Ganta Breaks Ground for US$500K Multi-Purpose City Hall

first_imgMin Varney Sirleaf, maeks remarks after cutting the ribbon, symbolizing the ground-breaking for the Ganta City Hall project.Ganta City authorities in Nimba County on Saturday, May 4, 2019, broke ground to construct a multi-purpose city hall at the estimated cost of US$500,000.The project, according to Ganta City Mayor Amos N. Suah, will be completed in one year’s time to contain offices, guest rooms, conference halls, along with other modern facilities.“We will ensure that the building is completed in time so that our kids can have a place to celebrate any big event including Christmas,” the Mayor said.Construction work is already taking place as far as planting the pillars, to be followed by the first floor casting.In the wake of the construction work, the city authorities are soliciting funding from the residents, while at the same time, appealing to the government for support to meet up with the one year deadline of completion.The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by high profiled individuals headed by Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf and former Nimba Senator Hilary Gbomblee.Minister Sirleaf provided US$10,000 as President George Weah’s initial contribution to the construction and pledged government’s support to complete the project.“We are happy for this project, because it will host most of our workshops to cut down some of the expenses on renting private places for workshops,” he said.The Internal Affairs Minister praised Mayor Suah and his officials for undertaking such a huge project, but called on them to be accountable to every cent they will collect from the residents so as to get their continuous full support.With that caution, Mayor Suah promised to be very transparent with the citizens concerning the use of the money raised for the project. He said a committee will be set up to manage every cent collected, and give a periodic account to the public regarding expenditures.“We are calling on all the citizens, especially those residing in Ganta, to make meaningful contribution to speed up with the project,” Suah said. Ganta is one of the growing cities in Liberia. Yet the lack of city hall, pipe-borne water and access to the existing streets remain obstacles to the speedy development of the city.James V. Mulbah contributed to this story.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Google Earth Takes You On Voyage Through Black History

first_img Google Earth is celebrating black history with a digital tour of how African Americans have shaped our country.In collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Google launched “The Journey of Us,” an interactive map honoring black culture—past, present, and future.From coast to coast, colored pins highlight six themes of innovation: advocacy, business, dance, education, film and TV, and technology.AdChoices广告“Black history is filled with stories of people like myself who set out on journeys to challenge the status quo and make things better,” Marian Croak, a vice president of engineering at Google, wrote in a blog post.Click on a random location or choose a specific subject to explore further.Then fly across the nation to meet people like Shirley Chisholm, the first woman and first African American to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1972; Thomas L. Jennings, the first Black man to earn a U.S. patent for a dry-cleaning process called “dry scouring”; and Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Academy Award in 1940 for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind.Every colored icon leads you to a different landmark, showing users what that particular battleground looks like today; a short bio accompanies each historical figure or date.“My story is a single pin in a sea of many,” Croak said. “The stories include generations of people who pushed boundaries and resisted limiting ideologies as they paved the way for the next generation.“While we hope to make their journey a little better than ours, it mostly certainly won’t be easy,” she continued. “People will doubt us, and at times we will doubt ourselves, but through it all we will push forward.”More on‘Horror Noire’ Continues Scariest Black History Month YetCheck Out’s Black History Month CoverageGoogle Earth Brings Beatlemania To a Computer Near You Explore Our Changing Planet On the Go With Google Earth TimelapseWhere on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? Stay on targetlast_img read more