Seven more Pakistan players tested positive for COVID-19

first_imgSEVEN more Pakistan players have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total to 10.However, players who have tested negative will depart for the tour of England on June 28.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan said: “The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule.”Pakistan are due to meet England in three Tests and three Twenty20s, beginning in August.Speaking when only three cases were known, England director of cricket Ashley Giles said: “We’re hopeful that Pakistan will be arriving fairly soon.“We’re far enough away from the Test series to not worry about that too much at the moment.”Haider Ail, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan showed no symptoms before testing positive on Sunday.They have now been joined by Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz, along with team masseur Malang Ali, after further tests were carried out on Monday.All 11 individuals have been told to observe “strict quarantine at their homes”.The players and management staff who have tested negative will still meet up today, undergo further testing tomorrow, and depart for the UK as planned. They will be tested again within 24 hours of their arrival.Players who have tested positive will have to return two negative tests before they are allowed to travel.Khan added: “The recent positive tests of some of the fittest athletes, who had not shown any symptoms, clearly reflect the danger this virus possesses.“As regards the players, who have tested positive, we will continue to monitor and support them, including conducting antibody tests, and as soon as they test negative they will be flown to join the squad in England.”As of yesterday morning, there had been 185 034 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pakistan, resulting in 3 695 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.England’s matches this summer, beginning with three Tests against West Indies, are set to be played behind closed doors in bio-secure environments at Southampton and Old Trafford.England’s 30-man training group arrived in Southampton yesterday to prepare for the series with West Indies, which starts on July 8.Giles said: “The situation in Pakistan is not great at the moment and our thoughts go out to the whole country.“All of this has uncertainty. We know how fast moving this has been around the world, so we have been very careful at every step. Do we really know what is around the corner? No.“The bubble at Southampton and Old Trafford, we are trying to create environments that mitigate as much risk as we possibly can.”Pakistan named a 29-man squad for the tour, with four additional players put on standby in case of positive tests.Before the news of the seven additional positive tests, Giles said he did not think the tour would be placed in further jeopardy by more confirmed cases.“We are still far enough out even if a number of those tests are still positive,” he said.“There are a number of hurdles to cross. We’re hopeful that we can get international sport on. It will be a real fillip for people around the world.”Meanwhile, New Zealand’s two-Test tour of Bangladesh, which was scheduled for August, has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Shafer rules out Robinson for Villanova game; walk-ons Cleveland, Nassib, Tobias get scholarships

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 23, 2014 at 10:28 am Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Nick Robinson will miss Syracuse’s Aug. 29 opener against Villanova with a sprained foot, SU head coach Scott Shafer said at Saturday morning’s press conference.The Orange will keep the senior guard in a boot through next week and try to use the bye week to get him healthy in time for SU’s Sept. 13 game at Central Michigan, Shafer said.“At the beginning of the spring when they came out with all the adjustments to the schedule I was kind of like, ‘Really? One game and a bye?’” Shafer said. “But maybe it’s an opportunity to get some kids back for that Central Michigan game.”Walking into scholarshipsWalk-ons Clay Cleveland, Joe Nassib and Greg Tobias were all awarded scholarships, Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCleveland and Nassib are set to graduate in December, at which point the program will get those scholarships back, Shafer said. Tobias is set to finish school in May, he said. Cleveland and Nassib were awarded scholarships last year, too.“I’ll never let money sit around when there’s a young man that deserves it,” Shafer said.Their scholarship awards were first reported by the Post-Standard’s Stephen Bailey on Friday.2-deep by TuesdayShafer also said he wants the Orange’s depth chart solidified two-deep at every position on Tuesday.“Any time you have a tough decision because you like him and you like him, that’s a good thing,” he said. “We have a lot of those things going on. So it’ll be interesting to see how things kind of shore up these next couple of days.” Commentslast_img read more

USC trustee to fund new residential college

first_imgRay Irani, trustee, alumnus and Judge Widney Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering and Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, has donated $20 million to fund the creation of the new Ray Irani Residential College at the USC Village, projected to open in spring 2017.The $20 million donation contributes to USC’s multi-year fundraising campaign which seeks to raise $6 billion for academic and philanthropic advancements throughout USC and non-USC communities.The Ray Irani Residential College is one of two residential colleges set for construction at the USC Village. USC trustee and fellow alumna Kathleen McCarthy will chair the McCarthy Honors College, the first residential college to be established for the USC Village. The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation donated funds last year to establish McCarthy Honors College.According to USC News, $15 million of the donation will be allocated toward the creation of the Ray Irani Residential College and $5 million is set to introduce two faculty chair positions, as well as contributions toward a student support fund. The donation also funds the creation of the Ghada Irani Chair in the Keck School of Medicine of USC.Irani’s donation is among the largest donations to the $650 million USC Village retail-residential project.“I believe residential colleges are invaluable to helping students acclimate to and make the most of their university experience — especially students coming from other countries and cultures,” Irani said in a statement released by USC News.Irani, a doctorate recipient from USC in 1957, worked for Monsanto as a research scientist and later moved to work for Diamond Shamrock Corporation and the Olin Corporation. Afterwards, Irani moved on to conduct research for Occidental Petroleum, where he later served as chief executive officer and chairman. Irani retired from Occidential Petroleum in 2013.In addition, Irani has received honors from the French National Order of the Legion of Honor and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.“As a trustee, donor, alumnus and distinguished faculty member, Ray Irani has been a pivotal partner — and beloved member — of the USC community for more than six decades,” said President C. L. Max Nikias in a statement released by USC News. “Dr. Irani’s most recent gift helps assure that the USC Village will provide the world-class living and learning environment that our outstanding students deserve, while nurturing their intellectual, creative and personal growth.”last_img read more

Cruz looks to bring tradition back

first_imgFrank Cruz was sitting in his office overlooking the first base line at Dedeaux Field, squeezing a weathered, beaten up baseball in his right hand.“I’m quietly optimistic,” the Trojans’ second-year coach said of his team’s upcoming season, which begins Friday at home against Jacksonville University.He also knows he has every reason not to be.USC’s once-proud baseball program, which boasts an NCAA-best 12 national championships, has fallen on hard times in recent years. Since 2006, the team has posted a combined 138-145 mark. Its last winning season came in 2005 — a year in which it made the NCAA Super Regionals under then-coach Mike Gillespie.In short, it has been exceptionally average.“We should be a team that gets into regionals year in and year out,” Cruz said. “When you’re not in a regional, it should be the abnormal year.”But missing the postseason altogether has become increasingly normal for USC. Its last winning season was seven years ago. The Chad Kreuter era proved to be rather tumultuous and short-lived.But things are supposed to be different now.You can tell Cruz wants to buck the trend and to turn things around. He cares about USC baseball in a way that only older generations of fans and alumni can understand. He remembers the wins. He remembers when the program, under Rod Dedeaux, won eight NCAA titles in the 1970s and five in a row from 1970 to 1975.He was an assistant for the Trojans from 1993-1996, when they compiled 169 wins and earned a trip to the College World Series in 1995.So naturally, he wants to see USC revert to its winning ways.“What we’re trying to do is obviously convince these guys that … they can win and they can compete,” Cruz said. “I’m just trying to get them to understand the significance of being on this campus.”Though football has long been the school’s most widely recognized sport, baseball has been just as decorated. Cruz understands that.But reversing recent results is a steep challenge in today’s culture, considering private schools like USC are at a serious disadvantage. Currently, Division I college baseball programs are allotted 11.7 scholarships to be distributed in any way they wish.Though there isn’t exact information as to how USC is splitting up its scholarships, considering this season’s opening day roster holds 39 players, it’s reasonable to assume that many players are paying a considerable amount of money in tuition.It certainly isn’t chump change. Tuition at USC annually costs around $42,000. By comparison, nearby schools, such as UCLA and Cal State Fullerton cost about $14,000 and $7,000, respectively, for in-state residents.Four private schools — Miami, Pepperdine, Rice and USC — in the last 20 years have won the College World Series.It’s a formidable challenge.But it also hasn’t helped that under Kreuter, a significant portion of the Trojans’ recruiting classes opted to sign with major league teams as opposed to enrolling in school. That, more than anything, has hampered the program.“You got to recruit guys that are going to come to school, not recruit guys that are going to sign,” Cruz said. “That’s what has, in my opinion, ultimately been the Achilles’ heel at USC.”And that starts by recruiting players who are academically oriented, according to Cruz. Recruit players who might not be selected in rounds one or two of the annual MLB draft. Recruit players whose parents went to college.Even last year, the Trojans missed out on two of their top signees in third baseman Travis Harrison and shortstop Christian Lopez, who inked deals with professional clubs worth $1.1 million and $800,000, respectively.But for now at least, Cruz will have to make do with a roster mixed with fifth-year seniors and inexperienced underclassmen. It’s a roster that is hardly perfect, but it’s a group that appears as if it can compete in a rugged Pac-12.It has pitching. Friday starter senior Andrew Triggs, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 21st round, returns to school one year after posting a 3.67 ERA in more than 90 innings, as does 6-foot-8 fellow senior and Saturday starter Ben Mount.There isn’t a ton of power and offensive prowess outside senior right fielder Alex Sherrod, who posted a team-leading slugging percentage of .486 a season ago.But it’s disciplined and smart. It’s not everything but it’s something.“You’ve got to win,” Cruz said. “That’s all there is to it. You got to win. This place has everything you need to be successful: great facility, great resources.”Will the Trojans win in 2012? Nobody really knows.But at the very least, it’s almost springtime, when they say hope rises, just like the sap in the trees. “The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edulast_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 93-85 loss to No. 5 North Carolina

first_img Published on February 27, 2019 at 1:22 am Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+center_img CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Three days after then-No. 1 Duke handled Syracuse (18-10, 9-6 Atlantic Coast) in the Carrier Dome, the Orange were up three points to one of the hottest teams in the nation in No. 5 North Carolina (23-5, 13-2). Up 46-43, SU blew its slim halftime lead as Marek Dolezaj and Elijah Hughes fouled out near the conclusion of the game to end any hope of a comeback. Hughes scored 15 points — but was scoreless in the second half — and Syracuse was led by 29 points from Tyus Battle. UNC’s Coby White dropped 34 points on the Orange, including six 3-pointers.Here’s what our beat writers had to say about Syracuse’s loss.last_img

March Madness 2019: Auburn’s Bruce Pearl addresses last-second foul call vs. Virginia

first_imgAuburn coach Bruce Pearl doesn’t want to focus on the call.The fifth-seeded Tigers led No. 1 Virginia by two with less than two seconds remaining and were moments away from a victory in their Final Four matchup Saturday. On the next possession, however, Cavaliers guard Kyle Guy was fouled by Samir Doughty while shooting a 3-pointer. Statement from JD Collins, national coordinator of officiating, on the foul call at the end of the Virginia-Auburn game:— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) April 7, 2019“There are lots of calls during the game, and you’re going to get some, and some you’re not going to get,” Pearl told reporters after the loss. “My advice, as an administrator of the game, is if that’s a foul, call it. Call it at the beginning of the game, call it in the middle of the game, call it at the end of the game.“Don’t call it any more or less at any other time during the game. That was the call.”Pearl said he did not want the final play to define the game.  “I thought that we looked like we belonged,” Pearl said. “We weren’t supposed to be here. We weren’t supposed to have a chance to win — or maybe had a chance to win, but unlikely. I thought our kids made a lot of plays, a lot of plays to be able to win the game.“So, this will be a memorable game, and I’d like it to be remembered for a great game. Let’s not remember this game because of just how it ended.”Auburn guard Bryce Brown was asked about the call during a postgame press conference.“I just didn’t think it was a foul, but the refs thought otherwise,” Brown said. “Can’t go back and rewind it.”Jared Harper agreed with his teammate and backcourt partner. Guy calmly sunk all three attempts and sent Virginia to the title game with a 63-62 victory.Gene Steratore breaks down the crucial foul call.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 7, 2019JD Collins, national coordinator of officiating, later confirmed the referees made the correct call. Related News March Madness 2019: Virginia’s Kyle Guy describes hitting game-winning free throws vs. Auburncenter_img “I would just say that I think it was a tough call, but that’s not where we lost the game, I don’t think,” Harper said.Brown scored 12 points for Auburn while Harper chipped in 11. Ty Jerome tallied a game-high 21 for Virginia. March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Virginia’s last-second win over Auburnlast_img read more

Iowa’s Secretary of State in area to remind voters of need for ID when they vote in November

first_imgIowa’s Secretary of State is in north-central Iowa today, reminding voters that they’ll need identification when heading to the polls for city and school board elections in November. Paul Pate says last year’s soft rollout of Voter ID at the polls was successful.  “Voters got it. We had a record voter turnout, and so going into this cycle here, we just want to make sure that the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed and that people get the gist of it. Bring your driver’s license or you can get your free Voter ID card from your county auditor. There are several other forms of ID that we take. You can check that out on It has a listing of what IDs are acceptable.” 94-percent of the Iowans registered to vote have a driver’s license that they can use as their ID for elections. Pate says if you don’t have a driver’s license and you haven’t received a voter ID card, contact the county auditor’s office.  “Well if they are already registered, it’s real simple. They just need to call the county auditor and they’ll take care of it for them.” Voter ID laws have been a political issue for years. Pate says Voter ID continues to bring integrity to our state’s elections.  “What we do in Iowa is we take our voting very seriously. We want to make sure we can assure the voters of full integrity. You don’t put a new lock on the house after the burglar steals something from your home, so it comes to Voter ID it’s a natural protection, if you will. I’m very proud to be able to tell people in Iowa we’ve got your back covered when it comes to the integrity of our elections.” A Polk County judge recently upheld a majority of the state’s Voter ID law, stating that the requirement for voters to show identification at the polls does not violate the state’s constitution. Pate says, “The judge came down with his ruling and he indicated that Voter ID was the law of the land. Out of 35 pages, he had five sentences removed, so I think that’s pretty clear and so we are ready to operate on that.” For more about elections and the Voter ID law, you can head to the website read more

Campbell is driven to succeed as a trail-blazing manager despite £40m wealth

first_imgSOL CAMPBELL is a man on a mission.The England legend is the new Southend United boss after an impressive stint at Macclesfield Town last season.10 Sol Campbell is desperate to prove he can succeed as a football managerCredit: Mark Robinson – The Sun10 England legend Campbell has taken over as the new boss of the ShrimpersHe could be forgiven for enjoying his riches earned from the game – a fortune said to stand at £40million.But the former Spurs and Arsenal defender doesn’t want to rest on his laurels and is keen to become a trailblazing manager, like former Three Lions team-mate Frank Lampard at Chelsea.And it hasn’t been easy for the 45-year-old who once called himself “one of the greatest minds in football”.REJECTED BY OXFORDDesperate to make his mark on the game, Campbell threw his fedora hat into the ring for the vacant Oxford United post last year.The U’s had disposed of Pep Clotet, who was sacked after just six months in charge, and were looking at exciting alternatives.6ft 2in Campbell was one, as was Wales hell-raiser Craig Bellamy.I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’Sol CampbellIt was Bellamy that got the gig, albeit only to withdraw his application after the club was taken over during negotiations. The ex-Gunner was aghast.“I did go (for the Oxford job) and they didn’t accept me,” he told the Arsenal podcast Highbury & Heels.“Maybe it was a lack of experience, things like that, but it’s a full circle. Experience? How do I get experience? Well I need a job to get experience.“I don’t want to go too low that it’s a struggle, and I don’t want to go too low that I’m under someone and thinking ‘what am I doing here?’ I would rather be managing a club myself.”10 Premier League-winner Campbell was rejected by Oxford UnitedCredit: Getty – Contributor10 Campbell wondered if it was his intellect that meant he was overlooked for jobsCredit: Getty – ContributorCampbell also quizzed if it was his intellect that was holding him back.”I’m confident and it’s not like it’s rocket science to run a football club, especially when you get to that level,” he added.“If you’re intelligent enough and a quick learner you will learn pretty soon, within two or three games, what the team needs, training-wise, to survive in that league, get better in that league, to get in the play-offs or even win the league.“I’m intelligent enough, it’s not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life.”I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience or ‘maybe he talks his mind too much’.“Go to Germany, they love people who speak their minds. They got the jobs.”I’m sorry that I’ve got a mind, but don’t be scared of that. That should be something you want at your club, but obviously not.”BUT THE SILKMEN DIDIn November, 2018 Campbell got his first opportunity to impress in a management role. But it wasn’t ideal.He was handed the keys to the manager’s office at Macclesfield Town, a job that no one wanted with the Silkmen sitting bottom of League Two – seven points from safety and facing relegation from the football league.However, the calming Campbell soon steadied the ship.On the final day of the season, Campbell achieved the unthinkable, guiding Macclesfield to safety.10 Last year, Macclesfield Town offered Campbell is first role in football managementCredit: PA:Empics Sport10 Despite amassing a wealth believed to be worth £40m, Campbell was happy to prove himself in League TwoCredit: Getty Images – Getty10 Campbell became a fan favourite after guiding Macclesfield Town to safetyCredit: Rex FeaturesA run of just two defeats from the last ten games helped his side finish three points above second-bottom Notts County.“The early days in particular were very, very difficult. Coming into this environment I had to deal with a lot of things,” he told talkSPORT  two months prior to leaving the cash-strapped club mutually.“There was no structure and cohesion and absolutely no foundations in place.“When I rocked up I was fighting so many fires – behind the scenes it was non-stop drama.”The emotional ride even got the better of Campbell, who admitted he was overcome by the success he achieved.He revealed: “I started crying after we stayed up. This job has taken so much out of me, emotionally and physically. I was crying with relief, really.“I’ve almost been like a psychologist, as well as a football manager. I’ve had to guide these players and inspire them, but get inside their brains as well. It was my responsibility – I had to do all that by myself.“Almost every single player at the club needed to be rebuilt – mentally, emotionally and football-wise.“I had to give these lads the belief that they could be somebody. And then you have the fans, they don’t really know me so draw their own conclusions – I’m new in management after all.“We had to be well prepared, because if we hadn’t have done that we wouldn’t be in the league now – it’s as simple as that.”BAME10 Campbell has a Uefa Pro Licence, which is the highest coaching qualification availableCredit: Getty Images – Getty10 Campbell looks destined to continue his managerial career at Southend UnitedCredit: Getty – Contributor10 Should Campbell land the Southend United job he will be one of just six BAME managers in the Football LeagueCredit: Rex FeaturesCampbell holds a Uefa Pro Licence, which is the highest coaching qualification available and is mandatory for all first-team managers wishing to work in the Premier League.But he can’t think of managing a top club just yet.The Southend United job is his best option open to him and he joins five other black and minority ethnic (BAME) managers making their living in the Football League.Simply, that’s not enough and in the past Campbell has been very vocal about black coaches getting the same opportunities as others.“Everyone has to ask themselves why there are not more black managers in this country,” he told The Guardian in 2013.”I’ve spoken to other black players who want to coach and they feel the same, that attitudes here are archaic.”latest football featuresHOUSE OF GODMaradona’s teenage home now a quirky museum made to look like it was in 1978TIM VICKERYCunha’s goals for Hertha Berlin show he can succeed Firmino & Jesus for BrazilMAN THEY’RE BADMan Utd’s worst kits include vintage green and gold shirt & ‘cursed’ greyLewdicrousInside Lewandowski’s £7m flat in Poland with private cinema and a golf simulatorExclusiveTIM VICKERYBarcelona target Martinez stood out as a teen because of his talent and graftGONE TO THE DOGSGrealish, Sterling & Noble among Prem stars protected by £25k guard dogsMALIBU STANArsenal owner Kroenke’s £20m Malibu home where Princess Di was set to move inGROOM-ALDORonaldo’s hairstyles through the years, from blond highlights to tight top knotCampbell would’ve seen former England team-mates Steven Gerrard and Gary Neville walk into top jobs at Rangers and Valencia respectively.However, he’s willing to roll his sleeves up and do it the hard way by proving himself in the lower leagues.After a successful spell at Macclesfield, you wouldn’t bet against him leading Southend to glory, if he gets the chance.And maybe, there’s a shot at becoming a future England manager too.Arsenal icon Sol Campbell reveals Macclesfield have not paid him for two months… but he ‘won’t give up on them’last_img read more

USAID Launches ICT Support Project

first_imgUSAID Chief of Party, Enchia (left), and Amb. Elder (right) at the launch of the projectThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the “Digital Liberia and e-Government Project in Liberia,” an information communication technology (ICT) program.The project was launched on March 22 at a resort in Monrovia, and was witnessed by an array of government officials including Post and Telecommunication Minister Fredrick Norkeh, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, Health Minister Bernice Dahn and USAID representatives.USAID Chief of Party for Digital Liberia, Victoria Cooper-Enchia, said the project aimed at improving government’s performance and bringing it closer to citizens by assisting it to develop Internet and computer technology.“Our objective is to progress Liberia towards creating a sound national ICT platform for now and for future generations.  This will help the country to tell its story and engage with the world. It will enhance health, education, agriculture and economic growth and private sector development,” Enchia said.Unlike other countries where technology has advanced and most public transactions are done through the Internet, Liberia still lags behind with financial transactions in public places handled by individuals, which enhances corruption.According to USAID, the project will improve the GoL’s connectivity and institutional capacity that is necessary to provide effective services, progressing Liberia towards the creation of a sound national ICT platform now, and for future generations.US Ambassador Christine Elder said the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project will build on the momentum started before the outbreak of Ebola in 2014.“It will strengthen Liberia’s ICT capacity and improve connectivity to better prepare the country to prevent, detect and respond to future crises,” Amb. Elder said.She said that the project lends support to several government institutions to improve decision making and management.The support, according to Elder, will identify priority sustainable government digital initiatives and help them to take advantage of technologies to digitize institutional systems and processes.Although the project is implemented in Monrovia for now, Amb. Elder disclosed that USAID recognizes the need for nationwide connectivity and has initiated support in other areas that complement the Digital Liberia and e-Government Project.Dr. Norkeh said the project is a step forward in the enhancement of communications across government and service delivery to the Liberian people.He said the project will help reduce the cost and time of communications across government that normally takes considerable amount of production time, payments of salaries, LEC bills, tax payments and payment of school fees using ICT.Online education and research in important fields of study such as medicine, disease control, and security are also among benefits of ICT that Minister Norkeh named.He said having existed many years as a nation, it is time that Liberians wake up to learn from other countries like Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda where effective use of ICT is improving the lives of the citizenry through the accelerated provision of essential services for livelihood.“The full realization of these efforts requires a considerable commitment from government, our development partners such as USAID and private investors,” Dr. Norkeh said.He said the project seeks to link institutions through digital communications and improve Liberia’s connectivity with the world, and build capacity to utilize the ICT and Internet technologies to improve performances of government officials for the effective, efficient and transparent delivery of services.Minister Samukai, who proxied for Vice President Joseph Boakai, recalled that rudimentary communication services have been in Liberia for a long time, and that the launch of the project is quite a rewarding venture.He urged drivers of the project “not to allow it sit on the desk,” but to make the needed impact in two to three years.Dr. Clarence Moniba, Head of President’s Delivery Unit, acknowledged the role government has played in creating a safe environment for the enhancement of development and noted that the launch of the ICT project is one such benefits of good governance.He, too, lauded USAID for initiating the project and said government is in full support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LNRCS Ends Japanese Flood Assistance Project

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) LNRCS Secretary General Saybah Tamba presents keys for the facilities by the LNRCS to Kartoe Town Chief, G. Andrew Kollie-Turns over WASH facilities, other projects in flood-prone communities The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has ended a Japanese funded disaster management project that provided assistance to scores of flood victims in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.The LNRCS, under the project, “Enhancing Response and Recovery Capacity and Support to the Population Affected by Flood,” turned over projects, including hand pumps and latrines to disaster affected communities.An Old woman drinks from one of the newly constructed hand-pumps in Karkieh TownThrough the project, the LNRCS reached out to over 15,000 flood victims with modern WASH facilities, essential food and non-food items, livelihood psycho social support and other disaster relief items in 30 flood affected communities.At the climax of the project, which lasted for about a year, the LNRCS and its partners held separate ceremonies in Kartoe, Montserrado and Sand-Town, Margibi Counties, where the facilities were officially turned over to the residents.LNRCS secretary general, Madam Saybah Tamba, lauded the Japanese Government for helping the flood victims. “We saw the challenges you were faced with and therefore, we thought to intervene. We want to thank our partners, including  the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) for the help,” Mrs. Tamba said.She urged the beneficiaries to take good care of the facilities, noting, “maintenance is critical  to the durability of every facility.”A newly constructed toilet in Nambo Town, Margibi CountyMadam Tamba informed the residents that those facilities are not assigned to the town chief, or any specific household, but the entire residents.The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in June, 2016, indicated that flood affected 15,431 people from 49 communities in those two counties.Water sources were contaminated thereby giving rise to water borne diseases.It was against this backdrop that the Japanese, informed by a proposal made by the LNRCS, donated US$539,729 in 2017 for the project. Liberia was then the only country in Africa that benefited from the Japan’s supplementary budget for that year.The project was implemented with the aim to meet the basic needs of flood victims by providing shelter materials, emergency health services and WASH facilities.LNRCS president, Jerome Clarke (2nd from right), and IFRC head Orowe, second from left, at the ceremony in Sand TownIFRC Acting Head of Country Office, Lawrence Orowe lauded LNRCS and the communities for the collaborations that led to the successful implementation of the project.LNRCS President, Jerome Clarke said, “the facilities will help meet your basic needs, and therefore we are glad that these are finally here.”Clarke spoke of the critical roles each stakeholder played during the project implementation. Kartoe Town Chief, G. Andrew Kollie said expressed gratitude to the LNRCS and partners for the facilities, promising to maintain for the good of the residents.last_img read more