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Careysburg Mayor Commends UNICEF, Dutch Gov’t, Others for Services to City

first_imgThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Dutch Government, and several others have been commended by Careysburg City Mayor, Mrs. Anna Urey-Phillips, for providing valuable and sustainable services to the City.During the recent dedication of three modern latrines in the city, Mayor Urey-Phillips explained that the latrines constructed by UNICEF have four stalls – male and female sections, hand-washing areas and are also handicap accessible. There are also shower facilities with pipe borne water, she told citizens at the dedication, adding “you must show appreciation by making good use of the facilities.” Mayor Phillips also informed the audience that UNICEF and the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) have built the best elementary school in the city at Harris Town, Lower Careysburg City.“Although this school was turned over to the Ministry of Education in 2014, it still lacks teachers and teaching materials for hundreds of its students,” she said.Other assistance from UNICEF include fencing around three schools among them the only high school in the city, as well as the provision of basic skills training and quilt making for many young women. All of these developments were sponsored by UNICEF under the leadership of Mr. Shelton Yett, Country Director, said Mayor Urey-Phillips.She also commended Merlin, the European Union and West Concept, for providing solar panels to the community clinic, Save the Children for building schools, wells and helping with the clinic and Water Aid for providing pipe borne water to the clinic. UNMIL also received appreciation for training one hundred and sixteen young people in eight different disciplines. Those trained are now providing livelihoods for themselves and their families.Mayor Phillips list of donors also included UN Women for providing skills training and awareness, CEMENCO for contributing cement to build toilets and renovate the market, Mr. Desere Satia, who donated paint for the market and Mr. Benoni Urey, for his moral and financial support.The Mayor praised the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU), represented by Mr. Ezzart Eid, for breaking ground in May this year to construct a modern public kindergarten school, slated to open in early January 2016.On the other hand, the Mayor said that there were some organizations whose services did not meet the standards set by her administration, and were politely asked to leave the city. She believes, however, that those organizations will come back in the near future and make good with the people of this ‘little city.’“To those who are not mentioned here and are contributing to the city, we do apologize for the oversight,” added Mayor Phillips.During her interview with the Daily Observer, Madam Phillips revealed that when she was appointed Mayor of Careysburg City in 2012 by President Ellen Johnson, she was informed that the city was never placed in the National Budget and therefore her mandate would be collecting municipal taxes and fees, and to solicit assistance from friendly donor partners. She said that due to the lack of electricity and pipe borne water throughout the city, “It is difficult to attract businesses that would pay these fees, but even with these constraints, some progress is being made within the city.”The Mayor said one of the ongoing projects for which she is soliciting assistance is the renovation of the building currently being used by the kindergarten school, which served as a cafeteria for the public high school before the war. She wants to do this for safety and health reasons in this era of Ebola. The cost for this project is estimated at US$13,000.Another project, which she said is estimated at US$19,000, is the renovation of a building on the high school campus that was once used as a student arts center. Mayor Phillips wants to convert this building into a student center equipped with laptops, chairs and tables, a generator, water pump, basketball court, teachers’ lounge, restrooms among other facilities. This, she believes, will help to alleviate some of the psychosocial issues facing students in the area.Careysburg City is open for investment, even the possibility of providing pipe borne water and electricity that can be generated from within the City, for a fee, Mayor Phillips said. She used the opportunity to urge Liberians and foreign residents to visit the city and see the new developments and possibilities.“Come and see our potentials,” Mayor Phillips said in closing.The highest peak in Montserrado County is located within the City of Careysburg. Below this peak, on Gold Dust Street, there is a beautiful amusement park ideal for wedding photographs and other outdoor functions, not to mention Wullei and Quelue Farms to name a few attractions in the area. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Penn State outlasts Seminoles in 3 OTs

first_imgMIAMI — This really was one for the ages. For more than four hours, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden paced the Orange Bowl sidelines, searching for offense and enduring one missed kick after another. Finally, in the third overtime, at 1 a.m. (EST) today, Kevin Kelly made a 29-yard field goal, giving Paterno and Penn State a 26-23 victory over Bowden’s Florida State Seminoles. “I told him we’re too old for this,” the 79-year-old Paterno said afterward. “It’s almost past my bedtime.” Moments after the game ended, the two old friends came together and stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a crush of cameras and microphones to exchange warm words. “No animosity. No animosity. I mean that,” Bowden said. “Both teams played so hard,” Paterno said. In a bowl season that has included plenty of lackluster affairs, this one really was worth staying up for. Florida State mostly contained Big Ten MVP Michael Robinson, who threw a TD pass with six seconds left in the first half but was limited to 253 yards passing and 21 rushing. One scrum knocked off his helmet. He hit two clutch completions to give Penn State a chance to win the game in regulation. But Kelly, hampered by a shaky hold, was wide left on a 29-yard field goal attempt with 35 seconds left. Cismesia kicked a 48-yard field goal with 4:08 left in regulation to tie the game at 16-all, but on the first series of overtime he was wide right on a 44-yard attempt. Then it was Kelly’s turn. He again pushed a try wide left, this time a 38-yarder with a perfect hold. Austin Scott’s 1-yard run put Penn State ahead. B.J. Dean pulled the Seminoles even with a 1-yard scoring run. After Cismesia’s 38-yard attempt hit the right upright, Kelly finally came through. The kick gave Paterno his 354th career win, second in Division I-A only to Bowden’s 359. Paterno improved to 7-1 against Bowden. The only loss came the last time they met, when Florida State beat Penn State in the 1990 Blockbuster Bowl. With his first win in the Orange Bowl since 1974, Paterno improved to 21-10-1 in bowl games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Paterno had said he didn’t want the game to be about him and 76-year-old Bowden, who rank 1-2 in career coaching victories. It turned out to be about missed opportunities, improbable twists — and epic length. Given two earlier chances to win the game, Kelly missed field goal attempts of 29 and 38 yards. Paterno calmly patted the freshman’s back after the second miss, then sent him onto the field on second down for the winning kick. Florida State counterpart Gary Cismesia missed an extra point in the first half and field goal tries of 44 and 38 yards in overtime. “Sometimes you miss at the wrong time,” Bowden said. “Joe was having that problem for a while.” The No. 3-ranked Nittany Lions finished 11-1, with the only loss coming when they gave up a touchdown to Michigan on the game’s final play. The season represented a big rebound for Paterno’s program, which went 7-16 in 2003-04. No. 22 Florida State fell to 8-5, Bowden’s worst season since 1981. last_img read more