will see all of you again.”But the Kincasslagh star added “I want to stress that “This is not retirement, it’s just a sabbatical” DANIEL TO TAKE A BREAK FROM CAREER TO SPEND TIME WITH MAJELLA was last modified: February 21st, 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:breakcancerdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnell
Durga Puja is just round the corner and Delhi NCR is gearing up for the celebrations with Puja organisers adopting the concept of ‘Go Green’ towards pollution free environment. Cooperative Ground Durga Puja Samity, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi will celebrate its 44th year of Durga Puja festival from October 3 – 8, 2019, around the theme ‘Commemorating the Birth Centenary of two legends of Indian Music, Hemanta Mukherjee and Manna Dey, showcasing their work and their immense contribution towards Indian Cinema, Art and Culture. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThe entire Puja Pandal, including the Mandap, Cultural Stage and Main Gate are being designed to re- create the golden era of music. There will be life size images of both the artists in their various moods. Craftsmen are working relentlessly to bring alive the feel and the memories of that bygone era. This year’s Durga Puja festival will witness pulsating music, courtesy the cultural and entertainment programmes in the evening each day. Keeping ‘Puja Theme’ in mind this year’s cultural program is set with a performance of the celebrity singer Ankita from Sa Re Ga Ma of ZEE Bangla 2019 fame, who will be this year’s Star Attraction on Panchami – October 3, followed by another fantastic performer, Amit Paul – of Indian idol fame on Shasthi – October 4 and a performance by the Rock Band Krackers on Saptami – October 5. Apart from these popular artists, the Puja Samity will provide a platform to various local groups to showcase their talent and keep the tempo alive at Cooperative Puja. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe Puja Samity has always supported the cause of ‘Save the Environment’ by making its Idol eco-friendly and has been awarded for this in past also. Speaking to media, Secretary, Kallol Acharyya of the Samity said, “To save Yamuna, for very first time, this year we take a forward step ahead by making our own artificial pond for immersion in our ground and with this initiative, we pledge to curb pollution as much as possible. Though the NGT notification is yet to be implemented in full force for all Puja committees, we are proactively ensuring we are participating in the efforts to save river Yamuna contribute towards a green earth.” “Over the years, one of our focus has been the quality Bhog (Langar) and around 20,000 people visit our pandal each day for delicious Bhog. Our serving plates are also eco-friendly made from areca leaf”. he added. A range of delicious cuisines starting from authentic Bengali food to North Indian / Mughlai, Chinese and Seafood in the food court at ground will be the added attraction. Speaking about security arrangement he said “We get over 5-6 lacs footfalls every year and we undertake massive security arrangements to ensure no untoward incident takes place, we get constant relentless support of the Delhi police who provide us a huge support in supervising the security arrangements.
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his delegation were forced to return to New York on Friday after the special jet given to him by the Saudi government developed a technical fault while heading to Islamabad, a media report said on Saturday. Khan, who was to return to Pakistan after his seven-day trip to the US to attend the 74th session of United Nations General Assembly, had to return to New York after the plane developed technical snag minutes after taking off from Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Reportthe Kennedy International Airport, the News International reported. Pakistan’s Ambassador to United Nations (UN), Maleeha Lodhi, who had earlier seen off PM Khan, rushed back to the airport. Khan waited at the airport for some time while technicians tried to fix the fault, but since more work was needed the fault was said to be corrected by Saturday morning, the report said. Meanwhile, Ambassador Lodhi escorted the prime minister back to the Roosevelt Hotel where he was staying during his hectic seven-day trip. Officials said if the plane is not fixed in the morning, the prime minister would take a commercial flight back to Pakistan where he is anxious to visit earthquake-hit areas and visit the affected families.