Alfalit Liberia Shares Independence Gifts to WIPNET Chapters

first_imgWIPNET Gbarnga Women Celebrate receiving Alflait Independence Day GiftAs part of Alfalit’s International Liberia’s activities in observance of the country’s 171st Independence Anniversary, the organization has donated 25Kg bags of rice and assorted food items to over 800 women, who are from the  Women in Peace Building Network (WIPNET) residing in five of the 15 counties.Many of the women, who benefited from Alfalit’s gesture, were in the age range of 50 and living in “extreme poverty.”On the distribution list, women from Montserrado County received 313 bags of rice; Bomi County, 100 bags; Grand Bassa County, 50 bags; Bong County, 294 bags; and Margibi County, 40 bags. Other items donated included gallons of vegetable oil, onions and beans.This year’s donation, which is the largest of Alfalit’s goodwill gesture, is carried out twice a year — during the festive season of July 26, Liberia’s Independence Day, and in December during the Christmas season.Reverend Emmanuel Giddings, Alfalit-Liberia Country Director, said that the donation is meant to help the women, especially those residing in poverty stricken communities, to sustain their families during the Independence Day celebrations.“Festive days are times for all people to be happy and not time for one to sit and worry about what to eat or wear. So this donation can help.  Our work is not to distribute food to people, but to teach them to read and write, but we are doing this to make you happy this July 26.  The donation to WIPNET is part of Alfalit’s corporate social responsibility and continuous support to WIPNET as well as to poor and underprivileged women.“Although the country is now peaceful and people are moving on with their lives, Alfalit International Liberia still appreciates the role of the WIPNET Women in helping to restore peace to Liberia during the civil war, and we feel by doing this is just to show them that we have not forgotten them,” Marie Morris, Alfalit Field Monitor, said at the start of the donation in Kakata, Margibi County, and Gbarnga, Bong County.Receiving the donation in Gbarnga, Bong County, WIPNET County Coordinator, Cerue Lyeah, thanked Alfalit International for the donation and described the gesture as timely and life-saving.“I want to be so grateful to Alfalit International for this timely donation which will indeed sustain their homes for a month. You’ve just saved us during this difficult economic time. We will never forget what Alfalit has done for our women today,” Madam Lyeah added.She further appreciated Alfalit International for teaching the women to read and write over the years, something she said has brought great changes in the lives of the women under the peace hut.“Because of Alfalit, most of the women can now read, write and sign their own names; they are no longer using their thumbs to sign,” the Gbarnga WIPNET coordinator said.In all the counties, towns and places visited, jubilation by the women marked the distribution, with the recipients describing the donation as timely and a great relief to them during this Independence Day celebration week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

1 dead, 8 injured as winds fan wildfires

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In northern Los Angeles County near Agua Dulce, a fire ran through 10,000 acres in just a few hours as about 250 firefighters tried to get a handle on the flames. Authorities said 10 buildings were destroyed, but couldn’t say how many of them were homes. Between 500 and 800 people were evacuated and three people were injured, authorities said. Meanwhile, in Malibu, about 700 firefighters worked to protect hundreds of homes in several upscale communities nestled in the hills, officials said. About 1,500 people had been evacuated, officials said. Firefighters and law enforcement officers from in and around the San Gabriel Valley went to assist in battling the fires in Malibu and Agua Dulce. Sixteen people from the Pasadena Fire Department, joined by firefighters from Glendale, Burbank and other cities, left for the blaze in Malibu early in the morning, said Pasadena fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. Pasadena’s firefighters were initially assigned the task of protecting structures from the fire, Derderian said. MALIBU – More than a half-dozen wildfires driven by powerful Santa Ana winds spread across Southern California on Sunday, killing one person near San Diego, forcing hundreds to evacuate north of Los Angeles and destroying several homes and a church in celebrity-laden Malibu. No details were immediately available about the death in San Diego County, but four firefighters and four other people were injured and taken to hospitals, said Roxanne Provaznik, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire was among at least 10 blazes that burned more than 20,000 acres, stretching from north of Santa Barbara to San Diego, as hot weather and strong winds marked the height of the traditional wildfire season. The fire responsible for the death and eight injuries burned about 2,500 acres near a highway about 70 miles southeast of San Diego. A second charred about 8,000 acres in northern San Diego County near an area that was ravaged by a pair of wildfires in 2003 and was threatening homes near Witch Creek, authorities said. A Pasadena fire battalion chief also assisted with the fire in Agua Dulce, she said. Firefighters were also drawn from Los Angeles County Fire Department stations throughout the region, officials said. Fire Station No. 118 in Industry contributed four firefighters and two engines to the blaze in Malibu, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Robert Cormack. Other stations contributed whatever manpower and equipment could be spared, Cormack said. The sheriff’s Industry Station sent nine deputies and two sergeants to the fires, said Industry sheriff’s Lt. Liam Gallagher. Three deputies from the sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar Station were at the scene as well, officials said. The Malibu blaze, which started in Malibu Canyon, had charred at least 1,200 acres and destroyed a church and several homes, one of them a landmark castle. No one was injured, Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman said. The winds carried embers across the Pacific Coast Highway, closing the popular road and setting fire to cars and trees in the parking lot of a shopping center where a supermarket, drugstore and other shops were damaged. TV footage showed several buildings in flames in the area, including clusters of beach-side homes. “This fire is zero percent contained, which means we’re at the mercy of the wind,” acting Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich said. Five homes and two commercial buildings had been confirmed lost throughout the Malibu area, Freeman said. Nine homes were damaged, he said. The fire is expected to burn for another two to three days, he said. Until the blaze is extinguished, “there will literally be thousands of homes that will be threatened at one time or another,” he said. Fire crews early Sunday found downed power lines, which may have started the fire, Capt. Mike Brown said. Late Sunday morning, palm trees bent in half and embers were carried through the air as winds gusted to 60 to 65 mph. Thick smoke obscured the sun. Susan Nuttall sat in her black Mercedes in a cul-de-sac just off the Pacific Coast Highway, saying she had fled her condo just below Pepperdine University. “We’re all scared to death, and we have nowhere to go,” said Nuttall, 51, still wearing a bathrobe and holding her Chihuahua. Flames also consumed the landmark Castle Kashan, a stately fortress-like home with turrets and arched windows, as about a dozen residents watched from across a street. Chunks of brick fell from the exterior of the burning building overlooking the coast. Erratic wind gusts hampered efforts to drop water from aircraft and pushed flames toward HRL Laboratories, a research and engineering facility jointly owned by Boeing Co. and General Motors Corp. about a mile north of Pepperdine. One outbuilding caught fire, Boeing spokeswoman Diana Ball said. Flames engulfed Malibu Presbyterian Church, which had been evacuated, said youth pastor Eric Smith. “That’s the really good news, that everyone’s out and safe,” Smith said. Faculty and staff at the 830-acre Pepperdine campus had been urged to evacuate in the morning and students were instructed to gather in the school’s cafeteria and basketball arena. But by early afternoon, the campus was “secure,” Freeman said. Flames were no longer visible in the hills around the school and that power to the campus had been restored, Pepperdine spokesman Jerry Derloshon said. About 200 homes had been evacuated in the communities of Malibu Colony, Puerco Canyon, Monte Nido and Sweetwater Canyon, Brown said. High fire danger signified by red-flag warnings is expected in the coming days throughout the Southland, said Derderian, of the Pasadena Fire Department. Officials are working to ensure there will still be enough firefighters on-hand to handle any local emergencies, she said. Other wildfires burning in Southern California included: Firefighters were focused on protecting Piru, a Ventura County town of 1,200 people across a small lake from the 1,500-acre blaze. A condor preserve was also potentially threatened. Also in Ventura County, crews mopped up a wildfire that burned 35 acres of brush in a rural area near Moorpark. One home had damage to its roof but no injuries were reported. More than 450 acres had burned five miles northeast of Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County. No homes had been destroyed or damaged, but fire officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for the Woodstock neighborhood. A blaze that burned around 25 acres was stamped out in an unpopulated canyon area in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley. Downed power lines were found in the area, but officials didn’t know if they had caused the blaze. Correspondent Brian Day contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Volvo rolls out S60 cross-country luxury sedan

first_imgMumbai, Mar 11 (PTI) Volvo India today rolled out a cross-country luxury sedan, S60, priced at Rs 38.9 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai).The Swedish automaker claims that the new car is an industry first in the country as it offers 20 mm ground clearance, helping it double up as a luxury sports car.Volvo Auto India Managing Director Tom von Bonsdorff said the cross-country sedan comes with a unique blend of sporty ruggedness, offering all the capabilities of an all weather, all road car.The all-wheel drive S60 comes with a diesel powertrain and sports a Scandinavian design exemplified by its beautiful and simple shapes and surfaces.The company entered the country in 2007 and sells six luxury models including sport sedan S60, saloon S80, cross-country V40, SUV XC60 and the seven-seater sport utility vehicle XC90. PTI BEN NP PRB ABK RYSlast_img read more