LWSC, CICO Sign US$10.6M Grant Agreement

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and Chicquan Construction Company (CICO) have signed a US$10.6 million Agreement for the rehabilitation of the White Plains water treatment plant, outside Monrovia.According to the Agreement, preparations and mobilization of equipment will take four weeks for the contractor to begin actual work at the water treatment.The US$10.6 million funding for the rehabilitation works was provided by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Africa Water Facility (AWF).Besides, the Agreement covers the complete rehabilitation of the 21km long pipeline from the water treatment plant at White Plains through Red-light Market in Paynesville.At the signing ceremony on Friday, LWSC Managing Director, Charles B. Allen, explained that the funds are on the basis of grants and not loans.Director Allen also disclosed that the water treatment rehabilitation contractor was selected following an international competitive bidding process. The process, he said, was held among 12 bidding companies that were earlier shortlisted.Of that number, he said four bidders were qualified for the third phase of the interviews for the selection of the winner by a committee of highly qualifies Liberians.He also pointed out that after the third phase of the screening process, CICO was qualified, accepted and declared winner of the contract.When fully rehabilitated, the water agency will be able to pump and supply 16 million gallons of water to Monrovia and its environs every day.In a brief statement, CICO Deputy Country Manager, Chan Zetao, assured LWSC and Liberians that his company will live up to the terms and conditions of the contract.He then expressed the hope for future collaboration between CICO and LWSC.In remarks, LWSC Deputy managing director for Technical Services, Frankie Cassell, disclosed that the selection for the water treatment plant rehabilitation contract was carried out on the basis of the AfDB’s competitive bidding guidelines. He also assured the government and partners that CICO will work strictly in conformity with the specifications, drawings and designs as documented in the work plan.Mr. Cassell assured Liberians and partners that the rehabilitation works will be double-monitored and supervised by the hired international engineering firm and personnel from the water agency during the implementation period.He also indicated that the effective, management of the current funds provided by the AfDB and AWF are critical to the securing of additional soft loans from partners and other donor institutions in the future.“You are not going to get additional funding if the current funds provided are mismanaged,” Director Cassell warned.For his part, the project manager for the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (UWSSP), Gabriel S. Flaboe Sr., said as a result of the transition of different management heads and delays, the water treatment plant rehabilitation did experience some hurdles.The signing of the water treatment plant rehabilitation contract, he said, marks one of the significant points in the history of the LWSC.The UWSSP official pointed out that the current agreement is only intended to rehabilitate the water treatment plant and did not incorporate the expansion phase owing to the present staggering population of Monrovia. Mr. Flaboe however reminded Liberians and partners that the current water treatment plant was designed to meet the water needs of approximately 750,000 residents and customers prior to the civil conflict, but the population of Monrovia has increased approximately to 1.3 million inhabitants.Manager Flaboe then stressed the need for a robust expansion program in anticipation of pipe-borne water demands in the future by the growing population of Monrovia and environs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Sweep for drugs leads to arrest WHITTIER – A man arrested in a federal sweep of suspected drug-sales locations Friday has been charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale and illegal possession of firearms, police said Tuesday. Steven Martinez of Whittier is charged with weapons and narcotics possession, police said. He was among 12 people arrested Friday during a narcotics sweep by federal and local agencies targeting five houses where officials suspected drugs were being sold. Detectives said residents at the houses worked together selling drugs. Four of the men arrested Friday have been released, but Whittier police Detective Kevin Ramos said the four are expected to be charged with possession of meth and conspiracy to sell meth. WHITTIER – A 21-year-old man survived being shot in the stomach early Tuesday morning in an alley in the 7700 block of Newlin Avenue. Police are searching for two men who got out of a white Toyota, walked up to the victim and fired three rounds in his direction at about 5 a.m., said Whittier Police spokesman Jason Zuhlke. One bullet hit the victim, who police did not identify. The gunmen drove away and the victim was later taken to a hospital. He was in stable condition Tuesday afternoon. Anyone with information about the crime was asked to call (562) 945-8250. Seven others arrestees remained in custody Tuesday on arrest warrants, parole violations or for being under the influence, Ramos said. Free cooking class offered Tuesdays LA MIRADA – A free cooking class is offered from 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. A cooking instructor from Cerritos College will bring recipes and cook desserts, main dishes and holiday fair. Participants may sample food in the process. For more information ,call (562) 902-3160, or visit www.cityoflamirada.org. Tai chi classes held at hospital WHITTIER – Tai chi classes are held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd. Classes are taught by sixth- degree black belt Sensei McGouirk, who will instruct on how to clear the mind, reduce stress, increase concentration and increase learning ability. The fee is $30 for six sessions, or $18 for Life Connections members. For reservations, or for more information, call (562)698-0811, Ext. 2444. Doctor to give gout lecture LA MIRADA – A doctor from Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will give a presentation on gout, a painful form of arthritis, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the La Mirada Activity center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The lecture will discuss the signs, symptoms, stages and treatments for gout, which usually affects only one joint. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. VFW post to hold dinner fundraiser SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Rd., will hold a steak dinner fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. A donation of $7.95 per plate is suggested. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Lecture to focus on senior stress LA MIRADA – A free lecture for seniors on how to manage stress will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810La Mirada Blvd. The lecture is presented by Behavioral Health Science Inc. The talk will focus on teaching seniors proper methods for managing stress in their lives. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. – From staff reports160Want 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

Joy sprang out of our grief Parents of misidentified Bronco describe mixup

first_imgMELFORT, Sask. — The parents of a Humboldt Bronco hockey player misidentified after a deadly crash on a Saskatchewan highway say they weren’t convinced the battered body lying in the funeral home was really their son.Paul and Tanya LaBelle of Saskatoon described for the first time in court Wednesday their confusion and anguish at being told over and over that their boy had to be dead, planning for his funeral and then getting a phone call that there had been a terrible mistake.Xavier LaBelle was alive and in hospital.“Joy sprang out of our grief in an exponential way,” said Paul LaBelle. “We arrived at his bedside with kisses and very, very gentle hugs.”But the couple said they also felt pain for the parents who thought Xavier was their son and had been comforting him and holding his hands for nearly three days in the hospital. Parker Tobin of Stony Plain, Alta. was actually among those who had died and it was his body in the funeral home.“We know they cared for him as a son and we are forever grateful,” said Tanya LaBelle. “We grieved with them as they came to terms with the realization that their amazing son had not survived.“We were devastated for them and their family.”The LaBelles shared their story in a victim impact statement at a sentencing hearing for the truck driver who barrelled through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus last April.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary has pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving.Over three days, families of the dead and injured have taken turns reading dozens of heart-wrenching statements in a makeshift courtroom in Melfort.Tobin’s family spoke briefly Tuesday. Myrtle Tobin struggled to describe what she went through after learning her 18-year-old grandson was not the boy in the hospital.“To discover that Parker had been gone the entire time, but we never knew … our family has leaned on one another to get through the days, weeks and months that have followed.”Paul LaBelle, an emergency room doctor, said Wednesday that his family had been travelling to watch the Broncos play in Nipawin when they came across the wreckage from the crash. He grabbed his medical bag and ran down the highway to help, but was turned away by RCMP.After they were informed that their 18-year-old son was among the dead, they were sent to a makeshit morgue at a funeral home to identify his body.They were shown one body that they knew wasn’t their son. Staff apologized and showed them another body. Again, it was not their boy, they said.“We were very anxious and confused,” recalled Paul LaBelle. “Maybe Xavier was still trapped at the scene or perhaps he had wandered off into a field unnoticed?“We were assured all 29 people on the bus were accounted for.”Still unconvinced, he said he and his wife went to the Saskatoon hospital and showed nurses caring for the injured Broncos photos of Xavier. “The staff members were sympathetic but they let us know all the players were identified and our son was not there.”Tanya LaBelle said she pleaded for police to search the crash site again with dogs but was told no one had been left behind. That’s when it began to sink in that maybe their grief was blinding them. Maybe Xavier was dead.They went back to the morgue and looked over the one body that had yet to be identified. It had no scars or birthmarks matching Xavier. So they arranged for his orthodontic records to be ordered. “We needed to be 100 per cent sure,” Paul LaBelle said.In the meantime, the family accepted that the body might be Xavier. They held him and balled their eyes out and started making funeral arrangements.It was two days later, while they were at a vigil in Humboldt honouring those who died, that they received the miraculous phone call. They discreetly went outside to tell other family members the news, then rushed to Saskatoon.The coroner’s office apologized at the time for the mistake, saying several of the players had dyed their hair blonde for the playoff season and weren’t carrying identification when the bus crashed.A coroner also said that the mistake was realized when Xavier LaBelle woke up and said, “I’m not Parker Tobin.”Paul LaBelle told court that his son suffered serious injuries, including fractures and gashes to his face, along with brain trauma, spine fractures and nerve damage in his legs and left arm.He continues to require medical care.Chris Purdy, The Canadian Presslast_img read more