The Last Well Responds to Lofa Water Crisis

first_imgLast Well vice president, Doc Lawson, at one of the recently rehabilitated hand pumps. An American charity, The Last Well has robustly responded to the water crisis in Foya and Kolahun districts in Lofa County. The charity response is based on an article published in the April 24 edition of the Daily Observer, under the caption: Foya Kolahun Districts Suffer Acute Water Shortage.”According to Last Well government relations officer, Abdul Koroma, the response of the charity is part of its mandate to ensure that Liberians have access to safe drinking water.Koroma describes the water crisis in the two districts as “appalling, and regrettable for Liberians to go through such suffering.He said as part of the organization’s intervention, The Last Well has dispatched its contractors to Lofa to carry on a robust assessment aimed at addressing the water crisis.According to Koroma, The Last Well’s intervention will not only focus in the two affected districts, but the entire county. He said the organization will construct 116 new hand pumps, and also rehabilitate 161 others.As part of the intervention, The Last Well will also distribute 5,500 water filter buckets in the county.The charity has meanwhile called on other partners operating in the county to assist the residents the two districts.“The Last Well will continue responding to the needs of Liberians by providing safe drinking water. The two districts are said to be densely populated, and the water crisis started in March,” Koroma said.According to reports, residents in the two affected districts have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to fetch water from distant places, including Kolba City, which is one of the worst areas hit by the water shortage.It is reported that the town does not have a hand pumps, thus making it extremely difficult for residents to have access to safe drinking water.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Man United want Arnautovic, Liverpool’s Fekir bid, Arsenal deal close

first_img1 Here’s a round-up of all the top football headlines and transfer-related gossip from Thursday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United are keen on signing Marko Arnautovic, the West Ham forward, this summer. Jose Mourinho was spotted watching Austria’s friendly against Russia on Wednesday, which featured Arnautovic. (Evening Standard)Mourinho has also told United NOT to spend £200m on Gareth Bale, the Real Madrid forward, but he does want to sign him (Sun)Liverpool have submitted a bid worth almost £53m for Nabil Fekir, the Lyons and France attacking midfielder. (Le Parisien)The Reds are also continuing their search for a new goalkeeper, and they have added Jasper Cillessen of Barcelona to their shortlist. (Mundo Deportivo)Arsenal have offered Aaron Ramsey, the Wales midfielder, a new five-year contract as he enters the final year of his exisiting deal. (Times)Robert Lewandowski is a target of Chelsea’s following the announcement of his decision to leave Bayern Munich this summer. (Mirror)Arsenal are to sign Yacine Adil, the 17-year-old midfielder, from Paris Saint-Germain. (Mirror)Fulham will have to pay around £20m to turn Aleksandar Mitrovic’s loan deal into a permanent one. (Evening Standard)Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt could be the subject of interest from Everton this summer, with the Toffees tracking the Dutch full-back previously. (Daily Mail)And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories:Fernando Torres to follow Andres Iniesta to J. League after striker’s alleged move to Sagan Tosu was revealed by mistakeChelsea FC transfer news: Blues and Paris Saint-Germain are tracking Juventus striker Gonzalo HiguainLiverpool FC transfer news: Juventus set to complete Emre Can switch before the end of the week – reportsWest Ham United FC transfer news: Five-year deal for Marlon close to completion – reportsGareth Bale transfer news: How Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and PSG could line up if they sign Real Madrid starlast_img read more

India vs England: Time for Virat Kohli the leader to stand up and deliver

first_imgVirat Kohli is in the form of his life. Let there be no questions raised over his skills with the bat – the man can score runs on any pitch against any bowling attack in any condition, anywhere in the world.Last year, Kohli scored a staggering 2818 international runs. Many would say India played all their Tests at home and three in Sri Lanka. What’s the big deal? The ODIs were played in the sub-continent (with the exception of the Champions Trophy and the series against West Indies). No matter what the conditions, nearly 3000 international runs in a year is pretty cool stuff.Anyway, 2018: big challenges. Kohli had made it clear this phase with its away tours of South Africa, England and Australia would test his Indian team. World beaters at home, India had to beat the world away from home. Were they up for it? Were they good enough?India’s star batsmen have no excuses left after failing in another away TestAs it turned out, no, they were not. With the exception of Virat Kohli, who has already scored 1381 runs including 486 from four Tests. India lost the Test series in South Africa and are 0-1 down in the five-match Test series after failing to chase down 194 at Edgbaston. This despite 200 runs from Kohli – 149 in the first innings and 51 in the second. The others in the top four managed only 99 runs together in both innings combined. Abysmal. Shameful.Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England’advertisementThis is shameful because none of the regular Indian batsmen can claim inexperience. This is the same team which was humiliated in England four years ago. And yet no one, absolutely no one learnt his lessons apart from Kohli, the batsman. Shikhar Dhawan was just as careless. Murali Vijay, what happened to the man who stood up to the English pace attack in 2014? Cheteshwar Pujara has lost confidence once again and he was dropped.Sourav Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs EnglandAjinkya Rahane, the man who made that classy hundred at Lord’s the last time, can be forgiven for now, because he did show resilience in Johannesburg (he did not even play the first two Tests vs South Africa). But Rahane might want to take a closer look at his shot-selection going forward.Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to look in the mirror after Edgbaston defeatAnd what about the rest? KL Rahul? Hardik Pandya? The players were given a five-day vacation after the ODI series and played only one warm-up match. Just one. That too was reduced by a day because the Indian team wanted to reach Birmingham a day early to practice. But that extra day was rained off.So, that’s all the training India had leading into the Test series: three days of warm-up against Essex.Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in EdgbastonKohli is of course in a different zone. He is the best player in the world and his preparations are different. He knows his game. He knows where he stands. The others in the team are not nearly as talented as him. Dhawan, Vijay, Rahul needed more time in the middle.Adelaide 2014, Birmingham 2018: Virat Kohli let down by India’s other batsmenWe have seen how friendly Kohli has been with his boys but where is the leader? Where is the leader who needs to yell at his men and ask them to pull up their socks?We all know Kohli has been named captain and his record (at home so far) is enviable. But Virat Kohli the leader of men needs to emerge NOW.India vs England: India batsmen need to watch and learn from Virat KohliKohli’s decisions on the field have been questioned by experts. Watching on TV, you are sometimes left a little bemused at his bowling changes and hyperactive changes on the field. But it’s always easy to criticise an Indian captain and forget what he is dealing with.MUST WATCH: On Day 2 of the 1st Test, @imVkohli oozed class, confidence & mental tenacity. The Indian captain gave an insight into what went into the making of his first ‘special’ ton in England – by @RajalAroraFull interview here —> https://t.co/n81WdpIKyr pic.twitter.com/hYCb0NJH5ZBCCI (@BCCI) August 3, 2018Kohli, however, needs to show his prowess on two counts. He needs to get better tactically but surely that will either come with time or not at all(you are either a shrewd captain or you are now). But there is something he can do – he can walk up to Dhawan and tell him enough is enough.advertisementIn fact, Dhawan laughed after dropping a catch in the slips while Kohli was seen fuming. How can a senior player laugh and be so casual? How can his shot selection not be a cause for concern? How can there be nobody else to replace him? Scoring runs at home and in Sri Lanka is one thing but to be able to go out to England and do what Kohli has done is something else.Virat Kohli loves leading from the front. He would have failed in his endeavour if he does not inspire his bunch of rather ordinary batsmen to put up some gutsy performances over the next one month. Virat Kohli’s decisions on the field have been questioned by experts (AP Photo)WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT VIRAT KOHLI’S CAPTAINCY:”I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss. England were 87/7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then — he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?’,” Hussain told Sky Sports.”I don’t think the captain is responsible for the loss. If you’re the captain then you’ll be criticised for a loss the same way as you’re congratulated for a win. One criticism for Virat Kohli is that he should give a consistent run to his batters and more time before dropping them. The failure against swing in English conditions can’t be used as an excuse any more as everyone knows that it’s what you get when you come to England,” Sourav Ganguly said.”Virat Kohli is such an exceptional talent that he can take 15 days off and score 100 the next day. He is an exceptional talent. So if he takes time off, no quarrel with that at all but he needs to understand that he is exceptional but the others are not,” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today.last_img read more