Flooding, Garbage, Clogged Drainages: Monrovia’s Age-Old Challenges

first_imgPerennial flooding, garbage pollution and clogged drainages have become age-old challenges for residents of Monrovia.Every year during the Rainy Season, residents of over crowded slums and other communities in and around Monrovia endure hardships as a result of flooding, coupled with unattended garbage.The majority of Monrovia’s residents and business entities are built in flood plains that play host to continuous flood water and countless breeding places for mosquitoes and other harmful insects.Most of the drainages in and around Monrovia lie open, narrow and un-concreted. They constantly need sustained rehabilitation and expansion in order to cope with the volume of waste that go through them.The epi-centers of flood water are the crowded slums and deprived communities where structures are built without engineering consultations and designs.Touring three major slum settlements in Monrovia earlier this week, volumes of flood water and piles of garbage were seen filling streets and clogged drainages.Buzzy Quarters, Doe Community and West Point were flooded with dirty water and garbage.The general facial expressions of residents and business people in the affected communities reflected anger, frustration, resentment and dissatisfaction due to their present conditions.Sadly, at the Rally Time Market on United Nations Drive, a stone’s throw from Buzzy Quarters, cook-shops and mini restaurants were in business a few yards from one clogged drainage, which played host to flies, cockroaches and other harmful insects.In that same community around the Rally Time Market, latrine facilities constructed by aid agencies and private entities exist, but in unsanitary conditions.A handful of charcoal sellers in the Rally Time Market, expressed shock and disappointment about the odor emanating from the garbage dumped there three weeks ago.“This stink dirt and water at this Rally Time Market continues to make us sick all the time because the sanitation companies are not clearing the rotten garbage regularly from this big dumpsite,” Charcoal seller Martha Wesseh said.A 54-year-old cook-shop operator, Esther B. Sackie, also told the Daily Observer that her business is losing customers everyday due to the unsanitary conditions of the Rally Time Market.She explained that flies and other harmful insects and rodents such as rats and cockroaches are “regular visitors” to her shop.This story has not changed since last year, or the year before, and may likely not change next year.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_imgBREAKING NEWS: A woman has died after the car in which she was traveling crashed into a fence in Bundoran.The accident took place yesterday at The Ross, at approximately 3.50pm yesterday.The 82 year old woman was rushed to Sligo General Hospital but she was pronounced dead en route. The road was closed to allow for a Garda Forensic Examination of the scene.The pensioner’s identity has not yet been released.Gardai are now appealing for anybody who may have witnessed the crash to contact them at Bundoran Garda Station on 071 9841203, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.  ELDERLY WOMAN KILLED AFTER HER CAR CRASHES INTO FENCE was last modified: August 19th, 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:accidentbundorandeathGardaiwomanlast_img read more

Rapelang Rabana: shaping the world

first_imgRapelang Rabana addresses the groupat the WEF Young Global Shakers gathering in Davos. The keyword is access, says Rabana.(Images: Global Shapers) MEDIA CONTACTS • Yeigo Communications  +27 21 424 2675 • Rapelang Rabana  Global Research and Development  The Telfree Group  @rapelangrabana RELATED ARTICLES • Social media growing strong in SA • Africa’s telecoms growth potential • SA at Davos: 20 years after Mandela • Internet promotes African freedom • Education goes mobile with VodacomEmily van RijswijckSouth African ICT entrepreneur and businesswoman Rapelang Rabana was a member of the first-ever delegation of young global shapers to the recently concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.The annual gathering took place from 25 to 29 January under the theme The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models.Global shapers are between the ages of 20 and 30 and are considered by WEF as having the potential to be leaders in all sectors of the global society.The 70-strong group included 20 young CEOs, a nanotechnology professor, a 24-year-old mayor from the Philippines and a bio-engineer who created a cardiac surgery simulator now used worldwide.The WEF website notes that with half of the world’s population under the age of 27, it is vital that young voices are heard at the annual meeting.WEF founder Klaus Schwab refers to his group of global shapers as “digital natives” who have grown up with the internet. The shapers were able to engage with world leaders during the annual meeting, and to give their perspectives on global problems such as unemployment among young people.Rabana, now 27, is no stranger to news headlines, having left her mark at a young age in the hugely competitive telecommunications field dominated largely by the huge conglomerates.In 2008 she was one of 200 young South Africans identified by the Mail & Guardian in their annual list of people with whom one should have lunch. The list, compiled by the weekly newspaper, showcases the country’s young trendsetters and trailblazers in their respective fields.Soft-spoken and eloquent, this University of Cape Town (UCT) business science graduate shared her vision on the WEF’s global shaper channel on YouTube. She said it is all about “access” – to opportunities, education, knowledge, ideas or other people – in order to secure a better future.She added: “I want to continue to find ways to deliver life-changing services. I see access to Davos as an opportunity to extend the reach and potential of my greatest aspirations.”Communication pioneerAnd helping people to have easier access to communications is exactly what Rabana set out to do when she started Yeigo Communications back in 2007 with two fellow UCT graduates.Yeigo was South Africa’s first mobile voice over internet protocol (Voip) company, and offered a software platform for voice calls made via mobile data networks. This was compatible with a wide range of mobile phones, and could be done at a fraction of the cost of conventional voice call networks.Yeigo’s business model worked on the same lines as Skype, another popular Voip application, and soon caught the attention of overseas investors.Just one year after starting to offer their services, Yeigo made a major global breakthrough with the multi-million sale of a stake in the company to US-based Quality One Wireless.Now heading up the Global Research and Development division at Swiss-based telecommunications company Telfree, with which Yeigo has partnered, Rabana’s dream is to continue doing what she does so well – making links and connecting ideas on a greater scale so that all South Africans can have some chance at changing their lives through mobile access.“Mobile broadband takes access to a new level,” she said. “These are engaging and exposing people to another world out there. The ways to make an impact are endless.”Ambassador for UN youth initiativeRabana was also chosen as ambassador for the 2011 World Summit Youth Awards (WSYA), a UN information communications technology initiative.  In this role she encourages young South Africans in the fields of electronic technology to take part in the initiative and in so doing, receive recognition for their efforts. Getting recognition through WSYA, while it holds no monetary value, is a sure way to attract likeminded people.The competition selects the best digital projects, products, applications and services by young people. Projects are chosen for efforts in reducing poverty and hunger, tackling ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental collapse – all issues which tap into the UN’s millennium development goals.The award is promoted throughout the 160 UN member states to encourage young people to use their knowledge of the internet and mobile technology to create ways to put the development goals into action.last_img read more

After Effects Tutorial: Animated Circle Burst

first_imgIn this tutorial we’ll show you how to create the popular circle burst animation in After Effects – perfect for titles or logo reveals.With the popularity of flat motion design we’ve been seeing more and more of the circle burst style animation as of late. This clean effect can really make your titles and graphics pop – and it’s quite easy to create in After Effects.In the After Effects video tutorial below I’ll walk you through the steps of creating a highly customizable circle burst animation. This approach uses shape layers, without the need for third party plugins or graphics.First, we’ll create animation by keyframing size, position and rotation of shape layers. Then we’ll multiply these settings to new shape layers with simple expressions to create the circle burst.This After Effects technique is useful anytime you want to animate a series of objects in a circular rotation. How will you use it in your project? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Containerships Unit Conducts Its 1st LNG Bunkering

first_imgThe first of four LNG-fueled container vessels, constructed for Finnish shipping company Containerships, undertook its initial LNG bunkering at the Port of Rotterdam on January 24.Around 240 metric tons of marine LNG was bunkered to M/S Containerships Nord, an amount that can take the vessel on a roundtrip from Rotterdam to St. Petersburg and back sailing through the Kiel canal twice, according to the company.The first bunkering was carried out at lay bay berth in a ship-to-ship operation from Shell’s bunker vessel, Cardissa. Containerships explained that, in the future, the bunkering operation would be carried out at a normal operational berth simultaneously with loading and discharging operations. This means that there would be no disadvantages in operative efficiency compared to traditional oil burning vessels.M/S Containerships Nord started sailing from China towards Europe in mid-December and reached the European waters after passing the Suez Canal after two and half weeks sailing. The company plans to deploy M/S Containerships Nord’s three sister vessels on the same route after their delivery later in 2019.These vessels have an endurance of 14 days with LNG, and they will be bunkered once per roundtrip during their regular service loop between Containerships’ core ports in the North and Baltic Seas. All the newbuilds will be bunkered by Shell bunker vessels, including the Cardissa, in Rotterdam.last_img read more