Ann Sandell International School with support from a Switzerland-based non-governmental organization (NGO), Aid For Liberia, has embarked on the distribution of assorted anti-Ebola supplies among residents of ‘poor’ communities in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.Aid for Liberia is a group founded by Liberians living in Switzerland. The organization is aimed at helping needy Liberians with non-interest loans; benefiting the likes of market women and other institutions such as schools and vulnerable communities dwellers.Some of the items the school authority is distributing include reading materials for school-going children, who now sit home in the absence of functional academic institutions. Other supplies are several bags of 25-kg rice, scratch cards to enable community dwellers make call whenever they suspect any outbreak, flyers with Ebola preventive messages, etc.Ann Sandell Proprietor, Laybeah Gbowee, who is spear-heading the distribution exercise put the cost of the items at US1, 550. She said the money was provided through the kind gesture of Aid for Liberia leadership.“We are distributing these educational materials to enable students who are sitting at home in the wake of school closure to keep them learning as they await recommencement of classes,” Madam Gbowee declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Historically that (bass) number is way, way down,” said Armor. “The same with threadfin – their numbers are up, but it’s still way, way down from historic levels.” The bass population hit its all-time recorded low last year, while shad’s numbers last year were the lowest since 1985. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Researchers from the state Department of Fish and Game calculate the fish populations based on an index after sampling fish with nets throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta from September through December, as they have since 1969. This year’s smelt index was just one-third of last year’s survey result. “The delta smelt last year was the lowest we’d ever seen, so this year is definitely the lowest,” said Chuck Armor, a California Department of Fish and Game biologist who manages the Interagency Ecological Program made up of six federal and three state agencies that track the delta. Longfin smelt also declined sharply from last year, though the index is up from a record low set in 1992. The indexes for bass and threadfin shad each more than doubled from last year’s low count, to the highest levels in the four years since the recent population crash began. SACRAMENTO – The population of the tiny delta smelt has hit an all-time low in the vast estuary east of San Francisco Bay, according to new survey figures made public Wednesday. The results trouble scientists who consider the fish an indicator of the health of the waterway that funnels water to two-thirds of Californians. The population of a second bellwether species, longfin smelt, also was at a near-record low since measurements began in 1969. Two other harbinger fish species – threadfin shad and young striped bass – had increases in the most recent survey, but still are far below historic levels. Scientists are concerned about the crash of the four fish species, and frustrated that they have been unable to determine the cause after a year of emergency research. Biologists had hoped to see a rebound in the populations this fall, particularly because water conditions have been good. A new round of studies next year will be aimed at narrowing the suspects, with a focus on water pumping to Southern California, San Joaquin farmers and San Francisco Bay area cities; invasive species including a prolific clam that is eating the fish’s food; and toxic chemicals that may be harming the fishes’ health.