first_imgThe Daily Observer has learnt that Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) Managing Director, Charles B. Allen, and his Technical Supervisor, Frankie Cassell, have been dismissed from their respective positions with immediate effect. According to LWSC’s Public Relations officer, Wilmot Dweh, the Corporation’s Board of Directors headed by Kimmie Weeks has already approved of the two dismissals and at the same time are investigating reports of financial impropriety at the LWSC. Mr. Dweh would not elaborate. The Daily Observer is yet to obtain further details of Messrs Allen and Cassell’s dismissals, but recently Mr. Allen told reporters that the corporation was unable to establish how much work would be required by LWSC to restore water supply to affected areas in Johnsonville.Mr. Allen said that since the situation was reported to his office, the management had not been able to pump pipe borne water into Monrovia.He said the corporation has contacted the World Bank for financial support to construct water reservoirs in Monrovia.Mr. Allen said had that project been implemented sooner, the breakdown would not have caused such a significant effect.Meanwhile, despite assurances that the LWSC would repair the damaged facility on Pipeline Road in about two weeks’ time, the situation worsened with the water pouring from the broken pipe creating a huge crater (hole) which has become a serious hazard to vehicles and commuters. The situation, according to our reporter who toured the area over the weekend, has caused the few vehicles using the route to divert due to the deplorable road condition, now exacerbated (made worse) by the breakdown of the Pipeline Road waterline. Residents there and those in central Monrovia that depend on pipe borne water from the area have gone for days without receiving safe drinking water. Community residents and some customers of the LWSC have expressed concern about the delay in the completion of the repair work. Some of them told the Daily Observer that the project had been abandoned by the LWSC Management “because the road condition has remained a death trap for over two weeks.” A fortnight ago, LWSC Management admitted to a major breakdown of its water supply line in Johnsonville, which they said occurred as a result of the deplorable road condition. Up to press time last night, engineers from the water agency were yet to detect the extent of the damage as they were seen during odd hours on Saturday night apparently trying to restore the damaged facility, but to no avail. According to the residents, including a leader, Mr. T. Emmanuel Cole, they could not comprehend why the project is not treated as a priority by the LWSC management. But the LWSC said the damage is so severe that it has now cut off the water supply line to greater Monrovia, which has impeded the free movement of residents in the area. As an emergency plan to address the current shortage of water, the LWSC management said in a recent interview with this newspaper that it had commenced trucking water into greater Monrovia. LWSC also acknowledged that as a result of the breakdown, many businesses have been affected.The Daily Observer reporter who visited the affected area on Saturday and yesterday afternoon saw a crew of boys, who claimed to be engineers, doing the “repair work.” They told the Daily Observer reporter, who wanted to interview them, to be grateful to God that motorbikes were transporting residents of the area and that they were also there at least to restore the damaged facility.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLiberacionistas sing “Viva Pepe” the party’s theme song following massive defeat @TheTicoTimes pic.twitter.com/KDjMKfHhVa— Lindsay Fendt (@LEFendt) April 7, 2014 “Most of us in the PLN were clear we weren’t going to win this election, but the difference [in votes] was much bigger than we thought,” Araya supporter Roberto Castro told The Tico Times at Liberation headquarters. “I think the people’s will was clear: They do not want a third National Liberation Party administration.”President-elect Solís and his campaign managed to displace Costa Rica’s oldest and most established political party, which won the presidency the last two consecutive terms.President Laura Chinchilla, whose troubled administration and ongoing scandals helped lay the groundwork for the PAC victory, called Solís to congratulate him. She also thanked Costa Ricans for another peaceful election unmarred by violence. PLN campaign manager Antonio Álvarez Desanti discusses the loss of his candidate Johnny Araya in Costa Rica’s 2014 presidential election on April 6. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesThroughout the day and late into the night Costa Ricans stayed connected on social media. One Twitter user, @Denisblabla, summed up the historic day in less than 140 characters: “Acá unas crayolas cambian un gobierno; no las armas” – “Here a few voting crayons can change the government; not weapons.”https://twitter.com/denisblabla/status/453029753642307584Organization of American States Secretary General José Miguel Insulza recognized Solís’ victory and noted that voting was “absolutely tranquil.”Solís, a political scientist and historian at the UCR, surprised pollsters, who had him in fourth place ahead of the Feb. 2 first round of voting. He ended up taking first place, coming in with 30.6 percent of the vote, just slightly better than Araya’s 29.7 percent. But it was not enough to exceed the 40 percent plus one required to avoid a runoff.The PAC candidate has never held elected political office but is no stranger to the halls of power, working in several PLN administrations and serving as ambassador to Panama during the administration of José María Figueres (1994-1998), before leaving the party for the PAC in 2009 2005.Solís, the son of a cobbler and father of six, traces his roots back to his Jamaican-Chinese grandparents who worked banana plantations in the Caribbean province of Limón in the early 19th century. The candidate’s family history and humble demeanor resonated with voters fed up with perceived corruption, stagnant poverty and rising inequality in Central America’s oldest democracy.“My political strategy is aimed towards those who think professional politicians are no good,” Solís told The Tico Times last November.That strategy succeeded. President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís greets the crowd at Plaza Roosevelt in San Pedro de Montes de Oca, in eastern San José, on April 6, 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe Tico Times’ L. Arias and Lindsay Fendt contributed to this report. Who is Luis Guillermo Solís? Read our full interview with him last November, and follow all of our election coverage at the hashtag #Elections 2014. Stay tuned for more analysis on Costa Rica’s historic 2014 presidential election.  Facebook Comments Opposition candidate and former professor Luis Guillermo Solís easily won Sunday’s runoff election, ushering in Costa Rica’s first third-party candidate in 44 years.Rallying at Plaza Roosevelt in San Pedro, east of San José, Solís of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) and red-and-yellow clad supporters cheered the results as the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) announced him the winner in a landslide with 77.8 percent of the votes to National Liberation Party (PLN) candidate Johnny Araya’s 22.1 percent, with 96 percent of the votes counted Sunday night.“More than one million Costa Ricans said ‘yes’ to change” today, the president-elect told an exuberant crowd of supporters. “No longer will corruption live in our country.” A crowd of supporters reacts to an announcement that Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís has just won the presidency, in eastern San José, on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesAraya quickly conceded the race after the TSE released its initial count just after 8 p.m. showing Solís with more than 77 percent, with over 70 percent of the votes counted.“After hearing the results of more than 77 percent of the polling centers, we must congratulate the president-elect of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís,” Araya said. “With humility we must recognize Costa Rican people’s clear and forceful will.”Arguably, Araya had already conceded the race in March when he surprised his party followers by announcing he would stop campaigning after a disappointing showing in a University of Costa Rica poll and dwindling campaign funds. Araya, 56 and a former mayor of San José, left Solís unencumbered to clinch Sunday’s vote. National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya reacts to his loss in Costa Rica’s 2014 presidential runoff election on April 6, 2014. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesSolís stressed that voter abstention would be his greatest challenge after Araya left the field, leading some analysts to wonder if low turnout would weaken his popular mandate. However, Solís exceeded his goal of 1 million votes, garnering just under 1.3 million – the most votes ever captured by a Costa Rican presidential candidate, according to Teletica. (Araya’s was the worst vote tally in PLN history.) Predictably, voter abstention remained higher than in the first round, at just over 43 percent compared to 31.8 percent on Feb. 2, according to the TSE. Still, at last count, Solís had managed to capture more votes than the number of voters who abstained, which also was just under 1.3 million.“I’m overwhelmed with pride, confidence and [a sense of] security for the country,” PAC supporter Sylbell Bedoya, 58, told The Tico Times at Sunday night’s post-election rally. “[Solís] has brought back confidence to the country, to the Costa Rican people.”Several PAC supporters waved brooms with red and yellow flags attached, signifying a sweep. Solís beat Araya in all seven Costa Rican provinces, and he even won in the former San José mayor’s own home town of Palmares by a margin of more than two to one.“It’s a broom to sweep away pericos!” Feliz Salas, a 65-year-old teachers representative, told The Tico Times, referring to the small green birds associated with the ruling PLN. Thousands of PAC supporters threw a party in eastern San José with five different Costa Rican bands to celebrate Luis Guillermo Solís’ victory. Alberto Font/the Tico TimesCompared to the festive atmosphere at Plaza Roosevelt, PLN headquarters – known as the Balcón Verde – in western San José was subdued, stinging from the trouncing at the polls. A group of Liberación youth dressed in green tried to liven the atmosphere by playing a live rendition of the party’s anthem, while an emotional Araya clapped along. But he looked as if he’d rather have been elsewhere.center_img Related posts:What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? UCR Poll: Solís running away with runoff election Johnny Araya is down and out, but not his party, says analyst Solís wins big but bigger challenges may be ahead, say analystslast_img read more