LIBERIA: Hike in price of locally produced mineral water sparks concern

Locally produced mineral water now sold for at least 100 LD on the Liberian market

In recent times, the City of Monrovia and other parts experienced a sharp increase in the price of a sack of locally produced mineral drinking water on the Liberian Market. This increase in the price of a sack of water is said to be posing serious economic challenge to ordinary Liberians, and individuals who are selling the commodity to make ends-meat.

LIBERIA: Mano River Union Embarks on WASH Initiatives

Presidents Sirleaf and Koroma of Liberia and Sierra Leone, respectively

Border communities in the Mano River Union (MRU) Basin will shortly benefit from the provision of safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene services. The Initiative is part of the Mano River Union WASH Programs in the river basin to assist rural communities have access to safe water provision in the area.

China: African journalist counselled on enhancing tourism in Africa

Visiting the Palace Museum in Beijing also known as the “Forbidden City” former emperor’s residence during the Qing dynasty

African journalists have been counselled to enhance tourism in their continent through provision of online data. The call came in the wake of a seminar with the Chinese hosts. Through the discussions it was revealed that Africa has a lot of potentials in the tourism industry but there are a series of shortcomings that must be worked upon in order to rectify this situation. Speaking to a team of 28 visiting media practitioners from Africa, Mi Han the deputy director of the China National Tourism Administration responsible for marketing and international co-operation department for Asia, Oceania and Africa Division disclosed what his department has observed so far.

Sierra Leonean soul star Azania to spend equal time between Geneva and New York in 2017

Sierra Leonean soul star Azania articulates her career move for 2017 during a recent interview in Lido Restaurant in Harlem, New York

Despite the heavy rain, Sierra Leonean soul queen Azania braved the wet and cold weather last Tuesday just to keep a scheduled interview appointment at Lido Restaurant in the heart of Harlem in New York City. Many other artists would have simply cancelled the interview due to bad weather. But not Azania who fully understands the true value and power of publicity for artists, musicians and entertainers. During our conversation, She updated her career status relative to the past two years that she has lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland. And her plans for 2017 among other things.

Revolutionary art work tagged “INSIDE ASO ROCK” an artistic representation of what’s going on inside Aso Rock Villa.

INSIDE ASO ROCK

This painting by Mazi Daniel Awgu is a revolutionary painting created to change the way things work in Nigeria, change the mindsets of Nigerians, even in this current economic recession facing the country which has exposed the average Nigerian to hardship. In this interview our Nigerian correspondent, tried to find out why Mr. Daniel Agwu Nwankwo who refers to himself as a prophet with paint and brush conceived this idea, using the seat of government, Nigeria’s Presidential Villa, Aso Rock Villa where the president lives and operates from as a focal point to drive home his message of change and hope to Nigerians. The painting is tagged “Inside Aso Rock”.

LIBERIA: GOL, UNICEF end WASH BAT workshop

Participants at the just ended WASH Bottleneck Analysis Workshop in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County

A technical working group has been established by the Government of Liberia and partners at the just ended WASH BAT workshop in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County. The working group was formed at the end of a 3-Day workshop organized by the Government of Liberia and UNICEF. The three-day gathering was aimed at addressing bottlenecks in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector of Liberia.

New Miss Zimbabwe Licencees

The Managing Director of Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase, Chiedza Ziyambe

To improve the quality of the Miss Zimbabwe Contest, new licensees to host the preliminaries to the contest will be appointed worldwide. Over the last few years, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust has been looking for ways to improve the quality of the contest. One of the ways it has sought to do this is to improve the quality of the contestants and the regional contests that feed into the main contest. As part of this focus on improvement, the way preliminary shows in Zimbabwe and abroad are managed will be improved. These contests are to be more focused on promoting the contestants and Zimbabwe. In a press briefing, the founder of the Miss Zimbabwe Trust, Crispen Sachikonye, who has been in strategic discussions with various stakeholders, said that new licensees will be appointed for various regions. He said that the identification of licensees was now at an advanced stage with for example, Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase being selected as a licensee for Miss Zimbabwe UK.

LIBERIA: Amidst poor sanitation, solid waste expert advances recommendations

Whein Town huge garbage site, an issue of health threat

The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene has a severe and burdensome impact on the daily lives of Liberians. Nearly four million Liberians are ruthlessly affected by these challenges each day with staggering impact on the economy and environment. The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene is causing a crisis in our country. But, Liberia’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) crisis is not due to scarcity. It is due exclusively to the lack of access, effective public policy, political will and determination. In a recent report, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that many Liberians die each year from preventable diseases attributed to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and improper hygiene.

President Obama Extends 18 month DED for Liberians after Homeland Security’s 6 month TPS Re-authorization for Sierra Leone, Guinea & Liberia

Amaha Kassa -2nd left-, founder and Executive Director of African Communities Together leads a rally to Save TPS under drenching rain outside US Immigration building at Federal Plaza in downtown New York City

Less than a week after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Jeh Johnson re-authorized an extension of 6 months Temporary Protected Status (TPS) assigned to Ebola Affected Countries namely Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Wednesday directing Secretary Johnson to implement an 18-month Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberian Citizens in the United States through March 31, 2018, according to a press release on the White House website. President Obama’s DED directive will automatically extends work permits for Liberians who were forced to flee from their country to the US because of an 11 year civil war between Sierra Leone. This DED extension doesn’t cover Liberians who did not have TPS on Sept. 30, 2007, certain criminals and people subject to the mandatory bars to TPS and those whose removal is in the interest of the United States, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Wednesday

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.