It’s a common saying that you never miss the water until the well runs dry. Well, year after year, this adage plays out in countless communities across Liberia. As Saran Kaba Jones, CEO and Founder of the WASH NGO FaceAfrica, puts it, “It begins with WATER.”From water to tend our crops, to water used for cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene, from water for construction, to water used in washing our hands to prevent the spread of disease, every single sector of human endeavor thrives on the availability, accessibility and affordability of water. As a nation and a people, we may lack many things but one thing we can all agree on is that water is not one of them. Our vast transboundary rivers, beautiful lakes, seemingly endless rainfall and abundant groundwater supply so readily accessible by means of hand-dug wells are all reflections of how endowed Liberia is in freshwater resources. Within and along our national boundaries, non-saline water exists in such volumes that it could literally re-vegetate the Sahara. What seems to be lacking is the adequate means to convert this vastly abundant, untreated, under-utilized natural resource into safe, sufficient and accessible water that meets World Health Organization standards for drinking, domestic and agriculture use. That, unfortunately, is where we fall short.Needless to say, if the Ebola outbreak has taught us anything, it has reminded each of us of the importance of potable water in minimizing the spread of disease. Just take a look around you, almost every single home, office, public gathering, and place of worship or leisure nationwide now has a bucket of chlorinated water for mandatory hand-washing at the entrance. The now instilled habit of washing our hands has become so common a practice in our daily lives in the fight against the deadly EVD that most people are left feeling very uncomfortable without. No doubt, water has been in the forefront of it all.While significant strides have been made in the fight against Ebola nationwide, as we strive to put an end to this gruesome chapter and hopefully revive the dormant sectors of our society, the critical concern surrounding sustained access to potable water nationwide cannot be ignored. Families need water to drink, to cook, to clean, and most importantly, in the continued fight against Ebola, to wash their hands.As we approach the peak of yet another dry season, when the water table tends to drop and shallow wells and surface water sources run dry, history will sadly repeat itself, leaving thousands across Liberia to scramble for water for months on end. Some way, somehow, the lingering question of the availability, accessibility and affordability of safe water must be answered.One proactive approach would be to strategically ensure that people have sustained access to sufficient water at the domestic and community levels. In areas where annual water shortage is known to be very high, it is recommended that local authorities, relevant line ministries and the NGO community consider contingency measures such as: 1) drilling of boreholes as opposed to shallow hand-dug wells — which have a tendency to run dry by February-March; 2) water trucking and establishing of chlorinated service points in various communities, where necessary; 3) the provision and administration of chlorine at hand-pumps, wells and other water sources known to remain viable throughout the dry months; and 4) routine testing of drinking water sources for chlorine residual and bacterial contamination as a protective means of preventing other potential water-borne illnesses such as cholera and diarrhea. As a caveat, these measures should be employed with advice from a WASH specialist, as water situations are unique from one location to the next. The proposed water testing exercises can be coordinated through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare making use of its existing Environmental Health Technicians in the various counties. These few strategies, though not exhaustive in nature, can help contribute to on-going WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) efforts and ensure that all citizens continue to observe the basic yet highly protective public health measure of regular hand-washing.While the Ebola death tolls may have considerably decreased nationwide, the need to maintain the gains made thus far cannot be overemphasized. According to the United Nations, “Water is critical for sustainable development, including environmental integrity and the alleviation of poverty and hunger, and is indispensable for human health and well-being.”Let’s not wait until the wells run dry to acknowledge the critical role potable water has played in the national and regional fight against Ebola. Let’s not wait for severe water shortages to realize that in a water-scarce situation, a mother would most likely opt to cook a pot of rice with a single bucket of water to feed her children as opposed to or using that same water just to wash hands.As a nation, a people, policy makers, policy enforcers, service providers, caregivers, health workers, opinion leaders, aid community, let’s chart a new course this New Year and move away from trying to find cures to problems we can readily prevent. French Environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau once said, “We have the ability to provide clean water for every man, woman and child on the Earth. What has been lacking is the collective will to accomplish this.” Cousteau argues that addressing the elusive question of potable water for all year round is possible, but he concludes by asking, “What are we waiting for?” Let’s not wait to miss the water, only when the wells run dry.Magdalene Matthews holds an M. Sc in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Cyprus International Institute; She is also the Author of RISE! Redeeming the Future of Liberia, a Practical Guide to Self-Development. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine broke the game wide open with a big second quarter run and a definitive 15-0 run to start the fourth capped by a jumper by Ronnie Matias for a 98-61 lead made sure Alaska stayed down for the count. “I just told the players that we will go up against Alaska and that they should play that they want to win,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re lucky that (Sonny) Thoss, Calvin (Abueva), and (Chris) Banchero didn’t play today but I still told my team to play at a hundred percent.”J’Nathan Bullock topscored for the Elasto Painters with 14 points while Chris Tiu filled up the stat sheets with nine points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine put a damper on a couple of retirements after thrashing Alaska, 112-82, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 to strengthened their bid for the fourth spot in the standings while the Aces, who saw Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz play their final games, ended their season with a 3-8 card.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LaDontae Henton put up a game-high 20 points to lead Alaska. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
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Sunday afternoon, the ACC issued an official statement on the end of Saturday’s Miami vs. Duke contest, which featured great controversy. The league has chosen to suspend the entire officiating crew two conference games after it was determined that four mistakes (two of which were crucial to the outcome) were made during the final play of the game. For those unaware, Miami returned a kickoff for the game-winning touchdown as time expired.Well, Miami, which benefited from the errors, has responded to the news on Twitter. Duke fans won’t like what they see.¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) November 1, 2015And this is the Hurricanes official Twitter account moments after that statement was released: https://t.co/nGJkhDK5wz— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 1, 2015That, for those who don’t use social media often, is a “shrug” emoticon. It basically translates to “oh well.”It does not appear that the ACC is going to change the outcome of the game. It’s a tough break for Blue Devils fans.
OSU junior safety Malik Hooker (24) carries the ball after an interception during the buckeye spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. The grey team beat scarlet 28-17. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn a sunny Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio State’s three quarterbacks combined to go just 31-of-56, including four interceptions.On a normal day, it would be fair to see that as a negative for the team. But fortunately for OSU coach Urban Meyer, the defense that was stifling his quarterbacks happened to also be his own.While the final score of OSU’s annual intrasquad spring game is largely irrelevant, there are still various measures of value that the coaches and players take away from the scrimmage.A lot of those gains came from the defense of both the Scarlet and Gray teams. And since that side of the ball lost eight starters from last year’s Fiesta-Bowl-winning team, Meyer and his staff have to be pleased. “I will probably watch the film and get sick to my stomach, but, no, what I saw today was the future is bright at Ohio State,” Meyer said. Defensive lineWith Scarlet starting quarterback J.T. Barrett wearing a black no-contact jersey, the Gray defensive line was reverting to its elementary school recess days, playing two-hand touch. Still, it was an impressive performance, as the defense picked up five sacks.Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Davon Hamilton had three sacks, while fellow redshirt freshman defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones added another. The fifth did not come from a lineman, but from sophomore cornerback Denzel Ward.Not to be outdone, the Scarlet team picked up four sacks of its own, led by two from redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jashon Cornell. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dylan Thompson tacked on another, while the fourth was credited to the team.“I liked our defensive line,” Meyer said. “(Redshirt sophomore) Mike Hill, Dre’Mont Jones were all over the field today. Jashon Cornell played well.”On a throwing-heavy day, the line also did its part preventing big gains on the ground. Combined, the sides rushed for 129 yards.“I think they’re talented, very eager, we have an excellent D-line coach, and the good thing, they’re allowed to spend time with our players now in the summer,” Meyer said.A highlight in the game came from Scarlet linebacker Jerome Baker, who made an acrobatic, one-handed interception. But despite the gravity-defying athleticism, the sophomore was quick to give the credit to the line in front of him.“Our D-line did their job, and I came up with the pick,” he said.Linebackers Sixty-six percent of the Buckeyes’ starting linebackers from a season ago have bid farewell to the program, opening gaping holes on the depth chart for young players to fill. It just so happened that one of those players looking to fill that spot, Baker, made one of the game’s most electrifying plays, as far as spring games go. Baker’s one-handed snag might have caught OSU fans unfamiliar with the Cleveland native off-guard, but it didn’t shock some of his teammates. “I wasn’t too surprised,” said junior Dante Booker, a fellow linebacker. “I’ve seen him do it before in practice. He’s just an athlete.”Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley is another player who will see his workload increase drastically this fall. The 6-foot-2 Worley nearly started two seasons ago, but Meyer opted to start then-redshirt freshman Darron Lee. The rest, of course, is history. Yet Worley was quiet on Saturday, tallying just one tackle. Booker, on the other hand, had an impressive day. He was active throughout the scrimmage, registering seven tackles, four of which were solo. Right now, the linebackers on the roster have the necessary tools, but they’re inexperienced. Barring injury, McMillan will be a mainstay. Other than that, there are players that need to prove themselves. “We’ve got a lot of young guys in the mix,” Booker said. “We have them in the rotation so I feel like they got experience playing in the stadium. We’ll continue working in the summer.” SecondaryBesides the aforementioned Baker interception, the defenses combined to come up with three more: two by redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and another by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.With OSU’s two starters at cornerback from last season away from the field on Saturday — redshirt junior Gareon Conley is recovering from an injury and Eli Apple entered the NFL draft — Lattimore said he saw the scrimmage as a chance for the young corners to make a name for themselves.“We’re replacing some pretty good players,” Lattimore said. “But we still can play. We still can be right there with them, I feel like. But we still have a long way to go, you know, they had experience. But I feel like we’re just as good as players they were.” In addition to his two interceptions, Hooker led all players with 10 tackles. With over 100,000 fans in attendance, a national spring game record, Lattimore said coming up big in a game like that means a lot regardless of if the stats are soon washed from the record books.“It’s great, no matter if it’s practice,” he said. “You’ve got to go at it the same way, whether it’s practice or a game. It’s just exciting to have teammates go crazy when you make a play. I love that.” The completion of the spring game also marks the end of spring practice. With a summer of work ahead of them, the Buckeyes are excited about the progress they have made with their lineup of 16 new starters, but they acknowledged that a lot of work still has to be done.“We’re young. We’ve just constantly got to get better. Every position has to get better,” Baker said. “We’re young, inexperienced, but we’re very talented.”The regular season for OSU is set to begin on Sept. 3 with a matchup against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium.
Patience is a virtue. And many professional sports franchises seek out virtuous athletes who don’t stray on the edge of the law. In the NFL, character plays a major role. Just ask Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick or Adam “Pacman” Jones. More and more, teams avoid high-risk athletes who pose off-the-field threats. The NCAA suspended Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant, widely projected as the NFL Draft’s top receiver last April, for the final 10 games of the season after he met with former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders. The interaction was determined to be a violation of NCAA rules. Once pinpointed as a Top 5 pick, Bryant tumbled to the Dallas Cowboys, who selected him 24th overall. Coincidence? Hardly. Bryant’s situation is just one example of the transgressions running rampant across college athletics. Georgia’s A.J. Green, tabbed by many as the best receiver prospect in college football, is serving a four-game suspension for selling his own jersey on eBay. Reports indicate he made about $1,000 on the game-worn uniform. So only the university can profit from Green’s gear? He can’t see a penny of it? That’s the straight-edged policy the NCAA institutes to prevent widespread financial madness. Aside from the athlete’s relatives, how many people would pay for a game-worn field hockey jersey? If all student-athletes are to be treated as equals, then star football players can’t be earning a profit that’s unattainable for a rower or volleyball player. Green likely chose eBay as his selling medium because of the high demand for his product. But since the revenue that football brings schools dwarfs the money that other sports make, shouldn’t the athletes see a cut? What if the family of a star athlete can’t provide sufficient monetary support? I sat down with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and discussed this very issue. Many people identify athletic directors and NCAA bigwigs as the villains, poaching every nickel and dime spent to see the kids play. But the same kids that are the reason 100,000 people fill stadiums across the nation are the same ones that will earn millions on the next level. Smith was actually in favor of allowing the athletes to earn a portion of the sales of their merchandise. His caveat, however, was that the athlete had to graduate to ever get his or her hands on the account. “Should we be able to allow kids to sell jerseys or their likenesses and make money? I believe that,” Smith said. “But I believe that money should be saved in an account for them for when they graduate. If you open that door and you allow every kid to monetize their persona, holy smokes.” “So I’m good with it if we said, whatever a kid’s jersey value is you sell it, but you take a portion of that money because you have expenditures, you take the profit from it, and put it in an account. I wouldn’t give it to them unless they graduate.” The concept makes sense. The star athletes who don’t need all four years of college game experience — and who don’t want to risk injury — jump to the next level and the money in their account is returned to the school. It sounds like a feasible plan, though one would be naïve to expect agents and boosters to keep from finding ways to trump the system. And that’s why the NCAA enforces such strict policies. Every other scenario includes far too many loopholes, exceptions and gray areas. Smith’s idea would work, but only in a perfect world. And what we currently have is an imperfect setup in an imperfect system. So, the best college athletes can do for now is just have patience and wait for that first, legal paycheck, whether from the NFL or a job post-graduation.
Members of the OSU wrestling team stand near the team bench during a match against Kent State on Nov. 13. OSU won, 38-3.Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternAfter taking down then-No. 9 Virginia on the road with a convincing 30-7 victory, Ohio State wrestling is set to take its 4-1 record to Las Vegas.The seventh-ranked Buckeyes are set to compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.There are 39 teams competing in the competition from across the country and 11 of them are ranked in the top-25 of the USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association poll.OSU will likely be competing with heavy hearts after the death of former teammate Kosta Karageorge, whose body was found near campus Sunday afternoon after he was reported missing last Wednesday.In an email to The Lantern, coach Tom Ryan said the team is dealing with Karageorge’s passing emotionally and it still needs time for healing.But Ryan said despite the tragedy, the team will keep a solid attitude and learn a lot about its make up in Las Vegas.“We will be challenged by several schools. Minnesota has a full lineup and will be our biggest challenge,” Ryan said. “Most importantly are the individual matchups that occur. We will face many tough opponents at various weight classes that will be a great barometer for us. Plenty to be learned out here.”Minnesota (5-0) is ranked No. 2 and boasts top-20 wrestlers in eight of 10 weight classes, including top-ranked 197-pound competitor Scott Schiller, a senior from West Fargo, N.D.The Buckeyes are confident they can still compete at a high level even with their minds on things outside the sport. Freshman Kyle Snyder said the team did a great job of pulling off its road victory against Virginia after a tough loss to Virginia Tech on Nov. 23.“I was really impressed with how quickly the guys on the team were able to put the (Virginia Tech) loss behind and focus on competing against Virginia,” Snyder said in an email. “Sometimes it’s hard bouncing back from a loss or wrestling after you’re frustrated with a previous performance.”Snyder continued his impressive freshman season with a 20-6 victory against Virginia’s freshman Chance McClure to improve to 8-0. At 197 pounds, Snyder could face the toughest test of the young season against Schiller if the seeding allows for the matchup.Ryan said Snyder is one of the most committed student-athletes he’s ever coached and his attitude is “contagious” and rubs off on the others.“He is relentless in all that he does with a deep-rooted passion to be his very best,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to be around people that take pride in being prepared every day for any challenge.”Three-time national champion Logan Stieber will be competing for the Buckeyes at 141 pounds. Stieber improved his career record to 95-3 after pinning 9th-ranked Joe Spisak in Charlottesville, Va.Big Ten opponents Indiana and Michigan will also be competing this weekend. Ryan said each chance at facing top competition gives OSU an opportunity to grow as a team.“The college wrestling season is a marathon,” Ryan said. “It’s early still. As the season progresses every match is a chance to sharpen each athlete.”Start times for the invitational have yet to be announced.
Liverpool will miss four players due to injury when they face Napoli in a pre-season friendly this weekend, according to FourFourTwo.The club’s quartet of Adam Lallana, Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and Danny Ings will all miss the game against Napoli which takes place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.A thigh injury picked up during preseason last year ultimately wrecked Adam Lallana’s season with Liverpool and though he featured in the UEFA Champions League 3-1 final defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev, he missed out on a place in England’s World Cup squad as head coach Gareth Southgate opted for other midfielders in his stead.The former Southampton captain has featured in six of Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies so far but the club have confirmed he will sit out the game on Saturday due to a sore calf. Young Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic will also miss the game against Carlo Ancelotti’s side due to a minor hamstring problem.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Defender Joel Matip who continues his comeback from a hip flexor injury he picked up during the club’s participation in the International Champions Cup in the United States will remain at the club’s training ground with Danny Ings.Ings is back to full fitness after missing Liverpool’s preseason tour of the US but manager Jurgen Klopp has left him out of the side for tomorrow’s game as he plans to shuffle his frontline.Speculation over the future of Danny Ings have been building so far this summer, with reports in the UK suggesting Crystal Palace want the former Burnley striker to join them this summer.
The Liverpool footballer has returned to full fitness and he is tipped to have a positive impact on both his country and his club30-year-old Adam Lallana joined English Premier League club Liverpool in 2014.He has scored 17 goals in 101 matches played with the Reds.But a thigh problem left him out of Liverpool’s seven games in 23 days.Now that’s he’s back to full fitness, he’s being tipped for big things.“He is such a big talent – not so long ago he was England’s player of the year,” said Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson to the club’s official website.“He is a massive player. I feel that we have missed him, both with Liverpool and with England.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s exciting for me to know that when he comes back in, he can take us forward even more. He can help us get better and I am excited for Liverpool and England for him to get back playing football and to show everyone what he is capable of,” he added.“There’s not many players that play like Adam. He is unique in that way, how he links the play. He’s so good on the ball, he’s got a great work ethic and he still does the defensive work.”“We have missed him in the sense of what he brings to the team. It would have been a boost to have had him at the World Cup. And for Liverpool too,” he explained.Passing, long range shooting, dribbling, close control and sauce – Adam Lallana in 13/14 had it all. pic.twitter.com/QIeh9zcSQJ— RF9 🇧🇷 (@SambaRole) October 13, 2018