Rains Hit Red Light Again

first_imgNow the much expected Rainy Season has once again hit the nation to the woe of traders in the nation’s largest food market, Red Light, selling food and other wares in filth and squalor.The Red Light Market, situated in the business district of Paynesville, plays host to hundreds of Liberian and foreign owned businesses, as well as petty traders that feed greater Monrovia with the critically needed goods and services.The majority of the business people at the Red Light Market are women based in Monrovia, while many others come from rural Liberia with an array of needed goods for the urban markets.Many of the traders and rural business people that are doing business at the Red Light Market in Paynesville endure incredible hardships in the midst of mud and garbage.According to some of the traders, sanitation companies contracted to collect and dispose the volumes of garbage and other waste have over the years miserably failed to meet the expectations of the support partners.Sadly, the traders argued that despite their extensive suggestions and recommendations advanced to sanitation companies and support partners for the inclusion of themselves (traders) in the collection of the garbage, such recommendations have allegedly fallen on deaf ears.The disenchanted traders told the Daily Observer Thursday that year in and year out, the Red-light Market in Paynesville has encountered perennial hardship in the midst of the rotten garbage and mud.They also explained that owing to the strategic location of the Red-light Market in Paynesville, it serves as the epicenter for sustained commercial activities outside Monrovia.“We want all the sanitation companies and support partners to redesign the current strategies of garbage collection and include all the traders and foreign and Liberian owned businesses at the Red Light Market.”The Red Light Market’s business people noted that the Liberian Government and Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) “must wake up from their slumber and swiftly address” the perennial challenges of the business district outside Monrovia.In separate interviews conducted by the Daily Observer with some of the affected business people and traders at the Red-light Market this week, they called on the PCC administration to be proactive in the collection and disposal of the rotten garbage.Foreign businessman Khalid B. Mustapha said the extensive efforts aimed at the sustained collection and disposal of the garbage should be done on a daily basis at the Red-light Market.“As a foreign business person, I’m ready to fund and work with the PCC’s sanitation workers in order to enhance the collection and disposal of this rotten garbage from this market area,” Mr. Mustapha assured.Another foreign businesswoman, Fatoumata Diallo, underscored the need for the PCC’s sanitation workers to work out plans with sanitation experts that would practically respond to the critical sanitation crisis of the Red-light Market.“I can personally assure Liberians and partners that some of us are ready to give support against this never ending menace at this big Red-light Market in Paynesville,” Madam Diallo stressed.A Liberian owned businesswoman Jeanette Browne told the Daily Observer that the PCC’s sanitation workers must be provided the critical working tools that would be responsive to current reality on the ground at the Red-light market in Paynesville.Madam Jeanette stressed the need for the PCC and support partners to intensify the monitoring and evaluation component of the sanitation projects of Monrovia and its environs.In a related development, traders, foreign and Liberian owned business owners have sounded an urgent appeal to all sanitation companies and support partners to step up some aggressive approaches to the sanitation crisis looming at the Red Light Market in Paynesville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

College student stabbed dead

first_imgA college student, who was stabbed to death by miscreants at Shobharampur area of the district town on Friday evening, died at Faripur Medical College Hospital early Saturday.The deceased is Solaiman Miah Shimul, 24, a 3rd year student of English department at Govt Rajendra College.“A gang of miscreants numbering 10/12 took Shimul to a garden adjacent to Shobharapur Bazar and stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured,” said Kotwali police station officer-in-charge Bipul Chandra Dey.Shimul was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries early in the morning, OC Bipul added.last_img

Syrian Kurds recapture areas of Kobane from ISIS

first_imgTop Kurdish officials said their fighters were advancing ‘street by street’ and voiced confidence that ISIS would soon be ejected from the town.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said the latest advances were mainly in the south of the besieged town.‘The (Kurdish) People’s Protection Units (YPG) recaptured streets and buildings in the south of Kobane, after a fierce battle against IS that began yesterday (Monday) evening,’ the Observatory said. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe monitor also said the YPG and its Iraqi peshmerga allies shelled IS positions on Tuesday elsewhere in Kobane.Kobane has been under siege from IS since mid-September and more than 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting, most of them jihadists.Syria’s Kurds have been backed by Iraqi peshmerga fighters and Syrian rebels in their fight for the town, as well as a wave of air strikes by the US-led coalition against IS. Syrian Kurdish chief Saleh Muslim said YPG forces were advancing ‘street by street’ and that they would ‘recapture the town in a very short time’. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanThe Kurds’ top field commander in Kobane, Narin Afrin, a 40-year-old woman, said by telephone: ‘We have been resisting for 56 days in very difficult conditions.’ ‘We will liberate the town house by house, and we are determined to exterminate terrorism and fundamentalism,’ she said.Kobane has become a symbol of resistance against jihadists who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, committing brutal abuses against rivals and the local population.last_img read more

15 injured in vantruck collision at East Burdwan

first_imgKolkata: At least 15 persons were injured when a van they were travelling in turned turtle after hitting a truck at Kolsara More of Jamalpur in East Burdwan on Sunday morning.The injured were rushed to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital. It is said seven persons suffered critical injuries. Police said the van was going to Memari along the Jougram-Memari road when it collided with a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction. The van turned turtle due to the impact of the accident. Some local residents heard a loud thud and reached the spot. They rescued the injured passengers from the vehicle, which was partially damaged in the accident. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLocal resident also said the both the vehicles were running at a high speed. The incident caused a huge traffic jam in the area. After being informed the police rushed to the spot and removed the van from the road. The drivers of both the vehicles received serious injuries. Police have seized both the vehicles. Local residents staged a demonstration protesting against rash driving of the vehicles. The villagers said that they had a long-standing demand for setting up speed-breaker to check accidents but no steps have been taken so far. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Accidents have become a regular phenomenon at Kolsara More as the vehicles often ply through the area at a high speed. We had urged the local administration to construct speed-breakers in the area so that the number of accidents can be minimised. But, no steps have been taken so far,” a local resident said. According to preliminary investigation, police suspect the drivers could not control the vehicles as they were moving at a high speed. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.last_img read more