Cricket News Even Pakistan had chance to win Test series in Australia, says Mohammad Yousuf

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Pakistan captain and batting great Muhammad Yousuf reckons that even the current Pakistan team could have beaten Australia in a Test series. India recorded a historic 2-1 series win Down Under, becoming the first sub-continent team to taste such success.Yousuf said the current Australian team is one of the weakest he has seen but insisted he was not trying to devalue the feat of the Indian team.“What the Indians have achieved is big and they played well to win the series but it is also a fact that when Pakistan beat Australia one nil in UAE last Sept-Oct, I was not surprised at all. Such is the strength of this Australian side,” Yousuf told PTI.Yousuf said he had no doubt that if Pakistan went to Australia now they would also have good chances of winning a test series for the first time.“I think India and Pakistan compared to Australia are very good sides. India in particular has quality batsmen and their bowlers have also learnt the art of bowling in test cricket,” he said.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s India eye more history amidst Hardik Pandya off-field dramaThe veteran of 90 tests and 288 One-Day internationals said that Australia for the last two years had struggled to win outside their country and their performance has suffered due to absence of banned Steve Smith and David Warner.“The Australians are struggling at the moment. Their batting is not showing quality and because of this their bowlers have also struggled badly,” he opined.Yousuf said until Smith and Warner returned to the Australian side their World Cup chances were also bleak. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Olatunbosun’s Double Sinks Nasarawa Utd

first_imgIsah Akor spurned the opportunity to give the visitors the lead after 15 minutes as his tame effort was saved by goalkeeper Dele Ayeleso.Five minutes later, Olatunbosun put the Olukoya Boys ahead with a cool finish courtesy of an assist from from Stephen Odey.And ten minutes later he completed his brace to the dismay of the Solid Miners.In the second half, Kabiru Dogo’s side tried all they could to restore some pride but all were to no avail as the hosts secured maximum points to move up the NPFL log.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sikiru Olatunbosun scored twice as MFM FC eased past a jittery Nasarawa United 2-0 to bring an end to their recent poor run in Agege.The visitors – who had lost their first game of the season to Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men in Lagos with the intention of avenging their painful defeat but they looked sluggish despite a raft of changes from technical crew.MFM FC dominated the opening half with their forwards profiting from sloppy Nasarawa United defending.last_img read more

Messing Up on Anthony Joshua

first_imgAnthony Joshua By Tayo BalogunI have always held the view that most people around our President Muhammadu Buhari are self seekers. Out mainly to fester their nests while they perpetually ingratiate his ego . They tell him he is the best our country ever had. That our nation under him never had it better. That he has successfully wiped out corruption and has won the war on terror. That the only people hungry are the lazy ones. They create imaginary foes for him to make him see them as loyal apostles of his Change mantra. They lie to him on almost every issue and create a world distanced from reality for him.Two years ago his Agriculture Minister told him most of the rice factories in Thailand are foreclosed because of the rice we produce in our country! I got to pity our President when the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the Presidential Debate on national television said that his principal does not know about most things happening in the country. ‘ He doesn’t know. He is not aware’ was how he put it. I feel a pity for our President because he does appear to be shortchanged by those around him who keep preying on his perceived weaknesses of ever wanting to be adulated and a tendency to criminally delegate authority to those who are not necessarily competent.While I was rooting for Buhari in 2015, I knew he could only function properly as a Board Chairman who would assemble the best there are to help him rule. More like a Ronald Reagan. But instead, he chose mostly incompetent cronies . That is why we now have abundant evidence of a government on AWOL! The culminating result is that now everything is at sixes and sevens. We are properly speaking in a state of anomie.The latest illustration of this is the preventable travel ban placed on our country by a nation that has been most helpful to us in all aspects of our development as a country. People around our President are not going to do their jobs but will seek to do others’ badly.Let me illustrate with the wrongly handled Anthony Joshua presentation to the President in London recently. Most readers of this column would know that Joshua fought and reclaimed the WBO,WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz late last year after the Mexican American had unexpectedly earlier defeated him. Despite fighting as a British boxer, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua has never shied away from identifying with our country. In a recent television commercial, he proudly claimed he has been able to draw strenght from his Nigerianness which has made it possible for him to benefit from our never say die spirit of turning adverse situations around to get victories. He has not exactly become a folk hero but he surely has a huge drawing power in our country.When he won the rematch against Ruiz, it was akin to Nigeria winning a major sporting event. Most people wanted our country to honor him and use his victory to motivate our youths. To make them believe they can possitively turn their adversity around. The expectation was that a reception would be organized for him . He would come to the country, visit a few places, get to address youths and generally have his day in our sun. Ànd in the process, give hope to millions who have little expectations for a better tomorrow.Anthony Joshua’s anticipated official visit would have helped this administration to no end. Everyone would have benefitted – the street urchins, young Nigerians who look forward unendingly to having something to celebrate, our government looking for anything to calm and placate a restive populace. But some officials perhaps wanting to find something for the President to do, since they can not justify why Buhari would spend eight days in the UK to attend a two day so-called summit, felt squeezing the ‘Joshua Dobale’ visit to the President would be a bright idea. In the process they shortchanged our country and denied Buhari another opportunity to move this country forward.Sports can do a lot for this country and our President must open his eyes to the numerous advantages inherent in it.May the LORD bless our country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Baseball fandom a tale of 2 cities

first_imgI’ll admit it — I am a Chicago Cubs fan.But I’m also a Milwaukee Brewers fan.What… what? How is that possible? You’re probably thinking to yourself “Is this bitch crazy?”Let me assure you — I’m not (that) crazy. It is very possible. It’s just that not everyone is willing to admit it. I’m probably not the first person you’ve met who likes both, and I can all but assure youI’m not the last.I can’t help it. Growing up, I was allowed to like both teams. The year I was born (1985 to clarify — and yes, I’m still in college at age 24) Milwaukee finished in 6th place in the American League Central, while Chicago finished 4th in the NL Central.What a way to start my life-long curse.My father grew up in Illinois, and while I managed to fend off his love for the Bears — minus Walter Payton of course — there was something about the Cubs. Perhaps it was their pretty colors (I am a girl of course, so pretty colors draw me in), or maybe it was because of a few guys named Greg Maddux, Andre Dawson, Mark Grace and Ryne Sandberg.Ah Ryne Sandberg. That name alone makes me smile. Even if you are a die-hard Cubs hater, you can’t help but give respect to a guy who was a 10-time All-Star, a nine-time Gold Glove winner and carries a career fielding percentage of .989.And then there is their home ballpark. Wrigley Field. Ah Wrigley. Some consider it a dump. It is old. It is falling apart. There is no high-tech video board, no fireworks. But that’s just fine for the Cubs faithful. If you haven’t been to Wrigley and consider yourself a true baseball fan — go. There is a sort of aura and mystique that takes over your body the minute you walk in and see the field. The history, the curse, the good games and the bad (I don’t blame you Steve Bartman, I blame Alex Gonzalez) — the past hits you the minute you walk in.But being born and bred a Wisconsin girl, I also loved rooting for the likes of Rollie Fingers, Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount.Although I was never lucky enough to see a game at County Stadium — the one time I was supposed to go I got the chicken pox three days prior —I do get to Miller Park usually four or five times a year. And I love it. I love the tailgating. You can’t do that at Wrigley. I love firing up the grill hours before first pitch, busting out the bags board and just having a good time with good friends. Tailgating is probably one of my favorite activities, and I don’t get that on the north side of Chicago.If I had to curse myself by liking two teams, why couldn’t I pick at least one successful team? Since 1998, when they became division rivals, Milwaukee is 889-1053 while Chicago is 964-979. Yet I still put myself through the pain of loving both teams.I was able to love them both freely and without persecution for the first 12 years of my life. Those were a great 12 years. And though I didn’t get my first glimpse of live baseball until I was in high school — Miller Park when I was 16 and Wrigley Field at age 17 — I was hooked nonetheless to both teams.Those early years of your life are the most impressionable. You follow your older siblings around, trying to do everything like them and be as much like them as you can. My eldest brother, one of the biggest Brewer fans I know, was enlisted in the Army, so I didn’t have his Milwaukee influence in my life. My father turned my older sister toward his version of the Good Side right away, so between the two of them I had no other influence growing up. The Cubs soon became my favorite team.When the two play each other, I do choose my Derrek Lee jersey over my Rickie Weeks shirt every time. If the two teams ever face off in the NLCS, however unlikely it may be in my lifetime, it would be hell on earth for me — I caught a break in 2008 when they both lost. I would ultimately choose Chicago, as I do every day. But there is that small part of me hoping for a bomb to right from Prince (Fielder) and an ugly strikeout from (Alfonso) Soriano (which currently occurs on a daily basis).So as I did last week Wednesday from my rooftop seat on Sheffield and as I will do Sunday at Miller Park, I will sport the big “C.” Just don’t look too close, or you might see bright blue and yellow underneath.I can’t help it — I’m just as cursed as the Cubs.Cassie is a former Wrestling and Track & Field beat writer for The Badger Herald. She is (finally) graduating in May with her degree in journalism. Feel the need to send her hate mail and tell her she has to choose a side? E-mail her at cpaulsen@wisc.edu.last_img read more

BVI Governor Announces Lockdown as COVID Cases Increase

first_imgJaspert said that with effect from Wednesday, for seven days in the first instance, only those businesses that provide essential services will be open and all other businesses and workplaces must be closed. “We are also asking people to restrict their movements only to those that are essential. The safest thing you can do is to avoid contact with other people as much as possible,” the Governor said. The BVI has recorded one death and 25 positive cases of the virus. “Intensive contact tracing and further testing is underway. The test kits, lab equipment and rapid testing machine supplied by the United Kingdom are contributing to the speed at which this can be done.” He said the public service will be closed to the public and public officers will carry out their duties remotely, except for certain essential services. “There was a previous offer from the UK to help to bolster the Territory’s border security in the early days of COVID-19. That offer was not supported at the time. I will be discussing with the National Security Council what support might now be needed and will update in due course,” he added. ‘Your actions can help protect us all – particularly our elderly and more vulnerable. You must abide by the social distancing advice. Please follow the health guidelines – wear a mask, wash your hands for 20 seconds, limit physical contact with people and comply with other health advice. The Government will do all it deems necessary, but the actions you take will determine how successful we are as a Territory in reducing the spread of the virus.” Jaspert said that this is not a time for selfishness or for thinking you are invincible and cannot spread the virus. “These decisions have been driven by one motivation; to protect you and to protect the overall population of the Territory. Our strategy as a Cabinet throughout has been to put safety first – to be safe rather than sorry. We have to balance the need to keep people safe, to keep our economy going as much as possible and the need for essential services to operate. “In the coming days we have a chance to reverse the risk that the virus takes hold in the Territory. We need everyone’s support on this. Every single one of us is on the front-line in the fight against this virus. Every single one of us can play our part. “The restrictions on movement of vessels within our Territorial waters will remain in place. All private and commercial vessels shall be prohibited from travelling within the Territorial waters, with the exception of fisherfolk where authorised and intra-island ferries. There is no travel permitted to Anegada unless as approved. All other vessels should return to dock.” He told citizens that there will be a “hard curfew” each day from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and during that time, persons will be required to stay in their homes or the confines of their yard. He said during the full lockdown earlier this year, the authorities demonstrated that they can effectively deliver services to the public and he remains confident that they can continue to do so. “I know many businesses have also made great strides in enabling staff to work remotely. Working from home for many of us will be the order of the day in the coming period. We have had a period of adaptation and I applaud all those who have changed routines and practices to ensure safe distancing and follow hygiene protocols. There is a risk that with the period of no cases that we had over the last months that some persons may become complacent. This must not happen. “ Governor of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Augustus Jaspert “As we impose restrictions internally and have strict measures in place for people travelling through the legitimate routes into the Territory, we must ensure that our borders are secure and that people comply with the required measures. The Governor of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Augustus Jaspert has announced a lockdown of the British Overseas Territory as it seeks to deal with an upsurge in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. The Governor said that people have rightly expressed concern about the small number of individuals who are not following the rules and concerns about the border security. He said that the BVI was now recording further cases of COVID-19 and is now being classified as “having clusters of cases. CMC “All current curfew passes are invalid and new curfew passes will be issued only to the limited list of those requiring them for essential services and whilst on duty. The full list of those essential services will be published on the Government’s website. Companies seeking passes for employees should submit a list for essential workers to the Health Emergency Operations Centre on ministryofhealth@gov.vg.” He said the Cabinet had “debated long and hard on how to avoid a full lockdown, whilst ensuring the safety and protection of the people. Jaspert said that to enable essential services and workers to operate during the hard lock-down period there will be a new curfew pass scheme in place. Jaspert said he is aware that the next period will be difficult, adding “these restrictions will create hardships for those businesses and employees affected. “People will be free to leave their homes during 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (local time) but we ask that you limit this as much as possible and only do so to access essential services and activities,” Jaspert said. “But they are necessary, and we do not undertake them lightly. I am calling on all in the British Virgin Islands to make what we sincerely hope will be short-term sacrifices now, so that we can get through this together. “We have had to make difficult decisions. And I know those decisions will affect people’s livelihoods, their income, businesses and way of life. We need to use this chance we have now to try to halt the virus and that is why we are moving to restricting businesses to only absolutely essential areas. “ The virus will not discriminate between people and we all need to be together in our resolve to give it no chance to spread. That is why we are taking further action as a Government but we are also asking everyone to play their part,” Jaspert said. He said he was also urging all employers of any business that is permitted to be open to be responsible and close in good time to allow their employees and customers time to get home before the curfew.last_img read more

MTN FA Cup match dates confirmed for Round of 64 pairings

first_imgThe match dates for the Round of 64 fixtures in the MTN FA Cup have been confirmed following the second round draw.   The second round matches will be played between December 18-28.Sixty-four teams made of Premier, Division One and Two sides will be involved in the second round stage of the competition.Reigning champions, Medeama’s will begin their title defence an away fixture against third-tier team, Score FC on Sunday, December 22 in Koforidua.MTN FA Cup match dates confirmed for Round of 64 pairingsThe match dates for the Round of 64 fixtures in the MTN FA Cup have been confirmed following the second round draw.    The second round matches will be played between December 18-28.Sixty-four teams made of Premier, Division One and Two sides will be involved in the second round stage of the competition.Reigning champions, Medeama’s will begin their title defence an away fixture against third-tier team, Score FC on Sunday, December 22 in Koforidua.Round of 64 PairingsHOME TEAMRESULTSAWAY TEAMDATEVENUEROSPACK FC RIGHT TO DREAM FC18/12/13 GYANDU PARKINTER-ALLIES BERLIN FC21/12/13TEMA STADIUMMIGHTY JETS MEPE UNITED21/12/13ATTC,ACCRABUBIASHIE CHARITY STARS LIBERTY PROF.21/12/13CHARITY PARK, BUBUASHIE, ACCRADAWENYA FC or ROYAL FAITH BAZOOKA21/12/13PRAMPRAM PARK orHO STADIUMMETRO SC ESPERANCE21/12/13GYANDU PARKFUTURE STARS BOFOAKWA21/12/13BABA YARA, KSINANIA FC DC UNITED21/12/13NANIA PARK, LEGONPRESTIGE FC ISTANBUL FC21/12/13NICHOLSON PARK, BURMA CAMP, ACCRASAMPA UNITED BAGOJET FC21/12/13SAMPA PARK,SAMPATUMU HAPPY STARS TEMA UNITED21/12/13WA STADIUMRED LIONS FC BINDURI UNITED21/12/13LEN CLAY STADIUM     TARKWA UNITED HEART OF LIONS22/12/13TNA PARK, TARKWANEW EDUBIASE BOLGA MAN CITY22/12/13EDUBIASE PARK, BEKWAIDWARFS FIRST KLASS FC22/12/13ROBERT MENSAH, CAPE COASTTAMALE LIBERTY or WIAGA UNITED KOTOKO22/12/13TAMALE STAIUM or BOLGA PARKOKWAWU UNITED REAL ATHLETICO22/12/13NKAWKAW PARKADUANA STARS ASOKWA DEPORTIVO / DUNKWA UNITED22/12/13NANA AGYEMAN BADU II PARK, DORMAAKING FAISAL BABIES TUOBODOM SANTOS22/12/13BABA YARA. KUMASFEYENOORD ACADEMY WA ALL STARS22/12/13FETTEH PARK, FETTEHBEREKUM CHELSEA WENCHI UNITED22/12/13GOLDEN CITY,BEREKIMGOLD STARS HEARTS OF OAK22/12/13BIBIANI PARKSTARKE FC HASAACAS22/12/13DUNKWA PARKASH GOLD B.A UNITED22/12/13LEN CLAY STADIUMAMIDAUS PROF. DANBORT FC22/12/13TEMA STADIUM     BOLGA ALL STARS or KRYSTAL PALACE BELIEVERS FC28/12/13BOLGA PARK or WA STADIUMlast_img read more

Jonathan Mensah:We can beat Germany

first_imgGhana defender, Jonathan Mensah has called on his colleagues not to give up after losing their first group match at the World Cup.The Black Stars were beaten 2-1 by the USA last night in Natal.But Mensah, who was supberb on Monday night believes things could change if they are able to take at least a point against Germany this Saturday“We learn from our mistakes. We are disappointed, Ghanaians are disappointed, but it’s not over.“It’s left with two games, no one put us in this situation, we did, so we have to do everything to come out of it.“Yes we can beat the Germans, like the same way the USA beat us. This group is going to be very tough, and we are going to see if Portugal can beat USA.“I believe if we have a good result against Germany, everything will be rested on the last game. “We should be patient. We know Ghanaians are hurt, and we are sorry about that. We will try and do something on Saturday,” Mensah added..Ghana are chasing a third straight appearance in the second round after a round of 16 and quarter-final berth in 2006 and 2010 respectively.last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Christmas movie question

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Prez. Sirleaf Endorses NOCAL Board’s Approved SAP

first_imgTo ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has endorsed the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) Board’s approved Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) aimed at ensuring the viability of the entity so that it continues to pursue its mission to develop Liberia’s hydrocarbon resources.She said the board’s action plan calls for drastic steps to control costs and put NOCAL on a more viable financial footing, adding that these would include significant staff cuts, a reconstitution of the board and retirement and replacement of the senior executive leadership.Madam Sirleaf made this announcement during a press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held in Monrovia Tuesday.“I have mandated these steps because they are necessary to ensure that NOCAL can perform its duty to manage and develop Liberia’s oil resources, and to rectify recent mistakes in its performance,” she said.She recalled that the caliber of companies that were attracted to Liberia’s acreage to pursue exploration activities was also high, with major exploration deals struck between NOCAL and the world’s top oil companies, Chevron and Exxon Mobil, as well as the largest signature bonus of US$50 million ever for a “Frontier” country such as Liberia.President Sirleaf underscored that the execution of the production sharing contracts (PSCs) with these super major and other reputable international oil companies also resulted in significant interest in Liberia’s hydrocarbon sector with record licensing of seismic data and related revenue. She also noted that during this period, average revenue generated was US$30.5 million, compared to average annual revenue of US$4.5 million in prior years.This, according to her, translated into US$10.6 million annual payments to the Government’s Consolidated Fund.The average annual revenue for the sale of seismic data/component for the period 2010–2013, was US$15.6 million; a 300 % increase when compared to annual seismic revenue generated for earlier periods, she indicated.Madam Sirleaf also said that it was regrettable, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2013, NOCAL’s revenue for seismic data sale began a precipitous decline, during which total seismic revenue fell by 29 percent from the prior fiscal year and was compounded by the Ebola virus disease of 2014 that led to a reduction in investor interest across all economic sectors for the impacted West African region.“There is no doubt that the current oil price collapse and other external factors, including our recent Ebola challenge contributed to the current financial crisis that the company is facing,” She noted.She further intimated that despite the obvious decline in revenue that began in late 2013, NOCAL continued hiring staff at an alarming rate with exorbitant benefits resulting in the current wage bill of over US$7 million per annum.”She however emphasized that the alarming situation at NOCAL prompted her action to instruct NOCAL’s Board of Directors to take immediate action to ensure that the institution is restructured as well as to ensure most prudent handling of the country’s financial resources taking into account the Board’s Sustainability Action Plan.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf said the administrative actions became prudently compelling and a few members of the board will continue until an interim board is reconstituted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Disappearing Coastline: Time to Save Liberia’s Shoreline

first_imgMore than ever before in the history of Liberia, inhabited coastal communities are being and are on the verge of being submerged beneath the vast Atlantic Ocean. From Cape Mount to Cape Palmas, coastal erosion continues to wipe out the shorelines. Experts have argued that consistent and persistent occurrence of coastal erosion along Liberia’s coastline could either result from unregulated sand mining or global climate change leading to rising sea levels compounded with abrasive currents, high energy wave patterns and storm surges, all combined to create serious levels of coastal erosion.While experts argued distinguishing fact from fiction, hundreds of people are becoming displaced on a regular basis, most of whom are already poverty-stricken. Strong storms in most parts of the country are destroying thousands of homes occupied by people who continue to taste the bitter pill of poverty and human suffering. It is not only the people that are affected, but their homes and other basic infrastructural facilities that provide the much needed social services that are getting swallowed, leaving thousands homeless without food, water, clothing – let alone access to affordable healthcare and education. Case in point: the famous D. Tweh High School, the only public high school in one of Liberia’s largest shantytowns, is on the verge of being swept away.Contemplate on the picturesque Atlantic Street in the Port City of Buchanan that is being washed away, and efforts are underway to somewhat cease the debris from falling, for a very short span of time, with huge rocks stockpiled for coastal defense. Consider the populous West Point community in the heart of our nation’s capital that is being squeezed with countless number of homes, submerged underwater or at the point of being wiped out in the not too distant future. Every now and then, coastal erosion is taking away the homes and hard-earned meager resources of our compatriots, while we sit and shift blames or badmouth authorities, or give illusive hopes or share pseudo relief items to gain political favor. However, the growing wave of coastal erosion in recent times call for decisive, appropriate and long-term action from broader and bigger perspectives involving holistic and realistic approaches that take into consideration practical solutions from experts, investment in long-standing research and grassroots actions on the part of every citizen. Notwithstanding, these are not just the solutions to the worsening coastal erosion problem along Liberia’s shorelines, but the changes in the attitude, behavior and mindset of the people who are directly affected by this devastating phenomenon. Most importantly, there must be the will of the people, institutions, international and political bodies to find amicable remedies to the worrisome, encroaching sea.Every so often, scores of coastal dwellers choose to engage in illegal beach sand mining under the canopy of earning their daily meal. There is always a demand for beach sand as people engage in the construction of their homes and businesses, without consideration environmental issues and the merciless coastal erosion. The huge demand for beach sand, even with the prohibition, leads people to go the extra mile to collect sand. Due to the limited space for building houses in most clustered coastal communities, some inhabitants choose to build their homes within the proximity of the ocean or near the very place coastal sand mining is being carried out. The exponential increase of coastal sand mining and construction of misshaped structures severely damages all or nearly all the native vegetations that usually serve as natural barriers to the destructive and seemingly unstoppable coastal erosion. Sadly, most coastal dwellers are either too busy worrying over food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and school fees, or have little or no knowledge about the effects of their accumulated activities on the coastal erosion problem they are encountering. Coastal residents need to accept the fact that their very actions and activities along the shoreline are causing the increased coastal erosion. They ought to dust themselves off, wakeup, shakeup and standup to begin the work of minimizing or stopping the disastrous coastal erosion with their own creativity, responsibility and ingenuity. Coastal dwellers can put an end to sand mining at this very moment, because every problem can be solved through the willingness of the people. This is a truism, that most shorelines lacking human habitation do not experience coastal erosion as compared to inhabited areas, since they are firmly secured with natural barriers. Therefore, coastal inhabitants must begin to plant native vegetations, create buffer zone and cease the cutting of mangrove swamps. They should and must call their government to begin taking practical steps in addressing coastal erosion as well as solicit the help of international partners and other stakeholders. They should and must tell powerful and rich nations to stop the massive pollution to stop the earth from getting warmer, leading to rising sea levels. They should and must uphold and adhere to the laws and other international regulations set forth in order to protect and preserve the environment for themselves and generations yet unborn. All of this is possible if people decide to work together with one common purpose for the good of all.Besides, regulatory institutions charged with the responsibility to safeguard Liberia’s coastline ought to galvanize all of the necessary resources and logistics in order to effectively and efficiently monitor and effectuate the rules and regulations governing beach sand mining and construction of housing units along the shoreline. These regulatory bodies should create massive publicity and outreach initiatives including organizing community based town hall styled meetings coupled with focused group discussions to explain laws as well as penalties associated with their violations. Projects implemented through these statutory institutions established under the law of Liberia should involve local coastal inhabitants in order to provide jobs and avert beach sand mining. Additionally, there should be a regulatory framework that takes into consideration early warning, evacuation plan and disaster management support for coastal residents. It is also advisable for regulatory bodies to institute working groups on coastal erosion so as to better coordinate and avoid unnecessary government bureaucracy. On the other hand, the international community must play a pivotal role in protecting coastal areas against erosion and climate change. Rich and powerful nations should muster the courage to implement the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Some countries with relatively plenty resources have got to limit investment in fossil fuel, coal and nuclear power as cheaper sources of energy and divert to clean and renewable energy. No matter how much financial aid is being provided to combat the glaring and galloping effects of climate change, developed countries should not be blindfolded as the sea swallows coastal communities and erodes shorelines. The task is upon the world’s most influential nations to prevent the glaciers from melting at a faster pace than estimated, with stronger commitment, not just through lengthy speeches and countless conferences, but rather practical actions to reduce carbon emissions and sharing the much needed technological know-how to minimize the threat of coastal erosion dislodging people and possibly adding to the refugee crises the world is currently experiencing. The world’s major emitters of emission must rethink the future of thousands of communities on the verge of being submerged underwater and millions of people that are going to be displaced without hope for a better future. We the people of this world cannot continue to ruin our planet in pursue of economic power. We are all living under “one sky,” and what sets us apart are vast oceans and imaginary border lines; and all too often, what distinguishes us is the color of our skin. Nevertheless, no matter where one lives or religion confessed or language spoken or perceived social status; know that climate change will affect us all, and it is just a matter of time. Hence, we the people of this world, rich or poor, powerful or powerless, environmental activist or social advocate; ought to do everything in our power in our lifetime to save our planet and put an end to coastal erosion.All the more so, political will is very paramount in ensuring our leaders take appropriate actions to safeguard eroding shorelines and massive coastal erosion led displacement of people. It is time to make our leaders walk the talk and uphold their promise to combat climate change and stop coastal erosion. In Liberia, our government has signed up to many international treaties, protocols and agreements as well as approved numerous legislations, regulations, policies and laws to guide against climate change; howbeit, most of these brilliant documents are yet to be turned into practical actions. The Liberian government must begin the work of ensuring the popularization and implementation of all climate change related documents through consulted and coordinated efforts involving every state actor. The time for the blame shifting game is over. Our government must keep its promises to avoid speedily contrived solutions, but instead work towards long-lasting initiatives that will make our coastline safer, healthier and cleaner. Our government must no longer wait until hundreds of homes in West Points vanish or D. Twe disappears or Atlantic Street debris fall beneath the ocean floor or another disastrous coastal erosion to occur before taking actions and calling for help. Our government must incorporate the science of climate change in the national curriculum so as to engage and educate the present generation of young Liberians to learn about the effects of the climate crisis and develop possible solutions to solve one of the greatest crises in human history. When young people are involved in putting an end to eroding shorelines and the fight against climate change with their energy, enthusiasm and innovation, there are endless possibilities. Already many voluntary grassroots organizations like Youth Exploring Solutions are leading the quest for a greener future to save our earth. Through our sweat, blood and tears, more dedicated, determined and committed environmental enthusiasts have joined the implementation of a very ambitious plan to build a sustainable Liberia and create an ecosystem of innovation in the areas of Energy, Water, Food, Waste and Ecology, utilizing a youth-led sustainability movement. Furthermore, we are informing, involving and inspiring young people to take practical grassroots actions to safeguard our one earth, whether it is community town hall engagement for coastal dwellers or nurturing emerging environmentalists or anti-plastic bag campaigns or coastal cleanup initiatives or planting trees or environmental advocacy and outreach activities, we playing our part with tremendous support from the U.S. Embassy Monrovia to help make our planet greener, our water safer and our air cleaner. However, our incredible grassroots efforts are just a drop in the ocean, because no one organization or country on the face of this earth can put an end to the climate crisis.Now, it is the time to get everyone involved in solving the climate crisis. We need not retreat from a battle affecting us all, and will definitely have substantial impact on our children, grand children and generations unborn. We have got to tackle climate change head-on through collective efforts to make our planet habitable, our water drinkable, our air breathable, our food consumable, our energy clean and our environment livable. It is up to everyone to set their sights higher from their comfort zones and imaginary border lines and begin the work of solving the climate crisis through our own creativity and collective actions. It is on us to begin taking every action possible to fight for ourselves, our country and our one world with the artisanal that defeats the climate crisis in our lifetime. It is on us to rethink the way we utilize energy that is threatening our very existence. Together, we can tackle the climate crisis and save our earth for ourselves and the next generation and put an end to the eroding Liberian shoreline. About the author: Mr. Stephen B. Lavalah is an advocate and the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a non-profit and voluntary grassroots youth-led development organization. For more information about YES’ work in Liberia, please visit http://www.liberiayes.org. The views expressed are the author’s own and do not represent YES.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more