The child advocacy group that took nine Liberian youngsters to last March’s Street Child World Cup in Brazil continues its first quota supplies to its beneficiaries in West Point, Buchanan, Caldwell, Banjor and Redlight Bassa Town.The nine young boys are known as Liberia’s ambassadors and are fully involved in SCoL’s activities.SCoL’s program director Michael John Bull told the Daily Observer yesterday that the donation is on-going to cover nearly 174 Ebola-made orphans in those identified communities.“We’ve provided mattresses, toys, footwear and medication to our beneficiaries who are strictly children made orphans by the Ebola Virus Disease,” Bull said.Bull said while the Liberian government has mobilized international efforts in the Ebola fight, “When Ebola is finally defeated the children made orphans by the scourge would remain.” Therefore, he said the Liberian government and other agencies must begin to develop strategies to care for them.“We must be aware of the impending social problem since these orphans are emotionally affected,” Bull said, “therefore four interventions should be considered.”He named them as ensuring acceptance into their communities due to stigmatization; providing clothes, food and medication; being pro-active in their kind of education and assistance to caregivers or a grant that would used for their sustainability.“Street Child of Liberia is providing the above named interventions,” Bull said, “and we would also providing grant assistance to caregivers or responsible relatives so that the children would have no reason to feel neglected.”Bull said SCoL’s field officers are working in several communities, particularly areas highly affected by the Ebola scourge to identify needed children for further support. He put the number to 250 children or more, with cash value of the intervention set around US$20, 000.00 in a continues process of several months.Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL), was first established in Freetown, Sierra Leone and later director Bull was charged to come to Liberia to get it started.Street Child UK currently partners with Street Child of Liberia (SCoL), a registered NGO that delivers street-based programs in Monrovia. SCoL is made up of a team of dedicated Liberian social workers who are trained and supported by a street work expert.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Waterside, one of Monrovia’s crowded business districts, has been overtaken by human and animal feces (pupu) from an old leaking septic tank.Sadly, hundreds of petty traders and medium size Liberian and foreign businesses have no choice but to endure the horrible smell and unsightly “pupu water” running down the street all day during the busiest shopping season of the year.The scene of the leaking septic tank at Waterside General Market has been described by some sanitation workers as a serious health and environmental hazard.Initially, businesspeople were hesitant to come face to face with the feces-infested street, owing to the unhygienic nature and health implications.But, during a visit to Waterside yesterday, it was observed that the petty traders, street vendors and foreign merchants were ignoring the stinking odor and carrying on with business as usual. A few shoppers could be seen covering their noses.Year in and year out, the Waterside commercial district has continued to endure daunting sanitation and environmental problems due to filth and nasty water from greater Monrovia’s poorly maintained septic tanks and gutters.Many of Monrovia’s gutters are clogged and the bulk of garbage and other waste are carried to the slum communities.Residents and business owners in those affected communities are alarmed by the situation but over the years nothing has been done to address the growing sanitation crisis in spite of their endless complaints and appeals.They lament that the leaking septic tank at this time of the year when the Christmas and New Year celebrations are days away is unfortunate and unacceptable.Several vendors and store owners interviewed sounded urgent appeals to the Liberian Government and partners for swift intervention in the sanitation problem.“We are really fed up asking for the permanent repair and maintenance of this leaking septic tank in this big business place near downtown Monrovia,” street vendor Clarence B. Jallah lamented.Mr. Jallah also expressed grave concern over the unsanitary conditions business people have to operate in down Waterside.Small businesswoman Hawa B. Tengbeh, 56, called on the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) to immediately deal with the situation and prevail on the septic tank owners to repair the damaged facility in order to avoid the outbreak of water and insect borne diseases.In a related development, other angry and frustrated residents called on the LWSC management to work out some concrete modalities with the septic tank owners for immediate repairs to be done.When contacted for comment, LWSC management told the Daily Observer that a solution is being worked out to remedy the grave sanitation crisis in the Waterside business district.It remains to be seen if street vendors, market women with their babies, business houses and shoppers down Waterside will get any relief from the stench and filth anytime soon. In the meantime, as they say, hold your nose and pass.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The OpenSSL team has announced two new versions being released on July 9. OpenSSL versions 1.0.2d and 1.0.1p are meant to fix a critical security defect. The bug doesn’t affect 1.0.0 or 0.9.8 versions, according to the team.The OpenSSL team did not describe the defects that were reportedly corrected.Google’s self-driving cars go to Austin, Texas Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on Windows 10, and plans to wrap it up by this week, the Verge reports. According to the Verge, sources say that a release to manufacturing (RTM) build could be released this week.While Microsoft is working on its final copies of the operating system, Terry Myerson, the company’s executive vice president of operating systems, says Windows 10 will never truly be complete.“We will never be done,” he wrote in a post. “We will be continuing this application and device compatibility work every day as part of our ongoing commitment to Windows as a Service.”OpenSSL announces upcoming releases
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ast year, Murphy Brown was the most anticipated new series on CBS’ schedule, Leslie Moonves was still CEO of CBS Corp, his wife Julie Chen was still Den Mom of The Talk, and the network’s late-night star Stephen Colbert was celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Mueller investigation. Primetime-Panic Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders See All ast year, CBS also had The Big Bang Theory for one more season to prop up its primetime schedule. What a difference a year makes for CBS, which is about to start its annual upfront presentation to advertisers at Carnegie Hall. Follow our live blog below. Source: deadline.com