P-ville City’s 100RCs Status Gains Momentum

first_imgPaynesville City Corporation’s (PCC) application to start benefiting from its share of the US$170 million grant set aside for members of the network of 100 Resilient Cities (100RCs) has been given a boost with the visit of the Rockefeller Foundation’s (RF) Associate Director of City and Practice Management.Ms. Liz Agbor-Tabi is visiting Cyvette Gibson, Mayor of PCC – the largest city within the municipality of the City of Monrovia.Ms. Agbor-Tabi, who is also an expert in Health Policy and Planning, told journalists last Thursday, that Paynesville has done a great deal to qualify for the 100RCs program, “and this will ensure it gets the full benefits.”She stated that the RF’s Resilient City Program is intended to help cities address some of the many challenges that they are faced with.The RF’s Associate Director gave a presentation at the PCC City Hall on the importance of Paynesville becoming a member of the 100RC Program and its associated benefits.As a member of the 100RC, Paynesville will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise and other resources to build resilience to the challenges of the 21st Century. Ms. Agbor-Tabi indicated that some of the challenges to be tackled by the 100RCs are urbanization, unemployment, globalization and lack of basic social services, including water. “These issues put stress on cities’ abilities to grow and meet the needs of their fast growing populations, which the 100RC Program helps to devises strategies to tackle. Cities are interconnected and system failure in one city affects the others. Urban population is growing rapidly and so there are many challenges that need to be addressed by cities,” she further stated.With experience in working with vulnerable populations, Agbor-Tabi said she is in Liberia to help the City of Paynesville develop a strategy to assist and address the challenges facing the city.She further stated that Paynesville’s share of the US$170million will come as grant funding to hire a Chief Resilient Officer, who will be tasked to lead the citywide resilience-building process and engage stakeholders from across different government agencies, public and private sectors and various communities to incorporate diverse perspectives and knowledge. Paynesville will also receive technical support to develop a resilience strategy that reflects the city’s distinct needs and the support and services as its City Council works towards implanting that strategy. The grant would be intended for use in two to five years.Ms. Agbor-Tabi praised the PCC for having a “hardworking Mayor and team,” adding, “So we are here to also assist them in getting Paynesville to another level. They have been able to get the city through a very competitive process, which included interviews, site visitations and a long process. So, that shows their willingness to move this city forward.”In a brief comment, Mayor Gibson recalled how in May she told journalists that her city’s selection to join the 100 Resilient Cities Network is not only a significant honor, but will give her the tools to support a better Paynesville “today, tomorrow and for future generations to come.”“Our application recognized Paynesville’s commitment to better health infrastructure, proper water management, prevention of rainfall flooding and disease control.“As a new member of 100RCs, we can work with the best in the private, government and non-profit sectors in developing and sharing tools to plan and respond to resilience challenges ahead.”BackgroundFour months ago, PCC was chosen from a list of over 325 applicants on the basis of their willingness, ability and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges. Ten other cities on the continent, including Lagos, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Cape Town and Luxor in Egypt, joined Paynesville in making the 100RCs. Eight American cities including Washington D.C., Seattle, Atlanta and Honolulu made it among the 100RCs, while three Canadian cities joined Montreal to the list. In the UK, two cities joined three that were already on the list to take the UK’s tally to five.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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Morata late show sends Chelsea to the semis

first_imgChelsea 2 Bournemouth 1: Morata breaks Cherries’ hearts with last-gasp winner Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 05:46 12/21/17 alvaromorata - cropped Getty Images Alvaro Morata scored in stoppage time to help Chelsea overcome a dogged Bournemouth in the EFL Cup quarter-finals. Alvaro Morata snatched a dramatic 91st minute winner moments after Bournemouth had equalised as Chelsea reached the EFL Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.Introduced in the 73rd minute, Spain strike Morata broke the visitors’ hearts by combining with fellow substitute Eden Hazard to book his side’s place in the final four.The decisive goal came just 75 seconds after Dan Gosling had curled the Cherries level, appearing to reward Eddie Howe’s men from a dogged second-half fightback. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But they were ultimately denied what would have been the club’s first ever appearance in the next stage, with Chelsea instead still in contention for a second EFL Cup triumph in the space of four seasons.Willian earlier capped a well-constructed move in the 13th minute to give his side a lead, which they held for almost the entire match.And Bournemouth’s disappointment will be compounded by the first-half loss of Jermain Defoe, who was forced off early following a heavy challenge from Ethan Ampadu.FT: Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth!What a finish…We’re through to the semi-finals! #CHEBOU pic.twitter.com/vT81sLa3ly — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 20, 2017 Ampadu was brought in as one of eight changes for Chelsea and the teenager’s first act was to go in late on Defoe, who was unable to continue beyond the 17th minute.Chelsea were already ahead by the time of his substitution courtesy of a delightful team move.Michy Batshuayi’s pass enabled Kenedy to free Cesc Fabregas with a classy first-time back-heel and, from inside the area, the Spain midfielder unselfishly squared for Willian to tap home.Defoe’s replacement Jordon Ibe fired wide of the near post with a chance to issue a quick response, although the hosts quickly reasserted their dominance over possession and territory.Batshuayi drew a close-range smother from Artur Boruc after being put through on an angle by Pedro, before Gary Cahill audaciously volleyed the half-clearance marginally over the bar.Bournemouth survived to the break without further damage and returned with renewed impetus, winning a trio of corners in quick succession.2 – Willian has scored in both of his #EFLCup appearances this season, after failing to score in his first nine in the competition. Smooth.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 20, 2017 Lys Mousset drew another when his effort from Ibe’s pass was deflected over the bar as Howe’s men continued to grow in confidence.Conte moved to alleviate the mounting pressure by introducing Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko in a double change, although the Cherries were inching closer to an equaliser.Ibe first whistled a shot past the left post and Gosling went one better in the 90th minute, clinically curling beyond the outstretched Willy Caballero to spark wild celebrations among the away fans.But their joy quickly turned to despair as, from the resultant kick-off, Chelsea stunningly restored their lead, Hazard skilfully setting Morata through for a cool one-on-one finish.The striker’s subsequent celebrations earned him a yellow card and a suspension, though, meaning he will miss Saturday’s trip to Everton in the only dampener on the hosts’ delight. read morelast_img read more

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