Africa: Challenges in Global peace due to the changing face of wars

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visiting Chinese peacekeepers. The contribution of China's peacekeeping troops in Liberia has won high praise from Liberian government and its people.

Global peace has become one of the trickiest agenda particularly on how to tackle emerging conflicts. The changing face of wars demands corresponding new knowledge. This revelation came from the Director of the China and United Nations Keeping Centre Senior Colonel Zhou Zhe in the wake of exchanging information between his institute and a team of visiting African journalists.

LIBERIA: Sea erosion destroys several sanitation facilities

EU Sanitation Project in White Flowers Community, West Point overtaken by sea erosion

The issue of sea erosion especially in the city of Monrovia has become a serious issue of concern, with a focus on West Point Township. West Point is an over populated municipality situated in the Liberian capital, Monrovia with thousands of inhabitants, mainly less-privileged. One of the major problems confronting this area is the availability of public sanitation facilities. Both residential homes and public facilities in this area were constructed without toilets. Several residents in West Point use the beach side or goal post toilet situated on the Mesurado River nearby to defecate.

LIBERIA: WaterAid West Africa Ends Sanitation Workshop in Accra, Ghana

Field Visit to one of the toilet facilities at the Agbogbloshine Market

As part of efforts to further strengthen its advocacy capacity and that of partners, WaterAid West Africa has concluded a 5-Day Sanitation Advocacy Workshop in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. The exercise from August 29 to September 2, 2016 was also the final Sanitation Advocacy Meeting for the Gates Foundation Project. In line with this WaterAid West Africa Region brought togather selected staff and partners to contribute towards building momentum and gathering of evidence for effective influencing on sanitation in the sub-region.

LIBERIA: Liberia NGOs Network holds citizens WASH Awareness dialogue

Students of GW Gibson Posting with LINNK Staff at the Citizens Awareness Dialogue

The Liberia NGOs Network (LINNK) has held Citizens Engagement Dialogue Forum in partnership with WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Forum was held under the theme: “Water for Sustainable Growth”, in line with the celebration of the 2016 World Water Week held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Richie Stephens & Ska Nation band to release 100 year old Italian Classic ‘O Sole Mio’

Richie Stephens

Award winning Jamaican singer Richie Stephens, front man of the newly formed Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band is back home after completing a grueling eight week tour of Italy. While in Salento, Stephens took on the herculean task of recording ‘O Sole Mio,’ regarded as the most well known Italian song in history. “We are talking about an iconic, best selling song that was written in 1898 that is near and dear to the people of Italy” the singer disclosed. “It is an important song – the Bob Marley, One Love classic of Italy. I had to do justice to it. I am still amazed that I was able to pull it off the way we did. Paying homage in this way will no doubt help to strengthen the bond between Italy and Jamaica” Stephens said.

LIBERIA: Government fails on WASH promises to Whien Town residents

Whein Town huge garbage site, the issue of health threat

After several months of protest by residents of Whein Town Community in Paynesville, Montserrado County on the issue of health hazard posed by Liberia’s biggest garbage site, it seems that the garbage nightmare for dwellers of that area is far from over. The Whein Town Community, just several miles from the nation’s capital Monrovia with the population approximately over sixteen thousand continues to get the pinch from the consequences of garbage as they have revealed that the Liberian Government has reneged on promises made to better the environmental condition of the place.

Countdown begins for Sizzla’s return to New York

Dancehall reggae star Sizzla is set to headline Irie Jam Media 23rd anniversary concert at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, New York on Sunday, September 4, 2016

After 8 years absence, reggae star Sizzla returns to New York for Irie Jam Media’s 23rd anniversary celebration. The milestone event on Labor Day Sunday, September 4 at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, New York will bring together – reggae dancehall artists, Mr. Vegas, Richie Spice, Anthony B, Elephant Man, I-Wayne, Bugle, Jamiel and Sizzla as headliner – to what observers say is the last major summer reggae concert for summer in New York. Sizzla’s performance on Sunday comes 8 years after he and many other reggae dancehall artists’ visas were revoked from entering the Unites States for gay bashing lyrics in their music.

LIBERIA: WaterAid, CSOs urge GoL to deliver on WASH promises

Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh (middle) along with WaterAid and CSO Partners

Two years ago, on August 8, 2014 the World Health Organization declared the West Africa Ebola outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The virus destroyed the lives of more than 4,810 people in Liberia, rapidly in healthcare facilities and communities without regular access to water, good sanitation or rigorous hygiene practices. So, on Monday, August 8, 2016, the second anniversary of the declaration of Ebola as a global health emergency, WaterAid Liberia joined WASH Stake holders and civil society organizations to call on the government of Liberia to deliver on promises made to strengthen health care systems, through the provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene.

LIBERIA: Bold Step by Government as Lower House Passes WASH Commission Act

Montserrado County Representative, Munah Youngblood speaking at a one day forum before the signing of the WASH Commission Act

Members of the House of Representatives of the National Legislature of Liberia have unanimously passed the National Water Supply and Sanitation Commission Act. The Act sponsored by Montserrado County District#9 Representative Munah E. Pelham-Youngblood and co-sponsored by Montserrado County District#5 Representative, Thomas P. Fallah recently at the Capital during a special Session. The National Water Supply and Sanitation Commission Act now goes to the Upper House (Senate) for concurrence before taken to the President for approval, and printed into law.

US: Angelique Kidjo Pays Tribute to Celia Cruz

Angelique Kidjo performs at 2015 Summerstage Festival in Central Park, New York City - Credit - dk's 4tos

By Dennis Kabatto – Angelique Kidjo is more than ready for her Tribute to Celia Cruz at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Ms Kidjo, a multiple Grammy award singer, songwriter, Unicef goodwill ambassador and arguably Africa’s most energetic and popular female performer will be joined onstage at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, July 29 by US based Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez and internationally acclaimed Cuban composer, saxophonist and percussionist Yosvany Terry and his Quintet. “I was the one that proposed to do a tribute to Celia Cruz because I love Celia since I was a child.  I… Continue Reading