first_imgOver 1000 workers of the Reclaiming Liberia Beaches and Waterways Project may have cause to laugh when part of their four-month arrears are settled through the intervention of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.A letter from President Sirleaf’s office, signed by Edward B. McClain, Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, dated April 23, 2014, appealed to the workers to “be a little bit more patient and give us a week…to make settlement of a portion of the arrears.”In another letter dated April 14, 2014, addressed to the President, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, the four communities of New Kru Town, West Point, Mamba Point and ELWA, informed her that they are yet to be paid their salaries from January-April, 2014.“Madam President,” the letter, signed by representatives George Young (New Kru Town), Thomas Tweh (West Point), Edwin Kanneh (Mamba Point) and Matthew Greaves (ELWA), noted, “…we again write to inform you of our present situation concerning our pay for the months of January-April 2014.”“The situation is now worrying the workforce of 1,900, who told us that they are losing patience and that our payments should be made regular.”Last week Friday, (April 25), beach workers in New Kru Town presented themselves at the Juah Sarwee Memorial Institute, named after the President’s grandmother, in New Kru Town when they learned that the President was expected to honor the school’s first phase dedication.The Deputy Minister of Education, Ramses T. Kumbugah, however, deputized for the President.The Daily Observer observed dissatisfaction in the faces of the workers present. “We wanted to remind the President that we are still working and taking care of the beaches,” said a beach monitor, “And to remind her that we are waiting for our pay.”“Though the news from the President’s office gave us some hope,” commented George A. Young, “we pray that after some of the money is settled, it will be regular in the future.”The project to reclaim the beaches and waterways began in 2010 by the Liberia Maritime Authority, and promised 5,000 jobs to Liberians in slum communities.The initial two-year program is now over five years old and now providing monthly income to nearly 1,900 Liberians. The program was officially launched by LMA Commissioner, Binyah C. Kesselly, who described it as claiming “one community at a time.”Other collaborators were the Bureau of Fisheries at the Department of the Ministry of Agriculture; the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA); the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism and the Monrovia City Corporation, (MCC).At the opening in 2010, then acting Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh, led journalists on a tour of the heavily polluted waterways in New Kru Town, Slipway on the bank of the Du River.“During the tour in New Kru Town beach,” reported Daily Observer’s George Kennedy, “Mayor Broh almost vomited from the sight and smell of human feces.”At a recent tour of New Kru Town, Slipway and West Point Beaches, the Daily Observer saw improved beaches in the three communities, evidence that the project has gained a measure of success.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_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Fort St. John native Sterling Middleton has been named Curl BC’s Junior Male Athlete of the Year for the second straight year.Curl BC announced the winners of their Annual Award winners today, ahead of the awards ceremony that is planned to take place next month.Team Tardi, featuring Middleton, brothers Tyler and Jordan Tardi, Nicholas Meister and coach Paul Tardi, was the first junior men’s curling team from B.C. to win gold at the national level since 2000. The team also represented Canada at the 2017 World Junior Curling Championships in South Korea, where they missed out on a medal because of a tiebreaker that didn’t go their way. The team has won the Curl BC 2017 Team of the Year Award.- Advertisement -Skip Tyler and third Sterling have also been named the joint 2017 Junior Male Athlete of the Year. In addition to their success at the Junior (U21) level the two curlers won a bronze medal alongside Victoria curlers Derek Chandler and Scott Gray at the inaugural Canadian U18 Curling Championships.This is the fourth time that Team Tardi has been named Team of the Year, with Tyler Tardi having had three previous nods for Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Middleton also won the same award last year.A total of 14 awards will be handed out at the event which recognizes the vital contribution that volunteers, coaches, insiders and athletes have made to the sport of curling in BC over the past year.Advertisementlast_img read more