Liberia Wetlands Under Grave Threat

first_imgOne of several wetlands on the Robertsport Highway in Grand Cape Mount County.Often ignored by policymakers and wittingly or unwittingly subjected to abuse by the public at large, wetlands are under grave threat of degradation by Liberians and foreign residents alike.The threat to wetlands is posed mainly by discarded waste, over hunting and fishing as well as the harvesting of wood fuel particularly in coastal mangroves. Such waste, including but not limited to plastic bags, medical waste, human feces and dirty or used fuel, threatens marine species in the various wetlands.Environmentalists and other concerned stakeholders have consistently called for urgent and practical action aimed at protecting wetlands from abuse. But such concerns have often gone unheeded by authorities responsible for environmental conservation and protection.Reports from urban areas with coastal mangroves such as Robertsport, Monrovia, Buchanan, Marshall, say wood harvested from mangroves are highly prized by local people for drying fish.There are also reports of the use of dynamite to kill fish. Even marine turtles and crocodiles are said to be under threat from poaching activities.Several officials of the Liberia Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the past 12 years have  conducted several professional and technical workshops geared towards enhancing the protection of wetlands in Liberia.  In spite of support from partners and stakeholders, wetlands including mangrove swamps continue to come under pressure from uncontrolled human activity.Some  examples of wetlands and mangrove swamps that are under threat of abuse in the Monrovia area include Peace Island, SKD Boulevard, King Grey and New Hope communities in Monrovia and Paynesville.Legal experts point out that environmental laws and regulations are weak and enforcement mechanisms are not robust to safeguard and protect the Liberian environment especially wetlands, which include the mangrove swamps.Comments and views from Liberians in the affected areas strongly underscore the urgent need for some robust and practical actions on the part of environmental authorities in order to protect the wetlands of Liberia.57-year old former EPA staff Steven B. Sanford called on the EPA senior staff to design new programs and strategies that will enhance the full protection of all the wetlands and mangrove swamps in Liberia.“I would greatly appreciate were the EPA and our support partners to focus on the practical application of environmental laws, regulations and policies that will serve to protect our wetlands and mangrove swamps,” Sanford stressed.Elizabeth Gerald Williams, 48, noted that priority should be placed on the full protection of wetlands and mangrove swamps in LiberiaThe former Monrovia sanitary health inspector described the protection of wetlands and mangrove swamps as critical to the development of Liberia’s ecosystem and its vital biodiversity.She added that there are too many vital and endangered species in the wetlands and mangroves that need all practical protection from the current threat of abuse.“I really want the EPA and our support partners to wake up and work without fear and favor and fully protect our wetlands and mangrove swamps in our country,” she pleaded.55-year old environmental advocate Sam K. Collins of Monrovia called on all support partners connected to the environment of Liberia especially the World Bank and United Nations Environmental Program to double up their engagements with the EPA and other relevant stakeholders.He, however, urged the new Liberian Government to review and formulate concrete short, medium and long range plans that are practical and achievable in the years to come in Liberia.Collins also underscored the urgent need for substantial funding to the EPA, Ministry of Health, research institutions and other relevant agencies that are connected with the vital protection of wetlands and mangrove swamps in Liberia. The Convention on Wetlands, called the RAMSAR Convention, is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Liberia is a signatory to the RAMSAR Convention.According to the RAMSAR Convention, “Wetlands are vital for human survival. They are among the world’s most productive environments; cradles of biological diversity that provide the water and productivity upon which countless species of plants and animals depend for survival.“Wetlands are indispensable for the countless benefits or ‘ecosystem services’ that they provide humanity, ranging from freshwater supply, food and building materials, and biodiversity, to flood control, groundwater recharge, and climate change mitigation.” The Convention uses a broad definition of wetlands. This includes all lakes and rivers, underground aquifers, swamps and marshes, wet grasslands, peatlands, oases, estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, mangroves and swampscenter_img 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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Records hint at link between vaccine, campaign donation

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The documents obtained Wednesday by the AP provide new detail about the relationship between the Governor’s Office and Merck, which makes the only HPV vaccine on the market. Perry’s mandate has inflamed conservatives, who say it contradicts Texas’ abstinence-only sexual-education policies and intrudes too far into families’ lives. Though there is a provision in state law that allows parents to opt out of the vaccine, opponents say the shots are too new and too costly to force on young girls. Merck had waged a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign to get state legislatures to require 11- and 12-year-old girls to get the three-dose vaccine against the virus that can cause cervical cancer as a requirement for school attendance. But it announced Tuesday that it was suspending those efforts after its motives were questioned. The New Jersey company stands to make billions if Gardasil is required nationwide. AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry’s chief of staff met with key aides about a new vaccine to prevent cervical cancer on the same day its manufacturer donated money to his campaign, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. Texas became the first state to require the vaccine against human papillomavirus earlier this month when Perry issued an executive order requiring it for girls entering sixth grade. Lawmakers are considering overriding the measure. A calendar for Chief of Staff Deirdre Delisi obtained under Texas’ open-records laws shows she met with the governor’s budget director and three members of his office for an “HPV Vaccine for Children Briefing” on Oct.16. That same day, Merck & Co.’s political action committee donated $5,000 to Perry and a total of $5,000 to eight state lawmakers. Perry spokesman Robert Black said the timing of the meeting and the donation was a coincidence. “There was no discussion of any kind of mandates,” Black said. last_img read more

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Vierra given salary boost

first_imgHe spent a year working with Girolamo to familiarize himself with the superintendent’s job and officially took over the top position in July 2002. A graduate of Antelope Valley High School, Vierra began his career with the district as a teacher at Desert Winds Continuation High School in 1988. After one semester, he was promoted to dean. He later became the school’s vice principal. Vierra worked at Littlerock High School as vice principal and assistant principal, transferred back to Desert Winds as principal and then became principal of Palmdale High School in late 1997. In 1998, he was named assistant superintendent for personnel services. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Board President Tom Pigott said Vierra’s previous salary ranked in the 50th percentile compared with other California superintendents at districts of similar size. Pigott noted that salaries of district teachers are in the 90th percentile. The district has about 24,000 students. “We are competitive in our ability to attract and retain teachers. We need to carry that over to the superintendent as well. He’s a good superintendent and we want to remain competitive,” Pigott said. Vierra’s new salary will move his pay to the 75th percentile, Pigott said. In 2001, Vierra was associate superintendent of personnel services when he was selected to replace retiring Superintendent Robert Girolamo. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District trustees have given Superintendent David Vierra a 10.4 percent raise under a new four-year contract. Vierra, who has been the district’s top administrator since 2002, will begin earning an annual salary of $182,326 on July 1. “I appreciate the board’s vote of confidence. I’m honored to be a member of this governance team and of this organization,” said Vierra, whose contract now runs through 2011. The board approved the raise at Wednesday’s meeting. last_img read more

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LVG admits £58m Anthony Martial fee paid by Man United is ‘ridiculous’

first_img1 Anthony Martial Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that the fee paid for teenage French striker Anthony Martial was “a ridiculous amount of money”, but added that it simply reflects the “crazy world” of football.Van Gaal said the 19-year-old, signed from Monaco for £36million up front and a possible total fee of £58.8million, had been signed for the club’s “next manager” – and suggested that would be his current assistant Ryan Giggs.Speaking alongside Giggs at an event in Manchester for executive United season ticket-holders, Van Gaal was quoted by The Times as saying: “I have not bought Martial for me – I have bought him for the next manager of Manchester United.”He added of Giggs: “I feel I am introducing the next manager of Manchester United.”Van Gaal said of the Martial fee: “It was a ridiculous amount of money, but it’s the crazy world we are in.”The Dutchman also claimed the Red Devils were quoted “£10million more” for a player than other clubs.He also rejected criticism of United’s recent style of football and results from former players, including Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, saying: “It makes me sick because they should know that it takes time.”Meanwhile, United said they did not wish to comment on a separate report in The Times that senior players have raised concerns with Van Gaal that his training methods were stifling their creativity.last_img read more

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HUGE BLOW! Renato Sanches snubs Man United to seal £27m Bayern Munich move

first_imgRenato Sanches has snubbed interest from Manchester United to join Bayern Munich in a €35million (£27m) deal.The midfield starlet has been watched by United all season having made a stunning breakthrough at Benfica.The Premier League club had earmarked the 18-year-old as one of their top summer targets and have been in talks with the Portuguese club.However, they will now have to move on to other targets after Bayern Munich clinched a €35m deal for the Portugal international.Sanches completed his medical with the Bundesliga giants on Tuesday and has penned a five-year contract.“FC Bayern has been watching Renato Sanches for a long period,” Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“We’re pleased we’ve been able to sign him despite big-name international competition.“Renato is dynamic, a good tackler and a technically skilled midfielder who’ll add even more strength to our team.” Renato Sanches in action for Benfica 1last_img read more

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Spurs worries over superstar’s contract, Hazard future fears, plus Celtic news

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 4 whoops Celtic could still sell striker Moussa Dembele before the end of the month with Marseille keen on the hotshot. (La Provence – via Daily Star)Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce says there would be “definite interest” from the Championship club if Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham were available before the transfer window shut. (Birmingham Mail)Meanwhile, Bruce is still confident of signing Everton winger Yannick Bolasie. (Birmingham Mail) Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? A round-up of the latest news, rumours and gossip from Saturday’s newspapers and online… predicted Bolasie’s time at Everton has been blighted by injury The arrival of Kovacic already looks ominous for Loftus-Cheek latest England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Chelsea have given Turkish outfit Galatasaray permission to open talks with England centre-back Gary Cahill. (Fotomac – via The Sun)Liverpool have ended talks with Borussia Dortmund over the possible sale of Belgium striker Divock Origi after the German club refused to meet the Reds’ £27million valuation. (Liverpool Echo)Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is demanding the club sign three new players before deadline day. (Daily Express)Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri hopes Real Madrid midfielder Matteo Kovacic will turn his loan move into a permanent deal. (Daily Star) gameday cracker silverware 4 4center_img smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Christian Eriksen and Paul Pogba do battle at Wembley earlier this year. 4 possible standings The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Manchester City are looking to solve their goalkeeper crisis by signing veteran Diego Cavalieri. The free agent has previously spent time at Liverpool and Crystal Palace. (Globo Esporte)The father of Chelsea star Eden Hazard fears the attacker may never get his dream move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham have reached stalemate in their bid to secure Christian Eriksen to a new contract. (Daily Mail) Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion tense Wolverhampton Wanderers want to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Portuguese wonderkid Goncalo Guedes but the player has his heart set on Valencia, where he spent last season on loan. (L’Equipe – via HITC)Barcelona are not contemplating the sale of midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 30, to PSG. (Evening Standard)German side RB Leipzig are set to make a fourth offer of around £25million for Everton starlet Ademola Lookman. (Daily Mirror) SORRY Most Popular Premier League News revealed Latest talkSPORT.com headlines and exclusives:Manchester United betting news: Odds slashed on Antonio Conte being named Jose Mourinho’s successorWhen is FIFA 19 out? Release date, demo information and new features‘I’ve set you and Spurs a Mission Impossible’ – Adrian Durham will attempt the Dele Alli celebration IF Tottenham win a trophy this season‘It should be stopped’ – Roy Hodgson tells Harry the Hornet to not mock Wilfried Zaha ahead of Crystal Palace’s trip to Watford‘I take full responsibility for my actions’ – Tottenham and France captain Hugo Lloris issues apology after drink driving arrestPremier League injuries and suspensions: Who will miss gameweek three at every club?Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel issues cryptic response to rumours surrounding Tottenham left-back Danny RoseArsenal vs West Ham: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line ups, plus moreLiverpool vs Brighton: Premier League match preview, predicted line ups, plus moretalkSPORT Predictor: The most likely results in every Premier League game in gameweek three, according to statsThe top 20 toughest stadiums to visit in the top four leagues, including Manchester United, Liverpool, and BrentfordZinedine Zidane ‘tells friends’ he expects to get Manchester United job offer if Jose Mourinho is sackedlast_img read more

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Mesut Ozil shines as skipper to help Arsenal make it ten wins on the bounce

first_img tense Ozil celebrates scoring Arsenal’s equaliser Mesut Ozil was the star of the show during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester City on Monday night.After many months of criticisms and speculation about his future, the Gunners’ captain on the night turned in an incredible performance as he scored one and set one up to make it ten straight wins for Unai Emery’s side. The German is congratulated by the fans and Unai Emery getty Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ben Chilwell celebrates after his effort deflected in off Hector Bellerin latest While Arsenal were flat-footed from the off, the visitors started particularly brightly with Kelechi Iheanacho twice threatening in the opening exchanges.Rob Holding, so impressive in the Arsenal defence in recent games, was struggling to to contain the Nigeria international and was cautioned for pulling him back on the halfway line.Leicester were incensed from the resulting free-kick as referee Chris Kavanagh missed the ball clearly hit Holding on the hand as he cleared away from in front of Wilfried Ndidi.Bernd Leno made a superb stop to keep out Harry Maguire’s header as Claude Puel’s side continued to dominate, before Jamie Vardy came within inches of heading in Ricardo Pereira’s cross. 3 Reminiscent of Aaron Ramsey’s superb team goal at Fulham, Lucas Torreira, Guendouzi, Bellerin and Lacazette were all involved as the Foxes were swept aside for Aubameyang to tap in.Lacazette missed two fine chances to increase the margin of victory as Ozil departed to a standing ovation, with Arsenal seeing out the remaining minutes to take their winning streak into double figures ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon. SORRY The constant pressure soon paid off as Leicester took the lead, albeit in fortuitous circumstances, as Ndidi fed Ben Chilwell and his pass deflected in off Bellerin, wrong-footing Leno in the process.Granit Xhaka’s free-kick was then tipped over by Leicester skipper Kasper Schmeichel as Arsenal looked to respond immediately.The visitors were unable to hold out until the interval as Arsenal’s momentum saw them draw level courtesy of Ozil, who steered Bellerin’s low cross past Schmeichel with aplomb in the last minute of the half.The hosts were visibly lifted by their leveller as the second half commenced, Henrikh Mkhitaryan spurning a decent chance after smart work from Alexandre Lacazette. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 3 Leicester came within inches of retaking the lead as Leno charged off his line but got nowhere near James Maddison’s corner, which Ndini thundered against the crossbar.Emery looked to change things around by introducing both Matteo Guendouzi and Aubameyang from the bench with an hour gone as Lichtsteiner and Mkhitaryan made way.It took the Gabon striker less than two minutes to make the difference, sweeping home from close-range after Ozil’s perfect pass allowed Bellerin to send in a low cross.Ozil was again heavily involved as Arsenal scored their third of the night soon after, Aubameyang tucking home from in front of goal after a delicious pass from the German. gameday cracker BEST OF 3 scrap Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Most Popular Football Stories Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion revealed LATEST last_img read more

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Thirty-five new jobs created as Century Cinemas open Bar and Grill

first_imgCentury Cinemas are thrilled to announce the opening of their new Backstage Bar and Grill and Century Play area this coming November 2016.A fresh concept creating  a space to relax, wine and dine with friends before a movie or alternatively unwinding over a delicious meal whilst the children experience a wide range of play facilities on offer at Century Play.Renovations are currently taking place at the former Century Cinemas Ice Rink, located beside Century Cinemas and Letterkenny Retail Park. With the new employment of 35 part time and full time employees, Mark Doherty, Owner, told Donegal Daily, ‘We are really excited to create anenvironment where everyone in the family can enjoy themselves, at Backstage Bar & Grill and Century Play it will be our aim to provide a memorable and fun experience for everyone’.Backstage Bar and Grill will consist of an open air kitchen where guests can watch the culinary staff in action.Century Play has been designed with children in mind, to ensure maximum fun and excitement, from racing slides, spiral slides and aerial runways to name a few.Backstage Bar & Grill and Century Play will be opening this November. Thirty-five new jobs created as Century Cinemas open Bar and Grill was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

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Aston Villa v QPR line-ups: Rangers ring changes and alter shape, Villa duo return

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR have made five changes for the visit to Aston Villa, with Sean Goss making only his second start since joining from Manchester United.Massimo Luongo, Jamie Mackie, Yeni Ngbakoto and Idrissa Sylla all come into the starting line-up as boss Ian Holloway freshens the side up after Friday’s defeat at Derby.Ryan Manning, James Perch, Matt Smith, Conor Washington and Pawel Wszolek make way – all are named among the substitutes, alongside Matt Ingram and Michael Petrasso.Aston Villa bring midfielder Leandro Bacuna back into their side after a six-match ban for putting his head into a linesman’s face, while Jordan Amavi is also recalled.Former Brentford marksman Scott Hogan, though, is only on the bench after he limped out of Saturday’s win over Norwich with an ankle injury.Aston Villa: Johnstone; Hutton, Chester, Baker, Taylor; Bacuna, Jedinak, Lansbury, Amavi; Adomah, Kodjia.Subs: Bunn, Bree, Elphick, Hourihane, Green, Grealish, Hogan.QPR: Smithies; Furlong, Onuoha, Hall, Bidwell; Freeman, Goss, Luongo, Ngbakoto; Mackie, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Perch, Manning, Petrasso, Wszolek, Washington.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Online volunteer platform for SA youth

first_img8 October 2012 South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has partnered with civil society organisation SponsorMe to launch the pilot of an online volunteer platform in a bid to increase the number of young South Africans that volunteer. The platform, launched last week, allows volunteer organisations and individuals to connect and offer their services where they are most needed. The idea came about through consultations between volunteer organisations at the Knowledge Network Seminar in January this year, National Youth Service general manager Patrick Mphale said in a statement. It is the culmination of consultations and engagement with volunteer organisations and the Flemish government’s partnership programme, which is aimed at promoting youth volunteerism in the country, Mphale said. “This online platform is part of the five priorities of the programme to upscale and promote youth volunteering of which the other priorities are capacity building of civil society organisations, knowledge generation through research, funding for sustainability and marketing and advocacy.” Duncan Luke, founder of SponsorMe, said there were many organisations and entrepreneurs that had identified a need for a platform to share and connect organisations, “and this project aims to better understand the environment and how it could best serve organisations and potential volunteers for these organisations.” Individuals and companies are both being called on to get involved. “The NYDA and SponsorMe are calling on all organisations that have opportunities for young volunteers to become involved, share their needs, sign up and give input in this project,” SponsorMe said. “We will be hosting an online forum for feedback on the online platform as well as focus groups in Cape Town and Johannesburg with organisations in October and November.” Organisations interested in getting involved can visit www.sponsorme.co.za/page/volunteer-organizations, and individuals interested in volunteering can visit www.sponsorme.co.za/page/volunteers. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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