Red Cross Recommits to Provide Fresh Water in Communities

first_imgAs people globally celebrated World Water Day on March 22, the Liberian Red Cross has renewed its commitment to focusing attention on the provision and sustainable management of freshwater resources. The LNRCS Focus Point Ambullai Perry in a release noted that many people especially in rural and slum communities are drinking from creeks and wells located in swamps due to limited access to good drinking water facilities.The Liberian Red Cross release quotes Mr. Perry saying that there are often outbreaks of diarrhea, cholera and malaria among community people, especially children due to poor hygiene and unsafe drinking water, a situation, he said is leading to the death of many children.Mr. Perry maintained that the Red Cross is unwaveringly determined to complement the efforts of government in addressing the issue of water borne diseases by erecting sufficient water facilities and re-establishing water points that were disrupted during the Ebola outbreak.Some communities including Dolo and Nyeamah towns were hard hit by the deadly Ebola virus, affecting many people and leaving the community vulnerable. While the residents are still nursing their pain for losing families to the deadly virus, poor hygiene, sanitation and lack of safe drinking water is another crisis worsening their living condition. The Liberian Red Cross with support from its partners IFRC is targeting at least 60 communities for the provision of sustainable water facilities in Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, and Montserrado Counties as its transitions from Ebola emergency to recovery. The Danish Red Cross is already supporting the Liberian Red Cross in the provision of fresh water in 45 communities in Lofa, Bong and Nimba counties. The Liberian Red Cross’ Community Environmental Health Project supported by the ICRC-Swedish Red Cross is also helping to improve access to fresh water in some communities in Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee. “We are thankful to our partners, who continue to support us in providing safe water to the communities. This is enabling us to make the difference for these communities which suffer from water related problems. We are also encouraging the communities to properly manage and sustain the facilities because water is life,” Mr. Perry pointed out in the release.In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day. The day is being celebrated each year worldwide to draw attention to the global populations that are suffering from water related issues and to create awareness of how people can manage water to keep their lives healthy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wave of optimism sweeps France as World Cup unites nation

first_imgMuch of the younger generation is hoping to taste the same euphoria their parents knew 20 years ago when France won its first World Cup.“They’ve talked so much about ’98 but I wasn’t even born. We’re going to make a new ’98!” said 15-year-old Martin said after the team’s semi-final win this week. Football fever has built over the last four weeks as the country took its young national team to heart, with ecstatic scenes after their semi-final victory.Just a day after France celebrated its Bastille Day national holiday, many families gathered on Sunday to watch from camp sites or hotels, while giant screens have been erected in 230 fan zones across the country under exceptionally tight security.The biggest gathering is at a fanzone beneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which police said had reached its maximum capacity of 90,000 people on Sunday a full three hours before kick-off.Marc, 32, and his wife and four-year-old son were among those who went to the fanzone, which is walking distance to the Champs Elysees avenue where all national triumphs are celebrated.“These are rare moments, we have to enjoy them,” he said.On Tuesday, when France beat Belgium to qualify for the final, hundreds of thousands of revellers gathered on the Champs Elysees.And if Les Bleus end up striking gold on Sunday, the numbers will likely be far higher.“It’s very touching to see the whole of France reunited, regardless of where people come from or social class,” said 26-year-old Lea Perier in the northern town of Bayeux as she waited to catch a train to Paris to watch the match with friends. Although she “normally hates football”, Perier found herself swept up in the wave of excitement. And if they win? “I’m going to party in every single street in Paris,” she grins. – ‘Proud to be French’ –The biggest fanzone is in Paris, where 90,000 fans are expected to gather near the Eiffel Tower to watch the match © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUWith success on the pitch, a country riven by tensions and still shaken by a string of attacks that have killed nearly 250 people since 2015 has been able to revel in a newfound feeling of togetherness.“We must be proud to be French! We don’t say it enough,” star striker Antoine Griezmann reminded his compatriots on Friday.Despite France’s enviable lifestyle, it has lacked “joie de vivre” for years, with numerous surveys finding the French some of the most pessimistic people on Earth.Much of this is down to decades of high unemployment, mounting public debt and the more-recent homegrown terror threat that has fuelled immigration fears and support for far-right parties.The national football squad, most of whom are non-white, has provided a tonic to a divisive debate about French identity after their impeccable performance on and off the pitch as national ambassadors.“France today is a France full of colours,” star midfielder Paul Pogba said this week. “There are people of many different origins, that’s what makes France so beautiful. We all feel French, we’re happy to wear this shirt.”Such talk has led to inevitable comparisons with 1998 when France last won the World Cup, celebrating diversity with its “Black, Blanc, Beur” (Black, White, north African) team led by Zinedine Zidane.– Political afterglow? –French President Emmanuel Macron joins a crowd shouting support for France on the eve of the World Cup final © POOL/AFP / PHILIPPE WOJAZEROne person desperate for victory will be President Emmanuel Macron, a keen football supporter who will be at the stadium in Moscow with his wife Brigitte.Former president Jacques Chirac enjoyed a surge in popularity following France’s 1998 victory — and Macron too will be hoping for the same amid a poll ratings slump.A World Cup win “could indeed make him appear closer to voters. After all, football is the sport where societal differences are blurred,” said Frederic Dabi of the Ifop polling institute.And a win would likely boost economic growth, with the sportswear industry already enjoying a boom. Fans have been snapping up team jerseys, with the “authentic” Nike version repeatedly selling out despite a 160-euro ($185) price tag.– Terror fears –Fireworks surround the Eiffel Tower for Bastille Day celebrations on Sunday, the day before France plays in the World Cup final © AFP / Lucas BARIOULETDespite the excitement, security will be in the back of fans’ minds after more than three years of deadly attacks, often targeting crowds enjoying a night out.France has deployed 110,000 police and security forces across the country over the weekend.“Everything is being done so the French can live these festive moments with peace of mind, despite the terrorist threat which remains at a high level,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said. In case of a French victory, some 4,000 police officers will be on duty in Paris on Sunday night, and a huge area around the Champs Elysees will be blocked off to traffic for the first time in recent memory.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France supporters began revelling in Paris hours ahead of the match, with the Eiffel Tower fanzone opening four hours before kickoff © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUParis, France, Jul 15 – French fans dared to dream of a World Cup victory on Sunday as they prepared to watch the final on a sunny summer weekend after a tournament that has lifted spirits and led to a rare sense of national unity.Across the country, parks, bars and balconies have been transformed into a sea of blue, white and red flags as football fever sweeps the nation, with a flood of excited fans hungry to watch the action. last_img read more

WOW: CHRISTMAS NORTHERN LIGHTS DAZZLE IN DONEGAL SKIES

first_imgWHO NEEDS Christmas Lights – when Donegal has the Northern Lights.The Aurora have made a stunning return to the skies above Donegal.The enchanting green glow has once again lit up the horizon over Inishowen. But they have also been visible right around the Donegal coastline.You can get updates at www.softvervenews.com which gives updates every few minutes.The website is reporting ‘storm’ levels over the next few hours.People have been enjoying the celestial display of the aurora borealis across Donegal. The phenomenon is caused by eruptions on the surface of the Sun, and this most recent activity has been unexpectedly strong.The lights have been seen right around Ireland – as far south as Co Clare.The displays have been spectacular.But of course they are still much better further north.This is a picture from Sweden… WOW: CHRISTMAS NORTHERN LIGHTS DAZZLE IN DONEGAL SKIES was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalnorthern lightslast_img read more